November 4, 2018 at 9:41 am
Look at our new role play areas. The children will be able to explore the spooky castles. There are lots of interesting objects in the jars for them to create their own potions. Eyeball and finger soup? Snake and centipede smoothies?
We will also be having fun learning about castles and Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.
We have another busy half term planned. In maths we will continue with our work based on addition, subtraction and place value. We will also be doing lots of interesting practical work with shapes.
The story ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ will be used in our literacy lessons and we will have lots of pants fun!! We still need lots of small boxes for our royal vehicles – please keep saving them.
Our science lessons will be focussing on materials and their properties and we will be doing lots of exciting investigations.
We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.
The Year 1 Team
October 26, 2018 at 2:34 pm
In maths this week we have been subtracting. The children have done really well using different apparatus to help them physically take away to calculate. Their writing of subtraction sentences has been brilliant, remembering that the bigger number has to go first as you can subtract a number bigger than the one you start with. E.g: 7 – 3 = 4 you can do but 3 – 7 = you can’t do!
Number bond family of the week is 7 + 3 = 10, 3 + 7 = 10, 10 – 3 = 7, 10 – 7 = 3.
In literacy 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 poem using autumn words. We also had fun creating leaf characters and writing about them.
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 air and qu and all the tricky words we have learnt this half term. We have practised forming h, b, k and p in our handwriting lesson.
In our topic lessons we have been learning about the weather. The children were very interested in our weather station which is in our outdoor area. The children have used it to measure the wind speed and direction, rainfall and the temperature. We also visited the orchard again and looked carefully at an apple tree. We will visit it each season and observe the changes.
In computing we learnt how to use the program ‘Purple Mash’ on the laptops. We used it to create some wonderful Autumn pictures. A username and password will be given out after half-term so that your child can access it from home.
Have a lovely half term holiday.
The Year 1 Team
October 19, 2018 at 1:23 pm
We have continued with our work based on the story ‘Kitchen Disco’. We have had lots of fun creating our own fruit and vegetable characters and thinking of adventures they get up to when we are all asleep. We had apples jumping on the bed, a pineapple climbing up the curtains and even strawberries dancing the rumba!
In phonics we have revised oi, er, ure and ear. In handwriting we have looked at the one-armed robot family and have practised forming r, n and m cursively. We have also been reading and writing the tricky words was, his, has, you, one, ask, our and says. Over the next two weeks we will hear all the children read individually and we will update their Bug Club books. Many children have moved up to the next book band level – well done!
In maths we have been using the + and = symbols to create and write our own number sentences. We used Numicon to help us create them. The number bond family of the week is 6+4 =10, 4 + 6 = 10, 10 – 6 = 4, 10 – 4 = 6.
The children all enjoyed the harvest festival this morning. They were very proud of their soup movie!
They even squeezed in the odd veg joke!
In our Religious Education lessons this half term we have been learning about special books and why stories are important. All the children were asked to bring a special book from home to share with their friends. They all enjoyed this part of the lesson and had lots to say about their chosen books…”My mummy reads it to me at bedtime” “I have had this book since I was a baby and I have looked after it” “My book belonged to my daddy and he has given it to me”.
We then discussed different religions and looked at some of their special books including the Bible, the Qur’an, the Torah Scrolls, the Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy Vedas and the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. Many of the children were able to talk about their own personal experiences of looking at these special books at home with their families.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at parents’ evening next week.
Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team
October 12, 2018 at 2:49 pm
Our literacy lessons this week have all been based on the fun story ‘Kitchen Disco’. The children had to think of 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 had time to have a dance too!
In phonics we have revised ar, or, ow and ur. In handwriting we have practised forming u, y and j correctly.
In maths we have been practising our number bonds to 10. We played lots of games to help us remember these facts including fishing for 10’s, finding numbered keys to open number bond locks and matching paper clip pairs.
We used a ten frame to help us as well as the part/whole model to show what we know.
In the afternoon some children played the game below on the interactive whiteboard. You can do this at home by clicking on the picture and doing ‘number bonds – make 10’.
Number bond family of the week is 5 + 5 = 10 and 10 – 5 = 5.
We also had fun weighing fruit! The disco fruit were arguing about who was the heaviest? How many tangerines weighed the same as the coconut? Was the pear lighter than the apple? We solved their problems by doing lots of weighing.
We have been ‘Tree Detectives’ in our science lesson. We had fun exploring the school grounds hunting for leaves, talking about the parts of a tree and naming some of the trees. Our school grounds are amazing – we found a hazel tree, a willow, a monkey puzzle, a silver birch, a wild cherry, apple trees, alders, mountain ash, an oak tree, holly and many more! Maybe your child could show you them before school one day?
If you go down in the woods this weekend please can you look for seeds and leaves from trees. If you find anything please bring them into school for our science lessons and to display on our nature tables. Can you name the seeds and the trees that they came from? REMEMBER: Some seeds are poisonous. Never put them in your mouth and wash your hands after touching them. Have fun being autumn adventurers and super scientists!
We all enjoyed meeting our Year 6 reading buddies. We had fun talking about our favourite things and reading books to each other. 1B and 6S even had time to do the washing machine boogie!!
Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team
October 5, 2018 at 1:08 pm
We have had lots of fun making our yummy vegetable soup. We visited the school farm and harvested tomatoes, runner beans, onions and some very long leeks! We also enjoyed an apple from our school orchard.
We even had time for a quick explore of the new fitness area on our school field!
We 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 worked very hard and we all thoroughly enjoyed our farm to spoon day. We hope you all enjoyed tasting it!
In our literacy lessons we wrote sentences about making soup. In phonics we have revised ee, igh and oo and practised reading and writing the tricky words so, by, the and are. In our key skills lesson we have looked at the long ladder family and formed l, i and t cursively.
In maths we have been continuing with our work on greater than and less than. We introduced the symbols < and > as well as = to help us compare the size of numbers. We used the idea of a greedy crocodile to help us get the symbols the right way round before trying to read the number sentences we created. E.g: 7 > 3 would read as: Seven is greater than three.
Click on the picture to watch the Number Blocks explain about greater than and less than.
In computing we have been using Pic Collage and Revelation Art to write sentences and add pictures about tasting vegetables.
Thank you for all your support with their learning logs and phonic homework. There was some great presentation and the children were very proud of their work!
Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team
September 28, 2018 at 11:54 am
In literacy we read the story Oliver’s Vegetables. Click here for an online version.
We then tasted lots of vegetables and used adjectives to describe them. Can your child remember what an adjective is? The children then wrote sentences about which vegetables they liked and didn’t liked! Some children were extended and used adjectives in their writing and they thought of some great describing words such as crunchy cabbage, sloppy spinach and sour, sticky rhubarb.
In phonics we have revised th, ng, ai, oa. In our key skill lessons we practised forming the letters e, f and s and the digits 6, 7 and 8 correctly. We have also learnt how to read and write the following common exception words – be, we, she, he.
We have also looked at pieces of art by Cezanne. The children then used different media to create their own pictures of vegetables. These will be on display in our classrooms.
In maths we have been ordering numbers and thinking about using the vocabulary greater, greatest, less, least, bigger, smaller, larger, largest. We have also been comparing them using these words. We played a great game to help us practise this skill. We have also been using maths apparatus to make pictures. We will be using the cuisinaire rods, like we do with Numicon, to help us work with numbers. Here are some of our creations:
Click on the picture below. You can slide the smallest and largest hexagons to change the number range. Try up to 20 first and then increase the largest number if you’ve mastered it.