Have a look in your kitchen at the food items. How much do they weigh? Which weigh more than a kg? Which weigh less than a kg? Which weigh 1kg? Can you order the foods by weight?
Have a look at clue 1- Can you guess the artist?
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