Friday, 18 December 2015

WB: 14.12.15.

Wow, what an exciting week the children have had!  
On Tuesday the children had a great time with Mr Simmonds on the Santa ‘fun run’.  

An enjoyable time was had watching the X-Factor. What a talented bunch of children we have in Year 1. They certainly rose to the occasion of representing their house and performing in front of the whole school.

Christmas dinner was delicious!

In RE the children enjoyed making a Christingle. The children learnt that Christingles are made up of different parts, each one being there to remind us of something special.
The orange represents the world and all the goodness that is in it.
The candle reminds Christians that Jesus is our light of the world.
The red ribbon goes all around the ‘world’ and reminds us of the love that God has for us.
The four cocktail sticks represents the seasons of the year.
The sweets and fruits remind us of the wonderful gifts that God has given us.

On Thursday the children had lots of fun at the party and especially enjoyed a visit from a very special person.
Many thanks to those parents who prepared the party food and party bags to make this a wonderful occasion for the children and staff. 

Next term our theme for the first half is going to be ‘Toys and Books’. To support the children’s learning a toy workshop has been arranged for the 12th January from the Hertford Toy Museum.  In the second half of the term we will be learning about ‘Keeping Healthy’. There will be more information to follow in the New Year.
On behalf of Mrs Kelly, Mrs Chadwick, Mrs McGovern, Mrs Luckhurst and myself, I would like to say a big thank you for all your cards, gifts and seasonal wishes. We have had a fabulous term and wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 

Happy holidays and see you all in 2016!

Friday, 11 December 2015

WB: 7.12.15.

The children in Year 1 have had a very exciting time this week!

On Wednesday, the children thoroughly enjoyed the ‘French Day’ experience that was arranged by Mrs Luckhurst. They found out about some famous French people and a very famous landmark – the Eiffel Tower. They also had the opportunity to sample some French foods when they visited different market stalls that were set up in the dining hall. During the day the children counted up to twenty in French, learnt different colour names and painted bunting in the colours of the French flag.

It was wonderful to see so many of you today at the Year 1 and Year 2 Nativity. The children were absolute superstars! Over the past couple of weeks they have worked very hard to learn so many of the songs for ‘A Midwife Crisis’ but I am sure you will agree it was all worth it. They sang beautifully and supported the Year 2 children wonderfully.

Next week is going to be another busy week.
On Tuesday the children will be participating in a ‘Santa Fun Run’. The children have been asked to bring in a ‘festive’ hat to wear when they run. On Tuesday afternoon the children are already excited about watching the X Factor.
On Thursday it is the Christmas party afternoon. Thank you in advance to those parents who have already began organising the food and drinks for this occasion. It is much appreciated.

Enjoy the weekend!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

WB: 30.11.12.

What a busy time of the year it is as we progress towards the end of our first term.
We began the week with a lovely Advent assembly. This helped the children to understand what the wreath and the candles symbolise. During our RE lesson the children created their own Advent wreath which helped them to understand how we prepare for the birth of Jesus.
In Maths the children have been recognising coins up to £2. We have played ‘shops’ and the children have had to work out which coins they would use to pay for particular items. This has been linked to the children’s homework which will enable them to gain a practical experience of using coins.  
In English the children had lots of fun working in small groups to recite poems and make up actions for the words.

Next week we will continue to practice our songs for the Nativity. The children have worked hard to learn their songs and I know they are looking forward to performing them for you on Friday.
It is also ‘Financial Capability’ week so during our maths lessons the children will be thinking about how we use and look after our money. We will also be calculating the change we receive when we spend from 20p to £1.
In English we will continue to listen and respond to poems.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, 27 November 2015

WB: 23.11.15

What a busy time Year 1 have had this week. Cannot quite believe we will be entering the season of Advent this weekend. In RE we began our new topic on ‘Waiting’. The children were asked to think of a time when they have to wait for something and choose a word to describe how this made them feel.  A parcel was wrapped up and the children had to experience waiting for two minutes to open it. The children were happy when they received an invite to attend our special Advent assembly on Monday. 

In English the children have had fun listening and responding to poems this week.  The children have worked hard and by the end of the week were able to create some wonderful autumn poems.

Thank you for supporting your child last week with the homework task of finding poems.  It was just lovely to see the variety of poems that the children brought in. They really enjoyed reading aloud and sharing their poems with each other.

In Maths we have been continuing to use addition and subtraction. We have also been comparing lengths and looking at the differences using non-standard units to measure.

In Science the children have been learning about the signs of winter. They have learnt about which animals hibernate and how birds migrate for the winter. The children have also had fun exploring and observing the changes to ice. They discussed the weather and the clothes we would wear if we were to build a snowman. 

In Geography the children have been finding out about the countries in the United Kingdom. They were able to locate and label these countries on a map.
Also, this week the children completed their Christmas decorations. These were placed on the Christmas tree in preparation for the Year 3 Advent assembly today.

For homework this week you will notice the children have only spellings which are related to our RE topic. I have not set any Maths homework as I allocated quite a few ‘Mathletics’ tasks last weekend which the children can continue to complete.  

Next week in English we will continue to listen to and respond to different poems. In Maths we will be working out doubles of numbers and using our number bonds to solve mathematical problems.

We will also begin to learn our songs for the KS1 Nativity.

Have a lovely weekend and hopefully I will see you at the school fair tomorrow.