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6.7.2019

Wow! What an amazing activity week! Full of exercise, healthy eating, sunshine, teamwork and smiles. The children have been amazing showing perseverance, determination and working collaboratively. This week the children are writing the blog…

“This week we had a fruit kebab and bananas. I liked doing, ‘Rob the Nest’ because you get to rob the nest.” Henry G

“On Sports Day I liked having lunch with my mum and dad. I liked the obstacle race the best, where you put the beanbag on top of your head, because it was a bit tricky. I like activity week because you can go in your own clothes. ” William M

“I liked the Bouncy Castle because it was bouncy and fun. I liked the running race because it was fun and I came first.” Summer

“I liked the horse riding because on top of the horse you had a great view.” Eden

“I really liked the recorders being played because I really like the sound.” Thomas

“Activity week was good; I liked the jump rope and egg and spoon race.” Mia

“I liked the egg and spoon race and the running race because I came first in both of them. I liked that some of my family were there. I liked the fun run because it was so much fun I wanted to go on again and again and again.” Livvi

“I liked the jump rope because you can jump where you want to go. You can skip really fast if you want to, you can do it backwards, front and side to side.” Jacob

“I liked the jump rope because I learnt how to skip backwards and star jumps when skipping.” Rosalia

“We went horse riding, I felt happy.” Bethany

“I liked activity week because we do loads of activities that aren’t the same. My favourites were the fun run, horse riding and jump rope.” Harvin

Next week the children are with me in year1 on Monday then they move up to Miss Cooke in Year 2 on Tuesday.

Have a lovely week Year 1, lots of sleep after a very busy week.

Sara Welsh

29.6.2019

We have had another hard-working week. The children are so lovely and with activity week next week and then transition week, I am really thinking about how much I will miss them!

English: We have re written the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children thought of their own Nibbles adventure where Nibbles could go next and wrote their own story. These were fantastic, they were all so different and the children had such wonderful imaginative ideas.

Maths: We are finishing our Singapore Maths books working on the review and revise chapters and the children are working at their own pace through the books. They are remembering lots of the maths taught across the whole year (which is great.)

Art: After all the skills lessons the children created their own Miro pictures, which were amazing.

Science: We looked at lots of different plants, identified and labelled them.

We also enjoyed CREW assembly on Wednesday and getting rather muddy at Forest School!

Useful information for ‘Activity Week’: reminder that it is Activity Week next week therefore children can wear sporty, active wear throughout the week suited to the weather.

- Children are to come to school wearing PE sportwear.

- On Thursday after school there will be an opportunity for your children to have another go on the inflatable fun run on the field. We will be running this as a school fundraiser activity and therefore asking for a small payment per go (bring your change!)

- On Friday the children will be given the opportunity to buy a skipping rope after their Jump rope session. Details of cost will be on the newsletter.

Timetable for the week:

- Monday: Tardebigge Trek in the PM. Parents/carers are invited to join us at 1.15pm.

- Tuesday: Sports Day. The children have already pre-ordered a sandwich at school. In the morning the children will be engaging in group activities. There will be a picnic lunch on the field at 11.30 and the track events will be in the afternoon. Children to wear a t-shirt of their house colour.

- Bredon- blue

- Clent- green

- Lickey- yellow

- Malvern- red

Parents/grandparents are welcome to join us for part/all of the day.

- Wednesday: Forest School session (bring waterproofs!)

- Thursday: Inflatable fun run on the field

- Friday: Horse riding and Jump rope session

If you have any queries regarding Activity week then please just ask!

Remember water bottles, sunhats and sun cream as we will be outside a lot.

Have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the sunny weather.

Sara Welsh

14.6.2019

The children have been brilliant this week. I am so proud of them and their robot arms, sounding and blending and just general amazing phonics. Go Year 1!

This week we have had several, ‘Round Robins’ with practical activities and work including:

Phonics carousel: lots of different phonic activities that the children move round and access.

English: We have continued our work on, Jack and the Beanstalk. We have been thinking about the characters, the plot and the setting. We thought about different adjectives we could use to describe characters and events in the story. Next week we are going to retell the story.

Maths: The children worked in groups, through several chapters of their maths books. They completed work on money and then moved on to volume and capacity. We discussed the language connected with: Capacity - full, empty, more than, less than, half and quarter full. Mass - heavy, light, heavier than, lighter than, as heavy as. Space - top, middle, button, up, down, forward, backwards, inside and outside. We are very close to finishing our Singapore Maths books, which is very exciting.

No homework this week although I have updated spelling shed with lots of new sets of words. Hopefully all log ins will now work – please let me know if there are still any issues.

Have a lovely weekend.

Sara Welsh

7.6.2019

It was lovely to see the children after a week away. The only sad thing is, this is the last half-term of them being Year 1’s! I feel confident that they are ready for Year 2, they all seem to have matured and their reading, writing and maths are impressing all the adults in Year 1. They are a wonderful class.

Phonics, phonics, phonics: The phonics screening is next week so we have taken every opportunity to practice and revise all the sounds we have learnt. The children are brilliant. However, an additional practice this weekend would be fab. Please get them to do their phonic homework over the weekend. The website is https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase5Menu.htm and there are many free games, look for phase 5.  

In general all children can say what a phoneme is, the problem can sometimes be identifying them in the word, especially the split digraphs, where the, ‘magic e’ makes the vowel say its name – such as in the words phone, cave, Pete, dive, tube. Remember these might be real or alien, (nonsense words), like phobe or stribe. Occasionally the trigraphs are also missed - ure, air, igh. I know the children will make us proud next week.

English: The children all wrote their half term news, which was lovely to listen to, enjoy and then read and mark. We have discussed the start of the, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk,’ story, the setting and characters as Nibbles has Nibbled his way into that book!

Maths: We have completed time in the Singapore Maths books. We have studied o’clock and half past and the children seemed really confident, with just occasional confusion with 12.30 and 6 O’clock. We have started work on money, which is generally coin recognition and their values.

Next week Mrs Medlicott will be in the classroom while I take the children to complete their phonics screening assessment. I think we will whizz through it.

It was lovely to see so many of you for our read-a-thon and the children looked adorable in their pyjamas. I am so sorry I totally forgot to give out the read-a-thon badges today (I will remember on Monday!).

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and the sun shines.

Sara Welsh

25th.5.2019

The children have had a great week. I have sent home a range of phonic homework as the phonics screening is on 10th June. The children love to play games on phonics play and this can really help if they are struggling with certain sounds. Just put phonics play into google or follow this link; https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Maths: We have completed the chapter on numbers to 100. We have looked at number patterns and using the 100 number square to see numbers 1 more, 1 less, 10 more and 10 less than a number. We finished the chapter consolidation and a review of everything which we have done so far. We have moved on to time. In Year 1 we need to recognise o’clock and half past. The children have impressed us with their maths this week.

RE: Miss Khan, our student teacher, taught us about the five pillars of Islam and festivals that Muslims celebrate. The children were able to ask her questions and were interested to find out about Ramadan and that she fasts for 18 hours a day. We also found out about how Muslims welcome babies into the world. We discussed Shahada and the Aqilah ceremony. The children then thought about what they would whisper into a baby’s ear to welcome them into the world.

Phonics: We have re-capped sounds which the children have found the hardest to identify when reading. These have included; ew, au and all the split digraphs. We also looked at two syllable words which appear on the last page of the phonics screening check, for example, delay, modern, saucer, starling, charming, finger and dentist.

Science: The children continued their experiments looking at light and waterproofing.

A reminder: on Friday 7th June we will be celebrating the Book Trust's, ‘Pyjamarama’, so children can come into school in their pyjamas! We will be linking this with our Read-a-thon celebration so we invite all parents to join us at 9am for an activity in class. Children who have successfully completed their reading 5x a week will receive a reward in school.

Have a wonderful week.

Sara Welsh

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

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