Year 1 Teacher: Ms Aoife Cunningham
Support Staff: Katarzyna Gregorczyk
Welcome to Year 1
Welcome to Year 1’s class page!
We are currently doing lots of phonics practise in class to prepare for our phonics screening in June. It would be very helpful if parents and guardians can keep up the practise at home every night, practising blending and digraph recognition. This will really help us in class and with our reading as well.
In English we are currently reading The Rabbit Problem, by Emily Gravett. This book is very different to anything we have read as it has very little writing in it, so we have to figure out what is happening by using our inference skills. We have learned that rabbits are fully matured when they are two months old. In the story, Farmer Fibonacci starts off with two rabbits, and by the end there are nearly one hundred! We have really enjoyed this book, and have created rabbit shelters outside. We also wrote our own recipe for carrot cake and with the help of Year 6, managed to cook this delicious treat for ourselves.
In Maths we are constantly revisiting all topics such as money, time, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and using halves and quarters. We love to play lots of maths games before we start our lesson as this really prepares us for any mathematical problems we have to solve in the lesson.
In Science we are learning a lot about seasonal change, and the changes we have seen as Spring changes to Summer. We have noticed that we are not bringing our coats with us to school as much as we did at the start of Spring, and that as the day progresses we like to take off our jumpers to keep cool. We have also explored different types of trees and flowers outside.
We had a visit from the RSPB, where we looked at different plants and trees outside. We also learned about different creatures habitats and needs for survival. This inspired us to create our own birdfeeders, which you will see hanging up outside!
Finally, in Topic, we are learning about the lives of significant individuals in Britain’s past who have contributed to our nation’s achievements. We listened to the Beatles, and learned that they were very famous in the 19860s. They wrote all their songs themselves. We compared the Beatles to how they looked at the beginning of their career, to how they looked at the end. This encouraged us to make our own music bands in class, and to decide on what instruments we wanted in our own bands, and finally to put on a performance for our friends. Watch this space – there could be some superstars in Year 1 in the future!