Welcome to the Year 1 Page!
A warm welcome to Year 1. I hope that you have all had a lovely, fun-filled summer holiday and are ready to settle in to the new school year. I am very much looking forward to getting to know your children and am excited to embrace the transition from Reception to Year 1, developing our class into keen, curious learners and independent individuals.
Over the course of this term, our topic is ‘The Great Fire of London’. I am looking forward to delivering this topic in a hands-on, creative manner with lots of fun activities planned for the weeks ahead. The first two weeks of term will have a Geography focus, looking at what London is like now and thinking about the similarities and differences between London and Grantham. During the second week, we will use our geographical mapping skills to create a 3D model of a London street. We will then move on to learning about The Great Fire of London as an event in British history, including an exciting workshop which will be led by the fantastic drama company ‘Partake’. There will two main Science focuses during the Autumn Term which are ‘Materials’ and ‘Humans’. This learning will be linked to our topic work throughout the term.
So, all in all, a very exciting term ahead!
Our PE session will be on Thursday afternoon. During this term, we will be focusing on Gymnastics. We will be taking full advantage of any lovely weather, so could you please ensure that your child has either plimsolls or trainers in their PE kits at all times. If your child wears ear-rings, could you also ensure that these are removed on Thursdays or are able to be covered with plasters.
Reading in Year 1 consists of independent reading and guided reading. The day in which your child reads with an adult may vary, so could you please ensure that they have their home reading books and reading diary in their book bag each day. Reading at home is greatly encouraged in Year 1 – this does not always have to be their reading book. Reading any form of text, which could include comic books, magazines, library books, information books etc, is extremely beneficial to your child’s progression. To show our encouragement and hope that this happens regularly, home reading is rewarded in our class! Each time you read at home with your child, please write a short entry in their reading diary. This is then checked in class and your child will be able to move their name up a step on our class reading ladder. Once your child reaches the top of the ladder, they will receive a certificate for being a fantastic home reader!
As well as regular reading at home, the completion of homework is very important to consolidate your child’s learning. Your child will be given homework each Friday which will be expected to be handed in by the following Friday.
My door is always open for any queries, concerns or anything you wish to discuss so please do not hesitate and feel free to pop in for a chat any time.
Finally, I would just like to thank you for your support and look forward to an exciting year ahead!
Miss Catriona MacLeod
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2016 - 2017
Woodside Wildlife Park
We all had a great day at Woodside! You can find more photos in the Gallery.
For our topic this term we have been looking at identifying the different parts of plants and have created our own diagrams using different materials and on an ipad. We have also really enjoyed planting our own sunflowers and learning how to care for them. We have also looked at the artwork of Georges Seurat, an artist who used Pointillism in his paintings, and created our own sunflower paintings using this technique.
The children were fascinated by the various creatures they were able to see and hold when ZooLab visited recently.
World Book Day
There were some fabulous outfits on World Book Day! After a very busy morning, the children were excited when Mr Togher came and read them a story during the afternoon. They then had the chance to read with other children from all different classes and they really enjoyed spending time sharing books. The atmosphere in the classroom was wonderful and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
We had an amazing day recently learning more about the Victorians and how they lived their lives. Everyone came dressed as a rich or poor Victorian - as you can see below they wore some great outfits! Everyone was given a Victorian name for the day and our activities included using slates for writing and baking some tasty breakfast rolls.
We were very excited to play with the toys brought in by Partake earlier this term. We looked at toys from different time periods and also at different kinds of toys: pull along, push along and imaginative. Here are some comments from the children:
"It was good because we got to play with lots of toys. My favourite toy was the clay dolly because it looked pretty and had a nice white dress". Freya.
"It was fun because it had different kinds of toys to play with". Preston.
"It was exciting because Tom brought lots of old and new toys today. My favourite toy was the pop gun because it made me jump". Charlie.
"My favourite was the snapping crocodile because it was green, my favourite colour". Lauren.
As you can tell, we had lots of fun!
Rain Gauge Experiments
This term we have been learning about the weather and decided to finish our topic by making rain gauges to investigate rainfall. The children worked in pairs to draw the scale onto the bottle and find a suitable place for it somewhere in the school grounds. We are really looking forward to finding out the results of our experiment!
Story Telling - The Christmas Story
One of the ways in which we are developing the children's writing this year is by using ‘Talk for Writing’ techniques with them. The children are learning to retell stories by using actions for familiar phrases or vocabulary and also by making story maps which are quick pictorial representations of the main parts of a story. By doing this the children will build up a bank of interesting vocabulary, phrases and types of plot they can draw upon to help them with their own story writing.
We have had great fun learning to retell the Christmas Story. Some of the children recently performed in a Star Achiever assembly and you can see a video below. They did a great job! We are now very busy learning our songs and words for our Christmas performance.
The children had the opportunity to practise their measuring skills when we made biscuits recently. They worked really well together and were very proud of their biscuits! They gave them to the children in the Reception Class and Year 2 as a reminder of the importance of giving not just receiving.
Our First Term
The children have settled very well into Year 1 and we have had a great first term! You can see a selection of photos below.
The children have been learning how to draw facial features that are in proportion. You can see some fabulous examples below.
We had great fun when Carl from Inspire+ came into school to teach us some Paralympic sports. We were shown how to play boccia which is a form of bowls. The children had to kneel and bowl a ball so that it landed on a spot - it proved very difficult to do!