We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable Christmas break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the Spring Term.
The Spring term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. In English, we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters and full stops when writing sentences. The children will begin to use question marks and exclamation marks and will be encouraged to continue using the conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘because’. We will also learn how to apply prefixes and suffixes to words and children will have the opportunity to practise these skills across a range of different texts, including, stories with familiar settings.
In Maths, we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones, fives and tens up to 100. The children will have the opportunity to consolidate their understanding of how to add and subtract two numbers together by solving word problems and we will continue to practise reciting number bonds to 10 and 20. Later on in the term, we will move on to solving multiplication and division using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines. In Science, we will be learning about a range of materials and their properties. Children will have the opportunity to investigate the properties through simple investigations.
Our theme/topic this term is ‘Paddington’s Space Mission’ where children will learn about Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake and their missions into Space. As artists, children will look at the work of Peter Thorne and Vincent van Gogh’s starry night. Children will create art in the style of both artists – we cannot wait to get started! Children will learn about animations using a computer where they will be able to plan and make a 2D animation of their own.
Pupils will continue to remain in their classes for the majority of lessons, with the exception of phonics sessions for which they will be ability set and may have a different teacher and be in a different classroom or learning room. Phonics sessions ran this way in Reception so your child will be familiar with working with different teachers. Throughout the year, children will have a weekly spelling test. This will be on a Friday morning and new spellings will be given out on Friday with the spelling test result of that day underneath. Spellings will be set by your child’s phonics teacher and can range from 1 to 10 spellings to learn (dependent on your child’s ability).
Just like in Reception, reading is a massive focus in Year 1 therefore please continue to support your child’s reading at home regularly. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building you child’s confidence and the link between home and school. Any extra practise at home is always welcome! Your child will also bring home phonics books during the year. Please support your child by encouraging them to read the words using their phonics skills. Children may also have nonsense words to practise which are also important in helping them to read accurately. Phonics is particularly important during Year 1, as children are required to take a phonics test in the summer term, which consists of 40 words (real and nonsense) to read – we will have a parent meeting to discuss the phonics-screening test in the spring term.
Year 1 children have a busy year ahead in phonics. There are some great links and tips for parents at Oxford Owl
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We will continue to out send creative homework that will have many suggestions for activities to complete at home. We hope your child will take pride in their books and complete as many of the activities as possible. We aim to set creative homework twice every half term. Each class has a homework display where good examples of homework will be displayed.
Progressive Sports and Soccer 2000 teach PE and children will have it twice a week. Children in Class 4 will have P.E on a Monday and Friday and children in Class 5 and 6 will have PE on a Wednesday and Thursday. However, please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. In the interests of safety, no jewellery, including earrings, should be worn on PE days. It would also be appreciated that all items of uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the Autumn term and we are aware how expensive it is!
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
We have much to be excited about for the Spring Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.
Year 1 Team
Year 1 enjoyed a visit from Mr Brown and Mrs Callaghan this morning as part of their Paddington's Space Mission topic. Children asked both adults lots of questions about the moon landing in 1969 and enjoyed listening to their answers. Some of the questions that the children came up with were fantastic! Thanks to both adults for their time and patience.
The children wrote letters to say thank you to our visitors!
Wow, what a great turnout Class 4 had! There were so many enthusiastic parents who joined us this morning for our PE session with Soccer 2000. Everybody had lots of fun working in teams bouncing footballs to make cones flip over and rolling tennis balls so that they hit the cones. Both children and parents were brilliant at both activities and earned lots of points, especially by getting the special orange cones. Well done everyone - a brilliant and fun start to the week!
Paddington's Space Mission is underway in Year 1. Children spent the afternoon making alien pictures and rockets.
Despite the miserable weather, Year 1 had a fantastic time at the Black Country Living Museum today. We braved the rain and had a walk around the museum where the boys were very polite and allowed the girls to enter the buildings first. We also enjoyed visiting St James's Infant school where the strict headmaster showed us what it would be like if we were at school in 1912. Children certainly prefer school in the 21st century after experiencing handwriting with hooks and hangers on a slate and having hand inspections. Before the end of the day, children were able to learn about toys from the past and had the opportunity to play with a wide range of old and modern toys. They were amazed to learn that poor children in the past would only have had one or two wooden toys to play with... if they were lucky!
We had a great turn out and children enjoyed showing their parents how they add and subtract using pictures, number tracks, number lines, apparatus and partitioning. Thank you to all of the families involved.
We all need a good friend! Year 1 have been thinking about what makes a good friend as part of anti-bullying week.
Paddington has been visiting different countries in the UK and teaching us about each of them... can you guess which country he had been to this week?
Year 1 were also investigating their sense of touch this week and were describing how different objects feel. They explored the objects in Paddington's suitcase by closing their eyes and touching each object. Alex even said "I hope there isn't a cactus in there!"
Year 1 have been learning about instructions this week and they have had a great time following instructions on how to make a paper plate fish, a bracelet, a pirate hat and a picture puzzle.
Some brilliant creative homework!
Year 1 children loved spending the afternoon with their dad, stepdad, uncle, granddad etc. this afternoon. They played phonics reading games, shared stories, designed front covers for books and even decorated gingerbread men together! Thank you so much to all who attended - the children loved it and it was great to see so many grown ups sharing in their children’s learning!
On Monday and Tuesday we went on our trip to Weston Park as part of our Victorians topic. We had a fantastic day that was filled with activities. First, we made our very own cup and ball that we decorated with bright colours. After that, we went on a walk around the grounds and saw Weston Hall. We saw a stone pineapple at the entrance and learnt that the Victorians often had pineapples around their homes to show people how wealthy they were. Next we played with Victorian toys outside, there were wooden hoops, skipping ropes, croquet, wooden skittles and quoits. Lunchtime came and we all ate our food together in the hall. In the afternoon, we dressed up in Victorian clothes, played with Victorian toys and learnt about Victorian nurseries. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day!
Year 1 children loved dressing up as their favourite characters to celebrate World Book Day.
Autumn Term 2018
Look at our amazing self portraits!
Making a healthy salad.
Year 1 had a fantastic time visiting the Think Tank in Birmingham. They learned all about the organs in their bodies by meeting Tommy the life size doll and opening him up inside. The children asked brilliant questions about the organs and some children even knew the function of certain organs. As well as the body workshop, children also spent time in the Kid City where there was plenty of opportunities of role play and construction. Children also loved visiting the science garden and had lots of fun on the car with square wheels and the giant hamster wheel! Children thoroughly enjoyed the day at the museum but they also enjoyed a little nap on the way home too!
Photos From Last Year 2017/2018
Look at our amazing homework
Children enjoyed role playing Victorian school days. They found out what it was like to write on a slate, wear a back-straightener and finger-stocks!!
We have been learning about the coronation ceremony of Queen Victoria.
We are learning about Victorian clothes!
As artists children have learnt about the work of Renoir and Monet. They have created their own ‘Waves’ painting, experimenting with tone, and different tools to create a 3D effect.
I'm sure you'll agree, they look amazing!
We had a fantastic time at the Think Tank.
In maths we have been using cubes to represent numbers using tens and ones.
In science we have been learning to name parts of the body.
In DT we have made a healthy salad.
We learnt how to use tools such as graters and knives when preparing food.
We really enjoyed tasting what we made, all our hard work made it taste even more delicious.