Friday, 7th May 2021

Although, it has been only a short week, children were very busy in Year 4. On Tuesday, we made model houses to support our descriptive writing based on the book, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. Thank you so much to all of you Parents, who sent in beautiful flowers to help us with this project. In the afternoon, Mr Mills braved the rain out and led a fantastic tennis session, where we started focusing on different stroke types, such as backhand and forehand.

On Wednesday, we looked at Science in the news and used iPads to research Perseverance and Curiosity, the 2 most recent Mars missions. Children were fascinated by the facts they found on Nasa’s website about the rovers and we had great discussions about the possibility of future life on the Red Planet.

On Friday, children participated in a beautiful May Procession and completed learning about Mary. They also carried on with programming and followed on form last week’s Ten Ten module.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

Please see your Home Learning below:

Due by Tuesday, 11th May 2021
Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame and spend some time practicing this week’s spelling words then test yourself on them.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/spelling-rule/46/28-Word-list-years-3-and-4—ei–to-fe-

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 activities. Please also make sure that you update your reading log and that you have it with you in school in order to record our Guided Reading sessions and for us to have a look at your logs.

https://readtheory.org/

Multiplication Please log onto Hit the button and spend some time practicing your mixed number facts with a special emphasis on your division pairs to support your fraction learning.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

Maths Please log onto Study Ladder and complete the assigned fraction questions. They are from a mixed range of years to ensure consolidation.

https://www.studyladder.co.uk/

English Please listen to our  class story for the last time. Pay special attention to the scene where the pig sees the house of flowers for the first time. On a piece of paper please create a word bank that you could use for your description. Think about the 5 senses:

What could the pig see, smell, hear and feel. (taste might not be useful in this part).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPW9VUm299I

 

 

Friday, 30th April 2021

Year 4 has been very busy this week with lots of opportunities to participate in sport activities.

On Tuesday, we enjoyed our first session with Mr Mills, learning core skills in tennis. The children did very well and could complete rallies up to 39 hits by end of our lesson!

On Thursday, we participated in a Cricket taster session, trying our hand at fielding and batting, learning how to hold the baton and how to complete runs to gain points for our teams. The children loved playing the game and reported that they wouldn’t mind more in the future 🙂

On the same day, after school, the majority of the children joined the athletics club lead by Miss Pringle, where they could refresh their running and jumping skills.

We also completed our daily mile, where some children achieved great improvement compared to the beginning, increasing their lap numbers from 5 to up to 12! Again, very well done!

This week, the children have also finished their lamps by inserting their circuits and switches. It has been a great few weeks working on this D&T project and the children did very well, thinking about their designs and taking ownership of their plans and the execution!

Please make sure the lamps are switched off when not in use, as the small, simple battery holders used in the models can get hot!

We wish you a lovely bank holiday long weekend,

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

Please see below the Home Learning:

Due Tuesday, 4th May 2021
Spelling Please log onto Spellingframe and spend some times practicing this week’s spelling words before testing yourself.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/spelling-rule/45/27-Word-list-years-3-and-4—ci–to-ea-

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 3 activities.

https://readtheory.org/

Times table Please log onto Hit the button and spend some time practicing your mixed number facts, with special focus on the division facts.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Science For your Science Home Learning this week, I would like you to go on an ‘Appliance Hunt’. I would like you to go around your house and record appliances that use electricity. Beyond noticing them, I also want you to have a think: What is the effect of electricity in them? Does electricity change sound? change light? change movement? change temperature?

Record them in a table please. Please record at least 12 appliances that use electricity in a variety of ways.

Be ready to present your learning on Tuesday, as we will stick them into Science books.

Art Next week, I would like the children to complete an art activity that would support their English learning. As part of our whole school writing project, the children will have to describe a house made of flowers. Using art straws, I would like the children to build these models so that it would help them with their descriptive paragraph.

If you can, please could you support this by sending in some flowers. They can be fresh or dried. They don’t have to be shop bought! The children can pick some on their way to school or from their gardens.

We are planning to make these models on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Week Beginning 19.4.21 Reception

It has been a very busy and exciting start to the new term!

For the past two weeks, the children have been focussing on farm life and the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. This all began with a letter that Reception received from some local goats in Potters Bar. They claimed to be having problems with an unreasonable troll, who was being particularly mean and not letting them cross their bridge. They asked the children for some urgent help. The class wasted no time at all designing and making new troll proof bridges and thinking of creative ways to cross the river safely. The children have also been very busy writing their own versions of the story, role playing and hot seating the different characters, making puppets, painting pictures, creating clay models, making and playing with masks and writing apology letters from the troll!

In Religion, the class have been learning about some of the Resurrection stories and demonstrating their own understanding through a number of different creative ways.

This week, Reception had a fantastic time getting to know all of the visiting farm animals. Everyone decided unanimously, that they couldn’t possibly choose a favourite, as they were all so cute! Grace and Matilda said that it was the best day of their lives and everyone else agreed! The experience inspired the children to do lots of fabulous drawing and writing about the animals they saw.

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team

Friday, 23rd April 2021

                       

The children this week had an amazing opportunity to learn about farm animals and about ways to care for them. The Ark Farm’s visit on Tuesday allowed them to have a closer look at animals such as a donkey, a pig, some lambs, chickens, ducks as well as rabbits, guinea pigs and even a hedgehog. The children loved stroking the animals on display and recorded lots of newly learnt facts about them later on in class.

In English, we have completed our first big write of the term. A newspaper article based on our class book, The three little wolves and the big bad pig. In Maths, we started our new unit of fractions, using Cuisenaire rods for the first time.

We have completed our daily mile and in Design and Technology, finished our circuits and switches for our bedside lamps. Today in our Computing session we learnt through using Scratch how to use the forever and repeat programming blocks.  The children enjoyed programming three dinosaur sprites to dance!!  They finished off their afternoon, enjoying their fruit kebabs!

            

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

 

Please see your Home Learning below:

Due Tuesday, 27th April 2021
Spelling Please spend some time practising this week’s spelling words then complete your test.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/spelling-rule/44/26-Word-list-years-3-and-4—br–to-ce-

Reading Please log onto your Read Theory account and complete 2 activities.

https://readtheory.org/

Timestables Please log onto Hit the Button and spend some time practicing your mixed division facts. In our fraction learning, it is essential that children have a solid knowledge of their division facts to calculate equal groups of the whole.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

RE As a preparation for our RE learning based on the symbols we use in Mass to refer to the Resurrection of Jesus, we would like the children to research the Paschal Candle (one of the object in Church, we are going to look at next week). We would like the children to present their learning on an A4 piece of paper (handwritten or typed) with pictures-if possible- as we are going to stick these into their RE books.

Some useful links:

https://www.zieglers.com/blog/the-paschal-candle-everything-you-need-to-know/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PnqIEwb3c8

 

 

Friday, 16th April 2021

This week, Year 4 took part in a very enthusiastic Easter egg hunt on Monday and spent this week focusing on the Resurrection story according to Mark as well as post Resurrection stories such as The Road to Emmaus or Doubting Thomas. The children painted beautiful water -colour pictures inspired by these wonderful Gospel stories to capture the meaning and importance of Our Lord’s Resurrection.

On Tuesday and Thursday, the children refreshed their knowledge of basic tennis skills in preparation for next week, when they will have the privilege to work with Mr Mills who will teach tennis in the remaining weeks of this term.

This week the children have spent time on their D&T project – the bedside lamp, during which they have finalised their structures, attached all added features, as well as painting their models. Next week, they will be assembling their circuits with switches to complete their lamp.

The children looked at programming in ICT and with Scratch programming language, they learnt how to create a programme to draw various 2 D shapes.

 

In English, the children have read two traditional tales to launch our whole school writing project based on farms. The class are very much looking forward to next week’s farm visit on Tuesday.

The children have also continued to complete their daily mile as well, where they are improving greatly with regards to the number of laps achieved. Well done!

 

We wish Max a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in class soon!

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

 

Year 4 Home Learning:

Friday, 16th April 2021
Spelling Please log onto Spelling frame and spend some time practicing your weekly spelling words, as well as, testing yourself.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/spelling-rule/26/25-Word-list-years-3-and-4—a-to-bi-

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete  2 activities.

https://readtheory.org/

Research Project In preparation for next Tuesday’s farm visit, I would like you to create a learning poster where you explain how to look after animals. They don’t need to necessarily be farm animals but animals in general, including house pets.

Think about their diet, a safe ‘home’, tending to their physical needs (fur, teeth, nails, etc.)

Here are a few links to start you off:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULlnRZz69QE

https://rurallivingtoday.com/livestock/basics-caring-livestock/ (first part of the article only)

https://education.rspca.org.uk/education/teachers/primary/lessonplans/pets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOLP8p0jSoA

Please be ready to present these posters on Tuesday, 20th April- the day of the farm visit.

Friday, 26th March 2021

Our last week (before the holidays) in Year 4 has been another busy one.

The children have spent time this week learning about Jesus’ Passion according to Mark’s Gospel and finding out more about Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  Yesterday, the class watched online the very reflective Stations of the Cross service lead by Year 5 and 6 from Our Lady and St Vincent’s Church.  This has been recorded and will be available from OLSV website.

In D&T the children continued with their project, applying a second layer of paper-mache followed by  additional details such as wings, beaks, paws, etc to personalise their bedside lamp structures. Some excellent designs coming along!

           

During the week, the children participated in several Lenten Charity events organised by the Year 6 house captains.  On Wednesday, they completed a  Lenten word hunt on the field whilst on Thursday, they took part in an obstacle course. They also took part in a Fairtrade chocolate and banana morning on Wednesday.

In PE the children have worked on General fitness and Team-building over these last few weeks and they have really enjoyed completing their daily Golden Mile.

Today, the class used twigs, stones, berries and other ‘treasures’ found on the school grounds to decorate their Lenten Pots which will bloom later just in time for Easter.

We wish all of you and your families a safe, healthy and blessed Easter!

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

P.S.: During the holidays, please keep  reading and update your reading logs on the stories you have completed.

Year Three 12/3/21

It has been a wonderful to welcome all the children back into the classroom. We have spent the week focusing on our Wellbeing; learning the  5 Ways to Wellbeing:

Connecting with others

Learning new things

being Active

Noticing the world around us

Giving to others.

We have enjoyed connecting with each other again and have been very active this week, completing the daily mile on the field as well as circuit training in P.E.

We also enjoyed sharing our favourite stories and celebrating World Book Day together on Thursday – the children looked great in their costumes.

This week has been Science Week and the focus was inventions and inventors. At the beginning of the week the children shared their ideas about our big question, ‘What would life be like without electricity?’ Year 3 then researched Thomas Edison, who invented the electric light bulb.

Home Learning:

Whole School Home Learning on St Joseph.  Please see the school newsletter.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a Happy Mother’s Day.

Miss Pringle

 

Spring Term – Friday 12th March

It’s been a wonderful week in which we have welcomed the children back into school.

They have been working extremely hard….catching up with all their peers and embracing their learning.

The health and wellbeing of the children is our priority over the coming weeks.  We have a series of planned activities woven into our curriculum to ensure that we are managing as positively and as sensitively as possible the transition back into school which may well be a challenging aspect for our children to face. Our aim is to make the transition as smooth as possible for each and every child.

As part of this transition back, each day we have walked or run many laps of the school field – completing our school mile!   We have noticed that the children have become a little faster at getting around the field…keep this up children!

On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day – the children were dressed in an array of costumes – Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara came as characters from ‘The Scarecrow’s Wedding’!

 

 

 

 

Home Learning this week.

Focus is on:  St Joseph.

The feast of St Joseph is on Friday 19th March. Earlier this term, we learnt about some of the
characteristics of this special saint. He trusted in God, he listened to God, he looked after Mary and
Joseph and he brought Jesus up in his faith.
There are many different images and paintings of St Joseph created by many different artists.

We would like your child to create their own A4 painting /drawing of St Joseph, using any medium they like and bring their work into school by Friday 19th March and give it to Ms Varga.

Some of them will be displayed in Our Lady and St Vincent’s Church.

Click here for the school newsletter.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a Happy Mother’s Day.

 

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

 

 

Friday, 18th December 2020

We have had a lovely last week with the class. After finishing off our big story, ‘The Magic Coin’ and completing RE learning based around Advent and Christmas customs around the World , the children dedicated some time to the coming festivities. They got their classroom into full party mode and created some wonderful decorations.

The children looked lovely in their party outfits on Wednesday and enjoyed the Christmas lunch followed by a class disco, more party food and a movie. The children really enjoyed dancing with their glow sticks and with the disco lights, the class was full of colourful lights!

Thank you children for all your hard work this term. We appreciate all the efforts you have made and your very mature attitude towards the changed rules and routines of this ‘new’ era.

We also thank you parents for your continued support this term and for the generous presents and gifts you have given to us.

We wish you all a safe, healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.

God Bless.

See you in 2021!

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

 

 

 

Week 7

We have had a wonderful week in Year 1. On Monday we had popcorn and watched our Nativity. The children loved seeing themselves on screen and singing along to the songs.

The children scrubbed the potatoes and onions from our school gardens. Then cut them and put them in the oven. They were delicious!

On Wednesday we had Christmas lunch followed by our Christmas party. The dance moves in Year 1 were amazing!

All the children in Year 1 are Advent Angels!

The children have worked very hard this term and have been a pleasure to teach. I am proud of all of them.

Thank you for our  cards and generous gifts.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a great rest!

Mrs Carey and Mrs Vieyra