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!
The children have have looked great today dressed in spotty clothes in support of Children in Need. Thank you to you all for your donations. Thanks also to those who have sent in recycled materials which we will transform into sculpture in the coming days as part of our art week.
I have been really impressed with the children’s home learning. It is great to see the care with which they complete the challenges and the pride they have taken in doing their best. Thank you to all of you for the support and encouragement that you have given your children with this work.
We are looking forward to Fr Francis joining our class via the internet to celebrate Mass for us on Friday, 27th November. This will be our first class mass celebrated in school since many of the children have made their first Holy Communion. We would like to invite the children to bring in their Communion clothes into school on this day, which they may change into and wear for the Mass.
I hope that you all have a great weekend. Stay safe.