Welcome to a new school year.
Please send your child’s reading books into school every day. We will hear them read regularly and change their books twice a week. Please ensure you sign your child's reading diary when they have read at home so the books can be changed.
English and Maths homework will be given out on Fridays. Please return completed homework by the following Tuesday.
Spellings will be given out on Mondays and tested the following Friday.
P.E. will be on a Monday. Please ensure you send your child into school with suitable footwear - pumps or trainers. These can be kept in your child’s PE bag in school.
St. Anthony of Padua’s life is what every Christian’s life is meant to be; a steady courage to face life’s challenges, the call to love and forgive, to care for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small, and to have total trusting love and dependence on God. Through St Anthony, The Church wants us to learn the meaning of true wisdom and what it means to become like Jesus, who humbled himself for our sakes and went about doing good.
Miss Lowe came to visit us to help us learn about healthy eating. We now know that we must try to eat at least 5 different fruit and vegetables each day. We also learned how to wash our hands properly and the importance of drying our hands afterwards. Then we made fruit kebabs using raspberries, grapes, bananas and blueberries. They were delicious!
Healthy Eating - Part 2
We were really pleased to welcome Miss Lowe back to our classroom to help us to learn more about our bodies and healthy eating. We learned about the organs of the body and why eating healthily is so important. Then made ourselves healthy sandwiches. We all enjoyed eating them and tried vegetables that we had never eaten before!
In maths we have begun doing some addition work within 10. We have used part-whole models and numicon to help us find different parts for the whole number. We have also begun to write addition sentences to represent the numicon shapes.
We were lucky enough to have some computing visitors in Year 1 this week. We learned how to turn the lap tops on, use the mouse with our pointer finger and scroll using the mouse wheel. We also used coding to programme a microbit. We added a smiley face and a sad face. Then we added a ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ message. When we tested it we were delighted that our coding worked!
We went to church to learn about the rite of baptism. We discussed what happens in baptism in the classroom and talked about the holy water, the font, Oil of Chrism, and the importance of the white garment. Then we went over to church to hold our own baptism service. We had a priest, parents, God-parents, parishioners and a baby!
In maths we made numbers using counters. We organised our counters into arrays so that they were easy to check. After that we drew the counters to represent the numerals.
In Science we have been learning about our bodies. We labelled the main parts of the body and then labelled the bones.
In maths we have been learning about place value. We made our own number lines and used them to practise one more/one less within 10.
In our dance session we explored the five British Values: Democracy, Rule of Law, Respect, Liberty and Tolerance of Different Cultures and Religions. We used dance to express the different values and used a democratic approach to help develop the dance moves.
In our history work we have been learning about old and new toys. We learned about different toys which were popular during different decades. In groups we enjoyed making posters for each decade to explore our learning further.
In science, to help us learn about our senses, we conducted an experiment investigating our sense of smell. We tried to identify different foods using our sense of smell and then discussed what we thought they were. Then we asked our friends what smell they liked the most and created a tally chart. From this, we created a pictogram to show which smell our class liked the most. We liked chocolate the best!
Science – Dental Visit
We were delighted to welcome a dental nurse to our class. We learned about how to clean our teeth properly and how to take care of our teeth. We learned that we must brush our teeth twice every day, and we must try to only eat sugary foods at pudding time. We were really pleased to take a new toothbrush and toothpaste pack home with us.
National Poetry Day
In year 1 we enjoyed creating our own poem for National Poetry Day. The theme was the problem of plastic pollution, and we thought about the impact of plastic on sea creatures. We wrote our own poems and then made dolphins, fish and sharks to help us to present our poem during assembly.
Our History Trip to Staircase House
We went on a trip to Staircase House in Stockport. We had a great time learning about old toys and what they were made from. We explored some mechanical toys, soft toys and toys with moving parts. Also we met Polly Dolly who had lots of toys that we were able to play with. We enjoyed helping her to find her old picture book, singings some songs and then we made a ‘cup and ball’ toy of our own. What a great day we had!
In PE we are developing our running and jumping skills as well as developing our balance, agility and coordination. We will begin to apply these skills in a range of activities. Today, we learned how to control and dribble a ball.
In Religion we have been learning about Hinduism. We talked about the Hindu Festival of Lights known as Diwali and learned about the story of Rana and Sita through role play. We also decorated some Rangoli patterns which Hindus believe encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes. They are traditionally drawn using rice, flour, sand or chalk.
In Religion we have been learning about the life of Jesus when he was a boy. We talked about how he spent his time and looked at a variety of painting depicting his life with his family. We also tasted food that Jesus would have eaten. We tried unleavened bread, grapes, raisons, chickpeas, goat’s milk and figs. We weren’t sure about the olives but we loved the goat’s milk! We realised that our lives are quite similar to that of Jesus – the same foods are still available, and we play, learn, pray and spend time with our families, just like Jesus did.
Design and Technology
In DT this term we are learning about playground equipment. We thought about what materials different equipment is made from and then we enjoyed making some of our own. Next week we will be designing our own playground equipment and then making it.