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Year 1 Classes 4, 5 and 6 - 2021-2022

Friday 21st January

 

This week we have been using different ways to subtract by crossing 10. We have used part, part, whole models, tens frames and also number lines.

In English we have used role play to think about feelings. We have used story language, adjectives and conjunctions, writing our own versions of Lia and the Secret of Rain. Perhaps your child will share the secret with you.

We have learnt about Simeon and Anna, reading from Luke 2 23-40 and have begun to celebrate our RE topic about Special People with Class 4’s reflective class liturgy.

We have learnt about the differences between carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Some animals surprised us with what they eat!

After our visit from a baker from Pudding Lane last week, we have begun to find out the answers to her questions about the Great Fire of London.

During art we added to weaved placemats and we continue to get ‘in the groove’ for music.

Friday 14th January

 

We continued our R.E. topic, ‘Special People’ by thinking about how the parish family gathers to celebrate Mass with the priest on Sunday and learning about people who help at Mass.

 

In English our Power of Reading book is, ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain,’ by David Conway and Jude Daly. We thought about how the characters in the story are feeling at different parts of the story. We also decided on our favourite part of the story and said why it is a top moment for us.

 

In Maths we have continued to learn about place value in teen numbers and we have been learning how to subtract using different methods and resources to help us.

 

In Science we have identified and named a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

 

For RSHE and PSHE our topic is ‘Ways to stay healthy’ we thought about things that we can do to take care of ourselves every day and also thought about people who help us to stay healthy.

 

This half term in Computing we will be making and editing videos.

We continue to end each day by listening to our class chapter book during Story-time.

Friday 7th January

 

We were delighted to see that baby Jesus had arrived in our nativity scene and we began our week by celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany with a whole school assembly. The three kings have completed our nativity scene by arriving at Bethlehem to bring gifts to baby Jesus. We thought about the gifts God has given us, such as talents and for homework we are going to write a prayer thanking God for those gifts.

 

We began our new R.E. topic, ‘Special People’ by thinking about the question, ‘What makes a person special?’ Everyone shared the name of one of their ‘special people’ and what it is that makes them special.

 

Our new Power of Reading book is, ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain,’ by David Conway and Jude Daly. We started by exploring different types of weather and how it would be to live in extreme climates. We found Kenya in our atlases and looked at rural and urban parts of Kenya on Google Earth.

 

In Maths we have been focusing on reading, writing and making teen numbers, whilst looking for patterns. We used number bonds to make teen numbers and whole-part models to demonstrate this.

 

For RSHE and PSHE, we have started our new topic on, ‘Ways to stay healthy’ and created a poster to share what we already know. We will be exploring new ideas throughout this half term and learning ways to keep our minds and our bodies healthy. As always, we began the half term with a lesson on keeping safe when we are online.

 

This half term in Computing we will be making and editing videos. We ended each day this week by listening to our class chapter book during Story-time.

Thursday 16th December

 

What an exciting week to mark the end of the first term of year 1! We have lit our third candle on the Advent Wreath and had our end of topic RE celebration singing ‘Candle on the Wreath’. We have been using our fantastic comprehension skills to read instructions and make an angel or a penguin. We have also consolidated our phonic learning with some Christmas phonics. The rekenreks have been in full use during our Maths lessons and we are all mastering number. Our topics in Geography and Computing are now complete and we are are experts on The Gambia and Algorithms . We have achieved so much this term ! Next term will be even better!  

Friday 10th December

 

This week we have been having lots of Christmas fun!

We started our week by lighting the second candle on our class Advent Wreaths. We also enjoy spending time in the morning listening to our friends Advent promises, where they have promised to live their life, during Advent, more like Jesus.

In DT we have been making our Advent scenes. We painted the scene in a shoe box and drew the important people to go inside. We then used these Nativity scenes in English to act out the story of the First Christmas. Once we had acted out the story we then went on to write the story using time words. We were very excited to find out that our third Power of Reading book was the Bible!

 

On Wednesday we had lots of fun for Christmas fun day. We made Christmas cards for our families, had a Christmas lunch with our friends and even had a visit from Father Christmas!

Friday 3rd December

 

In Year 1, we began our week by celebrating the start of Advent. We changed the reflection area tablecloth to purple in our classroom. We 'lit' the first purple candle on our class Advent wreath display, as well as lighting the real candle on the wreath in the school hall. Each morning in December we also open the windows of our class Advent calendar, to reveal the Advent promise written for each day. We have been praying that the Lord will help us to keep our Advent promises as we prepare our hearts for Christmas throughout Advent. We have loved singing our Advent songs, which remind us to 'stay awake and be ready,' for the coming of the Lord. We are also enjoying learning lots of Christmas songs. On Friday we performed our Year 1 Advent Liturgy to our families. It was a very reverent occasion which marked the beginning of the Advent season. 

In DT we have planned our Nativity scene boxes and are now starting to create them. 

In Maths we have been comparing groups of objects, using greater than, less than and equal to, to compare amounts. Our naughty Elf on the Shelf keeps moving the objects we are counting so we have to count them again to check our answer! 

For our last week of reading 'Grace and Family' as our Power of Reading book, we focussed on her leaving party and created our own party invitations.

In Computing we used algorithms (instructions) to make a sandwich for the party. It got quite messy! We have been learning about animals including humans in Science and have included exploring animals from the Gambia that Grace would have seen. We sorted them into different groups depending on their body parts.

At story-time at the end of the day, we enjoy taking off our shoes to help us to feel relaxed and calm, like the green Colour Monster, as we read our class book.

Friday 26th November

During English we have been writing for different purposes. We have written in role as Grace and sent postcards. We also become authors, writing our own versions of Grace & Family. In Maths we have focused on place value within 20; recognising and writing numbers to 20 , finding 1 more / 1 less and counting in tens / ones. We have also been using the Rekenreks to help us with our number knowledge, which has been very exciting! Our Advent Liturgy is almost ready; we have been working hard to make it very special and we are looking forward to sharing it with you next week. This week we also recognised International Children’s Day, learning about children’s rights.

Friday 19th November

 

This week in English we have been continuing to focus on the story 'Grace and Family'. We focussed on the part of the story when Grace travels to Africa to see her Papa. Whilst she was there, she visited a market and had her first African dress made for her. We thought about the market and what words we could use to describe it. 

 

In Maths we have been looking at 2d and 3d shapes. We have been recognising them and looking at their properties. We did this by sorting them and finding 2d shapes within 3d shapes. 

 

This week it has been Inter Faith Week, we have looked at the 6 main religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism. We then spent some time focussing on Judaism in RE.

 

We've been extra busy as it has also been Anti-Bullying week. We thought about how we are all unique and how this should be celebrated!

 

In DT, we have started planning and creating our Nativity Scene shoebox. We thought about the important people who need to be involved and started designing them ready to go in. 

Friday 12th November

 

English

We continued to enjoy exploring our new Power of Reading text ('Grace and Family' by Mary Hoffman). We travelled to The Gambia with Grace and her Nana and discovered that it is very different to England! We wrote a letter to Grace and made a story map. Next week we will be learning about the sights, sounds and smells of a market place in The Gambia.

 

Maths

We have been having a wonderful time enjoying a range of activities for Maths Week! We have telling the time, measuring with non-standard units, creating patterns and sequencing days as well as using number facts. This has all been done through bug stories. Next week we will be exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

 

RE

Fr Gary visited Class 4 and helped us to learn more about Baptism. We decided how we wanted to celebrate our learning about Baptism and Belonging.

Next week we will be learning about other faiths in Interfaith Week.

 

Science

We looked at our body parts and how we use our different body parts. Next week we will learn about animal body parts, deciding which parts are the same as humans and which are different and also how these are used.

 

PSHE

We started work on our new topic ‘Who is special to us?’

Next week we will be taking part in a range of Anti-Bullying Week activities.

We will be learning what bullying means and what we can do if this happens.

The theme for the week is One Kind Word and we will explore how one kind word can lead to another.

Friday 5th November

 

English

We had a fun week exploring our new Power of Reading text ('Grace and Family' by Mary Hoffman). We created a family tree for Grace and wrote a diary as if we were Grace. Next week we will be travelling to Gambia with Grace and her Nana to meet her father and his family. What exciting things will we see, hear and taste?

Maths

We have been learning to subtract and used different vocabulary from the Maths Working Wall, such as minus, take away, less than and difference. We have been subtracting practically using our fingers, cubes and a range of objects from around the classroom and the nature table. 

RE

We have continued to learn about Baptism and focussed on the words that the priests says at a Baptism. 

Fr. Gary visited Class 4 to help the children to understand the symbolism of the different parts of the sacrament. Next week Fr Gary will be visiting Class 4. 

 

Science 

We began to look at the name of different body parts of humans, such as elbow, head, shoulder, knee, ankle, waist. Next week we will start to look at different animals other than humans and how they use their different body parts.

 

British Values

As part of British Values week, we spent time each day thinking about the following values:

 

Democracy We read about how life for 'Farmer Duck' (by Martin Wadell) was very unfair until the day the animals worked together to bring about a change. We then explored how we use democracy in Britain to try to make things fair. 

The Rule of Law We worked in groups to make our own games and understood the need for and importance of rules. 

Individual Liberty Like Adril in 'Only 1 You' (by Linda Kranz), we learnt that we have the right to choose and make some decisions for ourselves. 

Mutual Respect and Tolerance We explored and celebrated our differences using 'Giraffes can't dance' (by Giles Andreae). 

Friday 22nd October
English
This week we have completed our exciting Power of Reading topic, 'Out and About' by Shirley Hughes. We have compared poems by Shirley Hughes and others, thinking about why we like a certain one. We have also written an autumn poem.

Maths
In Maths we have been learning all about subtraction and writing number sentences. The teachers have been trying to trick the children by taking objects or cubes away - perhaps your child can show you this.

RE
This is the Year of St Joseph. This week we have learnt more about St Joseph and the type of man that he was. Class 4 also had their visit from Fr Gary, who we are blessed to be able to have back in school.

History
As Black History Month draws to a close we have gathered all our new knowledge about Rosa Parks by making books about her life.

Friday 15th October

 

English

This week we have been thinking about what makes a good sentence. We thought about using a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence, a full stop at the end of a sentence and using finger spaces between words. We also remembered a special word called 'adjective' and we know that is a describing word. 

 

Maths

We have been learning our number bonds to 10! We started by making a tower of 10 and splitting the tower in to two parts. We investigated to see how many ways we could do this and then wrote a number sentence to match. 

 

RE

We have been learning about Baptism and what happens at a Baptism. 

Class 6 also had a special visitor to talk about Baptism, Fr Gary! Fr Gary will be visiting Class 5 next week, and class 4 the week after half term.

 

Science 

We have been learning about the seasons, and specifically autumn. We thought about different things that happen in autumn like leaves falling off trees and days getting longer. We thought about what types of clothes we need to wear in autumn too. 

Friday 8th October

 

English 

Next week we will be using adjectives to describe objects. We will be writing sentences using adjectives to describe the different objects that we see in pictures. We will use some of the illustrations in our ‘Power of Reading’ book, ‘Out and About’ by Shirley Hughes.  

  

Maths 

Next week we will be learning about addition and using different resources to help us with this. 

  

R.E. 

Next week we continue our topic of Belonging. We will be learning about Baptism and what happens when a Baptism takes place. 

  

History/PSHE 

As we celebrate Black History Month, the children will be discussing Equality and Fairness for All. 

Friday 1st October

 

English

Next week we will be poets! We will continue to explore poems in our first ‘Power of Reading’ book, ‘Out and About’ by Shirley Hughes. We will continue to appreciate the language and rhythm used in her seasonal poems and write our own. This will link with our Science exploration of seasonal changes and enjoyment of listening to Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’. The children will explore their outdoor Investigation Station, where they will use all of their 5 senses to explore the wonders of their autumn nature tables.

 

Maths

Next week we will be learning to partition numbers into 2 parts to make adding up and finding number bonds more easily. We will use the ‘part-whole’ model to do this practically and then with written numbers.

 

R.E.

Next week we begin our topic of Belonging and start from the point of the families, groups and teams that the children belong to. They will think about how they feel when they belong.

 

PSHE

As we celebrate Black History Month, the children will learn about the life of Rosa Parks and the significant impact she had.  

Friday 24th September 

English
This week we continue to learn more about rhyme and rhythm using the Shirley Hughes ‘Wind’ poem. We have used improvisation and movement to create our own wind performances and have recited the poem as a class with actions and imagination.
 

Maths
In Maths we have discovered the greater than, less than and equal to symbols. We made sure we had just enough straws at a party using 1 -1 correspondence and have been learning and using lots of mathematical language.

RE
We continue to learn about Families and how the psalms speak to us through the Bible. We have discovered families can all be different but they all have 1 thing in common, love. 

Science
An exciting week exploring our senses with nature in mind. We discovered touch and how any part of our skin can utilise this sense.

Friday 10th September

 

English

Next week we will explore more poems in our first ‘Power of Reading’ book, ‘Out and About’ by Shirley Hughes. We will continue to explore the language and how the poems make us feel. We will explore the outdoor elements of mud, water and sand and make connections with the poems by comparing them with our own experiences.

 

Maths

Next week we will continue counting up to 20 and back from 20 using objects. We will be counting forwards and back on number lines and we will be writing numbers as words.

 

Science

We are learning about our five senses. Next week we will start to explore our sense of sight.

 

 

R.E.

We continue our topic of Families and will learn about God’s love in the Bible, exploring psalms and stories that demonstrate how much God loves and cares about us.

Monday 6th September

 

English

This week we will continue to explore poems in our first ‘Power of Reading’ book, ‘Out and About’ by Shirley Hughes. We will explore the language and how the poems make us feel. This will link with our Science exploration of seasonal changes and enjoyment of listening to Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’. The children will explore their outdoor Investigation Station, where they will use all of their 5 senses.

 

Maths

This week we will be counting up to 20 and back from 20 using objects, number lines and songs.

 

R.E.

We begin our topic of Families and start from the point of the children’s own families. They will be creating their own ‘Thank you’ prayer for their family.

 

PSHE

We are beginning the term by reading ‘The Colour Monster’ by Anna Llenas. We will think about how the Colour Monster uses colours to express his feelings and create our own colour monsters.

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