Today we explored all of the photos that were sent in of holidays abroad. We learned the difference between a country and a continent and began to learn some interesting facts about the seven different continents of the world. Very clever stuff!
Look how well this young lady has done competing in her gymnastics competition on Saturday.
I'm super proud to see you sporting that shiny medal Jessica.
Yesterday, 1T consolidated their work on numbers 1-100 by playing Snakes and Ladders together. We talked about how the board was set out differently to a normal hundred square and spent lots of time exploring how we could use the numbers to help us decide which way we should be moving across the rows. The children also practised identifying 'one more' and 'one less' than the number they had landed on.
1T have their first 'landing on the moon'. Our first medal has been awarded to Rosie for earning 30 stickers on the reading rocket. Yay, all that reading at home has definitely made you a superb reader. Good job sweetie!
1T have talked about the significance of D-Day today and we watched this video clip to help us understand.
So finally 1T were able to release their butterflies into the wild today. I think the butterflies were very grateful to finally be able to spread their wings after so long in the net. Hopefully, they will stay close to the Reception garden and lay their eggs there so that we get lots of new caterpillars turning into butterflies here at Godwin.
Great news 1T, I came into school this morning and WE HAVE 6 BUTTERFLIES!!!
I'm so sad that you can't see them for yourselves just yet.
As you can see I have put some juicy fruit in the net and promise to add new photos every day during the holidays for you.
Unfortunately, 1T's caterpillars are still chrysalides in our net. Their transformation into butterflies is taking slightly longer than we expected and they haven't transformed into butterflies in time for our half term holiday. So...the new plan is that Mrs Turner will take them home over the holidays ready for them to emerge and will keep them alive with juicy fruit and sugary water. I will update on this page over the holidays with photos- please check in daily. I will then bring the butterflies back into school after half term for the children to release.
Apologies for the delay...took me quite a while to upload all of these. Enjoy looking through all 158 photos of our very wet day out exploring the plants and wildlife. Look at those smiles!!!
Exciting times in 1T... this morning we were able to move most of our chrysalis' into the butterfly net, ready to wait for them to complete their transformation into beautiful butterflies.
Today we started to learn how to identify a quarter of a shape. We will move onto finding quarters of numbers and amounts over the next few days, but the children really enjoyed ending our lesson today with this song.
How proud am I of this young lady? Very! Macey went to her first gymnastics trial last night and obviously took her Godwin values with her and showed great resilience to impress her teacher. Well done sweetie, keep up the good work!
In science, we have been learning about all different types of animals and yesterday we started learning about their diets. We now know that animals that eat meat are called carnivores, those that eat plants are called herbivores and animals that are greedy and eat both are called omnivores...OM OM NOM!!!
Lots of exciting changes have been happening to 1T's caterpillars. Most of them have now grown to at least double their size since we started. The majority of them have also now successfully made their way to the top of the pot and have begun to get into their 'j' shape which tells us that they are almost ready to become a chrysalis.
Take a look at the updated pictures.
1T learnt all about halving a number today by sharing out the ladybird spots onto both wings into two equal groups.
Just to let you know that the children will be being retested on the Year 1 common exception words (the list of 45 words which have been sent home several times this year) on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week for the final time this year. Just in case anybody wants to squeeze in any last minute practice.
1T have worked really hard on their 'Living Things' topic. Yesterday, at Wat Tyler Country Park the children were fascinated by seeing the mounds of caterpillars in their natural environment. So... today Mrs Turner has brought in a caterpillar for each of the children and we are going to feed them, care for them and watch them transform into beautiful butterflies before we release them. We will keep you updated with their progress and regular pictures but here we are today proudly showing off our very own caterpillars which we have named ourselves.
1T have been practising their joined handwriting again today. We have practised making the diagonal join to ascender (tall) letters- at, al, th, ch, cl so far.
Look at our busy boards filled with beautiful joins. Please help us to practise these joins at home too. Mrs Turner would be so proud to see any handwriting completed at home.
Look at us being busy sharing into equal groups. Can you spot any pictures where there are uneven groups or any counters left over?
Today 1T have begun to learn about a very significant historical event; the first man to walk on the moon. We watched Neil Armstrong's first steps together and talked about how life changing this event was worldwide. We also managed to squeeze in a discussion around the black and white TV coverage and I suggested that the children could ask any older relatives about their memories of this day.
1T have had so much fun today completing our Easter egg spelling game. So simple too!! I just chopped up the 45 words from the Year 1 spelling list that you have at home and filled those plastic refillable eggs (bought in Tesco) with them. The children worked in pairs to practise reading the words, writing them and using them in a sentence. Great idea for bored children over the holidays. Look how much fun we had...
Wow, wow, wow!!! I am blown away by how much time and effort has been spent on making such outstanding hats and masks. The parade on Friday will be an amazing sight!
There has been a winner from each class chosen today (results revealed on Friday) but please be aware that part of the judging criteria given by Miss Lines was that it must be evident that the child has produced it.
The overall winner will be chosen by the FROGS during the parade on Friday morning.
If you haven't sent anything in yet, it's not too late... please do bring something along to wear to the parade before Friday morning.
Plea for help...
Lukas lost his Mother's Day card right at the end of the day on Friday. He definitely had his one on his table several minutes earlier. I can only assume that another child has picked up two by mistake. I have looked in the bags of the children who sit on his table but haven't come across it yet. Would you all please be willing to have a look and make sure that you didn't receive two by mistake or that one isn't hiding in your child's bag? I really feel sad for Lukas' Mum not receiving her card,
Thank you x
1T would like to wish all of the lovely mummies, grandmas, big sisters, aunties, cousins and any other significant females who spend every single day loving them and looking after them a very 'Happy Mother's Day'.
All of you definitely make these children the wonderful little people that they are and they are incredibly lucky to have you all.
I really hope you all get thoroughly spoilt on Sunday.
I think these pictures say it all xxx
A huge well done to this young man who is the first male member of 1T to receive an invitation to Mrs Phillips' golden tea party next week because of his continuous good attitude to his work and his constant determination to succeed. So proud of you young man!
Today our RE learning has all been about learning a famous story from the Christian Bible. We learnt all about the story of Noah's Ark and listened to these two songs this afternoon as well.
Suitable for teaching 0-5s. An animated and subtitled version of the popular nursery rhyme, 'The Animals Went in Two by Two'.
Here's a new counting in twos song that we have learnt today that goes all the way up to 100. The children loved this one!
We were very lucky today as Year 5 invited us to take part in a multi sports event that they had organised. Here we are enjoying some of the exciting activities.
She made a trip to Costco and had all of 1T's Great Fire of London pictures made into a giant poster for us. We have proudly put it up in the corridor. We would love you to come and see it.
Our growing station has been very busy over the weekend and our cress has grown beautifully. Look...
Look how fabulous we all look in red today, doing our bit for charity and helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
1T have been very busy this afternoon considering whether things are alive, were once alive or were never alive at all. We have learnt that all living things need to be able to breathe, move, grow, reproduce, eat, excrete waste and respond to stimuli.
Afterwards, we considered what a plant needs to grow healthily and once we found out we planted our own cress seeds. We'll keep you updated on their progress!
Look at us getting so grown up. Mrs Turner has introduced the diagonal join to us to help us join the letters 'a & l' and 'a & t' this week. Here we are practising. I cannot wait to start seeing these joins used in 1T's books.
We introduced this today to help us begin to understand how to double numbers. Might be worth a listen at home.
Some children are hitting the 20 sticker mark on the reading rockets now and are being awarded their Godwin reading star bookmarks. Here are the first three to earn them in 1T.
Well done guys, super proud teacher!
Wow, what a ball 1T had celebrating World Book Day. It has definitely been a highlight of our academic year so far, I think. The children all looked absolutely fabulous in their pyjamas and onesies. Our morning was spent reading Roald Dahl's 'Esio Trot. The children were so engrossed in the love story between Mr Hoppy and Mrs Silver and all of the tortoise tricks. The ultimate treat for listening to the story so well was a surprise visit from Mrs Turner's very own tortoise, Speedy. Most of the children loved getting to stroke and hold him as well as ask questions and learn facts about him. A real tortoise being there really brought the story to life! After playtime, most of our children were taken to the hall with parents or grandparents to share a cosy 'bedtime story'. A huge thank you to so many of you for coming at such a tricky time of the day. 1T had one of the highest number of attendees. Our afternoon was then spent completing numerous exciting book related activities and I will now need to spend a very long time uploading all of the pictures for you to see.
Please bear with me...
Thank you to this young lady who listened really well during our last RE lesson and brought in her most special book from home. Not only that, but she could tell the class all about it and how she uses her special book at home as well. Next week we will be learning all about special holy books to different religions. This copy of the Qur'an has given us a head start!
How impressed are you with our observational drawings of plants? We talked lots about 'taking our eye for a walk' so that we only drew what was actually in front of us. We considered the sizes of the different parts of the plant, which parts needed details added and which parts were light and dark.
Do you think we were successful?
(apologies for the dirty hands and faces...but we've been very busy this afternoon).
I am so thrilled that 1T are now able to send their second class member to Mrs Phillips' next Golden Tea Party. What a turnaround this young lady has had in her attitude towards her reading and what an amazing difference the daily reading at home has made to all of her work in class.
So proud of you sweetie!
How lovely it is to see this young lady enjoying her new books and story CD for the car. What a smile those books brought!!
No wonder you are a fabulous reader Jess!
This is a very simple story to introduce the idea of the same value being made by different combinations of coins. We did an activity with this today and the children really struggled to see how they could make 20p by using anything other than a 20p coin etc. At school we call this exchanging, e.g we could exchange a 10p coin for 2 5p coins and so on. Please help!
Tomorrow, I will be sharing my favourite childhood story with the children as we start our unit of work on less familiar traditional tales. We have talked lots about the book today and explored some of the trickier language around it before we start reading it together. Please don't share the story together or look it up on YouTube tonight as I'd really like the children to experience it for the first time together but after tomorrow when all the children have heard it, please feel free to read it at home and discuss it together.
Here's our big book:
1T have enjoyed beginning to learn all about money today. We talked about the coins in the British currency. We discussed the size, shape and colour of each coin and ordered them by value. Maybe you could explore the coins further at home or set up a little shop where the children could buy items and make the correct amounts using different coins?
A money song about UK coins for young children. Covers 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins.
Some more children from 1T were lucky enough to visit the Monument during the holidays and proudly shared their photos and certificates with us all today. Well done everybody, what a great way to end our learning about the Great Fire of London.
Today we talked about verbs and how we can add 'ed' to make them past tense. The children loved this video of 'Uncle Ed' to help them. Enjoy together!
A huge thank you to these kind hearted children for making me feel so loved on Valentine's Day. Such beautiful surprises...definitely more than I got at home!!! Thank you sweethearts for making me smile and being so kind.
Wow, look how busy these two mathematicians have been at home. They are obviously loving learning about time and have found some very inventive ways of making their own analogue clocks at home. I am very proud guys and we have loved using them in our maths lesson today. Thank you parents for helping your children.
1T have had a super busy day exploring the concept of time today. We discussed different units of time (seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years) and considered different activities we might do that we would measure in seconds (taking coat off etc) or something that might take longer and be measured in weeks (finishing a long chapter book etc). We really tried to engrain the fact that seconds were quicker than minutes and hours longer than minutes. We did talk about how many seconds in a minute, minutes in an hour, hours in a day etc. We went on to make our own class Disney clock using our class dolls and post it notes. The children have learnt how the numbers need to be spaced evenly around the clock. They have been introduced to the terms minute and hour hand and have now made their own clocks so that tomorrow we can practise using our own clocks to make o'clock times.
1T were fortunate enough to have a visit from Alice from Freshwater Theatre Company today. She transported us back to a bustling Pudding Lane, London, in 1666. Here we became part of the story and retold the fate of Londoners over the next four days. We absolutely loved it!!!
This week we have begun to learn all about capacity (the maximum amount that a container can hold). We have learnt how to use the language 'full', 'empty' and 'half full' in sentences. We particularly enjoyed making Mrs Turner's carpet wet by investigating which container could hold the most water. Maybe you could find some different sized containers at home and find out how many pieces of pasta each one can hold or how many pieces of pasta it will take to make the container half full etc. Remember to ask your grown up before you go and start collecting things!!
As discussed with many of you at parents' consultation last night, your children must be able to spell all of the days of the week, accurately, using a capital letter by the end of the year. Enjoy this song to help!
Today the children have been part of a special assembly to help them consider ways of staying safe online. We have discussed how incredibly helpful and useful the internet can be but also what a dangerous place it is if not used properly.
Our focus in 1T has been on asking permission from an adult we trust. We talked about asking permission before buying things on games, before giving out personal information, before accepting requests from people to join their games or before accepting any friend requests etc.
Here is one of the video clips we used with the children to make these points.
In this film we see Zap and Zoom help young children who are playing a video game at home and have some important choices to make. Should they ask permission or not?
I am a very proud teacher right now! My Monday morning was brightened up by hearing that not one, not two, but THREE children from 1T all took time out of their weekend to go and visit the Monument in London to consolidate their learning about the Great Fire of London. They climbed all of the steps to reach the top, saw the wonderful sights, found the Pudding Lane road sign and some of them even went to see St. Paul's Cathedral as designed by Christopher Wren when he redesigned London.
A big well done to these children (and mummies)!!!
If you'd still like to go, it's not too late!!!
1T have been busy keeping a steady beat in music. We can now play the instrumental section of our 'Hey You' song that we have been learning using the 'C' key.
The Split Digraph Song by Anchor Creative Education. A split digraph is two letters making one sound however the two letters are split by another letter. e.g bak/bake tak/take min/mine plan/plane them/theme This song is a perfect sing-a-long for a KS1 class!
The children really struggle to recognise these in their reading. Please practise with them and point them out when you are reading together.
We have been exploring different types of poetry in class this week. We really like this verse, rhyming poem by Paul Perro which fits in with our Great Fire of London topic. Watch this animation and see what you think. Coming soon...1T's recital of the beginning of this poem!!!
Today we talked about the special Monument to the Great Fire of London which is located near Pudding Lane and the River Thames. Your children were so excited to learn that they could go to London to visit the Monument and even go inside and climb up all the stairs.
I wonder if any lucky children will get to visit it with their families and bring some pictures in to share with us all?
Now it's time to learn to count by 5s too!
Today in 1T we have been discussing length (the measurement from end to end/side to side). Some of the children were slightly confusing it with height (the measurement from top to bottom). It is important that they can use the terms 'longer', 'shorter', 'longest' and 'shortest' confidently. Here is a sorting activity we did in class today to compare the lengths of similar objects in our class. Maybe you could have a go at something similar at home?
We also consolidated our learning by watching the Numberjacks solve some length problems. The link is below if you would like to watch it again with your child.
The Shape Japer's changing the lengths of things...
We need to be able to count in 2s to 100 as well. Here's a song to 20 to get you started.
By the end of Y1, every child will be expected to confidently count in multiples of 10 from 0-100. We have been using this song in class to help us, please practise some more at home.
1T are loving learning about the Great Fire of London in class as our new topic. Your child should be able to talk to you about when, where and how the fire happened. If you need a reminder, watch the video below together. Lots of exciting work to follow!
Look at the start of our fabulous corridor display, showcasing some of the fabulous Great Fire of London artwork that 1T have completed.
Let Magic Grandad remind you of all the events of the Great Fire of London. Your child should be able to tell you lots of facts as we have watched this together in class.
Welcome back everybody. Hope that everybody had a happy Christmas and is having a fabulous start to 2019. Our classroom has had a face lift, ready for the children to do whole class learning now. Take a look.
So the start of the spring term brings our first female author focus. This term we will be reading as many books as we can written by...
A big well done to these two young ladies who both brought in their completed Christmas reading challenge on the first day back in school. All that reading will have helped your brain to grow over the Christmas holidays girls. So proud of you!
Just look at our little faces when we met Santa in his magical grotto on Friday. Mrs Turner was very proud of us all for remembering our manners when we were given our gifts too. Such a special day!!!
You may have heard about this famous Michael Morpurgo story that the children have been practising at school. Have a listen to Michael Morpurgo reading it and compare it to Godwin's whole school version which will shortly be going live on our school website. Each class learnt a page by heart to perform and the end result is absolutely phenomenal!!!
Well done to the next six reading stars who earned their tenth sticker today and are now proudly wearing their reading star badge.
The afternoon was spent tree decorating.
Yesterday, Y1 visited the community centre in Hatfield Road and helped to decorate the tree with our handmade decorations. Lots of our parents and grown ups came to help us so we were very lucky to have a large audience to sing for. We sang seven Christmas songs beautifully, including 'Santa Shark' and remembered all the actions really well too. Mrs Turner is very proud of us all!!!
Take a look at the pictures below.
Uh oh...today, Snowflake has been very mischievous. Can you read his cheeky note? Poor Tingwei will have to drink from a cup today.
Look at these smiley faces enjoying chocolate number 4 from the advent calendar.
1T have been very spoilt today. We arrived into school today to find out that Father Christmas had paid our classroom a visit over the weekend and had left a 'Santa Spy Cam' to keep a careful eye on us throughout December. Then, as we were busy learning, we had an important delivery from the office; a letter had arrived for us from the big man himself. He told us that he had left us another gift but before we could have it we had to use our phonics to solve his clues.
We solved the clues well and then were able to go on a quest to retrieve our prize. We couldn't believe what he left us. Take a look at all the pictures!!
We wonder what Snowflake might get up to tomorrow? Check in every evening to find out!!!
Congratulations to the first four members of 1T to earn their tenth sticker on the reading rocket. Those children have been awarded with their first prize- a reading star badge.
Here they are proudly wearing them.
Many other children are so close to getting it in the next week or two. Keep up all the good reading guys.
So proud of you all well on your way on your journey to 'zoom to the moon' on our reading rocket.
It's December tomorrow...yay and year 1 have to start preparing for various singing commitments throughout the coming month (the first being next Thursday 6th December; a letter will follow) . There are six Christmas songs that we would like the children to learn and I have attached the links below. Please encourage your child to practise regularly at home.
We need to be able to do this confidently by the end of Yr 1.
And in 5s!.
And in 10s!
Year 1 & 2 were incredibly lucky today to have been visited by a real, published author- Mike Kilbey. He came to inspire the children about writing; encouraging them to put down the computer devices and instead pick up a pencil and paper to jot down all of the wonderful ideas from their own imaginations. He even read the children some of his own book 'Silly Billy Swim Trunks'. The children were so engaged and would love to hear the rest!
Anybody who has paid for a copy of the book will be receiving it tomorrow!!!
(He had more to sign than we anticipated)
1T have been so kind and generous to Mrs Hunt today to help her celebrate her special birthday. We threw her a little party and had cake and party games to show her how much we love and appreciate everything she does for us. I hope 1T enjoyed the day as much as Mrs Hunt did.
(video of some cool dancing still to come!)
A huge thank you to all of the children and parents in 1T for making such a huge effort to dress up and donate for 'Children In Need Day'.
The children all looked so fabulous and have been very excited to learn how their money will help others.
Don't they all look brilliant?
I have told the children about the 'Children In Need' programme that will be on TV tonight. They loved watching this clip of Pudsey bear dancing with Pudsey the dog. Enjoy!
A little video/ song which the children enjoy to help them recall the correct phonemes for each letter.
Harry and Meghan sent a thank you note and wedding photograph to Frankie after he wrote them a letter wishing them well for their wedding. How exciting to see an envelope with the Buckingham Palace stamp land on your doormat. I'm very jealous!!!
We will be using this text in class for the next few weeks in English. Please watch this video link together with your child. Can you guess what will be in the box parents?
Today, the children have learnt the significance of Rembrance day. We talked about when it is commemorated and why. To show their respect to the brave soldiers of the past, 1T have used cake cases, tissue paper, glitter and black buttons to create their very own unique poppies which will be used as part of a very special whole school display ready for November 11th.
Here they are still drying.
After being busy getting through not one, not two but three Roald Dahl books last half term, next half term the author of the half term is....
I wonder which one of his books we will read first?
What can you find out about him during the holiday?
Anybody who brings me any information about him will receive a value certificate for showing an excellent attitude towards their learning!
(Well done to Frankie who is the only person from 1T to bring in any information so far!)
This book contains two Michael Morpurgo stories. The first one is called 'Nowt to worry about'.
There's a storm in the air, and all the animals are worried, but old Farmer Rafferty doesn't realise anything is wrong. Can the animals warn him in time?
Year 1 have been busy being scientists today, finding the answer to a tricky question for Peppa Pig. Peppa wanted to build her own circus tent in her garden but wasn't sure which material would be best to use. She asked us to investigate which would work better; paper, plastic or fabric?
First, we explored the materials closely and described them before thinking about what other things we knew that were made of that material. Then, we made a prediction about which material would be best. After that, we built our own circus tents using all of the different materials in small groups and then we tested them this afternoon to see which ones were strong and waterproof.
We now know that plastic would be the best material to use because it would be strong enough to stand up in the wind and is waterproof to keep the rain out.
Please talk to your child about their day as a scientist and see if they can explain what we have been up to.
To 1T's winners of the Roald Dahl competition. All of the entries were stunning and it was a very difficult choice for the judges!!
Great work guys, we love the drawing of Lucy's magic finger and the Roly Poly Bird.
Enjoy your prizes!!!
Some of us have spent some time today practising our number formation using multilink cubes. We worked together really well!
Maybe there are some things around the house you could use to build some numbers?
Year 1 have now begun to talk about the importance of 'Harvest time' and have begun to learn the celebration song that we will perform during next Wednesday's Harvest Festival assembly. Please practise the song with your child. For the chorus, 1T are taking on part 1 and 1P will be part 2.
Please also do not forget any food donations that you may wish to contribute. Many thanks!
Look at how keen these children are to improve their reading. They chose to spend time in our class reading area sharing a story with a reading buddy. I felt so happy when I saw this guys!
This young lady was busy elsewhere in the classroom enjoying some of the special books that Mrs Turner's own children chose for 1T when we visited the library at the weekend.
It is really important that your child can form all of their lower case letters accurately, starting in the correct position (mostly from the top). We have used this video in class to help us. Please practise at home.
The children in Year 1 have had the most wonderful day today. Glyn, a real circus performer came to visit us and shared all of his exciting circus equipment with us. We watched him demonstrate how to use it and then he let us have a go and try out some new skills too! Look how much fun we had! Mrs Turner was so proud of us all for showing so much resilience and determination, even when some of the skills were so tricky.
When we weren't working with Glyn, we also painted our own clown masks that we had designed, decorated clown face biscuits, made our own juggling balls to practise with at home and built our own circus tents out of Lego.
There are over 100 photos for you to enjoy. What did your child become at the circus?
All of the children have had lots of fun this week using paper mache to cover a balloon. When the balloons are dry and hard we will cut them in half and use them to make our own clown masks. Finished pictures to follow.
This week we have been doing lots of learning about 'number bonds'- pairs of numbers that make 10. Please help your child practise at home.
Mrs Turner is so proud of these two members of 1T who both gave up their time during the summer holidays to participate in the Dagenham Library reading challenge. They both managed to read and discuss six whole books and have now received their very well deserved certificates and medals. Great job guys!!!
Today we explored 'Peppa's circus'. We will be completing some fabulous writing about Peppa and her circus over the next few weeks. Why don't you watch it together?
Huge well done to this young man who is 1T's first member to earn a silver card for showing exceptional resilience to overcome something he found quite tricky at the beginning of Year 1. What a star you are! You have made Mrs Turner so proud!
Silly Billy Hunter's circus came to visit Year 1 on Wednesday afternoon. Silly Billy Hunter and her friend made all of the children roar with laughter before we watched a clip of Billy Smart's old fashioned circus and then compared it to a more modern clip of Cirque de Soleil. Not forgetting enjoying our popcorn in our homemade holders too!!!
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