Summer 1 Week 1

I hope you had a lovely Easter!

 

It was great to welcome the children back and hear about their holidays. This week we read the story Where the Wild Things Are. In the story Max travelled by a boat across the water, we discussed the different ways we can travel across water. The children made their own wild things masks and puppets and then performed a puppet show using their hand puppets. The children acted out the story using skylanders. We wrote postcards from Max to his mum and letters to the wild things. Each child described what they would like thier wild thing to look like and drew pictures of their wild things.

 

In Maths, we have been making ten, doubling and finding odd and even numbers. The children have been using a variety of resources and printing with numicon.

 

Outside, the children have been acting in our travel agents. They have been writing plane tickets and bag labels and thinking about different ways we travel on our holidays.

In Religion, we have been thinking about how God loves us and  how we are all unique. The children drew pictures about themselves and what they love.

In Ten Ten, we have been learning about the Internet and how we stay stay.

Home Learning 

Take a photo of your child in their local area. For example – outside the church, a local park or swimming pool, Tescos or Sainburys. Please send it in by Wednesday or email it to admin@popepaul.herts.sch.uk

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Carey and The Early Years Team

Spring 2 Week 5

Another term over! We have had a fun week of Easter learning and crafts. The children listened to the story of Good Friday and made crosses using different resources.

Outside, we planted our beanstalks that we grew in class. We hope there is some beans when we come back after Easter,

We made chicks, bunnies and Easter cards. For the CAFOD donations, we made Easter nest cakes.

On Thursday, we had an Easter egg hunt in our playground.

Have a wonderful Easter and a great rest!

Mrs Carey and The Early Years Team.

Spring 2 Week 4

Our focus in Reception this week was The Enormous Turnip. The children acted out the story in groups, trying to pull a big turnip from the ground! They sequenced the story, made tools using boxes to help them pull a turnip out and retold the story by drawing a story map or making a booklet. The children wrote about how they would try to pull a turnip from the ground. Outside the children did observational drawings of a turnip, using water paints and they made their own vegetables  and cut and peeled vegetables.

This week we learnt the last Phase 3 sound, er. Then we went over some of the digraphs and trigraphs that are harder to remember. Please practise all the sounds and tricky words we have learnt this term.

In Maths, we have been learning about the number 9 and 10. The children counted 9 and 10 objects. Then we learnt abut making 9 in different ways with a variety of resources. They made 9 using the cherry model indoors and outside and used tens frames. They compared different amounts by using the vocabulary more and fewer.

On Tuesday, we were all happy to see the sun come out so we spent the afternoon gardening. The children loved weeding the class garden and planting lettuce and tulips. While weeding, the children found snails and worms and were very excited to pick them up and hold them in their hands. The children placed the snails in our bug hotel and found leaves and twigs to keep them comfortable. Each day, the children have been watering our garden. A few weeks ago, we planted beans in the class and many of them have grown very tall, we will be planting them in our garden when they are ready.

In Religion, we listened to the story of The Last Supper and the children made a table for Jesus and his disciples outside. Then they acted out the story.

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Mrs Carey and The Early Years Team

Spring 2 Week 3

This week the children have been scientists for Science Week. Our whole school question was Does taller mean faster? The children predicted what they thought and then gave fantastic ideas to plan how we would find out the answer. The next day, the children got into groups and measured each other. The children made another prediction based on their group. Then we timed each children running the same distance and recorded our results. 4 groups found that the answer was no and one group found that the tallest was the faster.

During Science Week, we have also been learning about seasons. We went on a walk to look for signs of Spring.

We have been predicting and testing whether something will float or sink and sorting obejects into magnetic and not magnetic. We also did some observational drawing.

The children were excited to watch our tallest adult in the school (Mrs Heymoz) and our shortest adult (Mrs Martides) running. Mrs Martides was faster so this was an example of how the tallest does not mean the fastest.

On Tuesday, Michael’s mum (Dr Holly) who is a scientist, came into school and demonstrated lots of different science investigations and then the children got the opportunity to predict and then take part in the different investigations. Thank you Dr Holly for your hard work and giving up your time to support the school. Thank you to Michael’s dad and Freya’s mum for helping too.

On Thursday, we walked to Dame Alice Owens school. The science teacher, Mr Friedlander took us to their Science lab and we did an investigation to find out who had drawn a picture of him. We were very proud of how the children walked around the school quietly and listened carefully. Thank you to Freya’s mum and Aiveen’s mum for walking with us.

In our outdoor shed, we made a police station. We had fund investigating crimes and helping people.

In Maths, we have been learning the days of the week. Please continue to practise at home. I have put the links of the songs we sing at school below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwWzDTf0yBc

We have been sequencing the things we do each day, for example, getting out of bed, brushing our teeth and getting dressed. We also played the game, What’s the time Mr Wolf? We read the story Jasper’s Beanstalk and sequenced the things he did each day. We had a challenge to see how many times we could write our name in a minute. Then we tried again to beat our score. Try at home to see how many different things you can do in a minute.

In Phonics, we have been learning the ow, ear, air and ure sounds. We have one more Phase 3 sound to learn and then will be revising the sounds learnt so far and applying them to their reading and writing. Please complete all phonics sheets in their phonics books and practise the sounds that your child cannot remember.

On Friday, it was St Patrick’s Day. We watched Year 3’s assembly and the irish dancing. After, we made painting of shamrocks, made green pictures and made rainbows outside.

Home Learning

Take a Science Selfie! Can you complete a science experiment at home and take a selfie of you and your family? Below are some websites with some ideas. Please bring in a photo to your class teacher.

https://learning.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/resources/kitchen-science/?fbclid=IwAR3pgsL9Z4JzVUVbdci8OqeDSw9x1Dg3i7lxaAUawWtZgMihAmqwjfqZYzE_aem_Admn5arF3jT7xcfVN1DfUBA7wIol_zEdHihfnVfpWenDYAdSWmn7C7TFFUpdPYK4EBU

 

https://pstt.org.uk/resources/science-fun-at-home/?fbclid=IwAR1QCsKUdVQhkCpHGs1GVh1-YSnWJJr6hF8DIGHG0mhUVAA-f3mtgasuD88_aem_AdlWck7NCJkc74ueKc12WHPDa3cPBlycv3YRIcjGlrLE3ECWC1KTmZE-9eWEzrq1-ds

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs Carey and the Early Years Team.

Spring 2 Week 2

This week, our story was Jack and the Beanstalk. The children retold the story through role play using masks. They drew maps to the castle and they made beanstalks with clouds. Outside they built castles in the clouds and built beanstalks using bricks and playdough. The children thought about what would the giant do if it came to Pope Paul School. We had breaking the toys, playing with toys, reading a story, playing in the sand pit and with the cars. Then we planted our own beans and we are going to observe them over time to see how they grow. We discussed what they will need to grow so we watered them and stuck them on the window so they will get sunlight.

 

In Maths, we have been learning about length and height. The children have been measuring with cubes, pencils, playdough, counters and lots more. They made different size worms using wool and compared the sizes using the vocabulary longer and shorter. Then they put the sizes in order. Then we looked at height. We estimated who we thought was the tallest and the shortest in the class and then measured by standing next to each other and we made a measuring wall with all the children’s heights.

 

During our esafety workshop, the children learnt the importance of being kind online, what information we should never give to others and what to do if we feel unsafe or upset. Some children took part in role play to demonstrate these important messages.

The children looked amazing on World Book Day. First we had assembly and then we had some visitors to read a story. Thank you to Jack’s gran and Mrs Lines for reading to us. Then we read the story Supertato and decorated potatoes.

 

Savannah’s dad read a story on Friday. The children enjoyed using the props he bought in to retell the story.

In Phonics we have been revising the digraphs we have learnt this term and we learnt the oi sound. Please practise the digraphs we have learnt this term and complete the oi sheet. Next week, we will be learning the rest of the Phase 3 sounds.

On Friday, we listened to the story of Palm Sunday, the children made palms and we acted out the story.

Next week is Science Week. On Thursday, we will be walking to Dame Alice Owen to see what a science lab looks like and  will take part in some activities.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums, we hope you have a relaxing day.

Mrs Carey and the Early Years Team

Spring 2 Week 1

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful half term This week we have been reading the story Farmer Duck. The children have been predicting what happened to the farmer next. They have been planting vegetables outside and playing in the farm shop. The children took on the role of the farmer or the duck and the other children asked them questions. We have made farms using boxes. The children have been learning about what a farmer does and what we get from some farm animals.

 

In Maths, we have been learning doubles to 10. The children have been playing games with dice to find doubles, sorting dominoes into doubles and not doubles and making doubles using a range of resources. The children made butterflies and ladybirds to show doubles. Then they wrote number sentences to show how we record a double. Can you practise doubling at home?

 

On Tuesday, we had a Reconciliation Service where we thought about the things we have done wrong and asked God to forgive us. We talked  about how imporatant it is to say sorry and to forgive others.

In Religion, we have been learning about Lent. We talked about how Lent was represented with the colour purple and we had lots of purple around the class and in our outdoor area. We thought about the three practices of Lent. Give, Pray and Fast. The children went on a hunt around the classroom and outdoors to find signs of these practices. They found items for the food bank and clothes and shoes for the charity shop to represent giving. We found chocolate and cakes to represent fasting and the children found candles, prayer books and rosary beads to represent praying. Then the children made a prayer area outside to encourage us to pray more during Lent.

 

In our phonics lessons, we have been revising the digraphs we have learnt this term. Please practise using their phonics books because we will be moving onto some new sounds next week.

This week was the start of Fairtrade Fornight. We learnt about why we should buy Fairtrade products. The children made lunchboxes with fairtrade items in and painted the Fairtrade sign. Can you find a Fairtrade item when shopping this weekend?

In Ten Ten, we learnt about how Jesus is our role model and we should be good role models for the people around us. The children made name cards and decorated them to show that we are all followers of Jesus and he loves us.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Carey and the Early Years Team

Spring 1 Week 6

Our story this week has been The Elves and The Shoemaker. The children have been describing what they think the elves would look like, designed clothes for the elves and designed magic shoes for themselves to wear. Some children pretended to be the old man, the old woman or an elf and the others asked them questions.  In our creative area, the children have been decorating shoes and making elves. Our outdoor shed has been turned into a shoes making workshop where the children have been making shoes and trying shoes on.

In Maths, we have been learning about pairs. The children have been matching pairs of socks and shoes, finding pairs in the class with their friends and talking about how sometimes there is someone left out.

The second group of children visited Seabrook Retirement Home. The children sang and spoke to the residents. Then they were treated to a drink and a biscuit. They were all amazing.

On Shrove Tuesday, we decorated pancakes and ate them. Outside the children made their own pancakes with flour and lemons.

On Wednesday, the children were fantastic at responding to the prayers and singing during our Lent Service. They made Lenton promises which we added to the hall display in Friday’s assembly.

This week we learnt the sounds ur and the short oo. Please practise the sounds we have previously learnt.

Have a wonderful half term!

Mrs Carey and the Early Years Team

Spring 1 Week 5

This week has been lots of fun and excitement. On Monday, we received a letter from The Natural History Museum, asking us to look after a rare dinosaur egg. The children wrote letters back to say they would take care of it. They asked questions, for example When will it hatch? What dinosaur is inside? The children made fossils with clay and role played with dinosaurs inside and outside. They had great fun breaking ice cubes to free the dinosaurs inside. On Wednesday, the egg arrived and the children decided that we should make posters to tell others not to touch the egg. They went around the school to tell all the children and teachers not to touch the egg. When they arrived at school on Thursday, the egg had hatched and there were footprints aorund the class. We followed clues to the window which has been left opened. The children wrote desriptions to the police and wanted posters to help find the dinosaur. They used magnifiying glasses to look closely at the footprints and they also found bones all around the class. It was great to hear that the dinosaur was safely back in the Natural History museum.

On Wednesday, a group of children walked to Temple Court Retirement Home to talk and sing songs to the residents there. They were treated to biscuits and a drink. The children were amazing, they made each person smile.  They were so impressed with the chldren, they asked for us to come back. Thank you to our parent helpers. On Tuesday, the other children will go to Seabrook Home. We talked about how we are living out of mission prayer of building a better world.

In Phonics, we learnt the digraphs oo, oa, ar and or. Our tricky word this week was my.

In Maths, we have been learning to make 6, 7 and 8. They children have been using counters, ten frames, cherry models and a range of resources to make these numbers.

In Religion, we continued our learning on Jesus being the light of the world. The children made and decorated candles.

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs Carey and The Early Years Team

Spring 2 Week 4

This week the children’s learning has been based around the Gingerbread Man. The children made some gingerbread men through collage, playdough and some wonderful pictures. They have been writing about the story, making story maps and writing an alternative ending. Outside the children have been building bridges to help the gingerbread man to cross the water. The children designed their own boats, ensuring it was waterproof and tested them in the water.

 

 

 In Phonics, we learnt the digraphs nk, ai, ee and the trigraph igh.

We completed a science investigation to test what liquid would change the gingerbread the most and the least. We used water, oil and vinegar. Our results showed that oil changed the gingerbread man the least and water changed it the most. We discussed how the gingerbread would be better to go in a boat full of oil than swim across.

On Wednesday, the children had fun making gingerbread men. They were worried that their gingerbread would run away but luckily they did not! When the children ate them, they thought about what part they ate first and we recorded the results on a pictogram. The most popular was the head and the least popular was the arm.

In Maths, we have been learning about the numbers 6, 7 and 8. We looked at the different ways the numbers can be represented. The children have been making posters about the numbers and counting and ordering numbers.

In Religion, we said the Lord’s Prayer together and made labyrinths using different materials. In our Ten Ten lesson, we learnt about the life cycle of humans from birth to adulthood.

Reception led the school assembly today. They told the story of The Presentation of Jesus At the Temple and spoke about how they are going to shine like a light in the world like Jesus. The read, sang and acted beautifully. We were all proud of them!

This term we have been learning about the past. On Wednesday 7th February at 1.30pm,  half of the class will be walking to Temple House retirement home on Mimms Hall Road to talk to people who live their about the past and to sing them some songs.  On Tuesday 13th February at 11am, the other half will walk to Seabrook Retirement home on the High Street. If any parents would like to walk with us, please let us know. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Carey and The Early Years Team

Spring 1 Week 3

Our theme this week was The Three Little Pigs. The children have been drawing story maps, making pig faces, writing about different tricks the pigs could have done, writing letters and acting out the story. They demonstrated wonderful sticking and joining skills when using boxes to make their own houses. They have also been scientists, designing and making houses out of a variety of materials and resources to test whether it could be blown down. Outside, the children have been builders, they have been building houses using lego and bricks and cementing it together using soap.

In Phonics, we have learnt the sounds ch, sh, th and ng. The children have been reading and writing words with this digraphs in. Please continue to practise at home.

In Maths, we made the number 4 and 5 using objects and making cherry models.

Then we learnt about measuring the weight of objects and finding the capacity of containers. The children have been predicting, comparing and measuring the weight and capacity.

This week we started to learn the Our Father and spoke about how this prayer encourages us to forgive each other. We thought about times when we need to say sorry and ask for forgiveness.

If your child has been given a reading for assembly, please practise with them.

Home Learning – Please complete the birdwatch activity. Children can bring their tally in to share with the class.  See attached Birdwatch leaflet

Next Friday is our class assembly at 9.15am. If your child has a sibling who is in the Young Voices Concert, could the Reception children be in at normal time so they do not miss our assembly.

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Mrs Carey and the Early Years Team