Year 1 Blog


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!