- This term PE is on a Thursday.
- Please make sure that all jumpers and cardigans are named as we have a lot of unclaimed ones floating about the classroom.
- Please make sure that all reading books come into school every day!
Welcome to Amazing Ash!
Here you will find some useful resources to support your child with their learning at home.
Please come and speak to me with any questions.
Year 1 Common Exception Words.pdf (words that the children should be able to read and spell by the end of Year 1)
Welcome back to our final term of the year! What a super first week back we have had.
In Maths, we have started our next unit of division and have been using double sided counters to build a total number and then share it between different groups working out how many are now in each group. We are able to use the language of ‘There are _ groups of _ ‘ and ‘_ shared between _ is _’.
in English we are prepared for our shared writing next week by innovating on our model text and changing some key parts such as the creature that’s found, where it is set and what happens. We have come up with some brilliant ideas.
In science, we began our next unit which continues to focus on growing plants. We planted our own bean seed this week and wrote a prediction about what we think will happen to it and what part of the bean we will see first… the children quite rightly predicted that we will see the root first, followed by the stem and finally the leaf. We can’t wait to watch them grow over the next couple of weeks.
Computing was so much fun this week. The children were introduced to the programme Scratch on the IPads. They learned how to the different functions to command their sprite to do move in different directions. Needless to say, they were all amazing and taught me a few things along the way!
Finally I just want to say how proud I am of all the children and the hard work and effort they are putting into their phonics in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check. They have all made such great progress in their reading and now know so many more of their sounds.
Year 1, we have had such a busy week of fun and learning!
We have now completed our unit of work on division and my goodness, the children are so confident with sharing whole numbers into equal groups and using the correct mathematical language to explain their findings. For example, There are __ groups of __. Next week we begin our unit on numbers up to 100!
We have also completed our English unit of work which was all around the model text of The Storm Whale. The children worked really hard to help me create a shared piece of writing where we innovated on the model text to create our own class version. The children then had a go at writing it independently. Our writing is really improving all of the time!
Last week, we planted our own bean seeds and this week some of them have started to grow which is super exciting. We are beginning to see the roots coming through and on some even the stem. Our science lesson this week was all about labelling a plant and understanding the structure of a plant. We can confidently tell you the parts of a plant including bits roots, stem, leaves and petal. We also know the importance of these parts and how they help a plant to grow.
On Tuesday afternoon we were lucky enough to take part in a virtual storytelling session organised by the National Literacy Trust as part of our Young Readers Programme. Two fabulous storytellers told us some amazing stories which we were able to listen to and interact with by joining in and using actions to tell the story. Following the session, we then got to choose our very own book to take home and share with our families. I hope you enjoyed reading the book with your children!
Have a wonderful weekend in the sunshine and we look forward to seeing you all next week☀️
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First and foremost I’d like to apologise for there not being blogs for the past two weeks. I uploaded them but for some reason they didn’t save! We have had a super few weeks full of fun learning experiences and opportunities.
This week, the children observed our class caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies which was so exciting for us all. They watched them dry out their wings and took great interest in their appearance. Friday was such a gorgeous sunny day that we decided it was the best day to release them. The butterflies flew off in different directions but one did come back to say goodbye. It settled on the grass and enjoyed being fed flowers by the children. It even settled on Kevin’s hand for a while which he was overjoyed with!
Our Talk for Writing unit of work at the moment is all about butterflies and we have learnt some super vocabulary such as antennae, wing, abdomen, thorax, protect and decline. We looked at an image of a butterfly and used adjectives to describe it. We also started to compare it to other things to create a class poem which the children then went off and wrote independently e.g. The butterflies wing is as colourful as a box of smarties.
In maths, we have completed our unit on Counting up to 100. The children are amazing at using their knowledge of number bonds to 10 to work out number bonds to 100. Our next unit of work is on time so please support your child by practising the days of the week, months of the year and using the language of before, during and after.
We have now completed our Science unit for this term. Our final couple of lessons were all around seasons. The children have a really good understanding of our 4 seasons and can confidently recall what they are and what distinguishes one from the other. They wrote some fabulous sentences all about how we know it’s summer.
The children have also had two very successful transition afternoons with their new Year 2 teacher. They were all very excited to tell me all about it and are really looking forward to making that move up in a few weeks.
I also wanted to say a huge well done to Nayara for standing up in front of the whole school to read aloud a poem that she had written. It was a very courageous thing to do and you absolutely smashed it!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
I can’t believe how quickly the weeks are going! Just one more week of these lovely children before I hand them over to Miss Rice!
It has been such a great week. The children have now completed all their wider curriculum topics!
This week we also introduced the children to time. They were very good at showing o’clock on the mini clocks and at reading different o’clock times. We also then looked at half past which they grasped very quickly. We looked at the different hands on a clock and compared them so we could understand that the longer hand is the minute hand and the shorter hand is the hour hand. We also discussed seconds, minutes and hours. To help the children experience these different measures of time, they were challenged to hold their hands out for 1 minute, write their name in 40 seconds and hop for 1 minute. Some of them are also able to recall some key facts such as there are 60 seconds in 1 minute, 60 minutes in 1 hour, 24 hours in a day, 7 days in the week, 52 weeks in a year and 12 months in a year. Please continue to have these conversations with your child to embed this key knowledge which will support them further as they move into Year 2.
On Thursday, we were lucky enough to have a theatre production company visit and the whole school was treated to The Railway Children which was amazing. Such a wonderful opportunity for them all!
And we would like to say a huge thank you for your support at the Summer Fair. It was a fabulous afternoon and a great success! We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.
Enjoy your final weekend before the summer holidays and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday for your final week in Year 1!
And just like that, this year is over! I can't believe that your lovely children are leaving Year 1 and moving up to Year 2 already.
I am so, incredibly proud of each and every one of them. We have had an amazing year filled with fun and lots of super learning. They have all worked so hard and achieved so much and I am very grateful to have spent this year with them.
Ash class, you are amazing! I have loved teaching you all and thank you for being such a super class of learners.
We hope you all have a fantastic summer and we look forward to seeing you all when you return to Year 2 in September.
Welcome back to the summer term!
We hope you all had a fabulous, fun Easter break and that you are ready and raring to go!
It has been a super first week back with lots of enthusiastic learning happening. This week in English we are continuing with our unit of No Bot - the robot with no name. The children have been writing some super sentences using repetition for effect e.g. He walked and he walked and he walked... We also looked at compound sentences and using the words but and until to extend our ideas. We are always focussing on our everyday toolkit to make sure that we use capital letters, spaces between words, full stops and really importantly, to make sure we're reading back our sentences to check they make sense.
In Maths, we are continuing with numbers up to 50. We have learnt to count in 2's and 5's and are beginning to understand our 2x table.
We began our new science unit which is all about plants. The children planted their own cress seeds which they will be taking care of over the next few weeks! We discussed what a plant needs to grow and the difference between a plant and a flower!
Next week, I will be running a Phonics Screening Check workshop (Tuesday 25th April). Please make sure you attend if at all possible as it will contain some really useful and important information.
Year 1, you have been wonderful as always!
First and foremost, I'd like to say a huge thank you to those who were able to attend the Phonics Screening Check (PSC) workshop on Tuesday. I understand it can be very difficult to fit everything in so if you'd like any further information about the PSC then please stay behind on Tuesday and I will answer any questions or concerns you may have. Equally, if you would like me to run another PSC workshop then please let me know and if I have enough interest then I will schedule in an additional date over the next couple of weeks.
This week has seen some fantastic learning from our Year 1 children. We have been mathematicians, authors, sculptors, gardeners and much more.
In Maths, we have moved onto our next unit which is focussing on length and height. We are using vocabulary such as long, longer, longest, length, height, tall, taller, tallest, short, shorter, shortest and compare. The children have been learning about non-standard measuring and next week will move onto using a ruler and measuring using centimetres.
We completed our English unit this week based on the story of No Bot - the robot with no bottom. The children have really enjoyed this story and loved innovating on the model text. Our robot 'Rosie' didn't lose her bottom but her antennae... I wonder what it was used for?
We began our new art unit this week which is going to be so much fun. The children learnt what a sculpture was and became sculptors themselves. We learnt how to attach cardboard together using tabs and flanges and ended up creating some amazing little sculptures. We then used toothpicks and playdough to learn about constructing with sticks and supports.
In science, we took to the outdoors to observe all the lovely plants that we have growing around our school. We looked really closely and found such a variety including daisies, dandelions, trees, ivy and buttercups. We also checked on our cress that we planted last week... a couple of them are starting to grow which is super exciting!
Throughout our week, we are also doing a lot of practise for our Phonics Screening Check. We are having additional speed sound lessons and doing lots of partner practise reading green words and nonsense words to make sure we're spotting those special friends before Fred talking and reading the word.
Thank you Year 1 for another fabulous week!
Well done Year 1, for a really lovely week! You have come back from the long weekend ready and raring to go.
In maths we have started our next unit which is all about weight and capacity. The children are using the language of heavier, lighter, mass, volume, capacity, full, empty amongst others.
We started our new T4W unit which is based on the story of The Storm Whale by Benji Davies. We began by looking at an image of a great storm and worked together to create a word bank of what we felt the storm showed e.g. crashing waves and dark skies, We did the same with an image of the morning after a storm then worked as a team to create a class poem which we will share on here next week!
In science, we went on a hunt around the school grounds to look for wild plants. We found dandelions, daisies, daffodils, nettles, buttercups, tulips and ivy. The cress seeds that we planted a couple of weeks ago are also starting to grow which is super exciting!
We are all working so hard with our phonics and are really spotting those special friends, Fred talking and reading the word which is going to help us hugely with the upcoming Phonics Screening Check. Please continue to support your child at home using the QR codes that have been sent home.
Have a wonderful long weekend celebrating the Coronation and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 9th!
This week has been quite a different week for Year 1 as the Year 2 SATS have been taking place which has meant the timetable for Ash class has also looked a little different. Despite some small changes, the children have been amazing and adapted to the changes with such positivity and resilience.
In maths, they have been learning about Fractions; finding a half and a quarter of a shape and quantity. Then in English we have explored effective verbs and written some fabulous sentences, thinking about the action within an image and improving on it by using a more effective choice of word.
Have a wonderful weekend all!
And just like that... another half term is complete! Where does the time go?
This week we began our new maths unit on Multiplication and the children have really impressed me with their sound knowledge of equal and unequal groups. They are able to identify the number of equal objects within a group and are using the language of '__ groups of __'. We spent lesson exploring arrays by using hands on resources such as bingo dabbers, peg boards, velcro dots, sticky dots, counters and a singe hole punch. They understand that an array is arranged using rows and columns and some progressed to writing how many was in a row and how many in a column.
We completed our Science unit by retrieving all our knowledge on plants and using it to discuss why plants and gardens are important for example, to look beautiful, create shade, a space to play, a habitat for birds and animals and to have somewhere peaceful to go to. The children then designed their own gardens, adding plants that they have become familiar with and labelling them. They then wrote some super sentences in their books explaining why plants and gardens are so special.
The children have been working incredibly hard with their phonics, learning new sounds and practising taught sounds in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check in a couple of weeks. They are fantastic at spotting the 'special friends', Fred talking and reading the word. Please help support your child by sharing the QR codes that have been sent home. Over the next couple of weeks, we will write some sounds on sticky labels so you know which one is best for your child to work on.
Thank you for your continued support this half term. Your children have worked so hard and are absolute superstars! You should be incredibly proud of them as we are.
Have a wonderful half term!
Welcome back Year One!!
We have had such a brilliant, first week back!
Our focus in Talk for Writing is instructional writing and our unit is all about appreciating bees. We have already learnt so much about these incredibly important insects. We have been using some fabulous vocabulary such as foraging, thrumming, gathering, swarming, nectar, pollen, hive and pollination. We created our own giant bee and used that along with some close up images to talk about the body parts of a bee which led to some super observational writing and used our knowledge of what a bee looks like to create some very clever, descriptive riddles!
Maybe you could spend some time with your child researching bees and asking them to write down some fascinating facts to share with the rest of the class.
In Maths, we are using what we know about number bonds to ten to work out facts to twenty. So, if I know 6 + 4 = 10 then I know 6 +14 = 20. We have also been counting on from a given number to find the answer to some trickier maths equations.
In Geography, we identified the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, the seas that surround the UK and our capital city. The children really enjoyed using the construction resources to build landmarks that we might find in London.
We couldn't have been prouder of the children when we went swimming on Friday. Each and everyone one of them did so well!! They were so well behaved, were excellent Langland Listeners and showed true courage at having a go at something that for some was a very new experience.
Thank you for another wonderful week. Have a super weekend!
We have really been enjoying our Talk for Writing non-fiction unit all about bees and learning all about just how important they are! This week, we have learnt lots of interesting facts about them and written our own 'Did you know...?' questions. Ask us what we have found out! We are also learning out model text which is a set of instructions on how to make a bee bath... after all, bees need water just like we do.
In maths this week, we finished out unit on Addition with numbers up to 20. The children are really beginning to grasp the relationship between different numbers. We are also using our number bonds to 10 to help us with numbers up to 20. Such a clever bunch!
On Friday we celebrated World Book Day and had such a fabulous time! We all got to visit Tesco to redeem our World Book Day vouchers. I was so proud of our lovely children. They were so calm and orderly, smart, proud and respectful! After swimming we then spent the afternoon celebrating books. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our family reading event, it was so lovely to see so many of you enjoying some special reading time together with the children. Finally, in assembly we got to perform our well rehearsed poem 'I'm a little honeybee' to the rest of the school.
What a wonderful week it has been!
This week, the children have been working hard with their maths, learning how to use their knowledge of ten to answer addition and subtraction equations up to 20. We have used lots of manipulatives such as ten frames and counters, bead strings, base ten and number lines to help them with their understanding of choosing efficient methods to answer questions.
We are now in the innovation stage of Talk for Writing. We are able to read our instructions for how to make a bee bath so are now innovating on that to create a different set of instructions and our new instructions are all about how to plant bee friendly flowers to help them survive and continue to do their incredibly important job of pollination. Once the weather dries up, we are going to spend some time planting lots of wildflower seeds in our very own butterfly and bee garden outside KS1. Next week we will be writing up our instructions!
In Science this week we looked at a variety of objects in the classroom, identified their material and then discussed the properties of that material. We also looked at opposites (shiny/dull, transparent/opaque, flexible/inflexible) and created a comparative scale and discussed which was the shiniest, dullest etc. Everyone was so involved and the vocabulary used was fantastic.
Once again, they all did amazingly at swimming! It is such a pleasure to see how each and every one of them has grown in confidence since week 1.
This week in Talk for Writing, we started a new unit of work based on the story No Bot - The robot with no bottom! We began the unit by exploring lots of vocabulary used within the story. The children then created their own robots out of recycling... we have some very creative members of our class! Then, we applied our knowledge of adjectives, nouns and verbs to build some word banks which we then used to create a fabulous poem 'What's in the toy box? What's in the box?'. I am very excited to see where this unit of work takes us!
In maths, we are now working with numbers up to 50! We are able to use our knowledge of tens and ones to support our understanding of these bigger numbers. We can use our understanding of the number system to work out missing numbers on a 100 square or on a number track. In our fluency sessions, we've been learning our doubles, halves and near doubles. We are excellent at recalling our doubles up to 20 :-)
We've also been working hard in our topic work. In Geography we compared Hunstanton to Milton Keynes and identified physical and human features of both. We also identified why we would enjoy living in Hunstanton and why we like living in Milton Keynes. Then in Science, we answered the enquiry question 'What material would you use to make Goldilocks pillow' and of course had to explain our answer using because...
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge well done to each and every child in Year One for their incredible swimming. Each week, the children are getting better and better. Their confidence and resilience has grown and we are so proud of how well they are all doing.
One more week to go, lets have a super one!!
And just like that, another term is complete!
First and foremost I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the children for their resilience and hard work this term and to you parents for all your support with their learning.
It's been a fabulous, final week full of fun!
The children continue to work really hard to improve their writing which this week has consisted of completing a 'Tell me grid' about our model text No Bot - The Robot with no bottom with their likes, dislikes, questions and connections. They have also learnt about using repetition for effect within their writing e.g. The cheetah ran and he ran and he ran. Then they also had a go at writing not just one adjective in their sentences, but two!
In maths, we continue to work with numbers up to 50 and using our knowledge of number to work out how many tens and how many ones are in a given number. We also know that a number like 54 has 5 tens and 4 ones which is the same as 50 + 4.
We completed our unit of work in Science by looking at the season 'Spring'. We went outside and looked at the weather, what we could see, what we could hear and watched a video all about Spring to help us understand the changes that happen in our natural world. We then wrote some fabulous sentences all about how we know it's not Spring.
Our last day of term was an absolute blast! We had a brilliant final swimming session where we really showed off everything that we have learnt over the past six weeks. Then in the afternoon we had an Easter egg hunt followed by our whole school talent show and WOW! we really do have some talent in our wonderful school. A huge well done to Kadi-Mae and Ivan for getting up on stage to sing their song, what a performance!!
Ash class, you have worked so hard and fully deserve a lovely long break! Have an amazing Easter holiday and I can't wait to hear all about what you get up to when we return on Monday 17th April.
Welcome back and a huge Happy New Year to you all! We hope you all had a fabulous Christmas with friends and family.
It was so lovely to welcome the children back on Wednesday. Each and every one of them came in with huge smiles, stories to tell and a fantastic attitude to learning. Despite it being a short week, we have had really busy three days!
In Maths, we are continuing our work on subtraction and related facts. On Friday we explored fact families using part whole and bar models to support us and were successfully able to find four different equations using the same three numbers.
e.g. 4 + 6 = 10
6 + 4 = 10
10 - 6 = 4
10 - 4 = 6
We started our new unit in English this week which will be based on the super story of Handa's Surprise. We kicked it off by going on a journey around school to find some hidden fruit. The children had to listen to some clues and work out where to go next on our journey. They then had a go at writing a story about our journey!
Computing this week was all about using the paint programme to learn how to use various tools. We now know how to use the shape tool to draw squares and rectangles, the cursor to navigate the tool bar, create our shapes and move them around. We know how to find the fill tool, change a colour and fill our squares to create a piece of work based on the artist Piet Mondrian. They look amazing!
Well done Year One, a very successful and fun first week back.
This week the children have been working incredibly hard on their writing. We began the week by being shown an image and the children were challenged to write a story all about what they saw in the picture. They did so well!
Then we spent two days writing poetry linked to our model text this term which is Handas Surprise. We wrote a poem describing different fruits and came up with some fabulous descriptive phrases such as 'juicy red apples, purple popping grapes and sweet red strawberries'.
Our animal poem involved us looking a a picture and identifying the number of body parts, adjectives to describe and verbs. This is one of our verses...
One long trunk
Four thick legs
Grey and huge
Walking, eating, stamping
As big as a house
We then spent some time working on our sentence writing focussing on capital letters, spaces between words and full stops. We also discussed the importance of snuggling our letters!
In history this term, we will be learning all about Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. We were introduced to these significant historical individuals and found out that they were nurses. We then became nurses ourselves and had a go at diagnosing what was wrong with our patients by asking them about their symptoms and then treated them accordingly! Lots of super bandaging took place :-)
Finally, wow! We are such a bunch of enthusiastic artists who had so much fun in our first art lesson of the term. The children learnt what primary colours are and were introduced to secondary colours. They then used yellow and red powder paint to mix and created lots of different shades of oranges, pinks, reds and yellows. The result was fabulous and they all thoroughly enjoyed working out how much water or paint was needed to create the desired effect. There was also lots of team work as they taught each other how to make particular colours.
Thank you Year One for another wonderful week. Have a restful weekend :-)
This week, the children have been writers, mathematicians, artists, historians and scientists!
We have focussed heavily this week on how to write a super sentence with a capital letter, full stop, snuggling our letters and spacing our words! We have also been doing a lot of work on using adjectives to describe. To help us come up with some amazing adjectives, we tried some of the fruits that are in our model text. We tried avocado, passion fruit, mango, pineapple, oranges and bananas. Some we liked, others we definitely did not! The children have also started drawing their own text map to support them in retelling the story of Handa's Surprise.
The children are incredible at counting in 10's and most are now able to recall their 10x table facts. They have also started to understand how numbers are broken down in to tens and ones and have been using resources to help build numbers. We now know that teen numbers are made up of 10 + some more.
We are really enjoying learning about our significant individuals in History and this week focussed on Mary Seacole. The children were able to recall facts about her such as where she was born and events that happened to her throughout her lifetime. Some of us have really enjoyed role-playing being nurses throughout the provision.
Everyone in Ash class is working really hard in phonics with learning sounds and applying them to reading words. Please make sure that you take time to read every day with your child (even if it's just a page) using their phonics books, as the more they practise, the quicker they will build confidence and fluency. If your child doesn't come home with a book then please do come and let me know so I can ensure each of them brings one home. Equally, can you please ensure that all books come back in with them everyday.
Thank you Year One. We have had another great week and I am so proud of how hard you are all working and how well you support each other and work together as a team.
I can't quite believe that we are almost at the end of January!! What a busy one it has been.
This week the children in Year One have been writing some fantastic sentences remembering capital letter, spaces, full stops and the majority are really thinking about the sounds that they hear in words that they are trying to spell. Our focus in English has been adjectives and verbs.
In maths, the children have been working on their understanding of one more and one less with numbers up to 20. They have also been using the symbols for greater than, less than and equal to, to compare numbers which we are very good at. The children are really beginning to look at the symbols of +, - and x to work out what type of equation it is they are being asked to do and we are remembering that with addition, it doesn't matter which way around the addends (the numbers being added) go as the answer remains the same.
In history, we learnt some more facts about Edith Cavell. We also turned an area of our classroom into a hospital so that we could role-play at being nurses and doctors ourselves!
The children have thoroughly enjoyed our art lessons this term focussing on seascapes and mixing colours to create different shades. This week, we began with blue to paint different strokes to represent waves then added red and yellow to create some more shades to add to our patterns. The result looks amazing!
There has been a lot of collaborative play taking place this week which is so lovely to see. The children have worked together throughout the week to create some fabulous structures using blocks and small world items from around the classroom. I love how imaginative they are all becoming.
Have a wonderful weekend all :-)
This week we celebrated National Storytelling Week! National Storytelling Week takes place every year and is a celebration of the power of sharing stories. Stories teach us about the world, they allow us to step into someone else’s shoes and feel empathy, they help us to relax and escape and they can help develop essential literacy skills.
In Talk for Writing, the children have drawn their own text map for Handa's Surprise and are able to retell the story independently! We have moved onto innovating the story by changing parts of it to create a new version which we will start to write next week. In our class story, it isn't fruit that falls into Handa's basket but sweet treats!
As part of National Storytelling Week, we have shared lots of wonderful stories together including A Tadpole's Promise, Mr Wolf's Pancakes, some poetry and then on Thursday we ran our own special reading event as part of the Young Readers Programme. We based our activities around The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson which is a wonderful rhyming tale about how a teeny tiny snail travels the world on the tail of a big blue humpback whale! The children listened to the story, answered questions about the story, watched the film, used construction and loose parts to create different settings, wrote acrostic poems, drew snails and added adjectives and even learnt the skill of quilling to create their own little paper snails. At the end of the morning the children each got to choose a rhyming book of their very own to take home to keep forever! We hope you have enjoyed sharing the story they chose with them.
A fabulous week of storytelling magic and fun!
And just like that, another term over!
Year One have worked incredibly hard this week and we are so proud of each and every one of them. The improvements in their writing is fantastic and over the past few days, the children have all written a fantastic innovated story based on Handa's Surprise. We are remembering to use capital letters, full stops, we are snuggling our letters and spacing our words.
The children really enjoyed joining in with TTRS Day on Friday and we have some super mathematicians who have loved playing the games and are now very good at recalling their 10x tables. Some of us are even starting to understand the inverse and applying our knowledge to division questions.
Ash class you have truly been amazing this term. We hope you all have a fantastic fun week at home and we can't wait to hear all about what you get up to when you return on Tuesday 21st February.
Well done Year 1, another busy week completed!
This week has been a challenging week for some of our children with lots of us feeling unwell at times so well done to you all for your resilience and perseverance despite how you have felt and for those who had to stay at home, we hope you feel better and look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday.
In maths this week, the children have been continuing to use part whole models to support their understanding of addition and the relationships between numbers. We are using the language of part, whole, equals, same as, plus, add and more. We have also started to move from the ten frame to a number line and learning that when we are adding, we can place our finger on the first addend and jump along the number line to add more. Next week we are moving on to finding a part and learning all our number bonds to 10. You can support at home by practicing these number facts:
In English, we are beginning to innovate our model text of How To Catch a Star. We had a go at thinking of as many ways as we could to catch a star of our very own... we could climb a ladder, jump on a trampoline or even ask a giant! Next week we will begin to write down our ideas to create a new class version.
In Geography we looked at an aerial view of Netherfield and surrounding areas. We discussed what physical and human features we could identify from the map which the children were brilliant at.
The children were amazing at identifying the parts of the body in our Science lesson. Over the next few weeks we will be investigating our five senses and using lots of lovely activities to test each one.
Thank you to all the children for joining in with Children in Need on Friday from what they were wearing through to completing our sponsored challenge of how many jumps we can do in one minute. We raised a fabulous amount for such an important charity.
Well, what a week it has been! The children have worked so hard this week despite a few slight changes to their usual timetable. They have all grown in so much confidence with their writing and this week we completed our unit on How to Catch a Star in English, with an innovated class story. Each child has written their story and I am so impressed with the progress that they have all made in their writing using our everyday toolkit to guide them of capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and the ability to keep rechecking their sentences as they write them to make sure that they make sense to the reader. I can't wait to start our next unit and for them to keep showing off just how amazing they are!
We also started to learn our number bonds to ten this week which the children are just brilliant at. They are really starting to see and understand the relationship between numbers. Please continue to practise these key skills with the children using games such as 'ping pong' (you say ping, they say pong, you say a number such as '3' and they have to say the corresponding number to 10 so '7'). Being able to recall key facts quickly will really support your children moving forward. Please see they 'useful resources' tab for more suggestions :-)
In Science we have started to explore our 5 senses in more depth, beginning with our sense of smell. The children were invited to smell some different scents and tried to guess what each one was. We then made some smelly playdough which meant the classroom smelt like a spa!
In Geography the children are beginning to identify the difference between physical and human geography features... ask them to explain the differences to you! They are excellent at sorting places based on their geographical features.
Next week, we are going to begin practicing our nativity which is exciting and means Christmas is just around the corner! We will be sharing the roles with the children and most of them will have one or two lines to say. For these parts we will mostly practise in school however should your child come home with any lines then please encourage them to practise along with any song sheets we send home too.
Thank you Year 1 for another fantastic week!
The Year 1 and Year 2 children have been practicing their nativity this week and we are so incredibly proud of how well they are doing. Some of the children are having to learn lines and they are all having to remember when to come on and what to do as well as a number of songs! We are so excited about performing to you all on Monday 12th December (keep an eye out for the text reminder).
Also this week, Year 1 have started our new non-fiction unit of work in Talk for Writing. We fully believe that there are fairies in our school both indoors and outdoors, so we are going to be exploring instructions which will end up with us writing our own set on how to catch our very own fairy! We kicked the unit off this week by exploring some key vocabulary, looking at a poem about fairies, building an adjective word bank and writing our very own acrostic poems! We also decided to try and build our own fairy catcher... we are a very creative bunch!
In maths this week, we looked at building number bonds to ten and problem solving using addition. Next week we are moving on to subtraction using the language of subtract, minus, equals, total, subtrahend and minuend.
We are all very confident at naming our 5 senses and have used our super writing skills to write a sentence to describe something that we can see, touch, hear, taste and smell.
Thank you Ash class for another fabulous week. Have a super weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday for more exciting learning.
What a fabulous, fun week we have had Year One!
We are so proud of how hard the children across Key Stage One have worked on our nativity. Lines have been learnt, songs have been mastered and dance moves perfected! We have been practicing every single day and are so excited to share it with you all on Monday 12th December at 9.30am. You are all in for an absolute treat!
The cinema trip on Thursday was such a huge success. Both the children and staff had a brilliant time watching Arthur Christmas and we couldn't be prouder of our children and their behaviour. We are all so proud to be a part of Langland Community School.
Not only have we been busy practicing our nativity, we have also completed our science topic for the term by writing some super sentences on our senses. Ask us what we can see, hear, feel, taste and smell (but encourage us to answer in full sentences too).
In English we discovered what 'bossy verbs' are and worked as a team to record these as we will be using them this week when we complete our unit by writing a set of instructions on how to catch a real life fairy!
And wow, we are a bunch of marvellous mathematicians! In fluency we have been looking at one more and one less and applying this knowledge to written equations. The children are getting really good at looking for the symbol first so that they know what type of number sentence it is so they can understand what it actually means!
Looking forward to an incredibly exciting week of Christmas activities including our nativity, Christmas lunch, the Christmas fair amongst other festive activities that we will be running in class.
Well what an incredible first term we have had in Year One! Miss Kim, Miss Hill and I couldn't be prouder of how hard the children have worked and how far they have all come since September.
What a busy but brilliant final week it's been. Monday came as a bit of a surprise to us all but I know that you all had a fabulous time playing in the snow with your family and friends! That meant that our KS1 nativity was postponed to Tuesday which didn't faze any of the children. Each and every one of you was incredible!! You all absolutely smashed it so a huge well done to you all. We'd also like to thank all of you parents who were able to come along to watch them.
The rest of the week saw us making Christmas calendars, Christmas crafts, our glow it the dark party and of course our fantastic Christmas Fair which had a wonderful turn out.
So 2022 is over however we are so excited to welcome all the children back in 2023 for another term of fun and learning.
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas. Stay safe and enjoy!!
Wow! What an incredible start to Year One we have had! Miss Kim, Miss Hill and I are so proud of how well the children have settled in this week. They have been introduced to a new teacher, a new classroom, a new part of the school and new routines and they have done so with great resilience and positivity! We are so excited for this half term.
So far this week, we have been writers, explorers, construction workers, mathematicians, historians and artists plus more.
In Maths we are discovering how to sort objects in to different groups as well as counting and writing numbers up to 10.
In History, we are beginning to learn all about Queen Elizabeth II which has begun with the incredibly sad news of her passing however, we will continue to learn about her life and the impact she had on the world.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring our outdoor area using the large construction to build Buckingham Palace, our homemade Kerplunk to help with collaborative play, team work and to help us strengthen our bodies ready for writing, and our mud kitchen which has been a huge hit too!
Year One, thank you for being so amazing this week!
Amazing Ash have been super busy this week!
Our model text in English this term is The Queens Hat by Steve Antony. In this story, the Queen's hat is carried away in the wind so we began the unit by making and trying to fly some fantastic kites and discussed the meaning of some vocabulary linked to things flying in the wind such as soar, float, swept, whooshed. We are able to retell the story using our story map and are excellent at sequencing the story. Some of us also began to write some sentences about the pictures!
In History, we looked at pictures of The Queen throughout her life and sequenced them to create a timeline of key events.
We are also getting very good at Kinetic Letters. This week we have mastered being strong lizards and have learnt how to position our whiteboards, hold our pens and use our helping hand to form the letter h... down, bump, back up, push over, down. bump, flick!
What a fabulous week we have had in Ash class!
In English, we went on an adjective hunt where we found lots of natural treasure and challenged ourselves to describe them using lots of lovely vocabulary! We came up with some super describing words. We then used our knowledge of adjectives to write some sentences describing what we could see on a variety of London images.
We had a visit from a parrot who made an appearance in our curiosity cuboid! Every time we spoke to him, he repeated what we said and flapped his arms. He helped us in our science lesson to ensure we were all able to label the parts of a bird! Some of us went on to use the playdough to create our own beautiful birds.
We are also strengthening our power packs on a daily basis which is really helping us with our handwriting. Our kinetic letter sessions have already improved some of our pencil grips and handwriting!
Well done Year 1! This week you have truly lived up to our class name of Amazing Ash!!
In English this week, we have been writing sentences using the common exception words ‘the’ and ‘I’ as well adjectives and prepositions to describe what we can see within different settings.
In maths, we have been comparing groups, objects and numbers using the language of greater/more than, fewer/less than and equals/same. In our fluency sessions, the children have been using their knowledge of 5 to work out what the missing parts are on the part part whole models!
In history, we continue to remember Queen Elizabeth II through exploring key events within her life. This week we created a timeline that represented her life from the day she was born to the day she passed away.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our art lesson this week. We practised our work on tone from last week then learnt all about lines, drawing wavy lines, zig zags, horizontal, diagonal and vertical lines, cross hatching plus many more!
Finally, we were lucky enough to have a small visitor to our class! Mrs Atrill very kindly brought Terry the Tortoise into see us which was amazing. We all got to have a stroke of Terry and to ask Mrs Atrill lots of questions.
Well done Year 1, another wonderful week of learning and exploring!
Year 1 have had another busy week of learning this week!
We completed our unit of work in Talk for Writing by innovating our model text The Queen's Hat and have all written a fabulous story renamed The King's Hat. The children have all worked hard on structuring their sentences using capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and we have seen some beautiful handwriting. We also added prepositions and adjectives to make our writing even more interesting for the reader.
In maths, we are continuing to compare numbers identifying which number is greater than, less/fewer than or equal to using the symbols < > and =.
In history, we looked at the toys that the Queen used to play with when she was a little girl and compared them to the toys that we play with at home. Then in science, we explored the question... What do reptiles do with their tongues? Ask us what we found out....
Next week we will be performing two harvest songs; Big Red Combine Harvester and Cauliflowers Fluffy. I have attached both so please feel free to practise with your child. The music can be found on youtube.
Looking forward to another brilliant week next week!
This week, Year 1 began a new story in Talk for Writing called How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers. We began the unit by watching some short video clips that showed some character catching stars... What were they doing? Why were they collecting them? What were they going to do with them?
We then discovered a surprise package that had fragile written on it and inside was the most magical thing! Two beautiful, sparkling stars covered in moon dust! We couldn't believe our eyes. After we had spent some time discussing the discovery, we created our own watercolour paintings using liquid watercolours and salt which created a really fun effect. We have also made moon dough, taken a rocket to the moon, made a wish upon a star and created a fantastic star poem.
In science this week, we had fun dissecting poo! The children weren't so sure at first but once they realised that it wasn't really poo, they got stuck in to pulling it apart searching for clues that would tell us if the animal that left it was a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore. Well done for embracing the poo!
Finally, our art work just keeps getting better and better. So far this term we have looked at tone, line and crosshatching. This week we focussed on stippling which we are all very good at! Our art books look fabulous.
Another amazing week for Year 1.
As we come to the end of this half term, we wanted to say a huge well done to each and every one of our Year One class family! You have all worked incredibly hard and we couldn't be prouder of you all.
We have had such wonderful last week!
This week we have made salt dough stars and decorated them, learnt all about Diwali from Ms Minal and made some beautiful Diwali lamps. We have used Purple Mash to create a fact file about Queen Elizabeth II and to complete our Science topic about animals, we had a visit from Mr Rice who brought in some of his amazing snakes, a gecko and a cockroach. We all stepped out of our comfort zones to stroke the snakes which was a fantastic experience.
We also really enjoyed performing Cauliflower's Fluffy and Big Red Combine Harvester in front of the rest of the school during our Harvest Festival assembly.
Miss Kim, Miss Hill and I wish you all a very happy half term! Have a wonderful time filled with lots of exciting things and we look forward to hearing all about it when you return to school on Tuesday 1st November.