At the Good Shepherd, we recognise that coming back to school was not easy for a lot of children. To mark this, we had a beach day on Monday 14th September. We put our curriculum subjects aside for the day and celebrated coming back to school with a day full of fun and laughter in the sun. We had the best day ever!
2019 - 2020 ARCHIVE
We planted tomato seeds to take home with us over the break. We will look after them until we come back and make sure we water them every day and watch them grow.
We thought about all of the children who weren’t with us this week and prayed for them as well as our school and ourselves. We hope that we get to see everyone again very soon.
Kind hearts are the garden,
kind words are the roots,
kind thoughts are the flowers,
kind deeds are the fruits.
Take care of your garden,
And keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine,
Kind words and kind deeds.
I will miss every single one of you very much and can’t wait to hear all about what you got up to while we were away,
Miss Jackson x
World Maths Day!
We spent this morning playing maths games for world maths day. We played addition and subtraction snakes and ladders, multiplication bingo, addition and subtraction connect 4 and crack the code. It was lots of fun!
We dressed up as animals today in aid of the Animals that were involved in the bushfires in Australia. We raised lots of money and had lots of fun! Thank you to everyone who donated!
We have spent the last 6 weeks making sock monkeys in our textiles class with Ms Skinmore. In the beginning, we learned about all the different stitches and practiced them on material. We also had to learn about the safety precautions to take while sewing. Then, we were ready to start. All of our monkeys were so unique! At the end, we had to make sure our monkeys were up to a good quality so we helped each other to point out what could be better - this was really helpful. We really enjoyed our time with Ms Skinmore!
Welcome back to year 3.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are well rested. I have attached the curriculum map for this term below, it includes an overview of some of the things we will be learning about this term. I look forward to another busy term with you all!
Our new reading corner!
We love our new reading corner! A massive thank you to all parents and guardians who have already donated cushions and bean bags to make our reading corner more comfortable 😊 It is very much appreciated!
Roman Feast - Friday 18th October
Year 3 will be hosting a Roman Feast on Friday 18th October. Parents are invited to the school at 2:30pm on the day to join the feast.
Year 2 2018-2019 archive
Just some answers to some of the questions brought up during this afternoon's brief meeting:
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and feel free to send a postcard back to our classroom Teddy in school! Happy Summer!
End of Year Review Year 1 2017-2018
We have had an extremely busy final few weeks in Year 1! On Monday we had a fantastic day at our school sport's day! We all had a fantastic time and really enjoyed ourselves :)
Last week we had our KS1 Windrush concert. For anyone who missed it there's a video of our practice run below. Year 1 were fantastic at singing! We had a pizza party to watch some world cup games and even had our own mini world cup!
Here's a look at everything we've been up to Year 1 over the last 2 weeks:
Religion: In RE we heard about the Wedding at Cana, where Jesus performed a miracle and turned water in wine. We also had a very special meditation time in the Mary Garden with Leanne and Linda. We imagined ourselves meeting Jesus in a meadow, and we had a really nice chat with Jesus.
Maths:In Maths we have been revising everything we learnt this year! Today we even finished our second maths workbook!!
English: In English we wrote a letter to Isobel from Animal Aid, a charity who did a workshop with our class a few weeks ago. We thanked Isobel for all the lovely things she taught us about animals We have also finished our handwriting books and now some of us have even started joining up our letters when we write! We are definitely ready for Year 2!
Topic: In Topic we learnt about a really interesting explorer called Tom Crean. He comes from the same place in Ireland as Ms O'Leary! He went to the South Pole with Robert Falcon Scott- the explorer we learnt about a few weeks ago aswell! Our Journey topic this term has been really interesting!
I would like to take this chance to wish every child in Year 1 the very best in Year 2! You were an amazing class to teach and I will really miss you all!
Our week in review - 11th-15th June
This week in Year 1 we all wore green to mark the anniversary of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower We all took part in a minute's silence on Thursday for the people who wore effected.
This is what we have been up to in Year 1 this week :
Maths: In Maths we had a very busy week look at space and how we talk about space. We learned about describing positions and describing actions!
Religion: Our focus in RE this week was looking at how we can help people. We discussed at the stories about when Jesus helps other people. We know that it is important to help one another. We made promises to try and help other people more!
Topic: We had a very interesting week learning about Neil Armstrong. He was the first man to walk on the moon! We even watched a video of the moon landing! It was a very long time ago!
Guest visitor : Finally we had a very special visitor this week! A past pupil of our school David came in to talk to our class. He told us all about what our school was like when he was there. Can you believe when David was in school every classroom had a fire to keep the pupils warm! He also said our Year 1 classroom wasn't even built! David know lives in Australia . We learnt about Australia during International Week so we found it really interesting ! David showed us a brilliant presentation with photos of all the animals that can be found in Australia- we had a lot of questions! Thank you so much for coming to see us David !
That's all for this week - Happy Father's Day to everyone !
Our week in review - 4th June -8th June
We have had another wonderful week in Year 1 this week! Take a look at everything we've been up to!
English: In English this week we have been writing a recount of our half term break. We were very busy!
Religion: In school this week we participated in a very special assembly with Fr Mark. We celebrated Adoremus in the hall. Fr Mark brought the host which had been blessed at mass and placed in in the monstrance
Maths: We have been learning all about fractions this week in Maths! We have practiced making halves and quarters out of strips of paper.
Topic: We have been studying a great explorer this week and his name is Robert Scott. We learned about his expeditions on The Discovery and Terra Nova! He went all the way to the South Pole!
Art: We created a seasonal display board this week. We worked together as a team to make the scenes from each season!
That's all for this week ! Check back next Friday
Our Week in Review: Monday 21st -Friday 25th May
Maths: In maths this week we have been learning all about division. We have been working with sets of objects and seeing how many different ways we can divide them , so each group is equal. Today we read a story called 'The Doorbell Rang' by Pat Hutchin which was all abut division.
Religion: We participated in the May Procession in school this week. It was a wonderful expereince and we loved celebrating Our Mother Mary.We created leaflets in Religion which tested our ICT skills! We created leaflets to help explain why we celebrate Easter as Christians. They turned out great!
Science: We have had a very exciting week with our butterflies! The chrsyalis turned into butterflies during the week and we have been feeding the sweet fruits like mango and orange. We released the butterflies into our Mary Garden. We thought this would be the perfect spot as Mary could look after them and they would love all the flowers from the May Procession!
Phonics: In phonics we have been busy practicing our split digraph sounds - o_e like in 'hope' / a_e like in cake / i_e like in bike / u_e like in tube ! We have been working really hard in our phonics and we are becoming great phonics experts!
Topic: To celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and The Duchess of Sussex we made a news paper article on the laptops in school! We researched the wedding and found where it was held, some people who made the guest list and how many people tuned in to watch it! We had a lot of fun making it!
That's a round up of our week! I hope everyone has a wonderful, fun and safe half term and I look forward to hearing all about once we're back!
Our Week in Review - Monday 14th May - Friday 19th May
We had a very busy week in Year 1 this past week! We went on a class trip to the Science Museum in South Kensignton! It was a brilliant day and we had great fun!
We also celebrated International Week in school this week. Our country of study was Australia. We had an Australian citizen come in to talk to us about life 'down under'! We even tried some Vegimite! A taste which divided the class !
We also had a workshop with a group called Just Enough. We did activities based on inclusion and learning to work as a team! We made models of our buddies using playdough which we really enjoyed- check out our creations below!
Maths: We have been learning how to multiply. We have been working on making sets and groups of equal value.
English: We wrote a recount of our trip to the Science Museum. We also wrote interview questions to ask our 'Aussie' guest.
Topic: In topic we celebrated learning about Australia as part of International Week . We created some Aborginal Dot paintings based on the animals and landscapes of Australia Our creations are on ourclassroom window- why don't you check it out!
Science: In science we have been observing and investigating our caterpillars. We are currently observing the caterpillars in the stage of Chrysalis where our caterpillars are wiggling and shaking a lot! We have attached the caterpillars to a piece of kitchen paper- a soft introduction into their new airy home!
Our Week in Review- 7th May-11th May
Maths: This week in Maths we have been working on addition and subtraction word problems. It's a bit tricky but we're doing lots of practice!
English: We started reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk this week :) We made ads for Jack to sell his cow. We practiced writing captions for the picture of Jack's cow! We reckon we would have been better at selling the cow !
Topic: We started a very interesting topic this week about Journeys. We discussed the ways we travel on journeys in our own lives.
Religion: We have been learning about Jesus appearing to his disciples. This week we introduced some drama into our lessons by making a short role play scene of when Jesus appeared. Check out our video below!
Sport: This week we had our first ever cricket session of Year 1 ! Coach Jonathan said we were a pleasure to coach :)
Science: We have been watching and recording our caterpillars all week. They are eating all their food and getting very fat !
Our week in review - 30th April- 4th May
We have been very busy in Year 1 this term! Let's take a look at everything we have been up to ....
CHICK- this out !!!
Homework 2nd March-6th March
Welcome to Year 1 Chicks !
I would like to give a big welcome to our 7 new members of Year 1 ! The chicks hatched on Thursday morning and we have been very busy looking after them ! See if you can tell how many boys and girls there is from the pictures !
Snow Day - Eggs update!
Hello everyone ! I hope everyone in Year 1 is enjoying the snow outside today !
Ms O'Leary was in school this morning checking on our very important guests :) The chicks are starting to hatch with numbers 4,6 and 7 already hatching ! It's very exciting ! Ms. O'Leary has refilled the water trays under the incubator to make sure the chicks are nice and warm.
If you look below you'll find some snowy day activities for when it gets too cold to be outside !
I hope everyone has a wonderful day and fingers crossed we'll see everyone back tomorrow !
P.S we might even have a few new faces in our classroom !!
Week in review - Week 3 Year 1
We had very sad news in our class this week- one of our friends lost his Granda. We have kept James's Granda in our thoughts and prayers all week
This week in year one were very busy - take a look !
English: We have been learning about vowels and consonants . We now know what letters get the special word 'an' before them in a sentence for example 'I saw an elephant on safari.'
Maths: This week we have been focusing on addition ! We know that when we add we make a BIGGER number!
RE: This week we heard the story of Jesus getting lost in the Temple. We discussed how Mary and Joseph would have felt ! We are sure they were very worried We talked about times when we were lost before and times when we lost something or someone we really cared about !
Topic: In topic this week we have been making houses ! Our topic this term is 'Through the keyhole'. We stuck pictures of our families inside our homes ! Take a look below to see some of our work !
Common Exception words (Tricky Words) and our Jolly Phonics (Homework)
Welcome back Year 1 - 2018 !
(Week 1 & 2 )
A huge welcome back to everyone in Year 1 ! :-) We have been very busy since we have returned to school. Here's a look into what we have been doing !
Maths: We had a lot of fun learning about positions - we had races to see who would come in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place !
English : We have started learning about traditional tales ! Just in case you didn't know traditional tales are stories that have been retold and retold so that now - a lot of people know them ! For example Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk are traditional tales !
Religion : We have just started a new topic in religion about families and celebrations. We also celebrated the Feast of The Epiphany recently and we studied some reiligous art which depicted the Epiphany story. ( please ask us about the picture we really enjoyed being art critics ! )
Science : In science we have been learning all about animals ! We received hints and tips from Pluto , about how to care for our pets ! Now you can call us Pet Experts ! :)
Topic : Our topic this term is about our homes . We have been busy discussing what our homes look like in class and different features of buildings around us .
Christmas in Year 1
We had a terrific time preparing for Christmas in Year 1 ! We even had a V.I.V (Very Important Visitor!) come see us in school !
Here are some of our highlights from the lead up to Christmas !
Santa Claus came to see us in school just before the end of term ! We were very excited ! Santa told us all , in Year 1 , that we had made the good list ! What fantastic news ! Santa told us that he has sent a special gift to children in Malawi - he sent two children enough food for the entire school year , so they would not be hungry . Santa is so kind ! We were really happy to hear that Santa did this act of kindness on our behalves !
Advent - Preparing for the birth of Jesus !
Today in class we had the opportunity of making an Advent Wreath. We made this with a parent from school! We learnt that:
The Advent wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches.
On each Sunday a candle is lit in church:
A candle of Hope.
A candle of Peace.
A candle of Love.
A candle of Joy.
A fifth candle is lit on Christmas Day to remind us Jesus is the light of the world.
Friday 13th October - Our week in review !
Hello everyone ! It's very hard to believe we are nearly at half-term ! This term seems to have flashed by ! This week we were reading a story called 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. We really enjoyed this book and it got us thinking about Halloween which is just around the corner . In Maths we looked at greater than and less than - a concept which we have started to understand really well- we use blocks and counters to show greater than and less than. In Religion we read the story of Noah's Ark and learnt about promises and even learnt a new secret word for promise - please ask us at home about it ! We had a lot of fun in science this week - we created potions just like the witch in 'Room on the Broom' ! This week we also celebrated Black History Month which we really found interesting ! I have given some links to websites celebrating Black History month below because some of us were really interested in it ! Next week sees the start of our new news telling system , there is a copy of the schedule below in case some have been eaten by book bags ! There is also a copy of the presentation from this morning's phonics workshop linked below . Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend !
Friday 6th October 2017- Our week in review !
This week we started a new class novel- we are reading 'The Twits' by Roald Dahl. In Religion we were learning how we can look after God's earth and brainstormed ways we can look after the earth ! We also started reading with Year 5 children this week. Six children from Year 5 will come down to our classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will read to us - we are very excited about this ! In Art we made some hedgehogs out of the leaves we collected on our nature walk last week in Wendell Park. Our hedgehogs are up on our classroom window for everyone to see !
Friday 29th September- Our week in review !
This week was a very exciting week as it was our first time out of our Year 1 classroom ! We went on a nature walk to Wendell Park to collect leaves and to look at the changes in Autumn. We English we read a story called 'Elmer the Elephant'. We really enjoyed this story . In science we studied frogs and heard all about their bendy legs, long tongue and unusual eyes ! In Religion we talked all about ways we could protect God's planet and made posters to show how we can protect and save God's earth!
Friday 22nd September 2017-Our week in review !
We have had a very interesting week this week ! We celebrated UN International Day of Peace on Thursday 21st of September , we did gymnastics in the hall and played games in maths to help us learn our numbers! Here are some pictures of what we got up to in Year 1 and below are some helpful links to some useful activities :)
This week in Maths we have been working on number recognition and formation. We have played games like snakes and ladders, bingo , matching games and sorting games to practice our numbers. Below are some useful links to games, worksheets and activities to support number recognition and formation.
For online counting games:
Counting activities for at home
Hi everyone and welcome to our Year 1 class page !
We have been very busy in Year 1 practicing writing our numbers - we even created our own 100 square in our classroom ! We have been reading a story called 'The Crayon Box That Talked' and learned that the crayons all had to work together to complete the picture -this story thought us about teamwork! This week we will be starting a new story called 'George's Marvellous Medicine' by Roald Dahl.
Please check our class page regularly for news and photos of the children throughout the year !
Everyday maths - money and coins
Our new class snack shop was really successful last term in getting the children familiar with looking at the price of each piece of fruit and finding the right coins to put in the cash register to pay for them.
This term, we've gone further. Tomatoes are 2p each and come in trays of ten. One tray had been opened and Annie Rose was able to count the spaces and tell us that five tomatoes had been eaten. How much money should there be in the till?
Oliver counted in twos using his fingers and told us there should be 10p in the till. If each child had paid with 1p coins Felix told us there would be 10 coins. If each child had paid with 2p coins, Dara told us there would be 5 coins. We looked in the till there was a mix of both because you can make 2p in two different ways.
Next we discussed the fact that lots of children claimed that they didn't like tomatoes but were willing to try them if we cut them in half. I said that they would still have to pay for half a tomato. John said he would like to try half a tomato and that he would pay 1p because that is half of 2p.
After half term, the cost of fruit in the class snack shop is going to double. A team of children are making new price labels and will work out which coins are needed in the money box to enable everyone to pay.
Everyday maths - measuring time
At the end of this year, children should be able to use everyday language to talk about time. They are already beginning to recognise key times of the day on the clock. This week we have been experimenting with sand timers, trying to guess how long things will take and then measuring them.
Jude thought he could do 20 press-ups in one minute. Using timers, his friends counted and said that he'd actually done 40 in one minute and 100 in five minutes!
Roman thought he would be able to stay in the bridge for 30 minutes. We persuaded him to start with 30 seconds. It wasn't as easy as he'd thought!
John lined up all eight sand timers in order from 30 seconds to 30 minutes. He turned them all over really quickly and watched time pass!
This term's topic sees us noticing the changing seasons and talking about what's happening in the natural world. We walked to Wendell Park and gathered fallen sticks and leaves and, in pairs, laid them out in order of size, from largest to smallest. We took them back to class and made Autumn collages and labelled them.
We noticed the sky was getting dark earlier because the clocks had been changed. We learned of festivals that took place at this time and how fireworks are used to light up the dark sky. We talked about Divali, the festival of light, celebrated by Hindus in India and throughout the world.
Using clay, tools and beads, we made divaas - small candle holders, similar to those used by Hindus in their homes and places of worship.
We learned a little about Guy Fawkes Night, when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. We used a range of resources to make fireworks and stars - including paint, brushes, marbles and elastic bands, and used our phonic knowledge to write words for the sounds fireworks make when they explode.
READING AND WRITING UPDATE!
We have now revised all our main single letter phonemes (sounds) and are working on our digraphs (eg. ai and sh). We are all at different stages with our writing but are taking advantage of the opportunities around the classroom and garden to practise.
Using one-handed tools helps strengthen fine motor skills for writing:
As our confidence and abilities grow, we practise writing our names wherever we can:
Many of us are beginning to write other simple words to label our pictures and to talk about people and events in our lives:
Remembrance Day 11th November 2016
‘Do you know what you are? You
are a marvel. You are unique. In
all the years that have passed,
there has never been another
child like you. Your legs,
your arms, your clever fingers,
the way you move.
You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo,
a Beethoven. You have the
capacity for anything.
Yes, you are a marvel.’
You Are a Marvel
At The Good Shepherd, we want your child's first experience of school to be a happy one and we rely a great deal on your help with settling your child into life at school.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Overview
These three Prime areas are strengthened and applied through the Specific areas. These are:
Our learning programmes involve the following activities and experience:
Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics development involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using number, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.
“The school’s commitment towards developing pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural qualities is second to none.” OFSTED March 2014
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