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26.10.18 – Half Term!

 

Wow - what a whirlwind of an adventure we’ve had these past 8 weeks! The children have settled so well into life in Year 1, and have loved exploring our topic Once Upon a Time; reading and writing their own Fairy Tales, visiting Berkley Castle, exploring properties of materials to build their own castle, and preparing a vocal performance for our Greatest Tea Party to end the term. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the Tea Party – it was amazing to see everyone’s Purple Learning Projects and the children were thrilled and proud to perform to their families. 

 

Next term, our topic will be ‘Home and Away’. We will be learning about the seven continents and four oceans of our planet, as well as exploring various habitats in detail. We will also be exploring foods from around the world – we will update you with more details about this as we will need your help for our ‘Food Fest’!

 

We thank you for your continued support in ensuring your children read every day – and Panther class won an amazing prize for having the highest attendance this term… so thank you and well done!!

 

We hope the children enjoy a well-deserved break. We will be resting ourselves too – Miss Rowley in the USA, and Mrs H-P in Dubai. We’ll see you soon looking bright eyed and bushy tailed ready for an exciting and busy term leading up to (dare I say it) Christmas..!

Warm regards

Mrs Haywood-Pope and Miss Rowley

 

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19.10.18

 

This week we have been preparing for our Royal Tea Party next Thursday! The children have been busy writing invitations – firstly in their English books and then typed up using the laptops. -the children particularly enjoyed this activity! We’re getting really excited for the celebration now, learning songs from The Greatest Showman and making decorations!

We look forward to seeing you in Lemur Class on Thursday 25th October at 2pm to share the children’s Purple Learning Projects and the Greatest Tea Party.

 

We also practised using adjectives, imperative verbs, and verbs ending in –ing, while making sure we’re using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in all of our writing.

 

In Maths, the children have been learning number bonds to 20, using manipulatives to find different bonds, writing number sentences and finding missing numbers. Have a go at home… see if you can find two numbers that add together to 20!

 

In Forest School this week, we used modelling air-dry clay to mould poppies in celebration of Remembrance Day. These will be painted next week and handed to Mrs Williams, who will give them to the local churches to display during the week of Remembrance Day.

 

Our spellings this week are:

fair

chair

stairs

hair

me

my

 

Please practice these as often as possible in preparation for our weekly Wednesday spelling tests. If your child achieves 6/6 they will receive a special stamp and raffle ticket!

 

 

POLITE REMINDERS: PLEASE TAKE NOTE

 

Reading:

Please make sure your child reads 5 times a week, and that a quick note is made in their yellow reading diary (“read with mum/dad” is fine!)

When we see that your child has read 5 times, they will receive a special sticker!

We change all books on a Thursday – we can only do this if they are in school! If the books are not in school, we cannot change them and will not provide further books until the first two have been exchanged.

We thank you for your cooperation to develop your child’s reading skills.

 

PE:

Every Monday we take part in PE. It is school policy for children to wear a white top, black shorts and daps. If the children do not have their PE kit in school, regrettably they will not be able to take part in the session.

Please make sure your child has their named kit in school every week to ensure your child takes part in the sessions, and to avoid children’s upset and disappointment.

Thank you.

 

Forest Skills:

Every Friday afternoon the children take part in a Forest Skills session. As the weather is changing to be colder and wetter, the children need appropriate clothing for this. Please make sure your child brings in waterproof trousers and jacket.

Unfortunately, if your child does not have the appropriate clothing, they will not be able to take part in the session.

 

WELLIES SHOULD STAY IN SCHOOL ALL WEEK AS THE CHILDREN MAY NEED THEM AT LUNCH TIMES.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend. One week to go!

Mrs Haywood-Pope

 

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21.09.18

 

Week 3!

 

This week we have been looking at recipes and instructions! We followed recipes to make our own Gingerbread men and we wrote our own instructions! All the teachers were very impressed with our writing. We learned bossy/imperative verbs and we have started to use the conjunction ‘and’ in our sentences too!

 

Next week we are going on our school trip to Berkley Castle (Tuesday) and we will be writing recounts all about our trip!

 

In Maths we have been focusing on our Number bonds to 10 and 20! Have a go at home…add two numbers together to make 10/20!

 

The children had a great time in Forest Skills this week and built miniature homes for the 3 little pigs! The wind certainly tested the strength of the houses!

 

This weeks spellings...

show

crow

low

row

are

ask

 

POLITE REMINDERS:

 

 

FOREST SKILLS

Every Friday afternoon the children take part in a Forest Skills session. As the weather is changing the children need appropriate clothing for this. Please ensure your child brings in a change of clothes, waterproof trousers and a rain jacket. WELLIES SHOULD STAY IN SCHOOL ALL WEEK.

Unfortunately if your child does not have the appropriate clothing they will not be able to take part in the session.

 

Reading

Please make sure your child reads 5 times a week, and that a quick note is made in their yellow reading diaries (“read with mum/dad” is fine!)

When we can see that your child has read 5 times, your child will receive a special sticker!

If you would like to change books within the week, please remind your child to place their books with the diary in the Changing Box.

We will change all books on a Thursday – provided the previous books are brought back into school; otherwise we cannot change them!

 

***Our trip to Berkeley Castle is on Tuesday 25th September – please make sure your consent form is in***

 

We hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.

 

Mrs Haywood-Pope

 

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14.09.18

 

In the blink of an eye, our second week is finished and we are in full swing!

 

This week we have been reading the story of The Gingerbread Man, writing a recount of the story and designing our own front covers of story books. The children have been focusing on using non-negotiables (capital letters, finger spaces and full stops) independently, and some Incredible Writing has proudly made its way to our display wall! Next week, we’re going to be reading instructions on how to bake Gingerbread Men, and writing instructions using imperative verbs.

 

We have also been looking at number sequences, continuing number lines and finding one more and one less than a given number, in Maths. The children are recalling the skills learned in Reception really well, and next week we’ll be counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, as well as learning about number bonds.

 

Friday is Jeans for Genes day!
Children can wear their own clothes for a £1 donation.
We will still be doing Forest Skills on Friday afternoon so please make sure your child has appropriate, waterproof clothing in school!
Waterproof trousers, coat and wellies will be fine.

 

POLITE REMINDERS:

 

Please make sure all children have their PE kits and swimming kits in school!

If the kits are not in school, the children will not be able to take part. We appreciate your support in ensuring your child accesses the full curriculum by ensuring they have necessary clothing in school.

 

Reading

Please make sure your child reads 5 times a week, and that a quick note is made in their yellow reading diaries (“read with mum/dad” is fine!)

When we can see that your child has read 5 times, your child will receive a special sticker!

If you would like to change books within the week, please remind your child to place their books with the diary in the Changing Box.

We will change all books on a Thursday – provided the previous books are brought back into school; otherwise we cannot change them!

 

***Our trip to Berkeley Castle is on Tuesday 25th September – please make sure your consent form is sent back to us this week***

 

We hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.

 

Mrs Haywood-Pope & Miss Rowley

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7.9.18 - Our First Week!

 

Wow – what a week we’ve all had! The children have settled into life in Year 1 really well, making lots of new friends, jumping straight into our new timetable and having lots of fun learning about our new topic; Castles and Traditional Tales. We’ve explored the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel, through ‘Hot Seating’ and writing a sequence of the story. We’ve also built our own role play area of a Castle, acting out the roles of Queens and Kings, and knights in shining armour.

 

We’re really looking forward to our upcoming trip now to Berkeley Castle on Tuesday 25th September – a letter will be sent home soon with more details. In Maths we have been refreshing our counting, recognition and problem solving skills and we will continue to build on these next week, introducing the place value concept of ‘tens and units’.

 

Next week we will begin PE, Swimming and Forest Skills so please make sure your child has all the relevant clothing – with names in!!
Please see the table on our class page to confirm the days of each activity.

 

We will also have our first Spelling Test on Wednesday – these will be written in the back of your child’s yellow spelling book so please make sure they bring it into school, and practice them daily! Please also continue to read the two reading books every day and comment in the yellow diaries – if your child is ready to change their books they need to be placed into the ‘changing box’ so that we know. Unfortunately, we do not have time within the day to check through each child’s book bag, and we would like the children to become as independent as possible.

 

Polite reminder: Water bottles should only have water in them, please do not put squash in the bottles. We do provide snack for every child but if your child would prefer to bring in their own snack, please make sure it is a healthy one (we advise a piece of fruit or vegetable).

Miss Rowley and I have had a wonderful week getting to know some new faces, and catching up with familiar ones, and we’re really looking forward to all that’s coming in year one.

 

Enjoy a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Haywood-Pope

Term 1 Topic Overview


  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
  • Email: enquiries@barleyclose.org.uk
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