Learning From Home W/C 11th January 2021

We hope that you are all keeping well and that you have managed to access and complete the home learning tasks set last week. For this week’s home learning, we will be continuing with using the blog for your daily SWAYS which will include pre-recorded lessons for you to access at convenient times. Alongside the daily SWAY lessons, please continue to access online reading resources via bug club. Please see links below for additional online resources to use at home:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/this-terms-topics

https://disneyonstage.co.uk/education/

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/

https://www.phonicsbloom.com

FREE Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Home Learning Packs – Scholastic

Starting from Monday 11th January, CBBC will be showing educational programming for primary aged children starting from 9:00am. This will include a range of lessons and educational programmes such as celebrity supply teacher, horrible histories, art ninja and operation ouch. If you have sky tv, then you will also be able to view BBC bitesize lessons that have been pre-recorded. Simply go to the home section and the option ‘Learning From Home’ will be available, click on Bitesize 5-7 year olds and it will take you to the area to choose the lesson you would like.

Please note that any emails sent out of school hours will be responded to the next school day.

Monday

Please click on ‘Monday’ for the SWAY for today.

Resources to print:

English- Little Red Riding Hood PuppetsLittle Red Riding Hood Puppets

Tuesday

Please click on ‘Tuesday’ for today’s SWAY.

Resources to print:

English-Wolf Role on the Wall

Wednesday

Please click on ‘Wednesday’ for today’s SWAY.

Resources to print:

Maths- Tens and ones sheet

Phonics-Split Digraph Activity Sheet

Thursday

Please click on ‘Thursday’ for today’s SWAY.

Resources to print:

English-Wolf Description Sheet

Phonics-Split Digraph Detective Sheet

Maths-Snail 100 Game

Friday

Please click on ‘Friday’ for today’s SWAY.

There are no resources to print for today’s lessons.

Learning From Home- W/C 4.1.20

We would like to wish all of our families in Year 1 a very happy new year. We know that things may have not started in the best way and hope that you feel supported by us in your child’s learning at home. As discussed in the letter sent to parents, home learning this week will be via this blog. We are currently organising MS teams for primary phase students which will be our platform for all home learning communication in the future.

For this week, there will be a SWAY each day (this will be uploaded the night before). Please click on the day required which will take you to your activities for the day.

Wednesday

Activities to print-

Scavenger hunt pics

 

Checklist

 

Gingerbread Man Story

 

Thursday

Click on the link above to access your Thursday SWAY.

Activities to print:

English- Poster pages

 

 

Maths Activity Sheet

Friday

Please click on the link above to access your Friday SWAY.

Activities to print:

English Activity Sheet- Question Writing

 

Maths Activity Sheet-Measuring with a ruler

If you still need your log in details for My Maths, please contact Mrs Simmonds at msimmonds@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Take care,

Mrs Simmonds, Mr O’Boyle and Mr Wood

 

My Maths Log In

Your My Maths log in details will be handed out at school tomorrow, however just in case we do have to move to online learning and you would like your child’s details emailed over, please contact Mrs Simmonds on the email address below.

msimmonds@ccs.northants.sch.uk

This is a fantastic website that we will use as part of our online learning resource bank on a weekly basis for your child’s home learning.

MyMaths – Bringing maths alive

Thank you!

 

 

A message for 1MS

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of the 1MS parents for being so understanding with our change in circumstances. I would have loved to stay present physically in the classroom but restrictions are getting in the way! I am so proud of all the children and the progress they have made so far this year. Mr Wood can’t wait to get into the classroom and I can see why. Your children are an absolute delight to teach and I know they will continue to thrive as the year goes on.

I will still be working alongside Mr Wood in the classroom through planning, live lessons and communication with parents via email or telephone. This will continue up until parents evening, after that I will have my hands full taking on my new role as a mummy!

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a fabulous Christmas and send my best wishes for 2021.

Mrs Simmonds

Term 2 Week 7

Theme-

This week the children have been learning all about Victorian inventions and how their inventions have changed over time. We discussed the similarities and differences with what we have now and explored how these Victorian inventions have changed over time.

We also explored what a Victorian Christmas looked like and even had a go and creating our very own Victorian Christmas decorations.

Merry Christmas

We hope that you all have a lovely Christmas break and spend some quality time with your family. We are sure Father Christmas will be coming to visit you all this year. Wishing all of our Year 1 families a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

See you in 2021,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle.

Term 2 Week 6

English- Our class elves sent us a letter asking us to plan and write a letter to Santa. We had to think carefully about what we wanted to write and persuade Santa. We also included our family members too! These letters have now been sent with the elves to the North Pole. A photocopy has been sent home for parents to see! We hope that you are impressed with your child’s improvement in handwriting since September.

Maths- Maths this week has focused on position and direction. We learned all about how to describe the position of an object eg. above, below, next to, inside as well as left, right, clockwise and anti-clockwise. Please see your Education City account for this week’s home learning.

Phonics– Our focus this week has been on alternative spellings of the ‘oo’ phoneme including ew, ue and u_e. New activities have been set on Bug Club to access at home.

Next week-

Tuesday- Breakfast with Santa.

Wednesday- Christmas lunch.

Friday- Early finish. Please collect your child from the usual pick up point at 12:15.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 2 Week 5

English- This was our final week looking at the story of Stickman. We wrote our own versions of the story using a beginning, middle and end. See photos below showing examples of our very impressive writing!

Maths- In maths this week, we consolidated all of our learning about addition and subtraction by applying it to problems. We enjoyed four different problems given to us that involved teamwork and linking our learning.

Phonics-  This week we learned all about alternative ‘oa’ spellings including oe, o_e and ow. We watched this video below to spot as many alternative ‘oa’ words as possible. Please remember to complete your phonics activities on bug club.

Christmas in Year 1- On Tuesday we had some special elf visitors join our classes. Evie and Bing have been sent from the North Pole to make sure we are following the SMART charter and are keeping us entertained with their antics every morning when we come into the classroom! There will be a letter sent home to parents regarding Christmas activities this year.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 2 Week 4

English-

We continued our learning about Stickman this week with a focus on ‘nouns’. This included common and proper nouns, knowing what needs a capital letter. First, we searched for nouns in the Stickman story then composed our own sentences that included nouns.

Maths-

In maths this week, we learned about finding the difference between two numbers. We used both counters and a number line to help us.

Phonics-

Our phonics focus for this week looked at alternative spellings for the ‘igh’ phoneme including ie, i_e, y and i. Please see your bug club for set phonics activities based on these phonemes. You can also search for words including these sounds in your daily reading.

Theme-

Our history learning this week looked at Queen Victoria’s lifetime. We learned about how to place key events in chronological order and wrote down captions to summarise these key events.

We no longer need milk bottle lids. Thank you to al of our parents for bringing these in!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

 

Term 2 Week 3

English-

‘I’m Stickman, I’m Stickman, I’m Stickman, that’s me!’ The Year 1 children were immersed in the world of Stickman by making their ‘Stick families’. They then spent the week looking at sequencing the story, searching for verbs and of course watching the Stickman movie!

Maths-

In maths this week, Year 1 looked at fact families for addition and subtraction to 20. We have set some maths home learning on your child’s education city. Please contact us if you need the log in details for your child.

Phonics-

We have now moved onto Phase 5 phonics which is a very challenging phase looking at alternative sounds. For more information, please click on this link . There are lots of phase 5 games to play in our phonics section of this blog. Your child has been set home learning via their bug club (active learn) account. To access these when logged into your bug club, please click on ‘My Stuff’ and then ‘Phonics’.

 

Note for 1KO parents-

Please can you bring in any milk bottle lids and chocolate box lids to school as soon as possible (get your chocolate eating on this weekend please!). Thanks!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 2 Week 2

English-

This week in English we continued to look at the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ by Edward Lear. The children had to re-write their own versions of the poem using a range of different adjectives. The children made the poem more modern and also changed the animals in the poem. Next week we will be looking at the story of Stickman and some of our learning will take place outside of the classroom.

Maths-

This week in maths, we have continued learning about subtraction. This time, we focused on how to use a number line to subtract. We enjoyed playing a game with a partner where we both had a number line and a dice. We had to start on 30 and roll the dice to see how many we had to take away. The first person to get to 0 was the winner.

As only 7 children completed their education city home learning last week, we have set them again for next week. There is also some new activities set for week 2. If you need a reminder of your log in details, please contact your class teacher.

 

Theme-

This week the children had their Victorian day! The children got to experience what it was like for Victorian children in a school. All of the boys had to sit on one side of the room and all of the girls had to sit on the other side. Some of our Victorian school activities included; writing out the school rules, writing out our letters, drawing a portrait of Queen Victoria, silhouette making, singing our national anthem and arithemtic. The children engaged really well with the activities , staying in character the whole day (as you can see from their miserable Victorian faces below!) . We were all so impressed with them!

Spellings-

The children will be given a sheet with the spellings to practise following our class spelling test. These will be in their bookbags.

 

Notice for all parents-

Please can all year 1 children bring in their wellies to school on Monday (16th November) as part of our English learning will involve being outside.

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle.

 

Term 2 Week 1

We hope that all of our Year 1 families had a wonderful half term break.

This term, our theme is called ‘Way back When’ where there is  main curriculum focus on history. We will be learning all about the Victorian period which will include Queen Victoria’s life as well as comparing school and home life now to the Victorian times. We are looking forward to immersing ourselves in Victorian school life on Thursday 12th November. Please see the letter sent home for more information. Here are some examples of the types of costumes usually worn:

Boy’s costume

Girl’s costume

English-

This week we have focused on the poem ‘The owl and the pussycat’ by Edward Lear. This included making origami pea green boats, reciting the poem with puppets and writing part of the poem. Next week we will be writing our own versions of the poem by changing key parts.

Maths-

Our focus in maths this week was subtraction. We used the part-part whole method to help us understand the concept of subtraction to 20 and beyond for some. Please see your Education City account for set activities to complete at home.

Reading-

Please continue to read at least 5 times a week. Remember that this can be any book including your bug club and doesn’t have to be the whole book. Your child also has an LRC book that is changed fortnightly. Please remember to put them in their book bag every Tuesday.

Spellings-

Next week we will be setting weekly spellings based on the Year 1 common exception words. These will be set on a Friday to be tested the following Thursday. If your child can successfully spell all of the Year 1 common exception words, they will be given the Year 2 words to learn.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 1 Week 8

Well that’s term 1 completed! We have been so impressed with how well our Year 1 children have settled into their new routines and life in their new year group. It has been great to be able to speak to so many parents this week via our virtual parent’s evening.

Big Health and Happiness week has been a fabulous way to finish off the term. We had a great time making bug hotels, playing cricket with NCC, playing party games, completing mindfulness activities and many more.

As we were off timetable this week, guided reading was not completed. However your child has chosen two books to read over half term. In addition to this they have their online books through bug club and Oxford Owl. Phonics activities via Bug Club will be set once we have completed phase 4 learning. In the meantime, please access the phonics games on our phonics page.

Over half term please spend time completing the activities sent home by Mr Wood. We would love to see what you get up to!

After half term, we will be immersing ourselves in the life of Victorians which includes a dress up day. Please see the letter sent home to parents for more information.

Have a wonderful and well deserved break,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 1 Week 7

English- We continued learning about verbs this week. This included playing ‘Simon says…’ where we had to work out if it was a verb (action) or not. We also sorted words into verbs and adjectives so we could see the difference between the two word classes. With an adult, we wrote our own set of instructions for making a cup of tea. We though hard about how to use verbs and adjectives to make our instructions clear.

Phonics This week we have been recapping all of the phase 3 phonemes. This has included playing games on https://www.phonicsbloom.com/ and our usual bug club activities. To visit phonics games at home please see the ‘Phonics Websites’ page on the right hand side of this blog. If you are viewing this post from a phone, the pages will be at the bottom.

Maths- This week we looked at number bonds using the part-part whole method. This is where a whole number can be split into two parts. We used this to find all of the number bonds to 10 and 20. For more learning at home, please visit your Education City account for set activities.

Theme- History- We continued to look at our personal history this week by discussing what we could do as a baby, what we can do now and what we would like to do in the future when we are adults.

We look forward to meeting with all of our Year 1 parents during parent’s evening next week.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 1 Week 6

Phonics- This week, we continued with ear, air, ure and er. Please visit: https://www.phonicsbloom.com/  For great phonics games to play at home.

English- We carried our learning about ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ into instruction writing and following. This involved learning all about verbs. We had a fabulous time making and drinking cups of tea (decaf of course) followed by dunking and eating biscuits! Next week, we will write our own set of instructions using verbs for how to make a cup of tea.

Maths- This week, we continued with comparing numbers and finding out how many more or less. We have set you some education city activities linked to this as your home learning. Your username and password is the same as your one from Reception.

Theme- We created our very own family trees this week which included talking about generations.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 1 Week 5

Maths- In Maths this week we have been learning about how we can represent numbers in a variety of ways. Our teacher based task explored forming our numbers correctly, drawing objects to match the number and writing the number as a word. We used a range of practical resources to represent numbers, such as cubes and numicon.

 

Phonics- our phoneme focus for the week was the sounds ‘air ear ure and er(ur sound)’. Please see Bug Club for activities based on these.

English- In English this week we have been continuing our learning on adjectives, still exploring the text ‘The Tiger who came to tea’. We have been writing descriptive sentences about different parts of the story. We have also used our adjectives that we listed abut the tiger last week to make some great descriptive sentences.

Bug club books have been updated for those children who need it.

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle.

Term 1 Week 4

English- This week we have been focusing our learning on the well know story, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We linked this to learning all about adjectives and how they are used to describe things. As part of our carousel of activities we wrote descriptive shopping lists, tiger descriptions, acted out the story using puppets and designed teapots for a tiger tea party.

Maths- This week we have been learning about more and less. This follows on from foundation stage objectives. We linked more and less to our knowledge about addition, subtraction and place value. If you would like to continue your learning at home have a go at playing this game: http://www.ictgames.com/mucky.html

Phonics- Our phoneme focus this week was the sounds ar, or, ur, ow and oi. Please see bug club for your activities based on these sounds.

Reading- We have been really impressed with how many children have been reading regularly at home both with their school book and their bug club. When your child reads 5 times a week at home they get a SMART spot. Keep up the great work Year 1!

Theme- Our theme this term is based on ‘This is Me’ (please see our curriculum newsletter for more information). This week, we painted portraits of our faces which are now proudly on display in our classrooms.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Donations of lids

With Christmas lurking round the corner, we are asking parents to help us out please! We would like to make recycled painting palettes that require milk lids and chocolate tubs lids. This will require families to eat as many tubs of chocolate as possible and send in the lids please. A challenge I’m sure many will happily partake in!

Thank you for your ongoing support! Happy eating!

Year 1 Team

Term 1 week 3

Wow! Another busy week has come and gone and what a fantastic week it was!

Our English learning this week included how to label different body parts on a human. We were able to identify all of our different body parts and write them in the correct places. We also completed some phonics assessments this week to double check what sounds we know and what sounds we need some more practise on.

In Maths we completed some tasks that tested our Maths knowledge from foundation stage. We also played some addition and subtraction games, as well as matching numbers to the correct amount of objects.

Our guided reading sessions this week included phoneme spotting and matching the sentences to the pictures. New independent reading books were sent home on Friday.

 

Just a reminder that children only need to be provided with 1 healthy snack for school (if you wish) as they do have access to our free fruit and vegetable scheme here at CCS.

 

We hope you have an amazing weekend!

 

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle.

Term 1 Week 2

Well that’s our first full week completed and what a busy week it was!

In maths, we spent the week learning about how to write numbers in numerals and words to 20. This also included sequencing number cards and finding missing numbers.

In English, we started our time capsules where we wrote all about ourselves. This included what our favourite things are and our ambitions for when we are older.

We have also started to learn cursive handwriting starting with the letters i,l and t. It won’t be long before we are able to join some letters together!

We all read with an adult this week and chose a new independent book to read at home. These will be collected back on Tuesday and then new ones can be chosen on Friday for the weekend. This allows time for books to be safe for us to use.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend in the sunshine. Please remember that our drop of location has changed for Monday. See your emails for more information regarding this.

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Week 1 Update

What a busy first two days back! We were so impressed with how quickly the children settled into life in Year 1 and the new routines. We spent Thursday and Friday getting to know each other with pirate themed activities based on the story ‘Jake’s First Day’. This included making pirate hats, making a pirate passport of information, ship building and making pirates.

This week, we will be making time capsules to be opened up when we are in Year 6 as well as ordering and sequencing numbers.

Important Information-

  • Please ensure that your child has an empty bookbag. We will be starting guided reading next week so they will be sent home with their new reading log and school book. Books will be changed once a week to allow for quarantine. Online books will soon be available via bug club and oxford owl online reading. To access Oxford owl please visit https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/  click on ‘My class log in’ and enter the details below:

1MS-  Username: year1ms   Password: Password1

1KO- Username: year1ko     Password: Password1

Please note that these books are not tailored to your child’s individual reading ability and is a resource bank for you to access.

  • PE days for 1MS and 1KO are Monday and Friday. Please ensure that your child comes to school wearing the correct PE kit as mentioned in the email to parents.

Have a wonderful week,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

1 week to go!

Let the countdown begin!

We are looking forward to welcoming your child back to school next Thursday. Please see the information email regarding the school day timings and drop off areas.

On the first day back, we will have a stand of wellies from Reception. If your child left theirs behind can you please collect them.

Please ensure that your child returns to school with their book bag emptied out and cleared. PE kits will not be required in school until further notice. Please ensure that your child has a change of underwear in their book bag if needed. In addition to this, please provide your child with a named bottle and a healthy snack if you would like them to have extra in addition to the fruit provided.

We can’t wait to welcome your child to Year 1. Enjoy the last week of your holidays.

Year 1 team.

Welcome to Year 1

We hope that our new Year 1 families are having a wonderful summer break. Please see the attached document for information about learning in Year 1. We are finalising timetable plans which include PE days and will inform you of these asap.

In order for your child to have a happy transition into Key Stage 1, we will be continuing with classroom set ups similar to Foundation Stage. This will include free flow activities both inside the classroom and in our Year 1 garden area. We will continue with this until we feel that it is time to move to more structured lessons, this is usually just before Christmas.

Your child will have access to daily phonics, maths, writing and writing activities that will be both whole class and small group work. Similar to their learning in Foundation Stage. Further information regarding our theme learning will be available after the first week back via our curriculum newsletter.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Simmonds on  msimmonds@ccs.northants.sch.uk

We look forward to welcoming you back to school on Thursday 3rd September and can’t wait to see your smiling faces in your new classroom!

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Information handout- Welcome to Year 1 (1)

Home Learning W/C 13th July 2020

This is our last week of the school year! We can’t quite believe how it has ended. We would have loved nothing more than being able to celebrate with you in your own classrooms with your friends. There have been so many challenges and you have worked incredibly hard to not let it get in the way.

Looking back through your books to your first pieces of work in September, we can’t believe how far you have come on. We are so incredibly proud of you! You have learned about everything from Queen Victoria, plants and animals to what makes you brilliant individuals. You have read and studied many books including stickman, fairytales and lots by Martin Waddell. You have learned how to add, subtract, double, halve and tell the time. Here’s hoping you will remember all of the wonderful memories in years to come!

We can’t wait to welcome you back in September where we will be able to see how much you have grown and admire your new shiny school shoes! Your Year 2 teachers are looking forward to teaching you and we have told them about how wonderful you are.

Over the holidays we would like you to continue with your learning so you don’t forget everything. You will still have online reading and activities on education city for you to access.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful parents who have supported their children with their learning at home. We hope that you manage to have a restful 6 weeks holiday and a break from being your child’s teacher!

Here are some of the activities that we are doing in school this week. You can do all of these at home!

Animal Quiz

 

Big Quiz of the Year

 

Summer Themed Maths Challenge Cards

 

Summer Read and Colour

 

Summer Themed Wordsearch

 

Emoji Code Breaker Subtraction

 

Emoji Code Breaker Addition

 

Develop your cutting skills

 

These documents are advised to be used to support with transition to Year 2. On Wednesday, there will be a video released with a message from your new teacher!

The Cautious Caterpillar Story

 

Spreading My Wings To Year 2 Activity

 

Have a fabulous Summer holidays. Remember to be good for your parents and stay safe.

Love from Mrs Simmonds, Mr O’Boyle, Mrs Williams, Mrs Barnes and Miss Adams x

Home Learning W/C 6th July 2020

And just like that we are into July! Here’s hoping for a month of glorious weather.

Please see your list of activities for this week in addition to BBC Bitesize and Oak Academy.

English- This week we are moving onto another Martin Waddell story called ‘Pig in the Pond’.

Activity 1- Watch or read the story and sequence the pictures.

Activity 2- Complete a book review for the story.

Activity 3- Using the template below, have a go at writing a newspaper report to inform people about the events at Neligan’s farm. Newspaper Report

Maths- This week we are learning about how to work out missing numbers from number sentences. Please visit Education City for learn screens on how to work out missing numbers using inverse.

Activity 1- Education City- Please visit your Education City account for this week’s games and printable sheets.

Activity 2- Missing number addition activity sheet

Activity 3- Missing number subtraction activity sheet

Science-

Following on from your learning about what animals eat last week, we would like you to have a go at creating some menu’s for an animal café. Use this template to create menu’s for animals that are herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Animal Menu

Guided Reading-

This week you have a reading comprehension based on sea creatures. You may need to read the sections again to find the answers.

Sea creatures text

 

Sea Creatures Questions and Answers

As our Bug Club is still out of action please use online books provided by Oxford Owl. If you would like the log in details for this, please email us directly.

PSHE-

Create a ‘happiness paper chain’- write on each chain something that makes you happy and why. This can be people or things.

Have a wonderful week,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Home Learning W/C 29.06.20

Please see your activities for this week. Remember that these are optional and are in addition to your daily reading. While we wait for our bug club subscription to be renewed, please use Oxford owl online reading. For additional activities you can access Oak Academy or BBC Bitesize.

English-

This week you are going to write the story of Owl Babies in your own words. Watch the video or re-read the book to refresh your memory.

Activity 1- Write the beginning of the story in your own words. Can you add any speech that has a question mark or exclamation mark? Remember to add in adjectives e.g. The owl babies lived in a tall tree with long branches. Owl Babies Beginning

Activity 2- Write the middle of the story. Can you remember the phrases that the owl babies say? Remember to include adjectives and correct punctuation. Owl Babies Middle

Activity 3- Write the end of the story. Can you include a sentence about how the owl babies felt when their mummy returned? Owl Babies End

Maths-

This week in maths we are learning about missing operations for addition and subtraction number sentences.

Activity 1- Education City Activities. Visit Education City for your set online games and printable worksheets.

Activity 2- Print out the sheet and fill in the missing operation. Missing operation worksheet

Activity 3- Challenge yourself even further with this missing operation sheet. Missing operation worksheet additional challenge

 

Science-

What do animals eat? Watch this video

Create a poster informing people about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. You can use this template to help you. When you have finished, add this page to your animal book. What do animals eat

Art-

Can you make animals by using your handprints?

Handwriting-

Complete the handwriting sheets to practise your cursive handwriting. Handwriting Sheets

PSHE-

Following on from your poems about things you love, can you show some love to the minibeasts in your garden? Why not make them a little bug hotel?

CCS Friends-

Please click on this link for a CCS Friends competition. It would be fantastic to see some Year 1 winners!

 

Have a wonderful week,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

 

Home Learning W/C 22.06.20

Please see your list of activities for learning at home this week. Every day, we recommend that you complete the following subjects:

  • 1 x Reading activity
  • 1 x English or Maths activity
  • 1 x Education City activity or BBC Bitesize virtual lesson.

In addition to this you have Bug Club, Science, PE and PSHE activities.

English-

This week we are moving onto another popular book by Martin Waddell called ‘Owl Babies’. If you don’t have a copy of this at home then watch this video.

Activity 1- Speech activity. Write down different things that the three owls may have said to each other while waiting for their owl mummy to return. Owl Babies Speech

Activity 2- Creative- Make your own owl babies painting using your hand prints.

Activity 3-  Complete the activity sheets. On the first sheet you need to write down the characters in the story and where it takes place, then draw pictures in the boxes. On the second sheet, write down how the characters are feeling at each stage of the story. Owl Babies Activity Sheets

Maths-

We are continuing with learning to tell the time this week. Please remember to visit Education City for your online activities.

Activity 1- Make a timetable for key things that you do in the day and write down the time that you do them. Timetable Sheet

Activity 2- Complete theTime Challenge Cards with an adult.

Activity 3- Can you estimate how long it takes you to do an activity? Use this sheet to write down your activities and your estimations then time yourself doing them. You could see how long it takes to run up and down your stairs 3 times or how long it takes you to do 20 star jumps.

Science-

This week we are moving onto minibeasts. Watch the video and create another poster for your ‘All About Animals Book’. You have now learned about mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians.

Can you spot any mini beasts in your garden or on a walk? Use this recording sheet to help you. T-T-10218-Minibeast-Hunt-and-Location-Recording-Sheet

Reading Comprehension-

Minibeast Reading Comprehension

Improve your scan and search skills by completing this wordsearch. Minibeast Wordsearch

PSHE-

Our current focus is ‘equality’ which ties in very well with what is currently happening in the world. As it is National Writing Day on Wednesday 24th June, we would like you to have a go at either of the following activities.

Activity 1- Can you write a story about everyone being equal using just 24 words? Click on this link for ideas.

Activity 2- Write a poem or song about how we can show our love to each other. Here are some ideas.

Have a wonderful week and remember to send in photos of your learning at home. We would love to hear from you.

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Home Learning W/C 15th June 2020

What a wet week we have had! Hopefully the sunshine will return so we can enjoy the outdoors again.

Here are some photos sent to us last week as well as some photos from school…

Our weekly blog home learning will has activities that relate to the objectives and will mirror the activities taking place in school. In addition to this, please complete your daily bug club and phonics games. For additional activities please access BBC Bitesize where you will find a daily set of lessons for you to complete.

English- We are continuing with the ‘Farmer Duck’ story from last week.

Activity 1- Re-read or watch the story. Imagine you can understand what the animals are saying and fill in the speech bubbles. Speech

Activity 2- Now that the lazy farmer has left the farm, the animals need to find out about what jobs need doing. Watch the video and write a list of jobs. Can you think of any other jobs that Barnaby Bear might have missed?

Activity 3- Complete the timetable so that the animals have a fair share of the work on the farm. Job Timetable

Maths- This week we are moving onto telling the time. The objective in Year 1 is to tell the time at o’clock and half past. If you are confident with this then move onto quarter past and to the hour. The best way to learn to tell the time is practically. We advise that you have clocks around the house for you to see. To give time telling a purpose, ask your adult to ask you to tell the time at regular intervals throughout the day

Activity 1- Education City Games.

Activity 2- O’clock WS (1)

Activity 3- half past time worksheet (1)

Activity 4- time challenge cards (optional)

Science- This week we would like you to find out about amphibians and fish. Please click on the animal to watch the video and complete the quiz then complete your information posters for each animal group.

This term we would have been going on our school trip to Hammerton Zoo Park. As an alternative Chester Zoo are brining their zoo to your home on Monday 15th June. Click on this link for more information.

PSHE- Complete the Gratitude Scavenger Hunt to search for things in your local area.

Reading- We have attached some first news comprehension for you to complete. These may be quite a challenge but you can get your adult to read them to you while you answer the questions.

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Summer Reading Challenge-

The great news is that The Summer Reading Challenge has gone digital this year! https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/how-to-access-books On the site, you can choose your own avatar and silly name (silly is the theme this year!). There are book recommendations and a place to keep track of the books you read. Our favourite parts are the ‘Activity area ‘ which has print outs and the ‘Reading Club’ which has extracts of books read by famous people.
Accessing books is hard in the lockdown so there is a special page dedicated to helping you decide what to read. https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/how-to-access-books Please remember that you have your Bug Club books as well so these can be part of your book count. For those of you who like a more traditional (and more challenging) read, there is always this website which offers copyright free books. https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Children%27s_Bookshelf Some can be read on the Kindle and some do have illustrations. You will find a few of the children’s classics on here.
All you need to do is follow https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk and sign up. You will need to get your parent to agree to this by asking them to type in their email address and your details and then they will need to confirm through an email they will be sent. Please be aware, Your parent will also need to sign up and have their own account.
Happy Reading!

Have a wonderful week. We miss you all lots!

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Home Learning W/C 8th June 2020

Here are some photos sent to us last week. We love to keep in touch with our families at home through regular emails and photos.

To support our learners at home, please find attached a copy of our curriculum overview for term 6. Our weekly home learning will have activities that relate to the objectives and will mirror the activities taking place in school. We will be providing a range of resources, where possible, to ensure that your child is supported in their learning at home.

Term 6 Curriculum Newsletter

 

Please find a list of activities for you to access at home throughout the week. In addition to this please complete your daily bug club and phonics activities. If you would like more activities, please access BBC Bitesize where you will find a daily set of activities for you to complete.

Science- This week we would like to you learn about reptiles and birds. Watch the videos for each group by clicking on the animal and then make a fact poster.

Maths-  This week we would like you to learn all about weight and mass. As well as the activities below, we have set you online activities via your education city. These include teaching screens.

Activity 1- Sort the objects into heavy and light

Activity 2-Using a set of scales, can you weigh the mass of objects found in your home. Write down how much they weigh and then order them from heaviest to lightest.

English- Read or watch the story Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell.

Activity 1- Complete the Sequencing Cards

Activity 2- Write a letter to the farmer complaining about how badly he treats the poor duck. What would you like the farmer to do? Remember to add why you are cross with the farmer and the things that he made the duck do on the farm. Eg. I am so angry with you because you made the duck…

Reading- Complete the reading comprehensions that relate to our learning theme. Remember that 1 star is the easiest progressing to 3 stars.

Birds in Your Garden Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

 

Sharks Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

 

Tigers Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

Have a wonderful week,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Home Learning W/C 1st June 2020

This week is the first week of our last term… this year has flown by! Under normal circumstances we would be starting to get ready for our trip. Let’s hope that next year trips will be even more exciting to make up for it!

As most of the Year 1 children are now back at school, our weekly home learning will be reduced to support staff working in school.

Here is a recommended list of activities for you to be doing at home this week:

  • Reading- Bug club or real books.
  • Phonics- Phonics activities via bug club,  online phonics games or virtual lessons.
  • Maths- Education City or online maths games. Please also see the attached files for resources used in school this week:
Summer Crack the Code

 

Summer Addition Mosaic

 

Colour by number addition to 30
  • English- We will be focusing on animals used in stories with an author study on Martin Waddell. After reading an animal book why not write your own version of the story, act it out or even recreate the illustrations with speech bubbles.
  • Science- This term our learning will be focusing on animals and their habitats. We will be learning all about how animals are different including what they look like, where they live and what they eat. We will start the theme off by learning about mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, amphibians and fish. You could research each animal group at home and then create a non-fiction book with a page for each of them. Visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv for lots of videos and information.    Use the attached sheets to have a go at sorting the animals into the 4 groups.Science- Animals to sort        Science-Recording sheet
  • Art- Have a look at animals used in art to paint and draw your very own animals to put on display.

We would still love to hear how our children at home are and welcome photos and emails as often as you can. Our termly newsletter will soon be available on our website. This will inform you about our curriculum learning and objectives for this term and will support our children learning from home.

Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Coming Back to School

We are looking forward to welcoming back our Year 1 children on 2nd June. To prepare the children for their return, we would like parents to show them this social story and video. We are taking every step to ensure that our returning children feel safe and happy upon their return to school.

For those children continuing to stay at home, there will be activities set on the blog. Further information regarding returning to school will be outlined in the letter sent to parents this week.

Stay safe and happy,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

returning story

 

Half Term w/c 25th May 2020

Half Term!

We would normally be having a week off school for May half term this week, so the blog for this week will not have the usual daily activities.

Here are some optional activities for you to complete over the week:

Science-  Continue with your plant diary.

Art- Can you create fruit and vegetable characters by giving them faces, arms and legs? We would love to see your creations! This can either be done with real objects or by drawing.

 

 

 

Assembly-Twice a term  we have a visit from Mrs Nobbs from St George’s Church, Wootton to lead assembly in school and she has made an assembly video to share with you. The assembly is about the Christian observance of ‘Ascension’ when after his resurrection, Jesus went back to heaven and his friends were left waiting for what would happen next… can you spot the special visitor that we love to see in school?

Maths, Reading and Phonics- Continue with your regular maths, reading and phonics activities. Remember that there are lots of games available on our pages which can be accessed to the right of this post or at the bottom if you are viewing from a tablet/phone.

We have been busy preparing our classrooms ready for the return of some of our children. Further information regarding school opening will be provided soon.

Have a wonderful week,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Suggested Learning Timetable W/C 18th May 2020

What a strange week it has been with the weather! We hope that you have managed to get outside as much as possible when it has been sunny. We have received lots of emails this week which has been fantastic. It’s great to hear how hard you are all working at home and how much fun you are having too! Here are some photos of what your friends were up to last week.

   

Parents- Please could you ensure that you respond to the email sent to parents regarding returning to school on 1st June. Thank you!

Here is your suggested learning timetable for this week:

Monday

Reading- Read your favourite book and then complete a book review.

Phonics- Complete 1 phonics game on your bug club account.

English- Education City. When logged on please see the English folder for this week. Complete 1 activity.

Maths-

This week we are learning all about money. Our focus will be on coin value. Next week we will look at adding and subtracting using money.

British Coins Word Mat. Play the game to see if you can guess the coins. Recognising coin value

How many coins can you find around your house? Can you draw around them and label them.

Theme- Update your plant diary and watch this video.

Tuesday

Reading- Read 1 bug club book and complete the bug questions.

Phonics- How many split diagraph a_e, e_e and i_e words can you think of? Use some of your books to help you.

English- Complete 1 activity on Education City.

Maths- 

Option 1: Sort the coins game.

Option 2: Ordering coins. Can you order the coins according to their value?

Art- Find some stones in your garden and paint them. If you don’t have any paint you could arrange them so that they make a picture.

Wednesday

Reading- Read a book from home. Can you memorise a page and say it out loud?

Phonics- How many split diagraph o_e and u_e words can you think of? Remember you can use your books at home to help you.

Maths- 

Option 1: Play 1 money game on Education City.

Option 2: Print out these Coin matching and cut them up. Can you match the coin to the value?

Theme- Fruit or vegetable? Look at the How and where do fruit and vegetables grow and then complete the attached sheetSorting activity.

Thursday

Reading- Read 1 bug club book and complete the bug questions.

Phonics- Complete 1 of your phonics games on bug club.

Maths- Set up a shop in your house. Can you use coins to buy and sell items? Take turns in playing shopkeeper. Coins for shopping game

Computing-  Complete the task set for you on purple mash.

Friday

Spellings- Practise your Year 1 spellings. These can be found in the front of your learning log.

Maths- Be a coin detective and complete this sheet. Coin detectives

PSHE- Write a letter to your teacher letting them know how you are and what you have been up to. When you have finished we would love to have a photo sent to us!

Suggested Learning Timetable for W/C 11th May 2020

What a beautiful week of sunshine we have had! We hope that you all enjoyed celebrating VE Day. Once again, we have loved seeing all of your learning from home from last week. It has been great to see so many of you taking on the cooking challenge as well as other things such as learning to ride your bike and tying shoe laces! Keep up the awesome work!

Parents, we know that this is a very difficult time for you all and we just want to let you know that we appreciate everything you are doing. Thank you! Please remember that school work should take up only part of your day. Our children are still so young and it’s times like this that we want you to be having fun and making memories. Riding bikes without stabilisers, cooking, tying shoes, making mud pies are all part of learning too!

Monday:

Reading- Read 1 Bug Club book and complete the bug questions- additional challenge; discuss the events of the story with your parents.

Phonics-  Complete the online daily lesson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4jz3U25Xjk&list=PLuGr6z2H2KNGObda6B-T36vJlZYN06lOh&index=13

English- How many characters can you spot in this video? Challenge a family member to see if you can beat them.

Maths- Option 1: Complete the online lesson 1 on White Rose Maths.

Option 2: Log onto Education City and complete 1 game from your set learning. Then have a go at Play Live to see how quick you are with your number bonds. Please email the office if you haven’t yet received your individual log in for Education City. It is a great online learning tool to supplement learning at home.

PE- Choose one online lesson from the PE page.

Tuesday: 

Reading- Choose a book from home, choose a page, time how quickly you can read that page.

Phonics- Complete the online lesson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p6KWV3eHI8&list=PLuGr6z2H2KNGObda6B-T36vJlZYN06lOh&index=8

English- Memory challenge! How many characters can you remember from yesterday’s video? Write them down in a list. Remember to use bullet points just like you do in school.

Maths- Option 1: complete the online lesson 2 at White Rose Maths.

Option 2: Use your addition and subtraction knowledge to solve this emoji mosaic- Emoji Addition and Subtraction to 20 Mosaic Activity Sheets

Science- Complete your weekly plant diary.

Wednesday:

Reading- Read 1 Bug Club book and complete the questions.

Phonics- Complete two of your phonics activities on bug club.

English/Science- Complete your plant diary for this week. What changes have occurred? Is it time to move your plant to a bigger pot?

Maths- Option 1: complete the online lesson 3 at White Rose Maths.

Option 2: have a go at some of these addition and subtraction word problems. au-n-389-addition-and-subtraction-to-10-word-problem-challenge-cards-_ver_1  au-n-436-safari-themed-addition-and-subtraction-word-problems-to-20-challenge-cards

Thursday:

Reading- Can you find a non-fiction book in your house. Write down 3 facts from the book. Can you remember the features of a non- fiction book?

Phonics- Complete two of your phonics activities on bug club.

Maths- Option 1: Complete the online lesson at White Rose Maths.

Option 2: Complete one of the activity cards exploring comparing number sentences, each one gets trickier so choose the one that you are comfortable with, make sure you have an adult helping you with this. Activity Cards – Comparing Number Sentences

PE- Choose one online lesson from the PE page.

Friday:

Reading- Choose a book from your home library, read it to an adult and then ask them questions to check they understand what you have read to them!

Science- Have a look at this powerpoint to learn all about plants we eat. Can you create a poster with all of the plants you like to eat? Plants We Eat

Maths- Option 1: Complete the Friday challenge on White Rose Maths.

Option 2: FRIDAY CHALLENGE: Crack the code on this sheet and send your teachers the picture evidence!! t-t-2547377-crack-the-code-under-the-sea-activity-sheet_ver_4

Art- For those who haven’t yet submitted their painting/drawing of a flower please see our post from last week. It would be great to see as many Year 1 submissions as possible.

 

Virtual Sports Day

Here is a sneak peak of Mrs Patterson and Mrs Simmonds doing some of the challenges for our virtual sports day. We look forward to seeing some of yours!
Mrs Patterson managed challenge 2 in 34 seconds!

Mrs-Patterson-Challenge-2

Mrs Simmonds managed to do 40 steps in 1 minute for challenge 8. She thought her legs were going to fall off!

Mrs Simmonds-Challenge 8
Take a look at our Caroline Chisholm School PE page on Facebook for more videos!

Home Learning W/C 04.05.20

We hope that you found our new daily timetable helpful. Remember that this is not compulsory and you can take activities from each day to suit your family life. All recommended online resources can be found to the right of this post (if you are viewing on an iPhone it is at the bottom). Once again thank you to those of you who have emailed us. It is so lovely to see how our Year 1 families are and what you have been getting up to. Please continue to do this and comment on this post if you would like to. Please click here for more information about our virtual sports day for you to access throughout the week.

Here are some photos that we received from your learning last week-

Suggested learning timetable for W/C 4th May 2020

Monday-

Reading- Read 1 bug club book and complete the bug questions. Additional challenge- Discuss the events of the book with an adult.

Phonics- Take part in the live youtube lesson at 10:30am https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw/channels?view_as=public

English- Create a travel leaflet for somewhere you would like to go to or have been on holiday. You can use this resource to help you T-T-18930-Editable-Holiday-Brochure-Template_ver_2

Maths- Option 1: Complete the online lesson 1 on White Rose Maths: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/

Option 2: Complete the part-part whole diagrams to fill in the number bonds.  Easter Egg Number Bonds to 10

Easter Egg Number Bonds to 20  and try this one for a challenge: Easter Egg Number Bonds to 100

PSHE- Help an adult with a housework job. This could be hoovering, dusting or washing up.

Tuesday

Reading- Choose 1 book from your home library. Choose a page and see how quickly you can read it. Challenge a family member to do the same!

Phonics- Click on the link to play the game and choose 3 or more sounds from the selection. https://www.ictgames.com/phonicsPop/index.html

English- Listen to the story- Jasper’s Beanstalk     Complete the book review Jasper’s Beanstalk- Review

Maths-  Option 1: Complete the online lesson 2 on White Rose Maths.

Option 2: Complete the sheet all about fact families (please see the White Rose Maths lesson if you want to see fact families explained).  nz-n-228-number-family-activity-pack_ver_1

Science- Complete your weekly plant diary.

Wednesday

Reading- Read 1 bug club book and complete the bug questions.

Phonics- Complete 2 of your online phonics activities via bug club.

English- Draw a new front cover for the Jasper’s Beanstalk story. New Front Cover

Maths- Option 1: complete the online lesson 3 on White Rose Maths.

Option 2:  Play the gaps game (you have missing numbers in addition and subtraction questions, you need to work out what is missing in the gap)  with your parents. This is a tricky game so see if you can beat your parents and send some photos to your teacher. Gaps Game Board    Gaps Game 

If you want an extra challenge try these: Gaps Challenge Cards

PSHE- Become a chef and help to make the dinner. Please send a photo of you doing this to your teacher.

Thursday 

Phonics- Take part in the online phonics lesson.Split Diagraph e-e

English- Complete a diary writing down what happened to Jasper’s Beanstalk. Beanstalk Diary

Maths- Option 1: Complete the online lesson 4 on white rose maths.

Option 2: This option is all about money! There are 3 challenges for you to try if you wish. First of all, can you recognise what coins we have? CfE-N-026-Coin-Recognition-Activity-Sheet_ver_2  Next can you be a coin detective and colour them in correctly? t-n-6208-coin-detectives-activity-sheet_ver_2 Finally, can you use your addition skills that you have practised this week to work out how much money is in the jar? t-n-4814-how-much-money-is-in-my-jar-british-money-differentiated-activity-sheets-_ver_2 .

Art-

Mrs Mason and Mrs Spedding will be leading the Spring and summer art project this term. We will 
inspire you all together to make our flower garden to commemorate our CCS community while we are apart.
This can be a flower from your garden, to sketch, draw or paint your favourite flower and photograph it and send it to us with your name and class.
Thank you
Mrs Mason and Mrs Spedding
Please watch the videos below for support and guidance
                                                                    Bluebell Drawing Video Part 1
                                                                    Bluebell drawing video part 2
                                                                    Bluebell drawing video part 3

 

Friday- Bank Holiday- VE Day 

 

A message from your teachers

To our fabulous Year 1 children,

We know that it’s a rather tricky time at the moment and you’re all doing so well. We’ve got to stay safe and look after ourselves so that we can all go back to school soon.

We want to let you know how much we miss you.

We miss greeting you in the mornings, coming in with a smiling face.

We miss hearing your stories about what you’ve been up to and the funny things that go on.

We miss listening to you read and hearing your character voices.

We miss your hugs and the requests to hold our hands.

We miss laughing with you at the funny things that happen in the classroom.

We miss making you smile when you’re feeling upset.

We miss looking at the wonderful things you bring in for show and tell.

We miss being asked which way we are facing for the lunch hall…forwards or backwards…at least 10 times a day!

We miss the look of joy on your face as you overcome your challenges.

We miss having a chat with your parents and sharing how proud we are of you.

It won’t be long until all of the things that we miss will be back to normal again. Until then, make sure that you are being good for your parents and doing your learning from home.

Love from Mrs Simmonds, Mr O’Boyle, Mrs Barnes, Mrs Williams and Miss Adams

Home Learning W/C 27.04.20

To give you a bit more structure we have devised a daily set of activities for you to complete. If you don’t manage to do them all then please do not worry! We understand that family life can be challenging during this time and want to ensure that you feel supported by your teachers. We have loved receiving emails and photos from you so please continue to do this! We have opened up the comments on our posts so that you can easily add photos and comments for your friends to see too.

To access a range of websites easily please see the pages to the right hand side of this post.

Have a wonderful week and stay safe,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Monday:

Reading-

Read 1 book from bug club and complete the bug questions. Additional challenge- Can you be a teacher and ask your adult questions about the book like we do in our guided reading lessons.

Phonics-

Visit bug club and select a phonics game from your tasks.

English-

Visit BBC Biteszie https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zjpqqp3/year-1-lessons/1

Select the English lesson for today.

Maths-

Option 1: Education City- Complete 1 game from Education City. Then access Play Live where you can compete against other children.

Option 2: How quickly can you write down your number bonds to 10? When you have finished have a go with your number bonds to 20. Remember to work systematically like we do in school where you do it in order.

Science-

Plant diary. What are the changes to your seeds?

Complete your Purple Mash plant activities.

PE-

Option 1- Cosmic Kids activity of your choice. https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Option 2- Inspired by Captain Tom Moore, how many lengths of your garden can you do in 5 minutes? Try travelling in different ways such as skipping, walking, running, crawling. Who is the best in your family?

Tuesday-

Reading- 

Read 1 book from bug club and complete the bug questions. Additional challenge- If your book is a story (fiction), can you change the ending?

Phonics-

Visit bug club and select a phonics game from your tasks.

English-

How many sentences can you write using your common exception words? Challenge yourself by seeing how many you can include in one sentence.

Maths-

Option 1: Visit BBC Bitesize; https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Select year 1 and choose the Maths lesson for today.

Option 2: Have a go at this addition emoji code-breaker activity. Each one gets slightly more challenging. Code Breaker activity  Additional challenge: Can you create your own emoji code and questions for your parents to complete?

PE-

Option 1: Joe Wicks daily workout.

Option 2: Go for a walk with an adult.

Wednesday-

Reading-

Read 1 book from bug club and complete the bug questions.

Phonics-

Visit bug club and select a phonics game from your tasks.

English-

Write a letter or email to someone telling them about what you have been up to. This can be a friend, neighbour or a family member such as grandparents. It’s important that we keep in touch with as many people at the moment!

Maths- 

Option 1: Go on to Numbots and complete the maths games and activities.

Option 2: Try and have a go at cut-out calculations, cut the cards out and see how many number sentences you can make. After this make your own calculation cards using a range of different numbers: Cut out calculations

PSHE-

It is a very strange time at the moment. Not being able to leave the house has left us teachers thinking about all of the things we used to love doing. Can you write down 10 things that you can’t wait to be able to do when we are allowed to go back to school? This may be going to the park, going to play at a friends house, going to the cinema…

PE-

Option 1: Joe Wicks daily workout.

Option 2: Ball games in your garden.

Thursday-

Reading-

Read 1 book from bug club and complete the bug questions. Additional challenge- Can you draw your own illustrations copied from the book?

Phonics-

Visit bug club and select a phonics game from your tasks.

English-

Continue with your letter/email writing from yesterday. Can you add a picture to cheer your recipient up?

Maths-

Option 1: complete this online activity on oxford owl-  http://https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2016/05/10/09/04/02/608/20164_content/index.html you can play on your own or against someone else.

Option 2: The number line game: you can play on your own or you can challenge your parents to play against you. each person starts on 30, one person rolls a dice (2 if you want a challenge) you then subtract that amount and the next person  rolls the dice. The first person to 0 is the winner. You can also play this the opposite way with each player starting at 0 and adding each time you roll, the first person to 30 will be the winner.  Here are some 0-30 number lines for you to use. Number line

Science-

Parts of a plant. Watch the video https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpxnyrd/articles/z3wpsbk

Task- Create a labelled diagram of the parts of a plant.

PE-

Option 1: Cosmic Kids Yoga video of your choice.

Option 2: Don’t drop the ball. How many times can you pass the ball to someone without dropping it? You can time yourselves and see how many you can do in 1 minute. Make it harder by taking one step back after each catch.

Friday-

Reading-

Read 1 book from bug club and complete the bug questions.

Phonics-

Visit bug club and select a phonics game from your tasks.

Computing-

Complete 1 computing task on Purple Mash.

Art-

Can you paint or draw a plant in your garden? If you are unable to do this then have a go at creating your own garden in your purple mash 2do activities.

PE-

Option 1: Joe Wicks Fancy Dress workout.

Option 2: Family walk.

 

PSHE

We understand that times like these can be very unsettling and worrying for our little ones.Please find a range of PSHE resources and parent support below.

Mental Health (Year 1-2) - Home learning lesson

 

Resource 1 worksheet - Feelings vocabulary cards

 

Guide for parents and carers educating children at home

Guidance: Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19).  Advice for parents and carers looking after primary school children.  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=b0838257-848b-4d77-b72f-37767d087fd1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

 

Home Learning Photos

We have loved receiving photos and emails from you this week. Here are a few photos for you to see what your friends have been up to.

 

Mrs Simmonds has tried teaching George about plants… he isn’t as good at listening as Year 1 children! He did stay still for a very fetching photo modelling a daisy chain headband!

Remember to keep your emails coming to us and don’t forget that you can also leave a comment on this post to message your teachers and friends.

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zjpqqp3/year-1-lessons/1

We know that there are lots of activities out there and on our blog for you to do, but the BBC Bitesize website have created lots of daily lessons for you. If you would like to do some extra learning then click on the website and select the lesson. You can choose from English, Maths, Geography, History and Well Being.

Thank you to those children who have already sent over their plant learning from this week. It is really lovely to chat to you over email and hear what you have been up to.

Looking forward to hearing from more of you throughout this week.

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

 

 

 

Home Learning w/c 20.04.20

We hope that you all had a wonderful time in the sunshine over the Easter weekend. Mrs Simmonds ate so much chocolate she thought her tummy might explode!!!

We are now moving onto our new theme called ‘If You Go Down To The Woods’.

During this theme you will be learning all about plants and nature. To start you off we would like you to go on a nature trail with an adult. How many different flowers and trees can you spot? There is a sheet below for you to use.

Plants and Flowers Hunt Sheet

If we were in school, we would be starting planting our very own fruit and vegetables in our Year 1 garden. Instead, why not try growing some things in your own garden. There are plenty of seeds available to buy. Marks and Spencer also have free seeds when you spend a certain amount. Please visit https://www.marksandspencer.com/c/food-to-order/little-garden for tips and information about plants you could easily grow from home. You could keep a diary of the progress and what you need to do.

For your science home learning, we would like you to find out about what plants need. You could create an information poster or leaflet showing us what you have learned. We would love to see what you have been up to so please feel free to email us with your work.

BBC Bitesize have some great videos for you to watch for your research:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpxnyrd/articles/zxxsyrd

New books and phonics activities have been set on Bug Club as well as activities on Purple Mash and Education City. We have been so impressed with how many children have been accessing these. Keep up the fantastic work, we are very proud of you!

For those of you that would like some art activities visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/muffalopotato

These are tutorials for how to draw using just letters and numbers!

 

Hope you are all well. We miss you!

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle.

Strictly Come Dancing

Step by step dance school who run Strictly Junior Northampton have sent through the following information this morning.

‘Andrzej has come up with a lovely idea to give everyone the chance to dance, both teachers, children and parents from the whole school, not just those involved with the Junior Strictly team!! It’s open to everyone!!

He is going to teach the Year 1/2 Junior Strictly routines on zoom next Tuesday 21 April from 12-12.45pm and have lots of fun at the same time.

To take part, you just need to sign in and it’s free to take part.

You can sign up using the following link:
https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbookwhen.com%2Fstepbystepdance%23focus%3Dev-sdcd-20200421120000&data=01%7C01%7Cmsimmonds%40ccs.northants.sch.uk%7C80feaf32ac5446a1d52508d7e17c83a4%7C61241cf959c9437e9a8cb955315b1919%7C0&sdata=oYMH4Nx36p7KdMQmfRM7OJiJcUZMZEqQCrAmPMIJm9o%3D&reserved=0

They need to book a place as there are only 100 spaces available.’

We hope that we can get as many of our CCS families involved in this.

Next week’s home learning will be available over the weekend.

Mrs Simmonds

Information for Easter Holidays.

We hope you are enjoying all of the home learning activities and enjoying this lovely weather that we are getting (typical!!!).

We are going to be taking a two week break from home learning,:however we encourage you over Easter to continue reading, there are still Bug Club books and activities available to you. If you do wish to continue to carry on completing learning activities, TWINKL have a wide variety of resources but this is not an expectation. Continue enjoying spending quality family time together and hopefully we will see you all soon.

The blog will be updated for the new term for the week beginning 20.04.20.

We hope that you have a lovely Easter Holidays!

See you all soon,

Mr O’Boyle and Mrs Simmonds.

Home Learning for W/C 30.03.20

We hope that you are enjoying this beautiful weather in your gardens as well as spending quality family time together.

This week for your learning at home we have put together some activities for you to complete at your leisure. These are not compulsory at all! Remember to take rest breaks and take this time as an opportunity to learn real life skills. Now is the time to learn about housework!

Maths:

The Gingerbread man is now visiting Jack and the Beanstalk. As they can’t leave the house, Jack was wanting to know all about the plants he has in his garden and how tall they are.

Task- Using a ruler or tape measure can you record how tall the plants are in your garden? When you have finished compare your results. Which one is the tallest? Which one is the shortest? Can you measure them again in a week, what are the changes?

He has also been doing some maths with his magic beans. Using 20 counters (beans) how many different groups can you make? Can you group them into 2’s? 3’s? 4’s? 5’s?…

Repeat with your chosen amount of counters.

English:

Read/watch the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Can you write the story in your own words but by making yourself as the main character instead of Jack? Maybe you could add in some new events to the story.

Here are some resources to help you:

Story

 

Wordsearch

 

Writing Frame

 

Story Writing

 

Story Sequencing

 

Reading Comprehension

Outdoor Learning/PE:

Activity 1- Can you make a circuit course in your garden. Get your family involved and see how long it takes them to complete the circuit.

Eg.  Stop 1- 10 star jumps.

Stop 2- Crawl to the next stop.

Stop 3- 12 squats.

Activity 2- Have you got the moves? Tune into these dance videos with your family and see who is the best dancer in your family!

Oti Mabuse from Strictly Dance lessons for children

Just Dance

Creative:

Paint or draw a comic strip of the events that happen in Jack and the Beanstalk. Perhaps you could add leaves from your garden to create the beanstalk!

Colouring Sheets

Remember that you have plenty of activities set for you on Bug Club, Purple Mash, Numbot and Education City.

Stay safe and well,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

 

 

Additional Maths Resources

Please see two new maths websites that your child can access from home.

Numbots- Your child can access this website using their bug club log in. If you are unsure of this please contact Mrs Simmonds directly on her email msimmonds@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Maths Factor- https://www.themathsfactor.com/ During the school closure period, this website is now free. You need to sign your child up to this as a school account is not available.

Sending our best wishes for our families keeping well and safe over this period. We miss you all! Hopefully it won’t be long before we are all back together in school.

Take care and enjoy the sunshine in your garden,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

School Learning At Home

As mentioned in our previous post, there is online learning available via Purple Mash, Bug Club, Education City and Phonics Play.

Please click on the links below to access these websites.

Purple Mash

Please visit the purple mash website with your log in details. These can be found on the back of your learning log. You can find a range of maths and computing activities to work through at home.

Bug Club

Your child has been set a range of books and phonics activities to work through at their leisure. Your log in details can be found in your learning log.

Education City

To access a range of English and Maths resources, please visit www.educationcity.com.

Please contact your teacher for log in details

 

From here you need to select ‘student’ then ‘pick from list’. From here select your class and finally your name. When you have entered please click on ‘classwork’ to access the set activities. You can also access the activities at your leisure via subjects.

Phonics Play

Phonics play is a website that we use in our weekly phonics teaching. They are currently offering free access to children during this period of time.

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In addition to this we are providing a range of maths and English activities that you can access by downloading the links below.

Maths:

Year 1 One More and One Less Maths Mastery Game

 

Snakes and Ladders Addition to 20 Board Game Board Game

 

Daily Maths Activities

 

2D Shape Chick Cutting Skills Worksheets

 

Year 1 Spring Maths Activity Booklet

 

English:

Spelling Game

 

Reading Comprehension- The Zoo Vet

 

Phase 5 Phonics Activities

 

Fix the Sentences

 

Common Exception Words Year 1 Activity Book

 

Fiction Reading Revision Mat

 

Non-Fiction Reading Revision Mat

 

Poetry Reading Revision Mat

PE:

To keep you and your children active whilst in insolation here are a few websites for you to check out.

Joe Wicks– Joe will be running daily workouts tailored for children starting at 9:00am Monday-Friday.

Cosmic Kids– Yoga through story telling.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us via email. Please continue to visit our blog as we will be adding new activities regularly. We hope that you are all safe and well during this period.

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Information for students self-isolating

We have created a bank of resources for your child to access at home if you need to self isolate.

Purple Mash-

Please visit the purple mash website with your log in details. These can be found on the back of your learning log. You can find a range of maths and computing activities to work through at home.

Bug Club-

Your child has been set a range of books and phonics activities to work through at their leisure. Your log in details can be found in your learning log.

Education City-

To access a range of English and Maths resources, please visit www.educationcity.com. For log in details please contact your class teacher.

From here you need to select student then select your class and finally your name. When you have entered please click on ‘classwork’ to access the set activities. You can also access the activities at your leisure via subjects.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher via their email.

 

Term 4 Week 3

English:

This week we wrote letters to the ‘Three Little Pigs’ and the ‘Big Bad Wolf’. We gave the Three Little Pigs our three top tips on how to stay safe and to make sure that the Wolf never bothered them again! We also wrote a letter to the Wolf asking him to please leave the Three Little pigs alone. We even suggested some other activities for him to try instead.

 

British Science Week:

We received an email from the Gingerbread man this week informing us that the Three Little Pigs needed help with finding out how to wash their clothes. They were also unsure how to make a cup of tea, which we decided to investigate for them! We decided to wash a muddy piece of fabric with warm water, water with soap and water with washing powder to see which one was the best. We also tested a range of different materials, finding out which one made the best teabag!

As part of British Science Week we investigated Spencer Silver and Arthur Fry, the scientists who invented the ‘post it note’. Part of this investigation led to us actually finding out what materials created the best glue when mixed with water.  (if you ever run out of glue at home, cornflour and water works very well!)

Have a wonderful weekend,

 

Mr O’Boyle and Mrs Simmonds.

Term 4 Week 2

English

We received an email from the gingerbread man informing us that he is now visiting the three little pigs. After sequencing the events, we wrote about what each pig did in the story and what happened to their houses. Next week we will link this to our science where we will be exploring the purposes of different materials.

Maths

Following on from our learning about 2D shapes, we learned about how they can be found as faces on 3D shapes. We explored properties and searched for them in real life.

Next week

Next week is British science week where we will be linking our theme learning to a range of exciting science activities.
Sport Relief- Please see the letter sent home for information about our non-uniform day and family run. We look forward to seeing our families at this event.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 4 Week 1

Walk around Wootton:

This week started with us all going on a walk around Wootton. We were looking at all of the different houses and we even had a checklist to tick what houses we saw. We saw lots of detached houses and we even saw a bungalow! We had to follow a map to know where we were going.  The next day we had to write a recount about our walk around Wootton in our English lessons. We had lots of fun writing about everything that we saw.

Maths:

In our Maths learning this week we have been learning all about 2D shapes. We were able to recognise and identify 2D shapes and describe them clearly to our teachers. After identifying 2D shapes we looked at how many sides and corners each one had and had to label the shapes with their properties as part of our learning task. Next week we will be exploring 3D shapes!

 

World Book Day:

As part of World Book Day this year we have a week of fun filled activities, including a pyjama day on Wednesday! To celebrate World book day we are setting up a special home learning challenge, if the children take part in this they will be entered into a competition to win their very own reading badge.

1) Build a den to read in. Make sure it is big enough for 2 so that you can share stories in it! Bring in a photo to show your class teacher (or email).

If you can also continue reading 5 times a week and reading your bug club books that would be amazing!

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mr O’Boyle and Mrs Simmonds

Free Phonics App

Teach Your Monster to Read is an app that we recommend for you to use at home with your children. The app is currently free until Friday 28th February and is a great tool to prepare them for their phonics screening.

The Hungry Little Minds campaign is part of the UK government’s drive to help parents make informed decisions about the use of technology in creating a positive learning environment.

Please use the links below to download the app:

Apple: apple.co/2V92VL5
Google Android: bit.ly/2cohkeR

 

Term 3 Week 6

English-

This week we have been writing stories in the past tense. We had to apply all of learning from this term to include verbs, adverbs and adjectives.

Maths-

We finished off our term’s maths by looking at the story ‘One is a snail’. We helped Sam to make numbers using the specific amount of legs by counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

Geography-

Our geography learning focused on maps and our local environment. This included finding where we lived using google earth and looking at what is around our school in Wootton. This will be helpful for our learning next term where we will be using a map of Wootton to help us on our walk. If you have not yet returned your permission slip, please do so before Monday 24th February.

House Dance Competition-

On Thursday we all took part in the Primary House Dance competition. Year 1 danced the polka on the secondary stage and really impressed the judges with their steps and timings!

We hope that you have a wonderful half term and look forward to welcoming you back in Term 4.

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

 

 

Walk Around Wootton

Please can we remind parents to return their ‘Walk Around Wootton’ permission slip before Friday. If you have lost your letter, please visit the office or see your class teacher.

If you do not return the slip, your child will not be able to attend our walk on the first day back after half term.

Many thanks,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 3 Week 5

Maths

Our maths learning this week has focused on counting in multiples of 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. This has been through using practical resources and mental recall. If you would like to continue your learning at home, please visit:

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/duckShoot/index.html

English

We have continued learning about The Three Billy Goats Gruff this week with a focus on past and present tense. We were asked by the gingerbread man to write the story in our own words in the past tense.

We also added to our learning theme display to show who the Gingerbread man is visiting by painting the goats and the troll.

Spelling

We assessed your child on their common exception words this week. Your child has been given a highlighted sheet with words that they need to practise. Please work on these at home over the next few weeks. We will assess again next term.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 3 week 4

This week the Gingerbread Man sent the children another email asking them to look at the story of ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ in  English this week. The children had to sequence the story and make sure that they put it in the correct order. After this they were given puppets and had to re-tell the story in small groups. Their main learning intention in English this week was to understand what an adverb was and being able to apply an adverb into a sentence.

 

In Maths and Guided Reading this week the children have completed assessments. These will be spoken about with you during the next parents evening in March.

Unfortunately due to timing, we were unable to assess the children on their common exception words this week, this will be completed next week. Please can you practise the common exception word spellings over the weekend!

The children have really enjoyed doing their ‘mile walk’ for Australia and their ‘Disco-thon’ at lunchtime today. Thank-you for your continued support with this.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mr O’Boyle and Mrs Simmonds.

Reading At Home

We are finding that some children are completing their bug club books before the end of term. Whilst we do encourage children to read 5 times a week at home, we are unable to add more books on their bug club as there is a limit for each colour banding.

To support online reading at home further, we have signed  Year 1 children up to Oxford Owl. Please visit the link below and click on ‘My Class Log In’ and enter your class’ log in details.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ 

1MS Log in-

Username: Year1MS

Password: Password1

1KO Log in:

Username: Year1KO

Password: Password1

From here you can access a wide range of online books as well as pupil games. If you have any problems with accessing this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 3 Week 3

English-

The Gingerbread man emailer us earlier in the week asking us to help out Little Red Riding Hood. She was telling him her story and used the conjunction ‘and’ too many times. We learned about how to use the conjunctions and, so and but correctly in our writing. Next week the Gingerbread man man will be visiting a new character…we can’t wait to see who it is!

Maths-

We continued our place value learning with a focus on using bead strings and other manipulatives. We were challenged to see how many numbers we could make with a specific amount of tens and ones. Misconceptions were also covered which helped our understanding of why the positioning of each digit is so important.

Next week-

Next week we will be starting our reading and maths assessments in small groups. Results of these will be fed back  during parents evening next term. As a result of the assessments, we will be sending home weekly spellings for the common exception words that are specific to your child.

We would like to wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year for this weekend.https://images.app.goo.gl/HRdkQX2TX3WTKr5k7

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

 

Term 3 Week 2

Notice: 1KO’s PE days are now Monday and Tuesday! Please can all earrings be removed on these days, thank you.

This week the children recieved another email from the Gingerbread Man, who informed us that he wanted us to explore the story of Little Red Riding Hood. He asked the children to perform some drama by re-telling the story using puppets.

 

The learning focus for English this week was being able to use exclamation marks in their writing. They did this by writing sentences about the Wolf, starting every sentence with the word ‘what’.

 

Our Maths learning this week focused on comparing the length of different objects and splitting numbers into tens and ones using ‘Base 10’.  We had to make and compare ‘trains’ of different lengths using cuisenaire rods. When looking at tens and ones the children practised practically representing the numbers using base 10 first.

Have a wonderful weekend,

 

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

 

 

 

Term 3 Week 1

Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas break.

Our learning theme for the next two terms has a focus on fairytales. We received an email on Monday morning from the Gingerbread Man, who informed us that he will be sending us challenges each week related to our learning. This week we were given a scavenger hunt where we had to search for fairytale characters. As a reward for finding them, we decorated mini gingerbread men.

Further information regarding our learning theme will be available over the next few weeks via our Curriculum Newsletter.

Our maths learning this week focused on using non-standard units to measure length. We used cubes to compare the height of our peers and came to the conclusion that it was not the most reliable way to measure. As a result, we were introduced to centimetres and measured things in the classroom using a ruler. To continue your learning at home, please visit: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/measuring-in-cm

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

End of Term 2

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our Year 1 families a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We hope that you have a fabulous break and look forward to welcoming you back to school in January.

With love and best wishes,

The Year 1 Team

Term 2 Week 6

English

This week we finished off our Stickman writing with an ending in our own words. We compared our story to our first piece of writing in year 1 and are very proud of how much our writing has improved! Our class elves wrote us a letter saying that Santa would like us to write him a letter. We had to use persuasive language for why we deserve a present and also ask for a gift for our family members.

Maths

Within maths this week, we learned about the symbols for greater than, less than and equal to. We were challenged further to work out calculations like this:

12 + 6 18 + 3

Phonics

Our phonics learning focused on alternative ee phonemes including ea, e_e and y. We will continue with this next week. Activities have been set on bug club.

PE

Year 6 children led an extra PE session for 1MS this week.

Christmas Events

Thank you for all of your donations to the class hampers.

We are looking forward to welcoming parents and carers to our Christingle celebration on Monday afternoon. Please arrive at school no later than 1:30pm. Unfortunately only 1 adult per child is allowed in the church due to limited space. Additional adults will be turned away.

Please ensure that your child has returned their slips to take part in our breakfast with Santa on Wednesday.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

 

 

 

Term 2 Week 5

English-

This week we have been writing our own versions of the Stickman story in 3 sections. We learned all about writing in the past tense. Our teachers were very impressed with the quality of our writing and how much it has improved since September.

Maths-

In maths this week, we have continued to learn about subtraction. We linked this to finding the difference between numbers.  We used a range of manipulatives to help us including number lines and counters.

Phonics-

New activities have been set on your bug club accounts for this week. We are very impressed with the amount of children that are accessing these on a weekly basis.

Next week-

It’s Christmas Jumper Day next Friday. Please wear a festive outfit and bring along a donation for our class hamper. This can be food, drink, toiletries or any Christmas related items. Thank you in advance.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

 

 

Term 2 Week 4

English

Our Stickman learning has continued this week with a focus on nouns. We were noun detectives and had to spot nouns in the Stickman story. We were then challenged to write our own sentences that included key nouns from the story. Next week we will be writing our own version of the story looking at a beginning, middle and end.

Maths

Maths this week has focused on using a number line to subtract. We played a fun game with a partner to see who could get to 0 for 30 the quickest by subtracting the amount rolled on the dice.

Your child has their purple mash log in details in the back of their reading log. Please visit this website for your home learning challenge. https://www.purplemash.com/sch/carolinech

Phonics

This week we have been learning about the alternative spellings for the ai phoneme including ay and a_e. We have enjoyed being phonic detectives and searching for the phonemes in our reading.

Christmas Decorations

Your child has been given a wooden Christmas decoration to decorate at home and bring back to school to enter the competition. Please ensure that the decoration has your child’s name on it, class name and their house team.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 2 Week 3

English:

I’m Stickman, I’m Stickman, I’m Stickman that’s me! Year 1 were immersed in the world of Stickman this week. We started off with a trip into our forest school to make our very own stickmen and his family. We then sequenced the events in the story and learned about what verbs are. We searched for verbs in the story and wrote sentences in our own words about what Stickman did. Our Stickman learning will continue next week.

 

Maths:

In maths this week, we learned about fact families which included the relationship between addition and subtraction. The children were given a part-part whole challenge to write down two addition and two subtraction sentences that matched.

Phonics:

This week, we have been focusing on the phonemes wh and ph. Please see bug club for your weekly activities.

Christmas Events:

A letter was sent home regarding Christmas events at CCS. This included children in KS1 having breakfast with Santa on Wednesday 18th December. Please ensure that you return the form to enable your child to be involved in this. Christingle permission slips also need to be returned as soon as possible please.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 2 Week 2

English

This week in English we have been continuing to look at the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, which links to our History learning as it was written in the Victorian period. We were challenged to change key vocabulary in the poem to bring it into the 21st century.

Next week we will be looking at the story ‘Stickman’. Part of this will involve creating our very own stickmen in the forest school area. Please ensure that your child has wellies in school throughout next week for this.

 

Maths

We have now moved on to subtraction. We looked at how we can use the part, part whole model to help us to show subtraction and linked it into our addition learning from last term. To continue your learning at home, please visit:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/subtraction-grids 

History

We learned all about Queen Victoria and her life this week in History. This included writing a fact file with key information. Next week we will be turning our attention to Victorian school life and how it has changed over time.

Christingle

A letter went home this week informing parents of our Christingle celebration on Monday 16th December. Please ensure that you have returned the reply slip. We do request that only 1 adult attends the event due to health and safety.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

 

 

Term 2 Week 1

Our first day back was certainly one to remember. The children were immersed in life as a Victorian child when they were transported back to 1891, a year when education was free for all children. We came into school dressed in our finest Victorian costumes and were greeted by our very strict teachers. Our day was spent learning the three ‘R’s’ Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic. Throughout the term we will have a main focus on History where we will be learning about the past and how life was for children in the Victorian times compared to life today.  More information can be found on our curriculum newsletter that will soon be published on the school website.

 

Reading

New books have been set for your child on bug club. In addition to this there are some phonics games for them to play under the phonics bug tab (see image below).

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

 

End of Term 1

What a busy week we have had in Year 1! The children have thoroughly enjoyed health and happiness week. They took part in so many activities including zumba, yoga, s’mores on the camp fire, pancake making, a disco and many more.

New books will be added to your child’s big club over the half term break. Please remember that these are to be read over the whole term and count towards reading 5 times a week. We will soon be adding phonics activities to be completed weekly.

Victorian Day is the first day back after half term so please remember to come dressed in your Victorian costumes.

We hope that you have a wonderful half term break and look forward to welcoming the children back for term 2.

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 1 Week 7

Science

We have had a fabulous week learning all about the 5 senses with the help of Nina and the Neurons. We worked our way around different activities to test how good our senses are. This included smell cups, feely bags, guess the sound game, writing about our likes and dislikes in tastes and using our sight.

Maths

Our maths learning continued with number bond additions. We investigated patterns when finding all of the number bonds to 20 and were introduced to the concept of working systematically to find all of the bonds.

Phonics

We have now moved onto phase 4 in our phonics. The children have really enjoyed playing the phonics play game to sort pseudo (nonsense) and real words. Please visit the link below to access these free games from home:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase4Menu.htm

 

Next Week is Health and Happiness week where we will be focusing on five ways to wellbeing. Throughout the week, we will be taking part in a variety of activities including art, cooking, forest schools, yoga and mindfulness. Please ensure that your child has a pair of wellies in school for the week. These need to be in a named carrier bag. A letter was sent to parents in the week with an outline of the activities including a non-uniform day on Friday. In exchange for a donation of £1.00, children are invited to wear an outfit that ‘makes them happy’ with a splash of yellow.

One more week left of this term!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle.

Victorian School Day Letter

Dear Parents,

Our history rich learning theme for after half term is ‘Way Back When’, where we will be learning all about the past and how life was for children in the Victorian times compared to life today. Our history learning will include finding out about the life of Queen Victoria and comparing her to the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

To launch our new theme and inspire the children’s learning, we will be transforming our classrooms into a Victorian school. This will involve dressing up and role-play to immerse ourselves in the time-period. We invite your child to come into school dressed as a Victorian child on Tuesday 5th November.

Examples of typical Victorian style clothing can be found below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Smiffys-Childrens-Victorian-Costume-Trousers/dp/B0049139PO/ref=asc_df_B0049139PO/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309939061437&hvpos=1o4&hvnetw=g&hvrand=438637988593261023&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-432658005306&psc=1&th=1&psc=1

If you have any further questions please speak to your child’s class teacher.

 

 

Term 1 Week 6

History

This week we have introduced the children to the subject of history and what it means. We started off by talking about their own personal history and wrote about how they have changed since being born. They also wrote about what they would like to be able to do when they get older. Watching what they want on TV and going to bed really late was very popular!

Maths

In maths this week, the children turned their focus to addition to 20. This involved learning about the part part whole method which will help when they look at the relationship between addition and subtraction.

We will be continuing with addition to 20 and beyond next week. If you would like to continue learning at home please visit the website below and select number bonds to 10 and 20.

http://www.ictgames.com/funkyMummy/index.html

Phonics

We have now moved onto phase 4 in phonics. The children learned about what consonants and vowels are. This included making CVCC and CCVC words.

 

 

 

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr O’Boyle and Mrs Simmonds

Term 1 Week 5

Year 1 have continued their learning using the ‘Tiger Who Came to Tea’ text. This week, we have been writing descriptive sentences to describe what happens in the story and what the tiger looks like. We are continuing to work on letter formation which has included cursive writing for the letters l,i,t,u,y,j and f. If you would like to continue practising these letters at home, please see the attached sheet.

Handwriting sheet

Within maths, we have been learning about more than and less than. This has involved comparing quantities of amounts and using the language of equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most and least.  We enjoyed playing interactive Nrich games that linked to our learning. To access these at home please visit:

https://nrich.maths.org/7337         (Your child has been given a handout to record their game on).

https://nrich.maths.org/7514

Next week our learning will have a history focus where we will be discussing how we have changed since birth and how we will change in the future including our ambitions.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

 

 

Term 1- Week 4

We have been reading the ‘Tiger Who Came to Tea’ in English this week. We wrote detailed shopping lists for Sophie and her mum to replace the food that the tiger ate. This included using adjectives to describe the food. With Mrs Williams and Mrs Barnes, we continued using adjectives to describe the tiger in a role on the wall. We will be using this next week to write a character description.

Within maths, we focused on how many ways we can represent numbers. This included using counters, pictures, words and digits. If you would like to continue your learning at home please visit:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/teddy-numbers

https://www.ictgames.com/postAletter/index.html

Our curriculum newsletter is now live on the website. If you would like to have a look at it, please click on the link below:

https://www.ccs.northants.sch.uk/2019/09/20/curriculum-matters-newsletter-term-1-2019-year-1/

Unfortunately our resident hedgehog has decided to move on. We put out a wildlife camera to see what happens in our KS1 garden over night and found that we get many visitors! Here is a snippet of Mr Fox: DSCF0036

Have a wonderful weekend,

 

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 1 Week 3

In English this week, we have been learning about labels. This has linked to our science where we have been labelling body parts.

We have also been painting our portraits with Mrs Williams and Mrs Barnes this week. Some are now proudly on display in our classrooms.

In maths this week, we have been understanding the concept of 1 more and 1 less.

If you would like to continue your learning at home please visit:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/chopper-squad

Our phonics has focused on the phonemes ai, ee, igh and oa. If you would like to continue your phonics learning at home please visit:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PicnicOnPluto.html 

You will need to select phase 3 then the phoneme you would like to practise.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

 

Term 1 Week 2

This week we have been making time capsules all about ourselves. These are going to be sealed and can be opened up again when we are in Year 6. Inside the time capsules is information about what our favourite things are, a picture of what we look like now and a piece of string showing how tall we are.

In maths this week, we have been sequencing numbers to 20 and beyond. To continue learning at home please visit:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/caterpillar-ordering

Year 1 have now been set new bug club log ins. Please look in the back of your child’s learning log for their details. The school code is akxa. Your child has been set a series of books to read this term. New books will be set at the beginning of next term so please spread them out as suits. It is expected that children read at least 5 times a week. This can be their LRC book, independent school book (that is changed twice a week), bug club book and any other reading materials from home. If your child reads 5 times they will be rewarded with a SMART spot.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Home Learning Term 1 Week 1

We have been so impressed with how smoothly the children have transitioned into Year 1. In maths this week, we have been reading and writing numbers to 20 in digits and words. In English, we have been writing a recount about our summer holidays.

For your first home learning challenge we would like you to:

   Share a special memory from the past and understand ‘why’ it is special to you.

This can include bringing in an object, certificate or photograph. We will be writing about our special memory in the W/C 9th September. If you would like to email your photograph to your class teacher, please see the addresses below-

msimmonds@ccs.northants.sch.uk             koboyle@ccs.northants.sch.uk

Spellings and bug club home learning will be set next week. Reminders of log ins will be given out.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle