Teacher: Miss Low
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Clements
Specialist Teachers: Mrs Marshall (Music); Mr Newbold (P.E.)
During the Spring term, we are completing our learning around a theme called, 'Once upon a time....' It is a Literacy heavy theme where we will listen to, retell, read and complete work on many traditional and fairy tales.
This focus will continue into Spring term 2 to coincide with World Book Day on Thursday 1st March 2018.
So far, we have completed lots of work around 'The Gingerbread Man.' We have listened to, joined in with and retold this story. We have followed the old lady's recipe for gingerbread and made our own gingerbread men. We then wrote our own recipes.
We have also enjoyed reading alternative versions of fairy tales and then planned and wrote our own versions of, 'The Gingerbread Man.'
We have been focusing on writing 'good' sentences and learning how to check our sentences more independently, to ensure that they are 'good' and so that we can try and improve our sentences before Miss Low gives us feedback.
During Spring 2, we will continue to focus on 'good' accurate sentence writing but also covering SPAG aspects of our curriculum, understanding prefix -un and suffixes -er -ed-ing -est where there is no change to the spelling of the root word.
In Guided reading, we are developing our fluency by re-reading books, enjoying a wide range of stories through reading or listening to stories on Easi-ears and reading the book at the same time, decoding words and sentences linked to phonics, reading to adults and answering questions about a book we have read.
In daily Kinetic letters handwriting lessons we have learnt the Jumper family and Abracadabra family letters (homework sheets have been sent home for pupils to practise these at home). We are currently learning Window cleaner family letters and Special Squirter 'e'.
In daily phonics lessons we are learning Phase 5 graphemes and tricky words, as well as continually reviewing Phases 2, 3 and 4. We are practising being 'grapheme detectives' and spotting these graphemes in words (real and pseudo) and segmenting these words and then blending them to read them.
Unfortunately, we had to cancel our visit to Hagley Library but Miss Low and Mrs Nash are working on rearranging this date!!!! ***Work in progress ***
We presented some of our learning to our families in our class assembly where we shared the gingerbread man story, sang 'There was an old lady who swallowed a fly,' which we learnt in music lessons with Mrs Marshall. We also performed our 'Prince Charming' dance which we learnt in PE lessons with Miss Low.
In Science, we have been learning about materials. We have linked this where possible to our traditional and fairy tale work, identifying objects in real life and these stories and what materials they are made of. We are learning about the simple properties of these materials and are going to design an object for a fairy tale character (cape for red riding hood, chair for baby bear etc..) using an appropriate material and identifying why it is appropriate because of their properties. This will develop our investigation skills too.
We are also observing changes in our environment as we leave Winter and move into the season of Spring.
In RE, we have been learning about sacred places and have started with learning about the Church and its importance for Christian people. As part of this work , we have visited our local Church, The Church of Saint James the Great in Blakedown. We are hoping to visit another place of Worship for people of another world faith during the Spring term.
In Maths, we have had a heavy focus on addition and subtraction. We have used objects, part whole models, bar models and number lines before applying this to more abstract calculations, reasoning and problem solving.
The children have worked really hard to understand these concepts more deeply and are now applying their knowledge and practising it by completing weekly Mental Arithmetic tests. Miss Low is very impressed with how they are tackling missing box problems!!!!
We have also covered some Geometry work and identified coins.
During the second half of Spring 2, we will be introduced to multiplication and division as well as measures. Our measures learning we will then continue to apply in our Science plants work during the Summer term.
As you can see, we have been VERY busy and working hard.
Well done Year 1.
Class 1 Reminders
- Children need a water bottle in school every day. This should only have water inside and should be labelled clearly with your child's name.
- All uniform should be clearly labelled with your child's name.
- Use contact books (white elephant from Reception or small red books) to communicate with Miss Low.
- PE is on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Children may complete some PE lessons outside, particularly on Thursdays, so please send warm outdoor kit (tracksuit bottoms, tops and trainers) especially in Winter months.
- Home reading books are changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
-Homework should be handed in on Tuesday and will be given out on Thursday.
-The Everywhere Bear goes home with a child from Class 1 every Friday. Please enjoy this experience and complete the Everywhere Bear Journal.
On Monday 26th February 2018, Mr Hewines (our class Governor) visited us as part of our reading focus week because of World Book Day on Thursday. He read, 'Can't you sleep Little Bear?' and we loved listening to the story and talking about it. Thank you Mr Hewines.
On Thursday 1st March 2018, the children came to school dressed at their favourite book characters (pictures to follow). Thank you to all families for supporting this. The children looked fabulous and had a fun filled day learning with a focus on reading.
We battled through the snow after school and snuggled up in the school hall for our annual 'Bedtime story' event. We listened to some bedtime stories read by our teachers and drank hot chocolate and had a biscuit. We also watched a Cbeebies bedtime story.
Friday 2nd March 2018: I hope that you are enjoying the snow safely and have a lovely weekend with your families.
For parents information:
Miss Low has booked a class visit to Birmingham Botanical Gardens for year 1 on Monday 14th May 2018 (letter to follow closer to the time). This will support our Science learning on plants, seasons and animals.
During the Summer term, Miss Low will be asking children to wear 'gardening clothes' on a Friday (specific dates will be sent to you closer to the time) so that we can garden and grow our own plants in the gardening area (outside Classes 4 & 5 by the field). If there are any parents who may be available on a Friday morning to help with gardening, please let Miss Low know so that she can get in touch with you before this begins and organize dates with you.
If any families have any pots, seeds, compost, plants that you can donate to help us develop this area, all donations will be gratefully received.
Year 1 phonics screening will be in June 2018.