Today we said a sad farewell to the brilliant Mrs O’Sullivan! We will really miss her and wish all the best. The classroom won’t be the same without Mrs O’Sullivan!
Today we celebrated the Harvest Festival. We have done lots of exciting work on Harvest. We talked about why we have the Harvest Festival and discussed the different vegetables and fruits, we thanked God for giving us these.
Spellings this week are –
said (red word)
are (red word)
you (red word)
In class we call our tricky words red words and these are the words that don’t follow regular spelling patterns.
There is a new video on 2D and 3D shape on the maths with parents website. We have been covering this in class so it would be great if you could reinforce it at home also.
Finally, apologies that Year 1s did not change their library books this week. We will do it the first week back.
As part of black history work, we have been learning about the inventor Garrett Morgan. He was an American inventor of African-American decent who invented the three-position traffic light signal. We looked at both America and Africa on a map and will be learning a bit more about Africa later in the week. The Receptions then created their own traffic lights and the Year Ones designed some in the computer suit using a painting program.
Today in science we started a new topic on materials. We started by feeling lots of different things in a feely box and trying to describe what they felt like. The Year 1s had a go at making hands with different materials on and describing how they felt. Everyone enjoyed having a turn at using the feely boxes.
Last week in science we learnt about hibernation. We listened to a story about a hedgehog (Hattie) who was trying to get ready for hibernation, but kept getting disturbed by other animals who wanted to hibernate with her. We talked about how hibernation is like a deep sleep. We felt our heart beat and talked about how animals who hibernate have a much slower heart beat. We also thought about why they might hibernate.
We then made hedgehog biscuits and had lots of different activities in our choosing time, including building miniature hibernation homes (which was also great for our fine motor skills and creative thinking).
The children have been learning about another faith this week. They have enjoyed listening to and role playing the special story of ‘Moses.’ We have also learnt about the Jewish holiday Hanukkah which is the ‘Festival of Light.’ We had a go at making Menorahs and Stars of David. Here are pictures of some of the activities. Hopefully your child will be able to tell you a little a bit about what they have been learning!
Year 1 Homework
The spellings for this week are –
Again we will be covering these spellings at school as well. We work on our spelling strategies throughout the week (‘Fred fingers’ and ‘red rhythms’ for tricky words). It would be fantastic if you could look at these spellings with your child and perhaps practise them in fun ways (in the air, with a paintbrush, with magnetic letters, using a variety of gel pens/felt tips). It woluld also be good if they can have a go at writing them down.
Year 1 Maths with Parents activity has been set – Number bonds that equal 10 . If you haven’t registered or are struggling with the website, please pop in to see us. Many thanks.
The children have brought home ‘My Reading Book’ this week with the sounds in that they have been learning at school. Please can you go through the sounds and ask then on the next page there are words for them to blend and read. I apologise as some children didn’t go home with a story sack today, we will send them home on Monday. Sorry.
Reception children will be bringing home their reading material this week (as discussed in our meeting after school last week. If you were unable to attend and would like more information please let us know). Here is a list of reading days plus a reminder of Year 1 reading days. Year 1s will be going to the library every other Monday. There next visit will be on Monday 22nd.
Monday readers –
Tuesday readers –
Wednesday readers –
Thursday readers –
– Rory K
Friday readers –