Spring Term - Toys
We spent our morning exploring sticks in the meadow, trying to decide which ones would be best for making a fire. We shared our ideas while warming up with a mug of hot chocolate. Mrs Clarke gave us lots of tips about the best types of sticks and other things we would need. We also learnt about staying safe.
This week we have been focusing on addition.
Autumn Term - All About Me
Helping your child at home
Here are a few suggestions of how you can help your child at home:
Reading with your child - a few minutes every day is more beneficial than one or two longer sessions a week.
Practising letter and number formation.
Counting to 20 (or beyond), forwards and backwards, and reading and writing the numerals.
Naming the days of the week in order.
Number bonds to 10 (4 + 1 = 5, 2 + 5 = 7, 3 + 7 = 10)
Read some of the Year 1 Common Exception Words
Practising the graphemes taught in Reception along with new ones in Year 1. Look out for words that contain these!
A few more ideas...
Look at the clock, can you tell the time? (to the hour and half past) - put up an analogue clock in the house if you don't currently have one.
Count in 2s, 5s and 10s.
Practise spelling some of the Year 1 Common Exception Words.
Share stories, school books, library books, books from home, stories your child has written - reading should be fun!
Count to 100, forwards and backwards, and read and write the numerals.
Reciting the alphabet - be particularly careful with L M N O
Autumn Term Project Activities for Home
We invite you to choose one or two of the activities below to compliment your topic work in school. There will be time to share your creations in the last week of term.
1. Ask questions to find out about life in the past.
In class we will be comparing life today with that of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. You could think of some questions to ask at home to find out more about what school was like, what they did at the weekends, what games they played etc.
2. Design and make your own healthy snack.
You could draw your design, write instructions and ask your family to tell you what they think about your creation.
3. Create a timeline of your life.
You could make this using photos or drawings. Ask your parents questions about what you were like as a baby and about what some of your favourite things were. Think about how these have changed now that you are 5 or 6.
We had great fun sharing our baby photos in school. In groups we tried to guess who each of the photos was of (trying very hard to keep quiet about our own photo). Some baby pictures were easy to identify but others really made us think. It was great to think about many of the ways that we have changed since these pictures were taken.
We were very excited to be visited by Lisa from Mundipharma. She brought along 'Indian Bones' and lots of interesting pictures. During our session in the hall we learnt some amazing facts about bones. Back in the classroom we had a go at recreating human skeletons using big jigsaws and paper and pens.
This week our focus has been on RE. After exploring the natural world during last week's 'Forest Friday' session we thought about the creator of the world. We listened to the Christian Creation story and then sequenced pictures to retell the story. Everyone also created their own design for the front cover of their RE books on the theme of creation.
Take a look at some of the things we have done in the pictures below.
Sketching natural objects
Collecting natural objects
Our stick men went on adventures...
Gathering together after a morning of adventures with our stick men
What else can we find to add to our story sticks?
Warming up with a mug of hot chocolate!
There are always lots of maths activities going on both inside and outside of our classroom. Here you can see some of the ways we are practising what we have been taught in our lessons.
We also sing lots of songs and play games in our lessons, this is really helping us to remember what we have been taught. You can find some of the songs and games below.
Beginning and Belonging
Our first week in school had a PSHE focus. During this time we enjoyed being together as a class again after the long summer holidays. We talked about what we had done during the holidays and what we were looking forward to in Year 1.
We spent time becoming familiar with our new classroom and class routines. After thinking about how to keep ourselves safe and happy Year 1 we worked together to create a set of class rules.
In addition to this we played games to help us to explore the similarities and differences between ourselves and other members of the class.