A wonderful first week in Year 1!

What a wonderful first week we have had in Year 1! It been a tiring week but a week of learning and getting into our new routines. Well done to all the children for trying their best this week.

We now have PE every Monday and Wednesday, please ensure your child has brought in their PE kit ready for these lessons.

Parents, don’t forget the Year 1 parent morning on Tuesday 14th September at 9am. It will be held in the classroom and you’ll be able to find out what we’ll be getting up to in Year 1. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask any questions about the up and coming year.

Have a restful weekend,

Miss Battams 🙂

News for Year 3 – Sports Day!

What a day we had! We really enjoyed Sports Day yesterday and made the most of the all activities organised for us. From rocket javelin to a quoit toss, we really embraced Sports Day this year, even if it was most unlike any usual Sports Day. Here are a few photos from the event:

Miss Battams 🙂

News from Year 3

What a busy few weeks it has been in Year 3! From Holy Communions to mummification, we have packed a lot in. 

In History, we have been focusing on Ancient Egypt and the process of mummification. Did you know that the brains were removed from the body from a hook through the nose as it wasn’t seen as important to the Egyptians! We learnt more about the other stages of mummification and then acted out the process, all completed with wrapping each other in toilet roll!

In Science, we have enjoyed looking at plants and growing cress heads. We placed our cress heads in different places to see where they would grow best. We found that the cress heads grew best in the fridge, rather than in the cupboard under the sink!

We are also looking forward to our Sports Day today, even though it will be more like a sports hour. Please don’t forget to come to school in your PE kits to get that Sports Day feel!

Congratulations to all the children who have recently taken their first Holy Communions. Please feel free to bring in any photographs from the day for show and tell on Fridays.

Miss Battams and Ms McCarthy 🙂

Year 3 RE learning – Special Places

This half term, we will be ofcusing on Special Places in our RE learning. For many people, some places in the world are special. For others the whole world is special. We all feel a need to look after what is special to us. Sometimes it is easy to explain why things are special. At other times it might be difficult to put into words why something is special.

Christians believe that the diversity of the world and its people is God’s gift. Jesus in his life and gospel, challenges people to appreciate diversity and to create with it a harmony that reflects the unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is reflected in the work of CAFOD.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

“God created the world to show forth and communicate his glory: that his creatures should share in his truth, goodness and beauty – this is the glory for which God created them.” (CCC319)

“The Church is the people that God gathers in the whole world.” (CCC752)

Word of God

“See, the body is one, even if formed by many members, but not all of them with the same function. The same with us; being many, we are one body in Christ, depending on one another. Let each one of us, therefore, serve according to our different gifts. Do you have prophecy? Let the deacon fulfil his office; let the teacher teach, the one who encourages, convince. You must, likewise, give with an open hand, preside with dedication, and be cheerful in your works of charity. Let love be sincere. Hate what is evil and hold to whatever is good. Regarding brotherly love, have love for one another. Regarding respect, judge others as more worthy. Regarding your duties, do not be lazy.

Be fervent in the Spirit and serve God.” (Romans 12:4-11)

Prayer and Reflection

Creator God,
in your hands you hold the depths of the earth 
and the heights of the mountains,
for all creation belongs to you.
Grant us grace to cherish your world 
and wisdom to nurture its resources.
Save us from the desire to control what is not ours 
and the impulse to possess what is not ours
and the impulse to possess what is there to share. 
Amen.

(Annabel Shilson-Thomas/CAFOD)

News from Year 3

What a busy first week back after the half term break! We have enjoyed continuing our learning about Ulf the finger eater in English. We are planning to rewrite chapter 4 of the book to detail how we would have out smarted the pesky troll.

In Computing, we continued with our learning about being presenters. We filmed a series of short clips, in pairs, of ourselves performing a skill or trick. We were mindful to capture a range of different shots from a number of angles. Next week, we will editing these clips to create a short video and exploring voice overs.

We also started out new PE learning this week, Outdoor and Adventurous (OAA). OAA involves problem solving and working as a team. We had to arrange ourselves in height order without talking to each other. We found this tricky as team work is all about communication!

We rounded off the week by starting our learning about plants in Science. We started by discussing what we already knew about plants and then examined a real flowering plant. We then labelled different parts of a plant and described each of their functions. After that, we created a leaflet to help us remember these functions. Have a look at your leaflets below:

Have a great weekend and enjoy the long overdue sunshine,

Miss Battams and Ms McCarthy 🙂

News from Year 3

And hello half term! What a half term it has been. We are so glad to have welcomed you back properly after so many weeks of remote learning 🙂

This week, we have been focusing on the story of Ulf, the finger eating troll. We have been using lots of role play to help learn the story. We loved reading how the troll gets tricked by a local village girl, Gudrun. The children are now looking forward to rewriting one of the chapters of the book after half term, describing how they would out-smart Ulf.

In PE, we have been focusing on triple jumping. We started off by looking at a series of basic jumps and then used games and activities to help bring these jumps together. We then used three of these jumps to perform a triple jump. It wasn’t as easy as it looked!

In RE, we have been enjoying our new topic, Choices. We have used the learning from our Holy Communion classes to help us learn about the sacrament, reconciliation. This has linked well to our learning about the story of the Prodigal Son.

Have a fun and restful half term,

Miss Battams and Ms McCarthy 🙂

News from Year 3

What a week it’s been Year 3! This week we planned, performed and recorded our own class assembly. We really enjoyed sharing what we had learnt recently with the rest of the school and parents/carers at home. Thank you so much for tuning in to watch our assembly this morning 🙂

We also said goodbye to Olivia, who is leaving our class to attend a school closer to her home. We made Olivia a video of well wishes to congratulate her on joining a new school. We wish Olivia the very best of luck for the future.

Have a peaceful and happy weekend,

Miss Battams and Ms McCarthy 🙂

Year 3 Class Assembly

This Friday, we will be sharing our class assembly. 

We can’t welcome you into school at this time for our assembly, but we would love you to join us online to watch our assembly via YouTube Premiere at 9:00 am on Friday, 21st May 2021. 

Our assembly will be removed from YouTube shortly after the premiere.

News from Year 3 – St Joseph Day!

To celebrate the Year of the Word of St Joseph, we dedicated a Friday to learn all about his life. We started the day with an excellent assembly by Mrs Hayes and then used meditation to think about the times when we have been kind and caring, and have listened to God just like Joseph.

We then looked at Joseph’s life in more detail, to understand why he is known for being the patron Saint of workers and families. We then ordered and drew the different events in his life using a story board.

We also created our own prayers for St Joseph, asking him to care for our families as he did for his own family, Mary and Jesus. To round off our learning of St Joseph, we created hand pint lilies. These flowers symbolise purity and that Joseph was chosen from among other men by the blossoming of his staff like a lily.

Have a restful weekend,

Miss Battams and Ms McCarthy 🙂

Year 3 RE learning – Choices

Networks of friendships and relationships enable human beings to live together.  When a child’s power to reach out, trust and make friends is diminished, they may suffer the effects for a lifetime.  Both children and adults have to discover their ability to reach out and repair what has been damaged. If human beings are to live together in relationships, there is always need for reconciliation.

REVEAL

Christians believe that, in Jesus Christ, the world has been reconciled to God.  Through and in Christ, every human being is offered the power to reach out in forgiveness and peace, to receive and to offer reconciliation.

Word of God

St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, wrote:

“But now in Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ.  For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law.” Ephesians 2:14-15

Catechism of the Catholic Church

“It is called the Sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the love of God who reconciles: ‘Be reconciled to God’.  He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: ‘Go; first be reconciled to your brother’…

Indeed the Sacrament of Reconciliation with God brings about a true ‘spiritual resurrection’, restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God, of which the most precious is friendship with God.”  CCC1424, 1468

Prayer and Reflection

I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I set your ordinances before me.
I cling to your decrees,
O Lord; let me not be put to shame.
I run the way of your commandments,
for you enlarge my understanding.
Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes,
and I will observe it to the end.
Give me understanding that I may keep your law
and observe it with my whole heart.
Amen.
(Psalm 119: 30-34)