Friday, 26 September 2014

WB: 22.9.14.

The children have continued to work hard this week. In English the children have listened to the story of Dogger and then created their own little books about a lost toy. The children produced some beautiful work and they enjoyed sharing these with each other. During the assembly today one of the stories was chosen and shared with the whole school!
In Maths the children have been busy using a variety of resources to add numbers to 10 and beyond. There were also set a task to record number sentences which has been followed up for homework.

On Tuesday the children enjoyed the visit from Father Nicholas from the Dominican Order. They remembered lots of interesting information that he shared with them and I think they were amazed to know that he has 6000 brothers and does not have a television!
The children have been busy designing castles and have used a variety of resources including the 2Simple program which will help them when they begin to make their own castle out of recycled boxes. 
Here are some of the designs the children have created:

If your child has not yet brought in a box but would like to then there is still time. We particularly need cylinder shapes so if you have any at home then we would be grateful if you could send them in.  
The children are very much looking forward to the school trip next week. You may like to have a look at the Windsor Castle website with your child at the weekend as the website provides lots of interesting information about the castle. The address is:
In English next week the children will be looking at ‘recounts’ and will be writing a recount of their trip to Windsor Castle. In Maths the children will continue to focus on addition and will be using ‘Money’. They will have the opportunity to ‘buy’ items using coins which will enable them to relate their knowledge of addition to another context.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, 19 September 2014

WB: 15.9.14.

The children have had a very busy time this week. In English the children listened to the story of the ‘Tiger who Came to Tea’ and were able to act it out wonderfully. Afterwards, the children were encouraged to create their own stories remembering to include a beginning, middle and end.

In Maths the children have been using the Unifix cubes and the Numicon shapes when counting to 20 and beyond. Children have been encouraged to say what number comes before and next in the count and have also been adding 10 to a number to make a ‘teen’ number. The children have also been busy practising writing numbers 1-20 in words.

In RE the children have been thinking about how God looks after and cares for each and everyone of us. The children had the opportunity to write their own prayer asking God to take care of someone special in their lives.
In PE the children have been focussing on how particular colours make them feel; for example yellow - happy, blue – sad. The children were then asked to express these moods and feelings through music and movement.
In History the children looked at a variety of castles to support them when they begin designing their own. Please can you begin to start saving boxes, cylinders etc… for when we start making our castles. If you do have any boxes or containers at the moment then we would be grateful of them for our collage work.
This week in our computing lesson we discussed the safety of working on computers. The children had lots of fun when they were asked to work with a partner and ‘program’ each other to retrieve an object.

In music the children listened to sounds in the environment and then went outside to investigate high, low, soft or hard sounds. The children were amazed at the variety of different sounds they could hear when they really listened carefully.
In Science the children used their sun dials from the previous week that they had made with Mrs deKlerk and were able to record the shadows they had observed.
This week in handwriting the children have been practising their ‘Curly Caterpillar’ letters.
c    o    a    d    e
The children had a wonderful end to their week watching the Year 6 assembly on ‘Jeans for Genes’. The children learnt about how the money raised will help others so thank you all very much for your donations!
Next week in English the children will be listening to the story of Dogger. Afterwards, the children will be creating their own stories based on the book. In Maths the children will continue to use Numicon and will be exploring addition of numbers to make 5, 10 and beyond. In RE the children will be thinking about their lives they live as a family and compare those to how Jesus lived.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, 12 September 2014

WB: 8.9.14.
The children have been amazing this week and are settling well into the daily routine of Year One. On Monday we began our new RE topic on ‘Families’ and the children enjoyed sharing their information about their family with each other. The children also created fabulous paintings of their families which are now proudly displayed in the classroom.  

The children have also been listening to psalm 28: 6-8 and have written a psalm themselves based on this psalm which tells us of God’s love and care. 
During an art and craft afternoon the children also enjoyed designing their own altar cloth. As you can see from the photos the children really thought about their creations carefully.

On Tuesday the children attended the whole school 50th celebration mass with Bishop John and Father Michael.  It was a wonderful occasion and the children listened beautifully and joined in with the singing, enthusiastically. Afterwards, the whole school went up on to the field and watched 50 golden balloons being released into the sky. To finish of our special celebration day the children enjoyed cake and squash on the field with the rest of the school.

In maths the children have been on a shape hunt locating 2D and 3D shapes in the environment. They have also been looking at numbers that are one/two more or less than a given number. Homework has been given to your child this week to support this learning.

In Science the children have created sun dials with Mrs de Klerk. Throughout the day the children have observed the changes to the shadow created by the sun. 

This week we also began our topic on ‘Castles’. The children discussed what they knew about castles and then we thought about what we would like to find out about them.  A date has now been confirmed for our trip to Windsor Castle. This will take place on Tuesday 30th September. A letter will go out next week with more information regarding this trip.

Next week in maths the children will be working on addition of two numbers and reading and writing numbers from 1-20 in numerals and words.
In English the children will continue to work on describing a character and will be encouraged to write, leaving spaces between their words. Children will also be encouraged to begin to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop.
In RE the children will be listening to how God takes care of everyone and will be encouraged to respond by creating a prayer.

Enjoy the weekend!