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November 2020: this month we have enjoyed P.E. with Shaun, painted firework pictures, learned about hedgehogs, made model rocket fireworks and had lots of fun learning.

Autumn 1 2020 - Science.

In Science this half term we have been learning all about 'Animals, including Humans'. We have explored our senses, our body parts, looked at similarities and differences of all body parts of the animal kingdom, and also learnt how some animals are carnivores, some are omnivores and others are herbivores. 

October 2020: this month Year 1 have been learning about part, part, whole using numbers to 10. 

We have observed the season changing into Autumn and investigated leaves and pumpkins. Kara brought in a birds nest to show us and it even had eggs inside! We have enjoyed making paper pumpkins and poppies for next months hall display.

September 2020: We have been busy this month learning about owls, apples, conkers and mushrooms. Also football training, counting and writing.

September 2020

Welcome back! We have had a wonderful first week at school.

Our new Reception children have settled in so quickly, they are discovering all the new things that they can do and exploring each area of the classroom. The Year 1 children have grown up so much - they are an amazing help with the younger children and have been so eager to start their year 1 learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 17th July 2020

Well done for all your hard work over this very difficult term laugh

Have a wonderful summer holiday! make sure that you keep safe and we can't wait to see you in September. Enjoy the sunshine wink

Mrs Grice and all the teachers in Class 1

 

13.7.20

Hello Class 1, in our last week before the summer holidays we will be learning about clouds.

Whilst at school we will be going outside to find a space to lay and look up at the sky. I will listen to what the children notice and record their questions and observations about the clouds, I will then use this as my starting point. Some examples of questions to explore are; how do clouds move? Where do clouds come from? Why are some clouds grey?

The children will explore weather books, photos of clouds, (clouds covering the tops of buildings and unusual formations), types of clouds and complete our daily weather chart. Together we will scientifically explore how clouds hold lots of water. Using a pipette and blue coloured water to place drops of water on a baking sheet. How many drops can you make? Then soak these up with a cotton wool ball. We will use mirrored trays outside that reflect the sky and everyday we will record the clouds that we can see. What a busy week!  laugh

    

Hello everyone! We are very excited to hold

St. Catherine's first-ever Virtual Sports Day

and we are enthusiastically inviting you to participate!

Please see the attachment below.

We would love you to see photos of you in action, please send them to helliott@st-catherines.cumbria.sch.uk!

Good luck! 

6.7.20 laugh

Good morning Class 1, this week in school we are learning about sunshine and shadows. Even if you are at home you can learn too. We will be outside to talk about what we can see, especially if it is a sunny day. What are shadows? How are they made? Can we create our own shadows? Do shadows change?

I will write down the children's curiosities and knowledge as a starting point. You might decide to draw around the shadows in chalk and see how these change throughout the day. You might explore shadows under a tree, shadows of objects with holes in (slotted spoons, cheese grater). Explore shadows inside by adding torches and lamps to block play and see if shadows can be made of the models that are made. We will investigate how we can use shadows to tell stories, by creating and setting up our own shadow puppet show! Take a look at reflection by placing coloured glass objects, cellophane or coloured blocks in the window and watching their colours reflect. Can we mix colours together? What do we predict will happen? Make your own sun catcher by collecting flower petals and sticking these onto plastic, putting a wooden picture frame around it and hanging it outside or in the window… there are so many creative ideas!

In maths we will be learning o’clock times and in English we will be continuing to write simple sentences; using words that are easy to sound out (I will help with any tricky spellings).

Have a fabulous week and I can’t wait to see you all back in school.  Mrs. Grice wink

29.6.20

Hello Class 1 laugh, we really enjoyed last weeks sunshine, I hope that you did too?

This week we will be investigating interesting weather because it will be windy all week!

Have a look at the websites below; they have lots of windy day ideas to still play outside - remember your raincoat!

Also, this week we will be reading everyday and writing about our scientific learning on the weather. In maths we will be securing number facts; understanding that 'teen' numbers are ten and one, ten and two, ten and three, etc. and building these numbers with lots of different resources - most importantly, building number sense and confidence.    Mrs Grice wink

We have really enjoyed bee week, learning new facts and making bee crafts.

WEEK COMMENCING 22/06/2020

 

Hello Class One, Mrs Richardson here, hope you are all keeping well still. I hope some of you had chance to take part in the Virtual Big Sing last Friday afternoon. We had a great time in school, singing/dancing/watching the event. So, over on Charanga, I have added the 'song packages' to your Yumu packages, so you can carry on enjoying singing. Don't forget to check out the Charanga Leader Board every Friday afternoon to see who has been on, having some Charanga fun. Good bye for now, be in touch again soon, Mrs Richardson smiley

22.6.20

This week we will be continuing our outdoor learning by investigating bees; spending time observing and listening. What do the children notice and see? Recording the questions that the children ask. Together we will use books and the internet to write a bee fact file and create drawings and art work. We will research the flowers and plants that bees are attracted to (these tend to be yellow and orange) and plant our own bee friendly garden.  Like us you could spend as much time as you can outside and learn about bees too.    Have a great week.  Mrs Grice wink

June 2020: Reception children have had a brilliant week. We have been on a nature hunt, investigating everything that is growing in our allotment and drawing what we discovered.

We have used both of our outdoor areas for learning and play.

16.06.2020

 

Hello Class One, Mrs Richardson  laughyes checking in with you all, hoping you, your family and friends are all keeping well. Just wanted to remind you all that it is the

VIRTUAL BIG SING this FRIDAY 2-3PM. 

To find out about all the details for this great event, please do check out the Music page. It would be great if you could take any photos or videos of you partaking in the Virtual Big Sing. As always, you can contact my via my school e-mail: srichardson@st-catherines.cumbria.sch.uk

Happy singing everyone smiley

15.6.20

Good morning Class 1

This week in Reception we will be looking at the world around us, what is growing and what nature treasures we can find. We will be making binoculars for bird watching, collecting, sorting and drawing what we can find around us.  There are also some great games to play at: https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/?s=Online+Activity&fwp_post_types=activities&fwp_school_year_categories=reception

Year One I would like you to join in our nature watch too but I think that you could also make  a non-fiction book! This could include labelled sketches that describe the objects that you have found, a contents page telling the reader what is included and a beautiful front cover.                       Have an amazing week, Mrs Grice wink

8.6.20 Year 1 please click on the link below for this weeks maths lessons:

8.6.20

Hello Class 1, it is so long since we have been together and we are all missing you lots!

Me, Miss Rudd, Ms Baird and Mrs Richardson have all been in class getting things ready for when we can come back to school, which I hope won't be too much longer. 

I know that you have all been working hard at home, well done laugh

This week I have some websites for Reception parents to look at, lots of advice, top tips and learning for the children so please have a look at the links below.

Year One keep working through BBC Bitesize Daily:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zjpqqp3/year-1-and-p2-lessons

and the link to key stage 1 maths that Miss Elliott added above.

It is important to continue daily reading , listening to and enjoying stories together and practising sight words: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-4541-100-high-frequency-words-word-mat 

Have a great week                                           Mrs Grice wink

WEEK COMMENCING 01.06.2020 - YEAR 1 SCIENCE TASK

 

Hello Class 1, I hope you are all keeping well. Year 1, Miss Elliott has set a Science task over on the Science link on Class 2 page. Below is the link to that page. 'Happy Investigating' smiley

Monday 1st June

Good morning Class 1, what a beautiful sunny day laugh

This week I would like Reception and Year 1 to have a go at the following activity:  

Description of a New Animal

A good way of asking children to use their descriptive writing skills is to ask them to invent a new animal. Ask them to describe and draw what it looks like, where it lives, what it does, what it eats etc. It might be useful to discuss existing animals and their characteristics beforehand.

Can the children write labels on their animal?

Can they write a sentence about it?

Can they plan, tell and then write a short story about their creature?

Also have a look at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zjpqqp3/year-1-and-p2-lessons/1 and https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/ as usual.

Have an amazing week and keep looking outside at the changes in nature happening everyday, you could record your findings to show me when we get back.                           Mrs Grice wink 

Next week is half term! I challenge you to do a kind thing everyday and have a happy holiday. Mrs Grice

18.5.20

Hello Class 1, the sun isn't shining today but that's okay because I have lots to do here at home, it's a new busy week! 

While I was out walking I decided to take a photograph of every different flower I could see...

I've created a flower hunting sheet for you to see if you can find any of the flowers (see below).

Reception: there are some maths activities for you at:

   https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

Year 1: as usual I would like you to complete the lessons at:        https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zjpqqp3/year-1-and-p2-lessons/1  - on this page there are activities for all subjects, some things that Reception children would enjoy too!

Have a fantastic week              Mrs Grice laugh

 

I'm missing you all, including Ms Baird, Miss Rudd and Mrs Richardson! So I asked them to send some photos so we can see what they're doing. I added some photos of my walk and the deer that walked so close to me in Carlisle Cemetery, I was so excited!

11.5.20

Good morning Class 1

I hope that you enjoyed VE day on Friday, I loved listening to the stories from those who were there 75 years ago and how they remembered the street parties that they had. It was lovely to see that people dressed up, they had made flags and had a picnic in their garden!

This week I'd like you to visit the websites I've added, most sites have something different everyday for you to work on. The pictures from Pobble365 are amazing, so much to write about, even the youngest children can talk about what they can see! I've added a story retell sheet where children can plan out a whole story based on the picture.

As we spend such a lot of time outside I have added a bug hunt for you to do and an art activity where you need to draw each season, this could be the things that you see or the clothes that you would wear or the events that happen in each season; it's up to you.

Don't forget to keep active: https://youtu.be/AhTb-u4LhQI have a look at Shaun's challenge

Have and amazing day!                                         Mrs Grice wink

4.5.20

Hello Class 1, I had fun yesterday... whilst potting some plants I found 4 snails living under the bag of soil. So, as I didn't want them eating my flowers I moved them into the field next door! It was lovely to watch them come out of their shells and find a new place to sleep!

Friday 8th May is the 75th Anniversary of VE day, I have added a picture (below) for you to print and colour. If, like me, you don't have a printer then you could draw your own party picture...

English: I have added a link (below) where you can listen to a story every day this week. When you have listened to the story I would like you to find your favourite page, copy the picture, colour it and write about why you like it. Parents you will need to support your child when writing, encouraging the children to sound out each word, remember a finger space and a full stop to end.

Reception, you know how to sound out the words, listening to the first, middle and end sounds.

Year 1, you are able to write in sentences using 'and' or 'because' to extend.

Maths: I would like you to carry on as we have been, using bbc bitesize daily and White Rose.

Reception, you know how to count to 10, easy! but this week think about writing those numbers and finding different ways to make numbers.

For example how many ways can you make 5?

ALWAYS using pebbles or little toys to help you SEE the maths. 5+0 = 5, what else? 4+1 = 5, show we another way... how do you know?

               -  Have a brilliant week!                                     Mrs Grice laugh

27.4.20

Hello Class 1, well done to you all for keeping busy at home for five weeks!

On my daily walk I am looking out for the changes in nature, I have seen the buds open and the flowers growing over the weeks. At the end of my road there are two ducks in the pond, I wonder if she will lay eggs there? Also when I walk I listen to the Harry Potter books from my phone and I can't believe that I am on chapter 4 of book 3!!! That is a lot of storytelling but I am loving listening to it. wink

Reception parents, please keep following the advice that I posted last week in addition to the activities below.

Year 1 parents, please follow the bbc bitesize  daily lessons, it is updated daily and is fantastic!

 

Thank you everyone for your hard word, I would love to see what you have been doing when we get back to school because I am always proud of your amazing work. laugh              Mrs Grice

20.4.20

Hello Class 1, I hope that you are enjoying the sunshine and getting lots of fresh air. wink

Today I have added links to the BBC Bitesize website where they are putting online lessons each day for you to take part in (for Year 1 children but Reception can look too). Have fun!

 

Reception parents, please keep learning fun - in Reception the learning is not formal, we don't need to be sat at a desk to learn. I let the children take the lead and I interact with them by listening to their ideas and playing alongside them. I ask questions that require the children to explain their actions, can you tell me how you made that? what was the 1st thing you did? I wonder what will happen if...? I wonder what will happen next? what could you try next? 

Then I encourage the children to write about what they have been doing, it may be a list, a story, a picture with a caption underneath or just words to represent their activity. I often write what the child says and they like to copy it, I help with spellings but ask them what sounds they can hear. Remember to spark an activity from your child's interests - if they're not interested it's not going to fun for you or them, if every piece of writing is about a unicorn, dinosaurs, Elsa or a train it's okay!                 

Thank you to all of you working hard at home - Mrs Grice laugh

Reception maths challenges

Hello Year Ones,

 Please remember to click on the below link called 'Maths'.

Then select, 'Year One' to access maths work from Miss. Elliott yes

16.4.20

Hello Class 1, did you enjoy the two websites I want you to look at each day?

Remember to access your maths task and your writing task everyday! as well as reading the books you have at home or free books online.

I am missing seeing you all everyday.

Mrs Grice wink

 

15.4.20     Good morning smiley

Today I have found a website full of  pictures to inspire your writing! have a look at Pobble:  http://www.pobble365.com/

Reception writing: the target for reception children is to write a simple sentence. Look at the picture, what can you see? e.g.   It is cold.  The girl had fun.

Year 1 writing: I would like you to look at the Pobble website everyday and write about the picture that you see. You could describe the picture, write what they are thinking or saying, write their story, what happened?

Focus on your handwriting, can you read it? Don't worry about every spelling as long as you have sounded it out - look at your alphabet card, it will help you remember.

 

Reception and Year 1 children - Please keep all of your writing as I would love to read it when we are back at school!

Mrs Grice

 

 

14.4.20

Good morning Class 1, I hope that you had a wonderful Easter and haven't eaten too many eggs! The sun is shining so I hope that you have been outside to play.

Our P.E. coach Shaun has added some football skills lessons to his YouTube page - have a look using the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCB2Kff6-_w&feature=youtu.be

 

I have been looking at our internet safety website and each fortnight, they will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home. Please take a look using the links below.

Mrs Grice

14.04.2020

Hello Class 1, Mrs Richardson here smiley Hope you all have had a fabulous Easter weekend. Just wanted to let you know that you can still access Charanga for all your Music creativity. There are two programmes you can still access: 'Our World' for Reception, 'In the Groove' for Year 1 and 'Charanga Music World' for all. Just log on and have fun!! Check out the Charanga Leader Board on the music page to see who has logged onto Charanga and has gained the most points through all the fun they have had!!

YEAR 1 - SCIENCE TASK 1 PROGRESS (WEEK COMMENCING 23.03.2020): Over the Easter holidays, I hope you all had chance to plant a seed, looked after it and recorded its progress. Don't worry if you haven't yet, plenty of time still to get in on the action. Don't forget to take its measurements on a weekly basis, take photos or draw it changes and consider what it needs in order to grow. Check out the sunflower seeds I planted with my boys three weeks ago, they are coming along a treat now! 

YEAR 1 - SCIENCE TASK 2 (WEEK COMMENCING 14.04.2020):Take lots of photos or research on the internet local tress and plants. Can you name them? 

Please do send any of your Science work or musical photos/videos to srichardson@st-catherines.cumbria.sch.uk so I can share your success' on your class page. Missing you all, stay safe, goodbye for now. smiley 

 

 

 

Story time: every Thursday at 4pm on The Gruffalo Facebook page - enjoy!

Friday 27.3.20 Good morning Class 1. Today I have added some Easter ideas, if you don't have a printer you can still do the activities on your own paper. Have Fun!

Miss Rudd has been busy in the garden today and planted some bulbs...

26th March: Hello Class 1, I hope that you are all staying safe at home and looking after everyone in your house. This morning I've been on a nature walk and taken lots of photos for you to see.

What can you hear? Who can you see?

Still image for this video

Phonics Play has lots of free games, have a look at https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources We don't learn in the same phases but Reception children are familiar with Phase 3 sounds and Year 1 will recognise Phase 4 and 5 sounds. Have fun! Some maths activities for reception and year1: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/ https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/

MARCH: Year 1 Science - The children have been investigating the weather and learning all about the seasons. 

February 2020: we have made Chinese lanterns, drawn maps, read with our buddies, learned 'teen' numbers and played in the snow

January 2020: Happy New Year! We have been reading Owl Babies, playing in the rain, learning about people who help us, adding numbers and making masks.

December 2019: we have been investigating the ice, Christmas dressing up, decorating our Christmas tree, exploring length and height, meeting a Policeman who told us about road safety and visiting Kendal theatre. We were very excited when Santa visited us!

November 2019: we have been finding shapes in play, discovering the Gruffalo storysack, making poppies for Remembrance Day, investigating our pumpkin and working in our Houses to learn about Judaism.

October 2019: we have been baking bread, had our school disco, investigated the class pumpkin when we cut it open and Miss Turner became Mrs Grice!

September 2019: Our new Reception children have settled in really well; exploring our classroom and meeting their buddies.

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