Welcome to the Year 1 blog!
Each week we will be keeping you up to date with all the exciting and fun things that we have done in school. In addition to this please read our newsletter to find out what will be happening in Year 1 this term.
This week we really enjoyed our chance to visit the Westroyd Art Gallery. We loved seeing our own pictures and also our siblings work.
We also enjoyed filming our part for this years Westroyd Nativity. We were really good listeners and very resilient while having to be outside in the cold.
This week we had lots of new challenges and areas in class. We have really enjoyed challenging ourselves in the areas of provision.
This week we have all enjoyed having turns to tell stories using our puppet theatre. We also enjoyed watching them. We have worked hard in areas to make lots of puppets for the puppet show area.
This week in art we have learnt about Pablo Picasso. His work is abstract. This means his pictures do not look like real things. It is like drawing a portrait but with straight lines only. We will be making our own Pablo Picasso style portraits for our art gallery.
This week we have been really busy continuing our learning in Maths and English. In Maths we have been learning about addition. We have enjoyed using counters to help us develop our understanding. Lots of us are feeling really confident in solving addition calculations now.
In English we have been learning some of the key skills for writing sentences. We have learnt to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We are enjoying checking sentences and deciding whether they are good or bad sentences. Have a look at our sorting pictures below.
We have had a really busy week this week. At the start of the week we learnt about Remembrance Day. We learnt about why it is important to remember. The children were busy creating poppy artwork in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe in the areas and making a poppy wreath for our new display in school. We showed our respect at 11am on Wednesday by staying silent and thinking about the soldiers that have lost their lives protecting our country and others.
At the end of the week we celebrated Children in Need with our 'act your age' challenge. We voted for our challenge and decided we would run 5 or 6 laps around the playground. This was a tricky challenge but everyone took it on and despite a few trips and falls all children completed their laps! Great resilience Year 1!
This week we have celebrated black history week in school. We learnt about the reasons why we celebrate Black History. The children we shocked to find out that some people do not treat others fairly in our world. We enjoyed reading 'The Crayon Box That Talked'- Lilly noticed that the crayons only liked themselves but they are all pretty in different ways. We decided to celebrate black athletes for the work they have done and for the medals they have won. We enjoyed making medals to celebrate them.
This week we have written our own parts of our focus text 'The Enormous Turnip'. Over the past 5 weeks we have practised: saying our sentences, using phonics for spelling and using finger spaces. I have been blown away by the effort that the children have put into their stories. We will be displaying our stories on the wall in the classroom to celebrate our successes.
In our DT work we have built our own fruit sculptures. We learnt to peel and chop the fruit correctly and used cocktail sticks to secure our sculptures. We were very happy with the final result although our favourite part was eating them!
This week we have been learning about writing sentences. We have learnt that we need to say our sentence before we write it. We have created our own sentences using pictures. In our Science learning we tested our sense of touch. We thought of words to describe different textures. Together as a team we tried to find objects that were soft, hard, fluffy, rough and bendy. This was harder than we thought it might be but we had lots of fun.
In Maths we have been comparing objects and numbers from the smallest to the greatest. We know that the greatest number is the biggest one or the most. We know the smallest number has the least.
In PE we are working really hard to get outside despite the rain. This week we practised some fitness skills. You could have a go at home. We learnt squats, star jumps and jogging on the spot.
Again we had a different start to our week with everyone learning at home. Well done if you challenged yourself to complete your home learning lessons. When we returned to school we quickly got back into our routine. We have enjoyed finding one more and one less than numbers. We enjoyed challenging ourselves in the areas to try to do this independently.
We have also enjoyed testing our sense of hearing. We had lots of fun playing sound bingo. We learnt that our ears can hear lots of things and if we listen carefully we can usually work out what objects are making different sounds.
*Thank you to those of you who are reading at least three times a week at home. New books will be given each Friday. Please ensure you have read three times before the following Friday.
This week we have really enjoyed getting stuck into our focus text- The Enormous Turnip. We have worked really hard to retell the story verbally. We enjoyed using the puppets in our small world to retell the story. We have begun recapping our phase 3 phonics that the children learnt in Reception. It has been a good refresher for many of the children. They have worked hard to recognise the sounds we have been learning by playing games in our outdoor area.
This week ended slightly different to how we expected. Well done to all the children who continued their learning at home this week. I was really impressed by how some of the children felt so confident in representing numbers in many ways.
This week we have enjoyed exploring the classroom some more. We feel pretty confident using the areas and we are also improving our tidying up!
This week we launched our growth mindset. We have learnt that our brain can get stronger if we challenge it. We learnt about being resilient and about what we could do to help us if we get stuck. We enjoyed listening to the story 'The Dot' and joining in with the actions in the song that matches.
Please note: Homework/ home learning is set every Tuesday. It is set on Seesaw and children who have permission to use this app have their password in the front of their reading diaries. Home learning is due to be completed by the following Monday as we can then share our learning in class.
Year 1 2020/21
Wow! What a fantastic first week back we have had. The children have all been very resilient coming into a new class for the first time and have begun learning the new routines and rules for Year 1. We have loved using the areas of provision inside and outside. We have also had a special visit from the dog skeleton from the Funnybones story. He has asked us to complete challenges to earn him some dog bones. We are hoping he will come and collect them over the weekend while we are at home!
Our newsletter will be coming home next week which will give you more information about what we are learning this half term. Our PE slot is on a Tuesday and children will wear their PE clothes to school that day and will not change in school. There will also be another letter which will request your permission for us to use Seesaw for our home learning and in school (similar to Tapestry)- there will be no home learning until this has been set up.