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Welcome to Year One!

Friday 24th June 2022

This week we have had a seaside theme in our outdoor area. The children have enjoyed experimenting with sand, making stories in the water tray using sea creatures, directing Beebots around a map to get to pirate themed symbols, playing in our role play beach hut, watering the plants, using the construction materials, using the small world tuff spot tray to role play being at the beach, sorting animals into groups (linked to our science learning) and matching shapes to half or a quarter.

In maths they have been applying their knowledge of tens and ones in a 2-digit number. In English the children have been learning about the features of non-chronological reports and will be writing their own fact sheets about Marconi, the inventor of radio, next week. 

Friday 24th June 2022

This week we have had a seaside theme in our outdoor area. The children have enjoyed experimenting with sand, making stories in the water tray using sea creatures, directing Beebots around a map to get to pirate themed symbols, playing in our role play beach hut, watering the plants, using the construction materials, using the small world tuff spot tray to role play being at the beach, sorting animals into groups (linked to our science learning) and matching shapes to half or a quarter.

Friday 17th June 2022

This week year 1 have enjoyed Sports Day and a picnic with families alongside the rest of the school! Everyone enjoyed watching races and taking part in different races too! The children were very supportive of both the other children in their house and their friends in other houses - it was a very tiring but enjoyable day!

Friday 10th June 2022

Year 1 have had a very exciting first day back celebrating The Queen's Platinum Jubilee! They made golden crowns to wear at lunchtime, played large scale outdoor games together, used split pins to make moving guards, acted out royal occassions on the stage, wrote invitations for tea parties, completed royal wordsearches, role played afternoon tea, completed royal themed subtraction and moved Beebots to get to different royal symbols. All the children looked fantastic in their red, white and blue clothes and enjoyed the cake that was baked for them!

Friday 27th May 2022

This week the children have enjoyed their final session of forest school. They learnt to whittle a stick, which they used to toast a marshmallow over the fire (whilst supervised by an adult). The marshmallows were very popular! They also had the option to learn to start a fire using a flint and steel - there was much excitement when the children were able to create a spark! In geography the children used a map of the school to locate map symbols and then recorded them to find their meaning. In English lessons they have been working hard to write instructions for a puppet show of 'The three little pigs' that they made themselves. In maths the children have been learning to multiply and used objects to create arrays. Juniper class have enjoyed another art lesson with the art teacher Miss Fisher, experimenting making patterns and drawings with charcoal.

Friday 20th May 2022

This week the children have learnt about instructions in English and were set the challenge of following the instructions to make their own paper boat. In forest school they have independently chosen from a range of outdoor activities, including making nature themed art. They also placed petals or leaves between cloth and used a stone to hammer onto it, which created very interesting and creative patterns. On Thursday we took part in the PTA sponsored walk to raise money for the PTA. The children have also enjoyed exploring the activities in our year 1 outdoor area, which included directing Beebots around a map, reading tricky words in the sand, writing tricky words on large sheets of cardboard, building fairy tale castles using junk modelling and large construction materials to name but a few!

Friday 13th May 2022

This week year 1 enjoyed creating artwork in forest school using natural objects and displayed fantastic creativity. The children have also been pond dipping, built hammocks, swings and dens. They have worked hard solving subraction missing number problems in maths and demonstrated great resilience with this. Magnolia class have learnt how to keep a weather diary for the week and it seems that the weather has been quite changeable! In Juniper class they have enjoyed another art lesson with Miss Fisher, learning to use a variety of materials to create patterns in paint. 

Friday 6th May 2022

This week every class has enjoyed another forest school session. The children had the opportunity to go pond dipping and were excited to find some newts in the pond! They also made hammocks, swings and went bug hunting using special magnifying pots. During English lessons the children have worked hard to write their own versions of Jack and the Beanstalk and really impressed us with their writing! In maths we have been learning number bonds to 10 and 20. In PE the children created different rolls and other movements to the story of The Gingerbread man. They learnt to perform an egg and log roll and their partner gave them feedback on how they could improve. 

Friday 29th April 2022

The highlight of the week has been starting forest school this week in year 1! The children have loved the experience of being outside and choosing to make hammocks, swings, dens, go bug hunting, climb trees (safely), use natural objects to create bug hotels and anything else that they could think of! They independently chose to complete the activities and loved the freedom that it gave them!

Friday 22nd April 2022

Our new topic for Summer term 1 is 'Once upon a time' and we have started learning about the fairy tale 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. The children enjoyed acting out the story. We have also been learning about how the sun moves across the sky during the day to create different shadows and shade around the school. In Magnolia class the children have been learning to sort words from the same sound family into their different spellings - they all worked really well taking turns in their groups. All the year 1 classes enjoyed a nature walk this week and we found many signs of spring including blossom on a tree and new flowers growing! We have also been learning about compass directions, as the children had to drive their car in the correct direction.

Friday 1st April 2022

We have had a busy end to the spring term this week. The children enjoyed learning to measure the weight of objects using balancing scales and read scales in grams. In English they have been completing different activities to learn common exception words. Magnolia class have continued learning to sew using running stich to create nature themed felt pictures and Cherry class have learnt how to create self portraits with the artist Miss Fisher. In geography the children have learnt to sort different types of weather into those which sometimes, rarely or never occur in the United Kingdom.

Year one have also enjoyed sharing their topic homework related to Kings and Queens - the children have clearly enjoyed the activities, from creating cakes 'fit for a queen', making collages of The United Kingdom, keeping weather diaries and creating pictures of themselves as a prince, princess, king or queen, to name but a few!

Friday 25th March 2022

This week in year 1 we have been learning to measure in cm using rulers, tape measures and meter sticks. We measured objects around the classroom, how far we can jump and our height. We have also been working on our football skills of passing the ball, scoring goals and dribbling the ball between cones in PE.

Friday 18th March 2022

This week Cherry class have enjoyed another art lesson with the art teacher Miss Fisher. They learnt to create fish collages using painted pattern paper that they had created last week using a range of objects.  

This week all of the children have enjoyed wearing their funky socks for Young Carers Awareness day. Juniper class enjoyed creating designs for funky socks. They have also enjoyed adding to our whole school bottle top art project.

In Magnolia class, all the children have been painting the ceiling tile that will be used to create a space themed ceiling in the corridor towards the hall.

Friday 11th March 2022

This week in year 1 we have been learning about the story 'The Princess and the Pea'. The children enjoyed acting out and creating freeze frames for different parts of the story. They also 'hot seated' different characters - one child pretended to be a character from the story and other children asked them questions.  The children have enjoyed outdoor maths linked to division - some of the children took part in a problem solving activity where they had to answer the division question then find the answer around the outdoor area which also displayed a letter and put the letters together to spell out a word. Other children used playdoh to share out amounts and divide. Within science the children have been learning to name different types of plants and trees.

Friday 4th March 2022

On Thursday this week we enjoyed celebrating World Book Day. The children learned about how our body works through listening to a non-fiction book and then completed different activities such as dribbling a football, throwing and catching, star jumps and jumping over cones etc. They also acted out scenes from different fairytales and discussed their favourite book characters. In another activity they had to 'hot seat' characters from fairy tales by asking them questions.

This week we have also been very lucky to have all visited the space dome. The children watching a video about space and the planets in the magical setting of the space dome!

Friday 25th February 2022

This week year 1 have been learning to multiply using Numicon and objects. The children have learnt that 'x' is the same as groups of and used objects and repeated addition to represent multiplication questions.

Friday 11th February 2022

Cherry class have been busy finishing their sewing from their DT project this half-term. They have learnt to sew neatly using running stich and sew beads onto their nature themed creation. All of the children worked hard to create some beautiful pieces of sewing. Magnolia class have been learning about the importance of looking after birds and wildlife. They enjoyed creating their own bird feeders using bird seed, lard and flour on sticks from our wild area. Juniper class have been looking at poetry this week and they have been learning all about rhyming words and alliteration. 

Friday 4th February 2022

This week we have been learning to count in 2's, 5's and 10's. They children used Numicon and number cards to count forwards and backwards.

Friday 28th January 2022

This week year one have enjoyed learning a range of skills in tag rugby lessons. They have begun to learn skills such as how to take tags from another player as well as jumping, running and throwing skills. The children have developed their resilience through accepting that another player might take tags from them but this is all part of the game!

Friday 21st January 2022

This week Year 1 have had a very creative Friday afternoon. Cherry class have begun their DT sewing project to make a picture using felt. They created a nature inspired picture using natural objects and will be recreating this using felt. Juniper class have developed their drawing skills by creating a series of butterfly drawings (listening to advice in order to improve each draft). Magnolia class have been busy experimenting with paint to create textured pictures with the art teacher Miss Fisher. Next week they will be using these paintings to create a collage.

Friday 14th January 2022

This week year 1 have been busy learning about Queen Elizabeth II coronation. They enjoyed watching a video of the event from the time and have completed some lovely sentence writing. These have focussed on using interesting adjectives to improve their writing. 

Week beginning 3rd January 2022

This week Magnolia class have enjoyed their first art lesson with our resident artist, Miss Fisher. She read the story 'The dot' to the children and the children creatively painted and drew their own artwork using dots. The other year 1 classes will also get a chance to enjoy art lessons with Miss Fisher over the next two half terms. 

Friday 17th December 2021

It has been a very busy week in Year One. The children finally had the chance to show all of the hard work that they have been doing in their rehearsals by performing this year’s nativity, A Bundle of Joy. All of the shows went really well and the children enjoyed being able to perform in front of parents and loved ones. This week the children have also been baking spiced biscuits and making Christmas decorations.

Friday 10th December 2021

This week in Year One the children have been learning all about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes in maths and in English they have been editing their stories. We also had our Christmas jumper day where we all sat down for a Christmas dinner together and some of the children have been making clay Christmas decorations. In science this week they have been following on with their outdoor learning to observe what happens to trees in autumn.

Friday 3rd December 2021

This week in Year One the children enjoyed a Christmas pantomime on Monday which was based around the story of A Christmas Carol. In English this week they have continued their work on writing a story and in maths they have been learning more about time and how hours make up the days of the week and how days make up the months of the year. In science they went on a nature walk to see how trees show us the signs of autumn.

Thursday 25th November 2021

This week in Year One the children have started to learn all about time in maths. In these lessons they have been learning how to read an analogue clock and what all the parts of a clock tell us about the time. In English this week the children have begun to write their own version of the story that they have been studying in class. A lot of effort has also been going into rehearsals for the Christmas nativity this week and the children have continued to enjoy the time, space and science activities in the outdoor area.

Friday 19th November 2021

This week in Year One the children have continued their work on subtraction in maths by using their number bond knowledge to answer subtraction questions. In English this week they have been learning how to use adverbs and time language so that they can begin to plan a story based around one they already know from the book they have been studying. In the outdoor area this week they have been looking at letter formation by creating the letters out of playdough as well as other activities connected to the topic of space.

Friday 12th November 2021

This week in Year One the children have been continuing their subtraction work in maths and they have been acting out scenes from the book that we are studying in English so that they can write sentences about them after. On Monday the parents of Year One were invited in to see a phonics workshop where they had the opportunity to try some of the phonics activities that we use in school with their children.

Friday 5th November 2021

This week in Year One the children were visited by the Ramayana Dance Workshop who came in to teach them all about the festival of Diwali through dance. In English they have begun looking at a new story called The Man on the Moon and in maths they have started a new unit on subtraction. In the outdoor area this week they have been building space rockets and practising the things they have been learning in maths using different items to count and subtract.

Friday 22nd October 2021

This week the children in Year One have been learning the number bonds to 10 in maths and they have been writing a fact sheet on safari animals in English which they shared with the rest of the class once they had finished. In the outdoor area this week the children have been continuing their work with number bonds using different resources, they have been telling stories using safari animals in sand and they have also been using the Autumn table to investigate things using magnifying glasses.

Friday 15th October 2021

This week Year one have been continuing the work that they have been doing on the structure of a sentence in English and they have been learning about addition in maths. The children have also been creating bowls to decorate in art and they have been sorting materials based on their properties in science. In the outdoor area this week the children have been building junk model cameras, continuing their investigations on the science table and they have also been practising to write out their numbers up to 100.

Friday 8th October 2021

This week Year One have been learning all about adjectives in English and how we can use them to describe different safari animals. In maths the children have been learning how they can add 2 numbers together and show this using physical resources. In their COEL time and outdoor activities they have been highlighting tricky words, sorting capital and lower case letters, practising to write their phonics sounds and also looking at various items under a magnifying glass on the Autumn table.

Friday 1st October 2021

This week in Year 1 the children have been learning how to read the names of numbers in their maths lessons and they have been practising to write out capital and lower case letters in their English lessons. In the outdoor area this week the children have been doing activities linked to their subjects like sorting objects based on the materials that they are made of which they have been studying in science. 

Friday 17th September 2021

This week Year One have enjoyed spending lots of time in the outdoor area, completing activities linked to our topic 'On Safari' and our book 'Handa's Surprise' which the children have been learning about in their English lessons. They have enjoyed learning to weave, paint African inpsired necklaces, use construction materials to make an African hut, sort animals with hoops and other activities related to letters and numbers.

Friday 24th September 2021

This week Year One have been learning about the different parts that are needed to make up a sentence in English and they have been continuing their work on place value in maths by sorting numbers into tens and ones. In their outdoor learning area the children have enjoyed drawing pictures of the people they care about, working with number by using Numicon and using small world safari animals which links to their topic.

Friday 10th September 2021

Year 1 has been very busy this week.  The children have started new units of work in English and maths.  They have also been learning about different countries in Europe.  They completed different activities to go with each country.  To finish off the week they were able to have time on the inflatables, which they all enjoyed.

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