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Year 1 - What's happening this half term (summer first half term)?

29th April 2022 Posted by Year 1

Welcome back. We hope you’ve had a lovely holiday. We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills and hearing them read regularly.

This half term we will be learning about:


English

In our English lessons we will be working on the following areas:

  • Phonics – recapping all of our Phonics sounds from Phase 2 to Phase 5 in preparation for the Phonics test in June.

  • Exploring a range of texts including information texts, instructions, recounts and narrative, beginning with ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson.

  • Continuing with the use of basic punctuation (capital letters, full stops, finger spaces) within our writing. Practising writing in sentences.

  • Handwriting — practising using the correct letter formation.


Maths

In our Maths lessons we will be working on the following areas:

  • Consolidation of reading and writing numbers in digits up to 100.

  • Learning to recognise place value in numbers up to 100 by reading, writing and counting using range of counting equipment and Numicon.

  • Recognising and recalling number bonds (including those to 10 and 20)

  • Continue practising counting in twos, fives and tens.

  • Telling the time on an analogue clock to the hour and half past and sequencing events in chronological order.

  • Learning to solve one-step problems using multiplication and division using concrete apparatus, pictorial representations and arrays to support.


Science

In our Science lessons we will be working on the following areas:

  • Observing changes across the four seasons.

  • Observing and describing weather associated with the seasons, with a focus on summer.

  • Animal groupings including carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

  • Parts of a plant/tree.

  • Planting and watching seeds growing.


YPC

The UK

  • Naming, locating and identifying the four countries and Capital Cities of the UK.

Places People Go

  • Looking at where we are in the world and destinations around the world.


Computing

This half term we will be looking at coding and programming Beebots, as well as Digital Creativity.


P.E./Sports

This terms topics will be Team Games and Athletics.

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E. instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

We will be learning about being fair and just in everything we do. In our R.E. lessons, we will be linking these topics to common religious values as well as our Yardley school values.


Work at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please follow us for updates.

The ‘Summer 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

Do check our Learning Hub as it has been recently well-stocked with plenty of resources to support your child at home.

Class 1H - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mr Hodgkinson

We are nearing the end of another wonderful term in 1H. The weather is getting better and pupils are in high spirits ready for the Easter break. The class have made a lot of progress and continue to enjoying playing and learning each day.

A highlight of the half-term was our visit to the Cannock Toy Museum. The pupils were thrilled to play with the old toys, learn of days gone by and relive the nostalgia of a classic seaside attraction: Punch and Judy!

In English, the class really enjoyed reading ‘Naughty Bus’. Acting out Naughty Bus’s adventures through the beans and pasta was a real treat! The writing produced afterwards was superb!

In Maths, the class have recently been looking at measurement and enjoyed learning about non-standard units. We made handspan templates and measured lots of things around the classroom.

In Science, we’ve enjoyed exploring materials, Animals and Spring. During Y.P.C. we’ve begun to explore the four countries of the United Kingdom. The class especially liked drinking Irn-Bru and dancing the Highland Fling when learning all about Scotland!

Remember to follow us on Twitter to see each week what the class are up to in their classroom and to receive any other useful updates. Also, please remember PE days are Monday and Friday and earrings should be taken out or covered and hair tied up.

Secure velcro shoes also help with forest school days too as pupils are responsible for putting their shoes on and off several times during the morning.

Have a very lovely break and we’ll see you again in the Summer Term.

Class 1R - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mrs Ryan

We are at the end of another busy term in 1R.

We have been working hard on our reading and Phonics this term and have been revising all the Phase 3 and 5 sounds as well as learning some new alternate graphemes.

We have been practicing our blending skills and using them to read unknown words in texts.

In English we have written recounts of our visit to the Toy Museum and have enjoyed writing short stories about the exploits of Naughty Bus!

In Maths we have learned about measures including weight, length, capacity and volume.

We have also been practicing our addition and subtraction skills.

In Science we have been grouping animals according to their diet and finding out about spring in our local environment.

In YPC, we have found out about toys in the past and had the opportunity to explore and play with old toys on our trip.

We have started our new topic, The UK, and we will continue this next term.

In PE we have learned some Tennis and Tri Golf skills.

We have been finding out about and creating algorithms in Computing.

We have worked really hard, as you can see, and are ready for a well earned break to refresh ourselves for the summer term!

Thank you for all your support. Please continue to read with your child over the break and I look forward to seeing you all on April 25th.

Class 1Q - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mrs Quinn

We have had another action packed half term in 1Q. We really have been busy bees.

In English we have looked at a number of stories, our favourite being ‘The Naughty Bus’. The bus has inspired us in our writing, we have been creating new adventures for this very busy bus! He escaped and went around the school, wreaking havoc everywhere he went.

In Maths we have looked at measure, including mass, capacity and volume and length. We have also been working with money and learning to recognise British coins and their value. We had a lot of fun playing shops and other games to consolidate our knowledge.

In Science we have looked at Spring and noted the changes in trees and noted the flowers that have appeared in our school grounds. We have also been keeping an eye on the weather and were very excited by the arrival of some snow last week!

In YPC we have completed our topic on Toys, our trip to Cannock Chase Toy Museum being the culmination of our learning and a great fun day out. We are now learning about the UK and it’s four countries including their capital cities.

In Computing we have been searching the CBeebies website and pasting pictures into our Word documents. We are now working on algorithms and have had fun making jam sandwiches using our instructions – and eating them!

In PE we have played Trigolf and Tennis and were rewarded with an extra lesson of fun games from our reward chart stars.

We cannot wait for next term to begin. Enjoy the Easter break!

Class 1WF - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mrs Wilson

Well done 1WF. What a brilliant and busy half term we have had.

In English we have continued to read a selection of stories including the traditional story of Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk and stories including The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Naughty Bus. We have also continued to write a variety of genres including a recount about our wonderful trip to Cannock Chase Toy Museum, writing a letter to the Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk and narratives. We have really enjoyed using our imagination and have taken the Naughty Bus on further adventures through pasta, jelly and a spider’s web.

During Maths lessons, we have learned about money. We have learnt about the different size, colour and value of the coins and have used our number skills to order them according to their value. We began to use coins to pay for amounts and were able to use of knowledge of counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s to help us. Next, we explored length and have compared longer and shorter objects by direct comparison before using non-standard units of measurement (cubes) to record their length. To end the term we have been using balance scales to weigh objects. It was a lot of fun to explore and find objects that were heavier and lighter. We really enjoyed being able to extend and consolidate our learning out into the outdoor area now we are having warmer weather.

In Science we started off by revisiting and recalling our learning about animals including humans. We were able to group the animals by what they eat and whether they are a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. Then, we moved on to plants where we learned about the different parts of a flowering plant. We have begun to understand the important job that each part plays in its growth and reproduction. We enjoyed planting our own seeds both in class and with Mr Jones during our Forest School sessions. We hope you are taking great care of them and we look forward to you sharing any photos of your plants changes and growth.

In YPC, we created some fantastic moving pictures art work for pictures based on the traditional story Cinderella. We created levers to make different parts of the picture move. Cannock Chase Toy Museum was an amazing trip and it really consolidated our topic about toys. We learnt so much during the about how toys have changed over time. We have also studied the work by Paul Klee focusing on his use of shape and colour. The children enjoyed creating their own printing in the style of Paul Klee using toys. We had some fantastic final pieces. This week we have started our new topic all about the UK and we are keen to learn more about the physical and human features in each of the four countries.

Well done for continuing to be such wonderful learners 1WF. Have a great break and we look forward to seeing you all when you return to school!

Year 1 - What's happening this half term (spring second half term)?

4th March 2022 Posted by Year 1

Welcome back. We hope you’ve had a lovely holiday. We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills and hearing them read regularly.

This half term we will be learning about:


English

In our English lessons we will be working on the following areas:

  • Phonics – learning alternate sounds for letters and digraphs. E.G - C saying S in some words – circle.

  • Exploring a range of texts including information texts, instructions, ecounts and narrative.

  • Continuing with the use of basic punctuation (capital letters, full stops, finger spaces) within our writing. Practising writing in sentences.

  • Handwriting — practising using the correct letter formation.


Maths

In our Maths lessons we will be working on the following areas:

  • Consolidation of reading and writing numbers in digits up to 100.

  • Learning to recognise place value in numbers up to 100 by reading, writing and counting using range of counting equipment and Numicon.

  • Recognising and recalling number bonds (including those to 10 and 20)

  • Continue practising counting in twos, fives and tens.

  • Using common measures to find length, weight, height and capacity.

  • Recognising and using coins and notes.

  • Using coins to buy items and make amounts.


Science

In our Science lessons we will be working on the following areas:

  • Observing changes across the four seasons.

  • Observing and describing weather associated with the seasons.

  • Animal groupings including carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

  • Parts of a plant/tree.

  • Planting and watching seeds growing.


YPC

Toys:

  • Old and new toys.

  • Designing and making moving toys and pictures.

We will be visiting The Museum of Cannock Chase to explore this topic further.


Computing

This term we will be learning how to find information safely on the computer.


P.E./Sports:

This terms topics will be tennis and tri-golf.

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E. instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Please come to school in appropriate sportswear on your PE days.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

We will be learning about being fair and just in everything we do. In our R.E. lessons, we will be linking these topics to common religious values as well as our Yardley school values.

We will also be finding out about the Christian celebration of Easter.


Work at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please follow us for updates.

The ‘Spring 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

Do check our Learning Hub as it has been recently well-stocked with plenty of resources to support your child at home.


Video Parents Evening

If you haven't booked an appointment already, we would like to invite you to attend our Video Parents Evenings, taking place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 15th March 3.40pm - 5.40pm

  • Wednesday 16th March 3.40pm - 6.20pm

Visit our Video Parents Evening page here to find out more and to book.

If you have already booked an appointment, please test that your device will work for your appointment. Click here to see how to test your appointment.


Thank you - Year 1

Class 1H - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mr Hodgkinson

Hello, welcome to our regular blog. Pupils in 1H have had a successful half-term and continue to thrive, demonstrating the YPS values of Aspiration, Inspiration and Teamwork.

In English and Reading, we have seen success with pupil results in Phonics assessments being high and engagement in reading for pleasure up, too. Pupils clearly enjoy our new Phonics scheme and it is wonderful to see pupils (and parents) becoming familiar with the Oxford reading books that we are currently using. When writing, we have been creating instruction texts, number poems and short narratives based on picture books we’ve been enjoying in class.

In Maths, we have been revisiting number sense, addition and subtraction. We also spent some time exploring both 2-D and 3-D shapes. In Science, we have been continuing to dive into Seasonal Change, where we have been doing some exciting class and environmental investigations. We have also been looking once again at Materials.

In Y.P.C and other subjects, we have been exploring toys and we have recently began creating our own toys as part of a D.T. topic. In P.E. pupils have enjoyed learning new Gymnastics skills and how to play Cricket.

Reminders:

- P.E. days for 1H are Monday and Friday.

- Forest School days are alternate Fridays (including this Friday, the 18th)

- Please try to send your child in for Forest School wearing sensible clothing, including footwear that they can put on and off themselves.

- Follow 1H on Twitter to see what we’re up to and get updates (link via the School website or search Class 1H)

- Our visit to the Toy Museum is nearing. Check that you have consented for your child to attend via ParentPay or by phoning the school office.

Have a super half-term break!

Class 1Q - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mrs Quinn

What a busy half term we have had so far!

1Q have been looking at toys in YPC and we have compared old and new toys as well as grouping different toys in different ways. We also bought our favourite toy in to school.

In Maths we have looked at one more, one less, place value, number bonds to 10, counting and 2D and 3D shapes. We have also been learning some counting songs as a year group, which has been great fun.

In English we have looked at instructions and story writing. We also had a great time writing our own number poems, which involved mermaids, frogs, fairies and cars to name a few!

In Science we have been looking at weather and created our own rain gauges which we check regularly. We have also carried out some really exciting experiments, including absorbency which included counting and a wet desk!

In PE we have covered cricket and bowling, we have really improved our skills.

We are looking forward to another busy half term in Spring 2.

Class 1WF - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mrs Wilson

What a busy half-term we have had, 1WF!

In English, we have read a selection of fiction and non-fictions texts including Kippers Toybox, Whatever Next, winter and One Ted Falls out of bed. We have continued to learn how to sequence events in stories, identified patterns and rhyme, located information and have written character descriptions and alternative story endings. We have continued to make sure that our sentences have capital letters, finger spaces and full stops whilst working hard to ensure that we spell our sight words correctly too.

Whilst in Phonics, we have continued to learn our Phase 5 sounds with alternative spelling patterns with the use of our new phonics scheme. We are trying hard to identify and read our known sounds within both real and alien words.

We have been as equally busy in Maths this half term recognising, naming and describing 2 D and 3D shapes, continuing to find 1 more and 1 less than a given number and recalling doubles with the help of a song taught to us by Mrs Grange in our singing assemblies.

We have worked on our place value using Numicon, counters and tens frames and then introducing base ten to identify how many tens and ones in a given number and we have revisited addition but this time we have used the part whole model and concrete apparatus to support our learning.

We had lots of fun on ‘Numbers day’ and were able to use of mathematical knowledge whilst completing each of the activities.

In Science we have continued to look at the seasons focusing on winter and the changes we observe, animals that hibernate, types of weather we would expect to have and how we as humans adapt to the drop in temperature. We enjoyed making our class rain gauge and placing it in our forest school area to see how much rain fell around our school over a period of weeks.

We have revisited our materials work from the autumn term, recapping on the types of materials and their properties, conducting experiments to find out the most suitable material for teddy’s raincoat whilst ensuring that we carried out a fair test.

We started our YPC Toys topic with our toy entry point day. We enjoyed bringing our favourite toy into school and talking about it to our friends. We then sketched our toy and wrote a sentence to describe it and why it was our favourite toy. We have looked at the idea that some toys like, teddy bears, cars and dolls have been around for a very long time but they have evolved over the last hundred years. We used our science knowledge to identify what toys are made from both then and now.

Class 1R - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mrs Ryan

Here we are at the end of another half term! Time goes by so quickly!

In 1R we have been been working hard to improve our independence in all areas, it's so important that we can do things for ourselves without having to rely on an adult!

In Phonics we have started our new scheme of work and it has been wonderful to see how quickly the children have taken to it. Their Phonic skills are really improving. Keep practicing reading at home as this is really beneficial to your children!

In English we have been writing stories and learning how to write instructions. In Maths we are still practicing writing numbers to 100 and our addition and subtraction skills. We have also been learning our doubles to 20 and our number bonds to 10.

We have enjoyed learning about materials and their properties in Science and have been conducting some investigations into which materials are best for different jobs.

Our YPC topic on Toys is still ongoing and we are looking forward to our trip to the Toy Museum next term.

In PE we have learned some bowling and cricket skills.

As you can see we are ready for a well earned rest ready for more learning next term.

Have a lovely break.

Year 1 - What's happening this half term (spring first half term)?

7th January 2022 Posted by Year 1

Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all.

We hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday. We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills and hearing them read regularly.

This half term we will be learning about:


English

In our English lessons we will be working on the following areas:

  • Phonics – completing Phase 5 sounds and their applications.

  • Exploring a range of texts including information texts, instructions, performance poetry and narrative.

  • Continuing with the use of basic punctuation (capital letters, full stops, finger spaces) within our writing.

  • Handwriting — practising using the correct letter formation.


Maths

In our Maths lessons we will be working on the following areas:

  • Consolidation of reading and writing numbers in digits up to 100.

  • Learning to recognise place value in numbers up to 100 by reading, writing and counting using range of counting equipment and Numicon.

  • Recognising and recalling number bonds (including those to 10 and 20)

  • Recognising number patterns and counting one more and one less

  • Continue practising counting in twos, fives and tens.

  • 2D and 3D shape recognition.


Science

In our Science lessons we will be working on the following areas:

  • Observing changes across the four seasons.

  • Observing and describing weather associated with the seasons.

  • Describing the simple physical features of a variety of everyday materials, including transparent, soft, hard, flexible

  • Animals and plants in the local environment, including deciduous and evergreen trees.


YPC

Our first YPC topic is Matisse and then we will move on to Toys. We will be learning about:

Matisse

  • Matisse’s use of collage to create pictures and patterns.

Toys

  • Old and new toys.


Computing

This term we will be learning about algorithms.


P.E./Sports:

This terms topics will be bowling and cricket.

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E. instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

We will be learning about being fair and just in everything we do. In our R.E. lessons, we will be linking these topics to common religious values as well as our Yardley school values.


Work at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Spring 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

Do check our Learning Hub as it has been recently well-stocked with plenty of resources to support your child at home.


Thank you

Year 1

Class 1Q - Autumn 2

15th December 2021 Posted by Mrs Quinn

What a busy end to the autumn term for 1Q!

In English, we have read a selection of stories including Froggy Gets Dressed, Stick Man and Ten Tired Teachers. We have continued to learn how to sequence events in stories and have been focusing on writing instructions. We have been working hard on our sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Whilst in Phonics, we have completed Phase 4 clusters and have now begun Phase 5.

In Maths, we have continued to read and write numbers in digits up to 20, have been practising our addition and subtraction whilst using a variety of methods and to support us in our work. We began to identify and recall our number bonds to 10 and have enjoyed learning the number bus song to help us. Remember to keep singing lots of number songs at home as it can really help with your counting!

In YPC, we started the half term with Dream Big week where we learnt all about the inspirational people Katie Stagliano, Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart and Stevie Wonder.

We have also completed our topic on Colour and have enjoyed learning about Dressing up. We have thoroughly enjoyed exploring and evaluating a range of existing hat products and then designing and making our very own hats. During

During Science this half term, we have been looking at seasonal change from autumn to winter and have observed the changes around us. We have also been looking at naming and grouping everyday materials whilst also being able to describe each of their properties.

Amongst all of this we were still able to enjoy an author visit from Ross Montgomery, find out about Diwali bonfire night and visit the Old Rep Theatre to watch Alice in Wonderland. What an absolute treat! We are now very much looking forward to Christmas and spending time with our families.

We have all worked so hard that we are ready for a well-earned break. We hope you have a lovely holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back in January.

Class 1WF - Autumn 2

15th December 2021 Posted by Mrs Wilson

What a busy end to the autumn term for 1WF.It has been fantastic to see everyone working incredibly hard throughout their transition from Reception into Year 1.

In Maths, we have continued to read and write numbers in digits up to 20, have been practising our addition and subtraction whilst using a variety of methods and to support us in our work. We began to identify and recall our number bonds to 10 and have enjoyed learning the number bus song to help us. Remember to keep singing lots of number songs at home as it can really help with your counting!

In English, we have read a selection of stories including Froggy Gets Dressed, Stick Man and Ten Tired Teachers. We have continued to learn how to sequence events in stories and have been focusing on writing instructions. We have been working hard on our sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Whilst in Phonics, we have completed Phase 4 clusters and have now begun Phase 5.

During Science this half term, we have been looking at seasonal change from autumn to winter and have observed the changes around us. We have also been looking at naming and grouping everyday materials whilst also being able to describe each of their properties.

In YPC, we have completed our topic on Colour and have enjoyed learning about Dressing up. We have thoroughly enjoyed exploring and evaluating a range of existing hat products and then designing and making our very own hats. What an amazing job we did too! During Dream Big week we learnt all about the inspirational people Katie Stagliano, Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart and Stevie Wonder.

Amongst all of this we were still able to enjoy an author visit from Ross Montgomery, find out about Diwali bonfire night and visit the Old Rep Theatre to watch Alice in Wonderland. What an absolute treat! We are now very much looking forward to Christmas and spending time with our families.

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas break, whatever you do. Make sure you come back refreshed in the New Year as we have lots more exciting topics coming up in 2022!

Class 1R - Autumn 2

15th December 2021 Posted by Mrs Ryan

It’s been a very busy term in 1R. Everyone has been trying so hard.

We have been working really hard to practise all our Phase 3 and 4 sounds in Phonics and are now learning Phase 5 sounds. We have also been practising blending these sounds to make words so that we can enjoy lots of lovely books!

In English we have been writing sentences with a capital letter and a full stop and have enjoyed writing instructions. We wrote recounts about our wonderful trip to the theatre to see Alice in Wonderland.

In Maths we have started to add and subtract numbers within 30 and have been learning our number bonds to 10.

We have learned about a variety of everyday materials and their properties in Science as well as watching the changing seasons in our local environment.

In YPC we have been colour mixing to make different shades and tints and have enjoyed designing and making a party hat in our topic, Dressing Up.

In PE we have learned some football skills and have created gymnastic sequences with jumps, balances and rolls.

We are all ready now for a well - deserved break to enjoy the festive season.

See you all in January.

Class 1H - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Mr Hodgkinson

It has been a fantastic term in 1H and the pupils continue to enjoy learning and playing each day.

It has been a delight to see pupils transition so nicely from EYFS into Year 1 and make so much progress already.

It is wonderful to see pupils beginning to enjoy reading books independently and show confidence in their Maths abilities.

In English and Phonics we’ve been enjoying many different books together and using the creative ideas within to inspire our own reading and writing adventures. The class are largely focused on reading and applying Phase 4 to 5 sounds and writing simply structured sentences.

In Maths, we have been recently building upon our understanding on numbers 0-20 and growing in confidence with addition and subtraction.

In other subjects, we have been exploring materials and observing the seasonal change from Autumn to Winter in Science. We have also been exploring clothing, especially hats, in D.T. In P.E. the class have enjoyed learning football and gymnastics skills.

This half term the class have also particularly enjoyed visits from the Life Caravan, famous authors and a memorable trip to the theatre! Hopefully the pupils will remember these experiences for a long time.

Remember to follow us on Twitter to see each week what the class are up to in their classroom and to receive any other useful updates. Also, please remember PE days are Monday and Friday and earrings should be taken out or covered and hair tied up.

Secure velcro shoes also help with forest school days too as pupils are responsible for putting their shoes on and off several times during the morning.

Have a very lovely break and we’ll see you again in the New Year.

Year 1 - What's happening this half term (autumn second half term)?

4th November 2021 Posted by Year 1

Welcome back!

We hope you’ve had a relaxing half term break .We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills and hearing them read regularly.

This half term we will be learning about:


English

In our English lessons we will be working on the following areas:

Phonics – completing Phase 4 Clusters and starting Phase 5 sounds and their applications.

Exploring a range of texts including instructions, performance poetry and narrative.

Continuing with the use of basic punctuation (capital letters, full stops, finger spaces) within our writing.

Handwriting — correct letter formation and cursive script.


Maths

In our Maths lessons we will be working on the following areas:

Consolidation of reading and writing numbers in digits up to 20.

Learning to recognise place value in numbers beyond 20 by reading, writing and counting using range of counting equipment and Numicon.

Recognising and recalling number bonds (including those to 10)

Recognising number patterns and counting one more and one less

Continue practising counting in twos, fives and tens.


Science

In our Science lessons we will be working on the following areas:

Observing changes across the four seasons.

Observing and describing weather associated with the seasons.

Identifying and naming a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock.

Describing the simple physical features of a variety of everyday materials, including transparent, soft, hard, flexible


YPC

Our first YPC topic is Environmental Art and then we will move on to Dressing Up. We will be learning about:

Environmental Art -

Learning about Andy Goldsworthy.

Creating artwork in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.

Dressing Up

Exploring the history of clothes

Designing and making a hat.


Computing

This term we will be learning about Digital Safety. The children will learn:

What being online may look like, the different feelings we can experience online and how to identify adults who can help.

How passwords are used to protect information, accounts and devices.


P.E./Sports: Football and Gymnastics

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E. instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

This half-term, pupils will be developing their football and gymnastic skills.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

We will be learning about being modest and listening to others and expressing joy. In our R.E. lessons, we will be linking these topics to common religious values as well as our Yardley school values.


Work at Home

The ‘Autumn 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.

Please let us know if a paper copy is required. Do check our Learning Hub as it has been recently well-stocked with plenty of resources to support your child at home.


Thank you

Year 1

Class 1H - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Mr Hodgkinson

1H have had a super start to the new school year. The class have settled in very nicely and are transitioning well from their time in EYFS.

The pupils have been busy working hard and playing to learn all sorts of things.

We’ve been reading many, many books together and learning to say and write clear sentences. When reading, we’ve been enjoying our Phonics lessons, moving from Phase 3 sounds to Phase 4 blends.

In Maths, we’ve been doing lots of exciting counting work and developing our understanding of addition.

In our other subjects, we’ve been using Purple Mash on the computers, learning about animals and mixing colours to develop our art skills.

A real highlight for this half term was Spanish day. The class showed off their flamenco skills (which you can see on Twitter for Class 1H) and answered the register be saying Hola!

When we return it will be Dream Big week and we will be learning about several inspirational people from history and the modern day.

Please remember that PE days are Monday and Friday and pupils are to arrive in their PE kit, with earrings out or covered. Please remember also that Forest School is every other Friday.

Have a super break, everybody. We’ll be seeing you all again soon. 1H

Class 1R - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Mrs Ryan

We have had a very busy first term in 1R!

It seems such a long time ago that we all started our Year 1 journey together and we have learned so much in just a few weeks.

We have been busy practicing our Phonics Phase 3 sounds and are now working on Phase 4. We are working hard to learn our sight words so that we can become fluent readers.

We are still practicing using capital letters and full stops when we are writing sentences.

In Maths we have been counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s and have begun some addition work.

We have been finding out about our senses in Science and have started some work about animals.

In YPC we have been mixing colours to make tints and shades.

We have also been enjoying PE, Forest School and Computing.

We have all worked so hard and are looking forward to a well deserved break, ready to learn more next term!

Class 1WF - Autumn 1

19th October 2021 Posted by Mrs Wilson

What a busy start to Year 1 for 1WF. We are very proud of you and have enjoyed seeing all of your enthusiasm and positive attitudes when settling in to a new year group with two new teachers and all the new routines that it has bought.

In Maths, we have been reading and writing numbers in digits up to 20, practising our counting skills using a variety of apparatus and have begun working on addition. We have learnt our + and = signs and how to write and use them. Remember to keep singing lots of number songs at home as it can really help with your counting!

In English, we have read a large selection of stories including What Makes Me a Me, The Foggy Foggy Forest, A Quiet Night In and Funnybones. We have learnt to sequence events in stories and have been focusing on writing sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Whilst in Phonics, we have been recapping Phase 2 and 3 sounds and have now begun Phase 4 clusters.

During Science this half term, we have been looking at seasonal change from Summer to Autumn and have observed the changes around us. We have also been looking at animals, including humans and have learnt a lot about our bodies and how wonderful our senses really are! We have also been busy grouping animals and discovering if they are a carnivore, herbivore or an omnivore.

In YPC, we have learnt All About Me and identified what makes us unique as individuals, whilst also making comparisons from people in the past. We have also had great fun experimenting with paint finding out about the primary colours and how these can be mixed to create secondary colours. Our exploration didn’t stop there as we also found out how to make different shades and tints by adding black and white to a colour. We were impressed by our findings!

Well done 1WF! You have had a busy start to the year and we have enjoyed getting to know you all. We wish you all a wonderful break and make sure you come back refreshed as we have lots more exciting topics coming up next half term.

Class 1Q - Autumn 1

14th October 2021 Posted by Mrs Quinn

Autumn Fun

It has been an amazing start to Year 1 for 1Q. We have had so much fun and there is still lots more to come.

We have been practising our counting skills in Maths and have begun working on addition. We have learnt our + and = signs and how to write and use them. We will be moving on to our number bonds and counting in 2's next.

In English we have looked at a range of stories, including Funny Bones, Super Pea, The Foggy Foggy Forest and A Quiet Night In, to name a few. We have begun writing in sentences and are wizards with rhyming words!

In Science, we have been looking at animals including humans and have learnt a lot about our bodies, naming body parts and bones! We also have grouped animals as well as looking at pets and eve made our own rabbits and learnt how to care for them.

In YPC we have learnt about colour mixing and have spent a lot of time experimenting with paint colours. You will have seen our beautiful art work coming home.

We cannot wait for Autumn 2 and all the fun and learning it will bring!

Year 1 - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

9th September 2021 Posted by Year 1

It’s been wonderful to welcome back pupils and their families to Year One. We truly appreciate the support from parents at this crucial stage with the pupils’ early reading, writing and maths work. This overview should help you to better understand what your child is learning at school.

This half term we will be learning about:


English

In our English lessons we will be working on the following areas:

  • Phonics – revisiting the Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds and their applications.

  • Phonics – Exploring a wide range of texts and texts suitable for independent early reading.

  • Learning and sequencing events in familiar stories.

  • Use of basic punctuation (capital letters, full stops, finger spaces)

  • Handwriting — correct letter formation and cursive script

Reading planners will have been issued to each child. Pupils are heard reading on a 1:1 basis each week and reading with your child yourself is every day is extremely helpful for their progress.


Maths

We will begin by looking largely at number work. We will be learning about:

  • Reading and writing numbers in digits up to 20.

  • Learning the value of numbers up to 10 through counting objects and Numicon equipment.

  • Consolidating common number bonds (including those to 10)

  • Recognising number patterns and counting one more and one less

  • Pupils will be beginning to count by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s as an introduction to times tables.

We also appreciate your support at home here, too. Maths is often best taught at home incidentally when applied to real-world situations. Putting number songs on often can also help.


Science

Our first Science topic is Seasonal Change. We will be learning about:

  • The four seasons and the months

  • Changes in weather and weather symbols

  • Scientific skills such as observation and grouping


YPC

Our YPC topic is All About Me. We will be learning about:

  • How pupils identify as individuals

  • How pupils recognise themselves as different from others

  • How pupils can recognise themselves as different from people in the past

  • The pupils’ own histories and changes within their lifetimes

  • Different art techniques such as collaging and learning about the different art styles of artists such as Matisse


Computing

This term we will be learning about Word Processing.

  • Pupils will become familiar with the computer and how to interact appropriately with digital technology.

  • Pupils will be learning how to ‘log-on’ and navigate appropriate school computer programs.

  • Pupils will begin to develop their keyboard and typing skills.


P.E./Sports: Haka

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E. instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

If your child wears earrings there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, teachers are not able to.

This half-term, pupils will be dancing the Haka and playing a range of team games to build their communication and teamwork skills.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

We will be learning about understanding ourselves and our friendships. In our R.E. lessons, we will be linking these topics to common religious values as well as our Yardley school values.


Work at Home

The ‘Autumn 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download from the school website soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. Do check the pupil areas of the school website as it has been recently well-stocked with plenty of resources to support your child at home.


Thank you

Year 1

Class 1M - Summer 2 - What a year it has been!

20th July 2021 Posted by Miss Miller

Well, what can I say… what a year it has been!

It has been a very unusual end to a year but your maturity has shone through and you have impressed me with how well you have all adapted to the sudden changes we have had.

Although I have been working remotely, Miss Dodson, Mrs Hodgkiss and Miss Williams have been keeping my updated with what 1M have been up to this half term.

In Maths, we had a strong focus on money. We were able to recognise coins, combine coins to make amount and even looked at finding change. In English, we focused on the seaside, writing poems and stories about our made up adventures. We conducted some super experiments in Science. We used materials to make a crash mat for Humpty Dumpty and looks at melting too. In our YPC topic we looked at a small African village and thought about how it was different to where we were in Yardley.

I would like to say, once again, it has been a pleasure teaching each and every one in 1M this year and I will really miss them next year. However, I know they will have such a wonderful time in 2H with Miss Hanif!

Make sure you all enjoy your well-deserved Summer Holiday!

Class 1R - Summer 2

16th July 2021 Posted by Mrs Ryan

Wow, what a busy end to the year we have had in 1R!

In our Maths lessons we have had lots of fun learning about money. We looked at recognising the different coins, adding two amounts together to find a total and working out which coins were needed to pay. We have also been busy practising all we have learnt this year including adding and subtracting using both concrete apparatus and number lines, fractions of a shape and multiplication and division.

In English, we also completed a seaside narrative by focusing on our five senses to explore a range of different scenarios including seagulls stealing our chips! Our seaside focus continued within our poetry lessons. We focused on what makes a good poetry performance before writing our own seaside poems. We have also written a diary entry based on our visual stimulus Baboon on the Moon. We observed Baboon's day and observed his emotions and feelings to ensure that we recorded this in our written work.

In our Science lessons, we have continued to learn about Seasonal Change, looking at the changes between spring and summer. We have also had lots of fun working scientifically to carry out our own investigations into what makes the best crash mat for Humpty Dumpty. We changed the variables by testing a range of materials for Humpty to land on.

In YPC we were able to head off on our flight to Spain. We enjoyed role playing checking in for our flight, experiencing handing in our baggage and being seated on an aircraft ready for take-off. We have also used our Geography skills to identify hot and cold places and comparing locations by looking at differences and similarities in the UK and non-European countries. Finally, we used our art skills to recreate a piece of art work in the style of Matisse.

We’ve had an amazing journey in year one – we are really proud of all of the hard work and achievements 1R. We hope you enjoy your well-deserved summer holidays and we wish you all good luck for Year 2 in September!

Class 1H - Summer 2

15th July 2021 Posted by Mr Hodgkinson

Hello - It has surely been a very busy, and unusual, end to the year in 1H.

We began very positively indeed and Miss Marshall and I were happy to see so many pupils ready to return and learn. We were joined in the classroom for some time by a fantastic student teacher, Miss Jones. This gave the pupils opportunity to respond to another adult in the classroom and was undoubtedly good for their development at school. The pupils really enjoyed their time with Miss Jones and certainly began to miss her when she left.

Over this half term pupils have enjoyed a variety of topics and learnt a lot. In Maths, pupils learnt to recognise coins and even role-played shops to spend their ‘money’. In English, pupils wrote seaside poems and stories. It’s fantastic to see the jump in writing quality now at the end of the year. In Science, pupils particularly enjoyed an experiment in which they found out which material would work best as a crash mat for when Humpty Dumpty falls off his wall. They loved that one! In YPC, pupils really enjoyed discovering the culture of African villages and comparing it to the day-to-day life of ourselves here in Yardley.

Also, well done to those pupils who have engaged with home learning while we’ve unfortunately been self-isolating these last two weeks. It’s been lovely to see you’ve been producing some excellent work while at home during school time. We return to school tomorrow – Friday 16th.

Tomorrow we’ll have both Forest School and PE so please dress appropriately as always. Slip-on / Velcro shoes are really appreciated and please put plasters over your child’s earrings and tie up their hair.

Reports – Have you read your child’s report yet? What did you think? If you don’t think you’ve yet received it, check your e-mail inbox (or junk/clutter boxes) as all reports are now e-mailed to parents. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Finally, despite the many interruptions over the year, whether it be working from home or even the frequent rearrangement of tables and chairs in classrooms, 1H, and Year 1 as a whole, have done their best. The pupils have done all that can be asked of them and, for that, I am very proud.

Be sure to rest and enjoy the holiday ready for when your child will return to school and be in 2M.

Find us on Twitter @Mr_Hodgkinson and @MissMurphyYPS

Class 1WF - Summer 2

14th July 2021 Posted by Mrs Wilson

Wow, what a busy end to the academic year!

In our Maths lessons we have had lots of fun learning about money. We looked at recognising the different coins, adding two amounts together to find a total and working out which coins were needed to pay. This was bought to life with our own shop where we could buy and sell lots of different things. The children loved taking on the role of the shop keeper! We have been busy practising all we have learnt this year including adding and subtracting using both concrete apparatus and number lines, fractions of a shape and multiplication.

In English, we also completed a seaside narrative by focusing on our five senses to explore a range of different scenarios including seagulls stealing our chips! Our seaside focus continued within our poetry lessons. We focused on what makes a good poetry performance before writing our own seaside poems. We have also written a diary entry based on our visual stimulus Baboon on the Moon. We observed Baboons day and observed his emotions and feelings to ensure that we recorded this in our written work.

In our Science lessons, we have continued to learn about Seasonal Change, looking at the changes between spring and summer. We have also had lots of fun working scientifically to carry out our own investigations into what makes the best crash mat for Humpty Dumpty and how to free dragon’s friends from the ice. We changed the variables by testing a range of materials and thinking of ways to melt the ice.

in YPC after our unfortunate last minute cancellation, we were able to head off on our flight to Spain. We enjoyed role playing checking in for our flight, experiencing handing in our baggage and being seated on an aircraft ready for take-off. We have also used our geography skills to identify hot and cold places and comparing locations by looking at differences and similarities in the UK and non-European countries. Finally, we used our art skills to recreate a piece of art work in the style of Matisse.

We’ve had an amazing journey in year one – we are really proud of all of the hard work and achievements 1WF. We hope you enjoy your well-deserved summer holidays and we wish you all good luck for Year 2 in September!