Welcome to 1CC!
Monday 21st January 2019
What an incredible first two weeks back the children have had. We have jumped straight into our ‘Into the Forest’ topic and the children have been enthralled. We have recited the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood and innovated the story to write our own versions. In Maths, we have learned about odd and even numbers, repeating patterns and how to partition 2 digit numbers in tens and ones. What a busy fortnight!
A particular highlight has been Cosmic Yoga. We discovered the ‘washing machine disco’ and it has become our favourite brain break. The link to YouTube is below but be warned it gets in your head 😊
We have started our new Science topic of plants by planting some bulbs outside our classroom. Fingers crossed they will start to shoot up towards the end of Spring as long as we remember to water them.
In RE this term, we are learning about different celebrations. We will be learning about weddings, christenings, Eid and much more.
Thank you to everyone who attended the phonics evening and for the wonderful feedback we received. I’m so pleased to hear it was informative. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Thanks, as always, for your ongoing support. The children’s reading is really starting to blossom and I’m so proud of all their achievements so far in Year 1.
Mrs Croton 😊
Monday 7th January 2019
Welcome back! I hope you’ve all had an amazing Christmas and New Year. I’m looking forward to welcoming the children back to school tomorrow and hearing all about their holiday.
Over Christmas, a forest has grown in our classroom which introduces our new topic of ‘Into the Forest.’ The topic flyer is attached below and gives an outline of some of the learning that will take place during the Spring Term.
This week, we will begin by introducing the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood. We will immerse ourselves into the story, act it out and begin to think about the forest setting. In Science, we will introduce our new topic of Plants and begin to think about what plants need to grow.
On Thursday 10th January, I will be holding our Phonics Information Evening in the KS1 Hall at 5.00pm. There will be a short presentation followed by the opportunity for you to see some of the activities and games which the children complete. I look forward to seeing you there.
Mrs Croton :)
12th December 2018
1CC have been counting down to Christmas and we have been extremely busy!
Over the past couple of weeks, we have been practising our songs for our Christmas production ‘The Inn-Spectors’ and we can’t wait to perform them to you. The show will take place on Thursday 13th of December at 10am. We hope to see you there! Many thanks to everyone who has sent in costumes so far.
In English this week, we have been looking at a new text ‘Christmas at the Toy Museum’ by David Lucas. We used our imaginations to write some fantastic predictions of what might happen to the toys. One idea was that the toys might cook Christmas dinner for everyone and eat it all up.
In Maths, we have begun learning about position and direction and had to navigate our way around a treasure map, picking up the pirate’s items along the way. We have been using left, right, up, down to move position. We also began learning about whole turns and half turns. This was rather tricky!
Spotlight on Science
Wow, we have been super Scientists this half term! During one experiment, a spaceship crashed into a tub of water in 1CC and we had to rescue the superheroes inside. To help them we decided to make them buoyancy aids to help them to stay afloat. We worked in collaboration to discuss which materials would be most suitable for making the superheroes float. The children then selected which ones would be best. We have also been looking at seasonal changes as we move from Autumn to Winter. We walked around the school looking for signs of Winter.
Thanks for your continued support.
Mrs Croton :)
Tuesday 27th November 2018
It has been a busy couple of weeks in Year 1. On Wednesday 14th November, we visited Sudbury Hall. We had an absolutely fantastic day and I’ve attached some pictures to the gallery on the left for you to see.
In English, we recounted our day at Sudbury using time adverbials. We have since moved onto instruction writing and wrote instructions for how to fix Woody from Toy Story. Yesterday, we made cup and ball toys in D&T and we will be writing instructions for how to make them this week.
Last week, we focused on fractions in Maths and developed our understanding of halves. Firstly, we cut shapes and objects into halves making sure both parts were equal. Then we moved onto finding halves of numbers. This week, we will be practising our addition and subtraction using concrete materials and number lines.
Preparations are now underway for our KS1 Christmas performance. I’m sure the children will give you a sneak preview of the songs from ‘The Inn-Spectors’. Year 1 will be the chorus and a letter will be sent home today with outfit suggestions. If you have any problems sourcing an outfit, please let me know.
Many thanks for your ongoing support,
Mrs Croton :)
Friday 9th November:
What an excellent first week back the children have had! I’ve loved hearing all about their Half Term adventures and seeing their smiling faces as they’ve returned to school after a well deserved rest.
In English, we’ve been reading Old Bear by Jane Hissey. The children have loved reading the books and watching some episodes of the TV programme on YouTube. We’ve described Old Bear in detail and also discussed how we must care for old toys.
In Maths, we’ve been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We’ve used socks to help us count in twos, gloves to help us count in fives and looked for patterns on a 100 square when counting in tens.
Super Science this week involved sorting materials into whether they are man-made or natural. We looked outside for hints to see which materials are natural.
We are getting very excited about our trip to Sudbury on Wednesday. Please remember to wrap up warm as, if the weather is dry, we hope to take the children outside so they can enjoy the adventure area.
Thanks, as always for your ongoing support. Please continue to hear your child read at home as often as possible. Reading any books, labels, road signs are excellent ways to encourage the children to apply their phonics.
Mrs Croton 😊
Friday 26th October:
Where has that Half Term gone? The children have survived their first Half Term in Year 1 and I’m so proud of everything they have achieved so far. This week has been no exception.
We kickstarted with our Black History Month work. JLT allocated each class an influential person to learn about. 1CC flew to Philadelphia to learn about Will Smith and were astounded by his achievements. For display, we created our own graffiti artwork based on some of his aspirational quotes.
In Science, the children evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of their rockets and we ordered them by how streamlined they were. We’ve been recapping number bonds to 10 and 20 in Maths using a variety of concrete materials and pictures to help us. In English, we’ve been learning poetry. We watched some of Michael Rosen’s performances of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,’ ‘No Breathing in Class’ and ‘The Car Trip’ to inspire us to use lots of expression when performing our own poems. As a class, we performed ‘What’s in the Box?’ by Trevor Millum and ‘The Toys’ Playtime’ by Tony Mitton. We then looked at different shape poetry and had a go at writing our own.
On Wednesday and Thursday, it was Parents Evening and it was so lovely to celebrate the children’s work with you. Thank you for all your support and positivity. It is so lovely to hear that the children are enjoying Year 1 and sharing their learning with you at home.
We finished the week with our reward morning on Friday. The children enjoyed different activities such as: Dodgeball, making slime and Autumn art. I’m sure the children will thoroughly enjoy a well-deserved rest over Half Term and I’m looking forward to hearing all about their adventures when they return on Monday.
Mrs Croton 😊
14th October 2018
WOW what an amazing few weeks the children have had. A lot of our activities have had a space theme as we have been busy reading ‘Toys in Space’ by Mini Grey. The children love this story about a group of toys who are sucked up into a spaceship where they meet an alien called Hoctopize. They have been helping Hoctopize search for his precious toy Cuddles by creating lost posters and describing him in detail. In Maths, the children have been applying their addition and subtraction skills to some tricky word problems. They have also been tackling some missing number problems.
In Science, the children have been designing their own rockets. The aim was to work out which material would be best suited to ensure their rocket is durable and streamlined. The big build is tomorrow so we will let you know how it goes. As noted in the letter, if you have any spare materials we could use please send them into school with your child tomorrow.
Parents evening is the last week before Half Term. Letters have been sent home so please complete the form if you have a preferred time slot and I will do my very best to accommodate these. There are still some Sudbury Hall letters outstanding so please complete these and send them in too.
Thanks, as always, for your ongoing support. The children are coming into school each day eager to learn and we are really enjoying our first term together as 1CC.
Friday 21st September:
WOW what an amazing first few weeks the children have had in Year 1! The children are becoming increasingly independent with changing their books which is so wonderful to see. This love of reading is something we try our very best to encourage in Year 1. Reading really is the gateway to learning.
Despite it being so early on in the term, 1CC have already achieved some amazing pieces of work. We have dived into Billy's Bucket and discovered so many wonderful sea creatures which have inspired our learning. We've created wonderful collages of underwater lands, described amazing animals and witnessed spectacular scenery. This fantastic work will go on display in our KS1 hall so keep an eye out for it.
We've now moved onto our Toy topic. The children have discussed toys which they like to play with but also toys which their parents and grandparents liked to play with. Many thanks to everyone who has brought in toys from home and discussed toys they used to play with. We will be continuing with this topic until Christmas so feel free to empty your lofts of old toys as the children will be very interested.
As a class, we have created our very own Toy Museum. The children wrote labels and captions for the toys in our classroom. On Friday, we created a museum and invited Mr Coombs and Year 2 to look around. It was a great success! We are currently reading Lost in the Toy Museum by David Lucas. Rumour has it that the toys have been exploring the school over the weekend. Find out more on Monday!
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Croton :)
Friday 7th September:
The children have settled in really well to their first few days in Year 1. We are working hard to encourage the children to be as independent as possible and establish routines. We have started to read our first text 'Billy's Bucket' and discussed what might be inside his wonderful bucket.
Attached below is our timetable and topic flyer for your information.
Meet the teacher evening is on Tuesday 11th September between 5.00-5.30 and again at 5.45-6.15pm. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.
Mrs Croton :)
Spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. This will start with the first set of spellings being given out on Friday 14th September. These will be tested in the children's phonics groups.
Please continue to hear your child read as often as you can and sign their diary. We will give out school reading books week commencing 10th September.
PE is on a Tuesday and a Wednesday (weather permitting!) Please can you ensure ALL clothing items are clearly named.
Mrs Croton :)