*Update 26th March*
Use the link below to access loads of free ebooks for you and your child to read together.
When you have selected a book you would like to read click on to the i (for information) and it will give you some details including a suitable age range.
* Update 24th March 2020*
Planbee are offering lots of free resources and home learning activities to parents. Our science for this term based on animal groups can now be accessed.
The link is:
Good morning. Here is some information to support learning at home. I hope you find it useful.
The school uses White Rose Maths to structure learning across the school. This can be accessed through Google. Find year one, spring term. We were working on the unit measuring weight and volume. We had not actually completed the work on volume, so you could pick this up as there are activities which it would be simple to resource at home.
Practise number bonds to 10 and 20, revise half of a quantity or shape, count forwards and backwards to 100, practise writing numbers and their number name. Revise the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Add and subtract one digit with 2 digit numbers. There are many resources on Twinkl which is free is free at the moment on the parents hub. This does not just support maths, there are.loads of activities across the curriculum.
Oxford Education has free resources on "MyMaths". Log into "TT Rockstars" to practise times tables. The log in was provided in your home learning pack. You should also still have a log on for "Mathletics" to make maths fun playing games.
We have received some information from Ruth Miskin, the writer of our phonics scheme, on how you can access daily phonics lessons for your child. This is taken from the email:
Daily virtual lessons for children
From Monday 23rd March we’re scheduling Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home.
We will release three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers every day for the next two weeks. The films will only be available at the times below:
Please note: the films are streamed live but will be available for 24 hrs afterwards.
We’re also releasing a film of a poem for Reception and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00 pm every day. The poems will be available on YouTube to watch again and again.
A great opportunity for children to learn these by heart!
Try to read with your child every day. You can read books of your own, unfortunately the library has had to close. There is free access to many e books books online at World Book Online. Membership is free. Remember to share books with your child as well as expecting them to read to you. Discuss the meanings of new words and collect them. How could you use it in a sentence? Encourage them to read something around the house that isn't a book. Create a comic strip of a favourite story.
Oxford education are offering many free phonics resources for Read, Write, Inc as a learning at home pack. Phonics Play is also offering free resources. It is really important to support phonics in year one as this is a skill that is the foundation of learning to read.
Twinkl has many handwriting activities to access correct letter formation which is very important in year one. Please try to encourage a comfortable pencil grip. When your child is writing, please be strict! All sentences should begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop. names of people and places should begin with a capital letter and the pronoun "I" should always be a capital letter. Some children tend to write capital letters in the middle of a sentence so be vigilant and nip this in the bud!
Suggestions for writing:
Write a report about your favourite animal. Draw it, label its features, describe its appearance, habitat, eating habits and how it has babies (lays eggs or grows inside its mother). What animal group does it belong to? Mammal, reptile, bird, fish or amphibian?
Write a story you already know well. Write a story about a favourite character from a known story. Write about an adventure you had (real or imaginary) with a member of your family or a friend. Write a letter to your favourite character- this could be from a story or a T.V. programme. Ask your child to read back their sentences and check punctuation and any missing words or letters.
Children are encouraged to use their phonic knowledge to spell words but are also expected to spell common high frequency words correctly. These are words it is not possible to break down phonetically. Twinkl has many resources for this. There is a word mat that could be printed out that your child could access if they are writing independently.
Look for signs of spring in the garden or out of the window ( am sorry, I know this is limited.) What spring flowers are growing? Can you see any buds or blossom? What is happening to the length of the days? What is the weather like? What sorts of clothes are we wearing now?
We were about to start learning how to classify animals by their charcateristics as mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and mini beasts. (An insect has 3 parts to its body, two wings and six legs. A fly is an insect but a worm is not.) I was using the basic structure of lessons from PlanBee shere. I had only used the first lesson so please feel free to adapt the rest of them as you see fit. I am afraid the company will not allow me to copy the link here but you can buy the resource at 30% off at the moment. There are also many other resources to support the wider curriculum on PlanBee. You could also look at pictures online and classify animals e.g. What animal is this? which group does it belong to, how do you know?
We were looking at the countries of the United Kingdom and locating them on a map. This term our focus is Northern Ireland. Look at famous landmarks, find out the name of the capital city.
We had just finished learning about the life of Christopher Columbus so you could revise this. next term we were going to study the causes and effects of the Greta Fire of London. You could introduce this by researching how half timbered houses were made and making a model of one.
The story of Easter and its significance to Christians. Easter traditions.
Look at different examples of seascapes. Paint your own seascape (or use whatever media is available to you). Take into account the effect weather has on the sea and how you could show this.
I am going to try to set up some links so you can access music lessons online. Watch this space!
What would be included in a healthy lunchbox? Draw and label a healthy sandwich, snack and drink. Try to prepare it (if you have the resources). Discuss the importance of clean hands and surfaces.
Although there are restrictions on going outside, please encourage you child to be physically active.
P.E. with Joe has a daily exercise video at 9 a.m. Devise a simple exercise routine together e.g. ten hops, ten jumps, balance on one leg for 5 seconds. The children are used to doing this in class.
Finally, I know how difficult this is, but please restrict the amount of access your child has to T.V. One hour a day is plenty. Try to keep to routine with bed times,meal times, lesson times and play times. It will help your child to adjust when we go back to school. I know learning at home is not like learning at school but I really appreciate your support teaching your child.
Explorers: Amazing Adventures at Sea
In English we have been reading another story by Simon Bartram called Dougal’s Deep Sea Diary.
In maths we have been comparing the value of different numbers and using mathematical symbols to write number sentences to show which are greater than or less than.
Here we are at work...
World Book Day
We had a great day where we did lots of reading activities. We started the day by sharing stories with the children in the Year 5 class.
Explorers: Amazing Adventures in Space
When Year One returned to school after Christmas they discovered that their classroom had been transformed into space.
In English we have been reading a story about Bob and his very important job.
In maths we have been learning our number bonds to 20 and carrying out addition within 20.
In science we are learning about different materials. We have looked at different materials and named them.
Votes for Schools
Year 1 have been discussing the question:
During story time we have been reading a story about Albert and Arthur. They are inventors who have a race to make a rocket and travel to the moon. We had a look at one of their designs and used it to help us think creatively about our own spaceship designs.
We used Discovery Dog to help us to plan our science investigation.
One of the aliens has spilt his drink on the moon and Bob needs to clean it up.
Which material will be the most absorbent?
We made a prediction and carried out an investigation to find out.
Year 1 were very excited as they invited their families in to school to help them to construct their spaceships. Parents and children worked together to follow the designs and choose the best 3D shapes to make their models. We had lots of fun and here are some photos of us all working together.
Proud Parents and Children
Here are photos of our completed creations. Look at all of the smiling faces.
Votes for Schools
We have been discussing:
We have been learning how to use coding to move a sprite around the screen.
Visit to the Think Tank
Year 1 visited the Think Tank in Birmingham. We had a fantastic day exploring the different galleries where we were able to make links with our science learning on materials.
Bob has been getting wet on the way to the rocket launch pad so Y1 have been trying to help him choose a waterproof material for his new umbrella. The shop only had a choice of:
Y1 made a prediction and carried out an investigation to find out which were waterproof. Have a look at the photos of us at work.
We have now learned how to add two sprites and use coding blocks to make them move round the screen together. We also chose our own backgrounds too.
We have used the part - whole diagram to help us to learn about tens and ones. We looked at the number and then used base ten or numicon shapes to show the value.
We have been discussing what it means to be a good learner. We worked in small groups to share our ideas.
This half term we have been learning about different styles of music. We have listened to Funk, Folk, Bhangra & Latin as part of this as well as finding the pulse in each piece. We have enjoyed making short class compositions and begun to play the glockenspiel following the notes given to us.
Year One would like to introduce you to their Jigsaw friend Jack! He helps us during our PSHE lessons. We follow the Jigsaw scheme and over the Autumn term we have been looking at two main themes; 'Being Me in My World' and 'Celebrating Difference'. We do our Jigsaw PSHE work on Wednesdays so please ask us about our learning! This week our focus was on what we could do about bullying. We talked about speaking to adults who can help us and about being kind to other people.
Drop everything and read!
Yesterday we heard the bell in the corridor ring, which meant we could 'drop everything and read'! We enjoyed getting out some of our favourite books and having a quiet read. The teachers also loved having time to read their own books!
Year One have not let the weather get to them. They have been enjoying Forest School with Mrs Haines. Take a look at some of our pictures.
Visit to Spode China Hall
In preparation for our upcoming art work, Year 1 visited Spode China Hall and World of Wedgwood to see pottery and sculptures made using clay. At Spode we explored the different textures of the clay and made our own towers using techniques we had seen in the exhibition. We really enjoyed making hand prints with the wet clay painted onto our hands! At World of Wedgwood we learnt about Josiah Wedgwood who founded the Wedgwood company and looked at his some of his famous pottery.
Year One Visit Birmingham Zoological Gardens
As part of our Science learning journey, we are learning about the different characteristics of animals and comparing their physical features, what they eat and what kind of habitat they live in. Next we will be learning what animal groups they belong to and sorting animals according to their characteristics. Year One behaved impeccably and knew they should be quiet and calm around wild animals.
Welcome to Year One
We are looking forward to an exciting and busy year. Our teacher is Mrs Kerr and our teaching assistant is Miss Boulton. We will also be working with Mrs Brennan, Mrs Todd and Miss Jenkins from our Resource Base Team. We are looking forward to building a working partnership between parents, carers, staff and pupils in order for the children to reach their full potential as they travel on their learning journey.
We are building upon the super foundations laid in Reception last year and we aim to create life-long learners. We believe that children need to become independent in order to achieve this, so we would be grateful if you could support school by ensuring the children are prepared for home learning and are able to find their own clothes and P.E. kits because they are named. Encourage your child to say goodbye to you and come into school promptly as learning takes place the moment they enter the classroom.
There will be a heavy emphasis on the teaching of phonics in preparation for the children to take the National Phonics Check in June. Please support your child by returning all phonics home learning promptly and encourage them to practise their phonic skills when reading to you.
We also wish to promote a love o reading as a keen reader will make good progress! Please share a book with your child on a daily basis for five to ten minutes and visit the library. It would be useful to look for books linked to themes and to begin reading signs and notices in the environment.
P.E. days are Thursday and Friday. Please label all kit and clothing with your child's name. Remove rings and cover ear rings with tape or remove them altogether on P.E. days to avoid injury. You may wish to include a pair of jogging bottoms as well as shorts, t -shirt and pumps for colder days.
Staff in Year One are always willing to talk to parents and carers about any concerns or queries. We might have to ask you to make an appointment at busy times but we will try to see you as soon as possible. After school please wait until we have seen children off the premises so we know they are safe.
Please check out our photographs and videos on this page to find out what we have been doing.
Thank you for your support.