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Welcome to Class 1M.

Our teacher is Mrs Metcalfe and our learning support assistants are Mrs La'Hive and Miss Spencer. 

 

 

We always try our best and have lots fun while we learn in Year 1!

 

 

PE

We would recommend that you leave your child's PE bag in school until half term. 

 

PE is on a Friday morning so please ensure your child has full kit including red t-shirt, blue shorts and black pumps. Ensure all of your child's PE kit and school uniform are clearly named.

 

Book Bags

 

We don't have a set day to change reading books.  Please can your child bring their book bag to school everyday. Thank you. It is important that you read with your child when they bring home a new book. Please check for any letters that may have been placed in their book bag.

 

 

 

 

Now that the children are in year 1 they will have a weekly spelling test on a Wednesday. They will bring home their spellings to practice the week before so please support your child with them. We encourage the children to 'do their best' and they are very excited to see how many they have spelled correctly each week.

 

Water Bottles

 

Children can bring in a water (and only water) in a named bottle so if they get thirsty they have access to a drink throughout the day.

Homework Menu

 

Every half term, a homework menu will be given out with a selection of tasks to be completed, across all areas of the curriculum. It is your choice how many you complete, however you must do at least one and hand it in by the end of the half term. Your completed work will be celebrated. 

 

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Upcoming dates this half term:

 

Tuesday 23rd April - Back to school

Thursday 25th April -After school clubs for y1 start - (every Thursday for 5 weeks) 3.20-4.20

Monday 29th April - Walk around local area

Tuesday 30th April - 100% attendance treat

Friday 10th May - Woolton trip

Thursday 23rd May - Outdoor learning day

Friday 24th May  - finish for half term

Wednesday 5th June - Children return to school

WC Monday 10th June - Phonics screening check week.

1st April - DT week

Thursday 4th April - School Disco

Friday 5th April - Finish for Easter.

Tuesday 23rd April - Back to school

 

Summer 1 - Speke and beyond

Subject overview

RE - Islam, Holidays and Holydays, Being Sorry

English - The tiger who came to tea

Maths - Addition and subtraction to 50, Measurement and Length, Multiplication 2's, 5's, 10's

Geography - Speke and beyond, looking at the human and physical features of Speke, comparing them to Woolton and beyond!

Science - Seasonal change revisit

PE - games

Art - 3D structures - Klimt Trees

Music - Your imagination

SEAL - Relationships

Phonics Screening check preparation  - Mock checks

Spring 2 - Amazing Animals

 This half term we started with a day discussing our favourite animals and did some categorising of them.  During our Amazing animals unit we have learnt about Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores and also categorise of species and why they are different.  Our outdoor learning project was focussed on British Wildlife and children went on a nature trail around our school to find different examples of this. 

We have also been part of a very exciting project in English working alongside Mr Pyne from Hi Impact.  As part of the Literacy Film festival the children worked on a poetry unit supported by Michael Rosen based on the theme 'Why I play?'  As a class we explored the feelings of playing and used a supporting poem genre to create our own class poem.  Mr Pyne then came in to help us record a video of us acting out and narrating our poem to submit as our entry.  We are looking forward to seeing our film and will share it with you when we have received the final cut.  Children were also shocked to find a dragon had left his egg inside our classroom!  

This was then used to help us write sets of instructions and we have been learning lots of 'Bossy' imperative verbs and making sure we don't forget any important information. World Book Day was lots of fun and we got to dress up as our favourite characters.

Maths focused on numbers to 50, making sure we understood how many tens and one were part of each number.  We also continued to use our mathematical symbols of more and less to make comparisons between numbers and have been using lots of equipment like Base 10, and ten frames.  We also had a very creative half term creating free standing animal enclosures and using equipment from the kitchen to do some printing. 

 

Spring 2 - Amazing Animals

Subject overview

RE - Meals, Change

English - Literacy Film Festival -Poetry focus, instructions

Maths - Place value to 50, Measurement

Science - Animals

Art - Printing

Music -In the Groove

PE - Games

DT - Free standing structures

SEAL - Good to be me

Phonics Screening check preparation  - Mock checks

We are proud to share our entry into the Litfest. We hope you enjoy it!

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Following instruction to plant seeds

A dragon egg appeared in class. How can we trap the dragon?

British wildlife hunt

Easter cakes

Spring 1 - Up in the Air

What a busy half term this was! The children returned to school and are first theme was Keeping Safe week.  Each day we had a different focus, such as Stranger Danger, Drug Education, and safety in the home to name but a few and were lucky to have Rose Crossland and PC Jade come to do workshops with us too. We also got to see the school production of the Snow Queen and were lucky enough to have Ian from Hi Impact come and do some database work with us on Chromebooks. 

We started our English work with a poetry unit focussed on the poem Ten things found in a wizards pocket.  Then we introduced a magic box for the children to create their own list poem ideas.  The children really impressed us with how much their writing is improving.  We later moved onto Wishing Stories, focussing on Amelia Earhart story. We have also been doing a lot more phonics activities and had our Mock check.  A big thank you to the families who took the time to come to our Phonics workshop in February.

In Maths we have had a staring focus on place value to 20 and understanding tens and ones in the value of teen numbers.  Children have investigated this through Numicon and Base 10.  Number bonds to 10 and bridging through ten have been ways we have been getting the children to use their addition and subtraction skills with numbers to 20  as well.  We also focussed on 2D and 3D shapes and children are enjoying Smartboard games to apply their new knowledge.  During our snack times we have also been practising our 2, 5 and 10 times tables through songs.  We got to show this off during Number day.

Our topic was Up in the Air and we started this with a craft afternoon were children made lots of different things we find in the air such as hot air balloons, clouds, birds, planes etc. We had a paper aeroplane competition too. Our role play has been turned into an airport and children have been jetting off on exotic holidays when playing in there. The main focus of this unit is historical facts and we studied the Wright Brothers who invented the first aeroplane and their impact on aviation. One of our activities that the children really liked was when we became spies and had to report back our findings on what the flyer looked like.  

Our last week in school was very busy as we completed lots of one off sessions.  We went on our seasonal walk to look for signs of winter and then created Wild Art for our outdoor learning challenge, Chinese storytellers visited St Christopher's and told us traditional Chinese stories, we had our termly RSE lesson were children shared stories about their 'firsts' that they had researched at home, we had our Art day based on the work of Vassilly Kandinsky exploring colour mixing with primary colours and we finished with a school disco which the children loved dancing too the loud music! Enjoy half term and we will see you back at school on Monday.

Kandinsky inspired art

Chinese storytelling

Autumn 2 Homework Menu

Design and Technology - moving vehicles

Marble party

Autumn 2 - Toys

 

Upcoming dates this half term:

 

WC Monday 3rd December: DT week

Tuesday 11th December: Nativity 

Tuesday 18th December: Santa Skype

Thursday 20th December: Finish for Christmas

Children return to school on Tuesday 30th October and this week will be China Week to coincide with Mrs Denby's visit during half term.

 

Monday 5th November is Toy day - children are invited to bring in their favourite toy as an entry point to our topic. 

 

Topic overview:

English: Labels and Captions based on book Dangerous

Maths: Addition and Subtraction, Shape

Science: Everyday materials and their properties

History: Toys throughout the ages

DT: Making moving vehicles

Music: Practising our Nativity songs

PE: Dance

SEAL: Getting on and falling out

 

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Maths in our class

Autumn Term

 

Our first half term in 1M will be  exciting as we will be getting to know our new teachers, areas of the classroom and how we learn in year 1.

 

We will be learning about the different ways we can make numbers, use number lines and have even practice how to spell numbers to 10!

 

Our first English topic is Alliteration in poems. We will then look at the Percy the Park Keeper story, After the storm. We will learn a shortened version of the story, create actions for it and answer questions about it. We will re-write it changing it from an Autumn setting to a winter setting. 

 

Our first topic will be 'Seasons'. We will learn about how the weather and trees change throughout the year. 

 

Autumn 1: Seasons

 

Our first half term in 1M was very exciting.  The children settled well into their new routines and meeting their new teachers.  Entry point to this topic was a dress up day where the children came to school in clothes of their favourite season. This topic was a science and geography based one, the children focused on weather patterns in the UK seasons and how daylight hours vary through them.  We also focused on trees and plants and went around our school grounds investigating which trees we had by identifying them through their leaf shapes. We conducted an experiment to find out which material would make the best umbrella for Percy to keep him dry.

In English, after looking at Alliteration poetry, we focused on Percy the Park Keeper's After the Storm book.  We used our seasonal knowledge to change the problem in the story.  We enjoyed exploring different seasons in our Dream room, and having a bonfire with Mr Hall to explore a winters day.  We kept warm with hot chocolate and some Smores made on the fire. 

Maths focused on place value to 10.  The children had to understand the value of each number and looked at different representations of the same number i.e. numeral, word, Numicon piece, counters, tallies, ten frame etc.  We then introduced the symbols for greater than and less than to compare numbers.

RE was focused on our families and thank you to the families who gave a photograph in for our class displays.  The children enjoyed sharing stories of their relatives and are now aware that they belong to our school and parish family too. The children also got to visit St Christopher's church for a welcome mass when we returned to school.  PE was learning the skills of throwing and catching and using these in games.  A new favourite game of the children's is Shark Attack. Another highlight of this half term was our giants picnic.  The generosity of our families meant it was a giant picnic!  the children enjoyed the picnic in the hall with year 2. The children enjoyed telling us tales of their giants experiences and what they saw. 

Finally we finished the Half term with Art week.  Year 1 looked at the artist Pablo Picasso and learnt to use sketching pencils.  We created collage faces using magazine images, and drew the other half of a facial feature, looked at how colours create different moods and explored the different numbered pencils and how we can create different effects through smudging, cross hatching and how we use the different sides, edges of the pencil too.  Their final piece was to create a self portrait of themselves in the style of Picasso applying the techniques they have learnt through the week.  

 

 

Picasso style self portraits

Which material will make the best umbrella for Percy the Park-keeper?

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