Our Lady and St Philip Neri


Class Blogs



It has been so fantastic to welcome the nursery children back to school and seeing so many smiley faces.  We kick started our return by focusing on some very well known traditional stories - The Gingerbread man and The 3 little pigs.

We discussed why the Gingerbread man needed the fox to help him cross the river. We investigated what happens to Gingerbread when it is in water.

"It's disappeared!"

After the experiment, we decided to get creative and construct a boat to keep the Gingerbread man safe.

Then we tested our boats in the water tray.

We loved retelling the story to an audience using our handmade puppets.

Of course, we had to make Gingerbread! We used lots of tools and worked together.

We got creative and built a river with 10 stepping stones. We used a dice, and counted the steps….Look out for the fox!

We learnt a new song called the Gingerbread man.


The 3 Little Pigs 

We retold the story using the small world characters.

These children thought carefully about designing a wolf proof house!


We used the equipment outside to design and build a safe house for the pigs to live in.

We then explored Huffing and Puffing.

This term we are focusing on Autumn.  So far we have Painted leaves and hung them on our class tree.


We have just joined the nursery and are so excited to be here!  We have been really busy getting to know each other and making new friends. 




RMAB have been looking at measuring. We can mix different coloured liquids and use the syringes or measuring spoons to fill the ice trays.

We are growing herbs, potatoes, tomatoes and beans this half term! Keep an eye on our colourful pots because we are hoping to feast on the textures and smells as well as taste the fruits of our labours! Picnic time anyone?

We love to hide in boxes!

RMAB enjoy part/part/whole number activities

Sounds-Write School


Little Red Riding Hood to finish off Spring Term. Can you retell the story? Which ending do you prefer?




Look at our microbes now! The piece of bread with the foot stomp in it was by far the worse affected. The piece of bread touched by Raphaella ( who had washed her hands) was the cleanest.




During Science Week, RMAB investigated the tiny world of microbes. We found out that they are everywhere. On us and in us as well as in the air all around us. Thankfully most of them are 'friendly' and do a good job of recycling what we tend to discard. Look at the fruit in the photograph! The microbes are already getting to work on it. Can you spot some mould too? We have been taking care to keep our hands very clean because we know that we cannot see tiny microbes, good or bad. We will be watching what happens to the bread over the next week or so too. Can you predict what might happen? Watch this space!




An RMAB Nativity


We have been planting daffodils! 


 We have been learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We are making diwas out of clay. When they dry completely, we will decorate them. Watch this space to see the finished results!



 We have made an excellent start to the Autumn term. We have been exploring our indoor and outdoor area, choosing activities , making new friends and generally getting stuck into the business of having fun and learning lots. We have been on our first big walk to Mayow Park to look for signs of Autumn. Watch this space as we plan to create poly-board prints of the Autumn treasure we found at the park! 





We are learning about plants. We enjoyed using our green fingers to plant some herbs and talk about how we need to take care of them to help them grow. We can't wait to see what happens! 


We had so much fun at the Easter Egg Hunt! 


We have been learning about road safety and we roll played the best way to cross the road. We know that we should always cross with an adult.




We dressed up and roll played The Nativity. We had lots of fun learning about the birth of Jesus!

We are discovering our new classroom and having lots of fun making new friends!





This term we have been learning about colour mixing, tints and shades. We looked at the artist Claude Monet and created rough seascapes in the same style. Our pictures were based on two paintings- The Sea at Fecamp, which was painted in 1881 and Shadows on the Sea that was painted in 1882. We used tints and shades of blue to create the ocean, with some green and white to create a rough water effect. In order for our paintings to show a rough sea, we had to use rough, choppy brushstrokes and smoother brushstrokes for our dark sky. Our wonderful artwork is now on display for the whole school to see as they walk down the stairs. We think it’s fantastic! What do you think?

We have been learning about colour mixing. We mixed red and yellow to make different shades of orange as well as blue and yellow to make different shades of green. We then painted a sunflower just like Vincent Van Gogh. Here we are working hard to mix our beautiful orange tones.

We have been learning about the primary colours. We looked at artwork by the Dutch artist Pietr Mondrian who used primary colours as well as squares and rectangles to create a painting called Composition with Red Blue and Yellow. We created our own versions of the painting using strips of black paper to create the shapes and then painting one square or rectangle with a primary colour. We love our Art lessons!





We chose different materials with which to build a house for the Three Little Pigs.  The house had to be strong enough not to be blown down by the Big Bad Wolf Hairdryer!

Here are the pictures of us building! 


We have been learning about Georges Seurat and Pointillism. We then decided to create our own art.


Easter Plates. When they are finished they will read HE IS RISEN!



We are really pleased with how well the children have settled back into school this term.

We have been very busy. We used a Ten Frame and number line to help us find one less than a given number.



In Phonics we have been reviewing our sounds. We have also been sentence writing.




We did a science experiment today, 'How to grow a rainbow' . We used paper towels, felt tip pens and water. Our rainbows are amazing!



This half-term, we have enjoyed reading the following books:

1) Lila and the Secret of Rain
We completed a storyboard, retelling the story



2) If All The World Were…The seasons of the year are a very important part of this story, so we studied the changing seasons and wrote list poems describing different aspects of each season.


3) Look Up! This story is about an African American girl called Rocket who dreams of becoming an astronaut. In the story, she invites all her friends to come and watch a meteor shower, so we got busy designing Rocket’s flyer about the meteor shower.





We are currently waiting for our butterflies to emerge from their chrysalis. While we wait, we have been writing Butterfly Fact Files!





Here’s the final product! The diyas have now been decorated using paint and we tried to make them as colourful as possible and use different patterns to decorate them.


We have been using clay to make a diya for Diwali. We still need to paint and decorate our diyas so watch this space!

This term for Art, we have been looking at an artist called Jean-Michel Basquiat. Here is some artwork that we have created inspired by the artist.



We have been looking at rocks and their properties. We have been naming them and looking at what they are used for.



For science week we had a go at turning the petals of some white lilies blue and red. We make predictions as to what should happen when we added food colouring to water. We found out that the stems will act as straws to feed the colour to the petals.




For Science week, we were challenged to put our engineering skills into practice by building a tall, strong tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows. 3 groups succeeded in designing and building towers which were able to stand unaided. 


 Making teeth out of clay and labelling the different types

Acting out I was a rat

Art-one point perspective


Testing to see the effect of coke on enamel


Tallest tower STEM challenge


Recreating the human hand from an X-ray


Testing to see if the tallest children can jump the furthest in science.



We have been reading Holes, we then did some writing about one of the characters Kate Barlow.

5SBC were lucky enough to attend the Zoom Christmas Liturgy this year, held by Archbishop John Wilson. With COVID-19 affecting our usual Christmas activities it was nice to see so many other schools celebrating. 
The Lord is with me. 

The Lord is with you.

 The Lord is with us. 

We’ve been looking at drawing and interpreting line graphs.


In 5SBC we have been doing yoga in PE classes.



We have been learning about plants this term as part of their unit on Living Things. We learned how plants reproduce and looked at different ways flowers can be pollinated. We worked together to discuss and sort the key points of pollination and enjoyed eating crisps - leaving behind the crumbs to mimic what happens when bees brush pollen from their body onto a flower.


We have been learning about the countries that were involved in WW2. They enjoyed marking the countries that were invaded using different colours and finding out who surrendered and when.


We have been learning poetry written by Grace Nichols. We have been so inspired by her poem: ‘When the Colours Spoke’ that we decided to write our own poem based on a single colour. Many of us have now shared their work in class and two of us were included in our most recent newsletter. we are incredibly proud of our work and rightly so!



We have been learning about fractions this week and found it helpful to place them on a number line to help our understanding.

In 56AP we have begun a new topic: Animals including Humans. We began to look at the human life cycle and we learned about the six stages of human development.

We have been learning about animals including humans this half term. We had to identify changes animals experience in their lives.


We have been performing poetry using Readers Theatre. We have been reading and celebrating work written by black poets as part of our learning for Black History Month.


In 5/6AP we have been reading a graphic novel called The Arrival. The book has provoked interesting discussions about immigration, history, society and family life. We have enjoyed reading a wordless book because the possibilities inferred from the text have been endless.

In reading, we have been continuing to use Destination Reader and have been linking our weekly reading strategies to a book called The Diver’s Daughter. We have also been reading levelled texts to suit our reading ability on Wednesdays and Thursdays and have a weekly comprehension task: ‘The Big Picture’ on a Friday. We use a range of seen and unseen texts to test our comprehension.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar has been taught alongside Literacy and so far we have covered relative clauses, prepositions, sentence level work and begun to work on active and passive voice. Next we will learn about modal verbs and how to use them in our writing.

We have been learning about place value, addition, subtraction and most recently multiplication using white rose materials. We are encouraged to use manipulatives and pictorial images to support our understanding and allow us to develop reasoning and problem solving skills.

In Science, we have been learning about DNA, Inheritance, Variation and Adaptation as part of a unit on Evolution. We have enjoyed the topic and have been reading advanced texts linked to this unit as well as taking mini quizzes to assess their understanding.

In R.E. we have been learning about the Kingdom of God and discussed forgiveness and repentance. We enjoyed reading parables from the bible and writing our own.

For black history month we have been fortunate to learn about Black Tudors and have secured copies of a book entitled Black and British. We have been very excited to read these books. 


We designed a 3D jungle science inspired by the book we are reading called The Girl who stole an Elephant.


Our story writing was taken from a picture book with no words, called the Arrival. We used our interpretations of the pictures in our own way. It was a story that took us on a journey of a man who faced many struggles and how he tried to overcome them.

We designed and created our own creature with features that show how it’s adapted to its environment. We used clay and painted it when dry.