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Welcome to Year One!

Friday 17th March 2023

Year 1 have been writing their own versions of The Three Little Pigs; they have changed the characters and what the houses are made of, as well as using new adjectives, verbs and similes.  Maths has been another week of measurement focussing on weight and mass of objects. The children have been estimating and weighing objects with non-standard units. Cherry class were very excited to see that their bean seed had started to grow a root and were able to finish off their science investigation into which part would grow first the root or the shoot.  We had a special day focussing on young carers and how we can support them, the children wore funky socks, had special assemblies and did some other activities to promote the cause. Cherry class had art with Miss Fisher and were experimenting with different printing techniques. The week finished with 'Dress for Joy' comic relief day. The children were encouraged to wear bright colours or red and had comic relief activities to do throughout the day.

Friday 10th March 2023

Year 1 have been busy again this week. In science they have set up an investigation to see which part of the plant grows first from a seed. They are keeping a close eye to see whether the roots or the shoot appears first. In PE they have been learning how to control the ball; dribbling and passing accurately and then trying to score a goal. Maths has been about measuring length this week; they have been measuring different objects using non-standard units and centimetres. In English it has been innovation week within the Talk for Writing unit; they have changed the wolf to a dragon and using adjectives, verbs and similes to describe it and its movements.

Friday 3rd March 2023

Another busy week of learning in year 1.  The children have been writing sentences using adjectives, verbs and conjunctions based on the Three Little Pigs. In maths they have continued to learn and apply counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.  In Cherry and Magnolia class they have been practicing running stitch in DT.  In Art Magnolia class have been investigating the different objects that they can print with and what effect they get.  This week it has also been World Book Day; the children were dressed up as story charaters.  They had lots of fun including taking part in a book swap.

Friday 24th February 2023

This week year one have learnt to perform different balances on mats in indoor PE. They used large body parts such as their stomach or back and small body parts such as their toes or knees to create a range of balances. In outdoor PE they practised kicking a ball to their partner and will continue to work on becoming increasingly accurate with this skill.  In maths, the children have learnt to count in 2's, 5's and 10's, using practical resources to support their understanding. In English they have begun to learn the story of 'The Three Little Pigs', drawing their own story map to help them. They were very excited to find a note from the three little pigs and some bricks asking the children to help them build a brick house so they could be safe from the wolf. Cherry class have been learning to tie a knot as an important skill needed for sewing. Both classes have learnt the names of the four countries that make up the UK and created their own puzzles by cutting out the countries and joining them back together again. 

Friday 10th February 2023

This week has been another busy week.  In English the children have been finding out about Beatrix Potter and have written fact files about her.  In History Cherry class have been learning facts about Queen Elizabeth the first and the second.  In the tag-rugby session year one were passing the ball and scoring try's; working on their foot work and movement on the field. In Magnolia class the children used the skill of mixing paint to create different colours to re-createVincent Van Gogh's 'A wheatfield with Cypresses' with the art teacher Miss Fisher.

Friday 3rd February 2023

This has been another busy week in year 1 with the children writing their own stories independently inspired by the story Paddington visits London.  Maths has focussed on subtraction starting with concrete resources and progressing to solving word problems using number lines.  Cherry class has created their own wallpaper and Magnolia has been learning how to colour mix to get different shades inspired by the painting  'A wheatfield with Cypresses' by Vincent Van Gogh.  We ended the week and our history topic with a 'Coronation Day'.  The children learnt lots more about the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. They made flags, postcards, clay beasts, sewing of their initials, painting of mugs and coin rubbing.  In the afternoon they took part in a coronation picnic and performed as one of the groups that took part in the 1953 coronation celebrations.


Friday 27th January 2023

The children in year 1 have had another busy week. It started with Science Day where the children took part in an investigation to find out whether the ice hands would melt quicker inside or outside; they had to be able to explain why in their conclusion. Cherry class have started to learn the skills to enable them to sew, they all were able to thread a needle! They have taken part in multi-skills PE sessions with Mr Barnes and tag rugby with their class teachers. Cherry class have had the ipads to help them learn about night and day and why the number of daylight hours differ in the different seasons. Through funky fingers activities, we have been developing our fine motor control skills. In English, year one have been working hard to write the story 'Paddington visits London'. They have created some fantastic story writing.

Friday 20th January 2023

This week the children have been developing their ball skills with Mr Barnes, the coach from SCS coaching. In rugby the children have become more familiar with tag rugby games and are developing their resilience. Last Friday afternoon, in Magnolia class the children have learnt about primary and secondary colours. They learnt to mix primary colours to create secondary colours and painted their own colour wheels. In maths they have been learning to use the language of greater than and less than correctly. In English they haver been writing sentences using adjectives and time language. This vocabulary will help the children when they write their narrative of 'Paddington visits London' next week. In History, as part of our Kings and Queens topic, we watched a video of Queen Elizabeth II coronation and used the video to answer questions. 

Friday 13th January 2023

The children have made a great start to the new year! They have been very active with PE multiskills lessons by SCS coaching, learning different ways of passing a ball to a partner and how to stop the ball. The children have also enjoyed rugby lessons, taking part in tag rugby games. These develop their agility, stamina and resilience. They are learning not to give up when someone has taken their 'tags' in the game but to keep running and try to get them back again! In maths, year 1 have been learning to use the symbols for greater than, less than and equals correctly and representing 2-digit numbers using Base 10. In English they have been learning the story 'Paddington visits London' and created their own story maps, learning the story using actions and retelling it verbally. The children have shown a great level of confidence and enthusiasm when retelling the story. Magnolia class have also begun art lessons with Miss Fisher (our art teacher) and created their own dot drawings and paintings based on the book 'The dot'. Cherry class will have art lessons with Miss Fisher after the February half-term holiday. 

Friday 16th December 2022

Well it has been another busy week in year 1.  The children have performed their nativity 'Prickly Hay' to audiences of friends and family.  They have completed a Design and Technology unit of work that involved making fruit salads and fruit skewers.  In English they have written letters to Father Christmas and in maths they have been learning about 3D shapes.  They also explored the app doddlebuddy to create digital images.

Friday 9th December 2022

Year 1 have enjoyed a very practical week in many subjects. In science the children went on a seasons walk to look for signs of autumn and winter. They enjoyed looking at the autumn objects and went outside to look for signs of winter. They have also been learning about deciduous and evergreen trees, comparing real leaves. In maths they have been on shape hunts around the school looking for 2D and 3D shapes in the world around them. On Friday we had a nativity dress rehearsal, performing to other classes in the school. The children have worked very hard to practise for the nativity and should be very proud of themselves!

Friday 2nd December 2022

It has been another busy week in Year 1.  The children have been learning their number bonds to 10 and 20 using concrete resources and pictures.  In RE the children are learning about festivals inparticular Christmas and Eid-ul-Fitr; we were lucky enough to have visitors in to talk to the children about both of the festivals.  In English Cherry class have been learning how to write and follow instructions; they have learnt to identify imperative verbs and use time openers. In Magnolia class we have been using the story map that the children created to write the story of 'Billy's Beetle'. The children have written some fantastic sentences and worked hard to write longer pieces of writing. In geography the children have been keeping a weather diary and they used the data collected to make their own pictograms. As part of our christmas activities, the children thoroughly enjoyed a visit from a travelling pantomine performing 'Beauty and the Beast', enjoying taking part in singing and dancing as part of the show. 

Friday 25th November 2022

This week the children have been learning to solve subtraction word problems and enjoyed the opportunity to subract outside using natural objects. In Magnolia class in English the children have been writing lots of sentences using adjectives, capital letters and full stops. In RE, year one have been learning about how christians celebrate christmas and used wooden play sets to act out the nativity. In science Magnolia class played games to learn about and test their five senses (smell, taste, touch, hearing and sight). They particularly enjoyed smelling the pots and guessing what they contained!

Friday 18th November 2022

The children have had a busy week with lots of enthusiastic learning. Cherry class have been learning how to include adjectives, verbs, adverbs and conjunctions into their sentences.  Magnolia class have begun to learn the story of Billy Beetle, drawing their own story map to represent this story. They have been learning to retell it using actions and will complete lots of writing in the next few weeks about it. In maths both classes have been learning how to subtract by drawing pictures and using a number line.  Science was a practical lesson with the children learning the different parts of the body and what they were used for. In RE the children were learning about traditions at Christmas, they retold the story using the Nativity sets.

Friday 11th November 2022

This week in year 1 the children have been learning to subtract using objects such as cubes, Base 10 and counters. In English they have been learning about the features of a factsheet and exploring adjectives that they could use when writing about the weather. They worked in groups to take it in turns to identify the features. We have also started our nativity rehearsals - practising the singing and words that the children will be saying in the production. Learning actions for the songs, has been a particular popular part of the rehearsals with the children!

Friday 4th November 2022

Year 1 have had a busy start to the second half of the Autumn term.  They planned and wrote a piece of writing about their half term holidays. In maths they have continued the topic of addition but have used number lines and other concrete resources.  Our topic for this half term is 'Whatever the weather' and in geography the children have been using maps and globes to identify hot and cold countries. We then mapped the world out on the floor and added different types of animals.

Friday 21st October 2022

This week in English the children have been working hard to write sentences about the story 'Izzy GIzmo', learning to use a capital letter and full stop. In maths they have been learning to partition (break down) numbers using the part, part, whole model. They have used cubes for example to find how many ways they can partition 10 into 2 groups. In PE the year 1 children enjoyed a joint PE lesson in which they learnt to throw a ball accurately underarm to a partner. In science  the children learnt to sort different materials depending on their properties.The children have also been developing their art skills continuing with learning to create sculptures using play doh.

Friday 14th October 2022

This week the children have enjoyed making sculptures in art using paper, straws and play -doh. In English they have been writing captions and checking sentences to make sure they make sense.  Maths has been a practical affair this week with the children learning to add numbers using concrete objects. In history the children were able to sort radios into older and newer and put them on a timeline. Science is about the properties of the materials that objects are made of; children were encouraged to use scientific language such as rigid and bendy, hard and soft, shiny and dull to decribe the properties.

Friday 7th October 2022

This week in year 1 the children have been learning to identify the noun and verb in sentences in English. The children have enjoyed creating their own sentences using sentence cards and used these to write a sentence. In maths they have been learning to count forwards, backwards, form number correctly and use a number line. Today they learnt about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd etc.) In outdoor PE they have been learning to accurately throw a beanbag to a partner and they enjoyed the challenge! In history they have been learning to sort radios into groups of older and newer as well as along a timeline. Every day the children have been practising their handwriting and learning to form their letters correctly. In the outdoor area they have been learning to apply and practise the skills and knowledge that they have learnt in the indoor classroom. 

Friday 30th September

In maths this week the children have been learning to find one more and one less than a number as well as discuss which numbers are greater than or less than another number, using the correct symbols. Also, they have been learning to form capital letters correctly and use them in a sentence. In history they enjoyed using a string telephone to learn about how sound particles travel through the air. Magnolia class have been on a materials hunt around the school to identify how different materials are used. In indoor PE the children enjoyed moving to music to create a jungle animals themed dance. 

Friday 23rd September

This week we have been busy learning to match numbers to 20 to the corresponding word during maths lessons. In English the children have been learning to write sentences that contain a subject and verb as well as capital letters and full stops. In history they have been sorting photos of telephones into older and newer groups as well as along a timeline from oldest to newest. They particularly enjoyed investigating the phones from different eras. During a science lesson the children enjoyed going on a materials hunt around the school to identify glass, paper, wood, plastic and metal. In PE lessons they have been learning to roll a ball accurately to hit a target. In art they have been investigating how to manipulate playdough to make different shapes and sculptures.

Friday 16th September 2022

This week has seen the children settling into formal learning and tasks.  In maths they have been recognising, ordering and representing numbers. In English they have been learning the story of Izzy Gizmo, adding actions and symbols to help them remember. In science they have been starting to learn about what different materials objects are made out of. In our outdoor area they have been learning through play and the linked learning activities. 

Friday 9th September 2022

Year one have had a fantastic start to the year learning about the continent of Europe. They have learnt numbers and colours in different languages as well as painting their versions of The Mona Lisa and The Northern Lights. The children have learnt about traditional spanish dress and landmarks in France and Italy. One of the favourite activities from this week was learning the Italian playground Lupa mangia frutta (the fruit eating wolf). They have also been learning to read in phonics this week and enjoyed playing different phonics games.

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