Friday, 15 March 2019

Week Beginning 18th March 2019

Hello Everyone,

We have had an extremely busy week. As it was  'science week'  we had a Materials Workshop on Tuesday. Thank you to all the parents and carers who came  to help. The children had already covered a topic on materials so I was pleased to see how much they had remembered.

Today was Comic Relief day which was great fun. We had a half an hour's dancing in our class room and then another half an hour in the hall, so the children will probably be tired this evening.

As well as all the fun, we have completed a lot of work. The children planned, edited and published letters in English. In maths they have been interpreting data and working with money. We studied the work of Claude Monet and the children used chalks, oil pastels and watercolour paints to create their own version of 'Monet's Garden.'



We will be continuing to work with money. The children will be comparing values, ordering in terms of value and using money to buy things from our class shop.


It will be our last week focusing on letter writing. Towards the end of the week we will start a new project in English lessons, which will be report writing. The children will be writing, addressing and posting  letters to their friends in Year One, so please expect some post this week!


The children will be learning about how the seasons affect animals and birds. They will be learning how animals behave during different seasons.


We will be starting The Easter Story next week. The first lesson will be to watch a children's video of the story, to listen to it being read and finally to role play the story.

D and T

The children will be writing about how they designed their home. They will explain the challenges they met and how they were overcome. They will take a photograph of their model.


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The children took a set of spellings home with them today. Please encourage them to carry out 'look, cover, spell and check' a few times each week.

I hope you all have a relaxing weekend.
Ms Davis

Friday, 8 March 2019

Week beginning 11th March 2019

Dear Year One,

We have had an exciting and busy week. World Book Day was great fun and we all enjoyed playing the characters from Alice In Wonderland while we had The Mad Hatter's Tea Party. The children's costumes were wonderful and they were so pleased to come and talk about their characters.

The children have been writing letters this week and we had a visit from Cameron's dad who used to be a postman. He left us with a post bag and jacket which the children are using for role play.

For maths this week we have been looking at combinations of numbers and problem solving. We have continued to work on letter writing in English. For World Book Day the children wrote their own 'dream stories.'


Next week is science week. We will be having a workshop on Tuesday morning. Thank you for the parents/carers who have volunteered to help. The workshop is on materials.
During the week we will be exploring the life and work of Charles Macintosh. We will be experimenting with materials that are and are not waterproof. We will be making birds as part of a whole school project.


Our focus next week is on money. The children will be using coins up to 20p and will be looking at combinations of coins to make different amounts. We will also be interpreting data in the form of a pictogram.


We will continue our project on letter writing. Next week we will be planning how to write a letter. Writing a draft copy, which will be edited and publishing a final copy. The children will be writing to each other. They will be addressing the envelope and applying the stamp. We will set this activity up as a post office. This will incorporate our maths as the children will have to purchase a stamp. They will have to post the letter and a post officer will come and empty the box and sort the letters according to post codes.
The letters will actually get posted and children will receive them by post.

Date for your Diary

On Thursday 28th March 2019 I will be offering parents/carers a presentation on phonics and how we teach this at Little Heath.  This will start at 2.30pm and will be finished in time for you to collect the children at 3.10pm. The children will be working in another classroom. An email has been sent to you to confirm this.


I must apologise! I forgot to hand the children their spellings for next week. I am posting them below and will give them out on Monday.

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The children will be learning these words at school but it really helps their progress if they also work on them at home.

There are some children who do not seem to have a P.E kit in school. They need a full kit at all times. They need shorts, a t-shirt, trainers,  jogging bottoms and a warm top, such as a sweatshirt.

There are a few children who often come to school without their reading books. Please make sure your child brings their book and reading record back to school every day as the children read regularly.

The home project is going well. We have such a huge variety of homes now. The children are so proud of their structures. Thank you for supporting this. Each child will have a photo taken with their structure and this will go into their D and T book along with their own evaluations.

Have a relaxing and happy weekend.
Ms Davis

Friday, 1 March 2019

Week beginning 4th March

Hello Year One,

The children settled in quickly after the holiday and have been working hard all week.
For maths we have been problem solving. In English we have been looking at the journey our mail takes and the children have been writing letters, thank you cards and invitations.
We have been looking at seasons again in Science, but this time with a focus on the weather.
The children enjoyed thinking about the school community in our RE lesson, with many of them recognising that people have to do many jobs to enable the school to run smoothly.

Today was pyjama day and this caused great excitement and they had a lot of fun.

I have given the children spellings to learn at home and at school next week. They will receive the spellings on a Friday and the following Friday they will have the test for those spellings. There are three groups for the spellings and I will post them on the blog each week. Remember there is also a copy in your child's book bag.

Group One  


Group Two


Group Three


I am working through the lists of tricky words and high frequency words for each phase in the phonics scheme.

This term we will be learning:


We will continue with problem solving for another week. Following this we will be focussing on measures, money and counting in 2, 5s and 10s.


We are currently focussing on post and letter writing. I have some great books which the children are enjoying. These include 'Here Comes Mr Postmouse' and 'Meercat Mail.' The children also love the 'Jolly Postman' stories.
We are using these books as an inspiration for writing. Next week we will be writing a letter. We will also be learning how to write reports and will spend two weeks focusing on poetry.


Our focus this term is Seasons again, but this time with an emphasis on the weather and how the changes in the seasons affect our lives and the natural environment.


We have been learning about baptism and I do hope to take the children to the local church so that they can see where babies are baptised and hopefully hear more about the meaning of baptism.
We will move on to The Easter Story and the children will use a story board to sequence this story.


The children will be learning about the artist Claude Monet. We have already started this topic. They will be using chalk pastels and water colour paints to recreate the style and focus of impressionism.


The project is going well. The homes that the children have made are amazing. It also great for the rest of the family to get involved and as the children talk about their  structures they are proud to explain who in their families did the different parts.
The children explain the materials they used, where they got the materials, how they made the structure and which parts they contributed to. They explain which parts of the project were challenging and they have learned about finer detail by seeing the tiny additions added to create authenticity.
We are all looking forward to the rest of the homes to arrive.

Next Thursday is World Book Day and I have already heard the children planning which character they would like to come to school as. They can bring the book that the character belongs to into school because we spend some time discussing this.

Our class theme will be 'Alice In Wonderland. ' I have already started to read the story and they are enjoying every moment! We will be role playing the story and this will include a 'Mad Hatter's' tea party. We will be using fine bone china and a teapot to create authenticity. I will provide some fruit for the party. If you do not want your child to have the fruit please let me know.

I hope everyone has a happy weekend.

Ms Davis

Friday, 15 February 2019

Week ending 15th February 2019

Dear Year One,

We have had an exciting week at school. Some more 'home projects' have come into school and it is great to see the variety of materials chosen to build them. The detail is amazing and I know a lot of effort has gone into this project. The children feel so proud of their achievements and love the fact that other members of their families have worked on the project with them.
We were sad to say goodbye to Mrs Wells this week. She sent you a message:

Thank you all very much for the lovely flowers and generous gift card. Your children have been wonderful and it has been a pleasure to help teach them and see their confidence grow.
Wishing you all the very best and thank you once again.

Jan Wells x

There will be a few changes after half term. The children will be given spellings on a weekly basis. The spellings will be given on the Friday of each week and they will have a week to learn them at home and school.

The children will be able to use the school library and will be bringing a library book of their choice home on a weekly basis. The book must be returned the following week. I will update you on which day of the week this will be.

I will be writing a blog in the holidays to update you on plans for the second half of this term.
I hope you all have a restful and happy week and I look forward to seeing you on Monday 25th February.

Many thanks

Friday, 8 February 2019

Week beginning 11th February 2019

Hello Everyone,

We have had a busy week completing lots of projects. The children created giant sculptures outside to complete the work we have been covering. We will have a display of this project ready for Open Evening.
The children have been learning to write instructions and this work will continue next week. We have been focusing on writing in sentences and the presentation of their English work.
We have new maths equipment which the children have been learning to use. They have been learning different ways to add and subtract by regrouping to ten.
Thank you for the Victorian house India. This is perfect for our project in history at the moment. We are learning about the style and features of Victorian homes.

Next Week


The children will be subtracting 1-digit numbers from numbers between 10 and 20. They will be regrouping using tens frames and bead strings.


We will be continuing to learn how to read, write and follow instructions. They will be using flow charts and learning the difference between commands and requests.


It will be our last week investigating materials. We will be exploring materials that are used for building.


The children will be using role play to learn about Baptism.


Next week we will be exploring the objects used in Victorian homes.


The children will be drawing Victorian homes, developing their skills with shading.

There is a Sharing Assembly on Monday and there will be eight children from Year One taking part. Letters are sent home a week before a Sharing Assembly.

The next two Sharing Assemblies will be;

1st April 2019

Nicole Kamana
Lila Huseyin
Jayce Manzi
Julia Sibanda
India Knappett-Shillinglaw
Leah Prime
Isabelle Brignull
Ethan Oncel

20th May 2019

Dilvin Erin
Anvika Mushini
Georgia Wood
Max Ralph
Albie Thompson
Nedas Venckus
Eloise Foley
Maya Fachini

It will be Open Afternoon on Wednesday from 3pm until 4.30pm. I look forward to seeing you then.
Ms Davis

Friday, 1 February 2019

Week beginning 4th February 2019

Hello Year One,

We have had an interesting and very different week! The snow brought so much fun and laughter. It was great to see the children enjoy the weather.

We really enjoyed our walk to the woods and the snowfall was an added bonus. The children returned from the walk and drew designs of the sculpture they wanted to make. The results are impressive.

There will be a display of this project up in the class room before half term. You will be able to see it at 'open afternoon.'



We will be working on numbers to twenty, using tens frames. The children are learning how to re-group numbers to make it easier to add and subtract. They will be learning how to count back from 20 to zero. 


Next week we will begin a two week project on 'instructions.' The children will be learning to write instructions and follow instructions. 


The children will be researching 'Victorian Homes' next week. They will be looking for differences and similarities between our homes today and homes from The Victorian Period. We will be looking at old photos and the children will decide whether they would like to live in a Victorian home.


We will be continuing our work on sculpture as the children will work in groups to produce a large model outside. We collected some large sticks and I have a large box, but if anyone has any natural items such as tree stumps etc they will be gladly received.


We will be continuing to group materials according to their properties.


The children will be thinking about something they wish to achieve and the steps they need to take in order to reach their goals.

Many thanks to all the friends and parents that accompanied us on our walk to the woods. 
Congratulations to Nathan as he has completed his home project and was proud to share his model bedroom with the class.

I hope that the children who have been unwell are feeling better. 

Ms Davis

Friday, 25 January 2019

Week beginning 28th January 2019

Hello All,

We have had a busy and productive week. The children have been learning the days of the week, months of the year and seasons.
 For English we completed our work on the book 'The Last Noo-Noo.'
On Wednesday the children planted magic seeds outside as they wanted to grow trees of their choice. We had a great variety, from chocolate trees to footballer trees! They wrote a story about their trees growing and producing their favourite things. They all enjoyed this and produced interesting and funny tales!
In science we were increasing our scientific vocabulary, by describing different materials.
The children continued their work on different homes and this week we looked at the features of houses.

Thank you for a great response of helpers for our walk to the woods on Thursday 31st January. All those who have already replied are welcome to come. We won't need any more.

Please could you ensure that your child comes to school with a reading book and record card every day. It is so important that we hear them reading as often as we can.



We will be working with number next week as the children learn different strategies to add to ten or twenty.


The children will be writing poems around the theme of colour next week. If anyone has any swatches of material coloured orange, red, green, yellow, blue or purple I would be really grateful for them. We will be looking at items of different colours and creating poems which describe them.


Next week we will move on to grouping materials. The children will be grouping them as either metal, wood, plastic or fabric.


I hope the home projects are underway now. As soon as they are completed they can be brought into school. It is better for us to receive them gradually.
Next week we will be looking at homes of the past.


Our walk is on Thursday when we will be collecting a variety of natural items such as sticks, leaves, pebbles etc to create into sculptures when we return.


I will read ' I'm Going On A Bear Hunt.' We will discuss the obstacles the family came up against and make a class story about the obstacles we have overcome since the beginning of the school year.

I wish you all a happy and restful weekend.
Ms Davis