Friday, 24 October 2014

WB: 20.10.14

Cannot quite believe we have reached our first half term already. I would like to thank you for attending the parent consultations. It was good to see so many of you and catch up on how your child has settled into Year 1. The children were delighted to read all the messages the following morning that they found in their name cards so thank you for that – something for your child to treasure!
I have sent homework home this week with your child as requested but please do not feel your child has to complete it all. I know that many of the children are looking forward to a lovely break and a well-earned rest.
A letter has gone out today via parent mail about our attendance at Our Lady of Lourdes mass on Tuesday 4th November at 9.15 a.m. This will conclude our RE topic on 'Belonging'. If you are free that morning and could help to escort the children to mass along with staff that would be appreciated.
Finally, I would just like to say a big thank you for all your support this half term. The children have worked hard, settled well and have been a joy to teach.
I wish you all a happy half term holiday!

Friday, 17 October 2014

WB: 13.10.14.

The children have continued to work hard this week and appeared to have enjoyed the challenge of completing the assessments throughout the week.
In Maths the children have been engaged in practical tasks to solve addition problems.

In RE the children used role-play to act out the Baptism of Mary and Daisy! During this time the children talked about the different roles involved in a Baptism and the promises made during this special sacrament.

During the Science lesson the children have been exploring why there are more daylight in certain months of the year.

The children have also been using the Netbooks to complete number tasks using directional clues.
On Thursday Mrs Brown had some great helpers to assist with decorating the pumpkins for the Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs pumpkin display.
Next week in RE the children will be talking about the name that was chosen for them. This task has been sent home for homework. It would be lovely if you could let us know if your child was named after a special family member.
In Maths the children will be focussing on subtraction and in English the children will be making their own non-fiction book.

Hope you have a lovely weekend and I am looking forward to meeting you next week at parent consultations. 

Friday, 10 October 2014

WB: 6.10.14.

The children have continued to work hard this week.
In English the children have been writing some fabulous captions related to our recent trip to Windsor Castle.
In Maths the children began the week measuring using non-standard units and then progressed to measuring with a metre stick. Before the children measured they were encouraged to estimate what the measurement would be. This work has been continued for homework. The children enjoyed this activity but there were quite a few variations in the measurements and we have tried to reinforce to the children that starting at the ‘baseline’ helps with accurate measurements.

In Science the children have had lots of fun comparing autumn items and sorting them into groups. Afterwards, they recorded their findings in a tally chart.
In RE we began our new topic on ‘Belonging’ and it was wonderful to hear about all the different groups that the children belong to. Next week we will be talking about the sacrament of Baptism so if you have a photo of this celebration it would be great if you could send it in. Many thanks to those parents who have already done so.
In Music the children have been using instruments to discriminate between sounds made by playing instruments in different ways.

The children have also nearly completed their castles and the final touches of paint is now in the process of being applied. The castles will be on display at parents evening so you will have the opportunity to see their creations for yourself!

Homework: If children are practising their spellings and would like to write sentences afterwards then please encourage them to do so – one or two is quite sufficient. It is great to see the children using their phonic sounds; however, please can you check that your child is spelling the word correctly and that the sentences make sense.
Next week is assessment week so the children will be engaged in various activities that will help to inform our planning for next half term.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, 3 October 2014

WB: 29.9.14.

What a very busy week we have had in Year 1.
Our trip to Windsor Castle on Tuesday was a great success. The children and adults found out lots of new and interesting information from our day. The children thoroughly enjoyed their time visiting the Queen Mary’s Dolls House and the State Apartments. The talk on ‘Knights Wanted, Apply Here!’ was enjoyed by all children as they had the opportunity to dress up as ‘Knights of the Garter’ and be knighted by the Queen herself, alias Mrs Myers!
Here are some of the children’s photos to let you see what we got up to on the day.

During our Design and Technology lesson the children have created their own castles and will be continuing to work on them next week.
In English the children have been writing a ‘recount’ of their school trip. Thursday was National Poetry Day and the children listened to a selection of poems and then wrote their own about a ‘Smile’.
In Maths the children have been recognising coins from 1p - £2 and choosing items to buy that total 10p/20p. For homework the children have been asked to continue so they may start pricing up some goods in your food cupboard or in their toy box.
A very big thank you for all the generous food donations that you sent in for the harvest festival celebration. The Year 3 assembly provided a meaningful experience for the children and I am sure Captain Walker’s car was weighed down with all the contributions.
In Science the children went on an autumn walk and collected lots of autumnal objects to create a collage. I am sure you will agree they look fabulous!

Next week we will begin our new RE topic on ‘Belonging’. During this topic we will be finding out about the sacrament of Baptism. Please could you send in a photo of your child’s Baptism celebration. In the month of October we will be including the Hail Mary prayer during our daily worship in dedication to Mary.
In English we will be looking at non-fiction books and writing captions.  In Maths we will be finding out about measure and shape.
Enjoy the weekend!