Welcome to our Year 1 Page

Class Teacher

Mrs Clark

Teaching Assistant

Miss Matthews

Working Together mornings -  Wednesday (fortnightly)
Home Learning - given  Thursday due in  Monday
PE - Wednesday (yoga) and Thursday (boxfit and basketball)

Welcome to Tulips' page

Termly Newsletter

What have Tulips been up to?

In maths this week, Tulips have been learning to divide using a range of different manipulatives. We having been discovering the links between multiplication and division and the children have been creating fact families.

 For example: 3 x 4 = 12

                        4 x 3 = 12

                        12 ÷ 3 = 4

                        12 ÷ 4 = 3

         

Maths was also the theme for our 'Working with Parents' this week. Together we tackled a variety of different problems and puzzles. These are to help develop our mathematical reasoning skills and the parents found they are not always as easy as we might expect. It was especially nice to see some parents taking extra problems home to work on later!

PE kits are coming home for a freshen up over the holidays, it is also a good time to check everything still fits, in particular trainers - please ensure they are returned on the first day back.

Can you believe we are half way through the academic year? Have a wonderful half term break, stay safe and happy, and hopefully bring back some sunshine and warmer weather!

In computing, Tulips are exploring drawing different pictures using a variety of software programs. In this lesson they were creating pictures using 2D shapes.

In English, the children have finished writing their alternative traditional tale. They have been learning the value of proof reading their learning; checking for obvious mistakes and seeing how they could improve their learning by adding adjectives and adverbs. We also looked at how using synonyms is a powerful tool for improving our vocabulary.

The new Spring Termly Newsletter is available to view by clicking on the blue envelope above. Please have a look to see the topics that will be covered this term. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

 

This week, in maths, Tulips have been learning about 2D shape. We finished the week with a shape challenge, in which the children had make specific polygons - using only triangles, from a description of the polygons properties. There were vast amounts of puzzled faces, head scratching, perseverance and eureka moments witnessed, but they rose to the challenge tremendously in their efforts to succeed - well done Tulips!

In science this term, we have started a new topic - Light. So far we have explored why we need light, natural and artificial lights and reflected light. This is a very practical topic, which the children are enjoying.

Science Club - in Year 3 have the opportunity to join Science Club which is run after school by Miss Elvy and myself. This is a very popular club - 6 children were chosen randomly, from each year 3 class and there is now a waiting list for those who were not successfully chosen this time.

This week the club entered the world of forensic science and examined fingerprints.

Thank you to all the parents who joined us for our first 'working with parents' morning of 2019. We had some lively, multiplication games and I'm not sure who was the most competitive, adults or children, but it was clear to see the children enjoyed it. Please play games like this at home too, it really does help reinforce their times table skills.

Yoga - the children have begun weekly yoga sessions, as part of this terms PE. This is a really great activity to start the day with and has a great calming affect for many of them!

Welcome back Tulips and parents, I hope you all had a wonderful break and wish you all a happy, healthy New Year. 

One of the values we are promoting this half term is 'to be ready'. Part of this is being organised! Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school EVERY day and also that they have their reading book and planner EVERY day. This would be greatly appreciated.

As the weather is turning decidedly colder please make sure coats, hats and gloves etc, are worn too.

It's Christmas!

We have finally reached the end of autumn term and to celebrate Tulips had their own class party, as well as some traditional party games, great fun was had by all (especially the teachers) in our build a snowman competition! Complete paper chaos ensued but we think you will agree, the 'snowmen' were fabulous!

However, it has to be said... Mrs Clark's favourite game was 'dead lions' at the end. Parents this was the best game ever... they were brilliant at it, never seen them so still or so quiet!

Thank you parents for all your support this term, have a wonderful break - whatever you may be doing and we look forward to seeing you in 2019 for another fun filled, super learning term!

Preparations for the festive season are well under way, with an abundance of Christmas crafts evident across the whole school. Tulips have been making Christmas cards and Christingles.

The class put lots of effort into their song for the Christingle service at St Mary's Church, a unique rendition of 'Deck the Halls'. We hope you enjoy it!

In Tulips this week we have begun a new history topic, The Anglo-Saxons. We began by creating a timeline of Anglo-Saxon rule. We looked at significant dates within the period, as well as understanding the historical perspective of the period and developed their sequencing skills.

Working with Parents

At our first working together morning after the half term break, we produced some amazing paper poppies, which have been used to create an amazing display to commemorate Remembrance Sunday. In addition to the paper poppies, our Tulips have made some stunning clay poppy bowls and written poems, which helped them to understand the symbolism of wearing poppies.

What a shock to open the door this morning to this bunch of little monsters! As usual Tulips were participating enthusiastically for Halloween. The costumes were fantastic and somewhat scary in some instances! A lively day ensued, which was rounded off with the Halloween disco. A great way to end our first half term in Year 3.

All PE kit has been sent home for a wash... Please remember to bring it back! Also, swimming continues every Monday after the break.

We hope you have a fabulous half term break, stay safe whatever you are doing and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 5th November. See you soon!

 

Food, glorious food has definitely been the theme of the week in Tulips this week. On Tuesday we were fortunate enough to be visited by the lovely ladies from our local Tesco, Lynn from Tesco Extra and Lol from Tesco Metro. They delivered a Farm to Fork session, teaching the children how to make healthy snacks (don't worry, hands were washed before the activity). The children thoroughly enjoyed making their fruit kebabs, but of course - the best part was the eating! A big THANK YOU to Tesco!

In our English lessons this week Tulips have been learning how to write instructions. This too took a food theme when we decided to write instructions on "How to make a sandwich". The children were given a choice of fillings and had to decide for themselves what ingredients and equipment they would need. We then 'tested' our instructions, which for some was a real eye opener at just how precise instruction writing needs to be, also how important the 'You will need:' section really is (some of us would have found a plate useful at this stage!). I'm not sure who enjoyed this more - the children making the sandwiches or the staff watching their faces when they realised their omissions!

This week in computing Tulips have been learning how to use code. Using a step by step sequence they created a code to create a Flappy Bird game to run and play. 

In Maths this week, we having been learning to add using the regrouping method to help us. We found this a bit tricky to begin with but with lots of practise, using the dienes to help us, we have mastered it!

The children are really enjoying our topic (Where Food Comes From) this half term. We had a fun afternoon on Tuesday tasting food from Italy. We looked at how the Mediterranean climate affects which crops grow and also how the terrain affects the animals that they can keep. The best part however was definitely tasting the different foods. Although, as you can see below from the facial expressions... not everyone, liked everything! We voted for our favourite foods and presented the information in a bar graph.

In Maths this week, Tulips having been learning how to read scales, of all sorts. They were surprised at how many real life applications we could think of, such as the speedometer in cars! We had a fun, practical lesson making our own circular scale, which helped us to understand the divisions of a scale and how to interpret them, which made it a lot easier for us to read them.

Working with Parents 

A huge thank you to all the parents who came to our first working together morning (or stay and play, as I have now heard it called! Love that!). We worked together to create a beautiful display celebrating the diversity of our class. Thank you parents for all your hard work and I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

This week, Tulips have been making the most of the autumn sunshine during our PE lessons. This half term our theme is football (much to the joy of our boys and the dismay of some of our girls!). We have been focusing of football skills and this week, we have been combining the skills of dribbling and passing - which had mixed results - but good fun was had by all!

Tulips were also fortunate enough to have an additional session of yoga this week. A relaxing way to start the day! PE is closely linked to our topic in science, which is nutrition and keeping healthy. We have taken the opportunity to discuss why activities such as football and yoga are important, not only for physical fitness but for our sense of well-being.

Roald Dahl Day

At Andrews Lane we always celebrate Roald Dahl Day on September 13th, commemorating the life and wonderful work of the author Roald Dahl. Year 3 took the opportunity to look at the well loved story, BFG and how Roald Dahl uses splendiforous adjectives to describe his characters. As part of the celebration the children came to school dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character. As usual, we were amazed by the creativity and talents of our children (and parents!) and hope you agree that they looked absolutely fantastic!

Welcome to Year 3 - Tulips! 

The children have made a great start to the school year and are already doing some fantastic learning. 

One of our first tasks this year was to design our class shield, for our attendance assemblies. Each child contributes to the making of the shield, which is placed on display in the assembly hall. We chose a colourful dove, as a symbol of peace, which is made from the fingerprints of everyone in our class. We think the outcome was pretty good!