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Friday 7th December

Learning Journey

We have had a very busy week with lots to fit in! We have been rehearsing our Nativity a lot this week and working hard on our singing and dancing, we can't wait to show you all! We have also had a special visitor from our class elf, he is very cheeky and keeps getting into mischief! We have continued our learning on the United Kingdom also, writing facts about the final country - Northern Ireland. Next week we will be writing what new knowledge we have gained about the United Kingdom. 

English

This week we have been working on our traditional tales and writing up our own version. We have incorporated all our learning from this term into writing these stories and are very proud of the finished product! We have also written our letters to Santa Claus remembering our previous knowledge on letter writing from last term. This have been posted, so hopefully we will get a reply soon! Next week, we will be beginning the Snowman the Michael Morpurgo version. We will be clarifying the story and characters and writing sentences about the pictures and what we can see.

Maths

This week we have continued our learning on numbers from 11-20 and mass. We have begun learning about place value of numbers 11-20 and tens and ones. We have been using a variety of practical resources to help our understanding by using ten squares, counters and part-part--whole models. In mass, we are still learning to use correct vocabulary (heavy, light, heavier, lighter, heaviest, lightest, as heavy as). We have also begun measure objects using a pan balance. We have been using cubes to help us measure mass. Next week we will continue with learning about place value by using these resources and also practising writing the number and corresponding number word. We will also continue measuring the mass of objects using cubes to measure.

Science

This week we looked back on our taste test experiment and what we found out. We then conducted our own evaluation which discussed what we liked and didn't like and what two flavours we would think would go well together. We then discussed the other senses and went on a senses walk. We used our eyes, ears, hands and nose to investigate the forest. We discussed this together and recorded our findings. Next week we will be recapping all the knowledge we have learnt this term and answering our questions that we asked at the beginning of term.

Diary dates for our year group

  • Thursday 13th December PM – Nativity performance.

  • Friday 14th December AM – Nativity performance.

  • Monday 17th December - Fabulous finish.

Important Message

Information about Nativity has been sent home in contact books in regards to what part your child has and what outfit they require. If you are without this please let the class teacher know. The due date for the nativity costumes is Monday 10th December! I apologise that there has been an error sent in the homework, but the costumes must be in by Monday the 10th of December please. These must be in by then please, ready for our dress rehearsal. The dates for the performances have also gone out via email and are written above - if you are without these please let your class teacher know.  In addition, some of the parents have purchased a star costume instead of the suggested costume on the letter. We are happy with this and if you wish to do the same you are most welcome, but please do not feel obliged to go to any additional expense.  

Homework/spellings for this week

Maths: We have been learning about length and comparing objects length and height by using words like: tall/taller/tallest, short/shorter/shortest, high/higher/highest. We have enclosed a ‘winter ordering sheet’ which involves cutting and stick these pictures in the correct order from short to tall or tall to short. Please encourage your child to use this vocabulary when comparing these pictures. Many thanks.

Spellings/Phonics: As extra optional homework we are practising words with these sounds this week: ir, ue, aw, wh - If you would like to practise spellings with these sounds at home that would be lovely!

Friday 30th November

Learning Journey

This week we begun learning facts about the third country within the UK - Scotland. We went through Barnaby Bear's journey to Scotland and all the sights here say, include Loch-Ness and the myth of the sea creature Nessie! We wrote up some facts in our books which we are very confident with doing now. We are also remembering key facts about the UK countries we have learnt so far, like their capital city, patron saint, flag and national flower. Next week will be when we learn about the final country within the UK - Northern Ireland. 

English

This week we have continued with the text ‘The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf’. We are continually going over the story script using our actions and adding our own to this. We have now looked at changing parts of this story, like the characters and the setting. We came up with some imaginative ideas like '3 big nasty dogs and the nice unicorn'. We have no story mapped our version of the story with the new characters and setting. This then leads nicely into writing up our final stories next week.

Maths

This week we have begun our learning on numbers to 20, focusing on the 'teen' numbers. We have been representing numbers to 20 with objects and pictures, finding all the different ways to show a number. We have looked at which way round the digits go when writing a teen number. We have also begun learning about mass of different objects and have practised using pan balances within the classroom, using important vocabulary like: heavy, light, heavier, lighter, heaviest, lightest, as heavy as. Next week we will continue learning how to represent numbers to 20 using different resources and how this links to the part-part--whole model. We will also continue exploring mass and using objects to measure how much something weighs.

Science

This week we have had a very exciting and scientifical week! We conducted an experiment to do with using our senses. One sense was taken away by us shutting out eyes, we had to make sure our eyes were shut otherwise it would not be a proper scientifical study. We tasted 4 different foods from under four different taste categories - these were salty, sweet, bitter and sour. We then had to guess what the food was and write this down. We each learnt that we all have different taste buds in what we like and dislike. Next week we will be identifying which sense does what.

Diary dates for our year group

  • Thursday 13th December PM – Nativity performance.

  • Friday 14th December AM – Nativity performance.

Important Message

Information about Nativity has been sent home in contact books in regards to what part your child has and what outfit they require. If you are without this please let the class teacher know. The due date for the nativity costumes is Monday 10th December! These must be in by then please, ready for our dress rehearsal. The dates for the performances have also gone out via email and are written above - if you are without these please let your class teacher know.  In addition, some of the parents have purchased a star costume instead of the suggested costume on the letter. We are happy with this and if you wish to do the same you are most welcome, but please do not feel obliged to go to any additional expense.  

Homework/spellings for this week

Phonics: We have now taught all the new phase 5 sounds to the children and have now begun recapping these. As part of the phonics screening in June children are presented with real words and alien words to decode and blend. We have enclosed a sheet of these to decipher which is real and which is not real by colouring them in two separate colours. Many thanks.

Spellings/Phonics: As extra optional homework we are practising words with these sounds this week: ay, ou, ie, ea, oy - If you would like to practice spellings with these sounds at home that would be lovely!

Friday 23rd November

Learning Journey

We have had a very busy week this week! On Monday we had a special visitor in all the way from Wales! She taught us all about her country and what it is like to live there, we even learnt some Welsh words! After that, we went into the hall to learn a dance with her! Following on from this special visit we began writing all the facts we had come across whilst learning about Wales. Next week we will be learning some facts about Scotland.

English

This week we have continued with the text ‘The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf’. We are continually going over the story script using our actions and adding our own to this. We have moved on to learning about character speech and what the characters are saying in the story and how we know this. We have also been sequencing the story using beginning, middle and end. Next week we will be beginning to plan our own version of this story for our ‘hot task’.

Maths

This week we have been focussing on word problems within subtraction and we have been identifying the subtraction sentence from the word problem and then solving it. We have worked very hard on this and it has required us to use our decoding and comprehension knowledge as well as our mathematical knowledge. We have come to an end with our learning about length, next week we will begin learning about mass and numbers to 20.

Science

This week we have been think about what makes our bodies special. We have discussed sensibly all the differences we see in each other. We then drew a human body and labelled this independently. After this, we worked in our talk partners to see what different activities and movements we could do with our bodies. Next week we will be conducting a special senses experiment where we will be categorising different tastes.

Diary dates for our year group

  • Wednesday 28th November – Science experiment.

  • Thursday 13th December PM – Nativity performance.

  • Friday 14th December AM – Nativity performance.

Important Message

Information about Nativity has been sent home in contact books in regards to what part your child has and what outfit they require. If you are without this please let the class teacher know. Dates have also gone out and there will be somewhere to book in very soon. We are conducting a Science experiment which focuses on the senses. We will be trying different healthy snacks that are either sweet, salty, bitter or sour without seeing what they are first. Therefore, we will be getting the children to try the food with their eyes covered. Please let your class teacher know if you are unhappy with this. In addition, some of the parents have purchased a star costume instead of the suggested costume on the letter. We are happy with this and if you wish to do the same you are most welcome, but please do not feel obliged to go to any additional expense.  

Homework/spellings for this week

Geography: As we have been learning about the United Kingdom and each individual country and where they are, we have enclosed a map of the UK to label with you at home. If they would like a further challenge to this they could also label the capital cities of each country. Many thanks.

Spellings/Phonics: As extra optional homework we are practising the following spellings: so, were, there. In Phonics we have been learning these sounds this week: a_e, o_e, e_e, u_e If you would like to practice spellings with these sounds at home that would be lovely!

Friday 16th November

Learning Journey

This week we have begun our learning on the 4 countries that make up the UK and have started by learning about England. We have identified England on the map of the UK and have discussed where London is and where Crowborough is. We have identified the two seas surrounding the UK. We then went on to learn some amazing facts and wrote some of these down. Next week we will be starting to learn about the next country in the UK, Wales.

English

This week we have continued with the text ‘The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf’. We are continually going over the story script using our actions and adding our own to this. We have begun looking at sentence structure and what we need to remember, things like, capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and writing from left to right. We have been using pictures from the story to prompt us into creating a sentence to go with it. Next week we will be identifying the beginning, middle and end to the story in the build up to writing our own version!

Maths

This week we have been learning about subtracting numbers within 10 and how we read and write these number sentences. We have worked hard on our presentation in our Maths books and forming numbers correctly. We have also continued measuring using straws and making very good estimations on what we think the length will be. We will be continuing with this a little more before we then move on to learning about Mass!

Science

This week we have been labelling parts of the body. We all volunteered one child to label together as a class and then went off independently and labelled a ready drawn human body. We then extended ourselves further by writing sentences about what different parts of our body can do. Next week we will be drawing the human body and labelling this and discussing what makes our bodies special.

Diary dates for our year group

  • Monday 19th November – A visitor from Wales from 9.30am until lunch-time.

  • Monday 19th November – Year 1 Book look for parents from 2.00 until 2.20.

  • Thursday 13th December PM – Nativity performance.

  • Friday 14th December AM – Nativity performance.

Important Message

Now that it is getting colder, please can we ask that any additional clothing sent in with your child, eg. Hats, scarves, gloves, be clearly labelled so we can reunite them with their owner. We will be focussing on Dance this term in PE, so the children will not be doing PE outside in the cold. Information about Nativity has been sent home in contact books in regards to what part your child has and what outfit they require. If you are without this please let the class teacher know. Dates have also gone out and there will be somewhere to book in very soon. We also have a parent ‘book look’ on Monday 19th November where you are able to come in and look at what your child is doing at school. This will be a 20 minute session and will begin at 2pm.

Homework/spellings for this week

RE: We are starting up a ‘Reflection Book’ for our reflection area, which will be a place for children to write or draw reflections on their R.E lessons and PSHE lessons. As these books are new we want to give the children an opportunity to decorate a front cover for it. We have enclosed a variety of religious symbols for the children to decorate and colour. These will then be used for the cover of the Reflection book.

  Spellings/Phonics: As extra optional homework we are practising the following spellings: called, asked, come. In Phonics we have been learning these sounds this week: oe (toe), au (Autumn), ey (monkey), i_e (kite). If you would like to practice spellings with these sounds at home that would be lovely!

Friday 9th November

Learning Journey

This week we have been beginning our tour of the UK, by focussing on all the countries that make up the UK. We looked up on Google Earth the UK, its countries and surrounding seas. We then introduced the Queen and who she is, where she lives and her role and history. The children wrote facts about the Queen that they had learnt. Next week we will be starting our learning on specific countries within the UK, starting with England.

English

This week we have continued with the text ‘The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf’. We have been learning a script of the story with actions, acting out this script in small groups and have drawn some wonderful story maps following the script. We have learnt what the words adjective and noun means and used these to describe the characters and the setting in the story. Next week we will be looking back at our ‘cold task’ writing and how we can make it even better!

Maths

This week we have finished off our learning on adding within 10 by solving word problems. We are now learning about subtraction within 10 and have been learning the ‘-‘ symbol and what it means and practising writing these down. We are continuing our learning about length by measuring various pieces in the classroom using non-standard units (straws). Next week we will continue learning about subtraction and how to write and solve subtraction problems. We will also be looking at the word ‘estimate’, what it means and making estimations of lengths.

Science

This week we have been discussing what ‘being healthy’ means to us. We have looked at what makes a healthy and balanced diet and what other lifestyle choices we can make to stay healthy. This reinforced our cooking experience last week and helps us begin our learning of the human body. Next week, we will be learning about the different parts of the human body and labelling one.

Diary dates for our year group

  • Monday 19th November – A visitor from Wales. More information on this to follow.

  • Thursday 13th December PM – Nativity performance.

  • Friday 14th December AM – Nativity performance.    

Important Message

Now that it is getting colder, please can we ask that any additional clothing sent in with your child, eg. Hats, scarves, gloves, be clearly labelled so we can reunite them with their owner. We will be focussing on Dance this term in PE, so the children will not be doing PE outside in the cold. We have now got dates for the nativity so you are aware and more details on booking this will follow shortly. We are in the process of organising children’s roles for the nativity, you will be notified on what costume they require within the next week. Many thanks for your patience on this.

Homework/spellings for this half term

Maths: As we have completed our learning on addition sentences, we would like this skill to practised at home. Enclosed, is a colour by number/addition sheet to complete. We have been encouraging the children to use practical resources to solve addition problems, which they can continue to do. Many thanks.

Spellings/Phonics: As extra optional homework we are practicing the following spellings: called, asked, come. In Phonics we have been learning these sounds this week: wh (when), ph (phonics), aw (saw), ew (screw). If you would like to practice spellings with these sounds at home that would be lovely!

Friday 2nd November

Learning Journey

This term we are beginning our new learning journey titled ‘Tales and Trails’. We are focussing on Traditional Tales within our English learning and learning all about the United Kingdom. We have had our stunning start this week where we have made traditional dishes from all the countries within the UK. We have made: Welsh Rarebit, Irish Soda Bread Pudding, cucumber sandwiches and porridge. We really enjoyed making and trying all these foods and the children behaved beautifully!

English

This week we have begun our new learning on Traditional Tales. We are focussing on the Three Little Pigs story, however, we will be reading the alternative to the traditional story titled, ‘The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf’. We have been acting out parts of Traditional Tales we are familiar with and have begun a ‘cold task’ where we were asked to write a story looking at the front cover of the ‘Three Horrid Pigs’ book. Next week we will begin reading the story and will act it out and story map the text using pictures and key words.

Maths

This week we have gone over all we have learnt in Maths so far to check our understanding. We have been learning about addition stories within 10 and length. We have been comparing more than two lengths and learnt how using a starting point helps us when comparing them. We have also looked at counting in twos and the pattern within the numbers. Next week we will learn about addition word problems within 10 and then we will be moving on to subtraction within 10. Our learning about length will also continue next week.

Science

This term we have begun our learning of the human body. We have discussed all we know so far and have come up with some questions we want to research this term. Next week we will be learning about healthy eating after our cooking this week and how we can take care of our bodies.

Diary dates for our year group

  • Monday 19th November – A visitor from Wales. More information on this to follow.

Important Message

Many thanks to you all for your kind donations towards our cooking. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and there will be plenty of pictures of their creations to follow. Now that it is getting colder, please can we ask that any additional clothing sent in with your child, eg. Hats, scarves, gloves, be clearly labelled so we can reunite them with their owner. We will be focussing on Dance this term in PE, so the children will not be doing PE outside in the cold.

Homework/spellings for this half term

Phonics: We are now introducing the next phase (phase 5) of the phonics scheme. This week the children have been introduced to the following grapheme oy, ir and ue. To reinforce these new graphemes please get the children to write in their homework books the following words three times. Ask the children to underline the grapheme within the word: toy, annoy, girl, twirl, blue, queue.

To support their phonics learning we have supplied a link to a phonics online game site. Most phase 5 graphemes will be new to them so you may wish to revise phase 3 & 4 with them initially but can move onto phase 5 in a few weeks’ time.

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/

Spellings: As extra optional homework please practice some of this terms trickier spellings: Mr, Mrs, and looked.  

 

 

Friday 19th October

Learning Journey

This term we have been learning about our local area and all it has to offer. We have been learning all the key vocabulary eg: town, city, village. We have explored the differences between these and all the landmarks in our town. We have been using our directional skills to walk out the route to church and drawn maps using map symbols we have learnt. This week we have continued to look at different types of housing and discuss what type of house we live in. We have now begun building our houses using all the junk modelling and our designs, completed houses will go home for half term! Next term we will being our new learning journey title ‘Tales and Trails’ where we are going to learn about the United Kingdom.

English

This week we have been learning about Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, where Christopher leaves for boarding school. We have been learning about the features of a letter and how to write an address. We have now written Christopher Robin’s address on our envelopes and discussed features of a UK stamp. We have designed our own stamps and stuck them on our envelopes ready to send our letters. We had a wonderful walk into town to post our letters and we are posting pictures on our website for you to enjoy. Next term we are moving on with our learning and will be looking at an alternative to the 3 Little Pigs, called the 3 Horrid Pigs.

Maths

This week we have continued learning about addition within 10 and length. We have been comparing our heights with our talk partners and a variety of objects lengths. We have been comparing more than two objects using key words: tallest, highest, shortest and longest. At home you could explore length and height of objects in your home, making sure to use the key vocabulary. You can also practise using a variety of objects to solve number problems within 10 to support your child’s learning. After half term we are continuing our learning on this and moving on to solving addition word problems within 10.

Science

This week we have been discussing what we have learnt this term and investigating if our questions have been answered, which they have! We have learnt a lot about the changes that occur in Autumn and will continue with this at another time when we go into a different season. At home you could continue to investigate the outside world and any Autumnal items you may find. Also, to discuss changes in weather and temperature to support your child’s learning. Next term we will begin learning about the human body.

Diary dates for our year group

  • Monday 2nd November – Stunning Start – Making foods from around the UK.

Important Message

Many thanks to everyone who came and helped us at the trip on Wednesday, the children were so, so brilliant and made us very proud. We have some brilliant things lined up next term, which we will be letting you know about when we come back! We are going to be making and trying different foods from around the UK on the 2nd November, the first week back after half term. Please can we kindly ask for a small voluntary donation of no more than £1 towards the cost of the ingredients. Have a great half term!

Homework/spellings for this half term

Geography/DT: As you know as part of our “All about us” Geography topic this term the children have been looking at different types of housing in our local area. To illustrate this they have enjoyed working on their junk modelling homes, some have made large castles with towers and others have made mobile homes. They will be bringing their creations home on Friday to be completed at home. If possible could you please send in a photo of their final creation so that we can put some of these on our learning wall and website.

Spellings: As extra optional homework we are practising the following spellings: ask, you, said, says.

 

Friday 12th October

Learning Journey

This term we are learning about our local area and all it has to offer. We have been learning all the key vocabulary eg: town, city, village. We have explored the differences between these and all the landmarks in our town. We have been using our directional skills to walk out the route to church and drawn maps using map symbols we have learnt. This week we have looked at different types of housing and discuss what type of house we live in. We are now in the process of designing our own house to build out of junk modelling next week. At the weekend you could discuss the town/village you live in and what you could find there or discussing the variety of housing you would see out and about to support our learning journey. You could read town mouse and country mouse or look through a variety of maps to support our learning journey.  

English

This week we have been learning about Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, where Christopher leaves for boarding school. We have been learning about the features of a letter and what they require and we have now written our letters in response to Christopher Robin, they have been written as if we are Winnie the Pooh, as Winnie the Pooh needed our help writing a response. Next week we will be preparing to post them to Christopher Robin’s school. At home you could practise writing your address, or the schools address and discuss the features and layout.

Maths

This week we have been learning about adding numbers within 10 and length. We have been learning the symbols needed within an addition sentence. We are using cubes and pictures to help us solve the number problems. We have also begun learning about length and we are trying to use the terms: ‘tall/taller/tallest, short/shorter/shortest/long/longer/longest and high/higher/highest’. We have been practically exploring length comparing lengths of our pencils and each other’s’ heights. Next week we will be continuing with addition within to 10 and length. At home you could explore length and height of objects in your home and practise using a variety of objects to solve number problems within 10 to support your child’s learning.

Science

This week we have been learning about seasonal change and have been conducting wonderful experiments that we are recording results for. We have bought in some amazing Autumnal items to add to our class seasons bottle that will be displayed. We have been on an Autumn scavenge to identify Autumnal items found on our grounds. Next week we will be discussing what we have learnt this term and investigating if our questions have been answered. At home you could continue to investigate the outside world and any Autumnal items you may find. Also, to discuss changes in weather and temperature to support your child’s learning.

Diary dates for our year group

  • Tuesday 16th October junk modelling to make our house.
  • Wednesday 17th October, walk into town as part of our Fabulous finish.

Important Message

The children will be going into town to post their Winnie the Pooh letter on Wednesday 17th at 1.30pm. Thank you for those of you who have so far volunteered to help us we still need some more volunteers if this trip is viable. 

Homework/spellings for this week

Geography: As part of our “All about us” Geography topic this term the children have been practising writing our school’s address in the correct order, they have also been discussing Winnie the Pooh’s address for their letters to Christopher Robin which they will be posting on Wednesday 17th. Therefore, to reinforce this learning we would like the children to write their own home address in their homework books starting with the top line with the name/number and street, the second line the road etc.  If you do not wish your home address to be in their homework books, then they can practise with the school address:

Sir Henry Fermor CE Primary School

Crowborough Hill

Crowborough

East Sussex

TN6 2SD

Spellings: As extra optional homework we are practising the following spellings: ask, his, has, you. 

 
   

Friday 5th October

 

In English we are focusing on a clip of Winnie the Pooh where Christopher Robin leaves for boarding school. We have now recieved a letter from Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh who needs our help to respond to it. We have been learning about the features of a letter, acting them out and sequencing the feature through drawing and sentence writing. 

 

In Maths we are moving on to learning about addition focusing on adding numbers within 10, using cubes and relating this to the part-part whole model we have learnt about previously. We are also learning about 3D shapes, naming common 3D shapes and understanding their properties. 

This weeks homework has been sent out in their orange home learning books, but is also below in case this gets lost.

 

Science: We have been learning about the seasons and the weather, conducting experiments and observations on our environment around us. We would love to create a ‘season discovery bottle’ similar to this picture. We kindly ask if you could find some Autumnal items to bring in to school, even Autumnal coloured items would be great to add to our bottle to have on display. Many thanks.

Spellings: As extra optional homework we are practicing the following spellings: do, be, by, ask.

Reading: We would like you to read with your child at least 3 times a week and record any comments in your child’s Reading Record Book. These comments may be used to help support our judgments later in the year. Please also try to ask your children questions about the title, the pictures and what they have read to check for comprehension. Please remember, books only get changed when the book has been read 3 times, this is a crucial year 1 objective as it helps with their fluency and accuracy development.

 

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