Welcome to Year One
The adults in your child's classroom are:
Mr Smith, Miss Cox and Miss Bastin
We hope you all had a lovely week off and enjoyed celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We are now into our final term and we will be getting your children ready for transitions to Year Two.
Here is our curriculum map for term six, please have a look at what your child will be learning about this term:
Please do not forget we have an exciting school trip this month!
We have had an amazing first week back, the children have been focused and have been trying so hard with everything they do!
This week in English we started our new book 'Iggy Peck, Architect'. The children have enjoyed listening to this story and predicting what is going to happen. We also had a very exciting letter delivered to our class from Iggy asking if we could help him learn about London. The children have created their own letters back to Iggy, and are excited to help him find out lots of things about London. They have then been researching about London and remembering facts we already know, and have created a fact file to send back to Iggy.
This week in Maths we have been looking at money. The children have been looking at the different types of coins we use and looking at their amount. They have been matching the coins amount to the correct picture of the coins. They have also been answering some problem solving questions.
In P.E this week the children have been practicing their throwing and catching skills. They have been looking at the different throws and passes we can use when throwing a ball to each other. They are becoming amazing at catching a ball as well.
In Maths this week we are continuing to look at money. The children are becoming amazing at recognising the different coins and notes. We have been comparing the value of coins and notes.
In English we have been looking at preposition phrases and possession apostrophes. The children have used a variety of prepositions when writing their sentences.
In P.E we are getting prepared for sports day, we are learning all the skills we will need to help us on the day. We have been building our stamina to help us try and win some races for our teams.
In Jigsaw we have started to look at life cycles of humans, frogs and caterpillars, looking at the changes we go through.
In R.E this week the children have been learning about Hanukkah, which is the Jewish festival of light.
Next Thursday we are having a cake sale to help raise funds for our school trip, all cakes will be 50p.
We have raised an amazing £40 towards our school trip. We would like to say a big thank you for everyone who donated and brought cakes.
We have been getting prepared for our very exciting trip, and thinking about what animals we might see and where they would live in the wild. We have been thinking about the habitats they live in and things they may eat.
We have also been busy practicing all the skills needed for sports day!
We have also been looking at structures in design and technology. We have had a walk around the school and we spoke about all the structures we found. We then had a go at creating our own structure with the lego, and then we went on to make our own freestanding hinge joint.
The children have been very excited as they got to experience their first school trip! They were all so excited on the coach and were amazed when we drove over the River Avon. We then arrived at the Wild Place where we had an amazing workshop run by a lovely man called Jacob. He taught us all about what animals we would find on an African Safari and the habitats they live in. He told us some amazing facts and we got to feel lots of different animal furs and skins which had been confiscated from people trying to bring them back to the U.K. We then had lots of time to explore the park and see all the different animals, the children were amazed to see all 4 bears out roaming around their enclosure (Miss Cox was especially amazed as she's only ever seen 3 bears out at once). We all enjoyed our yummy packed lunches and then had some more time to explore before our coach trip home. Lots of our lovely children took the opportunity to have a little nap on the way home.
Welcome back Year One! Here is our curriculum map which lets you know what your child will be learning this term:
This week in English we have started our new book 'The Magic Bed' by John Burningham. The children have been making predictions on what they think will happen. We have also been focusing on noun phrases. The children have created amazing noun phrase about what they can see in the pictures of the story.
In Maths this week we have been counting in 2's, 5's and 10's. We have been using items around the room to help us with our counting.
In Science we are learning all about plants. We have recapped the parts of a plant we already know, and have also been busy planting our own sunflowers. We are going to watch and record our sunflowers grow, we will be checking them weekly.
In History we are focusing on significant people, this week we spoke about who is significant to us and why. We also talked about people who help us and some important jobs they do.
This week some of our children had the opportunity to read to Fred the therapy dog. Here are some photos of the children spending time with Fred.
In English this week we have been recapping nouns and focusing on what a proper noun is. We have also been setting a scene of where we would like our magic bed to take us.
In Maths we have been looking at arrays and doubles. The children have been using cubes and counters to help them recognise and understand what is a double. They have also been using counters to find what makes a double for example what number doubled makes 12.
In R.E this term we are focusing on Judaism and we have been looking at what special days they have and celebrate. We have also been thinking about what day is special to us and why.
This week we have been focusing on fractions. The children have been discovering how to make a half. They have been using and cutting paper to make a half. We have then been busy finding halves of different numbers. We have also learnt about quarters. The children are amazing at finding halves and quarters of a shape. They are fantastic at using mathematical language to explain that each section needs to be equal.
In English this week the children have been creating their own version of 'The Magic Bed'. Here's some of their amazing stories. We have also been focusing on making our handwriting smaller, as we have new books with smaller lines.
In Jigsaw we are focusing on what makes a good friend. We are learning all about friendship and how we like to be treated and how we should treat others. We then demonstrated what we can do to be a good friend, some of our ideas were shake hands, waving, hug, talk and play games.
We have also been looking at what different features Jewish people have at the Shabbat table. Here is what we found:
This week we have been focusing on positioning in Maths, the children have been using their mathematical language to say where things are positioned. We have been outside practicing our quarter and half terms, and have worked in partners to do this. We have also been referring to objects around the classroom on whether they are to the left, right, under, above or next to another object.
In English this week we have been focusing on our new book 'The Naughty Bus' the children have created some amazing sentences about what and where the naughty bus will go next. We have also been looking at past and present tense and writing in the first person.
At the beginning of the term we planted some Sunflower seeds and we have been watching them grow daily. The children have been amazed with how fast their plants are growing.
In Art we have been looking at Farshid Mesghali's work. We have then used the plasticine to create an animal and marks. We have then carefully painted these and printed them in our sketch books.
We have had a lovely last week learning all about our Queen and why we are celebrating the Platinum Jubilee.
Here are some photos of us learning our Jubilee dance for our Jubilee celebration.
Welcome back Year One! Here is our curriculum map which lets you know what your child will be learning this term:
In English this week we have been focusing on our new story 'Billy and the Beast'. The children have been learning about conjunctions (words that link two sentences together) and then they have been creating sentences using these.
In Maths we are starting to look at numbers to 50, the children are becoming confident in recognising and remembering them. We have been using our 100 number squares to help us. We have also been practicing counting in our 2's and our 10's.
In P.E this week we have been learning how to skip, we have been practicing balancing on one leg, hoping, jumping and then we have been trying our hardest to skip. We also had lots of fun dancing and coping dance moves. We played lots of fun games which got our bodies moving and warmed up.
In Jigsaw we have been looking at how we keep ourselves healthy. The children came up with some fantastic ideas. Here are some of their ideas:
- Eat fruit and vegetables
- Exercise in P.E and mile a day
- Get lots of sleep
- Clean our hands
- Wash ourselves
World Book Day!
Look how fantastic we all look, we had a huge variety of characters from Alice in wonderland to the big bad mouse.
This week in English we have carried on working on the story 'Billy and the Beast'. We have written an alternative story using our story map and changed some of the characters. We have also drawn our story maps with the new characters.
In Maths we have continued to work on numbers to 50. We have compared objects and numbers to 50 and put numbers in order.
In Computing we worked with a partner to collect images of fish. We used the ipads to search on google for the different images. Some of us found jellyfish, swordfish, catfish, goldfish and we even found a shark.
This week in English we have started to look at a new book called Anansi the Spider. We made predictions about what might happen to Anansi and the other characters in the story. We also used a story map to help us remember the parts of the story.
In Maths we have been learning to compare the length and height of different objects around the classroom. We can tell you which is the longest, shortest and tallest object.
For our History work this week we created a timeline to show how Weston’s train station has changed over time. We started in 1844 when the first trains travelled to Weston-Super-Mare right up to when the train station was updated and a ticket office was constructed in 1986.
This week we have been finding facts about spiders, we have worked as a group to think of lots of questions we could research. Using the IPads we were then able to find the answer to the questions. The children are becoming independent in researching using google. They are then using this information to make a non chronological report.
In Math's this week we have been looking at mass. The children have had fun using the scales to find what is the heaviest and lightest object. We have also been looking at how many cubes we need to balance our scales.
In Design and Technology we have been designing our fruit kebabs. We have also been practicing safely using peelers and knives.
In History we have been looking at how new attractions benefit Weston. They have also been discussing how transport benefits Weston and how it has improved over time.
In English this week we have started to look at the story BEEGU. We worked on asking questions about a picture in the story and made our own predictions about what might happen next. We have also designed our own aliens and then wrote a description about them.
This week in Maths we have been working on capacity and have been able to do lots of practical learning. We have learnt all about how much liquid, an object holds and if they are full, empty or almost full. We looked at how many cups of water would fill an object and ordered containers by comparing their capacity.
In DT we made fruit kebabs using our own designs. The fruit we used were apples, bananas, grapes, cucumber and peppers. We had to be really careful when cutting up our fruit. We then put the fruit on to skewers.
This week we have been looking at how to use a dictionary. We have created a list of words and then used our dictionaries to help us find out what those words mean. The children have had to practice their alphabet to know the order in which a dictionary is used. We have also had to use our phonics knowledge to help us sound out and read the meaning.
In Maths we have been working on problem solving questions. The children have had a go at practice test questions, and we have been focusing on how to answer and solve them.
We have been focusing on these moves in our dance sessions in P.E, jumping jacks, two footed jumps, hopping and skipping. The children have enjoyed playing games this week with Sam in P.E incorporating the dance moves they have learnt this term.
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.
This week we have been creating a story map of our new book 'The Night Pirates'. The children have had to create their own actions to help them remember and recall the story. They have been amazing at retelling the story in class. Why not see if they can retell you the story at home using the actions to help.
We have also been looking at greater than and less than in Maths, the children have had numbers to 30 and have had to work together to see who has the greater number. We are becoming amazing mathematicians and becoming great at using all of our mathematical language.
We have been enjoying our new areas in our continuous provision areas, the children are really enjoying pretending to be travel agents and helping their friend find the holiday they want.
In Forest School the children made travel sticks, they had to collect items from areas they had been too and attach them to their sticks. You can see some of our fantastic travel sticks displayed outside of our Year One classroom.
This week we have been busy celebrating and learning all about Chinese New Year. One of our lovely parents Mrs Hunt came in to teach our children all about Chinese New Year. They loved learning and looking at all the different things she brought in to show us. Mrs Sutton and Mrs Simpson were also super busy cooking us up a treat in the kitchen. The children all got to try some Chinese noodles and prawn crackers, followed by a fortune cookie. The children learnt all about the year of the tiger, and then made tiger masks back in class.
In forest school this week the children made pictures using the natural resources they found. We have displayed their amazing art work outside of our classroom. They also went on a bug hunt to see what creepy crawlies they could find.
In English we have been busy working on creating our own stories and using our amazing imagination. The children have had a picture as a starting point and then they have had to use their imagination to decide what is going to happen in their story based around the picture. We are becoming fantastic story writers.
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all our families for reading 3 times at home with your children! It is making a huge difference with their phonics and fluency when reading!
This week in forest school they made a picture frame using different resources and then created a picture to go inside their frame. They also then used the stones and wood to write their names.
We have also been exploring our new area's in our continuous provision linked to different topics we are learning about in our lessons. We are practicing our letter and number formation in our paint pouch mark making area. We have also been using the animals in the small world area, using different textures to explore.
We have been looking at our new book 'Astro Girl' and have been asking questions about part of the story using the 5 W's (Who, What, Why, Where, When and How). We are also looking at using our adjectives to describe a noun, the children have then used these to make a character profile.
On Tuesday it was our internet safety day, we spoke about how to keep safe online and we looked at how to make secure passwords.
This week was our last week of forest school which means we enjoyed a lovely treat of hot chocolate and marshmallows. The children also made amazing bookmarks.
We have had a very exciting week as we had a special celebration assembly and a day of fun P.E sessions on Wednesday to celebrate just how AMAZING all the children in our school are! This was to celebrate their continuous amazing behaviour and the results of our OFSTED inspection. We also were treated to some rather yummy cakes.
In Art this week we have been using different resources to create birds.
We have also been learning all about subtracting numbers in our Math lessons this week. The children have been using part part whole models and our bar models to help us make our subtraction number sentences.
We are also looking forward to our Valentines Day disco this afternoon!
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!