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HI Maple CLASS, 

Welcome to our class blog page! 

This is a page where we will update you with the things that we have been getting up to in the classroom and all of the amazing work that is going on!

We have been so impressed with how well the children have been transitioning from Reception to Year 1 and cannot wait to continue our learning journey together!  

Mrs Grenfell and Mrs Whittington

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blog 1 - 20.09.23

We have had a great first 2 weeks in Year 1. We have loved getting to know the children and watching them settle into their new routines. The children have been working so hard in all of our subjects. Please see some examples of our work below:

 

Maths

 

 In our Maths lessons we have been thinking about our numbers to 10. This has included us practically counting using our cubes and counters, counting on to 10 from any given number and most recently, working out 1 more and 1 less! The children have really enjoyed showing us how they reach their answers with their resources and then completing their worksheet independently!

Writing


We have been super busy in our writing lessons learning all about adjectives! The children have already been able to label the different characters in The Gruffalo and add an adjective and then yesterday they went on an exciting scavenger hunt. The children have labelled the different things they found on their hunt and made them more interesting with one of their amazing adjectives. 

Humanities 

Thank you to all that took the time to fill out the toy questionnaire with your children. We really enjoyed reading through some of these today (some will be read next week) and they created lots of discussion about the similaraties between the toys their chosen grown up played with and toys they play with themselves. 

Science

We had a great first lesson last week where we spoke our new topic 'materials'. The children enjoyed looking at different things in the classroom and trying to work out what materials they are made from! The children were able to do a fantastic sorting activity after which showed us just how much they had learned about different materials. 

 

Blog 2 - 20.10.23

 

Wow! Can you believe it! It is already the end of the first term! We have simply been blown away by how hard the children have worked this term and the level of work they have been able to produce. We know that the transition between Reception and Year 1 is a very big jump, and the children have all risen to the challenge amazingly. We have loved seeing the children explore all the different foundation lessons that we have been teaching and we have really been seeing their creative sides come to life within our art learning. 

 

We have been working hard in every subject and are still really focusing on our letter and number formation and Fred talk to sound out our words and making sure we are confident with this. 

 

Maths

In our Maths lessons we have been thinking about our numbers to 10. This has included practically counting using our cubes and counters, counting on to 10 from any given number and most recently, working out 1 more and 1 less! We have also extended our learning past place value and have been looking at addition and subtraction. Focusing on being able to confidently use bar models, part whole models and practical resources to show our understanding of our learning. The children have shown a fantastic understanding of their number bonds to 10 over the last week and have been exploring this learning in lots of different ways.! The children have also been working hard to challenge themselves and answer reasoning questions to further show their understanding and have been answering lots of questions where they must spot the mistake within the question!

                                                    

English

We have been super busy in our writing lessons over the last few weeks and have been inspired by our history unit of toys to write some captions for them. The children have looked at the books ‘lost in the toy museum’ and ‘toys lost in space’ and have selected pictures to add more detail to base on the story. The children have been really challenging themselves to write more than one sentence and extend their writing using the word and. The children have also been focusing on ensuring their writing is on the line and their letters are all formed correctly. You can see from their work how hard they are working to use Fred talk to sound out their words. 

                            

Humanities

We have absolutely loved looking at all the different toys that we have played with, our grown-ups and grandparents and the toys that Victorian children would have played with as well. We have been looking at a range of different artefacts and being historical detectives to help us put these toys on a timeline. We loved to learn about the fact that many of the much-loved toys we played with today were also toys that our parents and grandparents loved to play with as well. 

                                                          

Science

We finished our science unit of ‘materials and their properties’ by creating a big display in the Year 1 corridor to showcase all our learning. We went on a material hunt around the school and found lots of different items that we were able to sort. We used our properties vocabulary and sorted them into a range of different headings – we even had some fantastic conversations about how an item can fit into more than one category! The children were very impressed with the final display and their hard work and absolutely loved going on a material hunt to make it. We have also been looking at absorbent and non-absorbent materials and next week will become scientists as we test to see if our predictions were correct! 

                                                           

 

Homework

Thank you again for your continued support with our homework systems in Year 1. We have been so impressed to see all the children bringing in their reading records daily and completing their numbots online as well. We can see how hard you are working and are really impressed. 

 

We hope that you have a fantastic and safe half-term, and we look forward to hearing all about it and seeing you back to school on Monday 30th October.

 

Blog 3 24.11.23

 

We hope that you all had a fantastic and restful half-term and we cannot believe we are already half way through Autumn 2! The children have been working so hard in all of their lessons and have been producing such amazing high-quality work and we are so proud of them as always. The children have settled back into Year 1 really well and have continued to explore lots of different learning within our foundation and core lessons. It has been so lovely to see them asking such thoughtful questions around our foundation learning and extending their learning to more complex sentences and mathematical problems.  

We have been working hard in every subject and are really focusing on our number and letter formations as well as our continued use of  Fred talk to sound out our words and making sure we are confident with this.

 

Maths

In our Maths lessons we have been extending our learning within the number 10. The children have been looking at the concept of greater than, less than and equal to and number equations – solving mathematical problems that have a multi-step element to them. The children are becoming really confident in explaining why a number is greater than or less than another number and have been using lots of different practical resources to help them with their learning. We have also extended our learning past addition and subtraction and have also been looking at shapes – extending the children’s learning of 2D shapes in reception to understanding and recognising their 3D friends. On Thursday, we went on a shape hunt around our classrooms and found lots of different items in our class that looked like some of our 3D shapes and then we discussed where we might have seen out 3D shapes outside of the classroom. The children have also been working hard to challenge themselves and answer reasoning questions to further show their understanding and have been answering lots of questions where they must spot the mistake within the question!  

 

               

English

We have been super busy in our writing lessons over the last few weeks and have been inspired by fairy tales to write a range of character descriptions. The children have looked at ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We have been using our writing lenses to help us create sentences that include ‘and’ and ‘because’ to add extra information. The children have been really focusing on ensuring that they are using Fred Talk within their writing to help them sound out each word, finger spaces, full stops and capital letters. For this first time this term as well, the children published their writing and we have been so proud of how focused they have been on their presentation and have displayed all of their writing within our classrooms. It has been fantastic to see the children continuing to grow in confidence within their writing and how much they are challenging themselves to extend their writing beyond one sentence.

 

                      

Humanities

 

In our Year 1 history lessons, we've embarked on an exciting exploration of the iconic toy, Lego! Our little historians have delved into the rich history of Lego, tracing its evolution from its humble beginnings to becoming a global sensation. With colourful bricks in hand, our young learners eagerly dove into the past, discovering key milestones in Lego's journey. Using their creativity and critical thinking skills, the students collaborated to plot significant events onto a timeline, creating a visual narrative of Lego's remarkable story. From the invention of the first plastic interlocking bricks in the 1940s to the development of themed sets and characters, our Year 1 class is not only building with Lego but also constructing a deeper understanding of the world around them through the lens of history. The classroom has become a hub of excitement and discovery as our budding historian’s piece together the building blocks of Lego's captivating past. 

The children are really enjoying being historical detectives and learning everything about Lego! We cannot wait to see what other amazing historical artefacts and facts that we can look at and discover within the next four weeks. 

     

                                                              

Science

In our science adventures, our little scientists have been diving into the fascinating world of sinking and floating. With an abundance of curiosity and excitement, our young learners have become hands-on explorers, embarking on a mission to understand why some objects sink while others float. Armed with an assortment of materials, from feathers to pebbles, our budding scientists conducted experiments to unravel the mysteries of buoyancy. Amazement filled the classroom as they tested and observed, discovering the magic hidden within everyday items. Through these engaging activities, our Year 1 students are not only honing their scientific skills but also cultivating a love for discovery and exploration that will undoubtedly shape their learning journey ahead. 

 

                                                     

 

 

Homework

Thank you again for your continued support with our homework systems in Year 1. We have been so impressed to see all the children bringing in their reading records daily and completing their numbots online as well. We can see how hard you are working and are really impressed. This is just a reminder that the children’s reading records do need to be signed daily by a grown-up and that numbots needs to be completed for 50 minutes each week. 

 

SPRING TERM 

We hope that you all had a fantastic and restful half-term and cannot believe we are already half way through the academic year! The children have been working so hard in all of their lessons and have been producing such amazing high-quality work and we are so proud of them as always. The children have settled back into Year 1 really well and have continued to explore lots of different learning within our foundation and core lessons. It has been so lovely to see them asking such thoughtful questions around our foundation learning and extending their learning to more complex sentences and mathematical problems.  

We have been working hard in every subject and are really focusing on our number and letter formations as well as our continued use of  Fred talk to sound out our words and making sure we are confident with this.

 

Mathematical Marvels:

In mathematics, we've been delving into the fascinating world of place value within 50. Through hands-on, practical activities, we've been building on your children's prior knowledge to deepen their understanding of numbers. From counting collections to creating number bonds, our young mathematicians have been exploring and discovering the power of numbers in their everyday lives.

 

Creative Writing Wonders:

In English, our budding writers have been showcasing their creativity and imagination. They've crafted captivating explanation texts, detailing the journey of a seed transforming into a majestic sunflower. Additionally, they've embarked on narrative adventures alongside Plop the Owl, learning valuable lessons about bravery and overcoming fears in their delightful stories.

 

Discovering Our United Kingdom:

Our humanities lessons have been filled with excitement as we've been uncovering the rich tapestry of the United Kingdom. From England's bustling cities to Scotland's breathtaking landscapes, we've been learning about each country and its capital city, immersing ourselves in the diverse cultures and histories that make our nation so unique. Upcoming School Trip: As a reminder, our eagerly anticipated school trip is scheduled for the 1st of March. Details regarding this adventure will be communicated to you via Parentmail in the coming days.

 

Scientific Explorations:

In science, our focus has been on the wonderful world of plants. We're preparing to kickstart our own gardening project, where we'll be nurturing and measuring the growth of our very own plants over the course of the term. It's an exciting hands-on opportunity for our young scientists to observe and learn about the life cycle of plants first-hand.

 

Preparing for Phonics Success:

Looking ahead, we want to inform you about the upcoming phonics screening check in June. Rest assured, we'll be providing ample support and guidance to help your children excel in this assessment. Over the next term, we'll be sending home phonics screening practice checks for your children to complete, ensuring they feel confident and prepared for this milestone.

 

Gratitude and Excitement:

Finally, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you for your continued support in your child's educational journey. We're thrilled about the adventures that await us in Spring 2, and we're eager to continue nurturing a love for learning and exploration in our Year 1 classroom.