Reception Autumn Term Week 4

This week we began our phonics program ‘Letters and Sounds’; we have had lots of fun learning the letter sounds and phrases in class. Thank you for supporting your child with their daily phonics activity; it really helps to reinforce the new learning and makes an incredible difference to their reading and writing over the long term.

 

Although we have had bad weather this week, Reception have still continued to learn in the outside area. They had lots of fun using their leaning power to get rid of the enormous puddle right outside the classroom. The children set their own challenge of using the syringes to transport the water to the large jars. This proved to be a very popular activity. Which learning powers do you think the children used to achieve their task? If you are not sure, ask one of the Reception class and they will tell you!

In RE this week, Reception had lots of fun reinforcing their understanding of the story of creation through a whole class role play and dance!

Next week, we are looking forward to joining the rest of the school in focussing on the story book ‘Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles’. Children, why not get a head start and find out what you can about reptiles?

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Week 4 27th September

This week has been another one in which the children have worked hard in all subjects.

In Maths they have continued with their work on regrouping and also learnt about Roman Numerals using the story of 61 as a stimulus. In English, they have written their first draft of their creature poems based on the Small Dragon poem by Brian Patten (https://www.poetryarchive.org/poem/small-dragon) and have been editing their work.  In RE the children have learnt about the beliefs of the Creation story and about the legacy of St Vincent.

A hit this week in our spelling sessions was the ‘Word Wager’ Game.  The children embraced the challenge of learning their spellings in another way and have said that they found this a great way to learn their spellings.  As a result, we had lots of happy children after their spelling test this morning!

Home Learning is an RE focus.  A letter has come home with the children. Please click here to see a copy:

RE Home Learning Year of the Word

 

This week’s spellings are:  peace, piece, main, mane, fair, fare, bear, bare, blew, blue   (homophones)

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs McNamara     Ms Varga

 

 

Autumn 1 Week 4

It has been a very busy week in Year 5! Firstly, I would like to congratulate the children on their performance in assembly this morning. They read beautifully and taught the school about St Vincent and his legacy.

 

In history this week, we asked the key question  ‘where did the Saxons settle and is there was any evidence of them being in Hertfordshire?’ Using maps, we discovered that many place names in our locality use Saxon words, showing that must have lived in this area.

Another group led an act of worship this week. As always, it was of a high standard and allowed the children to connect with this Sunday’s Gospel.

Home learning this week is a whole school art project. Children were given letters with the information and details will also be found on the school newsletter. Other than the art project, the only other home learning is spelling.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Mrs Lines

Year 2 Blog Week 3

It has been another week of creative learning in Year 2. In Religion, we have been looking at the life of St. Vincent and the children role played scenes from his life.  We thought very carefully about how St. Vincent taught us that it is not what you give but the way you give. We also looked at Creation story 2 and everyone created some wonderful story maps before going on to retell the story.

In English we have continued work on adjectives and the children composed lots of descriptive poems about Autumn.

There was plenty of problem solving taking place in P.E. and everyone worked very well together to complete the tasks.

Home Learning:

Spelling Rule 2

R.E. Whole School Home Learning project.

Have a peaceful weekend.

Miss Davey

Year 6 – 27/09/19

Another week has flown by in Year 6 and the children have been producing fantastic learning.

This week’s RE focus has been on St Vincent de Paul, in recognition of his feast day today. We looked at how his example is being followed today, then discussed the big question:

“How can you be a friend to a God you can’t see if you’re not a friend to those you can see?”

They wrote some really deep and thoughtful answers, linking them to Bible stories such as the Last Judgement and Lazarus and the Rich Man.

In English, the children have been planning, drafting and editing newspaper reports based on our class text, Once, and have focused on trying to use formal language in their writing. I have been very impressed!

In our WW2 history learning, we have been finding out about what life was like as an evacuee. The children took on the roles of different evacuees, then shared their experiences with the rest of the class. We discussed why some children had great experiences whilst others hated their time as an evacuee. We will learn about this further on our trip next Thursday to the British Schools Museum.

In music, we took inspiration from Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and went out into the school grounds to listen to the sounds of our local area. Back in the classroom, the children worked in groups to recreate these sounds, and I was so impressed by their creativity in emulating woodpeckers, rustling leaves and even a helicopter! Have a look at the video below:

In PE, we continued our Arsenal Football Club training, this week focusing on finding space.

This afternoon was a sea of calm and tranquility in the Year 6 classroom as we watched Mrs Burgess how to draw a line self-portrait, then sat in deep concentration and drew our own. The results are fantastic and will be exhibited at some point!

The rest of the afternoon was spent reading with their Reception partners. It was a privilege to watch them sitting and reading with each other so beautifully.

This week’s home learning (due Tuesday 1st October ) is as follows:

English SPaG – sheet on formal language
Spellings Come up with creative ideas (cartoons/rhymes/mnemonics…) to help you learn this week’s homophones. Remember: the words spelt with c are nouns, whereas the words spelt with s are verbs. Be ready to share your ideas with the class:

advice

advise

device

devise

licence

license

practice

practise

prophecy

prophesy

Maths

Times tables

Mathletics tasks on multiplying/dividing by 10, 100, 1000

 

Continue to revise all times tables.

RE Click here for Mrs Joyce’s letter about the RE home learning for this week.
Reading Daily reading and recording in Reading Records.

I look forward to seeing some of you at the Mass tonight; otherwise, have a great weekend and see you Monday.

Miss Donatantonio

Autumn 1, Week 4

What a busy week we have had. We have celebrated St Vincent’s day, learnt to play the note A on the recorder, developed our knowledge of the 3 timetable and learnt that there are three types of rock.

Home learning:

Spelling: earth, early, learn, heard, earn, pearl, search, unearth, earl and rehearse.

Reading for 10 minutes a day.

Whole school RE home learning – please check your child’s bag for a letter outlining this home learning.

 

Week 4

Another busy week of learning! The children were excited to receive a letter to say a bear was missing and their help was needed. They designed their own cave expert badges and they described the bear using adjectives. We made caves with bricks and Lego.  Then we read the story We are Going on a Bear Hunt and in groups they made story maps to retell the story.

In Maths the children have been comparing numbers using mathematical vocabulary. They have been solving problems and explaining how they solved them.

We have continued our problem solving and teamwork in PE.

Thank you for the donations of teddies, the children enjoyed the teddy tombola. We have been learning about St Vincent and how giving to charities is an important part of our faith.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Carey

 

Reception Autumn Term Week 3

It’s been another fun week in Reception!

We have been focussing on the book ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson this week and began the week with a Stick Man hunt around the school grounds. Unbelievably, we had numerous sightings of him!

We decided to collect our own sticks to use in our learning. As you can see, the children have been very busy creating their own stick people from a variety of materials, as well as thinking of their own alternative uses for a stick!

In RE this week, Reception learnt how to make the sign of the cross correctly and listened to the creation story. They demonstrated their understanding of the story by making their own little books, drawing pictures, making models and acting it out.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

Year 2 Blog Week 2

It has been a busy week of learning in Year 2. In Religion we have been learning about the Bible and the children used their computing skills to create some wonderful mind maps. We are now focusing on the story of creation in the book of Genesis.

In maths we have been looking at number and place value. The children used different resources to help them recognise the value of each digit in 2 and 3 digit numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In P.E. we have been concentrating on our teamwork skills. Everyone had great fun working together to complete the tricky tasks.

This week we are enjoying the story of James and the Giant Peach by our author of the month. Roald Dahl’s writing is providing us with plenty of great adjectives to use in our own writing.

Home learning: Please find usernames and passwords for Spag.com in the Home Learning wallet. Also included are the spelling lists for this half -term. The first spelling test will be on Friday 27th September. You can practise spellings on the spelling frame website,spellingframe.co.uk, there is no login required.

Mathletics – Number.

Spag.com – Sentence types (A)

Spellings – Spelling rule 1 – ge and dge.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Davey

Autumn 1 – Week 3

The children have been working hard during music with Mrs McNamara and have learnt how to position their fingers on the recorder and learnt how to play their first note – B.  In art we have been honing our sketching and observation skills. During English we have been identifying and using persuasive language to write letters and in maths we have revisited ordering and comparing numbers.

In RE this week we have studied the creation story and reflected on how we are called to care for our common home. Well done year three you have really shown resilience and resourcefulness this week.

Home learning:

Spelling week 3 – long a sound, spelt ai 

straight , campaign, contain, brain, faint, waist, claim, praise, complaint and afraid.

Mathletics and Spag.com activities have also been set.

Reading – please read for 10 minutes daily.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Pringle