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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.


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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Week Beginning 10th November.

In our literacy this week, we have been having lots of fun, continuing our theme of poetry.  We learnt a poem all about winter, which was full of onomatopoeias and some of us even added our own actions to it. We have enjoyed talking about the poems that some of the reception children researched at home and reading some of them in class, especially ‘I scream for ice-cream’ which was John’s favourite, ‘The peanut’ from Elliot, ‘The Spider and the fly’ from Oliver and ‘The chubby snowman’ from Romey.  Another one we liked was Ella’s favourite, called ‘sting a ling’ by Roald Dahl and this started off some great discussion work about scorpions. We looked up lots of facts about them on the computer and talked about some other dangerous animals.

In Maths in Year One, we have been solving investigations all week.  Our favourite one was called ‘Maisie’s maze’’ where we had to navigate a mouse around the maze in as many different ways as possible.  We knew that there were six ways of doing it but the tricky part was working in order, so that we didn’t repeat any of the possibile routes.  We also tried hard to find shortcuts in our workings.

In Science, we have started our new topic of ‘seasonal changes’.  We learnt that the sun is a star, we designed our own hats  and sun gadgets to protect our skin from it and we also went on a ‘shadow hunt’, to investigate sun light.  It was interesting to see that we only had shadows where the sun couldn’t reach and that they became longer at different points throughout the day.  We have also been creating our own ‘shadow dens’ in the classroom and some us of in reception were investigating what happens when we put coloured filters in front of the torch; we especially liked the green filter to make our faces look spooky!

Thank you to all of you for your kind 'Children in Need' contributions today.  We have loved being heroes for the day!


No Reminders this week.

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End of our first half term.

Wow, what a fun filled, busy first half term it has been.  The children have come so far already and it is fantastic to see how well they have settled into their new school/ routines. 

This week our focus has been on 'people who help us when we are poorly' and we were lucky enough to have a visit on Wednesday from a real life nurse, Miss Fletcher.  The children were full of questions to ask her and they particulary enjoyed trying on all of her hospital uniforms; we had a class full of nurses, radiographers and even surgeons!  We also had a few 'injured patients' who enjoyed being wrapped up in bandages and wearing pretend slings on their arm, it has been a joy to see them all acting in role in our hospital role-play throughout the week. A special thank you to both Miss Fletcher and Mrs Fletcher-Deuchar for arranging the visit for the children.

We also thoroughly enjoyed having you all in for family week on Tuesday.  It was great to see so many of you attend and we hope you enjoyed some of the activities as much as the children did.  The 'X-ray' pictures you made with your children have been hanging proudly in Class 1 all week and we have also been lucky enough to look at some real X-rays, thanks to Ella's father, Mr Foster, who provided the class with these for us to look at.

As you may have noticed from your child's book-bags, all home-learning books have been kept in school over the half term and there is no home-work set for Class 1 and Class 2.  We hope that this will give the children (and yourselves) a break and chance to enjoy their half term after a long and busy half term.


After half term, our topic will be changing to 'Changing Seasons'.  Our Arctic role play is now all set up and ready to go for the children when they return to school.  If you have any items at home which you would like to lend the class for our Arctic role play area, such as old winter scarves and gloves or stuffed toys, they would be very much appreciated.


Wishing you all a happy and safe half term!


Miss Ingle.

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Police Week- WB 13th October.


In our learning this week, we have been continuing our topic of ‘people who keep us safe’.  Our week got off to an interesting start when we came into school to find police tape and pictures of robbers hidden all around the school!  We decided to use our detective skills and go on a police-search to find them all.  We took our clip boards with us and created a tally chart; we had to try to remember to ‘cross the gate’ when we got to number 5.   We then counted up each line to find totals, we had lots of fun doing this.

The adventure continued on Tuesday when we discovered that lots of our teddies and toy money had gone missing.  Even Mrs Jones’ lunch had disappeared!  We decided that it would be a good idea to make WANTED posters to catch any robbers and so we drew what we thought they may look like and wrote what we should do if we see anything suspicious.

In Year 1 History, we have been learning all about the British monarchy and we all researched our favourite member of the Royal family.  Most of us chose to find out about Kate or baby George but some of us also found out a little about Henry 8th and we decided that royals these days are much nicer!  One of our favourite things this week was when we made our own cardboard castle in the outside area.  We had to work as a team, to check we had delegated fairly.  We added, ramparts along the top of the castle, a drawbridge, a moat, arrow slits and even a portcullis!  We also discovered that the safest part of the castle is the tallest tower; sometimes called a ‘Keep’.


Reminders/ AOB:

*  We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday for a fun filled afternoon of activities.  We will be doing some arts and crafts as well as some other exciting things.

*  Now that it is getting cold, can all parents/ carers ensure that children are coming to school with some form of coat/ waterproof or their St Ippolyts fleece every day please.  As part of the early years curriculum, the outside area is considered part of the classroom and should be accessible to children in all weathers!  This also applies to the Year One children in Class 1 who still use this area. Wellies are very welcome should you wish your children to have a pair at school.

*  Well done to all for your effort with the home-learning tasks this half term.  The police artefacts were outstanding and the children have been using them all week in their learning.  There will be no home-learning set in KS1 and Early Years throughout the school next week, to give children (and parents) a chance to relax and enjoy their half term.

*  A reminder that all show and tell items should be linked to our half termly topic OR of a special significance please. 




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Friendship/ Fire-fighter Week in Class 1! (Wb 6th October 2014)

This week, we have been starting our topic of ‘people who keep us safe’, which will last until the end of half term.  We started the week by thinking about fire-engines and we added our own labels to say some of the things we would find inside.  We discovered that fire-fighters need a pump, hose, a first aid kit, sirens and special cutting tools which are sometimes called ‘the Jaws of Life’!

The Year One children have also been writing instructions this week and have been trying our best to use ‘bossy’ verbs such as ‘put’, ‘walk’, ‘make’, ‘stay’, to write a set of instructions of what to do in the event of a fire.

In Reception, we have been doing some excellent role play to do with the fire-service.  Some of us decided to transform a huge cardboard box, into our own fire-engine; we drew on blue circles for sirens and wheeled out the tyres for either side so it looked real.  We also made some cup and string telephones and made 999 calls; we had to remember our address and to ask for the correct service.

One of the most exciting parts of the week was our visit from a real fireman.  We enjoyed trying on his safety clothing and we learnt that the proper name for a fire-engine is a ‘fire-appliance’.  We tested out some of our question words on him and many of us now want to become fire-fighters!  Thank you to our visitor for sparing the time to come in and also to Mrs Laws-Randall who kindly organised the visit for Class 1.

Another thing we have been doing this week is going money-mad!  We have been learning the shapes and colours of coins in England and understanding that some amounts can only be made by adding coins, (for example there is no such thing as a 3p coin but we can make 3p using other coins).

We have been trying hard to tap twice on 2p coins and 5 times on 5p coins, to understand the value of each.  We also found it really interesting that some of the smaller coins are actually worth more than some of the larger coins!

Some of us made up our own shop in the outside area to use coins in a real context and most of us can now even count in 2ps by tapping on the coin twice!  We noticed that some of the money in class was real and some was fake so some of us were very clever and used magnets to find all of the real money.

This week has also been friendship week.  Each day we have had a different focus and we have been doing lots of fun activities to help us think about positive behaviour and how to be a good friend.  One of our favourites was making ‘friendship pie’, where we mixed up ingredients to create the perfect friend.  You may have noticed ‘friendship tokens’ in our pockets or book-bags; we have earned these throughout the week each time we have been spotted being a good friend to others.

No reminders this week, just a big thank you to all for your continued support with home-learning, spellings (Yr 1) and reading at home, so far this half term!



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