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Year 1

3rd December.

 

Hello everyone!

 

Firstly, we'd like to say a huge thank you for the all the money you sent in for the children for the Christmas Market yesterday - we hope you are refraining from peeking at the gifts too early! 

 

The children (and adults!) had a wonderful time at Milestones; the children were very respectful and offered insightful knowledge about the history of toys and also asked intriguing questions. We will be following up the trip and writing a recount this week which we will be using for a writing assessment. The final history topic in our unit will also be taught this week to follow up our visit and demonstrate the children's ability to apply their history knowledge.

 

In DT we have been researching card sliders and will be designing and making our own Christmas Card complete with a moving slider. Hopefully you'll be the lucky recipient of your child's!

 

Our Christmas Production 'The Little Red Robin' has been developing well; daily rehearsals are taking place and all the teachers go home with the songs in their head everyday!! Thank you for taking the time to rehearse the lines with the children; they are gaining confidence and we are certain you will have great fun watching! Hopefully the children will have bought home your tickets by now, if not then please check the corners of their book bags and speak to your class teacher if you've not received them!

 

In our creative afternoons the children will be creating winter silhouettes which will form part of the hall display. They will also be designing a new coat and boots for Father Christmas!

 

We have noticed a lot of children with laces on their school shoes but unfortunately some of these children are unable to tie them which causes a lot problems and takes up a lot of teacher time. If your child has laces on their shoes could you please try to teach them at home!

 

Spellings have been put into the home-school communication books - we are learning one a day in class and lots of practice at home would really help the children to embed these words.  

 

As the wetter weather continues, please ensure your child has a named pair of wellies in the class welly box and a raincoat in school at all times. The Year 1 approach to outdoor learning is that there is no inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothing!

 

Please ensure that all library books are back into school for a Thursday afternoon when we will visit the library. 

 

Once again, thank you for your ongoing support and if you have any questions, then please just ask!

The Year 1 Team. 

19th November.

 

Hello everyone!

 

Firstly, we'd like to say a huge thank you for the all the donations to the Christmas Market - there have been so many gift donations as well as money for FOOBS to purchase gifts. The children will have great fun selecting gifts for you all! 

 

In English this week we are continuing with our topic of Toys and will be using Toy Story as a stimulus for writing. The children will be creating story maps based upon an extract they have watched and then creating their own stories for Rex the Dinosaur.  We continue to work in our streamed phonics groups on words tailored to your child. The main tool for delivering phonics teaching still remains as Monster Phonics although we additionally use Alpha Blocks, Phonics Play and other websites to aid our teaching. 

 

In Maths we are returning to look at time and then beginning to look at fractions; working out a half and a quarter of shapes and then numbers. Ask your children if they can start to identify the times at which they do things in the day.

 

Our toy topic is being developed through our history and geography teaching by looking at toys from the past and how toys differ around the world - check to see if your child can name the 7 continents! Also keep your eyes peeled for a small history homework they will be coming home with!

 

PE has seen us focus on balancing and travelling across the equipment in the hall and then continuing our journey through the toy box and dancing in the style of a toy!

 

In our creative afternoons the children have been finishing their painted poppies using their thumbs and will then move onto creating wrapping paper using repeated pattern stamps.

 

Over the course of the next week we will be introducing the children to the songs in our Christmas Production and beginning to learn them ready to perform at our two performance dates detailed in the newsletter.

 

We have noticed a lot of children with laces on their school shoes but unfortunately some of these children are unable to tie them which causes a lot problems and takes up a lot of teacher time. If your child has laces on their shoes could you please try to teach them at home!

 

Spellings have been put into the home-school communication books - we are learning one a day in class and lots of practice at home would really help the children to embed these words.  

 

As the wetter weather continues, please ensure your child has a named pair of wellies in the class welly box and a raincoat in school at all times. The Year 1 approach to outdoor learning is that there is no inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothing!

 

Please ensure that all library books are back into school for Thursday afternoon when we will visit the library. 

 

Once again, thank you for your ongoing support and if you have any questions, then please just ask!

The Year 1 Team. 

12th November.

 

Hello everyone!

 

Firstly, we'd like to say a huge thank you for the all the donations to the Toy Swap Shop. The children had a wonderful time and hopefully you like all the new toys that have arrived home! The children ended the swap shop by writing a toy review for Father Christmas.  We continue to work in our streamed phonics groups on words tailored to your child. The main tool for delivering phonics teaching still remains as Monster Phonics although we additionally use Alpha Blocks, Phonics Play and other websites to aid our teaching. 

 

Wednesday is our whole school writing day where all of our work involves around the text 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers. The children will be creating found posters using adjectives to describe the penguin, in maths the children are identifying one more and one less (using penguins!) and developing solutions to help combat loneliness.

 

Thursday as you are aware is our Family Day; hopefully you have all signed up for a session. We will be having some Heart Smart themed activities as well as undertaking our next longitudinal study!

 

Friday is Children in Need Day where we are asking for a small donation and the children are able to wear spotty clothes and we have some very spotty school work to do! Additionally children are able to bring a teddy into school for the day; in Year 1 we will be using this teddy in one of our lessons so please ensure your child has one!

 

Spellings have been put into the home-school communication books - we are learning one a day in class and lots of practice at home would really help the children to embed these words.  

 

As the wetter weather continues, please ensure your child has a named pair of wellies in the class welly box and a raincoat in school at all times. The Year 1 approach to outdoor learning is that there is no inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothing!

 

Please ensure that all library books are back into school for Thursday afternoon when we will visit the library. 

 

Once again, thank you for your ongoing support and if you have any questions, then please just ask!

The Year 1 Team. 

 

15th October

 

Hello everyone!

 

Our English teaching over the past week has been based around the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The children made puppets and had great fun acting out their versions of the story. Our phonic assessments are now complete and the children have been working in their new groups. The sessions are taught in streamed groups after break-time and are tailored to the children's needs. The sounds we've covered this week have been - 'sh' (sheep) , 'th' (thumb), 'ch' (chip), 'nk' (think), and 'ng' (ring). The main tool for delivering phonics teaching still remains as Monster Phonics although we additionally use Alpha Blocks, Phonics Play and other websites to aid our teaching. 

In Maths we have been learning our number bonds to 10. These are the pairs of numbers that make 10 and the children have been using different strategies to work them out - a ten frame, ten sticks, our fingers. Some children moved on to using number bonds to work out word problems. Please ask them to show you what numbers go together to make 10.

Science this week has continued with animals and finding out what they eat. Ask your child if they can tell you what a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore is. The children were very excited when we had a 'request' from Marwell Zoo to investigate the poo of some 'new animals' that had arrived at the zoo. We dissected samples (of hand-made teacher poo!) to determine what the animal had eaten and whether it was a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.

In our foundation subjects we have painted our clay woodland animals, been outside to continue our ball skills and discussed how we are all different but still valued and loved in Heart Smart. 

Stick Day was a great success, thank you for all sending the children in with their sticks. We had a Stick Olympics in the hall where we had different activity stations: Stick Hurdles, Stick Javelin, Stick Dribbling and Stick Pathways. We also read 'Stanley's Stick' and then used our imaginations to think about what else our sticks could be. The children came up with some very creative designs and then spent time in the afternoon making their inventions. 

 

As the wetter weather continues, please ensure your child has a named pair of wellies in the class welly box and a raincoat in school at all times. The Year 1 approach to outdoor learning is that there is no inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothing!

 

Please ensure that all library books are back into school for Thursday afternoon when we will visit the library. 

 

Once again, thank you for your ongoing support and if you have any questions, then please just ask!

The Year 1 Team. 

8th October

 

Hello everyone! 

Our English over the past week has been based around consolidating the phonics the children have been taught over the past two weeks. During these sessions we have been undertaking individual phonic assessments with the children in order to gauge where we can take them next and to inform our groupings for streamed phonics which will begin in the next week. Phonics will then be taught in streamed groups in a session after break-time daily in order to fully personalise the phonics material your child in receiving. The main tool for delivering phonics teaching still remains as Monster Phonics (an introduction to the monsters can be found below) although we additionally use Alpha Blocks, Phonics Play and other websites to aid our teaching.

In maths we have moved onto looking at addition have been adding numbers up to 20 as well as making numbers in two different ways. Our maths this week will be continuing to explore the operations and looking at addition and subtraction.

Science this week has continued with animals and the children have been classifying animals into different groups. Ask your child if they can tell you what a mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish, bird or reptile is.

In our foundation subjects we have been colouring mixing in preparation for creating our clay woodland animals, discussing how listening to lies doesn't fill our hearts with love in Heart Smart and managing to avoid the rain and still having both PE sessions outside developing our ball skills with throwing, catching and kicking.

 

As the wetter weather approaches please ensure your child has a named pair of wellies in the class welly box and a raincoat in school at all times. The Year 1 approach to outdoor learning is that there is no inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothing!

 

As you have probably seen all the children visited the library on Thursday and have a library book to share with you at home. Please ensure that library books are back into school for Thursday afternoon when we will visit the library.

 

Just a reminder that Monday is 'Bring a Stick to School Day' so children need to bring a stick in to participate in the activities. Please see the associated letter for more details.

 

Thank you for the wonderful array of goodies you donated for the school Harvest Festival; the children enjoyed seeing the whole school come together and Rev'd Heather lead a thankful and joyous festival.

 

Once again, thank you for your ongoing support and if you have any queries then please just ask!

The Year 1 Team

1st October

 

Hello everyone! 

Our English teaching over the past week has been based around phonics and children have been reading and writing new digraphs daily. The sounds we've covered this week have been - 'oi' (boil), 'ay' (play), 'oy' (boy) and a-e (make). The children have been watching videos, creating words on whiteboards and completing written tasks in their learning journals based upon reading and writing the digraphs above. The main tool for delivering phonics teaching is with Monster Phonics (an introduction to the monsters can be found below) although we additionally use Alpha Blocks, Phonics Play and other websites to aid our teaching.

In maths we have continued looking at place value and have been partitioning numbers up to 20 into tens and ones using dienes and drawings. Some children have progressed onto partitioning numbers over 20. Our maths this week will be beginning to explore the operations and looking at addition and subtraction.

Science this week has continued with mini-beasts and the children have begun their longitudinal study based upon the book 'King of the Tiny Things'. Each class has an area in the school (fox - playground, squirrel - pond, hare - garden) and every half term the children will be hunting for mini-beasts to identify when is the best time for the King of the Tiny Things to come and visit.

In our foundation subjects we have been creating music for different mini-beasts and changing the tempo depending upon the mini-beast,  identifying what we are thankful for in RE as part of our build-up to our school Harvest Festival on Thursday, designing woodland animals for creating out of clay in art, filling in love maps and identifying who loves us and how they show it to us in Heart Smart and harnessing the drier moments and having both PE sessions outside developing our ball skills with throwing, catching and kicking.

 

As the wetter weather approaches please ensure your child has a named pair of wellies in the class welly box and a raincoat in school at all times. The Year 1 approach to outdoor learning is that there is no inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothing!

Once again, thank you for your ongoing support and if you have any queries then please just ask!

The Year 1 Team

 

Curriculum Evening Notes

24th September

 

Hello everyone!

 

Thank you for all the positive comments regarding the curriculum evening - it was great to see you all there. The slides from the curriculum evening are attached below. 

Please also be aware that the learning week in Year 1 runs from Wednesday - Tuesday due to our planning session being on a Tuesday afternoon so anything that gets referenced on the website as 'this week' may mean the tail end of the previous week!

The children have been having great fun this week after they arrived at school on Wednesday to find that mysterious footprints had arrived in their classrooms. After collecting clues and receiving a video we were surprised to find that the Gruffalo had been strolling through the Year 1 classrooms and had even eaten some biscuits from Mrs Chamberlain's cupboard!! This appearance from the Gruffalo has been the basis for some fantastic writing from the children including a description of the characters we found on our searches and instructions of how to catch a Gruffalo. Our English teaching over the next few weeks will be based around phonics and children will be reading and writing new digraphs daily. The sounds we work on will be listed here as we do them. The main tool for delivering phonics teaching is with Monster Phonics (an introduction to the monsters can be found below).

In maths we have continued looking at place value and have been ordering numbers and looking at what each number means. Generally in Year 1 we work with numbers up to 20 and rather than increase the number sizes but instead delve deeper into widening the number knowledge up to 20.

Science this week has continued with mini-beasts and the children have been using identification charts to help them identify different mini-beasts based upon certain characteristics; for example they know that not all spiders look the same but they all have 8 legs.

In our foundation subjects we have been listening to the 'March of the Grasshoppers' from Bugs Life and identifying which types of sounds have been created, creating harvest plates in RE (we hope you have seen the letter that went out last week regarding the Harvest Festival), leaf-printing for our hall display in art and harnessing the warm weather and having both PE sessions outside developing our ball skills.

We have now had a guided reading session with each group and a stamp will be in your child's home-school communication book. From next week your child will also have a sticker coming home in their home-school communication book detailing the reading objectives which has been the focus of their guided reading session. Just to clarify the guided reading cycle is based upon a 3 weekly plan. The first week we do a whole class book which has tasks related to specific reading objectives. Then the following two weeks your child is heard read in a small guided reading group which is ability focused and objectives are tailored to your child's reading needs (this is when you would receive a stamp and sticker in the home school communication book). Then the cycle begins again! Additionally every half term your child has a 1:1 reading session with their class teacher which is fed back to you with a detailed comment in the home-school communication book. Alongside all these times any children requiring additional reads are read with by one of the adults who work in your child's class. Please be aware that the guided reading comment sheets your teacher holds about your child will be included alongside the various books in a learning review afternoon as well as at parents evenings.

As mentioned at the curriculum evening we use Heart Smart as a tool to deliver PSHE within the school and below is a link to the website and possible activities for you to do at home with your children.

As the wetter weather approaches please ensure your child has a named pair of wellies in the class welly box and a raincoat in school at all times. The Year 1 approach to outdoor learning is that there is no inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothing!

If you've managed to get to the bottom of this then congratulations! Once again, thank you for your ongoing support and if you have any queries then please just ask!

The Year 1 Team

 

 

Here is the link to Monster Phonics if you would like to know more!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpqRMrmbU94#action=share

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to Year 1! We are delighted with how the children have settled to the new academic year and they have transitioned from Year R to Year 1 seamlessly.

We have kick-started our curriculum this week and have made great strides in launching our topic 'If you go down to the woods today...' which was chosen by the children who seemed keen to learn about woodland animals, nocturnal animals, habitats and characters from children's books.

You may have heard about a particularly mischievous fellow we had visiting our school last week; 'Bog Baby' a character based upon the book we were looking at. He came to visit us but mysteriously disappeared and sent a series of emails showing us what he had got up to, including eating chocolate in the teacher's room and photocopying a certain part of his body! Bog Baby's visit has allowed us to create a clay model (which I am sure you have on display at home!) and label the different parts as well as writing captions describing his habitat.

In maths we have been using non - standard units to measure mini-beasts and then each other which resulted in lots of Year 1 children lying down with random objects placed next to them!

We are working hard on our hand-writing and have been practising the letters r, l and c.

A big thank you to all of you who have helped your child to get their name up on the reading cloud this week by reading with them at home. It has been lovely to see the children so keen to read regularly.

If you have any concerns about your child at school or any questions that need answering, please don't hesitate to contact any one of us by writing a note in the green Home-School Communication book and encouraging your child to put it in the box in class in the morning. The box is only for anything you'd like us to read urgently and not for reading comments which we will check during Guided Reading time.

We look forward to welcoming you all at the Year 1 Curriculum Evening tomorrow at 6:30pm!

Many Thanks,

Year 1 Team.

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