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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

Year 1

Spellings

Friday 27.11.20

 

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you very much to all those who have been practising our Nativity songs over the past week. It is great to hear the children sounding confident with their words at such an early stage in the term. Can you please also practise the songs below; See him lying on a bed of straw and Thanks and Praise (I have attached lyrics to Thanks and Praise on the class page. The two songs below will be sung by the whole school, including Year 1 

 

https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/a-king-is-born.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79h_5jhzT7Q

 

We have recently assessed the classes’ phonics and we are hugely impressed at the progress that the children have made with their Phase 3 sounds. Please continue to support their sounds at home and as we continue through the stages over the coming terms. Next week we will be focussing on the ‘sh’, ‘th’, ‘qu’ and ‘ch’ sounds.

 

This week in our maths learning we have continued to work on subtracting and looking at different ways that we can complete these number sentences. The children have used counting back on a number line as well as their understanding of number bonds to finish subtraction sentences. Can you please remind the children what the differences are between the addition and subtraction symbols.

 

On Monday the children are going to be treated to a brilliant Christmas pantomime in the Village Hall. We look forward to starting our Christmas celebrations!

 

Many thanks,

 

Jack Vaughan and Jo Clare

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                               

Forest School

Thanks and Praise lyrics

Don't worry Mary lyrics

Spellings

Friday 20.11.20

 

Dear Parents,

 

This week we have had the opportunity to review how the children’s understanding of their Phase 3 sounds a progressing. They are all working really hard and it is great to see the achievements that they are making. Please continue to support their phonics at home via daily reading and also using the education city logins that have been created.

 

Next week in our phonics we are going to concentrate on the ‘ee’, ‘igh’, ‘ng’ and ‘ai’ sounds. As well as highlighting the sounds within their reading books, can you also continue to work with the children on their comprehension skills. Encouraging the children to follow the words with their finger and locating previously read words are good skills to practise.

 

The class have worked hard with their addition learning during our current chapter in our maths and we are getting a lot more confident with completing worded number sentences. We have progressed onto looking at subtraction and how we can transfer the methods used in addition to aid our subtracting skills.

 

We have been given the songs that we will be singing during this years Nativity. Can you please practise the below songs with your child:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79h_5jhzT7Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu_MGngNvbw

 

More songs and information regarding the Nativity will be communicated as the term progresses.

 

Many thanks,

 

Jack Vaughan and Jo Clare

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                     

Forest School

Leaf flower

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Leaf plough

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Spellings 13.11.20

Friday 13.11.20

 

Dear Parents,

 

Wow what a first week we have had and time is flying by already! The children are really enjoying this time of year with lots of tales of bonfire nights and fireworks which has been lovely to hear about. The class learnt about the reasons why we celebrate bonfire night and also learnt the rhyme that helps us to remember.

 

This week we have continued with our review of the Phase 3 sounds. It was great to have Mark Streatfeild join us via Zoom to listen to some of the children reading their class reading books. If any other parents or grandparents would be willing to support the classes reading via this method then please can you let the office know and we can arrange a convenient time.   Next week we will be focussing on the ‘oo (short)’, ‘ar’, ‘oa’ and ‘oo (long)’ sounds.

 

For our maths learning this week the class have started to think about how we can use the part whole model to help record the amounts that we are using when completing number sentences. We have also explore worded number stories where we have to think about what amounts we are going to be using. Can you please reinforce number formation with the children making sure that numbers are facing the correct way and also started at the correct place.

 

Many thanks,

 

Jack Vaughan and Jo Clare

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                     

Remembrance Day poppies

Zoom reading!

Forest School

What a worm

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Saving hedgehogs!

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Spellings

Friday 6.11.20

 

Dear Parents,

 

It has been great to hear all about the children’s lovely half term adventures and all the different activities that they did. Thank you very much to all those parents who were able to combine some trips with the topics that we have been looking at in class. I heard several children saying that they had visited Port Lympne Wildlife Park and also many trips to London to the Sky Garden.

 

This week we have started on our final review of the Phase 3 sounds focussing on the ‘ure’, ‘er’, ‘ear’ and ‘air’. Next week the class will be looking at the ‘ow’, ‘oi’, ‘or’ and ‘ur’ sounds. The children have used their sounds to create some lovely writing about their holiday adventures and the handwriting within the class is continuing to develop well. Please can you remind the children to always start their cursive handwriting on the line.

 

During our maths lessons this week the children have continued to utilise their ability to use number bonds to help complete addition number sentences. As well as using our numbers bonds to help, the children have also used manipulatives, including their fingers to help work out the answers to questions. It would be great if you could support this learning while at home by bringing up addition questions in conversation.

 

Many thanks,

Jack Vaughan and Jo Clare

 

Spellings

Friday 16.10.20

 

Dear Parents,

 

It has been lovely to catch up with so many parents via Zoom and discuss how the children’s learning is progressing as we continue through Year 1. Please let us know if you have any further questions about this year.

 

The class have shown great understanding of their phase 3 sounds this week and have been able to recall many of the sounds that we have covered this term. As we go into the half term break can we please remind you to continue to read with and to your child.

 

In our maths lessons this week we have been using our number knowledge to create number bonds with numbers from 0-10. We have introduced the children to the ‘part whole model’ which is a great visual representation of the different amounts that numbers can be made from. The children have been completing the part whole models alongside multilink which allows them to physically see the different values.

 

When we return after half term the children will be using the topic of Bright, Lights and Big cities to theme their learning. This topic has a foundation focus of Geography and under usual conditions we take the children to London to visit the Sky Garden and the Great Fire of London monument.

Have a lovely half term holiday and we look forward to seeing you in a few weeks time.

 

Many thanks,

 

Jack Vaughan and Jo Clare

 

Forest School

Forest School

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Lime tree

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Minibeast Hotel

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Forest School

Spellings

Friday 9.10.20

 

Dear Parents,

 

A massive well done to the whole class for a wonderful performance of our Harvest song during the Harvest Festival. The children learnt their lines beautifully and I was really impressed at the volume and clarity with which they sang.

It was lovely to have the time to discuss how the children have found the start to Year 1 and also how their learning has developed over this first term, during this week’s parent’s consultations. We look forward to meeting the remaining parents during next week’s meetings.

 

We are making great progress through our Phase 3 phonics this term. Next week we will be reviewing the sounds that we have covered throughout this term. Can you please continue to support the children’s ability to segment and blend the words that they are reading. Highlighting the different sounds that are within the words supports the children’s phonetic knowledge.   

 

The class should be very proud of their performance during this week's Harvest Service. They all sang beautifully and had learnt their words perfectly. It was a lovely service celebrating this special time of year.

 

Please remember that next week Year 1 will be having Forest School on Monday afternoon instead of the usual Friday. Children should still come to school wearing their Forest School clothes. Their weekly sessions will return to a Friday after half term.

 

Many thanks,

Jack Vaughan and Jo Clare

 

Forest School Rota Term 2

Forest School

Friday 2.10.20

 

Dear Parents,

 

For our phonics learning this week the children have shown some great efforts to use their cursive handwriting when using the sounds for this week within words. The class have shown great improvement at being able to place the sounds and words within sentences that they have created. If you can try and do this with your child while reading their home books that would be really useful.

 

During our maths learning this week the children have used their understanding of number to count back from ten to one. The class have also been given their own bag of numicon which they will keep and use at school. This is a great resource which allows the children to have a visual representation of the numbers that we will be using in year 1. They are also very helpful to aid the children to develop their understanding of number bonds. Class 1 have also been working on their ordinal numbers. Can you please disucss this with your child and create games using them i.e. lining up their toys and talking about which one is first, second and third.

 

We look forward to seeing some of you next week during out Zoom consultations. It will be a great opportunity to discuss how the start of year 1 has been for the children.

 

Thank you for sending in the children changed in their Forest School clothes, it has allowed us to gain a huge amount of time in the woods. Just a reminder that children do not need to bring in their school uniform on a Friday.

 

Next week the class will be participating in the school Harvest festival. Year 1 and Year 2 are singing, ‘Praise to the One’. Please can you practise this song with your child between now and next Wednesday. We have attached a link which has a short extract of the song, I have also attached a document containing the words for the song.

 

https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/a-combined-harvest.html

 

Many thanks,

 

Jack Vaughan and Jo Clare

 

Spellings

Forest School

Hedgehog information posters

Puppy update

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Hedgehog

Friday 25.9.20

 

Dear Parents,

In our phonics learning this week the children have continued to work on their segmenting and blending skills. We are using ‘robot arms’ to help us separate the sounds within words and then blend them together to create the word. Next week we will be looking at the ‘or’, ‘ur’, ‘ow’ and ‘oi’. Please can you highlight these sounds as you read with the children.

 

In our literacy this week we have explored a range of different stories from different places in the world. We have thought about the important features within the stories, as well as the characters and the setting. The class have continued to show great confidence with their cursive handwriting, please remember that we need to have swishes onto the letter and off the letter. This will help us when we start to join our writing.

 

During our maths lessons the class have started to think about grouping values to create different values from 0-10. We have also looked at writing out numbers out as their names. It would be great if you could practise this with your child and connect up the digits with the number name i.e. 2 – two.

 

The class have been spoilt this week with a visit from a locally rescued hedgehog and also the ongoing updates from Ms.Skinner's latest arrivals. The children produced a fantastic amount of writing on information posters about hedgehogs and also demonstrated some great listening and questioning skills to find out more about the mammals.

 

Many thanks,

 

Jack Vaughan and Jo Clare

Spellings 25.9.20

Forest School

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Forest School

Ms. Skinner's update

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Ms. Skinner's update

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Ms. Skinner update

Spellings 18.9.20

18.9.20

 

Dear Parents,

 

It was great to see so many of you for our Curriculum meeting earlier this week. Please do let us know if you have any questions further to the meeting.

 

This week the class have demonstrated good use of their sounds within their writing and they are becoming more confident at independently thinking about what sounds they need to use when spelling words. Next week the children will be looking at the ‘oa’, ‘oo(long)’, ‘oo(short)’, and ‘ar’ sound.

 

The class had great fun during Thursday’s Roald Dahl day and created some brilliant animals that could have been found within the peach from James and the Giant Peach.

 

Please remember that starting from this week onwards we are going to be setting weekly spellings. The words sent home will be reinforcing the sounds that we have looked at during the week, as well as some of our common exception words. We will set the spellings on a Friday and will test the children during the following Friday. 

 

As we continue to ensure that all subjects areas are taught within the year we are currently reviewing the order of our topics for this year. We will confirm shortly the topics for after Christmas but we will continue with Paws Claws and Whiskers for this term, moving onto Bright Light and Big City next term.

 

Many thanks,

 

Jack and Jo

 

Forest School

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