Year 1 2017 - 2018
We are very lucky to have a team of experienced staff who give the children a range is of exciting hands on learning experiences.
We aim to create a friendly, nurturing environment in which the children feel safe, secure and comfortable in expressing themselves. By encouraging and valuing the children's interests, we support them in exploring their own learning paths as they move through the year. We want to build on the children's natural curiosity and promote a lifelong love of learning.
Year 1 is a significant year at school as children move from the Early Learning Goals of Nursery and Reception to the National Curriculum. We are committed to making this transition as easy as possible.
In Maths, we continue to develop the children’s understanding of numbers, especially place value, and early calculation. This is achieved with an emphasis on learning through experience and use of games, problem-solving challenges and lots of hands on activities and equipment.
In Literacy we provide lots of opportunities for speaking and listening and role-play to support the children’s writing. The writing activities always relate to our topic and over the year, the children will explore writing in lots of different genres; labels and lists, instructions, poetry, recounts and narrative story writing.
Please feel free to email any photos of learning at home or news that you would like to share to firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year everyone!
This term our topics are traditional tales and animals. Our teaching will have a cross- curricular approach; to tie into the topic were possible.
We have an exciting term planned and the children are enthusiastic and motivated about their new learning.
A table of the areas of learning for the Spring Term can be found in the download section of the class page. We hope you will find this useful. This gives you a brief overview of what we are covering this term for all areas of the curriculum.
Homework begins this term! The focus of the weekly homework task will be linked to either English, Maths or Topic work. The aim is to support children’s learning through having the opportunity to share activities with you and to continue to develop an effective home and school partnership.
Homework tasks will be given to pupils in a homework book on a Friday. The book will be due back at school the following Tuesday.
Some tasks will be open ended to enable parents and children to decide when the task is completed. At this early stage in children’s education our priority is fostering a love of learning. Thank you for your support.
9.1.18 Year 1 were introduced to their year 5 'buddy'.
Today the children have met their Year 5 'buddies.' The children were introduced and then spent time together sharing a story and talking. The year 5 children made a postcard to introduce themselves, which they have taken home today. Everyone was very excited! It was wonderful to see them talking and sharing stories together.
Several buddies will come down each day to play with the children at morning break time. The children will all have their buddies on different days starting tomorrow!
This week we are reading the story of Cinderella. On Tuesday the children acted out parts of the story in groups, each taking a different role. The photographs were added to a Spark Video and the children narrated their parts. Check out the video below.
This week we had a visit from Key Strings. The children heard live music played on string instruments, including a banjo. The learnt that the larger the instrument the lower the sound. Please see the photos in the gallery.
This week we have been reading the story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. The children have written some amazing versions of the story. As one of their 'free choice activities' they have designed a bridge for the goats to cross a river. I have put some photos in the gallery of their brilliant designs.
Today we have had a visit from Dee Valley Water. We have learnt about the way water is cleaned from the river to the tap. How water is transported to our homes and what a water pipe looks like. We have then been told how much water we need to drink to stay hydrated. We have also been given lots of water saving tips. The children listened brilliantly and asked lots of relevant questions.
We have been learning about 3D shapes and their properties. In English we have been writing riddles about our favourite fairytale characters. We have had lots of fun thinking of clues and discussing which order they should go in. We have put the easiest clues last. We are going to share them with Reception tomorrow and see if they guess correctly. The class really enjoyed sharing their riddles. Reception were fantastic listeners and guessed some of them,not all. Please see the pictures in the gallery.
We have had great fun in PE today with Mr Ashton learning the alien game. We had to stop, look and think so as not to be captured by aliens!!! We loved it!
A busy morning thinking about which piece of playground equipment we are going to make. Great discussions took place as to what they were going to make and why. Check the galley for some of their super ideas. The planning process is now complete. We start making our models tomorrow!! They have decided which materials will be the most appropriate and are ready to build.
The building process is complete. I was impressed with with their patience and teamwork. They have used their knowledge of 3D structures to help them. They have evaluated their designs and thought about what they would change and why. We have put photos of the finished products in the gallery. You will be amazed!!
A fantastic Friday! Today we have come dressed as a favourite book character. Everyone looks amazing. We have shared our book favourites and have read some stories brought in by the children. A great end to the week.
Thank you to everyone for your support for World Down Syndrome Day. We had lots of children in odd socks and pupils brought in 50p to buy a gingerbread sock. Well done Year 1, you have shown a brilliant understanding of why we were wearing odd socks today. Please see our range of different fancy socks in the gallery.
A huge thank you for all the goodies for the rainbow raffle. You all had some brilliant ideas. I have put a picture in the gallery.
27.3.18. This week in maths we have been working on symmetry. The children have had a range of activities to create symmetrical patterns and problem solving activities. Pictures in the gallery. Can you find any symmetrical objects in your house?
It is amazing to think we are already in the Summer term. It was great to see everyone after the holidays. They seem relaxed and ready for the new topics we have planned. They have made a fantastic start to the term by planting sunflower seeds.
In English they are currently writing instructions for how to plant a seed with illustrations, our audience will be the children in Reception.
The overview for the content of teaching for the Summer term has been added to the page. I hope you find this useful. Please take the time to look at the whole school newsletter to check the dates for Sports day ( including the reserve date). It will be great to see you there.
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We began the week planting sunflower seeds. We are hoping they will grow, but we would like alittle more sunshine!! In science we have been examining plants and identifying the different parts using the correct names. Is was good fun if alittle messy!
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