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Welcome to Year 1 - Seahorses

 

Week 4

This week we have been innovating the story Superworm. We have written our own fantastic stories about Fat Cat who had to save the chickens from Fox! In DT, Year 1 are currently designing a coop for our chicks. We have also been practising field events in preparation for sports day. 

 

Week 3

This week we got to hold the chicks! They have begun to grow feathers and are even trying to fly. In Maths, we are learning to read the time and have been singing songs about the days of the week and the months of the year. As Friday was Summer Solstice, we went outside for Science to observe how Summer is different to other seasons. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2

What an exciting week! On Tuesday, Elsie released our tadpoles (now froglets) back to their pond. We have also been watching intently as our baby chicks have hatched and grown. All 10 are strong and healthy and next week the children will be able to hold them and help look after them.  

All the Year 1 children did so well in their Phonics Screening Checks - Well done everyone!

Term 6 - Down at the bottom of the garden!

Welcome back! In Term Six, our topic is ‘Down at the bottom of the garden’. We will be learning all about the flora and fauna in the world around us. We are growing sunflowers and keeping tadpoles. 

 In English, we will be reading the book 'Superworm' by Julia Donaldson. We will be writing diary entries and newspaper articles telling the world about Superworm's heroic missions. We will also be writing our own super stories later in the term. Our SPaG focus this term is to use the suffixes -ed, -er and -est and the prefix un-.

In Maths, we will be applying our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills to solve money and time problems.  

Wider Curriculum - In Science, we will continue our learning about plants. Children will learn to identify and describe the basic structure of flowering plants and trees. They will also learn the names of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees.

PE will continue to be on Thursday afternoons. This term we will be using our ball skills in team games such as rounders and cricket. Please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school every Thursday.  

Homework will now include weekly Phonics practise to support children as the Phonics Screening Check draws closer.

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will take place in the week commencing 10th June 2019. 

You can find the Year 1 Curriculum Map and Timetable here.  

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Goodeal & Miss Maynard

 

Week 4

On Friday, Year 1 walked to the beach. They helped the world by walking (instead of driving), collecting litter and hanging bird feeders - which they made on Wednesday. This week, we have been reading 'Dear Greenpeace' and writing letters to explain why it is important to look after our world. In Science, we observed what plants and trees grow in our playground.

Week 3

This week, Year 1 have been reading '10 things I can do to save my world' by Melaine Walsh. They have written their own 10 things and have made posters to let other people know what they can do too. In Maths, we have been using our number bonds to 20 to solve addition and subtraction problems. We had a great time performing our class assembly on Wednesday, we hope you enjoyed it! 

 

 Term 5 - We could be heroes!

 Welcome back! In Term Five, our topic is ‘Superheroes’.

We will be learning about real life heroes, including those in our local community and we will find out how we can be heroes too! We look forward to exploring how we can be heroes. 

You can find the Year 1 Curriculum Map and Timetable here.  

 In English, we will be reading the books 'Supertato' by Sue Hendra and 'Newspaper Boy and Origami Girl' by Michael Foreman. We will be writing instructions to grow vegetables and creating comic books later in the term. Our SPaG focus this term is to use the suffixes -ed, -er and -est.

In Maths, we will be revisiting place value; counting, reading and writing numbers to 100. We will also be consolidating counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. 

Wider Curriculum - In Science, we will begin learning about plants. Children will learn to identify and describe the basic structure of flowering plants and trees. They will also learn the names of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees.

In RE this term, our learning will focus on answering the question 'Who are Christians and what do they believe?' In PSHE we are learning about relationships. 

In DT this term we will be designing and making our own superhero costumes and vehicles. 

PE will continue to be on Thursday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has a named PE kit in school on this day. This term, we will be playing ball sports, such as tennis, rounders and cricket. 

Homework will now include weekly Phonics practise to support children as the Phonics Screening Check draws closer.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Goodeal & Miss Maynard

Term 4

Week 5

This week, Year 1 wrote some fantastic stories set in a familiar setting. In Maths, we have been investigating the properties of 3D solid shapes. In Science, we explored our senses - did you know you use your eyes and nose, as well as your mouth, to eat? Mum, we hope you enjoyed your moon rock cake!

 

Week 4

This week, Year 1 have been innovating the story, 'The Darkest Dark'. So far, Charlie wants to be a brave astronaut but she is too scared to go to school! Next week we will be planning and writing our own stories. In Maths, we have continued to learn about doubling and halving and some of us can now use x2 or /2 in a number sentence. In Science, we have been learning about our senses. 

 

Week 3 - Science Week

Year 1 have had a fantastic week this week. They conducted their own Science investigations, trying to free an alien stuck in ice on Neptune. They really enjoyed the workshops they took part in on Thursday and had a brilliant time speaking to people from Dungeness Power Station on Friday.

 

Week 2

This week, Year 1 have been mapping the Solar System. In Maths, we have been learning our 2 and 10 times tables and we have been solving word problems using repeated addition. In Literacy, we have been mapping the story 'The Darkest Dark' ready to innovate it next week. In Science, we have been planning our investigations ready for Science Week. We had a fabulous day on Friday for World Book Day! 

Term 4: Space Race

Welcome back! In Term Four, our topic is ‘Space’. We will be asking questions and finding out about space travel and the planets that share our solar system. We will also learn about what it might be like to have a job as an astronaut from Tim Peak. 

In Literacy, we will be reading the book, 'The Darkest Dark' written by astronaut Chris Hadfield. We will be learning about Chris Hadfield's life in his autobiography and we will be writing short stories. Our SPaG focus this term is to use full stops, question marks and exclamation marks in our own writing. 

In Maths, we will be learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s and applying what we know to solve multiplication problems. 

In Science, we will continue our 'Animals including Humans' unit. We will be thinking about ourselves' our bodies and our senses. 

For further information please see our Topic Web – Term 4: Space Race.

 Week 6 - Visit to Port Lympne

We had a fantastic time visiting Port Lympne Safari Park. In total, we spotted * carnivores and * herbivores on the safari - Layla was counting. When we got back, we wrote a fact file about the dinosaurs we saw.

Take a look at some of our photos!

 

Week 5

This week, Year 1 have been preparing for their trip. In Maths, we have been learning how to compare and measure length using mathematical vocabulary and non-standard units. We have also been looking at how zoo's measure animals. In literacy, we began looking at the Port Lympne Reserve Animal Guide. We have been learning about the key features of a non-fiction text to learn more about animals. In Art and Science, we enjoyed sketching then labeling animals using scientific vocabulary. 

 

Week 4

This week, Seahorses have been celebrating Maths Week. We have done lots of fantastic things including finding out the schools favorite dinosaur! - Both Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor got 44 votes. We also made our own fossils by measuring and weighing different ingredients by ourselves. In Art, we have been exploring pastels and learning about local artist Charles Newington.

 Week 3

This week, Seahorses have enjoyed writing their story, 'Where the Wild Things Are'. In Maths, we have been counting back from 20 and writing subtraction number sentences. We have also enjoyed practicing our two times-table on TTRockstars. In Topic, we have been researching Mary Anning, a paleontologist who was responsible for the discovery of the Ichthyosaur. You can visit her fossils at the Natural History Museum! 

 Week 2

This week, we have enjoyed acting as Max and exploring his emotions as he journeys through the story, 'Where the Wild Things Are'. In Maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and have enjoyed using bead strings to explore bonds to 20. In Science and Topic, we have been using vocabulary such as carnivore, herbivore and omnivore to talk about familiar animals and dinosaurs. Eleanor did some fantastic Science writing this week all about different animal groups!

Wow! A brachiosaurus was 26m long.

 Term 3: Dinosaur Roar!

Welcome back! In Term Three, our topic is ‘Dinosaur Roar!’ We will be asking questions and conducting research to find out more about these fascinating creatures who once shared our world. We will also be comparing what we find out to the animals inhabiting the world around us today.   

In Literacy, we will be reading the book, 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak. We will be writing our own poems and short stories. Later in the term, we will also write our own dinosaur fact files. Our SPaG focus this term is to use conjunctions in our writing.  

In Maths, we will be consolidating our knowledge of addition and subtraction and applying what we know when solving problems. Later in the term, we will be comparing length and height. 

For further information please see our Topic Web – Term 3: Dinosaur Roar!

Upcoming Events

During this topic, we hope to visit Port Lympne. Additional information will follow once confirmed.

Home Learning

  • All children should read for 5-10 minutes a day. Please remember to write in your child's Reading Diary as each read will count towards their Red Ted.
  • Homework will be set each Friday and is due on Wednesday. 
  • Weekly spelling will be tested each Wednesday.

Class Mascot

Stan the Stegasaurus will come home with a chosen friend each Friday and should be returned to school the following Monday. He enjoys going on adventures and loves his class family very much. When it is your turn, please feel free to draw, write or stick photos in his journal ready to share on Monday.

PE

We have PE on Monday and Thursday. Please ensure a complete, named PE kit is in school on these days.

 We are really looking forward to journeying through our new topic. We hope you have a wonderful break; see you again on the 3rd January!

Mrs Goodeal & Miss Maynard