My name is Mr Slee and I will be teaching the Hungry Caterpillars Year 1 class with support from my teaching assistant Mrs Simpson.
The week commencing 5th November we have been thinking about Remembrance Day, WWI and the significance of poppies. The children have made some lovely poppies using different materials, and used a word bank to create a poppy poem. We have also retold the story of Stubby, a stray dog who was adopted by an American soldier and earned medals for his bravery.
Our topic this half term is "What were toys like in the past?" and we had our WOW day on Tuesday 13th November.
First we learned about different types of puppets, and comparing modern puppets to the ones used in the past. We looked at some famous puppets from the past, like Sooty (a glove puppet) and the Thunderbirds (who were marionettes). There are still some puppets on TV today, like on Furchester Hotel.
Then we made our own animal shadow puppets. We cut out the parts of our animals, fastened them together with split pins and attached sticks to help us move the puppets. Can you guess what animals we made?
This term children will have a choice of homework tasks, linked to our science topic, to be handed in on set dates. The children will have an opportunity to share their work with the class, and will receive 5 dojos for handing work in on time.
As well as this, there will be a weekly maths focus, which will be assessed during lesson starters the following week.
You will receive a sheet with details of the homework tasks, or a copy is available in the 'Important Documents' section.
Finally, we would like children to read their reading book to an adult and share stories regularly. We have a reward scheme where children can earn certificates and prizes for reading at home. Children can change their reading books as often as they need to- we have a box in the classroom for reading books to be changed.
Monday 5th November- INSET (school closed to pupils)
Tuesday 6th November- school reopens for Autumn term 2
Friday 9th November- 6:30-8:30pm- PTFA Christmas market
Monday 12th November- Odd Sock Day (for start of anti bullying week)
Tuesday 11th December- evening performance
Wednesday 12th December- morning performance
Thursday 13th December- afternoon performance
Friday 21st December- Last day of term
Monday 7th January- First day of Spring term
Advance notice- more details will follow closer to the time
Class Dojo is the new reward system that we are using at Longmoor. The teachers are able to give out points for a variety of good behaviours around school.
You should have received a code to allow you to see how many points your child has got and what they were for. If you have not got it yet, please let me know and I will arrange for another one to be sent to you.
You can access the website at www.classdojo.com or download the app on Android or Apple phones and tablets.
Our PE days will be Mondays and Wednesdays. Please ensure that children have their indoor and outdoor PE kits in school on these days, and that they have any earrings removed. Thank you.
Phonics Screening Check
In June 2019, all year one children will undertake the national phonics screening check.
To give your children the best possible chance, please do play games with them - there are some useful websites below.
Follow the links below for games that allow children to sound out and read some real and alien (made up) words. Remember to click the back button to return to the Longmoor website.
Reading real and alien words
- click 'free phonics play'
- click phase 5
- Choose game: Buried Treasure, Picnic on Pluto or Dragons Den
- Click phase 5 again.
Games for finding different spellings of sounds
Other fun phonics games