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3D shapes and more pant fun!

November 30, 2018 at 12:15 pm

In maths we have focused on 3D shape. The children enjoyed some fun practical tasks including building towers. In Year 1 the children need to be able to name and talk about pyramids, cuboids, spheres, cubes and cylinders. Can your child remember how many faces they have? How many vertices they have?

We have continued reading ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ in our English lessons. This week we focused on the page where her bedroom is a mess! The children used some great adjectives to describe the room. In phonics we have learnt the phonemes wh, ph, ew and ey in handwriting we practised forming G, H, I, J, K and L.

The children were very excited to receive a letter from the queen! She needed their help as her clumsy servant kept dropping her pants in the sea!! The children used their knowledge of materials to help the queen make something that would keep her knickers dry. They had great fun testing their designs!

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. They have brought home the song words to practise. The performances are on Tuesday 18th December at 2pm and Wednesday 19th December at 9.30am in the junior building hall.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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The Queen’s Knickers, pantosaurus and 2D shape fun!

November 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm

We have had lots of practical fun in our maths lessons. We have been focusing on 2D shape. In Year 1 the children need to be confident recognising and describing circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. They need to know how many sides and corners each shape has. Some children were extended with some problem solving and reasoning tasks such as “What shapes can you make using 6 lollipop sticks?” and “What is the same/different about a square and a rectangle?” We also had fun creating 2D shape robots.

Number bond family of the week is  10 + 0  = 10, 0 + 10  = 10, 10 – 0  = 10

We have been reading the story ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ by Nicholas Allan. This is a fun story where the queen loses her pants!!

The children enjoyed creating their own pair of pants and using adjectives to describe them. They designed under the sea pants, space pants, dinosaur pants and jungle pants! Then they wrote sentences about their knickers.

In phonics we have learnt oy, ir, ue and oe.  In handwriting we have practised forming the capital letters A,B,C,D,E and F correctly.

In history we have been looking at Victorian artefacts and created our own class museums. They were all very interested in the finger stocks and the back straightener that was used by Victorian teachers.

In our PHSE lesson the children met Pantosaurus. He is a friendly dinosaur who talked to them about being safe. This is linked to the NSPCC project ‘Pants are Private’. The children all loved this song!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Royal Visitors in Year 1!

November 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm

What an exciting week! We had a visit from Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. They helped introduce our history topic and the children learnt lots of facts about them. We then sorted objects and decided which queen would have used them. Next week we will be making a class museum and looking in more detail at some Victorian artefacts. In your child’s book bag there is a letter about our trip to Thwaite Mill.

In our literacy lessons we read the story ‘The Princess and the Pea’. We also had fun acting it out – the bed definitely wasn’t comfy! We discussed the different parts of a story – beginning, middle and end. The children then retold the story and all tried hard to remember to use finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.

In phonics we learnt the phonemes ay, ou, ie and ea. In our guided reading session we introduced the ‘Reading Dogs’. This half term we are focusing on Predicting Pip.

In maths we have finished our addition and subtraction unit of work. The children have been jumping up and down a number line, adding and taking away counters and showing number sentences. Next week we will be looking at 2D shapes!

Number bond family of the week is  9 + 1  = 10, 1 + 9  = 10, 10 – 1  = 9, 10 – 9 = 1

We have had lots of fun raising money for Children in Need. We hope you all enjoyed our rock performance!! Thank you very much for all your kind donations.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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Exploring castles in Year 1

November 9, 2018 at 12:14 pm

The children have enjoyed learning about castles this week in our literacy lessons. They have been using adjectives to describe various castles and their parts. They also had fun building their own castles and writing about them.

In phonics we have been busy assessing the children to see how many of the phonemes we’ve learnt so far they can read and can they read them in simple and more complex words. In handwriting we have practised forming v, w, x and z – these letters belong to the zig zag family.

In maths we have been using the part whole model again to explore how to find different parts of numbers that don’t make 10. We have been thinking if we can use the numbers to make a subtraction sentence too!

E.g: 3 + ? = 5  and 5 – 3 = ?

We logged on to Purple Mash too and practised adding two numbers to make a target number. We went into ‘Mathematics – Bond Bubbles and Challenge A’. Have a go at home. If you are asked to log on use your child’s log in details for Bug Club. You may need to find our school first!

Number bond family of the week is 8 + 2 = 10, 2 + 8 = 10, 10 – 2 = 8, 10 – 2 = 8.

In science we have started our unit based on materials and their properties.  Mrs Puddiphatt planned and taught the lesson as part of her teacher training. The children did lots of practical activities to investigate materials. They even had to choose which material would be best for a pair of glasses.

We learnt about Remembrance Day in our history lesson and the children found out why some people wear poppies. The children also created their own sun catcher poppy.

The children have had lots of fun in our new role play areas…

Next Friday is our Children in Need fundraising day organised by the school council. Don’t forget to dress up in your best rock star outfit! We still need lots of rocks for the children to paint.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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Exciting new role play areas in Year 1!

November 4, 2018 at 9:41 am

Look at our new role play areas. The children will be able to explore the spooky castles. There are lots of interesting objects in the jars for them to create their own potions. Eyeball and finger soup? Snake and centipede smoothies?

We will also be having fun learning about castles and Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.

We have another busy half term planned. In maths we will continue with our work based on addition, subtraction and place value. We will also be doing lots of interesting practical work with shapes.

The story ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ will be used in our literacy lessons and we will have lots of pants fun!! We still need lots of small boxes for our royal vehicles – please keep saving them.

Our science lessons will be focussing on materials and their properties and we will be doing lots of exciting investigations.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Year 1 Team

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