Friday 18th December 2020
We'd all like to wish you a merry, joyous and peaceful Christmas from Year 1. Thank you for all the children's amazing efforts in class, combined with all the wonderful Home Learning going on. We'll see you all back in January!
Mr Lynn, Mrs Slater and Mrs Hough
Friday 11th December 2020
The week began with a really special treat. After excitedly entering into the hall, we all thoroughly enjoyed meeting Trixie the Pixie and Santa Claus, and helping them to ‘Keep Christmas Cracking’. It was a wonderful performance and definitely got us all in the Christmas spirit!
We also enjoyed a rather chilly walk down to the Community Orchard. It was zero degrees on our outdoor thermometer as we set off, which helped us to recognise which season we are in! The class spotted human and physical features of the local environment, as well as deciduous and evergreen trees. When we were there we explored the Willow Sculpture and said hello to Hootie the owl. We also foraged for leaves, twigs and other natural materials to created collages in the style of Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert when we returned. The next day, the class wrote some fabulous recounts in English, using Talk For Writing actions to help them. They also created journey maps of their adventure in Geography: it was a very productive trip! Behaviour was excellent: the whole class were super role models for the school the whole time.
In Phonics, they’ve learned the oy ‘toy for a boy’ and ir ‘whirl and twirl’ sounds, as well as all practising a Phonics Screening Check with Mr Lynn. Their enthusiasm for reading, fuelled by so much practising at home, was wonderful to see.
In Maths, they’ve taken a couple of assessment as a class, as well as beginning to learn the names and properties of different 2d and 3d shape.
In Spanish, the class have been learning the words to ‘Feliz Navidad’. As part of Home Learning, please practise at home, for a special performance by the class (for those with permission to be on the website), to be uploaded next week!
Friday 4th December 2020
It’s great to be back. The sight of the class coming to line up with the morning with beaming faces, full of enthusiasm for the day ahead, has been so wonderful to see this week!
We enjoyed a fun-packed Messy Church afternoon on Thursday, with live-streamed crafting from church into the classroom. The class were very sensible creating their Christingle oranges, as well having sufficient self-restraint to not snaffle away any gummi bears from theirs! The children created some more lovely things across the day, and on Friday, which will come home at the end of term.
In English, children wrote the story of Bob the Bubble with Mrs Lewis, and some completed their own five part stories based on the story mountains shared previously. In Phonics, we’ve focused on the ‘ie’ sound, with the rhyme ‘a fried pie’, and ‘ea’ (cup of tea).
We also had a preview of next week’s spellings: the number words one, two, three, four, five and six. Some of these have some very unusual spellings! We learned some rather amusing mnemonics to help us to remember the spellings, and had great fun acting them out in class. When practising their spelling homework, encourage your children use these to help them to remember them. It might also be fun to draw them!
One: Orange nosed elephant.
Two: Tigers wearing overalls.
Three: Tiny hares race eager emus.
Four: Flying otters under rainbows.
Five: Fairies impersonating vultures excellently.
Six: Snake in x-ray.
In Maths, the class have been tackling finding the difference, in relation to subtraction, as well as comparing statements such as 3+2 and 4+5, and working out which greater than/less than/ equal symbol should be used to compare them. We also completed some questions that covered the whole addition and subtraction unit: they all tried their hardest as always, and showed some fantastic mathematical thinking.
In Geography, we learned the different between human and physical features, and had a lot of fun searching for them around school.
Numbots continues to be a roaring success in class. We gave out 32 certificates today for children who had completed different metal levels on it: this proved very popular! We’ll continue to award them each week for those who complete levels. The class also continue to strive to earn badges, bookmarks, and books through their home reading. As their teacher, I cannot explain how valuable all the home reading is, and how much it is benefitting the children in both their reading and writing, so thank you very much for all you do at home!
Thursday 26th November 2020
This week the children have become Weather Forecasters! Using their knowledge of weather and the countries of the UK, they’ve been planning and creating their own weather forecasts in class. I hope their predictions are more accurate than the week of dreary weather the professionals are predicting. In Science they’ve learned what shadows and light sources are, and been on a shadow hunt, which can be quite challenging in Winter!
In English, the class used the story ‘Bob the bubble who wanted to be useful’ by Jane Ralphs to develop their reading comprehension skills. They’ve learned the importance of understanding what you read, as well as being able to sound it out. They’ve discussed some tricky comprehension questions, and also completed a word study. They learned that what a word is unfamiliar, re-reading the sentence around it can give a big clue as to what it means! They’ve also been writing questions, learning how to form a question mark, and how to use different question words.
In Maths, subtraction has continued, both through using drawings and crossing out to subtract, and the using counting back to help subtract, which can be very challenging. Home Learning is based upon counting backwards, which is an underlying skill we need to develop subtraction fluency.
There’s been a great response to numbots from the children. The majority of the class have been using it, and some have made some incredible progress. Well done Yew!
In Phonics, children have begun to encounter some different ways of spelling familiar phonemes. They’ve learned about ‘ay’ (may I play?’), and ‘ou’ (shout it out!).
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 20th November 2020
This week it’s been Anti-Bullying week. We learned what bullying is, and that it’s everybody’s responsibility to make sure we look after each other in class. We created our own class charter, and had some great discussions about how to show kindness. The class really impressed me with their mature and caring responses.
In English we finished ‘innovating’ the Monkey See – Monkey Do story to our one about cheeky children, and then to great excitement, we learned how to use a 5-part story mountain to plan stories. We learned how to follow a structure to introduce a character, a setting, and have that character encounter, then overcome a problem: just like in the monkey story we know so well. We also practised including adjectives to make our descriptions more interesting.
As a class we quickly sketched out some masterpieces following this structure. We planned one about princesses and poisonous bats, and another about a flying superhero, who loses his powers mid-air due to hunger, only to be saved by well-placed bouncy castle and hot dogs! Then it was on to planning our very own stories, and we have begun having a go at writing part, or all of them. As always, the creativity of the class was quite amazing!
In Maths we have immerse ourselves in ‘take away’. We quite enjoyed the action ‘take it away!’ to help us to learn and recognise the take away symbol. We told subtraction stories to help us to understand the concept, and learned to draw images to help us to interpret a number sentence.
In phonics, we focused on the ‘ure’ (‘sure it’s pure’), and ‘oi’ (spoil the boy) sounds.
Across the week we continued to record the weather every day. After a mild week, seeing the temperature drop to 3 degrees on Thursday morning really helped the class to link what their recording to how it ‘feels’ outside.
Friday 13th November 2020
It’s been enough great week in year one! All the hard work learning ‘Monkey See – Monkey Do’ at home shows with some very confident performances in class. Key conjunctions such as ‘but’ and ‘because’ are now confidently remembered! This week we’ve begun to innovate, to create a class story involving a poor toy seller dropping his wares in the park, with the monkeys now being replaced by a hoard of cheeky children!
In Phonics we’ve learned the ‘ear’ phoneme. This is a difficult trigraph (three letters, one sound), to recognise, and is often confused with ‘air’. Therefore, we’ve played the ‘ear/air’ game: leading to a lot of jumping in the air, grabbing your eyes, and general hilarity! It’s also great for distinguishing between the sounds, so have a go at home! We’ve also learned the ‘er’ phoneme, with the rhyme ‘a better letter’.
In Maths we’ve looked at adding together using images, and concrete materials, and have begun to explore counting on from an initial amount. This is a key concept within addition, which will help support solving missing number problems, and finding inverse operations as we go through the year.
In Geography and Science, we’ve set up our own weathers station, and every day we collect data on the temperature, rainfall and type of weather. It’s one of the few times you see children desperate for it to rain to see how the rain gauge fills up! We also went on a walk to look for as many signs of Autumn as we could. Given the amount of leaves the children have been playing with the for past few weeks, they were definitely able to show themselves to be ‘Autumn Experts’ when looking for that evidence!
Have a smashing weekend everybody!
Friday 6th November 2020
Well, what a busy week it has been! We’ve started a new story in English, called Monkey See – Monkey Do. We were visited by a mysterious hat seller (with a surprising resemblance to Mr Lynn), and made our own hats to help us to learn the story. As always the class were amazing at learning a large number of actions, and grasped the humourous elements of the story really quickly. You’ll find the model text and story map as part of the English Home Learning this week, so I’m sure everybody at home will get to know it really well as well! We also learned about verbs, which involved a lot of dancing, jumping and other movements, and also nouns. The whole class are amazing at spotting them now!
In Maths we’ve mainly been consolidating our knowledge of number bonds to 10. We’ve made them using a coat hanger and pegs, tens frames, numicon, and using the class themselves. We played some fun games to help us to recall them quickly, such as ‘number bond tennis’ and ‘around the world’
In Phonics we’ve been learning the ur and ow sounds, as well as spending time practising the ‘be/she/we/he/me spelling pattern. We played some very fun games from Phonicsplay.co.uk that you can access at home: Picnic on Pluto, Dragons Den and Buried Treasure.
In History we learned about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. We imagined we were Guy Fawkes, under the Houses of Parliament with the 36 barrels of gunpowder, and role played the scene to explore how he must have felt. With the lights turned off, and only flickering (electric) candles, we got some small insight into what it must have been like.
Friday saw our science launch, we really enjoyed seeing teachers from across the school show us some amazing science experiments. This leads us into our topic, where we will be finding out about seasonal change, how the days are getting shorter, and all about the weather. We've already enjoyed some weather dance in PE, pretending to be the rain and the snow.
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 16th October 2020
It has been another fabulous busy week of learning for Year One which has flown by. We were delighted to let the children know that Mr & Mrs Lynn welcomed a baby girl to their family last week. The children have each made a little picture for Mr Lynn to see on his return.
Now, Year One have been having trouble with a naughty green Troll with a very big nose which is excellent for smelling our fruit bowl and packed lunches! We were a little worried that he might eat our lovely school dinners too. We talked about this problem and decided we must ‘Trap the Troll’! We knew that his favourite food was snail pie. So, we dug a pit, put our rug on the pit, put our pie on the rug, and put our snail on the pie! Then, we hid behind a tree and… BOOM! He fell into our pit. No more naughty Troll! One young lady was particularly frightened of the Troll. She was very brave and became Mrs Brough’s assistant. We used this language repeatedly to help our sequencing, our memory of the story and language within it, and to write about what happened, forming our sentences carefully using capital letters and full stops.
We had super PE sessions making fabulous jungle movements and farm animal movements. We then danced ‘freestyle’ to Jungle Boogie, Can’t Stop the Feeling and Happy. Mrs Brough was impressed with some creative individual moves! During our Spanish lesson, we looked at flags, currency and discussed football.
In Geography we were very excited to see an ariel view of our school using Google Earth. We traced our route to the field at playtime and identified trees, the playground, the car park and the bandstand. We then looked at the area surrounding the school, identifying the cricket club and allotments. Many children were interested in looking at their own house which would be a great Geography investigation for home.
During science we learned about different features of amphibians. We completed a wordsearch containing key words which was a new skill for many children and a super way of practising recognition of our lowercase letters.
Covering Science, Geography and Literacy, we read ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ again. We noted that the book was written more than forty years ago and looked carefully at a picture of what items were being used to hold the shopping. We discussed that one was made of net and the other was a woven basket. A discussion regarding caring for the environment ensued where the children made the link between plastic overuse, littering and bags for life.
In Phonics we have continued to practise all sounds covered so far, every day. Our new sound is ‘or’, which has the ditty ‘or shut the door’. We generated lots of words with the ‘or’ sound and looked at where the ‘or’ sound was positioned within words.
In Maths we recapped our ordinal numbers at every opportunity and ordered animals using the part-whole model. We went on to look at the addition symbol and number families. We also held a ‘Maths Carousel’ where the classroom was organised with seven different activities to recap essential skills for all children.
During PSHE we considered the question: Why should I be good? We watched a short film in which a boy finds a ring that makes him invisible. This opened an interesting philosophical discussion around knowing the difference between right and wrong.
In RE we thought carefully about what we are thankful to God for. The children each wrote their special word on a pebble picture which will form a little display. The children chose many words, from naming their special grown-ups, to popcorn and their pets! We also discussed the meaning of kindness and explained examples of being kind.
During Art, we looked carefully at the Starry Night painting, by Vincent van Gough. We looked at the shapes and colours and drew our own in crayon, whilst listening to Don McLean singing ‘Vincent’. The children compared their artwork carefully to the original and then returned to their picture to add certain features.
In History, we read an inspiring true story written by Floella Benjamin and Diane Ewen, entitled ‘Coming to England’ which celebrated the Windrush Generation. In this story we learned that Floella’s family came to England from Trinidad. She joined them later but did not feel welcome in England at first because of the way she was treated. Floella went on to make lots of friends and was even honoured by the Queen! We also watched a dramatization of the life of Rosa Parks.
We read and watched a beautiful animation of ‘Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?’, by Martin Waddell. This is a lovely story about the relationship of Big Bear and Little Bear which mirrors that of a parent and child. We will be doing activities relating to the book next week.
Mrs Brough has continued to read books from the Percy the Park Keeper series which we have used to generate sentences. We have also watched the animated stories which all children were engaged by.
Have a wonderful weekend. We have lots of fun planned for next week!
Friday 2nd October 2020
It’s amazing that we’ve already been back for four weeks. We are definitely ‘in the swing of things’ now, and enjoying learning about Moon landings, Van Gogh, and our noses!
In English we’ve used our shark story to continue to explore writing super sentences. Thank you for the help with mine in last week’s home learning! We’ve written captions, and a ‘Wanted Poster’ for that nasty shark. We even handled a real shark tooth, just to check how sharp they really are! We’ve learned the importance of orally rehearsing what we want to write several times, so we don’t lose the thread halfway through.
In Phonics, we’ve learned about the oa and oo (long and short) sounds, and begun to practise writing sentences to support our learning. Handwriting (both letter and number formation) is a huge focus for us all, and phonics gives us another chance to practise in this area.
In Maths we’ve been ordering objects and numbers. We’ve worked hard on using mathematical vocabulary such as most, more, greater than, equal, less, least, and the tricky ‘fewer’ and ‘fewest’. We keep practising regular forwards and backwards counting, as well as rehearsing the days of the week and the months of the year.
In History, we’ve looked at the life of Neil Armstrong, his life from childhood, and how his personal qualities of being brave, intelligent and patient helped him to become the first man on the moon. He also was a passionate reader at a very early age, which we found quite inspiring when looking at our reading chart!
In Science we learned about some more senses: smelling the contents of some mystery pots and predicting what they might be, and whether they liked the smell. Marmite was definitely more favoured by some of us than others! We also did a ‘blind’ touch test: using our hands to try to describe and guess some mystery objects. We showed we knew some great adjectives, and particularly enjoyed exploring ammonite fossils and a starfish. Can you now name all five of your senses?
Have a super weekend!
Friday 25th September 2020
What a fantastic effort we are seeing with home reading. Our reading chart is rapidly filling up, and all of us are excited to work towards the first target of 25 reads at home: thank you for super support at home with this. This week a change in the weather has come, but our fantastic class has continued to show an excellent attitude with their learning.
In English, we've done a bit of a magic trick. Keeping the same structure of the Billy Goats Gruff story, the class has adapted it into 'The Three Fish'. The story is now about three hungry fish looking for seaweed, who run into a 'vast fast shark'! The class's enthusiasm for the story has been wonderful to see. We also learned a clever way to help us not to confuse b and d, by making a bed with our hands. Can you remember how to do it at home?
In Phonics, we've been consolidating the vowel digraphs ai and ee, and the trigraph igh, with lots of blending and segmenting practice to help us in our writing in other lessons. We also continue to have a strong focus on our letter and number formation, with 'little and often' practice through the week.
In Maths we moved from 'one more' to 'one less'. We looked at representing one more/ less in lots of ways, and particularly enjoyed using pom-poms! We learned they are the 'number after' and the 'number before', and using our forwards and backwards counting skills to help us.
We then moved onto comparing groups, and had a lot of fun pretending to be greedy alligators to help us to learn 'greater than', 'less than' and 'equals' symbols. We learned that greedy alligators always eat the greatest number.
In Art we refreshed our knowledge of primary and secondary colours, made our own colour wheels, and began to learn about The Starry Night by Van Gogh, through the beautifully illustrated book, 'Katie and The Starry Night' by James Mayhew.
History saw us explore the Space Race. We were all surprised to learn about the animals (and fruit flies!), which went into space before any humans did. Finally, our Music lesson saw us exploring Old-School Hip Hop, learning about pulse, rhythm and pitch. It's fair to say the class are much better dancers than their teacher is!
Friday 18th September 2020
I'm sure we'll all sleep well tonight, because the whole class has been putting so much energy into their learning and their playing! In English, we've learned the entire Billy Goats Gruff story as a class! We used a story map, and learned lots and lots of actions to help us to remember it as well as we can. The class have really outdone themselves, and pushed themselves to learn the whole thing. The story maps, to support Home Learning can be found in the 'English' part of the Home Learning page. We made some stick puppets to act out the story, and discovered we all have a very mean troll inside: I certainly saw some very fierce faces!
In Phonics, we've consolidated 'ch' and 'sh', and then moved onto 'th' and 'ng'. We did learn these in reception, but a refresher is really helping us to improve our blending when reading words. I've added 'Our Reading Routine' in the English part of Home Learning as well: this is the way the children learn to read individual words in phonics sessions.
In Maths, there's been a blur of counting forwards and backwards, which we learned was the key to understanding missing number sequences. We have started applying our counting skills to find 'one more' of a number, and will look at 'one less' next week.
We've also begun to explore the life of Neil Armstrong, and compared his achievement to that of Christopher Columbus. The class gave some really considered responses to what Columbus did, with much discussion about how he treated the people he found when he crossed the Atlantic.
I hope everybody has a brilliant weekend: next week we'll be learning more about our senses, looking at some very famous art, finding out about the moon landing, and much more besides!
Week Commencing 7th September 2020
I have been so impressed with how the class have settled into their new classroom, especially in current situation, and with a considerable gap since being in 'full time' for them. They've mastered the routines of the class, are experts at 'thumb cuddles' and other key aspects of handwashing, and are already well on their way with their learning!
In Phonics we've begun to recap Phase 3 digraphs ch and sh, with a strong emphasis on blending sounds together to read words. We remember lots of sounds from last year, but we've realised it's blending that we need a lot of practise of as well.
In Maths we've learned about grouping and representing objects in different ways. We found it fascinating that the same things can be grouped in different ways depending on what you are looking for.
A little note: our outdoor area is wonderful, but is definitely best experienced with wellies. If your child hasn't sent any in so far, please do so as soon as you can.