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Catholic Primary School

“I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own and my own know me”. John 10:14"

Year 3 - St Joan of Arc

Team Building Orienteering Style!

Black History Month

In English, we have been looking at instructional writing. Our Power of Reading book is 'Lob' by Linda Newbury. We each wrote a set of instructions on how to plant a broad bean. Afterwards, we swapped instructions with our partners and followed the instructions they wrote. After following the instructions and  planting our broad bean, we peer assessed each other's work and gave constructive feedback; What Went Well and Even Better If.  

Carla playing the baritone horn

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In Science we have been learning about The Human Body. In one of our lessons, we learnt about the Nervous System. We learnt that our brain sends messages around our body through our nerves.

Power of Reading - Poetry

Our Power of Reading book this term is Lob by Linda Newbury. In English pupils worked in groups and created their own 'song of the earth' poem. Pupils had to write down the noises and sounds they heard in the play ground, then Working as a group, the children had to read, select, sequence, and refine the writing on each slip, piecing them together to create their own ‘song of the earth’ poem.

Cross Curricular PE

During our first term back to school we are doing OAA in PE. We used our subject knowledge from our Geography lessons to help us complete the team building activities. 

The A-life mental health and wellbeing workshop came to visit this term. In the workshop, we learned practical ways to keep fit and healthy and discovered strategies to keep calm using the acronym 'GET CALM'. Can you remember what each letter stood for?  

 

Get Giving

Get Connecting

Get Active

Get Learning

Get Mindful

Club 144’s Secret Meeting in Wendell Park...

We had another top secret meeting at the end of last term. What do you think they might have been doing?

Keep practising your tables so you can join Club 144 too!

Welcome back, Year 3!

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2020 - 2021 ARCHIVE

 

Sports Day 2021

We managed to avoid the rain and have some fun at Sports Day!

The Good Shepherd May Procession 2021

We had to wait a little bit longer than usual for our May Procession this year! The sun shone and everyone enjoyed Year 1's performance.

The Young Shakespeare Company perform Hamlet

We love Shakespeare at the Good Shepherd! The Young Shakespeare Company made their annual visit and performed a fantastic production of Hamlet for us.

Coding with Lightbot 2.0

Year 2 began their coding for this term by using Lightbot 2.0. This app showed us how important it is to use the correct instructions in the correct sequence. We will move on to using Scratch Jr next week.
Both Lightbot 2.0 and Scratch Jr are free to download apps available for use on any Android or Apple tablet.

TCD

Good Shepherd Skip Week 2021

Years 2,3,4,5 and 6 took part in Good Shepherd's first ever Skip Week! Each child skipped for one minute each day and had their total skips recorded.
The Blue Team managed the most, well done to them! Remember: keep on skipping!

Medium Term Curriculum Maps

Welcome back, Year 2!

2019 - 2020 ARCHIVE

Homework 06.03.2020

Homework 2.12.2019

Homework 1.11.2019

Pelican Music (18.10.19)

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Two string tutors from Pelican Music, Lisa and Laura vistied KS1 today.
They teach the cello and the violin. We were treated to some familiar songs, including the Harry Potter theme tune and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. If your child is interested in either of these instruments please contact Pelican Music.

We have been exploring our senses, through tasting and hearing.

Welcome back to a new school year. 

A few things to keep in mind for year 1. 

  • Please ensure all uniform is labelled, including P.E kits. 
  • Children are to line up in the playground, the bell will be rung at 8:55. 
  • Homework will be handed out every Friday, please hand completed homework in the following Thursday. 
  • Spelling tests will be on Friday, I will not be sending results home at this point in the year. We are building good habits and foundations, not focusing on how many they got right or wrong. 
  • Please try to read daily to your child.
  • When reading books are ready to be changed please ensure they are signed and remind your child to put them in the green basket.

 

Welcome to Year 1 2019 - 2020!

Reception 2018 - 2019 archive

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"My child definitely reads.  It is wonderful to see how the 'magic' happens - the creation of the sounds, one by one.  He knows the 'traps' now.  He adopts the phonics of the letters, attaches the words.  It goes so fast.  Yesterday nothing. Tomorrow it will be done.  It's happening now and we all really enjoy reading together."  

 

Written by a Reception father in his child's reading record book, 1st May 2019. 

 

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LAND OF THE DINOSAURS

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FUN FACT!

Chickens are the closest living relative to the extinct Tyrannosaurus Rex! 

Here we are visiting newly-hatched dinosaur relatives in Year 1...

 

      

 

     

 

      

 

      

 

Through books, we learned a little about what the landscape might have looked like before dinosaurs became extinct around 66 million years ago.  We heard about rivers, waterfalls and caves, primeval forests and primordial swamps.  Our favourite things were giant, erupting volcanoes.  We followed a recipe and made a mini one ourselves to play with in our classroom.  Here are the photos showing the steps involved:

 

      

 

      

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As well as our weekly outdoor multi-skills sessions with Adam on Tuesdays, this half term, we have a yoga class with Calista on Wednesday.  We are enjoying it.  It's non-competitive so it fosters cooperation and compassion.  We are beginning to derive great benefit from it in terms of enhancing our strength, coordination and flexibility, improving our concentration and giving us a sense of calmness and well-being.  

            

 

          

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Karen McLeod, who was our Nursery Teacher before Mrs Moore-Jaunaii and Miss Molloy, is kindly coming in regularly to teach us a very important life-long skill.  She is teaching us how to sew.  We are improving our hand-eye coordination and fine-motor skills, and learning patience along the way.  Karen is helping us to thread our needles, but she is allowing us to follow her lead with very little help and telling us not to worry if we go a bit wonky.  We are loving it.  Some of us are sitting for two hours at a time, sewing, and even then, don't want to stop for lunch!  

 

            

 

          

Starry, Starry Night

 

As the nights draw in we are enjoying our Starry, Starry Night topic, and have made some super fact sheets about nocturnal animals and those that hibernate.

 

       

 

As well as non-fiction books, these are some of our favourite stories that we've read:  

 

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Photos which showed how the sky changes colour at sunset and how the buildings and trees appear black as they block out the light inspired us to make some stunning skyscapes of our own using paint and collage.

          

 

We looked at Van Gogh's painting, Starry, Starry Night, and used crayons to draw a tree, stars and a village like he did.  

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We tried to capture the movement of the wind like he has done by using lots of lines, swirls and spirals.  Using a technique called wax resist, we chose paints to wash over our drawings. 

 

We think our paintings could easily be placed alongside his in MoMA, in New York!  What do you think?

                                                       

          

 

              


To investigate light and shadow, we brought in glass jars from home and filled them with coloured water, glitter and sequins and made Victorian-style 'fitter jars'.  Using torches, we cast coloured light from our jars onto a white screen and onto our faces.

 

                 

 

             

 

      

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's Talk About Maths

 

As a school we are committed to teaching for mastery in maths, using approaches that help children to develop a deep and secure knowledge and understanding of mathematics at each stage of their learning. 

 

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Developing mathematical thinking begins in Nursery and Reception, where talk is at the heart of maths learning.  Quite simply, most of children's understanding about numbers, shapes and measures comes from talking about them, and exploring them through every day play indoors and outdoors. 

       

 

It is estimated that for children to be able to access the KS1 maths curriculum fully, they need to be familiar with over 400 mathematical words and phrases.

 

What do we do to ensure children have opportunities to develop such an extensive expressive vocabulary?

 

Careful planning which builds on what children know and can do is informed by children's enthusiasms and passions. 

 

We consider very carefully the environment we provide, including ways which we enrich our continuous provision: 

 

       

 

Specific activities are planned to support children's understanding of elements of maths.

 

         

 

Vocabulary is introduced and its use modelled, enabling statements and open-ended questions are asked to extend learning and support children's thinking.   

 

 

Self-registration each morning gives children a practical way to begin to recognise numbers to 30.   It also helps them to begin to understand how subtraction works.  If three children have not registered because they are absent, children can instantly see how many are in school and can begin to see patterns and learn their number bonds.

 

 

Best buddies no

Our lovely Year 6 children are always ready and willing to help their younger peers.  Each day two or three will spend their lunchtime working one-to-one with our children, using conversation cards and class reading books to encourage them to practise asking and answering clearly and confidently and to go over their phonic sounds to prepare them for reading simple words and sentences.  They usually spend some time together at the end on a classroom activity, with the older children, for example, guiding the younger ones to write their names accurately on drywipe boards or role-playing in the home corner.  

 

       

 

    

 

    

 

We love having them to help and they enjoy coming in to help but also to reminisce about their happy, carefree days in receptionsmiley.  The younger children are always delighted to see their buddies and they get so much from their time spent with them.

 

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. And
when you grow up,
can you then harm another
who is, like you, a marvel?

2017 - 2018 archive

An activity for you to bring back to school.

Enjoy some snow stories. You should find good titles in the library!

Have a go at making snowmen biscuits if you can't get outside!

We have been thinking about the true meaning of Christmas in the Nursery.

Our RE topic this half term is 'My Family' Please read the attached letter.

Our topic in Nursery this half term is 'Colour'. Take a look at our curriculum map.

Our first half term in Nursery - We have done so well.

2nd October. Our week in Nursery - making salt dough, paper cup cakes and decorating biscuits. We had so much fun.

Our topic is food. We made fruit kebabs this week.

This week we made sandwiches.

We would like to welcome you to The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School.  Over the next few weeks we hope you and your child settle well, if you have any questions or concerns please do come and see us. We look forward to getting to know you all.

What will we be learning about Autumn Term 1 Nursery 2017

Our Nursery prayers

Star Moments- share your child's achievements with us in Nursery.

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With Love at the core of all we do at The Good Shepherd we: Learn to Love together, Love to Learn together, pray together and play together. Putting our faith into action. Growing in the Love and Truth of Christ in His Church for the benefit of all.
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