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Thank you to all parents/carers for attending the Open Morning today. The children enjoyed showing off what they have achieved this year.

 

Hopefully Sports Day will be on tomorrow (Friday 15th July) if the rain stays off. We are keeping our fingers crossed!

Week 4 Update

See below for videos of the children talking about aliens.

Click here to see all the videos that were used to inspire the children.

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Week 4

27.11.15

Congratulations to Rubie. She has won the achievement award for fantastic writing about the alien, including a simile. Well done, we are very impressed.

 

Also congratulations to Mia who has completed a lap around our race track! Well done!

 

We have had an extremely exciting week this week! A strange egg appeared in the ALPs on Monday! Then we found handprints along our corridor and saw an alien! Its mum sent us a message and we made lost posters describing the alien. Luckily someone found him and he was sent back to his mum. They were so pleased, they sent us a present!

English

This week we made a news report about the alien egg we found in the ALPs. We have also been describing the egg we found in the ALPs in writing and the alien we saw on the pictures. We have used similes to help us to build a picture in our heads of what something looks like.

Grace said, “The egg is sparkly like a jewel.”

Rubie said, “The egg is as white as the moon.”

Julian said, “The alien’s skin is as yellow as the sun.”

WOW! Mr Sherriff was very impressed in assembly when he found out year 1 were writing similes!

 

Maths

 

We have been working on different things in Maths this week. Some of us have been working on subtraction. We have used objects and pictures to subtract and we have found out that when we subtract the amount that we have left is smaller.

The rest of us have been using a numbers bonds to ten to help us to add two one digit numbers. We have used straws to help us. For example, we can add 9 and 5 by counting out a group of 9 straws and a group of 5 straws. Then we look for the hidden number bond to ten, which is 9 and 1. So we take one straw from the group of five and add it to the nine to make ten. Then we count on from ten using the remainding straws. This is called addition by recombining.

 

Topic

We have continued our alien theme through our afternoons. We used the laptops to draw what we thought was inside the egg before it had hatched. Then we made alien handprints and decorated them – look out for these in our classroom shortly. Finally we went on a treasure hunt, following a map in our classroom to find clues the alien had left.

 

What a busy week! Have a lovely weekend and lots of rest! See you on Monday!

Lots of love,

Miss Rose, Mrs Duckworth and Mrs Stirrup x x x x x

Week 2

 

13.11.15

Congratulations to Julian. He has won the achievement award for finding his voice and showing his personality in class, what a superstar. Well done, we hope you keep it up.

Also congratulations to Lisamarie, Grace and Cassie they have all completed a lap around our race track! Well done!

 

English

This week we have been focusing on the two main settings from the Snail and the Whale. We collected adjectives about the iceberg scene and beach scene and we used this to write similes. We had some fantastic ideas like, ‘The sea is as sparkly as a diamond’.

We will finish writing our postcards on Monday and then we will begin to think about the adventure the Snail and the Whale.

 

Maths

We have been learning about part, part whole models this week. We have learnt the whole is the biggest number and there are different ways of making the whole. Look at our pictures to see us using PPW models.

 

Topic

We have learnt about hot and cold places around the world in relation to the equator. We know that places near to the equator are hot and further away from the equator are cold.

 

See you on Monday!

Lots of love,

Miss Rose, Mrs Duckworth and Mrs Stirrup x x x x x

Week 1

06.11.15

 

Welcome back after our half term break! We hope you had a lovely time and are back refreshed and ready to go!

 

Congratulations to Anureet. She has won the achievement award for going above and beyond, she tries hard in everything she does, and does extra work at home. Well done, we are very impressed.

 

Also congratulations to Alfie W, Stelaa, Anureet, Thomas and Saskia (and Noah, who will collect his certificate and prize when he is better!) they have all completed a lap around our race track! Well done!

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English

 

This week we have introduced our new story, ‘The Snail and the Whale’. Some of us have been writing simile sentences to describe the snail and other characters. We chose adjectives like big, slimy and hard to describe the snail. Our similes included, ‘His shell is as hard as a rock’ and ‘The whale is as big as a house.’ Have a look at the pictures below to see our first attempt.

Next week we will be focusing on describing the various settings in the story.

 

Maths

 

We have been finding out about odd and even numbers this week. We met two dinosaurs called, Bod and Steven. One likes to eat even numbers and the other likes to eat odd numbers. We have learnt a song to help us to know which numbers are even and which ones are odd.

It goes like this:

I’m a number cruncher and my name is Bod,

I like numbers when they’re odd,

All even numbers taste just fine,

And they end in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9

I’m a number cruncher and my name is Steven,

I like numbers when they’re even,

All even numbers taste just great,

And they end in 0,2, 4, 6, 8

Can you sing along at home?

 

Topic

 

We have begun our new topic, ‘Hot and Cold’. Today we have thought about what we already know about hot and cold. Next week we will be looking at hot and cold places around the world. If you have a photo from a holiday/day out, please could you send it into school early next week, I will take a copy and give you the original back. If you would like to send it via email, you can send it to the school email address on the contact page of the website. It would really help us to understand different places around the world if we can think about places we have already visited.

 

See you on Monday!

 

Lots of love,

Miss Rose, Mrs Duckworth and Mrs Stirrup x x x x 

Week 5

 

22.10.15

 

Congratulations to Anureet, Stelaa, Jessica, Noah, Grace, Lisamarie and Alfie W this week. They have won the achievement award for reading almost every night at home since the start of term. Well done everyone. We hope you keep it up, we have noticed a BIG improvement in your reading!

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THANK YOU! 

To everyone who participated in our bake off, either by baking or contributing to buy one! Here’s our class cake, and some photos of us enjoying some cakes we bought. 

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English

This week we had special visitor, a witch! She left us some ingredients and instructions to make a spell. We used the disgusting ingredients (frog wee, dragon’s blood, snake skin, wriggly worms and lizard snot!) to make a potion. Miss Rose was brave enough to drink the potion and everybody says she turned into a frog… She doesn’t remember…

We used this experience to create our list of ingredients for our own potion and then we wrote a list, so that other people could make our potion too. What would your magic potion be for?

 

Maths

We continued to work on number bonds on Monday, solving missing number sentences. We put the small number in our heads, then counted on to ten. The amount of fingers we had standing up told us what our missing number was.

After that we started working on data handling, this was because Mrs Ford wanted to know what everybody’s favourite colour was then Mrs Evans wanted to know what everyone’s favourite Halloween costume was. We made a table and used a tally to show peoples results. Then we used the information in our table to make a pictogram, so that the children in reception could understand it too. They were really useful ways to show information.

 

Topic

This week we have worked hard making and decorating our models to recreate our walk down Montrose Avenue.

 

Computing

We have been working really hard in our computing topic this week and we have finished our fact files!!! Have a look at them by clicking on the names.

We hope you have a lovely half term break and look forward to seeing fresh faces on Monday 2nd November.

Lots of love,

Miss Rose, Mrs Duckworth and Mrs Stirrup x x x x x

Week 5

 

2.10.15

 

Congratulations to Summer this week. She has won the achievement award for beginning to try hard in everything that she does. Well done Summer. You will be missed in your new school but we wish you all the best for the future.

THANK YOU!

To everyone who came into school during parents' evenings to see us. It was lovely to spend time with you to talk about your child. We look forward to the next one! Don’t forget if you need to speak to us, we’re always there every morning J

 

English

This week we have been working really hard building up to our independent write. This is where we have the chance to show off everything we have been learning so far in year 1. Our teachers were really impressed with the sentences some of us have written about the wolf.

 

Maths

We have been learning about number bonds this week. We know these are different pairs of numbers which make the same amount. Some of us were learning about number bonds to five and some were learning about number bonds to ten. It’s really important that throughout year one we learn the number bonds for each number all the way up to 20. We have been singing a special song to help us to remember our number bonds to ten. It is sung to the tune of Row, Row, Row your boat, these are the words;

9 and 1 are number bonds,

8 and 2 are friends

7 and 3

6 and 4

5 and 5 are twins

Can you sing our song at home?

We have also completed maths assessments this week.

 

Topic

This week we have been planning our building design after our walk last week. We have sent a letter home asking for cardboard boxes, kitchen rolls tubes (not toilet roll tubes!) so that we can build our designs next week.

Get lots of rest this weekend!

Lots of love,

Miss Rose, Mrs Duckworth and Mrs Stirrup x x x x x

 

Week 6

 

9.10.15

 

Congratulations to Bradley this week. He has won the achievement award for being a fabulous member of Y1, he always tries his best in everything he does and he is always polite. A definite superhero. Well done Bradley.

 

 

English

 

We have continued with the Little Red Riding Hood story this week, but our focus has been on the setting. We have learnt that the setting is where the story takes place. We used our senses and our experiences in the ALPs to help us with this. The adjectives we have used in our setting descriptions are fantastic! Next week we will be looking at describing the wolf.

 

Maths

 

This week we have been learning about subtraction. We know that to subtract and to take away mean the same thing. We have practised taking away using counters, pictures and number lines! Ask us what one less is this weekend!

 

Science

 

We have began to think about waterproof materials and we made a prediction to say which material we though would be best to fix George’s umbrella. What material do you think would be best?

 

Topic

We went on a walk of our local area this week. We have been looking at the different types of houses around us. We found out that two houses stick together were called semi-detached houses and more than two houses stuck together were called terraced houses. Next week we will be designing a building from our local walk. Please collect boxes from home and bring them into school ready for modelling your design.

 

A HUGE thank you to all parents who helped us to all look fantastic celebrating our book fair with a superhero themed day! Reading is really important!

Congratulations to Cassie, Anureet, Jessica, Alfie W, Noah, Lisamarie, Stelaa and Grace who have already raced around our racing track! Well done! We are so impressed with you! Who will be next to reach the finish line?

 

Get lots of rest this weekend!

 

Lots of love,

Miss Rose, Mrs Duckworth and Mrs Stirrup x x x x x

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Week 5

 

2.10.15

 

Congratulations to Thomas this week. He has won the achievement award for being a courteous member of class, he is always ready to learn. He is also a super scientist and he worked well during our investigations. Well done Thomas.

 

 

English

 

We started the week exploring the ALPs to see if the Gruffalo had been caught in our traps. We couldn’t find him, but all of the food had disappeared!

Then we read a new story called Little Red Riding Hood. We had the wolf in the hot seat and asked him lots of questions!

This week we have focused on adjectives and we have used them to write adjective sentences about the Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood. Ask us to describe things around us this weekend, can we remember what an adjective is?

 

Maths

 

We have been learning to add this week. We know that we put two groups together and get a bigger number. We have done this in lots of different ways this week and we are getting much better at it.

 

Science

 

We have had a very exciting week being scientist this week. First we investigated which house was the best in the story if the Three Little Pigs, so we made a brick house, a stick house and a straw house. We tested then with our Big Bad Wolf hairdryer! We found out that the brick house was the strongest.

The Three Little Pigs asked us to design a new house for them, so we made a prediction to say which of the materials we thought would be the strongest. Then we did an investigation to find out if we were right! We built houses from paper, fabric, tin foil and plastic. We found out that the plastic house was the strongest because our wolf hairdryer could not blow it down.

 

Next week we will continue to look at Little Red Riding Hood, but we will be thinking about where the story takes place. This is called the setting.

Get lots of rest this weekend!

Lots of love,

Miss Rose, Mrs Duckworth and Mrs Stirrup x x x x x

 

Week 4

25.9.15

Congratulations to Stelaa this week. She has won the achievement award for showing a big improvement in her writing and lighting up our classroom with her wonderful smile! Well done Stelaa.

 

English

This week we have been finishing our Gruffalo work. It has been an exciting week because we found out that the Gruffalo was on the loose around our school! We spent the week designing Gruffalo traps and writing instructions so that we knew how to set them on Friday.

We enjoyed our trip to the ALPs (luckily it stayed quite dry for us) and set our traps. Have a look at our photos. We will return to the ALPs on Monday to see if our traps have caught a Gruffalo!

 

Maths

We have been learning about measure. We began looking at mass and found how much objects in our classroom weighed. Then we went onto length and we really enjoyed racing to build the longest unifix train! We will continue to look at length on Monday.

 

Topic

This week we have thought of questions to ask about the past and we had a special visitor to ask our questions to. We have learnt lots about the changes that have taken place.

 

Science

This week we went on a material hunt around our school to find objects made from different materials. We found a wooden door and a plastic bin. We are starting to think about why materials are chosen, so we found out that windows are made from glass because they are see-through and our uniform is made from fabric because it is warm and soft. What is your house made from?

 

We will be looking at a different story next week, called the ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. What do you already know about this story? Do you know any other traditional tales?

Don’t forget you wellies for our trip to the ALPs on Monday!

 

Lots of love,

Miss Rose, Mrs Duckworth and Mrs Stirrup x x x x x

Week 3

 

18.9.15

 

Our achievement award this week goes to - Lisamarie Roberts! She has grown up so much and now comes into school every day with a huge smile!

 

English

 

This week we have been thinking of gruesome recipes for the Gruffalo to enjoy. We had some fabulous ideas for our shopping list with items such as; spider's legs, eye balls, grass, sharks teeth and stones. Would you like to eat a meal with those ingredients?

 

Maths

 

In maths we carried on with our counting and we are getting really good! Some of us can even count to 30! How many objects can you count out? We also learnt how to find 1 more of a number and next week we will look at 1 less. This week we looked at positional language and we were detectives to find the correct position of people in a queue. We will continue to build our problem solving skills all year.

 

Topic 

 

This week we have been learning about old and new toys. This linked well to science as we found out that a long time ago toys were made from metal or wood and now they are made from plastic.

 

Come back next week to find out how we get on at the ALPs, Let's hope the weather stays dry!

 

Lots of love

Miss Rose, Mrs Duckworth and all of Y1F x x x x x

 

Week 2

 

11.9.15

 

We've had another fantastic week in year 1F!

A special mention to Noah for receiving the acheivement award this week for: always being ready to learn and help others, he is a fantastic role model.

 

English

 

In English we have continued our work on the Gruffaloalthough we have been focussing on the mouse. We have been working hard to use adjectives to describe the mouse - look at our super sentences in the photo gallery below! On Wednesday we did some role play and we thought about how the mouse would answer the questions we asked. See below for our fabulous photo gallery.

 

Maths

 

We have been focussing on counting this week and ordering numbers. Some of us could even order numbers to 30! WOW! We have also been practising writing our numbers correctly. Please help us with this at home this weekend.

 

Science

 

We spend this week comparing and sorting materials using different criteria. Some of the photos are in our gallery. We can now sort objects into hard or soft and rough or smooth.

 

 

Finally, we'd just like to say a big, "Thank you" to everyone at home who has been listening to us read in the first 2 weeks back at school. We'll post a photo of our racing cars next week, where will yours be?

 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Lots of love,

Miss Rose, Mrs Duckworth and all of Y1F x x x x x

Welcome to Y1F's Class Blog

4.9.15

We had a fabulous start to our new school year in Y1F this week!

 

Maths

 

In Maths we have been looking at 2d and 3d shapes! We can name most 2d shapes and their properties now and we are beginning to learn 3d shape names!

 

English

 

In English we have started reading The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. We had great fun doing some acting to role play the story. We even started writing our own versions of the Gruffalo story with a beginning, middle and ending. Look out because next week we will be designing our very own monster!!

 

Topic

 

Our topic this half term is 'All About Me'. We started this week by learning some things about people in our class. We learnt people's favourite colours and foods among other things!

 

Science

 

We have started to learn about different materials including their names and properties. We are beginning to sort materials based on their properties. Can you find any rough objects at home?

 

Come back regularly to check what we have been up to!

 

Lots of love,

Miss Rose, Mrs Duckworth and all of Y1F

 

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