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19th.5.2019

The weeks are flying by, I can’t believe we only have a week until half term, then it will be my final half term with my lovely Year 1’s! They are working so hard and it is lovely to see how much they have grown up and matured.

English: Nibbles, the Book Monster, has nibbled his way into Little Red Riding Hood. The children wrote their own setting descriptions of the forest that Little Red Riding Hood walked through. They also looked at the character and appearance of the wolf and wrote wanted posters for him.

Maths: We have continued our chapter on numbers to 100. We have counted objects to 100 by grouping in 10’s then counting the ones that are left over. We have worked on finding tens and ones and combining this to give our number. We have compared two and then three groups of objects saying which is greatest, smallest etc.

Phonics: The children have continued to practice blending and sounding out real and alien words.

Science: The children were divided into two groups and our two students took a group each. One group investigated the best coat for Little Red Riding Hood to wear to keep her dry on a rainy day, i.e. waterproofing. The other group investigated the best materials for Grandma’s curtains, whist looking at transparent, translucent and opaque materials. Both groups were able to carry our practical investigations using scientific equipment. The groups will swop over next week so each child will have the chance to do both investigations.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Sara Welsh

10th.5.2019

With Monday off, this week seems to have absolutely flown.

English: Nibbles, the Book Monster, has nibbled his way into Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children have written questions to Goldilocks which were great fun for us to read! They also wrote a description of Goldilocks, They used different sentence starters and connecting words within their sentences. Thomas wrote, “Goldilocks has blue eyes that match her dress. She has gold, curly hair like Annabelle’s. Goldilocks has red shoes that are shiny. Goldilocks has sweet, peachy skin but her behaviour is not sweet! Do you want to find out why? She is rude, messy and never listens to her mother. Once she broke baby bears chair. What a naughty child!”

Maths: We finished our fraction chapter which included fractions of a number; for example what is half of 12 and what is a quarter of 12. The children did really well with this and were able to work out the problems. We have started a new chapter on numbers to 100, this follows the same format where children are counting objects to 100 by grouping in 10’s then counting the ones that are left over.

Phonics: The children have continued to practice blending and sounding out real and alien words.

Protective behaviour: We have continued the programme on protective behaviour which the children started in Reception. In Year One we have talked about feelings. The question posed is: Is there such a thing as a bad feeling? The answer is, “No. Feelings are feeling, there are not good or bad, right or wrong feelings. It is how we behave when we have feelings that matters.” The other theme we explored was that we all have the right to feel safe all the time.

Science: The children drew and labelled their own illustration of a flowering plant. This was to enable us to examine what some of the children’s misconceptions are. Next week we are going to look at different plants in more detail, talking about them and using magnifying glasses.

Hope you have a super weekend.

Sara Welsh

3rd.5.2019

It was lovely to see the children on Monday. We have had a busy week and the children have worked hard. We had a lovely visit from Mrs Pryor and baby Theo who is 9 months old. He is just beautiful, such a happy baby. The children noticed lots of changes and asked some good questions about how he is developing.

English: We have started our new topic, ‘We are on a journey’. Our topic began with us going on a journey to find clues about our first book. We will be reading this book all term and will be stopping en-route to investigate other books. The children predicted what, Nibbles, the book monster, would do in the book. They had some great ideas. The children wrote their holiday news and impressed us with their writing skills.

Maths: We have completed a division unit in the Singapore Maths books. This was basically sharing groups equally, the children seemed to find this quite easy going (far easier than the multiplication) and we whizzed though it. We have begun a unit on fractions which had a couple of tricky questions, even the staff have struggled with some of them (but we got there in the end!) So far we have looked at halves and quarters of a shape. The children understood when it was a straight forward quarter of a shape. However some of the questions were quite tricky and really made us think!

Phonics: We have undertaken another phonic screening assessment and the children really impressed us. We are reading lots of real and alien words in preparation for the phonics screening. During the screening the children can have a paper copy of the screening materials and they can write their own sound buttons on it. We feel this will really benefit some children as they will be forced, (by the writing the words down), to identify the digraphs, trigraphs and split digraphs. We put a dot underneath single sounds. So the word ‘cat’ would be . . . one dot per sound. The word ‘with’ would be . . _ a dot for the w and i and a dash _ for the th. ‘choin’ would be _ __ . a dash for ch and oi and a dot for the n. Split digraphs have a ں underneath the word to join the vowel to the ‘magic e’ that makes the vowel say its name. The children are amazing at this, maybe they could teach you!

Science: The children answered the afternoon register giving the name of an animal you might find in the garden. The children were impressive, thinking about so many different animals and knowing lots of information about them. We recorded these as part of our science work.

Hope you have a lovely long weekend. Fingers crossed the sun shines. Look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

Sara Welsh

6th.4.2019

Gosh we have had a very busy couple of weeks. The children have been so impressive with their hard work, enthusiasm, knowledge and application of skills. It was lovely to see so many of you at the Mothering Sunday concert and theactivities afterwards. I showed the phonic screening material as I had a captive audience and had already discussed it with many parents at Parents Evening. If you would like more information or advice on how to help your child please come to see me. Thank you for your chocolate donations, FOTs have made some fantastic prizes.

Maths: We completed a chapter on word problems which was quite tricky and ‘wordy’, even the adults sometimes had to concentrate to work out the maths! We have been working on multiplying. We have done this by making equal groups and counting how many in each group. We have made sure our groups are fair. We have looked at ‘lots of’, so 3 lots of 5 are 15. We have practiced counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. The children worked out ‘groups of’ and we have used the sentence stem: “There are _ many groups of _ “

English: We have been using the book, ‘The Way Back Home,’ as inspiration for our writing. The children have written what the boy and the Martian would do to help each other and they also wrote an imaginary conversation between the boy and the Martian. We have stopped at various points throughout the book and the children have predicted what comes next.

Science: A week on, we looked at the apple experiment we had set up. We had put a quarter of an apple in oil, water, air and vinegar. The children had made predictions as to what would happen. We took the apple out of the containers and discussed why the apple looked as it did. The children recorded their results. Baby Theo came in to visit. He is just gorgeous. It is so lovely for the children to see how he has grown and developed. The children asked questions and observed his changes closely, one of my favourite questions was if Mia’s mum put him on the top of a hill would he roll down! Not an experiment we will be carrying out!

Phonics: We have continued working on alternative spelling for the same sound, such as air, are, ear and ere (homework sheet there and where!) Writing sound buttons on real and alien words and sounding them out. The children just need to keep sounding out and using robot arms to help them.

One week left then a well-deserved break all round.

Have a super weekend.

Sara Welsh

23rd.3.2019

Gosh, another busy week, one that saw Mrs Medlicott holding the fort Tuesday morning when I was off ill in bed! Luckily we swopped PPA and I only missed one morning of my lovely Year 1 class! We also managed to get through lots of work and the children have been busy!

Maths: We have finished our first chapter in our new Singapore Maths book – numbers to 40. We have continued working on numbers to 40 reading, writing, and making numbers. In Singapore maths we grouped the numbers into 10’s and counted them, we then counted the left over ones. You could practice this at home, making bundles of 10’s plus some ones. They count the 10’s first and then the remaining ones. 10, 20, 30, 31, 32, 33 etc. We have been comparing the smallest and greatest numbers as well as putting the numbers in order. We have begun looking at a given number, say, 27 and then working out 4 more and 4 less than this number. The children have really impressed me, when I think back to the start of the year we were doing the same activities with numbers to 10, then numbers to 20 and now to 40, it is amazing to see the progression.

Phonics: We have done lots of recapping and revising all the sounds and alternative sounds learnt. We have looked at split digraphs again and that the ‘e’ makes the vowel say its name. So pet becomes Pete and hat becomes hate, bit becomes bite. We have introduced some phonic carousel activities so we can target the digraphs and trigraphs that the children need to work on next.

English: We have begun looking at the book, ‘The Way Back Home’, by Oliver Jeffers. We have completed two pieces of writing linked to the start of the story. The first was to write a set of instructions for the boy to get ready to fly his plane and the second piece was their own ideas about what the boy could do next when he got stuck on the moon. The children are working really hard trying to remember capital letters, finger spaces, sweeps and flicks and full stops. They are thinking carefully about what they are writing and their own personal next step.

RE: We continued our topic “Why does Easter matter to Christians?” by posing this question to the children who recorded their ideas.

Have a lovely weekend.

Sara Welsh

17th.3.2019

British Science Week.

What a busy week, packed full of exploring, investigating, predicting, asking questions and testing out ideas. The children have enjoyed a whole range of science-based activities.

On Monday three scientists from the University of Birmingham came into school and helped us carry out, ‘seaweed slime’, an investigation using polymers. The children added alginate into calcium to create slime droplets or slime snakes. They were able to measure with a ruler who had created the longest snake. They had lab books to record all their findings.


We had Mrs Stables and Mrs Fryer in to demonstrate a full sized Hoverboard with the children. They got to experience first-hand how a Hoverboard works, before making their own individual Hoverboards using CD’s, bottle tops and balloons!

We have carried out several investigations in class including: What will happen to an apple when placed in different substances? We quartered the apple and placed a quarter in each of the following, water, air, oil and vinegar. The children made scientific predictions about what would happen to each quarter. The children also thought about what would happen if we placed daffodils in different coloured water? We were interested to see that our daffodil flowers remained yellow. This was a bit of a disappointment as they are meant to change colour! We investigated the shape of bubbles compared to the shape of the bubble blower. The children discovered that whatever the shape of the bubble blower the bubbles were always round. We asked, ‘Is it magnetic?’ and the children made predictions and then investigated to see if their predictions were correct.

We have also thought long and hard about the question, ‘What makes a scientist?’ We made a list of our ideas which we added to as the week has progressed.


Lots of science, lots of fun, we have also continued with, reading, maths, phonics, daily dashboard etc…

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sara Welsh

8th.3.2019

I don't know why this didn't load last week! It was lovely to see you again at parents evening and lovely to share the progress that your child is making. I am really pleased with the hard work and mindset of the year one class. If you were unable to attend we will catch up in the next couple of weeks.

Maths: We have completed our Singapore maths books. The last chapter was a review chapter, there were over 40 questions from all the work covered from September and they jumped around from addition, shape, position, subtraction to place value. The children were tackling them well and it showed a real understanding of the learning covered this year.

World book day: WOW the children looked absolutely amazing in their costumes and when we saw how fabulous they looked we scrapped our English planning took photos of them all to use as inspiration for writing! On world book day itself we stopped and read each time Miss Sutton blew the tenor horn. The children wrote alternative nursery rhymes, recited rhymes and worked in groups to act rhymes out. Rhyming is a really important aspect of language, if your child finds rhyming difficult please play games and recite rhymes to encourage them and help their development.

RE: We began our unit of “Why does Easter matter to Christians?”

I hope you have a very happy weekend. Look forward to seeing you next week for our for science week.

Sara Welsh

1st.3.2019

It was lovely to see all the children back at school after half term and to have such beautiful warm weather; it really felt like summer on Tuesday. The children got back into the swing of things very quickly and this week has flown by.

English: The children wrote an independent retell of their holiday news, and we also wrote thank you letters to the Mosque following our visit. We have continued re-capping the different digraphs which make the same sound, for example ow as in snow, oe as in tomatoes, oa as in goat and o-e as in phone. I have given the children a word and they have attempted spelling it with the different sounds. We thought about the general rules and tried to work out which spelling was correct, for example, the word play could be written – plai or play, but we know that the ‘ay’ normally comes at the end of the word and ‘ai’ comes in the middle.

Maths: We have continued working hard to complete our first Singapore maths book. We are on the revise and review chapters now.

Science: We were set a challenge to find the best material to make a star, we thought about what a star needs to be like, shiny and bright. We looked at 4 different materials and predicted which we thought was the brightest, shiniest material. We investigated light and dark using a peep box. We then tested all of our material using the peep box to see which material was the shiniest.

We had a lovely trip to Redditch Central Mosque the children were beautifully behaved and respectful. They asked thoughtful questions and I hope they got lots out of seeing another place of worship. The highlight seemed to be the chandelier in the upstairs prayer room and the wudu (wash rooms where they wash before prayer).

Have a lovely weekend.

Sara Welsh

22nd.2.2019

Happy Half Term Everyone. I hope you are having a lovely break and enjoying the sunshine. Spring is nearly here!

Our last week before half term was a productive one, the children had fun whilst working hard.

English: The children wrote an independent re-tell of the Little Red Riding Hood story in their topic books. I have taken these books home to assess the children’s next steps. I was so impressed with their dedication and motivation to write along with all the skills they applied in their writing.

Maths: We have been working hard to complete our first Singapore maths book. We have been looking at the addition and subtraction facts to 20 and the fact family, so if you know 8+5=13 you could also know 13-8=5 and 5+8=13 and 13-5=8. We have worked on 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes, recognising these shapes, looking at their properties and grouping shapes as well as making patterns and completed some work on length and height.

This week has been Online Safety Week so we enjoyed an assembly from our Digital Leaders and in our Computing lesson we created posters to raise awareness of how to stay safe online.

This half term has flown by. I can’t believe we are now half way through the children’s time in year 1. Enjoy the rest of your week and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Sara Welsh

8.2.19

Yet again the children have impressed me this week with their hard work and enthusiasm. We had some visitors come to see us from another school and they were so impressed with the children’s behaviour and their work.

Art: We created planets and painted these using watercolours. The children’s paintings of their imaginary planets have been displayed in the corridor, so next time you are in school please take a look.

English: We looked at the front cover of the book, “Whatever Next”; the children wrote adjectives and expanded noun phrases to describe the pictures. They wrote some lovely phrases such as, “the inky blue sky.” My mum replied to a photo I’d sent her of our planet display, she asked the children what their planets were like. The children then responded with information about their planets, what they were like, who might live there, special equipment you would need if you went to visit their planet etc.

Maths: We completed our chapter on addition. We did some work to practice representing numbers in different ways on a part, part whole model, for example 10 might be divided into the parts 9 and 1 or 5 and 5. We have begun the chapter on subtraction and have taken away using a number line and by using the part, part whole model. We have had a number, such as 17, and then had to take away 4 (17-4=). With the part, part, whole method 17 is put as the whole number the two parts would be 10 and 7, then the 4 is taken away from the 7 before adding back the 10 part. I hope this makes sense it is hard to put it into words, if you are unclear come and see me and I will demonstrate this for you.

Phonics: In phonic lessons we have been working on the alternative sounds ir – as in bird, first and swirl, er as in tiger, better and other and ur as in turtle, nurse and burn. Again we looked at the position of the sound in the word.

RE: Miss Khan taught a lesson on a Muslim’s sacred place. We role played going into the Mosque and discussed the things that we might see; and what were the importance of these items to a Muslim. The children enjoyed examining the prayer mat and trying on a hijab and the hat. They had lots of very thoughtful questions which Miss Khan answered. We are looking forward to going to a real Mosque and seeing what that is like.

Topic: We looked at Neil Armstrong’s life and recorded some of the main events on a story map, for example, Thomas wrote “He flew planes for the navy” alongside his picture of the US badge, then he drew the rocket blasting off from earth, then when when the rocket went out into space and then landed. Then finally he drew Neil dancing on the moon with Neil saying “Hipperty Hop.”

Next week is the last week before half term, I’m sure it will be a fantastic one. Have a lovely weekend. See you Monday.

Sara Welsh

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