Summer 1 Week 6

This week we have been focusing on London. We read a book called Miles in London who visited many places. The children learnt about the different landmarks in London and wrote about where they would like to visit. They made postcards about a trip to London, letters to King Charles and drew maps of the different places to visit in London. The children made Big Ben, the London Aquarium, the Natural History Museum  from boxes.

Outside, the children have been acting as teachers. They have been teaching phonics, taking the register and writing comments about good behaviour. The children have been very good teachers! Then they had fun in the puddles, making bubbles.

In Religion, the children learnt about Pentecost. They acted out the story in groups, they made fire using blow painting to represent the fire and made kites to represent the wind. The children made birthday cards and birthday cakes to celebrate the birthday of the church. Some children retold the story in a story map.

On Tuesday afternoon, the children took part in different prayer stations led by the Year 6 children. The children were wonderful throughout.

In Maths, the children have continued learning about 2D shapes. They made pictures out of different 2D shapes. Then we learnt about 3D shapes and the children learn the names of cube, cuboid, cylinder, pyramid and sphere. They identified everyday objects that are 3D shapes.

It was lovely to see some of you at The International Evening. Thank you for donating lovely food.

In Ten Ten, we learnt about what to do in an emergency and the people who can help us. We talked about when we need to call 999. Please practise the children’s address with them (door number and road) so they know if they have to make a call to 999.

On Friday, the children celebrated their first Mass with the school. I was proud of how well they sat and joined in with the prayers and singing.

I have attached a copy of the children’s house colours. They will need the t-shirt for Sports Day and for Year 1 PE.  Reception House Groups

Have a wonderful half term!

Mrs Carey and the Early Years Team

Summer 1 Week 5

This week has been about the story Oi! Get off our Train. The children have been learning about endangered animals and writing what animals they would have on their train and where they would go. They have been making posters to tell people about endangered animals. The children have been making trains using a variety of resources. The story travels through different seasons and the children have been making pictures of the difference seasons. We listened to Pope Francis’ letter called Laudato Si then we discussed all the things we already do to build a better world.

Outside, the children have made a train station and a train and have been talking about the different journeys we make on trains. They have taken on roles as train drivers, ticket collectors and passengers.

The children found lots of snails and slugs in the playground and made a home for them.

 

In Maths, we have been learning about 2D shapes. The children have been naming 2D shapes, learning that shapes do not change when you rotate them. The children have been making pictures out of shapes and identifying the shapes of real life objects.

In assembly, the children presented flames of the things they will do to try to be a Pentecost person. We talked about our Mission Prayer that we say every day and how we can use those words to be a Pentecost person.

 

Next week we are learning about London. If your child has been on a trip to somewhere in London and you have a photo, please send it in. If you have a photo of your child on a bus or a train, please send it in.

Children need to bring sunhats into school each day.

 

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Mrs Carey and the Early Years Team

Summer 1 Week 4

On Tuesday, the children were fantastic during our May Procession. The children walked in silence and were reverent when placing their flowers around Mary.

This week, we read the book The Naughty Bus. The children made buses using boxes and we made a big bus outside by painting it red and adding wheels. The children had a great time driving or travelling on the bus and talking about where they were going. The children have been writing about places they would go to on a bus. They made road signs to add to our playground to tell people how to stay safe when travelling on a road. The children have been driving cars with numicon pieces on and matching them to the right house or parking space.

In Maths, we have been subtracting. The children have learnt that subtracting is taking away. They have demonstrated their understanding using buttons on a shirt, counters and jumping backwards on a number line. We have been singing lots of songs where we find one less.

In Religion, we listened to the story of the Ascension and the children acted the story out. We thought about how the disciples felt and showed different expressions on our face to show our feelings. The children drew Jesus and connected him to clouds to show him going back to heaven.

 

Please remember water bottles and sunhats.

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Mrs Carey and The Early Years Team

Summer 1 Week 3

This week we have been learning about Superheroes. The children have been working in our Superhero Headquarters to help save people, catch the baddies and persuade them to be good. They have been demonstrating wonderful writing skills by writing telephone messages and writing about their mission. The children have also been demonstrating their speaking and listening skills in our outdoor shop. In class, we have been writing about what super power we would have if we were a superhero, writing speech bubbles for the trapped vegetables in the story Supertato and making wanted posters for the evil pea. Then we thought about real life superheroes like our parents, police, nurses and doctors and many more.

The children have made masks, cuffs and capes to help them with their role has superheroes. They have designed their own superheroes and made them. We have been comparing the weight of different vegetables. We talked about how important it is to eat vegetables and we learnt the name of a leek and a courgette. They learnt how to cut some vegetables and used them to print pictures,

In Maths, we have been counting to 100, focusing on how the numbers changes to a new ten. I am impressed with how great the children are at counting.

In Religion, we have been talking about how we are all part of God’s family and how God loves us just like all our family do. The children made pictures of their family and talked about how important they are to them.

Thank you to Eva’s mum for sending in Greek biscuits for their Easter!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Carey and The Early Years Team

Summer 1 Week 2

This week our focus was George and The Dragon. We read the story of St George and the children thought about how they could get rid of a dragon. The children made flags for St George’s Day. We looked at maps and globes and found England on them. The children made shields and swords using card and tinfoil. We displayed lots of wonderful independent writing in our class. On Thursday, the children made dragons using different materials. Using boxes, lego and blocks, the children made castles. The children designed their own dragons and labelled their pictures with words.

 

In Maths, we have been learning about numbers 11-20. The children have been counting to 20 and counting objects to 20. We have been using tens frames to demonstrate that 11 is 10 and 1 more and 12 is 10 and 2 more. The children have been playing games, making prints with numicon and stamps to show this. Please practise counting objects to 20 at home.

In Religion we listened to the story The Road to Emmaus. We discussed how Jesus was kind to his friends and showed them love. We thought of ways we can show love and kindness in the classroom and at home.

In Phonics, we are revising the Phase 3 sounds. Please continue to practise these at home and practise reading and spelling the tricky words.

Thank you for the lovely photos around Potters Bar, if you have not sent one in please send it in next week.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Carey and the Early Years Team

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