WELCOME to Year 1 2022-23 

Meet the Teacher Presentation:

Meet the Class Teacher  Presentation – Year 1

Spring Term 1

Year 1 Spring 1 Newsletter:

Year 1 Newsletter January 2023

Home learning: Please bring any homework in on a Friday.

Up up and away – Homework Grid

Autumn Term 2

Year 1 Autumn 2 Newsletter:

Year 1 Newsletter November 2022

Home learning: Please bring any homework in on a Friday.

Space – Homework Grid

Autumn Term 1

Year 1 Newsletter September 2022

London – Homework Grid

spellings:

 

27/01/23

This week we have completed our shared write, adapting our story map of the Gruffalo. We wrote about going on a walk to look for berries and to beware of the crazy Miss Fraser! We have talked about the different diets of animals such as herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. In topic, we discussed past and present modes of transport, identifying and sorting which are which. In maths we have been superstars with our addition, we are getting really good a writing directly in our books in the squares on the paper!

IN our continuous provision this week we have made up our own silly sentences using the story telling dice. We have designed our own hot air balloon and sorted acceptable and unacceptable behaviours. Additionally, We have used our addition knowledge to complete a colour by number activity. We also have played a phonics four-in-a-row game. To link in with our science topic we sorted different animals into herbivore, carnivore and omnivore based on their diets.

20/01/23

This week we finished our book in book talk, and have had lots of discussions about it. We’re also almost at the end of our literacy topic on the Gruffalo, getting ready for our hot writes next week. In science we discussed the different groups we can categorise animals into; in addition, we explored some of their similarities and differences. Topic was great fun this week, learning about the Wright brothers and talking about different ways of flying. In maths we’ve been exploring greater than and less than as well as ordering numbers up to 20.

In our continuous provision this week we created our own passports, completed a tricky word word search and grouped animals into each category. Additionally, we have made and tested paper aeroplanes, created characters from the Gruffalo to act out the story with and played a fun maths board game.

Our spellings are in our reading diaries, these are all alternate sounds.

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

13/01/23

This week we all started to do book talk each day. We sit in groups to read the story together, we then get a chance to talk about what we’ve read, discussing how it makes us feel and different things we have noticed. We are all really good at this already, analysing the text to gain a deeper understanding of what we read. We have drawn our story maps for our new model text of the Gruffalo and know this story well already. We have started looking at grouping animals, knowing what group our favourite animals belong to, such as a tiger being a mammal.

In our continuous provision this week we have written about our worries and courageous thoughts to overcome them, one more and one less than for our maths task and even got to design and build an aeroplane. We have looked at similarities and differences between two different animals and wrote what we believed the owl and mouse might think about the Gruffalo.

Our spellings are in our reading diaries, these are all alternate sounds.

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

06/01/23

We kicked off 2023 in Year One with style. We have began our new literacy topic of the Gruffalo and already know the story very well (this is a little different to the original book – it has been adapted). Additionally we are looking at number up to 20 in our maths, understanding tens and ones. In science we have started to explore animals and will start grouping them shortly. In topic we will be looking at flight, we will start by looking at Amelia Earhart.

In our continuous provision this week we have compared numbers using our greater than and less than symbols. We have designed and described our own creatures inspired by the Gruffalo and have labeled different animals, exploring what they might eat. To support our topic learning, we created a brochure to describe a special place of our choose, some of us wrote about a trip to Jupiter, while others talked about a holiday to Disney Land!

Our spellings are in our reading diaries these are all alternate sounds.

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

16/12/22

Last week at school before Christmas! We have had such an amazing week, having Christmas parties, going to see the panto and making lots of Christmas crafts.

In our continuous provision this week we have written letters to Santa, created our own planets, did some Christmas themed addition and subtraction as well as writing about each season of the year. We also used cotton buds to decorate our own presents and made our own snow men.

Our spellings are in our reading diaries ready for our first week back next year. We will be recapping the sounds a-e, e-e. i-e, o-u.

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

05/12/22

Wow… what a week. We performed our nativity to a live audience and were amazing for both performances. Even managing to make Miss Sartain and Miss Jones cry happy tears. This week we are consolidating our maths knowledge, revisiting addition and subtraction. The Christmas fair on Tuesday after school was brilliant for all those who could attend.

In our continuous provision this week we have described the season with the most and least sunlight, made our own astronauts and sorted 2D shapes by size, colour and type. Additionally, we have been using the numicon to count and make images with, using the masks to act out the 3 Billy Goats Gruff story and played a compound noun board game. Finally, We have had the opportunity to use the tuft tray to act out the Christmas Story, looking at the birth of baby Jesus.

We will not have any spellings next week, so we get a week off.

02/12/22

It has been a fabulous week this week! We have practised our nativity all dressed up, we can’t wait to show our adults at home as we’re so very proud. We have started looking at 3D shapes in our maths lessons, we got to use the feely bag to describe the mystery shape to our peers. We have finished our literacy unit and have written the most amazing stories about ninjas, koalas, tigers and owls going over the bridge.

We also had a surprise visited of an enormous spider in our classroom. We decided to get a really good look at it before we released it back into the wild.

in our continuous provision this week we have looked at shapes making them on peg boards. We have written about different seasons and described a rocket. We focused on our emotions and how our faces look with different emotions, making our own faces for our learning journals. Finally we have been practising our compound nouns.

Our spellings this week will be in our reading diaries, revising our previous sounds of y(ee) and al (or).

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

24/11/22

We did so well this week, especially as it was not the most fun of weeks. We were absolute superstars! We practised our nativity in the hall for the first time and we were fantastic. We can’t wait to show you! Just a reminder that it is teacher training day on Friday and Monday, so we will not be back in school until Tuesday the 29th November.

Our spellings this week will be in our reading diaries, revising our previous sounds of i-e, o-e, u-e and c(s).

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

 

18/11/22

We’ve really spent some time getting to know our model text in literacy this week. We even adapted the story in our shared write session to have 3 dogs who defeat a red, squishy and slimy octopus. Our own story maps have been so imaginative, we are becoming professional writers.

In our continuous provision this week we have done so much learning. We have worked as a team to build a bridge for our Billy goats, reciting the story as we did it. We have made our own model rockets to launch into space, what planet will they reach? We have turned the role play corner into a cafe, writing menus, recipes and taking orders.

Our spellings this week will be in our reading diaries, revising our previous sounds of au, ey, a-e and e-e.

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

11/11/22

This week we have introduced a new way of learning to our classroom and have been really enjoying the range of different activities available to us. We have four must do jobs in, literacy, maths, science and topic. Additionally, we have access to fine motor, contruction, phonics, handwriting and computing based activities.

Letters have gone home regarding our Christmas nativity, if you have not received one, please let me know. This letter indicates which character your child will be in the nativity and what costume they will require.

Our spellings this week will be in our reading diaries, our new sounds are y (ee, baby) and al (or, talk).

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

Autumn 2 – 03/11/22

What a first week back we have had! Started our week off with some spooky themed maths and literacy especially for Halloween. Who could forget our horrifying Halloween disco and perfect pumpkins. We got the opportunity to draw the solar system using pastels, platter paint to create stars in the universe and even did some marbling to create planets for our display. Miss Sartain has been super impressed with our handwriting this week, as we are trying really hard to use the correct lines, finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.

Letters have gone home regarding our Christmas nativity, if you have not received one, please let me know. This letter indicates which character your child will be in the nativity and what costume they will require.

Our spellings this week will be in our reading diaries, our new sounds are i-e, o-e, u-e and c (s, ice).

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

 

Last week of Autumn 1 – 21/10/22

Our last week of Autumn 1. This week we have been superstar writers as we finished our writing all about a special person in our lives. We completed our Great Fire of London booklets; we are now experts on the subject. We finished off our topic by making our own tudor houses, complete with straw thatched roofs. We have had a lot of fun in phonics this week, using fly swatters to slap the phonics sounds and creating phonics spiders. In maths we have been focusing on addition, ensuring to write in full number sentences.

Our spellings this week will be in our reading diaries, our new sounds for after half term will be au, ey, a-e and e-e.

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

Harvest Art – 14/10/22

Our week started off super fun, we had a harvest festival art afternoon on Tuesday, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We loved learning more about the Great Fire of London, we even started to create our own little book to describe the main events of the fire. We have almost finished our second literacy topic of Year 1, starting our hot write next week. We have enjoyed talking about the special people we have in our lives, using adjectives to describe them. We are turning into little mathematicians. In our lessons, we have been exploring part-whole models and have begun to look at addition.

Last reminder, the interview with a family member sheet will need to come back into school by Wednesday 19th October. Could our grownups at home help us to interview a family member such as mum, dad or grandparent? This will really help us when we write all about our family member.

Our spellings this week will be in our reading diaries, focusing on recapping previous sounds we have learnt this term.

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

Great Fire of London – 07/10/22

We are really getting to grips with our model text, learning lots about Miss Sartain. We are working really hard with our everyday tool kit, ensuring to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in our writing. We have started to look at ordering numbers in maths and have been using practical resources in our learning. Following on in our topic we have started looking at the Great Fire of London in 1666, even painting our own burning London skyline with water colours. We had an exciting assembly on Thursday from the Norhtants Wambles Litter Pickers who told the school about litter picking in the local community and the main dangers of litter.

Another friendly reminder that an interview with a family member sheet was sent home last week. Could our grownups at home help us to interview a family member such as mum, dad or grandparent? This will really help us when we write all about our family member.

Our spellings this week will be in our reading diaries, focusing on recapping previous sounds we have learnt this term.

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

Celebrations all round – 30/09/22

This week in Year One we have finished our own story of the baby mouse, using a lot of imagination in our writing. We have started looking at greater than, less than and equals to in our maths lessons, imaging the symbols are hungry crocodiles who are always greedy and eat the bigger number. Continuing on with our topic of London, we have compared past a present ready to have a more history focus next week. We started the week off well in our celebration assembly, where we could celebrate all those who achieved certificates for showing this terms value of courage.

We will have an interview with a family member sheet coming home. Could our grownups at home help us to interview a family member such as mum, dad or grandparent? This will really help with our next literacy topic as we will be writing all about our family member.

Our spellings this week will be in our reading diaries, focusing on our four sounds this week (wh, ph, ew, oe)

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

23/09/22

Year One are doing a terrific job with their learning. We are thinking about what animals we might write about next week for our very own journey story inspired by baby mouse, some of us are writing about unicorns and others are writing about fish. We have learnt so much about London already, looking at some of the differences between London and Cogenhoe.

Our spellings this week will be in our reading diaries, focusing on our four sounds this week (oy, ir, ue, ow)

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

 

London – 16/09/22

This week in Year One has been fabulous, we’re all settling back into school lovely now. We’ve continued to look at our story of Baby Mouse, writing out story maps and acting out the story. We’ve been doing a lot of practical maths this week, working on counting forwards and backwards using; number lines, tens frames, numicon and even sand in our lessons. We’ve been looking at different properties of materials in our science lessons, even having a go at describing an item in a bag to the rest of the class for us all to guess. To support our topic of London this term, we’ve been painting the River Thames, making boats out of Lego to sail along our River Thames and building Elizabeth’s tower and measuring it.

Our spellings this week will be in our reading diaries, focusing on our four sounds this week (ay, ou, ie, ea)

We can also have a go on SpellingShed and Numbots (passwords are on the front page of our reading diaries) to help our learning at home.

First Week of Year 1 – 09/09/22

Our first week in Year One

What an amazing week we have had in Year One. We had a visit from a baby mouse, who left some cheese around the school for us to find. We have been doing some amazing writing and using our phonics knowledge lots when reading and writing. In maths, we have been counting forwards and backwards as well as representing our numbers using objects. In science, we have been experimenting to find out which material float and sink, looking closely at their properties. This week we were super lucky to have a chance to play lots of different sports such as, dodgeball, football and archery.

Our spellings for our spellings quiz are in our reading diaries so we can practice them at home.

 

Other helpful resources:

Phonics Workshop Presentation: Phonics Workshop ELS updated

Helpful video to help with pronunciation of the pure sounds from Oxford Owl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCI2mu7URBc

Phase 2 Phonics Table Strips Phase 3 Phonics Table Strips Phase 4 Phonics Table Strips Phase 5 Phonics Table Strips

Support at home with phonics: https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2016/05/05/20/22/32/561/20097_content/index.html?id=ae

Year 1 Reading Support for Home

project conquer leaflet Ks1

Handwriting

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)