April 30, 2018 at 3:26 pm
Liz from Noah’s Ark brought some very exciting animals to visit Year 1 today.
First we met the biggest type of owl in the world –an eagle owl called Nigel. Did you know that owls can’t move their eyes so they have to twist their heads round?
We saw a tortoise called Whizzy but she didn’t move very fast!
The chinchillas were super soft and made great hats.
Rainbow the chameleon could change colour so he was camouflaged and dangle upside down. Spotty the leopard gecko could lose his tail to a predator and grow a new one!
Willow the skunk smelt really bad – luckily she didn’t spray anyone because a bath of tinned tomatoes is the only way to remove the stench!
Dylan and Zebedee, the bearded dragons, had a race to catch a cricket for their lunch.
Finally some children bravely held Gripper the boa constrictor and a tarantula called Rosie.
Thank you for a fantastic afternoon Liz!
April 27, 2018 at 1:34 pm
In grammar this week we have been focusing on plurals. The children did various tasks and have been looking at the spelling patterns. They matched singular and plural words and sorted them according to their endings s/es/ies.
In literacy we read the story Jack and the Beanstalk again. Gilbert, the puppet, thought the story was a bit boring and asked the children to write their own exciting version. They began by drawing an alternative setting and baddy that could be at the top of a beanstalk. They used their imagination and thought of some great ideas. We had Candy Land with spooky witches, Space World with aliens and even Bubble Land! They then wrote an alternative middle and ending to the story. We have revised a-e/ai/ay/ea/e-e/ey /ee in phonics. Keep playing the dice games at home. Please can the children bring their red spelling book to school each week so we can stick the next game in.
We have continued with our multiplication work in maths. The children used arrays to represent repeated addition e.g. 3 + 3 + 3. We have also been practising our doubles. Can your child quickly recall double numbers? 1 +1 = 2, 2 + 2 = 4, 3 + 3 = 6, 4 + 4 = 8, 5 + 5 = 10, 6 + 6 = 12 …. Can they spot any patterns?
The children also enjoyed an afternoon of measuring, focusing on weighing and mass. The children used non- standard and standard units to weigh a variety of objects.
We continued our work based on plants in science. This week the children learnt about the cycle of a bean. They also measured their magic beans. Some are already 5 cm tall.
Thank you to everyone who has paid their contribution for our animal workshop. The children are all looking forward to this event on Monday.
We have something very exciting to build soon in Year 1! We need various sized cardboard boxes, clean yogurt pots, plastic tubs etc..
All of Year 1 are very proud of Arianna’s mummy who took part in the London Marathon. Well done!
Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team
April 20, 2018 at 1:27 pm
What a busy and fun first week back we have had. The children have had a lot of fun exploring our new role play areas.
In literacy we’ve been reading different versions of Jack and the beanstalk. We then moved onto creating ‘Wanted’ posters to help us find the giant. The children used some great words to describe this huge brute such as greedy, enormous, bossy and demanding. We have also been looking at how to use ?! and . correctly in our grammar lessons. Can your child tell you or write down a question sentence? In phonics we revised ck, ff, ll,ng, ss, zz, ch, ph, qu, sh, th, wh and ar. The children are all looking forward to playing the phonic dice game at home – have fun!
The children were very excited to receive a letter from Jack asking them for help to plant his magic beans. We had lots of fun on the school farm, working with the older children, planting the beans. Will they grow? What might be at the top of them? We also dug out the weeds, fed the chickens, planted seeds, watered plants, raked soil and even harvested.
We have started a unit of work based on multiplication in our maths lessons. The children have been counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 and have been grouping objects into equal groups. They have been writing number sentences such as 5 groups of 2 = 10 and 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 10.
In our science lesson the children have used magnifying glasses to look carefully at plants and labelled parts of them. We also had fun being ‘plant detectives’ in our school grounds. Our new class members have settled in well – how many frogs will we get?
We had lots of fun at the PE Extravaganza at Springbank. Thank you to all the parents who accompanied us at this event.
Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team
April 13, 2018 at 6:30 am
We have another busy and exciting half term ahead. We have planned lots of super activities, trips and visitors. We have been busy getting our classrooms ready…
In literacy we are focusing on Traditional Stories, including Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We will be looking carefully at the characters and using lots of adjectives to describe them. We will also be writing our own versions of traditional stories. Our design and technology lessons are linked to literacy and we will be designing and creating bridges for the Billy Goats to use. We will continue with our guided reading and phonic sessions and will be revising all the phonemes in preparation for the phonic screening in June. In our grammar lessons we will be learning about prefixes, suffixes and plurals.
In maths we will be learning about multiplication and division. The children will also have fun with fractions and weighing.
In science we are beginning by learning about seeds, plants and life cycles. We will be visiting the school farm to plant lots of seeds. We will also be learning about animals – types, habitats, diets and life cycles. Our trip to Rodley Nature Reserve and the animal workshop will support our science work this half term. Please can you make sure that your child has a pair of wellington boots in school as we will be visiting the farm during the first week and the grounds are still muddy. We also have tanks ready for some visitors in our classrooms. What do you think we might put in them?
Phew! Another exciting half term in Year 1! We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.
The Year 1 team