Donaldson

Year 1

“1 John 4 vs 16 – And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”

Welcome to Year 1 Donaldson’s homepage. Mrs Hayes is our Class Teacher and Miss Hanna is our Teaching Assistant. Please check on the website every Friday for weekly updates but also for the weekly homework. Enjoy!

 

 

Class Updates

Friday 25th November

Thank you to all those who have been practising their songs for our Nativity on Thursday 8th December. Please continue to help your children learn the words and dances to the songs so they are confident and happy during the actual performance. On Thursday 8th December there will be two performances at 9:30 am and 2pm. Please do come along, younger siblings and other relatives welcome! You do not need to book to attend a specific performance.

Class Trip

As you know on Wednesday, we are taking the whole of Year 1 to see Little Red Riding Hood at the Puppet Barge in Little Venice. The performance is in the morning so we will be back for lunch in school as usual, so the children will not need a packed lunch or any snacks. Thank you to all those children who volunteered for the trip we will confirm departure times and details on Monday next week.

Scientist in Residence

On Wednesday, Donaldson class were lucky enough to spend the day with Mercedes, our Scientist in Residence. Working in groups of fifteen the children explored the senses of smell, sight, touch and sound to complement our class learning. The children particularly enjoyed the exploring their sense of touch by putting their hands into boxes and touching baked beans and their sense of smell to identify vinegar, coffee and oranges.

Library Books

We have noticed that lots of the children are not returning their library books on time, which unfortunately means they cannot have a new book this week. As a result, the children often get sad because they are missing out on experiencing new and exciting books. The library is an excellent resource as it helps the children to experience a wide range of books and genres and will help them with their learning.

What have we been up to?

We began the week reading another traditional tale: Little Red Riding Hood. The children then drew a story map of the book to help them retell it to one another. For the rest of the week we looked at an alternative version of the book called Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex Smith. We compared this story to the original and then looked at describing how the characters were feeling at various points in the book.

In Maths we finished our learning about addition and subtraction by comparing number sentences. This is a tricky topic so please feel free to practise again at home if you have time. On Friday, we started our new unit on 2D and 3D shapes and enjoyed colouring in pictures by identifying the shapes in them.

In Computing we began a new unit all about journeys using BeeBots. We absolutely loved exploring how to use the BeeBots and programming them to travel around the room!

In History we learnt about the invention of the car and how cars have developed over time. We then became inventors ourselves and designed what we thought cars in the future will look like.

We’ve also really enjoyed continuing our practise for the Nativity. We are loving learning our songs and dances. Please keep practising these this week so that we’re polished and ready for our performance on the 8th of December.

Winter Uniform

We just wanted to remind all parents and carers about the Winter Uniform expectations. The winter uniform includes a tie, jumper or cardigan and school shoes not trainers. If you do not have any of these items, such as a tie, you can purchase them from ParentMail or Gooddies School Uniform website.

Have a wonderful and restful weekend.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 18th November

This week we have started practising our Nativity songs. Yes, Christmas is nearly here! As many of you may know, Year 2 take the main parts of the Nativity and each Year 1 class sings two songs, one on their own and then the finale. The children seem to really be enjoying themselves and we encourage you to help your children learn the words of the songs (attached). We will be sending out costume requirements the week beginning 28th November.

Donaldson Rock a bye baby rock

Song 9 Finale

What have we been up to?

In English, we continued looking at The Three Little Pigs. We began the week thinking about describing words for the Big Bad Wolf and then learnt some synonyms for bad. We also introduced the idea of question sentences and question marks and discussed using the prefix ‘un’ to change the meaning of a root word. Finally, we created brilliant Wanted posters looking for The Big Bad Wolf.

In Maths we carried on looking at subtraction specifically thinking of taking away a part from a ‘Part-Part-Whole’ model. The learning was tricky but the children really tried and worked hard. We then used number lines to work out subtraction sentences and the children flew through the tasks.

In RE we have begun our unit on Nativity Characters. Today’s lesson was thinking about the role of the Angels in helping spread the Good News.

In History, we thought about old and new trains and discussed how they are different and how they are the same. We found out the main difference is that today trains are electric but before they were powered by steam.

In Science, we continued learning about the five sense focussing on Touch. We worked in partners to describe how various objects felt using scientific vocabulary such as hard, soft, rough, rigid, smooth etc.

In Art we loved learning how to block print with Lego pieces. We practised making different patterns before trying to paint out our initials.

Keeping Warm

As the colder days approach please make sure your child is appropriately dressed for school with jumpers and cardigans and coats. On PE and gym days they should be coming in to school in tracksuit bottoms and hoodies/sweatshirts. Please do also keep sending in water bottles so that children remain hydrated even in the chilly weather.

Mathletics

This week, some children may find the ‘addition and subtraction’ Mathletics task a bit trickier. We have been using number lines in class and we encourage you to do the same at home with these challenges. Number lines can be quickly drawn with numbers from 1-20.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Hayes

Friday 11th November

What a wonderful and exciting week we’ve had this week! We’ve all earnt a lovely and relaxing weekend!

Spelling Tests

Thank you for all your support with the spelling tests. We don’t want them to be overwhelming for the children but would like to request that the children are learning and practising these spellings throughout the week so that they are completely embedded in the children’s memory. These spellings are important because they help the children revise their sounds and will support their writing in the future.

What have we been up to?

In English we’ve absolutely loved learning about The Three Little Pigs. We started the week by acting out the story and on Tuesday we did a comprehension on the story. On Thursday, we were really excited to receive a Wanted poster looking for the Big Bad Wolf from the fairy-tale police.

In Maths we have begun learning about subtraction. We have practised taking away from the whole number using number stories, and have been introduced to the subtraction symbol and begun using it in number sentences.

In RE we have continued to learn about the Saints and this week we learnt about different famous saints including the Patron Saints of the United Kingdom.

In RHE we learnt about the difference between bullying, unkindness and teasing. We discussed who can help us if someone is unkind to us, or if we see someone else being unkind.

In History we enjoyed learning about the history of trains and learnt that George Stevenson is the Father of the Railway!

In Science we continued learning about the body. We learnt about our senses, focussing on sight.

Finally, in Art we continued to learn about mixing primary colours to make secondary colours.  This week we created artwork inspired by Numbers in Color by Jasper Johns. We loved using broad brush strokes to create exciting artwork.

Read and Share

Thank you to the children who shared their favourite books in Read and Share this week. Each Friday, the children who are going to present the following week will receive a letter telling them, so please keep an eye out for the letter!

Bible Verse

Please remember to continue practising our Bible verse when you can.

“1 John 4 vs 16 – And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Hayes

 

 

Friday 4th November

We hope you all had a restful half term – the children certainly seem full of beans to be back!

Next week we have a change to the PE schedule. No PE on Monday (as Alastair is out), instead PE will be on Friday afternoon for both classes.

What have we been up to?

We began the week making our very own Leaf Men out of lovely autumnal leaves. We then used our English lessons to write instructions for how to make a leaf man. We learnt about sentence starters, to tell someone the order of the instruction, and then bossy (imperative) verbs to tell us what to do.

This week we have also had more of a focus on handwriting. Please do encourage your children to keep their writing sitting on the line with finger spaces in between when doing any writing. They also need to remember capital letters and full stops in all sentences.

In Maths, we have been adding two numbers together to make a whole and then writing the number sentences correctly in our Maths book. We have been comparing different groups of numbers using the greater than, less than and equal to symbols.

We have started a new topic in History this term. The focus is on old and new transport with Wednesday’s lesson looking at different modes of transport in the past. The children were asked to imagine what it would be like travelling by horse and cart and then had to work out which transport was used in the past and what types of transport we have now.

Science this term is all about the human body. The children really enjoyed trying to guess what part of the body I was describing from the clues! They then labelled and named the main parts of the body.

In Art we learnt about mixing primary colours to make secondary colours. Using colouring pencils, pastels and paint we experimented with mixing different amounts of primary colours to make new colours.

Finally, in RE we have been thinking about saints and what they are. We talked about our school’s saint, Saint Stephen and what characteristics and qualities a saint must have.

Read and Share

Thank you to the children who started our Read and Share time today. As mentioned, every Friday two children from each class will be asked to share a book they have enjoyed, with the rest of the class. They need to be able to talk about why they like it and what it is about but don’t need to prepare anything else.

Bible Verse

Please remember to keep practising our Bible verse when you can.

“1 John 4 vs 16 – And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Hayes

 

Friday 21st October

What an amazing end to the half term! We have absolutely loved learning about other cultures during Black Voices Week and Show Red Card to Racism Day! It has been a brilliant week learning about Nigeria and Nigerian culture through our wonderful core book Chicken in the Kitchen.

What have we been up to?

The highlight of our week has been Black Voice Week. In English our work has been based around the book Chicken in the Kitchen by Nnedo Okorafor and Mehrdokht Amini. The book tells the story of a little girl from Nigeria, Anyaugo, who wakes up in the night to discover an enormous chicken in her kitchen the night before the New Yam Festival! The children enjoyed making predictions about the story and describing the chicken. Through our learning we explored brilliant new words that mean ‘big’!

In Art, we also did work inspired by Chicken in Kitchen. We replicated the beautiful patterns in the drawings of the chicken’s feathers and used watercolours and pastels to create our own bright feathers for the chicken.

In Maths we’ve started learning about addition and have practised forming addition number sentences using counters and bar models.

In Science we had an exciting lesson making rain gauges using water bottles and jelly! After the half-term holiday we’re very excited to start measuring the rain in the playground.

Following our Red Card to Racism Collective Worship, in RHE we took part in an experiment that helped us consider the impact of racism on people. We thought about the different groups we belong to, for example if we have brown hair or blonde hair, and how we would feel if someone treated one group better than the other. We then discussed how we should respond if we, or someone around us, experiences racism.

We also really enjoyed a visit from our special guest- Wing Kei, Beatrice’s mum. She came to visit us as part of our Black Voices Week, and helped us learn about other cultures. We learnt about a wonderful Chinese poem and then created artwork inspired by the poem.

We also had an excellent time learning about Diwali, and enjoyed a special Diwali inspired lunch.

Bible Verse

Each year we have a Bible verse for the children to learn.

This is Year 1’s Bible verse:

“1 John 4 vs 16 – And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”

Over the holiday, please spend some time reading through the Bible Verse and have a go at learning it.

Read and Share

In order to encourage a love for reading and books within the children, after half term we will be introducing ‘Read and Share’. Each week, 2 children from each class will be asked to share their favourite book with the class.

Have a wonderful and relaxing half term holiday!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 14th October

The children love a trip – even a short one around the local area! Thank you to our parent helpers who accompanied us on a loop of Shepherd’s Bush for our Geography learning on ‘Where I Live’. Along the way we spotted the local landmarks and thought about what we could hear and smell too!

On Friday 21st October, we will be holding our annual ‘Red Card to Racism’ day. For those of you unfamiliar, this is an opportunity to show support and raise money for the UK’s largest anti-racism charity. On the day, children can wear their own clothes and we encourage them all to wear something red. If you are able to, we ask that children make a contribution to the charity in the buckets that will be in the playground before school that morning.  www.theredcard.org/.

 

Homework and Spelling Test

The children had their first spelling test on Thursday. As a reminder, the spellings and green homework books go out every Thursday to be returned the following Wednesday. The spelling test will be the Thursday after they are returned. Spellings should be practised daily, if possible, and not just once so that the children really are learning the words. All the spellings will include a sound that has been taught that week so all the children should feel comfortable with the words.

Reading books will continue to be sent out every Friday to be returned the following Thursday.

A note on the library books. Year 1 is very lucky to have a library session with Mrs Pereira every Monday morning. At that time, they choose a book which they can take home for the week. These books must be returned by the Friday so they can receive a new book the following Monday. Books that are not returned will incur a fine and a new book cannot be issued until the fine is paid.

 

What have we been up to?

In English, we spent the week looking at the poem A Dragon in the Classroom by Charles Thompson. We thought about rhyme and adjectives and finished the week writing our own versions of the poem.

In Maths, we have started looking at addition by focusing on ‘Part-Part-Whole’ models. The children have been learning that the two parts make a whole and can be written as an addition sentence.

In RE we looked at the importance of prayer for Muslims and the children designed their own prayer mats.

In Relationships & Health Education we thought about all the qualities a friendship needs such as kindness and laughter and then filled in a friendship flower about our best friends.

In Art we continued working on our drawing from observation skills and created final still life pieces using all the skills we have learnt this half term.

Finally, in Science we looked at how the seasons affect food and humans.

Mathletics

 

A message from Mr Gane:

 

Mathletics is our eco-friendly homework setting system for Maths and children’s weekly work is monitored and assessed in exactly the same manner as traditional written homework.

Homework tasks set on Mathletics are expected to be completed on rough paper, with the final answers then entered in to the device – unless specifically stated, it is NOT mental Maths, so ‘workings out’ are expected/required at home, but not to be handed in. Remember that most questions have an animation that explicitly explains the method, demonstrating each step to solve the problem, if your child needs a reminder of how to complete the task.

 

We have checked that your child’s login details are correct, if in doubt do ask the teacher to check again. That means that for any other issues, parents/carers should contact the Mathletics helpline, as it will be an issue with your internet set up at home, or iPad setting or browser or any other number of issues – we can’t help there. See the information below that might help.

Mathletics can be accessed by PC/Mac, iOS and Android devices as well as Windows tablets and Chromebooks – on the laptops at school we find that it works best using either the Microsoft Edge or Chrome browsers. See http://www.3plearning.com/tech/mathletics/ for more details and if you experience difficulty in loading the Mathletics website at home please contact Mathletics ‘LIVE Chat Online’ help or email via https://www.mathletics.com/in/contact/

 

Thank you again for your support.

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Hayes

Friday 23rd September

We hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. Despite a four day week, the children have been very busy.

Homework and Reading Books

On Thursday, the children received their homework books and the homework task. These need to be returned to school by Wednesday next week. We have not currently been testing the children on their spellings but hope that they will all practise these red words at home. As soon as the phonics groups are set (next week at some point) we will start basing spellings on our phonics sounds and bringing in spelling tests but we will give everyone warning on this!

This week, we have also set two more tasks on Mathletics homework for the children to complete.

Book bag reading books also went out today to be returned on Thursday next week please.

What have we been up to?

This week, we have continued to focus our English learning on Daisy Eat Your Peas. The children have been introduced to the idea of singular and adding ‘s’ and ‘es’ to words to make them plural and we have been looking again at capital letters and full stops

In Maths, we have been finding one more and one less of numbers and counting forwards and backwards to twenty in numbers and words.

In Geography, we continued to think about where we live and learnt about the countries and capitals of the United Kingdom. This is quite a tricky topic for Year Ones to remember so please do go over these if and when you have time!

We continued to learn all about the seasons in Science and Islam in RE. In Relationships and Health Education we carried on talking about our feelings and the children wrote about how they were feeling at the start of the day (thankfully most of them were happy and excited!)

Finally, Art was a highlight this week. We created group wave artwork whilst listening to La Mer by Debussy. We were inspired by the artwork of Zaria Foreman called Maldives. We loved creating all different kinds of lines and waves whilst being moved by the music.

Sports Morning

We have a Sports trip on the morning of Wednesday 28th September organised by Alastair. Please can all children come into school in their PE kits. They do not need a packed lunch (unless they have one normally). This trip is in addition to the normal PE lesson on Monday.

Have a lovely relaxing weekend,

Mrs Hayes

Friday 16th September

The children have had another excellent week. They are settling in very well to Year 1 and are starting to begin more structured work.

Homework and Reading Books

We would like to clarify the homework and Reading Book arrangements for Year 1.

On Thursday the children received the homework books and the homework task. These need to be returned to school by Wednesday next week. Usually in Year 1, the homework is closely linked to the learning the children are doing in Phonics. However, the children are currently being assessed in Phonics, and this homework style will not begin until after all these assessments are complete in a few weeks. In the meantime, the homework will be given to you on a sheet for the children to complete in the homework books.

The children have also been given Mathletics homework and you can find their login details on the inside of their homework books.

The children will also be given a weekly Book Bag Book linked to their Phonics level. They need to take this home to read every day to revise and practise their Phonics skills. These books need to be returned to school on Thursday to be changed and given back out on Friday.

Lastly, the children are given a Library book during their Library sessions with Ms Pereira. These books are to be read for pleasure and the children can either read these to themselves or you can read to them. They must come back into school on Mondays when the children will change them themselves during their Library session and choose a new book.

 

What have we been up to?

This week, we have read Daisy Eat Your Peas, and have begun our unit of work learning all about that story. We have also been learning about counting to twenty in Maths and being able to read and write the numbers using both numerals and words! In Geography we learnt about where we live and about the seven continents. Lastly, in Art we have begun experimenting with making lines, using pencils, pastels and even string!

 

A request for Photos

In Geography this half term, Year 1 will be learning all about where we live. We are making a display in the classroom to celebrate this learning. In order to create this display, I would be very grateful if you could bring in any photographs of your child in front of a landmark from around England or the world. This can be a London, Shepherd’s Bush, or international landmark.

 

A request from Reception

If you have any old spare, small, school uniform, underpants or socks, could you please donate them to the Reception unit so that they can have some spares for the children?

Thank you for all your support this week and any questions please feel free to email on v.hayes@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Have a lovely long weekend,

Mrs Hayes

Friday 9th September

What a brilliant first week we have had. Your children have all been amazing; listening, trying their best and most importantly being positive and smiley. We are very impressed about how independent they already are, coming in and getting straight on with any activity or work set (with very few grumbles or tears!). Mrs Allen and I are very excited about the coming year.  This morning we went to a special church service to celebrate the life of Her Majesty the Queen. We sang songs and even lit tea lights in the church in her memory.

Homework

There will be no homework set today but your child should have come home with a book bag book. This book should be read for pleasure a few times over the week and returned (in its folder with the reading record signed) on Thursday next week.

In Year 1, homework is linked to our Read Write Inc. phonics programme. We will start setting homework once we have assessed all the children’s phonics and grouped them accordingly. Homework will then be set each week on a Thursday and will need to be returned by the following Wednesday. The homework will consist of a phonics book (that your child will have read every day that week), a green homework book to write sentences and a spelling sheet. They will have a spelling test on Thursday morning. On Friday, we will be sending home a book bag book which should be read for pleasure. In addition, on Fridays we will be setting Maths tasks on Mathletics, to be completed by the following Friday.

Information on blog

We have uploaded a copy of our weekly timetable and the Year 1 curriculum map (outlining key topics in all subjects).

What have we been up to?

This week has very much been about settling in to Year 1, getting to know their new teachers and getting used to the new classroom, playground and routine. We have also worked in small groups in English and Maths. English was all about writing simple sentences about the summer holidays – remembering those all-important capital letters and full stops. In Maths, we thought about our number formation and counting and recognising numbers to 20.

What an artistic bunch of children! We have done lots of art this week. We started by creating some eye-catching book covers for our Art books and have also each drawn a self-portrait which we will be putting on display soon.

We have been revisiting our Set 1 digraphs in Phonics as a whole class and will be assessing the children on their sounds next week before putting the children into smaller phonics groups.

A request from Reception

If you have any old spare, small, school uniform, underpants or socks, could you please donate them to the Reception unit so that they can have some spares for the children?

Thank you for all your support this week and any questions please feel free to email on v.hayes@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Hayes

Friday 30th September

We’ve had another fantastic and jam-packed week of exciting learning! We especially enjoyed taking part in our sports morning and being taught by the Year 6 Sports Captains! We also had a fantastic time during our special Harvest Church Service, and we were so impressed by the extremely generous donations made by the parents.

Reading Books

Now that we’ve had a few weeks to settle we’re really trying to encourage the children to understand the importance of reading books. It’s really vital that the children are heard reading by an adult at home using their reading books. Please make sure that you then sign their reading log to show that you have read with them so that we can change their books the following week. If the reading log is not signed the children will be given back their book to make sure that they have read their story with an adult.

Encouraging Independence in the Morning

In Year 1, something that we really work on is building the children’s independence both in their learning and in their life. We really encourage the children to become more responsible for looking after their belongings such as their book bag. In order to support them in gaining these skills please make sure that you drop your child off at the door rather than come inside the school building with them. This way they can practise putting away their own things and getting out their water bottles etc. to make sure they’re ready for their day of learning.

What have we been up to?

This week, we have continued with our learning based on Daisy Eat Your Peas. We wrote about foods that we like and dislike and practised using ‘and’ in our sentences. We also learnt what a noun is and had a go at sorting nouns into their types.

In Maths, we have been learning about greater than and less than. We were even visited by crocodiles in class to help us use our greater than and less than symbols correctly.

In Geography, we continued to think about where we live and learnt about the countries and capitals of the United Kingdom. We learnt about the national flowers and animals of each of the four countries in the United Kingdom. Please continue to practise naming the countries with your children if you have time because it’s a challenging topic.

In Relationships and Health Education we talked about how you can hurt either your feelings or your body and understanding the difference. In Science, we learnt about how robins adapt to the different seasons in the UK. Lastly, in RE we read the Islamic stories of The Prophet and the Ants, and The Crying Camel. We all agreed with the message of looking after all animals.

Finally, in Art this week we were using different line drawing techniques to create a still life drawing of some fruit. It was very tricky to make our fruits look life like but we managed to make some fantastic finished pieces of art.

Hispanic Day

We are really looking forward to our Hispanic Day on Friday 7th of October. Children should come in to school dress either Spanish costume or in the colours of the Spanish flag.

Have a lovely relaxing weekend,

Mrs Hayes

Friday 7th October

Wow! What a wonderful and exciting week we’ve had. Of course, the absolute highlight for everyone was Hispanic Day! We absolutely loved seeing the Mexican Folk Dancers perform during Collective Worship and had an amazing time learning how to do some Mexican Folk Dancing in our workshop afterwards. It was brilliant! We also had a great time listening to the female Mariachi band in the afternoon and making Mexican chants and clapping along to the music. We learnt about Spain and Picasso in Art and had a fantastic time making portraits.

A request for helpers

On Friday afternoon, Donaldson Class will be going on a short local walking visit around Shepherd’s Bush. If any parents would like to volunteer to join us please email me. It will be first come first served.

Homework and Spelling Test

Now that the children have been placed into their new Phonics groups we are able to begin Year 1 homework as it will usually be and start the spelling tests. You will have noticed that on Thursday, a sheet with spellings was stuck into the children’s homework books. These spellings are for the children to practise and learn for the week. On Thursday next week the children will be tested on these spellings. The spellings are set based on the sounds the children have been learning in their Phonics groups so should be revision for the children. The children then need to write 1 or 2 sentences using one of their spelling words in their homework books, not on the sheet.

Encouraging Independence in the Morning

Thank you to those who have been dropping of the children outside of the school building in order to encourage independence. We would now like to make sure that all parents are staying outside and not coming into the school building so that the children are in charge of putting away their own belonging and are becoming more responsible for themselves.

What have we been up to?

In English, we started the week by making honey sandwiches! We then spent the following days learning how to write instructions about how to make the sandwiches again. We especially focussed on using time connectives such as ‘first’ and ‘finally’.

In Maths, we have been having some really exciting lessons all about place value. We learnt how to use ordinal numbers, and how to make and use a number line.

In Geography, we continued learning about the United Kingdom. We learnt the difference between rural and urban environments.

In RE we were learning about the Muslim celebration of Aqiqah and how Muslims celebrate a new baby being born.

Lastly, we really enjoyed making portraits in the style of Pablo Picasso on Hispanic Day! First, we created sculptures using Play-dough. In the afternoon we used collage and oil pastels to work together as teams to make giant portraits!

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Hayes

Friday 21st October

Bible Verse

Each year we have a Bible verse for the children to learn.

This is Year 1’s Bible verse:

“1 John 4 vs 16 – And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”

Over the holiday, please spend some time reading through the Bible Verse and have a go at learning it.