July 27, 2016 at 11:40 am
We have had a great year in 1GJ. The children have all worked very hard and have been a pleasure to teach. Thank you for all your support – it really does make a difference.
Thank you for all your kind messages, cards and gifts. We hope you all have a lovely summer holiday and good luck in Year 2.
Mrs Galbraith, Mrs James, Mrs Booth, Mrs Cave and Miss Morgan
July 27, 2016 at 10:16 am
We just wanted to say a huge thank you to the 1S children and families for such a super and fun year. We have loved every minute and think all of your children are super stars! They have all learnt so much and improved so much. Thank you for all of your support – we appreciate it lots. Also thank you very much for your very kind gifts, cards and words – again much appreciated. Have a wonderful summer and take care.
Miss Sedman, Mrs Walker, Miss Jackson and Mrs Purfield
July 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm
Phew! This week we have been on a whistle stop tour around the British Isles. The children have enjoyed learning lots of facts about each country. Can they show you on a map where England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are? Can they remember the capital cities and describe the flags?
On Monday we visited England. We went for on open top bus tour of London and learnt about many of the main landmarks including the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. We then enjoyed a game of cricket and finished our day with afternoon tea, we all tucked in to cucumber sandwiches, scones and a refreshing cup of tea!
On Tuesday we travelled to Wales and learnt lots of interesting facts. Did you know that Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and that the daffodil is the national flower? We also played tag rugby and matched up lots of pictures to Welsh facts.
On Thursday we visited Scotland. We played Scottish fact bingo and learnt lots of new things. Can your child tell you anything about this country? We sampled some shortbread as we listened to some bagpipes. We enjoyed learning about the Loch Ness Monster and having a go at a Highland fling. We even got to look at a real kilt!
Our last country we visited on Friday was Northern Ireland. The children listened to some folk stories about how the Giants Causeway was created and looked at some photographs of various landmarks. We then had fun trying to do some Irish dancing.
Each day the children have been writing non chronological reports about the countries they have visited. They have remembered lots of facts and produced some great pieces of writing.
We even managed to fit in some maths! The children revised the properties of 3D and 2D shapes and we tested their knowledge with some shape quizzes. Can your child remember how many faces a cube has? Can they remember how many edges a cylinder has and how many sides a circle has? Can your child remember what an irregular pentagon looks like? Click here for some more fun quizzes and learning.
Thank you to those family members that came into our sharing session. We hope that you enjoyed it – the children are very proud of ALL the work they have done this year and so are all of the staff. Well done!
We hope you liked the class photos. Very special!
Have a great weekend,
The Year One Team
July 15, 2016 at 2:37 pm
What an exciting Olympic week – we have been on a whistle stop tour of Brazil!! Our week began with an assembly where we learnt all about the history behind the Olympic Games. We then spent the day moving around different classrooms doing various activities including making carnival masks, learning facts about Brazil and having fun playing samba music.
On Tuesday we made musical instruments and wrote facts about Brazil. What facts can your child remember?
On Wednesday we had lots of fun participating in Sports Day – well done to Germany, the winning team. Everyone (including parents) participated very well and we certainly have some super sports stars!
On Thursday morning we took part in the mini measuring Olympics. The children had lots of fun competing in various tasks. Throwing javelins straws and measuring the distance using a meter ruler, using a trundle wheel to measure the distance they covered doing the long jump, measuring the capacity of various swimming pools and finally weightlifting with 100 gram weights!
The morning was finished with the ‘Curly Wurly Challenge’ – which hive could work as a team and stretch it the furthest? Who knew maths could be so exciting!? (1GJ will do this activity next week).
We then moved onto learning about rainforests, focusing on the Amazon rainforest. The children drew a picture and labelled the different layers and then wrote lots of great facts. We then moved onto drawing and painting some of the amazing animals that live in this habitat.
We finished the week with a carnival celebration – all the classes came together and had fun dancing, playing their instruments and sharing all their brilliant work.
A fantastic week!
Have a great weekend,
The Year One Team.
July 8, 2016 at 1:41 pm
We have been busy doing lots of practical dividing in our maths lessons. The children had to solve lots of pirate problems using division e.g Captain Redbeard has 12 treasure chests. He shares them between 3 pirates. How many will they get each? We then moved onto looking at the links between division and multiplication e.g. 3×5=15 and 15 shared by 3=5. They used known multiplication facts to solve division calculations on number triangles.
In literacy the children have been writing their own pirate stories. They worked as a group to plan their story and used a story mountain to draw the main parts including characters, setting, problem and solution. They then used this plan to write their own stories.
In our handwriting lessons we have been joining CVC words. In our phonics sessions we are continuing to focus on reading and writing high frequency words.
In history we have been learning about the famous female pirate Grace O’Malley. What facts can your child remember about her?
Next week we are having an exciting Olympics week and the children will be learning about the history of the games and lots of facts about Brazil. They will even be learning how to samba dance. The week will end with a fun carnival. A letter was sent home last week with all of the details.
We are taking our class photographs on Tuesday morning and remember it is sports day on Wednesday.
(Sorry about the lack of photographs this week but we have had a problem uploading them).
Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team
July 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm
We’ve had another exciting week in Year 1 – but we have still managed to do lots of work! In maths we’ve been developing our multiplication skills.
We used numicon to help us practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Can your child tell you what 2 lots of ten is or what is 5×2=? We then used this knowledge to help us solve some pirate multiplication problems, for example “How many hands do 9 pirates have?” Click here for some games we have used in class.
Thank you to everyone who answered a pirate problem on our blog. The children were very excited every time a new message appeared! Feel free to keep commenting over the weekend.
In literacy we wrote a recount about Pirate Day. The children remembered everything they’ve been taught this year and did some super writing. You will be able to look at all their great work at our sharing session in a few weeks time – more details will be sent home soon about this. The children also read a story that Brilliant Bertha had written but unfortunately she had made quite a few mistakes! The children edited her story and improved it by adding punctuation, adjectives and conjunctions. In our handwriting lesson we learnt how to join ff, ll and ss cursively. We have been practising reading and writing high frequency words and learning about compound words in our phonic lessons.
We have continued to use ‘Purple Mash’ on the laptops and looked at coding and map programmes. Has your child shown you this ICT programme at home?
We have been looking at aerial maps in our geography lessons. In their hive groups the children worked together to label an aerial photograph of our school and it’s grounds. Then they went on a treasure hunt to find some clues around school and used an aerial photograph to help. 1GJ did this activity last week.
1S have also got some new ‘pets’. They have kindly been given to us by Amelie’s Mum and we are going to watch these sticky creatures grow over the next 3 weeks. We are hoping they will all grow to about 10 cm. Can your child tell you more about our new visitors?
Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team