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Month: October 2018

Year 2’s trip to Margam Park

Our topic this term is The Gruffalo and Into the Woods. We had a wonderful day in Margam Park on Monday where Rhian, our guide, had created lots of exciting activities for us based around our senses!

First we played a senses game…


Next we made a leaf picture frame…

Then we had to find different materials to create a ‘smelly pot’. We had to add a magic potion!

It was very smelly!

After that, we were blindfolded and had to feel different objects using our sense of touch.

After lunch, we listened to the Gruffalo story. We had to help the Gruffalo characters find a new home because the bad weather had blown their homes away!

We crossed a stream into the deep, dark, woods…

Click on the link below to watch us crossing the stream!


Finally, we made a home for our woodland creature friends using natural materials!


Dear Parent/Carer,

The NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme is visiting our school to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.

I’m pleased to tell you that we will be working with the NSPCC, who’ll be delivering their Speak out. Stay safe. programme on  11th October 2018. This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly to the children in our school.

“NSPCC has helped me to build the confidence to tell people about my worries and problems.” Child’s feedback.

If you would like any more information about the Speak out. Stay safe. programme you can come in to speak to me or visit the NSPCC website

Talking PANTS with your children

The NSPCC’s work in schools will help encourage conversations about staying safe – and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. That includes ‘Talk PANTS’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.

The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources at

Why One Page Profiles?

Dear Parents,

We have trialled using One Page Profiles in St. Joseph’s Infant School. They are a simple tool,

an A4 information sheet on which we capture important information to help our teachers

to personalise learning. This information enables teachers to be aware of the strengths,

interests and specific support needs of their pupils.


One page profiles can be used to inform action planning and target setting, so that these

reflect what is important to the young person and how best to support them. This can make

targets more meaningful and relevant to the young person. On our infant school setting

they are a very valuable way for the our very youngest children to have a voice in how they

are supported in school, and to have their strengths and what is important to them as an

individual acknowledged. One page profiles are also a way for parents/carers to share

their knowledge and expertise on how best to support their child.

Please take some time to fill in the Profile and return to school. Thanks, Ms Beaumont

Gwobr Efydd! We achieved our Bronze Award!


Staff and our Criw Cymraeg have worked extremely hard over the past two years to achieve 100 targets(!) that have developed and enriched our use of Welsh. The ‘Siarter Iaith’ has enabled us to fully immerse staff and most importantly, our children in our Welsh culture, heritage and language.

We are proud to be welsh and proud of our achievement!

At the end of the summer term, we had a special visit from Alison Streefland who, after spending a morning with our Criw and in our school, decided that we had in fact achieved our Gwobr Efydd, our Bronze Award!

What’s next? Y Wobr Arian! The Silver Award!


October e-safety tip of the month!

Parental controls


Innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results. But parental controls can help keep your child safe.

What are parental controls?
Parental controls are software and tools which you can install on phones or tablets, games consoles or laptops – and even your home broadband.

You can also use them to help you block or filter the content your child sees when searching online. And family-friendly public WiFi can help when you’re out and about.

Parental controls are also available to help you to:

  • plan what time of day your child can go online and how long for
  • stop them from downloading apps they’re too young for
  • manage the content different members of the family can see.
    So whatever your child is doing online, there’s a way that you can help keep them safe.

Please click on the link below to find a guide to setting up parental controls on various devices.