Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Seahorse WOW of the week is
In Friday Worship one child is selected from each class as our WOW child. During the week this child has demonstrated something that has WOWED their teachers!
Summer One: Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
Climbing the battlements or tunnelling in the ground, there’s a whole world of adventure and fun to be found! This term, we will be learning all about the different parts of a castle and describe how they have changed over time. Our impact activity is making shields so please bring in suitable card on the first day back!
Using a wide range of materials, we’ll build models of castles and test the strength of our structures. We’ll learn and hear stories featuring castles and towers! Maps and photographs will help us learn about the tallest buildings and the longest tunnels in the world. We will be writing letters and narratives and we’ll find out about the amazing Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and improve our PE skills by playing attacking and defending games. As an amazing finale to a very busy half term we will be visiting Lulworth Castle.
Help your child prepare for their project Towers, tunnels and turrets are everywhere! Why not visit a castle or tower? Look at the materials the structure is made of to decide why the materials were chosen. You could also use blocks or stones to create tall towers. How high can you go? Alternatively, play Jenga together and see if you can work out how to make the tower stay strong, even when you have removed some of the blocks!
Week beginning 1st April 2019
We have had a terrific end to our final week of Spring term! We have welcomed Miss Ramsey into Seahorse Class. Miss Ramsey is a PGCE trainee teacher at Bath Spa and is completing her final placement with us! In Literacy we have been writing instructions in preparation for our showcase on Friday. We considered the equipment that we would need for each circuit and wrote the task that YOU will have to complete with the equipment!
In Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We considered their names and properties (such as number and shape of faces, vertices and edges etc). With our 2D shapes we found the lines of symmetry.
We wish you a very restful and happy Easter break!
Please see below for some snapshots of our work this week (and Cinders!)
We have begun to explore coding on the computer.
Spring 2 topic: Bounce!
Can you run like a cheetah, leap like a frog or bounce like a kangaroo?
This half term, we will be finding out if we can hop, skip, run, jump and bounce! During this topic we will be involved in a variety of writing styles such as recount, stories and instruction. We’ll take part in a variety of sporting activities and see if practice makes perfect.
Film clips, photographs and information books will help us to investigate how animals move, and we’ll find out how exercise can affect our bodies. Our maths skills will help us to discover how far we can throw and how quickly we can run. Sporting heroes will provide us with plenty of inspiration as we work together in teams and rely on each other to score points and win games.
At the end of the project, we’ll share what we have learnt with you.
If you have any of these books at home please bring them in to share with us!
Home learning ideas for you and your family.
Week beginning 25th March 2019
What a lovely sunny week at school! If it continues please bring sunhats etc for playtimes.
In Literacy we have been busy thinking about our own character and setting to replace the frog and pond for our own versions of 'The Frog and the Princess'. We had brilliant suggestions of birds in nests, hedgehogs in hedges, dinosaurs in volcanoes and everything in-between! We planned our stories using both a story string method and a more formal 'beginning, middle, problem and end' format and on Friday spent time writing our own versions. Ask us about it! You will be able to have a look at them if you are able to attend the showcase next Friday (5th April) at 2pm: an invite will come home on Monday!
In Maths our focus has been position and direction and we have been using the words, quarter/half/three quarter turn, forward, backward, left and right. Have a go at directing each other using those words, or, use a toy and give instructions to a certain destination!
Spellings and phonic work
On Wednesday we mixed up with year six and made crosses as part of a Weymouth project. We loved it and had great fun talking about why the cross is important to Christians; It was terrific working with a different group of children. The crosses are being displayed outside St Mary's in Weymouth during April so pop down and take a look!
Cinder's continues to grow big!
Week beginning 18th March 2019
Another great week! In Literacy we have spent time looking at a version of the story 'The Frog Princess' (Princess and the Golden Ball). We have studied the text looking for punctuation, adjectives etc and we have written character and setting descriptions working out what the best adjectives may be. Ask us to retell you the story.
Our focus in maths has been division. We practised different strategies to solve a division problem such as sharing circles or repeated subtraction. Ask us to show you how we could work out 20÷5=__! Don't forget to check the answer by counting in 5's!
We did a particularly fun investigation called 'ball drop' where we had to measure how high ball bounced!
On Wednesday 27th March we are making lolly stick crosses. This is part of a Weymouth schools, churches and community groups and the crosses will be displayed during April outside St Mary’s Church, Town Centre. We desperately need items to make them more interesting! Please send in any wool, ribbon, pipecleaners, buttons, foam stickers, gems etc. Anything waterproof! If you have anything you can donate please send it in. Thank you!
During our recent class worships we have had great fun learning "Praise Ye The Lord Hallelujah": we have even sung it in two groups. See if your child can show you how!
Spellings and phonic work
The starfish have arrived.... get the irons at the ready!
Our new Learning Ambassadors!
Week beginning 11th March 2019
Red nose day FRIDAY!
Non-uniform - suggested donation of £1
Have your nose painted red (all money to Comic Relief and no plastic!) bring 50p in an envelope
Colouring competition 20p
On Tuesday we discovered a mysterious golden ball in our classroom!
Ask us about it!
We asked questions using question words like these.
What question would you ask?
Phonic work and spellings
Week beginning 4th March 2019
What a great week! We have spent time considering the skills we need for a recount about our Impact day. These will be going up on our 'Wonderful Writer' wall soon. You will be impressed how far we have all come in our writing!
In RE we are considering 'Why does Easter to Christians?' We began this today by thinking about the signs of spring and going out for a walk to spot some. Unfortunately we got caught in one of the heavy rain showers and had to come in early!
In science we thought about how we might sort different kinds of animals: have a look! How would you sort them?
Week beginning 26th February 2019
Welcome back to Spring two, where has the time gone? Thank you for sending your child in with their PE kits on the first day; as you will see in the photographs below we had a great Impact event and the sun shone on us! This event has led us in our writing to consider verbs and how we change these to past tense (ask your child about 'Uncle Ed'). We have also thought about how we can join two sentences together using a conjunction.
I was given a challenge: Find the verb written in past tense with -ed in... can you spot it? Thank you Emmett!
On Thursday we became 'Dementia Friends' when Mrs Lombard led a session about Dementia and how we can be considerate of those with it.
In maths we have been investigating fractions and finding half of a shape and quantity. See if you can find half of items at home in real life (sharing cakes etc).
Phonics and spellings
Week beginning 11th February 2019
We have had great fun this week planning Seahorse City! We have brought all the learning from the half term together to plan, design and then build our City. We considered all the things that a city should have such as hospital/fire/police, homes, shops, schools, leisure facilities and places to worship. We hope that you enjoyed seeing it if you were able to come to our showcase; if not see below video tour!
In maths we have been investigating half past times. Over the holidays have a go at telling o'clock and half past times. Can you read any other times on the clock?
Spellings and phonics
Letter about book day
Check in later in the week to find out about our next topic! Have a great half term!
Week beginning 4th February 2019
Another busy week in Seahorse class. We have spent time writing diary entries about what we see on our way to school and how this makes us feel. Today we imagined crazy ideas of what we could have seen. “On the way to school I saw…”, we saw elephants on bikes and slugs driving cars!
In maths we have been learning about time. We have timed how long it takes us to do a job, recited months and found out about seconds, minutes and hours. We spent a lot of time learning about o’clock time. We found out about the minute hand, hour hand and how the position and length of these is very important.
We enjoyed learning these songs! Click on the picture to open them.
Spellings and phonic work
We would like to invite you to ...
Our Showcase: Street Detective
Friday 15th February
Week beginning 21st January 2019
This week we have been carrying out lots of assessment tasks including reading, maths, grammar and phonics; it has been keeping us all busy! We are ending the week by carrying out a big write to go on our 'Wonderful Writer' board. We have been sharing the Oliver Jeffers story 'The Day the Crayons Quit' (click the link to see and hear the story). We then had to put on our actor hats and pretend to be a crayon, deciding the colour we were going to be, what we liked, disliked and our problem. We planned this out ready to write a letter to Duncan!
Talk about what colour you would be and what you would write a letter to Duncan about!
In RE we are learning about Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. There are lots of clips on BBC if you want to find out more. Ask your child what happens at Shabbat.
Spellings and phonic work:
We had many more children reach the bronze starfish (50) mark. Well done! Please iron these onto jumpers/cardigans as we love seeing what all the children in our school have achieved and asking individuals how they got their 50 starfish! It creates such a positive feeling within our whole school community and also our visitors to class have asked us what they are for. We are very proud when we tell them!
Week beginning 14th January 2019
Welcome back to another busy week! Thank you so much for your support in implementing our new behaviour system. If you could take the time to talk again with your child about the St Andrew's Way, 1, 2, 3 Star that would be great. We have been looking at lots of features of poetry this week such as alliteration and onomatopoeia and we have finished the week learning more about contractions (e.g. do not = don't). In maths we have been practising our number bonds and using this skill to help us with our addition.
Try setting up a little shop and see what you could buy for 10p or 20p. What is the most two items could cost? Or the least? What coins could you use to pay for it exactly?
Phonics and spellings for this week:
We are delighted that we had the first Seahorse members earn 50 starfish and in Worship today they received their bronze starfish badges. These are simply ironed onto the uniform! We have more children creeping up to 50 so get those irons ready at home!
For the first time we had Cinders out in her exercise ball. I am not sure whether the children or Cinders loved it most!
Week beginning 7th January 2019
Welcome to 2019! We hope you all had a healthy and happy break away. It has been a busy start to Spring term; we are all getting to grips with a new morning routine and are finding the children are coming into school calmer and ready to learn. As always we welcome constructive feedback on how things can be improved even further! We have started our topic of 'Street Detectives' off with a bang! Thank you to those that could help on our local area walk. We have begun learning how to use the app 'PicCollage' and worked in groups to make posters of the things we saw on our walk. This is a great (free) app that can be downloaded onto mobile devices.
As you will have seen from our newsletters we have a focus on behaviour and have spent time discussing and practising the behaviours that we expect to see. In maths our focus has been place value and how we can represent numbers (numeral, word, with diennes etc); see if you can make a poster at home with lots of ways!
You may have seen the photographs of CInder's! We are all excited to welcome her into class and will take turns to care and look after her. We have a sign up sheet for weekends, if you are able to have her visit for a weekend then please sign up (please talk to us if you would like further information)!
Homework for this week.
Spring 1 topic: Street Detectives!
Grab a magnifying glass, put on your deerstalker and change your name to Sherlock because we’re going to become street detectives! This half term, we’ll follow a route around our local streets and look at the buildings, businesses and plants we can see. Talking to local families about the area will help us understand how the local community could be improved. We’ll learn nursery rhymes, write poetry and create persuasive adverts. Looking at photographs will help us to spot any similarities and differences between the houses and shops of today and the past. We’ll find out about the history of our school and plan talk to former pupils about their experiences. We’ll also study and draw maps and create a model of a local building.
We need your help!
If you or a family member used to go to St Andrew's especially the old building) then please let us know; we would love to be able to ask them questions! If you have any old photographs of the local area/school then please let us see them!
If you have any old maps (of anywhere) that you can donate for us to have to look at/cut up etc please bring them in!
Week beginning 17th December 2018
WOW! We are having a brilliant end to the term! If you came to see your child in our Christmas Worship I'm sure you will agree they did a great job! We had lots of new songs to learn and sing and we performed without too much 'stage fright'!
We have been exploring money this week; what value coins have, ordering them and seeing how many different ways we can find to make 10p. Over the holiday get some change together and play shops. Price up some toys/kitchen items up to 20p and see if you can buy them exactly with coins you have. Children can find it tricky to remember that we don't have 3p, 4p coins etc.
Week beginning 3rd December 2018
The children have been superstars this week despite there being so many coughs and colds around. We have been reminding children of good hand hygiene and to 'catch their cough' in their arm or hand!
In maths we have been investigating all kinds of measures such as capacity, length, height and mass.
Ideas to support this at home are:
Nothing beats practical experience in measures but there are a few games on this website:
We hope you enjoyed the showcase: every child had someone come and see their half term's work and the classroom was full to bursting!
Don't forget to bring in 'costumes' this week ready for our first performance on Wednesday! See us if you need a reminder of what you need to bring in!
Week beginning 26th November 2018
Well done Seahorse Class for a terrific week at school! We have written stories about Jack and the Beanstalk, we have completed our fraction work and begun to learn about measuring in cm and.... we went to St Andrew's Church for our St Andrew's Day service! Thank you to the adult volunteers - we could not go with out you!
Check your child's bag as there are several important letters.
Letter about Christmas costume requirements
As always if you have any queries please speak to us and we will try to resolve them.
Week beginning 12th November 2018
This week has been another busy one! In maths we have been learning about fractions and have found out about how to split shapes and quantities in half and quarters. We have discovered how important it is for these to be 'equal'. In English we spent time focusing on memory and recall skills. We played 'I went to the supermarket and bought...' and we recited rhymes that help us remember important things like: 30 days hath September, April, June and November.
All the rest have 31, except February alone, which has 28 days clear and 29 in each leap year. We found discovered more suffixes this week and focused on -ing and how this changes a root word.
We had a smashing time watching pantomime of Jack in the Beanstalk, oh yes we did! And to end a terrific week we raised money for Children in Need. We do enjoy a dressing up day!
In geography we used Google Earth to look at our school. Click on the world to have a look at your home or school (DT3 6AA). It's amazing!
KS1 (year one and two) will be hosting our Christmas Worship for parent's on Wednesday 12th December at 1.45pm in the school hall and Thursday 13th December at 9.15am in the school hall (dates are on this weeks newsletter). We are performing it twice so we can fit in all the parents of three classes!
Come along to see our performance of 'Humph the Camel'!
Get ready for Christmas and support St Andrew's!
You will be having an envelope home from "My School Art" inviting you to look on their website and order personalised Christmas cards and other items. We loved painting out hands and creating our Angels! You don't have to wait for the envelope to have a look: follow the link!
Week beginning 5th November 2018
This week we have been busy writing. We have written about fireworks, our weekly routine and our trip last week. We have tried to use capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and sentence openers (e.g. first, next). We also found out about verbs (action/doing words) and how we can change these by adding the suffix -ed. We used 'Uncle Ed' to remind us; Uncle Ed always likes to remember the past! We would add -ed to the root word to change the tense e.g. cook becomes cooked.
In maths we continued to count in 2's, 5's and 10's.
We also looked at arrays and started to record these as repeated addition. Look at home to see where you can find different array! If you have a collage app on a device, take photographs and make a poster to show us!
Next week we have the panto so if you haven't returned the form and £1, please do!
This weeks homework
Week beginning 30th October 2018
We may only have had a four school day week but we have packed a lot in! Thank you for all the 'memory items' that have been brought in. We have taken photographs and returned them; if you haven't yet sent something in please do, or, email a photograph of your child holding it to us. In writing we have written about our favourite memories, the differences of people in each life stage (e.g. baby, toddler, adult, older person) and thought about Weymouth in the present and past.... phew, what a lot we have done! In maths our focus has been counting in 2's, 5's and 10's. There are some great songs on youtube that help us remember these so have a look!
This week's homework
Week beginning 15th October 2018
Welcome back to Seahorse page, please read on as we have a lot to say, lots of photographs and have given information about our new topic!
What a brilliant end of our half term topic of 'Land Ahoy'. We have been busy designing and making our pirate ships and were so pleased that every child had a family member come to take a look at their work. It was hot, busy and noisy but I hope that you all enjoyed seeing what your children have been doing! Look below for the photograph display!
Thank you for all the junk modelling items that you provided and the extra embellishments were a wonderful treat!
On Wednesday we had a 'First Responder' lead a 'Restart a Heart' workshop with us and we loved it. A couple of members of Seahorse class now want to be paramedics!
Read on and enjoy the half term rest!
Autumn Two Learning
When we return after half term we’re taking a trip to the past to discover what life was like at the time when we were born. We’ll find out how babies change and grow over time. Thinking about our childhoods, we’ll use photos from the past to help us remember special times including weddings and christenings. We’ll talk about our families and share happy memories of people or pets who are no longer alive (please talk to us if your child may be particularly sensitive to this at the moment).
Help your child prepare for their project by looking back on the past which can be funny, poignant and interesting!
A note came home requesting a photograph and object be brought in to support the start of this topic
(see homework picture above for further information).
Week beginning 8th October 2018
Another busy week in Seahorse Class! If you didn't get the text; please collect old boxes/tubes etc as we are making pirate ships that we have designed! If you have any balls of string/tubes/straws/lolly sticks/ends of masking or sticky tape that would also be appreciated! Please make sure no 'nut' boxes or packaging (e.g. cereal box that contained nuts) are brought in.
In English we used all our knowledge that we gathered through our research and have independently written about pirates. This work is now up on our 'Look at our Wonderful Writer' display board!
Week beginning 1st October 2018
The highlight of our week as got to be baking bread on Friday. This was part of our RE topic on Creation/Harvest and considering the things that God has given us.
Week beginning 24th September 2018
Another week gone! This week we have been spending time remembering and practicing how to work quietly and line up in silence; it has been tricky for Seahorses this week. Next week we are looking forward to earning lots of pompoms to earn another class reward!
In maths we have been learning our number bonds to 10 (e.g. 0+10=10, 1+9=10). It is vital that children have a mental knowledge and can know these quickly. There are some great youtube songs that help us (try these two links)!
Week beginning 17th September 2018
Another busy week of learning! We had a visit from the NSPCC: see information below. In maths we have been continuing our work on place value and using the symbols < (less than) and > (more than).
Ask your child about Charlie Croc and we enjoyed this song (click on the picture):
In science we enjoyed investigating waterproof materials. Mrs Rose made a coat and umbrella with paper! Do you think they would work?
Phonics homework will start to be sent home weekly so please support your child in this (see below for further details).
Next week in English we will be exploring Pirate non-fiction books so if you have any please bring them in!
As of this Friday (21/09/18), we will be issuing a phonics activity for the children to complete for homework. This is in addition to the homework expectations outlined at our recent parent meetings.
The children can return their homework once it has been completed. The homework will be issued each Friday and your child may need support to complete the task.
Week beginning 10th September 2018
What a busy week! We are really getting into the rhythm of Year One now! We continue to practise lining up in register order, managing our own resources and working independently! We have used diennes equipment to learn about tens and ones and had an extremely exciting discovery in English (see below)! We have been describing pirate ships, writing questions about where the bottle may have come from and this is all building up to us replying to the message in a bottle next week!
We are finding in PE that some children are struggling to get themselves changed, please help your child to be independent at home when getting dressed and teach the skills of returning clothes to the right way out!
Thank you to those that attended our information workshops, we hope it was useful to you.
Week beginning 5th September 2018
What a terrific first week back we have had! We are extremely proud of how well the children have come into the classroom and settled into a new routine. We have sent home reading records, books and comprehension bookmarks so check bags! It is essential to re-read books and extend the children's comprehension and understanding and we suggest books are changed no more than 2 or 3 times a week.
PE will generally be on a Wednesday and Friday so please ensure correct PE kit is kept in class.
You should have received a letter about our parent information meeting this coming week. Please return the form ASAP, if you can't find it we can supply you with another copy - just ask!
We are looking forward to Pirate Day on Monday... Ahaaaar!
Autumn Term Learning
Websites for home-learning opportunities.
A reminder to all parents/carers/pupils about these website links:
· parent/carer supervision
· safely and sensibly
· Italk to your parent/carer
Spelling: National Curriculum Requirements