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Chiddingstone Church of England School

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Year 1

Dear Parents,

We have had a lovely day with all your little super heroes, and as usual, a very busy week. We have covered phonic sounds 'ow, oi, or & ur'. Please look out for these phonics in books and anywhere in the environment.

The children have loved learning about 3D shapes. We have been making them using the 'net' of each shape, ready to create our class Christmas tree. Do ask the children about the cube, cuboid, pyramid, and cone. We still have a couple to make. 

We have been learning about the Royal family and looking at old and new buildings in London. Next week we will be looking at London transport. Please talk to your child about your/their experience of how you travel to London, on Underground, overground train, bus, taxi or any other transport used to get around London. 

This week star of the week is Jacob. The reading raffle winner is Charlie. Well done both. 

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 team

Forest School

Forest School 1

Spellings

Dear Parents,

 

We are going to start setting weekly spellings homework. The words will be based on the sounds that the children have been learning during the previous week. Can you please practice the attached sheet with your child and they will have an informal test at school.

 

The spellings will be set, and sent home in a spelling book on Tuesday. The children will then have a week to practice them at home and will be tested at school the following Tuesday.

 

This week's spellings are set on the 12th November and will be tested on the 19th November.

Star of the week is George. Winner of the reading raffle is Polly. Well done both.

 

Many thanks,

 

Jack and Jo

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,

Phew!  That was a very busy 6 weeks, learning lots of things to do with our topic, Paws, Claws and Whiskers. The children really enjoyed it. Next term the topic will be Bright Lights, Big City. Please could you all save tubes from the inside of kitchen towels and cereal boxes ( and anything else that would be useful to make buildings with). 

Over the holidays please could you keep looking out for the phonic sounds in their reading books and also in the environment, especially in the names of shops. 

Thank you to all the Mummies who come into help and listen to readers. We really appreciate it. 

Have a super rest. 

The Year 1 Team

 

 

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,

This week we have recapped the sounds 'ear, air, ure & er'. To secure these sounds, please spot them in your child's reading book or their own books at home. Most children know their sounds and we are working with them to be able to use and transfer these sounds when writing. We have also been looking at tricky words such as 'the, they, he, me, we, she, be, are, my, what & there'. 

 

In science we have looked at carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Please talk to your children about what they found out about these animals and what they eat.

 

We have also looked at a day in the life of a zookeeper and the equipment he needs to use to look after the animals. 

 

In shape , space and measures we have begun to look at 3D shapes and their properties. can the children find 3D shapes at home and tell you what their properties are? 

 

This week, star of the week is Zach. The reading raffle winner is Giselle.

 

Have a great week end.

The Year 1 Team.

Forest School

Forest School 1

Term 2 Forest School rota

Dear Parents,

This week in maths we have explored shape patterns and looking to see which shape comes next, eg triangle , square, circle, triangle, square circle etc. Ask the children to look around your home to find any repeated patterns, eg wallpaper, fabrics, drain covers etc

 

In literacy we have read the story The Tiger Who Came To Tea and made a list of what the tiger ate.

 

The sounds we learnt in phonics this week were 'or, ur, ow & oi', can they spot any of these sounds in their reading books? 

 

This weeks winner of the reading raffle was Torin. Star of the week is Polly.  Well done to both.

Thank you to all the parents who come in to help, we really appreciate you giving up your time. It really helps!

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 team.

 

 

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,

Time is going so quickly and before we know it we will be on half term holidays. Here is a taster of what we have learnt this week for you to chat about over supper. 

This week Y1 have looked at shape patterns eg circle triangle circle triangle etc Also sorting shapes in different ways, either by colour, shape, shapes that have more than 3 sides, shapes without corners or straight edges and large, medium and small shapes. 

In phonics we have covered, 'qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa,oo (long and short) and ar'. Please make sure they notice these sounds when they are reading. We have also looked at the vowel sounds, 'a,e,i,o,and u'. We have also looked at rhyming words.

For science in our topic, Paws, Claws and Whiskers we have been looking at butterfly camouflage and discussed why some butterflies are easier to spot than others depending on their colours. The children were divided into 2 groups, each having one minute to find hidden butterfly. The first group found a few butterflies that were not brightly coloured. The second group found more of the brightly coloured butterflies. 

 

As from next week, every time your child reads at home, please write a capital 'H' in a circle. If they have read 5 times, their name will be entered in a reading raffle. There will be a prize for one winner each week.

 

Star of the week-

Week 1 was Jasper

Week 2 was Kizzy

This week, the star goes to Arabella. 

 

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 team

 

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,

The year 1 children are slowly but surely settling in well into the new routine. 

This week, in maths,  we have been looking at shapes in the environment and making pictures using circles and squares. make sure your child knows the name of the shapes and their properties, ie, equal sides, edges, corners, curved sides etc.

 

In science, we have looked at animals that are camouflaged. We have looked at four different types of camouflage;

 

1. Concealing colouration- that is animals eg, a polar bear that blends in with the background.

2. Disruptive colouration- animals such as zebras and leopards that have patterns that help them hide in their environment.

3. Disguise-  insects that make themselves look like the object they are sitting on for example a stick insect.

4. Mimicry- where animals make themselves look dangerous or poisonous to keep their predator away.

 

Over the weekend please chat to your children about these types of camouflage. The children found the science lesson fascinating.

 

Also from now on your child will bring home two reading books for the weekend. Please try to read both if possible, but do not force them if they are too tired. However we feel that now they are Year 1's they could go forward in their reading.

 

Have a great weekend

 

The Year 1 team. 

Forest School

Forest School 1

Dear Parents,

 

A massive thank you to the class for being such a delight to take to Port Lympne wildlife park this week. The children had a great time exploring all the different Paws, Claws and Whiskers that they could see. Thank you also to the parent helpers, your assistance was invaluable. We are also grateful for your understanding with our slightly later return to school, feeding time with the lions was a must see!

 

This week we have been looking at shapes in the environment, concentrating on objects that are circular, square, rectangular and triangular - talking about the shapes and their properties. How do we know they are circles, squares etc? At home, please chat about the shapes and see what they can see in their own environment. Flat shapes only please!

 

Many thanks,

 

Jack Vaughan

Port Lympne

Port Lympne 1

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to catch up with the Y1's this week and hear all their exciting news about their holidays. 

 

As it has been a lovely long holiday, this weekend the children really need to remind themselves of the single sounds. Please could you go over them and get the children to write them forming the letters correctly. This is very important as there is a lot more writing in class 1 this year. We have gone over the letters in phase 2 this week, writing CVC words, eg dog, cat etc However the children need to know these sounds off by heart and be able to blend words for writing.  Next week we begin to go over phase 3 again. 

 

Milk- if you are still paying for milk, please check that your child still wants to have it, as many of them are refusing it. There is a lot of wasted milk and it does cost! You might have to de-register online. 

Thank you

Have a lovely weekend.

The Y1 Team

 

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