Welcome to Year 1!
I have very much enjoyed getting to know my lovely new class already! They have all settled in well, working hard and have quickly adapted to the challenges of being in KS1.
Keep an eye on this page and we will update you with what we have been up to, and ideas for at home.
Friday 7th July
Happy Friday again! Sorry I am so late putting these up this week, I have had someone fixing my boiler for a few hours, so have had no electricity/internet, everything had to be turned off!
Thank you for some more lovely photos at home. Logan has been lucky enough to have a trip to a castle to help him with his topic learning, and has sent some photos to share with you. Sophie has been enjoying her writing, including a lovely poem, and has written her list of targets to take care of our planet. Hopefully next week she can tell us how these are going. The 'Up' artwork is from Joshua, a beautiful, happy picture!
In school, we have enjoyed more dance, basketball, creating Medieval costumes and menus, started growing our own vegetables and have also been developing our musical talent!
Look below for a photo (and video) update of home and school learning this week!
Friday 26th June
What a sunny week! I hope you all had paddling pools, buckets of water or ice lollies!
Thank you so much to Joshua and Sophie for sending your fabulous photos. You both always get the perfect balance between work, exercise, relaxing and having fun!
The children in school have had a lovely time too, so I thought I would share what we have been up to. We had a trip to the park to identify different plants and trees and do some leaf rubbings (inspired my Logan's home learning!), did a maths hunt to practice bonds to 20 and enjoyed sitting out in the shade designing and creating castles. If you were in school but there is not a photo of you I apologise, I'll try and make sure I catch as many of you as I can each week!
Have a lovely weekend, I will look forward to more updates next Friday!
Friday 19th June
I shared some pictures of the children in school this week below. Here are some pictures of your friends from home. Sophie has been a superstar with learning to tell the time, and doing extra science at home. Lucas has been working hard on his times tables and money maths. Joshua has been getting all his work done and has baked the most delicious looking muffins! And they've all enjoyed lots of fresh air and exercise.
I will look forward to more of your weekly highlights next Friday!
Friday 19th June
I have been sharing pictures of all the lovely things (and hard work!) everyone has been doing at home, so I thought I would also share some pictures to show some of the things we have been getting up to in school.
If you still email me photos of the your best work you have done at home (or favourite thing you have done) I can keep posting the pictures at the end of each week for you to see your friends.
Tuesday 16th June
Hello all! I hope everything is going well for you all. Thank you so much for whoever made the amazing word art below, I love it! I would love to know who made it!
Joshua has sent some fantastic photos to show his positive attitude to his work. I would love if a few of you sent me a photo or mini Friday journal at the end of the week, so I can see what your favourite thing was this week.
Friday 12th June
Hello all, happy Friday! Where did the sunshine go? Although we do need the rain to make the flowers grow.
Joshua has been playing some great shopping games to help with his maths, so I have shared his pictures to give you ideas.
It's my birthday tomorrow (I'm getting old!) so keep your fingers crossed for a bit of dry weather for me so I can maybe go and have a cup of tea by the beach at least (this seemed a good lockdown, older person thing to do )
Hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I am looking forward to seeing a few of you on Monday!
ps. Don't forget I might go and check up on Colin the Covid Snake at some point this weekend...
Wednesday 10th June
I've been sent some fantastic photos today. Sophie has been working hard, especially on counting money, as well as going for new outdoor adventures in Plessey Woods. Kacper has been doing some fantastic work on telling the time! And Joshua has alternated hard work with more outdoor adventures, including jumping in puddles.
Maybe we could see who sends me the best action shot photo by the end of next week. It could be jumping in a puddle, showing your best dance moves, climbing a tree or whatever you most enjoy!
Monday 8th June
As promised, I went to visit Colin the Covid Snake on Saturday afternoon, and I could not believe how much he had grown!! It was so lovely to walk round and look at each one - I went round twice for another look! I might decorate another with 'Y1EC' on and we can see who can spot it....
Some of you thought you might be able to do some group online dance workout sessions with each other when I spoke to you on the phone. The dance website is www.gonoodle.com and I would search 'Zumba' or 'Maximo' on there for the best videos.
Thank you to Mia and Joshua for the lovely pictures you sent. Both of them have been super busy, take a look what they have been up to below...
Friday 5th June
Happy Friday All! Some great pics from Joshua and Sophie today, I got a little carried away with adding text to the photos too! I'm pleased to see you are all still adding stones to Colin, I did say I'd go and have a look at your brilliant work today, but it started raining as I left soon, so I promise to visit on a better weather day!
In the meantime, have a lovely weekend.
Tuesday 2nd June
I've been sent some fabulous new photos today - have a look what your friends have been up to! I was pleased to see Lucas has added to Colin the Covid-19 snake in the park, I might go and have a look on Friday to see how much longer he has grown!
We've decided to do yet another Zoom dance workout session on Thursday at 9.30am. I will put the link on the Covid-19 Year 1 page by the end of Wednesday. A good mini chance to see your friends
Friday 29th May
I'm sure lots of you are enjoying the week off 'school' for half term, and aren't we lucky with this half term weather! A few of you decided to keep on routine, including Joshua, who wanted to share his pictures of himself working hard on his maths. He has also been successfully growing sunflowers which are flourishing in the lovely weather.
I might see some of you on Zoom at 9.30am Monday. The link is on the Covid-19 website. I will again apologise in advance as this is a trial attempt and I have no idea how it will work, but we'll give it a go!!
Wednesday 27th May
Lovely to see you are all keeping up the motivation with the walks and imaginative crafts! It is also lovely to see you are being inspired by each others' photos and trying out your friends' ideas.
I hope you are keeping all your lockdown photos, then you can make one of those digital photo books for your bookshelves. It would be a brilliant memory to show to people year's down the line!
Sunday 24th May
Sophie sent me her 3 highlight photos from this week. She was lucky enough to have an ice-cream at the beach, then worked so hard on her maths that she was treated to some amazing new lego!
Joshua had a very exciting end to his week when a beautiful woodpecker landed on his bird-feeder! There is definitely more wildlife around at the moment but this was an extremely lucky spot! I hope he comes back to visit again.
Friday 22nd May
Hello to my fabulous Year 1's! Thank you so much for you support in me having a mini break this week, apart from posting lessons. I was inspired by you all and have had an ultra productive week, getting lots of jobs done!
Next week is half term, but I know some of you have said you are keen to keep a daily routine, so Mrs Clydesdale and I will continue to post lesson on the Covid-19 page for those of you who would like. Some of you might like to pick a project to do instead, or skill you would like to develop through the week.
I've posted a few pictures of the week's highlights from Mia, Nathan and Joshua below - have a look what they have been up to...
Scroll down for photo updates, I just wanted to leave the challenges at the top for the week....
Sunday 10th May
I hope you have had a lovely weekend everyone! I promised one (optional) challenge, I am actually going to give you a choice of 3 to look at. I decided to put them on our class pages so they do not get muddled in with work. Keep us posted if you end up trying any of them. There is:
1. A Dance Challenge
2. A Lego Challenge
3. An Engineering Challenge.
I will post all of the links below...
Friday 15th May
A little birdy must have told Sophie about yesterday's 'Boy Power' day so she has sent photos to show how busy the girls are too! Meanwhile, Joshua planted sunflower seeds today. Maybe if a few of you planted some this weekend you can see whose grows the tallest!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and week next week. As I said, I'm here if you have any problems, will continue to post lessons, and will be back to posting photos as usual the following week, so save me your 3 highlights!
Thursday 14th May - BOY POWER!!
Lots of amazing photos from the boys today! Logan looks like he has started at Harry Potter's School of Wizardry, Billy and Jack have become superstars in the kitchen, Kacper hasn't stopped as always, Joshua is learning more facts about dinosaurs (I wonder who would win in a Joshua vs Kacper vs Logan W dinosaur quiz?!). And it sounds like lots of Year 1's went to visit the cygnets (baby swans) at the pond today!
A little heads up - as I was in school Easter week and might be in school half term week, I am taking next week as my 'half term'. I promise I will still post lessons every day so you can keep your routines. I also promise if any of you have any problems I am still always here to help via email - Mrs Clydesdale is going to keep an eye on my inbox for me. However, maybe you could aim to choose your 3 best photo moments from the week and save them to email me when I'm back the Monday after? Let's see what you get up to!
I'm working tomorrow as usual though, so I look forward to hear how you have spent your Friday
Tuesday 12th May
I think I might have Logan W teach you for a week when we're all back, he has such fantastic ideas of things to do! Rather than just doing the tree hunt, he did leaf rubbings, used an app to identify the tree types then labelled each picture. He has also collected things on his walks to make some fantastic dinosaur fossils! Joshua has also continued to be a superstar, working so hard every single day!
Monday 11th May
I decided I should probably have a screen break over the bank holiday weekend, but have loved catching up on all your bank holiday photos and emails today! What lovely photos of you all, and what fantastic weekends you have all had!
Thursday 7th May
Grace has joined our photo stars today! And Joshua has been a very busy bee yet again! Tomorrow is a bank holiday, so some of you might have lovely plans to relax, but I will post on the Covid 19 page as usual as I know some of you are happier when keeping to your usual routine
Wednesday 6th May
Hello Year 1! There's another picture for you to look out for on your daily walk. If you go past Mia's house, she decided that Pirate Pete might see a dolphin and other sea creatures, so look out for Mia's pictures in her window!
Tuesday 5th May
Everyone seems to be doing a fantastic job with practicing their maths arrays! And I am seeing some fabulous Captain Cutlass work, Sophie sent me the brilliant story she had written about Captain Cutlass today. I am pleased to say it had a happy ending and nobody had to walk the plank! Maybe she will share it with you when we go back.
Monday 4th May
Brilliant photos from 3 of our superstar boys today! These 3 boys have shown they are working hard on their school work, helping out at home, learning to cook, using the time to investigate other areas which really interest them and all of this with a big smile on their faces!
I think ALL of our class deserve a big hug off their grown-ups as I am so impressed how well you are all using the time to work, keep fit and learn so many brilliant new skills. At the same time, I think ALL of your grown ups deserve a BIG hug off you as I am so impressed with all the amazing, imaginative and fun things they are doing with you all!
Hugs all round!
Friday 1st May
It sounds like you have all worked so hard this week AND had lots of exercise! I hope you all have a lovely weekend and a bit of a relax. Make sure you look after your grown-ups too and give them some relax time
Thursday 30th April
Bit chilly again today, but the sun has just come out and the birds are singing, so maybe some of you will have an evening walk or escape into the garden Some of you have done a brilliant job on the Number Bonds 'hands' task today and it looks like lots of you are thoroughly enjoying the Pirate topic work! Thank you to my regular photo stars, who I hope are continuing to give the rest of you inspiration and good ideas, I know every one of Y1EC are working hard and making the best of things.
Wednesday 29th April
Afternoon all! It seems the weather has gone a little chillier on us, so some of you might be feeling a bit more indoory! (Having said that, I've heard some of you are sticking on your boots and coats and getting out there regardless - good effort!)
For the indoory people, I've reposting some of those maths games we've played on in school (from the bottom of this page). My favourite is Hit the Button to practice your number bonds and addition. I like it because it has a timer and a score, so you can play each day and try and beat your previous score. OR try, message your friends your score and challenge them to beat you...
I've also made a little instruction sheet for the Duck Shoot game to make it clearer.
Tuesday 28th April - part 2!
I'm adding extras today, as I just checked my emails before bed and was so impressed with some of the maths work you had done on arrays that I just had to post them on here before sleep!
Tuesday 28th April
Not quite so sunny today, but I have still had a good wildlife day. I had a robin and a blackbird come and visit me on my balcony. I wonder what birds and plants you have spotted?
I am trying to phone as many of you as I can this week to see how you are doing. I had a lovely chat with a few of you today already! If you have a call from an unknown number, it may well be me (The order I do it is a complete lucky dip, so if you've not heard from me or missed a call we will hopefully chat over the next couple of days).
Here are today's fabulous photo updates...
Monday 27th April
Yet another sunny day! I've just enjoyed 20 minutes sunshine on my balcony as a little break, but wanted to come back in to reply to your lovely emails and get your pictures posted! I wonder what you've all been up to today? I wonder if any of you beat last week's PE challenge? Kacper joined me today in using food to help him with his maths, a great plan as you can always eat some if your brain gets tired!
I made a little discovery today that the Wildlife Trust website has lots of lovely activities on it, i will post it below, as it looks like lots of you are enjoying exploring nature at the moment.
I know some of you are doing a great job on doing some work, reading, crafts and lots more, which is fantastic. Most importantly, I hope you are all keeping happy and healthy - eating lots of healthy foods and getting your exercise and sleep
Sunday 26 April
To my lovely class and your grown ups,
Just a little note to say don't forget I am here to help if you need. If you are struggling with any of your work or just want me to check anything please remember you all have my email address:
As long as you are all happy and healthy then that is the top priority
Friday 24th April
Thank you to those of you who have sent me more lovely updates and photos! It's great to see what you are getting up to and what you are enjoying to inspire me with planning future lessons! Thank you for sending me some of your Friday Journals too.
Have a lovely weekend, fingers crossed for yet more sunshine!
Wednesday 22nd April
What a lovely sunny Wednesday it was too! Hopefully some of you are lucky enough to have a garden to enjoy the sunshine for the rest of us
Tuesday 21st April
Year 1 - it has been lovely to see your keen start to the new term! I love how you go into everything with both enthusiasm and a smile!
Some of you have sent me some photos of what you have done so far. It would be lovely to hear from each of you once a week and remember you have my email if you have any problems.
Thinking of you all,
Happy Friday to my fabulous Year 1s! Easter has flown past, I can't believe it is the start of the Summer Term on Monday! I was in school this week and it's very strange without you there.
From Monday, Mrs Clydesdale and I will be putting lessons up on the Covid 19 page. I will be putting up Maths and either Science or PE and Mrs Clydesdale will be in charge of English and Topic so they might come through at separate times. We'll aim to have them there by the start of the school day each day (internet permitting!), so you might like to make yourself a bit of a timetable which gives you chunks of work time and chunks of free/play/creative time. I know lots of your grown ups will be very busy too, so make sure you are helping out lots at home.
In the meantime, have a lovely weekend and I will be back in touch on Monday.
Hello to my lovely Year 1 class! I thought I'd sneak a little look at my emails, just in case there were any more photos and WOW! You've blown my socks off yet again! I'll have no socks left at this rate! I'm just so constantly impressed by all the learning, reading, building, painting, crafting, exercising, puzzling, drilling, helping, wallpapering, baking and so much else that you are all doing! I've am posting the latest photos below so you can check out what your friends are up to and be inspired.
I am so proud of you all as always, every one of you is a little superstar!
Well it's nearly Friday teatime, you've reached the Easter holidays! Two weeks to see how many ways you can both relax and have fun at home.
Mrs Clydesdale and I will post you a few ideas at the start of each week in case you are running out, but remember this is 2 weeks off school school and home school
After Easter, we'll start posting more tasks, so you can have a bit of structure to your day and keep on track with all of your subjects. Mrs Clydesdale and I will take turns so that both Year 1 classes have the same, but there will always be something on the Covid-19 page for you to do.
Wishing you a very Happy Easter, and hope you've managed to track down some essential chocolate!
What busy bees you all are! It is lovely to see what some of you are getting up to at home. Sophie has been busy with the lego challenge and painting rainbows, and Brandon looks like he's been non stop with school work, painting and baking, both smiling as always! Nathan has been helping out, painting, reading and lots more! I love that Joshua is enjoying a full space themed week, what a great idea! And Wyatt is in full time explorer mode, building a space ship, tracking down creepy crawlies and going on a treasure hunt!
New plan! From today, you will find the daily posts on Home > Key Information > Covid 19 (Coronavirus) > Year 1
Today's is there, ready and waiting for you.
I believe the school has send you an email address, on which you can send photos and updates of the fantastic things I hear you have been getting up to at home, whether Maths, English, Science, reading, learning to cook, learning to make your bed and tie your laces or whatever else! I will post your updates onto this class webpage, and my updates onto the new Covid 19 page.
Good morning all! Hope you had a lovely weekend. A little birdy tells me you've all be especially busy and creative at home, helping with the cooking, cleaning, building things, doing Art, Maths, English and lots more! I'm so impressed with you as always!
I have created a challenge sheet for you this week. I have put a picture version and also one you can download, then you could maybe highlight or cross out each challenge you complete on your computer (or some of you may even have a printer). You could pick one or 2 to do a day, so don't worry if it takes you a few weeks, you can compare with friends where you are up to!
I've also explained below about a great new feature I found for you on Google last night!
Enjoy and be good for your grown-ups!
Happy Friday Year 1! I hope you are all looking after your grown ups. Not too far until Easter now, so today I have found you some ideas for Easter crafts. I've tried to find crafts which only need things from around the house like toilet rolls, socks, maybe some bits of paper or card and colours. You could make them as Easter presents for your family to make them smile.
Have a lovely weekend, see how creative you can be, how much exercise you can do and keep finding time to read.
Another sunny day! Hope you are all doing well. I wonder how many of you did tasks about sound yesterday? If you just want 2 little things to do today, find a book you enjoy to read to a grown up and either practice some counting in the house or garden or try one of the maths games online.
The weather might not stick so if you can get out in the garden then make the most of it. Think about all of your senses this time.
Touch - Can you find something soft? Spiky? Squishy? Hard? Rough?
Smell - Can you find things that smell nice in your garden? Maybe your grown up might have herbs and spices which smell nice in the garden or kitchen?
Sound - Sit in the garden, or by an open window, with your eyes shut. How many things can you hear? Write them down.
Sight - Draw 5 things you can see.
Taste - Challenge for while you are not at school. Try 5 different foods you have never tried before. What do they smell like first? Are they crunchy? What do they feel like in your mouth? What do they taste like? What did you like about it?
Happy rest of Thursday!
Good Afternoon Year 1! Another sunny day!
We had just started learning about senses in Year 1 science, so I thought today we could all focus on sound. How do we hear sound? Without doing anything to annoy your grown ups, what in your house makes an interesting sound? Pick one thing. Now test what affects how you hear this sound. What if you are further away from it? What if you have your earmuffs or hat on? What if you are having your bath later and your ears are under the water when someone makes the sound. Does it sound different? Why do you think this is?
Here's a crafty challenge for you. Can you make a musical instrument? Or a set of musical instruments? You might put bits of lego or dry rice in a bottle. You could use elastic bands round a box like a guitar. See what noises you can make and how you can make the noises change. Have fun!
Good Morning Year 1! I wonder how many of you were exercising with Joe Wicks at 9am? Don’t forget all the bits I added yesterday, maybe you could use them to create your own timetable. I’ve added a new maths game below, I checked and it works on phones too. Also David Walliams is reading a story every day, you could listen while your grown ups are busy.
I hope you have all been able to enjoy the sunshine at the weekend, whether in the garden or just getting all the windows open to blow away the cobwebs!
I know getting started on how to organise your time this week might be a bit daunting for some people, so I have attached some documents below with a potential timetable, ideas and activities.
I will stress that there is no obligation to even open these! They are just there for anyone who would like.
Don't forget Joe Wicks at 9am too if you're feeling energetic (or need a wake up!). See below!
Thinking of you all,
Below I have put some links for maths games which the children might enjoy playing at home, to improve their basic maths skills.
In science, we have begun to study Autumn and think about the differences between Autumn and the other seasons. When you are out and about outside school, you could look out for signs of Autumn. I have put some pictures below for ideas of what you might spot...