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A final busy week in Year 1!

December 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm

We hope that you all enjoyed our Christmas production ‘A Miracle in Town’. We were very proud of all the children – well done Year 1.

In literacy this week we have finished writing our nativity story booklets. Most children are now writing sentences independently and their handwriting is greatly improving. In phonics we have practised all the phonemes we have learnt so far this year. We have assessed the children individually and many of them are able to spot and read the phonemes in words – please keep practising at home. We have also heard the children read individually and updated their book allocation on ‘Bug Club’.

We have done lots of addition in maths this week. The children could choose their own equipment to answer the calculations and they are all becoming more confident and fluent when adding 2 digits together.

The children all had lots of fun at our Christmas party. They enjoyed lots of different party games and lots of delicious treats! 1GJ even had time to visit their Year 6 reading buddies. The children were all very excited when our special visitor arrived at our party …. it was Father Christmas!

Thank you for all your lovely cards, messages and presents. We hope you all have a super holiday and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!

The Year 1 Team

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Christingles, a trip to a museum and maths fun!

December 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm

In our RE lessons this half term we have been learning about celebrations and special occasions including Diwali, weddings, birthdays, Eid, Holi and Christmas. The children enjoyed looking at and discussing each other’s photographs, from home, of them celebrating with their families. We then looked more closely at the Muslim celebration of Eid. We finished this unit of work with our trip to St John’s church – where they learnt about the Christian christingle celebration. Reverend Hannah also explained about the advent candle and some children helped her light it. Thank you very much to all the parents and grandparents who supported us on our visit.

We all had a great time on our trips to Thwaites Mill. The children learnt about how the Victorians celebrated Christmas – they all made a traditional cracker and card. They also had fun playing with Victorian toys, making delicious lemonade and having a turn at making a rag rug. Thank you again to all the parents who supported us on our trips.

1GJ at the museum…

1B at the museum…

In maths we have been consolidating lots of the things we have learnt so far this year. The children had fun completing a tricky dot to dot and filling in missing numbers on strings of fairy lights. We have also been developing our fluency when adding 2 numbers together. The children are now adding with more confidence using their mental maths skills, number lines and counters. Keep practising those number bonds!

Our literacy lessons have been linked to RE this week and the children have begun to write a mini book about the Christmas story. In our phonics lessons we have been revising all the phonemes they have learnt this term. We are also busy hearing all the children read individually and many of them have moved onto the next level – well done. We will update their book allocation on ‘Bug Club’ ready for the holidays.

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week at our Christmas performances. Keep practising all the songs at home. Our performances are in the junior, south hall, on Tuesday at 2pm and Wednesday at 9.30am.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team




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Instructions, place value and a Victorian Christmas

December 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm

In literacy we have been reading and writing instructions. The children followed a set of instructions to create a robin card and then they wrote their own set of instructions. Can your child remember some of the bossy verbs they used? In handwriting we practised forming M, N, O, P, Q and R correctly. We learnt the phonemes ey, e-e and o-e in our phonic lessons. Over the next two weeks we are going to hear all the children read individually – please can you make sure that they bring their reading record to school every day.

We have continued our work based on place value in maths. This week we have been ordering and comparing groups of objects and mathematical models and using the language more than, less than, equal to, greatest and least. The children were given a problem solving task “12 eggs are put into 3 baskets. All the eggs are used. How many solutions can you find?” They enjoyed practically solving this problem with a partner and had some good discussions.

In history we learnt about how the Victorians celebrated Christmas in preparation for our visit to Thwaites Mill. We began by reading the book Queen Victoria’s Christmas by Jackie French. Then we looked at and sorted a variety of Christmas objects into two sets ‘introduced by the Victorians/not introduced by the Victorians.’ Can your child remember some of the things that the Victorians introduced?

The children have been busy rehearsing the Christmas show. Thank you for all your help learning the song words at home – keep practising! The performances are on Tuesday 12th December at 2pm and Wednesday 13th December at 9.30am in the Junior Hall.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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