Year 1 - Blue Class
Mrs Gregory, Ms Higgins, Mrs Manders

27th March 2020

I hope you are all able to enjoy some sunshine and play in the garden as well as doing the activities we have put on the website for you.  I have also been very busy in my garden noticing lots of signs of Spring - my apple tree is growing new leaves!  I have been helping my children with their homework and tomorrow we plan to do some baking.

The targets that we would usually discuss during parent consultations have been emailed to you.  Please let me know if you haven't received them and keep in touch via the email 

I am missing you all and looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Mrs Gregory

Spring 7
We have had a wonderful Science week, which has supported and extended much of our topic learning about 'Growing'. We have set up a observation station where we can observe our beans growing, alongside; sweet peas, tomatoes, peas and radishes. We have been on a nature hunt using a colour wheel to spot items and created beautiful class books around spring, planting and growing. We have also been learning about the U.K focusing this week on England. In Maths we are experts in counting in 2's, 5's and 10' (forwards and backwards!!!) We are making excellent progress with our assembly plans and have tried so hard to remember everything by heart! Ms Higgins is super impressed and proud!

Spring 4
Happy Friday everyone! The children have once again had a busy week. In Maths we have been recalling number bonds to 10 and using these to make connections and learn number bonds to 20, which we are really confident with now! In English we have been really delving into our topic of Victorians and shared lots of non-fiction texts, which we have also looked at key features of. We had lots of fun baking Victoria sponges in honor of Queen Victoria but hopefully had even more fun eating them!! This week in yoga we have begun to learn a new sequence called the 'Sun Salutation' (we are becoming quite experts!) Next Tuesday it is our Victorian day, so please remember to dress up and we look forward to creating a day to remember! Have a lovely weekend.

Spring 3
I can't believe what we have managed to fit into 1 week!!! The children have been looking at addition and subtraction in Maths and we are particularly proud of their ability to solve worded problems! In English we have been focusing on writing and following instructions, including those needed to make toast (which we delightedly devoured choosing honey or butter for our topping). We also followed instructions for how to make bird feeders, linking with out study of animals in Science, which was messy and sticky but such fun and look beautiful hanging from brightly coloured ribbons near the track. We have explored percussion instruments in Music and created our own accompaniment to a nursery rhyme and looked at how this could be represented pictorially. We have continued with our study of Victorian Britian and finished off the week with an Arctic themed Yoga session, ready for the Disco this evening!!! Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Spring 2
Another busy but fun week! We have been focusing on telling the time to o'clock and half past, we have absolutely smashed this target and can not only read but draw the times!!! In English we have been focusing on Beatrix Potter and had some lovely opportunities to look at her characters and even invent some of our own. In History we have been looking at and comparing toys; old and new. Whilst in Science we went bird spotting and were shocked at just how many birds we were able to spot. We finished our week with another successful and calming yoga session, just in time for the weekend! 

Just a couple of reminders;
Disco tickets came home in book bags this evening.
Next week we are making bird feeders and need toilet rolls/tubes if you have any.

Thank you in advance!

Spring 1
Welcome back everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful holidays and are well rested. Thank you all for the wonderful gifts Mrs Gregory, Mrs Manders and myself recieved, they were so kind, generous and thoughtful!
We have got straight into our new topic of Victorians and the children have already throughly enjoyed discovering some of the aspects of school life then and learning about Queen Victoria. In maths we have been looking at 1/2s and 1/4s of both shape and number, an extremely trick concept, but everyone has shown great resilience and really worked hard. This half term we are learning yoga, the children had a great first session this afternoon and were very sensible and focused in trying to achieve some quite tricky poses! 


Aut Week 11
This week we have been exploring shape and are able to identify and sort 2D and 3D shapes in a variety of ways. We have continued to explore our topic of Traditional Tales and particularly focused on the story of The 3 Little Pigs. It gave us an excellent opportunity in Science to look at material properties and their strengths. We had a fantastic afternoon building houses with the different materials until The Big Bad Wolf came and tried to blow them all down. In D.T we have finished building our moving pictures and created a lovely class display. We generated maps with keys for various tales in Geography and creatively danced to the story of The Enormous Turnip. Hope you have a lovely weekend.... and see you in December!!!

Aut Week 10
Happy Friday everyone! This week we have been doing lots of work around the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The writing the children have produced has been absolutely fantastic! We have been working with coins and money in Maths and we are getting so good the children can even suggest alternative ways to make the same amounts. We have enacted part of The Enormous Turnip in dance, created moving pictures in D.T and have continued looking at materials and thier properties in Science. Today we have sent home information about the Christmas Concert, some book bags are full, so please could you have a good clear out so that anything inportant can be kept and the bags can be made claerer for the glitter, sparkles and fun that I'm sure will start to fill them, in time for Christmas, over the next few weeks. Thank you for the toilet/kitchen rolls we have already recieved, keep them coming please!!!

Aut Week 9
It was lovely to see you all this week and share all the wonderful things we do in Blue Class and all the amazing things the children achieve!! I'm sure you are all as impressed and proud as we are!!!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to entering into another world of fairytales next week!

Aut Week 8
Welcome back everyone!!! The children have all returned refreshed and seeming so capable already!!! We have entered into the world of Traditional Tales, particularly looking at the Little Red Hen, this week. We baked bread, re-enacted the story using puppets, made mini books and have begun to look at adjectives. Maybe try at home to have a competition to see who can think of the most interesting describing word for something, over dinner or on a car journey. We have also been enjoying exploring the season of Autumn and have reinforced how to be safe during fireworks. 
Over the next couple of weeks we will be collecting toilet tubes for our christmas craft and next Wednesday and Thursday will be our parents evenings, so look forward to seeing you then! Have a great weekend.

Aut Week 7
Wow! What a day, what a week, what a half term. I am so incredibly proud of all the children. They have all settled so well into Year One and really taken all the new learning, expectations and challenges in thier stride. Today I was so delighted with the behaviour and performance of our children in the Harvest Festival (thank you for all your help and support) and thought they sung beautifully. This week we have really been focusing on this terms Buzz words which can be found in your childs book bag, please continue to practise reading and spelling these as they are super helpful for reading and writing. I hope you all have a fun and relaxing half term. The children have really earnt it and look forward to seeing you all in just over a week.

Aut Week 6
Yesterday was the perfect morning for a walk outside, so that's exactly what we did!! We took some time really exploring and looking at our surroundings and signs of Autumn. We each collected a favourite thing we had found and used these as inspiration to write some fantastic Autumn poems. As we continued our topic of 'Amazing me' we looked at our sense of taste and had such a fun and exciting time taste testing foods to classify them. We also thought about our favourite fruits and designed a fruit salad which we will be making next week. Singing assembly sounded amazing this afternoon and we are all looking forward to performing at our Harvest Festival next week!!

Aut Week 5
This week we have been focusing on our number bonds to 10 and 20, these facts are so useful in lots of other calculations we make so please continue to practise them at home. In Science we have been thinking about the sense of touch and brainstormed lots of fantastic descriptive vocabulary that we can use in our writing. We also learnt about Louis Braille and were able to recall lots of facts about his life for our writing. In D.T we have begun to make our musical instruments and in Art we have been looking at Monets painting 'Cherry Blossom. After another busy week we have finished off with some well-being time, focusing on controlled breathing and created our mindfulness jars which we can access in the classroom for time out or just a moment of calm and peace.

Aut Week 4
Happy Friday everyone!!! A few reminders; tomorrow is the 'Bake and Taste' morning 10-12pm, we look forward to seeing lots of you there!!!
Next week I will be making mindfulness jars with the children. These will live in the classroom and the children will be able to access them for quiet time, reflection, calming or just for enjoyment. Therefore, could I ask you too provide a spice/herb jar (lidded) for your child, so that we are able to make these next Friday. Many Thank in advance.
This week we have been looking at how our numbers to 10 can be created in a variety of ways. Learnt lots about sight and visual impairment, including exploring a variety of everyday activities blindfolded. We have been think about the difference between sentences and questions, and are really confident at identifying them, and have begun to design our musical insyruments in D.T. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!!!!

Aut Week 3
Autumn has truly arrived! This week the children have coped very well with the rain and a few wet playtimes but made the most of the time we had outside and particularly enjoyed all the music and movement we have been doing. We have been looking at the sense of sound in our topic 'Amazing Me' and discovered by the age of 30 Beethoven was deaf and yet continued to create some of his most famous pieces! We have watched and listened to classical orchestras and can identify a variety of musical instruments but most enjoyed being conductors ourselves!!! In maths we have explored numbers in great depth and are super confident at counting, organising and ordering them to 20. Our Monster Phonics is continuing to go well and we are particularly enjoying the songs. We all created fantastic golden sentences today which included; capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend, see you all next week.

Aut Week 2
What another busy week!! The children have all continued to settle in really well and are working so hard, I'm sure they are glad the weekend has arrived. In maths we have been looking at ordering numbers and finding 1 more and 1 less. We have continued with our topic 'Amazing Me' and looked at how to label diagrams of ourselves. In Art and ICT we have created self portraits and looked carefully at details of our faces. We have started to use Monster phonics and the children particularly love the songs, I have been so impressed with all the words they are able to recall. Hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine.... Look forward to seeing all the children again next week. 

Aut Week 1
Welcome everyone to Blue Class!!! and what a wonderful start to Year 1 we've had! Our Topic 'Amazing Me' has already had us looking at how we are the same and different, and labelling parts of the body. We have looked at the world, including from Space, which we all found pretty incredible. We have been revising our numbers and played lots of games to help us recognise, order and represent them. Our writing is continuing to develop beautifully and we have written facts, news and the best bit of our first week!!!! Have a great weekend and look forward to seeing everyone next week!!!!