April 13, 2019 at 8:04 am
We have another exciting half term ahead. We have planned lots of super activities, trips and visitors. We have been busy getting our classrooms ready…
In English we are focusing on Traditional Stories, including Jack and the Beanstalk, The Gingerbread Man 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. In our design and technology lessons we will be designing and creating bridges for the Billy Goats to use.
In our grammar lessons we will be learning about prefixes, suffixes and plurals. 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. We are looking forward to our ‘Phonic Alien Workshop‘ on Friday 24th May at 9am – you will be able to have fun playing phonic games and doing exciting alien activities with your child!
In maths we will be learning about multiplication, division and fractions. We will also be having lots of practical fun exploring weight and volume.
In science we are beginning by learning about seeds, plants and life cycles. 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. We also have a special habitat ready for some visitors in our classrooms. What do you think might live in here?
Phew! Another exciting half term in Year 1! We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.
The Year 1 team
March 29, 2019 at 4:31 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!
In literacy we completed our chicken books. In phonics we revised air/ear/ure/are /c says s/g says j/ oi/oy/silent k/silent g. We learnt how to join up ck, ee, ll and ng in our handwriting lesson.
In maths we have been busy measuring! We started using non-standard units of measure such as cubes or hands to compare the length and height of items in our classrooms before moving onto measuring in centimetres. The children had such fun measuring anything and everything! They even took rulers and metre sticks out with them at playtime to continue their learning.
Thank you for all your support.
Have a lovely holiday – we hope the sun keeps shining!
The Year 1 Team
March 22, 2019 at 4:01 pm
The highlight of our week was the hatching of our chicks. How very eggciting! The children are enjoying looking after them.
We have also 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.
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 their habitat. The children are looking forward to sharing them with their families on Friday 29th March at 9.10am – you are all welcome!
In phonics we have revised au/aw/or er/ir/ur/oo/ew/ue/u-e.
We have started to practise joining our handwriting. This week we have really focused on joining ch, th and sh. Learning to join is a really tricky task but the children have put the children have tried so hard and as a result their work looks beautiful!
In maths we have continued counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s forwards and backwards all the way up to 100! We are getting really confident skip counting and have been using those skills to problem solve.
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!
On Monday we went for a walk to Pudsey Civic Hall for a Pirate themed music event. We heard stories and joined in with lots of new songs. We really enjoyed listening to the band. Can you children remember any of the instruments that the band played?
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
March 15, 2019 at 4:12 pm
We have had a very eggciting week!! We received a letter from somebody called Doris saying she had laid her egg in our school grounds but couldn’t remember where. She left us some clues to read and we had lots of fun following them. At the end of the hunt was a beautiful blue egg. We carried it carefully back to our room and made it a comfy nest. We then worked hard writing lots of questions about the egg and drawing pictures of what we thought was inside it. “Is it a lizard?” “I think it is a scaly chameleon.” “I think there is a unicorn in the egg.”
The next day the egg had hatched and inside we found even more clues – blood, slimy snot, a tooth, a claw and some burnt paper. How exciting – a baby dragon called Dudley had been living in our room!! Doris even sent us some videos using QR codes! We found QR codes all around our classrooms and had lots of fun scanning them. Some people impressed Doris so much with their letter writing that she sent them their very own videos! We all wrote letters to Doris and she replied. A brilliant week of literacy with so much fun and learning taking place.
In phonics we have revised oa/oe/ow/o-e and igh/ie/i-e.
In maths this week we have had fun counting in multiples of 2s. The children have used socks, numicon, straws, and multi-link to help them count and look for patterns. Can your child tell you which numbers are odd and which are even?
In our science lesson 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 in their chicken books. Our eggs are due to hatch next week!! The children are looking forward to sharing their chicken books with their families on Friday 29th March – you are all welcome!
We are visiting the school chickens next week so please make sure that your child has their wellies in school – it is very muddy on the school farm!
Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 1 Team
March 8, 2019 at 4:58 pm
We have been investigating our five senses this week. We began by exploring lots of different objects and describing how they felt, smelt, looked, sounded and tasted. The children then wrote sentences using lots of super ‘right choice’ words. In our next literacy lesson we had fun with jelly! The children used all their senses to explore the jelly and then they wrote a jelly poem using lots of adjectives.
In phonics we have revised ee, ea, e-e, ey and ai, a-e, ay. The children are great phonic detectives and are reading real and nonsense words with more confidence – please keep practising at home.
We had lots of fun at the Eureka Workshop learning about sick, poo, snot, trumping and burping!! Can your child remember any gross facts?
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 maths we have been continuing to explore using and representing numbers up to 50. This week we have been using place value grids, tens frames, part-whole models and number lines to represent one more or one less than a 2-digit number up to 50.
We played this 10s and 1s game called Shark Numbers, with numbers up to 59, to help us practise. Click on the game to play it at home.
We have all thoroughly enjoyed World Book Day. The children and staff all looked great in their outfits.
Have a great weekend,
The Year 1 Team
March 1, 2019 at 2:54 pm
We began our new topic with a ‘Busy Body Day’ and the children had fun investigating and learning interesting facts about their body. The children began by drawing things that were in their body. We then looked in information books and correctly put the body parts in the right places. The children were interested in finding out body facts! Did you know your eyes see upside down and that you are taller in a morning? They labelled a body and wrote sentences about some of the facts they had learnt. They also enjoyed looking at the model of the skeleton and created their own using chalk, paint and art straws.
Everyone was very excited with our new resource the virtual T shirt. We’ve had lots of fun using the app ‘Virtuali – tee’ to look inside a human body!!
The children have been busy exploring the new role play areas and investigating our senses displays.
We also had lots of fun at our ‘Body Olympics’. The children took part in the long jump, straw javelin and measuring different body parts.
The children have enjoyed their first week of ‘Phonic Detectives’. This week we focussed on the digraphs ck/ff/ll/zz/ss/ng/ch/sh/th/wh/ph/qu/ar. They are all very keen to be detective of the day and win the prize! Thank you for your support at home completing the phonic spotting sheet.
In maths the children have been using their knowledge and understanding of representing, adding and subtracting numbers to 20, to move on to numbers up to 50. Grouping numbers into 10s and 1s has really helped! We have also been using our number bonds to 10 to begin to know our bonds to 20. Understanding that 20 is 10 more than 10 has lead to children being able to say that if 4+6=10, then 14+6=20.
We played the number bond game below to help us practise. Click on the picture to play.
Our PSHE unit this half term is ‘What is safe for our bodies?’ This week we have been talking about what is safe to go inside our bodies. The children had to sort our weekly shop into safe, sometimes safe and never safe. This led to some very interesting discussions and the children were very aware of how to keep themselves safe.
We have continued our work about algorithms in our computing lesson. The children had to follow a very simple set of instructions to draw a monster and all the pictures were very different. They then repeated the task following more detailed instructions and this time their monsters looked similar. The children knew it was important to have precise instructions to follow.
We enjoyed our PE lesson with Mr Stoker. This half term we are focusing on ball skills and they learnt the ready position and the cup shape for catching.
Please don’t forget to send money or contribute via ParentPay for the events in school next week. On Thursday the children will participate in an exciting half day workshop led by Eureka! We have started to learn a song ready for our visit from Eureka. Here are the lyrics to practice at home (Beware! It is rather yucky!)
On Friday we are celebrating World Book Day and the ‘Rainbow Factory’ will be performing a show. All the staff are busy making their costumes! It should be a fun day!
Our chicken eggs have arrived. Hopefully we will have 24 chicks in 21 days time!!
Have a super weekend,
The Year 1 Team