Week ending 11th October
This week we have been extending our weather research by looking at forecasting so that we could best plan when to set sail with our pirate ship. We used the BBC Weather website to predict the weather and then checked whether it was correct. During the torrential downpour at 2:30 pm on Tuesday we were very surprised to find that the BBC had predicted 'light showers' and sunshine!
We have loved reading Jonny Duddle's book Pirate Cruncher and had great fun acting it out in the Pirate ship role play area.We used talking tins to record our action.
Our phonics focus has been the 'ee' sound and we have been looking the different ways of writing this sound (graphemes). Children have been grasping these new sounds well and progress has been good. Handwriting has also moved on considerably especially with those children who have been practising lots at home.
Our Maths focus this week has been 'greater than', 'less than' and 'equal to' with lots of practical equipment used to reinforce this concept. In our writing we have been looking at diaries, drawing and sequencing and then writing about our morning using the first person 'I' and the past tense.
We are planning our Pirate Dress-Up Themed Day on Monday 31st October. Please send your child in a pirate costume- nothing too elaborate- just a tatty pair of shorts or full skirt with a white frilly shirt or stripy T-shirt and scarf will be fine. Next week we will be making some props like eye patches and swords. We will be making some pirate food and going on a treasure hunt with our own map and compass.
Week ending 4th October
We have had another busy week which started with Miss Sealey covering Monday and our class treat. The new scooters went down well- they change from scooters to ride on trikes and were popular with all.
This week we have been extending our weather work with some excellent independent work on describing the weather from symbols and word mats supplied. Handwriting is noticeably better- thanks to all parents who have been supporting this.
Photos day on Wednesday meant our day was disrupted but we still managed to get lots of assessments done ready for interventions which will start next week. We have revised all our new phonics with particular emphasis on reading and writing a-ewords like bake, spade, late etc and had a great Pirate Hanging Out the Socks phonics game to finish the week with. It was great but Mrs Carter had not considered that pegging socks and letters on a washing line can be very tricky for little fingers!
In Maths we are consolidating 1-10 facts, writing numbers in numerals and words, ensuring all children can show numbers one less with a range of equipment.
For our art we have been making pirate masks which are being displayed in class.
Thanks to one of our parents, we now have two barrels in our class which have prompted the children to try and make their own barrels to store their food and water on board ship. With different sized circles this proved quite a challenge but the photos show the successes.
Tag words are going well with lots passing every week. Please continue to support daily reading!
Week ending 27 September
This week we have introduced compass directions and have been following directions on pirate maps. We have made our own pirate maps and stained them to look old. Following lots of work on pirate ships, our first assessed piece of written work has been on descriptions of these ships and these are on display on our working wall. Using The Pirate Cruncher book that is our focus text for our Literacy work, we have decided to design and make scary sea monsters out of play dough. This has prompted some exciting descriptive writing and vibrant coloured pictures. Maths has extended to consider 'one more' and 'one less' with lots of practical equipment to support.
Our Year 1 phonics programme has started and we are looking at the ay sound- ay (as in play), ai (as in train) and a-e (as in cake). We will be revising these sounds next week to ensure they are embedded but any work at home to support would be much appreciated. The sound a-e is called a split digraph (as the two letters are split with a consonant) and the children are learning how to read and write words with this phoneme in. Examples : bake, cake, shape, snake, grape, gate, plate, state, stale, pale, came.
In both gymnastics and invasion games sessions, the class has been listening really carefully. The standard of creative gym shapes with both individual and pairs has been outstanding, showing great promise for the future!
Our guided reading on Owl Babies has prompted a flurry of owls to fly into the classroom where they are roosting happily on the owl houses on the interactive whiteboard!
Week ending 20 September
This week we have been extending our range of Pirate activities to include making Pirate ships out of Lego, special building straws and bigger blocks for our outside role play area, reading about ships and naming the parts of a pirate ship. In our writing we have been describing various pirates from our Pirate Cruncher book focusing on saying the sentence before writing it and then ensuring the phonics is correct. In maths we are embedding our 1-10 facts including recognising what the numbers look like in Numicon, dice and dominoes.
The highlight of the week was our Talk like a Pirate Day on Wednesday when we learnt some Pirate words like ' Scurvy Landlubber' and 'scallywags'. We had a good practice at 'Ooo arrgh' and 'Shiver me Timbers' and our English focused on our Pirate Talk.
In PE we are learning about the skills for invasion games- we learnt about movement in every direction then dribbled with footballs and held relay races.
Each child has had an adult listen to him/her and we have assessed and tested children on their tag words. Test day will be Tuesday each week.
We look forward to seeing all parents at the Parents' Presentation on Tuesday at 2:45 where more detailed information will be given.
Week ending 14 September
All the children have made a great start to Year 1, settling well into the new routines and adjusting to the greater expectations. This year we have started by having a guided group Monday to Thursday with either a Maths or a writing focus with a carousel of activities linked to the learning objectives. On 'Focus Friday' we will be encouraging the children to either up-level their work or present activities that will enhance or extend their learning form the week.This week we are learning to describe the pirates in our 'Pirate Cruncher' book, name parts of the body and reinforce how we sort items for counting from 1-10. We are following a whole class guided reading scheme but still hope to listen to individual children read at least once a week. We are thrilled how well children have been learning pre-cursive handwriting already!
As you will know our topic is 'Land Ahoy' which is based around Pirates and has a Geography focus. The outside role play area is a Pirate ship but is missing lots of parts! We are sourcing a wooden barrel but if you think you have items that may enhance the role play area, we would love to borrow them eg kitting out the galley- wooden spoons, wooden bowls or plates, large cooking equipment, old (but not valuable tankards), hessian sacks or small woven bags for food storage and sorting/weighing activities and of course any Pirate dressing up items. Later on in the term we'd like to teach the children basic sewing so they can repair the sails and we will be encouraging knot tying so they can tie their own shoe laces!
All the children have been assessed for the correct reading box and have been given new tag words. It is a key year for all children to develop a daily reading routine and we know that this is by far the most important way home can support and enhance what is taught in school. We much appreciate the support given by parents and the partnership we have at Winterbourne and look forward to working alongside everyone this year.