Goodbye Year 1

I cannot believe how quickly this year has gone. I am sad that year 1 is over however, I am delighted that I will be the teaching the children next year in year 2:) The children have made so much progress this year and I am so proud of all of their achievements. I hope you all have a lovely 6 weeks off and catch the rays. See you in September!

Thank you so much for all my lovely presents. I am so overwhelmed with how kind everyone has been. I have loved teaching all of the children this year and I can’t wait to teach them next year!

 

 

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End of Year celebrations

To celebrate the end of the year, I was busy baking chocolate chip cookies with my mum this weekend. We had a bit of cookie and film time on Monday, as the kids wanted to watch a bit of Spy Kids.

We also had an end of year party Friday morning, with snacks and games and awards for each of the children to celebrate their successes this year. What a way to end the year!

 

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Maths

This week we have been preparing for Year 2 and we have started learning our 3 times tables. Below is a song that we have been learning to help us remember them.

Head Teacher award

Instead of pupil of the week this week, I chose two children for Mrs Ward’s special head teacher award. So well done to Annabelle Wilson and Riley Hall for your continued hard work, good behaviour and all-round progress this year. Both of these children are fantastic role models for our class and are always ready to learn. They have overcome so many challenges this year and have persevered fantastically. Brilliant work this year, keep it up:)

 

Outstanding Writer

The outstanding writer for this week is Hannah Conway. Hannah has been trying really hard with her writing this week and I have been so impressed with how independent she is becoming. Her handwriting has improved dramatically and I am so proud of her progress. Well done Hannah!

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Nearly Year 2’s

Transition Morning

On Wednesday, we had a lovely transition morning and started with reflecting on our year. We discussed all the things that we have enjoyed in year 1, the funny moments that we have shared together and the interesting things that we have learnt.

We then created some targets for next year and thought about what we would like to achieve by the end of year 2. We wrote our targets on our leaves and created our achievement tree.

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English

This week in English we have been learning how to write a recount. We recounted our trip to Scarborough and created some actions to help us remember the order of the activities and those bossy verbs.

We then rehearsed our recount in our group and performed it to the class.

Towards the end of the week we started writing  our recount. I was really impressed with all the effort that the children put in to writing their recount and writer of the week this week has been so difficult to choose. I could have given it to all of the children so well done everyone!

Science

This week we have been learning about our bodies. We named the parts of our bodies and enjoyed learning a song to help us remember all the different parts. The video is below if the children would liked to practise at home.

Writer of the Week

Writer of the week this week is Jamie. This week I have been amazed by Jamie and his levels of perseverance. On Monday I asked the children to write a recount about our trip to Scarborough last month and I gave them no clues or assistance as to what a recount was, how it should be structured or what features they would need to use in order to see what they could do. Jamie’s cold write was fantastic. Although he forgot his full stops, his sentences made sense and he remembered all the activities that we did when we visited Scarborough. It was the best piece of work from him so far this year and it shows how much progress he has made. Great work Jamie!

J Hill

Pupil of the Week

Pupil of the week this week is Heidi. Heidi is always ready to learn and her behavior is sublime. This week I have been so proud of her independent work as she has started to work more independently and her confidence in her ability is now shining through. Keep up the good work Heidi! Good stuff!

 

 

 

Jam sandwiches

English

This week we have been finishing off our topic on instructions. We  learnt a set of instructions for how to make a jam sandwich and  have been using actions to help us remember the order of the steps. We then practiced and performed our instructions in groups in front of the class. We then wrote our own instructions. We then wrote our own instructions for how to make our own sandwich. We had some very interesting ideas:)

-Tomato sauce sandwich

-Spaghetti bolognese sandwich .

-Chocolate bar sandwich

-Chocolate and ice cream sandwich

-Chicken and sweetcorn

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Making jam sandwiches

On Thursday afternoon, the children used the instructions that they learnt and made jam sandwiches. They loved following the steps and also loved eating them:) The children described the sandwiches as sweet, delicious, fantastic and beautiful. Lots of the children also said that they were going to make their parents jam sandwiches for dinner, so that’s something for parents to look forward to:)

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Writer of the Week

Writer of the week this week is Scarlet Tate. I have been super impressed with how much effort she has been putting into her writing this week and her instructions for how to make an egg sandwich were fantastic. Well done Scarlett, great work:)

S Tate

 

Pupil of the Week

Pupil of the week this week is Charley. Charley has worked really hard this week in both Maths and English and his perseverance when completing difficult work has really impressed me this week! He is always polite and well mannered and he is a great role model for Year 1. Great work Charley!

C Marshall

Superstars

This week the children have been absolute superstars! Their independent work has been phenomenal and they are really starting to show signs of being ready for year 2!

Gymnastics club

On a Tuesday and Wednesday break time I lead a gymnastics club with the year 1 and year 2 children. We have been practicing back bends, head to toes and wheel barrows. We even had a wheel barrow race on the field which was great fun! Here are some pictures of the children:)

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English

At the beginning of the week we finished off our fantasy story topic and the childre;n wrote their own fantasy stories using some of the same features of the original Jack and the beanstalk story that we learnt. They changed the plot and the characters and many of them included a great twist at the end of their story in order to improve the original story. I was so impressed with all of the children’s stories they worked so hard and worked completely independently so I am so proud of how well they have all done! Here are some examples of the children’s work.

 

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A fantastic full page story from Charley completed independently! Super work!!

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Another brilliant story by Annabelle. Super presentation and creativity! Excellent work!

We then started our new English topic on instructions. We thought about how we brush our teeth and created some instructions as class. We learnt the instructions through rehearsing them and created actions to help us remember the order of the steps. We made sure that our instructions included time connectives and bossy verbs! The children then performed their instructions in front of the class and I followed their instructions to see if I could successfully brush my teeth. After brushing my teeth 4 times I could safely say that the children had created some fantastic instructions and my mouth was on fire!

Maths

In maths this week we have been measuring using metre and cm rulers. We have been estimating the length, height and width of items and then using our utensils to help us measure accurately. We discussed the importance of making sure that we measure from the 0 on the ruler and also talked about how many cm’s are in a metre.

1 metre= 100cm.

We have also been estimating the mass of items and have been measuring them using cubes. The children did a fantastic investigation and really loved working together in groups and measuring the mass of items around the classroom.

Pupil of the Week

My pupil of the week this week is Daniel. I have been so impressed with Daniel’s hard work and effort this week. He always work hard but this week he has stepped it up a level. He has completed some fantastic independent work in both English and Maths and as always he has also been helping other children with their work. Keep it up Daniel! Well done:)

D Gibson

 

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Writer of the Week

My writer of the week this week is Scarlett.P. This week in English the children wrote their own fantasy stories completely independently. I wanted them to use some of the features of the original Jack and beanstalk story that we had previously learnt but change parts of the plot and the characters to make it their own. Scarlett’s story was fantastic! Her changes to the plot and characters were so inventive and she also added extra detail which was just what I was looking for. She wrote over 2 pages writing in perfect paragraphs! Excellent work Scarlett!:)

S Precious

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Let’s celebrate!

Phonics

It is finally over!!!

All of the children have completed their phonics screening test this week!

I am so proud of all of the children for trying so hard this year in their phonics. They have all made so much progress and I know that they all put 110% into their test so I couldn’t be happier!

We had some well deserved cookie and film time to celebrate their achievements!

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School’s Tour De Yorkshire

On Wednesday, Year 1 helped to wave off some of the members of our school who participated in the school’s Tour De Yorkshire. We loved waving our flags and cheering them on! They biked over 6 miles! What a fantastic achievement!

Maths

In maths this week we have been doing some more multiplication and division. The children used whiteboards to help them solve division and multiplication problems. We looked at division as sharing remembering the important point- that the number has to be shared EQUALLY!

We are now becoming a lot more confident writing multiplication and division calculations using all of the correct symbols and I am so proud of how well they are all doing!

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TOPIC

In Topic this week we have been looking back at our fantastic trip to Scarborough and have been sequencing the activities along a timeline. The children remembered all of the activities really well, even after a weekend off!

We have also started our science topic and have been looking at natural and man-made materials. We discussed what natural and man-made means and identified different things from our Scarborough trip which were man-made and natural.

English

In English this week we have been adapting our Jack and the Beanstalk story by changing the characters and elements of the plot. We changed our original story map and re-learnt using actions our new adapted story. The children had some great ideas for changing the characters and parts of the plot. Instead of a cow our main character Daisy sells her xbox for 3 green beans and instead of stealing the hen that lays golden eggs our character steals some sparkling diamonds.

 

Writer of the week

Writer of the week this week is Molly. This week we have been adapting our Jack and the Beanstalk story. Molly made some fantastic and creative changes to the story and it was beautifully presented. Super work Molly!

M Thompson

 

Pupil of the Week

Pupil of the week this week is Sadie. Sadie has been working really hard this week and I have been so impressed with her independent work. She is always ready to learn and she is a great role model for year 1. Keep it up Sadie! Well done:)

S McGowan

Welcome back

Welcome back after a lovely half term. I hope you all got plenty of rest and are ready to finish off the year with a bang!

Scarborough

Year 1 had a fantastic trip to Scarborough on Thursday!

After a 2 hour journey full of the children asking “are we there yet?” we finally arrived in Scarborough and it wasn’t raining!!!

 

 

Firstly, we visited the Rotunda museum and saw lots of different artifacts and fossils! The children loved learning about the dinosaurs and Annomites.

 

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Then, we had a quick snack break before walking up to have our lunch altogether overlooking the beach. The children were fascinated by the pesky seagulls and a bit scared that they were going to steal their lunch. However, thankfully we all got to eat our lunches without any drama!

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After lunch, we walked down to the beach and the children were given a bucket and spade each. They built sandcastles, wrote in the sand and had a great time playing on the beach. We found lots of different rocks and shells and the children loved discovering water at the bottom of their holes after digging in the sand.

 

 

Finally, we all got a humongous ice cream to finish off our great day and made our way back to the coach and said our goodbyes to Scarborough!

 

The children behaved fantastically on the trip and I am very proud of them! Thank you for a great day!

 

Phonics

Phonics testing begins Monday!

PLEASE make sure that your child practices at home this weekend as phonics testing will begin Monday. The children will benefit from reading at home and using the phoneme cards this weekend in order for them to practice for the test!!

 

English

This week in English we have been finishing off our topic on fantasy stories.

We have looked at different fantasy settings and have described what we might see, hear, smell and feel if we visited that fantasy world. We have also learnt the story of Jack in the Beanstalk. We used actions to help us remember the sequence of the story and the children loved using their voices to bring emphasis to certain parts in the story. Here are some pictures of the children performing the story to the class in their groups.

 

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Maths

In maths this week we have been re-covering multiplication using arrays.

We have been using our knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to help us count a set of objects more easily. Some of us have even been writing multiplication calculations! I’ve been super impressed with all of their hard work this week!

 

 

 

Writer of the Week

Writer of the week this week is Daniel. Daniel has done some fantastic writing this week. He has written the whole of the Jack and the Beanstalk story which we learnt orally using the correct punctuation and grammar. I am so proud of his achievement! Well done Daniel!

D Gibson

Pupil of the Week

Pupil of the week this week is Ella. It has been Ella’s first week at our school this week and I have been so impressed with her independent work and attitude to learning. The class love her already! Well done Ella keep it up!

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Have a lovely half term

Another term is over! The children have worked so hard this half term and I can’t believe that we only have one term left and then it will be the summer holidays. I hope you all have a lovely break and make the most of the sunshine and I will see you all in 2 weeks:)

Phonics

After the holiday there is only 1 week left until D DAY- THE PHONICS SCREENING TEST!

Your child has been sent home with a phonics book and some phoneme sheets. Please practice with them as much as possible over the holidays and don’t forget to get your child to practice recalling the sounds using the cards already provided.

The children have worked so hard this term in their phonics and  I am very proud of all of their achievements. We all want them to do really well in the upcoming phonics test so to give them the best chance of passing please make sure that they practice during the holidays as a week of no practice is a long time.

The phonemes we have been learning this week are below and there are some words which you can get the children to say special friends and fred talk in order to practise for the phonics test.

AW- LAWN, DAWN, YAWN,

OW- COW, HOWL, DOWN, FROWN, TOWN, GOWN

OA- GOAT, FLOAT, BOAT, SOAK, COAL, COACH, LOAF

EW- FLEW, BLEW, STEW, NEWT, KNEW, DREW

We have also been focusing on the silent k in words such as KNOW. We have explained that if the children see a kn at the beginning of a word the K is silent. It doesn’t talk so we just make the n sound. Get them to practice the words below to see if they have grasped this concept.

KNOCK

KNOT

KNIT

KNEE

 

TOPIC

This week we have been thinking about our visit to Scarborough and the children have started planning a persuasive letter to try and persuade me to do the activities which they would like to do on our visit.

We have discussed the features of a persuasive letter and have started boxing up our ideas in order to help us write the letter when we come back off holiday. We have been using flattery, questioning and emotional writing and have discussed how these elements might influence my decision to let them do their chosen activity. I have been really impressed with the children’s plans so far and I will be uploading some of the letters when they have been completed.

MATHS

In maths this week we have learning about position and direction. The children have been following instructions, moving to the left and right and forwards and backwards and also making whole, half and quarter turns clockwise and anti-clockwise.

We learnt the cha cha slide to help us become familiar with our left and right and the children really enjoyed doing something active which was also assessing their knowledge at the same time. Here’s some pictures of the children performing the dance and the video is attached if the children want to practice at home.

 

 

Writer of the Week

Writer of the week this week is Riley. This week Riley has been working super hard and I am so proud of how well he has adapted to coming back to school. He wrote a fantastic plan for his fantasy story and then wrote 3 paragraphs for his own story. His presentation was superb and he had some fantastic and creative ideas. Super work Riley!

R Hall

 

Pupil of the Week

Pupil of the week this week is Annabelle. Annabelle has a fantastic attitude to learning. She is always ready to learn and is always so positive. She has been taking on feedback and asking what she can do to improve her work. She also wrote a fantastic opening and 2 paragraphs for her fantasy story completely independently. Great work Annabelle!

A Wilson

 

 

 

 

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PHONICS

 

ONLY 4 WEEKS LEFT UNTIL THE PHONICS TEST!

This week in phonics we have been consolidating our knowledge of set 2 and 3 sounds, including split digraphs.

We have recovered the pronunciation of these sounds to ensure that we can recall the sound in a word (find the special friends). We have also been segmenting and blending words ready for our phonics test.

Below is a link to a site which we use in school. It’s an interactive phonics game which the children love. See if your child can practice at home! Click on phase 3 and the children can practice segmenting and blending words.

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PicnicOnPluto.html

 

 

English

This week we have started looking at fantasy stories.

We have discussed the features of a fantasy story and have read two books and watched  clips from the film Monsters Inc to help us identify key characters and features.

We also learnt the story ‘I’m coming to get you,’ by Tony Ross.

We created some actions to help us remember the story and performed it as a class. Here are some photos of the children performing the story.

 

P.E

This week we had a special P.E lesson on Dance as a treat for the children working so hard this term. We discussed different emotions and feelings and how we could show these using our facial expressions and body language. We then thought about how we could show these emotions through movement such as walking, skipping, hopping, jumping and running.

 

I showed the children an emotion and asked them to move around the room doing whatever movement they thought showed this emotion. We then got into groups and each group was given an emotion to show without any of the other groups knowing what their emotion/ feeling was. The groups then had to perform their emotion and the rest of the class had to guess their emotion. The children really worked well in their groups and every groups emotion was guessed by the rest of the class which shows how good they were at demonstrating the emotion through their bodies and movement.

Maths

This week we have been looking at place value and addition and subtraction. We have been using Numicon to help us identify numbers and accurately add and subtract up to 20. We have also been using partitioning to find related addition and subtraction number facts. The children love using numicon and it really helps give them a concrete representation of numbers,

Here’s some work showing how we have used numicon this week.

On the left is Charley’s work and on the right is Sadie’s work.

Writer or the Week

Writer of the week this week is Sophie. Sophie always has beautiful presentation and always uses the correct punctuation and grammar. Her description of Sully from Monsters Inc was fantastic and she has also been helping other children with their writing in class. Keep up the great work Sophie!!!

S Pierce

Pupil of the week

Pupil of the week this week is Ryan. Ryan always works hard and his independent work is fantastic in both Maths and English. I have been especially impressed with his phonics work and his enthusiastic attitude to learning. Great stuff Ryan!

R Pokharel

Would you like to go to the seaside?

PHONICS

This week in phonics we have been learning the oi sound, and the split diagraph sounds a-e and i-e.

Can your children identify the special friends and fred talk (say the sounds) the words below?

Example: oil

special friend= oi

fred talk= oi-l

Say the word- oil

(oi)  spoil, coil, boil, soil, foil 

(i-e) kite, site, bite, nice, smile, hide, time, mine

(a-e) make, bake, shake, fake, lake, date, late, game

 

Remember to keep practicing the sound cards with the children each day to improve their recall of the sounds and use the words I have provided on the sheet for them to practice segmenting and blending. ONLY 4 WEEKS TILL THE PHONICS TEST AFTER THIS WEEK!!!!!!

 

Topic

This week we have started delving into our new topic. The seaside.

We have been looking at different seaside destinations around the UK, looking at their positions on a map and the different features that are similar in all of the destinations. We have compared a village like Royston to a coastal area in order to ensure that the children can identify and understand the similarities and differences between different localities.

Finally, we have been thinking about our trip to Scarborough and the sorts of activities that we might be able to do on our trip. The children made a list of all the activities they could do when we visit Scarborough and picked 3 of their favorite activities and explained why they had picked those particular activities.

 

English

This week we have been looking at rhyming poems.

We read a poem called the sound collector by Roger McGough and thought about what life would be like without any sound. We thought about how we would feel if we couldn’t hear and discussed how grateful we are to be able to hear. We then planned adapting the poem to include sounds around our school. We went on a sound walk and thought about the sounds that we could hear around school and discussed what things were making those sounds.

We created a mind map of all the sounds we heard as a class and used these to help write our own verse for the sound collector poem.

 

Maths

This week we have been looking at place value and counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s to 100.The children used numicon to help them identify the number of tens and ones in the numbers up to 30 and they also used numicon and number lines to help them count up in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s to 100.

Below are the songs we use to help us remember our 2 and 5 times tables.

 

 

Writer of the Week

Writer of the week this week is James. This week James has been writing completely independently and he has even started to join his letters. His presentation and formation of letters has improved massively. Keep it up James!

J Ferguson

Pupil of the Week

Pupil of the week this week is Harrison. All week Harrison has been impressing me with his independent work. He wrote a sensational rhyming poem completely independently and even Mrs Ward has commented on how impressive it was. He is a great member of the class and is always so polite and helpful. Well done Harrison!

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REPETITION IS KEY

PHONICS

There are 6 WEEKS left until the children sit the phonics screening check.

The test will commence on the 12th of June and the children in Year 1 will all be tested that week and the week after, if any children are absent. It is a national test and all Year 1 children in England are tested to see if they have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. ( Have they learnt all of the sounds correctly?)

In order to pass the test the children will need to pronounce the words provided to them correctly. They can ‘Fred talk the word’

SH-I-P

and then say the word SHIP.

The test is not timed, so the children have as much time as they like and can repeat the pronunciation of the words as many times as they like. However, the examiner will have to take the child’s final pronunciation of the word as their answer.

Thank you to the parents that attended our phonics workshop. It was really great to see you and I hope that you were provided with more information about how we teach phonics in school and how important it is for your child’s future development.

It is really important that the children are using the sound cards that I have provided them with each day to test their recall of the sounds. REPETITION IS KEY! Children need to see the sounds each and every day several times for them to be able to identify the sounds in a word. Also, reading the words on the letter I have provided parents gets them practicing segmenting and blending words which will be required for the test.

 

Last years threshold was 32/40. We will not be provided with the threshold mark until the 26th of June but it is more likely that it will be similar. So in order to pass the test the children can only get 8 out of 40 words wrong! They can only do this if they can recognize the specific sounds in words and practice saying words and recalling the sounds using the cards will help them.

The power point used in the parent workshop is provided below. Have a look to see what your child will do in the test and what you can do at home to help them.

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If you do have any questions about phonics or the test, please do not hesitate to see me! My door is always open:)

 

English

In English this week we have been looking at rhyming poems. We learnt a poem called Stegosaurus Wayne off by heart and performed the poem in groups to the class using actions to help us remember each part of the poem.

We then looked at all of the rhyming words in the poem. We looked at what was different in the rhyming words and what was the same. We discussed what makes words rhyme? What do they need to include? Here are some photos of the children performing our poem. They had great fun!

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Maths

This week in maths we have been learning about capacity.

We looked at a variety of containers and talked about which objects would hold the most/ least water. We had lots of fun making predictions and testing to see if our predictions were correct.  We also spoke about the units that we measure capacity in= litres and looked at a variety of containers and predicted whether they held less that 1 litre, approximately a litre or more than a litre.

 

Writer of the Week

Writer of the week this week is Harrison. This week we have been writing sense poems on our own topics. Harrison’s poem on football was fantastic. His similes linked back to the topic of football and his presentation was also extremely neat. Well done Harrison.

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Pupil of the Week

Pupil of the week this week is Sophie. Sophie is one of my always children. She always tries her best, always helps others and is always ready to learn. I have been really impressed with independent work this week! Keep up the good work Sophie.

S Pierce