January 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm
This week we had an exciting visitor all the way from a Desert in Africa!
We found out that Sunny the Meerkat likes to travel around the world and he was thinking of visiting the Arctic next. We went on fact hunt around the classroom and found out lots of facts about the Arctic. The children decided that the Arctic wouldn’t be the best place for a Meerkat.
We also created some amazing Polar Region paintings using water colours.
The children were so excited to read postcards from the meerkat, so we thought we would write a postcard back to him. The children wrote about all the facts they’d learnt about the Arctic. We hope he enjoys reading them!
We have learnt about split digraphs in phonics. We have been reading and writing words with a-e, e-e, i-e and o-e in them. Please practise reading the digraphs and words that we have put in their reading records. There is also a game on Spelling Shed to support this work.
In maths we have been looking at place value to 20 by splitting numbers into 10s and 1s. We have been using dienes and place value charts to help us. We have found out that it is easier to count on from 10 to find a total. We have also been problem solving and reasoning to work out why some numbers are greater than others.
We have been thinking scientifically during our science lessons. We carried out an investigation using ice. The children had to decide where the ice would melt the quickest – inside or outside? And if a jacket around the ice would keep it from melting? This is the picture we used to stimulate our investigation. The children helped plan the investigation and made sure it was a fair test.
The children were amazed by the results as lots of their predictions were incorrect. Can your child explain what happened? Yes, the coat acted as an insulator and insulators keep cold things cold and hot things hot. So don’t forget to wrap your snowman in a jacket if it snows!
We have enjoyed exploring our new areas…
Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team
January 3, 2020 at 9:56 am
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. You will all have an opportunity to look at all the amazing work we create at our own art gallery on Thursday 13th February from 3.15pm in the school hall. More details will be sent home soon.
Our first week back will focus on the the Polar regions. We will find out lots of facts. 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 lands and also have created some polar areas to explore.
In maths we will continue our work on place value, addition and subtraction. We will also use this knowledge to help solve problems.
In science we will be developing our working scientifically skills and doing various investigations, including experimenting with ice and using materials to protect a dinosaur egg!
In our computing lessons the children will be learning about algorithms. They will do various fun tasks using the laptops, bee-bots and iPads.
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, RE, music and food skills.
Thank you for all the cereal and shoe boxes – we still need lots more please!
Phew! What a busy and exciting half term.
We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
The Year 1 Team
December 20, 2019 at 3:04 pm
We hope that you all enjoyed our Christmas production ‘The Bossy King’. We were very proud of all the children – well done Year 1.
In phonics we have practised all the phonemes we have learnt so far this year – please keep reading and writing them at home. There are games on ‘Spelling Shed’ to help with spelling and phonics. We have also heard the children read individually and updated their book allocation on ‘Bug Club’.
We have done our end of unit assessments. All the children tried really hard – well done! Keep playing on ‘Mathletics’ at home.
The children all had lots of fun at our Christmas party. They enjoyed lots of different party games and lots of delicious treats! The children were all very excited when our special visitor arrived….it was Father Christmas!
Thank you for all your lovely cards, messages and presents. We hope you all have a super holiday and we look forward to seeing you in 2020!
The Year 1 Team
December 13, 2019 at 3:32 pm
This half term we have been learning about celebrations and special occasions including Diwali, weddings, birthdays, Eid, Holi and Christmas. The children enjoyed looking at and discussing each other’s photographs, from home, of them celebrating with their families. We then looked more closely at the Muslim celebration of Eid. We finished this unit of work with our trip to St John’s church – where they learnt about the Christian christingle celebration. Reverend Paul also explained about the advent candle and some children helped light it. Thank you very much to all the parents and grandparents who supported us on our visit.
We have been busy following instructions to make a Christmas card. When we had finished creating them we wrote our own set of instructions using time words such as first, next, after that and finally.
In phonics we have revised all the phonemes that we have learnt so far this year. Please keep practising them at home. We are also busy hearing all the children read individually and many of them have moved onto the next level – well done. We will update their book allocation on ‘Bug Club’ ready for the holidays.
We have been naming and comparing 2D and 3D shapes using the language of sides and corners. The children have enjoyed playing a guess the shape game. The children have worked hard to solve shape problems and give reasons for their answers too!
The Bossy King
The children have also been busy rehearsing the Christmas show. Thank you for all your help learning the song words at home – keep practising! The performances are on Tuesday 17th December at 2pm and Wednesday 18th December at 9.30am in the Junior Hall. 1G will be sitting on the benches at the left hand side of the stage, as you look at it from the audience. 1P will be sitting on the benches at the right hand side of the stage (near the fire exit to the car park) All the children have a turn on the stage!
We are looking forward to our Christmas party next Thursday. Please remember to bring your 50p’s in for our party food!
We need lots of large cereal boxes and shoe boxes for our art work in January – so please start saving them!
Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team
December 6, 2019 at 2:32 pm
We have been learning about who lived and worked in a castle. Then we wrote facts about either a lord, lady, knight or jester. The children used some great vocabulary in their writing. In phonics we have learnt the phonemes au, ore, are and ey. Word of the week was jester.
We have been learning about 3D shapes. The children have enjoyed going on a shape hunt and finding objects which were the shape of a sphere, cuboid, pyramid and cube. We found some interesting objects around the classroom you could also go on a 3D shape hunt at home too!
The children all enjoyed designing and creating their own coat of arms ready to display at the banquet.
We had a great time preparing for the banquet. We baked gingerbread castles and created some repeating pattern bunting to decorate the banqueting hall.
We all had fun at the banquet – we danced, ate and laughed! Even Lord and Lady Farfield joined in the celebrations. A great afternoon was had by all.
The children have also been busy rehearsing the Christmas show. Thank you for all your help learning the song words at home – keep practising! The performances are on Tuesday 17th December at 2pm and Wednesday 18th December at 9.30am in the Junior Hall.
We need large cereal boxes for our art topic in January – please start saving them.
Remember next Tuesday it is Christmas jumper day and we will all be enjoying Christmas dinner together. The Christmas fair is on Wednesday.
Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team
November 29, 2019 at 2:52 pm
Design and Technology
We have been busy designing and then making vehicles for the Queen. First the children looked at wheeled vehicles and thought about the Queen’s requirements. Can your child show you the axle, axle holder and body on a toy car? Next the children created designs and practised joining materials. Year 1 used lots of skills to build their vehicles including sawing and sticking. Did you know that pegs and card can all be used to make axle holders? The finished carriages and cars are certainly suitable for royalty and there is not a pumpkin to be seen!
We evaluated their amazing vehicles and wrote sentences about them. The children used time connectives such as first, next, after that and finally in their writing.
In phonics we learnt the phonemes wh, aw, ew and oe. We all enjoyed using our ‘reading sticks’ to share a book with our phonic friend.
We have been practising our subtraction and addition skills using different methods including part whole models and number lines. The children also learnt about fact families e.g. 5 + 4 = 9, 4 + 5 = 9, 9 – 5 = 4, 9 – 4 = 5. They also tried hard to solve some tricky problems using a number story about cars.
We are all very excited about our banquet next Thursday. Will Lord and Lady Farfield make an appearance? We have written letters to the Queen! We have told her about all our history work and knickers fun! Will we get a reply?
The children have brought home a copy of the ‘Bossy King’ song words to practise at home – enjoy!
Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team