Weekly Note w.b. 30.4.18

Dear parents/carers


We shall be returning to work on place value and reading, writing and ordering numbers.

In the next couple of weeks we shall move from the current Rainbow Maths Targets (doubling and halving) to new targets on addition and subtraction. You will receive a letter to let you know your child’s new targets.



We will be beginning some work on reading and writing instructions using a text called ‘How to Grow a Sunflower.’



Next week we shall be opening a ‘potting shed’ in the Discovery Zone. Children will be able to choose to plant cress, a bean or sunflower seed. They will need to work out how much it will cost them to buy their equipment e.g. pot, seed, soil before following the planting instructions. They will be able to bring home their seeds to watch them grow at home.



We have now opened a ‘self service’ cooking area in the Discovery Zone. We currently have a recipe which children can follow to independently bake one muffin. They are following the instructions and using spoonful measurements (2 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of raisins, 1 teaspoon of butter and 30ml of milk) We are then baking the muffins and sending them home to eat.


Victorian Walled Garden

We have arranged a trip to the Victorian Walled Garden at Saumarez Park to find out about the plants growing in the garden and do some practical planting.

Mrs Bramley’s class – Friday 4th May

Mrs Boscher’s class – Thursday 10th May

Miss Horsepool’s class – Monday 21st May.

Each class will leave school on the buses at 9.15am and return by 11am. We will require at least 5 additional adults to accompany each class. Please do let your class teacher know if you (or grandparents) can help.


Visiting Author

Our Guernsey Patron of Reading Ann Bryant will be visiting us for a workshop on Tuesday afternoon. We hope that the children will be inspired by her passion and enthusiasm for reading!


Star of the Week

All the children have now had a turn at being Star of the Week in their class. Thankyou for all the wonderful photographs, show and tell items and stories which have been brought in. It has been lovely for the children to share their special interests and belongings with their class.

This term we shall be choosing 2 children per class per week. The children are invited to bring in some information about either a special place (in Guernsey or the world) or a special person or event in history. We shall then add their information to our class maps and timeline. They could bring in photographs, an information book, objects drawings or writing to help them talk to their class about what they have chosen.

When your child is chosen they shall bring home a letter with more information.


Sunny Weather

Thankyou if you have already sent a sun hat into school for your child. Please can we asked that these are named to reduce lost property. Your child is welcome to either leave a hat in their tray or bring it to and from school every day. Could we also remind you that suncream should be applied before school if possible as we are not able to apply this to children during the day.



A quick reminder that our library days have changed this term and are as follows:

Mrs Boscher – Tuesday

Miss Horsepool – Wednesday

Mrs Bramley – Thursday


Many thanks

Year 1 team


Weekly note (w.b. 19th March)

Dear parents/carers



We shall be continuing to work on money. The children will be applying their understanding of money by solving problems.



We shall be continuing our work on the story ‘Book of Butterflies.’ The children will be using their own ideas to innovate the story, choosing their own animal and describing words, for example they might write the story ‘The book of spiders.’


Reading Information Evening – Monday 19th March

We look forward to seeing lots of you for the information evening on Monday night at 7pm in the school hall. Our Literacy Intervention Teacher, Kelly Child will be leading the session and will outline useful strategies and activities you can do at home with your child.


Easter Service

On Wednesday the children will be watching the Year 4 Easter service in the hall.



Next Tuesday 20th March we shall be having a whole school photograph. Next Thursday we shall be having class photographs taken.


Spring Fayre

The Spring Fayre will be taking place on Tuesday 27th March. Year 6 will create a multitude of fun activities and stalls to raise money for their summer camp in July.

We would very much appreciate donations of used books and toys for the sale (these can be brought in next week and left by the swimming pool) as well as cake donations on Tuesday morning.

Infant children can be collected from classes from 2pm onwards. Juniors can be collected from 2.30pm.


Best wishes

Year 1 team



Following the decision to close schools due to the snow, here are some ideas of things which you might like to do at home to keep those brain cells working (once everyone has finished building snowmen and sledging down slopes!)


World Book Day

Curl up on the sofa, under the duvet or on a beanbag with a good book, magazine or comic.

Remember that re-reading a book several times really builds confidence and fluency. Challenge your child to become an ‘expert’ and read their book (or part of a longer book) to as many different people or in as many different places as they can!

The World Book Day website has a unique selection of audio excerpts of books to listen to – click here http://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/ 


Snow Pictures

Get snapping! We would love children to bring in their photographs showing us what they have been up to during the snow days.

These will be used in class for speaking and listening as well as a writing stimulus. These can be printed or emailed to your class teacher.


Snowball investigation

What can you do to stop a snowball from melting?

Challenge your children to make a set of snowballs and then think about what they could do differently to each one in an attempt to stop them from melting.

TIP – don’t make them too, too big! 

Some suggestions of variables to test are wrapping the snowball e.g. in foil or fabric, putting it under a plant pot, putting it in the shed, putting it in a sheltered spot of the garden etc.Try to encourage your child to explain what they think will happen to each snowball and which one will last the longest (this is what scientists call making a prediction)

Following on from our recent paper spinners activity, they will hopefully be able to talk to you about fair testing. What must be kept the same in order for it to be a fair test? (The snowballs should all be the same size and must be made at the same time)

Children could they record their results in any way they wish, but some suggestions are using annotated photos, making a video clip, drawing pictures or writing down what happened. You could help them draw a simple table with one column stating what they did to the snowball and another column either saying how long it stayed frozen or recording its size after a set period of time.

We would love to hear about what you found out!


Paper snowflakes

This is a great activity for practising scissor skills but is also good practise of folding paper. We shall begin working on fractions in maths soon and we will begin by using the language ‘halves’ and ‘quarters.’

You could introduce this to your child by folding paper shapes into half and then again into quarters, counting how many sections there are when you fold the paper open again.


Please continue the usual reading, practice of high frequency word boards and Rainbow Maths Targets (click here for target related activities). There is also the ongoing paper spinners challenge, Mathletics, Skoolbo and the new app Teach Your Monster to Read (see previous blog post from this week)

We look forward to seeing everyone back at school once the weather improves. Until then, wrap up warm and enjoy the snow!

Best wishes

Year 1 team


Author Visit – David Lucas

Today the author David Lucas came to visit us as part of Book Week.


He read the story of ‘Grendel – A Cautionary Tale about Chocolate’ and then taught the children how to draw Grendel using simple shapes. The children thought about what they might wish for if they were given three wishes like Grendel in the story.

David then showed the children how they can create their own imaginative story characters using combinations of words e.g. an ice and fire dragon, a robot tiger or a class princess.

The children have brought their drawings and ideas home with them and David has challenged them to continue working on these. If they develop their characters further or use their ideas to write a story it would be great to share these in class.

Just a reminder that on Friday it is dressing up day and we will be holding our second hand book sale. Any book donations will be gratefully received tomorrow or Friday and books will be on sale for 50p each.


Weekly Note – w.b. 5.2.18

Dear parents/carers

It was lovely to see some of you on our Discovery Zone open afternoons. We hope that you enjoyed sharing some learning with your child; they certainly liked showing you what they get up to!



We shall be working on addition and subtraction word problems which will allow the children to apply their adding and taking away skills and the language used e.g. ‘How many altogether?’ ‘How many left?’ ‘I got’ ‘2 more’ ‘5 flew away’



We shall be beginning a new Talk for Writing unit on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children will be learning the text using a story map and actions.


Book Week

Just a reminder that this week we are running the Readathon sponsored read.

On Wednesday afternoon we shall be having a visit from author David Lucas.

On Friday children are invited to dress up as a character from a book. We shall then be talking and writing about their characters in our literacy lesson.

Children can also bring in any old books to donate to our book sale along with 50p to buy a book if they wish.


Many thanks

Year 1 team


Weekly Note w.b. 29.1.18

Dear parents/carers


Next week in maths we shall begin working on subtraction. Firstly we shall work using practical resources to take away then will move on to subtracting 10 using our knowledge of place value.

Please continue practising your child’s Rainbow Maths Targets at home. It is lovely to see some of the children are already far more confident about doubling.


Dark Day

On Monday we are going to launch some work on light and dark by holding a ‘Dark Day

Children are invited to come to school dressed in pyjamas. Please ensure that they are still dressed warmly with suitable shoes as weather permitting there will still be an outdoor playtime and lunchtime.

We hope that the children come home and tell you about their day learning ‘in the dark!’


Discovery Zone Open Afternoons

Just a reminder about the open afternoons we are holding next week. You are invited to join us between 2.00-2.45pm

Miss Horsepool’s class – Tuesday 30th January

Mrs Bramley’s class – Wednesday 31st January

Mrs Boscher’s class – Friday 2nd February


Book Week

Following the whole school blog post sent out last week, just a reminder that the week beginning 5th February will be Book Week.

On Friday 9th February we will end the week with a dressing up day. Children are invited to come to school dressed up as a character from a book.

We will also be holding a second hand book sale. Please bring in any book donations through the week (they can be left by the swimming pool or handed to class teachers) On the Friday children will be able to buy 1 or 2 books for 50p each.

If there are any more Book Week competition entries to design a robot these must be returned to school on Monday morning as these will then be sent on to the staff at the library for judging.


Teach Your Child to Read – Parent and Carer Information Evening

Wednesday 31st January 7-8pm

Helping your child learn to read at home is a key way to support their learning. Literacy expert and lead literacy intervention teacher Kelly Child will be leading a parent and carer information evening in our school hall on 31st January 7-8pm. Kelly will outline useful strategies and activities you can do at home with your child. If you would like to come along please email our school office. This should be a fantastic evening so please make the time to come along!


Many thanks

Year 1 team


Dark Day – next Monday

On Monday we are going to launch some work on light and dark by holding a ‘Dark Day

Children are invited to come to school dressed in pyjamas. Please ensure that they are still dressed warmly with suitable shoes as weather permitting there will still be an outdoor playtime and lunchtime.

We hope that the children come home and tell you about their day learning ‘in the dark!’


Weekly Note w.b. 22.1.18

Dear parents and carers


The Daily Mile

You will probably be aware of recent concerns around physical inactivity and childhood obesity. As they go through primary school, many children put on weight and, across the UK, around 35% of pupils in their final year of primary are categorised as overweight or obese. Experts have described this as an epidemic and a crisis that must be tackled before it is too late.

However, there is an initiative called The Daily Mile which started in February 2012 by Elaine Wyllie, who was then a headteacher in Scotland. She was concerned by children’s lack of fitness and went on to prove The Daily Mile to be both sustainable and effective in improving activity levels and obesity in school.

The Daily Mile is very simple to start in schools. Without wasting time to change into kit, children go out into the fresh air to run, jog or walk for 15 minutes. It is not competitive: most children will average a mile in that time, with some doing more and some doing less. It is not PE, sport or cross-country but a physical activity which is aimed at improving children’s physical, social, emotional and mental health and well being. It can also help children to focus and concentrate in the classroom and raise their attainment.

Since 2015, The Daily Mile has been adopted by over 1,600 schools in the UK and interest from Belgium and the Netherlands has been expressed.Therefore, we would like to introduce The Daily Mile, and it’s health and well being benefits, for the children at St Martin’s.

In Year 1 we have begun our Daily Mile four mornings a week at 9.15am. The children do not need to change into trainers as the activity is no different to the running around that they do during playtime. Already the children are really enjoying taking part with lots of chatting and excitement.

As a school we are really excited about this new initiative and we are looking forward to the benefits it will bring to your child/children. To find out more we strongly recommend you visit the website: www.thedailymile.co.uk.


Telling the Time

Your child may have already come home and told you about how we are going to work on telling the time in Year 1. Each class has some watches and every week a group of children will be allocated to be ‘time monitors.’ They will get to wear a watch and help their teacher keep track of time throughout the day. The rest of the children are encouraged to use the classroom clocks.

We are also using timers in the Discovery Zone for certain activities linked to the money that we are using eg. 5 minute turns in the playdough for 10p and 10 minutes in the construction area which will help the children develop a sense of the duration of time.


Library Trips

We still require additional help for our trips to the library. If you are able to join us please let your class teacher know as soon as possible.

Tuesday 23rd Janurary – Miss Horsepool and Mrs Bramley’s classes

Friday 26th January – Mrs Boscher’s class

We shall be leaving on the buses at 9.15am and will be back at school for 11am.


Discovery Zone Open Afternoons

We would like to invite you to come into school to join your child for a session in the Discovery Zone so that they can show you their learning and give you the opportunity to see them in action!

The dates are as follows:

Tuesday 30th January @ 2.00-2.45pm- Miss Horsepool’s class

Wednesday 31st January @ 2.00-2.45pm – Mrs Bramley’s class

Friday 2nd February @ 2.00-2.45pm – Mrs Boscher’s class



Rainbow Maths Targets

Your child has brought home a letter explaining their new Rainbow Maths Target. This term we are working on doubling numbers. We will then move on to halving even numbers. Click here for some online activities which you can do to help your child at home.



We are finding that lots of children have bookbags with a lot of keyrings on them. This means that their trays do not shut properly and it makes it difficult for other children to open and shut their trays. Please could we ask that children choose just one keyring to have on their bag.


Many thanks

Year 1 team


Weekly note w.b. 18.12.17

Dear parents and carers

Thankyou for all of your support with concert costumes, party food and help with our trip to the church.


End of Term

Just a reminder that we finish at 1pm on Tuesday 19th December. Children do not need their lunch on this day but can bring a second snack to eat late morning as well as their usual fruit for morning playtime.

It would be helpful if children could bring a named plastic bag to take home their Christmas art work.


World Explorers

Next term we will be looking at the world map and talking about places that are near to where we live and far away. Each class has a map on the classroom wall. If you go on holiday it would be lovely to receive a postcard or your child could bring in a photograph to talk about. We will then find and label the place on the map. If you have friends or relatives who live abroad your child could also bring in a postcard or photo from them.

Which class can collect as many different places for their map?


We hope that you have a lovely Christmas break and look forward to seeing you all again on Thursday 4th January.


Year 1 team