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Who could be at the top of the beanstalk?

April 27, 2018 at 1:34 pm


In grammar this week we have been focusing on plurals. The children did various tasks and have been looking at the spelling patterns. They matched singular and plural words and sorted them according to their endings s/es/ies.

In literacy we read the story Jack and the Beanstalk again. Gilbert, the puppet, thought the story was a bit boring and asked the children to write their own exciting version. They began by drawing an alternative setting and baddy that could be at the top of a beanstalk. They used their imagination and thought of some great ideas. We had Candy Land with spooky witches, Space World with aliens and even Bubble Land! They then wrote an alternative middle and ending to the story. We have revised a-e/ai/ay/ea/e-e/ey /ee in phonics. Keep playing the dice games at home. Please can the children bring their red spelling book to school each week so we can stick the next game in.

We have continued with our multiplication work in maths. The children used arrays to represent repeated addition e.g. 3 + 3 + 3. We have also been practising our doubles. Can your child quickly recall double numbers? 1 +1 = 2, 2 + 2 = 4, 3 + 3 = 6, 4 + 4 = 8, 5 + 5 = 10, 6 + 6 = 12 …. Can they spot any patterns?

The children also enjoyed an afternoon of measuring, focusing on weighing and mass. The children used non- standard and standard units to weigh a variety of objects.

We continued our work based on plants in science. This week the children learnt about the cycle of a bean. They also measured their magic beans. Some are already 5 cm tall.

Thank you to everyone who has paid their contribution for our animal workshop. The children are all looking forward to this event on Monday.

We have something very exciting to build soon in Year 1! We need various sized cardboard boxes, clean yogurt pots, plastic tubs etc..

All of Year 1 are very proud of Arianna’s mummy who took part in the London Marathon. Well done!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A busy first week back…

April 20, 2018 at 1:27 pm


What a busy and fun first week back we have had. The children have had a lot of fun exploring our new role play areas.

In literacy we’ve been reading different versions of Jack and the beanstalk.  We then moved onto creating ‘Wanted’ posters to help us find the giant. The children used some great words to describe this huge brute such as greedy, enormous, bossy and demanding. We have also been looking at how to use ?! and . correctly in our grammar lessons. Can your child tell you or write down a question sentence? In phonics we revised ck, ff, ll,ng, ss, zz, ch, ph, qu, sh, th, wh and ar. The children are all looking forward to playing the phonic dice game at home – have fun!

The children were very excited to receive a letter from Jack asking them for help to plant his magic beans. We had lots of fun on the school farm, working with the older children, planting the beans. Will they grow? What might be at the top of them? We also dug out the weeds, fed the chickens, planted seeds, watered plants, raked soil and even harvested.

We have started a unit of work based on multiplication in our maths lessons. The children have been counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 and have been grouping objects into equal groups. They have been writing number sentences such as 5 groups of 2 = 10 and 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 10.

In our science lesson the children have used magnifying glasses to look carefully at plants and labelled parts of them. We also had fun being ‘plant detectives’ in our school grounds. Our new class members have settled in well – how many frogs will we get?

We had lots of fun at the PE Extravaganza at Springbank. Thank you to all the parents who accompanied us at this event.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back Year 1!

April 13, 2018 at 6:30 am


We have another busy and exciting half term ahead. We have planned lots of super activities, trips and visitors. We have been busy getting our classrooms ready…

In literacy we are focusing on Traditional Stories, including Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We will be looking carefully at the characters and using lots of adjectives to describe them. We will also be writing our own versions of traditional stories. Our design and technology lessons are linked to literacy and we will be designing and creating bridges for the Billy Goats to use. We will continue with our guided reading and phonic sessions and will be revising all the phonemes in preparation for the phonic screening in June. In our grammar lessons we will be learning about prefixes, suffixes and plurals.

In maths we will be learning about multiplication and division. The children will also have fun with fractions and weighing.

In science we are beginning by learning about seeds, plants and life cycles. We will be visiting the school farm to plant lots of seeds. We will also be learning about animals – types, habitats, diets and life cycles. Our trip to Rodley Nature Reserve and the animal workshop will support our science work this half term. Please can you make sure that your child has a pair of wellington boots in school as we will be visiting the farm during the first week and the grounds are still muddy. We also have tanks ready for some visitors in our classrooms. What do you think we might put in them?

Phew! Another exciting half term in Year 1! We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Year 1 team

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An eggcellent end to the term!

March 29, 2018 at 2:49 pm


It was lovely to see so many of you at our ‘Spring Chicken Event’ this morning.

We hope you all enjoyed sharing our books, watching the movies and eating the yummy chocolate nests. The children have really enjoyed our chicken topic and this was very clear by the smiles on their faces. Well done Year 1!

These are our wonderful videos – watch out Hollywood!


1B were very lucky this week as we had a visit from our reading buddies in 6S. We showed them our chicken movie, sang our spring chicken song and shared our chicken books. Mr Sharp was very impressed with all of our work, especially our beautiful handwriting!

In literacy we completed our chicken books. In phonics we revised air, ure, are and ear. We have also listened to everyone read and it is good to see so many children moving up a reading level. Please continue with lots of reading and phonic practise at home.

In maths the children have completed some assessments to show how much they have learnt this term. The children all tried hard and many have made good progress. Keep practising your number bonds and counting at home.

Here is a link to some maths and literacy games. Enjoy! Please click here.

In RE we have been learning about the Easter story. The children enjoyed opening eggs to find clues about the story. They also had lots of fun on our Easter hunt and had to search the classroom and outdoor area looking for Easter objects. The favourite part of the lesson was eating hot cross buns and Easter eggs!

Thank you for all your support.

Have a lovely holiday – we hope the sun shines.

The Year 1 Team

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More chickens and counting in 2s and 5s!

March 23, 2018 at 12:40 pm


In maths this week we have had fun counting in multiples of 2s and 5s. The children have used socks, numicon, straws, multi-link and even rubber gloves to help them count and look for patterns. Can your child tell you which numbers are odd and which are even?

We have enjoyed singing these fun counting songs –



Does your child agree or disagree with Rachel and Jess? Can they use their counting in 5s and 2s skills to discuss these problems?

We have continued writing our chicken books in our literacy lessons. This week we learnt about the life cycle of the chicken. The children had fun deciding which came first – the chicken or the egg? They then sequenced the life cycle and also wrote about it in their chicken books. They also wrote a page about where the chickens live. The children are very proud of their books and are looking forward to sharing them with their families on Thursday 29th March – you are all welcome!

In phonics we have practised reading and writing aw, or, au, er, ir, ur, oi, oy and silent g and silent k.

The children have been busy painting and drawing chickens and this lovely art work will be on display in our classrooms after the holiday.

In our computing lesson we learnt how to use an Ipad app called ‘Puppet Pals’. The children worked in their hive groups to create mini movies using all their chicken knowledge!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Chickens, chickens and more chickens!

March 16, 2018 at 12:18 pm


In literacy we have been learning about the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book. We began by sorting a range of books and discussing the features of a non-fiction book. We looked at how to use a contents page, index and glossary. In our guided reading sessions all the groups have read a non-fiction book and most children are now confident using the contents page, glossary and index. The children were encouraged to choose an information book from the school library to share with you at home. Maybe you could ask your child about the features of an information book when reading this weekend? In phonics we have practised reading and writing o-e,oa,oe,ow and oo,ew,ue,u-e.

We have had some exciting visitors in Year 1 this week. Mr Garlick brought his chickens for a holiday in our outside area. He talked to all the children about his chickens and they got the chance to stroke them. The children have enjoyed looking after the chickens all week and have learnt lots of facts about them. Did you know a hen has a vent and it is where her eggs come out of? Did you know if the comb is pale and floppy it might mean that the chicken is poorly?

We also visited the school chickens and Mr Harris told us lots of interesting facts about them and we will be using all this information to help us write our own non-fiction books. We really enjoyed meeting our school hens. Can you spot Mrs James catching the chicken that had escaped?

We have started to write and illustrate our non-fiction chicken books in our literacy lessons. This week we have written pages about the features of chickens and what they eat. The children are looking forward to sharing them with their families on Thursday 29th March at 9.10am – you are all welcome!

In maths we have continued with our work about place value – this week we have focused on looking at which numbers are the greatest and smallest and putting them in order. We have also used the < and > symbols again.

We also had more fun with measuring. This week they played measuring bingo, sorted if an object would be measured in centimetres  or metres, measured accurately with a ruler and solved some length problems.

In our topic lesson we learnt about our sense of taste and touch. We looked carefully at our tongues and learnt about taste buds. Can your child remember how many taste buds the average person has? We then tasted different foods and decided if they were sweet, salty, bitter or sour.

We also looked at art work by the artist Esref Armagan who is blind. The children were amazed that he had created his pieces of art without sight. They were all challenged to create a piece of art wearing a blindfold and only using their sense of touch – this got quite messy!!

In our science lesson we carried out an investigation to find out what the chickens, gerbils and giant African snails prefer to eat. The children had to predict if they’d like chicken pellets, meal worms, carrots, cucumber, apple or pear. Then they fed them and watched carefully to see which was their favourite food type. Can your child remember what was the top choice?

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week at Parents Evening – if you haven’t yet booked an appointment please speak to Mrs Walton in the school office.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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