Year 1 Weekly News

Thursday 23rd November 2017

This week in Maths we have been working on number problems. The children have been encouraged to use their maths packs to work out their answers and record them in their books.

In English we have been looking at rhyming words. We have made our own poems about winter for our display boards outside the classroom. Next week we will be learning how to write lists and letters. In preparation, please talk to your child about their address.

We have continued to observe our runner beans growing. Some have started growing and it has been really exciting to watch.

We have begun our rehearsals for the Christmas play. Instead of homework this week, please help your child to learn their lines and the songs from the play.

Have a lovely long weekend!

 

Friday 17th November 2017

This week in Maths we have been learning about money and positional language. We have ordered coins from 1p to £2. The homework this week will be focussed on this topic.

In English we have been sharing our favourite books and making fact files about them. The children have really enjoyed sharing this information with each other.

We planted runner beans in science and have made a “Bean Diary” to track and document it’s growth.  The children have been very enthusiastic about watering them!

Next week we will begin rehearsals for the Christmas play. Please look out for a note in bookbags to let you know what your child’s costume will be.

Next week is a four day week (we are not at school on Friday) so the spellings and homework will be given out on Thursday.  Please ensure homework is handed in by Wednesday so that it can be marked by Thursday.

PE Kit

Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school, including trainers. A reminder that every child should have socks in their PE kit to change into (particularly if girls are wearing tights). If your child is unable to tie laces, then velcro trainers are preferable!

Many thanks for your continued support. Have a lovely weekend.

 

Friday 10th November 2017

This week in Math we have been focusing on addition and subtraction. The children spent time developing their skill of using a number-line to help add and subtract two numbers. Using resources in Maths, such as a number-line, is a really useful tool as we progress to using higher numbers in our work.

In English we have been looking at instruction writing and the use of imperative verbs. We read the ‘Gingerbread Man’ and looked at the importance of sequencing instructions in order. Of course, we then had to put our instructions to the test and make some gingerbread people!

During our ‘Food’ topic we then continued to look at the ‘Gingerbread Man’, focusing on the ingredients needed. We looked at the use of rationing during the World Wars and the substitution

In Science we discussed plants found in our garden and school. The children then spent time designing and labelling a garden. We shall be planting our seeds next week when all our seeds have arrived.

 

Friday 3rd November 2017

This week in English we have been learning to write a recount. We used conjunctions in our writing and wrote about our half term holidays!

In Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have made shape pictures, labelled and sorted shapes and discussed properties of different shapes.

In Science we have begun our new topic of “Identifying Plants”. We will be planting some seeds next week and hope to transfer some of these to our outdoor area.

Our new topic this half term is “Food”. This week we have designed a healthy lunchbox and discussed where our food comes from. We are hoping to take the children to the local supermarket to support our topic work.

Next week we will be learning to write instructions to make gingerbread man. We will be learning about imperative (bossy) verbs and how to use them in a set of instructions.

If you have any seeds or other “gardening” resources, we would be very grateful for them!

Wishing you all a brilliant weekend!

Friday 20th October 2017

Wow! Where has the time gone? We have had a brilliant first half term in Year 1 and look forward to the second half of the Autumn term!

In Maths this week we have been looking at measurement. We have been measuring each other and items in the classroom using non-standard units such as, bean bags, scissors, pencils and counters. At the end of the week we started looking at standard units of measurement and all the pupils spent time using rulers for both measuring and drawing straight lines.

In English we have been reading ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’ and had great fun, pretending to be trains, exploring how we can speed up and slow down the pace of the story using our voices.  Each pupil then wrote their own page to go in our class version of the story.

In Science we focused on the importance of taking care of our pets. We looked at how different animals have very different needs such as a dog and a snake. After half term, we will be starting our new topic ‘Plants’.

In our topic ‘Wonderful Me!’ we continued our focus on measurement by recording all the heights of the children.  Next term we shall be starting our new topic of ‘Food’. We will be looking at farming and where our food comes from in the world. We shall be going into the ICT suites to look at how we can use a computer to write up recipes and use pictures to create a healthy eating plate.

We have got a busy term planned after half term with ‘Book Week’ and the lead up to Christmas.  We have been very impressed with how the pupils are getting on with their spellings and homework so keep up the brilliant practise at home and of course, reading!

We hope you all enjoy a wonderful half term!

 

Friday 13th October 2017

This week in English we have been reading ‘Penguin’ by Polly Dunbar. We have been looking at the use of speech bubbles in the story and the children have had lots of fun coming up with different lines that the characters might say.

In Maths we have been focusing on subtraction and discussing the different vocabulary used, such as ‘take away’. We have been looking at the relationship between addition and subtraction and how one is the inverse of the other. We have also spent some time looking at mathematical word problems and how we can use different resources to help work out the questions.

In Science we were looking at different animal’s diets and whether they are herbivores, carnivores or omnivores. It sparked some brilliant discussions as the children were suggesting different animals and working out which group they belonged to.

As Simon Balle has recently twinned with a school in The Gambia, during topic, we were looking at similarities and differences between Hertford and Bakau, a town in the west of The Gambia.  We also spent time discussing different parts of our body and why we felt it was the best part of our body.

Next week in Maths we shall be looking at measurement and the use of non-standard units. In English we shall be reading ‘Brown Bear Brown Bear’ and making a class book in the same style.

Wishing you all a brilliant weekend!

 

Friday 6th October 2017

This week in English we have been learning about the story, “Monkey and Me” by Emily Gravett. The children enjoyed acting out the story and learning the repeated phrases in the book.

In Maths we have been learning doubling and halving. The children enjoyed making ladybirds to double numbers.  We also started to count in twos and notice the odd and even numbers.

In Science we learnt about reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. We grouped the animals and then compared the similarities and differences.

During our topic work we discussed our journeys to school and made maps to show these. We talked about using a “key” on a map to identify different landmarks.

Next week in Maths we will be learning about subtraction.  We will investigate this through practical activities and then the children will begin to record when they are ready.

We really enjoyed the Harvest celebration this week. Thank you for all you donations.

 

Friday 29th September 2017

We have had a super busy week in Year 1. We all enjoyed taking part in the Fun Run on Tuesday afternoon. The children looked amazing in their costumes.

We tasted fruit on Friday and used words to describe how it tasted. The children thought of some really interesting adjectives and they really enjoyed acting out the story “Handa’s Surprise”.

In maths we have learnt about addition and we have made our own addition sentences using the signs + and =.

The homework so far has been so creative – thank you for your efforts in helping the children with this.

This week we will be sending home a practice sheet to help with learning spellings. Please use this if you wish – it does not need to come back to school!

A reminder that next Tuesday is Harvest Festival at All Saints church.

Next week in English we will continue to learn about repeated phrasing in stories and rhymes. In maths we will be learning about subtraction.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 22nd September 2017

This week in English we have been acting out the story of ‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’. We had lots of fun in the hall recreating the story. We also discussed what we would like to put in our dream jars to make a happy dream. The children loved shared all their different ideas.

In Maths we have been learning about place value and have investigated how many ‘ten’ and ‘ones’ are in teen numbers. We did lots of practical activities to consolidate our learning.

In Science we learnt about mammals and their characteristics. We compared the different mammals and whether they had similarities or differences.

During our topic work we took photos and have used these to recreate our self-portraits.

Next week in Maths we will be learning about additions. Please note that the homework is linked to this area. In English we shall be reading ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and tasting some of the exotic fruit from the story.

Please ensure your child has their trainers and appropriate European themed costume to wear on Tuesday for the Fun Run.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Friday 15th September 2017

Another great week had in Badgers and Rabbits classes this week!

As it was Dahlicious day on Wednesday, we spent the week focusing on the BFG.  We talked about our dreams and made dream catchers. It was amazing to see so many different characters from Roald Dahl stories.

In maths we have been focusing on place value and learning about ‘more’ and ‘less’. The children have been focusing on ‘one more’ and ‘one less’ than a number.

In our topic work we have been learning about different parts of the body and had great fun drawing around one another and identifying parts of the body we knew.

Next week we shall be looking at ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ in Maths. We will be reading the Bear Hunt in English, focusing on the repeated patterns and phrases in stories.

Please make sure that the homework is handed in by next Thursday so that we are able to mark it before Friday. We shall be sending out spellings today for a test next Friday.

Thank you for continuing to read with your child, keep it up!

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday 8th September 2017

A great start to the year in our Badgers and Rabbits classes! The children have settled back really well and are enjoying being in their new classrooms.

This week we have shared lots of holiday diaries – there are still a lot to get through! We will hold onto these and send them home at the end of the half term.

We have started our topic work for “Wonderful Me”. The children have painted self – portraits and shared facts about themselves.

Thank you for sending in the baby photos. We will be using these for a display in class and we will send them home at the end of the half term.

Next week we celebrate Dahlicious Day. Please send your child dressed as a Roald Dahl character on Wednesday. In class we will be learning about The BFG. We will make dream catchers and will learn about Roald Dahl.

Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school, including trainers. We do not need wellies in school.

Have a fantastic weekend!