A huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your extremely kind words and gifts. I am very grateful!
It has been an absolute pleasure to teach your children and inspire their learning. What a year it has been! The class has been so resilient and have shined bright every single day. I am very lucky to have been able to be their teacher.
I wish you all a restful and fun summer! Hopefully the sun stays shining like today.
I will be leaving my Youtube videos up so if you have a spare moment, please feel free to put them on for the children to what. I do recommend keeping Phonics fresh in their minds. Great websites are
Thank you again and I’m sure our paths will cross again.
Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a lovely and peaceful Christmas. Mrs Ruffell and I would like to say a huge thank you for your extremely generous End of Term Gifts. Autumn Term was a fabulous term, jam packed with lots of learning opportunities. Here is some of the fun we got up to during the last week.
Year 1 Home Learning shall be uploaded onto Google Classroom www.classroom.google.com . I shall be emailing you all today with the log in details for this and other platforms we may use during Remote Learning.
The classroom that we shall be using is titled ‘Year 1 20-21’
You can find a helpful guide here:
For today’s learning, can your child/ren complete the following:
Write a thank you letter to Father Christmas. Remember to include the correct punctuation, capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Try to use adjectives in your writing to give more detail.
Draw a portrait of someone who is special to you and write why.
What beautiful Advent wreaths the children have created. Thank you for putting so much time and effort into them.
The children worked so hard finishing our English text Mr Big. The sequence finished by writing a letter from the perspective of Mr Big, focusing on joining two single clause sentences with ‘and’. I have noticed a huge improvement in everyone’s handwriting and the pride they are taking in their work.
We have been focusing again on Adding Numbers to 20 following Maths No Problem. We have been using the method of grouping 10 then adding the remainder. To support their understanding I demonstrated how to show Dienes to show Tens and Ones.
My phonics group have started to learn the five split digraphs. This week we have been learning ‘a_e’ and ‘e_e’. We have been noticing which spelling patterns we can use to support our spellings.
Mrs Ruffell’s group have been practising, ‘oo'(book), ‘oo'(moon) ‘ai’. The emphasis has been on writing words using these sounds.
Next weeks challenges are:
After Christmas, I shall be adding another challenge to support the children’s learning further.
What an exciting start to Year 1 we have had. It is wonderful to have the whole class back together with such enthusiasm for what the year brings. The class have settled in very well and it’s lovely how positive they enter the classroom with readiness to learn. With the developing outdoor area, we are making the most of the weather taking learning outside for some lessons.
Over the summer, I transformed the classroom to support Continuous Provision to enhance child initiated learning. I believe this has helped with the transition from Reception to Year 1. The children will have ‘challenges’ to complete throughout the week in the different ‘zones’ of learning. The amount of challenges will build throughout the year. For the Curriculum Overview, you shall find a link on the right hand side of the class blog. The journey to Continuous Provision is very exciting and allows the children to repeatedly secure their understanding of learning throughout the week.
Year 1 is a big Phonics year. Entering Year 1, children are ‘expected’ to be secure in all Phase 3 sounds, ready for learning alternative sounds in Phase 5. Phase 4 is a very small phase where no new sounds are introduced, but supports children to read quicker. Please continue to read with your child and encourage them to recognise Phase 3 sounds within words.
If there is anything you would like to discuss, I am happy to speak at the end of the school day (from a distance). 😀
It has been a weird but wonderful year and I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching all your children. Their enthusiasm, engagement and excitement has been incredible every single day we have been in class. They adapted so well to Google Classroom online learning and showed such resilience.
A HUGE thank you to you all for all your kind words and thoughtful gifts. I am blown away. The book is just gorgeous and I shall treasure it. Reading the children’s comments and thinking back to the great times we had in class puts a huge smile on my face. Lot’s of children remember our ‘bonkey’ moment!
If you have the opportunity during the holiday, please encourage your child to read a variety of texts and practise their letter formation while handwriting. I wish you all a happy, safe and relaxing summer holiday.
I would like to start by saying how proud myself and Mr King are with how sensible and positive the children, from both groups, have been settling back to school. They have been great educators to each other sharing what they know about keeping safe during this time. A huge well done and air high five to them!
I hope they have enjoyed this weeks learning. I have greatly enjoyed being back in the classroom with their smiley faces.
I would like to share a video with you that made my week. On Tuesday, both groups collected materials from their playground areas to make birds nests. We then went to the field and they got to work to create their nests. They all really enjoyed this activity and wanted to come back to check them the next day. Watch the video below see what they found.
All I can say is I have watched this video multiple times and each time it puts a massive smile on my face 😀
As we are now back at school and as outlined in Mr Bedford’s letter, Mr King and I will be no longer be able to set and respond Home Learning in the usual way.
A fantastic resources is BBC Bitesize where you can find daily lessons for Maths, English and lots of other subjects. You can find the link on our Google Classroom, along with links to other handy websites.
Over the next two weeks, I would like you to research and collect information about a country which you can compare to The UK. This can be any country of your choice. I would like you to spend time thinking about how you are going to present this information, whether on a poster, a fact file, maybe even a video. You can choose how you would like to show off all your information. As you have two weeks to complete this, I am hoping that would will be able to show lots of facts and information off. Take pride in your learning and presentation.
Once everyone has submitted, I shall add them to one section of the classroom. You will then be able to look at other’s learning to find out interesting facts about other countries.
I are going to greatly miss seeing and teaching your children face-to-face during the duration of the school being closed. Please know that your children are still at the forefront of my mind. Mr King and I will do everything that we can to support them and you during this time.
I have sent the children home with a Home Learning book where they can record their learning. Enclosed inside was information regarding logging on to various platforms; MyMaths, Google Classroom and J2E. I also sent the children home with a planted sunflower and diary for them to start recording the life of their sunflower as they observe it grow.
I shall be posting home learning in the ‘Home Learning’ section of the blog at 9am during the week. Please complete this depending on your families circumstance.
We are in this together and I aim to provide engaging and creative opportunities for learning during this time.
I appreciate your support and kind words and look forward to returning to normality soon. The class have made me so proud this year, blossoming into wonderful, thoughtful and kind individuals. My thoughts are with you all.
Hoping you and your families are well.
www.phonicsplay.co.uk – phonics
www.phonicsbloom.com – phonics
www.teachyourmonsterstoread.com (website is free, paid app) – reading