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Month: October 2022

St. Joseph’s Infant School

Pupil Development Grant (PDG) Strategy Statement

This statement details our school’s use of the PDG for the 2022 to 2023 academic year.

It outlines our strategy, how we intend to spend the funding in this academic year and the effect that last year’s spending had within our school.

School Overview

Number of pupils in schoolFull time 110,   Part Time 20    Full time equivalent 120
Proportion (%) of PDG eligible pupils38%  as of January PLASC
Date this statement was publishedOctober 2022
Date on which it will be reviewedOctober 2023
Statement authorised byHeadteacher- Mrs Julie Beaumont Rees  & Governing Body
PDG LeadDeputy Headteacher – Mrs Sarah Turner
Governor LeadChair of Governors – Miss Teresa Welsh

Funding Overview

PDG funding allocation this academic year£26,450
Early Years PDG£26,450
Total budget for this academic year  £52,900

Part A: Strategy Plan

Statement of Intent

As our children grow throughout their time at St Joseph’s Infant School, we aim to build independence, resilience and resourcefulness among learners to provide them with the skills required to solve problems and make decisions now and in the future.  Through our concept/theme-based approach, we aim to foster a curiosity and love for learning in our children, ensuring that they are equipped with the knowledge, skills and dispositions for future challenges as lifelong learners in a rapidly changing world. All pupils to make progress in Literacy, Numeracy and thinking skills. Curriculum and provision is equitable and inclusive. Use of the Pupil Development Grant supports these aims to be inclusive for all children and increase opportunities for additional learning opportunities, increase their wellbeing and enable inclusion in experiences inside and outside of the classroom.

Intended Outcomes

This explains the outcomes we are aiming for by the end of our current strategy plan, and how we will measure whether they have been achieved.

TargetSuccess criteria
To develop children’s understanding of the language of learning and higher order thinking skills       
To develop and successfully implement ALN reform within the school. 
To increase range and participation in Collective Worship. 
To improve the spelling, grammar and handwriting within children’s writing (Read Write Inc) 

Activity in this academic year

This details how we intend to spend our PDG this academic year to address the challenges listed above.

(1)Learning and Teaching  

Budgeted cost:

Teaching Assistant- (L2) 27.5hrs per week     £16,903.00

(1)ActivityEvidence that supports this approach
To meet the language needs of e-f pupils as identified in assessment, through effective delivery and monitoring of specific literacy based interventions Following Covid younger children have lower language skills than previously and need re-enforcement of speech, language, phonics and reading skills to have a positive impact on reading skills.

(2)Wider strategies

Budgeted cost:

Teaching Assistant – (L2) 18.5 hrs per week   £14,023.00

Teaching Assistant    (HL) 37hrs per week       £30,963.00

(2)Activity – wider strategiesEvidence that supports this approach
Fund a team of highly qualified and well-motivated of 2 TA’s  to provide bespoke or small group support to pupils who require health and wellbeing support through a range of approaches – Play therapy, Emotional Literacy Support Assistants, Smart Moves, Sensory Circuits.The school has seen a significant increase in the overall Wellbeing of a number of  pupils. Programmes which have been successful have been re-introduced and more staff have been trained to deliver and support more children.
  (3)Budgeted Cost  £2,664.00 £2,664.00
(3)Community Engagement for pre school: Half Day Language and Play 1 x TA L4 for 3hrs a week, 39 weeks Half Day Baby Sensory 1 x TA L4 for 3hrs a week, 39 weeks  School self-evaluation and listening to parental surveys highlights the importance of our school as a learning community and the potential importance of our impact on early childhood experiences.    
(4)Budgeted Cost£250.00 £1,700.00
Community Engagement Extra Curricular After school ballet club Camera Club          In line with New Curriculum for  Wales, we are Embedding 4 Core Purposes, setting aspirational goals, supporting pupil well- being through the provision of a range of After school activities    

Total budgeted cost: £69,167

Total Grant Allocation: £52,000

Externally provided programmes

Please include the names of any programmes that you purchased in the previous academic year. This will help us identify which ones are popular in Wales.

Read, Write, inc.In school
Inspirational Ballet for Under 7-Madam Eleanor
Camera ClubJack Moyse

St Joes Missio Prayer Partners

Year 2 Missio Prayer Leaders are supporting others in learning and saying our traditional prayers.

Pope Francis has asked that in the month of October we make a compassionate and loving promise to say the Rosary. Please spend 5 minutes daily saying the Hail Mary with your child.

Pray one Hail Mary on each of the next three beads for an increase in faith, hope and
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Join with us to pray the Rosary to end hunger

Each year, more and more people around the world are going hungry, despite there being enough food in the world to feed everyone. We offer these luminous mysteries, uplifted by our faith in Jesus, Light of the World. In this way we nourish our commitment to dispel the darkness of poverty and tackle the causes of hunger in our world.

Guided by Mary, mother of Jesus and mother of all, may we be open to let these mysteries penetrate deep within us and respond with compassion to the scandal of hunger and poverty in our world. 

We invite you to use these luminous mysteries to reflect and pray on your own or in your parish or community.

Begin by making the Sign of the Cross and professing the Apostles’ Creed.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.

Pray one Our Father on the single bead nearest the cross
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Pray one Hail Mary on each of the next three beads for an increase in faith, hope and
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

On the next single bead, pray the Glory Be.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan
Then Jesus appeared: he came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John.
John tried to dissuade him, with the words, “It is I who need baptism from you, and
yet you come to me!” But Jesus replied, “Leave it like this for the time being; it is
fitting that we should, in this way, do all that uprightness demands.” Then John gave
in to him.
And when Jesus had been baptised he at once came up from the water, and
suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
and coming down on him. And suddenly there was a voice from heaven, “This is my
Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him.” (Matthew 3:13-17)
As Jesus is baptised, the Holy Spirit comes down upon him and God’s love for his Son is
declared in a voice from heaven.
We are all beloved children of God, and yet too many of us face hunger because the way
our food system works is broken. It is failing to deliver the food that people need and it is
threatening the earth, our common home.
As we pray this mystery, we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit working in our lives. Moved by
the Spirit, may we seek to reach out and play our part in tackling the underlying reasons why
millions of people do not have the food that they need.

Pray the Our Father.
Pray a Hail Mary on each of the ten beads of the decade.
Pray the Glory Be. You may also want to add the Fatima invocation:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven,
especially those who are most in need of thy mercy.
The Wedding at Cana
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was
there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. And they ran out of wine,
since the wine provided for the feast had all been used, and the mother of Jesus said
to him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said, “Woman, what do you want from me? My
hour has not come yet.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are
customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to
the servants, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim. Then he said
to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the president of the feast.” They did this;
the president tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it
came from – though the servants who had drawn the water knew – the president of
the feast called the bridegroom and said, “Everyone serves the good wine first and
the worse wine when the guests are well wined; but you have kept the best wine till

This was the first of Jesus’ signs: it was at Cana in Galilee. He revealed his glory,
and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:1-11)
Imagine running out of wine at a party or inviting people to an event and not having enough
to go round. How embarrassing. And yet, we know that despite there being enough food
produced for everyone in the world, a third of it is wasted, while around 800 million people go
hungry every day.
Where is our embarrassment as a society that this is our reality?
At the wedding in Cana, Jesus is reluctant to help. His time has not yet come. But Mary
encourages Jesus to act. She speaks to the servants and tells them to listen to him. As a
result, Jesus performs his first miracle and changes water into wine. God provides, not just
enough, but an abundance, that is meant to be shared.
And so, as we contemplate this mystery, we turn to Mary. We prayerfully ask her to
intercede for us, and for our world. Through her intervention, we pray that Jesus may lead us
to make a change so that all people, in our local community and throughout the world, may
have enough to eat.

Pray the Our Father.
Pray a Hail Mary on each of the ten beads of the decade.
Pray the Glory Be. You may also want to add the Fatima invocation.
The Proclamation of the Kingdom
After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the
gospel from God saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is close at
hand. Repent, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)
As we reflect on this mystery, we also try to answer the call to repent and believe the gospel.
We ask forgiveness for the things we have done wrong in our own lives, for the times we
have hurt others, and for the part we play in a world which is unjust and unequal.
All around the world, including here, families are finding it harder than ever to put food on the
table due to rising costs.
There are many reasons why this crisis is happening. Climate change, the coronavirus
pandemic and the Ukraine conflict have caused food prices to rise.
The food crisis is particularly severe in East Africa, where millions of families are facing an
extreme food shortage. There have been four failed harvests due to the region’s worse
drought in decades.

Isacko, who works for a local Church organisation in Marsabit, Kenya says: “Because of lack
of water and pasture, many animals – goats, sheep, cows and even camels died. The
remaining ones have been very weak so they can hardly fetch any amount from the market,
let alone produce milk for the family.”
And so, as we say this decade of the rosary, we ask Mary to pray for us as we express our
sorrow at the injustice which leads to poverty and hunger in our world. And we trust that with
God’s help we may transform our world, so that it better reflects his Kingdom of love and
plenty for all. A Kingdom which is close at hand.
Pray the Our Father.
Pray a Hail Mary on each of the ten beads of the decade.
Pray the Glory Be. You may also want to add the Fatima invocation.
The Transfiguration
Jesus took with him Peter, John, James and went up to the mountain to pray. And it
happened that, as he was praying, the aspect of his face was changed and his
clothing became sparkling white… And a voice came from the cloud saying, “This is
my son, the Chosen One. Listen to him. (Luke 9:28-29, 35)
In the Transfiguration, Jesus is completely transformed while praying. The disciples finally
catch a glimpse of him in his full glory and come to understand that he is the Son of God.
In rural Bangladesh, Alpona is growing food in a different way on her small farm. After she
and her community received training from CAFOD in organic farming, things changed quite
“We had not realised just how big a mistake we had made by moving away from the
traditional ways of farming of our forefathers. We had become disconnected from nature, but
now we are going back to it again.
“I get a great deal of vegetables and fruits from my organic farming, which is enough for the
family to eat, and which I can sell at the market too. Our village has become a lot greener
and healthier after so many of us shifted to organic farming, and the soil has greatly
Through our prayers we can also hope for wonderful changes. As we pray, let us open our
hearts so that God may lead us to live differently, as we change our own lives and the world
around us.
Pray the Our Father.
Pray a Hail Mary on each of the ten beads of the decade.
Pray the Glory Be. You may also want to add the Fatima invocation.
The Institution of the Eucharist
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had said the blessing he
broke it and gave it to his disciples. “Take it and eat,” he said, “this is my body.” Then
he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he handed it to them saying, “Drink
from this, all of you, for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for
many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28)
Jesus shared his Last Supper with the disciples and invited us all to take part in this feast,
each time we receive the Eucharist. We share in the body and blood of the Lord, and it
commits us to one another. We become one body, many parts, in Christ.
As one body, when one of us is hurt, hungry or abandoned, we are all hurt, hungry and
abandoned. Yet, as we go out from Mass, and our sharing in the Eucharist, we realise that
injustice and hunger keep us divided and apart. There are many people missing from the
table that God spreads for us all. Too many of us are not receiving our fair share of the
bountiful gift of creation. Too many are excluded, overlooked and ignored.
After receiving the Eucharist, we are sent out to “love and to serve the Lord”. As we
contemplate this mystery, we pray that we may be nourished and strengthened by the gift of
the Eucharist to honour Christ, not just in bread and wine, but also in one another. And to
ensure that all our brothers and sisters are able to access their fair share of food.
Pray the Our Father.
Pray a Hail Mary on each of the ten beads of the decade.
Pray the Glory Be. You may also want to add the Fatima invocation.
We finish our rosary for an end to hunger with a final invocation to our blessed Virgin Mary
and ask her to pray for us, that we may build a world which reflects God’s Kingdom of peace
and plenty for all.
Mary, Mother of us all,
pray for us, that our meditation on these mysteries
may guide us into new ways of seeing the world,
new ways of living so everyone has enough to eat,
new ways of being global neighbours
and sharing the gifts we have been given fairly,
as we seek to build the Kingdom to which your Son calls us.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Scripture texts taken from

St Joe’s Missio – children praying and helping each other.

Missio Prayer leaders gathered together during playtime on this beautiful sunny morning. We have created our own Missio prayer. Please take a moment to reflect on the words with your child. How can we be COMPASSIONATE and LOVING? Compassionate towards others, near and far, especially the less fortunate: and loving by their just actions and forgiving words.

Our St Joes Missio Prayer

Give us the strength to carry out your work, helping and praying for children.

Help us to be brave, forgiving and loving.

To be the best that we can be.

Help us to look after our world, the seas, the rivers and animals.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,


Created on Tuesday 22th October by Year 2 Missio Prayer

Belonging- people who help us-

Huge thanks to our local community and friends of St Joseph for taking time out to visit our school.

Monday 10.10.2022 Community Nurse Laura McKintosh talks to classes

Tuesday 11.10.2022 Radiographer Louise Williams, followed by Community Police Officer Dave Collins

Wednesday12.10.2022 Road Safety- Chloe Lyons, followed by Engineer Sarma Volety

Thursday 13.10.2022 Teacher- Tess Beynon

Friday 14.10.2022 RNLI and Fire Brigade- Fire Engine

Meet our new Missio Team- Children praying and helping one another

Our first job is to create our own Missio prayer for St Joseph’s Infants.

We thought about the words of our prayer for the Diocese:

A Prayer for our Diocese

Almighty and eternal God, give us the grace and strength to carry out the work entrusted to us in the Diocese of Menevia.  Bless our families and our parishes.  You call men and women from our families to serve you as priests, deacons and in the religious life.  May we read the signs of these vocations in others and help them to follow you.  We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Our School vision and Mission Statement:

Our School Vision

We are a Welsh Catholic school with a strong sense of community that caters for children from the age of 3 to 7. Our school vision is encapsulated in our school motto ‘We can do our best and God will do the rest!’  and in Article 29 – ‘Your right to be the best you can be.’ Our Catholic vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They guide our children and underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our children as confident happy citizens of Wales and of the wider world.  We provide a Christian Community where the Catholic Faith is taught and nurtured, giving learners the best possible learning experiences and outcomes. We are extremely proud of all that goes on here.

Our School Values

Our school values were chosen by parents, teachers and staff. These  represent 10 values that the whole school community chose to be central to the education of our children:

  • love of God and the wider world
  • positive self esteem
  • happiness
  • independence
  • compassionate
  • loving
  • confidence
  • resilience
  • inclusive
  • respectful

and Pope Francis’ advice to look after our world

 ‘Live wisely, think deeply, love generously’. We also reflected on One Family, One World (CAFOD).

Speech and Language Screening

Language Link Assessment

Dear parent/guardian,

During the autumn term, your child completed a speech and language screening in school. It is a test which helps the school to identify if your child has any Speech, Language and Communication needs.  A member of school based staff completed the test with your child. The online assessments are picture based and children often enjoy completing them. They take around 30 minutes to complete.


Your child completed the following assessment:

Infant Language Link

Speech Link

Some areas of need were identified, and an intervention will be put in place to support your child.

What happens next?

Group interventions will take place in school. You can support your child at home in many ways. Staff will send home an activity pack. Please complete this activity with your child and let us know how they are getting on via Seesaw.

Home learning activities can also be accessed through the Speech Link parent portal which can be accessed at  I am sure that this work will have a positive impact on his/her development.