Wow – what a lovely sunny week! We have enjoyed exploring our surroundings and thinking about what changes we can see as we head towards summer. This week we have been learning about acrostic poems and are thinking about nouns and adjectives that tell us more about Summer like ‘the dazzling hot sun’.
The children have been having great fun using their sewing skills to make their gardening bags. Later this week they will be making their motifs for the front of their bags.
In maths we have been helping Percy share his plants equally across his garden. We have been learning more about finding half and quarter of amounts and shapes. Next week we will be continuing to practise counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 to help us solve problems relating to multiplication.
Year 1 Team
Year 1 have been having great fun this week exploring and learning about the different trees and flowers in our school grounds. They were able to name trees such as Birch, Beech and Willow and even spotted some flowers such as Buebells and Forget-me-not’s. We have also been learning about Henri Rousseau and looked at his painting ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm.’ The children enjoyed creating their own version using collage materials. Can you spot the animals hiding?
In maths this week, we have been exploring 2d and 3d shapes. Maybe quiz your children on the names of them and whether they can describe any shapes they see around them?
The children have also begun their DT project, where they are learning to sew. Today we spent the afternoon learning an overcast and blanket stitch. They did brilliantly and are looking forward to using their new skills to help them make a gardening bag to carry seeds.
Year 1 Team
Welcome back to the Summer term in Year 1!
The children have settled well into their new project this term, A Gardener’s World! They have started to learn about living and non-living things around them in Science and we’ll continue this over the next few weeks through looking at plants.
In English this week, the children have found out about Percy the Park Keeper and have written a character description about him. They enjoyed writing their own letters to Percy; describing themselves, explaining how they looked and their likes and dislikes.
In maths, we have been developing our understanding of addition and subtraction, using multi-link and number lines to help us solve calculations. Next week, we will be continuing the ideas learnt this week when we practise our number bonds to 10 and 20.
Thank you for all the homework which has been returned this week and for all your support in helping your child to complete this. If you have any questions regarding homework, please come and talk with us.
The Year 1 Team (Mrs Carter, Mrs Hearn, Miss Jamieson)
This term we have had great fun reading Mrs Armitage on Wheels, a story about a lady who adapts her bicycle by adding horns, a chair for her dog and umbrellas to keep her dry. The children wrote stories about Mrs Armitage’s roller-skates and designed exciting adaptations such as bubble machines to cheer her up, a rocket booster to speed her along or a parachute to slow her down.
We have been exploring mechanisms and techniques for creating moving pictures. We learnt how to make a hinge, lever and pivot and a slider. The children then designed and made their own moving pictures showing a new vehicle for Mrs Armitage. We had lots of lovely ideas: a helicopter, a tractor and even a Lamborghini!
In Science, we explored the different materials that Mrs Armitage would need to mend her umbrella. The children had great fun exploring which materials were waterproof!
What a busy start back to term! The children are really enjoying learning about their new topic, Transport. They have learnt about how trains, cars and aeroplanes have changed throughout history and are writing a non-chronological report all about the information they have found out. In maths, they have been exploring capacity and time and are now learning more about addition and subtraction.
Year 1 have now started having maths homework sent fortnightly. Remember, their first homework was due in last week. Well done to those children who have already brought it back in but if you haven’t then please bring it in this week.
We have had great fun learning about toys this half term. The children have enjoyed finding out about how toys have changed throughout History and learning about the different materials they are made from. The project culminated in our year group toy museum and the children loved showing the Year R children around, explaining all about the different toys on show.
In our Maths this term, we have been learning about positional language. We helped Buzz direct his space ship left and right and helped Woody locate the toys who had been trapped by Zurg! The children explored their use of positional language outside by directing their friends to move in whole, half and quarter turns.
The term ended with our RE learning about Special Things. As a year group we are creating our own special gardens in the flower beds. Last week, we started creating our special garden by weeding it and digging in the bulbs. We have also made beautifully decorated pictures for our gardens which will be adorning the area in the coming weeks. Watch this space!
It’s been a great half term and we are looking forward to our new project, ‘Transport’. We hope you all have a restful and fun half term and we will see you all after the half term break.
Year 1 Team
On Monday, we had the NSPCC lead our worship and the children brought home a sponsor form. We are asking for your support in helping the children to learn their maths facts and raise money in support of the NSPCC. We will be testing the children on Option 1, list 1 on Friday 2nd February and we will send their test scores home with them on this day. Please remember to then return any sponsorship money to school by Wednesday 7th February.
Thank you for helping us with this worthwhile cause.
Year 1 Team
Happy New Year from Year 1!
What a fantastic start back to the new year. The children are really enjoying our new project, ‘A Toy’s Story’ and are loving exploring old toys and discussing how they have changed. In English, we have retold the story of ‘The Tiger who came to tea’ and the children enjoyed changing the animal in their own versions. Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to be learning about Traditional Tales and learning to write one of our own. We enjoyed having a go at poetry by writing out own ‘Wonderful St Marks’ poems based on the song ‘What a Wonderful World’. Here are a few…
Through our maths, we have been learning more about adding and taking away. Next, we are moving onto multiplication and division, where we will be helping the toys share their money by halving and quartering. We have started to learn about sketching and have been exploring different ways of mark making. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sketching our own toys from home, ready for presenting them at our very own Toy museum. If your child hasn’t sent in a toy already, there is still time before our museum. Please just send in a small toy in a named carrier bag, which they can keep in school until half-term.
Wow, what a busy few weeks it has been in Year 1! The children sung beautifully in their Christmas play, ‘Behind the Stable Door’. Thank you all for coming along to support them. We have enjoyed learning about The Nativity Story and creating our own Nativity scene using paper collage. During the last week, the children have learnt about the story, The Snowman. They have retold the story and created some lovely artwork based on snowmen. In their maths learning, they have helped the Snowman count snowflakes and design patterns for baubles on his Christmas tree.
The Year 1 team would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We hope you all have a restful time with your families and look forward to seeing you all in 2018.
We have been busy with our Polar topic and learning about the different animals you would find in the Arctic and Antarctic. In English, we have had great fun writing our own information pages about these animals. We are now learning about the story, Poles Apart and are planning on writing our own version over the next couple of weeks.
In Art, we have enjoyed getting messy using clay and have used our new skills to make bugs and a penguin clay tile. These are waiting to be painted later this week!
In maths, we have been learning to tell the time to the hour and half past, and this week we have been helping the Elves buy the toys for Santa using the correct coins. Please can you continue to practise using coins with your child at home, so they can recognise them easily and use them to buy small items from the shop.
Reminder: please can we ask you to send in your child’s costume (black/grey leggings or trousers and white T-shirt) by this Friday 1st, ready for our rehearsals next week. Please ensure it is in a small named carrier bag.