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Class Archive: 2015-2016

National Curriculum

Take a look at the link below to find out what your child will be learning this year.

Homework and Reading in Year 1

Homework is given out every Thursday. Homework will be linked to what the children have been doing in class and will reinforce what they have been learning. Please sit with your child to work through their homework each week. Homework is due to be handed in by the following Wednesday.

 

Reading should take place for 5-10 minutes each night. I encourage you to pause and ask your child questions about their book in order for you to check their understanding of what has been read. We now have a new scheme in the classroom which allows the children to choose their own home reading book. This will encourage them to not only choose a book that interests them but to also read for pleasure and enjoyment. Once your child has read their book they can change it for a new one.

 

Tricky words for all of the Phonics phases are displayed in the front of your child's reading record. Please read through these each night with your child after they have read their reading book. 

Mental Maths Test

 

The children have a weekly Mental Maths test every Friday morning. The test includes a series of questions that the children will answer independently. We keep a record of their scores and the children bring home a slip of paper informing you of their score. This score card also includes any areas of Maths that they would benefit from practising before the next test such as number bonds or times tables.

 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask one of the Year 1 team.

Changes to Reading Workshop

Week beginning 22nd February 2016

 

You will have received a letter earlier this week to inform you of the changes to our daily Reading Workshop. In Year 1 we now have five 'Reading Champions' who lead each group through tricky word reading, individual reading, 'Book Talk' and written response activities. On Fridays only it is now 'Free Choice Friday' which means that the children can bring in any reading material of their choice from home. For example a comic, non-fiction book or a poem. Please take some time to choose this with your child. We have also recently changed our reading area in the classroom with a new bookcase and some lovely, bright cushions!

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Summer Term 2

 

Welcome back!

 

Please look at the link at the top of the page to find out what the children will be learning this half term.

 

Homework and Reading Club begins again next week on Thursday 16th June. The children brought a letter home today to apply for a place so please return reply slips as soon as possible.

 

Next week, the week beginning Monday 13th June, is the Phonics Screening Check week. The children have been reminded of this today and as part of their homework this week they are to continue practising reading real and fake words.

 

Free Choice Friday is also continuing this half term. The children must bring any reading material of their choice into school every Friday. A lot of children in the class did not bring anything in to read during last half term. Free Choice Friday is still part of our Reading Workshop lessons for the week so it is important that the children bring something in to read.

Meerkat Mail

 

This half term in English we are looking at postcards and recounts. As part of our learning we will be looking at the book 'Meerkat Mail'.

 

On Wednesday we had a very special delivery to Year 1. Sunny, the meerkat from the story, arrived in our classroom with his suitcase and a postcard! He is going to help the children with their learning about postcards and recounts. So far the children have listened to the story, sequenced the story and retold it to a friend.

Sunny the Meerkat arriving in Year One

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Multiplication

 

Over the past few weeks in Maths the children have been learning all about multiplication. They have been using repeated addition, groups and arrays to work out multiplication word problems.

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Last week the children were given a challenge. They were told that they were all going to be making a gingerbread man and each gingerbread man had to have 5 strands of hair, 2 buttons and 2 shoes.

 

The children had to work out how much ingredients their Maths group would need altogether to make the correct amount of gingerbread men for all of the children in their group.

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The next day the children got to make (and eat) their gingerbread men. They come up with some very creative hairstyles!
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Seaside Souvenir Shop and Ice Cream Parlour Roleplay

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Ice Cream Van visit

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Sports Day

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Summer Term 1

 

Please take a look at the link at the top of the page to find out what the children will be learning about this half term. 

 

Don't forget that Homework and Reading Club begins again next Thursday 5th May. Please return slips as soon as possible to save a place! 

 

'Free Choice Friday' is back this week so please remember to bring in a piece of reading material. This can be any book, comic or poem of your choice. 

 

Today we have begun our new English topic 'Stories from Other Cultures'. The children will be reading and retelling the story 'Handa's Surprise' which is set in Africa. Next week as part of our Maths and English work the children will be tasting the different fruits from the story. Please return permission slips by Friday 29th April in order for your child to participate in this activity. 

Handa's Surprise fruit tasting

 

At the beginning of this week the children had the opportunity to taste the fruits from the story Handa's Surprise. This was very exciting for the children as they hadn't tried some of the fruits before!

 

The children worked together in their English groups to taste the fruits and record a list of adjectives to describe them. This was later included in their own retelling of the story.

The children weren't impressed with some of the fruits on offer - particularly the  avocado!!
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However, the pineapple and passion fruit proved to be very popular!
In Maths the children then made a tally chart to find out which fruits the rest of the class liked. The children learnt how to write the 5th gate on a tally and then converted this data into a pictogram.
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Health and Wellbeing - Special Interest Week

 

The children have had a fantastic start to our Special Interest Week. They have visited each class and participated in a different activity.

 

In Reception the children enjoyed making (and drinking!) a healthy fruit smoothie. In Year 2 with Mrs Taylor the children tried different exercises including hoola-hooping! In Year 3 they contributed to a whole-school piece of art for the upcoming 'Dance from the Heart' event. In Year 4 and 5 the children learnt all about the importance of cleaning teeth and washing hands. Finally, in Year 6 the children participated in some yoga and relaxation!

Year 1's Special Class Worship

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Displays from this half term

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Spring Term 2

 

Please take a look at the link above to find out what the children will be learning this term!

 

A quick reminder that Homework and Reading Club starts again next week - Thursday 3rd March. If you would like your child to attend then please return the reply slip as soon as possible! 

 

We are currently very excited in Year 1 as it is just over a week until our trip to Blackpool Zoo. The children can't wait to see all of the different animals and find out how they use the pattern and colour of their skin and fur to survive in their habitats. 

 

Our new Christian value for this term is 'Friendship'. During circle time this week we discussed what friendship means and made our own friendship rules. Look at the picture below to see our new Prayer board and table. The children have been busy writing prayers to add to our own prayer book and  have been nominating 'good friends' to receive a special certificate. 

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Operation Christmas Child - update!

 

Earlier this week we received an email telling us that our five shoeboxes went to Zambia! The children were very pleased that they had shared God's love to others less fortunate than them.   

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We have also started our new Science topic of 'Plants'. This week the children used magnifying glasses to explore daffodils to identify the different parts of plants and flowers. 

Snow Day!

 

The children had lots of fun playing in the snow today! Some of the children wrote their names in the snow and some of them wrote some number sentences from our subtraction work this week.

 

 

The children all worked together to build a snowman! It was hard work rolling the snow across the field. Mrs Turner even found a carrot for a nose and the children gathered pine cones and twigs for eyes and arms. Some of the boys built a snow dog as the snowman's pet! 

 

We found large sticks and branches to make marks and patterns in the snow and some of the children made snowballs. 

When we returned to class the children used their knowledge of adjectives to describe the weather outside. We talked about how the snow felt on our fingers and the different things we did and made in the snow. They came up with some fantastic ideas - I was very impressed! Look below to see some examples of the children's brilliant, independent writing. 

Visit to Blackpool Zoo

 

The children had a fantastic time at Blackpool Zoo. They observed lots of different animals in their habitats including lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants, zebras and even some reptiles!

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In the afternoon the children participated in a 'Disguise and Display' workshop with a zookeeper called Vicky. She told them how animals camouflage themselves in the wild to keep safe from predators. She showed the children some artefacts including a giraffe leg bone, the fur of an artic fox and some peacock feathers. Also in the workshop the children had a chance to look at the skeletons of different animals. It was very interesting!

The children were extremely well behaved and other visitors at the zoo even commented on how polite they were!

 

The next day the children wrote a recount of their trip to the zoo.

Sunflowers

 

As part of our current Science topic of 'Plants' the children have been growing sunflowers in the classroom. They followed a set of simple instructions to plant the seeds and have been watering them regularly. Each day two children have been completing our 'Sunflower Diary' to keep track of how they are growing.

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'Living Eggs'

 

Over the past week Mrs Murray has had some eggs in the Turret Room in an incubator. They hatched last Thursday and we now have 9 chicks! Each day two children from Year 1 have been visiting the chicks in order to keep a 'Chick Diary'.

Art Week

 

The children had a fantastic time during Art Week! Our topic was 'Textiles'. The children enjoyed sewing, weaving and working with an artist to make an interesting quilt that will form a new textile panel for the school entrance hall! 

 

"To make our fish and birds we had to pick two pieces of coloured felt." - Archie

 

"We chose a coloured thread." - Alannah

 

"We had to sew the two pieces of felt together but needed to leave a little hole. Then we stuffed the shape with stuffing and sewed up the hole." - Isabelle

 

"We decorated our fish and birds with sequins." - Charlie

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The children also tried some weaving. They chose a variety of threads and ribbons to thread through a wooden frame. 

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Children from Year 1 and Year 4 worked together with an artist to make a beautiful textile panel for the entrance hall. They had to choose materials, cut and sew shapes together. They can't wait to show you the finished piece! 
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The children have also begun printing on a piece of fabric to create a beautiful prayer mat for our special worship times. Check our class page soon for photographs of the finished product! 
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Neil Armstrong

 

In History the children have been learning about Neil Armstrong as part of their 'A Study of a Famous Person' topic. They all thoroughly enjoyed learning about why he was famous and wrote some super pieces of writing all about him.

 

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Spring Term 1

 

The children have been learning how to write Instructions. They have learnt different features of Instruction writing and have tried hard to include them in their own writing.

 

So far the children have followed instructions to make pirate hats, written about how to catch a Wild Thing, made their own instruction booklets about how to wash their favourite animal and written about how to sneak a monster into school without a teacher noticing!

 

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This week to end our 'Instructions' topic in English the children followed a set of instructions to bake fairy cakes! 
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In Science the children are learning all about animals. So far they have explored different animal groups, the body parts of animals and the colour and pattern of their skin. In March we will be going on a visit to Blackpool Zoo to learn about how animals survive in their habitats. There will be more information to follow about this. 

 

Take a look at our Science 'Animals' display. The children researched their favourite animal on the Internet and created a fact file all about it. 

 

 

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In the small world tray the children are exploring a different animal habitat each week in preparation for our Blackpool Zoo visit. So far they have identified which animals live on a farm, what jobs a farmer must do and what foods animal produce. 
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In Maths the children have been learning about measuring different lengths using non-standard units. They have had a fantastic time measuring various objects from around the classroom... even the teachers!

To keep with our animal theme we also have a 'Vet's Surgery' in the classroom! The children have been busy looking after animals and making appointments.

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Our current RE topic is 'Jesus was Special'. We have been reading Bible stories and linking them to our own experiences. The children have discussed why it is important to be a good friend, what it is like to be scared and why you should share things with others. We have also been discussing our Christian value of 'truthfulness' and why it is important to always be honest. We have used Year Two's 'Friendship Prayer' from their Worship to remember why we should be a good friend.

 

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The children brought their favourite toy into school as part of our current History topic! We have been looking at new and old toys and as part of their homework the children asked their parents and grandparents about the toys and games that they had when they were younger.
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Welcome Back smiley

 

We hope that you had a lovely Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year.

 

We have had a busy week settling back into lessons and have started our new topics. Please take a look at the above National Curriculum link to see what your child will be learning this term.

 

Next Thursday, the 14th January, will be the start of our Homework and Reading Club. If your child applied for a place they will have brought a letter home telling them that a place has been saved for them.

 

We also have a new Reading Chart displayed on the classroom door. Every time the children change their home reading book/s they get a tick next to their name. They must get at least 3 ticks a week to get a sticker on a Friday. Please ensure that your child brings their reading bag to school everyday with their books inside. We have a Reading Workshop everyday in class so it is important that the children have their books with them.

 

'Umbrella Investigation'

 

This week in Science the children completed an investigation. They had to test different materials including tin foil, tissue, a paper towel and clothing to see which would make the best umbrella for Ted.

 

The children predicted which material they thought would be the best and then worked together in groups to test the materials.

 

They recorded their results and wrote a conclusion about what they had discovered!

Memories from Autumn Term

The Rhyming Nativity

 

Take a look at the photographs below to see the children in their Nativity costumes. The children really enjoyed sharing the Nativity story with all of our visitors!

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10th December 2015

 

The children have had a busy week in Year One and would like to share what they have been doing!

 

After visiting Church for an Advent service we had some very special visitors in Year One on Thursday! Mary and Joseph arrived in the classroom to help the children with their Phonics. They sat with the children on the carpet and helped them play 'Buried Treasure'. In English they also helped the children write a description of Goldilocks using lots of interesting adjectives.

 

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We have a new roleplay area in the classroom called 'Santa's Workshop'. The children have been working as Elves for Santa! They have been busy wrapping up presents, writing lists and posting letters. Have a look at the photographs below of the children working hard in the Workshop.
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In Maths we have been learning about capacity. We have practised reading different scales that show ml and l measurements.

 

Little Red Riding Hood also sent us a letter asking for our help. She needed a container to carry some orange juice through the forest to her poorly Granny. She needed to know which container would hold the most juice. We investigated how many cups it would take to fill different sized containers so that we could decide which would be the best one for Little Red Riding Hood to use.

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In English the children have worked with a partner or in a small group to change parts of the original Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. They had to change the Three Bears to three other animals and one or more of Goldilocks' crimes. The children thought of some fantastic ideas and are now beginning to write their own new version of the Traditional Tale.

 

 

On Thursday we sang 'Little Donkey' at the Cookies and Carols event. We had lots of fun performing for our visitors!

 

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Operation Christmas Child

As part of our RE topic of 'Gifts' we have explored the charity of Operation Christmas Child. The charity asks for donations of shoeboxes full of small gifts to send to children all over the world as a way of sharing God's love at Christmas.

 

Our school council representatives asked for donations on the weekly newsletter and we managed to fill FIVE shoeboxes full of lovely gifts. We are now eagerly waiting for the New Year when we will receive an email telling us what country our shoeboxes got delivered to. The children are all very proud that they made others feel happy and have been able to share God's love.

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14th September 2015

This week in English, we have been reading the story of Dogger. We have thought about our own toys and what we like about them and have done some writing on this. 

In maths, we have been ordering numbers, using the language of more/ less, greater/fewer, and adding ten to a one digit number to make a teens number.

We have also been painting self-portraits this week in art, and have had a gymnastics lesson on Friday afternoon with a coach from Sports Development. 

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Our First Week

In our first week back after the holidays, the children have been busy getting used to their new classroom and learning the new routines. 

We started by finding out everybody's name and something they liked doing. All the children drew a self-portrait next to their photograph and wrote their names and interest underneath.

Over the week, we recapped some phonics sounds and looked at writing numbers and counting in maths. Please ensure that your child forms their letters and numbers correctly in their homework.

 

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