Welcome back to the start of the summer term. We have some exciting things happening beginning with our fairytale day to launch this term's topic. This will be followed by the arrival of some eggs, not the chocolate variety! The children will be able to closely observe the changes of the eggs as they prepare to hatch into baby chicks and begin to grow into young chickens. This is always an exciting event in the Year 1 calendar.
We also have a Year 1 wedding to look forward to and a visit to the National Marine Aquarium later in the term. Keep checking the class page for updates.
We hope you have all enjoyed a restful festive break; we are looking forward to welcoming the children for our next term of exciting learning in Year One.
PE - This term our PE timetable is changing slightly and our lessons will now be held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.
Spelling - Weekly spellings will now be sent home on the Tuesday of each week to be tested the following Monday.
Reading books - should be changed by the children as soon as they have read their book 3 times (depending on the length of the book). Reading diaries will be checked each Friday so that we can record how often your child is reading with you at home - children are enjoying receiving their rainbow reading certificates and we thank you for your support.
Parent Reading Sessions - Please look out for a letter in your child's book bag about a time when you will be invited to join us for parent/child reading sessions.Numbernauts Challenge - individual challenges will be sent out to the children as they complete their previous challenge. The children will usually be tested on a Thursday or a Friday.
The Big Pedal
Well done to all the children and parents who joined in with walking, scooting and cycling as part of the Big Pedal. We had a really number of children who participated and great fun was had by all.
World Book Day
What an exciting day this was! The children looked magnificent with their choice of costumes - the classroom was a very colourful place to be. We enjoyed reading our favourite books and wrote a tweet about them too.
As part of our World Book Day learning we were given a skeleton plot of the story of Cinderella. We were tasked with rewriting the story using as many examples of alliteration as we could. It took us a long time to work together on gathering our ideas of amazing adjectives and alliteration. Then we had to add these to the story plot so that it all made sense. Eventually we wrote our story and were very pleased with the finished version. Take a read of our story and see what you think of our amazing authors!
We would like to say a big thank you to the PTFA for their generous donation to our class. The children are now enjoying playing with traditional wooden blocks and Disney princesses, during golden time.
Well done to the children of Hazel Class and their parents for the fantastic dioramas which they made for their half term homework. We were really impressed with the quality and the imagination that the children had used in their story boxes.
Living Coasts Visit
The children were delighted to welcome Tom from Living Coasts. We had an amazing afternoon of all things 'penguin' as Tom explained lots of important facts about penguins which helped us to answer and understand why penguins don't need to fly. This was supplemented with a very important message about the responsibility we all have to keep our oceans free from plastics and other waste.
Maths through Games
We're all enjoying learning our number bonds to 10, recognising and adding 2 digit numbers through a variety of fun games!
Spelling Bee Launch Day
Hazel class joined in the fun of the spelling bee launch day by taking part in lots of different spelling activities. As well as games and word searches the children shared ideas for learning their spellings, including rainbow writing and pyramid spelling. Ask your child if you would like to know how they do these fun activities.
Antarctica Flag Project
You may recall that before Christmas the children from Hazel and Holly Year One classes designed their own flags as part of the Antarctica Flag Project. This is an initiative where children design flags to represent Antarctica and the treaty that was signed to make the area a peaceful place for all nationalities to come together to complete and share vital research. We were excited to hear that our flags have reached King Edward Point where they are being enjoyed by the scientists who are involved with the research work there.
The children were delighted to be able to attend their very own baptism service at Woodford Methodist Church, conducted by Revd Kate Konrad and duly assisted by Dave, the children and families support worker. The 'parents and Godparents' presented Katy Susan for baptism and everyone enjoyed participating in the service where we sang worship songs and made promises that we would look after Katy Susan as she grows. Every child was presented with a candle at the end of the service, to remind them that we have learned that Jesus is the Light of the World.
The First 3 Weeks in Year One
We are delighted that the children have had such a great start to their learning in Year One. They have already settled well to the new routines and are becoming familiar with our team of teachers, teaching assistants and others who help us in school.
We are encouraging the children to become more independent and are teaching them how to be responsible for changing their own reading book. We like the children to read their book three times, at home with an adult after which they will be ready to choose a new book. They can do this at the beginning or end of the day. We're sure that the children will remind you that every read counts towards their rainbow reading certificate. If your child has a letter or other form of correspondence to hand in at school, perhaps you would be kind enough to remind them to do this. Again this increases the children's sense of being grown up and responsible for their own things.
PE days for Year One are Monday and Wednesday for the Holly Class and Tuesday and Wednesday for the Hazel Class. If your child attends an after school sports club such as multi-skills or Tai Kwondo, it may be easier to send them with an additional set of sports clothing. On some occasions children have gone home wearing their P.E. kit after a club and then become upset because they've forgotten to bring it back into school for a P.E. lesson.
Library day for both classes is Thursday.
The children should all have come home with their own Abacus login bookmarks to enable them to access maths games which support their learning in class. Please speak to us if you encounter any problems with this. We will be sending a homework book home with your child soon with a list of spellings for your child to learn. Details of what needs to be done will be printed inside the cover of the book. We thank you for your support with this.
Parent consultation evenings are the week of Monday 1st - Wednesday 3rd October. Thank you to the parents who have already made an appointment. There is still time to sign up if you need to, just speak to an adult in class and we can add your name to the list.
Teddy Bears' Hospital
We are really looking forward to students from the University coming to visit us on Thursday 4th October, to teach us about how doctors and nurses help us in hospital. This visit is part of our topic 'Marvellous Me'. The children are invited to bring a small teddy from home so that they can administer treatment such as bandages and plasters to help their teddy if they are injured or poorly.
Photos of our learning
Have a look at us busy learning in class.
Teddy Bears' Hospital
We loved having our visitors from the Peninsula Medical School. The student doctors taught us a lot about our bodies and keeping healthy.
We have been exploring different pieces of apparatus and finding different ways of travelling over, under and through them.
The winning poem from Hazel Class for the Mayflower 400 competition is Isla. This is her poem.
Beyond the Horizon
Waves crashing into the ship
Seagulls crying loudly
Cold, salty water on my face
and on my tongue
The smell of the storm all around
As part of our Toys topic we have been showing creativity based on the characters in Toy Story. Can you guess which emotion we are displaying? We also showed how to create moves for our daily routines.
Author Visit - Kathryn Harries
Hazel Class were really pleased to have a visit from a real author. Kathryn came and read her book 'Goose Bump, Bumpity Bump' to us. She told us how she got the ideas for her stories and how she used her imagination to help decide on the illustrations she would paint.
Story Time in Santa's Grotto
What a lovely time we had when we shared a Christmas story in Santa's Grotto!
Christmas Jumper Day
Don't we look festive in our Christmas jumpers?
Lights, Camel, Action!
Didn't they do well?! We were delighted with the fantastic achievements of all of our children for this year's Christmas performance. The dances were fun and funky, the singing was beautiful and everyone remembered their lines - and there were a lot of them for some children! Well done everyone.
Hazel class used their problem solving skills as well as their DT skills when putting together a Christmas treat for you. All will be revealed!