Miss Taylor and Mrs Watkins (Class Teachers)
Miss Hayes and Miss Branston (Support Staff)
We were very happy to welcome the children back to school to complete their first full week. Doesn’t it feel good to be back -finally! Miss Taylor and Mrs Fox have been delighted to see the children coming in with smiling faces and to see how well they are settling into their new class. We may have only been back a few days but the children have already impressed everyone with how well they have adjusted to their new adults, classroom and routines. They have so confidently settled into their learning making it a very positive start to our new school year.
Our focus over the first few weeks is on getting to know the children and ensure the children feel safe and settled, ready to learn. You may well have some very tired children after our first few weeks back at school. We’ve certainly been very busy!
In Maths, we have been learning how to use directional language and have used ordinal numbers to position objects. Next we will focus on using the numbers to 10. We will learn to sort objects in different ways and count objects up to 10, by writing the digits and representing them using objects and pictorial representations. The children will begin to see how numbers can be regrouped in different ways but still conserve their value.
In English, we have been reading the story ‘Plenty of Love to Go Round’ by Emma Chichester and have been learning how to write labels, lists and captions. The children have been introduced to the term adjective (a describing word).
We have already started teaching phonics as a whole class which the children have really enjoyed. They have learned the phonemes (sounds) j, i, v, w, y the tricky words, he and she and the spelling of the words the and to.
In science, we have begun our topic on the human body. We discussed what we already knew about ourselves and our senses. We loved singing the body part song, and telling each other what our bodies could do whilst naming the body part. Next, we used our observational skills to compare ourselves with others and to find answers to a question – Are people with bigger feet taller?
We look forward to a year of fun and exciting learning with you all.
This term’s topic is all about the woods. We began the term by learning about various woodland creatures and used the information we learned to write some fantastic information reports.
To deepen our understanding of Chinese New Year, we took part in a dance workshop, where we enjoyed dancing with Chinese umbrellas, as well as being part of a Chinese dragon!
Year 1 really enjoyed our poetry unit and we even created our own class poem………
If I were an artist
I’d paint all day.
If I were a vet
I’d work on Monday.
If I were a policeman
I’d put my hat on a mat.
If I were a spy
I’d be very fat.
If I were a princess
I’d wave my fan.
If I were a dancer
I’d have a tan.
If I were a scientist
I’d cut a big log.
If I were a lifeguard
I’d paint a picture of Zog.
In RE, we have been learning about ‘belonging’. We have discussed the groups/organisations we belong to. We have learned what it means to ‘belong’ to a religious group and have discussed welcoming ceremonies. Next week, we shall visit ‘All Saints’ Church in Harpenden to learn about Baptism. We are very excited to watch our doll being baptised!
Year 1 have had a wonderful 2nd half of the term.
To learn more about ‘Toys from the Past’ the children enjoyed a hands-on workshop called ‘Nelly’s Toybox.’ During the workshop, the children were given the opportunity to play with a variety of old toys. They learned so much from this hands-on experience and were able to discuss the materials used to make old toys, as well as make comparisons with toys from today.
The children also enjoyed a RE workshop delivered by JUMP on the real meaning of Christmas. This together with our whole school Christingle service, has given them a good understanding of Christmas traditions.
Mars class have worked very hard this time and are very much looking forward to our Christmas lunch and pantomime school trip later in the week.
In English we have read ‘Plenty of Love to Go Round’ by Emma Chichester and have learned how to write labels and captions. We went on to read ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen and learned about the beginning, middle and end of a story, the main characters and how to summarise a story. We are currently enjoying ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ by Vivian French, and have learned about sequencing a story.
In maths we have been learning how to use directional language and have discussed ordinal numbers. We have learned how to count a group of objects and how to find one more, and one less, than a number. We have explored the language of addition, looked at commutativity and counting on from the largest number.
Our Topic this term is ‘The Local Area.’ In geography we have looked at where our school is located on a map. We have looked at aerial views of the local area and have discussed the location of our homes. We have created our own maps and have tried to use directional language when describing where things are located. We have learned how to write our own address and have written postcards home. We are very much looking forward to visiting the postbox next week to post our postcards!