Welcome To Year 1!
Meet the team:
Teacher: Miss Court
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Dancey
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Clarke
Year 1 Parent Information Term 1 2020-2021
WE ARE LAUNCHING STORYTIME PHONICS THIS WEEK!!!
We have recently purchased a brand new and fun Phonics program in Key Stage 1. StoryTime Phonics is a Letters and Sounds based program that teaches phonics through real texts. We are so excited about StoryTime Phonics as it encourages children to immerse themselves in books and links with our school vision to "Create Memories, Build Futures". All of the staff have had the StoryTime Phonics training and are now preparing the resources needed to implement this new way of teaching Phonics. This will be rolled out to the children and parents in Term 3!
For more information about StoryTime Phonics, please read our poster:
I'm Good - End of term music video!
This term we have spent time at home completing home learning and we have been settling back to school. Our focus has been on the wellbeing and mental health of our school community. To celebrate being back together we learnt a new song "I'm Good" by The Mowgli's and created a music video!
Our music video has been viewed over 1,000 times and has been liked by THE MOWGLI'S all the way from California! The children should feel very proud of their global success!! :)
Easter Celebrations 2021!
To celebrate holy week we created a pop up art gallery of crosses that we displayed around the school grounds:
Our celebrations continued with a "Stations Of The Cross" activity. Each teacher created a multi-sensory experience for a section of the story. The children visited each station and acted out the story, discussed thought-provoking questions, read extracts from the bible and shared prayers.
Here you can see the children acting out the events of Palm Sunday.
The last supper.
The garden of Gethsemane.
We hope that all of the children and families have a fantastic break over the Easter holidays!
Week beginning 22.03.2021:
This week, the children joined ‘Kintbury News’ to write newspaper articles all about Jesus arriving in Jerusalem. The children took great care to try and include the word ‘because’ to extend their sentences. Within maths, we have been practising counting steps of 5s. We have used Numicon and even our hands to help our counting. The children were very good at spotting that when counting in steps of 5 the numbers will either end in a 5 or a 0. With Mrs Keys – Stevens this week, the children have been learning all about the different parts of a plant. They are taking great care of the seeds that they have planted. They are noticing and observing the changes in their plants every day.
Week Beginning 15.03.2021:
This week we have been incredibly busy learning all about Palm Sunday. On Monday, the children performed the events of Palm Sunday, recreating Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. By the middle of the week the children were pretending to be television presenters describing what had happened. All of the children fully committed to the role.
In maths, we have been focusing on building and comparing numbers to 50. They are becoming much more confident using the terms ‘tens’ and ‘ones’ and describing how they know that one number is bigger than another. Please keep practising counting forwards and backwards to 50.
On Wednesday this week, the children helped to tidy our school site. The children were all so passionate about the amount of litter that they came up with a variety of ways they are going to help make a difference. They are all determined to make a difference within our school community.
Yet another amazing week with Year One.
YEAR 1 CLASS BACK TO SCHOOL:
WORLD BOOK DAY 2O21:
The Kintbury Community really came together to make this unusual World Book Day celebration exciting! Take a look at the Newbury Weekly News link to see how we celebrated our love of reading and books:
Year 1 Lockdown Experiences 2021:
Here are some photographs of our wonderful children during home learning 2021:
Click on an image to watch the slideshow!
Year 1 Lockdown Experiences 2021
Lockdown 2021 -
For information about our remote education provision, please visit this section of our website:
Online Safety Support: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety/
Remote Learning Provision:
The children are now accessing all learning through Google Classroom both at home and at school for the children of critical workers and children classed as vulnerable.
We are providing online lessons throughout the day. The children are having regular face to face contact with their class teacher and are hearing from their teachers via marking and feedback tools.
If you have any questions at all, please contact the school office.
Term 2 - Week 5:
This week the children have been exploring fiction and non-fiction texts. We now know that a non-fiction text provides facts and information and a fiction book contains a made up story. We have had a go at writing questions and labelling a diagram. Next week we will use our knowledge of non-fiction texts to create a rather festive piece of writing.
In maths, we have continued to investigate subtraction and created fact families for three numbers using both subtraction and addition. On Friday, we helped Frank the frog jump on the number line to solve some tricky subtraction questions.
We are 100% in nativity rehearsal mode. We are rehearsing every day to make sure that this year’s nativity puts a smile on everybody’s faces.
Have a lovely weekend,
Term 2 - Week 3:
What a super week! I am not even sure where to start with my website update this week.
The children have been incredible this week writing not one but two diary entries for our class visitor – Beegu. As a class, the children are demonstrating a superb use of phonics within their writing and are sounding out the majority of their words before they write them down.
In maths, we have moved onto subtraction. On Thursday with Mrs Self the children practised crossing out on the tens frame. The children also used dienes and other manipulatives too physically take away an amount.
During PE with Miss Court this term, we have been learning all about mime and acting out different scenarios before we put them to music next week. This week the children pretended they were the Gruffalo and the little brown mouse. We had lots of small body movements for the little brown mouse and some scary stomping for the Gruffalo.
I may or may not have snuck in a few extra marbles for your superb effort this week; you will have to check on Monday.
Have a lovely weekend,
Term 2 - Week 2:
This week the children have been busy writing their newspaper reports about the alien spaceship landing at Kintbury St Marys. We also met Beegu, an alien who has landed on planet Earth but does not speak the same way that we do. Working together, the children sorted the real words from the Beegu (alien/nonsense) words.
In Maths, the children have been problem solving using three numbers in their number sentence. The children are becoming superb mathematicians using their reasoning skills to explain how they have come to their answer.
To celebrate Remembrance Day on Wednesday, the children worked together to create a poppy to be displayed on our classroom door. We also enjoyed a special assembly from Pastor Dave to learn even more about why Remembrance Day is so important
I have been so impressed with how mature and respectful the children have been throughout this week.
I can’t wait to see what we get up to next week!
As a whole school this week we held a Remembrance Day service on the playground (socially distanced). Mrs Ulry painted a special poppy onto the playground and Mr Ulry built a special remembrance garden. Kendra played the last post beautifully, Mrs Veasey and Mrs Cantwell led prayers, and the whole school respectfully took part in 2 minutes of silence at 11am on 11.11.2020.
Have a lovely weekend,
Term 2 - Week 1:
What a busy first week we have had back at school!
On Tuesday, the children discovered a something strange on the playground. Using their investigation skills, the children wrote clues as to what they thought it might be. After watching the school CCTV, we were shocked to discover that a spaceship had landed on the playground overnight. As a class, we have started to plan our own newspaper articles to tell everybody all about it.
In Maths, we have been putting our mathematical knowledge to the test by comparing not just numbers but number sentences too.
Within phonics, the children used Football Fever by Alan Durant to learn the digraph oa. The children enjoyed having a football competition on the field whilst chanting for their team “oa oa – go for goal”
I wonder what caption actions we will learn this week?
Miss Court J
Term 1 - Week 5:
The Year One children have been very busy in all areas of the curriculum this week!
In Maths, we have been learning all about place value. The children have enjoyed learning about comparing crocodiles. As a class, we now know that crocodiles are greedy and always like to eat the biggest number. We have also been learning about ordinal numbers by having running races. The children were fascinated that they already knew what ordinal numbers were but ordinal numbers is just a fancy name.
The children are fully embracing StoryTime Phonics. The children are so excited every day after break time to see what the tricky troll has been up to and what is inside our very special phonics bag. This week we used jelly (j, j, jiggle jelly) and shaving foam (w,w, whiffy Wilson) to practice our phonics skills. The children more than enjoyed practicing writing the grapheme w in the shaving foam.
In History, we have been learning all about real-life superheroes.
Using BBC True Stories the children were captivated by the story of Rosa Parks and the Bus Boycott. The children clearly expressed their thoughts on how unfair people’s lives were in the past and how people like Rosa Parks helped to make life better for people today.
You can watch the BBC True Stories clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iQVMWGE3_s
Miss Court J
Term 1 - Week 3:
It has been yet another exciting week in Year One!
This week we started our brand new phonics scheme StoryTime Phonics. The children were very excited to be introduced to the Phonics Fairy and the Tricky Troll. We used the story The Very Lazy Ladybird by Isobel Finn and Jack Tickle to practise the ‘l’ phoneme. Using their ladybird fingers, the children went on a leaf hunt around the school field and wrote down all of the words that they could find. The children thoroughly enjoyed being active and outside for their phonics sessions this week. Let’s all cross our phonics fingers that the lovely weather continues.
In Maths, we helped Frank the frog count forwards and backwards to 10. The children were able to identify one more and even had a go at writing their own number sentences.
Miss Court J
Term 1 - Week 2:
Wow! What a ‘Super’ week we have had! As a class, we have officially joined the Superhero Academy. This term we will be in training to become… Superheroes.
We started our week, strengthening our fine motor skills using Funky Fingers. The children had a variety of activities to pinch and thread whilst bopping along to Mrs Clarke’s favourite – S Club 7.
In Maths, we practised counting to 10 and even helped correct Miss Court when she wrote her numbers around the wrong way. We used penguins, pasta, Numicon, counters, teddy bears and precious gems to represent different numbers. The children all counted very carefully to make sure they had the right amount.
As superheroes, it is very important that we know all about the different places around the world. In Geography, the children explored atlas’ to see if they could spot any familiar places. The children all found a comfortable spot around the classroom and got to work. Griffin found the Welsh flag because he knew it had a red dragon right across the middle. Poppy found the North Pole however was a little bit disappointed that there was not a picture of Father Christmas’ workshop.
Have a relaxing weekend superheroes, ready for more training on Monday,
Term 1 - Week 1:
This week it has been so lovely to see all of the children back in school. The children have already been working incredibly hard and showing what fantastic independent learners they are.
We have had a super few days learning all about “The Word Collector” by Peter H Reynolds. We focussed on finding our favourite words to add to Jerome’s collection. The children used many different resources to help narrow down their search.
Using “The Colour Monster” by Anna Llenas, the children were able to identify their feelings and associate each of their feelings to a colour. We went on a colour hunt around the school to see what we could find. Joey told the class that purple made him feel silly whilst Harvey shared that brown made him feel dirty like jumping in muddy puddles.
What a super first week we have had! I can’t wait to see all of your smiley faces on Monday,
Miss Court :)
You can access the two texts covered in Year 1 here:
Term 4 - WELCOME TO THE CIRCUS!
This week we have been joining up with the Dove Class to take part in our whole school "Take one book and run with it" theme. All of our lessons have been themed around the circus!
To launch this mini topic, Mrs Hunt and Mrs Dancey gave each of us a mystery ticket as we arrived on Monday morning:
As we entered the classroom the Greatest Showman soundtrack was playing and we had mindfulness clown tasks to complete! The Dove Class joined us and we were informed that our tickets would allow us to not only watch circus acts but to take part in circus skills activities too!
We had so much fun! We were all very excited to see what we would be up to for the remainder of the day!
We watched Mrs Cantwell introduce our book for the week "Leon and The Place Between":
This was a magical moment! The story was filled with jugglers, acrobats, clowns and magic!
Our day continued with Circus crafts and Lego STEM challenges:
What a wonderful way to start our mini topic!
Term 3 - Now Press Play!
We have been using the brand new Now Press Play equipment to explore habitats as part of our Rumble In The Jungle topic. Here are some of our favourite moments:
Term 3 - Can you leap like a frog? Science theme!
In Science we have been comparing different animal features to humans. Here are our favourite moments:
Here we are investigating human legs - can you leap like a frog?
We experimented with worms (vegan-friendly sweets and spaghetti). Does a human mouth work like a beak?
We explored the body of a worm too!