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Year 1 – H Stent

Hello and welcome to Year 1 class news! 

 

Mrs Stent, Mrs Willing and Mrs May

are all working together to make this, a very special and exciting year!

Come and say hello, we are always happy to get to know you better and support in any way we can. 

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Important Information:

   

  • PE takes place on Friday morning (every other week) - Please provide your child with a PE kit, with items clearly labelled. If we can't find a name, and to save items getting lost we are happy to write names on them for you.
  • FOREST SCHOOLS  takes place on a Friday morning alternating with P.E. We have lots of wellies if you don't have a pair, but we are grateful if you do bring your own from home. It will get really muddy as the weather changes (and we do go out in the rain)- but what could be more fun than splashing and sploshing about!

                                                                 

  • Homework and reading books are given out on a Thursday. These will be placed in your child's book bag - Please make sure these are returned back to school by the following Wednesday so that we can mark it and change reading books ready to give back.

                                                                               

  • School dinners cost £2.30. There is a choice of hot or cold meals each day. Please send all money in a clearly labelled purse or wallet.

 

Fruit costs 30p per day which will provide your child with a healthy snack

 

IMPORTANT- Some children have allergies, so please do not

send your child to school with  any snacks which may contain nuts-THANK YOU

 

  • Outdoor activities Please provide your child with a coat or jacket each day, preferably with hood, so that they can comfortably take part in all weather.

We are flying through Year 1! Our Super Stars of the Week.

Working hard building marvellous models

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Monkey Mishchief!

The first topic we are studying this year is all about monkeys. As part of this topic we are learning the  story, 'Monkey See, Monkey Do'. Please practise saying this story together at home; we can show you all the actions. These actions help us to remember the story, so that we can re-tell it.

 

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Playing outside is fabulous fun!

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Our exciting visit to BRISTOL ZOO GARDENS

 

 

Setting Off! What will we find?...

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Who's this little Joey?

We went bananas for GORILLAS!

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HIPPOTASTIC!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will be writing the story 'How the tortoise got his shell' using key words. These key words are within these spelling lists. They start from Easy and move to more difficult. Please work your way through these spelling lists ready for a spelling test. 
Please practise reading this story with your child and ask them to re-tell it just as it is written in preparation our Summer term. 

This half term our topic is Awesome Autumn

We are investigating our surroundings looking at the signs and changes that show us that autumn is here

Week 1 We looked at the life of a hedgehog and learned lots of new and interesting facts.

 

Week 2 We have discussed what happens to the flowers in the winter.

 

Week 3 We learnt how the birds migrate to warmer climates and how other garden birds adapt to survive the cold winter months.

 

Week 4 We looked at what happens to the trees in winter.

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Week 5 We discussed what conkers looked and felt like.

 

Week 6 We answered the question - Are cones made of ice?

 

 

 The children have asked the questions and we investigate the answers together.

Roald Dahl's Special Day

We all enjoyed the day by learning about the author Roald Dahl and looking at some of the wonderful books he has written for us to enjoy.

Can you guess which Roald Dahl character we are dressed as?

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Look how much we love to read!

Literacy 

Our focus story for this half term is Monkey See Monkey Do

We learned actions to go with the story to help us remember it.
We also made a story map, like this one, to help us when we wrote the story.

Hedgehogs

We had a visit from the 'Hedgehog Lady' who told us lots of interesting new facts about hedgehogs and how to look after them in the winter months. 

We have been studying the work of Welsh Artist Kerry Darlington.

We looked at her work titled 'Tree of Life - Autumn' and then used some of her ideas to make an autumn tree of our own.

 

Our next autumn topic is Celebrations!

We have been learning about Divali and how Hindus celebrate the Festival of Light.

Gurshaan's mum kindly came in to school to tell us how they celebrate Divali at home. She brought in Divali lamps for us to look at and then helped us to make some of our own.

 

 

 

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Over the weeks been reading a story about Sammy Spider who lives in a house with the Shapiro family . He watches them celebrate

Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year Celebration..

 

In groups we chatted together to find words to describe Sammy Spider. We came up with some amazing adjectives!

 

 

In the story Mum prepares apples dipped in honey and makes special challah bread.

 

The boys and girls tasted apples dipped in honey, just like the family did, and most of them decided it was... delicious, yummy, sweet, tasty, sticky and scrumptious!

 

Freeze Frame

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Year 1 Trip to Tesco

We learnt lots of new food facts on our visit to Tesco and wrote about them using the laptop. Here are some of our surprises:

​ All strawberries have the same amount of seeds around the outside.

Reindeer give milk.

Sprouts grow on stalks.

Bananas grow upside down.

Dough turns to bread.

 

Arriving at the store

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Aprons on and ready to explore

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New tasting experiences!

Forest Schools

Year 1 had great fun making dens in the forest area. They worked in teams and chose where they thought a good place would be to build their den. It took a lot of trial and error making sure the string was long enough to reach and how to tie knots 'that work'. The best bit of all was sitting in the den when it was finished and having a picnic!   

Year 1 Christmas Concert

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Spring Term 1- January 

 

Our Topic is Water

We all enjoyed learning about the water cycle. Together we read the the book 'The Drop Goes Plop' by Sam Godwin.  

 

We made our own story maps like this one:

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We learnt to say the story by using actions following the Pie Corbette model.
We have also blocked the text so that we can see the main parts of the story - Setting, Middle, End. This helps us when we write our own stories.
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Year ! Class Assembly was a great success. All the children took part telling the story of the Drop Goes Plop and sang a variety of lively songs. 

We looked at the different types of clouds.
The ballerinas danced like water drops swirling down the plug hole.
The guitarists rocked out the final song - We just want to thank you!

Writing

We have been learning how to write a procedure.

We know they they have special headings - Title, What we need, and What we do. They also have very bossy words!

 

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The fun part was making the sandwiches!

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Next we learnt how to cut our sandwiches into halves and quarters before we could start eating them.

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Our topic this term is Water!

We always start this with a web, where children give us their ideas of what they already know about water.

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This is a curriculum overview of our Spring topic

Describing words we have used for the green watering can

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Here are some useful guides to show what we expect from a Year 1 child

Your child may be working either below or above this level and we adapt this work to suit their needs. 

 

 

 

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By looking at these, you will know where to start when working with your child at home.

Try to do little achievable steps and then choose a new thing to learn.

 

Maths

In Year 1 we cover a variety of topics e.g: shape, money, measuring, time, data handling, coding and number.

 

Here is a number overview of what we expect a Year 1 child to know by the end of the year. Once again your child may be working below or above this level and we differentiate the work for them to achieve to the best of their ability.

 

 

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As a whole school approach, we are now encouraging all children to practise their number skills at home. This can be paper form such as Big Maths tests sent home or using Abacus and RMEasimaths on the computer/Ipad.

 

Each child has their own username and password for both Abacus and RMEasimaths. 

These have been sent home at the start of the year and will now be sent out again this term  

to ensure you have received them.

 

Please copy the following links into the internet browser and these will take you to the site pages you need.

 

RMEasimths: https://www.rmeasimaths.com/Easimaths/Account/LogIn 

Abacus:https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

 

 

 

Saint David's Day

Eisteddfod Winners

 

Handwriting

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Welsh Models

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Recitation with signing

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Here are some of our wonderful welsh models.

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Well Done Everyone!

Tennis Academy Learning Session

We had a fun time learning how to play tennis.

First we had to listen carefully to the Tennis Teacher and then play some warm up games.

We all had to hug our partners!

The next step was getting to grips with the ball. Rolling it, chasing it, bouncing it and hitting it up in the air. It was great to learn some new skills. 

We have all had fun celebrating World Book Day!

We brought our favourite books to school to share with everyone and we dressed up as our favourite book characters.  As a class we enjoyed reading the book, 'When the crayons Quit!' which made us all laugh, because peach crayon had no clothes on!

 

The teachers all dressed like the crayons in the story.

Here are some of our amazing costumes we wore for World Book Day

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Year 4 came to show us their favourite books and read us some stories.

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James came to read us a story about a magic key and pirates.

He did it really well.

 

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Bron Afon Gardening Competition

We have been getting the planters ready for the gardening competition. Judging is on Friday 8th July. We managed to get really messy, pulling out the weeds, and planting new flowers and bulbs. 

 

PETS

We have lots of pets that we are looking after in our class. Throughout the year we have learned lots about them. The hamster, Hamlet has been very busy chewing his cage, and the long-haired guinea pigs have done the same too. Unfortunately, the fish tank has no lid, and the cover we have put on has gone rusty. We decided to get busy and ask for help! 

Here are some of the letters we've written.

Great News!

Our hamster now has a new, 5 star luxury home, with all the trimmings.

Many thanks to Mr.Goode and

Pets at Home

 

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A very happy hamster!

 

 

Well, it's our last class event - end of term Year 1 picnic in a nice shady corner under the trees. Lots to eat and enjoy. 

 

 

 

Well, this is the last meeting for us with news about what we've done, though I will try to put photos on later of our canal walk.

We have all had a lovely year together, playing, working and learning together. The great thing about learning, is that it never stops.

 

Wishing you all a lovely summer break.

Mrs Stent, Mrs Willing, Mrs Evans

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