Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 Donaldson’s homepage. Miss Williams and Mrs Wordsworth are our Class Teachers and Miss Natalie is our Teaching Assistant. Please check on the website every Friday for weekly updates but also for the weekly homework. Enjoy!



Class Updates

Friday 18th September

Dear parents and carers,

Week 2 of the new school year has gone brilliantly and the sun has shone every day! The children have been getting used to their new routines and have really impressed us with their attitude towards their learning.

Homework for this week is available here and is to be completed in the blue/green Homework books that were sent home last week.
Please complete the spellings at the front of the Homework Book and the arithmetic at the back of the same book. Photos of the homework are to be uploaded into JIT by Tuesday each week. Homework books are to remain at home. Thanks to all of you who managed to complete all your homework last week. We hope you had fun remembering and reciting your poems with actions!

In English this week we have read ‘Eat Your Peas’, a story about a little girl who doesn’t like peas but her mum tries to persuade her to eat them. We acted out the story, thinking about what happened at each stage and became very good at repeating ‘I don’t like peas!’ We completed sentence work based on the story and identified features of sentences including capital letters, full stops and spaces between words.

In Maths we have been revising counting objects to 20 and learning to read and write numbers in numerals and in words. We have learnt some handy rhymes to help us remember how to form our numerals. Please keep practising this at home!

In R.E. we have been learning about the faith of Islam and the Qur’an, the Islamic holy book. We discovered how Muslims treat the Qur’an with great respect, making sure hands are washed before touching it and keeping it covered.

In Humanities, we have been learning to identify the 4 countries that make up the UK including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We worked in partners to match the capital cities to the correct country and learnt to identify the flags of each country. Our ‘We Are Britain’ display is now proudly up in the classroom – we have such a rich and varied cultural heritage in our school spreading far and wide!

Thanks and have a great weekend.
Mrs Wordsworth and Miss Williams

Friday 11th September

Dear parents,

What an amazing first week we have had in Year One Donaldson. The children have settled back into school life superbly well and have embraced the ‘new normal’! It has been wonderful getting to know each and every one of them over the last few days.

This week we have been adjusting to new routines including playing in the KS1 playground, sussing out the Year One classroom, attending a Year One bubble assembly with Denis, taking part in Hymn Practise and watching Mr Schumm on Zoom for Good Work assembly!

In class this week we have been completing work ‘All About Me’. We introduced ourselves and talked about the foods we like, our favourite colour and favourite book. After our discussion we wrote sentences about ourselves remembering to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces between each word.

In Maths, we have been revising counting objects to 20 and reading corresponding numerals.

As a class we have brainstormed rules we think we ought to have in place to help one another as well as the adults in our class. Our rules included tidying up, putting our hand up, listening, using kind words and sharing. We wrote a list of our rules and added a picture of ourselves to say we agreed with them.

We also had our first Computing lesson of Year One and were delighted to create a funny face on Busy Things!

Homework Books have been sent home today. Homework for this week is available below and is to be completed in the blue/green Homework Books sent home today. Please complete the spellings at the front of the Homework Book and the arithmetic at the back of the same book. Photos of the homework are to be uploaded into JIT by Tuesday each week. Homework books are to remain at home. Instructions on how to upload photos to JIT can be found Uploading to JIT via phone.

Poetry homework for this half term, linked to our class name, has been sent home tonight, which is to be practised ready for our recital during the last week of this half term. The Nut Tree

Well done to those children who remembered to come to school on Tuesday and Wednesday with their P.E. kit on for Gymnastics and P.E. Please remember them next week along with water bottles as the forecast is for sun!
Have a restful weekend, see you on Monday.

Mrs Wordsworth and Miss Williams

Monday 7th September

Welcome back! We hope that you have had a restful summer and are all ready for the new school year. It has been a very strange time for us all but we are keen to get back to the new normal. We have been working hard to make sure that the school is clean and safe for us all. Over the next few days we will be talking to the children about how to keep themselves and others safe.

Reading Books
Starting from next week, two reading books will be sent home on a Monday and need to be returned on the Friday. Please make sure that you sign the reading diaries when the books needs to be changed. Books will not be changed if your child’s reading diary is not signed. Returned books are to be placed in the Reading Folder box inside the classroom. Books will not be sent home over the weekend as they are to be cleaned. Please take the time to read with your child daily, remembering to ask comprehension questions such as: ‘Why was Chip happy?’ and ‘Where did Kipper go?’

Weekly English and Arithmetic homework will be uploaded onto the school website on a Friday, as of Friday 11th September. The work can be completed in the green Homework Book, which stays at home, and a photo of the work should be uploaded onto JiT by Tuesday to be marked. The English homework will consist of spellings and sentence writing. Arithmetic homework will review the maths skills covered during the previous week.

Mathletics homework will also be set on a Friday, to be completed by the following Friday. The login details will be attached to the Homework Book.

Both classes have a designated poet and will be given a poem to learn each half term which we will recite in class. Poems for this half term will be sent home this Friday.

Gymnastics and P.E.
Gymnastics will take place on Tuesdays, commencing tomorrow. P.E. sessions will take place on Wednesdays. Please make sure that your child comes into school wearing their P.E. kits on these days. Earrings must be taken out on the days your child has P.E. and long hair should be tied up.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Year 1 Curriculum Map 2020-2021

Timetable 1 Donaldson

Many thanks,

Miss Williams and Mrs Wordsworth

Homework Week 2

Homework Week 2

Homework Week 1

Homework Week 1