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Week Ending 11/12/20

 

Dear Parents,

 

The children have come to the end of their first term in Year 1. They have worked hard and are now ready for the winter break. We hope you enjoyed their Chanukah presentation, we are very proud of them.

 

We linked our English and Science this week and the children started learning about winter. They watched a video about the winter season and enjoyed a winter warm up dance. They wrote beautiful poems called 'I Knew It Was Winter'.

 

We have continued with our new handwriting programme and have added some practice sheets on Google Classroom. This game also shows the entry and exit lines. Click on the cursive option: https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/skyWriter/index.html

During the holidays please continue to read with your child. There are lovely books on Oxford Owl and you can 'Click and Collect' books from the local library.

 

In Maths we learnt about repeated patterns using 2D and 3D shapes. We practised addition and subtraction using dominoes and dice. The children also compared addition and subtraction number statements. Our favourite lesson in Maths was finding out that actually you only need CHOCOLATE to learn about 3D shapes!

 

In PSHE our lessons have been about friendship and playing together. We have been reinforcing 3 important rules:

  • kind voices
  • kind hands 
  • kind feet

 

The children have enjoyed using the construction equipment, puzzle and games which you bought for them. Many thanks for providing us with these great resources (photos below).

 

Shabbat Shalom, Chanukah Sameach and have a wonderful winter break.

 

Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon

 

 

Thank you for our new resources

Week Ending 4/12/20

 

Dear Parents,

 

The children are getting excited for Chanukah and they have been learning about the chag in their English, JS and Ivrit lessons. It's just a shame that we cannot teach them all the lovely Chanukah songs as usual. The children have worked very hard preparing for their end of term Chanukah presentation. They have even written and performed their own scripts.

 

In English, the children have been learning the lead in and lead out lines for the ladder letters. We have added a PowerPoint below which shows the correct formation of our new scheme (except for b and f). Also, in our scheme v and w have straight lines. We have continued to recap on the Phase 3 sounds and Phase 4 blends and clusters with some children. We have also continued with the Phase 5 sounds and this week focused on 'ou' and noted that it has the same sound as 'ow' (now). The children might like to play the game below.

 

In Maths we looked at fact families and the relationship between addition and subtraction. The children are learning that there are 8 facts for each family, for example, 2+4 =6  6= 2+4

                                                                                            4+2 =6   6= 4+2

                                                                                            6-2 = 4   4= 6-2

                                                                                            6-4 =2    2= 6-4

We used manipulatives and watched this video https://vimeo.com/468562019. We will continue to learn these facts. We also continued our topic on shape and sorted 2D shapes according to their properties.

 

The children continue to look forward to our weekly News Bites and especially the quiz.

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon

 

 

Friday 27/11/20

 

Dear Parents,

 

It was so lovely to meet you all (without masks!) at the parent consultation sessions. There were similar questions raised at some of the meetings, the answers to which you will find addressed below.

 

Homework

  • Homework is set on a Friday, to be completed by the following Wednesday.

  • There has been some confusion between homework and the home learning which the children received during lockdown.

  • As discussed at the Meet the Teacher in September, homework (apart from spellings) consolidates the work the children have been learning in class. 

  • Home learning during lockdown was a time when teachers were providing new learning and school lessons to be completed at home. 

  • Homework is not the same as home learning. Your child should be confident to complete the homework independently as the activities reinforce the concepts which have been taught during the week.

  • Homework has been differentiated and assigned according to ability. From now on, Maths tasks will be assigned to all children and you can help your child to choose which activity they feel they are able to complete independently. They should only complete 1 of the differentiated tasks.

 

Please find below a list of websites to enhance and reinforce the learning which we are covering in class.

 

English

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/helpAHedgehog/     Phase 3 Letters and Sounds reading practice

 

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/tellATRex/index.html   Year 1 Phonic Patterns

 

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/dinosaurEggsHF/index.html  High Frequency Words

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/     Online graded reading books

 

Maths

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

https://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/busyday/ten/    

Bonds to 10

 

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/partPartWhole/index.html

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/addition/robot-addition

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/helicopter-rescue  

Number recognition and counting on and counting back, 

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families  

Number fact families

 

https://nrich.maths.org/

Maths resources to enrich learning

 

For Maths, apart from our subscription to Doodle Maths, we also have one for TT Rockstars 

(multiplication and division). Please email if you would like a login for your child.

 

In Maths this week the children explored finding the difference as a form of subtraction. One of the strategies they used was counting on and counting back. Another strategy they used was to make both amounts and visually see how many more or less a number is. The children also continued learning about the properties of 3D shapes. They counted the number of faces on each shape and described if they were flat or curved. They then sorted the shapes according to their properties.

 

We have continued the theme of kindness in English and finished listening to the story Have You Filled a Bucket Today? The children also watched Partly Cloudy, which is an animation about loyalty and friendship. The story is about cheerful clouds in the sky that make cute and cuddly babies and give them to storks for delivery. However, one lonely cloud has the task of creating animals that are cute, but not so cuddly. His delivery stork has a hard job and becomes fearful and flies away. The lonely cloud feels rejected, but eventually his stork returns and makes him happy.

 

The children enjoyed the finger exercises and our Dough Disco. This week they practised more   handwriting patterns before they start to learn the lead in and lead out lines in our scheme. 

 

As part of our world religions programme, the children started learning about Buddhism. They learnt that Buddha was a teacher and was born in India. They found out that Buddhists pray in a Wat which is a Buddhist temple and that they have 5 morals. Ask your children if they can remember them. The children also learnt that Wesak is the most important Buddhist festival and they made Wesak lanterns (see below).

 

The children enjoyed their weekly visit to Forest School. They climbed trees and made stick men.

 

Today we had a short birthday celebration in honour of the children who have had birthdays so far this year - Dael, Harry and Jesse. We played some games and the children had lots of fun!

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon

Friday 20/11

 

Dear Parents,

 

What a busy week we’ve had!
 

On Monday, Anti-bullying week got off to a great start with “Odd Socks Day”, see photos below. First we watched a video about zoo animals and discussed how they differed from each other. We then discussed how we are different and thought about a book we read last week called “Something Else”. In that story the two characters were different, but in the end they realised that it doesn’t matter, the important thing is to accept that you should be friends and be kind to one another. To conclude we made jigsaw pieces to show how we will work as a team so there will be no bullying.

 

On Tuesday, we watched Topsy and Tim Help a Friend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhH9NCtaZt8

We discussed how Topsy and Tim stopped two mean children who were being unkind to their friend Stevie. We have been working hard to improve playtimes in Year 1. The children have 5 playtime rules which are reinforced daily (please see below) and the Year 1 teachers are spending extra time in the playground looking out for "Good Behaviour". Please discuss these rules with your children. 

 

On Wednesday the theme was 'Kindness/Chesed'. We talked about the meaning of kindness and watched a video which showed that kindness is catching. Please ask the children to explain what happened in the video. The children made 'Kindness Stones', the idea being based on the Kindness Rocks Project which is a global movement. Have a look at our stones, they are beautiful!

 

The children have thought a great deal about the activities we have carried out this week and we will continue reinforcing  kind behaviour. Please let us know the kind deeds you children do at home. 

 

In Maths, we continued our topic of subtraction. The children learnt how to subtract by counting back on a number line and learnt how to set out their work on squared paper, placing 1 number in each square. We also started a new topic about 3D shapes. We learnt to recognise and name spheres, cubes, cuboids, pyramids, cylinders and cones.  

 

We have started our new handwriting programme and the children are learning the correct:

  • pencil grip 
  • posture
  • position of their paper

Please watch the video which explains the above.

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/english/primary-handwriting/handwriting-year-1-age-5-6/.

 

Homework

This is set on a Friday and as requested here's the link to Google Classroom.

https://classroom.google.com/u/1/w/NzQyNzk4MDcyMjNa/t/all

From next week the spelling test will take place on a Friday. This will give the children a week to learn their spellings. Apart from the weekly spelling patterns (see below), by the end of Year 1 the children are expected to be able to spell some common exception words. Many children can already spell some or all of these words. Well done Year 1!

 

Many thanks with your continued support. Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon

Kindness Stones

Playground Rules

Year 1 Common Exception Words (Reading and Spelling)

3D Shapes

Odd Sock Day!

Friday 13th - Mitzvah Day

Week Ending 13/11

 

Dear Parents,

 

This week in Maths we started our topic of subtraction. We began by introducing the language of subtraction and used the concept of "taking away" to find how many were left in a range of real life situations. We then used the subtraction symbol and created stories about the calculations. We also learnt how to subtract by partitioning. The children continue to use concrete and pictorial representations to deepen their understanding.  

 

In English the children wrote about the autumn and why they enjoy Forest School. We have been practising the tricky words from Phase 3 - 5 and also the first 100 high frequency words. We have also been practising handwriting patterns so that we are ready to learn the lead in and exit lines for the lowercase letters.

 

On Tuesday we watched a video about Remembrance Day and found out why people have been wearing poppies. We also stood in silence at 11am on Wednesday11th.

 

Today is Mitzvah Day at Kerem and the children looked great all dressed in red! They enjoyed making get well cards for the Israeli charity Save a Child's Heart. 

 

Please note Mrs Shannon was absent this week so we have returned the Aleph Champ books.

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon

Week Ending 6/11/20

 

Dear Parents,

 

The children have settled happily after the half term break and enjoyed sharing their holiday news.

 

Stop Press - We wish Olivia, Rafael and Mr & Mrs Murciano " Mazaltov!" on the safe arrival of Baby Girl Murciano and Baby Boy Murciano.

 

Our word of the week is ONOMATOPOEIA. The children listened to fireworks and thought of words to describe the sounds that they made. We then had our own virtual firework display. The children decorated fireworks with these words and wrote sentences about fireworks.

 

This week we revised the "or" sound and learnt that "aw" and "au" also make that sound. If you login to Espresso there are activities to consolidate these sounds. The children have got their first list of spellings to learn. Please help them prepare for their test.

 

In Maths we finished our unit on addition and the children used number lines to help with their calculations. They learnt how to add by counting on and now know that that it's easier to start with the largest number. They  also learnt how to find missing numbers in number sentences, such as 8 + ? = 11. Next week we will be starting subtraction.

 

The children enjoyed catching up with the latest news on Espresso and completing the quiz. Ask them to tell you what news items were discussed.

 

Next Friday is Mitzvah Day, please see the email and find something red for your child to wear.

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon 

Week Ending 23/10/20

 

Dear Parents

 

The children have had another busy week!

 

Our Wake Up Shake Up morning dance gets us off to a good start each day and is enjoyed by all. However, the highlight of this week was our "Dough Disco". Ask your children to tell you more. It involved different moves such as the SPLAT!, PINCH!, SQUEEZE and ROLL. These moves support both body and brain development and help to build fine motor skills in a fun-filled experience. 

 

In Maths we continued our addition topic. The children used their knowledge of place value and number bonds to compare numbers and number sentences. They also used the part whole model and 10 frames to understand the concept of addition. 

 

In English the children wrote sentences about their news and practised the curly caterpillar letters. They read the tricky words for phases 3, 4 and 5 and learnt the ph sound. The children can practise reading these words on: https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/dinosaurEggsHF/index.html

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and an enjoyable half term.

 

Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon

 

Week Ending 16th October

 

Dear Parents

 

In Maths this week we have been continuing our topic on addition using part-whole models and bar models. The children have been using these to learn the number bonds to 10. We are learning that if we work systematically we will find all the bonds for each number and that the larger the number the more bonds. Please practise at home using equipment such as counters or even pieces of pasta. The children need to learn to become fluent with all the number bonds to 10 so that they will be able to apply their knowledge when adding larger numbers.

Try these games:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/busyday/ten/

 

In English this week we completed a comprehension about hedgehogs hibernating through the winter months. We also spent time learning about sentence structure. We know that when we write our sentences we must use a capital letter at the beginning and full stop at the end. We also made sure that the words were in the correct order so that our sentences made sense. We had fun practising writing our ladder letters and out curly caterpillar letters. We are continuing to practise writing our numbers. Please ensure that your children are writing these the correct way round. We have learnt some fun rhymes to help us remember. In phonics we learnt that ue, ew and u-e make the oo sound (moon). We listened to some extracts from 'You Choose Fairy Tales' read by the author Pippa Goodhart and illustrator Nick Sharratt. Then we followed Nick Sharratt's instructions and drew our own amazing fairy castles.

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon

Week Ending 9th October

 

Dear Parents,

 

We hope you have all had a lovely week of Succot. 

 

This week the children found out about hedgehogs. They learnt all about their diets, bodies and how their behaviour changes during the different seasons of the year. They enjoyed listening to some lovely hedgehog stories. The children also shared their knowledge of nocturnal animals and hibernation.

 

In Maths this week we used the number line to count, to see greater and less than statements and to order numbers. We also learnt to use part-whole models which help the children to understand that a number can be partitioned into 2 or more parts. These also help with number bonds and addition. The children had fun using the model to work out some practical problems and we played this game in class. 

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/partPartWhole/index.html

 

In English, we wrote sentences to describe a succah. We revised the 'oa' sound and learnt the 'oe' and 'o-e' sounds. The children might like to play these game which will help them to practise reading words with the sounds they have been learning. 

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/helpAHedgehog/ 

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/tellATRex/index.html

 

We have some lovely photos to share with you, please see below.

 

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach,

 

Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon 

Maths

Forest School

Week Ending 2nd October

 

Dear Parents,

 

We have had such a lovely week in school thinking about autumn. We listened to a lovely story about conkers and then in Science we all went on a seed hunt and looked for acorns and conkers. We enjoyed finding out about the life cycle of the horse chestnut tree and the oak tree and how these change throughout the seasons of the year. The children shared lots of interesting facts that they had learnt. In English we learnt the sound for ie and i-e. We also have a beautiful autumn tree full of tricky word leaves. Please continue to practise reading the tricky words at home. Here's a game to practise reading these words: https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/dinosaurEggsHF/index.html 

 

On Thursday we had an ACORN day. We used our acorns in our Maths lesson on greater than and less than. We also wrote descriptions of acorns and produced some fabulous modern art pictures using lots of colours to camouflage the acorns. In Maths we also learnt to use ordinal numbers.

 

At Forest school the children played a fun game of Pheasant and Fox and then enjoyed making jewellery and toys out of seeds that they had collected from the woodland floor. 

 

Wishing you Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach.

 

Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon

Week Ending 25/09/20

Dear Parents,

 

This week in Maths we have had ' GREAT ' fun working with the chomping Alligator - ask your children to explain. You can rewatch the videos which are in Google Classroom. We learnt that the Alligator always chomps the largest number. Following on from this, we have been comparing objects and numbers and we have learnt to use the following mathematical language and symbols: greater than > ( greater rhymes with alligator),

less than < and equals =.

 

This week in English we have learnt the sounds ea (as in read) ey, e-e (swede) and a-e (cake).

We also listened to a story about the seasons and wrote sentences about what we liked to do in each of them. If you have time, listen to this lovely conker song. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhebvq0O4GY

 

Forest school was lots of fun this week, although a little wet. We still had a great time in our wellies and waterproofs. When it rained, we sheltered under trees and explored the woods. Emma told us a lovely story about Mother Nature helping some bugs and we were able to make our own insects using clay, leaves, twigs and big pine cones. Some children helped Emma build a Bee  Hotel,  which we brought back to school to hang on a tree. We are continuing with our work on seasons and we are beginning to see a change in the weather too and it is getting darker earlier. Please help your children to look out for all the signs of  autumn. 

 

Shabbat Shalom and Gmar Chatima Tova,

 

Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon  

Week  Ending 18/09/20

 

Dear Parents,

 

This week the children have had another busy week at school. 

 

Well done to all the children who found out what playground games their parents and grandparents played when they were 5. Once the marquees are removed from the playground we will be able to start playing them.

 

In Maths we have continued with our place value block. We have been counting forwards, backwards as well as finding one more and one less than a number. We used number lines and 10 frames to help us find the answers. In reasoning and problem solving we used the number cards 0 - 10 to find out how many different ways we could complete the statement 

? is one more than ?

 

In English we have continued revising Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds from last year, as well as beginning Phase 5 and learning that ‘ay’ has the same sound as ‘ai’. At storytime we have been listening to some of the Frog and Toad stories which are a favourite of Mrs Borman.

 

We have enjoyed learning more about the seasons this week and we can sort and identify different signs for autumn, winter, spring and summer. 

 

At Forest School we played listening games and the children had fun making leaf necklaces and clay models. They even made a life-size stick person using woodland resources! 

 

This week we watched Espresso Newsbites and found out about what is happening in the world. We completed the quiz and got 12 out of 12!

 

Wishing you Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova Umetuka!

 

Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon


 

Forest School

Week ending 10.9.20

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Year 1 blog!

We have had a fabulous first full week at school (please see the photo gallery below). Their smiley faces as they enter each day tells it all! They have been busy learning new routines, such as gelling their hands every time they enter the building and how to line up before entering the classroom. Well done Year 1! We have also been practising good listening skills, which we would be grateful if you would reinforce at home. 

 

Thank you for joining us on Zoom on Tuesday. It was lovely to share the Year 1 information with you, but just a shame that we couldn't see your faces. Please note that there is a Key Information section on the Year 1 class page which has details about teachers, homework etc. As we were unable to show Mrs Roodyn's video on Tuesday, we have attached it below.

 

The children have shared their summer news and they wrote about some of the activities that took place. In Maths we began our Place Value block and have been sorting, counting and representing numbers. We have been learning to use a ten frame and we have given the children an online activity for their homework. We were excited to begin our first topic on the ‘Seasons’ learning the names and the months in which the seasons occur. The children sit in groups in the classroom and each table is now named after a season. In Computing, the children have been learning how to ‘log on’. Please can you help the children to learn how to spell their surnames as this will help them a great deal in these lessons. 

 

We had lots of fun back at Forest School this week, remembering the rules and enjoying the sunshine. The children listened attentively to a story and then had a wonderful time exploring the surroundings and making crowns and glitter worms out of branches. They also made special witches potions using materials from the ‘forest’ and water. 

 

The JS team asks that all Aleph Champ books taken home last year are returned to school as soon as possible. If you have mislaid your book, £4 will be added to your school bill. Many thanks!

 

'Happy Birthday Dael!' Thank you for donating tzedakah to Camp Simcha.

 

We really look forward to working with you and your children. Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs. Borman, Mrs. Rosenberg and Mrs. Sassoon

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