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 

Nativity Songs

Here are the Nativity songs that we have learnt this week. It would be great if you could practise at home! Maybe you could teach your family the signs too?

Silent Night (First Verse only)

Silent night, Holy night

All is calm, all is bright

Round young virgin mother and child

Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace,

Sleep in heavenly peace.

On the road to Bethlehem

On the road to bethlehem

To bethlehem, to bethlehem

On the road to bethlehem,

Come and join us there

On the road to bethlehem

To bethlehem, to bethlehem

On the road to bethlehem,

Come and join us there

Hear the angels sing, and church bells ring.

Its Christmas time once more

Come and see the baby king

Lying in the straw

Hear the angels sing, and church bells ring.

Its christnas time once more

Come and see the baby king

Knock upon his door

Knock Knock Knock!

On the road to bethlehem

To bethlehem, to bethlehem

On the road to bethlehem,

Come and join us there

On the road to bethlehem

To bethlehem, to bethlehem

On the road to bethlehem,

Come and join us there

Come and join us there, good to see you. Hope to see you there…!

Little Donkey (to 1.26 only)

Little donkey, little donkey

On the dusty road

Got to keep on plodding onwards

With your precious load.

Been a long time, little donkey

Through the winter’s night

Don’t give up now, little donkey

Bethlehem’s in sight.

  Chorus Ring out those bells tonight Bethlehem, Bethlehem Follow that star tonight Bethlehem, Bethlehem

Little donkey, little donkey

 Had a heavy day

 Little donkey

 Carry Mary, safely on her way.

Mary had a baby

Mary had a baby, oh lord

Mary had a baby oh my lord

Mary had a baby oh lord

The people keep a coming and the train has gone.

Laid him in a manger, oh lord.

Laid him in a manger oh my lord,

Laid him in a manger oh lord

The people keep a coming and the train has gone.

Shepherds came to see him, oh lord

Shepherds came to see him oh my lord,

Shepherds came to see him oh lord,

The people keep a coming and the train has gone.

Named him baby Jesus, oh lord

Named him baby Jesus, oh my lord

Named him baby Jesus, oh lord

The people keep a coming and the train done gone.

Shepherds Dance

Shepherds, tell me

Did you see what I saw?

I saw angels

I can’t be so sure!

Shepherds, tell me

Did you hear what I heard?

I heard good news,

News for all the world!

Come on boy’s, let’s make a move

We’re off to Bethlehem!  (Repeat)

Shepherds, tell me

Why are you in a trance?

Come on! Wake up!

On your feet and dance.

Come on boy’s, let’s make a move

We’re off to Bethlehem!  (Repeat)

INSTRUMENTAL DANCE

Come on boy’s, let’s make a move

We’re off to Bethlehem!  (Repeat)

We wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas,

We wish you a Merry Christmas

And a happy new year!

Glad tidings we bring,

To you and your kin,

We wish you a Merry Christmas

And a happy new year!

(Repeat)

We are so excited to perform our Nativity, even more so now we have learnt nearly all the songs!

Please continue to practise your words at home. Narrators need to be able to learn their words off by heart!

A reminder that black top and trousers/leggings for candles and narrators and pyjamas for children need to be in school by Friday 1st December in a named bag. All other costumes are provided by school.

Many thanks for your support, please let us know if you need anything.

The Year One team

Where did all the numbers go? 

This morning when we came into the classroom, we noticed some things. 

The group tables had changed…

There were some new reasoning questions on our display…

Miss Gedney had tidied her desk…

The numbers on the 100 square had disappeared! Where did all the numbers go? 

Luckily, 20 numbers found their way into the Year 1 area and were waiting to be found! We took it in turns to hunt the numbers and looked closely at their place value, seeing how many tens and how many ones. 

When we got back into the classroom, you went straight to the hundred square and started putting it back together. Some of you worked with a friend to work out where they should be placed, using brilliant team work to help each other out. 

Fingers crossed the rest of the numbers make their way back to our classroom by the end of the week! 

Amazing Artists!

Today, we finished our owl and hedgehog drawings and WOW what amazing artists we have in Matilda Class!

I have been amazed by your pictures. You have worked hard to draw, paint and add detail. What was your favourite part of creating your artwork?

Can you spot your picture below? I’ll upload some more soon!

Well done!

Miss Gedney

 

My special place…

Welcome back!

It feels like we have been back for longer than 4 days as we have been so busy already. This week, we have introduced 2 lessons in a morning, a new routine for us to learn as we become more structured.

In English, we have been learning about fiction and non-fiction texts. We looked at the contents, index and glossary pages. We also ordered names in the alphabet and practiced writing days of the week.
Can you tell me the difference between fiction and non-fiction? Comment below for a dojo!

In maths, we have been looking at counting, sorting and representing numbers in different ways. We began to solve word problems today and you worked very hard!

We started our RE lessons this week, discussing special places and places that are special to us. I was really impressed with the thought that went into this and the reasoning why they are special. We had to practise answering in a full sentence using because.

‘My special place is school because I love learning’ (Henry)

‘My special place is at home because I can play with my brother and sister’ (Lukas)

‘My special place is in my bed because I can read my book’ (Shanade)

‘My special place is the yard because I get to see my horses’ (Emily)

‘My special place is Ireland because I get to see my cousins’ (Niamh)

‘My special place is my bed because it is cosy’ (Ellen)

Ask your family if they have a place that is special to them…remind them to answer in a full sentence!

Well done for another great week Matilda class!

Reminders:

This week, we sorted out our Nativity parts, please check book bags for details of costumes that need to be brought in my Friday 1st December please.

Key Skills: There is a new Key Skills sheet in books, please complete one activity each week from the grid. A label will be sent out for Week 6 Key Skills – you will be unable to complete this until this week.

On Monday, we have a very special performance of Pinnochio on Monday which I am looking forward to, I hope you are too.

Enjoy your weekend and remember to stay safe around any fireworks.

Miss Gedney 🙂

 

A new record! 

This morning you were in class, had put your bags and coats away and were in the lizard position, practising you kinetic letters within 4 minutes! This shows me you are on the ball and ready for learning! 

Can we beat that time for the rest of the week? I’m going to set a timer and see if we can improve! 

Which letter family are we practising this week? 1 dojo for a correct answer in the comments. 

Miss Gedney 

Wonderful Writing! 

This week, we have been reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have loved reading different versions of the story, discussing their similarities and differences and retelling the story through role play and writing.  We made a story mountain with pictures to help us retell the story with a friend – you were very kind about my drawings! 

Yesterday, we had our first Independent Write, where we had to write the story by ourselves, remembering to add in full stops, capital letters, finger spaces and detail. I have been so impressed reading your stories. You have used some impressive vocabulary, presented your writing neatly and worked hard to apply your spelling of High Frequency Words into your sentences.  

Here are some examples of the fantastic standard of writing so early on in Year 1! 

I am really looking forward to sharing your hard work with your families next week at Parents Evening. You should all be so proud of yourselves! 

Well done Matilda class 🙂 

Miss Gedney