This week we have been focusing on food from all over the world. We have looked at different fruits and vegetables and where they grow and why. We have had fun tasting some of these fruits and voted for our favourite. The results were put onto a class bar chart! Pineapple was the most popular choice! The children have looked at the process of how to make cheese and how to harvest bananas. The children have written some fantastic descriptions of the processes using verbs and adverbs.
In Maths we have been focussing on 3D shapes and their properties and also telling the time to o’clock, half past and quarter past usng analogue and digital clocks. The children have worked so hard. Please encourage them to look at clocks and tell the time at home.
On Friday we joined up with our reading buddies in Paua class to complete some royal wedding activities to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget we are swimming on Monday AND Tuesday next week.
We have had a lovely week in Angelfish class. We had a fabulous hot and sunny day at Barleylands on Tuesday! The children learnt all about different crops grown by farms and saw how wheat can be turned into flour. They then used flour as one of the ingredients to make dough for their own pizzas. After lunch in the sunshine we met the farm animals and lots of the children were very brave and enjoyed feeding them too! We had a bumpy tractor ride around the farm and also spent time in the museum learning about how crops are farmed and then turned into food. Throughout the day the children were reminded how important it was to keep washing their hands and they learnt a little song. See if your child can remember the song and show you how they wash their hands properly! We all had a great time and we were so proud of the children’s excellent behaviour throughout the day. We really appreciated all the offers of help for this trip and a big thank you to the parent helpers who came with us for the day.
We wrote some brilliant information leaflets to let visitors know all about what you can do at Barleylands. We focussed on nouns, verbs and adverbs in our grammar work this week too. See if your child can tell you what they all are!
In Maths we have focussed on subtraction, using our knowledge of number bonds and place value to take away. The children enjoyed challenging themselves and marking their own work.
This week was another lovely week in Angelfish Class. The children have worked so hard in and out of school to learn their lines for our assembly and I’m sure you were all as proud of them as we were on Thursday! They all did a brilliant job! Thank you to all of you that came to watch them perform.
In our English lessons this week we have been working on conjunctions and exclamation marks. Can your child tell you what they are and when to use them? We have also been completing our sunflower diaries and geography work about ‘farm to fork’ in preparation for Barleylands next week!
In Maths we have been focussing on adding by bridging to the nearest 10. The children have found this tricky but have had a super attitude and worked very hard.
We are looking forward to a long weekend and can’t wait for our trip to Barleylands farm next Tuesday.
On Friday we celebrated ‘Starwars Day’. We reminded ourselves what we need to do to have a growth mindset. In the afternoon we had a great time doing some Starwars yoga!
Have a fantastic long weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday for our trip to Barleylands.
It has been a lovely week in Angelfish Class this week and we have been very busy indeed! On Monday we continued with our healthy eating topic and made some delicious vegetable parcels. The children really enjoyed the cooking session and wrote some fantastic instructions to show how to make them. These are now on our WOW wall in class.
In our Science work we have been learning about what things plant need to grow. On Monday we planted some sunflower seeds and we will be looking after them and keeping a diary of their progress.
We have been focusing on conjunctions and capital letters this week in our grammar lessons which the children have been very good at!
In Maths we have been working on adding and subtracting 10 and 11 using a 100 square to help us. The children have been working very well with their learning partners and really challenging themselves.
To link with our healthy eating topic, we have looked at work by the artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo. They children have made a self-portrait using their favourite fruits and vegetables and then used pastels to sketch their work. You will see thm in our class assembly next Thursday.
We have been practising for our class assembly next week and have been very impressed with how much the children have remembered. Kepp practising at home and have a lovely weekend J
Monday 16th – Friday 20th April
We hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter break! We were excited to see everyone back on Monday, ready for the Summer Term and we have been making the most of the sunshine this week!
On Monday we enjoyed an ASSA session outside. This half term we will be focusing on bat and ball skills and we loved being challenged to work in teams to roll balls and collect as many cones as we could. Please make sure your child has a PE in kit in school every Monday for this half term.
We have been reminding the children about growth mindset and we read a book together called ‘My Fantastic Elastic Brain’. The children were surprised to find out that their brains are still growing and the more they try, the more they will stretch their brain!
We have also focused on what it means to be a good friend. The children thought of different qualities of a good friend and painted and labelled a picture of one of their friends. We then thought about instructions and had a go at writing a recipe for a good friend. See if your child can remember their recipe!
We visited the beach this week where the children had the chance to visit the Fishmonger and ask questions, build a huge 3D treasure map in the sand using buckets and spades and practise measuring using natural objects they had found on the beach. We had a brilliant afternoon, thank you to all our parent helpers who came with us!
In our Maths work this week, we have been ordering numbers to 100 and looking at numbers ‘in between’. We have also started work on adding and taking away 10 which we will continue next week.
Monday 26th March – Thursday 29th March 2018
What a wonderfully busy last week of term we’ve had in Angelfish!
On Tuesday we had our Pirate day and the children all looked fabulous in their outfits! They enjoyed making some special ‘pirate paper’ for treasure maps, learning pirate songs, playing pirate maths games, painting hats and decorating cupcakes! Thank you to everyone who visited us in the afternoon to share the children’s stories and cupcakes with them. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did!
On Thursday the children came into class wearing the most spectacular Easter hats! Thank you for all the effort you went to at home with these! In the afternoon we enjoyed our traditional Easter Bonnet Parade in the hall so the children could show everyone else their amazing hats!
In your child’s book bag you should find a ‘Fitness Diary’ that we would like them to try and complete over the Easter Holidays please. This will lead into our new topic next term.
Thank you for all your support this term, we’ve all had a brilliant time in class and we’re looking forward to lots more exciting things coming up in the summer term!
Hope you all have a wonderful Easter break!
Mrs Day, Miss Uzzell and the Angelfish Team
On Wednesday this week, Paua Class joined their buddy readers in Angelfish class.
Monday 19th March – Friday 23rd March 2018
Our feet have barely touched the ground this week in Angelfish Class! We have been writing fantastic underwater adventure stories in our English lessons this week. The children have worked so hard on them and are looking forward to sharing them with our reading buddies and hopefully some family members on Tuesday afternoon, next week.
In Maths we have been looking at making amounts of money using different coins. This will also be continuing next week!
On Tuesday we all dressed up in sporty clothes and tried to be as active as we could in our lessons. We also completed 5 laps of the school grounds which meant we walked a mile!
On Thursday we had a fantastic trip to the Sealife Centre to link in with our ‘under the sea’ topic. The children all had a great time seeing and learning about the different sea creatures. They all walked over 3 miles to and from the train stations! Thank you to all the parent helpers as well. On Friday, we wrote some very interesting (and some disgusting!) facts about the edible crab and common starfish we saw and were able to touch.
WOW! I’m not quite sure how we managed to fit it all in! Hope you all have more relaxing weekends :-)
Monday 12th March – Friday 16th March 2018
We have had a lovely week in Angelfish class this week. We have been looking at story settings using Finding Nemo as part of our ‘Under the Sea’ Topic. The children have loved learning actions for different parts of the story. Look and the pictures below and see if your child can tell you what they mean. We have started writing our own under the sea story called finding Dory. Can your child tell you what’s going to happen in their story? The children have love making Jellyfish this week as part of our topic as well!
In Maths we have been looking at number bonds to 20 and using these to help our addition and subtraction.
In Maths this week, we have been working on capacity by looking at different containers and identifying whether they have been empty, nearly empty, half full, nearly full or full. We have also been measuring carefully using cups and estimating and comparing the capacity of different containers. We have used our results to make pictograms and block graphs too!
In English we have been looking at different authors and reading lots of books as part of our world book day work. The children c=loved sharing their favourite books and dressing up as book chgaracters on Thursday. Thank you for all your brilliant costume efforts. We found a message in a bottle from Nemo and have been using adjectives to describe the settings in the film. We will be using this work to write a fantastic story very soon!
On Friday morning we also went on an exciting treasure hunt with Mrs Brown. We have had a very busy week!
Monday 5th February – Friday 9th February 2018
This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have read the story about the animals race and talked about how each year in the Chinese calendar is named after a different animal because of this race. We created story maps to help us remember the different parts of the story and then used these to help us write the story independently. We focused on using the ‘time words’ – first, then, next, after and finally. See if your child can retell the story to you! We chose our favourite animal from the story and enjoyed painting them, thinking carefully about the colours we would need and types of brush we might use for different parts of the animal’s body.
In maths we have enjoyed measuring objects using multilink cubes and string and we have been comparing lengths. Some of us have also been working on our estimation skills!
We met with our reading buddies in Year 4 on Wednesday to share our reading books too.
Our dance for the festival is looking fantastic, and we are excited to show you it at Garons on the 23rd! Please can you make sure your child has a school uniform PE T-shirt and shorts in school the first day back after half term. Your child will also need a tracksuit which they can put over their PE kit to travel to and from Garons in on the day of the festival.
Thanks for all your support this half term, it has been a short one but very busy! We hope you have a brilliant half term break! J
We have had a great week this week in Angelfish Class. To continue with our ‘Wonderful Weather’ topic, we have been watching and writing our very own weather reports and performing them to each other. In Maths we have focussed on counting in 2s and sorting odd and even numbers. To make sure our dance is perfectly polished, we have been practising our class dance for the dance festival, most days! The children can’t wait to go.
On Friday we went to the beach and flew the kites we had made. We also looked at the cloud shapes in the sky and had a go at using compasses. It was a cold but fun morning! Thank you to all our parents helped and to everyone who joined us on Friday afternoon for number day! The children loved showing you their maths skills!
We’ve had great fun this week in Angelfish class! We have been continuing with our ‘Wonderful Weather’ topic. The children have used non fiction books to find out facts about the weather and created their own factfiles.
In Maths we have been learning to tell the time to o’clcok, half past and quarter past. The children have done so well! We also had a fun practical lesson using the scales to compare and weigh different obkects. The children worked wonderfully with their learning partners.
We have looked at historical artefacts from homes, started our Science topic on ‘Materials’, completed some lovely ‘mood pictures’ in Art and continued to practise our dance for the dance festival! Phew! What a busy week!
We’ve had a great week in Angelfish class this week. We have been continuing with our weather topic and doing lots of science experiment. We have been fishing for ice, making rain gauges, sun dials and weather vanes and making a rain cloud in a jar! The children have all loved it!
In Maths we have been focussing on number work with number bonds and doubling to then help us when adding more than two numbers together.
We have also started practising for the dance festival this week which is on Friday 23rd February. This children are all very excited about this! Please make sure your child has PE shorts and a t shirt in school as they will need them when we go.
There is also a note on the classroom door about an upcoming beach trip on Thursday 2nd February. Please let us know if you would like to come with us. Thank you all for your continued support.
Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break. Thank you all so much for out cards, gifts and vouchers. They are greatly appreciated.
We have had a lovely two days back at school in Angelfish class. We have been focusing on ‘learning to learn’ and the difference between a growth and fixed mindset, sorting out statements which belong to these different attitudes towards learning. We’ve sent something home to explain this and also some ideas about what you can do with your child at home. The children have been understanding the importance of working together and persevering, even when they find things a bit tricky. We are very proud of all of them for having such positive attitudes towards their learning. We have also read stories about trying new things and written about what we can do and what we can’t do yet. As it’s the New Year, we discussed New Year’s resolutions and the children have thought of their own resolutions for 2018!
Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th December 2017
This week has been super exciting as we have enjoyed getting reading for Christmas! We met with our Year 4 reading buddies to share books and we watched a fantastic pantomime performance of ‘Robin Hood’.
On Tuesday we had a brilliant Christmas Party! We even had a very special surprise visitor! Thank you for all your kind donations of food for the party, the children all had a great time.
We have had a wonderful term and hope you all have a very happy and relaxing Christmas!
We look forward to seeing you all again in the new year!
We’ve had a fantastic week in Angelfish class and the children are getting VERY excited about Christmas! Thank you to everyone who came to our Nativity on Monday. We were very proud of all the children.
In English this week, we have helped Santa by writing him some instructions for Christmas eve. We made up actions for all the different steps. Can your child show you and tell you what they mean? Have a look at the photos for the different actions below. We have also written about the Christmas story.
In Maths we have been looking at numbers all the way to 100 and learning about ordinal numbers. We raced cars to see if they came 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc.
We have been busy making our calendars which will be sent home with the children next week.
AJ the entertainer came to visit us on Friday and the children had a fab time with lots of dancing and laughing! All the children looked brilliant in the Christmas jumpers. Thank you to everyone who donated.
Christmas has arrived in Angelfish Class this week! Thank you to everyone who came to help out with our decorations morning. We have been getting into the Christmas spirit with our dress rehearsal for the Nativity this week as well. We had some preschool visitors who absolutely loved the performance. The children have done so well and are looking forward to performing for you on Monday. There’s a sneak peak of the photo which will be emailed out to you as there won’t be an opportunity to take photos after the performance. We have also taken individual photos of your children which will be sent home.
We have finished our topic on Toys this week. Thank you to everyone who sent in some for our class museum. We have been looking at Non-fiction books and have made our own class book using facts about some of the toys.
In Maths we have been focussing on addition using beaded strings and number lines to help us. We discovered that it is easier to complete additions by putting the biggest number first. We have all been working really hard independently and in pairs. Christmas activities will be continuing next week J
We have had a very interesting week in Angelfish Class this week. We have been learning about old toys, looking at what they were made of and comparing them to the toys we have at home. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who lent us their old toys for our class museum. We have enjoyed looking at them.
In Maths we have been superstars with our numbers bonds and writing number sentences to find one more or less and two more or less, than a given number. The children are all doing brilliantly and learning to become independent. You should all be very proud!
We have also started practising for our nativity which will be on Monday 11th December. There will be a letter sent home about this for you to order your tickets.
This week is anti-bullying week. We have been thinking about our class rules and school values to make sure we all know how to be a good friend. We completed an activity with two apples. One of them we said unkind things to and the other one, we complimented. Both apples looked the same on the outside but when we cut them open, the one we had been unkind to was all brown and bruised. The other one was perfect. It made us think about the things we say to other people. They may look ok on the outside but it can hurt them on the inside.
We have had great fun writing stories this week in English, using time connectives and adjectives. In Maths we have been focussing on naming and looking at the properties of 2D shapes. In Science we learnt about what animals eat and sorted them into groups of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
Thank you for all the money you sent in for Children in Need. The children looks great in their spotty clothes and enjoyed making a picture using the coins sent in.
It’s been a busy but another fab week in Angelfish class J
We have had great fun this week in Angelfish class. We started our outdoor games sessions on Monday and although it was a bit chilly (please make sure your children have tracksuit tops and bottoms please), we all had a great time. We have been thinking about Remembrance Day and have made some lovely poppy displays for our classroom. In Literacy this week, we have been using the story ‘Where’s my Teddy?’ to help us think about language for our stories we will be writing next week. In Maths we have been looking at doubling numbers, odd and even numbers and learning the days of the week and months of the year!
We hope you all had a lovely rest during the half term break. We’ve had another busy week in Angelfish class. We have been writing recounts about some of the things we got up to over the holidays. We had a fantastic visit from 5 firemen from Leigh Fire Station on Wednesday. They told us about fire safely and we got to look at all the equipment in and around the fire engine. It was amazing! In Maths we have been learning about halves of shapes and how to find half of an amount. We also made some symmetrical pumpkins which look very effective. Pudsey the Bear paid us a visit as well!
We’ve had a lovely Autumnal themed week this week in Angelfish Class. We went on a wonderful Autumn walk on Monday (thank you to all our parent helpers!) and spotted lots of signs of Autumn. We thought about our senses and have written some wonderful poems about what we could see, hear, smell and feel. After collecting some leaves, we used them in our artwork in collage, leaf rubbing and printing.
In Maths we’ve been focussing on ordering numbers using a number line and 100 square to help us. We’ve had good fun counting in 10s as well.
This week we have been looking at our local area, identifying key geographical features in Leigh-on-sea. We even created a 3D map!
On Wednesday we also met up with Paua Class who are our reading buddies this year. We have a lovely time sharing and discussing books. Wow! What a busy week.
Have a lovely half term holiday from everyone in the Angelfish team J
Paua and Angelfish classes joined to do some buddy reading. We had a great time sharing our books and taking turns to read to each other.
Monday 9th October - Friday 13th October 2017
We have had a very exciting time in Angelfish this week! We have visits from people whose job it is to help us. Reggie’s Uncle, P.C. Lucas, visited us first with another Police Officer called Sharon and we learnt lots about their job and how they help people. We looked at the equipment they used and we all got to hold their asp/baton and handcuffs. We were able to ask questions that we had written. We were even allowed to sit in their police car and we loved hearing the siren as they sped off!
We also had a visit from some people who work from the NHS. Ros the Speech Therapist told us about how she uses pictures to help people talk and understand speech. Lauren the Occupational Therapist used Emily and Edward as volunteers to help us understand that sometimes people aren’t able to do things for themselves so they may need special equipment. Lastly Kshipra is a Physiotherapist who helps people with aches and pains. She showed us some equipment she uses to help people.
Thank you very much to all our visitors, we loved having you!
We have been busy writing descriptions of characters we created based on the ‘Happy Families’ books in English and in Maths we have been focusing on using a numberline to helped us with subtraction. What a fab week!
Monday 2nd October – Friday 6th October 2017
It’s been a fantastic week in Angelfish Class! In Maths we have been learning to tell the time to o’clock and half past. We have ordered objects by size and measured them. We have also been trying to estimate the length of classroom objects and use centicubes to measure them. We worked really well in pairs!
In English we have read the story of the Jolly Postman. We have been thinking about Sophie Scott, a nurse who works at Great Ormond Street Hospital and P.C. Chambers who is a policeman at Southend Police Station and what questions we would like to ask them. We wrote addresses on envelopes and used question words and questions marks in our letters to them.
We had a great time creating symmetrical trees in our Artwork, decorating them with leaves in Autumnal colours. Wow! Another fab and busy week!
We have had an exciting week in Angelfish class this week and have become authors and illustrators! We have all created our own books based on the story ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’ and used fantastic nouns and adjectives in our writing. In Maths we have been looking at money, finding out the value of the different coins, adding to find totals and trying to think of different ways to make 5p and 10p. We have also been practising our cutting skills to make masks! What a busy week! J
Monday 18th September – Friday 22nd September 2017
We have been continuing with our topic of ‘People who help us’ this week in Angelfish class. Rosalia brought in some puppets which we all loved playing with. We have had fun outside the classroom, practising our racket skills with bean bags. In Maths we made a bus to practise adding by counting on and used numicon to help us with our number bonds to 10. It’s been great fun! Kitty and Ernie have been voted as our class council representatives and Joshua as our Sports Ambassador.
We have had another busy week in Angelfish class this week. We have been learning about people who help us and have practised writing captions. We’ve had great fun in our Maths lessons, focusing on counting in 5s and 10s, ordering numbers and making teen numbers using numicon. We are learning lots every day!
This week in Angelfish class, we have been getting to know each other and have enjoyed finding out about all the fun things we do in Year One! We have created our own class rules and made a fantastic 'helping hands' Angelfish canvas. In our 'all about me' work, we have discussed our favourite things to do and what we got up to over the Summer holidays. We took selfies with the iPad and have used paint and oil pastels to create self portraits. We have all enjoyed our first gymnastics lesson as well! It's been a very busy but brilliant first week back!