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Weekly Note – w/c 3.4.17

We have nearly reached the end of another busy term! The children are really enjoying our Secret Garden topic and this will continue after the holidays. They have enjoyed challenges to create a clay flower and to work in a potting shed where they have to work out how much it will cost to plant their seed and write instructions for looking after it. They may be bringing these home.

Next week we will be walking to the church on Wednesday afternoon to watch the Easter Service which is led by Year 4. We are still short of parents to walk down with us so if you are able to come, please can you let your child’s teacher know.

On Thursday afternoon it is the Spring Fayre. Infants may be collected from their classrooms from 2pm to attend the Fayre (please note that juniors are collected from 2.30pm onwards). Children will not allowed to go unaccompanied but may attend the Fayre after school if they are picked up at the usual time.

School finishes for the Easter holidays on Friday 7th at 1pm. Children may bring a more substantial snack that morning as they won’t be having lunch at school. School begins again after the holidays on Wednesday 26th April.

Information for after the holidays 

Swimming

Swimming will begin again after the holidays

Mrs Bramley’s Class – Monday 9 -10.30

Miss Horsepool’s Class – Tuesday 9 – 10.30

Mrs Boscher’s Class – Thursday 9 – 10.30

Children will need their swimming kits on these days, including a swimming hat. Please make sure that children don’t wear earrings on these days or have them taped up.

If you are able to help the children change for swimming or are happy to go in the water with them, please let your child’s teacher know.

Trip to the Victorian Walled Gardens

We will be visiting the Victorian Walled Gardens at Sausmarez Park to learn about growing and planting. The classes will be going on the following days:

Tuesday 2nd May – Mrs Boscher’s Class

Thursday 4th May – Miss Horsepool’s Class

Thursday 11th May – Mrs Bramley’s Class

We will be leaving school at 9am and returning by 11.30. If you are able to help with this trip, please let your child’s teacher know.

Thank you for your support and we hope you have an enjoyable holiday.

The Year 1 team

 

 

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Weekly Update – w/c 13th February

In maths next week we will finishing our work on addition and subtraction problems. We will also be doing some work on shape and measure. We are continuing to work on the Rainbow Target of doubling an halving after half term. Please click here for the links to the activities which you can use to help your child practise these targets.

In literacy we will be finishing our animal information fact files using the app ‘Pic Collage’ on the ipads.

We are really pleased that most children are now coming into school by themselves. Please could we ask that you don’t come into school in the mornings to change books or read with your child – it can be very overwhelming for children when there are lots of adults around. We request that you only come in before school if you need to speak to your child’s teacher urgently.  You are welcome to e-mail or speak to the teachers after school for less urgent matters.

Please could we remind you that children who come to breakfast club should leave their bags in the cloakroom before school rather than putting them away in the classrooms. When they come in at 8.55 with the rest of the children they are then able to put their bags away independently.

PE will remain on a Wednesday after half term. Please could we remind you that all children should have their PE kits in school on this day.

Half Term is from Monday 20th February until Friday 24th February so we will see the children again on Monday 27th February. We look forward to seeing you next week for the parents appointments.

Thank you for your support,

The Year 1 team

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Weekly Update w/c 6th Feb

Dear parents/carers

Literacy

We shall be continuing our work on information texts as well as doing lots of reading related activities for Book Week!

 

Maths

In maths next week we shall be doing some problem solving involving both addition and subtraction. The children will be able to apply the calculation strategies already taught and develop their understanding of mathematical vocabulary.

If you would like to support this work at home, then posing simple number problems using adding or taking away would be helpful. This can just be done verbally. For example:

There are 12 birds in a tree. 5 fly away. How many are left?

Tom has 7 blue cars and 8 green cars. How many cars does he have altogether?

I have 13 stickers in my sticker book. On Monday I get 4 more. How many are there now?

There are 10 biscuits on a plate. Dad eats 3. How many are there now?

Some children will need to work with numbers within 10, some are able to use numbers to 20 and some are confident with numbers beyond this.

 

Book Week

Next week is Book Week! On Wednesday we shall be having a visit from author Kristina Stephenson.

On Friday children are invited to come to school dressed up as their favourite book character. If possible, please bring in a copy of the book so that your child can talk about their character.

Also on Friday we are holding a book sale. Please bring in any books that you are happy to donate on Friday morning. Children will have the opportunity to buy a book for 50p.

If you are able to help us out running the sale for an hour or two on Friday morning then please speak to Miss Horsepool.

 

Internet Safety Day

Tuesday is Internet Safety Day. The children will be bringing home a competition consisting of a poster to decorate. We will have discussed aspects of Internet Safety in school with them. Please see the blog post on the main St Martins School page for more information.

 

School Closure Day

Just a reminder that we are closed on Monday 6th Feb for a staff training day.

 

Many thanks

Year 1 team

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Weekly Update w/c 30.1.17

The children have been busy story telling this week and we have heard some fabulous new stories based on Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

In literacy next week we will begin to look at information texts. The children will be finding out facts about animals and creating their own information poster.

In numeracy we will be bringing together all the work which we have been doing on addition and subtraction by doing some problem solving work.

Parents Appointments

Thank you to those people who have already signed up for parents appointments. If you haven’t already done so, please could you click here to go to the website to sign up. If you are unable to do it online, please pop into the office and the office ladies will be able to book your appointment.

Book Week

Some advance notice that book week will be the week beginning Monday 6th February. During this week we will be meeting the author Kristina Stephenson who writes the Charlie Stinky Socks series. We have been reading these books in school and the children are really enjoying them. This is a link to the website if you would like to look at it with the children. http://www.sircharliestinkysocks.co.uk/author/. On the Friday on that week (10th February) children may come to school dressed up as their favourite story characters. They are welcome to bring in the book to share with the class if they would like.

We will also be having a book sale on Friday 10th February. If you have any books which you would like to donate for the sale, please bring them into school. We would also appreciate some help to set up and run the sale. If you are able to help, either for the whole morning or for an hour or two, please could you let your child’s teacher know.

Staff training day

Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday 6th February due to a staff training day.

Thank you for your support

The Year 1 team

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Weekly Update – w/c 23.1.17

In literacy next week we will be continuing our work on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children will be changing part of the story to make it their own and will be given a choice of how they present their story (eg. written or choosing to use an app on the ipads).

In numeracy next week we will be doing some work on subtraction calculations.  Click here for a link to some online addition and subtraction games.

 

Parent Appointments

Parents appointments will be the week of Monday 13th February. Please keep an eye out for an e-mail from the office letting you know when you can book.

Please note that there are no appointments with the Year 1 teachers on the Monday because we are all on a training course so you will need to scroll past these times to find the available appointments.

 

Thank you

The Year 1 team

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Weekly Updates w/c – 16.1.17

We have launched our new topic for this half term ‘The Zoo’. There are lots of animal related resources for the children to explore in the Discovery Zone and children will have a Zoo topic passport with some new challenges to complete.

In Literacy we are beginning a Talk for Writing unit on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children will be learning actions to help them re-tell the story. Next week we will be doing sentence work based on the story as well as creating a story map.

In Numeracy next week we will be continuing our work on place value and ordering numbers as well as beginning to add 10 and 11 to numbers.

Rainbow Maths Targets

Your child should have bought home their new rainbow maths targets. This term they are focused on doubling and halving. We test the children every few weeks to see if they can achieve their target quickly and they will bring their sheets home so that you can see how they are getting on. Please click here for some online activities to help your child practice their target.

 

High Frequency Words

Thank you for all your support helping your child to learn to read and spell the High Frequency words – it really does make a difference to both their reading and writing!

This term we will continue to send the High Frequency Word boards home with your child. Children will be given a new board when they are confident reading their current board at speed. Please keep going through the previous boards at home with you child as our assessments at the end of last term have shown that some children are not retaining some of the words which they have learnt previously. It only needs to take a couple of minutes a day and can make a big difference for your child.

The children who are confident reading all the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 words will no longer be bringing home boards but will have information sent regarding spellings.

 

Thank you for your support

The Year 1 Team

 

 

 

 

 

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End of Term

Just another quick reminder that the term will finish on Tuesday 20th December at 1pm.

Children will not need to bring their lunch on this day but may bring an extra snack to eat as well as their fruit.

On Monday could children please bring in a plastic bag in which to carry home all their Christmas art work.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas and hope that you enjoy a restful festive break.

The Spring term begins on Thursday 5th January 2017.

Many thanks

Year 1 team

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Weekly Note – w/c 12.12.16

We were really proud of the children for their performance in the Christmas Concert. We think they all did a fantastic job and we hope you enjoyed it!

Mrs Bramley and Miss Horsepool’s classes have already enjoyed their trip to the museum. Mrs Boscher’s Class will be going on Monday morning.

Our Christmas party will be on Wednesday 14th December. Children may wear party clothes to school on this day. The children will still be having playtimes on this day so please could you ensure that they wear sensible shoes and bring coats to school.

We ask that you provide a small amount of food for the party lunch (only enough for 6 children so that we don’t have too much waste). Please could each class bring the following:

Mrs Bramley’s Class – small cakes and chocolate biscuits

Miss Horsepool’s Class – sandwiches and rolls (no peanut butter or Nutella please)

Mrs Boscher’s Class – fruit and veg eg. grapes, cucumber sticks, carrot sticks,

If your child has any allergies or specific dietary requirements, please could they bring their normal packed lunch to eat. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions.

We will be walking to St Martin’s Church on Thursday 15th December at 1.15pm to watch the Year 5 Christmas Service. Thank you to those parents who have already said they can help accompany us. We still need some more helpers. Please let your child’s class teacher know if you are able to come.

The term will finish on Tuesday 20st December at 1pm. Children will not need lunch on this day but may bring an extra snack to eat at break time.

Thank you for all your support this term, we wish you a very Happy Christmas and hope that you enjoy the break.

The Year 1 Team.

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Weekly note – 2.12.16

Next week is a very busy week!

We have been busy getting ready for our Christmas Concert and will be performing it to the rest of the school on Tuesday morning. The performance to parents will be on Wednesday 7th at 2pm.

The children will be treated to a concert by the School Music Service staff on Friday morning which will introduce them to the instruments of the orchestra.

We have our trip to Candie Museum to find out about old toys coming up from 9-11 am on the following days.

Mrs Bramley’s Class will be going on Thursday 8th December.

Miss Horsepool’s Class will be going on Friday 9th December

Mrs Boscher’s Class will be going on Monday 12th December

We still need a few parent helpers for this trip. Thank you to those parents who have already offered. If anyone else is able to help, please could you let your child’s teacher know.

On Thursday 15th December, we will be walking to the church at 1.15 to watch the Year 5 Christmas Service. We require some parents to help accompany us. If you are able to help, please could you let your child’s teacher know.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you at the concert next week.

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Weekly Note w/c 28.11.16

Dear parents/carers

Maths

Next week we shall be going back to some work on addition strategies.

Please keep working on your child’s Rainbow Maths Targets at home. The check up sheets they have been bringing home each week  show you how they’ve been getting on. There are now just a few weeks left of this term to work on number bonds because in January we shall move to a new focus of doubling and halving.

 

Christmas Concert

Rehearsals are now under way for our concert and the children are working very hard to learn their lines, songs and dances.

Thankyou to all of you who have now sent in costumes in a named bag. If you have any difficulties providing any of the items then please let us know as soon as possible so that we can put out a request to the year group or source items ourselves.

The concert is at 2pm on Wednesday 7th December.

Each child has been allocated 2 tickets which you should have received. We kindly ask that if you do not need both of the tickets, please could any spares be returned to school. We have limited numbers due to the space in the hall. If you require extra tickets, any spares will be available from the school office.

 

Trip to Candie Museum

Each class will be visiting Candie Museum to look at old toys and explore the Discovery Room. If you are able to come along to help with the trip then please let your child’s class teacher know as we require 4 additional helpers per class. Buses will leave school at 9.15am and we shall return for 11am.

Thursday 8th December – Mrs Bramley’s Class

Friday 9th December – Miss Horsepool’s Class

Monday 12th December – Mrs Boscher’s Class

 

PTA Christmas Fayre

If you have any donations of toys and games, books or bric a brac then these can now be brought into school. Cakes can be brought into school on the day of the fayre.

Children can be collected early from classes from 2.30pm onwards on Friday 1st December to be taken to the Christmas Fayre. Alternatively you can collect as normal at 2.55pm and then visit!

Tickets for the hamper raffle are available from outside the office before and after school until Thursday 1st December. The raffle will then be drawn in assembly on Friday 2nd December.

 

Many thanks

Year 1 team