Nursery – Fire Engine!

We welcomed Fire Fighters from Barnet Fire Station into St. Catherine’s this week! The children had the opportunity to learn about fire safety, sit inside the fire engine and squirt water from one of the hoses. The Fire Fighters told us about their important job and we learned why their uniform is so important.

We then used this new learning to help us to add to our own Fire Station back inside Nursery. When the station phone rings we know that somebody has dialled 999 because there is an emergency, and that the Nursery Fire Fighters are needed! We climb aboard our fire engine and use a map to find the location of the emergency. We make sure that we have our uniforms on to keep us safe whilst we do our important job.

We hope to welcome the Fire Fighters back to St. Catherine’s soon.


We are a having a BSL Fingerspellathon at school next week where all the children from Year 2 upwards will have an opportunity to learn a little sign language. We will organise something for the youngest children next half- term.

It is in aid of the National Deaf Children’s Society which does a lot of good work with deaf children and their families. They visit schools and offer practical advice and assistive technology to try to address the many difficulties faced by deaf students.

We will be collecting any small donation you would like to send in next week and forwarding it to the charity. Mary McAfee

Here is a link to a video of the BSL Alphabet signed by child fingerspellers. Happy signing! 2alj8ks

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Year 1 – Bartimaeus

In RE the children have been learning about the story of Bartimaeus. We discussed how Jesus has helped him and cured him from being blind. In our most recent lesson, we worked together as a team to create a model where only one person in our group could see it, the rest of the group had to rely on their team to follow instructions given and use their other senses to produce the model.

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Year 1 – The hole in the Roof

This week in RE, we have been focusing on the story of ‘The hole in the Roof’.We discussed how Jesus helps us when we need him and how we feel safe to speak to him in a quiet space.  The children made puppets  to re-enact the story practically.

Please share the video below:

Ask the children questions to extend their thinking:

Why do you think there were so many people in the house listening to Jesus? (people loved him, wanted to listen to him)

Why did the friends of the sick man bring him to Jesus? (had heard Jesus could cure sick people, loved their friend and wanted to help him)

Why do you think Jesus wanted to help the sick man? (because he was kind, loved people, wanted to help, because he wanted to show people he was God and had the power to heal, because he wanted to reward the faith of the friends who had brought the sick man)

How can we help our friends who are sick? (doing practical things for them, visiting, writing letters, phoning, above all bringing them to Jesus in prayer and trusting him to help them in the best way for them.)


Reception & KS1 – Wear It Wild Day!

Thank You very generous contribution to WWF- World Environment Day!

In Key Stage 1 the children made animal masks of animals that are becoming endangered around the World. In Reception the children had a ‘whale’ of a time, dressing up as different animals.

The children discussed why animals are becoming endangered and the reasons for it. The classes talked about celebrating this day as a way of raising awareness to others about the problems that are happening in our world today.


Year 1 – Jesus and the disciples at sea

OLI: To know that Jesus showed his great love when he calmed the wind and the waves.
Success Criteria:
To think about how a storm might make them feel.
To describe what they might see, hear or smell.
To use WOW adjectives.

In RE this week we have been sharing the Bible Story of the Storm where Jesus and the disciples went out to sea. We shared this story with the children and talked about how the disciples may have felt, or saw on their journey out to sea. The children were encouraged to put themselves in the shoes of a disciple to describe how the journey would have felt.

We talked about how Jesus created a Miracle and what the word ‘Miracle’ meant.

Please share the story with your child below:



You may wish to ask your child these questions:

How would you feel if you were on a boat during the storm?

Who do you ask for help?

Have you ever thought no one could help you before?

Why did Jesus help the people on the boat?

How did the storm stop?

Year 1 – Festivals and Celebrations

In Literacy/Geography this week we taught the children about the different climates between Brazil and London and how their housing as well as their surrounding environments differ from one another.

The children were able to talk about what materials that were used to build the houses in London and Brazil. They also noted the similarities and differences between the beach in Brazil in comparison to the beach in Brighton.

In Literacy, we looked at different festivals and celebrations that occur in the 4 seasons. We used the conjunction ‘because’ and talked about why different festivals were important to us. The children worked well together to share their ideas and value one another’s opinion.


Whole school – Anthony Whatnuff visit to St Catherine’s

On Monday 20th April, we were very lucky to welcome Anthony Whatnuff to St Catherine’s. Anthony came in to offer us with new ideas and approaches to comprehension in reading. He worked with a group of pupils carrying out a diagnostic conversation linked to what children could infer from a piece of text, to creating pictures in their head, making links between the text and their background knowledge, to make links to other words in the text to make sense of where the text is located leading onto the child being able to make predictions or ask questions to deepen their understanding.

There are 12 steps you can use to support your child with their comprehension at home.

Step 1: Encourage your child to use their background knowledge against the text. Encourage them to refer the text to themself (own experience), text to the world, and text to text.

Step 2:Vocabulary Knowledge- Ensure that you pull out any words that the child may not understand and explore these words in the text together. This will help to deepen and support your child’s understanding with the text.

Step 3: Linking opposite sentences together to make sense- encourage your child to start making connections to other parts of the text that they have read- ask them questions to make them review what they have already read to ensure that there are no misconceptions.

Step 4: Encourage your child to read aloud- see if they group words as they read. It is important that your child’s reading comprehension is supported by their listening comprehension.

Step 5: Distance between a reader’s cultural background and the text: What does your child infer from the text? They can they find any words that make them predict anything more from what has been read?

Step 6: Working Memory: As you read each sentence encourage your child to lock away what they have read so that it is stored to make a connection with later on. It is important to get your child to store information read before processing it, to understand it.

Step 7: Ask questions and make predictions to the story. What have we discovered so far?

Step 8: Comprehension monitoring- Read and build meaning from the text- check reading at different stages, what do we know so far? what could this mean? I wonder if…?

Step 9: Breakdown strategies: Encourage your child to re-read sentences to clarify what has been read, look back and get words to get meaning, think aloud – what has happened so far? what do we know now? what pictures can we now see in our heads? Slow down the pace of what is being read, become a detective- is there any new information that we now know?

Step 10: Inference- gathering pictures and words from the text to make meaning.

Step 11: Integrating meaning linking your own background knowledge to the story/text being read.

Step 12: Thinking in pictures -the power of words in the text to help us to explore images in our mind to see things differently.

Year 1 – Our mystery Brazillian Visitor ‘Oi!’

Year 1 were really lucky to have Mrs Tempestini visit year 1 to share her Brazillian experiences. The children were taught a lot about the types of animals that can be found in Brazil, they were taught the song ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Brazillian’. The children were really lucky to try a special brazillian treat at the end of the day!


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Here are some Brazillian facts:

Brazil is the largest country in South Ameria
The population holds 200 million people.
It takes 12 hours to fly from the UK to Brazil.
In Brazil, the people speak portuguese.
The Anaconda is the biggest snake in the world and can be found in the Amazon River
The River Nile is the first biggest river followed by the Amazon River.