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2023-2024 Class Photo Gallery

Mystery Readers! Check back each week to see who it has been...

Abigail from Year 4 took us to church to tell us all about how she helps the church family by being an altar server. Lots of our Reception frineds would like to do this when they have taken their First Holy Communion now...

Delivering the good news about Jesus, just like St. Paul! The children visited different classes and grown ups around school to tell them all about how Jesus is our best friend by performing the song they have learned!

Australian animal observational drawing and information writing!

Destination 3 is Australia...

EY Picture News - Olympic and Paralympic Games

We have been learning how this year there will be the Olympic and Paralympic games in Paris, France. The children learned that to be really good at sport takes lots and lots of practice; running, balancing, using a bat and ball, throwing and catching, jumping and swimming.
The children had a PE session was linked to the Olympics and Paralympics . We were split into teams and chose our countries we wanted to represent - linked to countries we have been finding out about in our 'Around the World' topic.
We then took part in some events linked to running, jumping and throwing.
Well done to Brazil who won our Olympic Games and took the gold medals on the podiums!

St. Peter was Jesus' rock... Look at the wonderful rocks we have decorated and brought in from home to add to our prayer area.

A talk from Tomi's Dad all about life in Nigeria!

Africa, destination 2!

First stop, Europe! Take a look at some of our exploring for this destination...

Our role play area has become an airport! We will be jetting off to lots of different destinations this half term!

To start our 'Around the World' topic, we all talked about where we had been on holiday to, how we travelled there and we then found it on a globe and the big full world map.

We learned that the Holy Spirit arrived to Jesus' friends at Pentecost and that one of the ways it arrived was with a strong wind! We went outside to experiment with scarves to feel the wind of the Holy Spirit around us!

Great British Brushathon! We have been learning all about how to brush our teeth correctly and why it is important. Take a look at our #selfies as part of the #greatbritishbrushathon for National Smile Month!

We had a paramedic come to visit us at school to tell us all about how she helps people in her job...

We visited Whitehaven fire station as part of our topic on 'People Who Help Us'. What a wonderful visit it was...

Flowers for Mary - The children used their cutting, curing and joining skills to make the beautiful hyacinths to offer to Mary at our school liturgy.

Take a look at the amazing, detailed portraits the children have drawn of people who help us in school...

EY Picture News - Finding about Neanderthals and Dinosaurs that are now extinct...

Jesus is with us...

We have been sharing the story of the Ascension, where Jesus returned home to heaven to be with God, His Father.
We listened to the Bible story and learned how Jesus told his friends before ascending into heaven, that although they would no longer be able to see Him, He would always be with them.
We then visited church to see the Tabernacle, the special place in church where we believe Jesus is present.
We looked carefully at the Tabernacle and talked about what it looked like and how it had been made to look so special as a home for Jesus.

We then had a quiet reflection time to talk about how we know that Jesus is still with us. The children all came up with thoughtful ideas of how they know Jesus is with them. Look at the wonderful ideas the children thought of:
I know Jesus is with me when…
... the clouds part in the sky
... I play with ice outside

... I give Mardie a kiss
...I have good food to eat
... I feel the wind
... I am outside
... I see a rainbow
... I do nice things with my Daddy
... I have fun
... I feel loved
... my baby brother smiles at me
... I see all the animals in the world
... I play with my brother
... I play with my family and friends and when I look at the Tabernacle
... I feel Him in my heart

EY Picture News - Challenge Yourself! 

We looked at this weeks Picture News Poster. What can you see? What did we like or dislike about this picture? What do you think the people were doing?

Story: Scottish runner, Jasmin Paris, has become the first female runner and one of only twenty to complete what is thought to be the world’s toughest race; the Barkley Marathons in Tennessee, USA.

Question: How can you challenge yourself?

We then all challenged ourselves with a 'mini marathon' doing 10 laps up and doen the grass! Every child completed the challenge running 1 mile each! 

Happy St. George's Day! The children celebrated by making England flags, roses and shields and by having a parade through school to explain to everyone the importance of St. George's Day!

EY PictureNews - Being Banksy

We looked at this weeks Picture News Poster. What can you see? What did we like or dislike about this picture? What do you think the people were doing?

Story: A new artwork, from the mysterious street artist Banksy, appeared in North London overnight in March and has since been covered in plastic and surrounded by wooden boards to protect it.

Question: What art do you enjoy?

Hot Cross Buns! We learned how hot cross buns are a symbol of Easter and how lots of people eat them on Good Friday to remember how Jesus was crucified on the cross. On the last day of term we all tried hot cross buns for special snack! Delicious!

He is risen! The children had to listen carefully, follow instructions and practise their pencil control and cutting skills to create these wonderful Easter cards to take home for their loved ones.

Measuring our beantalks! We have been measuring the growth of our beanstalks each week with maths blocks (one colour for each week). Look how much they have grown before we took them home to care for...

EY Picture News - What does it mean to be rich?

We looked at this week's Picture News Poster. What did we like or dislike about this picture? Has anyone ever been on boats like these before? Do you think many people have boats like these? Why? What do you think this week’s news story could be all about?

Story: Poverty-fighting charity Oxfam has released a report, which found that if current wealth trends continue, the world will have its first trillionaire within 10 years.

Question: What does the word ‘rich’ mean to you?

Stations of the Cross - We visited St. Mary's Church to learn all about the events of Good Friday by looking at the stations of the cross. Our class station was number 2 'Jesus is made to carry His cross'.

Celebration Assembly! The children performed a wondeful celebration assembly all about springtime and Easter for the rest of the school as well as grown ups from home.

We loved a visit onto the book bus for a story and to choose some wonderful new books!

EY Picture News - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Story: Many families who travelled to Glasgow for an event that claimed to channel the magic of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were sorely disappointed. Question: How does it feel to be disappointed?

EY Picture News - Phone Rules. Story: Ministers have confirmed plans to ban the use of mobile phones in English schools and have released guidance for headteachers. Question: Why do we have school rules?

The walls of Jerusalem! In RE we have been learning about the events of Palm Sunday - when Jesus rode into the cirty of Jerusalem on a donkey. We looked at photos of the city walls then worked in groups to construct our own!

Look at the journey of our living eggs!

World Book Day! We did lots of activities around the book 'Oliver's Fruit Salad'! We tasted lots of different fruits from the story, then voted on our favourites! We made fruit salad for special snack then finished the day with Y6 coming down to read with us!

A visit from Gerald! 

We had a visit from the Life Education Services and Gerald the Giraffe. Sarah taught us all about our bodies and how to keep them healthy. We met Gerald the Giraffe, and we helped him with his morning routine; washing his face, brushing his teeth, brushing his hair.
We talked about exercise and danced and moved our body parts. Our hearts were beating fast after this so we knew we’d exercised.
Finally we lay down on the floor, had a rest and talked about how our bodies need rest and to sleep.

Happy Mother's Day!

EY Picture News - World Book Day

This Week's Story: Across the UK and Ireland, the charity, World Book Day, will be holding its annual celebration on Thursday 7th March (we as a school are celebrating on Friday 8th March) and this year’s campaign, ‘Read Your Way’.

Question: What do you enjoy about books?

Look out for pictures of our World Book Day celebrations on Friday! 

The Good Samaritan - Mrs Wright, from the diocese, came in to lead a 'Godly Play' session for us based on the story of 'The Good Samaritan'.

Shelters for Jesus in the desert - We have been hearing the story of Jesus in the desert where he went for 40 days before his crucifixion. The children created shelters to shelter Jesus from the hot sun and strong wings found there as well as the chill that arrives over night...

EY Picture News - Farming 

We looked at this weeks Picture News poster and talked about what we could see. What we liked and disliked about the picture? What do you think this week’s news story could be about?

Story: In countries across Europe, tractors have been blocking city streets and motorways as farmers protest against certain European Union rules.

Question: What do you know about farming? What do you find on a farm? How do farmers help us all?

Mardi Gras! 

In RE we have learned that Mardi Gras is a festival that is also celebrated on Shrove Tuesday. The children found out that Mardi Gras is a carnival that is celebrated in February to mark the end of the pre-lenten season in many countries, such as America, Brazil, Italy and Germany. We used a globe to look where these countries are in the world. There is music, dance, colourful parades and costumes during Mardi Gras. The word Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday - (like pancake day) from the custom of using all the fats in the home before Lent in preparation for fasting and abstinence. In the Mardi Gras parades the people wear beautiful masks and costumes as well as beaded necklaces.
The children all made these fabulous beaded necklaces that they could wear in a Mardi Gras parade! Take a look at them, aren't they fantastic!

EY Picture News - Drinks!

We looked at this weeks Picture News poster and talked about what we could see. We discussed that the poster shows some plastic drink bottles.

We thought about: Do you like the look of these drink bottles? What do you like or dislike about them? I showed the children my drinks bottle (with the label still attached) Do you like my drinks bottle? Do you think my drinks bottle looks the same as these? How are they the same or different?

Story: Coca-Cola has announced it will temporarily be removing labels from Sprite and Sprite Zero bottles to trial ‘label-less’ packaging in some areas of the UK.

Question: How do you choose what drink to buy?

We then looked at lots of different drinks we might like to consume and tried out making our very own healthy fruit smoothies for snack! 

Planting!

After reading 2 books in our literacy and topic sessions this week - 'The Tiny Seed' by Eric Carle and 'A Seed in Need' by Sam Godwin, we have planted our own runner bean seeds to care for over the coming weeks!
We have learned all about how seeds need warmth, water and nutrients to grow well. We have planted them in pots with compost and given them water. We used trowels to fill the pots carefully and a watering can to water them with. We will be checking on them each day and we will keep you updated each week on how our seeds are growing and progressing! 

The children have all made a Lenten Promise linked to putting other's needs before their own. We have made a beautiful paper chain from them and added it to the prayer table...

Space Party Day! Take a look at some of the fun things that we got up to...

Space Costumes! Look at the amazing space costumes we created for our party day! We practised our drawing skills again creating self portraits in our costumes - look at the super detail that we added!

Alien Slime Special Snack! We made green, lime jelly to have for specail snack at our space party! The children observed as the solid jelly cubes dissolved in the hot water to make a liquid. They were amazed how it had set back to a solid in the fridge ready for them to eat!

Fr. Kevan popped into to collect our Get Well Soon cards and prayers to deliver to the poorly people in hospital. Fr. Kevan said the people in hospital would really appreciate them.

Liz Million - Author and Illustrator. The children had a wonderful time working with Lz and drawing their own space robots!

Astronauts - We have been learning all about some famous astronauts from history - the first man into space, the first woman into space, the first man to walk on the moon, the first black woman in space and the British astronaut who lived on the ISS for 6 months! This inspired lots of our costumes for Space Party Day!

Alien Art - the children have been refining their drawing skills, learning how to add detail and features to their drawings!

Letters to Mrs Starkie - The children have written letters asking Mrs Starkie if we are allowed a space party on the last day of term... She checked her diary when we delivered them, and agreed!

EY Picture News - Fashion!

This week’s story is all about a new BBC television programme called Style It Out. The programme is a fashion competition, where 9 children get the chance to be clothes designers and put together different outfits.

We discussed: What is fashion? Would this competition be something you might enjoy? Do you have a favourite outfit? What does it look like? How do you feel when you wear it?

The children taking part in the television show competition must make all of their clothes using second-hand materials. We thought about: What does second-hand mean?

Second-hand means it is not new and someone else has already used or worn it. Using clothes and materials second-hand is good for our environment, because it means we don’t throw as many clothes away and we don’t need to make as many new ones.

Question: Where can we get clothes from?

As we grow, we all need to get bigger clothes because the clothes we have become too small. We looked at the attached sheet which shows where and how people get clothes.

We discussed: When you need more clothes, do you know where they come from? Have you had any second-hand clothes before? Maybe given to you from an older brother or sister, from a friend or bought from a charity shop!

Junk Model Space Vehicles

Get Well Soon Cards

In RE we have been learning all about how Jesus came to show God's love and welcomes everyone into God's Kingdom. We learned how this includes people who are unwell. We learned how Jesus takes care of people who are sick and shared some stories where he healed people to show God's love. We talked about how we can help people who are unwell to feel better. The children shared lots of ideas including giving them a hug or a kiss, taking them to the doctors or the hospital, making them good food to eat, messaging or ringing them to check in on them, getting them their medicines or sending them a small gift or card to cheer them up.
We talked about how Fr. Kevan goes to visit people in hospital who are unwell so we decided to make some Get Well Soon cards for him to take to cheer some of the patients up who are unwell in hospital.
The children listemed and followed instructions well to make their cards. We will next be composing prayers to go inside the cards for the patients in hospital to read. We are hopeful they will make those poorly people feel better. We are trying hard to be kind and love everyone like Jesus taught us.

EY Picture News - Self Driving Cars

We looked at the Picture News Poster.

We discussed: What can you see? What do you like or dislike about the picture? What do you think this week’s news story might be about?

The picture shows a Mercedes car that had been designed to be a possible self-driving car.

We discussed: What do you think a self-driving car is? Have you ever seen any self-driving cars before?

It has been in the news that some self-driving cars may be on the roads in England, Scotland and Wales by the end of the year 2026. We discussed what year it is now, 2024 and counted up to 2026.

We discussed: What do you think about this? Would you like to go in a self-driving car? Why? Do you think we will see lots of self-driving cars on the roads in a few years’ time?

We looked at the world map to see where this weeks story events related to… the United Kingdom.

Question: What must a self-driving car be able to do? We used the attached sheet to discuss these ideas.
Before we have self-driving cars, the people who do sign them will need to make sure they are even better than a car with a driver.

We discussed: Do you think self-driving cars will be able to do all of these things in the photos? Which do you think will be the most difficult to teach cars to do? Why? Would you like to be able to drive a car one day? Do you think you will or do you think all the cars will be self-driving by then?

EY Picture News - Learning to Read...

This week’s news story is all about children learning to read. A university in Spain has been studying how well children learn to read and understand what they are reading. They have been looking at children reading books and children reading from a screen like a tablet, phone or a computer.

We discussed: Do you like to read at home? Do you read by yourself or with someone else? Do you always read and look at books you can hold, or do you sometimes read and share stories on a screen? What do you like the most?

The university in Spain found out that children learn and understand what they are reading much more when reading a book you can hold, rather than on a screen.

We discussed: What do you like about reading a book? Is it holding the book, turning pages, lifting flaps, looking at pictures?

We looked at the world map to see where this weeks story events related to… Spain.

When people look at and read a book, they choose one they think they will enjoy. We looked at some different books on the screen.

We discussed: Which book would you chose to look at and read? What makes you think you would enjoy this book? Do you like story books (fiction) or books that tell you information (non fiction) the most? Do you have a favourite book at home or school that you love to read again and again? What is it? (We looked through the EY Picture News homework)

We then all visited our school library to look at, share and enjoy some books, 

Our new topic is 'Space' - look at all the exciting exploring we have been doing linked to it...

Snow! 

As part of our work on winter, we read a non fiction book all about snow. We learned that snow is frozen rain and that snowflakes are actually tiny drops of ice which are formed in the freezing cold clouds and fall to earth!
The children learned about other things related to snow too including - what snowdrifts and blizzards are, how snow ploughs clear the roads during snowy weather, what we should wear in the snow and all about animals and people who live in the snow all year round near the North and South poles! We learned how a mode of transport used there is a snow mobile - we all thought we would like a go on one!
During exploring time, the children all then got to explore our fake snow! They loved it! The talked about what it felt, looked, smelled and sounded like. They also experimented with different patterns and marks that could be made in it and how it could be moved and manipulated!

A Winter Walk! 

This week we went on a little winter walk around our school grounds looking for signs that we are in the season of winter, using information we have learned from the books we have been reading. Evidence we found…
* We could feel the cold air.
* The wind was freezing.
* We had to wear lots of layers to keep warm.
* The trees had no leaves as they had lost them in autumn and they’ve not yet grown back because it is too chilly.
* some buds were starting to appear on the trees preparing for the new leaves to grow when the springtime months come around.
* There was water on the grass, but it hadn’t rained. We learned that this was from frost and ice that had been there this morning and had since melted and turned back to a liquid in the winter sun.
* Some thistles still had frost on them - we thought they looked like snowflakes!
* Some branches had been blown off the trees trees during the stormy winter weather.
* We found catkins hanging on one tree, we had learned in the 'Secrets of Winter' book that some birds like to eat these in winter.
* In a garden of a house next to school, we could see some evergreen trees and plants/bushes (we learned these are plants and trees that don’t lose their leaves).

EY Picture News - Emojis! 

These faces are emojis. Some people add emojis in messages they send to other people. They may send them in messages on their phones, tablets or computers. It can be a way to show people how you feel without writing a word. Emojis have been in the news because one boy, aged 10, has asked a company that uses them to change one that he doesn’t like.

We discussed: Have you seen people use emojis before? Have you ever used one? Do you like them? Do you have a favourite one?

We looked at a map to see where this weeks story events related to… Oxfordshire, UK.

We then looked at some of the different emojis people send in messages to other people.

We discussed: If you were sent one of these emojis, what do you think it would mean? Does everyone agree? Does anyone think it means something different? Do you think they help us to know how someone is feeling? Do they tell us why someone is feeling that way?

Exploring Ice! Following on from making our own ice, we loved exploring with it in our outdoor area this week!

Making Ice! As part of our learning about Winter, we have been experimenting to try and make ice! The children have learned the words liquid, solid, freeze and melt! They discovered that the fridge wasn't cold enough to freeze the liquid but the freezer was! They all enjoyed frozen ice pops for a special snack!

Jack Frost Magic Pictures! After reading 'Here Comes Jack Frost' by Kazuno Kohara, the children created these wonderful portraits of Jack frost using white wax candles and a blue colour wash!

The Nursery Rhyme Nativity! The children did an amzing job of retelling the nativity story through their perfomances of 'The Nursery Rhyme Nativity'. They performed it to grown ups and loved ones from home. We are so proud of them all.

Christmas Dinner! The children all thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas dinner (especially the Christmas crackers!) They made lots of links to what we learned about the traditions that the Victorians introduced that influence how we celebrate Christmas today - having turkey, having Christmas crackers and all sitting together for a celebratory meal.

Our Visit to Muncaster! The children had a wonderful time at Muncaster Castle learning all about Christmas in the past, soecifically the traditions that were introduced in Victorian times...

We have been making Advent wreaths and a class calendar to help us count down to Jesus' birthday!

EY Picture News - Antarctica!

The picture has been taken in Antarctica.

We discussed: What do you know about Antarctica? Do you know where Antarctica is? Do people live there? What animals do you think live there?

It has been in the news that more plants than ever before are growing in Antarctica.

We discussed: Why do you think there are not many plants in Antarctica? Usually, there aren’t many plants because it is so cold and there is so much ice there. Why do you think that some plants have started to grow in Antarctica?

The world is getting warmer, which means Antarctica is getting warmer too. The ice there is slowly melting so more plants can grow.

We discussed: Do you think the ice me,ting and more plants growing in Antarctica is a good thing? Why?

Where we live, we need and want lots of plants to grow, but in Antarctica, animals, such as penguins, live on ice. If the ice melts, their homes get smaller.

We looked at a world map to see where this week’s story events related to… Antarctica. We even looked at the globe too.

We then look at some pictures of some of the things we can all do to slow down the world getting warmer (climate change).

We discussed: Which of these things do you and your family do? How do you think this helps?

We loved visiting St. Mary's Church to see Fr. Kevan and Learn all about baptism...

We loved celebrating how God made us all unique and how it is great to be different by weraing our odd socks to school!

Library Van Visit!