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W.B 3rd December 2018
This week has been somewhat disrupted by our rehearsals for the Christmas performance and we moved guided reading into our morning sessions to allow us to make full use of the hall slots in the afternoon. We ensured that reading remained the focus for the week and managed to fit in both guided reading and individual reads. We even had a whole class comprehension on Friday based around ‘The Way Home’ by Oliver Jeffers. This motivated a lot of discussion and engaged the children in using their own experiences, knowledge and imagination to make predictions of what might be happening next at various stages through the text. It also encouraged them to look deeper for clues in the text and illustrations. Using quality texts certainly keeps them engaged and enthusiastic.
In Maths this week we continued with addition by using number lines to 20 and 30. We went over the skills of starting on the larger number and then jumping before counting to ensure an accurate calculation. The children became quite proficient at this and tackled not only the usual 2 and 3 star challenges but even a 4 star challenge. It also helped embed their number knowledge of the numbers to 20; order, orientation and place value. 
In Guided Reading on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings the children have completed a range of independent activities while the teacher reads with a group. The activities this week and next week include: following instructions on how to draw a festive image, perfecting our skills and making improvements. Independent writing using an image as a starting point, describing what is happening and why. Placing a list of words that use the ‘ay’ phoneme into an alphabetical table, writing the ‘ay; phoneme into incomplete words and reading them and then writing sentences using the words. In handwriting we went over the one arm robot letters; r n m h b k and p in our handwriting books, learning how to keep the letters a uniform size as well as remembering to start at the top and bounce. The fine motor task was to carefully colour an alien and its waterproof gear and then cut and stick them together. The main text covered was ‘Moon Base Shock’. Reading in class will be more problematic over the next two weeks, what with rehearsals, Christmas craft activities etc, so it is even more important that you take time to read with your child at home, play the word game and extend their sight vocabulary.

In Phonics we looked at the common long vowel phonemes for ‘e’; ee  ea  ie and e. We sorted them, added the phonemes to words and blended them; we sorted alien and real words and read words using the phonemes in sentences.

We even managed to squeeze a phonic check with each child to help us plan for next term and pop in some extra sessions for those who need it.

The rehearsals are going really well and the children have managed to recall their lines, the words to the songs and remembered the choreography of their group dances. We managed a couple of stagger throughs, splitting it in half and then on Friday attempted a complete run through! It is in good shape and with a few more rehearsals, especially with live music from Mrs Watkins, we will be confident in performing an incredible show to you on Tuesday 18th December.

Another incredibly busy week!

P.S. Please ensure all costumes are in this coming week please!

W.B 26th November
Our rehearsals are becoming more frequent which means a more fractured timetable. The English we have covered this week has been more topic and grammar based. We did a compare and contrast activity where we looked for clues in two images, one of Earth and one of an alien planet. The children were very observant and wrote sentences using ‘I can see…’ and ‘Both of them have…’ . We also looked more carefully at the alphabet, putting in missing letters and matching upper and lower case letters. We also had a message from the aliens about our eggs to translate. The baby aliens have now flown off with their parents.
In Maths this week we continued our work on addition using equipment. We concentrated on adding a single digit number to a two digit number. We needed to make sure that we counted out the amounts reliably, starting from the larger number and counting on. We had to make sure we didn’t reverse the digits in our answers.
In Guided Reading on Monday, Tuesday and Friday afternoons the children have completed a range of independent activities while the teacher reads with a group. The activities this week included: creating an oil pastel alien self-portrait, labelling the planets in order from the Sun, going over one-armed robot letters in different colours, carefully cutting, assembling and sticking a space rocket picture, and ordering a timeline of key events in space.
In Phonics we looked at the common long vowel phonemes for ‘a’, ‘ay’(play) and ‘ai’ (rain). We looked for them in text, we segmented and blended words, we read sentences and added words that helped make sense, we sorted the different long vowel phoneme words and then sorted them real from alien.
In rehearsal, we have completed the choreography for each group’s dance, as well as going over each group’s lines. We have been going over all the traditional carols that we will use within the show too, we are grateful to Mrs Watkins for all the effort she has put in! Please continue to go over your child’s lines as much as you can at home.

W.B 19th November
In English this week we learnt about animals that were sent into space. At the start of the week we did a whole class comprehension about Laika the dog. The children discussed and answered questions in their learning teams. They were encouraged to refer to the text to support their answers. The following day the children researched facts about Laika and selected their favourite facts to copy into their English books. For the rest of the week we learnt about Ham the chimp. We shared a piece of text with the children that had parts missing so they had to look for clues to work out what animal it was. During our work about animals in space we had class discussions about animal rights and reflected on how we should treat animals. 
In Maths this week we have started to explore addition. We have continued to link our work on place value with this. We have recorded number sentences in our maths books using the squares for the first time. This is particularly tricky as the children have to remember to put one digit per square and to leave a row after a number sentence. We have also focused on adding ones to model careful one to one counting. 
In Guided Reading on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons the children have completed a range of independent activities while the teacher reads with a group. The activities this week and next week include: creating an oil pastel alien self-portrait, labelling the planets in order from the Sun, going over one armed robot letters in different colours, carefully colouring a space dog picture, and ordering a timeline of key event in space.

In Phonics we have recapped all the split digraphs we learnt last week: a-e (snake), e-e (evening), i-e (slide), o-e (phone), u-e (cube, flute). We have read words and spelt words containing split digraphs. We have also played fun games such as split digraph bingo and split digraph dominoes! Please keep spotting split digraphs at home, they are tricky to spot and require a lot of repetition to embed.

As the week progressed our hatched alien has been trying lots of different foods such as carrots, pears and chocolate! The children concluded that it liked chocolate the best as it ate the whole thing and only left the wrapper behind. On Friday the alien broke a whiteboard pen and used the ink to leave a message. Due to this we decided to have an alien themed Friday. The children could choose from a range of activities including: make an alien, plot symbols on an alien island treasure map, write an alien adventure story, identify true/false facts about Ham the chimp, and decode our alien message and alien messages sent by NASA using the alphabet. They had lots of fun selecting which order to complete their activities. 
We have also started to create group dances for our Christmas show, rehearsed our songs and we have started to rehearse lines. Please, please go over the lines as much as you can at home. 
On Wednesday it was our last of two Parents Evenings. Thank you to the parents who attended, it was great to celebrate the children’s achievements with you.

W.B 12th November
In English this week we re-read the Beegu story and sequenced the events in our learning teams. We then focused on a section of the story and created actions to help us retell it. We rehearsed this section of the story repeatedly until we could recall all the words. On Thursday we retold the part of Beegu in our English books.
In Maths we have continued to explore place value. We practically created number sentences using arrow cards e.g. 50 + 8 = 58, 30 + 7 = 37 etc. Through our work the children are beginning to understand that 0 is a place holder.
In Guided Reading on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon the children completed a range of independent activities while the teacher read with a group.  The activities included: creating a plasticine alien, embedding curly caterpillar letters by going over them in rainbow colours, identifying and labelling materials, naming an alien using the split digraph a-e, and labelling parts of the human body. On Friday we completed individual reads with the children who are not quite ready for a guided read yet. This week in guided reading we completed book band assessments to check whether the children were on the correct colour book. While doing this we assessed their comprehension skills as well as their ability to read the words.
In Phonics we have explored split digraphs. We have introduced i-e (slide, hide), o-e (phone, home), e-e (evening, theme) and u-e (flute, cube). During this time we have spotted words with split digraphs, blended to read and segmented to spell. You can support your child with this at home by spotting split digraphs in your books. Remember they make the long vowel sound (their alphabet name).
As the week progressed our Alien egg has glowed red, tendrils have continued to grow across the room, and they have joined across both of the classes. On Friday the egg finally hatched! We came into school to discover cracks at the bottom of the egg, a yellow substance and corn everywhere, and a mysterious hole in the ceiling! The children looked closely for clues and discussed what they thought had happened. We decided that we needed to inform the alien’s parents about the egg hatching. We created a letter as a class and then the children had a go at translating this into alien using the alphabet from NASA. They were very excited!
On Wednesday it was Parents Evening for some of the children. Thank you to the parents who attended, it was great to celebrate the children’s achievements with you. Miraculously we managed to stick to the time schedule pretty well too! Our next Parents Evening is on Wednesday 21st November. On Friday this week we also had a visit from Vernon Coaker. The class ambassadors welcomed him to our class and he had a look at some of our learning. He loved hearing all about the alien egg and was very impressed with how motivated the children were. It was also Spotty Day for Children in Need and we had a surprise visit from Pudsey the bear! Another busy week.
W.B 5th November
On Monday we arrived back to school after a lovely week off to find a mysterious alien egg hanging from the ceiling! A strange message was left nearby and NASA sent us an alien alphabet to help us decode it. We split up the message in our learning teams and translated the message into English. From this we discovered that an alien pod had crashed and the egg had been left in our class for us to take care of while they were fixing the pod. Importantly, it also showed us that it wasn’t dangerous and they meant no harm. Due to our interesting discovery we decided to take our ‘Up, Up and Away’ topic right up into space! This half term our topic will be ‘Moon Zoom’. As the week has progressed many things started to happen to the egg. A yellow slime leaked from the egg, it started to emit an orange glow in patches and tendrils have grown around it. We will continue to monitor the egg and keep you updated regarding what happens!
In English we looked in detail at the egg and created a class word bank to describe it. The children wrote some descriptive sentences in their English books about the alien egg. We also completed a whole class comprehension around part of a story. The children had to be detectives and look for clues to answer questions including who the character was. On Friday we read the complete story and discovered it was about an alien called ‘Beegu’. We had a great discussion based around the book and reflected on how close to the original our previous ideas were.
In Maths we embedded accurate counting by counting how many times each alien symbol was used in the message. We explored using a tally to record and we discussed which was used the most and which was used the least. We have also continued to practically explore place value. We recapped splitting numbers up into tens and ones to make number sentences e.g. 20 + 8 = 28. We also started to explore how we can use tens and ones to order numbers. The children found this a bit tricky so it is something we will continue to work on.
We now do Guided Reading on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. While the teacher reads with a group the rest of the class independently complete a range of activities. This works as a carousel over two weeks so that the children get the chance to complete every activity. The activities this week and next week include: creating a plasticine alien, embedding curly caterpillar letters by going over them in rainbow colours, identifying and labelling materials, naming an alien using the split digraph a-e, and labelling parts of the human body. On Friday we complete individual reads with the children who are not quite ready for a guided read yet.
In Phonics we are starting to introduce new Phase 5 phonemes. This week we have introduced the split digraph a-e e.g. snake, make, skates etc. The children have orally segmented and blended words containing the a-e split digraph, spotted a-e words within a piece of text, sorted a-e words into real and alien, and they have also had a go at writing a-e words. We have discussed long and short vowel sounds through songs which they really enjoy. We have also continued to embed instant recognition of the words: so, do, out, one, said, come, have, like, some, were, there, when, little, what, they, are, Mr, Mrs. You could support your child with this at home by spotting any of these words in stories together. You could also play a game of spotting the split digraph a-e in stories as they can be tricky to spot.
This week we have swapped rockets for bonfire night, wore odd socks for anti-bullying and made poppies for Remembrance Day. What a busy week!
W.B 15th October
On Monday we shared the story ‘The Weather Witch and the Picnic Girl’ and answered questions about it in our learning teams.The children are getting very good at finding the answers in the text. We discussed new vocabulary such as ‘drenched’ and used inference to unpick why the Weather Witch was feeling grumpy.After discussing the story the children went to their tables and wrote about their favourite part. Some used ‘because’ to explain why they liked that bit the best. On Tuesday we practiced a rehearsed sentence: ‘I can see a little girl in a red boat and she has a yummy picnic.’ We created actions, said it in different voices and rehearsed saying it to our friends. The children then had a goat writing the sentence in their books. On Friday we have continued to give children time to quiet read and we have also completed guided reading and individual reads.
In Maths we have started to practically explore place value. We played ‘Race to 30’ as a whole class and then we had a go at playing it in our learning teams. We took turns rolling a dice and collecting that number of magical gems. When we had collected 10 magical gems we could swap this for a magical wand. The first team to collect 3 magical wands (total value of 30) won. The following day we discussed splitting a number up into tens and ones e.g. 36 = 30 + 6. The children had a go at exploring this practically as we said a number and they made it using tens and ones by carefully looking at the digits. We will continue to work on this throughout the year to really embed it. To help support the children with place value it helps if they can count up in 10s. This week we have practised counting up in 10s by singing a song and chanting them throughout the day. Practising counting in 10s at home will really help them secure this.
In Phonics we have recapped the words we have covered so far this year: ‘so, do, out, one, said, come, have, like, some, were,there, when’. We have also introduced ‘little, what, they, are, Mr,Mrs’. These are the words that the children should instantly recognise so the more they are exposed to them the better. You may want to practise spotting them in story books at home or select some of them to play the game with to help embed them.This week we have also continued to practise segmenting and blending words containing phase 3 digraphs/ trigraphs and phase 4 clusters.
During the afternoons the children completed all the jobs that they had not done the previous week. Activities included: designing and cutting out an octopus kite, plotting weather symbols on the Weather Witch’s island, cutting and sticking a jigsaw of the Montgolfier brother’s hot air balloon, ordering how to brush your teeth, exploring and labelling materials practically in a team, and learning about the Beaufort wind scale.
This week we took our class octopus kite out to observe the impact of the wind on the flight of a kite. Unfortunately it was not a very windy day which meant that Miss Boultby and Mr Hedges had to run around with it to make it fly! The children loved chasing after it and many said they will be asking Santa for one for Christmas. We will hopefully take it out again when it is a windy day.

Year One Phonics and Reading Meeting powerpoint

W.B 8th October
On Monday we shared the story ‘Stuck’ by Oliver Jeffers and answered questions about it in our learning teams. The children were very amused by the events in the story and couldn’t contain their laughter. Then we completed a whole class write about what we would do to get the things out of the tree. The children had to be imaginative and explain their reasoning. On Tuesday we were introduced to the Weather Witch. She glides around on a magical kite and has a tatty bag containing shiny gems (fire, ice, water, wind) that help her to control the weather. She lives on a small island and likes to create mischief. We looked in detail at a picture of the Weather Witch and discussed how to describe her using our senses; sight, hearing, touch and smell. Once we had created a class word bank full of adjectives we had a go at writing a description of the Weather Witch in our books. Some children tried to use ‘because’ to extend their sentences and provide more detail. On a Friday we have continued to give children time to quiet read and we have also completed guided reading and individual reads.
In Maths we have continued to embed our number bonds to 10. When the Weather Witch creates a storm she carefully mixes wind and water gems. 10 is the perfect number of gems to create weather apparently! 10 water gems + 0 wind gems creates a slight drizzle. As she uses more wind gems a storm begins to brew. 5 water gems and 5 wind gems creates the perfect storm. The children used a ten grid to colour the gems. Blue represented the water gems and white represented the wind gems. Then we created number sentences to match. On Thursday we moved onto comparing numbers. The Weather Witch explores caves to find gems. Once she uses the gems they don’t work anymore so she always has to replenish her stock. The gems she discovered were in different sized piles and she needed to select the pile that had the most. We carefully counted the gems and used vocabulary such as ‘largest’, ‘biggest’, ‘smallest’ etc. to compare. The children then played a game on their whiteboards where they secretly wrote a number to 20 and showed their partner to compare who had the smallest and who had the biggest. After that we had a go at recording in our maths books. The children were set one star, two star and three star challenges. They really pushed themselves to get onto the next challenge. Some even had a go at a four star!
In Phonics we have introduced more words to instantly recognise by sight: have, like, some, were, there, when. These words have been added to the leaves around the classroom. In Phonics sometimes we give a child a count down from 10 to find one of the words around the room which they really enjoy doing. The children have also worked in their learning teams to identify the middle missing phoneme to create a word that makes sense and they have continued to practise segmenting to write on whiteboards.
During the afternoons we have started to give the children a job to complete before they self-select. These activities work as a carousel across a couple of weeks to ensure they have completed everything. Activities this week and next week include: designing and cutting out an octopus kite, plotting weather symbols on the Weather Witch’s island, cutting and sticking a jigsaw of the Montgolfier brother’s hot air balloon, ordering how to brush your teeth, exploring and labelling materials practically in a team, and learning about the Beaufort wind scale.

W.B 1st October
This week we have based our learning around the story ‘The Blue Balloon’ by Mick Inkpen. On Monday we came into school to find balloons in a net on our classroom ceiling! The balloons ‘chose’ the children as they fell out of the net. The children then drew a face on their balloon and gave it a name. They wrote a recount of this in their English book and were then set the mission to take care of their balloon. The purpose of this was to teach the children how to take care of others and how to take care of things. They soon learnt that they had to be gentle and responsible. In English this week, we completed our first whole class comprehension and whole class write. We shared 'The Blue Balloon' story and answered questions about it in our learning teams. The children had to listen carefully for clues and find their answers in the text. The children also did some writing about where they would travel to if they had a magic blue balloon. They came up with lots of interesting ideas and were very motivated by this. Some children even had a go at extending their sentence using a conjunction. We have also continued to do guided reading with small groups and some individual reads.
In Maths we have continued our work on number bonds. The children practically explored numicon to find all the ways of making 10 and then they had a go at matching number card acorns/penguins/hats to create pairs to 10. We have also listened to number bonds to 10 songs to help with instant recall which the children have particularly enjoyed.
In Phonics we have primarily focused on segmenting to spell words. We have ‘robot talked’ a word and then the children have had a go at writing it down on their white boards. The words have included some phase 3 digraphs/trigraphs as well as some phase 4 clusters.
During self-selection time the children have designed wellington boots, matched pictures to seasons, explored number bonds to 10, and continued to use construction to create lighthouses and modes of transport.
We have also been working really hard on our harvest festival songs every day this week. We hope that you will be able to see us perform them at the church on Tuesday!

W.B 24th September
This week we have continued to focus on the weather. 
In English we created our own poems. Each group was allocated a type of weather such as storm, rain, sun, wind, and snow and they were given a poem outline to complete. The children had to think of words to describe their weather, reflect on how it made them feel and consider what things they would need. Then they had to sound out the words they selected to complete their poem. There was some really interesting discussion around this and their poems were really individualised. 
We have also started guided reading in small groups this week. The children have practised 10 minutes of silent reading and spotting hfw/phonemes while a group has a guided read with an adult. We have also had some guided reading groups while other children are self-selecting. For the children that aren’t quite ready for a group read yet we have continued to pull them in for an individual read.
In Maths we have started to work on our number bonds. In Year One children should be able to instantly recall all number bonds to 10. This includes knowing what numbers add together to make 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. We started this practically by using multi-link cubes to systematically find all the ways of making 2 and 3. Then they wrote down all the ways as number sentences e.g. 2+0=2, 1+1=2, 3+0=3, 1+2=3. Afterwards we quizzed them to see if they could recall the number bonds without looking. Practising number bonds at home would really help instant recall. This provides an important foundation which is built on in Year Two. 
In Phonics we have practised the phase 4 tricky words so, do, out, said, come, one. We have flashed these words every day to really embed them. You may have also noticed that these words are hidden around the classroom on leaves. The children have really enjoyed going to find the words during phonics and some have even used clipboards in self-selection time to write down all the words they could find! We have continued to segment and blend words containing clusters such as str, pl, gr etc. We have also introduced ‘penguin words’ that do not make sense. The children had to decode these words using their phonics knowledge. This week we have particularly focused on the ‘ear’ trigraph. Sometimes it makes an ‘air’ sound such as in pear and sometimes it makes ‘ear’ such as in hear.
During self-selection time the children have explored using construction to build lighthouses. They have continued to develop their colouring skills to design and decorate an umbrella and practised their cutting skills by cutting and sticking a holiday outfit for a penguin. 
It has been lovely to see some of the home learning that the children have started to complete. Home learning is optional however if the children complete a piece of work and show it to their teacher they receive house points.
W.B 17th September
This week we have particularly focused on the weather. We have continued to make observations and update our daily weather forecast as a class.
In English we have created a sentence about the weather we like and the weather we do not like. It was lovely to discuss the reasoning behind their opinions and celebrate similarities and differences. We also read and followed instructions to make our own windsock. It was perfect timing to make a windsock as the weather has been particularly windy this week. The children loved going outside in small groups to test them out. The windsocks are currently decorating our classroom if you want to ask your child to point theirs out to you in the mornings.
In Maths we have really worked on our number formation. We checked our starting place and the orientation of our numbers. The children were very reflective about their work as we discussed which numbers they need to repeat a little bit more. Remember to always start at the top!
In Phonics we have continued to segment and blend words. This time some of the words included consonant clusters such as ‘fl’, ‘br’, ‘sl’ etc. The children blend these before segmenting the rest of the word so they have less to remember. We also particularly focused on alternative ‘oo’ such as book/moon and alternative ‘ow’ such as snow/cow. You can help support this at home by asking your child to spot any ‘oo’ or ‘ow’ words in their books.
During self-selection time the children have explored creating modes of transport with Lego and K-NEX. They have been developing their accurate colouring skills by making small hand movements in one direction. They have also started to create patterns on a square piece of paper to turn into a pinwheel. These colouring skills could be worked on at home.
On Tuesday we had our ‘Meet the teacher’ event in the hall after school. We would like to say a big thank you to all of the parents who managed to attend. We hope you found it informative. If you were unable to attend the event please be aware that we put the handouts into book bags. The PowerPoint is also on our class pages on the school website.

Meet the Teacher Event for Parents

W.B 6th September 

Our first full week back after the long summer break.

The past 7 days have been about settling the children into Year One and making sure they are happy. The children have been given plenty of time for self-selection so they've had the chance to form new friendships, explore their new environment and gel as a class. 
During our first couple of days we discussed what we need to do to ensure our class is a happy place where learning can happen and from this we created our own class promise. We voted for our class ambassadors and school council representatives and we shared out responsibilities so everyone has something to look after in the classroom. We also had some R Time where we talked to our partner about our age, pets and favourite food to develop our listening skills and learn something new about each other. We also celebrated our similarities and differences. 
Our Topic this half-term is 'Up, Up and Away'. This week we have shared books related to this such as 'Up and Down' by Oliver Jeffers and 'Penguin Small' by Mick Inkpen which the children have really enjoyed. We pretended to go on an adventure like Penguin Small and wrote a list of what we would pack in our suitcase. We also listed ingredients for a sandwich to take with us so we wouldn't get hungry on our adventure. 
In Maths we have ordered numbers to 20, counted out objects to 20, wrote numbers to 20 and verbally counted up and back. Quite a lot of children found counting back from 20 a bit tricky so please work on this at home, it will really help! 
In Phonics we have been recapping phase 2 and phase 3 phonemes. We have also went over how to segment and blend words. 
On Friday the children made the sandwich for their adventures. They carefully spread their bread and selected their ingredients. The best part was eating it of course. Most children gave themselves outstanding reviews with many claiming it was "delicious", "the best sandwich ever!" and " mmmmmmm!"

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