Year 1 - Orchids
Miss Roberts, Mrs Manders, 

23rd February
I hope that you all had a fantastic half term. The children have come back to school refreshed and ready to learn! Our topic this half term is ‘Let it grow’, with a focus on the story Jack and the Beanstalk. Our geography topic is the 4 countries of the United Kingdom.
This week we learnt about Scotland. The children used atlases to find out the names of the capital city, the rivers and the mountains. We have also read the stories of Katie Morag, a little girl who lives on a Scottish island.
In Maths we have been practising numbers to 50 (and even beyond!) The children are becoming very confident saying how many tens and units are in a number.
Hannah and Joshua shared their pictures they created in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in achievement assembly today. All the children’s pictures are displayed on our classroom window so please do have a look! 


2nd February
The highlight of this week has to be Victorian Day! On Tuesday Orchids were transported back to 1878 to experience the life of a Victorian school child. During the first session the children had a Victorian Maths lesson, where they chanted their number bonds to 10 over and over (and over!) again. They then had drill and swimming. Drill was a set of repeated exercises to help the children grow big and strong. As seaside holidays were very popular with the Victorians, Queen Victoria thought everyone should learn to swim. Unfortunately schools did not have swimming pools so the children learnt to swim on benches! 
Boys and girls did not always learn the same things so after play the boys learnt woodwork and the girls made peg dolls. In the afternoon the children wrote on slate with chalk, practising their handwriting and completing an object lesson. What a busy day!
Our Maths focus this week has been place value. The children are learning to say how many tens and units are in a given number. 
This week we celebrated Melissa's super recount of Victorian day and Craig's brilliant reading as part of Achievement assembly. Well done!

26th January
What a busy few weeks we have had! In Maths we have been practising our addition and subtraction skills and we have been solving problems involving weight using the scales and non-standard units of measure (such as cubes).
Our English focus has been non-fiction writing about the Victorians. The children have written about what it was like before electricity and learnt about The Great Exhibition.
Thank you to our visitors- Imogen's Grandad (who played the piano for us) and Rosa's dad (who played the guitar and helped us write our song about Orchids!). The children loved having the opportunity to listen to live music.
Last week Zac shared his writing in achievement assembly and Sam shared his brilliant adding in Maths. This week Rosa celebrated her writing about the Victorians and Penny shared her achievements in gym this week.
Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing the dance moves at the disco later!

12th January
This week we have been learning about Beatrix Potter as she was born during the Victorian times. The children have listened to her stories, painted their favourite character and made up their own character in her style- there were lots of great ideas!
Our Maths topic has been telling the time to the hour and half past the hour. We have practised making the time on a clock and reading the time. Please continue to use the clocks the children made at school to practise telling the time. 
In Science we are continuing our Materials topic from before Christmas. This week we have been describing the properties of different materials. 

In a few weeks we will be having a Victorian dress up day where the children will experience what school was like for Victorian children. Outfits can be c dark dresses with pinafores and shorts or trousers with a waist coat and flat cap. Please see a member of the Year 1 team if you need help getting a costume.
In Achievement assembly Harry shared all the hard work he has done on learning to tell the time and Imogen shared her made up Beatrix Potter character description. Great work!

5th January
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas break. Thank you again for our presents, it was very kind of you.
This half term our topic is the Victorians. The children have begun their learning by thinking about what they would like to find out about Queen Victoria- we will use their questions to guide our learning. In Maths our topic has been finding half of a shape.
On a Friday the children will now have an achievement assembly to celebrate work from the week. This week Evie and Thomas shared their Christmas recounts. Well done!

15th December
The children enjoyed their Christmas dinner today- it was lovely to see all the children and staff eating together in the school hall. We have continued our Christmas celebrations by learning about Christmas around the world- Orchids were particularly keen to learn that Father Christmas uses reindeers when visiting Australia!
In Maths we met Charlie the Crocodile who only likes to eat big numbers! This is how we introduce the symbols < (less than/smaller than) and > (greater than/more than/bigger than). For example 5 < 8  and  10 >  3. 
We are very excited about our Christmas performance next week. We will go to the church on Monday 18th in the afternoon for a dress rehearsal and then our performance will be Tuesday 19th at 9.30- we look forward to seeing you there!

8th December
We are enjoying our Christmas celebrations in Orchids! The crafts we made on Art and DT day decorate our classroom and the children have been busy writing the Christmas story. In Maths we have been learning about tens and ones and saying how many tens and ones are in a teen number. We have read 'The Nutcracker' and used this to inspire our dancing. There were some beautiful Sugar Plum fairies today! We have also begun our journey of learning about Christmas around the world by looking at the traditions we have here in the UK.

24th November
This week we have been describing and learning the names of 2D and 3D shapes in Maths. In English we have been reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have written new endings to the story (some are happy and some are less so.... poor Goldilocks was put in jail in some of the stories but in others she says sorry and makes friends with the bears). 
The children also completed their fairy tale homes this week. They worked collaboratively with their learning partners to design, make and decorate the houses... What great team work they all displayed!

17th November
What an 'odd' day we have had! The children looked brilliant in their odd socks and brightly coloured tights. 
Our Maths topic this week has been money and we have practised recognising coins and combining coins to make different amounts. This is a great skill to practise at home- perhaps if you are going to the shop you could ask your children to count out how much money you need.
In English we have been learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The children wrote their own version of the middle of the story, practising using different story words. 
We are continuing to enjoy our school rabbits, named Flopsy and Pepper. If you would be able to pop into the school at the weekend to check their food and water (and give them a cuddle!), we would really appreciate the help. There is a rota in the office. 
Have a lovely weekend!

10th November
This week has been very exciting because we have welcomed two rabbits to Barnett Wood! The children have been learning how to look after the rabbits and making posters to share this information.
In Maths we have been we have been counting back from 20, quickly recalling 1 less than a given number and drawing a picture to support us with working out subtraction number sentences. 
We have also learnt about the significance of Remembrance Day and created beautiful poppy paintings. 
I hope you enjoyed looking at your children's work on our Parent Consultation evening. I really enjoyed speaking to you all.

3rd November
I hope you all enjoyed your week off! We have had a lovely first week back at school. Our topic this half term is 'Once upon a time'. We will be reading many traditional tales and using this to inspire our learning across the curriculum. Our focus story this week was 'The Three Little Pigs' and we have been writing character descriptions, using lots of adjectives to make our writing more interesting.
We began our Materials Science topic by choosing the best materials to build a house that the Big Bad Wolf would not be able to blow down.... Miss Roberts' hair dryer (the Big Bad Wolf) huffed and puffed but could not blow down the houses! 
In Maths we are continuing to practise our addition and subtraction skills and are beginning to understand how they link to each other.
We have also listened to the story of Guy Fawkes, created firework pictures, danced like fireworks and discussed how to keep safe when watching fireworks. If you are going to a display this weekend , I am sure the children will have lots to share with you! Enjoy!

23rd October
What a great half term we have had! The children really enjoyed learning about their bodies and the 5 senses and I think a highlight was making their musical instruments. The harvest assembly was a super way to end the half term and the children all sang beautifully. 
Throughout the half term Orchids have been filling up the class marble jar for whole class achievements. They added the last marble on Wednesday so they got to choose a treat! On Friday afternoon they watched some of the Minions Movie and ate popcorn!
Happy Half Term everone!

13th October
We have learnt about the sense of taste this week and the children had great fun trying sweet, salty, sour and bitter foods. They also wrote about their favourite foods to taste. In Maths we have continued to practise our number bonds to 10 and we have been adding 2 numbers together. The children have been choosing whether they prefer to add using objects, such as cubes, or to draw a picture when finding the answer. 
Have a great weekend!

6th October
This week we have been learning about Louis Braille. The children enjoyed hearing the gruesome story about how he lost his sight and did some fantastic independent writing about his life! Our Maths focus has been learning the pairs of numbers that go together to make 10. The children used cubes and counters to help find their answers and are beginning to mentally recall these facts. 
We had a brilliant time making instruments on Wednesday- thank you again to the dads who gave up their mornings to help us. The children had a lot of fun making drums, guitars, shakers and even a recorder! 
Have a great weekend- I am hoping the sunshine continues!


29th September
This week the children have been learning about about the sense of sight. We have found out about Stevie Wonder, completed activities with a blindfold on and created optical illusions. In English we have been learning to write questions. The children had great fun making up a question to ask Mrs Penny and then put their interviewing skills to the test when she visited our classroom! Our Maths focus has been addition and subtraction and using equipment in the classroom, such as cubes, to work out the answer.
Thank you to the parents that have offered to come in on Wednesday 4th to help make our musical instruments. If you would like to help please me know!

22nd September
This week we have been learning about our sense of hearing. The children have learnt about Evelyn Gleenie and Beethoven- two famous musicians who lost their sense of hearing but were still able to play their instruments and compose music! We began our project on musical instruments by evaluating existing instruments and the children are looking forward to designing their own instruments next week. Thank you to those who have already begun collecting boxes and tubes for when we get to making- please keep saving your junk for us!
Our Maths focus this week has been using the correct mathematical vocabularly to compare numbers- greater than, more than, larger than, less than and fewer than. The children have been solving problems such as 'Can you tell me a number that is more than 10 but less than 30?'
Have a lovely weekend!


18th September
What an excellent start to the term we have had! All the children have already settled really well into the routine of Year 1.
In English we began the year by writing our holiday news and then learning how to label pictures, using our phonics to write unfamiliar words.
In Maths we have been revising our skills of counting carefully, recognising teen numbers and finding one more and one less of a given number.
Our topic this half term is 
AMAZING ME! We will be learning about our bodies and exploring the 5 senses, including finding out about people who have lost one of their senses. 
Meet the Teacher is on Wednesday 20th September 7.30pm-8.30pm and will be an opportunity to find out more about Year 1 and ask any questions. I look forward to seeing you then!