Week beginning 12.7.21
This week we celebrated International Arts Week. Our class focused on India and we explored native animals, traditional dress, music, dance and traditions and beliefs. Mrs Soni kindly brought in photographs and artefacts for the children and we even had some children who were eager to bring in Indian related objects to show the class.
Our week was full of fun activities, from painting, to African drumming, to learning and performing an Indian dance.
Week beginning 21st June
We have had another great week in Year 1.
In maths we continued looking at place value of numbers up to 100. We focused on finding more and less of a given number. We enjoyed using counting beads to help us with our maths work.
In English we have continued looking at, and begun to plan our poems about family. We had plenty of giggles when we were making comparisons.
Some of my favourites were: "My dad eats like a horse", "My mum roars like a lion" and "My mum is as beautiful as a fluffy kitten." I was very impressed with the children adding adjectives to their comparisons to make their work more interesting!
In science we have been exploring the seasons and the recent changes in the weather.
In RE we continued our topic on comparing Jesus' world to our world.
In DT we started making our cars using wheels and axels. We will be continuing this over the next few weeks.
Weekend beginning 14th June 2021.
This week we started a new topic in english. We have been looking at poetry all about family.
The children enjoyed explaining what they like about their family using adjectives. We also explored different things that members of our family say repeatedly to us.
Take a look at Michael Rosen's poem Me and my Brother that inspired us.
In maths we have been continuing with looking at numbers up to 100. The children have worked fantastically with the 100 squares and have become pros at finding out how many tens and ones are in a number.
In history we have been exploring how transport has changed over time. We really enjoyed looking at the evolution of cars. We were even able to place the first car on a timeline!
In DT Mrs Hill has been working extremely hard with the children to understand what materials are needed to make a car with wheels and axels. We have an exciting week ahead of us next week when we are going to start our design. (Make sure you bring in your cardboard box!)
We enjoyed our RE topic looking at Jesus' world. We compared Jesus' world to our world and found lots of differences. The children even learned that wells have another purpose, other than just for making wishes...
Week beginning 4.5.21
Some pictures from our week.
Week beginning 12.4.21
We have a fantastic start to the Summer term and the children truly showed how amazing they are! They returned to school this week with a great attitude and were ready to learn.
The children welcomed our new topics this week. In maths we have started to look at multiplication- counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
In English our focus has been on Aliens in Underpants Save the World. This was a really enjoyable read and we have been investigating why this is a fantasy story.
We have plenty of geographers in our class who were super excited about our new topic "Our Country". We started our geography lessons by learning what the United Kingdom was and which countries are in the UK. The children were able to use the knowledge they had learned to label the countries on a map. Very impressive for Year 1!
As always, we really enjoyed our music lesson this week. The children were separated into two groups and we practised the vocals for our song. We have really progressed in finding the pulse in the music and enjoyed completing all our activities. It always improves our moods to have a boogie on a Friday afternoon!
Week beginning 8.3.21
It was great to have all the children return to school this week! They settled back into our classroom and the routines really well and it was so lovely to share a laugh with each other again.
We of course got stuck into our learning and the children showed great enthusiasm in all of their lessons.
In English we have started a new topic on stories about other cultures. The children really enjoyed reading Handa's Surprise and it brought back some memories from when they had read it in Reception.
In Maths we have been weighing objects and started to focus on volume and capacity. This can be a hard concept to understand but the children embraced their learning with open arms.
We have been continuing with our History topic on The Battle of Hastings and our Science topic on Plants. The children have been very excited watching the cress grow in our classroom.
The children particularly enjoyed our Computing lesson this week. We learned about mini beasts and the children were given the opportunity to be creative and develop their IT skills by making a cover for their mini beasts book on Book Creator.
Week beginning 1.3.21
We had another busy and eventful week in school and at home. It was our last week of home learning and the children as usual worked extremely hard and made the most of our current situation.
We celebrated World Book Day this week. It was great to see the children expressing their love of reading- the outfits were fantastic! We focused on an Ancient Chinese story and to my surprise the children had not heard of the Disney adaptation, Mulan. I mustn't be as young as I thought...
It has been amazing to see the amount of effort the children at home have been putting into their learning. They not only have been completing the work that is set for them, but many children have been pushing their learning further and completing extra tasks!
I am really looking forward to seeing all their wonderful faces on Monday morning!
Week beginning 22.2.21
We had a very busy first week back after half term!
There was plenty of learning happening at school and at home this week.
The children began a new topic in English which was focused around Julia Donaldson's Room on the Broom. We talked about the importance of using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in our work and we even attempted to use question marks when we thought of some questions for the witch.
In Maths we were practising our counting in 2s and 5s. We were amazing at counting in our 2s and are continuing to work on our 5s. We then began a new topic, looking at measuring lengths and heights. We had lots of fun in the class and at home comparing objects around us and using the new vocabulary we learned.
The children did outstanding in their History work when we were learning about Queen Elizabeth II. Mrs Simm, our school's History Coordinator, was very impressed when I showed her some of the work that the children produced! It was lovely to see the children discussing their family trees and who would be next in line in their family.
We had some certificates on Numbots for the first time this week! Well done to those children who are using Numbots regularly at home for some extra learning.
In RE we have been reflecting on new beginnings and we looked for some early signs of Spring. This linked nicely to our new Science topic on plants and our DT topic where we were learning about sliders and how they work. Some children used what they learned about sliders to create a Spring themed sliders. They looked absolutely fantastic!
Week beginning 30.11.20
I'm sure you have all heard about our special visitor this week. He was a very naughty Elf indeed! The children loved getting to meet him (even if he did throw their books on the floor...)
The children have continued to work hard this week across all our subjects. They particularly enjoyed our music lesson as we continued to find the pulse in a song. We listened to different genres of music and found a song which was a big hit amongst the children, Miss Dunn and Mrs Soni.
Week beginning 23.11.20
This week we investigated different tastes in DT and we found some fruits we loved and some we didn't like! But it was great to see the children giving everything a go!
We finished of our English topic by going on our very own bear hunt! We had some wet, muddy shoes but nonetheless we had a great time.
In Maths we have been recognising and naming 3D shapes. We enjoyed making trains with the 3D shapes and spotting 3D shapes in our surroundings.
This week we voting for our student council representatives. We zoomed Year 6 and listened to their wonderful speeches and then we anonymously voted for who we thought would best represent our class.
Week beginning 16.11.20
We had a very busy yet exciting week as it was Anti-Bullying week. The children really enjoyed showing how they are all unique by coming into school in odd socks, with crazy hair and different ties. We had lots of discussions about how we are all different and how we can unite against bullying. The children used this as a stimulus to write a list of rules to prevent bullying for their Independent Write. It was lovely to read what they had written.
In English we have continued with our topic on familiar settings and looking at "We're Going on a Bear Hunt". The children particularly enjoyed our lesson when we did some story mapping, showing that they were able to recall and sequence the story. We are now almost at the stage were we will plan our own story about a familiar setting.
Our PSHE lesson this week closely linked to Anti-Bullying week as we celebrated our differences. We looked at things that are similar and different about ourselves and our peers, we discussed why it is important that we are all different and ways we can show kindness to others. We created a lovely PSHE display for our classroom which will hopefully be completed next week!
The children have worked extremely hard this week and I have noticed great progress since the beginning of the year. I hope you have all had a relaxing weekend and I will see you on Monday for another exciting week of learning!
Week beginning 2.11.20
We had a great start to our new half term. The children have shown great enthusiasm and a love of learning which has made me very proud to be their teacher!
We have started reading a new book in English called We're Going on a Bear Hunt. The children really enjoyed being able to join in when reading our new book.
In our maths meetings we have been recovering our learning from Reception focusing on positional language and have been working very hard to secure our number bonds. We still have a bit of practise to do on time!
In Maths the children showed perseverance with addition and subtraction equations.
We started a really exciting topic in History this half term which is focused on The Gunpowder Plot. The children really enjoyed talking about their plans for Bonfire Night and told me how they planned to enjoy the night even considering the current situation. We spent time understanding what the Houses of Parliament is and what the Government do. I was very impressed with how the children were able to tell me everything they know about Boris Johnson!
We had a lovely Friday afternoon learning what the pulse is in music. Mrs Jones even got a sneak peak of Miss Dunn's singing (lucky her!)
Congratulations to the children who received a star badge this week, they were very well deserved!
Well done to all our Ninja Belt readers this week. It is great to see you all taking the time to read every night and I really enjoy getting the opportunity to hear your wonderful reading. Keep it up!
Week beginning 21.9.20
We are starting to settle into our class and have had a great week.
We have been finding one more and one less in Maths and have had great fun using different resources, such as number lines and dice, to help us with this.
In English we have been learning how to write captions and labels. The children helped Miss Dunn to find out where her dog Chester had explored in Cronton and they were able to label a map showing this. The children really enjoyed this and we got to work on our map skills. Mrs Musil would be impressed!
We have been working hard in Science to find out where our paper comes from. We were able to identify the differences between paper and wood and recall the process of how paper is made.
In RE we have had lots of fun investigating where our food comes from in the lead up to Harvest. The children were tasked with the job of making posters to show where the food in their homes are from. I have enjoyed seeing these posters on Seesaw. Check out our Twitter page (crontony1) to see some of these wonderful posters.
Our school celebrated European Day of Languages on Friday and Year 1 looked at the country Ireland- I wonder why...
We had an amazing time learning some of the Irish language, watching Gaelic football, listening to traditional Irish music and completing a puzzle on countries in Europe.
Week beginning 7.9.20.
We had a lovely week and it was great to see the children settling in to their new classroom.
In English we have been looking at labels and captions. The children did a great job at identifying labels and even being able to use their own labels.
We have been practising our Phonics everyday and are working hard to consolidate digraphs that they learned in Reception.
In Maths we have been focusing on Place Value up to 10. The children have worked extremely hard this week on sorting objects. They found this quite tricky at first, but practise makes perfect!
In Geography we have been looking at Our School. We learned why we use a postcode and an address. It would be good to talk to your child about your address and why you need to know your address.
In Science we have been looking at recycling. The children did a fantastic job explaining how paper is made. Test your child's knowledge and ask them if they can recall this process.