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.

We Took our Grammar Lesson Outside!

We have been learning about the importance of punctuation in our sentences. We had to orienteer to find words and then we had to be detectives to see what sentence Miss Hayden was trying to hide. We found the biggest clues to be capital letters for the start of the sentence and proper nouns. The full stop showed where the sentence ended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We practised our problem-solving and teamwork skills.

 

 

 

Year Three’s R.E. Homework

As part of their R.E. unit entitled ‘Belonging’, Year Three are learning about the sacrament of baptism. The children have been asked to find out information about their own baptisms. They have been asked the following questions:

  • Where and when were you baptised?
  • What was the name of the priest who baptised you?
  • What name or names were you given at your baptism?
  • Who are your godparents and how are they related to you?
  • What clothing did you wear for your baptism?
  • What special memories do you, your parents and godparents have of your baptismal day?

Please can I ask parents to email me a copy of your child’s answers to these questions and any photographs you may wish to send in, in order to avoid the need for items to be brought into school. Please can these be sent before or by Monday, 28th September. I will print out any information and photographs sent so that the children will be able to share what they have learnt about their special day with the others in their class during our lesson on Tuesday, 29th September. My email address is ella.hands@allsoulsschool.co.uk

Thank you for your support.

We are Year 3

What can I say!

It has been an absolute pleasure meeting and getting to know you, Year 3. We have had so much fun the last few days and I cannot wait for the rest of the year. We have been doing lots of fun activities to help with our communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills. They have settled back into school life quickly and sensibly. They should be extremely proud of themselves.

Here are just a few activities we did this week:

We have made towers in our new pairs, out of marshmallows and spaghetti. We learnt how to share our ideas effectively and that everyone has different ideas. All the towers looked different. We talked about the importance in being individual and respecting everyone’s ideas and opinions.

We made comic scripts about having a growth mind-set and never giving up. In year 3, we CAN! It has been amazing to see the ‘can do’ attitude from all the children during all the activities.

We did the egg challenge, which consisted of making an egg survive a 9- foot drop. The children had to use their communication, teamwork and problem solving skills, we had learnt earlier in the week to create something that would allow the egg to drop without being smashed.

It was lovely to see the difference in how they communicated at the start and end of the week. Everyone felt comfortable to share their idea and have a go. There was lots of experimenting before committing to how they were going to make sure the egg was safe. Only 4 eggs smashed in the classroom before they were tested.

Then we tested their creations to see if they worked. It is safe to say, some worked better than others. We spoke about the success and what went wrong. We spoke about how we could improve and what we would do differently next time. Learning from our mistakes is the most important part of learning.

We went back to the Stone Age and learnt why they needed to build fires and the importance for them to do so. We talked about the differences between heating, cooking and light now and then. What we use to light fires and what they used? We spoke about the risks and how we can keep ourselves and others safes. Then we went into the forest school area and lit small fires with a steel flint. We know in the Stone Age they used pieces of flint stones banged together to create a spark but Miss Hayden didn’t have all week.

My favourite picture:
The amazement in their faces that one of their friends managed to light their fire.

I hope they have enjoyed their first week in year 3, as much as we have. We are very lucky to have them all in our class. Keep up your amazing hard work.

We are YEAR 3, we are one TEAM and we CAN!

Welcome to Year 3,

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me:
madison.hayden@allsoulsschool.co.uk

Stay Safe,
Miss Hayden and Miss McGaffney

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.

Alleluia! Alleluia! He is Risen!

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

Hosanna!

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.”
Matthew 21:1-11

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.

Y3’s Trip to Legoland and The Sea Life Centre

We had such an amazing time this week  when we visited Legoland Discovery Centre and The Sea Life Centre. At Legoland, we built and raced cars and adapted them to try and make them quicker and lighter. We also had a competition to see who could create the tallest, most stable building that could withstand an earthquake. We also got a chance to go on the rides and visit Miniland where we saw Birmingham’s landmarks which had been built out of Lego.

After lunch, we walked over to The Sea Life Centre where we got the chance to learn about all kinds of marine life. We enjoyed meeting the penguins, otters, sting ray and archer fish as well as all of the other sea animals. Our favourite part was walking through the 360° tunnel and spotting the sharks and meeting Molakai the giant green sea turtle. We had a wonderful day learning lots of new things and I’d like to thank the children for being so polite and well-behaved throughout the day.

 

 

Year 3 and 4’s Mother’s Day Lunch

Thank you to all of the mums, aunties and nans who came and celebrated Mother’s Day with their children today. It was a lovely atmosphere in the hall and the children really enjoyed sharing their lunch with you.