We would like to say a huge thank you to all our parents and carers who are supporting their children with their home learning challenges!
A reminder of daily activities:
- endeavour to read for 20-30 minutes daily and this is entirely up to you how this is done. Any reading that is done can still be recorded in your child's Reading Journal. Anything that your child wants to read, let them!
– please find in resources section some phonics activities your child can access whilst at home. You should all have phonics sound mats so please practise the sounds on these daily. You could even think of some words with the particular sound in and write them down.
For an extra challenge add some of your words into a sentence. Make sure you use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
In the resources section we will attach phase 3,4 and 5 sound mats.
Monday 30th March
This week we are going to be learning about poetry and Rhyme.
As a starter activity today we are going to be reading lots of different rhymes about mini-beasts.
See the attached sheets of mini-beast rhymes and read through them together.
Whilst you are reading, think about:
Does the poem rhyme? How do you know it rhymes? What words can you find that sound the same?
What punctuation can you spot in the rhymes? Does the punctuation change the way we read the rhyme?
Choose your favourite rhyme and practice a few times.
Can you clap out the rhythm of the rhyme?
As an extra creative challenge, can you create some actions to go with it and perform for members of your family?
Multiplication and Dividing into groups. Children have practised learning to count in 2s, 5s, 10s and now they will now begin to see how this fundamentally underpins their timetables; the children will see that 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc. equates to 1 x 2 = 2, 2 x 2 = 4, 3 x 2 = 6 etc. Children in Year 1 need to be able to recall, fluently, their 2s, 5s and 10s timetables. Please complete the worksheet ‘Counting in 10s’
Using the Yoga Pose sheet that has been stuck in your home learning books spend 10-15 minutes practising some of the poses on there. When we do Yoga in class, we discuss calm breathing and stretching with balance. If you do not have the sheet, there is a whole variety of Yoga videos on YouTube. We particularly enjoy some of the ‘Cosmic Kids Yoga’ ones.
Friday 27th March
English – to carry on writing up the story of Rama and Sita on their story board or in their work books. Your child should now be starting to write the ending of their story; how will the story conclude? Again, check their handwriting and basic spelling mistakes. Ask your child to read their work to check all of their sentences make sense.
Maths - place value within 50 (100); see two worksheets added below. There is one sheet for counting forward and one for counting backwards. These worksheets are titled ‘Ark Add’ and ‘Ark Takeaway’; these can again be completed on the sheets provided or the number patterns can be written in your child’s home learning book. In addition to completing this activity, can your child count backwards in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s up to 100?
ICT – please log on to your Purple Mash account (usernames and passwords are inside your Reading Journals); go to the ‘Computing’ section and select ‘2Code’. Here you will find many different coding programmes. Please feel free to explore any of the challenges available (the Turtle game is a good example); the start of each application will show you a little clip that will outline what that specific programme does. Explore and have fun coding everybody! And as an extra challenge, ask your child to explain what the word 'algorithm' means.
Thursday 26th March
English – to carry on writing up the story of Rama and Sita on their story board or in their work books. Your child should now be starting to write the middle part of their story; what is happening and why? Check their handwriting and basic spelling mistakes. Remind your child to check their work for capital letters and full stops. Ask your child why both Rama and Sita start with capital letters.
Maths - place value within 50 (100); see the worksheet added below. This worksheet is titled ‘Numbers Everywhere’; this can be completed on the sheet or the number patterns can be written in your child’s home learning book. In addition to completing this activity, can your child count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s up to 100? What other numbers can they count up in? – counting in 3’s would be super impressive!
Science – get your child to explain to you everything that they know about plants. Can they remember what bulbs they planted earlier on this year? (These are now starting to flower in our outdoor area); can your child see any of these flowers the next time they are out in the car / garden? Today we are looking at what plants need to survive. Please complete the worksheet attached and stick into your home learning book. Again, please use your workbook to copy down the main information should you not have access to a printer.
Wednesday 25th March
English – can your child re-tell the story of Rama and Sita using the storyboard prompt and begin to write this up. You can either print off the template if you have access to a printer or you can draw a story board in your home learning book. Today you can begin to write the story and start by setting the scene and introducing the key characters. Who is our protagonist?
Write at least 2 sentences for each picture. To make your story super exciting you can add some exciting adjectives to help you describe people and places in the story.
Example: The brave prince Rama fired a magical spear at the evil demon King Ravana!
Maths - place value within 50 (100); see the worksheet added below. Please print this worksheet off and cut the challenge cards up and place face down. Follow the rules outlined for the game (the 100 square might be a good resource to support your child’s learning). For those without access to a printer, the ‘challenge cards’ can be copied and written down onto a separate piece of paper and then cut up.
RE – this term we have been learning about Judaism. Can you find out information about Synagogues using the internet? Using the internet, can you find the answers to the following questions:
What do Jewish people use a Synagogue for?
Where is the nearest Synagogue to your house?
When do Jewish people visit the Synagogue?
Using Google Images to support your research, draw a picture of a Synagogue that you can find online and write 2 sentences to support what you have drawn.
Tuesday 24th March
English - using the words created yesterday, can you write some sentences giving reasons why Rama has that character trait?
Example: Rama is brave because he saved Sita from the Evil King Ravana.
Write at least 3 sentences. Make sure you include capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Can you challenge your child to use a conjunction and two different adjectives?
Maths - place value within 50 (100); see the worksheet below. Please print this worksheet off and complete or simply record the equations in your home-learning book. Start the session by calling random numbers out within 100 and ask your child to give you one more or one less of that number.
Geography - in our topic work we have been investigating the 4 countries which make up the UK and their corresponding capital cities.
Test their spelling of each capital city; Scotland’s may be a challenge.
Look at the map see if the children can find England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Can you also locate their capitals and surrounding seas?
Either fill out the labels on the sheet (use any of the sheets uploaded) or write the countries and their capitals down in your home learning book.
Monday 23rd March
English - during multi-cultural week (last week), we learnt the story of Rama and Sita. The children had great fun re-enacting the story through drama, role play and devising a puppet show. Ask your child to look at the story board template and verbally re-tell the story.
Draw a picture of Rama and label it using adjectives to describe what he is like. E.g. Brave, heroic, strong.
You may also want to find the story on you-tube as the children really enjoyed watching this in class.
Maths - Place value within 50 (100); see the worksheet below. Please print this worksheet off and complete or simply record the equations in your home-learning book. There are lots more worksheets and resources on Twinkl under Maths – Year 1 – Place Value should you want to do more learning.
Topic - Music. We have been learning about London in geography and the song, ‘The London Rap’ can help us learn more about our capital city. Listen to the song on YouTube and try and teach it to your parent or carer; see who can perform it better – you or them? Who will be brave and video themselves (or parents) performing it?
Year 1 Home Learning
To all parents, carers and children, please can you read and complete the following learning tasks daily/weekly:
Reading - endeavour to read for 20-30 minutes daily and this is entirely up to you how this is done. Any reading that is done can still be recorded in your child's Reading Journal. Anything that your child wants to read, let them!
If your child wants more to read, please visit the Oxford Owl website: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk
You can register for free and access hundreds of e-books. These e-books include many stories from our school reading scheme, which are decodable relative to your child's phonics ability; furthermore you can specify a book band or reading age. Whatever your child chooses to read, check they understand it (ask them questions!).
Phonics - phonics resources will be added onto the blog weekly and should be practiced daily. A very easy way to further enrich your child's phonics understanding is to frequently use Reading Eggs (log in details are at the front of your child's Reading Journals); as class teachers we will be able to monitor your child's usage / working stage.
Please also ensure your child is familiar with all of the Year 1 key words; test these as a spelling challenge.
Mathematics - this home learning will be added weekly and broken down into 5 challenges/ tasks with one to be completed each day. There is also a plethora of resources available online should you want to do more with your child. Please use the home-learning book to record their work in or to stick completed worksheets into.
English - as with mathematics, this home learning will be added weekly and broken down into 5 challenges/ tasks with one to be completed each day. With extended pieces of writing, this work/task may fall across more than one day; this can be completed in one sitting or broken up daily, whichever suits your child's learning needs the best. When checking their writing, please look out for: handwriting, finger spaces, grammar rules (capital letters and full stops etc.) and promote the use of conjunctions and adjectives.
Topic - science, history/geography, R.E, computing, art & design, music and P.E tasks will be added weekly; with one task to be completed daily; again, the choice is with you as to when and how you want to complete these. Certain tasks may not be recorded -please do not worry about this (tasks such as PE).
To support children and teachers during this current period, Twinkl is offering every teacher in England access to all Twinkl resources free of charge; they have also extended this to every parent and carer, so pupils can still have access to high-quality learning resources during any periods of disruption.
As we are unable to attach Powerpoints to the blog, we may link a relevant page to support learning, please can you set up a home account to access these:
Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
You may have read that Joe Wicks will be presenting a live PE fitness session every weekday morning at 9:00 AM for 30 minutes. If you’d like to give it a go and stay active follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Thank you for all of your cooperation during this difficult time; please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any further information. Please stay safe and well we hope things resume to normal as soon as possible.
The Year 1 Staff.
Children at home- Please use your school homework book complete tasks
Reading Eggs - Please ensure that each day you are accessing this (20-30 minutes) to support both your phonics and readings skills; usernames and passwords should still be stuck in the front of Reading Journals (please notify your class teacher if this cannot be accessed).
Spellings - Practising your spellings (10 minutes) and try and write simple/compound sentences with a different word from this week's spellings included in it.
English - We have been reading ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’ We are writing an alternative version of the story.
E.g. Jill and the Mudslide.
The children can make changes to the key components of story: Jack can become Jill, the cow could be a pig, the beanstalk may become a deep hole instead, the magic beans could perhaps be dynamite and the angry giant may actually be a kind affable soul who just wants to befriend Jack/Jill? etc. Write a different version of the story using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We have also been concentrating on adjectives and exciting vocabulary including exclamation marks in punctuation.
Maths - We are learning about shapes. Ask your child what they know about 2D shapes and ask them what they know about 3D shapes. See how many they know and write them down; can your child try to describe each one.
Now try and find some 3D shapes around the house and investigate their properties. A can of coke is what 3D shape? The door in the living room is what 3D shape (and why is it not a 2D shape)? etc.
Homework - please continue to complete the homework tasks set - a minimum of one activity from each section.
As this is multi-cultural week, we are going to be re-telling the story of Rama and Sita. This is a story from the religion of Hinduism. Please see the video link attached and discuss the story of Rama and Sita with your child; can your child make any links with other religious stories that they know.
Thank you for all of your support and co-operation at this time.
Mr Law and Mrs Mears.
Sport Relief 2020
All children in school had a great time on Friday 13th March by partaking in Sport Relief 2020; through the power of sport and physical activity, our children were also able to contribute to charity and we did this in many different ways:
All classes ran, jump, hopped, skipped, walked, zig-zagged and sprinted around two different tracks set up on the Key Stage 1 & 2 yards respectively; this was done twice across the day, for 15 minutes, and it is still unclear whether the children or staff found this most challenging.
Both Year 1 classes also got to try and play the following activities:
Change4Life Playground Games
If the children were anywhere near as tired and worn out as the teachers were by Friday evening, then an early night was certainly on the menu to start the weekend. Thank you once again for all of your kind and generous donations towards Sports Relief - we all had a great time!
Happy Valentine's Day
On behalf of all the Year 1 children and staff, we would just like to say a huge 'Thank you!' for all of your help and support once again this half-term; have a well earned break!
P.s. Love is in the air ........
Traction Man - English
This term we have been looking at the text Traction Man, by Mini Grey, and the children have loved it. This week our story came to life as Traction Man appeared in our Year 1 Outdoor Area; crawling through the flower beds, Traction Man was desperately trying to rescue three hapless dolls who had been buried by the 'wicked' Spade. Fear not, Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush are on-hand to save the day.
Back in the classroom our children re-enacted the scene, showing off their drama skills:
After re-enacting the action scene, the children built their own scenes using real soil and mud from which they could use their own senses to formulate an extensive list of adjectives and sentence ideas; these were then used in their independent writing later in the week.
"Traction Man bravely crawled through the squelchy, gooey mud to save the doomed dolls'.
Year 1 Poetry Performance
Firs of all, the Year 1 staff would just like to say a huge THANK YOU for all who attended our poetry performance on Monday afternoon; the performance was made extra special for the children, as they were afforded the opportunity to perform in front of such a large audience. The children have worked incredibly hard to remember their poems, songs, actions and words. Public speaking can be very daunting so it was amazing how well the children performed under that extra pressure; particularly those children with spoken parts, as they read so clearly and confidently. This poetry performance will certainly set the children in good stead for the Year Two Nativity that they will all partake in next year. Well done Year 1!
The children have been getting stuck into their new class text, ‘Traction Man’ and they have been busy writing their predictions and excellent character descriptions. Between all of our Maths, English, Topic, PE and Reading, the children have been practising for their poetry performance. The performance will give the children a chance to show off what they have learnt and to stand up and perform in front of a large audience, which is quite daunting for Year 1; we hope you can join us on Monday to see it.
Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 1 Team.
Welcome back HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!
The children have all been keen this week to tell their teachers what they have been up to over the Christmas holidays and share with their friends tales of what Santa had left them on Christmas morning. Both classes have taken their time to write some fantastic Christmas Day recounts in a letter format for Santa to read.
On Friday, we were treated to our annual Pantomime performance, which was again truly wonderful! The children needed no further encouragement to bellow at the wicked characters and join in with the singing parts. It is safe to say that the children thoroughly enjoyed the adaptation of Snow White; they also had the chance to laugh at both Mrs Mears and Mr Law, as they were chosen to 'volunteer' their services in helping the cast to dance in once scene - the less said about this part the better!
Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 1 Team.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
On behalf of all the Year 1 staff, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and guardians for their continued support this term. The build up to Christmas has been extremely busy (like every term!) and our classrooms have been full of excitement, cheer, carol singing, a mischievous elf and obviously an abundance of mathematics and English work.
The children really have been absolutely fantastic this term and our fingers are crossed that Santa will be extremely busy on Christmas Eve rewarding our amazing children for all of their endeavours across 2019.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year, from all of the Year 1 Team..... and an army of friendly snowmen.
And one last HUGE THANK YOU must be extended to Mrs McDonald who is sadly (for us) retiring! After a 'few' years at Lostock Hall CPS, 28 years to be factually correct, Mrs McDonald is entering a new exciting chapter in her life. On behalf of all the Key Stage 1 staff, and other members of staff across school, we wish you all the very, very BEST! With big boots to follow we are excited to welcome Mrs Mears in January 2020, but until then ......
"HO, HO, HO - MERRY CHRISTMAS!"
Half Term Review
What an amazing first half term the children have had in Year 1. It is not the easiest transition from Reception into Year 1, but all of the staff have been blown away with how well the children have settled into their new classes and routines!
Here is a little review of only a handful of things we have been getting up to in an action packed first half term:
The children have produced some fantastic pieces of independent writing using their fabulous pre-cursive handwriting (which is already much better than Mr Law's); we have read many different stories and focussed on two texts in particular: 'Dan, the flying man' and 'The Meanies'. The children had a go at inventing their own fictitious Meanies and some of them were really quite ghastly.
Spellings and Phonics
Thank you to all parents who have been helping your children at home with their weekly spellings. The children have done a fantastic job this half-term in learning their spellings and it really does help to consolidate the learning of that week's phonics focus or highlighted sound. Just to reiterate, the spelling books sent home can be used to practice in and you can use the lines on that weeks page to practice upon. Keep up the excellent effort and thank you once again!
The children have been excelling with many different aspects of number and place value this half term. Using accurate number strategies, the children have been working on ordering numbers within 20 (and in some cases beyond), using terminology such as 'greater than', 'fewer than' and 'equal to' when ordering and positioning numbers and amounts. We have counted accurately, using different strategies to help with our addition and subtraction and explored using concrete resources, such as counters and number lines/grids to help us tackle these number problems. We have also enjoyed many mental maths challenges to work out plenty of tricky number problems independently in our head. We definitely have some extra talented mathematicians in Year 1!
PE and Sport
We have been really active this term and both classes have been enjoying some fantastic PE lessons. The children have been showing off their wonderful gymnastics skills, including various balances, ways of moving, displaying different rolls and holding different shapes. The children showcased a real desire to be creative when working both on their own and also holding positions and balances with partners. In the next half term we will be looking at Multi-Skills, Throwing & Catching and Dance.
A handful of our Year 1 children also had the opportunity to attend a Key Stage 1 sport inclusion event held at Brownedge St Mary's High School. The event saw several schools from the area engage in many fun and non-competitive games and events that we can take back to school. The morning concluded with a relaxing Yoga session, which left the children feeling calm and focussed. The children were exceptionally well behaved and a credit to their classes and the school.
Welcome to Year 1
Mr Law and Mrs McDonald would like to welcome you to our Year 1 blog. Here you will find information about what the children have been learning in class and keep up-to-date with all the enjoyable things they have been getting up to in school.
This term we have been looking at both fiction and non-fiction texts in English, working on our number skills in Maths and been getting super active during our PE lessons; they've explored their senses in Science, created masterpieces using different computer software in ICT and sang their hearts out during Music. It is fair to say that all of the children have settled into their new classes fantastically well and it is certainly going to be another fantastic year!
Here is a little look at some of the work that has been produced so far:
Some excellent handwriting practice (complimented with a special Mrs Brownley sticker):
Some excellent number skills being displayed in our Maths No Problem workbooks:
One of the fiction texts that we have been looking at this half-term is The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. The children made predictions about what they thought the Gruffalo might be getting up to. Take a look at this informed prediction, was her prediction correct?
Half Term Break
Where have the last five weeks gone? It has been super busy and we have learnt so much in all of our subjects. Thank you for all of your wonderful homework contributions, we had great fun this week reading through these and showing of our wonderful work.
In PE this half term we have been honing our ball skills, preparing for sports day (first week back!) and also learning all of the moves for Dance From The Heart. The children are so excited about both.
We have spoken to lots of parents over the last couple of weeks who have enquired about the phonics screening check and asked what more they can be doing; use the sheets we have sent home with both real and nonsense words on them; practise spotting tricky sounds in our reading books and write them down; use some of the resources online (a Google search will find you a wealth of practise papers and worksheets); make phonics fun - get the children to teach you.
Phonics and homework aside, please have a wonderful and safe half term break. Thank you once again for all of your help and support this halfterm from all the staff in 1L and 1M.
Unbelievably we are now entering the Summer Term; it's amazing how quickly this academic year is flying by! We hope you all had a lovely relaxing half term break and that you are now fully charged for another action-packed term of learning, learning and a bit more learning. This term we will predominantly be looking at 'Animals'. In Science we will be categorising animals and looking at their habitats, which will link with our Geography work and some of our favourite stories in English (starting with - Dear Zoo ).
To get us all in the mood for an exciting term focussing on animals, we started off last week by having two visitors come into our school. We were visited by both the Dog's Trust and Animal Care, who were accompanied by Bumble, a REAL adorable border-collie puppy. With over 9 million dogs in the U.K our children were taught some fantastic strategies for caring and looking after dogs and also what they should do if they ever encounter a stray dog.
Please read this super piece of independent writing to find out more:
Last Week of the Spring Term
As we have reached the end of the Spring term, may we take this opportunity to kindly thank all parents and guardians for your support once again this term; you have kindly sent in hardboiled eggs, boxes, Wellington boots, charitable donations and a whole array of fantastic homework creations (and so many other things!). We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter this term and this culminated in our performance on Thursday morning - thank you once again for being such a wonderful audience. To echo the sentiments shared on Thursday morning, thank you once again for all your support this term and have a lovely, safe and restful Easter holidays. We will see you all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (in true Peter Rabbit fashion) on Tuesday 23rd April.
Please see some of the wonderful pictures from our Year 1 Creative Arts performance:
The Wheelbarrows (pinched/'borrowed' from grumpy Mr McGregor's garden)
The children in 1L and 1M had great fun last week designing and making their custom wheelbarrows. Most of them withstood the challenge of ferrying their hardboiled eggs and navigating through our garden creations. A lot of tin foil, blue tack, glue and patience later, here are some of our fantastic results (starting with the prototype):
Creative Arts (Design & Technology) Wheelbarrows & Mr McGregor's Garden
Continuing with our Peter Rabbit topic, Year 1 were very fortunate to have a wonderful local artist come and visit their classes and help them create a real life version of Mr McGregor's garden . With the help of the excellent Sarah Hicks, both classes painted, chopped, stuck, drew, cut, prodded and poked their way to their own individual masterpieces.
Please keep your eyes peeled for the wheelbarrow photos next week ............
Meanwhile, here's some of the 'action' from this week.
Creative Arts Week
The first exciting activity of our 'Creative Arts Week' started with both Year 1 classes engaging with a drama and dance class on Monday morning. Using games and activities, accompanied by music, our specialist coach brought our class text - Peter Rabbit - to life. The children loved escaping Mr McGregor's garden.
We have been looking for signs of Spring in our school area. When we went outside we saw lots of lovely daffodils which we had grown ourselves. Last Autumn we planted bulbs in pots of soil. The sun, light. rain and warmer weather has helped them to grow. Not all of our daffodils are the same. Some have big flowers and some have yellow buds that haven't opened yet.
Our Busy Week!
Year 1 have been busy all week learning about what worship means to Buddhists. We have carried on practicing our meditation and this has helped us to make the most of our busy week.
In our English work we have been using adjectives to describe some of the giant leaves left by Jack after he climbed the magic beanstalk. The giants friend phoned our class to see if we could describe the giant on a 'Wanted' poster.
Here are some of the adjectives we used for both:
gigantic huge big really big awesome scary giant wide long drowsy mean shiny
smooth green holey grumpy nasty hairy.
Can you guess which adjectives were used to describe the giant?
Year 1 Visit To a Buddhist Temple.
As part of our RE topic on Buddhism we went on a bus to visit a Buddhist Temple in Preston.
The monk chanted to us and helped us to meditate. We felt very calm.
There were lots of statues of the Buddha and temple offerings. We made our own offering of Lotus flowers to place on the shrine. We looked at Buddha statues.
We looked at a huge statue of Buddha dressed in Orange robes.
Afterwards we made our own observational drawings.
Hubble Bubble Double Lubble Year 1 Are Out Of Trouble!
Year 1 have had trouble learning some of the tricky lines from their class poems. However we have given it lots of practice and we now feel ready to perform to the rest of the school and parents on Monday.
Year 1 have looked at toys (some of them very old toys) and used them to make up their own versions of familiar poems. We have had lots of fun and even included some actions to go with our poems.
Ho ho ho we have been thinking of adjectives to describe our festive decorations!
Year One Writing.
In our English we have joined words and sentences with the conjunction 'and.' After that we went on to include adjectives. Here are some of our examples.
Year 1 have been learning about Buddhism and Christianity.
Year 1 Christmas Party!
year 1 had a great time at their christmas party playing games such as Musical Corners, statues and Pass The Parcel.
A special visitor arrived and gave all the children a present. He told all the teachers that they had been really good and assured Mrs Brownley that he knew where she lived even though she had changed her name. Phew!
Year 1 had a visit from one of Santa's helpers. Luckily all the children had been really good and enjoyed reading letters from both Santa and Sparkles one of our Elves. The children learnt how to write letters and wrote letters to Santa and Sparkles.
Each morning the children had to spot their Elf and letter in school. Our Elf has now gone back to help Santa and told him that all the children in Year 1 have been great at school.
We are hoping for a quick visit from Santa and we have been practising some lovely songs to sing for him.
Looking For Seasonal Changes.
Year 1 have been searching for signs of Autumn in our school grounds. We have spotted squirrels scampering across the grass storing food for winter. Some of the trees have leaves which have turned into yellow, gold and red. The fruit on the apple and pear trees has been harvested.
We will continue to look at the changes in our environment and record the changes we see.
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