"Today is a great day to learn something new!"
Art Week 06.06.22- 17.06.22
The children have enjoyed looking at Claude Monet for Art Week and had the opportunity to create their own series paintings on Outdoor Day. We have also looked at Monet’s Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge and created our pieces using different skills and techniques.
Homework due 06.06.22
During the half term holiday, we are asking you to create a project for the Commonwealth celebrations.
Our class country is...
We would like you to create a personal project that is inspired by our class country. You might decide to sculpt, paint, draw, research, cook, design etc...
This is down to you.
Please return your projects to your class teacher on the Monday of the first week back of Summer term 2. We are so excited to see what you have got up to... Maybe even have a taste of it if you are feeling generous!
Phonics Screening Check Information
How can I help my child’s reading at home?
Sharing books together
Reading phonetically decodable books at home is very useful for developing children’s phonic skills.
- Before your child starts reading, look at the cover and title together. Encourage them to think about what the book might be about to get them engaged and in the right frame of mind to read.
- Talk about the book as you read, recapping and asking questions as you go to check your child’s understanding of what they’re reading.
- Point to the words as your child reads, encouraging them to try every word to the very end (children learning to read often neglect suffixes).
- If they’re struggling with a word, help to break it down into individual sounds, then blend the sounds together. Breaking words down into syllables can also help. With longer or compound words, support children to identify elements of the word they might know or find easier to decode, for instance, rain/ing, kind/est, foot/ball. Cover up part of the word and encourage children to read it in smaller chunks.
- If your child is still struggling, it’s OK to tell them the word.
- Finally, don’t forget that praise is really motivating for children as they read.
Make practice fun!
Here are some quick, fun games you can play at home using the focus phonemes in your child’s reading books. These will all help to increase confidence reading and blending sounds.
- Write down all the phonemes on separate pieces of paper and get your child to practise reading them quickly, one after the other. Mix up the order to make sure your child isn’t reciting them!
- Stick up different phonemes around a room and ask your child to hop to one phoneme, skip to one and jump to another as you call them out.
- Get your child to write as many words which include the focus phonemes as they can in 30 seconds. Make it easier or harder by giving them more or less time.
- Choose six phonemes and give each one a number. Roll a dice and ask your child to say the phoneme that the dice lands on.
Botanical Gardens 19.05.2022
Summer 1, Week 2 - Vocations
Our big question this week was ‘What has God called us to be?’ We thought about the gifts and talents that God has given us and how we can use them to be the best we can be. On Wednesday, we had Takeover Day where we were able to take over the jobs of some staff in school. We had to write an application for the job and explain why we would be a suitable candidate.
Summer 1, Week 1
The children have returned from the Easter break ready to learn. Look at the pictures below to see what we have been doing:
Spring 2, Week 5
Spring 2, Week 4
Spring 2, Week 3- STEM week
The children have had such a busy and exciting week this week, as we took part in STEM week. We were tasked with opening our own ‘Yoghurt Cafe’ to celebrate British produce. We thought up lots of different names for our cafe and decided on “The Yummy Yoghurt Factory”. We then designed our own logos using 2D shapes so that our cafe would be recognisable.
After that, we learnt about where the ingredients for our yoghurts come from such as milk coming from a cow and fruits and vegetables being grown from seeds. We observed a wide range of seeds closely with a magnifying glass and used scientific vocabulary to describe them. We decided to make a fact book about where food comes from to share with our Reception children.
On Wednesday, we learnt about the importance of a healthy, balanced diet and what foods are the best to include in our diet. Mrs Cleaver was pleased to hear that you can still have chocolate…in moderation! We designed our Fruit Yoghurt dishes to prepare ourselves for when we made them.
On Thursday, we learnt two techniques for cutting fruit- the bridge technique and the claw technique. After washing our hands, we then used these techniques to safely chop the fruits we wanted to include in our yoghurts. The best part of the week was when we tasted our own yoghurt dishes! Some of us really enjoyed them but others found the yoghurt too sour. Well done everybody for trying something new!
Curriculum Overview 2021-22
Spring 2, Week 2- Outdoor Day, Mass
The children led a wonderful Mass on Wednesday for Year 2 and 3, with prayers they had written themselves and hymns chosen by the class. All of the children acted with great respect and reverence and their singing was sensational.
We also enjoyed working outdoors on Tuesday where we worked like explorers.
Spring 2, Week 1
The children have returned from half term break with a fantastic attitude and are ready to learn. Our new gospel values are Intentional and Prophetic and we will be looking for children who are living these values.
This week, we have been reading different types of poetry including instruction poetry, shape poetry and descriptive poetry. On Tuesday we celebrated Shrove Tuesday and learnt about why people make pancakes. We also tasted some pancakes and used our senses to describe them and with the vocabulary we generated a descriptive poem. On Wednesday, we received the ashes as a sign that Christ is in our thoughts.
Spring 1, Week 6
We started off the week by coming into school in pyjamas to raise money for a mental health charity: Forward Thinking Birmingham. We also celebrated Safer Internet Day and looked at ways to stay safe online. The children answered questions and created posters.
Spring 1, Week 5
This week, we have continued our learning about space. The children have been thinking about questions they would ask Neil Armstrong and have been using question marks in their writing. We looked at the safety features in place when Neil Armstrong went to the moon and ordered the events. In computing, the children used the iPads and gave instructions to help a rocket get to the different planets.
Spring 1, Week 4
We started off the week with our ‘Space Launch’ day. The children used their design and technology skills to design and make rockets using different materials. The children also made papier-mâché planets and we learnt a new song all about the planets in our solar system. On Tuesday, we had our outdoor day. We read our book “Where the Wild Things are” and had a ‘Wild Rumpus’ in the forest just like the main character Max. The children used natural resources to make habitats for the ‘Wild Things’. Check out the pictures below to see all the fun we had! In the afternoon, we explored gravity. The children were fantastic scientists and in groups they carried out a fair test to see which materials would drop first.
Spring 1, Week 3
We had so much fun this week! On Thursday, we went to the theatre to see ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’.
Spring 1, Week 2 Think Tank- Thursday 13th January
Design and Technology- Sock Puppets
Spring 1, Week 1
The children have returned to school with enthusiasm and have worked so wonderfully this week. We started off the week by sharing what we had done in the Christmas break and the children did a piece of writing all about it. In Mathematics, we have been focusing on 2D shapes and how we can use them to make block patterns. We explored the properties of some common shapes and how they can be put together to make a picture. We had some fantastic pictures ranging from a cat to a turtle! On Thursday, we were so excited to see snow. We went outside to investigate how many snowflakes we could catch on our tongues. This led to some interesting questions which we will try and answer next week. Some of the questions included: “Why does snow look white?”, “Does it only snow in winter?” We had an assembly about The Epiphany and watched a video about ‘The Christmas Story’ and then we created our own crowns. We used different shapes and paint to create a repeating pattern. Take a look at the pictures below to see our fantastic work.
Autumn 2, Week 5
Autumn 2, Week 4 - Outdoor Learning
We had a wonderful time during our Outdoor Day on Tuesday, despite the cold. We spent time in the forest school, where we built shelters and worked as part of a team. We were challenged to make the shelter as small as possible…and the results were amazing! We then started to look at the different types of trees in the forest and noticed that some still had their leaves on. This led us to identifying the evergreen and deciduous trees on the school grounds. The best part of the day was when we got to play in the fallen leaves and throw them at Mr Worthington and Miss Westwood!
Outdoor Day (Tuesday 23rd November)
Autumn 2, Week 3 - One Kind Word
This week, we celebrated Anti Bullying Week and focused on the theme of ‘One Kind Word’. On Monday, we dressed in odd socks to celebrate our differences and originality. After this, we discussed the meaning of what bullying is, how to spot it and, more importantly, how to stop it! With the theme of ‘One Kind Word’ in our minds, we wrote secret messages about each other, saying kind things, and shared them out on Friday.
Each day this week, we thought of a kind word to add to our Word Wall and tried to use it in our writing and when speaking to one another. Our English lessons have involved us looking at The Tiger Who Came to Tea in greater depth. We found evidence in the text that told us about the tiger’s character (we know he is polite because he says “Excuse me”) and considered solutions to different problems in the story.
In History, we made a toy museum containing modern toys and those from the past. This led us to the question ‘how do we know these toys are old?’ We answered this question by comparing what materials new and old toys are made from and the way that they look.
Autumn 2, Week 2
We would like to thank all of the parents, grandparents and carers, who attended our open afternoon on Monday. It was wonderful to see how proud the children were to show you their classroom and their work.
This week, we have been reading ‘The Tiger who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr. We made predictions based on the front cover, used our imagination to answer ‘what if’ questions (what if Sophie had of closed the door?) and explored the author’s use of repetition for effect. The book was written in 1968, so we used this as an opportunity to compare changes between then and now. We compared a picture of Kings Heath high street from the 60s to one taken last week and were amazed by how much has changed! This then led us to think about other things that have changed over time, particularly toys.
In Mathematics, we have been exploring how to use a part-part-whole model to represent a number. We know that two (or more) parts put together make a whole.
Autumn 2, Week 1
The children have returned to school with enthusiasm and have all worked so hard, during another busy week. On Monday and Tuesday, we celebrated All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day. We learnt the significance and importance of these special days and held a prayer service to remember the loved ones we have lost.
This week was ‘Coding Week’ and the children have been working on the IPads and engaging in a range of coding activities. Some of our coding activities didn’t even need a computer! We solved coding puzzles by giving instructions to each other and found treasure on a map.
On Tuesday, we had a special visitor called Laura, also known as ‘The Animal Lady’. The children got to meet lots of animals, including an owl, a lizard, a snake, a honey bear, a hissing cockroach and many more! We were so excited and enjoyed writing all about the session and our favourite animals.
The children have also discussed COP26 and the impact climate change is having on the world. We made a class pledge where we will try to walk to school more, pick up litter and recycle where possible. Through Geography, we explored weather symbols and suitable clothing for different types of weather.
As it is Bonfire Night this Friday, we discussed the importance of keeping safe at this time of year. We also created some firework artwork using pastels and chalks. We enjoyed selecting different bright colours for our work.
Take a look at the pictures of our exciting week below.
Autumn 1, Week 7
We have had an unbe-leaf-able week! We have noticed lots of changes around our school grounds; leaves have changed colour, leaves have started falling off trees, the weather has changed and the days are getting shorter. It must mean that Autumn is here!
We have spent lots of time outside this week, collecting leaves and twigs, making art projects in the style of Andy Goldsworthy and recording the weather. Can you see any signs of Autumn when at home?
Autumn 1, Week 6
This Week we have been looking at signs of Autumn. The children looked at the changing colour of the leaves.
We had lots of fun making split pin dogs as part of our learning on our class text ‘Dogger’. The children followed instructions and worked really hard to put the parts together. The children were really proud of their work.
On Wednesday, we celebrated St. Edward’s feast day. We went to church and the children sang and read fantastically! We also drew pictures of St. Edward in our Art sketchbooks.
In History, we have enjoyed exploring our topic ‘Toys through Time’. The children looked at different toys and created their own toy catalogue.
Design and Technology
Signs of Autumn
Autumn 1, Week 5
On Monday, we had an African Dance Workshop. The children learnt a dance routine and had lots of fun. At the end of our routine we shouted ‘jambo’. ‘Jambo’ is a Swahili greeting.
We started our new class text ‘Dogger’ and have been discussing our favourite toys as part of our History topic ‘Toys through Time’. The children created lost posters to help Dave find Dogger.
We have also been outside on a ‘Senses Walk’. The children shared what they could see, smell, hear and touch when exploring our school grounds.
Autumn 1, Week 4
This week we celebrated ‘Little Way Week’. The children learnt about St Thérèse of Lisieux and that through small, loving actions we too can deliver God’s love to the world.
- The children are really enjoying our topic ‘Marvellous Me’. On Thursday we had a special visitor who worked with the children to create self portraits. The children used mirrors to look at their faces and decorated their own frames with glitter and sequins. The morning was filled with lots of creativity and singing too.
- In English, we have been reading ‘My Friend the Monster’. The children wrote instructions to help the monster find his way to the park.
- In Maths, the children have been counting forwards and backwards. We have also been comparing length, height and weight.
This week we have had lots of fun in Year 1. In English, we have been reading our class text 'My Friend the Monster.' The children have created posters for a 'Lost Monster'. In Maths, we have been using cubes, counters and counting straws to explore numbers to 100.
On Tuesday, we prayed the Rosary as a class to celebrate The Centenary for the Legion of Mary.
On Wednesday we did a whole school 'Wake Up Shake Up' for National Fitness Day.
Week beginning 13th September
In phonics this week, we have been revising how to read, and spell, words with double consonant endings. Can you use these words in a sentence?
Next week, we will re-cap reading and spelling words that start with adjacent consonants.
In Mathematics, we have been counting groups of objects. We did this carefully, making sure we only counted each object once.
Week Beginning 6th September
What a fantastic first week back to school we have had! I have been so proud of each and every child for settling in to the class routines and their attitude to learning.
This week, we have been focusing on our mission statement “Jesus is at the Heart of all that we do”, and how we can apply this to what we do in school. The children thought of some wonderful ways to show this. We have also made our own class rules which we have all agreed to try and follow.
In English, we have been reading ‘Ruby’s Worry’ and written letters to Ruby to suggest ways in which she can become less worried. A lot of our letters suggested she use her Safeguarding Hand and speak to a teacher or adult in the school. In Maths, our focus has been on sorting and counting objects into groups. We started our new topic, ‘Marvellous Me,’ by labelling the parts of the body in Science and drawing self portraits in Art.
Science- Labelling Body Parts
Your child can wear:
- Jogging bottoms (blue)
- School P.E t-shirt
- School cardigan or jumper
- Please remember no earrings should be worn for health and safety reasons and a white round neck t-shirt with the school badge and plain blue or black shorts/ tracksuit bottoms should be worn.
Welcome to Class 1JW. Our class teacher is Miss Westwood.
Incase you want to know a little bit more about me, I have put together a little something for you to read.
Dear Year 1 children and parents,
My name is Miss Westwood. I have had lots of experience in Year 1, Year 3 and Year 6 and I have thoroughly enjoyed them all for different reasons. I am currently teaching in Year 1, specifically 1JW. I am so pleased that I have such a wonderful class!
At university I studied Primary Education with a specialist focus on English. I love reading, baking and being outdoors. If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would say I was creative, motivated and organised.
I am really looking forward to the year ahead getting to know you and your child, if you need anything I am always here to listen and help where I can. There are many adults who may be working with your child at some point but in case any of you are unsure of what I look like, you can have a look at the 'Whos' Who' page.
We have many ways to communicate here at school, but currently the most efficient way would be to email the firstname.lastname@example.org email address which I am checking daily and will try to respond as quickly as I can.
As the children are now Year 1 we are encouraging them to try and be a bit more independent and to think about what they can do themselves to prepare for the school day. Please could you help us by checking that we always have our correct uniform, drink bottle and reading bag with our reading book every day?