Friday, 9 January 2015

Friday 9th January 2015

Happy New Year to you all!  We hope you all enjoyed the Christmas break with your children.
We have had a busy first week.

 In English we read a story called ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes.  After reading the story we wrote our own book reviews and rated it on a scale from 1 star to 5 stars.  Ask your child how many stars they gave the story and why.  You may like to read other books written by her at home.
We then thought about how we would feel if we lost a very precious possession like Dogger.  After that we also wrote our own lost posters.
Next week we will be creating our own version of the Dogger story.

From now on we will be suggesting a focus for reading at home.
The first focus is encouraging your child to connect what they read or hear linked to their own experiences and express preferences linked to these.

 Our whole class phonics this week has been learning about the alternative pronunciation using the digraph ‘e’ as in
I like to read books and other words such as sea, peas
I read a book last week and other words such as dead, spread
We also used the look, say, cover, write then check method for learning how to spell high frequency words.  You may like to help your child at home using this method to learn spelling found in ypur child’s progress book.

Look, say, cover, write, check’ method
  1. Write the word in the first box.
  2. Look at it carefully and say it to yourself.
  3. Cover the word up and try and picture it in your mind.
  4.  In the next box write the word and then check the spelling. Continue this process.
  5. Repeat the process everyday and see if you have memorised in by then.

In maths this week we started by matching objects to the correct numeral on a number line. Sometimes we had to count the number of objects, sometimes we had some Numicon shapes to count and some of us counted tally marks. It really helped that we are so good at counting in 5’s!
We have also been comparing numbers and deciding which number is greater, equal to or less than the other number and today we have been playing a game using our number bonds of 10 and 20. It is really important that the children develop instant recall of number bonds so if you would like to practise at home here is a game you might like to try.

 We began our topic of ‘I’m Alive’ by creating a mind-map about all we know about keeping healthy. We used information books to find out more and share facts with the class.


In ICT our topic is 'I'm a TV Chef' and this week we worked as a group to write the insrtuctions for making a jam sandwich. Next week we are going to plan our own healthy sandwich and we will be sending home a list of ingredients the children will need to make their own sandwich the following week.

Today we have continued our science topic learning about ‘I’m Alive!’ We have learnt how to wash our hands properly, which foods we can eat freely and which should only be eaten as ‘treats’, yoga and exercises and games outdoors. We have had lots of fun and know how to keep fit and healthy!

Have a great weekend.
The Year One Teachers.