5th November – Starting with a ‘bang’

It was lovely to welcome back the children on Monday after a week off for half term. I do hope you managed to get some rest and the children managed to recharge their batteries with what is set up to be yet another busy half term.

This week we have started looking at Seasonal Change in our Science lessons. In particular, we looked at the names of the four different seasons and tried to think of the weather associated with them. The children thought it was funny when we talked about wearing shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops in the winter and equally wearing a woolly hat, gloves, scarf and coat in the hot summer months. It is important for the children to understand that our seasons last for three months and each one of the seasons brings different changes to the way both animals and humans behave.

Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter

We are just coming to the end of our unit in Power Maths on part-wholes. Our next unit of work focusses on addition and subtraction within 10. It would really benefit the children to have a secure knowledge of number bonds to 10. If they are already secure on this then the next step would be to secure number bonds to 20. There is a lovely game that we sometimes play in class called ‘Hit the Button’. If you have access to a tablet or computer the children really enjoy playing this. Below is the link, should you wish to play this at home.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

In our RE lessons we have started our Curriculum Project on ‘Festivals of Light’. Our particular focus in Year 1 is on Judaism and Christianity so we will be looking at the festivals of Hanukkah in particular. We would however like to wish you a Happy Diwali to you and your family if this is a festival that you have been celebrating this week. In our Computing lesson this week, the children used the 2Paint program to create their own Rangoli patterns. Please scan the QR code below for a chance to see our Year 1 computing display board where you will see your child’s Rangoli pattern. If you are not successful with this, then please click this link –

https://www.purplemash.com/displayboard/61824800abc94761f9285853

We have also started a new Curriculum Project in History – Toys. The children really enjoyed bringing in their own toys, their Parent’s toys and even some of their Grandparent’s toys! It was lovely to see such a range of old and new toys to enable the children to compare them especially thinking about the materials they are made from and how they have changed over time. Please be assured that they took great care over the toys as we know some of them are quite special.

A display of toys in our classroom ranging from 1920 to 2020.

Just a reminder that P.E. on a Monday is in the hall and your child will need plimsols. Thank you to all those children who have already brought theirs in. We have them safely stored in a box in the classroom to change into. Please ensure that the children come into school on a Monday wearing trainers so that we can change them before the lesson. On a Thursday is our outdoor P.E. lesson. Please ensure that your child is suitably dressed for the weather. We will try and get outside wherever possible so tracksuit bottoms and trainers will be important with the changing weather as we approach winter.

One final piece of information to note. The children came home today with their first Homework Pack. Those children with siblings in school will already be familiar with them. Please keep the pack at home (they have enough tasks in to last for the whole half term). The children are given one week to complete each task. In red, it has the date of when the work needs to be handed in. Most of the time you will be able to complete the work on the sheet. Please stick each piece of work in the red homework book with black pages using a glue stick. The homework will then be marked and given back to the children after the weekend for the next piece of work to go in etc. There is a challenge for each task but this is optional. The homework alternates between Maths and Literacy and it should consolidate the work we have completed in class.

I hope you have a great weekend and if you are attending a fireworks display over the weekend, please keep safe.