Welcome to Otters Class!
Class Teacher: Miss Foy
Welcome to Year 1
Our Library session is on a Wednesday morning. If you would like to volunteer to help the children change their books, it would be greatly appreciated!
We aim to hear each child read twice a week. This is usually during Guided Reading, when they will change their book to take home. The new book is written in their planner and a member of staff will write which aspect of reading we are working on. Please listen to, or read to, your child daily.
Otters have PE on Tuesday afternoons and Friday afternoons. Please ensure PE kits are in school with weather appropriate clothing, thank you.
Phonics is taught daily as a whole class and activities are provided to support new learning as well as deepen children's understanding. Spellings are set on a Monday and we have a Spelling Quiz for those spellings the following week. The spellings set follow the sound or rule that the children are learning that week.
Otters have enjoyed two Experience Days in English over the past couple of weeks. As we have been learning about 'The Last Stop on Market Street', the children role-played a bus journey. We discussed waiting at the bus stop, telling the bus driver where you would like to go, handing over the money and receiving your ticket, as well as ringing the bell when approaching your destination. We then talked about who we might see on a bus; grandparents, teenagers, mums with pushchairs, parents and children etc. Some members of the class sat in the 'hot seat'; they chose a character to act as and the rest of the class asked them questions such as, 'What is your name?' and 'Where are you going today?', then the child in the hot seat had to respond as their chosen character. Everyone had fantastic imaginations and we met some interesting characters including Kevin from New York who was visiting England to go to Lego Land!
This week Otters have finished learning about adding numbers up to 20. We have learnt how to add using a number line by counting on, as well as using tens frames to make 10 first.
Otters have had a fantastic first week back after Christmas. We have been taught by Inspiration Tree in PE and have practised different key skills such as hopping and balancing. We have also made New Year's resolutions, started our new topic of 'Food, Glorious Food!' and have acted as kings and queens during French.
We had a special visitor on our last day of term! Father Christmas came to deliver us all some presents. We were delighted to receive Mr Men books.
Otters have had a fantastic, successful first term in Year 1 - well done everyone!
We all had a lot of fun singing in the nativity. Our favourite song was 'We Three Kings' and we really enjoyed dressing up in our party clothes with all of the tinsel!
This week Otters have planted three trees in the environmental area. This is part of a long-term project to create a small woodland which will allow us to become a forest school. The area will be used for various outdoor activities which will broaden the children's skills and experiences. We are all excited to see the trees grow! A big thank you to Mrs Shepherd for leading the planting and teaching Otters so much about it.
This week we have continued our learning about materials in Science. We linked our learning to Maths and used a Venn diagram to sort objects in to groups, depending on the material they were made from. We have also started learning about shapes in Maths which we all have been enjoying!
During Science this week we have started learning about materials, linking with our topic of 'Toys'. We went on a materials hunt around school and made a tally of what we found. Back in class we analysed our findings which showed us that wood, plastic and metal were the most common materials in our school.
Since returning after the half term holiday, Otters have been learning all about poetry in English lessons. We have used our senses - which we learnt all about last half term - to write a descriptive poem about a bonfire/firework display. The sentence stacker is a collaboration of our work, creating our very own class bonfire poem.
Our first half term
Otters have had a very busy first half term. The children have settled in to Year 1 brilliantly and have been working very hard!
As our topic has been 'All About Me' we enjoyed painting portraits and learning how to mix colours. We have had a look at our class tree and spotted early signs of autumn. We had a lot of fun exploring using our senses in Science and even more fun following instructions to make a jam sandwich in English!
In PE, we challenged ourselves by balancing on different apparatus. At the end of the half term, we had a walk around our local area looking for human and physical features; we noticed that there were many more signs of autumn. As well as this we posted our post cards that we had written, telling our parents about our learning.