- Message from Mrs jones
- Veg Power - Tomatoes
- News from the PTA
- Reception Outdoor learning, keeping healthy and National Science Week
- Year 1 Celebrating Spring and Forest School
- Year 2 Man on the Moon and DT
- Year 3 Mondrian and Klee
- Year 4 Spring Maths Olympics
- One Minute Maths
- Year 6 take Maths and Reading outside
- Year 5 Ancient Greeks and Modern Mircobits
- Yellow Lighted Book Fair
- Girls football finals
- Easter Egg Hunt
The Spring sunshine has brought the Daffodils and Blossom into bloom and provided some fantastic weather for our activities this week. Our Reception children had a great time on their first coach trip to the Belmont Estate. It was a new destination for us, but we will definitely return, please see the report below.
Yellow Lighted Bookshop spent the day with us on Wednesday. A huge thank you to everyone for your support and donations. The children loved selecting books for their classroom bookshelves. Most notable was the quality of the ‘book chatter’ the children are embracing our love of reading.
Jane and Tim led Wow of Trees workshops for Years 1 and 6 and will return next Thursday to lead workshops for Reception and Year 2.
Our Year 5/6 Girls Football team were victorious last night in their league final. Smiles all round from all in attendance.
On Tuesday, Year 6 walked to the Church for an Easter workshop led by Pastor Ruthy, Emelye and the Church team. It was a creative experience of the Easter story and very informative.
We look forward to welcoming parents and carers into school during the meetings scheduled with the class teachers on Wednesday,30th and Thursday 31st March. Please enter via the main entrance and the children’s books will be available for you to see.
Thank you to our PTA for hosting the quiz evening last Friday, it was a most enjoyable evening for those able to attend. The next event is the children’s disco on Friday 1st April.
The taste buds were awoken this week during ‘Tomato Week’. Reception were the chefs preparing a delicious and fresh tomato salsa for the Activity Hall. It was such a success that Reception will continue in their role to create a yummy dish for next week’s tasting table, where peas will take centre stage.
Reception making the Salsa:
School trying the Salsa at lunch:
Children's disco - 1st April
Please sign up at the following link:
Thank you to all who donated for the Disco via the Amazon wishlist.
Second hand uniform:
The next sale will take place on Friday 1st April at Mary's Lving & Giving, 9-11am
Need a summer dress or school shorts? Please don’t buy new until you’ve checked out what we have in our stock of 2nd hand uniform (lots!).
What an amazing week we have had in reception this week. We started the week with yoga and enjoyed being calm and still and working on our breathing. We then continued thinking about how to keep ourselves healthy and after reading the story ‘I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato’ by Lauren Child we made salsa. We developed fine motor skills by cutting tomatoes, peppers and squeezing lemons. We enjoyed tasting the salsa with pitta and tortilla chips. We also learnt that tomatoes are a fruit not a vegetable because they have seeds.
As part of National Science Week last week we thought about the question ‘What is Science?’ We thought carefully and in reception we think that science is …
“When you explore different things and put them altogether to find out what they make”
“Doing experiments and tests”
We carried out our own investigation to learn about germination. We have planted beans and are now watering and observing them to see what happens next.
We also had our very first school trip, travelling by coach to Belmont Estate and having the most amazing time. The sun shone and we spent the day outdoors exploring and having time to be free to build, pick, taste and play. We got to meet the residents pigs, ponies and cows, explored the stream and we picked nettles to make nettle pancakes. They were delicious!
Thank you Mrs Petters for taking us all and to the parent helpers for giving their time.
This week Year 1 have been enjoying the arrival spring! In Literacy, we thought about all the things that we love most about spring and wrote spring poems using adjectives and alliteration. We also learned the poem ‘Spring Song’ by William Blake which we are looking forward to sharing with you at our Easter service. Year 1 went on a hunt for signs of spring outside and found blossom, catkins, bird nests, buds on trees and daffodils. We loved our forest school session on Thursday afternoon where we spent some time appreciating the wonder of trees. We heard about all the ways that trees are important and played a game ‘meet a tree’. We also learned a clever trick for measuring trees with our steps and decorated wooden necklaces with pictures of trees and creatures that live in them.
Year 2 have thoroughly enjoyed learning about space during their Power of Reading topic, 'Man on the Moon'. The children looked at the Apollo 11 rocket and identified its conical nose, cylindrical body and even the triangular legs of the lunar module. They also loved listening to Helaine Becker's picture-book biography 'Counting on Katherine', which details the true story of the humble genius, Catherine Johnson. Both teachers talked with their classes about maths in everyday life and what mathematical knowledge 'Bob' (the protagonist in our book) would be required to know. We looked at the illustration of Bob's home and identified shapes in his living room before creating our own rockets for his friend Billy. The children then labelled their illustrations using mathematical vocabulary. Some children even used their computing a knowledge of input and outputs when labelling their rockets. As it was such a beautiful day, the children continued their learning outside and used natural materials to create make 2D shapes.
Year 2 have also enjoyed a week of practical lessons. In Design and Technology they amazed their teachers with their sewing skills where they produced beautiful blanket stiches using felt. In Food Technology both classes discussed what it means to eat a 'balanced' diet. The children enjoyed making healthy wraps using a combination of protein, vegetables, and dairy products before evaluating their choice of ingredients.
In Literacy, their space topic continued and preparation for a Big Write about the Apollo 11 mission began. Their teachers continue to be impressed with their effort as both classes work to increase their writing stamina. What a busy week!
We have covered all sorts of subjects in this beautiful sunny weather this week! We started out new maths topic that we will be focusing on for a few weeks-fractions. We began by finding fractions of shapes and trying to match images into pairs. The children grasped this concept really quickly and we look forward to extending their learning next week.
We had an art focus during our afternoons this week, studying Piet Mondrian and Paul Klee. We researched their work to find similarities and differences and used their styles to inspire our own work. At first we planned and created sketchbook pages around the two artist work. These pages helped us to produce our final stain glass piece! We will show the final outcome next week, but here are some ‘work in progress’ photos!
Finally, we made the most of the beautiful sunshine and played our first fall cricket game. We implemented skills we have learnt over the last few weeks and had so much fun counting runs an whacking the ball across the court!
Spring has arrived and Year 4 have been loving the sunshine. On Wednesday, we celebrated World Maths Day in the form of a Maths Olympics. The classes were split into small groups and they recorded results for standing jumps, throwing a bean bag, sprinting and star jumps in a minute. They used trundle wheels, metre rulers, tape measurers and stop watches to record each other's results and used their knowledge of decimal points to note down scores in centimetres, metres, seconds and milliseconds. Everyone had a great time learning about Maths outside.
We have also spent some time reading for pleasure outside to celebrate our new books from the book fair.
Year 6 took their maths outside today for an amazing Forest School session on trees.
Luckily they had been learning all about Brazil and also the anatomy of their lungs so were able to share their geographical and scientific knowledge about trees with Jane and Tim.
They measured tree girths and used a formula to work out the probable age of the tree. They then estimated and checked their heights using a cool method Jane taught them.
Lastly they used rounds cut from branches to create amazing spinning optical illusions.
Year 6 also snuck in some quiet reading time in the beautiful sunshine this week.
Everything was made even better by the beautiful weather. Happy days!
Year 5 have had a fantastic week this week. In History, we have looked at the legacy of the Ancient Greeks and what a significant contribution they have made to our lives today from architecture, medicine, language and sport. Literacy has seen us journey with Odysseus into the Land of the Dead this week and have written choral poems full of emotive vocabulary. We also conducted a debate about whether Odysseus should have warned his men that 6 of them were going to be eaten by the monster Scylla or not.
In computing, we have been coding moving animations on the BBC: Mircobits and thinking about debugging the coding if it was not working. Maths has seen us tackle rounding and ordering and comparing decimals. We loved putting our fractions knowledge into practise on World Maths Day where we created some fractions art work.
We loved welcoming the book shop back to school on Wednesday and the whole school community really enjoyed taking time to explore the books and to just have the time to sit and read for pleasure.
Thank you for helping to make the fair such a success. Thank you for the donations so far for the classroom bookshelves it enabled each class to choose some books for their classrooms. If you would still like to make a donation it remains an option of ParentPay and the children have a list of books they would like to add to their shelves in the future.
After the success of the 3 qualifying sessions, the girls made it to the finals, on Thursday 24th March. The sun shone. The excitement grew. The girls were ready. The task was laid out in front of them; they were in a group of four teams (Group B). There was a second group of four teams (Group A) playing at the same time. The winners of each group would compete in the Gold medal match.
The girls had been well-prepared for the finals, by another ‘early bird’ training session before school (also on Thursday). Thank you Mr Curry for working with the footballers.
The three group matches passed in a blink of an eye, with three awesome victories, and no goals conceded. Those three wins meant there was no doubt; they had reached the final. The girls had 10 minutes to prepare, taking part in a friendly match.
Kick off arrived and the girls took their positions. The final was a hard match. There were hard tackles and hard shots. Christ Church scored an early goal, with Scarlett again hitting the back of the net – after scoring multiple times in the group matches. Defending the slender lead was tough, and our goalkeeper (Georgie), who was suffering from a hand injury, pulled off an extraordinary save to stay ahead. The full time whistle finally arrived. The girls were ecstatic, but maintained their composure to then receive their medals and certificates.
This success would not have happened without some support. Firstly, thank you to family and friends for helping transport the girls across the city to the event. Next, a massive thank you to Miss Barsby and Mr Curry, for their ongoing coaching and support to footballers, and to our wider participation and success.
Well done girls, and as I said in assembly this morning, 'treasure this moment'..
Easter Egg Hunt – 7th April
Tickets for the Great Easter Egg Hunt are now on sale every morning in the playground at a cost of £3pp. This includes one entry into a raffle for a large Easter Egg. Extra Raffle tickets can be purchased for 2 for £1. The hunt will take place on 7th April after school and every successful ‘eggs-plorer’ will get a chocolate treat.