5th April, 2019

This week we received the Sacrament of Reconciliation from Fr Shaun and Fr Dominic.  The children examined what sin is and wrote beautiful poems around their thoughts.

The children also  entertained us with their wonderful skills of singing, piano and violin in front of an audience of their peers and parents.  This can be such a nervous time for them to share their talents  – it was wonderful to see how much their confidence has grown this term.  Well done children!

Last Friday, the children led the Stations of the Cross at church and I was so pleased to hear that they had read confidently and with reverence.  I enjoyed practising their readings with them and it was lovely to allow them to choose the station they wanted to read about.  Thank you children for giving up your time to come to the service and share your talents.

Home Learning for the Easter holidays is set out below.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter.

 

Mrs McNamara and Ms Varga

 

Spring 2 week 6

 

Well done to all the children who played or sang in the music concert – you were fantastic. Please ensure you read over the next two weeks.

Please see Whole School Home Learning Easter Garden Project below.

Wishing you all a lovely holiday!

 

Week 9

We have had a wonderful week of learning! To begin Science week, we made rockets and learnt about the scientist Mae Jemison. She was the first African-American woman to go into space. We have been learning about lots of different journeys and how we travel. On Celebration morning, we made paper aeroplanes and helicopters with our parents. We loved the skittle investigation, watching all the colours travel across the plate.

In Religion we have been looking at the journey though Lent. We made beautiful hearts to remember Jesus. We have been learning about the stations of the cross and what each station means. On Wednesday, we learnt about how we can show our love to each other. We sang songs and prayed with Michael.

In Maths we have been learning about 3D shapes and sorting them into different groups. We have been looking at real life objects and identifying what shape they are.

We have continued with the story The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon. The children planned and wrote their own stories of the dish and the spoon’s adventures in their homes or our school. They got up to lots of mischief!

In PE we watched the Honda advert of different parts of the car moving. We performed a dance of different movements in a sequence.

Thank you to all the parents for coming to the celebration morning, we hope you enjoyed it. Well done to the great Irish dancers in our class!

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Mrs Carey

8th March

This week was another busy week in Year 4.  On Monday, the children discussed their Lenten promises and the importance of praying, fasting and almsgiving.  As we talked about Jesus’ love for us, the children each created a crown of thorns.  It’s a new tradition in which you create a crown (from dough), add thorns (toothpicks), and  remove one thorn each time a good deed is done.

On Wednesday, we joined the rest of Key Stage 2 and celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass , receiving ashes on our forehead.  The children sang beautifully and Jamie and Heather brought up the Offertory gifts.

After swimming on Wednesday afternoon, the class continued with their violin lessons with Mrs Rodgers and their   their plucking skills.  She has commented that the children are focussed and working hard to learn their new instrument.

On Thursday the classroom was buzzing with excitement as the children came dressed up as a wide variety of book characters.  It is so encouraging to see the children taking part in various fun and creative reading and writing opportunities to really promote the importance of reading.  We took part in an online creative workshop about the author Jeff McKinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  The children found out about his work and what inspired him to write.  They then went on to writing their own diary extract, making it as funny as they could.  The class giggled many times as they took turns to read aloud their extracts.

Spring Term Week 7 Reception

Image result for the adventures of the dish and the spoon EYFS activities

Have you ever wondered what happened to the dish and the spoon when they ran away in the nursery rhyme, Hey Diddle, Diddle? This week Reception class found out when they heard the story, ‘The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon’ by Mini Grey. The children had lots of fun thinking and writing about what they would do if they found a big bag of money; ideas ranged from giving it to the poor, to buying a gold Lamborghini! In the story, the dish and the spoon make some poor life decisions and as a result the spoon is put in prison.  To re-enact this, Reception decided that they wanted the outside role play area to be a police station, complete with a jail and so they have been very busy working together to create and then play in it.

In RE, the children have learnt about the importance of buying Fairtrade in order to support hardworking farmers, so that they will get fair and better prices for their products, have decent working conditions, be in a position to make their own decisions and control their future and lead the dignified lives that they all deserve. The children then designed their own posters telling everyone to buy Fairtrade. Today, they reinforced their learning by discussing Fairtrade and then drawing the Fairtrade logo with their Learning Partners.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Year 6 – 01/03/19

This week, we have been recognising the first half of Fairtrade Fortnight: on Tuesday afternoon, the Fairtrade Group went to The Wroxham School to teach them about the principles of Fairtrade and to encourage them to purchase Fairtrade products. They spoke very professionally and were truly living out the Catholic calling of working for the Common Good.

This morning, Year 6 worked with Year 1 to make their own role plays explaining why we should be buying Fairtrade products where possible.

Also this week, we were kindly visited by a volunteer from the church who demonstrated burning last year’s palms into ash for this coming week’s Ash Wednesday masses.

In English, we have started – along with the rest of the school – our new text, The Adventures Of The Dish And The Spoon; in maths, we have been learning about circle geometry and properties of 3D shapes; in RE, we recorded podcasts about the Sacraments of Healing (QR Codes to be included in next week’s blog to listen to these – watch this space!); in PE, we took advantage of the fantastic weather and did some athletics outside.

This week’s home learning (due Tuesday 5th March) is as follows:

English spag.com – KS2 SATs Grammar Test (D)
Spellings The adjectival suffix –ful becomes –fully when turned into an adverb. From the list below, write spelling sentences choosing either the adjective or adverb version of each word (eg. If you write on for hopeful, then you don’t have to write one for hopefully). I want to see a mix of both though.
Maths

Times tables

Questions to be completed in the yellow Home Learning book:

·        CGP Year 6 book pp. 58-61 (Shape Properties and Circles)

Continue to revise all times tables.

Reading Continue to use readtheory.org

Daily reading, with parent signature once a week.

Spelling list (to be tested Friday 8th March)

Suffix ful -> fully

hopeful hopefully
careful carefully
thoughtful thoughtfully
deceitful deceitfully
woeful woefully
doubtful doubtfully
fateful fatefully
successful successfully
skilful skilfully
merciful mercifully

Have a great weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

(SN and SD – here is the psalm for you to practice):

Spring term Week 6 Reception

Well, we are officially half way through our first year of school and to mark it, Reception performed their first ever class assembly today, all about love.

Their teachers were very proud of them all- Well done Reception Class!

 

As part of the school’s Other Faith Week, Reception have been learning about Judaism. On Tuesday the class participated in a fun, hands-on workshop, where they got to wear and look at lots of symbolic Jewish artefacts.

The class also participated in a Safer Internet workshop, where the children learnt about how to stay safe and what to do if someone is being unkind online.

Wishing you all a wonderful half term break!

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

 

 

Spring Term Week 5 Reception

Our story focus this week has been the ‘The Ugly Duckling’. The class have spent lots of  time discussing the positive aspects of being different, and recognising and celebrating the similarities and differences between themselves. Inspired by the ending of the story, some of the class decided to make their own flying creations and test them outside!

As part of Safer Internet Day, the children took part of in a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectively, critically and creatively. They each designed a poster saying, ‘Don’t post mean pictures…post this instead’, and drew a picture that had nice content and didn’t require consent from  another person.

Our Maths focus this week has been addition, and the children have had lots of fun, practical experiences creating and solving simple addition problems.

We finished our week sharing an Act of Worship with our Year 6 Learning Partners. Well done to Kate, Kiera, Alex and Thomas for leading so beautifully.

Please remember to sign up for a parent consultation time – sheets will be left out in the hall next week.

We look forward to seeing you all at our first ever class assembly on Friday at 9.15am.

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

 

The Sacraments

This week, Year 4 have spent some time focusing on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, one of the seven Sacraments we are learning about this term. They  created  a role play of the Sacrament and reflected on what they  learnt about the role of the priest and the penitent. They also made some beautiful ‘stained glass effect’ artwork to link art with their RE topic.

The children were introduced to Hinduism in preparation for our visit to the Neasden Temple as part of our Other Faith Week.

On Wednesday, the children enjoyed a double swimming session and have learnt two new patterns during their Djembe lesson on Thursday.

Next Thursday at 2.45pm the children would like to invite all parents and carers to their djembe concert led by Caz, their drumming teacher.

Have a lovely weekend.

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

 

Spring Term Week 4 Reception

Our story focus this week has been The Three Little Pigs. The children have been thinking about what materials they would make their own houses from and have enjoyed using the building site role play area. They also made their own houses from different materials, and worked together to create this fantastic den!

Due to the freezing temperatures this week, Reception have spent a lot of time investigating ice and were surprised to hear just how loudly the ice crackled when you put salt on it!

Today, the class enjoyed using watercolour paints and painting directly onto the snow. They also had fun participating in a team challenge of making a snow person together.

This afternoon, the Year 6 Healthy Living group cut up and shared the fruit the children had brought in this morning. Reception enjoyed trying lots of different exotic flavours.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer