Year 1

Welcome to our Class Page
 Teaching Team:
  • Miss Beck - Teacher 
  • Mrs Murray -  HLTA - Thursday afternoon
  • Mrs Cusano, Mrs Hallebro, Mrs Kennedy, Mrs Rose and Mrs Sullivan  - TAs throughout the week
PE lessons take place on a Thursday - please come to school dressed in your PE kit.
Forest School will take place on Friday mornings. Wellies should be kept on the Year 1 welly rack. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather.
Reading - Please continue to use Rising Stars to support reading at home. Reading records should be brought into school on Wednesdays.
Talent Show
Year 1 - You were fantastic. Well done for your super perfomances and for being such encouraging audience members.
Summer Term B- Let's Explore
Week 4
We were very excited to complete our class story this week! Next week we will plan and write a new adventure for the boy and the alien.
In Maths we have been learning about time. We practised using the correct words to talk about time and sequence events.
Our 'Let's Explore' topic continued with more explorers. This week we found out about Ibn Battuta and Matthew Henson. 
International Day was lots of fun. We learnt about the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, recalled some interesting facts about Kenya, created our own tie-dye patterns and flew to Kenya for our dance workshop.
Week 3
We continue to work hard in our sentence stacking lessons - we should be able to share our class story with you next week! Belpw you can see some pictures of us doing some role play to help us with our writing.
In maths we have been learning abount money. Some of us already feel quite confident as we use our money belts each day in school. We know the value of each coin and note and are learning to find the total and make amounts using coins.
We learnt about programming our Computing lessons this week. This was a great opportunity for us to apply what we learnt about directions in Maths last week. Our beebots didn't always go the right way though so we had to do some debugging too!
Week 2
We are continuing with our narrative unit this week. To help us with our writing we carried out research on the ipads - we found interesting facts about the moon.
In Maths we are learning about position and direction. The 5-a-day videos that we have been using throughout the year have helped us to learn left and right so most of us did a great job of giving and following directions.
Our 'Let's Explore' topic has continued too. We explored the school grounds using a map before learning about some famous explorers from the past. In particular we have learnt some key facts about Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong and the journeys they made.
Week 1
This week we have started a new narrative unit in our Literacy lessons. We have shown lots of enthusiasm during writing lessons. As well as trying to remember important things such as capital letters and full stops, we are working hard on including some great vocabulary in our writing. We will share some of our writing with you soon.
In Maths we have completed our place value unit. We did a great job of comparing and ordering numbers to 100. We also used our knowledge of place value to help us with problem solving.
We learnt more about Sikhism in RE this week. It was interesting to learn about the festival of Vaisakhi and why this is important to Sikhs. We made posters to share what we had learnt.
Summer Term A - Let's Explore
Week 7
We had great fun planning and writing our own counting stories this week. We were inspired by the stories we had listened to and by what we had learnt in our Kenya topic.
In Maths we began our final place value unit of the year. We are working with numbers to 100 this time. We have been able to apply what we already know about place value as well as using familiar resources to help us.
Week 6
In our Literacy lessons this week we have been listening to stories with a repeating pattern that are set in Africa, including Handa's Hen and Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. We have working on using adjectives, spelling number words to ten and using the -s or -es suffix for plurals.
We have learnt about the fration a quarter in maths. We started by cutting shapes into quarters before finding quarters of quantities. We will continue to work on this over the next few weeks too.
We learnt more about Kenya this week too - comparing our own school day to that of a child living in rural Kenya. We noticed lots of similarities and differences in a video about Evangeline's day. 
In our Science lessons we recalled lots of things we have learnt about plants in our Forest School sessions. We also went on a wild plant hunt around school, made pictures of flowers and labelled the main parts and planted our own seeds. Hopefully our seeds will grow over the next week if we take good care of them.
Week 5
We completed our class travel journal and planned our own non-fiction texts. There has been lot of excitement in the classroom as we have worked on our writing, rehearsing our ideas out loud first and then writing them down.
Our new maths unit is all about fractions. This week we have been learning about half. So many of us already know lots of half number facts and have been able to recall them quickly. We also know that we can use counters and share them into two equal groups to find half of an amount.
Week 4
This week we loved using the ipads to find out interesting facts about African animals. We used these facts in our sentence stacking lessons as we continued to write travel journals.
In our maths lesson we focused on division this week. We shared objects into groups or made groups of a set number to help us with this. 
Our PSHE focus was all about resolving conflicts. We learnt to use an assertive, but kind, voice to say 'Stop! Let's not fall out. Let's talk.' Then we did some role play activities to rehearse using a script to help us to resolve problems. Some of us have been able to use what we have learnt to resolve problems with our friends already.
Our Forest School session involved a real mixture of weathers this week. We were able to complete lots of activities including building shelters to keep the rain off and enjoying sitting round the fire to warm up at the end of the session.
Week 3
This week we have enjoyed learning about travel journals in literacy. After exploring the structure of a travel journal using symbols and actions we have begun writing a safari travel journal. 
In Maths we are developing an understanding of multiplication by making groups, using repeated addition and learning to understand and make arrays.
In Geography we have done a brilliant job of recalling lots of information about Kenya. It has been really interesting to learn about the Maasai tribe and compare their culture to our own. There has been a buzz in the classroom as we have begun creating our own Kenya factfiles to share what we have learnt.
Week 2
This week we continued our rhyming poetry unit. You can see our class poem in the pictures below. We ended the week with our big write - writing our own poems, some of us even managed to include some rhyme.
In Maths we have revisited counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We rememberd lots of what we had learnt during lockdown and used this knowledge to complete number sequences and solve problems. Knowing how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s will help us as we continue our multiplication work next week.
We were excited to start learning about Kenya this week too. Along with learning key fact about the geography of the country we learnt about animals that live there and about national parks.
The highlight of our week was a surprise visit from the chicks! 
Week 1
This week we began a new writing unit. We started by reading the poem 'By Myself'. We discussed the poem and identified rhyming words before putting a mixed up version of the poem in the correct order.
We were inspired to write our own rhymes!
In Maths we used this week to consolidate some of our learning from last term. We started the week with some work on place value and then moved to addition and subtraction. We were able to use number facts we know, our fingers, number lines and counting on/back to find the missing numbers in equations and to solve word problems.
On Forest Friday we enjoyed the lovely spring weather, after a chilly start most of us took our coats off. Some of us hunted for mini-beasts, started a band and made bird watching huts.
Spring Term B - Terrific Toys
Lost Toy Stories
On our first few days back in school we worked hard on developing our independence again, particularly when we were writing. Below you can see the story we created together in our sentence stacking lessons, based on the story of Knuffle Bunny.
There was lots of excitment in the class on the day we planned our own lost toy stories. We had so many great ideas which we carefully planned in preparation for writing. It was great fun telling our stories to our friends and listening to theirs too.
RE - Salvation
In our RE lessons we have been exploring the big question 'Why does Easter matter to Christians?' In the photo below you can see the freeze frames we created when we were learning about the Easter story. We have also thought about happy and sad parts of the story and symbols of Easter.
D+T - Puppet Project
In our D+T lessons we learnt about different types of puppets. We were particularly interested in the Punch and Judy puppet shows that were popular as seaside entertainment in the Victorian times. After learning about a variety of puppets we created our own designs for glove puppets. We had to really focus on our sewing to create the glove puppet. It took a lot of patience and determination to complete this part of the making process. Decorating the puppets was lots of fun. We found that the pipe cleaners didn't stick well using glue but we could attach them by tucking them into the stitches. Some of us even took the time to sew on pieces of wool to make hair. Finally we completed evalutations of our work.
Take a look at our puppets below.
Art Competition Entries
Home Learning - Wonderful Weather
Autumn Term - Shelford Stars
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 and 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.
Y1 Maths Summary:
Approximate summaries of maths coverage throughout Y1.
We have begun the year with a focus on place value. We have counted forwards and backwards to 10 (and beyond), worked on accurate counting of objects and represented numbers to ten in different ways, including using counters, tens frames, numerals and number words. The number rap below is a great for helping to remember the spellings of number words. 
We have also used the language 'greater than', 'less than' and 'equal to' to compare numbers as well as using the inequality symbols.
We have also been challenged to use our problem solving and reasoning skills to answer questions, solve problems and explain our thinking.
Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on addition and subtraction in our Maths lessons. We will share pictures of some of the methods we use.
Forest Friday
During our first Forest Friday session we enjoyed exploring the natural world. We collected natural objects and made rubbings of trees. Once we were back in the classroom we used these things to help us to create maps of the meadow.
We listened to the story of 'Stanley's Stick' and then got imaginative with our own sticks. The following week we recorded our adventures with a story stick.
D+T - Fruit Faces
We had a busy week, planning and making healthy snacks. We started the week by talking about some of our favourite snacks and sorting these into healthy and unhealthy foods. Next we learnt the names of some unfamiliar fruits and found out where in the world they were grown. After this we used our senses to describe the fruits. When we tasted them we recorded which ones we liked and disliked. The following day we created our own designs for healthy snacks, using pictures and words. On Wednesday we were very excited about making and eating our snacks. We all remembered that it is important to wash our hands before handling food, we used knifes safely and were proud of our finished products. They tasted great! Although we did identify some things that we could change to make them even better.
All of this also inspired our writing for the week - we each produced a set of instructions so that someone else could have a go at making a fruit face.
Geography - Where We Live
We have been leanring about Great and Little Shelford. First we shared what we know already about where we live. We identified some familiar places on Google Earth, it was tricky to identify buildings but we all recognised the park! Take a look at some of our work in the picture below.
Science - Our Bodies
In Science we have been learning about our bodies. We began the week by looking at photos of us when we were babies. Some of us were really good at recognising our friends. We found look at eyes, hair and the shapes of faces the most helpful things. There are some things about us that have stayed the same but we also thought of lots of ways that our bodies have changed. We decided the biggest change was that we have grown a lot taller!
We have also named body parts, explored skeletons, collected data and investigated the question 'Does the tallest child also have the longest foot?'
RE - Who created the world?
After exploring the natural world on Forest Friday we began to think about what the creator of the world might have been like and some of the things that they created. We listened to the Creation story, from the Bible, sequenced this and thought about what we might say to the creator of the world.
PSHE - Beginning and Belonging
Our first week in school had a PSHE focus. During this time we enjoyed being together as a class again. We talked about the things we enjoy most about school - most of us said being with our friends!
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.