Welcome to Clown Fish Class News.
We are a Year 1 Class.
Our Teacher is Miss Brewster and our Teaching Assistant is Mr Webb.
Clown Fish News
Term 4 - This term our topic is 'Rio de Vida!'
We'll dress up in bright clothes, hang out the bunting and enjoy a carnival party! Afterwards, we'll write about our carnival experiences, compose carnival poetry, create vibrant dances and play carnival rhythms. We'll learn to speak some Portuguese (the official language of Brazil), study maps and globes to locate Brazil and decide what it would be like to live there. As we learn more about Brazil, we'll explore famous legends, follow recipes to make Brazilian carnival treats and scour non-fiction books for fascinating facts.
Clownfish made paper aeroplanes and windmills. We took the air planes and windmills outside to see how they would move using the power of the wind.
The children predicted that the wind would make the aeroplane fly further if they threw it in the same direction as the wind was blowing.
They also predicted that the wind would make the windmills turn.
After experimenting the children found out the aeroplanes flew further if they threw them in the same direction as the wind was blowing.
They also found that the wind pushed against the sails of the windmills making the windmills turn round. They discovered that when the wind was stronger the windmills moved round faster.
We have begun to look at our new topic; Splendid Skies. Last week the children wrote poems describing the different types of weather, This week Clownfish have been learning and writing facts about the four seasons.
In maths, we have been learning about the properties of 3-D shapes and recognising the value of different coins. The children have enjoyed using coins whist role playing playing shops. This is a game the children enjoy perhaps you would like to play this at home.
The term Clownfish have Forest School on a Tuesday afternoon. Please can you provide your child with a pair of wellington boots or old trainers. These can be brought into school on a Tuesday morning.
Week ending 14th December
The children sang beautifully in their nativities on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th December. They were absolute super stars!
Thank you to all adults for providing the children’s costumes and coming along to the performances.
Clownfish class would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Our topic for Term 3 will be Splendid Skies. We will be learning about the seasons and the weather we experience in this country and other in countries around the world.
Week Ending 7th December
Clownfish thoroughly enjoyed their "Moon Zoom"; Design Technology and Art day. The children designed and built brightly coloured rockets and flying saucers. They painted alien masks and created alien and space paintings.
Clownfish DT & Art
Week Ending 1st December
In Science lessons this term Clownfish have been working scientifically. They have been observing closely, using simple equipment, predicting what might happen and carrying out simple tests. They have observed raisins dancing in lemonade, investigated what types of materials are transparent, translucent and opaque. They also enjoyed a rocket experiment; where they predicted which size balloon would travel the furthest distance across our classroom. This week they predicted which type of material would keep a block of ice solid the longest.
Week ending 9th November
Clownfish arrived at school to find an alien invasion!
A space ship had crashed into our classroom and pieces of space ship and alien slime were discovered around the room.
When the children investigated further they found alien footprints around their classroom and outside in the playground.
After much discussion and reasoning the Clownfish came to the conclusion that an alien had crashed and escaped. Fortunately, Mr Webb had witnessed flashing lights and the alien running across the playground towards the allotments. The children composed questions and interrogated Mr Webb further.
The children investigated the materials surrounding the alien crash site during their science lesson and created Wanted Posters during their English lesson.
Now we wish the alien would come back to visit us!
Week ending 2nd November
This week in Science the children have been investigating whether the size of a balloon affects how far a balloon-powered rocket travels along a string. The children thoroughly enjoyed this exciting rocket investigation.
We are very proud of how well the Clownfish children have settled into Year 1. They have made amazing progress this term. Our term 1 topic has been The Gingerbread Man and the children have created their own Gingerbread Man stories. During the final week of term the children have been writing their own poems.
In Maths the children have been learning to count to 100 and practising how to count in twos, fives and tens. They have been building their addition and subtraction skills.
In Science we have been learning about the parts of the human body and conducting experiments using our five senses.
In History we have been looking at toys from the past and the toys that children play with today.
How You Can Help Your Child to Develop Their Reading
Please continue to share bedtime stories together. Please listen to your child read every day. Ten minutes daily will make a huge difference to their development.
Encourage your child to say on sight common words such as ‘the’ and ‘like’ but support them in sounding out words that they don’t recognise instantly e.g. ‘thinking’ or ‘shark’.
Encourage your child to pause at full stops!
Can they predict what will happen next in the story?
Ask them to find their favourite part of the book and talk to you about it. Why did they like it? Was it funny? Did they like the pictures?
Talk about who’s good and who’s bad in the story. What did they do that was kind or funny or naughty?
Please support your child in making links between what they read and events in their own lives. E.g. ‘This story is about a little girl who won’t eat tomatoes! If you were going to write a book about what you won’t eat, what food would you choose?’
Can your child retell a story they’ve read in their own words? Sometimes they might need pictures to help them, but as they become more confident they’ll start to be able to retell stories from memory.
We want your child to win as many certificates and prizes as possible. It is through sharing books and reading that your child will become a confident and enthusiastic reader.
Swimming begins on Tuesday 6th November. Clownfish will be swimming from 9.30am-10.30am on a Tuesday morning. Please come along to watch your child swim.
We hope you have a relaxing half term break.
Miss Brewster and Mr Webb
Our term 2 topic will be, ‘Moon Zoom’. We will be reading Beegu, Bob Man on the Moon and other alien and space stories. If Clownfish children have any space themed stories at home, please bring them in we would love to share them.
18th January 2018
Clownfish and Seahorses had an exciting healthy living lesson today. The children learnt what they needed to eat, drink and do to keep healthy.
The children enjoyed taking part in an energetic journey around the world. They learnt where different types of food grow and where they come from.
15th January 2018
Seahorses and Clownfish arrived at school to find their classrooms in a mess!
The desks were knocked over with footprints leading through the destruction.
When the children investigated they found a large egg laid in ripped up paper.
After much discussion and reasoning the Year Ones came to the conclusion that a dragon had entered the school and laid its eggs.
The children cared for the eggs, keeping them safe and warm.
They must have done a good job as over the next few days the eggs had vanished but small sticky footprints were found leading from where the eggs had been...
a baby dragon had been born!
Unfortunately the baby dragon must have escaped to find its Mummy.
How we wished we could have seen a real baby dragon!
Updated details for Christmas Nativity:
- Thursday 14th December 6.00 pm
- Friday 15th December 9.00 am
Clownfish will be dressed as stars and Seahorses as angels.
If you can provide a costume for your child please lets us know as soon as possible. Thank you to the parents who have already replied. We have some spares at school but need to make sure that every child will have an outfit well in advance of our rehearsals.
When costumes are sent in to school please put them in a clearly named bag.
We would also be very grateful to know if your child will attend the evening show so that we can prepare the children for any changes that may occur due to absences. It unsettles some children when their peers are not where they expect them to be.
Ms Suttie and Miss Brewster
Week commencing 30th October
Fireworks in a jar experiment
This week in science, the year 1 children have been observing what happens when they add food colouring and oil to warm water. The children discovered that the food colouring slowly sank out of the oil and into the water. When this happened, the food colouring expanded and began to mix with the other colours.
Week commencing 16th October
This week we have been having a lot of fun in Maths.
We have measured length and height, identified 3D shapes and counted in two’s, five’s and ten’s.
Week commencing 9th October
The year 1 children were very brave to try ginger tea for the first time. They have learnt some interesting facts, and uses of ginger.
28th September 2017
This week Clownfish and Seahorses have been carrying out science investigations; using their senses of smell and taste.
Eleanor brought in an enormous carrot grown by her granddad. The children were eager to measure how long and how heavy the carrot was.
18th September 2017
Year One’s have been keeping healthy and focused by doing yoga for short learning breaks.
We are using cosmickids.com. The children love the stories which help them follow the yoga routine.
For Science and DT lessons, children have written instructions on how to make a Gingerbread Man
and have followed these to bake their own…Yum!
Week commencing 11th September...
Clownfish and Seahorses have had a fun start to the year!
The children should be very proud of the transition they have made despite having to learn so many new routines.
They have been good team members and learning buddies, supporting each other in Maths and Science activities.
Thank you for bringing in your PE kits. PE will be on a Wednesday morning.