A big thankyou to everyone who sent in their portraits. They were all amazing and showed great artistic flair! We have loved sharing your work and here are just a few examples. We really are a talented bunch at Exwick Heights. These would definitely get the royal seal of approval! Well done everyone and have a fab half term.
We have continued to learn all about Autumn this week with the children creating beautiful Autumn collages and rubbings. Thank you for all of the wonderful Autumn art completed for last weeks home learning.
In Geography, we have been focusing on locating famous English landmarks. The children have enjoyed building the landmarks including: Hadrian’s wall; The angel of the North; Stonehenge and The Roman Baths. We have also been busy using our map skills to locate the four UK countries and their capital cities.
In PE, we have enjoyed playing dodgeball as well as starting to put together gymnastics sequences using rolls, jumps and balances.
The children have all been enjoying our Little Wandle phonics sessions. They are becoming more confident with their sounds. This week we also introduced guided reading. The children have all been issued with a reading book to take home. These will be changed twice weekly on a Monday and Thursday. The fantastic news is that each book will be carefully selected to match the children’s phonic understanding and this will improve both pleasure for reading and the progress the children make.
Here is some information about how to read at home with your child. At parents evenings, the teacher will also go through reading information to support your home reading.
Your child has received a reading book that has been carefully selected for them. Inside the book you will find a bookmark on how to care for the book. Please read with your child at least 3 times a week.
First time- Decoding– Follow instructions on the inside of the front cover. Then read the book.
Second time – Prosody– Read the book again. Focus on the children reading fluently and with expression.
Third time- Comprehension– Read book again and answer questions listed on the back cover.
This week has been exciting as we have started teaching our new phonics using Little Wandle. The children have been busy working on their phase 3 sounds. You may hear lots of mention of “tail in the rain” or “soap that goat” as the children have been learning rhymes to support their sounds. They have also been working on their tricky words as well as continuing to develop key letter formation in handwriting.
It has been art week this week. Our theme was tolerance (as part of understanding key British Values). We have thought about what makes each child special and unique. The children have had some fantastic discussions about celebrating their similarities and differences. As a cohort, each child made a mini version of themselves. They had to attach hair, make clothing and cut out their bodies. These will be displayed in the main school building as part of the whole school art week.
In Gymnastics, the children have been working on a series of rolls and jumps. They found teddy bear rolls and tuck rolls tricky so we will be practicing these in the coming weeks. Some of the jumps that were learnt included: tuck, star and straight.
The children are enjoying going to the library to choose books to share at home. We are hoping that new reading books will be sent home in the coming weeks, Watch this space.
This week in year 1 we have been busy thinking about ourselves. We have thought about the different feelings that we may have in a week and also talked about how to stay safe in school.
In Maths, we have been thinking about 1 more and 1 less. The children have used objects to represent and have been practicing their number formation and written numbers.
We started our new topic, the UK. The children will be spending time learning about each of the UK countries and their capital cities in the coming weeks. next week we will be focusing on England.
It has been a fantastic start to the year. The children have all settled well into year 1.
We have been busy with our Maths learning, counting and representing numbers to 10. The children have been learning how to login to the chrome books where they have been accessing a range of Maths games.
In art, the children carefully drew a self portrait. They focused on face shapes as well as line and shading.
Thank you to to all parents for providing the equipment needed in year 1.
Here is a reminder of the essential equipment needed.
- a named PE kit (to be kept in school)
- a named water bottle
- sensible school shoes (ideally that the children can put on and off independently)
- a full named uniform
This week we had our first visit to the library. Every Wednesday the children will choose a new book. Library books are due back on Tuesdays.
Home learning was set this week (on a separate blog post). All of the children have been given a purple home learning book to be used to record home learning.