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YEar 1

 

Welcome to Year 1!

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Hi Year 1 and parents, we have been so impressed with your home learning so far. You have engaged with the tasks on our 'Pupil Secure Area' each day and completed some amazing pieces of work. You've shown our values in so many ways!

  • You've collaborated with your parents and siblings.
  • Shown love for learning, school and your families.
  • Had the courage to challenge yourselves when you've found some activities more difficult.
  • Shown so much enjoyment for some activities such as Jackson Pollock artwork and marvellous multiplication.
  • You've shown aspiration to be the best you can be.
  • You've shown respect to your parents, siblings and teachers every step of the way.

As a well done to you all, we wanted to share some of your fantastic work. On the left hand side, please find a 'Year 1 Showcase' which has photographs of some of your amazing work so far. Keep it up! We are so proud of you.

Mrs Croton and Mrs Dodd :) 

 

 

 

Friday 20th March 2020

To all of our Year 1 children and parents, we have now updated the Pupil Secure Area and this is where you will find the children's tasks. We will update this daily for you to complete.

We hope that you are all safe and well and look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you soon.

Mrs Dodd and Mrs Croton

 

Friday 13th March 2020

We are now half way through the Half term and the children have been working extremely hard. Our value is aspiration this time and the children have been demonstrating this value through their hard work and determination to exceed their own expectations and ours.

In English we have been looking at a book called The Tin Forest by Helen Ward. It tells the story of an old man who lives in a lonely, miserable place in the middle of nowhere. His house is surrounded by all the things that no one wants like old wheels, broken pipes and rubbish. Each night he dreams he lives in a wild jungle and one day, he has an idea to build a forest from the tin outside his house. Eventually, a bird visits and with it it brings seeds which then grow into the jungle of his dreams. The children have absolutely LOVED this book and have written some fantastic descriptions of the setting as well as a diary entry for the old man. We are continuing this next week with poetry and then will be moving on to Spring poems with a focus on alliteration. We are looking forward to seeing what the children produce.

In Maths we have been focussing on fractions and learning about quarters. The children began by quartering shapes and moved on to finding quarters of amounts. Once again, they have risen to the challenge and have even been able to solve fraction word problems.

Our Geography has focussed on the Amazon rainforest. Last week, we all jumped on an aeroplane and travelled to the Amazon. We then explored the physical and human features and discovered some interesting animals. This week saw the children create a leaflet for the Amazon rainforest. Next week, the children will use their knowledge of the Amazon and Cannock Chase to make comparisons between the two.

World Book Day was a HUGE success! The children enjoyed activities from different periods of History in the morning and then completed a Top Secret Book Challenge in the afternoon. The children's enthusiasm for reading is a pleasure to witness and we encourage them to bring in stories from home to share with the class.

Just a reminder that on Wednesday 25th March it is our Family Learning Afternoon. We look forward to seeing you there.

As always, if you need to contact us, please catch us before or after school on the classroom door. Alternatively, leave a message at the office and we will phone you as soon as we can.

Mrs Dodd and Mrs Croton :)

 

 

Friday 28th February 2020

After a lovely half term break, Year 1 have returned to school and been busy from day one.

On Monday, the children arrived at school to find someone had dumped rubbish in our forest school area.  They were disgusted to see the mess that had been left so were eager to find the culprit. We discussed many possibilities and the mystery still remains unsolved. However, Year 1 have recorded and written news reports to tell people what has happened and to encourage any witnesses to come forward.

In Maths, we have been measuring lengths and heights. We began by discovering what a centimetre is and using our classroom rulers to measure short lengths accurately. We then learned how there are 100 centimetres in 1 metre and how metres are very useful for measuring longer distances. We began by measuring items in our classroom using our metre sticks. On Friday, Mrs Bettany set us a challenge to measure the width of the new library area. We worked collaboratively in pairs to solve this challenge and recorded it as 14 metres long.

In their Topic lesson this week, the children located Castle Ring and learned about how the area has changed over time. We located it in Cannock Chase and then discussed how some parts of the Iron Age hillfort are no longer there.

In RE, we discussed our own families and how families come in all different shapes and sizes. We read “The Family Book” by Todd Parr and loved hearing about all of the different families.

Looking forward to next week, we will be starting our new text called “The Tin Forest” in English and measuring mass in Maths. We will also be learning about the Amazon Rainforest and comparing it to Cannock Chase.

We have also preliminarily booked our visit to Wolseley Wildlife Centre for the 30th June. A letter will be sent out soon to confirm this.

The children’s first forest schools session with Mrs Wood, Mr Rock and Mrs Carr was so exciting and they loved getting muddy making mud porridge. They already can’t wait for next week’s session.

Key dates for the remainder of the year:

World Book Day: Thursday 5th March

Year 1 Andy Goldsworthy Family Learning:  25th March

Family Learning Reserve Date:  26th March

Outdoor Classroom Day: 21st May

Phonics Screening: Week commencing 8th June

Key Stage One Sports day: 18th June

Summer Fair: 26th June

Wolseley Wildlife Centre: 30th June

As always, if you need to contact us, please catch us before or after school on the classroom door. Alternatively, leave a message at the office and we will phone you as soon as we can.

Mrs Croton and Mrs Dodd :)

 

Wednesday 5th February 2020

The last two weeks we have been reading the story Into the Forest by Anthony Browne. It is about a boy who walks into a forest and meets familiar characters from traditional tales. Rather than write an innovated version of the original tale, last week we asked the children to imagine what might happen after the boy walked into the forest and they all created their own story version. We were absolutely blown away by the fantastic ideas that all of the children had and have been amazed at how much their writing has improved. This week we have been focussing on punctuation and have discussed the use of question marks and exclamation marks in writing.

In Maths we have been using number lines to add and subtract. Some of the children have been able to challenge themselves further by using a 100 grid to help them add larger numbers. We have discussed that when adding numbers, although they can be added in any order, it is more efficient to begin with the larger number and add the smaller number on.

In Science the children have been learning about deciduous and evergreen trees and we went on a tree spotting walk around the school to identify these. In Geography we have continued this theme and have been learning about physical and human features.

Tomorrow afternoon the children will be taking part in the Time to Talk session where they will have the opportunity to talk to their friends and share their feelings. The children are welcome to bring a small snack to enjoy while they chat.

Here is also an update of some key dates for the year:

Parent's Evening: Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th February

Phonics Screening: Week commencing 8th June

Key Stage One Sports day: 18th June

Summer Fair: 26th June

As always, if you need to contact us, please catch us before or after school on the classroom door. Alternatively, leave a message at the office and we will phone you as soon as we can.

Mrs Croton and Mrs Dodd :)

 

Monday 27th January 2020

What a busy start to the Spring term Year 1 have had! The children were amazed as our classrooms started their transformations into a forest as part of our topic this term. They have thoroughly enjoyed the first few weeks of “Into the Forest” and things are only going to get more exciting.

Our first text has been Little Red Riding Hood. We used talk for writing to learn the story by heart and perform it as a group. We made masks to act out the story and help us get into character. We then innovated the story and created our own versions. From Little Blue Hood to firefighters hosing the wolf away, the children wrote some fantastic alternative stories.

In Maths, we have been using base 10 equipment to partition 2 digit numbers into tens and ones. We have also revised 3D shapes and told the time to the half hour. The children found money more challenging so I’ve encouraged them to raid piggy banks at home and start making amounts.

As part of our Science unit, the children have planted bulbs outside our classroom so we are hoping they bloom in the Spring. Next week, we will be looking at different types of trees.

Here is also an update of some key dates for the year:

Parent's Evening: Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th February

Phonics Screening: Week commencing 8th June

Key Stage One Sports day: 18th June

Summer Fair: 26th June

As always, if you need to contact us, please catch us before or after school on the classroom door. Alternatively, leave a message at the office and we will phone you as soon as we can.

Mrs Croton and Mrs Dodd :)