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 mornings and Wednesday 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.
As part of our RE topic, 'Belonging', we visited St Mark's church and acted out a christening. We learnt that christenings are special for Christians as this is when they are welcomed in to God's family. We had a 'vicar', 'parents', 'god parents' and 'baby William'! We witnessed the candles being lit, William getting the holy water poured over his head and being given his own candle to symbolise Jesus being the light of the world.
This week we have started learning about numbers up to 50. We counted forwards and backwards from different numbers on a number line. We then went outside in Geography, to read the temperature on a thermometer and we compared it to the temperature inside. We found the difference by counting on.
Otters had a fantastic Australia Day, raising money to help the animals suffering due to the bush fires. Thank you for your generous donations.
In Geography, we are learning about the weather and seasons. We played a game where we had to guess the season from a clue and give our reasons why we thought it was that season. Everyone did very well explaining their thoughts.
Otters have had a fantastic first day back after the Christmas holiday! We have started our next topic, learning about animals. We discussed which animals we already knew and were introduced to the different animal groups: mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds and insects. Everyone had a go at sorting pictures of animals in to the group they belonged to. We will continue to learn about each of these groups over the coming weeks.
Otters have discussed what their parents and grandparents used to play with, along with what children like to play with nowadays. We then used picture cards to sort toys in to old and new.
This week Otters completed their Jack-in-the-Box models. They then had to evaluate their model and compare it against their plan to see if they had followed it carefully. We discussed what we would do better next time.
Acts of Kindness Calendar
Over the past week, Otters have had an act of kindness to carry out each day. This is an alternative to the usual advent calendar and the class have loved telling me all about the kind things they have done.
We had a brilliant time on Victorian Day! Otters started off in the 'school room' with a very strict Miss Foy, using an abacus and chalk boards to write down their times tables. They then played Victorian playground games with Mrs Sparkes, carried out 'below the stairs' tasks including shoe shining with Mrs Shephard and washing up with Mrs Halsall. We all agreed it was much better being a child nowadays!
During our topic of 'Toys', Otters have been looking at the materials from which toys are made. In Science we sorted objects in to a Venn diagram, depending on what material they were made from. We had some interesting discussions about where to place objects made from more than one material.
Otters have had a lovely day raising money for Children in Need. Everyone enjoyed wearing spots and bright colours and were very thankful for the delicious Pudsey biscuits! We learnt about what the money raised gets spent on.
After our week of writing a bonfire poem, Otters will now be learning the steps to writing a story based on the popular tale of 'Pinocchio' as our topic this half term is 'Toys'. To start the topic, we looked at different types of puppets and watched a shadow puppet show. We then used puppets to create our own stories - focusing on having a beginning, middle and end. We performed our shows to the rest of the class.
Otters have been using pastels on black card to create a bonfire and firework scene in preparation for writing our bonfire poems. We will use our senses to help us. We discussed what we could see, hear, taste, smell and feel at a firework display.
In PE Otters have been practising balance, coordination and agility. We had relays to improve our high knees, side stepping, hopping and skipping. We then applied these skills in a game of 'Rob the Nest' where the children took it in turns to take an 'egg' from the nest and return it to their team. Everyone had lots of fun!
This week in Maths we have been learning all about number bonds for numbers up to 10, concentrating on the number 10 in particular. A number bond is the idea of a number being made of 'parts' which links to the resource we use, a 'Part-Part-Whole' model. For example, if 10 were the whole number then 6 and 4 could be the parts. It is a really useful skill for the children to know number bonds to 10 off by heart as they can apply this when using larger numbers in the future. Otters enjoyed finding the matching number bonds in class.
Otters have had a fantastic well-being day! We started off by getting comfy on the carpet and listening to an Autumn story. We then discussed confidence and the children made posters all about how fantastic they are. After this, Otters went in to the hall for their yoga session which was lots of fun. All the positions were linked to the story of Stick Man which we have previously based our English work on. Next, we went outside and collected leaves, sticks, acorns etc to use on our Autumn pictures. Finally, we had a mindfulness workshop where we practised listening, grounding and breathing activities which can all help to keep us calm and focused. In the afternoon, we made 'Buddy Books' where the children wrote positive messages about each other to look at when we are feeling a little down.
Sentence Stacker - All About Me Fact File
When learning about each text type in English, we create a class version on our 'Sentence Stacker'. This helps the children to see what their final piece should look like as well as being an opportunity to display their fantastic ideas. Over the past two weeks, Year 1 have been learning about fact files and have written one to link with our topic, 'All About Me'. Otters have worked really hard on these and have enjoyed learning about the features of non-fiction texts.
This week in Science we have been testing our taste buds and identifying if a food is sweet, salty, sour or bitter. The children tried strawberries, crisps, lemon and dark chocolate. We had mixed responses to the different tastes - particularly the lemon!
Otters have been learning about their senses in Science this week. We have tested each of our five senses through different activities: touch using a 'feely bag'; taste when eating fruit; hearing through making different noises down a tube; sight when looking through magnifying glasses and smell sniffing hidden ingredients in cups. We linked our learning with English, describing what we were experiencing using adjectives. It was lots of fun!
While covering the topic 'This is Me', Otters have been looking at our families. To link with this, we have been following the story 'Stick Man' where his adventures take him back to his family. During an Experience Day in English, the children made their own stick person who they then described using lots of different adjectives.
Otters have had a fantastic first week in Year 1! I have been so impressed with how grown up the children have been and everyone has worked so hard. In Maths we have been learning about numbers to 10 and have practised showing numbers in different ways, including using tens frames and cubes.