Welcome to Angelfish Class!
Monday 7th January – Friday 11th January 2019
Welcome back! We have had a wonderful first week back after the Christmas break. The children have come back eager and ready for a fun-filled term!
We started the week off with 2 days focussed on ‘growth mindset’. The children loved working together as a team creating the tallest towers and the strongest bridges using only card, sticky dots and lolly sticks. The all persevered, even when they found it tricky.
The children read the story ‘the dot’ and created their own artwork based on the story. Their imaginative ideas of what their ‘dot’ could be were amazing and very effective!
We started out new topic ‘the weather’ as well this week. We talked about what we already knew and what we wanted to learn. We have observed different weather by listening to clips and also watching videos of different weather. In English we have written weather poems using nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.
In Maths we have focussed on number work - finding one more or less than a given number and also adding 10s.
Have a great weekend : )
From the Angelfish team
Monday 17th – Thursday 20th December 2018
What a brilliant final week of term we’ve had in Angelfish!
In English we were reminded of the features of a letter and used these to write our own letters to Father Christmas. In Maths we have talked about sharing between 2 and also named 2D shapes which we cut to carefully make different christmas pictures. On Tuesday we had our fabulous christmas party, which included a visit from a very special person who gave us each a treat to take home! Thank you for all the kind donations of food for our party, we had so much that we have been enjoying it throughout the week (and may continue to enjoy it in January too!). On Thursday we enjoyed watching a special Pantomime of ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’.
Thank you all very much for all the lovely christmas cards and gifts, they are very much appreciated! We have had a great first term with the children and we’re looking forward to lots more fun next term. We hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2019!
Mrs Day, Miss Uzzell & the Angelfish Team
Monday 10th December – Friday 14th December 2018
We have had a fun-filled festive week in Angelfish! The children performed brilliantly in the Nativity on Tuesday and Wednesday, remembering all the songs and when to play their instruments in time to the music. We felt very proud of all our little donkeys – well done!
On Tuesday we enjoyed a yummy Christmas lunch and the children loved pulling their crackers, telling the jokes and wearing their crowns!
We have been thinking about how we can be helpful at home in the lead up to Christmas so we have been learning how to wrap presents! In English we worked with our learning partners to carefully read the instructions, identifying the ‘bossy’ verbs (imperative verbs) and we followed the instructions carefully to wrap our own presents. We were very pleased with the results! We then revisited all the steps needed to wrap the presents and planned and wrote our own instructions. Ask us if we remember how to do it!
In Maths we have been working hard practising adding 10 more and 10 less to 2 digit numbers. Some of us then went on to add 100 more and 100 less…very tricky! Later in the week we learnt the 12 Days of Christmas song and used this to practise reading and writing ordinal numbers – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.
We enjoyed dressing up on Christmas Jumper day and had great fun with AJ the Magician on Friday!
Have a great weekend and get ready for some more festive Fun next week. Don’t forget Christmas party is on Tuesday.
It’s been a very festive week in Angelfish class this week! The children enjoyed decorations morning on Monday and the class is feeling very Christmassy now.
We received a letter from Father Christmas explaining that Rudolph has eaten the instructions for delivering the presents on Christmas Eve so the children have been working hard to plan and write a new set of instructions to send him. They have all been using imperative (bossy) verbs and some have included adverbs too.
In Maths we have been focusing on using a numberline to add. We have been solving word problems as well which has been quite challenging! They have all worked so hard.
We had puffin3 come and watch our dress rehearsal for the Nativity on Thursday. The children were brilliant and can’t wait to perform for you all next week. The tickets have now been issued and will be in your child’s book bag. There are a very limited number of spare tickets. If you would like to request some of these for extra family members, please ask Mrs Day if there are any available on Monday.
Have a great weekend :)
This week in Angelfish we have become authors! We watched the beginning of a short story about Old Bear and then created our own story maps to plan what would happen in our own version of the story. We worked very hard to each write an opening, problem, resolution and ending to our stories. You will be able to see the stories in our English Books at the ‘Book Look’ in our classroom on Monday after school until 3.45pm.
In Maths we have been partitioning numbers and working on our problem solving skills.
Lots more children have brought in old toys from home and added to our ‘Toy Museum’ – thank you!
We have been very busy practising our songs and instrument playing for our Christmas performance and letters about tickets for this were put in the children’s book bags on Thursday.
We are looking forward to seeing lots of parents/grandparents at our decoration morning on Monday at 9.15am and we have lots of glitter at the ready!
Have a lovely weekend from the Angelfish Team.
This week in ASSA we have been improving our fitness skills by taking part in a circuit activity. The children practised push ups, squats, step ups, tricep dips and balancing. We were very impressed! We also talked about the importance of rest after activity to make sure our bodies can recover properly.
Thank you to everyone who has brought in old toys for our class museum this week. Delilah, Molly, Teddy and Jodene enjoyed showing the class toys that used to belong to their parents/grandparents and we talked about similarities and differences with the toys that we play with at home and at school. If anyone else has any toys to bring in we would love to see them next week!
We have been learning about toys that children played with in Victorian times and we have also been learning about timelines. We enjoyed sorting pictures of toys and events from the 1960s and created our own class timeline of these.
In Maths we have been focussing on finding one more or one less than given numbers. Some of us have gone on to finding 2, 3 and 4 more or less than a number.
In English we enjoyed finding out facts about Lego and have written non-chronological reports to show our research.
We are looking forward to our beach trip on Thursday and will include photos next week.
Monday 12th November- Friday 16th November 2018
This week the children have been authors and written their own stories! They have used the brilliant adjectives work they completed last week and used them to describe the precious toys they lost in their story and also to describe how they felt. We introduced actions to remind the children about time connectives. Can they tell you what each of the actions in the photos below means?
In maths we have focussed on 2D shape - naming them, sorting them and talking about their properties.
We had a lovely day celebrating and raising money for Children in Need on Friday! Thank you all for your contributions :)
We are going to the beach next Thursday (weather permitting!) and would be grateful for any parent helpers who have a DBS check.
Have a great weekend! From the Angelfish team x
Monday 5th - Friday 9th November 2018
This week we started our ASSA P.E sessions. The children were split into groups and took part in a circuit of activities, working on different footwork skills. We will be going outside for P.E every Monday from now until the end of term so please ensure your child has suitable footwear and a tracksuit to keep them warm during these sessions!
We have been learning about who Guy Fawkes was and why we have fireworks. We created wax resist pictures by using crayons to draw the different shapes and patterns that fireworks make. We then carefully brushed a black paint wash over our pictures to create the night sky, creating some beautiful art work!
On Tuesday we enjoyed a lovely afternoon in the Library Gardens. We went on an Autumn Hunt and tried to find different objects such as colourful leaves, berries and pine cones. We even had a competition to find the longest leaf (well done Eliza!). Thank you to all the parents who helped us with this trip.
In English this week we have focussed on using adjectives to describe what something looks like and also to describe our emotions. We will use this when writing stories next week!
In maths we have learnt rhymes to order the days of the week and months of the year. We have learnt about ordinal numbers too!
We have been thinking about Remembrance Day and made some beautiful poppies working with our learning partners.
It’s been a very busy week in Angelfish class!
Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018
We have had a lovely first week back this week, despite the bad weather on Thursday! The children have settled back into Angelfish class really well. We have been focussing on Geography this week. The children have identified the countries within the UK and were very impressed with Google Earth! We found our school and other places in Leigh on Sea and labelled them.
In Maths we have been finding halves and quarters of shapes. We have also been finding half of numbers which was quite tricky!
We have finished our Science topic ‘Animals including humans’ this week, discussing and sorting animals into carnivore, herbivore and omnivore categories.
In our writing we have used our senses to write a lovely Autumn poem this week, using adjectives to make our poems more exciting.
Monday 15th October 2018 – Friday 19th October 2018
Angelfish class have had a brilliant last week of their first half term in Year One! It’s amazing how quickly they have all settled into the routine and made such good progress already!
This week we have been lucky enough to have a nurse visit our class and also the firemen from Leigh fire station. The children have really enjoyed our topic of ‘people who help us’ and especially meeting and asking questions to people in these very important roles. In our writing this week we have focussed on labelling and explaining the equipment that police officers use, following on from our visit last week. We have also written thank you letters to some of our visitors. The children have learnt actions to remember the features of letters. Can your child show you and explain to you what they all mean?
In maths, the children have focussed on placing missing numbers on number lines and hundred squares, ordering number and counting in 10s. Their knowledge of numbers is a great foundation to what we are building on this year.
Thank you to everyone who came along to parents consultations this week and for your continued support. Have a brilliant half term everyone!
Monday 8th October 2018 – Friday 12th October 2018
We have had another exciting week in Angelfish Class. We have been reading the Happy Families books and created our own ‘Happy Family’. We have written some fantastic descriptions about them, trying to use full stops, capital letters, finger spaces and adjectives to describe them and what they do.
In Maths we have focussed on subtraction using a numberline. Some of our children used numbers up to 100 and even completed some word problems involving subtraction. A very challenging week!
On Thursday we had a PCSO come in to answer questions and show us some of the equipment the police use. We also got to look around the police car. We are looking forward to meeting some more firemen next week and have a look inside a real fire engine!
After half term (Thursday 1st November) we will be going on an Autumn walk to Library Gardens. If anyone would like to come with us (and has a current DBS check) please sign up on the sheet on the door next week. Many thanks for all your support.
Monday 1st October 2018 – Friday 5th October 2018
Angelfish class have had a great week this week. In our English work we have focussed on writing questions. Over the next two weeks we will be having some visitors to school as park of our ‘people who help us’ topic and we thought about what we would like to find out about their job. We have written letters and addressed envelopes as well.
I’m maths we have been learning to tell the time to o’clock and half past the hour. We have also looked at measuring length with standard and non-standard units. The children have enjoyed working with their learning partners in this practical activity.
On Thursday we were lucky enough to have ‘travelling with tuba’ come in and perform for us and talk to us about different instruments dating back to Roman times! The children enjoyed listening to the music and joining in with the songs.
We have been very active this week and enjoyed our PE lessons focussing on our footwork and improving our gymnastics skills.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September 2018
It’s been another busy week in Angelfish class this week! The children have enjoyed finding out more about people who help us and have used adjectives and nouns in their stories about what these helpful people may see. We used the book ‘Brown bear, brown bear, what can you see’ to copy the story structure. We were lucky enough to have a real fireman in our class on Thursday so we got to ask him lots of questions about his job and see his special uniform. We even got to try on his helmet!
In Maths we have been focussing on money. We have worked on recognising the coins, adding coins together and finding different ways to make the same amount.
We have been very impressed with the emergency vehicles the children have made at home. Please continue to complete these ‘people who help us’ challenges at home. We have also sent home some handwriting to help with letter formation we have been working on this week.
Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018
We’ve had another busy week in angelfish class this week! In English, the children have enjoyed using dictionaries and the alphabet to write lists in alphabetical order.
We have been working on our number bonds this week in maths and have found number bonds to 5, 10 and some of us to 20! We have been writing number sentences in our maths books and tried hard to record these neatly. There has been some great addition work going on.
The children have continued to learn lots of new skills in our gymnastics lessons focusing on jumping, balancing and rolling safely.
Well done Angelfish class!
For homework this week please continue to complete any of the activities from the 'people who help us' challenges. We have had some lovely emergency vehicles brought in this week! We have also sent out some letter formation work which we have been working on in handwriting. Please make sure your children give it to us so we can check it and file it in their homework folder.
Monday 10th – Friday 14th September 2018
We have had a lovely first full week in Angelfish Class and the children have been very busy! We have been writing captions and lists this week, linked to our topic ‘people who help us’. I Maths we have focussed on ordering numbers and making teen numbers using tens and ones. Some of the children were very good with this and practised making numbers up to 50! We have introduced ‘star jobs’ this week to encourage the children to complete a challenge more independently. In phonics we have been looking at the alphabet, recapping on all the letter sounds and letter names with capital and lower case letters. They have worked very hard and will be very tired this week!
Following our curriculum meeting you might want to see our website where you will find addition, subtraction, multiplication and division strategies under about us/school polices. You will also find KS1 mathematical skills which will give you an insight to what the children will be covering. We are also looking into different ways to help you support your child in Mathematics.
For homework, please complete any of the activities on the ‘People who help us’ challenge sheet we have sent home.
Thursday 6th – Friday 7th September 2018
A huge welcome back to everyone in Angelfish Class. We hope you all had a lovely Summer break. We have had a great first week back. The children have all settled in really well. We have been focussing on our school values which spell out ‘ASPIRE’, discussing what these mean to us and reading a book called ’Giraffes can’t dance’ to help us understand how important it is to try something new. The children have really impressed us with their brilliant writing about all the fun things they got up to in the holidays. Well done Angelfish!