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Week ending 24.6.22

Well - what  a busy couple of weeks we have had! Last week finished off with a really great day at Wingham wildlife park. The children were amazing and even though it was blisteringly hot - they didn't complain and kept walking and seeing all the sights that Wingham had to offer. I was so proud of them! This week has been equally busy! On Monday Mrs Sparks was in again for a fantastic painting lesson! The classroom is now filled with big cats! 

We have been learning the fable of the Hare and the tortoise in English this week ready to do some big writing next week. The children have been following our story map and can nearly tell the whole story independently!

In Maths we've been working on our larger numbers up to 100 - comparing, ordering and then finding one more and one less. They are doing really well on this so make sure you test them!

Thank you so much for sending the children in well kitted for the warmer weather. So far we are managing to dodge too much sun while still enjoying the warmth.

Week ending 10/6/22

 

What a great week we have had. The start of a new topic is always good fun and this has been fascinating! We must have a school of pet lovers as I have learned all about all your fab pets! On Monday Mrs Sparkes was back and gave the children a great art lesson on line drawings. On Tuesday the children all completed their 'Boris test' - phonic screening. The children really showed off and really demonstrated their knowledge and all the hard work you put in at home supporting their reading. On Wednesday we learned all about each others animals and prepared ourselves for the visit of our special guest Penny on Thursday!

Friday speaks for itself - the weather complied, the costumes were great and the artwork was MAGNIFICENT!

Week ending 27th May '22

 

It feels as if we have fit a whole term into one week this week! We were remembering all the best bits this afternoon! 

On Monday, with Mrs Sparkes, they learned about the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

  'I drew ribbons and a flag.' Thea

They made clay models of pollen - 'we had a ball of clay and pinched it all around.' Freya

 

Tuesday was forest school - learning about trees and how to identify a sycamore! 

  'I liked when we built our tree and the marshmallows!' (of course!) Hayat

 

Wednesday was our epic assembly! A special thank you to all who came to watch - you really did make it for the children. 

  'I enjoyed my daddy hugging me.' Bella

 

Thursday - we had a special PE slot with Hayden. 'I really liked the dodge ball game!' Matilda 

 

And today was our May Procession. ' I loved the breeze and the sun on my head.' Finley

 

What a week! Enjoy our photos.

 

 

11.5.22 A Sample of Salads!

I have added more in the gallery page!

Week ending 29th April '22

Week ending 29th April '22

 

We have had a very busy week!!! On Monday Mrs Pullen came down to visit us to tell us all about the history of our school. I certainly learnt a lot - I even found out that I think my Mum came to the school in 1942- just before it was bombed! I know some of you are going to investigate some of the places that link to our history so if anyone goes to visit Catherine Boys house or the stained glass windows in Aldi - please take photos and we will add it to our timeline.

In English we have been learning how to write questions and punctuate them correctly. In maths we have been working hard on counting in 2's, 5's and 10's and sharing things equally. The children had an epic time with Mrs Goodwin as usual and tried lots of different healthy foods. I still have some equipment in class if you are missing anything. 

The end of our week was a visit from the Fantastic Fred truck. It taught us all about how to look after our mental health by making sure our Food is healthy, we get enough Rest, we Exercise and make sure we don't spend too long on our Devices! All in all a very productive week!

Week ending 22.4.22

 

It is so lovely to be back and we have some great projects to be working on this term! The children have come back with great focus and fab attitudes to our learning. Our history this term is learning about the history of our school! We are going to have a visit from Mrs Pullen next week who will tell us all about significant moments in our school's history. We will then be travelling back even further in time to find out about what school was like in Victorian times. Our science focus is on plants and this links with our DT project called chop slice and mash! We will be learning all about where our food comes from and how we can prepare food safely to eat.

In RE we are learning about holidays and holy days and it has been lovely to hear about all the fun things you have done over the holidays. Week one done and the children have smashed it!

Week ending 25th March '22 

 

This week has been a fun week making preparations for Mothering Sunday and our Easter Fair. On Tuesday we went over to the church and celebrated mass with Father Stephen. I was very proud of the behaviour of our class as they listened very carefully to everything that was being taught.

In English we are working towards a retelling of Chicken Licken and hopefully you might have heard them reciting the story with actions! We have identified nouns and adjectives and decided what can make our writing even more exciting. 

In maths we have just finished our topic on numbers to 50 - by learning to count in 2's and 5's and have started a new section on length and height.

Of course our week finished up in style with our Easter Bonnet parade! Well done everyone for your hard work! 

KCSP Science Day

This week classes R, 1 and 2 participated in our academy 'Science Investigation Day' with nineteen other primary schools! 

They started the day having a plastic hunt around the school and finding all the uses that plastic has in our daily life.

We then made our rocket mice ready for our experiment. We joined a zoom call with the other schools and had great fun seeing and hearing them! We even managed to join the chats!

Then we began our science challenge- how far could we shoot our rocket mice! We had great fun investigating if the size of the bottle made a difference to the distance! We found out that the bigger the bottle, the further it went, although it did make a difference how hard you hit it!

11th March '22

This week we were thinking about our splendid skies and our focus was supposed to be rain! Typically it didn't rain all week and waited till 3 o'clock today to begin! We read Lila and the Secret of the Rain and wrote instructions of how to dress for rainy weather. In maths we have been working on place value within 50 and counting in 10's. The children are getting very good at partitioning two digit numbers now!

 

We have had a great time singing weather songs and are beginning to learn to sing in parts! And they all had a lot of messy fun making cloud art with Mrs Goodwin on Thursday!

We are due to have a very busy week next week with a full day of Science on Monday! Thank you for all the things you have been sending in and have a restful weekend.

Week comm. 28.2.2022

 

WORLD BOOK DAY 2022

Thursday was the 25th Anniversary of World Book Day and this was fully embraced by everyone at St Mary’s!

The children all dressed as characters from a variety of books and we send a huge ‘Thank you’ to all the parents who enabled this to happen.

Our day started with a whole school assembly and the hall was filled with excited readers! 

Each child participated in a variety of Reading workshops that included creating super villains, comic strips & book tokens, designing forest dioramas, acting out different book scenarios and find Wally in school to name but a few. 

At the end of a busy and very productive day the children came together to share their favourite experiences and celebrate their successes.

Together we are a family of readers!

 

 

Week ending 25th February 

 

We've started our new Science based topic of Splendid Skies this week. We enjoyed fantastic weather and looked for signs of spring on our walk around the grounds.

The children have come back enthusiastic and raring to go and this is a busy term. We will be learning place value within numbers to 50 in Maths and in English we are learning to write recounts. We have learnt about how nature has inspired great artists and created our own rainy day pictures and also how the seasons inspired Vivaldi! 

Next week is going to be a fun week with Pancake races on Tuesday and World Book Day on Thursday. We will also be visiting the church to celebrate Ash Wednesday. Rest up this weekend as it is going to be a busy week!

Week ending 11th February '22 

 

This was our last week of our topic Bright Lights, Big City and the children have learnt such a lot! We have had a wonderful week visiting forest school and getting the opportunity to recreate the Great Fire of London! 

We  also made our own replicas of London Landmarks in DT  this week!

 

They really have been very productive!  In English we have been debating the benefits of living in either the town or the country like the Town Mouse or the Country Mouse and held a vote like they would in the Houses of Parliament. 

Our maths has been focusing on subtraction and we have used number lines and picture representations to help make sure we are carrying out the calculation correctly.

The class has been so enthusiastic and interested in our learning, it has been a pleasure to teach them this half term. Have a wonderful break and if you are going to London over the holiday - please take lots of photos!

Week ending 4th February '22

 

This week has been our Cornerstones Innovate week. We started off the week with an email from Marley the Meerkat who is coming from Zambia to visit his friends and relations in London Zoo. 

We have learnt how to send emails and have written lists of London landmarks for him to visit and made posters for our favourites. We learnt how to program beebots to travel round our carpet and then used this knowledge to create simple code on Purple Mash -2Code.

Maths this week has been adding within 20 - looking for those number bonds to help us get quicker!

Week ending 28th January

 

We have had a very busy week this week! Our maths focus has been adding within 20. We have been looking for patterns in numbers and working on recognising number bonds to 10 and 20. Give them a test and see how many they remember!

 

Our topic has been focusing on London Zoo and we have used computers to research animals you may find there. We have learned how to write questions and are getting very good at writing sentences that make sense and begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop or question mark.

 

We have also been learning how we can use computers to send messages - we sent an email to the office and got a very speedy reply! We also 'zoomed' a teacher from Italy and learned how computers can help us connect to people all around the world. 

 

We also made sure that we definitely understood how to stay safe online. We know that we must not talk to strangers online and that if something pops up on our computer that we don't like - we should tell a grown up.

 

We are very excited to see our Tudor city of London begin to take shape - well done everyone - the houses are fantastic!

Week ending 21st January '22

 

Our learning focus this week has been on the Great Fire of London! In English we have been making bread rolls by following a recipe. We've then learnt about writing instructions, firstly putting them in the right order, then writing our own instructions using bossy verbs!

 

We have gone back in time in history to investigate where the fire started and why it spread so quickly. We are really looking forward to making our city of London with Tudor houses and some of you have already sent me pictures of your model! Great job! We have learnt to sing in a round while learning 'London's Burning' and have listened to Oranges and Lemons and London Bridge is Falling down in our music lessons.

 

We have started 'time monitors' in class this week. Time is a tricky concept to master in maths and is best learnt with a little and often approach. So each week, three children will wear the class watches for the week and tell us when we are at o'clock, half past and eventually quarter to and quarter past. Please could you support you children in looking at clocks and reminding them what these times look like. Have a great weekend - the class deserves a rest!

Week ending 14th January '22

 

This week we have been learning all about the different types of transport that you might need to use to travel to and around London. We have looked at some of the sights we would like to visit and we learned how to write questions so that we could interview Mrs Parnham about her recent trip to the Capital!

 

We have been making models of some of the sights we would like to visit - like the Gherkin, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

 

This week we have also been talking about our favourite books and I will be asking the children to take it in turns to bring in theirs to share with the class. Here are a couple from this week!

The children are really enjoying learning about London and I know some of you are planning trips to visit! Please take lots of photos for us to be able to share in the fun!

Week ending 7th January 

 

What a fantastic first week we have all had! Our new topic is Bright Lights, Big City and we have been excitedly looking forward to our tea party with the Queen. 

 

We have been learning about the countries that make up the United Kingdom and what their flags look like. We have even designed our own flags. We have been reading Katie in London and travelling with the Trafalgar lion around some of the sights.

 

In Maths we are counting forwards and backwards within 20 and learning how to write the corresponding number words. RE has helped us think of who is in our community and of the people who help us.

 

Week ending 10th December 

What a strange way to end the week, no one was expecting that!

We had rehearsing to do and story writing to finish.  Our activities may have been Christmas themed but the children have still been working hard.  With brilliant pattern work, finishing off our maths shape unit and some fab phonics sessions they have done really well.  The children are enjoying the new Little Wandle reading sessions and have made great progress in their reading.  Hopefully we will have lots of fun next week to keep us warm :@)

Week ending 3rd December

We have been very busy practicing our Nativity performance, I am sure you are going to love it!  It Maths we have been exploring 3D & 2D shapes.  In English we have been writing our own science fiction stories.  We had time to paint our Beegu models now they were dry too!  

 

  

Week ending 26th November

Oh my goodness! A very topsy turvy week as the yucky germs caused all types of trouble.

The children were great though and worked well considering there were lots of changes to their routine.  They learned about adverts and wrote their own to sell a moon buggy toy.  In maths they continued to learn about subtraction.  They have been practicing our Nativity songs well, they are excited to perform.  

Fingers crossed we are all better for the run up to Christmas.  

Week ending 19th November

My goodness what a week! Poorly people everywhere!

The germs really hit us in Class 1 this week, children and adults.  We did manage to send a message to aliens using a circuit, which was very exciting and I was impressed with the classes science skills.  The children wrote reports about space and ordered the planets in our solar system.  The supply teacher left me a lovely note to say what a lovely class they are and they did us all proud.  Well done everyone. 

   

Week ending 12th November

The children have been working really hard in maths as we move onto subtraction.  They wrote some brilliant subtraction stories for us all to solve.  

We have been thinking about the alien that crashed last week, what do we think he looks like and what is he doing here? We have been writing descriptions and made some brilliant models of Beegu, a friendly alien from our story.  In science we sorted materials, we know that a boat should not be made of cardboard and that a glass bouncy ball would not be a good idea! In geography we learned about direction so that we could guide the alien home, we directed our friends around the space terrain (playground) to practice. 

Week ending 5th November

An exciting week to launch our new topic 'Moon Zoom'.  On Tuesday the children had to investigate what had happened in our play area.  They think an alien had crash landed at school.  Today some of the children were convinced they had seen a strange black figure, sure to be an alien lurking around the church!!  The children have written posters to put up asking the other classes if they have any information.  In science we investigated the samples left behind at the crash site.

  

Week ending 22nd October 2021.

 

Wow, what a week to finish our first term in year 1!

We have had a very busy week and it has been such a pleasure to be able to show you what we have been learning about during our term though our open afternoon. 

The children have been very busy making their museum boxes, clay fossil prints and wrapping up our dinosaur topic.  

 

Today we did the sponsored bounce and the children were all fantastic. Well done!

Wishing you all a safe and happy half term and we look forward to seeing you next term. 

Week ending Friday 15th October

Oh my goodness, what a busy week!

We have had so much fun and learning this week with Forest school and our first school trip.  We have been busy getting our museum ready for our special visitors next week too.

We look forward to sharing with you all we have learned in our Dinosaur Planet topic.  

Thursday 14th October

Check out our Fossil Hunting photos on the Gallery Page

Tuesday 12th October- Forest school.

 

A wonderful forest school session had by all of Class 1 today.


We had great fun exploring many activities including wand making, bug hunting, tree climbing, making mud soup and a story round the campfire.
The children showed great independence and problem solving skills by designing and building dens, and solving the gutter challenge by getting water from one end to the other in the woods. 

 

 

Friday 7th October

 

Guess who won the first 'Class of the Week Sports award!!!

Class 1 for their improved spatial awareness and fantastic team work.  i am so proud of them all and it was well deserved. 

Week ending Friday 7th October

 

In has been a topsy turvy week for us all this week!

The class dinosaur has gone missing so we have written lost posters that have been put up around the school to see if anyone has seen him.  The children have been working hard on making their own dinosaur movies and we look forward to an opportunity soon to share them with you.  In maths they have been ordering numbers and learning about ordinal numbers.

Week ending 1.10.21

We have enjoyed another busy week! We have painted our dinosaur eggs this week and they look brilliant. We learned about the different patterns some dinosaurs lay their eggs in.  We have been writing our own dinosaur stories in English, really thinking about setting and characters.  In maths, we have been using > greater than < less than and = symbols. We made our own number muncher to eat the blocks, he only wants the biggest number! We also had a go at programming the Beebot.

   

 

Week ending 24.9.21

Another strange week with a cold bug wiping us out this time! 

We have had some great learning this week with the children really enjoying their 'poo' experiment (see below) and making dinosaur eggs from clay. We will look forward to painting them next week and arranging them in the same strange ways as some of the dinosaurs we have been learning about.  

        

20.9.21 Who's Poo? Science Investigation photos are in the gallery

Week ending 17.9.21

Another week has flown by so quickly!

I am so impressed with the learning that has taken place this week, they are all trying so hard to meet their new challenges.

I thought I'd share their poem we wrote together this morning;

 

The T-Rex is as big as the Eiffel Tower,

with teeth the size of Big Ben!

His skin is as rough as brick and stone,

he eats a thousand men.

His roar is as loud as a volcano,

you can hear it as far as the moon.

Thank goodness he lived a long time ago,

we wouldn't want to smell his poo!!!

 

In Maths we have been practicing using ten frames to count on and back. 

Week ending Friday 10.9.21

Oh my goodness what a busy week to start us off in Class 1! 

The children have been fantastic, we have just picked up from where we left off which has led to a smooth start to our new adventure.

We have started our Dinosaur Planet topic with a fun dinosaur hunt and have written some great sentences about what we have been finding out.  In Maths we have been sorting and counting.  Yesterday we made the most beautiful dinosaur landscapes from natural materials, I was really proud of them all!

 

   

 

Take a look at our landscapes in the gallery page!

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