Year 1/2 St Thomas Class Page

Welcome to St Thomas’ Class Page.  Mrs Peachey and Mrs Garratt are the Class Teachers.  Mrs Kings and Mrs Lisek are  the Teaching Assistants.

Reminders

PE is on a Monday and children require full PE kit (t-shirt, shorts and pumps/trainers).  Children are not permitted to wear school uniform or school shoes for PE.  Earrings must be removed or covered before coming to school.

Children will be reading in a guided reading group once a week with the class teacher.  The day of the reading group may vary due to teaching capacity so children’s books will not be changed on a set day, although it will be weekly.  Therefore it is important that their book bag, book and home reading record are bought into school every day.


Summer 2 Scented Garden

Week 1

Welcome back to our final half term as Year 1/2.

In English this week, we have begun to explore our new book ‘The Princess and the Pea’and have created a story map and actions to help us retell the story. We have been using expanded noun phrases and subordinating and coordinating conjunctions to write our imitated story.

In Maths, we began a new unit of work on money.  The children were introduced to the different coins and recognising their values. They thought about the appropriate coins to use to make an amount.

In RE, we concluded our unit on Pentecost; the children wrote prayers to the Holy Spirit, thinking of different people who needed help and guidance.

In PE, we continued our Athletics unit and explored different ways of throwing.

Summer 1 Land Ahoy.

Week 3-In English this week, we have started to plan our invented stories, based on the book ‘Lost and found’. We have created a ‘lost’ character and new setting. The children have produced story maps and planning sheets ready for writing their stories next week.

In Maths, we have been exploring 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3 of shapes, objects and quantities. We have begun to explore equivalent fractions.

In RE, we have been learning about ‘doubting Thomas’ and exploring what it means to doubt. The children had to imagine they were Thomas and think about his thoughts and feeling when he saw Jesus.

In DT, we tested our junk model boats on water, to see if they would float…some survived! We then evaluated them, reflecting on the design and finished product and how we would change things if we did it again.

Week 2-In English this week, we have planned an innovated story, based on the book ‘Lost and found’. We planned and wrote our stories using the view point of the Penguin.

In Maths, we have been continuing to explore how to find a half and quarter of shapes, objects and quantities.

In RE, we have been exploring the importance and meaning of the Paschal Candle.

We made our own Paschal Candles.

In DT, we began to make our model boats using junk model materials. We carefully tried to follow our designs from last week’s lesson.

Welcome back, we hope you all had a restful Easter. 

Homework: This terms topic is ‘Land Ahoy’ and we would like the children to make their own island. This could be a tropical island, desert island or anything that captures the imagination.

HOMEWORK TO BE BROUGHT IN SCHOOL BY FRIDAY 17th May 2019.

Week 1- In English this week, we have begun to explore our new book ‘Lost and found’ and have created a story map and actions to help us retell the story. We have been using expanded noun phrases and subordinating and coordinating conjunctions to write our imitated story.

In Maths, we have been learning how to find a half and quarter of shapes, objects and quantities.

In DT, we are going to make model boats and this week, we began to explore boats and design our own. We would be really grateful if you could bring in junk model materials (e.g. plastic bottles, boxes, small containers etc) to help us with our boat making. Thank you.

In PE, we have been exploring different ways to move our bodies and thinking about how animals move.

Spring 2 All things wild.

What a busy Half Term the  children have had…

We have learnt all about different animals and created sketches of animals using different media.

Reading   Well done to all the children that have moved up book bands! We can’t wait to see what next term brings.

We would like to thank you all for the support that you have given your child over this last term.

In Maths this week, we have been working on division and practically sharing using a ‘part, part, whole model’. The children have also been creating division sentences.

We had a fun start to English this week, by exploring and making ‘Easter nests’ which we got to take home with us….yummy!

We then created a ‘Story map’ to demonstrate how to make the Easter nests, which we are using to write instructions.

In RE, we have been exploring the events in Holy Week and thinking about how Mary felt during this time.

Week 4-In English this week, the Children have been exploring different sentence types-question, statement, command, exclamation. They continued to write about the red fox, using the sentence types. The children also began to compare the Arctic fox and red fox.

English homework-Please could the children research a wild animal and bring the information in on Monday 25th March. This will be used for their own non-chronological reports. Many thanks.

In Maths, the children have been working on repeated addition  and began to explore the multiplication symbol.

In RE, the children have been learning about the Parable of the unforgiving servant and reflecting on what type of person he was, by creating ‘Wanted’ posters.

In Art, the children have been continuing to sketch animals, looking at correct proportion and beginning to add colour using wax crayons.

Week 3In English this week, the children have been learning about different types of foxes and have begun to imitate a non-chronological report based on foxes. The children have story mapped each section, then written about it.

In Maths, the children have been working on counting in 2’s and learning the pattern. The children have grouped objects into 2’s and begun to recognise numbers in the 2x table.

In RE, the children have been continuing to explore the importance of forgiveness and Jesus’ teaching of forgiveness. They have been reflecting on their own experiences of forgiving others.

In Art, the children have begun to explore how to sketch animals, using sketching pencils and thinking about the different shapes of animals.

Week 2- We started our week with a lovely visit to Woodrow Library. The children learnt about how a library works and how the books are organised.  The children had fun exploring different books and completing word searches relating to animals.

  

In RE, we began our unit on Lent and started looking at the importance of forgiveness and the Parable of the Lost Sheep. The children explored the reasons why we have Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, they participated in our Ash Wednesday Mass.

In Maths this week, we have been continuing to learn about ‘equal and unequal groups’. We have been creating equal groups of objects using various equipment and repeated addition.

Week 1- What a busy exciting start we have had to our first week back! We started this week by exploring Carnival of The Animals Le Carnaval des Animaux Complet by Camille Saint-Saëns. We listened to the music and explored how to move like different animals. We also learnt some new interesting animal facts.

Continuing our animal theme, we had fun creating animal masks, using fabrics, crayons and felt tips.

This week we had a visit from ‘Turbo’ the tortoise. We learnt about what tortoises eat, how they move and how to look after them. We have created fact sheets showing our new learning. We enjoyed having a visit from Turbo and are hoping he will visit again soon!

In Maths this week, we have been  learning about ‘equal and unequal groups’. We have been creating equal groups of objects using various equipment.

Spring 1 Healthy Living

Week 6What a busy half term we have had! We had our first class Mass, in which the children did an excellent job with their readings and singing. We have learnt about the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. Thank you for your continued support over this last half term.

This week in Art, we completed our clay healthy eating plates by adding paint. We then evaluated our products, thinking about the skills we had used, what we liked about our sculptures and what we would change if we did it again.

In Science, we have continued to observe the changes in our ‘Bread experiment’, on a daily basis. Our bread is beginning to change, so we will hopefully notice a big difference after half term. We also learnt the effects exercise has on the human body, by completing a series of different exercises such as-frog jumps, hops, balancing, stretching etc. These exercises were timed for a minute. W e had lots of fun exploring this, but found we were very tired afterwards!

In Maths, we have been learning about Subtraction and using the ‘Tens frames, Part whole models and number lines’ to help us. We have also been exploring the related addition facts.

We hope you have a lovely, restful and safe half term holiday.

 Week 5- This week we have been making our healthy eating plates out of clay. We had to shape the clay into different healthy foods and vegetables  and then use the tools to make sure they stay on the plate. When the clay dried we began to paint our plates, making sure we used the correct colours.

In Science we were looking at germs and have been observing the changes in bread over a week. We have tested 3 pieces of bread-1)untouched by human hands  2) touched by human hands  3) rubbed in mud. All pieces of bread were placed in sealed bags for us to monitor the changes. The children have recorded the observations daily. We will update you next week with our findings!

Week 4This week in English, the children have created their ‘invented’ character description, which is based on themselves. They have had to think about how to describe themselves and a new exciting hobby they could start. The children have thought carefully about what they would need to wear for the activity and used adjectives to describe.

In Science, we have been thinking about the basic needs of humans. The children had to imagine they were travelling to space but could only take 3 things. They needed to consider the essentials needed to survive! Please ask your child if they can remember the 3 things.

Week 3 What a fantastic way to start our week, with St Thomas Class leading the Mass. We are so proud of all of their contributions. Thank you to parents and carers who helped their children with their readings and came to support on the day.

In English this week we have been innovating our story and have created a new character ‘Mr Enormous’ -please ask your children to describe him!

In Maths we have been working with our ‘tens frames’ and working on addition.

In Art we have designed a healthy eating meal plate, which we are looking forward to making out of clay.

Reading books will be changed on a Monday, but please ensure book bags and reading books are in every day for guided reading. Thank you

Welcome back to school and we hope you all had a lovely break.  This will be a very busy but exciting half term and we know the children will learn a lot!  Please take a look at the Medium Term Plan on the website to see what Year 1/2 will be learning about in the first half of the Spring term.

For the last two weeks we have been on the imitation phase in our English lessons and the children have read the book ‘A piece of cake’ by Gill Murphy. This has then allowed us to focus on a character description of Mrs Large. Using the story map below your child will be able to retell the character description…

A quick reminder that we would like the children to complete a project about our topic.

Year 1 Homework-

We would like the children to create a model version of the ‘Human Body’.  Please encourage children to  label the bones and add some interesting facts to engage the reader.

Year 2 Homework-

You can choose to do either a research project or an art project.  In order to achieve in line with National Year 2 expectations, pupils must research using books, the internet etc. to find out things.  We would like the children to complete a project about “How and why we should eat a balanced diet to keep healthy.”  This can be presented as a pamphlet, a book or a power-point.  Please encourage children to use sub-headings, labelled drawings and key facts to engage the reader.

Projects will count as evidence towards their Year 2 Science SAT assessment.

Please ensure homework is in school by Friday 8th February 2019.


What a busy Half Term the Year 1 children have had…

Writing

Using the Talk for Writing sequence of learning the children have been able to write two non-fiction reports.

The first being ‘The life of Guy Fawkes’, children completed story maps, acted the report out in front of the class and even had the opportunity to write how we celebrate bonfire night now. The second report was based on advent and the traditions that Christmas brings. Once again children completed a story map but instead of writing they became news reporters to present their work.

We have just started looking at our new text ‘The Tin Forest’, this text will allow us to look at setting descriptions which we will then use to create our own.

Reading   

Well done to all the children that have moved up book bands! I can’t wait to see what next term brings.

Maths

We have some great mathematicians in Year 1! Following the White Rose Scheme of work, the children have been able to;

-Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 10.

-Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs.

-Add and subtract one-digit numbers to 10, including zero.

-Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems.

RE

This term the children have focused on 3 units;

Families and Celebrations –  Children have been able to discuss the different celebrations that they have been involved at home or in school but also to identify celebrations as an important part of family life.  They understand that Mass is an important celebration for God’s family and can discuss and the different words, actions and gestures that take place. Watch this space the children will soon be leading Mass!

Prayer – Children understand that prayer is a special way of spending time with God and can all describe ways in which we pray.

Advent- This unit was designed to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of Christmas as a celebration of the birth of Jesus. The unit has also developed the children’s understanding of the importance of the birth of Jesus through the events that happened before and after, and the impact it had on the people involved.

Please find below some useful websites below to help your child;

Maths-

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zjxhfg8

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

http://mathszone.co.uk/

English-

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zgkw2hv

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1literacy.html

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/literacy/

I would just like to thank you all for the support that you have given your child over this last term.

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