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Year 1 - Cheetahs and Elephants

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March 2017


Year 1 have had a fantastic first half to the spring term learning about Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.


We launched our first spring topic with a hunt around the playground, identifying clues that had been left by Little Red Riding Hood, followed by an investigation of a crime scene from the story of the Three Little Pigs and then we learnt more about what Goldilocks had found when she entered the home of the Three Little Pigs. We incorporated a trip to Manor Farm Country Park in our learning where the children made outside dens using natural materials, which the children really enjoyed.


In English we have continued learning to form our letters correctly and when writing a sentence, how to correctly use a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop. We used these skills to re-write our own versions of all three fairy tales we had read. Why don’t you pop in and see our writing, we are very pleased with the children’s progress!

In Maths this term we have been learning how to tell the time to o’clock and half past the hour, how to count in 5’s and how to divide numbers using different resources. We have also learnt about 2D and 3D shapes and we used these skills within our art lesson, exploring the work of Kandinsky and how he incorporates different shapes within his work. We have also introduced money and what we use it for; the children had great fun when we transformed our classroom into a toy shop and they were allowed to buy toys of their choice, using their own coins.

As well as all this learning, reading continues to be a huge focus in Year 1 and we have been thinking carefully about how we apply our phonics knowledge to both our reading and writing.

Please keep up all your efforts with reading at home; it’s really making a difference and we look forward to seeing even more progress during the spring term.

All of the Year 1 staff continue to be very proud of the children, with their continued positive attitude towards learning and lovely manners.

Year 1 have had a fantastic term learning about the Gruffalo, The Great Fire of London, Peace at Last and The Jolly Postman. We launched our first autumn topic with a hunt through the school grounds, searching for body parts belonging to the Gruffalo. We then learnt more about each part of the body. This topic ended with an exciting trip to Moors Valley Country Park. 


During the second part of this term, we visited Hightown Fire Station to learn more about fire safety, and we took part in some hands-on activities. Great fun was had by all!. 


In English we have been learning to form our letters correctly and when writing sentances, to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We all wrote newspaper reports about The Great Fire of London and sequenced and re-wote the story, Peace at Last.  We are very proud of our improved writing and would love you to pop in to our classooms and see it for yourselves. 


In Maths this term we have learnt how to add and subtract numbers using different resources. We have also been learning about the measurement of length and we measured a range of objects to work out how long they were; these included different lenths of spaghetti, pieces of paper and a range of other objects in our classroom. We have also learnt to count in 2's and how to half and double a number and an amount of objects, practically.


Toward the end of term we were also busy preparing for our Xmas play. The children made us all very proud when they acted so confidently and performed their dances to "The Polar Bear who Saved Christmas".


All of the Year 1 staff are very proud of the children and their developing learning attitude and lovely manners. Please keep up all your efforts with reading at home and we look forward to seeing you all in January.