Another very exciting week with not one but two pantomimes. Oh yes we did!
In numeracy we have continued to develop our skills with subtraction, remembering to subtract the smaller amount/number from the bigger amount/number. The sounds we have looked at this week were; ear = hear, dear, er = her, flower, ow = cow, brown, and or = fort, torch. If you come across words using these sounds in their reading books could you please point them out and talk about the sounds. With our literacy learning we are continuing to develop writing sentences, remembering to start each sentence with a capital letter and end with a full stop. We have also looked at questioning. How do we know it's a question? What does a question begin with and end with?
The dress rehearsal for the Nativity will be Tuesday morning. Please could the children have their costumes in school, in a named plastic bag on Monday morning. We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday afternoon or evening. Just to confirm the costumes the children need for the Nativity;
Boys - stars - dark clothing, black or navy.
Girls - angels - white leggings or tights, white top.
Have a lovely weekend
The Year 1 team.
This week in our maths learning the children have started to transfer the objects that they are using to help them complete number sentences, into pictorial representations. We have completed several activities were the children are drawing the tens and units that they are using to calculate number sentences. Embedding this understanding will help the children to gain confidence when completing more complicated number sentences.
During our literacy lessons this week the children have looked at using the -ment and -ness suffixes with words. The class have used these words to create sentences and improve their writing. The class have also spent time revising their phase 5 sound knowledge and gaining a greater ability, identifying which graphemes are needed in certain words.
The children have been practising hard for our Nativity next week and a lot of them are very confident when saying their lines. Can you please ensure that your child knows their lines off by heart and that they are clear and well-paced when delivering them.
Please see the attached homework for this week, please note the additional work regarding writing sentences for each spelling word.
The children have had a busy but exciting week with our trip to Herstmonceux in the middle of it. They spent the day at the science centre involved in a variety of activities that allowed them to explore all sorts of aspects of the physical world. They also took part in a bridge building session which allowed them to show their excellent team working skills and they enjoyed watching both their teachers being used as guinea pigs during the science show. We were very impressed with their level of enthusiasm and involvement and proud of their excellent behaviour throughout the day - Well done Class 3 and a huge thank you to Mrs Johnston and Mrs Hellsten for coming with us!
In maths, we have begun to look at shape and symmetry as well as keeping up with our work on times tables. This week's focus was on the 4 and 8 times tables so any work they can do on these at home will be useful.
In literacy, we are continuing with our own versions of the Iron Man and on writing explanation texts.
Next week we will be creating games using magnets. The children have already planned and designed these so can they please bring in the items they need in order to create their games on Monday. As discussed in class, we have most things at school but if they need any small extras (cardboard, socks, sand etc) they should bring these into school for Monday morning.
Have a good weekend.
Mrs L-D and Mrs Hester
The class had a fantastic Romans and Celts day on Thursday. Their costumes were absolutely fabulous and we had so much fun being in character all day. In the morning the class created their own warrior dances thinking about different levels with their movements and their facial expressions. Then the class created their own Roman/Celt coins from clay and their own mosaic. Finally we had a Roman feast fit for an emperor with olives, grapes, plums, feta, sausages in honey and grape juice. It was really great seeing the topic come to life - the children have really embraced the Romans this term.
Next week we are off to Harry Potter world on Tuesday, performing for the WI on Thursday and have a Christmas bauble workshop on Friday so lots of festive fun to look forward to. Please keep learning your lyrics to the songs for the WI service and the main carol service.
This week our superstars are:
Super speller: Tabitha Miles
Perfect presenter: Harry Way
WOW Work: Bea Hester
Ravenous Reader: Reilly Paige
Kind Heart: Coco Carnegy
Have a lovely weekend class 4,
The Christmas tree is up and excitement is building, but the learning continues (for now). We have practised use of imperative verbs for giving commands and used these to create poems based on the habitual sayings of our nearest and dearest! Children have also revised and employed the features of instruction writing.
The bar model made a welcome return to our maths lessons as we took on multi-step word problems of increasing difficulty. Some pupils are still allowing themselves to be put off by seemingly complicated questions, but they DO know several ways to tackle the tasks - using objects, drawings or the bar model - and should be encouraged to develop independence in their working, rather than immediately requesting and receiving help.
Our topic work centred on understanding the difference between mixtures and solutions. Next week, we plan to revisit homemade ice cream making, as our last attempt was singularly unsuccessful and we were all disappointed. As good scientists, we understand the importance of addressing what went wrong and repeating the test. So, if you would like to bring a pair of gloves to school on Monday, you might find them useful.
Our next book club title will be Clockwork by Philip Pullman. We will meet to discuss it on 31/1/18. This book is an exciting, but fairly quick read. We hope that this will encourage plenty of you to give it a go.
Thank you for sending in the costumes. Please send in any other parts of the costume that are needed on Monday.
This week we have covered letter sounds 'h, b, f & ff'. Please recap at home.
It is important that you send in your child's reading diary, so that we know what they have read, to be able to change their books. Several children did not bring them in today.
Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.