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.

Dear parents,

If you and your family are self-isolating at this time, here are some links that you can follow to some educational games and activities.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/index.html

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ParentsMenu.htm

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z9qtfg8

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/animals/

If you would like to do any independent work following up on things we have learnt in class (write a story, make a poster, do some research about the countryside for our Humanities topic), that is great and you can bring them in to share when you’re back again. These activities are not compulsory and obviously you need not do them if you are feeling ill.

Hopefully things will be back to normal soon but, if we are forced to close the school, we will be posting a more comprehensive educational program and providing all children with their USO logins so that they can access more specific activities set by their teachers.

Thank you for your continued support.

Class Updates

Friday 27th March

Good Morning lovely children.

I’m really enjoying waking up to beautiful pictures and videos of your work and just the fun things you are all up too. Thanks again for the emails of thoughts and love , it is so appreciated and I’m sending it all back to you! You really are the BEST CLASS IN THE WORLD.

Today we are going to be doing some English, Maths and R.E. activities.

The R.E. activity has been pinned in your Busy Things Profile. There is a great video about Easter on Espresso Faiths you can watch before you complete the Busy Things work. Espresso Faiths can be found on the same profile page as Busy Things. Once you select Espresso Faiths, click on module guide, then Christianity, then videos, then Easter. Watch this before you complete the Busy Things activity.

Maths- in ‘Busy Things’ select ‘Splash dash addition and subtraction’ and fill in the missing numbers. Select ‘Miner Birds; addition and subtraction’ and complete the questions.

English – offline activities. Complete a spelling test for the spellings set as homework 20/03/2020. Afterwards please write your alternative version of The Billy Goats Gruff. Remember to use capital letters and full stops, spaces between words and check the spelling of red words (which can we found here). Can you also add question marks and exclamation marks in your writing? When you have finished, why not design a book cover for your story. Can you read your story to a member of your family?

Now relax and have a great weekend.
Chat to you very soon!

Miss Kelly

Thursday 26th March

Good Morning,

We are LOVING the pictures children, Thank you for making us smile.

Day 4 of activities at home!

Today we are going to be doing some English, Maths and Spanish activities. The Maths and Spanish activities have been pinned in your Busy Things Profile.

Maths- select ‘Action Time’, watch carefully and count the actions.

Spanish- watch ‘Numbers 1-10 recall’ then complete the number 1-10 labelling activity.

English – offline activity. Plan your own version of the story ‘The Billy Goats Gruff’. Instead of goats, choose a different animal, maybe pigs or cows? Draw pictures and label the characters, the setting and plan what will happen in the beginning, middle and end of your version of the story. Don’t write the final version just yet as that will be the activity tomorrow!

Mrs Cookson has also suggested some great Art/DT projects at home.

Spring flowers
http://mrstsfirstgradeclass-jill.blogspot.com/2012/05/picasso-flowers.html

Papier mache balloon
https://www.firstpalette.com/craft/hot-air-balloon.html

Miss Kelly and Mrs Foster

Wednesday 25th March

Good Morning,

I hope you are well!

Day 3 of fun activities at home!

Today we are going to be doing some English/Art, Maths and Computing activities. The Computing activities have been pinned in your Busy Things Profile. This can be accessed using your uso login that was sent home/emailed to you last week. The login page is https://my.uso.im , once you are logged in please select Busy Things and you will see the activities shown below at the top of your Busy Things profile page.

Computing- select ‘Helicopter Rescue’ and fly the helicopter to rescue to cows!

English – offline activity. Today we would like you to create your own Three Billy Goats Gruff puppet show. To do this you will need to make puppets, you can draw them yourself or print off the templates which can be found on this link T-T-527-The-Three-Billy-Goats-Gruff-Stick-Puppets_ver_1. After that why not create the setting/puppet theatre using junk modelling? Any bits of recycling would work well! When you have finished creating the puppets and setting, act out the story. I’d love to see your performances so if your adult can film you and email it to me that would be great!

Maths – offline activity. Play The Three Billy Goats Gruff Board Game that can be found here 3 Billy Goats Gruff board game. If you can’t print it off why not make your own version with addition and subtractions to 20?

Thank you to those who have sent emails and pictures of what you have been getting up to, its great to see how you are all getting on!

Don’t forget to watch Mr Schumm’s retelling of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory!

Miss Kelly and Mrs Foster

Daily Prayer

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world there will be trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Today is Your day, and I want Your will to be done. So, whatever happens, hold my hand and let’s face it together.

Amen

Tuesday 24th March

Good Morning Year One,

Day 2 of fun activities at home!

Today we are going to be doing some English, Maths and Humanities activities. The English and Maths activities have been pinned in your Busy Things Profile. This can be accessed using your uso login that was sent home/emailed to you last week. The login page is https://my.uso.im , once you are logged in please select Busy Things and you will see the activities shown below at the top of your Busy Things profile page.

English – select ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff What’s Next’ watch the clip and touch what happens next. Extension Draw a picture of your favourite part of the story, why do you like it? Select ‘Sound Bites’ and match the blended sounds to the words.

Maths – select ‘Rollercoster, more or less’ and find the number which is more or less than a given number. Extension Write 1 more and 1 less for 10 numbers to 100. Can you write word problems involving finding 1 more and 1 less? For example Tom has 24 apples, Jan has 1 more than Tom. How many apples does Jan have?

Humanities – offline activity. Make a map of your local area. How does it compare to the countryside? Can you add a key?

Please do send photos over to me of what you are getting up to and have a good day, it’s nice that the sun is shining.

Please feel free to email me if you would like any more non computer activity ideas!

Prayer of the Day.

Merciful Lord,
you know our struggle to serve you:
when sin spoils our lives
and overshadows our hearts,
come to our aid
and turn us back to you again;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

Thinking of you all.
Miss Kelly

Monday 23rd March

Good morning to the…

best class…in the…

WORLDDD!!

I hope you’ve all had a brilliant weekend and enjoy have been enjoying this gorgeous weather.

So today will feel a little strange not being in class, seeing your friends and teachers however below are lots of things to keep you busy. I would love to hear from you so if you have any photos you would like to email me please do!

Parents and carers please note we do not expect you to teach full lessons, the activities are gentle suggestions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on s.kelly@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Today we are going to be doing some work in English, Maths and Science. These activities have been pinned in your Busy Things Profile. This can be accessed using your uso login that was sent home/emailed to you last week. The login page is https://my.uso.im , once you are logged in please select Busy Things and you will see the activities shown below at the top of your Busy Things profile page, which looks like this…

English – watch ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff Movie’ and then select ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff Sequencing’ and order the story.

Maths – select ‘Rollercoaster Ordering’ and put the numbers in the correct order.

Science – select ‘Parts of a Flower’ and label the parts of the flower! Extension- Look outside, what flowers and plants can you see? Draw them in your purple book or on a piece of paper. I would love to see what you have done so why not ask an adult to email a photo of your finished work?

Don’t forget that staying active is really important and to help us keep fit Joe Wicks is doing daily P.E lessons live at 9am. Check out this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8

Here is a link to free yoga sessions for children, which are really good. Check out this link https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Harold the Giraffe, from Coram Life Education, who the children will know from The Life Bus have a great website with ideas for children (and adults) on how to plan their day. Harold will also be uploading My Daily Diary videos for the children, details of which can be found here. https://www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk/harolds-daily-diary

Parents and carers- here is a really lovely story to help explain to young children what the coronvirus is and why we are taking the action we are. Check out Dave the Dog is worried coronavirus.

I look forward to hearing from you soon and will update the website tomorrow morning,

Take care

Miss Kelly

Friday 20th March

Dear parents and carers,

Firstly, HAPPY FRIDAY!

I fully appreciate how worrying and upsetting this week has been for everyone. Suddenly coronavirus is very close to us all and naturally our first thought is for our children and how we can protect them. It is clear from the many messages I have received and the activity on social media that there is a huge amount of anxiety amongst our parent body and the wider community.

So please can I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for your continued support over the last few days. In times of such uncertainty it’s been amazing to see the children coming into school each day smiling, giggling and talking with such sense and positivity about everything and most importantly so enthusiastic and willing to learn in the midst of a global pandemic. Seeing these wonderful children each day has really put us staff at ease and given us all something to smile about! You are so lucky to have them!

Words cannot explain how much we will miss the children and you amazing parents in the coming weeks! Miss Kayleigh and I are the luckiest people in the world to have such a wonderful class. I’ll be here to answer any questions and no doubt we will see you soon.

We will however remain in virtual contact as I will be updating our class page on the website with suggested online and project based activities on a daily basis. Yesterday the login details were sent home in a letter with a activity book and for those children who weren’t here please don’t worry as your logins will be sent out in due course.
Today homework and Mathletics has been set as usual.
Take care, stay safe and keep in touch.

God bless,

Miss Kelly and Miss Kayleigh!

s.kelly@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

PS Joe wicks has a YouTube channel which is going live each day from Monday (with a PE lesson/workout at 9am)

and.. Cosmic yoga/just dance via YouTube will become your best friend!

Friday 13th March

Dear parents and carers,

What a great week we have had in Year 1. We have started practising for the assembly and have sent out the lines today so please can we practice that every day at home! I have also sent out a costume list which the children decided on what they wanted to be when they are older!

In English this week, we have been hot seating the characters from the story ‘The Enormous Carrot’ which we innovated from last week’s story. We then practised writing questions and exclamations using the correct punctuation.

In Maths we have been learning to count in 2s,5s and 10’s. We have used pairs of socks, the fingers on our hands and even ended up grouping frogs and straws!
In RE, we have learnt about the true meaning of the word ‘grace’ and learnt and sang the song ‘Amazing Grace’. We then had a circle time to talk about some times in our life we may have shown grace and talked through potential scenerious of when we may have to use it. God teaches us to give people a second chance and we thought that was a really good way to be.

In Science we have been learning about how plants grown and what they need to eat and drink to survive!

In humanities, we have began learning about different types of farms. We spoke about what we might find on the farms and discussed what it would be like if we had to work and live on one! Some of us wanted to be farmers after this week.

Thanks and have a great weekend,
Miss Kelly

Friday 6th March

Dear parents,
What an amazing week it has been! We have been super lucky to have a week of creative writing, Drama and Art!

We have been looking at the work of the artist Gustav Klimt. His stunning piece ‘The Tree Of Life’ has inspired us all and the children are busy creating and painting their own work. All our amazing art work will be on display on Friday 13th March in our art gallery.

On Monday we decided we wanted to create our very own ‘Tree of life’ We spoke about the most important things in our life and we decided it was our families! We spoke about how it is our families who are the ones who show us how to be a loving , kind and caring person and it was them who created us…’life’. So we took a modern spin and used photos of our families to create a collage on the tree. We used bright colours as we wanted it to portray the happiness and love we have for our loved ones through this piece. All of our work for that matter is in the style of Andy Warhol’s ‘Pop Art’ as we couldn’t help but put our own stamp on it! We then were super lucky to sit back and relax and watch a play by ‘Treasure Island’.

On Tuesday we enjoyed a story tree work shop which was so relaxing and fun! We sat together as friends and listened to a story and used our emotions and feelings to understand the characters. We then began our Pop Art version of tree of life, it was amazing to see the children take their time and use every bit of passion and effort they had to create a piece of work that meant so much to them.

On Wednesday Seraphina came in to do a gold based inspired tree, which followed the original piece by Klimt. At this point we were professionals and really enjoyed having the time to add different materials to our finished products. We then spent the afternoon creative writing!

On Thursday we started the day with the World Book Day Parade, what a fantastic start to a Thursday morning. The children loved sharing their favourite stories and role playing as their characters! After that we listened to some relaxing music and did so mindfulness Yoga. Yoga is good for our bodies and brains! During the afternoon we continued with another piece of art work that looks like we are asleep, but we really were just pretending! The final piece looked amazing!

The highlight of our week was putting our amazing art work together in preparation for the exhibition next Friday. We spent the morning finishing everything off and then spent the afternoon doing Raw Drama, it was just the perfect end to our week!

The children are very proud of their achievements and we hope you enjoy the gallery next week
Thank you to everyone for putting in a great effort with the costumes, everybody looked incredible!

Thanks and have a great weekend,
Miss Kelly

Friday 28th February

Dear parents,

Welcome back! It’s been another busy week in Year 1. First of all thank you to everyone for practicing the lyrics for the assembly songs over half term, the children are really enjoying singing in school and its lovely to see them so happy!

In English this week, we have started our new topic based on the traditional tale of ‘The Enormous Turnip’. First we acted out the story in small groups, using repeating story language.

Then we answered reading comprehension questions based on the story. On Thursday we did a stand-alone lesson on using capital letters for proper nouns,which include names of people, places and days of the week. After Arts Week we will be writing our own versions of the story.

This week was our first week of our new maths groups which meant some of us were taught by myself and others taught by Mrs Foster. We have been learning to compare and order 2-digit numbers, for example 34 is greater than 25.After Arts Week we will be learning to count in 2s and 5s.

Next week, the whole school will take part in Arts Week. This year the painting we will be focussing on is The Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt. We will also be participating in lots of creative workshops.

Donalson will be making a ‘family tree of life’ using lots of paper mache, paint and collage and for this I would love to have a picture of your family to use on the collage tree. Please send to s.kelly@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk
Don’t forget book character costumes on Thursday for our book character parade.

Thanks and have a great weekend,
Miss Kelly

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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