Saturday, 30 September 2017

WB: 25.9.17.
What a busy week the children in Year One have had.
In English, the children have enjoyed listening to the story, Class Two at the Zoo. This book has helped them to build new vocabulary and write simple sentences. When writing a sentence the children have been asked to remember four things - capital letter at the beginning of their sentence, finger spaces between words, full stop at the end of their sentence and to read what they have written to ensure that it makes sense.
In Maths, the children have been continuing to use the number line and the 100 square to count on and backwards focussing on, one more and one less. They have also been completing a problem solving activity to make a chair with interlocking cubes and then a table. The children had to think about what their chair would look like, how many cubes they would need and would it fit under the table. I was very impressed with how the children approached the task and as you can see from the photos many of the children succeeded in the challenge.


In RE, the children have been listening to Psalm 63. Afterwards, they had to think about all the things that are needed in a family to show love and care.
In Science, the children have been comparing the seasons of the year and thinking about the different temperatures of the seasons. They enjoyed looking at how their sun dial displayed shadows at different times of the day.

On Wednesday, the children really enjoyed taking part in National Fitness Day to raise awareness of the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles. This was a non-competitive event where the children worked in house teams to participate in a variety of physical activities.  

Next week, in English, the children will be listening to the story, Who’s Our New Teacher?
In Maths, the children will be finding doubles of numbers.
In RE, we will be thinking about the family that Jesus grew up in.
In History, we will be discussing the features of a castle and labelling them. This will help us when we begin making our own castle in D and T. 

Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

WB: 18.9.17.
What a busy week we have had in Year 1 as the children continue to settle well into their new routines. The children decided upon the names for their social groups. We now have the, Cheetahs, Giraffes, Leopards, Orang-utans and Tigers. 

In English the children have been working hard writing lists, matching captions to pictures and writing their own captions.
During our Phonic lessons, we have been revisiting the phonic sounds previously learned to consolidate the letter sounds to support reading and writing.
During our Handwriting sessions, we have been focussing on the ‘long ladder letters’ l, i, t, u and y.   

In Maths, we have been finding patterns in number. We have also been exploring conservation of number to enable the children to understand that the number or quantity in a set does not change despite regrouping.  

In RE, the children have created a display for the main reception area with lovely pictures of their families. 

They have also been creating a prayer linked to Psalm 28 to show how God cares for everyone.

In Science, the children have talked about the different seasons of the year. They have discussed what clothes we might wear in the different seasons.
In History, we have been discussing the features of a castle and this will help the children next week when we begin looking at the design of their own castle.  Many thanks for all the recycled boxes and cartons etc, it is much appreciated.

Next week in Maths, we will be counting and sequencing numbers from smallest to largest.
In English we will be listening to fiction stories and looking at how stories are structured. We will be focussing also on ‘what makes a good sentence’ and reminding the children to use finger spaces, capital letters and full stops in their work.
In RE we will be thinking about our own family and the things that we need to do as part of a family.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Welcome to the Year 1 blog
WB: 4.9.17.
What a fabulous start to the term we have had. The children have worked hard and have adapted well to their new surroundings. A warm welcome to Noah and his family who visited today and will start St Dominic’s on Monday.
It was lovely to meet so many of you on Tuesday morning at the parent meeting. If you were unable to attend and felt there was something you would like to discuss, then please do not hesitate to contact me. 
The children began the week by sharing their experiences of what they had been doing over the summer holidays. Afterwards, they drew a picture and were encouraged to write a sentence remembering to use capital letters and full stops in their work.
During the week we discussed our class rules and agreed what would help us all to enjoy a happy learning environment.
In RE, we reflected on the life of Saint Dominic. Next week, we will begin our new topic on ‘Families’.  
Today the children voted for our class Eco Representative and School Council members:
Our ECO representatives are Eliana and Eric.
The School Council representatives are Isabelle and Scott.
Here are a few photos of what the children have been up to this week:

Next week we will begin our daily Phonics sessions.
In Maths, we will be exploring patterns in numbers.
This half term we will be focussing on Design and Technology so would appreciate it if you could send in any recyclable materials that the children can use to make models; for example, cardboard boxes, egg boxes, cartons, yogurt pots etc.

Have a lovely weekend!