WELCOME TO YEAR 1'S PAGE
Here you will find information of our learning in Year 1. Check here regularly to see photos of our learning. The children always work so hard and love for you to have a window into our classroom. You are most welcome to visit the classroom every Friday after school (3.15-3.30), where your child can show you their work from the week that they are particularly proud of.
We are a team and we are really keen to work together to help your child develop to the best of their ability. Please let us know of any issues that we need to be aware of or that we can help with. Please let us know via the office (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 01376 320440) if there are any changes to your child's pick up routines.
Home Learning Platforms:
The children have been given a log in for Numbots. This is an app that helps your child to develop a fluency in number facts. They will earn certificates in assembly when they move through the levels. You may like to download the Sounds-Write app for your child to practise phonics at home. They have also been given a log in for the school's online platform, Seesaw. This will be used more in older year groups for home learning, however, there will be occasional activities added in Year 1. This is due to reading being more important in younger year groups.
Reading At Home:
Please make sure your child reads aloud to an adult daily. This is a vital part of their journey to become an effective reader. The children are still early on in their reading so it is important that they read with books that contain the 'code' that they have learnt in class. Please read and share other types of books with them. Your child will also regularly choose library books to bring home and share with you. Please return their library books, when you are finished with them and we will arrange for them to choose another. Please log all reading on the Boom Reader app. You may also like to record your child reading aloud on Seesaw.
Reading At School:
Your child will have daily phonics and reading lessons and will have opportunities to read text within these lessons. Children will also read regularly aloud to an adult. We will also log their reading on Boom Reader.
Our P.E. days for this half term are Mondays (gymnastics with Miss Clapp) and Wednesdays (with Ed from Colchester Utd). Please make sure P.E. kits are in each day. It would be best for earrings to be taken out at home on P.E. days, but please make sure your child can take their own earrings out if this cannot be done at home. P.E. is an important part of our curriculum.
Useful links:Autumn Curriculum Information
Our Photo Galleries
Year 1 - Brighten Up For CAFOD
1st Dec 2023
We loved learning about the vehicle painting being done in Pakistan so we decided to brighten up our own!
Year 1 - Design & Technology - Moving Pictures - Making
1st Dec 2023
We used our designs to make our moving picture storybooks! We thought carefully about where we needed to make our holes and cut our slits. We had a great time and worked so sensibly and independently. When it went a little wrong, we didn't panic, we thought how we could fix it! Sellotape was our friend!
Year 1 - Maths - Subtraction
28th Nov 2023
Year 1 have been learning more about subtraction. We have been looking at different methods of subtraction. We have told maths stories, crossed out and used a number line!
Year 1 - Geography - The Geography Of Where I Live - Aerial Photographs
28th Nov 2023
We have been learning about what geography is. We have been learning about the planet, continent, country, nation and town that we live in. We are getting so good at labelling a map of the UK! We can also spot the 'shape' of the UK on lots of different maps! One of our favourite things to do has been to explore the world using Google Earth. We have looked at aerial photographs of the school and its surrounding area and tried to label what we can see. We love geography!
Year 1 - Computing - Moving A Robot - Algorithms
27th Nov 2023
We have been learning about how to program the Beebots! We have been learning about the buttons and how to use these to move the robot to where we want it to go. We have been predicting where the robot will end up if we follow the algorithms and then tested these out. We have also written our own programs. One thing is for sure - Year 1 LOVES computing!
Year 1 - P.E. - Gymnastics
27th Nov 2023
We have been looking at the different shapes and balances we can do with our bodies. We have learned about long, tall, wide, small, low and medium shapes. We have also been looking at how we can balance on different parts of our bodies. We put some of our ideas together into a sequence and performed it to each other.
Year 1 - Science - Materials - Water & Ice - Melt & Freeze
23rd Nov 2023
Those naughty Evil Peas were at it again in Year 1 - they had frozen all the vegetables in ice! We looked at water and ice and tried to describe what they were like. We then used our science brains to make a plan to free the vegetables! We decided to pour warm water over the ice, to use a hairdryer and to smash the ice off! We were so happy to help our veggie friends!
Year 1 - Design & Technology - Moving Pictures - Prototypes
17th Nov 2023
Today, we thought about how we can create up/down and side to side movements in our moving pictures. We learnt about the different slits we need to cut in our backgrounds and had a go by building and testing out some prototypes! We had such fun and we learned so much ready to make our storybooks next time!
Year 1 - Phonics - Dictation
15th Nov 2023
We have been working so hard on writing a dictated sentence using some of the sound spellings we have been learning. We are getting more accurate with our spellings from our memories.
Year 1 - Art - Remembrance Day Art - Collage And Mixed Media
14th Nov 2023
We learnt about Remembrance Day and why it is so important for us to remember it each year. The children held a lovely collective worship with very thoughtful responses. The children then responded to this by creating their own pieces of 'Poppy Art' for our class wreath - We hope you were able to see it in the window!
Year 1 - Design & Technology - Moving Pictures - Skills Lesson
10th Nov 2023
Year 1 were very excited to learn about what DT was. We are going to be designing and making a moving picture book. In order to do this successfully, we needed to practise some skills. We practised making holes in paper using a pencil and an eraser. We then tried to cut a straight line between 2 of our holes. We did a great job!
Year 1 - Science -Materials - Rock
9th Nov 2023
We have been looking at the difference between objects and the materials they are made of. We have been looking at rock. We were so interested to learn that rocks are so different! We carefully drew our rocks, looked at them through a magnifying screen and predicted which rock was heavier.
Year 1 - Maths - Add Together (Within 20)
3rd Nov 2023
We have been learning about adding two parts together to make a whole! We have been writing number sentences.
Year 1 - Art & Design - Drawing - Final Pieces
2nd Nov 2023
Our creative juices were flowing in Year 1 this week! We were creating our final pieces of art to finish off our unit of work based on drawing. The children looked back at what they had done and made their own choices about the paper, materials and stimuli that they wanted to use. Some children were inspired by the oceans and beaches, some by autumn, some by observational drawing and some by shapes! What great artists we are!
Year 1 - Computing - Moving A Robot
31st Oct 2023
We were very excited to begin our learning about robots! We learned that to control a robot, we have to talk to it in the right language. For a Beebot robot, that means using the buttons. We loved making the Beebots move!
Year 1 - R.E. - Judaism - The Story Of Moses
20th Oct 2023
We have been learning about the importance of stories passed down through generations in all religions. We learned that the story of Moses leading his people to freedom is very important to Jews. We retold the story using finger puppets that we made!
Year 1 - Science - Senses
20th Oct 2023
This half term, we have been learning all about the 5 senses!
Year 1 - History - Chronology
13th Oct 2023
In history, we have been learning about timelines. We have been thinking about what might have been the same and different about our lives and the lives of our grandparents. We were really lucky that Grandad Malcolm came to visit! He told us about his life as a child. We compared games we play at break time and decided to teach him how to play 'Duck, Duck, Goose'!
Year 1 - Music - My Musical Heartbeat
12th Oct 2023
We have been learning some new songs in our music lesson and also how to play the glockenspiel. We are playing the glockenspiel to the song 'Shapes'.
Year 1 - Computing - Technology Around Us
12th Oct 2023
We have been learning about technology and have found out all about the different parts that make up a computer. We have been practicing our mouse skills and our typing skills.
Year 1 - Maths - Addition
11th Oct 2023
Year 1 have been working so hard in maths! We have been learning about parts and wholes and how we can use a part-whole model to write addition number sentences! Great work, everyone!
Year 1 - Art - Drawing - Line
6th Oct 2023
We have been learning about different types of line in art. We listened to some classical music (Debussey's La Mer) and thought about the types of line that it made us want to draw. Once we learned that it was about the ocean, we worked together to use different types of line to create an ocean themed piece of art!
Year 1 - RE - Family - God Takes Care Of Me
3rd Oct 2023
We learned that Psalms are song prayers and that there are 150 in the Bible. We read Psalm 63, where it says God looks after us like a mother bird looks after their chicks. We thought of other baby animals that we could use in this Psalm and recreated some scenes to use with the Psalm.
Year 1 - R.E. - Family - God cares for the flowers and the birds and even more for me.
2nd Oct 2023
Our First Week in Year 1!
16th Sep 2023
We wonder how these photos will compare to our last week in Year 1!
Year 1 - Maths - Counting - Within 10
16th Sep 2023
We have been working really hard in maths to make sure we are confident with numbers within 10. It is super important that we have a really deep understanding of these numbers to make us better mathematicians in the future! We have loved playing games together to develop our understanding.
Year 1 - Science / Art - Seasons - Autumn
13th Sep 2023
The children found out that artists use a lot of reds, yellows, browns and oranges when they create autumn art. We decided that they are warm colours because they are like a fire. The children selected from a range of coloured paper and materials to create some beautiful autumn art! We will display these in our window when they are dry for you to see! We hope you like them!