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It's a real pleasure to be the new Year 1 teacher at our school, and I'm really looking forward to getting to know the class really well.
Please visit our page as the year progresses for updates, and to find out a little more about what we have been learning about in class.
I believe children learn most effectively, and thrive at school when parents and teachers work together to support them in their development. To enable this, communicate is key, both to celebrate the good things and tackle any problems or concerns. Parents/guardians, please do not hesitate to pop in after school for a quick chat or to arrange a meeting, contact me on the school number, or via email:
Week Ending 8/11/19
It's great to be all back at school, but please don't blame us for the weather! Our new Science topic is exploring weather and continuing to observe and understand seasonal change. We've learned about the seasons, and associated different types of weather, as well as performing and rain dances in PE. Next week we will be learning some rain poetry as well. In English this week, we've written some lovely sense poems, applying our knowledge of the five senses to bonfire night, and trying to include adjectives to describe what we experienced.
In Maths we have been practising counting on, and are now looking at finding the 'missing part', for example 4 + ? = 6. The children have been working really hard to master this challenging area.
Week ending 25/10/19
It's hard to believe it's already half-term! It was great to meet you all at parents evening and celebrate the progress your children have made. The Great Barwick Art Show looked amazing and I'm glad so many of you thought so too.
We had a lot of fun using our sense of smell to describe the smell pots in our class this week. It's fair to see we are not big fans of mustard, but the smell of vinegar makes lots of us hungry for fish and chips!
Have a great half-term and we look forward to seeing you all a week on the 4th November.
Week ending 18/10/2019
This week we've added to our 'Months of the Year' display by examining the leaves from our class Horse Chestnut tree in the outdoor area. We noticed that there are fewer leaves on the tree, and those that are are increasingly brown and yellow. We began to learn a Months of the Year song: please make sure your child knows which month they were born in, so they know when to quickly stand up!
On Monday, we found an open window. Underneath it, Mr Lynn's chocolate bar had been half-eaten, there were some grassy footprints and a 'space message box'. With much excitement we carefully listened to the message from space. Beegu thanked us for our lovely letters, and we were relieved to know she is back with her alien parents in space. Mr Lynn was less impressed that his precious chocolate had been munched!
In Maths, we've been really trying to become fluent in Number Bonds to 10: making and drawing them in a variety of ways, and trying to know them 'off by heart'. Please follow the link below for an exciting (and very popular) way to practise them at home!
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button (choose 'Number Bonds' then 'make ten')
It's been a long half-term, but equally it seems to have flown by. I look forward to meeting lots of you at Parents Evenings next week. We are all especially looking forward to the My Masterpiece gallery on Wednesday, where the children will be able to see their fantastic framed pieces of 'Space Art'.
Week ending 11/10/19
Beegu sent us a letter! It was in alien writing, so we had to have it translated. In English, we've all been writing letters back to her this week, and we'll hope we get a response on Monday.
In Maths, we've been exploring addition: using part whole diagrams, and formal number sentences. We've investigated whether numbers can be added in any order with the help of a coat hanger!
Science saw us move to the sense of touch. We learned that our skin in the largest organ in our body, and practised using adjectives to describe objects we could touch but could not see.
Finally, our 'My Masterpiece' art work is all finished and ready to be framed! We had a gallery walkround of our work on Friday, and we're so impressed with everybody's work. We can't wait to see the finished products at the Art show on 23rd October.
Week ending 4/10/19
This week we read Beegu, a story about an alien stranded on earth. As well as sequencing the story, we've been honing our inference skills by looking into how Beegu feels, and how the actions of other people affect her. This has led to some great class conversations about how to treat others, and how our actions impact on others' feelings.
In Maths, we've been looking at Part-Whole Models, which is a basis of looking at addition and subtraction. We've been looking at how we used the terms 'part' and 'whole' in our everyday life, and how this relates to maths.
Our topic time has mostly been taken up with creating our 'My Masterpiece' work in Art. We don't want to reveal too much about what we are making, because we want to have a lovely surprise at the school exhibition on the 23rd October. Suffice to say there's been some dressing up, and some great messy art fun involving paint and shaving foam!
Week ending 27/09/19
A change in the weather has led us to looking at seasonal change in Science this week. We are going to visit our class tree each month (the Horse Chestnut in our outdoor area), and see how the tree changes through the year. Given the question 'Is It Autumn Yet?', the class were really split on whether we have moved into Autumn, because the leaves on many trees are only beginning to change colour: some fantastic thinking skills on display in Year 1! Having been increasingly excited by the conker harvest currently underway, we were amazed that conkers are actually seeds from our tree, and each conker could grow into a new one!
In English, we've read Toys in Space by Mini Grey. We met an unusual looking alien in the story, so then made our own. To describe our aliens, we are learning to use adjectives to turn boring sentences into brilliant ones! In phonics we are completing our recap of phase 3 (ow, oi, ear and air sounds) before moving onto Phase 4 and 5. In Maths we've been ordering numbers and learned about ordinal numbers. We enjoyed giving silly items to the child with the correct ordinal number (see photos). Next week we start looking at next week to look at addition and subtraction.
Last but not least, we've been learning two Solar Systems songs: to learn more about each planet, but also the order of the planets from the sun.
Let's hope next week brings some brighter weather!
Week Ending 20/9/19
It's been another jam-packed week in Year 1. We've enjoyed making straw rockets, and blasting off into the class ceiling! Our 'Senses' investigation this week looked at sight. We were fascinated that our pupils change in size depending on light, and enjoyed a 'blind obstacle course', to gain an insight into the challenges of being blind or partially sighted.
In Maths we introduced the > < and = symbols, using crocodiles to help us remember what they represent. In English we wrote about what we had learned about Neil Armstrong. Whilst he is a hero, we were rather surprised that fruit flies, monkeys, a dog and some other people made it to space before him. We watched footage of him stepping on the moon and imagined what that felt like.
Week ending 13/9/19
We are really getting into the swing of things in Year 1 this week. In Maths we've been focusing on counting forwards, backwards and finding more or less than a number. In English, we've read a favourite from Reception; Whatever Next, and wondered if you could really go into space in a cardboard box. We've started our Space topic by finding out about the animals who went to space before Neil Armstrong. Were those animals heroes too?
In Science we had a lot of fun tasting some different flavours. Some were more popular than others! Please see the pictures below.
Last but not least, we've had a brilliant Roald Dahl day. We made Enormous Crocodile Traps to catch the villainous crocodile ... who looked suspiciously like Mr Lynn!
Wow! We have been informed of a really exciting new opportunity for children in East Leeds – the launch of a brand new Youth Theatre!
As a school that champions the Creative Arts, we understand the value of being involved in a group where children can express themselves creatively, resulting in confident, articulate children. We provide opportunities for pupils to engage in drama as often as possible within school time, and also offer a dedicated, extra-curricular session for Y2 – Y6 on Tuesdays after school, but understand that not everybody can make this time.
Please see below for details:
Brave Words Theatre are really excited to be starting Youth Theatre Sessions in South and East Leeds (www.bravewords.co.uk/youththeatre)
Fancy learning acting skills, creating plays and making friends? Gaining confidence, having fun and performing in front of an audience? Here's what our members said about last term:
"It has helped me imagine more stuff and make more friends!"
"Made me more confident, everyone is included"
"Let my fears go when there are people watching me"
"It gives me the opportunity to express my creativity"
MONDAYS (from 7th October)
KENTMERE YOUTH THEATRE
Kentmere Community Centre, Seacroft
5.15pm - 6pm - 5-7s
6pm - 7pm - 8 - 11s
£2 per week
For more information or to sign up for a free taster, visit:
Week ending 06/09/19
What a busy week we've had in Year 1. I think all of us now need a good sleep! We've all been getting to know each other, and getting started with some Year 1 work in Maths and English. Following a question of 'Who Am I?', we've been learning the names of all our body parts and even made a life-size new member of the class. Watch this space for some fun explorations of our senses in the coming weeks.
It's been a great start, and I look forward to another fun and busy week starting on Monday.