Donaldson

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 Donaldson’s homepage. Miss Kelly is our Class Teacher and Miss Kayleigh is our Teaching Assistant. This page will be updated every Friday with what we have been doing and our homework.

Class Updates

Friday 17th January

Happy Friday everyone! Week two of 2020 and what a rainy one it has been. We’ve had a great week and the children are excited to relax this weekend!

To start our week, we were lucky enough to visit the toy museum at Fulham Palace. It was such a great start to the week and the children really enjoyed comparing all of the toys throughout the ages, making their own and a visit to the park!

In English, we have been working on the features of the text ‘We all went on safari’. We have unpicked the text and from this innovated it and created our very own story. Our challenge was to make sure we remembered to use capital letters for those nouns!

In our Maths lessons, we have continued counting on from different numbers and have used tens frames and part whole models to show different ways of making a number. Towards the end of the week we moved on to problem solving to help deepen our learning.

During our RE lesson, we have been learning about Gods wonderful world. We discussed the positives and negatives of human behaviour and from this discussed how WE can make a difference in looking after this beautiful world we live in.

In Art, we have been looking at landscapes! We learnt how to start with a background and then slowly build up to what is straight in front of us. We decided it would be a great idea to link in with our English theme of Safari and create a very own Tanzanian Safari landscape. We created a merge of colours for the Tanzanian sky, charcoal for the trees and birds then we carefully cut out a silhouette of an animal of our choice. We thought carefully about where we would place these and all of us were happy with our final outcome.
In Spanish, we have been learning the days of the week and putting them in the correct order.

We finished off the week with Music, Gymnastics and a visit to the life bus where we learnt about how to look after our bodies!

Thanks for a great week and to all of our helpers on the trip!
Miss Kelly

Friday 10th January

Happy Friday everyone! Week one of 2020 is complete!

In English, we eased ourselves back in by working on a variety of SpaG lessons, comprehensions and handwriting. We started a new story called ‘We all went on Safari’ a counting journey through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs.

We also reminded ourselves how much we have learnt this year so far. Some of us were really shocked how much we have grown and it was lovely to see the children so proud of their journey in Year One so far!

In our Maths lessons, we have been counting on from 10. We used a tens frame doing this, we then moved on to problem solving which was tricky but we used our positive mind-set and teamwork.

During our RE lesson, we looked at the Creation Story. We learnt that Christians believe that God created the world in seven days, on the seventh day he rested.

In Art, we learnt about a famous artist called Vincent Van Gogh. We looked at his style of Art and a popular piece called ‘Starry Night’. We decided it would be great to have a go at our own versions. It took us such a long time which made us think deeply into how much time and effort Van Gogh put into his work.

In Humanities, we have started to look at toys from the past and present and decided we loved the toys made during 1990-2020.

We finished off the week with Music, Gymnastics and a visit to the library!

Homework Week 1

Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Kelly

Friday 20th December

Merry Christmas everyone! We have made it and what a great Term we have had! The time really has flown by and I’m pleased to say that the children are well and truly settled into life in Year 1 and I am really looking forward to lots of exciting topics in the New Year.
Thank you so very much for the voucher and gifts, I was truly overwhelmed. You are so generous and it really is deeply apricated. It really have been a pleasure meeting you all and have loved every second teaching you wonderful children!

 I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and wish you all the best for 2020.

There is no homework for over the Christmas holidays which I’m sure will be a welcomed relief for many! Please do keep reading individual books and go on live Mathletics if you wish.  See you on Tuesday 7th January.

Sending lots of Christmas cheer,

Miss Kelly

Friday 13th December

Dear parents and carers,

The homework for this week is available here. This is the last homework of 2019 as it will not be set over the Christmas holiday which I’m sure the children (and parents) will be delighted about! Merry Christmas!

Reading books will continue to be changed next week on Monday and Thursday as usual.

It’s been a very busy week in Year One! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on stage dressed as beautiful angels for the KS1 Nativity. The children were incredible and I couldn’t help myself but dance and sing along as their energy was contagious! We have a talented group here and I look forward to more incredible singing and dancing opportunities throughout the year !

In English, we have been learning to add the -un prefix to words to change the meaning, for example happy becomes unhappy. In Maths, we have been learning to represent numbers to 20 in different ways including drawing pictures, recording on a tens or twenties frame or on a part whole model. Some of us even went onto partition numbers into tens and ones.

In RE, we have been identifying who King Herod was and comparing his characteristics with The Grinch. This lead nicely into our DT Day nativity scene boxes which we started a little earlier than other classes. First,we planned our design with the materials available in mind. Then we decorated the background and floor, followed by creating the stable! We loved every minute of it! and safe to say the classroom floor is a vision OF GLITTER!

The children are happy, excited and are going to enjoy a well deserved week of the festivities next week as we continue with arts and crafts, also the KS1 Christmas Party on Tuesday!

Finishing the week,we will have Christmas Church Service on Friday.

Happy Holidays everyone, Nearly there!
Thanks again for another fantasic week. Sending you lots of Christmas cheer!

Miss Kelly

Friday 22nd November

It’s been a busy week here in Donaldson class! The children are coming on leaps and bounds and I feel extremely proud to be their teacher. We have some fantastic news to share with you all, we have appointed Miss Kayleigh as our new teaching assistant and we are super excited to have her join our team next week.

The homework for this week is available here. In addition to homework, lyrics for the Nativity have been sent home today for the children to practise at home.

In English this week, we have been looking at Duffy, the main character in ‘The runaway train’. We have been focusing on asking him questions, consequently learning about ‘What is a question?’ and how to correctly use questions in our work. For example ‘Why did you take so long?’ and ‘What did you have for lunch?’ After that we practised writing sentences in the past tense. We add –ed to root words as it it changes the word from the present tense to the past tense. For example, Duffy Driver shouted ‘I must catch up with the runaway train’.

In Maths, we have been working on subtraction but challenging ourselves to show as many ways possible the subtraction sum. We have used counters, pictorial evidence and part whole. Next week we will be learning to subtract along a number line and to identify subtraction as the inverse of addition, for example 5 + 3 = 8 or 8-3=5.

In R.E. we read The Nativity Story and identified the message that Angel Gabriel gave to Mary and Joseph. We discussed what we thought of the story and how Mary and Joseph may have been feeling. Next week, we will be working in partners to think about why God chose Mary and Joseph to be Jesus’ parents.

Please note that next Friday (29th) we are hosting a ‘Red Card to Racism’ day where we ask that all children come dressed in something red to show their support to the ethos of the day. If you should wish to, buckets will be in the playground at the beginning of the day to collect £1 donations that will go to the charity ensuring that their work with young people across the country continues. Please copy the link below to find out more
https://www.theredcard.org/

The collection box for ‘Beyond the Bow’ Christmas presents for children in the local community is now in the office in order to avoid confusion with brick a brack donations for the Christmas fair. Donations should be new or unused, suitable for girls or boys aged between 2 and 16 and the last collection day will be on the 6th December. We are also looking for donations of Christmas cards, gift bags and wrapping paper. Thank you so much.

Reminder: Parents Evening is Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th November, please sign up for a time slot.

Have an amazing weekend,

Miss Kelly

Friday 15th November

It’s been another fabulous week here in Donaldson class! The children had a super time on the trip.I have seen lots of positive behaviour this week. Well done children!

The homework for this week is available here

In English this week, we have been looking at a lovely story called ‘The runaway train’ by Benedict Blathwayt. This story links in well with our humanities topic ‘Transport’ and the children are so enthusiastic to see the main character Duffy the Driver go on his very special journey.

In Maths, We have been finding number bonds to 10 . We loved working out all the different ways we could make 10 using only two numbers.The children particularly enjoyed learning through play on Wednesday. We had to delve into the sands and jump over the sparkly rainbow to go on a special journey to find the correct matching number bonds and prove to each other our answers were right by using Numicon and cubes. Our brains have grown strong this week!

In Humanities, we have been looking at the differences between modern trains and Victorian trains. We have learnt the man who invented the ‘Rocket’ locomotive was called ‘George Stephenson and we have enjoyed looking at old pictures of Victorian trains and stations and talked about how they are same and different to trains and stations today.

The collection box for ‘Beyond the Bow’ Christmas presents for children in the local community is now in the office in order to avoid confusion with brick a brack donations for the Christmas fair. Donations should be new or unused, suitable for girls or boys aged between 2 and 16 and the last collection day will be on the 6th December. We are also looking for donations of Christmas cards, gift bags and wrapping paper. Thank you so much.

Reminder: Parents Evening is Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th November, please sign up for a time slot.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Kelly

Homework 17th January 2020

Homework Week 2 Sring 1 2020

Homework

Please click here for this weeks homework.