We understand that some of the language we use to teach phonics at school can be quite confusing! Below is a link to a guide to some of the technical language we use to teach your children with explanations of what the words mean. If you’d like any further clarification on any of these terms please speak to your child’s teacher who will be happy to help.
Year 1 have loved learning their new phase 5 sounds in phonics. They have already started spotting them in their reading. Alphablocks is a great way to re-cap these sounds at home. They are all available on BBC Iplayer.
In the afternoons the children have been learning the 7 different elements of art- colour, texture, shape, line, space, form, and value. This week they have been focusing on colour and space and practising using the ‘scrape through technique’. Attached are some pictures of their gorgeous artwork.
Just some info and dates for your diaries.
On the 6th and 7th December we extremely lucky to have a local artist come into the school to support children in building their own lanterns for the Bedminster Lantern Parade. The lantern parade will be taking place on January 8th outside of normal school hours. You will receive more information about the parade closer to the time.
We would love some extra adults to help the children design and build their own lanterns in the afternoon from 12:30-3:00 on the 6th and 7th December. If you available for either of these dates, please email the office.
In geography, the children are learning about capital cities in the United Kingdom. We are hoping to build local landmarks of London and would love any spare recycling you have at home. Please sent children in with any junk modelling on the 10th December.
Lots of you have asked about what your child will be wearing for the school Christmas performance that will take place on 15th December.
If you have one of the parts listed below please try and find outfits for their role and let us know if you’re struggling! We can all work together.
2 Wise Men
Narrators, please learn your lines. We can hand more sheets out.
The rest of Curious Caterpillars will be making head pieces to dress up as a star.
The rest of Daring Dragonflies will be making head pieces to dress up as a donkey.
This week Year 1 had a special visit from two police officers. The children loved learning about all of the different equipment, watching the flashing lights and especially enjoyed watching Miss Crawford and Miss Betts getting arrested!
In maths, we have been practising writing the ‘addition’ + and ‘is equal to’ = symbol in a full equation. We had lot’s of fun using our adding machine to help us add different amount within 10.
The children were so excited to start learning our new phase 5 sounds!
You may have noticed that we have not read with your child this week due to carrying out a practise phonics screening in the afternoons. It is really important that you continue to read every day at home with your child in order to practise applying the sounds they have learnt in school.
In phonics, this is our final week on phase 3 sounds, and we are so excited to move onto learning our new phase 5 sounds. There is a video on our Year 1 page above this message showing Miss Betts and Miss Crawford going through the caption actions for each sound.
Please continue to read every day at home with your child so that they can practise applying the phase 3 sounds.
In maths, we have enjoyed trying new way to add two numbers together and write this an addition equation (EG: 5+4=9).
In English, we have learnt the ‘ed’ syffix that goes on the end of a verb to put in the past tense like ‘I jumped’ or ‘I walked’ and have loved applying this to our sentences about our book.
In the afternoons we have been practising using different sized paintbrushes in art. We had lot’s of fun experimenting with thin and thick paintbrushes and painting a rocket picture.
We had an interesting discussion about how to define a ‘hero’. From that we have learnt all about Nelson Mandela and how he fought to end apartheid in South Africa. We have also started practised for our Nativity Play for Christmas and will be sending out lines to the narrators to learn at home.
Year 1 have had a great first week back to school and have launched straight into writing about their new book ‘Our Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers in English.
In maths, we are continuing to work with numbers within 10. Why don’t you create a mind map with you child with all the number bonds to 10?
During the afternoon sessions, we have been learning about Black History Month. We have been discussing the importance of everyone being represented in literature, regardless of race, gender, background, or ability.
We have loved sharing how hard your children have worked since joining Year 1 in parents evening and are looking forward to a fantastic year together!
Year 1 were introduced to poetry this week through the poem ‘By Myself’ by Eloise Greenfield. Both classes identified the different aspects of a poem and then performed it to each other with actions.
In maths the children practised comparing numbers within ten using the greater than, less than or ‘is equal to’ symbols. The greater than and less than symbols look like crocodiles ‘<’, ‘>’ so we say that the crocodile always eats the biggest number!
On the final day we had lots of fun doing different craft activities for Halloween and enjoyed playing party games together. They have worked so hard and thoroughly deserved a class treat to end a brilliant term!
Please don’t forget to read with your child over half term and make sure that all of their uniform is clearly labelled for when we return.
Have a wonderful break and see you all in November!
This week Year 1 finished their big write re-telling the story of Stardust. We are so proud of how far they come in their writing in such a short amount of time!
The children recapped the short ‘oo’ and long ‘oo’’ as well as ‘ar’ and ‘or’. They especially enjoyed finding that tricky troll had ‘torn’ up every sound on our phonics wall except the ‘or, or, worn and torn’! See pictures attached.
We also enjoyed learning the different parts of the body and exploring our senses in Science as we focused on smell and taste.
We are going on a lovely walk to Victoria Park looking at deciduous and evergreen trees to end off a brilliant week and look forward to telling you all about it.
This week Year 1 have discussed how we are all unique and why it is important that we are not all the same. We explored the different people or animals that live in our own homes. We learnt that different families or households may believe in different things or different religions and that’s ok.
The children have enjoyed finding all of their number bonds to 10 and have practised writing these as an addition equation like ‘5+5=10’.
We have also practised re-telling and sequencing our familiar story, Stardust by Jeanne Willis.
In phonics we have focused on the sounds ‘ee’, ‘oa’, ‘oo’, ‘igh’, and the tricky words ‘he’ and she’.
The last few weeks we have focused on the presentation of our writing and will continue to work on this as the year goes on. We practise using ‘get reddies’ and ‘flicks’ as we prepare for joined up handwriting in Key Stage 2 and are making sure our letters sit neatly on our lines.
This week Year 1 have enjoyed finding all of their number bonds to 5 and have started practising their number bonds to 10! A number bond is two numbers that add to together to make another one like 4+6 make 10. Why not practise these at home with Jack Hartman?
In English, the children learnt that a noun is a person, place or thing and loved identifying and labelling the nouns found in our story called Stardust by Jeanne Willis.
In history, we have been discussing how photographs can be used to show us a moment in time when we are not ourselves present. We looked at our teacher’s timeline and then discussed and created our own timelines from a baby to Year 1.
We have continued revising phase 3 sounds and have focused this week on the ‘sh’, ‘th’, ‘ng’ and ‘ai’ sound found in words. Please continue to read daily with your child at home. Reading is the best gift to offer which in turn provides access to the rest of the curriculum.
Miss Crawford and Miss Betts
Please read with your child for 10 minutes every day!
I’m delighted to inform you about a new service we’re using to support your child’s maths education. The creators of Times Tables Rock Stars have produced a platform for boosting addition and subtraction skills, called NumBots.
The children have been shown how to login and have brought home a username label stuck onto their iPad case. They might need some help navigating to the website and entering the details but once they’re in, they just need some quiet space to get on with the games for 5 minutes.
Important: please don’t allow siblings, friends or family to answer for them but do support your child if they’re stuck. In order to get the best out of NumBots children should regularly play for short bursts so we suggest encouraging them to play the game a little but often.
Story Mode – the emphasis is on learning the ideas and concepts behind addition and subtraction so it features more diagrams, shapes and question styles. 2. Challenge Mode – the emphasis is more on speed of recall of key facts, like number bonds to 10, doubling small numbers or adding & taking away in your head.