Sunday, 26 June 2016

WB: 20.6.16.

What a busy time we have had in Year 1.
In English, the children have been writing their own underwater stories. Before they started writing they were encouraged to ensure they were using the correct punctuation, read through their work to check it makes sense and try and use adjectives in their work, to make it interesting for the reader. It is just wonderful to see how far the children have progressed with their story writing this year.
On Thursday, we were visited by three groups of the Year 5 class. In small groups they came to present their games that they had created for a younger child. This work was linked to the Year 5 English task and our children were very impressed by their creativity and imagination.

In Maths, the children have been using a ruler to measure objects accurately. Whilst doing that they were encouraged to use the word centimetres, abbreviated to cms when recording their findings.
The children have also been finding halves and quarters of numbers and shapes.

During Art and Design, the children have been using pastels to create a picture in the style of a famous artist – Vincent Van Gogh. Here are a few photographs of the children’s amazing artwork.

On Tuesday, the children thoroughly enjoyed watching the Year 3 and 4 production of Sleeping Beauty – the Ugly Truth.

This week in RE we concluded our ‘Being Sorry’ topic. Next week we will be starting our new topic on Neighbours. We will begin by looking at the work of CAFOD and how they support people around the globe.

After all the rain that fell this week, I cannot quite believe we were lucky enough for our ‘sports morning’ to go ahead on Friday. The children were brilliant as they participated with enthusiasm in the flat race, obstacle race and those representing their houses in the relay. Well done to the winning team – St Clare!

Next week, in English the children will be looking at a non-fiction text to find information and using drama to explore the book.  They will working towards creating a fact file.

In Maths, the children will be telling the time to the half hour and quarter hour on analogue clocks.

On Thursday, it is Art and DT day and we will be creating working in the style of the British artist, David Hockney.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Friday, 17 June 2016

WB: 13.6.16.

This week the children have been wonderful. Mrs Stocks has completed all the Phonics Screening tests and we are very proud of how the children approached this task. A big thank you to all parents for helping the children prepare for this test.
In English the children have been encouraged to write a diary entry inspired by the story, ‘Dougal the Deep Sea Diver’. It was lovely for the children to share some of their own diaries and see how technology has changed diaries over time - invisible ink pens, voice activated passwords, padlocks and even secret compartments.    
In Maths the children enjoyed spending time in the outdoor area participating in a measuring treasure hunt.
In Science the children have been observing and labelling the parts of a plant. They also had the opportunity to taste food from the different parts of the plant such as strawberries, beetroot and rocket.
During our Art and Design lesson this week we looked at the work of the famous painter, Vincent Van Gogh. Afterwards, inspired by the artist, the children carefully drew ‘Sunflowers’ in pencil and next week will use pastels to complete their pictures.
On Thursday we attended the Thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Monsignor Turner. This was led beautifully by the year 3 children who had recently made their Holy Communion.

This week in PE the children have been practising their races in preparation for sports day on Friday 24th June.
Please can the children bring in a t-shirt in their house colour to wear on Friday.

St Bernadette
St Clare
St John Fisher
St Thomas More
Daniel C
Daniel H

Enjoy the weekend and hope to see you at the Summer Fair tomorrow.

We also wish all Dads a lovely day on Sunday!

Saturday, 11 June 2016

WB: 6.6.16.

It was lovely to see the children back looking refreshed after their break.
In English the children have been listening to the story of Dougal the Deep Sea Diver and exploring setting vocabulary. Year 5 came to visit us as well because they had prepared a questionnaire to find out about which toys and books young children prefer.  

In Maths this week the children have been measuring using language such as heavy, heavier, heaviest, light, lighter and lightest. They have also been estimating how many cubes an object weighs and have been weighing individual objects to put them in order from heaviest to lightest. We will continue measuring next week and focus on length and capacity.

In RE we have been listening to the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector. We discussed how Zacchaeus really wanted to see Jesus and how Jesus helped him to change his ways.  
In Science the children have been thinking about plants and which part of the plant we eat. They have also planted some seeds so will be looking forward to observing these growing over the next couple of weeks. You will have noticed that the Year 1 garden is certainly blooming now with colour so a very big thank you to Mrs O’Mahony, Mrs Veritiero and parents who have made this happen.

During our PE lessons we have been taking part in running and obstacle races in preparation for our sports day.
Through our topic work the children have been finding out information about the Queen and her family. The children have also been in fine voice with a hearty rendition of the National Anthem. On Friday we had a lovely time celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday. We all sat together for lunch and afterwards Mr Simmonds organised a fun afternoon with a carousel of activities set up for the children to enjoy. We finished the afternoon off by enjoying a lovely ice lolly to help us cool down.

At the present moment we have been assessing the children’s reading and ‘guided’ reading will resume again next week.
This week we also said goodbye to Miss K and welcomed Mrs Kelly back after her operation.
Next week it is ‘Healthy Eating’ week and Herts Catering Service will be leading the assembly on Monday. There will be a challenge activity each day to encourage the children to think about how we can keep ourselves healthy.
On Tuesday class photos will be taken.
On Thursday Year 3 will be leading the Thanksgiving Mass.
On Friday it is Mufti Day and the children may come in dressed in their own clothes in return for a £1 to support the Summer Fair on Saturday.

Enjoy the weekend!