In English this week we have begun to innovate 'The Tin Forest'. We are focusing on consistently using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. The children have been very creative in making up their own characters and settings. Please keep an eye out for new work appearing on the proud wall next week!
In maths we have continued to work on money. This week the children have been adding, subtracting and solving problems with money.
On Thursday we had the next round of Sharp Lane's Got Talent. All of the acts were very brave and put on fantastic performances on the stage, in front of the whole of Key Stage 1! The finalists will be announced on Monday. Parents and children are then invited to watch the final on Wednesday after school. All the finalists from Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 will perform to try and win some exciting prizes!
Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kit, with a water bottle, sun hat and sun cream already applied.
Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed in brightly coloured clothes. We are asking for donations of £1. During the day your child will have the opportunity to take part in circus workshops, play on the bouncy castle and join in with lots of different circus themed activities in class. It looks set to be a fun day!
Phonics screening check- many parents have been asking about the results of the phonics screening check. You will receive a letter with your child's results along with their report next week. The report will also inform you of your child's Year 2 teacher.
In Maths this week we have been learning all about money! We can recognise each of the different coins and notes. We are also beginning to investigate making different amounts up to 20p. This week we had some volunteers from Natwest come to visit us and discuss spending, saving and donating money wisely. Next week we will continue to work with money with a focus on spending and change.
In English we have been imitating our new story the tin forest. The story has really captured the children's imagination! We have made our own tin foil sculptures and carefully considered the characters feelings in the book. Next week we will begin to innovate the story and make our own versions!
On Friday we spent the morning with our river house teams to prepare for sports day! We chose our events for sports day (please see the slip sent home on Friday for your child's events), made house team posters, made up chants & went to the field to find out where our house team would be sat. We had great fun and cannot wait for sports day on Tuesday 27th June.
Please ensure that your child arrives at school in PE kit appropriate for the weather on Tuesday!
Welcome back, I hope you have all had a great half term holiday and enjoyed the weather.
This week we have in English we have been imitating our new poem 'Now we are six'. Thank you for sending your child in with photographs, everybody loved discussing and writing about what they were like at different ages as they have grown up.
In Maths we have been measuring capacity. This has involved comparing amounts using vocabulary such as more than, less than and equal. We then moved on to measuring amounts in millilitres and reading different scales that increased in 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's.
In topic we have begun thinking about different materials by building towers with newspaper and discussing which materials might have produced better results.
Thank you to everyone who attended our class assembly. The children really put in a lot of effort into learning their lines and the songs. They put on a fantastic show! Well done!
Firstly I would like to apologise for not updating the class page for a few weeks. I will make sure that you're kept up to date for the final weeks of the year.
Here is a summary of our learning over the last few weeks.
In English we have finished writing our own versions of a journey story and moved on to writing reports. We were shocked when we came into school to find out that Mr Garden had been 'abducted' by aliens. Outside we found blue slime around the playground and watched a video of Mr Garden asking for our help. We made some missing posters to put up around school and Mr Garden was safely returned.
We then found out that information about events is written about in newspaper reports. Over the following week we innovated our own newspaper reports.
In maths we have revised multiplication and division. We are getting much faster at recalling our 2x, 5x and 10x tables!
In topic we continued answering our questions about plants. We looked at some marigolds and identified the different parts. Then we thought carefully about what these different parts might do. On the final day of term we had a visit from Andy and Lyn the beekeepers! They brought in a real (sealed) hive of bees and some beekeeper suits. We were fascinated by the bees and had lots of interesting questions to ask! Some of us tried on the suits and we all tried a little bit of honey, it was very yummy!
This week in English we have began to innovate our story 'Where the wild things are'. Everyone has created their own original main character and we have began writing our own version of the story. Keep your eyes peeled for some copies of the story on the proud wall soon!
In maths we have been working on recalling the number bonds to 10 & 20. We have been solving some tricky problems with our number bonds and have enjoyed the challenge.
In topic this week we have continued learning about 'The Great Outdoors'. We went to the garden to plant some sunflower seeds so that we can watch them grow and compete for the tallest sunflower! On Friday we also visited Middleton Woods. We took the time to investigate the children's interests there; many children said that they wanted to learn about trees. So in Middleton Woods we identified different types of tree by their leaves and learned some of their names. We realised that Miss Birch has a tree named after her! Then we did some bark rubbings to compare the differences between the bark on different trees. We used the rubbings to create a picture of the trees and labelled the parts of the tree. Next we discussed the function of the different parts of the tree in our groups and shared our theories. We were ready for a rest after all that learning so we finished with a healthy snack in the sunshine before heading back to school. (See some photographs of our topic learning below).
Homework- this week we have asked the children to practise reading some example words from the phonics screening check. Please read these daily until Thursday and encourage your children to sound them out before blending the sounds back together.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a great Easter holiday!
This week we have been learning a new story for talk for writing in English; Where the wild things are! The children have loved coming up with their own actions for the story and are quickly learning to imitate the text. Next week we will be making some wild things to decorate our classroom door.
In maths we are revisiting place value; counting forwards/backwards to/from 100 and writing number names. Next week we will continue comparing numbers to 100.
In topic we have started learning about 'The Great Outdoors' we discussed everything that we know about the outdoors and asked questions around what we would like to know. Many children said that they would like to find out more about bees and butterflies. We then went to the garden to hunt for wild flowers.
Homework- Fix the sentences. Read the sentences, underline or highlight the mistakes. This could be punctuation (capital letters & full stops) or spelling. Then write the sentence out correctly underneath. Please return your homework book by Friday.
Phonics screening check is fast approaching, please ensure that you read with your child at least 3 times a week!
In Maths this week we have been learning about position and direction. We began by learning our left and right and danced the cha, cha, slide to practise! Please feel free to practise some more at home, we had great fun doing it!
Later in the week we went to the garden to practise applying positional language (on top, behind, in front, underneath, between, left, right, next to, above & below) by carrying out challenge cards. In pairs the children selected a challenge and raced to complete the instruction correctly.
Then we went to the playground and used chalk to create a huge clock. We learned about rotating clockwise and anti-clockwise. Then in groups the children created their own clocks and practised turning clockwise and anti-clockwise.
In English we have continued to innovate our own version of 'The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch', we have been working on using adjectives. This week we had to make up our own unpleasant sandwich fillings to stop our sea animals from stealing the lunch, we had some very off-putting ideas!!
In topic we have written descriptive poems about being under the sea, inspired by a video of scuba diving around the Great Barrier Reef. Everyone did a fantastic job! We have also been preparing for Mother's Day by making cards.
Homework: please practise the 5x table ready for an assessment on Friday next week.
This week in English we have been innovating our stories about the lighthouse keepers lunch! The children have had some very creative ideas and have enjoyed creating their own version of the story. We are currently up to the part where the lighthouse keeper's partner puts their pet in the basket to scare off the seagulls. We have a strong focus on cursive handwriting at the moment, so any extra practise at home would be helpful. Congratulations to Muhammed who's writing was chosen to go onto our pen license display board!
This week in maths we have continued to learn about multiplication and started to learn about division too. This week instead of spellings we have asked the children to learn their times tables. This week we would like to focus on quickly recalling the 2x table. Next week we will assess how well the children can recall the 2x table through a series of activities.
In topic this week we are following the children's lines of enquiry. Everyone said that they would like to find out more about different sea animals and what they eat. So we researched this information ourselves using the iPads. Then we took the information we found out and used it to create food webs, displaying the diets of many different sea animals. Many sea animals ate clams and shrimp so we watched some videos of these animals to help us understand what they are. Through topic we have created lots of lovely pieces of work, please view the slideshow below to see some.
Thank you to everyone for attending parents evening. Please remember to keep reading with your child at home (a minimum of 3x a week) and please start practising the 2x, 5x & 10x tables at home! Thank you for your continued supported!
This week in English we have continued to imitate our shortened version of the story 'The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch'. (Please find a copy attached below.) Please request a performance from your child, they are fantastic at retelling the story. This week we have looked carefully at the language used in the story, there are lots of new words to learn (concoct, jubilant, appetising to name a few!) We have started to innovate the story to make it our own and have created a box plan for our washing line, this will help us when we come to writing the story ourselves next week.
In maths we have started learning about multiplication. We are using the words 'lots of' for the x symbol to help us understand that we are combining groups of numbers. We have learned multiplication using numicon and arrays. If you have Minecraft please watch the video below from about 2mins 17seconds to see how you could practise solving multiplication calculations using arrays in Minecraft!
This week we have been imitating a new story called 'The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch'. We began by reading the original story book by Ronda and David Armitage. In the story the lighthouse keepers lunch is stolen by seagulls but the clever Mrs Grinling decides to pack mustard sandwiches in the basket and the seagulls soon look for lunch elsewhere.
In maths we have been finding halves and quarters of numbers with great success! We all understand that the numbers must be split up into 2 equal parts to find halves and 4 equal parts to find quarters!
In topic we have continued our investigation into the features of the seaside. We have carefully compared Scarborough with Sorrento and discussed where we would like to visit and why.
We've had a very productive first week back! In maths this week we have been learning about fractions. We began the week finding halves and quarters of shapes and objects. Later in the week we started to find halves and quarters of numbers, we will be spending some more time exploring this next week.
This week in Maths we have been deepening our understanding of time. We have learned about what we do at different times of the day, read digital clock and discussed am and pm.
In English we have planned and written instructions on how to have a tea party. We began by having a tea party in class. Then using this experience to plan the instructions. We had a great time!
On Thursday we had our themed Florence Nightingale day! We had a workshop with an actress who played Florence Nightingale and told us all about her life. She some interesting artefacts to show us like her lamp, medicine bottles and suitcase. She even gave us some Victorian soap to smell! Then we worked with her to use ink dip pens, chalk boards and discuss what the hospital was like before and after she visited them.
In class we used our growth mind sets to create paper lanterns. Then we learned some first aid skills; such as when it is appropriate to dial 999, the recovery position and how to use a bandage. Finally we decorated some biscuits and sold them to raise money for the Leeds Children's Hospital. It was a fun-packed day!
This week in maths we have been learning to tell the time (o'clock and half past). We also learned about what an analogue clock is made of (face, minute hand, hour hand and second hand). We even made our own clocks!
In Maths this week we have been learning all about measuring length and height. We began by going to the garden, collecting different sticks and thinking about the language we could use to compare them (longer, shorter, longest, shortest). Then we completed a challenge to all stand in height order (this was made considerably more challenging by the bobble hats!) We've then moved on to measuring height and length using cubes before finally learning about how to measure accurately with rulers in centimetres.
This week in English we have innovated the story 'At the end of the rainbow', to make it into our own story. We created our own fantasy creatures and began to write the story. We are really focusing on using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in the correct place.
In maths we have been subtracting numbers up to 40 using a hundred square. We investigated missing number problems using part-part-whole models and bar models.
In topic we have been learning about Christopher Columbus and the journey he took to find China. We have revised our knowledge of the world map and learned where Spain, China and India are! Next week we will be tasting some of the foods Christopher Columbus discovered.
Many thanks to everyone who attended the phonics workshop! Please find the power point, tricky words & high frequency words list below. If you are ever unsure of any of the sounds we are learning in class please use YouTube to search for videos, there are loads of them and they are very informative! We also had lots of questions about nonsense words and their purpose, please find a video below to explain nonsense words in more detail.
What a busy week in Year 1! This week in maths we have been adding numbers to 40 using a hundred square and revisited part-part-whole models and bar models.
In English we have learned our story 'At the end of the rainbow' off by heart. (Please feel free to request a performance from your child!) Next week we will begin to innovate the story and make our own version.
In phonics we have looked at the different ways of spelling 'ee' (ea, e-e, ey, y). Next week we will be revising the split digraphs (a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e). We are also holding a phonics workshop on Thursday 19th January for parents (3.30pm & 5.30pm) where we will explain more about the phonics screening check to parents, show you some fun phonics activities you can do with your children at home and give you the opportunity to ask any questions.
In topic we have learned about Nelson Mandela and the changes he made to the world. We thought about what we would like to change in the world and how we could start making those changes.
We also had a pantomime visit the school on Thursday to perform an alternative version of Jack and the Beanstalk!
Remember your child's homework book is due in on Tuesday 17th January. Please find this week's spelling below.
Welcome back everyone!
This week we have enjoyed listening to everybody's experience pf Christmas and we have all made a New Year's resolution!
In Phonics we have been learning the different y sounds (happy, crystal).
In English we have started to learn a new story called 'At the end of the rainbow'. Please find a link to the story on this page and practise telling the story with your child (they will be able to show you all of the actions!) Soon we will be re-writing our own version. In the story there is a bandage, some children were not sure about what this was so Miss Birch came into class and showed some bandages and a sling.
This week we have been and performed our Chirstingle ceremony at St Mary's Church. Everybody made their own Christingle orange and has worked hard over the last few weeks to learn all of the songs.
Thank you to everyone who came to watch, we had a great time and hope that you enjoyed the performance!
On Tuesday morning we were visited by a theatre company who put on a pantomime performance of 'Santa and the Goblin Market'. We had a fantastic time, some of us we're even invited out to the front to help with the performance!
Next week we have lots of Christmas activities going on:
Wednesday- Christmas party & Christmas dinner day (party outfits to be worn!)
Thursday - attendance reward, pyjama party. Please bring pyjamas in a bag!
Friday- Christmas jumper day& Christmas craft day. Please wear your Christmas jumper and school uniform and bring a carrier bag to carry home all the Christmas crafting!
This week we have done lots of outdoor learning! We have recognised the changes in the seasons by observing the changes in the trees and weather. We collected fallen leaves and identified which trees they had come from.
This week in phonics we have continued to work on reading split digraphs and spelling with them. Next week will continue to learn more of our phase 5 sounds. Keep an eye out on the black board in the parents window for the new sounds!
We have begun to work on reading pseudo (or nonsense) words. These words really test the children's abilities to accurately identify the sounds within words. Please find a video to practise nonsense words at home below!
Reading at home
Following a training course, we have been told that your child's reading record can be a key piece of evidence in helping decide if your child is a fluent reader or not. The comments that you put in the reading record can be extremely important. Below is an example which highlights the strengths and areas to work on for the child.
In addition to this, we have also been told that children should be keeping reading books for anywhere up to 2 weeks. This will enable your child to have a much deeper understanding of the book. Being able to read books is an important skill but if books are kept longer, children will know the texts better and therefore will be able to engage in discussion about the book. This is an important skill for any child to be Working at the Expected Standard in Year 1. Please keep this in mind if your child's book is not changed as frequently.
Below are two lists of words that all children in Year 1 should be getting familiar with. By the end of Year 1 we would like children to be able to confidently read, write and spell all of these words and more!! Please have a look at the lists and check with your child and help them learn them!
High Frequency Words list
Year 1 Common Exception Words
In phonics this week we have continued to focus on split digraphs (a-e, -e-e, i-e, o-e & u-e) we are now confidently reading shorter words with split digraphs. Next week will look into reading longer words and spelling with them! I have linked a video below explaining split digraphs as you will come across many of them when reading with your child at home.
In maths we are revisiting adding and subtracting! Keep an eye out for some maths homework coming home next week!
In English we have started to innovate our Little Charlie stories. We are making good progress in using capital letters and full stops. We have really enjoyed getting creative with making our own characters and changing the food in the bag!
We are still working on using the cursive handwriting, if you require any extra copies of handwriting sheets to practise with at home, please just let me know!
We did some food tasting this week. Mrs Henderson and Mrs Friend came to visit Perth Class with some fruit to try. We had pineapple, grapefruit, cranberries, permission, kiwi and rhubarb! We described what the fruit tasted like and discussed whether we liked or disliked it. See the photo's below!
Thank you to everyone who attended parents evening!
This week we have introduced times tables rock stars! The children have really enjoyed creating their own avatars and are starting to understand their 2x table. Please find the link to the website below and use the login handed out in your packs at parents evening.
This week in maths we have been looking at the multiples of 5 and revising our multiples of 2. We have started to introduce some more challenging problem solving activities in maths and the children have taken to it very well!
In English we told the story of 'Little Charlie' using real bread, cheese and chocolate! We even treated ourselves to some cheese sandwiches and a square of chocolate! We have been studying the characters in the story and developing our vocabulary to describe them. The children also wrote a letter to Charlie and he replied! He said that he wanted us to find the animals and make them apologise to Grandma for eating all the food. So we created wanted posters to find them and then acted out news reports to say that they had been found.
In topic we shared our experiences of bonfire night and used this as inspiration for our art work. We used different materials, chalk, paint & paper, to create our bonfire night pictures. Check out some of our artwork below!
This week the children have been set a piece of homework to create an autumn journal- this could include pictures, writing, diaries, poetry, photographs- wherever your creativity takes you!
The homework is to be completed in the books and be returned to school on Tuesday 15th November. Please check your child's homework book for their spelling scores.
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great half term holiday.
This week in Maths we have been looking at place value with numbers up to 20 and practising writing their number names.
In English we have been learning the story of Little Charlie- ask your child to tell you it, you will be surprised by the ending! We have created story maps and actions to go with it.
We have started our new topic 'Who is Guy Fawkes?' This week we have learned the story of Guy Fawkes and the gun powder plot. We sequenced the story and made our own story board too! We learned about how to keep ourselves safe on bonfire night and even had a bonfire of our own in the garden! We observed the colours in the fire, listened to the crackling noise and learned that fires need air to burn.
This week we have been learning about shape in maths. We went on a 2D shape hunt around school and in the garden. The triangles were difficult to spot! We then had a 3D shape hunt in the classroom!
In topic we have been looking at world maps. We can now identify where we live and where Australia is. We then learned about the United Kingdom and which countries are in the United Kingdom. We labelled some maps and made a flag for each country!
We had a special visitor from Year 6 (Gurleen) come to tell us all about Diwali and how her family celebrate it. We had lots of interesting questions from the children! We then watched a video with the story of Rama and Sita.
This week we have been covering our topic 'how small is our world?' Please can I say a huge thank you to all parents and family members who helped their children create their family trees and gave us lots of extra information about where their families originate from. This has created some really interesting discussions in class and the children were so proud to be able to show off their hard work.
We created handprints in our favourite colours then wrote our strengths on them to reflect our similarities and differences. We've then used wool and pins on a world map to display where our families originate from. Some children had common backgrounds that they were not aware of!
In English this week we have been using talk for writing to innovate the story of how the tortoise got his shell. Some of our writing has been display on our Proud Wall. Please keep an eye out for your child's work!
In maths we having been building on our adding and subtracting skills this week by looking at creating fact families e.g. 6 + 4 =10, 4 + 6 = 10, 10 - 6 = 4, 10 - 4 = 6.
We have sent home work for the children this week to write a sentence about something they have done over the weekend. We would like the children to focus on using their capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
This week we have been learning the story of how the tortoise got his shell. The children have been reciting the story using actions to help them. We are very expressive in Perth Class!
In maths we have been thinking about adding one more and taking away to find one less!
This week in Perth Class we have been completing lots of different challenges such as building our houses out of lego, practising number names to 10 and finding 'ou' words in reading books!
This week we have learned the sounds ie (tie) and ea (seat).
This week we have been investigating adding using numicon, multi-link and part-part-whole diagrams.
We have been looking at where we live using Google Earth, we took a virtual walk around Middleton and discussed places that are familiar to us.
As the weather is now getting colder and wetter please ensure that your child brings a coat to school every day. We are going to be spending lots of time in the garden and so we are asking for children to bring a named pair of wellington or snow boots to be left at school. These will be kept in the cloakroom along with their other belongings. Thank you.
This week we have started to learn our new phonic sounds: ay (tray) & ou (about). We have been practising reading our new sounds and learning new words to spell with them.
Challenge: Can you write a sentence containing an ay & ou word?
In maths we have been learning the multiples of 2 to 20, we even hunted for them in the garden!
Challenge: Can you write all of the multiples of 2 to 20?
We also went to the garden for topic this week to investigate using our senses!
This week we really got stuck into our topic 'All About Me'. We danced to a skeleton song then drew around our bodies and labelled the different body parts!
We had a great time on Roald Dahl day, everyone enjoyed discussing their costumes and faviourite Roald Dahl stories!
Teacher: Miss Hollie Roberts
Teaching Assistant: Mr David Kenny
We have had a fantastic first week in Perth Class. We have learned our way around the areas of school that are new to us and settled into our classroom routines. Everyone has enjoyed exploring the new provision areas; the potion laboratory has been a particular hit! This week we have been learning all about the benefits of a ‘Growth Mindset’ and how we can use it to overcome different problems. Next week we will be looking forward to number hunts in the garden and beginning this half term’s topic ‘All About Me’.
Look out for our half termly news letter and check back here for weekly updates!
Reminder: Roald Dahl day is on Tuesday 13th September, come dressed as your favourite character!