Year 1@Hewish 2017-18

Term 2 – Week 3

In English this week we have been adding the suffix ‘est’ and ‘er’ to root words.  We compared dinosaurs by deciding which one was the longest, shortest, tallest, smallest, highest, coldest, smoothest, strongest etc.  We finished our book about Mary Anning, ‘Bone Girl, Stone Girl’ and found out some more facts about her life.  We were surprised to read she was only 12 years old when she found the fossil of an Ichthyosaur (fish lizard) in Lyme Regis.   We learnt the tongue twister ‘She sells sea shells on the sea shore’ which was written about Mary Anning.  We used this tongue twister to practise our handwriting too, especially our formation of s, e and a.

We have been looking at the artist Andy Goldsworthy who specialises in land art.  We then collected natural objects to create our own Ichthyosaur.  The children really thought about the shapes they needed,  “this stick will make a good backbone.”

In Maths we have been jumping forwards along a number line to find the difference between numbers.  We have also had a go at solving missing number problems and explaining our reasoning.   The children are getting better at the two times table.  If you could continue to practise this at home  that would be a great help, thank you.  We have pictures of pairs of socks to help us count in twos.  We are also continuing to count forward and back from any number to any number within 100.

Thank you for your donations for Children in Need.  We had a lovely day.  The children worked together to weigh out ingredients to make cakes.  They drew a design for the top of their cake and carefully followed it using icing ‘pens’.  The children also worked together to measure the bears head to make a spotty bandage.  Their challenge was to add 50 spots to the bandage.

Next week we are going to Weston Museum on Friday.  School uniform must be worn.  However, Year 1 and Year 2 children at Hewish are able to wear their own clothes on Thursday 23rd November to raise funds for the Christmas Fair the following day.

We are going to be revisiting the following phonemes (sounds) next week:

e-e (as in theme), ir (shirt), ur (nurse), er (slower).

Thank you for all your support.





Term 2 – Week 2

Monday was very exciting because we excavated our fossils with outstanding results.


We were meant to sell our ‘fossils’ in our ‘Curiosities Shop’ but the children wanted to take them straight home to show you so we drew some fossils on rocks to sell instead!  We have been learning to subtract using a number line this week.  This came in useful when we were giving change in our shop.

We have also had a wedding this week as part of our understanding of our ‘Journey through Life’ module in RE.  The children took on the various roles, we made button holes and hats and even threw confetti.

In English we have been breaking our writing into sentences and adding the correct punctuation.  We noticed when it was appropriate to use an exclamation mark and a question mark.  On Thursday we became ‘ed’ detectives by highlighting all the ‘ed’ endings we could find from a page in our book about Mary Anning.  We then put them into sentences to describe what her dog had been doing.  We used words such as curled, turned, bounded, walked, stayed.

We have been using a disco dough gym to make our fingers stronger for writing every morning for the last couple of weeks.  I can see a difference already in the children’s writing, they are able to form smaller letters because they have more control over their movement.

We are revisiting split digraphs a-e (as in cake), i-e (as in bike), o-e (as in joke) and u-e (June) next week in phonics.

We will be learning to spell sight words: when, some, was and where correctly.

Thank you for continuing to read so much at home.


Term 2 – Week 1

Welcome back.  I hope you all had a great half term.  We have had another busy week in Year 1.

In English we have been reading a book called ‘Stone Girl, Bone Girl.’ The book is based on the life of Mary Anning, who found the first dinosaur fossil in Lyme Regis.  We have been predicting what will happen next in the story and writing sentences using a range of punctuation.  We have also written sentences using the suffix ‘ing’ when describing what we can see in one of the beautiful illustrations in the book.

Next week we are going to continue breaking our writing into sentences and learning how to use the suffix ‘ed.’

In Maths we have been learning to subtract.  We have been using sentences to describe what is happening when we take away, for example, First there were 7 birds in the tree.  Then 4 flew away.  Now there are 3 birds in the tree.  This language has really helped the children understand subtraction as they can picture what is happening.   We have used counters to represent the amounts and physically taken them away and drawn circles and crossed them out to show the amount that is left.  We have also used the ‘part, part, whole’ bar model to support our learning.  On Friday, all the children were able to write subtraction sentences independently.

Please can you practise the 2 times table, 5 times table and 10 times table with your child at home and help them to recognize numbers to 100.

Next week we are going to be using money to buy fossils from our ‘Curiosities Shop’ and work out how much change we will need to give using our subtraction skills.  If you have time perhaps you could play shops at home so children become familiar with the different coins.

Our value for this term is Friendship and we have talked at length about what a good friend should be like.  The children used their suggestions to make a ‘Friend Wanted’ poster, outlining all the qualities that a good friend should have.

This term we have a specialist coach for PE on a Wednesday afternoon who will be teaching the children how to play Hand ball.  Can you please ensure all children have their PE kits in school for next week.  Many thanks.

We have learnt a lot about fossils this week.  We made our own ammonites from Plasticine, then we made some plaster of Paris and pretended this was the sediment and covered our ammonites.  It only took about 20 minutes for the plaster of Paris to go rock hard, we couldn’t believe it.  We can’t wait until next week to chip away at the ‘rock’ to find our ammonite.

Our sounds for next week are ‘kn’, ‘tious’ and ‘cious’ ‘tch’ and ‘dge’.  Our sight words are: thought, caught, bought, walk and talk.

The children are really accelerating with their reading – thank you so much for all the reading you are doing at home, it really does make all the difference.






Term 1 – Week 7

It was great to meet you all at your child’s learning review meeting this week.  I am so proud of all the children’s achievements in Year 1 this term and I am really excited about Term 2.   We are sad to be saying goodbye to Jodie and Oliver but we are excited for them as they move to their own farm in Devon and a school with a swimming pool!  This week we had a space picnic to finish our space explorer theme and the end of a very successful term 1.

Next term we will by studying a female explorer called Mary Anning and finding out what she discovered in Lyme Regis.

In our English lessons this week we have used our story plan to write our sequel to Beegu.  I was very impressed with the quality and quantity of writing.  We checked our work to see if we had used the correct punctuation, adjectives and different sentence starters.  We are also thinking carefully about our handwriting and whether we are forming the letters correctly and we are all trying to make our letters smaller.  If your child is writing at home please could I ask that you provide them with lined paper so they can practise writing on the line.  We have also been matching capital letters to lower case letters so that when the children are asked to start a new sentence with a capital letter they know what the capital equivalent looks like.  We have also been making capital letters from play dough to help us.

In Maths this week we have been using our knowledge of addition to solve number problems.  This term we have learnt our ten times table.  Next term we will be learning our two times table and five times table.  Please could you help your child practise these times tables at home.  Many thanks.

In Computing we have been learning to programme to help ‘Blue Fuzz’ get home.  The children helped each other beautifully as some of us found programming a little tricky to start.

We have also been looking at photographs of  the  seven continents at night from the International Space Station.  We could make out where the cities were because of the concentration of lights.  We have been trying to learn the names of all the continents.

In RE we learnt about believer’s baptism and how it is different to infant baptism.

Our sounds for the week after half term are: ue, oe and e-e.

Many thanks for all your support.  Have a great half term.

Term 1 – Week 6

In Maths we have been learning our number bonds to 10 and writing addition sentences.  We found that it does not make any difference whether we write 6 + 4 = 10 or 4 + 6 = 10 because the total is the same.  We used a lot of concrete objects to help us in our challenge to find as many number bonds to 10 as we could.

In English we have been planning our sequel to the story of Beegu.  To help us get some inspiration about which other planets Beegu might explore we had a visit from Jo, a space detective, who works with Tim Peake.  Jo told us all about the planets in the Solar System.  We were given a planet and we had to get in order.  We learnt that all the planets go around the sun but the sun is not a planet it is a large star.  The stars we see in the sky are so small because they are so far away from Earth.  Jo was able to answer Oliver’s question, “Which is the largest planet?”  The answer is Jupiter.  The children had so many questions for Jo, they are all really excited about space.  We chose which planet we wanted to make.  The boys who chose Earth used the globe to help them see where the continents and oceans were.   The most exciting part of the morning was to put on the virtual reality goggles and actually blast off into space in our very own rocket.  We saw the bubbling hot sun, other stars, planets and all the controls inside the space rocket.

We have learnt a lot about Tim Peake and what it is like to live in space, for example, how astronauts wash their hair, what food they have to eat, how often they change their clothes and how they sleep.

On Thursday, we had our own infant baptism.  The children took on the roles of the Vicar, Parents and Godparents, the child being christened  was played by a doll as no one wanted to get their head wet!  The parents chose the baby’s names and we talked about the symbols that Christians have at a christening.

On Thursday we also had our first football match after a term of practising our football skills with  Andy, our FA coach.

On Friday afternoon we had great fun making and launching rocket mice into space.  First, we had to make a cone for the body of the mouse.  Then we added eyes, ears and a tail before placing the mouse on top of a plastic bottle.    When the mouse was in position we pressed the air out of the bottle which fired the mouse up into the sky.  We talked about what effect the different sized bottles had on how high the mouse went.  It was agreed that the bigger the bottle, the higher the mouse went because “there was more air in it to push it up”, Evie said.

Phonics – This week’s sounds have been ew (as in chew the stew), ire (as in fire), ear (hear with your ear), ure (sure it’s pure) and tion.

Next week’s sounds are: au (launch in August), wh (which) ie (pie, tie), y (happy, silly), and ph (phone).

I look forward to seeing you at your child’s learning review meeting next week.







Term 1 – Week 5

I have been very impressed again this week by the standard of writing, especially during our phonics lessons.  The children are using their Fred Talk fingers to find the sounds in words before they write.    We are also working hard to recognise and spell our sight words.  This week’s words have been: were, where, their, any and brother.  We have also been learning that there are several alternative ways to write the same sound, for example: er, ur, ir and ow, ou, and ai, ay, a-e and oa, ow, o-e.

In English we have been learning to break our writing up into sentences and use a variety of punctuation, including when to use a full stop and when to use a question mark.   The children each chose a question they had written to ask Beegu (they took it in turns to put on Beegu’s ears and answer a question).

In Maths we have been learning to add  two single digit numbers to find a total and to add a single digit number to a two digit number to find a total, using objects, the part, part, whole model and jumping along a number line.   We verbalised our number sentence before writing it and remembered to write just one digit in each of the squares in our maths books.   We also undertook an investigation to see how many number bonds to 10 there are.

We used our imagination to make a friend for Beegu from play dough.

In RE we looked at what symbols are associated with celebrations and the children made a comprehensive list: balloons, cards, presents, cakes, candles, party food and drew some excellent pictures and labelled them.

We also talked about how to be a good friend to Beegu and what we would do if we were being ignored and feeling lonely.

On Friday we watched real footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon.   We noticed walking on the Moon is different to how we walk on Earth and talked about gravity.  We then tried to walk as if we were on the moon (in slow motion) but we found it difficult to stay in the air when we jumped!  We learnt so many facts about Neil Armstrong that we decided to write a fact file.  See if your child can remember any.  Melissa was particularly impressed that Neil Armstrong was only 15 when he got his first pilot’s licence to fly a plane.  We also learnt that Buzz Light Year from Toy Story was named after Buzz Aldrin who went with Neil Armstrong to the moon.


Term 1 – Week 4

In Phonics we have been learning how to read and spell words containing split vowel digraphs (2 letters that are split that make one sound, for example o-e) and trigraphs (3 letters together that make one sound, for example ‘are’).  A lot of the children challenged themselves and put the words into sentences.  I particularly like the sentence below, ‘We care and we share in Year One.’  The children are also working really hard to make their writing a bit smaller.

In English we have been writing our own space stories.  We have started to use traffic light coloured cups to self-assess.  We show our red cup when we are finding the task a bit difficult and need extra support from an adult or friend, the amber cup when we are happy to have a go by ourselves and green cups when we do not need any help because we can do it independently.

We are reading the story of Beegu, an alien who has crash landed on Earth and is all alone.   We have designed, made and evaluated our very own spaceships to help Beegu return home.  I was very impressed with the amount of effort that all the children put into making their spaceships, it was a very quiet afternoon!


In Maths we have been partitioning numbers using arrow cards to find out how many tens and ones there are in numbers to 100.  We have also been learning about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc).  We had a bean bag throwing competition and became judges to award places in the competition.

We look forward to continuing our space theme next week and learning more about Neil Armstrong and the moon landing.

Term 1 – Week 3

On Monday the Year 1 Crew hid their clay creatures in the vegetation around the school grounds for their classmates to discover.   We had great fun being explorers and finding, sketching and labelling these yet undiscovered creatures.

We have also been learning to represent the value of numbers this week.  We used bundles of 10 straws to help us with place value.

On Tuesday we enjoyed the sunshine and played some team building games that focussed on big movements on the field.


In phonics we have been looking at sounds that sound the same but are written differently, for example oi and oy, ay and a-e, ee and ea.

In English we shared our ideas with our friends before writing our own versions of The Owl and the Pussy Cat poem.


Term 1 – Week 2

The Year 1 Crew have had a very busy week.  In English we have been learning the Owl and the Pussy Cat poem and we are now able to recite the poem from memory with the help of a story map and some simple actions.  We had great fun in our pea green boats when reciting the poem to our audiences.  We then innovated the characters to make our own poem and used adjectives to describe them.

In Maths we have been solving missing number problems, learning to count backwards and working hard to find more and less than a given number.   We found finding less much more difficult than finding more, but when we cracked it, we had a great sense of achievement.

In our art and design lessons we have been using our imagination to paint our own creature that has not yet been discovered by an explorer.  We then used our painting as a template to design our creature from air-dry clay.  We chose our clay to match the colour of the creature we had painted.

We have been taught football skills by a professional coach and have also enjoyed playing team games in PE.

We joined with the Year 2 class to collect natural objects outside to make pictures of the ships that Christopher Columbus sailed in and have used musical instruments to accompany our sea shanty songs.





Term 1 – Week 1

We have had a fantastic first week in Year 1.  All of the children have settled so quickly and now bounce into the classroom in the morning.

On Tuesday we were entertained and educated by a time travelling explorer, called Pedro, who travelled the seas exploring new lands with Christopher Columbus.  We  found out that Christopher Columbus was given some fruit and vegetables that he had not seen before: pineapples, tomatoes and potatoes by a local tribe.    Christopher Columbus gave the local people a ship’s bell in return because they had not seen or heard a bell before.   Pedro taught us a dance from the time of Christopher Columbus.   We then wrote questions to send to Pedro to find out even more information about Christopher Columbus; we  remembered to use a question mark.


We have also been exploring around the school grounds and found spiders, bumble bees, slugs, blackberries and Melissa even spotted a “Cabbage White butterfly.”



    In Maths we have been learning to count and represent objects on  large sheets of wrapping paper.  Jacob found 36 whales and then drew 36 circles to represent the whales.  We placed counters on the different objects to help us remember which ones we had counted.


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We hope that you have all had a wonderful summer break and we look forward to welcoming you to the Year 1 Crew.

On Tuesday 5th September Year 1 will be welcoming a special explorer who will explain all about Christopher Columbus and his travels to launch our theme ‘Who is the greatest explorer?’  It would be great if children could come dressed as an explorer on Tuesday.   Please could you pay via Parent Pay for this session if you have not done so already.  Many thanks.

If you have any concerns please do come and discuss them with me at the end of the day or make an appointment with the office.

I am really excited about this year and look forward to getting to know you and your children during our learning journey together.

Mrs Poole, Mrs Wickens and Mrs Gray.