Donaldson

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 Donaldson’s homepage. Mrs Hayes is our Class Teacher 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 22nd July

What a brilliant year it has been! This is the first full school year for the current Year 1 cohort and they have been amazing. Both classes have worked extremely hard and grown in maturity and knowledge and we are sure they will continue to thrive next year.

Have a wonderful summer and thank you for all your support.

Very best wishes,

Miss Whiting and Mrs Hayes​

Friday 15th July

A huge well done to all your children for their amazing energy and enthusiasm over the past few days and nights. Despite the heat and the tiredness, they were brilliant in all four performances of the school production. They should all be very proud and hopefully you can now have a weekend free from singing ‘Honey, Honey’!

A special thank you to all parents who helped in some way setting up, decorating or clearing up after the shows. These whole school productions would not happen without you all!

This week we have been finishing of most of our topics in each of the subjects and revising and recapping in others. The children continue to work incredibly hard and we look forward to a more relaxed final week.

Please can we make a final call out for all books to be returned. If you could all double check there aren’t any book bag books, phonics books or library books lurking on the book shelves at home and if there are, bring them in to school no later than Monday. Any missing library books will incur a fine that will be added to your Parentmail account.

As next week is set to be even hotter please can we request that all children come in with a water bottle and hat (and sun cream already applied) every day. We will also have a water afternoon on Wednesday.

Have a lovely restful weekend.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 8th July

The children have been amazing on the lead up to our school production! If we could have one last practise of the dance moves (video in your class WhatsApp group) and the lyrics this weekend that would be great!

Y1 Honey Honey

Homework

Your child’s homework book went out yesterday and they should continue to read their book and answer the questions on it.

Mathletics has also been set (tell the time to the hour).

Homework for this weekend is to practise ‘Honey Honey’.

There will be no more homework for the remainder of the term. Please can you ensure that all books are returned to school on Monday. Thank you very much.

This week

In English, we planned a lost poster for The Queen’s Knickers. We then created our final poster using lots of exciting adjectives, exclamation marks and question marks.

In Maths, we started to learn all about time looking at o’clock to finish the week off. At the beginning of the week we have been ordering our daily routine as well as writing the days of the week and months of the year.

In Humanities, we learnt about the current royal family and Queen Elizabeth II. We learnt that the countries of the British Empire are now known as the Commonwealth. In partners we worked together to create a family tree of the royal family.

In Art we have been making beach balls and lolly pops for the Mamma Mia set.

In Science, we sorted animals into different groups according to their shared characteristics such as mammals, amphibians, reptiles etc. We thought about how else we could sort animals including can they fly or not, do they make a loud noise or not and do they have feather or fur!

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 1st July

The children were all absolutely brilliant on Sports Day on Wednesday! We were so impressed by all their jumping, running and general enthusiasm and hope you all enjoyed the day too.

As you know, it is now less than two weeks until the Whole School Production which is a reworking of Mamma Mia. Hopefully your children having been singing the song ‘Honey, Honey’ to you but it would be really helpful if you can practise the words from now until then.

Year 1 honey honey

Homework

Your child’s homework book went out yesterday and they should continue to read their book and answer the questions on it.

Mathletics has also been set (skip counting with coins).

A gentle reminder that a ‘book bag’ book goes out on a Monday and must be returned on Friday. On Monday, your child will also receive their spellings for a test the following Monday.

The green homework books go out on a Thursday with the phonics books and must be returned the following Monday.

Voluntary homework

English – Get your child to describe something by using two adjectives and a noun e.g. The Queen wore a sparkly, blue dress to Buckingham Palace.

Maths – We are continuing our unit on money so try and buy something from a shop with different coins.

History – Ask your child what changes Queen Victoria made during her reign!

This week

In English we have started a very funny book that the children are loving called The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allan. We thought about and drew our favourite part and then learnt about describing the knickers using two adjectives and separating them with commas.

In Maths we have been continuing to learn about money. We have added together different amounts of money and also thought about what coins to use to make different amounts.

In Science, we learnt about how to record tallies. We asked the class about what pets that had (or would like to have) and then recorded the answers. We then looked at the chart and answered questions about the most and least popular pets to have.

Humanities was all about the Victorian era. We found out that Queen Victoria made all children go to school as well as not allowing them to work in factories. We discovered that water and electricity became available in more homes and we learnt that passenger trains meant people could visit the seaside and other parts of the country.

In Art we focused on DT and making puppets based on Little Red Riding Hood. We designed a template and then cut out two pieces of felt, joining them together with glue, staples or safety pins. Next week we will be decorating them.

Finally in Relationships and Health Education we were discuss what a good and bad secret is and what is a good surprise.

Have a lovely weekend and see some of you at the Summer Fair tomorrow.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 24th June

What a brilliant week in Year 1 with lots of excitement and hard work being done!

A reminder that next Wednesday is Sports Day. Previously, you will have received an email with all of the information you need for this.

Homework

Your child’s homework book went out yesterday and they should continue to read their book and answer the questions on it.

Mathletics has also been set (identify everyday money).

A gentle reminder that a ‘book bag’ book goes out on a Monday and must be returned on Friday. On Monday, your child will also receive their spellings for a test the following Monday.

The green homework books go out on a Thursday with the phonics books and must be returned the following Monday.

Voluntary homework

English – Get your child to tell you some sentence starters for example, firstly and after that.

Maths – With a grown up, order some single coins from the smallest amount to the largest amount.

R.E, Tell a grown up what the third pillar is Islam is called and what it means.

This week

In Maths, we have been ordering numbers from 0 to 100, working out what one more and one less is with numbers up to 100 and revised all of our place value knowledge to 100. Today we have been identifying coins and ordering them from the smallest amount to the largest amount. We finished off by playing a fun game of money bingo.

In English, we have been continuing our work on ‘The Bog Baby’. The children have really enjoyed reading this book. To start the week, we were looking at comparative and superlative adjectives and the suffixes ‘er’ and ‘est’. We learnt that if you add these endings then you are able to compare two or more things. We then had to find and fix the mistakes in the Bog Baby instructions. On Wednesday, we were adding sentence starters to a set of instructions about how to look after a Bog Baby. To finish the week, we wrote our own instructions all about how to look after a Bog Baby.

In R.E, we have been continuing to learn about the Five Pillars of Islam focusing on Zakat the third pillar.

We had a fun DT lesson learning how to join fabrics together.

In Humanities, we learnt about Queen Victoria. In groups, we read scenario cards and imagined what it would be like to visit or live in Buckingham Palace during the Victorian period. We acted out being at Buckingham Palace and performed our scenes to the rest of the class.

In Science, we were learning about how best to take care of animals and what specific animals need.

In Relationships and Health Education, we have been talking about who can help us if someone is being unkind.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 17th June

Despite the scorching heat this week, the children have all worked really hard. Thank you for your continued support with keeping your children slathered in sun cream and hydrated with lots of water. It looks set to cool down next week but do still make sure, hats, sun cream and water comes in with your child if the temperature creeps up again.

Please could ensure that your child brings in their reading book on Monday so it can be changed.

Homework

Your child’s homework book went out yesterday and they should continue to read their book and answer the questions on it.

Mathletics has also been set.

A gentle reminder that a ‘book bag’ book goes out on a Monday and must be returned on Friday. On Monday, your child will also receive their spellings for a test the following Monday.

The green homework books go out on a Thursday with the phonics books and must be returned the following Monday. Lots of children are still not handing these books in which makes it tricking with sending home new books and marking.

Voluntary homework

English – Get your child to tell you what a bossy verb is!

Maths – Please can you help your child practise writing their numbers 1–20 in words.

Science – We have been learning about omnivores, carnivores and herbivores. Tell a grown up what an omnivore eats, a carnivore eats and a herbivore eats.

This week

In Maths, we have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones. We began the week by using physical tens and ones to do this before moving on to drawing them and writing the numbers.

In English, we have started a unit on the most wonderful book called The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis. The children will be writing instructions for how to look after a Bog Baby next week so this week we have been learning about commands and bossy (imperative) verbs, and writing simple sentences that we said out loud to the whole class.

In R.E, we have been continuing to learn about the Five Pillars of Islam focusing on Salah or the ritual of prayer.

We had a fun Art lesson looking at the work of artist Brigit Riley who created optical illusions by painting black and white lines. We experimented making different shaped lines with string before drawing with white chalk on black card.

We learnt about the Tudor times in Humanities and talked about Henry VIII and his six wives and Queen Elizabeth I. We then got into groups of three and made three masks, one of Henry VII, one of Queen Elizabeth and one of a court jester. Finally, we acted out a mini-scene from Tudor times.

In Science, we have been grouping animals on a Venn diagram into omnivores, herbivores and carnivores.

Finally, in Relationships and Health Education we have been thinking about babies and how to look after them, sorting cards into piles of things that babies need and what they don’t need.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 10th June

What a fantastic fun-filled week it has been! On Wednesday the children had a lovely time celebrating the queens platinum jubilee with a picnic on the playground. On Thursday, they looked extremely smart for their class photo and on Friday we had an amazing World Explorer’s Day!

Year 1 worked so hard on their phonics screening test this week. We are so proud of them all!

Homework

As emailed, the children do not have any homework this weekend.

If they would like to do some Maths work then they can look at ‘is it a half?’ that has been set on Mathletics.

Voluntary homework

English – Can you spell the days of the week?

Maths – Practise counting to 100. Can you count backwards?

History – Can you name three monarchs?

This term

Here is an overview of this half term:

English texts:

·         The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis

·         The Queens Knickers by Nicholas Allan

·         Poetry

Maths:

·         Number: Place Value (within 100)

·         Measurement: Money

·         Measurement: Time

R.E. – The Important Five Pillars of Islam 

·         To understand how a Muslim shows their commitment to their faith

·         To explore how a Muslim shows their commitment to God (Allah) through prayer and confession of faith. First & second Pillars of Islam: Shahada, Salah

·         To understand how the third pillar (giving to charity) shows commitment to Allah

·         To understand how the fourth pillar (fasting ) shows commitment to Allah

·         To understand how the fifth pillar (going on pilgrimage) shows commitment to Allah

·         To recognise how the Five Pillars of Islam demonstrates their faith

History – Famous Queens

·         To understand what a monarch is and where monarchs live.

·         To explore Tudor life and Queen Elizabeth I

·         To explore who Queen Victoria was

·         To explore the Victorian period

·         To explore the life of Queen Elizabeth II

·         To compare 3 significant time periods and 3 significant Queens

Science – Animals including Humans

·         To be able to identify and compare a variety of common UK fish and amphibians.

·         To be able to identify and sort carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

·         To be able to take care of animals.

·         To be able to identify and describe the structures of common animals.

·         To collect data about animals and answer questions.

Computing – Computer Science (I Can Code)

·         Using j2code (JIT) to ‘program’ a route

·         Reinforcing building up instructions to give an online sprite a route

·         Reinforcing having good instructions using alternative application

·         Using repeats and editing instructions

Spanish:

·         Favourite colours

·         Favourite Animals

·         Favourite Food

 Art:

In Art we will be looking at a range of different art skills.

Relationships and Health Education – Growing and Changing

·         Inside my wonderful body!

·         Taking care of a baby

·         Then and now

·         Who can help? (2)

·         Surprises and secrets

·         Keeping privates private

This week

In Maths, we have been counting to 100 in ones and tens. We have also been partitioning numbers within 100 using a part whole model.

In English, we have been adding the prefix ‘un’ to a root word and writing the days of the week.

In R.E, we have been learning about how Muslims show commitment to their faith.

In History, we have been discussing what a monarch is and where monarchs live.

In Science, we have been identifying and comparing a variety of common UK fish and amphibians.

In Relationships and Health Education, we have been learning about what the major internal parts in our bodies are called and what they do.

Have a brilliant weekend!

Mrs Hayes

 

Thursday 26th May

What a wonderful trip to Kew Gardens this week! The children all behaved brilliantly despite walking rather a long way to and from the bus stops. The highlight was a workshop entitled ‘Super Spines and Climbing Vines’ where the children got to see some of the rainforest plants we have been learning about. They particularly loved seeing some giant drip leaves and fly-eating, carnivorous plants! As well as the workshop the children explored some of the hot-houses and enjoyed time in the Children’s Garden.

Homework

Phonics – As we mentioned last week, the phonics screening checks will take place after the half term break. Please do continue practising as much as possible so they are well prepared on their return. We appreciate all your support and help with this.

Phonics screening week 1

Phonics screening week 2

Phonics screening week 3

Phonics screening week 4

The children’s spellings (for after the half term break) were given out on Monday 23rd May. Your children also went home with their Storybooks and homework books today. It would be helpful for all books to be returned on Tuesday 7th June.

Mathletics has been set for homework. This week is based on ‘halves’.

Voluntary homework

English – Tell a grown up and exclamation sentence, a question sentence and a statement.

Maths – After the break we are learning about money. See if you can name the coins in your piggy bank.

Humanities – Can you tell someone in your family about the Yagua Indians and where they live?

This week

We have finished most of our topics this week as the half term holiday approaches. In RE we learnt about the importance of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light. We learnt about how and why it was celebrate before playing Hanukkah bingo, recapping on all the key words!

In English we have (rather sadly) finished learning all about the rainforest with our non-fiction book. The children have really enjoyed this topic and wrote their own information text as the final piece of writing this week. We are very impressed with all the facts they have absorbed during the topic.

In Maths we finished looking at quarters and halves. Alongside looking at fractions of shapes we have been finding fractions of numbers such as a quarter of 12.

We found out all about Yagua Indians in Humanities, a traditional tribe of people living near the Amazon River. We learnt all about how they hunt and find food and also how they use the natural resources around them to make their homes.

In Art we created a giant spider! Following on from our lesson last week and using Louise Borgieos’ sculpture ‘Maman’ as inspiration, we use rolled-up newspaper create a spider with two parts to its body and 8 legs.

We hope you all have a lovely restful week. Remember school does not begin again until Tuesday 7th June.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 20th May

What a fantastic week!

If you have any Book Bag books or Storybooks at home that aren’t from this week’s homework please send them in for other children to read. Thanks so much!

Homework

Phonics – The first week back after half term we will be completing the Year One phonics screening checks. It is important that you are practising phonics at home. You will find the previous year’s phonics screening checks below. Please practise these over throughout the next two weeks. This will really help your child to prepare further for the phonics screening checks.

Phonics screening week 3

Phonics screening week 2

Phonics screening week 1

The children’s new spellings will be going out on Monday with the Book Bag book. The spelling test they took home on Monday 16th May will be tested on Monday 23rd. Book bag books need to be returned on Thursday.

The children will be given a Storybook on Thursdays (which they will have already read in class throughout the week). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books.

Mathletics has been set for homework. This week is based on ‘grouping in fives’.

Voluntary homework

English – Tell a grown up what subheadings you are going to use in your Amazon Rainforest information text.

Maths – We are learning about fractions so ask your child to share an amount into one half.

Science – Tell your adult the similarities and differences of a bird and a reptile.

This week

We have continued our work on fractions finding one quarter of shape. Following this we have been finding one quarter of an amount and one half of an amount.

In English, we have been continuing our work on a non-fiction book about rainforests. We started the week by making glossaries. Following this, we answered questions about an information text about the Rainforest. To finish the week, we have been planning our own information texts looking at what subheadings we are going to use.

In Geography, we have been comparing the life of a child living in London with the life of a child living in the Andes Mountains.

In Science, we have been identifying a variety of common UK birds and reptiles.

In R.E., we have been discussing the importance of Sukkot in Judaism.

In Relationships and Health Education, we talked about the importance of washing our hands.

In Art, we have started to create a giant spider sculpture out of newspaper.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friday 13th May

Please can all consumes come in on Monday for our first dress rehearsal! Well done to all the children for learning their lines, please continue to practise over the weekend so you are all perfect for next Thursday’s assembly.

Homework

The children’s new spellings will be going out on Monday with the Book Bag book. The spelling test they took home on Monday 9th May will be tested on Monday 16t. Book bag books need to be returned on Thursday.

The children will be given a Storybook on Thursdays (which they will have already read in class throughout the week). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books.

Mathletics has been set for homework. This week is based on ‘grouping in fives’.

Voluntary homework

English – Continue to practise the phonics assessments with your child.

Phonics screening week 2

Phonics screening week 1

We would also like you to get your child to practise reading (and writing) red words. These can be found on our class pages.

Maths – We are learning about fractions so ask your child to cut/break biscuits/pizzas/toast etc in halves and quarters.

RE – Tell your adult everything you have learnt about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish festival celebrating the New Year. 

This week

 

We have begun our unit on fractions in Maths and the children now know a fraction to be part of a whole. We are focusing on halves and quarters and the children have been finding and shading fractions of shapes and also halves of numbers.

In English, we have begun a non-fiction book about rainforests. We have discussed the difference between non-fiction and fiction and thought about our favourite facts from the book. In addition, we have been thinking about questions we would like to know the answers to, making sure we include a question mark.

In Geography, we have been looking at the unique weather and climate you would find in a rainforest.

In Science, we continued to learn about mammals and their features and looked specifically at a rabbit, labelling and identifying the main parts.

In Relationships and Health Education, we talked about the idea of a ‘learning line. When we learn something new there are ups and down and different stages and we often feel frustrated to begin with. However if we persevere we will get there and ultimately feel proud of ourselves.

Using Rousseau’s painting Tiger in a Tropical Storm as inspiration, we have created our own versions in Art this week, depicting a jaguar in a rainforest instead! Next week we will be creating a sculpture out of newspaper, please send in any unwanted/read newspapers in next week.

Enjoy your weekend and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at 9am next Thursday for our class assembly!

Friday 6th May

Well done to all the children who have learnt their lines for the assembly. Please make sure that all children know their lines and the song lyrics by Monday so we can start rehearsing in earnest!

In terms of costumes, if your child is a specific animal please choose and outfit in that colour:

Sloths – brown/black/grey leggings and t-shirt

Poison dart frog – bright t-shirt (red, yellow, green etc) and matching leggings

Red bellied piranha – red t-shirt/grey or black leggings

Jaguar – yellow/brown top and trousers/leggings

Howler monkey – brown/black/grey leggings and t-shirt

If your child is a narrator they can either choose to wear black leggings and a t-shirt and we will decorate them with leaves and flowers or they can dress as any rainforest animal they would like.

Any questions please do ask.

What a fantastic afternoon for grandparent’s day. It was so lovely to sing songs and show off what we have been getting up too.

Homework

The children’s new spellings will be going out on Monday with the Book Bag book. The spelling test they took home on Monday 2nd May will be tested this upcoming Monday. Book bag books need to be returned on Thursday.

The children will be given a Storybook on Thursdays (which they will have already read in class throughout the week). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books.

Mathletics has been set for homework. This week is based on ‘grouping in tens’.

Voluntary homework

English – Please practise the phonics assessment below. There is a mixture of alien words and real words for your child to read. They can sound out the word if they wish using ‘Fred in your head’ and will then need to say the word out loud.

Phonics screening week 1

Maths – Share objects between groups for example, 25 Lego blocks shared between 5 groups.

Geography – Tell a grown up what the capital of Peru is.

This week

In Maths we been using arrays to help us with repeated addition, learning how to double numbers and also how to share an amount.

In English, we have been planning and writing our own rainforest story based on ‘We’re Roaming in the Rainforest’.

In R.E, we are continuing to learn about Judaism looking at the festival of Rosh Hashanah and the importance of it.

We went to Peru in Geography as Paddington Bear and wrote an exciting letter about all of the things we saw.

In Science we talked about common mammals and their similarities and differences.

In Relationships and Health Education, we designed a healthy packed lunch for a school trip.

We made made ‘junk model animals’. Please can you save and bring in any recycling items such as cereal boxes, yoghurt pots, paper towel rolls etc over the next two weeks for McNaughton who are doing this lesson on Friday 13th May. Thank you!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friday 29th April

Hopefully everyone will have received their script for the class assembly on Thursday 19th May. Please do spend time over the long weekend learning the lines and the songs. I will send out details of costumes in the next week or so but if your child is not an animal, then we would like them to dress as a tree! So black/brown/green leggings and a t-shirt which we will decorate with leaves.

Homework

Having listened to feedback from the parents, the children’s spellings are now going out on a Monday with the Book Bag book and the spelling test will be the following Monday. Book bag books need to be returned on Thursday.

The children will then be given a Storybook on Thursdays (which they will have already read in class throughout the week). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books.

Mathletics has been set for homework. This week is based on ‘grouping twos’.

Voluntary homework

English – We have been learning about plurals. Think of a noun and see if you can write its plural – remember some are irregular!

Maths – Continue to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Science – Tell your parent and carer everything you know about mammals.

This week

In Maths we have been making arrays and explaining that they can be made in any order. For example, an egg box is an array as it has two rows of three so six eggs altogether. Or you could also say it has three rows of two which equals the same number. We have also been looking at doubling numbers and sharing objects equally.

In English, we have started a very fun text called ‘We’re Roaming in the Rainforest’. The children have loved meeting all the animals in the book and this week we have been learning about plurals and adding the ‘ing’ suffix to verbs.

In R.E, we are continuing to learn about Judaism with this week’s lesson looking at the festival of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, where a special horn called a ‘shofar’ is blown to signify the start of another year.

We went to Peru in Geography and found out a little more about the country. We learnt that the capital city of Lima is coastal. There are mountains called the Andes and much of the Amazon Rainforest lies in Peru. We then wrote postcards from Peru describing all the sights the country has to offer.

In Science we talked about common mammals found in the UK and what the defining features of mammals are.

We made clay snail shells in Art this week and next week we are making ‘junk model animals’. Please can you save and bring in any recycling items such as cereal boxes, yoghurt pots, paper towel rolls etc over the next two weeks. We will do this project on Thursday 5th May and McNaughton on Friday 13th May. Thank you!

How lovely to already have a long weekend ahead of us! Enjoy the bank holiday and see you all next week.

Friday 22nd April

What a great three days back!

Homework

The children’s next Book Bag Book will be given to them on Monday 25th April and needs to be returned on Thursday.

Spellings will now be going out on a Monday to be tested the following Monday. They must use their sheet to practise their spellings.

The children will be given a Storybook on Thursday 28th April (which they will have already read in class throughout the week). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books.

Mathletics has been set for homework. This week is based on ‘groups’.

Voluntary homework

English – Think of adjectives to describe summer.

Maths – Practise counting in twos, fives and tens.

Science – Describe your favourite animal to somebody and see if they can guess what it is.

This term

Here is an overview of this half term:

English texts:

  • ‘We’re Roaming in the Rainforest’ by Laurie Krebs and Anne Wilson
  • Rainforest (information text)
  • The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis

 Maths:

  • Multiplication and division (twos, fives and tens)
  • Fractions (halves and quarters)
  • Position and direction

R.E. – Why are they having a Jewish Party?

  • To know why people have parties and celebrations
  • To understand what happens at Rosh Hashanah
  • To explore why Rosh Hashanah is important for Jewish people
  • To know how Jewish people are celebrating at Sukkot To understand what the Jewish people are remembering at Sokkot
  • To understand why the Jews celebrate Hanukkah and how they celebrate it

Geography – Peru and the Rainforest

  • To locate South America on a world map and identify the country of Peru
  • To identify animals of Peru and the Amazon Rainforest
  • To explore the physical features of Peru
  • To explore the climate and weather of Peru
  • To compare life in the UK with life in Peru
  • To understand the culture of people living in the rainforest

Science – Animals including Humans

  • To be able to identify and name a variety of common animals
  • To able to identify and name a variety of common UK mammals
  • To be able to identify and compare a variety of common UK birds and reptiles
  • To be able to identify and compare a variety of common UK fish and amphibians
  • To be able to identify and sort carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

Computing – Computer Science and Digital Literacy

  • I’m a problem solver
  • How does my garden grow?
  • Share my iceberg work

Spanish:

  • Songs
  • Greeting
  • Mini role-play

 Art:

In Art we will be looking at a range of different art skills.

Relationships and Health Education – Being My Best

  • I can eat a rainbow
  • Eat well
  • Catch it! Bin it! Kill it!
  • Harold learns to ride his bike
  • Pass on the praise!
  • Harold has a bad day

This week

In Maths, have been making equal groups and adding equal groups.

In English, we have written a recount of our Easter holiday and have been doing some reading comprehension.

In R.E, we have been talking about festivals and what festivals we have celebrated.

In Geography, we have been looking at a world map and labelling the continents.

In Science, we have been describing a variety of pets.

Have a brilliant weekend and I shall see you all on Monday.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 1st April

We can’t believe it’s the end of the Spring term! Well done for producing such splendid Easter bonnets – the children all looked brilliant during the parade yesterday.

Homework

We are not setting homework for Year 1 in the Easter holidays. Having said that, you will find a phonics revision pack in your child’s bag. Please do spend some time getting them to read both the real words and ‘alien’ words as this practise will help them prepare for their phonics screening check in June. In addition, we obviously encourage you to read with your child as much as possible. In the summer term we will be introducing fractions in Maths so if you can, do also start introducing the language of halves and quarters.

Our week

What a brilliant day we had at Fulham Palace on Wednesday. Despite the slightly overcast day, the children really enjoyed the Toy Workshop and playing with new and old toys. I think the highlight (other than lunch!) was getting to make a peg doll or super hero at the end of the day. We just wanted to congratulate the children on their impeccable behaviour. Despite never going on a trip before they listened and followed instructions brilliantly and as a result all had a really fun day. The trip was timed perfectly with the last of our history lessons, where the children had to design a poster about a Toy Museum.

In Science, we have been drawing and labelling the different parts of plants and trees and also observing how the seeds we planted a few weeks ago have grown. Although they haven’t grown a huge amount, the children were able to see roots, stems and leaves beginning to appear.

In R.E. we have been looking at the final stages of the Easter story. We talked about the significance of both Good Friday and Easter Sunday and how, despite the events, it is a hopeful time for Christians to celebrate

In Maths, it has been very hands on this week. We have been continuing the topic of measurement but looking at mass and volume. The children were introduced to balance scales and had to work as a team to see how many ‘cubes’ balanced various objects. We then discussed volume and how we could tell if a container was full, half full or empty. We then predicted how many cups it would take to fill various containers.

We are very proud of how independent the children are becoming and of all the excellent progress they have made this term. We hope you all have a lovely restful Easter and look forward to seeing all the children back (after the inset day) on Wednesday 20th April.

Friday 25th March

What an excellent week in Year 1! It was so lovely to chat to you all at parents evening and tell you of all the wonderful things your children have been getting up to!

Homework

The children will have been given a Storybook yesterday (which they will have already read in class). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books. Their spelling test will be on Monday. Their next Book Bag Book will be given to them on Monday and needs to be returned on Thursday.

Mathletics has been set for homework. This week is based on ‘everyday length.

Voluntary homework

English – Design a monster for your own version of ‘We’re Going to Find the Monster’.

Maths – Use a ruler, measure different objects around your house in centimetres.

Science – See how many different types of trees you can name.

Our week

In English, we started the week by reading the story ‘We’re Going to Find the Monster’ again. The children have fallen in love with this book as have I. What a fantastic imagination the characters in the book have! We started the week by think about whether a sentence should end with an exclamation mark, full stop or question mark. On Tuesday, we thought of a variety of adjectives to describe different places we could go on an adventure. On Wednesday we looked at an exciting story Mrs Hayes had written based on the book ‘We’re Going to Find the Monster’ and had to pick out the adjectives exclamation marks, commas, capital letters and full stops. To finish the week, we wrote our own exciting stories based on the book using lots of exciting adjectives.

In Maths, we have been measuring different objects in our classroom. To start the week, we were measuring objects and ourselves using cubes and then we moved on to measuring in centimetres. We have also been comparing different objects to see which is longer and shorter.

In Humanities, we have been identifying toys that are old and toys that are old and toys that are new. We had to sort the adjectives that describe old and new toys into a Venn diagram. Adjectives that describe both went in the middle.

In Science, we have been identifying and describe a range of trees. We have been categorising them into evergreen trees and deciduous trees.

In R.E., we have been looking at the events of the Last Supper as told in the Bible.

In Relationships and Health Education, we have been talking about where people get money from and what it can be spent on.

In DT, we have been making windmills for the little mouse in the windmill. The children thoroughly enjoyed this activity and can’t wait to show them off to you!

Have a lovely, restful weekend.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 18th March

Spring is definitely in the air and the children have really enjoyed running around and enjoying the sunshine at breaks times (long may it continue!)

Homework

The children will have been given a Storybook yesterday (which they will have already read in class). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books. Their spelling test will be on Monday. Their next Book Bag Book will be given to them on Monday and needs to be returned on Thursday.

Mathletics has been set for homework. This week is based on ‘making numbers count’.

Library Books

A plea from Mrs Pereira the librarian: please can all children return their library books on Monday so they can be sorted and put away before the Easter holidays.

Voluntary homework

English – We have been discussing verbs in English which is a tricky one. Encourage your child to think of as many verbs as they can and act them out for you!

Maths – Find below a suggestion for Maths:

Maths Homework 18th March

RE – We have started thinking about Easter and discussed Palm Sunday today. It would be great if you can talk about the significance of Easter to Christians with your child.

Our week

We have started a new book in English called We’re Going to Find a Monster by Malorie Blackman. For the first lesson we predicted who or what the monster might be and came up with some excellent answers. We then looked at verbs and talked about how they are ‘doing words’ that tell us what is happening. We then highlighted different verbs in some of the book’s sentences. The week finished with some partner work coming up with a new map of the school and thinking what different areas of the school could be if they were the backdrop for a story. It was decided the adventure playground would be a scary, dark forest; the stairs a towering mountain and Mr Schumm’s office a dingy, smelly cave complete with a troll (don’t tell Mr Schumm!). Next week the children will be creating their own monster using exciting adjectives.

We have finished our Maths unit on place value by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. The children are really getting brilliant at this and can count to such high numbers. We have also practised counting in 1s to 100. Any work you can do on counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s would be really beneficial. We will be looking at Measurement: Length, Height, Weight and Volume in the next two weeks before the holiday.

As mentioned, we have started looking forward to Easter in RE and this week learnt all about Palm Sunday. We chatted about what it would be like to be part of the crowd on the first Palm Sunday when Jesus arrived into Jerusalem. We learnt that Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter and marks the beginning of Holy Week in the Christian calendar.

In Humanities, we continued looking at toys from the past. This week we focused on toys from the past decades including the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. We were fascinated to hear that some of the toys we play with have been around for a very long time such as Playdough (first played with in the 1950s) and Lego (which became huge in the 1960s.)

Art was continuing with the theme of seascapes specifically looking at the colours of the sky, the sea and the beach. We looked at some old painting of seascapes and discussed how to create different tones using lighter and darker colours. We then used watercolours to paint our own seascape masterpieces!

In Science, we have been identifying and describing wild plants. Some of the wild plants we identified and described were blackberry bushes, poppies, foxgloves, chamomiles, daisies and buttercups.

Have a lovely weekend and fingers crossed for more of this sunny weather!

Mrs Hayes

 

Friday 10th March

What an excellent week in Year 1! We hope you’ve enjoyed looking at all of our work in the Arts café today.

Homework

The children will have been given a Storybook yesterday (which they will have already read in class). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books. Their spelling test will be on Monday. Their next Book Bag Book will be given to them on Monday and needs to be returned on Thursday.

Mathletics has been set for homework. This week is based on ‘numbers within 50’.

Voluntary homework

English – Write a poem about a topic of your choice using ‘ing’ words and adjectives.

Maths – Find below a suggestion for Maths:

Maths Homework 10th March

Humanities – Ask a few grown up what toys they played with when they were younger. Can you compare them to any toys that you play with now?

Our week

In English, we started the week by reading the poem exemplar Mrs Magnolia. We had to think about what made it a ‘good’ poem. We identified that each sentence had full stops and capital letters. We also noticed that some good adjectives were used to make the sentences more exciting and that the first paragraph used rhyming words with the ‘oo’ sound and the second paragraph used words with the ‘oa’ sound. On Tuesday, we were adding the suffix ‘ing’ to root words for example sing became singing. We then had to include these words in sentences. On Wednesday, we planned our Mrs Magnolia poem and at the end of the week wrote our poetic masterpieces.

In Maths, we have been comparing numbers with 50 using the language more than, less than and equal to as well as the symbols <, > and =. We have also been ordering numbers within 50 from greatest to smallest and vice versa. We have begun our work on counting in twos. It would be great if you could start practising counting in fives at home as this is what we will be working on next week.

In Humanities, we looked at a selection of toys that our parents and grandparents would have played with and discussed the materials they were made out of and how to play with them.

In Science, we have been identifying and describing garden plants.

In R.E., we discussed what the word ‘Grace’ means to Christians and listened to the hymn Amazing Grace.  Afterwards we thought about the meaning behind the words and how we can also live in Grace.  We thought about why promises are important to keep and what the consequences might be if they are broken.

In Relationships and Health Education, we have been talking about our school environment, both indoors and outdoors – the things that we like about it and ways we can look after the school environment.

In Arts, we have been creating seascapes to create different textures. We used lentils, sand, cotton wool and a variety of different materials.

Have a lovely, restful weekend.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 4th March

This week the children have demonstrated their amazing artistic skills during Arts Week. The quality of work has been brilliant and we look forward to welcoming you to the Arts Café on Friday 11th where you can see their work on display (details and timings will be emailed out soon).

We have been using the work of acclaimed Turkish artist Fahrelnissa Zeid as inspiration this week. The children have explored her Islamic faith and created eye-catching mosques out of coloured card and stained glass windows using tissue and tracing paper. We then focused on Zeid’s statement fashion and jewellery choices, designing our own clothes and making chunky beaded bracelets and necklaces. We have also designed our own Islamic tiles, thinking about symmetry and finally worked as a team to put together large A3 collages made up of different shapes.

I’m sure most of the children will say the highlight of the week (apart from the delicious pancakes for lunch on Tuesday) was World Book Day. Everyone looked brilliant and it was great to see them beaming with pride as they circled the hall – something we haven’t been able to do for the last couple of years.

Finally, we were very lucky to have Maya’s mum Michelle in today. Michelle works at Kew Gardens and gave the children an exciting lesson on plants. The children were given a selection of herbs, flowers and leaves to look at through a magnifying glass and then they got into groups and went around the school’s garden trying to find certain plants. After that, Michelle identified and named certain plants and discussed whether or not they were edible before giving the children a delicious strawberry to eat!

Homework

The children will have been given a Storybook yesterday (which they will have already read in class). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books. Their spelling test will be on Monday. Their next Book Bag Book will be given to them on Monday and needs to be returned on Thursday.

Mathletics has been set for homework. This week is based on ‘compare numbers to 50’.

Voluntary homework

English – In English next week we will continue with our book Mr Magnolia and look at verbs ending in ‘ing’ (e.g. jumping, picking, making etc). Can your child think of any ‘ing’ verbs?

Maths – We have been working hard on counting to 50. See if you can count 50 items around your house both forwards and backwards.

Art – Create a collage made up of magazine cut outs.

Have a lovely, restful weekend.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 25th February

What a brilliant week we’ve had. I’ve loved hearing all about the children’s half terms.

Homework

The children will have been given a Storybook yesterday (which they will have already read in class). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books. Their spelling test will be on Monday. Their next Book Bag Book will be given to them on Monday and needs to be returned on Thursday.

Mathletics has been set for homework. This week is based on ‘making numbers count’.

Our poem for this half-term is Mister Magnolia. You will find it on our class page.

Voluntary homework

English – Can you think of any alternative spellings of the ‘oo’ sound? Remember the different spellings rules: ‘u-e’, ‘oo’ and ‘ew’. For example, boot, flute and newt.

Maths – Find below a suggestion for Maths:

Maths Homework 25th February

Science – When you are out on a walk or at the park, have a look at what plants you can see. Can you label any parts of them?

This term

Here is an overview of this half term:

English texts:

  • ‘Mister Magnolia’ by Quentin Blake
  • ‘We’re Going To Find The Monster’ by Malorie Blackman and Dapo Adeola
  • ‘My Dad is a Grizzly Bear’ by Swapna Haddow

Maths:

  • Place Value (within 50) (including multiples of 2, 5 and 10)
  • Measurement (length and height)
  • Measurement (weight and volume)

R.E. 1 – Noah and the Flood    

  • To be able to explore what the bible teaches in the story of Noah
  • To understand what ‘grace’ is and how it shown in the story of Noah

R.E. 2 – Why is Easter the most important Christian festival?

  • To understand what happened on Palm Sunday and what does it teach us about Jesus
  • To know what happened at the Last Supper and it teaches us about Jesus
  • To understand what happened on Good Friday and what it teaches us about Jesus
  • To know what happened on Easter Sunday and what it teaches us about Jesus

Geography – Toys (Past and Present)

  • To be able to describe the characteristics of toys.
  • To find out what toys our parents and grandparents played with
  • To find out what toys were like at different times in the past
  • To be able to identify toys that are old and toys that are new
  • To be able to describe how toys are different and how they are the same
  • To be able to create a toy museum

Science – Plants

  • To find out what a plant is
  • To identify and describe garden plants
  • To identify and describe wild plants
  • To identify and describe a range of trees
  • To identify the different parts of a plant.
  • To make observations of growing plants.

Computing 1- I can sort objects (information technology):

  • To sort objects in different ways
  • To sort on-screen objects using a computer
  • To use graphing software to record numbers of objects in different groups
  • To access and take part in an online class vote.

Computing 2 – Who painted this? (information technology):

  • To use a drawing software to create a picture and add a signature and name to the art work
  • To produce a portrait using a painting/drawing software and add a signature and name to the art work

Spanish:

  • Body parts
  • Numbers to 10
  • Ask and answer age

 Art:

In Art we will be looking at a range of different art skills.

Relationships and Health Education – Rights and Responsibilities:

  • Harold’s wash and brush up
  • Around and about the school
  • Taking care of something
  • Harold’s money
  • How should we look after our money?
  • Basic first aid

This week

In Maths, we started the week practising our counting to 50. We learnt about the place value of each number and discussed where it might live on the number line and why. We then had to count on from a given number and back using a number line to help us. The next day, we chose a number from a number card ranging from 10-50 and used a part whole model and dienes (tens and ones) to partition each number into tens and ones for example 49 would be partitioned into 4 tens and 9 ones. We then did the same on a place value grid. The following day we used the pictorial method and drew our tens and ones to help us partition numbers within 50. To finish our week, we have been finding one more and one less than a number within 50.

In English, we have started to look at the text ‘Mister Magnolia’ by Quentin Blake. To start the week we had to order the story and also discuss any rhyming words we found. On Tuesday, we completed a reading comprehension based on the book ‘Mister Magnolia’. On Wednesday, we were identifying alternative spellings of the ‘oo’ sound in the story ‘Mister Magnolia’. To finish the week we wrote sentences using rhyming words from the story ‘Mister Magnolia’.

In R.E, we have been looking at the story ‘Noah’s Ark’ and sequencing it.

In History, we looked at a variety of old and new toys. We then had to describe different characteristics of toys. Following this, we drew and described our favourite toy.

In Science, we were finding out what a plant is. We planted a variety of seeds. We had write what our seed will grow into, describe what it looks like today and draw a picture of it. Following this, we had to predict what our plant will look like in a few weeks and label it.

In Art, we have started to look at landscapes and composition. Today we created a seascape.

In Relationships and Health Education, Harold told us what he did for his morning routine. He even made a sound clip of him doing his morning routine. We then discussed some of the things that we do in the morning. To finish our lesson, we had to sequence Harold’s morning routine.

Have a brilliant weekend and I shall see you all on Monday.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 11th February

This half term seems to have flown by! I can’t believe we are now half way through the academic year! The children have been working very hard this week finishing off units and completing end of unit quizzes.

Our topic for Science after half term is plants. In our first week, we will be planting different seeds. It would be great if you could collect any jars such as jam jars and send them in for planting the first week back. Thank you!

Homework

The children were given their Storybook yesterday (which they will have already read in class). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books. Their spelling test will be on the Monday after half term. In addition, some children will come home with phonics ‘flash cards’. It would be a great help if you can practise these sounds with your child to make sure they are really confident with all the sounds we have taught this term.

Mathletics has also been set and this week it is a test based on addition and subtraction.

Voluntary homework

English – We have been looking at a poem this week and thinking about different rhyming words. Perhaps your children could come up with some different rhyming words and even write a mini-poem!

Maths – Find below a suggestion for Maths:

Maths Homework 11th February

RE – We have been thinking about the Christian story of Creation and how Christians are responsible for looking after all living things. Maybe ask your child to help around the house or do something kind for a sibling or family member.

Our week

We had a very special visit from Denis in RE today. He came in to talk about the role of his church (and churches in general) within the community. He talked about how he helps not only his parishioners but also the school and wider community of Shepherd’s Bush. We thought about how we could help those less fortunate than us.

In English we learnt about performing poetry. We read the poem Where Teachers Keep Their Pets by Paul Cookson and wrote about what pet we would bring to school and where we would hide it (poor Mr Schumm – most of the children said they’d keep their pets in his office!). We then looked at rhyming words and discussed how rhyme helps us remember and learn poems better. Finally we practised saying the poem in small groups before reciting it to the rest of the class.

We have now finished our unit on addition and subtraction in Maths. The final lesson was comparing different number sentences using the greater than, less than and equal to signs. The children seem to know these really well but perhaps you can give them some word problems at home such as ‘if you have 5 sweets and I have 7 sweets are my sweets more than, less than or equal to yours?’

Although not so relevant for Year 1, we discussed sharing pictures in Relationships and Health Education. We talked about how when we have phones or tablets of our own, we must always ask permission before taking a picture and sharing it on social media or sending it to other people. If ever we aren’t sure, we should talk to a parent, carer or teacher to help us.

We finished learning about life on a farm in Geography, by comparing farms to cities and towns. We discussed how farms tend to be in the countryside with open spaces and fields and enough room for barns. In the city and towns you will find many more houses, traffic, shops, restaurants and cinemas. Interesting half the class decided they would prefer to stay in the city (“so we can walk to school”) while half of the class loved the idea of living on a farm (“to be near lots of animals!”)

Finally in Science, we made a ‘wheel’ about materials writing a description about each material beneath its title. We then put the wheel together and tested each other on our knowledge of all the different materials we have learnt about.

As ever it has been a very busy half term and hope you all have a wonderful and restful break.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 4th February

What an exciting week! We’ve had coding day, DT day and made amazing dragon’s to celebrate Lunar New Year!

Homework

The children were given their Storybook yesterday (which they will have already read in class). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books. Their spelling test will be on Monday. A few parents have asked for tips with learning the spellings and we recommend getting your children to really think about what sound in each word we have learnt in phonics in the week. They should then be able to ‘fred’ (sound out) their words and then write them. All the words included in the spellings have already been taught in class so hopefully they shouldn’t find them too tricky to recall.

Mathletics has also been set and this week it is on related facts.

Voluntary homework

English – This we have been looked at a non-fiction text. Choose your favourite toy, teddy or doll. Research what children would have used in the olden days. Think of a sentence comparing the two objects using a word ending in the suffix ‘er’.

Maths – Find below a suggestion for Maths:

Maths Homework 4th February

Science – Set up an experiment to find out what materials are waterproof.

Our week

To begin the week in English we learnt what fiction and non-fiction is. We sorted sentences into the correct category (fiction or non-fiction). We then wrote sentences comparing new and old toys using the suffix ‘er’. To finish the week, we wrote information texts about old and new toys.

In Maths, we started our week doing a practical lesson based on the inverse which means opposite for example the inverse of 4 _ 2 = 6 is 6 – 2 = 4. We then moved on to a pictorial lesson using images and number lines to work out the inverse. At the end of the week we had to find the missing numbers in addition calculations.

In RE, we focused on one specific part of the creation story – the creation of Adam and Eve. We read Genesis 1: 26-31 and looked at verse 26 which says that God ‘created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them.’  We discussed that Christians therefore believe that humans are ‘made in the image of God’. We drew a picture of someone that is special to us and say what makes them special.

In Art, we made dragons to celebrate Lunar New Year. The children really enjoyed this activity and couldn’t wait to show them off to you.

In Geography, we learned about the different things that happen on a farm in each season. For example, in the spring baby animals such as lambs are born and in the autumn crops like potatoes are harvested. Then we made our own Seasons Wheel and drew pictures to show what happens on a farm during each of the different seasons.

In Science, we worked in small groups to investigate which materials would be best suited to make a waterproof umbrella for a soft teddy. The materials included newspaper, foil, fabric, plastic and tracing paper. First we predicted which material would be the best and then tested each one.

During coding day, we had a visit from Belinda who showed us a lot of exciting games we could play on Busy Things. One of the games was called ‘Beard Man’.

During DT day, we made a moving storyboard of ‘Humpty Dumpty’. We started our DT lesson by experimenting with how we could make a rabbit move in and out of a hat. After this, we moved onto our final masterpiece. We decorated our background of our ‘Humpty Dumpty’ scene. We then made 3 different Humpty Dumpty characters and two different soldier characters. To finish we created a scene using our storyboard and character.

In Relationships and Health Education, we talked about good and bad touches.

Something creative for a rainy weekend? Entries are now open to the ​Fourth Plinth Schools Awards 2022 | London City Hall

The deadline is March 12th. There is lots of information and inspiration on the website.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 28th January

We have had another busy week in the Year 1 classrooms.

Homework

The children were given their Storybook yesterday (which they will have already read in class). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books. Their spelling test will be on Monday. A few parents have asked for tips with learning the spellings and we recommend getting your children to really think about what sound in each word we have learnt in phonics in the week. They should then be able to ‘fred’ (sound out) their words and then write them. All the words included in the spellings have already been taught in class so hopefully they shouldn’t find them too tricky to recall.

Mathletics has also been set and this week it is on adding and subtracting problems.

Voluntary homework

English – This we have been looked at a non-fiction text. Perhaps your child can find another non-fiction text at home and find out some facts on a particular topic.

Maths – Find below a suggestion for Maths:

Maths Homework 28th January

R.E. – Think about some questions you would like to ask about God’s creaction.

Our week

In English we are looking at the non-fiction book Toys: Old and New. It compares new dolls, teddies, constructions toys and bikes to older versions. The children were very intrigued to find out teddies used to be made of sawdust and dolls’ faces were often made of china!

In Maths, we have been using tens frames and number lines to help us with subtraction. We have been looking at calculations and taking away counters to help find the answer and also thinking about jumping backwards on a number to help us see how many we have left.

In RE, we worked in partners to come up with some questions we wanted to ask God about his creation. We are an inquisitive bunch coming up with questions about why giraffes have long necks, why zebras have stripes and why the sky is blue!

Art this week was learning about mixing colours to make a new one. We just focused on green and learnt that mixing blue and yellow makes green. To make a darker green, we added more blue and to make a lighter shade we added more yellow. We then drew around our hands and painted each of our five fingers a different colour colour.

In Geography, we have been familiarising ourselves with a compass. We talked about the four main points, north, south, east and west and then worked out where north was in our classroom. We then worked in partners to navigate around a map of the farm, using the compass to help us.

We are continuing to look at materials in Science but this week really thinking about why we use certain materials for objects and not others.

In Relationships and Health Education, we talked about what medicine is and why adults need to look after medicines. We explained that at home our parent or carer would look after any medicine and in school a staff member would look after any medicine. We then read the story ‘what could Harold do?’ In this story, Harold found some medicine and told his mum. His mum then put it in a high place where children couldn’t reach it. Harold’s mum was very pleased that Harold told her about the medicine so that she could keep everyone safe. To finish our lesson, we played the game ‘help Tania ge t be tter’ which the children loved.

In Relationships and Health Education next week we will be talking about good and bad touches. This will obviously be sensitive and taught appropriately for a Year 1 class but thought we should make you aware should your child discuss it further at home.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 21st January

What a brilliant week we have had!

During the morning, please can you ensure your child is at school by 8.55 and pick up time is 3.25.

You will see that you will have been refunded the money for our lyric trip that was unfortunately cancelled in December.

Homework

The children will have been given a Storybook yesterday (which they will have already read in class). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books. Their spelling test will be on Monday. Their next Book Bag Book will be given to them on Monday and needs to be returned on Thursday.

Mathletics has also been set and this week it is on subtracting from 20.

Voluntary homework

English – Today we wrote a diary entry based on the book ‘Catch That Chicken’. Tell a grown up what happened to Lami in your diary entry.

Maths – Find below a suggestion for Maths:

Maths Homework 21st January

Humanities – Tell a grown up some of the buildings you could find on a farm.

Our week

In English, we started our week by looking at pictures of Lami at various points in the story ‘Catch That Chicken’ and thinking about how she was feeling. We talked about how our facial expressions and body language help show our feelings and then discussed how Lami felt proud, sad, relieved, excited and happy at different points in the story. We then looked at changing the present tense to the past tense. On Thursday, we planned our diary entry and finally on Friday wrote our fantastic diaries.

In Maths, we started our week adding numbers within twenty using part whole models, tens frames and number lines. We then moved on to subtraction within twenty using part whole models, tens frames and number lines.

In RE, we have been thinking about God’s creation and how mankind has not been looking after it properly. We discussed all the things that are happening in the world that are destroying it. We then chatted to our partners about what we could do to change this. Finally we all made posters naming all the things we should remember to do.

In Geography, we have been exploring features of a farm. We had to imagine we visited a farm and write a description of everything we saw.

In Science, we have been describing different materials according to their properties.

In Art, the class have been using Lego to paint. I’m sure they would love to tell you all about it!

In Relationships and Health Education, We started today’s lesson with a circle time. We had to pass the talk object around the circle and say ‘when I lost my _____ I felt _______. We discussed why it is upsetting to lose something, how it feels when you have found something that you thought you’d lost and if you didn’t find the item, were you able to replace the item. We read through the story ‘Harold loses Geoffrey and stopped at key points in the story to discuss different parts. On one half of a piece of paper we wrote ‘when I left my _______ I felt _______’ and drew a picture of our emotions. On the other side we wrote ‘when I find something I’ve lost I feel _______________’ and drew a picture of our emotions at that time.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 14th January

It’s been a busy week but the children seem very happy to be back which is great to see.

Homework

The children will have been given a Storybook yesterday (which they will have already read in class). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books. Their spelling test will be on Monday. Their next Book Bag Book will be given to them on Monday and needs to be returned on Thursday.

Mathletics has also been set and this week it is on adding and subtracting within 20.

Our poem for this half-term is ‘Frost’ by Valerie Bloom. The children will need to learn this poem by the end of this half term.

Frost Valerie Bloom Donaldson poem

Voluntary homework

English – Show off your new knowledge of comparative adjectives by telling an adult some different words ending in ‘er’ and ‘est’ for example, the dog is big. The lion is bigger. The elephant is the biggest.

Maths – Find below a suggestion for Maths:

Maths Homework 14th January

Science – How many objects around your house are made of metal? How many are made of glass? How many are made of plastic?

Our week

We have started our new English text called Catch that Chicken by Atinuke. We started the week sequencing the story and then looked at a comprehension on the book. We also introduced the idea of comparative adjectives (as there are some mentioned in the story) and looked at adding ‘er’ and ‘est’ to different words. Finally this week, the children were thinking about the differences between where the story is set – a village in rural Africa – and where we live.

In Maths we have been looking at counting on as a way of adding one and two digit numbers. We have used different resources to help us such as tens frames, number lines and objects. Next week we will be focusing on different ways to add and subtracting within 10.

In RE we are continuing to look at the Christian creation story and thinking about how the world has changed and whether God would be happy about these changes.

Geography this term is looking at different farms. The children were very enthusiastic about telling stories of when they have visited farms and fed various animals. We found out there are three different types of farms, livestock, arable and dairy and then discussed the differences.

In Science, we have been discussing what different objects in our classroom are made of.

Finally in Art we looked at sketchbooks and how they should be used for jotting ideas and a way of try out new methods and materials.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 7th January

Happy New Year all! I hope everyone had a brilliant Christmas break. It has been so nice to see your lovely children the past two days. They’ve returned to school with huge smiles on their faces. We’ve had a brilliant two days!

Homework

We will be starting our homework schedule next week where the children will be given a Book Bag Book on Monday, which will need to be returned on Thursday. On Thursday they will be given a Storybook (which they will have already read in class). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books. They will be given their first set of spellings on Thursday 13th January, which will be tested on Monday 17th January.

Please return any Book Bag Books and Storybooks you have at home by Monday 10th January so these can be given out to another child.

We will be visiting the library on Monday where they children will get to choose their first library book to take home in the spring term. If you have a library book at home that needs to be returned please send it in on Monday 10th January.

Mathletics has been set for homework. This week is based on adding three-digit numbers.

Voluntary homework

English – Tell a grown up something that happened in the past. Count how many words you say that end in the suffix ‘ed’.

Maths – Find below a suggestion for Maths:

Maths Homework 7th January

R.E – Tell you grown up ‘The Story of Creation’. Can you think of actions to help you remember what happened on each day?

This term

Here is an overview of this half term:

English texts:

  • Catch That Chicken by Atinuke
  • Toys (information texts)
  • Mr Magnolia by Quentin Blake

Maths:

  • Addition and subtractions within 20
  • Place Value (within 50) (including multiples of 2, 5 and 10)
  • Measurement (length and height)
  • Measurement (weight and volume)

R.E. – Creation and Our Responsibility for It:

  • To explore what the story of Creation teaches us about the world
  • To recognise how we look after the God’s Creation
  • To understand how God wants us to look after creation
  • To discuss what we would like to ask God about creation and the world
  • To explore how Christians believe we are ‘made in God’s image
  • To understand how Christians care for other people

Geography – At the Farm:

  • To explore what farms are and why they are important
  • To explore the features of a farm
  • To be able to use a simple map and symbols to navigate around a farm
  • To explore how seasons affect life on a farm
  • To explore the differences between life on a farm and life in the city
  • To recall and think about what we have learnt.

Science – Everyday Materials:

  • To be able to identify a variety of common materials
  • To be able to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • To be able to describe materials according to their properties
  • To be able to describe why some materials suit certain objects better than others
  • To carry out an experiment to find out which materials are waterproof
  • To recap what we have learnt about everyday materials.

Computing – Smartie the Penguin (digital literacy):

  • To discuss the e-safety message from an online resource
  • To identify trusted adults you can go to if you have a problem online

Computing – Robot Words (information technology):

  • To use a word bank to create simple sentences
  • To use a word bank and a keyboard to create simple sentences
  • To create a poem using a word bank and a keyboard

Spanish:

  • Days of the week
  • Memory animals
  • Songs

 Art

In Art we will be looking at a range of different art skills.

This week

In Relationships and Health Education, we have been discussing different ways to stay healthy. We also discussed what happens to our body when we feel nervous or worried and how does our body react and change.

On Monday, we will have an online visit from the life bus where Harold the giraffe will be talking to us all about our feelings. We did a circle time to discuss our feelings on Thursday prior to our online lesson.

In English, the children have been writing a recount of their Christmas holidays using the suffix ‘ed’. I loved hearing about what everyone got up to over the Christmas period.

We read and talked about what happened in ‘The Story of Creation’ from The Bible and described what Christians learn from it. We made our own ‘The Story of Creation’ wheel

In Maths, we have been looking at repeating patterns with 2D shapes.

In Science, we have been identifying common materials and searching our classroom for object made from those materials.

In Art, we have been creating African animal sunsets.

A massive thank you again for your generous Christmas voucher, gifts and thoughtful cards. I really appreciate it.

Have a brilliant weekend and I shall see you all on Monday.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 17th December

What a brilliant end to the first term of Year 1. We have had a busy, craft-filled last week. You will see some rather impressive wreaths and Christmas cards coming home today and we also managed to squeeze in a party – complete with dancing and games – and a Christmas film.

You will be thrilled to hear that there is no homework for the children over the Christmas break but please do continue to read with your child as much as possible. Any work on handwriting would also be useful – although I have say we have seen such a huge improvement over the last few weeks.

A little request: please can we ask children not to come in with toys (unless for a show and tell). Children seem to be sneaking things into their bags and they really shouldn’t have toys from home as they are bound to get lost or broken.

We both want to thank you for all your support this term. It has been a pleasure getting to know all your children and watch them grow and learn. We wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to another great term to start 2022!

Best wishes,

Mrs Hayes

Friday 10th December

Homework

The children will have been given a Storybook yesterday (which they will have already read in class). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books. Their spelling test will be on Monday. Their next Book Bag Book will be given to them on Monday and needs to be returned on Thursday.

There will be no homework on Thursday 16th December so that the children have a nice break over the Christmas period. Mrs Pereira has asked for any library books that haven’t been handed in to be handed in on Monday. The children will take their next library book home on our first library session in the New Year.

Mathletics this week is on shape. If you finish, go onto live Mathletics.

Voluntary homework

English – Write a letter to Father Christmas. Try to use adjectives, full stops, capital letters and plural nouns. You could tell him about all the incredible things we have been up to in school this week.

Maths – Find below a suggestion for Maths:

Maths Homework 10th December

Humanities – Build a car or a train with different objects around your house.

Our week

What incredible children you have! They were absolutely amazing in our KS1 Nativity. I was so proud of them all. They had huge smiles on their faces, sang beautifully and showed some pretty impressive dance moves. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

Today we made delicious muffins which are being sold at the Christmas fare tomorrow! We even got to eat one today.

In Maths, we have been naming different 2-D shapes. We have also been discussing the properties of 3-D shapes such as vertices and faces.

In English, we have been completing some reading, grammar, spelling and punctuation assessments. The class did really well and worked extremely hard.

In Science, we have been investigating into the sense of hearing. We listened to a variety of music and discussed what we could hear.

In Humanities, we found out about racing cars and made our very own racing cars.

In R.E, we were comparing King Herod and The Grinch.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 3rd December

Homework

 

Firstly, a big thank you for embracing our new homework in Year 1. If you have any questions about it, please do get in touch. As last week, the children will have been given a Storybook yesterday (which they will have already read in class). They should read the green words and speed words, read the story, discuss the questions about the text and write sentences in their homework books. Their spelling test will be on Monday. Their next Book Bag Book will be given to them on Monday and needs to be returned on Thursday.

 

Mathletics this week is on shape. If you finish, go onto live Mathletics.

 

Thank you for practicing the nativity songs! Please keep doing so this weekend so they are ready for their performances on Thursday 9th. There are two shows of the nativity play, one at 9.30am and one at 2pm. You do not have to book a ticket for the nativity however, you will need to wear a mask.

 

Voluntary homework

English – Please think of some question sentences. Don’t forget these often end in how, why, what, when, who and they always include a question mark at the end.

Maths – Find below a suggestion for Maths:

Maths Homework 3rd December

Science – We have been talking about the sense of taste this week so think about the foods you eat at home and see if you can say whether they are sweet, salty or sour.

Our week

Please could you continue to send in your recycling on Monday and Tuesday for our robot making on Tuesday. The more we have the better!

In Maths, we finished our unit on subtraction and addition. The final lesson was discussing how the two operations are the inverse of one another. This was a tricky concept for the children to understand so keep practicing adding two numbers and finding an answer and then using the same three numbers in a subtraction sentence. We started thinking about 3D shapes this week. The children learnt about cuboids, cubes, square-based pyramids, cones, cylinders and spheres. We discussed their different properties and introduced the language of vertices and faces. Have a look at home for any 3D shapes you can see and let us know what they are.

In English, the children made a posted searching for the Big Bad Wolf in the Three Little Pigs. They described the wolf with excited adjectives and explained what he was like and how he behaved using words with the prefix ‘un’ (e.g. unkind, unhappy and unfriendly). Finally they names the Big Bad Wolf and asked a question about him.

In Science, we have been exploring the sense of taste. The children all tasted a small selection of foods (lemon, crisps, strawberries, biscuits and olives) and had to describe whether they were sweet, salty or sour.

In Humanities, we found out about the first moon landing. We learnt that the US sent three astronauts to the moon in 1969 and watched very grainy footage of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon and saying “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!”  We then answered a few questions about the moon landing and thought about why people were so excited and interested in exploring space.

In R.E, we have been discussing the role of the shepherds in the nativity story.

In Art, we have been looked at Keith Haring however this time we have been drawing dancers intertwining with each other. We then drew Haring’s signature ‘lines’ in the background.

Science in residence

This week’s Science session was entitled From The Jungle and the pupils found themselves stuck in the canopies after parachuting out of a stricken aeroplane. They had to fashion a basket for a Lego person to slide down a zip wire to the jungle floor.

They then encountered a wizard who would only let them pass if they unscrambled the names of some of the materials they’d been studying in the previous sessions.

Having done that, they had to create a bridge to span crocodile infested waters. The bridge had to be freestanding and capable of holding the weight of a few handfuls of coins.

A troll blocked the way to a ramp and the price of passage was the successful completion of a word search containing the names of materials. Word search completed, they could send the Lego figure down the ramp to a sandpit. They had to build two sandcastles and lay a ruler between them to straddle the sandpit.

Finally, the satellite phone they needed to call their rescue party was locked in a coded box. The code was in the form of numbers (A=1, B=2, C=3 etc). Deciphering the code revealed the code words to be “friction”, “floating” and “sinking” – all key words they’d spent the last two weeks exploring.

It was certainly a fun way to round off and recap the materials topic.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 26th November

Homework

Children have been given a Storybook to bring home, this is a book they have been introduced to in their phonics group this week. There are 4 activities for the children to complete with their grown-ups – you can spread them out or do them all at once, depending on what works for you and your family.

  1. Read green, red and speed words (the speed words are usually at the back of the book).
  2. Read the story.
  3. Discuss the questions at the back of the book about the text.
  4. Write sentences based on the story (the exact number and nature of the sentences will be explained in your child’s homework book).

Each child has been given spellings, which are taken directly from their phonics learning. These will be tested on a Monday.

The Storybooks and Homework books should be retuned on a Monday along with their library book.

On Mathletics, you have been set two new tasks from the Addition and Subtraction Unit. Please only do the tasks that we have set you. If you finish, go onto live Mathletics.

Over the next week, please can they also learn the lyrics for ‘Uh-huh-oh-yeah’ and ‘Fit For a King’ and go over the dance moves.

‘Uh-huh-oh-yeah’

https://youtu.be/a-85CdaMYpU

Fit For A King!

https://youtube.com/shorts/WDjI_gkLXNU?feature=share

You will find the lyrics here:

The Inn-Spectors lyrics

Voluntary homework

English – Think of some adjective to describe the wolf from ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and put them in a sentence. You don’t have to write these down. You can tell them to your grown-up.

Maths – Find below a suggestion for Maths:

Maths Homework 26th November

Science – We have been talking about two of the five senses (touch and sight). Tell your grown-up five things you can see and think of an adjective (describing word) for five different objects you have touched.

Our week

Next week in Art, we will be making our very own robots out of recycling. Please could you keep any recycling from now and next Thursday and send it in to school. McNaughton will be making their robots on Friday 3rd December and Donaldson will be making them on Thursday 2nd December.

In English, we learnt that a noun is a naming word. Following this, we looked at how we can change singular nouns. We discussed that we add ‘s’ at the end of certain singular nouns to make them plural however, if a singular noun ends in the sound ‘sh’, ‘ch’, ‘ss’, ‘s’, ‘x’ or ‘z’ you need to add ‘es’ at the end to make it plural. If a word ends in a ‘y’ swap the y for an ‘i’ and add es. On Tuesday, we read the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and stopped at various point to discuss how a character might be feeling. We then discussed the characterisations of the three little pigs and the wolf as well as how they might walk and what they might sound like. In groups of 4, we acted the story out from beginning to end. To finish our lesson, we had to create a scene for after the story had finished. To finish the week, we completed a reading comprehension based on ‘The Three Little Pigs’.

In Maths, we were continuing to think about subtraction however this time we looked at using part whole models to help us work out number sentences. We discussed how the whole is the amount that you start with and the parts are made up of what you take away and what is left. Then in pairs, we looked at some word problems and for each of them drew a picture, a part whole model and a subtraction sentence. To finish the week, we looked at the different between two numbers using the stem sentence ‘The different between ____ and ____ is ______’.

In Science, we have been learning about another of the five senses (touch). The children had a bag of different objects that they had to touch and think of three adjectives to describe each object.

In Humanities, we found out about the first aeroplanes. We learnt that first glider was made 200 years ago but only stayed in the air for a few seconds. The Wright brothers then began designing ‘flying machines’ and in 1903 the first engine powered aeroplane flight took place. Finally, we looked at aeroplanes and airports today and discussed how they are different.

In R.E, we talked about Mary and Joseph’s role in the Nativity story and why they were chosen.

In Art, we have been looked at Keith Haring however this time we have been drawing dancers intertwining with each other. We then drew Haring’s signature ‘lines’ in the background.

Science in residence

This week Year 1 continued to explore materials with Scientist-in-Residence Colin Stuart. The focus this time around was friction.

First the students interleaved the pages of two books and were surprised to find that they couldn’t pull them apart again.

Now clued in to the fact that friction stops materials from sliding over one another easily, they built a hovercroft. Colin had glued a bottle cap to a CD and by attaching a blown up balloon to the cap the escaping air provided a cushion on which the CD could glide across the table more easily.

The students were also able to lift a water bottle filled with rice using just a pencil. Jabbed hard into the rice, friction stopped the pencil sliding out easily.

Finally, the session was rounded off by covering wooden ramps in various materials before sliding cars down them. The children correctly predicted that the car would move fastest down the smoothest ramp.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 19th November

I hope you have all seen the email regarding the new reading books and homework. This change will start on Monday and spellings will be sent home with the green homework book on Thursday so there will be no homework this weekend. There will still be Mathletics and if your children are desperate to do some work please suggest they think of any words starting in the prefix ‘un’ and for Maths they can practice taking away. For more information on the new homework routine, I have added the letter in a separate blog below.

In English, we have been writing instructions for making a Leaf Man. We began the week making our own versions with lovely autumn leaves and then learnt how instructions need to include bossy (imperative) verbs and sentence starters. We then wrote our own version of the instructions remembering capital letters and full stops.

We finished our Maths topic on addition thinking about ‘counting on’ using a number line. Now we are looking at subtraction. In class the topic was introduced with the idea of ‘how many left’ and today the children were introduced to the subtraction symbol and wrote their own number sentences.

Humanities has been once again focused on transport in the past and this week the children learnt about the first cars. They then had to order pictures of cars from earliest to latest and explain how they have changed over time. I think most children agreed that they would like a newer model car when they’re older!

In Relationships and Health, we talked about what ‘fair’ means and how we should all be treating each other with the same kindness. We then talked about what bullying is, why it sometimes happens and what we can do if we think someone is bullying us.

It may be only November but we are turning our attention to the Christmas Story in RE. This week’s lesson, the first of four, introduced the character of the Angel Gabriel. We discussed the good news he announced to Mary and Joseph and chatted about his importance in the Christmas Story.

Finally, Colin, our in-house scientist, was back today and the children had a brilliant time.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hayes

Homework and reading information

The way we are organising homework in Year 1 is changing.

In line with the latest research and Ofsted guidance, from now on all of the children’s reading homework will directly relate to the phonics sounds they have been learning and practising at school that week.

Children will bring home two books a week, both reflecting the phonic sounds that have been revisited and learnt that week. The general program of homework is laid out below along with the days homework / reading books will be issued and need to be returned.

Monday Children will be given a Book Bag Book to bring home and read to their grown-ups. There are also questions to discuss at the back of the book to help with comprehension. Ideally this book should be read each evening – revisiting the text creates confidence and promotes long term learning.

 

The Book Bag Books should be returned on a Thursday.

 

Thursday Children will be given a Storybook to bring home, this is a book they have been introduced to in their phonics group that week. There are 4 activities for the children to complete with their grown-ups – you can spread them out or do them all at once, depending on what works for you and your family.

 

1: Read green, red and speed words (the speed words are usually at the back of the book).

2: Read the story

3: Discuss the questions at the back of the book about the text

4: Write sentences based on the story (the exact number and nature of the sentences will be explained in your child’s homework book).   

 

The Storybooks and Homework books should be retuned on a Monday.

 

Children will also be given spellings on a Thursday – taken directly from their phonics learning. These will be tested on a Monday.

On the weekly class blog, suggestions of English, Maths and a Foundation Subject activity will be given – these are voluntary. Children are welcome to bring in any work they have completed to share with the teacher but it will not be marked. The idea is that they are practical, fun activities to help embed long term learning or introduce new topics or ideas.

On a Monday, the children will also be bringing home a library book each week. These books are meant to be read together and are likely to be above the level most children are currently reading. These books should be read for pleasure but feel free to point out words the children know and especially red words and those that feature recently learnt or practised phonic sounds. Library books should be returned by Monday. Please be aware that, if a child does not return their book, they will not be permitted to take out a new one until either it or a replacement copy has be brought in.

This new program will begin this Monday 22nd November.

We thank you for your continued support.

 

Friday 12th November

Another great week with your lovely children!

Our digital library system ‘reading cloud’ is extending its reach to include Year 1. This means that as of next week, Year 1 will visit the library every Monday to borrow a book of their choice. The book will need to be returned the following Monday to ensure your child can borrow a new book. This book is a book that you can read to them. It would be really great if you can ask them some comprehension questions throughout and after reading the book.

As of next week, our Year 1 reading scheme will be changing to link up with our Read Write Inc phonics. We will inform you of everything you need to know about this before the books are changed. On Monday the children will receive two books from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme that we have been using so far this year along with their new book from the library.

We are starting to learn the choreography for our class nativity song ‘Uh-huh, Oh yeah’. It would be great if your child could practice what we have learnt so far. Here is a link of Miss Whiting doing the moves we have learnt so far:

In English, we have been writing a descriptive piece of writing about the Gruffalo. This is something the children have loved and have created such fantastic work from. We even wrote our first paragraph. Very exciting! To begin the week, the class thought about what adjectives they wanted to use to describe the Gruffalo. Following this, we introduced the joining word ‘and’. We then wrote extended sentences describing the Gruffalo using our interesting adjectives, capital letters, full stop and ‘and’. I was extremely proud of them all!

In Maths, we have been working on our number bonds to 10 and 20 through physical and pictorial concepts. We have also been comparing two different calculations using our greater than, less than and equal to symbols.

In Humanities, we have been finding out about the inventions of trains.

In Science, we have been exploring what part of our bodies we use for different activities.

In R.E, we have been developing an understanding of the importance of saints to Christians and suggesting reasons why saints are important to Christianity.

In Art, we have been looking at the work of Bernard Stanley Hoyes. We were inspired by Hoye’s art work ‘The Dancing Lady’. Using oil pastels, pencils and black felt tips, we created our own versions of this art work.

In Relationships and Health Education, we have been discussing our similarities and differences.

In Computing, we have been learning about algorithms and debugging.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 5th November

We’ve had a lovely week back after half term. I’ve loved hearing about what the children got up to over the holidays.

If you have time this weekend, please could you collect some autumn leaves and bring them in to school on Monday ready for our new English unit.

Yesterday we learnt about Diwali and decorated some Diwali pictures.

In English, we have been reading ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. We started the week sequencing the story and creating our very own endings. We had a very exciting acting lesson where we thought about how each character from the book might walk and talk. In groups of three, the class acted out the story from beginning to end and also created a scene based on what they thought would happen after the story had ended. On Wednesday, we completed a reading comprehension based on ‘The Gruffalo’. To finish the week, we identified key features of a descriptive text about the Gruffalo. We picked out adjectives and joining words. On Monday, we will be thinking of our own adjectives for the Gruffalo. It would be fantastic if the children could start thinking about these over the weekend.

In Maths, we have been adding two one-digit numbers and a one-digit and a two-digit number. We have also been working on our number bonds to ten using a tens frame. To finish the week we practised our number bonds to ten using rainbows.

In Science, we have started our new topic ‘My body’. This week we have been naming and labelling different parts of our body.

In Humanities, we start our new topic ‘transport’. This week we have been grouping different modes of transport into old and new.

In R.E, we have started our new topic ‘why are saints important to Christianity?’ and this week we have been identifying what a saint is and discussing who the saint of our school is.

In Art, we have been looking at Paul Klee’s work and creating our own art based on his work.

In Relationships and Health Education, we have been celebrating our differences.

Yesterday, Y1 had their first session with Scientist-in-Residence Colin Stuart. The focus was on materials, particularly experiments involving water and the concepts of floating and sinking.

First they predicted whether raisins would float or sink when dropped into a bottle of water. The raisins sank, but the children were surprised to find them floating when dropped into a second bottle of fizzy water.

Next they made an “Ocean in a Bottle” by first adding some blue food colouring to water in the bottom of a bottle and then topping it up with cooking oil. The result was a clear separation between the two liquids, with the oil floating on the water.

Then came the eggs. The students carefully placed an egg in a jug of water, where it sank to the bottom. But they were able to make it float by adding salt to the water.

Finally they coloured in ducks, some with felt tips and some with crayons. Colin then sprayed the drawings with water to show the wax to be waterproof, but the ink not.

Have a great weekend all!

Friday 22nd October

We began the week with an assembly celebrating Black Voices. The particular focus this year has been on ground breaking scientists. In 1 Donaldson, we studied Wangari Maathai who was an important environmentalist in Kenya. She began something called the Green Belt Movement which encouraged women, in particular, to plant trees all across Kenya. She was honoured with the Nobel Peace prize in 2004 – the first African woman to receive the award. We started off by reading a story about Wangari and watched a video of Wangari herself talking about her mission to make Kenya a green and verdant country. Then in celebration of Wangari’s trees, the children created their own trees made from real autumn leaves (thank you for the contributions!) and on the trunks wrote key words about why trees are so important to the planet. Finally today, we had a go a recreating one of Wangari’s trademark African headscarves by block printing onto a strip of material – the results are brilliant!

We have also enjoyed a successful DT day on Wednesday. The whole school have been making puppets and in Year 1 we chose to create animals, inspired by our English book Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion. Using paper plates, card, paint and sticks, the children made either a hippo, crocodile, giraffe or monkey. Hopefully you will have now seen their fabulous creations.

Today was Red Card to Racism Day. We read a good book called ‘What is Racism’ and then had a discussion about the book. The children have all be very mature about understanding the importance of treating everyone equally and fairly.

Inspired by our puppet making skills, we rounded off our English unit on Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by acting out scenes from the book. We made a mini ‘stage’ and the children performed the book with puppet cuts outs of the main characters!

In amongst all of this, we have finished off several units of work: we finished learning about Islam in RE, thinking about where we Live in Humanities, and looking at the changing seasons in Science. In Maths we will continue to look at addition after half term break.

Phew! I am sure all your children are exhausted after such a jam-packed week. I just want to say how fantastic they have been this half of term. The jump from Reception is – as you all know – fairly significant but all the children have had a great first half of term. They all deserve lots of treats and well-earned rest!

Finally, on a housekeeping note, a few children are still having little ‘accidents’ so please can we request children bring in spare underwear and tights/shorts as we do not currently hold may spares in school.

I hope you all have a lovely half term.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 15th October

The Year 1 classes have been transformed into a riot of red and yellow for Hispanic Day today! After a brilliant flamenco workshop by Ilusion Flamenca we were lucky enough to have Jennie read us the book Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. She read the Spanish version and then gave us a quick summary in English so we knew what was happening! After that, we made beautiful tissue paper flowers inspired by Fernando’s love of nature. We all found out a little bit more about Spain and then decorated and made some fans. Finally to round off a very busy day, we enjoyed practising yoga and learning Spanish words with Juliana.

In English, we started a lovely new book called Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion, a modern reworking of the classic Little Red Riding Hood. We began the week predicting what might happen in this new version of the story and then sequenced the different scenes. Finally our grammar focus was to look at what verbs are and talk about how their suffixes often change eg from walk to walking.

In Maths, we are using ‘part whole models’ to help us understand that when adding two numbers together, there are two parts that make the total or whole. It is a tricky concept for the children to understand but they have listened and worked brilliantly. We will be continuing with addition next week and the beginning of Autumn 2 to really make sure the children feel comfortable with the topic.

In Relationships and Health Education, we have talked about friends and the recipe for a good friendship. Our class is full of kind and caring children but sometimes it is good to be reminded that we need to be kind and patient with each other. On that note, we introduced the idea of a kindness badge that children being particularly considerate with their peers will get to wear for a week.

In R.E, we learnt about Mosques and the important rituals that take place in them and found out that some mosques are beautiful and grand but some are just ordinary houses. We then made and decorated our own pictures of a mosque.

Finally, in Science, we looked in more detail at the different weather we get during the seasons and thought about the symbols used to show different weather on a weather forecast.

Next week is Black Voices week and we will be learning about the Kenya environmentalist Wangari Maathai. On Tuesday, we will be making trees using real leaves so please can I request that you collect any lovely leaves you spot in the park this weekend and bring them in on Monday.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 8th October

Year 1 have had a brilliant week! Next Friday is Hispanic day and our year group’s country is Spain! We will be looking at the book ‘The Story of Ferdinand’ by Munro Leaf.

 

In English, we have been writing question sentences based on ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?’ which the class were amazing at! They were excellent at using question marks at the end of their sentences. They loved drawing question marks in the air during our class input as well. We also looked at rhyming words and how we could use rhyming words in our writing. In partners, the class played a rhyming words game, which they loved! Towards the end of the week the class planned their own version of ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?’ where they had to choose a selection of animal and colours along with a selection of verbs. At the end of the week, the class wrote their own story using their plan to help them. Everyone did amazingly and we were so proud of them all!

 

In Maths, we started the week by ordering numbers on a number line and recognising one more and one less than a given number. Following this, we looked at ordinal numbers. We read a story about animals running a race and had to order them from 1st to 10th place. Towards the end the week, we revised everything we have learnt so far in place value and then completed a place value test.

 

In Art, we created our own piece of pop art based on the artist Andy Warhol. The class traced a picture of themselves and transferred this four times onto a piece of paper. They then chose four contrasting colours to use for their pop art self-portraits.

 

In R.E, we discussed how and to whom Muslims pray. We discussed that Muslims use a prayer mat when they pray to Allah and that prayer is very important for Muslims and is called ‘Salah’. We talked about the importance of being ready (clean) and facing Mecca (a holy place) when they pray. The class then designed a prayer mat.

In Humanities, the class have been describing where they live and in Science we have been discussing how daylight changed with the different seasons.

In Relationships and Health Education we have been talking about who is special to us.

I hope everyone has a brilliant weekend!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 1st October

We’ve had a lovely week and have produced some incredible work. Your children are amazing! We loved going to church on Thursday to celebrate Harvest Festival. It was so lovely to hear all of the children singing together.

In English, we started the week by writing our final instruction text based on making a honey sandwich. We are now experts at this! The children used lots of imperative (bossy) words and time starters. On Tuesday, we started our new English unit based on the book ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ by Bill Martin JR and Eric Carle. We listened to the story being read and then had to try to remember the order that the animals appeared in the story. Following this, we answered questions that were based on the book. Finishing off the week, we wrote question sentences based on our new book. The children were really focussing on using a question mark at the end of a question sentence rather than a full stop.

In Maths, we have been using the language greater than, less than and equal to along with the symbols < > and =. The children were comparing numbers using both the language and symbols. We have also been ordering groups of objects and numbers. To finish off the week, the class worked in a carousel where they completed 6 tasks. Task 1 was to order a set of dominoes from smallest to greatest according to the amount of dots they have and vice versa. Task 2 was to order Numicon from smallest to greatest and vice versa. Task 3 was to order numerals from smallest to greatest and vice versa. Task 4 was to order words (numbers) from smallest to greatest and vice versa. Task 5 was to create a patterns using dienes and a sequence of numbers. They all did amazingly and we are very proud of Year 1!

In Science, we looked at how we are affected by different seasons and how humans and animals adapt to the different seasons. We sorted fruits and vegetables according to which season of the year they are harvested.

In Humanities, we have been exploring the city we live in by discussing the roads we see, what buildings we see, if there are any fields, rivers, hills, the seaside and what shops we see.

In R.E, we have been learning about how Muslim babies are welcomed into the world which is a ceremony called the Aqiqah.

In Art, we have been looking at pop art particularly at Andy Warhol’s work. The children looked at a range of different pieces and we discussed them as a class. We also finished our Paul Klee inspired self-portraits, which will be up on display shortly.

Have a great weekend! Fingers crossed for some sunny weather!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 24th September

We ended the week today with a lovely long play outside, making the most of the glorious sunshine. The children were very deserving of some free time after another very busy week in Year 1.

In English, we have been writing instructions for how to make honey sandwiches and thinking about sentence starters such as first, next, after that and finally. The children then made their own honey sandwiches in partners and even got to eat them. More than one child reported it to be the ‘best day ever’! We also spoke about bossy (imperative) verbs and how they tell us what to do.

In Maths, we have been thinking about one more and one less of a number. The children used resources to build towers and visually see what one more and one less than a number looks like. In the latter part of the week we introduced the language greater than and less than and the children had to identify which groups of objects or numbers had more and which had less. We will be continuing to work on this next week and will be introducing the symbols for greater than and less than.

In Humanities, we continued to learn more about the four different countries that make up the UK. We looked at what makes them different and talked about their national flowers, animals and described their different landscapes.

In Science, we continued looking at the different seasons and thought about how animals are affected by each season. I have to say the children were really impressive and articulate using very grown-up language such as adapting and hibernating!

In Art, we continue to use the artist Paul Klee as inspiration. The children all did self-portraits in pencil and then outlined them in black pen. Next week they will be covering their portraits with a mosaic of tissue paper before they are displayed on our wall!

Please do get in touch with any questions.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 17th September

We are so impressed with how all the children in Year 1 have settled into their new classes. It is a big change from Reception but the children are doing brilliantly and are happy and focused (long may it continue!)

The major excitement of the week was playing with all our lovely new toys! FOSS (Friends of St Stephen’s) raised enough money for the Key Stage One playground to be replenished with lots of great new things to play with including an obstacle course, an aeroplane, space hoppers, balance blocks and a giant foam Jenga game.

It has been a busy week in English and the children have coped superbly. We continued to use ‘Daisy Eat Your Peas’ as the focus text and learnt all about nouns and how to use ‘and’ as a joining word to extend our sentences. Next week we will start thinking about writing instructions using bossy verbs!

In Maths, we have been counting forwards and backwards to twenty and writing our numbers as words. Once again, we have made sure to keep the Maths very hands on with practical ‘carousels’ set up of different activities on different tables.

In Humanities, we continued to think about the question ‘Where do I live’? This week’s learning was focused on the United Kingdom and the children learnt all the different countries of the UK and their capital cities.

In Science, we continued looking at the different seasons and identified the most typical type of weather in each season. Tricky to talk about summer being hot and sunny when it really hasn’t been!

R.E continues to focus on Islam. This week we have been learning about why the Qur’an is important to Muslims and how it is looked after.

Finally in Art, the children were inspired by Paul Klee and ‘taking a line for a walk.’ Without taking then pencils off the page they created all sorts of exciting doodles which they then coloured in or added extra details to.

Once again the homework set is due in on Wednesday and there will also be Mathletics tasks. Reading books will be handed out on Monday and need to be back in on Friday. Please can you ensure you sign the yellow book so we know your child has read their two books.

Attached to our class blog is the poem ‘Nut Tree’ by Julia Donaldson. Over the course of this half term the children will need to learn this poem at home and in school. Each half term we will have a new class poem to learn.

Have a lovely, restful weekend.

Mrs Hayes

Friday 10th September

Another fantastic week in Year one with your amazing children. It has been so lovely to have a full week with them and see so much joy and enormous smiles. They honestly are such a wonderful, lovely class.

In English, we have been looking at the book ‘Eat Your Peas’ by Kes Grey. The class have been writing and reordering sentence using capital letters and full stops. This is something we will be really focussing on this term. I got to experience the class’s incredible acting skills this week when they performed this version of ‘Eat Your Peas’. What super stars they are!

In Maths, we have been working hard on our place value skills with numbers up to 20. We have been doing a lot of practical Maths this week where the children have been counting different objects as well as written work where we have been writing numbers and words. We have also been matching objects to the correct number and word.

In Humanities, we have been learning to identify and locate the seven continents of the world including Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Asia, Australia and Antarctica.

In R.E, we began our topic on Islam. We began reflecting on what we already know about Islam and then thinking about what we would like to learn. We looked at images of Muslims at prayer and we also listened to a recording of the call to prayer. We began to establish important vocabulary (Muslim, Islam, mosque, Qur’an). In partners, we discussed and wrote what we already know and what we would like to find out.

In Science, we have been thinking about different seasons and what we might wear in a particular season.

In Relationships and Health Education, we have been discussing different emotions and who we might talk to if we are feeling a bit sad or worried.

In Art, we have been mark making. The class had 16 different boxes and lots of different inspiration patterns to explore mark making.

The class loved their very first Spanish lesson with Mrs Pereira on Thursday. They also had so much fun in Music, Kick London and Gymnastics! A reminder that on Mondays and Tuesday’s the class will need to come to school in their P.E kit.

Homework will start this week. You will see all the information you need about homework in the previous blog. The children’s Mathletics username and password will be in their homework book and their spelling group will also be in their book. Here is the Mathleics link:

https://login.mathletics.com/?_ga=2.232199067.541426251.1631208814-684601075.1631208814

Please do not worry if all the homework isn’t complete in the first few weeks. We completely understand that it is a step up with homework and the transition into completed more homework will take time.

 

Schools are fortunate to have received funding from the government this year to support children to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Mrs Wordsworth, as our KS1 Specialist Catch-up teacher, will be working with a number of children from Year 1 who need additional support with their Maths and English. These sessions will take place on a weekly basis as one-to-one sessions and in small groups. More details will follow later on in the term.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Mrs Hayes

Friday 3rd September

What a brilliant first two days of Year 1 we have had! Your children are amazing and have made me smile and giggle the whole day long! They’re an absolutely delight and I know we are going to have the most amazing year!

Starting next week, the children will enter through the wooden door which is near Miss Whiting’s classroom as this is easier for them to put their coats on their pegs, bags in their box and enter the classroom.

This year P.E is on a Monday and Gymnastics is on a Tuesday so they will need to come to school in the kit for those two days.

Homework

Homework will set each week on a Friday and will need to be returned by the latest on Wednesday the following week. Your child will be given a green homework book to complete their spelling homework, sentences and Maths homework in. The homework sheet will be uploaded to the class blog on a Friday which will explain all.

They will have a set of spellings to learn. There will be a sticker at the front of their homework book that explains if they are in green group (6 spellings), red group (9 spellings) or blue group (12 spellings). This will be something that is fluid throughout the year. They will need to learn these spellings for a relaxed spelling test each Friday at 9.30am as well as writing each of words 4 times in the front of their homework book to help them remember how to spell them.

Following this, they will need to write three sentences using words from their spelling list in the front of their green homework book.

There will be a small Arithmetic task set at the bottom of the homework sheet, which is to be completed in the green homework book.

Each Friday we will set tasks on Mathletics, which is to be completed by the following Wednesday. This will start on Friday 10th September.

We are very aware that we don’t want to overload the children with homework at the beginning of the term as the main thing is that they feel settled and happy within their Year 1 environment so the homework above will start on Friday 10th September.

For homework this weekend we have sent home an A4 piece of paper draft for our ‘We Are Britain’ display. Please help your child complete the sentences in the purple box. In the box at the bottom, we would like them to draw a picture of the flag of the country they were born in.

Please ignore the blank space at the top of the page. We will include a picture of your child here for our display.

We have also uploaded a copy of this to the blog in case you need another sheet.

On Monday, the children will be given two reading books. We will be assessing the children next week as reading levels may have changed over the holidays however we will not be able to finish this by Monday so the books on Monday will be based on where they left off in Reception. Reading folders will go out each Monday and will need to be returned by Friday with the yellow book signed so we can change them on Monday. We will only know if the books have been read if you sign the yellow book so please make sure you do so.

Information on blog

I have uploaded a copy of our red word mat on the blog and our class timetable.

What have we been up to?

On Thursday, we practised our handwriting. Following this, we discussed all the exciting things we have in our classroom and the class asked me any questions they had about Year 1. We then had a vote on what we wanted our tables to be called this year. Sea creatures won the vote! After that, we planned and wrote a piece of text all about ourselves. I found out so many great facts! To finish the day the class made birthday cards for each other so when it is their birthday they can each pick a birthday card from the pack to make they feel extra special!

On Friday we discussed our class poet Julia Donaldson and looked at some of her poems. Following this, we came up with some excellent classroom rules. As well as that, we made our Art book front cover and drew a self-portrait of ourselves. To finish the day we talked about the worry monster and what we might do if we are feeling worried about anything.

I hope you all have any incredible weekend!

If you have any questions at all please email me.

Mrs Hayes