Welcome to Year 1!
Friday 12th November 2021
Hello everyone and welcome back! What an amazing 2 weeks it has been since Half Term. The children came back to school with excellent attitudes and have really risen to the high expectations of this half term. We began the fist week back with looking at non-fiction writing and the children worked really hard all to create an explanation text for their grandparents to tell them all about the types of toys they play with now. The children had to think very carefully about the purpose and audience when writing this and, since they are more used to writing fictional pieces than non-fiction, they rose to the challenge beautifully.
This week in the English lessons we have been focussing on the wonderful story of 'Old Bear' by Jane Hissey. The children loved this and began the week by writing their own page for the book. They had to think of ways to rescue Old Bear from the attic. As teachers, we were blown away by their ideas - there was everything from jumping on the bed to building a rocket! One child even said that if the toys jumped up and down hard enough they would create an earthquake to make Old Bear fall out of the loft to them. Marking their work was an absolute pleasure. The second half of the week looked at Old Bear himself. The children had to use adjectives to describe his appearance and his personality. They were introduced to new vocabulary such as 'wise', 'knowledgable' and 'respectable' as well as 'tattered' and 'worn'. The children absolutely love learning new vocabulary and they were all keen to include these words in their work.
In Maths, the children have been learning about Place Value and Odd and Even numbers. The children found Place Value quite tricky as it is hard to partition a number but they showed their Leasowes values in action by having the courage to keep going and challenge themselves and they set themselves high aspirations to achieve. The focus was partitioning numbers such as 34 into its 10s and 1s (30 + 4) and any further practise of this at home would greatly benefit them. The children have also been learning about odd and even numbers and were introduced to 2 aliens 'Ozzy Odd' and 'Evie Even'. The children were able to spot that odd numbers have a 1,3,5,7 or 9 as the unit number and even numbers have 0,2,4,6 or 8. They loved challenging themselves to sort larger numbers as to whether they belonged to Ozzy or Evie.
Whilst our English texts still focus on the Terrific Toy Tales topic, we have moved on from our History topic of Old Toys, to focussing on the world around us in Geography. The last 2 weeks have seen the children learn the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom and their corresponding capital cities. To help them remember, we came up with some actions for each one so ask your child and see if they can teach you too!
Year 1 did us very proud on Thursday when we took part in the school Remembrance service on the playground. They stood beautifully silent and showed great respect for the soldiers. They then applied the Art element of value, to create some beautiful poppy art work. This is on display between our classrooms.
Coming up next week, the children will be learning how to make a cup and ball toy and writing instructions. They will be learning how to use a numberline for subtraction and addition and will be ending the week with visiting the Museum of Cannock Chase to learn more about toys from the past. We are very excited about their learning so far and cannot wait to share more with you.
As always, please ensure you are reading with your child everyday. They have a Phonics book, a home reading book and the Big Cat e-books given to them so there is plenty for them to read. They can change their home reading book as often as they read in the boxes in our rooms.
Have a lovely week!
Mrs Dodd and Miss Ross
Friday 22nd October 2021
Hello everyone and happy half term! The children in Year 1 have worked so very hard over the past few weeks and Miss Ross and Mrs Dodd really enjoyed sharing their achievements this parents evening.
In English, we have been reading Paddington and our learning took us on a great adventure. We collaborated as a class to create a letter from Paddington to Aunt Lucy. We orally retold our letter together and focussed on writing this out in our books using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. After this, we have read Toys in Space in which we predicted what the toy characters in the story might do if they landed on a certain planet. As the week progressed, we researched facts about the solar system and shared them with the class. Year 1 showed so much fascination with this non-fiction topic and enjoyed writing down the super space facts they had learnt. We loved finishing this weeks' learning by completing a 'Solar System Retrieval Quiz'.
Our maths learning over the past few weeks has been very enjoyable; we have learnt about doubling, length, number bonds to 10 and addition and subtraction. We have used lots of new maths resources to support our learning such as counting bears and number lines. When learning about length, we enjoyed learning how to use a ruler correctly to measure objects alongside non-standard units such as cubes. We ordered pictures of Paddington in size from shortest to tallest and then did this with some members of our class! When learning our number bonds to 10, we followed the CPA model (concrete, pictorial, abstract.) This meant that we began by using the part whole model and Numicon to physically represent the pairs of numbers which total 10. Following this, we were introduced to the bar model where we learnt that the top bar represents the whole number and the bottom two bars represent the parts, of which the size of the bar corresponds to the size of the number. This was a really great way for us to see how number bonds work. We finished the week by progressing onto word problems which used our knowledge of the number bonds. We circled the numbers in the word problem and worked out how to solve it. Here are some photos of the progression of our number bond learning.
We hope you all have a safe and happy half term and a well earned rest. We can't wait to see you all again soon.
Miss Ross and Mrs Dodd
Monday 20th September 2021
Hello and welcome to another fun packed week of learning in Year 1. Exciting things have been happening within our classrooms and we hope that the children have been sharing this with you.
Last week, we set up our own Toy museum. The children spent the week writing labels and captions for their toys, they built their own toys from lego and they also began looking at a selection of old toys. On Friday this was showcased to Year 2 children who enjoyed looking at all of the different parts of our museum. However, something strange happened on Friday night. We left the toys at the museum but when we arrived at school this morning we found that all of the toys had run away. They have been spotted causing mischief around the school and so this week the children will be spending time telling the tale of the toys that went missing and trying to encourage them back to our classroom.
In Maths, the children have begun looking at 2D shapes. At home it would be beneficial if they could look at shapes around the house or different shapes of their toys. They have been naming squares, rectangles, triangles and circles and have been talking about their properties (number of sides and vertices). Some children have also been learning how to recognise a pentagon, a hexagon and an octagon.
Science has continued with learning more about materials. The children are learning about the different materials around us and their properties, using vocabulary such as stretchy, hard, soft, flexible, waterproof, rough, shiny, dull and smooth. Again, this is a good talking point at home when the children are playing with their toys or helping out around the house and extra use of this vocabulary would really reinforce their understanding.
We have been really pleased with how the children have settled so quickly into life in Year 1 and they are all now becoming more aware of the routines. By the end of this week, the children will also be assigned their new Big Cat ebook for them to enjoy at home. We will assign 2 books per child every 2 weeks. These are to be read alongside their home reading book and their phonics book.
As always, we will be on our classroom doors each morning and after school if you need to speak to us about anything. Please find below key dates and the class timetables.
Mrs Dodd and Miss Ross :)
Friday 3rd September 2021
Hello and welcome to a brand new year in Year 1. We were so excited to welcome all of the children back to school and it was lovely to hear how much they had enjoyed the Summer Holidays. The children came in really well and very quickly settled into Year 1 life. There are a lot of new routines to learn coming from Reception into Year 1 so please do not be alarmed if your child becomes a little tearful initially. As soon as they are used to the routine they will be fine.
We began the new term with a brand new book called "The Secret of Black Rock" and the children were very keen to listen to the story and approached the Talk for Writing activity with enthusiasm in abundance. As we are rooted in reading, we have chosen to focus on this book as a whole school so each class will be completing work related to it within English and Art lessons. This will be collated into a whole school display in the Key Stage One hall. In English, we will be creating warning posters to warn the fishermen about the black rock and to tell them reasons to stay away from it. In Art, we will be focussing on colour and shape to re-create a page from the book using oil pastels and paper.
In Maths we are working on counting and number with a focus on ordinal numbers, one more and one less and counting groups of objects. To support your child at home, it would be useful for them to practise counting in 1s and 10s forwards and backwards, thinking about numbers that come before and after specified numbers.
Phonics groups will begin next week but spellings and phonics books will not be sent home until the week beginning 13th September. Each week the children will come home with a reading booked matched to the phonic sounds they are learning that week and spellings will be sent home each Friday to learn for the following Friday. You child will also receive a reading book matched to their reading ability next week. This one they can change as frequently as they read. It is important for the children to be reading for at least 10 minutes each day to an adult. There will also be e-books available and reminders of login details will be sent out over the next couple of weeks.
We hope that your children have enjoyed the first couple of days back at school and are as excited as we are for the learning ahead. As always, we will be on our classroom doors each morning and after school if you need to speak to us about anything. Please find below key dates and the class timetables.
Mrs Dodd and Miss Ross :)
Important Information and Dates:
PE: Wednesday and Friday each week
Meet the Teacher: Tuesday 14th September
KS1 Harvest - 13th October morning
Parents Evenings: 20th and 21st October
Autumn Half Term: w.c 25th October
PTFA Fish n Quiz: 5th November
Flu Immunisations: 9th November
Christmas Fayre: 26th November
Christmas Dinner 8th December
Christmas Production: 9th December
Christmas Jumper Day 10th December
KS1 Sports Day: 16th June
Summer Fayre: 24th June