Thursday, 24 March 2016

WB: 21.3.16.

What a wonderful ‘Be Spirited’ week we have all had! It was lovely to see the hall transformed into the different prayer stations to enable the children to deepen their relationship with God. The children enjoyed visiting the different prayer stations and having the opportunity to engage in different ways to pray.


In class through Art the children listened to music whilst reflecting on God’s love and coloured in a ‘Mandala’ which is a spiritual and ritual symbol that represents the universe.

The children also had the opportunity to spend time in the prayer garden where they used drama to act out the events of Holy Week which helped them to gain an understanding of the Easter story.

Thank you for your generous donations in the Lenten boxes. The children enjoyed laying the coins down in the library on the letters that represented the Westminster Children’s Society charity. Much fun was had in the afternoon on activities such as scoring goals against the goalkeeper, face and nail painting, hair being sprayed different colours, guess the name of the teddy and many more activities.

The children have worked extremely hard this term and I am sure they are ready for a well- earned rest. Over the holidays if the children would like to complete the fitness and reading tasks that have been sent home then please encourage them to do so.

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!

Saturday, 19 March 2016

WB: 14.3.16.

What a fun time the children have had during ‘Science, Maths and Engineering’ week.
On Monday Mrs Ashcroft came to visit and told us all about her role as a ‘Structural Engineer’. Afterwards, the children worked in small groups and were set a challenge to create the tallest structure using spaghetti and marshmallows.

Congratulations to our winning group!
Another task was to create a tree using just four sheets of recycled paper. This task proved quite a challenge as children were only allowed to use paper and scissors.
Well done to Flick who was our overall class winner!

The children also had lots of fun spending time in the outdoor environment. On Wednesday they went on a nature walk and collected leaves, pine cones, feathers and twigs. When they returned to the class they observed what they found and discussed ways they could sort their findings. 
On Friday, Mrs Bentley one of our Governors joined us in the outdoor area to explore the trees in our school environment. Children had previously chosen their tree and then had the opportunity to make bark and leaf rubbings, measure the trunk, estimate the height and then use the iPad’s to find out additional information about their tree. In our final assembly some of the children shared their discoveries with the rest of the school.

On Friday the children ran with enthusiasm in the house cross-country for Sport Relief. Thank you for your donations for this worthy cause and we will find out who the winning house was on Monday.

In RE we began our new topic and we have been thinking about the events of Holy Week. It was lovely to see some of the children act out the story of The Last Supper and we will be continuing with the events of Holy Week next week.
Also, during Holy Week we are looking forward to our ‘Be Spirited’ week which Mrs Ward Tsang has organised. This will be a perfect end to our term and I know parents are welcome to share this experience on Monday and Tuesday afternoon.   

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, 11 March 2016

WB: 7.3.16.

This week it was lovely to catch up with many of you during our parents evening and for you to see all the hard word that your children have achieved throughout their time in Year 1. Thank you for taking the time to leave a message inside your child’s name card as they were delighted to read these the following morning.
In English the children have completed their stories that they were working on last week. They have learnt about the prefix ‘un’ and how it changes the meaning of a word. We have also investigated how the suffixes, ing, ed, er and est can be added to some words. Children have been asked to continue this for homework.
In Maths the children have been counting on in 2’s, 5’s and 10s and solving problems.
In RE we have concluded the topic on ‘Meals’. The children enjoyed asking some of our Year 4 children questions about their experience of Holy Communion. A special thanks to Finley, Beth, Sienna, Eva and Oscar for helping us with this task.
As we journey through the season of Lent we will be reflecting on the ‘Changes’ we have made as we prepare for Easter. 
When I popped into class this morning the children were having a cracking time in Science with Mrs Luckhurst. Their task was to perform a test to find out which materials would protect Humpty Dumpty from breaking. The children had fun dropping the eggs from a height that were wrapped in materials such as tissue paper, foil, bubble wrap, newspaper and a duster.

Next week is Science, Maths and Engineering Week and there are lots of fun activities planned already for the children to enjoy. It is also Sport Relief day on Friday and the children will take part in a house cross country. Thank you to the class reps for the contribution for this event already.
Children in Year 6 will also begin to sell tickets for the Easter egg raffle that will take place on the last day of term.
Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, 4 March 2016

WB: 29.2.16.

What a busy and fun week we have had!
In English the children enjoyed listening to the story of My Mum by Anthony Browne.  This inspired them to create a character of their choice and plan a story related to the book. We had an interesting array of characters which I am sure you will enjoy reading about during parents evening next week.
The children had a fun time on Thursday celebrating World Book Day and it was great to see so many different book characters. I am sure you will all agree the children all looked amazing! A big thank you also to Mrs Johnson for coming into class and reading a story by Katie Morag that all the children enjoyed listening to.

You will notice this week that homework is related to the work the children have been doing in Science. Their task is to find a selection of objects that are opaque and transparent and record this in the table provided.
It was lovely to see so many of you attend the Mother’s Day Liturgy today and it was clear that the children enjoyed sharing this experience with you all.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy Mother’s Day!