Robin Class Photo
Due to the amount of children who were absent from our class photograph that was taken before the holidays, we have contacted the photography company who have offered to return to school to re-photograph Robin Class on Tuesday 5th July. Therefore, your child will not be bringing home a test photo like the other classes in school today as ours will be being retaken. Thank you!
Year 1 Book Club with Mrs Gardner
This club has now finished. Thank you to those year 1s that came. Please return your library books as soon as possible and continue to use your reading journals at home for super reading.
Don't forget the "Jubliee" party homework for the first Friday back. We will have a Jubilee day which will culminate in a whole school afternoon party. Children are invited to wear red, white and blue or dress as kings and queens, for our party. We will run a short PE session as our PE has now changed to Fridays (Children do not need to be in PE kit but will need sensible shoes)
P.E. will now be every Monday and FRIDAY after the half term break. We will have our coach, Tom Read, on a Friday with your class teacher.
We have sent the children home with a "Phonics booklet". This has all the sounds they need to know for the Phonics Screening Check which will take place after the holidays. Please read these sounds and practise any they are unsure of. Remember to encourage them to spot the "special friends" (sounds made up of 2 or more letters, eg, igh, ow, i-e) and be extra careful to find "chatty friends" (eg i-e, a-e, u-e, o-e, e-e), fred talk then say the word.
We do not make a big deal of the Phonics check and do not want the children to feel worried about it. It is just like the RWInc assessments we do every half term.
The children in Starlings enjoyed creating algorithms to programme the Bee-Bots, spheros and coder-pillars.
We have lots of children off poorly this week. If your child feels up to some work, here are some of our class activities.
RWInc- Oxford Owl books for you to read, practise reading and writing red words
Maths- Telling the time to o'clock and half past the hour
Class photos will take place on Wednesday. Please wear full winter uniform (tie, shirt, cardigan/jumper)
All Year 1 children will be taking the Phonics Screening Check in June. Please find below and on Teams a narrated PowerPoint which explains how the check will be administered, why the children will take it and how you will find out your child's result. If viewing in Teams, please "like" the post so we can check that all parents have seen it. If you are viewing from this page, you will need to download the file and "Play slideshow" from the beginning to hear the narrations.
It is very important that all pupils are in school in the week of 13th June-17th June as we only have 1 week to administer this check this year due to the holidays.
We would like to wish our lovely Year 1 families Eid Mubarak! Here are two of our amazing girls sharing their experiences of their Eid al-Fitr celebrations. We have enjoyed learning all about this special day today.
Starlings are going to Grip Adventure on Wednesday 4th May. We would like the children to wear warm sportswear as they will be based in the adventure cave or on the barge and it was not very warm last week! Please wear layers to take off if they get warm.
The children will walk along the canal and spend the day at Grip, walking back to school for a normal home-time. Children will need a packed lunch in a named bag.
Have a look at the photos of Goldfinch class to see what activities they may do!
Goldfinch class went to Grip adventure. We took 30 children across the 3 classes to a multi-skills event at Altrincham Leisure Centre and Robin class had a robotics morning which was run by our computing partner MGL. All classes in year 1 will have the robotics morning during this half term.
The Summer Term is always jam-packed! Here are some reminders and dates for your diary.
P.E. remains on a Monday (outdoors with our coach Toby) and Tuesday (indoors). Please dress your child according to the weather. We do ask that the children wear shorts and a t-shirt for indoor P.E. so they can use the gymnastics equipment safely. We generally use the full equipment every other week due to assemblies.
Grip Adventure Trips
This is now on parent pay. We will be based in the adventure cave and will be linking in our Geography learning (there are more details below on our webpage)
Goldfinch- Wednesday 27th April
Starling- Wednesday 4th May
Robin- Wednesday 11th May
This will take place on Thursday 28th April 12:15-3:30- 30 children have been randomly selected (10 from each class) and will be taken by Mrs Newell, Mrs Gardner and Miss Ryan. Further details are below. If you are able to help, we do require other adults on that afternoon.
We have been invited to attend a multi-sports festival on the afternoon of Thursday 28th April at Altrincham leisure centre. We have been offered 30 places so we have drawn 10 names out of a hat for each class. If your child was selected you will receive a text message to confirm this.
Each year we will be able to send a further 30 children so if your child hasn’t been randomly selected this time, there will be plenty of opportunities in the coming years. We will keep a record of who goes each year so that it is fair.
We do need some parent helpers so if you can help us that would be appreciated ( we aim to leave school at 12:15 and take the children on the tram up to Altrincham, returning approximately 3:30-3:45)
The event ends at 3pm so we are expected back to school a little later than usual- approx 3:30-3:45.
We had a fantastic token treat today! The wheelie disco was great fun. We then found a (fluffy) visitor had left each child a little treat outside!
Thank you for your continued support and enjoy a restful Easter break.
We wanted to give you advanced warning of a trip which we will be running in year 1 after the Easter break. We have been working with GRIP adventure and they are going to provide us with a trip (Other year groups have already been on these trips earlier in the year).
More details of what we will be doing will follow but we wanted to share the dates with you: below.
Wednesday 27th April- Goldfinch
Wednesday 4th May- Starling
Wednesday 11th May- Robin
There will be various activities including: team building, bush craft, physical skills such as climbing and mapping skills in the local area. We will be based in the 'Grip Adventure Cave' in Sale and we will be exploring the canal from that base.
Information can be found on Grip website below.
Your child should have brought home a new target booklet today. These are the targets we discussed at parents evening. There will now be at least 2 targets highlighted for Reading, Writing and Maths. The orange highlights are from November and the new targets are in green.
Do not forget to bring your wheels into school on Friday 8th April. We do have a few spares if you do not have anything.
Please note, uniforms still need to be worn.
Active Maths Lesson
Today some of the children took their Maths learning outside. Rather than sit in the classroom to do their independent work they were on the playground. They had to run from one addition or subtraction sum to another solving them using the equipment/tools they are familiar with from the classroom. It was wonderful to be out in the fresh air, consolidate our learning from this week and keep our bodies active.
We were very lucky to receive a donation of food items from Tesco for the children to use last week when practising to grate, chop and peel. This week, we are designing, making and evaluating our own dipping platter for a teddy bears picnic. We would like to ask for a 50p donation per child to cover the costs the ingredients needed. The children can also bring in a teddy bear on Friday for the picnic when we will taste and evaluate our platters.
Design Technology: As part of our D.T. learning, specifically Food Technology, we are going to be designing, making and evaluating a dipping platter for a healthy teddy bear’s picnic. We have started this learning by first investigating what healthy food we may use to create our dipping platters and then experimenting the range of skills that may be required for us to complete our task. We have been practising our claw and bridge cutting techniques, discussing good hygiene practice and thinking about healthy eating. Look at us go!
Parents Evening this week - Tuesday to Thursday.
We are looking forward to seeing you all on TEAMs for parents evening. Please be ready to answer a 'Chat' call on Microsoft TEAMS at your allotted time.
For British Science Week, we have become climate scientists and have been collecting data to answer the question "Is the weather in March always the same?" The theme this year is climate change and we have tasked the children to observe the weather in March to compare against previous years so we can see if our climate is indeed changing. We learnt that changes can be very slight, but it is important to track this information. We have been:
1. using a rain gauge to measure rainfall,
2. using the weather forecast to track "sunshine hours"
3. using a thermometer to check the temperature
4. observing the weather to count rainy days.
Each class will collect data for a week and then we will compare against each other and then against the data from the last few years. We will then be able to answer the big question to find out if the weather in March is always the same.
In Maths, we have been exploring early multiplication by making equal groups and drawing arrays and used repeated addition to solve multiplication stories. The children have really enjoyed this topic!
We managed to make the most of the sunny weather and went onto the garden to play Mrs Houston's "tree game". We had to find deciduous and evergreen trees and run to different ones. We started to see some very early signs of Spring but we will need to check back in a few weeks to see how the garden is changing.
We have also completed our final week of our "bean diary" entries. We have watched our beans grow from a tiny seed into some quite tall bean plants. We will be sending these home next week for you to nurture at home!
Following on from our work on fruits and vegetables we have been looking at plants and trees. On Wednesday the children spent time outside looking at trees and plants examining the similarities and difference between the two. They looked at evergreen and deciduous trees. Today we have looked at the different parts of the tree and their role. We built, made and labelled trees.
The Year 1 (and Reception) children have been learning songs for a special event happening tomorrow for World Book Day. We are joining a group performance of "The Princess and the Pea". We will be carrying out some exciting activities tomorrow for World Book Day, based on this popular fairytale.
Each class has a money box, as in Reception any donations would be greatly received and put to good use (a suggested donation would be £1/week).
We are looking forward to welcoming back our lovely Year 1s on Monday 21st February as we start the 2nd half of the Spring term.
Here are a few reminders of things coming up this half term.
P.E. kits are still required on a Monday and Tuesday. We will be continuing with cricket on a Monday and gymnastics on a Tuesday.
The first spelling test will take place in week 2 (Thurs 3rd March) as we begin new RWInc books this week.
The KS1 disco will take place on Thursday 3rd March. Details were sent via email from the office. Bookings are to be made on parentpay and details of who will collect your child will need to be entered.
Mrs Newell will be running Spanish club on a Tuesday from 3:30-4:30pm this half term.
Miss Rundle will be running her Hama Beads club on a Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm. Both clubs will run for 5 weeks, not including parents evening week. You will have received a text message from the office to confirm you child's place. If your child no longer wants to attend please do let the office know as we have received more requests for the clubs.
Parents Evening is scheduled for the week beginning Monday 21st March. More details will follow.
Common Exception words and tricky red words
We have noticed that a large number of the children need some extra activities to read and spell the common exception words and tricky red words. From this half term, we will be sending out a list of 6 words each week in addition to the main homework task. These will be placed in your child's red folder and on the website. We will not be testing them on these words but want the children to have focused time reading and writing them.
Please continue to report absences to the office via the telephone as we do not always see our Year 1 inbox when we are teaching.
Hama bead and Spanish clubs will be opening again for Spring 2. Please look out for details on a text message with a link to the survey monkey. Clubs are allocated on a first come first served basis and will close when full.
When we introduced spelling tests, we shared some notes about the aims of practising spellings and how we would like the children to do it. We do not want children or parents to be worried or anxious about the spellings. We use these "tests" for the children to practise how to spell- using the strategies we teach in class and the aim is for them to be able to do this in writing activities rather than just isolated words. We do apologise for the reduced amount of time for practising over the last few weeks. Due to covid, we have been unable to plan ahead as much as usual as we have not known if we are running RWInc ahead of the Monday. Hopefully we can get back to normal of posting the spellings on a Friday.
Please see below on how and why we have introduced spellings:
We would like the children to practice the spellings by applying their phonics and using "Fred fingers" to spell. We encourage the children to say and count the sounds then write it down, taking note of any "special friends". We would discourage the children learning the spellings by heart, and would prefer them to apply the sound knowledge they have.
For example: stray
Count the sounds on your fingers- 4 sounds ( s t r ay) say the sounds and pinch your fingers
For multisyllabic words- we use the "chunking" strategy
For example: holiday
chunk into syllables- hol i day
Fred each syllable to spell
The spellings are linked to your child's RWInc book and group- the focus sound and green words in their book will be included in the list.
The manager of Stanley Square has asked for any children who would like to, to create pictures of a tiger for their Lunar new year tiger hunt. If your child would like to, they can create a picture of a tiger and we will submit it to the Stanley Square manager.
Due to rising numbers of Covid, we are keeping children in their classes this week. This means we are not running RWInc groups or Maths sets. Both of these lessons are going to occur in classes. Please note, this also means we have not set a RWInc book on Oxford Owl for your child to read.
If your child is isolating, our English is centred around the story "Owl Babies". This links to the history of school and Mrs Spencer, a former head-teacher who left us her beautiful owl carving. Please see below for links to the story and possible home-learning opportunities.
This week in Maths, we are exploring numbers to 50. The children have enjoyed counting in tens so far to make different numbers up to 50. Please feel free to follow this link to play games and consolidate the children's understanding of numbers up to 50.
- Can you act out the story? What does each character say?
- Can you think about how each owl feels at the beginning, middle and end of the story?
- Where does the story take place? Who are the main characters?
- Can you re-tell the story? Can you write a re-count, remembering capital letters, full stops and finger spaces? Think about your beginning, middle and end.
- Can you spot the "ed" endings in the story? Can you make some sentences in the past tense?
- Look at the red words in the story- practise writing these:
- Can you find out more about owls? Could you write an information/non fiction text about owls?
Spellings for this week can be found in the Spellings file above.
P.E. will continue to be on a Monday and Tuesday in the Spring term. Children will be having cricket with Toby on a Monday outside on the MUGA and gymnastics on a Tuesday.
Thank you to all our parents and carers for your support during what has been a challenging, yet successful first term. The children have settled in brilliantly and we cannot quite believe their first term in year 1 is already complete.
Thank you for your kind words, cards and very generous gifts and support in the run up to Christmas. We hope all our Springfield families enjoy and restful and peaceful Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you all in 2022!
Festive wishes from your Year 1 Team
Mrs Newell, Mrs Gardner, Mrs Houston, Miss Rundle, Miss Ryan, Mrs Carroll and Miss Houghton
Please enjoy our 'Year 1 Christmas Song' on Teams/Twitter. Thank you for all your help with encouraging the children to learn the words and we hope it brings you some festive cheer!