Both year 1 classes are continueing to work hard during Nativity Practice and it has really come together this week - we are very proud of the children! If there is anything we can do to help with costumes, please let us know.
We have enjoyed our second session of 'Under the sea' yoga this week.
We've had some great homework pieces come in this week which the children have enjoyed showing to the class.
We have been learning about Hannukah this week. The children have made Menorah's and designed their own dreidels independently in our challenge areas.. We've also been learning about 2D and 3D shapes in Maths and practising our performance. Well done Year 1! You have all worked extremely hard!
We have had another fantastic and busy week, learning about more, less and equals to in Maths and comparing the equations, practising our nativity, spellings and practsing basket ball skills today in our PE. We also had the pleasure of watching Moonbeams fantastic assembly and we presented 6 children from each class with certificates. A big shout out this week to:
Allison, Ruhan, Matilda for our Well done certificates and Leo, Leila and Marcus for the Citizen of the Week certifictes. Well done to all of you!
We've had a great day celebrating Children In Need with a virtual assembly with Mr Merrell getting very wet, making our own bookmarks and working out subtraction sums for Pudsey's cake sale. We've also had fun practising some of our Nativity songs and we can't wait for you to hear them!
On Monday we learnt about how we hear noises and then went on a sound walk around school. The children worked in pairs to listen to sounds around the school. They heard children chattering, teachers talking, doors banging, birds tweeting, tennis balls being hit and lots of other noises too. We also played a sound game where children took turns to see if they could identify a child's voice whist being blind-folded.
This week we have been enjoying reading Autumn poems and looking at their features. We have also come up with our own acrostic poems and identified alliteration in a number of poems.
The children have been learning to throw a beanbag under arm and over arm with control.
In English the children enjoyed exploring the items they collected during the walk. They felt the objects and used adjectives to describe them to each other.
Well done to Thea who has written her own story and enjoyed reading it out the class.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Autumn walk to John Leigh Park this morning! Thank you so much to all the parent helpers that joined us for the occasion. The children all really enjoyed searching for signs of Autumn and did great at collecting lots of different coloured leaves, pine cones, sticks, conker and acorn shells. We observed the changes Autumn has made on the local area and we even spotted some squirrels! We spent the afternoon using all the things we had collected to do some leaf rubbings, mirror drawings and create hedghog pictures. Take a look at some of our pictures from the day...
Your child has brought home our new Chatterday Homework, which you can also find in the Downloads section alongside our Autumn 2 Curriculum Overview.
The children have been learning about Diwali today, listening to the story of Rama and Sita, watching a clip about how Hindus celebrate the festival, colouring Rangoli patterns and making their own Diya lamps. We had a great time! Happy Diwali!
The children on Year 1 LL have come back on great form after the holidays - the rest must have done them good! They had lots of fantastic stories to tell us from the holidays and enjoyed retelling their Halloween antics! The children are very excited for Bonfire Night celebrations and are enjoying the activities we have been doing this week.
In English we have listened to and sequenced the story of 'The Gunpowder Plot' and have been using lots of adjectives to describe fireworks. Today we have been learning all about Onomatopoiea and have begun to write our own Onomatopoiea poems.
In Maths we have been learning our number bonds to 10 using ten frames and part whole maodels to help find the two parts. The children have picked these up really quickly and enjoy doing our interactive number bond game 'hit the button' on the whiteboard to consolidate these facts.
In continuous provision the children were able to create firework pictures independently using chalk.
The children have had a brilliant first half of the term. They have settled in so well and have worked really hard. Spellings have not been set for over the holidays and we ask that your children enjoy their well deserved time off.
The children looked spooktacular today in their Halloween costumes and have had a brilliant day. Thank you for all of your donations.
This week has been Harvest which has tied in really nicely with preparing for our Medieval banquet. The children brought in loads of fruit and vegetables on Monday which we all had a go at cutting (with adult support) and preparing for the slow cooker.
We made a big stew with all the vegetables we had and also a scrummy fruit crumble (sorry no pictures - it was gone in a flash!) which we enjoyed during our Medieval banquet on Tuesday. We missed having parents there with us but we all had a great time dancing, telling jokes and enjoying the feast! Mr Merrell came to listen to the jester's tell some jokes too!
Our first school trip to Beeston Castle!
The children were already giddy with excitement before the coach had pulled away from the school as we embarked on our adventure. They waved goodbye to the school alongside comments of "This is the best day!" and "I love school trips!". They had lots of fun spotting cows and horses and other things along the way and it was a great moment when we finally spotted the castle.
The children learned about the role of a paige, then a squire and finally a knight and we saw the different tabards they would have worn and the different swords and armour they would train with. We all had great fun acting as knights swordfighting with our enemies!
We worked hard climbing to the top of the castle but what an amazing view when we reached the top! We had fun sketching the castle, writing our poems and exploring the ruins.
A huge thank you to the staff at Beeston Castle, our parent helpers and mostly to all the children for making this a truly wonderful experience and a fantastic day!
The children have been hard at work again this week. They they have been consolidating their knowledge of part whole models in the maths challenge area using objects to find the parts and then writing their answers as a sum on a whiteboard.
They have been practising their phase 2 and 3 tricky words in the tuff tray using sand. Isaac did some fantastic maths sums during his independent learning time.
We have enjoyed looking at the homework that many of the children have brought in to show.
Baani made a family tree and made up a castle board game!
Allison and Marcus drew their family tree and proudly presented them to the rest of the class.
Matilda loved showing off her beuatifully decorated crown. Leila drew a picture of Big Ben.
Black History Month
As a whole school we are celebrating Black History Month this October. We started this today in Y1 by discussing what Black History Month is and why we celebrate it. Our discussions were based around how it is important to treat people fairly and equally and celebrate our differences. We will look at a couple of different inspirational people over the rest of the month of October and celebrate their achievements. Today we started with Rosa Parks and many of the children really enaged with her story. We spoke about how she refused to sit at the back of the bus and how she sat proudly at the front of the bus making a point of the injustice that was happening. We talked about how this big act ended the segreation on the buses and later led to other major changes being made. We summarised the main point by watching this fun and informative song from horrible histories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Koeio4fqwmU the children loved it and really engaged in conversation about what they had seen and heard.
We've had a great few days with some fantastic learning going on! We have been looking at the story of Rapunzel in English this week, thinking about our favourite character and our favourute part of the story.
In maths we have started the new topic of 'Part whole models'. We used hoops and discs to make our own part whole models.
Unfortunately we have had a couple of wet play sessions due to the weather but the children have enjoyed having a go at some 'Just Dance' routines!
The children are enjoying their gymnastics unit during our PE sessions. They have been learning how to do 2 and 3 point balances.
Well done to all the children who have brought some homework on from this half terms chatterday. We are working our way through showing the rest of the class their work.
Leo brought in a 3D model of a castle in Scotland and Thea made a timeline of important events in her life time.
We are welcoming parents of Y1 into school this Wednesday (6th October) at 6:00pm for our Curriculum Evening. This is a great opportunity to meet the team, find out more about what Y1 is like for your children and ask any questions you may have, as well as finding out how you can best support your child's learning throughout the year.
If you do not feel comfortable coming into school for this evening, we will be posting the PP presentation in the Downloads section of the class page on the website- please feel free to browse through it and email any questions you may have. Hopefully, we will see many of you there.
Hats on 4 Mental Health
World Mental Health Day falls on the 10th October 2021 and, as a school, we would like to raise awareness and money for the mental health charity Mind. Mind does amazing work supporting and empowering anyone who is experiencing struggles with their mental health, and also works hard to increase public awareness and understanding of issues surrounding mental health.
In order to support this fantastic charity, we would like to invite the children to bring in a voluntary £1 donation to wear a hat on Friday 8th October 2021 – this can be any type of hat that your child feels comfortable wearing. We cannot wait to see the different types of hats that the children wear.
We have had another wonderful week in school. In our literacy work we have continued thinking about the story "The Princess and the Pea" and we have been writing our own stories by altering aspects of "The Princess and the Pea" such as characters or events. We have also been trying to include adjectives in our writing!
We also had one very eventful afternoon when we all went back in history and had to be spies. We had to be very careful hiding from guards who kept walking nearby! It was important that we stayed hidden as the Lord of our land had asked us to go and sketch plans of a very new and modern castle and bring the sketches back to him so he could renovate his own castle. We looked carefully at the different parts of the modern castle such as the battlements, the arrow slits, the moat and the gatehouse and we talked about the purpose of each part.
Well, we have had a fantastic second week in Year 1!
We have been very impressed by the homework coming in already so a huge well done to everyone that has completed something from their Chatterday - some of the castles have been amazing!!! Thank you for your support with this.
This week the children have been counting forwards and backwards between 0-10 and finding 'one more'. They have sequenced the story 'The Princess and the Pea' using picture cards and then written sentences to explain the different parts of the story. They have been thinking of adjectives to describe the characters too. We have also discussed what a monarch is (ask them) and thought about the qualities monarchs should have and then used our own reasoning skills to decide whether a selection of rules were good rules or bad rules, focussing on explaining the reasons for our choices.
We also had our very first assemblies this and the children have been working hard on showing Mr Merrell how smartly they can line up, walk down the corridor and sit in the hall. We are so proud of them.
Have a great weekend everyone, you have worked hard this week. We hope you all have some fun and get some rest.
What an amazing first week Year 1LL have had. We've been blown away with how well they have adapted to their new classroom and routines. Well done Year 1, a super effort!
Today your child has been sent home with their reading book, chatterday (their homework for this half-term) and a sheet with general information for Year 1. These canalso be found in the download section below.
Just to re-iterate our PE days are Tuesday and Friday. Our reading colours follow the PE team colours and on the day specified will read 1:1 to an adult:
Tuesday- Yellow Group
Wednesday- Blue Group
Thursday- Green Group
Friday- All groups change their books
Reading days will change termly so that Thursday childrwen have their books fo longer.
Mrs Heffernan, Mrs Cridland, Miss Limbert and Miss Beatty
Just a note that:
Mrs Cridland teaches- Monday to Wednesdays and Mrs Heffernan Wednesdays to Fridays. We both have time on Wednesday afternoons for our PPA
where we discuss and plan for the class so we can ensure continuity. Miss Brickhill days are Tuesday andwill cover our class during this time on Wednesday afternoons.
Some useful links-
Handwriting link:This is a handy link too to see where the letter starts and finishes: https://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/continuous-cursive-beginners-choice-2.html
Twinkl. To access for free, follow these steps:
Go to https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer
Sign up with your email and password
The offer code to enter during set-up is CVDTWINKLHELPS
In Year 1, the children participate in daily Numeracy, Phonics and Literacy lessons and the children begin to take more responsibility for their own learning, working independently and in groups. Much of our learning takes place through creative activities and planned play opportunities. As the year progresses, the children will begin working in a more and more structured way, in preparation for Yr 2. We try hard to ensure the move from Reception into Key Stage 1 is as smooth as possible.
Later in the year, the children will take part in a Phonics Screening Check. It is very important that school and home work closely together to support your child with their early reading skills. Please listen to your child read as often as possible and help them to learn their spellings each week. A pack of sound cards will be sent home with your child. Please use these cards on a regular basis and help your child look out for these sounds when they are reading and encourage them to use them in their writing. (Should your child wish to spell adventurous words, then they should use their sounds as a staring point i.e. 'j-igh-n-or-m-a-s' instead of 'ginormous', 'b-i-y-oo-t-i-f-u-ll' instead of 'beautiful'. At this stage in your child's learning, these spelling attempts are perfectly acceptable and you do not need to correct all of their efforts. Your child will learn alternative spellings for such words as the year progresses). To be in the best position possible, when taking the Phonics Screening Test, your child will need to recognise each sound quickly and confidently so regular reinforcement at home will prove invaluable. If you have any questions about the Phonics Screening Check, please speak with us at any time.
Mrs Heffernan, Mrs Cridland and Miss Limbert