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November 15, 2019

Happy Pudsey Day! Many thanks for all your kind donations. This money has now been sent to the BBC Children in Need appeal.

This week in year one we have been busy practising our number bonds to 10! We have made number bond paper chains, used hand cut-outs to work them out using fingers and coloured in tens frames. Some of us have even had a go at some very complicated missing number problems. Well done Year 1!

In English, we have all had a go at writing our own class versions of ‘Foggy Foggy Forest’. All sorts of different things appeared in the forest this time including a pig wearing a funny wig, ………… The children have made amazing progress with their writing this term and we  have  been delighted with their enthusiasm and commitment to learning.

During our afternoon ‘Quest’ sessions, children from across the classes have been working together to create large-scale models of deciduous and evergreen trees, complete with classification labels! We hope that your children are enjoying spotting different types of trees out in their local environment.

Over the next few days we will be sending nativity songs word home to practise! Please encourage your child to learn these off my heart! We are sure that you will enjoy hearing them as much as we enjoy singing them!


Fireworks, friendship and forgiveness

This week in year one we have been exploring fireworks, friendship and forgiveness.

In RE (respect everyone/ religious education) we have been exploring the parable of ” the prodigal son”. We learnt that although everyone makes mistakes it is how we learn from these mistakes and forgive that is important. Each class started a forgiveness book which the children can use to help with friendships and emotional development. 

In science, we have been continuing to classify evergreen and deciduous trees. As part of this we went on a nature walk. The children confidently talked about the different properties of evergreen and deciduous trees. 

This week was Mrs Worthington’s classes turn for balance bike ability. It was fantastic to see all of the children improving their balance and focus. Thank you to Graham and colleagues for supporting the year 1 children over the last three weeks. 

Thank you to all of the parents who attended our early reading and phonics workshop. It was great to see so many parents from all three classes. If you were unable to attend the workshop but have any questions please feel free to ask any of the year 1 teachers for advice/resources. 

Year 1 step into the forest!

We have been very busy again in Year 1 this week! Class 1SP have enjoyed their balance-ability week and it has been fantastic to see them all doing so well, with several learning how to ride pedal bikes successfully before the end of the week! It is the turn of 1JW next week. What a wonderful opportunity this has been for the children!

In English, we have been looking at the book ‘Foggy Foggy Forest’ . Check out the video of Class 1JM telling this story aloud with all the actions! Can the children tell you who (or what) is hiding in the Foggy Foggy Forest each time?! We have also been thinking about forests in our Science work, learning the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees. There are examples of both in the beautiful illustrations that accompany ‘Foggy Foggy Forest’. What a clever book!

In Maths we have been writing addition sentences and learning all about using the Part Part Whole Model. Ask your child to talk to you about these – they are becoming experts!

Remember to hear your children read every week and to sign and send their reading diaries into school every Monday. This ensures that they receive a ‘read to succeed’ ticket. The more tickets they have, the more likely they are to win a book during the end of term prize draw!


Awesome Autumn and Brilliant Biking in Year 1

We have had a very exciting week in Year 1! Class 1JM have been the first class to take part in the ‘Balance-ability’ bike week. They have thoroughly enjoyed each and every session and their progress has been amazing. Several children on Thursday were able to ride pedal bikes for the first time and were rightly very proud of themselves!

In English, we have written our own version of “I Love Bugs”, based around something that we really love! This has included Bumblebee the Transformer, rabbits, cats, footballers, mermaids, unicorns, Spiderman, Batman….. and even Barbie! We are getting to grips with saying and remembering a sentence, using our phonics, adding finger spaces and including capital letters and full stops in the correct places – tricky stuff!

This week we have also ventured into the world of ‘Design Technology’ for the first time, designing, making and eating our own choice of sandwich!! At the beginning of the week, we sampled breads and spreads and then thought about what fillings we might like. Combinations ranged from the exotic (prawn and avocado) to the less conventional (jam and egg!!) but we all had great fun putting them together ourselves and then enjoying a picnic on the field.

Many thanks to those of you that were able to come and watch the children sing their Autumn songs and say a few words about Harvest on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. We were very proud of their performance. What a long way they have all come in just a few short weeks.

Wishing you all a lovely half-term holiday. Fingers crossed for some sunshine!

Life in 1950 and an Autumn Walk in 2019!….

On Tuesday this week Mrs Mabin’s Mum, Mrs Holland, came into visit us as part of our History topic; we have been learning about ‘Changes in Living Memory’. She was born in 1946…..  a LONG time after dinosaurs roamed the earth but many years before we were born or our school building was opened. Mrs Holland showed us lots of black and white photographs and brought with her some of the toys she used to play with. They didn’t have many in those days….. a couple of dolls and some lovely jungle animals made from lead. We were shocked to find out that they didn’t have a freezer or a washing machine and that there were no supermarkets! A few lucky people in the early 1950s owned a TV but the picture was in black and white and there was only one channel to watch – it’s very hard to imagine now-a-days!

In other news, the children have all worked extremely hard this week writing their version of “I Love Pets”, based on the “I Love Bugs” book. In Maths we have been learning how to use the correct mathematical symbols for ‘greater than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equal to’. The children have really enjoyed this and are now turning into experts!

To round off our hard-working week, we went on an Autumn walk around the school grounds on Thursday afternoon. Lots of leaves and twigs were collected and we all loved looking out for different trees as they begin to change colour. Glorious!

Enjoy your weekend. Please could we ask for our £3 cooking donation to be handed in next week.

Many thanks – The Year 1 Team

Year 1 Love Bugs!

We have been very busy this week in Year 1, learning and performing the story ‘I Love Bugs’ by Emma Dodd. Ask your child to see how much they can remember of this story at home…. and check out 1JM on the video adding all their own actions and putting real expression into their voices! In other news we have been finding 1 more and 1 less in Maths and continuing to work on our number formation, In Science, we have begun to explore seasonal change and asked ourselves how we know that the seasons are changing and what about each one is different? Chat with your child at home about what their favourite season is and why!

Next week, we will be turning our ‘I Love Bugs’ story into our own version….. ‘I Love Pets’ AND all having a go at writing it on our own.  Mrs Mabin’s mum, Mrs Holland. is coming into visit to talk about growing up in the 1950s as part of our History unit and we will be looking at greater than and less than in Maths. 

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week for parent’s evening. Please check with your child’s teacher if you are unsure of your time. 

Many thanks – enjoy your weekend!