Friday, 29 January 2016

WB: 25.1.16.

On Monday the children had a great start to the week watching the theatre group perform Robin Hood. The performers worked hard to ensure that there were lots of fun moments to keep the children and staff captivated. 

The performance linked well to the work we have been doing in class on fairy tales. This week the children have been using adjectives to describe what makes a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ character. Next week we will be focusing on punctuating our sentences with capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks.
Also, on Monday we were pleased that Mrs Borgatti, Mrs Monaghan and Mrs Veritiero came in to help as the children began sewing their hand puppets. Everything appeared to go smoothly and the children are very enthusiastic about completing the puppets next week.

In Maths we have been continuing to use addition and subtraction to help us solve word problems with numbers up to 10/20 and beyond. Next week we will be comparing numbers, looking for pattern in numbers and putting the larger number first when counting on.
On Tuesday it was lovely that Father Michael was able to visit our class. Before he arrived the children had thought about questions they would like to ask him and he was very impressed with the interesting questions they asked.
This week in RE the children listened to the story of the ‘Presentation of the Lord’ and then created some lovely paintings to remind them of what they had heard.

In Science the children had lots of fun exploring and finding out which materials are magnetic or not. 

For homework this week the children have been asked to complete tasks on the ‘mathletics’ and the ‘purple mash’ website. Many of the children made a start on making an e-book in class. They worked independently and were able to include animation and sounds to their book. They might like to show you what they have done so far at home.  
Children have also been given an alphabet sheet to practise the size and starting position of the lower case and capital letters. Please can you ensure that when your child is writing at home that the correct grasp of the pencil is being used.

Have a lovely weekend! 

Friday, 22 January 2016

WB: 18.1.16.

This week the children experienced a lovely morning when we visited the Harpenden Library. Whilst there they found out what a library has to offer, such as, the type of books available, how to find certain books in a library and also how many books or audio books you can borrow at one time. Those children who had brought along their library card also had the opportunity to use the machine to borrow a book to take home.    

In English the children have been listening to the story of Little Red Riding Hood. They thought about questions they would like to ask a character in the story. Afterwards, volunteers had fun in the ‘hot seat’ in role as one of the characters in the story.

In Maths the children have been gaining confidence using the 1-100 bead string. They have been counting the beads in 10’s and 1’s and using the bead strings to help solve ‘missing addition’ calculations. You will have noticed that the children have been asked to continue this for homework.
With Mrs Luckhurst the children have been recognising and describing 3D shapes. They have been printing and making models whilst using shape vocabulary such as faces, edges and vertices.

In Science the children have been investigating which materials are waterproof. They enjoyed exploring a range of materials that would be best to fix Mrs Kelly’s umbrella that unfortunately had a great big hole in it!

Next week we are looking forward to the theatre production of Robin Hood on Monday.
Father Michael will be visiting our class on Tuesday. This will help us to learn about the role of ‘Special People’ in our Church.
We would also ask that you keep Mrs Chadwick in your thoughts and we wish her a speedy recovery.
Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, 15 January 2016

WB: 11th January 2016

What a busy week the children have had!
A fun morning was had by all on Tuesday when Miss Marychurch visited our class from the Hertford Museum. She shared with us lots of interesting facts about toys from the past and the children enjoyed exploring the many toys.


Also, on Tuesday the Mayor of Harpenden was happy to answer questions from the children when he visited Year 1. The children were interested to know about the symbols on the Mayor’s chain and one of our children wanted was interested to know if there was going to be another hotel being built in Harpenden.

On Wednesday the children appeared to be impressed with the visit from author Luke Temple. Some of the Year 1 and 2 children had fun entertaining their audience whilst acting out one of the stories that Luke told.

In English we have been focussing on a fiction text called Mary and the Twelve Months. This has enabled the children to write some fantastic descriptive sentences about the months of the year.

In Maths we have been using the 100 square and finding numbers that are one/two more or less than a given number. With Mrs Luckhurst the children have been exploring and creating 3D shapes in Maths.

In Science the children have been learning about the materials that can be recycled. Many thanks for all the recyclable materials that were sent in as the children had a wonderful time exploring them.

You will have noticed that the children received their login details for ‘Purple Mash’ this week. We used the site in class this week and I know that there are lots of various activities for the children to explore that will support their learning.

Next week we are looking forward to our trip to Harpenden Library on Tuesday. 
Enjoy the weekend! 

Saturday, 9 January 2016

WB: 4th January 2016

Happy New Year to you all!
It was lovely to see the children back after Christmas feeling refreshed and to hear about all the wonderful experiences they had during the holidays.
This week we introduced our new topic on ‘Toys and Books’. We began by talking about the toys the children play with and the books they enjoy reading. 
The children also created some wonderful pencil drawings of their favourite toys for our display in the hall.

In English the children listened to the traditional tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Afterwards, they thought about the characters and the structure of the story.
In our new RE topic the children have been thinking about the ‘Special People’ in our school community. For homework the children have been asked to think about the ‘special people’ in their Church and we will be focussing on this in our RE lessons next week.

This term the children will be learning about ‘Materials’ in Science with Mrs Luckhurst. They began by exploring objects made from a variety of natural and man-made materials. The children really enjoyed using all the recycled boxes that were sent in so thank you for your support with this. I am sure you will agree they made some fantastic models whilst also learning about 2D and 3D shapes. 

In preparation for next week’s lesson please can the children bring in an object that can be recycled, for example, plastic bottle, cardboard, newspaper etc.  

Next week we are looking forward to our workshop on Tuesday from the Hertford Museum. During this time the children will have the opportunity to explore toys and books from the past which I am sure they will enjoy.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!