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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!