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Swan Class!

Class teacher: Mrs Cartwright

Teaching Assistant: Miss Rose

Welcome to our parents and carers!

Welcome to our class webpage! I will be regularly updating this page with photographs and news of what we have been doing in class.

We visit the Library Bus on a Thursday and have PE on a Friday.

Friday 13th May 2022

Our stars of the week were Aiyla, for listening to advice and making a huge improvement in her handwriting, and Mehdi, for using super adjectives in his writing.  Well done!  Here are some of our weeks highlights.

For fun!

How many times can you write the word 'one' in 60 seconds? 

Science

Our gardeners had a surprise!

Here is another surprise!

We put these beans in a bag with water, but no soil. We wanted to see what might be happening under the soil in our main experiment. We never expected that it would be able to grow so tall without soil! 

Researching rainforest plants.

Using the schools Chrome books.

Literacy

We practised drawing story maps on our whiteboards. The children really impressed me with the way they laid out their work.

 

Friday 6th May 2022

Our stars of the week were Aaira, for her super participation during our rainforest lesson, and Deborah, for her contributions during whole class discussions. Both girls also have developed a very neat handwriting style. Well done, girls!  Here are some of our weeks highlights.

The layers of a rainforest! We created the layers of a rainforest with our bodies and discussed the different conditions and animals that live there. 

We have been locating the worlds rainforests on a map.

In art, we used geometric shapes to create a crocodile painting.

We have been adding work to our topic and science displays.

In science, we have been learning about plants. We have been closely observing parts of plants and are making weekly observations of our bean plants.

This is our new reading display! We bought our favourite books into school and created mini versions.

Friday 29th April 2022

Our stars of the week were Athena, for her fantastic writing in Literacy, and Azaan, for being the teacher and explaining how to find number bonds to 10. Well done!  Isaac and Ibraheem represented Swan class in this year's Spelling Bee. Thank you, boys! You worked really hard. Here are some of our weeks highlights.

In maths, we were describing the properties of shapes, using 3D shapes to build castles and searching for 2D and 3D shapes in the school.

In literacy, we are reading Sloths Don't Run. Some children have been hanging around at playtime, pretending to be sloths.

For the International Day of Dance, we walked over to the North Site and danced the twist.

We have a new phonics teacher!

The PTA organised henna and face painting. It was beautiful! Thank you!

Friday 22nd April 2022

What a splendid start to the new half-term we have had! We started our new topic 'Rainforests' by doing some research and thinking about questions we would like to find the answer to. The children showed they already knew an astounding amount about the subject. In Science, we will be learning about plants. We asked a scientific question 'Will plants grow without light?'. We then devised a simple test to test and made our predictions. We will need to observe the results of experiment over time. As part of our topic, we now have a Venus Fly-Trap, an orchid and (fingers crossed!) will be acquiring a pitcher plant (thank you, Miss Lesley!). In art, we created close-up images of toucans and learnt how to blend colours using oil-pastels. Below are some pictures from the week.

Well done to all the children who entered our class Spelling Bee heat! They did really well and the competition was very tight. We ended with a draw, so, Ibraheem and Isaac will go on to represent Swan class in the next round. Teo came a very close second and has nobly offered to learn the new words, should one of our finalists be absent on the day.

The 'Stars of the Week' are Rafe, for his handwriting, and Leven, for speaking with such a clear and bright voice. Well done!

 

Rainforest researchers!

Close-up studies of some of our toucans!

Friday 1st April 2022

We had a fantastic last week of term. We had our trip to London Zoo, made energy bars, got to grips with fractions and took part in the school's Easter Parade. 

Our stars of the week were Teo, for the thoughtful and kind consideration he showed towards his friends during our trip, and Denis, for his resilience and determination. Well done, boys!

Zoo trip!

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Energy bars!

Easter parade!

Friday 25th March 2022

Our stars of the week were Levi, for his outstanding performance in his AR assessment, and Ayub, for remembering to use finger spaces in his writing. Well done! 

On Thursday, we will be visiting London Zoo. For the trip, the children will need to be in school uniform, have a waterproof coat and a rucksack or other easily carried bag, for their lunch. They can bring their own packed lunch from home, or have a school packed lunch provided. We would also ask that they bring some water and a small healthy snack with them. 

In maths, we have been learning how to make equal groups and dividing.

In literacy, we have been writing a non-fiction book about tigers. We started by finding out what we already know. The children loved recording their facts on Post-it-notes!

Friday 18th March 2022

We had a really exciting week with a visit to North site to see some owls. The children loved it! 'They were amazing!' 'I liked it when they flew over our heads.' The barn owl sat on my shoulder. It was so soft, and I could feel it touch my hair!' We also had a Movie Night to raise money for our trip to London zoo, and we saw the results of our tie dye experiment during STEM week. Below, are some photographs. Our stars of the week were Nojus, for his amazing progress in phonics, Liam for his super writing about Augustus and his smile, and the whole of Swan class, for their progression in phonics. Well done! Miss Khan was very impressed!

Dear Families, thank you so much for your support with our Movie Night. We really appreciate it and hope that the children will have an educational and memorable trip to the zoo.

Our tie dye success!

We were inspired by the owl visit!

In topic, we have been learning about hot and cold deserts. We were surprised to find sand in our playground, that had come from the Sahara desert following a huge sand storm there earlier this week. While researching cold deserts, we discussed how penguins keep warm in Antarctica. We acted out a penguin huddle!

Red Nose Day! The children came into class with trousers on their heads, socks on their ears, and everything back to front and topsy-turvy!

Movie night!

Friday 11th March 2022

Well done to Ibraheem (for his super reading) and Roni (for his excellent work in science), who are our 'Stars of the Week'.

Below, is a short compilation of images from our STEM week. The children were amazing! They asked LOTS of questions, made predictions, carried out simple tests and evaluated the results. They also worked really well together as a team. Well done, Swan class!

We will be having our 'Wild Wednesday' this week, to raise money for our trip to London Zoo. On Wednesday, the children can come into school wearing the colours of their favourite animal and enjoy a film night with their friends. The film will be in our classroom and the children will have popcorn, a small snack and a drink. It will be from 3.15 until 5.15. The cost is £5.00.

STEM week!

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Here are some book reviews for Augustus and His Smile. You can also see them on our storytelling page. Click here for a quick link..

 

Friday 4th March 2022

This week's 'Stars of the Week' are Logan for his AR reading and Yoana, for her enormous enthusiasm and determination to do well. Well done! We also have a big well done to Rome, he represented our class in the Poetry Slam and bravely performed in front of 90 children. We are very proud of him!

On Thursday, we had a school book swap. The children really enjoyed bringing in the books that they no longer read, and choosing a new one. It was so worthwhile on so many levels, from promoting the joy of reading, to the environmental issues of recycling books rather than throwing them away. Also, as part of World Book Day, on Friday, the children came dressed as their favourite book character. They looked amazing!

We have been writing book reviews for the school Storytelling page, and they will be published onto the webpage next week. 

Friday 25th February 2022

The children have had a great first week back. Swan class won the South Site KS1 award for best attendance this week! Well done Swan class! We had 4 'Stars of the Week'. Two from last half-term: well done to Muhammad Aazan for his focus and progress in handwriting and Levi, for his understanding, question and reasoning in science.  This week's 'Stars' were Ali, for his descriptive writing in Literacy and, Ornela, for remembering to use finger spaces. Well done!

Next Friday, we will be having World Book Day and on that day the children can come into school dressed as their favourite book character.

Starting on the 7th March, we will be having our STEM week. If you have any old white socks that you no longer need, could you send them into class for a project we will be doing. They can be single socks or, in a pair. We would be very grateful for any white sock contributions.

Here are some pictures from our week.

Merit assembly with Mr Darling.

Lunchtime painting club with Miss Rose.

A trip to the North Site for a Science Show.

I look forward to seeing you all at the parent review meetings.

Have a good weekend.

Friday 11th February 2022

Today, we had an unexpected treat - an archery lesson! It was great fun and all the children had the opportunity to practise shooting at a target. It did mean, however that there wasn't time for our merit assembly, so, we will have four 'Stars of the Week', on the first Friday back, after half-term!

Have a super break, Swan class, with plenty of rest, play and ... a little bit of reading! (Don't forget your Bug Club and TTRockstars!)

Roni, was so inspired by the work we did in class, designing toy theatres, he made one at home  We were all flabbergasted when we saw it; it was fantastic! Well done, Roni!

In class, we spent a lovely morning making toy theatres and, using the Lego Story Boxes, to create our own stories and settings.

Learning how to hold a bow and arrow!

 

Friday 28th January 2022

Well done to Aiyla and Isaac, for their super work in literacy. They retold the story of Lost in The Toy Museum in great detail! They are the stars of the week.

This week, all the children have produced some excellent work in maths, solving two-digit subtraction problems. They have also created eye-catching posters, in topic, for the Brimtoy Toy Company and have been exploring different materials. 

Well done, Swan class, you have worked really hard!

Friday 21st January 2022

Well done to Rome, for his super concentration and calm approach to his work, and Athena, for her fantastic number bond work in maths! They are the stars of the week. Well done to all the Swan class, you have all been amazing!

In topic, we have been learning about our local history. Brimtoy, was one of the best known toy manufacturers in the country. They were based in Walthamstow! We have been finding out about the toys they made, when and where they were based, and the people who worked there. Here are some photographs from one of our lessons.

Investigating artifacts!

We were flabbergasted and amazed at what we saw!

Historians carrying out their research.

Finally, here is a photograph of Teo enjoying enrichment hour. He is learning how to use a camera and take photographs.

Friday 14th January 2022

This week we had first Enrichment hour! During this weekly event, the children have the opportunity to try new activities, and learn new skills. There was an exciting range of activities to choose from, with photography, fun on the farm, rugby, Futsol, crafts and cross stitching on the menu. 

Well done to our stars of the week; Kimona (for her positive attitude to her work) and Medhi (for his fantastic portioning in Maths). 

In Literacy, we imagined we were the giddy toys in Lost in the Toy Museum. Here we are, asleep on the museum shelves, waiting for the lights to me turned out and the museum doors to be locked. In role as one of the toys, the children described what they were thinking and feeling.

In topic, we were historians. We used different sources to find out what toys children played with over 100 years ago. We used photographs, films and artefacts to help with our research.

Friday 7th January 2022

Well done to Levan and Ibraheem for their super work in literacy!

 

If your child should need to self -isolate, they will be able to access home learning activities through their Google classroom account. The details of their username and password are on the inside cover of their reading record. You will need to enter Google classroom into your search engine, then enter your child's username followed by @missiongrove.org.uk. Then enter their password. You will see an email inviting you to join Swan class. Work for each week will be posted here. I have also shared a video of some class highlights from Autumn.

Lost in The Toy Museum, will be our focus text this half-term. I have attached a recording of the story.

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We began our new topic by sharing our favourite toys with our friends, investigating toys from the past and discussing what we would like to find out about toys.

Friday 10th December 2021

Well done to Muhammad Aazan and Aaira, who are our 'Stars of the Week'. They produced some imaginative writing about Stick Man.

Below are some photographs of our week and here is a quick link to our music page where more music and poetry has been added. The children give me weekly instructions and advice on the content of our class pages. They are doing a fantastic job and I really appreciate their ideas and help.

In maths, we have been investigating the properties of 3D shapes.

On Friday, we had our Christmas party. 

Click here For a link to the story of The Highway Rat.

Friday 3rd November 2021

Our 'Stars of the Week' are Azaan and Ayub. They produced some exciting writing about the menacing and selfish Highway Rat!  

By popular request, I have added Jerusalema to our music page. Click here for a quick link to the page.

Here are some photos from our week.

We had a visit from a theatre company who were performing a pantomime based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. 'It was supper douper!' 

In computing, we were learning about algorithms. We learnt that algorithms are a set of instructions. We practised being robots and giving each other instructions.

What a magnificent movie night it was! We watched Frozen 2, had tasty snacks, twinkly lights and enjoyed the company of our friends. Logan and Levi were the most attentive audience, Miss Rose and I have seen. They were thoroughly gripped by the film throughout! 

Friday 26th November 2021

This week's 'Stars Of The Week' are Teo and Medhi. Well done, boys!

We have had a very busy week, here are some of the things we have been doing!

In maths, we have been estimating and measuring the length of objects and in science we used our knowledge of animal classification to create our own 'Nonsensical Animals'!

Measuring and comparing the length of twigs in the wildlife garden.

Designing, making and evaluating our nonsensical animals.

We went to the cinema to see Early Man and visited North site to meet a performance poet. We also visited North Site, a little later in the week, to meet a police lady.

A poetry workshop with Zohab Zee Khan.

The Clever Never Goes workshop with the Primary Schools Police Officer for Waltham Forest.

We had a 'lighting up' ceremony for our class Christmas tree and, look what we spotted in the wildlife garden... Can you see?

Friday 19th November 2021

This week's 'Stars Of The Week' have made super progress in phonics, shown their enthusiasm for learning and being excellent role models. Well done Samina and Roni!

Here are some photographs from this week in Swan class.

In geography, we had to accurately use locational language to find the Highway Rat who was hiding in the school. "It was the best day ever!" Can you see him? Where is he?

Children In Need!

Coming up next week!
INTO FILM

On Monday morning, we will be visiting our local cinema. Your child can bring a small, healthy snack and drink within them. We will be seeing an Aardman animation called 'Early Man'. We will be back at school in time for lunch.

Friday 12th November 2021

It is fantastic to see all the children in Swan class, grow in confidence and strive to do their best. This week's 'Stars Of The Week' have demonstrated their enthusiasm for, and understanding of, money, in our maths lessons, and progress in literacy. Well done to Yoana and Rafe!

Below are some photographs taken on Remembrance Day and during our science lesson.

Remembrance Day.

We explored the reason why we wear poppies for remembrance and the conditions the soldiers faced in the trenches during World War 1. We also printed poppies using an apple, made medals and tried on a woollen tunic and steel helmet from the Second World War. 

We also made some poppies from recycled coffee filters. They formed part of the display outside the school. At 11 o'clock on the 11th November, we listened to the Last Post and observed two minutes silence.

Science

In science, we have been learning about birds. We conducted a survey of the birds that could be seen in our school grounds. 

Friday 19th November - Children In Need

Next Friday, We will be collecting donations. The staff will be doing a bake off and the children can come in as many spots as possible! No Uniform. In class, we have been discussing the work the charity does and have been listening to the BBC Children's Choir singing True Colours, which was performed as part of their Children In Need campaign in 2019.  The children have been learning to sing and sign the chorus. 

Friday 5th November 2021

This week's 'Stars Of The Week' have demonstrated their enthusiasm for, and understanding of Animal groups in Science, and 'greater than' and 'lesser than' in maths. Well done to Athena and Ali.

We started our new book this week, Room On The Broom. First, we watched this video, then we searched the wildlife garden for clues, it was a magical morning! We also began our new topic, 'Amazing Adventures' with an amazing adventure of our own; a campfire, complete with hot chocolate, biscuit and songs. 

Searching for clues in the wildlife garden.

Our 'Amazing Adventure'!

This half-term, the whole school is exploring the genre of Reggae music. We have really enjoyed carefully listening to, and discussing music by Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. I have added two of the songs to the section on our class page of music we like to listen to, so that you can share the music at home.

 

Friday 22nd October 2021

This week's 'Stars Of The Week' always try their very best in all they do. Well done to Isaac and Denis. 

We had a busy last week of the half-term: we had a trip to the market as part of our topic about food, we made healthy pizzas and looked for signs of autumn in the wildlife garden. Here are a few photographs. 

Well done, Swan class, for a super first half-term in Year 1. Have a lovely, restful break and see you on the 1st November!

Mrs Cartwright, Miss Rose and Miss Daisy

We bought some strawberries, raspberries, cherry tomatoes and pomegranates for a 'fruity, playtime tasting'! While they were all declared to be delicious, the strawberries were the most popular.

Friday 15th October 2021

This week's 'Stars Of The Week' are Nojus and David. We also celebrated the reading  achievements of Rome, Teo, Ali and Ibraheem. 

On Friday, we had a surprise treat: a special rock music assembly by Rock Steady. We learnt about playing a drum kit, electric keyboard and guitars. Well done Teo, for correctly identifying a 'pick'!

During free flow the children have created some imaginative story settings.

As part of our topic about food, we will be visiting Walthamstow market next week. We will be discovering the different foods for sale there, and their country of origin. We also need to buy some ingredients to make the healthy pizza's which the children have designed.

Have a super weekend.

Mrs Cartwright

Friday 8th October 2021

Well done to Aiyla and Abbas, who are this week's 'Stars Of The Week'!

Things you can do to support your child's learning at home.
Your child has been given an appropriately levelled text. These books will be changed on a weekly basis.  Please try to read with your child for ten minutes a day as this will help to increase their confidence, fuel their enthusiasm and help them to develop a love for reading.

Each child has a Bugclub  and myON login.The details are on the inside cover of their reading record. Their myON login is the same as the one they use for their Bugclub account. Bug Club, is a reading program, which will help your child to become a confident reader. With myON, the children have access to a digital library with over a thousand exciting books to choose from. Click here to watch a short video about Bug Club and click here for a short video about myON.

Inside your child's reading record, you will also see log in details for Numbots and TTRockstars. Numbots, is a game which will help your child develop fluency in mathematical skills. TTRockstars, will help your child practise their times tables. In Year 1 we start by learning the 10 times table.

If you have any problems logging in, please let me know.

Here are a couple of pictures from our week. We have been using our senses to explore the wildlife garden and creating fantastic scenes with Lego Story Boxes, including a shopping centre complete with canopies, to keep the shoppers dry!

Have a super weekend!

Mrs Cartwright

Friday 1st October 2021

Well done to Phoenix and Logan, who are this week's 'Stars Of The Week'!

This week, in literacy, we were planning and writing invitations to a tiger tea party. We were overjoyed, when at last the day of our tea party arrived. What a party it was! We had Tiger Juice and Tiger Food! It was delightful. We even played  'Pin The tail On The Tiger'! It was a roaring success! 

Dear Tiger, thank you for accepting our invitation. 

Last week, we began a science experiment, which we planned to observe over a period of time.

One week later and it didn't go quite as planned!

We have started to notice the signs of Autumn in the wildlife area.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Cartwright

Friday 24th September2021

Well done to Levi and Rayan, who are this week's 'Stars Of The Week'!

We had a wonderful 'World Food Day' this week. It provided a perfect opportunity to share and celebrate the rich and diverse cultural background of the children in Year 1, and the foods that are significant to them. The children enjoyed talking about their special clothes, which were representative of their family’s culture. They listened to, and danced to music from around the world, and talked about (and ate) their foods. Countries from four of the world's continents were represented; Asia, Africa, North America and Europe. Here are some photographs of the event.

Dancing!

Eating!

Dear Parents and carers, thank you for your support and making this special day a memorable occasion. 

Friday 17th September 2021 

Here are this week's Stars of The Week! All the Swans have had a fantastic first two weeks, and fully deserved a whole class star of the week! Miss Rose and I felt it to be a very difficult challenge to select only two pupils. Well done Araz, for his enthusiastic approach to learning and Kimona, for her super work in maths.

We have had a very busy week, below are some photographs of what we have been doing. There are also details of our up and coming events.

Acting out the story of The Tiger Who Came To Tea. 

Investigating foods that have an important place in religious celebrations. 

Things you can do to support your child's learning at home

Your child has been given an appropriately levelled text. These books will be changed on a weekly basis.  Please try to read with your child for ten minutes a day as this will help to increase their confidence, fuel their enthusiasm and help them to develop a love for reading.

Each child has a Bugclub login and a TTrockstars/ Numbots login. The details are on the inside cover of their reading record.

Bug Club, is a reading program which will help your child to become a confident reader. Click here to watch a short video about Bug Club. 

Numbots, is a game which will help your child develop fluency in mathematical skills. TTRockstars, will help your child practise their times tables. In Year 1 we start by learning the 10 times table.

Up and coming events

Wednesday 22nd September - Swan class Coffee Morning. Come along to meet and chat about any questions or queries you have about Year 1.

Thursday 23rd September - Year 1 World Food Day. As part of our ‘Food, Glorious Food’ topic we study different foods from around the world. We would like to celebrate the rich and diverse cultural background of children in Year 1 and the foods that are significant to them. Year 1 would to like to hold our own ‘World Food Day’. On Thursday 23rd September, the Year 1 children will have the opportunity to come to school dressed in clothes representative of their family’s culture. We will listen to music from around the world, looks at maps of the world, and study and design flags. 
As it is part of our food topic, we need food and your help; could you please provide your child with a small snack that day: food that is important to them and their cultural heritage. The children will not be sharing their food, but will have the opportunity to describe the food to their friends. This celebration will take place in the classroom and will not affect your child’s usual lunch arrangements. Although the children will not be sharing their food, please be aware that ours is a 'nut-free' school. Thank you for your support.

Hello, Swan class families,

Welcome to our class webpage! I will be regularly updating this page with photographs and news of what we have been doing in class.

We have had a fantastic first week together, and the children have quickly settled in. We have been thinking, talking and writing about what makes us feel happy. Here are a few pictures that we would like to share with you.

Things that make us feel happy!

Some happy faces!

We love making patterns and cars!