Welcome to Year 1/2 - The Hedgehogs!
Keep watching our class page as we will be filling it with exciting class news and even more photographs and video clips of things we’ve done during our lessons!
The newsletter for Term 3 has been added to the website and this will give you some information on work that is being covered during lessons this term.
House point competition time!
1 house point will be awarded to any pupil who brings in (or emails the school office) a photograph of them holding their favourite toy from home.
Mrs Brown, Mrs J and myself would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas, we hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends. We would also like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you for all of the wonderful cards and gifts we have received.
The Christmas production is drawing nearer and we have now given out the parts to the children, who all seem really pleased! We have a large stock of costumes already here in school and are offering you the opportunity to come and view your child's costume on Wednesday 22nd November between 2.45-3.10 (whilst the children are in Collective Worship). This will provide you with a chance to see if you are happy with the costume itself or whether you want to provide a suitable alternative.
The Key Stage 1 Team.
This week all children have completed a spelling test on the common exception words for their year group, a copy of these will be sent home in the learning journal for you to see.
Please could I encourage all parents to be working with their child(ren) at home on this spelling task.
As we are learning about animals in Science, we are going to carry out an investigation about our pets. Mrs Jackson will award 1 house point for anybody who brings in a photograph of themselves with one of their pets. If you don't have any pets at home then maybe you can bring a picture of you visiting animals at a farm or a zoo or even with someone else's pet.
We would like to say a big thank you for all of the Harvest gifts that the Hedgehog's brought in for today's service.
Today is Diwali!
We have spent some of our lesson time researching what the festival Diwali is and looked at why Hindu's celebrate.
Here are some of the facts we discovered:
Diwali is an important Hindu festival, it is the Hindu festival of light.
Hindu’s celebrate because it is the start of their new year.
The word Diwali means row of lighted lamps.
The festival celebrates the Goddess Lakshmi.
Hindu’s light diva lamps.
The festival means it is time for: cleaning the house, decorating the house with lights, buying new clothes, exchanging gifts, having a family meal and creating Rangoli patterns.
We then moved onto designing a Rangoli pattern.
During Diwali, Hindus draw bright Rangoli patterns on the floor by the front door to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and is said to bring good fortune. Rangoli patterns are traditionally drawn using rice grains, flour, sand or chalk and designs are usually taken from nature or are pattern based.
We have listened to the Bible story of Jonah and the big fish as part of our RE lesson this week. We discussed the story in lots of detail and also reflected on how the story linked to Christians.
We then looked the Roundel from Canterbury Cathedral and then made our own versions of a stained glass window which showed parts of the story of Jonah.
This week we thought about our currently Christian value which is friendship. We spoke a lot about what qualities are needed to make a good friend.
These are some of our ideas:
We wrote our ideas down on a post it note and added them to our classroom display.
You will find a copy of the first piece of assessment writing in your child's learning journal which will be sent home on Friday 15th. This has been marked using think pink and groovy green and from this I have set some literacy based targets.
Please also take a look at the newsletter for this term which you will find on our webpage as it will give you some more detailed information about what is being covered in the Hedgehog class.
Does anyone one recognise this cheeky little character, she is going to play a big part in our topic work this term!
I will award one house point to any Hedgehog who can name the island that she lives on.