Year 1

Week ending 22/09/17

We have tried a few lessons of whole class activities and the children have responded very positively to this approach.  We have looked at counting forwards and backwards and looked at one more than.  Next week, we will be looking at one less than and comparing groups using language like fewer, greater and equal to.

In Literacy this week, we have started some Seaside Poems, using the senses to describe objects we might find at the beach.  We will be carrying on with these next week, and perhaps writing a recount of what we did at the Chippy Mop.  We will also be looking at the sound 'ay' in Phonics.

In RE, we started looking at Creation, PE we are still working on throwing and catching and both of these will be carried forward to next week.

For History, we will be looking at the differences you would find at the seaside from the present day to the past.

Junior Leadership Team representatives: Otto and Eva

Eco Warriors: Arthur A and Edie

Show and Tell: Friday 29th September is PURPLE box.

Have a fantastic weekend.


Week ending 15/09/17

The first full week is complete.  We introduced a bit more structure this week with handwriting between 08:50 and 09:10 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  They did very well to come in, find their seats and start copying the date into their books.

We have also started our Guided Reading Carousel.  We are practising talking in our quiet voices whilst teachers listen to readers and the guided reading group.

In Maths this week, we looked at representing numbers in different ways; wrting the number, drawing the number and showing the number. We counted objects by putting them into lines and pointed at them whilst counting and noticed that the last number we counted is the total amount.  We then used these skills to do some problem solving today.

We looked at the sound 'ai' for Phonics and have some sentences to write for the phonics homework.  If you are concerned about sound buttons, don't worry too much.  I'd rather they have a go at writing two sentences with two of the words in the list. Remember capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.

In PE, we played Foxes and Rabbits, then we did 20 minutes exercise with Joe Wicks, who was transmitting a live fitness class for all schools across the UK to join in with.  Reception joined us, and everyone had lots of fun, being worked hard by Joe.  I was very impressed by everyone giving it a go.

In Geography, we looked at a map of the UK and discussed how many countries made up the UK.  We named England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.  We talked about where we visited in our holidays and found them on the map.  We then programmed Beebots to travel from one country to another.

Next week, we will be doing more counting, one more than and one less than, the sound a-e for Phonics, more with the Beebots and the UK and throwing and catching for PE.

Thank you for all your support in allowing the children to come round from the gate on their own.  They are managing it brilliantly. 

Have a wonderful weekend!


Week ending 08/09/17


Firstly, I have been asked to pass on a MASSIVE thank you from Miss Nolan, Mrs Hickman and Mrs Smart for all the cards and generous gifts given at the end of last year.  They are very grateful.

Secondly, I would like to say well done to all parents and carers, for surviving the summer, and getting all your children back to school looking so smart, refreshed and ready to learn.

It's been a fantastic first week, with us writing postcards for our Holiday Topic, writing and counting our numbers to 20. We have also been learning about our new classroom, agreeing rules and bounderies and being rewarded for remembering them, using class dojos.  No more zone board!  The children have responded very positively to this new system, and we have spent this week getting used to using it, and working out what kind of things we can earn dojos for. You will receive logins for this next week, which will enable you to follow your child's progress instantly throughout the day.

We are having the parent/teacher meeting on Tuesday 12th September at 2:30pm now.  This has changed to what was originally on the newsletter, as I felt it was too late to wait until week 3.  I will be able to discuss in more detail class dojo, the year one curriculum, Teach Your Monster to Read, homework and class routines.  I will be handing out logins and a letter explaining some of this too.  If you can't make it, I will ensure the information is sent home.  I am also happy for you to make appointments to see me should you need to discuss anything in more detail.

Next week, we will be doing some Phonics, Maths, PE, Geography, Literacy and Guided Reading.  It will be a busy week, but a fun one.

I hope everyone rests well this weekend, and see you on Monday.


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