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Week commencing February 5th 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another busy week in Year 1.

In RE we continued our new RE topic, Jesus Teacher and Healer, by discussing and reflecting on the message in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Collective worship in class continues with the children saying the candle prayer and The Glory Be as well as listening to the reading of the day. Again many thanks to one of the children who brought from home some fresh flowers for our prayer corner and I will be asking another child to do so next term.

“Glory Be To The Father…”

On Tuesday we attended Mass at St Anne’s Church which proved to be a happy occasion as always.

In Literacy we the children we continued working on our  key text, “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch” by Ronda and David Armitage, which is now a firm favourite of the children. This week we once again used the Kagan “Timed Pair Share” structure to remind each other during the paired talk what we imagine Mr Grinling, the Lighthouse Keeper and his wife might have said when they saw the seagulls steal his lunch. We focused on direct speech when writing what we imagined the characters might have said in speech bubbles. 

In Maths this week the children learnt to name and describe 3 D shapes. They also honed their arithmetic skills during our popular  Friday Beat It Maths quiz against the clock!

“We love Beat It Maths!”

Science continues with our topic “Animals Including Humans” The children were excited to hear once more from the alien Gloop.

On Tuesday six children from year 1 represented the school at the change for life event and together with the representatives from Year 2 came first in the competition in their age class. All went home on Friday with shiny medals to mark their success.

We were good!

PE lessons continued with Gymnastics and the children impressed with their strong body shapes and jumps. The session focused on different hopping movements for travelling and the children learnt to vault over and move along a bench using different movements. Circle time continued with the children identifying what they are good at and discussing their worries and concerns. Show and tell continues as a popular child -led event with the children always happy to show and talk about what is of topical interest to them that week.

“This is interesting”

Paddington Bear returned after having a splendid time with one of the children who had taken Paddington Bear home for the weekend. He has headed off again for a week away and we are looking forward to finding out all about the next adventure he will get up to. I hope that when it is their turn, each child will write a diary entry (in pencil please) with a photograph to accompany it which we can share in class each Friday. I am always pleasantly surprised at the support provided by you parents for this popular activity.

“Back Safely!”

The children voted for their class school council representative and the polling was brisk on Thursday afternoon with a high turnout at the polling booth. My congratulations go to the two successful candidates and to all the candidates who put themselves forward as all received votes from their peers.

Friday morning brings Golden Assembly when the children receive certificates for their achievements in school and the House with the most house points for that week is announced. This is a popular assembly with staff  and children and the stars of the week were awarded their certificates as usual this week.to two children who had impressed this week.

“We were good!”

Next term please ensure that your child has a fully labelled PE kit in school at all times.

Phonics continues the following sound: long o sound written as   – ow,  o-e, o and oe.

Spellings: yellow, rainbow, cone, nose, toe

Looking forward to another happy and productive term in Year 1,

Mrs Tuggey

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Week commencing January 29th 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another busy week in Year 1.

In RE we began our new RE topic, Jesus Teacher and Healer, by discussing and reflecting on the miracle Jesus performed when he brought back to life Jairus’ daughter. The children could really empathise with the story as the little girl was just twelve years old. Collective worship in class continues with the children saying the candle prayer and The Glory Be as well as listening to the reading of the day. One of the children brought from home some fresh flowers for our prayer corner and I will be asking another child to do this next week.

We have fresh flowers for our prayer corner.

In Literacy we the children we continued working on our  key text, “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch” by Ronda and David Armitage, which is now a firm favourite of the children. This week we used the Kagan “Timed Pair Share” structure to remind each other during the paired talk what we know so far about Mr Grinling, the Lighthouse Keeper.

What can you tell me about Mr Grinling?

During “Beat – It – Maths” the children continue to improve with their timed maths facts scores.

We did better than last week!

Science continues with our topic “Animals Including Humans” The children were excited to hear once more from the alien Gloop. We continued with our topic, “Beachcombers” with the children enjoying putting the final touches to their seascape paintings.

This is fun!

PE lessons continued with Gymnastics and the children impressed with their strong body shapes and jumps. The session focused on different hopping movements for travelling and the children learnt to vault over and move along a bench using different movements. As usual some of the children particularly impressed us and were awarded with the title of” Star of the Week.”

I can do bunny hops!

Gymnastic Stars of the Week!

In music the children enjoyed using actions and percussion to perform songs based on Fairy tales.

Putting the Three Bears to Music

Circle time continued with the children identifying what they are good at and discussing their worries and concerns.

Show and tell continues but I would like the children to bring in an artefact connected to the sea –side this week. It need only be a shell or a sea pebble. If this is not possible by all means send your child in with an interesting object from home.

Look what I shared!

Paddington Bear returned after having a splendid time with one of the children who had taken Paddington Bear home for the weekend. He has headed off again for another weekend away and we are looking forward to finding out all about the next adventure he will get up to. I hope that when it is their turn, each child will write a diary entry (in pencil please) with a photograph to accompany it which we can share in class each Friday. I am always pleasantly surprised at the support provided by you parents for this popular activity.

Paddington Bear had a fun weekend!

In addition to the usual homework this week the children who wish to be elected as year 1 representatives on the school council have taken home a form for them to complete giving three reasons why they think they would be a good choice for this role. During the week the children can present their case with the elections happening at the end of the week.

Please ensure that your child has a fully labelled PE kit in school at all times.

Phonics continues the following sound: long i sound written as  ie,  i-e, y and i.

Spellings: pie, tie, bike, kite, sky

Looking forward to another happy and productive week in Year 1,

Mrs Tuggey

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Week commencing January 22nd 2018

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another busy week in Year 1.

In RE we continued with our Christmas topic by reflecting on Mary and her response to God’s call through the agency of the Angel Gabriel. The children said the Hail Mary and really thought about the words. Collective worship in class continues with the children learning the prayer, The Glory Be.

We said the “Glory Be”

During Maths the children enjoyed investigating how seven balls should be shared equally between three boxes. This fun activity encouraged the children to think logically and add three numbers mentally to make 7.

How many ways have you found?

“Beat it Maths” continued with enthusiasm and some children continue to get all the answers correct week after week!

We got all our maths facts correct!

We continued with our new topic, “Beachcombers” with the children enjoying painting their own seascape.

This is fun!

In Literacy we the children are getting to know our key text, “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch” by Ronda and David Armitage, which is rapidly becoming a favourite of the children. This week we looked at adjectives to describe Mrs Grinling’s appearance and personality. Science continues with our new topic “Animals Including Humans” The children waited eagerly for the alien Gloop to answer the questions they set him last week.PE lessons continued with Gymnastics and the children impressed with their strong body shapes and jumps. The session focused on the forward roll with some children really impressing with their rolls from a standing start. As usual some of the children particularly impressed us and were awarded with the title of” Star of the Week.”

We can do a forward roll!

Gymnasts of the Week!

Circle time continued with the children identifying what they are good at and discussing their worries and concerns.

Show and tell continues but I would like the children to bring in an artefact connected to the sea –side this week. It need only be a shell or a sea pebble. If this is not possible by all means send your child in with an interesting object from home.

Look at my special artifact!

Paddington Bear returned after having a splendid time with one of the children who had taken Paddington Bear home for the weekend. He has headed off again for another weekend away and we are looking forward to finding out all about the next adventure he will get up to. I hope that when it is their turn, each child will write a diary entry (in pencil please) with a photograph to accompany it which we can share in class each Friday. I am always pleasantly surprised at the support provided by you parents for this popular activity.

“I took care of Paddington!”

The week finished off on an upbeat tone with the children wearing a woolly hat in school for a very good cause, the  charity St Mungos, which champions the homeless.

We enjoyed being part of the school haterpillar!

Finally three more children reached the sensible age of six this week and we enjoyed celebrating their special day with a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday …”

Happy Birthday to You!

Please ensure that your child has a fully labelled PE kit in school at all times.

Phonics continues the following sound: long e sound written as   – ea, e-e, ie, ey, y

Spellings: beach, seal, Steve, athlete, monkey

Looking forward to another happy and productive week in Year 1,

Mrs Tuggey

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Week commencing January 15th 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another busy week in Year 1. We continued with our new topic, “Beachcombers” with the children identifying the main oceans and labelling on a map the seas around the UK.In RE we are studying the birth of Jesus as part of our Christmas topic. The children were able to sequence and describe the events of the First Christmas. Collective worship in class continues with the children learning the prayer, “The Glory Be.”

During Maths the children enjoyed exploring 2 digit numbers which they described in terms of tens and units. We also used bead strings to identify tens and units in numbers.

We can find numbers with tens and units on the 100 square!

In Literacy we the children are getting to know our key text, “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch” by Ronda and David Armitage, which is rapidly becoming a favourite of the children. This week we had a surprise visitor to Year 1 with Mr Grinling, the Lighthouse Keeper paying us a surprise visit. The children interviewed Mr Grinling who answered all their questions. We now know what knid of a person Mr Grinling is and this will help us when we write our character profiles.

Mr Grinling, the Lighthouse keeper visited us!

Science continues with our new topic “Animals Including Humans” The children focused on using their sense of smell and taste to identify different foods and spices and will have gathered  lots of information to tell our friendly alien visitor.

We enjoyed tasting different foods.

We  explored foods and spices using our senses!

PE lessons continued with Gymnastics and the children impressed with their strong body shapes and jumps. As usual some of the children particularly impressed us and were awarded with the title of” Star Of The Week.” On Friday the whole school gathered for golden assembly when two children from each class received certificates for good work and behaviour. As always the children were proud to be awarded their certificates and as  Red house had the most house points this children in this house received extra play.

We were stars of the week!

 

Circle time continued with the children identifying what they are good at and discussing their worries and concerns in a safe place.

“Thinking skills, listening skills, looking skills and concentrating skills!”

Show and tell continues but I would like the children to bring in an artifact connected to the sea –side this week. It need only be a shell or a sea pebble. If this is not possible by all means send your child in with an interesting object from home.

Paddington Bear returned after having a splendid time with one of the children who had taken him home for the weekend. He has already headed off again for another adventure and we are looking forward to finding out all about the fun he will have. I hope that when it is their turn, each child will write a diary entry with a photograph to accompany it which we can share in class each Friday. I am always pleasantly surprised at the support provided by you parents for this popular activity.

“Paddington & I had lots of fun!”

Please ensure that your child has a fully labelled PE kit in school at all times.

Phonics continues the following sounds: ai sound written as ay, a-e, eigh, ey, ei

Spellings: Sunday, hay, tray, spade, grapes

Looking forward to another happy and productive week in Year 1,

Mrs Tuggey

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Week commencing January 8th 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to school after what I hope was a happy and peaceful Christmas. The children have returned full of energy for the term ahead.

We began our new topic, “Beachcombers” with the children combing sand trays to find and describe their shore line finds. The children wrote a description of their “find” and labelled their diagram.

In RE we are studying the birth of Jesus as part of our Christmas topic. The children were able to sequence and describe the events of the First Christmas. Collective worship in class continues with the children learning the prayer, The Glory Be.

We are learning a new prayer.

During Maths the children enjoyed doing a measuring activity where they investigated how long their hand-span is and found objects to compare to this length in cms. The children made a bar graph and found that most children had a hand span of 14cms. In “Beat –It-Maths” a select group got all their answers correct but we are hoping to increase the number in this group as the term proceeds.

We found out that our hand spans ranged from 10 – 16 cms long!                 We got all our  “Beat-It-Maths’ facts correct!

In Literacy we the children are getting to know our key text, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage, which is rapidly becoming a favourite of the children. This week we used a story map of the story to help us verbally rehearse the story with Pie Corbett actions which the children really enjoyed.

We are learning our story!

Science continues with our new topic “Animals Including Humans” Once again the garden area has been the site of strange happenings with the arrival of a space rocket carrying a message from aliens. The children think that the aliens are friendly as in their message they were asking questions about humans and other animals on our planet.

The Aliens have landed!

 

PE lessons began again with Gymnastics and the children impressed with their strong body shapes. As usual some of the children particularly impressed us and were awarded with the title of” Star Of The Week.”

Gymnastics Fun!

 

Stars of the Week!

Show and tell continues but I would like the children to bring in an artifact connected to the sea –side this week. It need only be a shell or a sea pebble. If this is not possible by all means send your child in with an interesting object from home.

Listen to this!

This weekend one of the children has taken Paddington Bear home for the weekend and we are looking forward to finding out all about the adventures he will get up to. I hope that when it is their turn, each child will write a diary entry with a photograph to accompany it which we can share in class each Friday. I am always pleasantly surprised at the support provided by you parents for this popular activity.

Paddington Bear is all set to go on an adventure!

Please ensure that your child has a fully labelled PE kit in school at all times.

Phonics continues the following sounds: zh sound written as s, w sound written as wh, and the f sound written as ph.

Spellings: television, treasure, whip, elephant, photo

Looking forward to a happy and productive week in Year 1,

Mrs Tuggey

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Week commencing January 4th 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to school after what I hope was a happy and peaceful Christmas. The children have returned full of energy for the term ahead.

We began our new topic, “Beachcombers” with the children combing sand trays to find and describe their shore line finds.

We enjoyed pretending to be beachcombers!

In RE we are studying the birth of Jesus as part of our Christmas topic. During Maths the children enjoyed doing a measuring activity where they investigated how long their hand-span is and found objects to compare to this length in cms.

We measured our hand-spans in cms and compared this with objects in the classroom!

Show and tell continues but I would like the children to bring in an artifact connected to the sea –side this week. It need only be a shell or a sea pebble.

Look what I got from Father Christmas!

The children had golden time in class this Friday during which they had the opportunity to play “Connect Four” and make some construction models, The children thoroughly enjoyed both activities!

“I can stop you!”

Another one of our children has celebrated their 6th birthday and we enjoyed the birthday treats sent in on Friday! Just a reminder that two members of the class have a nut allergy and as a result I would be grateful if this was kept in mind when sending in sweets etc.

“Sensible Six”

This term the children will be taking turns to take Paddington Bear home each weekend and I hope each child will  write a diary entry with a photograph to accompany it about their adventures, which we can share in class each Friday. I am always pleasantly surprised at the support provided by you parents for this popular activity.

Library will continue on Mondays as usual until further notice.

Please ensure that your child has a fully labelled PE kit in school at all times.

Phonics continues with some cvcc and ccvc words.

Homework will commence this week and will go out as usual on Mondays to be returned on Fridays.

Spellings: said, were, there, when, what

Looking forward to a happy and productive term in Year 1,

Mrs Tuggey

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Week commencing December 11th

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another busy week in Year 1 in the build up to Christmas! We celebrated the second week of Advent by lighting our Advent candle during Collective Worship. We continue the countdown to Christmas by taking turns to open the class Advent calendar and enjoy the yummy treat inside!

During the last full week of term our activities have taken a seasonal turn. On Monday and Tuesday afternoon we performed our Nativity “Little Angel Gets Her Wings” to the parents and the rest of the school. Everybody enjoyed our happy production of this seasonal tale. On Tuesday morning Year 1 with the rest of the school were charmed by the Nativity with carols performed by the Nursery and Reception classes.

Little Angel Gets Her Wings

We marked the end of the PE programme this year with an exciting inter house P.E. skills competition in the hall involving the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes.

“I can hit it!”

Wednesday followed with Christmas jumper Day during which we all enjoyed a delicious Christmas Dinner.

We Had Christmas Dinner!

The children continued to enjoy Class Worship when we said prayers of thanks and praise to God for our wonderful world. We lit both candles while we sang ‘Light The Advent Candle.’ We learnt that the 2nd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Faith with the “Bethlehem Candle” reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

We lit our second Advent Candle!

On Friday we enjoyed Golden Assembly with our superstars getting their certificates for a week of hard work.

‘I worked hard this week!’

In response to parents’ queries a list of recommended children’s literature is attached to this newsletter. Picture books make excellent Christmas presents for children of this age to read and enjoy and provide excellent value for money.

I am also attaching the maths “Learn It’s” the children need to practise and know by rote this term.

Friday would not be Friday without the children bringing in their items of interest to share with their friends and present to the class during our Sharing and Listening activity of “Show and Tell”.

Look What I Brought!

On a happy note we finished this exciting week with our Christmas Fair! Finally many thanks to the parents who generously contributed to the Christmas tombola. These contributions are always appreciated by the PSA.

Some of the items we brought in for the Christmas tombola!

Looking forward to the last two days of term. On a personal note I would like to thank those parents who have sent in with their children their seasonal best wishes!

Mrs Tuggey

Year One Class Teacher 

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Week commencing December 4th

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another busy week in Year 1 in the build up to Christmas! We celebrated the first week of Advent by lighting our Advent candle during Collective Worship, by attending an Advent Mass with Monsignor Daly at St Anne’s Church, not to mention by taking turns to open the class Advent calendar and enjoy the yummy treat inside!

 

 

We celebrated the Beginning of Advent with Mass in Church!

In Maths the children focused on learning to count on in 10s, 5s and 2s and to solve subtraction problems.In English the children wrote their own adventure stories with an interplanetary theme and I have been gratified by the improvement in their composition and transcription skills.

We are busy with rehearsals for the Key Stage 1 Christmas Production, “Little Angel Gets Her Wings” and I would like to thank the parents who ensured that their child’s contributions to the costumes were brought in by Wednesday December 6th.

A taste of delights to come!

The children continued to enjoy Class Worship when we said prayers of thanks and praise to God for our wonderful world. We looked at and discussed the miracle of the five loaves and two fish. In our R.E. lessons we continued with our new topic of Advent and we continued to learn about Advent and the symbolism of the Advent Wreath.

We sang “Light the Advent Candle”

Tag rugby continued with some good games to develop the children’s rugby skills including those of passing and dodging.

 

We love PE!

On Friday we enjoyed Golden Assembly with two superstars getting their certificates for a week of hard work.

 

We worked hard!

We rounded the week off with a “buzzy” dress rehearsal for the Key Stage 1 Christmas Nativity, “Little Angel Gets Her Wings” in eager anticipation of our production on Tuesday afternoon.  In the next few weeks any dinosaur related models, objects or books would continue to be welcomed for our Speaking and Listening sessions.

In response to parents’ queries a list of recommended children’s literature is attached to this newsletter.I am also attaching the maths “Learn It’s” the children need to practise and know by rote this term.

The Year 1 written homework programme has finished for this term and I want to thank the parents who have supported this important learning reinforcement activity so conscientiously.The Year 1 team will continue to change the individual reading books until Wednesday and on Thursday and Friday the reading books will be collected in. Please take your child to their local library during the Christmas holiday and avail of your personal libraries to encourage your child to access the fantastic range of children’s literature and read real books for pleasure!

On a happy note if you have not done so I appeal to you to bring in a contribution for the bottle tombola which is always a popular feature of our Christmas Fair. If we have collected the largest number of items by the end of next week we will get a class treat from the PSA. I know we have stiff competition from the present Year 2 who won this fabulous prize last year. No pressure!!!

For the Christmas Fair Tombola!

Looking forward to another happy, hectic week in Year 1.

Mrs Tuggey

Year One Class Teacher    

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Week commencing November 27th

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another busy week in Year 1!  In Maths the children focused on using addition facts to solve subtraction problems.

Children continue to make excellent progress with their quick fire responses to the questions during “Beat IT Maths” with five children getting full marks last week and many children improving on their previous scores.

Hurrah For Beat It Maths!

We are busy with rehearsals for the Key Stage 1 Christmas Production, “Little Angel Gets Her Wings” and I would be grateful if all costumes could be brought in by Wednesday December 6th.

In Science we continued our topic on Seasonal changes when we made our own rain gauges with which to measure the amount of rainfall. Watch this Space!

Structured play in our outside play area ia a very popular activity in our busy schedule.

Playing is fun!

The children continued to enjoy Class Worship when we said prayers of thanks and praise to God for our many gifts. In our R.E. lessons we have begun our new topic of Advent and although it is not yet the Liturgical Season of Advent we began to prepare for this by learning about Advent and the symbolism of the Advent Wreath.

Thank You God For Our Lovely World!

The children hugely enjoyed a pantomime, Beauty and the Beast” on Wednesday afternoon and all were thrilled when the Prince finally won his beautiful princess, Belle.

 

 

He’s Behind You!!!

Tag rugby continued with some good games to develop the children’s rugby skills including those of passing and dodging.

On Thursday the ‘Yellow House’ Captains once again showed great leadership in organising a ‘Yellow House’ Assembly with a group of children from Year 1 to Year 6 on their patron Saint, St Bernadette. We particularly enjoyed seeing Our Lady, The Blessed Virgin Mary, played beautifully by one of our Year 1 girls.

Our Lady Of  Lourdes

On Friday we enjoyed Golden Assembly with two superstars getting their certificates for a week of hard work.

Didn’t We Do Well!

As usual we rounded the week off with show and tell. Our new topic of Dinosaurs continues to excite interest and I was again very pleased to welcome a selection of dinosaur friends into the classroom for show and tell. In the next few weeks any dinosaur related models, objects or books would continue to be welcomed for our Speaking and Listening sessions. With the arrival of Advent the children are getting excited about Christmas and Christmas items are beginning to make an appearance with children bringing in items such as a Christmas Elf, a Christmas hat and some Christmas baubles to show.

Look What I Have!

Another member of the class has reached the sensible age of six and all sang Happy Birthday with enthusiasm on Friday!

Now I am six I’m as clever as clever!

Phonics continues with the air sound: air trigraph and the ure sound: ure trigraph, with our spelling focus this week being a selection words with these sounds.

Spellings: chair, stairs, air, sure, pure

All the children have been issued with Bug Club books so please go on line to access this wonderful resource. Reading books will be changed daily when put in the house baskets in the classroom. Library continues on Mondays as usual.

In response to parents’ queries a list of recommended children’s literature is attached to this newsletter.

I am also attaching the maths “Learn It’s” the children need to practise and know by rote this term.

A reminder that homework goes out on Monday and is due back the following Friday! Please practise the spelling list each evening as little and often succeeds best.

Mrs Tuggey

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 St Benedict – Patron Saint of Green House
Week commencing November 20th

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another busy week in Year 1!  In Maths the children focused ordinal numbers and had fun sorting out the positions their cars came in a race.

Children continue to make excellent progress with their quick fire responses to the questions during “Beat IT Maths” with two children getting full marks last week.

We continued with our topic on Dinosaurs with the children completing an ordering activity on the Life Cycle of a dinosaur.

In Science we continued our topic on Seasonal changes when we made our own rain gauges with which to measure the amount of rainfall. Watch this Space!

The children continued to enjoy Class Worship when we said prayers of thanks and praise to God for our many gifts.

In our R.E. we have begun our new topic of Advent and although it is not yet the Liturgical Season of Advent we began to prepare for this topic by writing our Advent promises.

Tag rugby continued with some good games to develop the children’s rugby skills including those of passing and dodging.

We also prepared for spring by planting crocuses in The Year 1 raised bed in the garden.

On Thursday the ‘Green House’ Captains once again showed great leadership in organising a ‘Green House’ Assembly with a selection of children from Year 1 to Year 6 on their patron Saint, St Benedict.

On Friday we enjoyed Golden Assembly with two superstars getting their certificates for a week of hard work.

As usual we rounded the week off with show and tell. Our new topic of Dinosaurs continues to excite interest and I was again very pleased to welcome a selection of dinosaur friends into the classroom for show and tell. In the next few weeks any dinosaur related models, objects or books would continue to be welcomed for our Speaking and Listening sessions.

Phonics continues with the oi sound: oi digraph and the ear sound: ear trigraph, with our spelling focus this week being a selection words with these sounds.

Spellings: coin, soil, ear, beard, year

All the children have been issued with Bug Club books so please go on line to access this wonderful resource. Reading books will be changed daily when put in the house baskets in the classroom. Library continues on Mondays as usual.

In response to parents’ queries a list of recommended children’s literature is attached to this newsletter.

I am also attaching the maths “Learn It’s” the children need to practise and know by rote this term.

A reminder that homework goes out on Monday and is due back the following Friday! Please practise the spelling list each evening as little and often succeeds best.

Mrs Tuggey

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Week commencing November 13th

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another busy day in Year 1!  In Maths the children continued to build their understanding of place value with number games when we focused on ordering numbers.

What is the biggest number? What is the smallest number? Which are the in-between numbers?

Children continue to make excellent progress with their quick fire responses to the questions during “Beat IT Maths” with three children making exceedingly good progress this week.

Beat It Maths Whizzes!

 

We continued with our topic on Dinosaurs with the children investigating rumours of strange happenings in the garden. Imagine our surprise when we found some large foot prints and nests with eggs in them! Could these eggs be dinosaur eggs? We left them overnight before bringing them into the classroom to await developments. Watch this space!

What A Surprise!!

In Science we continued our topic on Seasonal changes when we made our own wind socks with which to measure the direction and strength of the wind. The children had fum trying theirs out.

Look at it fly!

The children continued to enjoy Class Worship when we said prayers of thanks and praise to God for our many gifts.

In our R.E. topic, Families and Celebrations, we looked at how Jesus showed his love for his mother and his friends by performing his first miracle at the “Wedding Feast at Cana” “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy”, so the children had once again an opportunity to enjoy structured play in our outdoor area.Tag rugby continued with some good games to develop the children’s rugby skills including those of passing and dodging.

Hold on to that Rugby Ball!

Tag Rugby Stars of the Week!

On Friday we enjoyed Golden Assembly with two superstars getting their certificates for a week of hard work.

Superstars!

The children dressed in Spots to raise money for “Children in Need” and although the underlying message was serious it is true to say we were slightly “dotty” in Year 1 on Friday! Many thanks to the grownups who helped with the costumes and face painting etc. not to mention your generous contributions to this worthy cause.

We supported Children In Need!

As usual we rounded the week off with show and tell. Our new topic of Dinosaurs continues to excite interest and I was again very pleased to welcome a selection of dinosaur friends into the classroom for show and tell. In the next few weeks any dinosaur related models, objects or books would continue to be welcomed for our Speaking and Listening sessions.

From Venus Fly Trap to a Brontosaurus!

Phonics continues with the ur sound: ur digraph and the ow sound: ow digraph, with our spelling focus this week being a selection words with these sounds.

Spellings: church, surf, burp, cow, town

All the children have been issued with Bug Club books so please go on line to access this wonderful resource. Reading books will be changed daily when put in the house baskets in the classroom. Library will continue as usual next term.

In response to parents’ queries a list of recommended children’s literature is attached to this newsletter.

I am also attaching the maths “Learn It’s” the children need to practise and know by rote this term.

A reminder that homework goes out on Monday and is due back the following Friday! Please practise the spelling list each evening as little and often succeeds best.

Mrs Tuggey

Year One Class Teacher

TOP TWENTY READS – Year one

Year 1 Learn Its

 

Welcome to the Year One Page!

Week commencing November 6th

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another busy day in Year 1!  In Maths the children continued to build their understanding of place value with games on the Interactive White Board and practical activities using numercon.

Maths is fun!

Thank you all those who volunteered to help us with our visit to the library where we enjoyed a super afternoon looking at and reading books. The librarian told us all how Caversham Library functions as well as reading us a story with appropriately, a dinosaur as the main character.

Listening to the Librarian and enjoying books at Caversham Library!

The children continued to enjoy Class Worship where we heard that the most important commandment was to “love one another as God loves you. “ In our R.E. topic, Families and Celebrations, we looked at how our family celebrations are an opportunity to share God’s love and to show our love for each other. We focused on the sacrament of marriage and role played a marriage ceremony in the Church which increased the children’s understanding of this special sacrament and which the children enjoyed.

“To Have and to Hold…”

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, so the children had an opportunity to enjoy structured play in our outdoor area.

What fun!

Tag rugby continued with some good games to develop the children’s rugby skills.

On Friday we enjoyed Golden Assembly with two superstars getting their certificates for a week of hard work. The children dressed in “Blue to be you” to mark anti-bullying day, and apart from looking marvellous really took the message of being kind to each other on board.

As usual we rounded the week off with show and tell. Our new topic of Dinosaurs continues to excite interest and I was very pleased to welcome Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, and Spinosaurus .into the classroom for show and tell. In the next few weeks any dinosaur related models, objects or books would be welcomed for our Speaking and Listening sessions.

Phonics continues with the ar sound: ar digraph and the or sound: or digraph, with our spelling focus this week being a selection words with these sounds.

Spellings: arm, star, storm, fork, torch

All the children have been issued with Bug Club books so please go on line to access this wonderful resource. Reading books will be changed daily when put in the house baskets in the classroom. Library will continue as usual next term.

In response to parents’ queries a list of recommended children’s literature is attached to this newsletter.

I am also attaching the maths “Learn It’s” the children need to practise and know by rote this term.

A reminder that homework goes out on Monday and is due back the following Friday! Please practise the spelling list each evening as little and often succeeds best.

Mrs Tuggey

Year One Class Teacher

Year 1 Learn Its

TOP TWENTY READS – Year one

Welcome to the Year One Page!

 

Week commencing October 30th

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for sending the children back to school after half term, full of enthusiasm for the term ahead! This week in school was a busy one as usual for Year 1! The week began in Year 1 with another child reaching the age of six and generously giving his classmates a treat to celebrate!

 

Happy 6th Birthday!

We began a new topic in Science, Seasonal changes, a topic which encourages the children to notice the changes in weather, day length, plants and  animal behaviour each season brings.

Organising a timeline!

 

In English lessons we read the story, Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish by Michael Foreman, and enjoyed writing our book reviews.All Saints Day on Wednesday was marked when the whole school attended a Mass celebrated by Monsignor Patrick Daly at St Anne’s Church. This was an uplifting experiences and I was very impressed by the prayerful behaviour of the children.

All Saints Day!

As Term One and Term Two are very much transitional terms for Year 1 children we try to give them the opportunity to enjoy some structured play in our outdoor play area. The children really enjoyed this child led activity this week in the Autumn sunshine.

We continued with our RE topic, Families and Celebrations, with the children describing how the church family celebrates together by attending Mass. The children were excited about the bonfire and fireworks parties the beginning of November affords and we talked in class about Firework and Bonfire Safety! On Wednesday and Thursday the children began a new PE unit on tag rugby which they enjoyed enormously.

Tag Rugby Fun!

Tag Rugby Stars!

 

On Friday we enjoyed Golden Assembly with two superstars getting their certificates for a week of hard work.

Stars of the Week!

Beat It Maths continued with three children in particular making excellent progress.

As usual we rounded the week off with “Show and Tell “. Our new topic is dinosaurs and I was very pleased to welcome Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, and Spinosaurus into the classroom for “Show and Tell “. In the next few weeks any more dinosaur related models, objects or books would be welcomed for our speaking and listening sessions.

Phonics continues with the long o sound: oo digraph and the short o sound: oo digraph, with our spelling focus this week being a selection words with these sounds.

Spellings: food, moon, spoon, book, foot

All the children have been issued with Bug Club books so please go on line to access this wonderful resource. Reading books will be changed daily when put in the house baskets in the classroom. Library will continue as usual next term.

In response to parents’ queries a list of recommended children’s literature is attached to this newsletter.

I am also attaching the maths “Learn It’s” the children need to practise and know by rote this term.

A reminder that homework goes out on Monday and is due back the following Friday! Please practise the spelling list each evening as little and often succeeds best.

Mrs Tuggey

Year One Class Teacher

 

Year 1 Learn Its

Recommended books for Year 1

Welcome to the Year One Page!

Week commencing October 16th

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another happy and productive week in Year 1 at the end of this term.

This week in school was designated Black Awareness Week. The month of October is a time set aside each year to celebrate the achievements of black men and women in the past and today. This Black Awareness Month has been celebrated in The UK since 1987.

Black Awareness Week began for Year 1 with a workshop on Black History in the hall on Monday morning and continued each day with workshops on the theme in each of the classrooms. The children really enjoyed the activities which reinforced the school motto to “live, love and learn as children of God” regardless of race, gender, ability or creed.

Children enjoying the Black History Workshop!

Some African Games!

Fun in Year Three!

Harvest Festival was marked by a whole school Mass celebrated by Monsignor Patrick Daly in the School Hall. This was an uplifting experiences and I wish to thank all those who brought in items of food for our hamper which were passed on to those in need in our own community.

We continued with our RE topic, Families and Celebrations, with the children describing their favourite celebration prompted by the photographs of family celebrations they brought in for “Show and Tell.”

In Maths the children explored  2D shapes in order to discover if they were symmetrical by folding them or finding lines of symmetry with a mirror. Beat -It -Maths, a popular activity, continued with most children now on the longer list of “learn-its”.

Investigating 2D Shapes!

Beat – It – Maths Success!

 

In Science the children continued our unit on Materials with an investigation during which they predicted, observed and recorded what happens when certain materials are heated. In Topic Science we continued with our bouncy ball investigation.

Bouncy Ball Investigation!

 

In English we had fun writing instructions on how to make a sandwich of our choice and enjoyed listening to the story, The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord.

On Wednesday and Thursday the children continued to hone their hockey skills in P.E.

It was lovely to see the parents and carers who came into the classroom on Thursday afternoon when the children proudly shared their work with them.

On Friday we enjoyed Golden Assembly with two superstars getting their certificates for a week of hard work.

Weren’t we good?

We rounded off a slightly hectic week and a busy term with our popular “Show and Tell” activity on Friday afternoon.

 

Phonics continues with the long o sound: oa digraph, with our spelling focus this week being a selection words with this sound.

Spellings: soap, oak, coat, float, road

All the children have been issued with Bug Club books so please go on line to access this wonderful resource. Reading books will be changed daily when put in the house baskets in the classroom. Library will continue as usual next term.

In response to parents’ queries a list of recommended children’s literature is attached to this newsletter.

A reminder that homework goes out on Monday and is due back the following Friday! Please practise the spelling list each evening as little and often succeeds best.

Mrs Tuggey

Year One Class Teacher

 
 Recommended books for Year 1

Welcome to the Year One Page!

Week commencing October 9th

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another happy and productive week in Year as the half term break draws near.  Highlights of the week included honing our hockey skills in PE, Show and Tell, Stars of the week, Topic, Science, ‘Beat It Maths’ English and R.E.

During Class Liturgy we learnt about God’s love. We also learnt the story of St Bernadette, our yellow house patron saint, and how her devotion to Our Lady helped her come close to God.

Thinking about St Bernadette at Childrens’ Liturgy

 

We continued with our RE topic, Families and Celebrations, with the children describing their favourite celebration prompted by the  photographs of family celebrations they brought in for  “Show and Tell” last week. I would be grateful if you have not yet done so, if you could send in a photograph of a family celebration you and your child attended for our class display. It could be a photograph of a Wedding, Christening, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Easter Party, Christmas, Easter, Birthday Party etc.

Our Families and Celebrations Display in the Year 1 classroom

 

In Science the children continued our unit on Materials with an investigation to find which material would best weather proof the three little pigs’ house. The children were very excited and enjoyed this investigation enormously.

In English we had fun writing instructions on how to make jam and marmite sandwiches. On Thursday morning the children had house assemblies and elected their house captains.

On Wednesday and Thursday the children continued to hone their hockey skills in P.E. and on Friday we enjoyed Golden Assembly with two superstars getting their certificates.

Thank you for sending in Harvest donations which we will take to the Hall for our Harvest Mass on Tuesday. There is still time to make a contribution if you haven’t yet done so.

Some of the Year 1 children who brought in donations for our Harvest Appeal

Another member of the class has reached the sensible age of six and all the children sang  “Happy Birthday” to him.

But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever.

 

Phonics continues with the long i sound: igh trigraph, with our spelling focus this week being a selection words with this sound.

Spellings: fight, flight, light, night, high

All the children have been issued with Bug Club books so please go on line to access this wonderful resource. Reading books will be changed daily when put in the house baskets in the classroom. Our library session will be on Monday afternoons and each child will be issued with a book to be returned before another book is issued the following Monday.

A reminder that homework goes out on Monday and is due back the following Friday! Please practise the spelling list each evening as “little and often” succeeds best.

Mrs Tuggey

Year One Class Teacher

 

Welcome to the Year One Page!

Week commencing October 2nd

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another happy and productive week in Year 1 and I am astonished to find we are nearing the end of term.  Highlights of the week included honing our hockey skills in PE, Show and Tell, Stars of the week, Topic, Science, ‘Beat It Maths’ English and R.E.

Hockey Stars!

During Class Liturgy we learnt about God’s love and began to put actions to our class prayer, The Our Father.

Putting actions to the “Our Father” and saying “the Candle Prayer” during Class Liturgy on Wednesday.

In RE we looked at the life of Saint Francis of Assisi and reflected on how he took care of God’s creation in his lifetime. We began our RE topic, Families and Celebrations, with the children bringing in photographs of family celebrations to talk about during “Show and Tell.” I would be grateful if you have not yet done so, if you could send in a photograph of a family celebration you and your child attended for our class display. It could be a photograph of a Wedding, Christening, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Easter Party, Christmas, Easter, Birthday Party etc.

Look at our Family Celebrations!

This term Year 1 we are continuing to explore our new topic, Bounce and in Topic Science we carried out an investigation to find the most bouncy ball.

The most bouncy ball was ball no. 3 which bounced 75cm high!

In Science we continued our unit on Materials with an investigation to find the most absorbent paper towel.

In Maths we focused on naming and describing 2D shapes and sorting them using two criteria on a Venn Diagram.

We played a 2D shape quiz!

 

We described and sorted 2D shapes!

 

In English we have begun looking at writing instructions. We learnt by heart the instructions using our talk for writing map and followed these instructions to make Angel Delight! We even enjoyed a little taste!!!

Making Our Angel Delight!

On Wednesday and Thursday the children continued to hone their hockey skills in P.E.

 

Believe it or not Christmas was mentioned this week. The PSA asked us to design our Christmas cards about which you will receive more information closer to the Event.

Phonics continues with the long e sound: ee digraph, with our spelling focus this week being a selection words with this sound.

Spellings: teeth, sleep, sheep, green, tree

All the children have been issued with Bug Club books so please go on line to access this wonderful resource. Reading books will be changed daily when put in the house baskets in the classroom. Our library session will be on Monday afternoons and each child will be issued with a book to be returned before another book is issued the following Monday.

A reminder that homework goes out on Monday and is due back the following Friday!

Mrs Tuggey

Year One Class Teacher

 

 

Welcome to the Year One Page!

Week commencing September 25th

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed another busy and happy week in Year 1 and I am astonished to find we are more than halfway through the term already, having completed our third full school week. Please find links at the end of the newsletter to the welcome evening presentation held earlier in the term and the curriculum information which was handed out at that event.

Highlights of the week included honing our hockey skills in PE, Show and Tell, Stars of the week, Topic, Science, ‘Beat It Maths’ English and R.E.

More Hockey Fun!

We got all our Beat -It-Maths facts correct two Fridays in a row!

 

During Class Liturgy we learnt about God’s love and began to put actions to our class prayer, The Our Father. Please find the link to the copy which I have attached to the newsletter and practise the words with your children. I will also send a copy home with the children as part of their homework this week.

We enjoyed “Show and Tell” on Friday.

In RE we looked at the life of Saint Francis of Assisi and reflected on how he took care of God’s creation in his lifetime. Our next RE topic which begins next week is Families and Celebrations. I would be grateful if you could send in a photograph of a family celebration you and your child attended for our class display. It could be a photograph of a Wedding, Christening, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Easter Party, Christmas, Easter, Birthday Party etc. This photograph can also be an item for Show-and-Tell on Friday.

 

We enjoyed practising our prayers during our Class RE assembly.

This term in Year 1 we are continuing to explore our new topic, Bounce and in Science we carried out an investigation to find the most bouncy ball.

In Maths we focused on doubling numbers and number patterns.

In English we are immersing ourselves in ball poems which the children are really enjoying! We analysed poems about movement and the children were able to identify the nouns and verbs in the poems.

On Wednesday and Thursday the children continued to hone their hockey skills in P.E.

Phonics continues with the long a sound: ai digraph, with our spelling focus this week being a selection words with this sound.

Spellings: nail, snail, train, aim, rail

All the children have been issued with Bug Club books so please go on line to access this wonderful resource. Reading books will be changed daily when put in the house baskets in the classroom. Our library session will be on Monday afternoons and each child will be issued with a book to be returned before another book is issued.

Don’t forget to go on Bug Club!

A reminder that homework goes out on Monday and is due back the following Friday!

Mrs Tuggey

Year One Class Teacher

 

Meet the Year 1 teacher 2017-18

Curriculum Newsletter T1

 

 

Welcome to the Year One Page!

Week commencing September 18th

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have enjoyed a busy and happy week in Year I and I am amazed at how well the children are adapting to the new routines and timetable in Year 1.

Early Days In Year 1!

The children have enjoyed activities during this time that will become part of their weekly routine such as PE, Show and Tell, Stars of the week, Topic, Science,  ‘Beat It Maths’ English and R.E., among many.

During Class Liturgy we learnt about God’s love and began to put actions to our class prayer, “The Our Father”. We already know our Candle Prayer which we recite as we light our candle and which reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world.

In Key Stage Assembly we looked at the Patron Saint of the Blue House, Saint St Anne and the children were reminded that she was Mary’s mother and Jesus’ grandmother. We prayed to St Anne and asked her to guide us this Year in St Anne’s.

In RE we revisited the story of Creation from The Old Testament and discussed how we take care of God’s Creation today. We went on a walk to find the ways we use different means of recycling to save the Earth’s valuable resources.

Look at our “Water Butt” our “Recycling Bins”  the “Compost Bin” and God’s wonderful Creation in our field!

This term Year 1 we are beginning to explore our new topic, Bounce and in Science we carried out an investigation to find the most bouncy ball.

In Maths we focused on accurate counting and place value.

We  estimated how many grapes were in a bowl and then counted them carefully!

In English we are immersing ourselves in ball poems which the children are really enjoying! We looked at shape poems and the children wrote their own shape poems on a “ball” theme.

Excellent Shape Poems About Balls!

On Wednesday and Thursday the children developed their games skills in P.E, with their first Hockey lessons.

Excellent blocking and passing through the Gate!

This Week’s “A Team!”

 

Our Friday ‘Speaking and Listening’ activity, ‘Show and Tell’ continues to be popular with the children bringing in an interesting selection of items to share. Special mention must go this week to the super horse chestnut figures one of the children made with his Dad.

 

Look at My Show and Tell Items!

All the children deserved a Certificate at Golden Assembly but the honours went to two children who excelled this week.

We worked hard this week!

Phonics begins with the sh digraph, with our spelling focus this week being a selection of the Common Exception or tricky words children are expected to know how to read and spell in Year 1.

Spellings: all, was, her, she, into

A reminder that homework goes out on Monday and is due back the following Friday!

Mrs Tuggey

Year One Class Teacher

Welcome to the Year One Page!

Week commencing September 11th

 

 

 

Saint Anne

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we begin this academic year, I am amazed at how well the children have begun their learning journey in Year One, and this is in no small way due to your support during this transition.

The first two weeks in Year One have been very much a time for the children to become aware of the routines and expectations in Year One. The children have enjoyed activities during this time that will become part of their weekly routine such as PE, Show and Tell, Stars of the week, Topic Science, and ‘Beat It Maths’ among many.

‘Beat It Maths’ against the clock on Fridays!

During Class Liturgy we learnt about the life of St Anne and about how she was Mary’s mother and Jesus’ grandmother. We prayed to St Anne and asked her to guide us this Year in St Anne’s.

In RE we looked at the story of Creation from The Old Testament and the children all agreed that God deserved his rest on Sunday ‘after all his hard work.’

This term Year 1 we are beginning to explore our new topic, Bounce and in Science we are learning about materials. We enjoyed carrying out an investigation to find out which of three bouncy balls is the most bouncy,

We found out which ball was the most bouncy! Can you guess?

In English we are immersing ourselves in ball poems which the children are really enjoying!

On Wednesday and Thursday the children began to develop their games skills in P.E, with our first Hockey lessons of the term,

Learning our Hockey Skills!

Our Hockey Stars of the Future!

On Friday we celebrated our children’s good work at Praise Assembly!

Our Friday our  ‘Speaking and Learning’ activity, ‘Show and Tell’ got off to a promising start with the children bringing in an interesting selection of items to share.This always proves to be a popular activity with Year 1!

Phonics begins with the ch digraph, with our spelling focus this week being a selection of the Common Exception or tricky words children are expected to know how to read and spell in Year 1.

Spellings: we, they, my, me, he

A reminder that homework goes out on Monday and is due back the following Friday!

Finally I look forward to seeing you at the  ‘Welcome To Year 1’ talk after school on Tuesday in the Year 2 classroom,

Mrs Tuggey

Year One Class Teacher