Friday, 24 January 2020

Weekly News 24.1.20

This week we have started our new Power of Reading book in English. The children do not know what the book is called yet, but they do know the main character is called Claude and that he has a best friend called Sir BobblySock.

On Monday we read the first 10 pages and made inferences about Claude based on what we had read. The children decided he was friendly because he had a best friend, he was happy because he had a smiley face, he was cheeky because he watched his owners with one eye open, and he was French because he wears a beret on his head. Later in the week, we wrote predictions about what adventure we thought Claude and his friend would have in the story. Some children used the conjunctions 'and' and 'because' to extend their sentences.

In Maths this week we have been learning all about 2D shapes. We know the names of the following shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, hexagon. pentagon, and octagon. Later in the week we were sorting them according to their sides and corners.

In Geography we have been learning what physical and human features are. We decided that human features were built by people and physical features where already part of the Earth and are natural. We looked specifically and the features of London and learnt why London does not have beaches or mountains.


- Spellings next week are:   could   should    people    their

Friday, 17 January 2020

Weekly News w/c 13.01.20

We’ve had yet another an exciting week!

On Monday morning, we made sandwiches and coloured in Union Jack flags.  In the afternoon, we had a tea party with the ‘Queen’!  We had a lovely time eating our sandwiches, lots of us tried a cup of tea and the Queen answered some of our questions about her life.  

Later in the week, many children were very aspirational when writing a recount of her visit using time conjunctions, such as ‘first’, ‘next’, ‘after that’ and ‘finally’.  We are steadily progressing with the use of capital letters and full stops in our sentences.  We are pleased that some children are starting to apply our new pre-cursive letters and you should have had an email from the office showing you what these look like.

In maths, we have been learning about 3D shapes.  We have revised the names of the shapes, which the children knew very well from Reception, and have started learning about their properties using maths vocabulary of faces, edges and vertices (corners).  We used several very catchy songs to help with our learning!

In science this week, we continued thinking about the materials that different objects are made from and sorted them for the purposes of recycling.  

Now that the children are in phonics groups, we will be doing our spelling check on a Friday, which will give you a whole week to practice.
Spellings for this week are:   your,   looked,   called,   oh

Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 1 Team

Friday, 10 January 2020

Weekly News w/c 06.01.20

Wow!  What an exciting week we have had!

On Thursday, Mrs Theobald had a special letter hand delivered to her from Buckingham Palace.  The letter said that the Queen wants to visit the Year 1 children for a tea party on Monday.  She also said that she is happy to answer questions about her life, her family and her job, so the children spent the rest of the day writing questions that they would like to ask her.  They wanted to know thing as like:

                “What are your dogs called?”
                “What does your throne look like?”
                “Do you like biscuits?”
                “Does your palace have stairs?”
                “When is your birthday?”

This week, we have had a Week of Inspirational Maths.  On Tuesday, we played a strategy game called ‘Game of Totals’ where we had to lay counters and the aim was to lay the tenth one.  We had to try and work out if there was a way we could win every time.  Today, we did a ‘Foot Parade’.  We had to choose different animals to make a total of 12 feet. 

In science, we are learning about materials.  As one of our challenges, we have been hunting round the base to find, draw and label things made of materials such as wood, metal, plastic and paper.  
Today we did a tennis taster with Sam from the Mulbarton Social Club Tennis section.  The children really enjoyed learning some basic tennis skills.

From Monday, we will be grouping the children for phonics sessions in order to prepare them for the Year 1 Phonics Screening in June.  Please remember to use your sound cards and hear your children read regularly to support this.

  • On Monday, we have our Royal Tea Party.  Children should come to school in uniform and bring their smart clothes in a bag to change into at lunchtime.
  • Spellings for this week are: when   out   Mr   Mrs
  • Home Learning books are coming home again today with new tasks for this half term (assuming they were returned to school before Christmas).  We hope you enjoy completing the tasks with your children.

Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 1 Team

Friday, 13 December 2019

Weekly News 13th Dec

We are so proud of all of our Year 1 children this week. What an amazing show they put on for us all! We do hope you enjoyed it as much as we and they did. Not surprisingly we have some very sleepy children today.

This week we also enjoyed our Christmas lunch. It was very yummy and made us feel lovely and festive.

Even though we have had a super busy week we have still managed to fit in some other learning.

In Maths we have been continuing to learn about Subtraction / Taking-Away up to 20. This week we used objects to work out the answer. Some children worked out the answers in their head by counting backwards.

In RE this week, we learnt about the Christmas Story and next week, we are going to write our own story books about it. We are working hard to remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in our sentences.

We have also been doing a Phonics check with the children to see if they can apply their knowledge of phase 2-5 sounds in their reading.  We have been very impressed at their enthusiasm and how well they have been able to sound out and blend a variety of real and alien words.

The children all look amazingly festive today in their Christmas jumpers and as a school, we will have raised lots of money for Save the Children.  Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you also for all your support with our Christmas Fayre and Christmas Show over the last week.

Have a restful weekend and we wish you all a wonderful Christmas holiday (when it arrives!)
Year 1 Team

  • Last week we put some spellings on the blog but it did not upload properly until Monday. As a result, we did not do a spelling test this week. We will do this at the beginning of next week instead to give you extra time to practise. They words to learn were: we, so, there, what.
  • Please can we have all word bags back on Monday so that we can sort through them over the holidays. We will pop the trolley out on Monday morning for you to replace them. Thank you. 

Monday, 9 December 2019

Weekly News w/c 02.12.19

What a magical start to the week! 

On Monday, the children came into class to discover Father Christmas’ footprints and a letter! In his letter he told us about how busy he is at the moment, how he is excited to deliver presents, and how he will be coming to our Christmas Fayre. He also wanted to know if the children had been kind, trying their best and what presents they would like for Christmas. The children wrote some great letters back to him using ‘because’ to explain why they wanted something. Some children included a question for Father Christmas.

In Maths this week, we have started learning about Subtraction. We discussed how when we subtract, or take-away, the number/amount gets smaller. We solved subtraction number sentences by splatting snowballs! For example, 10 – 4 = ? meant that the children made 10 snowballs, splatted 4 and counted how many were left to find the answer (6!).

Our challenges this week are Christmas-themed. The children are making paper chains showing number bonds to 10, completing Christmas word searches, making stockings and building Santa’s sleigh.

As you can imagine we have been super busy practising for our Christmas show ‘Countdown to Christmas’. This week we have been using our costumes, props, lighting and microphones! The children are very excited to show you this next week.

  • Spellings for next week are: we, so, there, what
  • We will shortly be sending home a little spelling report to let you know how your child has got on with their spellings this half term and any words that may need further practice.

Friday, 29 November 2019

Weekly News w/c 25.11.19

In English this week, we wrote sentences to say what we have enjoyed doing this term.  We used the word 'because' to explain why we liked what we had chosen.  Here are some of the things we said:

  • I enjoyed the Reading Cafe because it was with Mum.   - Esme
  • I enjoyed making truffles because they were tasty.   - Isla
  • I enjoyed making chocolate lollies because you could take them home.   - Matthew
  • I liked chocolate Wow day because we tasted chocolate.   Ronnie M

In maths, we used a variety of resources, including Numicon, counters, number lines and our fingers, to find the missing number on part-whole models.  

We also practised our adding by doing an addition colour by numbers as one of our weekly challenges.

In Phonics, we have started learning the split digraphs, i_e and o_e.  We have practised using these using phoneme cubes and by playing games such as Buried Treasure, where we read and sort a mixture of real and alien words.

  • Please remember to send your child's costume for the Christmas show in a named carrier bag on Monday, if you haven't done so already.

  • This week's words are:  no,  her,  some,  one
Thank you and have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team

Friday, 22 November 2019

Weekly News - w/c 18.11.19

We have had so many visitors this week to help us with our learning!

This week in English, we wrote questions that we would like to ask John Cadbury, the founder of the Cadbury chocolate company.  Our questions included:

  • When were you born?
  • When did you start the chocolate factory?
  • How long have you been making chocolate?
  • How do you make chocolate bars?  
On Thursday, we had a visit from John Cadbury (thank you Ian for acting the part).  We asked him some of our questions and learnt about his life and how the Cadbury chocolate company started.  After that, we wrote fact files to show what we had learned.

In maths, we have been learning our number bonds to 10 and some children have extended this understanding to number bonds to 20.

We learnt a song (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat) to help us:

9 and 1 are number bonds
So are 8 and 2
7 and 3
6 and 4
5 and 5 are twins.

In RE this week we have continued learning about Christianity. As part of this Rev. Adrian Miller visited us on Tuesday to tell us about Christian life and the Church. He even performed a mini, pretend wedding. The children were excellent actors and loved taking part.

We have been practising hard for our Christmas show and tonight a letter will come home explaining what is required for children's costumes.  Please ask if you are unsure what is needed.

Spellings for this week: to, you, all, little.

Have a lovely weekend, 
The Year 1 Team