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Welcome to Owl - Year 1!
Friday 13th December
The highlight of this week has to be the Christmas play! We are so proud of Owl Class for learning their songs and performing amazingly in both shows. We hope you enjoyed watching it as much as we did!
In between rehearsals and performances we have written instructions to make a medieval shield, solved weight problems and learnt about the life of William the Conqueror and his role in the building of castles. We read the book 'Will's Dream' and acted it out as a class. Have a look at the pictures below!
Next week we will be revising all common exception words covered this term. Please continue to practise reading and writing these at home.
Friday 6th December
What a busy week we've had!
In English, we have been identifying the features of instruction texts and in Topic we have followed instructions to make our own shields! We came up with our own individual designs a few weeks ago and we think we've done a fantastic job with our finished products! Have a look at the gallery below.
In Maths, we have been comparing and ordering 'teen' numbers and using our knowledge to solve problems. Thank you for all the effort that has gone into the recent homework activity, we are looking forward to sharing our knowledge next week.
Our common exception words next week are - come, some
Friday 22nd November
What a busy week! We've loved reading the book 'The Knight and the Dragon'. We've shared our knowledge of knights and dragons, used role play to explore the character's feelings and written sentences to describe what happened at various points in the story. We also helped Mrs Banks grown her brain to draw a story map! Next week we'll be writing sentences to re-tell the story so make sure you ask us over the weekend to re-tell it to you!
We've also learnt about Heraldry and have designed our own shields thinking about which colours, patterns and symbols best represent us. We are looking forward to using our designs to make shields in a few weeks time.
Our common exception words next week are - here, there, where
Wednesday 20th November
The children have been enjoying all aspects of their learning so far this week! They were delighted to share their recent 3D and 2D Maths homework with eachother, and they have been using and referring to it throughout Maths lessons this week. The children have really benefitted from their homework activities and it's lovely to see and hear so much enthusiasm. Thank you for all of your support! Here are some photos of our maths work this week...
There is a new homework task to be completed and handed in by Wednesday 4th December. Please click on the 'homework' icon above for further details.
Friday 15th November
What a busy few days in Owl class!
Yesterday we used all the ideas we gathered earlier in the week to create a class acrostic poem about castles. We are very proud poets! We've learnt how castles have changed over time and have applied our subtraction/addition knowledge to solve and explain a variety of problems.
Our common exception words next week are - by, my, love
Wednesday 13th November
This week we have been continuing our learning of how to add and subtract a variety of ways. All of the children are developing their skills and enjoying experimenting with different methods, it's a delight to see them 'grow their brains' so much!
Next week we will be using the recent 2D and 3D shape homework to begin our sequence of learning in Maths, so thank you for investing the time at home together. Here are some examples of the fantastic homework...
The new Topic Web has been uploaded to this site to please make sure you have a look at it to see what we will be learning this half term.
Friday 8th November
What a great first week back we've had in Owl Class! Following our trip to Windsor Castle we wrote recounts of the day using adverbs of time. We started our 'Curious about Castles' topic by sharing what we already know and questions we have. We loved playing with the model castles and learning the names of the main parts.
Our common exception words next week are - go, no, so
Wednesday 6th November
We had a fabulous trip to Windsor Castle yesterday. The weather was very kind to us and we saw many wonderful sights. The day started with watching the guards march to the band playing after the changing of the guard ceremony. We then walked to Windsor Castle for our workshop 'Knights Wanted'. We learnt how to become a knight and were finally knighted by the Queen, (Mrs.Harbin)!! Afterwards we toured the castle, taking in sights such as the famous Queen Mary's Dolls' House, the State Apartments, St.George's Chapel and The China Museum. The children were in awe of almost everything they saw, as were we! Here are a few photos of our trip...
The children came up with 24 questions they wanted to find answers to before we went on our trip. We have already answered some of them, and we will be continuing our research on castles in the forthcoming weeks, where we aim to answer all of them. Please take the opportunity to visit your local library and look through some non-fiction books about castles and find out more interesting facts!
Wednesday 23rd October
It has been a very busy week so far. The children have been learning how to find missing numbers in Maths, using the part-whole model as well as counting on using a number line. They have been investigating how to find the 'whole', and one of the 'parts'. In English, our learning is centered around the story 'Owl Babies'. The children loved acting the story out today in the bluebell woods. Here are some pictures...
To celebrate 'World Food Day', each class focused on a country and the children tasted various food from that country. We rotated around the school so each class tasted each country's foods. Year 1 was Italy, Year 2 was India and Reception was Scotland. The children loved trying the different foods and it was interesting talking to all of them finding out which was their favourite. Surprisingly, minestrone soup was a clear favourite!
Attached is the homework the children must hand in after half-term. Please have lots of fun doing it, as well as regular reading.
Friday 18th October
Owl class had some great news on Monday morning...our applications were successful and all of us were invited to commence astronaut training straightaway! The training tasks included: researching planets & creating a fact book, carrying out a scientific investigation, exploring what it would be like to go into Space including tasting space food, attempting to write upside down and moon walking on giant sponges! We also had to complete a fitness test, design and make moon buggies, design a rocket using 2D shapes and write about a recent mission. Sounds exhausting doesn't it! You will be pleased to know we all passed our astronaut training and the ESA will keep us in mind for the future! We've had lots of fun and learnt so much in the process! Have a look at the slideshow of photos below.
Our common exception words next week are - you, your, they
Friday 11th October 2019
We're loving the Space topic in Owl Class and some of us got a chance to enter our very own space station today! The rest of the class can't wait to get in there next week!
Yesterday we came across an advert from the European Space Agency who are looking to recruit future astronauts. Having read the qualities which are need to be an astronaut we decided to apply! We're hoping to hear back from the ESA soon to see if we have been successful with our applications! Finger crossed!
Donations of rolls of tin foil in preparation for Thursday's Topic lesson would be gratefully received. Thanks in advance!
Our common exception words next week are - has, his, I
Wednesday 9th October 2019
It's been an exceptionally busy week in Year 1. The children have been concentrating so hard and growing their brains in lots of different areas! In English we have been reading the book 'The Darkest Dark'. The children have been predicting what happens in the story thought about how the astronaut, Chris, felt in certain parts of the book. They have been writing sentences to explain these feelings. We will be continuing with the topic of Space for the rest of this week and next.
In Maths we have been concentrating on addition, and partitioning numbers, using objects to help us. We have just started to explore number families and how each number relates to each other in a number sentence. The children have learnt that 'equals' means 'the same as'.
Attached below is our first Maths Newsletter. This contains information about all aspects of maths that the children have been learning since they started their journey in Year 1. We are sending a hard copy out today as well as being on the website, but all future issues will be placed on the website only. We hope you will find that this is a useful document to talk about maths at home with your child. Please encourage them to show you some of the things they have been learning, and have fun together!
Friday 4th October 2019
Another week has flown by!
We have loved playing our own board game using our 'Would you rather...' questions from earlier in the week. We've also enjoyed exploring the work of Pablo Picasso and creating our own masterpieces in a similar style.
Our common exception words next week are: were, was, is
Wednesday 2nd October 2019
It's been a really busy start to the week, and we have already grown our brains so much! In English we are studying the text book 'Would You Rather...'. The children are loving making choices of scenarios they prefer to do, and giving reasons for their choices. Today, they have created their own choices of activities they may prefer to do, and some of them have been very creative! We will be continuing with this book for the rest of the week.
In Maths we have been learning about ordinal numbers. We have been looking at how first, second and third are very different from saying one, two and three. It would be very useful if you could chat about this at home, and in particular use the red Practice Book to practise the spelling of ordinal numbers, (first, second, third.....etc), in addition to the spellings of cardinal numbers, (one, two, three.....etc). Please only practise up to 10 at this point.
The children have been practising spelling the three tricky words during Phonics lessons, so please continue to practise these at home. Creating a sentence using each word is also a great way to embed the meaning of the word.
Friday 27th September
We've had another great week in Owl Class!
This week in Maths we have been comparing groups of objects, comparing numbers, ordering objects and solving problems.
In English we've been looking at the structure of simple sentences and today have written our own great sentences using capitals, finger spaces and full stops!
We've also grown our brains lots during Science, Topic and PE lessons!
Our common exception words next week are: said, says, are
Friday 20th September
What a great first few weeks we've had in Owl Class!
This week in Maths we have been counting forwards and backwards from a given number within 20 and have been identifying 1 more than and 1 less than numbers within 10. If you could continue practising this at home it would really help to consolidate the learning.
In English we've been looking at the different features on Fiction and Non Fiction books and have been identifying and writing our own labels.
We loved getting outside for our Topic lesson where we used natural resources to create self portraits!
Our common exception words next week are: to, today, of