Ash Wednesday – We begin our Lenten Journey

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.’

 

Out of this World Reports!

Year 5 have worked very hard to produce non-chronological reports about the planets. They researched interesting space facts both at school and at home and have managed to write some very informative paragraphs. They thought really carefully about their presentation and even included watercolour paintings from their Art lessons.

A HUGE thank you!

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.

Thank you!

Donation Drive for local care homes

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

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 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.

 

Year 5 Work Update

Thank you to all those who continue to share the excellent work taking place at home.

Here is:

Darci’s 100 word writing challenge and self-portrait:

Niko’s research into the International Space Station:

Daniel G’s artwork from a dot:

Lola W’s 100 word story:

Cerys’ decimal work and artwork starting from a dot:

Hope you all have an excellent week!

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.

TTRS Battle!

Well done to Year 6 who won this week’s Times Tables Rock Stars Battle against Year 5 with 12,173 points v 8,857 despite Year 5 leading for the first half of the week!

Times Table Rock Stars!

Special well done to Emily C who took 1st place as the highest earner. closely followed by Ayda, Roisin, Liam LJ, Ha-Eun and Alannah. Here are your certificates!

Same again next week!

Year 5’s Zoom Catch up

After some successful meetings to allow children to catch up and have a chance to share what they have been up to, Year 5 will be taking part in a Zoom meeting on Monday 4th.

Details to join are below, let me know if you have any questions.

Look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Mr Rolison

 

Mr Rolison is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Year 5’s Catch Up
Time: May 4, 2020 02:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/98924542566?pwd=dTNyNzBXeEV0ekR0aDF1RkRKYlNoZz09

Meeting ID: 989 2454 2566
Password: 0V1uJZ