Weeks of Wonder, Awe and New Learning

We apologise for the lack of presence over the past few weeks but the children in Year One have not stopped!

A trip to Birmingham on a coach is where we will begin with an informative and fun visit to the Sea Life centre. Following our learning in science about animals including humans and our English unit of Informational Texts (Non-Chronological Reports) we spent the day visiting the Centre. From Seahorses to turtles, sharks to stingrays we got to see it all and spent hours in awe and wonder of such beautiful creatures. Despite a lack of facilities to sit and eat lunch the children adapted and we ate alfresco as we tucked into our lunches before spending the rest of the afternoon exploring even more with visits to the penguins, shark 360 tunnel and a cinema viewing. The children, as always, behaved beautifully and were a real asset to All Souls’.

We have continued to put our all into our gymnastic skills moving on from balance to look at movement, jumps and rolls! The children have been creating sequences showing different types of these four elements and are in the process of planning and creating an imaginative performance with these elements involved.

We have had many prayer services with the children, as always, taking a lead in the planning of these and have been coming up with more creative and varied ways of praying within the classroom. We had a particularly beautiful service all about being peacemakers and how we are going to do our best to spread peace and encourage others to do the same.

We have enjoyed learning lots more about animals including humans as part of our science unit. We worked hard to sort animals into their correct habitats and had to find the 5 things that animals need to have to help them to survive in their homes. We then went outside and had to find different things that were from specific animals habitat and spoke about camouflage.

In RE we looked at the story of The Good Samaritan as part of our unit ‘Jesus the Healer’. We had a go at acting out the story and looked at the different roles of the characters in the story. We thought about why the characters may have made those decisions and discussed whether we had ever chosen to walk away instead of stay and help. The children were very reflective and responded with answers well beyond their years.

In music we have been exploring using different instruments to make different noises and to then develop a beat alongside a track. The children had the chance to use all the instruments and we definitely have some budding musicians in our midst! We have been exploring a new scheme called Charanaga and are still working up to a performance piece but we can’t wait to share it with you once we get there.

In maths we moved on to look at intervals of time. As we began our topic we started by sequencing days of the week and months of the year. We were surprised by the amount of children who did not know all the months of the year so will continue to look at this over the next few weeks. We then estimated how long different activities would take and sorted them into seconds, minutes or hours and moved to look at real life situations. In partner pairs they estimated which activity would take the longest amount of time and which would take the shortest, they then worked in two teams to complete the activity and timed themselves to see whether their estimate was right or wrong.

After receiving some bulbs that had been kindly donated from one of our grandparents the children had a great time planting them. Measuring how deep the holes needed to be and reading the instructions of how to plant them. We can’t wait to watch them grow over the next few weeks.

In history we have been looking at the jobs of Coventry’s past and looking at all of the industries that made Coventry so famous. The children became bakers, car constructors, builders, watchmakers and many more as they made decisions as to what job they would have liked to do if they were alive in Coventry’s past. We thank all of those parents who have sent information about their own jobs now as this is really going to help with our history lessons after half term to compare these to jobs of the past.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we had some disco divas and dancing dudes as they took to the dancefloor to show their best moves. Great fun was had by all and along with some classics we had some of the children’s favourite modern songs too. We can only apologise for how excited they were upon leaving – the sweet cups were a big hit! The children were all brilliantly behaved and really let loose which was lovely to see and experience with them

In maths, after looking at arrays, the children have moved on to focus on division and sharing into equal parts. Miss Salter had planned some great practical activities for the children to understand that when we share it must be done equally and by splitting into a certain amount of groups. The children even took part in a treasure hunt using their knowledge to answer division questions and the number matched a letter of the alphabet which they then had to use to piece together a word or sequence of words for their blue. Great work Year One!

The Birdman brought a mass of awe and so much excitement to school this week. The children thoroughly enjoyed his workshop and for most it was a completely new experience. They loved meeting Alan, Cybil, Billy, Alaska and Sparky and as they learnt more information about the birds we also hope that they take note of some of the things that they were told about ways to take care of our planet for these birds and all other animals.

As we came to the end of our week we took some time out of our busy timetable to celebrate the amazing homework projects that this time was ‘All about Animals’. The children had tried really hard and we loved finding out what their favourite animals were as well as what we might have to do to look after it. The children talked openly and very excitedly about their work, a true show of how proud they were of their work. Well done Year One!

Ash Wednesday

Today, we begin our Lenten journey together as a family.

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 God bless all of us during this most special season. Many Thanks to all those who attended mass this morning and a huge well done to our wonderful Year Six readers

World Book Day

Thursday 5th March is World Book Day; a day to help to foster a love of reading in our children. To celebrate this day at All Souls’, we have decided to have a dress up and activity day. Children are invited to dress up as a book character or in their pyamas for the day (teaching staff will also be dressing up!). During the course of the day, children will take part in a variety of activities both in their classrooms and across school.

Our annual competition this year will take place in children’s classrooms. A winner for each phase will be picked and awarded with a prize!

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From Wednesday 18th – 25th March we are holding a Scholastic Book Fair, in the school hall, where children and their families can browse and purchase books from £2.99. Children will also have been given a £1.00 Book Token to spend. Once we have made £300 worth of sales, school can access at least 25% of the amount to spend on books for our class reading areas. We hope that you will support this venture.

This year, we would like to get up and running an ‘All Souls’ Book Swap’, a new way for children to find a great book to read, to recycle books they’ve finished with and to encourage reading for pleasure. More details of this will follow soon but to help us get it up and running,we would appreciate any book donations (age 3 – 11years).

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs J Hartwell

British Science Week

We will be celebrating British Science Week from the 9th – 13th March 2020.

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British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. The theme this year is ‘Our Diverse Planet’.

To celebrate, throughout the week, we will be doing lots of exploration around the theme of journeys and the Science all around us which will involve a whole school carousel of investigations and maybe even some animals to meet

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On Friday 13th March, we are inviting children to come into school dressed as a famous or crazy Scientist for a £1donation to go towards our Science curriculum.

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Please keep checking the blog to find out what we get up to!

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The Birdman

We had the BEST Wednesday this week as we were lucky enough to receive a visit from Alan, Cybil, Billy, Alaska & Sparky. We absolutely loved meeting them all and learned so much information, not only about the birds but also how we can help to look out for our planet.

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Valentine’s Disco

We had so much fun at our Valentine’s Disco singing, dancing and eating the night away!

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A huige thank you to Mr Maloney, who provided us with the DJ set, AIP for the yummy chips and all of the PTA and staff members who helped to make it a great success!

CAFOD Assembly

Today, we were lucky enough to receive a visit from Chris, who works with CAFOD; she came to deliver an assembly about what we can do this year during Lent to help and support the charity. Our Chaplaincy team have already started putting some ideas into place.

A very special visitor

We were very lucky to have Monsignor Keith, Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, join us for assembly this morning. Well done to the Year 5 GIFT chaplaincy team who took the floor to explain their new roles within the school and how they plan on supporting us to Grow In our Faith Together. The children loved talking to Monsignor Keith about our school’s mission statement, ‘Christ is our Light’ and felt very privileged to have been gifted with some precious time out of his very busy schedule!

A Wonderful Week in Year One

This week we welcomed a new teacher into our classroom. Miss Salter will be with us for the next 7 weeks and the children have been their lovely welcoming selves. We began the week with a whole class mass, we were learning all about Saint Agnes who gave her life for her faith. We loved staying at the end to see the beautiful Christmas crib as it will be taken down soon. The children said special prayers for new babies that had been born this year and asked God our Father to keep them safe.

In maths we moved on to our new topic of measure. We looked at non-standard units and attempted to measure length in cubes which turned out to be quite tricky when it came to longer objects! The children worked brilliantly in groups and could all understand that we needed a better system to help us to measure accurately. We then moved on to focus on weight and again used cubes to help us to balance the scales. We counted the cubes and decided which objects around our classroom were the heaviest and lightest. Again we understood the need for a more accurate way to measure how heavy or light something was. We ended the week by creating quite a mess! We focused on volume and were experimenting to see whether certain amounts of water would fit into different sized containers. Despite causing some minor flooding, we had lots of fun and began to learn how to read a scale.

In science this week we continued to look at the human body and worked on labelling different parts of our bodies. Fintan was our outline and we worked to label the different parts of his body before taking part in a carousel of activities learning about bones, muscles and body parts.

We finished our week by beginning our new PE unit of gymnastics. We focused on balance this week and remembering 3 S’s: Still, Stretch and Stay. Ask your children if they remember what these meant. The children worked on 3 different types of balance increasing in difficulty and finished our lesson with some well thought out performances of these in front of the rest of the class. Next week we will be moving on to partner balance.

Fact or fiction?

This week we have been focusing on fact and fiction books. As we begin our new topic of informational texts we have started to explore different text types. Today we had different books and had to decide whether these books were fiction or non-fiction. The children explored the books and had to find features that made them a fact book and those that helped them to identify as fiction books. A great start!