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St Gregory's Catholic Primary School

'For every future, for every child'

Joss Bay

Welcome to Joss Bay

Our visit from Wildwood

Our visit from Wildwood 1
Our visit from Wildwood 2
Our visit from Wildwood 3
Our visit from Wildwood 4
Our visit from Wildwood 5
Our visit from Wildwood 6

We were visited by Wildwood and had an amazing morning.


We learned about nocturnal animals and found out that owls have mirrors in the back of their eyes to help them see at night.


Did you know that badgers have poor eyesight so they rely on their sense of smell?


We found out that bats love to eat insects.


We created our own nocturnal animal which had big eyes, big ears and nose and a furry coat.



KS1 Transformation Project

The programme has been run in our Early Years and other settings across the UK. During the project the schools involved discovered:

  • the importance of the environment and why being outdoors offers powerful and unique learning experiences that are different to those inside
  • the importance of play as a critical aspect of effective learning
  • examples of high-quality provision and illustrated how resources can be organised to support independent experiences
  • how the role of the adult in terms of skills, attitudes and knowledge enable children to progress in their learning
  • how practitioners can effectively evaluate practice and identify the impact on young children's learning and development


As a result of its success St Gregory's aims to bring this approach to its KS1 classes and we will aim to implement these Principles of Best Practice:

  • Children are supported by adults who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about learning and play both inside and outside
  • Space is carefully planned. Areas of provision are placed to complement each other.
  • The environment is attractive, accessible and stimulating.
  • Areas of provision are well resourced and well organised.
  • The environment is appropriately resourced and well organised to support independence.
  • Systems are in place to ensure the environment is well maintained and resources are regularly replenished.
  • Children have access to a broad range of play-based learning experiences to support their learning and development.
  • Routines support children's need to access continuous provision for extended periods of time.
  • Adults interact with children to support their play, thinking and learning.
  • Children's learning and development is documented and used to inform planning.
  • Adults are reflective, evaluative and proactive in development and improvement.
  • Effective risk management processes enable children to access rich learning experiences.


Please see Jude Twani's (from Early Excellence) power point below for more information.

Re-thinking KS1 Provision

Welcome to Joss Bay's class page.


Here I will share with you some of the fabulous things the children have been doing in school. 


Miss Stupples.


Joss bay have had a very busy start to the school year. We have begun our IPC topic 'A Day in the Life'. The children really enjoyed playing a game which named as many different jobs as they could think. I was amazed with their knowledge as such a wide variety or jobs were discussed. The children then considered what they would like to do when they are grown up and drew pictures of themselves at work.

We have been very fortunate to have two visitors this week in Key Stage 1.  On Thursday afternoon the author and illustrator Joseph Hopkins spoke to the children about a day in the life of an author and on Friday morning the fire brigade visited the children.

Joseph Hopkins


After a whole school assembly where Joseph Hopkins read one of his books he visited year 1 and 2 to talk to us about a day in the life of an author and illustrator.  He showed the children how a book makes the journey from his imagination to being published, giving the children a preview of a book that will be published for the charity Demelza House next year.  He then showed the children how, as an illustrator, he brings his characters to life.

From imagination to book

From imagination to book 1
From imagination to book 2

Meet Cluck - How a character comes to life from an initial sketch

Meet Cluck - How a character comes to life from an initial sketch 1
Meet Cluck - How a character comes to life from an initial sketch 2
Meet Cluck - How a character comes to life from an initial sketch 3
Meet Cluck - How a character comes to life from an initial sketch 4
Meet Cluck - How a character comes to life from an initial sketch 5

Home Learning




Mathletics homelearning will be set every Friday. The children will have until the 9am on the following Friday to complete this.




Spellings will also be set on a Friday. These can be found on our class page. The children will be tested on these the following Friday morning.


Home Learning Books


Home Learning books have now been sent home with the children. Please can they be returned to school on Wednesday 11th October so that I can look at the children's fabulous work.


Suggested home learning tasks can be found on our curriculum newsletter which you can download at the bottom of our class page. 

This week, the children had their first story telling session with Phil. As always, the children really enjoyed listening to Phil's story. Afterwards, Phil asked the children to consider one part and to freeze-frame that section. Here are some photos of the children's freeze-frames.
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WE HAVE VACANCIES FOR YR STARTING IN SEPTEMBER. PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION. We are pleased to announce that you can now download our school app - more details under the 'News & Events' page. If it is raining in the mornings, please take Y1 - Y6 children along the side entrance to the hall.