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 14th February

Dear parents and carers,

In English this week we have been working towards writing our very own story about a lost toy! We enjoyed using our story language and our plans, it made us feel like professional story writers!

Afterwards, we read it out loud to our friends during story time.
In Maths we have been learning to partition numbers up to 50 using dienes and part whole models. We have also been learning to use these number facts to help find missing numbers such as 5 + ? = 40. As of next half term children from both Year 1 classes will be grouped for maths lessons. This whole school approach is used throughout Year 2 and KS2 maths lessons. It is beneficial as independent learners are taught by one teacher whilst less independent learners are taught by the other teacher and benefit from the support of both teaching assistants.

In Humanities, we have been looking at what makes old toys the same as modern toys and thought really carefully about how materials have changed over time.

In computing, we have been using a coding program which helps us design and create moving characters. This week we continued on ‘Busy Things’ and programmed Mr Beard to move around and dancefloor and have a dance! Afterwards we created sentences using a writing program. Some of us made super silly sentences!

On Thursday it was DT Day. We started the day by exploring and investigating the engineering of bridges. The children then spent the day planning, creating and making bridges strong enough to hold a toy car. A fun day had by all!

Please have a little look at the overview about our approach to reading here at St Stephens, along with some comprehension at home ideas. If you follow this link, at bottom of the English page through the link ‘Reading Overview’.
https://www.ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/reading-overview-for-website.pdf

Can I also take this opportunity to welcome Miss Omar, our student teacher who will be with us until Easter. So please do say hello! We are very happy to have her join us and the children are too!

Well done to all children and adults for getting us happily to the end of term. As always, it is a joy to teach these children as they are such a wonderful group of happy, motivated individuals. Enjoy the endless amounts of singing next week. You all deserve a relaxing week off, so please enjoy every moment and we shall see you after the half term.

Thanks and have a great weekend,
Miss Kelly

Ps. We have sent the lyrics home for the following songs. We would really appreciate if you have time to listen to these as it will give the children an extra bit of confidence for when we come back!

Sing- Gary Barlow
Circle of life – Lion King
9 till 5 – Dolly Parton

If you listen to the songs via YouTube for this upcoming week then we shall upload an official backing track next term. Thanks team!

Friday 7th February

Dear parents and carers,

In English this week we have read Dogger by Shirley Hughes. We used pictures from the book to help us retell the story in small groups. We also answered comprehension questions about the story. Next week we will be writing a story about a lost toy.

In Maths we have been learning to use inverse calculations involving addition and subtraction, for example 5 + 2 = 7 so 7-2=5. We have also been learning to use these number facts to help find missing numbers such as 5 + ? = 7. To finish the unit we completed an addition and subtraction assessment which we all did very well in! Next week we will be learning to find the place value of numbers to 50.

In Humanities, we have been looking at the materials used to make toys over the years. We have identified the materials used to make old toys and new toys which has linked in really well with our science lessons on materials. We also thought about the vocabulary associated with different types of toys.

In Art we have been looking at the style of the Artist Eric Carle. We have been creating our very own ‘landscapes’ and ensuring we have a background and a foreground. We have worked really hard to keep in the style of ‘The very hungry caterpillar’. We are finishing the final piece today so be sure to pop in and have a look.

Year One children thoroughly enjoyed participating in Coding Day this week. For our unplugged activity we were set the challenge of making our own instructions (also known as algorithms to those in the know), for the popular rhyme head, shoulders, knees and toes. For our laptop based activity we logged into ‘Busy Things’ and programmed Mr Beard to move around and dancefloor and have a dance!

Next Thursday it is DT Day and this terms challenge is to explore and investigate the engineering of bridges. The children are not required to bring any materials in for this activity.

Thanks and have a great weekend,
Miss Kelly

Friday 31st January

Dear parents and carers,

Many thanks for the punctual start to mornings this week, it really helps to get all of the children ready for the school day and we appreciate your continued support. Also thanks for sending P.E. kits in on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In English this week we have been learning to add the suffix –er to root words to change their meaning, for example ‘Old becomes older and soft becomes softer’. Then we worked in partners to use these words in sentences to describe different toys, carefully checking the sentences make sense, using capital letters and full stops in the correct places. This stood us in good stead when writing non-fiction pages about toys. Next week we will start our new unit of work based on the classic ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes.

In Maths we have been learning to subtract one-digit numbers from numbers to 20 for example 17 – 6 = . First of all we used practical apparatus to record subtraction sentences and then went onto use number lines. Next week, we will be using our addition and subtraction knowledge to find missing numbers, such as 12 – ? = 10.

In Humanities we have been learning about toys from different eras. We were fascinated to find out that Mr Potato Head was invented in the 1950’s. We then discovered that Sindy was all the rage in the 1960’s, followed by Star Wars figures in the 1970’s. Next we were transported to the 1980’s when Nintendo and My Little Pony were major hits, finally followed by Trolls and Pogs in the 1990’s! A whistle stopped tour, I’m sure you’ll agree! Next week we will be learning to use vocabulary associated with old and new toys.

On Thursday it is Movie Night, please collect your child from the classroom for pick up.

Thanks and have a great weekend,

Miss Kelly

Friday 24th January

Happy Friday!

Dear parents and carers,

Notices
• We have had a number of cases of missing and lost PE kits. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school on a Tuesday and a Thursday and that all parts have names clearly written on them.
• A number of children have been arriving late in the morning. If you happen to be late and see the blind is down please take your child to the school office to be marked in by Miss Annora.

In English this week we have started our new unit based on information texts about toys. We read a non-fiction booklet about different toys including teddies, construction toys and dolls and answered reading comprehension questions about the text, making sure we pointed to where the information could be found for each question. We were also learning to add the suffixes –er to words to make new words for example ‘new’ becomes ‘newer’. Next week, we will be writing our own non-fiction pages about toys.

In Maths this week we have been learning to make and learn the number bonds to 20. We have used numicon, part whole models and the trusty tens frame to help us have a deeper understanding. We have been recording the number sentences in our book and we are now moving on to inverse. For example; 2+18=20, 20=18+2 ,20-2=18, 20-18=2.

In R.E., we have continued with our topic of creation and worked in partners to write questions we might like to ask God about the creation. The children came up with some great ideas including ‘Why did you make animals?’ and ‘How did you make the trees?’.

In Humanities, we have been learning about Toys and how they have changed over time. Much to the children’s delight, myself and Miss Kayleigh showed them some of our own toys and they got to play with them, it was so much fun!

In Computing we have been focusing on ‘E-safety’ and we found out about a penguin called Smartie who was finding himself in some tricky situations online. The children answered associated questions throughout the story to help Smartie make the best decisions whilst on the internet. We enjoyed learning a simple safety message in the form of a song, which will be repeated on several occasions while we use the computers. It goes a bit like this :

‘Before you tap and click, you have to stop and think click and tell someone’

If you want to help your child feel safer online feel free to use this link below.
https://www.childnet.com/resources/smartie-the-penguin

Have a great weekend,
Miss Kelly

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

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Homework

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