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The latest news, home learning, learning and events will be posted on this page.

 

Elf On The Shelf

We have written to Father Christmas to ask for our own Elf. We are hoping that he isn't cheeky and he will arrive by Tuesday. Remember to look for him on Tuesday morning! 

Friday, 27th November 

Can you believe it is nearly December?! 

 

Next week we will be starting our lead up to Christmas. We have our picture advent calendar that we will be opening each day, we also have our advent candle and wooden nativity set. On the St Mary's Church website there is an advent calendar created by the children at St Mary's! 3 of the pictures are from Year One children. 

 

This week the children enjoyed their first forest school session! They really enjoyed making a house for the fairies that live in the tree. In Maths we have been applying our knowledge to solve missing part and whole questions. We had to identify if the part or whole was missing. This helped us to know if we needed to add or subtract. We have also started our unit on finding the 'difference' In English we have been using the book 'Mr Big' to support our writing. We even used inverted commas in our writing! In History we used time words to describe a range of toys. We have loved looking at all the 'old' toys! In Computing we used the chrome books to watch stories. We learnt that there are different forms of media. In PSHE we spoke about special people and who are special people are. We also spoke about what makes us special. We also had two very active PE lessons! In RE we wrote sentences for the key parts of the Nativity story. We have set up our wooden nativity in the role play corner. It was lovely to see the children acting out the story in their CIL time (child initiated learning). We also evaluated our clay portraits - we will be bringing them home next week.

 

Next week the children will be completing a piece of work to bring home (as you have been unable to look at their books!) I am so proud of all the children and the progress they are making! 

 

After Christmas we will be moving on to 'thin' line books. We will have a focus on letter formation and handwriting. We will start to use our purple handwriting books. 

 

If anyone has the 'small single serve' cereal boxes please can they be brought into school by Friday, 4th December. We will be making a moving vehicle in our DT lessons. 

 

The children had such a fantastic time at the school disco. It was so lovely to see them in their disco clothes! I even had a little dance! 

 

Maths - add, subtract and equals signs - Page 24 and 25

Phonics - 'ie' - Page 12 and 13

Comprehension - Page 12 

Spelling: when, whisper, straw, draw, have, like

 

Have a lovely weekend. Stay Safe.

Miss Clegg

Maths challenge

Spellings: 

told, cold, toy, oyster, girl, blue

Odd Socks!

Still image for this video

Friday, 20th November 

 

Another super busy week in Year One. This week we started our new book 'Mr Big'. In Maths we have been using part, part whole models to help with our addition and subtraction. We have been drawing cherry models and bar models to support with our addition and subtraction. We have been working really hard in class on our presentation for this. We have been drawing them ourselves to support our learning. If the whole is missing you need to add. If a part is missing you need to subtract. 

 

For computing we used the chrome books. We practised logging in and navigating around the chrome book. We realised that we can type and use it as a touch screen too! In RE we discussed the different ways that show Christmas is coming. We also re-told and acted out the nativity story in the hall. We sequenced the pictures ready to write our captions next lesson. In History we played with a range of old toys and learnt about the different ways we can find out about the past. Thank you for sharing some of your old toys with us - the children have loved seeing them!

 

As this week is anti-bullying week we have had a lot of activities to focus on this. We created our own buckets of happiness. We shared different ideas to show that how to make people happy. We also created our own Year One jigsaw puzzle. This puzzle reminds us that if we all work together we can stop bullying. On Friday we wore our 'odd socks' to show that being different and unique is good. 

 

Sorry I left my books at school so can't find the pages but have given the titles!

Comprehension - Page 11 

Phonics - 'ou' pages 

Maths - adding and subtraction page

 

On Monday the children will be having forest school. Please ensure they come into school with a warm coat and gloves. Remember to hand in your letters to Father Christmas!

 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

Miss Clegg 

Message from Miss Bhanderi:

 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

This half-term, the Year Ones have started a new exciting topic in History, called ‘Toys from the Past’! We would be really grateful if your child could please bring in a toy from your past and/or their grandparents’ past, and have something to say about it - What is it? How do you play with it?

 

If it’s easier, feel free to email admin@stmarys698.herts.sch.uk with some pictures of the toys that the children could talk about. Please can this be handed in/emailed by Monday, 23rd November.

 

Thank you so much for your help! 

 

Best wishes,

Miss Bhanderi :)

 

Friday, 13th November 

 

Another super busy week in Year One! The weeks are flying past!

 

This week in Maths we have finished our addition unit and have moved on to subtraction. The children are working so hard to present their work beautifully! In English we have finished our unit using the book 'Gruffalo Crumble'. We have been working on using the conjunction 'and' and improving our writing stamina by writing longer pieces of work. We even created our own Gruffalo cake outside and wrote instructions. We are learning how to edit our work using our green editing/teacher pen! I encourage the children to use the resources on their tables and around the room to help with the editing process. 

 

We started our new topic of 'Toys past and present' in History. In RE we read the Nativity story and learnt about the key people and events. We had to create our very own special bedroom for the baby Jesus! In PSHE we learnt about how everyone has similarities and differences. We also had two great PE lessons. 
 

As a school we created our own memorial for Remembrance Day. We walked to the end of the road to lay our stones out ready for the 2 minutes silence. We have put them in the school prayer garden.

 

Throughout the week we have been participating in daily workouts with Joe Wicks - Five to Thrive. On Friday we had a lovely day dressed in our own clothes to raise money for Children in Need. We even finished Joe Wick's 24 hour workout. Thank you for your donations. 

 

Reminders: Next Friday - odd socks day (wear normal school uniform) 

On Monday we will be recording our songs for the Christmas CD.

 

Home Learning

Phonics book - Page 4 and 5 

Spellings - pray, clay, cloud, house, pie, tie

Comprehension - Page 10

Maths - Page 28

 

I have sent home their yellow spelling books so you are able to see how they are getting on in their spelling quiz. Please return them by Thursday. In phonics we have been learning different sounds (as shown in their spelling words). Each week the children will be given a learnt sound to focus on in their phonics books.

 

Extra maths challenge below.

 

Thank you SO much for all the lovely cards, presents and 'adult juice' you have all given me. It is so kind and very much appreciated. 

 

I hope you all have a nice weekend. See you all on Monday :) 

Miss Clegg

Maths challenge 2

Friday, 5th November

 

What a lovely start to the new half term. The children have come back excited, enthusiastic and ready to learn. Thank you to everyone who is wearing a mask on the playground. It this crazy world, the Year One classroom is filled with laughter, learning, friendship and happiness. During this time, if you wish to speak to me please email the school office. I can then respond via email or phone.

 

This week we have stared our new English unit based around the book 'The Gruffalo Crumble'. We have been practising our sentence writing and have written instructions to make gruffalo tusks and a fox face! We also played 'human sentences'. This supports our learning and helps us remember what a sentences is, what is contains and how to write it. We also learnt what a nouns and verbs are - ask your child if they can remember! In Maths we have continued with our addition unit. We have been using different resources to support our addition. I have been so impressed with the presentation in our books (one digit per box!). In Phonics we have been recapping phase 3/4 and practised 'holding a sentence' before writing it. We will start Phase 5 next week. We have completed our Art unit on portraits. 

 

In Art we learnt about different portrait artists, practised sketching different parts of our face, painted our own portait and made one out of clay. In RE we learnt about forgiveness, and linked this back to the parable of the lost Son. We learnt that God will always forgive us like the father did in the parable. 

 

New topics: History - Toys, PSHE - valuing difference, DT - making toys, PE balls skills (hands) and locomotion (running) and RE - Incarnation. We will also be using the Chrome Books to start our Computing learning.

 

On Thursday we had a visit from the Sports Partnership. The children had a great time completing a multi-skills circuit and taking part in a 'Frozen' warm up. 

 

Please can your child bring in a large stone/rock on Monday. We will be decorating these to create a Remembrance Day memorial. 

 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Hopefully the sunshine stays out so we can go on lots of walks! 

 

Comprehension - Page 8 and 9 

Maths - Page 27 

Extra maths challenge - attached below 

Spelling - put, come, your, they, has

 

Miss Clegg :) 

 

 

Optional Maths challenge 1

Friday, 23rd October 

 

We have had a lovely 'rainbow' themed day today. The children have enjoyed decorating their rainbows, singing and dancing and playing! We also said goodbye to Mrs Foster and Mrs Garland who have been at St Mary's for 20 years. The children prepared a video to show them both (across Zoom of course!)

 

Children are bringing home their pencil cases. Please can they be restocked! The felt tip pens are still in their drawers so will not need any more of them! Thank you in advance. 

 

After half term I will send home their spelling books on a Friday, so you can see what they got. If these could be returned on a Monday morning. 

 

I will also set an 'extra challenge' for their Maths home learning. This will be put on the blog page at the end of the week. This is added extra - so please don't feel like you have to do it. 

 

I hope you all have a lovely half term. Stay safe. 

 

Miss Clegg 

 

Week 8 - Friday, 23rd October 

 

I can’t believe the first half term has finished! The children have worked so hard this half term – you should be really proud of them! I know I am!

 

This week we started a new book called ‘Coming to England’ to support our learning over Black History Month. The little girl in the story spoke about her favourite memories of different celebrations for when she lived in Trinidad. She also spoke about the weather in Trinidad. We wrote sentences describing our favourite celebrations and wrote a weather report.

 

In Maths we started our unit on addition. We created number sentences, part whole models and found out that addition can be done in any order!

 

In Science we wrote a letter to the Three Little Pigs telling them what material they should build their house out of and why. We applied our Science learning to write this letter. We had a great time in PE and Spanish. We also practised our songs for the Christmas CD. In History we learnt that we celebrate different celebrations because of events that have happened in the past e.g Remembrance Day and Firework Night.

 

I have sent home 5 reading books for the half term.

 

I hope you all have a lovely half-term break and I will see you in November ready for Autumn Two.

Miss Clegg

Week 7 - Friday 16th October

 

Hello everyone, 

 

Year One have had a lovely week this week! Lots of learning has been taking place! 

 

In English we have focused our sentence writing around the book 'Peace at Last'. We are working really hard to remember to sound our words out, us finger spaces, capital letters and full stops! In Maths we have continued to regroup to make different amounts. This week I introduced Cuisenaire rods to the children. They are a great, visual resource. In RE we linked the Lost Son to how we show love to parents and how parents show love to us. In Science we completed a sinking and floating experiment. We had to make a predicition of what material would float and sink. We used our knowledge of different materials to make our prediction. We also had to decide what material would be best to build a boat. We have been busy in PE this week! The children always look so smart in their PE kit - thank you! The children are really loving Spanish! Ask them what they have remembered! You will be amazed. We also had a lovely church service on zoom today. 

 

Your child will bring home their finished Christmas Card design this weekend. It can be made into Christmas cards, mugs and calendars! Next Friday we are having a rainbow themed mufti day! 

 

I can't believe next week is the last week before half term. We are currently working towards our class reward. We have been working hard to collect all the pieces of treasure!  On Thursday we will be having a 'rainbow' themed mufti day. More information will be sent home for this. 

 

I look forward to seeing you all for the 'new normal' style parents evening next week. 

 

Home Learning

Comprehension book - Page 7 

Maths books - Page 12 and 13 (complete) 

Spelling: brown, cow, book, look , moon, spoon

 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Miss Clegg :) 

Week 6 - 9th October 2020

 

I am SO sorry this did not save on Friday. Home Learning can be handed in on Thursday. Sorry! 

 

Another super busy week! This week in Maths we have been regrouping to make numbers. We used resources first before recording them as number sentences and part part whole models. For example: 7+3 = 10 and 8+2 = 10. We practised writing our digits in each box! In English we read our books and editing them. We used out green editing pens. In History this week we focussed on 'Black History Month' In RE we learnt about the meaning behind the parable 'The lost son'. 

 

We have even started designing our Christmas cards. They will bring them home next week! 

 

Spelling: thing, rain, coin, three, keep, birthday

Maths: Page 21

Comprehension: page 6  

 

 

 

I hoe you all have a lovely weekend. 

Week 5 - Friday, 2nd October

 

I think that is the end of the sunshine. I have been so impressed with the children this week. They are becoming very independent. 

 

In English this week we have been 'authors' and 'illustrators'. We have been writing our own story book based on the story ‘Stanley’s Stick’. In Maths we have been practising writing numbers 1-20. We have also practised recognising these numbers. We have been ordering numbers and have been problem solving. In Science we sorted objects using a venn diagram.  In PSHE we shared who is special to us. We also started practising for the Christmas CD! In RE we created a story map with captions for the parable of the Lost Son. 

 

We have a lovely Zoom Harvest Service. Thank you to everyone who brought in some food. Well done to everyone who participated in the ‘get active challenge’.

 

Home Learning

Maths – page 18 (go over with your child) page 19 (to complete)  We covered this topic a couple of weeks ago.

Comprehension – Page 4 and 5 

Spelling: park, smart, nurse, turn , he, they

 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Miss Clegg :) 

Week 4 - Friday, 25th September


I think we have had the last of the sunshine for this week! This week we have welcomed Miss Bhanderi who is training to become a teacher and is with us until the end of the Autumn Term. 

 

This week has been another busy week! In English we started our new book 'Stanley's stick'. We have been working on sentence structure and sounding out unknown words. In Maths we have worked on making amounts using resources, more or less and one more and one less. In Science we described the properties of different materials. We even learnt the words: transparent and opaque. In PSHE we learnt about hurt feelings and bodies. 

 

Reminder: paint aprons and wellington boots. As the weather has changed, the children are now wearing their wellies at break and lunchtimes. If your child wears laces, please ensure they can do these up themselves. 

 

I will be sending home their home learning books this weekend. We have 3 phonics books, 1 comprehension, 1 maths book and a 10 minute Maths book. I will send home the appropriate books and will mark at school. The rest of the books will be kept safe at school until they are needed.  At the moment, we will not be using the phonics books until we start phase 5. Currently, we are consolidating our phase 3/4 knowledge and learning.

 

Spellings: queen, shop, short, sight, chair, goat

(When you practise the spellings with your child, please put the word into a sentence so the children understanding the meaning of it.) Spelling quiz will be on Friday. 

Maths: Page 16 (go over with your child) page 17 (activity page to complete) 

Comprehension: Page 2 and 3  

Home learning to be handed into school on Wednesday.

 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Miss Clegg 

Week 3 - Friday 19th September 

 

Another lovely week in Year One! It has been so lovely and sunny. I hope the weather continues! The children have loved playing outside in the sunshine! We had our start of term service on Thursday, it was slightly different to normal as it was on Zoom. We even sang some of our songs using sign language. 

 

I hope you all found the meet the teacher PowerPoint helpful. It was great to see so many of you on Zoom. 

 

Our English learning this week has been based around the story "Plenty of love to go around". In Maths we have focused on quick recall of numbers, recognising patterns in order to recall quickly and using resources to make numbers. We are making sure our numbers are formed correctly and are the correct way round! In History we found out about household objects and what they looked like in the Victorian times. In RE, we read the story 'The Lost Son' and verbally re-told the story. In Science, we worked in groups to sort different objects into different material groups.
In Computing, we played a game on Interland. It taught us how to be kind on the internet.  

 

Reminder: baby photo and first day of school photo, to be emailed or brought in by Monday.

Painting aprons

Spare underwear to be kept in your child's drawer or in their school bag 

 

We will start our CGP book home learning as soon as they arrive at school. For now, the children have brought home their reading books. These can be left at home and brought into school, to be changed, on a Thursday. 

 

If you need an important message passing on in the mornings, please hand a note to your child to give to me. You can also email the office but I may not check my emails until lunchtime. 

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Clegg :)

 

 

Year 1 - meet the teacher powerpoint

Year 1 useful documents

Week 2 - Friday 11th September

 

The children have settled so well into Year One life. I hope they have all had a lovely week.

 

This week we have focussed on getting into our 'normal' routine. There is still time for the children to have CIL (child initiated learning) to support their transition from Reception. During the week they complete 'rainbow challenges'. These are focus activities in 5 different areas of the curriculum. A normal morning consists of phonics, English and guided reading. Maths is after break and then in the afternoons we focus History/Geography, PE, Art/DT, PSHE, Computing and RE. We are working towards our 'full timetable'.

 

This week we started our History topic 'What is History?', in PSHE we had our first lesson on our 'Me and my relationships' topic and in Science we started our materials topic. In Maths we focussed on positional language and in English we have re-introduced sentence writing based on the book 'Here we are'.

 

Please can you send in a photo of your child as a baby and on their first day of school by
Friday, 18th September. I will photocopy the pictures and return them ASAP. We are learning about chronology in History so the pictures will support our lesson.

 

I have attached the meet the teacher meeting presentation and year overview for you to look at before next week. I have also uploaded 'Year One useful documents' booklet.

 

Please make sure your child has a pair of wellies in school. Also, please can your child bring in a spare change of underwear to keep in their drawer (just in case!)

 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. See you all on Monday.

 

Miss Clegg :)

Welcome to Year One! 

 

It was so lovely having all the Year One children back to school on Thursday. Their smiles continued all day!  Thank you for preparing the children so well for their return to school. 

 

We have had a busy first few days. On Thursday and Friday we got used to the 'new routine'.  We found our pegs, trays and organised all of our new books! We also had lots of opportunities to ask questions, talk and share what we are excited and worried about. We explored the classroom and even practised our writing and Maths skills.

 

We have listened to your children read and have sent home their reading books and reading record. Please return their books and records on Thursday so we can change them and send new ones home on Friday. Please ensure you sign their reading record and that each book is read twice. This will support fluency and comprehension. 

 

As you know, our 'open door policy' has changed slightly. If you need to pass on a message please email the office and they will forward it to me. Of course, you can always grab on the playground after school for anything quick! Please be reassured that I will contact you if needed. I will be updating the class page weekly to share our news, learning and key reminders. 

 

Children will be bringing home learning books home on a Friday and these will need to be returned on Wednesdays.

 

PE days are Monday and Thursday. Please see the parent mail letter for further details. 

 

Each day the children need to bring in their coats, water bottles and packed lunch (if provided from home). Please ensure your child has a pair of wellies in school so they can use the field (I don't want their shiny, new school shoes getting all muddy!) 

 

Next week you will have further details about the 'meet the teacher' meeting.  

 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. The children might have stayed in bed a little longer - I know I did! 

 

Miss Clegg :) 

 

 

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