Welcome to Year 1

An overview of Year 1’s curriculum:

To find out more about Year 1’s curriculum, please click on the current newsletter below or speak to your child’s class teacher / Year Leader (Mrs Manning).

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Year 1 - Latest News

10th July  2017

It really feels like yesterday that we were getting ready to welcome the children to Year One and now we are getting ready to help them move on and settle in Year Two. It has been an amazing year!

 This year, the children did very well during their class assembly, and behaved extremely well during our school trips to Windsor Castle and Woburn Safari Park.  The progress they have made in reading, writing and numeracy is remarkable. They surely deserve a good summer break.

Thank you to all the parents and careers for your support throughout the year. It’s exciting to see how many parents have taken the time to come to the Year 1 workshops. We had classrooms buzzing with parents enthusiastic to learn how to help their children read and how to support them in numeracy and reading. Thank you as well for coming to our Gallery, where work that the children made during the year was exhibited.

Please remember to carry on helping your child learn during the summer. You can make it fun! Children can use reading, writing and their numeracy skills in everyday activities; for example they can help you read a recipe, measure the ingredients for a cake, count any small change that you may have in your pocket, etc etc.

I take this opportunity to wish everyone a great break.

Next week, the last week of term is full of fun activities. I am looking forward to seeing you at the summer Fete next Monday 17th July 2017.

 

Mrs. G. Manning and the Year One Team

Year Group Events

Year 1 Events

4th May 2017 – Year 1 Maths Workshops

(3.00pm – 3.30pm)

 

 

 

 

 

2nd & 3rd May 2017 – Year 1 Reading Workshops

(9.00am – 9.30am)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archived News from Year 1

15th May 2017 to 21st May  2017

The highlight of the week for Year 1 children has certainly been our DT topic. The children have made and tasted fruit kebabs, banana cake, and shortbread biscuits.  The children learnt about the importance of hygiene while cooking; they all washed their hands before touching any ingredient used. They were fantastic at taking turns and discussed the texture and appearance of the mixture while making the banana cake and the shortbread biscuits.

We all sat together to enjoy eating the final product and again the children felt really proud of having managed to follow a recipe.

Half term is quickly approaching. We wish everyone a well-deserved break.

 

Mrs. G. Manning and the Year 1 Team

24th April 2017 to 8th May  2017

Time certainly flies! It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through the first half of the Summer Term. We’ve been very busy in Year 1 these last couple of weeks.

First of all, thank you to all the parents and careers who attended our year group assembly. The children worked really hard – it’s amazing what 5 and 6 year olds can do, remembering all their lines and speaking to a large audience with such confidence. We enjoyed the poem, the songs and learning how spring is celebrated around the world.

It’s exciting to see how many parents have taken the time to come to the Year 1 workshops. We had classrooms buzzing with parents enthusiastic to learn how to help their children read and how to support them in numeracy.

The Year 1 children have really enjoyed learning about plants. Each class has a couple of flower beds where the children have been planting flowers and potatoes.

We’ve got new toys for the children to play with at playtime: they’ve been enjoying building, skipping, and playing skittles.

 

18th  April 2017 to 24th April  2017

The last week before the end of the spring term was busy but very exciting for children and adults alike as it was Parents’ Evening Week. Teachers and parents were able to strengthen their relationships in order to help the children. We will continue to appreciate parents’ views and take them into account. Thank you for all your support.

It is exciting to see how many parents have taken the time to come to the Year One classrooms between 8:45am and 9:00am on Tuesdays to support the children with their morning challenge. We will continue doing so and there will be open sessions to show how to help your child in reading and in maths. A letter will be going out soon.

In numeracy the children in year one had lots of fun hands on activities like making pictures with 3D shapes and sorting them into cubes, pyramids or neither. We also learnt about adding and subtracting using a number line and we started to use arrays for multiplication.

We have also been busy with our Year group assembly so looking forward seeing all the parents then.

Mrs. G. Manning and the Year One Team

27th February  to 10th March 2017

Time flies! We’re already more than halfway through our Spring Term, the weather is changing and the children have been able to enjoy playing outside without having to wear hats and scarves.

It’s exciting to see how many parents keep taking the time to come to the Year 1 classrooms between 8:45am and 9:00am on Tuesdays to support the children with their Morning Challenge. Please keep this up – we all really appreciate your effort.

The weather has been kind but it’s still too cold for children to be outside without coats. We like to take the children out during break as long as it’s dry, so please remember to make sure your child brings a warm coat to school every day; even if it’s not cold in the morning, the weather has a habit of creating four seasons in one day! If it’s wet, children can wear wellies to school and bring their school shoes in a plastic bag.

Windsor Castle

Year 1’s main event this half term was our trip to Windsor Castle. I’d like to say thank you as all children were properly dressed, on time, and their behaviour during the trip could not have been better! Downside certainly feels proud of the children we have.

We left at about 8:15am and although we all woke up to a wet start, by the time we were on the coaches the sun was shining. The M25 was behaving itself and we arrived at the castle just before 10am – our estimated time.

The children had a snack and we then went to the Ticket Office. Several children wondered if we were going on a plane, given the castle’s tight security which is reminiscent of Luton Airport!

We visited the chapel, then saw the guards inspecting their uniforms. Unfortunately, the traditional 11am change of the guards is not a daily event anymore, so we missed it.

We were eating lunch by 12pm and were on the move again by 12:30pm – off to the doll’s house and the State rooms! It was clear how much the children had learnt during our lessons, as they were able to make observant comments about the different rooms. They noticed the four poster beds had curtains around them to keep the kings and queens warm – in the olden days, there was no central heating – and commented on how the “drawing rooms” were for entertainment rather than drawing.

At 2:15pm we got back on the coaches and the trip back to school was smooth; thankfully the M25 was still behaving so we were back at school earlier than anticipated.

16th January to 23rd January 2017

Time flies! Happy New Year to everyone!

It is exciting to see how many parents keep taking the time to come to the Year One classrooms between 8:45am and 9:00am on Tuesdays to support the children with their morning challenge. Thank you!

The weather was kind but we have had some very cold days. We like to take the children out during break as long as it is dry, so please remember to make sure your child brings a warm coat, gloves, a scarf and a hat to school. If it is wet, children can wear wellies to school and bring their school shoes in a plastic bag.

Our Year One classrooms and corridors are looking amazing with crafts made by the children both at school and at home. At school we made crowns to support our ‘Kings and Queens’ topic and at home children made fantastic models of Peter Rabbit – our book study for the term.

In Numeracy, the children in Year One had lots of fun hands-on activities using equipment to learn about place value. Most children understand that 13 means there is one ten (10) and three ones (1).

This week in literacy we have been getting to know the story Shh! Don’t Wake the Royal Baby. We have read the story. Walked through the story as a class using actions to help us remember the story and chosen a character to hot seat. By hot seating we asked the character questions to learn more about our chosen character. We drew and labelled our character to help us write sentences to describe him/her. Some of us used two adjectives (describing words) in a sentence, this is known as a 2A sentence.

Also this term our teachers have been encouraging us to use flicks on our letters so that when we get to year 2 we will be able to start joining our letters.

 

5th December 12th December 2016

Literacy:

In Literacy we finished our fantasy stories and many parents were able to read them when they came for the gallery. It is amazing that our children are only 5 and 6 years old in their 1st term of key stage 1 and most are already able to write a short fantasy story. This week we have started our poetry and rhyme unit, by the end of which the children will be writing their own poem. We have been learning about which words rhyme and most of the children can find many words to rhyme with cat. We are trying to get children to find rhyming words that rhyme other than those ending in at to help them write their own poem. We have looked at words like house and mouse and boat and float. We have also looked at words that rhyme that have alternative spellings like led and said and two and shoe. Our poetry unit will last two weeks so we have plenty of time to explore rhyming words. After reading the fantasy stories we are really looking forward to reading their completed poems.

Reading

This week the reading tip of the week is:

I can cut words up into syllables.

For example thun der ing makes thundering.

Try reading and writing these HFW words by yourself:

  • Too
  • In
  • Are
  • As
  • Back

28th November to 5th December  2016

This week, has been a busy week.  Children completed their fantasy stories and they were on show at the art gallery.  The art gallery was a success, was extremely lovely to see lots of parents and careers.  Each class had displayed their work which they had produced over the past few weeks.  This included, self-portraits, fantasy characters, fantasy settings and much more.  The children have worked extremely hard and this is shown through their work.

Thank you parents for all your support!

Literacy

In Literacy we finished our fantasy stories and many parents were able to read them when they came for the gallery last week. It is amazing that our children are only 5 and 6 years old in their 1st term of key stage 1 and most are already able to write a short fantasy story. This week we have started our poetry and rhyme unit, by the end of which the children will be writing their own poem. We have been learning about which words rhyme and most of the children can find many words to rhyme with cat. We are trying to get children to find rhyming words that rhyme other than those ending in at to help them write their own poem. We have looked at words like house and mouse and boat and float. We have also looked at words that rhyme that have alternative spellings like led and said and two and shoe. Our poetry unit will last two weeks so we have plenty of time to explore rhyming words. After reading the fantasy stories we are really looking forward to reading their completed poems.

Reading

This week the reading tip of the week is:

I read on to see if I can make sense of a word I don’t know.

Try reading and writing these HFW words by yourself:

  • We
  • Go
  • Old
  • Can
  • Into

Numeracy

numberacy-5th-decChildren did some work on time. They named, identified and ordered days of the week, months of the year and seasons of the year. Key features in each season were identified. Children had to think about which months are in which season and identify key aspects about each season. They talked about the type of weather that each season has and special events that occur in each season. The focus was also on sequencing their daily routines  from first thing in the morning  e.g. coming to school,  lunch time, break time, home time, time to work.

 

21st November to 28th November  2016

This week, during topic, the year 1 children spent an afternoon discovering their local area. Children were fascinated by how many leaves have fallen and changed colour.  How the trees look bare and some children felt that they looked lonely and cold. 

Children found out about the types of shops and houses near the school.

The walk also linked nicely into our key objectives were children have to identify physical features and man-made features.

Reading:

This week the reading tip of the week is:

I look for smaller words hiding inside bigger words.

For example; teacher.

 

Try reading and writing these HFW words by yourself:

  • At
  • Like
  • See
  • Their
  • Saw

 

Numeracy

This week another strategy to do maths quicker and more efficiently, was introduced to children. The children used objects, feet, hands, buttons, pictures, dominoes, unicorns and teddies to show what happens when a number is doubled i.e 2 + 2 (2 fingers on one hand and add 2 more fingers on other hand) we add the same number again so the number gets bigger. Each time the children realised that doubling means they had to add the same number to itself.

14th November to 21st  November  2016

Literacy

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In literacy we have been learning about fantasy settings and fantasy characters. We have been reading some magic key stories and the home corners in each of the year 1 classrooms have been set up using the ideas from these books. We read the story WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak. This was about a little boy who dressed up in a wolf costume, his bedroom then changed into a jungle.

After listening to the story we drew our bedroom and changed it into a fantasy setting. After that we looked at some fantasy settings and characters and produced our own fantasy setting and character. This week we are going to use our settings and characters to write a short fantasy story.

Topic

This week, during topic, the year 1 children have been looking at Luton.  Children had to identify and label human features.  Human features are things that are built or created by humans such as a house, a road, a wall, a shop etc.  We discussed many human features in Luton and why some are more important than others.

Numeracy

Children practised to use a selection of measuring equipment correctly and to sort ways of measuring length, weight and capacity. Predictions of length, weight or capacity of objects were matched with the actual measurements. They also had to compare length, weight and capacity after measuring using unit cubes and balances.  Children had to use words like longest, shortest, heaviest, lightest, to compare the objects after measuring compared weight or capacity of different objects by saying whether objects are heavy or light.

Reading

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This week the reading tip of the week is:

I listen to the words as I read them, to see if they make sense.

 

Try reading and writing these HFW words by yourself:

  • What
  • Time
  • Looked
  • Asked
  • People

 

6th November to 13th  November  2016

Topic:

In Topic we have been learning about the different physical features in our local area.  Children had to identify which features are made from nature and which were built by humans. The children seem very excited about learning more about their local area!

Numeracy:

To inspire the teaching of money, children had the opportunity to try a variety of activities like handling real coins and matching their values with objects. 

2p-1 2p-1 1p-1 1p-1

  1, 2                 3, 4                 5                    6                    = 6p

Children also identified and named the coins. To build upon their knowledge of counting on and counting back strategies, they worked on addition and subtraction sums in the context of money.

Reading:

reading-1This week the reading tip of the week is:

I go back and read a word again if I don’t understand it.

Try reading these HFW words by yourself:

  • Will
  • Said
  • Little
  • From
  • Children

 

31st October to 6th November 2016

In literacy we have been writing and following instructions. We can now all make jam sandwiches!

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This week, during topic, the year 1 children have been looking at objects from an aerial view.  They used Google maps to view Downside Primary school and had to identify key areas.  The children then used the information that they had learnt to design their own map, which included symbols that represents things from an aerial view.

Reading:

When reading your story books at home, you can try and remember the tip of the week.  This week the reading tip is: I use the punctuation to help me make sense of what I am reading.

Try reading these HFW words by yourself:

  • All
  • Were
  • Come
  • House
  • To

17th  October to 31st October  2016

The last week before Autumn half term was busy but very exciting for children and adults alike as it was Parents’ Evening Week. Teachers and parents were able to strengthen their relationships in order to help the children. We will continue to appreciate parents’ views and take them into account.

It is exciting to see how many parents have taken the time to come to the Year One classrooms between 8:45am and 9:00am on Tuesdays to support the children with their morning challenge. Thank you!

The weather was kind to us during half term and it was wonderful to hear how many children managed to get out and admire the lovely autumn colours nature is displaying all around Luton.

In numeracy the children in year one had lots of fun hands on activities like making pictures with 2D shapes and sorting them into rectangles, squares or neither. They also had to recognise and name 2 D shapes.  Properties of 2 D shapes e.g four sides, not four sides or neither were explored.

When reading your story books at home, you can try and remember the tip of the week.  This week the reading tip is: I sound out and blend the phonemes.

 Try reading these HFW words by yourself:

  •  and
  •  with
  •  then
  •  don’t
  •  could

10th  October to 17th October  2016

This week year 1 children went on a walk in the woods.  The children learnt about autumn and how the weather is changing.  They explored different colours of the leaves and trees.  They walked through tunnels and over bridges, this is where they got most excited.  In school the children wrote their own recount of the walk.

Year one have been working hard this term. They have created a display that shows the journey that the children have made in our literacy lessons. Many of the children have fantastic ideas to add to lessons that can be seen on our walls. From our learning journey, you can see that we have been learning a lot. We have been sequencing a story from ‘The Train Ride’ and learning to use nouns, verbs and adjectives to make our writing more exciting.

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To give children a really solid foundation in addition, in year one we used pictures to add. The hands on experience method helps children understand how addition works. To progress, children also learned to put a larger number first then count on.

    

2 + 4 =
bag-1 bag-1   bag-1 bag-1 bag-1 bag-1

reading-1When reading your story books at home, you can try and remember the tip of the week.  This week the reading tip is:

I use the pictures to help me look for clues. 

Try reading these HFW words by yourself:

  • the
  • that
  • not
  • look
  • put

3rd October / 10th October 2016

This week, we welcomed several new children from several European countries. Our children have worked hard helping these children settle to new routines and teaching them key words. Well done!

In year one, we have  been teaching maths in an enjoyable manner with varied stimulating activities like songs, using objects and pictorial representations. The children have been learning to count on and back in ones, twos, fives and tens. The different strategies used give children confidence in their ability to work with numbers.

In literacy we have been talking about what we did last weekend. Our main focus has been on speaking and writing in the past tense. The children have been using adjectives, nouns and past tense verbs. Using the story map they created enabled the children to sequence the events in chronological order.

This coming week we will be going on an Autumn walk. Afterwards the children will use what they have been learning to say and write about where they went and what they saw.

19th September and 26th September 2016

We have had a fantastic time so far in Year One, most children are completely settled into the new routines.

On Tuesdays, we have enjoyed the support of the parents during our morning challenge sessions, thank you and keep coming to support our children.

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Over the last couple of weeks in Numeracy we have been using numicon to learn our number bonds to ten, we have also been learning to count on and back in steps of 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

 

 

downloadIn literacy, we read the book The Train Ride and we are now creating our own stories based on this book. The children have created their own story maps and have been using adjectives to describe nouns.

Our Year 1 children have really enjoyed this unit of work. They particularly enjoyed using the park in their own stories.

 

On Tuesday, Naomi Berry from ‘Singing Playgrounds’ came to our school to teach some songs to our children. We all enjoyed the songs and had a fun afternoon.  This will be followed up by some children from years 4, 5 and 6 who have already been trained by staff from ‘Singing Playground’ to be song leaders. These children will be on the playground at break times to support the younger children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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