Morning drop-off expectations
Please ensure that you say goodbye to your child before they come in to the classroom in the morning. We are trying to foster the children's growing independence so they are expected to enter the classroom by themselves, hang up their coat and place their snack and drink in the appropriate places before beginning their soft-start activity.
Year 1 Parent Reading Volunteers
We would really appreciate it if any parents are able to volunteer to read with Year 1 children on Monday, Wednesday or Friday afternoons. Please see your child's class teacher or Miss Whaley if you are interested.
English and Maths books are going home on Friday 19th May. Inside the front cover, there will be discussion points and on the back cover you can record constructive and positive comments about your child's progress. Please look after the books and they need to come back on Monday 22nd May.
For our curriculum day on Friday 26th May, Mr Henry will be working with the children to use junk modelling to build a mode of transport. It would be greatly appreciated if any junk modelling resources (boxes, tubes, loo rolls, plastic tubs) you have could be brought in to ensure all the children have the chance to build the model they wish to.
Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise. We have therefore adapted our routines to reflect this. The routines for children in this year group are as follows:
Purple home learning books will no longer being used as practice can be done at home. You will be able to see achievement and progress through the dictation and times tables challenge sheets going home weekly. You will also be able to witness progress through class exercise books for English and maths being sent home once during every half-term.
The children have had a brilliant two weeks. We have learnt about time, past tense, Northfields and can even make a structure out of Marshmallows. (I’d advise you not to try the last one at home as it gets everywhere).
In English, we have been continuing to draft a recount of our visit to the London Transport Museum. Our two main focuses have been past tense and chronological order. We choose these grammar focuses because it was noticeable that although the children could remember their visit they had no clue when anything happened. In some of our recounts we had children telling us what they ate for lunch before explaining how they got there. We used key word banks and targeted teaching to improve the children work and put it in the right order. Although we have not written our final draft it is clear the progress the children have made and I am sure this will show in their work.
In FLCC we have begun to look at Northfield and its different features you will find there. All children were able to discuss that Northfield had shops, parks and restaurants. The lesson became very interesting when the children were asked how to improve Northfield; there were a range of answers from sweet shops to Zoo’s. The children feel a zoo would be perfect for the community because as one child said ‘who doesn’t like animal.’
In Maths we have concentrated on time vocabulary. The children had to understand how to use earlier, later, quicker and slower. The children used a stopwatch to find out who is quicker at different activities and write a sentence about this. They then had to write out their school timetable using earlier and later. All children were able to do this and can now understand a range of time vocabulary.
Science we have been concentrating on the three little pigs and the materials they built there house out of. The children tested hay and pasta to see which is stronger. They then had to work out how to create a strong structure. All children had different ideas and each model was very different. However, the children were able to talk to each other and collectively agree the best house for keeping the little pigs safe.
The children have edited their first drafts, improving their sentences ensuring they have included their grammar focuses. The children will now be using these improvements to write a final draft.
In Maths the children are becoming secure with their use of base 10 for addition and a number line for subtraction. We will be looking to use these methods to apply the children solving problems.
In science we will be investigating different materials and the uses that they have. We are currently focusing on the best material to make a house using the three little pigs as an example.
For our new Fielding Learning Challenge Curriculum topic will be based around transport and comparing London's transport systems to that in other places around the world. We have linked up with Kamla Nehru Public School in Punjab, India, to compare and contrast modes of transport used to travel to school. Visit our webpage to see the exciting videos and drawings children have been exchanging: Click here