WELCOME to Year 1 2021-22
Autumn Term 2
Well things may have not gone to plan recently, however the class have worked hard and have had a terrific week. Thank you to you all for your help and support during this challenging time; it has been very much appreciated.
This week, we wrote our own recount of the story of the Three Little Pigs, which has lead us to the our new model text: The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have loved acting out both stories with actions and words. After Christmas, we will continue to focus on the model text (a copy will be sent home to familiarise you with). In Science, we ventured outside to observe the changes around us. In addition to this, in Topic, we completed a reading task about the first man on the moon – Neil Armstrong, and designed our own mission badge. In our Maths lessons, we have started to focus on larger numbers, focussing on tens and ones, as well as consolidating our understanding of shape.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to. They are focused on the digraphs oe and ew also the ph (f), wh(w): when, what, where, phonics, photo, brew, flew, stew, toe, goes. They will complete their spelling ‘quiz’ on Thursday 13th January.
We can’t wait for you to see our Nativity, the children have loved the songs we are singing. On our Christmas party afternoon, on Tuesday 14th December, the children can bring in their own plate or container of party food, with their name on, which they will eat during the party. School dinners will still need ordering for that the day, so if your child usually has them, or brings in their own packed lunch, they will still need them for day.
WC 22.11.21 Home Learning
Maths: Place value to 20
WC 15.11.21 Home Learning
Maths: 3D Shapes
Watch 1 video each day and then complete the worksheet task.
Literacy: Talk4Writing booklet. Please complete the booklet with your child. This can be printed and completed as a booklet or write up answers on lined paper. Please bring these in to show Mrs Reeve next week.
Please complete tasks from the homework grid.
Science: The seasons
Please continue to read daily and practise spellings.
We took time to reflect and remember this week, when learnt about how and why poppies are made at this time of year. We watched the beautiful CBeebies animation, Poppies, to help to understand how people and animals must have felt during times of war. Being creative, we made or own different types of poppies and decorated them around our door. We also created poppies using watercolours, and we have made great progress with our techniques. In Literacy, we wrote about someone we know, which we also loved talking about too. In Maths, we have moved onto 2D and 3D shapes – which we all love! In Topic, we learnt the order of the Solar System and wrote about a planet that interests us. We also found out which were the gas and ice giants! In our Science lessons we started to look a two of the season.
We will be going on our walk on Thursday next week, as unfortunately other events have clashed with the Wednesday. As the weather has changed, it is important that the children have a waterproof coat, scarves, gloves and suitable footwear.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to. They are focused on the digraphs ay, ow and ee and the trigraph igh: spray, pray, tray, power, prowl, growl, night, flight, teen and greet . They will complete their spelling ‘quiz’ on Thursday. Any Year 1 words will be in bold type, these will be on some of the lists occasionally. Each week children will receive a phonics book linked to the phonics we are learning during that week.
What an out of this world week! We launched our new theme of space, by exploring the stars, when we created star constellations and made Galaxy toast. We also created a list of question sentences about space, which Mrs Reeve has sent to a retired NASA astronaut! Hopefully we will receive the responses soon. In our new Science topic, we have started to look at the different seasons and have helped to create a new display for the classroom. In our writing, we have written about Miss Sartain, and next week will be writing about a family member.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to. They are focused on the digraphs oa and ai: goat, coast, toaster, boast, stoat, paint, trainer, grain, sail and trail . They will complete their spelling ‘quiz’ on Thursday. Any Year 1 words will be in bold type, these will be on some of the lists occasionally. Each week children will receive a phonics book linked to the phonics we are learning during that week.
Request from Miss Fraser: ready for our RE lessons about Nativity, please could your child bring in a pair of rubber gloves. Thank you in advance.
A splash of colour
Art Day was definitely the highlight of the week, when we learnt about the artist Jackson Pollock and how he created his artwork. We completed many different activities including: splashing pumpkins, completing our own giant artwork, printing and sketching the Elizabeth Tower and using watercolours. We loved being able to express ourselves and we loved getting messy! In Maths we moved onto subtraction and the different methods we can use to calculate. In Science and Topic we finished off our units with a quiz.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to. They are focused on the digraphs ow, ee and ay and the trigraph igh: away, today, stray, crowd, gown, frown, bright, fright, seed and street. They will complete their spelling ‘quiz’ on Thursday. Any Year 1 words will be in bold type, these will be on some of the lists occasionally. Each week children will receive a phonics book linked to the phonics we are learning during that week.
Have a lovely Autumnal Half Term.
Another week crammed full of learning. In Maths, we started looking at number bonds and how to use part/whole models. We completed our Talk for Writing unit on Baby Mouse, and have now moved onto looking at biographies. To start the unit we wrote about ourselves and then played a wonderful game of guess who; we shared facts about our characters and the rest of the class had to guess who we were. We had a visit from the Tooth Fairy, SpongeBob, Stickman and the Gruffalo. In Science we discovered the materials which are natural or human-made. Our Topic lessons concentrated on writing a poem about the Great Fire of London.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to. They are focused on the digraphs er and ow and the trigraph ure: pure, mature, manure, fern, finger, river, flower, crown, ball and tall. They will complete their spelling ‘quiz’ next Thursday. Any Year 1 words will be in bold type, these will be on some of the lists occasionally. Each week children will receive a phonics book linked to the phonics we are learning during that week.
Next Tuesday, is our Art Day and to be fully immersed in the day, the child can dress in bright colours or as an artist, however please can they bring in old clothes in a named carrier bag to change into in the afternoon…as we may be getting messy!
All in order
This week we have been busy at getting things in order, by looking at ordinal numbers and ordering numbers in our Maths lessons. We received a letter from a lost bunny, which has helped us to write our own journey story. In Literacy, we also looked at adjectives, which then helped us in our Science lesson, when we had to describe the different properties of materials. The fire continued to burn in our Topic lessons, where the children investigated the sequence of events and create their own Great Fire of London silhouettes. The children were musical by learning our ‘Hey you’ song and ‘London’s Burning’. We also had a live lesson from the Farmers’ Union all about Harvest. Although Book and Biscuit has been put on hold for the time being, we had our own special version week, and enjoyed sharing books with our friends.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to: blow, snow, flow, coin, join, clear, fear, stairs, fair, chair. They will complete their spelling ‘quiz’ next Thursday. Any Year 1 words will be in bold type, these will be on some of the lists occasionally. Each week children will receive a phonics book linked to the phonics we are learning during that week.
We’re on fire!
Don’t worry, there wasn’t an actual fire, but we learnt so much about the Great Fire of London from Miss Sartain. We thought about our senses and how it must have been 400 years ago in London. Being creative, we made our own small fires and some Tudor houses in our additional independent activities. In Maths, we loved looking at the greater than and less than symbols, and working out one more and one less. Focusing on our reading and Talk for Writing unit, we considered what we liked and disliked about the story – we all agreed we don’t like getting lost or losing things. We also completed an Active Maths, which combined Maths and PE – we loved it!
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to: star, farm, turn, churn, food, north, storm, they, all, are. They will complete their spelling ‘quiz’ next Thursday. Any Year 1 words will be in bold type, these will be on some of the lists occasionally.
Unfortunately, there is currently an error with Spelling Shed, which the company are trying to fix for us. As soon as the problem is resolved I will let you know. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Mapping out our country
A great week of activities, has seen us exploring our world and country by using Google Earth, which the children loved zooming in on. They investigated atlases to see the different shapes and sizes of countries, created their own maps and located the different countries in the UK, with some children also identifying where London is. In Maths, we used number tracks to help to count forwards and backwards, which we proved very good at doing. We created our own story maps for Baby Mouse. We especially loved exploring and investigating different materials in our surroundings. In phonics, we have been recapping our Phase 3 sounds, so that we are ready for our Phase 5 this term. Our spellings can now be found in our Reading Diaries, where you can also write in when you have read with your child.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to: play, stay, tray, light, might, clown, brown, down, seen, feet. They will complete their spelling ‘quiz’ next Thursday. Any Year 1 words will be in bold type, these will be on some of the lists occasionally.
Remember to bring in your Project Conquer booklets to be signed off and collecting conkers for our counting.
Well done for a great week, Year 1 and congratulations to our new School Councillors. Thank you to everyone who attended our first Book and a Biscuit – we hope you enjoyed it.
Going on a journey
We have already completed so much learning in our first full week. In Maths, we have started to explore and investigate place value, with the use of manipulatives, and in Literacy, we have read the story of Little Mouse, who unfortunately was lost. Miss Fraser lost her purse earlier in the week, but we helped her to find it – phew! In Topic, we started to think about what we already know about London and we began to explore different materials in our Science unit. Mr Arnold, from Freestyle, taught us teamwork, when we completed some relay running, which was lots of fun. In PSHE, we continued to focus on courage. Year 1 should be very proud of themselves, for settling in so well.
Next week, we will be having another adult joining us until mid-December, who the children have already learnt about. Miss Sartain is from the University of Bedfordshire and will be with us until mid December.
Remember that the Timestable Rockstar and Numbots logins are at the front of the children’s Reading Diaries – they have loved showing us their fabulous reading skills throughout the week; let them show you at home too.
Hop on board!
What a wonderful start to our time in Year 1. The children settled quickly into their new surroundings, and they enjoyed talking about their experiences over the Summer. It was fantastic for the children to all read with an adult this week, and they were certainly eager to show their reading ability. We began the school year by discussing courage, which is our school value of the term. During our discussion, the children realised that they all showed courage on their first day. To prepare for our new Talk for Writing unit, we read a book about lost treasure – I wonder what Mrs Reeve might lose next week? Watch this space… To end the day, we took a trip to London and went on an open top bus tour of the sights. Don’t tell the driver, but we had biscuits and a drink while we were looking. We even went over Tower Bridge!
Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our Meet the Teacher event. If you were unable to make it, the Powerpoint is available towards the end of this page.
I have a small request, if anyone has any perennials, herbs or small evergreen shrubs I could have a cutting from or if they are unwanted; we are trying to create a small garden in our outside area. Any donations would be gratefully received. Many thanks Mrs R
Hello, and welcome to our new Year 1 page. On this page you will find a variety of different resources to help you to understanding what your child will be learning; how to support your child and it will also show a snapshot of your child’s experiences in school on a week-to-week basis. We can’t wait to see you all in September, having already spent three wonderful afternoons as our new class.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon,
Mrs Reeve, Miss Fraser and Mrs Poole
Reminder: Meet the teacher Thursday 2nd September at 5PM – It will be a chance to meet us and talk about the new timetable and expectations. Please let me know if you are unable to make it. I have put the Meet the Teacher presentation on here for your convenience.
Meet the Teacher Presentation:
Newsletter for Autumn:
Home Learning Grid for Autumn 1:
Year 1 Spellings:
Year 1 Curriculum statements:
Other helpful resources:
Support at home with phonics: https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2016/05/05/20/22/32/561/20097_content/index.html?id=ae
Handwriting skills in Year 1 are taught regularly and systematically through the use of the PENPALS Handwriting scheme (Cambridge University Press).
Five stages are identified and these form the basic organisation of the scheme:
1.Readiness for writing: gross and fine motor skills leading to letter formation(Pre-school and Reception)
2.Beginning to join (Upper KS1)
3.Securing joins (Lower KS2)
4.Practising speed and fluency (KS2)
5.Presentation skills (KS2)