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A busy first week back in Year 1

November 3, 2017 at 2:28 pm


In our literacy lessons we have read the story ‘The Princess and the Pea’. We also had fun acting it out – the bed definitely wasn’t comfy! We discussed the 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. We practised forming h, b, k and p cursively in our handwriting lesson.

We have had lots of practical fun in our maths lessons. We have been focussing on 2D shape. In Year 1 the children need to be confident recognising and describing circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. They need to know how many sides and corners each shape has. Some children were extended with some problem solving and reasoning tasks such as “What shapes can you make using 6 lollipop sticks?” and “What is the same/different about a square and a rectangle?” We also had fun creating 2D shape robots.

In science we have started our topic about materials. First the children sorted objects according to their properties such as metal, plastic, wooden, hard, transparent. They had to think carefully where to put an object that had more than one property e.g hard and metal. Next the children worked in their hive groups to create collages using materials such as card, foil, bubble wrap, plastic and wood. They then described their collage using vocabulary such as hard, bendy, bumpy, rough. The children also had fun using various magnets to investigate and sort which materials were magnetic. The final activity was to make a pair of sunglasses. Which materials were best for the job? The children had to make sure they used a transparent material.

In PE we had fun practising our balancing and travelling on the apparatus.

Remember we are going to Abbey House next week. 1B are going on Wednesday 8th and 1GJ on Thursday 9th. The children need to wear their school uniform and bring a packed lunch.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at Parents Evening next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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Exciting new role play areas in Year 1

October 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm


Look at our new role play areas. The children in 1GJ will be able to explore the spooky castle. There are lots of interesting objects in the jars for them to create their own potions. Eyeball and finger soup? Snake and centipede smoothies? Watch out for the giant spider who will be keeping an eye on everyone!

1B have their very own Hogwarts this half term! The children have been busy writing letters to Harry Potter which are now flying from the Dudley’s fire place. Be prepared to write your very own spells, practise your wand skills and dress up as your favourite witch or wizard!

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A busy four days!

October 20, 2017 at 11:05 am


In maths this week we have focused on subtraction. In our first lesson we had fun with animals on a bus! The children used counters to answer subtraction calculations and develop their fluency. We then moved on to solving subtraction problems with pictures e.g. There are 8 skittles. 5 get knocked down. How many are left? Some children were extended to draw their own pictures to solve the calculations. Number bond family of the week is 7 + 3 = 10, 3 + 7 = 10, 10 – 3 = 7, 10 – 7 = 3.

We have had lots of poetry fun in our literacy lessons. We began by being witches and wizards and created our own rhyming potions. The children enjoyed mixing them in the cauldron. The children then wrote rhyming pairs using all the digraphs and trigraphs they have revised this half term. Their potions included goats and boats, a shower and a flower, the queen and some green! In our next lesson 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 simple list poem using autumn words. 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 all the phase 3 phonemes and practised reading and writing says, she, our, his and has. We have moved onto the one armed robot family in our handwriting lessons and this week practised writing r, n and m. 

In our topic lessons we have been learning about the weather. The children were very interested in our new weather station which is in our outdoor area. The children have used it to measure the wind speed and direction, rainfall and the temperature.

Have a lovely half term holiday.

The Year 1 Team


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Fun in the woods!

October 13, 2017 at 12:03 pm


We all had a great time at the nature reserve at Denso Marston. Steve, the tree expert, taught us lots of new things. First we created a huge sculpture of a tree. We had fun being the trunk sucking up the water, waving leaves and buzzing bees! Then we went on a leaf hunt and we found some very interesting leaves. Then it was lunchtime – we were all very hungry! Finally we went on a scavenger hunt and found feathers, more leaves and lots of minibeasts and even a few frogs. We also met a few Boggarts – ask your child about them? It was a great trip. Thank you very much to all the parents who came with us – we hope you enjoyed it too.

In literacy the children have all written a recount of our trip to the nature reserve. The children met ‘Olivia Opener’ and she taught them about time connectives such as first, next, after that, then and finally. They all tried hard to include these in their writing. In our key skills lesson we practised forming u, j and y cursively. We revised er, ure and ear in our daily phonic lessons.

In maths we have focused on addition. The children used counters and numicon to develop their fluency when adding two digits together. The number bond family of the week is 6 + 4 = 10, 4 + 6 = 10, 10 – 6 = 4, 10 – 4 = 6.

We all enjoyed the Harvest Festival this morning. All the Year 1 children sang enthusiastically and our speakers were clear and confident. Well done!

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at our reading meeting on Monday 16th October at 3.30pm. If you can’t attend the session we will send home a copy of our presentation and handouts.

Individual photographs will be taken next Tuesday and sibling photographs will be taken on Wednesday.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team



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A disco in the kitchen and number bond fun!

October 6, 2017 at 1:13 pm


Our literacy lessons this week have all been based on the fun story ‘Kitchen Disco’. The children had to write 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 made our own funky fruit!

In phonics we have revised or, ur, ow and oi. In our key skills lesson we have formed l, and i cursively and practised reading and writing the words are, was, you, one and ask.  The children are all enjoying their guided reading sessions and are keen to read within their groups. Remember that your child can change their home reading books before and after school.

This week in maths we have been practising our number bonds to ten. In year 1 the children need to know these and be able to recall them quickly. We had fun using shaving foam blobs to create our number bond calculations. They also used part-whole models and ten frames to help them learn the number bonds.  Can your child tell you any pairs of numbers that make 10? The number bond family of the week is 5+5=10 and 10-5=5.

Can your child sing you the number bond song?

1 add 9, 1 add 9, 9 add 1, 9 add 1. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

2 add 8, 2 add 8, 8 add 2, 8 add 2. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

3 add 7, 3 add 7, 7 add 3, 7 add 3. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

4 add 6, 4 add 6, 6 add 4, 6 add 4. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

5 add 5, 5 add 5, 5 add 5, 5 add 5. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

Our topic lessons this week have been linked to DT and Science. During our first lesson they learnt all about the life cycle of apple trees. The children visited the school farm and all picked an apple. Then they had to design their own baked apple and how they would fill it. Next they prepared and baked their apple. Finally they ate their delicious apple! In our next lesson we looked in detail at trees in our school grounds and named and labelled the main parts.

In our PE lessons we had fun playing skill and agility games with Mr Little and also practised our egg and pencil rolls in gymnastics.

Please remember 1GJ are going to Denso Nature Reserve on Monday 9th October and 1S are going to Denso Nature Reserve on Wednesday 11th  October.  Please can you ensure that your child is wearing appropriate footwear and a waterproof coat. We will be outside all day. The children need a rucksack or bag so that they can carry their own lunch.

Please do tick ‘thumbs up’ if you have enjoyed reading this.

Have a great weekend.

Thank you.

The Year 1 Team

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Delicious soup and lots of number work in Year 1!

September 29, 2017 at 11:31 am


We began the week by making our yummy vegetable soup. We visited the the school farm, in the rain, and harvested beetroot, tomatoes, potatoes, runner beans, leeks and some very big carrots!

We then washed all the vegetables and peeled, grated and chopped them up. We learnt new skills and also how to handle various tools safely. Next we put all the ingredients in a pan and added the vegetable stock and finally, when it was all cooked, we blended it. The children have worked very hard and we have all thoroughly enjoyed our farm to spoon day. We hope you all enjoyed tasting it!

In our literacy lessons we wrote instructions for making soup. The children learnt about bossy verbs, such as wash, chop, cut, peel, and tried hard to include them in their writing. In phonics we have revised oa, oo and ar.  In our key skills lesson we have formed e, f and s cursively and practised reading and writing the words be, we, he, by and so.

In maths we have finished our unit of work focusing on place value. This week the children learnt about one more and one less. They used number lines and other equipment to find their answers. Some children were extended and answered worded problems, which really stretched their brains! Can you answer them?

Problem 1: Dan says “I am one year older than my sister Fran. Fran is one year older than my brother Sam. Sam is 7. How old am I?”

Problem 2: Gertrude and Gilbert are playing a dice game. Gilbert rolls one more than Gertrude. What could the dots on the dice be?

In our computing lesson we practised logging onto a laptop and had time to explore Bug Club and Purple Mash. We also talked about internet safety and keeping ourselves safe when working online.

Thank you for all your support with their learning logs. There was some great presentation and the children were proud of their work!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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