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Welcome to our Year 1 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

For more information please read our curriculum newsletter bellow:

Curriculum Newsletter Year 1

Our Year 1 Staff

Miss C Davison – Teacher

Miss K Cowley – Teaching Assistant

Friday 28th June 2019

This week, we have celebrated ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing’ across school. We have had the most amazing time and luckily the weather improved at the back of the week also! We focused on different activities of the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’: give, connect, be active, keep learning and take notice.

We started off our week by building some hedgehog shelters in the secret garden.

We spent some time learning about compliments, what they are, saying them to each other and writing them down. Have a look at our ‘compliment corner’ where the children have access to choose a compliment any time they are feeling down.

On Monday we looked at what it meant to be a ‘good friend’ and what sort of things a good friend might do/ not do. We were interrupted by a heavy thunder storm, so stopped our job to take a look outside!

Harry kindly brought everyone some sweets back from his holiday – this definitely made everyone smile. Thanks Harry!

We had lots of circle time discussing our feelings and sharing things that make us smile.

Our text of focus for the week was ‘Rainbow Fish’. The children loved it as it showed them everyone can be different and how life changing it can be to share! We decorated our own Rainbow Fish, made masks and went outside for some fishy role play!

On Thursday, the weather picked up, so in the afternoon, we teamed up with some year 6 children to do some ‘den building’ in the secret garden.

On Friday, we had non uniform day and brought in donations for Sunderland Food Bank. They were overwhelmed with the amount of stuff received so thank you! The weather was nice so we spent some time in our outdoor area, we did some building activities, writing and gardening.

Friday 21st June 2019

Another fantastic week in Year 1 is over! And what an exciting one it’s been! On Thursday, we were all blown away at the Year 1 assembly. I am so proud of the children and I know you all will be too. Thank you for coming!

In maths this week, we have focused on the days of the week and months of the year. We worked in teams to unjumble the days and months and put them in the correct order. Miss Davison tried tricking us by missing certain days/ months out but luckily we managed to crack which ones were missing.

In English, we have started our new topic of ‘Paws, claws and whiskers’. The text we are focusing on is an old classic, ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ by the late Judith Kerr. We are absolutely loving the cheeky tiger and seeing how much food he actually ate! We started off by writing a book review to gain a better understanding of it and to express our thoughts on whether we liked it or not. We have also sequenced the text and put it in order. Some of us even started to write captions for it!

In science, we have focused on animals and the different body parts. We started off by looking at the different groups such as: humans, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and animals. We then looked at how to describe animals using some of the correct terminology such as: whiskers, legs, paws, tentacles. The things got abit weird as we were give certain criteria and had to draw animals which matched that – there really were some strange animals. We even had a go at drawing our very own new animal.

Letters for our class trip to Adventure Valley have gone out tonight. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. Reply slips are due back on Friday 28th June 2019. We are still doing some fundraising across school for the trip so, crispy cakes will still be on sale next week also. 

We finished off our week with some gardening. We have been learning lots about weeds and looking after our plants. Take a look at their amazing progress! 

Reminder: P.E is on a Thursday afternoon. With the Summer rapidly approaching (hopefully) we will be doing P.E outdoors where possible. Please provide your child with a P.E suitable for outdoors. 

Attendance: 95.8%

Mins Late: 173 minutes

Friday 14th June 2019

This week has been very exciting. It has been ‘My Money Week’ across school. In year 1, we have done lots of activities linked with money, saving and spending.

On Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have a visit from ‘Hoopstarz’. We were learning how to hula hoop, plus some cool tricky to do with the hoop.

In maths, we were looking at how much change we would get from a shop after buying things. This helped us to build our skills of subtraction as we recognised when we paying for items “the shop is taking our money away.” We read a story where the character did not have enough money to get home as she’d spent it, so looked at the importance of saving money and worked in teams to discuss how to spend money wisely.

In topic, we designed our own money boxes, we drew things that meant a lot to us and would make us want to save our money. We then made them, we found this abit tricky and fiddly but with patience and help, we made it! We also had a hilarious topic lesson designing our own object. We were allowed to invent anything at all that could be used in everyday life, here are some of our amazing inventions. In topic, we also looked at the importance recycling and decided as a class, we would recycle paper and started our own ‘paper recycling box’.

In English, we looked at what ‘charity’ meant and what it means to help people. We read the story of ‘The Good Samaritan’ and enjoyed discussing how the Samaritan spent his own money to help the Jewish man get better.

Thank you to all of the parents/ carers who volunteered to attend our school trip. We had lots of names and not enough spaces unfortunately, so we put the names in a hat and picked them out. All chosen parents have been contacted.

To raise money for our school trip, we are doing some fundraising within school. Today, we made crispy cakes which we are going to sell at tuck shop every break time next week.

Attendance:

Mins Late: 80 mins!

Friday 7th June 2019

Welcome back! I hope the children have had a well deserved break!

This week we have had lots of fun practicing and recapping our phonics sounds. We have played bingo, tested our friends and played some buried treasure. Please take some time to read through the phonics letter handed out on Wednesday 5th June.

In English, we practiced the skills needed to transform our instructions, we wrote lists using bullet points and used numbers to number our steps accurately.

In maths, we were learning to tell the time to the nearest hour and half an hour. We enjoyed using our own analogue clocks to test our friends by making times!

With the weather being so grim this week, there was no need for us to water our plants. However, they have grown loads when we have been out to check. Take a look at them!

Plainsy Platinum Pass Winner: Rosie for a huge effort in all work this week.

Reminder: P.E is on a Thursday afternoon. With the Summer rapidly approaching (hopefully) we will be doing P.E outdoors where possible. Please provide your child with a P.E suitable for outdoors. 

Attendance: 94.2%

Mins Late: 80 mins!

Friday 24th May 2019

What a fabulous end to an amazing half term! The children have worked so hard and I am so proud of them. I cannot believe after the holidays there are only 7 weeks left of this academic year.

In maths this week, we have recapped 2D and 3D shapes. We were excellent at using some of the vocabulary needed. On Tuesday, the whole school took part in Maths Day, each class focused on a number. Our number was 25 and we looked at different ways we could represent it. In the afternoon, we looked at the work of artist Paul Klee and how he uses shape within his artwork. We then had a go at creating our own.

In English, we have focussed on our instructions for ‘How to make a fruit rocket.’ We looked at how they needed to be written in order and to use imperative verbs to tell people what to do. Take a look at some of their beautiful writing.

In D & T, we planned how to make a fruit rocket, then made it them. We absolutely loved making them and trying all of the food.

In P.E, we have begun practicing for our sports day. On Thursday, we set up different stations and worked in teams.

We finished off the half term with our ‘Well-being Friday’. It was so much fun! In the afternoon, we spent time gardening, have a look at how our plants are growing!

Plainsy Platinum Pass Winner: Joseph for amazing attitude and effort in writing.

Friday 17th May 2019

Year 1 have worked super hard again this week, even in this warm weather! I cannot believe we have 8 school weeks left in year 1.

We have enjoyed lots of outdoor learning this week, such as, watering our plants – which are growing lovely and looking at plants to paint. It was so warm on Wednesday, Miss Cassidy bought us all ice lollies – so we went outside to enjoy them. Thanks Miss Cassidy!

In English, we have finished our writing for Oliver’s vegetables and there are some amazing pieces! We are really focusing on handwriting as well as using a range of punctuation such as, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks.

In maths, we recapped our knowledge of fractions, we have looked at halves and quarters of shapes and amounts. At the end of the week, we have looked at position and direction, in particular, we looked at turns: half, full, quarter and three quarter turns.

In science, we have finished our topic of plants by writing a set of instructions for how to plant a bean.

In art, we used a range of fruit and vegetables to print some patterns using paint. We loved looking at the different textures given by the food. We also painted our chosen plants in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe.

We have started our D & T topic to make a fruit rocket! On Thursday, we looked at where some fruit and vegetables come from. We investigated whether they are grown above ground or underground. Sienna noticed that many fruit and vegetables grown below ground had roots growing from them and that this is why they could be called ‘root vegetables.’

Friday 3rd May 2019

What a wonderful week we have had in Year 1. There has once again been some hard work.

In English, we have continued with our text ‘Oliver’s vegetables’. On Monday, we used role play with stick puppets to act out the story and had a go at being different characters. We have also sequenced the story and used the –er and –est suffix to compare certain nouns. We have produced some excellent writing including the conjunction ‘and’. On Friday, we have used question marks to write questions used within the text.

In maths, we have focussed on addition and subtraction. We are fantastic at this! Some of us decided to use counters and 2 tens frames, while others used drawings to work out our answers. On Friday, we brushed up our number bond to 20 skills by working through a maze to get to the treasure chest!

In science, our focus is plants. On Monday, we planted our own beans and peas. We are super excited to keep these watered and watch them grow – we’re even keeping a bean diary so that we can see the changes. On Wednesday, we went on a plant hunt. We were looking for wild plants and see which ones were scattered in our school grounds. We have also looked at garden plants and how these differ. We became familiar with some garden plants by designing our own garden with them.

In art, we are focussing on the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, who creates amazing pieces focussing on flowers. In the near future we are going to be creating our own piece.

We have continued with our daily mile, which we are thoroughly enjoying.

In phonics we are focusing on phase 5 sounds and have even been using them in our P.E lesson. Please take some time to read the letter issued today (3.5.19) to understand the extra phonics homework sent home.

Attendance: 98.1%

Minutes Late: 68 minutes

Reminders:

  • P.E is on Thursday afternoon, please ensure your child has a change of clothes and shoes as the weather is getting nicer, we are hoping to get outdoors as much as possible. 
  • The children will complete a phonics screening check in June 2019. Therefore, any phonics work sent home, please return so we can check and put appropriate interventions in place.

Friday 26th April 2019

Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely Easter break. It has been lovely hearing all of the children’s stories from their holidays. We have had a short but exciting week as we have welcomed Miss Cowley back from maternity to join our class to assist us full time.

This week across school, it has been ‘Big Me Week’. We have focused on our goals and aspirations for when we are older and on Friday, we came dressed up in the profession we hope to be when we’re older. We have discussed different possibilities of jobs we could be. The children looked fantastic on Friday, thank you for your help in making their dreams come true!

Our topic this term is ‘Roots, shoots and fruits’ which links strongly with our science topic ‘plants’. In English, we are focussing on the text ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ by Vivian French. So far, we have made predictions, sequenced the story and used Talk4Writing to recall the story.

In maths this week, we have focused on read and writing numbers to 20 in numeral and words. This is essential the children know this upon Year 1 exit, so please continue to practice this at home.

In P.E, we focused on movement and balance. We worked in pairs to ‘mirror’ each other’s movement.

We finished off the week as part of our wellbeing with some cosmic yoga. Again, we thoroughly enjoyed this.

Reminders:

  • P.E is on Thursday afternoon, please ensure your child has a change of clothes and shoes as the weather is getting nicer, we are hoping to get outdoors as much as possible. 
  • The children will complete a phonics screening check in June 2019. Therefore, any phonics work sent home, please return so we can check and put appropriate interventions in place.

Attendance: 

Minutes Late: 93 mins 

Friday 22nd March 2019

We have had another hard working week in Year 1. In English, we have started work on our new genre of writing a report. We are writing our report on our significant individual from history, Mary Anning. We are enjoying learning about her and are fascinated by her work on fossil hunting. We began the week by comparing the features of fiction and non-fiction texts, then explained what these features were and their purpose. We then looked at some new word meanings. We focused on words such as: discovery, scientist and curiosities which were unfamiliar to us. We then used our text to retrieve information to decide which statements were true or false. We then created a storyboard for key parts for the life on Mary Anning.

In maths, we have looked closely at position and direction. We focused on the vocabulary used such as, up down, left and right. We have had fun reading maps and giving directions. We looked at the tricky concept of quarter and 3-quarter turns, but thankfully, because of our excellent knowledge on fractions, we did really well with this.

In history, we finished off our learning by recalling the events of the past from Mary Anning’s life. We produced some excellent pieces of writing and can’t wait to compare the outcomes after continuing our learning of her in English.

In art, we used all of our skills we have built up to create our clay dinosaurs. They’re super impressive! Miss Cassidy couldn’t believe they had been made by Year 1 children!

In science week last week, we conducted the skittles experiment. Afterwards, we were full of questions such as “why has my water just gone brown?” So, this week, we decided to try it again but made some changes. The children decided one thing we needed to change was pouring the water into the middle, as opposed to pouring it over the skittles themselves. This time, we also used smarties instead, to see how this effected it. The results were extremely colourful!

In P.E we practiced our throwing and catching skills. We worked in pairs to practiced throwing a tennis ball to each other with 1 arm.

We finished off the week with some PSHE and some circle time. We had fun with some memory games. Then chose 1 thing that had made up smile today. We enjoyed listening to how we had all had an effect on eachother.

Our Plainsy Platinum Pass winner this week was Ruby for a fantastic attitude and effort towards all learning. Well done Ruby!

Reminders:

P.E is on a Thursday, so a change of clothes is required.

One piece of maths and English homework is given on a Friday and is to be returned the following Wednesday – late work will not be marked. 

Spellings are given on a Friday and children are tested the following Friday.

Parent’s evening is the week commencing 25th March, please let me know if the appointment is not suitable.

Friday 15th March 2019

We are half way through another half term and creeping closer to our Easter break.

This week, it has been British Science week. In year 1, we tried out the ‘Skittles Experiment’. We investigated what happened to colour when we added water. Here are some photos.

In English this week, it was our final week on our text ‘The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet’ and the children have loved it! This week, we have planned our own versions of the story, added adjectives to make out writing more interesting and included time adverbials to our work. We have then written our final piece.

In maths, we have been sharing objects between 2, 5 and 10. We were all brilliant at this, so we moved onto sharing into quarters which we were equally as good at. 

In history, Miss Shaw brought in some real fossils for us to explore. We were amazed at how some of them were hidden deep in the rocks. We also used iPads and books to research Mary Anning and on Friday, we wrote some fact files about her. 

In P.E, we have been working in pairs to begin to control balls with a bat. This week, we used tennis rackets and balls and really focused on our aim.

We ended off our week with some mindful meditation.

Our Plainsy Platinum Pass was awarded to Isabella this week for excellent effort in all work.

Attendance: 96.9%

Minutes late: 43mins

Friday 8th March 2019

We have been super busy this week in Year 1!

In English, we continued to focus on our text ‘The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet’. We practiced sequencing the story, then using accurate punctuation in our sentences. On Thursday we put all of our skills together and wrote our first outcome of the text.

In maths, we began learning about multiplication and grouping objects equally. We spent the first lesson just gaining some understanding of what ‘equal’ means and making our own equal groups. We are all really good at this now and are going to use this for our division sessions next week.

In art, we used plasticine to build up the skills needed to create our own dinosaurs. We focused on moulding, rolling, shaping and carving.

In history, we have continued to focus on Mary Anning. This week, we looked at fossils, discussing what they were and sorting photos of objects that were fossils, compared to those that were not. We then created a timeline of the life of Mary Anning.

In P.E we have been practicing our throwing and catching skills and working with a partner.

Friday 1st March 2019

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing break. Can you believe it is March already?!

We have had such an exciting week in Year 1.

On Tuesday, we were doing our English work when we were interrupted and told there was an assembly outside. In this assembly, Miss Cassidy told us the shocking news that our MUGA was up for sale. We were outraged! We changed all of our jobs planned for on Wednesday and decided to discuss and write down ideas for how we could save the MUGA. In the afternoon, we then all wrote about what had happened.

   

  

Luckily, because so many of us wrote to Mrs West and the Governors, they have decided to keep the MUGA!

 

In English, we started off the week by begin introduced to our new book ‘The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet!’ By Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter. We are finding this hilarious and cannot believe we have been allowed to write “poo” in our books! We made predictions for what we thought would happen at the end. On Thursday, we sequenced the story and wrote captions to match the images. On Friday, we used our dramatic skills to act out the story.

In maths, we have been measuring length and height. We started off by using non-standard measures such as: cubes, pencils, hands and feet to measure. On Thursday and Friday, we used rulers to measure in cm.

Our topic this half term in dinosaurs. In art, we started off by looking at the work of ceramists who used clay to create 3D art. This is to prepare us for making our own clay product. We discuss what we could see, likes and dislikes.

In history, we are learning about Mary Anning, who was the first person to discover fossils. We wrote questions about things we would like to know about her.

In P.E we are practicing our throwing and catching skills, this week we worked in pairs to throw bean bags to our partners.

We ended our Friday with some cosmic yoga.

Friday 8th February 2019

This week, in English, we have been learning lots of skills to add into our recount. For our recount, we are writing about our learning we have done this spring linked to seasonal changes and weather patterns in the UK. We looked at the information that was needed for the introduction and practised writing our own. We then practised using time adverbials to include in our recount. We have also just been introduced to exclamation marks – we had lots of fun practising sentences which would need them!

In maths, we have focussed on addition and subtraction. We began by adding and subtracting within 10 using a number line. We found this quite tricky, so when it came to adding and subtracting to 20, we used a tens frame and counters. We have really enjoyed using the tens frames.

 

In D & T this week, we made Carp Kites, which are tradition Japanese kites. In Japanese culture, the carp (or koi) represents courage and perseverance, as the fish is known for its strength and determination as it swims against the current upstream.

In science, we checked our rain gauges. We were amazed at how much water they had collected after our few down pours this week!

Miss Davison also brought in a windmill for our class. On Friday, we planted it in our outdoor garden. It was extremely windy and it was racing around!

We finished our week off with some relaxing cosmic yoga. We are getting brilliant at some of the stretches and are loving the stories we hear whilst doing them.

Attendance: 99.6% – Well done Year 1! Keep it up! 

Minutes late: 64 mins. 

Friday 25th January 2019

This week we have continued to work hard and have produced some amazing pieces of writing for ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’ First, we wrote the story, then we transformed it by including adjectives and description to edit and improve our original version.

 In maths, we have focused on 2D and 3D shapes. We spent the first half of the week focusing on recognising 2D shapes, then we went on a shape hunt to find their properties. At the end of the week we focused on 3D shapes and identifying those, then investigated their properties.

In art this week, we used tissue paper to create a collage of the trees in each season. They were amazing and all of the children enjoyed this.

 

Continuing on with our topic, on Monday, we made wind streamers and took them outside to observe the effects of the wind. On Friday, we made rain gauges by recycling plastic bottle – thank you to those who donated some bottles. We worked in pairs, then buried them in our garden. We will be monitoring the amount of rain they collect through the half term.

Attendance 92.3%

Friday 18th January 2019

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year! This term our topic in Year 1 is ‘Splendid Skies’. On Thursday, we had a surprise snow flurry, so we headed outside for some fun. 

        

In English, we are focusing on our text ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. On Monday, we acted out the story using our drama skills. On Tuesday, we were given some silly sentences that just didn’t make sense, so we worked together to put them into the correct order and correct them. On Wednesday, we used our story to identify questions and use question marks, we even tried writing some of our own questions. On Thursday, we practiced writing sentences that were punctuated correctly with capital letters at the beginning and full stops at the end. On Friday, we prepared for our Inspired Write by creating a storyboard to use as a plan for the main parts of the story.

In maths, we have been measuring mass. We started off on Monday by using the balance scales to measure objects from around our classroom. Later on in the week we have moved to reading scales in grams and kilograms.

Every morning and afternoon we have been monitoring the weather in our local area and keeping track on our door. This will be used to see how frequently the weather can change throughout the day. We have created our own weather forecasts and have been learning about the four compass points. 

Friday 30th November 2018

Well it has been a fantastic week in Year 1, again! We are onto that 3 week countdown for Christmas and have some exciting events ahead of us. In the meantime, we have still be working very hard.

Our topic across this half term is still superheroes. In English, our genre is instructions. We received a Christmas card from a naughty elf. He told us he knew we had been learning about Superheroes and asked if we fancied becoming one ourselves. The elf had stolen the instructions for how to make a snowman Christmas card, so our challenge is to become superheroes and write our own to help the Elves back at the North Pole. So far, we have looked at the features of instructions, sequencing instructions, as well as the language used in instructions. We have looked at imperative verbs and practiced giving each other instructions. We have also become time adverbial geniuses using first, next, then, after that etc to demonstrate when something is happening. We also followed instructions to make our own snowman Christmas cards, here are a few examples below.

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In maths, we have been looking at money. We started off by recognising coins. We all had our own ‘purses’ of money and used this to help us understand the value of each coin. We discussed how some parents/ carers may have coins at home (so be prepared incase the children ask to see your money). On Friday, we looked at notes, Miss Davison showed us a real £20 note and let us have a feel. We were all amazing by the beautiful patterns on it and the was it looks like paper but feels abit different to that in our books.

In topic, we wrote evaluations for our Christmas cards. We were all good at analysing our own work.

On Thursday, we made decorations for the school Christmas tree and it looks fantastic! We had so much fun and the classroom is still sparkling with all of the glitter.

We have been practicing our nativity, although we are getting fabulour with our singing of the songs, we must practice our words. If your child has been given some words, please practice these at home to support them on the day. The nativity will be on Tuesday 11th December at 10am and 2pm. If you would like tickets, these can be purchased from myself on the door.

Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

Attendance: 96.5%

Minutes Late: 95 minutes

Friday 16th November 2018

In Year 1 this week we have continued to work on our Superhero topic. We were all superheroes as we came into school on Friday in non-uniform to raise money for Children in Need.

In English, we have written our versions of the story ‘How To Save A Superhero’ and there are some great examples. On Tuesday, we used our conjunction ‘and’ to join two sentences together. On Wednesday, we looked at adjectives to use them to describe Albie and The Collector from our story. On Thursday, we edited and improved our stories from Monday to make them even better. Some of us were not finished, so we completed it on Friday.

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In maths, we continued to practice quartering. We used a sharing mat and counters to support our quartering of groups of objects. All of the children had a fantastic understanding, so on Wednesday, we moved onto quartering quantities in the abstract form (numbers). On Thursday, we held our own investigation into odd and even numbers. We wanted to find out if only even numbers could be halved. Around our classroom, there were numbers hidden. We worked in pairs to halve them and we found out odd numbers cannot be halves.

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This week, it has been anti-bullying week. In Year 1, we have looked at what it takes to be a good friend. We drew around our hands and listed 5 qualities of being a good friend.

We have also been running some handwriting interventions to support our letter formation.

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In phonics, we have been learning the ‘cr’ and ‘br’ sound.

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Attendance: 92.7%

Lateness: 30 minutes

Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

 

 

Friday 9th November 2018

We have had another fun week in Year 1!

In English, we have continued to focus on our text ‘How To Save A Superhero’. On Monday, we used our role-play skills to get into character. We worked in small groups to take turns in being different characters from the text- there were some fabulous performances and all children showed brilliant knowledge of the story. On Tuesday, we sequenced the story and even included some captions to show what was happening at each stage. On Wednesday, we created our own storyboards using our own drawings. Again, we included our own captions – look at how amazing they are below! On Thursday, we practiced creating sentences using correct letter formation. We are getting a lot better at ensuring our ascending letters are tall and descending letters are correct. On Friday, we brushed up on our punctuation skills. We were given sentences with both the capital letters and the full stops missing, so we had to add them in. We are really focusing and determined on making sure our letters are all sitting on the line and formed in the correct way.

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In maths, we have introduced fractions. On Monday, we were beginning the understand that a half was one of 2 equal parts. We looked at shapes that showed halves, then shaded half of shapes. On Tuesday, we used resources such as sharing mats, cubes/counters to find a half of a group of objects. We really focused on sharing “equally”. On Wednesday, we worked practically to begin halving quantities and numbers in their abstract form. This really supported our understanding of halving and sharing equally. On Thursday, we began looking at quarters and understanding a quarter is one of 4 equal parts. We first looked at shapes that were in quarters. We really struggled with this, so on Friday, we worked practically and looked at everyday objects such as pizzas, cakes, to identify if they could be quartered.

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In science, we continued to look at materials. We looked at everyday objects and materials in their raw state. We discussed what those items were made of.

In geography, we have continued looking at our local area. This week, we have worked with our peers to describe our route from home to school. We then looked at the physical features Sunderland has.

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In phonics, Miss Davison’s group have been learning the ‘xt’ and ‘tr’ sound as well as recapping the phase 3 trigraphs.

On a Friday afternoon, we are still taking part in ‘Cosmis Yoga’. The children are getting fantastic at some of the positions and love saying “Namaste” to begin and end the session. Here are a few snap shots from our session on ‘Ruby Broom’.

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Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

Friday 2nd November 2018

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed a well-deserved rest. It is lovely to see you all again. We are now on the countdown to Christmas!

It has been a spooctacular week around school with our Family Learning morning on Wednesday, followed by the school disco in the afternoon. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

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This term our topic is ‘Superheroes’, so we will try to be linking all subjects to this theme where possible. In English for the next three weeks, the text we are focusing on is “How to save a superhero”. On Monday, we started off by making predictions on what we thought the book was about. On Tuesday, we discussed different emotions and linked those to how our main character Ablie feels at different stages in the text. On Thursday, we received a letter from Albie, who asked for our help. He told us 2 of his hero friends were trapped and he needed ideas for getting them out. We wrote all of our ideas down and will be sending him them. On Friday, we retold the story using actions and Miss Davison drew pictures, this is a technique called Talk 4 Writing.

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In maths, we began by recapping our number and place value knowledge. On Monday, we practiced reading and writing numbers in words and numerals to 50. We were brilliant at this, so on Tuesday, we read and wrote numbers to 100. On Wednesday, we were counting in our multiples of 10, we were fantastic at this! Some of us could even count backwards. On Thursday, we were counting in multiples of 5 and on Friday we counted in multiples of 2. We all struggled with our multiples of 5 and 2 so we will continue to practice this throughout the year.

In science, we have started to look at materials. This week we looked at different materials and their names.

In geography, we are still looking at our local area. We discussed how everyone has different addresses and we had a go at writing our own down. We need to keep learning these at home.

In phonics this week, Miss Davison’s group have been learning the ‘lf’, ‘lk’ and ‘pt’ sound. Miss Griffith’s group have been learning the ‘ai’, ‘ee’, ‘oa’ sounds.

In PSHE this week, we are still focusing on mental health. One of our new displays in class focuses on the characters from the film ‘Inside Out’. The children have all been given a photograph of themselves and can choose their emotion or feeling at any point during the day and we can discuss this. So far, the children are reaping the benefits.

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Attendance: 98.5%

Minutes Late: 35 minutes

Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

 

Friday 19th October 2018

Wow! I cannot believe the first half term of the year is done. It has been a fantastic 6 and a half weeks and the children have worked incredibly hard. I hope they all enjoy their well deserved break.

What an exciting week it has been! Finally, the evil fairy Penelope Rainbowplum returned our class dog Derek and he is back in his rightful place. On Monday, we all ventured out to look for him. We searched in the EYFS gardens, the yard, around the muga and eventually we found him just peeping out from the secret garden. We were all over the moon, even more so at the fact he had brought 2 big bags of sweets for us. On Tuesday, we put all of our writing skills to paper and wrote a letter to Miss Cassidy to tell her all about what has happened over the last 3 weeks in Year 1. On Wednesday, we practiced joining 2 sentences together using the conjunction ‘and’. On Thursday, we looked at making our letters even better by using time adverbials such as first, next, then and finally to inform Miss Cassidy of when events happened. On Friday, we have then improved our letters by adding in the time adverbials and conjunction.

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In maths this week, we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. On Monday we looked at 2D shapes and their properties. On Tuesday, we looked at objects around the school and what 2D shapes we could see on their surface. On Wednesday, we looked at the names and properties of 3D shapes – our favourite was a sphere (which we all struggled saying and often said Sophia). On Thursday, we sorted 3D shapes by looking at their properties. We compared cylinders and cuboids and looked for shapes that were the ‘odd one out’.

We started our R.E this week and have focused on Christianity. On Monday, we started off by stating which communities we belonged to, for example, family, neighbourhood, school etc. We then discussed as a whole class what was important to us in our lives. On Tuesday, we looked at Christian artifacts and why they were important to Christians. On Thursday, we were introduced the ‘Harvest’ and explained what it was and what happened during Harvest time. On Friday, we looked at the process of harvesting crops and wrote in stages what farmers do to harvest their crops.

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In phonics this week, we have continued with our phase 4 sounds. This week Miss Davison’s group looked at ‘lt’ and ‘lp’. Miss Griffith’s group looked at ‘ng’ ‘ai’ ‘ee’.

As part of our PSHE, we are focusing on our children’s mental health and wellbeing. On a Friday afternoon, we will be doing some ‘Cosmic Yoga’. This gives children a chance to listen to various stories but also practice different stretches as well as learning new breathing techniques. This is done in class and a change of clothes is not needed.

Attendance: 95.2%

Minutes late: 45 minutes

Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Thursday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

 

Friday 12th October 2018

It has been another exciting and fun filled week in Year 1. The children have worked very hard once again. On Thursday we were lucky to take part as a whole school, in the ‘Run for Fun’ at Silksworth Sports Complex. It was 2 kilometres in total and we were amazing! Thank you to all of the parents that gave up their time to help us. We had so much fun!

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The saga of our missing class dog Derek continues! He still hasn’t been found or returned. So, on Monday in English we used adjectives to describe Derek and create missing posters. We are going to put some up around school to see if anyone has seen him. On Tuesday, we were practicing to write in the first person and use important pronouns such as: I, we, our, me, my. We are practicing these as we will be writing about the events of the past few weeks from our personal perspective next week. On Wednesday, we practiced adding the suffix –ed onto words to change them into the past tense. We called him ‘Uncle ed’ and he goes on the end of some root words such as searched, looked and listened. On Thursday, we practiced our capital letters again and were able to rewrite some sentences that had the capital missing at the beginning. On Friday, we practiced adding full stops to the end of sentences again. Although, we are getting better at this, it is something we need to master by the end of Year 1, so we will be practicing this regularly.

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In maths, we have been focusing on number bonds. On Monday, we used the part part whole model to find number bonds to 5. On Tuesday, we used a tens frame and counters to find number bonds to 10. We were great at this and have all grasped the use of a tens frame and are reaping the benefits! On Wednesday, we were finding number bonds to 20. We realised that if 1 tens frame equally 10, then 2 tens frames would equal 20. So, we all used 2 tens frames and counters to find number bonds to 20. Have a look at our brilliant calculations.

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A big thank you to all of you for completing our toy questionnaire for homework. We have loved reading your answers and googling some of the toys you used to play with when you were a child. In history this week, we continued to look at old toys but we looked at when they were invented/ popular and created a timeline.

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In geography, we followed an aerial view map of the school to locate different areas. We went onto the yard and walked to various places within the school grounds and tried to identify where we were on a map.

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In art, we used our family photos brought in from home and created an observational drawing of them. There were some fantastic pieces and we think you will be very proud.

In phonics, Miss Davison’s group have continued to learn phase 4 sounds. Our sounds this week were, ft, sk and lt. Miss Griffith’s group were learning, ch, sh, th.

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As part of our PSHE, we are focusing on our children’s mental health and wellbeing. On a Friday afternoon, we will be doing some ‘Cosmic Yoga’. This gives children a chance to listen to various stories but also practice different stretches as well as learning new breathing techniques. This is done in class and a change of clothes is not needed.

 

Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Thursday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

Friday 5th October 2018

Well we really have had quite an interesting week in Year 1. On Tuesday morning, we all came into the classroom to find it a complete mess! Daisy noticed she has stepped in fairy dust. We could not believe our eyes, chairs were over turned, there were pencils everywhere and the reading corner furniture was all over! We sat down and Miss Davison explained how there was a note on the whiteboard to look for a letter. We searched for it and luckily, Tyler found it. The letter said our beloved class dog Derek has been stolen by a fairy names Penelope Rainbowplum. Straight away, we rushed to write down our predictions of what had happened to him. On Wednesday, we worked in pairs on the iPads to take turns in being news reporters to make videos explaining the events that we had witnessed. On Thursday, we answered some comprehension style questions based on the letter so we were looking for lots of clues. On Friday, we managed to get some CCTV pictures but they were all in the wrong order, so we of course put them right. In our continuous provision throughout the week, we have made missing posters, detective badges and even written letters to Derek to make sure he is okay. We hope he turns up soon!

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In maths this week, we have started learning about addition and subtraction. On Monday, we practiced adding within 10 using concrete resources (we chose the rubber animals). On Tuesday, we tried writing some addition calculations – we are going to keep practising where the equals sign goes. On Wednesday, we made up our own subtraction stories to help us get used to the concept of taking away. There were some excellent ones, Leighton said, “First there were 2, then 1 went for some pizza. Now there is 1 left.” Amelia said, “First there was 10, then 5 went for ice cream, now there are 5 left.” On Thursday, we practice writing down some calculations. On Friday, we used some of our own drawings to practice subtracting.

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In art, we used watercolours to create a self-portrait. Then, on Thursday, we created our final self-portrait using paints. Next week we are moving onto family portraits and cannot wait for that.

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We have started our history topic this week. We are learning about toys from the past and present. On Monday, we all had a play with some very old toys – they are not like ours nowadays. There was lots of discussion about how they were the same or different to toys now. We then sorted pictures of old and new toys into groups. On Thursday, we compared those using words to decide which words described each toy such as old, new, broken, and wooden.

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In phonics, we are into our phase 4 sounds and have focused on the nt and nk sound so far. We have also spent some time recapping some phase 3 trigraphs (igh, air, ear, ure) as we all struggle with these. If you can, please continue to practice them at home.

 

Attendance: 95.6%

Minutes Late: 29 minutes

Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Thursday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

 

Friday 28th September 2018

We have had such a fun week in Year 1 this week. We baked flapjacks for the MacMillan coffee afternoon, which was a fantastic event. I hope you all enjoyed it.

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In maths this week we have started our unit of measurement. On Monday, we compared objects and discussed which were the longest and shortest. On Tuesday, we looked at the height of objects and became familiar with the vocabulary ‘taller’ and shorter’. On Wednesday we chose 5 objects from around the class and ordered them from tallest to shortest. Throughout the week we have been comparing the length and height of objects even when we haven’t been in the class. Miss Griffith and I have been over the moon with how many children have stopped us outside to show us 2 objects and tell us which one was taller/shorter. On Thursday, we started to look at mass. We used balance scales to test out objects to see which was heavier or lighter. In our maths books we sorted objects into a table depending on whether they were heavy or light.

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In Literacy, this was our final week focusing on the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt.’ We have all been so engaged and it is amazing how many of us can recall the full story, along with actions! We have spent this week learning what an adjective is – to describe the bear. As well as, joining two words together using ‘and’ alongside joining two sentences together using ‘and’. We struggled with this so we will continue to practice this throughout the year. On Friday we have written our final version of the story and hope you enjoy reading some examples.

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In geography last week we drew a map of our classroom. This week we added a key to them to understand what each part of our map was.

In art we practiced our drawing skills for our self-portraits. We started off by trying to position our facial features correctly. We found it funny when our drawings sometime had their eyes in their ears or their noses on their chins. This week we have also tried using soft pastels to draw a self-portrait. We were fascinated by these and used some vibrant colours in the style of Pablo Picasso.

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In phonics we have started our phase 4 sounds. We are brilliant at these. Check out our spellings and writing below.

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Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Thursday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

Attendance: 96.7%

Minutes Late: 76 minutes

 

Friday 21st September 2018

Another well done to all of Year 1 for their hard work this week. The transition from Reception to Key Stage 1 can be quite tricky and I am amazed at how well all of the children are adjusting.

In maths this week we have continued to practice our numbers to 100. We have been counting backwards and filling in the missing numbers from sequences. This week the children have been introduced to a hundred square, they were all mesmerized see all of the numbers on one square! On Monday, we started off counting back from 20 and were all good at this. On Tuesday we moved onto counting back from 50, we found this tricky so we did a practical lesson using many different resources. On Wednesday, we tested our skills counting backwards using a hundred square from 100. On Thursday, we were using the vocabulary more and less to find one more or less of numbers up to 50. It took us sometime getting used to what the words actually meant – but when we linked it with sweets we soon nailed it! We used objects such as rubber animals and cubes to help us find one more or less then used these skills to use drawings to find this. On Friday, we were going to find one more or one less of numbers up to 100 but we still needed further practice. We continued on finding one more or one less of numbers up to 50.

 

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In Literacy, we have continued to focus on the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ but we have practiced much more writing. On Monday, we first practiced writing the correct capital letters to match the corresponding lowercase letters. Any further help at home on capital letters would be much appreciated as we sometimes got the capitals mixed up. On Tuesday, we started to use finger spaces. We used little plastic finger resources to really help us get that correct spacing. Most of us really grasped using finger spaces after every word and we will continue to practice this throughout the year as this is one of our key skills. On Wednesday, we practiced using full stops at the end of sentences – we must remember not to make our full stops look like footballs! On Thursday, we practiced writing our own sentences to match pictures from the story. On Friday, we started writing the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’.

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In science, we conducted our first investigation. We went on a sense walk around the school. We really enjoyed using our different senses around the school grounds – our favourite was touching.

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In geography, we are still focusing on our local area. On Tuesday, we practiced drawing items from around our class from an aerial view. We were brilliant at this! On Thursday, we drew an aerial view of our classroom.

This week we started our art topic. This half term in art, we are focusing on self-portraits as well as family portraits – thank you to all of the parents for sending in photographs. In our first lesson on Thursday, we looked at some artwork from artists famous for their self-portraits: Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. We discuss our favourites, likes, dislikes and the similarities and differences.

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In phonics this week we have recapped our phase 3 sounds (if you are unsure of the different phases they are available on google). We have written some great sentences and have been trying really hard with our handwriting.

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Reminders:

P.E is on a Wednesday afternoon so P.E kits are needed (change of clothes and training shoes).

Homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be returned on a Wednesday, any homework not returned by the Wednesday will not be marked. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Thursday.

We have footy phonics on a Friday afternoon but a P.E kit is not needed for this.

 Attendance: 92.6%  

Minutes Lates: 43 minutes

Friday 14th September 2018

Welcome to our Year 1 blog.

First of all, I want to say a huge hello and welcome! Most importantly, a massive well done to the children on their first 8 days in Year 1. Miss Griffith and I have loved getting to know everyone and hearing all about their stories from the school holidays.

During our first week we spent some time getting used to the classroom and outdoor area. In this time, Miss Griffith and I have seen some lovely drawings, not to mention the incredible performances on the outdoor stage!

In our topic lessons we were learning about strangers and the possible dangers surrounding strangers. We spoke about who were ‘safer strangers’ who we could speak to if we were separated from adults, what to do if we were lost, how to stay safe outdoors, what information we should/should not tell strangers and what to do if a stranger tried to speak to us.

 

 

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This week we have started our work on the Year 1 curriculum.

In maths we have been very busy counting forwards from 0-100 as well as reading and writing numbers to 100. We have been getting used to using base 10 to partition our numbers into tens and ones. On Thursday we worked in our groups to order numbers within 50 from biggest to smallest. We have all tried really hard writing our numbers past 20 and getting digits the correct way around which we have found tricky so we will continue to practice this in our lessons.

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In English we have been reading the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and are all thoroughly enjoying it. On Monday we started off looking at fiction and non-fiction texts. On Tuesday we went on our own bear hunt! We were hunting for clues to match each scene of the story, Miss Davison and Miss Griffith’s socks were blown off as everyone could repeat the same phrases that were used in the book!  One Wednesday we thought of our own actions and drawings to go with the story. On Thursday we sequenced the story and even tried writing words or captions to match the images.

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In science we have been learning about our bodies. We have drawn our faces and labelled the main parts and have look at the main parts of our bodies: legs, feet, arms etc. We are all amazing at this!

In geography we are focusing on our local area. We have just started looking at what an ‘aerial’ view is, we were all amazed what our school looks like from the sky. We were all really good at labelling the different parts!

In P.E we are very lucky to have Thomas from SAFC helping us with our football. On Wednesday we played different movement games and practiced simple ball control using our hands or feet.

Attendance: 92.6%

Minutes Late: 0 – keep up the good work Year 1!