Year 1

Welcome to our Class Page
 Teaching Team:
  • Miss Beck - Teacher 
  • Mrs Kennedy -  HLTA - Wednesday afternoon
  • Mrs Crawford, Mrs Dasher, Mrs Kennedy, Mrs Kingman, Mrs Remm and Miss Wesley - TAs throughout the week
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 (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.
Before half term children who had completed activities at home spent a few minutes sharing their learning with the class. There will be a further opportunity for children to share their learning at the end of this half term.
Skeletons Workshop
We began our learning about Remembrance Day by sharing some of our own special memories and drawing symbols to represent these memories. 
We listened to stories and watched a video to help us to understand why Remembrance Day is commemorated each year. As a class we made our own poppy wreath and laid this during our school Remembrance service.
Fruit Faces
Our classroom has been full of a variety of different fruits over the past few weeks. First we grouped the fruit using our senses (although we had to wait to taste). Then we tasted the fruits and recorded whether we liked the taste or not. After that we created our own designs for a healthy snack and then went to Think Tank room to make them. We invited the Reception children to share our healthy snacks, talking about why we had made them and the fruits we had used. We had lots of fun and some of us discovered new fruits that we enjoyed eating.
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.
New for this week (22.09.17) are our MONEY BELTS. We have been very excited about having our own money and using it to pay for all sorts of things in the classroom. If we choose an activity with a price label we have to find the correct money from our money belts and pay into the 'please pay here' pots. This week we have had 10p to spend each day. Some of us spend our money very quickly, but there are still lots of 'free' activities so we keep busy.
We are also taking it in turns to wear a school watch for a week. When it's our turn to wear a watch Miss Beck often asks us what time it is. We know that half past 10 is playtime and that we go in to lunch just before 12 o'clock.
We also sing lots of songs in our lessons, this is really helping us to remember what we have been taught. You can find some of the songs below.
Changes in Day to Day Life...
We have been exploring how day-to-day life has changed over the past 100 years. We have looked at changes in the way people cook, wash, clean, dress and the kinds of entertainment they have. Below you can see some of our work on this topic.
 During the first week 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.