Friday, 16 September 2016

Friday 16th September

This week in maths we have been practising finding one more or one less. Being able to count up using our fingers really helps so we have been practising that too! We looked at Numicon and matched it to the correct numeral and drew the correct amount of dots. Then we found one more in Numicon, dots and the numeral. 

It is really important that children keep seeing the same number in different formats to help them master their leaning. This will help when we extend this to 2-digit numbers as children will have a deeper understanding of what each numeral means. We have also done this activity finding one less, and remembering that when we find one less the numbers gets smaller and we are ‘counting down’ on the number line.

This week in English we read the story Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham.

We began the week learning about lists

The features of a list are

  • one word or phrase per line
  • each new idea starts on a new line
  • no full stops
  • no capital letters unless it is a name eg people, places

We played a game ‘At Mr Gumpy’s tea  I had……….’

We then recorded our ideas in a list as a class  


After that we worked in pairs and wrote our own list.

On Tuesday using the story Mr Gumpy’s Outing we had to remember all the animals that had asked Mr Gumpy if they could go on his boat.

Remembering the features of a list we wrote our own list.

On Thursday we learnt about labels and captions.

A label is a word or phrase that tells you what something is.

A caption is a sentence that is written next to a picture to tell you /explain more about it.

We chose a picture from Mr Gumpy’s outing and then wrote a label and a caption.

When writing the caption we had to remember to use finger spaces, capital letters at the start of our caption, full stops at the end of sentences, use our phonic fingers to help and spell and at the end read the caption again to check it made sense.

On Friday we had a Mr Gumpy’s ChIL and could choose from a variety of activities to extend our learning this week.

Your child may like to follow the link to do more labelling

Or follow either of the links to hear the story again

In our phonics lessons this week we have been continued to recap the initial sounds and blend them in CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words. Some of the words we have been blending, segmenting and reading are: map, tip, got, tan, nap and pip. 

The format we use develops the children’s blending and segmenting skills.

  1. Using her phonic fingers the adult says a word eg Pam in robot talk segmenting each sound, the children then have to blend and call out the word the teacher has said.
  2. The adult asks the children to say the 1st sound, 2nd sound, 3rd sound in the word
  3. The adult calls out a word eg din and the children have to use their phonic fingers to segment (robot talk) the word
     You may like to help your child practise blending and segmenting at home. Ask them to show you how to do it.   Choose a word like dog and then using your phonic fingers say d- o- g  (like a robot) ------------ (blend to say) dog
    You could then repeat with other words that rhyme with dog.
    We have found using phonic fingers really helps the children progress in both their reading and spelling.

In geography we used google maps to look at the UK and located where our town Harpenden was on the map.  We then zoomed in to Harpenden and identified familiar places such as school, the train station and Rothamsted Park. You may like to do this at home and find the street you live in.

We then drew a picture of our favourite place in Harpenden. We had to think whether it was a human feature made by man or a physical feature that is natural.

This week the remaining children had their opportunity for woodland learning Here are some photos of what they got up to. 

Christmas came to Year One on Friday when we created the designs for our own Christmas cards! We will be sending your child's artwork home soon so you can place your orders.

We hope that you have a great weekend, 

Year 1 Teachers