Friday, 23 March 2018

Science Week, Hazard Alley and Lenten Fundraising Fun

What a fortnight! We seem to have been juggling so many different things over the last couple of weeks and the children have been both enthusiastic and impeccably behaved. 

Last week was Science, Maths and Engineering week and we were kept busy with visits and workshops run by some of our lovely parents. On Friday, we went to Hazard Alley and the children spent the day discovering numerous ways to keep safe. Hopefully they have shared all their expertise with you.

This week we had a visit from Mrs Zilliox and the classroom had more volcanic eruptions than the San Andreas Fault when we learnt how to make a chemical reaction with bicarbonate of soda and acetic acid.

Today the children worked hard running their stalls for the Catholic Children's Society fundraiser. All stalls were a great success so thank you for your support and contributions.

In our learning we are making good progress with our leaflets persuading people to visit a selected place of interest, have been applying our understanding of decimals to money and doing some problem solving. In RE we have been thinking about Lent and Easter and in DT we completed our buzz wire games ready for today.

Next week is our Be Spirited week and so we will spend time reflecting and praying. In addition, this year each class will be making a prayer book which can be used at whole school assemblies and gatherings. Our liturgical season is Lent and we will write prayers on Fasting, Prayer, Acts of Charity/Generosity and on the virtue of Charity and Humility.

Enjoy your weekend.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

World Book Day and snow days.

Another busy, fun-packed couple of weeks have passed and 4K have been working very hard. I was really impressed with all the fantastic costumes on World Book Day and not swimming meant we had more time to do fun activities. We were lucky enough to have stories read to us from around the world and even heard one read in Hindi. Thank you to all the lovely parents who came and shared their own love of reading with us. We loved having the chance to share stories with Year 2 and the children embraced this activity with their usual enthusiasm and read with great expression.

We have been doing more fabulous writing and this week have written letters trying to persuade Senhor, the woodcutter, not to cut down The Great Kapok Tree from the book of the same name by Lynne Cherry. Having written the letters, the children did some effective editing and redrafted their letters. These letters will now be the basis of a display in the Summer term.

Next week is Science Week and we will be doing lots of fun and stimulating activities on the theme of discoveries and inventions and will round off our week with a visit to Hazard Alley.

Hopefully, we have seen the end of the snow as we have a lot to do before we break up for Easter in less than three weeks time! This week, in amongst our science activities, we will plan our CAFOD fundraising stalls and begin making the Buzzwire games which we will use as one of our stalls.