Weekly Learning
Wow-what a busy term we have had in Year 1! 
The children have been working so hard on their Phonics in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check.  Any practise you can do with them at home over the holidays will be beneficial, as the check will take place in the first couple of weeks of next term.  Please see the Homework section for further details on strategies to use.
On Thursday, we welcomed parents into 1B and 1H for one of our regular Stay and Play sessions.  The children taught their parents how to set up a paint station and practise mark making.  We had lots of fun and thank you all for coming to join us!
We hope you all have a great half term - enjoy a rest and come back ready to work hard in our final term in Year 1!  

In Year 1 this week we have finished our Science topic on senses. The children had lots of fun exploring their sense of touch and were able to identify baked beans, jelly, cooked spaghetti, pine cones and wool by using their sense of touch alone!


In Maths we have continued to measure using non-standard units. The children have been able to measure accurately and make sensible estimations. We have moved onto some challenging problem solving activities applying the measuring skills we have learnt.


On Friday afternoon we had lots of fun celebrating the Royal wedding. The children made bunting, decorated cakes and drew pencil sketches of London buildings. Both classes have made a wedding card for the royal couple which we will send to Buckingham palace! We wonder if we will get a reply!


We hope you enjoyed your long Bank Holiday weekend in the sunshine!  The children have been loving being outside on the field at lunch times this week – thank you to everyone who has sent their child in with sun hats too!  At St. Mary’s children must have a sun hat to be allowed on the field to play.

This week in Maths we have continued to explore length.  The children have been measuring objects around the classroom using non-standard units like paperclips and straws.  The children have been remembering to measure accurately by using the same units and have been carefully lining up their objects to compare them.

We have continued on our Senses journey in Science, having looked at ‘Smell’ and ‘Taste’ this week.  The children have loved trying out different flavours and were able to share ideas using the key vocabulary sweet, salty, bitter and sour. 

As you may know, the Phonics Screening Check is taking place in June.  All children in Year 1 take part across the country.  It has been created to check children's phonic and reading abilities - children are asked to read a list of 40 real and alien/nonsense words by following three important steps:
1.) Spot the 'special friends'/sounds in the word (oa in boat)
2.) Fred Talk or sound out (b-oa-t)
3.) Blend the sounds together to read the word
Please use the sounds grids sent home to practice, especially the marked sounds which are the ones your child is less confident with.  
Any questions please speak to one of the Year 1 team - we are happy to help :)
In Science we have been learning about our senses. The children have learnt about their sight and enjoyed leading each other through an obstacle course with their eyes closed! By the end of the lesson we decided that we were very grateful for our sight! We thought about what it would be like to not have sight and learnt about how guide dogs help blind people in everyday life. The children went on a sound walk around the field and listened carefully to sounds in their surroundings.
Both year 1 classes have got stuck into our new maths topic - length. They have been learning lots of new vocabulary which they have been using accurately. 
tall, taller, tallest
long, longer, longest
short, shorter, shortest
high, higher, highest
It would be great to encourage your child to use these words in everyday life at home.
We hope that you all enjoy the bank holiday weekend. See you next Tuesday! 
This week we have continued our Maths topic of subtraction.  The children have worked so hard on a few tricky concepts and have persevered throughout. - well done Year 1!  We have finished off our Geography sessions on maps this week.  The children have been learning about symbols and how they help us to read a map.  They have then used this understanding to add symbols to their own Jolly Postman maps and their own treasure maps (complete with teabag stains)!   In ICT this week, we all had a go at logging in for the first time - the children have all been given their very own username and they were all very excited to use them to get onto the computers.  Next week we will begin our Science topic on the Human Senses and in Maths we will beginning finding out about length.  
Please note, the Library computer has been out of action the last couple of weeks, so we have collected in the children's books, but have not sent any new ones home yet.  We have still been enjoying our Library visits on a Tuesday and hope to be able to sort new books very soon.
Enjoy your weekends :)
Welcome back!
We have had a great first week back at school and have enjoyed making the most of the sunshine on the field during lunchtimes!
We have started our new Fairytale topic with the story of The Jolly Postman. We are learning about maps in Geography and the children loved looking at a great range of maps! They have been learning about compass directions and made a map for the Jolly Postman to follow. 
In PE this half term we shall be preparing for sports day. This week we learnt how to start a sprint race. 
Please make sure that the children bring a labelled sunhat to school this term. We will ensure that they have plenty to drink and are re-filling their water bottles throughout the day.
On Tuesday we had a very exciting day with our trip to Woburn Safari Park.  We saw so many animals and had a lot of fun together.  Here are just a few pictures of all the fun we had.
On Friday we had our St.Mary's Talent Show.  Well done to all the children who auditioned in class and also to our finalists Sophie, Zara and Jessica.  We all had lots of fun cheering them on in the hall!  We also said goodbye to Mrs.Salt who has been doing her teacher training in 1B.  She is moving onto her new placement, but we know the children will miss her lots.
Please note we have kept hold of the reading books and there will be no homework set over the holidays.  We have sent home some phonic sounds which the children have been learning, so it would be great if you could encourage your child to practice these and to try spotting them in words they read.
Our new topic after Easter will be 'Fairy tales.'
Have a very Happy Easter and we will see you all when we come back on Monday 16th April.  



This week the children in Year One continued to learn about the Easter story. They had a go at acting out parts of the story and especially enjoyed being the crowds in Jerusalem, welcoming Jesus by waving their palm branches. On Thursday we learnt why we give eggs at Easter time. The children then took part in the Easter egg drop challenge! They had to protect their real eggs before they were all dropped from the height of the ceiling.

On Tuesday we took part in Sport’s relief and ran around the field. The children showed great endurance and had lots of fun taking part in this event.

On Wednesday we enjoyed taking part in various outdoor activities during our Forest School at home afternoon. The children made bird feeders, created some abstract art and enjoyed exploring the willow. They were able to spot lots of signs of spring and enjoyed some spring sunshine!

This week in Year 1 we have been looking at ordering numbers and number patterns.  An example of a number pattern is 15, 16, 17, ?, ?  or 18, 16, 14, ?, ?  The children have been looking for the pattern and also spotting to see if the pattern goes forwards or backwards.  
The children have also taken part in an inter-house cross country event.  Year 1 did such a good job and ran really well - well done!
Reminders for next week:
Tuesday - Sponsored Sport Relief run
Wednesday - Forest School at home (children will need a pair of wellies and a coat)
Friday - Talent Show audition (children who have signed up will need to bring in any props, music, equipment that they need)
This week in Maths we have continued to explore place value and we have been comparing sets of objects to 20. We have learnt that if we are comparing teen numbers, the tens are the same and we only need to compare the ones. Through lots of practical exploration the children are gaining a very secure understanding of place value.
In Art we have been working on different art skills using mixed media. We have represented a leaf by sketching, in watercolours and we made our own printing tile. The results have been amazing and the children have really enjoyed exploring different media.
Our beans are beginning to sprout and the children are taking good care of them, ensuring that they have plenty of water and light.
As part of Our Wonderful World topic the children explored the school grounds, looking for the first signs of Spring.
This week in Maths we have started looking at place value.  We have continued to look at the teen numbers and what each digit represents.  We have learnt that a two digit number can be split into tens and ones.  The picture below represents the number 13 using straws.  We have been saying sentences such as 13 has 1 ten and 3 ones.  
On Thursday it was World Book Day.  1B and 1H were very excited to share their favourite stories from home with our Year 3 visitors.  They got an opportunity to read to each other and share why they had chosen their book.  We also got to hear about our teachers favourite books.  Miss Blackman loves the Old Bear stories by Jane Hissey and Mrs Richardson brought in a ballet book that she was given when she was younger.  


This week we began a new Science topic – Plants. The children have learnt about the parts of a plant, identified and named common plants and planted their own bean! We shall be watching our bean grow over the next few weeks.

In ICT we talked about internet safety. The children used an online picture gallery ‘Pixabay’. They looked at pictures of plants and were able to copy and paste a picture into a word document. This website is a fantastic resource which you could explore at home with your child.

In Maths we have been looking at numbers to 20. We have introduced the children to a tens frame and the children’s knowledge of place value is beginning to deepen. In the mornings the children are now going to be putting their pictures onto a tens frame in the classroom so that we can visually see how many children are present.

Friday 18th May
Please continue to help your child to review their phonic sounds at home this week using the resources we have sent home. 

Friday 11th May


In Maths we have been continuing to learn about length and the children have had a go at measuring objects using non-standard units such as straws and paperclips.

To help the children develop these Mathematical skills we would like them to choose one non-standard measuring unit eg paperclips, pasta, spaghetti and measure a variety of everyday objects around the house. Please ensure that children are measuring accurately and carefully.

Friday 4th May
This week we would like the children to have a go at using all of their new math's vocabulary at home to compare the length of everyday objects.
long, longer, longest
short, shorter, shortest
high, higher, highest
tall, taller, tallest
They could draw a picture or write a sentence to show the things that they have compared. 
Friday 27th April
Next week in Science we will be exploring our 'Senses.'  Homework this week is to complete a 'Senses Journey' to school and to record what you can see, hear, feel, taste and smell along the way.  You can record using pictures or words.  Have fun!
Friday 20th April

Our new geography topic this term is maps. In class we have been exploring maps and learning about compass points. For homework this week we would like the children to design their own map. They could draw a map of their garden, bedroom or create a fictional map.


Friday 23rd March

This week the children enjoyed taking part in our Forest School At Home afternoon. They carried out a variety of activities and were able to explore the school grounds.

We would like the children to write about their favourite experience.

Friday 16th March

Next week in Maths we will be looking at addition and subtraction and using learnt number bonds to help us.

During the Autumn term we spent a lot of time learning number bonds using the part, part whole model.

In preparation for next week we would like the children to practise their number bonds to 10.

Friday 25th May
Homework this week and over half term is for children to continue to practise their phonic sounds and any real or alien words relating to the sounds they find tricky.  This is in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check taking place a couple of weeks after half term.  Please use the resources we have and continue to send home.  Any questions, please ask one of the Year 1 team.  Many thanks :)