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Chiddingstone Church of England School

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

Year 1

Forest School

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

Forest School

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.

Forest School

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

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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