Spring Term 2020

W/C 9th March

We have had a very busy week in Year 1. The children have been working hard completing a number of different tests. We have completed a Maths test, a reading comprehension test, a SPAG test and a science test. The children have put a lot of effort into these test, and I am very proud of them. 

In topic, we have been looking at 'Who defended castles?' we talked about knights and how they need to protect their bodies in battles. We looked at the different body parts that need to be protected and labelled a picture for our display. We then had a go at labelling each other. 

In RE we have been learning about Holi, the Hindu festival which celebrates the end of winter and the start of spring. It is also known as the festival of colours. We followed the traditions of Hindus and threw coloured paint at each other, having lots of fun!

W/C 2nd March

This week the children have been continuing to develop their understanding of addition. We have used number facts, including number bonds to 10, to support our addition. 

Why not have a go at these with your child: 

9 + ? = 10   8 + ? = 10    7 + ? = 10   6 + ? = 10   5 + ? = 10    4 + ? = 10

3 + ? = 10    2 + ? = 10   1 + ? = 10

In English, we have spent all week writing our story, we have made sure that our story has a clear beginning, middle and end and read it back to ensure it made sense. Some of us wrote our story in a group and acted it out, performing to the rest of the class. 

In topic, we have been using our Art sketch books this week. We have created beautiful front covers, using mindfulness colouring. Then we mixed different colour paints together, using white and black to make tints and tones. We put finger prints in our sketch books to help us choose the most appropriate colour to paint our castle. 

On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day. We dressed up as our favourite book character and shared our favourite book with the class and year 5!

W/C 24th February

I hope you all enjoyed your half term break, Year 1 have come back refreshed and ready to learn. We have carried out our phonics assessments and will be starting new groups next week. 

In Maths, we have started our unit on addition and subtraction, looking at adding by counting on. We have have looked at different methods to support our understanding and develop reasoning skills. 

In English, we looked at stories about island life that Noi might tell to the whale, to make him feel at home. We then planned our own story to tell the whale which we will write next week!

Reminder: World Book Day - Thursday 5th March, I look forward to seeing all your amazing costumes!


W/C 10th February

This week the children have been looking at shape in maths. We have been identifying a variety of different 2D and 3D shapes, looking at the number of sides, corners, edges and faces. We looked at patterns in shapes and tried to replicate them. 

In English, we have been continuing our work on the storm whale. We researched whales and wrote a fact file. Did you know a whales heart is the same size as a small car. 

We have also been building our own castles, from cardboard. We measured, cut and stuck bits of materials together. We will be painting them after half term. Have a look at some of them so far. 



W/C 3rd February

Another great week, where the children have worked really hard. We have continued our work on 'The Storm Whale', writing another diary entry and creating group poems about the storm. We then looked into whales, what we know about them and what we want to learn. We watched  'The Snail and the Whale' to help us understand what a whale is. This leads into next weeks writing, where we will be completing an information leaflet on whales. 

In maths, we have finished our work on place value to 20. We then did a post test, with some fantastic results, showing great progress. We will be finishing the term by recapping our work on 2D and 3D shapes. 

In topic, we learnt about who lived in castles, discussing servants, cooks, spinners and craftsman. We also learnt about Nicola De La Haye, who defended the castle in medieval times. 

We then answered the question, are there castles near us? We located the UK on a world map and then located England on a map of the UK. Finally we located Lincolnshire and the places where you can find castles. Take a look at our class map:

W/C 27th January

Some great work this week from Year 1. In English we have been continuing our work on 'The Storm Whale'. We looked at nouns and adjectives, explaining what Noi likes to do when his dad is at work. We then had a go at writing a diary entry. We then moved onto thoughts and feelings, how does Noi feel being on his own all day? We used this to write a second diary entry. 

In Maths we have been comparing numbers to 20, using the language greater than and less than. We then moved onto ordering numbers from largest to smallest and from smallest to largest. 

In topic, we have been carrying on with our topic on castles. We labelled the different parts of a castle and painted our own to display in the classroom, it looks amazing!



W/C 20th January

Well what a start to a new week, with a new teacher! Year 1 have been working really hard to impress me. They have taken to the changes in the classroom really well. 

In English, we have started reading The Storm Whale, predicting what we think might happen, by only looking at the picture at the back of the book. 

We read the first few pages, discussing what we could see, talking about nouns. We then looked at how we could describe our nouns by adding adjectives. We came up with some fantastic ideas. 

In maths, we have been looking at numbers from 1-20, couting forwards and backwards. We have been trying really hard to recognise the words as well as the numerals. 

We started our topic on castles this week, we drew what we thought a castle would look like. We then found out who lived in castles and why they had to defend them from ememies. 

In RE, we read the story of Buddha and drew our own pictures of the story. 

Well done on a really good week!