Wrens' Class are our Year 1 group. They are taught by Mrs Wilkinson who is assisted by Mrs Williams, Miss Marshall, Miss Furness and Mr Johnson
22nd February 2018
It has been wonderful to welcome a whole class of healthy children back after the holidays and to hear all their exciting news! They have settled in remarkably quickly and are already working very hard.
We were thrilled to have Mr James,our caretaker, read us a story at the end of last term and also to welcome Father Geoff, the vicar here in Houghton, to share some bible stories. We are grateful to them both for giving up their time to be with us. We have counted this and our shared reading with Year 4 as school Readathon activites. Many children have brought favourite or special books to share in class and this coming week, as a final push, we are looking at information in non-fiction books. We would love to look at any information in books, magazines or even instruction leaflets from home that children would like to share.
The 'Three Bears' are working their way around Wrens, trying to listen to as many stories as people are willing to read to them.There is also a spare notebook for any bears who may prefer to stay at home and be read to. We are encouraging Wrens to sort this out for themselves and to sign up for a slot on a suitable night.
We will resume home learning once the Readathon is finished.
We are looking forward to our visit to the Shuttleworth Collection next Wednesday 28th Feb.Children will need to wear school uniform and we will be back for the end of school.The forecast is for very cold weather and as we shall be outside some of the time or in unheated aircraft hangars, it will important that they have plenty of warm layers and an outside coat, not just a fleece.Children will need their snack, drink and a packed lunch in a bag which they can carry themselves. You can view details of the collection on their website should you wish to.
Many thanks for your continued help, we do appreciate it!
Ist February 2018
We enjoyed starting our Readathon in school today when we shared a story about sharing with Kingfishers class. We will keep a class record over the next month of extra activities and make this available before the deadline so that the children can complete their records at home. If anyone has a favourite story or a non-fiction book they would like to share we are planning on having a session with some of the older children next Monday.There is no additional home-learning this week or for over half-term as we really would like the children to read - anything counts!
Many thanks for continuing to support our learning- it has been wonderful to hear the children describing seeing the moon and thanks too for all the effort that has gone into discussing their timelines. It really does help them to make sense of a very complicated idea.
24th January 2018
We have had another very busy week and Wrens have produced some amazing work. They really enjoyed finding out about the handwriting of some famous people (can they remember who?) and trying to work out which was the most modern.We have tried our hands at writing how French school children are taught to write and have found out about alphabets in different languages including Russian and Japanese.
We have been adding two numbers by splitting the second number to add up to 10 first. Any practice you can do at home counting forwards and backwards from a number under 10 will really help them to count quickly and confidently.
There are also some superb paintings inspired by the wintery skies and tree silhouettes. We are looking forward to being able to get out and look for some signs of Spring...
18th January 2018
Home learning this week -'tricky words' to read and spell.'Tricky' words don't really follow phonics patterns and we just have to learn them! Wrens have a sheet with these words which will fold over so that they can try to remember them in their heads before they write them down.They should be able to explain to you what to do - that's part of the task.We are concentrating particularly this week on forming letters carefully and writing as neatly as we can manage.
We try to send details before the weekend as this is a more convenient time for some families but please don't feel this has to be completed by Monday morning.Some tasks may be better completed in two or three small stages.Many thanks for the reading challenges which have come back-we hope to share these in some of our guided reading time next week.
8th January 2018
Happy New Year!
It has been wonderful to see all the children back eager to learn and well again after a rest.They have settled back into routine remarkably quickly.Thank you too for all the effort which has been put into reading over the hoilday-it really does help the children pick up where they left off at the end of last term. More details of topics to be covered will follow but just a reminder that PE days are Monday and Friday. We will be outside for at least one of the sessions so they will need a warm layer.We will also be out and about during other lessons so children will need coats and suitable footwear.
We are looking forward to lots of learning opportunities.Many thanks for your continued support.
15th December 201
What a privilege to work with such a professional bunch of performers!
Wrens thoroughly enjoyed sharing the results of all their hard work with you. We'd like to thank you for all of your support in providing costumes and learning lines etc. It is astonishing how much the children have grown in so many ways since the start of September.
Best wishes for a restful and healthy holiday.
We have started to learn the songs we will use in our joint assembly and Year 1 will also be sharing a book we are using in literacy lessons. It isn't a play so there are no individual parts as such.
In Year 1 and 2 we are simply asking that every child wear Christmas party clothes – think sparkles and smartness! Please also bear in mind that the hall does get rather hot during performances. We’d appreciate it if these clothes could come into school on Monday 11th December ready for our performances on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th– please ensure that all clothes are labelled and in a bag clearly marked with your child’s name. Thank you for your support – we will send performance clothes home on Friday 15th December.
We have had a very productive fortnight with visits from owls and an expedition across the meadow.The children have written fiction and non-fiction books to put in our role-play library and have have been learning Makaton signs, which are used alongside speech, through the 'I can sing a Rainbow' song. Ask for a demonstration from your Wren-you can find on-line, sing-along versions of the song if, like me, you can't quite remember the order in which they appear in the song!
Thank you once again for your continued support-it makes such a difference. Wrens keep Mrs.Williams very busy changing books and continuing home reading as the end of term approaches is particularly helpful.
We have had such a busy week.Thank you for your support -we had a really interesting trip to Cambridge on Tuesday. The roadworks on the A14 were almost as interesting as the museum itself! The staff there were very complimentary about the children's behaviour and their level of engagement. We were fortunate to be able to borrow a 'handling'collection to bring back with us and the children have thoroughly enjoyed touching and trying on vintage polar clothing. They have produced some amazing writing about dressing for extreme conditions and have practised using some very technical words.
Wrens shared work from our previous topic in assembly this morning, everyone playing a part and taking their responsibility very seriously.
After a rather hectic and exciting morning, we had a little fun constructing the skeletons of 3-D shapes with some spaghetti and marshmallows.
Some great chat and some serious teamwork went on. It took quite a lot of patience and perseverance but it really helped us to understand which 2-d shapes make up the faces of 3-d ones.
We are looking forward to writing the story of 'Reading Dog Buddy' next week and using our role -play library.
We have been busy learning about 2-D shapes and have now started to look for these in 3-D shapes. We've also learnt about 'less than' and 'greater than' and how to use symbols to represent this in number sentences.We are moving on to working with numbers greater than 10. Practising using small objects around the house to count backwards and forwards from different start numbers can be really helpful in increasing confidence.
We have enjoyed our new text 'Detective Dog'particularly because it rhymes.Rhyming stories and rhymes are great fun and can help with spelling (sometimes!). The story involves a dog who goes into school to listen to children read.Guess who came into our class on Friday ...
Wrens have thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse'and have produced some splendid work comparing urban and rural environments.Our walk around the village and our bus trip into Huntingdon really brought the topic alive. Thank you so much for your support with this-it makes such a differenece when the children are able to experience things first-hand.
We've had a very busy couple of weeks and have made the most of being able to be outside in the lovely autumn sunshine. As part of our harvest celebration, we read a story from Africa then tasted some of the fruits which appear in the story.
Wrens also enjoyed their invitation to the woods on Thursday, National Poetry Day, where they found some poems which they enjoyed learning and performing. You may very well have heard 'Silverly, silverly' recited in your house.
We discovered out that our food comes from all over the world and we tried some things we haven't eaten before-like avocado pear! Some of our broad beans have germinated and we have planted them in a trough. We hope that they will survive the winter and produce a crop before Wrens become Kingfishers. That's a long wait...
P.S. We have had an amazing number of reading book returned over the last few weeks. Thank you from all the Year1 team for your support with this-it really does make a difference.
Wrens have made a splendid start to the new term, settling into new routines very quickly.
All children now have a reading book to bring home and we are encouraging children to put their own folder in the box, first thing in the morning, so that books can be changed during the school day.
Our PE days are Monday and Friday and we will be outside this half-term for as many sessions as the weather allows.It is useful if children can have a waterproof and wellies in school and also an old shirt to cover their uniform during messy play or painting activities.
Our focus author for this half-term is Julia Donaldson.Children are welcome to bring a book written by her to share at storytime. Please ensure that this is named then it can be returned easily.
We are learning about weather. Any discussion about this, real or on the news etc. would be veryhelpful.
Home Learning and Big Write will start next term.