Dear Parents and Carers,
The children have been fantastic this term and moving into the final week we have lots of activities and learning to complete.
We continue our sounds learning this week. Spellings are in the children's bag and will be tested on Friday.
The children are working on addition and subtraction. We are exploring fact families through the use of whole-oart models and bar models to help the children understand the relationship between numbers.
Black History Month
We will be considering some famous characters from history such as Mary Seacole.
We are coming to the end of our work on dinosaurs and will be thinking about how dinosaurs lived and how they became ultimately extinct.
Our work in Science on materials will also be coming to a close as we investigate through enquiry based learning which materials have the property of magnetism.
The children will also be developing a variety of skills using our chrome books.
Have a great week!
Dear Parents and Carers,
The children are really coming along beautifully in their Literacy and I must say a big thank you to you all for reading with your child at home each day. This makes an enormous difference, in my experience, in all areas of the curriculum.
Please find this week's spellings by group attached.
The children will continue their work on place value. This week we will be comparing numbers by counting and also using symbols (< , = and >).
Art and Design
Last week the children really enjoyed doing their artwork and were engrossed in their activities. I hope you had the chance to take a peek at the pictures. Here are some problems from this block of learning you might like to try with your child, if you would like.
In Science we are using different forms of enquiry to explore different types of materials and their properties.
This week I will hope to start work on our Humanities topic for this term - Dinosaurs!
Have a great week!
20th September 2021
The children had a great week of learning and have settled well into their RWI groups for Literacy and Maths too.
We covered a number of topics in PSHE including understanding kind and unkind behaviours. The children have really enjoyed their PE sessions on Monday and Friday with myself and the Saints coaches.
Last week our star of the week was Blake who has shown great resilience in the first couple of weeks of school.
The week coming!
The children will continue in their groups and new books will be sent out accordingly depending on the group your child is in.
In case of any confusion I just wanted to clarify that children read with an adult everyday in these groups but this is not recorded in the reading diaries as it would be too laborious to do so. If we get the chance we will try to do additional reading but I have an expectation that children will read each day with their parent for 5 minutes minimum. I was very impressed with the spellings the children did on Friday - new spellings out today!
This week in Maths we will be exploring representing number in different ways, counting forwards and backwards to 50 and one more and one less than a given number to 50. Please find a link to a workbook for this unit if you wish to pursue this at home.
Art and Design
This week we will be looking at using composition styles, collage, paint and line for the children to create their own abstract pieces. we are starting this looking at the work of Beatriz Milhazes as well as other artist such as Claude Debussy and David Hockney.
Have a great week!
Mrs Budiman and Mrs Day
Our busy week has ended on a high with our 'Sports Day'. The children were very excited to take part and winners will be revealed on Monday. Photos to follow!
Can I remind you that children need PE kits on Monday for some OCRA activities on site.
In Literacy we have been looking at the book 'Jellybean' culminating in the children writing a poem. The children were practising using noun phrases and in some cases expanded noun phrases.
The children have been working on 'Money' this week and we will continue this next week. Why not have a game of Monopoly over the weekend so the children can experience money in context. Follow this link to consolidate learning:
In Science the children have done some great plant identification and made close observational drawings in order that they understand the differences between different species of plants and trees.
Have a good week!
Our Star Learner this week was Tabitha who has shown great tenacity in her assessments and is always so kind to those around her. Well done Tabitha!
The children have had almost a full week of assessments and I am sure they are all very tired. They did incredibly well persevering through the assessments and showed great patience. I'm very proud of them all.
You may have noticed one of the reading books has not changed. This is on purpose as we will start the unit of work for these books this week.
Can I ask that any school books you may still have at home are returned before the end of term. I am missing several RWI books which are vital to our program and in limited supply.
The children had fun looking at the different leaves of the trees in the school grounds and making observational drawings of the structure of a tree and its leaves. This work will continue next week.
Thank you to those parents who are booking meals, it has made a real difference meaning we can start the day more quickly.
Our Star Learner this week is Finley, who has impressed us with his focus in Literacy and good humour. We are very proud of him.
This week in Literacy we have been reading 'Jade's Party'. Our big write has involved writing an invitation using a variety of descriptive vocabulary within noun phrases and the use of commas within a list.
Please ensure you read for five minutes each day with your child, prioritising the RWI book that corresponds with our class book.
Please could you take a look on the bookshelf or elsewhere and return any books originating from school. It is very important all RWI books are returned as these are critical to our program and in very short supply.
The children have been working hard on their knowledge of place value. They are beginning to understand how numbers can be partitioned into tens and ones and how this can help us to draw conclusions when we compare numbers against each other. Please check the link from last week to review this learning with your child.
We have been studying the UK for the past couple of weeks and the children have learnt about its component countries, capitals and some of the human and physical features of each country. The children created their own maps (as seen in the assembly) using collage and did a fantastic job.
Next Week...Assessments and Science
Next week will be assessment week and we will continue our work on plants.
Have a good weekend!
Mrs Budiman and Miss Heffer
Another week has flown by in Chestnut Class. Our 'Star Learner' this week is Ross-John, we are proud of the way he is working and the commitment he demonstrates - Well done!
This week in Literacy we have been looking at a book called 'The Jar of Oil'. The children wrote some lovely letters to the Prince begging for another jar of oil. They explored correct punctuation and the use of adverbs and adjectives as a way to add interest to their writing.
The RWI storybooks sent home should correspond to the books we are reading in class. For some of you we have had to make some books. Please make sure your child reads this book during the week as a priority. It will help them to learn the key vocabulary in the book we use in school.
We continue our work on Place Value to 100 next week. There are several core skills children should practice for this unit:
Counting forwards to 100.
Counting backwards from 100 (lots struggled with this).
Counting in tens.
Counting forwards and backwards from any given number.
Practise these skills with your child and check this link for further revision:
This week we have been learning about the UK. Specifically its four countries, capitals and surrounding seas. We have also touched upon the human and physical features of the different countries within the UK and this will continue next week. I hope we will be able to tie this in with some art as well to really consolidate this work. Please watch this video with your child.
Have a great weekend!
The children have had a busy and rather warm week in the classroom. Jude is our Star Learner this week, his attitude to learning is really impressing us and his jolly persona is always a joy to see.
This week in RWI we have been looking at a new text 'Our House'. Each week as part of this program the children read and re-read the text in order that they gain fluency. They also practise, almost daily the red and green words, associated with the text, in order that they begin to recognise these by sight. You can also practise doing this with the books sent home. The spellings sent home with the children are also explored and practised but it is essential that this is also done at home. We want the children to learn these for a lifetime not just a day!
This week we have been looking at Geometry: Position and Direction. This will be assessed on Monday. If you would like your child to revise for this assessment please see the link below:
Thank you so much for the amazing 'Smoothie' homework you did, this really helps to consolidate our learning in class. I have popped some of these on a display in class. This week we have been looking at PSHE and considering how to keep safe, thinking about people we trust and how we are the same and different.
As always please read for five minutes each week day with your child. Review the red and green words at the front of your books.
Please practise spellings for the week.
Next week we will start our Geography unit on the UK. Please watch this video with your child to introduce them to this topic. Think about and discuss these questions:
Points for discussion:
· What are the four countries of the United Kingdom?
· What are the capital cities of each country ?
· What is a human feature in geography?
· What is a physical feature in geography?
· Can pupils describe the human and physical features of a place they know well?
Have a great weekend!
It has been an enjoyable week in Chestnut Class this week with lots of great work and super motivation from the children. Bluebelle is our star learner this week. She has been a real role model to the other children in her enthusiasm to take part in discussion and answer questions across the syllabus but particularly in Maths.
As you know we are following the Read, Write Inc program for out Literacy. Groupings will change next half term and I will inform each of you individually of your child's grouping. I would like to inform you that moving up these groups (unlike before) is highly dependent on fluency and speed. Speed of reading is timed (words per minute). As a ball park figure the majority of year one are aiming at 70 words per minute (this may vary according to your child's grouping). Again I will clarify with you individually what your child should be aiming for.
Therefore, home reading becomes absolutely critical to this Literacy program. I have noticed a considerable drop in the frequency of home reading and I would ask you kindly that your child read to you for at least 5mins a day each week day. I will monitor this and contact you if needs be to see if I can help in anyway.
In Maths we have completed our work on fractions. I will assess the children's ability to identify halves and quarters of shapes and quantity on our return to school. Please follow this link for revision resources:
In our wider curriculum we have been looking at Design and Technology. We have designed, made and evaluated our own class smoothie. The children considered the differences between fruit and vegetables and linking with our Science we thought about the part of a plant that we use when we eat fruit and vegetables. Children used knives to cut the fruit and designed a carton for our smoothie. We compared and evaluated our smoothie against two shop bought products.
Could the children design their own smoothie at home and make it! Please include the ingredients on the side of the carton and try to give your smoothie an exciting name that will entice children to want to drink it! Make it colourful and fun! Then evaluate your smoothie. Was it bright or dull? Was it juicy, grainy or mushy? did you like it?
Have a wonderful half term!
Mrs Doyle and Mrs Denney have done an amazing job teaching and nurturing the children over the past few months. We thank them both for their hard work, going above and beyond their duties to ensure the progress of the children in Chestnut Class and always striving to keep parents informed via Dojo and through our weekly blog/round up that can be found on the school website.
Miss Heffer has been the backbone of the Chestnut Class operation and has given tremendous support to all. If as a parent you have concerns or questions we are available to speak.
In Literacy the children are enjoying their group inputs based on the Read, Write, Inc program and we have seen some lovely letter writing this week. In particular our 'Star of the Week' Evie-May impressed us all with her letter and her generous spirit. Children will continue their individual group work next week.
In Maths the children have been learning to find and recognise fractions of shapes and quantity. This week they have focussed on halves but next week we will be looking at quarters.
In Science the children have been identifying the parts of a plant. If you fancy a wild plant spotting weekend please check out this website:
In Geography, the children have been exploring the compass points North, East, South and West through games and activities.
A simple mistake was made with the spellings that seems to have caused confusion to some parents. In light of some of the communications we are now going to release spellings on a Monday to be tested on Friday.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Mrs Budiman, Mrs Doyle, Mrs Denney and Miss Heffer.