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Year 1 Weekly Newsletter

 

Week ending 3rd December

 

We are looking forward to performing our Nativity for you next week!  You can help your child to learn the songs , they are all saved in Children - Video Resources Centre - Year 2 on this website. As well as rehearsing and learning, we have also made time to do some Christmas Art this week, making decorations for the Christmas fair in the hall tomorrow! Keep an eye out for 1H's mice and 1C's Christmas trees. 

 

If you have not booked for your child to see Father Christmas in the Forest next Wednesday 8th December with their class, please do so. It's a really fun activity for the class to experience together.

 

Important notices:


Lunch orders:

Can we please remind you to place your child’s lunch order on parent pay prior to each day, preferably the weekend before. Can you also discuss with your child their preference as we are unable to change their orders on the day. Your co-operation with this is appreciated. 

 

Forest School: 

There is no Forest School for Year 1 this term.

Swimming:

Thursday 9th  December will be 1H class.

 

Our learning next week

 

English

We are discovering more about Babushka in our Russian folk tale this week. We will be thinking in role as Babushka and learning how to ask questions. What will Mary and Joseph ask Babushka when she arrives in Bethlehem? 

 

Maths

We are focusing on addition and subtraction within ten this week. 

 

Science

We will be continuing to learn about seasons and weather, exploring light and dark and the hours of daylight throughout the year. 

 

RE

 We will be continuing to investigate the key question, 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians?' and thinking about Advent and how Christian prepare for Christmas. 

Week ending 26th November

 Moths to a Flame updatethe moths that we decorated for Sustainable Living in Crowborough a couple of weeks ago to bring attention to the Climate change focus at the recent COP 26 in Glasgow are on display at the Community centre, Pine Grove, until the end of this month. All are welcome to visit as they make an amazing display altogether!

The stage is now set and we have been busy rehearsing the songs and dances for our Nativity play again this week. You can help your child to learn the songs , they are all saved in Children - Video Resources Centre - Year 2 on this website. As well as rehearsing and learning, we have also made time to do some Autumn Art this week, leaf printing, leaf rubbing and making hedgehog leaf pictures!

 

Please send all nativity costumes in by Monday 29th November (this Monday)

 

Important notices:


Lunch orders:

Can we please remind you to place your child’s lunch order on parent pay prior to each day, preferably the weekend before. Can you also discuss with your child their preference as we are unable to change their orders on the day. Your co-operation with this is appreciated. 

 

Forest School: 

There is no Forest School for Year 1 this term.

Swimming:

Thursday 2nd December will be 1C class.

 

Our learning next week

 

English

We are discovering more about Babushka in our Russian folk tale this week. We will be thinking in role as Babushka and acting out what she says to the other characters in the book.

 

Maths

We are focusing on addition of two numbers, drawing pictures and writing number sentences to show this but also thinking about word problems. 

 

Science

We will be continuing to learn about seasons and weather, exploring light and dark and the hours of daylight throughout the year. 

 

RE

 We will be continuing to investigate the key question, 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians?' and thinking about how we prepare for the arrival of a new baby.

Week ending 19th November

 

We have been busy rehearsing the songs and dances for our Nativity play this week. You can help your child to learn the songs , they are all saved in Children - Video Resources Centre - Year 2 on this website. 

Please send costumes in by Monday 29th November

 

Important notices:


Lunch orders:

Can we please remind you to place your child’s lunch order on parent pay prior to each day, preferably the weekend before. Can you also discuss with your child their preference as we are unable to change their orders on the day. Your co-operation with this is appreciated. 

 

Forest School: 

There is no Forest School for Year 1 this term.

Swimming:

Thursday 25th will be 1H class.

 

Our learning next week

 

English

We are starting to read a Russian folk tale this week, the story of Babushka. We will be thinking about adjectives to describe her and verbs to describe what she does.

 

Maths

We are focusing on number bonds to ten this week, making number bonds with manipulatives and comparing numbers. 

 

Science

We will be continuing to learn about seasons and weather, exploring light and dark and the hours of daylight throughout the year. 

 

RE

 We will be continuing to think about the key question, 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians?' and deepening our understanding by looking at the characters in the Christmas story.

Week ending 12th November

 

This week, we have started learning the songs and dances for our Nativity play. Today your child brought home a costume letter detailing what they need to wear for their part. Please send costumes in by Monday 29th November

 

Important notices:


Lunch orders:

Can we please remind you to place your child’s lunch order on parent pay prior to each day, preferably the weekend before. Can you also discuss with your child their preference as we are unable to change their orders on the day. Your co-operation with this is appreciated. 

 

Forest School: 

There is no Forest School for Year 1 this term.

Swimming:

Thursday 18th will be 1C class.

 

Our learning next week

 

English

We will be finding out what happens to the mice as we finish reading our story, 'The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse' and thinking about why Pipin prefers living in the country. 

 

Maths

We are continuing to partition numbers using a part-whole model, finding different ways to partition one number and investigating how the two parts add together to equal the whole. 

If you would like to find out more about this concept and support your child, the following video is a useful resource: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6yh2v4 

 

Science

We will be continuing to learn about seasons and weather, exploring light and dark and the hours of daylight throughout the year. 

 

RE

 We will be continuing to think about the key question, 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians?' and deepening our understanding by looking at the characters in the Christmas story.

Week ending 5th November

 

What a busy week our first week back has been! As well as getting stuck into our learning, we have also decorated moths for the Crowborough COP26 Moths to a Flame Event, organised by Sustainable Living in Crowborough and Transition Crowborough. These will be displayed as part of a COP26 art installation in the Crowborough Community Centre.

 

Important notices:


Lunch orders:

Can we please remind you to place your child’s lunch order on parent pay prior to each day, preferably the weekend before. Can you also discuss with your child their preference as we are unable to change their orders on the day. Your co-operation with this is appreciated. 

 

Forest School: 

There is no Forest School for Year 1 this term.

Swimming:

Thursday 11th will be 1H class.

 

Our learning next week

 

English

We will be continuing to read our story, 'The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse' and looking at all of the food the mice eat in the town house. Delicious!

 

Maths

We are partitioning numbers using a part-whole model and investigating how the two parts add together to equal the whole. If you would like to find out more about this concept and support your child, the following video is a useful resource: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6yh2v4 

 

Science

We will be continuing to learn about seasons and weather, exploring light and dark and the hours of daylight throughout the year. 

 

RE

 We will be thinking about the key question, 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians and deepening our understanding of this.

Week ending 22nd October

 

Year 1 have had fun this week in their last week of Forest School, going on an Autumn walk around the school grounds to collect Autumn leaves for Science and sketching Winnie the Pooh in charcoal in the style of E.H.Shepard in Art and History. 

 

Phew! We hope you have a restful half term and take the opportunity to visit the Ashdown Forest or go on an Autumn walk with your children to consolidate this term's learning.

 

Important notices:


Lunch orders:

Can we please remind you to place your child’s lunch order on parent pay prior to each day, preferably the weekend before. Can you also discuss with your child their preference as we are unable to change their orders on the day. Your co-operation with this is appreciated. 

 

Forest School: 

There is no Forest School for Year 1 this term.

Swimming:

Thursday 4th will be 1C class.

 

Our learning next week

 

English

We will be starting to read a new story, 'The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse' and thinking about describing where they live. 

 

Maths

This term we are starting to partition numbers using a part-whole model and using the language 'part, part whole' to describe this concept. If you would like to find out more about this concept and support your child, the following video is a useful resource: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6yh2v4 

 

Science

We will be continuing to learn about seasons and weather, investigating the sun and sunlight in different seasons. 

RE

 We will be introducing the key question, 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians.

Week ending 15th October

 

Year 1 have had another engaging week of learning and in Forest School, children learnt how to make a camp fire using flint and cotton wool! 

 

Important notices:


Lunch orders:

Can we please remind you to place your child’s lunch order on parent pay prior to each day, preferably the weekend before. Can you also discuss with your child their preference as we are unable to change their orders on the day. Your co-operation with this is appreciated. 

 

Forest School: 

Monday 18th will be 1C and Wednesday 20th will be 1H.

Swimming:

Thursday 21st will be 1H class.

 

Our learning next week

 

English

After designing heffalump traps for Piglet and Pooh last week, next week children will be considering how Piglet feels in the A.A. Milne story 'Piglet is entirely surrounded by water'. How will he get out of his house?

 

Maths

In Maths we will be looking at ordinal numbers in particular using vocabulary such as first second third. 

Science

We will be consolidating our learning about seasons and weather next week, examining autumn leaves and doing observational drawings of them. 

RE

In RE we will be continuing to look at the parable of the lost son and why the parable is important to Christians.  

Week ending 8th October

 

We have had another great week of learning this week. At the end of the week we had the fantastic opportunity to go to All Saints church for the harvest celebration. The children really enjoyed the service; singing along to the songs and listening to the talk. Thank you for all your generous donations. 

 

Important notices:


Lunch orders:

Can we please remind you to place your child’s lunch order on parent pay prior to each day, preferably the weekend before. Can you also discuss with your child their preference as we are unable to change their orders on the day. Your co-operation with this is appreciated. 

 

Forest School: 

Monday 11th will be 1C and Wednesday 13th will be 1H

Swimming:

Thursday 14th will be 1C class.

 

Our learning next week

 

Maths

We will be carrying on with comparing numbers using more than and less than.

 

English

Next week we will start to read another Winnie the Pooh story, 'Piglet meets a Heffalump'. We will use our visualisation skills to think about what Heffalumps look like and then start to plan how we can trap them in the Hundred Acre Wood!

 

Science

Our weather learning will continue as we record data from our class rain gauges (hopefully not too much!) and learn about measuring and recording temperature. 

 

Religious Education

We are continuing with the parable of The Lost Son. This time thinking about the father and his forgiveness. 

 

Week ending 1st October

We are now half way through Term 1 and have had another fun week of learning!

 

Important notices

Forest school: Monday 4th October will be 1C and Wednesday 6th October will be 1H's turn. Please send your child with appropriate clothing, they will not be allowed to participate in Forest school in their school uniform.

Swimming: Next week is 1H's turn to swim on Thursday 7th October.

 

English

Next week, we are starting to read some of A.A.Milne's stories about Winnie the Pooh. We have already learnt that these are set in the Hundred Acre Wood, which we know as the Ashdown Forest.

 

Maths

Our Maths focus is greater than and less than, using the symbols < > and = and comparing numbers. 

 

Science

We are continuing to observe the weather, and having made our own wind socks last week, we will make a rain gauge so that we can measure rainfall. 

 

Year 1 Weekly Newsletter

 

Week ending 24th September

 

It is the end of another busy week in Year 1. What with Forest school for both classes and 1H's  turn to swim. 1H really loved being back in the pool, they behaved really well and the swimming teacher said they were better behaved than other older years!  

 

Important notices

Forest School: Monday 27th will be 1C and Wednesday 29th will be 1H

Swimming: next week will be 1C

 

English

We will find out who is the book thief and think about how we can reward Nell (Detective Dog) for her amazing detective skills. 

 

Maths

Continuing with place value this week we are comparing groups of objects using vocabulary such as 'greater than' and 'less than.'

 

Science

We will be investigating wind and how we measure wind. 

 

Religious Education 

We are continuing with our understanding of God and why he is important to Christians. We will be discussing where Christians go to worship God, this will also get us ready for our Harvest celebration in Church. 

 

 

Week ending Friday 17th September 2021

We have had another busy week with Forest School and Swimming being added to the curriculum! The children have enjoyed completing their Enhanced Provision challenges linked to our Maths and English learning in our Middle Area, with quite a few children completing them all - well done!

 

English 

This week, we have continued to read 'Detective Dog' by Julia Donaldson and have written sentences about the things that Nell is good at finding. The children at the school where Nell is a Reading dog are miserable because the books have all disappeared and next week we will find out if Nell can find them using her detective skills! 

 

Maths 

In Maths this week we are continuing to investigate numbers to 10 and beyond. This week we used are knowledge of numbers to 10 to count forwards and backwards from a given number. 

 

Science

We practised the months of the year again this week and looked more closely at each season, in particular our current season, Autumn, thinking about what the weather is like in Autumn and what we wear. Over the coming weeks, try to see if you and your child can spot any clues in nature that Autumn is on its way...

 

Geography

Year 1 had an exciting Geography adventure to launch our 'Location detectives' learning this week. The children were excited to use their map reading skills to find clues around the school. All of the clues were characters or landmarks from the Hundred Acre Wood. When we arrived back at our classrooms, our class mascots, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet were waiting with letters for us, asking for our help! They are lost in the Hundred Acre Wood and need a map to find their way to Christopher Robin's house. Next week in Geography, we will make our own maps with keys and use the compass points to help the mascots know which way to go.

 

Swimming

This week was 1C's turned to experience swimming for the first time this year. They all did amazingly well and will find out which group they are in on 28th September, please can we remind you that they will not be able to swim without any voluntary help so thank you to the one volunteer we have had so far. Next week - Thursday 23rd September - will be 1H's chance to swim. 

 

Don't forget Forest school on Monday 20th for class 1C and Wednesday 22nd for 1H class. We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.

 

Best wishes

The Year 1 Team

 

Week ending Friday 10th September 2021

 

Welcome to the first Year 1 newsletter of this academic year. We all hope you have had a wonderfully restful summer and are ready for this next chapter into KS1.
It is always a daunting prospect starting a new year with an unfamiliar class room and new routines to navigate. The children have adapted really well into their new environment and are beginning to enjoy a more structured timetable. We are very proud of how easily the children have settled into Year 1. 

 

In class we have started a new timetable and a new curriculum:

 

English

In English this week, we have been practising writing sentences with a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end. We have started to read our topic book 'Detective Dog' by Julia Donaldson, predicting what Detective Dog will discover.

 

Maths

In Maths, we have been practising writing the numbers to ten in digits and words, in particular looking at one more and one less than a number and comparing different representations of a number. 

 

Science

We have been investigating the seasons this week, looking at which months of the year are in which season. Can your child tell you which month and season their birthday is in? 

 

Forest school

Please make a note to look at the letter regarding forest school. Children will need to bring in a change of clothes, all children will be expected to change back into their School uniforms at the end of the session. The first session will be 1C on Monday and 1H on Wednesday's. 

 

Swimming

Please also make a note to look at the letter regarding swimming. Children will need to bring in their swimming costume/shorts, hat, towel and goggles (if the children wish).  The first lesson is with 1C  on Thursday 16th September and 1H on Thursday 23rd September. If you are able to volunteer to support and help with this please can you let the office or your childs teacher know. 

 

The children have worked really hard this week so we hope that they and you have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday.

 

Best wishes

The Year One Team.

 

Week ending Friday 16th July 2021

 

It has been a busy week completing work, exhibiting our Great Barrier Reef homework, enjoying some party time and party music and of course the transition morning which went really well. The children seemed very excited to be in their new Year 2 classrooms and are ready for the leap up.

 

We would like to say a big thank you to all of you who produced the amazing Great Barrier Reef models, it sounds like the parents enjoyed making them as much, if not more, than the children. It also really helped them to understand the vastness and richness of the 20,000 year old natural wonder of the world.

 

We would also like to say thank you for the wonderful gifts you have showered us all this term. It is truly humbling and we appreciate your kind thoughts and words.

 

Good luck in Year 2, some of us are moving up with you and some of us are moving on but we're sure we will see you again during your child's journey at Sir Henry Fermor.

 

Best wishes for a safe and happy summer.

The Year One Team

Week ending Friday 9th July 2021

 

What a busy Sport's week it has been, the children have been a real credit to the school and you. (We will put a few pictures up but most will be in the main newsletter). As we get to Friday though fatigue has hit us so the final day of the week has been a bit more gentle as we said "hello" to Bishop Ruth and watched the Year 6 leaving service.  

 

Hopefully you should all have received your child's report together with the Year 2 booklet and curriculum map.  On Monday morning will be visiting their new teacher/classroom and experiencing a bit of Year 2 life as part of their transition then the rest of the week we will be looking at their Great Barrier Reef homework and enjoying some end of term activities.

 

We have managed to squeeze in some of the normal curriculum subjects this week and in English we have completed our "Are we there yet!" by Alison Lester and the children have produced some fantastic postcards as they are imagining that they have visited Uluru.

 

In Maths this week we have been finishing our topic of time. This week was all about time in seconds and minutes. The children investigated how many jumps, star jumps and hops they could do in one minute. We were very impressed with the results some children were managing to do 200 jumps in a minute!

 

In Science we investigated healthy eating and what foods make up our dinner plate. As a class we talked about the importance of eating carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, dairy and oils and how they help our bodies to grow and recover from all the amazing sports activities we have done this week.

 

Please could you to bring a plastic bag in on Monday 12th to collect your children's amazing work from this term. 

 

Have a lovely weekend - Come on England!  See you next week for our final week of Year 1.

 

The Year 1 Team.

Week ending Friday 2nd July 2021

 

We've just finished practising for next week's Sports Day and are really looking forward to, weather permitting, showing you how athletic we all are.  Please can we remind you to come in your PE kits next week. You may wear any sports kit (not football shirts) Monday, Tuesday and Thursday but please make sure you are wearing your correct PE kit on Wednesday with your correct house colour shirt. Also don't forget your swimming kit for Monday as per the emails from last week and this week. NORMAL UNIFORM ON FRIDAY PLEASE.

 

In our usual curriculum we have continued with the Australian topic. The children have been immersing themselves in the story of "Are we there yet - a journey around Australia" by Alison Lester during English. They have loved hearing about all the amazing places we could visit there and we're now planning our school trip to Australia...once we've visited Africa of course!

 

In Mathematics we have started our recap of time. The week began with us learning about dates and reading dates on calendars. The week ended with a recap of telling the time to the hour. Next week we are continuing with time, if you would like to, this weekend have a look at clocks in your house and practice telling the time to the hour and half past. 

 

We've been busy this week continuing with our creative outpouring. In art we made Aboriginal inspired animal prints and in Geography we created our own Year 1 Great Barrier Reef. We finalized our DT project with our paper-plane competition and we must say we had lots of fun seeing who could fly theirs the furthest. In Science we sorted animals into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores the pupils had lots of fun sorting them into a Venn diagram. In Religious Education we spoke about Moses and why he is important in the Jewish faith. The pupils went on to write their own 10 commandments about how to treat each other in school. 

 

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week for a fantastic sports week.

The Year One Team

Week ending Friday 25th June 2021

 

We’ve had a brilliant week exploring our creative sides. From boomerang decorating, kite making and didgeridoo building plus many more things (please see a photo sample below). We have also been singing our hearts out to Mary Poppins “let’s go fly a kite” which to be honest we can’t get out of our heads so thank you Mr Novkovic for your enthusiasm with the musical part of our week. We finished the week creating our paper planes for an inter school competition and can’t wait to find out which class/year managed to throw our planes the furthest.

 

Talking of themed weeks we have Sport’s week coming up soon (week commencing 5th July). Please look out for a few emails which should be coming your way regarding this. One important date to note is on Monday 5th June the children will be swimming. Due to this weird year we’ve had the children haven’t managed to get back into the pool since before Christmas so hopefully this will be exciting news for them. Further details regarding this and the whole week’s activities will follow soon.

 

We have also continued with our normal timetable this week. In English we have introduced prefixes and in particular the prefix un- for example unpack, this will set them up for more prefixes and suffixes when they move on to year 2. We have also been reading Possum Magic by Mem Fox which is such a lovely book about Hush and Grandma Poss who are looking for a potion to reverse Hush’s invisibility. We have enjoyed tracing their journey around Australia in this quest. Next week we will be looking at another, less magical, journey around Australia with the book Are we there yet by Lester Alison which we hope they enjoy.

 

In Maths we have started looking at money. We investigated the different coins and compared them. We compared: their value, size, colour and material. We then moved onto looking at notes and their values. The pupils had lots of fun exploring the different coins and we were so impressed with their knowledge. Next week we will be learning about time and our routine. 

 

In Science we are continuing with our animals topic. This week was all about what animals eat. We grouped and sorted animals into herbivores, carnivores and omnivores discussing what things make them these categories. Next week we will be comparing what animals eat to what humans eat. 

 

In Religious Education for creative week we created Noah's Art mobiles. The pupils discussed the message of the parable and why it is so important to Christians. 

 

Thank you to those who have already brought in their Great Barrier Reef Diorama. 

 

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year One Team

Week ending Friday 18th June 2021

 

It has been lovely to be out and about in the warm weather but now that the rain has arrived can we please remind you to bring rain coats for the children. Unless we have a heavy downpour we will still be venturing out so the children will need some protection. Some little animals who do appreciate the rain came to visit us this week. One of the children in foundation had a brood of very cute ducklings and they came to visit the school, this was such perfect timing for us considering our science theme this term. As you can see from the photos the children adored the fluffy little ducks!

 

In English this week we have continued the animal theme by exploring Australian Animal Verses, the children heard of lots of exotic sounding animals like Sugar Gliders, Platypus and Kookaburra, they then acted out these animals movement and sounds. Afterwards they wrote some descriptive sentences about different Australian animals and some turned these into verses. We discussed whether you had to have rhyming words to make a verse.

 

In Maths we finished off our topic of numbers to 100. We have been busy using our knowledge of numbers to count confidently in 2's, 5's and 10's. Next week is all about money. You might want to have a look at some coins over the weekend and talk about their colour and size.  

 

In Geography we explored landmarks in Australia and located them on the map. Next week is creativity week across Sir Henry Fermor so we will be making many Australian themed creations like boomerangs and didgeridoos using lots of Aboriginal style decorations.

 

In Science we are continuing with our animals topic this week we compared animals into groups. Next week we will be exploring what animals eat, are they herbivores, carnivores or omnivores?

 

Thank you for all your donations on FOFs Dress down for Summer day, these will go towards the Summer raffle hampers. 

 

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year One Team

Week ending 11th June 2021

 

Welcome back to the final term of Year 1, we can't believe we've made it this far! The children have come back with an excellent attitude for learning and are very excited by this term's Geography topic of Australia.  If you have any interesting books or objects with an Australian theme we would love the children to bring them in.  This week we looked at where it is in the world, which continent it is in, some interesting landmarks and the ocean's that surround it

 

To inspire our journey to Australia we began English with the journey around the world of The Snail and the Whale.  This is a familiar story for most of the children so we were able to explore all the physical landmarks that the characters traveled to and then created our own story maps and adventures using adjectives to describe the new settings.  Next week we will be looking at Australian Animal Verses and creating our own descriptive phrases and poems.

 

In Math's this week we are focusing on numbers to 100. We have been practicing writing and reading numbers to 100. We then used our knowledge of counting in 10's to group objects to help us count them. Next week we are continuing to explore numbers to 100. 

 

In Science we have started our new topic of Animals. This week we investigated the different categories of animal this included: Mammals, Amphibians, Reptiles, fish and birds. The pupils enjoyed sorting the animals into the correct pile and talking about why they think they are a mammal, Amphibian, Reptile, fish or birds using scientific vocabulary. 

 

In Religious Education we explored the festival of light Hanukkah. We talked about how they celebrate the festival and why it is important to the Jewish faith. Next week we are learning about the menorah. 

 

Have a lovely weekend

The Year 1 team.

Week ending 28th May 2021

 

We've come to the end of a very full term 5 and are all looking forward to a good break over the half term holiday. The weather is even looking like it's going to co-operate too!  Thank you for all your support with African Celebration day, the children certainly had fun and as you will see from the photos and all the art work that has been sent home we've certainly enjoyed this topic.  

 

Next term's topic will be Australia so if you have any interesting books or artefacts from down-under we would love the children to bring them in.

 

This week in English we completed our African theme by looking at non-fiction books and writing non-fiction information on African animals.  The children enjoyed exploring the key stage one library and were quite shocked when we said they could 'go wild' and pick what ever suited their interests.  We will return to non - fiction work again in term 6.

 

In Maths this week we have been rounding off our topic of division. This week was all about splitting objects into quarters. We will be recapping division next term. 

We have also revisited our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes. Next term we will be looking at numbers bonds to 10 and 20 and numbers to 100. 

 

Geography concentrated on looking at the physical and human elements of Africa. This is a key Geography curriculum target in year 1 so we will return to this subject matter when exploring the riches of Australia.

 

We are continuing to investigate parts of a plant in Science this week. This week we were investigating the stem of a plant and what its role is. We experimented what stems do with a piece of celery and red coloured water. The pupils enjoyed predicting what would happen and seeing the leaves gradually change colour.  

 

Have a lovely break and see you all again on Monday 7th June.

 

The Year One Team

 

 

Week ending Friday 21st May 2021

 

We have come to the end of the penultimate week of term 5. We're sure we don't have to remind you that we have one more week and then it's our final half term break of this academic year.

 

Our African topic is drawing to a close but we still have lots ahead of us. Please remember to bring in your African animal mask next week as we will be enjoying our African Celebration day on Thursday 27th May.

 

This week in English we have continued with Rachel Isadora's African Hansel and Gretel where we have been sequencing and drawing a story map then looking at the witch's Gingerbread house. We've been investigating what nouns and adjectives we could find in the house and then creating our own 'food' house which we then described using as many nouns and adjectives as we could find. Next week we will be investigating the difference between fiction and non-fiction books, looking in particular at some non-fiction books around our African topic.

 

In Maths this week we are continuing with division. The week began with cutting different objects into half. We talked about how when we cut an object in half it is cut into two equal pieces. We then went on to cut objects into quarters, again talking about how if we cut an object into quarters we are cutting it into four equal parts. Next week we are looking at splitting different amount of objects into quarters. 

 

In Geography we have been 'on Safari' where the children discovered that the literal meaning of the word Safari is 'to travel' or a 'journey'. We looked at the beautiful country of Namibia and the animals that we could see. The children then wrote postcards describing what they saw.

 

We are continuing to investigate parts of a plant in Science again this week. This week we were investigating the leaves of a plant and what they do. The pupils enjoyed going on a leaf nature hunt in the woodland area to find different leaves and describe them. Next week we are investigating the stem of a plant. As you can see from the pictures our cress seeds are growing nicely and most of them sprouting already.  

 

PS, Forest School 1H next Tuesday (25th May) next week. 

 

Have a lovely weekend

The Year One Team

Week ending Friday 14th May 2021

 

It has been an emotional week in Year One but we have all pulled together and we would like to thank the whole Year One family for being so open and supportive to each other. Co-incidentally this week has been Mindfulness Awareness week so we have had plenty of opportunities to take stock, reflect and discuss anything that the children felt they wanted to talk about. We included some activities throughout the week that have supported this ethos and they have embraced this fully.

 

In particular in Art/Mindfulness we made some Traditional Maasai necklaces as part of our Africa topic.  This project involved a lot of quiet threading to create the bead affect of the necklace, the children were amazingly adept at this task and were very quiet and focused in their endeavours.

 

We continued in computing to explore the 'paint' programme on Wednesday as we created our African Savannah landscapes, photos of which you will see below.

 

Continuing the African topic in English we introduced another Traditional Tale adaption by Rachel Isadora. This time we explored Hansel and Gretel and discussed and described the characters.  Next week we will be designing our own Sweet and Gingerbread House using nouns and adjectives to describe it.

 

In Maths this week we are continuing with division. The week began with making arrays of different amount of objects. We then ended the week grouping and sharing different amounts. Next week we are beginning to learn about fractions.

 

We continued to investigate in Science parts of a plant. This week we were investigating the flower part of a plant. The children enjoyed talking about different flowers the knew and describing what they looked like. The pupils then planted cress seeds, discussing what they need to help them grow. We are excited to see the results next week. 

 

Ps Forest School 1M next week.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

The year one team

 

Week ending Friday 7th May 2021

 

It has been another busy week in Year 1. It was 1M's turn to enjoy the return of forest school this week, the pupils really enjoyed their time back in the woods. It will be 1H's turn again next Tuesday so please remember to come fully equipped for all weathers.  Number day was a triumph! What a selection of accessories we had for number day today. Well done for all effort the pupils and you have put in-they all looked fantastic and the children loved showing them to each other. 

 

Maths has taken over this week! Our week started with an introduction to division, learning about sharing an amount of objects into equal groups, adding equal groups together (repeated addition) and the end of the week we had number day! 

 

We looked again at African Rapunzel by Rachel Isadora in English and discussed what was the same and what was different about the African and European version. The children then practised using the joining words and & but to connect two clauses. Next week we will be looking at another Traditional Tale with an African slant by Rachel Isadora.

 

Art again explored the vibrant colours of Africa, the children created some amazing African animal sunset silhouettes and we will be putting some photos of these up in next week's newsletter.

 

In Religious Education we are continuing to learn about Judaism. This week was all about helping people who have less than we do. The children were introduced to the tzedakah and made their own boxes. 

 

Best wishes for the weekend.

The Year One Team

Week ending Friday 30th April 2021

 

Well despite the weather being rather chilly we've still been out and about. 1H have been lucky enough to resume Forest School and fun was had by all. It will be 1M's turn next Tuesday so please remember to come fully equipped for all weathers as they are forecasting rain over the weekend. 

 

This week as been another busy learning experience. We have continued with our Africa theme across many of our subjects. Our new class read for this week and next week is Rapunzel (or African Rapunzel as many of the children like to refer to) by Rachel Isadora. They have really enjoyed looking at an alternate version of a familiar story. Next week we will be exploring the similarities and differences to the traditional tale we know and love.

 

In Maths we have been learning about position and direction. At the start of the week we learnt about turning half and whole turns. By the end of the week we were learning about turning a quarter and three quarter turns. Next week we are beginning to learn about division. 

 

In art we have been learning about the tradition of African mask and then went and designed and created our own versions. You will see some of these creations in the photos below.  We have also been creative using more modern technology in our computing lesson. Using the paint programme the children have been learning how to create their own African animal. As part of computing we have been discovering how to turn on and access a laptop and navigate the mouse. They have thoroughly enjoyed this experience and we will be continuing computing for the next few weeks. 

 

In Science we continued to learn about the parts of a plant. This week was all about the roots of a plant and what their job is, to suck up water and nutrients from the soil. The pupils carefully found the roots of the plant and then we planted them in the outdoor area. We are excited to learn more about other parts of a plant next week. 

 

In Geography we have been looking at life in Africa compared to the UK discussing the similarities and differences. We saw a story of a day in the life of a girl in Ethiopia and the chores she had to do before and after going to school. Some of the children were surprised at how much she did at home but we were pleased to find out how many children helped at home here - well done Year 1! We also discussed how the equator goes around the world right across Africa with our inflatable globe. They were remarkably clever at identifying the continent and its surrounding oceans.

 

We hope you have a lovely, longer, weekend. Don't forget it's the bank holiday on Monday so we will see you on Tuesday.

 

Best wishes

The Year One Team

Week ending Friday 23rd April 2021

 

Happy St George's Day!  Well the children have returned to school happy and enthusiastic and have got back into the swing of things with ease. We have been lucky to be one of the first year groups to start to use the field for break times and they have loved exploring the larger area and stretching their legs. We will continue to use the field as long as the weather allows.

 

 

In class we have introduced the new topic of Africa and as a hook to this subject in our English lessons we looked at the book Handa's Surprise. This is an excellent book to help the children sequence a story and we used this to draw our story map, write some interesting sentences with time conjunctions and adjectives. They also wrote a book review which is a good opportunity to encourage them to give their own opinion on a book.  Next week we will be looking at another African themed book and comparing it to a similar European book.

 

Maths this week we have been recapping counting in 2's, 5's and 10's. The children have produced some fantastic work and have come on a long way since joining us in September. Next week we will be learning about position and direction: whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns.  

 

in our Geography lessons we explored where Africa is in the world using a globe and google earth and discussed the differences between a continent and a country. We also explored the oceans surrounding Africa and labelled a map with some of these oceans and countries. We also had fun in Design & Technology imagining that we were an explorer like Amelia Earhart flying across to Africa, as you know we then discussed how to make our own paper plane and tested them out in the playground. In Music we were introduced to the music of Africa. We listened to some African instruments and even had a go at playing native African instruments. In Religious Education we began our topic about Judaism we asked lots of questions and we are excited to learn more about Judaism in the next few week.

 

As you may be aware we will be starting Forest School very soon so could we please remind any of you who have not already done so to bring in their wellie boots to stay in school.

 

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine.

The Year One Team

Week ending 1st April 2021

 

Thank you so much for bringing in your Easter Gardens this week. They were so fantastic and the pupils loved talking about how they made them and what features of an Easter Garden they made sure they had. 

 

Week Ending 26th March 2021

 

What a busy week we've had. Looking at our pictures we have been making fossils, rockets measuring with balance scales and been creative with onomatopoeia.

 

Maths has all been about exploring weight and mass, we've tackled problem solving as we've we've explored the mathematical fact that something doesn't necessarily weigh more if it's bigger.

 

In English this week we have been exploring the book 'Race to the Moon and Back.' This week we used the book to write a list about how we would make our own rockets for this weeks art lesson. The week ended with a role play lesson where we acted out words that resemble their meaning, also called onomatopoeia words. The pupils then created an onomatopoeia word book. 

 

In Science we are continuing to look at the seasons, this weeks lesson we investigated the position of the sun in different seasons and in what season is the sun hottest. 

 

In History and art we have been looking at the remarkable woman who was Mary Anning. She was an early fossil hunter and researcher with a lot of her work forming early research at the National History Museum.  The children were thoroughly absorbed with what a fossil is and how they are formed, some of them certainly taught us a thing or two. In art we made our own fossils out of clay and the children will be bringing these home next week.  

 

Linking in with our class read we made some fantastic rockets out of toilet rolls kindly donated by Ella Smith in 1M, we hope you can agree that they look amazing.

 

 

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday.

The Year One Team

 

 

Week ending 19th March 2021

We have had a lovely week getting back into the swing of thing, the children have been working really hard.  Thank you to those of you who have brought in your wellies, as you can see we have our brand new wellie-rack which we have started to use and we hope to be out as much as possible to enhance their learning.

 

In English this week we have been continuing to look at the book 'The man on the Moon, a day in the life of Bob.' The week started with a recap of diary writing and then using our knowledge we wrote a diary entry for Bob's day. Later on we asked Bob questions about the moon, what is the moon like? What is it like to be an astronaut? We ended the week by writing a list of things we would take with us if we were going to the moon, the pupils had lots of fun writing their lists. As a class we came up with, food, water, tent, sleeping bag, camera and a TV. 

 

In Maths we have been recapping our number bonds to 10 and 20.  The children have produced some fantastic work and have come a long way since they first joined us in September. Next week we will be looking at weight and mass whilst using scales.

 

In Science this week we went on a scavenger hunt to find the first signs of spring. The pupils had lots of fun using their detective eyes to spot the signs of spring, these included: tree buds, bees, daffodils and blossoms.

 

In Religious Education we are continuing with our topic of Salvation. This week we went ous Educationout into the woodland area to find things to help us start making an Easter Garden. We came back together to see if we had all the pieces to make an Easter Garden. Making sure we had sticks for the cross, a stone for the door of the tomb and grass. 

 

Our History topic this term is looking at significant individuals and the children learnt about Henry VIII and his six wives and Elizabeth I. They were fascinated that he cut off some of his wives heads! Many of them explained that they enjoyed watching Horrible Histories which we linked to this lesson so we would thoroughly recommend you watching these series of programmes as they are an excellent introduction to History.

 

We linked our art to The Man on the Moon with the children using the media of chalk to create some amazing moon scenes.

 

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday.

The Year One Team

 

 

Week ending Friday 12th March 2021

 

Welcome back to all our families, it has been so lovely seeing you all at drop off and pick up time and despite the odd tear when the reality of being back has hit us for the majority of the time it has been laughter and smiles.  

 

We have eased the children in gently for the first few days along with the fun of World Book day when we explored the book The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse. From next week we will be resuming our usual timetable of subjects.  This week and over the next coming few weeks we will be assessing the children and planning where we need to go to support their learning but at the same time stretch them to be the best we know they can be.

 

With this in mind we will not be giving you any homework this week (we feel you parents could do with a little break) but it will resume again next week with the normal phonics, spelling and one other subject. We will also have a larger Easter project which hopefully you will have received an email about.

 

Please look at the photos below showing you what we have been up to this week. 

 

Have a lovely weekend

The Year One Team

1M and 1H Photos 

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