Year 1 Blog

Our Year 1 Classes are Puffins and Penguins.

These are our curriculum newsletters.


A Cautionary Tale…

We began our week by diving into a new book: Grendel- a Cautionary Tale about Chocolate. Grendel is a little monster who adores chocolate. So when he is presented with the opportunity of making three wishes – guess what he does? In this new take on the King Midas story, a wish that everything he touches would turn to chocolate has the inevitable consequences, which the children have loved exploring!

Grendel is a fantastic picture book, packed full of rich illustrations. In the best picture books, illustration and text work closely together to create meanings. Children are naturally drawn to the illustrations in a picture book and are frequently far more observant than an adult reader. Our literacy focus on Grendel is based on our children’s’ interest in images and their ability to read them, followed by lots of opportunities for writing. This week we have used the story to write compound sentences using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, and we have written a description of an imaginative chocolate world!

In maths, we have been working more on our measurement unit and this week, we have been looking at weight and mass. We have weighed lots of different objects using balance scales to determine which objects were the heaviest and which were the lightest. We then investigated the mass of different objects and weighed these using non-standard units of measurements. We found out that a toy whale weighed the same as 21 cubes!

In science this week we have been exploring the human body. After labelling one of our classmates we used our phonics to label copies of the human body. Following on from that we looked at the internal structure of the body and the important organs that we have. Some children drew the organs in the right place in an outline of the body while others wrote a description of what each body part does. We completed science with a senses experiment where we tested our senses to identify different smells, tastes, sounds, feelings and sights.

Dinosaurs go home

This week, we have continued our learning about dinosaurs. We explored the difference between an Allosaurus and a Stegosaurus and then used line and shape to draw them. We investigated using different pressure to shade our drawings.

After our exciting discovery of dinosaur eggs on our school field, the dinosaur sanctuary finally found a way to capture the missing T-Rex and take her safely back home. The eggs hatched just hours after they were reunited with their mothers and they now have two baby dinosaurs running around their sanctuary. We wrote instructions on how to catch a dinosaur in case this happens again using time words and bossy verbs.  IMG_0949 IMG_0948

We have also been exploring non-standard units of measurement. We have used different units of measurement to find out how long and tall specific objects are. We have measured using cubes, dice, coins and paper clips. We measured the length of our feet using cubes and compared the length of our own feet with other people in the class.

Welcome back!

The children have settled in brilliantly during our first week back. They have enjoyed sharing their news about the Christmas holidays and we have loved listening to their stories!

We have lots of exciting things going on this  term. Our new topic is based around literature and we will be looking at the stories of Julia Donaldson.

In RE, we will be learning all about the religion of Hinduism and the children will have the opportunity to visit a local Hindu temple. The visit will be on 7th February 2018. Please read the letter that was sent home this week for more information or see your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Year 1 football started this week. We had a wonderful time learning some of the skills with the coach. This will continue on a Thursday for the rest of this half term. There will be no PE on Fridays.

In addition to this, some of our Year 1 children have been given the opportunity to attend a Multi Skills Festival on Thursday 18th January 2018. If your child is attending, please send them to school in full PE kit consisting of black shorts, red PE t-shirt and a school hoodie and tracksuit bottoms to travel in. If your child is not attending this festival, they will be given the opportunity later in the year.

On Thursday 25th January 2018, there will be a Year 1 assembly to share some of the learning we did last term. All parents and family are welcome to join us in the school hall at 9.00am. We hope to see lots of you there! A separate letter will be sent out with more information.

Spelling in the snow

This week we have been learning how to subtract numbers up to ten. Using a part-whole model, we considered how subtraction links to addition and created fact families to match. Next week we are going to continue to deepen our understanding of subtraction and we will use numicon and numberlines to support this.

On Thursday, snow arrived in Newsham. We took the opportunity to go outside and practise our spellings in the snow! What fun we had!

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Stepping into the light!

This week in science, we have been looking at different light sources to link with our Space topic. We identified that the sun is our main natural source of light and the children were able to describe different man made light sources.

The children have been doing lots of addition in maths this week. The children started the week with addition within ten and used lots of practical resources to help with this. They then applied this to working out number bonds to 10.


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Over the last few weeks we have learned so much about space and we really want to share that learning with our friends in Y2, so we have decided to make moving pictures to help us explain our learning. On Thursday we explored and created sliding mechanisms. We thought carefully about what image would be suitable to slide up and down or side to side.