Welcome to Class 1 McNaughton. The class teacher is Mrs Foster and the teaching assistant is Miss Karen. Miss Anya is our LSA. Please check on the website every Friday for weekly updates but also for the weekly homework. Enjoy!
‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….’
The Christmas lights are twinkling away through our classroom window today and putting us all in the Christmas spirit. Thank you to all the parents who gave up their time to decorate the school entrances so beautifully. Look out for information coming your way regarding our Christmas bauble competition and the costume pieces that we would like you to bring in for this year’s Nativity. McNaughton class require black or brown leggings/thick tights, black plimsolls and a black or brown long-sleeved top please! This needs to be brought in (in a clearly labelled bag) by next Friday 4th December.
If children wish to send Christmas cards this year these need to be exchanged within our year bubble only please.
In Maths, we have started our new topic of 2D shapes in which the children have really enjoyed identifying and sorting shapes. There’s a catchy song that they have enjoyed available here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEbRDtCAFdU
In English this week, we started work on the traditional classic ‘The Three Little Pigs’ which the class acted out on Wednesday. Our class Wolves were very realistic!
In RE we continued our work on the Nativity looking at the role of Mary & Joseph and why we thought they were chosen by God to be the parents of Jesus. The children had some great ideas on the qualities needed to be the perfect parents!
This week in our Science topic of ‘The Body’ we looked at our sense of touch and how it is an important sense to warn us of dangers. We used feely bags to touch different objects and thought of describing words for them such as ‘squashy’.
We had a great Humanities lesson looking at how cars have changed over time. We noticed that old cars didn’t have roofs or number plates and we were glad to find out that cars are more environmentally friendly these days.
And on Sunday 13th December the Great St Stephen’s Scavenger Hunt will be taking place – more information to follow but save the date!.
Have a great weekend!
I’m writing this after a fantastic Movie Night where Year One watched the film Klaus to get into the Christmas spirit and were even allowed to lie on the carpet!
In Maths, we have carried on our subtraction work finding the difference between two numbers (1-10 or 1-20) remembering to start with the biggest number. More practice work in Mathletics this week.
In English this week, we wrote our own questions to Duffy Driver from his wife which were hugely entertaining. Our favourites were ‘What time do you call this?’ and ‘Why didn’t you buy ME an ice cream?!’ We also looked at using the suffix ‘ed’ at the end of a word to change the sentence into the past tense.
In RE we started one of our favourite topics listening to the Nativity Story and discussing the good news given to Mary and Joseph by Angel Gabriel.
This fits in perfectly with our Music lessons as Miss Rachel has helped us learn our Christmas performance songs where Year 1 McNaughton will be the best animas!
In Relationships and Health Education we discussed the difference between being unkind, teasing and bullying with generic instances of each and what we could do if faced with these situations. We were really impressed with the thoughtful solutions that the children came up with.
This week in our Science topic of ‘The Body’ we started to look at the five senses starting with sight and found out how good we all are at spotting things.
And if that has whet your appetite for more science fun at home Imperial College, London have collated a bundle of hands on science aimed at 5-11 year olds and available here – https://www.imperial.ac.uk/white-city-campus/community/programmes/research/simple-science-activities/
Have a great weekend!
It’s been lovely to have the chance to catch up with you (albeit virtually) at parents evenings this week.
And the winners are…as announced by our school council reps….the results are in for the new school lunch choices and the unanimous winners are Chicken drumsticks/cauliflower cheese with Yorkshire pudding and Chicken/veggie korma. We’ll look forward to sampling both dishes soon.
In Maths, we have started work on subtraction to 10 or 20 using part-whole models and number bonds. More practice work on this in Mathletics this week.
In English this week, we wrote our own instructions on how to make leaf people extending our sentences with time connectives. We even put last week’s work on ‘un-‘ words to good use by adding the word ‘undamaged’ into our sentences – good job! We have started to look at our new story book ‘The Runaway Train’ by Benedict Blathwayt sequencing the parts of the story into the correct order and writing accompanying sentences with describing words. My favourite included a very wriggly helicopter!
‘The Runaway Train’ tells the story of a steam train so fitted in perfectly with our topic work in Humanities on ‘Transport’. This week we learnt how train travel has changed through the years.
This week in our Science topic of ‘The Body’ we explored what parts of the body we use for different activities and in RE we have been finding out about the lives of different Saints (including Saint Nicholas) and what we can learn from their work.
And a reminder from Miss Karen that reading books need to be in on Friday in order for new books to be sent out on Monday.
Have a great weekend and we’re looking forward to movie night next Thursday!
Mr Schumm (on behalf of Mrs Foster)
It’s been a great week back to school after a lovely half term holiday.
Our new poem for this half term is SO WHAT! by our class author Colin McNaughton and can be found attached to this blog. Paper copies will be sent home next week. Please do take time to read and enjoy this with your children.
This week we celebrated UK Parliament Week and learnt all about Guy Fawkes. We also had the chance to vote ourselves for two new meals to be included in the school menu for the rest of the term learning how our vote can really make a difference. Results announced next Monday.
In English this week, we read instructions for making leaf people before making some ourselves using the leaves collected over the half term – thank you very much and we now enough to keep us going. Next week we will be writing our own instructions on how to make leaf people.
In Maths, we have been learning that addition can be completed in any order and we have been writing number sentences. Next week, we will start to work on subtracting numbers to 10 or 20.
In Humanities our new topic is ‘Transport’. This week we identified different types of transport and thought about how modes of transport have changed over time. We discovered that in the olden days people used animals such as horses, donkeys and oxen to get around. Next week we will be learning about how train travel has changed.
Our new Science topic is ‘The Body’ and we have been identifying and labelling different body parts. Time for an adapted game of ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes’ this weekend.
In RE we have been discussing what attributes make a Saint special and the importance of All Saints Day which took place recently.
A reminder as the weather turns colder that children need to come to school in their winter uniforms and with coats. Thermals under their PE clothes will also help to keep the chills away.
As you may have read my latest missive, several Year 1 children have come down with chickenpox so please be on the lookout for spots. Children with chickenpox need to stay at home until the spots have crusted over – this is usually 5 days after the spots first appear. Get well soon those of you affected!
Parents Evening is next Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th November. Please do sign up if you haven’t already – instructions in last week’s blog. We look forward to ‘seeing’ you then!
Have a great weekend,
Mr Schumm (on behalf of Mrs Foster)
Dear parents and carers,
The whole week has been dedicated to Celebrating Black Voices! We carried out activities linked to our special book (So Much by Trish Cook and Helen Oxenbury) such as drawing our family trees.
Our celebrated artist was the multimedia figure Hank Willis Thomas and in homage to his work we created our own special ‘Hands’ piece joining our hands together as a symbol of our unity.
Our historical and truly significant figure was Rosa Parks. We learnt about her brave actions and how these changed history. There is a great song that your children can teach you on the BBC website – https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/horrible-histories-song-rosa-parks-sat-on-a-bus
And if you are in the Hammersmith area over half term check out this wonderful exhibition on the big screen at Lyric Square commissioned to celebrate black arts.
During DT Day on Thursday we designed and made BAGS from old t-shirts which look amazing! We hope your children carry them with pride during half term.
Mr Perry and Miss Rachel helped us to learn the Lord’s Prayer in song which the class all sang beautifully.
Apologies that the Mathletics homework was not uploaded last week – normal service now resumed!
Whilst outside during half term please could you collect Autumn leaves for our latest English project – Leafman. You could use your newly created bags for the task!
Finally, thank you for a great first half term in Year 1. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the class. They are a lovely bunch and have settled in so well. Roll on Autumn 2 and all that it will bring.
PS – HOT OFF THE PRESS. School Council have asked children to design their own poster over the holidays with their idea for a new addition to the school lunch menu. We will vote on our two favourite new dishes to be added to the menu during the first week back as part of our Parliament themed week. Good luck!
PPS – Some parents have been asking about Parents Evening. You should have received information about this through school communications. These will take place via live video on Wednesday 11th November and Thursday 12th November 2020 between 3.45pm – 6.30pm.
We currently use the online appointment booking system for Parent’s Evening. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and you will receive an email confirming your appointments.
Appointments can only be made from 7pm on Monday 2nd November to Monday 9th November 7pm.
Please visit https://ststephensce.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/ to book your appointments.
If you require any assistance with logging in please contact the school office who will be happy to assist.
Firstly thank you to Miss Karen and Miss Anya for holding the fort in my absence. I hope to be back with you again after half term.
Today saw the whole school join together to celebrate our annual Hispanic Day. Well done to Year 1 McNaughton for dressing up magnificently in the colours of our nominated country, Bolivia. Today we located Bolivia on a world map and discovered that it is a land locked country. We have been learning the song ‘El Bodeguero’ which we sang beautifully and learnt new moves in a Sevilliana dance workshop. Our theme continued at lunchtime as Cookie and co prepared a delicious Hispanic feast. Watch out for our next newsletter so that you can share in our great day.
Yesterday we proudly wore red to show our support for Red Card to Racism Day. Thank you for all of your contributions to this deserved cause so far. (Details in last week’s blog).
In English we began reading one of our favourite books – ‘Five Minutes Peace’, by Jill Murphy. We sequenced pictures from the story and retold the tale using phrases from the book such as ‘sneaked’ and ‘flung’. We will continue work on this book after half term.
In Maths we have continued to work on adding. We used the tens frame and yellow/red counters to find all of the number bonds to 10, for example 6 + 4 = 10. Then we wrote number sentences including the + and = signs. There is a catchy song called ‘Friends of 10’ to share together here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS5w8LRnnp0
In Humanities as lockdown prevented our usual walk around the local area, we have been looking at maps of Shepherds Bush on google earth and creating our own keys.
Next week is our final week of Autumn 1 and in true St Stephen’s style we have a jam packed week including DT Day on Thursday and Celebrating Black Voices Week! We have some great activities planned based around a book (So Much by Trish Cook and Helen Oxenbury), an artist (Hank Willis Thomas) and a historical figure (Rosa Parks). There is a video of the book recorded by a familiar face on the link below.
This time the DT Day theme is BAGS and we are asking for children to bring in an old T shirt (cotton/polyester). Any colour or pattern will do and please feel free to donate more than one if you can. These T shirts will be turned inside out and repurposed to be given a second life as a stylish (hopefully) bag made and designed by the children. Please send t shirts in a labelled bag to the class teacher.
Thanks and have a great weekend,
Well what a week we have had! All we can say is Miss Anya and Miss Karen – you are all stars!
In Maths, we have been learning to order numbers from smallest to biggest and biggest to smallest. We have also been learning to use ordinal numbers such as 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. Towards the end of the week we learnt to place numbers on blank numbers lines (which will come in handy for our Homework this week!)
And before we leave Maths, can we ask parents and carers to make sure that your children complete their Mathletics homework. We do not want to go back to setting work on paper. The children should be: reading the questions online; accessing the animated ‘help’ if required; working out their answers on rough paper; entering in their final answers. Thanks indeed for your help and understanding on this matter.
In English we completed our work on ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’ by writing our own poems (using capital letters, punctuation and spaces between words of course!). We learnt how to make new doing words by adding the suffix –ing, such as ‘playing’.
In Science (as the darker nights draw in) we have been finding out how the day length is affected by the seasons.
In Humanities we have been finding out about our locality of Shepherds Bush and drawing fabulous pictures of our town.
In RE we have been learning all about the ceremony of Aqiqah and how babies born as Muslims are welcomed into the world. We made our own Aqiqah cards to celebrate a new birth.
On Thursday 15th October, we have ‘Red Card to Racism’ day for the third year in a row. All children are encouraged to come in and wear something red to show their allegiance to the anti-racist movement. We will be having a special (streamed) assembly and all children will carry out an anti-racism activity in their classes. Next term, our ‘Relationships and Health Education’ learning unit is ‘Valuing Difference’, which will continue the conversation from Thursday. We can’t collect with the buckets this year due to Covid but should you wish to/are able to donate via text.
Please text ‘RED’ to 70470 to give £1, ‘RED5’ to give £5, ‘RED10’ to give £10 or ‘RED20’ to give £20.
Thanks very much and have a great weekend,
As the weather turns colder we have been making snowman and Autumn leaves to decorate our Seasons display in the classroom. Denis presented our harvest festival assembly via zoom on Thursday and aptly our Science work looked at seasonal food and what can be grown in each season. Expect lots of questions about what’s on your plates this weekend!
In English we began a new unit of work based on ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?’ by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle. Brown Bear is asked lots of questions and we have been practicing writing our own questions complete with capital letters and a question mark at the end. We also started our Phonics lessons which will help your children when it comes to reading stories with you.
In Maths, we have been learning to use mathematical language such as more than, less than and equal to when comparing groups and numbers. For example ‘7 is more than 3’ and ‘1 is less than 8’. We also learnt ‘The Greater Than, Less Than Crocodile’ song, to introduce the more than >, less than < and equal to = for example ‘5 > 1’. Next week we will be learning to order numbers in objects and on number lines.
In R.E. we have looking at what stories can teach us about Muslim beliefs and how these can share messages with Christian stories. We read ‘The Prophet & the Ants’ and ‘The Crying Camel’ both available on BBC Bitesize if you would like to take a look.
As an additional piece of homework this week and linking in with our Humanities theme, please take a photograph of your child in the local area (perhaps including local landmarks in the background). This can be uploaded onto JIT.
Thanks very much and have a great weekend,
In English this week, we have been learning to identify the features of sentences, including capital letters to start sentences and full stops to end them. We also talked about remembering to put spaces between each word and sitting letters on the line. We read some sentences about foods some children liked and disliked to eat and talked about the good things we could see in each of the sentences. We learned to use the word ‘and’ in sentences to make them longer. Finally we ended this unit of work by writing our own sentences about what we like and don’t like to eat using amazing capital letters and full stops! Next week we will start our next unit of work based on ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?’ by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle.
In Maths this week, we have been learning to find one more and one less of numbers to 20. The children did this by selecting number cards and Numicons and adding 1 more or 1 less to the original number. The children loved playing the Chopper Squad game on the Top Marks website to recap on learning. We also continued to practise writing our numbers from 0-20 in words. Next week we will be learning to use ‘more than’ and ‘less than’ language to compare and order numbers to 20.
In Humanities this week we learned to identify the four countries of the UK and the characteristics of each one. We were fascinated to find out about the national animals and flowers for each country. The national animal of Scotland, the unicorn proved a hit! Next week we will begin to look at where we live.
In Science, as the weather grows sadly colder, we looked at how some animals adapt to the changing seasons by hibernating, migrating or changing their appearance altogether.
Just a reminder to ensure children come to school dressed ready for Gymnastics and Kick London on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so they can participate in the lessons. Children also need water bottles bringing in each day and Homework needs to be uploaded by Tuesday so that it can be marked in time.
Thanks very much and have a great weekend,
Dear parents and carers,
Week 2 of the new school year has gone brilliantly and the sun has shone every day! The children have been getting used to their new routines and have really impressed us with their attitude towards their learning.
Homework for this week is available here and is to be completed in the blue/green Homework books that were sent home last week.
Please complete the spellings at the front of the Homework Book and the arithmetic at the back of the same book. Photos of the homework are to be uploaded into JIT by Tuesday each week. Homework books are to remain at home. Thanks to all of you who managed to complete all your homework last week. We hope you had fun remembering and reciting your poems with actions!
In English this week we have read ‘Eat Your Peas’, a story about a little girl who doesn’t like peas but her mum tries to persuade her to eat them. We acted out the story, thinking about what happened at each stage and became very good at repeating ‘I don’t like peas!’ We completed sentence work based on the story and identified features of sentences including capital letters, full stops and spaces between words.
In Maths we have been revising counting objects to 20 and learning to read and write numbers in numerals and in words. We have learnt some handy rhymes to help us remember how to form our numerals. Please keep practising this at home!
In R.E. we have been learning about the faith of Islam and the Qur’an, the Islamic holy book. We discovered how Muslims treat the Qur’an with great respect, making sure hands are washed before touching it and keeping it covered.
In Humanities, we have been learning to identify the 4 countries that make up the UK including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We worked in partners to match the capital cities to the correct country and learnt to identify the flags of each country. Our ‘We Are Britain’ display is now proudly up in the classroom – we have such a rich and varied cultural heritage in our school spreading far and wide!
Thanks and have a great weekend.
What an amazing first week we have had in Year One McNaughton. The children have settled back into school life superbly well and have embraced the ‘new normal’! It has been wonderful getting to know each and every one of them over the last few days.
This week we have been adjusting to new routines including playing in the KS1 playground, sussing out the Year One classroom, attending a Year One bubble assembly with Denis, taking part in Hymn Practise and watching Mr Schumm on Zoom for Good Work assembly!
In class this week we have been completing work ‘All About Me’. We introduced ourselves and talked about the foods we like, our favourite colour and favourite book. After our discussion we wrote sentences about ourselves remembering to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces between each word.
In Maths, we have been revising counting objects to 20 and reading corresponding numerals.
As a class we have brainstormed rules we think we ought to have in place to help one another as well as the adults in our class. Our rules included tidying up, putting our hand up, listening, using kind words and sharing. We wrote a list of our rules and added a picture of ourselves to say we agreed with them.
We also had our first Computing lesson of Year One and were delighted to create a funny face on Busy Things!
Homework Books have been sent home today. Homework for this week is available below and is to be completed in the blue/green Homework Books sent home today. Please complete the spellings at the front of the Homework Book and the arithmetic at the back of the same book. Photos of the homework are to be uploaded into JIT by Tuesday each week. Homework books are to remain at home. Instructions on how to upload photos to JIT can be found here.Uploading to JIT via phone
Poetry homework for this half term, linked to our class name, has been sent home tonight, which is to be practised ready for our recital during the last week of this half term. Homework Week 1 SF autumn 1 poem
Well done to those children who remembered to come to school on Tuesday and Wednesday with their P.E. kit on for Gymnastics and P.E. Please remember them next week along with water bottles as the forecast is for sun!
Have a restful weekend, see you on Monday.
Welcome back! We hope that you have had a restful summer and are all ready for the new school year. It has been a very strange time for us all but we are keen to get back to the new normal. We have been working hard to make sure that the school is clean and safe for us all. Over the next few days we will be talking to the children about how to keep themselves and others safe.
Starting from next week, two reading books will be sent home on a Monday and need to be returned on the Friday. Please make sure that you sign the reading diaries when the books needs to be changed. Books will not be changed if your child’s reading diary is not signed. Returned books are to be placed in the Reading Folder box inside the classroom. Books will not be sent home over the weekend as they are to be cleaned. Please take the time to read with your child daily, remembering to ask comprehension questions such as: ‘Why was Chip happy?’ and ‘Where did Kipper go?’
Weekly English and Arithmetic homework will be uploaded onto the school website on a Friday, as of Friday 11th September. The work can be completed in the green Homework Book, which stays at home, and a photo of the work should be uploaded onto JiT by Tuesday to be marked. The English homework will consist of spellings and sentence writing. Arithmetic homework will review the maths skills covered during the previous week.
Mathletics homework will also be set on a Friday, to be completed by the following Friday. The login details will be attached to the Homework Book.
Both classes have a designated poet and will be given a poem to learn each half term which we will recite in class. Poems for this half term will be sent home this Friday.
Gymnastics and P.E.
Gymnastics will take place on Tuesdays, commencing tomorrow. P.E. sessions will take place on Wednesdays. Please make sure that your child comes into school wearing their P.E. kits on these days. Earrings must be taken out on the days your child has P.E. and long hair should be tied up.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.