Robins

Welcome to Year 1!

In your book bags you will have:

  • a banded book bag book
  • a black and white paper book
  • a picture/story book

Please read for at least 10 minutes every day.

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Somebody has joined Robins class...

It's Elvis the Elf! He has been a bit cheeky so far. He keeps messing up Miss Murray's desk and hiding things in the classroom.

Have a look at what he has been up to!

News and reminders

Events

Christmas performance- Monday 16th December 2:30-3:15 and Tuesday 17th December 9:30-10:15

PE kits

PE will usually take place on a Monday and a Tuesday. However, this can change so please have PE kits in every day!

Please bring to school:

Please ensure your child has a water bottle and a coat every day. We have drinking water in class for refilling.

Class book

(Black and white paper copy)

This is the storybook they have read in class. They take it home to practise what they can already read and build confidence.

Your child can read this to you.

Book bag book

They have guidance inside just for you as parents. They are matched to the books children read in school so provide practice of the same sounds – extra practice at the right level for your child. They include many of the same reading activities that we use in class.

Your child might need a bit of help with this book.

Picture/story book

A picture book to share with your child. You can read the story to them or they can retell the story by looking at the pictures. They are not expected to read the story themselves.

Maths

This week...

We are building on our existing knowledge of counting forwards and backwards by introducing numbers 11-20. We are exploring the suffix 'teen' and what this tells us about a number.

Try these challenges below!

Last week...

We were focusing on shapes. We were learning to recognise, name and sort 3D and 2D shapes.

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2D shapes

2D shapes are flat and cannot be held.

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3D shapes

3D shapes can be held, they are fat not flat and they have faces, vertices and edges.

English

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This week...

We are inferring how Sunny might be feeling.

Do you think he is happy? Sad? Frustrated? Angry? Upset?

Why? Use the word because.

Last week...

We have explored 'Meerkat mail'. We made predictions about what might happen in the story.

Topic

Design and technology project

We have been planning, making and evaluating our projects.

We have made something that represents us or something that is special to us.

Check out what we have created!

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Home learning

Reading

Reading every day is the most important part of learning at home - books will be sent home each week and should be brought to school each day.

Maths

Practise the Year 1 KIRFs at home (see below).

We will also send home questions relating to the learning in class each week.

Topic

This half term we will introduce a home learning project. Keep an eye out in your book bag for more information.


Key Instant Recall Facts

The secret to success is practising little and often. Use time wisely. Can you practise these KIRFs while walking to school or during a car journey? You don’t need to practise them all at once: perhaps you could have a fact of the day. If you would like more ideas, please speak to Miss Murray.

Use practical resources – Your child has one potato on their plate and you give them three more. Can they predict how many they will have now?

Make a poster – We use Numicon at school. You can find pictures of the Numicon shapes here: bit.ly/NumiconPictures – your child could make a poster showing the different ways of making 5.

Play games – You can play number bond pairs online at www.conkermaths.com and then see how many questions you can answer in just one minute.

Suggested reading list:

Here is a list of books that you may want to read with your child. These can be borrowed from your local library!

  • The Smartest Giant in Town - Julia Donaldson
  • A Squash and a Squeeze - Julia Donaldson
  • The Gruffalo’s Child - Julia Donaldson
  • The Gigantic Turnip - Aleksei Tolstoy
  • The Whisperer - Nick Butterworth
  • The Blue Balloon - Nick Butterworth
  • The Cat in the Hat - Dr Seuss
  • Hairy Maclary - Lynley Dodd
  • The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Oliver Jeffers
  • The Large Family Collection - Jill Murphy
  • Charlie and Lola - Lauren Child
  • The Trouble with Jack - Shirley Hughes
  • My Friend Bear - Jez Alborough
  • Avocado Baby - John Burningham
  • The Jolly Postman - Allan Ahlberg
  • Mister Magnolia - Quentin Blake
  • Frog and Toad are Friends - Arnold Lobel
  • The Princess and the Pea - Minnie Grey
  • Don’t Forget the Bacon - Pat Hutchins
  • Emperor of Absurdia - Chris Riddell
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka
  • Mixed up Fairy Tales Hillary Robinson - Nick Sharratt
  • Not Now Bernard - David Mckee
  • Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey - Dominic Walliman
  • The Big Book Bugs - Yuval Zommer
  • Once Upon a Raindrop - James Carter
  • A Cat’s Guide to the Sky - Stuart Atkinson