Newton Road, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 2AW
Mrs Alison Davies
Welcome to Lowton Junior and Infant School, encouraging growth at every stage of your child’s development.
Friday 22nd September
This week we have been using mathematical language to compare objects or groups. We have tried to use greater than, less than or equal to when comparing two groups of objects or numbers. Then we looked at the signs we use instead of writing the words for greater than > and less than <.
We have finished our work on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. As a class, we made a story map to help us tell the story and even added our own actions. We practised saying aloud what we wanted to write. Some children were very brave and came to the front to retell the story to the whole class! As we knew the story so well, it helped us to be able to write it the next day. Then we used special ‘polishing pens’ to edit and improve our work – particularly where we’d missed capital letters or full stops.
In Art this week we improved our self-portraits again. This time we took inspiration from Pablo Picasso – using bright colours to show happy emotions, or darker colours to show sadder emotions. There are definitely some budding artists in Year 1!
In our Computing session we got out the laptops. Lots of the children found control of the mouse pad tricky, so it is well worth practising at home so they are used to opening applications and having control of the cursor arrow. In our lessons, we are using an educational programme called ‘2simple’ as another way to present art work. There are different styles of paint available and so far we have used ‘Impressionism’ to make another style of self-portrait.
Pupil of the Week was Joseph. Last week in Geography Joseph was an amazing map reader and could find all of the mystery locations using his map reading skills!
Have a lovely weekend.
Please encourage your child to read at home as much as possible.
Mathletics homework is set every Friday.
Next Tuesday the photographer will be in school to take individual or sibling photographs. Please ensure your child is wearing the correct school uniform.
Friday 15th September 2017
Welcome back to Year One’s class blog.
Thank you to all the parents that have signed up to ‘Class Dojo’. It’s a great way to see what your child has been up to in class and to see the dojos that they have been earning. If you haven’t already signed up please do so as soon as possible. If you’re having any problems signing up, then please let me know.
In Literacy this week we have been looking at the traditional tale - Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We’ve been retelling the story with props and learnt a song about Goldilocks. We have also started to learn what ‘adjectives’ are and used them to describe the different characters. See the fantastic writing that Matthew did in our photos!
In Maths this week, we’ve been continuing to find missing numbers by knowing one more, one less, counting backwards or forwards. Everyone tried hard to remember which way on a 100 square we go to count forwards or backwards. We have also been counting objects and made some rules to make sure we are accurate: (1) Line the objects up (2) Count them one at a time (3) Use a pointing figure (4) Count slowly (5) Check again! Mrs Kenyon needs to practise these rules more!! When Miss Davies asked her how many teddy bears there were she got in a complete muddle! Luckily, Year One knew exactly what to do and used their rules to count accurately.
In Geography this week we were practising our map reading skills. We looked at lots of different types of maps and talked about when we have used them before. Then we used a map of the school to go and find mystery locations.
We have been continuing with our topic ‘Me, Myself and I’. In Art this week we had a go at making our own self-portraits. We looked carefully in a mirror and tried hard to make them realistic by including all of our individual features. Look at Macie’s wonderful effort in our photos!
In PE this week, we had a very good lesson with Mr Fitzpatrick. He showed us the importance of listening to instructions so we stay safe. Throughout PE we used parts of our bodies to show movement. We can’t wait for next week’s lesson!
We have also been working hard each day in Phonics. In our groups we have been practising our speed sounds and using the sounds to help us to read, spell and write sentences.
Well done to everyone who’s been reading regularly at home. It’s really important that we read as much as we can. Don’t forget reading = Dojos.
Our ‘Pupil of the week’ was Paige. Well done Paige for being a superhero learner and following all of the school and class rules. Keep it up!!
Please sign up to Class Dojo.
If you haven’t already sent in 2 photos of your child (as a baby and toddler) then please do so as soon as possible.
Home Learning includes: (1) Mathletics which is set every Friday. (1) Spellings which are set on a Monday and tested on a Friday. (3) Reading every night.
We hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you all on Monday morning.
Friday 8th September 2017
A big welcome to all of our new Year Ones and their parents/carers. Every Friday, we will update the Year One blog to tell you about the amazing things we have been learning.
What a busy first week it has been in Year One! On our first day back, we all wrote a sentence about something we enjoyed in the holidays. It was lovely to see the children eager to get writing. In Grammar, we have been practising the alphabet. The children have been learning the letter names, and have become confident at recognising capital letters and lowercase letters. They have also worked hard to put the letters of the alphabet in order.
During Maths, we have been focussing on number. We’ve been singing our new song about counting forwards and backwards. We’ve been finding one more and one less, using our fingers to count to ten and using number fans to show the missing number in a sequence. We’ve also been trying to sort objects into groups, and the children worked well in partners to complete their problem solving challenge on Friday.
In Art we have been learning about Vincent van Gogh. The children enjoyed finding out about the famous artist and were fascinated to look at the pictures he painted. Our favourite painting was ‘Sunflowers’. Miss Davies thought it would be great fun if we all made our own sunflower, using different materials but the same colours as van Gogh. Miss Davies was really pleased with how hard we worked and she has made all of our sunflowers into a beautiful display.
Our new topic is Me, Myself and I. In Science we started to talk about our bodies and the different body parts. We drew around Paige to make a body, then we all worked together to label all of the body parts. The children had a discussion with Miss Davies to tell her what they already knew about human bodies. Here are some of the comments from the children:
“A human has bones.”
“A human has a heart.”
“A human has blood in its body.”
“We are all humans.”
Mr Fitzpatrick taught us PE this week. He will be in school every Wednesday morning, so please ensure your child has their PE kit in school. In PE this week the children took part in activities aimed at balancing, find ways to move around the room, as well as team games.
We hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you on Monday.
Miss Davies and Mrs Kenyon.
All PE kits to be in school.
Tuck money must be paid on a Monday morning, otherwise your child will not be able to have tuck.