Sunday, 27 November 2016

London's Burning!

Year 1 spent the morning going back in time to 1666 Pudding Lane. 
They made the houses and then... there was a fire!



We watched as the fire spread from house to house! 






Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Welcome to Year 1!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to Year 1! I am so pleased with how well the children have settled and have grasped new routines. It is going to be a busy and exciting year!

Topic:
Our topic this term is ‘The Three Little Pigs’ which will link some of the work we will be covering this term. In our Science lessons, the children will be looking at different materials and their properties and deciding which types of material make the best and sturdiest house for the little pigs. In DT the children will be using textiles to design, create and evaluate their own little pig finger puppet. In Geography we will be looking at the different features of Northleach and what it is like to live and work here. We will be thinking about what the Little Pigs will be able to do here if they decide to move to Northleach. In our RE lessons, we will be finding out about special stories and what makes them special. The children are always encouraged to bring in relevant items of interest, books or information they have found to support the topic. Please ensure that any items brought in are named.

English: 
This term we are looking in detail at the story of The Three Little Pigs. We will be using this to improve our sentence writing in addition to learning an oral retelling of the story. Phonics and handwriting will be taking place each day.

Reading:
Please continue to read daily with your child and comment on their reading in their communication books. Regular practice ensures that the children make good progress. The children will be given the opportunity to change their reading book every day. However, if they have not had an opportunity to read it or if you would like them to have it for more than one night, then please keep it.

Spelling:
The children will bring home a half-termly spelling list to be tested on at the beginning and end of each term. It would be really beneficial to their learning if they could practise these at home. In addition they will also bring home a weekly spelling pattern on a Friday to support the sounds we are learning in class. These words will be tested the following Friday.

Maths:
The children will be working on many areas of maths during the term including counting forward and backwards, ordering and recognising larger numbers.  At home it would really give them an advantage if you could practise counting in ones past 20 and help them in the recognition and reading of larger numbers around them. 

Maths Games:
The children have been issued with a new maths pack for the duration of Key Stage One. This follows a different format to Reception so please see your pack for more information.

Communication books:
Communication books should be brought into school each day and will be checked and signed. Please use these books to record your child’s reading, maths games and to send any important messages to and from school.
P.E:
Our focus in P.E this term will be gymnastics and children will learn how to control their body when travelling, balancing and copying sequences. Although our P.E. days are Wednesdays and Thursdays, it would be useful if the children could have their PE kits in school every day. You may wish to provide your child with a pair of tracksuit bottoms to wear when the weather gets a little chillier and it would be useful for girls who wear tights to have a pair of socks in their kit too. Please can you ensure that all items of PE kit are labelled with your child’s name. Thank you. 

Show and Tell:
Show and tell will take place on Wednesday afternoons. As far as possible please can this be related to our Topic.

Water bottles:
Can you please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school every day? Thank you.

I look forward to seeing you at Parents’ Evening but if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to see me before or after school.

Thank you for your support,

Lilly Baker 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Oh we do like to be beside the Seaquarium!

As part of our new topic, The Seaside - Year 1 and Reception took a trip to Weston-super-Mare to visit the Seaquarium. We saw lots and lots of different sea creatures, including: clown fish, basking sharks, jellyfish and manta rays. 

We were very lucky and we got to have our own rock pool session! We looked closely at some shark eggs, mussels and an anemone!

  




After the Seaquarium, Year 1 and Reception took to the beach for a spot of lunch and a play! We made sandcastles, sand holes and even a beautiful sand mermaid! 




After all the excitement, we all had an ice cream to cool off!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Operation: Find Daisy!

This week has been full of drama in Year 1! 


On Thursday we received a letter from Jack (who once grew a beanstalk). He explained that his beloved cow was lost! Daisy the cow was last seen in Jack's barn with the Hen. He asked for our help to find her!


We made some 'lost' posters to help out Jack. We made sure to use describing words and colours so people knew what she looked like! We drew a picture of Daisy too! 
We put our posters up around the school.



On Friday, we heard news that Daisy might be in the school sheds. We put our coats on and rushed to open it! We had a good look around, but Daisy was nowhere to be seen! The other shed was locked, so we decided to write a letter to Mr Whitaker to see if he could see her.


We're going to find Cowbridge on a map and send it to Jack. Hopefully then he will find her!

Monday, 25 April 2016

In the garden!

As part of our Science topic, we were looking at the different parts of a flower and what those parts did!

We went into the garden and used the different things  around us to create our own flowers. We made sure we had ALL the different parts that we needed.


                                  
We think our flowers look great!







Friday, 22 April 2016

All things bright and beautiful!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the Summer term!

Topic:
Our topic this term is called “All things bright and beautiful!” and which will link some of the work we will be covering. Our Science theme is Plants, where we will be looking at the different parts of some plants and also planting our own! In Geography we will be looking at the different seasons, the weather around us and in different countries and what life is like in these environments. In art the children will be using vegetables to print pictures. In computing, children will be looking at how to use computers safely, improving their skills on laptops and how to create a simple program. In RE, we will be finding out who created the world and why we need to look after it. The children are always encouraged to bring in relevant items of interest, books or information they have found to support the topic. Please ensure that any items brought in are named.

English:  
We will be using the story of Jack and the Beanstalk as a basis for some of our English work. We will be looking at the characters and the setting of the story, and we will be planning and writing our own Jack story. We will also be looking at writing our own descriptive poetry!

Reading
Please continue to read daily with your child and comment on their reading in their communication books. Regular practice ensures that the children make good progress. The children will be given the opportunity to change their reading book every day. However, if they have not had an opportunity to read it or if you would like them to have it for more than one night, then please keep it.

Spelling:
The children will bring home a half-termly spelling list to be tested on at the beginning and end of each term. It would be really beneficial to their learning if they could practise these at home. In addition they will also bring home a weekly spelling pattern to support the sounds we are learning in class. These will be tested each Friday.

Maths:
The children will be working on many areas of maths during the term, including division, number bonds to 20, capacity and time. At home it would really give them an advantage if you could practise counting in fives and to help them in the recognition and reading of numbers around them, ideally numbers larger than 50.

P.E.:
In PE this term, the children will be focusing on multiskills and gymnastics. The children will have the opportunity to have a PE lesson with John the sports coach each Thursday. Although our P.E. days are Wednesdays and Thursdays, it would be useful if the children could have their PE kits in school every day. Please can you ensure that all items of PE kit are labelled with your child’s name. Thank you.  

Show and Tell:
We will restrict Show and Tell to Tuesday afternoons. As far as possible please can this be related to our Topic.

Water bottles:
Can you please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school every day? Thank you.

Thank you for your support,

Lilly Baker and Jane Rowe



Sunday, 17 January 2016

Spring Term 1 - Found at Paddington Station

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to back and happy New Year!

Topic:
Our topic this term is “Found at Paddington Station” which will link some of the work we will be covering this term: Our Science theme is Animals (including bears!). In Geography we will be looking at the features of Northleach and what Paddington Bear could do here. In art, the children will be using clay to create different animals. In computing, children will be looking at how to use computers safely and improving their skills on laptops. In RE, we will be finding out why we celebrate special times, with a particular focus on Christianity and Judaism. The children are always encouraged to bring in relevant items of interest, books or information they have found to support the topic. Please ensure that any items brought in are named.

English:  
We will be using the story of Paddington as a basis for some of our English work. We will be looking at the characters and the setting of the story, and will be using this to create our own version. In addition to this, we will be looking at performance poetry.

Reading
Please continue to read daily with your child and comment on their reading in their communication books. Regular practice ensures that the children make good progress. The children will be given the opportunity to change their reading book every day. However, if they have not had an opportunity to read it or if you would like them to have it for more than one night, then please keep it.

Spelling:
The children will bring home a half-termly spelling list to be tested on at the beginning and end of each term. It would be really beneficial to their learning if they could practise these at home. In addition they will also bring home a weekly spelling pattern to support the sounds we are learning in class. These will be tested each Friday.

Maths:
The children will be working on many areas of maths during the term including adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers, simple algebra, weight and shape. At home it would really give them an advantage if you could practise counting in twos and tens and to help them in the recognition and reading of numbers around them, ideally numbers larger than 20.

Maths Games
The children have been issued with a new maths pack for the duration of Key Stage One. This follows a different format to Reception so please see your pack for more information.

P.E.:
Our focus in P.E this term will be dance and children will learn how to move to music safely and creating a short dance. Although our P.E. days are Wednesdays and Thursdays, it would be useful if the children could have their PE kits in school every day. You may wish to provide your child with a pair of tracksuit bottoms to wear when the weather gets a little chillier and it would be useful for girls who wear tights to have a pair of socks in their kit too. Please can you ensure that all items of PE kit are labelled with your child’s name. Thank you.  

Show and Tell:
We will restrict Show and Tell to Tuesday afternoons. As far as possible please can this be related to our Topic.

Water bottles:
Can you please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school every day? Thank you.

Thank you for your support,

Lilly Baker and Jane Rowe


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Some unexpected guests...

Today in Year 1 we have had some unexpected guests! 


Paddington and Aunt Lucy have come from Darkest Peru to come and say 'hello'! 

We have been sure to look after them, after all, they've come an awfully long way!