We have been making the most of the sunshine this week doing as much Continuous Provision outside as possible. More construction equipment has arrived and the children are being excellent architects creating and building superb buildings in groups.
Next week, I shall be taking the children out of class individually to complete past Phonics Screening paper. I am very confident in them all and this is their time to prove how much they have learned during Year 1. Please spend any spare time over the weekend practising sounds, segmenting and blending and playing Phonics games. All the Phonics videos that I filmed during lockdown, can still be found on my Youtube Channel.
In English, we have moved onto Oi Frog The children are loving creating rhyming pairs and putting them into sentences. Over the next week or 2, they shall be writing their own Oi Frog. On Thursday, we wrote the beginning to Oi Rat.
In Maths, we are focusing on counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We’ve been using coins to find out how much money is in jars.
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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.
Our RE topic for the next four weeks is based around the theme of Being Sorry.
We will be considering the big question: Why should we be sorry?
We shall be exploring that
We shall be exploring that networks of friendships and relationships enable human beings to live together. When a child’s power to reach out, trust and make friends is diminished, they may suffer the effects for a lifetime. Both children and adults have to discover their ability to reach out and repair what has been damaged. If human beings are to live together in relationships, there is always need for reconciliation. The children will learn that Christians believe that, in Jesus Christ, the world has been reconciled to God. Through and in Christ, every human being is offered the power to reach out in forgiveness and peace, to receive and to offer reconciliation.
Prayer and reflection:
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your ordinances before me. I cling to your decrees, O Lord; let me not be put to shame. I run the way of your commandments, for you enlarge my understanding. Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end. Give me understanding that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Amen. (Psalm 119: 30-34)
We shall be focuses on the following scriptures:
Isaiah 58: 9-11 Luke 5: 27-31 Luke 19: 1-10 Luke 13: 34-35
Key words for the topic are:
choice, happy, sad, disappointed, sorry, forgive rules, wrong, right, feeling, love, Sign of Peace, Peace be with you
For their RE home learning,
On a drawing/creation of a large candle, write sentences that will show how they can be kind and ‘be a light that shines in the dark’.
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.