Year 1: Blog items

Year 1 - Spring 1 - Week 1

Date: 8th Jan 2021 @ 2:06pm

Happy New Year! We are so thrilled to have been able to welcome everyone back, both in person and virtually, after the festive period. Although our new term hasn’t started quite the way we had expected, so much wonderful learning has taken place, this week!

This week in RE, we began our new unit, ‘Why is Jesus special?’ To encourage us to think about what makes a person special, we thought about all the special people we have in our life. We came up with a long list including, mummies, daddies, grandparents and friends and we realised just how lucky we are to have these people in our lives! We then thought about the qualities that make a good friend and realised that these are the reasons why our friends are special. We used a bubble thinking map to record our ideas and included some excellent adjectives, including kind, wonderful and funny! We are looking forward to finding out if Jesus chose his disciples based on similar qualities!

In Maths, we have been very busy learning about addition and practising our number bonds to 10 and 20. We have challenged ourselves to us our skills, to identify missing numbers in calculations.

It has been a pleasure to have been able to share and listen to everyone’s Christmas news and Year 1 have worked hard to create some super writing all about their Christmas. We have enjoyed hearing about everyone’s lovely gifts, yummy food and fun activities!

We have also decided on some wonderful New Year’s resolutions, that we hope to achieve in 2021. Year 1 thought very carefully about what they wanted their resolution to be and thought about how they are going to achieve this.

We would like to say a huge well done to our Year 1 superstars, for their fantastic work, this week. The children have quickly adapted to a new way of learning and we are extremely proud teachers! Seeing all of the children’s fantastic work on Tapestry has been a pleasure.

We will continue with our weekly class blog updates when we are all back in school together. 

Take care and stay safe x

Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 7

Date: 18th Dec 2020 @ 9:00am

Wow, what a way to end a fantastic Autumn term! We have thoroughly enjoyed a week full of festive activities, including Christmas crafts, visiting Santa in his grotto and, of course, our Christmas party! 


Year 1 had an extra special RE lesson, this week, in which they completed a very special task, left for them by our elf visitors last week. As part of our unit, "Why do we give and receive gifts?” we have been exploring the Nativity Story and learning that Christmas is a time for remembering God's gift of Jesus. Throughout the unit, we have constantly been reminded that gifts don't have to be something we can buy and wrap up. Having followed us on our learning journey, the elves tasked Year 1 to make a special "invisible" gift. They created their gifts by wrapping up a small, empty box with homemade wrapping paper, which they put a lot of time and effort into making! They then tied their gift with some festive string, before attaching the following poem:

This is a very special gift,
That you can never see.
The reason it's so special,
It's just to you from me.

Whenever you feel lonely,
Or even feeling blue,
You only have to hold this tight,
And know I think of you.

You can never unwrap it.
Please leave the ribbon tied.
Just hold the box close to you,
It's filled with love inside.

We hope that whoever Year 1 choose to give their invisible gift to, keeps it safe and will treasure it forever. It truly is a special gift that can’t be bought anywhere! 


Year 1 were proud architects this week, having finished their wonderful DT project, gingerbread houses! After focusing on the house’s structure and its exterior, Year 1 turned into landscapers and added some final touches to the garden. They took their time to create some lovely outdoor spaces for their gingerbread friends and designed some super gardens. Of course, no gingerbread house would be complete without a sprinkling of festive snow! Year 1 enjoyed exploring and selecting materials that would suitably represent a snowy roof. After receiving a thank you note from the gingerbread men themselves, Year 1 were thrilled to find out that their new homes went down a treat! 


We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge well done to all of our wonderful Year 1 children, for their hard work this term! It has been a very busy term, full of wonderful learning, plenty of smiles and many giggles. We look forward to seeing what exciting learning opportunities the New Year brings.


Thank you so much for all of your thoughtful gifts and well wishes. From all here in Year 1, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 
 

Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 6

Date: 11th Dec 2020 @ 10:13am

It has been another fantastic week in Year 1, filled with so much wonderful learning! We have been comparing numbers in Maths, making our own diaries in English and have enjoyed choreographing and performing a festive dance in PE.

In Collective Worship this week, Year 1 have continued to explore our monthly value of “Hope”. Making the connection with our school value and our current RE topic, we discussed “The Nativity Story” and how Jesus was a gift from God. We discussed how Jesus gave people hope and thought about the many stories in which there are examples of this. Jesus is the light of our world and to represent this, we lit a candle. We took some time to pause and reflect on our world and what we hope for our future. We shared our hopes with the class. For example, we hope that people look after the world by picking up litter, we hope that people choose kind and we hope that animals stop being hunted. There were many wonderful and inspiring hopes, which we then wrote on our own “candles of hope”. We put the candles together to create a beautiful display of hopes, to remind us that, like Jesus, we can bring hope to people by inspiring them to make the right choices.

This week marked the beginning of our new DT project and we were shocked to find out that a group of gingerbread men had wandered through our classroom, in search of new homes! Year 1 took on the challenge of becoming architects, as they put on their multicoloured thinking hats to design and create some new homes for our gingerbread friends. Using their 3D shape knowledge from our Maths lessons, they constructed the net of a cube, to create the structure of their houses. They then thought long and hard about the colours they wanted to paint their houses, before carefully using their painting skills to add a splash of colour. Year 1 are looking forward to adding the finishing touches to their houses next week, ready for gingerbread men moving day! We have no doubt they will just love their new homes.

We brought our week to a close with an amazing computing day, where we focused on laptops, developing our knowledge of the key features of a laptop and developing our laptop skills. We thoroughly enjoyed delving inside a computer and investigating how one works and why each part is crucial for us to use them. We had so much fun applying what we had learnt, to use Chromebooks and develop our digital literacy skills. We enjoyed creating some eye-catching posters to share our new learning. We are now computer experts!

On Friday, we received some very special visitors, all the way from the North Pole! To our surprise, we had some cheeky little elves causing mischief in our outdoor area and knocking on our classroom door! We couldn’t believe it and our classroom was full of giggles and excitement. They dropped off a very special and very secret kindness mission, for us to complete next week. We are so excited to complete our mission and look forward to sharing this with our families!

Well done for a super week, Year 1! We can’t wait to see you on Monday, for a week full of festive fun!

Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 5

Date: 4th Dec 2020 @ 12:03pm

Wow, what a wonderful week here in Year 1! This week, we have been giggling at our elf’s cheeky antics, using viewfinders to identify patterns on buildings in Art and developing our knowledge of tens and ones in Maths.

This week in RE, we continued to explore our topic, ‘Why do we give and receive gifts?’ by reading and retelling the Nativity Story. We followed Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem and discussed how the story links to our school value of “Enjoy”. We connected our learning from last week, when we discussed how Jesus is a gift to us from God and like any gift we receive, he was a gift that we should be thankful for. The Three Wise Men showed their gratitude by giving the gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh to the baby Jesus. We enjoyed re-enacting the events of the Nativity with our friends and created beautiful zigzag books to sequence the events of the story.

Earlier this week, Year 1 were greeted with a mysterious Christmas card and a strange suitcase to investigate! Using our black thinking hats, we discussed and predicted who may have left such unusual items. After expert investigation, we discovered that they had been left by a meerkat adventurer called Sunny. We thoroughly enjoyed uncovering all the Christmas themed surprises he had left for us. This marked the beginning of our new English text, “Meerkat Christmas”, by Emily Gravett. We loved following Sunny in the story, as he went on his mission to find his “perfect Christmas” and we thought critically about what a perfect Christmas would look like for us. We can not wait to accompany Sunny further, as he continues on his adventure.

We brought our week to a close with our Santa Dash which Year 1 loved taking part in! Dressed in their festive accessories and wearing their huge smiles, Year 1 showed our school value of ‘Hope’ and gave their best, to complete the Santa Dash. Fun was had by all and hearts were certainly racing by the end of the dash. We are very proud of our Year 1 runners!

Enjoy a well-deserved rest this weekend. See you Monday!

 

 

Christmas Challenges!

 

Formby Methodist Church have created an Angel Trail around Formby Village! You are tasked with hunting for the missing angels in various shops and locations around the village. All will become clear when you follow the link for the digital trail sheet here. There is also a Christmas "goody bag" for every family that takes part. Good luck!

 

During the summer, many of our pupils took part in and completed the Arts Council's 'Summer Reading Challenge'. This year, they have introduced a 'Winter Mini Challenge', encouraging children to read three books between now and the 15th January 2021. For further details on how to take part, please visit the 'Winter Mini Challenge' website.

Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 4

Date: 27th Nov 2020 @ 11:57am

Yet another great week, here in Year 1! We have been very busy practising a special Christmas surprise, learning about 2D and 3D shapes in Maths and developing our knowledge of Victorian homes in History.

This week in RE, we began our new topic, ‘Why do we give and receive gifts?’ We began by watching the 2011 John Lewis advert, in which a little boy is impatiently counting down the days until Christmas. We soon realised that the little boy wasn’t excited to receive his gifts, but actually excited to give one himself! This led us into a fantastic discussion about the experience of giving gifts and how this makes us feel. We feel excited to give gifts for a number of reasons, including the happiness we feel seeing someone close to us happy and because we love the person we are giving it to. We thought about the gift of Jesus that God gave to us and made the connection that just like when we give gifts, God gave us Jesus because he loves us. Jesus was a gift that didn’t cost money, but just like any gift we receive, he was a gift that we should be thankful for. We enjoyed sharing and writing about our own experiences of giving and receiving gifts.

Year 1 have blown their teachers away this week, with their fantastic diary entries, which they have written as Nibbles the Book Monster! After spending time carefully unpicking and exploring diary entries, our classroom turned into a room full of book monsters, as Year 1 got into character. We had lots of fun sharing our experiences of eating into so many different stories, such as chasing the Paper Dolls, eating the Hungry Caterpillar’s food and getting stuck in the mud in “We’re going on a Bear Hunt”. Year 1 really let their imaginations run wild and thought carefully about the features of a diary entry, to create some lovely pieces of writing. We know Nibbles would be proud to call Year 1’s writing his diary!

Have a wonderful weekend, Year 1! See you on Monday.

Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 3

Date: 20th Nov 2020 @ 4:47pm

Wow, what a fantastic week it has been in Year 1! From learning about 2D shapes in Maths, to developing our athletics skills in PE, Year 1 have had a very busy week! We have thoroughly enjoyed writing diary entries in English, learning about road safety for “Road Safety Week” and identifying seasonal changes in Science.

In RE, Year 1 brought their topic of ‘Creation’ to a close by discussing ways in which we can look after the beautiful world that God has created for us. Using our yellow thinking hats, we reflected on the actions of humans and how they can have a negative impact on our world. We then used our multi-coloured thinking hats to come up with a variety of ways humans could work together to protect our world. We wrote prayers to God, asking him to encourage people to look after our world and included lots of different suggestions such as, picking up litter, not chopping down trees and using cars less.

In recognition of anti-bullying week, we explored the story of “The Ugly Duckling” and discussed how the little duckling was made to feel, after being treated unkindly. We discussed how nobody should be made to feel upset or not good enough, because our differences are what make us us! Year 1 felt sorry for the duckling and were keen to share how they would have acted in the position of the other ducklings. Making the connection between our kindness activities during last week’s “Celebration of Kindness Week”, Year 1 recognised that if just one of the ducklings had shown kindness towards the duckling, the kindness would have spread and encouraged the others to be kind too. We then discussed how kind words could have helped the duckling to feel better and lift his spirits. Year 1 shared many kind words and phrases with each other and using balloons to signify the words “lifting us up”, we recorded them for our very own kindness display.

Well done for another great week! Have a lovely weekend.

Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 2

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 3:52pm

Yet another great week, here in Year 1! We have been busy developing our subtraction skills in Maths, exploring diary entries in English and developing our athletics skills in PE.

This week in RE, we continued to learn about “The Creation Story” and discussed how God used our school value of ‘Imagine’, to design and create the wonderful world that we live in. We enjoyed sharing our experiences of being creative and discussed how it made us feel, to be able to do things in the way that we wanted to. We then had lots of fun letting our creative juices flow, to share our own ideas for our ideal world. There were so many wonderful ideas, from chocolate worlds to video game worlds! There were pink suns, candyfloss clouds and snowmen that never melt. Year 1 loved sharing their creative ideas through drawings of their ideal worlds. There were many bright and colourful worlds, that I’m sure many of us would love to be a part of!  

This week marked our fantastic “Celebration of Kindness Week 2020”! Year 1 have had a week filled with wonderful activities and stories, linked to kindness. We explored the effect of kindness and how it only takes a small act of kindness, for it to spread a long way and make a positive difference! We used green food colouring, to represent nurture, and put a few drops into some water. We watched as all the water slowly turned green, which represented the spread of kindness. A small step really can make a big difference!

We have enjoyed exploring “The Kindness Quilt”, by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, which follows Minna the Bunny, on her quest to carry out acts of kindness. She draws and writes about her acts of kindness and puts them together to create a quilt. Inspired by the story, Year 1 worked together to create their own quilt, made up of their own acts of kindness. Our huge quilt really does signify the kind hearts of our wonderful Year 1 children!

Whilst we know how important it is to be kind to ourselves and others, we have also continued to spread kindness outside of our classroom. This week, we learnt that hedgehogs were once very common, but unfortunately they are now disappearing. After receiving a very special and very cute hedgehog visitor of our own a couple of weeks ago, Year 1 thought it was time to take action and what better week to do so, than Celebration of Kindness week! Year 1 worked together to make hedgehog houses, to encourage and attract hedgehogs to our safe garden space. They used a variety of materials to create shelters for our little friends, which we hope will make the perfect home for a hedgehog! We will be sure to keep you updated!

Two national lockdowns would not stop us coming together as a school, in a slightly different way, to create our annual "Celebration of Kindness Video". Reminding us to laugh more and worry less, we smiled and giggled as we watched the premier of the video, to bring our fantastic week to a close! As always, we have had endless amounts of fun creating the video and we are so pleased to finally be able to share it with you. We hope that our TSP families and friends will be able to join us in spreading a little fun and laughter, watching this year's video, which can be found here.

Well done for a brilliant week full of lots of wonderful learning and of course, lots of kindness! Have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday.

Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 1

Date: 6th Nov 2020 @ 12:04pm

What a wonderful week we have had! Year 1 have had a busy start to the new half term and have begun their new Theme topic, ‘Have homes changed for the better?’ and have put their dancing shoes to good use, in PE. In Maths, we have been using part-whole models to create fact families that include both addition and subtraction calculations and we have enjoyed using this new learning to solve problems. In English, we were extremely surprised to have been greeted by a nibbled feast and a nibbled Reading Pixie delivery! After further investigation, we learnt that our new focus text is “Nibbles The Book Monster”, by Emma Yarlett. We have enjoyed exploring the start of our new story and can’t wait to read more next week!  

This week in RE, we took time to think about God’s beautiful creation that is our world. We enjoyed spending time looking at images of our wonderful world and took the opportunity to really appreciate what we have around us. As we explored different images, we listened to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and thought carefully about the lyrics. Showing that ‘gratitude is the best attitude’, we thanked God for what he has created. We spent some time reflecting on what part of creation makes us think, “wow” and what puzzles us about creation. We enjoyed sharing what we love about creation, for example the cute baby animals and the bright colours in a rainbow. We then generated some questions that we would ask God about why he created certain things in the way that he did. For example, why did you create animals that sting? Why did you create other planets?

In art, we have enjoyed learning about Wassily Kandinsky. We learnt that Kandinsky first trained to become a lawyer but decided that he wanted to be a painter so he

left his job. He was an abstract artist which means that his artwork shows ideas rather than pictures. He used lots of bright colours in his artwork and said that when he saw colour he heard music. We focused on Kandinsky’s “Colour Studies: Squares with Concentric Circles” and enjoyed sharing our thoughts and opinions of this piece. Inspired by this artwork, we began creating our own versions. We used oil pastels to create a background made up of bright and bold coloured squares. We look forward to adding and layering different sized circles, next week! 

Well done for such a great week, Year 1! Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you on Monday!

 

Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 8

Date: 23rd Oct 2020 @ 3:32pm

Wow, what a brilliant end to our first half term in Year 1! We have had a very busy week practising our addition skills in Maths, learning about suffixes in English and beginning our third and final stage of our artwork, inspired by Piet Mondrian.

In Collective Worship, we listened to “The Rainbow Fish”, by Marcus Pfister. We enjoyed following the Rainbow Fish on his journey, as he realised the importance of being generous. Initially not wanting to share his beautiful scales, the Rainbow Fish felt sad and alone when his friends were upset with the choice he had made. However, he soon learnt that being generous felt amazing and that making his friends happy made him smile too! We made connections between the actions of the Rainbow Fish and our school values. Focusing particularly on “Serve”, we discussed how in order to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we must be generous. We discussed how this doesn’t always mean we have to give another person something, but we can be generous with our time and our skills, to help others or make people smile. We enjoyed sharing ways in which we have shown generosity and wrote our ideas down on fish scales. We then put the scales together to create a giant Rainbow Fish, which is now displayed at the front of our classroom, reminding us to be generous!

We brought our final week to a close with a brilliant computing day! This half term’s computing day focused on internet safety. We took part in lots of interesting discussions about our experiences of using the internet, which led us onto discussing how we can be safe when online. We enjoyed listening to the story of “Smartie the Penguin”, to remind us of the important rules for staying safe online. We had so much fun using the “Chatterkids” app, to create animations of Smartie the Penguin, sharing some important rules.

A big well done for a wonderful half-term, Year 1! We have been extremely impressed with your amazing attitude and hard work throughout and we have loved every second. Enjoy a well-deserved rest over half-term and we look forward to seeing you soon!

If you would like your child to continue their learning at home over half-term, I have collated a list of useful websites that they can access and shared this on Tapestry. I also encourage you to revisit and practise the previously taught phonics sounds with your child, which I have uploaded onto Tapestry throughout this half term. You can also refer to the Home Learning page on our school website for more support.

To find out more about what we will be learning over this year, please read our updated curriculum overview here.

 

Road Safety: As the nights draw in and the clocks go back this coming weekend, it is a good time to revisit road safety with your child. Please find a useful guide from RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) attached.

Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 7

Date: 16th Oct 2020 @ 12:13pm

We have had the most wonderful week, in Year 1! We have been busy continuing to practise our number bonds using ‘Part-Whole’ and ‘Bar’ models in Maths. We have continued to develop into wonderful authors in English, rewriting “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”, by Michael Rosen and we have enjoyed comparing animals and humans in Science!

In RE, we learnt about the Jewish festival of Sukkot. We learnt that during Sukkot, Jewish people remember when God freed them from slavery in Egypt. Jewish people left Egypt and wandered in the desert for forty years, before they reached the Promised Land of Israel. Along their way, they built temporary homes out of dry palms and branches. Sukkot is also a harvest festival, celebrating gathering crops from the fields. It is traditional to build a sukkah to use during Sukkot. A sukkah must have at least three walls and the roof of the sukkah must be something found from the ground such as plants, grasses or branches. Jews are commanded to ‘live’ in a sukkah for the whole week of Sukkot. They try to eat all their meals in the sukkah and say a prayer to thank God for Sukkot. Jewish people also invite family and friends over to eat in their sukkah. We enjoyed writing some fun facts about what we had learnt about Sukkot and then put on our multi-coloured thinking hats, to design our own Sukkahs.

In recognition of ‘Hate Crime Awareness Week’, our Reading Pixie delivered to us a story with a very important message. “Freddie and the Fairy”, by Julia Donaldson and Karen George, was about a fairy with a hearing impairment. Freddie was trying to make a wish, but the little fairy kept getting his wish wrong. Freddie became very annoyed and frustrated with the fairy. The Fairy Queen came to visit Freddie and explained to him how to communicate with the fairy, in a way that would be clear and helpful. As a class, we discussed the importance of respecting others and our differences and recognised how we should show kindness to everyone, no matter what. We spoke about how hate crime is when someone breaks a law by upsetting another person because of who they are, whether this be their religion, race, age or gender. Year 1 then thought of ways in which they could stop hate crime and displayed their ideas in a multi-flow thinking map, along with the effect that their actions would have on others and our world. We then wrote our ideas on some green paper, to represent our school value of ‘Nurture’, and connected them to make a paper chain. The chain reminds us that we need to work together to make a change!

Well done for another super week, Year 1! See you on Monday!

 

Tapestry: We do enjoy seeing all the additional learning that takes place outside of school on your child's Tapestry account. Unfortunately, we are unable to comment upon all of the posts; however, we will acknowledge when we have read them by using the 'like' button. We hope you find this a fair and consistent approach to all who choose to share and we thank you for your understanding at this time.

Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 6

Date: 9th Oct 2020 @ 3:54pm

Continuing on our wonderful learning journey in Year 1, we have been so very busy having lots of fun and learning new things this week! In Maths, we have been learning about ‘Part-whole models’ and have been finding alternative ways to make different numbers within 20. We have had some very special visitors as part of our English and PSHE lessons and we have enjoyed transforming into birds for this week’s Science experiment!

In RE this week, Year 1 went on a journey around the world, to explore how harvest festivals are celebrated in different countries. We then focused on Southern India’s celebration of ‘Pongal’. Pongal is celebrated in January or February and it celebrates the successful harvest of sugar cane, rice, and turmeric. During this celebration, traditional Kolam drawings are used as decoration and placed in front of doors. They are symmetrical patterns and can be brightly coloured. Year 1 used our school value of ‘Imagine’ to think creatively to design and create their own Kolam drawings. Thinking carefully about shape, pattern and symmetry, Year 1 produced some beautiful drawings! 

On Wednesday, Year 1 were greeted by muddy pawprints and a terrible mess, left in their classroom! Reported sightings from our Reading Pixie of one shiny wet nose, two big furry ears and two big goggly eyes helped Year 1 to solve the mystery… a bear was on the loose! After a short discussion, there was no question about it, Year 1 were going to have to go on a bear hunt! We read our special Reading Pixie delivery, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”, by Michael Rosen, before embarking on our very own bear hunt obstacle course in PE. As we went, Year 1 said aloud the famous lines from the story and overcame a number of obstacles such as mud, a river and a snowstorm. However, nothing was too challenging for Year 1! After an exciting hunt, unfortunately, there was no sign of the bear, but Year 1 have now been inspired to write their very own versions of the story!

On Friday, we took part in “Hello Yellow”, for “World Mental Health Day”. After receiving an unusual delivery from our Reading Pixie, made up of six jars containing different coloured tissue paper, Year 1 one opened their story to find it was “The Colour Monster”, by Anna Llenas. We enjoyed learning about the Colour Monster, who began the story multicoloured. He felt funny and the little girl helped him to realise he wasn’t feeling himself because all of his colours, which represent each of his emotions, were mixed up. Throughout the story, the Colour Monster identified each of his emotions and separated them. We enjoyed discussing what makes us feel each of the emotions and shared our own experiences with the class. We then made our very own emotion jars and filled each coloured jar with what makes us feel that specific emotion. We really enjoyed being able identify our different emotions and what triggered each one. We discussed how it’s ok to not always feel happy and that there are so many other ways we could be feeling. The Colour Monster taught us that sharing our feelings can really help when we’re not feeling our yellow, happy selves.  

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

Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 5

Date: 2nd Oct 2020 @ 3:46pm

What a fantastic week we have had, here in Year 1! We have been very busy ordering numbers and learning about ordinal numbers in Maths. In English, we have finished writing our wonderful stories, based on “Lost and Found”, by Oliver Jeffers, and have enjoyed sharing our final creative pieces with each other. We have also been very busy learning about the work of Christian Aid and their ‘Harvest Appeal’, practising our ball skills in PE and learning fun facts about the countries of the United Kingdom.

In Collective Worship this week, Year 1 explored the Islamic lesson of respecting our elders. We learnt that this extremely important to Muslims and watched a very informative video that explained why this was. They believe that we can learn a lot of good things from our elders and they can teach us many things from their long experience in life. Older people always have interesting stories to tell filled with information and experiences they have gained in their lives. Islam emphasises respect for the elderly. We reflected on our experiences of showing respect to elders and then, drew pictures of our favourite memories that we have shared with our grandparents.

Our Reading Pixie wanted to celebrate National Poetry Day with us this week and to our surprise, left us some “wild” clues to help us to identify a very special book. Using the clues, Year 1 soon guessed that the book was going to be about jungle animals and on further investigation, we found out that it was “Rumble in the Jungle”, by Giles Andreae. Year 1 had lots of fun reading the book and joining in using body percussion, to create sound affects for each page. We then got creative and made masks, which we later used to act out each of the animal poems!

In Art this week, Year 1 learnt about their primary colours and how they could be mixed together to make new colours. We learnt about Piet Mondrian, a Dutch artist who was born in 1872. He painted pictures in a style known as abstract, using mainly primary colours. Year 1 then had lots of fun beginning their own creative journey to make their own pieces of artwork, in the style of Piet Mondrian. They worked had to plan out their design, ahead of painting next week, and used masking tape to section their paper and create squares and rectangles. Year 1 really adapted the style of Mondrian and we are looking forward to seeing the final pieces next week.

Well done for another wonderful week, Year 1. You have continued to shine and we look forward to seeing you on Monday! Have a lovely weekend!

 

Reminders:

- Tempest Photography will be in school next Friday.

- Please make sure you keep us updated with any allergies or medical conditions that your child may have.

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! 

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

STAFF LOGIN