WELCOME to Year 1 2021-22
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
Summer Term 5
Spring Term 4
Spring Term 3
Autumn Term 2
Exploring the Great Barrier Reef
This week we navigated our way to the Great Barrier Reef, by looking at the National Geographic website. They were able to find many interesting facts about the coral reef and even came up with their own questions, which they would like to find out about the reef. In PE, we prepared for Sports Day and had our tennis lesson. In Literacy, we began to learn to story, Mr Gumpy’s Outing; we even completed a drama activity linked to it. In Maths, we investigated fractions by looking at halves and quarters of shape and amount.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have been introduced to. They are focused on the digraghs ss/ti/si – sh/zh, or /augh/ and ar /al/: balm, palm, half, caught, mission, session, vision, confusion, nation and mention.
Thank you to everyone who has given Miss Fraser the baby photos ready for after Half Term – you will get the photos back after the lessons have been taught.
Moving to Sydney
We flew to the other side of the world this week to visit Sydney and compared what life was like there compared to London. We had some great discussions, with most children wanting to get on a plane and go there – especially because of the beaches and swimming pools! In Literacy, after our visit from some beautiful kittens, we wrote about how to care for them in our Hot Write. In PSHE, we explored our feelings by using the book ‘Bottled’ and completed our own bottles of feelings and emotions. We made our own Buddhas from clay and then painted them in RE. In Science, we started to look at the different organs in our bodies.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have been introduced to. They are focused on the trigraph igh and eigh /a/: right, bright, light, night, fright, tight, high, eight, sleigh and neigh.
Miss Fraser would like to request a baby photo for each child, in preparation for a PSHE lesson after Half Term, which will see the children comparing how they have grown. Thank you.
Serving an Ace
We started the shortened week with our first ever tennis lesson, which was a real hit! In Literacy, we completed our Warm Write based on taking care of a chick, which lead us to our Hook of looking after a kitten. Our special visitors were a great hit, and we can’t wait to write about them. In Maths, we explored doubling and sharing by making equal groups. Our RE lessons have continued our journey with Buddha and Buddism/Mediation. We explored the Great Barrier Reef and began to create our own images on Paint.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have been introduced to. They are focused on the /n/ gn, kn, /r/wr, /m/mb: sign, gnome, gnat, wrist, write, knee, knight, climb, lamb, thumb.
Making things equal
Another busy week of creativity, which saw us create our own designs for didgeridoos and moving skeletons. We explored our value this term of Compassion, by having Circle Time and discussing how we can be compassionate towards everyone – so that things can be equal. This lead into our Maths learning about making equal groups, which is the beginning of sharing and division. In Topic, we ventured around Australia by looking at different landmarks and locating them on a map. We used our senses again in Science, and investigated their importance, which was linked to last week’s Australia Day. In Literacy, we wrote our instructional texts about how to care for a chick, having visited the chicks in Reception before Easter.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children will be introduced to. They are focused on the /j/ ge, dge and g, /s/st: gem, huge, fringe, charge, bridge, hedge, listen, whistle, barge, large.
What a fabulous start to our Summer term! We have had so much fun already learning about our new topic, Australia. On our Australia Day, we learnt Australian and Aboriginal lingo; about the Aboriginal Dreamtime story the Rainbow Serpent; made Rainbow Serpents, made and tasted tested Vegemite sandwiches and Fairy Bread; about Kookaburras and the song Kookaburra sits in the Old Gum Tree. Vegemite sandwiches proved very popular, which we were very surprised about. We even attempted our own Bush Tucker Trail! Many thanks to the Tennant family, we received a letter/email from Australia – we can’t wait to tell them all about our life in Cogenhoe. In Literacy, we continued by learning more about bossy (imperative) verbs and have moved to the end of our measure unit.
An email has been sent home re: the Phonics Screening, which I hope you have found useful. The homework grid and newsletter are at the top of the page under Summer Term 5.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children will be introduced to. They are focused on the /sh/ ti and tion, /ear/eer, ere, /e/ee, /: cheese, freeze, cheer, here, mere, station, potion, patient, mother, brother.
Thank you for all your efforts which made Australia Day a huge success.
Another term draws to a close, and our learning hasn’t stopped. In Maths this week, we explored capacity and volume; before the snow came, we managed to use our water tray in our outside area to measure and investigate. Linked to our Talk for Writing unit, we looked at the unfamiliar words in our model text and began to learn about imperative (bossy) verbs. We think everyone was excited when the skeleton, which we nicknamed ‘Skully’, arrived in class. We were so excited to learn more about our bones, and we did different actions to understand what our bones do – there are definitely some future NHS staff in the making! We completed lots of different Easter activities and finished our VIP theme, by considering Martin Luther King’s dream and what our dreams for the future will be. There were some incredible thought-provoking discussions and thoughts; some positivity for our future, seen through the eyes of our children.
There will be no spellings on the first week back, and over the next two terms it will be a time of reviewing and revising the phonics we have learnt in Year 1. This will be in preparation for the Phonics Screening in June. Encouraging your child to read is the best way to help them develop and improve their use and understanding of Phonics.
In preparation for next term, please could we request empty kitchen rolls, for a special Australian project. Remember our Australia Day is Thursday 21st April – an email should have been received about the event.
Many thanks and have a Happy Easter, from the Year 1 Team.
Taking care of things
This week we have started our new Talk for Writing unit linked to instructions, and we will focus on looking after things (a dog). A text map abut the instructions has been sent home. In Maths, we explored the hundred squares to investigate greater numbers and patterns. We continued to look at the amazing work Florence Nightingale did in Crimea and thought about our own significant people. To relax us during a busy week, we had a yoga session, which we all enjoyed very much. In our Topic lessons we started to explore the life of Martin Luther King and thought about what things are unfair and how they make us feel. In RE our focus was on surprises and giving.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to. They are focused on the /air/ are, /air/ ere, /air/ear, /ch/ tch: care, share, flare, pear, bear, where, there, stretch, snatch, catch.
As the weather becomes warmer, please ensure you child has a hat and suncream (both named). More photos will be on here soon, but we need to ensure that they are not used on Social Media. You should all hopefully know about an exciting day we have planned for next term in an email, will be sent out – the children do not know yet, as I am going to surprise them at the end of term.
This week we have moved in time to the Victorian Era, when we learnt about the pioneering nurses: Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We learnt how they both helped soldiers in the Crimean War and helped to change nursing forever. We used the Internet to find out more information about Florence, but before we did, we went through the safety rules when using the Internet. The children used this website to find out information, I can’t recommend the National Geographic website and ‘Kids’ magazine enough: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/history/general-history/florence-nightingale/ Once the children had navigated and investigate the webpage, they wrote their own factfile about her. They used paper text to create a factfile about Columbus and the Internet for Florence – both were great ways to improve the children’s comprehension skills. we completed our Hot Write from the last topic and have now moved on to Instructional texts. We will be looking at imperative (bossy verbs) – so watch out for some command sentences over the next few weeks! We have started to look at height/length and weight/mass in Maths, so these are perfect everyday maths measures which can be discussed at home. What is heavier and what is lighter and why? How do we measure length and height? The children have loved exploring and investigating measure so far. In RE and PSHE, we have continued our learning about Easter and daily routines and hygiene. To celebrate Science Week, we had a visit from Science Boffins and completed a workshop all about flames – the children loved telling Rita, the scientist, all about the Great Fire of London, from their previous learning. Great work Year 1.
These are the spelling for this week, recapping previously taught phonics from this term: pearl, earth, sphere, unicorn, thief, host, heather, meadow, wild and sty.
It was wonderful to welcome you back to Book and a Biscuit, we look forward to seeing you again. We also have celebrated that four children in the class have now completed their Project Conquer tasks for Year 1, and their names are on display in the hall. Remember the Phonics Screening in Year 1 will commence in May/June, so reading the phonics books at home with them, will give them that extra boost.
We continued on our voyage with Christopher Columbus: using information to create a factfile about him; drew pictures of one of his ships, Santa Maria by using pencils and Paint on the lablets, and created our own 3D ships. In Science, we considered what a plant needs to survive, and what the different parts of a flower do – we even created our own bee-friendly garden designs. In Maths, we moved on to measure by looking at the length and height of different objects using non-standard units. We had a taste of some different sports by having cricket and tennis sessions, in addition to our normal PE lessons. In Literacy we completed our Warm Write linked to our current unit of work and are preparing to plan our own stories next week. In RE we have continued to learn about the importance of Easter for Christians. We also had a workshop with Sarah from the Dogs Trust, who taught the Happy Dog Rules.
Remember – Tuesday 15th March is Pyjama Day for the Gosset Ward at Northampton General Hospital for a suggested donation of £1. A Guess the Name of the Teddy competition will be at the front of the school at the end of the day.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to. They are focused on the /ur/ or, /ur/ ear, /oa/ ou, /ee/ ie, /v/ ve, /i/ y and /oa/ and /l/ using oul : world, learn, soup, group, brief, have, gym, boulder, shoulder and because.
We’re all DEARs (Drop Everything and Read)
The last World Book Day in school was two years ago, and we celebrated its return in style! The class made wonderful story spoons at home and dressed up for the occasion. We designed book covers and wrote about the characters we came dressed as. We also had our own biscuit and a book time, as well as having a different adult read us a book. In Topic this week, we learnt about the explorer, Christopher Columbus and we were amazed to find out that he brought tomatoes and potatoes back to Europe – we couldn’t imagine not having them. We continued to develop of understanding of the model text in Literacy, by completing a Book Talk session and exploring what other animals could live in the forest. In Maths, we started to look at multiples of 2s and 5s, before we move onto measure next week.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to. They are focused on the /oa/ o, /o/a, /oo/u, /c/ ch, /sh/ ch,and /e/ ea, ie: go, was, push, music, school, chef, head, friend, here, sugar
Step back in time
We have started our term as we mean to go on, by showing each other and the people around us courtesy, which is the value for this term – we would love to know of examples of courtesy the children show outside of school too. Throughout Year 1, we have discussed and completed acts of kindness and we will continue to do so. Our theme this term is VIPs from the past, and to begin the topic we learnt about Queen Victoria and wrote questions which we could ask someone from the past. We are finishing our Science topic on plants, by considering what a plant needs, and we completed a scientific observation linked to food colouring and flowers – we are waiting to see the results! In Literacy, we have been looking at unfamiliar words and how we can try and work out what they could mean. Our understanding of number has continued with us looking at numbers within 50 and counting in our 2s, 5s and 10s.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to. They are focused on the /ai/ a, ey, ea, eigh, /ar/, /ee/, /igh/ i and y: acorn, they, great, break, father, he, kind, find, weight, by.
Over the Moon
What an amazing, busy week we’ve had! The disco was a huge success for many, but the trip to the National Space Centre will be one for their memories. The children were impeccable behaved, and had a wonderful experience on their first class school trip. They remembered so much from their Space topic, but also learnt so much more. Check out the school newsletter for my write up of the day. Thank you Year 1 for a truly out of this world trip. We completed our history theme based on the first flight and how transport has changed. In our Literacy, we were introduced to our new model text – which involved us searching for four creatures on the playground. In Maths, we have continued to develop our understanding of numbers within 50. As a part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we explored our feelings and emotions and how people can express these in different ways. We used the story, Ruby’s Worry, to help us understand what our worries are and what they can do to us. Linked to Safer Internet Day, we discussed how we can use devices safely.
We’re taking a break for a week on our usual spelling quizzes to concentrate on looking at Common Exception Words. These will be completed in class, as a part of our Speed Spelling sessions. To assist you at home, I have provided a list of the Year 1 words, but also the Year 2 words, so that you can see where your child is heading towards. Daily phonics lessons will continue, but these will be used to recap on previously taught digraphs and trigraphs. The children have completed practice sessions of the Phonics Screening, which they will have in June – they are working so hard to develop their understanding of phonics. Remember you can use Spelling Shed (logins at the front of the Reading Diaries) to help with additional phonics activities.
Back to the Future
Another busy week in Year 1, which involved us learning about the Chinese New Year – the year of the Tiger. We drew pictures of tigers and made fans with them to help our fine motor skills. We completed our Hot Write in Literacy linked to our model text: The Three Billy Goats Gruff.’ In Maths, we started to look at numbers within 50 and explored how to use manipulatives to represent the numbers. Our cress is now fully grown, so we reviewed our predictions to see if we were had predicted correctly. In RE, we continued to learn about places of worship and in Topic we considered modes of transport from the past and present. As a part of our Continuous Provision, we followed instructions on how to make a paper plane, and then created our own designs and logos. The children also love using Timestable Rockstars in class and are improving their skills all the time, in preparation for our multiplication unit .
We are really excited about our trip next Tuesday – remember there is an earlier drop off (no booster sessions), and children will need to bring their lunch with them, preferably in a named carrier bag. Thank you. Also many thanks for your donations towards the School Council’s Can Drive.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to. They are focused on recapping previously taught digraphs as a part the revise and revisit of Essential Letters and Sounds: split digraphs i-e, and o-e: throne, stone, globe, smoke, theme, swede, smile, shine, slide and bride.
This week, we have explored making predictions in Science, as one of our busy jobs was to predict how long it would take for some cress seeds to grow. We also considered the factors which cress and all seeds need to grow. In Topic, we looked at where we live to where the Wright Brothers took off from Kitty Hawk Beach – the children have continued to recall the facts they have learnt about the brothers. Counting back has been the focus of our activities in Maths, as we continue our understanding of subtraction. To end our Literacy unit, we wrote our own defeating the monster stories, which we enjoyed sharing with the rest of the class. Miss Fraser created a Hindu shrine to assist the children in their understanding of places of worship in RE. We made bird feeders, as a part of our Science topic, but also linked to the RSPB’s Birdwatch, which we are hoping the children will take part in. In dance we began to learn the Polka, as well as the Waltz.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to. They are focused on recapping previously taught digraphs as a part the revise and revisit of Essential Letters and Sounds: split digraphs a-e and u-e and the digraph ey: made, cake, fake, snake, shade, flute, cube, tube, honey and valley.
We’ve had the busiest week so far, with lots of fantastic learning. In Literacy we innovated our stories to include a giant, using some amazing adjectives. In Maths, we consolidated our understanding of number bonds and bar models. We took at step back in time to learn about the Wright brothers and the first flight – ask the children what facts they have learnt, as they are incredible at remembering them. Having dissected a tulip last week, the children named the different parts of a plant and drew flowers using pastels. Next week, we will begin to prepare for the RSPB’s Birdwatch, by completing tasks in class.
These are the spellings for this week, which the children have already been introduced to. They are focused on the digraph al and the phoneme e spelt with y: baby, rainy, lolly, city, happy, sunny, talk, chalk, stalk, walk. 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.
Up, up and away!
It was lift off this week, as we began to learn about the first flight. We made flying machines and thought about different kinds of flying craft and how long the first flight took. In Literacy, we looked deeper into our model text, and started to think about different synonyms for the adjectives and verbs used. Lots of fun and learning was had, when we explored the use of number lines and bar models to help us with our addition. In Science, we dissected tulips, to see the different parts, which has helped us to understand how plants grow and their different parts. Ballroom has also arrived, as we began to learn the Waltz – there were definitely some glitterball dancers of the future in the hall this week! A busy, but amazing first full week back.
We’re back into the spring of things, so our spelling quiz will be on Thursday. Here’s a reminder of the words: the split digraphs i-e, o-e, u-e: time, five, those, home, June, rule, slice (tricky word due to the c) any, many and again.
Hopefully we will be having a walk around village at a later date this term, so it would be wonderful if the children come to school with a suitable coat, hat, scarf and gloves, appropriate for the weather every day. Thank you Mrs R
Happy New Year
Welcome back after all the festive fun. We’ve already had a busy week, spotting different word classes in a letter about the troll under the Billing Wharf Bridge – perhaps that’s the cause of all the disruption on the school runs? In Maths, we have moved onto subtraction and addition within 20, by using number lines, and we have even looked at algorithms in ICT to create our own Lego brick designs. The children also know the algorithm of getting ready for school in the morning…I wonder if they can show you? In our Topic lesson, we had our WOW starter, by creating our wonderful weaved balloons ready for our new display.
Our phonics lessons will be back in a routine this week, so our spelling quiz will be on Thursday. Here’s a reminder of the words: digraphs au and ey, and the split digraphs a-e, e-e: launch, August, donkey, money, name, make, these, theme, please and once .
Due to the wintry weather, please ensure that hats, coats and gloves are labelled with the children’s names, as it makes it easier to find and identify them. Many thanks, Mrs R
We wish you all a wonderful winter time
Well what a busy week we’ve had! We heard back from NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson, who answered our space-themed questions. We then wrote thank you letters to him. In Maths, we completed addition and subtraction Christmas themed activities. We also had a wonderful time during our Craft Day and Party. Even better, was our trip to the Royal and Derngate – we had a truly wonderful time and we were so well-behaved and a pleasure to take. We made the Royal and Derngate a message.
We finished reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and even tried Edmund’s Turkish delight – which most of us enjoyed. The most exciting time, was when Father Christmas came to visit us!
Thank you to everyone for your continued support; it’s been a tricky term, but we have overcome the obstacles of COVID and have achieved so much. Thank you for your kind messages, cards and gifts – the biggest gifts of all are the children.
Mrs Reeve, Miss Sartain, Miss Fraser and Mrs Poole.
Having learnt about the story of the Nativity in their RE lessons, the children have been rehearsing their songs, and they sound beautiful. They have continued to develop their understanding of addition and subtraction in Maths. We’ve also been busy recording the weather, by using different equipment – there was a lot of rain! In Geography, we located Russia and USA by using atlases and Google Earth, and understood why they are so important in our Space exploration. We also had a delicious Christmas dinner – some of us even ate our Brussel Sprouts!
These are the spellings for the first full week back, which the children have already been introduced to. They are focused on the digraphs au and ey, and the split digraphs a-e, e-e: launch, August, donkey, money, name, make, these, theme, please and once . 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.
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)