Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Great Fire of Year 1!

These past few weeks, Year 1 have been looking at The Great Fire of London! We've learnt all about how and when it happened and the reasons why it was so GREAT!

Today, we worked in threes to make our own Pudding Lane and then we went outside and had our own Great Fire of London. 

Year 1 watched from a distance as the fire spread from house to house!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Autumn Term - Welcome to Year 1!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to Year 1. We are so pleased with how well the children have settled and have grasped new routines. We look forward to a busy and exciting year.

Our topic this term is “Pirates” which will link some of the work we will be covering this term: Our Science theme is Materials and Properties. In DT the children will think about their choice of textiles to design and make a lavender bag with our flowers from the garden. Children will be learning to use laptops in their Computing lessons this year. In History we will look at the explorer Christopher Columbus and his voyage to America. In RE we will be finding out why some stories are special, with a particular focus on Christianity and Diwali. The children are always encouraged to bring in relevant items of interest, books or information they have found to support the topic. Please ensure that any items brought in are named.

We shall be learning about stories in a familiar setting this term.

Please continue to read daily with your child and comment on their reading in their communication books. Regular practice ensures that the children make good progress. The children will be given the opportunity to change their reading book every day. However, if they have not had an opportunity to read it or if you would like them to have it for more than one night, then please keep it.

The children will bring home a half-termly spelling list to be tested on at the beginning and end of each term. It would be really beneficial to their learning if they could practise these at home. In addition they will also bring home a weekly spelling pattern to support the sounds we are learning in class. These will be tested each Friday.

The children will be working on many areas of maths during the term including counting to a hundred, adding about subtracting, measuring and identifying shapes. At home it would really give them an advantage if you could practise counting in ones and tens and help them in the recognition and reading of numbers around them.  

Maths Games
The children have been issued with a new maths pack for the duration of Key Stage One. This follows a different format to Reception so please see your pack for more information.

Our focus in P.E this term will be gymnastics and children will learn how to control their body when travelling, balancing and copying sequences. Although our P.E. days are Wednesdays and Thursdays, it would be useful if the children could have their PE kits in school every day. You may wish to provide your child with a pair of tracksuit bottoms to wear when the weather gets a little chillier and it would be useful for girls who wear tights to have a pair of socks in their kit too. Please can you ensure that all items of PE kit are labelled with your child’s name. Thank you.  

Show and Tell:
We will restrict Show and Tell to Tuesday afternoons. As far as possible please can this be related to our Topic.

Water bottles:
Can you please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school every day? Thank you.

We look forward to seeing you at the Curriculum Evening and on Parents’ Evening but if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to see us before or after school.

Thank you for your support,

Lilly Baker and Jane Rowe

Monday, 2 February 2015

Blast off!!!

Ready for blast off in our role play rocket!

We designed and created our very own rockets in DT.

We used descriptive language and similes to write some fantastic Moon poetry too.


In science we have been learning about light. We investigated what causes shadows and how their size changes if you move closer to or further away from a light source. Then we tried making shadow hand puppets........can you tell which animals we tried to make?

Instruction Writing

Year 1 have been very busy (and "bossy!") learning how to give and write clear instructions. We made jam sandwiches by listening to our partner's clear instructions and then we wrote our own using lots of "bossy" verbs and time words.

We then created our own set of instructions on how to catch a star.

Spring 2015

February 2015

Dear Parents/Carers of Children in Year 1,                                                                              

Happy New Year and many thanks for the lovely Christmas cards, messages and presents. 

Reading: Thank you for your all your support with reading at home. We cannot stress highly enough how important regular reading is.  We would be grateful if you could continue to complete the communication book by filling in the title of the book and any comments you would like to make.

English: The children will be reading poems and extending lines to create their own versions. We will also be looking at instruction writing and writing our own sets of instructions to link with our topic. After our February half term, we will be writing our own stories.
Spellings: Please continue to work on the termly and weekly spellings, as this will be very beneficial to the children and their progress with their writing, particularly as we have now introduced various spellings of the same sound. Revisiting previously taught sounds at home, as well as in school is immensely helpful. We will continue to send new weekly spelling lists home on a Monday, which will be tested on the following Monday.

Maths: Maths work for this term will cover a wide range of topics such as number work, money, shape and space. The children will continue to bring home a Maths game on a Friday to be handed in on a Wednesday. The games do range in topics and difficulty but all are intended to help your child practise and reinforce his or her Maths skills. Again, please could you comment in the communication book how your child enjoys the game and how you may have adapted the game to make it more or less challenging for your child.

In addition to this, any help you can give your child in learning number bonds (i.e. 3+7, 8+2 etc.) to 10 would be invaluable and counting in 10s, 5s and 2s. Ordering the days of the week and months of the year and recognising 2D shapes in the environment are skills you might like to practise too.

Topic: Our topic for this term, is ‘Out of this World.’ This will include work across the curriculum, in particular Geography, Science and Design Technology. In History we will also be learning about the first Moon landing. The children are already enjoying this topic and have loved creating our own space rocket for the role-play area. Thank you for the information books you have already sent into school, they are a valuable source of information.

P.E: Our focus for PE this term will be dance. Please ensure girls have a spare pair of socks in their kit if they wear tights to prevent cold feet!

Science: The children will be learning about ‘Light and Dark’ and how the Sun affects seasonal changes.

R.E:  In “Who made the World?”, the children will be asking and responding to questions arising from The Creation Story.

Show and Tell: We will continue to have a designated show and tell time on a Monday afternoon. We do ask that the children show and tell something that is related to our topics or about something they have achieved outside of school.

Also, can you please ensure that all of your child’s school uniform and PE kit is named and that they have a water bottle in school every day. As a result of the changes which now allow all children to have the option of a hot lunch, we have also reinstated the lunch slips which most of you will be familiar with from Reception. These will be sent home each Friday.

Finally, the children will be performing the Year 1 class assembly on Wednesday 25th March 2015 at 9.10a.m. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Please do not hesitate to speak to us if you have any concerns or questions,

Thank you for your continued support,

Mhairi Jeavons & Jane Rowe