We are Woodpecker Class
This term our topic is "Honey I shrunk the kids"
Our Value this half term is RESPECT.
We embrace having a GROWTH MINDSET.
We are Independent Iguanas, Perseverance Penguins, Curious Cats, Challenging Cheetahs
and Not Yet Yetis! See if your children can tell you how we use these in class.
Week beginning 2nd July 2018
English : Information Book about Animals
Maths: Time - hour and half hour
Science - Plants the final session
PE: Sports Day (Please come to school in PE kit on FRIDAY) and Tennis
Week commencing 25th June
English - continuing with Talk4writing - Jack and the Beanstalk
Spellings - prefix un
Grammar - suffix est
Maths - revisiting place value
sharing quantities 1/2, 1/4, 1/3
Changeover Day is Wednesday - all the children will discover which class they will be in next year
Please remember that the teachers work very hard to get this right!
Week commencing 18th June 2018
This week we have two exciting days planned for your children.
On Wednesday we welcome Jo Hall into the school to run a whole school art day passed around the Henri Rousseau painting " Tropical Storm with a Tiger" 1891
On Friday we have a skipping day.
This was fantastic last year and all the children were given a skipping rope. Please send your child in with their rope to use at playtime next week so they can get some practise in!
Week Commencing 11th June
This week we will be conducting the statutory Y1 phonics screening. The children have to read 40 words which are phonically decodable. There are 20 real words and 20 'alien' words to read. I will be conducting the phonic screening with individual children over the next three days and Mrs Tawse will be taking the class for me.
I will make sure that the children are calm and relaxed before taking the test and you will be notified of the results in the report at the end of term.
English : Jack and the Beanstalk
Maths : Money - making amounts, finding half price and giving change
Music : Charanga
PE: tennis and athletics
PSHE: Respect for others
Week Commencing 4.6.18
Welcome back from Half Term.
This week we will be doing the following:
English - Reading comprehension booklets
Writing - Instructions for tennis using first, next, then, finally.
Grammar - plurals
Spelling and phonics - prep for phonics screening
Maths - doubles and halves of numbers, using money for a practical application
Science - Plants
PE - athletic skills and sports day training
RE - Creation stories
Week commencing May 21st
Last week before half term!
English - Editing our stories and writing about friendship, links with creation stories
Maths - number stories/bonds to 20
money - coin identification, finding change
Science - Parts of a plant, growing plants
RE - Creation stories
ICT - adding text to pictures
Forest School : we are going deeper into Bowsey woods with our teddy bears for a picnic. Helpers please.
PE ; Tennis ( at school this week) Please make sure you have kit and trainers.
Week commencing May 14th
English : Writing our mini me stories
Maths : Stories of 20
Geography : Learning the continents of the world - Asia, Africa, North and South America, Antartcia, Europe, last of all Australia.
Computing: Creating an interactive story on the ipads
Science: Seasonal changes and Planting seeds
Please make sure you provide pumps or trainers for all our outdoor PE!
Week commencing 8th May
This week we welcome Brett to the class who has arrived from South Africa - welcome to the whole family
English - synonyms for went , rehearsing our mini me stories
Maths - Position and Direction
Science - Planting seeds
PE - Tennis 3 - Serves - Thursday pm
Forest School on Wednesday am
Music - Charanga
Computing - using 2 create
Geography - making maps
Week Commencing 30th April
NB There are still a few children who have not brought in their holiday homework. Please do so on MONDAY so that we can celebrate their ideas.
English - writing an adventure story in a woodland setting
- using adverbs at the start of a sentence to add detail eg Luckily, Quickly, Suddenly
Maths - Measures - Weight and Mass
ICT - creating moving stories on the ipads
PSHE - building up friends
Science - Seasonal changes - Spring and Summer
PE : Tennis at the tennis club - please make sure your child has trainers/plimsoles which still fit!
NB PE clothes should be in school all the time
RE : Creation stories - looking after our wonderful world
Geography ; Making a map with a key
Week commencing 23rd April
NB - FOREST SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY - HELPERS PLEASE
TENNIS AT WARGRAVE TENNIS CLUB ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON
Year One will be working all together this week as the Y2 children are doing some special work for the Government.
English : Exploring description - writing a present tense description of our woodland setting
Create mini me characters
Maths : Measurement
PSHE; How to be a good friend
RE : Creation and care of the world
Science : Seasonal changes
Geography : Making a simple map with a key
PE ; Tennis (Thursday afternoon at the tennis club)
Music : Charanga
W/C 16th April 2018
English - when to use a or an before a noun
- present tense and past tense sentences
- making our mini-me characters for writing next week!
Maths - repeated addition
Science - Seasonal Changes
PE - tennis and athletics
DT - making a stand for our mini me characters
PSHE - being a good friend
Forest School - Noticing changes in our wood
Week commencing 12th March
English : Rhyming and poetry
Maths : Odd and even numbers
RE : What does Easter mean to me?
PE : Putting together a sequence of movement
Music : Using 'Charanga' to learn about different rhythms, styles and dynamics
STEM day (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is on WEDNESDAY when we will use 'The Lighthouse Keepers lunch' to develop these skills.
Week commencing March 5th
RE Focus - The story of the Exodus
- What is the special relationship God has with Jewish people?
- Trust and promises
Literacy Focus - writing prayers for Easter Service
Maths Focus - using maths skills to play games
- Spring Term Assessment
Y1 Forest School - postponed until further notice
Art Focus - ART DAY on Wednesday - looking at the art of Delaunay and Calder
Happy Snow Day Everyone!
Week commencing 26th February 2018
This week we will use our experience of visiting Didcot Railway Museum to put together an information leaflet about the museum.
Celebrating World Book Day (THIRSDAY) by dressing up as a story book character ( no superheroes please unless they feature in a book! ) and bringing a favourite book to share with the junior children.
Careful measurement of short and long lines including finding out how wide the standard and broad gauge is.
History ; The coming of the Railways
Art : Circles
DT ; Bridge design, construction and testing continued
RE : The story of the Exodus (ready for next week's study of Judaism)
Week commencing 19th February
This week we will be learning all about Isambaard kingdom Brunel and the Great Western Railway.
We will be visiting DIDCOT railway centre on Thursday. Please make sure the children are warmly dressed as we will be outside for much of the day.
Maths: Adding on 10
DT : Designing and building bridges
English: Making a glossary of words we have learnt to do with our history topic
Week commencing February 5th
This week we will be learning about the Chinese New Year.
It will be the Year of the Dog. Which year do you belong to?
DT : making dragon puppets
Music : making Chinese music using pentatonic scale
Dance ; 'Dance Days' will be in school all day Wednesday to teach us some Chinese New Year dances
Maths : capacity - using sand, water and making magic potions
English : writing instructions
Week Commencing January 29th
SCHOOL PHOTOS ON WEDNESDAY MORNING!
Maths : Time - telling the time to the hour and half hour
Adding together three numbers using number bonds
English : Red Riding Hood continued - T4W
This week we will continue to explore writing questions and will continue to learn our story off by heart and write our own stories independently.
Phonics : We have been learning a-e, I-e, o-e, e-e, u-e
We know that the final e changes the vowel sound in the word
Please help us find these words in our reading books to consolidate this.
Science - Materials - using recycled materials to make flowers
Computing - using Beebots to write simple programs
PE - Gymnastics
Collective and class worship : Courage - encouraging others.
Week commencing 22nd January
Please remember to visit the classroom today from 2.15pm so that your child can proudly show you their work!
FOREST SCHOOL POSTPONED UNTIL AFTER HALF TERM. SORRY.
Week commencing 15th January
Forest School begins again on Wednesday. Please let me know if you can help. I need a minimum of 3 helpers in total. Thanks.
Maths : Doubling numbers, Finding how many by grouping / Days of the week
English - Traditional Tales - Little Red Riding Hood
Science - Properties of Materials
Computing - using the ipads to support learning across the curriculum
- writing algorhythms for Bee bots
Geography - Town and Country
Week commencing 8th January 2018
English : We are beginning a unit on traditional tales . This week we are focussing on the Town Mouse and Country Mouse and the children will see a unique puppet show on Tuesday based this story. Martin( the puppet man )comes every year and is fantastic!
Maths : Halves and quarters of shapes, objects and numbers
Science :This half term we will be looking at properties of materials
PSHE : Growth mindset continued
Geography ; Comparison between town and country
No Forest School until NEXT week!
Week Commencing 4th January 2018 (2 day week)
This week the children will write a recount of their Christmas time. We will begin to look at the journey homework - please make sure this comes into school by MONDAY at the latest. In Maths we will be exploring odd and even numbers.
Please make sure PE kits are kept in school.
Y1 Forest School Sessions will take place on 17th January , 24th January and 31st January (am).
After half term the sessions will be February 28th. March 7th and March 14th.
Please let Mrs Nixon know if you can help us.
Week commencing 11th December
This week we will be performing our Christmas show for you. We hope you enjoy it! Thank you for providing costumes which will enhance the performance.
Christmas dinner is on THURSDAY for the children. They have made their selections at school. Please check with me if your child usually brings a packed lunch.
On FRIDAY the children will be bringing home their first PITA grid. This is a termly report card to give you more information about how your child is doing at school and gives targets for next term. Please ask if you do not understand the system.
There will also be some homework to do over the holidays as usual. Next term our theme will be on JOURNEYS and our question is "Are we nearly there yet?" This will be uploaded to the website and brought home as a paper copy on Friday.
Week Commencing 4th December
We are busy preparing our Christmas play for you to see on the following dates:
December 11th 1.45pm- dress rehearsal for Y3 and parents with babies/toddlers
December 12th 1.45pm - Performance 1
December 13th 9.30am - Performance 2
Please make sure costumes are sent in this week in a named bag.
We also have our lovely CHRISTINGLE service at St Mary's on Wednesday at 2pm. Please walk with us to church or we'll see you there. Children can be taken home straight after the service unless they are in After School Club. We will be walking back to school.
In amongst all the Christmas preparations we will be learning about two historical figures who were real life heroines - Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
Week Commencing 27th November
Continue to develop story ideas based on Taking Flight - we are finding out about story structure - beginning, middle and end.
2d and 3D shape through box modelling - please bring boxes for Tuesday onwards
The Christmas Story and preparations for the nativity
ART and Craft ;
Science ; Animals continued
Dance moves for nativity
Ipads and beebots
Week commencing 20th November 2017
English : We will be using a special children's film "Taking Flight" to inspire our own story writing for the next two weeks. We will be exploring exciting vocabulary and making sure we can write a clear sentence.
Maths : Subtraction. We begin by using physical objects, then pictures before calculating abstract sums. We will be applying our new skill to money by finding out how much change from 10p and 20p.
PSHE : We continue to explore how to have a growth mindset.
VISITOR : We will have a visit from a local policeman who will tell us about the role of the police.
FOREST SCHOOL : We will head up to the woods for one final visit before Christmas. Forest school will resume in the new year.
SCIENCE : Classification of animals
SHOW & TELL : This is going well . Please remember to bring something special on your allotted day.
Computing : ipads and beebots . We are also using the ipads to support spelling development. We are using a programme called spelling shed - an app. If you want to have this at home it is very reasonably priced and would help enormously with spelling homework as you can add you own list to the app very easily.
Number Bond Club : This will begin this week for SOME children. If your child is not ready for this then they will begin later in the year. Do not worry if your child is not ready for this.
The first number is 5 so the children will need to know that 5 can be made up in the following ways 0+5, 1+4, 2+3. 3+2, 4+1, 5+0. They will do a short 'test' to encourage speedy memory techniques. Owls Year ones have just started this as well. The children progress through the numbers to 10, then bonds to 20, bonds to 100 in `10s and then move on to times tables in year 2. It all helps with mental arithmetic.
Week Commencing 13th November 2017
NB : No Forest School this week as I am leading the Prospective Parent Morning on Wednesday morning
English - Super girl and the Reindeer - our Talk 4writing story - identifying beginning, middle and end of a story
- generating verbs
- generating description
Maths - introducing subtraction as DIFFERENCE
- identifying coins and running a shop in our Maths Mission
Science - Sense of TOUCH
PE - apparatus
Children in Need is on FRIDAY - please come in pyjamas/slippers and bring a £1 for Children in Need. There will also be a giant cake stall at playtime. Please contribute a FEW buns or biscuits and bring 50p for this too.
Week commencing 6th November 2017
Welcome to REINDEER WEEK! We are very grateful to Andrew Cardy for bringing the Reindeers to school on Monday completely free of charge! All the Infant and Junior children will be meeting the reindeer and if you have pre school children please come a little early at the end of the day so that your little ones can have the same experience. They will be in the playground.
English - skills week based around the reindeers. Writing a good sentence including adjectives as describing words. We will also be learning a new story by heart using Talk4Writing techniques.
Maths - continuing to use the = sign to show BALANCE. We will be doing this in different contexts including money
Science - Reindeers- what do they need to survive? What do they eat?
Computing - Ipads and Beebots - writing a simple programme.
Forest School is on Wednesday - warm layered clothes including a coat and wellies please.
History/RE - Remembrance - we will be making poppies and sharing these in a school collective worship when we remember the bravery of the Armed Force heroes.
Week Commencing 30th October 2017.
NB Forest School on Wednesday :)
This week we will be focussing on the following:
English : What is a question? Which words do we use when we are asking a question?
Making a labelled drawing of our special heroes using adjectives.
Maths : Exploring Equivalence - what signs mean + - <> +=
Science : Our senses 3 - Smell and Taste
Computing : Using Beebot to programme and begin to use 2Code on the PCs/Ipads
Art : Mondrian
PE : Real PE on Mondays. Please make sure PE kits are in school.
FOREST SCHOOL will take place on 1st November, 8th November and 22nd November.
Spellings : Days of the week
PSHE : Growth Mindset 1
Week commencing 16th October 2017: Interfaith week
Literacy: Skills : Continuing work on sentence structure. Writing a reflection of what we have learnt about prayer this week. Writing teaspoon prayers.
Science: Sense of SIGHT
Maths : Place value
PE : Outdoor games
Art : Rangoli patterns
Spelling: these will be sent out on FRIDAY (ar). The children all now have a sight words book. Please practice reading these words by sight.
RE : Interfaith week - how and where do different faiths pray. We will look at Judaism, Christianity, Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam.
Music : Charanga music scheme Y1
Computing: E safety and exploring the new ipads
W/c 9th October 2017
Literacy: Skills : Writing our Harvest poem remembering we need Capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in our sentences. Writing instructions to make bread using BOSSY verbs eg "put", "mix" etc
Science: Sense of HEARING
Geography: Harvests around the world. Identifying England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland on a map of the UK.
Maths : Measuring our feet, hand span, arms, legs waists using non-standard units and asking whether this is a good idea. Using comparative language.
PE : Forest School and Outdoor games
DT: Baking bread
Art : finishing our portraits
Spelling: these will be sent out on FRIDAY (QU). Spelling test on FRIDAY too
PSHE/RE : How do people celebrate Harvest around the world?
Music : Harvest Songs and Charanga music scheme Y1
Computing: E safety and exploring the new ipads
Week Commencing 2nd October in Woodpeckers...
***Forest School week 2 on Wednesday
Please send your child to school in play clothes (joggers/leggings), a coat, wellies. Please bring school clothes/shoes in a bag as we will get changed on our return before lunch.
Literacy: Skills : Making our own information book. We will also be learning our amazing harvest poem to perform at the Harvest festival.
Science: We will be identifying the senses associated with different parts of our bodies.
Maths : Measuring our feet, hand span, arms, legs waists using non-standard units and asking whether this is a good idea.
PE : Dance for Harvets Show
Art : Collage - fish
Spelling: 'ng' words
PSHE/RE : How do people celebrate Harvest around the world?
Music : Harvest Songs
Computing: E safety and exploring the new ipads
The children are all now in phase groups for phonics. The words sent home are a mix of words which can be decoded by using phonics and keywords which need to be learnt by heart.
Mathletics passwords have been stuck into the inside of the reading diaries. You can access mathletics and the class pages on ipads and phones as well as on a PC.
Reading:- Please listen to your children read daily, encourage use of known phonics and sight words. Discuss the text after reading the book and ask the children questions to check understanding. This is a really important skill.
Phonics:- Please encourage your children to use known phonics sounds when reading. Phonics will continue to be taught through structured lessons.
Spellings :- will be sent home on a Friday. These will be explained at the welcome meeting.
Maths :- Please log on to Mathletics, logins can be found in the front of your children's diaries.
Sight words: (little red book)please help children to learn these to say on sight rather than sounding them out. This really helps develop their fluency when reading.