A very Happy New Year and a huge welcome back!
I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a restful break!
Year 1 had an amazing start to their learning, beginning the academic year with ‘Superheroes’ followed by ‘Moon Zoom’. We now prowl into a brand new topic ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’.
Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers…
What’s your favourite animal?
One that meows?
One that barks?
Maybe one that scurries or slithers?
From pets at home to animals in the zoo, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep.
Do you know how to look after a rabbit? A cat? Or even a snake?
Find out how the elephant got his trunk and how the rhinoceros got his leathery skinPerhaps you know how the dog got his waggy tail?
Can you make a food chain to show who eats who?
Who is a herbivore and who is a carnivore?
When a gaggle of mysterious pets arrive at the local pet shop, it’s up to you to take care of them. Feed them, clean them and discover their daily needs.
After all that work, curl up and take a nap…a cat nap!
Our R.E topic for the beginning of this term will be ‘Christmas’, a unit designed to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of Christmas as a celebration of the birth of Jesus. The unit will develop the children’s understanding of the importance of the birth of Jesus through the events that happened before and after.
We will then move onto ‘Jesus: Teacher and Healer’, a unit designed to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the person of Jesus and his ministry as a teacher and healer. The children will develop their understanding of what Jesus’ ministry reveals to us about God, how the Church continues that ministry today in various ways and how Christians are called to follow the example of Jesus in their lives.
Prayers to practise at home:
I’m sure Father Christmas will have gifted some children with new items of clothing or coats etc. If so, please ensure that each item is clearly labelled, especially jumpers/cardigans.
Water bottles need to be bought into school every day and clearly labelled.
It is so important for your child to bring their reading folder containing their reading book and reading record/monkey diary into school every day. If they do not, we will be unable to hear them read/change their reading book/mark homework books.
We will again be doing our best to read with your child a lot more in school but, please continue to read with your child at home, to ensure they are being heard as much as possible. Reading with your child 3 times a week or more and recording in their reading record will earn your child a sticker on the reading chart! J
If you feel as though your child can read their book please spend a little more time re-reading it to make sure they are able to read each sentence with expression and fluency.
Your child’s English homework book and Maths homework book is given out on a Wednesday and needs to be returned on the following Tuesday. Please ensure your child only completes one page in each book per week (the pages that need to be completed are dated in red pen.) If your child completes more than one page in each book, we will keep the books in school until the new piece of homework is due to be set.
Thank you Parents for your continuous co-operation!
A very warm and autumnal welcome back to our second term in Year 1! After a busy 7 weeks in training, we left for the October half term as ‘Superheroes’. We now rocket our way into a brand new topic, ‘Moon Zoom’.
We’ll travel through space to learn about the Solar System. We’ll investigate an alien crash site, write an incident report and try to find the aliens who have landed.
Where could they be?
We’ll make models of the Solar System and design spaceships. Books and photographs will help us to learn about the first lunar landing and the astronauts who venture into space. We will compose space sounds and dances and also explore satellite images, investigate rockets and use ICT to communicate our ideas and present our work.
At the end of our project, we’ll share our learning in a variety of different ways. We’ll read our exciting science-fiction stories aloud, sing space-themed songs and create an exhibition of our space models. It will be out of this world!
Are you ready for blast off?
Our R.E topic for this term is ‘Prayer’, a unit designed to develop the children’s understanding of prayer as a special way of spending time with God. The children will be exploring the Vocabulary, actions, places and aids associated with prayer, with particular reference to the prayer of praise and intercession. The children will also explore how Christians give praise to God in the psalms and in prayers like the “Glory Be To The Father” and the “Our Father”.
Please continue to ensure that every item of your child’s school uniform is clearly labelled, especially jumpers/cardigans.
Water bottles need to also be labelled and bought into school every day.
Reading folders containing your child's reading book and reading record/monkey diary need to be bought into school every day. We will be doing our best to read with your child a lot more in school this term but, home reading will contribute and support your child with their reading massively.
Reading with your child 3 times a week or more and recording in their reading record will earn your child a sticker on our reading chart! J
Homework: Your child’s English homework book and Maths homework book is given out on a Wednesday and needs to be returned on the following Tuesday. Please ensure your child only completes one page in each book per week (the pages that need to be completed are dated in red pen.) If your child completes more than one page in each book, we will keep the books in school until the new piece of homework is due to be set.
'Home learning' projects will begin this term. More information about this will be given in week 3.
Thank you parents for your continuous co - operation.
CRASH, BANG, BOOM, SPLAT,
Year 1 would like to WELCOME YOU BACK!
Intergalactic greetings. Miss.Erroi hopes that you have all had a fun and fantastic summer holiday.
We have lots of exciting challenges ahead of us as little Superheroes in training...Come and find out what we'll be getting up to!
We are making a 'super' start to our first term in Year 1 with our 'Superheroes' topic. It's time to rescue the planet from evil villains!
The heroes we admire the most may be ordinary people who have achieved great things, or may be people who save lives in our emergency services.
Superheroes have super senses. We will be using ours to identify mystery items with our smell, taste, sound and touch.
There are so many fun writing activities that Miss.Erroi will set for us in English, but we will have to work hard to use cursive letter writing, and learn and apply the correct types of punctuation in all of our writing.
The Human Body is our Science focus for this term. We will be looking closely at the strength and muscular power a Superhero needs in order to be and stay fit, strong and healthy. We will focus on healthy eating as well as learn about our five senses: taste, smell, hearing, touch, sight.
Our class saint is St.Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.
This term in R.E, we are learning about ‘Creation’. This unit will develop the children’s appreciation of themselves and the world around them as part of God’s Creation. The children will be sequencing the story of Creation and reflecting on the need to thank and praise God for his many gifts.
We will then move on to the topic of ‘Families and Celebrations’ and develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of what it means to belong to, and celebrate as, a family.
Your child’s reading book will sent home daily in their reading folder – this needs to please be returned every day in order for us to hear your child read in school. Reading books will be changed once a week on a Friday (more times if we feel necessary) however, your child’s reading book will only be changed if I feel that your child is able to confidentially read the book independently and with fluency.
As much home reading as possible will make such a difference to your child’s reading. Even just listening to your child read two pages a day, will support their ability to read and develop significantly. Please write a comment in their monkey diary each time you hear them read.
READING REWARD SYSTEM
Our new reward system will reward your child with a sticker on our chart if we see evidence of your child reading three times a week.
Homework will be handed out every Wednesday and collected back in on the following Tuesday. Please ensure only one page is completed per week in each booklet. I will also be sending home a letter and number formation sheet each week. This will be to help your child practise forming letters and numbers correctly. It will be very helpful for you to encourage your child to complete this in order to gain as much confidence and independence in their writing and number formation.
It is very important for your child to have access to their water bottle in school every day.
Please can you ensure that every item of your child’s school uniform including bag, coat and water bottle are clearly labelled. This will help massively if any item were ever to get lost.
Remember to make a note of our class assembly date on Friday 20th October 2017 at 9pm in the school hall. This will be our opportunity to share the learning that we will be working very hard over the next 7 weeks to produce.
Without further or do, Year 1 wish you, a ‘Hulk SMASHING’ day!
Summer 2 - 2016/17
Religious Education: Pentecost and Sharing in the Life of Jesus.
We will begin this half term by learning to retell the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit was a gift that changed the lives of the disciples. We will learn about how the Holy Spirit can help us to be good neighbours to others.
We will begin this learning project by taking a ‘Nature’s Treasures’ walk to search for seasonal signs. Using our scientific skills, we will make careful observations of trees.
Looking upwards to the clouds, we will investigate what the weather is like. We will observe their shapes, sizes and colour.
Science: 'Plants' and 'Working as a Scientist'.
We will continue to learn about plants this half term but our learning will be based around our 'Working as a Scientist' objectives.
We will compare different plants' requirements for life and growth
We will plan investigations to answer our own questions. We will make predictions based on scientific knowledge. We will find out if our predictions are accurate.
This half term, we continue to follow the Read Write Inc. programme in order to further develop our phonic skills and prepare for the phonics screening check.
In our writing, we will continue to practise forming capital letters and try to ensure that every sentence begins with capital letter and ends with a full stop, exclamation mark or question mark.
In Read and Respond sessions, we will read a range of texts including traditional rhymes such as 'London Bridge is Falling Down' and 'Oranges and Lemons' and non-fiction texts about the Great Fire of London and the London Marathon.
Mathematics we will continue to learn to: count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.
We will learn to: represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20 and add and subtract 1-digit and 2-digit numbers to 20, including 0.
We will solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays.
We will learn to recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity
We will continue practising telling the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.
Topic: Bright Lights, Big City!
We will be taking a trip to Britain’s biggest, brightest city: London!
In London, everyone in the class will be given a new job; there will be no more schoolchildren! We will need to find out lots about London so that we are successful in our new roles!
Some roles we might try are: London bus conductor; gift shop seller; museum assistant; Thames riverboat operator; tourist information officer; or Underground worker.
Parents and carers: Be sure to keep your eyes out for your invitation to a very special royal event later this week!
Bright Lights, Big City: Home Learning Activities
Here are some suggested home learning activities linked to our topic.
I would like you to complete at least two of these activities by Monday 5th June 2017. Thank you J
Create an information book about a city in a different country. Record facts about your chosen city and include pictures, labels and captions.
With the help of an adult, make a 3-D model of one of London’s landmarks (see Miss Lucey for a net).
Take your teddy on a visit to a city near you. Write a simple diary about teddy’s day out, including what he or she saw and felt. Illustrate teddy’s diary. Look out for interesting buildings that are different sizes and shapes. You could make a list of the sights, sounds and smells that you discover. You could even draw a simple map and plan of your journey.
Create and label a picture or map of a fantasy (imaginary) city. What type of buildings would be in your city and what would they look like? What transport would people use in this city?
Build a real or fantasy city using Lego, blocks or 3-D junk material from home. Play with your city using figures and vehicles.
Visit your local library with an adult and search for non-fiction, fiction or poetry books about cities. Read and enjoy them with an adult or your class.
Bright Lights, Big City: Suggested Websites
Visit London virtual tour: http://360.visitlondon.com/
Please take a look at the ‘Year One’ class page for further learning activities / suggested resources.
UNUSUAL OBJECT FOUND BY YEAR ONE
As we arrived back at school after our half term break, we found that something else had joined us. This mysterious object was found by Year One at the front of the school, close to the office.
There are lots of unanswered questions:
Where did it come from?
Who travelled in it?
What is it made of?
Is it safe?
Some children thought that the object looked like some sort of spacecraft so Miss Lucey decided that this half term’s topic would be MOON ZOOM!
We have been learning about the planets and comparing them using words such as ‘closest’, ‘nearest’, ‘far from’, ‘smallest’ and ‘largest’.
We have also been using position words when talking about the planets.
Can you use the position words ‘between’ and ‘next to’ to explain the position of Earth?
We have been finding out about hedgehogs this week. We know that hedgehogs hibernate and that they like to eat meat. We thought of some further questions for investigation:
§ Do hedgehogs sleep at all in the spring and summer months?
§ Can they swim?
§ How do they catch their prey?
If you would like to find the answers to these questions, and other questions about animals, try the National Geographic Kids website- it’s excellent!
Leamington Library is also a great place to visit; the library has lots of non-fiction books about animals.
Science: Observing Seasonal Changes
We continue to observe seasonal changes and this week, noticed some early ‘signs of spring’ in our local environment.
Religious Education: Forgiveness
We understand that if we confess, we are forgiven.
We read the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18).
What does this parable teach us about forgiveness?
Can you retell the story? Use the sentence openers below to help.
Early one morning, ___ A while later, ___
Then, ___ Surprisingly, ___ After that, ___
Religious Education: Lent
Our altar cloth was changed from green to purple on Ash Wednesday to mark the beginning of the season of Lent.
Moon Zoom: Home Learning Activities
Here are some suggested home learning activities linked to our topic.
I would like you to complete at least two of these activities by Monday 3rd April 2017. Thank you J
Visit your local library and search for space-themed books. Read and talk with an adult about the books you find.
With an adult, search the web for fascinating space facts and make your very own Space Fact Book.
Ask an adult to help you find the names of all the people who have walked on the Moon. There are 12 of them!
With an adult, explore the Hubble Telescope website. Check out those amazing gallery images!
Imagine you’re an astronaut completing different space missions and make a mini book about your work.
Make a telescope from junk cardboard materials and sticky tape. Just before bedtime, use your telescope to look up at the stars. Can you see any wonderful star patterns in the sky? Draw the pattern of stars that you spotted. Take the pattern into school to share with the class.
Can you make up your own space song or rhyme? You could teach the song to your friends and perform it as a space choir!
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
This part of our class page is just for adults! Here you will find useful information about the Year One Curriculum.
RESOURCES TO SUPPORT HOME LEARNING
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