We are a class of 30 year one children. Our teacher is Miss Martin. Mrs Stirling is also working in our class as she is training to be a teacher. Ms Gunnel and Mrs Edwards are our teaching assistants. Mrs 5'H's has our class on a Friday.
Friday 23rd March - Last day of Spring term 2.
Monday 9th April - First day back at school for the summer term.
Wednesday 11th April - Parents evening - 3.30 - 7.30pm
Thursday 12th April (and every Thursday during the first part of the summer term) - Forest Schools.
Thursday 26th April - Class assembly - 9.10am in the school hall.
This year our councillors are Jack S and Bella. They will be representing our class on the school council to make some important decisions to improve school life for the children. Bella and Jack have already attended their first council meeting.
Phonics will continue to take place in year one, we are working through a combination pf phases three four and five through differentiated groups with year 2. Phonics take place on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Spellings this year are linked to phonics and the sounds the children are working on in their ability groups. The children will have 10 spellings to learn on a weekly basis. Spellings will be sent home on a Tuesday and we will have an informal test in class the following week. New spellings will be stuck into the children's red spellings books. Please ensure these are in children's book bags on a Tuesday. Thank you.
Each week the children will be heard reading once in school. We will test them on their high frequency words and if they are ready, give them new words. Generally, children will be given six new words at a time.
We will also change their reading book if they are ready for a new one. Reading remains an important part of the children’s learning and we do ask that children read as often as is possible at home. We will check their reading diaries on a Thursday and where children have read at home on three or more occasions during the previous week reward the children with 5 house points.
During this term the children will have their reading book / HF words and weekly spellings to learn. We will occasionally send a piece of ‘Mymaths’ homework home but this will not be every week by any means.
Children will take part in two PE lessons each week. One indoors and one outdoors.
Indoor PE is on a Monday morning and outdoor games will be on a Thursday afternoon.
PE kits need to be in school all the time. We will send then home at the end of each term for a wash. Children need plain black shorts and a white t-shirt for indoor PE and a plain navy or black tracksuit and trainers for outdoor games. Please can we ask that ALL items of PE kit are clearly named? It is amazing how the children manage to mix up and loose their PE kits! If they are clearly named then we can hopefully, easily rectify and find any lost clothes!
During the first half of the summer term we will be taking part in Forest Schools with Miss Barratt. This is a very exciting part of the curriculum that involves learning in the outdoor area. Under safe and supervised conditions the children will be building a den, lighting fire and toasting Marshmallows to name just a few of the activities. The children have come home with a letter (Thursday 15th March).
Now we are in year one our timetable is more structured. We do literacy and maths everyday as well as subjects such as science, history, geography, art, DT, RE, PSHE and music.
We will be travelling around the United Kingdom and the world in our hot air balloons to find out how things have changed over time. We will be looking at clothing and transport to see how things have changed over the last 100 years while also looking into the future to predict how we think things will develop from now.
In science we will be looking at the weather around the world and keeping our own weather diaries.
Our RE and PSHE work will be linked to this by finding out about the Easter Story, as part of this work we will be visiting St Marys church for the Easter experience, kindly organised by the Open the Book team.
In literacy we will be developing the children's writing skills through GAPS, spellings, phonics, special thoughts writing and developing their basic poetry skills.
In maths we will be focusing on 2D and 3D shapes - the children will be learning the name of various shapes as well as learning to describe the shapes by their properties. We will also be looking at space - learning language associated to position and measuring.
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Week 24 - Monday 12th - Friday 16th March.
We have had another exciting but busy week in Mount Everest class. On Monday we had a dance off competition between the four houses to see who was the best at Street Dancing - this was a very hard competition to judge as all the children were fantastic - in the end everyone was deemed a winner and they all earned themselves five house points.
In literacy we have been looking at similes - they have been comparing an object to something else - their ideas were fantastic and include 'I sing like a beautiful bird; I run as fast as cheetah, I am brave like a big lion.
In maths we have been discussing and looking at height - we have had fun ordering ourselves in order of height, finding objects in the classroom that are taller or shorter than us.
In science we set up an experiment to see if we could change the colour of white flowers - at the moment nothing seems to have happened - we are hoping for some results over the weekend!
In our topic work we have been looking at transport from the past and transport for the future - the children were not very keen at the thought of travelling by horse and carriage with no roof over their heads.
They then designed a vehicle for the future - I think if some of their designs are made we would all be travelling round the world very fast!
Week 23 - Monday 5th - Friday 9th March.
Another week has flown by, we all enjoyed our World Book day on Thursday. The children looked great in their different book character outfits and very cosy and relaxed in their pyjamas. During the day the children enjoyed being authors by writing their own books.
In maths we have been looking at and using positional language to describe where objects are or give directions from one place to another.
Our science experiment from last week went well but we were a little bit surprised with the results! To our surprise the cress that grew the most was the one that we hid in a dark cupboard! However, it wasn't as healthy as the cress that had lots of light which, while is didn't;t grow as tall was a dark green colour rather than yellow!
Week 22 - Monday 26th - Friday 2nd March.
I hope you have all enjoyed your 'two snow days.' I am looking forward to hearing what you have been doing when we return to school on Monday. I hope you have all had lots of fun!
Despite only being at school for three days we still seemed to fit in a lot of work. The children's knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes was fantastic. In literacy the children had done some wonderful writing about their half term holiday and are now all using capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and adjectives. We have also talked about using time conjunctions and different sentence openers to make our writing even more exciting. In our literacy lesson on Tuesday and Wednesday we were looking at adjectives and similes. The children came up with some wonderful ideas of comparing an object while still using an adjective; some of their ideas included; The snow leopard was as white as the icy snow, the red car moved as slowly as an old snail! In our science lesson we set up an experiment to see if a seed would germinate and grow with either lots of sun light, a bit of sun light or no sunlight. We will have to see what has happened while we have all been off school - we will let you know in our blog next week!
Week 21 - Monday 12th - Friday 16th February.
Well we have now reached the end of spring term 1 and are half way through the school year!
This week we have celebrated Chinese New Year by finding out about Chinese traditions, tasting Chinese food and retelling the story of Chinese New Year by sequencing pictures.
There are some photos of the children doing the different activities in the photo gallery section of our webpage.
In maths we have consolidated our work on counting in 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's. The children have worked really hard to develop their skills in this key area. In science we have been learning about plants and trees, the children can confidently name key parts of a plant as well as their features, for example, they know that the roots drink the water that helps the plant to grow.
We looked at the difference between common garden plants / flowers and those that grow in the wild as well as how some plants and flowers in the wild grow due to transportation!
Have a wonderful half term Mount Everest - you all deserve a fun week off school. I will look forward to hearing all your exciting news when we are back at school.
Week 20 - Monday 5th - Friday 9th February.
Another week has flown by and we now only have one week left of the first half of the spring term.
The children have been working hard in maths by developing their skills in counting on and back from any number in 2's, 5's and 10's. We have set a 'My maths' homework task this week to consolidate this work. This is due to be completed for Monday 26th February.
In literacy we have read the story 'Big Bad Wolf is Good' this is a twist on the story of The Three Little Pigs where, rather than try to eat the pigs the wolf wants to help safe the baby chicken - sadly no one trusts his and sends him away! In our topic work we have been on our final journey around the United Kingdom where we visited the capital of Wales - Cardiff. The children were not too sure about the seaweed soup and we all struggled to say the name of the longest town in Wales - Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllantysilliogogogoch!
In our art and DT lessons the children have completed the final layer of paper mache - next week they will be adding the finishing touches of the basket. They will be bringing their creations home very soon.
We have also done several assessments this week in maths, reading and SPAG. All the children have done exceptionally well and shows the wonderful progress they have made this year.
Week 19 - Monday 29th January - Friday 2nd February.
Where is the term going - it seems hard to believe we are already at the end of week 4 and only have two weeks left of this term! This week we have said good bye to Mrs Stirling as she leaves us to do her second teaching practice in a year four class at another school. We will all miss Mrs Stirling but are looking forward to her coming back to join us just before the Easter holidays.
On Monday we travelled to Edinburgh in our hot air balloons to find out about the capital of Scotland, we listened to people playing the bagpipes, looked for Nessie the Loch Ness monster and designed our own tartan - the children enjoyed trying on the tie made from 'the Stirling family' tartan.
In maths the children have consolidated their skills on division by using number lines and grouping objects.
In literacy the children amaze me each week with their writing - this week they have been using adjectives, capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks.
We enjoyed our science lesson where we found out about different tress. We had a lovely time exploring the school grounds to see which trees we could name and find.
Our paper mache hot air balloons are coming on really well - we will put some pictures on our webpage once they are finished.
Well done Mount Everest class - another fantastic week. You are all growing up so fast.
Week 18 - Monday 22nd - Friday 26th January.
The children have had another busy week in school. They have amazed me with the mathematical skills this week. Our focus has been 'division' - all the children have done fantastically well.
In literacy the children have been thinking of their own ideas for an adventure story. On Wednesday they worked with Mrs Stirling to think of different settings and the sights they might see as well as the smells they may come across. The next job is for them to write a story!
This week we flew to Ireland in our hot air balloons where we explored Belfast and the Titanic museum!
In Art and Dt the children had great fun making paper mache balloon which they will eventually be turning into their own hot air balloons. There are some pictures of this lesson in the photo section further down the page.
Week 17 - Monday 15th - Friday 19th January.
Another fun week has flown by in Mount Everest week. In maths we have been consolidating our work on multiplication using the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. The children have really impressed me with how well they have worked and their understanding. We ended this work by making objects and grouping them to make a multiplication sum using play dough!
In literacy we have been working on our sounds in phonics, practising our letter formation in handwriting with a particular focus on p, b and h. In our main literacy lessons we have been developing our story writing by reading and retelling the story 'The Magic Key.'
Our favourite lesson this week has to be our science work - the children had an egg that they had to drop from a certain height - the objective was to create something that would help prevent the egg from breaking and then test it out!! The children had some wonderful ideas that they put to the test. Unfortunately, not many eggs survived and at one point we had a pile of over 30 smashed eggs in the middle of our classroom! The children have learnt to make predictions, learnt what a fair test is and thought of ways they could improve on this experiment if they are to do it again.
In our topic work we have been finding out about London - the capital of England. The children visited the main sight seeing places on google maps and then wrote about where they would actually like to visit.
Well done Mount Everest class - another wonderful, fun but hard working week.
Week 15 and 16 - Thursday 4th - Friday 12th January.
The children came back to school very happily after the Christmas holidays and quickly settled back into the routine of school. By the end of the first day back they had done two pieces of writing - one about their Christmas holiday and another linked to our new topic 'Where would your hot air balloon take you?' They also completed a piece of maths work on multiplication and painted their own hot air balloon for our topic display!
During this week we have been working on multiplication skills in maths - looking at arrays of 2's and 5's as simple multiplication and addition facts. The children have worked really hard on this skills. We will shortly be setting a piece of my maths homework so they can show you what they have learnt. Well done children, this is not an easy skills but you are all doing really well.
In literacy we have been writing a story about an adventure we would like to go on in a hot air balloon - we have built our stories up gradually to include where we went, who we went with, what we did and what happened. The children have come up with some wonderful ideas and every one is different - ideas have included a trip to Disney Land, a journey around the inside of their body and going to Dinosaur Land to make DNA!
In out Geography work we have been finding out about the capital cities of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. We had a lovely time on Wednesday afternoon when we explored the school grounds to look for signs of winter.
A particular highlight was our PE lesson on Monday when we started to our lessons on country dancing.
Week 14 - Monday 11th - Friday 15th December.
What a wonderful week we have had. The children have performed amazingly in all of the nativity plays. I am very proud of the all. Thank you to everyone who came to parents evening this week, it was good to have the opportunity to share your child's progress with you and for you to be able to see all the work they have been busy doing this term.
The children have finished off their work on addition and subtraction this week and now have a good understanding of how to solve mathematical problems using these skills.
In literacy the children have written about their weekend news and retold the chirstmas story by sequencing a set of pictures and writing captions to go with them.
They have also been very busy making Christmas cards and decorations that they are looking forward to bringing home next week. I think the highlight of the week involved the children making biscuits that they then decorated to look like a snowman.
Well done Mount Everest class - another great week. It will soon be Christmas.
Week 13 - Monday 4th - Friday 9th December.
The end of term is fast approaching, we have enjoyed starting our 'Christmas activities' this week.
The children have performed our Nativity play with a modern twist; to the whole school and are now very excited to perform the their families next week.
In class we have been consolidating our work on subtraction using number lines. We had a fun science lesson on Thursday looking at the materials needed to build a house. we linked this to the story of The Three Little Pigs.
Week 12 - Monday 27th - Friday 1st December.
Another week has flown by, it seems hard to believe we only have two weeks left of the autumn term!
The children have continued to work exceptionally hard as well as rehearsing for our nativity play.
In literacy we have begun reading and retelling the story of 'The Three Little Pigs' as well as writing instructions.
In maths we have begun subtraction work, at the start of the week we focussed on using cubes to take away one digit numbers, we have now moved on to using 2 and 1 digit numbers and begun to use a number line rather than cubes.
The children have worked well and have developed their understanding of this concept.
As a whole school we have also been taking part in 'anti bullying week.' We have talked about 'what a bully is' but more importantly 'what makes a good friend.' The children said that 'we don't have bullies in our class and everyone is friends together.' I thought this was a lovely reflection on how well the children behave and all get on with each other.
The highlight of our week was our trip to St. Marys church where the children found out about the Christmas story.
Thank you to everyone who came to help with this, your time and support is greatly appreciated.
Week 11 - Monday 20th - Friday 24th November.
Another week has flown by, each week seems to be going faster and faster. This week we have done our first 'big' rehearsal in the hall for our Christmas nativity play. All the children were fantastic and it was a very special moment to hear them all singing together. I know you will be very proud of them when you come to watch the play. Hopefully you have received. the letter telling you how to order your tickets through school money. Once we have your order we will send tickets home via your child's book bags. Our focus for literacy this week has been based around the story of Little Red Riding Hood, we have retold the story using talk for writing actions, wrote a letter to Grandma telling her all about school and written the story using time conjunctions! In maths we have been focussing our work on number bonds to 10 and 20. we also did a rising stars maths test this week to consolidate all the work we have covered this term - I was so impressed with the children's results and am looking forward to sharing all their achievements with you at parents evening in a few weeks.
In art we have been learning how to draw pictures of people to show their emotions using different expressions. In RE we have been learning about the special meal 'Shabbat' celebrated by Jews. The children then created their own meals.
Well done Mount Everest class - another wonderful week.
Week 9 - Monday 6th - Friday 10th November.
What a busy week we have had in school - the children have been amazing and I am incredibly proud of them all.
Our focus in literacy this week has still been around Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but this time, we have been looking at writing invitations. In maths we have been consolidating our addition work by using the commutative law! This involved the children in finding as many ways as they could to make a given number!
Our highlight of the week had to be our science lesson which followed on from last week - this week we made a zip wire for Goldilocks - the children came up with many different ideas - we tried out many different ways but the best one proved to be a piece of string tied to the shelves and cello taped to the floor on the other side of the classroom! Goldilocks then sat in a little box that had a hook attached to it - when we let go she quickly slid to the bottom - if we gave her a push she fell off!
Week 8 - Tuesday 31st - Friday 3rd November.
The children all came back to school in a happy and cheerful mood after their half term break, ready to continue their learning as year one's.
We have been reading the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears this week, linking this to literacy by writing letters of apology to the bears as if we were Goldilocks. In our special thoughts writing the children had an opportunity to share their holiday news. We are encouraging children to begin to use time conjunctions such as; first, next, then, after that, later etc. to help to order their writing. they are doing really well.
We have also begun to look at using conjunctions to links two sentences together using words such as 'and' 'because' etc.,
In maths we have been adding one and two digit numbers together to find the total. To begin with we used cubes and then moved on to use a one hundred square by counting on from the biggest number.
We had a great science lesson on Wednesday afternoon where we had to device a way of Goldilocks getting from her tree top house to the three bears house! Corlen came up with the most imaginative way by building a zip wire from Goldilocks' tree top house to the roof of the three bears house and then a slide for her to go down the chimney. We are going to try and build this design to test out the idea in our next science lesson - look out for some photos and an update next week!
In our spare time we have begun to learn the songs for our Christmas play - we will be performing this on
Tuesday 12th December (afternoon), Wednesday 13th December (morning) and Thursday 14th December (afternoon). Information regarding tickets will be sent home shortly.
Well done children, you have made a great start to Autumn term 2.
Friday 9th February
Please log on to my maths to complete the set activity. This is linked to our maths work on counting on in 2's, 5's and 10's.
Friday 17th November
Please log on to my maths to complete the set activity.
Friday 3rd November.
We have set a my maths task today linked to addition and number bonds to 10.
Please log on to 'MyMaths' to access this.
Friday 13th October - We have set a 'My Maths' activity today. Caldron have two weeks to complete this. Please do get in touch if you have trouble accessing it. Thank you.
Spellings for spring term.
Each week the children will come home with a set of spellings. They will have a week in which to practise them before an informal test at school the following week. Should the children misplace their weekly spellings then please click on the word document below to find them. Please can the children's spelling books be in school every Tuesday.
Friday 16th March - Alfie for his fantastic Street dancing.'
Alfie rose to the challenge of our class dance off with great enthusiasm.
Friday 9th March - For being the perfect 'Dovedale' pupil. Eli is a kind and caring pupil who show great determination.
Friday 16th February - Elsa - for her determination and the effort she puts into everything she does.
Friday 9th February - Robert - for working hard and joining in with classroom activities.
Friday 2nd February - Pollyanna - for her wonderful attitude to her work.
Polly always gives her best in everything she does.
Friday 26th January - Addison - for his fantastic attitude towards his work.
Friday 15th January - Imogen - for her conscientious attitude to all her work, Imogen has grown in confidence and tackles everything with a big smile on her face.
Friday 12th December - Charlie TA for his beautiful handwriting and letter formation.
Friday 1st December - Cerys for her wonderful drawings of Little Red Riding Hood.
Jack S for being such a kind and caring friend to everyone.
Friday 17th November - Corlen has won our class award this week for being a great scientist.
Friday 10th November - Jack B for always doing the right thing, trying hard in everything he dies and being such a big help within the classroom.
Friday 20th October - Issac for being a great material detective in our science lesson.
Friday 13th October - Harmony - for being the perfect pupil. Harmony always gives 100% and is a kind and caring friend to everyone.
Friday 6th October - Jensen for his beautiful handwriting.
Friday 27th September - Jessica - for always giving 100% in everything she does.
Friday 22nd September - Luca - for being an amazing year one and achieving so much in only three weeks!
Friday 15th September - Isabelle - for her wonderful maths work on finding one more and one less.
Friday 8th September - This week Robert received our class award for his wonderful attitude towards being in year one. Well done Robert - keep up the good work.
Week beginning Monday 4th December.
This week Addison, Harmony, Cerys, Eli, Bella and Robert have acvheved their bronze awards.
Well done everyone, another wonderful week.
Week beginning Friday 1st December - All the children have earned at least two stickers this week, as a result the following children will be being presented with their bronze awards very soon - Grace, Charlie W, Imogen, Charlie TA and Corlen.
Well done everyone - keep up the good work.
Week beginning Monday 20th November - All the children have worked really hard this week and earned lots of stickers - as a result, Issac, Erin, Elsa, Amelia, Pollyanna, Charlie W, Aaron, Spencer and Jensen have achived their bronze awards.
Well done everyone, keep up the good work.
Week beginning Monday 13th November - All the children have worked hard this week and had at least two stickers on their charts - the children achieving their bronze awards are Isabelle, Jess, Jack B and Alex. Well done everyone, you will get your certificates in assembly very soon.
Week beginning Monday 6th November - Joseph has achieved his bronze award this week and will be presented with it in assembly very soon.
Friday 3rd November - Luca has achieved his Bronze award this week. This will be
presented in assembly shortly.
Well done Luca.
Monday 26th February
All the children came back with a great attitude after he half term break and everyone earned at least one sticker on their charts.
this meant that Grace, Ethan, Imogen, Aaron, Cerys, Eli, Jack S, Bella and Erin have achieved their silver awards.
well done children, you will be presented with these in assembly very soon.
Wednesday 14th February
Another busy week with everyone earning more stickers on their charts.
This week Robert, Alfie, Harmony, Jensen, Spencer and Corlen have achieved their Silver awards. They will be presented with these in assembly after half term.
Well done everyone - keep up the good work.
Wednesday 7th February
Congratulations to Jess, Addison, Jack B and Elsa who have achieved their silver award today. Well done children, you will be presented with them in assembly very soon.
Wednesday 30th January.
Another wonderful week with lots of stickers being earned for spelling scores, moving up reading levels, great behaviour, being a kind friend and generally working really hard.
Joseph, Charlie TA, Connor, Isabelle, Isaac and Charlie W have all achieved their silver award. Well done children. Keep up the good work.
Monday 22nd January.
The children have worked exceptionally hard to day - especially with our division work in maths and our country dancing in PE. Everyone has earned stickers on their sticker cards which has meant Pollyanna, Amelia, Luca, Evan and Alex have achieved their silver awards. These will be presented to them in assembly very soon.
Well done everyone.
Super Gold Awards