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Class 3

Week beginning Monday 10th July 


The children in year one have been busy practising for their Memory Box Class Assembly so we hope everyone will join us Tuesday afternoon at 2pm. They will make you proud!


This week the children have been making photo frames for their baby photos. They have read the book 'Memory Bottles' by Beth Shoshan and have been thinking of their own childhood memories of school and home. Later in the week they will be reading some memories of year one using a variety of reading strategies. After that they will be writing their own memories that they will then place in their memory bottles. These bottles will be decorated using lots of colour. 

In phonics we are focussing heavily on segmenting phase 5 sounds e and seeing which sounds look right.


In maths we are looking at weight, using language such as heaviest and lightest. We will be using the balance scales to estimate and measure using cubes. Then we will be measuring and ordering bags. Later in the week we will be looking at quarter, half and whole turns clockwise or anticlockwise. 


Not long to go now and the children are all looking so grown up! Class swap is on Tuesday and we are all looking forward to meeting new people. 

Bricks for kids - making lego robots with moving and motorised parts

Week Begining 17th June


We were so busy last week with reading our alien and real words we forgot to write!


The children did so well using their phonics and we had a treat morning with a film and ice lollies to celebrate. All week we had been so busy learning about capacity. It was a very wet classroom!


This week we have been re capping addition and subtraction finding missing numbers and understanding the relationship between addition and subtraction. In English we have been looking at lots of different versions of The Three Little Pigs, drawing our own story maps, making hats for each characters and acting out our stories.


As we had out lego visitors in this week we are also looking at the history of lego and making our own timelines and learning all about the man who invented lego. This is part of our work on toys from the past.

We loved our ice lolly treat!

Week Beginning 5th June

Welcome back, we hope you've had a relaxing break.
Our new topic for this half-term is 'Memory Box'. 
Have a look at the attached newsletter to see what we will get up to!

Week Beginning 22nd May 2017


Our last week of term. There is a non school uniform day on Friday as all the children in year one were in Golden Book due to being so amazing on the trip. We were so proud of them. The behaviour and manners were exceptional!


This week we will be finishing off our Polar Bear Deadly 60 books We will also be looking at animal habitats. We will then be giving our teachers instructions on how to brush their teeth to stay healthy. If we get it wrong and are not detailed enough in our algorithm's Mrs Black and Miss Boultby will get in a right mess! We will then be using bossy verbs to help each brush our teeth as part of our PHSE.  After that we will write instructions to accompany this activity and make sure we have used bossy verbs, full stops and capital letters. We will edit our work using 'purple pen' which is our new way of responding to feedback.


In Maths we will be continuing our work on money making amounts and working out problems. We will also be looking at days of the week and months of the year. We will be using money to recap our number bonds to 10 and 20. We are really trying to reason about our maths and explain our answers.


In phonics we are contuing to look at all the ways to make the a, e, i , o ,u sounds. Some of them are really tricky. Please don't forget to keep practising all those real and alien words using the websites we gave you.


We are using the class dojo to record how many times children have read each week to really promote that reading at home. Please try to read with them at least 3 times a week and write in in their diary. It doesn't matter what they have read, their own books from home count!


At the end of the week Mr Peat has arranged a dodge ball competition, staff and children so watch this space! All the staff are feeling very competitive!

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Week Beginning 08.05.17

In English this week we will start to research animal facts, specifically about polar bears, to identify features, habitats, behaviours and diets. We will research using non-fiction books and use the Ipads to go on the deadly 60 website. We will then use the information we collect to create our own non-fiction book about polar bears using headings.


In Maths we will embed our work around halving and quartering shapes and amounts. We will then begin division by practically sharing and drawing groups.


In Topic we will create some detailed artwork of a tiger. We will be focusing on a close-up image of a tiger’s eye and a tiger’s paw.


Another busy week!

The eggs have arrived and they are already hatching!

Monday 24th April 2017

This week we are continuing our work around 'The Tiger who came to tea'. We will be designing a new character, drawings story maps to innovate and writing our very own version. The children will also be using purple pens to repond to feedback given by the teacher to help them improve their work.

We have been revising the un prefix by writing stories about an 'unhappy' chicken. In phonics we are real and alien word mad practising lots of new phase 5 sounds.

In science we are observing the eggs we have in school and learning lots about the lifecycle of a chick, their behaviour and how to look after them. We will also look at food chains. We will do some of this through our 'Chick Diary'. This will help us compare humans and animals.

In maths we are revisiting time and all the language related to it by ordering pictures and reading calendars. We will be revisiting doubling and halving and then begin out work on fractions.

We are so busy!!!

Year 1 Newsletter- Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Week Beginning 17th April

Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a lovely Easter break.

Our new topic is ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’,  please look at the attached newsletter to find out some of the exciting things we will be covering this half-term.


This week in English we will be writing about Easter. We will also be starting to read and explore our key text ‘The Tiger who came to tea’.

In Maths we will be halving and doubling shapes and amounts.

In Topic we will be doing some work around our favourite animals. We will also be sorting and classifying animals.  

Week beginning 6th March


This week in English we are working on our presentation and our handwriting. We are going to write our poems up neatly to put them on display for everyone to see. We are learning about plurals and the rules for when to add 's' and when to add 'es'. We are also identifying verbs and nouns in rainbow grammar.

In Maths we are learning about length and height. We are using non-standard and standard units of measure. We are also using the vocab 'shorter', 'longer', 'shortest', 'longest' etc. to compare objects and put them in an order.


In topic we are making rain gauges to measure how much rainfall we have over two weeks. We are also learning about human and physical features.

Week beginning 27th February


This week in English we planned and wrote our own poems about the weather using interesting adjectives. Some of us used adverbs, alliteration, repetition and similes! We also did some rainbow grammar work where we identified verbs in sentences. We have continued to write in our weather books and we explored a story called 'Beauty' in our reading comprehension. On Friday we celebrated World Book Day. Everyone looked fantastic in their costumes! We designed bookmarks, wrote our own stories and watched an amazing theatre performance in the hall.

In Maths we have learnt about 3D shapes and their properties. We investigated their faces and edges and explored whether they could roll, stack and slide.


In topic we tested materials to see whether they were waterproof. We also made pointillism pictures of the different seasons.


Week beginning 20th February


Our new topic is Splendid Skies (see attached newsletter).


This week in English we wrote about half term, read lots of poems about the weather, thought of our own weather adjectives, started our weather books, made lists about what we would wear in different weather and explored a poem called 'Blessing' in our reading comprehension.


In Maths we identified coins and counted the money we made at the dinosaur museum. We had to count in 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's. Some of us added a mixture of coins. We have also been learning about 2d and 3d shapes and their properties.


In topic we went on a walk around school to make nature wands with some of the natural materials we found. We also looked at weather reports, talked about symbols, and monitored the weather ourselves.

We also created our own maps of school.

A huge thanks

We just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who came to support the dinosaur musueum and we know for those of you who couldn't come you were thinking of us! It was a huge success. The children throughly enjoyed it and did their jobs brilliantly. We are so proud of them that both year one teachers have added £5 of our own money to their total earnings. They made £23 at the dinosaur museum so now have £28 to spend as a year group. We will let you know what they vote to spend it on. We will post some photos soon but I know there are some on the main Westdale page.

Week beginning 6th February 2017


This week we are writing narratives about the naughty dinosaurs and what they have been up to. We will write a story with a beginning, middle and end.


In maths we are subtracting within 20 by counting back and crossing out. Some of us will be looking at word problems and looking at missing number subtraction.


In phonics we are revisiting some phase 3 sounds that we have been feeling a bit wobbly with and some of us are reviewing the phase 5 sounds learnt so far.


On Tuesday we are having a computer day looking at algorithms, writing using the i pads and learning how to programme and de bug. We we also be revisiting how to use the internet safely.


The rest of the week will be spent getting ready for our Dinosaur Musueum. Don't forget, all parents and carers are invited. It is on Friday 10th February at 2.45pm. More details will follow.....We can't wait to show you what we have been up to.

Look at the naughty T Rex who trashed our classroom.

Still image for this video

We wrote some sentences about what the dinosaurs did around school!

Our clay dinosaurs

Week beginning 30th January


This week we will be continuing our work on non-fiction and making our own dinosaur fact book. We will also be learning about Mary Anning. We are looking at the pre fix un in unhappy, unkind, untie, unfold etc.

We are also starting our work on narrative about some naughty dinosuars who messed up the school.


In Maths we will be looking at number patterns, one more, less and ten more ten less. We will then be adding and subtracting within 20 and beyond using place value more.


In passport to life we are continuing to look at family and what it feels like when someone lives far away. We will also be looking at a reading comprehension about a creature that takes a long journey, hopefullly the children will reveal all!


In P.E. the children have been learning different jumps, balances, ways of travelling and movements under and over.


We are hoping to paint our dinosaurs eggs this week so even more creative mess!  


Week beginning 23rd January


This week we thought about how to look after a baby dinosaur as we waited for our own egg to hatch!

We wrote our own instructions on how to look after our baby dinosaur for the day using bossy (imperative) verbs and time sentence starters.

We also looked at the suffix est and er as in bigger and biggest during our grammar work and used these to write Rainbow Grammar sentences. Later in the week we sorted non-fiction facts into headings. In phonics we re capped the soft c, g and the ph sounds. We also learnt new phase 5 sounds and revised phase 3 and 4. We have been trying to spot split digraphs as we read our reading books as we find them tricky!  


In our topic work we finished our paper mache dinosaur eggs and we started to use clay to make our own dinosaur sculptures.  In P.E. we have been learning how to control our movements in balance and jumps for our gymnastics. We have also been continuing our work on multi-skills.


We did some work around different families. We drew and discussed our own families. In music we used tuned instruments to investigate pitch.


In Maths we made graphs about favourite dinosaurs, began our work on place value, compared and ordered numbers to 20 and beyond. Place value is our new class target learning that 18 is made up of one ten and eight units.


Another busy week!

We found a dinosaur egg in the library!

Week beginning 9th January 2017


We have had a great start back to the term. In our first three day we had a big push on handwriting and spelling the year one common words.

This week we have been learning the poem 'King of all the dinosaurs' by Paul Cookson. We have studied it as a reading comprehension in class, picking out words we don't understand and practising performing it.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Life Long Ago workshop. It was great getting our brushes out to dust off all the sand and grit to find dinosaur fossils. We looked through information booklets to find out which dinosaur the fossils came from and whether it was a carnivore or herbivore. It was great being palaeontologists!


Also this week we have been programming Daisy the Dinosaur on the i pads, writing Rainbow Grammar sentences about dinosaurs using preposition like in, on, over, through and above. During the afternoons we have been making saltdough fossils and creating skeleton pictures out of cotton buds and straws to create our own dinosaurs.

This week we have also identified rhyming words, looked at adjectives to describe dinosaurs and we have planned a rhythmic poem ready to write next week.


In Maths we have been re capping number bonds to 10 and 20, counting in 2's, 10's and 5's and subtracting using different language and all the strategies we have learnt so far. We have made our own number stories up in pairs, made a four fact family using addition and subtration and started our work on position. We can tell some children have been practising counting in different steps at home so thank you.


We have been busy assessing children's reading and spelling of common words but individuals readers will now be our priority. Children have been taking part in book clubs around dinosaur non-fiction.


Thank you for all the homework so far and the dinosaur books people have kindly brought in. We realise that the homework says that the children will win a piece of a puzzle. We apologise for being unaware of this bit so we will sort something out!

Life Long Ago Workshop- Here we are becoming Palaeontologists

Week beginning 04.01.17

Welcome back to our lovely Year Ones!
We wish you a very Happy New Year and hope you've had a relaxing break.
Our new topic is 'Dinosaur Planet', please look at the attached newsletter to find out some of the exciting things we will be covering this half term.


Spring 1st Dinosaur Planet Newsletter

Week beginning 5th December


Last week we were busy learning about all the planets. We produced beautiful drawings of the planets in order and labelled them. We desigined moon buggies and investigated wheels and axels when we made them on Friday.


In English we have been writing about Neil Armstrong and his landing on the moon. We have been reaidng the book 'Man on the Moon'. This has led us to designing our own planets and writing a holiday brochure. This week we will be re capping our work on ed endings and adding ing. We will write postcards from the moon to show our understading of this.


This week we will be busy practising all our songs for the Christmas performance. We hope you will be impressed.


Don't forget that we have the Planitarium visit this week on Thursday morning. The wonderdome company will be visiting us so please send money this week! We are also looking forward to our star gazing evening. Children might like to bring a torch/telescope if they have one and wrap up warm!

Anti - Bullying Week wc 14  November

This week is a special week with lots of fun and creative activities planned.

On Monday - it's spread the happiness day where all children are invited to come in clothes that make them feel happy.  We will have lots of discussion and activities planned around the importance of happiness.


On Tuesday it's our Good to be Me day - where we will be discussing difference, diversity and similarities.


On Wednesday - we will be talking and learning about how to stop bullying and how our actions and words can have a great effect on others. 


On Thursday - it's our E safety day - considering how to use computers and the internet safely and responsibly.

On Friday our week comes together in a special Children in Need day, come in something spotty and enjoy the balloon launch at 3pm

Last week....


Last week we continued learning the story of Beegu. We drew story maps and re told the story in pairs. We then made up our own sentences about Beegu using our new Rainbow Grammar scheme. Finally we wrote a re telling of the story and Miss Boultby was so impressed with our writing.


In Maths we looked at counting on and practised our number bonds to 10. We also worked on our number formation and writing numbers in words.


We looked at what we already know about space and what we want to find out. 


In phonics we have continued to look at split digraphs a_e, e_e, i_e, o_e and u_e. We have also been practising reading and writing our tricky words.


On Thursday we took part in a drumming workshop which was absolutely fantastic! We have also been learning about remembrance day through poetry and making poppies.

Spaceship crash at Westdale Infants!

On Wednesday the children in class 3 discovered a crash scene in the garden. We went out to investigate it only to discover it was a spaceship with a message from an alien saying that he meant no harm and wanted to be friends. At the crash scene we discovered a control panel, wires, a timer, bolts, slime and lots of silver metals objects. We discussed what could have happened and then decided to investigate the playground for more clues. After this we were able to discover that the alien had been eating cheese, liked sparkly things and had a snotty nose (there were a lot of tissues and some strange green slime)!
Later on we interviewed teachers, TA's and the office staff to see if they had seen or heard something. It was exciting to find out they had, so we gathered more clues and wrote down the evidence in our notebooks. Finally we gathered all the evidence and made prediction about the aliens character and what could have happened. We then designed and described the alien we thought had landed.


Alien Landing

Week Beginning 31st October 


This week we have been reading extracts from a book and trying to answer questions and find evidence in the text. We are reading the book Beegu as part of our new  topic called 'Moon Zoom'.


We have seen an alien crash landing, designed aliens and will be writing about the aliens character. We will be re drafting some of our work to improve. 


In Maths we have revised number bonds to ten and will now be adding within ten. 


In phonics we are looking at split digraphs:

a_e    make 

e_e    Steve

i_e    time

o_e   rose

u_e  flute 


In P.E. will be doing a space dance and our new P.E. apprentice will be helping us out. 

RNLI- Royal National Lifeboat Institution visit.

As part of of our Superheroes topic, we have been learning all about 'everyday superheroes' and how they help us. On the 19th of October Class 3 had a visit from an RNLI volunteer. We learnt the meaning of different flags and talked about the dangers of water. Some of us even got to dress up like a lifeguard and try on the life jacket!

Help needed:
On Tuesday 18th October we will be going to the church to practise our Harvest Festival at 9 o'clock in the morning. On Thursday 20th October we will be going to the church for our actual Harvest Festival at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
​If you would be available to help us walk down to the church with the children on either of these days please let me know on Monday. We need 3 volunteers for Tuesday and 3 volunteers for Thursday.
​Seats will be reserved for you.
Thank you!

W.C 10th October

On Tuesday we were visited by some fire fighters from Carlton fire station. We learnt all about fire alarms, matches and the stop, drop and roll rule. Everyone had a turn at sitting in the fire engine and using the hose to put out an imaginary fire! The children were absolutely brilliant and we had a great time. We did some wonderful writing all about it on Wednesday using time connectives. I think we have some future fire fighters in our class!



In Maths we have been learning all about number bonds. We have been working systematically to find all the different ways of making numbers. We have also been recording number sentences.


We have looked at healthy eating plates and the importance of having a balanced diet to help us design our pitta breads.

Thank you for coming to share the pitta breads and to look at the children's fantastic work. They have all worked really hard and it was lovely to celebrate their success together!

Week beginning 10th October: 


In Maths we are going to be revising all we have learnt so far and looking at number bonds. In topic and English we will be writing about our visit from the firefighters, talking about real life superheros and healthy food. We will also be finishing off our work all about Grace Darling who was a superhero from the past and involved in a brave sea rescue from her lighthouse in Northumberland. If you are interested in reading more about her please google: Grace Darling BBC video.


Don't forget our spelling quiz on Thursday! 


We hope you can join us on Friday 14th at 3pm to taste some of our healthy food and read our comic strips. Parents or Grandparents welcome and if you are unable to come please don't worry we will look after everyone and make it special. You will be able to see the same work on parents evening in November.

W/C 3rd October
This week we have been creating our own supertato comic strips with speech bubbles and onomatopoeia words.
In Maths we have been identifying one more and one less. We have done this practically using cubes and grids aswell as using our special maths books. Some of us even started to look at 10 more and 10 less!

We have also learnt about the real-life superhero Grace Darling who saved 9 lives. Some said they would not be brave enough to go out in a row boat when the sea is stormy but others said they would just jump straight in!  
We have also been programming beebots with Mrs Stewart and learning about ourselves within the community with Mrs Connell.

Have a look at our photos to see some of our work!


W/C 26th September
This week we have been learning about speech in stories and comics. We created our own speech bubbles for characters in Supertato and some of us used exclamation marks, questions marks, and onomatopoeia words!
We also used our speaking and listening skills to create speech for different comic strips. Some pairs presented theirs in front of the class.
In maths we have been ordering and comparing numbers up to 10. We have been using lots of words like 'greatest', 'smallest', 'fewer', 'more than', 'as many', 'equal', and 'same as' to compare them.
We have also been learning about our different senses. We investigated which sense would help us to identify different fruits. Sight and taste were really useful. Touch and smell were quite helpful too.

Have a look at our photos to see some of our work!
Year One Superhero Day
We had the most wonderful superhero day. We started by reading Supertato which we really enjoyed. A surprise letter arrived from evil pea who had captured all the vegetables including Supertato! We did some superhero training outside which included various actions such as running like the flash, flying like superman and showing off our muscles to prepare for our mission. After that we were ready to use our skills to rescue all the vegetables and save the day.
Thankfully we managed to capture all the evil peas and decided to freeze them in the school freezer so they could not escape.
After that we did some writing about our favourite superhero and used adjectives to describe them. Some of us used conjunctions like ‘and’ and ‘because’.
In the afternoon we made our own Supertato characters out of real potatoes and created shiny onomatopoeia words using tinfoil and sharpies.
What a busy day!
Welcome to Class 3!
It has been lovely getting to know all of the children in Year One. We have had a fantastic start to the year.
We have been doing all sorts of activities like going on a treasure hunt in our new classroom, playing number games, writing about our summer holidays, labelling parts of our bodies, and discovering our own superhero names.
We have also had lots of fun doing free-flow activities between Class 3 and Class 4.

On Wednesday 21st September Class 3 and Class 4 will be having a superhero day where children can come to school dressed as any superhero they want. Please be aware that the date on the newsletter had to be changed due to Miss Boultby attending a course.

Please have a look through our photos to see what we have been up to this week.