Today marks the beginning of our Lenten journey. Next week, when we are back to learning, we will be having daily reflections about this special season which will be accessed through Google Classroom. Please find below a copy of the Lenten calendar from Walk with Me, do your best at home to live out some of these daily challenges.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of reflection where we reflect on who we are and the people we aspire to be. Today and in the coming weeks, we aim to focus on our relationship with God, often through choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others. As we think about these promises, let us think of making a true sacrifice as an individual or as a family to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
This special time marks the beginning and the end. We came from love, we live in love, we return to love. May our Lenten journey as our All Souls’ family be a sharing of this love with all creation by opening our hearts to Him in trust. May our Lenten promise focus on creating in us quiet places where God can refresh and heal us, and we can come and rest awhile.
May we remember that ‘we are dust and to dust we shall return.’
A massive thank you for all of your kind donations for the local care homes. We were completely blown away by the sheer amount of treats from all of you, as were the care homes. All of the hampers were dropped off, with the letters and cards, on Friday and every single care home asked us to pass our thanks on. Due to your generosity, we have made someone’s Christmas a little brighter.
Our Christmas cards and letters have been written ready to send to 6 of our local care homes. We are hoping to put together a little hamper for each care home to give them a special gift and hopefully bring a smile to a face or two but we need your help to do that.
Whether it is a box of mince pies, packet of biscuits, some chocolate treats, shower gel or other toiletries, anything you can donate would be gratefully received to send to these care homes.
Please send any donations in with your children on Friday (11th December) so we can deliver them to the care homes in time for Christmas.
Many Thanks in advance for your support x
This morning we arrived to a very special letter and visitor in Year One. We found a letter sent from the North Pole with a bit of a crisis, some of the Christmas letters had been lost and Santa would like us to write some more and send them back with his special elf Noel.
He also sent some instructions on getting our classroom decorated especially our tree… In the afternoon, the children had free reign on decorating our class tree and we think they did a brilliant job. They worked together, untangled beads, helped each other hang the decorations and encouraged one another well. Have a look at our photos below.
What a wonderful day to celebrate the beginning of Advent!
Year One started the morning by joining with the rest of the school for assembly and then went on an adventure to find evergreen, holly and different foliage for our wreath. We discussed using green as a sign of new life and evergreen to show Jesus’ love for us never ends. We went to visit the Prayer Garden at our Church and collected lots of items for our wreath. Thank you Father Paul.
We made the wreath together as a class and took one down to Mrs Cannon and Mrs Rae to make sure they all had a reminder of Advent down in the office space. We were also lucky enough to have our own class prayer service with Fr Paul! He came to us live in the classroom and shared the gospel focus for the first week of Advent with us as well as taught us a little more about the wreath. We really enjoyed having our priest visit our classroom (even if it was a little different).
A great start and focus on the true meaning of this special time of year.
Today we celebrated Children in Need, we wore our costumes, bright colours, pjs and lovely clothes to fundraise some money for children in our national community who need a bit of support.
We found out why we give money and celebrate Children in Need and looked at some of the reasons why children might need a bit of extra help. We said some special prayers for these children and families that need God’s help and strength at the moment.
We spent the last part of our afternoon doing some Pudsey themed activities and it was a lovely end to a very busy week!
Thank you to all who donated and supported the day; the children all looked wonderful.
This Wednesday, in Year One, we remembered and commemorated the soldiers who never came home. We discussed why we wear poppies and joined together in a prayer service to reflect on the sacrifice of these people. As part of our prayer service we offered up our poppies to remember the service men, women, animals, nurses, children and many others who gave up their tomorrows for our todays.
We then went outside at 11am to stand in 2 minutes of silence in memory of all who died. The children were respectful and stayed silent the whole time. When we were walking back into the classroom one of the children said, “that was one of the most beautiful things ever!” We would have to agree, the whole school commemorated such a special day in a reverent, respectful and thoughtful way. It was a very humbling moment.
This week we took to our outdoor area on the hunt for BEARS! We took inspiration from the book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and acted out the story by following the journey of the characters. The children joined in really well and could respond to the familiar lines from the story. We all got very excited!
As we moved around we found bear paw prints, a store of food that we thought the bears might be collecting and when we got closer to the end of a story we even thought we might have seen a bear through our fence! Our favourite part was creating a ‘leaf storm’ and splashing through the ‘river’.
The children have been working hard this week in maths and working hard on their number bonds. We started by working with numicon and worked to find the pair that matched to get to 10. We learnt that when we add numbers we can switch them around and it will still amount to the same.
After mastering number bonds using numicon we introduced the part – part – whole model and the children worked to understand that if the whole was 10 then we needed to find the 2 numbers that added together to make that number. We had a go practically and next week will look to put this into practice further.
Well done Year One!
Our focus in art this year was fireworks! We worked with a new medium of chalk to create which we found a little bit tricky to start with. We realised quite quickly that drawing with chalk onto paper was a little bit different to writing on the concrete floor and that we had to be very careful to not smudge our wonderful creations.
The children created some beautiful pieces of artwork!