Friday, 20 July 2018

Friday 20th July

Well, that is the end of Year One – we made it! We have enjoyed teaching you children and being with them on their learning journey. We are proud of them all and know they are each special learners, friends and future world changers! We thought it would be nice to share some photos of the children playing with their friends in the sunshine. 

Thank you all for your kind words, presents and vouchers, they are all much appreciated. 
We hope that you all have a restful summer and we look forward to hearing your news and seeing you in Spetember. 
Year One Team

Friday, 13 July 2018

Friday 13th July

On Monday we created a ‘mood map’ of the story. This is when we think about how the emotions of the characters change as events progress.
Then we pretended that we were one of the villagers and ‘phoned home’ to our Mum or Dad to tell them about what had happened the previous day. We worked in pairs and tried to listen, ask questions, explain, add detail, use expression and work together as good learning partners.

We then worked as a class and made up our own versions of the story, changing the setting, mini beast and filling for our sandwich.
This helped us to change the story whilst making sure the story kept the same sequence and structure. All children had the opportunity to offer their ideas how to change and improve the story We tried to include story language, and interesting adjectives and verbs.  We then shared the stories and ‘magpied’ some our favourite parts to include when we planned and wrote our stories. Please ask your child to re-tell the class story. 

The next day we planned our story and then on Friday we have written our final stories in Year One! We tried really hard to include all the ‘non-negotiables’ that we have learnt about this year. Please ask your child what they need to remember when writing a story. We are very proud of our efforts and enjoyed reading them to each other and seeing how much progress we have made this year. Well done to everyone! 

This week in maths we have been learning about positional and directional vocabulary consolidating our learning we did with BeeBot, fractions and telling the time.
We began by going outside and giving each other directions using the words whole, half, quarter and three quarters turn. We then used shapes and drew what position the shapes would end up in after a given turn.

The next day we looked at this grid of mini-beasts and using the words left, right, top, bottom, on top of, middle, above, between, described the mini-beasts positions.

You may like to find opportunities at home to use these words.
On Friday we did some problem solving.  We had to get Incy Wincy spider back to her web in 4 moves.  Some of us then challenged ourselves to a 3x3 grid.

We hope that you enjoyed the Open Evening and your child intoduced you to their new class teacher. They seem confident, happy and ready to move on - but we are missing them already! 

Have a great weekend.
The Year One Team

Friday, 6 July 2018

Friday 6th July

We had a great day out at Childwickbury learning from real artists. Look at our photos and ask your child what was their favourite part of the day. 

This week in maths we have been learning about money. 
On Monday we looked at a selection of coins from 1p to £2 and notes from £5 to £50 and said how much each coin was worth. We talked about how many 1ps in different amounts.

Later we used our skill of counting in 2s, 10s and 5s to count the amounts given and to make amounts. We also compared amounts using the words and symbols for more, less and equal to. You may like to help your child practice at home using real money. 

Follow the link to choose from a variety of money games to play.

This week we have been learning a new story – The Giant Jam Sandwich. First we listened to the story and then we drew a story map. This is when we draw 10-12 simple pictures to remind ourselves of the main events. Please look at the example below and ask your child to tell you the story.

The next day we ‘stepped the story’. We used our story maps and worked in pairs to retell the story. When we step we only short phrases as we are trying to learn the sequence of the story. Here is an example of part of the stepping script:

Hot day
Wasps flew
Wasps buzzed
Chased farmers
Stung Swell
Wasps dived, hummed, buzzed

Ask your child to use the story map to show you how we step the story.

Finally, we have been working in pairs to tell the story. We pass a bean bag to each other to help us remember when it is our turn to listen and speak. When we are telling the story we try and use lots of expression to make our story interesting to listen to. If we cannot remember parts of the story we can pass the bean bag to our partner – we are good learning partners!

We also stepped the story to help us embed it in our minds so next week we can write our own class version and then our own version.

In art this week we painted our clay mini-beasts.  Next week we will finish them off ready to be displayed for Open Evening.

Have a great weekend in the sun!
The Year One Team