Year 1 2019 to 2020
Welcome to Year 1!
Teacher: Miss Taylor HLTA: Miss Machin
Spring 1 Newsletter
Last half term was such a busy but very enjoyable one. The children really enjoyed the topic Paws, Claws and Whiskers and enjoyed sharing their work with you. We created our own clay animals, learnt about
animals and their habitats and met lots of exciting and interesting animals throughout the topic. We have started our topic off with an alien space crash and we have also made slime. The children were in their element.
This term our new Cornerstones topic will be ‘Moon Zoom!’ As part of this topic, we will be looking at
position, direction and movement through computing and we will be thinking about how we could welcome an alien to Earth. We will learn about famous astronauts and about the planets in our solar system. As part of this learning, we will be creating a range of design and technology projects linked to space.
In English, the children will be writing non-chronological reports, learning about adverts and posters along with other topics which can be found on Year One’s website page. All these English areas of learning will be linked to our topic of ‘Moon Zoom!’ We will continue to learn through guided reading and phonics each day. The children will continue to learn 5 sounds a week along with green words, white words and red words, including alien words.
In Mathematics, we will be learning about shape, addition and subtraction, place value, and multiples of 2,5 and 10 will be included in this learning. We will continue to look at reasoning and problem solving questions and being more independent with reading them and answering the questions.
It would be great if you could continue to practise maths skills at home as well as writing simple sentences with capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.
PE - Year 1 will have PE on a Thursday (please remember correct PE kit including out-door trainers for all sessions please).
Reading– it is important to read at least 3 times a week with your child,. Please send the reading sheets back in on a Thursday. These sheets need to be filled out every time you read with your child. Books will be changed on this day as time is allocated to do this.
Online Homework– Online homework is set weekly for children to complete. If you need your passwords again for any of the websites please let me know.
Phonics: Please practise segmenting and blending words and identifying sounds in words. If you could like any further resources to support this please let me know.
Phonics Screening Workshop: Wednesday 15th January 8-30-9am and 15:00-15:30
This will give you the opportunity to watch how phonics is taught and how you can support your child with phonics at home. Kindly return the reply slips at your earliest convenience for planning purposes.
Tubes– If you have any cardboard tubes from kitchen roll or toilet roll it would be great if you could bring them into school, we are going to make super rockets!!
Thank you for your continued support. We are looking forward to another fun and exciting term.
Miss Taylor, Miss Machin and Mrs Herczeg
Year One School Council.
Year 1 Home learning
Home learning will be issued on a Friday.
(REMINDER: Reading books are due back in school on a Thursday and will be handed back out on Friday)
Children will be expected to complete:
- Spelling Shed and Maths Shed activity
- Times Tables Rockstar activity
- To learn this terms Key Instant Recall Facts
- Read to an adult at least three times a week.
Click on the logos below to go to the log in pages.
The children will also have access to Times Tables Rockstars.
Thank you for your support with home learning!
The skill of reading is one of the most important we teach our children. It is a life skill that enables them to extend their concepts, gain information as the basis for other learning and to gain access to the magical world of fantasy. Click on the link below to find out some fantastic books you could read with your child at home!
50 must reads for Year 1...
Phonics in Year 1
Phonics is taught on a daily basis within class. The children will receive a 30 minute phonics session at the beginning of the day. The phonics will then be reinforced through guided reading, literacy and all other lessons. Below are the sounds which will be taught in Year 1.
Lots of free games for each phase, especially good for reading non-words. You can also subscribe to access more games
The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England, and is usually taken in June. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. There are two sections in this 40-word check and it assesses phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1. The children will be given real and nonsense words.
It checks that your child can:
- Sound out and blend graphemes in order to read simple words.
- Read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill.
- Read a selection of nonsense words which are referred to as pseudo words.
Spring- Moon Zoom.
03.02.20- Space terrain: In topic we looked at a space terrain and what objects we would find such as space rocks, asteroids and planets. We created a space terrain and had to use mathematical language to direct our partners around the terrain. The children enjoyed the exciting mission!
5.3.2020 World Book Day- We joined in with buddy reading with Year 5 and we read our favourite books. We then worked with Year 2 to complete different activities such as The Three Little Pig role play, word searches, reading stories and origami book marks. It was a really fun day!
5.3.20- World Book Day Costumes in Year One.
04.3.20- RE: We have been looking at sacred places. This week we looked at a Mosque and the features and artifacts that are linked to a Mosque. We looked at the prayer mats and decided to make a class mat. We learnt a new skill called cross-stitch and used this skill to create different lines and patterns on the mat. The children loved learning about the sacred places and loved sewing.
04.03.20- Geography: We used Google Maps on the laptops and ipads to find different features on Earth. We discovered lakes, rivers, trees and mountains along with other features. The children are becoming a lot more confident on the laptops.
28.2.20- In Year One we looked at the artist Peter Thorpe. He creates exciting space-themed pictures including patterns and bright colours. The children were encouraged to use oil pastels to create a piece of space-themed art with the main theme being rockets.
27.2.20- Author visit: In Year One, we were lucky enough to receive a visit form Gail Jones. The children enjoyed listening to her stories and even had the chance to ask her questions. At the end of the session the children drew some pictures of robots for a book they would like to write.
25.02.20- RE. In RE our big question is 'Why are some places sacred?' we looked at the Jewish celebration 'Purim'. During Purim they eat the traditional cookies called Hamantaschens. The children followed instructions to make the triangular cookies and were able to work in small teams and turn take to do this. The children were eager throughout the session and enjoyed trying to cookies.
12.2.20 KS1 MULTISKILLS: On Wednesday morning 10 children from Year 1 and 2 took part in a multi-skills competition against Montagu academy. They took part in events based around throwing, jumping and running. The children were a credit to the school. Overall, Barnburgh scored 20 points and Montagu scored 10 points, making us the winners! Well done to all the children.
11.2.20 Valentines Disco- Year one enjoyed dancing the night away and playing games with Early Years and KS1.
10.2.20- Computing: The children had a go at using the laptops and completing a drawing on a paint program. The children found it difficult at first but they persevered.
School nurse: Safe Touch- The school nurse came into Year One to discuss safe touch. We spoke about safe and unsafe places as well as an activity which enabled children to identify where they thought safe places were. The children ended the session watching the Pantosaurus song which they enjoyed singing along to.
ENGAGE RE- 20/01/2020 Children worked in Walts Wood to make a safe space by den building. Children worked in teams to make a den for a given object or person. We had certain key questions that we linked to this session such as ‘Why is it important to make it feel safe?’ ‘What can you add to it to make it safe and feel safe?’ The children reflected back on the previous lesson and photos.
15.01.2020 Engage- Making Slime The children found some slime over the rocket and the tables in the classroom. They passed the slime around and spoke about the texture of the slime and we had a discussion about where we thought it came from. The children were then given the opportunity to make some slime of their own. They worked in small groups and followed instructions to make their very own alien slime!
ENGAGE: Alien Ice balls 14.01.2020 There was a knock a the door and a year one friend was the first to spot the silver rock and went to go and get it but when he picked it up it was ice cold! The children took the ice cold, silver balls back into class to investigate them further. In class Miss Taylor could hear a strange noise coming from inside the silver ball and as we passed the ball around the class a lot of the children agreed they too could hear a strange noise. Very carefully the children opened up the silver ball and we were shocked to find two little aliens trapped inside a ball of ice. The children set off investigating how we could help to free the aliens from inside the ice balls and in the end we decided to try out three ideas. Our first idea was to put the ice ball in a sink of hot water, the second idea was to put it by the radiator and the third was to wrap it in paper towels and towels. The children then predicted which of their ideas would work best and then we set off testing our ideas to see if we were right.
ENGAGE: Rocket crash landing- Year One heard a bang outside and were keen to investigate. The children looked outside for clues and came across the crash scene and they couldn't believe their eyes! The children found slime, moon rocks and a broken down rocket. To top it off we found 2 alien eggs!! The children were excited to tell everybody about what had happened.
Autumn- Paws, Claws and Whiskers.