April 26, 2019 at 2:49 pm
In maths we have been looking at grouping and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. This is to help us with our understanding of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We then moved on to doubling. Follow the links below to sing the songs we have used this week!
We have set some games on Mathletics to help practise counting in 2s, 5s, 10s. Remember, if you earn 1000 points in a week you get a special certificate.
In computing we have continued to broaden our understanding of algorithms and have been creating code on purple mash. The children really enjoyed working in partners to write code and solve problems.
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. We have revised a-e/ai/ay/ea/e-e/ey/ee in phonics. Please can the children bring their red spelling book to school each week so we can stick the next game in. 1B have written their wanted posters and used some great adjectives to describe the giant.
We continued our work based on plants in science. This week they learnt about the parts of a plant and what all the parts do. Their magic beans are beginning to grow – some are already 5 cm tall.
1G had a super day at Rodley Nature reserve. In the morning we explored the nature reserve and had fun collecting objects to go on our sticky boards. We also spent time in the various hides looking carefully for wildlife on the lagoons. We were very lucky and spotted a heron, swans, geese and lots of ducks. In the afternoon we all had a turn at pond dipping. We caught snails, tadpoles, water boatmen, damson fly larvae and even stickleback fish. The children enjoyed using the binoculars and looking at various birds. We also had an interesting talk from Peter the bee keeper – he told us lots of great facts about bees. Have you tasted the honey that your child brought home? Thank you so much to our volunteers who came with us – we could not have done it without you.
Thank you to everyone who has paid their contribution for our animal workshop. The children are all looking forward to this event.
Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 1 Team
April 18, 2019 at 4:45 pm
What a busy first week back we have had. The children have had a lot of fun exploring our new role play areas.
In literacy, 1G have 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. 1B will do this activity next week.
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 have all planted a bean. Will they grow? What might be at the top of them?
In our science lesson we learnt about the life cycle of a bean and started an investigation about what conditions a bean needs to grow the best. We made sure it was a ‘fair test’.
In maths we have been learning about capacity. We have been using non-standard units of measurements (cups) to estimate and then work out how much it takes to fill different containers. We have been using language such as: full, empty, half full, more than and less than to describe the capacity. We have set a few Mathletics games relating to this topic for the children to do during Dojo Challenge time and at home.
The highlight of the week for 1B has to be their visit to Rodley Nature Reserve on Thursday. We could not have asked for better weather so had an amazing day making sticky boards, pond dipping, bird watching and finding out all about bees! The children were very well behaved and learnt so much from the Rodley volunteers. Lots of the children were very keen to take their own families to visit Rodley so please visit their website if you are interested. Can your child remember what they caught in the pond?
In RE we have been learning about the Easter story. They enjoyed our Easter hunt and had to search the classroom and outdoor area looking for Easter objects.
The chicks have had a lovely time on their mini-holiday and have grown, a lot! Thanks to Kara’s family for looking after 1B’s chicks and continuing to help with the chicken duties! Here are some photographs of the chicks having a fabulous time with Kara and her family.
Now they have their feather they are able to live outside in the coop in the outside area of Y1. We will be rehousing them in the next few weeks.
We have something very exciting to build soon in Year 1! We need various sized cardboard boxes, clean yogurt pots, plastic tubs etc..
Have a lovely long weekend – see you on Tuesday!
The Year 1 Team
April 13, 2019 at 8:04 am
We have another exciting half term ahead. We have planned lots of super activities, trips and visitors. We have been busy getting our classrooms ready…
In English we are focusing on Traditional Stories, including Jack and the Beanstalk, The Gingerbread Man 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. In our design and technology lessons we will be designing and creating bridges for the Billy Goats to use.
In our grammar lessons we will be learning about prefixes, suffixes and plurals. 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. We are looking forward to our ‘Phonic Alien Workshop‘ on Friday 24th May at 9am – you will be able to have fun playing phonic games and doing exciting alien activities with your child!
In maths we will be learning about multiplication, division and fractions. We will also be having lots of practical fun exploring weight and volume.
In science we are beginning by learning about seeds, plants and life cycles. 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. We also have a special habitat ready for some visitors in our classrooms. What do you think might live in here?
Phew! Another exciting half term in Year 1! We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.
The Year 1 team