Reception – Maths Challenge

The class are settling in really well with everyone arriving at school happy and ready to start the day. This week we have concentrated on securing our daily routine including our handwashing, prayers, register, group circle time, singing, stories and lots of learning through play. Not forgetting snack and lunch time!

We particularly concentrated on making friends and learning everyone’s names during our group time.

Maths Challenge

Below is a maths challenge for the weekend. This will give the children an opportunity to bring something in from home:

• Find a small plastic container (a container small enough to fit inside your child’s book bag).
• Talk to your child about the sorts of things which will fit in the container.
• Make a collection of tiny things together and see how many will fit inside the container – 1, 2, 3 or more?
• Talk about things that are the same about the objects – for example, they are all small.
• Talk about the things that are different – the colour, what they are used for, are they soft or hard?
• Bring the container and some of the items that fit inside it to school so we can all share and talk about them.

Make sure your child’s name is on the container.

I shall look forward to some interesting conversations next week! Enjoy your weekend.

Nicola Palmer

Foundation Stage Religious Education: Myself – Family

Our RE topic for the beginning of this term is:    Myself – Family 

Core Vocabulary:   myself, name, Christian, first name, family name, class name, precious, God, love, prayer

This topic fits nicely into our first few weeks in Reception or Nursery.  We will be learning to make friends and know everyone’s name through circle games and craft activities.  The children will also learn that we are all God’s children; God knows and loves each person by name.   

Isaiah 43 1:2

God says:

You are precious to me.
I love you.
I know your name.
I call you by your name.
You are my child.

Home Learning

Send a photo into school showing your child with their family. If the photo shows your child being cuddled, this would be great although not essential.  We will be talking about how children feel safe and snug when they are with their family and relating this to God’s love for us all.

Copies that do not need to be returned would be appreciated.  We plan to use the photos for a class displays. An electronic copy can be emailed to the School Office for printing at school if you prefer.

Photos are required by Thursday 24 September 2020.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Palmer – Foundation Stage Leader

News from Year 3

Welcome to Year 3’s first blog post of the new school year. The children have settled in so well and have made me feel very welcome to St Adrian’s.

In English, we have been looking at the story ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker. The wordless picture book has really captured the imagination of the class and we were very eager to read the other two books in the trilogy.

During our Math lessons, we have been focusing on place value and understanding the value of each digit within three digit numbers. We have also been finding 100 more and 100 less of three digit numbers too.

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Our jellyfish in the making.

In Science, we have been investigating magnets and the forces they create (pushes and pulls). We will be testing magnetic materials next week, which the class are looking forward to.

To finish off the week, we created jellyfish with paper bowls and tissue paper to bring our reading corner to life. We will be finishing them off next week with ribbon tentacles, ready to be displayed.

Have a restful weekend and don’t forget to check our Goggle classroom for this week’s homework,

Miss Battams 🙂

Year 3 RE learning – Homes

This half term we are exploring the theme homes and family. This is a sensitive theme. The experience of ‘family’ in society today is varied, with many joys and sorrows.  Whatever the experience, family still remains the first place for growth and development, the basic social unit.

For Christians the pattern and ideal of family life is found in the Scriptures.  God is the loving parent of the human family and Jesus was born and lived in a human family.  While offering ideals for family life, it is important to acknowledge and respect the real experience of some children which is not ideal.

Word of God

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.  Above all clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.” (Colossians 3: 12-15)

Catechism of the Catholic Church

“In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centres of living, radiant faith.  For this reason the Second Vatican Council, using an ancient expression, calls the family the Ecclesia Domestica: the Domestic Church. It is in the bosom of the family that parents are by word and example… the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children.” (CCC1656)

Prayer and Reflection

Father, creator of all,
you ‘ordered the earth’ to bring forth life
and crowned its goodness

by creating family life.
Teach us the beauty of human love,
show us the value of family life

and help us to live in peace
with everyone.
Amen.

Y4 Learning in RE

During the autumn term, our learning in RE will follow three themes. In the first of our themes, People, we will be learning about the family of God in Scripture. 

The Church names the family the ‘Domestic Church’ where children begin to understand the Church which is ‘nothing other than the family of God.’ This topic explores the truth that Jesus had a natural family with real people with names and a history.

This topic is rooted in Scripture, through which the children learn to link the events of the Bible with our Catholic belief.  Children will also come to understand what is meant by the following key vocabulary through this topic: chosen people, siblings, relations, ancestors, generations, Old Testament, roots, family tree, genealogy, nomad and nomadic.

Home learning in RE

We have already learnt this term that there are four broad types of prayer: 

  • Adoration: Praising God.
  • Contrition: Asking for God’s forgiveness.
  • Petition: Asking God for something.
  • Thanksgiving: Showing God gratitude.

During the next month, I would like you write a special prayer for your family that includes these four parts. Your prayer will form part of our class prayer book – Take time to decorate your prayer and make it look wonderful. You will need to hand in your RE homework by Wednesday, 7th October. 

Prayer and Reflection

Father, creator of all,
you ‘ordered the earth’ to bring forth life 
and crowned its goodness by
creating family life.
Teach us the beauty of human love,
show us the value of family life
and help us to live in peace 
with everyone. 
Amen.

Y1 RE Learning

Our RE topic for the next four weeks is based around the theme of Family.

We will be considering the big question: Who is my family? Why do we have a family?

The experience of ‘family’ in society today is varied, with many joys and sorrows.  Whatever the experience, family still remains the first place for growth and development, the basic social unit. God is the loving parent of the human family and Jesus was born and lived in a human family.  While offering ideals for family life, it is important to acknowledge and respect the real experience of some children which is not ideal.

We shall be exploring how we show love and care to our families. We shall be revealing God’s love and care towards us and all families.

We shall be focuses on the following scriptures:

Psalm 63: 6-9
Psalm 16: 7-9 G
Psalm 28: 6-8
Luke 12: 27-30

Key words for the topic are:

Family, belong, God, love, care, different,
God’s children, psalm, family of God, response

For their RE home learning, I ask of the children to write a Thank You prayer to God, thanking him for our families.

RE Home Learning due 30.09.20

Huge welcome to Year 1

What an exciting start to Year 1 we have had. It is wonderful to have the whole class back together with such enthusiasm for what the year brings. The class have settled in very well and it’s lovely how positive they enter the classroom with readiness to learn. With the developing outdoor area, we are making the most of the weather taking learning outside for some lessons.

Over the summer, I transformed the classroom to support Continuous Provision to enhance child initiated learning. I believe this has helped with the transition from Reception to Year 1. The children will have ‘challenges’ to complete throughout the week in the different ‘zones’ of learning. The amount of challenges will build throughout the year. For the Curriculum Overview, you shall find a link on the right hand side of the class blog. The journey to Continuous Provision is very exciting and allows the children to repeatedly secure their understanding of learning throughout the week.

Year 1 is a big Phonics year. Entering Year 1, children are ‘expected’ to be secure in all Phase 3 sounds, ready for learning alternative sounds in Phase 5. Phase 4 is a very small phase where no new sounds are introduced, but supports children to read quicker. Please continue to read with your child and encourage them to recognise Phase 3 sounds within words.

If there is anything you would like to discuss, I am happy to speak at the end of the school day (from a distance). 😀

Big smile,

Miss Perry

Welcome to Year 2

It is wonderful to have all of the Year 2 children back in school. They have returned with great enthusiasm and have all been very sensible as they keep themselves and their families safe by staying in their protective bubbles in school. Well done to everyone!

Individual reading

This week, I have read with all the children and given each child reading materials in their book bag. When your child is ready to read something new, they can put their reading log in the class basket and they will be able to choose something else. We have a quarantine system for returned books, which means that they will be left for a minimum of 72 hours before they can be chosen by another child.

Home learning

We will continue to use the Google Classroom for home learning this year. Your child’s existing log-in will provide access to the Year Two Google Classroom and more details can be found on the Year 2 Home Learning Quick Link. Home learning is posted at 2pm on Friday, to be completed by 8:30am on the following Wednesday.

As ever, if there is anything that you would like to discuss, you are very welcome to speak with me at the end of the school day (socially distanced, of course!).

Welcome to Year 4

It is lovely to have all of the children back and they have been brilliant! There are so many new routines for everyone to get used to as we work hard to maintain our protective bubbles but the children are rising to every challenge.

Individual reading

Over the past week, I have read with all of the children and have given each child a school reading book. I know many children are also enjoying their own books and this is something that I really encourage. It is helpful to me if they could record these titles in their home/ school reading logs.

All of the children have an opportunity at the start of each day to change their school reading book for a new title. I ask them to record these in their reading record. We are currently operating a quarantine system for returned books, whereby they are left for a minimum of 72 hours before being placed back into the general library stock.

Our guided reading programme ensures that every child reads and discusses their reading with a teacher twice each week.

Home learning

We will continue to use the Google Classroom to support home learning this year. Your child’s existing log-in will provide access to the Year Four Google Classroom. Click on this link to access the Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/MTYzNDcyNTM0NTIx?cjc=5kikesg

This link will only work if logged in to your child’s own school Google account. You will not be able to access the classroom if logged in to Google with a parent’s account or that of another family member.

Home learning continues to be set at 2pm on Friday, to be completed by 8:30am on the following Wednesday.

As always, supporting your child’s learning is best achieved through an effective partnership between home and school. If there is anything that you would like to discuss with me, I am available most days at the end of the school day.

Y2 Home learning

Information relating to home learning is posted on the Google Classroom at every Friday at 2pm. Most home learning is then due to be returned on the following Wednesday.

The children have joined the Year 2 Home Learning Google Classroom and their login details can be found in their Reading Record.

You can access Google Classroom at https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MTYzNTUxOTU0NTQ1

This link will only work if you are logged in to your child’s own school Google account. You will not be able to access the classroom if logged in to Google with a parent’s account or that of another family member. Further information can be found on the Year 2 Quick Link, where you will find a handy Google Classroom guide should you have difficulties logging on.