Welcome to the Year One Class page for 2018/2019. Here you will find information regarding your child’s homework, what we have been experiencing and learning in Year One and any key information such as spellings later on in the year. Please check this page at least once a week for updates.
This week has been much quieter than last week but we have still been extremely busy in Year One!
Our new Literacy topic of ‘Traditional Tales’ has begun and we have had lots of fun reading tales and exploring the different characters. Next week we will be focusing on The Three Little Pigs and using drama and role play to explore the story further. We have also been reading the Easter story and thinking about what Easter means to us – we had lots of lovely responses such as “Spending time with family” and “Celebrating Jesus” 🙂
I will be sending out a Phonics homework this week which can be used to practice our ‘Alien words’ and ‘Real words’ in a similar format to the phonics screening as discussed at Parents Evening.
Please make sure that any Mathletics homework is completed this weekend as I will be getting Mathletics certificates ready next week. All of the relevant passwords are in the front of your child’s reading record.
Have a lovely weekend,
This week has been another busy week in Year One and we have been working really hard and having fun for World Book Day.
Thank you for your participation with World Book Day – we had some fabulous costumes in Year One and it was lovely to hear about your child’s favourite character from their favourite book. We started the day sharing a story with Year 4, we then made our own book themed bunting to decorate our classroom with and we shared a story as a class and read ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, making our own wild thing out of salt dough and writing our own narrative! Here are some pictures of our day…
I have set some new Mathletics tasks and reassigned some tasks to prepare us for our multiplication unit which we start next week. If you can practise counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s with your child that would really help but make sure they understand the concept of multiples – use toys, books, apples, sweets or anything else you can think of to physically practise multiples and focus up to 30 but extend if needed.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to learn and recite a poem. Everyone who has learnt one has performed either to the class or individually to me – well done Year One!
Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next week 🙂
I hope you have all had a good week.
Thank you for attending Parent’s Evening this week, it has been lovely to update you all on your child’s progress and report back with what we have been getting up to in Year One.
This week our literacy has focused on the book ‘The Great Paper Caper’ by Oliver Jeffers and we have turned into Detectives in Year One as we had a visit from a bear who had been chopping down branches from our trees around school to make paper airplanes! The children loved going outside to investigate and find the clues the bear had left. This links into our theme of instructions and we have been learning how to write instructions using our bossy verbs – Year One certainly have very bossy voices!
Next week we will be making our own paper airplanes and holding a paper airplane competition with Reception watching to see who can be crowned the champion flyer of Year One!
Next week is World Book Day on Thursday 7th March and your child is welcome to come to school dressed as a character from their favourite book. Please don’t spend any money on a costume, a home made one will be absolutely fine and will allow your child to get involved with their costume and get creative!
Thank you all for your support with the poetry recitals, each child who has learnt a poem so far has had the chance to recite it this week and we have loved listening to our friends and supporting their work – well done Year One! The half term homework has had a great response and the children have produced some lovely pieces of work to tie in with our work in school, thank you for your support with this. I will leave Education City and Mathletics for this week to allow anyone the chance to catch up with any tasks.
Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to a fun week in school next week!
We have been looking forward this week to our half term break but also getting lots done. This week we have concentrated on writing our own story, spending each day building our beginning, middle and end, adding to it along the way. We then spent some time reading each other’s stories to a partner and writing a few sentences about the other person’s story. This has really helped with our self-correction and re-reading skills to make sure our writing makes sense!
We have also learnt about the Bible story of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana, Galilee and the children have been making water jars which held the wine like the ones in the painted images of the wedding with play-dough. We had lots of fun!
We have been progressing really well with our phonics learning and we are looking in great shape for the phonics screening in June so well done Year One, we are all really proud of how quickly you are learning and applying your phase 5 phonics.
Our Growth and Green Fingers topic is drawing to a close for this half term but we will be launching our garden after half term so this will be continuing alongside our new topic of Family Album. If you can start to gather pictures of your family and pictures of your child to create a timeline of their growth from babies to now that would be really helpful for our History and Literacy units of work.
The poetry recitals which have been sent home with your child will be commencing on the first week back after half term. Please encourage your child to learn one of the poems, we will be choosing two children to recite their poem at our Poetry Festival on Friday 8th March so if every child could participate that would be lovely.
Half term homework has been sent out in your child’s book bag today. I have designed it to be done at a slow pace over the holidays and your child can pick and choose which order they complete it in. This needs to be returned w/c 25th February.
Have a lovely break,
I hope you have all had a good week.
Once again we have been busy in Year One, exploring leaves in our Science sessions and acting out scenes from our Literacy text, Peter Rabbit. We had some amazing performances and the children worked really well together – well done Year One!
This week the children have also designed their tree to be made from recyclable materials and we will be making these on Monday afternoon. If you can collect any materials over the weekend and send them in with your child, that would be great. Paper based materials will be better as they can be shaped to form the tree model. I will also bring spare materials into school.
I have set some new Mathletics activities and Education City, which are both related to our learning this week. In phonics we have recapped the ‘o’, ‘ow’, ‘o-e‘ and ‘oe’ – go, slow, stroke, goes – graphemes and we are getting really good at applying these to our writing 🙂 There will be some half term homework sent out next week and there is a topic homework sheet stuck into your child’s Homework Record.
Have a lovely weekend,
Hello and happy Friday!
Year One have had another busy week and we have been enjoying the snow for another week running! Thank you to all of those who sent wellies with their child, they were able to have great fun in the snow at break times and lunch 🙂
This week we have been learning all about Jesus and his 12 Disciples and exploring different Bible stories which tell us how special Jesus was to fit into our ‘Jesus was Special’ RE unit. On Thursday we each made our own Disciple with a different emotion on their face in response to the Bible story The Stilling of the Storm (Luke 8:22-25). We got very creative and explored different textures making our Disciples for our RE display:
Please check your child’s homework record next week for the homework tasks – this will be linked to our topic Growth and Green Fingers and will run through to half term and through the half term holiday also. More information about our recycling lesson will also be on this homework sheet.
A new Mathletics assigned activity is also available, it is great to see so many children logging in and completing extra tasks too. I will be sending out more paper based phonics and common exception word work in the coming weeks to support your child in their reading and writing – the whole of Year One are picking up and applying the phase 5 phonics really well, so well done Year One! Our focus for this week has been the ‘oa‘ family, looking at different graphemes for spelling and reading – ‘o’, ‘ow’, ‘o-e‘ and ‘oe’ – go, slow, stroke, goes. As usual a few minutes of reading with your child will really assist their progress.
Have a lovely weekend,
I hope you have all had a great week,
This week the children have enjoyed exploring our school grounds hunting for plants in the Winter season and recording their findings in the classroom…
We then took advantage of the snowy weather on Wednesday and went outside again with the iPads to explore the plants and how the environment had changed with the snowfall. The children took some beautiful photographs of the trees and leaves covered in snow – we have a display in our classroom so feel free to come and have a look!
Our classroom has also had a mini revamp and we now have a new Reflection Area for the children to enjoy. We have been enjoying quiet time in our new cosy area this week and writing prayers, reading Bible stories and taking a moment to relax during our busy day!
I have set new Mathletics and Education City homework so as always, please encourage your child to log on and complete the activities set as homework. Our phase 5 phonics focus for this week has been recapping the ‘ai’ sound and the alternative ways of reading and writing this sound and we have moved onto the ‘igh’ sound, including, ‘ie’, ‘i’, ‘y’ and the split digraph i-e for example pie, mind, my and like.
There will be a topic homework in the homework records on Monday and just a heads up, start collecting any recyclable materials such as, bottles, toilet rolls, newspaper, magazines as the children will be making their own model of a tree that they have designed week commencing the 11th February!
Many thanks and have a lovely weekend 🙂
Thank you to those who have emailed or written regarding a problem with Education City, I have resolved the problem now and the work has been published under classwork for the time being. Please could you ensure you log on with your child this weekend and complete the assigned phonics activities. We have also completed some tasks as a class and I have demonstrated how to log on with the children so they should be experts by now!
I have set new Mathletics homework to end our current halves unit and we are now moving onto money as of next week. Again please encourage your child to log on and complete the assigned activities to support their learning. We have been introduced to plants this week and we have been identifying and observing plants in Science and Art and Design and learning all about the important job that plants have on our planet.
Our Phase 5 phonics has been moving along steadily and we have been exploring the ‘ai’ sound this week, looking at all of the different graphemes which belong to the ‘ai’ family: ay, eigh, ey and our split digraph a-e for example made, game, tame.
Have a lovely weekend,
Happy New Year to both children and parents,
We have all settled well into our first week of Spring term and we have been busy. Please keep a look out for the Year One Newsletter on this page next week which will explain what we will be doing this term.
I have set some new homework tasks on Education City today which will expire in two weeks so please do log on with your child using the login in the front of the homework records. If for any reason the activities will not work please let me know and I can check. They are all tablet friendly activities that I assign but some devices haven’t been allowing children the correct access. I will also be sending our written homework next week so please check your child’s book bag daily.
All PE kits should be back in school on Monday ready for the new week and please continue to support your child’s reading by listening to them for 5 minutes each evening. This week we have been focusing on Fiction and Non-Fiction books so do look at a variety of books at home also. Here we are organising our Fiction and Non-Fiction books:
Have a restful weekend,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Myself and the rest of the staff in Year One would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in this Autumn Term and to wish you a peaceful and happy Christmas break.
The children will be coming home this week with their Christmas folders which will have their Christmas calendar and cards in and their homework sheet for the holidays. I will also be setting Mathletics and Education City homework for Maths, Phonics and Writing and please could you make sure they are reading their book over the holidays. We will also be sending habitat homework and PE kits home.
We have had a wonderful week this week, with our Carol Service in Church, Christmas party and the talent show and we even got to meet Father Christmas!
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
Mrs Wall, Mrs Costas-Walker and Mrs Wane
Hello and happy Friday!
This week has been our last full week of rehearsals for our Christmas production and the children have been singing and dancing their hearts out! Thank you for all of the costumes – can I remind you that we have our dress rehearsal on Monday 10th December in the afternoon so please could the remaining costumes be brought in on Monday morning.
It is vitally important that each child reads every night and we have seen a decrease in the amount of records being written in which doesn’t give us a clear picture about which child is reading. In the New Year I will be introducing bookworms so each child can have a daily bookworm on their reading chart if they have read the night before. This will give the children some ownership over their reading and we would be grateful of your support with this.
Alongside Mathletics, the children now have Education City passwords in their records which will allow them to complete Literacy and Phonics activities as part of their homework. Activities will have been set for this week so please do encourage your child to log on.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Christmas productions next week, I am sure you will have a great time!
This week I thought it would be beneficial to discuss Phonics and how we use Phonics in school to help our reading and writing. Phonics is an extremely important part of Reception and KS1 and it all begins in Nursery settings at Phase 1 – environmental sounds. It is then built on in Reception, moving onto Phase 2,3 and 4 and in Year One we begin the Phase 5 and we get ready for our Phonics Screening in June.
To help your child excel in their Phonics, I have included a video to demonstrate how the key sounds are pronounced so you can look out for these when you are reading with your child. I have also included a link to the Oxford University Press website which offers various advice and free resources to aid your understanding of Phonics. Myself and Mrs Todd will also be diarising an evening in January to host a Phonics evening at school.
Please do have a look at the resources in your spare time – have a practise at the different sounds even if you do feel a bit silly!
I will be sending out homework on Friday (due back the following Friday 23.11.18) which will focus on our ‘ea’ grapheme/the way we write the sound, as an alternative for our ‘ee’ sound/phoneme.
Happy Friday Year One!
Just to say it was great to meet you all this week at our two parents evenings – all of the children are settled and doing so well and it was lovely to hear your comments and feedback.
We have had a busy first week back after half term and we have started our new topic of Fire! Fire! which will see us exploring the Great Fire of London throughout this half term. We have been creative in RE and thinking about how God created our world, alongside starting our new short topic of Poems on a Theme in Literacy where we have been watching Michael Rosen perform his poems and joining in with our own actions.
I cannot thank you all enough for the amazing habitat work that came back with the children on Tuesday – they are truly stunning and we enjoyed having a look at each one and presenting our habitats to the rest of the class.
I have set a new Mathletics homework for this week which is related to our problem solving unit of work.
Have a restful weekend,
I hope you are all well and looking forward to the half term break! We have all been working really hard in the run up to half term.
To finish our Science topic, investigating and discovering lots of new facts and information about animals, I would love the children to complete a mini project to bring in after the half term break. The details about what I would like them to do will be in their reading records this Friday (12.10.18) along with their Mathletics password which they have been assigned some Maths activities. These can be done online.
I hope you enjoy completing the Science project with your child – I wanted it to be as fun as possible and will hopefully consolidate their learning from our Animal topic.
Many thanks and have a lovely and restful weekend.
Just to say thank you for all of the wonderful celebration photographs which the children brought into school. We have had fun sharing the pictures in class and we have written about these special times. I will be using some for our RE display and I will aim to send any spares back before our half term break.
Homework this week will be to practise reading and spelling the tricky/common exception words on the list in your child’s reading record. If you have any concerns please make a note in their record.
As part of our Science topic, we will be creating our own animals over the next two weeks. The app ‘Animal Muddles’ is a great app for the children to make their own animals by mismatching animal body parts. It is a free download and would be a fun activity for your child to do over the next week or so in preparation for their own creation!
Many thanks and have a lovely weekend,
I hope you have all had a lovely week.
It was great to meet some of you on Monday at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening. I am looking forward to getting to know you all and if you couldn’t make it for any reason at all, please feel free to book a surgery appointment for a Wednesday after school 3.30pm-4pm where we can discuss any questions.
We have been very busy in Year One with Spirituality week and experiencing lots of new things in school. In light of this, I have sent some Maths homework out this week in your child’s blue folder which is a review of our subtraction and addition work from the previous week. Please have this completed by Thursday the 4th October. This will be the weekly homework day – sent out on a Friday and due back on the following Thursday. If you have any problems, do let the Year One team know.
Have a relaxing weekend,
Welcome back! I have attached the curriculum information for the Autumn Term.