Friday, 19 October 2018

Week beginning 21st October 2018

Hello Year One,

This week has been full of surprises and fun! We began our 'celebrating differences' week by discussing how different we all are.
We read some super stories and made people that portrayed these differences.

As it is also 'Black History Month' we read the story of Rosa Parks and the children wrote their own dreams of changing unfair aspects to our world.

We designed African animals and created 'African style' jewellery.
We are in the process of collating all the work that was carried out this week in a class book, which will be available for you to look at next week.
We read 'Handa's Surprise' and wrote stories about naughty animals stealing our fruit and vegetables. We made a pictogram to record the most popular fruit in our class. Strawberries were clear winners.
We have been looking at animal skins and this week was an ideal opportunity to create some art work using animal prints.


Next week we will be revising all we have learned so far this term. We will begin estimating amounts of items and counting them to check how close we were. The children all have their maths targets now and many have been asked to ensure they write their numbers accurately. They are keen to do this, so if they have some spare time at the weekend they could practise. 


We have been working with the story 'Farmer Duck' which the children adore. Next week we will be sending the duck on a holiday as he is so tired from all the work he has been doing for the lazy farmer. The children will be writing a postcard from the duck to his Aunty Goose. They will be creating a list of the tools one needs as a gardener and a farmer. 


We will be taking a closer look at the toys from the 70's and the children will choose one toy they would like to draw and describe, explaining why they have chosen it. 


The children will learn about charity and how religions work towards helping those in difficulty or crisis. We will be thinking about homeless people and how local churches collect items that may be useful for them. The children will then think about a fun way they could raise money for a good cause.


The five senses will be the topic for next week as we explore how humans and animals use them to survive. We will also look at how people manage without sight and hearing.

I look forward to meeting you at the parent consultations this week. Until then, have a happy weekend.

Ms Davis

Friday, 12 October 2018

Week beginning 15th October 2018

Hello Everyone,

The children have enjoyed learning about Lowry this week and could explain many features of his paintings. They used charcoal to re-create the smoky, grey affect that he portrayed. They used the tip of the charcoal to draw the little matchstick figures.


We have been playing lots of number games this week, focussing on re-ordering numbers to 21. The children are beginning to form numbers correctly and write the name of numbers to ten.
Next week we will be sorting and grouping, making Venn diagrams and producing pictograms following class research.


The children are beginning to write stories. This week I read the first half of 'Farmer Duck' and the children had to create the end of the story. They managed this well, with most of them throwing the lazy farmer into a swimming pool! Next week we will be re-creating our own version of 'Handa's Surprise' and describing our dreams about changing something to make life better.

Next week is 'Equity week.' As a school we will be celebrating difference. It is also the beginning of 'Black history month' so our activities will be linked to these events. We have lots of exciting plans which I am sure the children share with you.

I have returned all the parent consultations times to you. I do apologise if you did not get the time you asked for. The later part of the afternoon/evening was very popular. If your appointment is not at all convenient please come and see me and I am sure we can re-schedule for another time.

I hope you have a restful and happy weekend.
Many thanks

Friday, 5 October 2018

week beginning 8th October 2018

Hello Everyone,

The children have had a very exciting week. We completed the caterpillars for our DT project. The children decided to use string to thread them together and they all took part.
We had great fun at our harvest festival party. We have been learning about symmetry in maths and some of the children chose to make symmetrical designs for their fruit salads. 


We have been working with shape and symmetry this week, alongside daily number work and carrying out sorting activities. Next week we will focus on number 0 -20, one less and one more than 20, sorting numbers to 20 and counting to 100 in tens. We will be playing number games to find missing numbers and to re-order muddled number lines.


Our English focus will be taken from the book 'Farmer Duck.' The children will be coming up with ideas for story endings and will be looking at patterns in stories. They will be writing or drawing story maps of their own. The topic will be losing something. If you have any memories of your child losing a toy or something special it would be really helpful to remind them of that time.


We learned the parts of the human body this week. Next week we will look at characteristics of animals and the reasons for them.


The children will be sorting toys into different categories next week. We also have a guest speaker coming to share experiences of toys from the past.


We celebrated harvest this week so will follow this up by looking at how different religions have a variety of festivals and traditions to give thanks.

The children are still not drinking the milk. If you are paying for this it seems a waste. Check with your child as to whether he/she wants to continue to have school milk.

Thank you for all the harvest festival contributions. We collected a really great range of products for those less fortunate than ourselves.

I wish you all a restful weekend.

Ms Davis

Friday, 28 September 2018

Week beginning 1st October 2018

Hello All,

We have been planning a class harvest festival this week and the children have decided they would like to sing harvest songs, do harvest dances and make a fruit salad. We are also collecting tins or packets of food for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Our class festival will be on Wednesday afternoon, but the food can be brought in any day next week.


We have been finding one more and one less than numbers up to 20. We have been working on writing our numbers correctly and adding number pairs to ten. The children have been counting beats to a tambourine to speed up their counting skills.

Next week we will be working on shapes and symmetry. The main focus will be triangles, circles, squares and rectangles. A great home activity would be to ask your children to name all the square objects in their homes, or all the circular things they can find etc.


The children have been creating story maps this week and learning how to sequence stories using language such as 'first, next, finally.' Next week we will be reading a new book called 'Where's My Teddy?' and our lessons will come from this story. The children will create a 'wanted' poster for the teddy, learn how to sequence the events in the story, create their own story and recognise the use of question marks.


We continue to look at toys from the past and present. Next week we will be sorting toys into groups and focussing on our favourite toys. We will be able to name the characteristics of different toys and put them into different categories.


On Wednesday we will celebrate harvest and have planned activities for that afternoon. The children are very excited to make their fruit salads.


As part of our topic on animals (including humans) we will be labelling different parts of the body.


We have cut and painted the body parts for our caterpillars. Next week we will be looking at different materials that will help our caterpillars move in a wriggly way.

General Information

  • Please ensure that your children have full PE kits in school at all times. This includes trainers and warm clothing for outdoor games.
  • Many of you are paying for milk, but not all the children who have the option of a carton at playtime take the opportunity to drink it. Please have a chat with your children and ask if they still want milk. 
  • Please remember to work on 'maths seeds' on a regular basis. It supports the mathematical understanding around the concepts we cover in lessons.
  • Please bring a tin or packet of food for our collection for harvest.
I hope you all have a fun and relaxing weekend.
Ms Davis

Monday, 24 September 2018

Week beginning 24th September 2018

Hello parents and carers,

I did send out a blog on Friday, but for some reason it is no longer on our page so I am updating you today.
The children are really enjoying Year One and are having fun while learning. They are extremely good at tidying up, especially when I put one of their favourite songs on. As soon as they hear 'Happy' they go into clearing up mode and by the time the song has finished the classroom is back to it's original state.


The children are learning their number bonds to ten and above. They are recognising numbers on dice and dominoes without having to count them. This week we will be learning 'one more' and 'two more.'
We are learning how to count to one hundred. Towards the end of the week we will move on to 'one less.'


As you know, the children are becoming accustomed to writing lists, labels and captions. It was pleasing to see how much progress they have made when they created a list of things to do in a park. As we read different stories this week we will be looking at the emotions that the characters portray. The children will be creating a list from happy to sad, to learn as many different words for the feelings in between the extremes.
Towards the end of the week we will be learning about sequences in stories and the children will be identifying the beginning, what happens next and the end of tales.

D and T

This week we will be creating hungry caterpillars. The children will enhance their design skills by thinking about how to create caterpillars that move.
It will be fun to re-create the story with one of the caterpillars and the different foods!


We will be looking at toys from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's this week. The children will be learning how many years there are in a decade. They will recognise toys from different eras and complete the activity by sorting pictures of toys into the decades chosen.


As it is harvest time I will show the children images of harvest celebrations in different cultures and religions. We will focus on Christianity and how we celebrate harvest time.


The children will make lists of different animals in a range of categories, such as mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

I hope the children enjoy this week. Don't forget Book Club on Thursday and Friday this week!


Friday, 21 September 2018

Week beginning 17th September 2018

Hello Parents/carers,

We have had a lovely week, as the children are becoming accustomed to the new routines and activities. They are extremely good at tidying up. We put a song on and by the time the song has finished they have completely cleared away!

We have learned our number bonds to ten this week and how to find one more!

 In English we have created labels for our toy museum, made captions for animals and written a class story that uses repetition.

We have been learning about animals and that some live in water, some on land and some both. The children successfully completed a Venn diagram to show this information.

Next week we will be learning how to count to 100. We will find one more and one less that an number to 18. We will be counting on and back.

We start a new book on Monday. This week's book is 'Voices in the Park' by Anthony Browne. The theme will be to focus on what we do in parks. The children will be making lists, identifying and naming feelings, creating a class story map, using captions and sequencing sentences.

We will be looking at the toys that were popular in different decades, as the children learn and understand how long a decade is. We will be focussing on the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.

For our science lesson we will be becoming familiar with finding names for different fish, amphibians, reptiles birds and mammals. This will develop into a sorting activity.

For RE the children will be thinking about harvest time and how different religions have different ways of celebrating harvest. I will be asking the children how they would like to celebrate harvest in our classroom and we will make plans!

In the PSHE lesson we will be focussing on rules and responsibilities. This will be followed by a mindfulness session as the children learn different techniques to find a calm place.

I hope you all have a restful weekend.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Week beginning 10th September 2018

Hello Year One,

We have had a wonderful week, with many different activities.

The children have been learning how to match objects to the correct numbers and recognise the numbers on dice and dominoes without counting. They have begun to estimate numbers and count forwards and backwards to twenty.

As a class they are calculating how many children are in school each day. They are working out the day of the week and the date each day.

It is great that so many of you are hearing your children read on a regular basis as it has a huge impact on their progress. Please can you remind the children to place their reading book and record card in the red box if they need new books. The red box is on the table in the cloakroom. Please can you send in the children's maths record books every Monday as we need to check them all. The blue maths records go in the blue box.

The children's independence is developing and they are able to make their own way to the classroom in the mornings.

The children should have a PE kit in school every day in a PE bag. They need shorts, a t-shirt and plimsoles. They also need a track suit or warm clothes with trainers as for the next few weeks they will be having outdoor sessions.


In our English lessons we have been learning how to make lists and captions. This will be continued next week. We will also be looking at patterns within text and identifying what labels are used for. We will be making a class book about pets, so if you have any photos of your own animals the children can bring them in.


In maths we will be learning how to count on and count back. We will be learning one more and one less.


 We will continue to learn about toys (new and old).

Art and DT

We used paints, glitter and different papers to create firework art this week. They were able to follow instructions well and created vibrant, colourful pictures. I was very pleased at how well the children cleaned up afterwards.
The children will be creating self-portraits in our art lesson and will use the egg boxes to make hungry caterpillars next week.

Religious Education

We will be learning about what religion is, what beliefs are and what practices people carry out when they are part of a religious group. If anyone from home would like to come in and share their beliefs and practices it would be great. Please let me know if you are available and would like to do this.


We will be looking at a variety of animals and grouping them in various ways. We will be looking at similarities, differences and features of animals that are the same.

Mrs Robinson has been to visit us several times this week and has noticed how happy and settled the children feel.

I wish you all a happy and restful weekend and am looking forward to seeing the children next week.

Ms Davis and Mrs Wells