Lichtenstein Year 1
Welcome to Lichtenstein Class!
Teacher: Miss Brook
TAs: Mrs Davies (morning only) and Miss Newton (1:1)
Please can children bring in book bags everyday.
Reading books will be changed on a Tuesday and a Thursday. The children will be choosing their own books from the stage boxes.
PE is on a Monday and a Wednesday.
Homework (Literacy, Maths, Spellings) will go out on a Wednesday and is due back on the following Monday. Spelling Tests will be on Tuesday.
Topic Overview for the Year
KS1 had a fun and messy day yesterday. We were lucky enough to have a visit from SWAC (School's Waste Action Club) which is run by Bexley Council. The day started with an assembly full of facts about rubbish. A key message from the assembly was about the 3Rs (recyle, reuse and reduce) and how these can help the environment.
KS1 then went on to make their bird feeders. They mixed cereal with lard and pushed it into a yoghurt pot, which was then hung up around the school garden. The children loved getting messy and hearing about which birds the feeders might attract. They are keen to keep checking whether their feeders are being used by the wildlife.
The bird feeders were so easy to make and the children loved it. I'd love to hear whether anyone makes a bird feeder at home (all that is needed is lard, cereal, string and a yoghurt pot!)
Pictures are below
I can't quite believe another half term has finished, time flies when you're having fun! We've had a fantastic term of learning and I hope the children have enjoyed their Tunnels, Towers and Turrets topic.
After half term, it will be the phonics screening test. Therefore, over half term I would like the children to be practising their phonics and reading lots of lovely books. I have not set maths homework but please keep practising number bonds.
I hope you all have a lovely half term! See you in June for a term full of 'Wriggle and Craw'l!
The Tower of London
Due to a busy week, we are going to postpone the spelling test until next Tuesday. Thank you for your understanding.
Trip photos will be uploaded before the end of the week :)
We've had a lovely first couple of weeks back and have been working hard. We've been learning about the different parts of a castle, including arrow loops, battlements, moat, barbican and of course, the towers and turrets. We then took the opportunity to go outside and draw our own castles using chalk and pointed out the features to each other. We have also learnt about different castles around the world and thought about the similarities and differences.
In Maths we have been learning all about measures. We started looking at the length and height of different objects, thinking about non standards units of measurement (cubes, paperclips, lolly sticks). By the end of the week we had introduced metres and the children were investigating whether objects were longer or shorter than a quarter, half or a whole metre. This week we are looking at mass and comparing the mass of different objects, thinking about which is heaviest and lightest.
The children took home a voucher from KM charity for Leeds castle. Earlier in the year Lichtenstein won a competition for the number of children walking to school on a Wednesday, in the Bexley Borough. Their prize was a certificate for the class and a voucher each which enables them to get an annual pass (until 31st December 2018) for Leeds Castle. Well done Lichtenstein!
Our Castle Designs
I hope you all had a lovely Easter break, the children have loved writing a recount about all the fun activities they did over the holiday!
I just wanted to say a massive thank you and well done for the amazing Carnival floats that you and the children made over the holidays! They are wonderful and capture the spirit of Brazil perfectly. Our mystery judge (Mrs Clarke) came to see them all on Friday and the winner from KS1 was Gracie!
Thank you for your continued support, it really is appreciated.
Lichtenstein are very lucky this term as we welcome Miss Blache to the class. Miss Blache is a student teacher from Greenwich who is completing her PGCE. She will be with us until the end of June and will be gradually increasing her teaching of the class. If you have any questions for either of us, feel free to come and speak to us after school :)
The Fantastic Carnival Floats
Book changing will be Tuesday and Thursday from now on :)
Our upcoming topic for next half term is....
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
See a castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer's aim ! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower...
Meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower. Let's build a brand new one... Whose is the tallest? Can you measure it?
Then dig deep,deep down making burrows and tunnels, just like the animals who live underground.
What's the sound? I hear little hooves going trip, trap,trip, trap over the rickety bridge. Watch out for the angry troll beneath... make sure your bridge is sturdy enough to take the weight and get us safely to the other side.
And finally...meet the three little pigs who need your help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls they'll be safe from the big, bad wolf!
No huffing and puffing will blow your fortress down!
Optional Easter Maths Homework - Please read lots and have fun too!
Enabling Enterprise - Futuristic Transport
Easter Bonnet Parade - Thank you for the excellent bonnets!
World Book Day
NSPCC Participation Winners - A big thank you!
Rio Carnival Headdress - A big thank you for all the fantastic resources!
Our next topic is…
Rio de Vida
‘There is no point to samba if it doesn’t make you smile.’ Alma Guillermoprieto
Oi! Hot, hot, hot! Dancing feet, step to the samba beat! Shake it, shimmy, hands in the air, wave your flags in the cool night air. Come join the party down in Rio, keeping the rhythm with your party shaker! Bright colours, patterns and feathers… Meet magical creatures from Brazil’s myths and legends and create your own too… Be as fancy as you like! Let’s get down to Rio where football is king, and practise our skills on golden beaches.
Bem-vindo ao Brasil os meus amigos!
If you would like to do some reading over half term, here are some suggested books:
- Rio de Janeiro: A three dimensional expanding city guide by Trisha Krauss
- Rainforests by Lucy Beckett-Bowman
- Amazon (DK Eyewitness) by DK
- The Frog Olympics by Brian Moses
- A Day and Night in Rainforest by Caroline Arnold
- Brazil (Fact Cat) by Alice Harman
- Brazil Unpacked by Susie Brooks
- Two can Toucan by David McKee
- We’re Roaming in the Rainforest by Laurie Krebs
Lichtenstein have had a lovely end to Maths and Science Week. We had a special number day assembly with Mr King, who read us 'How many Jelly Beans?' which was about children who wanted one million jelly beans.
We then went and completed a scavenger hunt. The children had maths based questions and had to hunt for the teacher who was wearing that number. The children started off independently and we came together as a class to share our answers.
In the afternoon, KS1 were very lucky to have a special visitor. We have been discussing STEM this week and how it all links to science and maths. Mrs Suer is a STEM ambassador and she came to speak to the children about how she got into science and why she enjoys her job. The children asked some fantastic questions and were inspired by her talk. She ended with 'The Elephant's Toothpaste' experiment, where she mixed yeast, water, washing up liquid and hydrogen peroxide in bottles and it created foam. The children loved it, especially when Mrs Suer used more yeast to create a bigger reaction.
The costumes for number day have been brilliant! Thank you all for making such a big effort to support the NSPCC. I hope the children have enjoyed the week!