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
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.
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.
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
The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road.
The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David;
blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;hosanna in the highest.”
Today is the beginning of Holy Week, the most special week in the Church’s calendar. We remember and follow the way of the cross, the journey Jesus took in his final days here on Earth. As we move through this week together it is important to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and reflect on what we can do to make sure we are valuing this sacrifice.
The story of Palm Sunday tells of how
people removed their cloaks and spread them out in front of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem on a donkey. From humble beginnings, born in a manger in Bethlehem to a King recognised by the people.
Everyday we wear our cloaks to face the world sometimes our cloaks hide who we actually are, the things that we say or the actions that we take. As we come to worship may we lay down our cloaks and disguises, at the feet of the One who sees us we really are, Jesus. May we offer our thanks and praises to Him with open hearts, truthful words and joyful thoughts.
Take some time today on your own or as a family to reflect on this and see if you can live stream a mass either locally or internationally to celebrate this day with our Catholic community.
Sending thoughts and prayers to you all.
If there are any issues at all please do not hesitate to email at – firstname.lastname@example.org
A MESSAGE FROM MRS QUINN, HEADTEACHER:
Please can I assure you that there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at All Souls’. We have a number of children currently absent due to sore throats, raised temperatures and coughs.
We are grateful to those families who have informed us of these symptoms and taken the decision to isolate their child. As per the current Government guidance, whole families are now being told to self isolate should any one member display symptoms.
Up to date advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
We will not be providing work packs for those children absent at this time (unless in exceptional circumstances). Please encourage your child to:
- Read – their reading book or other books at home
- Write – keep a diary, write a review on a book they’ve read, write a story
- Practice their spellings and times tables
- Stay active – gentle indoor exercises
- Say their prayers – they could try writing their own
- Art – get creative with the resources you have at home
I take the health of our staff, children and their families very seriously and thank you for your cooperation and support during these difficult times.
Our fifth and final day of British Science Week 2020 was just as brilliant as the rest of the week!
To end our Science-filled week, children were invited to come into school dressed as Mad Scientists – everyone looked fantastic!
We also had a slithering visitor as Synthia the snake came to say hello!
Thank you to Mrs Rolison and Suntrap Centre for sharing their amazing animals with us this week – a highlight for most children (and staff!) for sure!
We ended the day with a beautiful prayer service led by Miss Corkerry, reminding us of how much Science has made our lives better. We learned more about the life of Marie Curie, her contribution to Science and the the works of her charity before being encouraged to put our own God-given talents to good use.
A huge thank you to all children, parents and staff who helped to make British Science Week 2020 our best one yet! As always, your support is greatly appreciated.
This afternoon was our last Science Carousel afternoon of British Science Week 2020 and after seeing the faces of all the children in our school across the week, I think it’s fair to say…
Year 1 and 2 were busy dunking biscuits and meeting some new less-than-furry friends:
Year 5 and 6 created snow fluff using a mixture of shaving cream and corn starch before seeing her could fly their rocket ‘mice’ the furthest:
Reception have been making volcanoes using coca cola:
To end our week of all things Science, children are invited to come into school dressed as Scientists! In return, we would really appreciate £1 donations towards our Science fund!
Thank you so much to all the teachers who have worked so hard to prepare these investigations for all involved and really bring British Science Week 2020 to life!
This afternoon, Year 1 and 2 created snow fluff using a mixture of shaving cream and corn starch before seeing her could fly their rocket ‘mice’ the furthest:
Year 3 and 4 discovered which nappy is the most absorbant and therefore the best to buy and investigated whether the weight of an egg affects the speed it travels:
Year 5 and 6 have been busy dunking biscuits and meeting some new less-than-furry friends:
Reception have been exploring the colours of a rainbows using skittles and investigating where chocolate melts the quickest:
Nursery have been making raisins dance in lemon and Gummy Bears grow bigger:
This week, throughout the afternoons, each class will be visiting different teachers and their classrooms to explore their chosen ‘Big Question’.
This afternoon, Year 1 and 2 joined in with the fun as they found out which nappy is the most absorbant and therefore the best to buy and investigated whether the weight of an egg affects the speed it travels:
Year 3 and 4 created snow fluff using a mixture of shaving cream and corn starch before seeing her could fly their rocket ‘mice’ the furthest:
Reception checked back on their flowers from yesterday and to their surprise, two out of the three flowers they had added food colouring to were starting to change colours! They also set up a new investigation into which drink is the most damaging for our teeth by adding chalk (acting as our teeth!) to different popular drinks…
Nursery were experimenting what happens when they mix food colouring, milk and washing up liquid – ask them what they found out!
We are super excited for the rest of the week!