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YEar 1

 

Welcome to Year 1!

If you are isolating, please log on to the Pupil Secure Area to access learning. Please keep in touch with either Mrs Dodd or Mrs Croton through the following emails:

Mrs Croton - 1CC@leasowes.staffs.sch.uk

Mrs Dodd - 1BD@leasowes.staffs.sch.uk

 

Friday 9th October 2020

We have had another fantastic couple of weeks in Year 1. The children have been thoroughly enjoying learning about the Toys. Last week we completed the Lost in the Museum book and the children wrote about the main character Bunting. They made a prediction about where he was sailing to in his quest to find the toys and then also wrote their own idea for an ending to the story before listening to the book. Their imaginative ideas blew us away! Bunting sailed everywhere in their predictions. He visited a jungle, went exploring on a desert island and found treasure and some children even thought he might have eaten moon cheese sandwiches on the moon.

This week we have begun our next toy adventure book called Toys in Space by Mini Grey. This book is about a set of toys that get left outside in the garden on a Summer’s night and they are beamed up to space in an alien spaceship. The children have written some wonderful factual information about Space. Not only have their brought their own knowledge but they have been conducting research this week using books from our library and we cannot believe the standard of writing there has been. We are continuing this book next week.

In Maths the children have been developing the skills of addition and subtraction and have been using practical methods as well as number lines to do this. They have learnt that you can add 2 numbers in any order but it is more efficient to count on from the larger number. With subtraction they have learnt that the larger number always comes first. Next week we will be looking at number bonds to 10 and to 20 so any help with this would greatly benefit your child.

In Science we have been exploring the materials used to make our toys by completing a pattern seeking investigation. The children concluded that most of their toys are made of plastic and thought about reasons why this is the case. They then talked about how this would be different for toys made in the past. We will be exploring signs of Autumn next week during Science. In Art the children have completed their teddy bear drawings, focussing on using shading. They have really taken their time with these and have produced work they should be truly proud of.

As always, with regards to Reading books, we encourage children to change their book as often as possible. Please fill in the diary as you read with the children. Please be sure to send your child with their Phonics reading book and Spelling book every Friday. 

PE kits will be sent home every Friday to be washed at the weekend and need to be returned to school every Monday please. PE days continue to be Tuesday and Wednesday, weather permitting. If we cannot carry out a PE lesson on the specified days, we do endeavour to add a lesson in later on in the week. 

We hope you have a lovely weekend and we look forward to hearing all about what exciting things you have all done on Monday.

Mrs Croton and Mrs Dodd :) 

 

Friday 25th September 2020

Wow! What an exciting couple of weeks Year 1 have had. Last week the children worked hard to create their own Toy Museum based on the book "Lost in the Toy Museum" by David Lucas. The children all selected a toy and wrote a label and a caption for it. They also built their own lego models and wrote labels for these too. The museum was showcased to the whole of the year group and the children were really proud of their work. However, on Monday morning the children arrived to find that all toys had gone. We checked the school CCTV footage to find that they had been on an adventure. In our classes, we set off in search of the toys. They were everywhere! Some were creating chaos in the library, others were on the PE equipment in the hall and there were even toys toasting marshmallows in the Forest School Area. 

The children created a Talk for Writing story about what the toys had got up to and performed this to each other. They then wrote their story today and we are really impressed. Well done Year 1!

In Maths the children have been learning about 2D shapes and even made some of their own using lolly pop sticks and geoboards. We have been really impressed with their knowledge of these! Be sure to ask your child what is special about a square! 

With regards to Reading books, we encourage children to change their book as often as possible. Please fill in the diary as you read with the children. The children have brought home a Phonics reading book this week (sticker on the back). These will be given out on a Tuesday and collected on a Friday. Please be sure to send your child with their Phonics reading book and Spelling book every Friday. 

PE kits will be sent home every Friday to be washed at the weekend and need to be returned to school every Monday please. PE days continue to be Tuesday and Wednesday, weather permitting. If we cannot carry out a PE lesson on the specified days, we do endeavour to add a lesson in later on in the week. 

We will be continuing to read the Lost in the Toy Museum next week and we cannot wait to see where the children's learning takes them. 

We hope you have a lovely weekend and we look forward to hearing all about what exciting things you have all done on Monday.

Mrs Croton and Mrs Dodd :) 

 

Friday 11th September 2020

Hello! What a wonderful first week Year 1 have had. They have amazed us with their super counting skills and sentence writing. We have given each child a reading book which they can change at their own pace. Please bear with us while the children get used to the system as we encourage them to be as independent as possible. Please do not panic if your child brings home a book from the wrong box. Please send in the reading diary each day.

PE kits will be returned every Friday to be washed at the weekend and returned to school by Tuesday please. PE days continue to be Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Next week, the children will be working on their addition and subtraction skills and beginning our topic about old toys.

The first set of spellings will be sent home on Friday 18th September to be tested on the 25th September. Please feel free to use the spelling book given for the children to practise on.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to hearing all about it on Monday.

Mrs Croton and Mrs Dodd :) 

 

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Hello! We are so excited to welcome you to your new Year 1 classrooms and be your teachers this year. We can't wait to start to get to know you all better and hear all about your wonderful summers. Year 1 is such an exciting year and we can't wait to make some fantastic memories with you.

We know a few of you have been at home for longer than others so if you have any transition work from before summer, please hand it into us this week. 

Please find attached our class timetables below. PE will always be on a Tuesday and Wednesday but other lessons may change week by week. 

PE kits will need to be brought into school on a Monday and will be sent home again on a Friday. 

Key dates:

Autumn Half Term: 26th October 

Christmas Fayre: 27th November

Phonics Screening: Week commencing 7th June

Summer Fayre: 25th June

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 :)