Welcome to Grebe class 2018/2019
Miss McPhail, Mrs Wright and Mrs Harpham are looking forward to a wonderful year with the gorgeous, great Grebes! We are extremely excited about all the super fun learning which will be taking place.
The class page will be updated regularly throughout each term, to share any important information including our learning opportunities and new experiences.
For the first term we will be focusing on establishing secure routines, building strong relationships with our new classmates and teachers, along with ensuring a smooth transition from EYFS to the Year One curriculum.
PE will be on a Wednesday; please ensure your child has a full PE kit ready every week.
Reading books will be changed regularly; please listen to your child read every night if possible, even just a page or two. Any books that need changing must be put in the see-through box next to Miss McPhail's laptop in the morning.
If you have any questions and aren't able to see me in person, please do not hesitate to use my email to get in touch!
Grebe class have been trying super hard to improve their handwriting. We have been looking at the size of our letters and learning how to form them correctly. Miss McPhail is witnessing lots of fantastic perseverance!
Term 2 Week 1: Welcome back!
Welcome back to the second term of Year 1! We are very excited to explore our new topic 'Sparks in the Sky' which will include learning about fireworks and Guy Fawkes, along with festive activities and opportunities for writing. This term will have a curriculum focus on art which will broaden our skills, including making our own fireworks by 'straw painting'. We will also be learning about the human body for science and focusing on E-Safety for computing. Bring on a fabulous term!
End of Term 1 - Well Done!
Miss McPhail has been incredibly impressed with how fantastic all children have been during their first term in Year One. The children have settled well into the new routines and are trying to become the best that they can be already! The Year One team are looking forward to another exciting term ahead but for now, have a wonderful half term break.
Grebes have really enjoyed the most wonderful day full of fantastic art activities associated with Harvest. We had a go at three different activities this morning, each focusing on a different skill to learn. First we had a go at processed art, which was influenced by the story 'Stick Man', using sticks and paint to create our own stick families. Next we had a go at producing sculptures inspired by Andy Goldsworthy in the hall, using a variety of natural materials including conkers, stones and leaves. For our final activity we chose leaves to create observational drawings. We took the time to observe the leaves carefully, focusing on lines, shape and pattern. Have a look at our pictures below!
Fabulously, fantastic, fresh fish fingers!
As some of you may know, we have been looking closely at the text 'Barry the Fish with Fingers' as our writing stimulus. When trying to think of how I could show Grebes how wonderfully proud and happy I am with them all, I decided there was only one solution... Fish Finger making... (of course)!!!
We began by thinking about which ingredients and equipment we would need, and had a big discussion about health and safety. In small groups we had a go at making them ourselves! Afterwards, we shared our opinions and wrote a statement to give our verdict on the fish fingers; the most common review was that 'The fish fingers were yummy'!
Have a look at our cooking in action below, we had a brilliant time and were all super sensible.
Autumn Term 1 Week 4
Another great week in Grebe class!
Wow, we can't believe another week has flown by! The children have been working super hard throughout their learning on a variety of tasks, including:
Figuring out how fab we are at phonics!
Cotton bud painting
Making and drawing sea creatures and objects with numicon
Becoming terrific tidiers!
Have a well-rested & enjoyable weekend
Autumn term 1 week 3
We've had a bubbly time this week! For English we have been looking at the story 'Barry the Fish with Fingers' and focusing on using adjectives (describing words). Puffy from the story is brilliant at blowing bubbles, so we thought rather than simply looking at the book illustrations to help our descriptions, why not have a go ourselves! Here are some of the amazing adjectives we thought of:
round, wobbly, colourful, shiny, small, pretty, big, soft, light
Autumn term 1 Week 2
Creative fun - making jiggly jellyfish!
We have had a fantastic time creating jiggly jellyfish this week! The children explored a variety of materials before carefully choosing which to use for make different body parts. Miss McPhail was 'wowed' by some of the interesting ideas!
Autumn term 1 Week 1
Our learning topic or the term is...
Under the Sea!
We will be learning all about Under the Sea in many exciting ways! If you complete any work related to our topic at home, please bring it into school to be celebrated. From artwork, to artefacts, to wonderful writing; we would love to celebrate your achievements!
On behalf of myself, Mrs Johnstone, Mrs Gibbin and Mrs Johansen, we would like say a huge THANK YOU for the generous gifts and kind words that we received yesterday. We were all totally overwhelmed and we have loved teaching this class so much. Have a well earned break and we will see you back in September!
Welcome to Grebe Class!
Mrs Cooke and Mrs Johnstone are delighted to have such a fantastic class to work with and also have lots of fun with this year!
A few key reminders:
We have finally made it to the end of term 4! All of the grown-ups in Grebe class would like to say 'Happy Easter' and we wish everyone a restful break
Take a peek at our fantastic egg rolling pictures from this morning! A special well done to Evie for winning best decorated, and Lisa for winning the furthest roller competition!
Don't forget to keep up the reading over the next 2 weeks and encourage your child to do independent writing and counting whenever possible!
Mrs Cooke, Mrs Johnstone, Mrs Gibbin and Mrs Johanson
The children worked so hard last term to write their very own Superhero Stories! They thought carefully about having a beginning, middle and end. They also tried to include some amazing adjectives in their writing to make it more exciting to read. We have just finished making our Superhero Story front covers and the books have been stapled together for the children to share and appreciate. All of the grown ups at school have been blown away by the standard of writing that has been produced - the children all did so well! We will hopefully be arranging a time after school (day and time tbc) for parents to drop in and see the wonderful progress that the children are making
We have made it to our final week and are very lucky to have had Mrs Tremlett join us for the next 7 weeks! Mrs Tremlett is currently training to be a teacher and the children are lucky to have the opportunity to have this extra pair of hands in to help enrich their learning until the end of next term.
We have had a super quick and jam packed term - full of Superhero fun! The children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have produced some wonderful writing, brave drama performances and explored some tricky problem solving in maths.
Welcome back to another jam packed term! This term is a short one so we will be trying to cram in as much learning as possible within the 5 weeks and 2 days! Please don't forget that Monday the 8th is superhero or real life hero dress up day - all of the year one children are invited to dress up and kick our topic off to a flying start!
I have added some pictures below of the children enjoying creating some peaceful winter wonderland pictures this afternoon; they had a lovely time and put so much effort into them.
Have a great weekend and I'll see you all bright and early on Monday morning!
Christmas is well and truly on the way and we are really looking forward to having a wonderful (almost 7 days) with your children as they get to celebrate this magical time of year in a variety of different ways. The children will get to do lots of arts and crafts, letters to Santa and Christmas themed maths this week in between performing our Christmas play and enjoying our KS1 Christmas party
We are very lucky to be performing a service at St Mary's Church on Monday the 18th December in the afternoon and this will embed how special this time of year is for Christians and the true meaning of Christmas. Our final day has a huge treat in store for the children...we hope to post some pictures to share with you all!
Mrs Johnstone and I would like to say thank you all for the on-going support you are giving your child with their learning - it really does make a huge difference and gives them the best opportunity to become the best they can be.
The children are back into the full swing of school and have really enjoyed the past few weeks of learning. Our topic this term is 'Sparks in the Sky' and focuses on different celebrations as we lead up to Christmas. We started this term by finding out all about Bonfire night and why we have Fireworks on the 5th of November. The children explored lots of different textures and materials to create their own firework collages/pictures. They also loved taking the giant chalks outside and becoming creative on the playground
We thought about what we might see, smell, hear, taste and touch on Fireworks night and the children came up with some fabulous poems which many were able to share with you when we had our open classroom on Friday 10th November.
This week is all about finding out about what is inside our bodies and how they work. The children will be learning about their different organs and the functions they have. The children will be practicing forming sentences that make sense and that have those all important capital letters, finger spaces and full stops!
In Maths we will be exploring ordering numbers and remembering how to find one more/less than a given number. Number formation is also very important and an area we will definitely be addressing over the next few days.
We started this week off my thinking about instructional language and we made jam sandwiches! The children loved thinking carefully about their word choices and ensuring that clear instructions were given at all times.
Parents' eve is next week so if you haven't done so already, please make sure you hand in your preferred time slot sheet back to me or the office asap.
Grebe class have been doing SO well!!! We have noticed such a change in their learning behavior in just the few weeks they have been back and we hope they continue to flourish within Year One.
We have been talking lots and lots about healthy/unhealthy foods and the children seem to be quite knowledgeable when it comes to spotting foods that should be just enjoyed as a treat (ice cream, chocolates, cookies etc). Lots of them have been sharing what they have been having for different meal times at home and it is encouraging to see that lots of the children are reaching their 5 a day target! We have all been particularly interested in exploring our own bodies and labelling the different parts by carefully sounding out to spell the words phonetically. We will continue our healthy eating theme over the next few weeks and will also begin to take a look at where our food comes from.
Parents' eve is on Monday the 9th and Tuesday 10th October so please get your slips returned asap for me to begin allocating places.
Thank you all so much for all of your support over the first few weeks of coming back into school and getting into the swing of things. The children have adjusted so well and are proving that they are all really eager to learn which is great
We have been exploring 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and learning all about foods that help us to grow (healthy) and foods that are better off in small quantities (unhealthy). The children have been really good at knowing the difference between the two and have enjoyed sharing with the class all of the delicious foods they have at home!
Just a quick reminder - reading books need to be placed into the big red box at the beginning of the day if they need to be changed. We also visit the library on a Friday morning so the children need to remember their library books on this day in order for them to be changed.
It was great to meet everyone at 'Meet and Greet' and feel free to email me or pop in at the end of the day if you have any concerns or anything you would like to share with me.
Welcome to Grebe Class!
We are all so excited and ready to get stuck into some wonderful learning after a well deserved 6 week rest!
This term will include a little bit of everything. It is very important for routines to be established and for strong, solid relationships to be built so we will be ensuring that activities focus on the children's emotional, social and well-being as they transition from the EYFS to Year One curriculum.
We will spend some time assessing the children and finding out their starting points; this is important to ensure we pitch future lessons at the correct level and that children receive tailored learning opportunities.
Our topic this term is all about 'Our Busy Bodies!'. We will look at our different body parts and begin to think about how we can keep our bodies healthy and look after them. We will touch on healthy eating, different forms of exercise and even explore other countries and how they stay fit and healthy.
As always, it is really important for your child to be reading at home every night because this gives them the best opportunity to master the concept of reading and also comprehension from early on in their school lives. Being able to successfully read opens a whole new world for a child so please do help by sparing a short amount of time to read with your child every day. We will try to hear readers as much as possible throughout the school week and will change books once they have been read twice.
We are still working out when P.E will happen and will let you know as soon as we have set times.
Thank you all so much for your support so far – the children have been amazing and we have got off to a fabulous start!
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Welcome to TERM 6
Welcome to term 6! This term our topic is SPACE and it has been great to see so many children bringing books into class all about space to share with each other. We have made a space role-play area in our classroom in which we have been enjoying acting out the story 'Whatever Next!' using a rocket box and picnic resources. We have learnt about the solar system and the names of the eight planets as well as the sun and moon.
This week we have read the story 'Aliens love underpants' and have written some fantastic descriptions about an alien they have designed and drawn. We loved using clay to them make our alien! In maths we have been solving multiplication word problems drawing pictures and arrays to help up. Finally, a huge well done to all the class for such wonderful phonics this week. I am very proud of all the children
Welcome to Term 5
What a busy term it has already been! I have got to know all of the children very well now in Grebe Class and am very happy to be teaching them until the end of the school year. This term our topic is The Jungle and we have been busy learning all about the different animals we might come across in the jungle. We will be reading the stories Rumble in the jungle, Walking Through The Jungle, Giraffes Can't Dance and the Jungle Book.
We are really enjoying rugby tots this term. Learning how to throw and kick a rugby ball and score a try! Look at our fantastic skills. Doing the haka at the end is really funny too!
PE kit is needed on a Thursday as we have Rugby Tots and also on Mondays. Thank you.
What a fantastic Term it has been in Grebe Class! The children have all worked so hard and been a joy to get to know and watch them continue their learning journey.
We achieved all of our panda points this week so we had a class treat and a cookie to celebrate on Friday!
This week we have written some lovely Jungle Book character descriptions in pairs and presented them to the class. Some super handwriting and similes included! In maths we have been applying our knowledge of addition and subtraction to solving word problems and writing number stories.
Have a restful half term and see you back on Tuesday 6th June for Term 6!
Welcome back to term 4! I hope you had a fantastic half term I have loved seeing lots of the homework that the children did as well as seeing in the reading records all the lovely reading that happened! This term in year 1 we are continuing our topic of Once Upon a Time and we will be reading a new selection of traditional tales. The first week is Pinocchio and we are writing our own puppet shows! We will also be reading The Runaway Pancake, Aladdin, Mulan and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. In maths this term we will be learning about measuring lengths and heights, multiplication and division and fractions. We will also be learning about the role of the monarchy in history and in D.T. we will be working towards making moving pictures, like the ones is pop up books etc.
Please keep up all the fabulous reading at home and thank you for your continued support
Please can we have as much junk modelling as you can donate by next Friday (the 24th March) for a bridge building project. Thank you so much!
To help make sure your child is ready for the start of term 4 please ensure that they are read with daily during half term. They have books in their book bags and please sign the reading record to help ensure I know when they have finished their books. Even 10 minutes a day makes a huge difference to their reading progress. There may also be some homework in a plastic wallet in their book bag. If your child does work on this in the holidays I would love to see any homework they are particularly proud of on the Monday when we come back to school. Thank you for your continued support and I hope you have a great half term
This term in Year 1 our topic is Once Upon a Time. We are going to be reading a range of traditional tales including Little Red Riding Hood, The Frog Prince, The Monkey’s Magic Pipe, Mulan and Pinocchio. The children will be describing characters, creating story maps, re-telling stories and writing their own tales. In science we will be learning more about materials, winter weather and our senses and in humanities we will be learning about British geography, which we will tie in with our weather work! In Maths this term we are going to be learning to tell the time when it is o’clock or half past times, read and write the days of the week and the months, further work on problem solving with addition and subtraction and measuring lengths and heights. If your child would like to bring in a book from home to support our topic, for example a traditional tale that would be lovely but please make sure it’s named. Thank you.
This term in year 1 our topic is Frozen Planet. We are going to be learning about the Arctic and the Antarctic and the animals that live there. This week we have been writing about what we already know, watched some super videos of penguins, whales and ice sheets falling into the sea and performed a science experiment to learn about how penguins keep dry! In Maths this term we are going to be learning to count forwards and backwards from any number to 20, to read and write our number words to twenty, our number bonds to 20 and addition and subtraction and missing number sentences to 20 (and maybe beyond!) Next week we will be reading the book Lost and Found about a penguin's search for a friend which also ties in well with our value this term of friendship. Just a reminder that P.E. days are Monday and Friday this term and that books are normally changed Wednesday and Friday, please remember to write in the reading records so we know the books have been read! Thank you for your continued support
A huge well done to all of Grebe class for their fantastic performances in our Christmas play today and yesterday. I was really pleased with all the super dancing and great behaviour. Next week we are busy bees with Christmas lunch, our trip to the theatre and our Christmas church service! If anyone is able to walk to the church and back with us on Thursday we would be very grateful (we are leaving just before 1pm) please let me know. (I'm afraid you can't be accompanied by any siblings.)
Well done Grebes once again for a fantastic couple of days!
Welcome to Grebe class! It has been a great first few weeks of the term with all the children settling in quickly and enjoying their topic which is superheroes. We have been busy already making superhero puppets and taking them on adventures! We have also read the books Supatato, Super Duck and Elliot Midnight Superhero. Next week we will be reading Traction Man by Mini Grey.
In Grebe class our P.E. days are Monday and Friday and we are very lucky this term as we are having a dance teacher in to teach us new ways to move and help us become the best dancers we can be! It would be great if you could read daily with your child, it makes a real difference and helps them become the best readers they can be! Thank you for your support, Miss Smith
A huge congratulations to Grebe class who performed their Autumn poem beautifully at the Harvest Festival. I was so impressed with how the children remembered and delivered the poem as well as their super behaviour, great job Grebes!
Jack in Grebe class is missing 4 named school jumpers! If you find any that have accidentally gone home please can you bring them into class thank you. Sometimes jumpers go walkabouts into P.E. bags too so it is always worth a check in there when they come home! Thank you for your help!
This term in year one our topic is Space. We will be getting ready for British astronaut Tim Peake's arrival back on Earth from the International Space Station as well as learning about how his adventures compare to Charles Darwin's voyages hundreds of years ago. We will also be making the most of the sunshine with tennis and ball skills outside and doing some of our lessons in our playground too!
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This term in Grebe class our topic is Through the Porthole! We are learning about the oceans and we will be looking at poetry, stories and information books all about the sea and the animals that live there. We will also be continuing our oceans theme in maths where the children have been making graphs about ocean animals and we will be learning about capacity in our own classroom 'ocean!' This term we will also be starting maypole dancing, celebrating St. George's Day and learning to play tennis, hopefully we will get some sunny weather!
Year one have been learning about the topic Rumble in the Jungle. We read Walking through the Jungle and wrote our own stories about animals in different habitats. The children also learnt about plants, went on plant hunts and created observational drawings. We also learnt about animals and found out whether they are omnivores, herbivores or carnivores. We also celebrated World Book Day, St.David's Day, St.Patrick's Day and Sport Relief and made hot cross buns for Easter. A busy term for Grebe class!
In Grebe class we were learning about explorers. We learnt about space and watched videos of astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). We learnt how astronauts brush their teeth and wash their hair in space! We also wrote letters to Tim Peake, the first British astronaut on the ISS, after watching him 'blast off!' The children were also learning about deserts, the polar regions, winter weather and the children are making maps for the traditional tales we are reading. We have been reading Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children have been learning to recite the stories with actions, make story maps and re-write the stories in groups. The groups read the stories to the rest of the class and thought about how our stories were the same or different to the original tale! There was some super team work and sharing of ideas! We also had a visitor in class to talk to us about bridges and we designed our own bridges for the Three Billy Goats Gruff to cross.