Sunday, 22 October 2017

WB: 16.10.17.
Cannot quite believe we have come to the first half-term already.
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.
On Monday afternoon, Harpenden Building Society organised a ‘Money’ workshop for the children in Year 1 and 2.  They worked together to recognise coins and used addition to work out the total of money. They were also given an amount of coins and had to work out if their total was more, less or the same as a given amount. The children worked well together and enjoyed the challenge. 
What a wonderful experience the children had on Tuesday when we visited Windsor Castle.  They enjoyed a workshop called, ‘Knights Wanted, Apply Here’, which was held in the Moat Room.  Through role-play the children found out about some of the people who lived in the castle a long time ago, what life was like in a castle and the process of becoming a knight. Following the workshop the children visited the Queen Mary’s Dolls House, The State Apartments and St George’s Chapel before returning to the learning centre for lunch.


The children have had a very productive half-term. Mrs Serra and I were extremely proud of each and every child on Friday when they concluded the term with a fantastic assembly. The children shared their talents; spoke clearly, sang beautifully and acted out an important message of ‘belonging’.  We look forward to seeing more of their talents during the X Factor competition at the end of term!
I would like to say a big thank you for all your support this half-term and especially to those parents who volunteered and accompanied us on our trips, it is much appreciated. 
Enjoy the holiday!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

WB: 2.10.17.
In Maths, the children have been continuing to count on and backwards using the number line and 100 square. This strategy has then been used to solve number problems.
In English, after listening to the story, ‘Who’s Our New Teacher?’ the children have been using describing words to create a character for their own new teacher. They have also been using the conjunction ‘and’ to join two sentences or ideas together.
During computing time this week, the children have been using the ‘Purple Mash’ website. Every child has 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.
In RE, the children have created their own little booklet about what life was like for Jesus when he was growing up and compared this to their own lives.
Next week, we will begin our new RE topic on ‘Belonging’.
In Maths, the children will be ‘doubling’ as we were unable to do complete this task this week. In English, they will be working towards writing a story about their ‘New Teacher’.
On Friday afternoon, our local Commons and Greens Officer, Heidi Mansell, will be working with Year 1 in the outdoor environment.

Have a lovely weekend!