Out of this World! 🚀

We had a fantastic day today, immersing ourselves into our new Space topic. We split into groups and did a round robin of activities, painting moon pictures, icing biscuits, looking at how meteors and asteroids make craters in the moon and decorating our own space helmet!

We prepared for take off and launched ourselves into the playground, landing on the ‘Moon Stage’ for a Space picture.

This afternoon we made split pin astronauts and raced balloon rockets outside! What a great day we had!

What was your favourite part of the day?

Miss Gedney

Stay and Read 📚

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our stay and read event this afternoon, it was a roaring success! It was so brilliant to see everyone reading, sharing some poems we had been learning and finding our favourite books.

I can’t wait until the next one!

What was you favourite part of the stay and read event today?

We have lots of favourite books in Matilda class! Can you ask your family what their favourite book is? This could be a book as an adult or a child!

Miss Gedney

Hamlet

Another busy week!

This week we have been introduced to Hamlet, this is the focus of our English theme this term and we have enjoyed being introduced to parts of the story.

Earlier in the week, we were very excited as some objects were revealed to us from a box. We didn’t know what these objects were but eventually we found out that they belonged to someone very special! We had a picture of each object and we labelled it using some exciting vocabulary.  We have been doing lots of drama this week and looking at feelings and emotions. There are a lot of themes in Hamlet, love, power, marriage, revenge and tragedy so we have been exploring what these words mean. Today, we had a go at portraying some emotions using our bodies, then we looked at a picture of Hamlet and decided how he was feeling. When we had thought about his feelings, we placed them in order of importance in relation to Hamlet. This was really tricky but we worked really hard and we were amazed at how well you understood the words and their meaning, well done!

In other news this week, we have been using addition in maths, to add two 1 digit numbers together, then to challenge ourselves we began adding a 2 digit number to a 1 digit number! We used lots of resources to help us, including drawing pictures and Numicon shapes before trying more challenging abstract sums.

Finally, to finish off a great week today we welcomed the Digital Leaders into our classroom who taught us how to use micro:bits. We used the devices to log on, find the internet symbol then they taught us how to make the micro:bit lights flash, words appear and even play music! It was all very exciting and a great end to the week 🙂

Well done Matilda Class for an enjoyable week. Enjoy your weekend!

Miss Gedney 🙂

P.S. A polite reminder that as we are going outside for PE on a Thursday, we need to wrap up warm. We do get hot when running around however please ensure we have a tracksuit top and joggers in PE bags and if possible, trainers.

A weekly round-up!

We had a fantastic full on week last week, here’s a round up of what we got up to.

Monday

On Monday we introduced spelling to our weekly timetable. We had a practise after break of what we have to do each week. We will send home spellings in the red reading diaries. Please practise these at home regularly for a spelling test first thing on Monday morning – a great way to kick off a new week! This term, our spelling focus is suffixes, linked to our weekly SPaG lesson. Next week, the spellings are -ing words.

Tuesday

Tuesday was a day of firsts! In English we started looking at Hamlet, focussing on castles! We’ve loved learning about castles, what parts they have and the job roles in a castle. I have a fantastic video to share on TLC night with some very dramatic performances!

We also started our new theme ‘The lady with the Lamp’. In history, we will be learning all about the life and work of Florence Nightingale. I was amazed at how much knowledge you came in with on Tuesday. Well done for reading your Knowledge Organisers at home! We focussed on Florence being a hero of her time and we talked about what a hero is and who our heroes are. There were some lovely pieces of work created and lots of thought went into deciding who your hero was.

Wednesday

Wednesday afternoon saw some budding artists practising their sketching skills! We talked about what sketching is and sketched a castle in preparation for our end of unit outcome. In maths, we’ve continued our work on addition within 10 and number facts to 10. An impressive number of children are secure with all addition and subtraction number bonds to 10 – keep it up! Mrs Chamberlain delivered a wonderful assembly on ‘Dreams and Goals’ where we discussed our New Years resolutions. Mine is to run more and drink plenty of water every day. Do you have a New Years resolution? Comment below and share it with me! 😊

Thursday

More acting in English and more number bonds in maths! We read the story of the Train Ride in critical reading this week and we had to sequence the events in the story. We then had a brilliant (but short!) PE lesson, applying skills we’ve learnt in previous lessons into fun games, before a lovely assembly from Mr Williams before hometime.

Friday

To finish off a busy week of learning, we completed an independent write, writing facts about Castles, applying everything we’d learnt. I am always so impressed with the outcomes of our independent writes as it shows me how much has been learnt and what can be applied into writing, with amazing spelling and beautiful kinetic letters as an added plus! Friday afternoon was finished off with Forest School with Miss Leatherland and a great time was had by all!

Wow! When I write it all down, we have been busy, I really enjoy reflecting on our week so next week, I will aim to take more photos to include in these posts. It’s another busy one!

Reminders:

  • Spellings will be tested first thing
  • The 15 books can now be taken home from our Year 1 library. If you’d like to take a book home, the children can self select, or you can send me a note of which book you would like to take and return when finished.
  • JUNK! If you have any large boxes or junk, we will be junk modelling castles this week so we would be grateful to receive any of your recycling!

See you in the morning,

Miss Gedney 🙂

Key Skills Books

Oops! I have just seen the box of Key Skills books that should have been sent out this afternoon – I’m so sorry that I didn’t hand them out, I will hand them out on Monday!

If you would like to do Key Skills over the weekend and put it in your books when they will be sent home on Monday, then please see the new Key Skills sheet below (it looks blurry but if you click to enlarge the picture, it should focus).

Apologies once again! Please pass the message on to anyone who may not have seen this blog post.

Many thanks,

Miss Gedney

 

Happy New Year! 🎉

Happy New Year Matilda Class!

I hope you have had a lovely break and enjoyed spending time with your families over the festive period, I’m looking forward to hearing all about your adventures.

Thank you so much for the gifts you kindly gave to myself, Miss Morrison and Ms Davies, we are very grateful for your kindness and thoughtfulness.

A few reminders/things to note before we come back on Thursday!

  • MyMaths – in total, 34 activities have been completed on MyMaths. This is a brilliant result, but not everyone has logged in yet, please let me know if you are having trouble logging in. This is a brilliant tool and resource for maths practise! The challenges end on Friday.
  • Hit the button – keep practising your quick recall of number bonds to 10 on hit the button. I cannot track this at home however you could make a note of all your scores in your reading diary for me to see! The highest score in Matilda Class in December was 25. Can you beat it? Www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
  • Reading – I hope you’ve all enjoyed completing the reading challenge in your key skills books this holiday. I can’t wait to see what you’ve read!
  • PE – we will be doing PE on Thursday so please bring your PE bags to school on Thursday.

If you have any recycling that hasn’t been put out for collection yet, please send it in a plastic bag as we would like to do some junk modelling this term!

Send me a comment if you’ve done anything this holiday that you would like to share! This could be homework, day trips, sporting activities or anything else you are proud of!

See you on Thursday!

Miss Gedney 😊

Stars in the making!

Wow! A big well done to everyone in Year 1 for the most amazing Nativity performances this week. You should all be so proud of yourselves as the adults definitely are.

You stood up tall, sang loudly and spoke your lines clearly, you took on your roles brilliantly and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

I am so proud of your hard work this half term, with lots of songs to sing, signs to learn and practises every week, you stepped up your performance in front of you families and blew us all away. Even better, we got a big cheer!

You are all super stars ⭐️⭐️

Miss Gedney

St Benedict’s Church

Wow! What a fantastic day we had at St Benedict’s Church. 


I am incredibly proud of the behaviour, respect and understanding shown today both on our walk and in the church. It was a long walk but you didn’t moan, kept up and even said you were happy to be outside and getting some exercise! Whenever I looked behind me there was a brilliant caterpillar line with super sensible walkers. 

When we arrived at the church, we were introduced to Reverend Anne who talked about how St Benedict’s is a modern church, but still has some traditional features. 


We looked at the bible, altar and advent candles that you remembered represented peace, love, joy and hope, with the middle candle representing Jesus. The candles are lit on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. We were lucky enough to see them all lit, and get to blow them out too! 


We explored the church and looked at what we recognised and any questions we had. Some of you spotted the tiny stained glass window too! We recreated a wedding and a christening, it was so much fun! 4 children had to hold the bible as it was so heavy. 

I loved watching you settle down in the church to do some sketching, you chose appropriate points of the church to draw and spent time adding detail. Then, after a well earned snack (a treat of biscuits!) we performed our Nativity songs to Reverend Anne and our parent helpers. 


I enjoyed seeing your enthusiasm for learning and excitement about consolidating your learning of a Christianity in a place that is so special to others, especially Reverend Anne. Your maturity was amazing, well done super stars! 

A great big thank you to our amazing parent helpers, we really could not have had such a fantastic time without your help. 

Miss Gedney 😊

Are you up for a challenge? 

This week, I’ve set you some challenges! For your key skills this week, you have a Kahoot! quiz to consolidate our learning on Christianity. There are 7 questions for you to answer. In your key skills book is some information about Kahoot! a link and a challenge code. Kahoot can be downloaded from the App Store and google play store for most devices. Please let me know if you have trouble accessing this. 

Kahoot! – click here for the link to the website.
Also today, I introduced you to MyMaths. You were very excited about the games and homework set for you. This homework will be available until January, so take your time exploring mymaths and have a go at the activities when you can, I will add more over the next few weeks. 

Some little Christmas elves made their way into Matilda class this evening and have left some surprises for you! 

Enjoy your weekend, see you on Monday. 

Miss Gedney