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.
Green Class Teacher
Mrs De Vynck
Purple Class Teacher
Last week some of our topical learning was about the school grounds. Through a cross-curricular approach the children learnt about the features in the school grounds – to name some of them and to start to describe them – and practised writing sentences on Friday. First of all they talked about why they liked certain parts of the school grounds – the apparatus is easily the most popular area! – and then they put these ideas into sentences. English objectives were achieved by using “Fred sounds” and remembering full-stops and capital letters. The children did some early map work by drawing certain features they had to find from obscure photos, and then drawing and labelling what was nearby.
Year 1 has been using different “manipulatives” (Maths resources you can touch and hold) to add groups. We have been talking about how a group gets bigger when more is added to it. One independent activity was to find which dominoes had spots adding up to 7, which is an activity the children could play at home. More than one domino can be used to make the total.
We have been talking about following instructions closely and working independently on challenges.
The children worked together very well as a whole team on enough occasions to earn 30 glass beads in the “jar” and so they had 15 minutes outside in the apparatus, as they requested. There is just one glass bead in the jar just now. Hopefully it won’t be long till it is full again!
Green Class is fitting well into the year 1 routine and the lovely weather has meant we can do PE and learning outside. I have decided that we will collect everyone’s reading book and diary in every morning, to help Miss Brookfield and I know which books need changing and how children are getting on with reading, generally.
We have been learning about one more and one less and explaining what this means, in terms of group size and the numbers which say how large the groups are. The children are using different types of Maths “manipulatives”, which are resources, particularly ones designed for Mathematical use such as Numicon, Dienes and beadstrings. We are using particular manipulatives for specific problem-solving, but over time the aim is for the children to select which resources they would like to use. This is to help in the visualisation of Mathematical concepts, to deepen understanding and help the children understand what they are doing in calculating. Parents may remember Dienes from school? With the Dienes below, the children were to say what had changed from one column to the other; and to create a story (or “problem”) to explain it. For instance: Dexter had 5 pencils but one broke so he then had 4.
The children are getting back into recording and writing, using “Fred sounds” and “special friends” to write their ideas down, independently. The last few weeks the children have been learning the names of more parts of the body – for example, through songs about the body with Mr Bainbridge and labelling games on the very good “Crickweb” educational website. On Friday they labelled a picture of a human body with as many names for different parts of the body as they could remember and sound out in the time they had.
We have loved looking at the beautiful baby photos the children brought in – thank you very much. They were used for ideas to write about how the children have changed since they were babies and we will use them more over the half-term. The children are also developing their skills to use computers independently, from switching on to writing some brief text in word.
On Wednesday the children painted the observational drawings of sunflowers which they had completed, with Mrs Reed. The finished paintings are in the cloakroom and look wonderful. Please pop in to look after school, or on Wednesday at “meet the teacher” (7 to 8pm).
Please could you donate any unwanted pants and tights to the Early Years Team.
If your child comes home with any school clothes or underwear please ensure you return it when it is clean.
A huge thank you to Mrs Marsh for the donation of bikes and trikes, no sooner were they pushed through the gates they were used and enjoyed.
Any unwanted bikes (especially 2 wheeled) are much appreciated.
Thank you for all the home learning handed in yesterday. It was carefully completed, with spelling days of the week being particularly popular. It is really useful for the children to become proficient at spelling the days of the week, and writing them neatly and quite quickly. They will be writing the date frequently at school and to be able to do so correctly and independently will really help them.
We have asked for a photo of the children as babies to be brought into school, which is to help with understanding about the past and how changes occur over time. We’ll return all the photos later in the term.
Last week Green Class started learning about measuring, using the correctly language to compare different heights – as opposed to lengths. We used pretend flowers to use the appropriate language of measuring height – tall, taller, tallest – small, smaller, smallest.
The children have been thinking about our “wonderful world”. Listening to the song by Louis Armstrong gave them more ideas about what is wonderful and why.
With Mrs Reed, the children completed observational drawings of sunflowers and then painted them. We also read “Katie and The Sunflowers” by James Mayhew and have looked at other paintings by Van Gogh, too.
The children have been delighted to be reunited with the apparatus and take any opportunity to use it!
All the children in Green Class have got off to a great start. The enthusiasm, independence and good humour shown so far bode well for a good year! We have had a few good PE sessions and the photos show a tennis session yesterday, when Mr Draper showed the children some pre-tennis skills on the field. Thank you very much for providing your children with suitable trainers and full PE kits – the good preparation really is very much appreciated! We are starting some our topics, for example thinking about nature, why people find it beautiful or wonderful and finding examples of this wonder ourselves. Here are some of the aspects of nature the children chose in the playground.
We were all very pleased to welcome Ms Hudson back in Year 1 today, when she led a dancing session with each of the classes. The children moved like animals, making up their own moves based on video and a very catchy song Ms Hudson taught us. Thank you for coming in and helping the children’s learning in such a creative way.
We also talked about London, why it is important and what you can see there. This led onto a discussion about what makes the UK special. We talked about tolerance and the freedom to follow your own beliefs, which are two of the important factors which make the UK a good place to live. Here is our mindmap which formed part of the talk.
Bella and Emily read their poems to us clearly and confidently and we enjoyed them very much. Roald Dahl is a popular poet to read out loud!
In Maths groups today, my Maths group explored the practical meaning of “balances”. We talked about it meaning “the same as”, “equal” and “the same on both sides”. We balanced Numicon amounts to show that when totals were the same both sides of the scales balanced, regardless of the individual Numicon tiles in the buckets.
The children also pieced together the 7 continents which make the world, without knowing what they were first of all! They made very valiant attempts, without any support.
Joe read out the poem, about a vegetarian lion, which he had been practising – well done, Joe!
And, also today , the children have drawn their ideas for their “animal home”. Tomorrow we will start to build the home – so please don’t forget those empty boxes. Thank you!