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St Margaret Mary's Catholic Infant School

Loving, learning, growing together with Jesus

Weekly Updates

Week Beginning 30th March 2020

Hello Year One!  We hope that you are all well and staying in your houses or in your garden.  Have you put up your rainbows in your windows yet?  We have made some and put some up in the hall at school.

 

Rainbows
Rainbows

We hope that you've been busy with the packs that we sent home with you to complete.  Here are some ideas for learning that you can do at home to keep you learning whilst school is closed.

Have you noticed that it is spring at the moment?  We have been thinking about spring and some things that you can explore at home.

English

 Try to learn this poem about daffodils.

Daffodils

Yellow, yellow daffodils

You're dancing in the sun.

Yellow, yellow daffodils,

You tell me spring has come.

Can you think of another line to add to the poem? 

It could be... 'Yellow, yellow daffodils, reaching up high.  Yellow, yellow daffodils reaching for the sky.'

Have you got any daffodils growing in your garden?  Can you draw them?

Are there any other flowers growing in your garden.  Mr Barr has some buds growing on his magnolia trees.  They are different colours.  On one tree they are pink, another one has white flowers and there is a purple one too.  Can you find any flowers that you could make up a poem for?  Can you write your poem in your yellow book?  Ask an adult to help you.

You could pretend to be a flower growing like in the song that we sing in school, 'I am a Seed'.  Try to roll yourself up in a ball then slowly grow and dance in the wind.  

 

Maths

Ask your adult to tell you about the clocks moving forward one hour on Sunday.  This week have a look at the numbers of a clock.  Look at how they start at the top with 12 and then move around the clock face.  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/time/teaching-clock is a useful tool if you don't have a clock at home.  Concentrate on when the minute hand (the big one) is pointing to the 12.  We call this o'clock.  Point the hour hand (the smaller one) at one of the other numbers.  This tells us an o'clock time.  If the minute hand is on 12 and the hour hand is on 4 what time is it?  

Make a diary in your yellow books for what you are doing at:

8 o'clock

10 o'clock

12 o'clock (We'll be having our lunch)

2 o'clock

4 o'clock

6 o'clock 

Add your bed time as the last entry.

You could play 'What's the time Mr Wolf' or make your own clock.  An old cereal box makes a great clock face and use some blu-tack to attach the hands.  Concentrate on where each number needs to be written so that it looks like a real clock.

Don't forget to do counting every day.  How many steps does it take to get from one end of your garden to the other?  Can you count backwards from that number?  Count in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.  You'll be experts once we see you back at school.

There are daily lessons on https://whiterosemaths.com/.  There is a video presentation and the clip isn't too long.  Don't forget to click the Year 1 lessons.

Other ideas

Pope Francis has asked that we all pray the Our Father together at 11:00.  We have been learning this special prayer in lessons and we were doing very well to learn it.  Here is an image of the prayer to help you:

 

Have a go at growing your own vegetables.  Try something easy to begin with.  Carrots or other root vegetables will grow if you save the tops and place them in a bowl of water.  Once the roots start to show (be patient) you can plant them in soil.  https://www.diyncrafts.com/4732/repurpose/25-foods-can-re-grow-kitchen-scraps gives some more information about this.  

If you try to grow something, keep a diary in your yellow books to show what happens.  It will happen quite slowly so only record when you notice a change.

Do you have any trees in your garden?  If you do, can you see any differences from what it looked like during winter?  Can you draw a picture of your tree?  If you have paints, can you paint a picture of your tree?  If you are running out of paper you can use the inside of cardboard boxes (such as cereal boxes).

This is a good chance to explore the wildlife in your garden.  Have you been on your minibeast hunt yet?  There should be more and more birds visiting your garden now it is a bit warmer.  Look at this website for ideas of how to make your own bird feeders: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/bird-feeders-for-kids-to-make-2764688.

Try to find the names of the birds that visit your garden.  Here is a quick guide to help you...

 

Keep a table of the birds you see and how many times they visit your bird feeder in your yellow books.  In school we see a lot of pied wagtails.  Can you go on the internet and find out about this lovely bird?  Tell someone what you have discovered.

 

We hope that all of this keeps you busy this week.  Remember to have lots of fun playing too.  In school last week we used blocks to build a tall tower.  Do you have anything you can build a tall tower with?  Can you build one that is taller than you?   

Are you using your recycling materials to make junk models?  Don't forget to make your own space rocket.

We are all missing you lots.  Have you grown taller?  Ask an adult to measure you each week to see how much taller you have grown.  Have you lost any teeth whilst you have been at home?  Have you been practising your jumping?  See how far you can jump and then try to jump a little bit further each time you try.  Have you been practising your throwing and catching?  Try to throw a ball up, clap then catch.  How many times can you clap?  

Stay safe, everyone and keep checking this part of the website for ideas for home learning.

We are missing you a lot.

Love from Year 1. X