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Welcome to Year 1!

We are so happy that you are here and hope that you enjoy finding out about our learning journey along with being kept up to date with important events. Please follow us on Twitter @LeasowesPrimary for more updates on our learning.

Mrs Dodd and Miss Thelwell

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February 2024

Wow! Can you believe we are at the end of the 1st half of the Spring term already?! Where is this year going? This half term has seen us cover so much learning across all subject areas. The children have shown off their poetry skills in English by producing wonderful alliterative poems about Winter. They have written some amazing non-fiction writing based on Mary Seacole and completed diary writing for Florence Nightingale. In Maths, we have really been pushing them all with the challenges of reasoning and problem solving and lesson after lesson they have shown huge courage in their learning by rising to that challenge. 

We have been so proud of the children through their learning and understanding of our Fantastic Females - Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Alice Hawkins. They have shown a level of maturity beyond their years and have been talking about these incredible women outside of the lessons too. Science has seen us start our Plants unit and this will continue after half term. 

After half term, the children will be completing their Forest School learning unit. A letter will be sent out this week regarding this. Please find attached the new knowledge organiser for our Geography unit 'Comparing Forests'. 

PE will remain on a Wednesday and a Friday and reading books will continue to be changed on a Monday and a Thursday. Keep an eye on 'X' for all of the latest tweets of our learning. There is a snap shot of some of our tweets from this half term below. 

As always, we are available each morning and evening on the door if you need to speak to us. 

Key Information:

Phonics books will be given out every Tuesday and are due back every Friday. 

Reading Diaries are collected and checked every Monday and Thursday. Please try to read for at least 10 minutes everyday. It makes such a difference!

PE is on a Wednesday. 

Forest School is on a Thursday. 

Coming Up This Term: Important dates for your diary: 

Family Learning: Thursday 11th April 1:30 - 3:00pm

Phonics Screening: Week commencing 10th June 

Mrs Dodd and Miss Thelwell :) 

Monday 8th January 2024

Welcome back Year 1! Can you believe we are now in our second terms already? What a fantastic Autumn term we had. We cannot believe how well you all have progressed in your learning already and we are so excited for the term ahead. This Spring we will be starting our new History unit called Fantastic Females which will focus on the amazing achievements of Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Alice Hawkins. This will be supported with work completed throughout the English reading and writing curriculum. We will also be starting our new Science unit which is all about plants and covers everything from the types of trees and plants found in our local area and gardens, as well as plants found further away in areas like the Amazon Rainforest. We know that some of you have got a lot of knowledge about plants already and we hope you can share this with us through this new unit. 

Below you will find our new knowledge organiser showing all of the knowledge that will be covered through our Fantastic Females unit. Our class timetable is also attached too. PE will remain on a Wednesday and a Friday and reading books will continue to be changed on a Monday and a Thursday. Keep an eye on 'X' for all of the latest tweets of our learning. 

As always, we are available each morning and evening on the door if you need to speak to us. 

Mrs Dodd and Miss Thelwell :) 

Key Information:

Phonics books will be given out every Tuesday and are due back every Friday. 

Reading Diaries are collected and checked every Monday and Thursday. Please try to read for at least 10 minutes everyday. It makes such a difference!

PE is on a Wednesday and a Friday.

Coming Up This Term: Important dates for your diary: 

Phonics Information Evening focussing on the Screening: Monday 22nd January 2024 (see attached letter below)

Phonics Screening: Week commencing 10th June 

Monday 4th December 2023

Excitement is building in Year 1 now as our Leasowes Advent calendar has begun. Our classrooms are decorated with baubles, a tree and there is even a cheeky elf in 1LT. They have also been working really hard on learning the songs for our Christmas performance. The children have been doing themselves and us proud as always with all of their hard work. In English they have been writing instructions to fix Woody, a recount of their visit to the Museum of Cannock Chase, a narrative and description linked to Old Bear and this week are revisiting letter writing to tell Aunt Lucy all about Paddington's visit to the circus! We cannot believe the progress they are making. 

In Maths, they have been focussing on number bonds to 10, counting in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s and this week are focussing on developing their understanding of fractions by finding 1/2s and 1/4s of amounts. 

The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the Museum of Cannock Chase and they showed real enjoyment for all of their learning. We are sure they told you all about the Punch and Judy show! They were also able to go on a rocking horse, make a peg doll and completed a toy-themed dance. The coach on the way back was certainly full of tired children! 

We are excited to share the final few weeks of the Autumn Term with the children and cannot wait to see their Christmas jumpers! We also look forward to seeing you all joining us for our AMAZING Christmas performance! 

Below is a snapshot of some of our learning that has taken place already. Be sure to check out our tweets on Twitter (X).

As always, we are available each morning and evening on the door if you need to speak to us. 

Mrs Dodd and Miss Thelwell :) 

Monday 23rd October 2023

Can you believe we have finished the first half term of the year? Wow it has been a long half term but the children have absolutely done themselves proud. They have worked exceptionally hard across the curriculum, have showed a real love for their learning and it feels like they have always been Year 1 children. Every challenge we set them they rise to and we could not be prouder. 

This half term has seen us develop our understanding of Toys Through the Years in History; they have identified old and new toys, put toys in chronologocial order and showed excellent reasoning skills, reflecting on how toys can show how their lives are different to those who lived in the past. They have also been learning about the invention of the teddy bear by a man called Morris Michtom! In Science, they have developed their understanding of materials and their properties and were able to save Paddington from getting wet by investigating the best material to make him a new umbrella. 

The teddy bear line drawings they have created are incredible. The children have worked extremely hard on creating value in their drawings and these bears are on display in the classrooms...they should be so proud! 

English has seen us cover a variety of different text times; writing instructions for a cup and ball toy, writing an information book for our Grandparents about our toys and even writing a letter to Aunt Lucy from Paddington. In Maths, the children have developed their number knowledge using place value, addition and subtraction and this week have been applying their understanding to learning about length and solving problems. 

We wish them a very happy half term and look forward to seeing them back in school the following week. As always, keep an eye on Twitter for our updates. Just a reminder that PE will be on the 1st Monday back due to a change that week in the timetable. 

Mrs Dodd and Miss Thelwell

Recent Tweets...

Monday 18th September 2023

Wow! We cannot believe how well the children have settled into Year 1 already. It is like they have always been here! We have been doing some amazing learning linked to materials in Science and in English the children set up their own Toy Museum and invited the Year 3 children to visit. In History they loved exploring the old toys and we cannot wait to see their special toys this week. 

The children have come home with a Phonics book and a Reading book now. The Reading book is changed on a Monday and a Thursday. The Phonics book is sent home each Tuesday and is to be returned on Friday. The children have also received their first week of spellings this week. These will be tested in their Spelling book on Friday so please make sure the children have them in their book bag ready. 

Below is a snapshot of some of our learning that has taken place already. Be sure to check out our tweets on Twitter (X).

As always, we are available each morning and evening on the door if you need to speak to us. 

Mrs Dodd and Miss Thelwell :) 

 

Monday 4th September 2023

WOW! Welcome to Year 1 everyone! We hope you are as excited as we are about starting the next stage in your learning journey. Year 1 is such an exciting year and we know you will all enjoy it as much as we do. The Autumn term sees us learning all about toys in our Terrific Toy Tales topic. We learn all about toys from the past in History, the materials that toys are made from in Science and we explore a range of texts through our English including Paddington by Michael Bond, Old Bear by Jane Hissey and Toys in Space by Mini Grey. This book links nicely with learning all about Neil Armstrong too! 

Key Information:

Phonics books will be given out every Tuesday and are due back every Friday. 

Reading Diaries are collected and checked every Monday and Thursday. Please try to read for at least 10 minutes everyday. It makes such a difference!

PE is on a Wednesday and a Friday.

Coming Up This Term: Important dates for your diary: 

Monday 20th November - Educational Visit to Cannock Chase Toy Museum

Wednesday 13th December - Christmas Jumper Day & Christmas Dinner Day

Thursday 14th December - KS1 Production

Please find attached the Autumn timetable for both classes. We cannot wait to share some of their learning with you on here and on Twitter! As always, we are available each morning and evening at the door if you need to speak to us. 

Mrs Dodd and Miss Thelwell :)