We began in January with the children telling us all about what they had got up to during their Christmas holiday. It was lovely to hear all about the big day and the precious time they spent with their friends and families. All of their hard work in Year 1 so far must have paid off because Santa sounded like he was in a generous mood. The children were so excited to tell their friends what Santa had brought them and they were delighted when they were able to bring one in to share with the whole class. We took some lovely photographs of the children with their wonderful gifts and they composed a great piece of writing about it.
In English, we have been looking at lots of Traditional Tales. We loved 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and ‘The Gingerbread Man’ in particular. We talked lots about the different characters, settings and events that take place in the stories. We were even able to make and decorated beautiful puppets. We sequenced the story using pictures and used this to help us retell the story using our own words! To help us with our stories the children completed story maps and even used some amazing adjectives to describe the main characters. The children thoroughly enjoyed the stories, especially the speaking parts of the Giant and the Gingerbread man. 'Fee-fi-fo-fum ...' and ‘Run, run, as fast as you can.....’ resonated around the classroom for weeks! After all of our terrific work on the Gingerbread man, we used what we had learnt about the story to create one of our very own, with characters, settings and storylines all set out and decided by the children themselves. They all did a fantastic job!
In Maths, we have been learning to recall number bonds to 10 by heart. We even began to work on practising the number bonds to 20. With all we had learnt we used these number facts to solve some mathematical problems. We have practised counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. We have looked over some addition and subtraction but because we can add and take away with ease, we are now learning to multiply and divide numbers! We have now started looking at how to share numbers by 4! The children have really taken to our multiplication and division work.
In Science, we have learnt how to classify and sort animals into different groups. We have looked at both vertebrates and invertebrates and now know why animals are mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles or insects. The children composed beautiful booklets all about these animals, stating what allocates them to a certain group accompanied by some fantastic drawings. Now we are learning about the seasons of the year and what we can look out for to identify what season we are in.
In Geography, we talked about where we live and learned our own address. We found Liverpool on a map of England. We even ventured on an exciting virtual walk around our school, identifying key parts of the local area. After that we looked at where England was in the United Kingdom. After examining the other countries in the UK we travelled further afield and went 'around the world'! Our first stop was Italy. We discovered the names of some Italian cities and looked at some of the wonderful food on offer. We were even able to taste some real Italian food! Our next stop was Spain. The next stop on our whirlwind tour was China. We found out about how people celebrate Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the rooster. The children really enjoyed the amazing dancing Chinese dragons that visited the school – they were very loud but very exciting! Our final destination was France. Along with Barnaby Bear and Madame Soulsby the French teacher, we learnt lots about the country. We have been using maps and a globe to locate each country.
Welcome to class 1S
It’s a brand new year and a time to get settled in to Year 1 life.
We are learning to be a great team and try our best in class. We are all learning the new routines and have agreed on our class rules.
We are kind and polite.
We look and listen in class.
We try our best.
We look after our school and the things in it.
We walk calmly and quietly.
Lunch times are now earlier for our class and afternoons are longer. We go to assembly every week and the toilet is much farther away! Things are a little different this year but we are all going to have a great time learning together.
In English lessons, we remembering to write on the line with beautiful writing, using finger spaces and full stops. We are learning all about captions and labels. We are labelling our classroom and writing captions for a range of pictures.
We are also learning how to retell events and use time connectives correctly.
In Maths, we are learning basic number skills. We are counting, ordering numbers, finding numbers on a number line and thinking of how to apply what we know to other contexts. We are also adding and taking away using a variety of different resources. Please practise counting backwards and forwards, and from different starting numbers. Also remember to apply all the Maths we do in class to real life situations
Please read our weekly Learning Together sheet for a more detailed explanation of what we have been
doing each week, with examples of how we have been doing them in class.
Some things to remember:
PE is on Monday
Library books are changed on Wednesday
Reading books changed on Monday and Tuesday,
Please send your child in with their book bag everyday.
We are very pleased that children have remembered to bring wellies in so that they can play out on the grass even when it's wet.
Thank you for all you do, keep up the super reading at home everyday and please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Year 1 staff
and Mrs Slater