We were so busy this week finishing an amazing art project, talking about Sikhism and celebrating Kindness week.
This week the children explored different religion – Sikhism. They made lovely Diva lamps (still drying and getting ready for painting on a Monday 🙂 ), we baked flat bread to share, we made Sikh puppets and tried to make the Sikhism symbol using black paint and white paper. Well done children for all your hard work.
We were very busy creating our doctor, using only recycling materials. The children were really excited to finish it today and dress him in his PPE. Amazing work EYFS!!!
This week we also talked a lot about kindness. We made a lovely Kindness tree display and everyone contributed. The children began by making hand prints and then adding them to our special tree. Of course we had plenty of ideas:
‘With our kind hands we can pick up toys.’
‘We can help a friend.’
‘We can buy a plaster from the shop and help someone.’
What a busy week it has been in Year 3 this week! We started the week with creating a key worker from recycled materials (thank you very much for your donations!). Our policeman looked instantly recognisable with his high-vis vest but keeping the sculpture standing was the tricky part. With a lot of patience, team work and tape, we were able to create a free standing sculpture of a policeman!
It was also Anti-Bullying Week this week but we focused on being kind and spreading kindness. We started by creating a kindness jar, writing anonymous acts of kindness we had seen in the class. We also wrote something kind about a member of the class. When sharing these reasons for kindness, it made us feel warm and fuzzy, we decided it was best to always be as kind as possible. We also wrote kind notes to ourselves and shared them as a class too.
It was also Faith Week this week, focusing on Sikhism. We started by concentrating on the symbol for Sikhism, a khanda. We then created our own symbols to represent our beliefs and who we are as people. Next, we looked at the inside of a gurdwara and focused on the importance of the Gura Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book. Our final lesson involved focusing on langar, the free vegetarian meal served at gurdwaras. We learnt everyone sits on the floor for langar as everyone is equal. This was based on a story of Guru Nanak’s, which we acted out in groups using role play.
It has been such a busy week but we look forward to starting our learning about Advent next week.
The children have been so busy this week as we have enjoyed our ‘Other Faiths’ week, learning about the Guru Granth Sahib and Sikhism, exploring ways to be kind to each other and ourselves as part of anti-bullying week, and creating, co-operating and negotiating as we have worked to make our sculpture of a firefighter, as part of our art week.
Thanks to you all for sending in the recycled materials. Some have made it as far as our sculpture, some have been worn around the class all week, and some may yet make it back to you as an essential piece of firefighting equipment. The children have loved it!
We are looking forward to welcoming Fr Francis on Friday to celebrate our class mass. We continue to protect our bubble and so Fr Francis will join us remotely. Sadly, this means that no-one will receive the Eucharist, it will not be distributed. However, all children are invited to dress up and celebrate the mass. For those who have already taken their first Holy Communion, we invite them to wear their outfits. For those who’s parishes were unable to hold the first Holy Communion, we invite them to wear any suitable outfit to celebrate the mass. Children should wear their uniforms to school and they will have the chance to change ahead of the mass.
Once again, another busy week in Year 1. The children have been thrilled creating a paramedic out of recyclable materials. What creative children we have in the class. Thank you for all your donations.
Here are some pictures:
We have started our next focus in Maths looking at Numbers to 20. We have been using the method of grouping 10 and then adding the remainder.
The children have been observing the weather each day and noticing the changes in Autumn.
We also learned the sounds ‘ir’, ‘ue (oo)’ ‘ue(you)’ and ‘aw’
I have your collected your child’s reading book and reading record and will return them tomorrow. Your child will have in their book bag their high frequency word bag and letters and sounds book. Please use these for tonight’s home reading activities.
Here are some ideas you may like to try:
High frequency word stamp
You will need:
Word bag and something to splat the words eg. wooden spoon or your child can just use their feet.
What to do:
Spread out the words from your child’s word bag on the floor.
Call out the words.
Ask your child has to stamp on the word, or hit the word with the wooden spoon.
Swap places with your child and ask your child to call out the words.
You will need:
Word bag and a timer.
What to do:
Explain to your child that the object of this game is to read as many words as possible before the timer signals ‘stop’. I suggest perhaps 1 or 2 minutes.
Repeat the game, the objective is for your child to beat their last score.
If you feel your child needs an extra challenge, ask your child to write as many words as they can before the timer signals ‘stop’.
I hope your child enjoys playing the games. I would love to see your child’s learning on Tapestry. The children always enjoy sharing their home learning with the class.
This week, the children have continued learning about Walter Tull, in particular thinking about how Armistice Day is commemorated on the 11th November every year. The children were particularly thoughtful and respectful during our class worship on Wednesday that included the two minutes silence.
The children all looked suitably spotty during Friday’s Children in Need fundraiser and they were very proud of their outfits. Well done to you all.
This week, we have also planted out onion sets, so, along with the spring bulbs that we have planted, we will keep an eye on them to see when they start to shoot.
Next week is an incredibly busy week. We will be learning new songs for our Christmas play, concentrating on the theme of Anti-Bullying during our Well-being sessions, learning about Sikhism in RE and building a five foot tall sculpture of a keyworker in Design Technology! Please do speak with your child as they go through the week to find out more about their learning,.
It’s the end of another busy week in Nursery! We learnt interesting facts about Remembrance day, we talked about Baptism, we had a dress up day on a Friday!!! I must say that your spots were the best!
We began the week by watching a short BBC video about poppies. We talked about why we wear poppies and the children could choose between different activities like painting a poppy, making poppy card, modelling poppy with a playdough. You can have a go watching the video too:
On Monday Mrs O’Connor brought into school Deacon Paul’s vestments to show us, including the different coloured stoles that are worn at different times of the church year. We especially liked the white stole that is worn at the celebration of baptism. We guessed that the pink one is worn for Mary’s feast days. We also saw the alb and the dalmatic garments. She told us that the stole represents the towel that Jesus puts over this shoulder at the Last Supper when he washed and dried his disciples’ feet.
We also held our very own baptism in our class church. We all said “I baptise you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”. We followed this with a class celebration which included singing songs. Perhaps the highlight of the afternoon was the delicious cake at the end.
Letters and Sounds
As promised in the children’s Letters and Sounds books, below is one of the games we play at school. You may like to have a go at home.
What’s the sound Mr Wolf?
You will need:
Your child’s word bag.
Lots of space – outside is best.
What to do:
Take out tricky words (star shapes) from the word bag.
You will only need the other high frequency words for the game (words that can be sounded out)
Stand your child several large paces away from ‘The Wolf’ (parent).
Pull from the word bag a word, say the word and ask your child to sound it out.
Your child will then say the sounds loudly as they take strides forward.
Make sure your child takes just one stride per sound.
Choose another word and repeat.
Once your child is close enough to The Wolf, turn round and shout ‘dinner time!’
The wolf chases your child who runs back ‘home’ and start again. Agree where ‘home’ will be prior to beginning the game.
I normally stand with my back to the children and turn round each time I say a word.
You can also swap places with your child who becomes the wolf and reads the words out to you.
Check the sounds with your child by clapping them first as you say them together.
Show your child how to take one step per sound for each word before he or she begins taking their paces.
In English this week, we have been creating our own information texts about aliens. We used our learning of Dr Xargle’s Book of Earth Hounds to help structure and organise our writing. Next week, we will be moving on to a new book called Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond.
In Maths, we have been concluding our addition and subtraction unit by focusing on word problems. To help us solve these word problems, we also used bar modelling which we found tricky at first but mastered towards the end of the week.
In RE this week, it has been Prayer week. We have focused on collective worship and adding to our class prayer wall. We also had the opportunity to share some of our group’s prayers too, which provided the class with a great opportunity for reflection and worship.
Today is Children in Need and to raise money for such a wonderful cause, we donned our spots and stripes for a non-uniform day. The most colourful get up won a mystery prize! Well done to all the children that got involved and our runner up, Lara!