Welcome to Year 1’s Class Page. Maryellen Homer is the Class Teachers in Year 1.
Some of the main activities in Year 1 – Weeks Beginning Monday 6th June 2017
What an exciting few weeks we have had in year one! We started our Buckets and Spades challenge pack by visiting Blackpool. Children enjoyed walking along the pier, spotting famous sights such as Blackpool Tower and visiting the beach. Year one and Year two children loved paddling in the sea, building sand castles and having a donkey ride. We also managed to have a delicious ice cream without the cheeky seagulls pinching it! We came back from our trip with lots of fantastic ideas for our Summer festival which will be on Thursday 13th July. We hope you can join us!
In English children have written wonderful recounts of their visit to Blackpool. Our new class text is the Snail and the Whale and we have focussed our English lessons around this. Children looked at features of a newspaper report then written their own reports explaining how the whale was stranded on the land. children also wrote a letter thanking the tiny snail for saving whale. children have really enjoyed this text and produced super work!
In Maths children have been exploring the outdoor area by measuring objects. They have measured length, capacity and weight. They have estimated and compared size and weight of objects. Children have also looked at multiplication where they have used a range of practical and pictoral strategies to solve questions. This week children have looked at different denominations of money. They have identified coins and made amounts. Children then used their reasoning skills to make the same amount of money using different coins using a systematic approach.
During NICER children have been busy using a TASC wheel to plan, design and create things for our Summer festival. We look forward to showcasing and sharing these with you!
Some of the main activities in Year 1 – Weeks Beginning Monday 20th & 27th March 2017
Two weeks ago we had an unexpected visitor at Rowley Park a pirate!! He set us a challenge to create a pirate poem to help him escape imprisonment. Year one decided to focus on riddles. We looked and discussed the features and then looked at famouse fictional pirates. Children then researched facts about their chosen character and using their collaboration LPT they built clues. After writing their own riddle they worked in small groups to perform them to parents. Year one thoroughly enjoyed our pirate themed everybody write day.
This week year one have been busy planning and preparing their healthy food cafe. During English we have looked at a range of invitations and why they are used. We created a checklist of features that we wanted to use when creating our own invitation. Children then created an invitation to send to their parent and siblings persuading them to come to our tasty but healthy cafe next week.
During Maths year one have been looking at repeated addition they used numicon to help count in two’s , fives and tens. We then moved onto using the multiplication sign and used array pictures to help solve questions. This helped when they were doing their one minute times tables. This week we have looked at the inverse and introduced division. Children enjoyed using practical equipment such as counters to share into equal groups. They then moved onto solving problems practically and finally looked at another method by drawing the groups to find their answer. All children then completed a thinking frame to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of division. What super mathematicians year one have been!
In NICER we have spent time designing our menus children then during ICT used a programme on purple mash to create their menu. Our main focus this week has been our challenge outcome which is to create a healthy food cafe. This will take place on Tuesday at 2.30 until 3.30 family and friends are very welcome and we look forward to you joining us.
Finally year one completed their block of forest school sessions this week. They have thoroughly enjoyed building dens, preparing and cooking food, planting bulbs, paddling in the stream and much more. A big thank you to Mr Rowland who lead these sessions and made them fun for everyone!
Some of the main activities in Year 1 – Weeks Beginning Monday 27th February, 6th & 13th March 2017
Over the past few weeks during Maths, Year 1 have been focussing on addition and subtraction. They have used practical equipment then moved onto pictures and number lines to solve questions. They also applied their knowledge of addition and subtraction when using money. This week they continued to use this knowledge and apply it to one step problems. Children were super independent learners choosing their preferred method then explaining how they used it. They also used their thinking frames to represent answers using different methods. Mrs Homer was very impressed with their understanding of key vocabulary for both operations.
During English, the children have been busy identifying features of a letter. They looked at formal language which is used. Children then planned and wrote some fantastic letters to a chef. They linked this to their challenge outcome to create a healthy food cafe and asked super questions for some tasty but healthy recipes. This week the children have focussed on their class text ‘Handa’s Surprise’. Children identified key features of a story. They then used their imagining LPT and created a story map for their own story. They based it around ‘Handa’s Surprise’ but changed the characters, fruit, animals and setting. They have used their yellow and black hats to self-assess their writing and looked at how they could improve their work.
During Science, the children looked at plants which are safe to eat and plants which are harmful. They went onto to use their noticing LPT to look at which parts of a plant do humans eat. Children enjoyed handling and sorting vegetables such as potatoes, asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower into the part which can be eaten. The children are looking forward to baking their special treat for their Mother’s Day assembly next week.
Some of the main activities in Year 1 – Weeks Beginning Monday 6th and 13th February 2017
During English, Year 1 have been identifying features of a story. They have looked at these features and focussed on the traditional tale The Enormous Turnip. Children then used their imagining learning power tool and changed parts of the tale to create their own story. The children produced some fantastic stories!
During Maths, the children have been focussing on beginning to tell the time. Children used mini clocks and their noticing learning power tool to peer assess with their partner, making sure they were using the appropriate hands to show the correct time. They also used their thinking frames to explain their reasoning.
Year 1 have continued to explore the outdoors in Forest School and have linked their science with it, by finding out which plants are safe to eat. They then enjoyed cooking with the parts that are safe to eat and continued to come up with healthy snack ideas for their challenge outcome.
During NICER, children have used their ICT skills to research and explore which healthy foods are grown in the U.K. They then located this on the map. They also discussed how growing potatoes became a problem in the past and started looking at the potato famine. They will continue this work after half term.
Some of the main activities in Year 1 – Weeks Beginning Monday 23rd and 30th January 2017
Year 1 have continued to focus on their challenge outcome by researching recipes which were used in the past. They also identified utensils which people used to cook with and what are used today. Children have thoroughly enjoyed their Forest School sessions where they have been making and tasting healthy foods, which they could sell in their healthy food café. They have also enjoyed planting bulbs.
During English, the children have looked at a range of familiar poems and identified features. Children used their yellow and black hats to discuss their poems. They then wrote their own poems using their imaging LPT. They have also looked at fiction and non-fiction texts; children sorted features and then used them to create their own non-fiction fact file. Children linked their fact file to their science and wrote how to grow a bean plant.
During Maths, the children have looked at odd and even numbers and identified which numbers are odd and even up to 20. Children have also looked at 2D shapes and made a repeating pattern with them. They then used their noticing LPT to look at number sequences, recognise the pattern and continue them. They also used their knowledge of counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. As a class the children used their reasoning and questioning skills to undergo a task called ‘catch maths if you can’. Children were given a range of pictures and discussed what they found interesting about them. They became mathematicians and picked one picture and then write as many maths based questions they could think of. They will continue to explore these questions next week!
Some of the main activities in Year 1 – Weeks Beginning Monday 2nd, 9th and 16th January 2017
The children in Year 1 have kick-started their new challenge pack ‘The Jolly Greengrocer’ by tasting different foods with Year 5. They have discussed and sorted healthy and unhealthy food, following that the children have started to use a TASC wheel to decide which healthy snack we could serve at our healthy food café.
During English the children have tasted different fruit and described them so that they could create a healthy food diary. This was based around the Very Hungry Caterpillar story. This past week the children have started looking at a range of poems and have identified their features. Children used their yellow and black thinking hats to discuss their thoughts and opinions on the poems. They then used their imagining learning power tool to produce their own poem based around soup. They chose a range of objects and foods and created some very imaginative poems.
In Maths they have been looking at a range of different measurements. Children underwent some practical activities where they measured the length and weight of objects. They went on to use non-standard measurements to estimate and record their findings.
During Science, the focus has been on plants and the children have looked at what a plant needs to help it to grow. Children have planted their own cress seeds and have predicted what might happen. They will continue to monitor the growth of the seeds and then record their findings.
Year 1 have also been visiting forest school every Thursday and have enjoyed exploring the outdoors. They have learned how to light a fire and how to keep safe around fire. We look forward to our next session!
Some of the main activities in Year 1 – Week Beginning Monday 5th December 2016
Year 1 have continued to focus on traditional tales during English. They used their imaging tool and created their own story maps. They retold the story of Jack and the Beanstalk but gave it an alternative ending. The children also enjoyed a Christmas pantomime – Cinderella, which was brilliant and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. Children then discussed adjectives to describe the main characters and picked a character to describe.
During Maths the children were very excited to be a part of our Pokemon Everybody Maths Day. Children completed tarsias which revealed QR codes to take them to their very own Pokemon. Children have also started to tell the time, they recognised o ‘clock and began to recognise half past too. They have also looked at fractions and finding one half of a shape. The children used their thinking frames and explained that to find half of a shape, you must have two equal sides.
During Science the children continued to look at everyday materials, they carried out an investigation to see which material was the strongest.
In NICER, the children have continued to work on their challenge outcome by practising and recording songs ready for their CD.
Some of the main activities in Year 1 – Week Beginning Monday 14th November 2016
Year 1 have been focussing on traditional tales as part of their challenge pack Far Far Away. In English, the children looked at Goldilocks and the three bears. They discussed and debated whether Goldilocks is a good or bad character. They then examined the evidence and wrote a newspaper report. They have also looked at Jack and the Beanstalk, sequencing this traditional tale. After that, they used their imagining tool to write an alternative ending.
During Maths, the children have used practical resources and pictures to solve subtraction number sentences. They then used these methods to find the missing numbers. Children confidently used their thinking frames to explain which methods they had chosen and also to solve further challenges. This past week, they have looked at 2D shapes and their properties. They then moved onto finding fractions of shapes, using their thinking frames to explain how you must have two equal parts when finding half of a shape.
In NICER, the children have continued to practise songs and rhymes ready for their challenge outcome. They have added instruments and discussed different notes, beats and rhythms. In Science, they have looked at a range of materials, the children have named them and identified objects in the classroom which are made from these materials. Everyone is looking forward to investigating properties and will decide which ones are the strongest materials to use.
Some of the main activities in Year 1 – Week Beginning Monday 31st October 2016
Year 1 started their new challenge pack Far Far Away with a fantastic trip to Ash End House Farm. Children enjoyed feeding and stroking ducks, goats and sheep. They also joined in with singing lots of traditional rhymes. They met pigs and piglets which were only two weeks old! Children got to go on a bumpy tractor ride and spot all the scarecrows around the farm. They even got to take home a freshly hatched egg of their own.
During English, they have continued to learn about traditional tales. This week the children are focussing on Goldilocks and children will be planning and writing a newspaper report.
In Maths, children have been using a range of methods such as practical resources and number lines to add two numbers together. They then applied these methods and solved one step problems.
During NICER, the children have continued their map work by looking at their surroundings such as school and the local community. They also identified the four countries which make up the U.K and they created a fantastic fact file on each country.
They have started to sing popular rhymes and add instruments to these, they will continue to work towards their exciting challenge outcome!
Some of the main activities in Year 1 – Week Beginning Monday 17th October 2016
Year 1 have been busy creating their block print for their art outcome which the children and staff are really proud of! Thanks to parents who came to see the children’s art gallery. Children enjoyed speaking to others while showcasing their challenge outcome.
In English, the children have been retelling the story of the class text ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. Children created their own story map and retold the story confidently.
In Maths, children have been solving one step problems using their addition and subtraction skills. During Science, they have been using their senses to investigate different tastes. Children enjoyed tasting different food, then they were able to describe if they were bitter, sweet, sour or salty.
Some of the main activities in Year 1 – Week Beginning Monday 3rd October 2016
Over the past two weeks, Year 1 children have been doing lots of practical maths. They have been focussing on addition and subtraction. They have applied these methods and have started looking at one step problems.
During English, the children used their collaboration tool to make a sandwich, they then wrote a set of instructions.
Last week they started a new text called Rosie’s Walk. Children enjoyed drawing story maps and building sentences to retell her adventure around the farm. They also enjoyed using the bee bots to plan a route for Rosie the hen to follow.
During NICER the children have been busy looking at their local area and have created a simple map. They enjoyed using different techniques to print in art, ready for their challenge outcome.
Some of the main activities in Year 1 – Week Beginning Monday 5th September 2016
What a fantastic start to year 1!
The children had a great day on their Big Adventure. They enjoyed experiencing a canal boat ride where they went under some of Dudley’s oldest tunnels. The children watched some very interesting videos which informed them about a lot of historical events. The children also enjoyed taking part in a treasure hunt where they had to work as a team.
During English lessons, the class book has been introduced entitled ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and the children have written some fantastic character descriptions.
During Maths, they have been busy counting forwards and backwards to 100. Children have ordered numbers and found 1 more and 1 less. Some children have already used their thinking frames and are beginning to explain their reasoning.
During NICER they have used their first TASC wheel to generate ideas for the bake off. They then created a very tasty sponge cake with lots of toppings. The children decided to make the cake in the shape of Max (the main character of our class book). We also made cupcakes as Wild things. Unfortunately year 1 didn’t win the bake off competition but the children really enjoyed taking part and of course eating their cake!