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Autumn 2, Week 1

Welcome back everyone, we hope you have all had a restful and happy half term last week. This week in Class One, we have been learning all about fireworks! We began the week with a journey back in time, 400 years ago where we met a rather scary character.... Guy Fawkes! The children loved finding out some child friendly facts about the Gunpowder Plot and took great pleasure in acting out the story, complete with a Guy, King James and some soldiers. Ask us about the Gunpowder Plot at home, to see what we can remember.

As well as our history learning, we have also been using our art skills this week, using printing techniques to make some beautiful firework pictures. We look forward to you seeing some of these soon during Family Week and Parents Evening.

We hope you all have a safe and happy fireworks weekend. Based on the children's interest, week we will be starting a short unit on dinosaurs next week. Have a look over the weekend to see if you can find out some interesting dinosaur facts in preparation.

Thank you also for some of the lovely homework we have had in! We hope you have all had a sheet in your child's book bag this week; if anyone is missing a homework grid, please let us know in class.

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Autumn 1, Week 7

Well here we are at the end of our first half term of school, and what a half term it has been!  This week we have been thinking about police officers and the children have been having great fun in role as ‘cops and robbers’ this week…we have even had a few traffic officers handing out speeding tickets to scooters in our outside area so watch out!  We have also had a great time learning all about the festival of Diwali yesterday.  The children dressed up in beautiful Indian clothing, created their own Diva lamps using clay, learnt the story of Rama and Sita and even created their own Rangoli patterns using coloured sand, powder and powder paint.  Watch out for some of our lovely Diwali learning in our learning journeys soon!

Half term tasks

Over the half term, we ask that you can support your children in the following ways, by encouraging them to practise the following…

  1. Children to practise forming each letter from the alphabet; both capital and lower case. Make sure they know the name of each letter as well as the sound it makes.
  2. Children to recognise and write their numbers to 20.  Want a challenge?  Practise writing numbers to 100!
  3. Children to learn one more and less than a number.
  4. Learn how to pay for items using small coin amounts.
  5. Please sure your child knows how to write their name!  We are finding lots of children are having difficulty with this, this year.

  6. Have some fun!

Thank you all for your continued support this half term.  Wishing you all a great half term break!

Miss Ingle

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Autumn 1, Week 6

This week in Class One, we have been thinking about people who keep us healthy.  We watched a children’s video about hospital workers and learnt some great terminology, including the words paramedic, pharmacist, NHS and radiographer.  We have had fun looking at X Rays and even using Mr Bony the skeleton, to identify and name the different bones and parts of the body.  We have been singing the ‘skeleton dance song’ to help us with this and you can sing it too, by finding it on YouTube!

As well as the role of doctors and nurses, we have also been thinking about dentists and ways to keep our teeth clean.  We practised brushing our teeth for two whole minutes, using music to help us identify when our time was up and we were surprised to learn what a long time this felt like.  We have enjoyed brushing the dirt off of the pretend teeth and have loved being dentists in our role play area.

Next week we will be completing our topic of ‘People Who Help Us’ with a week on the police force and on Thursday, we will be learning all about the celebration on Diwali. Please feel free to research these over the weekend or make some fun things linked to the topic, to bring in for show and tell!

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Autumn 1, Week 5

Happy Hedgehog Day from Class One!  We have had a fantastic day today thanks to our visit from Hetty’s Hedgehog sanctuary and loved having the baby Hoglets in Class One.  We learnt lots about how to look after Hedgehogs and learnt lots of new facts.  Did you know for example that hedgehogs have up to 7000 spines on their backs or that they are born bald but grow their first spines within their first few hours!  Along with our visit today, we also made paper-plate hedgehogs and iced hedgehog cakes, complete with chocolate button spikes!  We hope you enjoy them tonight.

In other news this week, we have been learning all about people who keep us safe.  We have been learning about the role of lollipop lady, learning about road signs and even conducting our own traffic survey!  The children were extremely knowledgeable about how to cross a road safely and were able to demonstrate how to Stop, Look, Listen and Think during our demonstration which was really lovely to see! 

We also learnt about how the fire-service keep us safe too, learnt what to do if the fire-alarm goes off and have been learning about what it is like to be a fire-fighter.  The children were all very sensible as we practised what would happen if there were a real fire-alarm and we even practised how to make a 999 call in class, should there ever be an emergency.

Thank you for all of the WOW forms that we have had this week!  We have some very talented children in class.  Enjoy your weekend,

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Sabri.

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Autumn 1, Week 4

Class One was greeted this week with a bit of a mystery on Monday….a lost satchel in our outside area!  Upon inspection, we noticed some envelopes, stamps, paper and royal mail signs inside; it was clear who the lost bag belonged to…the Jolly Postman!

Class One set to work writing letters to the postman to alert him of his lost bag.  They added a contact number so that he could call the school and signed the letter off with their names in a polite way; the Class One teachers were very impressed with our sounding out skills.  We have also built our own post office in class this week to sort out all the postman’s letters.  We have been adding stamps onto our envelopes (and choosing first or second class varieties depending on how quickly we want our letters to reach our destinations) and have also been weighing out parcels, using the weighing scales.  Other activities have included, buying items from the post office using 1 and 2p coins, creating new decorative door numbers for our houses, drawing pictures from the Alan Ahlberg story ‘The Jolly Postman’ and even dressing up as postal workers, complete with letter bags and royal mail hats!

Reminders

  • Next Friday will be 'hedgehog day' here at St Ippolyts!  We will be having some special visitors come to school to see us and be having a themed day of hedgehog crafts.  Can you help us to research some interesting hedgehog facts over the weekend in preparation?
  • Thank you for some of the WOW forms we have had in so far.  It is lovely to celebrate your children’s successes with the class and we look forward to seeing some more!  More WOW forms to be handed out soon.
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