July 12, 2015 at 10:04 am
The children in Year 1 enjoy looking at the flag counter on the blog each week. They are amazed at how many people visit our blog from various countries around the world. Do you know anyone who lives in a different country? Could they maybe visit our blog and leave a comment? The children are desperate for more flags to appear!
July 10, 2015 at 2:56 pm
This week we have been thinking about our time in Year 1 and moving onto Year 2. We began the week by discussing everything we have done this year and we were amazed by the list – what an action packed year we’ve had! The children then wrote about what they have enjoyed. This piece of writing will go into a folder that they started in nursery and will move up with them throughout school. They all had a giggle at the drawing that they did at the end of nursery! We then did a circle time focussing on Year 2 – how are we feeling? What are we looking forward to? We then wrote speech bubbles with our wishes for Year 2.
We have had lots of practical measuring fun in our maths lessons. We were set 4 maths challenges and worked in our hive groups to solve them.
Challenge 1 – How long can you stretch a Curly Wurly? Can you use a ruler to measure how many centrimetres long it is?
Challenge 2 – Can you make your own measuring cup and write a scale on it using millilitres?
Challenge 3 – Can you make different length play dough snakes? Can you make them 10cm/20cm/50cm or 100cm?
Challenge 4 – Can you make play dough balls that weigh 10g/20g/30g or 50g?
The children worked well and are now measuring more accurately using standard units. They’ve brought their measuring cups home so they can measure drinks and other liquids around their house. Have fun measuring!
In geography we have been learning all about the World. We have been looking at globes, maps, atlases and google earth. We have been finding and naming continents, oceans and seas. What can your child remember?
It was lovely to see so many parents and siblings at our sharing sessions. We hope you enjoyed looking at your child’s work.
Remember that it is sports day next Thursday. Your child has brought home a letter saying which Rugby World Cup team they are in. It should be a fun day.
Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team
July 3, 2015 at 1:28 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 Wednesday 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 and some of us made unusual bag pipes out of straws, gloves and recorders! We enjoyed learning about the Loch Ness Monster and having a go at a Highland fling. We even got to try on a real kilt!
Our last country we visited on Thursday 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. You will be able to share their work on Thursday 9th July before or after school at our ‘sharing sessions’. We hope that you can make it – the children are very proud of all the work they have done this year.
In maths we have been developing our understanding of division and sharing. We began by drawing pictures to help us solve problems and then we moved onto using number triangles. Can your child explain what they did to share or group their objects? This game might help!
On Wednesday we all visited our Year 2 classrooms and met our new teachers – this was very exciting and everyone enjoyed their visit.
Don’t forget that Sports Day is on Thursday 16th July. Please can you make sure that your child has their PE kit in school all the time and has a pair of suitable trainers or pumps.
Thank you to everyone who left a comment on our ‘Pirate Problem’ post. We got over 200 comments and this is the highest ever!! The children were very excited to be record holders!
Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team
June 26, 2015 at 12:53 pm
We’ve had another exciting week – a trip to Blackhill Woods and a pirate day. But we’ve 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.
In literacy we wrote a recount about our trip to the woods. 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 next sharing session on the 9th of July – more details will be sent home soon about this. The children also read a story that Big Bad 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.
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?
Next week we are going on a trip around the British Isles!! We will be tasting shortbread, seeing the sights of London, playing cricket with an afternoon tea break and learning how to do Irish dancing and lots of other fun activities. Do you have any books or artefacts we could use? Do you own a kilt or some bagpipes?
Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team
June 24, 2015 at 2:41 pm
Wow! Today has been so much fun and you have all made fantastic pirates too. Just take a look at this motley crew…
Ahoy me hearties! We have all experienced lots of different activities today and sailed our pirate ships really successfully across the seven seas. I think there will be some very tired children and teachers tonight! Well done to everyone for really getting involved. This is just a snapshot of some of the learning that has taken place.
Writing a pirate maths problem and putting it on the blog.
Creating and drawing their own pirate.
Using coordinates to put things on a treasure map.
Making treasure maps and pirate ships.
Using an aerial photo to go on a treasure trail around school.
Reading clues to go on a treasure hunt around school – with real treasure!
Some children even got to walk the plank!
A super day but who can tell me what is a pirate’s favourite subject at school?
June 24, 2015 at 8:59 am
The pirates of Year 1 have been busy writing pirate problems. Can you solve them? Could you write a problem for them to solve? Answer if you dare – if you get it wrong they may make you walk the plank!