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Well- Being Week

Week 4 16.5.2022-20.5.2022

 

This week we have focused on well-being in school and have taken part in lots of different activities to celebrate this. Year One listened to a fantastic assembly by the school council and have done a variety of activities in class, thinking about what makes them special and unique, what they like to do and what makes them a good friend and citizen. They have also understood the importance of the 5 key aspects to think about to enhance and improve our well being which you can find an image of below. 

 

You can also find a PPT document below with the assembly from the school council which has some lovey videos you can share with your child at home. Year One have been fantastic during Wellbeing Week and have learnt some fantastic tips to look both theirs and others mental health. Please find pictures of the children enjoying their week below and the assembly PPT. Well done Year One!

Well- Being Assembly PPT and Videos

Learning The Story of Pentecost

Week 3 and 4 18.5.2022

This week the children have been learning all about the wonderful events of Pentecost as part of their RE curriculum. The children learnt about what happened to the disciples when The Holy Spirit came upon them and they received God's power. We have acted out the story in class and written an account of this amazing story.

 

The children so enjoyed speaking different tongues and languages to each other and acting as the disciples baptising people at the River Jordan. They have discussed and reflected on the meaning of this story and how it shows that God and Jesus are always with us in spirit.  We have talked about how we would feel if it had happened to us and how this news makes us feel excited and confident in Jesus as our support and saviour.

 

The children have produced some really fantastic and thoughtful recounts of the story of Pentecost and I can see how well they have understood the story. Please see pictures of their Drama and work below and well done to all of Year One!

Learning The Events of Holy Week

Easter Sunday

Week 1 28.4.2022

This week the children have been learning all about the joyous story of Easter as part of their RE curriculum. The children learnt about what happened at the empty tomb and how the women were so shocked at what they found! We have acted out the story in class and written a recount as one of the three women at the tomb.

 

The children have discussed and reflected on the women meeting the angel and the joyous news that Jesus is risen and in fact alive! We have talked about how we would feel if it had happened to us and how this news makes us feel excited and confident in Jesus as our guide. They reflected on how they felt when eating and drinking and discussed.

 

The children have produced some really beautiful recounts of the story at the tomb and I can see how well they have understood the Easter Story. Please see pictures of their Drama and work below and well done to all of Year One!

 

Our Year One Pledge

Living Simply Award

Week 1 28.4.2022

As a school, we are aiming to live more simply and to ensure that we live in solidarity with God's World and Creation, helping to combat climate change and change the planet for the grater good. To ensure that we can achieve these goals we are aiming to reduce ALL paper and plastic within our school, and to reduce the amount of energy that we use. We also will be using FairTrade products, to support the poorer people in our world who need our support and care.

 

To mark this wonderful project, Year One have both discussed and then created their own pledges, which they will promise to do, to help our school to live more simply. They had an assembly from Mr Carroll to give them some ideas on what this could mean and then wrote and draw some fantastic promises. Some children have pledged to walk to school 2 says a week, and some children have promised to bring in a re-useable water bottle instead of a 'one-use' plastic one which they would then throw away. Some of Year One have even said they will encourage their parents to buy Fairtrade products at the supermarket and we are also having non- technology days as a school each half term to reduce the amount of energy we use.

 

We are so proud of the pledges Year One have come up with and we can see that they have really thought about what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint and help God's world, in ever troubling times. Please see photos of the children with their pledges below and we ask you to support them at home with the live simply award- we would love to hear some of your ideas too of what we could do, as a school!

Spring 2

Learning Events of Holy Week

The Crucifixion

Stations of The Cross

Week 6 7.4.2022

 

This week the children have been learning all about the story of the crucifixion and Jesus' sacrifice for us on the cross. We have been reading and acting out the story in class and have reflected on the meaning of this story and how it shows Jesus love for us. The children have written wonderful retells of the story in their RE books and have also been participating in The Stations of The Cross mediation around the school grounds.

 

We have been so impressed by the children's reverence and meditations on Jesus' ultimate show of love for us all and you can see pictures of the children's learning below.  

Learning The Events of Holy Week

Palm Sunday and The Last Supper

Week 5 31.3.2022

 

This week the children have been learning all about Palm Sunday and The Last Supper as part of their RE curriculum. The children learnt about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and how the crows waved palms and shouted hosanna! We have acted out the story in class and written a recount as one of the disciples.

 

The children have also been learning an assembly and a song all about Palm Sunday which has truly helped them to understand the events of that day. We will be recording our assembly on Monday 4th April and will put a video of it on the website that day.

 

Year One have also acted learnt about the story of The Last Supper. They acted out the story, eating bread and drinking ribena after it had been blessed and became 'Jesus body and blood'. They reflected on how they felt when eating and drinking and discussed how the disciples would have felt that night. The children then sequenced the story of The Last Supper to consolidate their understanding and to show that they had learnt the bread and wine were blessed before eating and drinking. They understand that this was Jesus last night with his friends before he was put to death and talked about how he must have felt scared, worried and confused.

 

We will be moving onto learning about Jesus death and the crucifixion next week in RE and will be going round the stations of the cross at school as a class.

 

Mothers Day Reflection 

Week 5 28.3.2022

Today St Rose celebrated Mothers Day, where Reception class lead a beautiful reflection to celebrate this special day. We listened to different passages about Mary, the mother to us all and learnt about how Mothers Day originated. The children did some fantastic videos for us all to teach us about this wonderful day and even sang a song!

 

Year One also learnt about Mothers Day in class and designed some cards to take home. They loved decorating their cards and writing messages of love to their moms! Please see pictures of the Mothers Day reflection below.

PADS Sunflower Day

Week 4 25.3.2022

 

On Friday 25th March we held an own clothes day to raise money for PADS, a charity which stands for being positive about Downs Syndrome. The children came dressed in the colours of the charity ( yellow, orange and green) and bough in £1 in exchange for receiving their very own sunflower seed.

 

This week, the children have been planting their seeds in pots to show how children grow and grow in different ways. They will then continue to look after their seed by watering it, giving it nutritious soil and making sure it gets some sunlight. This it to ensure they give their plants what it needs to grow healthy and strong. We are now holding a school 'sunflower growing competition' where we will be looking for the tallest plants. Prizes will be given to those who are able to nurture and help their seed to grow tallest.

 

You can see pictures of the Year One children planting their seeds in groups below. We will then continue to look after our seeds and we will keep you updated on the winners of the Sunflower competition. Well done Year One!

Science Week

Week 3 14-18.3.2022

 

This week the Year One children have been taking part in Science Week and have got involved with lots of wonderful activities. The children began by completing a 'Wonderful Working Worms' experiment where they had to dig in the ground and look in various parts of the school to find different kinds of worm. Once they found them they then described and identified them to decide if they were 'earth workers', 'deep burriers' or 'surface dwellers.'

 

They also began their new Science topic this week all about Animals and have been looking at describing different animals and rouping them into different categories such as birds, fish, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. The children have been discussing the feature of each animal group and what similarities and differences they have.

 

On Wednesday, the Year One children got stuck into some 3D printing this week! They have been introduced to TinkerCad which is an online printing program which we can link up to our own 3D printer here in school. The children have been experimenting with the design element by moving objects and shapes, making them bigger and even putting shapes into other shapes using the hole button. We have also been so impressed by how well the children have logged into the program using their own nicknames!

 

The children then dressed up as crazy scientists on Friday to finish of the week. They also listened to a fantastic assembly from the Our Common Home Group which was all about recycling and the theme of Growth. We had some wonderfully weird and wacky creations- there was children with crazy hair, labcoats galore and lots of fantastic ideas all round. Mrs Lynch and I loved seeing all of Year One's amazing costumes and, as always, we were amazed by the sheer effort you all put in!

 

What a fantastic week of Science and we are so proud of the children- we think you could all be superb Scientists and keep up the good work! Please see photos of the children enjoying Science week below.

 

Lent Retreat Day Spring 2

 Week 2 8.3.2022

 

On Tuesday 8th March 2022, we had our annual retreat day where the theme was all to do with Lent and 'No Greater Love.' This year the children learnt all about the love of Jesus and how he showed this through his death on the cross.

 

The school looked at different stations of the cross in detail. Our two focuses were when Jesus accepts his cross and when Jesus meets his mother. The children did various reflections, learnt new songs and collective worship both as a whole school and in their classes. Year One has a wonderful day reflecting on different parts of Jesus sacrifice and thinking about how he and other characters felt.

 

They have also done a variety of drawing reflections about different stations of the cross which they have taken home today. We were so impressed by the children's beautiful colourings and drawings and by how long they took to complete these. They were truly reflective and thinking about what Jesus death means for us all and how it shows his love and compassion.

 

Please see photos of the Year One children enjoying their retreat day below and ask them at home what they did- I am sure they  would love to tell you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

RE-Week 5 31.1.2022

The Good Samaritan 

 

This week the children have been learning all about the story of The Good Samaritan. In this story a Jewish man is attacked by robbers and left on the side of the road. A Priest and Levite pass him by and the only person to help him is a Samaritan. The Good Samaritan is a true neighbour to this man- he helps him by bandaging his wounds and taking him to a local inn where he paid for him to be taken care of. Even though Samaritans and Jews did not get on at this time the man was a true neighbour to this man and showed him love and kindness.

 

In Year One we have been learning the story through role play and Drama. We have then sequenced the story and completed work on how we can be a good Samaritan in our lives. We have discussed the importance of being a good friend and neighbour to everyone, not just our close friends or family.

 

 

 Please see photos of the children working in their RE lessons  below and ask the children to tell you the story of The Good Samaritan at home- I am sure they can remember it beautifully!

Autumn 2

The Annunciation- 11.1.2022

 

This week the children have been learning all about the story of The Annunciation, where they explored the story of the angel appearing to Mary. The children listened to the story from the Bible, where the angel came to Mary and told her she was to have a baby called Jesus. God has chosen Mary for this special job and she was to carry Jesus, God's son and gift to the world.

 

After listening to the story, the children then acted out the story in pairs, roleplaying both the role of angel and Mary. They used Drama to understand the story better and orally say the different vocabulary and words from the story. They then wrote as sentence in their  RE books about how they felt as Mary. The Year One children ten then moved onto writing a recount of the story, in their own words, next week. You can see fantastic photos of the children's Drama and some examples of their recount work below.

Mass-Epiphany

 6.1.2022

 

Today the children had their first Mass of the half term online with Father Gary. It was all about a very special feast celebration called Epiphany, the time after Christmas and Jesus birth, when the Three Kings came to visit.

 

Father Gary spoke at the Mass about how Jesus is a light for us in our lives and how Epiphany is a time when Jesus is shared with everyone around the world. He began by talking about different ways of getting to places without getting lost such as using maps in books, GPS trackers or compasses. He also discussed how the Wise Men were guided by the light of the star and spoke about how we can use the Bible as our light and a guide to life. We can use The Holy Word as our shining star and a guide through life. It was a lovely Mass with a truly special message.

 

 

Please see photos of the children enjoying their wonderful Mass in class below.

 

 

 

Learning Christmas Carols

Week 8 9.12.2021

 

For the last 2 weeks the Year One children have been learning Christmas Carols. We have been learning the song 'Silent Night' as our carol and 'Rocking around the Christmas Tree' for a whole school performance. The children have been so fantastic at learning their carol and sang it so beautifully and reverently.

 

They have also been fantastic dancers for Rocking around the Christmas Tree' and had great fun singing and bopping along! Next week we will be putting a video on the class page of us singing our Christmas carol and song so keep your eyes peeled! I know you will be so proud of the children as we are.

 

Please see some fantastic videos of the children practising and rehearsing below- well done Year One and what beautiful voices you all have!

RE

Learning about Priests

2.11.2021

 

 

To finish of our families and celebration topic we learnt all about the role of priests in our community. The children discussed what jobs priests do such as teaching people about the Bible, giving confession and holding weddings and baptisms. The children acted out different jobs that priests do and enjoyed dressing up! They then wrote in their books about the different jobs they had learnt about. Well done Year One- I hope lots of you will become priests when you are older!

 

Catholic Virtues

Week 1- 2.11.2021 

 

Being learned and wise in our Class Virtues

 

This half term we are looking at the virtues 'learned' and 'wise. We are learned when we are educated about God and are enriched by God's creation and the people who are a part of it. To be learned is to learn the facts about God and Jesus life and to know what happened through the stories of the Bible and why they are important.

 

We are wise when we used the facts and skills we know and have to change our world for the better. We can ask the lord to gift us with the power of wisdom through the Holy Spirit to see with his eyes, feel with Good's heart and to speak with his words. We are wise when we consider how our actions affect others and how we change ourselves to make the world better and more loving for all.

 

Below you can find some PDF documents with resources and ideas for your child to learn more about the class virtues at home. Please ask the children about the virtues they have been learning in class this half term and ask them, how they will fulfil and carry out these virtues in their daily life. We would love to hear what they tell you!

 

Document Ideas and Activities for being Learned and Wise Virtues

Autumn 1

RE- The Rosary

Week 8 18.10.2021

 

We are in the month of October which is a very special month. This month is all about the month of Mary and to celebrate this the Year One children have been learning about the Rosary.

 

In class they have listened to a PPT about why we have the Rosary, and how the beads help us to remember the prayers that we say. The children learnt about how we start with the Sign of the Cross and then say the Our Father, The Glory Be and the Hail Mary.

 

After listening to why we have the Rosary the children were given beads and held them on the carpet. They talked about how the beads made them feel and what they are used for. The Year One's then coloured the Rosary beads in the correct colours and labelled some of the first, simpler prayer parts. Please see their photos below and well done Year One!

Collective Worship- Mass

Week 6 6.10.2021

 

Today the Year One children went to Mass for the first time. It was the first time the children had been in the church for a service and Mrs Lynch and I were so impressed with how the children sat. They were extremely reverent during the service and were excellent at listening to Father Gary and his homily. As the children had been in the church looking at objects a few weeks ago, they were able to understand the Mass better and see what these different objects were used for. They understood the importance of the altar, pulpit, lectern etc and how these could be used during the service. We are so proud of Year One for their excellent behaviour at Mass and you can see some photos of them below.

RE- Creation

Week 3 14.9.2021

 

 

This week the children have been carrying on with their topic of Creation. They have been writing their own prayers to God, thanking him for Creation and the wonderful things he has made in the world. The Year One children have thanked God for so many including  birds, their families, for the moon and stars and for trees and flowers.

 

We also moved onto learning about Francis of Assisi, who is the saint of animals. They have explored how he loves animals and listened to God's call in protecting and looking after them. He listened to God's voice and trusted in him, knowing that God knew the path he was meant to follow.

 

 

Year One have had a brilliant week of RE and we are so proud of them and all they have learnt about Creation over the last few weeks. We move onto Families and Celebrations next and please see pictures of the children's fantastic RE work below. You can see their thankyou prayers and work about Francis of Assisi.

KS1 Reflection

Week 3 14.9.2021

 

Today the children took part in a KS1 reflection assembly, led by Mr Carroll. It focused on asking the children what kind of person they want to be and how they can follow Jesus in their life.

 

The children looked at the story in the Bible where Jesus talks to the disciples about him rising from the dead. They do not believe him at first but he tells them to have faith. The children then discussed how they could follow out the will of Jesus by being kind, loving and helping others.

 

This was a fantastic assembly to start the school year, as it allowed the children to explore how they could have a fresh start and live their lives through Jesus. The children were also brilliant at sitting in the hall too for their very first assembly and we were so proud- well done Year One!

 

 

Learning Sign Language

Week 3 15.9.2021

 

 

As part of their collective worship for this half term, the Year One children are learning the Glory Be Prayer. They are learning this using actions and sign language from online and are finding this very fun! The children find that having actions while saying the prayers helps them to both remember them and to think about the meaning of the words. I am so impressed by how reverent the children are in using their sign language during prayer time- well done Year One! You can see some photos of the children trying out and practising their fantastic sign language below.

 

Our First Mass

Week 2 10.9.2021

 

Today the Year One children had their very first Mass in  Year One. They had a virtual Mass in the classroom and sat beautifully on the carpet, while listening to Father Gary and our beautiful readers and prayers. We enjoy our Masses in Year One and use them as a time to reflect on our week and to deepen our relationship with Jesus and God. Our Mass today was about not judging our neighbours and not using nasty words to others, as none of us are perfect and we all make mistakes. We need to use kind actions and words to each other, as Jesus taught us, and the message of today's Mass is something we will be focusing on in our Year One class.

 

For the next Mass, the Year One children will be going to church, which they are very excited about! Please ask your child about their Masses at school and what they ejoy about them.

Year 1 Class Wish 

10.9.2021

 

This week the children have discussed and come up with generated some wonderful ideas about what they wanted our class wish to be this year.  They all thought really hard about what our focus would be for this year and you can see on the final  wish we decided below.

 

'Our Class Wish for 2021-2022 is ‘for Year 1 to work together, in being kind and loving, to support our class family.'

 

We will be looking to fulfil our class wish throughout the year and will have it at the centre of everything we do. Our class wish will help to shape our morals and values as a class. Make sure you check out the winner of ' Our Class Wish Award' every half term, as will be nominating a child who has truly shown and embraced our wish.

 

Please see photos below of members of our class thinking about elements of our class wish and acting them out. This was to get them thinking about how they can use their wish this year  and how they can show kind and loving actions to others in our wonderful class family.

Learning about the story of Creation

Week 2 7.9.2021

 

This term we are learning all about how God made the world in the wonderful story of Creation. Today we learnt the story and acted it out using various props and visuals to help us. The children loved  learning about how God made the world and what he made on each day and they are so excited to write about in their books later this week!

 

God wants us to be curious about the world that he created for us to live in, and when we learnt about it we appreciate it and take responsibility for the planet. It is up to us to care for the planet and look after the wonderful world that we have for future generations. Please see pictures of the children acting out the story of Creation below.

Catholic Virtues

Week 2- 6.9.2021 

 

 

Being eloquent and truthful in our Class Virtues

 

This half term we are looking at the virtues 'eloquent' and 'truthful'. We are eloquent when we use our voices and our words to speak loving words about God and to spread his word. We can tell people about the love of Jesus and how he can be a force for good and change in our lives. 

 

We are discerning when we make good choices with God and Jesus at the centre of our thoughts. We can decide to do the right thing in the interest of the needs of others because we know the positive impact that will have on their lives. We can be discerning when we have listened to God's will and then put it into practise- we understand what he asks us to do and begin to achieve it.

 

Please ask the children about the virtues they have been learning in class this half term and ask them, how they will fulfil and carry out these virtues in their daily life. We would love to hear what they tell you! Please see pictures of the Year One children acting out elements of our class virtues for this half term and showing different ways of how they can achieve them.

 

 

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