Saturday, 24 September 2016

WB: 19.9.16.

What a busy week we have had in Year 1 as the children continue to settle well into their new routines. The children decided upon new names for their Social groups. We now have The Lions, Tigers, Pandas, Leopards and Orang-utans.  

The new class Eco-Representatives and School Council members are:
Eco-Representatives – Felix and Zara
School Council – James and Kitty

In English the children have been working hard writing a recount of their recent school trip to Windsor Castle. They have also enjoyed listening to and making story maps to help retell the story of Class Two at the Zoo!

During our Phonic lessons we have been revisiting the phonic sounds previously learned and blending these sounds to help us write CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words.
During our Handwriting session this week we have been focussing on the letter formation of some of our ‘curly caterpillar letters’, c, a and d.  

In Maths we have been putting numbers in order and using interlocking cubes and Numicon to help us with addition of numbers up to 10.  

In RE the children have painted some lovely pictures of their families. They have also been creating a prayer linked to Psalm 28 to show how God cares for everyone.

In Science the children have talked about the different seasons of the year. They have discussed what happens to the weather in the different seasons and a weather chart has been made so that the children can observe and record the temperature regularly throughout the autumn term.

In History we have been discussing the features of a castle and labelling them. This will help us next week when we are designing our own castle in D and T.  Many thanks to all those who have sent in boxes, cartons etc, it is much appreciated.

This week the children have been given their new login details for the Abacus website.  I have allocated Maths homework tasks to be completed but please let me know if you have any problems using the website.

Next week in Maths we will be continue to think about strategies we use when adding and subtracting numbers to 10.

In English we will be listening to fiction stories and looking at how stories are structured. We will be focussing also on ‘what makes a good sentence’ and reminding the children to use finger spaces, capital letters and full stops in their work.

In RE we will be thinking about the family that Jesus grew up in.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, 16 September 2016

What a wonderful day the children had on Thursday when we visited Windsor Castle. On arrival to the castle they were fortunate to be able to experience some of the ‘changing of the guard’ ceremony and listen to the amazing guards’ band playing.

The children enjoyed a talk called ‘Knights Wanted, Apply Here’, which was held in the State Apartments.  During the talk they were told some interesting facts about the castle and were able to learn about how to become a knight. All of the children had the opportunity to dress up as ‘Knights of the Garter’ and were knighted by Queen Helen alias Mrs Andralojc!
Following the talk the children visited Queen Mary’s Dolls House and St George’s Chapel before returning to the learning centre for lunch. 

Although it was a very hot day the children were amazing and I cannot quite believe they have only been in Year 1 for two weeks. A big thank you to those parents who accompanied us on our trip, it was much appreciated.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, 9 September 2016

WB: 5.9.16.

Welcome to the Year 1 blog
What a wonderful start to the new term we have had. The children have settled well and embraced the Year 1 curriculum with enthusiasm.
It was lovely to meet so many of you on Tuesday morning at the parent meeting. If you were unable to attend and felt there was something you would like to discuss, then please do not hesitate to contact me.  
The children began the week by discussing what they had been doing in their summer holidays. Afterwards, they drew a picture and were encouraged to write a sentence remembering to use a capital letter and full stop in their work.
In Maths, the children began by completing a problem solving activity. They were asked to make a chair with interlocking cubes and then a table. The children had to think about what their chair would look like, how many cubes they would need and would it fit under the table. I was very impressed with how the children approached the task and as you can see from the photos the children enjoyed the challenge.

We also went for a walk in the outdoor area and had to collect 10 different objects. When we returned to class, the children were encouraged to sort their objects by size, shape and colour.

In RE we reflected on the life of Saint Dominic and discussed what our ‘Mission Statement’ means to us.
In preparation for our new RE topic on ‘Families’ we looked at the work of the Swiss artist Bradi Barth. Using a selection of paints the children created their own version of the ‘Holy Family’.

Father Michael celebrated Mass for us today and blessed us all for our new school year.

Next week the school will be celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl on Tuesday. We will be planning lessons around some of our favourite stories and the children will complete a writing task.
In Maths, we will be using a variety of practical resources to add numbers up to 10 and 20.
The children are also looking forward to their trip to Windsor Castle on Thursday. Thank you for your speedy response in returning permission slips etc…

If your child enjoys using the internet there are some websites that I would recommend.

Have a lovely weekend!