Grade 1 January Newsletter

20th March 2015

Highlights of the Week

The highlight of this week was undoubtedly our excursion to TOTT - or Tools of the Trade. There was much excitement and the children very much enjoyed making, and then eating their very own pizza. The excursion went very smoothly, all of the children used their virtues and the activity was purposeful and fun. Please see the photographs below!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

Language Arts


In reading this week we have continued to focus on the accuracy CAFE strategy of cross Tuning Into Interesting Words. This strategy involves identifying interesting or new words in the books we are reading, and recording some of them, so we can try them out in our own writing! We have been particularly focusing on interesting verbs.


We have been learning about the difference between past tense and future tense. We wrote about what we will be doing on the weekend using future tense.

We have been continuing our Author Study on Lynley Dodd. We have continued our focus on writing 'small moments' in detail, and have been working on including interesting verbs in our writing.

Thank-you for all the books that have been coming in. The children are enjoying sharing their Lynley Dodd books with their friends.

Please note, we will be finishing this Writer's Workshop Unit at the end of this term, so Friday 27th March will be the official 'Tail Day' to celebrate our wonderful writing in this unit. Details are below.

Spelling and Phonics

This week our spelling has focused on the number words. In phonics we have continued to focus on the 'long u' sound.


We have been working on writing the number digits for handwriting this week.

Tail Day!

To celebrate the end of our Author's Study on Lynley Dodd, the children (and teachers!) will be wearing tails to school on Friday the 27th of March.

Please help your child to find/repurpose/make a tail to wear on this day. Tails can be based on characters from Lynley Dodd's books, or inspired by what is found at home.

Some suggestions:

-an old tie

-pipe cleaner with paper



Continuing with the unit on Picture Graphs, we have spent this week making deeper interpretations of the data on picture graphs and pictograms. Students are now very good at reading the data off graphs. Hence, we have gone one step further - making comparisons. With practise, we are getting better at understanding "how many more/less/fewer than".

Next week, we will be starting the unit of Shapes and Patterns.

IPC - We are What we Eat

Prior to our excursion to TOTT the children were working on the technology key learning goal: 'To be able to plan what they are going to make.' The children were encouraged to choose a range of toppings from different food groups in order to make their pizza balanced and nutritious.

Next week will be the last week of this unit. Our exit point will take place on Thursday 16 April, after the Easter Holiday. We are planning to have an 'International Lunch' and enjoy foods from different countries and cultures. Class representatives will be contacting you shortly with more details. Many thanks in advance for your support.

Virtue of the Week: Truthfulness!

"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."
Mark Twain

This week the children have been practicing showing the virtue of truthfulness. We have been talking about making sure we are honest with each other, so people can trust us. We know that we can be tactfully truthful when we think before we speak! Please use the language of the virtues at home and acknowledge your child when you see them showing their truthfulness!

Next week we will focusing on the virtue of Peacefulness.

Town Hall Survey - Closes today please take part if you have not already done so!

Please take part in our Town Hall survey to help the Leadership Team better understand how future Town Hall meetings and communication can be improved. It will take less than 5 minutes of your time - responses will be anonymous and results will be shared. Regardless of whether you attended the Town Hall meetings, we value your feedback!

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Dates for the Diary

Friday 27th March - 'Tail Day' and last day of the Easter Term

Monday 13th April - First day of Summer Term

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