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Special books

October 13, 2016 at 11:26 am


In our Religious Education lessons 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 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 have also shared two special stories and learnt about morals. We had fun acting out the story of ‘Mohammed and the camel’ from the Qur’an and we also listened to the story of ‘The lost son’ from the bible.

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Instruction writing, counting in 2s and tree hunting!

October 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm


We have been learning about writing instructions in our literacy lessons this week. We thought about how we had made our soup and wrote our own set of instructions using bossy verbs, such as wash, chop and peel.  Can your child remember the correct instructions to make our delicious soup? The children also enjoyed making ‘rhyming soup’ where they had to match pairs of words that rhymed.


In our handwriting lesson we continued to practise letters from the curly letter family. 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.

In our science lesson we looked carefully at leaves and seeds.  Thank you to everyone who has collected some great leaves and seeds. The children used an identification sheet to find out what trees some of the leaves had come from. Can they remember any of the tree names? We also looked in detail at and labelled  some trees around our school.

In maths we have been learning how to count in twos. We have also tried to understand what makes a number odd or even. Can your child remember?  The children have enjoyed lots of practical activities such as counting pairs of socks and cubes. Later in the week the children were then challenged with word problems where they had to count in twos to work out the answers. Here are some examples: There are 2 flowers in each pot. How many flowers would there be in 8 pots? There are 14 socks. How many pairs will they make? Sam has 13 sweets. He eats 2. How many does he have left?

These are some super songs the children all know and love.

This is a link to some fun maths games to keep the spirit of maths alive at home.

Please remember to send your child to school with a pair of wellies. Thank you.

Have a great weekend.

The Year One Team.


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From farm to fork or should we say spoon!

October 3, 2016 at 4:18 pm


We have had a very busy and fun day making our delicious vegetable soup. We began by visiting the school farm in the bright sunshine and harvested beetroot, carrots, onions, leeks, tomatoes, swede, courgette, chives, thyme, rosemary, Jerusalem artichokes, beans, squash and some HUGE parsnips.

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!

Thank you to the family and friends that supported us this afternoon.


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Vegetables, fruit and more timelines…

September 30, 2016 at 1:32 pm


In literacy we read the story Oliver’s vegetables. Click here for an online version. We used this book to help us write our own vegetable poems. We began by tasting lots of vegetables and then used adjectives to describe them. Can your child remember what an adjective is? Can your child remember what a noun is? These songs may help. The noun song and the adjective song.

The children thought of some great adjectives including crunchy carrots, ruby red, ripe rhubarb and squishy, small, soft peas. Can you spot any alliteration? We then wrote poems in small groups. Hopefully, we will perform some of our class poem at Harvest assembly.

In maths we have introduced the children to number lines. The children had to work out missing number problems by counting on or back. They are getting more familiar with the terms more, less, greater than, the most, the least, fewer than, the same as and equals, but could still do with some practise. This is an example of some of the practical questions we have been asking the children: Using 10 counters, show me the most counters you can. Show me the least counters you can. Show me more than 7 counters. 
 Point to the number 9 on the number line. Using counters, show me the amount that equals 8.  Count on from 3 to 7; say each number as you count on. Tell me what is one more than this number. Tell me what is three less than this number. We are also still working on matching numerals to words. Lots of vocabulary to learn!

In our history lesson we continued to learn about the past and timelines. We looked more closely at the  timelines of the children’s lives and what they have experienced. Can they remember some significant events?

We have been plant detectives in our science lessons and visited our school farm. We picked a variety of fruit and vegetables and discussed how they grow. We also used the tweezers and magnifying glasses to look very carefully inside them to see if they had seeds. Can your child remember the main difference between fruit and vegetables?

The children also used their artistic skills to draw different vegetables.

Thank you for all your lovely comments on our blog – the children really enjoy reading them.

Remember we are making soup on Monday 3rd October – everyone is welcome to come and enjoy it from 2.30pm in the dining hall.

Please make sure your child has wellies in school from Monday. Thank you.

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

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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If you go down to the woods…

September 29, 2016 at 3:19 pm


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.

What can you find out about the seeds?

Were the seeds on the ground or on the tree?

Are the seeds inside a fruit or an outer shell?

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!

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A book about Nothing, reading buddies, time lines and maths!

September 23, 2016 at 1:25 pm


In literacy we have been reading the story ‘Nothing’ by Mick Inkpen. He is a little bear who gets left in attic and doesn’t know his name or who his family is. It’s a lovely book and the children enjoyed listening to it. They then drew a picture of their family and tried hard to label it. They also wrote about their own special toy using simple sentences.

In history we looked at their baby photographs and talked about how they had changed. They thought about what they needed when they were a baby and what they need now. They had fun cutting and sticking using catalogues. We also introduced the concept of a time line. Using cubes to represent each year we placed different aged people on a time line. They had fun trying to guess how many cubes the teachers would need!!

In maths the children have been reading and writing numbers to ten in numerals and words.

We have also been doing lots of practical tasks where the children have had to apply lots of quick number knowledge to answer questions like these true or false statements: the bear is four bricks high – TRUE or FALSE; there are 9 stars – TRUE or FALSE; there are 7 beads on the string – TRUE or FALSE.

We have also been learning lots of new mathematical language such as more than, equals to, less than, fewer than, greater than. Some children found this tricky. Could you practise using this language at home? Can your child tell you a number greater than 7? Can your child tell you a number less than 12? Can they tell you an odd number or an even number?

Please click here and follow this link for more information about maths at home and supporting your child with maths. There are a range of games here to help support your child’s learning.

This morning 1S met their new reading buddies from 5B and 1GJ met their new reading buddies from 6CH.  All the children enjoyed spending time reading together and getting to know their new buddies. They are all really looking forward to seeing each other again soon.

1GJ and their buddies…

1S and their new buddies..

It was lovely to see lots of parents and children at the meet the teacher session on Wednesday.

Thank you to everyone who has returned their Denso Nature Reserve reply slip.

Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team

A few more snaps of children settling in well to Year One…

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