The Masked Reader – Day One

This week, as part of our World Book Day celebrations, we will be running a ‘Masked Reader’ competition. Each day, a video will be posted of a different member of staff reading an extract from a children’s book. However, the staff member will have disguised his/her face and voice. Each day, it is your task to use the clues given to you to work out who is behind the disguise. Children in Years 1-6 will need to post their answer on Google Classroom and children in Reception can email Mrs Jilks their answer. The names of the children who correctly identify the member of staff each day will be put into a prize draw at the start of next week.

Tomorrow you will find out who is behind today’s disguise.

Here is today’s video:

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Clues:

1) This person likes to wear black clothing.

2) This person has been a member of staff at All Souls for several years now.

3) This person is married.

Spring is coming!

A beautiful rainbow

Playing with streamers in the wind

Drawing with chalks

How can we make these feathers move?

What would you wear on a sunny day?

 Making sun catchers to hang up at the window

Hello Everyone,

Well we have certainly been making the most of the mild and sunny weather in Nursery this week, so we have been having lots of fun outdoors. This week we have been thinking about different weather – some of the activies we have been doing are making sun catchers, dancing with streamers in the wind and trying to make feathers move without touching them, using paper and different kinds of fans. Next week we will be starting our topic on growing and planting and on Thursday it is World Book Day, so don’t forget the children can dress up as a favourite book character or wear their pyjamas. On Wednesday we will also be decorating hard boiled eggs as book characters. Our phoneme for next week is ‘O’. Have a good week everyone and enjoy the sunshine.

The Nursery Team

 

World Book Day 2021

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World Book Day, which takes place on Thursday, 4th March, 2021, celebrates the joy and value of books and the art of reading. The worldwide events of the day are particularly aimed at children. Whether your child is at home or at school, he/she can still mark the day.The theme again this year is ‘Share a Story.’ Parents and carers are encouraged to share a story book with their child/ren.

World Book Day is running a SHOW YOUR SHARES competition this year that, with your consent, your child might want to participate in. A story share could be: reading at home with your family, reading your favourite book, reading in an unusual location, sharing a story with your pet, reading a book whilst dressed as your favourite character, and more. For the next four weeks, World Book Day will award prizes for the best story shares with a different theme each week. The prize is a £100 National Book Token a £100 National Book Token per family, per week with the best pictures featured in the World Book Day online gallery. You have to upload a photograph or video of your story share onto the following page https://www.worldbookday.com/show-your-shares/ Please keep an eye on the school website for details for each week’s theme. This week’s theme is ‘Books That Make You LOL’. Upload a photograph or a video of you reading a book that makes you laugh, or of you sharing a story in a silly way or you reading dressed as your favourite funny book character.

This year each child will be issued with a single-use digital version of a £1 World Book Day token. The token can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://www.worldbookday.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/booktoken_PrimaryUK.pdf This token can be either printed at home or shown to sellers on a phone or on a tablet screen. This can either be exchanged for one of the special £1 World Book Day books, or it can be used towards the cost of any book or audiobook priced at £2.99 or more. The token can be redeemed at most major supermarkets and bookshops. To find your nearest supermarket or bookshop visit: https://booksellers.org.uk/wbd Vouchers are valid from 18th February, 2021, up until 28th March, 2021. However, due to the fact that bookshops are currently closed, the tokens will be honoured beyond 28th March, 2021, while stocks last.

On World Book Day, if your child currently attends school as the child of a Key Worker, he/she may attend school dressed as his/her favourite book character or in his/her pyjamas. If your child is at home, he/she can still dress up. Each class teacher will schedule one of their weekly ‘catch-ups’ via Zoom on this day so that the children at home have the opportunity to show their costumes or pyjamas to others. As the theme is ‘Share a story’, class teachers in Years 1-6 will pre-record a video of them reading a book out loud. However, the story that the children in these year groups listen to won’t be read by their class teacher but by another teacher. Reception will have their weekly story time on World Book Day with Mrs Jilks.

Also, on Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021, during a device-free afternoon, children across the school will be asked to transform a hard-boiled egg into an image of their favourite book character. I am informing you in advance as you may wish to purchase some resources during your weekly shop.

The joys and benefits of reading are enormous and we, in school, hope to continue to encourage and enthuse your child with a love for reading that will last well beyond World Book Day, 2021.

Thank you for your support.

*The Season of Advent*

As we approach the First Sunday (Advent Sunday) of Advent, James and Darci led Year 6 in a prayer service to focus our attention on the Advent message of hope.

Thank you James and Darci for beginning our Advent season in which we prepare our hearts and mind as we look forward to the Second Coming of Christ.

A Reception Wedding

We have been celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage.  We watch a wedding and looked at some photographs of a wedding.  Then we acted out the wedding service with Aisling and Harris getting ‘Married’.  The best bit was eating the wedding cake!

Non Uniform Day – 13/11/2020 – BBC Children In Need

In aid of BBC Children In Need, Friday 13th November will be a non-uniform day. Please make a minimum of a £1 donation via SIMS Pay. Alternatively, you may bring a cash donation to school on the day. All monies raised will be given directly to the charity.

Children may wear an outfit of their choice including costumes, pyjamas, sports kits. Please keep in mind the weather and ensure your child is suitably dressed for outdoor activities.
We look forward to seeing your outfits on the day!

Sadly Pudsey is not able to join us this year due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

A Wonderful Wellie Walk

Hello Everyone,

We had a beautiful morning for our wellie walk today. It was cold but sunny so we wrapped up well and headed out to explore our forest area and the school fields which most of the children hadn’t visited before. Great fun was had collecting leaves, twigs, acorns and apples as well as having a good squelch in the mud and then playing on the tyres. The children looked lovely and bright in their clothes this morning and we have to say a great big thank you for all the packets and tins you all sent in. Also, thank you for the beautiful conkers and Autumn objects you have sent in – we have plenty for counting, making patterns and collages next week. We look forward to talking to you next week about how your child has settled in. Have a good weekend!

The Nursery Team

 

 

 

Forest School Murals

Mr Rolison set Year 6 with the task of creating some mural designs so that their ideas can be used to brighten up the fences in our forest school. Here is what they came up with:

We’re looking forward to getting involved in turning these designs into our class mural!

Year 5’s first few weeks

Year 5 have enjoyed a successful return to school. Our first few weeks back together have been full of smiles, laughs and a lot of hard work both in the classroom and outside. Highlights have included:

 

Using maths skills in an unexpected location.

 

 

 

Setting ourselves up for success for our first class trip.

 

 

Putting our skills into practise at Quarry Park Disc Golf Course with help from Mr Youson and Mr Regan.

 

 

Exploring the forest school and developing our teamwork skills.

 

Staffing and Transition for 2020-21

Dear Parents,

We are now pleased to be able to confirm the allocation of teachers to year groups for the next academic year.  Due to the current circumstances, this has been much more difficult than it would usually be and we thank you for your patience and understanding.  As we fully digest all of the information and guidance related to the full re-opening of school in September, we will be able to confirm teaching assistant allocation – hopefully by the end of next week.

Year Group – Teacher
Nursery – Mrs Schofield
Reception – Mrs Jilks
Year 1 – Miss Corkerry
Year 2 – Miss Clarke
Year 3 – Miss Hayden
Year 4 – Mr Rolison
Year 5 – Miss Piercy
Year 6 – Mrs Hartwell

We are delighted to have appointed Miss Aimee Piercy into the position of a full-time class teacher, following her successful year of training with us.  We were also delighted to appoint Miss Madison Hayden as a class teacher, following the departure of Miss McDonagh.

Each teacher has written a letter to the children they will be receiving in September.   These letters are available to download below.  Please take the time to download and share this letter with your child:

Children entering Nursery in Sept 2020
Children entering Reception in Sept 2020
Children entering Year 1 in Sept 2020
Children entering Year 2 in Sept 2020
Children entering Year 3 in Sept 2020
Children entering Year 4 in Sept 2020
Children entering Year 5 in Sept 2020
Children entering Year 6 in Sept 2020

In addition, for children entering Years 1-6, we will be holding transition sessions, via Zoom, next week.  The schedule for these is below and the individual meeting details will be emailed out to you early next week.  For Years 1-3, the sessions will be done in groups.  The email link that you receive will indicate the group/session your child should attend.

Year Group in Sept 2020 – Zoom day/time
Year 1 – Wednesday 8th July (Gr1, 10:45-11:30am; Gr2, 11:30-12:15pm; Gr3, 12:15-1:00pm)
Year 2 – Thursday 9th July (Gr1, 10:00-10:45am; Gr2, 10:45-11:30am; Gr3, 11:30-12:15pm)
Year 3 – Friday 10th July (Gr1, 10:00-10:45am; Gr2, 11:00-11:45am)
Year 4 – Wednesday 8th July, 1-2pm
Year 5 – Thursday 9th July, 1-2pm
Year 6 – Friday 10th July, 1-2pm

Finally, at the end of next week, each teacher will be making available a small pack of activities for the children to complete during the Summer holidays.  These will be posted here on the school website.

Whilst the school will be closed to children during the Summer break, we are acutely aware of how difficult the past few months have been (and continue to be) for some families.  Should you need to make contact, myself and Mrs Quinn are still available via email ([email protected] / [email protected]) throughout the summer – although please do bear in mind that it may take us a little longer than usual to pick these up and reply to you.