Mathletics Challenge July 2017

Our school has entered into the ‘New Mathletics Launch Challenge’ which runs from Monday 3 July to Friday 16 July. This is a UK and Europe maths challenge focused on students mastering curriculum activities and practicing their mental maths skills.

Prizes are awarded for the top 3 performing schools. Help our school make the Hall of Fame!. 

Students earn ten points for each correct answer within curriculum activities, twenty points for each correct answer in a topic test and one point for each correct answer in Mathletics Live. They can each earn a maximum of 300 points from curriculum activities per week or 600 from topic tests.

There is also a free mathletics app that students can use to access mathletics from anywhere. All of their activities are recorded and will be synced with their main mathletics account. The app is available for iPad and Android tablets at:

My Maths


MyMaths – Bringing Maths Alive!

All pupils at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School have been registered on the MyMaths website. This should help them to develop their mathematical understanding and give them opportunities to practice independently and enable you to see how they are progressing. Teachers are using this in class for some lessons, and so pupils should feel confident in navigating the website and working through lessons.

How to access MyMaths
Go to and login at the top of the page with the school's username and password. On the next page your child should enter their personal username and password in the My Portal box. School and personal usernames and passwords were given to individual children last half term in a letter. MyMaths will then remember who they are and automatically log them in to the tasks.

Teachers may have set tasks for your children to access. To access these, children need to log in to their own portal in order to see what has been set. We recommend that, before completing the work, the children click ‘Revise First’ and access the full lesson, rather than simply completing the online worksheet. Lessons and worksheets each open in new tabs. When the child is confident with the lesson content, they can then close the lesson and go to the worksheet. The worksheet has normally got two pages (tabs on the left hand side), after which the child clicks ‘Mark it’. When both pages are completed, children then need to click ‘Check out’ and only then should they close. This ensures the scores are recorded and logged under their name.

If you have no tasks set, children can still work on topics, complete tasks or play games.

To work on topics and tasks, they need to log out of their personal login and work in the school portal. From here they can select the areas of maths they would like to work on. On the left hand side (near the top) you have a drop-down menu from which you need to select National Curriculum (Eng.). Then, go to ‘Library’ and select the area of mathematics you wish to work on. You will then find a large number of topics and lessons, but need to choose the topics from your child’s year group. The children should know how to navigate through these pages, clicking the ‘Next ‘ button on the bottom right hand side of the screen as they go. When they have completed a lesson, they may then fill in the online homework or worksheet. At this point, they should log in with their own details so that the work can be recorded and logged under their name.

We hope that you and your child enjoy using MyMaths to develop your child’s understanding of maths.

Paris - June 2014


From 18 to 20 June, Miss O’Neill, Mrs Sugrue, Mrs Normoyle, Mr O’Kane and Mr Rebillard took a group of Year 6 children to Paris. They discovered the famous landmarks of Paris such as the Eiffel Tower, the Cathedral Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Le Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Hôtel des Invalides and many more. Shopping on the world famous Avenue “Les Champs Elysées” was a very special treat! A boat trip on the river Seine to view some of the best Parisian monuments was also very appreciated by everyone.




The children were also given the opportunity to visit our partner school called Belzunce School or “Ecole Belzunce”. Our French partner school is situated in central Paris next to the famous Cathedral Sacré Coeur. After emailing and writing to the French children during the whole school year, the children were very excited to meet their French e-pals. We had a typical French breakfast at the French school and we were given a tour of the school. Finally the Headteacher took us on a guided tour of the famous area around Sacré Coeur called Montmartre. We are very grateful to Ecole Belzunce for welcoming us so well again this year.

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Music Curriculum Map 2018-19


"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything"  (Plato)

Music is a very important part of daily life at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School. It is taught in every year group from the Early Years up to Year 6.

Having a dedicated music teacher, Mr McCourt, children at our school each have the opportunity to sing, play instruments and perform regularly with an emphasis on mastery. Mr McCourt is also an alumni of the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama and teaches at the Centre for Young Musicians – A division of the Guildhall School. As such we maintain excellent links with the institution and our children have access to join the Saturday School and see senior projects such as the London Schools Symphony Orchestra.

Starting in Year 1, all children learn the Zoltan Kodaly techniques for singing, memorising and performing on instrument. The musical elements of Melody, Pitch, Timbre, Tempo, Dynamics, Structure, Melody and Harmony are taught in the context of listening to and appraising the best in the musical canon. In the Spring term, they are introduced to the glockenspiel and learn how to play melodies and ensemble pieces. By the end of the year children can read basic symbols and musical notation

In Year 2, every child learns to play the recorder, using a popular graded method book as a scheme of work. Building on what they learned in Year 1, Year 2 children continue to expand their knowledge of the musical elements and repertoire through playing instruments and performing.

In Year 3, all children learn to play the ukulele for a whole year which serves as an excellent starting point to go on to learn other stringed instruments, as well as learning self-accompanying techniques and combining singing and playing together in small groups and large ensembles. 



In Year 4, all children learn percussion instruments such as the African Djembe and the Djun Djun drum as well as basic drum kit patterns. By exploring the history of African music and rhythmic patterns in this way, children learn how pop and rock music is built up and how it can be used in song-writing and composition.

In Year 5, all children learn to play the guitar. Building on what they have learned in Year 3 on the ukulele and in Year 4 on African Percussion, children start at a beginner level and quickly progress to Initial/Preparatory Grade. The Year 5 guitarists learn a range of techniques and styles of music and have the opportunity to perform regularly in concerts and assemblies.

In Year 6, children learn traditional Brazilian Samba Band instruments such as Surdos, Repenique, Caixa, Ganza, Agogo Bells, Reko-reko and Tambourims. By year 6, all children can play a number of musical instruments learned in previous years and the Samba Band is a fantastic opportunity to draw upon these skills and add guitars, bass guitars, ukuleles and keyboards to enhance the ensemble. The Samba Band often has the opportunity to perform at concerts, assemblies and this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.

Throughout the school, music theory, notation, history and the music of the great composers is taught and embedded into lesson plans so that children receive a wide and varied musical experience listening to and studying the very best in the musical canon.

Guitar and Keyboard are also taught in small tuition groups for Years 4, 5 and 6. This year, we hope to expand this provision to orchestral instruments such as strings, brass and woodwind.

Steel Pans is also taught in an after school club and children learn the history of Soca music from the Caribbean and how to play the music of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Grenada. 

We also have two extremely popular school choirs that children attend after school. Where possible, children get to go on trips to see live performances such as our recent trip to The Barbican to see the London Schools Symphony Orchestra perform works by Wagner, Gliere and Strauss.