Key Stage 1 Sports Day

On Monday, Year 1 and Year 2 had their delayed sports day in glorious sunshine. All the children were very excited and created a wonderful sporting atmosphere, with lots of cheering and supporting as their teammates took part in different events.

Congratulations Birkdale for being the winning team on the day, although it was a very close competition!

It was disappointing that parents were not able to join us to celebrate, but we have put together a short video so you can see some highlights of the day.

10 days of isolation… but Tough Tortoises never stop!

Today marks the end of our class’ 10 day isolation period and I am thrilled to welcome most of us back on Monday. I am so proud of the way that, as a group, we have persevered through this difficult time. Together, we have acknowledged what we were finding tricky and worked around it.

A huge well done to all our the children in 1C – you are all absolute superstars!

Let’s take a look at some of the learning we’ve been up to over the last 10 days.

Phonics, Writing and Maths:

Over the last 10 days we have continued to engage our learning behaviours and keep our learning moving forwards. In Phonics, we have focused on the sounds o-e phone home and u-e huge brute. In our English lessons we have been looking at information texts and have innovated our model text, as a class, to write a new information text about worms. During our Maths time we concentred on different number bonds and explored different ways of making these.

Celia’s o-e Phonics work
Autumn’s u-e Phonics work.
Part of Deepa’s information text about worms.
Alex’s number bond to 17 work.
Kian exploring number bonds using lego to help.

Reading:

We haven’t had a rest and neither have our reading VIPERS! Over the last 10 days we’ve been using our Vocabulary, Retrieval and Summarise VIPERS when reading stories and non-fiction texts.

Bobby summarising the story of Jack and the Mean Stalk.
Joseph summarising Gorilla and using Have a Go spelling strategies.
Thembi using her retrieval skills to find answers to questions in the text.
Hashir using our Goldilocks word “active” in his own sentence.

Wider Curriculum:

In the afternoons, we have continued to focus on the wider curriculum and have been ACE Dancers, ACE Athletes, ACE Historians, Ace Worshippers and how to be Safe ACE. We have looked at toys from the past and present, listened to stories from both the Bible and the Qu’ran, practised our target throwing and hurdles, choreographed our own dances and thought about how we are feeling about the changes coming up as we begin to think about Year 2.

Benjamin hurdling in his garden.
Bobby target throwing at home.
Jai’s story map of the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Zaim explaining what he thinks the stories of the Prophet and the Camel and the Prophet and the Ants are trying to teach us.
Ben thinking about he is feels about transition and moving into Year 2.
Ibrahim sorting the toys in the modern day toys and historical toys.

In other news:

We were really excited to hear that we will have a new Reverend joining us, so we wrote welcome letters to Reverend Lottie!

Robert’s letter to Reverend Lottie.
Maria’s letter to Reverend Lottie.
Iqra’s letter to Reverend Lottie.

What an amazing Spring 1 of home learning!

To end our Spring 1 half term, the Year 1 team wanted to create a bit of a showcase of some of the amazing work that has been going on at home.

We are incredibly proud of the effort and engagement that has been going on over the last six weeks.

We’ve had Tough Tortoises when the work was tricky and we persevered through, we’ve had Team Ants working with our adults or brothers and sisters at home, Helpful Hens have been pausing videos and using their previous learning to help them in new activities and I’ve even noticed some Beautiful Butterflies editing and improving their work!

English

In English we have been working around the story Samson’s Titanic Journey by Laura Graham. We thought about how the different classes and used this story to help us with our descriptive writing, as well as post cards and letters.

Week 2: Noticing and wondering about the front cover

Week 3: Using verbs and adjectives to to explain what Samson was doing

Week 4: Using new vocabulary and adjectives to describe the first class dining room

Week 5: Thinking about how Samson was feeling and using “and” to join ideas together

Week 6: Writing letters to Samson’s family

Maths

For our Maths home learning we have been using White Rose Maths Hub videos and our usual Flashback 4s. This half term we have covered shape, addition and subtraction within 20 and numbers to 50. Take a look at some of our Maths work.

Reading

During our Spring 1 home learning we have continued with our Sound of the Week, daily Read Write Inc Phonics lessons, weekly Read Write Inc books, Goldilocks words from our story and some retrieval tasks.

Sound of the Week

Week 2: ir – whirl and twirl

Week 3: ou – shout it out

Week 4: oy – toy for a boy

Week 5: ea – cup of tea

Week 6: oi – spoil the boy

Goldilocks words

Titanic

Our theme for this half term was a history focus as we based the majority of our learning about the Titanic. Take a look at some of the learning taking place at home based on the Titanic.

Wider Curriculum

As always, we have continued to offer our wide and broad curriculum and the children have responded brilliantly. In Science, we started the half term by observing the changes in the seasons and then moved on to learning about the human body. We learned about our body parts and the five main senses. Our RE unit started with learning about the parable of the lost son. This guided our thoughts towards forgiveness and we considered this value in the story as well as when we have shown forgiveness. Then we learned about 4 types of prayer and wrote our own prayers. In PE we have been keeping healthy by taking part in Joe Wicks’ weekly exercise sessions. Linked to the Titanic, in Music we have reflected on the music played in both the first and third class dining rooms and then learned to perform the waltz and the Irish jig. Finally, as part of our PHSE, we consider real life lifesavers and what they do to help make the word a better place.

Tennis with Jamie

Today we had a special visitor who came to teach us about Tennis. Jamie from Alwoodley Tennis Club played some very exciting games with us, including hitting balls at us!

Jamie also gave the children some vouchers for a free tennis lesson at Alwoodley Tennis Club and a leaflet with all his information on.

We look forward to hearing how many of our young Andy Murrays and Venus Williams we have at ACE!