YEAR R 1 GALLERY
This Term we are looking at answering:
How would dinosaurs and animals need to live?
It's Christmas Week! We have had so much fun cooking reindeer biscuits, singing carols in the Oak, playing post offices and posting our cards in the post box
and making lots of Christmas crafts.
Wow what a busy 2 weeks it’s been in Year R 1. In Maths the children have been learning all about doubles and both Year R and 1 are becoming super
mathematicians using their number facts. They are coming up to us telling us what 2 + 2 and 5 + 5 makes. As you could tell this week, we have been practising and
preparing our Nativity performance to make it as perfect as it was. We are so proud of our children for being so independent and making it a memorable occasion.
Wow, what a change we have seen with our new reception children, reading their HF words, remembering their sounds and writing their name independently. We
are so proud of them, and can see how far they have come already. Over the two weeks, we have been learning to count money and recognise their value. Year 1’s
have been buying items from our dinosaur museum using coins to show we do not have a 6p coin. Please help your child at home by counting money as this is still a
key skill in life. We have been reading the story of Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs. Year 1 are planning their own setting where Harry may lose his bucket
and Year R’s have been telling me which dinosaurs are in their buckets. Thank you for all the Nativity Costumes we have had in already in a named bag.
What a start to our new topic, all about dinosaurs. We have loved being in our new role play area, pretending to be dinosaurs like our Brontosaurus or being a
fossil finder in our dinosaur museum. The children have explored how we classify animals into groups by what they eat and call them herbivores, carnivores or
omnivores. We realised that we are all herbivores in our class. All of children have been busy drawing pictures for their weekend news and even our Year Rs are
now trying to write about it. To help them with their memories, please talk to your child after the weekend or the Monday morning before school about what you
have been up to. You can always write a note on a post it so we can help remind them. We cannot believe the change our chick has made, so we have now bought a
bigger pen so Cheep has more space to run and jump. On Monday we voted and chose our own part we wanted to play in our Nativity. Now we are starting to sing
and learn our lines for our big performance.
How do we care for animals?
These two weeks we have been practising our number bonds to 10 in Year 1 by singing our farmer Pete song. Reception have been helping us to count our sheep that
have got lost and have been counting one more and one less. On Thursday 17th October we had one egg that hatched and we now have a new, fluffy friend to look
after. We have been looking after our chick by feeding it and keeping it hydrated by changing its water. Now it is a week old, we have been lucky to hold and stroke
our chick. It was lovely to see so many parents this week, have a lovely half term break.
Well done to all the children who read the story of the little red hen out loud for everyone in the church to hear at our harvest festival. We are well on our way
with our phase 2 sounds and showing our friends and family our actions. Keep it up! We have been identifying animals body parts and comparing them to other
animals to show what makes them similar or different. This week the children really enjoyed their visit to Aston Hall Farm on Wednesday. While we were at the
farm we saw geese and some sheep. We learnt how Kate and Rob looked after their animals to keep them healthy. We then went on a tractor ride and had a tour
of the farm to see the horses, foals, cows and calves. And we got to see how the fields are used to grow wheat and corn for the animals. In our math's we have
been exploring different number bonds to 5, 6, 7 and 8. The children love singing the Jack Hartman number pairs songs.
Here we are reading the story of the little red hen in our Harvest Festival.
The children are working really hard to be independent in the morning and carry all their belongings into the classroom and find where to place it. Last week we
visited the forest of Arden agricultural show and saw a range of tractors ploughing. It's so lovely to hear who has been showing their family the photos from our
visit to the Forest of Arden show on the website. Well done to all children who participated in the art competition with their spoons or hand prints. Our class won
five certificates! In our English lessons, we have been learning how to retell the story of the little red hen. We can't wait to show you at the Harvest Festival.
It has been an exciting start to our school journey. We have had an incredible two weeks learning our class rules and routines followed by eating school
dinners all by our self. Our children have made lots of new friends and are showing us they can work well with their learning partners on the carpet.
Year Rs and 1s are impressing us everyday with their listening skills as they are keen to show us their name and numbers. We have started our farm topic
by reading the stories of 'on the farm' and the pig in the pond where we are creating farm crafts. Our Year 1s are learning about the body and have been
labeling different body parts outside using chalk. We are looking forward to our school visit to the Forest of Arden next week.
Who were pirates and what did they do?
Well done to all the children who have been practising their high frequency words and have wowed us as they can now read lots of our words by sight.
It is great to see how much children are accessing their bug club books. Keep it up! This week we have had a water week.
We had an incredible time at Weston Super Mare and could recognise the different homes found at the seaside. After this, we chose to take part in different
challenges on the sand. We created a sandcastle town or village, hid and found buried treasure, played bat and balls and even went for a paddle in the sea!
Yesterday we had an incredible day with Mr Caddle, the pirate man. Thank you everyone for all your effort in dressing up, the children had great fun!
We learnt about what it was like to be a pirate, what they wore, where they kept their treasure, different ships they sailed and even heard a cannon fire.
How is living at the seaside different from living in Upton Snodsbury?
What a busy term we have had! Well done to everyone keeping up their listening and persevering skills to ensure great learning.
All children have written fantastic stories about the lighthouse keeper's lunch. In topic we have been looking at the key features in Upton Snodsbury
and what makes our village special. We have been on two walks identifying the different homes in our village and also had a great experience watching the
local farmer sheer their sheep. It was fascinating to watch and we all had lots of questions!
We have had a wonderful two weeks learning all about the seaside. A huge thank you to all the effort that was put into making our wonderful seaside
pictures and models. We have been reading the story of the Lighthouse Keeper's lunch and designing the setting in the classroom.
Because the seagulls were eating Mr Grinling's lunch, we created our very own disgusting sandwich to stop the seagulls.
In Maths we have been finding half and a quarter of objects and shapes, let us know if you find anything that is a half/quarter at home.
What can be found in a Woodland?
This week we have been celebrating how hard everyone is trying on their bug club. Please speak to me on Parents Evening if you are still unsure
how to access this. It is amazing to see that our 5 caterpillars have turned into chrysalises. I cannot wait to see how they change next week.
Our grass heads have grown and we now have hair.
This week we have been reading the Gruffalo. From this we have been learning about questions and question marks. We have thought of questions we would like
to ask the Gruffalo and answered them as though we are the Gruffalo. In the afternoons we have been learning about plants and trees and have made our very
own grass heads using tights. We also have some very special visitors living in our classroom so we can watch them grow. Can you spot them?
Every Monday we share what we did at the weekend and write about it. Sometimes we struggle to remember what we have been up to.
Can you please talk to your child on a Monday morning about their weekend or even write us a little post it note to help us remind them. Thank you!
We have spent two weeks on our story of Where the Wild Things are and the children have been sequencing the story, describe the setting of the woodlands
and the main character Max. We have been sketching a woodland tree and using collages to create the different textures and using oil pastels to draw and
colour our own wild thing. Well done to everyone's costumes they have helped us so much to imagine, act and become a real wild thing.
What is a Traditional Fairy Tale?
We had our first sharing this week and didn't we do well. I am so proud of everyone in our class for speaking and sharing their work with our school
and our families. We all said something we wanted to share and could stand up at the right time independently. Well done!
Happy Chinese New Year! Wow, what an experience! Thank you to everyone for making their own passport ready to board the Upton Snodsbury Plane to China.
We had great fun experiencing departures, going through security, having our passports checked and then boarding our plane.
Once we arrived in China, we ate at the Chinese restaurant, wrote Chinese numbers, painted blossom trees, created a Chinese dragon and lion dance,
made lanterns and fans, used chopsticks on our funky fingers table and finally made, wrote and ate our very own fortune cookies. What a busy week!
We've had a lovely two weeks of Fairy tale surprises in our classroom. We started with little red riding hood's basket being left in our woodland with
food in last week and a bridge with water for the Billy Goats Gruff to trip trap over in our classroom. From this we have labelled characters and settings
from the stories and we are now writing the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff using adjectives to make our writing more exciting! Over the past two weeks,
the children have learnt how to log onto their Worcestershire learning gateway and have learnt how to print in computing. We've enjoyed sorting our animals
and learning their group names. I cannot believe how many stickers I've been giving out for reading at least three times a week!
You'll soon be in Mrs Barber's box. Keep it up!
A super effort in spellings this week and well done to those who won a raffle ticket, I'll have to buy a new book!
We have had a great two weeks in R/1 as we came to school and noticed the role play had changed into a woodland but we couldn't get upstairs.
The first week we read, acted and danced to Goldilocks and the three bears. Then this week we noticed a bag of magic beans had been dropped in the
woods only to see it had grown into a huge beanstalk and now we can climb up into the clouds to get into the castle in the sky. How magical our classroom is!
Why do people visit London?
It's Christmas jumper day! Thank you to all who brought in a donation for the Christmas jumper charity.
Well done to all the children who have brought in their filled bingo sheets and have been practicing their
spellings. Over the past two weeks, we have been learning about the great fire of London that happened in 1666.
We have been acting out the story using our own bakery on fire, writing our own diary extract like Samuel
Pepys did, creating our own artwork showing the houses they had made from wood and using crayons to show
the flames burning. In forest school we have created houses out of natural materials and this week we had a
Thank you to all our family who came to visit our class and read our new books with us.
A big congratulations to our 10 children in Year 1 who scored 10 out of 10 in their spellings last week.
We have had a busy two weeks using our teddies to help write our own stories of Paddington. After finding
Paddington’s magical suitcase in the classroom, we made delicious marmalade cake, using his recipe.
How do superheroes make a difference?
To finish our topic, we have designed our own superhero capes.
First we chose what colour we wanted to tie dye the old bed sheets, then what shaped logo we wanted and
finally the colour of our letter to show what superhero we are. Thank you to all of our family who came to
visit our super classroom and see us dressed head to toe as superheroes!
In English we have been surprised every morning, vegetables have been tied up around our classroom.
We decided, making a supertato would help save our vegetables. We have helped mash evil pea's friends,
hammer them out of the ice and play hot seating and act like one of the superhero vegetables.
These are pictures of our first forest school afternoon as a whole class.
We enjoyed exploring our mud kitchen, creating dens, finding different leaves and working together.
Our new reception children have had lots of fun for their first full time week.
We have been learning our new sounds and have been exploring numbers using dice and number lines.
This summer term we have been answering the question:
What would dinosaurs and animals need to live?
In Science, we have been learning about growing plants and what plants need to survive. We have planted our own sunflower seeds and we are undertaking a scientific experiment to see how seeds grow and what they need.
This week during Forest School, we watched the live broadcast of Springwatch Wild Academy, which was to all schools interested. We all really enjoyed it and then went out side and built homes for the animals we saw on the broadcast.
This week, we have 'learning all about me' and what things we need to do to keep us healthy. We tasted a variety of fruits, designed and then made our own fruit kebabs.
During Forest School this week, Mr Macefield kindly came into school to help with the pond dipping. He is an ecologist and we all enjoyed finding out all about the animals that live in the pond and identifying what they are. Thank you Mr Macefield, it was really interesting!
We have had a very exciting week, as we have watched our eggs hatch and then we even got a chance to hold the chicks!
This week in Maths, we have been making amounts using money to buy two, or more dinosaurs. The challenge for Year 1 was to add 4 amounts.