Friday 19th July
The final full week in Orange 1. The children got to meet their new teachers on Monday as part of transition day. They spent the day in their new classes. the children returned at the end of the day full of stories of the things they had done! They all seem excited for the year ahead!
In class, we have been learning about how to look after ourselves and what our families looks like. The children have enjoyed sharing their ideas and experiences in circle time.
Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you for the final few days :)
Friday 12th July 2019
What an inspirational week! The children have had the opportunity to learn about lots of different jobs as part of out aspirations week. As well as working with lots of different teachers across school, the children have also enjoyed visits from a race car driver, the council recycling team, a musician and Kev from the RAF.
The children all massively enjoyed the week, and it was wonderful to see their excited faces. I think they have all taken a little inspiration from the week.
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 5th July 2019
It has been another busy week in Orange 1! We have given the children a few clues about our new English Text, ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’
The children had some great book talk based on two of the pictures from the story. They really enjoyed designing their own fantasy lands. Some of the children showed their ideas to the class. The children then described their fantasy land.
In maths, the children have been learning all about position and direction. They have been using quarter turns and learnt what the words clockwise and anti-clockwise mean.
Have a wonderful week everyone!
Friday 28th June 2019
It has been very exciting week in Orange 1! We spent the first part of the week getting ready for our trip to The Space Centre. The children discussed the questions they had thought of at home.... lots of us wanted to know if aliens really exist! (I'm afraid that we have had to leave that one open!)
We had an absolute blast on our trip on Thursday! The children were very exited to be going on a double decker bus! They found out lots about space...including about the job of an astronaut!
Some of us fancied trying the job for ourselves! The children loved looking at the space shuttles and taking the lift all the way up to the top! The highlight was the astronaut show at the end in the planetarium. It was like we were flying through space for real!
A great day had by all.. and some fantastic memories :)
Happy weekend everyone!
Friday 21st June 2019
What a busy week in Year 1! The children have continued their learning on ‘Lost and Found.’ They are getting so good at Book Talk! They have been talking about what they like and dislike as well as puzzles and patterns. The children made some wonderful links to ‘The Way Back Home’ by the same author Oliver Jeffers. They also sequenced events from the story, drawing and writing about them.
In maths, the children have been learning all about direction and position. They have been using the key vocabulary left, right, forwards, backwards, up and down. They enjoyed guiding their partner around tracks on the playground and making their own treasure maps!
We are so excited for our trip to the Space Centre next week. For homework, we would like the children to think about what they would like to find out, by writing 5 questions on their sheet.
Have a wonderful weekend J
Friday 14th June 2019
Well, what a week! Phonics screening is DONE! I we are SO SO proud of all the children! They worked so hard and I couldn't have asked for more from any of them. Thank you to you all for your continued hard work and support at home, it really does make a difference.
As a treat on Wednesday, Miss Schofield and I nipped out to the shops at lunch time and got some popcorn. Wednesday afternoon was spent enjoying a snack and watching a film - a well deserved reward.
This week the children have started reading the story 'Lost and Found' and they have really enjoyed creating lost posters for the penguin!
In maths they have been working really hard to tell the time (so tricky!) and recognise coins. they have done a great job and are working so hard.
With it being so rainy this week the children have hardly been able to go out to play, hopefully the rain might clear for the weekend so you can all enjoy some fresh air!
Have a fab weekend :-)
Friday 7th June 2019
What a busy first week back! It may have been a short week, but we have certainly fit a lot in!
The children have been doing lots of phonics games and activities. The children are very good at spotting those alien words now! We even gave the aliens we made their own names!
In maths, the children have been practising their addition and subtraction skills. They have been choosing the equipment they need to help them. Some used cubes, some used number lines and some hundred squares.
We are so proud of the children for an amazing Sports Day this morning; they all tried their absolute hardest! They did a great job cheering on their team mates too! Well done Orange 1! You are all winners to me!
There are no spellings this week, instead we are asking you to do a little phonics practise using the pack we gave you.
Have a wonderful weekend. J
Friday 10th May 2019
Well, it has certainly felt like a short week this week. It has flown by!
Our question of the week:
What would you see on a journey through Space?
The children have added their knowledge to the board on our exploration station and now they are very full with all their wonderful learning!
We have learnt all about the solar system; learning about the role of the sun. They also learnt the names of the different planets!
In English, the children have continued their learning on 'The Way Back Home.' They have used their inference skills to write dialogue for the boy and the martian. They have also come up with ideas for how to get the boy and the martian off the moon! They presented them in groups to the class!
In Maths, the children have been grouping. They have enjoyed finding out have many equal groups of 2, 5 and 10 you can get out of different number. They particularly enjoyed doing this with some sweets this morning!
This afternoon the children have loved a cricket session with 'All Stars Cricket.' We played lots of fun games and improved our bat and ball skills. The children have all come home with a leaflet about 'All Stars Cricket' today if you would like to take a look.
We have a phonics screening information event this coming Monday at 15.30. I hope to see you there. ( I am happy to save resources for those that can't make it.)
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 3rd May 2019
We have a new topic this half term...and it is space. I have been so impressed by how much the children already know! They have been telling about all the things you find in space and how Pluto is not a planet. What a great starting point. Our question for next week is....
What would I find on a journey through Space?
We have set up an exploration station for the children to explore this question for themselves. Don't worry though, we won't be sending them to space just yet!
In English, we have started exploring a new text called, 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers. The children loved making their own space rockets this week to save the boy who is stranded on the moon!
In maths, the children have been making arrays. Arrays are an ordered arrangement of objects/dots and from this we can count quickly using our times tables. Children have been making arrays using counters, using the vocabulary column and row.
I hope you have a lovely bank holiday weekend :)
Friday 5th April 2019
There goes another half term…. Where has the time gone!? The children have worked very hard and deserve a break J Therefore no spellings or homework over the holiday… just enjoy!
Our final week has been a busy one! In maths, we have been completing our unit on measurement. The children have been learning all about capacity. They have loved using rice and water to test the capacity of different containers!
In English, we have come to the end of the story Beegu. They have made postcards to send to Beegu this week, as well as an information leaflet all about planet Earth. The children have really enjoyed this English unit, Beegu has really sparked their interest and enthusiasm.
Thank you for all the homework projects we have had back; again they have been amazing! I hope you got to see them on your way up the corridor on parents evening. Here are some examples:
Have a lovely, well earned, Easter break! I will see you as we embark on the summer term!
29th March 2019
In English this week, we have read more of the story Beegu. Beegu found the perfect place... in a playground with some school children. Sadly, their teacher did not agree that it was the perfect place for Beegu! We wrote goodbye letters to her pretending we were the children. We also wrote instructions for playground games that we could teach her and took the opportunity to go and play them outside.
In maths, the children have been learning about measure. They have been using the balancing scales to compare objects, as well as weighing objects using cubes. The children have really enjoyed this hands on learning!
We have had lots of homework projects in this week; and they are fantastic! Well done!
Have a lovely weekend :)
Friday 15th March 2019
Another busy week in Orange 1! The children have been learning all about having an active body and active mind as part of Science Week. The week kicked off with a workshop all about keeping healthy. The children did lots of different activities, all about food, including where it comes from and the different food groups as well as our bodies and exercise. The children then did a leaflet all about what they had learnt. We have also designed healthy lunch boxes and used our PE lesson to see what activities got our heart beating the fastest!
In English, the children are still enjoying the story Beegu. This week they composed poems as a group about how Beegu was feeling and then performed them to the class.
In maths, the children have been learning about measure. They have been putting 3 objects in size order from shortest to longest. They have also been measuring how long different objects are in cubes.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Friday 1st March 2019
It has been a very exciting week in orange 1! On our first day back we went to investigate an unusual incident on the school field.
The children went to investigate and took notes of all the clues we could see. There were electric boxes, a strange metal saucer and scorch marks on the grass. The children had lots of ideas, but concluded that it may have come from another planet! It all became clear when we looked at our new text for English, Beegu. Maybe it was Beegu coming to visit!
The children have got to know the start of the text this week. The children have taken part in lots of book talk, drawing our their likes, dislikes and puzzles and patterns.
In maths, the children were learning to order and compare the numbers to 50. The children did this in lots of different way, enjoying using the outdoor maths equipment to do it practically.
Have a lovely weekend :)
Friday 8th February 2019
In English this week, the children have been learning to write instructions. They enjoyed giving instructions to a friend to help them draw a picture as well as writing instructions for ‘How to make a Carnival Mask.’ They knew all about how to do this after our parent event this week. Wasn’t it fantastic! The children worked alongside the parents to decorate their masks. They are so colourful and sparkly. We will add a picture next week of all the children wearing them and they will be on display in our homework showcase on Thursday after school.
Our homework showcase is on Thursday the 14th of February from 3.15-4.15. The work will be displayed just outside the office, so feel free to pop down with your children to admire the amazing work the children have produced.
In maths, the children have been learning to partition numbers up to 50 in tens and ones. They have done this using base 10, tens frames and part whole models.
Have a lovely week everyone!
(There’s only 5 this week as they are quite tricky.)
Friday 1st February 2019
In English this week, the children have been writing their own information page. They spent some time listening to the music ‘Carnival of the Animals’ and decided which animal they would like to find out more about. They found out all about Lions and used this to create their own information page. Great job Orange 1!
In maths, the children have been applying their addition and subtraction skills. We had a carousel of fun activities. The children are now very good at doing this in lots of different ways.
One of our highlights of the week was going on a wild plant hunt in Science. The rain only made it more fun…. for the children at least! J We were surprised at how many wild plants we managed to spot in the middle of winter!
Have a lovely weekend!
Friday 25th January 2019
It has been another fantastic week here in Orange 1! We are really getting stuck into our carnival topic. We have seen some amazing projects being brought in from home and we’re all super impressed with them. Please remember this is for after half term, so no rush!
In English, the children have been working with non-fiction texts and looking at the difference features we can find. We’ve looked at headings, sub-headings, labels, you name it! We have also looked at putting words into alphabetical order and ended the week writing some facts about Penguins and Polar Bears. All of this is building up to us making a full fact file on animals next week!
In Maths, we’ve been looking at some subtraction questions, reading number sentences and finding number facts. They have been using some mental techniques to do this!
In Science, we have been real children of nature and have been planting beans! We’re doing this to see what plants need to grow and had a really fun afternoon getting mucky planting our seeds – we’re all very excited to see how well these grow!
We have all had a wonderful week and please make sure you say a big well done from us!
Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Atamaniuk and Mr Zalewski
Friday 18th January 2019
It has been a great week here in Orange 1! The children are really embracing our carnival topic! They have enjoyed telling me about some of the projects they have already started at home! Remember, you have all half term to really get into these! There is no rush. I have received some very positive feedback about this new style of homework, so I hope you enjoy getting creative about the carnival with your children!
In English, the children have been channelling their inner authors. We had a picture of a magical woodland. They had to imagine what would happen on their journey into the woods! They wow-ed me with their superbly imaginative ideas. We went on our own ‘magical woodland’ walk in school. You would not believe some of the things we saw!
The children also learnt all about what a fact is, in preparation for our work on non-fiction texts next week.
In maths, the children have been learning about adding to 20 on a number line. We learnt some mental strategies to help us do these in our heads!
We have also started a group piece of Art work for our Greasley Gallery in the hall. I won’t give it away… but flowers and carnival floats give you a clue!
The children have done amazingly well with their spellings this week, they were tricky, and many of them surpassed my expectations. Lots of happy, proud faces today. Please be sure to give them a BIG well done!
Friday 11th January 2019
Welcome back and happy new year! I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas break. I really enjoyed hearing what the children had been up to in circle time on Monday.
What a busy week it has been! The children enjoyed being detectives on Monday. They used the clues to find out what our new topic is.
We have learnt all about what a Carnival is and we have had a go at designing our own float. The children loved using the atlas' to find the places of different Carnivals.
In Maths, the children have been learning all about number bonds to 10. They are getting really quick at reciting these now! We moved onto number bonds to 20 and will continue this next week.
We have sent out our topic homework this week as well as a Dojo message telling you all about it! This is a new way of doing homework for us, so please share your views as to how you think it is going.
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 30th November
As December draws near, the children have been busy practising the songs for the Christmas concert. They are getting really good at them. I hope that you all received the letter with your child role and costume needs. If not, pop in and see me.
The children have been learning all about nouns in English this week. They really enjoyed going on a noun hunt around school, saying whether they were places, peoples or things. They have also been using and to extend their sentences.
The children have very much enjoyed learning about 2D and 3D shapes this week. They made their own posters to remind us of the names. The children also enjoyed investigating which shapes would stack and which would not! As well as who could build the tallest tower. And the winners were....
Friday 26th October 2018
Well Orange 1, we have made our way to the end of the first half term. And what a busy half term it has been! I would say that you are all now fully fledged Year 1's! Me and Mrs Greaves are very proud of how well you have adapted and how hard you have worked! Therefore, there is no homework, or spellings, over the half term holiday. Just have a really good time!
In English this week we have been reading the story 'Captain Brainpower'. The children came up with some amazing words to describe his arch nemesis The Mighty Mean Machine, and used them in their writing. They also did plans for Captain Brainpower's Brilliant Brian Plane in his secret inventions book.
In maths, the children have been learning all about addition. They have used 10 frames, part- part-whole models and equipment to help them. They have also been writing their own addition number sentences.
Have a lovely half term break! :)
Friday 19th October 2018
The children have absolutely loved reading the story 'Supertato' this week. We even had our own 'Superveggies' visit the classroom! We have been busy creating our own villiians, writing speech bubbles for the characters and retelling the story... channeling our inner authors!
In maths, we have been learning all about addition. We have tested our knowledge in lots of different ways. The children have used Numicon, cubes and ten frames to find the number bonds to 10. We also learnt a fun new song to help us remember!
Another busy week in Year 1. We have lots of fun things planned for our final week of half term!
Well done on a super week Orange 1!
Friday 5th October
Another busy week in Orange 1! The children have excitedly watched the new playground being built! It is nearly ready to be played on! It looks great!
Wednesday was 'No Pen's Wednesday' in school. The children enjoyed a practical day of learning. We set up a carosel of 'hands on' activities in English and and Maths. The children really enjoyed it. Although, some did miss their pencil cases!
In English, the children have been learning all about exclamation marks and the affect they have on a sentence. We had lots of fun using our voices to demonstrate this. We got in character as the 3 Super Pigs and the wolf! The children enjoyed filming their work on the IPADS,
In Maths, the children have been learning about ordinal numbers. We gave the children different challenges and then awarded the rosettes at the end. What a fun way to learn!
Have a great weekend.
Friday 28th September 2018
This week has flown by! The children have been busily working away on their learning. We really are getting into the swing of Year 1 now and I couldn't be prouder of how they are adapting and embracing the new challenges! All of them have shown the rainbow values in some way this week. A big well done.
In English, the children were introduced to the story, 'The Three Super Pigs.' The story is very exciting and we found out what happened to the three little pigs and the big bad wolf after the original story. This one, however, involved jet packs and a very big wall! I'll let your children fill you in on the rest!
In Maths, the children have been comparing numbers. They have used the language greater, greatest and fewer, fewest. They have also used the mathematical signs <> and = to compare numbers and sets of objects. They have really got the hang of this now.
We have also been testing the properties of materials in science. The children enjoyed exploring the different objects and deciding which properties describe them. We also looked at the eat well plate as part of our learning in DT. The children sorted foods into their food groups. This will help us to make a delicious, and healthy, dip in the coming weeks.
Happy weekend :)
Friday 21st September 2018
This week the children have enjoyed reading the story 'Zippo the Super Hippo.' It has a very funny ending! They have written lists for things they would put in there super hero bag and also about how they are super!
This week the children had the opportunity to try lots of dipper as part of our project in DT. We thought about which ones worked the best.
As I write this the rain pours outside! I hope it doesn't dampen your weekend! See you Monday!
Friday 14th September 2018
What a wonderful first full week in Orange 1! The children have settled in wonderfully, and they have been working very hard!
In maths, the children have been counting, ordering and representing numbers to 10. They have used lots of different resources to aid their understanding, including Numicon, cubes and number lines.
In English, we have been reading the story, 'Superkid'. The children made themselves into superheroes, they came up with some great names! They even helped me with my name..... Electric Atamaniuk!
The children really enjoyed trying lots of different dips this week as part of their DT work. In the coming weeks we will be designing our own delicious dip!
Have a wonderful weekend!