Tuesday, 29 September 2015

WB: 28.9.15.

What a wonderful time we all had when we went to visit Windsor Castle!

The children thoroughly enjoyed watching the changing of the Guards and visiting St George’s Chapel, the State Apartments and Queen Mary’s Dolls House. 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 Kelly!
Following our trip the children were able to write wonderful recounts of their day.
In Maths the children have continued to use addition but have also been using subtraction to solve calculations.
You will have noticed that the children have now got their new Abacus Maths login details home today. The children have also been set tasks to complete for homework.

Next week our assembly is on Friday at 9.15 a.m. so the children will be busy practising for this. Some of the children have a note home requesting a t-shirt for next week. If you have any problems with this please let us know.

In Re we will also be learning about Judaism.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, 25 September 2015

Welcome to the 2015/2016 Year 1 blog!
The children have settled well into Year 1 well and have shown an enthusiastic approach to their new curriculum. It is a pleasure to see them come into school independently and begin their ‘early morning’ work with confidence.

In English the children have been listening to a variety of stories and composing sentences orally before writing them. We are also focussing on what makes a good sentence and reminding the children to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in their work.
At the present moment we are in the process of assessing the children’s reading level. We thank you for your patience in this matter and aim to have the reading books changed by the end of next week.

In Maths the children have been counting and adding one more to a number. We have also been exploring addition of numbers to make 5, 10 and 20. We have used a range of resources to support this including Numicon, bead strings and uni-fix cubes.

In RE we began by thinking about our Mission Statement and what it means to belong to the Saint Dominic community.  Through our ‘Families’ topic the children have been learning about how God loves and takes care of everyone and have responded to this by creating some beautiful prayers. 

Through our ‘Seasonal Changes’ topic in Science the children have been discussing how the weather changes through our seasons. They have been busy recording the weather and had lots of fun on Friday making sun dials. 

In Design and Technology the children have been learning skills that will help them when they begin to make their own castles. A big thank you to those parents who have sent in boxes, cylinders etc… which will be used to make our castles. If you do have any extra boxes or containers at home then we would be grateful of them. 

For homework this week the children have a ‘Mathletics’ task to complete. Each child has been given a user name and password to access the website. If you have any problems accessing the program then please let us know.

The children are very much looking forward to their school trip next week and homework has been set to support this trip. 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 children have also voted for class Eco–Representatives and School Council members. The children that were elected are:
Eco representatives - Luke and Madeleine
School Council members – James and Ruby

Have a lovely weekend!