Robins class 2019-20
Mrs Carter and Mrs Musson
"Don't give up!"
Friday 15th November
We've had a super week with some challenge in Maths as we've been trying to understand the relationship between addition and subtraction. We've been finding addition and subtraction fact families for 3 numbers. E.g. 3 + 4 = 7, 4 + 3 = 7, and we’ve been ‘finding the difference’ between 2 numbers.
7 = 3 + 4, 7 = 4 + 3
The children will have brought some homework back today on fact families, which has been quite a tricky topic.
In Literacy we learnt the poem Poppy Poppy. We practised clapping out the rhythm and picking out the rhyming words. We discussed what the poem was about and the message it was telling us. This linked nicely to our Topic lesson in which we talked about Remembrance Day and other celebrations that we have throughout the year. We had a lovely letter from Arthur Parry, telling us how he was getting on in his new school so we structured an informal letter back to him.
Claire Reetz visited us for some Collective Worship on Tuesday and discussed the theme of not giving up. She read the story of Noah's Ark and then asked the children what they found tricky in school. We concluded that we shouldn't give up if we want to get better and achieve!
Congratulations to Amelia who is our Star of the week. Amelia is so kind and friendly towards others and has been so focused over the last few weeks. She’s impressed a number of adults!
Next week, we’re going to carry on with some letter writing in Literacy, picking apart the features of an informal letter, compare statements in Maths by saying which addition sentence totals more or less than the other and explore our 3D shapes.
I’ve given parts to the class for our shared Christmas play ‘Baubles’. They are written in Reading Logs. Children won’t have a speaking part unfortunately as we are performing the play alongside Year 2 but they will need to learn lots of songs.
Enjoy your weekends!
Our fantastic first week back!
Friday 8th November
It’s so good to be back with the wonderful Robins. We’ve had a super first week and have been so impressed by the children’s attitudes and how well they’ve adapted back into the school routine.
I’ve been assessing the children’s phonics this week and they’ve made excellent progress since we started our new phonics scheme. The children wrote about their half term break with gusto!
In Maths we’ve been using part whole models to find missing parts. 5 + _ = 11 and have used number lines to count on, from the given part to the whole number – alongside using counters.
We launched the Marvellous Middle of our Topic and learnt all about where our fruit and vegetables come from, before they get to the shops. We sorted the fruit and veg into different types (root vegetables and produce that grows above ground, on trees and plants, tasted some new fruits, explored their shape and textures by printing with them and discovered where each item was originally grown, by reading their labels.
The children have been so fixated on buying poppies this week and had a special visit from the British Legion on Thursday. On Monday we’ll be reading some poems and discussing what they mean as well as highlighting rhyming words and the sound in them.
Many of our boys have been talking about the Titanic so we’re going to learn all about it next week and write some facts about it. We’ve also had a lovely email from Mrs Parry, Arthur’s mum so we’ll be writing some letters back to him too.
I hope you’re all enjoying the change of season. There’s lots of opportunities to describe the colours of the leaves with your children and the beautiful sunsets. We’ll be going on an Autumn walk very soon!
Here are next week’s spellings. I’ve picked many of these words from misconceptions that have arisen in Literacy. Your child will know which list they are practising.
Have wonderful weekends!
Finger spaces, full stops and fact families!
Friday 11th October
It’s been a busy week – we’ve made some great progress with our Maths this week in using a part/whole model to present our knowledge of addition. The model shows a whole number and 2 numbers which it can be split by (2 numbers that add together to make the total ‘whole’ number). We’ve used lots of repetition of the vocabulary ‘part’ and ‘whole’ and picked apart the position of varied addition sentences and what each numeral represents. The homework this week is linked to this work, so hopefully your child will be able to explain it to you! A fact family shows the varying ways the same addition sentence can be written. There are 4 ways.
In Literacy, we’ve been writing in full sentences against some picture prompts. The children have focused on self-checking their sentences to make sure they includes the following features: A capital letter at the beginning, finger spaces and a full stop. We’ve also been focusing on our letter formation, particularly ‘b’ and ‘d’. We’ve been using the word ‘bed’ to help us. If our word begins with the same sound as bed – we use the picture prompt (see photo) to write the correct letter. Some children have been challenged to use some conjunctions in their sentences: and, because and so. And we’ve focused on the correct spelling of tricky words by using our tricky word mats.
In our Science work we have labelled the human body and in our Topic work we have explored the countries of the United Kingdom and their capital cities.
Congratulations to Reuben for being our Star of the Week. He has shown fantastic focus and worked really hard on his weekly spellings!
This year we are promoting a Christmas card competition – mentioned on the Newsletter. If your child would like to take part, please could they produce an A4 brightly coloured drawn or painted picture and bring in to school by next Friday 18th October.
Next week, we’re going to be working systematically with number bonds to 10 and continuing to structure our sentences so we include all of the features!
Enjoy your weekend!
Friday 4th October
We’ve had a really busy week in Robins!
I asked them what they enjoy in Year 1 and Phonics had really positive feedback, which is fantastic! The children love going into their small groups and they’re enjoying learning and repeating the phrases and rhymes for each of the sounds.
In Literacy we’ve been writing some simple sentences, describing some of our favourite character, we’ve been punctuating sentences with full stops, reading simple sentences and matching them to character descriptions, relating sentences and planning a story from a picture prompt.
In Maths, we’ve been ordering objects and numbers, learning about ordinal numbers (first, second, third, fourth, fifth) and securing our knowledge of the number line to 10 and beyond, making sure we understand ‘the number that is one more that 5… one less than 9 etc..’ We also ordered ourselves in height order!
Ordinal numbers was quite tricky for some of our Robins and they weren’t used to using the language so you could try giving the children instructions at home, starting with these words - first, second, third etc.
In Topic, we have sketched a map of the hall and our classroom, labelling items in the rooms and describing their positions and what side of the room they are to us. In Science we have started to classify animals into the groups: Herbivore, Carnivore and Omnivore.
Well done to Eli this week for showing us how to learn best! His attitude is so positive and he really perseveres with his work.
Enjoy a lovely break this weekend!
We’ve spent time this week reflecting on what Harvest is and what we are thankful for in our lives. To celebrate all that we love about Autumn, we learnt a poem which we performed in church this Thursday. Thank you for all the generous food donations.
In Maths this week, we’ve continued to look at the value of number, by making up amounts with different resources and comparing 2 numbers together. We learnt that there are symbols for greater than, less than and equal to and used them in our comparisons.
In Literacy we’ve been using adjectives to describe characters in a story, sequencing a well-known traditional tale to understand the beginning, middle and end of a story and story mapping a new story called ‘Anything is Possible’. Story mapping is a process of drawing symbols and pictures to represent words so that we can record it easily and retell it.
In our Topic lessons, we’ve been using compass directions to navigate a route on a map. The children studied a compass and learnt the four basic directions; North, South, East and West.
Congratulations to Oscar who is our star this week. Oscar is such a kind boy and a really positive influence in our class. He has worked really hard on his reading and now really enjoys picking new reading books to take home.
Next week, we’re going to be ordering numbers and looking at ordinal numbers; first, second, third. We’re also going to be practising our sentence structuring to start writing our own story. And in Topic we’ll be designing a map of the school.
Have a lovely weekend.
20th September 2019
This week the Robins have produced their first piece of independent writing. We’ve been building up to it over the last week and a half and learning all about the different components of a full sentence. We’ve learnt about nouns and adjectives and practised our use of capital letters and full stops. The children had a fun lesson labelling a selection of my shoes with adjectives on Tuesday! And before we wrote our best piece, we planned our story using a text map – full of symbols to help structure our sentences. Then we edited it with post- it notes to change the adjectives and turn the story from a sad one to a much happy one. The children wrote a descriptive piece about the setting of a magical clock tower.
In Maths Robins have been have practising ‘one more’ and ‘one less’ and the skill of subitising (recognising numbers without counting them). They struggled a little more with ‘one less’ so we practised counting backwards and physically jumped backwards along a number line drawn out on the carpet.
We had an exciting Topic lesson where Mr Wortley, a very kind volunteer, brought his drone into school. He explained how it works and then we all went into the playground to watch it take off. The purpose of this was to enable the children to understand ‘aerial’ view before we started some map work. We then studied a map of Greens Norton and the surrounding areas and the children used a key to find features like schools, churches, wooded areas and public houses!
I have sent home the first piece of Literacy homework this week, stuck into homework books. Please ask the children to look around them at home and in their surrounding area for different nouns.
New spellings have also been stapled into Reading Records although next week, there will be a spelling folder in book bags.
Please remember to contribute to our Harvest Festival if you can. Our church service is this Thursday morning. If you can help escort the children down to the church, we would be ever so grateful.
Enjoy the sun again this weekend!
Robins love learning!
13th September 2019
Robins have completed their first full week and I’m so impressed with how they’ve settled in and adjusted. I am so proud of how hard they have tried in lessons and how much learning has taken place. We’ve focused quite heavily on our school values and leaning behaviours and we praise children who demonstrate them. On Monday the class wrote out their target for the year with Mrs Musson and told us which learning behaviour or value they wanted to work on.
In Literacy this week, we’ve been learning about the basic structure of a sentence and the types of words that are in them – nouns and adjectives. Ask your child if they can think of some examples this weekend. We’ve practised writing out all of our capital letters too so we know how to start our sentences.
In Maths we’ve been grouping objects, counting them accurately by touching each one, representing numbers with pictures and objects and counting forwards and backwards. See if your child can count forwards as they go upstairs and backwards as they go down, starting from any number (not just 1).
In Science we’ve been learning about animal classification; mammals; birds; fish; insects and reptiles and talking about what each type of animal have in common.
Please practise the weekly spellings that have been stapled into the reading records as we will do a ‘quiz’ on Monday morning. The children have had a little bit of practice in class today so they know what to expect.
Also, please make sure your child is bringing in their reading record daily as we have some volunteers that can hear children read throughout the week and we’d like to keep a record.
Next week, we’re going to practise reading and writing some sentences with a conjunction (and, because, so) and continue to focus on capital letters, finger spaces and full stops and we’re also going to recap Adjectives.
In Maths we’re going to learn about ‘one more and one less’, one-to-one correspondence, e.g. are there enough bowls of porridge for the bears?’ and comparing objects.
Congratulations to Harrison who is our Star of the Week – he really has shone and the Robins have helped him settle in so well.
Have a wonderful sunny weekend!
Wrens return as Robins!
6th September 2019
What a great start the Robins have had. They’ve made us so proud with their independence and confidence in coming into their new classroom in the mornings and demonstrating their readiness. We’ve recapped our school values and discussed what makes a good teacher and a good learner so we have a harmonious year ahead. During the last 3 days, the Robins have partaken in a few formal style English and Topic lessons which have been really successful. Our Topic this term is ‘This is my land’ and we’ll be learning all about our local area, our country and the world. On Wednesday the children enjoyed an i-spy around Greens Norton. They found lots of different buildings in the village. We also enjoyed designing our own village using collage for our new topic book covers. On Wednesday afternoon we worked in groups to be 'village planners'. In our teams we had to use the building materials to create our own villages. We used the Lego, blocks and drew pictures of what we wanted the different buildings to be like!
It’s clear that lots of the children have continued to read and write over the holidays. Everyone has been issued with a new reading book from our new selection of books that are linked to our new Phonics scheme, Read Write Inc. You’ll find out more about this at the Year 1 Parent Information Evening on the 19th September.
Please remember to bring in reading records and reading books every day so we can read with children at any point. We’re very lucky to have two parent volunteers this year who will help to read with children.
10 spellings will be issued every Monday and tested the following Monday. These will be printed and put in spelling folders for you to use at home and I will also put them on the blog.
Welcome to Harrison who is our new starter. Robins have been so welcoming! Harrison has come all the way from Wales!
We’ll have PE on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings so please remember to bring in kit which can be kept in the children’s lockers.
Please come and see me if you have any queries about this year.
Enjoy a restful weekend!