Thursday, 11 October 2018

Which fish do pirates love the most?

Q: Which fish do pirates love the most?
A: Swordfish 😁

This week we have still been using the book The Treasure of Pirate Frank. We have been writing simple directions to go with our own treasure maps.

The children have been halving shapes in maths. We have been drawing, folding and painting!
There's a great game to play here: snappy maths

Lindsay has been teaching us about the different sounds that we can make with percussion instruments.

Did you shake, rattle or roll? (or something else?)

In PE the children have been working on their throwing skills by aiming at a target. We used our maths skills to help us keep the scores!

The last day of half term is Wednesday 17th October and we are back in school on Monday 29th October. 

On October 30th, it is our next reading event. It will be from 9.00-9.30. We hope to see you there!

As always, if you have any questions or comments then do come and speak to one of the Year One Team. 😊

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Hi! Welcome to our Year One blog.

This week we have been reading and joining in with our new text: The Treasure of Pirate Frank.

Surprise! Were you expecting Captain Sally Frank?

We all went in the hall and joined in with the repeated phrases from the story. Then we used our drama skills to imagine being on an adventure. Which was your favourite place to visit?

We had so much fun exploring an imaginary world!

This week in Maths we have been learning about subtraction. We have explored this by taking objects away from a set and by learning to draw jottings to help.  We can write number sentences too!

Our last Maths event was a great success; thank you for all of your help. We hope you enjoyed having some time together to explore adding and subtracting. Keep an eye out on the newsletter for when our next event is!

If you would like some ideas for your home learning... here we go:
  • make a treasure map! label different places such as stinky swamp and creepy caves
  • go to the library and see if you can find any pirate books
  • play a number game such as snakes & ladders
  • go on Purple Mash or Education City to play some learning games
  • make a pirate puppet to take on an adventure around your home e.g. "up the stairs, round the laundry basket, past the ferocious wild tiger (cat!) etc.
  • make a model ship and see if it will float. Can it hold one of your small toys? Or could you add coins to see how many it can hold?
  • learn a joke or poem about pirates off by heart
  •  write a joke or poem about pirates
  • or... any other fabulous ideas you have. Do share your ideas with us!

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Ahoy my hearties!

We had such a treasure-filled day of excitement at Time & Tide Museum yesterday. All of us had lots of fun and enjoyed learning about pirates. 

There are lots of fun pirate themed things to do on CBeebies

In our English lessons we are writing about our trip. It can be hard to remember to use all of our writing skills when we have so many ideas to share. Your children are trying to use:

  • capital letters for the start of sentences
  • capital letters for the start of names
  • finger spaces
  • full stops
  • spell using their sounds
  • spell "tricky" words

This week in PE we carried on learning how to use the space in the hall safely. We used beanbags to throw and catch. Please remember that long hair needs to be tied up and earrings must be covered or removed. 

Our number of the week is three. We have been thinking about what is one more, what is one less, where it sits on a numberline, what it looks like on a dice etc. 

We have begun looking at addition and subtraction, using dominoes to help us.  There are some great games to play online like the mental maths train here

Please come along to our Year 1 Maths Event on Thursday 27th at 2.15. We are looking forward to seeing you and giving you some ideas for enjoying Maths activities with your child. 

If you have any questions, do come and see one of the Year One Team!
Captain Prophet & Pirahana McRayfield

Friday, 21 September 2018

We have had another wonderful week in Year One. Our text this week has been Superworm by Julia Donaldson. First of all we used some playdough to make our own Superworms. (Thank you Sandra Tink for our pink playdough!) Then we designed little capes for them to wear. The children enjoyed using their drama skills in the hall to explore the characters and main events. They used these skills to help them generate ideas to write sentences about the story.
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On Fridays we go to the school library to share a book by our focus author. This half term it is… Sue Hendra. Do you have any of her books at home? Last week we read Supertato. What will the book be this week? Do you have a favourite book you would like us to share?

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This week’s maths has been focussing on counting objects reliably and ordering numbers. Why not have a go at this game?

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In PE this week we started by warming up our bodies by playing a very fast paced game of Copy Me Do. Then we practised our throwing and catching skills. We learnt how to throw a beanbag underarm for a partner to catch. We all spread out along the hall and tried to throw and catch as many times as we could with our partner.

This week in Music, Lindsay did a song about pirates to help get us even more enthused for our trip to Time & Tide!

On Fridays, we send home a Talk Homework. It is an image for you to discuss with your child or as a family. This week we are also sending home your child’s home learning book. It has some resources in for you to use with your child if you wish. This book is for your child to use if they would like to practise any of their skills and new learning at home.

In the blog, we will always try to give you some ideas for activities you can do at home together based on the learning from each week.
So here goes…
·       Make your own Superworm with playdough. Ask an adult to help you measure how long it is.
·       Draw a new idea for how Superworm can help other little creatures
·       Play a board game such as Snakes & Ladders to help practise your maths skills
·       Help prepare your pirate outfit for our school trip
·       Go to the library and look for a book by Sue Hendra
·       Practise throwing and catching a beanbag or ball in your garden or at the park
·       Download one of the Superworm activity cards for ideas:

We look forward to seeing some of you at the Year One meeting with Mrs Dewing on Monday. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any questions or comments.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Hello & welcome!

It has been a wonderful start to the school year and the children have impressed us by how well they have settled after the summer break.

In English, we have been enjoying exploring the book The Gruffalo. We made stick puppets of the mouse from the story and took them all on a stroll through the deep, dark wood! Lindsay has been teaching the children a song about the Gruffalo too.

This is a lovely website to explore together:

In Maths, we have looked at our number of the week... 1. Can you think of anything there is only 1 of? What is 1 more? What is 1 less? Can you remember how to spell the word for 1?

Why not play on this website together?

We also made a graph to show which our favourite characters are from The Gruffalo.

In Topic, the children did a knowledge harvest to see what they already know about pirates. Our topic is called... Shiver me Timbers! We are looking forward to our school trip. Please make sure you have returned all of your forms. Thank you!

This week, we will start our PE lessons. Each child needs a PE bag containing shorts, a t-shirt and a pair of plimsoles or trainers. If your child would like to wear their team colours to show that they are in Snowdon, Scafell Pike or Ben Nevis, then they are welcome to wear the correct coloured t-shirt. Children with long hair need a hair band for P.E and a roll of micropore tape is needed by those with earrings, so that they can be taped over for safety reasons.

If you have any questions or comments, do come and speak to one of the Year One Team.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Thank you

What a year it has been! Thank you to for all your continued support. We have had a fabulous year with the children and they have worked so hard.

Last week for sports week and the children had a fantastic time trying out lots of different sports and activities. We enjoyed tasting different fruit every day, learning about healthy and unhealthy foods and here are a few pictures to show you what we have been up to...

Yoga with Bryony

Yoga with Bryony

Speed stacking

Disco aerobics with glow sticks

Disco aerobics with glow sticks

Archery with Louis and
Charlie from LBC Coaching 
Archery with Louis and Charlie from LBC Coaching

Table tennis

We hope you all have a wonderful summer. We would love for all children to take part in this years Summer Reading Challenge. Click the link below to find out more...

We will see you again on Thursday 6th September.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

9th July 2018

This week the children are singing their hearts out in the end of year summer concerts. We hope you enjoy the concert and appreciate how hard the children have worked to learn the songs on top of all of the others things they have been doing!

After the concerts we are continuing with our topic work for Carnival of the Animals. We will be....
  • making clay animals
  • designing and decorating animal biscuits
  • writing instructions on how we decorated our biscuit
We have also been busy writing out favourite memories of year one and continuing to learn a special dance for sports day.



As you will know from the newsletter, Sports Week will run from Monday 16th to Friday 20th July.  Each day there will be different sports activity for each class, including workshops.  To make it easier, please send your child to school in their P.E kit (including P.E shoes) every day. Please also send them with a named bottle of water.

In celebration of how far the England football team have come in the World Cup if children wish to wear an England football kit or colours this Friday 13th  July instead of uniform then they may.

On Sports Day (Friday 20th) we would like the children to dress in their team colours. If possible please can…

  • Snowdon wear a green t-shirt
  • Ben Nevis wear a blue t-shirt
  • Scarfell Pike wear a red t-shirt

After sports day we will be having our annual family picnic at school so please remember to bring a picnic along to enjoy afterwards.

If the great British weather lets us down we cannot do the races if it is raining or if it has rained early that morning as the field will be too wet.  We will put the flipchart out to let you know if that happens, as well as letting you know by text message and Facebook.

Please may we also remind you that you are welcome to take photographs of your children during sports day but please do not share them on social media if they contain other children.

After this Friday (13th July) the children will no longer need to bring their book bags into school. We will keep them at school at hand them out again when the children come back in September. We will be taking in all reading and sharing books so please bring in any that you may have at home. We would love for all children to take part in this years Summer Reading Challenge. Click the link below to find out more...

The last day of term is Tuesday 24th July.

We hope you all have a wonderful summer. We have had a wonderful year and the children have worked extremely hard.