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!

Friday, 14 October 2016

WB: 10.10.16.

Well done to all the children in Year 1 today for their contribution to our fantastic class assembly. The children spoke clearly, sang beautifully and acted out an important message about how unique and special every family is. We were all very proud of you as I am sure your families were too.

Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, 8 October 2016

WB: 3.10.16.

The children are working hard and continuing to settle well into Year I.
 In English, the children have enjoyed listening to the story, Who’s Our New Teacher? This helped them to build new vocabulary and made them think about what words to use when asking questions. Whilst reading the story, Aaaagrrgghh Spider the children had to join in with repeated phrases and think about alternate endings for the spider. Luckily, most of the endings were happy! In Phonics, the children have been continuing to recap on the 44 letter sounds and read the high frequency and tricky words. They have been writing simple sentences and focussing on what makes a successful sentence. We have also been encouraging the children to read what they have written to ensure that it makes sense. The children enjoyed using the games on the website to sort real and nonsense words.
In Maths, the children have been continuing to add and use the number line to count on and backwards. This strategy has then been used to solve number problems.We have also been ‘doubling’.

In Science, the children have been comparing the seasons of the year and thinking about the different temperatures in June and December. They enjoyed making their sun dials and have discussed how and why the length of the day changes.

In PE, the children have been focussing on following instructions. During indoor sessions they have been exploring movement in a variety of ways. Outdoors, they have been using balls to develop throwing, catching and passing skills. 

This week the children used the ‘Purple Mash’ website. They have been given their login, username and passwords so that this program can be accessed at home. Please encourage your child to sign in using their new login details and explore the new website.

As we come to the end of our RE topic on Families we will be learning about Judaism next week.  
On Friday it is our class assembly so will be busy preparing for this and we look forward to seeing you there.
Have a lovely weekend!