Dear Parents / Guardians,
With the phonics check coming up soon after half term, we thought we would send you some links to fun phonics websites to let your children play with.
The games listed below will help encourage your children to segment and blend unfamiliar words. We hope that these sites will help you and your child to have some phonics fun.
Some of these games may require an email address to sign up to but they should all be free of charge and many also available as iPad / Tablet apps too!
We hope you enjoy the half term break and we will see you and your wonderful children back with big smiles on Wednesday 7th June.
Miss J. Cosh and Mrs R. Hughes
What a fantastic and creative week we have had not just in year 1, but in the whole school! The children have loved finding out more about South American heritage and using this as inspiration for some truly beautiful art pieces.
With the weather improving we also used this week to do some spring inspired art work using a range of resources and techniques such as: pencil sketching daffodils, oil pastel colouring of blossom and Lego and creative collages of a spring scene. It was wonderful letting the children think of this last piece solely independently and great to see all the different and creative interpretations of a spring scene.
Miss Ladley and I were blown away from the resilience of the children and the kindness shown with sharing resources throughout this week. Art week as a whole school means you have 14 classes all wanting resources at the same time and our children were super with sharing, which is always lovely to see.
We learnt all about weaving and made beautiful colourful pictures by weaving strips of paper and the effects were incredible. We also painted paper plates and the name turned these in to bowls by cutting strips in to it and weaving vibrant colours of wool around it.
Our library resource box has been amazing this term and in it were tiny woollen people and a little llama which we used as inspiration to create pictures of. Some children even used sticks and spare wool and fabric to try and make their own later on in the week during golden time.
The highlight of art week was the look on the faces of our classes when they had their turn in the hall looking at all the the work from other classes and the sheer delight at seeing their own work so professionally on display. I must say, it creates the most overwhelming sense of pride as a teacher seeing the hard work of your pupils be so appreciated by others and also the fact that the children got to show off all their effort and rightly so!
The hall after school was packed full of amazed parents and excited children getting to share all their achievements. What an amazing and creative week and thank you to Mrs West our art coordinator for such a wonderful event. Enjoy some pictures of the amazing work from every year group on my twitter feed…
Our new topic has started and it’s a sweet one! Class 3 and 4 have been having some exciting topic theme days learning loads and loads about chocolate.
Our first theme day was focused around the cacao tree and as the question does chocolate grow on trees!? We then began locating using maps and atlases where in the world we can find the cacao tree. We looked into the climate needing to grow cacao trees and what the tree is made up of. We learnt about the cacao bean and how you need to grind it down to make cacao powder, which is then used in making chocolate.
We also got messy and made paper mache cacao beans, using strips of bright coloured paper and gluing it around small balloons. It helped the children really understand the colours of the bean and the shade and texture of it.
We also thought about the sugar in chocolate and had to guess how many suagar cubes was in a huge bar of dairy milk! Miss Cosh got us thinking about how to be healthy if eating chocolate and got us running on the spot and doing star jumps for ages. Did you know you need to run really fast for over ten whole minutes just to burn off the fat and sugar in a Freddo Bar?! With Miss Cosh we also though about how chocolate can change state and can go from a solid to a liquid. We found out that chocolate melts when it gets hot and got a bit messy melting chocolate. We then dipped some fruit in chocolate and had to wait till later to see if it would go back to being a solid when we left it in the fridge. It was a tasty and messy experiment.
Recently the year 1 and 2 children got to play in a house football tournament.
So many children were interested in playing that we decided to pick the teams out of a hat and have boys and girls from each class playing.
It was a cold and frosty day, but this didn’t deter the spirit of the game. The children played fantastically and were so enthusiastic of all the other teams playing.
It was close with the scores and it came down to just 1 goal that then ultimately decided who the winners were.
But that wasn’t the only exciting thing happening, whilst Miss Cosh was busy referring the football matches with our sports apprentice Libby; the rest of the key stage were taking part in some exciting football drills including: dribbling, ladder runs, striking, throw ins, safe tackling etc.
It was a great afternoon and the children loved the massive group warm up we did in the hall. Miss Cosh certainly makes sure to egg everyone’s hearts pumping and muscles warm!
The best bit though was finding out the results, and the winners of Key Stage 1 House Football 2016 was… FIRE HOUSE!!
Well done to everyone who took part and all the staff who helped. Enjoy the photos below 🙂 Miss Cosh x
Today we got inspired by our alien visitors we have been having all term and created a drink fit for any creature who is out of this world…
We had the kind help and assistance by Alex Hodgkinson-Last, one of the daddies in our year, but also health food fanatic and super smoothie maker! He bought in a varied bag of ingredients that left our children, and adults, sceptical of what we might be about to make. Limes, fruit juice, bananas and spinach were amongst the items for our recipe.
The children helped tear, squeeze, pour and chop it all up ready to then whizz it in the blender. What appeared 30 seconds later was the greenest drink you will ever see. It was fit enough for any alien you may stumble across but the children looked less than convinced. However every single one of them gave it ago and tried some of the smoothie and … THEY LOVED IT!! Yes you heard right, all of them commented on how yummy, tasty, delicious, juicy and amazing it was. If you don’t believe me, let the pictures convince you!
We also did plenty of other food related activities throughout the day… we worked in small groups doing instruction writing, we designed our own smoothie bottles and labels, we used feely bags to guess new and exotic fruit and vegetables and we had to guess how much sugar certain popular drinks contained (a shocking amount in all of them!!)
Thank you so much to Alex for coming in and teaching the children about trying to foods and drinks. They relished the chance to get cooking and we always ask if any parents have any secret baking talents then let us know and come on in to help!
On Thursday we were treated to another amazing pantomime thanks to the PTA support and funding we get towards it. Watching live theatre is a super opportunity for children to understand drama and performance skills. I also helps that everyone loves the pants!!
This year we watched Jack and the Beanstalk and it is safe to safe it was a very excitable and noisy show. The children got very involved and were quick to “boo” the nasty helper of the giant and cheer on Jack as he saved his girlfriend Jill from the giant who held her captive in his castle.
The Key stage 1 Nativity took place last week and this year the story was about a little angel who wanted to get her wings. All the other angels had wings and could travel around easily, but poor little angel had to take the long walk to Bethlehem. On her way she found a poorly donkey, dove and lamb and little angel was super helpful and kindly helped them all get better.
Year 1 and 2 were both fantastic and loved being able to perform in front of the whole school and many siblings on Monday. The next two days were “show days” with our children performing to so many mums and dads. The atmosphere was fantastic and it really makes you feel festive and ready for Christmas.
Thank you on behalf of all of the key stage 1 team for your kind words and praise about the show. The children worked very hard to pull off another amazing nativity.