Sunday, 26 March 2017

26.3.17.
The children had a lovely time this week using their sandwich design to make a healthy snack. I was impressed with different variations on a healthy snack but most importantly, they were all eaten up!









It was lovely to see so many of you attend the Mother’s Day Liturgy on Friday. We were very proud of the children as they led the service alongside Father Michael beautifully.
The Lenten fundraising day was the best ever and the children had a lovely time on Friday afternoon raising funds for a very good cause.


As we progress through the season of Lent we will be focussing on the events of Palm Sunday and Good Friday next week. It is also ‘Be Spirited’ week and the hall will be transformed into different prayer stations. This will enable the children to engage in different ways to pray. It will be a perfect way to end our spring term as the children will be able to spend quality time deepening their relationship with God.

Wishing all our Mums a lovely Mother’s Day!

Friday, 17 March 2017

WB: 13.3.17.
What a great Science, Maths and Engineering week the children have had.
The children really enjoyed the visit to Waitrose on Tuesday as part of our ‘Keeping Healthy’ topic. They found out about different foods that keep us healthy and Sarah, who looked after us for the morning was very impressed with the children’s knowledge of healthy foods.
We started our visit by having a look around the shop to explore the various aisles. The children were asked to think about ‘healthy food’ and where the different items came from (vegetables, fish, cheese, etc,). They also heard about the different aspects of how food is stored within the shop to keep it all fresh. After a walk around the aisles the children had the opportunity to explore the storage facilities upstairs. We looked at where fruit and vegetables are kept and the walk-in freezer where the temperature usually reaches -21C. It was so cold, we even caught glimpse of a penguin!
Whist there, we also sampled some delicious food and drink such as olive bread, pomegranate, mango, dried apple and pomegranate juice.
A big thank you to all parents who accompanied us on our trip, it was much appreciated.

 The children had to estimate how long they thought a tuna fish might be.


 




On Wednesday, Mrs Cowley and her team, Mr Barassa, Mrs Gillham, Mr Lucuk, Mrs O’Mahoney, Mr Pagan and Mrs Thomas set the children a task to design a bridge using straws, card, paper clips and masking tape. The children had a fantastic time and I was very impressed with how the children quickly stepped up to the challenge. Afterwards, they had to measure and test their structure to see if cars could travel over it and how many jelly babies it would hold. Well done to team Gillham for creating the longest structure.



 







On Thursday, Mr and Mrs Mash visited Year One with their two assistants, Amelia and Larissa. The children thoroughly enjoyed finding out about how different liquids react with one another, colour mixing, the human body, using their sense of smell to predict what ingredients were hidden, looking through a microscope to find out if butterflies had hairy legs and how batteries and solar power is used to provide energy.  











In the outdoor area, Mrs O’Mahony and Mrs Thomas helped the children observe a colourful science experiment with ‘skittles’ when a little warm water was added. It was surprising how quickly the sugar coating dissolved but the results were amazing. The children also enjoyed the ‘walking water’ experiment and were able to observe water ‘walking’ along paper towels to fill an empty cup. The vinegar and bicarbonate of soda in a balloon was also a big hit with the children and the adults especially!
 


  


 

It has been a fantastic week and has been a joy to see the children’s faces light up in awe and wonder. A big ‘thank you’ to all those parents who has made this possible, I really appreciate it. 
Lovely to see some of the children wearing green to celebrate St Patrick's Day.
Have a restful weekend! 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

4.3.17.

What a busy couple of weeks the children have had.
In English, the children have been exploring poems with pattern and rhyme. They have enjoyed coming up with rhyming words and had fun experimenting with sound and rhythm as they recited poems.




In Maths, the children have been using the 100 square to count on and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s. They have also been estimating a variety of objects. Next week, the children will complete a short assessment and then begin working on finding half, quarter and three-quarters of shapes.   
In RE, the children have been thinking about how the special meal is prepared for the parish family. As we began the season of Lent the children wrote Lenten promises to help them think about how they can help others or do a ‘little extra’ during the season of Lent.
In Computing, the children have created their own little stories using the iPad’s. Afterwards, they selected a background, sound effects and animations. These can be accessed at home so you might like to view these online via your child’s ‘Purple Mash’ account.
The children had a lovely time on Thursday celebrating ‘World Book Day’. They looked amazing and it was wonderful to see so many book characters come to life! A special thanks to Mrs Thomas for coming into class and spending time reading stories to the children. Also, the children enjoyed listening to Mrs Jones who told them all about her own journey to write a book.










For homework this week the children have been asked to design a Christmas stamp which will be entered into a competition. All entries should be in by Friday.
Have a lovely weekend!