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
Summer Term - Let's Explore

Spring 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. Explore the world - Find out some interesting facts about one of the oceans or continents. You might choose to find out about landmarks, animals, food or something else. There are lots of places you could find this information. You might just enjoy learning about a different place with your family or you might choose to record some of these facts to share with the class.

2. Explore your garden - Spend some time outside exploring the plants and animals that live in your garden. You might even grow some plants of your own. 

3. Explore the local area - Create a map of the route you took, mark on the things that you saw. You could also include a key.

We started this half term by exploring a country that is very different to our own - Kenya. 
Oceans and Continents
This term we will be exploring the world! We enjoy playing this game to help us to learn the names and locations of the world's 5 oceans and 7 continents.
We started the half term by working together to plant vegetables in the garden. We know that they will need sunlight and water to grow. Hopefully we will be able to harvest our vegetables at the end of term.
Outdoor Learning
We have been making the most of the good weather! We have used the garden and wider school grounds for a variety of activities including maths, literacy and science already this half term. 
Spring Term - Toys
Helping your child at home
In addition to the suggestions from the Autumn term...
Counting in 10s from any starting number.
Reciting doubles (to 12) and halves (to 24)
Telling the time to the half hour and using language related to time (e.g. now, later, yesterday, morning)
Understand the fractions 1/2 and 1/4 (of shapes, quantities and amounts)
Measuring length, capacity and weight - have fun with water, baking and playing in the sand
Naming months of the year in order
Spelling number words to 20

Spring 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. Investigate your toys at home - Have a look at some of your toys at home. Can you find a toy that can move, a toy that makes a sound and a toy that lights up? How do you make them work? Do you need to push a button? Do they have batteries? Talk to a grown-up about how your toys work. Maybe you could ask your parents about their childhood toys and compare them to your own. You could write or make labelled drawings to show what you have found out.

2. Play a game with your family - Play a game with some members of your family where you all take turns and follow rules. It might be a board game, a card game or a different type of game. Think about why it is important to take turns and follow the rules when you are playing games.

3. Create and solve some maths problems - e.g. There are 4 teddy bears in the toy box. How many eyes are there altogether? You could draw a picture to illustrate the answer as well as recording the equation.

As always there is lots of Maths learning taking place in the Year 1 classroom. The resource below shows some of the activities we do each day to practise number work. There are also some links to games that we play to practise too.
World Book Day
It was wonderful to see everyone in their costumes on World Book Day. Some of you had obviously spent a long time preparing your costumes!
During the day we enjoyed looking at everyone's costumes and hearing about the books that the characters come from. We wrote about our characters and wrote book reviews to encourage other children to read our favourite books. In the afternoon there was lots of excitement as many of the of us became involved in role play. Miss Beck was particularly impressed with the story language we were using and the way the good and bad characters interacted with each other. A great way to practise what we have been learning in Literacy.
'I like World Book Day because you dress up.' - Theo
'I like World Book Day because we do parades.' - Jack
'World Book Day was fun because we got to read books and I like reading books.' - Felix
'On World Book Day I loved it because everyone got to dress up.' - Mia
'World Book Day was very fun because I liked seeing lots of costumes.' - Joshua
Once the snow started falling we found it difficult to concentrate on anything in the classroom, we were so excited!
Once outside we had lots of questions to ask and enjoyed exploring the properties of snow. We thought of so many words that we could use to describe the snow and some of us had a go at answering each other's questions.
Why is the snow falling diagonally?
What shape are the snow flakes?
How long can I hold the snow in my hand for?
This half term Mr Spencer is working with us to help us to learn about how to keep ourselves healthy. In our first lesson with Mr Spencer we learnt that we need to:
  • Eat well
  • Sleep well
  • Drink well
  • Move well
This half term we will not always have a longer PE lesson on a Thursday but please keep PE kits in school as there may be opportunities for an extra lesson. In our morning PE time we are preparing for our first school tournament!!
Traditional Tales
We are learning about traditional tales in Literacy. We started by sharing what we already know about traditional tales and enjoyed discussing some of our favourites. Then we focused on the story of Cinderella. We had a lot of fun creating freeze frames - these helped us to really think carefully about the characters in the stories. Can you guess which parts of the story our freeze frames are taken from?
Art Day
'I liked the animal patterns in Reception.' - Joshua
'I liked having fun!' - Harvey
'I am going to be an artist.' - Seren
'I liked Art Day because it was fun. We got to paint.' - Mia
'We were doing lots of art, it was fun.' - Chirstopher
'I painted with matchboxes. It was fun and messy.' - Oliver
Toys Workshop
We have come back to school after Christmas with lots of enthusiasm for story telling and story writing. Many of us have chosen to write stories on the computer. We also love reading our stories out to the class at the end of the day.
After spending a fun day in school with our special toys last week Miss Beck has set us the challenge of writing stories about our toys. We have got so many great ideas already!
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.
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.
RE Day
Christmas is always a busy time at school. Below you can see a few of the things we have been doing.
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.