Our week in review- 5th -9th November 2018
We have had a very busy week this week! We had a V.I.P visitor in our class on Friday, Miss O'Leary's sister! Take a look at what we were doing!
Maths: We were working really hard on subtraction stories this week, we even made up our own stories!
Science: We had a really fun science lesson today with Miss O'Leary's sister Claire! Claire helped us to test water-proof materials so we could make a raincoat for Teddy! Claire is studying fashion in University in Dublin, Ireland! We have some really cool pictures from today below!
English: In our Literacy lessons this week, we read a really interesting story, called , The Everywhere Bear. It was so similar to our class and our Teddy! We thought the author Julia Donaldson, had been spying on our class !!
Topic: I have linked a website to help with this weeks homework below , and also some resources to help with our RE and Art homework.
Have a wonderful week everyone!
Our week in review 29th October- 2nd November
We've had a lovely week back in school after our half term! It was great to see so many excited faces on Monday morning! Take a look at everything we've been doing this week!
English: In English this week, we read the story 'The Tiger who came to tea'. It was a very funny story! We thought of alternative titles for it - The Penguin who came to a picnic, The Lion who came to lunch! Some ideas were fantastic!
Maths: In Maths this week we have been learning about subtraction. We made our own subtraction stories up today! Some were really clever! For example , there were 5 tigers on the safari, 3 went hunting and there was 2 left. ( 5-3=2)
Topic: As a part of Black History Month in October, we learned about Rosa Parks. We watched a documentary about her life, and about how she stood up and fought for her civil rights. We discussed discrimination in our class, and all agreed that a person shouldn't be treated differently just because of the way they look, or where they come from! We wrote about Rosa Parks in our books, it was a really interesting topic!
Golden Time: We had a very exciting and well suited Golden time treat this week! We get Golden time on Friday afternoons when we all reach our dojo point target as a class! This week we made hot chocolate and had mini marshmallows on top! We watched the story of The Tiger who came to tea, being acted out in a theatre! Check out our pictures below!
Finally we had a lovely day celebrating All Saints Day in school yesterday! Miss O'Leary was so sad to miss it! Everyone in class did a fantastic job in show and tell this week, discussing a saint they admired!
I have posted this week's tricky words list below, and just a reminder that Parent's Evening letters went home in book bags today, and slots will be given out on a first come first served basis :)
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend !
Our week in review - 15th-19th October
We have had a very busy week leading up to half term! Take a look at everything we've been up to!
Cooking: We made some tasty treats in Year 1 this week as a reward for all the hard work we have been doing! We mixed Rice Krispies , with some melted butter and marshmallows- and then we decorated the faces with green icing and some sweeties and fruit! We really enjoyed our cooking session - check out our creations below!
Maths: We have been working really hard on number and addition this term!
English: We have been reading the story of Elmer this week! We discussed how we are all special and unique and we should feel proud to be that way! We wrote about Elmer and coloured in pictures of Elmer with his colourful patchwork!
Topic: This term we have been learning about Great Britain! This week we labelled the countries and nations that make up the British Isles on a map! Some of us even drew a dot to show where London is!
RE: This term we have been learning about God's Great Plan. We have learnt about the following stories from the Old and New Testament. We listened to the Holy Tales during our fruit time every day! Here are some of the stories we have heard:
The Creation Story
The Story of Adam and Eve
The Feeding of the 5000- The loaves and the fish
Jesus and the blind beggar
Noah's Ark and the great flood.
The Wedding at Cana
The Good Samaritan
Jesus dies on the cross- Mary asked him to be the mother of his friend.
The Prodigal Son
David and the lions den.
The Lost sheep.
I hope everyone has a wonderful half term! I have attached links to a phonics channel on Youtube to help with any phonics over the half term. I've also uploaded the newest tricky words list, as well as a brief guide on how to help with homework!
I'm already looking forward to seeing everybody back after half term!
Ms O'Leary x
Our week in review 8th-12th October 2018
Hello everyone! We have had a very busy week here in Year 1 this week- take a look!
School Trip: We were very lucky this week to have the opportunity to attend the BBC Youth Proms in the Royal Albert Hall! Years 1-6 all attended the morning performance. We took the tube to South Kensington, and walked with our Year 6 buddies to the amazing Royal Albert Hall! We listened to different groups and bands perform. We even took Teddy along for the day! Our favourite performers in Year 1 was a group of singers called Vocalize! We had a great trip out and finished our day off with a picnic outside to have our lunch, as it was such a beautiful day!
English: We have been reading the story of Elmer the elephant in class this week! We are really enjoying this story, we have been discussing how we are all unique in a way, just like Elmer was! We think Elmer would fit in really well in our class next Friday when we celebrate Brighten Up day to raise money for CAFOD!
RE: In RE this week we were learning about a Psalm about creation. We listened to Psalm 8 and discussed how it reminded us about the Creation Story! We wrote letters and prayers to God, thanking him for creating our beautiful world.
Ms O'Leary has attached a link to a Noah's Ark story, which we will be learning about this week and has updated our tricky words list!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Our week in review - 1st October- 5th October
Hello everyone! Sorry for the delay in posting this weeks review and homework links - we had some computer issues! But all is back on track now, I hope the delay didn't cause an inconvenience to anyone ! Take a look at the week we've had!
World Poetry Day: We had a a wonderful day celebrating World Poetry day with a whole school assembly on Friday. We recited a beautiful poem about Creation and God's World. Thank you to everyone who brought in a poem for our school display!
Religion: In RE this week we were learning about how we can look after God's wonderful world! We spoke about the importance of recycling and being mindful of how much single use plastic we use everyday- some of our class even wrote letters in class to tell everyone how to care for our common home!
CAFOD: We were very lucky to have a wonderful lady called Bethany, come into school to speak to us this week. Bethany spoke about CAFOD's new campaign called the 'Brighten Up' campaign which is aiming to help impoverished families around the world. We heard about the stories of children the same age as us in Year 1, who travel long distances for clean water everyday! We discussed with Mrs Lavelle about the importance of clean water in our everyday lives- we use it for so many things! There's a link below to the CAFOD page with more information about their new campaign!
Finally just a note to say, we've noticed some of the Year 1 parents volunteering to help give some TLC to our Mary Garden in school and really want to say thanks a bunch! Our Mary Garden is a special area of our playground, where we can go if we want some quiet time to sit and think, or if we want to pray- we often use our Mary Garden as a setting for our class Collective Act of Worship!
The new tricky word list is posted below along with a link to the CAFOD website, there's also some pictures from our Poetry Assembly!
I hope everyone has a wonderful week, and looking forward to seeing everybody back on Monday!
Our week in review- 24th -28th September 2018
Hello everyone we have had a great week here in Year 1! Take a look of what we've been up to :
Religion: We created some beautiful pieces of Art this week based on what we have learnt about The Creation Story! We chose different colored tissue paper to represent the different parts of the world God created. We glued the pieces of tissue paper into silhouettes of a cross and an angel. We also made our own creation story book! We each wrote our own version based on the story from the Book of Genesis.
PSHE: This week we looked at the different things we need to keep us healthy. We decided some things we definitely need to stay healthy, like , water, oxygen, sleep and healthy food.
Collective Act of Worship: This week in collective act of worship, in response to the Word we read, we had to write postcards to our families! We had to write a postcard letting our families know that we prayed for them in school and we listened to the story of Adam and Eve- which we will be learning all about in Religion next week!
Golden Time activity: On Friday afternoon, when all our work was completed we played with Mr Davis's enormous football! We had great fun playing a football match and then we played a game with Ms O'Leary- it was great fun!
I have attached the Tricky Word list for the week- these are five words that your child will need to learn to read. I will post a new list with 5 words each week
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
See you all on Monday!
Our week in review- 17th -21st September 2018
Hello everyone! I have heard that Year 1 had a great week this week with Ms Kettle and Adrianna! Year 1 were very busy this week- take a look!
Maths: In Maths we were practicing number bonds to 10. A number bond is a way of combining two numbers to make another number , for example 5+5=10,2+8=10. We practiced using cubes and counters to make number bonds to 10! Next week we will be learning about numbers 11-20!
Religion: In Religion this week we heard about the seven days of creation. We acted out creating the seven days, using different colored cloths and toys we had in our classroom! We all took it in turns to add a creation to our world.
Art: In Art this week we created a world with our own two hands just like God did! We created different shades of blue by mixing paint to represent the oceans and used green crepe land to represent the land. We know from our story of creation that 'And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
We have displayed our worlds around our holy area in class!
I would also just like to note and commend the Year 1 class for their excellent composure, listening and actions, on Thursday, during the evacuation. I am incredibly proud of how our class exited the school safely and listened so well to all the teachers and staff at school.
Looking forward to seeing everyone this week-
Our Week in review- 10th-14th September 2018
Hi everyone- we have been very busy in Year 1 this week! Take a look at what we've been up to!
Catholic Life of our School: This week we went to church with Year 2, Ms Moore Jaunaii and Fr Mark! We were at church for Adoration. At the end of last term we were very lucky and Fr Mark celebrated Adoration in our school with us! Ms O'Leary has left a picture below to help remind us- it was a bit of time ago! As a reminder this week we spoke about how Jesus is in the Eucharist- which is the bread we receive at mass ( once we have made our Holy Communion!) We learned this week that when Fr Mark blesses the bread it becomes the body of Jesus. We were able to identify the special time during mass when this happens- the altar servers ring a bell! We will be learning more about Adoremus during this year!
Religion: We started our religion topic for the term this week! This term we will be learning about God's Great Plan. This week we discussed all the wonderful things in God's world that God created. In Show and Tell we spoke about our families, and in RE we saw that our families were a wonderful creation made by God! Our homework spellings from last week helped us a lot with our special writing about God this week.We also started to discuss our school mission statement. Ms O'Leary has sent it home as part of our talk homework for this week. We all agreed that the first line and quote in our mission statement is a really important sentence to remember everyday! In Collective Act of Worship we lit a special candle that Ms O'Leary received for the World Meeting of Families in Ireland at the end of the summer. The special candle has been blessed and has a picture of Pope Francis on it! We also said the World Meeting of Families Prayer. Ms O'Leary has left a link to the World Meeting of families prayer below for you to say and keep at home.Next week will be learning about the creation story- Ms O'Leary has left a link to the creation story below to help with this week's RE talk homework.
PSHE: This week we were learning about the PANTS rules. We learned about 'good' and 'bad' touches. We learned a lot form the Pantsasorus song! We created posters to help us remember the PANTS rules which keep us safe! Ms O'Leary has left a parent guide to the PANTS rules below and a link to the Pantsasorus song online!
Topic: We were writing about where our families come from! Our class is very unique with so many families from all over the world! Thanks to everyone for their terrific show and tells about their families!
Ms O'Leary will be away with Year 6 on their PGL trip next week. We are very excited to have Ms Kettle teaching us all week! Have a wonderful weekend!
Welcome to Year 1 - Our first week in review!
5th-7th September 2018
I would like to offer everyone a very warm welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer! Here is what we got up to in school this week, and some helpful information for the year ahead
Reading Books: Reading books will be changed every Monday and Thursday. Please remind your child on these mornings to put their reading book and reading record into the pink box. Please sign and comment on how your child read their book
Homework and Spellings: Homework is given out each Friday and is collected the following Thursday- until the end of the Autumn term the children will be assigned 'Talk Homework' along with spelling homework. A spelling check is done every Friday morning.
Our class Teddy: Each Friday our class bear -'Teddy' goes home with a very lucky child in Year 1! Teddy will also bring along his diary so your child can write about what he did with your family over the weekend- feel free to draw a picture or take a photo of what you get up to!
Our Family Prayer Book: Our very special Family Prayer book is sent home during the week with child. Please take a few days to compose a prayer or share a family prayer in our book. A copy of last year's prayer book is on display in the school office if you'd like some inspiration or ideas.
If you ever have an questions or queries, please feel free to contact the school office to pass a message or arrange a meeting with Ms O'Leary
Looking forward to getting to know everyone over the year !
Our Week in review
Here's a quick look of what we started this week :
Religion: We spoke about our class saint - Saint Raphael the Archangel. We learned about where he came from and why he was made a saint! We painted beautiful pictures of Saint Raphael- take a look below ! We also held a special Collective Act of Worship to start off our year in the best way, with the help of Jesus- our Good Shepherd!
English: We wrote about our wonderful summer holidays, everyone was very busy! We also started our brand new handwriting books- we're practicing writing our letters in the correct direction! Ms O'Leary has attached a worksheet to help practice at home if you would like!
Maths: In Maths we're starting to learn more about numbers 0-10. We are practicing writing these numbers, and how to spell this numbers- Ms O'Leary has left a practice sheet to use at home below!
That's a quick review of our week so far! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Reception- Year 1 Transition Meeting
Just some answers to some of the questions brought up during this afternoon's brief meeting:
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and feel free to send a postcard back to our classroom Teddy in school! Happy Summer!
2017-2018 Reception Archive
In our Summer topic, we learn what the terms city, country and continent mean. Our journey begins in the amazing city of London. A trip to the River Thames showed us how important this river is to the people, animals and plants for many reasons.
Later that week, we looked at some iconic buildings in London, including the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. We learned a little about the Royal Family and had a very posh afternoon tea with scones and jam!
We hope you're all having fun in the snow! The Nursery and Year 1 blogs have plenty of snow-related activities for you to do if you'd like to but if you are keen to get back to our dinosaurs, then perhaps you'd like to gather some playdough or empty boxes and create your own dinosaur. You could use a book or a toy to help you build it. You could paint it when you have finished making it. Ask someone to guess what kind of dinosaur it is. Alternatively, draw a picture of a dinosaur then write its name underneath. Ask a grown-up to help you write some adjectives to describe you new dinosaur. Is it scary or friendly? Is it large, long or very small? Does it swim or fly? What features does it have?
Or you could wrap up warm, put your wellies on and go out and watch the clouds! See if you can spot any clouds that look like a dinosaur. Do they have spikes, plates or a long tail? You could ask a friend or family member to play with you. Who can spot the most?
Whatever you do, keep warm and safe and we hope very much to see on Monday.
Mrs Henbrey and Sarah
* STARRY, STARRY NIGHT *
Star light, star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.
As the nights draw in and the weather gets cold and frosty, we have been looking at the different festivals that people celebrate in the run up to Christmas, and conducting scientific experiments into light and dark, using torches and the dark tent in our classroom.
We learned that white light from the sun is actually made up of all the colours of the rainbow. We are investigating this by making flitter jars and experimenting with torches and water. We made goggles with different coloured lenses. Bella, Abigail, Hosanna, Henry and Ferdy loved imagining what the world would be like in different colours!
We have been talking about light, shadows and materials all morning thanks to our homemade flitter jars. Flitter jars mimic the snow domes that have been popular since Victorian times, which contain objects in a swirling snowstorm. For ours, children brought in an empty jar, filled it with water, used pipettes and food colouring to change the colour of their water and spooned in glitter and metallic confetti. ALL BY THEMSELVES!
The children enjoyed learning about how shadows are formed; used and explored the meaning of key vocabulary - liquid, patterns, shadows, light, movement and change; made and explored an object and observed it closely; explored phenomena and looked for patterns and change; described, talked about and recorded what they observed; became aware of cause and effect and offered explanations.
Õ PUMPKIN SOUP Õ
One of our books of the week is Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper. Cat, Duck and Squirrel live in an old, white cabin in the woods with a pumpkin patch. Every day Cat slices up some pumpkin, Squirrel stirs in some water and Duck tips in a 'pipkin of salt' to make perfect pumpkin soup for a cold evening. We tried it ourselves. First Leo found a pumpkin in the garden; Hosanna got all the cooking equipment ready; Jack tied his apron all by himself; Michael got to work with the peeler and then chopped up the pumpkin with a VERY SHARP knife!
Next France-Fontaine chopped up a carrot and cut it into ten pieces. Chopping onions made him, Henry and Jack cry! Emi and Emilia helped out, pouring in the water and stirring the soup until it was ready. We added a pipkin of salt and Antoni tasted it and gave it the thumbs up.
Hands-on cooking activities help the children develop pride and confidence in their skills and abilities. It develops their small muscle control and eye-hand coordination, inspires their curiosity, offering new opportunities to make predictions and observations. It also offers a great opportunity for mathematical and language development and allowed us to act out a story that has an important message about friendship, loyalty and teamwork. Plus we got to show off our skills to local celebrity Kitty AND eat the end result.
Some of us are now going to make a missing poster to help Cat and Squirrel find Duck and others are to going to write some simple instructions for how to make pumpkin soup.
At the beginning of the year we thought about different aspects of our lives, our families, our homes and ourselves. We brought in baby photos and thought about what we can do now that we couldn't do then. We talked about what we liked, what we didn't like, what made us happy and what made us sad. We looked at how our amazing bodies worked, and explored our senses.
Throughout the year, play is an important vehicle for fostering mathematical concepts and developing positive attitudes to maths and problem solving. Look at Austin, Ferdy, Benjie and Zuzanna, all following their own mathematical fascinations during play. When we gather daily to do our formal mathematical focus, the children have had crucial, practical experience.
In religion, the children are learning that they are special to their family and to God. They are beginning to understand that when we help others we are pleasing God.
Year 6 buddies
We have an amazing team of around ten Year 6 buddies who regularly give up their lunchtimes to practise reading with individual children, teaching them turn-taking games and encouraging them to become articulate and confident.
We all wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2017.
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