Monday 30th March
Hello Year 1!
We hope that you’ve all had a lovely weekend with your family and that you are keeping safe and well. There have been some great photos posted of the fun things you have been doing. Here’s what we’ve been up to over the weekend…
Mrs Phillips has made a start on some gardening, played lots of football in the back garden with her boys (or at least tried), had a very successful game of Scrabble (that means she won!) and managed to link up with her sister to take part in a quiz.
Mrs Donnelly has also been busy in her garden. The flower beds are all tidy now, just those pesky weeds to attack next week! She has enjoyed some lovely long walks through the woods, with her two boys, as part of their daily exercise. Mrs. Donnelly loves her Pilates classes and has had fun doing them on Zoom for the past two Fridays.
Miss Gill has also been doing some gardening as the weather has been lovely. She has enjoyed reading her book ‘The BFG’, which so far, is fantastic. Miss Gill has also made an accomplishment - over the week, Miss Gill and her sister have completed a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle of Brooklyn Bridge, which is in New York. It took a long time, but it was great fun and relaxing too.
Miss Limbrick has done lots of baking with her family, making delicious banana bread, which her family have been gratefully eating all week. She has also begun re-decorating her living room, which will hopefully be completed at some point this week.
A very big well done for last week. Although we would much rather be learning and having fun together, it has been made much easier by having all of your wonderful messages to read and super photographs and videos to look at – thank you! You have clearly been up to a wide range of things from joining in with Joe Wicks, writing stories, creating beautiful rainbow pictures, baking cakes, keeping up with your phonics and much more. We have been so impressed!
Below we have added some more activities and links that you may like to have a go at over the week. Remember to keep in touch on your class Padlet and don’t forget to email any photos or work that you would like us to add to our Year 1 gallery. Email them to Y1@abbey-inf.sandwell.sch.uk
So here’s to another successful week Year 1 – keep well, stay safe and carry on being fabulous!
Year 1 Team.
The link below is a very short, yet beautifully done story, which covers current issues and highlights the importance of social distancing in a very child friendly way. You may like to share it with your family.
We know lots of you have been starting your day with Joe Wicks – well done! We think he's a great way to start the day, but if you feel like mixing it up a bit why not try a bit of yoga, or keeping fit through dance. Here are some suggested links:
Lots of different themed yoga videos to choose from, including Star Wars, Frozen and Harry potter to name a few!
Try some dance moves with Debbie Doo. Check out her playlists on YouTube – plenty to choose from.
Learn your doubles with Jack Hartmann. Try to watch and join in with Jack on a daily basis.
Well done 1G, you are the winners of the Week 1 ‘Class Battles’ on TT Rockstars, with over 1000 points. Rock star ‘Amelia Lamont’ was Year One’s top scorer with over 700 points for Team 1G. I wonder who she could be?
During this week, we would like you to start exploring Capacity. This means how much you can fit into an object such as a cup, a jar or a bottle. Use some of your time this week to understand the meaning of the words: Empty, Full, Nearly full and Nearly empty. Start by adding some water to some cups and trying to use these words to describe them.
After this, see if you can have a go at ordering them from most full to most empty. Challenge yourselves to use the greater than and less than signs as well. Don't forget to send us pictures to our email of you exploring Capacity.
As our theme for Spring 2 is Walt Disney let’s take a look at the story of Cinderella. Click on the link below and have a read!
Why not try some different writing activities over the week each day based on the story?
2. Write down all the adjectives that you can find in the story. Can you think of other adjectives that mean the same or similar e.g. beautiful = pretty, attractive, stunning.
3. Choose a picture of Cinderella or the Prince from the story. Write a short paragraph describing what they look like and how they feel. Try to use 2A sentences and a ‘because’ sentence. Remember your neat cursive handwriting, full stops and capital letters. Here’s an example:
Cinderella is wearing a beautiful, blue dress. The gold, sparkly tiara looks so lovely on her soft, wavy hair. Cinderella looks extremely happy because the fairy godmother has said she can go to the ball.
4. You might even want to create your own short story in the style of Cinderella. You could invent your own main character instead of Cinderella; different baddies, instead of the ugly sisters; a different hero, instead of the Fairy Godmother and perhaps a different celebration to a ball. Be as creative and as imaginative as you like!
Email a photo of your writing to Y1@abbey-inf.sandwell.sch.uk. We’d love to show it off on our gallery.
The remainder of your Spring 2 spellings were posted last week. If you would like any more spelling practise, then take a look at the Common Exception Words for Year 1. See how many of the words you can read, and then have a go at spelling them.
Below are a few topic based ideas you might like to attempt over the week.
During the Spring term we had been learning lots about the Sikh religion. Unfortunately, we were unable to go ahead with our trip to the Gurdwara. Why not watch this video about a person’s visit to a Gurdwara? What have you found out? What are the 5K’s?
Be a Plant Detective!
Part of our Science curriculum is to be able to identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants. On the sheet below are pictures of some flowers and plants you might be able to spot at this time of year. See if you can spot any in your gardens or have a look if you are on your daily walk with your family. If you manage to track down any of the plants or flowers, pop a photo on your class Padlet or email them to us to add to the Year 1 gallery.
Here’s a couple of links to some quizzes about plants. Good luck!
You could have a go at doing an observational drawing of a plant or flower that you have found. You might choose to do a pencil drawing, or you may want to add colour to your drawing using crayon, paint, felt tip or chalk. We can’t wait to see them!
We will continue to upload the activities from CEOP covering online safety, as they become available. You could also take a look at ‘Smartie the Penguin’, an online safety story, aimed at Year 1 children.
Now is a good time to be practising those all-important life skills. Below are some of the life skills that are part of the Year 1 curriculum. No particular order – feel free to pick and choose as you wish.
1.Knowing left and right
2.Crossing the road safely with an adult.
4.Holding and using a knife and fork properly.
5.Knowing the first line of address
Why not try some cooking!
Red and yellow and pink and green,
Purple and orange and blue,
I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too.
Hello Year 1 ! I know that lots of you are missing your friends and teachers but we know that you must be kept safe and well at home. I'm sorry that I can't be singing with you at the moment but as you can imagine I am doing lots of singing wherever I can (my husband and children really love it). Singing is a great way to look after your mental health so sing, sing, sing!
I wanted to tell you about the lovely children, here in Bearwood. They have been spreading a message of hope and kindness through their art work and making a rainbow picture. These pictures have been shared in homes and displayed in windows. The children who attended school yesterday also made a start and have displayed their work in the windows of the Junior School on Barclay Road.
Why not find some time this week to create your own art work and then send a photograph of it to your teacher? You may even find your inspirational art work shared on your class page. Use the email address for your year group:
Here’s some of the beautiful art work being shared on the Bearwood page from in and around our community:
Monday 23rd March 2020
Good Morning Year 1!
Hope you've all had a good weekend.
Welcome to our special year group page. Even though we are not at school, we will still be keeping in touch with you all. There are lots of resources to keep you going on the home learning section of the school website but we will also be posting a few extra ideas, activities and links that you can have a go at as well. We are really looking forward to hearing about the learning you are doing at home, so please keep us posted! At school, you have all shown us how amazing and hard-working you are - let’s keep it going, you can do it!
Try to do a little bit of reading, phonics, writing and maths each day and perhaps have a go at some of the topic based activities we pop on here. We will be posting a weekly link for your maths fluency so you can keep this going just like you would in class!
We have also set up a Year 1 community group using Padlet. This will be a great way to stay in touch and share what we have been doing whilst not in school.
Stay safe, keep well and continue to be the superstars you are!
Year 1 Team.
Tuesday 24th March 2020
Wow! Loving the rainbow pictures - looking forward to seeing your rainbow pictures too! We will be getting the passwords emailed out to everyone tomorrow so that you are all able to access your class Padlet.
If you fancy listening to a story, why not use the link below. Amazon have made it free for you to access children's audio books whilst schools are closed.
David Walliams is also offering you the opportunity to listen to one of his books free every day at 11am. They last for about 20 minutes. Just click on the link below at 11am and choose ‘elevenses’.
Wednesday 25th March
Morning to you all on a beautiful, sunny day. Hope everyone is well and staying safe.
As we are all busy accessing the internet, now is a good time to give some thought to our online safety. CEOP have produced some online activities to help families deliver this at home. Take a look using the link below:
Thursday 26th March 2020
Good morning (another sunny one!) and thank you to all of you who have been posting on our class padlets. Your teachers love your rainbow pictures - they are so colourful and creative! If you would like your piece of work to be displayed in the Gallery for everyone else to see, send us an email at the Year One address and we'll pop it on there as soon as we can.
The teachers have also been working hard to provide a variety of activities to keep you busy at home. We know how much you love the routine and structure of school, so we are going to offer some guidance to your parents. You can help too by suggesting things that you like to do at school.
Parents/carers, we understand that there are lots of choices of activities to do, both on the website, and online resource ideas sent home. We don't want to dictate what your days should look like but some of you may feel you would like to put a bit of structure for your child/children in order to keep some of the daily routine that is familiar to them.
This is a very brief guideline for you to pick and choose what activities work best for your child and when to do them. A normal school day looks like this. We have added in suggestions as to how you could reflect aspects of this learning.
Please remember, this is a guideline for parents who find it useful to follow a similar routine to school. You are not obliged to follow this structure. We are sure that in a week or so we will all be feeling more confident and settled at home and you will probably have your own routines in place.
Be kind to each other, stay safe and keep posting on the class padlets, we love hearing from you.
Year 1 Team
Saturday 28th March 2020
HELLO WEEKEND! We are so impressed with all of your creative projects and work that you have been doing this week. You have certainly got the idea of how to use the padlet and we have loved reading your posts this week.
It is important to have a good balance between work and play, so this weekend we would like you to have fun, relax, chat to family, play games and essentially recharge your batteries ready for another busy week next week. If you like a bit of screen time on your tablet or IPad, here is a great game for you to try. It involves lots of problem solving and learning from your mistakes, to get to the key that unlocks the door for the next level. You can only go so far before payment is requested but there is still plenty of free fun to have first!
Visit the App Store and type ‘Kings and Queens’ (Thinkrolls).
Have a great weekend everyone. Take care and stay safe.
Year One Team
We hope you are all doing well at home and are having a fun time learning. On our class Padlets, we will share all the fun activities and work you have been doing at home. Everyone in our class will be able to see all the amazing and exciting things you are getting up to. This way we will be able to keep in touch with each other and make sure we are all okay!
Fitness coach Joe Wicks will be live on YouTube Monday - Friday from 9am.
He demonstrates a 30 minute workout for children to join in.
So keep active and join Joe every morning! Alternatively, Joe also has 5 minute moves for younger children.
Counting forwards and backwards in 2's, 5's and 10's
We have been learning how to measure accurately using the standard unit centimetres (cms). Have a go at the following activity. Choose some objects to measure using a ruler or tape measure. Remember to measure accurately by placing your ruler at the start of the object at 0. Label your objects so that you know their length/height. Then have fun placing them into size order - shortest to longest, tallest to shortest.
Now you can make statements about the length or height of your objects. “The rubber is shorter than the glasses case. I know because 3<15.” “The centipede is taller than the car because 25>7.”
Remember to check out the class ‘battles’ on TT Rockstars! Winners will be announced on a weekly basis.
Check out this app for great maths practise - counting, addition and subtraction. Visit the App Store and type ‘King of Math Junior Lite’ (Oddrobo).
Keep up your daily reading. We would love you to share with us the books that you are reading at home. Why not send a little review and give your book a star rating? Here's what we're reading at the moment...
Mrs Phillips is enjoying reading ‘The Beast of Buckingham Palace’ by David Walliams with her son Edward. He says, "I like a book with lots of characters and this one has that. It’s exciting and adventurous too!”
Mrs Donnelly and her son William have almost finished reading ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl. He says, “My favourite character was Grandpa Joe because my brother has been chosen to play him in a drama link production!”
Miss Gill has started reading the story ‘The Big Friendly Giant'. It's a story that she's never read before but has heard many fantastic things about it. I am very interested to find out what this story is all about.
Miss Limbrick has begun to read, her favourite series of books as a child, The Harry Potter collection. Starting with Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone, I am excited to be transported into the magical world that J.K Rowling created.
Don't forget about your spellings! They are on the regular class page but we are putting them onto our special page as well for easy access. You could have fun being the teacher and test your parents too! Then write a sentence to practise using each word.
In science we have looked at the parts of a plant and carried out an investigation to see what our cress needed to grow healthily. Click on this link to work through some plant based activities!
Our cress ended up like this...
Have a go at writing about what has happened to the cress planted in the light and the cress planted in dark. Can you describe why this has happened?
Do you remember the funny cress heads that we saw Mr. Bloom make in our Science lesson? Why not have a go at making one with any seeds you may have at home. Don’t worry if you don’t have any seeds, you can still have fun outdoors in your garden looking for Spring flowers and perhaps helping to tidy the garden up, with an adult.
Let's follow on with our great work on Walt Disney! Can you find out what the Hollywood Walk of Fame is? Do any Disney people/characters have their own star on the Hollywood walk of fame? Draw and decorate a star with your chosen Disney person/character inside the star. Can you research and write 2 or 3 facts underneath your star to tell us a little bit about them?
The Gallery is to display all of your beautiful work. It might be a painting, drawing, baking, a model or a piece of work - basically anything that you are really proud of and would like to share.
Your teachers will keep this updated each week, so look out for your work on here!
You can send a photo of your work to your teacher on the Year 1 email
Y1@abbey-inf.sandwell.sch.uk or alternatively post it onto the Padlet.
We are really looking forward to seeing your fabulous creations.
There are many activities and games for you to play on Education City which will help you with your learning. We have added the activities we would like you to do which is in the 'Homework' section. We will continue to upload more activities regularly. Your class teachers can see your scores and how you are getting on.
Here are some useful links you for you to use.
Amazon free audio books:
David Walliams free stories:
Click here for more information.