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“But by the grace of God I am what I am.”


1 Corinthians 15:10


Understanding the World


Learning Objective: Knows about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. Can make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur and talk about changes.


Light a bonfire with the children to watch how the sticks burn and then use the charcoal when cooled to write some sooty messages – investigate fire safety and properties of materials.





Learning Objective: To recognise sounds in words.


  1. Word collection ·
  2.  Watch or read the first page of the story Stanley’s Stick. 
  3. Stanley stands on Stockport Station with his stick.   Ask the children to listen carefully and talk about what they can hear. Can they hear the alliteration?
  4. Have a group of objects and ask the children to look carefully at them. Can the children name the objects? (Include objects such as a stick, stone, string)
  5. Invite children to think of any other words that begin with st. Do any of the children’s names have this sound in them?
  6. Make a word collection on a large piece of paper for the children to add to independently if they find or can think of any more st words. 
  7. Save some burnt sticks to use for writing later.




This week please explore the videos on Alphablocks that blend sounds together.





Learning Objective: Children talk about the properties of shape and patterns, using vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement.



Watch the following video

Children to tap out rhythms using sticks and stamping etc, being careful to repeat actions in a sequence.

Tap, tap, tap your sticks -  early in the morning.

Rub, rub, rub your sticks - early in the morning.

Hammer, hammer, hammer your sticks - early in the morning.

Drum, drum, drum your sticks  - early in the morning.




Expressive Arts and Design


Learning Objective:  Sings songs, makes music Sings songs, makes music and dances and experiments with ways of changing them. Safely uses and explores a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function



Continue to practise rhythm by singing songs you know or make up a song.  You can use your sticks to help you tap out a rhythm.


The songbook and CD ‘Bright Sparks’ by Steve Grocott contains a variety of songs that can be explored using rhythm sticks.



RE (Peace Garden 13.45-14.45)





 If human beings are to live together in relationships, there is always need for reconciliation.

Discuss what the word “reconciliation” means.

  1. Recall a time when you were reconciled to someone else.
  2. What or who made the reconciliation possible?
  3. How might that person have felt?
  4. How did you feel?

Catechism of the Catholic Church

“It is called the Sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the love of God who reconciles: ‘Be reconciled to God’.  He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: ‘Go; first be reconciled to your brother’...

Indeed the Sacrament of Reconciliation with God brings about a true ‘spiritual resurrection’, restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God, of which the most precious is friendship with God.”  CCC1424, 1468


  1. Are there any areas in the life of the school where you think it might be necessary to restore broken relationships?
  2. What opportunities are there in the classroom for restoring relationships when misunderstanding or hurt arise?
  3. How is reconciliation truly celebrated?


Discuss forgiveness. – in school children act out an argument and then role play reconciling.


Prayer and Reflection

I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I set your ordinances before me.
I cling to your decrees,
O Lord; let me not be put to shame.
I run the way of your commandments,
for you enlarge my understanding.
Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes,
and I will observe it to the end.
Give me understanding that I may keep your law
and observe it with my whole heart.
(Psalm 119: 30-34)

Discuss and explain the meaning of the prayer.