Key Stage 2 Multicultural Week

Multicultural Week 1st to 4th November 2016

Year 3 started the week by learning all about how and where Abraham founded Judaism We used the iPads to plan our own drama and then make videos in groups to tell the story of the covenant being made between Abraham and God. We then learnt that Jews believe there is only one God who loves us all. We looked closely at the Ten Commandments to learn more about the rules Jews believe we should live by. Next we learned about Jewish holy places and had a virtual tour of a synagogue. On Thursday we studied Jewish Special Festivals:  We focussed on Passover.  Children made Seder plates. They designed their own Seder plates including what they would include to remind them of home after a long journey.  We met Mr Sames who talked about what life is like following the Jewish faith. We next looked at the features of the Jewish Holy Book, the Torah.  Children made tea-stained scrolls where they included Hebrew writing. Finally we studied some of the Jewish symbols and their meanings: Children looked at different symbols such as the Menorah, Mezuzah, and Star of David and matched meanings with symbols.

In Year 4 we have been learning about the Jewish religion. We used the I-pads to search for facts about Judaism and we also listened to the story of Hanukkah. On Wednesday afternoon, we made our own dreidel games and enjoyed playing them with a partner. We had a special visitor who came to tell us lots more about the Jewish religion. We also had the opportunity to ask plenty of questions. Thank you to Mr Sames for taking time to speak to us. Also, thank you to Mr Minogue (Lucas’s dad) for arranging the visit.

Year 5 studied Islam. We learned about what Muslims believe; the Islamic creation story; Islamic art and the five pillars of Islam. We also looked at some artefacts. We have a small display outside our room and each child has made a small booklet of their learning.

For Multicultural week in Year 6 we learned about Islam. We looked at artefacts and videos about being a Muslim child. The children wrote first person accounts of being a Muslim child explaining beliefs and practises. This encouraged empathy skills.

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Year 3 Advent Class Assembly

On Friday 1st December Year Three led the collective worship with their Advent assembly. The children taught us all the true meaning of Advent and looked back at key people from the Old Testament who helped to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus. The children also shared an Advent poem and some Advent prayers. They all participated well and learnt their words with care. Well done, Year 3!

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Year 3 Receive Their First Sacrament of Reconciliation

Congratulations to the 16 members of Year 3 who received the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Tuesday 5th December in the parish church. The rite was led by Fr Prem, supported by Fr Gerard. Before the rite, the children prayed and sang together and listened to the story of the Prodigal Son.

The children received the sacrament with reverence and respect.

Well done to:

Tiago, Primula, Bonnie, Lisa, Milosz, Ravi, Adrian, Ruby B, Robin, Christian, Damian, Lily, Vanessa, Jessica, Sarah and Elizabeth.

 

Thank you to Fr Prem, Fr Gerard and the catechists from the parish, Sister Norbert and Mrs Mary Gilgunn-Jones.

 

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Reading for Pleasure

Welcome to the new web page dedicated to Reading for Pleasure. Did you know that there is strong evidence that reading for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve wellbeing throughout life?

At St Thomas More School we want to encourage all our pupils to develop a life long love for reading.

This page will show you some of the things we do in school to promote reading and will provide information for parents and carers to help them support their children with reading.

For more information on reading for pleasure, see this link from the Reading Agency.
Reading Agency

It is National Non-fiction November. We are encouraging children to choose from the many exciting non-fiction titles we have in our school library. We are also inviting children to take part in a competition to design a Poster based on the theme of ‘The World Around Us’

The competition was inspired by Lots (Walker Books, 2017) written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Emily Sutton.

The aim will be to create posters using either A4 or A3 sized paper, which reflect this year’s theme for National Non-Fiction November. The posters can celebrate the beauty of the world around us, whether near to home or further afield; or they can convey a message about our need to take care of and protect the world. They can focus on a single plant or animal, or feature a particular natural environment. You are welcome to use any media you would like – pencils, crayons, pastels, paints, or collage, for example.

We are looking for creativity and originality, as well as powerful messages expressed in images and words.

The entries will be judged according to three age groups: 5-7; 8-11; and 12 plus.

Entries should be handed in to the class teacher or Mrs Machin by Friday 1st December. All entries will be non-returnable.

There will be a prize awarded for each age group, plus an overall winner. The prizes will consist of signed books and prints, and for the overall winner a visit by Nicola Davies to their book group, school or library.

The winners will be announced in January 2018.

National Non-Fiction November 2017 Competition

Miss Coleman has started the lunchtime Chatterbooks club. The children visited Kidlington library on Thursday to choose books based on their chosen themes and to join the library if they are not already members. Everyone is looking forward to reading their new books and discussing them next week.

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KS2 TAG Rugby after school club begins Tuesday 7th November

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We are please to announce a new after school TAG rugby club will commence on Tuesdays from  7th November to 12th December 2017  3:30-4:30.

The club will be run by a fully qualified rugby coach and the 6 sessions are £24.

The club is open to all children in Y3 to Y6 but we have a maximum capacity of 16.

Please complete the enrolment form you child will have brought home or collect one from the school office. 

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Multicultural Week

This week as part of Multicultural Week we have been learning about Judaism.On Thursday we had a special visitor from Oxford Synagogue to tell us all about this faith.We enjoyed learning about what is inside a Synagogue and  Jewish celebrations.

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Superheroes Day!

On Monday 30th October KS1 started the term with a Super Hero day!The children enjoyed the superhero activities and there was lots of POW!FIZZ!BANG! throughout the day.Children acted out scenes from their own superhero stories and created superhero names for themselves.A wonderful day!

 

 

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Year 3 and 4 trip to Chedworth Roman Villa

We had a fantastic time on our class trip to Chedworth Roman Villa. We enjoyed exploring the site and finding out about what it was like to live in Britain during Roman times. We dressed up in Roman costumes, made Roman medicines, handled many ancient artifacts that had been discovered at the site and we also had the chance to ask plenty of questions. It was a truly memorable experience and has inspired us all to find out more about the Romans in our topic lessons this term.
Here are a few pictures of our day.


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KS1 Planetarium visit

This term, KS1’s topic has been ‘Moon Zoom’. As a part of this, we had a very exciting visitor come in who brought a Planetarium with him. It was amazing! Inside the Planetarium, we saw the night sky and the changes in the moon and the Sun during the day. We also learnt about how the planets move and what they are like. At the end, we were able to hold an asteroid that had come from Space. It will be the oldest thing that we will ever hold!

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Year 1, 2 and 3’s Visit to the Church

Year 1, 2 and 3 visited St Thomas More Church to learn more about how to behave and be respectful. We also learnt about the different places in the church and their purposes. It was very interesting and we were able to practise in Harvest Mass.

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