Classes 2019-2020 -

Year 1 @West Wick 2019-20

Keeping up with your learning Summer Challenge!

You have blown us away with your enthusiasm and engagement throughout school closure whilst continuing your learning online. We are so proud of you.  Thank you for all of your support. To keep you busy over the summer period, we have listed a few exciting activities which you may enjoy in preparation for Year 2. Please see the link below for more information;

Year 1 Summer Letter 2020 @West Wick

Calling all budding singers – Looking to the rainbow challenge!

Don’t forget to read the help me guide and see the resources attached to get involved in this challenge!

As a Church school we spend time every day in the act of Worship where the whole school comes together as a community in a time to reflect, pray and sing. As a school, we LOVE singing and the children are always enthusiastic about new songs.
I am sure you will have seen many videos being made of choirs singing in isolation in various forms on the news or social media. Each one is wonderful and so we have decided to create a St. Anne’s whole school singing video with a beautiful song which links nicely to the Christian value of HOPE.
The song we have for you to perform is called Looking to the Rainbow. It has been written especially for schools to perform during the Covid-19 lock down by Nick & Becky Drake (Worship for Schools Organisation).

Information for parents, children
LookingToTheRainbow-Lyrics

Term 5

As we start Term 5 very differently to how we would have liked, remember to keep smiling, stay safe and continue to share your wonderful learning with us via our communication platforms. We really hope you have enjoyed the beautiful weather over the Easter break and spent some time making wonderful memories with your loved ones. We are missing you very much and hope we can return to some form of normality very soon.

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Google Classroom information – Google Classroom Guide for Pupils and Parents PDF

17/03/2020
Today, we have sent out a link via email and text asking you for your  permission to create a google classroom account for your child/children. To enable us to provide our children with an online learning platform, we need gather this information as quickly as possible before sending out instructions, guidance and logins to support you with using this if you are a family who is self-isolating or in the event of the possibility of a school closure.  If you have any questions, please speak to your class teacher or Mrs Hardy-Smith.

Term 4 – Week 2

Religious Education

In RE this week we learnt The Bible story of ‘Jonah and the Whale.’  We thought about how Jonah felt when God asked him to go to Nineveh. We thought about that what God wanted him to do was not the same as he might of wanted to do. We learnt that it’s not always easy to do things that we have been asked to do but Christians believe that if you trust in God’s word he will help you and guide you.

Maths

This week we have been learning how to find half and quarter of a shape and quantity. Our previous learning on division helped us to be successful. We know that two halves make a whole and that if you split a whole into four equal parts these are called quarters.

English

Last week we the learnt the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’ off by heart and re told the story in a writing assessment piece. This week we have learnt an alternative version called ‘The Three Little Wolves and the Big, Bad Pig’

We sequenced each story and looked at the similarities and differences between the two versions. We have fantastic story ideas in year one so we decided to plan out own version of the story. First we planned the characters and thought of adjectives to describe them. The cute, fluffy foxes and the massive spiky hedgehog is just one of our ideas. We then planned the materials that the three little characters would use to build their houses. We had to think about the properties of each material so that next week we can include this information into our story. We then drew a story map of our own innovated version to help us think through our ideas. I am super excited to read these stories when they have been written!

Learning theme

We had such a great time learning how to make stop motion movies this week. In these movies we retold the story of the three little pigs. We had to keep trying and improving our film making skills as to begin with we kept taking pictures of our hands. We also learned that you need to move the props a tiny bit between each photo.

We have also learnt about some different materials and their properties and this helped inform our decisions when choosing the materials for each house for our innovated story.  We also looked at the different types of homes that people live in such as bungalows, trailers, semi-detached houses, tents and terraced houses to name a few.

Healthy me

This week we have learnt how to make sure our hands are really clean.

World book day

Everyone looked really fantastic dressed as their favourite book character today. We enjoyed listening to stories and drinking a hot chocolate. Great effort everyone!

Term 4 – Week 1 

English –

In English this week the children were learning how to retell the story of the 3 little pigs using actions! We then thought our story could be made a little bit more exciting so we learnt synonyms for said and adverbs to describe how something is being said. We really enjoyed getting into role as the characters and thinking about what they would be saying to each other. We learnt lots of exciting synonyms for said such as mumbled, screeched, screamed, whispered and muttered. We also learnt some exciting adverbs to describe such as loudly, quietly, suspiciously and nervously. In our next lesson we learnt about how we can write a detailed description of a character, we explored different adjectives to  best describe not only what the characters look like but also how to describe them as a person. We then learnt about how we can correctly punctuate sentences containing 2 or more adjectives using the power of 3! We also learnt how to use similes to make our writing really exciting!

Maths –

In Maths this week we have been developing our understanding of  dividing. We have learnt that dividing means sharing equally. We have explored that not all numbers can be divided equally into equal groups. We used different concrete and pictorial representations to help us solve problems. We have now moved onto Fractions! We began by learning about how we can find half of a shape. We linked our learning on finding a half to dividing.

Learning Theme –

Our first learning enquiry question this term is ‘What is a designer?’ We discussed our ideas of what a designer might be, lots of us thought that a designer draws their ideas and is very creative using their imagination!  We learnt about different types of designer such as graphic designer, web designer and fashion designer amongst others.  We then learnt about Jock Kinnear and Margaret Calvert who were graphic designers who created road signs in Britain. We thought about signs that we could use around our school and designed our own signs for different rules such as no running and a quality line.

We then learnt about architects and how they design buildings. We learnt about the different countries within the United Kingdom and learnt about 2 famous pieces of architecture for each country.  Our final designer for the week was a stop motion animation designer, we learnt how animations are designed first before they are made. In teams we created plasticine characters from the 3 little pigs. We then learnt how stop motion animations are made before we make our own stop motion animations next week.

 

Term 3- Week 6

We have been learning all about the internet in our E-Safety sessions. We wanted to share this picture of us so that we could come home and find it!

We learnt how to keep our self safe on line by not sharing personal information. We learnt that you must have permission from a trusted adult to go on line.

We have also been thinking about our feelings this week and created our own feelings book sharing moments of when we felt happy, brave, sad, mad, heart broken, calm or scared.

               

We also thought about our successes and how being successful made us feel. We learnt that to be successful you need to take it one step at a time. Things happen by learning one thing at a time and not over night. We talked through steps of how to make a jam sandwich or write a sentence after realising that we could not jump from the first step all the way to the last without learning the skills needed first.

We then learnt how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the xylophone one step at a time.

We then thought about how to be successful with a partner. We played a game of partnered fruit salad, it was hard to stay linked to our partner. Some of us noticed that you can lean on your partner to get up. To be successful when working toward a goal with others you need to communicate and compromise. The children then had to create a matching pair of boots with a partner  using their communication and compromising skills.

In maths we have been learning how to divide by sharing fairly into equal groups.

Term 3 – Week 5

Monday

We have a new class book. We are really looking forward to reading it.

Today we have been talking about mental health. We know that we have to take care of our feelings and the thoughts that we have to keep us in good mental health.

We discussed a range of different feelings and when we might feel them. We enjoyed a book called ‘The Colour Monster’.

‘I feel loved when I am having cuddles with mum and dad.’ Alastair

‘I feel loved when my mum hugs me.’ Henry

‘I feel happy when I play with Toby and Lincoln in the playground.’ Jesse

‘I feel happy when I play with my sister.’  Bella

‘I feel happy when I am in my sandpit.’  Leia

I felt scared when I accidentally get left in a shop without my grownup.’ Lily-Mae

We felt scared when we got locked together in the toilet and we had to pull the emergency string.’ Frankie and Layla

‘I feel peaceful when I am on my own.’ Corey

‘I feel peaceful when I am sleeping in my bed.’ Flo

I feel peaceful when I am playing with my toys.’ Cory

‘I feel angry when my mum says no and I want to do something.’ Amelie

‘I feel cross when I ask my sister to play with me and she says no and I just want her to.’ Jemima

We also read a book about being a bucket filler. In this book everyone walks around all day with an imaginary bucket. If your bucket is full you are happy and when your bucket is empty you are sad. A bucket filling person is a loving, caring person who says and does nice things to make others feel special. When you treat others with kindness and respect, you fill their bucket. We thought of lots of different ways that we could fill others buckets. When you are a bucket filler, you make your home, your school, and your neighborhood better places for all!

 

In maths today we continued to multiply

Tuesday

Science day!

We have had a great day today doing science experiments.

We were challenged to design a coat that would keep us warm and dry by selecting materials to make it with. We did a experiment to see which material would insulate our body heat and an experiment to find out which material is waterproof. We then used the information we found out about each material to help us design a coat. We had to select a waterproof material to be the outer coat and an insulating material to be the padding on the inside and keep our body heat in. We used our creativity to make the coat look  great.

            

We also did an experiment to find out which brand of nappies were the most absorbent. There was quite a difference between brands!

Computing

We learnt that algorithms are described as something very simple but important. They are explained as instructions that are split into little steps so that a computer can solve a problem or get something done. The process is broken down into simple steps such as: ‘take the lid off the toothpaste’ and ‘open your mouth’.

We thought about how things can quickly go wrong, for example if you say put your trousers on before your pants! Or squeeze your toothpaste when your tooth brush is not ready!

The children had a go at creating an algorithm to get Blendy our class alien to brush his teeth (He often doesn’t!). We had to keep checking that we had all the steps and debug the algorithm when needed.

We then practised our programming skills using Bee-Bot and Scratch Jr.

Lily -Mae would like everyone to know about Blendy, so here he is…

Some more pictures of the week…

Term 3 – Week 4

Maths

This week we have continued to make equal groups, we know that equal groups means that you have the same amount in each group. We know that unequal groups have different amounts in each group. We spent lots of time practically making equal groups, for example 4 groups of 5.  We challenged ourselves to explain how many groups we had, how many were in each group and how many we had altogether.

We learnt that we could use the times symbols instead of writing groups of. We had a go at drawing arrays to represent equal groups and help us to find the answer to the multiplication questions.  Now we are learning more about what times means, it could be a good time to start being a ‘Times Table Rock Star’ at home. The first tables the children should work towards knowing of by heart are the 2s, 5s and 10s and these are the tables currently assigned to year 1 on TTRS. Any problem logging in please let me know.

R.E

In R.E this week we have looked at the words…

‘Love the lord, your God, with all your heart.’ and ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

These words are in The Bible. We unpicked what God is asking you to do and what this would look like.

Theme

This week we have continued to answer the question ‘How have toys changed over time?’ We thought about toys that have stood the test of time. These toys continue to be popular from generation to generation but have adapted overtime.

We learnt a game of marbles to play and found out that marbles have been played for well over 100 years. We had so much fun and wanted other children to enjoy playing too so we wrote instructions of how to play to send to other schools in the post. Emily was very kind and let us have a turn with her marble run. We also watched video clips of extremely long marble runs! Did you know that a marble run as an accessory to marbles was invented at a later date? We discovered that even though marbles are the same you can make up new games all the time.

We learnt the history of Lego. We looked at how Lego sets have changed over time. We noticed that they have become more complex in design, with a wider range of pieces. We became master builders and invented our own new Lego sets. We created a poster advertising the new product.

English

This week we have been using a range of sentence starters and the conjunction because share our views on modern day toys and toys from the past. We finished off with answering the question ‘What toys are best, old or new?’ and tried to convince each other in a debate.

Phonics continues to be daily and this week we have looked at ‘ue’ (Tuesday, clue, true, rescue),’ igh’ (high, light, bright, right, fright, Flight), ‘ore’ (more, before, score, wore, shore), ‘dge’ (badge, edge, dodge, fudge, bridge).

Please continue to read as often as you can at home, by supporting your child to read and reading too them. We are working hard to improve fluency and expression when we read, while also developing our comprehension and vocabulary.

I absolutely love it when then children come in to school super excited to show me their home learning, keep it up children! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Term 3 – Week 3

Theme

What another amazing week of learning we have had!

This week we have been super keen to learn about how toys have changed over time. We looked at what toys from the past were made out of and compared them to modern day toys. We also looked at the differences in how they work.

We heard that some children had said that toys from the past are boring. We were shocked! We wrote to persuade them that toys from the past are still fun today!

English

We watched a clip from Toy Story (Woody is replaced) in which Woody was knocked off the bed and on to the floor because Andy was so excited to have received a new toy for his birthday. 

First we discussed what happened in the clip…

Why do you think Woody was on the floor? How was Woody feeling?   What could Woody see? Who is Andy?

What other characters are in the scene?

The children then role played the scene and some choose to act out their scene to the class.

We watched the clip again and listened carefully for any questions that the toys asked Woody.

We discussed how we know these are questions?

‘I know they are questions because they are asking for more information’

We though of different ways that we can start a question sentence. (who, where, why, when, how, what)

We wanted to get an idea of how Woody may have been feeling and what he may have been thinking so we thought of questions to ask him and went on to have a go at answering in character.

I was so upset because Andy’s new toy Buzz had lots of buttons and I only have a pull string.’  Year 1 Woody

We then went on to write about what happened to Woody, what he was thinking and how he was feeling. We wrote in past tense and used conjunctions in our writing. We also thought of synonyms for the feeling sad and unwanted to include in our sentences.

Sad , upset, miserable, unhappy, depressed, sorrowful, unwanted, unloved, abandoned, rejected, disowned.

Later on in the week we turned back into Woody again. Every time someone said ‘Hello Woody’ we all shouted yee-haw. After enjoying the clip and a bit more acting, we wrote a diary as Woody. We challenged ourselves to include conjunctions, write in past tense and include some of the vocabulary that we had learnt this week.

Maths

In maths this week we have continued to count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.

We have been learning how to make equal groups.

We used counters to show our understanding and had to verbally explain what we had represented.

3 groups of 4 is 12 –

‘We have three groups and in each group there are four. There are twelve altogether.’

We love maths in year one and are always work so enthusiastically.

RE

In religious education this week we thought about our school rules and how when we follow them they help us to make positive choices. We learnt that God spoke to Moses telling him The Ten Commandments. We learnt that these are the rules that God wants people to live by.

Keep up your reading at home as it is making a difference. 

  • In phonics we have been focusing on the sounds:
  • ure  (pure, cure and sight word sure noting the sh sound heard is not used)
  • or (for, born, short, storm, north, orbit, horse, morning)(we looked at how when e is added ‘ore’ it looks like a split o-e but still makes the or sound and words like floor and door have the oor but it is not f l oo r)
  • au (haunt, launch, Autumn )
  • aw  (saw, draw, yawn, crawl, squawk)
  • Can find any of these sounds in words at home?
  • Can you find any suffixes added to words ? (ing, est, ed, er, ly)
  • We practise our sounds every day. We apply sounds into real and alien words and these words go in to dictated sentences. Mrs Dance often makes marvelous mistakes trying to write a sentence but luckily the year one children are there to help edit. 

We continue to improve our handwriting. We have been thinking about size of lower case letters in relation to capital letters, we try hard to make sure our letters are formed correctly (pre-cursive) and we have also been focusing on making sure ascenders and descenders are correct.

If you have any questions about anything then please do come in for a chat.

Term 3 – Week 2

This week we have continued to investigate the question –  ‘What is my toy made from?’ On Monday the children arrived eager to share one of their toys from home. The children had to speak clearly in front of the class explaining how their toy works, what material it is made out of and why they like it. I was very impressed not only with the children’s presentation skills but also with how respectfully they listened to each other. We did notice that nearly all our toys were made from  plastic, some were made from plastic and fabric and another thing we noticed was how many of our toys were battery powered. We know that their must be wires inside used with technology that is programmed to make the toy work.

We have also looked at some of the ways that modern toys are made. Sculpting was one way used on clay and wax and a mould then created around it using silicone to create figurines. We watched a dinosaur being made. This process started with a sketch on paper, then being drawn digitally in 3D before a 3D printer was used. We also took a virtual peek inside a Lego brick making factory, what a lot of machinery!

Moving on from our project last week, in which we designed and made our very own toy from recycling, this week we included our toy into our very own story just like the story of ‘The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon.’ First we spent time planning the story by drawing pictures in order and writing notes. We learnt lots of ways that we could start our story and had a go at writing the beginning in different ways.  Story starters we tried out included one of the children’s go to starters… ‘Once upon a time…’ but then we moved on to other possibilities such as:

  • In a land far far away…
  • Back in the days when toys could talk…
  • Have you ever heard the story of…
  • A long, long time a go…

                                

We then looked writing sentences that would say where the character was (the scene). We thought about the different word types and how when you include a range your sentence will be super! 

  • ‘Unibot skipped happily through the gloomy woods.’
  • ‘Robot zoomed excitedly through dark space.’

We then got to the part of our story where a problem arises but luckily our main character meets a helpful character. In this part we really focused on using the punctuation that we had learnt last week. We successfully used full stops, exclamation marks and question marks. We had to think very carefully about what type of sentence we had written to punctuate correctly.

  • In phonics we have been focusing on the sounds:
  • e-e  (Pete, even, evening, concrete, complete, athlete)
  • ear (smear, gear, near, rear, fear, spear, tear)
  • ire (vampire,empire, fire, admire )
  • are (care, dare, stare, share, spare)
  • I wonder if you will find any of these sounds in words at home?
  • We practise our sounds every day. We apply sounds into real and alien words and these words go in to dictated sentences. Mrs Dance often makes marvelous mistakes trying to write a sentence but luckily the year one children are there to help edit. 

 

In maths this week we have been comparing numbers within 100. We have been using our place value knowledge to do this. We have also been counting in twos, fives and tens. We have been grouping amounts together and counting in these multiples to find the total. 

Home counting challenges:

  • Count from 0 to 30 forwards, count from 30 to 0 backwards, count from 9 to 35 forwards, count from 31 to 7 backwards. (You can use a number line or 100 square to help you)
  • Get out your socks and count how many you have in two.
  • Get out your gloves and see how many pairs you have by counting in twos.
  • Find some 2p coins and count up totals by counting in twos.
  • How many fingers do you have in your family altogether? Count in fives to find out.
  • Find some 5p coins and count up totals by counting in fives.
  • Get some 10p coins and count up totals by counting in tens.
  • Get active and do the counting in twos, fives or tens dance. (Find on You Tube)

 

In RE we are asking the question – ‘How should we live our lives?’ We talked about our favourite stories and what we love about them. We talked about how we can learn things from stories and that this can be called the moral of the story. We learnt that Christians use stories from The Bible to help them make good choices in their lives. We then shared the story ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and thought about what we could learn from this story.

  • ‘That anyone can be clever and helpful even if they are small.’ 
  • ‘One person or one snail can save something very big.’
  • It is good to explore and try new things.’ 
  • We then shared a story with an underlying message on forgiveness and blame. We thought of a time where we had to forgive someone and why. We then created cut outs of a person and drew ourselves on one side and someone we had to forgive on the other. As a class we discussed different words that each person would have felt.
  • Here are some of our favourite books…

  

Term 3 – Week 1

Welcome back! We hope you all had a fantastic break.

We have started our new learning theme ‘What’s it made of?’ Our first inquiry is what is my toy made from?

We learnt about a company that really care about our world and make new toys only using old plastic milk bottles. We have also been reading a book called ‘The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon.’ Egg box dragon is a toy made out of recycling that was made by a girl called Emma.

We designed and made our own new toy out of recyclable materials. (Thank you for the donations!) Our toys were made from plastic, cardboard, foil and paper. We planned our ideas first and then made dragons, robots, unicorns and castles to name a few. We learnt that you don’t always need expensive toys from the shop to have fun. Our toys were great!

We are looking forward to bringing a toy to school on Monday to investigate what our own modern day toys are made out of and think about how they work.

In English this week we have been learning to use question marks and exclamation marks successfully within our writing.

In maths we have been learning the value of numbers within 100. We have been looking at the tens and ones columns and then represented the two digit numbers. We looked at how these numbers can be partitioned.

In PE we have been practising moving forwards and backwards on a straight line in different ways. We are working on moving opposite arm to leg.

 

Term 2 – Week 1

After researching items that we could use to make a bug hotel and having a go at designing one we worked as a team using our ideas to construct a bug hotel in the year one garden. I was impressed with how the children all played their part to construct it. The children worked incredibly well together and we are all looking forward to seeing creatures move in!

In maths this week we have been adding. We have been using a variety of methods including using objects, drawing dots and using the number line to help us. We have also been learning to solve missing number problems.

In English we have been using conjunctions ‘because’ and ‘so’ to give reasons for the item we have included in our bug hotel designs. We have also evaluated the year one garden and have written sentences about how we could make our garden even better for creatures. When writing sentences we always have to start with a capital letter. Maybe you could practise knowing all the capital letters at home.

we have also looked at…

the -ed suffix (jumped, looked, wanted) and found that sometimes it sounds like’id’ and sometimes sounds like a ‘d’

ve sound at the end of words like give, have, live.

The ee, ea, e-e sound and the words that we use each spelling within. We also learnt that the ea spelling can make a ea as in treat or ea as in bread.

The ‘ee’ sound at the end of the word is usually spelled with a y.

 

Term 1 – Week 7

Take a look at the children’s final creature designs. I think they are fantastic! The children will be bringing them home to live this week for you to enjoy together.

It was so valuable to see so many of you this week at learning review meetings. I feel very privileged to work along side such supportive families and hope you enjoyed your children sharing their learning with you. My door is always open for you to come in and share your child’s successes or discuss any concerns you may have so please do come and talk to me whenever needed.

Term 1 -Week 6

Our focus this week has been RE where we have been exploring the big question of ‘How amazing is our world?’ We have looked at the different things that make our world amazing and special whilst also looking at the bad things both natural and man made. We have also learnt the Christian creation story and have compared it with the Hindu creation story.

This week in English we have started a new story called ‘The ugly bug club’ this is a perfect book to coincide with Mental Health Awareness week. It tells the story of different garden bugs and their worries, such as the spider who wishes that people would stop screaming and yelling when they see her. On Monday we worked together to create actions to help us retell the story, we also explored the vocabulary in the book and thought of different synonyms for sad. On Wednesday we got into role as the different characters exploring how they are feeling and what they have to say.  On Friday we used our learning from the week to help us write in role as the characters. We used our new synonyms for sad, the words because and ‘and’ and we also learnt that when writing in role I is always a capital letter. We enjoyed re-telling the story in a puppet show.

In Maths this week we have been exploring number bonds within 10. It is a really important skill to master in Year 1 and helps the children to become speedy mathematicians!

 

Term 1 – Week 5

The Year Ones had a great day of learning at Secret World. Secret World do a truly amazing job looking after wildlife that need rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing when ready. Thank you so much to all our parent volunteers who helped make the trip possible. We learnt that many creatures need flowers to survive. We made seed bombs out of clay. Plant them and wait for the flowers to grow. This will help attract more creatures into your garden. We also learnt that badgers have a great sense of smell and they can use this to find their family. We all had a scent on a stick and had to use our sense of smell to find our family.  We enjoyed meeting some of the animals that live at Secret World. We could not meet the rescued animals that are being rehabilitated because they need to stay wild. The foxes were hiding from us but we learnt what they like to eat and hid some food for them to find later. We enjoyed pond dipping and discovered creatures that we had never seen before!

 

Term 1 – Week 4

In maths this week we have been consolidating our understanding of the mathematical symbols greater than, less than and equal to. We played a fun card came where we had to apply this knowledge. We have also been ordering numbers from greatest to smallest or smallest to greatest and explaining how we know as well as proving our thinking. The maths fun didn’t  stop there as we then went on to learn to use ordinal numbers.  We had a bean bag throwing competition and recorded what bean bag came in what position.

This week we have been learning about the amazing creatures that we can find in our gardens and around us. We have been looking closely at hedgehogs in our English and have been writing excellent information texts focusing on what they look like, what they eat and their homes. As part of our whole class guided reading we deepened our vocabulary by learning about adjectives and synonyms that can be used to describe different words. We really enjoyed using these in our writing.

Extending on our previous learning about creatures, we have compared different features, looked at their different super powers and have started to create a new creature that we think is perfect for our garden. We are really looking forward to making our new creatures out of mod rock next week!

It is also good to see that some of you are already practising your spellings on Spelling Shed

We are still in need of one more parent/ grandparent helper to join us on our trip to Secret World on Friday 4th October. Come in and speak to the team if you would like to help.

Term 1 -Week 3

In parliament this week the children have discussed the question- ‘What does it mean to be a child in a church school? I was impressed with how the children explained that our school values come from the Bible, that we have the opportunity to learn about God and the freedom to choose what they personally believe. We now have a new prayer to end our parliament sessions asking that everyone be free to believe what they choose and respect what others believe.

In English we have been developing our understanding of the meaning of the words; nocturnal, hibernation, spines, snuffling and diet. We have discussed them in the context of our new book called ‘Prickly Hedgehogs!’ We have used these words in our own spoken and written sentences.

We looked at some mini beasts that hedgehogs like to eat and then used adjectives to describe them. We used these adjectives in a descriptive ‘Who am I?’ pieces of writing.

Please keep reading and practising phonic sounds at home. It is  home and school working together with the child on this that helps them to progress. You should have also received your Spelling Shed and TT Rock Stars log in’s in the front of the partnership book. If you have an extra five minutes spare another way you could help your child is supporting them to form their letters correctly. This includes the letters being formed in the correct orientation, along the line with ascenders and descenders and the correct sizing of lower case letters in comparison to capital letters.

 

In maths we have been count happy! We count to 100 every day, count forward and backwards and have been finding one more and one less than a given number. We have also been learning to use greater than, less than and equal to symbols. When we think we know something we have to explain it and prove it using a method of our choice.

In real P.E we have continued to ride imaginary bikes and practise our footwork. Next week we will go on a P.E pirate adventure!

We have been learning how to classify creatures as mammals, birds, fish and reptiles and have looked at examples of each type that you would find in Britain. We have been researchers and artists. Ask your child what they know about a hedgehog, an adder or a John Dory.

Next week we will be writing a fact file about  hedgehogs so any home research would support them with this. We will also be taking the best feature from a range of British animals to create our own animal that could live in our garden.

I can not believe another week is over and what a busy one it has been!

Enjoy your weekend.

Term 1 – Week 2

We have really challenged ourselves this week in our writing. To start we practised our every time we write skills. These are the skills that we will be continually working on all year. This includes using capital letters, full stops and leaving spaces between words.  Also forming our letters correctly on the line, ensuring that capital letters are the correct size in relation to lower case letters and that we are using our phonics and sight words within sentences .  At home it would be good to have lined writing paper for your children to practise these skills and for you to support your child to re read and edit their writing with these skills in mind. Please do encourage your children to bring any home learning in to share.

We have also started to look at the different types of words. This week looking at what words are nouns and verbs. Next week we will be learning what an adjective is. It can be a challenge to remember at first however with repeated discussion and application throughout the year the meanings will become embedded.

On going vocabulary – letter, word, sentence, digraph, trigraph, punctuation, capital letter, question mark, exclamation mark. noun, verb, adjective.

The children continue to follow our class story Hodgeheg. We have made connections with this story to our learning from the book Window and the book Moth. So far the hedgehogs have a problem that they are unable to safely cross the road. We discussed that roads are human features and that these hedgehogs are affected by humans building.

Phonics happens everyday in year 1 to embed and learn new sounds. Children then practise reading these sounds during guided reading and writing sessions and also have a session to develop comprehension of what they have read. Thank you for supporting your child to read at home and for giving feedback to get your child on the right books to challenge them. Reading daily at home and school has such a positive impact on the children.

 

The children have now a better understanding of our inquiry ‘Whats out my window?’ We understand that there are human features as well as physical features and that these change over time . The children have built on last weeks learning of naming flowers and this week have been learning to identify and name trees. We know that trees and flowers are all around us and that we need to as humans be responsible when developing land not to destroy nature. We also found out that a conker does not come from a tree called a conker tree but it is actually called a Horse Chestnut tree. Please do continue to explore nature with your children and bring in any thing you find. Next week we will start our new inquiry ‘What is the perfect creature to live in my garden?’  We will start by learning the classifications of living creatures.

Vocabulary – fish, bird, mammal, reptile, nocturnal, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, hibernate, habitat, diet.

This week in math’s we have been counting forwards and backwards and finding missing numbers on a number track. Next week we will be finding more and less and comparing amounts using symbols. (greater than, less than and equal =  >  <  )

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Term 1 – Week 1

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What an absolutely awesome week of learning the Year Ones have had! I have been very impressed with how the children have entered the new school year ready to learn. The year Ones enjoyed exploring their new classroom and have spent time role-playing what good learning looks like, as well as unpicking our three school rules; respect yourself, respect others and respect the environment.

Terms 1 and 2 learning theme is ‘What’s around me?’ Within this learning theme we will have enquirers, the first being –  What is outside my window?  We looked at the picture book Window by Jeanie Baker and observed the changes going on outside. As humans develop land we noticed that we lose many trees, flowers and that there were less animals.  Many children linked this to what they have seen around our local area as houses are developed and a new roundabout has been built.

The Year Ones have been learning flower names that we have in England, observing the differences and have produced real quality observational drawings of the flowers. We all agreed that the flowers look beautiful and are important for animals survival. We hope that there are always flowers outside. Maybe when you are out and about you could have a go at finding out the names of the flowers you find.

We then read the book ‘Moth’ – this is an evolutionary story about the peppered moth and how until the early 1800s most peppered moths were light with speckled wings. In 1848 a dark form of moth was spotted for the first time , but this was very rare. 50 years later the opposite was true with 9 out of 10 moths now being dark. We learnt how the light moth camouflaged on lichen covered bark but during the industrial revolution the soot made the trees dark and this enabled the dark moths to camouflage and survive. Now as pollution laws have changed lichen has grown back and the proportion of light moths rose again. You can now spot both black and white moths on the lichen, We reflected on how humans change what is happening outside our window  and the impact this has on the creatures in our world. We were happy that the moth managed to adapt and survive.

Vocabulary – adapt, change, survive, camouflaged.

We have been writing sentences about some of the creatures in this book. Before we wrote we collected and shared ideas and said our sentences out loud.

Next week we will be looking at English trees. As the season change to Autumn is approaching, see how many different leaves you can find falling from trees and keep bringing them into school.

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Please read to your child and hear your child read as much as you can. It really makes a big difference!

 

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Class Teacher : Mrs Dance

LSA: Mrs Sheppard