Welcome to Year One
The adults in your child's classroom are:
Mr Smith, Miss Cox, Miss Bastin
Please take a look at our curriculum map and what your child will be learning this term:
We would first like to wish all of our families a Happy New Year, and we hope you all had a lovely break and a well deserved rest!
This week we have been very busy, and have started our new book "Cave Baby", the children have enjoyed listening to the story and talking about the characters. We have been focusing on learning to write noun phrases, and expanding nouns. The children have been using their describing words to describe the noun they are talking about.
In Math's week we have been looking at 3D shapes, the children have been learning the names of the shapes, and have been matching the correct name with the corresponding shape and have been sorting the shapes into groups.
The children have really enjoyed our continuous provision area, where they have been dressing like cave people and pretending to make fires in their cave. They have also been creating their own cave wall art work, and retelling the story using the small world area.
This week in Year one we had our first session of Forest School with Mrs Parker. We worked as a team to get across the playground using hoops to move. There were stars hanging from the trees with writing and pictures on, we then had to go and find what it said and put it in our bags.
In Maths we have looked at 2D shapes. We started of by naming them circle, square, rectangle and triangle then we sorted them. We have also looked at the similarities between 2D and 3D shapes.
In Geography we have been using a compass and a map to help us with directions. We also learnt about the symbols on the compass.
In our Jigsaw learning we have been looking at setting goals and working out steps to follow to achieve them. We then used this process to make a jam sandwich.
This week we have started to look at our new story 'The night pirates' by Peter Harris. We have been learning to mind map our ideas to help us write what a pirate needs to survive. This week we have been focusing on prepositions these are words we use to describe location, time, place and direction, for example 'The ball is under the table.'
In Maths this week we have been focusing on recognising tens and ones within a number. The children have also been looking at numbers 11-20 and matching the correct number with the correct way to write the numbers name.
We have had the best time at Forest School this week. The children have loved learning all about the environment and have had lots of fun using natural resources to make things. This week they were given the task to find as many natural resources as they can, and then they were given clay and were able to make a creature using the resources they found. We had some amazing hedgehogs, spiders, birds and many more.
We have also started to look at our new areas in our continuous provision.
Please take a look at our curriculum map to see what your child will be learning this term:
This has been our final week learning all about the Gruffalo. We have been learning to sequence the story of the Gruffalo, the children have had to order pictures of the Gruffalo story in the correct order. They have also then used their skills to retell the story of the Gruffalo using the pictures they sequenced.
We have been looking at part-whole model. The children have been using cubes to create their part-whole model.
We have also been learning about Diwali, the children have been using characters to retell the story of Diwali.
In Jigsaw this week we have been looking at similarities, we have been focusing on things that are the same as our friends. The children have then wrote the similarities on a ginger bread man as its t-shirt, and over the the term will add more clothes to the gingerbread man.
At the end of last term we also made Gruffalo fruit kebab tusks, the children absolutely loved making these. They had to be extremely careful when cutting up their fruit.
This week we have started to look at our new book 'Stanley Stick by John Hegley'. The children have really enjoyed listening to the story and I'm sure if you ask them about it they will tell you all the amazing things Stanley's stick becomes. The children have been learning to predict what will happen next and have been creating their own ending.
In Maths the children have been continuing their amazing work with the part, part whole model. Here are some pictures of them at work.
In Jigsaw we have been looking at differences between us, such as hair colour, eye colour, height and so on.
We have been creating firework pictures using different utensils to create different patterns and effects. The children have also enjoyed exploring our new camp site role play area, they have had to create their own 'pretend' fire, where they have collected wood, they have also enjoyed using the torches to create shadows in the tent. They have also been using their stick 'fishing rods' to collect the magnetic letters to make a word.
In Design and Technology this week the children have been creating flowers that are able to move up and down. The children really enjoyed making these and had to be super careful when cutting out their flowers.
The children have also been creating poppies for our Remembrance Day display. They have used a different range of materials to collage their poppy to create a layered affect. We also have had a lovely Remembrance service, and the children have been learning about why we have Remembrance Day.
We have had some very exciting visitors this week as Avon and Somerset Fire Brigade came to talk to our class about fire safety. The children got to look at all the equipment they keep on board their fire engine, and even got to use the hose pipe! The children had so much fun, as well as learning. They had the opportunity to ask lots of questions.
We have started to look at what a noun is in our English lessons. The children have then started to use their adjectives to describe a noun. We have also been looking at the importance of punctuation and have focused on full stops and capital letters.
In Maths we have been looking at using our part part whole model to learn our number bonds to 5 and 10.
This week has been anti bullying week, we have been learning all about what makes a good friend and what to do if we feel we are being bullied. The children have made some fantastic posters and some of them will be displayed around the school, so make sure you keep an eye out for them.
We also had a very special visitor come and visit us on Friday, for Children In Need:
We have been focusing on the story "The Magic Porridge Pot" the children have been creating story maps to aid them in retell the story. The children have then acted out the story.
The children have also been comparing old and new toys in History, they have had to share their ideas on the similarities and differences. Here are some of their amazing ideas:
In Maths we have been focusing on number sentences. The children have been focusing on addition number sentences.
We have been very busy making number sentences using the knowledge we already know. The children have used the part part whole model to support them with their learning.
We have also started our new book "Lost and Found", the children have really enjoyed listening to the story and have been describing the characters in the story.
We have also been very busy practicing our amazing Christmas production!
This week we have been very busy rehearsing our Christmas Performance, and the children have been amazing! They have only had ONE WEEK to practice and they have been incredible at remembering their speaking parts, dances and songs! We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday afternoon.
We have been very busy making lots of festive crafts this week, we have made cards and Christmas hats for our Christmas dinner.
We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you all in January!
We have started to look at the book Hairy Maclary, and are becoming familiar with the characters within the story. We have started to look at describing words, to describe the different types of dogs. We have also be learning to share our ideas of what we already know about dogs.
Here are some of their amazing ideas:
- We know dogs have fur.
- We know dogs need to go for walks.
- Dogs like to chase cats and other animals.
- Dogs like to wag their tails.
In Maths they have been sorting and counting objects and practicing writing our numbers. The children have been concentrating very hard to make sure their numbers are formed correctly.
The children have been playing with our role play area (Vets), and have loved using the x-ray table (light table) to look at different x-rays of animals. They have also had lots of fun bandaging the animals and making them feel better. We have also been using our fine motor skills to make dog masks, we decorated them and then cut them out.
The children also went searching for different types of leaves and then we sat quietly and drew the leaves we found.
We have been learning to predict what is going to happen next in our story Hairy Maclary. We have also been talking about how the character 'Hairy Maclary' is feeling. Here are some of our great examples:
- "Hairy Maclary is scared of Scarface Claw".
- "Hairy Maclary is feeling sleepy".
- "Hairy Maclary is feeling scared, because Scarface Claw is chasing him".
In Maths this week we have been playing a game 'roll it, count it, write it'. The children have had to roll a dice and then count how many they have and then write the correct number. They have really enjoyed this activity and were amazing at writing the correct number that represents how many they have. They have also been counting objects up to 10.
In P.E we have been doing Dance with Jen, and we are putting together our own routines with moves she has taught us.
In Geography we have been looking at direction and position. We have been using our positioning words and have been using them when finding objects. We went out on the playground and we were looking at what was behind us, what was next to us and so on.
We have been using the playdough to make shapes and seeing what shapes we are able to recognise. The children have been using their fine motor skills to manipulate the playdough to the correct shape they want. They have also been using the labels to label parts of an animal, they have been practicing their writing skills whilst doing this. We have also had lots of fun making dog pictures using different materials to create a fur effect.
We had a very exciting visitor this week Aaron Phipps who is an Paralympic Gold Medalist. He told the children all about how he lost his leg, and how he was able to win a Gold Medal. He was a true inspiration for our children and he showed them that if you try hard and are determined, you can achieve anything!
This week we have been learning to research and ask questions all about cats. The children wrote down their questions in their English books and then they used the computer with Mr Smith to find the answer to their questions. They then used all this useful information to make a fact file all about cats. The children are also learning a role play to help them retell the story of 'Hairy Maclary'.
In Maths the children have been focusing on representing numbers to 10, they have had to find the correct amount of an object to represent the number they have been given. They have also been practicing hard to form our numbers correctly. They have also been busy learning how to count forward, they have been using a number square to help them.
In computing this week the children have been looking at algorithm, where they have to give a set of instructions, The children were going on a treasure hunt, they had to take it in turn to give their partner a set of instructions, so they were able to find the treasure.
In Geography we have been looking at what an aerial view can show us. The children went outside and pretended to take photos from a birds eye view.
This week in English we have been looking at our new topic about Space. We have been looking at our new book 'The way back home by Oliver Jeffers'. We have been focusing on describing a characters feelings and using our senses to help us describe. This will help us make our writing even more exciting.
In Maths this week, we have been looking at comparing objects, and using our mathematical language, smaller, bigger and equal to compare the objects. The children had to work in partners and decide and learning what these mathematical symbols mean (<,>,=).
In Geography we have been looking at how maps are different to photograph. The children have been looking at looking at maps and why we use maps.
In computing we have been using the Bee-Bots. The children have had to give the Bee-Bot commands by pressing the buttons to be able to reach where they wanted it to go.
Year One have also been busy exploring our new areas linked to our new topic. The children have enjoyed our sensory space station and dressing up as astronauts. They have also been strengthening their fine motor skills by using our tweezers to pick out the counters, this will help with strengthening their muscles in their hands to support their handwriting. They have also been using number fans to help form their numbers and also creating their own alien and space pictures.
In English this week we have been learning to join sentences using 'and', we have also been learning to sequence a story. We have created a story map and used actions to help us retell our story 'The way back home'.
In Maths this week we have been learning to add one more and one less. The children have been amazing at using the counters to show one more and one less.
This week we have been very busy and in our Jigsaw lesson we have been talking about what will happen if we make bad choices, The children thought about what would happen whether it be at home, school or playing sports.
Here are some of there amazing ideas:
- Yellow card
- Thinking time
- Time out
- Yellow card after a red card
The children have had a lot of fun using all our different space resources. They have had fun creating their own rocket, making their own aliens, using the tweezers to match the magnetic numbers to the correct number on the aliens. They have also been using rubber bands to cover tins (this is a great activity to strengthen the muscles in their hands to support their writing), and in our writing areas the children have been practicing their letter formation and high frequency words using different tools to write them in glitter.
This week we have been busy looking at our new book 'The Gruffalo'. We have been learning all about what happens in the story and have been using our skills to retell the story. We have also been using our skills to ask questions about a story and have started to look at instructions.
In Maths this week the children have been learning to order objects, they have been fantastic at this.
In Music the children have enjoyed using the glockenspiel, they liked listen to the sound they made and keeping a to the beat.
In Science this week the children have been finding objects from around the room and sorting them into the correct property.
The children have also enjoyed exploring our new continuous provision areas, and have enjoyed making lots of yummy treats in our Gruffalo Cafe. They have been exploring lots of sensory autumnal items, such as conkers, crunchy leaves, pine cones and pumpkins. They have also been creating their own Gruffalos using their handprints.
In English this week, the children have been using bossy instructions to create Gruffalo tusk kebabs. They have been using their bossy words such as chop, slice, cut within their instructions. They have had lots of fun writing these and acting out the actions when reading their instructions to each other. They have also used describing words to describe what the Gruffalo looks like.
In Maths this week we have been ordering numbers. The children have had to arrange themselves in the correct order.
In Geography this week the children have been using maps, and planning out their route.
This week our children have been very busy exploring our new areas in our continuous provision. They have had fun in the Gruffalo Cafe, mark making in the paint, recreating and making their own stories in the small world area, finding one more and one less using our numicon and number words, writing our high frequency words on leaves, hammering golf tees in pumpkins, making snails using playdough and conkers, sorting our rhyming words and of course lots of reading. As you can see we have been extremely busy learning and having lots of fun, what an amazing first term we have had!