Year 1 Blog

Welcome to the blog for our Year 1 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.

Mrs Foulds

Green Class Teacher

Mrs De Vynck

Purple Class Teacher

We have two year 1 classes. Children in these classes are developing their skills and building on the learning from Foundation Stage. When the children are ready, usually by October half term, the learning becomes based on the Key Stage One National Curriculum Programmes of Study. We still believe that children learn best when the ‘subjects’ are linked in a meaningful way and then basic skills are taught for a real purpose. We encourage the children to take ownership of their learning, ask questions and have a say in the planning process. We hope to motivate all children by taking account of their needs, strengths and interests and provide rich experiences and learning opportunities which will continue to excite them.

Year ~ Week 6 ~ Summer 2

With just one week to go, the children have been getting ready to go to Year 2. They visited their new classes and teachers on Thursday and have already started some work on their first Year 2 Topic: St Albans.

We finished off our Maths unit on measurement by making gingerbread men. We used what we learnt to measure the mass of the ingredients using weighing scales and estimated how many gingerbread men we could cut from a piece of dough. I hope you are having fun trying your own using the recipes we sent home. Green Class will get theirs on Monday. Get your spices ready!

Our last big write today was creating an imaginative story. They had great fun writing about an imaginary adventure from a special book.

Today we collected reading books and diaries in preparation for the end of term. If your child didn’t bring these today, please bring them in on Monday. On Wednesday we will be sending most of their work from this year home. They have decorated their own folders but it could be useful to send a carrier bag in to make it easier as we will also be sending the PE kits home that day.

Have a good weekend.

Mrs Haynes and Mrs De Vynck

It’s been hot!

It has been a busy and boiling week in Year 1.

We did some cross curricular Maths and PE, using what we learnt about estimating, measuring and comparing length and volume.

In Art the children drew a swimmer and next week they will paint a David Hockney’s style swimming pool.

We enjoyed watching the lovely Year 2 show and listened to songs from all around the world.

Today we wrote beautiful and creative Summer poems, describing what we see, smell, hear and touch in the summer season.

Please, send your child to school with a named hat and a water bottle. Water bottles can be refilled but it can be disruptive if they always have to get a cup to drink.

Enjoy the weekend.

Mrs Haynes and Mrs De Vynck

Summer 2 ~ Week 2 ~ Year 1

Happy Eid!

Another very busy week in Year 1.

On Tuesday, we had a REAL day. We discussed the theme of making peace in RE, represented peace using Art and described our artwork and ideas in Literacy. It was a fantastic creative day and our work is displayed in the classrooms. This is part the Spirited Arts competition, promoted by Natre.

On Wednesday we practised aboriginal moves during our Dance Workshop. We really enjoyed creating moves to didgeridoo music, copying animal movement and performing a choreography as a group.

On Thursday we thought about healthy living through several activities, followed by a fitness class.

Today in Computing we learned to make cards using Purple Mash. If you would like to practise at home, you can find it on ToDos.

Our lovely caterpillars are getting fatter and are starting to settle to spin their cocoons. We are really excited and looking forward to them turning into amazing butterflies.

Next week we will be saying good luck to Mrs Foulds who is taking her maternity leave. She will be back next year!

Next Friday is also our Sports Day. Please remember to check if your child has a full PE kit in their bags as they will be wearing the white t-shirts, black/blue shorts and trainers as well as a water bottle. The children will be going back home wearing their PE kits that day, to be returned the following week. Also remember to apply suncream and wear a hat, if possible. Green Class is still looking for parent volunteers to help a group of children. Sports Day is not possible without the help of parents/carers and we appreciate the involvement of those who have already volunteered.

Have you all a fantastic weekend, especially to the families celebrating Eid. Eid Mubarak!

Year 1

Summer 2 ~ Week 1 ~ Year 1

We have started our last half-term in Year 1 in full blast.

To introduce our mini-beasts theme, we have welcomed our Butterfly Project to both classes. They have each transferred one little larva to their individual pots and now we are going to follow their growth into beautiful butterflies. The children have also painted the mini-beasts they have made out of clay in the last week of half-term.

We have started a new book, Weslandia by Paul Fleischman. The blurb of the book says:  “Wesley’s an outcast from the civilization around him. He’s not into pizza or football or haircuts like the other boys in his school. So, when Wesley has to find a project for the Summer holidays, he has a brilliant idea: he’ll found a civilization of his own ~ in the back garden”. After reading the book twice, the children started to plan a leaflet convincing other people to visit Weslandia.

In Maths we have finished our unit on Money playing shopkeepers: adding values and giving change. Next week we will start a new unit on multiplication and division. Please note that in Year One we learn multiplication and division as repeated addition as well as using arrays. We don’t encourage the rote learning of timetables but representing multiplication as equal groups. Read more here.

We have a very busy week ahead: on Tuesday we have our Spirited Arts competition when we will be representing peace through art and describing our ideas in writing; on Tuesday all classes will take part on a Dance Workshop and on Thursday we will take part on Healthy Eating workshops and Fun Fitness sessions.

Sports Day: Our Sports Day is planned for Friday 22nd June and the children have been practising the races very hard. If you can volunteer to help a group on that day, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Spellings: We haven’t sent specific spellings in the home learning book. Please ask your child to practice days of the week and the numbers one to twenty in words until they are confident writing without looking. Also, we have noticed some children are still reversing numbers. Please use spelling time to practice these as well if you notice reversing.

We wish you all a nice weekend and see you all back on Monday.

Mrs De Vynck and Mrs Foulds

Reception Mud Kitchen – top soil request

Hi

In Reception, we are celebrating International Mud Day on the 29th June.  We therefore need to make sure we have enough mud for our Mud Kitchen! If you are buying bags of soil/top soil and have any leftover, we would gladly take it off your hands.

Any questions, please speak to Miss Lewis or Mrs Barwin.

Many Thanks

 

Thank you school councillors

A huge thank you to the School Councillors for giving up their time on Tuesday to sell the left over May Fair bits and pieces.  They negotiated very well and gave change (when prompted)  Thank you to the parents for your generosity.  We raised £13.15.

 

Woodland Trust Competition Winners

Thank you for all of the beautiful entries to our Woodland Trust Photograph Competition.

We had a range of photos from different perspectives and of different forms of nature.

We saw trees, bark, flowers, nests, buds and bamboo made into fences.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the competition and who’s photos will be sent to the Woodland trust.

Congratulations to

Valentina, Alba, Noah, Joshua and Adam

Here are some of the winning entries.

Summer 1 ~ Week 3 in Year 1

This week started with the election and parade of our May King and Queen. On Tuesday all children in school sang their favourite songs to entertain the school royalty.

Leo and Caitlin (Purple Class) ~ Lila and Harry S (Green Class)

The children have started writing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They remember the story so well, in so much detail, that they didn’t have time to finish writing today! We were really impressed.

In Maths we will start using the strategies we have learnt to add and subtract numbers within 100. They are confident in place value and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Please continue to practice number bonds with your children to help with strategies such as making ten first when adding ones to two-digit numbers.

In Science we planted our beans and we are going to observe and record their growth. We have planted two types of beans so we can compare differences and similarities between them. The children have been very curious and we hope that over this long weekend we will have some roots for them to see.

We are still discussing special books, so if your child has a special book, please bring into class. It will be looked after and sent home shortly.

We also had a visitor from Childnet who talked to the children about how to stay safe when playing with their electronic devices. It was lovely to see some parents who came to the workshop during the day.

Enjoy the long weekend and see you all back on Tuesday.

Mrs De Vynck and Mrs Foulds

Woodland Trust Award Photo Challenge

Picture Challenge

As part of our Woodland Trust Award, we would like to challenge your child to take photos of nature from different perspectives.

Can they lie on the ground and take a picture? Can they look out of a window for a bird’s eye view? Can they look up or down and all around to see how the view changes?

Please send us their best pictures from different view points, including their name, class and where they took the picture from. You can either print them or email the pictures to admin@cunninghaminfants.herts.sch.uk with the subject as Woodland Trust Competition.

We will choose the 4 best pictures and send these to the Woodland Trust for our Gold Award and these children will receive a prize.

Thank you

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

 

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