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
Green Class has done some Easter-related activities over the past few days. Mrs Lyal made hot cross buns with them and the children wrote sentences saying what the different parts of the hot cross buns represent. “They don’t look like the ones you get in the shop,” said one child! They looked quite delicious. The photos show the children racing to hide tiny wooden Easter eggs for their partners to find, on their directional instructions. The Easter concert saw some lovely singing. Year 1’s rendition of “Noah’s Ark” was excellent and they showed their good understanding of dynamics by changing the volume of the verses according to the events being described. We had good fun today, working as team, remembering left and right and which months are in which season by playing parachute games. It’s great to be able to play games like “cat and mouse” as the children are safe, considerate and follow the rules very well. It was very exciting today to see that the tree in our garden has some small leaves, as the buds uncurl to make green leaves. There are now some bulbs flowering and next term we will start planting some more plants and watch what happens. Thank you for coming in and sharing your child’s work. You are very welcome to do that any day after school. We have discussed that today is the last day of March and that tomorrow it will be April, the fourth month of the year.
I wish you all a safe and happy Easter holiday together and look forward to seeing you all again in April.
The Spring term comes to an end after yet another busy week in Purple Class.
On Wednesday we had our Spring concert which was exceptionally well attended. The children performed beautifully and we were proud of how they have learnt their songs and how played their instruments with good timing.
Yesterday and this morning we welcomed parents and carers to our open classrooms so they could look through their children’s books and their work on displays. Thank you all of you who could come and spend some time talking to the children about their learning. They really look forward to these moments and looked so proud to show their achievements.
We will be back on the 19th April straight into our 50th Anniversary celebrations. The children have been practicing the words for our anniversary concert songs: “I’m a Believer” (The Monkees), “All you need is love” (The Beatles) and “Congratulations” (Cliff Richard), just in case you hear some old tunes being sung at home. We look forward to coming back to some festive activities and wish you and your families a happy and safe Easter holiday.
Mrs De Vynck
Hopefully, today is the start of more learning opportunities outside. Green class went outside to draw the “class tree” at this time of year. The children have been drawing the same tree in different seasons, to show the changes which occur over time. They are focussing on drawing only what is there, an excellent opportunity for cross-curricular learning of Science and Art (observational drawing)
We also discuss the changes in our class garden. There are not that many plants, but we can observe which flowers come through at which point in the year. We are looking forward to adding more life to our garden.
Following John O’Leary’s visit at the beginning of the month, we now have “bound” books with green class’s versions of the story “Fortunately, Unfortunately”. Thank you very much to Mrs Yerbury who put the books together, with the children making front covers with the title and authors on the front. They look fantastic. Below are photos of the display of the books.
The books will be on display on Thursday. We also have the prints the children made with Mrs Reed, an RE book and Easter Garden, sunflower shoots which are growing and all the thoughtful, careful work the children have done in their topic and Maths books there for you to share with your children on Thursday afternoon, from 2.30pm, or on Friday morning, from 8.30 till the start of the day. They could also show you the resources we use, including the Maths manipulatives and the new “Easy Ears” story “headsets” (purchased by the parents’ via kind donations via CHISS). And handwriting is also very popular, so you could see your child’s handwriting books and the online “teach handwriting” package we use.
A thank you also to Mrs Sarkar who comes into class to play games and do sewing with the children, enhancing the children’s learning and enabling them to do some small-group learning, which the children really enjoy and benefit from.
We hope to see lots of you on Thursday or Friday. Let’s also hope that the sunshine continues, even if the chilly wind remains.
We ended the week with our Red Noses on, enjoying another cheerful Cunningham Chaos. Once a half-term, the children can choose a different classroom to spend their golden time. Today they were ready to enjoy some different activities after another busy week in Year 1.
In Maths we have been measuring objects using non-standard measurements such as lolly sticks, cubes, paper clips, as well as their own hands and feet. They are learning the vocabulary to measuring and comparing length and height (the river is long ~ the bridge is tall; the table is taller than the chair, etc).
They created a Easter Garden with Mrs Lyal to re-tell the story of Easter.
After reading the book Lost and Found, by Oliver Jeffers, the children discussed what makes a good friend. Today in their writing session they produced a guide of how to be a good friend. They describing good friends as being sharing, kind, generous and good listeners, as well as being people who make them smile and talk to them when they are sad.
We have been practicing the songs for the Spring Concert and the children have been fantastic at learning the words especially as some of them are quite tricky.
We hope you have a great weekend. See you all on Monday for our last week of term.
Thank you for the matchboxes and sponsorship money received so far. Some of you have managed to squeeze a lot of items into a tiny space! We’re not quite sure what will come jumping out at us when the boxes are opened!
If you have not quite finished getting your matchbox full, then you have a few more days this weekend to do so. So please bring any last few matchboxes in on Monday.
We will announce one winner from each year group at the Easter concert on the last Wednesday of term (the 29th).
While the children were happily watching their films this afternoon, I counted up all the vouchers we have so far. We just are over one-quarter of the way to reaching our target of 12,210, as we have 3088 so far!
Well done everyone so far – special mention should be made of Evie in green class who comes into class clutching a handful at least twice a week. Thank you for your support so far. Please keep it up – we have till the end of June to reach our target. Buying all the Easter eggs from Sainsbury’s could bring in a fair few more vouchers to help us on our way.
Happy weekend, and happy shopping at Sainsbury’s!
The week started very differently from the way it ended! Because it was so gloriously sunny on Monday, green class planted some bulbs and seeds outside. They are all now in green class, where the children will observe what happens to them, over time.
This week the children have been learning about doubles and halves. They used Cuisinaire to explore the relationship between them. They had to find two equal-sized rods which, together, were the same as one other rod of a different colour.
Today Mrs Yerbury came in and made an Easter garden with some of the children. Afterwards, they explained to the class the significance of the items in there, the flowers representing new life and the pot representing the cave where Christians believe Jesus’ body was laid. This will help embed the children’s understanding of the meaning of Easter for Christians, which Mrs Lyal is teaching them about on Thursdays.
This week Year 1 did the best form of Science – hands-on. The children explored their five senses through feeling, tasting, smelling, hearing and looking at a great variety of objects. They then thought of really good adjectives to describe what they’d just sensed in preparation for a poem about the senses, which they wrote today.
Purple Class has learnt about the four countries which make up the UK. They made some fantastic suggestions as to what the word “kingdom” could mean, such as the dome belonging to the king. You could talk to your child about which countries in the UK your family members come from or live in and practise saying the 4 countries which comprise the UK. We also talked a bit about the Union Jack flag, capital cities and the patron saints of each country. One of the home learning activities is to label each country in the UK correctly. Green Class will do this learning next week.
There are signs of new life in the plants at school, which is very exciting – and welcome! – and forms part of the new RE topic of “Easter” which is taught by Mrs Lyal in both classes. Talking about the plants you can see growing now would be excellent home learning One of the year 1 one objectives for Science is to know the names of common plants. Children can think that all flowers are daisies or sunflowers unless other flowers are pointed out and explained.
In Maths, the children continued to learn about adding and subtracting from 2-digit numbers by regrouping one lot of ten into ten ones and then subtracting the single-digit number. They can use Dienes proficiently to show their understanding. Next week we will move onto fractions of shapes and quantities.
The children are enjoying the sessions on the apparatus very much and they are focusing on balancing just now – balancing on small parts of the body, and becoming more adventurous. Green Class got braver and braver and did some excellent balances, such as balancing only on 2 hands either off an “A-frame”, or on one of the platforms.
The new school councillors were elected today. Well done to the children who were elected and also well done to everyone who stood. The children formulated their own ideas very well and explained them clearly to the classes.
Wishing you all a happy, relaxing weekend.
To help Early Years with their next topic, if you have any washing powder bags, or Satsuma nets, could you please send them to Red and Blue Class.
Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin