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Week 1, September 2017

What a successful week we have had in Class One this week!  All children have settled extremely well into their new routine and it has been a joy to get to know some of our new intake over the course of the week.  The children have been up to many different and exciting activities including rainbow sand mark-making, painting, PE lessons with Mr Jefferies, number work, phonics sessions and even creating their own mud-recipes in our brand new mud kitchen! It is also really lovely to see so many children coming in to the classroom independently now; we are very proud of them and how positively they are entering the classroom each day.

A big thank you to all parents for being so patient at the gate as we learn all of your names and faces and also for ensuring that all school uniform is clearly named’. This has made things much easier for us all this week and is very much appreciated!

Reminders.

  • A reminder to all parents that children’s reading books will be changed each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Your child will be heard read by the class adults throughout the week so please ensure these come into school each day in book-bags.
  • Water bottles should contain still, unflavoured water only.  Your child may also bring in one fruit or vegetable item each day to eat at their snack-time.  We ask that you do not send in cereal bars/ crackers/ yoghurt covered fruit or other similar items please.
  • As part of the Early Years Curriculum, children are encouraged to work and learn outside as part of an ‘extended classroom’ in out outside area.  We have a saying in Reception that there is no such thing as bad weather, only wrong clothing!  We therefore ask that children bring in some wellington boots to keep in class each day, so that they are suitably dressed for all weathers.  Some of our best learning and experimenting comes from playing in the rain and with puddles!
  • Lastly, all children are expected to change for PE at school with a level of independence.  Whilst we will always help those who need it, we encourage children to ‘have a go’ at doing up/ undoing buttons and ties, before seeking help from a grown up.  We therefore ask that you practise this at home with your child over the next half term or so, so that they can get used to dressing and undressing with confidence.

Thank you to all for a great first week, it has been lovely chatting to some of you at the gate and I look forward to getting to know you and the children more over the coming year!

Miss Ingle

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Nín hǎo from Class 1! WB 19th January.

 

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY (Happy Chinese New Year) for yesterday!  We have loved taking part in our school arts days this week based on our theme of Chinese New Year. We started the week by learning about the Chinese New Year story and acting it out using animal masks in class.  We then enjoyed making some delicious spring rolls in the cooking room on Tuesday.  It was a little tricky to use the thin filo pastry so we had to be very delicate when rolling our spring rolls, but we all did extremely well.  Lots of us could name some of the healthy ingredients we put inside and we measured them out carefully into our ingredient bowls using our counting and measuring skills.

 

Our art days ran on Wednesday and Thursday and we all really enjoyed being taught by the different teachers throughout the school.  We even had a visit from a Chinese dragon workshop; we enjoyed looking at the huge lion puppet and making his eyes blink!

 

Some of the other activities we took part in included making Chinese lanterns, learning Chinese songs, painting plates and chinese symbols, finger print blossom trees and many many more... if you haven't done so already then please take a look at the gallery page above, to see some of our fantastic work.

REMINDERS-

A plea from Miss Ingle and our class teachers; we are finding many lost gloves, scarves etc around at the moment.  If all adults could write your children's names on the labels inside these, it should help us return them much easier to their owners.  Thank you.

 

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First week of the new Spring Term.

 

Welcome back everyone!  As always, we have been very busy this week in Class One and we are already getting stuck into our new topic of ‘in the dark dark night’.

 

Our focus this week has been monsters.  We read the story of ‘Wriggly Squiggly’ by Jeane Willis which featured some funny monsters; the year one children then researched adjectives and similies to create their own monsters.  In reception, we also made our own monster books full of funny descriptions; needless to say we have made up some very interesting characters indeed! Reception have also been using their model making skills to bring their creatures and robots to life and have been using lots of excellent language to describe them.

 

In maths our focus this week has been on subtraction and counting back.  We learnt the words to a great subtraction song on youtube called ‘when you subtract with a pirate’ and this taught us lots of different ways of saying ‘take-away’. We now know that minus, subtract and difference all mean the same thing. Year One have been solving lots of worded problems but had to remember to put the largest number first and then subtract the smallest.

 

In science this week, we have been learning about the features of humans.  We discovered interesting facts about why we need skeletons and we thought about things that make all humans similar and different.  Next week we will be thinking more about human senses.

 

REMINDERS

 

  • Show and tell will be carried forward to Monday of next week; unfortunately we ran out of time today so please feel free to bring your items in again next week.

  • Library books will also be changed on Monday.

  • A reminder that reception reading books will now be changed daily.

  • Spellings for Year One children will be tested on Monday.

 

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Wb 1st December

 

What a jam-packed week it has been!  Parent’s evenings, Christmas decoration making, sewing and lots of Nativity rehearsals!

 

We are doing well with our nativity songs, lots of us are remembering to sing in a big voice without shouting and we are using lots of actions to be expressive!

 

We are also getting a little better at remembering our cues to speak; some of us are still having some trouble remembering our lines so please continue to practise with us at home and check we can recall our lines without the cards in front of us and that we are reading in full sentences.

 

Costumes for the play have all been sorted and tried on and the stage is ready to go; we were very excited to get our first glimpses of what it looks like and to practise walking on and off of the steps.  Thank you to all who have bought in their tights, t-shirts and smart narrator clothing from home for the nativity

 

Our Christmas stockings have now been completed.  It was a tricky process first drawing around templates and cutting out the two pieces and then sewing them both together but we all did very well. We have now decorated them and they are hanging proudly in our class role-play ready for when we can take them home on the last day of half term.

 

REMINDERS/ OTHER.

 

Our Christmas nativity is next Thursday afternoon!  We look forward to seeing you all there.

 

Can you please ensure that water-bottles are not being kept inside books bags; we have had quite a few leaks over the last couple of weeks and books/ belongings getting rather soggy.

 

 Thank you for your Christmas Fair donations and to all those who came along to parents evenings.  Enjoy you weekend. J

 

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Week Beginning 17th November... First Nativity Rehearsals!

Christmas has arrived in Class 1 this week and we have all been very busy, preparing for this Year’s Nativity called, ‘The Sleepy Shepherd!’ The children are all very excited and they enjoyed being able to pick their parts; we have shepherds, a donkey, lots of cheeky sheep and of course Mary, Joseph and Kings all raring to go with rehearsals over the next few weeks. Costumes will all be supplied by the school for the Reception Children so you will not need to supply these. Nearer the time, Year One children may bring in smart clothes from home for their narrator roles but you may keep them at home for now until we begin dress rehearsals.

This week, we have been looking at traditional tales. We learnt that traditional tales are very old stories, usually told from person to person. We also learnt that most traditional tales have similar features…1. They usually contain a wolf or other talking animal. 2. They have a part that repeats (usually 3 times) 3. They contain a moral for children to learn from and 4. They usually happen in a wood, village or jungle. We have enjoyed re-enacting some of our favourite stories and some of us performed a brilliant version of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ to the rest of the class. We have also been in role as the wolf and Little Red Riding Hood in our outside wendy house and making our own gingerbread men using dough and cutters and the Year One children did some excellent rhyming, based on the gingerbread man!

We have also been thinking all about adding doubles this week. We performed our own doubles rap to help us remember. If you want to find it at home, just type ‘Doubles Doubles (I Can Add Doubles!)’ into youtube. We doubled so many things in class, cups of water in the water area, cubes, made models with double instructions and even double dance moves! In preparation for Christmas, we have been busy creating our own fabric stockings. We found that using templates can be very tricky and when we came to cut out our two pieces using felt, we really had to concentrate on our scissor skills. Next week, we will begin to sew the front and back together so we can then decorate them.

Reminders.

Inside some of the book bags, some of you have words for the Christmas Nativity. These are for you to keep at home and learn. Remember to try to use your BIG voices and expression as you read them and practise them whenever you get the chance!

We are also missing library books from Class 1 children; if you happen to have one at home, could you please return it so that your child can then swap it for a new library book. Thank you.

We have had lots of lovely WOW forms in this week; they have been a joy to read and share to the class and we appreciate you sharing them with us.

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