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Sports Day

It was a wonderful first ever sports day for Reception on Friday and the children enjoyed every minute of it!

Well done everyone!

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Spirituality Week, Tie Dye and Celebration Morning

Wow! What a busy week we have had; our feet haven’t touched the ground since Monday!

The start of the week saw the introduction to Spirituality week, where the children made prayer cards and shared them with their Year 6 partners.

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On Tuesday, we asked ourselves the question, ‘Where do I see God?’

On Wednesday, we were led through the various prayer stations by Year 6. The Reception children were respectful and  prayerful throughout.

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On Tuesday, we tie dyed our t shirts ready for the Potters Bar carnival next month. Remember to give them a wash on their own, either by hand or on a quick cycle in the washing machine.

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Thank you so much for the wonderful turnout at the Celebration Morning today. I hope you enjoyed sharing your child’s learning.

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Have a wonderful half term holiday.

The Reception Team

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Year 6 – 26/05/17

Along with the rest of the school, Year 6 have been participating in Spirituality Week, during which we have been taking the time to find God’s presence in school and in our lives. After assembly on Monday, each pupil in the school made a prayer card for another member of the school to give to them. Year 6 swapped theirs with their Reception reading partners, then spent time reading with them outside to make the most of the beautiful weather.

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Well done to Brody for representing Year 6 so well in Wednesday’s guitar concert; we were all very impressed!

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In recognition of the Feast of the Ascension, the children used chalk pastels to show their interpretation of the story.

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I wish you all a glorious half term! We won’t be using scripts for rehearsals after half term, so make sure you learn your lines if you haven’t already done so.

Miss Donatantonio

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Singing About Bugs

Reception have been very busy learning new songs in class!

What do you think?

We have had an extremely busy week learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and helping to create the new school mosaic.

We were lucky enough to find two caterpillars crawling around the outside area this week, and so we put them in our caterpillar house. To our amazement, they both decided that they quite liked their new surroundings and each spun a chrysalis! We even managed to catch one in the act itself, and watched it on the class interactive whiteboard, using the visualiser. Nature in all it’s glory!

This inspired us to try to find more caterpillars or butterfly eggs outside.003

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What creature do they belong to? We are not sure; please tell us if you know!

We also had lots of fun helping to create the 50 years celebratory mosaic.

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Next week we are looking forward to Spirituality Week and learning about the song ‘ The Ugly Bug Ball’.

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team

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Skittles Subtraction

This week, Reception have been reinforcing their understanding of subtraction in a range of different ways. The most popular activity by far was ‘Skittles Subtraction’. The children had to try to knock down the skittles and then write the subtraction sentence that went with it. As you can see, they had lots of fun!

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In Literacy, we have continued to focus on the story ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson. We have been learning the Superworm song, hatching our own plan to save him and retelling the story using our individual or group story maps.

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In Knowledge and Understanding the World, we have continued to learn about worms and other mini-beasts. We have been asking ourselves scientific questions such as ‘Can worms see in the dark?’ and ‘Are worms safe from predators because they live underground?’ We have also been categorising foods and other things that we think worms do and do not eat.

The Reception were as usual, exceptionally well behaved in this morning’s May Procession in honour of Our Lady.

Well done children!

Next week, we are going to be thinking about the life cycle of a butterfly and focussing on the story, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Early Years Team

Worms!!

This week we have been learning all about the vital role that earthworms play in keeping our soil aerated and rich in nutrients. Over the next couple of weeks, we aim to observe worm’s movements through the wormery that we constructed on Tuesday.

You can make one at home by following our instructions:

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2.  Next, add some fresh vegetable peelings, leaves and water.

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3. Dig for worms.

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4. Add your freshly dug worms on to the top of the wormery and watch them disappear into the soil.

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6. Finally, place some black card or paper around your container- worms like the dark. After a couple of weeks, you should be able to clearly see the tracks of the worms.

Fun fact Did you know that a worm has five hearts?

What other facts can you find out about worms this weekend? 

Five house points and a Learning Power sticker to anyone from Reception who can tell us three new facts!

Have a great weekend!

The Early Years Team

 

 

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PE with Mr Dugan

Earlier this week we met Mr Dugan, a PE teacher from Dame Alice Owen School. This term he is going to be teaching Reception lots of different sports skills, every Tuesday afternoon.

This week we learnt the importance of working together as a team.

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Welcome Back

Welcome back everyone. It’s hard to believe that we are entering the summer term.

We hope you all had a wonderful Easter with your families. Thank you so much for the cards, flowers and chocolates that we received from you.

As you know, the children came back to a brand new outside area and were absolutely thrilled with it.

We can’t believe how much space we have!

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The construction area is very popular at the moment and we have a large group of children who like to build dens. If you have any materials at home that you no longer need and you think that they would be good for this, please can we have them? Items such as old crates or plastic boxes, washing lines, pegs, bulldog clips and drain pipes to name a few. Thank you.

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team.

 

 

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Making Bread

This week, we have been focussing on the story of The Little Red Hen.

On Monday, we drew a story map and made up some actions to go with the story and by Tuesday, we could all retell the story by ourselves. Maybe your child could tell it to you instead of a bedtime story tonight!

As you may have noticed, the children came home with some soda bread freshly prepared in class this week.

We had lots of fun making it!

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We also had two very special visitors on Tuesday- Matteo’s mummy and his new baby brother came for a very special show and tell. We learnt all about his baby brother’s daily routine and how Matteo helps his mummy to look after him.

Thank you for visiting us!

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We also said a sad goodbye to the chicks today. We have loved having them in our class and are missing them already! The boy chicks went back to the farm and the girl chicks went home with Mrs Ferguson.

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Have a lovely weekend and a wonderful Mother’s Day.

The Reception Team

 

 

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Science Week in Year 6

Year 6 have had a fun-filled week learning about the topic of Flight for National Science Week. The children have written the blog this week, recounting their various learning, so please do comment!

Monday – by Matthew M

On Monday, we first learnt about the history of aviation from the first unnamed craft to stealth bombers in 2017. About 5 minutes later, we made paper aeroplanes to see which ones fly best and why. It is because of the wing span, the stream line or weight distribution. After break, we had a talk from Rocket Scientists. During that session we made rockets that are powered by compressed air. After lunch, we practised the Mass for Wednesday about living water. After that, we did RE and we learnt that you don’t need to pray out loud to pray. That was the end of Day 1 of Science Week.

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Tuesday – by Amelia Z

On Tuesday, we went to Westminster Abbey. Before we got to Westminster Abbey, we went to Westminster Cathedral then we saw Big Ben. After that, we went to Downing Street and got the chance to see Theresa May (our prime minister). Then we went to eat lunch in the cloisters of the Abbey. When we finished lunch we had a Charles Darwin workshop where we had different objects acting as beaks and we had to try and pick as many food types and elastic bands up in one minute. Then we had a tour guide who took us around the Abbey and showed us where Charles Darwin was buried. After our amazing experience, we went home.

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Theresa May leaving Downing Street!

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Passing the Cenotaph

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Approaching Westminster Abbey

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Before going to the Abbey we had a whistle-stop tour of  Westminster Cathedral.

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Awaiting the Prime Minister’s departure from Downing Street!

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Group shot with the Downing Street policemen

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The tour included a glimpse of Parliament and Big Ben

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Which beak is best adapted? Investigating Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection

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Meeting Charles Darwin and hearing all about his voyage on HMS Beagle!

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On a quest to find Darwin’s animals, based on clues about their adaptations

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Wednesday – by Josh M

On Wednesday, we learnt about owls and how they live. Apparently, owls can turn their heads 270°. They can also swallow a whole mouse in one go, but they cough out all the bones and stuff. After the owl session, we went to the church where we had our Lenten Mass on the theme of water. It was a lovely Mass with the teachers and some classmates doing a great job. When we came back from church, after lunch we had PE where we learnt about tag rugby. In tag rugby we learnt about positions and played a lot of games.

Thursday – by Luis

The penultimate day of Science Week was when we made our aeroplanes from Monday even better. We coloured them in and made them more aerodynamic and streamlined.

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Friday – by Oliver

On Friday (the last day), we had a St Patrick’s Day assembly where lots of parents came, and it included a fun performance by Year 3 and Irish Dancing. After, we attempted to build 3D flowers with 4 sheets of A4 paper, scissors but no tape, glue etc. with our parents and they loved looking through our classroom. In the afternoon, we handed out our home learning and had time with our Reception reading buddies. We helped them take part in our Lenten charity obstacle course, then taught them how to make paper aeroplanes. Everyone really enjoyed this week and hope to have a week this good again.

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Extra mention from Miss Donatantonio

Last week, a group of Year 6 children showed the rest of the class some stones and rocks they found in the peace garden. Cristina, Rosie, Ciaran and Daniel have since set up a Geology Club and yesterday I was delighted to walk into the hall at lunchtime to see the Geology Club in action. It is fantastic that the children are following up an interest of theirs to teach the younger children in their lunch time.

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For this week’s home learning letter, click here.

For the powerpoint used in the maths lesson on BODMAS, click here.

For the powerpoint used in our grammar lesson on subordinating conjunctions, click here.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Donatantonio