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Fun in the woods!

October 13, 2017 at 12:03 pm


We all had a great time at the nature reserve at Denso Marston. Steve, the tree expert, taught us lots of new things. First we created a huge sculpture of a tree. We had fun being the trunk sucking up the water, waving leaves and buzzing bees! Then we went on a leaf hunt and we found some very interesting leaves. Then it was lunchtime – we were all very hungry! Finally we went on a scavenger hunt and found feathers, more leaves and lots of minibeasts and even a few frogs. We also met a few Boggarts – ask your child about them? It was a great trip. Thank you very much to all the parents who came with us – we hope you enjoyed it too.

In literacy the children have all written a recount of our trip to the nature reserve. The children met ‘Olivia Opener’ and she taught them about time connectives such as first, next, after that, then and finally. They all tried hard to include these in their writing. In our key skills lesson we practised forming u, j and y cursively. We revised er, ure and ear in our daily phonic lessons.

In maths we have focused on addition. The children used counters and numicon to develop their fluency when adding two digits together. The number bond family of the week is 6 + 4 = 10, 4 + 6 = 10, 10 – 6 = 4, 10 – 4 = 6.

We all enjoyed the Harvest Festival this morning. All the Year 1 children sang enthusiastically and our speakers were clear and confident. Well done!

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at our reading meeting on Monday 16th October at 3.30pm. If you can’t attend the session we will send home a copy of our presentation and handouts.

Individual photographs will be taken next Tuesday and sibling photographs will be taken on Wednesday.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team



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A disco in the kitchen and number bond fun!

October 6, 2017 at 1:13 pm


Our literacy lessons this week have all been based on the fun story ‘Kitchen Disco’. The children had to write adjectives to describe a piece of dancing fruit! They thought of some great words such as juicy, smooth, groovy and wiggly. Then they all tried hard to write some sentences about the fruit. We even made our own funky fruit!

In phonics we have revised or, ur, ow and oi. In our key skills lesson we have formed l, and i cursively and practised reading and writing the words are, was, you, one and ask.  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.

This week in maths we have been practising our number bonds to ten. 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. They also used part-whole models and ten frames to help them learn the number bonds.  Can your child tell you any pairs of numbers that make 10? The number bond family of the week is 5+5=10 and 10-5=5.

Can your child 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!

Our topic lessons this week have been linked to DT and Science. During our first lesson they learnt all about the life cycle of apple trees. The children visited the school farm and all picked an apple. Then they had to design their own baked apple and how they would fill it. Next they prepared and baked their apple. Finally they ate their delicious apple! In our next lesson we looked in detail at trees in our school grounds and named and labelled the main parts.

In our PE lessons we had fun playing skill and agility games with Mr Little and also practised our egg and pencil rolls in gymnastics.

Please remember 1GJ are going to Denso Nature Reserve on Monday 9th October and 1S are going to Denso Nature Reserve on Wednesday 11th  October.  Please can you ensure that your child is wearing appropriate footwear and a waterproof coat. We will be outside all day. The children need a rucksack or bag so that they can carry their own lunch.

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

Have a great weekend.

Thank you.

The Year 1 Team

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Delicious soup and lots of number work in Year 1!

September 29, 2017 at 11:31 am


We began the week by making our yummy vegetable soup. We visited the the school farm, in the rain, and harvested beetroot, tomatoes, potatoes, runner beans, leeks and some very big carrots!

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!

In our literacy lessons we wrote instructions for making soup. The children learnt about bossy verbs, such as wash, chop, cut, peel, and tried hard to include them in their writing. In phonics we have revised oa, oo and ar.  In our key skills lesson we have formed e, f and s cursively and practised reading and writing the words be, we, he, by and so.

In maths we have finished our unit of work focusing on place value. This week the children learnt about one more and one less. They used number lines and other equipment to find their answers. Some children were extended and answered worded problems, which really stretched their brains! Can you answer them?

Problem 1: Dan says “I am one year older than my sister Fran. Fran is one year older than my brother Sam. Sam is 7. How old am I?”

Problem 2: Gertrude and Gilbert are playing a dice game. Gilbert rolls one more than Gertrude. What could the dots on the dice be?

In our computing lesson we practised logging onto a laptop and had time to explore Bug Club and Purple Mash. We also talked about internet safety and keeping ourselves safe when working online.

Thank you for all your support with their learning logs. There was some great presentation and the children were proud of their work!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Vegetable fun in Year 1!

September 22, 2017 at 11:01 am


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 simple vegetable poems.

We began by tasting lots of vegetables and then used adjectives to describe them. Can your child remember what an adjective is? The children then wrote sentences about which vegetables they liked and didn’t liked! Then in our next lesson they wrote their own simple poem – On Monday I had peas. On Tuesday I had carrots etc… Some children were extended and used adjectives in their writing and they thought of some great describing words such as crunchy cabbage, sloppy spinach and sour, sticky rhubarb.

In phonics we have revised th, ng, ai, ee , igh. Please keep practising the phonemes and words stuck in their reading records. In our key skill lessons we practised forming the letters o, g and q and the digits 3, 4 and 5 correctly. We have also learnt how to read and write the following common exception words – I, my, do, to, is, no, go, me, of. Your child needs to practise these words in their red spelling book which they brought home today.

In maths we have continued with our work on place value. This week the children have been using vocabulary such as more than, fewer, greater than, less than, equal to, odd, even. They sorted numbers, numicon, ten frames and number names using these words.

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?

We have also looked at pieces of art by Cezanne. The children then used different media to create their own pictures of vegetables. These will be on display in our classrooms.

On a Tuesday afternoon the children will either have a PSHE or Computing lesson. This week 1B learnt how to log on to a laptop and 1GJ discussed playground games and having fun with their friends.

Thank you for all your lovely comments on the Year 1 blog – the children really enjoy reading them. Remember you can click on the ‘thumbs up’ symbol if you have enjoyed reading this post.

Remember we are making soup on Monday 25th September – everyone is welcome to come and enjoy it from 2.45pm in the dining hall.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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Favourite toys, numbers, babies and timelines!

September 15, 2017 at 11:53 am


In literacy we have been reading the story ‘Nothing’ by Mick Inkpen. Nothing is a little bear who gets left in the 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. Look out for our ‘Guess Who?’ displays. Can you work out who all the babies are? 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 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. They have also been representing numbers in different ways – they used equipment, number names and drew pictures.

Every Friday morning the children will have key skills lessons. This half term we are focusing on the correct formation of the letters and digits. This week we practised writing c, a and d cursively and forming 0,1 and 2 correctly.

We have begun our daily phonic lessons. This week we have revised ll, ff, ss, zz, nk, ck, sh and ch. Please help your child practise reading the words we have put in their reading record.

In PE the children enjoyed their first lesson with Mr Little – they had fun outside doing lots of  SAQ (speed, agility, quickness) activities. Our second PE lesson every week will be focusing on gymnastics and the children will be learning different balances, jumps and rolls.

The children have also been busy discussing the  ‘Learning Tower’ and they created their own ‘Learning Warriors’. Each week we will choose children to be learning warriors – they may have created a super piece of work, or struggled with something but tried hard to succeed. If your child comes home wearing a learning warrior sticker please ask them why they got it?

We are visiting the school farm over the next weeks – please can your child bring in a pair of wellington boots to leave at school? They can use their new welly pegs to keep them together.

The children were very excited about their first homework task in their learning logs!! This work is due in on Wednesday 27th September. Thank you for all your support with reading, phonics, spellings and learning logs – it really does make a difference.

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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A busy first week in Year 1

September 8, 2017 at 11:33 am


We have had a very busy four days! All the children have settled in really well and are getting used to the routines of Year 1. They have been exploring their new classrooms and outdoor area. Which area has your child enjoyed exploring the most? Can your child remember which hive they are in?

We have enjoyed getting to know the children. We have heard all the children read and they have a new book to share with you at home. Please help your child change their books before and after school. All the children have tried to write their first name and surname and also written independently about their holidays. Now they are in Year 1 it is important that they can hold a pencil with a triangular grip, write both names and form all the letters correctly.

We have also been to the school library and chosen a book – please share this with your child. We will change our library books every Friday.

We have sent home a newsletter and we hope this helps answer questions about PE kit and reading books. We will be doing PE next week so please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school.

Just a reminder to please send a special soft toy to school with your child on Monday. It will stay in school for the whole week so do not send a special bedtime bear. Also, please can you send a photograph of your child when they were a baby? It will be used for the history lesson next week.

It is going to be a fantastic year!

Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team

A few snaps of the children exploring…


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