I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for all of the kind words and gifts that you got me today. I never expect presents but it is always lovely to feel appreciated! Your children are absolutely wonderful and I have had a fantastic year teaching them - they are a credit to you all! Also, thank you so much for being such a supportive and fun group of parents! I have had great fun getting to know you all better during our little chats in the morning! Have a fantastic summer holiday and I wish your beautiful children lots of luck in year 2 - I will really miss them!
While I am here, I would also like to thank our 3 parent helpers: Mrs Hawkins, Mrs Wainman and Miss Lukeman for listening to the children read and for the lovely Mrs Fox who took over from Mrs Marshall for the past 6 weeks! It has been a pleasure having her with us and we were very sad to see her go!
Love Mrs Edwards xx
A BIG welcome to our 1E class page!
I am going to try my very best to update this page regularly to let you know what we have been doing each week!
The children are doing amazingly well this year and are coping fantastically with the challenge of our new curriculum! Well done to all of the children!
Week Ending: 10th July 2015
I can't believe we are heading into the final week of year 1! It has gone really fast - a sign of a really fun year I think!
This week we have had a lot going on! We have had fit4schools come in and complete the final testing, Farm to Fork came in and brought us lots of goodies and we have completed our final week on poetry and our IPC topic on toys.
Week Ending: 3rd July 2015
This week we have achieved so much, in particular, our Sports Day on Tuesday. I am so proud of all of the children who took part - they did really well. See photos below.
In English we have been continuing our topic on poetry and have been making ourselves very hungry looking at fruit poems! We have created our own shape poems using adjectives and we have looked at alliteration. Next week we will be moving onto onomatopoeia and acrostic poems.
In maths, we have been continuing our work on money which they are still finding challenging. We have made a start on learning about change and how to work it out by finding the difference. See 'Week Ending: 1st May 2015' for guidance on how to work it out. We will be continuing with this next week.
In IPC we have been looking at what properties toys need to work properly. For example, what would happen if a teddy was made of metal and you couldnt squash it? We have also looked at pushes and pulls. We have made a start on thinking about making our own board games as part of our design and technology unit. Maybe you could discuss ideas with your children.
Week Ending: 26th June 2015
On Tuesday afternoon, the children completed their sponsored event! See the photos and videos below. Please return the sponsor forms in as soon as possible.
In English, we have been looking at poems with particular patterns, for example, rhyme and alliteration. We have looked at the poems: What little girls are made of? and What little boys are made of? There seemed to be a bit of a divide on these poems! The boys didn't like the boys one but the girls loved their one! I have no idea why! See below for the children performing the poems - the girls were trying to look as sweet as possible.
In Maths, we have been learning about money and the children have found this quite challenging. They have had totals of money and have had to work out what coins they would use to pay for that total. They then went on to find ways of making the totals using the least amount of coins. If you would like to do some work on this with your child, there are some really good games on: http://www.ictgames.com/moneyPage.htm
In IPC we looked at the painting: Children’s Games (1560) by Pieter Bruegel and compared it with our playtimes today.
Week Ending: 19th June 2015
It has been a funny week this week! I haven't been in the classroom much due to completing the phonics screen with the children each morning. They have done brilliantly well and I am so proud of them. You will get to find out their scores when the reports go out.
In English we have been continuing work on our poetry topic and have looked at the poem: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear. The children have performed it, written it out and illustrated it. They are getting really into the performance side of poetry and are very enthusiastic with it!
In Maths, they have been working out what one more and one less than a number is and looking at number sequences and what comes next.
In R.E. we have been learning about Islamic Gardens and what is special about them.
In IPC, we have been looking at old and new toys. The children have looked at toys children played with in the past and created their own toy museum! See the photos below.
We have also had our green day on Friday and have learnt a lot about energy and how we need to save it. Hopefully they have come home and started turning lights off!
Well done to our spelling stars this week! Keep practising at home - if you can't remember the words, they are on the year 1 front page.
Finally, I would just like to wish all of the fantastic Dad's in 1E a very happy father's day! Relax and put your feet up - you are a brilliantly supportive group and make a huge difference to your children's lives!
Creative Arts week 2015
Today has been our last day of Creative Arts week and we are really going to miss it! It is back to normal on Monday! We have had a great week and the children have learnt so much about artists and musicians.
Today we listened to 'The Firebird Suite' and we talked about what kind of music it was and what feelings it bought out in us. We also went to see the art exhibition in the junior hall. We were really impressed with all of their art work.
Finally, to finish the week off, we had our Dance Festival which was amazing. I am so incredibly proud of them - considering they are so young, to have the confidence to do that was incredible! Hats off to them! I have put a video on the year 1 page for all to see!
Today we went to see the Stringcredibles show and they really were incedible! We all learnt so much about music, in particular, rhythm, tempo, harmony, melody and the bass line. See the videos below to get a taster of the fun the children had.
In the afternoon, the children performed the poem: Higglety Pigglety to the whole school and they did an amazing job! Well done children!
We have had great fun today and have created so much art! A big thank you to Mrs Wainman for coming and helping us today and I hope your hands are not too sore from all of the cutting out!
Today we finished off our Andy Warhol paintings, created Warhol pictures on the computer and created our own Matisse pictures based on 'The Snail'. See the photos from today below.
Today is our second day of creative arts week and we have had a fun and messy day! I am very sorry about the state of the children today but I promise you that they have had great fun and I am in just as much of a mess!
Today we have been looking at the inspirational artist: Andy Warhol. We looked at a powerpoint to find out a bit more about him and have started to recreate one of his famous pieces of art. This is what the children are trying to achieve.
We have not finished them yet, so watch this space! See photos from today and a presentation about Andy Warhol below.
Today was the start of our fantastic creative arts week which has been fantastically planned by Mrs Hurd. Today we looked at the artist Henri Matisse and created mobiles based on his work. In the afternoon, we went to a workshop where we created a large felt project with a lovely lady, also based on the work of Matisse. If you would like to learn more about this inspirational artist, see the powerpoint below that we showed the children. Also below are the photos from today! Enjoy!
Week Ending: 5th June 2015
We have had such a busy and exciting week!
In English, we have started our new topic on Poetry and have been having fun with the poem: Higglety Pigglety Pop! Can you believe a dog was eating a mop?!! See below for our brilliant (and not so brilliant by me!) performances!
In Maths, we have been learning about 2Dand 3D shapes. Some of them have found this quite tricky, in particular, the 2D shapes: pentagon, hexagon, octogen and heptagon. When completing the maths homework this week, really focus on the names and properties of the shapes, for example, a circle is a circle because it has one curved side, a cone is a cone because it has one flat face and one curved face etc.
In IPC we have started our topic on 'The Magic Toymaker'. The toymaker left us a box today with some bits of junk in, a key and a letter! We were told that we had to use our imaginations to make a toy out of junk!
Luckily the children's imagination was better than mine! See if you can guess what they are. You might have to use a lot of imagination yourselves!
Week Ending: 22nd May 2015
We have had a fantastic week this week and have been very busy!
In English we have completed our final week on our author study and have looked at the similarities and differences between all of her books and have looked at the main characters, supporting characters, settings and repeated patterns in the book. We have also played an adjectives game and looked at the conjunctions: and, but and so.
In Maths, we have continued our work on measuring, this time measuring how far we can throw a bean bag and how far we could jump (in metres). We then plotted our results in a graph.
In P.E. we have been practising for our dance festival which is on Friday 12th June - keep your fingers crossed for nice whether - or better still do a sunshine dance!
In IPC we have made a booklet about our local area, produced a piece of writing looking at the environment and also made some fantastic clay tiles (See photos below!). They had to create a clay tile with something they can find in the world - the children came up with some fantastic ideas including, the planet, flowers, trees and even our school!
Finally we had our miniature gardens in this week. They are absolutely brilliant and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for your support with this. It has made our IPC topic even better! See photos below!
I hope to see you all on Saturday for our Jazz Festival Parade! It is at 10.15 until approximately 11.40. Meeting place at The George Ramada Hotel in Solihull. Please remember that the children must wear the costumes they made!
Well done to Oliver who got star of the week this week!
Week Ending: 15th May 2015
Before I tell you what we have been learning about this week, please can I remind you that it is the Jazz Festival coming up on 23rd May 2015. The Parade will start at The George Ramada Hotel, (meeting will be at 10.15). The parade will be led by Bostin Brass Band; we have two large human sized flowers (made by Clary), as well as retailers and professional services in Solihull all getting dressed up to kick-start the two day jazz weekend. The parade will follow a route, with plenty of security – heading through Touchwood Shopping Centre, finishing in Mell Square at 11.40. Parents are welcome to follow the parade. Please remember that the children must wear their costumes! Please Please Please attend! I will be there as a parent with my daughter Heather.
So onto this week ...
In English we have written our own stories based on The Gruffalo! I have had a great time marking these and a few giggles too! I loved the ending of one of their stories: "And they all lived happily ever after. The mouse didn't." A lot of the children are still missing out a lot of capital letters and full stops. If the children do any writing at home, encourage them to check for these two things.
In Maths, we have been learning about measuring, in particular: time. We have used the sand timer to see what we can do in 1 minute and the stop watches to see how long it takes us to do different activities. We have put our results into a bar graph.
In IPC, we started our Geography part of our topic on 'Our World'. We compared old maps of Solihull with new ones. We noticed that there are a lot less fields now and a lot more houses and roads. I had to try and explain to them that just because the maps were black and white, it did not mean it was black and white in real life! To quote a child 'I am so glad we have colour now!' - you have got to love children!
We also hung our bird feeders up. I think we were a little enthusiastic with filling them so they fell out of their cups! Oooops!
At the beginning of half term, we set the children a technology challenge of making miniature gardens. We have had a few come in already and they are fantastic! I can't wait to see the rest when they come in next week!
Well done to all of the children who got 6 out of 6 in their spellings this week! Keep up the hard work!
Well done to our star of the week who got her name pulled out of our classroom star box!
Week Ending: 9th May 2015
What an exciting week it has been! We may have only been in school for 3 days but so much has happened! I don't think you will quite believe how much we have squeezed into 3 days but it is pretty impressive!
These children all got 6 out of 6 on their spellings this week! Well done!
Well done to our star of the week this week who had her name picked out of our superstar box!
Our Celebration Assembly Stars this week
Week Ending: 1st May 2015
We have done a lot of great things this week and have learnt a lot!
Well done to this weeks spelling stars who got 6 out of 6 right!
The spellings this half term are: to, today, my, were, was, some, you, your, put, she, we and have. The children get tested on a random 6 each week. Keep practising!
Well done to Mylee who was our star of the week in our classroom this week! We are all really proud of you.
Dates to remember:-
Monday - Bank Holiday - enjoy your day off!
Thursday - Teacher Training Day due to the voting.
Friday - Non uniform day to raise money for Sri Lanka - £1 donation
Week Ending: 24th April 2015
This week as been a bit of a strange week but we have got through it and have had a great time!
A house A shark
A School A Fire
Week Ending: 17th April 2015
Welcome back after our two week break! I hope the children had a lovely Easter and had a well earned rest! We have had a great first week back and this is what we have been learning about.
Please remember to send your child in with a hat and water bottle now that the weather is improving. If it is really hot, please put sun cream on them before they come to school.
Week Ending: 27th April 2015
I hope you are all having a lovely Easter and that you are having a relaxing break! The children really deserve it as they have worked so hard.
We had a fantastic last week of term and was as busy as ever!
In English we wrote a recount on our trip to the Think Tank. The children did so well as they had to remember all of the features that they had been taught over the last half term. We will be starting a new topic next half term. I am so excited as we are doing a study on my favourite author! I wonder if the children can remember who that is.
In Maths we have been weighing items. We made a spring balance and used this to see which objects were the lightest and which were the heaviest.
In the afternoons, we finished off our IPC topic: Say Cheese. The children have really enjoyed this topic and are now hopefully skilled photographers and animators! The children have used the APPS: Animate Me and Scratch Jnr to create their own animations. They had a great time! Hopefully they will enjoy our next topic just as much!
We finished our week off with Green Day. We all dressed up in Green and did some work on waste and how it is important to reduce, recycle and reuse before putting it in the bin.
We finished our half term by saying goodbye to our good friend Michael. It was very sad to say goodbye and we will miss him so much but we know he is going to be so happy with his family in his new house and school. Good luck Michael! We will all miss you so much! Good luck in your new school - they are so lucky to have you! Hope Peter Brook the bear is okay!
Week Ending 20th March 2015
We have had such a fantastic week! So much has happened and we have had so much fun!
Reminder to parents: It is parents evening this week on Tuesday and Wednesday! I am looking forward to seeing you all!
Week Ending: 13th March 2015
This week has been a funny week! We have had the Comic Relief Sale, Mother's Day Sale and Comic Relief Day! It is amazing that we have managed to fit in any time for lessons but we have and we have learnt lots!
* In RE we read the whole of the Easter story and sequenced the pictures in the right order.
* We have been making lots of treats for our Mummy's - shhhhhhh Mrs Edwards - please do not ruin the surprise!
* In English we have started to learn what a recount is. We had a little birthday party and the children then wrote a recount about it. They had to make sure they wrote in the past tense and had an opening sentence. Next week we will build on this when writing about an event from home. Thank you so much for the homework you completed to help them - I am sure they will appreciate it next week!
* In Maths, we have been learning about multiplication through arrays and repeated addition. They have found this quite difficult so it might be worth practising this at home. Here is some information that might help you: -
In our IPC unit 'Saying Cheese' the children have taken some more photos of their friends or objects in the classroom and have even had a go at editing them! I think you will agree that they are very good photos! We have 30 budding photographers in 1E! Here are some examples:
Just a reminder: It is our trip on Friday!
Week Ending: 6th March 2015
We have had another fun week this week and have worked very hard! This is what we have been learning about:
* In RE we made Palm crosses and looked at the significance of them.
* In PE we looked at travelling across the mat in different positions and speeds.
* In English we have made our Easter Cards and written instructions to go with them. We have also written instructions for washing our hands. The children have had to remember all of the features of a recount: bossy words, numbers, right order, short clear sentences and a heading. They have done a brilliant job! IMPORTANT - If you haven't returned the homework on 'Recounts' please bring it in on Monday.
* In Maths we have looked at doubling numbers. They are getting really good at this. If you want to practise this further, there is a game on www.ictgames.co.uk that looks at doubles beyond 10+10. However, please make sure they know their doubles up to 10 + 10 first!
* We had a great day during Book Day on Thursday. The children looked fantastic in their costumes - thank you for putting so much effort into them! We completed book reviews on their book from home and they made puppets to go with them.
* In our IPC unit on 'Saying Cheese' we completed our 'Entry Point' and had a catwalk. The children took a photo of their talk partner and we analysed them the next day. We found that all of them were too far away, some were blurry, eyes shut etc. We now know what we need to do so hopefully our next photos will be better!
Week Ending: 27th February 2015
We have had a great week this week and have been very busy. This is what we have been learning about this week:-
* In RE have started learning about Easter. The children had to draw the people waving Palm leaves to Jesus.
*In P.E. we were looking at different ways to travel across a mat. I can't believe how many different ways we found!
* In English we have started our unit on Instructions and Recounts. We have written instructions on how to play snakes and ladders and how to play 'Duck Duck Goose'. Please note the homework that was sent home yesterday relating to this!
* In Maths we have been finding half and quarter of a set of objects. They have found this quite difficult. See if you can practise at home. Get a set of objects - can the children half them into 2 equal groups!
*We have also started our brand new IPC topic on 'Say Cheese'. The children are going to become professional photographers! We have already looked at how awful Mrs Edwards is at taking a photo! Now they have a checklist on what makes a good one!
*Lastly, we have done some work in PSHE on good manners. The children did really well at this and are really trying to say please and thank you! Here is Angel's work!
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