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Welcome to Year 1

Our teacher is Miss Cook

Our teaching assistants are Miss Phelps and Miss Jackson.

This week in Year 1…21.6.19

We have had a wholesome week in Year 1; we having been learning all about how to live healthy lives as part of Health and Wellbeing Week. The children have had so much fun, they have been smiling from ear to ear – it has been wonderful to see! The children have taken part in a huge range of workshops delivered from professional outside companies, which they have thoroughly enjoyed.

We started the week by taking part in a yoga workshop; the children were taken through a range of mindful stories with music and songs. They then went on to learn some yoga postures on their own and some with a partner. To compliment this, we have been taking part in some cosmic yoga lessons in the mornings which are again story based yoga activities which focus on simple positions and breathing. Tuesday afternoon, the children took part in a workshop with volleyball Olympian, Peter Bakare, who led them through a range of circuits and delivered an inspirational assembly about his journey to becoming a professional athlete. Peter truly emphasised the importance of being determined and the message of never giving up.

On Wednesday, the children took part in a life bus session led by Coram Life Education, who aim to help promote positive behaviour, good mental health, positive wellbeing, resilience and achievement. They came in and discussed the importance of asking permission before taking something and they met Gerald the Giraffe, who described what food he eats to stay healthy and fit. The children also took part in a wonderful creative dance session, where they got to explore a range of animalistic movement accompanied by instrumental beats. On Thursday, the children took part in a workshop with Bigfoot Company, which they loved. They learnt about what we should fuel our bodies with and how we should eat a good balanced diet. They learnt lots of information through drama and role play – there were lots of giggles in Year 1.

Aside from this, Year 1 have learnt about different types of families, how they grow and change, how to keep clean, medicines and what foods we should be eating.

I hope you enjoy our photos.

 

 

Reminders:

Saturday 22nd June is the school fair.

On Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th June, there will be school photos, please make sure you are wearing correct school uniform.

Next Friday 28th June, Year 1 will be going to Bockett’s Farm.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Best wishes,

Miss Cook and Year 1.

 

This week in Year 1…7.6.19

What a busy first week back in Year 1; it looks as though it is going to be a SUPER busy half term, packed with lots of learning and fun.

On Thursday morning, we had our poetry recital; the children performed ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ by Edward Lear. This poem was very different to any other we have performed in Year 1, the poem was a long poem and it doesn’t include any repetition: the children did fantastically to learn the poem and perform it with such accurate conviction, well done!

On Wednesday, it was DT Day and all children across the school were designing and making games. In year 1, we were producing a board game with a spinner. First of all, we designed our board game on paper and came up with a theme and wrote instructions to go on the spinner. The children then made their board game: they had to cut out a variety of shapes to create a pathway from the start to the end of their game and they had to use a split pin to make a spinner that turned effectively. I hope you enjoy playing them at home.

In English, we have started our new unit, Fact Files. We have been using the laptops to research facts about tigers, which we will collate to make a booklet next week. The children are developing their computing skills well and are able to log on and off safely. Furthermore, we have been reiterating the importance of using the internet safely.

In RE, we have been learning about the Jewish celebration, Shabbat. We have been identifying and discussing why this celebration happens every-week why it is important to Jewish people. The children have been creating art work to represent Shabbat in Jewish home and they have been writing a recount of how a Jewish family might spend Shabbat.

Next week

  • On Friday 14th June 2019, we have Sports Day.
  • Health and Well-being week is the week commencing 17th June 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy some of our photos from the week.

Have a wonderful weekend, I hope that we start to have some weather that resembles summer time!

Best wishes,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week in Year 1…24.5.19

What a beautiful sunny week we have had; it has been another busy week in Year 1.

In English, we have been continuing with ‘We’re Going on a Lion Hunt’; the children have been planning their own versions of the story using a story plan. First of all, the children chose a new animal to hunt for, describing what animal looks like and describing how it might act. They then developed different settings which they would travel through on their journey to find their chosen animal. Mid-week, we started to write our hunting stories; the children worked hard on their accuracy of their writing, ensuring they repeated the verse three times and included as much details as possible. We have been working with our stamina when writing; the children have been trying to make sure that their writing is as neat and accurate at the end as it is in the beginning.

In maths, we have been continuing with word problems; the children have been having to decipher whether they need to add or subtract. Once they have highlighted this, they then have been writing the corresponding number sentence. We finished the week by multiplying by making 'groups of'. 

In RE, we have been looking at Judaism. This week, we focused on the Torah and its importance to Jewish people. We explored the features of the Torah and compared its similarities and differences to the Bible. The children were fascinated by the Hebrew writing inside and the fact that it is read from right to left. After half term, we are going to attempt to write our names in Hebrew.

Year 1 would like to say congratulations and well done to Reception for their wonderful first class assembly and to Year 5 for a great Young Enterprise afternoon.

On Thursday 6th June 2019, we will be holding another whole school poetry recital in the Scott Hall. Year 1 will be performing ‘The Owl and The Pussy-Cat’; we have started practising in class so please continue to practise the poem over the break (the words will be sent home today as homework).

Have a wonderful half term break – I hope the weather continues to be as beautiful and sunny as this week!

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week in Year 1…17.5.19

In English this week, we have been finishing writing our fantasy stories; the children have been focusing on writing a clear beginning, middle and end within their stories and using descriptive language. We then moved on to our new story, ‘We’re Going on a Lion Hunt’; we compared the story to ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and we retold the story by putting an innovative spin on it. The children have been working very hard to use accurate spellings in their writing, especially when writing the Year 1 everyday words, and they have been practising their cursive handwriting.

In Maths, we have been working VERY hard; the children have been identifying and learning strategies to complete addition number sentences mentally. We have been using our knowledge of tens and ones, and our understanding of number bonds to 10 to work out the answers. We have then been looking at the number facts we can create using an addition number sentence and we have been using both a bar model and a part part whole model to represent these facts.

In RE, we have started our Judaism unit. We have started to look at Jewish artefacts and items which are special to the religion. We have been asking lots of questions about these objects and being very inquisitive. Inspired by the ‘Star of David’ symbol, the children finished their learning by creating a symbol which represents what is important to them. The children were extremely considerate and thoughtful in their designing and creating of their symbol.

The weather has been lovely this week, hopefully it is a sign of what to come for our summer.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy Bridge to Bridge tomorrow.

Best wishes,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week in Year 1…10.5.19

Another week flown by in Year 1…

In English, we have continued to look at fantasy stories. We have been describing different settings from ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. We have been sequencing pictures from the story and we have been developing our own fantasy settings inspired by ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. The children have been using interesting adjectives, including joining words and have started to write lists separated by commas.

In Maths, we have been recapping addition and subtraction. We started the week by partitioning numbers up to 50 in a variety of ways and we moved on to complete various subtraction number sentences. To finish the week we learnt two new mathematical symbols- greater than and less than- to compare numbers.

In Computing, for the first time, we got the laptops out. The children focused on safely carrying the laptops and logging on and off the laptop appropriately. We then explored Microsoft Word and investigating the different keys and tools that we can use on this software to help us write simple sentences. The children really enjoyed this lesson.

We didn’t let the rain stop us…on Wednesday 8th May, Year 1 went to Gunnersbury Triangle; a wet woodland nature reserve filled with ponds and grassland areas. The children investigated what animals they could find living in the woodlands; they collected animals in small containers and they described what the animals looked like. The children went to a pond, where they used nets to collect different animals and plants. We wondered around the reserve identifying and naming a variety of common plants, including garden plants, wild plants and trees, and those classified as deciduous and evergreen. The children really demonstrated our value of Endurance, despite the rain, the children learnt lots of facts and enjoyed the day. Thank you to those of you who came to help out, I hope it wasn’t too soggy for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week is Year 1…3.5.19

What a wonderful week in Year 1. On Thursday, the children performed an incredible class assembly; they spoke clearly and confidently, projected their voices, sang beautifully and acted fantastically. They should be very proud of themselves, each and every one of them worked so hard to remember their lines. I was so impressed and proud- their confidence was infectious! Also, thank you to YOU for supplying wonderful costumes and for helping the children learn their lines; it was fantastic to see so many people there to watch and support the children.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday, we had the pleasure of watching the amazing violinist Nicola Benedetti; she is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. She was brilliantly breath-taking!

Thank you

It’s a wrap; on Sunday 28th April 2019 I completed the London Marathon. I cannot thank you enough for your kind words, support and incredible generosity throughout my training for the marathon. You have played such an integral part in helping me raise a whopping £3700 (which is still growing) for mental health charity, Mind- there is not enough words to express how grateful I am, in true St Peter’s spirit, you are OUTSTANDING!

Race Night

Also, it was so wonderful to see so many of you at the PTA race evening; I am sorry that my horse (Can’t Cook Wont Cook) was not a winner! I hear you have helped raised a great amount of money for the school library!

Remember

On Wednesday 8th May 2019, Year 1 will be going to Gunnersbury Triangle; if you have not already, please could you fill out the consent form on parent mail. Thank you to all who have volunteered to help, I will let you know by Monday who we will need to assist!

Have a wonderful extended weekend,

Warm wishes,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

 

This week in Year 1…26.4.19

This week in Year 1 we have been focusing on our class assembly, ‘All About Animals’. The children have been working hard to learn their lines and to sing the songs; I am so impressed with their dedication and commitment for the past three days and over the Easter break! The whole school (as well as yourselves, I imagine!) have been humming along to our songs after Year 1 have been belting them out with huge enthusiasm.

Just to remind you all, Year 1’s class assembly (aka West End production) is taking place on Thursday morning in the Scott Hall at 9’oclock. Please make sure that the children bring in their costumes on Monday for a dress rehearsal. They will go home with them on Wednesday so that they can come to school wearing their costumes on Thursday morning. Thank you for helping the children learn their lines, you will be in for a treat!

Thank you

I just wanted to say again, thank you for all your support and donations for Mind charity and for my marathon journey; together we have raised over £3200 for an amazing cause providing vital support to those suffering with a mental health issue. I am hugely grateful and overwhelmed by your generosity; I will be using those thoughts on Sunday to help me get through those 26.2 miles! You are the best.

Nicola Benedetti visiting St Peter’s

On Tuesday morning, we are incredibly fortunate to have Nicola Benedetti coming to visit St Peter’s. Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. Some of Nicola’s accolades include a MBE, CBE, 2 Classical BRIT awards and playing with orchestras around the world. Nicola will be speaking in a special assembly on Tuesday morning for the whole school about her career, performing for us and answering questions. Why not you read up on our famous visitor and think of a question you would like to ask

https://www.nicolabenedetti.co.uk/

Have a fab weekend,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week in Year 1…5.4.19

I can almost hear the chirping of chicks…

This has been a jam packed Spring term; the children have worked amazingly hard and have taken part in Arts Week, World Book Day, The Big Pedal, Grand Parents Day, the Easter raffle and of course our day to day marvellous learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been focusing on the Holy week this week in Year 1. The children created some colourful and creative pieces of Artwork to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, they are beautifully displayed in the classroom. We have been describing what happens on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The children wrote some wonderful poems on palm leaves to express why people gathered to greet Jesus when he arrived into Jerusalem on a donkey.

In Maths, we have been rounding up our measuring unit and the children have been weighing different objects using different objects. We began to weigh and order a number of objects from the lightest to the heaviest. We finished the week by adding two two-digit numbers together; as a class, we went through various different methods to calculate these questions in bite sized steps. The children should be proud of their work, they have been adding some tricky questions!

Class Assembly

On Thursday 2nd May, it I s Year 1’s class assembly; I have sent home a script today-this may change slightly as we start practising-and I have emailed a copy. Over the holidays, please could you practise your lines so that we can hit the road running when we return.

Thank you

Thank you so much for your support and help throughout my marathon training and fundraising- your generosity, donations and kind words have been remarkably and I cannot thank you enough.

Yoga

On Wednesday 24th April, when we return to school, I will holding a yoga class to ease us back into the routine of school. I look forward to seeing some familiar, and new, faces!

Have a wonderful Easter break, make sure you eat lots of chocolate and rest!

I will see you in a couple of weeks’ time,

Warm and chocolaty wishes,

Miss Cook and Year 1  

 

This week in year 1…29.3.19

What a lovely way to end the week- a blue sky and a bright sunshine. Just one more week until the Easter holidays- I am sure all the children are looking forward to a well-earned rest!

In English, we have been reading and discussing the story ‘Farmer Duck’; the children have been writing recounts about the duck, including all of the jobs that the duck has to do for the farmer. We have focused on using language such as first, next and then to order our sentences.

In Maths, we have been measuring mad; the children have begun to measure using centimetres and metres. We started the week by estimating what is more than a metre or less than a metre and we finished the week by measuring objects to the nearest centimetre.

In RE, we have been exploring and discussing the Easter Story. We have been retelling the story and have created a wonderful piece of artwork, which is now on display in the classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Pedal

Wow…so far, we are 1st place in the ‘Big Pedal Regional Positions for Small Primary Schools, 5-day challenge in Greater London’. Nationally, we are positioned 27th, which is fantastic because there are over 300 school involved. We have one more week to go so make sure you are cycling, scooting or walking to school- that means you too adults!

Easter Bonnet Parade

It will soon be Easter! Your child’s homework this week is to make an Easter bonnet/hat for the Easter Bonnet Parade on Thursday 4th April 2019. Be creative as you can! The parade will take place after registration and all parents/carers are invited to come and watch. We will look forward to seeing your eggcellent creations!

Many Thanks

Thank you to those of you who attended my yoga class on Wednesday, I hope to see ALL of you on Wednesday 24th April for some more yoga fun. Also, thank you to those of you who have kindly donated for my marathon charity, your generosity is amazing, I am forever grateful. I am looking forward to the Year 1 quiz on Thursday!

Have a wonderful weekend and Mother's Day on Sunday!

Warm wishes,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week in year 1..22.3.19

Arts Week

We have had a fabulous-extremely busy- Arts Week; thank you to Mrs Noonan for organising such a great week.

In the classroom, we have been working on three different pieces of artwork, inspired by Claude Monet’s work, ‘Water Lilies’. First of all, we started the week by sketching water lilies on a pond; the children used water colour paints to decorate their artwork. We investigated colour mixing and we used layers of water colour to intensify different colours. Next, we sketched a magnified Lillie; the children used different coloured tissue paper to collage their sketches. The children explored a range of ways they could use the tissue paper to create different textures. Our third piece of artwork was to create a dragonfly and paint it with acrylic paint. We focused on using a wooden stick to dab small dots of paint onto our dragonfly. All three pieces of artwork took care and perseverance, so well done Year 1 for you commitment.

Throughout the week we also took part in a range of workshops; we had a creative dance workshop, a musical theatre workshop, a Bollywood dance workshop, a drama workshop and a circus workshop. We also had the opportunity to watch different performances/shows; the children watched a circus performance and the Animal Man Show.

On Friday morning, with Year 2, we went to Ravenscourt Park to do some observational drawings of daffodils- the children loved getting out in the open and drawing living things!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reminders

Yoga is back…

On Wednesday 27th March and Wednesday 24th April at 5.30pm, I am holding yoga classes in the Scott Hall to raise money for Mind charity (as part of my Marathon journey); the classes will be one-hour long and suitable for all abilities, so whether you are a first time yogi or a head standing guru, this class is for you! I hope to see you lots of you there.

Big Pedal…

From  the 25th March until the 5th April St Peter’s School will be taking part in the Big Pedal 2019 and in for a chance to win some exciting prizes. For the next two weeks we encourage you to cycle, scoot or walk to school as much as possible so we are in for the chance of winning; each day Miss Cook will send our totals to Sustrans, who are organising the event at the end of each day.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Cook and Year 1

This week in Year 1… 15.3.19

What a busy, busy week in at school we have had!

In English this week, the children have been discussing the traditional tale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have sequenced pictures from the story and have written sentences to match; the children were concentrating on using different sentence openers and joining words to extend their sentences, making them more interesting to read. We finished the week by creating some comic strips of the story; the children drew illustrations, with speech bubbles to indicate what the character is saying.

What a lovely day it was on Thursday for Grandparents Day- it was so lovely to see so many faces in the hall and to share our School and work with such important people. All the children were very excited about the day and beaming from ear to ear.

Big Pedal 2019

Get set… we’re taking part in Sustrans Big Pedal 2019, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge. The challenge runs from 25 March to 5 April; it’s free and we would love everyone to be involved.

The details

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking or scooting to school. You can let us know if you or whoever does the school run has cycled, walked or used a scooter by informing your class teacher, who will record it on the Sunstrans record sheet.

It’s a great way to get more of our pupils travelling actively to school and is a simple way to boost their physical and mental health- let’s see what prizes we can win!

Arts Week

Next week is Arts week, so get ready for fun filled week of creativity and imagination; we have some wonderful drama, dance, art and musical workshops in place.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

Happy International Women’s Day!

This week in Year 1…8.3.19

             

Wow, what a busy week we have had in Year 1, again!

On Thursday, it was World Book Day- what wonderful costumes we had! The children had a great day dressed up as a character from a book; we drew our character and wrote character descriptions, we created a poem, took part in a WBD quiz, we were read to by different teachers, took part in the parade and listened to an audio story. Thank you for all the effort you put into the costumes and thank you to those of you who attended the parade!

In English this week, we have been writing our own poetry verses, inspired by ‘Walking through the Jungle’; the children have created a new character and setting, they have been using interesting adjectives and have included verbs and adverbs. I look forward to reading the verses over the weekend.

In Maths, we have been creating repeated patterns using shapes and objects; we finished the week by looking at 2D and 3D shapes and discussing their properties. In Humanities, we have been comparing country and city life; the children explored different types of farms and identified what different farms were used for (rearing dairy products, crops or meat etc).

Next week

On Thursday 14th March it is Grandparents Day, which is one of my favourite days: the children always have a great time!

On Monday and Tuesday, it is parents evening: please make sure you have signed up, most spaces for Monday are occupied now.

Thank you

Thank you for those of you who attending my yoga evening and who have donated via my Virgin Funding website- I cannot express in words how thankful and grateful I am for all your support!

Have a wonderful, restful weekend,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

 

This week in Year 1…1.3.19

What a great first week back, I am sure everyone will sleep well this evening- this week has been a busy one!

Congratulations Year 1 on a fantastic performance of ‘A Rumble in the Jungle’ by Giles Andrea; the children were so confident, learnt the lines brilliantly and performed some super actions- well done!

On Wednesday we had our first Food Day, where Year 1 made a healthy breakfast and it was brilliant, thank you Mrs Noonan for organising it! First of all, we discussed why having breakfast is important and we discussed what foods we should eat at breakfast to give us lots of energy for the day ahead. We then discussed where different types of food come from and how they are prepared for different breakfast dishes. To prepare for making our granola bowls, we wrote a set of instructions and created a story map to show each step. In the afternoon, we chopped and sliced to create a granola bowl, with rolled oats, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, raisins and Greek yoghurt. The children even designed and decorated the packaging for their breakfast bowls.

Next week

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Service We hope as many of you as possible are able to join us at our whole school Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday 6th March at 9am in St Peter’s Church.  

 Charity Yoga Evening

On Wednesday 6th March, I hope to see as many of you as possible at my Charity Yoga Evening in aid of Mind, who I am running for in the London Marathon. The session will begin at 6pm and will last for one hour. The class will be held in the Scott Hall and is suitable for all abilities, so whether you are a first time yogi or a head standing guru, this is for you!  The cost of the class is £5 and all of the proceeds raised from this event will be donated to Mind. If you are able to attend, please contact Miss Cook year1@stpetersce.lbhf.sch.uk or pop into her classroom at the end of the school day.  

For information on my marathon journey and why I have chosen Mind charity, click on my link below

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=cook-1421828-hag&pageUrl=1

 Here are some photos of our DT day...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here they are looking ready to rumble in our poetry recital! 

Have a wonderful weekend,

 Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week in Year 1…15.2.19

What a lovely two days of weather we have had this week; fingers crossed the weather will be as great for half term.

On Monday, we took part in PSHE Day; what thoughtful and mindful lessons we had! First of all, we learnt about the different emotions we have and how we can develop strategies to manage any negative feelings; we took part in a range of drama activities to show how different feelings look on our body. Next, we focused on friendships and came up with a recipe for a good friendship. The children then went on to describe qualities they believe people should have by saying “The sun shines on those who…”. We finished the day by describing what the terms bully, tease and unkind mean; we looked at a range of scenarios and decided which word matched which scenario.

In English this week we have been completing practise phonics screening checks; the children have received some great results and they should be very proud. After half term, I will send home some words- containing the weaker sounds- for the children to practise at home. We have chosen our poem for the poetry recital and the children have been learning their lines and practising some actions: we have been focusing on the expression in our voice so that it sounds interesting for the audience.

In Maths this week we have been looking at multiplication; we started the week by counting in jumps of 2, 5 and 10. Then, we went on to make groups of a given number to complete number sentences; the children have started to develop the understanding that multiplication is the inverse of division.

In Computing this week we have started our new topic (We are Painters) and the children have been looking at a range of illustrations, online and in books.

We are half way through Year 1 already- the time if flying by!

Have a wonderful half term break,

See you in just over a week.

Best wishes,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week in Year 1…8.2.19

One more week until half term; we have had another fun and busy week in Year 1.

In English, the children have been planning their non-fiction text about spinning tops.  The children planned their titles, headings, facts, pictures and captions; we then wrote our text up including interesting adjectives and accurate facts. We finished the week by completing a comprehension activity, where the children listened to a story and then answered questions by retrieving them from the story.

In Maths, we have been dividing: the children know that to divide; they must share a number equally into groups. We have been working with numbers up to 30 and have been using objects to help them answer number problems.

In Science, we have been identifying what animals live on a farm and have been finding out what each animal is reared for on a farm. The children used their knowledge of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores to identify which categories farm animals fell under.

On Wednesday, we were lucky to have Charles come in and talk to the children about the Lord’s Prayer. They children went through and discussed the meaning of each line of the prayer and finished the session by singing it- it was very beautiful to listen to.

Have a wonderful week, I hope you the rain doesn’t last too long!

Best wishes,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week in Year 1…1.2.19

Let the snow commence…

In English, we have been looking at non-fiction text; we started the week by comparing the similarities and differences between fiction and non-fiction text. The children identified the features of different non-fiction text books. We then wrote questions about different toys, which we wanted to find the answers to. The children read fact files to then answer their questions. Next week, we will be planning and writing our own non-fiction text about toys.

In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting using a number line; the children have been answering word problems that included two or three numbers.

In Science, we have been looking at habitats and identifying which animals live in what habitats; we read lots of facts about why these animals live in these in environments and how they adapt to the climate.

In Humanities, we were looking at timelines; we put a range of toys on a timeline from the 1800’s to present day. The children were fascinated to learn that the teddy bear is over 100 years old.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Wrap up extra warm!

Miss Cook and Year 1

This week in Year 1…25.1.19

We are already half way through this half term; we have had another wonderful week in Year 1.

In English, we have been adapting the story of Handa’s Surprise; the children have been keeping the plot of the story but changing the characters, setting and gift that they are taking on their journey. Over the week, we have planned the beginning, the problem, the resolution and the ending; we finished the week by writing the full story- I look forward to reading them over the weekend!

In Maths, we have really been challenging ourselves; we have been looking at inverse operations. The children started the week by using a number line to complete subtraction number sentences, then, we went on to look at how we could make an addition number sentence using our answer.

Toy mad- we have continued to look at toys in Humanities and the children have been playing with and describing a range of toys from the past, thank you to those who brought in toys from home. We then drew some of our favourite toys from the past and described how they would be played with.

In Computing, we filmed our ‘How to Make a Jam Sandwich’; over the next two weeks the children will be editing these videos.

Online Safety workshops

Mrs Zalar is running an Online Safety workshop for parents on Tuesday 29th January from 5.30pm – 7pm in the Year 6 classroom.

Have a wonderful weekend, keep warm and enjoy,

Miss Cook and Year 1

This week in Year 1… 18.1.19

We are whizzing through these weeks this term- despite the cold weather! 

In English, we have been continuing to learn about Handa’s Surprise; a story about a little girl who is taking a basket of delicious fruits to her friend, Akeyo. Little does she know, that there are lots of animals along the way taking her fruits! The children have been writing book reviews for the book and they have been writing in speech bubbles to come up with ideas that Handa might say through the story. On Monday, we wrote a one off story about a ship, which each class across the school completed; the children wrote some imaginative stories which were wonderful to share!

To accompany our English lessons this week, in Art, the children drew straw baskets with yummy, juicy fruits inside. The children used a range of materials to collage their baskets to make them bright and beautiful. I am excited to create a new display in the classroom with their work!

In Maths, we have been working on our number bonds to 10, 20 and even 30. We have been practising recalling these numbers quickly, particularly those number bonds to 10. The children have been developing the understanding that number bonds to 10 can help us to identify number bonds to 20.  

Fulham Palace…on Wednesday we went to Fulham Palace and we had a wonderful day; thank you to those of you who attended and helped out! The children looked at a range of toys from the past; they discussed what they were made from and identified how they were used.

Have a lovely weekend and wrap up warm,

Miss Cook and Year 1

11.01.19… Happy New Year!

Welcome back, I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday and a wonderful New Year! We have been straight back into work this week in Year 1 and it has been lovely to see everyone so enthusiastic about their learning.

In English, we have started reading Handa’s Surprise; we have acted out the story with props and we wrote some interesting riddles about the animals in the story.

In Maths, we have been learning about money; the children have been identifying the different coins and what they are worth- the children are getting very confident! We are beginning to add a range of coins to make a total.

Our new topic this half term is toys. We talked about what our favourite toy is, and why it is our favourite toy. If you have any toys from the past at home we could borrow, that would be brilliant- we will look after them- I promise!

Homework

We will continue to have two sets of homework each week; green Homework will be given out on Monday and is due in for Thursday; blue homework will be given out on Friday and is due back on Tuesday.

Reading books

Books will be changed each Tuesday and Friday. Please remember to write in your child’s log book when the book has been completed, so that we can change it. Books should also be in school every day. Thank you in advance for all of you who come in help with the Year 1 admin!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Cook and Year 1.

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

21.12.18

It has been a very festive week in Year 1.

After all of our hard work, our Nativity play, ‘Hey Ewe’ was ready to perform to our audience, and it was fabulous. Thank you to all of the parents/carers for providing wonderful costumes and we hope that you enjoyed the show! Additionally, well done to all the children in Year 1 for their fantastic performance- they all made me very proud!

In RE, we continued to look at the Nativity story and we were discussing the importance of each character. The children were thinking about what people might find puzzling about the story and we came up with questions to write in our big question book.

In English, we have been doing some festive themed writing; we described some Christmas characters using interesting adjectives and we wrote sentences including joining words.

Finally, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year…see you in 2019!

Best wishes,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

 

This week in Year 1…14.12.18

Just five more school days to go until we break up for the Christmas holidays; everyone has been working exceptionally hard and is ready for a well-earned rest.

In phonics this week, the children have been looking at the ‘oo’ sound and identifying the alternative spellings which are this sound (ue, ew, u_e and oo).  We have been reading lots of words containing this sound and writing sentences which contain at least one of these spellings.

Between our Nativity rehearsals, we have managed to squeeze in some lovely English work; the children have been writing festive themed sentences which contain a joining words (and, because, so or but) and the children have been exploring the different ways that we could start a sentence- to make our writing as interesting as possible.

In Maths, we have carried on with comparing, ordering and writing numbers up to 100. The children can confidently identify one more of one less of a given number and we are working towards identifying what ten more or ten less of a given number is; we are very confident with identifying the tens and ones in a number now!

Reminders

Nativity Performance

Next Tuesday, is the Key Stage One Nativity, you will be able to watch the performance at 10am or 2pm- you are in for a real treat!

Bling your Bike

On Wednesday 19th December 2018, it is ‘Bling your Scooter or Bike Day’, the children will be showcasing their creations within their class, where a winner will be selected. Each teacher will make sure to take lots of photos.

 

Have a wonderful week and wrap up warm,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week in Year 1…7.12.18

In English, the children have been writing recounts for their trip to Kew Gardens, which feels so long ago now- hopefully, we will have these finished next week!

In Maths, the children have continued to explore and identify the tens and ones in a number up to 100; we have been representing numbers pictorially and using objects.

In RE, we have been discussing why Mary and Joseph are important in the Nativity story and reflecting on why they are good parents for baby Jesus; the children have been thinking about how they can act like Mary and Joseph in their everyday lives.

This week we have been rehearsing mad; the children have been working with Year 2 and Reception to rehearse this year’s Nativity performance, Hey Ewe- we have been singing, acting and dancing our hearts out.  We cannot wait to perform next week to Key Stage 2 in our dress rehearsal.

Remember, all costumes are to be in school on Wednesday 12th December at the latest, thank you.

Bling your bike- let’s get active!

To promote scooting or cycling to school, on Wednesday 19th November 2018, we invite you to bling your bike or scooter.

Throughout the day each class will share their designs with one another in the playground, a winning scooter or bike will be selected from each class, and the child who wins will receive a prize.

I look forward to seeing all of your creations- good luck!

Miss Cook

 

This week in Year 1…30.11.19

December is nearly upon us… I can’t believe we have nearly completed our first full term in Year 1- amazing!

 

    

In English, Year 1 have been writing a recount of our trip to Kew Gardens; we have created a story map and planned our recount which we will write next week. The children have been performing their story map with actions in front of an audience and they have been developing language suitable for a recount (First of all, next... etc). 

In Maths, we have been ordering, comparing and counting numbers up to 100. We have been using accurate mathematical terminology to describe numbers, as well as identifying the tens and ones in a number. We have been making sure we do not muddle up our digits!

In Science, we are continuing to look at ‘Humans’. Today, we completed a Science investigation where we collected data and presented it in a pictogram. The children went around the classroom and identified the different eye colour and hair colour of children in the class; the most common eye colour in the class was blue eyes and the most common hair colour in the class was brown.

In the afternoons-with Year 2- we have been rehearsing our ‘Hey Ewe, our Nativity show. The children are working hard to remember their lines and sing the songs with gusto.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Stay warm,

Miss Cook and Year 1.

This week in Year 1…23.11.18

We have another fantastic week in Year 1. The children have been working brilliantly and trying their hardest in their learning - fab work!

In English, we have been learning about traditional tales; we have focused on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children have been acting out, sequencing and retelling the story. There is some lovely writing to go up on display in our classroom.

In Maths, we have been learning about ¼ turns and ½ turns; we have been rotating objects and pictures. To finish the week, we have been using vocabulary to describe the position of objects in relation to another object.  

International Day

 

What a wonderful day we had on Thursday; all of the children looked fantastic in their costumes; it was great to see so many countries in one room. In Year 1, the children visited Israel; they got to taste some falafel and to have a go at writing in Hebrew from right to left. In Year 2, the children visited Holland, where they decorated some lovely tulips. In Reception, the children visited Polynesia, where they took part in some traditional dancing and ate some papaya.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week in Year 1…16.11.18

What another fantastic week; we have been up to lots of fun things-as usual!

In English, we have been looking at traditional tales and discussing their features. For the majority of the week, we have focused on Little Red Riding Hood; the children retold key events and described the characters using interesting adjectives.

In Maths, we have been busy finding half of shapes, objects and numbers. The children have been doing a lot of sharing to help find two equal halves.

Anti-bullying Week

For anti-bullying week, Year 1 and I discussed what bullying is, how it might make us feel and who we could go to if we were ever worried, nervous or scared. After, we discussed what it makes to be a good friend. We talked about how we should always treat each other with respect and kindness. It was also very entertaining seeing all the odd socks on Monday.

Bike It

A few weeks ago, it was ‘World Car Free Day’, across the school we held a competition to see which class could get the most children to walk, scoot or cycle to school. Congratulations to Year 1 who won this competition; the children took part in a cycling workshop as a reward-they looked like they had a fantastic time!

           

Start of the school day

We are changing the routine of how we come into school. Due to the new playground and to ease congestion in the morning, Year 1 will now be coming into school via the Reception playground. All children will come into the classroom at 8.55am.

Children in Need

Today we all wore something spotty to raise money for Children in Need. Well done to the school counsel and Miss Murphy for organising a fantastic cake sale!

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Cook and Year 1!

This week in Year 1… 9.11.18

This week in Year 1 we have been completing lots of amazing work!

 In English, we have continued looking at ‘Five Minutes Peace’; the children have been sequencing the pictures from the story and trying joining words to extend our sentences. In Maths, we have been continuing a unit of work on Measures. We have been focusing on capacity and measuring the capacity using non-standardised measures.

Kew Gardens

We had a fantastic-slightly wet-trip to Kew Gardens on Wednesday. The children explored the four seasons and were identifying different plants they could find; we discussed how the plants might change through the different seasons. The children were true ambassadors of St Peter’s School and had lots of knowledge to share with the staff in the workshops.

  

   

Anti-bullying

Today we took part in an anti-bulling workshop ahead of anti-bullying week next week. We had to act out different emotions and had to decide what to do in different scenarios. We also practised how to speak with a loud and confident voice and focused on the importance of showing respect to each other.

A few reminders:

On Monday it will be ‘Odd Socks Day’. Get your odd socks ready to celebrate how unique we are!

On Friday we are asking children to add spots to their uniform for ‘Children In Need’. A few ideas could be spotty socks, spotty tights, a spotty tie, a spotty headband or even spotty stickers on your jumper! The School Council will also be collecting any donations for the charity in the playground before school and will be hosting a cake sale after school outside the Year 1 classroom.

Children from our School Council will be on the school gates both before and after school collecting donations, so please make sure to bring your pennies and pounds with you on the day!

I hope that you have a lovely weekend!

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week in Year 1…2.11.18

We hope that you had a lovely half term, we are definitely back into the swing of our learning in Year 1.

In English this week, we have been looking at the story ‘5 Minutes Peace’. We have been describing the main characters and settings of the story. On Thursday, the children were asking and answering questions as if they were characters from the story.

In Maths, we have been having lots and lots of fun, we have started to learn about different types of measure. We have been measuring length with cubes. We have even been measuring our height, feet and hands- just to name a few things. After we looked at length we have been measuring weight and comparing objects.

In Science, we have started looking at the human body and describing the job of different parts of our bodies. Oh and  wait for this, in Computing we are going to be TV chefs and filming our own cooking show (we enjoyed watching a clip of Mary Berry).

Poetry Recital…

Wow…wow…wow! What a wonderful poetry recital, Year 1 were fabulous; they spoke clearly and confidently with wonderful actions.

Parents Evening

Don’t forget Parents evening is on Monday 5th November and Tuesday 6th November between 4 and 6:45pm in the Scott Hall. Please remember that the appointments are for 10 minutes, if there is anything you wish to discuss in more length please let me know and I can arrange a meeting at a separate time. I hope to keep appointments on time so it is always helpful if you are aware of your time slot and between us we can keep the appointments running on time! 

 Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

 

This week in Year 1…19.10.18

I can’t believe that our first half term in Year 1 is over; the children have worked immensely hard and their progress this far is brilliant- I am already excited to see their writing at the end of the year.

In English, we have been writing instructions-How to Build a Campfire-and the children have been come up with some wonderful actions and written some great work including accurate instruction vocabulary. In Maths, we have been looking at 3D shapes; we have learnt a great song which I am sure you all have heard at home-trust me,it is very catchy!.

To support Black History Month, this week, we have taken part in several activities. The children listened to a traditional African Folk story- Why Anansi has Eight Skinny Legs-and we created a lovely piece of writing about the moral of the story.  We also described what we thought Anansi should have done in the story in order to make the right choice. On Wednesday, we took part in a Black Icons workshop, the children learnt about some pivotal icons who have helped promote equality through history and the children also discussed the importance of equality.  It was great to see everyone wearing their red item today to support the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ campaign.

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Family Supper last night; many thanks to those that contributed some very delicious and tasty food-what a wonderful community we have at St Peter’s School!

Thank you for all your support and help over these first six weeks at school; enjoy a well-earned rest and I will see you in just over a week.  

Please ensure that the children read over the half term.

Best wishes,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week in Year 1…12.10.18

I can’t believe that we only have one more week left of this half term. We have had another fantastic week and the children have been working extremely hard.

In English, we have started a new style of writing: we have been focusing on instruction texts and learning what language we need to use for this. Over the week, we have been writing instructions about ‘How to Brush your Teeth’ and ‘How to Build a Campfire’. We have been using when openers such as ‘First of all’ and we have been using instruction verbs such as ‘squeeze’. I am very impressed with vocabulary the children are developing; it has been wonderful to hear them act out their instructions.

In Maths, we have been looking at shapes. The children have been identifying, naming and describing a range of 2D shapes. We have been building out robots by joining together a range of shapes and we have been completing repeated patterns. Next week, we will be looking at 3D shapes and describing their properties.

In RE, we have been continuing to learn about Buddhism. This week we focused on the story of ‘The King’s Elephant. We discussed what Buddhists might learn from the story- how we should surround ourselves with good people-and we discussed how the elephant’s mood changed throughout the story.  We used a mood chart to associate colour with emotions.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Cook and Year 1

 

This week in Year 1… 5.10.18

We have had a very fun week in Year 1!

In phonics, we have continued to learn about some of the ways we can spell the ee sound in words (ee, ea, ey, y and e). The children have been really grasping this concept this week and we have moved on to look at the alternative spellings for the ai sound (ae, a_e, ai and ay).  I will send a list of words containing the ai sound on Monday, this will be for you to practise in your own leisure.

In English, we have been continuing to look at the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’; the children have been writing alternative sentences and verses for story. They have been very imaginative and have come up with some fantastic ideas;we have been stretching our vocabulary this week, well done Year 1.

In Maths, we have been learning how to add and subtract; we have been using ten frames and counters and number lines to help us work out number sentences; we have been differentiating between the addition and subtraction symbol (we've got some snazzy actions to go with it). 

In Humanities, we have been learning about the locality of our school and the children have been learning the school’s address and describing what they see on their way to school.

In RE, we listened to and discussed the Buddhist story ‘Siddhartha and The Swan’; a story based on kindness where Prince Siddhartha saves a swan who has been shot down by a bow and arrow. The children created some work about a time that they have shown kindness to someone or to something; we created some very thoughtful work, it was a delight to read.

Reminder:

Monday 8th October,is Harvest at the Church. Thank you to those who have already donated, you can also bring something in on Monday morning.

Not next week but the next, St Peter's is celebrating Black History Month; if anyone is interested in coming in and talking to the children about this subject, please let me know.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Cook and Year 1.

 

This week in Year 1...28.9.18

This week in Year 1…28.9.18

We have had another great week in Year 1; it has been very busy with some fantastic learning taking place.

In English, we have been reading, discussing and listening to the story, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. The children have been re-telling the story verbally, with actions and through an illustrated story map-we are excited to start creating our alternative character next week! The children have been generating describing words (adjectives) to describe the bear from the story; we have been focusing on describing the features of the bear and what the bear might feel like.

In Maths, we have been looking at ordinal numbers; the children have been naming the position of objects up to and beyond 10th position. We have been practising writing ordinal numbers in both the written form as a numeral. We finished the week by using ten frames to work out all of the numbers to 10.  

In RE, we have been re-telling the Buddhist story ‘The Monkey King’ and discussing what it means to make sacrifices for other people. The children created freeze frames to capture key aspects of the story, they then performed these to the class.

We have had lots of fun learning and practising numbers 1-10 in Spanish, we have a wonderful song to help us remember them-which I am sure you have all been hearing at home.

Recycling Week!

This week has been recycling week; the children have been discussing the importance of recycling, we have been sorting objects depending on whether they are recyclable or not and we have made paper out of old scraps of newspaper.

Beebot Crazy!

 In Computing, we have been using beebots. The children have been inputting algorithms into the beebot to get it to reach a specific location-it has been lots of good fun!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Best wishes,

Miss Cook and Year 1.

 

This week in Year 1…21.9.17

We have been doing lots of fun activities this week.  The highlight of our week was ‘Talk like a Pirate Day’.  We all dressed up as pirates and participated in a range of different activities; we designed treasure boxes, pirate ships, explored directions on a compass, read pirate stories and sang pirate songs.

In English, we have created an alternative character for The Tiger Who Came to Tea, we have written invitations for our characters and completed some wonderful character descriptions. We are really focusing on our letter formation and getting our letters to sit neatly on the line.

In Maths, we have been counting to and back from 50; the children have been working on identifying what numbers up to 30 look like. We have been using ten frames and counters to show teen numbers. Additionally, we have been investigating the tens and ones of teen numbers and even beyond 20. Similarly to English, the children have been working on their formation; we have been focusing on the orientation of our numbers.

In RE, we’ve continued to learn about Buddhism and we have been looking at what Buddhists believe is the cause of suffering around the world. We listened to and discuss ‘The Story of Buddha’, a story about Prince Siddhartha who lived in a palace in Nepal. One day, Siddhartha decided to leave the palace walls to help people who were suffering and to find peace and calm; his teachings gave him the new name of Buddha. The children drew pictures of Buddha and described why he is important in Buddhism.

A few reminders:

Homework

There will continue to be two sets of homework each week:

Green Homework will be given out on a Monday and this is due in for Friday. The children will have a spelling test on Friday, we will be completed the test in small groups at this point in the year.

Blue Homework will be given out on Friday and is due in on Monday or Tuesday.

Reading Books

Reading books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday, please let us know if your child has finished their book by writing a note in the reading record.

Thank you for all your support and help this week, the children are settling into Year 1 amazingly.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Cook and Year 1.

 

Our first full week in Year 1…14.9.18

The Year 1’s are settling in amazingly. It was great to see so many of you last night at the classroom showing and BBQ; I hope you all had a wonderful time!

This week we have been looking at 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' by Judith Kerr. The children have been re-telling the story with actions, creating story maps and reinventing the title-what great actors we are in Year 1!. We have lots of detailed pieces of work for our classroom display, we look forward to sharing it with you all.

In Maths, we have been counting up to 30, identifying one more or one less than a given number, representing numbers to 30 in a range of ways and we have been practising number bonds to 10. 

In Computing, we have been talking about algorithms and the children have been following and giving instructions; we are working on using accurate vocabulary such as turn left and turn right. In RE, we have started our Buddhism unit and the children are looking forward to listening to and discussing a range of stories from Buddhism.

 A few reminders:

Wednesday 19th September is pirate day! Don't forget to wear your pirate costumes (if you do not already have anything your child can wear something simple with a few stripes). We are all very excited to take part in lots of fun activities; we are especially looking forward to playing with the new reception children.

Reading Books

Reading books will be changed every Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that you have written a comment in the reading log so that we know the book is finished. Thank you!

PE Kits

Please note that children are to come in their PE kits on Monday and Tuesday mornings, with their uniform in a bag.

Thank you to those who have volunteered to help out this year, the help is greatly appreciated.

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 1 and Miss Cook.

 

Year 1- Welcome

A huge welcome back to St. Peter’s School; I hope that everyone had an amazing summer and is excited to start the new academic year.

Well, what an amazing first three days in Year 1. The children are settling in amazingly and getting into the routine of Year 1 learning…those big tables are not so scary after all. The children are also looking very smart in their uniform-haven’t they shot up over the summer!

Over the past three days we have been working on our Humanities topic ‘All About Me’, we have written about our summer holidays, we have created our own friendship prayers and we have learnt about the quote ‘Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God’  (Micah 6:8).

Next week in English, we will be reading and discussing ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ so we have created some wonderful art work where we used a mixture of paint and pencil crayon to draw and decorate our very own tigers in a jungle. The art work will be displayed in the classroom for you all to see on welcome evening.

Reminders

PE Kits

On Monday we will be starting our PE lessons so please make sure all children have their PE kits in school, including a pair of trainers or pumps (fully labelled). The children need to come to school on Monday in their PE kits and they will go home at the end of the day as the children need to come in their PE kits on Tuesday also for Gymnastics. For Gymnastics the children will need to wear shorts and if they have earrings this will need to be taken out or taped over.

Our Open Evening and Welcome BBQ are on Thursday 14th September. Join us for a look around the classroom and school from 5 – 6pm and then the BBQ will be in the Scott Hall Playground from 6pm.

Please ensure that your child brings their reading record into school every day. Reading books will be changed every Monday and Thursday. Homework will start from next week.

Also...WE LOVE OUR NEW PLAYGROUND!

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 1 and Miss Cook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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