Autumn begins with Our Lady of Sorrows and other great feasts follow including the Triumph of the Cross, the Archangels, All Saints and the great feast of Christ the King at the end of the Church Year. In addition to observing these key dates, we will lead the children to a deeper understanding of the Catholic Faith by teaching some of the great prayers including The Rosary, The Angelus and the prayers of the Mass: we will be going to the 12.30pm Mass at the church from time to time. Our ‘Come and See’ topics are: Homes, Promises and Visitors. The term ends with the great season of Advent and our preparation for Christmas. Our studies are grounded in the five great themes of our Faith: The Most Holy Trinity, The Incarnation, The Paschal Mystery, The Church and The Dignity of the Human Person. Our other faith is Judaism.
“We become like that which we love. If we love what is base, we become base; but if we love what is noble, we become noble. Looking into a sunset, the face takes on a golden glow.” (The Venerable Fulton Sheen). Choosing good books that lift the heart and the mind, and delight the soul is an essential duty of the parent and the teacher. I do not need to tell you that much of the current reading material directed at our children tends to be degrading. We all know that just because a book or an author is popular, it does not mean that the material is suitable for your child. Below are some of the books that we are reading this year...
This term we will be reading some of the great classic stories and poems including the Greek myths, traditional tales and extracts from favourites like Black Beauty, Alice in Wonderland and A Child’s Garden of Verses. Our reading material will reflect other areas of the curriculum including science and history. Pupils will develop their comprehension and also develop fluency and vocabulary. They will learn how to write clear, intelligent answers.
Pupils will write stories and other compositions, developing their ability to describe, to explain and to write dialogue using correct grammar and punctuation.
Pupils will continue to enrich their vocabulary and so become more precise in their use of language. The correct use of paragraphing will also be taught.
Pupils will perfect their understanding of letters and sounds and so improve both reading and spelling. They will also learn the rules of spelling and harder words.
Fairy tales - our great treasure
'These tales say that apples were golden only to refresh the forgotten moment when we found that they were green. They make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that they run with water.’
GK Chesterton (Othodoxy – The Ethics of Elfland)
Mathematics gives us a glimpse of God’s perfection – His beauty, infinity, truth and power. Mathematics empowers mankind to discover the rational intelligibility of the world and to appreciate the order, the beauty, the magnitude and the mystery of God’s creation and thus of God Himself. Hence, mathematics derives its purpose, meaning, and value from God. In accordance with our mission to promote academic excellence, mathematics is at the heart of the curriculum.
As always, we will continue to have a daily maths lesson, developing the pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding of this subject. The key areas of study include:
Learning the times tables up to 12x12 by heart is essential. Any other help that you can give at home with measuring and telling the time will be much appreciated.
This is an excellent site for learning how to use the protrator:
The pupils will develop their capacity to work scientifically with a particular focus on the topic of ‘Living things and their habitats’. Pupils will learn to identify and names common plants and animals from the local and the wider environment and how these are classified.
Pupils will also study sound, developing the vocabulary to explain the nature of sound and aspects including pitch and volume.
Learning names and definitions is highly recommended as well as the habit of close observation.
As well as developing our basic artistic skills, children will work on portraits with a particular focus on drawing the human face. The pupils will admire great art, and respond using some of the key vocabulary. They will illustrate their work across the curriculum.