St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Wetherby

Welcome to Year 1

In Year 1 we continue the Early Years Curriculum to ensure that the transition between Reception and Year 1 is smooth. In Year 1 we follow the New National Curriculum. We continue to learn through what the children are interested in and weave this into all areas of the curriculum to make lessons as creative and engaging as possible.

“Today is a great day to learn something new”

Miss MacGillivray

Miss MacGillivray

Class Teacher

 

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter

Find out what we are learning every half term by reading the curriculum newsletters:

Autumn-1- Year-1-2017-2018 newsletter

Autumn 2 newsletter 2017-2018 yr1 

 

Year 1 Autumn 2 trip

Please find attached the letter for our school trip on Friday 1st December.

Stockeld Park trip

Welcome back to all the children in Year 1. I’m so excited to be teaching at St Joseph’s and look forward to the year ahead. My priority in the first couple of weeks is to get the children settled, comfortable and confident in their new classroom, and used to the new routines which are a little different to what they’ve been used to in FS2.

The day in Year 1 starts to become more structured as children go through the first half term. In the morning we have collective worship or assembly, phonics, Maths and English. The afternoons are more flexible and based around provision areas.  The children have the opportunity to complete challenges in the different provision areas linked to the National Curriculum and following the children’s interests. During the afternoon sessions we also have our guided reading or handwriting time, RE lessons, science lessons, PE lessons and topic lessons. Sometimes we swap these lessons to the mornings depending on our objectives.

In Year 1 the children prepare throughout the year for their phonics screening test which is in June. Children continue to build on the phonics they learnt in Reception (Phase 2, 3 and 4) and continue to consolidate these sounds in year 1 as well as completing Phase 5.

We like to have lots of fun in Year 1 and we make learning as fun and creative as possible.I hope you enjoy our webpage and following our learning journey throughout the year. Watch this space…

Miss Mac

Autumn 2

Hello! Hope everybody had a restful half term.

Autumn 2 has lots of exciting things to look forward too, including an animal handler coming in, the school production and of course our trip to Stockeld Park!

Very excited to be working with the lovely year 1’s again this term as we continue our learning journey together. Can’t wait for more WOW moments and good times to come!

As always, thank you for your continued support with your child’s learning and if there are any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to me.

Visit our page weekly to see what we are doing at school.

Miss Mac

RE

This term our topic in  RE is Mary, Mother of God.

Week 2

This week in RE, we have began our topic by hearing the story of the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary to let her know the great news that she is pregnant. We then focused on how that must have felt for her and what she may have been thinking. We had a go at putting ourselves in her shoes and the children produced some lovely thought bubbles from Mary’s perspective. We then focused on Mary’s trust in God and who we can trust in our lives today.

Week 3

Whilst still focusing on Mary’s great news about being pregnant, we also focused on her cousin Elizabeth’s good news of her pregnancy too. We looked at what these stories represented and what the messages were. We noticed that throughout the story, it shows God’s promises to us. This lead us to create our own promises to God where we discussed what we could try and do for others and for God. For example, some children promised to try and be kind to their friends or always try to do their best.

 

English

Week 1

As you know, our topic for this half term in English is Traditional Tales. Our story for this week has been Little Red Riding Hood. We have been straight back into the swing of writing, completing activities such as character descriptions and wanted posters for the Big Bad Wolf! The children came up with some fantastic suggestions such as the the wolf has ferocious eyes and sharp claws! During English this week, we have also been re-telling the story using stick puppets. We made the stick puppets and then worked in teams to create the story and present to each other. The children were brilliant at being narrators and changing their voices to become the characters.

Year 5 reading buddies.

This half term, Miss Waite (Y5 teacher) and I have been discussing how to engage our children in reading more. Therefore we decided it would be a great idea to have reading buddies. 1 child from Y1 and 1 child from Y5 were paired together and allowed time on Friday afternoon to share their books with each other and form positive relationships. We hope this will spark an even bigger love of reading as the first session was so successful and the children loved it.

Week 2

This week our traditional tale was the 3 Little Pigs. We enjoyed listening to the story and creating our own alternative endings to the story. The children have brilliant imaginations, with the pigs and wolf going to all sorts of exciting places such as space, or the wolf and pigs becoming friends instead of the wolf trying to get them! Imagination is such an important contribution to children’s literacy ability and it is brilliant that they feel confident enough to let their minds wander and generate such exciting ideas.

Week 3

As you know, this week has been robot week! So with this, we incorporated Robi the Robot into our writing and theme of traditional tales. We began the week with the Gingerbread Man story, sequencing and retelling the story as a team. We then created speech bubbles for some of the characters in the story. After this, we imagined what it would be like for Robi to be chasing the Gingerbread Man too and we wrote speech bubbles for him too!

Our Reading Area

In our very busy week, we have managed to make our reading area amazing! A couple of weeks ago, I asked the children what theme they would like their reading area to be. After sharing ideas, we all decided on a bedroom theme so that we can be super comfortable when reading our books. The children were so thrilled when the area was set up and have already made full use of it, cuddling up on a beanbag with a blanket and cuddly toy to read a story! We also have a new CD player for the children to listen to some of their favourite stories together.

 

Maths

Week 1

This week, we have been doing lots of number work! This week has had so many WOW moments in Maths it feels like the wow bell has not stopped! I have been so proud of everyone this week and it is clear how hard they work both at school and at home. We began our learning this week by working on our counting when we reach the end of a 10’s column (for example, 18, 19, ?). The children put in 100% effort, with some of them even taking on the challenge of bridging over 10’s counting backwards or even past 100! After this, we looked at adding and subtracting numbers using pictorial representations and again, the children took to this brilliantly and many of them continued to take their learning from Maths into the areas of provision.

Week 2

This week, the magic number has been 5 in Year 1! We have been doing lots of work on counting in 5’s and recognizing the pattern. We then progressed onto finding 5 more or 5 less than a number. Once we had nailed this, we moved onto some word problems involving the number 5. So, if you are wondering why your child is counting in 5’s around the house this weekend, that is why!

Week 3

The same as last week, we have had our magic number we have been focusing on. It was the number 10! We did lots of counting in 10’s and recognizing patterns. We then identified 10 more or less than a given number. The children were super at this and noticed the pattern fairly quickly. We then progressed onto word problems involving +,-,% and x! The children had to take the information given in the problem to decide what method they needed to work out the answer. They were brilliant.

 

 

Science

Week 1

After last half term, we thought it would be good to now look at animals and their habitats, instead of humans. We began our topic with looking at mammals and their characteristic. We have been discussing and asking questions about them to find out information. We have discovered some really interesting facts such as a bat is the only flying mammal and all mammals breath with their lungs. Come back next week to find out what animal group we will be learning about.

Week 2

Reptiles were our animal group for this week. The children were all given a particular reptile to research in groups and then present back to each other, teaching something new to all the class. The children created lovely posters with lots of information and we were amazed by some of the interesting facts about reptiles! For example, a Python only has to eat 4/5 times a year, or tortoises can live up to 150 years!

Week 3

We have had such a brilliant time in Science this week! We had a few visitors come and meet us and Year 2. They were exotic animals!! We got to see, touch and even hold some of the animals. The children were free to ask questions and learn all sorts about these interesting animals! The children had such a brilliant time and I hope they remember this experience for years to come!

 

Topic

Week 1

This half term will focus on History during topic.

This week, the children were introduced to what History was and the sorts of topics that we could explore. This week, we heard the events of The Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes. The children listened carefully and asked great questions about his motives, what happened and why we celebrate bonfire night today. The children were very engaged in the topic and I hope this continues as we continue to look at different aspects of History.

Week 2

This week at the beginning of our lesson, we found out lots of information that answered our questions about the gunpowder plot and why we celebrate it. After hearing the story last week, this week we looked at sequencing the story into the correct order in teams. The children were given the story to cut out and sequence. Once they had completed this, they had to re-read the story to check it made sense. The children were very interested to learn about Guy Fawkes. Find out next week which next historical figure we will be focusing on for the rest of the term.

Week 3

Moving on from Guy Fawkes, our new historical figure is Florence Nightingale. We researched and heard all about her story and what she did in the war. We found out how horrible hospitals were and how much better they are now thanks to her work. Some of the children were amazed by this, with some asking; “did that really happen?” “Is it a real story?” Once we had learnt a bit about her and why she is famous in History, we completed a Florence Nightingale quiz all about her life! The children were engrossed and i’m looking forward to continuing their learning all about her!

 

PE

Week 1

The children have PE on a Tuesday morning and a Friday morning.

As ever, the children were very excited to pick up from where we left last term as we continue to do Dance on a Friday morning. The children’s timing and co-ordination is improving tremendously as they learn new movements, work in teams and explore a stimulus to create their own movements. Some of the children came up with some fantastic ideas to move to a piece of music. The music was played and the children were asked to use the music to create a picture in their heads. They had to close their eyes and tell their story through movement. Some of the ideas were amazing such as magic, getting stronger, boxing or a ballerina!

Week 2

On Tuesday this week, the children enjoyed PE outdoors on the playground. They enjoyed skill and team games with one another. On Friday, the children continued to explore their picture that they made in their heads last week. Once they had recapped this, they moved onto working with a partner to connect their moves and ideas together. I have really noticed the progress in the children’s timing and communication skills whilst completing this Dance topic. Keep up the good work Year 1!!

 

Autumn 1

We have had a fantastic start to year 1! All the children are settling in beautifully and embracing the changes in Year 1! We have been learning all about the new subjects we do in Year 1 such as Geography, Science and Art and the children are very excited to begin to dig deeper into the content.

I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud I am of each member of our class. They are settling into Year 1 wonderfully and engaging well with the content and structure of the year. I am so happy to be working with such a resilient, enthusiastic group.

 

RE

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Week 1

In RE, our topic for the first term is God’s Great Plan. This week, we have been discussing why did God create such a beautiful world and what are we thankful for in his creation. The children had some lovely ideas for what they are thankful for in our world and show a good understanding of the topic. Stay tuned for more about our learning in RE!

Week 2

This week we have been learning about the 7 days of creation. We made some great posters of each of the days and could write sentences about what God created on each day. The children applied there learning to create beautiful pictures of each of the days.

Week 3

In year 1, we have been looking at God’s love for us all and how we are shown love. The children devised some great role play scenes of family members displaying love for one another. We certainly have some budding actors/actresses in Year 1! We managed to come up with some fantastic suggestions of how we show love for people and how a special family member shows love for us.

Week 4

This week we have been looking at our responsibility to look after God’s world. The children suggested some great ideas about what they can do to look after the planet such as don’t stamp on the flowers or do not litter. The children have a clear understanding of the important role we play in looking after the world and have made their promises to God.

Week 5

We have been looking at the story of Noah’s Ark this week. We learnt all about why God sent the flood, how long it rained for and what the rainbow represented at the end of the flood. The children produced some amazing pieces of writing from this story, with 1 of our class members going down to see Miss Milivojevic for brilliant writing!! Next week as we continue our Noah’s ark topic, we will be doing something really exciting to show our knowledge! Watch this space…

Week 6

This week we had a very creative lesson building the scene from Noah’s ark! We all worked in teams to take a different part of the story to recreate and worked hard to assemble them! Once everything was completed we put our ark together. The children were great at working in their team and their knowledge of the story and elements of the story is fantastic! Here is a picture of our wonderful ark.

English

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Week 1

We have has a brilliant start to our English this term! The children were so excited to share what they got up too in the school holidays! It sounds like lots of you had a lovely time spent together. We have been writing recounts of a special activity we did in the holidays and the children have been fantastic at writing their sentences and sharing their ideas with each other. From next week, we will be looking at Fiction and classic stories. I am looking forward to working with the children to see what fantastic writing and reading we can do!

Week 2

Our focus for our English this week was The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This book is always a popular choice and by the end of the week the children were able to sequence the story in the correct order. We also did some role play of the story and Year 1 definitely has some budding actors/actresses! We could talk about the book and create book reviews explaining why we liked/didn’t like the book. Come back next week to read about what book we will be focusing on next…

Week 3

We’re going on a bear hunt! We are NOT scared. This week we have got really stuck in with our book for the week and the children can now recite it with actions beautifully! Reading this book has enabled us to develop our writing skills, creating story maps, thought bubbles and captions. Some of the children even created a puppet show of the story and it was brilliant! I look forward to working with the children next week on our next book!

Week 4

We have had a very exciting week in English this week! We had a visit from the Tiger who Came to Tea in year 1! He came to answer all of our questions about where he went after he went for tea, or why he never came back again. The children then used these ideas to create their own alternative endings to the story and they were all brilliant. The tiger clearly went on some very exciting adventures after tea such as going to the deepest depths of the ocean, or going to Miss Mac’s house! This week has developed the children’s creative writing and their ideas were wonderful.

Week 5

This week we have been looking at Room on the Broom! The children have loved identifying rhyme in the story and matching the rhyming words together. We have also been using adjectives to describe the terrifying, red dragon! The children came up with some brilliant adjectives such as he breathers flaming red fire or he has sharp long claws! Please see the pictures underneath for the children’s ideas.

Week 6

This week the children have impressed me and Mrs Lowe so much with their independent story writing and their imaginations. The children were asked to create their own stories using some of the characters from the story ‘Room on the Broom.’ The children created some wonderful adventures for the characters and I loved reading every single one of them. If I could show you each and everyone of their stories I definitely would because they are all worth a read. One of our children in Year 1 even got writer of the week in Golden Book for his fantastic story! I am so proud of them all and their progress in becoming independent writers!

Week 7

In our learning this week, we have been doing a lot of focus on punctuation. We have focused particularly on the end of sentences and what could go there (such as full stops, exclamation marks and question marks). We have also looked at adjectives and nouns and the children’s understanding has been fantastic! This focus has also helped us develop our reading skills as they helped me to finish my sentences as I had forgotten all of my punctuation! (oops!). Please see the pictures below to see our punctuation hunt in class.

Maths

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Week 1

In Maths, we have been looking at basic number formation, counting, addition/subtraction and shape recognition! (We have been very busy!) The children have amazed me with their superb counting skills! On Thursday, we went on a shape hunt around the school playground, looking for as many different 2D shapes we could find. The children managed to find so many shapes in the environment and they thoroughly enjoyed working together in teams and identifying the shapes. Maybe you could look for some shapes around your house with your child?

Week 2

In maths this week we have been working really hard on reading and writing numbers from 0-100! We began most maths sessions with a song which involves lots of jumping around counting all the way to 100 (It’s a favourite of mine and definitely is a favourite of lots of the children too!) Also this week, we have been learning how to count on a number line forwards and backwards! We have been practicing our KIRFS too and the children are doing incredibly! Please keep practicing number formation and rotation with your child at home.

Week 3 

This week the children have shown massive progress in their number recognition and writing! We have been learning all about the mean teens and we are not being tricked by them again! We have been doing lots of ordering practice of numbers from 1-100 and its great to work with such a hardworking group of people! Also this week, we have started looking at our 2x table and they are doing brilliantly!

Week 4

This week we have been focusing a lot on addition and subtraction. We have been learning about all the different methods we can do to help us work out the answers such as a number line or drawing objects. By the end of the week, the children are very confident in adding and subtracting, with some of the children not having to use the methods and working out sums in their head! Even sums such as 32-14! The children are brilliant mathematicians and I am very proud!

Week 5

This week we have focused on 2D shapes and 3D shapes. The children were fantastic at identifying the properties of 2D shapes and counting the sides and corner! They were also brilliant at learning the names of the 3D shapes and identifying them in the real world! I wonder if you could ask your child what 3D shapes they can find at home?

“Look, a cylinder!”

“There are 3D shapes up here too Miss Mac!”

Week 6

This week we have been recapping addition and subtraction, as well as 1 more and 1 less! The children were fantastic at completing these tasks and did so independently using the methods we have worked on previously. The highlight of the week for me was so many children keen to have a challenge set for them in their books and some children kept coming back for a challenge from me.

“Can I do another hard one?”            “I want to do more work!”

This attitude to learning is lovely to see and I hope to see it continue

Week 7

This week in maths we have had a huge focus on addition and subtraction using concrete objects. The children were all amazing at this and were able to apply the methods taught in order to work out the answers. Many children moved onto the challenge in maths and enjoyed continuing applying their adding knowledge in the maths area. Some of the children’s mathematical abilities blow my mind as some of them were able to add numbers such as 56+24= without support or objects! Maybe they need to come up and teach us all about Maths instead of me!

Science

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Week 1

During the transition day back in July, the children told me how excited they were to learn about Science so you can imagine their excitement when the subject was introduced this week! We are beginning our learning with an Animals including Humans topic. We started by playing silly games to identify body parts such as Simon Says and singing songs such as Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (some of the boys wanted to see how fast we could sing the song, which proved tricky!!) Our task was to label the human body and the children were fantastic at naming and using their phonics to write labels. We are all looking forward to our science lesson next week!

Week 2

During our Science topic this week, we have been focusing on both body parts you can see, and body parts that we can’t see that help us to survive! We had a really fun time drawing around each other and labelling the human body; both with external body parts and internal body parts. We have been looking at the function of some of our organs such as the lungs and heart and the children can tell you where they are in their bodies. Our next Science lesson will be equally as fun!

Week 3

Science this week has been super fun! We have been learning about our 5 senses and we were given some creative stations to explore each of the senses. There was a feely bag to use the touch sense, the hearing sense to listen to instructions, the taste sense to taste some foods whilst we shut our eyes, the smell sense to smell different items without looking and the sight sense to label a diagram of the 5 senses. The children had so much fun and seem to be enjoying Science lots!

Week 4

We have been learning about animals and their babies this week. The children knew lots of animals and their babies names and were super at matching them together. We then decided to have a look on the internet to see what other animals we could find and their baby names (did you know a baby dinosaur is called a hatchling?!) We had lots of fun exploring animals and their offspring in Year 1!

Week 5

In science, we have been looking at what we need to survive as humans. We were quick to sort out necessary things to survive, and nice things to have in our lives, but not necessary to survive (like TV and sweets!!). The children were brilliant at listing some healthy foods, exercise, water and air as necessary things to survive and were excellent at completing an activity which asks them to sort the foods into categories such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

Week 7

This week in Science we have been looking at the effect exercise has on our bodies and why exercise is good for us. We played games outside to raise our heart rates and came up with many reasons why exercise is important for our health. Once our heart rates were raised, we were able to notice some of the effects such as tiredness, faster heartbeat and feeling hot. The children then wrote some lovely sentences about why we need exercise to keep healthy and what it does for our bodies.

We played the traffic light game to raise our heart rates!

Topic

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Week 1

Our topic for this term is Wetherby. We will be turning our classroom into our town for the children to explore! In Geography, we are looking at our local area. We will be focusing on what we can do in Wetherby, what human and physical features there are and the history of Wetherby. I look forward to hearing the children’s experiences of Wetherby and could maybe teach me something about the lovely town!

Week 2

This week our provision areas have been transformed into Sant’ Angelos Ice cream shop, Morrisons and there is even the River Wharfe running down the middle! The children have loved shopping in Morrisons, working in the ice cream stall and building bridges to go over the river. During our Geography, Travel Ted asked us what he could do in Wetherby if he visited, and the children produced postcards to send to him encouraging him to come and visit and telling him all the exciting things on offer in Wetherby! We are all waiting to see what Travel Ted says back!

Week 3

This week we have been super lucky in Year 1. We had a visitor come in to talk to us all about Wetherby! He told us all about the history of Wetherby, how it has changed and where different places are. The children were brilliant listeners and demonstrated their beautiful manners. They asked great questions. Our special visitor also left us a lovely gift of a book all about Wetherby which he was kind enough to make for us, so the children can read all about it in the reading corner whenever they like!

Thank you so much to our special guest from everyone in Year 1, you were brilliant!

Week 4

This week we have been looking at map work. The children had lots of fun using the IWB to go on google maps and explore Wetherby and where they can find! We also looked at a paper map to see what we can locate in Wetherby but it was clear that the interactive, more realistic element of google maps interested the children more. It interested some of the children so much that they requested to go on google maps and explore Wetherby during area time! This was lovely to see the children taking their learning into their area time.

Week 6

If you look back to what we did in week 2 of our topic for this term, you can see that the children were writing postcards to Travel Ted to invite him to come to Wetherby. Travel Ted got back to the children this week saying he was interested in visiting them but needed to know more of what he could do in Wetherby before making the trip. The children then created lovely posters to tell Ted all of the exciting things they can do in Wetherby. The children suggested activities such as swimming, feeding the ducks, visiting restaurants and going to kickboxing! I’m sure Ted will be desperate to visit after reading the posters!

Week 7

During Geography this week, we have been exploring the difference between towns, cities, and rural areas. The children were fantastic at working as a team and using a Venn diagram to sort the features of a countryside and a city. We have noticed that Wetherby is definitely a town as we compared Wetherby to both rural and urban settings.

PE

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Week 1

The children love their PE sessions with the total sports coach. We enjoy 2 sessions per week. In 1 of our sessions, we are doing dance and the children are loving learning how to move like an animal! The children had some great ideas on how to move like a crocodile around the room to the music!

Week 2

This week we have continued to have our PE on a Tuesday morning, playing games and having fun with the coaches. We have also continued on a Friday morning to continue creating dance moves for in the jungle. This week, the children were moving around like monkeys, doing lots of jumping and swinging through the tree’s! I wonder what animal we will focus on next week?

Week 3

This week in PE the children kept me very entertained! Whilst continuing with our jungle theme, there was a focus on timing. Some of the children were brilliant at keeping in time with the music and following instructions. The highlight of the lesson was the children walking down the catwalk in time with the music and doing a pose at the end of the catwalk! Ask your child to show you their pose!

Week 4

This week the children were playing some team games on Tuesday’s PE session outdoors, they had lots of fun with the coaches and are developing their catching, balancing and listening skills. During Friday’s PE session, the children continued their jungle themed dance. They had a quick recap of the different animals before working in groups to improve their poses and timing. The coach introduced the vocabulary of ‘unison’ to the children so that they worked on moving in time with each other and completing the same poses. They were great!

Week 6

In dance this week, the children were recapping what they knew from their dance they have created throughout the term. They enjoyed exploring the different ways the animals can move and where their adventures took them. In today’s lesson, there was a big focus on timing and working in a group to develop a small 8 count routine with an interesting pose at the end. The children all worked together beautifully and shared ideas before performing back to one another.

Week 7

In dance this week, the children began to learn a dance routine to a very popular song choice of ‘Cant Stop the Feeling’ from the film Trolls. This already had the children excited and keen to begin their lesson. The children practiced their moves and timing and in the end were able to perform a section of their dance to me and the dance teacher. They were fantastic at listening and worked really hard to remember the steps.