W/e 18th May 2018
A very busy week for Ladybirds - lots of phonics activities ready for our upcoming screening test. We've been finding halves of objects in maths. We've been using the conjunction 'and' and commas in English. We've looked a range of food chains in science, released our Painted Lady butterflies, designed wedding outfits for Harry and Meghan, and enjoyed a picnic lunch. Pictures to follow.
We are all really looking forward to our school trip on Monday - have a lovely weekend,
w/c 30th April 2018
Just a quick update on a few items. Children all now have a Spelling Shed login, which I've stuck on the inside cover of their monkey books. Have a look through the site - there are some pre-set spelling lists on there for Year One. I have added our class spelling this week too, under 'your lists'. I'll still send home the paper spelling lists as usual, but this site gives the children the opportunity to practice them in a different way. They also gain points too, so they can try and beat their previous scores!
Thank you for your continued support with practicing spellings - its a very important part of their Year 1 work. They are a competitive bunch, and they always want to do their best to improve their scores.
Thank you to those who could attend the Phonics Workshop last Friday. I have uploaded the booklet from the workshop on the phonics page on the website, for those of you who could not attend on the day.
The phonics screening test is w/c 11th June, and will be carried over the course of the week. If you would like to support your child at home over the next few weeks try:
Phonics Play - website
Teach your monster to read - website/app
CBeebies - Alphablocks
Mr Thorne does Phonics - YouTube
Geraldine the Giraffe - YouTube
Further idea are on the phonics page on our school site.
Homework Hand in date is 8th May.
Adventure Farm Trip - please ensure we have your consent forms in asap, ready for the trip on Monday 21st May.
Thankyou to so many of you that could join us on May Day this week, and for your support in MayPole making! The children were so excited to perform their dance in front of you all.
Such lovely weather this week!
We have been enjoying the sunshine, and have welcomed 10 tiny caterpillars to our class. We are going to be watching their growth closely, and can't wait for their transformation in to beautiful butterflies. We have investigated the lifecycle of butterflies, and understand the transformation from a tiny egg, to a beautiful butterfly. Try the following link to see a close up of this amazing process:
We have written letters this week, welcoming our caterpillars and I was so impressed with how thoughtful and creative the children have been. "I hope you drink lots of water." "I hope you fly over the mountains and hills, and never stop." "I hope you make lots of new friends." And my favourite, "I hope you enjoy it at Walton School because the teachers are pretty and smart!"
We have also made butter, which tasted lovely! Hopefully, your children can recall the process and you may be able to make some at home too. We also went on a Spring time Nature Treasure Hunt, which helped us learn so much about changes and growth. We were lucky enough to see a pheasant on the playground too!
The letters have gone out this week for our trip to the farm on Monday 21st May - please ensure your slips are returned. Let me know if you having difficulties with transport.
Ladybird Homework Project - Summer Term 1
Fun at the Farm
Hand in date: Tuesday 8th May (please do not send in any project before this date, as we have no room to store anything!)
We will be showcasing the homework projects through the day, so all children will get the chance to show and talk about their work.
I have spoken to the children and they have decided they would like to do the following for their homework:
Please choose one
* make a scarecrow - be as creative as you like!
*create a 'mini -farm' within a box (shoe box size would be ideal). Think about the materials you could use, how to add colour and texture, would you have animals/crops/trees etc?
* make up a fact file, poem, song or story about your favourite farm animal. Pictures or photographs would make this really interesting!
The children really enjoy the homework projects, and showcasing them to their friends. Your efforts in the past in supporting your children have been fantastic; I hope you enjoy doing them as much as we enjoy sharing them!
Any questions, do let me know,
Summer Term 1 - Fun at the Farm
This term, we will be focusing on Farming as our topic. We will be reading a range of texts including A Squash and a Squeeze and The Scarecrow's Wedding, both by Julia Donaldson, which will support us in our writing. In maths, we are learning Multiplication and Division (not as scary as it sounds! Think 'groups of' and 'sharing') and counting in tens.
Science and geography will see us looking at animals and insects, as well as weather, and how this can affect farming (crops, animals etc). We are having a delivery of caterpillars over the next week so we can follow their transformation into beautiful butterflies. We will also be working hard on Phonics in preparation for the forthcoming phonics screening test (w/c 11th June).
SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural)/British Values:We are looking forward to the Royal Wedding on 19th May, and will be enjoying a British Tea Party to celebrate this
I am in the process of arranging a trip to the farm for this half term too - I will confirm the details in due course. Volunteer helpers are always very welcome on school trips, so please let me know if you may be able to help out.
As ever, thank you for your continued support with reading, spellings and homework,
Spring Term 2
Our first week back has been quite an exciting 1! We have introduced a new topic - Tall Tales for this half term. The topic plan will follow, but the main focus is ' Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'Stuck', and plants.
We were visited by Fiona and Vicky from the NHS to talk to us about medicine safety. The children showed a tremendous amount of knowledge already, and were very aware of how important medicine safety is. We had some really positive comments from the Fiona and Vicky, and I felt very proud of how confident and well behaved the children were!
Obviously the Snow Days have cut short our week, but I'm hoping that you are able to enjoy the extra time with your families.
I'm looking forward to seeing you all at Parent's Evening next week - weather permitting of course!
Year One Homework Projects
A huge thank you to Ladybird's parents/carers for your support with our Space homework last half term. We showcased it all on the Monday (pics/videos are on the class page) and I was literally blown away by all of your efforts and hard work! The children were so excited to share their work with their friends and staff on the day, and loved talking about how they had created it and how much time it took. We had a wide range of creations, from poetry to art work, models and magazines, films and and actual human-sized space rocket. The children couldn't have done this without your continuing support, and I hope you enjoyed sharing this time with your children.
Thank you so much,
(I've been trying very hard to upload both Jude and Harry's homework videos, but without success. Computer says they are too large...can anyone help?)
As part of our Space topic, we had a special food tasting sessions last week. We were very excited to be able to try Astronaut Food! We mostly agreed it was quite nice, but the texture was a little strange
Anti-Bullying Week at Walton
Walton School, like many others, works incredibly hard to promote kindness, fairness and friendships. In Ladybird Class, we have looked at 'bullying' and what it is, and what we can do to stop it.
Unkindness, but on purpose
Repeated, not just happening once
Unkind words, actions and thoughts towards another child (which may involve more than one child)
Saying firmly, "No! I don't like it when you......."
Telling a grown up as soon as you can
If you someone else being treated unkindly, go and tell a grown up
As a class, we created a simple, but clear anti-bullying charter. We worked on creating 'hands of friendship' - ideas, thoughts and actions to give to someone who needed a friend.
Autumn Term (2) Homework for Ladybird Class
Hand in date: Friday 24th November (nice and early to make way for Christmas!)
This half term, we are looking at nocturnal animals, particularly owls. I would like the children to create a 'project' on owls (or any other nocturnal animals).
This can be:
* a booklet with a series of pictures with labels
* a booklet with information collected from books or the internet
* a short film/'documentary' about your chosen animal
* a piece of artwork - clay, collage, sewing etc
* Any other idea you may have
Be as creative as you and your children can be! The projects will be shared in class, and it would be great to have a range of different types of presentations.
Reading (5 x per week) is expected too - see current newsletter for further information on this. Spellings will be sent home on Mondays for practise, ready for the test the following Monday.
October 9th 2017
We've had a busy few weeks in Ladybirds, and our half term is fast approaching!
Today, we were visited by Mr Dan the Skipping Man, who taught us all some amazing skills and games to practice at home and on the playground. (Pics to follow)
We've been practicing our song for the Harvest Festival in church next Tuesday. And we're very excited to be performing our Sing2gether songs at Coton School next week.
Your Family Treasure Boxes have all been fantastic - thank you so much for all of the effort that you've put in to supporting your children with these - the last few are being shown on Monday next week. This has been a great opportunity for your children to stand in front of the class (scary!) and to talk about their family. Speaking and Listening is a huge skill for life, and I hope this has been great opportunity for them.
For next half term, I will be sending spellings home (high frequency words/tricky words) as part of Year 1 homework. I will then test the children in school weekly; this will support the children hugely in their Phonics screening, and also in their day to day writing. I realise this is a big step up from EYFS, so this will be a gradual process, starting with 5 spellings, and building up to 10 over the course of the year.
As always, please read as often as possible with your child, and record the amount in their Monkey Books. The frequency of reading is so important in supporting their fluency and understanding. Also reading books/magazines/literature from home is really useful to widen the range of books - e-books, Kindles, cookery books, atlases, instruction leaflets etc, any format at all!
And finally - the weather will start to become chillier over the coming weeks. Can you please ensure that children have an indoor (shorts, t shirt) and an outdoor (tracksuit bottoms, hoodie/sweater, trainers) PE kit in school each day. We have very little spare kit in school should children not have the correct clothing. Earring must be removed for PE, either by the child, or at home before school (PE is usually Monday and Wednesday).
September 25th 2017
Today we saw the first of our Family Treasure Boxes homework - they were amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to create the boxes with your children. They really enjoyed presenting these to the class - the children were confident and clear in speaking in front of a group. Something which some adults find difficult, so well done! We've definitely learned so much more about each other already. I can't wait for the following few weeks. (Don't worry if you miss your date - just send it along on the following Monday).
Show and Tell - many of the children are bringing toys in for'show and tell'. This can cause problems, as items are going missing, fall out of bags or are getting damaged, which is upsetting for the children. We have spoken about trying to move away from this in KS1. The Family Treasure Box Homework is a great opportunity for a 'show and tell' for Year 1, so can we ask that no toys are bought in from now on. Obviously, we want to celebrate achievements outside of school, such as certificates, trophies etc. These can be brought in on Fridays, and will be shown in Shine Assembly in front of the whole school. Thank you for your support with this.
Sing Up Workshops
We are very lucky to have been invited to participate in this years' Sing Up Workshops, with Coton and Rosliston Schools. More details of this will follow, but it takes place during the school day in the next few weeks. The children have been learning the songs already, and seem very excited about it!
Thank you for reading frequently with your children - Rainbow Reader badges will be given out from this week.( Please note, that a maximum of 7 'reads' will be counted per week, per child). Regular reading will improve fluency and understanding of a range of texts. Don't worry if your child seems reluctant to read school books at home though - they are free to read any books at home (including e-books, magazines etc) that are of interest to them. Please record these in the Monkey Books in the usual way.
September 15th 2017
Thank you to those parents who were able to come along and Meet the Teacher this week - it was great to put names to faces! Don't worry if you were unable to come along; I'm on the gate at the end of the school day, so please say Hi if we haven't already met properly.
A few reminders about routines:
PE will be on a Monday and a Wednesday (although PE kits should be in school daily, as we occasionally get the chance for extra PE!). Earrings must be removed for PE - by the children if possible, or removed before school on PE days.
Water bottles, Monkey Books and reading books should be in school every day. It would be really helpful if you could write the number of pages you have read in the Monkey Books - it isn't always clear if the whole book has been read or not. I want to ensure that books are swapped correctly and regularly, and that children can move through the reading levels at an appropriate pace.
A few parents have asked about homework for this half term. Reading is expected regularly to improve fluency and range of vocabulary. We will be following the Rainbow Readers scheme to encourage regular reading at home.
As we are focused on 'getting to know each other', the homework for this half term is to create a Family Treasure Box.
This is a shoe box, basket or similar, with a number of items in that are special or important to your family. The children will then present their Family Treasure Box to the class - the other children can then ask questions, so we all get to find out a little more about each other. For example, it may include photos, letters, drawing of your family tree, a favourite keepsake or souvenir, details of an interesting people or events in your family. Don't go back too far.....grandparents or great grandparents will be fine!
As storage is an issue, I've put together the following rota for the homework. Can your child bring their Treasure Box in on these dates:
25/9: LS, AR, MH, AG, FM
2/10: HU, IC, JB, VJ, CH
9/10: KL, MG, HF, KH, ET
16/10: MW, TB, AH, OH, LM
I cant wait to see them all!
Well, its been a very busy first week back for the Ladybirds. I've had a fantastic first week in Ladybird Class - the children have been very welcoming to me. We've spent time getting to know each other a little better; we've drawn self portraits, we've read books, we've learned new songs, we've had PE, we've had our first French lesson with Mrs Freeman, we've written about our summer holidays, and we've has a bare-foot walk.
This was by far their favourite activity of the week - they walked through sand, pasta, leaves, flour and jelly and were asked to describe what it felt like. The children created an amazing 'word bank' of adjectives and similes which is displayed on our working wall.
We've talked about a 'Growth Mindset' and how it can be tricky to do things at first, but its important to keep on trying. There are many things that we can't do yet, but with help, we might achieve what we want.
We've been singing a lovely song this week by Will I Am (Black Eyed Peas and The Voice mentor) - I've attached the link below for you to have a listen along with your children: