Week beginning 25.03.19
In Phonics this week we boarded two jeeps and visited bases 13 and 14. Whitney taught us the new digraphs ‘au’ and ‘aw’. Whistler set us more missions to complete throughout the week, these included sorting, segmenting and blending and spotting digraphs and trigraphs in words against the clock. We had to sample both digraphs in possible words to find the correct one e.g. l__nch au or aw?
At the beginning of the week in English we completed lots of small jobs toward our dinosaur museum. At the end of the week we did two whole class comprehensions around a character who lost their torch in a cave. While the character was fumbling around for their torch they discovered a dinosaur. There were lots of hidden clues and key words to help us unpick what was happening. The children discussed questions in their learning teams and then we fed back our ideas as a class.
In Maths we continued to explore multiplication. We focused primarily on counting in 10s this week to ensure we are completely secure with it. We have sung songs, played games and chanted forwards and backwards. We used practical equipment to create ‘lots of’ 10 and recorded multiplication number sentences for the first time.
Due to our Dinosaur Museum we completed whole class comprehensions instead of group reads this week. This enabled us to get busy completing the final touches for our museum such as; sticking features onto our dinosaur puppets, making chocolate mounds, decorating labels for designated areas, designing labels for our bags and recording facts about Mary Anning. We also made Mother’s Day cards in anticipation for today.
In Music we rehearsed our songs, tapped rhythm and beat, and used the glockenspiels ready for our performance. I am sure you will agree that the children really shined and showcased their increasing musical ability during the museum.
On Friday we spontaneously decided to walk across the road to spot signs of spring while the sun was shining. We apologise for the short notice however we often have to make decisions based on the weather for activities such as this. Thank you to any adults who came to help. We spotted daffodils, blossom, ivy, catkins, butterflies, ladybirds, blackbirds, pigeons, dandelions, buds, nests and bumble bees.
We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Dinosaur Museum and for those parents who could not attend we hope you enjoyed sharing their work with them at home on Friday. Everyone has worked very hard for a long time to create the experience and the children loved having the opportunity to share this with you. Thank you to the adults who have already given us feedback regarding this. If you haven’t already, please take the time to let us know what went well and any constructive comments for improvement next year, we really do appreciate it!
Week beginning 18.03.19
In Phonics this week we boarded two jeeps and visited bases 11 and 12. Whitney taught us the new digraphs ‘wh’ and ‘ph’. Whistler set us more missions to complete throughout the week, these included sorting, segmenting and blending and spotting digraphs and trigraphs in words against the clock. We had to sample both digraphs in possible words to find the correct one e.g. __at wh or ph?
In English we have been doing small jobs toward our dinosaur museum, the clock is ticking!
In Maths we started to look at multiplication. We started off by counting up in 10s, 2s and 5s. We had already done this before Christmas but some of us have put it somewhere too safe and are unable to find it again! We will need to revisit this a lot to help our multiplication. We have done songs, games and chanting to try and find where we have hidden the skill! We then looked at ‘lots of’ and started putting equipment into lots of 2. The equipment is quite a distraction and we will need to revisit this a lot to embed it successfully. At home counting your coin jar helps a lot. Count the twos, fives and ten pence coins. This also gives it a purpose. We have also introduced the x sign and associated vocabulary.
In guided reading some of us read a message in a bottle and we were not only encouraged to listen carefully to the words in questions and scan the text for them to help find an answer, but also to predict what might happen next using what we had already read. Some of us read our reading books to check on our skills and recall. We wrote more simple sentences as captions to images. We again concentrated on sentence rules and appearance. Some of us were able to add adjectives and exciting verbs. We worked as a team to match the national symbols, landmarks, flags, castles and cakes to the countries of the UK. Lots of lively discussion arose from this. How many of the countries have you visited? Can you name the capitals? We also looked at the suffix ‘ing’ adding it to regular verbs. We were then encouraged to use the words with the suffix in sentences. There was also the usual handwriting practice and reading for enjoyment too.
In Music we all got together as a year group and worked on our songs for the museum. We are in fine voice but no doubt the sight of an audience will make some of us shy, so be patient.
Topic work was again tricky and we will come off timetable a bit next week in order to finish all our museum jobs. We will be rehearsing, making, painting and involved in a set of smaller activities to keep us on track. We are focussing a lot on the basic structure of sentences in English. We hope to embed this properly so that we can return to creative writing with a much better understanding.
It was a long week for the teachers with two parent evenings. Thank you to the parent/carers who turned up and kept on time. We try our best to stay on schedule but sadly this is very tricky with so many 10 minute slots. If for any reason you failed to sign up at all or missed your appointment for any reason, please contact your class teacher who will endeavour to meet with you before the start of the day.
Dino Museum Wednesday 27th March 2019 2.45 in the main hall, please come through the main entrance
Week beginning 11.03.19
In Phonics this week we bounced aboard the jeep and arrived at base 10. Whitney taught us the new digraph ‘ou’. Whistler set us more missions to complete throughout the week, these included sorting, segmenting and blending and spotting digraphs and trigraphs in words against the clock. Whip encouraged us to spot words by sight.
In English we performed our movements along with the recitation of the shortened version of ‘We’re going on a dino hunt’. We worked on becoming more familiar with the text and tested each other, performed in groups as well as a class. We then spent a decent amount of time writing it down independently. We tried to focus on sentence structure and using our phonics so we could spell words. We worked hard on this and it took a lot of stamina to complete.
In Maths we continued to work on subtraction, using tens and ones. We then tried a mix of + and -, testing our ability to spot the symbols and remember how to change our strategies when answering questions that didn’t bridge ten. We are becoming much more confident in drawing our equipment. We now need to be more consistent in our checking of our own work.
In guided reading some of us read a recipe for dinosaur biscuits and answered questions about the text. Some of us read reading books and showed where we were up to with word recognition and decoding. While we did this with an adult the other children were engaged in a variety of activities. We wrote simple sentences as captions to images. We had to concentrate on sentence rules and appearance. Some of us were able to add adjectives and more exciting verbs. We added the names of the countries of the UK and their capital cities to a map. We had to look carefully at a map of the UK to check if we were correct. We wrote a debate about whether it was a good or bad idea to bring dinosaurs back to life via the miracles of science. This was a new type of writing and made us really think hard. There was also the usual handwriting practice and reading for enjoyment too.
In Music we had our final session with Mrs Watkins in our smaller glockenspiel groups, these sessions have really shown personal development and Mrs Watkins is pleased with how we have started to master notes and notation.
Staff illness limited our ability to complete all the topic work we wanted to, thankfully a parent helper popped in to do some sewing! We will make a huge effort next week to ensure that we complete everything for our museum! We are grateful to our parent helpers who support reading and sorting fruit for break time. Their time and effort makes a big difference and enables us to concentrate on teaching and learning as well as sharing the learning experience with parent/carers. If you can pop in to help, please do!
Red nose day on Friday was a great success and the rooms were awash with brightly coloured red outfits! Thank you for your very kind donations, it is important for the children to take an active role in supporting those less fortunate nationally and internationally.
Week beginning 04.03.19
In Phonics this week we boarded the jeep and traversed the island and arrived at base 9. Whitney taught us the new digraph ‘ir’.Whistler set us more missions to complete throughout the week,these included sorting, segmenting and blending words and spotting digraphs and trigraphs. Whip added further words to oursight vocabulary list.
In English we explored vocabulary, especially adjectives and verbs related to our story, ‘We’re going on a dino hunt’. We had to sort the words taken from the text and place them with the correct setting. Extra new words were then added and we had to read them, discuss their meaning and decided where we thought they would best suit.
In Maths we worked on subtraction, single digit from two digit and two digit from two digit. None of the equations required bridging ten. We did this practically and then pictorially before tackling problems. This has proved tricky and is really testing our knowledge of place value (tens and ones).
In guided reading we read a piece of information text about Mary Anning and answered True or False questions either on paper or verbally. While we did this with an adult the other children were engaged in a variety of activities. We collected data about anumber of dinosaurs and put the amounts into a bar graph. We worked out which had most and which had least. Reliable counting proved tricky for some of us! We also wrote descriptive sentences about an image of herbivore dinosaurs and their human friends being ambushed by a pack of T-Rex. We read and matched riddles to the image of the correct dinosaur before attempting to write a riddle about an ichthyosaur.
In Music we continued working in groups with Mrs Watkins using the new glockenspiels. We are getting much better at following asimple notation and maintaining rhythm.
We did another phonic check to see how well we recall phase 2, 3 and 5. We showed that our blending skills are much improved but we need to work on spotting digraphs and trigraphs more by using phoneme buttons.
World Book Day was very exciting and the energy levels were high across the school with some really amazing costumes! Guest story readers were very popular and the book café with biscuitswas a great hit. We also enjoyed the theatre performance of Robin Hood. The children responded to this very enthusiastically! Thankyou to anyone who donated books this week or volunteered toread and a big thank you for the effort made with the children's costumes.
Week beginning 25.02.19
Welcome back after a very sunny half-term break. We are really excited to be continuing our ‘Dino Dig’ topic this half term in anticipation for our Dinosaur Museum on Wednesday 27th March.
In Phonics this week we bounced along in our jeep and arrived at base 7 on Jurassic Phonic Island. Whitney taught us the new digraph ‘ew’. Whistler set us more missions to complete throughout the week, this included lots of segmenting and blending words that are real and unreal. We also read sentences and added ‘ew’ to words. Whip added more words to our sight vocabulary list.
In English we introduced the story ‘We’re going on a Dino Hunt’. We read through the story and discussed vocabulary. We acted out scenes imagining what we could smell, hear, and see. We interviewed groups to discuss what was happening in different sections of the story. Towards the end of the week we created actions to go along with the story and rehearsed saying it. We will continue to work on this throughout next week as we gradually build up to writing the Dino Hunt story.
In Maths we recapped addition and explored using tens and ones to help us solve number sentences. On Monday we practically used equipment in pairs to explore creating two numbers and then counting up the tens and ones to add them together e.g. 23 + 14. Through the week we then progressed onto visual representation of tens and ones. We used whiteboards to draw tens and ones to help us solve the addition number sentences. On Friday we recorded some number sentences in our books and showed our working out by drawing the tens and ones. If you would like to help embed this at home choose two two-digit numbers that do not bridge ten when you add.
In Topic Time we read a poem called ‘Cliff Fall’ and answered questions either on paper or verbally. This text was about a famous palaeontologist called Mary Anning, we will learn more about her next week. While we did this with an adult the other children were engaged in a variety of activities. We wrote descriptive sentences about a battle between pterosaurs and a pack of raptors over some eggs in a nest. We ordered verbs alphabetically looking at the initial letter and referring to the alphabet. We sorted key vocabulary from the Dino Hunt text into verbs and adjectives. We worked on the zig-zag monster letters (v, w, x, z) in our handwriting books after rehearsing formation in the mornings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
In Art and D/T some of us started to sew dinosaur puppets in preparation for our dinosaur museum. We learnt how to do a running stitch and had to focus carefully in order to remember to flip the puppet over each time. We will continue to work on this in the coming weeks.
In Music we spent time in small groups again with Mrs Watkins exploring the new glockenspiels.
Week beginning 11.02.19
In Phonics this week we bounced along in our jeep and arrived at base 6 on Jurassic Phonic Island. Whitney taught us the new digraph ‘oe’. Whistler set us more missions to complete throughout the week, these included sorting, segmenting and blending words, reading sentences and writing words. Whip added more words to our sight vocabulary list. We are putting a much bigger emphasis on segment and blend, making sure we can all spot the digraphs and trigraphs and read words successfully, real and unreal.
In English we created our own riddles using what we learnt last week. We selected our dinosaur and were grouped with others to share our ideas. We then took a couple of sessions to write out our riddles. It was hard remembering to give each clue its own line and then remembering to add the question sentence at the end. Riddles can be great fun and can be created about anything you like. You could create some about family members!
In Maths we finished off our 2D shape work and looked at 3D shapes. We looked at a sphere, cube, cuboid, cone, triangular prism, and square based and triangular based pyramids. We learnt that they have faces, edges and vertices. Counting these practically was difficult as we kept turning the shapes and forgot what we had already counted!
In Guided Reading/Topic Time we read a poem called ‘Hide’ and answered questions either on paper or verbally. While we did this with an adult the other children were engaged in a variety of activities. We made dinosaur crowns for our museum, using scale shapes and teeth. We wrote descriptive sentences about a diplodocus defending itself against raptors whilst standing in fast flowing rapids. We designed our dinosaur hand puppets in readiness for next half term when we will commence sewing!!! Some of us worked on the long ladder letters in our handwriting books.
In Art and D/T we continued to work on our badge designs, concentrating on careful colouring and shading.
In Music we spent time in small groups with Mrs Watkins exploring the new glockenspiels. We will use these to help us create our own musical notations and perform them back.
Although it was a shorter week, with Friday being an inset day, it was busy and jam packed with things to learn and do.
Over the break, please continue to read a lot, go over pairs of numbers to 10 and 20, explore 2D and 3D shapes at home and just have lots of fun out doors doing family things together!
Week beginning 04.02.19
In Phonics this week we boarded the jeep and bounced across the terrain and arrived at base 5 on Jurassic Phonic Island.Whitney taught us the new digraph ‘ie’ and its two main alternative phonemes; ‘ie’ as in ‘ee’ for shield and ‘ie’ as in ‘igh’ for ‘cried’.Whistler set us more missions to complete throughout the week,these included sorting, segmenting and blending words, reading sentences and writing words. Whip added even more words to our sight vocabulary list.
In English we have explored riddles. We read a dinosaur riddle about a stegosaurus and linked the clues to identify which dinosaur it was describing. The children then rehearsed reading it in groups and we created actions to go with it. We discussed the features of a riddle such as the order of clues, each clue starting on a new line, and ending with a question. The following day we cut up the riddle and ordered it in teams. We continuously chanted the dinosaur riddle in different voices using our actions to help with recall so by the end of the week we knew it really well. On Friday the children had a go at writing the riddle. They reflected on whether they remembered capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and a question mark. They also checked their spellings and worked hard to apply the handwriting we have been practising in the mornings. Next week we will continue to explore riddles and we will have a go at creating our own. You might want to try and create some dinosaur riddles at home.
In Maths we started our work on 2D shapes. The children worked in teams to match a 2D shape with its name. From this we discovered that some children needed to embed triangles and rectangles and most children needed to embed pentagons,hexagons and octagons. We explored sides and corners to discuss the properties of shapes. We played guess the shape and also completed a colour by shape activity.
In guided reading we read a poem called ‘I want a pet dinosaur’and answered questions either on paper or verbally. While we did this with an adult the other children were engaged in a variety of activities. We sorted dinosaurs into Triassic period, Jurassic period and Cretaceous period to gain an awareness of the dinosaur timeline. We ordered reasons not to have a pet dinosaur by their importance which encouraged the children to explain their reasoning and voice their opinions. We wrote about a picture of a dinosaur parade which included triceratops, parasaurolophus, diplodocus, gallimimus, and anklyosaurus. There was also a handwriting activity in books to aid the size of small case letters, ascenders and descenders in the ladder letter family.
In Art and D/T we have started to create dinosaur badge designs in small groups. This has required accurate tracing and careful colouring. We explored how to create shades by applying different pressure to the crayon.
In Music we have continued to work on our dinosaur songs. We also used claves and boomwhackers to explore layering beats and rhythms.
PLEA: If you have any old newspapers please could you bring them into Year One. Thank you!
Week beginning 28.01.19
In Phonics this week we boarded the jeep and bounced across the terrain and arrived at base 4 on Jurassic Phonic Island. Whitney taught us the new digraph ‘ea’ and its two main alternative phonemes; ‘ea’ as in ‘eh’ for head and ‘ea’ as in ‘ee’ for ‘each’. Whistler set us more missions to complete throughout the week, these included sorting, creating words, segment and blending words, and reading sentences. Whip added even more words to our sight vocabulary list.
In English we continued our dinosaur fact files for our Dino Museum. Each group researched their dinosaur’s habitat and wrote interesting facts. We also created question sentences to affix to the front covers of the files, testing parent/carer knowledge before they look inside.
In Maths we continued our work on measures, using standard centimetre measures to discover the length of objects and dinosaur claw marks. We had to make sure we used the correct side of the ruler where it said cm. We had to line up the 0 on the ruler with the end of what was being measured and look carefully, holding it very still, to read the number at the end of the item being measured. We also attempted an open-ended problem solving activity, discovering different ways of completing a task. Try some at home!
In guided reading we completed the text, ‘Not a Stone’ and answered questions either on paper or verbally depending on which colour band group we work in. While we did this with an adult the other children were engaged in a variety of activities; sorting dinosaurs into carnivore, herbivore and omnivore, not always as easy as it looked! We cut and stuck dinosaurs onto a terrain map after researching which kind of habitat they may have preferred. We wrote about a picture of a skybax and its pilot scooping fish from the sea. Some very exciting sentences were written about the image. There was also a handwriting activity in books to aid the size of small case letters, ascenders and descenders in the one arm robot family.
In art and D/T the printing continued with fossil heads and footprints, these will help make our fact files more attractive.
In Music we continued our work on beat and rhythm and identified long and short sounds, as well as working on our dinosaur songs.
Another busy week packed with variety and topic linked learning. Show and tell has been exciting and informative with children bringing in items linked to our topic. We
have also been able to share some homework books and look at what children have done at home too. Keep up the good work! Read often and sign the diaries, play the spelling game and help your child recall the pairs of numbers to 10 and 20.
Week beginning 21.01.19
In Phonics this week we climbed aboard our Jurassic jeep once more and head off to base 3 on Jurassic Phonic Island. Whitney taught us the new digraph ‘oy’ and Whistler set us more missions to complete throughout the week which included sorting, creating words, adding sound buttons, and reading sentences. Whip added some new words to our sight vocabulary list.
In English we started our dinosaur fact files in readiness for our Dino Museum next half term. Each group was assigned a dinosaur to research and create a file about. We started by naming and labelling a diagram. We then researched its appearance and wrote sentences based on what we found interesting. Another day we researched its habitat and wrote facts about where it was found or the terrain it may have preferred.
In Maths we began our work on measures, using non-standard measures to discover the length of images of dinosaurs. We used linking cubes and made sure we lined them up accurately. We also lined up our class dinosaurs by length, this led to some lively discussion and meant checking with cubes to be sure. We tried measuring with smaller cubes, this proved trickier and less accurate. We tried our hands at estimating lengths before measuring them. We repeated the process with more images to measure and recorded our findings. In guided reading we did our book band checks with some of the groups. While we did this the other children were engaged in a variety of activities; researching an ankylosaur and labelling a diagram, completing an ‘ay’ digraph word search, independent writing about an interesting dinosaur image and playing the dino dig game.
In art and D/T some of us redid our salt dough fossils because the drying process led to some distortion. We want them to be right for the museum. Some of us began printing our covers for our fact files.
In Music we went over the fun dinosaur songs with Mrs Watkins, these are proving very popular and we hope to perform them to you as part of our Dino Museum experience. We recapped duration and started to look more carefully at beat and rhythm.
Hopefully you have dug deep in book bags and found everything that was sent home. We did notice a number of the earlier reading games still in book bags, hopefully they are only in there for safe keeping. Please use the games and ideas sent home to engage your child. The words to learn by sight are vitally important to their reading progress and the new spelling game is designed to improve not only their writing but also embed their sight vocabulary. These resources take a lot of time and effort to make so please make best use of them.
Week beginning 14.01.19
In Phonics this week we boarded our Jeep and explored the next part of Jurassic Phonic Island. Whitney taught us the new digraph ‘ay’ and Whistler set us lots of missions to complete throughout the week which included sorting, creating words, adding sound buttons, and reading sentences. Whip has also been quizzing the children’s ability to instantly recognise words at the start of every phonics lesson.
In English we sorted labels for an Oviraptor diagram in our learning teams, matching adjectives and explanations. Did you know an Oviraptor had feathers and sat on its eggs like a bird? We learnt new vocabulary such as ‘fore limb’, ‘hind limb’, ‘crest’, and ‘talons’. As the week progressed we labelled our own Oviraptor diagram in our books.
In Maths we continued our work on subtraction. We learnt how to calculate number sentences by drawing pictures and crossing out. We also learnt how to carefully jump back on a number line to find answers. Some of us even had a go at solving missing number equations e.g. 12 - __ = 8. On Friday afternoon we went outside and used chalk, metre sticks and the children to measure out how long different prehistoric creatures were including T-Rex, Triceratops, Diplodocus, Pterodactyl, Parasaurolophus, and Velociraptor.
In Guided Reading we read the second part of the story ‘Not a Stone’, some of the children completed comprehension questions based on the text. Independent tasks included cut and stick a T-Rex life cycle, sort alternative ‘a’ words, match words that best describe a plesiosaur and pterodactyl, and write sentences about an exciting image of a battle between a T-Rex and Triceratops.
For R.E. this week we had a Sikh visitor who came into our class to talk to us about his faith. He showed the children a musical instrument and sang some songs. The children were very well behaved and asked mature questions.
In Art/DT this week we have created our own dinosaur fossils using salt dough. The children chose which dinosaur they wanted and created an imprint. The salt dough takes a while to dry out but they look really effective.
In Music this week we have started to learn lots of exciting dinosaur songs. You may start to hear these at home as they proved to be very popular with the children.
Homework ideas and spelling games will be sent home this week. Apologies for the delay, it is quite time consuming to print and laminate the games. Thank you for your patience with this.
Week beginning 07.01.19
Welcome back after the festive season, trusting you all had fun and plenty of rest! We started the Spring Term with an introduction to our ‘Dino Dig’ topic. The rooms had been prepared to resemble a steamy Jurassic jungle, with fossil silhouettes upon the walls.From the offset, the children were excited and motivated. We introduced new characters to aid our learning and played a ‘fossil dig’ game in teams, which introduced grid references and different types of dinosaur fossils.
In Phonics: we introduced Whitney, Whistler and Whip, our characters who will guide us through Jurassic Phonics (phase 5)and Distracter-saurus Rex who tries his best to make us trip up!This week we stayed on the helipad to recap our split digraphs; a-e e-e i-e o-e u-e. As we progress through phase 5 we will board our Jeep and explore Jurassic Phonic Island. We engaged in a variety of different activities such as sorting, creating names,spotting, adding phoneme buttons and reading sentences in which many of the days words appeared.
In English: we labelled a diagram of a stegosaurus, adding adjectives, and then used research to add facts that interested us.Did you know that the largest plate on its back could reach 1 metre tall? We then sorted a jumbled sentence about spinosaurus,created an adjective word bank for each of the subjects/objects/nouns. We added the words we liked most to our sentence to add extra detail for our reader. Some of us learnt howto put a comma between two adjectives.
In History/Science: we had our amazing ‘Life Long Ago’ work shop on Thursday. Replica fossils were placed in the hall and the children became palaeontologists for the session, carefully brushing away sand to reveal a myriad of different fossils. They then researched to identify the fossil. The provider was very knowledgeable and amusing and kept the children enthralled. We were very proud of their behaviour and courteous reception of our guest. It was a brilliant way to bring this historic topic to life.
In Maths: we looked at the subtraction symbols, revising what we have learnt before and going over the different vocabulary. We then looked at some simple subtraction maths sentences and worked them out practically using equipment. This required reliable counting, so we went over the strategies for this – moving them to another pile, lining them up so not to confuse counting.We then looked at similar maths sentences but crossed out drawings of the problem to find the answer. We even set a three star challenge, which required subtracting in tens! To make it interesting we themed our subtraction work on Oviraptors who like to steal dinosaur eggs! On the whole, the children managed this well, taking into account the two week break and all the associated excitement! We will continue with subtraction next week.
In Guided Reading: we are now doing five days of guided reading,including two other groups of pupils in the process. You may notice a different style of message in your child’s diary. We looked at a new text called ‘Not a Stone’ – this will run over a few weeks in small sections. The text has been differentiated and for the children further up the colours there was a comprehension,encouraging them to support answers to questions by looking back carefully at the text using key words from the question. It was encouraging to hear how many children have improved their recall and decoding skills since the start of the year.
Independent tasks included, cut and stick a T-Rex fossil, sort words that best describe a stegosaurus and velociraptor, locate items on Dino Island and record their grid references and writing sentences about an exciting image using a word bank for tricky spellings.
This week we invited parent/carers in on Monday and Friday only and did our handwriting workshop on Tuesday to Thursday. We hope you found this arrangement easier for you in the mornings.We certainly achieved a lot more and it also meant a much calmer atmosphere and start to our working day. We hope to see the fruits of their efforts in their writing very soon! The odd child found the return to school after a two week break a little unsettling at the start of the day, and the new routine confused a few too. We can assure you that they settled very quickly in class and were soon smiling and enjoying their learning.
It was noted that some of them may have been upset by the volume of people in the cloakroom area. If you know your child is confident and independent, just send them through the door after saying good-bye outside. They will manage very well once inside the building and are more than capable of putting their things away and quickly joining the workshop. It also reduces the chance of an accident and means a quicker get away for yourselves to get on with your busy day.
Next week: homework ideas will be sent home to stick in your homework books along with a spelling game (this resembles the word reading game).
Please ensure PE kits are in by Wednesday
W.B 3rd December 2018
This week has been somewhat disrupted by our rehearsals for the Christmas performance and we moved guided reading into our morning sessions to allow us to make full use of the hall slots in the afternoon. We ensured that reading remained the focus for the week and managed to fit in both guided reading and individual reads. We even had a whole class comprehension on Friday based around ‘The Way Home’ by Oliver Jeffers. This motivated a lot of discussion and engaged the children in using their own experiences, knowledge and imagination to make predictions of what might be happening next at various stages through the text. It also encouraged them to look deeper for clues in the text and illustrations. Using quality texts certainly keeps them engaged and enthusiastic.
In Maths this week we continued with addition by using number lines to 20 and 30. We went over the skills of starting on the larger number and then jumping before counting to ensure an accurate calculation. The children became quite proficient at this and tackled not only the usual 2 and 3 star challenges but even a 4 star challenge. It also helped embed their number knowledge of the numbers to 20; order, orientation and place value.
In Guided Reading on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings the children have completed a range of independent activities while the teacher reads with a group. The activities this week and next week include: following instructions on how to draw a festive image, perfecting our skills and making improvements. Independent writing using an image as a starting point, describing what is happening and why. Placing a list of words that use the ‘ay’ phoneme into an alphabetical table, writing the ‘ay; phoneme into incomplete words and reading them and then writing sentences using the words. In handwriting we went over the one arm robot letters; r n m h b k and p in our handwriting books, learning how to keep the letters a uniform size as well as remembering to start at the top and bounce. The fine motor task was to carefully colour an alien and its waterproof gear and then cut and stick them together. The main text covered was ‘Moon Base Shock’. Reading in class will be more problematic over the next two weeks, what with rehearsals, Christmas craft activities etc, so it is even more important that you take time to read with your child at home, play the word game and extend their sight vocabulary.
In Phonics we looked at the common long vowel phonemes for ‘e’; ee ea ie and e. We sorted them, added the phonemes to words and blended them; we sorted alien and real words and read words using the phonemes in sentences.
We even managed to squeeze a phonic check with each child to help us plan for next term and pop in some extra sessions for those who need it.
The rehearsals are going really well and the children have managed to recall their lines, the words to the songs and remembered the choreography of their group dances. We managed a couple of stagger throughs, splitting it in half and then on Friday attempted a complete run through! It is in good shape and with a few more rehearsals, especially with live music from Mrs Watkins, we will be confident in performing an incredible show to you on Tuesday 18th December.
Another incredibly busy week!
P.S. Please ensure all costumes are in this coming week please!
W.B 26th November
Our rehearsals are becoming more frequent which means a more fractured timetable. The English we have covered this week has been more topic and grammar based. We did a compare and contrast activity where we looked for clues in two images, one of Earth and one of an alien planet. The children were very observant and wrote sentences using ‘I can see…’ and ‘Both of them have…’ . We also looked more carefully at the alphabet, putting in missing letters and matching upper and lower case letters. We also had a message from the aliens about our eggs to translate. The baby aliens have now flown off with their parents.
In Maths this week we continued our work on addition using equipment. We concentrated on adding a single digit number to a two digit number. We needed to make sure that we counted out the amounts reliably, starting from the larger number and counting on. We had to make sure we didn’t reverse the digits in our answers.
In Guided Reading on Monday, Tuesday and Friday afternoons the children have completed a range of independent activities while the teacher reads with a group. The activities this week included: creating an oil pastel alien self-portrait, labelling the planets in order from the Sun, going over one-armed robot letters in different colours, carefully cutting, assembling and sticking a space rocket picture, and ordering a timeline of key events in space.
In Phonics we looked at the common long vowel phonemes for ‘a’, ‘ay’(play) and ‘ai’ (rain). We looked for them in text, we segmented and blended words, we read sentences and added words that helped make sense, we sorted the different long vowel phoneme words and then sorted them real from alien.
In rehearsal, we have completed the choreography for each group’s dance, as well as going over each group’s lines. We have been going over all the traditional carols that we will use within the show too, we are grateful to Mrs Watkins for all the effort she has put in! Please continue to go over your child’s lines as much as you can at home.
W.B 19th November
In English this week we learnt about animals that were sent into space. At the start of the week we did a whole class comprehension about Laika the dog. The children discussed and answered questions in their learning teams. They were encouraged to refer to the text to support their answers. The following day the children researched facts about Laika and selected their favourite facts to copy into their English books. For the rest of the week we learnt about Ham the chimp. We shared a piece of text with the children that had parts missing so they had to look for clues to work out what animal it was. During our work about animals in space we had class discussions about animal rights and reflected on how we should treat animals.
In Maths this week we have started to explore addition. We have continued to link our work on place value with this. We have recorded number sentences in our maths books using the squares for the first time. This is particularly tricky as the children have to remember to put one digit per square and to leave a row after a number sentence. We have also focused on adding ones to model careful one to one counting.
In Guided Reading on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons the children have completed a range of independent activities while the teacher reads with a group. The activities this week and next week include: creating an oil pastel alien self-portrait, labelling the planets in order from the Sun, going over one armed robot letters in different colours, carefully colouring a space dog picture, and ordering a timeline of key event in space.
In Phonics we have recapped all the split digraphs we learnt last week: a-e (snake), e-e (evening), i-e (slide), o-e (phone), u-e (cube, flute). We have read words and spelt words containing split digraphs. We have also played fun games such as split digraph bingo and split digraph dominoes! Please keep spotting split digraphs at home, they are tricky to spot and require a lot of repetition to embed.
As the week progressed our hatched alien has been trying lots of different foods such as carrots, pears and chocolate! The children concluded that it liked chocolate the best as it ate the whole thing and only left the wrapper behind. On Friday the alien broke a whiteboard pen and used the ink to leave a message. Due to this we decided to have an alien themed Friday. The children could choose from a range of activities including: make an alien, plot symbols on an alien island treasure map, write an alien adventure story, identify true/false facts about Ham the chimp, and decode our alien message and alien messages sent by NASA using the alphabet. They had lots of fun selecting which order to complete their activities.
We have also started to create group dances for our Christmas show, rehearsed our songs and we have started to rehearse lines. Please, please go over the lines as much as you can at home.
On Wednesday it was our last of two Parents Evenings. Thank you to the parents who attended, it was great to celebrate the children’s achievements with you.
W.B 12th November
In English this week we re-read the Beegu story and sequenced the events in our learning teams. We then focused on a section of the story and created actions to help us retell it. We rehearsed this section of the story repeatedly until we could recall all the words. On Thursday we retold the part of Beegu in our English books.
In Maths we have continued to explore place value. We practically created number sentences using arrow cards e.g. 50 + 8 = 58, 30 + 7 = 37 etc. Through our work the children are beginning to understand that 0 is a place holder.
In Guided Reading on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon the children completed a range of independent activities while the teacher read with a group. The activities included: creating a plasticine alien, embedding curly caterpillar letters by going over them in rainbow colours, identifying and labelling materials, naming an alien using the split digraph a-e, and labelling parts of the human body. On Friday we completed individual reads with the children who are not quite ready for a guided read yet. This week in guided reading we completed book band assessments to check whether the children were on the correct colour book. While doing this we assessed their comprehension skills as well as their ability to read the words.
In Phonics we have explored split digraphs. We have introduced i-e (slide, hide), o-e (phone, home), e-e (evening, theme) and u-e (flute, cube). During this time we have spotted words with split digraphs, blended to read and segmented to spell. You can support your child with this at home by spotting split digraphs in your books. Remember they make the long vowel sound (their alphabet name).
As the week progressed our Alien egg has glowed red, tendrils have continued to grow across the room, and they have joined across both of the classes. On Friday the egg finally hatched! We came into school to discover cracks at the bottom of the egg, a yellow substance and corn everywhere, and a mysterious hole in the ceiling! The children looked closely for clues and discussed what they thought had happened. We decided that we needed to inform the alien’s parents about the egg hatching. We created a letter as a class and then the children had a go at translating this into alien using the alphabet from NASA. They were very excited!
On Wednesday it was Parents Evening for some of the children. Thank you to the parents who attended, it was great to celebrate the children’s achievements with you. Miraculously we managed to stick to the time schedule pretty well too! Our next Parents Evening is on Wednesday 21st November. On Friday this week we also had a visit from Vernon Coaker. The class ambassadors welcomed him to our class and he had a look at some of our learning. He loved hearing all about the alien egg and was very impressed with how motivated the children were. It was also Spotty Day for Children in Need and we had a surprise visit from Pudsey the bear! Another busy week.
W.B 5th November
On Monday we arrived back to school after a lovely week off to find a mysterious alien egg hanging from the ceiling! A strange message was left nearby and NASA sent us an alien alphabet to help us decode it. We split up the message in our learning teams and translated the message into English. From this we discovered that an alien pod had crashed and the egg had been left in our class for us to take care of while they were fixing the pod. Importantly, it also showed us that it wasn’t dangerous and they meant no harm. Due to our interesting discovery we decided to take our ‘Up, Up and Away’ topic right up into space! This half term our topic will be ‘Moon Zoom’. As the week has progressed many things started to happen to the egg. A yellow slime leaked from the egg, it started to emit an orange glow in patches and tendrils have grown around it. We will continue to monitor the egg and keep you updated regarding what happens!
In English we looked in detail at the egg and created a class word bank to describe it. The children wrote some descriptive sentences in their English books about the alien egg. We also completed a whole class comprehension around part of a story. The children had to be detectives and look for clues to answer questions including who the character was. On Friday we read the complete story and discovered it was about an alien called ‘Beegu’. We had a great discussion based around the book and reflected on how close to the original our previous ideas were.
In Maths we embedded accurate counting by counting how many times each alien symbol was used in the message. We explored using a tally to record and we discussed which was used the most and which was used the least. We have also continued to practically explore place value. We recapped splitting numbers up into tens and ones to make number sentences e.g. 20 + 8 = 28. We also started to explore how we can use tens and ones to order numbers. The children found this a bit tricky so it is something we will continue to work on.
We now do Guided Reading on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. While the teacher reads with a group the rest of the class independently complete a range of activities. This works as a carousel over two weeks so that the children get the chance to complete every activity. The activities this week and next week include: creating a plasticine alien, embedding curly caterpillar letters by going over them in rainbow colours, identifying and labelling materials, naming an alien using the split digraph a-e, and labelling parts of the human body. On Friday we complete individual reads with the children who are not quite ready for a guided read yet.
In Phonics we are starting to introduce new Phase 5 phonemes. This week we have introduced the split digraph a-e e.g. snake, make, skates etc. The children have orally segmented and blended words containing the a-e split digraph, spotted a-e words within a piece of text, sorted a-e words into real and alien, and they have also had a go at writing a-e words. We have discussed long and short vowel sounds through songs which they really enjoy. We have also continued to embed instant recognition of the words: so, do, out, one, said, come, have, like, some, were, there, when, little, what, they, are, Mr, Mrs. You could support your child with this at home by spotting any of these words in stories together. You could also play a game of spotting the split digraph a-e in stories as they can be tricky to spot.
This week we have swapped rockets for bonfire night, wore odd socks for anti-bullying and made poppies for Remembrance Day. What a busy week!
W.B 15th October
On Monday we shared the story ‘The Weather Witch and the Picnic Girl’ and answered questions about it in our learning teams.The children are getting very good at finding the answers in the text. We discussed new vocabulary such as ‘drenched’ and used inference to unpick why the Weather Witch was feeling grumpy.After discussing the story the children went to their tables and wrote about their favourite part. Some used ‘because’ to explain why they liked that bit the best. On Tuesday we practiced a rehearsed sentence: ‘I can see a little girl in a red boat and she has a yummy picnic.’ We created actions, said it in different voices and rehearsed saying it to our friends. The children then had a goat writing the sentence in their books. On Friday we have continued to give children time to quiet read and we have also completed guided reading and individual reads.
In Maths we have started to practically explore place value. We played ‘Race to 30’ as a whole class and then we had a go at playing it in our learning teams. We took turns rolling a dice and collecting that number of magical gems. When we had collected 10 magical gems we could swap this for a magical wand. The first team to collect 3 magical wands (total value of 30) won. The following day we discussed splitting a number up into tens and ones e.g. 36 = 30 + 6. The children had a go at exploring this practically as we said a number and they made it using tens and ones by carefully looking at the digits. We will continue to work on this throughout the year to really embed it. To help support the children with place value it helps if they can count up in 10s. This week we have practised counting up in 10s by singing a song and chanting them throughout the day. Practising counting in 10s at home will really help them secure this.
In Phonics we have recapped the words we have covered so far this year: ‘so, do, out, one, said, come, have, like, some, were,there, when’. We have also introduced ‘little, what, they, are, Mr,Mrs’. These are the words that the children should instantly recognise so the more they are exposed to them the better. You may want to practise spotting them in story books at home or select some of them to play the game with to help embed them.This week we have also continued to practise segmenting and blending words containing phase 3 digraphs/ trigraphs and phase 4 clusters.
During the afternoons the children completed all the jobs that they had not done the previous week. Activities included: designing and cutting out an octopus kite, plotting weather symbols on the Weather Witch’s island, cutting and sticking a jigsaw of the Montgolfier brother’s hot air balloon, ordering how to brush your teeth, exploring and labelling materials practically in a team, and learning about the Beaufort wind scale.
This week we took our class octopus kite out to observe the impact of the wind on the flight of a kite. Unfortunately it was not a very windy day which meant that Miss Boultby and Mr Hedges had to run around with it to make it fly! The children loved chasing after it and many said they will be asking Santa for one for Christmas. We will hopefully take it out again when it is a windy day.
Year One Phonics and Reading Meeting powerpoint
W.B 8th October
On Monday we shared the story ‘Stuck’ by Oliver Jeffers and answered questions about it in our learning teams. The children were very amused by the events in the story and couldn’t contain their laughter. Then we completed a whole class write about what we would do to get the things out of the tree. The children had to be imaginative and explain their reasoning. On Tuesday we were introduced to the Weather Witch. She glides around on a magical kite and has a tatty bag containing shiny gems (fire, ice, water, wind) that help her to control the weather. She lives on a small island and likes to create mischief. We looked in detail at a picture of the Weather Witch and discussed how to describe her using our senses; sight, hearing, touch and smell. Once we had created a class word bank full of adjectives we had a go at writing a description of the Weather Witch in our books. Some children tried to use ‘because’ to extend their sentences and provide more detail. On a Friday we have continued to give children time to quiet read and we have also completed guided reading and individual reads.
In Maths we have continued to embed our number bonds to 10. When the Weather Witch creates a storm she carefully mixes wind and water gems. 10 is the perfect number of gems to create weather apparently! 10 water gems + 0 wind gems creates a slight drizzle. As she uses more wind gems a storm begins to brew. 5 water gems and 5 wind gems creates the perfect storm. The children used a ten grid to colour the gems. Blue represented the water gems and white represented the wind gems. Then we created number sentences to match. On Thursday we moved onto comparing numbers. The Weather Witch explores caves to find gems. Once she uses the gems they don’t work anymore so she always has to replenish her stock. The gems she discovered were in different sized piles and she needed to select the pile that had the most. We carefully counted the gems and used vocabulary such as ‘largest’, ‘biggest’, ‘smallest’ etc. to compare. The children then played a game on their whiteboards where they secretly wrote a number to 20 and showed their partner to compare who had the smallest and who had the biggest. After that we had a go at recording in our maths books. The children were set one star, two star and three star challenges. They really pushed themselves to get onto the next challenge. Some even had a go at a four star!
In Phonics we have introduced more words to instantly recognise by sight: have, like, some, were, there, when. These words have been added to the leaves around the classroom. In Phonics sometimes we give a child a count down from 10 to find one of the words around the room which they really enjoy doing. The children have also worked in their learning teams to identify the middle missing phoneme to create a word that makes sense and they have continued to practise segmenting to write on whiteboards.
During the afternoons we have started to give the children a job to complete before they self-select. These activities work as a carousel across a couple of weeks to ensure they have completed everything. Activities this week and next week include: designing and cutting out an octopus kite, plotting weather symbols on the Weather Witch’s island, cutting and sticking a jigsaw of the Montgolfier brother’s hot air balloon, ordering how to brush your teeth, exploring and labelling materials practically in a team, and learning about the Beaufort wind scale.
W.B 1st October
This week we have based our learning around the story ‘The Blue Balloon’ by Mick Inkpen. On Monday we came into school to find balloons in a net on our classroom ceiling! The balloons ‘chose’ the children as they fell out of the net. The children then drew a face on their balloon and gave it a name. They wrote a recount of this in their English book and were then set the mission to take care of their balloon. The purpose of this was to teach the children how to take care of others and how to take care of things. They soon learnt that they had to be gentle and responsible. In English this week, we completed our first whole class comprehension and whole class write. We shared 'The Blue Balloon' story and answered questions about it in our learning teams. The children had to listen carefully for clues and find their answers in the text. The children also did some writing about where they would travel to if they had a magic blue balloon. They came up with lots of interesting ideas and were very motivated by this. Some children even had a go at extending their sentence using a conjunction. We have also continued to do guided reading with small groups and some individual reads.
In Maths we have continued our work on number bonds. The children practically explored numicon to find all the ways of making 10 and then they had a go at matching number card acorns/penguins/hats to create pairs to 10. We have also listened to number bonds to 10 songs to help with instant recall which the children have particularly enjoyed.
In Phonics we have primarily focused on segmenting to spell words. We have ‘robot talked’ a word and then the children have had a go at writing it down on their white boards. The words have included some phase 3 digraphs/trigraphs as well as some phase 4 clusters.
During self-selection time the children have designed wellington boots, matched pictures to seasons, explored number bonds to 10, and continued to use construction to create lighthouses and modes of transport.
We have also been working really hard on our harvest festival songs every day this week. We hope that you will be able to see us perform them at the church on Tuesday!
W.B 24th September
This week we have continued to focus on the weather.
In English we created our own poems. Each group was allocated a type of weather such as storm, rain, sun, wind, and snow and they were given a poem outline to complete. The children had to think of words to describe their weather, reflect on how it made them feel and consider what things they would need. Then they had to sound out the words they selected to complete their poem. There was some really interesting discussion around this and their poems were really individualised.
We have also started guided reading in small groups this week. The children have practised 10 minutes of silent reading and spotting hfw/phonemes while a group has a guided read with an adult. We have also had some guided reading groups while other children are self-selecting. For the children that aren’t quite ready for a group read yet we have continued to pull them in for an individual read.
In Maths we have started to work on our number bonds. In Year One children should be able to instantly recall all number bonds to 10. This includes knowing what numbers add together to make 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. We started this practically by using multi-link cubes to systematically find all the ways of making 2 and 3. Then they wrote down all the ways as number sentences e.g. 2+0=2, 1+1=2, 3+0=3, 1+2=3. Afterwards we quizzed them to see if they could recall the number bonds without looking. Practising number bonds at home would really help instant recall. This provides an important foundation which is built on in Year Two.
In Phonics we have practised the phase 4 tricky words so, do, out, said, come, one. We have flashed these words every day to really embed them. You may have also noticed that these words are hidden around the classroom on leaves. The children have really enjoyed going to find the words during phonics and some have even used clipboards in self-selection time to write down all the words they could find! We have continued to segment and blend words containing clusters such as str, pl, gr etc. We have also introduced ‘penguin words’ that do not make sense. The children had to decode these words using their phonics knowledge. This week we have particularly focused on the ‘ear’ trigraph. Sometimes it makes an ‘air’ sound such as in pear and sometimes it makes ‘ear’ such as in hear.
During self-selection time the children have explored using construction to build lighthouses. They have continued to develop their colouring skills to design and decorate an umbrella and practised their cutting skills by cutting and sticking a holiday outfit for a penguin.
It has been lovely to see some of the home learning that the children have started to complete. Home learning is optional however if the children complete a piece of work and show it to their teacher they receive house points.
W.B 17th September
This week we have particularly focused on the weather. We have continued to make observations and update our daily weather forecast as a class.
In English we have created a sentence about the weather we like and the weather we do not like. It was lovely to discuss the reasoning behind their opinions and celebrate similarities and differences. We also read and followed instructions to make our own windsock. It was perfect timing to make a windsock as the weather has been particularly windy this week. The children loved going outside in small groups to test them out. The windsocks are currently decorating our classroom if you want to ask your child to point theirs out to you in the mornings.
In Maths we have really worked on our number formation. We checked our starting place and the orientation of our numbers. The children were very reflective about their work as we discussed which numbers they need to repeat a little bit more. Remember to always start at the top!
In Phonics we have continued to segment and blend words. This time some of the words included consonant clusters such as ‘fl’, ‘br’, ‘sl’ etc. The children blend these before segmenting the rest of the word so they have less to remember. We also particularly focused on alternative ‘oo’ such as book/moon and alternative ‘ow’ such as snow/cow. You can help support this at home by asking your child to spot any ‘oo’ or ‘ow’ words in their books.
During self-selection time the children have explored creating modes of transport with Lego and K-NEX. They have been developing their accurate colouring skills by making small hand movements in one direction. They have also started to create patterns on a square piece of paper to turn into a pinwheel. These colouring skills could be worked on at home.
On Tuesday we had our ‘Meet the teacher’ event in the hall after school. We would like to say a big thank you to all of the parents who managed to attend. We hope you found it informative. If you were unable to attend the event please be aware that we put the handouts into book bags. The PowerPoint is also on our class pages on the school website.
Meet the Teacher Event for Parents
W.B 6th September
Our first full week back after the long summer break.
The past 7 days have been about settling the children into Year One and making sure they are happy. The children have been given plenty of time for self-selection so they've had the chance to form new friendships, explore their new environment and gel as a class.
During our first couple of days we discussed what we need to do to ensure our class is a happy place where learning can happen and from this we created our own class promise. We voted for our class ambassadors and school council representatives and we shared out responsibilities so everyone has something to look after in the classroom. We also had some R Time where we talked to our partner about our age, pets and favourite food to develop our listening skills and learn something new about each other. We also celebrated our similarities and differences.
Our Topic this half-term is 'Up, Up and Away'. This week we have shared books related to this such as 'Up and Down' by Oliver Jeffers and 'Penguin Small' by Mick Inkpen which the children have really enjoyed. We pretended to go on an adventure like Penguin Small and wrote a list of what we would pack in our suitcase. We also listed ingredients for a sandwich to take with us so we wouldn't get hungry on our adventure.
In Maths we have ordered numbers to 20, counted out objects to 20, wrote numbers to 20 and verbally counted up and back. Quite a lot of children found counting back from 20 a bit tricky so please work on this at home, it will really help!
In Phonics we have been recapping phase 2 and phase 3 phonemes. We have also went over how to segment and blend words.
On Friday the children made the sandwich for their adventures. They carefully spread their bread and selected their ingredients. The best part was eating it of course. Most children gave themselves outstanding reviews with many claiming it was "delicious", "the best sandwich ever!" and " mmmmmmm!"