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Year 1 Classes 4, 5 and 6 - 2020-2021

Friday 16th July

English:  The children continued looking at the Robot and the Bluebird. We  went on a story walk and then drew a story map which we used retell the story from the point of view of the bluebird.   

  

Maths: The children looked at position, direction and movement. We learnt some positional language and we did some practical activities to help us.   

 

RE: The children enjoyed celebrating the end of the topic ‘Neighbours’ in the Peaceful Garden. They reflected on what they have learnt about our neighbours around the world. 

 

Next week:

In English we will write a letter to our new teacher next year to tell them about ourselves and what we are looking forward to doing in Year 2.

We will also revise the sounds we have learnt in Phonics.

 

In Maths we will continue looking at describing position and direction.

 

We will be going on a Wellbeing Walk around the school grounds and thinking about what we can see and hear as we are walking. We will talk about how it makes us feel as we walk.

Friday 9th July

This week in English we have written a persuasive letter to the robot and a poem describing a garden setting.  We looked at the robot and discussed his feelings and how they change throughout the book. 


In Maths, we have been exploring and measuring time; focusing on seconds, minutes and hours.  We have also been counting backwards and forwards and partitioning numbers. 

 

In RE, we have been talking about our neighbours around the world.  We have acted out the story of the Good Samaritan and thought about how he was a good neighbour.  We talked about the difference between needs and wants.  

   

In Geography, we looked at human and physical features in our local area.  We talked about the features we could see around us and the difference between human and physical features.   

   

Next week: 

English:  The children will continue looking at the Robot and the Bluebird.  We are drawing a story map and then we will retell the story from the point of view of the bluebird.  We will also write a letter to our new teacher next year to tell her about ourselves and what we are looking forward to doing.   

  

Maths: The children will be looking at position, direction and movement. We will be looking at different language that we can use and we will do some practical activities to help us.   

 

RE: The children will be celebrating the end of the topic ‘Neighbours’.  They will be reflecting on what they have learnt about our neighbours around the world. 

Friday 2nd July

 

This week in English we have been thinking about writing lists and instructions. We have continued to read our story, The Robot and the Bluebird. We thought about how the Robot helped the Bluebird by making him a nest. We then thought about how we could help the birds by making a bird feeder. Then we wrote instructions on how to do this.

  

 

In Maths, we have been working on aspects of Time. We have revisited knowing and ordering the days of the week and months of the year. In addition, we have been consolidating our knowledge of o’clock and half past when telling the time.

  

In RE, we have been learning more about our Neighbours all around the world. We have considered how God’s wonder can be found in every corner of the Earth and recognising the ways that we can see it.  

  

It has been Art Week and Year 1 have been producing fabulous pieces of work inspired by the artwork of British artist, Stephen Wiltshire. Each class has focused on either the Taj Mahal, the city of Rome or the Chicago skyline. Included in each picture is the theme of reflection on water. These are stunning and some of them are being displayed in the St Helen’s Art Gallery today.

 

** This week is the last homework and spellings for the academic year.**

  

  

Next week :

English:  As we continue to work on our book, The Robot and the Bluebird, we are going to be writing a persuasive letter to the robot and a poem describing a setting.

 

Maths: We will be finishing off our work on time and then embedding our knowledge on place value to 100.

 

RE: The children will be bringing the Neighbours topic to a close, revisiting the Big Question.

Friday 25th June

 

English:  We continued working on our new book, The Robot and The Bluebird. We imagined we were the Robot and wrote the beginning of the story from his point of view. We also became researchers to find information on bluebirds and wrote a report with the facts that we found out.

 

Maths: We worked on addition and subtraction in Maths. We worked out what equipment or strategies we could use to help us. 

 

RE: We started our new topic of Neighbours. We thought about what it means to be a good neighbour.

 

Next week: English: We will be learning how to use commas to write lists in sentences. We will also be finding out about different ways that we can help birds.

 

Maths: We will be working on telling the time using analogue clocks.

 

RE: We will be finding out about our neighbours around the world. We will learn about how Jesus taught his friends to be good neighbours.

 

ART: We will enjoy working on the different creative activities in Art Week.

Friday 18th June

 

English:  We started work on a new book, The Robot and The Bluebird. We thought about how the Robot felt when his heart was broken. We thought about what could happen in the story.

 

Maths: We practised our skills and knowledge about money and measuring in practical activities.

 

RE: We brought our Sorry topic to a close and revisited the Big Question.

 

Next week: We will be adding and subtracting in Maths. We will be working out what equipment or strategies we can use to help us.

 

English: We will be describing a picture using adjectives. We will be thinking about different ways we can start our sentences and how we can extend our sentences using joining words.

 

RE: We will be starting our new topic of Neighbours. We will be thinking about what it means to be a good neighbour.

Friday 11th June

 

This week in English we have been thinking about writing lists and letters.  We made a very exciting discovery in our classrooms this week.  Something mysterious had been left for us in a little wooden box, surrounded by glittery slime!  There was also a letter for us from the boy in our story 'Way Back Home.'  He told us that the box contained a present from his friend the alien!!  So the children wrote a letter back to the boy.    

  

In Maths, we have been continuing our work on money. This week we were shopping at The Great Pet Sale and using our knowledge of money to buy various animals.  We had to use different combinations of coins to pay and learning how to give the correct change.

  

In RE, we have been focusing on understanding that God forgives us and helps us to make good choices. We created a Thank You and Sorry card to look at at the end of the day and either say thank you or sorry to God in our prayers.  We also wrote a Sorry Prayer.  

  

In Wellbeing we have been looking again at the story of The Colour Monster and considering how different emotions make us feel and what we can do to help ourselves if we are feeling bad.

  

  

Next week :

English:  We will be starting work on a new book, The Robot and The Bluebird.

 

Maths: we will be practising and embedding our skills and knowledge about money and measuring in practical activities.

 

RE: The children will be bringing the Sorry topic to a close, revisiting the Big Question.

Friday 21st May

 

English: The children have been working on phonics activities using their knowledge of blends, digraphs and trigraphs.  

   

Maths: The children have been finding quarters of shapes, objects and amounts using practical methods.  

   

RE: The children have started the new topic of Being Sorry and have learnt about the story of Levi. They  thought about the good and bad choices they have made and how they makes others feel. 

 

Next week: 

English: We will be learning new vocabulary from a book we have read and creating our own thesaurus.

 

Maths: We will be learning about different coins and making different amounts practically. 

 

RE: We will be continuing with our ‘Being Sorry’ topic and will be learning about Zacchaeus. We will be also thinking about how we can be lights in the world. 

Friday 14th May

This week

English: The children have been learning about what makes good, clear instructions. They have written instructions for the start of the day in a Year 1 class.

The children have planned and written a letter to a resident at The Beeches Care home in Brentwood for our Classroom to Care home link.

The children have also written a poem about St Joseph to celebrate the International Day of Families. 

  

Maths: The children have been halving shapes, objects and amounts using practical methods. 

  

RE: The children enjoyed discovering and learning about Hinduism through listening to stories and studying images.

 

Next week

English: The children will be using their knowledge of blends, digraphs and trigraphs

in their writing.  

 

Maths: The children will finding quarters of shapes, objects and amounts using practical methods. 

  

RE: The children will be starting the new topic of Being Sorry.

Friday 7th May

 

This week in English we have been thinking about creating our own ideas of something that could be included in a class story. We have also looked at using verbs to write a set of instructions to carry out their own idea.  We started writing the beginning of the story, using adjectives, extending our sentences and using different sentence starters.     

   

In Maths, we have been working on doubling numbers to 20. Then we moved on to making equal groups of 2, 5 and 10 objects.  Finally, we explored sharing to make equal groups of objects. 

   

In RE, we have been finishing our topic ‘Holidays and Holy Days’.  We have each written our own prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to help us with something we have chosen. We have celebrated the end of the topic, reflecting on what we have learnt and why we need holidays and holy days.   

   

In Science, we have been monitoring the beans that were planted last week and updated our Bean Diary – the beans are now growing roots. We also looked at our experiment to show what seeds and plants need to grow and noting whether any beans have grown without light, water or soil.  Our tree of the week is the Cherry Plum. 

   

In History, we have been continuing to look at our topic: 'Holidays in the Past'.  We have compared photos of holidays now and in the past. The children looked at the pictures to find and write down similarities and differences between them. 

   

Next week : 

English:  The children will be writing instructions, planning a letter and writing a poem. 

  

Maths: We will be halving shapes, amounts and objects. 

  

RE: The children will be discovering and learning about Hinduism. 

Friday 30th April

 

This week in English we have been looking at the characters and the setting of our story.  We have written sentences and looked at extending our sentences in different ways with adjectives, different sentence starters and conjunctions.    

  

In Maths, we have been working on repeated addition.  We have added equal groups of objects together to find the total.  We have used our knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.  We have learnt what an array is.  

  

In RE, we have been looking at our topic ‘Holidays and Holy Days’.  We have looked further at the story of Pentecost and learnt this is the birthday of the Church. We created a dance about the coming of the Holy Spirit and we have written about how the Holy Spirit guides us in our life.  

  

In Science, we have planted some seeds and we are going to watch our seeds grow.  We have started an experiment to see whether plants need light, water and soil to grow well. The tree of this week is the Sycamore. 

  

In History, we have started our new topic on 'Holidays in the Past'.  We thought about what we would like to know about holidays in the past and we looked at some pictures of holidays today and in the past.   

  

Next week :

English:  children will continue developing their sentence and story writing skills.  

 

Maths: children will be doubling, grouping and sharing practically and visually. 

 

RE: children will be celebrating the end of the topic ‘Holidays and Holy Days’.  They will be reflecting on what they have learnt.

Friday 23rd April

 

This week in English we have been looking at the Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch.  We have written about what happens in the story.  We have written sentences about illustrations from the story and used adjectives to make our sentences more interesting.

In Maths, we have been working on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.  We have joined in with Maths songs, counted different groups of objects in 2s,5s and 10s and we have solved problems involving counting in these ways.

In RE, we have been looking at our topic ‘Holidays and Holy Days’.  We have looked at the story of the Ascension and Pentecost. We learnt what happened on Pentecost Day and acted out the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples.  

In Science, we have been looking at what plants need to grow.  We know that plants need water, soil and sunlight.  We have looked at our tree of the week - the Horse Chestnut. 

 

Next week, we will be: 

English:  children will be developing their sentence and story writing skills.

Maths: children will be making equal groups, adding equal groups and making arrays.

RE: children will be looking at the story of Pentecost and thinking about this Holy Day as the birthday of the Church.

Friday 16th April 2021

On Tuesday we celebrated International Day for Children, which celebrates Children's Rights. In particular, we focused on the rights that children should be able to go to school, should have food, clothes and a safe place to live, should not have to go to work and should be able to play and rest.

In English we have been learning to identify sentences as past or present tense. We have also learnt to add a suffix (ending) to a root word to change it from a present tense verb to a past tense verb

e.g. by adding ed to walk / jump / look.

For Independent Writing, we have had fun using interesting sentence starters to describe treasure maps. Ahoy there!

This week in Phonics we have focused on Phase 4 words (words which have more than 1 syllable), particularly those that start with scr, shr, thr and str.

For Maths we solved different subtraction number sentences, found the place value of different amounts and added two numbers together practically and when appropriate, mentally.

In RE, we have started our new topic, Pentecost, with a focus on Holidays and Holy Days. We began the topic by thinking about what makes holidays feel special and what we might pack if we go away. We then discussed how the only holidays people had years ago were when they celebrated Holy Days, such as Saint’s Feast Days and significant dates in the Church calendar.

Our new topic in Science is Plants. This week we have been learning to identify common trees and went on a Tree Hunt. Each week during our Plants topic, we will have a Tree of the Week. This Week we are learning about the Oak Tree.

We have also enjoyed converting our role-play areas into garden centres and during our Art lesson we created flowers to sell. We will also be planting seeds over the next couple of weeks.

 

Next week, we will be:

English – reading the Light House Keeper’s Lunch and completing activities around the story.

Maths - learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s and use that knowledge to purchase items with a combination of 2ps, 5ps or 10ps in our Garden Centre role-play. We would encourage you to play shops at home with those coins.

RE - continuing to learn about the significance of Holidays and Holy Days.

We will also be learning about St. George’s life on St. George’s Day.

Friday 26th March

 

This week in RE we have been retelling the Easter story. We loved watching our assembly to help us recall information about Good Friday. We felt very proud of Reception and Year 2 when we watched their assemblies too and we used those to help retell the stories of Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Please watch the Holy Week assemblies on our school website, we hope you feel proud too!

In Maths we have been learning reminding ourselves of all of our learning we have done this term. We added two numbers together, we thought about numbers that were more or less than other numbers and we also subtracted.

In Phonics we have been reminding ourselves of the oa digraph and the other ways to make that sound (oe, o-e and ow)

In Art we made an Easter Card for our families.

After Half Term in English we will be learning about different suffixes including ‘s’ and ‘es’. In Maths we will be recapping subtraction using different methods. We will also be solving word problems. We will be starting our new topic of ‘Plants’ in Science. We will be looking at the changes in plants as the seasons change and the structure of plants. Our new RE topic is called ‘Holy Days and Holidays’

Friday 19th March

 

This week in English we have been learning to edit our work and write a description of a dinosaur, remembering everything we need to make our sentences great. We read them aloud to see if our class could guess which dinosaur we were describing!

In Maths we have been learning about numbers, adding and taking away and learning about different ways to measure and compare (length, height, capacity and weight). 

In RE we have been looking at how we can change during Lent to be more like Jesus. 

We have also been finding out about the different parts of the Easter story and acting out the events of Good Friday.

Next week in English and RE we will be watching the Easter performances and recounting the stories of Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. 

We will be thinking about good and bad choices and how we can make good choices.

In Maths we will continue learning about numbers, place value, adding and taking away.

 

We will also enjoy doing some Easter arts and crafts.

Friday 12th March 

This week we have had International Women’s Day and Science and Technology week.  We have looked at great women scientists and learnt more about the life of Mary Anning.  We have been looking at recycling and reusing, as well as thinking about reducing food waste.  We have designed and made our own Bug hotels.  We have made posters encouraging people to recycle.

In RE, we have started our new topic ‘Change’.  We have introduced the topic and thought about how we have changed since we were a baby.  We have also learnt about how the seasons change. 

Throughout the school day, we have been busy reading school books, writing words and sentences and listening to Maths songs and completing Maths activities.  In PSHE, we have thought about what makes us happy. 

 

Next week, we will be: 

English: learning to edit our work and continuing to write sentences - focusing on everything we need to make a sentence great. 

Maths: learning about numbers, adding and taking away, learning about different ways to measure and compare (length, height, capacity and weight). 

RE: looking at how to make good choices and learning about Palm Sunday. 

Friday 18th December

 

This week

English/ RE- We have continued with cross-curricular links to write the rest of the Nativity. We thought carefully about who visited Jesus and wrote about the Angel Gabriel visiting the shepherds. The children have also reflected on our topic of Waiting and thought about why sometimes it is difficult to wait.

Phonics- We revised the different sound families that we have looked at this half term (ai, ee, igh, oa, oo).

Maths- The children have been consolidating their addition and subtraction number skills and applying this to Maths games such as snakes and ladders. They have also been practising subtraction by counting back on a number line.  

 

Topics for Spring Term  

English- Modern London/ Great Fire of London

Maths- Addition and subtraction within 30, multiplication, fraction of shape/ objects, 3D shapes, time (o'clock) and coin recognition.

RE- Special People and Meals.

Science- Identifying Materials.

 

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. We hope you have a restful Christmas Holiday.

Friday 11th December

 

This week

English/ RE- This week we made cross-curricular links. The children thought about the Visitation story, thinking carefully about which words they could use to describe how Mary and Elizabeth felt and why. They also wrote the Nativity story, remembering to include time words, Kung Fu Punctuation and adjectives. 

Phonics- We have been looking at the ‘oo’ sound family (oo, ue, u_e, ew).

Maths- We have continued our topic of subtraction. The children have been learning to find the difference between 2 numbers practically.  We have also used the part-whole model to subtract and counted back on a number line. 

All three classes have enjoyed taking part in their Festive Assemblies and we look forward to sharing them with everyone at home soon. 

 

SNAP 12 days of Christmas Competition (Please click on the link below)

This week your child’s homework is to complete one of the 3 creative entries stated on the poster (a short story, a list or a song).

Please return the entry to school on Thursday 17th December and complete the required details on your child’s envelope if you wish for them to be entered into the prize draw. We will deliver them to SNAP.

For every entry your child makes, they have the chance of winning a prize.

A £5 donation is also given to the SNAP (Special Needs and Parents) charity from Bennetts for every entry they receive. You can make extra entries if you wish and post them in the post boxes listed up until 5th January.

  

Next Week

English/ RE- We will continue with cross-curricular links to write the rest of the Nativity, thinking about who visited Jesus. 

Phonics- We will be revising the sound families we have looked at this half term (ai, ee, igh, oa, oo).

Maths- The children will be consolidating their addition and subtraction number skills and applying this to Maths games. 

SNAP 12 days of Christmas Competition

Friday 4th December

 

English - This week we have continued to think about what we need to include when writing a good sentence. We have been writing facts about Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Phonics - We have been looking at the ‘oa’ sound family (oa, oe, o_e)

Maths - We have continued our topic of subtraction. The children have used the part-whole model to create subtraction number sentences. They have also answered subtraction number sentences by counting back on a number line.  

RE- The children have looked carefully at the different symbols of the Advent Wreath. They have also looked at the Annunciation; acting it out and retelling the story.

 

  

Next Week  

English/ RE- We will be making cross- curricular links to retell the story of the visitation and Nativity. 

Phonics - We will be looking at the ‘oo’ sound family (oo, ue, u_e, ew) 

Maths - The children will be continuing to practise subtraction.

Friday 27th November

 

English- This week we have continued to think about what makes a good sentence and we have been using these skills to write facts about Scotland. 

Phonics- We have been looking at the ‘igh’ sound family (igh, ie, i_e)

Maths- We have started our new topic of subtraction. The children have been using apparatus e.g. cubes, to take amounts away. The children have thought about the structure of subtraction number sentences, knowing that the biggest number is always at the front. 

RE- The children started their new topic of Waiting. They thought about something they had been waiting for and how it made them feel. They also wrote Advent Promises.

 

Next Week  

English - The children will be writing facts about Wales.  

Phonics - We will be looking at the ‘oa’ sound family (oa, oe, o_e) 

Maths - The children will be continuing with subtraction.

RE - Next week we will think about the symbols of the Advent Wreath. The children will also act out and retell the story of the Annunciation.

Friday 20th November

 

English - This week we have thought carefully about what makes a good sentence (capital letters, full stops and finger spaces). We have applied this when writing facts about England.  

Phonics - We have been looking at the ‘ee’ sound family (ee, ea, e_e, ey) 

Maths - We have explored number bonds within 10. The classes have used a systematic approach to find the different number bonds e.g. 0+7=7, 1+6=7, 2+5=7, 3+4=7 etc. They have used cubes to explore that 2 parts (3 and 2) make the whole (5). 

RE - The children have been learning about Judaism. They have been finding about the family of Abraham and learning how God and Moses led the Jewish people to freedom.  

Science - We thought about how we know when it's windy outside. The children created their own wind gauge to test the direction of the wind and find out how strong the wind is.  

  

Next Week  

English - The children will be writing facts about Scotland.  

Phonics - We will be looking at the ‘igh’ sound family (igh, ie, i_e) 

Maths - We will begin our topic of subtraction. 

RE - We will start our new topic of Waiting. We will also be making our Advent Promises. 

Science - We will be making a rain gauge and observing seasonal changes such as, it is getting darker earlier at the end of the day.

Friday 13th November 

 

English - This week we have been writing about fireworks. The children thought about some of their senses when describing fireworks e.g. what they could hear/ smell. We wrote fireworks poems using exciting adjectives. 

Maths - We have enjoyed our Maths week! The children have taken part in lots of exciting activities, for example playing different addition games and taking part in a dinosaur treasure hunt. They searched for dinosaur cards around the classroom and worked out the total amount. 

RE - We have enjoyed Interfaith Week! We thought about 5 different creation stories and discussed different special words such as precious and happiness. Then we decorated them with petals of peace. 

Remembrance Day - The children thought about the importance of Remembrance Day, took part in the 2-minute silence and painted a poppy on card. 

 

Next Week 

English - The children will be learning about what makes a good sentence and looking at facts about England. 

Maths - We are learning about number bonds within 10. 

RE - We will be thinking about Judaism, in particular Abraham and Moses. 

Science - The children will be exploring seasonal weather and looking at wind.

Friday 6th November

 

English - This week we have had a postcard from Sunny the Meerkat who lives in the Kalahari Desert! We have looked at the features of a postcard and the children have written their own postcards to Sunny, telling him something interesting about themselves.

Maths - The children have been exploring number bonds within 10 and finding all the different ways to make these numbers using addition.

RE - The children have completed the Belonging topic by remembering the symbols of Baptism and the important people at a Baptism. They also celebrated what it means to belong.

Science - The children have learnt about the different weather associated with each season and talked about what they might do in each season.

 

Next week

English - The children will be writing fireworks poems using exciting adjectives.

Maths Week! - The children will be having fun solving Maths challenges. They will also look at Maths in artwork and stories.

RE - The children will be learning about Judaism and the stories that are important in Judaism. 

They will also be finding out about different faiths in Interfaith Week.

Remembrance Day - The children will be learning about the importance of Remembrance Day and doing related artwork.

Friday 22nd October

There will be no new spellings or homework this week.

Please practise all spellings given so far.

 

English – In the children’s writing this week we have focused on using the Phase 3 digraphs (2 letters that make 1 sound) ur as in burger, or as in fork, ar as in cards, oa as in goat, the long oo as in moon and the short oo as in book. The children use ‘robot arms’ to segment (sound out) words and identify the different sounds. When writing a word with these sounds, they know to underline the digraph (as shown above).  The children have also gone on digraph hunts in the class Bug Club books. You can see these Phase 3 sounds on the sound mat sent home with your child’s Parent Evening targets.

 

Maths – This week, Year 1 will be learning about the addition symbol + and the different vocabulary that goes with it, such as add, plus, addition. They will be learning to find combinations of numbers that add up to a given number. E.g. for 8 they could have 0 + 8, 3 + 5, 7 + 1 etc. and also making the amounts practically.

 

R.E. – The children have thoroughly enjoyed converting their Birthday Party role-play area into a Baptism scene, with a font and all the resources needed for the first Sacrament. They have used the sequencing cards to act out Baptisms and are learning the words that the priest says.

 

Science – We continued to hunt for signs of autumn around the school. This has also been the concluding week of our Animals Including Humans topic, so we have been seeing what the children have remembered.

 

Topic – For our last week of learning about the incredible life of Rosa Parks, we have been creating artwork of Rosa with the medium of paint.

 

Bug Club - Well done to all the children who are reading so many of their Bug Club books! New books will be added for children that are running out of books or that have moved up to the next reading level. Please remember to complete the Bug questions that are found in the books so that we know you have finished reading it.

 

After Half term:

English – We will be writing firework poems with interesting adjectives.

 

Maths – We will looking at finding a systematic approach for finding numbers that add up to a given number e.g. for 8 they could have 0 + 8, 1 + 7, 2 + 6 etc.

 

R.E. – We will conclude our Belonging topic by thinking about how it feels to belong, with particular emphasis on Belonging to God’s family through Baptism. 

 

Science - We will be exploring changes in nature that occur in the season of autumn. We will also be beginning our new topic of Materials, where we will be identifying them and learning their properties.

 

Art – We will be creating dramatic firework pictures!

 

Friday 16th October

 

In Year 1 this week we have been writing sentences using Kung Fu punctuation. We have also been learning about a Baptism. We learned about the word sacrament and understood that Baptism is the first sacrament. We also learnt about Rosa Parks and created a timeline of her life.

 

Next week we will be recapping all of our phonics sounds we have learnt so far and we will be adding two numbers together within 20.

Friday 9th October

This week in English we have been writing captions.  We have continued to look at our book Funny Bones and we have written about a picture from the book.  We have been working on our handwriting – posture when we are writing, pencil grip when we are holding our pencil and forming letters correctly in our books. 

 

In Maths we have been practising writing our numbers correctly and we have been comparing numbers to find out whether a chosen number is more than or less than another given number. We have looked at the following symbols: <  >  =  

 

In Come and See we have started our new topic ‘Belonging'.  We have introduced the topic and listened to a piece of scripture about how Jesus welcomed the children in the temple. 

 

In Science this week we have been looking at the structure of different animals and comparing animals, for e.g. we have looked at the body parts of an elephant and a fish and discussed the differences between them.  We have also discussed why we think they have differences, for e.g. a fish has gills because it breathes underwater.   

 

Next week we will be: 

English – Looking at writing sentences. 

Maths – Looking at addition. 

Come and See – We will be starting to look at Baptism. 

Topic - It's Black History month so we will be learning more about Rosa Parks and her life. 

Science - We will be looking at the season of Autumn. 

Friday 2nd October

This week in English we have been writing lists. We have been writing a list based on our funny bones book as well writing a list of what is needed for a birthday party. We have also been thinking about forming our letters correctly on the line. 

 

In Maths we have been finding one more and 1 less than a given number. We also thought about counting backwards and different ways to represent the numbers such as words and pictures. 

 

In Come and See we thought about the Holy Family and who was part of the family and how they cared for each other.  

 

In Science this week we have been thinking about senses and the body part connected to each sense.  

 

Next week we will be:

English - writing captions.

Maths - looking at place value, using the vocabulary of more and less than and using < > = signs.

Come and See - beginning our new topic of Belonging

Topic - talking about black history month. We will be looking at the life of Rosa Parks and talking about treating people fairly.

Science- looking at the structure of different animals

Friday 25th September

In English we have been learning to write labels about a dog. We have also been practising writing our name and making sure that our letters are formed correctly. 

 

In Maths we have been counting objects up to 20. We have also picked a number and shown lots of different ways to represent that number. For example, 5 can be represented as five, 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 or 6-1.

 

In Science we have started our new topic of Animals including Humans. We labelled different parts of a bird and a human.

 

We also enjoyed creating doves for International Peace Day and taking part in some Mindfulness sessions throughout the day.

 

Friday 18th September

In Year 1 this week we practised writing our names, making sure the tall and short letters 

were all the correct height.

We practised counting on from a given number and finding numbers around our classrooms.

In Come and See we read Psalms that told us about God's love and care for us.

In P.E. we all enjoyed using some new equipment outside.

Homework was to read the Bug Club book called Senses and complete the worksheet related to it.

New Bug Club books will be added for children that are running out of books or that have moved to a different reading level. Please remember to complete the Bug questions that are found in the books so that we know you have finished reading it.

 

Friday 11th September 2020

We have had a fabulous first week back and the children have certainly loved seeing their friends and teachers. For the first fortnight we are assessing the children in reading, writing, phonics and maths, so that we can tailor our teaching to the needs of each child.   

We will be updating their reading books accordingly from the week of the 21st and you will also be told then which day is their Reading day. From the 21st September their books will be changed on their Reading day.

In the meantime, please let your child enjoy reading the 5 books in their book bag and their Bug Club books. Asking your child questions about the book is very valuable, such as asking them to suggest a different ending, or a different title, or asking them how a character is feeling and why.

Homework will be given out on a Friday and is to be completed for the following Thursday please. Any worksheets should be completed using a writing pencil. Spellings are also given out on a Friday and their spelling test is on a Thursday. 

Thank you in advance for your support this year with your child's learning. 

The Year 1 Team

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