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:
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!