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St Gregory's Catholic Primary School ‘We love, learn and grow with Jesus.’

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

In year one we are courageous, kind, caring, patient and amazing!

 

Our teacher is Miss Turner and our teaching assistants are Mrs Cheesbrough and Mrs Groves. 

We are so excited to share lots of interesting information and amazing photos about what we have been learning in Year One. Please scroll down to look at our latest photos and information. 

 

Our Gospel Values this half term are: Eloquent and Truthful 

Important Information:

Book change day is a Thursday: your child will bring home one or two new books which will be changed on a weekly basis. Please re-read these books to support your child with building up their fluency and confidence in word reading. If you would like further support with strategies for supporting your child’s reading at home then please do come and see me, I am more than happy to help.


We have PE on Wednesdays - please make sure your child brings in their full PE kit to school.

 

We have swimming on Fridays - please make sure your child brings in their full swimming kit to school.


For homework, the children will have: a Maths activity, a grammar or spelling activity and a handwriting activity each week. This will come home every Friday and needs to be returned by the following Tuesday at the latest.

 

On a Friday the children will take home a weekly spelling word list. These spellings will be check in school on the following Thursday. 

 

We have been practising handwriting daily in class following the cursive handwriting format. The children are now already beginning to use some of the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters and I am very pleased with their progress with this so far. 

This Weeks Learning Goals: Week Beginning the 18th March

 

English: Can I write a monologue including words with the prefix 'un'?  

 

Maths: Can I count in 5s independently and efficiently?

 

Topic: Can I create a leaflet about the location of Stratford-Upon-Avon?

 

R.E: Can I write a diary entry from a Disciples perspective?

 

Phonics: Can I remember the ie, ew and ue diagraphs?

 

Handwriting: Can I correctly orientate and form the letters k and m? 

Topic
Autumn One

Our class topic for the term is: 

In year one we discovered how to take a picture on an IPad! We took a picture of the different bears we have in the classroom, linking to our class topic of 'Toys'. 

 

In one of our Topic session on 'Toys', we collected data through asking everybody in the class who their favourite toy is in our book 'Toys in Space'. We used this data to make our own pictograms! 
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Can you guess what our topic is for Autumn Two? 

Autumn Two

Our Topic for Autumn Two is School Days!

Year One began their learning on School Days by recording everything they already know about school.

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Year One compared a picture of a Victorian school to a picture of our classroom, to find the differences between them! Year One decided that our classroom is colourful and the Victorian classroom was dark. 
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Year One explored where St.Gregory's is on a map of Stratford-Upon-Avon. They found loads of different places on the map that are near to our Primary School! 
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Spring One 
Our topic for the term is...
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Year One created their own drawing of icebergs using repeating patterns! 
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Year One learnt all about the equator! 
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Spring Two 

Our topic for this half-term is...

Maths
Autumn 

In Year One, we explored the 'greater than' and 'less than' sign. We used the crocodile explanation to help us! We also used loads of concrete objects to widen our thinking. 

This half-term we have been exploring addition within ten. We found it really useful to use our concrete maths resources to find the answer to addition problems. In Year One, we are great mathematicians

 

In Year One, we have learnt about the part-part-whole model. We now know that a 'whole' is more than a hole in the floor! We have used pictorial representations to partition numbers. We also made a part-part-whole model out of hoops and cubes. 

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Year One enjoyed using tens grids to explore the number bonds to 10! 
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Year One explored counting in twos in numerous practical formats! This include 'Twos Hopscotch' and a 'Twos Threading Board'. 
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English
Autumn One

In English, we have been looking at the book Toys In Space by Mini Grey.

 

 

 

We read the first page and predicted what would happen next. We recorded our predictions in amazing drawings.

In Toys in Space, the main character, Hoctopize, can't find its toy called Cuddles. 

We created our own lost posters for Cuddles. 

Year One are AMAZING at using exclamation marks! We love using exclamation marks in Year One!
In English we created character profiles for Hoctopize, from our book 'Toys In Space'. We focused on using interesting adjectives to describe how Hoctopize felt throughout the story and what he looks like. 
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We are using Kung-Fu Punctuation in class. Ask your children to show you a full stop, exclamation mark and question mark.

The following Quizlet cards can be used with your children to practice any grammar terms and common exception words learnt in English: https://quizlet.com/327468412/english-flashcards/

 

Can you guess what our book is going to be for Autumn Two? 

Autumn Two 

Year One are exploring the book Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School by David Mackintosh, which is linked to their topic 'School Days'.

 

Year One have been making predictions about Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School. For example, they predicted what the children on the first page could be looking at. Year One used their imagination to predict! 

 

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Year One used information and descriptions from the text to predict what Marshall looks like.

 

Year One created their own story-map for Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School. Year One identified the opening, build-up, problem and ending of the story. 
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After reading Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School, Year One decided what they liked and disliked about the story. They also formed questions that they have about the story. 
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Linked to anti-bullying week, Year One decided how we could make someone feel welcome and happy in our classroom. Year One thought of amazing ideas!
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Year One took part in a hot-seating activity, where they pretended to be Marshall and answered questions from the rest of the class. Year One really enjoyed pretending to be Marshall and know lots and lots of information about his character! 
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Inspired by Marshall's house, Year One created a drawing of their own dream house using colouring pencils and pastel. 
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Year One described their dream house, with a focus on using the plural 's'.
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In preparation for writing an newspaper article next week, Year One created their own story map of a sports day. 
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Spring One
Our book for the half-term is..
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Year One have started to make predictions based on the book Theres a Bear in my Chair. Year one predicted what the mouse in the story was pointing at and how he felt. 
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Year One innovated the story There's A Bear On My Chair! They decided how they would get the bear off the chair! 

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Year One created their own poems based on an animal. 
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Spring Two 

Our text for the half-term is.. 

 

Year One created LOADS of freeze-frames depicting sections from A Midsummer Night's Dream! 
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Phonics

In phonics, we have been learning and memorising the Phase 5 sounds from Letters and Sounds. 

 

QR Code to Letters and Sounds publication:

The following YouTube channel contains a variety of videos which aided the children's understanding and knowledge of the Phase 5 sounds. Specifically, it would be beneficial to play the 'ou', 'ue' 'au' and 'a_e' videos to your children. 

In Year One, the children learn the following common exception words (words which do not following the phonetic pattern). 
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R.E
Creation
In R.E, Year One created their own Liturgy of Thanks. The children used their knowledge on the Creation story to decide what they are thankful for, as well as their own experiences. 
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Families and Celebrations
In Year One, we talked about the different celebrations that we have taken part in over our lifetime. This included birthdays, Christmas and Easter. We recorded our favourite part of the celebrations in drawings and added a caption. 
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Within our Families and Celebration topic, Year One have learnt about the different sections of Mass. The children recorded their understanding of some of the sections through creating lovely drawings. 
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In R.E we explored and discussed how we feel during Mass. We recored our emotions in speech bubbles. 
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Prayer
We began our prayer topic by exploring why prayer is important to us. 
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Year One wrote beautiful prayers to God asking him to help and care for them and their families. 
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Members from the Mini Vinnies visited Year One and led a collective worship based on being faith-filled and hopeful. Year One wrote down who they have hope in on a star and watched it expand in water. Year One really enjoyed having older children teach them!  
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Christmas
Year One were set a challenge! They had to tell the story of the Annunciation without using words! 
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Jesus: Teacher and Healer
Year One explored the parable The Lost Sheep and created story-maps to develop their understanding. 
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Year One became familiar the parable The Good Samaritan. They wrote and discussed what the main teachings from this parable were. 
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Year One explored they main reasons they believe Earth was blessed with Jesus and placed these ideas in a 'Thought Flower'. 
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Trips and Visits

Firefighters from Warwickshire visited Year One and told us how we can prevent fires. We learnt that we should never play with matches. Year One know that if our clothes set on fire, we should Stop, Drop and Roll. We practised how to Stop, Drop and Roll in the hall! We also practised what to do if there is a fire at night. 

 

 

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All Things Wild
Year One visited All Things Wild to learn about different animals and their habitats. Year One had an amazing day! 
Year One saw LOADS of different animals on their trip. 
Year One also enjoyed dressing up on our trip! 
At All Things Wild, Year One went on the Dino Train and saw amazing model dinosaurs! 
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We loved going to All Things Wild! 

During Lent, Year One donated a LOT of food to a local Food Bank in Stratford Upon Avon! Well Done Year One! 

World Book Day 

As part of our World Book Day celebrations, Year One had an AMAZING story-telling workshop where they created their own books and explored LOADS of different stories. 

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Useful Links/Apps

QR Code Reader:

Scan the QR Codes and click 'open in browser' to take you to the websites. 

Quizlet: 

Click on Flashcards for questions you can practice with your children under the username: MissTurnerSGP 

Phonics Vowels: 

On this free app, the children can select a phoneme and explore spelling different words that include it. The app provides you with letters to chose from to help. 

Simplex Spelling Light:

On this free app, the children can select an appropriate phoneme. Words containing that phoneme are then read aloud to the children, which they can then spell using the letters provided. The words are also put into a sentence.

Math Bingo: 

On this app, the children can answer different maths questions to achieve BINGO! Warning: There are adverts on the bottom of the screen. 

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