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Please have a look at what we will be learning about this term: Year 1 Curriculum Plan Summer Term

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14th May 2021

What a busy week we have had in Year One! The children have been continuing their journey on the Young Leader Award. They have learnt that good leaders are kind and if you are kind, people will follow you. After watching a video about Florence Nightingale, the children were able to talk about what made her a good leader. I hope the children are demonstrating what they have learnt by carrying out their random acts of kindness at home. I have certainly seen them trying their best in school.

In R.E. the children have continued to learn about Judaism. They have been thinking about the story of David and Goliath and what this story teaches Jews about God. I was very impressed with how the children re-told the story. Over the next few weeks, the children will be learning about Chanukah.

The weather has been kind to us on Friday morning, so the children have been able to enjoy P.E. outside. They have enjoyed developing their cricket skills.

There is always great excitement on Friday afternoon when the children take part in Forest School. They have been cooking bread on the open fire, weaving with sticks and many of you probably have guessed they have been enjoying the mud kitchen!

If you have a few spare minutes, then ask your child to re-tell the story of the Billy Goats Gruff. They have started to write the story in Literacy remembering to use noun phrases and time adverbs.

I hope you all have a super weekend.

Mrs Manns 😊

7th May 2021

This week, Year 1 were very excited to have their very first violin lesson! The children were fantastic as they explored the Violin, learned how to hold it, plucked a few strings to get to know the notes and learned a song to help them remember the notes.

In Literacy, using The Three Billy Goats Gruff, we have been creating instructions on how to fool to troll to cross the rackety bridge. After story mapping how the biggest Billy Goat Gruff crossed the bridge, we orally rehearsed how to get past him using time adverbs.

We have been reflecting on our school value of Respect this week and the children have engaged in some carefully considered and thoughtful conversation about what Respect means to them and the children were great at discussing how we can show Respect and what in our world we need to show this Respect to.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Le Templier

30th April 2021

This week, we celebrated National Numeracy Day on Monday by counting different sets of birds landing on Mr Twit’s ‘Big Dead Tree’. We journeyed through how different birds came to land, fall off and fly away! Soon, all of the birds managed to escape to different locations in and around the house made up of regular shapes. Through this, we revised counting and ordering numbers to 30, identifying one more and one less than a given number and recognising a rectangle, square, triangle and a circle. For the rest of the week, we have been consolidating our understanding of identifying a half and a quarter in our maths sessions.

In Science, we have been keeping a close eye on our own plants in our outdoor areas at Clearwater. We observed that there were many young trees and shrubs, as well as large patches of soil where our grassy areas will be! The children were fantastic at explaining that most of our plants were new and have just been planted and that they will grow to form a very different landscape over time. Class discussions, led by the children, soon took us in the direction of how good all of these plants will be for our planet and the air we breathe. We are very lucky to have so many plants growing in our school!

In literacy, we have been continuing to practice our descriptions using noun phrases and have written a letter of warning to the next animal who may encounter the troll from Billy Goat’s Gruff!

It has been absolutely wonderful to see how whole-heartedly Year 1 have embraced and embodied this week’s value, compassion. They have been brilliant at discussing their understanding of it and I have seen it in action in abundance.

Well done Year 1 for all of your hard work and smiles!

Mrs Le Templier

23rd April 2021

What a lovely start to Summer Term we’ve had together! I have really enjoyed getting to know the children this week, they have been brilliant at making me feel so welcome.

We have been reflecting on our value of ‘Joy’ in our learning this week. Having kick-started our new science unit on ‘Plants’, we have been thinking all about how incredible and important plants are for the world we live in and, of course, how they so often spark joy! We explored and studied some different seeds and we all found it incredible how such colossal plants and trees can grow from something so tiny.

In literacy, we have begun our new text, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and we have been generating noun phrases to describe the pesky troll in our character descriptions as well as the luscious landscape when describing the story’s setting.

In maths, we have started learning about fractions by looking at identifying and finding halves and quarters of objects, amounts and shapes. I am very impressed at how well the children are trying to use and apply new mathematical vocabulary in their explanations!

Making the most of the lovely weather, we have been outside for PE practicing the skills that help us to master the underarm throw. It was great to see so much perseverance

Well done Year 1 for such a positive start to the term, I’m very much looking forward to the upcoming weeks together.

Mrs Le Templier

1st April 2021

What a lovely last week before the Easter holidays.

We have had lots of fun with Easter crafts this week – making cards, weaving little chick eggs, going on a chocolate egg hunt and making clay bunnies! We also had lots of fun in the sun with Mrs Le Templier on Monday and Tuesday afternoon 🙂

I would like to say a huge WELL DONE to my fabulous Year 1’s. It’s been a crazy year so far, but I am so, so proud of how brilliantly you have done. Keep working super hard and I look forward to introducing you to my very own little one!

A HUGE thank you also, for all the gorgeous cards and gifts. You have truly spoilt me (and bump).

Have a wonderful and well-deserved Easter holiday.

See you soon.

Miss Bratt 🙂

26th March 2021

A wonderful week in Year 1,where we’ve been able to enjoy some sunshine!

After learning about the names of different parts of the body in Science, we went outside to draw around each other and label our own bodies! We had lots of fun doing this and as you can imagine, there were lots of giggles too!

We got to spend some time with our new teacher Mrs Le Templier! She will be spending even more time with us next week which we are very excited about.

We’ve started a few Easter crafts this week and made some super cute, fluffy Easter bunnies.

In Maths we have continued our learning on addition and subtraction and challenged ourselves with some word problems.

In Literacy we’ve been preparing all week for our BIG WRITE, which we completed yesterday. Year 1 have worked so hard to apply everything they have learnt over this last term and they should feel really proud of themselves!

Thank you to all Parents/Carers for your time this week with ‘Parent evening’ phone calls.

Only a 4 day week coming up so looking forward to spending some time with my little pickled eggs doing fun Easter crafts and going on chocolate egg hunts!

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

19th March 2021

Well, this week has just flown by! And it has been lovely to finally have some warmer weather too.

Year 1 have worked super hard this week perfecting their basic punctuation in their writing – using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

In maths we have continued to partition numbers and find addition and subtraction facts using number lines to help us work these out. We have continued to explore the numbers on a 100 square and get quicker at navigating our way around it.

In Geography we have been finding out about the countries in The United Kingdom- starting with England! We have found out what the capital city is, some landmarks and we can recognise the English flag and flower. What brilliant little Geographers we have!

We have had lots of fun in our PE lessons with our coaches, learning how to control a ball and shoot using a hockey stick. We are also working on improving our balance skills too. Lots of cheering on in our competitive games which has been lovely to see.

Have a restful weekend and recharge those batteries as we only have 2 weeks left to cram in Easter crafts and lots of learning!

Don’t forget, I will be calling next week at your given time to catch up on your child’s progress. Some of your child’s work will be sent home on Monday which I will refer to during our chat.

Miss Bratt

12th March 2021

Welcome back EVERYONE!

It has been so, so lovely to have everyone back in the classroom this week!

Our zoomies have had a tour of their brand-new school and have quickly managed to find their way around. We have had lots of time to explore our new classroom and most importantly, play with our friends!

Amongst all of this, we have managed to cram in some super science for British Science Week. The theme this year was innovation for the future so we kicked off our week by being little inventors! The children absolutely loved this and came up with some really cool inventions. We also looked at how school and the classroom has changed over time due to technology.

Year 1 were looking at inventions in the 1930’s so we carried out a science experiment using paper helicopters- lots of fun playing with these!

Finally, we found out about the inventor Zaha Hadid- she designed some awesome buildings and also designed Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Stadium. Feeling inspired, we had a tower building competition using newspaper rolls and tape – each team had 15 minutes to build a sturdy tower and of course it got competitive! There was a clear winner (the only tower able to stand) and some excellent team work- well done Year 1.

A few little reminders…

Please can all children return their Young Leaders activity as soon as possible and please post any photos of your community walk on our Class Dojo.

Assessments have almost been completed and your child will be able to take home reading books as of Tuesday. From the following Tuesday onwards, as previously, books will be collected on a Tuesday and given back out on a Thursday.

Please pop your child’s laminated name card in your car windscreen so we can identify you more easily – they took them home earlier this week.

Parent evening phone call times will be posted on our Class Dojo today. They will be the week commencing Monday 22nd March.

Thank you once again for all your support over these last few weeks. Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Bratt

11th December 2020

What a fabulous festive week in Year 1 😄

Firstly, a huge well done to Year 1 on their fantastic recording of their Christmas celebration. We hope you’ve enjoyed watching it on our Class Dojo.

Amongst all the Christmas craft this week, Year 1 did their second ‘Big Write’ which was particularly important as it was a letter to SANTA!! It is so clear how much the children’s writing has improved this term and I am incredibly proud of them. Smarty Party Pants and I are looking forward to reading them properly over the weekend.

This week we have really got into the festive spirit by making lots of Christmas goodies! We’ve made and written our Christmas cards, we’ve made tree decorations, snowman prints and our most favourite so far…our sock snowmen!

A little note…

  • There will be no homework next week.
  • Reading books will be collected in on Tuesday ready for the big move. Please continue to enjoy and share books you have at home.
  • Don’t forget your Christmas jumper (the rest should be uniform) on Tuesday for our Christmas party.

Looking forward to our final week of festive fun before Year 1 can have a very well-deserved rest. Have a wonderful weekend.

4th December 2020

What a festive week in Year 1! We have a new member of our class – Smarty Party Pants!! He is our class elf who seems to like sleeping in the children’s drawers! I’ve had some little helpers decorate our Christmas trees and we have been singing lots of Christmas songs.

As we have been learning about the seasons in science, we made some autumn trees in art using fruits to do printing. Some lovely colours were made and some excellent printing skills too.

We made a class ‘friendship web’ in PSHCE. We talked about what makes a good friend and then we chose someone from our class who was our friend and explained why they were a good friend. A real ‘feel good’ lesson!

In Literacy we have been learning about the conjunction ‘and’, and what a conjunction is. Ask your child and see if they can impress you! Year one have been practising this skill all we and we’re hoping to use it next week when we write our letters to Santa.

In phonics we have learnt some new sounds- ay, oy, a-e and i-e. Please practise these in your yellow phonics books. We have also practised reading and spelling these words- all, said, come, little. Please can I ask you to support your child at home with their capital letters- recognising them, naming them and writing them. We have focused on ABCD and E.

In maths we have been looking at addition and subtraction. We used a number line to help us work out simple problems. Year 1 please practise counting backwards from 20 and knowing 1 less than a given number without peeping at a number line!

Looking forward to lots more festive fun next week- don’t forget your Christmas jumpers on Tuesday!!

Have a fabulous weekend 🙂

27th November 2020

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of November and another week down in Year 1!

We have seen some really great progress in the children’s phase 3 phonics knowledge – well done Year 1! Keep up the phonics homework and remember to practise in your yellow phonics book. These will be updated next week when we will begin phase 5 graphemes. These are different graphemes (letters) that make the same phonemes (sounds) as the other digraphs the children have learnt in phase 3. So keep an eye out as they will go on the same page! Hopefully this will make more sense next Friday when the books are updated.

In literacy we have continued to learn about when we can use capital letters. We now know we use them not only at the start of a sentence but also for names, places, for I and days of the week! Keep practising writing these capital and knowing their names too.

In maths we have had a recap of our number bonds to 5. Don’t forget Year 1, you should know these key facts at rapid recall, so try and impress your family with your bonds to 5 knowledge!

In science we have been trying to get our heads around some tricky facts – why we have seasons! We watched a video to help us understand that is is because of the tilt on the earth. We will cover this again next week to help develop our understanding. We also did a super fun biscuit dunking experiment! The children were really good at thinking like scientists – making predictions and conclusions.

Finally, Year 1 have been working super hard to polish up their Christmas celebration – you really are in for a treat! We’ve been wondering where some of these Year 1’s get their dance moves from?!

If you haven’t already, enjoy getting those Christmas trees up ready for the 1st of December next week and then let the countdown to Christmas begin!

Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

20th November 2020

Wow! What a super fun week and it has been so lovely to be back with this little bunch these last 2 weeks 🙂

It has been super busy and we have been able to take lots of learning outside.

We went out on a little Geography walk to spot human and physical features. We then printed our pictures and sorted them into these two groups.

We also took a little walk to try and spot the signs of autumn – LOTS of leaves were found on the ground which is always going to be fun! Next week we will find out why we have seasons.

In R.E., Miss Moosajee told us a little about what Muslims believe and she also showed us some special Muslim symbols. A big thank you to her for some very interesting learning.

In Literacy, we have been learning about when to use capital letters. Please use your homework to practise writing your capitals and remembering the names.

In Maths, we have continued learning our number bonds to 5. Please use some of the links on our Dojo Maths event to practise these at home.

Finally, what fun we had yesterday for Road Safety Week! We had a great time riding around on our bikes and scooters but also what fantastic learning that went with this. We learnt how to cross roads safely, how to be safe when out and about on our bikes and scooters and all about the emergency services.

Have a lovely weekend and I shall see you bright and early Monday morning 🙂

13th November 2020

It has been another busy week in Year One!

In Mathematics, we have been learning about all the pairs of numbers that make 5 and the related subtraction facts. The children are trying hard to recall these number facts from memory and solve simple problems.

0+5 =5 5-0=5
1+4= 5 5-1=4
2+3= 5 5-2=3
3+2= 5 5-3=2
4+1= 5 5-4=1
5+0= 5 5-0=5

In PSHCE, the children have been learning about healthy eating. We talked about the different food groups and how they help our bodies to work properly. The children listened to a song about each of the different food groups – dairy, carbohydrates, protein, fruit and vegetables. They really enjoyed making the fruit kebabs!

On 11th November, the class joined the school in observing a minute of silence at 11 o’clock. They learnt about why people wear poppies and made a beautiful class picture of the poppy fields.

In R.E., the children learnt about Christian Symbols as part of the work on “What it means to belong to a faith community”. The children were able to talk about the symbols that they had seen in school and what they thought the symbols meant.

Have a good weekend!

6th November 2020

It has been great to see everybody back in school safe and well. We have had another busy week in Year One.

In Worship this week, the focus has been on our school value of Joy. The children thought about the people who are special to them and bring them Joy. They made that person out of pipe cleaners and as they made it. thought about being thankful for that person.

In Mathematics, the children have been learning about doubling and halving. They have used the cherry model to work out doubles and halves of numbers. In Literacy and phonics we have continued to work hard on forming our letters correctly, using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces and spelling tricky words correctly. Over the next couple of weeks we will be focusing on the ee, igh, oa, oo, th, or, ur, ow, oi and ai digraphs.

In Science, the children have been talking about the season of Autumn and were able to tell  me about their Autumn walks in the half term. I was very impressed with the super drawings of the signs of Autumn.

In R.E., the children have been thinking about what it means to belong to a community. The children were able to talk about the different communities that they belong to e.g. school, family, football clubs etc.

I hope you have a good weekend 😊

 

23rd October 2020

The children have been busy working hard this week and really impressed me with their scientific skills.

In science, the children have been very busy helping Milo our class monkey. He wrote to them and asked if they could make him a boat because he wanted to be able to cross the river. The children had learnt about which materials were waterproof last week when they investigated which material would be best to mend Milo’s umbrella.

After considering different materials and properties, they decided that tin foil would probably make a good boat because it is waterproof and light. After making a boat that would hold Milo, the children then tested their boats in water. Some boats floated well but unfortunately, Milo did get wet because some of the boats tipped over! Lots of discussion took place about why some of the boats sank!

I hope you have a super half term and you have the opportunity to carry out the science task that has been posted on our class dojo.

16th October 2020

I have been so impressed with the super story writing the children have produced this week. They have been retelling the story of the Gingerbread Man thinking about using their sounds to spell simple words, using capital letters and full stops and remembering that stories have a beginning, middle and end. It was lovely to see that some of the words used in our story telling had been used in their stories e.g. unfortunately and all of a sudden. Well done Year One for working hard.

In mathematics the children have been thinking about adding two numbers together. They have been using the vocabulary of part, part and whole to describe number sentences. There is a great addition game to play at https://www.topmarks.co.uk/addition/robot-addition.

In geography we have started to think about why we need maps and what they look like. The children have learnt that simple maps have a key and then they had a go at drawing a simple map of their classroom. It would be great if the children had a go at drawing a simple map of their bedroom or their journey to school.

The children have continued to think about the Creation Story in R.E. and have learnt that Christians believe that God created the world and that there are other people that do not think the world was created by God. They thought of questions that they would like to ask people with these different views.

9th October 2020

Year One have had a very busy week in literacy. They have learnt the story of the Gingerbread Man with lots of actions, I am sure the children will entertain you at home if you ask them to perform the story! During the week they have drawn a story map that is going to help them write the story next week.

In mathematics, the children have continued to learn how many tens and ones can be found in the numbers up to 30. There is a great game on ICT games that will reinforce this learning. It can be found at https://www.ictgames.com/sharkNumbers/mobile/index.html

The netball hoop has proved very popular at playtime and there are a number of children that have demonstrated great skill and managed to get the ball through the hoop. Well done Year One!

Thank you for all the contributions of food for Harvest. I do hope you have managed to see the class perform their Harvest Poem on the class Dojo.

I hope you all have a good weekend.

2nd October 2020

What a busy week we have had in Year 1 this week!

The children have really enjoyed learning the names and properties of 2D shapes. They have learnt all about circles, rectangles, squares, triangles and hexagons. It would be great if you could go on a shape hunt with your child to reinforce this learning.

In Geography, the children watched the story of The Town and Country Mouse because they have been learning about the difference between towns and the countryside. I was really impressed with the super drawings the children produced.

In RE, the children were learning about how Christians say thank you to God for creation. They were great at thinking of different thank you sentences.

I hope you have a super weekend, remember to keep reading!

25th September 2020

Week 4 down and another super busy week in Year 1!

The children have been working incredibly hard on their handwriting and it is really starting to show in their Literacy lessons. Some very proud children and teachers this week.

In Maths we have continued to practise forming numerals correctly, counting on from a given number and writing addition number sentences using the correct symbols.

We enjoyed the sunshine at the beginning of the week and had fun outside playing with the Scrap-Pod. We made our own bands and we even made a swing!

In Science we have continued to explore materials and their properties and in Geography we read the story of ‘The town mouse and the country mouse’.  We discussed the similarities and differences between towns and countryside and the features of these places.

Keep up the super learning Year 1 and get ready for week 5!

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

18th September 2020

This week has flown by! The Year 1’s have been super busy this week with lots of reading, sentence writing, PE, PSHCE, RE and science! How did we squeeze it all in?!

We have been learning the importance of sneezing into a tissue and washing our hands thoroughly. We used glitter and pretended it was ‘germs’ to show how easily germs can spread. We are remembering to ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’. Some excellent learning about how we can look after our bodies. We also talked about the importance of drinking lots of water, exercising, eating healthy and having bubble baths!

In maths we have been working on ‘one more than’ and recording these as sums using the correct mathematical symbols.

In Literacy and phonics we have continued to work hard on forming our letters correctly, using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces and spelling tricky words correctly. Over the past couple of weeks we have focused on the digraphs ch, sh, ck, th, ng, nk, ai, ar. Your child has a new yellow phonics books which lives in their book bag. Please read the little label stapled to it- thank you.

Let’s hope for some sunshine over the weekend and I’ll see you bright and early Monday morning ?

 

11th September 2020

Well done Year 1! A brilliant first full week, jam-packed with learning.

Year 1 are coming into school so sensibly;  putting all their things away independently and in the correct place and then cracking on with their morning work.

We have been practising our letter formation this week and applying it in our simple sentence writing. If you write at home, please remember to hold your pencil correctly and don’t forget those feeder-leader lines!

In science we have started looking at materials; what a material is and identifying a material from an object. We were little scientists for the afternoon and went on a material hunt looking for plastic, metal, glass, wood and fabric.

In RE we have been finding out how Christian’s believe God made the world and what a creator would be like.

Finally, in Maths we have been focusing on counting forwards and backwards from 0-30, forming numerals correctly and how to represent numbers 0-20 using tens and ones (base tens aka the blue things!)

A little note…

New reading records have been sent home and books given out based on reading assessments carried out this week. All children’s books will be collected in on a Tuesday and then new ones given on a Thursday. This is to allow the 48 hours handover due to COVID.

Have a wonderful weekend. Recharge those batteries and get ready for another busy week, Year 1! ?

4th September 2020

Welcome back to Year 1!

What a lovely first week back we have had in Year 1! The children have settled really well into their new classroom and have loved exploring all their new toys, having their own drawer (very exciting) and catching up with all their teachers. It has been a joy to hear about what fabulous summer holidays they have all had.

This week we have been becoming familiar with our new classroom and begun to introduce our new routine. We have looked a little at our new Maths and Literacy books as well as doing a bit of painting and circle times.

Our class page will be updated weekly so please check regularly to see what we have been up to in class, key dates, requests, homework updates etc.

I just wanted to update you on a few things to ensure you and your child(ren) are prepared for Year 1. My PPA will be on a Friday morning and covered by our sports coaches, Mrs Manns and Miss Noble. Our PE sessions are therefore Friday morning and a Monday afternoon. A few little reminders… 

  • PE kits to be in school ASAP
  • Water bottles for in class (water only)
  • Uniform and PE kits to be clearly labelled
  • Book bags- children will have more books living in their book bags this year. Please ensure drinks are not put in book bags.

Reading- 

It is important that you read with your child(ren) as often as possible. Every day is ideal however a minimum of 3 times per week is expected. Please use your child’s reading record to record any reading; please note you can read other books from home, bed time stories and do not feel you need to write a comment every time you read with your chid(ren). Please note the importance of questioning your child(ren) when reading to check their comprehension skills and understanding of the text.

We have a reading reward system this year! If a child has read and their reading record is signed 3 times every week, each half term, those children will receive a small prize. If a child reads 3 times in a week, they will be awarded a sticker in their reading record to record this.

In school your child will read at least once a week with an adult as well as having explicit reading lessons. Your child will change their book once a week on a given day (children will not change books on the same day).

More information will be posted on here about homework towards the end of this term. If you have a queries, please do not hesitate to pop in and see me. ?

Have a lovely weekend.