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

Spring Term Week 3 Reception

What another busy week of learning Reception have had!

This week, the story focus has been ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. The children have been very busy turning the fairy tale cottage into Grandma’s house. They have also been designing bags suitable for transporting a cake to Grandma, drawing maps of the forest, writing lists of items to make Grandmas feel better and writing own versions of the story. The children were also challenged to independently make a free standing tree! We had some fantastic creations in class!

After Tuesday night’s snowfall, the children were keen to get outside on Wednesday morning. They were excited to see tracks left in the snow from different wild animals and the mud kitchen became the snow kitchen for the day!

On Thursday, Reception welcomed a very important visitor to the class- Bishop John Sherrington. The children learnt about the different vestments that he wears and the religious objects that he carries, such as the crosier. They shared their learning with him and sang their favourite song, Yellow Bird.

Friday’s PE lesson built on last week’s learning and the children had lots of fun working together to perform group balances to the rest of the class.

*Reception will be doing their very first assembly on Friday 15th February at 9.15am. Please join us!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Year 2 Blog Week 17

It has been another busy week of learning in Year 2. We have continued work on our Religion unit – sacramental people. The children enjoyed reading the story – Maybe God is like that too by Jennifer Grant. We thought about how we see, hear and feel God’s presence in the words and actions of others. Image result for maybe god is like that too doorman

In Maths, we have been focusing on using different strategies to add 2 digit numbers. Everyone worked very well and ensured they could prove all their answers. On Wednesday, Bishop John Sherrington came to visit our school.  It was lovely to meet him and ask him questions about his calling. From our research we found out that Bishop John Sherrington has a degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University. Year 2 delighted in asking Bishop John some tricky number riddles! 

In English we have been focusing on non chronological reports. Year 2 had great fun using different source material to research sharks. Our author of the month is David Walliams and we are currently enjoying his tale of a Gangsta Granny.

This week we were very lucky to have Luca, a German exchange student, volunteering in our class. A BIG thank you to Luca for all his help and we wish him well in his future studies.

 

Home Learning: Reading comprehension, Mathletics and Spag.com.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Davey

 

Spring Term Week 2 Reception

Since returning from the Christmas break, Reception have been reading different versions of the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, as part of their new topic- Traditional Tales.

During this time, the children have written their own versions of the story in various different forms and have also written ‘Wanted’ posters to help find Goldilocks. They have created letters to say sorry to the three bears from Goldilocks and have made puppets, props and masks. They have made the three bears’ cottage from a range of large and small construction and have enjoyed role playing the story in the bears’ cottage in the outdoor area.

On Wednesday, the children were shocked to find that a crime had been committed! Someone had broken into the cottage, smashed up Baby Bear’s chair and made a real mess. The cottage was taped off as a crime scene! Luckily, we had lots of police detectives in the class, who were very keen to track down the suspect. Unfortunately, even though the police used all of their available resources, the criminal remains at large!

During part of our RE lesson this week, the children were introduced to their new topic, Sacramental People. The children thought about how God is all around us and within us and that he loves everyone. The children then thought about all the people who care for them at home and discussed how God is like those special loved ones, because like them, he cares for us too.

The class have enjoyed being taught gymnastics by Mr Dugan, the PE teacher from Dame Alice Owen School, for the past two Fridays. This is set to continue for the rest of this term.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Spring Week 1

Happy New Year, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you every blessing for this new year ahead.

We have been busy celebrating the Epiphany story from Marks Gospel this week and the children have reflected on the gifts that they will offer to their families and schools this year.

We have a trainee teacher in Y3 until half term called Miss Francios, whom the children have made feel very welcome.

New PE days

We will have PE on Mondays this term and Swimming starts next Wednesday – please see the letter that was sent home today for more information about swimming.

Home learning – please see your child’s home learning pack for details about their home learning

RE  – sacramental people writing activity.

Spelling revision

Reading

Enjoy your weekend

Miss Pringle


Year 2 Blog Week 12

The Year 2 classroom has been a hive of activity this week. In English, we have been learning about The Legend of the Poinsettia. There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettias and Christmas come together. The children thoroughly enjoyed finding out about the ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’ and everyone created some fantastic story maps. Thank you to Eric for bringing in a beautiful Poinsettia for our classroom! Watch this space for our finished retellings of The Legend of the Poinsettia. 

In Maths this week, we have been looking at reasoning problems. The children worked well at solving these problems and explaining the reasons for their answers.

Can you solve this number problem?

I am not below 20.     I am a multiple of 5.    One of my digits is 5.     I am above 21.

Add my digits and the total is 7.

Who am I?    12    43    25    6     35    15

 

We are now in the final stages of preparations for our KS1 Christmas Nativity. Please see below the list of costumes the children require. We have some costume accessories and props in school however if children have a complete costume for their part at home they may use that if they wish.

Children – Christmas/Festive clothes, hats

Stall holders – Christmas/Festive clothes, hats

Angels – White top, leggings, tights

Romans – Black top and trousers

Nazarenes – Black or white top and trousers

Shepherds – Black or white top and trousers

Wise Men – Black or white top and trousers

Inn Keepers – Black or white top and trousers

Mary – White top, leggings, tights

Joseph – Black or white top and trousers

Please bring in costumes on Monday 10th December, in a bag with your child’s name on it, ready for the dress rehearsal on Tuesday 11th December. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Home Learning: Rehearse lines and songs for the play. No spelling test!

I look forward to seeing all you on Wednesday 12th December at 9:30 a.m. for the big show!

Have a peaceful weekend.

Miss Davey

Week 3

We’ve had a lot of fun during our learning this week. From becoming newspaper reporters to gymnastics superstars – Year 3 really have got talent!

The children were extremely reflective during Adoration on Wednesday and thoroughly enjoyed their Spanish lesson about Advent with Michael. They have also made thoughtful cards for Francesca and have been working hard to solve tricky money and mental maths questions.

We were treated to Dame Alice Owen’s Gym and Dance dress rehearsal on Monday – which i’m sure inspired some of the fantastic counter balances produced in PE this week. The children also tested their scientific skills by conducting their own experiments on permeability! We have also researched the different trees in our school grounds as part of National Tree Week.

Don’t forget to look out for our British Values poster in the dining hall about discrimination.

Home Learning this week is to read with and adult and learn the words to the Advent Service songs – the children were given two song sheets. Please revise spelling list : Autumn Term 2 Week 4