Friday, 7 December 2018

Week beginning 10th December 2018

Hello Year One,

We have been busy rehearsing for the Christmas concert this week. The children are really enjoying performing and singing. They are excited for you to come and see them next week.

We have continued with the curriculum throughout the week. In maths we have been doubling and halving and working on subtraction from ten.

We wrote about Christmas elves and pixies in our English lesson and created Spring poems as we focus on this season in Science. The children are learning the seasons and the months of the year. They can discuss what happens outside in each season and are able to explain why the weather changes. They understand that weather change affects wildlife, trees and plants.

Next week we will be performing to the school on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday parents, carers and friends will be coming to watch the concert.

On Wednesday it is open evening for parents from 3 - 4.30pm. If you are coming to the afternoon performance you can come straight to the class room to look at your child's work and then take your child home.

On Thursday we will be having our Christmas dinner, followed by a movie in the hall.

Friday next week is Christmas jumper day and the children can wear festive clothes.

We will be working on money and ordering numbers in maths next week.

For English we will be writing about our experiences of Year One so far. We will write poems about Spring and continue to learn how to structure sentences.

I hope to see you on Sunday at The Christmas Fayre. Thank you for all your contributions to the class hamper. It will be a lucky win for someone!

Many thanks

Friday, 30 November 2018

Week beginning 3rd December 2018

Hello Year One,

We have had a busy week as we have been rehearsing for the Christmas Concert and continuing with our lessons. 

For English the children wrote some wonderful Winter poems, which will be on display in the class room next week.

We have been focusing on adding 3 numbers together to make ten in maths. The children began by using counters and ten squares and then record the results.

We had a fun geography lesson, as we turned the class room into a farm to role play how the seasons affect farming.

For science we looked at a video of what happens outside in Winter. The children were fascinated to find out how long some animals hibernate and how much slower their heart rate is during this time.

Next week we will be rehearsing for the Christmas Concert. We will be continuing with maths and English and we have one art lesson as the children will be creating Winter tree scenes.

We will be continuing with poetry for English and for maths the focus will be doubling and matching objects and dominoes to numbers.

The children enjoy reading to us as often as we are able to hear them, so could you all ensure that once you have read with your child at home and completed the reading record, that the book comes back to school the following day.

On Wednesday we will be having a full dress rehearsal, so if possible could the costumes be in school by then.

Some of the children are dressing up as animals for the Christmas Concert and we will paint their faces accordingly. If you do not wish your child to have his/her face painted (because of allergies) please let us know.

Each year we make a class Christmas hamper for a raffle prize at the fayre. Could you please send in an item to go into the hamper by Wednesday the 5th December. This can be anything such as chocolates, wine and biscuits.

Have a restful and happy weekend.
Ms Davis

Friday, 23 November 2018

Week beginning 26th November 2018

Hello Year One,

We have had a wonderful week! The children wrote beautiful Autumn poems and have clearly learned so much about this season.

We went for a walk around the school grounds, identifying and collecting leaves.

We brought the leaves back to the class room and mixed red and yellow paints to make a warm orange colour. We painted the leaves and printed them on to paper.

    The leaf pictures and poems will be displayed in our classroom for you to see at the next open

     For maths we have been learning about position and measuring lengths.

     We have also begun rehearsals for the Christmas Concert, which the children are enjoying.

  Next Week


We will be adding 1, 2 and 3 by counting on and subtracting 1, 2 and 3 by counting back. We will be adding three small numbers by spotting ten or doubles.


The children will be given a poem which has been cut up, which they will re-order according to the rhymes. We will focus on a bank of rhyming words about sea creatures. The children will create their own poems about sea creatures using rhyming words.


Our focus will be Winter this week. We will be reading books , watching videos and discussing what happens to the trees and plants in Winter. We will think about the weather in Winter and what happens to animals.


What happens on a farm during the different seasons.


The children will be making programmes for the Christmas Concert.

The rehearsals for the concert will increase as we approach performance day.

When you have your child's costume ready please send it into school in a named bag.

I must apologise with regard to our trip to the farm. I have been contacting many local farms and have discovered they are all closed to the public for the Winter months. I did not realise they would shut. It has been agreed that next year the farm topic will be carried out in the Spring so that a trip to a farm can be incorporated. I have explained this to the children.

Don't forget the maths evening at 7pm on Tuesday 27th November.

I hope you have a restful and happy weekend.

Ms Davis

Friday, 16 November 2018

Week beginning 19th November 23018

Hello Everyone,

We have had fun this week and the children have enjoyed coming to school without uniform and with teddies!

We have been working on our number bonds to 10 and 20 this week. We use counters and boards to see how the numbers make 10.
We read and re-told the story of 'The Little Red Hen.' The children were able to use captions to show how the animals talked.
They made a leaflet to explain how to look after different pets and we turned these into a class book, which is available for you to look at when you come in.
For Design and Technology we made sliders for 'The Gingerbread Man' story.

Next week we will be composing a list of different rhymes and poems. We will be completing the missing words in rhymes and creating lists of rhyming words that we can use in poems. We will focus on Autumn poems.
For maths next week the children will be learning direction. They will show full and half turns and learn the four compass points. We will also be measuring and learning the size of a cm. The children will begin to use standard and non standard units to measure.
We will be focusing on Autumn and the weather changes for our science lesson. The children will also be writing a poem about Autumn.
This week we looked at the festival Diwali. The children heard a story that is told at Diwali, about light overcoming darkness. They used puppets to re-tell the story and the whole class worked together on a role play version. Next week we will be learning about Hannukah, which is the Jewish festival of light. 
For Design and Technology we will be making moving hand levers.

I wish you all a happy and restful weekend.

Ms Davis

Friday, 9 November 2018

Week beginning 12th November 2018

Hello All,

The children have enjoyed being back at school and we have had a busy week! They have been writing about the activities of 'Moonchild' a character from the book we have been reading.

We have been recognising groups of tens and how when we add ones to ten we make a teen number. They are beginning to understand place value. They carried out some excellent work in maths yesterday, when they found 2 or more missing numbers in number sequences.

We are learning about the four seasons for science. We are finding out about the weather changes as we move through the seasons.

We are exploring farms and farming and looking closely at arable, livestock and dairy farming. We have been singing our own version of 'Old MacDonald had a Farm' and have been turning into crops, animals and dairy products to help us remember the different types of farming.

We are beginning to learn the songs for our Christmas performance, so hopefully they will be singing them at home in the coming weeks.


It is great that the children have the opportunity to read at home on a regular basis. This helps them make progress at a faster pace.

Please can you write a comment and /or let us know when your child has completed a reading book at home with you. We  aim to change the reading books as often as possible, but if there is no indication that it has been read at home we are reluctant to do so.

Next Week


The children will be consolidating their number bonds to 5,6 and 10. They will be playing a variety of games. They will move on to finding pairs of numbers. They will use objects and number facts and reasoning to solve mathematical problems.


Next week we will start making lists to compare why we think dogs or cats make great pets. The children will be creating leaflets on how to look after pets. We will make a class book about the pets we have which will be on display in the classroom.

We also have a class book on 'Celebrating Differences' week and all the wonderful work that came out of understanding and valuing equity.


We will be focusing on Autumn and (weather permitting) we will take the children outside to collect leaves, fruits and nuts etc. We will be thinking about the clothes we wear in Autumn. We will create Autumn pictures with our collections.


Next week the children will be learning how to use a map with symbols and a key. They will learn how to navigate around a farm. This will followed with compass work and playing a direction game in the classroom as they begin to understand the 4 main compass points.

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We will begin by looking at sliders as  mechanisms. I will read the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' and the children will role play the story. We will begin the process of cutting the scene to make the sliders.


We will be focusing on Diwali next week. The children will role play and use puppets to re-tell the story. The children will understand that this is the festival of light for the Hindu religion.

I hope to see you at the firework display on Saturday and wish you all a happy weekend.

Ms Davis

Friday, 26 October 2018

Week beginning Monday5th November

Hello Year One,

We have had a busy week and the children have been working hard. They have written postcards to Aunty Goose from Duck. They wrote lists of tools that farmer's use and have been beginning to write in sentences. They are learning 'Kung Fu' punctuation which I am sure they will demonstrate to you if you ask them.

For maths they have been estimating and counting. They are learning how it is easier to group into tens when counting a large number of items.

It was lovely to see you all at the consultations and for you to share in celebrating the progress the children are making.

For the week after the holidays:


The children will be learning that teen numbers and ten and some more. There will be a variety of practical activities to help them grasp this concept. They will make towers of ten with cubes in a colour and then add ones in another colour.
We will also be working on ordering numbers to 20 and 30 and finding numbers in between two given numbers with a difference of two.
They will also be given 3 numbers and be asked to order them from the smallest to the largest.


The week will start by listening to the story 'Plenty Of Love To Go Round' by Emma Chichester Clarke. From this the children will begin to predict events in the story.
We will be looking at labels and asking ourselves what makes a good label.
Towards the end of the week the children will be creating lists of items needed to look after a cat. They will be writing captions for the actions of cats and we will be progressing with sentence structure.


Our topic this half term is seasonal weather change and how this affects us in our daily lives. We will be going outside and waiting for a cloud to cover the sun so that the children can explain what they think is happening and how it feels. We will begin by discussing the four seasons and as the weeks go on we will be exploring each season in detail.


Our Project will be 'On The Farm' and we will be exploring arable, dairy and livestock farms. We will be finding out the foods that the different farms produce.

Design and Technology

This half term we will be creating sliders and levers. For the first week we will read 'The Gingerbread Man' and role play the story. The children will begin to create the background for their slider picture.


Our theme this half term is 'celebrating differences' and we will begin by noticing our similarities and differences.


We begin with Diwali as we start to learn about the different festivals of light that religions celebrate. We will read the story of 'Rama and Sita' and the children will role play the story.

I hope you all have a restful week and look forward to seeing you on 5th November.
Ms Davis

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