Lavish Landmarks

We have been following Liberty Bear’s adventures around the globe and have been comparing different landmarks in the different countries. We have looked at how these landmarks are different depending on the country they are in and have worked on identifying these different countries on our class map.

For each stop we have developed our skills of teamwork and construction to try and build our own replica landmarks and we think they look brilliant! See if you can identify any famous landmarks, or get your children to help you.

Artists in the making

We have been working hard on our art skills these past 2 weeks. We have made tree collages using real leaves that have fallen in our school grounds; we used glue and created autumnal artwork using bare tree templates.

We have also been working on our printing skills using our hands and sponges to create pattern artwork and some autumn leaves of our own. Again, we used our school environment to collect inspiration for our leaves looking at the different colours and selecting these to create beautiful pieces of art.

Forest School Fun

We have continued to love our time in the Forest School. This last week the children have been left various messages from the ‘little people’. They had to start by finding a code to unlock a padlock. Inside this was a special message asking the children to make them some suitable shelters to live inside. The children were very excited and got to work straight away building shelters to protect them from the rain and wind.

They then received a second message that explained they now needed access to food and asking if we could come up with some recipes and meals they could eat. The children had fantastic ideas! From stick soup to three leaf salad the little people have had more choices than local restaurants. The children love their time in the forest school and it is really helping to build their imagination and independence.

We have also had a go at designing our own mud kitchen and can’t wait to continue this after half term.

Brighten up for Harvest

Last week we celebrated Harvest and what a wonderful day it was! The Year One children arrived in beautiful colours all carrying donations of plenty for our local food bank. We shared in a prayer service together, led by the children, where we thanked God for his Harvest and wonderful creation.

The children thought of all the things that God has given us that they are grateful for and wrote these down as an offering of thanks to God.

We showed the children where their food donations were going and we prayed for all those without food.

Thank you for all your wonderful donations it is very much appreciated.

Marvellous Maths

Year One have been working hard on their maths. We have been focusing on our basic number skills. The last week we have been working on finding one more and one less from numbers up to 20 and matching numerals to their words.

The children have taken part in many different activities and have worked really hard to succeed. The children have begun to challenge themselves more in maths and they are growing in confidence.

Using physical objects to support, the children are now moving on to look at adding and subtracting one digit numbers with the goal of moving to adding one digit numbers to two digit numbers.

Well done Year One!

The Month of the Holy Rosary

As the month of October draws to a close we shared in a whole school prayer service, via Zoom, to pray the Rosary together.

We reflected on the Luminous Mysteries, meditating on these Mysteries of Light work to bring us a deeper understanding to the life of Jesus. They fill in the spaces for the lesser known areas of the childhood of Jesus and His suffering and death on the cross.

Five brilliant readers from Year Six treated us to the readings of scripture of these five mysteries and the other classes joined in with prayer and reflection.

It was a joy to see all the year groups from Reception through to Year Six sharing in such a special prayer.

Year One LOVE Forest School!

Year One have absolutely loved being in the forest area this week.

From fixing a rope swing, making a kitchen area and creating a seesaw they have really applied themselves to meaningful play in this area.

As much as I’d love to say a cheer fills the air when I tell them it is time for handwriting, it definitely does when I say it is time for forest school. The forest school is unquestionably one of their favourite parts of provision they access in school and we love taking them there.

The skills they gain in this area are invaluable and we have already seen an increase in their resilience and confidence back in the classroom. We hope it continues in the coming months.

Settling in to life in Year One

WOW! What a few weeks it has been. As the children are now settled into life in Year One, we thought we would show you just a little of what we have been up to.

These first few weeks our focus has been supporting the children to get used to the environment, helping them adjust to the new routines and build relationships with us and their friends. Assessments are well underway to ensure that the curriculum is everything that the children need and we continue to work on supporting the children to build resilience and self-confidence.

Please find a selection of photos below and use them as a talking point with your children to discover more about what we have been up to.

Today we sent out some of the Year One Common exception words, these are for you to keep at home and practise as much as you can with your children. First and foremost the reading of these words should be the focus but it would be great if with time you can start practising writing these with your children.

I know many of you are inquiring about reading books. We are still reviewing the safest and most efficient way to do this. In the meantime please use the free e-books available through https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ and for phonics support please use the resources available at https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ both are free to sign up for. If you need guidance on which phase or level your child should be accessing please do not hesitate to email to ask this.

Have a great weekend!
Miss Corkerry and Mrs Atwal x

Reading Resource

A few parents have been asking about reading and additional books. Unfortunately sending more books home isn’t something we are able to do at the moment however there is a comprehensive site called Reading Eggs that you can access from home.

https://readingeggs.co.uk/

The site is normally charged however they have a 30 day free trial for parents that will hopefully be able to assist with reading at home. All that is required is an email address for access and it will then ask you to set up a profile for your child/children.

Once you have activated your account your child will need to do the placement test (on their profile) this will show the level they need to begin at. For each level there are different activities, lessons and books that the children can read online. There are word recognition activities, reading comprehension and lessons they can complete.

The children work through the level with a map and when they get to the end of the activities and books there is then the chance to move onto the next level.

With the books you can choose between a ‘read to me’ function where the book is read aloud to them or the child reads the book out loud themselves. For those that are just beginning to read or struggle with some vocabulary it may give them a bit of confidence to have the book read to them first and then for them to try it themselves.

It is a good resource to use and as it is free to access for a short while it may be worth setting up an account if you feel your child is not reading enough or could benefit from more reading activities and practise. It is for all ages from 3 up to 13 years.

Alleluia! Alleluia! He is Risen!

Easter is the greatest and the most important feast in the Church. Today is a day of joy and celebration for Lent is over and we welcome Easter with happy and humble hearts. It marks the birth of our eternal hope. Jesus gave up His life for us, and from the grave He was raised to life again on the third day. New life rises from the ashes of death.

Today we are celebrating Christ’s victory over all burdens, the gift of eternal life for all who believe in Jesus. Every day, we are now given the chance to rise from the ashes of sin and guilt and can be refreshed and renewed. Remembering that Jesus still loves us and will continue to give us the strength we need.

The main and most important message of Easter is that nothing can harm us – not pain, sin, rejection, betrayal or death – because through believing in Christ we believe that he conquered all these, and we too, can conquer them if we continue to put our faith and trust in Him.

Lord, help me to remember your sacrifice and Resurrection. Help me to let you transform every cross, hardship, worry and burden in my life into joy. Lord, may your joy fill my life and be my strength in all things. Jesus, I trust in you. Amen

May God keep you and your families in his hands throughout this Eastertide. Wishing you a happy and safe Easter, love all the staff at All Souls’ xx