St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Together as one family

Skiddaw Yrs 4/5/6


Hello, and welcome to Skiddaw's page. We are a mixed 4, 5 and 6 class.


I am now in my second year teaching at St. Joseph's and I love the school's small, family friendly atmosphere. The team of staff here have been so positive and made me feel very welcome since starting at the school. Everyone is willing to help each other out. St. Joseph's is a school where every child in the school is valued and has a positive relationship with their adults. I love that everyone knows each other's name here.


Of course primary teachers must teach all subjects, but my personal interests are in Literacy, History and Art. In Skiddaw, the younger children learn such a lot from the older children who they see as role models. We work hard but also have a lot of fun! Keep checking this page for updates and to see all the exciting things we have been up to in Skiddaw class!


Mr. Barnes

Talk for Writing

We use Pie Corbett's innovative Talk for Writing scheme to help our children learn in English. Here we looked at the story of Willy the Wimp by Anthony Browne. We had lots of fun re-enacting the story through drama and story tennis.

Maths Mastery

At St. Joseph's we use a Maths mastery approach to build the children's skills and confidence. We examine topics from a variety of angles using a range of resources in order to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. We draw from a variety of physical, text and online resources to reinforce the children's learning, including White Rose Maths, Target Maths, Doodle Maths and Times Table Rockstars.


This year we have looked at number of cultural icons including the Beatles, Mohammed Ali and other black icons from the Civil Rights Movement in America. For our Science topic of sound, Mr Barnes brought in his record player and LPs. In Art we learnt about Peter Blake, and drew portraits of Mohammed Ali, using a Growth Mindset approach to edit, re-draw and hone our portraits over time. In History we learnt about Elizabeth Eckford, Maya Angelou, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Barack Obama.

Care in the Community

At St. Joseph's we have close ties with the local community. Skiddaw class visit Kirklands residential home on a regular basis to read books, sing Christmas carols and spread joy to the residents. We are sad to have to postpone our visits due to the coronavirus, but we are sending messages of support to our special neighbours.

Boggy Jog Fundraiser for Australian bushfire animals (2020)

Skiddaw Class raised an incredible £1,012 at our Boggy Jog fundraiser for the animals harmed in the Australian Bushfires. The event was a huge success and included a muddy fun run, bake sale, guess the name of the koala, colouring competition and a raffle. The event gained lots of publicity and Robbie, Ben and Marcey were interviewed by the BBC, and we also had articles published in the Times and Star and Cumbria Crack! Well done to all the children and parents who made the event such a success.

Lego League: Innovation Project Winners (2020)

This year, Skiddaw class took part in the FIRST LEGO League regional tournament in Workington, and won the Innovation Project Award Trophy! Our presentation talked about Greta Thunberg and various types of pollution which impact urban areas. We are so glad that all our hard work paid off and we had a fantastic day.

Our new Premier League All-Stars sports kit!

The Premier League Primary Stars Kit Scheme offered primary schools access to a free Nike football kit. 

Premier League Primary Stars aims to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills and the Kit and Equipment Scheme, run in partnership with Nike, gave teachers the opportunity to get their hands on free resources to aid their pupils’ learning. We love our new kit! 

Reading for Pleasure: Our favourite books!