This Week’s Learning w/b 15.07.19

In Topic this week the children were responding to marking and beginning their transition passports to Year 2! They also had lots of fun in Computing by starring as TV chefs in their own cookery programmes, instructing the audience how to make a healthy smoothie!

In Maths this week the children learnt about position and direction, starting with left and right, clockwise and anti-clockwise and later moving on to half turns and quarter turns. This is a tricky area for for lots of us but we were impressed by the perseverance demonstrated by all.

Thank you all for your support and attendance at Celebration Afternoon. It was a resounding success and we were especially proud of the children during their singing performance with Jon Fisher. How amazing was that!

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This week we decided to do something different and to let the children know just how proud we are of all of them, for their exemplary behaviour, positive attitudes to learning, resilience and the fantastic progress that they have made throughout their year in Year 1, each teacher awarded their star of the week to the whole class. So, well done to each and every one of our pupils!

This Week’s Learning w/b 01.07.19

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In Topic this week the children improved their character descriptions and worked really hard on reading and checking through their work independently. They developed their own alternative endings to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and acted these out in groups in front of the class. As you may have seen on some of the classroom windowsills, lots of the children’s beans have grown tall now, so this week the children also concluded their bean diaries, recording how they had grown and changed before the beans will be sent home. In Geography the children revisited the difference between human and physical features of a place and focused on Littlehampton. They drew and labelled these and then moved on to using aerial photographs of Littlehampton to draw their own maps!

In Maths this week the children have moved on to fractions and we have been really pleased with how they have progressed with this new challenge over the course of the week. They started by halving shapes and then halving numbers and later had a go at finding a quarter of a shape and then a quarter of a number. See if they can practise these at home with you!

We had a FANTASTIC time at Littlehampton this week and we wanted to let you know how proud we were of all of the children. They represented our school so well, with impeccable behaviour throughout and we all had a very fun day! Thank you for all of your support and donations towards the trip. We had a wonderful turnout of parents too, who were all such a great help and we really appreciated them joining us, so thank you!

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Congratulations to our WONDERFUL stars of the week, they have kept on trying, shown no limits, along with demonstrating pride and lots of progress this week! Due to the beach trip, only 2 classes were in celebration assembly on Friday, so Jemison and Lovelace will have 2 awards given out to each class next week.

Peake: Whole class and Mason Henry

Hawking: Whole class

This Week’s Learning w/b 24.06.19

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On Monday the children took part in the school Sports Day at Croydon Arena. In the morning they participated in a carousel of fun activities including and an egg and spoon race, a 3 legged race and an obstacle race! After a well earned rest and some lunch each class then took part in sprint races in front of the stands, which were followed by a parent and teachers race, which the children especially enjoyed. A big thank you to all of the parents who were our travel helpers, making our journey on the tram much easier. Also thanks goes to all of those parents who came to watch it! It was fantastic to see you there and we are sure that you will agree, it was a very successful and enjoyable day for all.

In Topic this week the children developed their own character descriptions to describe the villain/mythical creature that they had created, as an alternative to the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk. They also had lots of fun designing and making healthy smoothies, along with sculpting and painting their own pinch pots.

In Maths this week the children continued working on division by sharing. There was lots of focus on ensuring that they were sharing into equal groups and they completed a range of practical and written activities demonstrating what they had learnt.

Our fabulous stars of the week have been demonstrating the Kingsley values both inside and outside of the classroom and we are very proud of them! A huge well done to…

Hawking: Frankie

Peake: Khalid

Jemison: Ibrahim

Lovelace: Keira

This Week’s Learning w/b 17.06.19

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The children really enjoyed French Day this week and they learnt new phrases, found out how to count to 10 in French, sang French songs and even listened to a French story! It was a really exciting day.

In Topic this week the children designed their own mythical creature/villain as a replacement for the role of the giant in the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They used their imagination to create their villain, drew and coloured it and then later in the week they labelled it. The labelling came after a word hunt to find vocabulary to describe their creature! We were really pleased with some of the exciting adjectives that the children came up with. The children had lots of fun doing Art this week too, they learnt all about Vincent Van Gogh, experimented using colours and techniques in his post-impressionist style and then created their own interpretations of his famous Sunflowers painting.

In Maths this week the children were completing their assessments. This was followed by a short introduction to division by sharing, focusing on sharing fruit/other objects equally. You could support your child to practise this by giving them an even number of objects (between 2-10) e.g. forks/apples/balls and asking them to share these equally. You could even ask them how they know that they have shared them fairly!

A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes to our lovely stars of the week

Hawking: Wyatt

Peake: Adriel

Jemison: Neevan

Lovelace: Macey

These children have demonstrated fantastic motivation, improved positive attitudes to learning and lots of perseverance! Well done to them.

Thank you to all those who have returned their beach trip consent slips, if you have not done this yet then please make sure that they are given to the class teacher at the start of next week.

Finally, our brilliant school council published their first newsletter this week! It is an inspiring read and you can check it out here.

This Week’s Learning w/b 10.06.19

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In Topic this week the children have been familiarising themselves with the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They have been sequencing, retelling and adding actions to the story, acting it out and deepening their understanding of the characters of Jack and the giant and generating vocabulary to describe their personality and appearance. In Science the children have been observing how the beans they planted have grown and changed, they have been hunting for different plants around the school site and they have been learning the scientific vocabulary for the parts of a plant.

In Maths the children have been working practically on grouping, starting with groups of 2. They then moved on to looking at arrays (which are a visual representation to help children understand multiplication) and finally moved on to relating repeated addition to multiplication such as 2 + 2 + 2 = 6 is the same as 3 x 2 = 6.

As you will be aware, this week the children completed their phonics screening checks. This is a national statutory test that all Year 1 children complete across the country. We have been astounded by the amount of progress the children have made in phonics and their conscientious and motivated attitudes towards this, so a huge well done to everyone! 

We are so proud of you all.

We have introduced worry boxes into our classrooms to help with the children’s health and well-being and to tackle any anxieties big or small. The idea being that the children write down their worry and put it in the box, if they want to. Therefore the box keeps the worry so that the child can let it go. Then teachers can address the worries in a sensitive and private way.

Examples of Y1 class worry boxes

Finally, as always, we are very proud of our stars of the week this week and they were celebrated in assembly on Friday. These children showed their teachers and their peers how they work towards our important Kingsley values, well done to the following…

Hawking: Ali Hadi

Peake: Maida

Jemison: Layla

Lovelace: Anusha

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended too, we appreciate your support and the children love having you there!

This Week’s Learning w/b 04.06.19

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The children have had a very exciting Topic week as on Tuesday they received a letter from Jack, asking them to help find the magic beans he had lost! The children set about hunting for the beans and when they finally found them, they discussed what they could be and what they might do with them. They made their predictions and then decided to plant them, after talking about what the beans would need to grow. Finally, the children wrote their own letters back to Jack and the results were absolutely brilliant!

At the end of the week they had lots of fun in their very first singing workshop with a choir director. The children learnt a whole new song including verses, chorus and outro and the corresponding actions and performed this passionately after only rehearsing for less than an hour!

In Maths this week, the children began learning about grouping. They practised counting in 2s, made groups of 2 with objects and explained to their learning partner how many groups they had and what the total was e.g. “4 groups of 2 makes 8.”

Please continue to encourage your child to complete their Mathletics homework. If you are unsure of their login then please ask their class teacher. Mathletics certificates will be given out in the Celebration Assembly on Friday next week.

Congratulations to our AMAZING stars of the week, they have kept on trying, shown no limits, along with demonstrating pride and lots of progress this week!

Hawking class: Gustavo

Jemison class: Madhusha

Lovelace class: Stelian

Peake class: Aylisia

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended our shared reading session this week, the children really enjoyed having you there. Just to remind you, the next shared reading session (and our final one for the year) will be on Friday 19th July and we hope to see a big turn out!