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Year 1 Class ‘The Penguins’

   What have we been learning this week?

WB 12.6.17

In English, we have written a diary entry for Hercules for his first week on the moon.  The children had a little competition again with points for their writing, but Miss Short was a little sneaky and didn’t tell us what each criterion was worth so we had to make sure everything was perfect if we wanted to score big.

In Maths, we have looked at time and money and moving our learning forward so that we were applying our skills that we have previously been taught.

In other areas of the curriculum we have been guiding each other around like BeeBots outside ensuring our instructions have been specific and clear along with being put through our paces in practise for Sports Day.  What a tiring week!

WB 5.6.17

In English, we have linked our topic work on ‘Planet Earth’ to our writing and have produced some flower poems using expanded noun phrases.  We had to remember to use a comma to separate the adjectives.  This was tricky.

In Maths, we looked at fractions and have been challenged from the word go.  Miss Short has really tried to challenge our thinking and it has worked.

In PE we are now focusing on Sports Day and completing races to see who is going to compete in each race.  This is fun and for some reason we are getting a little competitive already. What a surprise!

Balanceability is continuing along with teaching from the Piano Academy.  Thank you to the adults that teach and support in this.

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In English, we have moved our writing onto a non-fiction fact sheet about our planets that we have made up in Art.  Miss Short, Miss Struggles, Mrs Porter and Mrs Allen pointed our work, so that each piece of writing was worth a certain amount of points.  This became quite competitive (surprising, I know) but it produced some very good pieces of Year 1 writing.  We will be using this again.

In Maths, we looked at division and the majority of us showed good understanding moving our learning on further to some challenging problems.  We really impressed our adults.

On Tuesday we also had our trip out to Skegness Pier.  We have been learning about the Fire and this trip allowed us to go and visit the lifeboat station and find out about how they help people at sea.  We couldn’t believe how far the Pier went out before the fire destroyed it.

We had our last swimming session on Monday and took part in balanceability on Wednesday. Thank you to Piano Academy for teaching us new skills in Music this term.  We love our Music sessions.

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In English, we have moved our writing onto non-fiction writing and have written an introduction and middle part about the Moon.  At the beginning of next week, we will look at writing an ending to our writing.  Miss Struggles hopes that we will then use what we have learned to write a piece of non-fiction writing about our own planets that we have created in Art.

In Maths, we looked at multiplication and we have really moved our learning on from just looking at the skills to solving 2 step problems.  Let’s hope we can remember this in a few weeks when we have it as a morning task.

We started our Balanceability this week with Mr Cameron and although the weather wasn’t great we had lots of fun.  Thank you to all the members of staff that have helped develop our learning further this week.

WB 8.5.17

In English, we received a message from Hercules from our book a couple of weeks ago ‘The First Hippo on the Moon’.  How exciting!  We received a message asking us to make him some Moon Rock cakes.  He sent us the instructions and he wants them ready for when he eventually gets back to Earth.

In Maths, we looked at measure linked with mass, capacity, length and height.  We had the pleasure of getting water out due to the lovely weather and we also used the rulers to find things that were 15cms long.  This was trickier than we first thought.

We started making our new planets in Art this week using clay.  It’s a good job Mrs Porter teaches us for Art because Miss Struggles wouldn’t have liked the mess.  We managed to tidy up before she came back.

 

WB 2.5.17

In English, we have moved our learning onto looking at ‘Onomatopoeia’ and then extending our sentences by using ‘Expanded Noun Phrases’ – using two adjectives with a comma.  We have tried to improve our writing using both these literary terms.

In Maths, we have looked at money and what coins we would use to make certain amounts.  Miss Short even linked this in with our story book ‘The First Hippo on the Moon’ that we looked at last week in English.

In Science, we have moved onto looking at ‘Plants’ and we have been introduced to the terms ‘deciduous’ and ‘evergreen’ looking at different trees and sorting them.

We have had a lot of new vocabulary this week.  How amazing!

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In English we have focused on writing an ending to the David Walliams story ‘The First Hippo on the Moon’, as this book links in nicely with our topic ‘Planet Earth’.  The children have loved it and it made them burst into a fit of giggles.  We looked at the features of an ending and tried to magpie them in our own writing.

In Maths we have looked at subtraction using the unstructured number line.  We went over the skills first, then Miss Short challenged us by giving us some problems to solve. We then had to apply our skills.

Other things this week included: our first swimming lesson, music with the Piano Academy and completing our first science investigation of the term. Just take a look on our website and Twitter for some pictures. What a week!

WB 18.4.17

The Year 1 children have come back from their Easter holiday amazingly. In English we have focused on the rhyming story book ‘Aliens in Underpants Save the World’ and the children have loved it. We have even written our own version of the story.

In Maths we have initially looked at adding in ones and tens on the unstructured number line and then went on to solve one step or some two step worded problems.  We’re now exploring 2D and 3D shapes.

It has been a great start to term 5 in Year 1.

WB 20.3.17

This week in Year 1, we have looked at writing our own Easter story using a story map that we created in our R.E. session the week before.

We had to impress Miss Struggles by how much we had written (length) along with all the extra things we now have to include in our writing e.g. sentence starters, adjectives, conjunctions, exclamation marks and question marks where possible.

In Maths we have moved our learning on to looking at position and direction. This has been fun and further more we have looked at turns (1/4 turns, half turns and whole turns).  This was tricky but we have listened well and are trying to apply our learning independently.

WB 13.3.17

This week in Year 1, we have started to look at data and we used our visit to Woodside Wildlife Park to help us create a block diagram to show the animal we would write about in English. We were using vocabulary like most, least and were introduced to a new word ‘difference’.

In English, we have created a non-fiction piece of writing based on ‘Julie’ the tiger from Woodside Wildlife Park.  As it was non-fiction we had to include a heading, sub-headings, pictures, captions, along with including all of our basics.

We had a lot of fun on our visit to Woodside this week seeing lots of different animals from all around the world.  We were particularly impressed with the sloth as some of us had never seen a sloth up close and personal.  It was a real experience.

WB 27.2.17

This week in Year 1, we have moved onto looking at fractions again, but this time quarters as well as halves.  We used Pancake Day to help support our learning and because we impressed our adults so much we even had a pancake.

In English, we have looked at writing sentences to make a narrative.  We looked at the story ‘The Runaway Pancake’ and we created our own story map with minimal input from our adults, so they could see how fantastic we are! Wait until they see our writing.

Mrs Taylor again was impressed with us in Music and also how much we have remembered from the previous weeks.  She is really challenging us now and we love it.

WB 20.2.17

This week in Year 1, we have continued to look at subtraction and counting back.  Some children have subtracted practically, whilst other have subtracted, in ones or tens and ones, using the unstructured number line.  We are really mastering this skill at the minute and have impressed our adults on a daily basis.

In English, we have looked at writing sentences in the genre of a recount based around our holiday.  We had to take our writing further by trying to make it more interesting for the reader by extending our sentences further.  After we had done this our writing was so much better.

Miss struggles is teaching our PE now on Tuesday and we had loads of fun outside (due to the weather being so nice) taking our dog for a walk (bat and ball skills)

In our Geography we have explored a northern country of our globe, Canada.  We found some interesting facts and have written these down on post it notes to put on our board.

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This week in Year 1, we have moved onto subtraction and counting back has been our focus.  We have subtracted practically, even using us as the models along with some of us moving onto subtracting using the unstructured number line.  It is similar to adding on the unstructured number line, just backwards.  The bit we’re finding tricky, but not giving up on, is counting backwards.

In English, we have looked at writing sentences and thinking about three questions: Does it contain a subject, verb and object? Does it make sense? Is it punctuated correctly?  If we have managed to say yes for each of our sentences to each question, we have succeeded in our learning.

We had a fab time on Thursday for our ‘Australia Day.’  Trying some different foods, and being a little more creative and messy.  It’s a good job Miss Struggles was out learning herself because the classroom was a little messy.

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This week in Year 1, we have continued to look at measure but this week the focus has been weight and mass.  We used vocabulary related to measure and compared the objects we measured against other objects stating if they were heavier or lighter or the heaviest or lightest.  To help us work this out we used digital scales to measure our objects in grams.

In English, we have focused on our handwriting this week and the correct formation of our letters. We are having a push on this in Year 1 because we are ensuring our letters are correct so we can be ready to join letters in Year 2.

In other areas of the curriculum we have applied our writing skills in History and Computing.  We wrote an information sheet about the Great Fire of London and instructions for BeeBot to move around our map.

WB 23.1.17

This week in Year 1, we have been looking at measure and in particular length and height.  We used vocabulary related to measure and compared the objects we measured against other objects stating if they were longer/shorter and bigger/smaller.

In English, we have linked our learning in RE in the afternoon to help us with our story writing.  We have really enjoyed the story of ‘Moses and the 10 Plagues of Egypt’ so we have created our own story maps and have used them to help us write our own version of the story.  We needed to remember our basics because we didn’t want to see the ‘purple pen’.

We have enjoyed our dance lessons from SKA and have enjoyed being toy soldiers.  It has been fun making up our own dances and performing them to others.  We are even getting better at working together as a team.

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This week in Year 1, we have been looking at division and sharing things equally between 2 (half) and 4 (quarters).  We noticed this week that we can equally share even numbers, but we cannot share odd numbers.  This is a pattern we have to remember!

In English, we have researched all about Antarctica. We thought of questions that we wanted to find out, wrote them down and used the iPads to find the answers. After, we used what we found out to write sentences about Antarctica.  Our plan is to then put what we know into an information sheet for others to use.

Thank you to Piano Academy for our fabulous sessions.  We are getting so much better at following a beat and rhythm and love learning new songs to apply our beat and rhythm skills.

WB 9.1.17

This week in Year 1, we have been looking at addition with one group practically adding groups together, one group using a structured number line and the rest moving onto looking at an unstructured number line.  This has been tricky just drawing a straight line with a ruler let alone making sure we have put the right numbers or drawn the correct number of hops.

In English, we have gone back to the basics and looked at making sentences using a subject, verb and object. We have also looked at writing questions that we want to find out about Antarctica which is the place we are going to explore first in our topic.

It has been great to get back into our PE sessions with SKA and we have also got the pleasure of working with the Eco Centre this term.  Things could get messy!

WB 12.12.16

This week in Year 1, we have been linking our guided reading with our writing this week.  We have used the story of ‘The Mischievous Elf’ and have answered questions based on the text.  As it’s Christmas we have also been using our reading skills to match up some Christmas jokes with their answer.  How funny!

In maths, we have finished off looking at time and then moved on to 3D shapes.  We enjoyed going on a little shape hunt around the classroom.  It’s amazing how many different 3D shapes we found in one room.

We have also started to make our Christmas cards and Christmas gifts to give to our families.  They are looking good, but they have been causing us to make a glittery mess in our classroom, to Miss Struggles delight!

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This week in Year 1, we have been looking at time and telling and showing the time to o’clock and half past.  We have blown Miss Struggles’ socks off this week because we have been very good at this and have amazed all the adults.

In English, we have looked at the Christmas Story and have created a story map to help us with our writing.  We were a little surprised to see that the Christmas Story is the same as our nativity. Who would have seen that coming!

We have performed our ‘Under the Sea’ dance to Reception and they thoroughly enjoyed it. It was fun meeting our under the sea friend Marvin.

The post lady also came to collect our letters to Santa to make sure they reach him in time.  We are so excited!

Friday 1st December 2016

Today we were visited by Paralympian Beverley Jones. The Year 1 children really enjoyed completing all of their sports challenges, which included; spotty dogs, leg drives, press-ups and star jumps. After they had been put through their paces, the children all attended an inspiring assembly led by Beverley. Some children even received special awards and signed photos too!

When we returned to class we watched the following video:

This has helped us to understand how people with disabilities/medical conditions work extremely hard and persevere to overcome barriers within their life and achieve their goals and dreams.

“I can do it!”

WB 21.11.16

This week in Year 1, we have been looking at 2D shapes and looking at their properties.  We have used the shapes to make pictures and have labelled them to show what we used.  This was fun.

In English, we have written our letters to Santa and put them in an envelope ready to send to him, so that we don’t miss the deadline.  We are waiting in anticipation for our replies. How exciting!

We have continued to program devices to follow instructions to get to maps that we have created in groups and we have started to put the final touches to our ‘Under the Sea’ PE dance ready for our performance next week to Reception.

WB 14.11.16

This week in Year 1, we have been looking at fractions and in particular halves of shapes and quantities.  We were even lucky enough to cut a Jaffa cake in half and Miss Short even let us eat it.  How fantastic!

In English, we have created a story map to help us with our writing. We have been using the story map to talk through it so when we come to writing our story we will know what to put. It has been fun making our story maps and doing actions to help us retell it.

We have continued to program devices to follow instructions to get to maps that we have created in groups.

 

WB 7.11.16

This week in Year 1 we have been looking at repeated addition and linking that with multiplication and groups of.  The latter has been tricky, but we’re persevering and accepting our challenge.

In English we have written an independent description of Ariel from ‘The Little Mermaid’ trying to include adjectives accurately.

In Science we have been thinking about questions about where we want to take our learning.  Some of our questions were

‘Why does the weather change in each season?’

‘Why do the leaves fall off the tree?’

We have also been programming devices to follow instructions to get to flags of the world.  We have used BeeBots to do this and we were very excited when they landed on the flags.

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WB 31.10.16

This week in Year 1 we have been busy investigating coins and how much they are worth. We have been very interested in how much we can buy for our money.

We have delved in to our new topic ‘Under the Sea’ to inspire all of our learning. In English we have written a detailed description of Sebastian from ‘The Little Mermaid’. In PE we are beginning to create a under the sea creature dance to express the rhythm and feel of the music.

In Science we are learning about the seasons, how the weather changes and what cultural festivals happen in which seasons.

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In English we have moved our learning to look at being bossy!  We made ‘marshmallow pops’ and then wrote a set of instructions to inform the Reception children how to make them, in case Miss Wright wants to get messy, as we know she likes to do!  We had to remember that when writing instructions we have to be bossy and we were actually pretty good at it.

We thoroughly enjoyed our last Multi-Skills session with Mr. Kirkham from Skegness Academy. We have learnt a variety of different skills including throwing, catching, balancing, quick-stepping through the ladders, jogging, running, to name a few!

In Maths we have continued to look at number bonds to 10 and have used our ‘Sam and Sofia’ story to help us investigate the different ways of making 10.  We have even had a game of tennis in Maths, yes tennis!  Things are just getting crazy in Year 1.

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WB 10.10.16

In English we have moved our learning onto looking at rhyme.  We have linked this into our Harvest theme and used it to create our own little Harvest rhyming couplets.  It has been fun looking at rhyme but it also has been challenging.

In Maths we have been looking at number bonds to 10 and have actually written a story to help us remember the numbers that bond together to make 10.  We have loved this and to quote a child.

“It has been amazing!”

Our plan is for the children to teach you their number bond story.

Watch our video here

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WB 3.10.16

In English we have been applying our story writing skills and using them to help us retell the story of Rama and Sita.  We have also discussed from this other peoples religions and that we all are different.

In Maths we have been looking at measuring and have been looking at dinosaur bones!  Yes real dinosaur bones, so we have been informed by our teachers!  We have looked at measuring using non-standard units of measure to help us find the longest and shortest bone that have allowed us to order the bones from shortest to longest.

In Science we have been looking again at the six animal groups and we even had time to move our learning on by looking at the 3 different eating groups – carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.  Some animals surprised us by what they eat!

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WB 26.9.16

In English we have been writing a story to show Rexy the dinosaurs’ adventure. We have tried to ensure we have included our capital letters, finger spaces and full stops along with impressing our adults by using adjectives and conjunctions.  We really have impressed!

In Maths we have looked at applying our skills in addition and subtraction to solving problems.  We need to make sure we find the important information before we try and work it out.

PE and Music have again been fantastic along with our learning in Science where we have been looking at the different groups of animals and sorting pictures to show which animal belongs in which group.  Even some adults found this challenging.

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WB 19.9.16

These weeks are just flying past at the minute!  In English we have been looking at ‘Rexy’ the dinosaur (a short film on youtube) to help us sequence sentences together to make a short narrative.  We have loved seeing what Rexy has got up to on his adventure.  He is really funny and silly!

In Maths we have moved our skills onto looking at subtracting on the number line where we have to remember that when subtracting we go backwards as our answer should get smaller.  This was tricky to begin with but we are slowly remembering this and really impressing our adults.

Thank you to Mr Kirkham for our energetic PE lessons, by the end of it we are all nearly half asleep and it has been tricky to wake ourselves up to concentrate on our RE, but we are getting better at this.

We may say this a lot, but Year One is hectic, but we love the challenge.

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WB 12.9.16

Well the second week is nearly finished already and what a week!  We have been extending our noun phrases into sentences using nouns, adjectives and verbs in English.  Miss Struggles has also set our targets, so it has been fun trying to remember to include these when completing our learning.  In Maths we have been continuing to practise our counting and then developing our knowledge of number by looking at place value and the order of numbers.  Looking at our number formation has also been a key focus this week.

Other areas that we have covered this week include Computing, Art, History, RE, PE and Geography not to mention Guided Reading and Phonics!  We will be glad for the weekend!

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WB 5.9.16

It’s been our first week in Year One and it has been jam packed with learning.  We have been writing, all the time and practising our skills. We have looked at adding two numbers together in Maths, some of us practically and some of us using a number line. It was interesting finding out about Queen Elizabeth 1 as we have come to the conclusion that it’s only going to get more interesting after seeing some of the not very good choices she made during her time!

This term is going to be amazing and we are looking forward to the ride!

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WB 11.7.16

It’s ‘Transition Week’ so the Reception children have invaded the Year One classroom.  It has been a lot of fun learning about each other and what we want in our new class in September. Some requests are achievable, some on the other hand are not, but we are excited about what we have to look forward to next year.

Some of the quotes from the children this week have included

‘We like Year One because you can play!’ – may be not as much in September. Sorry!

‘I love learning!’ – so do Miss Struggles and Mrs Porter.

‘The day goes so quickly in Year One!’ – that’s why we like it so much!

Some of us have been quite tired this week, but it has been exciting having an insight into what to expect when we come back from our holidays.

Quick note from Miss Struggles:

“Don’t get used to Reception again as Year One is coming to get you!”

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This week in Maths we have looked at measuring again, but this time, weight, mass and length.  We have been finding out if things are heavier or lighter and also weighing things and reading the actual weight, in grams.

In English, we have used a video of ‘Polio Bear’s’ adventure to discuss his good and bad choices.  We have helped Polio Bear to make good choices by writing a list of things that he should do when showing that he has been making excellent choices in school.  We have learned a lot from this also!

In other areas of the curriculum, we have been practising programing skills by sending Angry Bird on a mission.  This is really difficult to write code, but some of us even got to Level 9!  That’s amazing!

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This week in Maths we have looked at time; to the hour and half hour.  Some of us went on to solving problems involved with time and we linked our little helper ‘Polio Bear’ in to our problems.

In English, we have used a video of ‘Polio Bear’s’ adventure to Skegness Pier to help us write a story about it.  Polio Bear made some good choices and some not good choices, but we are showing him how to behave in school.  One thing is for certain we have no idea how Polio Bear made the video because Miss Struggles and all the adults only had a camera and they were with us for the whole time!  How could he have done it?

In other areas of the curriculum, we have been practising our Music skills ready for our performance at the school fair this weekend, along with having some very sweaty PE sessions to prepare for Sports Day.

A message from Miss Struggles;

“Well done to the Year 1 pupils for taking part in a special phonics activity a couple of weeks ago.  They were amazing and have all done themselves proud.  Well done.”

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This week in Maths we have looked at measurement and in particular capacity and volume.  We have been thinking about whether the glass is half full or half empty!

In English, we have continued to look at our story ‘Owl Babies.’  We have now moved onto the ending of a story in the hope that we will apply our story writing skills to write our own story about ‘Polio Bear’ and his visit to Skegness Pier with us.  We hope he’s been making good choices!

In other areas of the curriculum, we have linked our school trip to Skegness Pier to focus on our History and Geography.  Although the trip had to be postponed on Monday we did have a fab time on Tuesday (not actually getting wet) as the weather improved a lot.  Come on Britain, its’ June!

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This week in Maths we have looked at positional language and we have used our knowledge of this to help us find pathways.  We have also linked our maths with computing to allow us to help find suitable pathways for Angry Bird.  Learning really is fun at Beacon Primary Academy in Year 1.

In English, we looked at making stories and in particular ‘Owl Babies.’  We have sequenced the story and have looked at what makes a good opening, middle and ending to a story.  Our aim is to write our own extended version of this story to show off our writing skills.

In other areas of the curriculum, we have continued our training for Sports Day and are practising our singing skills in Music, learning some very tricky musical vocabulary along the way.

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We cannot believe that we are in the final term of our stay in Year 1.  It has flown by, but our learning is definitely not over yet so this week our heads have been firmly put back into the frame of mind of achieving what we should achieve and more.

This week in Maths we have looked at money and the value of coins.  It may sound simple, but this is quite tricky!  We have also applied our skills of the structured and unstructured number line to help us solve money problems and missing number calculations.

In English, we looked at extending our sentences by remembering our adjectives, but also trying to include conjunctions to make our sentences more complex.  We have used conjunctions like and, because, but and so.  This week has been our British week, so we have focused our writing on the Queen and her family.

In other areas of the curriculum, we have started our training for Sports Day and trust us when we say this; we have some very speedy children.  This year’s sports day is going to be good!

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The Penguins favourite parts of the story ‘The Twits’ so far….

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This week in Maths we have looked at repeated addition and multiplying.  We used the visit from Zoo Lab to help with our understanding and we enjoyed completing our learning challenges.

In English, we looked at the features of non-fiction texts and have initially sorted books into those groups.  We then delved further and used terminology like contents, pictures, captions, information/facts, glossary and index.  We then used our knowledge of non-fiction books to help us create our own information book about the animals that came to visit us from Zoo Lab.

In other areas of the curriculum, we used our computing session to ‘surf the net’ to find information about the Zoo Lab animals.  We had to use our phonic skills to help us type in our questions and then our reading skills to help us understand the information we had in front of us.

It’s been a fun week in Year 1 and we have enjoyed every minute of it.

We have also welcomed Miss Anstey into our Year 1 class. She will be helping to teach us over the next 6 weeks and we very much look forward to this.

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Mrs Porter has started sharing the Roald Dahl classic ‘The Twits’ with the Penguins. Watch this space for their views and opinions of the story and it’s characters!

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This week in Maths we have looked at shapes and what we can recognise when Miss Struggles and Mrs Porter challenges us.  It’s hard to decide which shape it is when some of the shape has been hidden or covered.  Miss Struggles expected us to give a good reason why we thought it was that shape and use terminology like straight, curved, sides and corners.

In English, we have completed an independent write where Miss Struggles let us retell a story that we are familiar with.  We had to remember our basics like full stops and capital letters, but we had to show how much our writing has developed by including adjectives and conjunctions.  It was tricky to remember all of them, but we had a very good attempt at it.  We also looked more into description and looked at how description (adjectives) can effectively help the reader.  We had fun doing this and then trying to impersonate the animal being described.

In other areas of the curriculum, we linked our Science and Computing this week and have completed an Espresso route that Miss Struggles created to help us consolidate our understanding of plants and trees.

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This week in Maths we have continued to look at using our knowledge of place value to partition numbers into tens and ones and have moved our learning onto subtracting on the unstructured and structured number line.  We have realised that subtraction is the same as addition only it’s the other way and the numbers get smaller instead of bigger!

In English, we have focused on our topic of ‘The Great Outdoors’ and have started to look at the rainforest.  We have thought about our senses and came up with a word mat all about the rainforest filled with adjectives. We made one of our English sessions quite physical by going into the hall and listening to rainforest music to help us think about what it would be like to explore such a place. We saw monkeys, trees, snakes, spiders and lots more on our imaginary getaway!

In other areas of the curriculum, we have sorted common British trees into deciduous and evergreen, thinking about the vocabulary we should use to help us justify why we have put them in that group. In Art the children have looked at the artist Vincent Van Gogh and have created sunflowers to help jazz up our classroom and assist them in understanding different styles of art.

It has been another busy week and this term is going way too quickly!

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This week in Maths we have continued to look at using our knowledge of place value to partition numbers into tens and ones and to think about the order of numbers.

In English we have been news reporters and have used what we have found out about the news to help us tell people what is happening this week.  We found out about some stranded whales in Russia and also how Tim Peake completed the London Marathon in space!  Now that’s amazing!

In other areas of the curriculum, we have continued to look at British trees and have been on a tree hunt in our sports field to see the types of trees that we are surrounded by.  We found sycamore, birch and beech trees in our field, but some of the others we couldn’t identify because they didn’t have any leaves on for us to use to help.

We have had to give 2 children the job of watering our sunflowers because Miss Struggles keeps forgetting to do it and we keep forgetting to remind her to do it.  It’s a never ending cycle and our plants are suffering!

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This week in Maths we have looked at using our knowledge of place value to partition numbers into tens and ones and then used this knowledge to add on an unstructured number line. This has been challenging, but in Year 1 we love a good challenge!

In English we have looked at the prefix ‘un’ and added it onto words that don’t change, for example ‘unhappy’ and ‘unexpected.’  We have also looked at how to spell our tricky words properly and have completed a challenging morning task from Miss Struggles.  She really likes to challenge us!

In other areas of the curriculum we have been looking at British trees and have found out what ‘evergreen’ and ‘deciduous’ means in relation to trees.  We did find it difficult to say one of our words, but we had a good attempt.

We keep checking our sunflowers, but nothing has grown yet, so we will keep looking after them and checking to see if anything happens.

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This week in Maths we have looked at using our knowledge of place value to position numbers on a number line. This has been really tricky thinking about which numbers would be closer or further away from the given numbers, but it was a fun challenge.  We have also completed a couple of independent challenges linked to our previous learning.

In English we have written a letter to the Queen to invite her to our birthday party for her in June.  We hope she accepts and brings the rest of the royal family along!

In other areas of the curriculum we have been making sculptures of our topic ‘The Great Outdoors e.g. mini beasts to put in our classroom display.  This was fun and we also have painted them so they look real.  We better hide the spider in case Miss Wright thinks that it is actually really and scare her!

We have also planted our sunflower seed, now we just need wait and see if they grow. We hope they do, then we can take them home and plant them in our gardens to see who can grow the biggest sunflower?

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Welcome back Year 1 and I cannot believe it is the summer term already!

We have started off just as busy as we left it last term where in Maths we have looked at more and less and using the greater than (>) and less than (<) signs to help discuss and order numbers.  It has been a lot of fun looking at the signs and we even had the help of two crocodiles to help our understanding.

In English we have looked on sharing what we have done in the holidays with each other and then putting our experiences into sentences to recount the holidays. We really impressed Miss Struggles with our writing and what we have remembered to include when writing.

It has been a fun first week back after Easter, so bring on the next week, as we are ready for it!

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It’s been another busy week in Year One this week where in Maths we have completed a lot of independent tasks so Miss Struggles could see what we have remembered from this term.  We have also had fun looking at Education City to help us with our learning in Maths.

In English we have focused on the story of Easter and also tried to improve our thinking skills.  We were a little shocked when we found out what happened in the story!

On Thursday we were lucky enough to have our own little Easter Egg Hunt where Miss Struggles and Mrs Porter set up clues for us to help us try and find our surprise.  We had to work in teams together to solve the clues, helping each other to read them out.  This was lots of fun and we loved our surprises at the end!

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It’s been another busy week in Year One this week where in Maths we have moved onto looking at division and sharing amounts.  Initially we did this practically, but then some of us started to use pictorial representations.  This eventually allowed us to solve worded problems based on division.  It is fun to share in Year 1!

In English we have gone for a trip to Nigeria and have looked at a story called ‘How the Tortoise got a Crooked Shell.’  This story was really interesting.  We looked first at remembering the story and retelling it in our own words using our story plan.  Then we moved our learning on to writing our own opening for the story.  We had to try and remember to use a good story starter, along with introducing the characters.  When writing we had to try and include adjectives to add detail and some conjunctions to join sentences.  It was tricky remembering everything, but we tried our best.

Thank you to Skegness Academy for our fabulous multi-skills lesson and helping us to improve our aiming skills and also the Piano Academy for our continued learning in Music and playing tuned instruments.

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It’s been another busy week in Year One this week where in Maths we have used the Numicon to help us remember our number bonds to 10 and 20.  We have also had little starter activities that challenged our thinking even before the actual maths lesson began!  This though was lots of fun.

In English we have written a character profile based on the character we came as on World Book Day.  We had a first attempt at writing where we wrote good simple sentences, but now we have edited our work and made it even better.  We have even written it again to show ourselves the improvement in our writing.  We really could tell the difference.  We even made Miss Struggles write hers again and on the second attempt she could see the improvement just like we could!

We had lots of fun in our Computing lesson this week.  Miss Struggles set a challenge to get the Beebots to a target.  We had to put in our program (instructions) and then see what happened.  Let’s just say none of us managed to get the Beebot on top of the target!  It was fun though trying to solve our programming dilemma.

Thank you to Skegness Academy for our fabulous multi-skills lesson and also the Piano Academy for our continued learning in Music.

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In Year 1 in Maths this week we have looked at the days of the week and months of the year.  A lot of us have even been challenged further by answering questions about the learning focus using the positional language ‘before,’ ‘after’ and positional numbers e.g. first, fourth.

In English we have continued to link our phonics to writing sentences.  We have used words ‘subject’, ‘verb’ and ‘object’ to help us create our sentences. These sentences had to include our phoneme of the day, but we have also included a capital letter and a full stop. We are trying to work on what Miss Struggles calls ‘The Big Three.’  They are presentation, responding to marking and feedback and writing length.  We have started to focus on that this week, but we will continue with this every week from now on.

We had a fabulous day on Thursday as it was World Book Day.  We all dressed up and we all looked amazing.  It was fun to read with the Year 7/8 children from Skegness Academy.

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In Year 1 in Maths this week we looked back over our understanding of fractions and in particular halves and quarters of quantities.  A lot of us have even been challenged further by using fractions in other contexts.  This was fun to try and solve, but it was very challenging.

In English we have linked our phonics to writing sentences.  We have used words ‘subject’, ‘verb’ and ‘object’ to help us create our sentences. These sentences had to include our phoneme of the day, but we have also tried to include a capital letter and a full stop.

In Science we have continued to look at what animals eat and have sorted animals into groups based on what they eat.  Carnivores eat just meat, herbivores eat just plants and omnivores eat both meat and plants. We didn’t know that pigs are omnivores and will eat meat as well.  They are greedy!

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In Year 1 in Maths this week we have focused our learning on subtraction on the structured number line.  Some of us have been taking away practically, some have even been taking away using the tens and ones.  We have done very well at this and Miss Struggles was even able to write our celebration assembly invites on Monday due to our amazing learning.

In English we have continued to go back to basics and focus on what makes a sentence.  We have used words like ‘subject’, ‘verb’ and ‘object’ to help us create a simple sentence, but we have also tried to include a capital letter and a full stop.

In Science we have moved onto looking at what animals eat and have been introduced to the words ‘carnivore’, ‘herbivore’ and ‘omnivore’.  It has been interesting thinking about what we are as humans, but we are going to look at this again after half term.

We also enjoyed our ‘Curriculum Day’ on Tuesday where our parents came in to make ‘Dancing Dragons’ with us.  This was a lot of fun and the dragons looked amazing!

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In Year 1 in Maths this week we have looked at missing number calculations consolidating our understanding of number bonds to 10 and 20 in the process also.  These were quite tricky, but once we realised what to do to find the missing number we excelled in our achievement and impressed adults in our classroom.

In English we have gone back to basics and focused on what makes a sentence.  We have begun to used words like ‘subject’, ‘verb’ and ‘object’ to help us create a simple sentence, but we have also tried to include a capital letter and full stop.  As soon as we have a subject, verb and object in our sentence we have to put a full stop!

In Science we have continued to look at our animal topic and have looked at which animal belongs to which of the 6 groups. We had to draw an animal that belongs in each group and then write a reason why it belongs in that group as our next step.  We have had a lot of fun trying to say the word ‘amphibian.’

In year 1 we allow the children to influence their learning and this week one of the children said they would like to learn French as we are travelling around the world.  We had a go at saying our name in French and also saying how old we are.  We first had to look at saying the numbers to 10 in French. This was tricky as we cannot sound them out phonetically!

We also had fun on China Day making spring rolls and trying our filling as a stir fry.  One of the mixtures had chilli in, this was quite hot!

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In Year 1 in Maths this week we have moved onto ‘Fractions.’ We have focused on halves and quarters of shapes and quantities.  We have decided that it is just like sharing!

In English we have used our Science work, on our 5 senses, to help us create a poem about our school.  We wrote sentences based on what we could hear, see, feel, taste and smell.  It has become clear that staff wear a lot of perfume!

In Science we have moved onto our animal topic and have looked at the 6 groups of animals. We had pictures of lots of animals and had to sort them into which group we thought it belonged to, using a specific criterion for each group.  We showed all adults how we worked well as a group and this is what Jigsaw Jack has been looking for from us this week also.

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In Year 1 in Maths this week we have been adding on the number lines in ones and some of us have moved on to counting in ones and tens. We have even tried to remember our pattern when it comes to adding on 10.

In English we have continued to focus on using conjunctions to extend our sentences along with linking in our phonics and handwriting.  Our context for writing this week has been linked to our art work all about Andy Warhol and Pop Art along with looking at countries ‘Around the World.’

In Science we have tried to answer the question ‘Will the tallest person jump the furthest?’  We went into the hall to see how far each of us could jump and measured it using a tape measure and then we compared the results to answer our starting question.  We were surprised at how far some of us could actually jump.

We have continued with our swimming this week and have again thoroughly enjoyed it, along with continuing our dance in PE with Skegness Academy where we have been playing the part of Mr Jelly and Mr Strong!

Thank you to, ‘The Piano Academy’, for coming back to help us through our performance to our parents.

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In Year 1 in Maths this week we have been continuing with our motto “never give up” and have completed tasks related to adding on a structured number line.  In each lesson we have also been challenged by Miss Struggles and Mrs Porter which has been fun.  We have even learned some new patterns when looking at 10 more.  Hopefully this will help us when adding in tens and ones next week.

In English we have been focusing on using conjunctions to extend our sentences along with linking in our phonics and handwriting.  Our letters are starting to look much better and we are adjusting to holding our pencil correctly every day, all day!

There is another homework challenge this week titled ‘Five Coins.’

We have started our swimming this week and have thoroughly enjoyed it, along with starting our dance in PE with Skegness Academy.  90% of us were very tired after it and needed lots of water to cool ourselves down, but it was enjoyable.

Thank you also to The Piano Academy for coming back to help us with our performance to our parents and teaching us lots of new and exciting things.

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In Year 1 we have had a great start to the new term, taking part in an activity led by the ‘Happy Puzzle Company.’  Due to this our focus has been maths and in particular solving problems and working in a team.  Our motto this week has been “never give up” and we have kept trying at everything we have attempted.

Our homework this term will be linked closely to maths and in particular solving problems.  We are looking forward to our first challenge this week titled ‘The Puzzling Sweet Shop.’

We are looking forward to starting our swimming next week, so remember to bring swimming costumes and 2 towels every Monday for the next six weeks.

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In English this week we have looked at the Christmas story and have written our own attempt at retelling the story in our own words.  We tried to remember to use all of our punctuation along with adjectives to make our writing more interesting.

We made our gingerbread men and decorated them also this week.  This was lots of fun, sticky, messy and glittery!

In Maths we looked at adding, but in a different context; Goldilocks went shopping and we had to see what she could buy?

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In English this week we have looked at how to make gingerbread men.  We have sequenced pictures ready to help us with our baking next week.  We will be linking this in with our Maths lessons where we will be measuring out ingredients to help us make our gingerbread men.

We have already designed them, now we just need to make them.

We have had fun in our Eco centre session where we were making our wreaths.  Our classroom looked a bit of a mess, but it was a lot of fun!

We have also looked at the Christmas story and we will be using this to produce a piece of independent writing.

Click here to see Year 1 Eco Centre photos.

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We have continued to focus on our handwriting this week as we know that letter formation is very important and the position of each letter needs to be accurate, so we have spent a lot of time practising this.  We have also used some of our English to continue with our Guided Reading as most of our afternoons have been taken up with Nativity practise.

In Maths we have had a go at some independent tasks linked with counting, money and bonds to 10.

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We have focused on handwriting this week and have started our new handwriting scheme.  Letter formation is very important and the position of each letter needs to be accurate, so we have spent a lot of time practising this.

In Maths we have continued to look at repeated addition in 2’s and 10’s with a lot of us moving this onto solving multiplication calculations.  We have been practising this practically along with being shown what it will look like on a number line.  Some of us have even had the chance to work with Mrs Wright this week.  This was a lot of fun.

We have looked at what people have to say in our Nativity and have had a little practise run through of when we need to say our particular parts.  It was our first go, but we tried our best.  We think parents and carers will be impressed.

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We have been looking at the story of Rama and Sita linking in with our Diwali work from last week.  It has also allowed us to look at a story from another culture.  It was strange to read a story with a character that had 10 heads and 20 arms!  Now he would look funny!

In Maths we have been looking at numbers and finding ways of remembering our number bonds to 10. Some of us developed our learning by looking at number bonds to 20.  We have also started to look at repeated addition in 2’s and 10’s.

We are starting to remember a lot of the words in our Nativity songs and also we have come up with some actions.  We cannot wait to show you them.

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This week in Year One our learning has been focused on the story about Jack and the Beanstalk.  We have been looking at the different characters and having an independent attempt at retelling the story in our own words.  Miss Struggles asked for neat handwriting and length and boy did she get it!  Go Penguins!

In Maths we have been linking our English to our Maths and have been using standard and non-standard units of measure to find the lengths of different sized beanstalks and to compare them.  This is has been fun and we have moved onto looking at time.  It has been very tiring looking at what we can do in one minute and trust us when we say, you can do a lot of star jumps in one minute.

We have begun looking at our Christmas Nativity where we will be joining with Reception.  We have been given our parts and started to have a go at singing some of our songs.  It should be good!

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This week in Year One our learning has been focused on our topic this term titled ‘Read all About It.’ We have been sharing lots of Fairy Tale stories and discussing the characters and settings we have come across in our books.  This will help us to retell some of our stories we have heard and eventually help us to write our own.  We are having a big push on handwriting, so this term we are trying to make sure our work and presentation is neat and presentable, with letters formed correctly.

In Maths we have been looking at shape; naming and recognising common 2D and 3D shapes.  This has been fun looking at why a square is a square and not a rectangle, as they both have four sides.

We are carrying on working closely with the Eco Centre and the Piano Academy this term and using them to support us in the run up to Christmas.

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This week in Year One our learning has been focused on next term and planning what we will be learning about.  Our topic is ‘Read All About It’ and we will be looking at different stories linked with Fairy Tales.  Our writing will focus on story writing, but also looking at different genres of writing.

We have had lots of fun planning for our ‘Curriculum Day’ where we got to show our parents all of our learning that we have been doing in Term One when our topic was ‘All Things British.’  We particularly enjoyed getting our parents to join in with our 5-a-day workout to ‘The Big Jubilee.’  That was funny!

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This week in Year One our English sessions have been focused around using and applying our phonics in our writing.  We have been looking at the split phonemes (a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e) and using words to make statements.

In Maths we have looked at what we have remembered to do and have had a few mini tasks to complete by ourselves.  This has been a lot of fun because we have had the chance to impress Miss Struggles and Mrs Porter.

We have worked again closely with the Eco Centre making some amazing things for our Christmas Fair to sell to our parents.

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This week in Year One our English sessions have been focused around using and applying our phonics in our writing especially some of our high frequency words and the start of our Phase five phonemes.  We have in particular enjoyed looking at our split sounds.

In Maths we have continued to focus our learning around ‘Money’ and using the coins to make different values.  We have been shopping for Mr and Mrs Grinling from our story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ and used what we have bought to make addition calculations.  We then had to apply our knowledge of calculation to solve the answer.

We are really enjoying taking part in our 5-a-day and have been lucky enough to go in the hall for this to allow us more space to dance around and move to the beat.

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This week in Year One we have been continuing our work with the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ and we have been thinking of questions that we would ask the characters in the story e.g. Mr and Mrs Grinling, Hamesh the cat and the seagulls.  It has been fun thinking about what we need to include when writing a question and we are still practising this in other areas of the curriculum.

In Maths we have been focusing our learning around ‘Money’ and using the coins to make different values.  One challenge set to the children was ‘How many different ways can you make 5p?’  Some were even finding different ways of making 12p.  Using money is always fun, but we wish we had a real £50 note as we now know that this is worth a lot of money!

Some children have also been consolidating knowledge of numbers to 10 by independently ordering them. We enjoy showing adults how much we have learned.

We are continuing with our Music, PE and Science in the classroom where we closed our eyes and concentrated how materials felt rather that what they looked like. We have continued to work with the Eco Centre and the Piano Academy.

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It has been another busy week in Year One.  We have been finding out about Queen Elizabeth I and all the horrible things she used to do.  She even used to pick her nose and flick it at her people!

Miss Struggles has been impressed with our phonics this week and we are really starting to use our phoneme fingers to help us when writing.  We just need to remember to do this in all learning areas not just English.

We have been focusing our English around the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ where we have been retelling the story in our own words and using this to help us with our writing.

In Maths we have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones to understand the value of numbers and to help us with our understanding of place value.

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It has been another busy week in Year One and a week of new things.  We have had our first visit to the computing suite to develop our computing skills, we have started our PE with the team from Skegness Academy and we have also begun our Music with the Piano Academy.  It has been a lot of fun with our new ventures and we look forward to the weeks to come.

In the classroom it has also been busy with our 5-a-day, Phonics, writing in English, Handwriting and using the number line in Maths.  It has been nice to see Miss Wright come and see how we are progressing.  We really impressed her!

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It has been a busy week in the Penguin classroom as we are now fully fledged Year One pupils and it’s tiring!

We have been busy with our 5-a-day, Phonics, writing in English, Handwriting and using the number line in Maths, and that is just the morning!  The afternoons are also just as busy, but we are finding Year 1 just as much fun as ever.

We look forward to the weeks ahead.  Bring it on!

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Welcome to Year 1!

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