Thursday, 23 November 2017

Week beginning 20th November

This week in English we have been reading the traditional tale Jack and the Beanstalk. The children have listened to different versions of the story, acted the story out, sequenced the story using First, Next and Then and the children have also written their version of the story using these words. Is your child able to retell the story to you?

In maths this week we have been quartering- sharing shapes in to four equal parts. As part of your home learning you could practice cutting and sharing food into four equal parts.

We were really lucky this week to have Ben Langley from Theatre Royal Norwich in school. He told the children the traditional tale of Sleeping Beauty which the children (and adults!!) loved!

Please return the slips for the theatre trip to you class Teacher or Teaching Assistant by Monday 27th. Please remember to write your child's name at the top!!

Please please please can we remind you all to label every item of clothing as we are spending a lot of time trying to sort out missing items. We have also had lots of items go missing so please can we ask you to check your jumpers and cardigans. Thank you!


Friday, 17 November 2017

Week beginning 13th November

Welcome to the year one blog!

This week in maths we have been thinking about time. We have talked about...
  • the past, present and future
  • years
  • months
  • days
  • the sequence of our day

The children all worked really hard writing  at writing sentences to tell us about things that they do in the morning, afternoon and evening.
 
As part of your home learning you could have a go at singing our days of the week song...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtQcnZ2JWsY 
You could also use language relating to time to talk about the things you do each week. Here are some ideas...
What did we do yesterday?  
What day was it yesterday?
What would you like for tea tomorrow?

In English we have continued to look at the story of The Gingerbread Man.  The children have been sequencing the story and using adjectives to make their writing more interesting. For example...The orange fox ate the yummy Gingerbread man! 
In handwriting this half term we are learning how to form capital letters correctly and teaching the children that we use capital letters for...
  • the start of every sentence
  • proper nouns (names of people and places)

Each child will have brought home their school photo- please return these to school ASAP if you wish to place an order. 

The children are really keen to show us work they have completed in their home learning books. Please remember that Big Talk does not need to be stuck in here and the book is to allow the children to have a go at writing, spellings or any math work they choose to do at home.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Week beginning 6th November

Thank you to all those adults who were able to attend our first reading event. The theme for our reading events this year is 'Reading isn't just about books' and we hope you all enjoyed reading a set of instructions to decorate your own gingerbread men!

In Maths this week we have been looking at money at recognising coins. As part of your home learning you could play shops, look at real money and support your child to recognise the different coins, they could also practice adding coins together. 

In English we have been reading the story of The Gingerbread Man. We have been using adjectives to describe the Gingerbread Man and writing our own instructions. As part of your home learning you could look at different types of instructions such as following a recipe, building toys such as lego or playing a game.

Next Friday 17th is Children in Need and the children are welcome to come dressed in their own clothes in return for a donation. 

If you would like your child to have their flu vaccination in school please return your form ASAP. These will also be taking place next Friday 17th November. 

In Year 1 we encourage to children to become more independent. This means that we do not look in their book bags for letters so please remind your children to hand them in- or hand them in to an adult at the beginning or end of the day. Thank you for your support!

We are happy to hear that lots of you are using PurpleMash- you do not need to save any work on here- we will inform you if and when we set work on here.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Week beginning 30th October

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half term break. Please remember to send us in any photos of your travels across the UK- you are welcome to email these to Mrs Ellis at     rellis37ru@nsix.org.uk

In English this week we have been listening to poems about fireworks. We have been describing fireworks using onomatopoeia words (sound words) and created a class poem. We have also learnt about the villain Guy Fawkes and the reason as to why we have a celebration on November 5th each year.

In maths we have been comparing lengths- longest and shortest and beginning to use rulers to measure in centimeters and also to draw straight lines. As part of your home learning this week you could compare the length of different toys- can children find a toy which is longer than their hand and one which is shorter? They could also have a go at drawing lines with a ruler to create a picture. 

This week your child will be bringing home a Home Learning book. This book is a practice book where children can have a go at writing phonic words, tricky words, writing sentences and include any maths work that is completed at home. This book does not need to be returned to school and can be kept at home. 
On the front of this book are the passwords and login details for Purple Mash and Education City- both have a variety of games and activities on. Inside there is:

  •  a full list of phonic sounds the children will be taught this year
  • a complete list of tricky words we would like the children to be able to read and spell by the end of the year
  • an example of how to form lower case letters correctly
  • a reading homework menu
We hope you find this book useful in supporting your children with their home learning.

Big Talk
Starting this week we will be sending home a Big Talk. For this we would like you to talk! This week we sent a picture and some ideas to help your discussion. 

We would like to invite you all to our first reading event next Thursday morning (9th November) in the school hall at 9am. It will last no longer than 45 minutes and parents, caters, grandparents and siblings are all welcome. 

If your child is taking part in a sports after school club please remember to send them with an extra PE kit or to return their kit the following day. Mrs Prophet's class PE is usually on a Tuesday and Mrs Ellis's class is usually on a Wednesday.

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Parent teacher interviews start after half term and the dates are as follows:

Mrs Ellis
Thursday 2nd November morning appointments
Tuesday 7th November evening appointments
Wednesday 22nd November afternoon appointments

Mrs Prophet
Monday 6th November morning appointments
Tuesday 7th November evening appointments
Friday 17th November afternoon appointments 

These are 10 minute appointments for us to discuss how your child has settled in to year 1. 
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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Week beginning 17th October


This week is International Week and the children have been learning about the United Kingdom. The children have learnt about the four highest mountains in the four countries which make up the UK, made and tried traditional baked goods from each country and learnt about Queen Elizabeth II. It has been a really exciting week and the children have made some fantastic contributions with their knowledge and places they have visited. (Recipes are posted below if you wish to try any at home!)

We would still appreciate any photographs you have of places you have visited in the UK over the last couple of months or any where you may visit over half term. You can either print a photo off, send one in for us to photocopy or email a copy to Mrs Ellis at       rellis37ru@nsix.org.uk 

For your home learning this week over half term we would love for all children to read their book banded school reading book and practice reading and spelling their tricky words. These don't have to written down but you could make up songs, rap the words or make up silly rhymes to help remember how to spell them (e.g. whack - a - sausage w-a-s).
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Parent teacher interviews start after half term and the dates are as follows:

Mrs Ellis
Thursday 2nd November morning appointments
Tuesday 7th November evening appointments
Wednesday 22nd November afternoon appointments

Mrs Prophet
Monday 6th November morning appointments
Tuesday 7th November evening appointments
Friday 17th November afternoon appointments 

These are 10 minute appointments for us to discuss how your child has settled in to year 1. 
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Please remember there is NO SCHOOL on FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER.
Children start back at school on Monday 30th October.

Have a wonderful half term from all of the 
year one team :)  


Recipes we have used this week:

Welsh bara brith

  • 450g dried mixed fruit
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 300m warm black tea
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  1. In a large bowl soak the fruit and sugar in strained tea and leave overnight.
  2. Next day preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment.
  3. Mix the remaining ingredients into the fruit mixture and beat well.
  4. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake the oven and bake for 1½ hours or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Scottish shortbread
150g unsalted buttter
50g icing sugar
200g plain flour
50g cornflour

Mix / whisk butter and sugar. Sieve in flour and cornflour. Mix into dough. Halve mixture and flatten. Pinch edges with fingers and score with a knife. Bake for 30 mins at 180 C.


English scones

  • 400g plain flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 175g soft butter
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • Preheat oven to 220 degrees C.
  • Sift dry ingredients in a bowl. 
  • Add room temperature butter and cut into the dry ingredients with a fork until the mixture resembles dry breadcrumbs. 
  • Add buttermilk and mix. 
  • Roll half the dough into a ball and flatten on floured surface. Cut into six pieces with a scone cutter or simply cut into wedges. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes. You can brush buttermilk on top and sprinkle with sugar before baking if desired.

Irish soda bread

  • 170g/6oz self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 170g/6oz plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 290ml/½ pint buttermilk
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas 6.
  2. Tip the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir.
  3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk, mixing quickly with a large fork to form a soft dough. (Depending upon the absorbency of the flour, you may need to add a little milk if the dough seems too stiff but it should not be too wet or sticky.)
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
  5. Form into a round and flatten the dough slightly before placing on a lightly floured baking sheet.
  6. Cut a cross on the top and bake for about 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Week beginning 9th October

We want to start by thanking all those parents who were able to make the Maths Event last week. We appreciate how difficult it can be to get to school so we always try our best to have events on different days and at different times of day. We also try to give you as much notice as possible. We hope you found it useful and enjoyed spending time in school with your children. 
For those who weren't able to make it we had lots of activities and games set up to encourage language relating to addition and subtraction. For example playing snakes and ladders, dominoes, skittles or setting up a toy shop.

Our trip to Norwich Castle last week was a great success and we all had a lovely time. The children's behaviour was impeccable and they learnt a great deal about the heroine Florence Nightingale.
For our topic this week the children will making a map to help them to find a villain!

In English this week we have been reading the traditional tale Little Red Riding Hood. We have been acting out the story and thinking about who the heroes and villains are. Last week the children wrote a story about a hero which they created and this week they are all going to write another story about a villain! 

In maths we have been learning about halving shapes. We have been learning that a half is two equal parts of a whole. As part of your home learning you could encourage your child to cut their food in half or to share their treats with some one so they both have an equal amount.

Next week is International Week and the children will be learning about the United Kingdom (PLEASE KEEP THIS A SECRET!!!) We would appreciate any photographs you have of places you have visited in the UK over the last couple of months so we can discuss it next week. You can either print a photo off, send one in for us to photocopy or email a copy to Mrs Ellis at rellis37ru@nsix.org.uk.

We hope you have found the information sessions with Mrs Dewing useful - please remember that you can always speak to a member of the year 1 team if you have any questions, worries or concerns. We try our best to give you all the information you need on this blog. 

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Parent teacher interviews start after half term and the dates are as follows:

Mrs Ellis
Thursday 2nd November morning appointments
Tuesday 7th November evening appointments
Wednesday 22nd November afternoon appointments

Mrs Prophet
Monday 6th November morning appointments
Tuesday 7th November evening appointments
Friday 17th November afternoon appointments 

These are 10 minute appointments for us to discuss how your child has settled in to year 1. 
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Next week is also the end of our first half term in year one- wow, that's gone fast! Children break up on Thursday 19th October and there is NO SCHOOL on FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER.
Children start back at school on Monday 30th October.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Week beginning 25th September

This week in English we have been reading the story Superworm by Julia Donaldson. The children have worked hard creating costumes for superworm, retelling the story and writing about what makes Superworm a hero. 

In maths we have been learning how to write simple number sentences for addition and finding the answers by counting. We will be showing you lots of great ways to practice addition and subtraction at home next week in our maths event.

Please remember that we have our year 1 trip next Monday 2nd October. Please remember to send children in with their packed lunches, a water bottle, rain coat and wearing normal school uniform. They will not need their book bags on Monday and they do not need any spending money. Children need to be at school normal time and will be back at school ready for home time.

Our maths event is next Tuesday 3rd October in the school hall and starts at 2pm. Please join us in the hall for a range of exciting activities for you to enjoy with your child. If you are unable to make it we welcome relatives and family friends. 

The first year 1 parent information session is Tuesday 10th October with Mrs Dewing.

We are sorry to mention this so early but we will be holding our annual Christmas card exhibition on Wedneday 11th October from 3pm and Thursday 12th October from 830-9am. These will be in your child's class and is a great opportunity to stock up on Christmas cards and tags designed by your children!