Year 1: Blog items

Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 4

Date: 25th Sep 2020 @ 11:57am

We have had another wonderful week in Year 1, filled with many exciting learning opportunities! In Maths, we have been solving mathematical problems using “equal to”, “more than” and “less than” and in English we have transformed into authors and have begun to write our own versions of “Lost and Found”, by Oliver Jeffers.  We have enjoyed learning some Trolls inspired Yoga moves in PE and have continued to develop our knowledge of the world around us, specifically the United Kingdom and its countries and capital cities.

In RE this week, Year 1 learnt that not everyone around the world has a good harvest like we do. We found out that in Africa, most people grow and make their own food. We looked at some pictures of our friends in Uganda cooking the food that they had grown and discussed how they harvest their food. We thought about how the hot and dry weather would affect the crops, making them too dry and causing them to die, and how it can make it hard to work in the fields. If farmers have a poor harvest, they may not have enough food for their families, so people are hungry. They also may not be able to afford to sell any of their crops so that they have money for medicines and school books for the children. Year 1 worked together to write a beautiful harvest prayer for the farmers. They took their time to consider what they wanted to pray for and then carefully wrote out and decorated their prayers.

In Science, Year 1 have been learning about the body and this week, learnt about the body parts associated with each sense. We had lots of fun identifying mystery objects, using our senses to taste, smell, touch, listen and look. We had to apply our understanding of which body part we needed to use for each sense, in order to identify the mystery items! Giggles and suspense filled the room as Year 1 cautiously investigated the objects using their senses. It’s fair to say, some of us were less keen on the mystery objects than others… especially the mystery edible item! We discussed the importance of each sense and how losing one of the senses may affect someone.

As always, a big well done for your hard work this week, Year 1! Have a great weekend! 

Reception - Autumn 1 Week 4

Date: 23rd Sep 2020 @ 6:28pm

 

 

We have had yet another great week in Reception!

This week we started our 'All About Me' topic in our Theme and Literacy lessons. The children have enjoyed talking about their routines at home and their favourite things in their houses, such as toys, games and comfort items. They used pictures from home to influence their writing and support our discussions this week. The children have worked very hard with their activities and writing tasks and I have been very proud!

The children have also taken on some tricky maths challenges, during our 'matching' week. They used their number, pattern and shape recognition to work as a team to complete the various activities! 

In RE, we continued our 'I am Special' topic by discussing ourselves. After reading the story 'I Am Special', we looked at ourselves in the mirror and talk about our features, similarities and differences. We continued to celebrate our differences and defined what made us unique. Afterwards, the children enjoyed making their own special mirror to use at home!

On Friday, we enjoyed taking our learning outside. Dressing in our waterproofs and wellies, we had an afternoon of messy play, teamwork and outdoor fun! 

 

Thank you for another wonderful week. Enjoy you weekend!

 

Reception Reminders:

- Don't forget to check the 'Memos' section on Tapestry for any messages for your child.

- If your child does not have wellies and an outdoor all in one waterproof, please can this be provided in a labelled bag.

- By allowing your child to use Tapestry, you are confirming your acceptance of our Acceptable Use Policy. This has been attached below if you have not yet read this.

Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 3

Date: 18th Sep 2020 @ 3:59pm

Yet another fantastic week in Year 1! We have been busy mathematicians, finding one more and one less, continued to explore the wonderful story, “Lost and Found” in English and have let our creative juices flow whilst painting our Troll pods in Theme.  

In RE this week, we learnt how the food we eat is harvested from all around the world. As a class, we created a pizza with 6 different toppings- tomatoes, mozzarella, pineapple, black pepper, mushrooms and peppers. We discussed that although we can often order or buy a pizza in a short time, the ingredients on a pizza may have travelled far further than the shop. As we added each ingredient, we identified where they were from using a world map and learnt how many miles away the places were from us. The pizza that we created here, in our very own classroom, had in fact flown an incredible distance of 23,000 miles around the world! We were amazed at this huge distance and we realised how lucky we are to have access to these foods that God has created for us, which have come from so far away. We then enjoyed creating our own pizzas, labelling each ingredient and writing where they are harvested.

In Science this week, Year 1 had lots of fun learning about our bodies. We learnt a new song with some cool moves, to help us remember each part of our body. Along the way, we learnt some new scientific words, such as calf and thigh. After singing, dancing and plenty of giggles, like real scientists, we then applied our learning and labelled our own human body diagrams.

Well done for all of your hard work this week, Year 1! Have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday!

 

Tapestry Reminder

Please ensure you have completed the system test by Monday 21st September. Thank you.

Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 2

Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 4:48pm

We have thoroughly enjoyed our first full week in Year 1 and have had a truly magical week with visits from Trolls and our very own Reading Pixie! In Maths, we have been using our counting skills to solve some tricky problems and in English, we have enjoyed beginning to explore our new class text, ‘Lost and Found’, by Oliver Jeffers.

This week, we received a very important mission from the Troll Universe, as part of our quest to get the six strings back. Our third mission came from Queen Barb herself and linked brilliantly to our monthly value of respect. At Trinity St. Peter’s, we follow our ‘High Five’, to help us to be the superstars that we are and make the right choices. Queen Barb was very interested in this and asked us to make a ‘High Four’ for the Trolls. After a brilliant discussion in Collective Worship about ways in which our behaviour reflects our ‘High Five’, we came up with some similar rules for the Trolls. We then made our own ‘High Fours’, which we sent to the Trolls to ensure they would always make the right decision in the Troll Universe. 

On Monday, we were extremely excited to see a tiny, magical creature had set up their home in the corner of our classroom! After discovering a fairy door surrounded by fairy dust and some rather unusual looking packages and objects, Year 1 couldn’t wait to find out more. On further inspection, we learnt that a Reading Pixie had chosen to live in our classroom and they would be delivering a new story to us every day! To begin our wonderful reading adventure, the Reading Pixie had left us lots of clues to help us guess what our first story was. After a lot of speculation, we discovered our new story was ‘Lost and Found’, by Oliver Jeffers. Using the props and only the front cover, we had so much fun predicting what the story was going to be about and sharing our ideas using a flow map. As the week continued, we explored a little more of the story each day and have already done lots of writing based on the book.

Our Trolls missions have continued this week and, as well as our Collective Worship task, Year 1 have been thinking like scientists to free one of the strings from a block of ice at the top of our Moti-Lab. Using only water and the gutters on the magnetic board, Year 1 had to work together to push the block of ice to the bottom of the board. They demonstrated excellent use of their multi-coloured thinking hat and were a true reflection our school value of ‘Imagine’. With brilliant teamwork and some super ideas, Year 1 managed to use the water to slowly push the ice down the gutters and into the reservoir.

To bring our week to a close, we received the wonderful news from our Troll friends that we had earned back the six strings for our harp! We were so thrilled to see the magical harp restored to its original state. We hope that the Trolls were able to learn lots from our class about our school values and choosing wisely!

What a fantastic week we have had, Year 1! Keep up the hard work. We look forward to seeing you on Monday!

 

Tapestry Reminder

By signing up to and using Tapestry, you are confirming your acceptance of our Acceptable Use Policy. This has been attached below if you have not yet read this.

 

School Nurse Service

 

The school nurse service is still available to parents if you should require any health advice for your child. Please find below contact details:

Peter Charlton

Community Staff Nurse
Formby 0-19 Team

T: 01704-395723

M: 07769-491162

Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 1

Date: 4th Sep 2020 @ 3:51pm

Wow, our first week in Year 1 has been one to remember! We have had so much fun finding out about our new class, writing letters to our new Troll friends and playing lots of counting games in Maths.

We had a magical start to our week after some rather unusual footprints appeared outside our classroom! On further inspection, we found a note, sitting alongside a beautiful harp with no strings. We soon discovered that the six types of Trolls – Classical, Country, Pop, Funk, Rock and Techno – had fallen out and each taken one of the harp strings. King Peppy, a very important Troll, wrote us a letter asking us to teach the Trolls how to choose kind and choose wisely. Year 1 will have to do this by completing six different missions. For each mission they complete, the Trolls will return a string. It is down to our wonderful Year 1 to collect each string in order to bring the Trolls back together and restore harmony in the Troll Kingdom!

Immediately getting down to work, Year 1 successfully completed their first mission and wrote letters to the Trolls, promising the safe return of the strings. This earned the children the blue string and Year 1 were extremely excited when it appeared next to the harp on Friday!

Year 1 are now well on their way to completing our second mission – building Troll pods! They have worked hard to design some beautiful Troll pods for the Trolls to live in and have begun the construction process. We can’t wait to see how they turn out!

In Collective Worship, we began exploring our new monthly value of respect. Linking this to our Theme, we had lots of fun watching clips from the film ‘Trolls World Tour’ and discussing the many Trolls and their different styles. This inspired a fantastic discussion about how we are all different and the importance of respecting each other. We celebrated what makes us us and were proud to share some facts about ourselves with our friends. We then got creative and thoroughly enjoyed making our own clay Trolls. Each Troll was unique and special in their own way!

It has been a real pleasure to welcome the children back this week. It has been such a wonderful start to the year and we look forward to this year’s learning journey.

Well done for all of your hard work this week, Year 1! We can’t wait to see you on Monday! Have a brilliant weekend! 

Welcome to Year 1!

Date: 1st Sep 2020 @ 1:14pm

Miss Morris would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 1!

The Year 1 classroom is all ready and we are extremely excited to see all of your smiling faces tomorrow morning. 

School for Year 1 starts promptly each morning at 9.00 am where Miss Coates will meet the children at the Key Stage 1 entrance.

The school day will end promptly at 3.00pm where the children will be collected by a parent/designated adult at the same entrance. Please remember to abide by the one way system which is in operation.


During the Autumn term, PE lessons will take place on a Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon. Both these lessons will not be practising contact sports and will be skills based only.

On the two days allocated for your child’s PE lessons, your child is to come to school wearing their outdoor PE kit on both these days. If a child is unable to take part in a PE lesson, a note should be written from the parent/guardian to the child’s class teacher.

Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break times. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack – e.g. fruit, vegetables.

Bottles of water with a sports cap type lid are also encouraged so the children can drink as and when they need it throughout the day.

I know that there may be times when you need to drop me a quick note for example: pick up arrangements, share news and so with this in mind you can now contact me directly via this email address: Y1@tsp.sefton.school 

We hope this will enable each parent to be able to drop off and collect their child promptly so to support the social distancing measures and one way system we have in place.

Please kindly note, I will check this inbox each school morning at 8.30 am. If there is a matter of urgency, please contact the school office as normal. 

All emails will be monitored in line with our Parent Communication Policy.

Please also let me know for our records, by the end of the week, if you would require an electronic device should your child need to isolate or in the case of a local lockdown.

I am looking forward to seeing the children tomorrow and to a truly wonderful year together!

Miss Morris

Year 1 Final Blog - 17.7.20

Date: 16th Jul 2020 @ 11:15am

Hello Year 1!

And so, we have come to the end of the year… how the time has flown!

I would first like to say a big THANK YOU for just being you! Although a very different end to the school year, I feel so lucky to have had the pleasure of being your teacher throughout a rather unique part of your learning journey.

This year has definitely taught us that our time in school is very special and brings so many wonderful experiences and opportunities. We are very lucky to have shared so many giggles, smiles and wonderful memories, whilst learning so much, during our time together in Year 1.  

A huge well done to each and every one of you for what you have achieved this year. You have worked so incredibly hard since the very first day of Year 1 and you are a credit to our school.

I know that your hard work will continue in Year 2 and I am so excited to see you grow and flourish.

Over summer, there are many ways for the children’s learning to continue:

  • Children should continue to read as much as possible and, where appropriate, you could ask questions to help support the development of your child’s comprehension skills.
  • Practise speed sounds regularly with your child and provide them with words they can phonetically sound out. They should first demarcate them using dots and dashes, before reading the word aloud. 
  • Access Read Write Inc. resources via  this link, which includes various ‘phonics spine’ ebooks matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows.
  • Practise reading and writing Year 1 and 2 common exception words.
  • Access websites such as MyMaths and Sumdog. There is an abundance of tasks available for the children to work through!
  • Regular practice of number bonds, times tables (2s, 5s and 10s) and counting forwards and backwards to/across 100 will benefit and support your child’s mathematical knowledge and understanding.
  • Complete tasks that have been set in previous blogs that your child may not have had time to complete yet.
  • Access many of the free resources being suggested on our whole school Twitter feed.
  • Check the ‘Learning at Home’ section of the school website as there are many useful websites and tutorials available that are appropriate for each key stage.

 

Thank you for being a truly wonderful class. Keep shining brightly, superstars!

Thank you as well to those parents who have sent in gifts this week.

Wishing you all a safe and amazing summer.

 

I’ll see you all in September!

 

Miss Morris x

September 2020 - Transition Guide for Year 1 into Year 2

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 12:16pm

Please see the transition PowerPoint below for additional information to ensure that your child has the best start to Year 2.

Thank you,

Miss Morris & Miss McVey

Picture News Discussion - w/c 13.7.20

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 8:27am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'Are holidays important?'

Since March 17th, people in the UK were only allowed to travel to other countries if the journey was essential. Anyone who returned to the UK was also required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. A new traffic light system, recently launched, means countries have been given a green, amber or red light depending on the number of coronavirus cases there, allowing people to potentially have a summer holiday this year. All passengers have to wear face coverings on planes and ferries.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource has some children telling us about their holidays (1) and the second resource shares more information about holidays and why we have them (2). Enjoy!

Year 1 - Learning At Home w/c 13.7.20

Date: 6th Jul 2020 @ 2:28pm

Hello Year 1!

It is time to welcome in our final week of term! Where has the time gone?! I hope that you have really enjoyed your home learning tasks and you have had lots of fun learning with your families, whilst making some special memories.

Next week, we will have our final Year 1 Zoom, on Friday morning at 12:00pm. It will be a really lovely way to end a wonderful year together and I hope that all of the children will be able to make it.  

You will receive a text message on the morning to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom -  www.zoom.com.

We hope that your child will be able to join us for an extra special Zoom!  

On Friday the 17th, we will be sharing our 'End of Year Leavers' Service' on the school's YouTube channel at 9:20am. We would encourage all our TSP families to watch this in celebration of both our Year 6 pupils, who will be moving onto secondary school, and despite closure, give thanks for another successful year at Trinity St. Peter's.

In September, we will be introducing the new learning platform, 'Tapestry'. Further information on this can be found in the “Tapestry Letter” attachment below. Please read this letter as well as the “Tapestry Acceptable Use Policy” which is also attached.

Individual login details will be sent via email early next week. 

If you experience any difficulties signing up, please let us know via the curriculum account next week so that the whole class is prepared for September.

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 1 next week. 

If your child is accessing the Early Years curriculum, then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with appropriate tasks.  

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC are continuing to provide daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.  

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well. 

Please note that the school’s ‘curriculum’ email account will close on Friday 17th July.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’ and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching.

 

Maths: The focus for this week will be revision of time. Daily lessons will be provided here from Monday (Week 12) along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

Children should continue to practise their 2, 5 and 10 times tables regularly. There are lots of fun activities to support your child with this, which can be found here.

As well as regular counting practice, children should continue to practice their number bonds to 20. Number bonds are a pair of numbers that add up to a given sum, e.g. 12 + 8 = 20.  Your child can play this game to support them with this, in a fun and interactive way.  

If your child wishes to challenge themselves further, they can try the activities below:

Please refer to the suggested timetable for this week to see the order for attempting these challenges.

 

English (Reading): There are 136 free reading books available for pupils to read, from Pink to Lime book bands. Follow this link and log in using the username: UKfreeaccess and password: engage. The books will be available to access until 31st August 2020.

This week’s comprehension task is a non-fiction text, all about newts. This has reminded our Reading Pixie of a story about another pond creature… I wonder if Year 1 can guess what it might be?  

Cracking Comprehension Activity:

‘Are You New to Newts?’ - Children should read the text and complete the activity sheet. If you do not have access to a printer, the children may write the answers in their book.

Phonics Play have made all of their ‘Decodable Comics’ accessible for children to continue reading. They are short, illustrated comics, which the children can read to you. You can access the resources here.

Our Reading Pixie continues to be extremely proud of our Year 1 children, as they work hard at home and continue to be superstar readers. I hope that they continue to enjoy their Summer Reading Challenge and are continuing to develop their love for reading!

English (Writing): With your child, revisit the story, ‘The Colour Monster’, by Anna Llenas. Prior to reading the story, ask your child what they can remember? Can they remember the different colours that represent each emotion? Can they remember how each emotion was described in the book?  

Children should then design their own Colour Monster. They should draw their monster in their book and beneath it, write a description of their monster. Their description should include details about its physical appearance and should go on to describe what makes their monster feel each of the emotions. For example:

This is my Colour Monster. He is very small and fluffy. My Colour Monster has big gold eyes and huge floppy ears. He has tiny hands and feet and a long pointy nose.

My Colour Monster turns yellow when he has eaten lots of chocolate. Chocolate makes him happy because it is delicious. It makes him smile and feel warm inside.

My Colour Monster turns blue when his fur gets knotty because it hurts when he has to brush it out. He gets very upset and starts to cry!

Children should focus on sentence structure and use the joining word ‘and’ to add extra information. They should also use capital letters and demarcate their sentences with the correct punctuation.

Year 1 writing success criteria can be found below.

English (Phonics): Children to complete the attached, ‘Activity Mat 3’. You may wish to print the sheet for the children to complete or they can write the answers into their book. In addition to this, please continue to practise speed sounds regularly with your child and provide them with words they can phonetically sound out. They should first demarcate them using dots and dashes, before reading the word aloud. 

To support your child and to continue their Read Write Inc. learning journey away from the classroom, click this link , which includes various ‘phonics spine’ e-books matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows.

For further Read Write Inc. resources, the Ruth Miskin website are still streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on their YouTube channel. Follow this link for the lesson schedule. 

Please continue to use ‘Phonics Play’ for additional support. The children should be working within all Phases from 1 to 6. Follow this link and log in using the username: march20 and password: home.

Spellings:

For this week’s spellings, you should recap Summer 4, 5 and 6 with your child, focusing particularly on words that they found challenging.  

 

In addition, you may choose to undertake the following suggested activities:

Geography: This week, Year 1 will be learning about the differences between life on a farm and in a town. Prior to going through the slides attached, discuss with your child how they think life on a farm may be different to life in a town. Encourage them to think about what they have learnt during this topic, such as the different uses for land and the many jobs that have to be done to keep the farm running.

Go through the attached slides with your child. Discuss each of the questions and encourage your child to use prior learning to explain their thinking.

Then, using the activity sheet attached, sort the descriptions according to whether they are referring to a farm or town. If you do not have access to a printer, your child may create their own table and write out each description in their book.

 

Science: I am sure that Year 1 will have been working extremely hard to develop their scientific knowledge and understanding of our Year 1 topics, during their time at home! This week, they have the extra special treat of choosing what they want to learn! Using this website, children should choose a fun, scientific experiment to carry out at home. There are many weird and wonderful experiments to wow your children and develop their love for Science.

I hope to see many exciting experiments taking place, which can be shared with me via the curriculum email. 

You may still continue to use the Explorify and/or James Dyson Foundation websites to support your child with developing their scientific thinking and enquiry skills.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

To bring our Theme topic to an end, this week, children should create their very own salt dough farm animal. Salt dough can be made using this simple recipe and, after being left to dry or baked in the oven, it can then be painted.

Children should have lots of fun moulding and shaping their salt dough to create their favourite farm animal. They should paint and decorate their animals, thinking carefully about the colours and different animal prints. If they are feeling adventurous, they may wish to create a whole farmyard of salt dough animals! 

I look forward to seeing all of the children’s animals, which can be shared with me via the curriculum email.

 

The Young Leaders Award: Your child can continue on their Young Leaders journey, here, thanks to the Archbishop of York Youth Trust and the provision of their free resources!

 

Music: Continue to fill your homes with singing and dancing, by accessing 'Out of the Ark' and weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Follow the link for fun downloadable activities!

Children may also access ‘Sing Up at Home, which has themed playlists of songs to fit every mood – including songs to calm and relax you, songs to get you moving, and empowering songs to lift you up.

 

PE: Workout here, with Joe Wicks, as he continues to stream live fitness sessions every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday morning. Don’t worry if you miss one- all work outs are available on Joe’s YouTube channel, along with his pre-recorded ‘5 Minute Move’ Body Coach workouts.

 

There are also lots of active challenges shared on our school Twitter page and the North Sefton School Games Twitter.

In addition to this, children may wish continue to access resources from the Association for PE. Short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home can be found here.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Continue to develop you child’s Spiritual Learning with ‘The Big Question’ - uploaded every Friday morning on our class blog page.  

Continue to enjoy exploring lots of RE ideas for you to complete with your family here, on the St Peter's weekly Sunday Club page.

By 10 am every Monday, The B Tales continue to release collective worship videos via their YouTube channel.

Children can continue to access The Big Start Assemblies free online resources. There are lots of stories, films and songs, to support with discussion around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

Saddleback Kids Ministry has created a menu of links to 88 short, animated Bible videos about Jesus, which can be accessed here. You can also go straight to their channel on YouTube here. Each clip is an animated retelling of a Bible story for children, which are ideal for use in Collective Worship.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities! 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 1. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day and will close on Friday 17th July.

 

Keep shining, my Year 1 superstars!

 

Miss Morris x

Picture News Discussion - w/c 6.7.20

Date: 3rd Jul 2020 @ 8:32am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'How important are first impressions?'

A red, white and blue paint job on the Prime Minister's plane has recently been revealed. The RAF Voyager is used by the Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family for official visits around the world and was previously coloured grey. An official spokesperson for the government confirmed that the plane received its makeover in Cambridgeshire in the colours of the Union Jack at the cost of £900,000, taken from public funds.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource gives some descriptions of what some children are planning to do. (1) and the second resource shows some examples of people representing others. (2). Enjoy!

Year 1 - Learning At Home w/c 6.7.20

Date: 30th Jun 2020 @ 8:56am

Hello Year 1!

I hope you have enjoyed another week of home learning and have continued to shine like the superstars you are!

Yet again, thank you for another lovely Zoom story time. I love how we can all be together to share a story and see each other’s smiling faces too. We will be back again next Friday, 10th July, at the same time.  

You will receive a text message on the morning to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom -  www.zoom.com.

We hope that your child will be able to join us for another very special story time!  

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 1 next week. 

If your child is accessing the Early Years curriculum, then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with appropriate tasks.  

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC are continuing to provide daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.  

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well. 

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’ and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching.

 

Maths: The focus for this week will be revision of fractions. Daily lessons will be provided here from Monday (Week 11) along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

Children should continue to practise their 2, 5 and 10 times tables regularly. There are lots of fun activities to support your child with this, which can be found here.

Children should be secure in recalling their number bonds to 20. Number bonds are a pair of numbers that add up to a given sum e.g. 12 + 8 = 20.  Your child can practise their number bonds here, using this fun and interactive game.

If your child wishes to challenge themselves further, they can try the activities below:

Please refer to the suggested timetable for this week to see the order for attempting these challenges.

 

English (Reading):

There are 136 free reading books available for pupils to read, from Pink to Lime book bands. Follow this link and log in using the username: UKfreeaccess and password: engage. The books will be available to access until 31st August 2020.

This week’s comprehension task is all about a little girl, who goes camping in her back garden. I know that some of our Year 1 children have enjoyed a similar experience during lockdown! I wonder if it turned out like the little girl’s in the story?

The camping theme has reminded our Reading Pixie of many wonderful stories that could also be shared around a campfire! Take a look at this week’s letter to find out what this week’s story time treat is.

Cracking Comprehension Activity:

‘Martha’s Night’ - Children should read the text and complete the activity sheet. If you do not have access to a printer, the children may write the answers in their book.

Phonics Play have made all of their ‘Decodable Comics’ accessible for children to continue reading. They are short, illustrated comics, which the children can read to you. You can access the resources here.

I know our Reading Pixie continues to watch over Year 1, as they continue  with their Summer Reading Challenge. I am sure that your superstar readers are enjoying taking part and are continuing to develop their love for reading!

English (Writing): With your child, revisit last week’s story, ‘The Colour Monster’, by Anna Llenas. Then, as you read it together, discuss each emotion again, referring back to your child’s writing from last week. Can they remember what experiences they linked with each of the emotions?

Children should then use their imaginations to create a short adventure for their own Colour Monster to go on, which they will then write as a story. Their thought process should be broken down into the following three parts:

Beginning: setting the scene and introducing their Colour Monster.

Middle: their Colour Monster has a problem.

End: their Colour Monster solves the problem.

For each section, the children should decide what colour their Colour Monster will be in order to reflect what is happening in their story and the monster’s emotions. For example, their Colour Monster may get lost in the middle of their story. Children should explain that this turns their monster blue because they are sad and feel lonely.  

Children should focus on sentence structure and use the joining word ‘and’ to add extra information. They should also use capital letters and demarcate their sentences with the correct punctuation.

Prior to writing their story, the children may wish to use the planning template attached below.

Year 1 writing success criteria can be found below.

English (Phonics): Children to complete the attached, ‘Activity Mat 2’. You may wish to print the sheet for the children to complete or they can write the answers into their book. In addition to this, please continue to practise speed sounds regularly with your child and provide them with words they can phonetically sound out. They should first demarcate them using dots and dashes, before reading the word aloud. 

To support your child and to continue their Read Write Inc. learning journey away from the classroom, click this link , which includes various ‘phonics spine’ e-books matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows.

For further Read Write Inc. resources, the Ruth Miskin website are still streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on their YouTube channel. Follow this link for the lesson schedule. 

Please continue to use ‘Phonics Play’ for additional support. The children should be working within all Phases from 1 to 6. Follow this link and log in using the username: march20 and password: home.

Spellings:

Summer 6

  1. Wednesday
  2. Thursday
  3. Friday
  4. Saturday
  5. Sunday
  6. Tired
  7. Haunted
  8. Beard
  9. Near
  10. Wire

 

In addition, you may choose to undertake the following suggested activities:

Geography: This week, Year 1 are going to be learning how the seasons affect life on a farm. Farms are very busy places and, with each season, comes lots of jobs to do! Can your child predict what some of these jobs might be, prior to going through the slides attached? For an extra challenge, can they identify the season in which those jobs might be done?

Your child should then use what they have learnt to create a “seasons wheel”. Children may draw pictures or write a sentence, to describe what happens on a farm during each season. If you do not have access to a printer, you may create your own template by cutting out two large circles and splitting one of them into four, to represent each season. You may use the activity attached, as a guide.

 

Science: Children should ensure that they have completed all BBC Bitesize Science units, which have been set in previous blogs.

Your child may revisit the previously set task, “What plants can you find outside?” on BBC Bitesize, prior to exploring plants themselves. Children should then enjoy exploring the great outdoors to develop their knowledge of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. Children could take pictures or make a list of plants that they identify. I would love to hear what plants our Year 1 scientists have come across, so don’t forget, you can send me an email on the school’s curriculum account!

You may still continue to use the Explorify and/or James Dyson Foundation websites to support your child with developing their scientific thinking and enquiry skills.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

In keeping with our Science theme of plants, children should have fun collecting natural materials on a walk or from the garden. With these natural materials, children can use them to create a picture. How the children use the materials is up to them. They may choose to use them as stamps or to create a collage, model or patterns. There are no boundaries as to how creative this task can be, so allow your child to let their artistic juices flow! Some examples can be found below.

I really hope that you will share with me your natural artwork. I can’t wait to see all the creative ideas you have come up with!

 

The Young Leaders Award: Your child can continue on their Young Leaders journey, here, thanks to the Archbishop of York Youth Trust and the provision of their free resources!

 

Music: Keep singing and fill your homes with singing and dancing, by accessing 'Out of the Ark' and weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Follow the link for fun downloadable activities!

Have fun exploring ‘Bring the Noise – Play It!’, with your child. Explore the different elements that make up a song and play or clap along with the music. Children can even listen back to their own version of songs.

 

PE: Workout here, with Joe Wicks, as he continues to stream live fitness sessions every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday morning. Don’t worry if you miss one- all work outs are available on Joe’s YouTube channel, along with his pre-recorded ‘5 Minute Move’ Body Coach workouts.

There are also lots of active challenges shared on our school Twitter page and the North Sefton School Games Twitter.

In addition to this, children may wish continue to access resources from the Association for PE. Short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home can be found here.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Continue to develop you child’s Spiritual Learning with ‘The Big Question’ - uploaded every Friday morning on our class blog page.  

Continue to enjoy exploring lots of RE ideas for you to complete with your family here, on the St Peter's weekly Sunday Club page.

By 10 am every Monday, The B Tales continue to release collective worship videos via their YouTube channel.

Children can continue to access The Big Start Assemblies free online resources. There are lots of stories, films and songs, to support with discussion around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

Saddleback Kids Ministry has created a menu of links to 88 short, animated Bible videos about Jesus, which can be accessed here. You can also go straight to their channel on YouTube here. Each clip is an animated retelling of a Bible story for children, which are ideal for use in Collective Worship.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities! 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 1. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day. 

 

Sending each and every one of you a big hug!

 

Miss Morris x

Picture News Discussion - w/c 29.6.20

Date: 26th Jun 2020 @ 8:05am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: ''Why do we have statues?'

Following protests campaigning for Black Lives Matter, demonstrators in Bristol pulled down a statue of a former slave trader, Edward Colston, and threw it into the harbour. It is likely that the statue will now be placed in a museum. Many other famous statues have been in question in other parts of the UK, with issues regarding what they represent and if they should be given prominent positions in towns and cities.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some different examples of statues (1) and the second resource shares the thoughts of some children regarding who they think deserves a statue and why. (2). Enjoy!

Year 1 - Learning At Home w/c 29.6.20

Date: 23rd Jun 2020 @ 4:01pm

Hello Year 1!

It was so wonderful to be back together on Zoom for another Year 1 story time! It really did fill Miss Mcvey and I with joy to see so many of your gorgeous smiles. We are looking forward to doing it all again at the same time next week on Friday 3rd July.

You will receive a text message on the morning to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom -  www.zoom.com.

We hope that your child will be able to join us for another, very special story time!  

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 1 next week. 

If your child is accessing the Early Years curriculum, then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with appropriate tasks.  

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC are continuing to provide daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.  

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well. 

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’ and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching.

 

Maths: The focus for this week will be revision of money. Daily lessons will be provided here from Monday (Week 10) along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

With your child, you may wish to revisit ‘Coins Game’ or some more challenging money activities, which can be found here, prior to completing the White Rose tasks, in order to refresh their memory of this topic.

Children should continue to practise their 2, 5 and 10 times tables regularly. There are lots of fun activities to support your child with this, which can be found here.

If your child wishes to challenge themselves further, they can try the activities below:

Please refer to the suggested timetable for this week to see the order for attempting these challenges.

 

English (Reading): This week’s comprehension task links to our Theme topic and is all about farm animals. It seems that this has got our Reading Pixie very excited and I think Year 1 are in for a treat with this week’s farmyard story!

Cracking Comprehension Activity:

‘Farm Animals’ - Children should read the text and complete the activity sheet. If you do not have access to a printer, the children may write the answers in their book.

Phonics Play have made all of their ‘Decodable Comics’ accessible for children to continue reading. They are short, illustrated comics which the children can read to you. You can access the resources here. 

I know our Reading Pixie continues to watch over Year 1, as they continue  with their Summer Reading Challenge. I am sure that your superstar readers are enjoying taking part and are continuing to develop their love for reading!

English (Writing): With your child, listen to ‘The Colour Monster’, by Anna Llenas. Then, return to each page and discuss the different emotions with your child. What makes them feel that way? How do they act when they feel that way?

Children should then work through the story, focusing on one emotion at a time. For each emotion, they should write two or three sentences about a time when they have felt this way, explaining the event and how they reacted.

Children should focus on sentence structure and use the joining word ‘and’ to add extra information. They should also use capital letters and demarcate their sentences with the correct punctuation. They should use a sub-heading for each emotion. For example:

Happiness

I felt happy when I got a new puppy because I had wanted one for a long time! I was so happy that I could not keep still and I had butterflies in my tummy. I felt warm inside and I wanted to tell everyone about my new puppy.

Enjoy discussing your child’s experiences with them first, before asking them to write.

Year 1 writing success criteria can be found below.

English (Phonics): Children to complete the attached, ‘Activity Mat 1’. You may wish to print the sheet for the children to complete or they can write the answers into their book. In addition to this, please continue to practise speed sounds regularly with your child and provide them with words they can phonetically sound out. They should first demarcate them using dots and dashes, before reading the word aloud. 

To support your child and to continue their Read Write Inc. learning journey away from the classroom, click this link , which includes various ‘phonics spine’ e-books matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows.

For further Read Write Inc. resources, the Ruth Miskin website are still streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on their YouTube channel. Follow this link for the lesson schedule. 

Please continue to use ‘Phonics Play’ for additional support. The children should be working within all Phases from 1 to 6. Follow this link and log in using the username: march20 and password: home.

Spellings:

Summer 4

  1. Start
  2. Apart
  3. Third
  4. First
  5. Love
  6. Do
  7. Nineteen
  8. Twenty
  9. Monday
  10. Tuesday

 

In addition, you may choose to undertake the following suggested activities:

Geography: This week, Year 1 are going to be using a map to find their away around a farm. There are lots of interesting things to learn about  through using and reading maps, which your child can find out about from the slides attached.

Your child should then use what they have learnt to help them answer the questions on the activity sheet attached. Are they able to use their map reading skills to locate the features?

For an extra challenge, using the sheet attached or by writing directly into their book, children can design a map for their own farm and create a key for each of the key features.

 

Science: Children should ensure that they have completed all BBC Bitesize Science units, which have been set in previous blogs.

Children can then have fun “thinking like scientists” and continue to explore different types of materials. Using ‘Science Sparks’ for inspiration or your child’s own ideas, can they carry out a simple science investigation to find out the answer to a key question? Lots of experiments can be done using just a few, common materials from around the house.  For example:

  • What material is the best for keeping things cool?
  • Are all metals magnetic?
  • What is the weakest material?
  • What is the strongest material?

Perhaps you could explore more than one key question with your child.

I would love to hear what our Year 1 Super Scientists have found out about materials, so don’t forget, you can send me an email on the school’s curriculum account!

Lots more inspiration can be found here, on the Explorify website and here, on the James Dyson Foundation website. This will support your child with developing their scientific thinking and enquiry skills.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

Children should continue with last week’s collage task. They should have a go at creating a new collaged animal picture and experiment with more patterns and colours.

Again, children may wish to create a collaged farmyard background for their animal. This will require them to think about additional colours and patterns.

Examples can be found on last week’s blog.

You may wish to share some of your child’s wonderful creations with me, via the curriculum email account.

 

The Young Leaders Award: Your child can continue on their Young Leaders journey, here, thanks to the Archbishop of York Youth Trust and the provision of their free resources!

 

Music: Keep singing and fill your homes with singing and dancing, by accessing 'Out of the Ark' and weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Follow the link for fun downloadable activities!

Take a trip around the United Kingdom and explore ‘National Pioneers’ with your child. The United Kingdom is filled with music! Whether it's England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, there's a long history of traditional music and talented modern musicians. In National Pioneers, a musician from one of the four Nations tells a story about how music changed their childhood and introduces a traditional local instrument alongside one of their own songs.

 

PE: From live workouts with Joe Wicks every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday morning, to his pre-recorded ‘5 Minute Move’ Body Coach workouts, Mr Wicks continues to provide wonderful PE lessons!  All workouts can be found here.

There are also lots of active challenges shared on our school Twitter page and the North Sefton School Games Twitter.

In addition to this, children may wish continue to access resources from the Association for PE. Short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home can be found here.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

On Monday 29th June, it is the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul! First, the children should watch the following videos to tell/remind them of the story of Peter here and the story of Paul here. In line with our school SHINE values, the children should be encouraged to consider how St. Peter and St. Paul inspire and encourage us. As we celebrate this feast day, perhaps the children could write a short reflection, prayer or poem on what we can learn from these two saints in 2020.

The Big Question - uploaded every Friday morning on our class blog page -  supports your child with their Spiritual Learning.

St Peter's weekly Sunday Club page continues to share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

By 10 am every Monday, The B Tales continue to release collective worship videos via their YouTube channel.

Children can continue to access The Big Start Assemblies free online resources. There are lots of stories, films and songs, to support with discussion around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

 

‘Words of Wisdom’ Project

The ‘Words of Wisdom’ entry deadline is almost here and we want to say a big thank you to all those who have contributed so far! We hope to see many wise words and photographs from our wonderful Year 1 children in the finished e-book video and so please continue to send your entries in. It really is a very special project and we encourage the children to take part in any way that they can.

Please email the completed project question sheets and any supporting evidence to curriculum@tsp.sefton.school, with the title ‘FAO Year 1 – Words of Wisdom’. There is no limit to the amount of question sheets that you can complete, so please keep them coming! 

All evidence should be emailed by Tuesday 30th June, so it can be collated and sent to the project organisers. Please do not send any evidence, such as photographs or videos, that you do not wish to be shared in the Words of Wisdom gift book and/or online presentation later this year.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities! 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 1. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day. 

 

Stay safe and keep shining – I miss you!

 

Miss Morris x

Picture News Discussion - w/c 22.6.20

Date: 19th Jun 2020 @ 8:51am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'Should zoos have been allowed to reopen earlier?'

Chester Zoo is the largest zoo in the UK and was closed on 21st March, following lockdown restrictions due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It reopened on 15th June after being closed for 3 months. During the long period it was closed, the owners were concerned that it may not ever have been able to reopen due to the huge lack of income caused by the closure and the huge costs involved in feeding the animals.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some of the wild animals you might find if you visited a zoo (1) and the second resource shares why some people think we have zoos. (2). Enjoy!

Year 1 - Learning At Home w/c 22.6.20

Date: 17th Jun 2020 @ 11:25am

Hello Year 1!

I hope you have all had another wonderful week of home learning and making memories with your families.

I am so pleased to share with you that next week, I will be hosting another whole class story time via 'Zoom', which will take place on Friday 26th June, at 10:25am. I am also very excited to announce that we will have a special guest joining us too: Miss Mcvey, our new Year 2 teacher, is going to be taking part in our story time! Miss Mcvey is very excited to meet her new class and we really hope your child will be able to come along! 

You will receive a text message on the morning to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom -  www.zoom.com.

Hopefully, all being well, I look forward to seeing your child next week!

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 1 next week. 

If your child is accessing the Early Years curriculum, then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with appropriate tasks.  

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC are continuing to provide daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.  

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well. 

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’ and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching.

 

Maths: The focus for this week will be revision of counting and place value. Daily lessons will be provided here from Monday (Week 9) along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

You may wish to have your child complete the ‘Introducing Number and Place Value’ task, found on the MyMaths website, prior to completing the White Rose tasks, in order to refresh their memory of this topic.

By the end of Year 1, children should know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. There are lots of fun activities to help your child practise their times tables, which can be found here.

If your child wishes to challenge themselves further, they can try the activities below:

Please refer to the suggested timetable for this week to see the order for attempting these challenges.

 

English (Reading): This week’s comprehension text is all about a bear called Barney! Inspired by this, our Reading Pixie has chosen to share another bear story with us, which I am sure you are going to love!

Cracking Comprehension Activity:

‘A Bun for Barney’ - Children should read the text and complete the activity sheet. If you do not have access to a printer, the children may write the answers in their book.

Phonics Play have made all of their ‘Decodable Comics’ accessible for children to continue reading. They are short, illustrated comics which the children can read to you. You can access the resources here. 

I am sure that our superstar readers are continuing on their Summer Reading Challenge journey and are having lots of fun exploring the wonderful world of books! You can still enrol onto the challenge, if you haven’t already! Let’s keep making our Reading Pixie proud, Year 1!  

English (Writing): I hope that your child had lots of fun creating their own version of ‘I Am Hungry’, by Michael Rosen, last week. I’m sure that their wonderful imaginations helped them to create some fantastic and, no doubt, very funny poems, which I would love to read! Don’t forget, you can share with me your child’s hard work, by emailing it to our school curriculum account.

This week, our poetry theme continues!

With your child, enjoy listening to and discussing ‘I Am Angry’, by Michael Rosen. Encourage your child to link what they hear to their own experiences. When have they felt angry? What made them angry? What did they do when they felt angry?

Access a written version of the poem by clicking here. This week, rather than adding in their own words, the children should change the title to “I Am Happy”. Following the same structure, they should replace words/phrases as if they are describing what they are like when they are happy. For example, “Scare spiders. Scare tigers” could be changed to “Cuddle dogs. Hunt for frogs.” If you child is struggling to think of their own ideas, they may change what they read to its opposite. For example, “Cut down flowers” could be changed to “Plant pretty flowers”.

Similar to last week, the poems can be as silly and creative as the children wish! For an extra challenge, your child could make their ideas rhyme.

English (Phonics): Children to complete the attached, ‘Activity Mat 6’. You may wish to print the sheet for the children to complete or they can write the answers into their book. In addition to this, please continue to practise speed sounds regularly with your child and provide them with words they can phonetically sound out. They should first demarcate them using dots and dashes, before reading the word aloud. 

To support your child and to continue their Read Write Inc. learning journey away from the classroom, click this link , which includes various ‘phonics spine’ e-books matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows.

For further Read Write Inc. resources, the Ruth Miskin website are still streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on their YouTube channel. Follow this link for the lesson schedule. 

Please continue to use ‘Phonics Play’ for additional support. The children should be working within all Phases from 1 to 6. Follow this link and log in using the username: march20 and password: home.

Spellings:

Summer 4

  1. Knight
  2. Known
  3. Continue
  4. Untrue
  5. Go
  6. Were
  7. Fifteen
  8. Seventeen
  9. Sixteen
  10. Eighteen

 

In addition, you may choose to undertake the following suggested activities:

Geography: It is a very exciting week for Year 1, as we begin our new Theme topic, “Why do we need farms?”

Before you start, discuss with your child their experiences of farms. Perhaps you have pictures or videos of your trips to the farm that you could use to support this discussion. This will make the topic more meaningful and relatable for your child. Then, use the slides attached to develop your child’s knowledge and understanding of what farms are used for.

When you and your child have explored the purpose of a farm, your child should complete the activity attached, describing what each type of farm does. They may choose either worksheet 1B or 1C.  

Children should then move onto learning about the features of a farm. Again, prior to beginning this, find out what the children already know. Use pictures and videos to support them with their recount of their own experiences. Then, use the attached slides to find out more about the main features.

When you have completed this, the children should use their knowledge to help them match the farm features to the correct description, on the attached activity sheet.  

 

Science: Children should revise everyday materials and work through the ‘Which material do we use?’ unit on BBC Bitesize.

Once completed, perhaps you could have fun with your child, experimenting with different types of materials. There are many exciting and fun Science experiments that explore materials, which can be carried out at home and can be found here.

The Explorify website continues to offer wonderful resources to support with scientific thinking at home. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and they can be found here.

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

In keeping with this week’s Science theme, children should have fun collecting a variety of materials from home. These may be natural materials from the garden or could be from within the house, like pieces of old clothing or packaging. With the materials they have collected, the children should create a collage to create their favourite farm animal. The children should consider what animal they would like to create first, before then gathering materials of a suitable colour and pattern.

As an extra challenge, children may wish to create a collaged farmyard background for their animal. This will require them to think about additional colours and patterns.

Examples can be found below.

 

Computing: Part 2 of the ‘Joiners’ Computing activity can be found below, which helps encourage the children to use technology in a positive and productive way. 

 

The Young Leaders Award: The Archbishop of York Youth Trust continue to provide inspiring stories and practical activities, to support your children’s Young Leader development. This week’s resources focus on compassion and can be accessed here.

 

Music: World Music Day was officially launched in 1982 and became a major world music event, celebrated in over 120 countries every year. World Music Day is all about the joy of making music. This link will take you to resources to help you participate in 'Make Music Day' on Sunday 21st June. This year’s song is the Morecambe and Wise classic, ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.

In addition to this, as well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark', you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

PE: Tomorrow sees the start of the Youth Sport Trust 'National School Sport Week'. This year, everything will be online - meaning you can get involved from the comfort of your own living room! Attached is a timetable with different challenges to try each day- why not tweet some of your best scores and use the hashtags #NSSWtogether and #StayHomeStayActive.

Joe Wicks continues to broadcast live workouts every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday morning. All workouts can be found here. Alternatively, Joe Wicks’ pre-recorded ‘5 Minute Move’ Body Coach workouts are also available on YouTube.

Between PE lessons with Mr Wicks, there are plenty of active challenges shared on our school Twitter page and the North Sefton School Games Twitter.

In addition to this, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

The Big Question - uploaded every Friday morning on our class blog page -  supports your child with their Spiritual Learning.

St Peter's weekly Sunday Club page continues to share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

By 10 am every Monday, The B Tales continue to release collective worship videos via their YouTube channel.

Children can continue to access The Big Start Assemblies free online resources. There are lots of stories, films and songs, to support with discussion around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

 

‘Words of Wisdom’ Project

There is just over one week until all ‘Words of Wisdom’ entries need to be submitted. The project organisers are putting together an e-book video with music, compiling the best wisdom quotes and photographs of the young people and elderly. It is a wonderful and unique opportunity for our Year 1 class and we encourage them to take part in any way that they can.

Please email the completed project question sheets and any supporting evidence to curriculum@tsp.sefton.school, with the title ‘FAO Year 1 – Words of Wisdom’. There is no limit to the amount of question sheets that you can complete, so please keep them coming! 

All evidence should be emailed by Tuesday 30th June, so it can be collated and sent to the project organisers. Please do not send any evidence, such as photographs or videos, that you do not wish to be shared in the Words of Wisdom gift book and/or online presentation later this year.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities! 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 1. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day. 

 

Sending lots of love and virtual hugs!

 

Miss Morris x

Picture News Discussion - w/c 15.6.20

Date: 12th Jun 2020 @ 9:18am

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'How should we learn to manage our money?'

A mother from Northumberland recently spent £100 on a second-hand vending machine to provide an opportunity for her children to learn about money after tiring of them arguing over snacks and other items during lockdown. Mother of four, Sarah Balsdon, was getting so fed up with her children's constant arguments that she and her husband, Kyle, came up with the idea to provide them in a limited and controlled way, whilst helping the children learn how to manage money.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some different ways that children have received money (1) and the second resource provides even more information about pocket money. (2). Enjoy!

Year 1 - Learning At Home w/c 15.6.20

Date: 9th Jun 2020 @ 2:39pm

Hello everyone!  

It was so wonderful to see so many familiar faces at our Zoom story time on Monday and I look foward to hosting another one, very soon! I hope that you all enjoyed the story, “Don’t Tell Anyone But…”, as much as I did. It certainly made me giggle, but more importantly, it certainly made me smile to see so many of you!

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 1 next week. 

If your child is accessing the Early Years curriculum, then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with appropriate tasks.  

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC are continuing to provide daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.  

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well. 

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’ and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching.

 

Maths: The focus for this week will be revision of multiplication and division. Daily lessons will be provided here from Monday (Week 8) along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

You may wish to have your child complete the ‘Multiplication Introduction’ and ‘Division Introduction’ tasks, found on the MyMaths website, prior to completing the White Rose tasks, in order to refresh their memory of this topic.

To further support the children with this topic, children should be practising their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and by the end of Year 1, should be able to confidently recall them. There are lots of fun activities to help your child practise their times tables, which can be found here.

If your child wishes to challenge themselves further, they can try the activities below:

Please refer to the suggested timetable for this week to see the order for attempting these challenges.

 

English (Reading): This week’s comprehension text is about a little boy going shopping with his mum and it has inspired our Reading Pixie! They have shared a story with us about an unusual shopping trip, which is sure to make you giggle!

Cracking Comprehension Activity:

‘New Clothes For Alex’ - Children should read the text and answer the three ‘Listening Comprehension’ questions, before then completing the activity sheet. If you do not have access to a printer, the children may write the answers in their book.

Phonics Play have made all of their ‘Decodable Comics’ accessible for children to continue reading. They are short, illustrated comics which the children can read to you. You can access the resources here. 

With so many superstar readers in Year 1, I am sure that the children have signed up and are continuing on their Summer Reading Challenge journey! If not, there is still plenty of time to enrol! We are going to have one very proud Reading Pixie, I am sure!

English (Writing): This week, the children will begin their new unit, focusing on poetry.  

With your child, enjoy listening to and discussing a wide range of poems. Encourage your child to link what they hear to their own experiences and encourage them to join in with predictable phrases. You may have access to poetry books at home - or you may wish to use the links below - to introduce your child to this topic.  

‘Chocolate Cake’, by Michael Rosen 

‘Tanka Tanka Skunk’, by Steve Webb

‘Commotion in the Ocean’, by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz

Mixed Poems (attached below)

‘A Great Big Cuddle’ – a collection of poems, by Michael Rosen

When you have finished exploring the different poems with your child, watch ‘I Am Hungry’, by Michael Rosen.

The poem has been attached below, however, there are some parts missing! Can your child fill in the gaps with their own ideas? They can be as silly and creative as they wish! For an extra challenge, your child could make their ideas rhyme. I wonder what weird and wonderful things your child might choose to eat..?

English (Phonics): Children to complete the attached, ‘Activity Mat 5’. You may wish to print the sheet for the children to complete or they can write the answers into their book. In addition to this, please continue to practise speed sounds regularly with your child and provide them with words they can phonetically sound out. They should first demarcate them using dots and dashes, before reading the word aloud. 

To support your child and to continue their Read Write Inc. learning journey away from the classroom, click this link , which includes various ‘phonics spine’ e-books matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows.

For further Read Write Inc. resources, the Ruth Miskin website are still streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on their YouTube channel. Follow this link for the lesson schedule. 

Please continue to use ‘Phonics Play’ for additional support. The children should be working within all Phases from 1 to 6. Follow this link and log in using the username: march20 and password: home.

Spellings:

For this week’s spellings, you should recap Summer 1, 2 and 3 with your child, focusing particularly on words they found challenging.  

 

In addition, you may choose to undertake the following suggested activities:

History: This week, we will focus on children’s entertainment and how it has changed over time.  

Share the attached slides with your child and have fun learning about and discussing how entertainment has changed over time. You may have some pictures or objects from the past that you could share with your child.

Your child should then complete the attached activity by matching the pictures and statements to the children from each era. If you do not have access to a printer, your child can write a short sentence in their book and draw a picture to explain what children would have done.

As an extra challenge and to end this topic, children may wish to complete the end of unit quiz, attached below. How much can they remember about children of the past?

 

Science: Children should revise the five senses and work through the ‘What are the senses?’ unit on BBC Bitesize.

Once completed, perhaps you could have fun with your child, experimenting with their senses to identify mystery items in a box. Can they tell you which sense they have used? Can they associate the five senses with the correct body parts?

A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

If your child has completed last week’s art task, they can now add to their clothing line! They should use materials from home for each item of clothing and may “dress” the template attached.  For an extra challenge, they could make clothes for a teddy or doll. Your child should consider the colours and textures of the materials available to them, that they would like to use, and think about how best they could suit their clothes to the occasion.

 

Computing: There are many exciting and wonderful things that you can do with the built-in features of an iPad! Click here to find out more and explore 30 creative activities.

 

The Young Leaders Award: The Archbishop of York Youth Trust continue to provide inspiring stories and practical activities, to support your children’s Young Leader development. This week’s resources focus on compassion and can be accessed here.

 

Music: As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark', you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

PE: Joe Wicks is still continuing as the nation's PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am - thank you Mr. Wicks! All workouts can be found here. Alternatively, Joe Wicks’ pre-recorded ‘5 Minute Move’ Body Coach workouts are also available on YouTube.

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question; this will be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page.

St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs), which can be found here. These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

 

‘Words of Wisdom’ Project

Please continue to email the completed project question sheets and any supporting evidence to curriculum@tsp.sefton.school, with the title ‘FAO Year 1 – Words of Wisdom’. There is no limit to the amount of question sheets that you can complete, so please keep them coming! 

All evidence should be emailed by Tuesday 30th June, so it can be collated and sent to the project organisers. Please do not send any evidence, such as photographs or videos, that you do not wish to be shared in the Words of Wisdom gift book and/or online presentation later this year.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities! 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 1. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day. 

 

Keep having fun and shining bright, Year 1 superstars!

 

Missing you all lots and lots.

 

Miss Morris x

Picture News Discussion - w/c 8.6.20

Date: 6th Jun 2020 @ 12:49pm

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'How important is it to have a routine?'

Since the beginning of the lockdown, many people have had to completely change their  routines in line with the new guidance and new rules. Of course, this has also meant the closure of schools as well as many workplaces and places to visit too. Routine means different things to different people.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource is a sorting activity for a daily routine (1) and the second resource shares Arthur’s experience of a day without any routine. (2). Enjoy!

Year 1 - Learning At Home w/c 8.6.20

Date: 3rd Jun 2020 @ 11:48am

 Hello everyone!  

I hope you have enjoyed your first week back of home learning and you have been able to complete some of the tasks set, whilst also continuing to enjoy the beautiful weather!

Next week, I will be hosting a whole class story time via 'Zoom', which will take place on Monday 8th June, at 10am. I really hope your child will be able to come along!

You will receive a text message on the morning to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom -  www.zoom.com.

Hopefully, all being well, I look forward to seeing your child next week!

 

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 1 next week. 

If your child is accessing the Early Years curriculum, then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with appropriate tasks.  

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC are continuing to provide daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.  

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well. 

 

Maths: This week, the children would have begun their new topic focusing on position and direction.

Playing ‘hide and seek’ with a teddy/doll and asking your child to describe its position when they find it can be a fun way to practise using the correct positional vocabulary. You may also wish to use a toy (e.g. a car or animal figure) to model different turns. Some useful video clips to support this learning can be found here.

The activities for this week are attached below along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding. Children may also complete the ‘Position, Direction and Movement’ task, found on the MyMaths website, to further support their learning.

If your child wishes to challenge themselves further, they can try the activities below:

Please refer to the suggested timetable for this week to see the order for attempting these challenges.

 

English (Reading): We can always rely on our Reading Pixie for a story time surprise and this week is no exception! Attached is another lovely letter from our magical friend, including an extra special treat!

Cracking Comprehension Activity:

‘The Lion and the Mouse’ - Children should read the story and complete the activity sheet. If you do not have access to a printer, the children may write the answers in their book.

Phonics Play have made all of their ‘Decodable Comics’ accessible for children to continue reading. They are short, illustrated comics which the children can read to you. You can access the resources here. 

Don’t forget, the Summer Reading Challenge  launched on Friday and despite the closure of public libraries, children can be enrolled and commence their challenge virtually! The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' will enable children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers.

This week from 8th-14th June, there is a special seven-day online 'Dream Big' festival in partnership with Waterstones for families to celebrate the power of imagination and Puffin's 80th birthday. Watch on Puffin Facebook and YouTube channels as each day two events take place. It promises to be great fun and another way of enaging children in the wonderful world of literature, storytelling, reading and illustrating.  

English (Writing): This week, the children should use the flow map they created last week to support them with writing a recount of their half term. As previously mentioned, the children are familiar with this style of writing and so should be able to recall and correctly use the features of this genre of writing.

Your child should write at least three sentences to describe and explain each of the events on their flow map, resulting in a detailed recount of their half term or a specific day. To help them think of what they may write, the children should focus on the 5Ws:

  • When?
  • Where?
  • Who?
  • What?
  • Why?

Children should ensure that they use time words, the joining word ‘and’ and also the correct punctuation and grammar e.g. full stops and capital letters.

Year 1 success criteria for writing is attached below.

English (Phonics): Children to complete the attached, ‘Activity Mat 4’. You may wish to print the sheet for the children to complete or they can write the answers into their book. In addition to this, please continue to practise speed sounds regularly with your child and provide them with words they can phonetically sound out. They should first demarcate them using dots and dashes, before reading the word aloud. 

To support your child and to continue their Read Write Inc. learning journey away from the classroom, click this link , which includes various ‘phonics spine’ e-books matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows.

For further Read Write Inc. resources, the Ruth Miskin website are still streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on their YouTube channel. Follow this link for the lesson schedule. 

Please continue to use ‘Phonics Play’ for additional support. The children should be working within all Phases from 1 to 6. Follow this link and log in using the username: march20 and password: home.

Spellings:

Summer 3

  1. Point
  2. Spoil
  3. Prawn
  4. Squawk
  5. Are
  6. Here
  7. Eleven
  8. Twelve
  9. Thirteen
  10. Fourteen

 

In addition, you may choose to undertake the following suggested activities:

History: From toys and crazes, to schools and clothes, the fun continues this week for Year 1, as they continue to find out about childhood in the past!

Share the attached slides with your child and have fun learning about and discussing how schools have changed over time. Maybe you still have some school clothes or equipment from your childhood, your parents’ or even your grandparents’ childhood, that you can share with your child! You could even get into character by transforming your home learning environment into a classroom from the past, and trying some different activities with your child.

Your child should then complete the attached activity by sorting the cards, which describe different schools, into the correct columns.  

Once you have finished exploring how schools have changed over time with your child, use the attached slides to learn about what children wore at different times. Again, maybe you still have some clothes from the past that you can share with your child. You could also share some old photographs with your child, focusing particularly on the clothes, to bring the topic to life!

 

Science: Children can work through the ‘What are the parts of the human body?’ unit on BBC Bitesize.

A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

Art: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

In keeping with this week’s Theme topic, your child should use what they have learnt about children’s clothes, to design their own “dream” outfit! They should use materials from home for each item of clothing and may “dress” the template attached or, for a little extra challenge, could make clothes for a teddy or doll. Your child should consider the colours and textures of the materials available to them, that they would like to use, and think about how best they could suit their clothes to the occasion.

 

The Young Leaders Award: This week, the Archbishop of York Youth Trust continue to provide inspiring stories and practical activities, to support your children’s Young Leader development. This week’s resources can be accessed here.

 

Music: As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark', you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

PE: Joe Wicks is still continuing as the nation's PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am - thank you Mr. Wicks! All workouts can be found here. Alternatively, Joe Wicks’ pre-recorded ‘5 Minute Move’ Body Coach workouts are also available on YouTube.

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question; this will be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page.

St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs), which can be found here. These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

 

‘Words of Wisdom’ Project

Please continue to email the completed project question sheets and any supporting evidence to curriculum@tsp.sefton.school, with the title ‘FAO Year 1 – Words of Wisdom’. There is no limit to the amount of question sheets that you can complete, so please keep them coming! 

All evidence should be emailed by Tuesday 30th June, so it can be collated and sent to the project organisers. Please do not send any evidence, such as photographs or videos, that you do not wish to be shared in the Words of Wisdom gift book and/or online presentation later this year.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!  

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 1. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day. 

 

Sending you big hugs!

 

Miss Morris x 

Picture News Discussion - w/c 1.6.20

Date: 29th May 2020 @ 5:15pm

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'Why do people choose the jobs they do?'

The number of people seeking to start a career in the healthcare sector has risen during the pandemic, official figures reveal. Health leaders said the wish shown by thousands of people to help them to fight illness was “truly humbling”. The NHS Health Careers website has seen a 220% rise in people expressing an interest in becoming a nurse.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource is where some people share information about their job (1) and the second resource is where some people explain how they feel about their jobs (2). Enjoy!

Year 1 - Learning At Home w/c 1.6.20

Date: 22nd May 2020 @ 1:11pm

Hello everyone!  

I hope you have all had a wonderful half term break, having lots of fun in the sun and making special memories! We are still missing you all but we hope that you have been enjoying your time at home, keeping safe and well.

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 1 next week. 

If your child is accessing the Early Years curriculum, then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with appropriate tasks.  

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC are continuing to provide daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.  

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well. 

The Government have also released this guidance for parents and carers on how to 'Help  school children continue their education during coronavirus' to further support you.

Maths: This week, the children would have been reconsolidating their learning on 2D and 3D shapes. To support this, children should complete the ‘Introducing 2D Shapes’ and ‘Introducing 3D Shapes’ tasks, found on the MyMaths website.

As well as MyMaths, you can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day‘! Daily lessons are also provided here, along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers, so that you can check your child’s understanding.

 

English (Reading): Our Reading Pixie has returned with another story time treat for Year 1! This week, the comprehension theme is fables, which is a story that teaches the reader a lesson. We call this a moral.

Enjoy the fable our Reading Pixie has chosen to share with us, which can be found in the letter attached below!

Cracking Comprehension Activity:

‘Lion’s Lunch’ - Children should read the story and answer the three ‘Listening Comprehension’ questions, before then completing the activity sheet. If you do not have access to a printer, the children may write the answers in their book.

Phonics Play have made all of their ‘Decodable Comics’ accessible for children to continue reading. They are short, illustrated comics which the children can read to you. You can access the resources here.

Despite the closure of public libraries, we are pleased to tell you that this year's Summer Reading Challenge scheme will go ahead virtually. The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' will enable children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers. The Summer Reading Challenge website launches on Friday 5th June when children can be enrolled and commence their challenge!

English (Writing): This week, the children would have been revisiting the familiar topic of recounts. The children have previously written their own recount of our trip to Speke Hall and so they should be familiar with the features of this genre of writing. For example, they should be able to tell you that a recount tells the reader about an event or a group of events that has occurred. It should use time words and it should be in chronological order. Use the links below to remind your child of this.

‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, by Eric Carle

‘Farmer Duck’, by Martin Waddell

‘Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?’, by Martine Waddell and Barbara Firth

After your child has enjoyed exploring the different texts, they should orally compose a recount of their half term. They may choose to focus on one specific day or their whole half term. You may have access to photographs or videos, which you can use to support your child with their oral recount.

Then, ask your child to create a flow map to illustrate their oral recount. A blank template has been attached, however if you do not have access to a printer, your child could draw their flow map directly into their book.  

In preparation for writing their recount next week, children should include a short caption to go with each of their pictures e.g. ‘Swimming’ or ‘Playing outside’. 

English (Phonics): Children to complete the attached, ‘Activity Mat 3’. You may wish to print the sheet for the children to complete or they can write the answers into their book. In addition to this, please continue to practise speed sounds regularly with your child and provide them with words they can phonetically sound out. They should first demarcate them using dots and dashes, before reading the word aloud. 

To support your child and to continue their Read Write Inc. learning journey away from the classroom, click this link , which includes various ‘phonics spine’ e-books matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows.

For further Read Write Inc. resources, the Ruth Miskin website are still streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on their YouTube channel. Follow this link for the lesson schedule. 

Please continue to use ‘Phonics Play’ for additional support. The children should be working within all Phases from 1 to 6. Follow this link and log in using the username: march20 and password: home.

Spellings:

Summer 2

  1. Group
  2. Toucan
  3. Chain
  4. Waist
  5. You
  6. My
  7. Three
  8. Four
  9. Five
  10. Two

 

In addition, you may choose to undertake the following suggested activities:

History: Year 1 are in for a real treat this week, as they explore children’s toys and crazes from the past!

Share the attached slides with your child and have fun discussing and exploring the different toys and crazes they focus on. Maybe you still have some toys from your childhood, your parents’ or even your grandparents’ childhood, that you can share with your child!

Once you have finished discussing the wonderful world of toys and crazes, your child should complete the activity sheets attached. If you don’t have access to a printer, your child may write or draw their answers directly into their book.

 

Science: Children can work through the ‘What are the seasons?’ unit on BBC Bitesize.

A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

DT: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

In keeping with this week’s Theme topic, attached below are the instructions and templates for making paper toys. Have fun decorating and putting the templates together with your child, to make a paper toy collection!

 

Computing: Attached below, is a fun computing activity that your child may wish to complete. You will need a tablet or smart phone with the ‘Book Creator’ app. Your child can follow the instructions to create their very own e-book.

 

The Young Leaders Award: This week, the Archbishop of York Youth Trust continue to provide inspiring stories and practical activities, to support your children’s Young Leader development. This week’s resources can be accessed here.

 

Music: As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark', you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

PE: Joe Wicks is still continuing as the nation's PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am - thank you Mr. Wicks! All workouts can be found here. Alternatively, Joe Wicks’ pre-recorded ‘5 Minute Move’ Body Coach workouts are also available on YouTube.

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question; this will be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page.

St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs), which can be found here. These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

 

‘Words of Wisdom’ Project

It has been a pleasure to read through the many wonderful entries that have been shared with us so far. Amongst the evidence are many inspiring words of wisdom!

Please continue to email the completed project question sheets and any supporting evidence to curriculum@tsp.sefton.school, with the title ‘FAO Year 1 – Words of Wisdom’. There is no limit to the amount of question sheets that you can complete, so please keep them coming! 

All evidence should be emailed by Tuesday 30th June, so it can be collated and sent to the project organisers. Please do not send any evidence, such as photographs or videos, that you do not wish to be shared in the Words of Wisdom gift book and/or online presentation later this year.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities! 

This website is an excellent additonal source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 1. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

 

As always, I hope you continue stay safe and well.

 

I can’t wait to see your big smiles soon. 

 

Miss Morris x

Year 1 - May Half Term - w/c 25.5.20

Date: 18th May 2020 @ 12:08pm

Hello everyone!  

I hope it has been a great half term of home learning and that you have enjoyed completing some of the tasks that have been set with your child. I know that Year 1, as always, will have been working hard and shining like superstars!

Over the half term break, there are many ways for the children’s learning to continue:

  • Children should continue to read as much as possible and where appropriate, you could ask questions to help support the development of your child’s comprehension skills.
  • Practise speed sounds regularly with your child and provide them with words they can phonetically sound out. They should first demarcate them using dots and dashes, before reading the word aloud. 
  • Access Read Write Inc. resources via  this link, which includes various ‘phonics spine’ ebooks matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows.
  • Practise spellings:

Summer 1

  1. Ground
  2. Sprout
  3. Broom
  4. Spook
  5. School
  6. One
  7. Seven
  8. Eight
  9. Nine
  10. Ten
  • Access websites such as MyMaths and Sumdog. There is an abundance of tasks available for the children to work through!
  • Access White Rose Maths for their ‘Problem of the Day‘ and daily lessons and activities which are provided here.
  • ‘Think U Know’ have released some new activity packs with simple, 15-minute activities that can be completed at home to support online safety. Access these resources here.
  • Complete tasks that have been set in previous blogs that your child may not have had time to complete yet.
  • Access many of the free resources being suggested on our whole school Twitter feed.

Please also use our ‘Learning at Home’ page, which will direct you to a wealth of resources, as well as our Wellbeing page which has ways to support you and your child also at this time. 

I hope you have a lovely half term break, spent with your families and making wonderful memories together. Continue to stay safe and well.

 

Sending big hugs to you all, 

 

Miss Morris x

Picture News Discussion - w.c. 18.5.20

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 8:35am

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'If you could live anywhere, where would it be?'

An Italian architect is planning a city of skyscrapers! Luca Curci said that he wanted to build four self-sufficient, interconnected towers with trees, wildlife and farms. His project is called, 'The Link'. He claims that his buildings, for 200,000 people, would be the best way to tackle population growth, pollution and poverty. He says, “We need a sustainable vision, my towers are designed to encourage a sense of community.”

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. They will allow you to consider the different types of houses that people live in (1) and also why houses might be designed in a certain way (2). Enjoy!

Year 1 - Learning At Home w/c 18.5.20

Date: 13th May 2020 @ 11:17am

 Hello everyone!  

I hope you all enjoyed your bank holiday weekend and have had a lovely week. I am sure you have continued to work hard, whilst still having lots of fun!

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 1 next week. 

If your child is accessing the Early Years curriculum, then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with appropriate tasks.  

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. 

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here.  

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well. 

 

Maths: This week, the children would have revisited the topic of fractions. The children have previously learnt how to find ½ and ¼ of both shapes and amounts. The children are familiar with division and should confidently be able to use these skills - with the support of objects such as counters or dried pasta - to find ½ and ¼ of an amount, by dividing by 2 and 4.

To support this learning, children should complete the attached activities from White Rose Maths. Each activity is supported by a video tutorial, which can be found by clicking the links below.  

Find a Half

Find a Quarter (1)

Find a Quarter (2)

Problem Solving

For additional challenges, please check White Rose Maths for their ‘Problem of the Day‘! Other daily lessons and activities are also provided here.

 

English (Reading): I am thrilled to have received yet another letter from our Reading Pixie and I just know that this week’s story delivery is going to go down very well! I have attached the letter for you to share with your child, to go with another minibeast themed comprehension.  

Cracking Comprehension Activity:

‘Minibeasts in the Pond’ - Children should read the text and complete the activity sheet. If you do not have access to a printer, the children may write the answers in their book.

Phonics Play have made all of their ‘Decodable Comics’ accessible for children to continue reading. They are short, illustrated comics which the children can read to you. You can access the resources here. 

English (Writing): This week, the children will create their own information text about minibeasts. They should write their bullet pointed facts from last week’s activity as full sentences to create a short paragraph about each of their chosen minibeasts. Your child may also wish to illustrate each paragraph to create an information text in a similar style to those they explored last week. The title of their text should be ‘Minibeasts’ and each of their paragraphs should have a sub-title to inform the reader on what each section is about e.g. ‘Snails’ or ‘Worms’.  

You may wish to re-read ‘Eyes, Nose, Fingers and Toes’, by Judy Hindley to remind your child about information texts.

Year 1 writing success criteria can be found below.

English (Phonics): Children to complete the attached, ‘Activity Mat 2’. You may wish to print the sheet for the children to complete or they can write the answers into their book. In addition to this, please continue to practise speed sounds regularly with your child and provide them with words they can phonetically sound out. They should first demarcate them using dots and dashes, before reading the word aloud. 

To support your child and to continue their Read Write Inc. learning journey away from the classroom, click this link , which includes various ‘phonics spine’ e-books matched to Read Write Inc. levels, along with 62 Speed Sounds practice sheets, parent information booklets and 8 Speedy Green Word Slideshows.

For further Read Write Inc. resources, the Ruth Miskin website are streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on their YouTube channel. Follow this link for the lesson schedule. 

‘Phonics Play’ have made all of their interactive and printable resources accessible during this time. The games and resources are computer / tablet friendly. The children should be working within all Phases from 1 to 6. Follow this link and log in using the username: march20 and password: home.

Spellings:

Spring 10

  1. Clay
  2. Holiday
  3. Toast
  4. Coach
  5. Once
  6. Today

 

In addition, you may choose to undertake the following suggested activities:

Geography: After a busy few weeks exploring all of the seven continents, the children should now be able to name them and recall some facts for each one.

The children should ensure that they have completed the geography tasks previously set.

If your child has completed all of these activities, they should complete the attached continent summary sheet to share what they have learnt! If you do not have access to a printer, the children may write out their own version in their book.

 

Science: Children can work through the ‘What plants can you find outside?’ and ‘What are the parts of a plant?’ units on BBC Bitesize.

A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. Superbugs: Join the Fight, teaches children about the spread of infection and medicine.

For additional tasks, you can also visit the following website: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

 

DT: This is a suggested task as we appreciate parents may not have resources at home.

The children should continue to have fun recreating different landmarks from the places that they have learnt about during the geography topic e.g. the Eifel Tower or the Great Wall of China. They should use materials from home, such as cardboard boxes, LEGO, salt dough or playdough.

 

Computing: You may enjoy the mini technology activity attached to help encourage the children to use technology in a positive and productive way.  We are aware many children will be experiencing increased screen time at home and you may not know about some of the educational apps and ways you can use technology to support their digital literacy skills.

We hope you enjoy this activity.

 

The Young Leaders Award: As you know, the children would have been completing their Young Leaders Award this year. Both the children and I were extremely excited to go on our Young Leaders journey together and we had many exciting plans as part of this.

The Archbishop of York Youth Trust want to continue to support children to be strong, kind and helpful young leaders in their homes and towards the people they care about and to help them continue to be the change they want to see in their communities. They have created some resources to be used at home, that will take the children on a journey to explore the character strengths of Courage, Thankfulness, Compassion, Friendship and Hope. Through inspiring stories and practical activities, they are encouraged to discover these character strengths in themselves and in others.

The resources can be accessed here and are completely free!

 

Music: As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark', you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities.

 

PE: Joe Wicks is still continuing as the nation's PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am - thank you Mr. Wicks! All workouts can be found here. Alternatively, Joe Wicks’ pre-recorded ‘5 Minute Move’ Body Coach workouts are also available on YouTube.

In addition to the wonderful PE teaching from Joe Wicks, the Association for PE have produced a series of short, fun and engaging lessons for you to try at home. All of the activities are designed specifically for PE at home and offer lots of creative ways for everyone to stay active during isolation. These videos can all be accessed here.

 

RE / Spiritual Learning:

Spiritual learning will take place through The Big Question; this will be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page.

St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family here.

The B Tales, who have visited our school on several occasions this year, will also be releasing collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

 

‘Words of Wisdom’ Project

Some exciting news this week! I am thrilled to share with you that Year 1 have been given the opportunity to be a part of the ‘Words of Wisdom’ project, which is linked to Sefton's Borough of Culture 2020. The project enables young people to connect with elderly or isolated friends, neighbours and family members throughout local communities and contribute to their wellbeing through SMILE: Sharing kindness and talents in a Meaningful safe way, that creates an Impact, leaves a lasting Legacy and brings a J to Everyone.

Through engaging with these people, children will learn from the ‘wise words’ of the older generation. Methods of engagement and communication may include social media, telephone conversations, posting cards, art work, poems and a host of other inventive ideas you may create yourself.

Using the question sheet (see attached), the children will record the ‘words of wisdom’ and the suggestions made by their interviewee, on how they will be able to help them in their own lives.

The project aims to capture and share the best Words of Wisdom and celebrate the huge achievements of our young people and elderly generation with a Words of Wisdom gift book and online presentation later this year.  

I have attached some further information, which contains some examples of how evidence could be gathered and the question sheet for your children to complete.

Please email the completed question sheets and any supporting evidence to curriculum@tsp.sefton.school, with the title ‘FAO Year 1 – Words of Wisdom’.  All evidence should be emailed by Tuesday 30th June, so it can be collated and sent to the project organisers. Please do not send any evidence, such as photographs or videos, that you do not wish to be shared in the Words of Wisdom gift book and/or online presentation later this year.

 

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities! 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any work, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 1. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

 

As always, I hope you continue stay safe and well. Keep smiling and shining Year 1!

 

I miss you all,

 

Miss Morris x 

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