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ST. MARY'S C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL

East Grinstead, West Sussex

Class 1

A donation of new reading books

  

Class 1 were very excited this week to receive a wonderful donation of books from the Hook family.  We love reading in class and enjoyed every opportunity to discover new characters and stories.  We are so thankful and will treasure these books.

Learning how to use technology

 

We had even more excitement this week when we started learning how to use laptops to word process.  By the end of our first lesson, we are able to log onto the network, open a Word document and use the keyboard to write simple sentences with capital letters, spaces and full stops.  We were even able to delete letters when we made a mistake.  We had so much fun exploring all the functions of the laptop. 

Gold and Values Awards (20.11.20)

  

GOLD AWARDS

 

Finley George – I have been so impressed with Finley George’s attitude towards his learning in the last few weeks.  He has been more focused in class discussions and has improved his behaviour when playing with others.   

 

Amelia – Amelia has been a super mathematician this week.  She has be improving her knowledge of addition and subtraction number sentences.  Amelia was even able to complete come tricky maths problems independently. 

 

VALUES AWARD FOR LOVE

 

Lerryn – There have been so many occasions when Lerryn has shown true care and respect for others.  She is an excellent example of our value of Love.  Lerryn always looks out for her peers and is supportive and helpful.  Thank you.

Spellings for this week (20.11.20)

 

Below are the Class 1 spellings for this week which will be tested on Friday 27th November.

 

There are 10 spellings consisting of words with a chosen sound, green words (spelt using phonics) and red words (not following phonics patterns).

Gold and Values Awards (13.11.20)

  

GOLD AWARDS

 

Ella – Ella has been working very hard on her phonics so far this year.  She is growing in confidence with sounding out new sounds and becoming more fluent in her reading.  Well done! 

 

Grace – Grace shows great enthusiasm for drawing and writing, which is evident with the many examples of work she brings from home to show the class.  It is so encouraging that you enjoy recording your thoughts and ideas and I am always interested to see your creative work.

 

VALUES AWARD FOR SERVICE

 

Alice R – Alice is always a wonderful example of being kind and considerate towards others.  She is always willing to help with tidying and organising in the classroom without needing to be asked, and works well in paired and group activities where she is supportive and encouraging.  Thank you. 

Spellings for this week (13.11.20)

 

Below are the Class 1 spellings for this week which will be tested on Friday 20th November.

 

There are 10 spellings consisting of words with a chosen sound, green words (spelt using phonics) and red words (not following phonics patterns).

Gold and Values Awards (06.11.20)

 

From now on, the Class 1 Gold and Values Awards that are handed out at our virtual assembly each Friday will be included on this page for your information.

 

GOLD AWARDS

 

Alice J – In PE this week, we have been working on our team relay skills and being able to control balls of different sizes.  Alice showed excellent control when bouncing a basketball in a straight line, dribbling a small ball across the ground and throwing and catching a tennis ball demonstrating good hand eye coordination.  She was also very encouraging to her other teammates during the relay. 

 

Lucy – Lucy has been working very hard this week to improve her blending of sounds and reading of words in our phonics sessions.  She is focusing better and becoming more fluent in reading simple sentences with expression.  Keep up the fantastic work!

 

VALUES AWARD FOR CREATIVITY

 

Nancy – I have been so impressed with Nancy’s class discussion work this week.  We have started a new book in English called ‘Traction Man’ and Nancy came up with some very creative adjectives to describe the Traction Man action figure and describe how the boy felt who received it as a Christmas gift.

Spellings for this week (06.11.20)

 

Below are the Class 1 spellings for this week which will be tested on Friday 13th November.

 

There are 10 spellings consisting of words with a chosen sound, green words (spelt using phonics) and red words (not following phonics patterns).

The Festival of Diwali

 

Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, as well as Sikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.

 

The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning "rows of lighted lamps". Houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called diyas. People also enjoy fireworks and sweets too.  It will be celebrated on 14th November this year. 

 

We created our own Paper Diyas using a concertina process the remind us of the importance of light in Diwali.

Spellings for this week (23.10.20)

 

Below are the Class 1 spellings for this week which will be tested on Friday 6th November.

 

There are 10 spellings consisting of words with a chosen sound, green words (spelt using phonics) and red words (not following phonics patterns).

Jonah and the Whale

 

In RE, over the last few weeks, we have been looking at the story of Jonah and how he did not want to follow God's instructions until God forced him to realise that his plan is always best.

 

We created freeze frames of the key scenes to illustrate how Jonah felt throughout his incredible journey.

Below is a short animation of the bible story.

Spellings for this week (16.10.20)

 

Below are the Class 1 spellings for this week which will be tested on Friday 23th October.

 

There are 10 spellings consisting of words with a chosen sound, green words (spelt using phonics) and red words (not following phonics patterns).

Class 1 Meet the Teacher

For those that were unable to join us for the Meet the Teacher, here is a recording to explain the key information for Year 1.

Spellings for this week (09.10.20)

 

Below are the Class 1 spellings for this week which will be tested on Friday 16th October.

 

There are 10 spellings consisting of words with a chosen sound, green words (spelt using phonics) and red words (not following phonics patterns).

Handwriting

 

Year 1 are now learning cursive letter formation.  Below is a document that you may want to use when your child is writing at home.  We are still in the early stages of developing this; however, we would hope that by the end of the academic year children would be confident in writing cursive letters in preparation for progressing through the school.

Spellings for this week (02.10.20)

 

Below are the Class 1 spellings for this week. 

 

Each set of spellings will be sent out on Friday and tested the following Friday.  

 

There are 10 spellings consisting of words with a chosen sound, green words (spelt using phonics) and red words (not following phonics patterns).

Where The Wild Things Are

 

Over the last few weeks, we have been studying the book ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak.  We have been exploring the many feelings that Max experienced through his imaginary journey and described his fantasy setting and the Wild Things he met using our best adjectives.

 

Here are some photos of our freeze frames depicting key scenes in the story and Max’s reactions.

Harvest Celebration

 

Today, Class 1 and Reception took part in our Harvest Celebration in the church.  It was such a shame that parents were not able to join with us due to the current restrictions; however, we have recorded our performance of our ‘Cauliflowers Fluffy’ song for you to enjoy.  All the children did a fantastic job and I was a very proud teacher!

 

Thank you so much for those that brought in food for the service.  The church will be able to use this to create food parcels for vulnerable families, in the local area, needing help.

Cauliflowers Fluffy Performance.mp4

Still image for this video

Spellings for this week (28.09.20)

 

Below are the Class 1 spellings for this week. 

 

Each set of spellings will be sent out at the beginning of the week (Monday) and tested at the end of the week (Friday). 

 

There are 10 spellings consisting of words with a chosen sound, green words (spelt using phonics) and red words (not following phonics patterns).

Read Write Inc – Reading at Home

 

Read Write Inc is the primary scheme we use at St Mary’s to teach your child how to read and understand the meaning of a text. 

 

Your child will receive a new Read Write Inc Phonics book on a Monday and a Thursday each week.  Please make sure your child’s book bag is brought into school on these days.

 

Below is how we would like you to use the Phonics book in your daily reading with your child. 

Day 1

 

1.  Decode all of the green and red words

2.  Let your child read the sentences of the book to you

3.  Point to the words as they read

4.  If they struggle, help to sound out and blend

Day 2

 

  • Let your child read the story to you while they point to each word
  • You are building fluency of reading the text

Day 3

 

  • Let your child read the story to you while they point to each word
  • They should be reading the text fluently
  • Read the questions about the story to your child and discuss the answers together
  • This is building reading comprehension – an understanding of the meaning of the text

Reading – sounding out and blending

 

If you are unfamiliar with the terms sounding out and blending, below is a video from Read Write Inc explaining how they are used for reading unfamiliar words.

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