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Our first day together in 1M

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014.
Last updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This morning was the start of the new academic year and there were plenty of smiles, a little nervousness (from me mostly!) and lots of activity as most of the children arrived in 1M. Unfortunately, both Prama and Lottie are ill and hope to join us soon.

We have spent the morning getting to know our new classmates, our new learning spaces and meet some of the other adults who will learn alongside us this year. We had the opportunity to join with our buddy class (1B) and explore their classroom, as well as learning some of the new routines and procedures in Year 1. We all agreed that our first few hours together have been a great success and are looking forward to the year ahead.

 

Please look below for some photos of us in action:


Comment By Pumin (Maple's Dad) 

Dear Mr. Madden, thanks for sharing pics, kids look lovely.

Published on Friday, August 22, 2014

Our last day together as 1M

Published Friday, June 27, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, June 27, 2014

What an emotional day! We all really enjoyed the End of Year assembly this morning, though it was sad to say goodbye to so many teachers and friends. We will miss Seungyeon and wish her and her family good luck in Singapore - please make sure you keep in contact with us all. This afternoon we celebrated Emily's birthday with cakes, looked at some of the photos of 1M when they first arrived in year 1 (we have all changed so much) and then enjoyed a an apple pie made by Maria and her mum!

In true Patana style, we did not let the end of term looming ever closer prevent us from packing in many exciting learning opportunities. To finish off the circus theme, we participated in a wonderful Circus of our own.  We spent the first hour of circus school learning lots of new tricks and then we performed them to an astounded and delighted audience. 

On Wednesday to celebrate the children’s hard work, dedication and enthusiasm for their learning, we had a few special treats.  In usual ‘treat’ fashion, we had a few enjoyable events - we had a sing-along session and then we walked to the secondary canteen to have an ice lolly.  However, perhaps unusually, part of the treat was also to think about someone else who may be less fortunate than ourselves.  We reflected upon our school and how much we had enjoyed Year 1.  Then we talked about other children who may not have the amazing learning opportunities that we enjoy.  Having thought carefully about this, the children decided that they would definitely like to help other children if they could.  Luckily we found a web site called KIVA.org that would let us do just that.  We learnt that through KIVA we could lend a family the money to help pay for a child’s education. We also learnt that KIVA would also ensure that the loan would be paid back to us.  This would mean that we could also help other families in the future.  There were many families looking for loans but we decided that we wanted to help young children to go to school, rather than young adults go to university.  We were able to narrow down our choices to five prospective recipients.   

In order to make our final decision we discussed each person’s story and the reason for their needing the loan.  As we could only support two or possible three recipients we thought carefully before we made our choice.  In the end we chose to support Leyli, a Russian teacher in Armenia, because she cared about other children and would be able to help many different children. Our loan would allow her to buy a computer and some tables and chairs to teach many other children.

http://www.kiva.org/lend/728373

We also wanted to support Karar in Iraq, as his daughter was very young and he thought about her rather than himself by wanting her to get a good education. 

http://www.kiva.org/lend/728562

Finally we decided that if we had enough money we would also like to help Mr. Dashpiljee from Mongolia, as he wanted to help his daughter in her opportunity for Post Graduate studies in Japan. 

http://www.kiva.org/lend/726703

However, we were very sad that we could not help Mazen from Iraq help pay for his children’s school fees http://www.kiva.org/lend/728534   or Juan Edgar from Peru as he wanted to look after his mother,   http://www.kiva.org/lend/727029 but unfortunately we could not lend to them all.  However, we did understand that we could help others again when these loans were repaid. 

In the final stages of the week we also managed to squeeze in a party (with many delightful treats), a Year Two Leaving Assembly, a Whole Campus Assembly and lots more fun. 

Have a great summer break, keep safe and we look forward to seeing you all again on Wednesday 20th August!


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Today's Circus Skills

Published Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
Last updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Today all the children from Year 1 had the chance to try a new circus skills, spending time practising their skills before performing for the rest of the children and adults.

Look below for their wonderful results!


Comment By Vence 

I want to go to there! I love that....

Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our last week!

Published Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
Last updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

 

Froobie the Dragon!


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Amazing Acrobats

Published Friday, June 20, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, June 20, 2014


Comment By Jo, Emily's mummy 

Wow! What brilliant fun that looks. Did any teachers have a go?

Published on Saturday, June 21, 2014

Billy Blunder's Circus of Wonders

Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, May 30, 2014

This morning, as part of the introduction to our new theme “The circus is coming to town”, the children attended a one-off performance by a travelling circus in the MFL Building. Wonderfully led by the famous Ring Master Billy Blunder, the children were entertained by jugglers, acrobats, human cannonballs, tightrope walkers, lion tamers and many others beside. Take a look at the show below and talk about the different acts you might see at a circus.

 


Comment By Emily's Grandmother (Bibi) 

What a wonderful time you all had watching the circus with such exciting acts.

Published on Saturday, May 31, 2014
Comment By Jo, Emily's mummy 

Emily had a fantastic time watching the circus acts. She came home full of details about the performance.

Published on Monday, June 02, 2014
Comment By Venice 

Hi I like that show so much!!!!
:D

Published on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Home Learning for Friday 23rd May

Published Friday, May 23, 2014.
Last updated: Friday, May 23, 2014

Homelearning - Friday 23rd May 2014

Due to the school being closed until Monday 26th May 2014 the Year 1 team have put together a bank of suggestions and ideas for the children to continue their learning whilst they are at home.  These activities have been chosen to reflect the children's learning needs. Please look through the activities and select those that will interest your child.

Reading Books

As your selection of reading books may be limited you might like to use the Oxford Reading Tree website www.oxfordowl.co.uk . This website offers a range of free ebooks on which you will be able to find the stage your child is currently reading at.

When reading, can the children become "Sound Detectives" and find all of the different sounds they have been learning in class? How many can you find in one book? (sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, er)

When they have finished reading a book, instead of the grown up asking the questions, see if the children can ask any about the book for others to answer. Remember to remind the children to use the question words at the beginning - why, where, when, who, what and how. Some children may need some initial help to think of questions to ask and you can model how to look for information and then ask a question about it. With a little help they should get the idea. This is another good way for them to show their comprehension of the text.

 The Circus is coming to town

Our new theme is all about the circus. We have not started this with the children yet but it would be fantastic if you could chat with your child about the circus.

Activities:

Can you make a list of different performers? (clowns, tight rope walkers, lion tamers, acrobats etc) Your child might need support with both collecting ideas and the spellings of these performers.

Can you draw and label a circus performer?

Maths Activities and Links

Time and Money

•Use vocabulary related to time; order days of the week and months

•Solve problems involving counting, adding, subtracting, in the context of numbers, measures or money, for example to 'pay' and 'give change'

As this half term we will be looking at money it would be a good opportunity for your child to set up a shop at home. Talk about paying for items and receiving change. This can raise many discussion points: How much does that cost? Do you have enough money? How much change would you get? This will help to familiarise the children with the vocabulary we will be using.  Some useful words to use are: money, coin, note, baht, pay, change, buy, sell, price, spend.

The following websites will help the children's learning in relation to time and money.

•http://www.ictgames.com/moneypayer.html

•http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks1bitesize/numeracy/money/index.shtml

•http://www.ictgames.com/moneysplat.html

•http://www.ictgames.com/hickory4.html

We will continue to update the Year 1 website with further activities if needed. Please check the website regularly for updates on the situation.

If you have any queries or questions about your child's learning please contact me.

Homelearning-

Friday 23rd May 2014

 

Dear Year 1 Parents,

 

Due to the school being closed until Monday 26th May 2014 the Year 1 team have put together a bank of suggestions and ideas for the children to continue their learning whilst they are at home.  These activities have been chosen to reflect the children's learning needs. Please look through the activities and select those that will interest your child.

 

Reading Books

As your selection of reading books may be limited you might like to use the Oxford Reading Tree website www.oxfordowl.co.uk . This website offers a range of free ebooks on which you will be able to find the stage your child is currently reading at.

 

When reading, can the children become "Sound Detectives" and find all of the different sounds they have been learning in class? How many can you find in one book? (sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, er)

When they have finished reading a book, instead of the grown up asking the questions, see if the children can ask any about the book for others to answer. Remember to remind the children to use the question words at the beginning - why, where, when, who, what and how. Some children may need some initial help to think of questions to ask and you can model how to look for information and then ask a question about it. With a little help they should get the idea. This is another good way for them to show their comprehension of the text.

 

The Circus is coming to town

Our new theme is all about the circus. We have not started this with the children yet but it would be fantastic if you could chat with your child about the circus.

 

Activities:

 

Can you make a list of different performers? (clowns, tight rope walkers, lion tamers, acrobats etc) Your child might need support with both collecting ideas and the spellings of these performers.

 

Can you draw and label a circus performer?

 

 

Maths Activities and Links

 

Time and Money

  • Use vocabulary related to time; order days of the week and months

  • Solve problems involving counting, adding, subtracting, in the context of numbers, measures or money, for example to 'pay' and 'give change'

 

As this half term we will be looking at money it would be a good opportunity for your child to set up a shop at home. Talk about paying for items and receiving change. This can raise many discussion points: How much does that cost? Do you have enough money? How much change would you get? This will help to familiarise the children with the vocabulary we will be using.  Some useful words to use are: money, coin, note, baht, pay, change, buy, sell, price, spend.

 

The following websites will help the children's learning in relation to time and money.

 

 

 We will continue to update the Year 1 website with further activities if needed. Please check the website regularly for updates on the situation.

 

If you have any queries or questions about your child's learning please contact your child's teacher.


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Our new classroom

Published Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Last updated: Thursday, May 22, 2014

Today 1M enjoyed their first day in their temporary new classroom in the MFL Block. All the children were really excited to look around the classrooms and see how they have changed, quickly finding the toilets and water fountains too. They adapted to the new routines this morning really well, putting their bags in the cubbies and locating all the equipment we use in 1M.

Here are a few pictures of us in our new setting…


Comment By Jo, Emilys Mummy 

Wow! your new classroom looks great, how exciting. Well done to you all for adapting so well. Enjoy your time in MFL.

Published on Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Thai Temple Fair, Friday 18th May

Published Friday, May 18, 2012.
Last updated: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wow – what a busy week! Today, it was the turn of the Thai Temple Fair, where the children demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of a range of mathematical concepts in the form of games. The children had spent last week designing, making and advertising the mathematical games in class, in preparation for the Temple Fair today. Then this morning, the children had to prepare their stall and then encourage children from Year 1, 2 and 5 to play their games.

The event was a huge success, with the children really enjoying playing each other’s games and looking after their own games. The actual amount has not been released yet – in fact, the Year One team are about to start counting the money after school today!

 

Use this one is accessing on an ipad or iphone.


Comment By Jo, Emily's mummy 

What a great morning. Year one invented some brilliant games. I had such fun playing some with Emily. Well done to the staff involved too!

Published on Thursday, May 22, 2014

Our Swimming Gala

Published Friday, May 16, 2014.
Last updated: Monday, May 19, 2014

Yesterday’s Swimming Gala was enjoyed by children and adults alike, despite the ferocious sun and Mr Madden nearly being thrown in the pool! The children enjoyed the variety of events and tried their hardest to demonstrate their skills to the watching parents – well done 1M for a spectacular effort!

 


Comment By Jacqui - Dan's mum 

Fantastic effort all round. Lovely to see the 1M spirit in full flow again!

Published on Friday, May 16, 2014
Comment By Jo, Emily's mummy 

What a brilliant morning watching all the children swimming. Well done 1m, you were all great! GO 1M!

Published on Saturday, May 17, 2014

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