Friday, 23 October 2015

WB: 19.10.15.

Cannot quite believe we have got to the end of our half-term already. The children have settled well, worked hard and have been a joy to teach. 
It was lovely to see so many of you this week at parent consultations and catch up on how your child has settled into Year 1. The children were delighted to read the comments you left in their name cards so thank you for that.
In science this week the children have made rain gauges that will be used for investigation to measure amounts of rainfall in different parts of the school. 

We began our new RE topic on ‘Belonging’ this week and the children were able to talk about all the special groups that they belong to.
In Maths the children have been looking at the similarities and differences of shape and discussing their properties. Afterwards, the children used Venn and Carroll diagrams to record their results.

To finish the ‘D and T’ module the children had great fun making catapults!

A wonderful end to the half-term was had by all when the children dressed up to finish our ‘Castles and Knights’ topic. Luckily, none of the children were sent to the dungeon and all went home happy and tired after a fun filled half term!

We wish you all a happy and restful half term!

Saturday, 17 October 2015

WB: 12.10.15.

What a wonderful ‘World Week’ the children have had. In English alongside the rest of the school the children have been writing a letter to apply for a dream job. The children had lots of fun imagining what they could be and came up with some interesting ideas for a dream such as an astronaut, footballer, ice skater, pyro technician and a show jumper!   
In Maths the children have been doing many tasks from the ‘NRICH’ website. This has enabled them to work in pairs, small groups and have involved lots of problem solving and reasoning. 
On World Maths day the children used the Mathletics site on the iPads to participate in fun games with children from around the globe. The children really enjoyed the tasks but a considerable amount of time was spent logging the children on. We often use this website during class times and it would be helpful if children became confident logging on independently. Therefore, please can the children practise this at home.   
In RE the children have been learning about Laudato Si, the encyclical letter circulated by Pope Francis.  We began by watching the animation video of Laudato Si. This can be viewed on:
Afterwards, the children thought about ways that they could create a better world for the future.

On World Science day the children discussed the temperatures that you may experience during the different seasons of the year. They created some beautiful collages of the seasons of the year using a range of resources. Afterwards, each group had the opportunity to use the iPads to record each other presenting the weather forecast.

Next week in English the children will be looking at non-fiction books and comparing the features of a non-fiction with a fiction book. In Maths the children will be sorting 2D and 3D shapes and discussing their properties. We will also begin our new RE topic on ‘Belonging’.
On Friday afternoon we thought it would be lovely to have a fun afternoon to conclude our topic on ‘castles and knights’. The children are welcome to bring in some clothes to change into so that they can become a king, queen, knight or a princess for the afternoon!
Enjoy the weekend!

Saturday, 10 October 2015

WB: 5.10.15.

The children have had a busy week this week. They began the week by starting to make their castles. The children enjoyed creating battlements, drawbridges, towers, turrets and arrow slits. You will have the opportunity to see these on display at parents evening.

It was lovely to see so many of you on Friday as the children concluded the week with their class assembly. I am sure you will agree that the children were amazing! They spoke clearly and sang beautifully whilst reinforcing a clear message about how unique and special our families are.  
We were very proud of them as I am sure you were as well.

The children also went on a walk around the school grounds looking for signs of autumn. They noticed that lots of the leaves had started to fall of the trees and change colours. They found red, yellow, orange and brown leaves, conkers, sticks, pine cones, oak apples and black berries.
Afterwards in groups the children worked together to make some wonderful autumn collages.

Next week it is ‘World Week’. The children will be looking at different countries around the world. They will be writing letters in English. On Thursday we are going to be celebrating World Science day. Mrs Gritz  has provided us with some fabulous ‘inspirational’ maths activities that we will be using daily. We will also be looking at different religions in RE.
Have a wonderful weekend!