Class Blog for Year 1

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English
We read the stories by Drew Daywalt called 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and 'The Day the Crayons Came Home'. We wrote our own letters to Duncan (the main character) in role as one of the crayons. The children's writing was fantastic and many of them used the challenge word 'because'.

Next Week... 
...the children will be introducing themselves to their new teacher, Miss Hughes, by writing her a letter.

Maths
We've been recapping our knowledge of addition and subtraction. We've been applying what we have learned through investigation and problem solving activities.

Next Week...
We will start to  learn about place value of numbers up to 40.

Wider Curriculum
In our PSHCE lessons this week we thought about the question 'Can you be happy all the time?'. We've discussed all different moods and emotions - the good and the bad. We picked a mood and made a collage using different materials to represent it. 

Homework
Please find time to read each and every day - it really does have a big impact!
Mathletics activities have been set. Can you earn a certificate this week?


 

 


 

English
This week we started to learn about letters. We started the week by looking at features of letters. We identified that they contain an address, a date, who the letter is to/from and a message. We received a letter from 'The Colour Thief' who had previously stolen all of the colour from the school! He or she wrote to apologise and promised never to do it again. We wrote a reply to 'The Colour Thief' to forgive them and suggest ways that he or she could brighten up their life without stealing other people's colour! 

Next week...
We are reading the story 'The Day the Crayons Quit' by Drew Daywalt and doing some work around the letters contained in the book.

Maths
We have finished learning about measuring length and height. We learned how to measure accurately using centimetres and also had fun estimating lengths and heights. We then moved on to our next topic which is all about adding and subtracting numbers to 20. We are learning to use number facts that we know (e.g. number bonds to 10) to make solving calculations quicker and easier.

Next week...
We are doing some problem solving and investigation work using our addition skills. 

In the wider curriculum...
We combined what we had learned about colour mixing and the seasons to create a piece of art which shows the trees in the different seasons. They look amazing! We listened to music by Vivaldi called 'The Four Seasons' and tried to work out which piece of music matched each season. 

Next week...
We are learning about mood and colour.

We've  been reading 'The Princess and the Wizard' by Julia Donaldson. It is all about a princess who has to escape from an evil wizard. She cleverly uses colour and camouflage to try and get away.

Homework...
Find time to read daily!
Mathletics activities have been set.

Next week...
Don't forget to come in wearing your PE kit on Monday.







 


 


In English ...
...we’ve continued to learn about recounts. This week we’ve been learning about news reports and their features. We went outside and did a ‘headline hunt’ where we had to find the right headline to match the story. We are currently writing a news report about a mysterious thief who snuck in to steal all the colour from the school! We used the iPads to take black and white photographs of what the school would look like without colour. We decided that a school without would be rather miserable and very boring!

Next week...
...we are starting a new unit all about letters.

In maths...
...we’ve had great fun learning about measuring length and height. We’ve learned how to measure lengths using non-standard measures and how to compare lengths.

Next week...
...we are going to learn about measuring using standard units (centimetres and metres).

In the wider curriculum...
...we’ve been learning all about the seasons and differences between them. We’ve learned about what to expect from the weather in each season and how to understand weather forecasts. In fact, we even researched what the weather was going to be like this weekend and make our own news reports! We’ve been reading... ...a book that Tilly brought to school called ‘The Big Book of the Blue’ by Yuval Zommer. We learned some interesting facts about different sea creatures!

Homework...
Please find time to read daily!
Mathletics activities have been set.

Next week...
Please come in wearing your PE kit on Monday.

 


 

In English...

… this week we’ve been writing a recount of our visit to the theatre! We wrote about what we did during the day in chronological order using time adverbials like first, then and finally.

In Maths...

...we’ve been learning about 2D shapes. We should able to recognise and name them in the world around us. We spotted lots of four sided shapes (quadrilaterals) on our shape walk but didn’t see as many pentagons or hexagons!

In the wider curriculum...

...we’ve been focusing on our art skills. We learned about primary colours and how they can be mixed to make secondary colours. We’ve also learned about how to make different shades of colours by adding white. We went on a nature walk and made "sticky pictures" made from all different shades of green that we could find!

We were lucky to have a visit from local artist Sean Hewitt. We focused on the idea of “being kind” and thought about animals which represent peace. We also enjoyed looking at Sean’s walk who is greatly inspired by Kandinsky.

We've been reading...

The 'Elmer' series by David McKee. Did you see any of the Elmer's in Plymouth over the summer holidays? We enjoyed looking at the pictures of them all on this website: https://www.elmerplymouth.co.uk/

Next week...

Please remember to come in wearing your PE kit on Monday.

Homework...
Mathletics activities have been set.
Please make sure you find time to read daily!










 


 

Welcome back to the Spring Term!

English


We are learning how to write a recount. This week, we wrote about what we were doing over the Christmas break. We have learned about time adverbials e.g. first, next, then, finally which help us to retell events in chronological order.

Next week...

We will be writing a recount of our trip to ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ performance!

Maths
This week we have been learning about subtraction. We know how to subtract numbers up to 20 using concrete resources, e.g. tens frames/counters or by using a number line. Some children have started to solve problems mentally. We have also been using known number facts e.g. number bonds to 10 to help us solve calculations.

Next week...

We will be learning about shape. 

In the wider curriculum…

Our learning adventure question this term is "What would the world be like without colour?"
We've discussed our thoughts and ideas to the conclusion that the world would be very different were in agreement and we wouldn't feel as happy if there was no colour! Some of us thought that everything would just be in black and white yet others thought that everything would just become invisible! It has led us to think about how it would change the lives of animals and why the colours in nature change throughout the year. In science, the children have learned about the seasons and how and why each of the seasons is different. In Art, we have started looking  and recreating the work of Kandinsky. He thought that colour was so important as he believed that colours had souls. We discussed this idea and spoke about how different colours make us feel. In Geography, the children have been looking at atlases and globes and naming the 7 continents. 

We've been reading...
'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas. It is all about different colours and how they can make us feel.


Homework

*Please make sure you read with your child every day.
*Practise spelling the Year 1 common exception words.
*See work set on Mathletics.

Important dates:

*Monday 13th trip to ‘Elves and the Shoemaker’. Please make sure your child is on time for this trip as the bus will not be able to wait. The children will not need to have their PE kits. 



 


Christmas! 

We have all had a very busy half term. The children have made leaps in their learning and deserve a restful Christmas break to share with family and friends.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and cooperation this term. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. 

Please continue to listen to your child read over the holidays. 

From  
KS1 Team 

 


 

Maths

This week we have been learning about doubling. We used mirrors to help us to work out our doubles facts and we also drew pictures of ladybirds with spots on their wings!

Next week... ...we will learn how to half even numbers to 10. We will continue to learn about adding larger numbers.

Literacy

This week we finished writing our ‘Elves and the Toy Maker’ stories.

Next week... ...we will be starting to learn about poetry with a Christmas theme!

In the wider curriculum...

Y1 have been learning about the life and work of Florence Nightingale. We learned about the conditions of the hospitals she worked in and how she made lots of positive changes. We have been learning the difference between physical and human features. The children drew self portraits using charcoal and produced some brilliant work...even if we did get a little grubby!

We have been reading... 

Lots of Christmas stories including ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’ by Dr Seuss. Thank you for sharing your Christmas books from home! They’re making us feel very merry and festive!

Homework

* Have a go at the Mathletics activities that have been set. https://login.mathletics.com/ Logins are inside reading records.

* Find time to read every day! For your information...

* KS1 do not need to wear their PE kits on Monday (9th Dec) as we will be performing our Christmas play to the school and during the afternoon we will be watching Glee Club’s production. If we do not already have your child’s outfit/costume in school, please make sure it is in school on Monday ready for our first performance.

*Date for your diary: Monday 13th January KS1 trip to ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. Thank you to those who have already sent their slip back and paid using Parent Pay. The deadline is Friday 6th December.

 


 

Maths

This week we have been learning about odd and even numbers. We've also been learning about money and talking about the different the coins and notes.

Next week...
...we will be learning about doubling numbers and then recapping our knowledge and understanding of addition. We will be starting to add some larger numbers.

Literacy

This week we have been writing our new story ‘The Elves and the Baker’  and 'The Elves and the Toy Maker.' We've been checking our own sentences using our smiley face sentence checker!

Next week...
...we will be finishing off and starting to think about poetry with a Christmas theme!


In the wider curriculum…

Building on their history learning, Y1 have made their own 'Cornish Knocker'. These are little mythical creatures that are rumoured to have inhabited the mines in the area! In Geography, children have been looking closely and the human and physical aspects of Cornwall and London and comparing them. In our art lesson, we finished our portrait of Queen Victoria, focusing on the use of sketching pencils to create the lighter and darker tones of the picture.


Homework

* Have a go at the Mathletics activities that have been set. https://login.mathletics.com/

* Please find time to read every day!

*Practise your common exception spellings.

Our focus words are: once, ask, friend, school, put 

Our challenge words are: most, only, both

For your information...

* The KS1 Christmas play will take place on Tuesday 10th December and there will be a performance in the morning for Year 1 parents and one in the afternoon for Year 2 parents. If you are having any problems sourcing a costume, please come and let us know and we can help! We have a dress rehearsal on Friday 6th December. Please make sure costumes are in by this date.

* We have PE with Mr Jones every Monday. Please come to school dressed for PE (jogging bottoms recommended) but still wearing your St Cleer jumper.

* Over the coming weeks, we are likely to be doing lots of exciting Christmas crafts and activities. If you would like to bring in a shoe box wrapped in Christmas paper or decorated in some way, it would make a lovely store for your bits and bobs. Spare boxes are gratefully appreciated!

*Date for your diary: Monday 13th January KS1 trip to ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. Thank you to those who have already sent their slip back and paid using Parent Pay.

 


 

Maths

This week, Year 1 have learned about position and direction. We learned how to follow and give commands using the words forwards, backwards, left, right, clockwise and anti-clockwise. There's a great app on the iPads that we've been using called Blue-Bot and there's another good one called Bee-Bot which are free to download and fun to use! Not only does it help us with our maps, but it teaches us about programming too.

Next steps: We are concentrating on odd and even, recognising coins and notes and doubles and halves.

Two Mathletics activities have been set for you to complete.

Literacy

This week we finished writing the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'. An important year 1 skill is to be able to 're-read and check sentences'. To help us with this, the children have learned about the smiley face sentence checker. Once the sentence is complete, they must check for a capital letter at the beginning (first eye), a full stop at the end (second eye), to check their spelling (smile) and then that it makes sense (outside circle). We'll be using this method to check our own and each other's sentences in the weeks to come.

We've been reading...

'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson.

In the wider curriculum...

In geography this week, Year 1 learnt about the capital cities in each of the countries that make up the UK. How many can you remember?

In RE, KS1 are thinking about the question: "How do Christians celebrate Christmas?'. Last week, we were thinking about different Christmas traditions. This week, the children learnt about what each different decoration on a Christmas tree resembles. Did you know that Christians believe a bauble can represent the world, the star on top can represent the 'Star of Bethlehem' and a candy cane can represent a shepherd's crook?

Homework

* Have a go at the Mathletics activities that have been set. https://login.mathletics.com/

* Please find time to read every day!

* We are learning to read and spell these common exception words: where, love, come, some, one
This week’s challenge words: children, wild, climb

For your information... 

* The KS1 Christmas play will take place on Tuesday 10th December and there will be a performance in the morning for Year 1 parents and one in the afternoon for Year 2 parents. If you are having any problems sourcing a costume, please come and let us know and we can help! 

* We have PE with Mr Jones every Monday. Next week, 1A will also have PE with Mrs Tyrell on Tuesday afternoon (26th November).

 


 

Maths

This week we have been finding the difference between two numbers. We've done this by building towers of bricks and finding 'how many more' and also by using a number line to count the jumps between two numbers. 

Next week we are learning about position and direction. We will learn the words clockwise, anti-clockwise, left, right, quarter turn, half turn, three-quarter turn and full turn.

Literacy

We have started to write the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'. We are practicing saying our sentences out loud before writing them down. We are learning to start our sentences with capital letters and end them with full stops.

Next week we will continue to write the story and learn the importance of reading and rereading our sentences.

In the wider curriculum

Children have been reading the story ‘Thomas and the Tinners’ and researching mining on the iPads to understand what it must have been like for Victorian children working in the mines.

In art, we started to sketch a portrait of Queen Victoria. We sectioned the picture and our paper into 6 parts and worked on each section at a time, focusing on the outline. Next week, we will add shading and detail to our pictures. It was great to apply our sketching skills and use our knowledge of the different types of sketching pencil.

We have also had circle time focusing on friendships and being kind to link in with ‘Anti-Bullying Week’.

We have started to practice the KS1 Nativity ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. The children are very eager to practise the songs and dances – we have some very enthusiastic singers! Please let us know if you are having any trouble trying to source costumes.

Next week...

Don't forget your PE kit. Our session with Mr Jones takes place every Monday.

Homework

Aim to read daily for for 5-10 minutes.
Take a look at the Mathletics activities that have been set.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Chapman and Mrs Adams

 


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