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Royal Visitors in Year 1!

November 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm


What an exciting week! We had a visit from Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. They helped introduce our history topic and the children learnt lots of facts about them. We then sorted objects and decided which queen would have used them. Next week we will be making a class museum and looking in more detail at some Victorian artefacts. In your child’s book bag there is a letter about our trip to Thwaite Mill.

In our literacy lessons we read the story ‘The Princess and the Pea’. We also had fun acting it out – the bed definitely wasn’t comfy! We discussed the different parts of a story – beginning, middle and end. The children then retold the story and all tried hard to remember to use finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.

In phonics we learnt the phonemes ay, ou, ie and ea. In our guided reading session we introduced the ‘Reading Dogs’. This half term we are focusing on Predicting Pip.

In maths we have finished our addition and subtraction unit of work. The children have been jumping up and down a number line, adding and taking away counters and showing number sentences. Next week we will be looking at 2D shapes!

Number bond family of the week is  9 + 1  = 10, 1 + 9  = 10, 10 – 1  = 9, 10 – 9 = 1

We have had lots of fun raising money for Children in Need. We hope you all enjoyed our rock performance!! Thank you very much for all your kind donations.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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Exploring castles in Year 1

November 9, 2018 at 12:14 pm


The children have enjoyed learning about castles this week in our literacy lessons. They have been using adjectives to describe various castles and their parts. They also had fun building their own castles and writing about them.

In phonics we have been busy assessing the children to see how many of the phonemes we’ve learnt so far they can read and can they read them in simple and more complex words. In handwriting we have practised forming v, w, x and z – these letters belong to the zig zag family.

In maths we have been using the part whole model again to explore how to find different parts of numbers that don’t make 10. We have been thinking if we can use the numbers to make a subtraction sentence too!

E.g: 3 + ? = 5  and 5 – 3 = ?

We logged on to Purple Mash too and practised adding two numbers to make a target number. We went into ‘Mathematics – Bond Bubbles and Challenge A’. Have a go at home. If you are asked to log on use your child’s log in details for Bug Club. You may need to find our school first!

Number bond family of the week is 8 + 2 = 10, 2 + 8 = 10, 10 – 2 = 8, 10 – 2 = 8.

In science we have started our unit based on materials and their properties.  Mrs Puddiphatt planned and taught the lesson as part of her teacher training. The children did lots of practical activities to investigate materials. They even had to choose which material would be best for a pair of glasses.

We learnt about Remembrance Day in our history lesson and the children found out why some people wear poppies. The children also created their own sun catcher poppy.

The children have had lots of fun in our new role play areas…

Next Friday is our Children in Need fundraising day organised by the school council. Don’t forget to dress up in your best rock star outfit! We still need lots of rocks for the children to paint.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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Exciting new role play areas in Year 1!

November 4, 2018 at 9:41 am


Look at our new role play areas. The children will be able to explore the spooky castles. There are lots of interesting objects in the jars for them to create their own potions. Eyeball and finger soup? Snake and centipede smoothies?

We will also be having fun learning about castles and Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.

We have another busy half term planned. In maths we will continue with our work based on addition, subtraction and place value. We will also be doing lots of interesting practical work with shapes.

The story ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ will be used in our literacy lessons and we will have lots of pants fun!! We still need lots of small boxes for our royal vehicles – please keep saving them.

Our science lessons will be focussing on materials and their properties and we will be doing lots of exciting investigations.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Year 1 Team

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Autumn poems, subtraction and weather watching!

October 26, 2018 at 2:34 pm


In maths this week we have been subtracting. The children have done really well using different apparatus to help them physically take away to calculate. Their writing of subtraction sentences has been brilliant, remembering that the bigger number has to go first as you can subtract a number bigger than the one you start with. E.g: – you can do but – = you can’t do!

Number bond family of the week is 7 + 3 = 10, 3 + 7 = 10, 10 – 3 = 7, 10 – 7 = 3.

In literacy we had a visit from Vocabulary Vic – she loves adjectives! Vic had brought lots of autumn items for the children to describe including some very prickly sweet chestnuts, beech nuts and lots of lovely autumn leaves. The children then wrote a poem using autumn words. We also had fun creating leaf characters and writing about them.

We have heard all the children read individually and many of them have moved up to the next level – well done. We have updated their Bug Club books ready for the holiday. In phonics we have revised air and qu and all the tricky words we have learnt this half term. We have practised forming h, b, k and p in our handwriting lesson.

In our topic lessons we have been learning about the weather. The children were very interested in our weather station which is in our outdoor area. The children have used it to measure the wind speed and direction, rainfall and the temperature. We also visited the orchard again and looked carefully at an apple tree. We will visit it each season and observe the changes.

In computing we learnt how to use the program ‘Purple Mash’ on the laptops. We used it to create some wonderful Autumn pictures. A username and password will be given out after half-term so that your child can access it from home.

Have a lovely half term holiday.

The Year 1 Team

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More funky fruit and vegetable fun!!

October 19, 2018 at 1:23 pm


We have continued with our work based on the story ‘Kitchen Disco’. We have had lots of fun creating our own fruit and vegetable characters and thinking of adventures they get up to when we are all asleep. We had apples jumping on the bed, a pineapple climbing up the curtains and even strawberries dancing the rumba!

In phonics we have revised oi, er, ure and ear. In handwriting we have looked at the one-armed robot family and have practised forming r, n and m cursively. We have also been reading and writing the tricky words was, his, has, you, one, ask, our and says. Over the next two weeks we will hear all the children read individually and we will update their Bug Club books. Many children have moved up to the next book band level – well done!

In maths we have been using the + and = symbols to create and write our own number sentences. We used Numicon to help us create them. The number bond family of the week is 6+4 =10, 4 + 6 = 10, 10 – 6 = 4, 10 – 4 = 6.

The children all enjoyed the harvest festival this morning. They were very proud of their soup movie!

They even squeezed in the odd veg joke!

In our Religious Education lessons this half term we have been learning about special books and why stories are important. All the children were asked to bring a special book from home to share with their friends. They all enjoyed this part of the lesson and had lots to say about their chosen books…”My mummy reads it to me at bedtime” “I have had this book since I was a baby and I have looked after it” “My book belonged to my daddy and he has given it to me”.

We then discussed different religions and looked at some of their special books including the Bible, the Qur’an, the Torah Scrolls, the Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy Vedas and the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. Many of the children were able to talk about their own personal experiences of looking at these special books at home with their families.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at parents’ evening next week.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A disco in the kitchen!

October 12, 2018 at 2:49 pm


Our literacy lessons this week have all been based on the fun story ‘Kitchen Disco’. The children had to think of adjectives to describe a piece of dancing fruit! They thought of some great words such as juicy, smooth, groovy and wiggly. Then they all tried hard to write some sentences about the fruit. We even had time to have a dance too!

In phonics we have revised ar, or, ow and ur.  In handwriting we have practised forming u, y and j correctly.

In maths we have been practising our number bonds to 10. We played lots of games to help us remember these facts including fishing for 10’s, finding numbered keys to open number bond locks and matching paper clip pairs.

We used a ten frame to help us as well as the part/whole model to show what we know.

In the afternoon some children played the game below on the interactive whiteboard. You can do this at home by clicking on the picture and doing ‘number bonds – make 10’.

Number bond family of the week is 5 + 5 = 10 and 10 – 5 = 5.

We also had fun weighing fruit! The disco fruit were arguing about who was the heaviest? How many tangerines weighed the same as the coconut? Was the pear lighter than the apple? We solved their problems by doing lots of weighing.

We have been ‘Tree Detectives’ in our science lesson. We had fun exploring the school grounds hunting for leaves, talking about the parts of a tree and naming some of the trees. Our school grounds are amazing – we found a hazel tree, a willow, a monkey puzzle, a silver birch, a wild cherry, apple trees, alders, mountain ash, an oak tree, holly and many more! Maybe your child could show you them before school one day?

If you go down in the woods this weekend please can you look for seeds and leaves from trees. If you find anything please bring them into school for our science lessons and to display on our nature tables. Can you name the seeds and the trees that they came from? REMEMBER: Some seeds are poisonous. Never put them in your mouth and wash your hands after touching them. Have fun being autumn adventurers and super scientists!

We all enjoyed meeting our Year 6 reading buddies. We had fun talking about our favourite things and reading books to each other. 1B and 6S even had time to do the washing machine boogie!!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team



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