Mrs Roberts and Miss Cole
Welcome to Year One!
The year 1 phonics screening checks will be delivered in school on Tuesday 13th June and Wednesday 14th June 2017. These national screening checks are designed to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1. The check consists of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read. Non-words (or nonsense words) are a collection of letters that follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything. Your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them. Children are already familiar with the format of these checks and should not worry about them. The check is informal, quick, and will be delivered by Mrs Roberts in the reading room next door to our classroom. The results of your child’s screening check will be shared with you at our next parent evenings at the end of the month. Please use the links below to find out more about these national tests.
National Phonics Screening Tests for children in Year One
Please click on the link below to see how your child will be tested in phonics in June.
Our new learning goals for this term have been sent home in your child's homework book. Our goals this time focus on counting up in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s in maths, accurately reading aloud books using phonics, and re-reading written sentences to check for sense. Each goal is progressive; as your child secures one step on their learning ladder, they begin working on the next. This ensures that children are always moving forward in their learning. If you have any questions about your child's learning goals and how your child's progress is tracked, then please do not hesitate to come in to class and see me.
Blyton News - Read All About It!
Want to know what we get up to in Year One? Then check out our latest news stories and learning activities below.
Launching Our Topic
Children completed a treasure hunt around our school grounds. They were given a set of photograph clues of hidden features around school to investigate. Children worked in small teams, exploring the school grounds, noticing the things that they might not always pay attention to, to identify the location of each clue. They recorded the location of each clue and checked their findings with other teams.
The Stories People Tell
This half term, prepare yourself for a series of swashbuckling and fantastical adventures as Blyton 'delve into the world of storytelling, myths and legends' in this English, history and geography focused topic.
In English, Children will be immersed in a world of dragons, heroes, gods, goddesses and mythical creatures as they discover famous myths and legends from around the world. Children will learn about Saint George and the Dragon and use drama and storyboards to retell the legend. They will design and make their own dragon and write a simple non-chronological information report about their mythical creature. Children will use their understanding of non-fiction reports to organise and present their information using titles, sub-headings, fact boxes and illustrations. Children will use a story mountain to plan and write their own myth about their dragon, sequencing and linking their ideas to form a short narrative. In reading, children will continue to develop their comprehension skills; retrieving, deducing and inferring information from text.
As mathematicians, our focus this term will be recognising the place value of numbers beyond 20 (tens and ones), understanding of numbers, solving addition and subtraction problems by counting on, and the quick recall of number bond facts within 20. Children will deepen their understanding of fractions, recognising and finding halves and quarters of shapes, sets of objects and numbers. In geometry, they will describe position, direction and movements, including half, quarter and three-quarter turns, they will practise telling the time to the hour, half past the hour and quarter past and quarter to the hour, and recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes. Children will be introduced to Statistics; they will present and interpret data in simple block diagrams and ask and answer simple questions by comparing categorical data and counting the number of objects in each category.
In science this term, children will begin to explore common objects and materials; describing, comparing and classifying the properties of each. Children will reopen their Weather Station; they will observe, describe and record Spring and Summer weather patterns, adding this data to their weather observation over time.
As geographers, Children will focus on map skills. They will plot the journeys they have made to holiday destinations or family overseas to create an ‘Around the World Tour Guide’, and produce a ‘scrap book’ of facts and pictures for each location.
Our young artists will use a range of materials and textiles to create a fabric collage illustrating the story of Icarus. Children will plan their collage, choosing the materials and techniques they will use. Children will evaluate their finished collage and suggest ways of improving their work.
In music, children will use tuned and untuned instruments to play simple rhythms with a steady beat and compose simple musical patterns. They will choose a favourite myth, legend or fable and present their story in words and music, making musical sound effects with instruments and vocal performances. Children will explore pitch, tempo and dynamics to capture the mood and action of their story.
As historians, children will research the life of someone in their family who lived in the past; they will use the information they unearth to turn their life story into a legend. They will draw, paint or sculpt their ‘hero’ and depict scenes from their hero’s story onto a terracotta pot; they will display their artefacts in class.
Keep a close eye on our class page for photographs and stories as our topic progresses!
The Stories People Tell - Launching our new topic.
To help launch our new topic exploring myths, legends, rhymes and stories from around the world, children in Blyton took part in a storytelling challenge. Children were given a box of storytelling props to explore. The box was full of costumes, masks, large sheets of fabric, hats, gloves, bags, everyday household items and sports equipment. We talked about some of the different genres of stories that we have read in class and used these to create a lucky dip bag of story ideas. Children were divided into small groups and given a story idea a box of props and time to plan their new story. Children rehearsed their story and then performed it to the rest of the class. We were entertained with fantastical tales of space monsters, tigers and gorillas on the loose, pirate ghosts and haunted ships, and naughty witches and wizards. Well done Blyton!
Telling a story through pottery
We have been learning how stories can be told in many different ways. In art, we have been exploring how pictures, found on ancient pieces of pottery, can help us to learn more about stories from the past. We decided to have a go at creating our own pottery stories to retell the legend of Saint George and the Dragon. Our young sculptors designed and made their own plate, using air-dry clay, and decorated it with a scene from this old English legend.
In music, we have been exploring the musical instruments in school and comparing the sounds that they make. We know that different things make different sounds when we hit, shake or play them. We practised making different sounds with the same instrument, exploring volume, beat and tempo. We listened to the story of King Midas and the Golden Touch. Mrs Roberts challenged us to create a soundtrack to accompany a retelling of this famous tale. We were challenged to choose our own instruments and combine different sounds to create accompaniments that matched the events and characters in the story. We performed our retelling to the rest of the class.
Potty for Pots
Children in Blyton were challenged to design and make an original plant pot as part of their learning in Design and Technology. looked at different plant pot designs on the internet and used the ideas they found to plan and design their own unique pot. To complete the challenge, children had to come up with an original design for a plant pot which was self-standing and suitable for plants to grow in. They sketched their idea and listed the materials needed to construct their pot. Mrs Lloyd kindly judged our finished pots, scoring them on their functionality and design. A big thank you to parents for all of your help and support; the pots were amazing!
To help launch our new topic exploring rhymes and stories from around the world, Children in Blyton took part in an African drumming masterclass with Zozo the drummer. Zozo shared a traditional story from Africa about a greedy pig and a clever mouse. Children practised singing parts of the story, before adding musical instruments and drum beats to accompany the tale. Children learnt about syllables and how to use them to break down words into beats. This helped them to count out simple beats and drum in time with one another. Children developed their understanding of using percussion instruments in different ways to make different sounds, but their favourite part was definitely the ‘monster drum roll’.
We have been exploring some of the mythical creatures found within the legends and myths we have been reading in class. As part of our descriptive writing unit, we have been learning to use ambitious adjectives to describe the things that we can see, feel, hear, smell and taste. We were shown a gallery of dragons from famous legends and myths. We talked about the features of the dragons that were the same and the features that were different, and we used these images to plan and create our own mythical beasts. We shared our design ideas with a friend, before moulding and sculpting our dragons out of modelling clay. We will use our completed dragons to help us plan and write a piece of descriptive writing.
Young Chemists - Investigating Materials
An assortment of wood, plastics, glass and metal objects, trays of water, rocks and stones were placed around the classroom for children to investigate. Children were asked to look closely at each material and describe what they could see, feel, smell and hear when they handled it. They shared their ideas and compared the properties of the different materials. Children worked in small teams to label and annotate a recording sheet with the name and properties of each material.
This term, we are very lucky to have Will Tyler, a specialist PE coach from Richard Rose Morton, and a team of Young Sports Leaders, coming into school on a Wednesday morning to deliver multiskills and althletics to children in Blyton.
Maths Alive Challenge!
Working in small teams, our young mathematicians were given a series of quick-fire maths problems to complete. Children were challenged to use counters, numicon, number lines, hundred squares, sorting dinosaurs, multilink cubes and counting bears to show the problem and explain how they solved it. Children explored odd and even numbers, doubling and halving, finding pairs, comparing and ordering numbers, adddition and subtraction, and solving multiplication and division problems through grouping.
The Legend of Saint George and the Dragon
We have been exploring the legend of Saint George and the Dragon, as part of our Myths and Legends topic. We shared the story of Saint George, a brave warrior knight who saved a village from a fierce dragon. We sequenced the events of the legend using storyboards and storymaps. Children were challenged to bring the story to life using drama. They worked together in small teams to create their own dramatisations, retelling the important parts of the legend. Children rehearsed their short drama before performing it to an audience.
Launching our Green Fingers topic
Our budding gardeners sprang into action, armed with spades, gloves, garden forks, trowels and watering cans. Their first task was to weed and clear the vegetable plot in the playground. Once cleared, children added compost and planted a new vegetable garden. They carefully planted sage, rosemary, chives and coriander and rows of seed potatoes and onions. To decorate our classroom entrance, children planted pots of multi-coloured pansies and fragrant lavender.
If you go down to the woods today! Our woodland adventure day.
On Tuesday 21st March, we set off for an adventure day at Whinlatter Forest, near Keswick! We spent the day roaming the woods with our woodland guides; Ranger Hannah and Ranger Barbara. We navigated our way around the perimeter of the forest on a Squirrel Scurry trail. We worked together reading signs and following the directions on a simple trail map to navigate our way to 8 different squirrel targets hidden around the forest. Ranger Hannah talked about the different types of plants and trees that we find growing the forest, and how, as rangers, they work hard to look after these trees. Ranger Barbara showed us some of the animals and mini-beast creatures that live in the forest and how their survival is dependent on the preservation of this woodland habitat. We finished off our adventure day with a play in the wild play park.
We are helping each other to get better at reading. Each day for 15 minutes, we grab a lolly stick, a book and our 'sticky' reading buddy and we dive into our reading. We practise our speed sounds and tricky words at the front of our book, before reading aloud to one another.
In Year One, children are expected to be able to identify and name some of the common plants and flowers found in the United Kingdom. We used the school laptops to search for pictures of some of the most common plants and flowers, and used the images we found to match and name each variety. We shared our findings at the end of the session to peer assess our results.
Still Life in Pencil
Still Life is the best subject in art for learning the skills of drawing and painting. It teaches children how to look at objects and see them like an artist, looking closely at their outline, shape, proportions, tone, color and texture. In this task, children were given sketching pencils, cartridge paper and a small potted flower. Children were encouraged to look closely at their flower, noticing the little details on the flower's petals, leaves and stem, before beginning their sketch.
We know that seeds and plants need water, soil, sunlight and air to survive and grow, but what would happen if it didn't get all of these things? Would it survive? Would it grow more slowly? Would it be smaller? Would it grw to be a different colour? We carried out a fair test investigation to try and find out some of the answers to our questions. We each planted a bean in a pot filled with well watered, rich compost and placed them by our classroom windows. We then planted beans in a series of test pots, some with no soil, some with no water, in dry soil and some in covered pots with no light. We predicted what we think might happen to each seed. Now, we must wait and see...
Creating a new villain at the top of the beanstalk
Children recieved a note from the Giant living at the top of the beanstalk, explaining that he was going away on holiday but was worried about Jack creeping back into his castle. He told us that he needed our help to create a new character to guard his castle. We shared our ideas as to what our new 'villain' might look like, what kind of person he or she might be, and what they might like to do. We used the desktop paint tools in j2e, on our school laptops, to create our ‘new villain'. We printed our characters out and showcased them at the end of our lesson. Are you brave enough to check them out?
Maths Detectives; Jack's Overnight Bag!
Our young mathematicians have been hard at work helping Jack solve a 'washbag' problem. Jack had been invited to spend the night at the Giant's castle at the top of the beanstalk and had packed an overnight bag. However, Jack was worried about his washbag; it was too heavy to carry it up the beanstalk. He decided to leave the heaviest item at home but he didn't know which item was the heaviest, so he asked us to help! Children were given a set of balance scales, a box of multilink cubes and six items from Jack's washbag (a bar of soap, a tube of sun cream, a pot of hand cream, a tube of toothpaste, a soft bristle toothbrush and a packet of baby wipes). They were given time to plan their investigation and decide what they needed to do to solve the problem. Children then worked in challenge teams to carry out their investigation, and record their results in a simple table. We compared our results at the end of the lesson and wrote to Jack, telling him which item to leave behind.
Identifying and naming the different parts of a flowering plant.
In Science, we have been exploring some of the common flowering plants that we find growing in our gardens and parks. We carefully dissected a flower (a Viola Pansy) and looked closely at the different parts. We used our understanding of each part of the plant to plan, create and label a plant collage.
Georgia O’Keeffe Inspired Art
In art, we have been using oil pastels and crayons to create our own Georgia O’Keeffe inspired pictures. We used the photocopier to enlarge the flower heads on our seed packets. We noticed the tiny detail on each flower head, from the colours and shapes to the arrangement of the petals.
Jack and the Beanstalk; The Musical
Our challenge this half term in music, was to use our voices, body percussion and untuned instruments to add sound and sound effects to a read aloud story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We explored the different sounds we can make with our voices; we looked at pitch, tempo and volume. We then explored all of the different ways we can make percussion sounds with our bodies. Finally, we used a range of untuned instruments to add appropraite sound effects; including the ringing of the Giant's doorbell, the creaking of the springs under his bed, the sound of the giant counting his stacks of coins, giant footsteps booming on the castle floor, the beanstalk swaying in the wind and the sound of the magic beans flying through the air and landing on the ground. We experimented with tempo and volume to create the best sound. We put all of our sounds together to bring our 'read aloud' story to life.
Observation over time: Cress Head Investigation
How long does a plant take to grow? Do all plants grow at the same speed and in the same way? These were some of the questions we wondered at the start of our topic. To help us answer these questions, we decided to carry out an investigation. We planted mini-cress heads and watched them grow. We recorded our observations, in a diary, noting the changes we could see as our cress heads grew.
Guess Who? Celebrating World Book Day.
In celebration of World Book Day, we came to school dressed as a character from our favourite book. It was wonderful to see our classroom filled with lots of familiar characters from the stories we enjoy reading together. We took photographs of ourselves dressed up, and used these pictures to help us write a description about our chosen characters. We hope you enjoy reading our descriptions.
This half term, prepare yourself for a series of muddy adventures as Blyton 'dig into their learning' as budding young gardeners in this science and geography focused topic.
In Science, children will be finding out about plants that grow in our local area. They will identify and name the different parts of a plant, and learn how to care for a plant, to ensure it grows and survives.
As geographers, children will explore the seasonal weather patterns and climate of the United Kingdom, and learn how this affects the plants that are able to grow here. Children will use secondary sources of information to find out about our indigenous plants, and compare these to the plants found in other countries of the world, including plants found in extreme environments such as rainforests, deserts, tundra.
In Technology, children will design a watering device to water the plants in our school garden. They will draw an initial sketch of their idea and label the parts. They will think about, and gather together, the materials they need to turn their idea into a working product. They will use simple tools to make their watering device. Once completed, children will be encouraged to comment on their own products and suggest areas of improvement.
In English, we will continue to explore non-fiction instruction writing. Children will follow a set of written instructions to make a magical bean sandwich, before planning and writing their own instructions for a disgusting sandwich for the giant who lives at the top of the beanstalk. To help children understand the importance of characters and settings in a fiction story, we will explore and compare the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ characters in the story of Jack and the beanstalk, focusing on how the mean giant is depicted. Children will create and describe a new villain for Jack to meet at the top of the beanstalk. Every villain needs a suitable home, and so children will plan and describe a new lair for their character. In reading, we will continue to develop our comprehension skills; retrieving, deducing and inferring information from text.
As mathematicians, our focus this term will be shape, space and measure. Children will develop their understanding of time; they will begin to measure the passing of time (seconds, minutes and hours) and know how to tell the time, on an analogue clock, to the hour and half-past the hour. They will be able to draw hands on a clock face to show these given times. Children will measure and compare lengths and heights, weight and masses, using standard and non-standard units of measurement and begin to solve practical problems involving these measures. Children will develop their understanding of fractions, recognising and finding halves and quarters of shapes, sets of objects and numbers. In geometry, children will begin to explore position, direction and movement. They will recognise the language of half, quarter and three-quarter turns, and use these directional commands to give and follow instructions accurately.
As artists, children will begin to explore tone and shade. They will know that tone is how light or dark a colour is and they will create a tonal scale for their favourite colour. They will use sketching pencils to practise shading, using crosshatching and smooth techniques. Children will be introduced to the work of famous American artist, Georgia O’Keefe, best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers. Identifying the features of her work, children will create a still life in the style of O’Keefe, using sketching pencils and charcoals.
Our young musicians will be using their voices and percussion instruments to explore pitch - the highness or lowness of notes in music. They will choose instruments to retell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and perform their musical story to an audience.
Keep a close eye on our class page for photographs and stories as our topic progresses!
We have been learning to recognise and use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement. Mrs Roberts gave us different instructions to follow, we listened carefully and positioned ourselves around, on, in, under, beside, over, on top of, underneath, next to and opposite the coloured hoops around the hall. We moved in different ways around and between the hoops, responding to fast, slow, high, low, narrow, wide, forwards, backwards, left and right. We used this key vocabulary to describe where we were and how we were moving.