Saturday, 16 June 2018

WB: 11.6.18.
This week the children have been absolute superstars. Mrs Stocks has completed the Phonic Screening checks for all children in Year 1. A big thank you to all parents who have supported the children in preparation for the screening check.
In Maths, the children have been focusing on time. We have been using the vocabulary of o’clock, half-past, quarter past and quarter to.
We have concluded our RE topic on ‘Being Sorry’ and have been thinking about God’s new rule - ‘Love one another as I have loved you’. Next week we will be focussing on another faith which will be Islam. This links really well with our Multicultural Arts Week and there will is lots of creative activities planned for the children.
Have a lovely weekend and a ‘Happy Father’s Day’ to all our Dad’s!

Friday, 8 June 2018

WB: 4.6.18.

The children had a lovely day on Tuesday when they visited the London Aquarium. It was wonderful to see so many different species of fish such as seahorses, sea urchins, sharks, starfish, stingrays, piranhas, puffer fish and many more. Luckily, the weather was kind to us and we were able to enjoy our lunch in the sunshine in Jubilee Park. This experience will support our ‘Under the Sea’ topic and is a great stimulus for other areas of the curriculum. In English, the children have already written their own diary entry of their experience. A big thank you to all those parents who helped on the day, the trip would not have been possible without your support.  

In Maths, the children have been gaining an understanding of direction using the language of quarter turn, half turn, three quarter turn, whole turn and connected this to turning clockwise and anti-clockwise.  
We also started learning about time and discussed what the hands on a clock represent using the vocabulary of o’clock and half past.
Next week, the children will participate in the Phonics screening check and will be required to decode a selection of real and nonsense words using their phonic skills.
Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, 25 May 2018

WB: 21.5.18.
Can’t quite believe we have already completed one half of our summer term already – how time flies when you are enjoying yourself!
In Maths, we have been exploring different ways to make the same total using addition and subtraction. We have also used the ‘bar model’ for addition of numbers up to 20.
The children have enjoyed listening to the story of ‘Dougal the Deep Sea Diver.’  This has given them the opportunity to think about the setting and what type of character Dougal is. We will continue with this book after the half term.
We began our RE new topic on ‘Being Sorry’. This enabled the children to think about how their behaviour and actions can affect others. We have also been listened to the storiy of Levi and Zacchaeus and discussed the choices that they had to make whether it was the right or wrong choice.
In Science, the children have being finding out about fish, birds, amphibians, mammals and reptiles and have worked together to create some great posters.

During Art and Design, the children have created some fantastic work in the style of the famous artist, Frida Kahlo. They used oil pastels to create their very own ‘Viva La Vida, Watermelons’.

Have a good rest and enjoy the half-term holidays!

Saturday, 12 May 2018

WB: 7.5.18.
What a busy time we have had the past couple of weeks.
In English, the children have enjoyed creating rhyming strings to use in their poems. Next week, they will have the opportunity to find out about ‘Dougal the Deep Sea Diver’. This story will enable the children to explore features of a diary, discuss characters and the setting in the text.
In Maths, the children have been using addition to explore different ways to total the same value using numbers 11-20.

On Thursday, we had a lovely time celebrating the Feast of the Ascension. The children used paper cups, cotton wool and images of Jesus to represent Jesus ascending up to Heaven to be with his Father.
The children have also been learning about the Feast of Pentecost. This has helped them to think about how the Holy Spirit guides them during their daily lives.

Next week, we will begin the new topic, Being Sorry.

In History, the children have been thinking about some of the greatest history makers of all time such as Guy Fawkes, Malala Yousafzai, Margaret Thatcher, Hatshepsut, Marie Curie, Grace O’Malley and Elizabeth 1. They have had the opportunity to discuss the times when these history makers lived and what their achievements were.
During Art and Design, the children used the pastels to create their ‘Sunflowers’ in the style of the famous artist, Vincent van Gogh.
I am sure you will agree the children’s pictures are amazing!

Next week, we will be finding out about the artist Frida Kahlo.

Don’t forget on Friday it is ‘Crazy Hair and Socks’ day.
Enjoy the weekend!

Saturday, 28 April 2018

WB: 23.4.18.

In English, the children have been using their imagination from the colour ‘purple’ poem to create their own poems. They enjoyed working together in pairs to choose a theme and come up with five ideas for their poem. 

 Next week, we will continue to look at poems which include pattern and rhyme.  
In Maths, we have been using a variety of resources to count in twos, fives and tens and then have used these skills to solve mathematical problems.

During RE, the children have been thinking about different Holydays celebrated in the Church year. Next week, we will be teaching the children about the Ascension.
It has been very interesting listening to the children share their information about ‘Famous People’. During our Art and Design lesson the children have been learning about Vincent Van Gogh. Next week, the children will use pastels to create their own pictures of the famous sunflowers.
The good weather enabled us to have our PE lessons outdoors and the children enjoyed working together in teams to complete their given tasks.

Enjoy the weekend!

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Summer Term!
It was lovely to see all the children return to school on Tuesday looking refreshed after their Easter holidays.
In English, this week we have been looking at a poem about the colour purple and next week we will be creating our own poems about ‘colour’.
In Maths, we have been exploring equal groups and looking at different numbers that can be grouped in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will continue this next week and begin to look at multiplication.
Our new RE topic on Holidays and Holydays began and the children enjoyed sharing their holiday experiences with each other.
Next week, we will begin our new History topic on Famous People. I look forward to seeing the children’s homework next week to see what famous person in History that they have chosen to find out about.
As the weather is getting warmer now it would be great if each child could bring in a water bottle every day.
Next week, we welcome Ben into our school community and hope he and his family will be happy at St Dominic’s.
Have a lovely weekend and thank you for your card and wishes of luck for Sunday in the London Marathon. The Krispy Kreme doughnut sale that was organised to support the Whizz-Kidz charity was a great success. A total of £172.00 was raised which was amazing so thank you for supporting this. A special thanks to Mrs Serra and Mrs Gladkow for helping with this sale, it was much appreciated.

Friday, 23 March 2018

WB: 19.3.18.

Today, we said goodbye to Freddie and we wish him and his family all the best in their new adventure in Canada.