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68 penguins and a whole lot of maths!

October 13, 2015 at 3:35 pm


It is not often there are 68 penguins in Year One.

We have celebrated World Maths Day by doing lots of penguin themed activities. The children have been counting in twos, learning about odd and even numbers and solving problems. On Tuesday we used penguins to learn our number bonds to 10 and 20, we played games and used penguin stampers to record our work. Even our P.E lessons were mathematical! We also enjoyed our number fun get fit song during the whole school maths assembly.  Can your child talk about their favourite activity and what they have learnt?

This is a link to some fun maths games to keep the spirit of maths alive at home and this is a super song the children all know and love.


Here a few memories from a great couple of days and if you look closely you can see we even squeezed some penguin literacy in!

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Leaves, trees, instructions and subtracting!

October 9, 2015 at 2:47 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? In our handwriting lesson we continued to practise letters from the curly letter family. So far we have learnt how to form c, o, a and d correctly. This week we wrote g and q. 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 maths we have been focusing on subtraction. We used autumn objects such as conkers and acorns to help us solve practical subtractions. We then moved onto using number tracks and number lines to take away. Some children worked on finding the difference between two sets of objects too. Can you continue with some more subtracting at home?

Our number bond of the week is 6+ 4 =10, 4+6 = 10, 10-4=6, 10-6=4.

The fantastic five challenges this week were
1. Leaf rubbings
2. Making ‘Autumn Soup’ in the outdoor area
3. Subtractions
4. Rhyming soup – cutting and sticking objects that rhyme
5. Using adjectives to describe vegetables

In our science lesson we looked carefully at leaves and seeds. We labelled our autumn displays. 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?

Remember we are going on our trips to Denso Nature Reserve next week. The children all need a packed lunch and sensible footwear and a waterproof coat.

Here is a link with more information about World Maths Day and how we will be showing off our maths skills and raising money for a very important charity  – http://ffks1.primaryblogger.co.uk/numeracy/world-maths-day-tuesday-october-13th/

Have a lovely weekend – have fun making your penguin outfits!!
The Year 1 Team

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From farm to fork or should we say spoon!

October 5, 2015 at 3:49 pm


We have had a very busy and fun day making our delicious vegetable soup. We began by visiting the school farm in the pouring rain and harvested potatoes, onions, leeks, tomatoes, swede and butternut squash.

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!

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Vegetables, painting, poems, adjectives, timelines and number bonds!

October 2, 2015 at 4:13 pm


This week in maths we have been busy doing addition calculations using Numicon. We have also been practising our number bonds to 10.

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. Click here to play on this fun number bond game.  Can your child tell you any pairs of numbers that make 10? Can they 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!

The number bond of the week is 5+5 =10, 10-5 = 5.

In literacy we read the story Oliver’s vegetables.


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.

The children thought of some great adjectives including crunchy carrots, ruby red, ripe rhubarb and squishy, small, soft peas. We then wrote poems in small groups. These are our super class poems. Can you spot any alliteration?

Our fantastic five challenges this week were –
1. Painting a fruit or vegetable
2. Using different media to draw a fruit or vegetable

3. Reading a book in the book area and earning a raisin!


4. Drawing around numicon and numbering it.

5. Independent writing – I had a yummy pear


Most children are enjoying these challenges and many of them are choosing to have a go and completing all five every week. How many did your child do this week?

In our history lesson we continued to learn about the past and timelines.

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.

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

Remember we are making soup on Monday 5th October – everyone is welcome to come and enjoy it from 2.40pm in the dining hall.

Individual photographs will be taken on Tuesday 6th October.

Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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If you go down to the woods….

October 1, 2015 at 2:40 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 maths lessons, a science investigation and 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 busy week in Year One

September 25, 2015 at 2:26 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 we have been doing lots of practical tasks. We have been using numicon to make numbers and writing them on post it notes. We’ve also been busy looking at number lines and putting numbers in the right place e.g. What is 1 more than 10? What is 2 less than 13? Where would 16 go on a blank number line?

In science we have started to learn about types of trees. Each hive has adopted a tree and we will visit them every month to look for changes. Can your child remember what type of tree they are observing?

The children have all now been allocated books on ‘Bug Club’ this is an online reading resource that they can use at home. In our ICT lesson they all were shown how to use this programme.

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

Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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