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!