We are heading into the final week of the Autumn term and I wanted to thank all of the parents for supporting us in getting the children into school for our new, earlier start time and for helping to protect our ‘bubble’ during the drop off and pick up times.
Thanks also for the support that you have given your children in helping them to prepare for our carol service. We are looking forward to sharing this with you next Thursday and further details of how to access this celebration will be published in the coming days.
The final ‘posting’ day for class Christmas cards is Tuesday, to allow for the recommended quarantine period and this last collection will be delivered on Friday, along with the exchange of our KK gifts, which should also be brought to school by Tuesday.
The children still have an opportunity each morning to change their reading book and I thank them for their patience in choosing from our depleted collection as we quarantine returned books. If you have any school reading books at home that have been missed, we would be very grateful for their return.
Finally, although our celebrations at the end of term may look different this year, we are looking forward to our Christmas lunch on Thursday, 17th December. The children are invited to bring in a Christmas jumper to change into for this celebration.
We were really pleased to welcome Father Francis into school today to celebrate Mass for our class. The Mass reminded us that we were all part of God’s family and it was great to see everyone working together and looking so smart – whether in school uniform, special clothes or their first Holy Communion outfits. There is no doubt that we all face many challenges at the moment, but it is lovely that we can come together as a class family to share in the celebration of the Eucharist.
We are busy practising the carols for our Christmas Carol Service. I would like you to practise at home and try to learn the songs ‘by heart’. This is your homework for this week. You should be able to view the slides and hear the music using the embedded PowerPoint.
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.
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.
Over the past week, children in Year 4 have been competing with students across the county in the SumDog maths competition. After taking an early lead, a coordinated effort on the part of the class secured the ‘Daily Winner’ certificate on Tuesday. Each day, we eagerly tracked our progress on the leaderboard, but were dismayed to see the chance of victory ebbing away. By home time on Thursday, it seemed that everything was lost and that there was no way of closing the gap with the leaders: we would have to settle to for a still respectable fifth place. This made the news that greeted us on Friday morning all the more sweeter: it became clear that the phenomenal effort put in by some children on Thursday evening had not only swept us to back in to the lead, but that we had finished the competition 38 points clear of our nearest rival. Year Four were the SumDog World Champions*, with nine children placing in the top fifty and Eva achieving an amazing third place. It was only the need for social distancing that stopped her classmates from carrying her should-high on a celebratory lap of the playground. Well done, Year 4. You have done yourself proud!
You can download your winners’ certificate from the links below:
During the autumn term, our learning in RE will follow three themes. In the second of our themes, Called, we reflect on our different experiences of being welcomed into new situations and groups, recognising the importance of welcome, of feeling comfortable with new situations and belonging to new groups.
Christians believe that everyone is invited to share in the life and work of God through Baptism. The Bible recounts God’s invitations to people to share in his life and work: among them Moses, Samuel, the prophets, Mary and the apostles.
“Through Baptism, men and women are incorporated into Christ. They are formed into God’s people and they obtain the forgiveness of all their sins. They become a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit. Hence they are called and are indeed children of God. Signed with the gift of the Spirit in Confirmation, Christians more perfectly become the image of their Lord and are filled with the Holy Spirit. They bear witness to him before all the world and eagerly work for the building up of the body of Christ.” (General Introduction to the Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults)
This topic is rooted in an understanding of the sacrament of confirmation. Through this topic, children will use a developing religious vocabulary to give reasons for the actions and symbols used during this sacrament. Children will also come to understand what is meant by the following key vocabulary through this topic: chosen, response, Sacrament of Confirmation, oil of Chrism, mitre, crozier, sponsor, catechist, bishop, Holy Spirit, witness, anointing, Holy Trinity, enkindle, called.
Home learning in RE
During this topic, we will learn about the lives of people who have answered the call to follow Christ.
For your home learning, I would like you to find out about someone who has done something remarkable for someone else (within the local community or the wider world) and use what you find to make a poster about their life. Take your time and take pride in this work to bring in to school on Wednesday, 11th November 2020.
Prayer and Reflection
Almighty and eternal God, you keep together those you have united. Look kindly on all who follow Jesus your Son. We are all consecrated to you by our common baptism; make us one in the fullness of faith and keep us one in the fellowship of love.
Our clay has dried and we have decorated our ancient Greek vases!
They look great! Well done, everyone.
We have also extended our knowledge of the ancient Greeks and learnt about the Battle of Marathon. In science, we have investigated materials that are electrical conductors and insulators within simple circuits.
I know that many of the children are excited to be making their first Holy Communion over the weekend. I would ask that you keep all of them and their families in our prayers at this special time.
A number of children have reported that they have misplaced items of uniform. You would be surprised how twenty-nine children will deny ownership of something unless it has their name in it.
Please help by checking that all of your child’s uniform is clearly named. If you come across any school clothes at home that are not yours, please send them back in to school where we will endeavour to reunite lost clothes with their owners.
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.
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.
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.