Spring Term I
During PSHE this half-term, we have been learning about a variety of ideas that explore our feelings and opinions on a range of topics. Some examples include how to reduce the spread of germs, the importance of rules in the classroom, incorporating Learning Behaviours and special visits. We have had an eventful first half term, please take a look at what we have done to get a real taste of our learning.
We were very excited to write our letters to Father Christmas. We had lots of questions to ask him in our letter - How old are you? How many elves do you have? How do you travel around the world in just one night?
We also spent some time reflecting on the year, telling Father Christmas our achievements and things we would like to improve... things that we promise to work on in the new year!
We wish all our friends, family and school teachers a very happy Christmas and the happiest New Year!
We had our first Poetry Assembly where each class recited a poem. Our class performed the poem inspired by the Polar Express. We used lots of action and emotion when we presented it to the school.
We had the best time this week! We read the story of The Polar Express and we also watched the film. It was such a magical day - we wore our cozy pyjamas whilst drinking hot cocoa and watching the christmas movie!
After, we wrote letters to our parents retelling our magical experience on the Polar Express.
Inspired by the story of 'ONE PLASTIC BAG', we made posters to encourage our school community to recycle and reuse plastic.
The end of this half term, we have been looking at money. We reviewed the names of the coins and notes that we learned in Year 1, and we learned how to add and subtract pounds and pennies. We also learned a key concept: change - when we pay more than what we need, we get the difference in return and we call that change!
In order to understand the importance of money, we played a bartering game pretending we were living in London hundreds of years ago when people had to trade objects. This game helped us understand how lucky we are to use money now for transactions.
We have started a new Topic in Science... USE OF EVERYDAY MATERIALS!
We are looking at the different types of materials around us and describing their properties.
Is it waterproof? Let's check with water!
Is it flexible? Let's strectch it out!
Is it bendy? Let's prove it!
In our Gardening lessons, we looked at building a winter shelter and we had to decide which materials were suitable considering the weather conditions!
During the month of December, two children from each class took home the Travelling Crib for one night. At home, they set up the Nativity scene, completed activities in their activity book about the nativity then ended their day with a specail prayer with their family. It was a very special activity to share with our families at this time of the year.
As we were approaching Christmas, we explored the story of the Annunciation, Visitation and Nativity.
With the Annunciation story, we wrote a diary entry as if we were Mary explaining what happened on that day and describing our feelings and emotions.
When learning about the Visitation, we read the story according to Luke and we discussed what happened on that special day when Mary visited Elizabeth.
The Nativity story is part of the Bible we were familiar with. We read the Birth of Jesus according to Luke, but we also compared Luke's and Matthew's Gospel to see what elements were the same and what characters or scenarios varied.
We learnt about Advent as a time for preparation and excitement. We discussed what preparation entails - preparing our minds, hearts and bodies for the birth of Jesus.
We also looked at the Advent symbols and discussed their meaning at this important time of the year. We wrote individual Advent promises and prayers that we added to our class Advent wreath, choosing one a day to read and reflect upon.
On Thursday, we were so lucky to have a special mass in our school chapel with Monsignior Roger where he talked to us about Advent.
Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas party and a very special visit from Santa. What a fabulous end to a very busy term. The children had a fantastic time celebrating the chritsmas season with their friends.
This term in Computing, we will be learning how to give instructions and write algorithms for everyday objects.
Welcome to Oak Tree Class
Bee Day Assembly
In Oak Tree Class, our Summer Term assembly was all about BEES! We spent weeks learning more about these fascinating insects and preparing our assembly. We learnt a special dance to the song "Making the Garden Grow", which was included as part of our presentation. We even spent a morning tasting lots of different types of honey so we could understand better how important bees are to our food supply.
In our gardening lessons we have been learning all about how to plant seeds. We each planted our own seeds and have been watching them grow over the past few months. This is part of our science investigation technique: observation over time. We have also transferred our sunflowers from pots into flower beds and have been out in the garden watering and weeding, making sure our garden can grow beautifully!
30 Days Wild
During the month of June, Oak Tree Class participated in the 30 Days Wild competition. Each day we aimed to get out into nature and record a “wild” thing we did that day. We brought in pictures, drawings and written work about what we did to interact with the world around us.
Oak Tree participated in Insect Week by exploring in our garden, looking for a variety of insects. We created tally charts to collect data about the different types of insects we found. We then used this data in our Math Lessons to create problems and number sentences using the number of insects we found.
Animals Including Humans
In our new science topic, we have been exploring the life cycles of humans, how we grow and how to stay healthy by eating a balanced diet. We did an investigation to see if the bigger the body part you had, the older you are. We measured the size of heads and shoe sizes of children and our teachers.
We have been learning how to tell the time in Maths lessons. We have used our knowledge of halves and quarters to help us split up the clock. Using mini clocks, we have been able to tell the time in intervals of 5 minutes, 15 minutes and half an hour. It has been really enjoyable using our maths to learn a very important life skill which we use every day.
In our Fractions lessons, we have been using skills we learnt in multiplication and division to help us identify fractions and figure out fractions of numbers. We have learnt how to recognise equivalent fractions and count in fractions on a number line.
The beautiful Grotto in our school garden has been undergoing renovation and as part of the new decoration we each picked a stone from the Grotto to decorate. We designed our stones with symbols of Mary and they were blessed by Fr Mark before being returned to the Grotto.
Fr Mark Visit
When Fr Mark came to bless the stones, we were lucky enough to be able to participate in a question and answer session with him. Our topic in RE is Discipleship and we asked Fr Mark questions about how he is a disciple of God and how we too can show discipleship.
Learning about Islam
When learning about Islam and the importance of prayer for Muslims, we were very lucky that Miss Kermanipour from Ash Tree Class came to speak to us about Islam. She showed us a Prayer Mat that Muslims use to pray on and we were able to see a Qur’an. We also learnt about the Five Pillars of Islam and what they mean. It was very interesting learning about a different religion and we are very grateful to Miss Kermanipour.
One World Week
During One World Week we had a zoom session with a representative from CAFOD who told us all about CAFODs new campaign to encourage children to look after the world around them. We undertook the challenge to be “Zero Heroes” and be the “eyes of the world” by encouraging people to be sustainable and protect the world we live in.
Our class was also given a country to research and learn more about. Oak Tree Class’ country was… JAMAICA! We made lots of projects all about Jamaica and watched videos of famous Jamaican achievements, such as the 100m Olympic wins by Usain Bolt. We also participated in a dance session were we learnt a dance that represented Jamaica.
On the last day of the week we all dressed up representing either Jamaica or the country our family comes from.