Class 1 Learning
We have started to make a BIG BOOK-
In the build up to Poetry week and to develop memory skills and have fun with language-the children are going to try and recite a poem a week which we will try to practise in class.
“Rote learning, in other words, has a lot to be said against it. Learning by heart, on the other hand, is a wonderful thing (as I only saw in gleams and glances as a child). And especially wonderful when it comes to remembering poems, which have the delightful advantage of being organised in ways (involving rhythm and rhyme) that make learning them easy.” Andrew Motion-former poet laureate.
Learning a poem is brilliant ‘brain’ training, it will help inspire their own poetry and rhyming skills. Learning a poem should also help introduce a flow to other writing as well as introducing new vocabulary, developing imagery and imagination and having fun with words. So many children have wanted to recall their poems individually and in front of an audience. We have been utterly amazed in school as the children have been superb at recall and proud of themselves.
If you have any suggestions for good poetry please e-mail or send them in with your child; we would be absolutely delighted to have your contributions.
The children have already learnt the following poems:
The Cloud Dragon
Looking up at the sky
I see a cloud dragon passing by
Changing shapes as he goes
Breathing fire from his nose,
He opens his jaws and just for fun
Moves to swallow up the sun
The sky grows dark-it will rain, no doubt
Please, dragon, spit the sun back out.
Cats Sleep Anywhere
Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair.
Top of piano, window-ledge, in the middle, on the edge.
Open drawer, empty shoe, anybody’s lap will do.
Fitted in a cardboard box, in the cupboard with your frocks.
Anywhere! They don’t care! Cats sleep anywhere.
Eleanor Farjeon (1881 – 1965)
From A Railway Carriage
Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And here is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart runaway in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill, and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone forever!
We do not send home list of spellings to learn at home, however the children learn through the ‘Look, Cover and Write’ method at school as shown by the photograph above using high frequency lists. This saves any stress of learning set words at home and stops any reinforcement of the children that are good and those that may struggle. If children want to practise at home then this is a good method of learning whilst writing. So spelling and writing the word down helps children learn the writing pattern and then connections (as does regular reading) are made. If your child wants to learn spellings at home (later in the year) then I can provide you with lists.
Our library afternoon is THURSDAY and your child will be able to choose one or two books to bring home each week. You will know these are library books as they have a coloured label on their spine (green or white). Our aim is to promote a love of books and we hope your child enjoys using the library as much as we do running it. These books can be shared with your child or you can read them to your child or they can read to you. Quite often children begin to choose books that are large or look like they are for older readers, we try to advise, guide and help, but fundamentally these are their choices and need supporting. The library is run by year 6 children and any books that are unwanted but in a clean condition are gratefully received.
There is a red box in the foyer for any library books you would like to return instead of waiting until the next library session. Please feel free to pop them back in whenever you have finished with them and don’t worry if you have accumulated lots of books at home!
After lunch, class 1 splits into a spelling group, a ‘free writing’ group, a guided reading group and a quiet reading group. The groups are rotated around every day. However, on a Friday afternoon the children are paired with a year 6 child. The year 6 children have been trained to hear the children read and will sometimes place a comment in the orange reading record.
As the children move on from ‘word reading’ the focus on comprehension is the key skill to a lot of learning and high level thinking skills. This can be improved through checking that the text makes sense to them as they read and discussing the significance of the title and events. They can be encouraged to make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done. Predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read to them develops creativity, imagination and skills for writing. Children should still have the opportunity to listen to books being read and encouraged to join in with discussion.
A brilliant website to visit is http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/ It has some great advice and lots of free e-readers all connected with the Oxford Reading Tree that we use in school.
Building up to a BIG WRITE the children will have the opportunity to read, discuss and plan a piece of writing. We will sometimes use Lego to tell a story and this is a great way to understand its structure, sequence and how to embellish and add detail to a final piece of written work.
We have been concentrating on beginning, middle and end which will later develop into a story mountain of ‘opening, build up, problem, resolution and ending’. Please ask you child the problems that occur in the stories that they have heard or read or how they might change an ending.
Design & Technology
January 24th 2018
We went outside on a nice windy day to test our weather vanes. They worked perfectly. We investigated the four points of the compass and nearly came to a class agreement as to which direction the wind was blowing!
Remember: Never, Eat, Shredded, Wheat.
October 18th 2017
Making cars from junk-organised chaos!
Race day in the playground-READY, STEADY, GO!
The class investigated the strength of a paper ‘tube’/leg, before we made tables and chairs for the Little Bear in Goldilocks!
Making Bread-October 4th 2017
Amazing Bakers for the future.
Making Halloween fun and after reading ‘Funny Bones’ we decided to make our own skeleton pictures using cotton buds. We also thought about the purpose of a skeleton and what we might look like without a skeleton-interesting!
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. (Pablo Picasso)
We have been inspired by Cubism and especially portraits by Picasso which the children all thought were amazing. (19th October 2017)
Some artists transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. (Pablo Picasso)
The children enjoyed painting, taking time and really concentrating and they were proud of their finished picture. They were asked to paint a friend-the pictures should be on the way home soon!
The children drew a detailed picture of a friend within the class. Can you guess who they are? Here are just a selection-most were too frightening to publish!
Class 1 Ambassadors
Every week until Christmas, two children are chosen on a Monday morning to represent their class in the Good Work Assembly on Friday afternoon. They each choose another child to award a certificate to and have the opportunity to sit on chairs throughout the assembly. They will read and award their certificate in front of the entire school. The certificates are signed by the Ambassador and should come home in the blue bags. By Christmas every child will have been an ambassador and every child will have been awarded a certificate! Nepotism and popularity is never a factor in class 1!! The certificates can be awarded for work in the classroom or a kind and friendly act as shown below.
I would like to nominate this person because ‘she helps me when I took the register she holds the door for me, she plays with me and always shares and is really kind. My certificate goes to …’
I would like to nominate this person because ‘he does great work with maths and works hard.’ My certificate goes to …
As you can see from the pictures it is all action in class 1. The children enjoy using lots of equipment improving their hand-eye coordination and learning many of the skills necessary for more complex team games as they get older.
To learn to ‘code’ then the website to head for is www.code.org which is brilliant fun and is appropriate for 5 years to 100, use it on a rainy day over half term! Scroll down and begin with course 1-the children will most likely need some 1:1 help which we cannot always achieve at school (working in pairs at school can help) which we really appreciate, but I’m sure yow will also find it fun and learn new skills. Or try the hour of code, programming an Angry Bird, which is quite challenging for some on level 20.
Within the next couple of years, as the children learn to read competently, the internet will become part of childrens’ lives both within the family and visiting friends and relatives, and it is part of the curriculum to teach internet safety. The CEOP (Just Google it) website offers brilliant advice and lots of links to children friendly websites for child learning such as www.thinkuknow.co.uk and Hectors World for the 5-7 age group as well as a fantastic parenting section for all ages including the teenage years
Dogs Trust-18th September 2017
LA from the Dog’s Trust visited school on Monday morning and brought Winnie the Pug to meet all the children and talk about the work of the Dogs Trust, identify what a dog needs to be happy and how to stay safe around a dog. Just ask your child about the visit! If an unknown dog does approach a child, then the advice is to stand still with arms crossed. If a dog knocks a child over then the advice is to curl into a ball on the ground and wait for an adult to arrive.
Tom from China!
Tuesday 26th September 2017
Class 1 were introduced to Tom (his western name!) from China today. Tom is a lecturer in education at a Chinese University which has connections with York University. Tom was keen to visit a primary school in England and it was a great opportunity for the children to investigate and learn about another culture.
Tom taught the children how to say hello (Nee Ha!!), my name is… and a Chinese song about a tiger. The children were all very excited and keen to learn and they were fascinated with Chinese writing. The class reproduced some Chinese writing-it should say ‘friend’.