13 October 2017
It has been a busy few weeks both at school and in the calendar and we hope everyone has had a good start to the New Year. The children certainly have.
In English the children have loved learning the “Forest Poem” and they now all know the poem off by heart.
The class have also been doing lots of work focused on sentence construction using our golden rules. They should all know the golden rules and they have learnt actions to remember them. Some of the children wrote their own version of the poem and they all wrote descriptive sentences about the forest.
In phonics we have revised lots of digraphs and have been playing lots of games on phonics play.
The diagraphs we have revised are:
“Ch”, “sh”, “th”, “ng”, “oa” and “ai”.
The children have practiced reading and writing of both real and “alien” words for each diagraph. They have also been working hard on writing their sound buttons.
In class the children have all had to sound each word out using sound fingers before then saying the word out loud. They have really enjoyed feeding “OBB” and “BOB” words onto the literacy working wall. Have a look at some of the class’ brilliant spelling.
We were incredibly proud of the class during phonics this week. While the class were learning the “ai” sound they also learnt two phase 5 sounds, “ay” and “a-e”. The children were surprised to see how many words have the same sound but are spelt differently.
It was wonderful to celebrate Succot at school. The children made a Succah out of Lego and then visted the school Succah for lunch. As part of the celebrations the children learnt about shelters around the world. We also discussed looking after and welcoming guests into our homes.
In Maths we have been revising and learning 2D shape names and properties.
The children have also been working on recognising numbers and making numbers using the manipulatives.
We have started a new topic in History and have begun learning about Christopher Columbus. The children were all fascinated to hear about his life and journey. In groups they discussed what they would take on a voyage.
After Half term we will providing the class with a phonics file to keep all their words in and to practice at home. Please ensure homework books are handed in on a Wednesday and that reading books are kept in your child's school bag every day.
29 September 2017
In Literacy this week the children wrote detailed accounts of the tricks the crocodile played in "The Enormous Crocodile". They also continued working on writing descriptive sentences about the characters. Some of their fantastic work has been displayed in the corridor, so please do have a look when you have the chance.
In Maths the children investigated how to find one more and one less of a number using tens frames. They also started to explore what numbers look like using dice, numicon and objects.
In Phonics the children have been revising lots of the sounds they learnt in Reception. Many of the children are showing a good understanding of how to sound the words out and write the words using sound buttons.
Yesterday we focused on the sound "oa". Many of the children wrote excellent sentences using words which contain this sound.
In Science the class went on a material hunt around the school. Lots of materials were identified and the children are starting to use excellent scientific terminology to describe and identify the materials.
Unfortunately tickets for the Bear Grylls event have sold out, so we will not be able to go to that now. However, we will be doing some survival activities during our humanities lessons which will be focused on explorers.
Finally, it was a busy week welcoming the Ofsted Inspectors to the School. We are incredibly proud of how the class behaved and how hard they worked during all of their lessons.
Next week the children will be finding out their book changing days. They will also be getting new home tables and new carpet places.
We wish you all well over the fast.
Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom
The Year 1 Team
Home Tables & Book Changing Days:
Pluto - Wednesday
Saturn - Thursday
Continuing with our Enormous Crocodile story, the children have been writing wonderful sentences describing the crocodile. They have been practising all of our Golden Rules in writing, such as capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. In our quest to find the crocodile and stop him from eating the children, Year One made Wanted Posters so that everyone in the school could help to find him. We were very impressed with how descriptive their sentences were.
All the children looked fantastic today and were so excited all day.
We wish you all a very happy, healthy and sweet new year.
From Year 1 Team
7 September 2017 – The New Term Begins
It has been fantastic to welcome and get to know the new Year 1 class.
We have started reading “The Enormous Crocodile”, which will be our class story for the next few weeks. The children considered where the crocodile might be lurking and decided that he was somewhere in the school. We went on a hunt around the school but could not find him anywhere. Even Mrs Cohen helped us with our search, but not even she could find him !
The class also learnt the poem “Alligator Pie”. Don’t be surprised to hear them asking you not to give away their alligator pie.
Taking crocodiles and alligators as inspiration the children made alligator cakes, wrote descriptive sentences about crocodiles and made model crocodiles. Some of the children also put play dough teeth on pretend crocodile mouths to make up for the animals’ missing teeth.
We also introduced our jungle role play area and many of the children enjoyed being explorers in the jungle. During this time some of the children made up their own crocodile poems and songs. It was lovely to see their creative minds at work.
The classroom needs lots more junk modelling materials, so please can you send your children in with any cardboard boxes, tubes etc that you may have.
We are really looking forward to seeing those of you that can make it to the curriculum evening tonight.
Welcome to Year 2!
A quick hijack from the new Year 2 team!
We hope the children enjoy the rest of Year 1 - we have enjoyed meeting them and we are really looking forward to getting to know them better in September.
We would like to encourage the children to complete a holiday scrapbook to share with us in September. This can include leaflets, maps, labelled pictures, diary entries, etc. Please encourage them to make a record of at least 4 events, taking care to present their work neatly.
Please take opportunities to practise reading, whether this be reading books with them, or asking them to read road signs / leaflets, etc.
Whilst you're out and about, encouraging your child to solve simple maths problems, related to everyday life, will help to keep these skills secure.
Have a wonderful summer!
Mrs Conroy and Mrs Garfen
We will be having an end of year party on Friday morning. Please send your children in with a named, paper plate of party food.
Sports week was a huge success. The children and teachers absolutely loved meeting Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell. They found his assembly on reaching for your goals inspirational and many of the children now want to be athletes when they grow up. They particularly enjoyed participating in the sports circuit of activities which he set up and seeing his medals.
The class were incredibly well behaved during sports day and they all shone in every race they took part in.They particularly enjoyed racing the space hoppers, which could become an Olympic event soon. We would like to thank you all for showing your support. It meant a lot to the children having you all there.
In Literacy the class researched different sports personalities and wrote fact files for them. They also finished writing and editing their “Rainbow Fish” stories. The level of their writing is very impressive and we are extremely proud of all of them.
In Maths this week we started solving addition number sentences using the bridging to ten method. The class used tens frames, blank number lines and their knowledge of their number bonds to ten. They did find it a little bit tricky so we are going to continue this work next week.
Phonics Test & Reports
The Phonics test results have been published and sent home in the children's bags along with their end of year report. We are thrilled with the phonics test results and want to thank you once again for all your help supporting your children through it.
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Benedick & Year 1 Team
This week the class produced their first story maps. We were very impressed with how well they were able to transfer their knowledge into the map. They then used their maps to start writing their own versions of the "Rainbow Fish" story. Some of the children have been using speech marks, exclamation mark and questions marks in their writing. That is extremely impressive as using punctuation of this type is an objective of pupils in Year 2 and Year 3.
In maths they have been working hard on open ended money problems. They really enjoyed solving the problems using coins. The children are also starting to work systematically to solve the problems.
We have loved hearing all the poems the children have been learning for homework.
Please don't worry about your children in this heat wave. We have made sure that they are drinking all the time and we have kept the classroom as cool as we can. We also have limited their time outside and have told them to stick to the shade.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs Benedick & The Year 1 Team
16th June 2017
Phonics Screening Check
The whole class took the phonics screening check on Monday. The children were incredibly well behaved during the check and they acquitted themselves well. We could not have been prouder of them.
We would like to thank you for all the hard work you have put in and the revision you have done with them over the last few weeks. We await the official results from the Department of Education and will let you know when this is received.
As the children worked so hard for the phonics check we had a class pyjama party on Wednesday. We partied all morning and the children loved parading their pyjamas around the school. There were games, a disco, dances and they also watched a film. We were very impressed with some of the dance moves, especially Bertie and Tali’s! Take a look at our videos:
Don’t worry Mrs Cohen, we did do some work in the afternoon!
On Wednesday the whole school went into the hall to take park in a nationwide virtual fitness routine led by The Body Coach. Year 1 particularly enjoyed working out in their pyjamas.
It is pleasing to see how enthusiastic the children are with the new homework grid. Please make sure you tick the reading grid and continue to sign the reading record. We will be using the reading records as part of the transition into year 2.
Have a lovely week
Mrs Benedick and The Year 1 Team
9 June 2017
This week has been “Anti-Bullying Week”, which has kept the class very busy and engaged. As part of this we started a new class text called “The Rainbow Fish”. Using the text as a basis the class discussed what makes a good friend and then wrote about it.
The class also had lots of discussions focused around the theme of friendship. The class made lots of excellent contributions, including the following:
“You should never leave people out” Sammy
“If someone is left out you should go over to them and include them” Sophie
“Be kind and polite” Evie
“If someone is sad ask them to play” Levi
“You should always sorry if you do something wrong” Casey
On Wednesday the children came into school wearing different colours to celebrate differences. They really enjoyed this and it was lovely to see them expressing themselves.
We had a session with the group Streetwise which was focused on spreading rumours. As part of this session the children played Chinese whispers so that they could understood how a message can easily be changed.
There have also been lots of different art activities where the children have drawn things which represent them. They have come to understand that everyone is different and that this should be celebrated. They have also learnt that together we are united as one class.
At break times the children were buddied up with Year 5. The year 5 children were fantastic buddies and really looked after them. Many formed lovely friendships.
As it is the phonics check on MONDAY we have been doing lots of revision of real and alien words. We have also been revising all of the sounds. We are very confident that the class will do well.
Please make sure you practice over the weekend. We have promised them a class party once everyone has taken the check.
The school homework system has changed. We have sent home a letter, grid, spellings and new book which explains this. It should be easy to follow but if you are not clear about anything, please do ask us about it on Monday.
Have a lovely weekend
Mrs Benedick and The Year 1 Team
26 May 2017
This week the class have been inspired by the work of Andy Warhol. They learnt all about his life and the famous pieces of art he created.
The class produced their own pop art using vibrant colours and also learnt the skill of printing. They are very excited to show you their work in our art exhibition.
Over the holidays please revise all the words and sounds that have been sent home this term in preparation for the phonics screening test.
Our topic next term will be plants. The class will belearning about plants and how they grow. Over the holidays it would be good to do some research with your child in preparation for our topic.
We hope you all have a lovely half term.
We have had a very busy week in Year One.
In Maths the children have been learning about weight. They have weighed different objects in both cubes and grams. The children were amazed to feel how heavy a kilogram was and they used that as a comparison for other objects. Some of the children arranged objects in order from the lightest to the heaviest and they were also counting the weights in 5s, 10s and 20s.
We have been working hard on challenging Maths questions and have been starting every lesson with a challenge card. The children have really enjoyed having a go at the challenge cards. When they finished their work lots of them managed to answer difficult Maths mastery questions and explain their reasoning.
Literacy and Science
Literacy and science were linked together and the children wrote all about plants. They were able to explain what keeps them alive and how they reproduce. Many children wrote impressive factual explanations.
The children are doing really well with their sounds and only have a couple of weeks to go before the Phonics screening test.
In Phonics we have been doing lots of revision of phase 4 sounds and the children have loved playing “Beat the Clock”. Why don't you have a go this weekend at playing it. Can you beat our score of 44 sounds in 60 seconds?
Many of the children do not have biros (both black and blue are needed), nor do they have glue. Please can you make sure your child's pencil case is fully equipped and labelled for Monday.
For homework we would like you to practice all the phonics words which have been sent home. Please draw sound buttons on each of the words and use your phonic fingers to sound “th” out before you say the word. Please also revise all of the Phase 3 and Phase 5 sounds and play the games on Phonics Play.
Some children need to recap Phase 2 as they have appear to have forgotten initial sounds. Please can you also review those sounds.
We are very excited for Creative Arts Week next week. Watch this space for who our artist is.
We will be revealing it on Monday morning.
Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom
10 May 2017
This week in Maths we have been exploring and investigating capacity.
The children had a great time using water tanks as part of their investigations into which containers could hold the most amount of water. They compared and ordered the capacities of the containers and determined which held more or less than a litre of water. The class poured 1 litre bottles out into the playground and observed how far the water spread. The children also learnt to use the words ”full”, “half full” and “empty” to use during their observations.
Some of the children’s observations were:
Kitty – “I think this one holds the least because it is the smallest”
Sammy – “I think that just because it is taller doesn’t mean it holds the most water”
Evie – “This is full. We used the little jug to help us fill it”
Joshua – “I know this is empty because there is no water in it.”
Harry – “We know it is half full because the water goes up to the middle of the cylinder”
Danny – “I’m having so much fun it is like we are playing on a beach”
In phonics we have learnt some alternative sounds. Examples include:
· “g” sounding like “j” in the word “gem”;
· “e” sounding like “ee” in the word “be”;
· the “o” sound in the word “go”; and
· how “ea” sounds in the word “deaf”.
For homework this week can you please help your child with the following:
We hope you have a lovely weekend
PS: If anyone would like a quick lesson on how to do sound buttons or phonics fingers please do not hesitate to pop in to class after school next week for a quick tutorial.
5 May 2017
Inspired by our studying of the book “Chalk” the children have been extremely motivated when writing their descriptive stories this week. They also drew their own chalk pictures in the playground and acted out the characters reactions when their pictures magically came to life. We definitely have some budding actors and actresses in the class!
During our phonics sessions, the class revised some of the phonics sounds by watching videos of Geraldine the Giraffe. Geraldine is a puppet who teaches the children how to pronounce the sounds and she has sets of words for the children to find which are associated which each sound. The class found Geraldine very amusing and we had lots of giggles in class. Over the weekend please try and some of the Geraldine Giraffe videos for phase 3 & 5. They can be found via the following link:
Alternatively you can play some phonics games on the Phonics Play website:
Next week in Maths we will be investigating and exploring capacity. Over the weekend please can you look at different sized bottles in your house and discuss with your child.
I have sent home another pack with phonic puzzles and alien words to read over the weekend. There is also a pack from the phonics talk this morning. Please ensure you look through this over the weekend as well.
Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom
2 May 2017
Year 1 had lots of fun making Israeli salad and lemonade for Yom Haatzmaut. They filled pitta bread with falafel and salad.
The children really enjoyed eating them!
2 May 2017
Today in class we had our first "Everybody Reading In Class" (ERIC) time.
The class really enjoyed reading the books in the classroom and their home readers.
We hope you all had a lovely break.
The children have settled back in to school very quickly and we absolutely love all their fantastic posters of “The Great Fire of London”.
This week we have had lots of fun investigating fractions. We turned our classroom into a pizza restaurant and made pizzas following instructions. Mrs Benedick only wanted peppers on half of her pizza, Mrs Scott wanted mushrooms on one quarter of her pizza and Miss Fox wanted a pizza with cheese on three quarters of it. The children had lots of fun working out the fractions and making them.
The children then cut them up into different fractions and learnt how many halves make a whole and how many quarters make a whole. After this we found fractions of shapes and quantities. Many children were able to work out halves, quarters and even three-quarters of different quantities.
In Literacy we have been looking at the book “Chalk”. The class thought of their own stories using the pictures in the book. They also thought of lots of brilliant adjectives to describe the sun, butterflies and the dinosaur in the story. The children then thought about what they would draw if they had a piece of chalk and wrote detailed descriptions.
For homework this week we would like the children to revise their phonic sounds in preparation for the phonics test. Each child has been sent home with a set of words from the 2012 phonic test. Please help your child to practice reading the words. They can split them into two columns “Obb” and “Bob”. A further challenge would be to think of descriptive sentences using the real words. Please ensure the children are practicing their sounds daily.
We look forward to seeing you all at the phonics morning next week.
Have a lovely weekend