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Year 1 – Aqua and Sky

Welcome to Year 1.

Our Teachers are Mrs Jennings, Mrs O’Sullivan and Miss Hanbury and our Teaching Assistants are Miss Moss and Mrs Scott.

  • Happy half term Year 1!

    We are so proud of all of the Year 1 children and the progress they have made over this half term. We look forward to this continuing after half term.

    In Maths this week, we have started learning the fractions finding one half and one quarter of an amount. We have started by practising halving and quartering quantities of cubes and number sticks. e.g. half of 8 cubes is 4, quarter of 8 cubes is 2. After the half-term break, we will continue to develop this further by practising finding fractions of objects and shapes.

    Phonics lessons have focused on continuing to learn alternative sounds and harder to read words. Our spellings for this week are:

    great
    bread
    field
    space
    they
    again

    Our topic this week has been Science, where we have been learning all about plants. We went on a learning walk through the school grounds looking for wild flowers before we drew and labelled the parts of a plant in our books. We ended the week by painting watercolour pictures of wildflowers.

    This week we learnt how ‘confident’ feels and looks like in our Feelit! programme. We discussed when we might feel this way and how we can manage this feeling.

    We had a fabulous Sports Day, the children were amazing!

    Enjoy your half term and see you on the 3rd June ready for the final Summer term.

    The Year 1 team.

     

  • Kubo fun!

    Hi everyone,

    The children have enjoyed practising reading and writing the time to o’clock and half past the hour. To develop their skills and understanding they have completed a carousel of activities. The children have used stop watches to time each other completing simple tasks. They have worked with an adult to complete time based written activities, including worded problems. The children have use sequencing cards to order events that occur at different times of the day. Practise this at home by asking your child to tell the time using your clock at home.

    In English, we are reading ‘Traction Man’ by Mini Grey and using the text to discuss and explore new vocabulary. The children wrote a character description and designed a super hero outfit for Traction Man..

    In Computing, we having been programming and creating sequences for a Beebot and Kubo to travel along.

     

    In Phonics this week, we have been revising all the phase 5 sounds and focussing on how one grapheme can many sounds for example: a – cat  a – ai apron   a – ar father   a – o swallow

    Spellings for next week are:

    1. station
    2. brush
    3. lighting
    4. float
    5. over
    6. two

    As part of our Feelit programme, we have looked at how ‘Annoyed ‘ might look and how it makes us feel. The children have discussed strategies they can use to calm themselves when they feel annoyed.

    The children are really enjoying the ‘Field Friday’ trips. Thankfully, the weather has started to improve. Please can you ensure you have put sun cream on your child before they come to school and they have a sunhat. Thank you to all our parent helpers, we couldn’t do it without you.

    Thank you for all your support,

    The Year 1 team

  • A lovely week of sunshine…

    Hi everyone,

    In Maths, the children have been using the 2, 5 and 10 times tables to explore division . The children have used equipment and sharing circles to develop an understanding of the process. From there, they have started to use their times tables knowledge to answer worded problems and write number sentences.

     

    In English, we have been writing our own version of ‘The Naughty Bus’. The children chose three London landmarks for the bus to visit and cause a little disruption at! They have also been using question marks and exclamation marks in their writing.

    In R.E. we have researching the qualities of a good leader. The children discussed the different roles leaders may have and what skills they need to fulfil them. The children then looked at the role of Jesus as a leader and how he encouraged people to become Christians. The children created their own rules for life after looking at the Ten Commandments.

    In Phonics this week, we have been revising all the phase 5 sounds, looking closely at alternative spellings for example: j g – gem   ge – gem   dge – hedge.

    Spellings for next week are:

    1. thirst
    2. August
    3. phone
    4. whisk
    5. you
    6. your 

    As part of our Feelit programme, we have looked at how ‘relaxed’ might look and how it makes us feel. The children have discussed ways to relax and why it is good for our wellbeing.

    The children are really enjoying the ‘Field Friday’ trips. Thankfully, the weather has started to improve. Please can you ensure you have put sun cream on your child before they come to school and they have a sunhat.

    Thank you for all your support,

    The Year 1 team

  • A special week of safety…

    Good afternoon,

    In PHSE this week, we have been focusing on safety. We started the week looking at road safety and car safety before thinking  about people in our communities who can help us. We made road safety posters focusing on the rule ‘stop, look and listen’.

    In Maths, we have been learning how to double numbers using the 2 times table. We practised doubling using resources before we doubled a recipe for a smoothie. After we had doubled the recipe we made smoothies in the cooking room and all had a taster!

     

    In English, we have started our new book ‘Naughty Bus’ by Jerry & Jan Oke. We looked at adjectives we could use to describe the appearance and personality of the bus before writing descriptive sentences in our books. We then started planning a journey our own naughty bus would take if it went to London for the day and what kind of mischief it would get up to.

    Spellings for next week are:

    1. steam
    2. shirt
    3. cheer
    4. skate
    5. because
    6. little 

    As part of our Feelit programme, we have looked at how ‘relaxed’ might look and how it makes us feel.

    Miss Hanbury would like to say a special thank you to the parents of Sky class for the generous and kind gifts she received.

    Please remember next week is a 4 day week (Tuesday – Friday). Have a wonderful long weekend.

    The Year 1 team

  • Maps and local landmarks!

    Good Morning,

    In Geography this week, we have been focusing on our local area, we have specifically been looking at maps of St. Albans before creating our own maps of St. Albans . We then went on a trip down to St. Albans Cathedral to look at the local landmarks and see if we could follow a route. We have also been looking at aerial view and considering how local and London landmarks look from above.

     

    In Maths, the children have been practising their 2, 5 and 10 times tables using a variety of problem solving activities. We have been using number sentences and arrays to work out the answers to word problems. e.g. If one party bag has 2 lollies, 5 pencils and 10 stickers how many would we need to buy for 5 party bags?

    In Phonics this week, we have been continuing with our mock phonics screening assessments in preparation for the check in June.

    In English, we have continued to write our own version of Mr Gumpy’s Outing, including editing and writing it up as a book.

    Spellings for next week are:

    1. half 
    2. caught
    3. station
    4. special
    5. push
    6. full   

     

    As part of our Feelit programme, we have looked at how ‘shy’ might look and how it makes us feel.

    Please remember next week is a 4 day week (Monday – Thursday).

    Have a wonderful weekend break.

    The Year 1 team

     

     

  • Welcome back!

    Welcome back!

    In English this week, we have started our new book ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’. First, we learnt the story and acted it out through drama before we created our own story maps and re-wrote the first part of the story.

    In Design and Technology this week, we have been learning how to make a ‘moving picture’ we used different techniques and mechanisms to design and make our own moving picture of Mr Gumpy’s outing.

    In Maths, we have started learning about multiplication. Initially, we were using the 2 times table only by first  using repeated addition before creating our own multiplication number sentences. e.g 2 + 2 + 2 = 6 or 3 x 2 = 6. We then drew arrays to match our number sentences. Next week, we will be moving on to using the 5 and 10 times tables. Practising times tables at home using TT Rockstars will support your child with their learning in class, if possible, counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s when walking will also help.

    Our Feel it emotion this week was ”Brave” , we discussed what this emotion feels like, when we might experience it.

    On Fridays this term from 9:35 – 10:35 we will be going to the field near Aboyne Lodge school but we do need adults to help walk us there and back safely. If you are available to walk with us to/from the field on a Friday morning please sign up on the sign up sheet outside your child’s classroom.

    Reminders:

    • Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school during term time.
    • Books will continue to be changed on Mondays and Thursdays.

     

    Thank you for your ongoing support.

    The Year 1 team

  • Visitors, Easter baskets and chocolate nests…

    Hi everyone,

    This week in English we have been learning about nouns, adjectives and verbs, we have practised using a variety of adjectives in our sentences to make them more colourful.

    In Maths, we have been practicing our measuring skills, this time focusing on volume and capacity. We have been measuring different volumes of liquid and we have also been making magical potions! The children have practiced using key words: full, nearly full, half full, nearly empty and empty.

     

    In RE this week we have been learning about the Christian celebration of Easter.  The children have been learning about the Easter story before a local vicar came in to talk about the Easter story in more detail and answer some important questions. We then made and decorated Easter baskets before making a chocolate crispy nest to go inside!

    As part of our Feelit! programme, recognising and dealing with different emotions, we looked at how being ‘Included and Nervous’  might feel.

    Please can your child have their PE in school on the first day back after Easter.

    Have a lovely spring break and we look forward to seeing you on Monday the 15th.

    The Year 1 Team

  • Mary Anning the fossil hunter…

    Good Morning,

    Our history topic this week has been combined with our English . We have read about the life and work of the palaeontologist Mary Anning in the book Stone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt.  In English, the children discussed the meaning of new vocabulary, role played the main events in her life and created a story map. We then wrote a non chronological fact file about Mary Anning. In History, we have taken a closer look at her work and how her discoveries have had a significant impact on our understanding of the life. The children also designed and created their own fossil using clay.

     

    In Maths, the children have been practising their 2, 5 and 10 times tables using a variety of maths resources, songs and activities. We are pleased to see that so many children know them by rote, we are now encouraging them to be able to use them to work out multiplication number sentences e.g. 3 x 5. The children created handprint pictures and then counted in 5s.

    In Science this week, we have been creating ramps to see how far a hard boiled egg can travel using them. We have been experimenting with materials to decide which material would help the egg travel the furthest.

    Spellings for next week are:

    1. water
    2. people
    3. meerkat
    4. sphere
    5. snooze
    6. station 

     

    As part of our  Feelit programme, we have looked at how ‘KEEN and BORED’ might look like and how it makes us feel.

    Have a wonderful weekend break.

    The Year 1 team

     

     

  • Alien invasion!

    Hi everyone,

    This week in English, the children have enjoyed continuing with the book Beegu, we started the week by writing instructions for games we would like to play with Beegu if she came to our playground, we also then wrote some questions to ask Beegu about her spaceship. As part of World Book Day we looked at the book ‘The Proudest Blue’ and wrote about things we are proud of on little boats which you will be able to see on display outside sky class soon.

    In Maths, we have been learning all about money, we learnt the names of all the coins and notes before using them to make different amounts. Please continue this at home by asking your child if they can count out the coins needed to pay for something in a shop.

    Our DT topic this week has been making alien finger puppets. We designed our alien before making it and evaluating our creation. The children will be taking their puppets home with them today.

    This week as part of our ‘FEELIT’ emotional intelligence programme we looked at how being embarrassed might look and feel. We discussed occasions when we have felt embarrassed, how it presented and how to overcome it.

    World  Book Day!

    Careers Day! We had a talk from a  lawyer and  a project manager for LEGO.  We learnt about the skills you need to do the job and what is involved.

    PE has changed to Wednesday and Fridays for Sky class and Mondays and Tuesdays for Aqua class – please make sure your child has their PE kit in school on these days.

    Spellings this week are:

    1. any
    2. who
    3. castle
    4. listen
    5. bridge
    6. page

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    The year 1 team

  • Beegu has landed!

    Welcome back,

    We hope you all had a restful break.

    This week in English, the children have enjoyed the adventures of an alien who is lost on Earth and needs to find her way back to her planet in the book  Beegu by Alex Deacon. Over the week, they have explored the  vocabulary used and discussed how the pictures help us understand the character’s emotions. The children wrote questions for Beegu, role played the story and wrote a description of a scene.

    In Maths, we have been comparing amounts and finding the difference between them. The children have created their own pictogram, comparing the data to answer questions.

     

    In Topic this week we have been learning about friendships and have been asking ourselves the question ‘what makes a good friend?’ We have drawn a picture of what good friend looks like and discussed it during circle time.

    PE has changed to Wednesday and Fridays for Sky class and Mondays and Tuesdays for Aqua class – please make sure your child has their PE kit in school on these days. PPA has also changed for Sky class and Mrs Carter will now be teaching Sky class on Thursday mornings.

    We are very sad to say goodbye to our student teacher Miss Nnamani in Sky class this week but wish her well as she goes back to university to continue her teacher training.

    Please remember that Aqua class have their class sharing assembly next Friday the 8th March.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    The year 1 team