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Year 1 (The Penguins)

Fortnight beginning 6th May 2019
 

We have been extremely busy in Year 1 over the last few weeks. In English the adults have been amazed at how hard the children have been working, they have been writing letters and diary entries as if they were characters from a story. The children have even been checking their work to make sure they have included adjectives and interesting sentence starts.

In Maths we have been looking at fractions, something that is always tricky but the children did their best by making pizzas and using the toppings to show an amount. We have also been looking at how to add using the unstructured number line so the children have been working carefully to add in 10’s.

The children have all been trying extremely hard with their phonics; the adults have been amazed at their phonic knowledge and blending skills. Some children even read their words to the school guinea pigs, Meghan and Kate.

Fortnight beginning 23rd April 2019 

Year 1 have been extremely busy over the last few weeks. In English, the children produced amazing work based on their life as a window in the story of Alice in Wonderland. We have started our topic on the Wonders of the World and our first stop is London, where the children have created a fact file on all the amazing things that there are to do and see. In Maths, we have been learning how to divide between 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. The adults are impressed with how determined the children have been to learn this new skill. The children are working hard at remembering their number facts. In Science, we have been looking at plants and the structure and function of a variety of plants. During PE, we have had a visit from JB who came and took us on an adventure and the children did their best to recreate the story. 

 

Fortnight beginning 25th March 2019 

On World Book Day, Year 1 came into the class to find that the Cheshire Cat had left a letter saying that he had left us clues for us around the school. The children used their investigation skills to go on a scavenger hunt to see what they could find.  

In English, we have been continuing to learn about traditional tales. The children used excellent vocabulary to re-tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have also planned a menu for Alice to have at her tea party. In Maths, we have been looking at money and its value, so the children were able to price up their menu – a menu fit for a Queen with sandwiches costing £19!  

 

Fortnight beginning 11th March 2019 

Over the past two weeks, Year 1 have been looking at the value of money. The children have been using their knowledge of money to make different amounts to pay for items. This has linked in to the menus that we have written in English with the children challenged with finding the value of food if they were going to buy two items from the menu. They have amazed us with what they have remembered about imperative verbs. They have been using these to write a set of instructions on how to make a chocolate nest. This term in Science, we have been looking at materials. The children have blown our socks off being mini investigators and making predictions about the best absorbent and non-absorbent materials. They have been learning about the properties of materials and then using this knowledge they have had to categorise them.

 

Fortnight beginning 4th February 2019
 

The last few weeks in Year 1 have been very busy. We have been planning and preparing an acrostic poem to enter ‘The Poetry Patrol’ competition. The children have worked really hard on their poems. They have chosen an animal to write about and then edited their poems to include adjectives and alliteration. The adults in Year 1 were amazed by the hard work and effort that the children put in to their work.

Maths lessons have focused on addition on number lines. The children have been working on their knowledge of place value to help them recognise numbers. We have also had ‘quick fire’ rounds of counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

For Valentine’s Day, the children got creative by designing and making their own cards. They also made some delicious cookies from scratch and decorated them.

Fortnight beginning 21st January 2019 

Over the last few weeks in Year 1, we have been continuing to look at multiplication in Maths. We have been practising counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s daily, which has helped us become very efficient at multiplying. We have also been looking at two digit numbers and how they are made up via 10’s and 1’s; this has helped us with our counting up to 100.

In English, we have been looking at Acrostic poems. The adults in the classroom have been amazed at how quickly the children have picked this up. We have created poems using our knowledge from different areas across the curriculum.

In Computing we have been writing algorithms for our peers to follow. We have also been identifying human and physical features in Geography.

Fortnight beginning 7th January 2019 

The last few weeks in Year 1 have been very busy! We hope that you enjoyed the nativity as much as we enjoyed practicing and performing it.

In Maths, we have been practicing our number bonds to 10. The adults have been so impressed with how quick we can recall our number bonds. We have also been practicing writing our own calculations.

In English, we have been learning about traditional tales and we retold the story of The Three Little Pigs. The stories were absolutely amazing and included a wide range of vocabulary including adjectives and verbs.


Fortnight beginning 3rd December 2018 

Over the last few weeks in Year 1, the children have been very busy. In Maths, they have been measuring weight and length They have learnt how to predict what they think an object weighs and have used scales to identify whether their prediction was correct.

In English, we have been busy making marshmallow pops and writing instructions so that other children can make them too. We were so impressed at how good the children were at learning their imperative verbs – they were very bossy!

We have also been using our imagination to create balances in gymnastics and the children have been trying very hard with their singing in preparation for the nativity.


Fortnight beginning 19th November 2018 

In English, we have been identifying adjectives and nouns. We have then linked these in to make noun phrases about Geoffrey and all his friends.

In Maths, we have been looking at 2D shapes and identifying what shapes we can find around school.

We have also conducted a science investigation to see what activities are easy or difficult with our eyes open or closed!

The children in Year 1 have been finding out about Queen Elizabeth and telling us what they would do if they were King or Queen for a day!

Fortnight beginning 19th November 2018 

In English, we have been learning how to write a fact file about the animals that we saw on our trip to Lincolnshire Wild Life Park. We have been very impressed with the adjectives the children have been using to describe the animals.

In Maths, we have been learning how to subtract on the structured number line and the children have wowed us by using a variety of mathematical terminology.

We have also used the new skills that we have learnt in English to write a fact file about The Great Fire of London.

We have been so amazed by the home reading efforts of the children in Year 1 – Keep it up!

 

Fortnight beginning 5th November 2018
 

We’ve had a very busy start to Term 2. In Maths, the children have been learning how to subtract numbers. In English, we have been looking at features of a recount and the children have been using these to tell us what they have been up to during the October half term.

Within Science, we have been continuing to look at a variety of animal’s eating habits in preparation for our trip to Lincolnshire Wildlife Park. In PE, the adults have been amazed by the children’s determination whilst participating in Boxercise - an activity which is new to most.

 

Fortnight beginning 1st October 2018
 

In English, we have been identifying adjectives and nouns. We have then linked these in to make noun phrases about Geoffrey and all his friends. In Maths, we have been looking at 2D shapes and identifying what shapes we can find around school. We have also conducted a science investigation to see what activities are easy or difficult with our eyes open or closed! The children in Year 1 have been finding out about Queen Elizabeth and telling us what they would do if they were King or Queen for a day! 

 

Week beginning 24th September 2018
 

This week we have been learning how to use the structured number line to help with our addition. The children have been working very hard to count carefully so that they get the right answer. On Tuesday, the children realised that Geoffrey the giraffe had gone missing! The children created missing posters to see if anyone knew anything about Geoffrey’s whereabouts. On Friday, the children decided to use their investigative skills to find Geoffrey by following the clues and evidence to track him down. We have been also been practicing our country dancing and football skills in PE. In Science, we have been learning about the different categories of animals.  

Week beginning 17th September 2018 

In English, we have been looking at adjectives and how these can make our sentences more interesting. We have used these to describe pictures and Miss Fear and Mrs Porter have been amazed at some of the vocabulary that the children have been using. In Maths, the focus has been addition and the different ways that we can use it to help us add two numbers together. During our music lessons we have been focusing on rhythm and to compliment this Mrs Hall has also been teaching us country dancing - after a few more weeks of practice I’m sure we will have mastered a whole routine!

 

Week beginning 10th September 2018 

Our first full week in Year 1 has flown by! Miss Fear, Mrs Porter and Mrs Hall were very impressed with us. In English, we have been learning about nouns and how to identify these in sentences. In Maths, we have been learning about place value and how to identify tens and ones in numbers up to 50. We have had a visit from JB Adventures this week and we went on an adventure to find the dinosaurs. We showed JB how good we were at listening and re-telling the story.

 

Week beginning 4th September 2018 

It has been our first week in Year 1 and we have been very busy with our learning. We have looked at our numbers and have been practising counting to 100. We have been working on our writing skills and using our phonic knowledge to sound out words. We have also had our first music lesson. This term is going to be amazing. We are looking forward to it!