Mr Nay and I have been overwhelmed by the amount of enthusiastic footballers. Here are the teams and game fixtures for the first half of the season. As you will see we have created 3 teams. This means that all of our children are able to represent Our Lady’s during this years football season!
We would like to welcome the new Reception children, they have settled in so beautifully.Read More
Time has rushed by in year 4 this week - already the end of week 3 in a new school year. We are settling in well and have become used to our class routines. Swimming is going really well - children have been brilliant listeners and the rate of improvement is super. They do like a little sing-song on a coach, which was also noticed on our trip to Parkview!
First, children explored the garden next to the cafe and Julie and Rachel, our guides were brilliant! They showed us all the vegetables they were growing - including a very unusual trombosini from Italy! The children wanted to weight-lift these - they were massive. We learned lots about how different seeds disperse in a variety of ways - using real life examples which we collected and brought back to school. There were so many questions from these curious learners that we didn’t get a lot of time to play afterwards. However, children did get to munch on fresh hazelnuts if they wished!
We have been digging deeper into our study of the Bible in RE. This week, we learned how to find bible references and we started to study the Old testament. We learned that God revealed what He was like to Abraham and chose him to be ‘father of all nations.’ In maths, we have been learning to round numbers to the nearest ten and hundred - solving some challenges that require us to think in lots of different ways.
Today we drew conclusions from our many experiments! We discovered that seeds need warmth, water and air in order to germinate, but not light. We also discovered that a plant needs leaves in order to grow healthily and that the stem of a plant has little tubes which suck up water to the flower. We are becoming little plant experts!
This week, Elise, Faye and Kaya all received a Bobby Bee certificate. You join in, listen attentively and as a result, you produce some astounding work. Well done!
Our swimming stars were James, Eli, Lily A and Megan. Well done!
Thanks for your prompt replies with the many numerous letters we have needed you to sign! Please bring in any outstanding paperwork asap. Thanks!
Have a lovely time out in the sun this weekend. God bless,
Mrs Lyons, Mrs Mather and Mrs Kennedy
What a wonderful week in Year 3 we have had, especially as the sun has been shining! I don’t know how, but we have managed to fit a lot of learning in to just one week, which shows just how focused and settled the children are in Year 3. This week we have had our first music lesson with Mrs Mallinson, we have had french with Madam Jefferson and of course Art yesterday with Mrs Curtis.Read More
Please complete units B! and B2. I have put your IXL passwords in your homework books - except for those who did not hand it in. Yours is in your bags.
Please do lots of reading over the weekend and read for 20 minutes each night - lets see how many children can meet their reading target this half term! Well done to Elise who has already met it!
We have learned lots about seeds and how they disperse this week. Go on a walk around your garden or a park. Have a close look at the seeds in the plants. How do you think they disperse? Draw them in your homework book and see if you can write a little explanation of how you think they do it.
Our main categories were:
Wind: some seeds have parachutes, helicopters or shakers
Animal: Some get eaten, some get buried and some hitchhike on an animal’s fur!
Gravity - some are heavy and roll whilst others catapult out.
You could use some of our lovely language of explanation eg, in order to, as a result, consequently, since, because, this means that, this enables…..
I still can’t believe how quickly the children have settled into their new classroom and how much enthusiasm and energy they show in each and every lesson. They are coming into school each morning so curious about the new challenges they may face that day and know that by pushing and challenging themselves, they will enjoy their learning more and more.Read More
I have sent home a sheet for the children to have a go at practising their handwriting as well as going over some of Year 1 spellings from last year. These spellings will not be quizzed on next week. New Year 2 spellings will be given out next week.
Don’t forget to read those books!
This week’s maths home learning is linked to the place value work we have been completing in class.
C.1 C.2 C.3
A.1 A.2 A.3 A.4 A.5 A.6 A.7 A.8 (NEW SECTIONS ARE IN BOLD)
Remember, please work through what you can on IXL.
Thank you, Miss Woodend
Our week in year 1 has been full of exciting learning; there have been 30 curious Clara clownfish in school each day. The children have been so brilliant at asking questions and challenging their own thinking, in order to better understand.Read More
This week the children have been asked to practise their number formation. Let’s make sure all of those numbers are the right way around! The children have also been challenged to describe Mole (from our class story) using as many adjectives as they can. If you could stick these two sheets into their home learning books, it would be greatly appreciated.
Please continue to practise the speed sounds with the children. If the children could practise their sounds every time before they read, that would be AMAZING!
Finally, please read, read, and read! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
This week we have finally fully got going with our learning. After two weeks of leadership applications, house captain speeches and class councillor speeches, we have a full week of uninterrupted learning - it has been a delight.Read More
We have had such a busy week together as a whole class. This week the children have enjoyed trying new foods at lunch time. The dinner ladies have been very impressed with how well the children are eating their lunches. They have already noticed an improvement in the amount of food on the floor, well done Reception! We have also had our first art and music lessons with Mrs Curtis and Mrs Mallinson. I know that Mrs Curtis was blown away with the children’s concentration when drawing their family portraits. Please have a look at Mrs Curtis’s art page on our school website. There are many pictures of the children’s wonderful artwork from the week.
Concentrating Chloe for... really using your concentration skills during all of this weeks activities. Miss Neves, Mrs Curtis and I have been wowed with your detailed drawings. These certainly show off your super concentration skills. A huge well done for your first week in school Chloe, we are so impressed!
Exthusiastic Hudson for... being so smiley and happy each and everyday. You are a ray of sunshine in our classroom! Well done Hudson, you have had such a brilliant first week in Reception. You have made so many wonderful friends because you share, play and look after others so beautifully.
Our Phonic sounds this week are:
Set 1 sounds: m, a, s and t. The ‘m’ and ‘s’ sounds are stretchy sounds, “mmmm” “sssss”. The ‘a’ and ‘t’ sound are “a-a-a” and “t-t-t” Please practise forming these at home by using the sound cards provided.
Can you hear the sound in different words? Do you hear the sound at the start, middle or end of the word.
Next week: We will continue to learn new sounds and we will begin lots of ‘Fred Talk’. This means that we be speaking words in sounds, such as, “what word can you hear? C-a-t…” “cat”
Physical skill of the week:
Travelling in a space, avoiding obstacles.
We have been learning how to travel safely in our hall space. We have explored travelling in these ways; gentle jogging, side stepping and galloping.
Our PE days are TUESDAY and THURSDAY each week.
We ask that on both of these days children have access to shorts and any jewellery is removed before coming to school. Just a gentle reminder to label ALL uniform as it does become extremely difficult to trace uniform that is unnamed.
Show and Tell:
It was so special to see all of the children’s precious family items this week. All of the children spoke so proudly and confidently when sharing their show and tell with their class friends.
Next weeks theme for show and tell is: Something you had when you were a baby
(Photos, clothing, shoes, toy, blanket etc)
We hope that you all have a wonderful weekend together as a family.
Miss Bassett, Miss Neves and Mrs Malley
Another fabulous week at Our Lady’s, the buzz around school is magical as young minds absorb knowledge, question and make sense of it all. In Art…Read More
Please find attached and also in the club fixtures, the games that the children will be playing on a Tuesday night.Read More
Please read every night. I have sat with every pupil this week and showed them their current reading data. We have set some personal targets too. I will be able to share all this with you too during Parents Day in October.
I have also sent home another Greek Legend “ The Giant Wooden Horse”. We see the return of Odysseus- this is a story set during the Trojan wars before he set off on his odyssey!
Once you have read the story of the wooden horse write a paragraph in your homework book SUMMARIZING - I have modeled this skill in class and we have already had a go independently to! Take care, make sure you sequence the main events so your summary is clear.
We have explored Roman Numerals to 1000- it is tricky! We learnt the mnemonic:
I value Xylophones like cows dig milk!
We have also worked on IXL unit A6. It would be wonderful if you can achieve 100 percent on A6- be resilient!
For those who have got 100% and for those who need more practice press the button below to complete the challenges. For the less confident have a go at beginners and intermediate and for the confident go for the advanced.
The suffix OUS
Courageous outrageous (keep e to that the g is a soft g)
Orange words: Ancient and language
In class council today we decided that it was important for parents to sign our homework book each week. We agreed that when we have completed a task- but there is no written evidence- the children will write the task (few words) and the parent will sign. This makes it easier to see who may need support.
Thank you for all you support, it is very much appreciated
Mrs Kennedy had fun this week - she explored words in our every day language which have their origins in Ancient Greece. The children used the internet to investigate and they competed some thorough work- well done.Read More
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Look at our wonderful self portraits! We have displayed them for you all to see!
Parish Event - Macmillan Coffee Morning!Read More
Please can you complete the following homework to be handed in next Tuesday. Thank you
Just a reminder about the standard of homework expected. It should replicate the standard of work that is in your school books with all aspects completed.
Maths - Ensure you have completed all strands A1 - A6.
Complete strand A7 - Roman Numerals as a reminder from last year.
Reading - As always….read, read, read, read, read.
Spellings - resistible, reversible, legible, visible, inaudible
syllable, enjoyable, adorable, unstable, durable, movable, enable, liable, fable, savable
If there are any words that you do not know the meaning of, please look them up.
Geography - This week we have been learning about the mountainous regions of South America. This started with looking at tectonic plates and volcanoes. Can you choose either tectonic plates or volcanoes and make a poster all about them. Be as creative as possible! This can be done on the computer or drawn, it really is up to you!
Assembly lines - Please make sure you know your lines and song lyrics for our final practice on Monday morning.
MATHS on Purple Mash- Please complete the 2Do Maths task ‘Read and write numbers’ to compliment what we are working on in class.
ENGLISH on Purple Mash- Please practise your homophones on the quiz set on the 2Do list. We will be looking at this in more detail next week in lessons. Remember homophones are words that SOUND the same but have a different meaning and spelling.
We have also stuck in some extra spellings and numbers for you to practise at home in your home learning books. We have noticed many children need extra practise at forming their digits the correct way and spelling of tricky numbers.
READING- It is vital that you read every night and make sure that you are reading to an adult. Ask questions, expand your vocabulary and discuss the characters. Enjoy your quiet time together!
We have really been enjoying our yoga sessions with Mrs Ward. Why not put some quiet music on and practise some of our yoga techniques. Can you maybe teach one of your grown ups? Practise being still and sitting mindfully. Breathe through your nostrils. What sounds can you hear around you when you are truly mindful? Collect them for Mrs Ward.