What a group of wonderful writers we have had this week. Every child had produced their own version of the story 'Why dog lives with man' and what a fantastic job they have done. I am so proud of how focused and perseverant they have been all week, it really had paid off in their writing and illustrations. 

We have also enjoyed revisiting shapes in Maths. The children are all very confident at describing properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We have played lots of exciting games to practice our knowledge of shapes and their properties.

For our Geography and Science this week we continued to look at the rainforests of the world and animals which live in the rainforest. We recapped our learning about the 5 senses and we thought about how the animals may use them in the rainforest. 

*Our Royal afternoon* On Thursday we enjoyed a lovely Royal lunch thanks to the hard work of our kitchen staff, they did and always do make lovely lunches for the children. We enjoyed our lunch with special wedding crowns and we continued the party into the afternoon! We had dancing, tea parties, castle making and lots of designing. Please see the Year 1 - Galleries section for photos of our day.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the Royal wedding celebrations!

Miss Dixon and the Year One Team

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What a lot we have managed to do in our 4 days this week! The children have consolidated their knowledge of reading O'clock and half past on the analogue clock. Most of the children can also write the time in words and read it digitally! Please continue to practice reading the time at home. We had an exciting Maths lesson on Thursday, where the children were detectives looking for the clocks which had been hidden in our Year 1 area, take a look at the pictures!

In RE we thought about what Jesus' Resurrection means for us and the children were very thoughtful in their responses. They produced some lovely writing and detailed pictures to explain their beliefs. We also enjoyed a critical thinking activity where we moved around the tables and explained in writing when we have felt certain emotions, like we expect Doubting Thomas to have felt. The children enjoyed reading others responses and asking each other questions.

*Reading challenge* - Welldone to all of the children who have managed to keep up reading ATLEAST 3 times a week at home. This is the minimum amount we expect and please remember throughout this summer term we are recording the amount children have read in the hope that we will have lots of children who have achieved this every week.

It has come to our attention that children are playing on games on phones/iPads/computers/Xbox which are not suitable for their age. Please ensure the children are on games which are suitable for their age.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Year One Team.

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What a lovely week we have had in Year One. The children have created their very own rainforest display which looks fantastic! They worked in 4 groups each creating a layer of the rainforest. They have also learned about the animals you find in the rainforest and used paint and tissue paper to design some of them for our display.

In Maths we have been looking at fractions: quarters and halves. The children have created a brilliant understanding of fractions of shapes and halving numbers. We have also been creating our own story maps which we will use to write our own adapted version next week.
In RE we learned about doubting Thomas this week and we thought about how he may have felt and when we have felt like doubting Thomas. The children were very thoughtful in their responses.
In PE we have continued with our focus on throwing and catching, if you happen to be out and enjoying the sun this weekend take a ball with you and see the progress they have made! 

Please continue your fantastic reading over the weekend, feel free to write in the reading log if you have read some books which have come from home!

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Year One Team.

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We have had an eye opening week in Year One. In Science we have been looking at the different parts of plants and trees. I do hope the children can point them out to you this weekend and remember their names. 

In Maths we have been learning about capacity and volume. The children have enjoyed lots of practical activities and we have been reading scales. Please experiment in the sink and in the bath with different containers and enjoy learning about volume and capacity!

We enjoyed acting out the story we are learning this week in the hall. The children showed wonderful listening skills when they watched their friends performing parts of the story.
 

 

In RE this week we took on the role as the disciples and talked about questions we would have asked Jesus when he appeared in the upper room. The children's responses were very thoughtful which shows a deep understanding of how they were all feeling at the time.
In PE we are working on throwing underarm and catching this half term so feel free to have a go and see the progress which the children have been making.

Please keep up all of your fantastic reading at home!

Miss Dixon and the Year One Team.

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We have loved learning and playing in the sunshine this week. I do hope it continues! In maths we have been making and interpreting graphs this week, the children have worked really hard. We used data from our class including: favourite colours, eye colours and preferred ways of getting to school to make our own graphs out of cubes and wooden blocks. We also made graphs in our books and we answered questions about the graphs. If you want to have a go at graphs related activities have a go at the fishing pictogram game on topmarks. 

Thank-you for making a great start to our reading challenge in Year One. The children are focusing on their writing targets aswell as reading in school and we are seeing big improvements in their choice of vocabulary. We have also started to learn a new story 'Why dog lives with man' which we will retell and use to write our own versions this half term.

In RE we learned about when Jesus returned to his disciples in the upper room. We talked about when we have been surprised and the feelings which the disciples would have felt. In Science we labelled parts of a plant and the children planted their own sunflowers. We are going to keep a record of how they grow to make sure we look after them well. 

On Thursday next week we will be going to the life education bus, there is a parent session on Wednesday 9-9.15am if you would like to stay after dropping the children off in the morning.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Year One Team

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Just a short post to say welcome back and I hope you have had a lovely Easter! The children have returned to school refreshed and ready for the Summer term which is fantastic. 

Thank-you for reading over the holidays, it is really important that the children continue to read at least 3 times a week . In Year One we are having a reading challenge for the Summer term, starting next Monday. We will use the reading logs to see if the children have read atleast 3 times in the week. There will be prizes for the children who have completed the challenge at the end of the term - Good luck!
Book changes will continue as normal:
On Mondays guided reading books and basket books will be changed.
On Thursdays just basket books will be changed.

Please look out for your parents copy of the RE feedback which our school received - we are so lucky to have such a lovely school family and this has really shone.

Have a lovely weekend. 

Miss Dixon and the Year One Team.

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We have had a lovely, short week in Year One. The children have been very reflective during Holy Week and we have enjoyed watching KS2 performing their mesmerizing Easter Assemblies. We have continued our Read Write Inc and I have been really impressed with the childrens hard work over this half term, this has really shone through as they have all made super progress. Please continue to read at home as much as you can to help the children progress further. 

In Maths we have been working on position and direction this week. The children have enjoyed being robots and following directions. Please keep practicing this over the holidays - in particular left and right! We learned the hand trick with 'L' for left. We put our position and direction knowledge to the test today with our learning partners!

 

We hope you have a lovely Easter with your families and friends. I look forward to welcoming you back to school on Wednesday 11th April.

Miss Dixon and the Year One Team

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Welldone Key Stage One! What a fantastic Palm Liturgy, you all spoke so clearly and sang beautifully. We are so proud of you. Most of the week has been practicing for our performance today and it certainly paid off. 

Aswell as our practice we have been busy learning about the time this week. In particular we have been looking at O'clock and half past. Most of the children can also read the clocks at quarter past and quarter to which is fantastic. Please keep up the time practice as much as you can at home. We enjoyed doing an obstacle course time challenge to see how many times we could do it in 30 seconds and one minute - see the pictures below!

In our Class Worship and RE we have been learning about the stations of the cross in preparation for Holy Week. On Thursday we enjoyed looking at the stations of the cross in our worship area in school and in church. The children were very knowledgeable and respectful in church.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week. We break up next Thursday at 2pm.

The Year One Team.

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What an exciting week we have had in Year One. In maths we have been learning about fractions. The children have enjoyed growing their brains and they have blown me away with their problem solving skills. We have focused on halves and quarters and the children are very confident in finding halves and quarters. 

In computing we have been looking at algorithms and programming. Year One have produced some super step by step instructions which are very clear so the computer or robot knows exactly what to do.

In RE we have learned about the Prodigal Son this week. The children loved hotseating the two sons and the father. They asked some fantastic questions, welldone to Idana, Leo and Ollie for their fantastic answers. We then did conscience alley where the children could say what they thought of the sons and the father as they walked by. 

The children looked fantastic today. Thank-you for all of your hard work with their outfits, we have had a lovely day sharing books and enjoying them. Please see the Year One - Galleries section of the website for photos of the children in their outfits.

Here are some pictures from the week for you to have a look at,

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Year One Team. 

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We have had a lovely week in Year One. The children have been thinking about how to be like The Good Samaritan and help their friends and family this lent. It has been lovely to see such kindness fill the classroom and playground.

In maths we have focused on addition and subtraction this week so please have a go at some number sentences at home if you can. 

Next Friday 16th March is Our Lady's dressing up day for world book day, I look forward to seeing the children in their outfits!

Here are just a few pictures from our week.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Dixon and the Year One Team.

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We have had a busy week in Year One! As you know it was world book day on Thursday and we enjoyed a book filled morning with lots of fun activities, we read in the library, did a comprehension activity on the computer, listened to a story, completed a book review and played 'guess the character' - we had lots of fun!

We have also been doing lots of measuring this week in centimeters, meters and weighing in grams. The children are becoming very confident when using a measuring tool. Please continue to use these at home when you can. Lots of children are also showing how well they know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables which is great as we need to know them in year one.

We have continued to learn about Queen Elizabeth II in history and the children have really enjoyed learning about her and her achievements throughout her reign. If you do draw any pictures or research about her or any of or other Kings and Queens please do bring it in to show.

For our PE we did speed stacking and watched some speedy speed stackers. The children really enjoyed the challenge and they worked really nicely together which was lovely to see.

 

Please see the Year One - Homework section of the website to learn all about our reading challenge which is on until next Friday. The key part is to read every day (including during weekend) good luck!

Miss Dixon and the Year One team.

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It has been lovely welcoming the children back to school this week. I can't wait to look at their diaries this weekend, the children were very happy to discuss what they had written and been up to over the holidays! As a class we have discussed lent and all of the things we could do in preparation for lent. The children are really trying to be kind, peaceful and share with their family in Year One. In RE we looked at this as we talked about what makes a good and a bad friend. We did some critical thinking which helped the children grow their brains even more (see pictures below)! We then learned about how Jesus chose his special friends - his disciples, and why he chose them.

In maths we have been halving and dividing into groups, the children have blown me away with their work and enthusiasm! I am so impressed with their partner work. 
Our new topic in History is Queens. We started by learning some facts about Queen Elizabeth II. We will continue this next week and then we will begin to learn about different Queens. I wonder if you could research some Kings and Queens at home! 

Reports have gone home tonight so please make sure you have a read of them. If you have any queries please catch me after school next week and I will be happy to discuss anything further.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Dixon and the Year One team.

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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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