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Year 1

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Week Ending 21/1/2022

This week, Year 1 have been scientists and have taken part in lots of experiments based on the human body and our Five Senses. Our first experiment focused on using our sense of smell, we smelt a range of things and used descriptive language to describe and compare the smells. For our second experiment, we learnt about our senses of taste and sight. We had three different drinks, all the same colour and had to guess the flavour. We were very good at this and could tell which of the drinks were flavourless and only contained food colouring, despite our sense of sight suggesting that they were the same.

During our English lessons, we have continued our work based on the book ‘Mr Big’.

When writing about the story, we have focused on using conjunctions to extend our writing and using adjectives to ensure that our writing is descriptive and engaging for our readers. In addition to this, for our Maths lessons we have been developing our understanding of place value and therefore identifying hundreds, tens and ones.

Week Ending 14/1/2022

This week in Year 1, for our new English topic, we started a book called ‘Mr Big’. We thoroughly enjoyed reading the story and have begun to think about how Mr Big is feeling, both on the inside and outside.

During our Maths lessons, we have been writing numbers between 0-20 in both numerals and words. To challenge ourselves, we had a go at word problems, this involved addition and subtraction calculations using the written version of the numbers. 

We also started our Science topic on the five senses, we began our unit by taking a walk around the school and testing our five senses. For example, on our senses walk, we were able to identify what we could see, hear, touch, smell and even taste!

Week Ending 10/12/2021

For our Maths, we have been making equivalent values using addition and subtraction. We used weighing scales to ensure that both sides were balanced and made the same total. Throughout the week, Year 1 have also  enjoyed fluency lessons which have involved playing lots of mathematical games!

During our English lessons, we have been writing instructions for different recipes. We have focused on using bossy verbs and ensuring that our instructions are grammatically correct.

Week Ending 3/12/2021

For our English this week, we have started a new book called ‘Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes’. When writing about the book we were able to write lists and identify ‘bossy’ verbs.

During our Maths lessons, we have been using greater than and less than symbols. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit from a friendly crocodile, who loved to eat the bigger numbers! We have also continued our Art work on mark making.

Week Ending 26/11/2021

Year 1 have focused on visual representations for Maths. We have completed addition and subtraction calculations, using part-whole models and bar models. Whilst completing these calculations, we have focused on our presentation and our reasoning. To ensure that we have a thorough understanding of each method, Year 1 have been identifying which visual representations show the same calculation and have explained why and how we know. 

For our English this week, we have continued our work on writing sentences in greater detail. This has included the use of conjunctions and descriptive language. 

To end our week, we had lots of fun doing mark making for our Art topic!

Week Ending 19/11/2021

This week, in Year 1, we have been focusing on addition and subtraction for our Maths lessons. This has involved us completing bar models and part-whole models. We were also able to apply our understanding by answering challenge questions, these focused on answering word problems and providing our reasoning.

For our English lessons, we have been writing our own stories based on the book that we have been reading, ‘Stanley’s Stick’. When writing our stories, we used a checklist to ensure that we included finger spaces, capital letters and full stops, as well as, descriptive language.

A highlight of our week has been using the Chromebooks for our Computing lessons! We have been developing our computing skills by logging onto the Chromebooks, typing sentences on a Word document and designing our own art pieces using the programme Chrome Canvas.

We have also enjoyed lots of enrichment days this week, based on Anti-Bullying Week, Tolerance Day and Children in Need Day. These have involved lots of creative activities and discussions.

Week Ending 12/11/2021

This week in Year 1, for our English, we have identified rhyming words and used them to write our own sentences. For our Maths lessons, we have focused on subtraction, this has involved us using counters to take away. We were also able to use our understanding of part-whole models to help when subtracting.

To mark Remembrance Day, we made poppies and created our own Art inspired by doves. Year One used watercolours to create the background, then cut out a dove to put on top of our background. To finish off our designs, we stuck down key words such as ‘peace’.

Week Ending 1/10/2021

Year 1 have continued to enjoy writing about the book ‘Puffin Peter’. We have been using our phonics to help us when writing and have focused on our sentence structure. We have enjoyed the book so much that we even had a go at drawing our own puffins! They were fantastic!

For our Maths this week, we have continued to work on our fluency and have begun to tackle some challenge questions. We have used numicon and number lines to support us when answering our challenge questions.

Week Ending 24/09/2021

This week in Year 1, for our new English topic, we started a book called ‘Puffin Peter’. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the story and making predictions about what will happen next. When writing about the story, we have focused on using our Phonics to help us to write sentences to describe the puffins and their friendship.

During our Maths lessons, we have been working on our mathematical fluency skills. We have had lots of fun playing maths games which have required us to use our knowledge of number bonds to twenty. We have also spent our afternoons working on our new Geography topic called ‘Weather and Seasons’. We had lots of fun going on a field walk and recording what we found in our weather diaries! This generated lots of discussion surrounding the different seasons and the weather that we would expect in each season.

Week Ending 17/09/2021

Year 1 have had a busy week this week! We have been learning all about positional and directional language for our Maths lessons. For our English lessons, we have done lots of drawing and labelling. We even made a lantern, just like the one that was in the story that we have been reading.

For our Phonics this week, we have been revisiting some of the sounds that we learnt in Reception. When revisiting the digraph ‘ee’, we had lots of fun being ‘busy bees’ in the classroom! We have also enjoyed lots of circle time throughout the week to discuss our feelings and the Zones of Regulations.

Week Ending 10/09/2021

This week, Year 1 have settled back into the classroom well and it has been lovely to be reunited with our friends again. We have worked hard on our new classroom routines and have enjoyed doing lots of Phonics!

For our English lessons, we have started to read a new book called ‘Journey’ and have imagined the places that we would go to if we had a magic pencil! To end our busy week, we had lots of fun going on a Minibeast hunt! We were able to classify the different Minibeasts and identify their habitat.

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