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Three cheers for Year 1’s Winter Play!

Thank you to all of you who came to see our Winter play (photos to be added next week), ‘The Snowman at Sunset’.  Didn’t all the children do brilliantly?  Every single one of them remembered their lines and could be heard clearly.  We were very proud of them all.


In Literacy this week, we have been pretending to be weather reporters.  We have thought about the language reporters use and have written our own weather reports.  You can see these on display outside our classrooms.  Our writing is really improving.


In Maths we are consolidating our understanding of place value and larger numbers.  Some of us are really enjoying challenges in Maths.


This week in Science we have carried out an experiment to test materials, to see which one we think would make the best bag for the Jolly Postman.  Next week we will think about our conclusion.


Well done everyone who is learning their spellings each week.  Keep up the good work!


We look forward to seeing you all at parent’s evening on Monday and Wednesday next week.


Have a great weekend!

It’s all about the weather!

A lot of our learning this week has been inspired by the weather and we are hoping for real snow to complete it!


In Literacy we have done some amazing descriptive writing about a frightening storm.  We are trying so hard and our writing is really improving.


In Maths we have been learning about place value in two and three digit numbers.


In Place and Time we have been recording the temperature outside every day and comparing the temperature in different countries.


In addition to this we have been spending lots of time preparing for our Winter play next week.   We are very excited and can’t wait for you all to see it.  Remember it is on Tuesday at 9.30a.m.  Coffee will be served in the dining room from 9a.m. and a creche is available for younger siblings.  Thank you to you all for bringing in your costumes.  See you there!

Amazing animal alliteration!

This week in Literacy we have had lots of fun creating animal alliteration…  Here are some of them to give you an idea:

“The tiger tickled Tim’s tummy!”

“A slimy and slithery snake is singing a slithery song.”

“Ten terrible tigers tore Tom’s teddy.”

“The silly snake swam in the sea.”


In Maths we have been using money and comparing and matching the value of  different coins.  We know that you can only use 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 coins.


We are practising really hard for our Winter play and enjoying the songs.  Please help your child to learn their line and bring their costume in at the start of this week.  Thank you!

Another busy week!

Another busy week of learning and fun in Year 1!


In Literacy we have been writing letters and learning how to start and end them.  We wrote a thank you letter for a Christmas present (it’s still not too late to write your thank you letters at home, to see the children put their skills into practise!).


In Maths we have been comparing, describing and solving practical problems for length (long, short, double, half), weight (heavy, light) and time (quicker, slower).  We have had fun measuring, weighing and seeing how fast different toy cars go.


We enjoyed sorting materials in Science and discussing what they look and feel like and what they might be used for.


In our Citizenship and Ethics lesson, we are talking about ‘feelings’.  This week we focused on ‘anger’ and  we came up with a long list of ways to help us calm down when we are feeling angry.  The children had some very mature, thoughtful ideas.  Let’s hope they can use them if ever the moment arises!


Practise for our Winter Play is well underway, and hopefully you will be hearing some of the songs being sung at home.  Children’s lines and costumes will be sent home during the week.  Hope you have Tuesday 5th February in your diaries.

Happy New Year!

Welcome back and happy new year!


In Literacy we have been excitedly talking about our Christmas holidays and writing  recounts of a memorable time.  We have been thinking about using adjectives, conjunctions and time words in our writing.


In Maths we have started looking at days of the week, months timetables and seasons.


In art, we have have been talking about Andy Goldsworthy and his natural artwork.  We have found it very interesting to think that his artwork might only last for a day in the outside world.  We are looking forward to creating our own pieces soon.


In PE we are starting to learn skills for playing tag rugby and hockey.

Happy Christmas!

We’ve had fun this week with lots of Christmas activities, but still managed to fit some curriculum learning in too!


In literacy we have been using pronouns in our sentences, and trying to recognise verbs and nouns as well.


In Maths we have enjoyed exploring 2-d shapes, and thinking about the properties of each one.


We had great fun making our Christmas hats and wearing them at the tasty Christmas lunch.   Thank you so much for all our very generous gifts.  All the Year 1 staff really appreciate them.


We have had such a great first term in Year 1, are all ready for a rest now but look forward to seeing you back at school on Tuesday 8th January 2019.


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Only 9 sleeps…

Well, the last week of the Autumn term is nearly here (only 9 sleeps!), and what a great week we have had.  The highlight for most of us was the whole school trip to the pantomime, Cinderella, which really got us into the Christmas spirit.   “Oh no it didn’t.”  “Oh yes it did!”  Year 1 behaved brilliantly and all the adults were really proud of them.


The hard work continued in the classroom though and in Literacy we retold the story of a little orange bird, called Whistleless, who couldn’t whistle.  We tried to use lots of adjectives and time words in our stories, and produced some amazing writing at the end of the week.  We still need reminding to to use capital letters and full stops in our sentences, sometimes.


In Maths we explored numbers up to 20 and recorded as much as we could about each number (wrote it in words, digits, said if it was odd/even, thought of a number sentence and cherry model for it).  It turns out we can remember a lot of what we have learnt throughout the term, which is great!


In Faith and Belief we enjoyed making Christingles and learning about what they represent.


Sky class first week of spelling tests has gone really well and it is obvious that the children have worked hard on learning them.  Remember to bring your spelling folder in on your spelling day.  Aqua will start getting their spellings soon.




Odd, even, odd, even!

This week in Literacy we have been learning about common nouns and proper nouns.  We know that proper nouns always start with a capital letter and we are trying to remember this in our writing.


We have spent the week exploring odd and even numbers, and know that even numbers end in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and odd numbers end in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.  We have an odd and even number line up on the board, and are using it to count how many sleeps we have until Christmas (only 19 on the last count, but it is going down very quickly!).


In Art we created beautiful pastel drawings of winter trees, which we have proudly on display and in Technology we talked about on-line safety.  We designed posters to make people aware of the dangers of the internet.


We really enjoyed watching the Reception Nativity dress rehearsal and it reminded us of when we did ours last year.  We are looking forward to our Winter play in January.


Sky Class spelling folders went home on Friday.  Hopefully you will find them a good focus for practising spellings together.


We can’t wait for the pantomine visit next week, and to continue counting down the days to Christmas!



Guess the baby photo!

In Literacy we have been learning about verbs and using them to write interesting sentences. We have been miming different actions and guessing the verb.


In Maths we have found out about halving and doubling numbers.  We know that only even numbers can be halved.


In Science we have learnt the parts of a plant.


In dance we are enjoying a dance about the water cycle, and have been dancing in pairs and small groups, imagining we are water, rivers and wind.


Lots of fun and learning throughout the week, but the the highlight has got to be looking at our baby photos, guessing who the photo was of and discussing how we have changed over the last few years.  The children were all so proud of their photos – thank you for all hunting them out and remembering to bring them in!


Sky class will will be getting spellings to learn this week, so please look out for the folder and activity sheet in book bags.  Children will have individual spellings and on different days of the week, depending on their group. Aqua class will get theirs when Mr Wanless returns from his paternity leave.

When I grow up, I want to be….

What a great week we have had talking and writing about what we want to be when we grow up.  We have some very ambitious children in Year 1 with jobs ranging from an astronaut to doctor, an art teacher to archaeologist and a vet to zoologist (with a few footballers, of course!).  The week was perfectly rounded off with the children coming in dressed up on Thursday as their chosen career.  Thank you to you all for making so much effort for this.


In Maths we have been looking at a group of objects and estimating the number and also working out ‘1 more and 1 less’ than a number.


In Science we have been thinking about the various environments that animals live in – sea, land and air and sorting them appropriately.


The week has ended with Crazy Socks Day and the fabulous Christmas Fair.  What a great start to the countdown to Christmas.

Please remember to bring in a photo of your child as a baby or toddler for Tuesday.   Thank you!