Mrs Byrne, Mrs Murphy and Mrs Musson
Friday 14th January
Jamie is our Star of the Week. He has worked incredibly hard this half term. Keep it up!
Maths: This week, we have looked at tens and ones. Children are now partitioning their numbers using tens and ones. They are able to find one more and one less of any number to 20.
Literacy: Using ‘How to catch a star’ as inspiration we have written cohesive sentences. We have also looked at using our Fred Fingers when spelling. We have worked on finding the correct sound in the words and then using this to help us spell them.
History: We have looked at rich and poor Victorians. Children were fascinated when looking at pictures from the Victorian Era. They are really getting their teeth into this topic and asking fantastic questions to further their own learning.
ICT: Building on our knowledge of algorithms last week, children had to follow instructions to create a picture online. I gave them very specific instructions to follow; when I compared their pictures, I was pleased to see that they all looked the same.
We have had a good week in Robins; we have missed the children that have been doing their learning at home and hope to welcome them back next week.
Friday 7th January
Happy New Year! Welcome back to school for our spring term. I have been incredibly impressed with how quickly the children have got back into the routine this week and their eagerness to learn. Joshua is our star of the week. He has come back from Christmas focused and determined in his learning. Well done.
Maths: This week we have looked at numbers above 10 for the first time. We have counted forwards and backwards to 20 and have shown this in different representations. It would be fantastic if they could practise counting forwards and backwards at home.
Literacy: We started this week discussing the front cover of ‘How to catch a star’ by Oliver Jeffers. Children came up with imaginative ways they would catch a star. We have introduced some new vocabulary that they will come across in the book that will aid their understanding of the story. Next week, we will begin reading this and using it as writing inspiration.
History: Florence Nightingale is our topic this half term. We started this week by looking at the Victorian Era and some of their marvelous inventions. We then looked at the inventions now and compared how they had changed over time.
ICT: Our new unit is Lego Creators. Children are being introduced to the concept of algorithms and why they are important. Today we started this unit by following instructions to build a Lego structure.
We have really enjoyed our first week back and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
Friday 17th December
Oisín is our Star of the Week this week. He shows real determination and enthusiasm when he is learning. This week has been very exciting and very busy for the children. It was wonderful to see them perform their nativity and it was clear that their hard work paid off.
Maths: This week we have recapped maths that we have learnt this half term. We have been continuing to practise our addition and subtraction skills and children have used their knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes to create shape pictures.
Literacy: This week children have been able to take part in free writing activities. They have enjoyed writing letters to Santa. I am very impressed that children are remembering to use capital letters and full stops most of the time.
Geography: This week we focused on Wales and England. The children have now finished their topic about the United Kingdom and know the capital cities of each county as well as some famous landmarks.
Have a wonderful, well-deserved Christmas break. The children have worked incredibly hard this term and deserve some rest and relaxation time at home. Stay safe over the Christmas break and I look forward to welcoming you back on Wednesday 5th January.
Happy Christmas to you and your family.
Friday 10th December
This week there is no star of the week as we had our dress rehearsal for our Christmas performance Prickly Hay. All of the children were amazing and they are excited to perform it again next week.
Maths: This week we have combined the skills we have been working on during the half term and we have been completing addition and subtraction number sentences. Children have been encouraged to use number lines to complete these.
Literacy: We have focused on asking questions this week. We looked at some different question words and asked each other many different types of questions. Then Children wrote some question sentences into their book remembering to use the question mark.
Geography: Scotland has been the focus this week, children have learned about Ben Nevis and some famous places in Edinburgh.
Science: This week we have looked at different evergreen trees. Children are able to explain how they know a tree is evergreen and how this is different to a deciduous tree.
Have a great weekend. See you on Monday for our last week before the Christmas break.
Friday 3rd December
Our star of the week is Lily. Lily is a shining example to all students, she impresses us each week with her determination and organisation.
Maths: We have continued to look at subtraction this week. We have used numberlines and finding the difference to complete our subtraction sentences. We have also worked very hard on fact families. We will continue to practise these throughout the year.
Literacy: I have been blown away with children’s writing this week. It is not easy to remember capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and all of words of a sentence while making sure you are using your kinetic letters. However, Robins are now doing this every day. During independent writing children are even linking their sentences. They have made so much progress in their writing this term. Amazing work Robins.
Geography: This week we have focused on Northern Ireland. Children have identified human and physical features of Northern Ireland. They love exploring using maps and sharing what they have found out.
Science: We have finished looked ay deciduous trees this week and children created a poster about the tress that they have learnt during the half term. They are able to name and identify several trees by leaf and seed.
Have a great weekend. See you on Monday.
Friday 26th November
Our star of the week is Bertie. Kindness really is his superpower. Well done Bertie, you inspire us all to be kinder.
Maths: Children have been working hard on subtraction this week. We have used part whole models to help us to write fact family sentences. They are now about to recognise and use the subtraction symbol.
Literacy: Children have been introduced to exclamation marks this week. They have been using these in sentences. When children are reading they are beginning to add expression when they see an exclamation mark. We have also focused on handwriting, specifically the size of their letters. We have looked at tall letters this week.
ICT: We have been looking at pictograms again this week. Children are now confidently inputting results into an online format. They are then interpreting the results.
Art: Using Yayioi Kusama as inspiration, children have been creating their own patterns using dots. They have been able to evaluate her work and say what they like and dislike about it.
Have a great weekend. See you on Monday.
Friday 19th November
Our star of the week is Rose. Her helpfulness and kindness are wonderful examples to us all. Well done Rose.
Maths: We have continued to improve our adding skills this week. At the start of the week, children were using counters to add two digits together. Now, children are able to use part whole models and number lines to complete additions to 10. Next week we will begin to look at subtraction.
Literacy: Our book is Avocado Baby. We were using this as a writing stimulus this week to write sentences with ‘and’. This has been a challenge but the children have worked very hard to achieve this. We will continue to look at Avocado Baby next week when we children will be introduced to exclamation marks.
Science: Children have been learning about deciduous trees. We have focused on an oak tree and a horse chestnut. Observing closely is key to being a good scientist and children practiced this skill this week. We searched for the tress and then collected some of their leaves. Using our observation skills, we drew the leaves and verbally compared them.
Geography: The children have really enjoyed exploring different types of maps. This week we focused on human and physical features. Children were able to categorise the features into the correct heading. Then children created their own island and picked which human and physical features they wanted to include. The children shared their ideas and one child informed us that they had placed the farm next to the river so the animals would have enough fresh water.
Have a wonderful and restful weekend.
Friday 12th November
Our star of the week is Ted. His reading at home and hard work in school is the reason he is our stand out star. Well done Ted.
Maths: Adding has been our focus this week. Children have been finding number bonds to and within 10 and then comparing them. I was really impressed that children had remembered how to use symbols and words to compare numbers. Children also looked at shapes this week. They went on a walk around school to spot different shapes in our environment
Literacy: We finished looking at “Can’t you sleep little bear” this week. Children have been practising their cohesive sentences this week. Even in their free writing, they are using cohesive sentences. During our daily kinetic letter sessions we have focused on having all of the letters sitting on the line,
Science: I have heard a lot of parents tell me their children are talking about different types of trees this week at home. I am delighted that they are sharing their learning with you. This week we looked at the different parts of the trees. Children then used question stems to come up with some fantastic questions about trees. One of their questions was how do you know how old trees are? We found a tree stump and they were able to count the rings to find out. Asking questions is such an important part of being a scientist.
ICT: We started our new topic of pictograms today. We looked at different ones and then made our own class one about how we travelled to school. Some children have very exciting commutes to school as they arrive in school on a tractor, rollerblades and an RV. Children were able to read the pictogram and tell me that most children walk or drive to school.
Have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to seeing you on Monday.
Friday 5th November
We have had a fantastic start back to the new half term. Robin’s star of the week is Jasmine. She has shown a real commitment to her learning this week and different adults have commented on this. Fantastic work Jasmine.
Maths: We have been using the addition symbol to add numbers this week. Children have been practising their number sentences all week and are now very familiar with the symbols used in maths sentences.
Literacy: This week we have focused on capital letters, not just at the start of a sentence but also for names. We are using the book “Can’t you sleep little bear” as our main text. As well as using capital letters for names, children have also been writing cohesive sentences.
Art: We have had our first art lesson of the year. Children have been exploring primary and secondary colours. They made colour wheels in class and were able to discuss how they made the secondary colours.
Enjoy bonfire weekend. I look forward to seeing you on Monday.
Friday 22nd October
With our first half term as Robins complete, I think it’s fair to say that the children really deserve this half term break. They have all worked incredibly hard over the last 7 weeks and have made the transition into Year 1 fantastically well. Daniel is our star of the week, which was no surprise to the children in the class. Daniel always tries his best.
Maths: We started this week by working with part whole models. Children have been exploring these and trying to find different ways to make the whole. Today we introduced the addition symbol to children. Children have been writing number sentences using the addition symbol today. We will continue to work on this after the half term break.
Literacy: We have been writing cohesive sentences this week. Children have been looking for linking words to make their sentences cohesive. This is a new concept for Robins and we will work on this throughout Year 1.
DT: Children have spent the last 6-weeks looking at leavers and sliders in books. They have designed and made either a slider or a leaver for a page in a book. This week they have evaluated their designs and have come up with ways to improve them.
Have a restful and safe half term. Thank you for continuing to read and do spelling practice with the children; your support at home makes a big difference.
Friday 15th October
Only one week left of our first half term as Robins. The time is flying by. Imogen is our star of the week. She shows us daily how she embodies our school values. Well done Imogen.
Maths: This week children were introduced to the part whole model. We will continue this next week and it is the first step in more formal methods of addition and subtraction.
Literacy: Cave Baby has been our book this week and we have enjoyed exploring the new vocabulary. Our sentence writing skills are really improving and children are now writing sentences using a variety of sentence starters.
History: The history of the Teddy Bear has been our focus this week. We were very lucky to be able to look at a range of Teddy Bears spanning several decades. Mrs Marsh even brought in a Teddy Bear that was 86 years old. Children were able to compare all of the bears and say how they have changed over time.
ICT: We have continued to explore the features of Purple Mash. This week children have combined their science and ICT skills and have used an online platform to categorise shapes.
Have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to seeing you on Monday. Parents evening meetings have now been added to MS Teams for you to join at the appropriate time.
Friday 8th October
This week we were able to celebrate Harvest Festival in church. It was the first time Robins had been to the church as part of a whole school service. Thank you for all of the food donations.
Maths: We have learnt some new words in maths, smallest and greatest. We have had a lot of fun arranging items and numbers from smallest to greatest and then greatest to smallest.
Literacy: We finished reading our book The Building Boy. The children have been working on their “I can see ________ “sentences. This week we have also focused on making our letters sit on the line when we are writing our sentences. This has been very tricky as the children are trying to remember their sentence and write it using their kinetic letters. We will continue to work on this over the next few weeks.
Science: This week we have continued our topic of materials. Children were able to record information and then present this in a bar chart. I was very impressed that they were then able to interpret their bar charts and share their findings with their friends.
PE: We have continued to work on invasion games. This week we were able to focus on hockey. Children had to guide a tennis ball around the playground using the hockey stick and pass it to their friends. It was tricky to understand how hard or how soft to hit the ball to make sure it lands at our partner’s hockey stick.
Have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to seeing you on Monday. I collected children's reading records today to have a look at them and also to read with them. I will return them on Monday.
Friday 1st October
We have had another full filled week at Robins. Our star of the week this week is Holly Y. Holly has demonstrated resilience and perseverance in class, these are essential to succeed in learning.
Maths: This week children have been comparing numbers. They have been introduced to the symbols for greater than and less than. We will continue this again next week before moving onto ordering numbers.
Literacy: Writing simple sentences in year 1 is a key building block for children’s future learning. We have been working very hard on writing sentences correctly. This week we have focused on capital letters and finger spaces between words. Children take part in daily kinetic letter practise. I am pleased to say this is really paying off and their writing is improving all of the time.
History: Our Toy experience day was fantastic. It was a practical day from start to finish and allowed children to become immersed in our topic. They had a great time building their wooden toy and learning about the history of the toy they made. The children loved playing with some of the old toys; it was great to see how they used their imagination to play with them.
ICT: Children are becoming more and more confident with logging onto Purple Mash and completing tasks set by me. Most children are now able to log on, find, complete and hand in their work online. This week children have used Purple Mash to describe their favourite toy by adding text and pictures.
Have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to seeing you on Monday.
Friday 24th September
We have had another fun filled week in Robins. Our star of the week this week is Stanley. Stanley is a great asset to our classroom and has been a fantastic example to all students.
Maths: This week has been all about one more and one less. Children have been using different representations to show numbers to 10 and more and less. Children have been working hard this week to increase their independence skills in maths. It has been fantastic to see children working independently to solve maths problems.
Literacy: This week children have been using their new sentence writing skills to write a character description. They have worked so hard to remember capital letters, full stops and fingers spaces. Great work Robins. Robins also took part in their first spelling test this week. They have brought home their new spellings to learn for next Thursday.
Science: We have continued to explore materials this week. Children were able to identify a range of materials and categorise them based on what they are made of. I tried to trick the Robins by giving them items made with more than one material but they were able to place this correctly explaining their reasons.
PE: This week we were very lucky to have a tennis lesson with Freestyle. The children really enjoyed the house competition they took part in. We will find out the winning team later in the term.
Next week we have our Toy Experience Day! This will be a fantastic day for the children. Thank you for all your contributions for this day. It promises to be a fantastic experience for all the children.
Friday 17th September
I know it is only the second week but the children are so settled into Robins it could be much later in the term. Our star of the week this week is Tyler. Being ready with a positive attitude is key to success and Tyler has this in abundance.
Maths: We have been increasing our knowledge of numbers to 10. We have represented numbers in different ways and they been able to discover missing numbers on a number line. This week children had to work as a team to solve a maths puzzle. It was great to see not just their maths knowledge but also how well they can listen to their peers.
Literacy: This week, we have continued our story The Gigantic Turnip. We have created a character description for the Old Man and next week children will write their own character description. We have really focused on capital letters at the start of sentences and our daily kinetic letters lesson is paying off as all children are showing big improvements in their handwriting.
PSHE: This week we explored some of our class rules. The children were able to say why we have rules and what the rules of our classroom should be. I have been very impressed to see these rules in practise this week.
ICT: For the first time this year Robins using the IPads. We discussed online safety and keeping our passwords safe from others. Children used Purple Mash software and created an avatar of themselves. They then saved a piece of work they had drawn. Fantastic first lesson Robins.
Just a reminder that on Tuesday at 19:00 there will be an online parent’s information meeting. I hope to see you all there. Have a wonderful weekend and see you all on Monday.
Friday 10th September
Wow! What an amazing week we have had in Robins. All of the children have settled in well and have really impressed us with their listening and learning. Robins sat in whole school assembly for the first time since joining the school. It was fantastic to see them sit with the rest of the school and participate in the assemblies. I’m sure they are all exhausted after their first week.
Each week I will use this blog to give a snap shot of what we have been doing in class.
Maths- Children have been sorting items into different groups and counting them. It has been fantastic to see how much the children remember from their time in Wrens
Literacy: We have begun to look at our story The Gigantic Turnip. Children have acted it out and had fun retelling the story to their friends.
History: This week it was fantastic for children to be able to share toys from their past. Children were able to identify that the toys they had when they were babies are not the same as the toys they have now. Thank you all for sending pictures, bringing in toys and talking to your children about their favourite toys before this lesson; it really helped to bring our History topic to life.
Reading books and reading records were sent home yesterday; please remember to write in their reading record if they read at home. Have a wonderful and restful weekend. See you Monday.