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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.

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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!

 

Maths

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’

 

Literacy

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

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Weekly Note w.b. 29.1.18

Dear parents/carers

Maths

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

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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!’

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Help still needed please

Mrs Bramley’s and Miss Horsepool’s Classes still require 1 more parent helper in order to have the right child to adult ratio for our trip to the library tomorrow. If you are able to help please could you let us know as soon as possible. Thank you to those parents who have already offered their help, we really appreciate it. Mrs Boscher already has enough parents for her visit on Friday.

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Discovery Zone Open Afternoons

There was a bit of confusion over the dates for the Discovery Zone Open Afternoons on the original blog post (this has now been corrected). Please accept our apologies for any confusion, The correct times and 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

Thank you, and we look forward to you joining us.

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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.

 

Keyrings

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

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Weekly Note -w/c 15.1.18

The children are enjoying our new topic of monsters in the Discovery Zone and were very excited to find that Marty the Monster has moved in with his dark den. Marty only comes out at night because he is afraid of the dark so he writes letters to the children. The children have been enjoying writing back to him and posting their letters in his post box.

In literacy next week we will be looking at descriptions and asking the children to write sentences to describe a monster.

In maths next week we will be looking at doubling with monsters.

 

Discovery Zone Open Afternoons

We would like to invite you to come and spend an afternoon with your child while they are learning in the Discovery Zone so that they can show you their favourite activities.

Miss Horsepool’s Class – Tuesday 30th January 2-3pm

Mrs Bramley’s Class – Wednesday 31st January 2-3pm

Mrs Boscher’s Class – Friday 2nd February 2-3pm

 

Library Visit

We will be visiting the Guilles Alles Library in town where the children will listen to some stories about monsters and do a craft activity based on monsters. We will need some parent helpers for this trip please so that we have the right child to adult ratio. If you are able to help, please could you let your child’s class teacher know.

Mrs Bramley and Miss Horsepool’s Class will be going on Tuesday 23rd January from 9-11am

Mrs Boscher’s Class will be going on Friday 26th January from 9-11am

 

Thank you for your support,

The Year 1 team

 

 

 

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Weekly Note w/c 8.1.18

Welcome back, we hope you had a lovely holiday and wish you a Happy New Year.

This term the Discovery Zone’s focus will be on space and monsters. We will also link into this topic during our literacy lessons. Our Rainbow Targets this term will focus on doubles and halves, more details will follow shortly.

This term we are going to be teaching the children how to use money in a real life situation. Each day, the children will receive 50p in a mixture of coins to use to ‘pay’ for items and equipment in the Discovery Zone eg. 5 minutes in the messy will cost 10p, a box in the junk modelling will cost 2p. Children will be able to practice using different combinations of coins to pay for amounts and we will move onto calculating change as they are ready. For this work, we will be using real coins. Should you find that any coins make their way home, please could they be returned.

Our PE sessions continue to be on a Wednesday. Mrs Bramley’s and Mrs Boscher’s Classes will be doing indoor PE so will just need a white t-shirt and black shorts. Miss Horsepool’s Class will be doing outdoor games so will need trainers and warm outdoor clothes eg. joggers, t-shirt and a jumper.

Please could you ensure that your child brings a coat to school everyday. Please could ALL items that come into school be clearly named as this helps us to avoid lots of lost property.

This term, our visitors from Le Platon Home will be working in the Discovery Zone with Mrs Boscher’s Class.

We are looking forward to a busy and exciting term.

The Year 1 Team

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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