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Class 1- WB 29th September.


In our learning this week, we have been focussing on ‘people who help us in the community’.  We started the week with a fantastic visit from Mrs Conway the dentist, who bought with her lots of activities for us.  We dressed up as dentists, sorted foods which are good for our teeth and those which were sugary and we all had the opportunity to ask lots of questions about the dentist and how to look after our teeth.  A huge thank you to Mrs Conway from sparing her time to come and visit us! We have also been thinking about the role of postmen this week.  On Tuesday we found a mysterious bag on our playground.  We worked out the clues inside, to find out that it belonged to a real postman and we wrote him letters to tell him we found it.  We have also been making our own stamps and post-boxes in our creative area!


For our maths focus, we have been thinking about shape and measuring this week.  On Monday we went on a 2D shape hunt around the schools and we learnt that the term ‘2D’ means a flat shape.  We began to learn the names of the various shapes and we counted the sides of each.  We also arranged our 2D shapes into some brilliant pictures.  We have also been using cubes and metre sticks, to measure items from around the classroom and have started to look at 3D shapes.  One of our favourite maths activities this week was learning about symmetry.  We have been designing our own symmetrical patterns using the CBBC Charlie and Lola butterfly game online; feel free to try this out at home too; it is great fun!

In our afternoons this week, we have been thinking about what Harvest is and discussing what happens at our annual Harvest festival.  We painted Harvest pictures ready to show in this year’s festival and learnt a little about how farmers need to prepare for the Harvest time. A big thank you to all who attended this year’s Harvest Festival and for all of your kind donations.





Friday the 10th of October will see the first of this year’s cake sales (Class 5’s turn this time).  Cakes are usually sold to the children at a price of 25p each.  Should your children wish to purchase a cake on this day, they may bring money in to do so. We ask the children bring a maximum of 50p only and that this is kept within a named envelope.


Thank you.


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WB 22nd September.

In our learning this week, we have been focussing on ‘people who help us in and around school’.  We have been lucky enough to have a visit from Mrs Stokes, who taught us all about road safety.  We enjoyed looking at her road signs and linking this to our home-learning from last week.  (Thank you to everyone for your hard work with this; I have loved looking at your photos and illustrations!)  We have also had visits from Mrs Pepper our school secretary and also Mrs Wong, our school cook.  We made some fantastic stick puppets of members of staff and have been having great fun using them to create our own puppet shows. 


We have also been doing lots of number work this week with adding 1 and 10 to numbers.  We have used mathematical language such as ‘more than’ and ‘less than’.  Some of us also began to find 1/ 10 less than a number which was very impressive! 



In RE, we have been learning about the Christian creation story.  We learnt about how God made things in 6 days and then rested on the Sunday and we said thanks for nature and the world around us.  Well done to all who have received an award in Friday work assemblies so far this half term, it is a joy to see so many of the Class One children demonstrating this half term’s value of ‘Generosity’.


Reminders/ Other:  Year One spellings will be tested each Monday.  New spellings will also go out the same day.  Thank you for ensuring your children are bringing their spelling books into school ready for this.


A big thank you also for some of the WOW slips we have received already for some of the Reception children.  These really help us to get to know your child even better and share their success from outside of school; please keep them coming!


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Old Cardboard Boxes needed...

Next week in Class 1 we will be making our own post-boxes in lessons, as we learn about the role of postmen.  If you have any cardboard boxes which you no longer need, we would greatly appreciate anything you can bring in for us!  Any tubes, plastic bottles or egg cartons etc are also always very appreciated throughout the year as we always have use for them within our 'model-making' area.

Thank you,


Miss Ingle.


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First few weeks.



A huge well done to all of Class 1 for a fantastic first few weeks! The children have amazed me with how well they have settled into the new routine and how sensible they all are; I am extremely proud of them.  We have had a jam packed first few weeks learning about 'People Who Help Us'; thank you to everyone who has offered to come in for visits/ suggested people they know, we are very grateful for your support.


This week in our learning, we have sorted pictures of those who help us and those who don’t, written ‘gift vouchers’ to our special adults to suggest ways we could help and we have even designed and labelled trophies, to show these people how much we appreciate them.  We hope you will like them when you look through our books on Monday Open session!


Our focus this week in our maths/ number work has been on recognising number and beginning to add them together.  We have been remembering to tap each object as we count it and also learning the maths karate for adding.  Our reception children have been showing off their fantastic estimating skills and the Year Ones are making fantastic progress with their Friday Big Maths Quizzes! They have been trying hard to see how many answers they can work our correctly, within 100 seconds!  Don't forget to ask your Year Ones at home what their score was this week.


In Class 1, we have been learning all about materials.  We went on a material hunt around the school and recorded the different types we spotted.  We have also been describing common materials such as metals so that next week, we can have some fun with magnets.  We are trying hard to use scientific words such as 'transparent' and 'opaque' to describe their properties.


In RE, we have been learning to say thank you for what we have.  We thought of our own thank you prayers and have been trying hard to always say thank you to others, as part of our ‘generosity’ value this half term.



Please don't forget to make sure all children have their library books inside their book bags, ready for changing each Friday.  Also, if you have any 'effort' or 'achievement' pin-badges at home, we would greatly appreciate them back as we are running a little low.


Lastly, a huge THANK YOU to all who attended the Class 1 Curriculum Evening.  It was fantastic to see so many of you there and thank you all for your positive feedback and questions...I hope you have been practising your dough disco at home!



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Class 1 Assembly

A huge thank you to all the parents, grandparents and families that turned up for Class 1's assembly on Friday. The children were very excited and could not wait to show you what they had been learning. I am so proud of them all as they definately rose to the occasion using those big, clear voices that I know they have.  Also, what better way to finish the day after being in the hall, than to eat a yummy ice lolly from the PTA!

Reminder for Year 1 children. Tomorrow morning the Year 1 children will be joining Class 2 to have the opportunity to learn a Brazilian World Cup dance with Thabani. You may have seen in your weekly newsletter that the children can bring in a football kit if they have one or brightly coloured T-shirt. Please do not buy something especially for the occasion. Children will be in the hall so no trainers are required. With this in mind, this week's show and tell will be based on countries that are taking part in the World Cup and providing us with a few facts about the country. Together in class we will look on a World map to locate their chosen country. Year 1 children may have the opportunity to do their show and tell throughout the week so that they can take part. See you all tomorrow!

Mrs Stewart 


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How "eggciting!"

Class 1 have been so excited by the latest new arrivals to St Ippolyts. We have had the chick cam on watching throughout learning time. We have been taking note of the times of arrival and predicting whether it's going to be a boy or girl. To get used to using capital letters we have been selecting names for them. Mrs Stewart suggested Shelley as the first born. Next week our learning will focus more on our chicks, so keep watching.

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After having our PE session today we have been having some clothing issues. As you know we are always encouraging independence in Class 1, both dressing and undressing. However we have been finding more and more clothes are not labelled, which makes it difficult for both your child and adults. Please over the Easter holidays can you make sure that all items of clothing are named. If you have any school clothing that your child has grown out of we are always looking for donations. Thank you for your support. Mrs Stewart.

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Internet Safety Day!

We have been talking about the internet today in Class 1. First thing this morning Mrs Racher gave an assembly to the whole school discussing how we can stay safe while being online. Later in the morning, Class 1 heard the story of Smartie the Penguin, who was given a new laptop for his birthday, and learnt how to be safe online. We also sung a song about internet safety and have composed a few extra verses ourselves.

To hear this story, visit www.kidsmart.org.uk/teachers/ks1/ and try some of the activities at home. You may like to share the story again at home and have a go at answering the questions together.

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New Release on DVD

This afternoon we had a special treat by watching ourselves on DVD. The children were really proud of themselves, much better than any Disney film. Please check your childs book bag tonight as ordered copies have been sent home. All the children in Class 1 had a lovely time at our school Christmas dinner today. Watching their happy faces and pulling crackers and wearing their special hats that they had made in Class. It was so lovely to see them enjoying themselves. We would like to thank Mrs Harrington Smith for a yummy dinner. THANK YOU from Class 1. Please remember it is Christmas parties tomorrow afternoon.

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Class 1 News

Dear Parents. Class 1 have been very busy since coming back from half term. We are well on our way with our Christmas Nativity. Everyone is busy learning words and songs. We are enjoying our traditional stories and are getting very good at storytelling. We have taken pictures of some of our bears and have measured them and looked at the different materials. The children would like to carry on with Goldilocks and invite their bears back next week on Wednesday for breakfast and taste different kinds of porridge. Our next festivals will be Hannukah and soon Advent. As we have been so busy on assessments we will not have homelearning this week but please continue to keep reading, year 1's spelling and having fun with learning. The children are becoming so confident at speaking and more independent that we decided to write this blog together as a class.
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1 more sleep!

We are looking forward to our trip tomorrow. We have been getting ready and have been asking some very good questions. Weather is looking good so please remember to supply the children with a sun hat and apply sun cream in the morning. We hope that the children will find the trip very enjoyable and a great educational learning experience. Class 1 hope to return by the end of the school day.The children will arrive back and will be taken straight into Class 1 via our gate and then handed over to parents. Pictures and blogs to follow.

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The Latest from Class 1

We had a lovely surprise at the beginning of the week. A card arrived from Mrs Stannard. We were really pleased to hear from her and wish her well. We have been busy 'Going Places'. We started the week by looking and discussing postcards and thinking about holidays and trips out. Next we designed the photos and will be writing some postcards soon. If you have any old postcards at home and are happy to donate them to us,could the children bring them in to school. We are looking forward to locating places on a World and UK map. Our Travel Agents (indoor role play area) has a bureau de change. If you could also have a look at home and would be happy to send in any examples of different currency, we would be delighted. I would like to thank the children as this blog was part of our shared writing in our Literacy session today.


Mrs Stewart and Class 1

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Thank you from Class 1

Class 1 would like to thank everyone who managed to join us on Friday afternoon for our Class assembly. The children were very excited and could not wait to share their learning with you all,especially our 'Walk the Dinosaur' dance. We will be putting our artwork up on display and will post some pictures of our work when it is finished.

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Hot Cross Buns in Class 1

Tomorrow in Class 1 we will be making Hot Cross Buns. A letter has been sent out with your child this evening and replies need to be back in tomorrow, in order for them to participate. We have been looking at items that are associated with Easter and how these relate to the Easter Story.Look out for our next blog to see how we got on.


Mrs Stewart

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