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Welcome to Year 1!

Welcome to our Year 1 page. Here you will find important information about what we are up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

Our Year 1 staff:

Teacher: Miss Rose Croucher

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lesley Patterson

Week beginning 23rd November 2020

English

This week in English the children have been practicing their descriptive writing skills. They have described the 2 main characters from our story; Supertato. They have also been developing their understanding of creating a setting description to set the scene. The children built a setting description based around their 5 senses; see, feel, taste, hear and smell. They had to put themselves into the story and imagine how it would feel if they were there. Year 1 also imagined they were one of the trapped vegetables from the story and make some predictions about what they might say.

Maths

In maths this week the children have been introduced to subtraction. They have grasped the concept incredibly well. They enjoyed watching the Cookie Monster learn about subtraction too and found it very funny when he gobbled all the cookies up.

Topic

Geography has been our focus in topic this week. The children have been introduced to an aerial view and what an aerial plan looks like. They also developed their understanding of an address and were challenged to learn their home address from memory. The children contributed to a class postcard addressed to the school and wrote a list of things than can be found in the local area

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Week beginning 16th November 2020

English

In English this week we have been using our writing skills to write a set of instructions on how to make superhero cuffs. The children worked really hard writing sentences with a great deal of independence.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been learning more about addition and finding different methods to solve addition number sentences. The children have used concrete resources, their fingers and even a number line to fine answers and missing parts of number sentences.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have continued our learning about materials. The children participated in some investigations this week to find the most suitable material for a new mask for Spiderman and a new cape for Superman. The children worked in groups and discussed the physical properties of the materials and carried out some simple experiments on the materials before deciding which material would work best. I wonder if they can use some of the key words to describe different materials at home; stretchy, absorbent, waterproof, hard, soft, bendy, rough, smooth.

We also celebrated anti-bullying week by wearing odd socks to school on Monday and doing some learning about anti-bullying and why it is so important to work together to beat bullying. Here we are discussing some scenarios. Some including bullying or unkind behaviour and some including kind behaviour. We scrunched up the scenarios we do not want to see in our school and put them in the bin.

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Olivia R for trying really hard with her writing.

Maths Award: Jack for great concentration and hard work.

Head Teacher Award:  Heidi for always doing the right thing.

Reminders

Please ensure that your child’s reading book in returned to school on a Friday so it can be changed and ready to go back out on a Monday.

Week beginning 9th November 2020

English

This week in English year 1 have been practicing their skills for writing instructions. They have used some imperative verbs (bossy verbs) and have began to use some time signals in their writing including; first, next, then, after that, now and finally. Everyone made a bracelet out of pipe cleaners and beads (which was actually cereal) and practiced using their time signals to say what they did and in which order. The children also practiced giving precise instructions so that they are detailed and specific.

Maths

This week in Maths Year 1 have been looking at number bonds within and to 10. They have started to write number sentences using the + and = symbols. The children have used practical objects to help with their addition by showing each part (e.g. 6 + 4) with cubes, then bonding the cubes together and counting the total to find the whole (=10). Some children have used their fingers to help them with their addition.

Topic

This week is World Science Week and so in Topic we have been doing Science! We have been learning about every day materials and discussing their properties. We have groups objects together that are made from the same object; wood, plastic, fabric, metal. We then started to look at the materials properties; hard, soft, flexible/bendy, stretchy.

And of course on Friday we did some Children in Need Activities.

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Jessie for using her phonics in her writing.

Maths Award: Mia for brilliant independent work.

Head Teacher Award: Karim for working hard and making friends.

Reminders: Please ensure your child has their water bottle every day.

PE is on a Thursday. Please send your child to school in their PE kit on Thursday mornings – black joggers/leggings, white t-shirt, trainers and their school cardigan or jumper.

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Week beginning 2nd November 2020

English

This week in English year 1 were introduced to the new topic; Superheroes! On Monday, we saw a picture of an evil pea that had been in our classroom during the half term. We worked in groups and made some predictions about why he was in our classroom. We also made some wanted posters to help to try and find him. The children are going to be writing a set of instructions so have spent some time looking at instructions and identifying the different features of them.

Maths

This week year 1 have been introduced to the concept of parts and the whole number. We started the week by looking at how we can break numbers into parts and showed this using cubes. The class were shown a part-whole model and demonstrated how it can be used to break apart numbers. By the end of the week, the children were introduced to the ‘+’ symbol and began to use it in number sentences (sums).

Topic

Design and Technology has been our focus this week. The children designed, made and evaluated their own superhero cuff. We also did PE for the first time in year 1 and lots of fun was had. The children were so motivated and all worked their bodies really hard. They participated in some games working on some core skills such as side steps, galloping, skipping and hopping.

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Evie for fantastic independent writing.

Maths Award: Masie-Mae for amazing focus and dedication this week.

Head Teacher Award: Freya for always being sensible, working her hardest and being kind to others.

Reminders: Please ensure your child has their water bottle every day.

Reading Books need to be returned on a Friday. Your child should read the book at least 3 times during the week to improve their reading accuracy. Please comment on your child’s reading 3 times weekly in their yellow reading diary so they can be entered into a prize draw to win a book! The more times there are 3 comments weekly in their diaries, the better chance they have to win!

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Week beginning 19th October 2020

English

The children spent this week writing a recount in the form of a comic strip. They did some writing to go with each step of our bear hunt and I am so impressed with how they turned out. Miss Horn and the Year 2 children were our audience and they were amazed by the work they saw. Below are some examples of the work produced.

Maths

In maths this week the children learnt about ordinal numbers including 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and the language first and last. They took part in a race to see who came first and complete some work in their books too. The children also did some work around the number line and learnt how it can be used to help with counting forwards and backwards. Each child completed a little quiz and they all did so well.

Topic

The worlds continents and oceans were the focus of Geography this week. It was a very tricky concept to learn and also very difficult to remember all the names of the continents and oceans but year 1 worked so well on it. Everybody created their own world map on a paper plate. They cut out the continents and put it together on their plate like a jigsaw. Here are some pictures of them with their work.

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Olivia L for fantastic independent writing when completing her comic strip.

Maths Award: Oliver for fantastic counting.

Head Teacher Award: Danika for being so kind and helpful.

I hope you all have a wonderful half term break and I look forward to seeing you all again on 2nd November!

Miss Croucher

Week beginning 12th October 2020

English

We’re going on a bear hunt! This week we went on a bear hunt around school because next week year 1 are going to be writing a recount of what they did as a comic strip. Due to the typical British weather we had to do a bear hunt in the rain. Everybody wrapped up warm and behaved very sensibly when we went outside. The children went through the grass, over the bridge, through the ‘river’, through the mud, through the forest and into the ‘cave’ where we found a very soggy bear! I wonder if the children can remember some of the describing words we used during our bear hunt such as the long wavy grass.

Maths

This week year one ordered numbers within 10. The children began to use the terminology, greater, more than, most, less than, least, smallest to describe numbers. First, we used multi-link cubes to order the groups of objects from smallest to biggest or greatest to least. We then used pictures to support our understand before looking and ordering just numbers on their own.

Topic

This week we have been completing some Geography work. The children were introduced to atlases and maps and we focused on the United Kingdom. The boys and girls all built a jigsaw in their books of the 4 countries of the United Kingdom and were introduced to their capital cities. We will continue completing some Geography work next week where we will start to look at more of the world.

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Logan A for completing some brilliant independent work.

Maths Award: Sophia for showing a great understanding of ordering numbers.

Head Teacher Award: Aleyah for working her hardest all week, especially in Geography.

Week beginning 5th October 2020

English

This week in English year 1 have worked really hard writing their own version of the story, Peace at Last. They wrote their story in 3 parts; the beginning, the middle and the end. Everyone remembered the sequence of the story very well which was fantastic. The children used their phonics knowledge to sound out and build word. They also used their sentence knowledge to write accurate sentences including capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Maths

This week year 1 were introduced to Chomp, the very greedy crocodile. Chomp always eats the bigger number and the children picked this us very well. The children used the symbols, ‘<‘ ‘>’ and ‘=’ to make statements true. Here are some snaps of them working alongside Chomp.

Topic

Science has been our topic subject this week and year 1 learnt about animals. This including the 5 scientific groups; birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. The children grasped this superbly and really impressed me with how much they knew and how much the remembered!

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Abigail for working really hard writing her story this week.

Maths Award: Jenson for showing a great understanding of the < > and = symbols.

Head Teacher Award: Logan T for showing great resilience when he finds things difficult.

Week beginning 28th September 2020

English

In English this week, we have continued to apply our phonics skills to build words and sentences about the story Peace at Last in preparation for writing our own version of the story next week. We have also looked at how Mr Bear feels during the story and wrote some words and sentences about that. Here is some of our fabulous work for you to look at.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been looking at numbers to 10. We have been counting forwards and backwards within 10 starting at different numbers. We have also look at counting one more and one less than a given number. Everybody did a fantastic job with their work. I am so proud of you all!

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been learning the human body. We sung heads, shoulder, knees and toes to remind us of some of the body parts then we labelled the parts of our bodies in our books. We then moved on to looking at our senses and what part of our body is associated with each sense. We even did a mini experiment in class to experiment what happens if we lose one of our senses.

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Heidi for fantastic, independent work when writing her sentences.

Maths Award: Harvey for being resilient and always trying his hardest.

Head Teacher Award: Mary for always being sensible, following the rules and acting as a brilliant role model.

Reminders: Please ensure your child has their water bottle every day.

Reading books need to be returned on a Friday. Your child should read the book 3-5 times during the week they have it to improve their reading accuracy. Please comment on your child’s reading 3 times weekly in their yellow reading diary.

Please can you ensure that anything your child brings into school has their name on. Including uniform, coats, water bottles.

Thank you!

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Week beginning 21st September 2020

English

In English this week, we have been working on applying our phonics knowledge to write words and build sentences. We looked at what we need to include in sentences including a capital letter at the start, finger spaces to separate each word and a full stop at the end. We have been focusing our work on our story, Peace at Last.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have been looking at numbers to 10. We have looked at how we can represent numbers using concrete and pictorial representations.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have been learning about the history of toys. We looked at how toys have changed including how they were made, what materials they were made from and how they moved around.

Certificates and Awards:

English Award: Lilly for trying really hard when blending words.

Maths Award: Jacob for brilliant problem solving in maths this week.

Head Teacher Award: Logan A for improving his behaviour this week.

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Week beginning 14th September 2020

Welcome back to the new school year! We have had a brilliant start to the year in Year 1, the children have transitioned well from Reception. Last week we enjoyed our Wellbeing Week. Where we focused on the 5 ways to wellbeing; connect, take notice, give, learn and stay active. The class participated in some yoga, outdoor games, mindful activities and even seed planting.

English

In English this week, we started to look at a new text which is Peace at Last. The children have been amazing at remembering the steps to the story. We came up with some actions to help us remember the parts in the story and the children have especially enjoyed joining in with Mr Bears dialogue when he says, “Oh no, I can’t stand this!”

Maths

In Maths this week, we looked at numbers to 5. The children took part in a game where they had to use fly splatters to practise their number recognition. The class used concrete materials to represent numbers and show number bonds.

Topic

This week in topic lessons, we have started our new topic ‘This is Me’. The children have all created handprints to be displayed as leaves on our class family tree. They have been completing some art work looking at portraits including self portraits.

Certificates and Awards:
English Award: Evlyn for always trying her hardest in Phonics.

Maths Award: Kayson for always staying focused and trying hard.

Head Teacher Award: Travis for always being sensible in and out of the classroom.

Reminders

Please remember to send your child in with a water bottle daily.

Please remember to return home reading books on a Friday only. Homework books should also be returned on Monday. There will be a box at the door on these mornings to put any returned books.

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