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Month: April 2021

Saint Joseph’s Infant School is a Smoke Free School

Dear parents/carers,

From 1st March 2021, all school grounds in Wales have become smoke-free spaces.

As Wales becomes the first country in the UK to extend its smoking ban to certain outdoor areas, we are committed to improving the health of our staff and pupils by providing a smoke-free environment.

Smoking in smoke-free spaces – which not only includes school grounds but also public playgrounds, outdoor day-care and child-minding settings as well as hospital grounds – from 1st March could result in a £100 fine.

We want to protect everyone from harmful second-hand smoke and we especially recognise the important role that adults have in influencing the attitudes and smoking behaviour of children and young people. Banning smoking in places where children and young people spend their time will denormalise smoking and reduce the chances of children and your people starting smoking in the first place– ultimately saving lives.


I look forward to having your support to ensure we all play our part in building a healthier future.

Those looking for help to stop smoking can access Wales’ free NHS support service Help Me Quit on 0800 085 2219 or visit for help and support, including access to free stop smoking medication.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Julie Beaumont


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Our school vision at St Joseph’s Catholic Infant school is to develop eloquent and truthful learners who are ambitious and capable. Eloquent in what they say of themselves and in  the relations between people and the world. To be eloquent in our Foundation Phase setting, children must learn to speak with confidence and then build on these skills to develop reading and writing skills.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney


Collaboration with parents to develop ambitious, capable learners

During lockdown some children have flown with reading development, however, many for lots of different reasons have plateaued or regressed.

We would like all parents to work with us to help improve every child’s reading skills.




Step 1: Be consistent. Read daily with your child 10- 15 mins

Step 2: Practise reading the Oxford Reading Scheme daily. It is always good to ‘walk ‘ through the book before reading, looking at pictures on the cover, and looking through the book together. Go over any tricky words. Set children up to achieve.

  • Read the story to your child, pointing under the words as you read
  • Re-read the story with your child, encouraging them to join in with repeated patterns
  • Give them lots of praise
  • Write in the Reading Record – share how the session went with your child’s teacher.
  • PLEASE remember to send book and reading record back on the designated day. We need to set them aside 48 hours before using.

Step 3: Log on to Oxford Reading Buddies for short burst 3 times a week. This is a fantastic resource which tracking shows is being underused. Logon codes will be resent later this week.

Step 4: Use flash cards sent home as a home learning tool. Make the activity fun. Keep it short, make it a game. Make additional flash cards if your child finds a word tricky. Help them recognise common words by sight. Make sure they know the names of the main characters.

Step 5: Use fun resources that surround us in a language rich world.  Teach them songs and nursery rhymes; clap rhythms of the words, help them to think of another word that begins with…

Make use of online resources such as:

·       BBC Bitesize has a good section on ‘Top tips to support your child’s reading at home’ which may be of help with strategies.

· has ideas for family reading activities.

·       The Pori Drwy Stori website has lots of activities/ideas for families (

·       The Literacy Trust also has information/support for parents (

Enterprising and Creative – Go St Joseph’s! Saint Joseph’s School Council

Well done to all those who entered the School Council competition to redesign our learning environment.

We have had some fantastic ideas ranging from willow walk dragon to repainting rainbow coloured roads in the side yard.

Outdoor play prizes have been awarded to the winning entry, one in all 4 classes.

Now watch this space! Year 1 have cleaned the flowerbeds ready for Year 2 to have a go at painting.

It is a risk. It is going to be messy. But we are ambitious capable learners.

We will do our best and God will do the rest!

Parish Priests Monsignor Joseph and Father Andrzej

Should you wish to discuss the next step for your child in Sacramental preparation please contact our parish priests.


First Holy Communion Programme 2021

Saint Joseph’s Port Talbot – Monsignor Joseph: Tel  01639 882846

Our Lady of Margam – Father Andrzej: Tel 01639 883323



Please complete and return to school, or post on SEE- SAW, consent form sent home today.


We are truly delighted that there is a realistic possibility that our Year 2 cohort will be able to make their First Holy Communion July 2021!

Child’s Name:

Year 2



I would like my child to be prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

(Parent Signature)



NB: First session to start Wednesday 28th April 2021

Time: 2:45-3:30


First Holy Communion Preparation 2021


Dear Parents/Guardians,


I am happy to confirm that school will be running First Holy Communion preparation classes on behalf of the parishes of St Joseph’s and Our Lady Margam. Monsignor Joseph and Father Andrzej will announce the start of the programme through in Mass this weekend. We are all very hopeful that our year 2 children will make their First Holy Communion in July 2021.


In light of COVID-19 Operational Guidance, we will be keeping the Year 2 children in their bubble for lessons in school that will start next Wednesday 28th April 2021. Classes will run on a Wednesday (initially 2:45-3:30). Mrs Hines, Mrs James will be supported by Miss Wellington, Mrs O’Callaghan and I. School will buy the preparation workbook ‘Called to his Supper’ once we have had your responses.


Should you wish your child to take part in the First Holy Communion Programme then please complete the consent form below. If your child has not been Baptised and you would like your child to be part of this preparation programme, may I suggest that you ring Monsignor Joseph for St Joseph’s Parish (including Cwmafan) or Father Andrzej for Margam Parish to discuss the next step.


I am delighted that there is a real possibility of our children receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this year!!!


Ms. J. Beaumont



10 Top Tips for supporting children during Covid-19

Thank you for looking after everyone by staying at home. By following advice to stay at
home during the COVID 19 outbreak you’re helping to reduce your family’s risk and you’re
also helping to protect the NHS and save lives.
The following are ten tips to encourage your young child’s development during this time:
Stay Home. Stay Positive.

1. These will help you and your child feel more secure. Routines will
help structure your day from start to finish. You will need to plan
ahead for the next day and week but keep it simple and doable
– getting up time, meals, bathtime, exercise and going to bed.
Simple, regular routines
Talk about and explain to your child what you are going to do throughout the day.
Help them take turns in conversation. Tune into what they already know and build
on their daily routine. Be a running “commentator”, keep your language simple.
Draw pictures, show pictures or use objects to show what you are going to do if
your child needs more help to understand. If you have them, use photos of friends
and/or family to talk about people that are important to you in different households.

2. Talk about what you are going to do
Have fun, we learn best when we are enjoying what we do. If you or your child
are not enjoying something, stop, change your plan. Try to make sure you do
something fun for you and your child every day, more than once if you can.

3. Enjoy your time together
Use the TV and/or other devices, but choose when you are going to watch and what you
are going to do. CBeebies and S4C’s Cyw have some fun programmes. Use your phone/other
devices to record what you have done – kicked a ball, learnt a new song or a new word.
Turn off the TV when you are not watching it so there is not a constant stream of information.

4. Selectively use devices
You don’t need to buy extra things. Walk in your garden or near home, point to flowers, birds
and trees, buildings and everyday objects; name them. Play walking, running, finding games.
Do a treasure hunt for everyday objects in your home/garden. Teach your child a new song
or nursery rhyme. Play catch, or rolling a ball backwards and forwards. Use mirrors in the
bathroom to encourage copying and taking turns – making silly faces. Children like to repeat
familiar activities. You are your child’s first and lasting teacher – you can help them learn
and grow so much. They can also teach you – look at how they learn best.

5. Use what you have at and near your home
Anne Marie McKigney, Consultant Child Psychologist, Aneurin Bevan
University Health Board,
Dr Heather Payne, Consultant Paediatrician, Senior Medical Officer for
Maternal & Child Health, Welsh Government.
April 2020

6.Cleaning, cooking, fixing. If they can’t help, they can watch you and you
can tell them what you are doing. If you have older children, they may
be able to help by talking with and/or entertaining younger siblings.
Let your child join in and help as much
as they can with household tasks

7. A cocoon. Create the same for yourself – put your phone in the drawer and check
at set intervals only (not too often). Acknowledge your worries, ask for help/advice
if you need it and let your child ask for help. Practise relaxing and deep breathing.
Create a safe, quiet place for your child to be quiet

8. If your child understands a little about COVID 19, please tell them the facts very
simply. Show them how to wash their hands and get them to practise washing
their hands. Find a song they like to sing whilst washing their hands or use a
timer for 20 seconds. You can also teach them other hygiene and self-help skills
such as dressing, undressing, cleaning teeth and using the toilet if you’re both
ready. Make it as much fun as possible.
Let your child talk and ask about COVID 19

9. This could be on a daily basis or a few times a week. Choose a regular time and way
of communicating (FaceTime/Skype/WhatsApp). If you are using the telephone, if
you can, point to pictures of the person speaking at the other end. Decide how long
these sessions will be. Start by saying “Hello” and finish by saying “Goodbye”. Tell or
show your family one thing your child has done well or learned. Decide what you will
share/do, sing a song or do a dance. If you need a longer chat for yourself ring later
when your child is asleep, if you are not too tired!
Keep in touch with your family and friends

10. At the end of each day, think of one particularly positive thing
that you and your child have achieved and enjoyed that day.
Tell them, talk about it and record it in some way, celebrate it.
Celebrate achievements

Top ten Tips
Finally, plan for when we come out of lockdown and what you and your child might like to do then!

For more information and advice on parenting, visit:
Keep in touch with your Health Visitor. They are here to help you and your family.
Watch Yvonne explaining how they can help:

Get your thinking caps on! Calling all Enterprising Contributors!




School Council met today to look at ideas for improving our school environment.

We have been thinking creatively to help make our school the best it can be. School Council will be reporting an update back to their classmates.

We respect the rights of all children to play. We are thinking about developing our world in a sustainable way.



School Council Easter Holiday Competition- Be an Action Researcher

How can we make our school more colourful, more exciting, more fun to learn?

Deadline for competition entries is Friday 16th April 2021.

We agreed that there have been some fantastic ideas already submitted