Newcroft - Year 1

Nightingales - Miss Alexander

What have the Nightingales been doing in Summer 1 half term?

In Literacy, the children have concentrated on fiction writing:

·       Baba Yaga (a traditional tale from Russia)

·       Funnybones

The children drew a map of the story events in order. They used it to retell the story to each other using adjectives to help describe different nouns (things, people and places). During their story telling, they have used puppets to re-enact the story and add important speaking parts. The children have been trying to think about what they will say before it’s their turn. They have also been trying to improve their pronunciation so that the audience can understand the story. They tried extremely hard to use words to make the reader scared of find parts amusing. The children have used full stops, capital letters, speech marks, exclamation marks to help the reader to read it properly.

 

The concentrated phonics sessions are proving a success according to the recent assessment of the children. They have put maximum effort into these sessions and have been motivated to learn all the phonemes. Please continue to visit Phonics Play to keep reading the real and pseudo words.

 

During the half-term, the children have been learning the following in Numeracy:

·       Lemon curd Number bonds

·       Pairs of numbers that total 10 (7+3=10) and using these facts to help them to work out addition and subtraction sums to 20 (17+3=20).  

·       Counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s to 100.

·       Strawberry jam 2,5,10 x tables

·       Ordering numbers up to 100 and understanding tens and units in a number e.g. 24 two tens and 4 units

·       Finding quarters and halves of shapes

·       Finding quarters and halves of a quantity e.g. 8

·       Solving problems involving halving and doubling e.g Jon has four books. Peter has twice as many books as Jon. How many books does Peter have?

·       Creating arrays to help them to solve multiplication problems e.g. 3x2=6

What have the Nightingales been doing in Spring 2 half term?

In Literacy, the children have concentrated on non-fiction and fiction writing:

·       Information – facts about nocturnal animals.

·       Story: The Gruffalo

The children have used verbs and adjectives to create different effects in their writing e.g. The fierce fox… or The sly snake… They have been refining their use of punctuation, in particular the full stop, capital letter, speech mark, exclamation mark. In the information writing, the children learnt about the different features of a non-fiction text e.g. title, label, caption, picture and used this knowledge to produce a book containing the facts they learned about nocturnal animals.

The children have been really trying to improve their reading skills by reading a variety of different types or texts including; information texts, stories, websites and short extracts from stories. They have been having concentrated phonics sessions each day so the children are prepared for the phonics check in June.  

During the half-term, the children have been learning the following in Numeracy:

·       Lemon curd.

·       Pairs of numbers that total 10 (7+3=10) and using these facts to help them to work out addition and subtraction sums to 20 (17+3=20).  

·       Solving missing number problems (7+_=10, _-2=6)

·       Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to 100.

·       Days of the week.

·       Sequencing the morning routine and different nursery rhymes.

·       Telling the time (o’clock, half past and quarter past).

·       Measuring length and mass.

PE: Cricket

What have the Nightingales been doing in Spring 1 half term?

In Literacy, the children have been very busy learning about different types of texts:

·       Information – facts about dinosaurs

·       Stories – Harry and the Bucketful Dinosaurs and Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs go to School.

·       Poetry – A variety of poems about dinosaurs

·       Persuasive writing – Persuading a grown up that they should stay up late.

·       Instructional writing – Writing a set of instructions to draw a dinosaur.

The children have learnt about verbs and adjectives and used them in their writing. They have been experimenting with punctuation and have learnt about the full stop, capital letter, speech mark, exclamation mark and have even experimented with writing a sentence in capital letters to make the reader shout it out.  

In Numeracy, they have been learning about 3D solids. They worked in small groups to play games such as ‘Guess my shape’ where one child selects a shape and describes it and the other children have to guess the shape based on what they know. The children went on a hunt to find all the 3D solids around school.

During the half-term, the children have been learning lots of facts that will help them to solve problems quickly. We have covered:

·       Lemon curd - Number bonds to 10

·       Pairs of numbers that total 6, 7, 8, and 9

·       Finding 1 more or less than a number

·       Finding 10 more or less than a number up to 100.

·       Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to 100.

This week, the children have been shopping and using 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p to pay the correct amount for an item. They have been tapping the coin to help to remember how much it is worth, e.g. 1p – tap once, 2p – tap twice and 5p – tap 5 times. 

What have the Nightingales been doing in the Autumn 2 half term?

In writing, the children have used ‘PenPals’ to help us improve their letter formation and their work is much neater now. The PenPals letter formation sheet for parents was sent home for the children to practise at home. The children have looked at two stories:

  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • The First Nativity

For both stories, the children mapped and stepped out the storyline, acted out parts of the story, learned about the characters and their personalities, used adjectives to describe the characters and objects and finally the story using their story map to remind them of the story order.

We began our short topic, Space, with a journey to the moon. The children put their space suits on and travelled to the moon in a space rocket. When they got there, they learned about the surface of the moon and created posters to tell all the children about their adventure.

The children have also watched http://vimeo.com/2308234 and created alien characters who might live on the planet. They created their own story about the alien and considered the story events in the beginning, middle and end of the story.  

 

In maths, they have been learning about 2D shapes. They worked in small groups to play games such as ‘Guess my shape’ where one child selects a shape and describes it and the other children have to guess the shape based on what they know. The children moved on to finding half of a shape and later finding a quarter of a shape.

A secret visitor has been sending us letters containing mathematical challenges. The children arrived to a scene of destruction as someone had left all of the counting objects in a terrible mess in the classroom. The children sorted and counted the different objects and then organised their findings into a block graph using counting objects. The next challenge was to find out which children’s TV program is most popular in Year 1. The children set about asking each other the question and recorded their results in a table. They then transferred the results into a block graph and discussed their findings.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the children have been preparing for the Christmas Carol and Nativity concert. They have worked incredibly hard to remember their parts and actions. We hope you enjoy the performance.  

 

Nightingales have been very busy this half term. They have learnt all about mini beasts and creepy crawlies.

 In writing, they have been learning how to write words using the sounds they can hear in the word they want to write. After that, they moved onto writing sentences about mini beasts. They listened to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Bad Tempered Ladybird and Argh Spider and drew story maps to help them to retell and write about each story.

In maths, they have been learning how to count and write numbers up to 20 correctly. The children have learnt how to add and subtract using counting objects and number lines to calculate the maths story e.g. 4-1=5 6=7-1. They measured different objects around the classroom using cubes, rulers and metre sticks and used vocabulary such as longer, shorter, same to discuss length.

You have seen some of their mini beast work in the Celebrations Assembly.

The Nightingales have just started their new topic: Castles. To start the topic, they listened to the story of The Princess and the Pea. They drew story maps to help them to retell the story to a partner and to remind them what to write for each part.

In the week before the half term break, the children visited Tamworth castle. The work for the rest of the topic will be based on the learning that took place in the castle. The squire, lady and servant showed the children around the castle and told them about laying the table, dressing the squire and dressing the children who lived in the castle. The trip was so memorable for the children and the Year One team would like to thank all parents who supported it. Enjoy looking at the photos.