Weekly Learning
The children had so much fun performing their KS1 Christmas Nativity to you all.  I'm sure you will agree that the children sung beautifully and did a fantastic job of getting us all in the festive spirit! 
In Maths this week we have been learning about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd 3rd etc.) and have also been using our left and right to describe the position of something.  The children impressed us with how clearly they could talk about their practical work using the vocabulary we had learnt.  We have also taught them a trick for remembering their left and right - lay your hands palm down on a flat surface and stick your thumbs out.  The left hand will create a L which helps you to remember that it is your left!
We had our last Forest School session on Friday - the children made some clay monsters that we hid around the site for other children to find.  The children's waterproofs and wellies have been sent home, as some made need a wash!!  Year 2 will now have Forest School with Mrs Long after Christmas, so we will not need these items returned for now.



This week the children joined the children from year 2 to get ready for the Nativity performances. They all looked absolutely fantastic in their costumes and they have been working really hard on all of the songs. Our dress rehearsal to the rest of the school went very well and we are all looking forward to our performances next week.


In Maths we have been continuing to look at repeating patterns. This week we have been creating repeating patterns with 3-D shapes. On Friday we started to learn about ordinal numbers. The children were able to describe position using the vocabulary, before, after and between. 


This week we have also been recalling all of the pencil sketching skills we learnt earlier this year to produce some fantastic pictures of Paddington Bear. We are going to be creating a display of this art work outside the Year 1 classrooms next term.

This week in Maths we have been making and identifying patterns in shape and trying to work out if the shape, size or colour had changed.  The children have also worked hard in RE where we have been reflecting on the Christmas Story and the importance of the gifts given to Jesus.  We talked about the two very different groups of visitors that came to see baby Jesus; the poor shepherds and the very important wise men.  Both groups came with a common purpose, despite their differing backgrounds.  The children really got to grips with this concept and enjoyed seeing the grown ups turn into the characters from the story, as they did some hot-seating!  We even got to 'travel' to Bethlehem to deliver the gifts we would have given Jesus if he had been born here in Aylesbury!
Rehearsals are in full swing for the KS1 Christmas Play 'The Innkeeper's Breakfast.'  A reminder that costumes are needed by Monday next week, as we are doing a dress rehearsal to the school.  We look forward to seeing you on the 11th and 12th December.  



This week in RE the children have been learning about the Christmas story. They have been thinking about special gifts and have been able to consider gifts of service that they could offer to someone. The children have been re-telling the Christmas story and have been thinking about how different people in the story may have felt.


In Maths the children have been learning about the properties of 2-d shapes. They have had lots of fun creating their own shape pictures.


Everyone braced the cold weather and had lots of fun at forest school. The children have been continuing to turn the nature around them into beautiful autumn pictures.


Year 1 have been practising all of the songs for the Nativity and they are going to make an excellent choir! Please can we have all of the costumes in by next Friday (30.11.18).

This week, Year 1 have been continuing their work in Science on materials.  We have had lots of fun exploring with magnets and the children carried out an experiment to test for waterproof materials.  The children were then given the task of making Paddington Bear and other soft toys a waterproof coat using their chosen material.  Take a look at some of the photos of our testing!  On Friday we went out for our weekly Forest School sessions.  The children always enjoy being outdoors and exploring with their friends and have loved producing natural art this week.  



This week the children have begun a new topic in science, investigating materials. The children have been able to identify a range of materials and have started to think about their properties. They have been exploring natural and man-made materials and were able to sort them into groups. They had lots of fun thinking through ‘What if’ scenarios. What if your table was made from fabric? What if your pencil was made from chocolate?


In maths we have continued our work on subtraction. The children have been creating their own subtraction number problems.


We had a fantastic session at forest school! This week the children made a piece of artwork using natural materials.

This week the children have been working hard on learning different strategies for solving subtraction number sentences.  They have been practising counting on and back on a number line, as well as using their knowledge of part part whole to work out the answer.  The children had lots of fun in DT where we planned and wrote instructions for how to make a marmalade sandwich.  On Wednesday the children then got to put these instructions into practice and made their own tasty snack (some weren't so keen on the marmalade)!
On Friday the children went with Mrs Long for their first Forest School session.  The children visited the new on-site Forest School and got a chance to explore their surroundings.  They also discovered man made and natural materials outside, which was good preparation for our new Science topic starting next week.
Please remember to send your child in with their wellies and raincoats/all-in-ones next Friday.  Some children did not have these items and the field is getting very muddy! Thank you :)


This week in Geography the children wrote about an imaginary adventure to Peru. They were able to apply all of their knowledge about the country and produced some fantastic writing.


In ICT this half term the children have been learning how to log onto the computers. They are now all able to use their own username and have also been able to log off! Next half term the children will be practising their typing skills.


In Maths we have completed our topic on addition. The children have all amazed us with their application of the part, part, whole model.


We hope that you all have a very happy half term and we will look forward to seeing you in a week!

This week in Geography the children (and adults) had a very exciting 'trip' to Peru!  We followed in the footsteps of Paddington Bear and imagined we were off to South America.  We had a ticket each and turned the classroom into an aeroplane ready for our journey.  When we 'arrived' we learnt more about Peru and have begun to compare it to London and the United Kingdom.  
On Wednesday we welcomed parents to the Year 1 classrooms to join us for a Maths lesson.  The children loved sharing all they have learnt about number bonds and part, part, whole.  Thank you to those that came and we hope the morning gave you an opportunity to share in your child's learning.  Look out for further Stay and Play dates in the future.
A big well done to our newly elected Junior Leaders.  The children enjoyed going to the hall, which had been decorated like a real polling station, to vote for the class member they wanted to represent them in future Junior Leadership meetings. 
We look forward to seeing you all at Parent's Evening next week.  
This week the children have produced some tremendous observational drawings of old toys. They have been learning to look closely at outline, texture and detail. We rounded off the topic with an art gallery where the children enjoyed looking at each others work. 
On Friday morning we had lots of fun welcoming our Grandparents into the school. The children all enjoyed spending time with them in the classrooms and gave a super performance in the hall. 
In Maths the children have been exploring different ways to represent number bonds. They have been working practically, drawing pictures and even writing number sentences. We are looking forward to our Stay and Play session next week. The focus will be Maths and the children will be able to share all of their new learning.



This week in Year One we have begun a new topic in Art - observational pencil drawing. The children have enjoyed using our new sketching pencils. Next week we are going to apply all of our new skills and have a go at an observational drawing of an old toy.


In Maths we have been exploring number sequences. We are now able to tell if the numbers in a sequence are ascending or descending and we have had a go at finding the missing number in a number sequence.


Now that the children have been sorted into their houses they have enjoyed collecting house points!


A quick reminder of key days in Year 1

Monday: Book change day

Wednesday: Library

Tuesday/Friday: PE

Wednesday: Homework due in

Friday: New homework sent home

We have had a great time this week in Year 1!  The children were very excited to take part in the 'Sorting Assembly' on Tuesday where they were sorted into their houses.  Your child should have come home with a coloured card to say which house they are in (Hampden-green, Lee-yellow, Cook-blue, Rothschild-red).  The children meet with their house every half term for a house assembly and take part in other events together.  We are also now giving out housepoints in class to Year 1, which are collected and go towards the whole school total.
In Maths we have been using the phrases 'more than, fewer than and the same as' to compare sets of objects and pictures and the terms 'greater than and smaller than' to compare numbers.  We have also had our first ICT lesson - the children have been practising how to log on and off using their own username.
Just a couple of reminders to parents: please ensure your child has their reading book and yellow reading record in their bookbag each day, as we like to record when we have read with them in class.  We also want to encourage children to come into the classrooms independently now, so we ask that you say goodbye in the playground and let your child come in by themselves.  They have been doing a really good job so far - well done Year 1! :)
We have had a fantastic first week settling into Year One. The children have been coming into the classrooms independently and have quickly got used to the new routines. 
Our new Paddington Bear topic is underway and in History we have been learning about old and new toys. Read Write Inc lessons have begun and the children have impressed us with all the sounds that they have remembered. 
Next Tuesday the children will be sorted into their houses. (Red - Rothschild, Green - Hampden, Yellow - Lee and Blue Cook). Your child will come home at the end of the day with a coloured card telling you which house they have been allocated.
This week we would like the children to have a go at applying their sketching skills and draw a toy from home. 
Please encourage the children to remember all that they have been learning at school. Look closely, carefully sketch the out line using an ant trail, add detail and texture. We are looking forward to seeing their pictures next week. 
For homework this week we would like to find out about your Christmas traditions.  Do you celebrate Christmas and if so what special things do you do each year with your family?  For example every year Miss Blackman enjoys making mince pies and then eating lots with cream!  You can tell us in any way you want to-draw a picture, write a sentence or use photos.



We have been finding out about Jesse Trees. Jesse Trees are a very old Christmas tradition that first started in medieval times. They are used to help tell the story of the bible through pictures from creation to the Christmas story. The name comes from Jesse who was the Father of the great Jewish king David.

We will create our own Jesse Tree in our classroom. We would like the children to choose a bible story to illustrate. Here are some suggestions:

Creation, Joseph and his coat, Moses, Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the whale, Daniel and the lions, Jesus’ birth.

This week in Maths, the children have been using their understanding of addition and subtraction to make families of number sentences.  This involves using three associated numbers to make two addition and two subtraction number sentences.  The children have learnt that they need to look carefully at where the two parts and the whole go in each.  Homework this week is for your child to make a family of number sentences using three numbers. For example, using the numbers 3, 4 and 7 you can write:



This week we have been learning about everyday materials. We have looked at different materials and properties of materials. We would like the children to make a table of natural and man-made materials. They could have a go at writing or drawing the materials.

Homework this week is to spend some time exploring maps linked to our Geography topic.  The children have learnt that we live in the UK and that London is our capital city.  We have also begun to explore Peru in South America.  You could take a look at Google Earth, street maps, tube maps or perhaps make your own.  Please spend no longer that 20 minutes on this activity and present your findings in any way you choose.

This week in Maths we have been looking at number patterns.

We have been learning about number patterns that ascend and descend.

0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7   or  7,6,5,4,3,2,1,0

We would like the children to record their own number sequence. Try to start on another number other than 1.

Challenge – Can you record a sequence that ascends or descends in 2’s?

Please spend no more than 20 minutes on this task. Happy counting!

Homework this week is to talk to an older family member and find out about the toys they used to play with.  The children can record this information in any way they choose.  We will give the children an opportunity to share their findings in class.  Please spend no more than 20 minutes on this task.