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A busy week in Year One

September 25, 2015 at 2:26 pm

In literacy we have been reading the story ‘Nothing’ by Mick Inkpen. He is a little bear who gets left in 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. They had fun cutting and sticking using catalogues. 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. We have been using numicon to make numbers and writing them on post it notes. We’ve also been busy looking at number lines and putting numbers in the right place e.g. What is 1 more than 10? What is 2 less than 13? Where would 16 go on a blank number line?

In science we have started to learn about types of trees. Each hive has adopted a tree and we will visit them every month to look for changes. Can your child remember what type of tree they are observing?

The children have all now been allocated books on ‘Bug Club’ this is an online reading resource that they can use at home. In our ICT lesson they all were shown how to use this programme.

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 dotty, arty week in Year One and lots of maths support for home!

September 18, 2015 at 2:26 pm

This week we have been very arty! We learnt about self portraits and looked at examples and discussed if we liked them or disliked them. The children were amazed by how life like some of them were and thought that they were actually photographs and not paintings. They then looked carefully in a mirror and painted their own self portrait.  They are on display in our classrooms – can you guess who is who?



We have been enjoying the story ‘The Dot’ by Peter H Reynolds. Did you know that Tuesday 15th September was international dot day?

The story is about having a go even if you think you can’t do something. This lovely story inspired us all to create our own dot pictures and these will be on display in the dining room.  Please click here if you would like to enjoy this wonderful story at home or here if you would like to enjoy the ‘Dot Song.’

In maths we have been busy assessing the children and seeing what numbers they can read, write and recognise and lots of other number skills. Next week we will begin our daily literacy and maths sessions – the children are very excited about working in their books!

The children enjoyed their first PE lesson and had fun playing lots of new games. They have also got an ICT username and password and we have all practised logging on to a laptop.

It was lovely to see lots of parents and children at the maths workshop on Tuesday. Please click here and follow this link for more information about maths at home and supporting your child with maths. There are a range of games here to help support your child’s learning.

The reading meeting is on Tuesday 22nd September – the children don’t need to come to this talk but they can play in the crèche. Remember that the Scholastic Book Fair will be in school from Wednesday 23rd until Monday 28th September.

Thank you to everyone who has returned their consent slip for our trip to the nature reserve at Denso Marstons. 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 sent 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.

A few photographs from another busy week:

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A PE lesson that ended with a crunch!

September 18, 2015 at 11:21 am

After some fun PE games and running skills 1S went on a walk to tree spot and orchard explore, all within our school grounds.


The adventure finished with a very tasty and healthy treat. We all got to eat a delicious, rosy red apple or a juicy plum which we had picked straight from the trees. Amazing!




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This Week’s Fantastic Five

September 14, 2015 at 10:56 am

This week we have five new fantastic challenges.

Some children have been busy already!

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A great first week in Year One!

September 11, 2015 at 11:19 am

What a busy first week back we have had in Year 1. All the children have settled in well and are getting used to all the new routines. They have had fun exploring the classrooms and playing in the new areas. Which is your child’s favourite? They have also tried hard to complete the ‘Fantastic Five’ challenges.

We have been busy getting to know the children and doing some on entry assessments. 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. We have also been checking which phonemes they know ready to start our daily phonic sessions. The children have also been busy writing about their summer holidays.

Each child tried to write their first name and surname. 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. Some children have been given a name formation book to help them to practise at home – little and often is best.

The children have had fun creating their own bees and giant flowers for our learning hive displays – they look great. They have visited the school library and chosen a book to share at home. Our library day is Friday so please make sure that they return their books each week.

Phew! What a busy first week back – they will all sleep well this weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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First Day Fun in 1GJ

September 7, 2015 at 8:07 pm

1GJ have enjoyed their first day in Year 1. They explored their new classroom and made collage bees for the learning hives. The children found out about the ‘Fantastic Five’ challenges. Each week there are five challenges in the areas of provision. This week the ‘Fantastic Five’ are:
* read a story to a bear in the book area
* make a repeating pattern
* draw and write about the class gerbils
* paint a bee in the workshop
* make a beehive in the construction area
Can you spot any children who completed one of the ‘Fantastic Five’challenges? Look what else the children have found to do in their new classroom!

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Welcome to 1GJ

September 3, 2015 at 6:16 pm

We hope that you have all had a great holiday and are ready for an exciting year in 1GJ. We have been busy getting the classroom ready and planning lots of great lessons and trips.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday morning. Can you remember where the Year 1 entrance is? You will need to look for your new peg label in the corridor and find your drawer to put your fruit in. Then you can sit on the carpet and look at a book.

Have a look at some of our new and exciting areas. Where would you like to play?

Have a great weekend.

Mrs James, Mrs Galbraith and Mrs Booth

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