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Merry Christmas from everyone in Year 1!

December 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Phew! What a busy and exciting first term the children have had in Year 1. Thank you for all your support with learning logs, spelling homework, hearing your child read and leaving super comments on our blog.

In literacy this week we have been practising our handwriting and playing lots of high frequency and tricky word games. We have also updated our individual phonic assessment and most children have made good progress. (See our previous blog post about the Year 1 Phonic test)

We have been busy finding the difference in Maths and used Christmas parcels to help us work out the answers. Many children find this quite a tricky skill – maybe they could practise at home? What is the difference between 9 and 6? What is the difference between 10 and 4?

We have visited our ‘adopted trees’ and decorated them ready for Christmas.

We have also had lots of fun! We enjoyed taking part in our Christmas show – we hope you enjoyed it too. Party day was very exciting too!

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and we will see you all in the New Year.
The Year 1 Team

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What a performance!

December 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Key Stage One were superstars today in the ‘Christmas Around the World’ concert. The singers, dancers and speakers were all the best they could be! We hope that you all enjoyed the show and we are looking forward to doing it all again tomorrow. Thank you for all your support with costumes. The Year One Team.

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Have you got more presents than me?

December 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Today 1GJ have been learning about ‘difference’ in Maths. It was quite tricky but the children were great learners. This is how they worked out the difference.

Sophie, “I put the presents in two lines to find out the difference.”

Owen, “I put the presents in pairs then counted the left over ones to find the answer.”

Harry, “I paired the presents up and took the pairs away. I counted the ones that were left to find the answer.”

Isaac, “I counted the presents to see if Zachary had more.”

Betsy, “I put the presents together then counted the ones that didn’t have a pair.”

Samuel, “Difference means how many more one person has than another.”

Can your child find the difference between two groups of objects at home?

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Christmas countdown!

December 12, 2014 at 11:09 am

It’s been another busy week in Year 1. In literacy the children have continued learning about the story of Cinderella. This week we have focussed on the scene where the fairy godmother helps her get ready for the ball. We looked at a few versions and the children spent time discussing them with their talking partner to see which they preferred and why. The children then wrote about the scene using the adjectives they thought of last week. We have also been playing high frequency word games and practised our handwriting and spelling tricky words.

In maths we have been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and looked at patterns on the 100 square. We also practised our number bonds to 10 and 20. Is your child getting quick at recalling them at home?

We have been busy using our art skills to create some lovely things which will be coming home next week! Can you guess what they have made?

It was lovely to see so many parents at our ‘sharing session’ today. It is amazing how much the children have learnt in their first term in Year 1 and they are all very proud of their books.

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you all next week at our Christmas production. The Year 1 Team

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Picture Pie Penguins in 1GJ

December 10, 2014 at 6:49 pm

The children have been busy creating picture pie penguins. They cut circles into halves, quarters and eighths. The finished creations are super. We hope you like them when they bring them home next week.

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The problem with Christmas…

December 9, 2014 at 6:46 pm

1GJ have a Christmas Maths area. One of the activities is to write Christmas problems. Sophie has been very busy and written lots of problems. Can you answer any of them?

If there are 9 reindeers and 2 run away, how many reindeers will be left?

If there are 10 snowmen and 5 melt, how many snowmen will be left?

There are 6 baubles on a tree. 4 fall off. How many are left?

There are 30 presents under the tree. If I open 1, how many are there left?

Can you write a Christmas Maths problem on the blog for 1GJ to answer?

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Terrific Trees in 1GJ

December 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Year 1 are studying trees all year and every month we visit our adopted trees. The trees have changed a lot since September and this has inspired 1GJ to do some art. The children used watercolour pencils and paints to create a background and foreground. The seasonal details were added by printing with bubble wrap! The finished pictures show an apple tree through the seasons. Can you guess which picture represents each season? The pictures are not quite finished but when they are some lucky parents may receive them as a gift…

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‘Learning Warriors’ in Year 1

December 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

In literacy this week we have been focussing on the story of Cinderella. We have read a few different versions. The children then thought about two of the main characters – Cinderella and the fairy godmother. They looked carefully at pictures of them and thought of some adjectives to describe the scenes – “cold, dusty cellar” “exhausted, lonely Cinderella” “beautiful, strong, white horses” We have also been busy practising our handwriting and tricky words.

In maths we have been busy subtracting. The children are becoming a lot more confident using number lines to help them work out the answer to the calculations.

The children have also been busy creating a ‘Learning Tower’ and 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?

Thank you to everyone who has brought their outfit for our Christmas production. We will be trying all our costumes on next week.
Remember it is our school Christmas Fayre on Wednesday 10th December. On Tuesday the children can come to school dressed in Christmas jumpers, hats and accessories and bring donations for the fayre.

Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Christingle Christmas fun!

December 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm


Year One enjoyed making Christingles and finding out what each special part symbolises. Does your child know what the orange, ribbon, sticks and candle represent?

Today we took our Christingles to St. John’s Church and found out how Christians celebrate Christmas. We sang a song about Christingles and explored the Church building.

Thank you to St. John’s and Rev Tudge.



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