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Chiddingstone Church of England School

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

Year 1

15.10.21

Dear Parents,

Already we have come to the end of term 1, and what a term it has been! The children have covered phase 3 phonics and this week we have recapped the trigraphs, 'ear, igh, air and ure'. Next term we will continue phase 3 in more depth and cover phase 4. The purpose of phase 4 is to consolidate children's knowledge of graphemes in reading and spelling words containing adjacent consonants and polysyllabic words. They will experience reading captions, know letter names and spell some tricky words. 

 

In maths this week we have focused on ordinal numbers, 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc and positional words, such as left and right, in front of and behind etc. Next term we will focus on subtraction up to 10, again focusing on the mathematical language. 

 

Next term the topic will be 'Bright Lights, Big City'. This project teaches children about the physical and human characteristics of the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the characteristics and features of the capital city, London. We will also learn about Queen Elizabeth 2nd. 

 

The children have settled well into the year 1 routine and they have been working very hard. Well done year 1, you have earned a good rest now, ready for term 2!

Have a fabulous rest everyone.

Mrs Clare

 

 

This week

8.10.21

Dear Parents,

What a wonderful Harvest Festival! The children sang beautifully and they made us feel very proud of them. Well done class1!

This week we have been continuing to recap the phase 3 phonics and we are using the sounds to write sentences. We have been looking at nouns and pronouns. Our big question has been where and when do we need to use a capital letter? What do the capital letters look like? What size should they be? The children have been practising writing their capital letters in their handwriting books and they know that they are twice the size of the lower case letters. We have also been practising our tricky words, 'I, the , to no, go, he, we, me, be, she, her, they & was. 

In literacy, we have been looking at the story of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, who is a little boy who lives next to an old peoples care home. He has many friends there, in particular Miss Nancy, who has lost her memory. To help her, Wilfred gives her a basket of objects to help her remember things in time gone by. The Y1 children wrote there own ideas about what they would put in a basket to help an elderly person remember. 

In maths, we have continued to learn to count on from a given number to add two numbers together. We have also been learning the use of different words in mathematical language, eg equals, balance, the same as, altogether etc. Knowing the language will help the children understand the questions in the future. 

Have a good weekend. 

Mrs Clare

Well done!

1.10.21

Dear Parents,

Welcome to October, already! Just 2 weeks to go. I can't believe we have almost completed  term 1.

This week we have covered the last few phonemes in phase 3, ' ear, air, ure and er'. Can you please use at least 2 of the books on the ORT website, that I have assigned to the class. Can the children remember the order of the letters for those sounds? 

In literacy we have read the story of Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge. Using the story, we have been learning where to use capital letters, at the beginning of a sentence and at the beginning of the names of people and places. Please point this out when reading books to your children. 

In maths we have started to count on from a given number when adding. The children have learnt that they don't always have to start counting from 1, if they know they have 5 cars in a box. They can just count on from 5 to make the total. Perhaps they can practise this at home when laying the table for dinner or playing with their toys. 

This week, we have also finished the topic, 'Mix it!', where the children investigated what happened when they mixed primary colours to make secondary colours.

We look forward to seeing you next week at the Harvest Festival. 

Have a super weekend. 

Mrs Clare

Off to forest school.

24.9.21

Dear Parents,

This week we have covered sounds 'ar, or, ur, ow & oi'. We have been practising to begin our sentences with a capital letter, use a finger space and a full stop. Please continue to practise this at home, by writing postcards, messages, letters etc The phonics that some children forget are the trigraphs, 'igh. ear, air and ure'. We will be recapping these next week. Please notice them in their reading books if they appear. I have also added the next phonic linked books on Oxford Owl. You should still have your child's login from last year. I have added 6 books to the basket so that your child has a choice. They don't have to read all of them, unless they are extremely keen but I suggest they try and read at least 2 books. 

In maths we have been using numbers up to 10 to create number bonds. We call this 'part, part, whole'. Eg How many ways can you make number bonds up to 8? 

One of our topics this term is linked to art and design. The children have enjoyed learning about the primary colours and using them to mix the secondary colours. We then looked at a painting, Colour Study, Squares with Concentric Circles by Wassily Kandinsky. The children painted their own version and now our classroom looks very bright and cheery!

Have a lovely weekend. 

Mrs Clare

17.9.21

Dear Parents,

Well what a whirl wind week it has been. I have had a super birthday week with the children and I have been totally spoilt by all of you. A HUGE THANK YOU to you all for the very generous gifts and the beautiful flowers and cards. What a surprise! It's not so bad being 21 again after all!  (If only). 

 

Well, this week at school we have covered the sounds 'ai, ee, igh oa & oo (long)'. We have finished the first chapter in maths that covers numbers to 10 eg counting to 10, counting objects to 10, writing to 10, counting 0, comparing numbers of objects, ordering numbers and comparing numbers. Next week we will cover number bonds to 10. 

Here is a rhyme to help the children use their fingers to remember their number bonds;

0 and 10 are big strong men,

1 and 9 are feeling fine,

2 and 8 are never late,

3 and 7 go to Devon,

4 and 6 like to play tricks,

5 and 5 come alive,

6 and four open the door,

7 and 3 come to tea,

8 and 2 are feeling blue,

9 and 1 have just gone,

10 and 0 are super heroes. 

 

Roald Dahl day was a big hit and the children enjoyed an inspiring drama class in which they enjoyed acting out the story of Little Red Riding Hood, transforming themselves into the different characters. 

 

On Monday please send a photograph in, of a special event in your child's life, ( a photo copy if possible, or email a copy so I can print it at school). It could be their birthday, christening, a family wedding etc. It must be an event that is special to them and that they remember. We will use the photos to inspire the children to write about their special event. 

 

Have a super weekend everyone.

Mrs Clare and the Y1 team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald Dahl Day -Drama- retelling the story of Little Red Riding Hood

Term 1   10.9.21

Dear  Parents,

Well , it has been a very busy week, recapping phonics, learning to spell numbers to ten, and beginning to write our autobiographies. The children have settled in well and though they are enjoying class 1, they are very quickly finding out how different it is to last year. 

This week we have covered sounds 'ch, sh, th, ng & ai'. Please do recap the sounds and find them in words when they are reading or having a bedtime story. 

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Clare

Term 1      3.9.21

Dear Parents,

A very warm welcome back and what a super start it has been!

The children are settling into class 1 really well. 

During the first 2 days we have been getting to know where things are in the classroom and we have set the rules.  I have added them below. To help your child remember them, please talk about what the rules are.

No talking, when it is time to listen.

Use a quiet, whispering voice if you need to ask a question whilst we are working.

Use a normal talking voice (not shouting) in the classroom during discussion times or if we have children's choice. 

Outside, during breaks, you can use your loud voices to cheer on the games. 

Screaming- only in a real emergency, for example if you are in danger. 

 

We try our best.

We are kind to each other.

We listen to each other.

We respect each other.

We look after things.

We keep our school tidy.

We move around safely and line up quietly.

We aim to stay safe, healthy and happy. 

 

These rules will make your time at school happy and enjoyable. 

 

Our topic this term, until Christmas, is all about 'Childhood'. Here is a little information about the topic. 

In the Childhood project, your child will learn words and phrases related to the passage of time. They will explore artefacts to help them to understand childhood in the past and how childhood has changed over time. They will explore the six stages of life and explore timelines and family trees. Everyday life in the 1950s will be explored, including shopping, transport, family life and childhood. They will also learn about the significance of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953 by studying photographs and online sources. The children will use maps to explore how places have changed over time and highlight any similarities or differences between childhood today and childhood in the 1950s. 

Alongside, the topic, there will of course be the discreet lessons of maths, literacy, phonics (recapping phase 3 and 4), science, RE and PSHE. I will talk about these subjects in more detail when we have our curriculum meeting with parents, date TBC. 

I'm looking forward to the coming full week. For now, have a super weekend.

Regards

Mrs Clare

P.S Sorry, forgot to say, PE kits are needed for Monday. 

Thank you

 

 

21.7.21

Dear Parents,

Well here we are, finally at the end of another very unusual year. Let's hope we are back to normal for next year! Mr Vaughan and I would like to take this opportunity to say how much we have enjoyed teaching your children, laughing with them and watching them grow and develop in their learning.

When we sat with the children and reflected on what we have learnt through the year, it was amazing how much they remembered. To retain what they have learnt, writing postcards, adding capital letters, finger spaces, full stops, a question and and exclamation mark, without being prompted will help the children settle quickly into Y2. Playing games to add verbs and adjectives to nouns will also extend their descriptive sentences for writing. Reading lots of books that they find interesting will extend their vocabulary and build on their comprehension. Most of all, rest and play and let them be children, ready for the next phase. 

They have been a lovely class and are very proud of the way they have coped with the disruptions in the last 15 months. We will miss them but will also watch them grow in class 2. I'm sure Mr Vaughan will pop in now and again to say hello and to tell us about his new adventures. We wish him all the best.

Finally, a huge THANK YOU for the wonderful gifts we received and the lovely cards with the beautiful heart felt words written inside. They are a really appreciated. 

We hope you have a fabulous rest over the summer. See you all on our return in September. 

Regards

Mr Vaughan and Mrs Clare

 

Finally

Forest School

Class awards

Reading buddies

16.7.21

 

Dear Parents,

 

This Monday Class One had a brilliant day celebrating all that they have achieved and been through over the last year. We had a great class party with plenty of delicious party food and some great activities to go alongside. The children embraced the last minute change of plan and explored the different forces that they could utalise at Tonbridge Park. They shared their party food beautifully, remembering their manners and including everyone. A great way to celebrate their time in Year One.

 

The class are still continuing to work hard with their subjects and have impressed us with their understanding of the Phase 5 sounds and the alternative ways of making previously known sounds. Please do continue to read with your child over the Summer Holidays and help them to access a wide range of texts.

 

We are very excited with the upcoming summer production and thank you very much for the practise and recapping that you have been doing at home with their songs. We are very impressed with how quickly and brilliantly they have learnt their lines.

 

Please can you make sure that your child brings a named plastic bag into school next week so that they can bring home all the fantastic learning that they have achieved this year.

 

Over the summer holidays please remember to make the most of the summer reading challenge which is free and exciting for the children to sign up to. On their website there is a ‘Book Sorter’ page that be useful for your child if they’re looking for new titles/genres to try. 

Here is the link:

summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

 

Please find attached this weeks spellings. The children will have a very informal spelling test on Monday so please do not worry about learning them perfectly, we will recap their spellings using some creative activities. 

 

Many thanks,

 

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan   

 

Spellings

Class 1 party

Party in the Park!

Class awards

9.7.21

 

Dear Parents,

 

Next Monday the 12th July Year 1 will be travelling to Hall Place and Gardens, Bexley to investigate the beautiful gardens and utilise the science learning that we have achieved in our Splendid Skies topic. As well as taking part in the “Treemendous Tree trail” the class will also use the day to celebrate our time in Year 1 with our class party. The children can come in wearing their own clothes and school sunhat. The children can bring with them some party food that they can have for our lunch at the site. A lunch will also be provided by school but if you would like to add some treats for the celebration that would be great. The class will leave and return to school within school hours so normal collection arrangements will happen. Please send in your child with a suitable rucksack that they can use to carry their lunches and a named water bottle.

 

In phonics this week the children have looked at the alternative spellings for the ar, air, or and oo family sounds. 

 

Please can you continue to practice the summer production songs with your child. As we get ever closer to show time it is great to see how well they are learning their lines. Attachments and words can be found on a previous class update. For the childrens costumes, can we please ask that they wear a plain white/silver t-shirt and trousers and plain white/silver trainers/shoes. These need to be named and send into school in a named plastic carrier bag.
 

Please find attached this weeks spellings. 

 

Many thanks,

 

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan  

 

Spellings

Reading Buddies

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Forest School

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Class awards

2.7.21

 

Dear Parents,

 

A huge thank you to those parents who have agreed to come into school and listen to the children read. It is a brilliant chance for the children to engage their reading with others and share the great achievements that they have accomplished. We are also very grateful to Mr Streatfeild for continuing to zoom read with the children.

 

This week the children have been exploring some more alternative phonics as we work through our Phase 5 sounds. We have looked at the mb, gm, wr and ear sounds. 

 

In our maths learning this week the children have been continuing to use their equal grouping skills, identifying the groups and also using groups to calculate multiplication questions. We are very lucky to have Mr Rowland coming into the classroom on a Friday morning to impart his mathematical knowledge with us.

 

Next Monday, can you please send in a named plastic carrier bag with your child so that they can start to bring home some of their work from this year. 
 

Please find attached this weeks spellings. 

 

Many thanks,

 

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan   

 

Spellings

Forest School

Class awards

Dear Parents,

 

I would like to start this week by congratulating the whole class on their impeccable behaviour during our trip on Monday. The children were very excited and overcame their apprehension about the new environment to engage brilliantly with the different activities that we undertook. The class should be very proud of their behaviour and thoughtful questioning skills. 

 

Next week the children have got a full week ahead of them, with their school photos happening on Monday and the excitement of Sports day on Tuesday.
 

It is great news that this term we are allowed one parent helper back into school to help listen with readers. Can you please liaise with the class reps as to which days you would be able to help with so a timetable can be formulated.

 

Can you also practice the attached summer production songs with your child. The link to the finale is below and the link to when you wish upon a star is contained within the lyrics.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/music-ks2-ks3-school-plays-musicals-a-midsummer-nights-dream-what-a-lovely-midsummer-night/zmpmjsg

 

Please find attached this weeks spellings. 

 

Many thanks,

 

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan  

 

Spellings

When you wish upon a star

What a lovely midsummer night

Handwriting

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Museum of Farnham

Washing

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The Rules

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Forest School

Awards

18.6.21

 

Dear Parents,

 

On Monday 21st June Year 1 are very luckily visiting The Museum of Farnham to experience a day back in Victorian times. It will be a great opportunity for the children to engage with the historical aspect of our topic. The trip will be all day so normal drop off and collection arrangements will operate. The children will not need to bring any money but they will need their school rucksack with a named water bottle and snack. Please can we ask that the children wear school uniform, including their red summer sun hats. It may be a good idea to pack some top trumps or another suitable game that the children can play on the journey. The children will be travelling via minibus to the museum. The class will be participating in a workshop during the day and therefore the cost of the trip is £6.

 

At the beginning of this week the children were treated to a fantastic drama workshop. It was great to be able to have visiting experts back into the school. The children participated brilliantly with the different creative listening and responding skills that were involved.
 

This week the children have had the opportunity to showcase all the brilliant learning that they have achieved this year as the school has undergone some informal assessments. The class has worked really hard ensuring that they read and understand the questions that they are being asked. 

 

In our maths learning this week we have been continuing to focus on making equal groups and how we can use these combined with repeated addition to complete multiplication sentences. We are using the term 'groups of' to help the children to understand the concept that they are completing. We have also been learning about 'space' using words such as behind, in front, next to, in between, below, on top of, inside, outside, etc. Please go over these words with the children using small world figures to secure their understanding. 

 

Please find attached this weeks spellings. 

 

Many thanks,

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan   

 

Drama Workshop

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Drama Workshop

Forest School

11.6.21

 

Dear Parents,

 

It has been great to see the children back in school and starting their final term in Year 1 with such enthusiasm and hard work.

 

Alongside continuing to develop our comprehension this week we have also spent time looking at some of the trickier sound groups. We have looked at the different ways that the ‘I’, ‘a’, ‘e’ and ‘o’ sounds can be made. The children have explored the different rules which go alongside these sounds and have also applied this learning to their spellings.

 

In our maths learning this week the class have used grouping to help speed our counting. We have looked at how to make equal groups and then how we can use these to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Lots of the class have seen how this can be closely linked with sharing and dividing numbers.

 

We walked around the village to look at the buildings in our community and drew a map of the village .

 

Next Monday the class are going to be treated to a 30 minute drama workshop supplied by Perform for Schools. It will be a great chance for the class to utilise their interactive and dramatic learning approaches.

 

Please find attached this weeks spellings.

 

Many thanks,

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan  

Learning about mass.

Spellings

21.5.21

 

Dear Parents,

 

It has been a lovely last week of term with the children really enjoying the chance to celebrate the learning that they have achieved during their time at school. It has also been a sad week as we bid farewell to Mrs Rusbridge after all the time and dedication she has given to us over the years.

 

We have continued to work hard with our comprehension skills this week and the children are really gaining in confidence with their ability to understand and predict the texts that they are reading. This has also come in useful when exploring our worded number sentences in Maths. The class have been able to pick out the important parts of the maths questions and calculate the correct answers. If you can please work on both of these areas over the half term break that would be great. The children really need to understand if they are being expected to subtract or add in these questions. Please explore a range of different terminology when practising this.

 

Please find attached this weeks spellings.

 

We have set spellings for the half term but please do take them at your leisure, it is important that you recharge your batteries and enjoy the beautiful weather that June should bring!

 

Many thanks,

 

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan  

Spellings

Forest School

Celebration assembly

14.5.21

 

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for all your feedback regarding the Oxford Owl reading subscription, it has been very helpful to hear how you have found using the website. Please do continue to supplement the children’s reading using this great resource. For next weeks phonics we will be focussing on the ‘i-e’, ‘o-e’, ‘ea’ and ‘e-e’ sound families. It would be great if you could use the online resource to prepare the children for these sounds.

 

This week the class have been working hard with their comprehension learning. They have practised reading through pieces of text as a whole class and answering questions based around that text. It has been really lovely to see how the children are gaining in confidence the more that experience this way of reading. Please do continue to use the resources that we have sent home to aid their comprehension skills further.

 

In our maths learning this week the children have been using their practical skills to explore volume and capacity of objects. It has been a useful time to have our outside space and the class have applied their fraction and division understanding well to this new topic.   

 

Please find attached this weeks spellings.

 

Many thanks,

 

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan  

Spellings

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Tree planting

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Weekly awards

Art Club Drawing using Shapes

Making carnival masks

7.5.21

 

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you very much for all those who attended the final round of Zoom consultations this week. It has been a great opportunity for us to find out how the children have found the last year and also to continue the dialogue between school and home. Please do let us know if you have any questions that arise since our meeting.

 

The children have continued to work hard on their carnival masks this week with some carefully created designs taking place. They should be very proud of the care and attention that they have achieved following their outlining plan.

 

In our maths learning this week the children have been introduced to fractions of amounts and also fractions of shapes. They have had to calculate half and quarter of different shapes and also numbers. The class have found using visual representatives really helpful to aid their understanding.

 

Next week in our phonics the class will be looking at the ‘ou’, ‘u-e’, ‘oe’ and ‘ue’ sound families, exploring the different ways that these sounds can be made.

 

Please find attached this weeks spellings.

 

Many thanks,

 

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan  

Spellings

Forest School

Celebration assembly

30.4.21

 

Dear Parents,

 

This week has been great to have the opportunity to spend some time finding out how the children are settling back into school routine during our Zoom consultations. Thank you for all the feedback and please do let us know if you think of any questions which we weren’t able to address during the sessions.

 

The class have produced some fantastic masks this week based on our Carnival topic. The children followed their designs carefully to create colourful creations that would look at home in Rio. We have also look at the different instruments that are used in Carnival music and what instruments are used within a orchestra.

 

It was lovely to welcome Mark Streatfeild back via Zoom to allow the children to have the opportunity to read with him. If you have any spare time, please do feel free to let us know and we can endeavour to arrange Zoom reading slots during the week. Next week the children will be looking at the, ‘ph’, ‘ew’ and ‘wh’ family sounds during our phonics lessons.

 

Please find attached a useful attached that Mrs Toynton has kindly sent through that might assist with any comprehension activities that you wish to do with your child. There are some great questioning and prompt cards included.

 

Please find attached this weeks spellings.

 

Many thanks,

 

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan  

Spellings

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Awards

Spellings

23.4.21

 

Dear Parents,

 

The sunshine has welcomed us back into school perfectly this week and it has been lovely to see the children full of energy to engage with this term’s learning.

 

We have started our topic off brilliantly with the exploration of carnivals and the masks that can be used to express the meanings.

 

The class have continued to progress with their reading and this was highlighted with through comprehension activities that we completed during the week. It is lovely to see the children using and identifying the sounds that they have learnt in their phonics lessons during their reading. Please continue to support this at home with the children.

 

In our maths learning this week we have look at using diennes and other visual aids to help us complete worded maths sentences. This has helped the

children to pick out the important areas of information and complete the calculations to the best of their ability.

 

Please find attached this weeks spellings.

Also to remind parents to make use of the Oxford Reading Tree site, where you can find books linked to our phonics. This week we have covered 'au, aw, or and a-e'

 

Many thanks,

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan  

31.3.21

Happy Easter to all.

We can't believe it is the end of term 4 already. The children have settled into the routine and they have been working hard. 

Attached to the children's reading diaries you will find a little card with their personal login to the Oxford Owl site. Please do use the site over the holidays to read books at the level they are at and write the titles in their diary. We would like to remind you also that it is also important to read other books from home alongside the Oxford Reading Tree books, so that children have a wide and varied experience of reading. 

Happy holidays all

Mr Vaughan and Mrs Clare

Spellings

Dear Parents,

 

This week the children have worked hard completing a range of discrete phonics and maths assessments. The class have worked brilliantly and it is lovely to see how they have progressed over the last few months. Thank you again for all the hard work and support that you provided during these challenging times.

 

As we head toward the end of this term can we remind you that Term 5’s topic will be Rio de Vida, which is a geography based topic focussing on celebrations and traditions from around the world.

 

For our phonics next week the children will be focussing on the, ‘u-e’ and ‘ew’ sounds. We are very grateful to several adults who have volunteered to Zoom read with the children during the day. If there are any other parents who would like to support the classes reading via this way please let the office know.

 

Please find attached this week’s spellings the children will not be tested next week but will have some spelling based activities using these words during the afternoon of Monday 29th March.

 

Many thanks,

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan  

Spellings

Forest School

Egg and Spoon race

Dear Parents,
 

It was great to see the children fully supporting this year's Red Nose day theme on Friday and it is amazing to see how much money has been raised through your donations, thank you.

 

This week the children have settled back fully into the swing of their learning. It has been great to see how their reading is progressing and the class are using their sounds to understand the stories that they are reading. Please continue to support their reading at home using their reading books and other resources that you have available. Next week we will be looking at the 'a-e', 'e-e', 'i-e' and 'o-e' sounds.

The class have created some wonderfully vibrant posters advertising their moon buggies. The children used exclamation marks and adjectives to great extent with their work.

In our maths learning this week we have continued to recap with some of the basics functions in maths. The class have also been using their directional language and programming to send their bee-bots into space.

Please do remember to send in the correct footwear for each day to enable us to complete our daily exercise. Please also find attached this week’s spellings.

Best wishes,

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan

Spellings

Awards

Week beginning 15.3.21 Investigating the light bulb circuit.

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Dear Parents,

 

It has been wonderful to have the whole class back in school this week, It has given us all a new boost of energy for the coming months.

The class have spent this week getting back into the routine of school, remembering the different procedures and expectations. It has also been vitally important for the children to spend time with each other and catch up with each other.

 

In our phonics this week we have focussed on the ‘ue’, ‘aw’ and ‘ey’ sounds, next week we will be looking at the ‘au’, ‘ph’, ‘oe’ and ‘u-e’ sounds. Please remember to highlight these sounds when reading with your child. Can we please remind all parents to read with their child at least once a day to help increase their confidence and fluidity. We will assess the childrens levels over the coming weeks.

 

For our maths learning this week we have focused on the fundamental numbers that we have learnt, remembering the different functions that we use in our learning. We have also been revisiting our number bonds to ten and number sentences.

 

Our topic has started with excitement as we have had an alien visitor in the classroom, we are wondering if our detective skills will be able to work out who this creature is?

 

Please find attached this weeks spellings. All of Year 1 wish you a lovely weekend and glorious Mothering Sunday, we hope the children aren’t too tired by then!

We have also been learning a dance to the song called 'Jerusalema' on you tube,  which the children enjoy. I have attached the tutorial here if they want to have a go at home.

https://youtu.be/YtuVWAQzGtE

 

 

 

Many thanks,

 

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan   

Spellings

Springing back to school

Dear Parents,

 

We are really excited to welcome all the children back to the classroom next week, it will be really magical to see the children back in school altogether. We will ensure that the transition back into the classroom will be a positive and supportive time. Please do let us know if any of your children express any concerns and we can work with you to overcome them.

 

I would like to repeat a huge thank you to all parents and family members who have supported the children during this period of home learning. You have been crucial in the childrens education and it has been a tremendous achievement.

 

Fingers crossed that Spring brings a brighter way ahead.

 

Best wishes,

 

Jo Clare and Jack Vaughan 

Birthday celebration party!

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Celebration AOW

Thursday 17th December

 

Dear Parents,

 

Wow what a term! We have had a great time in Year 1 learning about the Geography of our ‘Bright Lights and Big cities’. The class have worked really hard on their topic this term and it has been great to see the engagement. Thank you to all those who were able to go on trips to London and other nearby Cities. Next term we will be investigating the prehistoric world of Dinosaurs with our topic ‘Dinosaur Planet’. 

 

The children all performed beautifully for the Nativity this week and sung their song perfectly. It was great to still be able to have the traditional story of Christmas acted out so confidently by Year 2.

 

Starting from Term 3 Mrs Clare will be sending home handwriting homework on a weekly basis.  

 

As previously mentioned next term we will be moving onto our Phase 5 phonic sounds. If you are able to start looking at these sounds over the holidays that would be very useful. In maths we will start to look at number relationships up to twenty, continuing to build on the skills that we have achieved this term.

 

This year the staff working in Year 1 wanted to get the class a gift that they could share between them. We had a great time playing pass the parcel on Monday, until finally our class gifts were unwrapped. The children have kindly been given an extension to their existing marble run and also a beautiful wooden construction set. We hope that the class enjoy the new addition to their play equipment. 

 

Many thanks,

 

Jack Vaughan and Jo Clare

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                     

Forest School

Headteachers award

Spellings

Friday 11th December

 

Dear Parents,

 

We were treated to a sneaky peak of this year’s special Nativity this week with our Wednesday dress rehearsal. The class were fantastic and sung their words beautifully. Can you please continue to practise with your child for one last push before the real thing next week.

 

This week the children also really enjoyed their joint Christmas jumper and Christmas lunch day on Tuesday. It was lovely to see everyone getting into the festive mood and enjoying this time of year.

 

We will be continuing to consolidate our Phase 3 sounds next week. The class have really impressed us with how hard they have worked on these over the last term. Please can I remind you that after the Christmas break we will be looking at our Phase 5 sounds. If you would like to explore the different sounds that this will cover over the Christmas holidays please do use the childrens education city log-ins.

 

While enjoying our Christmas break can you also please continue to support the children’s maths learning by discussing the topics that we have covered this term. This includes 2D and 3D shapes, ordinal numbers and adding and subtracting up to 20.

 

Many thanks,

 

Jack Vaughan and Jo Clare

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                     

Term 3 Forest School rota

Forest School Advent wreath

Forest School

Christmas decorations

Celebration AOW

Spellings

Friday 4th December 

 

Dear Parents,

 

The children are making great progress with their Nativity songs and we are preparing for the exciting task of making our angel costumes. Please do continue to practise the songs that the class will be singing.

 

The class really enjoyed our Christmas Pantomime on Monday of this week. The story of The Wizard of Oz was cleverly retold and had the class engaged throughout, if a little frightened at points!

 

Next week we will be reviewing all of the Phase 3 sounds that we have looked at over the last couple of terms. We will start to use our festive time of year to help theme the activities. After the Christmas break we will be looking at our Phase 5 sounds. If you would like to explore the different sounds that this will cover over the Christmas holidays please do use the childrens education city log-ins.

 

Can you please continue to practise subtraction maths problems with your child over the coming weeks. We have looked at several ways which we can achieve subtraction. Counting back on a number line, crossing objects out and also physically using objects to represent the numbers. Continued work on this area would be really beneficial for the children.

 

Many thanks,

 

Jack Vaughan and Jo Clare

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                     

Celebration AOW

Forest School

Leaf drawing

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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

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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

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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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