Year 1

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Year Group Workshop

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend our Year Group Workshop. Below you will find the information presented in that workshop along with some resources that were requested.  We hope you find these helpful!
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What have we been learning this week? (Spring 1 Week 1)

English: The Jungle Book

We are starting to explore the story of 'The Jungle Book'. This week we have been describing the initial characters and the setting using descriptive language. For example: I think the wolf was brave because she snapped at Shere Khan. The jungle has tall trees and thick bushes.

At home you can:  Use descriptive language to describe a local setting. For example: ‘The park has a large pond'. ‘Balfour Primary School has kind and caring children'.

Phonics:

We have started Phase 5 and have been learning alternative graphemes for the vowel phonemes: ay, ou, ie & ea.

Our high frequency words this week are oh, their and people.

Maths:  Addition to 20

This week we have started looking at addition to 20. We created a class mind map with all the words and symbols associated with addition; we will add to this as we progress though the topic. Our focus was on counting on using a number line for support.

At home, you can:  Add household items together. For example: 10 carrots + 7 peas = 17 vegetables that need eating!

Class Assemblies:

We have been celebrating One World Week and learning how to be great Global Citizens. We have looked at our school community, local community and global community and how we can help keep the world healthy.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Phonics:

Next week we will be looking at oy, ir, ue and aw. Our high frequency words will be: Mr, Mrs, looked, called and asked.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 6)

English: Great Fire of London

We are writing our own version of ‘Toby and the Great Fire of London’ and have written sentences using exclamation marks, question marks and included lots of historical vocabulary. For example, cobbled streets and timber-framed houses.

At home you can:  Look out for sentences with question marks and exclamation marks when reading together.

Phonics:

We have been consolidating our Phase 3 and 4 knowledge through a range of phonics games and are now getting ready for Phase 5.

We are revising the spelling of our high frequency words.

Maths:  Shape

This week we been sorting and grouping 2D shapes according to simple properties, including type, size and colour. We learnt that the orientation of a shape does not affect its properties and that 2D shapes only exist on the surface of a 3D shape!

At home, you can:  See if you can go on a shape hunt around your house!

Class Assemblies:

We have been practising saying ‘Merry Christmas’ in lots of different languages. For example: Feliz Navidad and Buon Natale.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Christmas Stories:

Have a think about your favourite Christmas story or if you know any stories from different languages/countries that you could share with the class.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 5)

English: Great Fire of London

We have continued reading ‘Toby and the Great Fire of London’ and have written sentences using exclamation marks and question marks. For example: Who is that? The woman was shouting, “Fire! Fire!” We have been consolidating the use of the conjunctions and, but and because in our writing.

At home you can:  Look out for sentences with question marks and exclamation marks when reading together.

Phonics:

We are continuing to learn High Frequency Words and practising reading words with adjacent consonants. For example, think, spring and crunch.

Our high frequency words this week are when, out, do and what.

Maths:  Shape

This week we have been learning about shape. We have been looking at the different 2D shapes we can see on the faces of 3D shapes. Then we sorted the shapes according to simple properties. For example, shapes that roll or stack.

At home, you can:  See if you can find and name 3D shapes around the home. For example, a can of baked beans is a cylinder.

Class Assemblies:

We have been talking about what makes a good friend and how we can include everybody in the playground.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Christmas Rehearsals:

We are practising for our Christmas plays. All the children should have received their lines and costume letters. Please practise the children’s words with them so they feel confident with their lines.

 

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 4)

English: Great Fire of London

We have continued reading ‘Toby and the Great Fire of London’ and have written sentences using the suffixes –ing and –ed. For example, burn - burning, scream - screaming. We have also been consolidating the use of the conjunctions and, but and because in our writing. Through our History lessons we have been role-playing how the Great Fire of London started, to support our writing.

At home you can:  Look for conjunctions and words with the suffixes –ing and –ed in your reading books. Research or discuss the Great Fire of London.

Phonics:

We are focussing on segmenting two syllable words such as lunch/box and wind/mill.

Our high frequency words this week are they, all and are.

Maths:  Missing Number

We have been using our knowledge of addition and subtraction to find the missing number. We have also shown that we can use resources to support our learning during Maths.

At home, you can:  Practise number bonds to 10 and 20. E.g. 0+10, 1+9, 2+8, 3+7…

Class Assemblies:

We have been celebrating inclusion by learning our Christmas songs and adding Makaton actions to them.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Christmas Rehearsals:

We have started practising for the Christmas play. All the children should have received their lines and costume letters. Please practise the children’s words with them so they feel confident with their lines.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 3)

English:

We have been reading a story called 'Toby and the Great Fire of London' and using the pictures to help us write sentences using the suffixes –ing and –ed. For example, burn - burning, scream - screaming. We have also been consolidating the use of the conjunctions and, but and because in our writing.

At home you can:  Look for conjunctions and words with the suffixes –ing and –ed in your reading books.

Phonics:

We are focussing on segmenting two syllable words such as lunch/box and wind/mill.

Our high frequency words this week are were, there, little and one.

Maths:  Addition and Subtraction

We have been looking at place value to 20 this week and have been using Diennes to show how many tens and ones there are in each number.

At home, you can:  Talk about the 2 digit numbers you spot in everyday life and what do the digits represent. For example: door number 13: 1 ten and 3 ones.

Class Assemblies:

We have been celebrating inclusion by learning our Christmas songs and adding Makaton actions to them.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Christmas Rehearsals:

We have started practising for the Christmas play. All the children will be receiving their parts and lines this week!  Please practise the children’s words with them so they feel confident with their lines.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 2)

English: Poetry

We have been taking a look at poetry and some of the features, such as rhyming. We have been writing our own poems about autumn.

At home you can:  Read poems together. Can you spot any rhyming words?

Phonics:

We are focussing on blending to read CCVC words (stop, chop, frog) and segmenting to write.

The high frequency words this week are some, come, like and have.

Maths:  Addition and Subtraction

We have been subtracting one digit numbers to ten, using the part-part whole model and counting beads for support.

At home, you can:  Make up funny subtraction number stories together. For example; There were eight monkeys dancing at a party. Three monkeys fell over. There were five monkeys left standing.

Class Assemblies:

In Armadillos we have been celebrating diversity by learning to count to 10 in Polish, Spanish, Greek, Punjabi and French… watch our videos!

Home Learning ideas for next week

The Great Fire of London:

We will be starting to learn about The Great Fire of London next week. With support, encourage your child to do a little research and find out some facts to share with the class.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 1)

Stunning Start: We are starting a new topic this half term, “Fireworks, Flames and Festivals”. Our stunning start has been focused on Firework night and the story of Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot.

English: We have been taking a look at poetry and some of the features, such as rhyming. We have also explored adding our own actions to poems to help us remember them.

Phonics: We are starting to focus on reading CVCC words (consonant vowel consonant consonant), for example tent, path and yard. The High Frequency Words are: he, she, we and be.

Maths:  Addition and Subtraction

We have been using the part-part whole method and tens frames to understand how different addition sentences can be set out.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Phonics

We will be moving onto CCVC words such as: spot, trip, frog and swim. The High Frequency Words are: was, you.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2019 Week 8)

English:

We have been practising “Talk for Writing” to help us remember our own versions of 'The Three Little Pigs'. We have been using sentence starters and story mountains to help us write our stories.

Phonics: We are learning the sounds ear, air, ure, and tricky word “they”.

Maths:  Addition and Subtraction

We have been using the part-part whole method to show how adding and subtracting are inverse operations.

Home Learning ideas

Phonics

We will be learning the sound er and high frequency word “her” when we return from the half term break.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2019 Week 7)

English: We have been practising 'Talk for Writing' to help us remember our own versions of 'The Three Little Pigs'. We have been using sentence starters and story mountains and have also been practising using conjunctions and adjectives to make our writing more interesting.

Phonics: We are learning the sounds ur, ow, oi, or and tricky word “you”.

Maths:  Addition and Subtraction

We have been using the part-part whole method to show how adding and subtracting are inverse operations.

Teddy Bear Hospital: The past two weeks, Year 1 have enjoyed a visit to the Teddy Bear Hospital!  Every child brought in a teddy from home and we met real training doctors who helped us with hospital activities. It was great fun!

Home Learning ideas for next week

Phonics

We will be learning the sounds ear, air, ure and tricky word “they”.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 1 Week 6)

English: We have been reading and discussing the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'. We have practised using expression as we pretended to be the characters. We also received a letter from the Big Bad Wolf and have changed the Big Bad Wolf character into a different big bad animal, upon his request!

At home you can: What characters from other traditional tales could you change? Would they say and do different things and have different character traits?

Phonics: We are learning the sounds oo (short), oo (long), ar, or and tricky words “no” and “go”.

Maths:  Place Value

We have been using the terms and symbols of 'greater than' and 'less than' to describe numbers. We have been using these terms to identify and describe numbers on the number line.

At home you can: Talk about the crocodile they have been learning about and what type of numbers they like to eat!

Geography:  We have been looking at maps and discussing features in different maps. We made our own maps for the characters in Little Red Riding Hood. See if you can spot houses from other traditional tales.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Phonics

We will be learning the sounds ur, ow, oi and tricky word “you”.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 1 Week 5)

English: ‘Little Red’

We have been retelling the story of Little Red Riding Hood and developing our sentence writing.

At home you can: Read stories at home and talk about the beginning, middle and end of the story.

Maths:  Place Value

We have been counting, reading and writing numbers forwards and backwards, using numerals and number names.

At home you can: Find numbers as words in your environment and talk about what that number is as a numeral. Eg. Eleven : 11.

Geography:  We have been looking at maps and discussing aerial ‘birds eye view’ perspectives. Then we had a go at drawing objects from a birds eye view.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Phonics

We are learning the sounds ai, ee, igh, oa

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 1 Week 4)

English: ‘Little Red’

We have been describing and writing about characters using adjectives.

At home you can: Describe your family pet. How is your pet different from other members in your family?  

Maths:  Place Value

We have been counting, reading and writing numbers forwards and backwards from any number 0 to 10.

At home you can: Find numbers in the environment and practise counting forwards and backwards from that number.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Phonics

We are learning the sounds ch, sh, th, ng.