English - we will be starting work on poetry this week and exploring our WAGOLL 'There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight'. We will be focusing specifically on rhyming words this week.
Challenge - Can you think of any rhyming words at home?
Maths - we will be looking at subtraction within 20. We will be learning how to subtract by counting back, by subtracting ones and subtracting from 10.
Science - we will be comparing the weather in winter and spring and considering what Paddington bear should pack for to accommodate these seasons.
01/02/19 - Storytelling Afternoon
Badgers were very lucky to have year 5 visit them this afternoon. They came and shared their wonderful setting descriptions of the circus and we thoroughly enjoyed sharing our Jack and the Beanstalk stories. Very proud of all the children and their super writing!
Storytelling Week - A visit from Koalas!
Badgers were very lucky this afternoon to have a visit from the year 2 class Koalas! They came to share their wonderful writing with us which we all enjoyed very much. Well done Koalas!
WC - 28/01/19
English - it is story telling week this week so we will be making the most of this! We will be writing our own fairytales that we have been working on and will be sharing these with another class when they are written and made into our own books, complete with front covers and illustrations.
Maths - we will be looking at addition within 20. We will be adding by counting on from the biggest number and adding by making a group of 10.
Science - we are exploring all thing spring, considering the signs we see in the environment, the weather and how the day length varies.
English - We are continuing to adapt Jack and the Beanstalk to create our own fairytale. We have changed the setting and character and will be creating a new story map to go with this to support us in writing our tale next week.
Maths - This week we will be comparing, ordering and looking for patterns within numbers to 20. Our focus will be on using a range of comparative vocabulary e.g. greater/fewer, more/less, bigger/smaller.
Challenge - can you compare quantities of items at home using this language?
Science - we are looking at the season winter. We will be going for a winter walk to explore what we can see in the environment as clues, talking about the weather and day length. You could go on your own winter walk and see what you discover.
English - we are looking at the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk. We will be doing lots of work on becoming familiar with the tale and beginning to adapt it to write our own. Have a look at out story map and ask your child to try and act it out and retell it to you! We will also be working on our sentence formation and learning what a noun and verb is.
Maths - we are looking at numbers within 20, representing them with objects, numerals and in words and counting to 20 by making groups of 10.
Science - we will be investigating the season autumn, thinking about what the weather is like and what we might see.
Word of the week: fond
WOW DAY - Princes and Princesses
On Thursday 10th January we had our wow day where we dressed up as Princes, Princesses and knight and took part in lots of activities! We made shields, learned a royal dance and even cooked some vegetable soup and soda bread. In the afternoon we had a royal banquet where we danced and enjoyed the food that we had made in the morning. We had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed being royalty for the day. Take a look at our pictures below.
ALL children in Badgers will be swimming every TUESDAY this half term. Please ensure your child has their swimming kit (swimming costume/shorts and a towel) with them in preparation for this or they won't be able to swim.
English - It is exciting writing week and our focus is The Grinch where we we will be writing a character description. This week we will therefore be focusing on how to best describe the personality and appearance and how to extend and structure our sentences.
Maths - We will be revising everything we have covered this term, reviewing our learning of place value to 10 and addition and subtraction methods.
Topic - We will be look at where Paddington has visited next on his world travels and looking at the Christmas story in RE.
WC - 3/12/18
English - We are looking at letter writing this week. Last week in science we received a letter from Santa asking for our help fixing his sleigh, therefore, we will be learning the key features of a letter and forming a response to Santa.
Maths - This week we will be consoildating our knowledge of addition and subtraction from this half term. We will be doing Winter Wonderland Maths on Thursday as part of our Maths curriculum day.
Topic - we will continue to look at toys from around the world as we follow Paddington's adventure.
This week we will be performing our nativity to the school and parents - very exciting! We hope you all enjoy the performance.
Badgers Update - WC 26/11/18
English - This week we will be practising out sentence writing in preparation for our Hot Write where we will be writing our own story based on our WAGOLL.
Maths - We are continuing our work on subtraction. This week we will be looking at subtraction by counting back on a number line, making stories and using pictures.
Topic - We will be exploring toys from around the world in Geography. We will also be doing lots of nativity practise in preparation for our performances next week - it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
A reminder that the children's Innkeeper costumes for the performance are due in this week ready for the dress rehearsal on 3/12/18.
This week we have started to learn about subtraction in Mathematics. A great way to practise is through games and the children really enjoys this one to support there learning. Give it a go at home with the link below:
WC 12/11/18 Update:
English - We are using adjectives to describe Woody's personality and appearance. We will also be analysing how Woody feels at 5 key points in Toy Story.
Maths - We are finishing our unit on addition within 10 with adding using pictures and then a recap session on all the methods we have used (number bonds, counting on, number stories, using pictures and writing number sentences).
Topic - This week is anti-bullying week so this will be out focus. We will be think about how our behaviour can effect others, what bulling is and what it means to show respect to one another.
We will also continue to practise our Christmas songs in preparation for the nativity. Ask your child if they can remember any and sing them to you.
Keep up with the reading for our Christmas reading competition. It was great to see lots of children reaching their 5 reads this week.
8/11/18 Swimming Update
Just a reminder that if your child is in group B for swimming they will be swimming every Wednesday this half term.
Just a reminder that swimming is EVERY TUESDAY. Your child will either be in group A or B. Group A are swimming this half term and group B will be swimming after half term. You will have received a letter if your child is swimming this half term. This is just a reminder to make sure that your child has their swimming kit in school ready for Tuesday as if they do not have a kit they are unable to swim.
If you are unsure if your child is swimming this half term please do not hesitate to ask me and I can tell you.
24/09/18 History off the Page - Toy Museum
Year 1 have been very lucky today and had a very special visitor! Today History off the Page came to visit us and brought their you museum. We have had a fantastic day exploring and investigating different toys from the past and through time. In the afternoon we swapped roles and became toy makers ourselves. We made a range of toys and have taken these home to play with some more and show everyone our creations. Please ask your children about what we have been up to and discovered today as we have lots to tell you! Take a look at us exploring below.
Home Learning and Reading
Today we have given all the children their home learning booklets to continue the fantastic learning they have been doing at school. All homework is based around learning we have been doing in class that week or will be doing the following week. The home learning booklet will be due back in every Tuesday and will be returned again on Wednesday after being marked.
In addition, it is essential that your children are reading as regularly as possible. We would like all children to read 5 time a week and have this recorded in their reading records. If they do read 5 times a week they will also receive a reading raffle ticket which will be entered into a prize draw! We also each have our own racing car which will zoom along our key stage 1 reading race track. The more you read the further you will go and the children will receive a certificate when they reach 20,50,100,150,200,250 and 300 reads.
Welcome to Badgers!
It is hard to believe that the Summer is nearly over and it is time for Squirrels to become Badgers. I am really excited to welcome your children into Year 1 and I hope that your children are looking forward to coming back to school, catching up with their friends and learning new things.
Our topic for this term is Toys, a theme I'm sure your children already know lots about! We will be learning about the history of toys, what they are made of and we will be undertaking art and design tasks linking to toys. We have booked a special Toys Day on Monday 24th September, for which we are requesting a parental contribution, to engage your children with a hands on, practical learning experience. Please look out for a letter in your child's book bag during the first week of term.
In English we will use toy texts such as Kipper's Toy Box and the film Toy Story to stimulate our writing. We will be consolidating our ability to read, write and understand numbers to 20 in maths, using practical resources and applying our understanding to real life situations. In RE we will be finding out more about the Christian church and we will visit our local church as part of this topic.
Your child will read weekly with an adult at school, sometimes individually, especially during the first couple of weeks when we will be checking your child's book level, and at other times in a group. We will write in the reading log when we have read with your child. We will check your comments in the diaries and count your child's reads weekly, usually on a Monday. We look forward to seeing how much you have enjoyed reading with your child and to seeing their cars zoom along our reading road! They will work towards certificates for 20, 50 and 100 reads! Your child will also have daily phonics lessons and we will closely monitor your child's progress through our phonics scheme.
PE will be on Wednesday afternoon but please ensure that your child has indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times as sometimes we may need PE shoes or kit for other activities.
Homework will be handed out on Wednesdays and should be handed in on Mondays (not the first week of term). Work handed in after Monday may not be marked until the following week.Homework will be handed out on Wednesdays and should be handed in on Mondays (not the first week of term). Work handed in after Monday may not be marked until the following week.
We will ask you to supply the following items for your child this term: an old sock to make into a ‘Sock Thing’ and an old toy (theirs or yours) to help us with our non-fiction writing and to go in our class museum before half term. Watch out for notes in book bags explaining when we need these items.
I really look forward to getting to know you and your children better as the term progresses. If you have any comments, questions or concerns I am always available in the Badgers' outdoor area from 8.45 in the morning and I can chat after school when we have said good bye to the children. Please bear with us at home time as we get to know your faces and those of friends and family who pick up your child. It might take a little while for us to check that each child is going home safely with the correct person at the start of term.
Here's hoping for a sunny September and lots of fabulous learning experiences!