Welcome to Year 1
Class Teacher: Miss Baum
This page will contain class newsletters, photos of interesting activities and useful links.
Below are some of the exciting memories that children who are currently in Year 1 have experienced since starting school.
Week Commencing: Monday 6th March 2023
This week in English, we have continued to use our key text 'Handa's Surprise' and have written some more sentences to continue the story. The children came up with some great adjectives to add in to the sentences, for example: 'A cheeky monkey popped up and stole the yellow banana.' and 'A silent elephant popped up and clutched the smooth mango.'
In Maths, we recapped doubling of numbers to 10 and used ths to help solve near doubles e.g. 3 + 3 = 6 so 3 + 4 = 7. In Maths Mastery, we also explored using and filling in number lines to 10.
In PSHE we started to explored growth mindsets and used a visual to help us with this. In Geography, we learnt about Wales, another country which is part of the United Kingdom and learnt features of Wales. In D and T, we created designs of a woven basket that we will be making in the following weeks. In RE we learnt about special clothes Muslims wear to mosque. In Science, we looked at different materials and thought of words to describe there properties.
Week Commencing: Monday 27th February 2023
On Thursday, it was World Book Day and the children enjoyed sharing their favourite books from home, especially in our class swaps where Year 5 and Year 1 children shared books together.
This week in English, we have continued to use our key text 'Handa's Surprise' and have written some sentences to write the beginning of the story. We used our key word list of smells and created a new key word list of alternative words for 'took' for children to adapt the sentences and use new vocabulary.
In Maths, we used our knowledge of number bonds to 10 to help us work out number bonds to 20, using practical resources such as numicon and rekenreks to help. We also recapped and re-explored number bonds of 8 and 9.
In PSHE we looked at the benefit of playground games and learnt some new games, played around the world. In Geography, we learnt that we live in England which is part of the United Kingdom and learnt features of England. In D and T, we continued to learn about weaving and made some weaving out of wool - it was very fiddly but the children were so resilient.
In Well Done assembly were Ariana and Leela for their super weaving. Kobe was our Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 20th February 2023
We've had a great first week back in Year One. On Monday, we received a parcel from Handa with different fruits in and a letter. She gave us a copy of her story and we have enjoyed learning to retell it using actions and a story map to help us remember it. We learnt the names of the different fruit in the story and made a key word list. We also smelt the fruit and came up with words to describe the smells. We created a key word list of smells, including new words: scrumptious, delicious, delectable and fragrant.
In Maths, we used our knowledge of number bonds and our ability to add by counting on to help add a teen number to a single digit number. I was really impressed with how the children picked this up. We also recapped and re-explored number bonds of 6 and 7.
In PSHE we looked at how food can be used to celebrate. In Science, we started our new topic on materials and learnt the names of different materials. In ICT, we worked in pairs and worked on following instructions to colour in a bird. In Geography, we learnt that we live in the city of Leeds and compared features of a city with features of a countryside. In PE we practised some ball skills and also practised travelling on the floor. In D and T, we learnt about weaving and made our own paper weaving pictures.
In Well Done assembly were Dolly for her super counting on and back in maths and much improved attitude in class. Skyla C was also in Well Done assembly for her improved attitude in class and joining in well. Justin was our Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 30th January 2023
This week has been Storytelling Week in School. We talked about the difference between 'storytelling' and reading a story. The children have enjoyed listening to a range of stories, and loved having some time with the Year 5 children reading them stories.
In English, the children have continued to explore The Magic Bed story. They used their plans for their own version of the story to write their own story. Also this week, the children used the elements of 'who?', 'what doing?' and 'where?' from the Magic Bed story to practise structuring sentences.
In Maths, we continued to explore ordering 3 numbers between 0 and 20. The children recorded their learning and we challenged them to use the symbols greater than > and less than < to compare the numbers.
In Science, the children looked at classifying amphibians and reptiles. In RE, we looked at why Sunday is a special day for Christians. In ICT, we used 2Count to create Pictograms to show, the popularity of fruit. In History, we recapped our knowledge of The Great Fire of London and looked at how firefighting has changed since 1666.
In Well Done assembly were Isla and Trinity for their great team work with their partners using the computers to correctly input the data on the pictograms. Lilah was our Silver Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 23rd January 2023
In English, the children have continued to explore The Magic Bed story. They drew pictures and labelled them to map out and plan their own version of the story which they will be creating next week. They also labelled characters from the original story and wrote sentences about them.
In Maths, we started to look at ordering and comparing numbers from 0 - 20. The children used lots of practical resources to build numbers to help them order them and also used pictorial representations to order numbers. We also recapped using the greater than >, less than < and equal to = symbols as part of Maths Mastery.
In Science, the children looked at features of 'fish'. In RE, we looked at the concept of special places and learnt that Churches are important places for Christians and that Mosques are important places for Muslims. In ICT, we made our own sorting games on 2Group. In History, we recapped our knowledge of The Great Fire of London and looked at the role of King Charles 1 during and after the event.
In Well Done assembly were Honey for her improved attitude in class and great maths work, and Harrison for his great science work. Leonie was our Silver Always Person.
Week Commencing: Monday 16th January 2023
In English, the children listened to the story of The Magic Bed and drew the characters and settings in the story to create 'who?' and 'where?'. We also looked at the 'what doing?' elements. Children then orally created sentences e.g. 'The tiger was flying at the beach'. Children also began to explore with changing elements of the story to create their own versions of the story.
In Maths, we looked at number lines to 20 and practised filling in missing numbers. We also used number lines to find one more and one less than a given number. In Maths Mastery, we looked at even numbers and how we can show these 'halves' and 'doubles'.
In Science, the children looked at classifying 'birds'. In Art, we continued to look at sculptures and looked at different ways to manipulate and attach paper to create 3D paper sculptures. In History, we recapped our knowledge of The Great Fire of London and looked at the impact on poor and rich people. In PE, children have been practising maintaining balance on a line, when moving both forwards and backwards.
Week Commencing: Monday 9th January 2023
In English, we shared our new key text, The Magic Bed by our class author 'Jon Burningham'. We created a story map of the story as a class and then everyone had a go at sequencing pictures from the story on a story mountain.
In Maths, we recapped One More and One Less and used this to apply to 'teen' numbers. We also looked at how to solve 'missing number problems, involving one more and one less e.g. one less than ? is 16.
In Science, the children looked at classifying mammals. In RE, we recapped 'belonging' and created our own family crests. In History, we learnt about the Great Fire of London 1666, and looked at different sources that helped us learn about it. In Art, we looked at what sculptures are, and the children enjoyed making salt dough and manipulating the dough in different ways to create their own salt dough sculptures.
In Well Done assembly was Keadey-Marie for her great progress with her reading and writing. Mir was our Always Person.
Week Commencing Monday 21st November 2022
This week, in English, we have been learning about 'adjectives' and thought of different adjectives to describe the troll from Three Billy Goats Gruff, we will then be applying these to write a character description of the troll. In PSHE, we recapped different feelings and what they can look like and feel like in our bodies. In D and T, we learnt how to make a 'wheel' to create a moving picture.
In Maths, we visit Susie Subtract in Maths Land and have looked at the techniques of crossing out and taking objects away to solve subtraction number sentences. For Maths Mastery, we looked at the number bonds to 10.
Week Commencing Monday 14th November 2022
This week, it has been anti-bullying week in school. The children were invited to come in 'odd socks' on Monday to celebrate our being different. We have been learning about the theme 'Reaching it' and the importance of speaking to someone if someone is being mean to us or our friends. We have also been spotting each other being kind. In English, we recapped 'who' and 'where' is in the Billy Goats Gruff story and also identified the 'doing what' and 'to what' elements in the story. We used these elements to build and write sentences. In History, the children thought about people who inspire them and why. In D and T, we learnt how to make a 'lever' to create a moving picture. In RE, we learnt about the harvest festival and how Christian's give thanks. In Science, we learnt about what our five senses are.
In Maths, we looked at number bonds to 10 and used numicon and other resources e.g. cubes and counters to explore them. For Maths Mastery, we looked at the compositions of the number 9, finding the different number bonds.
Week Commencing Monday 7th November 2022
This week, in English, we shared the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children created their own story boards and added captions to them. We also used colourful semantics and identified 'who' is in the story and 'where' the places were in the story. In PSHE, we recapped similarities and differences and decorated our own 'African animals' and compared them, inspired by the story Elmer. In History, the children learnt about the concept of 'inspiration' and looked at how people can be inspirational by exploring some inspirational people from Leeds. In D and T, we learnt how to make a 'slider' to create a moving picture. In RE, we thought about things we are thankful and shared how different religions used celebrations to give thanks. We enjoyed doing PE outside this week, practise our jumping skills and taking turns and sharing equipment with others.
Also this week, we had our first session in the ICT suite. The children practised logging on and their mouse control.
In Maths, we looked at what a number bond is and worked out number bonds for different numbers within 10. For Maths Mastery, we looked at the compositions of the number 7, finding the different number bonds.
Week Commencing Monday 31st October 2022
Welcome back after our first half term this year. This week in English, we learnt about performance poetry. The children acted out different poems, using actions and their voices. We also learnt about acrostic poems, and made a acrostic poem about Fireworks as a class. In PSHE, we shared different scenarios and considered the impact of the people's actions. In History, the children thought about their own personal history. In Science, we looked at the different parts of the body and the children labelled them. In D and T, we looked at some 'lift the flap' books, and children made their own lift the flap images. In RE, we thought about different celebrations and made a list of things we might need for a party.
In Maths, we looked part-whole models, and used them to write addition number sentences. We started to look at addition fact families, which we will continue to look at next week. For Maths Mastery, we looked at comparing amounts using the language, more, fewer and less.
In Well Done assembly were George for his fantastic application of skills to his own learning and Louie for his fantastic performance poetry. Roger was our Always Person.
Week Commencing Monday 17th October 2022
This week in English, in groups, the children acted out the story of the Gingerbread Man. They decided which character they were going to be, made a stick puppet of their character and acted it out in their groups. In PSHE, we learnt what a 'responsibility' is and what 'being responsible' means. In Geography, the children made a map of their local walk, filling in landmarks they saw on their route. In art, we did some observational drawing, and the children looked at some Autumnal objects and had a go at drawing them.
In Maths, we looked at number lines. We compared number tracks and number lines; filled in missing numbers on the number line and making jumps between numbers on a number line. For Maths Mastery, we looked at different compositions and number bonds to make the number 8.
In Well Done assembly were Rosie for her observational drawing and Justin for settling into our school well. Skylar L was our Always Person.
Week Commencing Monday 10th October 2022
This week in English, the children made up their own versions of the Gingerbread Man story by substituting the characters in the story. They drew and labelled a story map of their version of the story. In PSHE, we discussed similarities and differences between ourselves and others and talked about how we are special. In Geography, the children really enjoyed going on a walk around their local area, looking for landmarks on their way. In art, we looked at our class artist, Andy Goldsworthy. The children collected lots of natural objects (thanks to those that brought some in from last weeks home learning), and make their own natural artwork based on Goldsworthy's art.
Also this week, the children used their knowledge of creating maps using birds eye view to create a map of the outdoor playground. They made a special token and hid it outside. The children marked 'x' on their map for where they had hidden it. Another child then had to try find their token.
In Maths, the children were putting three numbers in order. We also continued with using the 'greater than', 'less than' and 'equal to' symbols. For Maths Mastery, we looked at different compositions and number bonds to make the number 6. We continuing to practise counting in 2's.
In Well Done assembly were Leela for applying herself well in Year One and Peter for his great attitude and progress with phonics. Alannah was our Always Person.
Week Commencing Monday 3rd October 2022
This week in English, the children chose a character from the Gingerbread Man story and wrote a sentence about it. We discussed the features of a sentence. We also looked at the 'where' and 'what doing' in the story as part of colourful semantics. We made up sentences using the three elements of 'who', 'where' and 'what doing'. In PSHE, we discussed the feeling 'angry' and tools we can use to help us get back to the green zone. In Geography, the children used Google Maps to map a route together for our local walk that we will be doing next week.
In Maths, we learnt about the symbols 'greater than' (>), 'less than' (<) and 'equal to (=). We used different resources to make these symbols to compare two numbers. The children were good at knowing if a number was greater than, less than or equal to the other number. For Maths Mastery, we looked at 'odd' and 'even' numbers. We learnt that even numbers are in pairs and odd numbers have 'an odd one'. We also practise counting in 2's.
In Well Done assembly were Roger for his great attitude and effort in class, and L'Omarnye for being resilient in class. Leonie was our Always Person.
Week Commencing Monday 26th September 2022
This week we have continued to share The Gingerbread Man story. We have used Talk for Writing actions to retell the story and created a story map to help. The children also made their own story maps of the story and labelled it. We also discussed the characters in the story, as part of colourful semantics. In PSHE, we discussed the feeling 'sad' and tools we can use to help us when we're feeling sad. In Geography, the children used Google Maps to look at landmarks they might see on their way to school. In RE, we discussed the Qu'ran, how it is important to Muslims and how the Qu'ran is looked after. In art, we used the colour wheel and explored what happened when red and yellow were mixed.
In Maths, we revisited Princess One Less. The children practise counting backwards from different starting amounts with numbers to 10. We also recapped using a range of resources, including a number track, to work out one less than a number.
In Well Done assembly were Ellis and Ariana for their great art work using the red and yellow paint, mixing and creating some Autumn trees. Harrison was our Always Person.
Week Commencing Monday 19th September 2022
I baked a Gingerbread Man this week, but he ran away! He left us a messaged and the story of The Gingerbread Man which we shared as a class. The children have enjoyed looking for him and created missing posters to help. They have also enjoyed making their own Gingerbread Men in the creative area. In Geography, the children used their knowledge of 'birds eye view' to draw a map of the classroom. In RE, we discussed the Bible and why it is important to Christians. The children looked at some different bibles, making sure they handled them carefully. In PSHE, we discussed the feeling 'happy' and the children shared what makes them happy.
In Maths, we revisited Prince One More. We made a word study of the word 'more', recapping what is means. We recapped using different resources to find out one more than a given numbers to 10, including a number track. We also practised using our knowledge of one more to apply this to bigger numbers e.g. 26.
In Well Done assembly were Lilah for her writing about what makes her happy, and Kobe for his map of the classroom. Margarida was our Always Person.
Week Commencing Monday 13th September 2022
This week in Year One, we have enjoyed learning about some of our new subjects. In English, the children wrote a sentence and drew a picture about their favourite character. In Geography, the children learnt about what 'bird's eye view' meant and practised drawing an object from this perspective. In RE, we talked about the word special and shared about our special books and how we looked after them. In Science, we shared about what we knew about Autumn and shared a non-fiction book about Autumn. The children then made their own checklist of what they thought we might see on an Autumn walk. We then went outside to see if we were right. We found lots of signs of Autumn like pinecones, acorns and leaves that were changing colour and falling to the floor.
In Maths, we revisited Counting Callum and have been practising counting a range of objects using 1:1 correspondence. We also practised counting on from a number. The children enjoyed rolling a dice and then counting on until they reached 10.
In Well Done assembly were Alannah for her super writing and Teddie for his fantastic model of a castle.
Week commencing Tuesday 7th September 2022
We've had a great first week in Year One. The children have done well getting used to a new environment and we have been practising some of our new routines. The children have enjoyed exploring the different areas and resources and have also been very grown-up going out onto the Key Stage One playground for outdoor times.
In Maths this week, we met the Maths Land character Sorting Sophie and we had a go at sorting ourselves and objects in different ways. The children have also been doing some great sorting of items in the classroom.
Harley and Margarida were in Well Done assembly for settling into Year One really well and purposefully using the environment.
Welcome to Year One!
I am so excited to see you all very soon. I just wanted to send a message to say 'hello' and introduce you to some of the areas in our classroom (see pictures below). These are just some of the areas and we will continue to build and adapt them as your interests and learning grow and develop - which are you most looking forward to exploring and learning in?
You all have your peg and pump spaces and your own trays for your belongings - just like you did in Reception. You will notice lots of resources you are familiar with from Reception too.
When you return to school we will spend lots of time getting to know our classroom and discovering what there is. I can't wait to go on this journey in Year One with you and to develop the classroom together. I'm excited to see what you get up to and feel so lucky to be a part of your learning journey again.
See you soon!
From Miss Baum