Our new blog is up and running so from September 2015 please click on the link at the top of the page to visit our KS1 blog and keep up to date with the goings on in Mars, Jupiter and Neptune Classes.
Zayne's mum contacted us about Zayne's summer holiday and sent us some photos for the blog too, so read all about what he has got up to during the holiday by visiting our KS1 Blog. We would love to hear about your holidays too - just leave a comment under one of the posts. Click here to find out more!
Another summer holiday adventure for you to read about - Mrs Squire and her children had a wonderful day at London Zoo and she has posted some great information and lovely photographs of some of the animals on our KS1 blog. Visit the KS1 Blog to find out more and remember that we would love to hear about your holidays too - just leave a comment under one of the posts. Click here to find out more!
Mr Potter's holiday adventures have been added to the KS1 blog today. Find out what he has been up to during his holidays by visiting our blog. Don't forget that you can also let us know about your holidays too by leaving a comment under any of the posts. Click here to find out more or click on the link at the top of this page.
Mrs Silk has added her holiday adventures to our blog today. Find out what she has been up to by visiting our blog and remember that we would love to hear about your holidays too - just leave a comment under one of the posts. Click here to find out more or click on the link at the top of this page!
Read all about what Mrs Tyler has been up to with her family on her summer holiday. Visit our KS1 Blog to find out more and remember that we would love to hear about your holidays too - just leave a comment under one of the posts. Click here to find out more!
Read all about what Mrs Sadler has been up to so far in her holiday. Visit our KS1 Blog to find out more and don't forget that we would love to hear about your holidays too - just leave a comment under one of the posts. Click here to find out more!
Read all about what Mrs Carpenter got up to on her recent summer holiday by visiting our KS1 Blog - we would love to hear about your holidays too - just leave a comment under one of the posts. Click here to find out more!
Well where has that year gone?????
Summer holidays are just one day away for the children, so this seemed like a great time to launch the new KS1 blog. Click on the link above to visit our blog.
Over the summer holidays keep up to date with what the staff of KS1 are up to in their holidays. Each week we will post a different member of staff’s holiday diary for you to read and post comments on.
We would love to hear about all the wonderful things that you are getting up to, so please leave us a comment.
2014 - 15
Very shortly KS1 will have a brand new blog which will be used to regularly update parents and visitors to our site on all of the exciting things that are happening in Mars, Jupiter and Neptune class.
There will be a chance for visitors to our blog to add their comments too, so we look forward to your contributions too.
Our next topic is all about Fairtrade.
We launched our topic with a visit from a Fairtrade speaker who talked to us about Fairtrade farmers in different parts of the world. We also thought about what we could do to support the work of Fairtrade.
Jupiter Class used clay to make sculptures of some of the Fairtrade fruit that we found in the supermarkets. Below you can see the finished results from Henry, Reggie and Shinji.
When we come back after the half term break we will be finding out more about Fairtrade products and seeing what we can do to
'Stick with Foncho!'
Here are some photographs from our last topic 'Understanding people in our community - The Blind'. We were lucky enough to have 3 visitors to Keystage 1 - a deaf and blind pupil from another school, a blind lady called Marion and her guide dog plus visitors from the Portsmouth Association for the Blind.
We learned so much from all of our visitors and are now much more aware of how they carry out everyday tasks, some of the difficulties they may meet daily and how they cope with some of them.
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of our visitors during this topic.
Mars Class took part in a blindfolded obstacle course to try and experience what being blind might be like.
It was quite tricky but we each had good partners to help look after us and walk us around the obstacles, a bit like a guide dog.
TES IBOARD LINK
We have put the TES iboard link at the top of this page now. If you click on the link it will take you to 3 folders which have various online activities linked to our current topics and areas of learning.
We will aim to change the contents of the folders regularly so please pop back and see what is in them. If there is something specific that you would like us to to try and find and put in the activity folders please also let us know.
At St. Thomas More's we always encourage the children to take pride in the presentation of their written work. As a Key Stage we teach the children how to form letters correctly and join them when appropriate.
We have recently made a few changes to the handwriting style and a copy of this can be seen below. This also shows clearly the position of each letter. At the top of this blog page we have attached a 'How to write' practice sheet, so that you can download and print this at home should you wish. Alternatively, do not hesitate to ask your child's class teacher for extra copies.
27 JANUARY 2014
Our next topic is called
'Understanding People in Our Community - The Blind'.
Each class will be launching the topic by taking part in a range of blindfolded tasks. This will help us to try and understand what it might be like to be visually impaired.
Later this week we will be visited by Portsmouth Association for the Blind who will share with us some of the ways that blind or visually impaired people manage everyday tasks.
We will also be walking around our local area to explore some of the difficulties that a blind person might encounter.
Click on the links at the top of the page to find out further curriculum information and also details of our learning enquiry homework.
24 JANUARY 2014
As we come to the end of our Hinduism topic we thought it would be nice to share some photographs of the various things we have been up to over the last few weeks.
Orion Class worked alongside Neptune Class to create colourful Rangoli patterns using rice. Thank you to the children in Orion Class for helping ensure our patterns were symmetrical.
We have enjoyed learning about the many different Gods there are in the Hindu religion and learning about how they celebrate different festivals and how they worship.
Our showcase for this topic was to role play a Hindu worship ceremony. We were very respectful when entering the 'temple' and took off our shoes. We then showed our respect to Rama by offering him fruits. We bowed to Rama and rang a small bell to let him know we were ready to pray and also waved our hands over a candle flame to bring the light towards our eyes.
Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year!
Our first topic in 2014 is called 'World Religions - Hinduism'. For the next three weeks we will be exploring how Hindus worship, who they worship and learning lots of information about this interesting religion.
We were very lucky this week as we had a special visitor come to talk to us about the Hindu faith. His name was Mr Bains and he had lots of things to teach us.
Mr Bains is a Hindu and is from India but now lives locally. He taught us how to welcome each other by saying 'Namaste', putting our hands together and bowing our heads.
Mr Bains then taught us about some of the many Hindu Gods. We found out that Hindus pray to different Gods depending on what they want the Gods to help them with.
Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are just three of their Gods and we learnt to identify features of each of the Gods to help us recognise them.
The website below is very useful to find out lots more information if
you want to.
Mr Bains also demonstrated how a Hindu worships.
We will be re-enacting this in the next few weeks in our classes.
Click below on the pooja tray to find out more.
The next part of our Hindu workshop was very exciting as Mr Bains had brought lots of Indian musical instruments into school for us to use to accompany a song about the god Rama.
Here are some photographs of us singing and playing the instruments.
There are some fun Hindu activities for you to try in the Diwali folder in the Key Stage 1 TES iboard folder. Please click on the folder below and then choose the Diwali folder. Diwali is one of the very important Hindu festivals. You can also try the activities in the Maths, Geography and Science folders if you would like.
Our topic for most of December was called 'Christmas - Glittery Fingers' and we have been very busy in Key Stage 1 making lots of things, particularly for our Christmas Craft Fair, practising for our Nativity and also remembering the real reason for celebrating Christmas during the season of Advent. Each class thought about what 'extra' they could do during Advent to show that they were ready for Jesus' birth.
Here are some pictures of just some of the things we have been up to
in our last busy topic.
Merry Christmas to all of you!
We couldn't leave 'Snap, Crackle and Pop!' without saying a HUGE thank you for the amazing homework that has brightened up our corridor during this topic.
We have been very impressed with the creativity that we have seen in all of the representations of Firework Night and the Gunpowder Plot.
Here are a few photographs of some of your work that has been on display.
Well done to all of you!
Neptune Class have been writing their own firework poems and then used the computers to edit and improve them and add images. They worked really hard at this activity and their results were fantastic.
We have put them altogether in an anthology which is in our class library.
Click on the links below to view some of the finished poems.
The children had lots of fun creating these huge paintings of firework scenes. The splattered and flicked paint of all different colours all over the paper, the floors and their shoes!!
Our next topic is called 'Keeping Safe - Snap, Crackle and Pop!'.
Lots of learning will be linked to keeping ourselves and others safe and also about fire and fireworks. There will be lots of opportunities to use our recent experiences of Bonfire Night and firework displays.
We will be launching our topic by visiting Fort Nelson to re-enact the story of The Gunpowder Plot in the tunnels in the Fort. Keep an eye out on the blog for photographs of us at the Fort pretending to be plotters and King's guards.
HOW ARE BONFIRE NIGHT AND THIS MAN,
GUY FAWKES, LINKED?
You can even print them out and bring them into school to show your
teachers and friends.
Children, don't forget to send in any of your learning and enquiry homework so that we can display it proudly in the Keystage 1 area.
Click on the picture below to download a reminder of your homework.
On the morning of the 22nd October 2013 the children, teachers and classrooms in Keystage 1 appeared a little different to usual! The classrooms were less colourful than usual, the tables were in rows, books and pencils had been replaced by slates and chalks ............. The children were no longer looking smart in their uniform and were unusually quiet in class ........ And as for the teachers .... well they looked very stern for most of the morning and were also a little bit grumpy!!
It would appear that Keystage 1 had been time travelling with Edward and Elsie to the year 1890 to experience what a Victorian classroom was really like.
Here are some photographs from the day.
The teachers carried out hand inspections and the children were reminded about the importance of cleanliness. Of course 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness'!
Lessons for the morning consisted of the Three 'R's - Reading, Writing and Arithmetic - plus an object lesson about fir cones and Mrs Kingdon tested the children on their knowledge of the Bible. Mr Potter also delivered a drill lesson outside for all the children. Playtime was a fun affair with the children playing with hoops, marbles, skipping ropes and cup and balls.
The children all behaved remarkably well and most enjoyed the change to their usual routine, although there were some who were glad when it was time to return to 2013.
In the afternoon the children transformed themselves into museum curators when they showed members of their family around their Victorian museum.
The children looked fabulous in their Victorian costumes and the teachers were very grateful to the parents for their support with making this day such a success.
2012 - 2013
7/3/13 World Book Day-we came to school dressed as our favourite Book Character:
20/3/13 Walking in the Steps of Jesus Key Stage 1 Liturgy- The Last Supper:
20/3/13 Science Day-we went on an insect hunt:
26/4/13-Our exciting trip to Weald and Downland:
February 2013 - Children and parents from KS1 left the school to go on a walk to investigate the features in the local area.
We passed Havant Rugby club.
We passed the allotments.
We arrived back at school in time for lunch and for the adults to have a lovely cup of tea!