We have had a fantastic last week of half term. We have started doubling and halving in maths, the children have really enjoyed this and found it fun! All of the children have been working hard to make the right choices so we have had lots of marbles which meant an extra 5 minutes of play today and many house points.  In our PSHE lessons each week the children learn how to play, be kind, look after theirself and help eachother. Maia says 'my friends are very kind in year one'.

This week the children learned about the witches from Macbeth, they made and performed their own spells which were 'quite gruesome and scary' as quoted by Flo and Maisy. They also said they have really enjoyed art. This half term the children have made their own self portraits and then painted them to look like pirates with waterpaints! The children have really enjoyed the pirate topic this half term. It has also helped us learn about materials in science!

We have continued our read write inc, the children are so enthusiastic about reading and writing. We have enjoyed reading books from our library too as a class. Writing is our focus in Year One so the children have taken a diary for their week away from school and a special pencil so they an draw and write about what they have been up to every day! They are very excited so please make sure you take some time out of your busy day to write and draw about what you have been up to and hand it back in on our first day back at school, Tuesday 20th February.

Thank-you for your continued support and we hope you have a lovely week! Fingers crossed for some sunshine!
Here are a few pictures from our week.. including a few from our limited time in the snow!

Miss Dixon and the Year One team.

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We ended a great week with a lovely mass at church today. The children were so sensible, they sat nicely and listened carefully - welldone Year One! This week we have got back to our Read Write Inc after completing our pirate stories last week, the children's quality in their writing has improved so much with their hard work. Please keep reading at home atleast 3 times per week and any writing that you can squeeze in is great!

In maths we have looked at 2D & 3D shapes and money this week. The children have worked really well independently which has really shown what they are capable of. 

 

In Science we have been learning all about materials, this week we sorted them according to their properties. The children worked really well as a team to decide where they needed to be.

 

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Year One team.

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What a fantastic way to end the week - Pirate day! The children have been so immersed in their learning and we have thoroughly enjoyed our day. First we continued writing our own Rumpelhook stories. Next, the children performed Ruhmelhook to the rest of the school. They were all fantastic and the rest of the school were very impressed. Then, we had a treasure hunt! What fantastic treasure we found. We used compasses to see which direction we needed to go in order to get the next to find the next clue. We were very lucky to have lovely pirate cakes made by Mrs Veasey on our return to the classroom.
This afternoon we have enjoyed lots of pirate activities including map making, labeling the pirate and pirate passports.

Also this week we have been working on place value in maths - tens and ones. The children have worked really hard to spot patterns in numbers relating to their place value. In Science we did an experiment to see which materials float and sink. The children recorded their results in a table and discussed what happened really well. We have a lovely RE display which shows the children's pictures and the Baptism candles they have made this week, feel free to come in after school and have a look next week!
 

Thank-you for all of your effort making the children's pirate costumes, they looked great and had a great time! Please look at the Year 1 - Galleries section of the website for all of the photos. 

We are focusing on spelling the days of the week next week so please practise these at home.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Year 1 team.

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It has been lovely to welcome Year One back this week. They have all had wonderful stories to share about their time over the holidays and they are refreshed and ready to learn! 

In maths we have been learning how to read the time, particularly o'clock and half past. Please continue practicing this at home when you can, on analogue clocks and digital clocks! The children have also been learning about how long seconds, minutes and hours are. We have enjoyed one minute challenges and relay challenges this week.

We have started learning Rumpelstiltskin with the hope to make our own versions of the traditional tale in the coming weeks. The children are really enjoying the story and getting to grips with the characters.

Please bring in one photo from your child's baptism or christening before Thursday next week, if you wish to share it. We are learning about religious celebrations in RE and it would be lovely for the children to share their own pictures.

Friday 26th January - Pirate day! We will have a day of treasure hunts and problems to solve. Please don't worry about buying a new pirate outfit, a stripy top and jagged cut old trousers will do the trick!

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Year One Team.

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We have had a wonderful week filled with many special moments including our Christmas dinner last week, our fantastic KS1 nativity performance and our sponsored skip today. Welldone Year One, I am sure you are all so proud of the children. They have worked so hard on their Nativity performance, it has been lovely watching their confidence grow. They did such a fantastic performance with Year Two which displayed the true meaning of Christmas so well.

Thank-you for your continued support during our first term together. It has been lovely getting to know you and your families so well. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Miss Dixon and the Year One team.

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Firstly, I would like to congratulate and thank all of Year One for being fantastic ambassadors of the school on our trip to the Sea Life Centre. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and we learned lots about the different animals which you can find in the sea. Please go to the Year 1 - Galleries section of the website to see a selection of photos from the day.

We have had a lovely week filled with lots of learning and rehearsals - the children have continued to work very hard, even with all of the excitement which has come with Advent! In maths we have continued to work with money and recognizing coins, the children have become very familiar with the value of coins.
In Science the children have learned about the different animal groups and they have grouped the animals together. Throughout the topic the children have created a great understanding about animals and their similarities and differences.

In RE we learned about Mary, Our Mother and how she is here for us too. The children were very understanding and they made some lovely list poems about Mary. We have also been thinking about gifts that we could give this Christmas: love, joy, kindness and smiles. I wonder if you receive any of those gifts this weekend!

Books will be changed on Monday, back to normal next week!

Have a great weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Year One team.

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What an exciting week in Year 1. We have really started to get to grips with our Nativity performance practice, we can't wait for you to all see it on Tuesday 19th December.

In maths this week we have been looking at recognizing coins, some children have worked really hard to learn the value of certain coins. Please have a look at home, see if you can remember how much each coin is worth and you could try to add certain coins together! 
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/money - this link has some great coin games for the children to play at home.

In RE we have learned about the Christmas Story, the children enjoyed ordering the story and they showed a great understanding. Next week we will be learning more about Mary.

In school, as you know, we are focusing on building a growth mindset, it is really important as it helps the children take responsibility and work more independently. This website explains the concept in a simple and quick way so please do have a look: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-try-new-things 

Please read your books at home over the weekend and we will change books on Tuesday instead of Monday due to our trip. Please come to school in full PE kit and with a coat. Children having a packed lunch made by school do not need a lunch box, we will organize everything at school for you. We leave school at 9:30am and will return in time for home time.

Polite reminder: If your child is being picked up by somebody who is not known to school (including the parent of another child) please let the school office know before home time. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Y1 team.

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As the first Sunday of Advent is this weekend, we have started to prepare for this special time in class. The children have each made an advent promise which we have put on our Advent display. We have discussed how important it is to keep those promises, especially at this time of year. Please see the Year 1 Galleries section of the website to see a picture of our display!

In maths this week we have been practicing our place value - tens and ones Please have a go at the place value game on topmarks when you can: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/place-value/place-value-charts  

We have been classifying herbivores, carnivores and omnivores this week in Science using venn diagrams! The children used the information they had to decide which section of the venn diagram the animals needed to be placed in, I was very impressed with their teamwork - well done Year 1.

Please ensure you read this weekend and complete the reading log so we are able to change books on Monday!

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Y1 team

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We have continued our learning about the seas around the UK this week. The children are really getting to grips with the countries in the UK and the surrounding seas. We have been trying to figure out which sea the scuba diver might be in! 
Year 1 have also been learning an under the sea dance which we have filmed, they have worked really hard to remember all of their dance moves. Please watch the dance below!

In maths we have been looking at fractions: halves, quarters and some thirds. See if you spot any fractions or make any fractions this weekend, you may be surprised how many times you do! Pizza sharing, meatball cutting... we use them in so many ways!

In Read Write Ink the children have been working on their books in our RWI groups. Please read your books over the weekend, you should have one basket book and one book which is more challenging to help you develop your reading at home. We will change both books on Monday if they have been completed.

In RE we looked at how we prepare for Christmas in school, church and at home... we are not quite at that time yet but we certainly have some excited children ready to celebrate Jesus' birthday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Y1 team.

 

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Thank-you and welldone to all of our school family, Pudsey was full of pennies by lunch time today. Thank-you for all of your kind donations for such a fantastic cause.

In maths we have started halving this week, halving numbers, water in containers and different shapes! The children have really enjoyed and grasped this concept well. Next week we will start to have a look at fractions and thirds! Please feel free to practice this when you can at home. 

 

It was lovely to meet with many of you this Wednesday and I look forward to seeing those of you who I have not yet seen next Tuesday. 
 

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Y1 team.

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I would like to start this post by saying a big thank-you to you all for the lovely gift and message from year one, it really touched my heart. Thank-you for signing up to the parents meetings which are next Wednesday 15th November and the following Tuesday 21st November, I look forward to seeing you all!

It has been lovely to see the children back at school this week, we have been busy growing our brains in maths by creating repeating patterns. I wonder if the children can explain what a repeating pattern is? Can you spot any in your local area?



To the children's delight, we have continued our Read Write Ink programme for English this week. So far the children have really enjoyed our learning in RWI and they have been applying their sound knowledge to read books and use expression for different characters! 

In RE we have started our new topic 'Mary, Mother of God' the children have done some role play and taken on the challenge to act out Angel Gabriel sending the message to Mary, explaining God has asked her to be the mother of Jesus. The children have also started to make their own Angel Gabriel with colours and ofcourse some glitter!

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Miss Dixon and the Y1 team

 

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After our local area day on Tuesday the children have had a busy week doing lots of things including art inspired by Richard Long and lots of measuring... we even measured our learning partners in meters and centimeters!
In RE the children had a lovely reflection thinking about what we have learned about God's Creation and the children made some great posters about how to look after our world.

I have sent home a days of the week spelling sheet which is due back on Friday 20th October, this is a focus in our class at the minute so it would really help the children to practice these at home. 

The Harvest service is at 2.30pm on Friday 20th October, we hope to see you there if you can make it!

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and Mrs Veasey

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Year 1 have made brochures and posters about Blackpool, learned about the history of our local area with Mr Hickey and we have been on a local area walk! We even saw a couple of teachers on the way. Please look at our photos to see if you can spot them!

The children were great ambassadors of the school today, welldone Year 1!

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We have had a great week in Year 1. In Read Write Inc the children are getting used to the fast pace of the lesson and they have been working hard to get their writing as good as it can be. Please practice writing when you can at home. It could be a diary or about the book they have been reading at home! 
In maths we have been estimating amounts this week and checking we are writing our numbers the correct way around! 

In RE we have been learning about Noah's Ark and the promise which God made to Noah after the flood, which came for 40 days and 40 nights!

The children have created their own piece of Andy Goldsworthy inspired artwork and they are on display in our art studio..please feel free to pop in the classroom after school next week to have a look!

Next week on Tuesday we will be having a local area day! In the morning Mr Hickey is coming in to talk to us about the history of our local area. We have lots of interesting pictures to look at! In the afternoon we are going to go on a fieldwork walk around our local area. Please make sure your child has a waterproof coat on Tuesday, as we will be going whatever the weather!

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and Mrs Veasey

 

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What a busy week in Year 1. Firstly, on Monday we had Mr Swindlehurst in for our PE lesson where we did lots of throwing, hopping and skipping. It was lots of fun! 
On Tuesday we had our European languages day and in Year 1 we celebrated France. We made our French passports, learned some french words and had a go at making the tallest Eiffel Tower we could out of straws! 
On Wednesday we started our artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy - have a look at some of the pictures, the children worked really hard doing these. We then went on a shape hunt in the afternoon as we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes in maths!
On Thursday we were learning about the wonderful world that God has made for us. The children came up with some lovely promises which they would like to keep to help to look after God's world. We have put them on display in the corridor! 
On Friday we continued our super dancing with Mrs Frost. We are very lucky to have such an expert helping us to improve our dancing skills.

Thank-you for all of your efforts with the children's outfits on Tuesday, they all looked fantastic!

Please keep up the fantastic reading at home and enjoy your weekend!
 

Miss Dixon and Mrs Veasey

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In Year One this week we have been growing our brains with our number bonds to 5, 10 and even 20! The children enjoyed activities involving addition and subtraction from 1 to 6. They really have worked so hard and shown they can achieve brilliant things when they put their mind to it.

We started our Read Write Inc phonics programme this week and the children have worked really well in their groups. Please look on the RWI website for more information and some ways in which you could help at home http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/ 

In RE we have been thinking about the people who look after us. It really was a lovely afternoon and the children made a thank-you card for somebody who they wanted to thank for looking after them. 

Please enjoy reading your book which you have taken home from school and any books which you have at home!

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and Mrs Veasey

 

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We have been working hard in year one to grow our brains. The children are really giving things a go even when they find it is challenging. In English we have been doing role play, acting out the story of Handa's surprise with our groups. We have now planned our own version and made our front cover, ready to begin writing next week! 
In maths we have been learning and practicing our number bonds to 5, 10 and 20. Please practice these at home, you can use the game 'hit the button' for number bonds to 10 and 20: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

In Science we have been labeling parts of the body and we have enjoyed doing senses challenges: taste, touch and sight were our main focuses this week for our investigations. Next week we will begin looking into the geography of where we live, please complete the home task I have given to the children - just asking for their address (street name is fine), the type of house they live in and what you can find on the street (signs, post boxes ect). 

In RE we have been looking at God's creation and when he created certain things. We look forward to next week thinking about who looks after us.

On Wednesday 20th September at 3pm there will be a meet the teacher in the Y1 classroom to allow me to explain the way we work in year one, our expectations in school and at home and for you to ask any questions you may have. 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Miss Dixon and Mrs Veasey

 

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Welcome to year 1! Wow week 1 has flown by. The children have settled into the routine really well. We have started a new whole school approach to learning which involves having a growth mindset - everything we do involves hard work to grow our brains and challenge ourselves. The children have embraced all of the challenges they have faced so far with a superb growth mindset.

Our PE days are Monday's and Friday's - both of these are indoor for this term. These may change but I will keep you posted.
Basket books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday, please ensure the children have an updated reading log and their book to change on these days. Please try to listen to the children reading atleast 3 times a week and update the reading log. The books are not supposed to be very challenging, as the reading at home is designed to help the children develop a love for reading and to help them read more fluently. 
There will be a parent meeting soon and I will let you know the date and time ASAP so you can ask any questions then, in the meantime please do come to speak to me at the end of the day to ask me any questions that you have.

The children have been busy learning about cultures through the book Handa's suprise, we tried some fruit on Tuesday and we have been describing it in our writing. In maths we have been counting forwards and backwards and doing lots of fun number activities.

I hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to our first full week next week!

Miss Dixon and Mrs Veasey

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THANK-YOU Year One for being such a fantastic class this year. The journey we have been on together has been fantastic. Each and every one of you are amazing and I hope you keep your dream catchers safe to look back on when you are older!

Thank-you for your very generous gifts, it has been a pleasure teaching year one.

Have a safe and wonderful Summer... full of fun! 

See you in September.

Miss Dixon and Mrs Veasey

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