Year 1 - Roses
Miss Burns, Mrs Gregory, Mrs Smith, 

1st December 2017
What a busy week we have had!  Many thanks for everyone who helped with Christmas art and DT day - it was a great success and the children leant lots of new skills and had fun.  We have just about got all the glitter off the carpets and glue off the tables now!

As well as all the crafts, we have been writing letters to Santa, thinking about the organisational features of a letter, such as address, date, to, from and P.S. We have also been practising using connectives to make sentences more detailed.

In maths we have been practising reading, writing and ordering numbers to 20 (some children extended to 50), as well as writing them in words and recognising the number words. Next week the children will be introduced to place value, looking at the ten in a "teens" number and partitioning (splitting) numbers into tens and ones.

The children should all have brought home a letter about their costume. Please make sure items are named and brought into school in a named carrier bag on Thursday 14th December.  For angels, please no wings or halos - just a white outfit with a length of tinsel will be needed.

The list for party food is in the folder by the office - please sign up to bring something (enough for 6-8 children).

Hope to see you at the fair on Sunday, have a good weekend smiley

24th November 2017
Year 1 have had such a busy week!  In maths we have been naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes (2D shapes have sides/edges and corners, and 3D shapes have faces, edges and vertices/corners). The children have been trying hard to use the correct vocabulary to describe them. Can they spot any in the house or garden?

In English we have been continuing to work on extending sentences using connectives (and, because, but, so) and looking at endings of stories, culminating in writing an alternative ending for Goldilocks and the three bears.  Goldilocks was very lucky because in many of the endings she was forgiven and ended up eating cupcakes with the three bears! Sadly in one, she got eaten by a fox! frown

We are fully stocked with boxes now, thank you for your contributions.  We could still do with a few more toilet roll tubes please.

Don't forget the rota for feeding/cuddling the rabbits is in the main entrance hall with the other rotas.  

Have a great weekendsmiley

17th November 2017
Apologies for the lack of update last week.

The children have been busy learning about and using different story starts (once upon a time, once there lived, a long time ago, etc) and sentence openers (next, suddenly, in a flash, after that, soon). They have been writing the beginning and middle of a story and next week we will be working on endings.

In maths we have been working on money skills: recognising and ordering all coins, counting amounts containing 1p's, 2p's and 5p's and making amounts using these coins.  This is something that they could practise at home - see if they can find the right coins to "pay" for things.

We have been continuing to learn about different materials and describe objects in science using scientific vocabulary (hard, soft, rough, smooth, shiny, dull, heavy, light). 

A couple of pleas.....we have very little classroom help between now and christmas. If anyone is able to help for a session or even half an hour at the beginning or end of the day, please sign up.  Thank you to those who have signed up for art/DT day -we are a little short of helpers for the morning if anyone is able to help.  The signing up sheet is in the Roses folder in the main entrance hall.

Finally, we have named our rabbits Pepper and Flopsy.  There is a weekend rota for feeding/cuddling the rabbits in the same area as the class folders if anyone would like to help. There will be no cleaning out required - just topping up food and water and giving them a cuddle!

Have a great weekend and please keep the junk modelling supplies coming!

Friday 3rd November
Welcome back!  The children have been telling us all about their half term adventures and have been working hard.  Our main topic for this half term is traditional tales and the children have been listening to a range of these.  We are building up a bank of "story language" from these books - common story starts like once upon a time, one sunny day, a long time ago, etc, and common sentence openers to avoid overusing "then," such as suddenly, after that, a few minutes later, finally, etc.  The children will be practising writing the beginning, the middle and the end of a story using some of this language, building up to writing a whole story in a few weeks' time.  We have also been using adjectives to describe characters this week, and next week we will be describing settings for stories.

In maths we are continuing with addition and subtraction, mainly within 10, and the vocabulary associated with it.  The children have been drawing objects to solve addition and subtraction problems, and learning about deriving subtraction facts from known addition facts, eg. 6+4 = 10 so   10 - 4 = 6 and 10 - 6 = 4.  Please keep practising number bonds of 10 - some children are really knowing these by heart and using them in their problem solving.

Please could you ensure you are hearing your child read at least 3 times a week - those children who are reading regularly generally make the most progress!  Don't forget to discuss the story with your child and discuss any new vocabulary - maybe they could suggest another word that means the same? If you are finding your child reluctant, please come and chat with us as we can provide some incentives.

Finally please could we have more boxes and tubes, as we will de designing and making fairy tale houses this half term.  Small shoe boxes, cereal boxes and other small boxes would be perfect.

Have a good weekend and enjoy the fireworks!

Friday 13th October
The children have been learning about their sense of taste this week, and tasting a variety of foods. They wrote sensory poems about bananas, and when they compared their writing to their first writing  in Year 1 six weeks ago, they were amazed to see the difference!

In maths the children have been solving addition problems with a missing number, eg. 6 + ___ = 10, using their fingers or cubes (some were doing this mentally as they are remembering some of their number bonds). Next week we will be ordering days of the week and events in the day, and using the vocabulary "yesterday," "tomorrow," "before" and "after, "for example, What did the boy do before he brushed his teeth?  If today is Friday, what was yesterday?

Next week we will be thinking about the sense of smell, so the children could have a think at home about the smells that they like (and don't like!)

Have a good weekendsmiley

Friday 6th October
Another busy week has flown by!  The children have been learning about Louis Braille and the Braille alphabet this week. They have also been doing some activities with blindfolds, to find out how important our sense of sight is.  In English we have been doing factual writing about Louis Braille, using golden sentences.

Our maths focus this week has been finding different ways of making numbers from 5-10, and remembering some of these number bonds by heart.  The number bonds of 10 are the ones that the children use the most in a range of contexts, so please help your child to know these by heart at home.

We will be doing our half termly reading and maths assessments next week, so your child may not read individually to an adult.  Please keep up the reading at home, and let us know if there are any problems or queries about reading.

Have a great weekend smiley

Friday 29th September
Our topic learning this week and next week is based on our senses of sight and touch. The children have been learning about Stevie Wonder, and we have talked about how guide dogs, white sticks and bumpy paving slabs help people who are blind or partially sighted. Next week we will be focussing on Louis Braille.

The children have also been learning about the difference between a question and a statement, and writing questions with question marks. They all thought of and wrote a question for Mrs. Penny, and interviewed her today!

Maths this week has been based on addition and subtraction, using cubes or fingers to complete addition and subtraction within 10 and using correct terminology. We have started to work on remembering number bonds and will be continuing next week (one of the end of year One objectives is to know all pairs of numbers that make all numbers to 10). We will particularly be focussing on number bonds of 10 , eg 6+4, 7+3, etc.

We are very short of parent helpers for the classroom - many thanks for those who have signed up so far!  Even if you have half an hour to spare, your help would be much appreciated!

Have a great weekendsmiley

Friday 22nd September
We have had a great week learning about the five senses. We have been focussing on hearing, and have learnt about Evelyn Glennie, a deaf musician, and Beethoven, who became deaf in adulthood and continued to compose music. The children have been writing factual sentences and making sure they are "golden sentences" - capital letter, full stop, finger spaces and makes sense.

In maths we have been learning about and using mathematical language  (more than, less than, fewer, greater, least, most) when comparing quantities. We have also been practising counting forwards and backwards in ones from any number to 30, and reading and writing numbers to 30.

Next week we will be focussing on the sense of sight. In English the children will be learning the difference between a question and a statement, and writing questions using question marks.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine! smiley

15th September 2017
Welcome to Roses!

The children are settling really well into new routines and have been working hard. They have been practising reading, writing and counting numbers to 20, in numerals and in words, and some have gone beyond 20. They have been working on finding one more and one less than a given number, sometimes using a number line for support. Some children have come home with a post it note with one or two numbers to practise writing at home.

In English we have been focussing on labelling pictures and diagrams. Can you find any information books with a labelled picture at home?

The children have enjoyed swimming this week and were delighted that Mrs. Penny joined them for a dip yesterday! Starting next week, they will have outdoor games (weather permitting) onTuesdays and dance on Fridays.  They will visit the beehive on Wednesdays to choose a new library book.

We are looking forward to meeting you on Wednesday at 7.30 for "Meet the teacher" evening, where we will be talking about Year 1 and what to expect, and we can answer any general or personal questions. 

Have a good weekend yes