Thursday, 7 March 2019

The children had a fun time on Thursday celebrating World Book Day and it was great to see so many different book characters. I am sure you will all agree the children all looked amazing! A big thank you to Mrs Shipley, Mrs Thomas and Mrs Serra for coming into Year 1 and reading a story to the children.
The children also enjoyed a visit from the Year 4 children to share a story with them .
Following on from World Book Day, there is a competition for children to enter if they would like. The task is to write a short story of their choice and bring it into class before Thursday 4th April so that it can be judged. 
World Book Day 2019!







 
























On Monday, we were very fortunate to have Father Michael visit our class with the Monstrance to give the children the opportunity to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. The children behaved beautifully and it was a special time for them to talk about the miracle and mystery of the Eucharist.


In English, the children have been reading the interactive book, All About Elephants. During this time the children have been writing labels and will progress to planning and writing a simple report.  

In Maths, the children have been focussing on addition using the ‘tens frames’ to support. We will continue using these next week and introduce subtraction. You will have noticed that the children have been asked to use the tens frames for homework. More information about the use of how a tens frame is used can be found at www.hertsforlearning.co.uk/blog/take-one-resource-humble-tens-frame.
Next week is Science, Maths and Engineering Week and we are looking forward to a fun and exciting week.

As we progress through Lent we will also begin our new RE topic on ‘Change’.


Enjoy the weekend!

Saturday, 2 March 2019


Welcome back!
It was lovely to see the children back from their break and settle into the new term.
In English, the children have been ‘Word Detectives’! This has enabled then to explore…
Compound words such as football and blackbird.
Plurals using the ‘s’ and ‘es’ as in cats and foxes.
The prefix ‘un’ to find out how it changes the meaning of the word as in true/untrue, lucky/unlucky.
The suffixes ‘ing, er, ed, est’ to investigate how these can be added to some words without changing the spelling.
It would be helpful when your child is reading at home to look out for these in the text.  
During our Maths lessons, we have been learning about the days of the week and months of the year including the seasons.
In RE, we have been focussing on our ‘Meals’ topic. We talked about the special meal that is shared during Mass. Then we used role-play so children could recognise the story of Jesus’ special meal at the Last Supper.


Next week is a very busy time. On Monday, we are very fortunate to have Father Michael visiting our class with the Blessed Sacrament (the Eucharist). The Eucharist will be held inside the gold frame called the ‘Monstrance’. This coincides with this year which has been devoted to the Eucharist and has been named ‘Adoremus’. More information about this can be found on the website www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage.
Father Michael will be talking with the children about the Blessed Sacrament and they will then be given time to sit for a short time in silence and pray in front of the Monstrance.
Whilst at Church this weekend you may like to speak with your child about the Tabernacle where the Blessed Sacrament is stored.
Following on from this the children will be given the opportunity to create some artwork linked to the Eucharist.
On Ash Wednesday, the children will attend Mass at 2.00pm to which you are all welcome.
On Thursday, it is World Book Day and I am looking forward to seeing the class full of different book characters for the day.
As you will have noticed, the homework has changed slightly. Homework will be given weekly and hopefully this will enable parents to understand what we are doing on a weekly basis so that children can be supported at home if need be. Please can you ensure that your child is reading regularly at home as well.  
Have a lovely weekend!


Friday, 15 February 2019


What superstars the Year 1 children were today in our class assembly. They have worked so hard to learn all their words and we were so proud of each and every one of them. They spoke clearly, sang beautifully and acted out one of Jesus’ miracles with enthusiasm. Well done to them all and a big thank you to parents and grandparents for helping the children to learn  their words - they were all amazing!
The children thoroughly enjoyed the History of the Page ‘Toys Workshop’ on Wednesday. This was a cross-curricular experience which gave them the opportunity to explore and learn about toys from the past such as wooden toys, handmade toys, Lego, a zoetrope, spinning tops, hobby horse and lots more.
During the morning session, the children were very excited to become archaeologists. Their task was to dig for objects and old toys, and then sort them into different groups such as clay, metal, rubber, plastic and wood.
In the afternoon, the children used a variety of materials to make replica toys from the past.
A big thank you to all parents and grandparents who gave up their time to assist with the running of the day. Your time and effort was much appreciated and made this a wonderful learning experience for the children.


















 




 















The French day was a huge success for the children and the children looked great in their red, white and blue. We had croissants for break which was a yummy treat. They learnt to say the colours and numbers in French and enjoyed playing games in the hall. At the end of the day we listened to a well known story in French. 





Through our work on everyday materials the children have been identifying and discussing different liquids. They observed and recorded what happens when you mix the liquids together.
In Design and Technology, the children are in the process of designing a board game. I am very impressed with the children’s ideas and their creativity. They will continue this work after the half term.
I have given the children homework on capital letter formation and work to complete on the 100 square. I have also set a 2DO on the ‘purple mash’ website that they might like to have a go at.  

Wishing you all a happy half-term and enjoy a well-earned rest!