The children in Reception and Key Stage 1 had a surprise visitor on Friday. After watching ‘The Polar Express’, Santa visited and gave each child a special bell, one that only those who still believe can hear. Even Mr Craig got one, because he still believes of course!
Well done to all the children in Years 1 and 2. Your performance of ‘Lights Camel Action’ was fab-u-lous and certainly not a ‘disaster’. Thank you so much to Mr Pearson for all his work with the lights and sound, and to Mrs Scott & Mrs Shaw for all their wonderful costumes! We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children enjoyed performing it. Please let us know what you thought!
The children have settled into their new routines really well. They are all very happy to have some ‘planning time’ each day so that they can pursue their own interests. We have a brand new creative area where the children can access the materials they need; a jigsaw and reading area, with a lovely new bookshelf and the children have enjoyed sharing the quadrangle with the new Reception children. We also have some new construction kits!
In their first Geography lesson this week, the children learned the term ‘aerial view’. We looked at some objects and scenes from above and the children had to guess what they were and describe what they could see. Then they drew an aerial view of their own shoe!
In Maths the children have been sorting and counting and in English we are reading the story ‘Augustus and His Smile’. The children have made tiger puppets to help them tell the story. Some children have drawn their story maps too.
In science we are studying the seasons and the children have been making autumn tree collages.
Balance Bikes Course
The balance bikes course running on Wednesday afternoons has proved to be very enjoyable and successful. As the children are working in small groups, they get plenty of attention from the trainer, Kirsty, and she is able to give help to the children that need more support. The children have been getting used to two wheels through fun activities, such as that shown in the photograph. Alfie was the proud winner of the game! All the children have been very supportive of each other, so they have been learning other important skills in addition to cycling.
Identifying Deciduous and Evergreen Trees
One of the science topics in Year One is plants and within this the children are learning the differences between deciduous and evergreen trees. During our fieldwork lesson, the children discovered that we have a wide variety of deciduous trees in our school grounds, including oak, apple and plum! The pine cones that they love to collect come from the evergreen Scots pine trees just outside the school fence at the bottom of the infant playground. The children closely observed the leaves of the trees that they discovered, using magnifying glasses, and they then drew detailed pictures of the some of the trees and their leaves.
On Friday, the children also planted broad beans, so hopefully, with all the sunshine and warm weather forecast for the weekend, we should have some germinating by Monday. The children will be able to watch them grow and collect data on their plant’s growth each day.
In Geography we are coming to the end of our topic on the countries of the United Kingdom. The children have learned many new skills and lots of new knowledge. To start with, the children used an atlas to find out the names of the countries of the United Kingdom. The children were excited to see that the map had a key explaining the symbols and colours used on the map. They have also labelled maps of the United Kingdom, written postcards, found out about some important landmarks and listened to music and legends from each country.
In science we have been talking about the seasonal changes that we can see around us. We have enjoyed looking at the beautiful blossom on the flowering cherry tree near the main entrance to the school and also finding daisies and other flowering plants in the grass. We used pastels to draw some of the plants that we start to see in the spring. I’m sure you will agree that there are lots of budding artists in Year One!
On March 22nd the children in Year One took part in the South Tyneside Infant Music Festival at the Customs House in South Shields. This is a yearly event and our school took part in it for the first time this year. Six other schools performed on the same night. In the first half the children performed a song by themselves – ‘If I were a butterfly.’ We had nine beautiful soloists! The rest of the class sang the choruses and performed the actions brilliantly. In the second half of the evening the story of Noah’s Ark was told through singing, dance and drama. Leo, from St Joseph’s, played the part of Japheth, one of Noah’s sons. He was amazing – confident, clear and expressive. Sophie, Hayden, Declan and Emily dressed up in the fabulous costumes made very kindly by Callum’s nana, to play the pairs of elephants and frogs that board the ark. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves! We also had two wonderful narrators who helped to tell the story – Ethan and Millie. Everyone sang their hearts out and performed the actions to the songs with great enthusiasm. It was a super evening made even more exciting by travelling to the venue in a double decker bus! On the following Monday the children performed one of the songs to the rest of the school, with equal enthusiasm! Well done Year One. We are very proud of you all!
On Tuesday the whole school was involved in ‘Barnabas Day’ – during which Christianity is explored in schools through storytelling, drama and music, with a good sprinkling of fun. Key Stage One took part in a session which focused on the theme ‘Being a good friend’. Chris Hudson, from the Barnabas team, told Key Stage One the story of Joseph and his Coat of Many Colours. Chris told the story and drew children into acting out the character parts. The children all participated brilliantly and we saw some fantastic acting! Well done Key Stage One!
Year One welcomed parents and other family members to our ‘Thanksgiving’ liturgy on Thursday. Our pupil of the week and special helper Riley and Leo greeted our guests as they entered the classroom. Father Adrian joined us and read the gospel and talked about how we give thanks in many ways to God and to our family and friends. All of the children contributed to the liturgy, reading and singing beautifully. There was a lovely, prayerful atmosphere – a perfect start, as Mrs Seagrove said, to the school day.
The classroom was filled with colour and excited chatter when the children came into school on World Book Day! A very large teddy and friendly witch (aka Miss McCrimmon and Mrs Jones) welcomed the children and admired the wonderfully varied costumes, which included several homemade outfits! Noah was determined to keep his snail shell on (very cleverly made out of a rubber swimming ring) but found that sitting on a chair was more comfortable without it! We enjoyed showing off our costumes to the rest of the school while we paraded around the hall and Mr Baulf caused a sensation when he turned up to read a story to the children, dressed up as Alice in Wonderland! Thank you very much to all the parents who kindly donated books to our school library.