September 30, 2016 at 1:32 pm
In literacy we read the story Oliver’s vegetables. Click here for an online version. We used this book to help us write our own vegetable poems. We began by tasting lots of vegetables and then used adjectives to describe them. Can your child remember what an adjective is? Can your child remember what a noun is? These songs may help. The noun song and the adjective song.
The children thought of some great adjectives including crunchy carrots, ruby red, ripe rhubarb and squishy, small, soft peas. Can you spot any alliteration? We then wrote poems in small groups. Hopefully, we will perform some of our class poem at Harvest assembly.
In maths we have introduced the children to number lines. The children had to work out missing number problems by counting on or back. They are getting more familiar with the terms more, less, greater than, the most, the least, fewer than, the same as and equals, but could still do with some practise. This is an example of some of the practical questions we have been asking the children: Using 10 counters, show me the most counters you can. Show me the least counters you can. Show me more than 7 counters. Point to the number 9 on the number line. Using counters, show me the amount that equals 8. Count on from 3 to 7; say each number as you count on. Tell me what is one more than this number. Tell me what is three less than this number. We are also still working on matching numerals to words. Lots of vocabulary to learn!
In our history lesson we continued to learn about the past and timelines. We looked more closely at the timelines of the children’s lives and what they have experienced. Can they remember some significant events?
We have been plant detectives in our science lessons and visited our school farm. We picked a variety of fruit and vegetables and discussed how they grow. We also used the tweezers and magnifying glasses to look very carefully inside them to see if they had seeds. Can your child remember the main difference between fruit and vegetables?
The children also used their artistic skills to draw different vegetables.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on our blog – the children really enjoy reading them.
Remember we are making soup on Monday 3rd October – everyone is welcome to come and enjoy it from 2.30pm in the dining hall.
Please make sure your child has wellies in school from Monday. Thank you.
Please do tick ‘thumbs up’ if you have enjoyed reading this.
Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team
September 29, 2016 at 3:19 pm
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.
What can you find out about the seeds?
Were the seeds on the ground or on the tree?
Are the seeds inside a fruit or an outer shell?
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!
September 23, 2016 at 1:25 pm
In literacy we have been reading the story ‘Nothing’ by Mick Inkpen. He is a little bear who gets left in attic and doesn’t know his name or who his family is. It’s a lovely book and the children enjoyed listening to it. They then drew a picture of their family and tried hard to label it. They also wrote about their own special toy using simple sentences.
In history we looked at their baby photographs and talked about how they had changed. They thought about what they needed when they were a baby and what they need now. They had fun cutting and sticking using catalogues. We also introduced the concept of a time line. Using cubes to represent each year we placed different aged people on a time line. They had fun trying to guess how many cubes the teachers would need!!
In maths the children have been reading and writing numbers to ten in numerals and words.
We have also been doing lots of practical tasks where the children have had to apply lots of quick number knowledge to answer questions like these true or false statements: the bear is four bricks high – TRUE or FALSE; there are 9 stars – TRUE or FALSE; there are 7 beads on the string – TRUE or FALSE.
We have also been learning lots of new mathematical language such as more than, equals to, less than, fewer than, greater than. Some children found this tricky. Could you practise using this language at home? Can your child tell you a number greater than 7? Can your child tell you a number less than 12? Can they tell you an odd number or an even number?
This morning 1S met their new reading buddies from 5B and 1GJ met their new reading buddies from 6CH. All the children enjoyed spending time reading together and getting to know their new buddies. They are all really looking forward to seeing each other again soon.
1GJ and their buddies…
1S and their new buddies..
It was lovely to see lots of parents and children at the meet the teacher session on Wednesday.
Thank you to everyone who has returned their Denso Nature Reserve reply slip.
Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team
A few more snaps of children settling in well to Year One…
September 16, 2016 at 4:20 pm
The children have settled well into Year One now and it is now full steam ahead! This week we learnt about self portraits. We looked at examples and discussed whether or not we liked them or disliked them. The children were amazed by how life-like some of them were and thought that they were actually photographs and not paintings. They then looked carefully in a mirror and painted their own self portraits. The portraits will be on display in our classrooms soon – will you be able to guess who is who?
The children have also been busy discussing the ‘Learning Tower’ and they created their own ‘Learning Warriors’. Each week we will choose children to be learning warriors – they may have created a super piece of work, or struggled with something but tried hard to succeed. If your child comes home wearing a learning warrior sticker please ask them why they got it?
In maths we have been busy assessing the children and seeing what numbers they can read, write and recognise and lots of other number skills. Next week we will begin our daily literacy and maths sessions – the children are very excited about working in their books!
One of the highlights of the week was our whole school Roald Dahl day. The children learnt lots about this fantastic author and were shown some of his most famous books. Year One children focused mainly on the book ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ and they created magic medicines using a variety of ingredients. Can your child remember what ingredients they used? They mixed, measured, stirred and poured and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They wrote a list of ingredients and decided what their new medicine would do to Grandma. We then finished the day with a party to really celebrate what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. In Literacy, the children then wrote about their medicines and what ingredients they had used.
After some fun PE games and running skills 1S went on a walk to tree spot and orchard explore, all within our school grounds. The adventure finished with a very tasty, crunchy and healthy treat. We all got to eat a delicious, rosy red apple which we had picked straight from the trees. Amazing!
Just a reminder to please send a special soft toy to school with your child on Monday. It will stay in school for the whole week so do not send a special bedtime bear. Also, please can you send a photograph of your child when they were a baby? It will be used for the history lesson next week. Learning Logs and other letters have been sent home in book bags today.
Have a great weekend.
The Year One Team
September 15, 2016 at 7:53 pm
This week in Year 2, we have been very busy writing our own poems. On Tuesday the children wrote their own Roald Dahl poems (see previous post) and today they have written their own fruit poems. The children got to taste lots of different fruits including papaya, pineapple, watermelon and passion-fruit. They then had to write a senses poem describing how their chosen fruit looks, smells, tastes, sounds and feels. We were very impressed at the use of similes and carefully chosen adjectives.
In maths, the children are learning about place value and partitioning two digit numbers into tens and units.
Here is a game you can play at home to support your child’s learning:
September 12, 2016 at 2:56 pm
Today the whole school celebrated when two former pupils came back to share their achievements. Nile Wilson, one of Great Britain’s leading gymnasts, came into school to lead an assembly about putting in maximum effort and working hard to reach your goals. He showed off his unique bronze medal and his team kit. Wow! His sister also came back to her primary school to celebrate being accepted at Cambridge University. Well done! Many of the Year One staff even helped them on their journey to success.
Go for your goals Year One!
September 9, 2016 at 3:32 pm
We have had a very busy three days! All the children have settled in really well and are getting used to the routines of Year 1. They have been exploring their new classrooms and outdoor area. Which area has your child enjoyed exploring the most? Can your child remember which hive they are in? Can they remember the Golden Rules?
We have enjoyed getting to know the children. We have heard all the children read and they have a new book to share with you at home. Please help your child change their books before and after school. Each child tried to write their first name and surname. Now they are in Year 1 it is important that they can hold a pencil with a triangular grip, write both names and form all the letters correctly.
We have also been to the school library and chosen a book – please share this with your child. We will change our library books every Friday.
We have sent home a newsletter and we hope this helps answer questions about PE kit and reading books. We will be doing PE next week so please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school.
It is going to be a fantastic year!
Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team
A few snaps of the children exploring…
September 1, 2016 at 10:24 am
We hope that you have all had a great holiday and are ready for an exciting year in 1GJ. We have been busy getting the classroom ready and planning lots of fun lessons and trips.
We are looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday morning. Can you remember where the Year 1 entrance is? You will need to look for your new peg label in the corridor and find your drawer to put your fruit in. Then you can sit on the carpet and look at a book.
Have a look at some of our new and exciting areas. Where would you like to play?
Our new class pets are ready too. Meet Oreo and Biscuit…
Have a lovely weekend.
The 1GJ Team