Year 1@West Wick 2017-18

Term 1 – Week 3

Please can you collect your washed recycling and bring into school as next week we will be designing and making. Thank you

Top Tip – have lined paper at home instead of plain paper for your children to write on.  


The children counted out and bundled together groups of ten straws to show the value of a number.

‘I know that the 8 in the tens column represents 8 groups of ten and that is 80’

We checked by counting each straw.

This afternoon the children heard a story about a new world being created. We thought about the things that we would take with us to a new world and the things that we would leave behind. The children decided that they would take families and friends, rainbows, flowers and yummy food as well as parties and sweets. We discussed that we would want it to be a kind, happy and fair world. We know that because we are lovely people, we can have a positive impact on our world. The children decided to leave unkindness behind, leave hunger behind so it would not exist and robbers would have to say sorry and not do it again if they were to come to the new world. This showed the value forgiveness.


Today we thought about what the characters in our poem could take on a boat with them. We read the book ‘The Great Explorer’ to look at some ideas. After lots of talking and sharing ideas the children each picked two items that their characters will take. They wrote describing sentences using adjectives. I am looking forward to reading these poems when they are written!

This afternoon was gymnastics. We enjoyed doing forward and backwards rolls.

Enjoying the role play – these three young explorers are planning a trip to explore the Canary Islands!


The children listened to the parable of the good Samaritan and re-enacted the story.


We discovered that we do not need to count out ten individual items each time. We can represent groups of ten.


This morning the children got into groups of ten. We then took a photo of each group. We then worked out how many photos we would need to print out to have a certain number of children. We worked out that we would need one photo for each group of ten. We worked out how many photos for numbers 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100. After that we worked out how many we needed altogether for a number display by putting numbers in our head and counting on. We needed 55 photos altogether!

Last week we designed new species that have not yet been discovered. We shared ideas by playing a game of misfits. This is where each player draws a head and then rolls the paper before passing it around for the next played to add the body and so on. We used some of these ideas to make new creatures out of clay. This afternoon we all hid our clay creatures in the grass and went exploring for them. We then sketched out findings. What fantastic explorers the Year Ones are!

Term 1 – Week 2

We have been learning the poem of ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’. We have made up actions and this week used our scissor skills to make puppets to retell the poem with the help of our poem map. In preparation for writing our own innovated poem, we have spent time planning our own characters, verbally describing them before challenging ourselves to write describing sentences. We learnt that these describing words are called adjectives.

We love reading in our class and spend lots of time improving our reading skills. In guided reading sessions we have to be perfect partners and help each other out. First we go through our speed sounds and then we read our red words. These are words that are not easily sounded out. Mrs Dance says that we have to know them as quick as a flash! We then take it in turns to read to each other and actively listen when it is not our turn. Each day in phonics we have a different sound of the day and we can hunt for it in our books. We enjoy reading in the reading caves under the table too!

Painting rainbows and sharing our hopes for our learning in Year One Crew.

We were luck enough on Friday to meet another adventurer. He is called Ben Peters  and works for Explorers Escape. He travels around the world visiting lots of different places and sees animals such as crocodiles, hippos and snakes. He told us that he was in the army for 12 years and is now a medical and rescue worker, as well as this he films documentaries. At Christmas time he is going to be in Africa and he has asked us to email him the adventure stories we will be writing so that they can read them around the campfire with his team. He was truly fascinating.

Playtime fun……

Every Tuesday afternoon during Term 1 we will be doing gymnastics.

It has been a very busy first two weeks back and the children have settled well into their new class routine.  It has been super to see how enthusiastic the children are to embrace their new challenge of being in KS1. It was great to see so many of you on Monday! Next week we will be building on our place value knowledge, exploring  groups of tens and ones. Have a wonderful  weekend, continue home learning and have fun!

Term 1 – week 1

It has been a lovely first week back and I have enjoy starting to build relationships and find out more about each crew member.

Everybody looked fantastic on Wednesday as the children dressed up as lots of different explorers.

We met a man called Pedro. When he was 14 he was aboard Christopher Columbus’ ship. Pedro retold the famous story of Christopher Columbus and we all got to join in taking on different roles within the story. It was lots of fun and we learnt some facts. Christopher Columbus  brought back a pineapple, potato and tomato from his journey. We think he was very brave to explore for a new route and it must have been exciting for him to find unknown places along the way.

In maths we heard a story all about Christopher Columbus. We had to listen out for amounts within the story and represent these amounts. We found lots of different ways including dots, tally marks, counting the right amount of objects or in writing. We have also been sorting the ‘Guess Who’ characters into lots of different categories. We challenged ourselves to see how many different ways we could sort.

Don’t forget that there is an informal opportunity for you to pop in and say hello after school on Monday 11th September. I look forward to getting to know you all. If you can not make it then don’t worry you can always pop in at anytime to introduce yourself.

On Monday your child will also be coming home with a letter containing information about terms 1 and 2.


Welcome to the Year One Crew @ WW. We hope you have all had an enjoyable summer. We are looking forward to getting to know you all and start having fun and learning together with the children.

On Wednesday 6th September Year 1 will be meeting 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 the children could come dressed as an explorer on Wednesday.   Please could you pay via Parent Pay for this session if you have not done so already.  Many thanks.