We have had a busy start to the summer term so far, with lots of fun things going on.
Our first swimming lesson last Wednesday went really well. The children all happily got into the pool and listened carefully to the instructions from their teachers. The staff at the pool were hugely impressed with all the children's behaviour and they all coped brilliantly with getting changed afterwards! Please can the girls not wear tights or earrings for swimming- it makes life much easier!
Our topic this term is Castles. We have been finding out about the different features of castles and why castles were built. The children are really enjoying their learning about this topic, and I am hoping to have some pictures to share with you next week. Find some great pages about Castles here.
We have been revisiting lots of previous learning about addition, subtraction, multiplication and division over the past few weeks. I have been so impressed with how hard the children are working! Well done to everyone! Click here for some fantastic Maths games!
In English we have heard lots of stories about the brave knight Sir Charlie Stinky Socks. This week we will be having a go at writing our own versions of these fantastic stories, with ourselves as the main character!
Finally in Computing we have been learning about eSafety by watching this cartoon. Please watch it again with your child and remind them about Sid's top tips to stay safe online. We have started making our own eSafety posters using Word.
Bird of Prey Visit - we were amazed by the birds that visited us: Barn Owl, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Buzzard and Eagle Owl.
Week beginning Monday 1st February
So, Mrs Burnett has finally had a bit of training on the website! (Thanks to Mrs Field) Our learning this week has been excellent, particularly with some devilishly tricky word problems in Maths.
Maths- we have been working on multiplication for the past 2 weeks, including learning the sign X and how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. This week, we have been solving money and word problems, remembering p and £ notation for the totals.
English and Topic- we have made some fantastic non-fiction booklets, using our learning about Africa. We have tried to remember a title, contents page, headings, and captions and labels for our pictures.
Art- we made some gorgeous pinch pots, which we are going to paint next week to look like African animals! I have been very impressed with the children's creativity and we have several budding potters! (Not of the wizard variety!!)
We have been working together on African habitats: savannah, desert and rainforest. Look at our learning!
Welcome back to a new term.
Our topic for this term is going to be Africa.
Click below to see an overview of our topic. We will spend the first half of term learning about the animals that live there in different landscapes (savannah, rainforest and desert) and then after half term we will learn about life and schooling in Africa.
We wish you all a very happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the new year. Click on any of the red links for activites over the holiday.
Please keep practising your reading over the holiday. Here are some links to story websites. Oxford Owl website - lots of online stories (login required but this is free if you register) Storynory website - online stories which are read aloud. Roy the Zebra website - great for interactive games to develop reading as well as an online reading section.
Phonics play- website of interactive games linked to phonic knowledge. Please focus on Phase 3, 4 and 5.
Please also keep practising your maths especially your counting (how many presents have you had), number recognition (the advent calendar is great for this) and number bonds. Maths online games - choose any games focussing on counting and number facts.
Art / DT- We have made Christmas cards and Christmas biscuits. We had to carefully follow the recipe to ensure that the biscuits were made correctly.
Music - On Tuesday evening (6pm) we will be performing our nativity. Our performance is called 'Born in a Barn' and tells the story from the animals point of view. We have a dress rehearsal on Monday afternoon if you wish to attend.
09-12-15: A quick preview of some of our Nativity costumes!
This week (beginning 07-12-15) we are learning:
English - we are reading and writing our own Christmas poetry. We have thought carefully about what we might hear, see, taste and smell. We even remembered to add a simile or two!
Maths - we are learning about shape. This week we have learnt about the properties of 2d and 3d shape. This week we have learned about Carroll Diagrams (sorting shapes using two criteria) Click here for a shape game.
Art- We have made Christmas Trees, Bethlehem and nativity characters to decorate our classroom.
Music - We have continued to learn our Nativity songs. Our nativity performance is called "Born in a Barn" and have used scripts to learn our lines. We have also tried on our costumes for the play!
Design Technology - we used our designs to make an explorers vehicle, either a moon buggy or a boat. We tried hard to use appropriate materials to make our vehicles.
3d Shapes - We worked collaboratively using 3d shapes to build castles, towers and imaginary lands.
This week (beginning 30-11-15) we are learning:
English - we are continuing to learn about non-fiction texts linked to our topic. This week we are using our knowledge to make our own leaflet about Neil Armstrong. We are writing facts about his life and explorations inside our leaflets.
Maths - we are learning about shape. This week we have learnt about the properties of 2d and 3d shape. We have classified shapes in venn diagrams and learnt the names of the common shapes. Click here for a shape game.
Topic - this term we are finding out about Significant People. This week we have learnt more about Neil Armstrong (which we are using in our English work). We have found out about his life and imagined what it would be like to step on the moon. Click here to find out more information about Neil Armstrong.
Design Technology- This week we have designed and made our moon buggy or boat for exploration. On Friday we will make our actual models and test them!
Music - This week we have started learning our Nativity songs. Our nativity performance is called "Born in a Barn" and tells the Christmas story from the animals perspective.
DT: Moving Boats - did they float or sink?
This week (beginning 23-11-15) we are learning:
English - we are continuing to learn about non-fiction texts linked to our topic. We are learning about explorers: Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. We have learnt about questions; writing questions using question words what where, when, why, how and adding a question mark (?). Click here to find out more information. Can you write questions about this information?
Maths - we are learning about multiplication and division. This week we have learnt that dividing means sharing or grouping, and multiplication means 'lots of'. Click here for a division activity.
Design Technology- This term we are learning about moving vehicles. We will design and make either a moon buggy or boat for an explorer. We have tested construction kits to make moving vehicles and this week we tested objects which float (and those that don't) for making boats.
DT: Moving Vehicles - Construction Kits
This week (beginning 16-11-15) we are learning:
English - we are revisiting non-fiction texts linked to our topic. We are learning about Christopher Columbus, his life, explorations and travels around the world. We have identified features of non-fiction texts and started to use the non-fiction texts to answer questions. This week we have focused on learning about Christopher Columbus's travels and what he might have seen. Click here to find out more information.
Maths - we are learning about addition and subtraction. This week we have used our number and place value knowledge to solve addition and subtraction sums. We have learnt that the inverse of addition is subtraction and that this is very useful to check answers. Click here for addition practice.
Computing- this term the children are learning about animation (moving pictures). Last week they made a thaumatrope and this week a flip book. Next week they will start to use technology to make animations. Click here to find out more about animations.
Children In Need 2015 - we dressed in our pyjamas and had a teddy competition to raise money for Children In Need.
Our quiet reflection area - during RE last term, the children designed a reflection space including items they felt would enhance reflection. They decided upon teddies, candles and objects to touch.
This week (beginning 09-11-15) we are learning:
English - we have been writing more poetry. This week we have learnt about similes and written a selection to describe the trees in the playground. We now know that similes use the word 'as' or 'like' to compare an object to something else. Can you write your own similes about school?
RE - this week found out about significant Christian occasions, in particular a wedding.
Science - this week we found out about forces at Forest School. We thought about our scientific knowledge to describe the forces which we were using to walk through the mud, open a gate, break a stick and throw a pebble. Click here to find out more about push and pull forces.
Maths - we are learning about counting and place value. This week we have learnt been counting in sequences of 2s, 5s, 10s, 100s. We have been working hard to identify the place value in a number (i.e how many tens and units) and to write the expanded form (12 = 10 + 2, or 145 = 100 + 40 + 5). Click here for an interactive game making the expanded form of a number.
Science - this week we looked at the significant seasonal changes that have happened during half term with the deciduous trees loosing most of their leaves and many birds migrating. Click here to find out more.
Topic - this term we are finding out about Significant People, particularly linked to exploring the world. This week we will find out what makes a person significant and how we know that their discoveries are important.
Welcome back to Term 2
It has been lovely to hear about your half term activities.
Our topic work continues to be about the world but focused on explorers. Please click below to see an overview of our half termly topic.
English - we have completed our writing assessment for this half term writing our own non-fiction fact sheet about school. We tried really hard to remember to use our phonics for spelling, grammar and punctuation. We also have attended a workshop from Kristina Stephenson Click here to visit her website. Photographs from our trip can be found by clicking here.
Maths - we are learning about length. This week we have learnt about using objects to measure length. We have also started to use a ruler, tape measure, metre stick and trundle wheel to measure. We know that we must look carefully at the end of rulers and tape measures to ensure we start our measuring at 0 centimetres. Click here to practice measuring in centimetres.
Music- we continue to have music with Mrs Fell on a Wednesday morning. We have learnt a number of songs and looked at the pentatonic scale. We have started to use tuned percussion to make our own pentatonic music.
Harvest Festival and Lunch: 15-10-15 Today we had our Harvest Festival in church where Year 1 and 2 shared a song and poem with the congregation. We then had lunch with a number of guests (108 in total including the children!).
Art: 09-10-15: We studied the Sunflower painting by Vincent Van Gogh, looking at the colours, textures and shading. We then created our own representations of the same picture.
Vincent Van Gogh
This week (beginning 12-10-15) we are learning:
English - we have continued to learn about non-fiction texts. We are using our knowledge of the features of a non-fiction text, e.g. captions, photographs, index, contents etc. to make our own non-fiction fact book about animals. Click here to visit a site all about animals.Can you make your own non-fiction fact sheet?
Harvest Festival- this week we have thought about the importance of harvest festival and thanking God for produce. We have visited the church to prepare for our church service on Thursday, practising our poem and song. Please do come along and join us on Thursday at 11.15am.
Tennis Workshop - 09-10-15: Today we had a visit from Olly Carr, the Head of Mini Tennis at White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre. We practiced controlling the ball and hitting it over the net.
This week (beginning 05-10-15) we are learning:
English - we have started to learn about non-fiction texts. We have been looking at the key features of a non-fiction text, e.g. captions, photographs, index, contents etc. and have used the information in non-fiction texts to answer questions. We needed to remember to make sure we read the questions carefully in order to answer the questions correctly! Click here to visit a site all about animals.Can you make your own non-fiction fact sheet?
Topic - we continue to learn about the continents and oceans of the world. This week we learnt about the continent of Europe. The continent that our country is in. We found out about the UK and France. We looked a famous landmarks in the UK and France and then tasted a selection of French food! We all enjoyed the brioche and crepes! Click here to find out more about a visit to Paris.
Apple Pressing: 01-10-15: During Forest Schools this week, we made apple juice. We washed apples, cut them up into mulch, filled the press and then waited for the juice. We made lots of apple juice. Take a look at some of our photographs below - more available on the Forest Schools page.
This week (beginning 28-09-15) we are learning:
English - we have used our knowledge of adventure stories (particularly those linked to journeys) to create our own stories. We have identified key features of a narrative text, made story maps, storyboards and have created our own book! Click here to watch a story about Mr Small's Big Day Out. Can you use any of these ideas in your own story?
Topic - we continue to learn about the continents and oceans of the world. This week we looked at hot and cold regions of the world. We identified which continents were likely to be hot and cold, and thought carefully about whether animals lived in hot or cold regions. Click here to find out more about a hot and a cold country.
programme a moveable beebot. We learnt about how to give a list of instructions to move it around the carpet.
English - we are using a selection of books about journeys, the world and exploration to learn about narrative texts (stories). This week we are reading Little Polar Bear and Penguin Small, books set in cold places. We are focusing our learning on characters and settings this week. Have a go at adding characters to a setting by clicking here.
Topic - we are starting our new topic this week - 'What a wonderful World'. We are going to share some of our existing knowledge and write some questions to answer throughout our topic. Throughout our topic we will find out all about the world.
To start the term we have drawn and painted a self-portrait.
Welcome back to a new term
Our topic for the Autumn Term is What a Wonderful World.
We will learn about the world around us, globes, maps, continents, oceans and habitats. We even have a travel agents in the classroom for us to explore the world!
To view our Autumn Term overview, click on the link below. Scroll down for more information about our curriculum and general classroom routines.
Mrs Burnett will be teaching Y1 and Y2 all day on a Monday and Tuesday and every Wednesday morning. Mrs Fell will teach music also on a Wednesday morning. Miss Priddle will be teaching Wednesday afternoons, all day Thursday and Friday.
Ms Smith and Mrs Croft support specific children and the class throughout the week.
Your child will be doingPE on Wednesdays and Fridays, please make sure they have their PE kits in school on these days. We recommend children bring their PE kit on a Monday to ensure it is ready.
Your child's PE kit should contain shorts, t-shirt, tracksuit and trainers.
Please make sure all items are named.
Spellings are written in books on aMondayby Mrs Burnett ready for practice at home for aspelling test on the following Monday. If you have any queries about spellings, please speak with Mrs Burnett.
Reading practice is essential to develop decoding, understanding and enjoyment of books. Please use the pink reading record within your child's book bag to record when they have read with you at home.
For more information about supporting your child with reading at home, please look at ourguidance document.
Homework will be given out onThursday to be brought back to school the followingMonday. Please check your child's book bag for their green homework book for an English, Maths or Topic related activity.
To view our weekly timetable, click on the link below. Please note that this timetable is flexible and may be altered to accommodate special events, trips and extended learning activities.
Curriculum information and website links.
Focus in Key Stage 1 is to acquire skills and knowledge and to learn how to apply them. We are developing our phonic knowledge enabling us to decode texts and apply this knowledge to spelling. We are learning to form sentences correctly with finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. In addition to this, we try to add interesting vocabulary to make our writing more exciting.
When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:
· the sounds represented by written letters
· how to blend the sounds together to make words.
Synthetic Phonics is a statutory part of our English curriculum. Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent - so, they are taught the letter 'l' sounds like 'lllllll'when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word. Click here to view our school phonics booklet about how we teach phonics at Clifton Hampden.
Phonics is taught consistently throughout Key Stage 1 using Floppy Phonics. For more information about the sounds that each letter, or group of letters creates, please click on this link to theOxford Owl website.
Throughout Key Stage 1, the focus in mathematics is to acquire new skills in number, calcuations, shape and space and measures. Topics last for one or two weeks ensuring consolidation of new knowledge and enabling progression within each strand of mathematics. Teaching is often practical with games, activities and computer work offering opportunities to discover new learning and to apply known skills.