It is lovely to welcome the children back to school after the Easter break, even if my sun picture is perhaps more wishful thinking after the frosty mornings of this week.
In the coming week, we will be working hard to prepare our class assembly which we will share with you and the rest of the school on Friday, 30th April.
We have begun the new Relationships and Health curriculum. You can find out more about this area of our learning in the separate blog posted earlier this week.
We have also begun the first of the new RE topics for this term, New Life, exploring the theme of Pentecost and serving. You can find out more about this topic and the associated home learning challenge from the link at the side of this page.
The children are encouraged to change their reading books whenever they need and they have the opportunity to do this every day.
Thank you to everyone who has tracked down school reading books that may have been taken home over the course of the lockdowns of the past year. Our school stock is still quite depleted in some of the book bands, so we would be very grateful if you happen upon any of our books and return them to school.
Our home learning is published on the Google classroom and should be completed online.
The children are making real progress with their handwriting and presentation.
When children first make the transition from pencil to pen, I am pleased to give each of them their first pen to use at school. However, I cannot provide pens after this. Some of the pens are beginning to run out and I would be grateful if you could now provide a pen for your child as part of their school pencil case.
We ask that children use fibre tip pens for school and not biros. The pens that I provide are blue Swash Komfigrip handwriting pens. They are currently available from Amazon for £4.72 for a box of 12. You are, off course, free to source similar pens from your own favourite retailer!
This term, we have begun our learning in Relationships and Health Education.
Our learning follows the ‘Life to the Full’ programme, based on ‘A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum’ issued by the Catholic Education Service.
Across this first week, our learning builds upon our religious understanding and focuses on the belief that we are all created and loved by God. This is LKS2 Module 1, Unit 1, Session 1.
Moving forward, we will have weekly Relationships and Health Education (RHE) lessons and will focus on ‘Me, my body, my health.’ This is LKS2, Module 1, Unit 2. This learning will take us to the half-term break.
You can find out more about our learning in RHE on the ‘Life to the Full’ Parents’ Portal. You can access this resource using the following details.
We were a sea of red today as we enjoyed a mufti-day for Red Nose Day in support of Comic Relief. Thank you to all who contributed and helped us to raise over £300.
This week, we have learnt about Julius Caesar and the spread of the Roman empire. We have extended this learning into our design and technology work and learnt to measure, cut and join wood to make our own Roman catapult. The children would be grateful if they could bring in the lid of a plastic milk bottle or juice bottle to carry the load on our catapults.
Our home learning is back on the Google Classroom this week and is due in on Wednesday.
It has been lovely to see all of the children back in school this week and to share their learning with them. I have been pleased to give out more pens and to recognise and support the care the children are taking with their work. It has also been a real joy just to see the children playing together once more.
As Mr Bedford has said, there will be no home learning this week. Spoil your mums on Sunday and show them how much you love them this Mother’s Day.
As a school, we take mental health and wellbeing seriously. We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, parents and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
Please see the pages below with helpful links to services and resources.
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.