December 30, 2016 at 3:42 pm
We hope that you have all had a lovely holiday. We have lots of exciting lessons and activities planned for the next half term. Our topic is ‘What happens in an art gallery?’ and we will be learning all about different types of art and creating our own artwork using various skills and techniques. We even have a real artist coming into school to teach us how to create fused glass. We also have our trip to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery on the 11th and 12th January. Please can you return your child’s consent form during the first week back. We still need more parents to support us on this visit. You will have an opportunity to look at all the amazing work we create at our own art gallery on Wednesday 8th February from 2.30pm in the school hall. More details will be sent home soon.
In literacy we are beginning by having a winter themed week and will be reading and writing our own winter poems. We then move onto a unit of work about dinosaurs and fantasy settings and the children will be creating their own characters and settings and writing stories. We have transformed our role play areas into dinosaur caves.
In maths we will be spending the first two weeks focusing on time. The children will be reading, writing and ordering the days of the week and months of the year. They will also have fun with clocks and learn to tell the time using o’clock and half past. We then will be doing lots of work on place value, number bonds and addition and subtraction.
In science we will be developing our working scientifically skills and doing various investigations including experimenting with ice and using materials to keep a dinosaur dry!
Our RE unit for this half term is ‘What does it mean to belong to a group?’ We will be talking about groups they belong to and then comparing differences and similarities between a church and a mosque.
Our PPA time will continue on a Friday afternoon and the children will have fun during the rotation of lessons. This half term they will be doing art, music and food and cooking.
Phew! What a busy and exciting half term.
We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 3rd January.
The Year 1 Team
December 16, 2016 at 3:24 pm
We have had a great week. Our performances were fantastic and yesterday we had fun during our Christmas party. We also got to meet someone very special.
A great end to a brilliant term – well done Year One.
Merry Christmas and a very happy new year! See you all in 2017.
Have a super holiday and thank you for our gifts, Christmas party food and your support.
Please remember we start back on Tuesday the 3rd of January.
The Year One team.
December 9, 2016 at 2:17 pm
In literacy we have continued our work on reading and writing instructions. We followed instructions to make yummy reindeer buns.
We then wrote a set of instructions about making them. This was the independent assessed piece of writing for this half term. Everyone tried really hard and we are pleased with the progress the children are making. Most of them are now remembering to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in their sentences and some children even used conjunctions and adjectives.
In maths we continued our work on addition and subtraction and again we carried out some short assessments.
In our RE lesson this week we have been learning about how Christians celebrate Christmas. We enjoyed making our Christingles – can your child remember what all the parts symbolise? On Wednesday we visited the beautiful St Johns church and met the Reverend Hannah who helped us to understand why Christians make a Christingle at Christmas time. Thank you to the parents who joined us on this visit.
In art we have been learning about painting techniques and have used watercolour paints to create different scenes of each season. These lovely pieces of work will be hanging on your walls soon as they are your new calendars.
We have also been busy practising our show ‘Countdown to Christmas’. We hope that the children have been learning the songs and practising their lines/dance at home. We are looking forward to showing it off next week!
There will be no more learning log or spelling homework until January – but please keep listening to your child read and playing games on Purple Mash and Bug Club. Click here for some extra maths games and here for some extra literacy games. Also, please see previous blog posts for further support.
It’s a busy week next week –
Monday – we are watching the KS2 show and it is our dress rehearsal
Tuesday – our show at 2pm / Christmas disco 6pm-7pm
Wednesday – our show at 9.30am
Thursday – party day please bring your party food
Friday – last day of term!
Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team
December 8, 2016 at 3:57 pm
This half term during their nature walks with Miss Morgan the children have revisited all the trees on our ‘tree trail’. Many children could remember all the different types of trees – it was a bit tricky as some had lost their leaves. They also looked carefully at the trees and discussed any changes now the weather is turning colder and winter is coming. They also gathered lots of sticks. Back in the warmth of the farm classroom they enjoyed listening to the story ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson. Finally they created their own stick person.
After the Christmas holiday Miss Morgan will be teaching the children art during this Friday session and they will be creating a piece of work to display in the Year 1 art gallery. We need lots of cereal boxes please.
December 7, 2016 at 8:07 pm
In our RE lessons this half term we have been learning about celebrations and special occasions. The children enjoyed looking at each other’s photographs of them celebrating with their families and friends. We were really impressed with how well many children spoke about special occasions they enjoy and all the details they could remember. The children learnt about many special occasions including Diwali, weddings, birthdays, christenings, Easter, Eid, Holi, Sukkot and harvest. We then looked more closely at the Muslim celebration of Eid. The children learnt about why and how Muslim families celebrate this special occasion.
We finished this unit of work with our trip to St John’s church – where they learnt all about the Christian christingle celebration. Reverend Hannah also explained about the advent candle and some children helped her light them. Thank you very much to all the parents and grandparents who supported us on this visit.
December 2, 2016 at 7:14 pm
In literacy we have been reading and writing instructions. The children followed a set of instructions to create a Christmas card and then the next day they wrote their own set of instructions. Can your child remember some of the bossy verbs they used?
In maths we have been adding and subtracting one digit and two digit numbers to 20. The children enjoyed going on a bus ride where the bus driver added passengers and then some passengers got off and so were taken away. The children were asked to write the corresponding calculations and there was some super maths. Please click here for a link to a previous blog which contains some interactive addition and subtraction games. We have been using the whole and part model to help the children gain an understanding of addition and subtraction. Can your child explain how the model helps?
We have also looked at a variety of word problems. Here are some examples. Can your child write some Christmas addition and subtraction word problems and bring them into school for the class to answer?
We all had a great time learning about how the Victorians celebrated Christmas on our trips to Thwaites Mill. We spent the morning in the kitchen and parlour playing with Victorian toys and making rag rugs and we followed instructions to make tasty lemonade. In the afternoon we had fun making Christmas crackers and cards. The children really enjoyed this trip and said, “This is the best trip we’ve ever been on!” Thank you to all the adults who came with us – we hope you enjoyed it too.
1S and their trip to Thwaites Mill…
1GJ and their trip to Thwaites Mill…
We then set out a museum in 1GJ and explored even more fascinating Victorian objects. Some objects were used around the house and school and some objects were children’s toys. Can your child tell you about the Victorian objects we looked at? Can they remember any similarities or differences to objects we have around the house nowadays?
Have a super weekend.
The Year One team.