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Posted: 17/01/2020
Helen Adams

In English...

… this week we’ve been writing a recount of our visit to the theatre! We wrote about what we did during the day in chronological order using time adverbials like first, then and finally.

In Maths...

...we’ve been learning about 2D shapes. We should able to recognise and name them in the world around us. We spotted lots of four sided shapes (quadrilaterals) on our shape walk but didn’t see as many pentagons or hexagons!

In the wider curriculum...

...we’ve been focusing on our art skills. We learned about primary colours and how they can be mixed to make secondary colours. We’ve also learned about how to make different shades of colours by adding white. We went on a nature walk and made "sticky pictures" made from all different shades of green that we could find!

We were lucky to have a visit from local artist Sean Hewitt. We focused on the idea of “being kind” and thought about animals which represent peace. We also enjoyed looking at Sean’s walk who is greatly inspired by Kandinsky.

We've been reading...

The 'Elmer' series by David McKee. Did you see any of the Elmer's in Plymouth over the summer holidays? We enjoyed looking at the pictures of them all on this website: https://www.elmerplymouth.co.uk/

Next week...

Please remember to come in wearing your PE kit on Monday.

Homework...
Mathletics activities have been set.
Please make sure you find time to read daily!










 


 

Posted: 09/01/2020
Helen Adams

Welcome back to the Spring Term!

English


We are learning how to write a recount. This week, we wrote about what we were doing over the Christmas break. We have learned about time adverbials e.g. first, next, then, finally which help us to retell events in chronological order.

Next week...

We will be writing a recount of our trip to ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ performance!

Maths
This week we have been learning about subtraction. We know how to subtract numbers up to 20 using concrete resources, e.g. tens frames/counters or by using a number line. Some children have started to solve problems mentally. We have also been using known number facts e.g. number bonds to 10 to help us solve calculations.

Next week...

We will be learning about shape. 

In the wider curriculum…

Our learning adventure question this term is "What would the world be like without colour?"
We've discussed our thoughts and ideas to the conclusion that the world would be very different were in agreement and we wouldn't feel as happy if there was no colour! Some of us thought that everything would just be in black and white yet others thought that everything would just become invisible! It has led us to think about how it would change the lives of animals and why the colours in nature change throughout the year. In science, the children have learned about the seasons and how and why each of the seasons is different. In Art, we have started looking  and recreating the work of Kandinsky. He thought that colour was so important as he believed that colours had souls. We discussed this idea and spoke about how different colours make us feel. In Geography, the children have been looking at atlases and globes and naming the 7 continents. 

We've been reading...
'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas. It is all about different colours and how they can make us feel.


Homework

*Please make sure you read with your child every day.
*Practise spelling the Year 1 common exception words.
*See work set on Mathletics.

Important dates:

*Monday 13th trip to ‘Elves and the Shoemaker’. Please make sure your child is on time for this trip as the bus will not be able to wait. The children will not need to have their PE kits. 



 


Christmas! 

Posted: 20/12/2019
Laura Chapman

We have all had a very busy half term. The children have made leaps in their learning and deserve a restful Christmas break to share with family and friends.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and cooperation this term. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. 

Please continue to listen to your child read over the holidays. 

From  
KS1 Team 

 


 

Posted: 06/12/2019
Helen Adams

Maths

This week we have been learning about doubling. We used mirrors to help us to work out our doubles facts and we also drew pictures of ladybirds with spots on their wings!

Next week... ...we will learn how to half even numbers to 10. We will continue to learn about adding larger numbers.

Literacy

This week we finished writing our ‘Elves and the Toy Maker’ stories.

Next week... ...we will be starting to learn about poetry with a Christmas theme!

In the wider curriculum...

Y1 have been learning about the life and work of Florence Nightingale. We learned about the conditions of the hospitals she worked in and how she made lots of positive changes. We have been learning the difference between physical and human features. The children drew self portraits using charcoal and produced some brilliant work...even if we did get a little grubby!

We have been reading... 

Lots of Christmas stories including ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ by Dr Seuss. Thank you for sharing your Christmas books from home! They’re making us feel very merry and festive!

Homework

* Have a go at the Mathletics activities that have been set. https://login.mathletics.com/ Logins are inside reading records.

* Find time to read every day! For your information...

* KS1 do not need to wear their PE kits on Monday (9th Dec) as we will be performing our Christmas play to the school and during the afternoon we will be watching Glee Club’s production. If we do not already have your child’s outfit/costume in school, please make sure it is in school on Monday ready for our first performance.

*Date for your diary: Monday 13th January KS1 trip to ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. Thank you to those who have already sent their slip back and paid using Parent Pay. The deadline is Friday 6th December.

 


 

Posted: 29/11/2019
Helen Adams

Maths

This week we have been learning about odd and even numbers. We've also been learning about money and talking about the different the coins and notes.

Next week...
...we will be learning about doubling numbers and then recapping our knowledge and understanding of addition. We will be starting to add some larger numbers.

Literacy

This week we have been writing our new story ‘The Elves and the Baker’  and 'The Elves and the Toy Maker.' We've been checking our own sentences using our smiley face sentence checker!

Next week...
...we will be finishing off and starting to think about poetry with a Christmas theme!


In the wider curriculum…

Building on their history learning, Y1 have made their own 'Cornish Knocker'. These are little mythical creatures that are rumoured to have inhabited the mines in the area! In Geography, children have been looking closely and the human and physical aspects of Cornwall and London and comparing them. In our art lesson, we finished our portrait of Queen Victoria, focusing on the use of sketching pencils to create the lighter and darker tones of the picture.


Homework

* Have a go at the Mathletics activities that have been set. https://login.mathletics.com/

* Please find time to read every day!

*Practise your common exception spellings.

Our focus words are: once, ask, friend, school, put 

Our challenge words are: most, only, both

For your information...

* The KS1 Christmas play will take place on Tuesday 10th December and there will be a performance in the morning for Year 1 parents and one in the afternoon for Year 2 parents. If you are having any problems sourcing a costume, please come and let us know and we can help! We have a dress rehearsal on Friday 6th December. Please make sure costumes are in by this date.

* We have PE with Mr Jones every Monday. Please come to school dressed for PE (jogging bottoms recommended) but still wearing your St Cleer jumper.

* Over the coming weeks, we are likely to be doing lots of exciting Christmas crafts and activities. If you would like to bring in a shoe box wrapped in Christmas paper or decorated in some way, it would make a lovely store for your bits and bobs. Spare boxes are gratefully appreciated!

*Date for your diary: Monday 13th January KS1 trip to ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. Thank you to those who have already sent their slip back and paid using Parent Pay.

 


 

Posted: 22/11/2019
Helen Adams

Maths

This week, Year 1 have learned about position and direction. We learned how to follow and give commands using the words forwards, backwards, left, right, clockwise and anti-clockwise. There's a great app on the iPads that we've been using called Blue-Bot and there's another good one called Bee-Bot which are free to download and fun to use! Not only does it help us with our maps, but it teaches us about programming too.

Next steps: We are concentrating on odd and even, recognising coins and notes and doubles and halves.

Two Mathletics activities have been set for you to complete.

Literacy

This week we finished writing the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'. An important year 1 skill is to be able to 're-read and check sentences'. To help us with this, the children have learned about the smiley face sentence checker. Once the sentence is complete, they must check for a capital letter at the beginning (first eye), a full stop at the end (second eye), to check their spelling (smile) and then that it makes sense (outside circle). We'll be using this method to check our own and each other's sentences in the weeks to come.

We've been reading...

'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson.

In the wider curriculum...

In geography this week, Year 1 learnt about the capital cities in each of the countries that make up the UK. How many can you remember?

In RE, KS1 are thinking about the question: "How do Christians celebrate Christmas?'. Last week, we were thinking about different Christmas traditions. This week, the children learnt about what each different decoration on a Christmas tree resembles. Did you know that Christians believe a bauble can represent the world, the star on top can represent the 'Star of Bethlehem' and a candy cane can represent a shepherd's crook?

Homework

* Have a go at the Mathletics activities that have been set. https://login.mathletics.com/

* Please find time to read every day!

* We are learning to read and spell these common exception words: where, love, come, some, one
This week’s challenge words: children, wild, climb

For your information... 

* The KS1 Christmas play will take place on Tuesday 10th December and there will be a performance in the morning for Year 1 parents and one in the afternoon for Year 2 parents. If you are having any problems sourcing a costume, please come and let us know and we can help! 

* We have PE with Mr Jones every Monday. Next week, 1A will also have PE with Mrs Tyrell on Tuesday afternoon (26th November).

 


 

Posted: 16/11/2019
Helen Adams

Maths

This week we have been finding the difference between two numbers. We've done this by building towers of bricks and finding 'how many more' and also by using a number line to count the jumps between two numbers. 

Next week we are learning about position and direction. We will learn the words clockwise, anti-clockwise, left, right, quarter turn, half turn, three-quarter turn and full turn.

Literacy

We have started to write the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'. We are practicing saying our sentences out loud before writing them down. We are learning to start our sentences with capital letters and end them with full stops.

Next week we will continue to write the story and learn the importance of reading and rereading our sentences.

In the wider curriculum

Children have been reading the story ‘Thomas and the Tinners’ and researching mining on the iPads to understand what it must have been like for Victorian children working in the mines.

In art, we started to sketch a portrait of Queen Victoria. We sectioned the picture and our paper into 6 parts and worked on each section at a time, focusing on the outline. Next week, we will add shading and detail to our pictures. It was great to apply our sketching skills and use our knowledge of the different types of sketching pencil.

We have also had circle time focusing on friendships and being kind to link in with ‘Anti-Bullying Week’.

We have started to practice the KS1 Nativity ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. The children are very eager to practise the songs and dances – we have some very enthusiastic singers! Please let us know if you are having any trouble trying to source costumes.

Next week...

Don't forget your PE kit. Our session with Mr Jones takes place every Monday.

Homework

Aim to read daily for for 5-10 minutes.
Take a look at the Mathletics activities that have been set.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Chapman and Mrs Adams

 


 

Posted: 07/11/2019
Helen Adams

Maths

This week, Year 1 have learned about subtraction. We learned what the take away symbol looks like and how we can use pictures to help us to solve subtraction problems. e.g. If I have 9 candles and 3 are blown out, how many are left?

Next steps: We will begin to think about subtracting by counting backwards.

Two Mathletics activities have been set for you to complete! The children's username and passwords have been stuck on the inside of their reading record for safe keeping.

Literacy

This week we have started to learn the story of the 'Elves and the Shoemaker'. We learned how to include description in our work when writing sentences about different types of shoes! 

Next steps: We will be writing the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'.

We've been reading...

'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers. Other great books by the same author are; 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and 'Lost and Found'.

In the wider curriculum...

We have continued to experiment with black and white images. This week, the children had to use a range of different sketching pencils to draw a picture. There are so many shades of grey in black and white images and we've tried to recreate many of them by thinking about the marks and lines we make with our pencils, how much force we apply and through the use of blending. The children have also been thinking about Remembrance Sunday and learned about why many people choose to wear poppies. The children in KS1 were keen to learn about flags and find out what each of the four UK flags look like. 

Homework

Have a look go at the Mathletics activities that have been set. https://login.mathletics.com/

Please find time to read every day!

We are learning to read and spell these common exception words: so,  by, my, here, there

This week’s challenge words: mind, behind, child

For you information...

- The KS1 Christmas play is called 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. It will take place on Tuesday 10th December and there will be a performance in the morning and one in the afternoon. Next week you will receive information about what part your child will play and the costume they will need. If you are having any problems sourcing a costume, please come and let us know and we can help!

- We have PE with Mr Jones every other Monday. On weeks when we don't have Mr Jones, it will happen on Friday. Please make sure you are always prepared by having your kit in school every Monday and Friday.









We hope you have a lovely weekend. Mrs Chapman and Mrs Adams

 


 

Posted: 01/11/2019
Helen Adams

Maths

This week, all YR1 children have been learning how to add more to a number using a number line. We have started to think about how we can find part of a number sentence which links back to our learning around number bonds. You may want to have a go at this fun game to get you thinking! http://www.ictgames.com/saveTheWhale/ 

Next steps: We will begin to think about how to subtract from a number.

Literacy

The children have been concocting their very own potions! They have written ingredients in a list using bullet points and written instructions to tell other witches and wizards how to put it all together.

Next steps: We will be learning, retelling and reinventing the 'Elves and the Shoemaker'.

We've been reading...

The 'Winnie the Witch' series by Valerie Thomas.

In the wider curriculum...

Our new learning adventure question for this term is 'How did the Victorians Live?' 

Year 1 have been busy learning about what life was like in the past. They have been learning about child labour in History, exploring the different jobs that children had and focused on the children working in the mines. In Geography, the children have been learning about the United Kingdom. They have found it on the map and have began to learn the four countries that make up the island. In Art, the children have been exploring black and white images and have been using charcoal and sketching pencils to create different shades. We also used the iPads to take photographs and added filters to make them black and white.

Homework

Please find time to read every day!

We are learning to read and spell these common exception words: me, she, we, no, go

This week’s challenge words: because, find, kind,

We hope you have a lovely weekend. Mrs Chapman and Mrs Adams

 


Year 11.04.19 

Posted: 11/10/2019
Helen Adams

Maths

This week we’ve learnt about the part whole model. Parents, you can take a look at how this works here: https://youtu.be/fksle3ZcYF8

We’ve learned about the addition symbol and what it means. We’ve also written some simple number sentences and made fact families.

Next steps: Using the part-whole model to support us, we’ll be learning about number bonds and will be making numbers up to 20.

English

We enjoyed reading 'How To Wash A Woolly Mammoth' by Michelle Robinson. It introduced us to the idea of instructions and “bossy verbs” (imperative verbs). We had to listen to and follow each other’s instructions to complete various tasks. Using the iPads, we explored coding using the Bluebot App.

Next steps: We will write simple instructions to explain how to complete simple tasks such as how to brush our teeth and how to make a milkshake.

We've been reading...

Poems! One of our favourites was ‘ ‘Cousin Lesley's See-Through Stomach’ by By Brian Patten.

Cousin Lesley took a pill

That made her go invisible.

Perhaps this would have been all right

If everything was out of sight.

But all around her stomach swam

Half-digested bread and jam,

And no matter how she tried

She couldn't hide what was inside.

In the morning we often noted

How the toast and porridge floated,

And how unappetizing in the light

Was the curry from last night.

Some Gruyere had fallen victim

To her strange digestive system,

And there seemed a million ways To digest old mayonnaise. 

We were often fascinated

By the stuff left undigested,

A mish-mash of peas and jelly

Drifted round our cousin's belly.

Certain bits of Cornish pastie

Looked repugnant and quite nasty,

While the strawberries from last year

Were without cream, I fear.

And at dinner, oh dear me!

What a disgusting sight to see

Chewed-up fish and cold brown tea

Where cousin Lesley's tum should be.

Year 1’s Recommended Read this week:

'Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson.

In the wider curriculum...

We’ve been looking at some old photographs and children playing with toys. From these photographs, we found out more about different toys from the past. We discussed how the toys would have been different for rich and poor children.

Next week...

PE will take place on Tuesday.

We are learning to read and spell these common exception words: you, your, they, be, he

This week’s challenge words: door, floor, poor

 


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