This half term in Literacy, Year 1 we have been writing our own version of Handa’s Surprise. In small groups we acted out the different events in the story and then orally composed and wrote our own story. The pictures show us working in our groups orally composing the sentences we want to use.
After writing our own version and then changing the fruit to our favourite we have begun to write a non-chronological report about elephants. Our photos show us with some facts about elephants and deciding whether these facts are real facts or fake facts.
In Art we have been colour mixing using the primary colours, red, yellow and blue as well as black and white. We mixed the colours to make brown, green and grey.
In Geography, we have been learning about the different seasons and the typical weather that we would see in each season. We have also been ‘weathermen’ and made rain gauges to collect the rain fall over 3 weeks. We have looked at words such as prediction and actual, to help us complete the recording of actual rainfall in a table.
In Maths we have been learning to count accurately counting out different amounts to match the number. We then were able to add one more to the number and record by completing a sentence.
We tasted the fruit from the story Handa's surprise to help us with thinking of adjectives to use in our writing. We acted out the story to help us remember the order things happened. We ordered pictures from the story and talked about which animal took the fruits from Handa's baket.
We have been using paint to try and experiment with our colour mixing.
We were very excited to welcome Conrad Burdekin the author and poet into school for the day. He worked with all the children in Year 1 to help with their creative writing. He read us some of his poems which were really funny! Then he helped us to create our own stories.
If you missed the Phonics and reading meeting on the 23rd September the information is available to download. If you are unsure of anything or have any questions don't hesitate to ask one of the Year 1 team.
This half term we have been using numicon to learn about numbers and place value.
The Year 1 children have been taking part in a national investigation to grow seeds which have been to space. Tim Peake took some seeds into space through the Royal Horticultural Society which children across the country have been growing. The children planted seeds from a red packet and blue packet to test which seeds grow the best. At the end we will input our results and find out which seeds were the 'Space seeds'.
Y1 children have been looking at castles as part of their topic this half term. They have been learning about the features of a castle. The children have made their own castles which they created using junk boxes and materials which they then painted. They have printed castles on tiles. They went on a trip to Bolsover Castle where they got to explore the castle and dress up in costumes.
The children also had a day in school where they dressed up as knights, kings, princesses and queens for the day.
Year 1 parents have been invited into class every Thursday morning to take part in reading and maths activities with their children. This has been a useful opportunity to see what the children have been doing and class and an opportunity to talk to staff.
Year 1 children have been very busy working hard on their maths. They have been taking part in lots of practical activities weighing objects and comparing which is the heaviest and lightest. You could help reinforce this at home by giving them different objects around the house to compare their weights. You could do some cooking where they have to use scales to weigh out the correct amounts.
The Year 1 children have been reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They have written their own versions and looked at descriptions of all the different characters from the story. Here are some pictures of them acting out and retelling the story in small groups.
Every Thursday after school there is now a Year 1 art club where the children have been creating many different and exciting pictures. The club was so popular that children had to be split so that after half a term we can swap the children over. See what they have been busy creating.
In Year 1 the children are excpected to be able to read and spell words known as common exception words. Please help your child by regularly helping them to learn these words.
This term we have been:
Literacy – Learning the story of The Three Little Pigs using Pie Corbett actions, drawing story maps, writing the story of The Three Little Pigs with our own ending, writing character descriptions and speech bubbles
Maths – Adding and taking away using objects and number lines, learning about the days of the week, months of the year and doing sequencing activities
Science – Learning about different animals and sorting animals
Art – Using different materials to draw farm animals
DT – Making pig and wolf hand puppets using felt and experimenting with different ways of joining materials
Geography – Learning about the physical and human features of our environment. We have been looking at our school grounds and making maps
History – We have been learning about past and present and thinking about things that we can remember that have happened in our lives
SEAL – We have been learning about following rules and working and playing co-operatively. We have also been learning about internet safety and making posters
RE – We have been making collages to help us learn about the natural world. We have also been learning about Harvest and Harvest Festivals
PE – In PE we have been following rules and playing games. We have been learning to move safely in different ways, running, jumping and balancing
Music – In music we have been singing and learning about rhythm
We have been on a trip to Graves Park where we visited the animal farm and explored the woods. We are going to be writing a recount of our trip and doing some information writing about farm animals. We will also be labelling animals and making maps using some of the physical features we saw in the park
If you missed the phonics and reading meeting you can download a copy of the presentation below.
Welcome to Year 1! We hope you have had a lovely summer break and are ready for the next year of your learning journey!
This half term we will be learning about farm animals. We will be using the stories 'A Squash and a Squeeze' and 'The Three Little Pigs'. We are also hoping to take a trip to the farm towards the end of the half term.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact a member of staff.
We look forward to working with you.
Miss Szutka, Miss Cordingley, Miss Glossop and Miss Fray.
The Year 1 children have been very busy reading the story 'Tell me a dragon'. They have been using adjcetives, verbs and adverbs to describe what dragons look like and how they might move. We have been adding suffixes to change word endings in our writing.
They are going to finish by writing their own adventure story featuring a dragon which they have planned using a story mountain.
Why not ask them to describe their dragon to you?
In maths we have been concentrating on missing number sums and our number bond recall to 20. Some of the children are getting very quick at them now.
We have been doing lots of work on our real and alien words ready for the Year 1 phonics screening next week.
The end of the school year is fast approaching so Summer 2 will be a very busy time for the Year 1 children. During the week beginning June 15th all Year 1 children will complete a phonics screening test where they have to read 40 words. Click HERE for more information.
Teachers will be completing final assessments in maths, writing, reading and spelling befor ethe children move to Year 2. You can help your child by working on telling the time using a clock, writing the days of the week, knowing number bonds to 20 off by heart, completing addition and subtraction sums with missing numbers.
Year 1 children ventured out into the Peak District to the Longshaw estate in search of the boggarts. While we were there we had to search for different colours from nature, put on our veils of silence to listen to what we could hear and we also collected natural materials to make our own works of art. After lunch we had some time outside and then went armed with mirrors to find if the boggarts were hiding in the trees. We collected natural materilals to make our own boggarts.
Year 1 children have been reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have looked at where the story was set and wrote descriptions about the giant and Jack. The children retold the story using actions and made our own Jack and the Beanstalk books.
In science we have planted beans and are very excited as they are starting to grow and we can see the shoots as we have planted them in clear pots.
The Year 1 children have been learning how to retell traditional tales using different actions from Pie Corbetts Stories for Talking. We are going to be looking at the story of 'the three little pigs', 'the three billy goats gruff' and 'little red riding hood'. Why don't you ask your child to tell you a story and teach you the actions?
The Year 1 children have been having a lot of fun finding out about sharks. We have been learning about the parts of a shark and labelling pictures of them. We have been using adjectives to describe sharks teeth and put these into sentences which make sense.
In maths we have been measuring and comparing the size and lengths of sharks and their teeth. Did you know the smallest shark is only 21cm long but the longest shark is 14 metres long! Y1HH ventured out into the cold to find out just how big that would be. We stretched across the playground to measure 14 metres.
We measured and made the sharks to the correct length in the classroom and all agreed that we wouldn't want to be swimming next to a great white at 6 metres long!
The Year 1 children have been finding out about and writing information about what life was like as a pirate. Why not ask them some questions to see what they can remember?
We found out that Blackbeard was a fierce and scary pirate who once shot his friend just for fun!
Life onboard the ship was cramped and smelly as the pirates had no running water!
The food was often bad and the biscuits had bugs in them!
Most of the children have decided that they would not have wanted to be a pirate!
We have been colour mixing shades of blue using powder paints which are going to be our backgrounds for when we make treasure maps and pirate ships.
Year 1 children have been reading information and finding out about space and the different planets this half term. We have read lots of space related stories and made story maps and thinking of the ending for the story the way back home. We wrote information on the planets trying to include titles and headings in our writing.
The year 1 children have been thinking of words to describe fireworks and bonfire night. We then wrote our own acrostic poems around words to do with bonfire night.
The Year 1 children have all been working really hard in their first half term. In maths we have been finding and naming 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. We have been making repeating patterns using lots of different resources. For two weeks we have been working on our number bond facts and how to write out our sums carefully.
In literacy we have been finding out lots of information about different types of animals and then trying to write our own sentences and descriptions. We have looked at the story the Squash and the Squeeze and writing speech bubbles for the different characters.
Welcome to Y1!
We hope you had a lovely summer holiday – welcome back to school.
We have a busy year ahead of us with many fun and interesting topics. We will be working hard to develop our phonics with daily sessions, reading, writing and maths skills. You can help with this by reading with your child every night and talking to them about what they have read.
A reminder about PE kit. Your child will require a full PE kit including a change of footwear. PE kits should be left in school and only taken home for washing during the holidays. Please also ensure your child does not wear jewellery on this day.
We look forward to working with you.
The Y1 Team – Miss Cordingley, Miss Fray, Mrs Hitchens and Mrs House
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