Wednesday, 21 December 2016

WB: 19.12.16.

What a busy and exciting couple of weeks the children have had in Year 1.
They sang beautifully and supported the Year 2 children wonderfully in the performance of ‘Straw and Order’. It was lovely to see so many proud parents and family members join our celebration. 

 A big ‘well done’ to Alys, Cian, Francesca and Martha for representing Year 1 in their first Key Stage 1 ‘Spelling Bee’. They were all just amazing and we were very proud of them.

The children had a lovely time at the Christmas party with a special visit from Father Christmas. Many thanks to those parents who arranged the party food to make this a memorable occasion for the children.
On the same day we said ‘Goodbye’ to Jack and his family who are heading off to Hawaii.  We shall miss him but hope to stay in contact via e-mail, to find out how he is settling into his new school.

We had great fun watching the X-Factor and it was lovely to see some of our own Year 1 children rise to the occasion and perform in front of the whole school.

On Tuesday, the children had a wonderful time with Mr Simmonds on the Santa fun run. 

On behalf of Mrs Kelly, Mrs Andralojc and myself, I would like to say a big thank you for all cards, gifts and seasonal wishes. It was very kind of you all and much appreciated. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We also said ‘Farewell’ to Mrs Kelly on Tuesday. We thank her for all the hard work and support she has given to us all and wish her well as she begins her new adventures.

Enjoy the holidays and see you all in 2017!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

WB: 28.11.16.

Cannot quite believe how the time is flying and we are now in the month of December. 
We began the week with a lovely Advent assembly which helped the children to understand the meaning of the Advent wreath and the significance of the candles. In RE the children began the final topic and have thought about how it feels to ‘wait’. They have also made their own Advent wreath which has helped them think about the forthcoming weeks leading up to the birth of Jesus.   
In English, the children have been creating their own little non-fiction books, complete with captions, labels, headings, a contents page and page numbers.
During ‘Financial Capability’ week we have been thinking about where we get our money from and how much objects might cost. I think one of my favourite comments from a child this week was, ‘If you could dance for the Queen you could earn £1000!’
The children have been working hard preparing for the festive season and learning the songs for our Nativity, ‘Straw and Order’.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday at 10.00a.m. Please remember to send in any slips for seats required by Wednesday so that we are able to allocate any extra seats if we have them.  
A special thanks to those ‘angels’ who took home costumes in preparation for Wednesday’s dress rehearsal.

Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, 19 November 2016

WB: 14.11.16.
The You, Me and Us production was a great start to our Anti-Bullying week. The children really enjoyed the performance and it helped us to think about accepting and celebrating the differences in all of us. Afterwards, we thought about the qualities that help us to become a good friend.

On Wednesday, as part of our RE topic the children attended a lovely Mass led by Bishop John at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. This was a prayerful and wonderful learning experience for the children as Bishop John included prayers in his homily about the special sacrament of Baptism. This made our class role play more meaningful and the children gained a good understanding of the symbols used in Baptism.

On the walk back from Mass, the children had the opportunity to look for features and landmarks in our local area.  When we got back to class, the children drew a map of our walk using photographs and their knowledge of the local area to support. A special thanks to Mrs Cowley, Mrs O’Mahony and Mrs Thomas for volunteering to help us on this trip, it was very much appreciated.

In Maths, we have been counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and learning about ordinal numbers. We have also been using a variety of concrete objects to help us solve addition and subtraction word problems.

In Science, the children have been observing how much rainfall we have had and comparing this to the predictions they made the previous week. They have also been thinking about the season of winter and the clothes we would need to wear. The children had much fun exploring the frozen objects in ice.

In Art and Design, the children have been mixing primary colours to make secondary colours. Afterwards, they used their imagination to create some beautiful leaf art.

Next week in English, we will begin our non-fiction unit. We will be using the book, ‘Who Lives Here?’ which is a recount of four nature walks in the autumn, winter, spring and summer.
In Maths, we will be using positional language and leaning about measurement.
We will also begin our new RE topic on Waiting, which will help us to understand how we can prepare ourselves during Advent for the birth of Jesus.

Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

WB: 31.10.16.
It was lovely to see the children back feeling refreshed after their half–term holidays.
In English we began our Poetry unit which focussed on our senses. The children began by listening to a poem called, Wind Ways. Afterwards, we went outside and encouraged the children to use their senses to understand and describe how the wind moves things and the sounds it makes. We then listened to a poem called, When the Wind Blows. The children were arranged in small groups and were given a verse each to learn. They had fun using instruments and objects to create sound effects and then performed their verse to each other. 

In our grammar lesson we have been learning about ‘exclamation marks’. We discussed how they were used in writing for a command, excitement or surprise. Perhaps when your child is reading at home they may like to have a look for exclamation marks in their text.
In Maths, we have been reading and writing number names and forming numerals correctly.  We also estimated objects which the children enjoyed and were very good at.
In RE, we shared the story of Jesus’ baptism and the children had the opportunity to make a dove to represent the Holy Spirit. We watched a video of a baby being baptised and discussed some of the symbols that we saw during the baptism.
In Science, the children have been making rain gauges. They predicted how much rain would fall in a week and have placed their rain gauges around the school in different locations. Next week they will observe the rain fall and compare these to the predictions from this week.

During Art and Design the children have created some wonderful autumnal pictures using paint and collage. A big well done to Ameile and Hannah whose work was chosen to be displayed in the Art competition at the Harpenden Public Halls on Friday.
During our Geography lesson we began our new topic, ‘Out and About’. The children talked about where they lived and what physical and human features you might see in their town or village.
Next week in English we will continue to focus on Poetry using our senses. In Maths, we will gain an understanding of ‘teen’ numbers, find numbers between two numbers and will be using ordinal numbers.
To support our RE topic we are hoping to attend Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church so please look out for a letter regarding this.

Enjoy the weekend!   

Friday, 21 October 2016

WB: 17.10.16.

What a busy and productive half-term we have had. The children have worked extremely hard and I am sure they are looking forward to a well-earned rest.
It was lovely to see so many parents at the consultations this week and catch up on how the children have settled into Year 1.
This week in Maths, the children have been exploring 2D shapes and their properties. 

They have been sorting shapes using different criteria and recording their results using a Venn diagram. Next term, we will begin by reading and writing numbers up to 20 and beyond. We will also be estimating sets of objects.
In English, the children have been focussing on composing sentences orally whilst creating little pet stories. Next term, we will begin with our poetry unit. The children will use their senses to explore the weather, mud and the playground as they listen and respond to a range of poetry.
In computing, the children have enjoyed using the lap-tops. It is wonderful to see that they are now gaining confidence to log in and access the ‘purple mash’ program independently.
In Science, the children had fun comparing and sorting autumn objects into groups. Afterwards, they recorded their findings using a tally chart.
Next term we will begin our ‘Art and Design’ work. The school has been invited to participate in a Harpenden Schools pop up art exhibition which will take place on the 4th November. The theme is ‘autumn’ and the art can be in any form, including 3D, sculpture or photography. Each class will display two pieces of work and there will be prizes for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in the following categories: most creative, most realistic, most humorous and favourite overall. We will be creating this work in class but some children in the school have been asked to complete this task for homework. If your child would like to do this at home then please can you send in their work by Tuesday 1st November.  Just the first name and year group should be written on the back.
To conclude our ‘Castles and Knights’ topic it was wonderful to see all the children dress up.
I am sure you will agree they all looked amazing!


Finally, I would like to say a big thank you for all your support this half term and I wish you all a happy holiday!