Sunday, 27 March 2016

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! Today is Easter Sunday. Have a wonderful day!

Source: Easter Sayings

Friday, 25 March 2016

Good Friday

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Today is Good Friday.

Today we remember the day that Jesus was crucified. It is a sad and serious day when we do not have special treats; some families might fast or avoid meat and the church will have no flowers and the statues might be covered. Today we observe the Stations of the Cross and we will hear the story of the Passion.

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This website has the Stations of the Cross for children: 

Thursday, 24 March 2016

CARE Awards!

Congratulations to our CARE Award winners for the Spring term!
Consideration: Jack N.
Achievement: Jessica
Respect: Jack G.
Effort: Daniella
Well done!

Congratulations to Christopher, who won the class prize for having  the most Class Dojo points this term! Super effort, well done!

Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday.

Today is the first day of the Triduum, when we remember the Last Supper. During the Last Supper, Jesus shared a meal with his disciples and then washed their feet.

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Yesterday, you performed the story of the Last Supper brilliantly at St. Thomas More Church. Keep this in mind as you reflect on the story of Easter this weekend.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

A Wonderful Easter Liturgy


Well done for your fantastic performance today. It was a truly special and moving recreation of the Easter Liturgy. The readers were clear and confident, the acting was sensitive and believable and the singing was incredibly beautiful. Well done! We are all very proud of you.

Tomorrow is the last day of term- we will have our CARE awards assembly! Remember to bring in a carrier bag and if you haven't yet spoken to your French penpal on Skype you need to be in at 8:30am tomorrow morning. You can all bring in a small toy tomorrow- nothing electronic, battery operated or valuable please! School will close at 2pm tomorrow!

Saturday, 19 March 2016

A Very Busy Week!

Wow! What a week we have had!

Yesterday, we held our very successful Fairtrade Snack Sale. We have been cooking all week to prepare for the sale- planning, costing and cooking lots of recipes using Fairtrade ingredients.

We sold smoothies and hot chocolate to accompany our banana loaf, flapjacks, fairy cakes, Florentines, chocolate covered marshmallows, fruit kebabs, pizza with pineapple and many other treats!

The aim of our sale was to raise awareness of the importance of Fairtrade, as well as raising money for Oxfam's Fairtrade projects.

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We can now announce that we raised a fabulous £95.70 profit, in just half an hour- a real achievement! Well done!
Our visitors also voted for our Snack Attack products- we will be announcing which team has won the school heat next week.

This week we finished our TV adverts, produced our magazine/poster adverts and made radio advertisements with jingles and catch phrases. Finally, we wrote our reports about what we had learned- the most important requirement of the competition. Good luck everyone!

On Thursday, we had a fun day- Miss May organised a super Science Day, with a helicopter competition. DANIELLA in St. Clare's won for UKS2! Well done, Daniella!

On Friday, we also enjoyed a play on the theme of 'Mercy' by the Ten Ten Theatre Company. They performed different plays all day for each phase group in the school, because we are celebrating the 'Year of Mercy' this year.

On Wednesday, we loved watching 'Amazing Love'; the Middle School Easter Play. It was wonderful!

Next week, we will be performing our Easter Liturgy on Wednesday at church. Remember, you must bring in your costume on Monday. Also, Madame Severine needs you to bring in your letter to your French penpal on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, 18 March 2016

Bread of Life Cafe!

Yesterday, we had a fantastic trip to the Bread of Life Cafe. As we have been learning about Fairtrade this half term, we were keen to visit Mary again, as we know that she is a Fairtrade expert! Mary- and her husband John- told us all about running a Fairtrade shop and cafe.

We found out about where many of their products come from and why they choose to work for Fairtrade. Mary and John answered lots of our questions and we were able to see their shop and all of their products for sale.

Mary also reminded us that it had recently been Fairtrade Fortnight, with the theme of 'The Big Fairtrade Breakfast'. We designed our own breakfasts using Fairtrade ingredients.

We used lots of what we learned today when we ran our own Fairtrade Cafe to raise money for Oxfam's Fairtrade work. Thank you Mary and John! Make sure you go and visit the shop and cafe at the Bread of Life Centre in East Dulwich- they do great work to support farmers and producers around the world by selling food, gifts and cards.

Powerful Poetry!

Today, we have been writing more wonderful poetry. We spent some time analysing William Blake's 'The Tyger'.
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The children were able to identify some complex ideas demonstrated in the poem- they discussed Blake's use of metaphors and the connotations of the words he used and why he might have chosen particular combinations. We looked at the rhyme scheme, which led to some impressive linguistic detective work- we realised that the pronunciation of some words in English must have changed since 1794, when the poem was written.

Inspired by Blake, we wrote our own poem about a dangerous animal- the wolf:

Wolf, Wolf, Stalking Death
(After William Blake)

Are you sure you are as frightening as a yeti?

Wicked wolf, eyes piercing through the dark like fireflies illuminating the void,
Its bold grey-coated fur shining in the obscured moonlight,
Creeping silently, covered in pearl white snow, invisible to others,
The blood-thirsty phantom looming through the night forest,
Ravenous beast stalking his fated prey.

The powerful hound dancing with the wind,
Panting with mighty breath, as warm as the logs on the burning fire.

Death-defying animal from the wild, rapidly dashing through the haunted dark forest,
Rattling the sound barrier with its desperate howl,
Its hopeless prey crying out, like a baby without its mum, to its pack,
The blood-curdling beast cloaks its prey,
As fierce as a hyena, the wolf takes a pounce and grabs on with his claws.

Are you as deadly as a Widow Spider? 

By St. Clare's Class

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Snack Attack!

As part of our Fairtrade project, Year 5 are doing our bit to change the world! This week, we all wrote letters to David Cameron to try to persuade him to pass a law commanding all supermarkets to sell use Fairtrade ingredients for their own brand products and for other products, wherever possible. Year 5 are also planning and preparing for our Fairtrade Snack Sale. It will be held next Friday at 3:30pm in the Small Hall- please come along and help us support Oxfam's Fairtrade work!

This half term, we are also competing against each other in the Snack Attack challenge! Everyone in Year 5 is working with a team to create a new and original Fairtrade snack. As a school, we will be submitting ONE entry to the national competition- so each team are competing to win the first heat at school. The snack must include Fairtrade ingredients and must appeal to customers. We need to think of an original name for the product; design the packaging; create a logo and produce video, radio and print advertisements.

Here are some of our TV advertisements:
Click the links to view our adverts... 


Snack On It:
Cool Down:
Cool Down 2:
Crazy Cubes: 
Top of the Chocs:

Here are some of the Snack Attack teams at work creating prototypes of their packaging:

Here are the completed packaging prototypes:

Come to our Fairtrade Snack Sale next week to vote for your favourite Fairtrade Snack- we'll be sending our winning entry off to the national competition!

Monday, 7 March 2016

A Wonderful Week!

Take a look at some of the marvellous writing from St. Clare's Class last week...
We had a wonderful week; it was  Book Week and we had an unexpected visit from some unusual creatures!

In the next couple of weeks, we will be creating our own texts about endangered animals and working towards opening our Fairtrade Cafe at the end of term. Remember- we are in FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT!

An exciting addition to our topic has been the 'Snack Attack' challenge. Each team is working to design, promote and create a Fairtrade snack to compete with the other teams at school, to decide who will be our school's entry for the national competition. A busy few weeks ahead!





 Jack G