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Year 1 - Woodpeckers

Welcome to Year One Woodpeckers Class!

Miss Tullett is our Class Teacher.

Miss Thatcher and Mrs Goebel are our Learning Support Assistants and will be working in Woodpeckers this year.

School Closure: March - July 2020

 

Hello Woodpeckers!

I will put different activities on Class Dojo each day to help support your learning at home.  These will include Maths, English, Phonics, Topic and Reading tasks.

If you are not connected to Class Dojo, please check the following websites for other activities being set as well as websites that focus upon the curriculum for Year One. 

Stay safe and I will see you soon,

Miss Tullett

 

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/riverside

 

https://login.mathletics.com/

 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/#

Wednesday 15th July 2020
 

Wednesday 15th July 2020

Good morning, thank you for your continued support with working hard at home and in school! Here are today’s challenges and activities:

 

Maths:

Today we are going to look at 2D shapes. Can you have a go at drawing a triangle, square, rectangle, circle, oval, kite and pentagon? Next cut and sort the shapes. How have you sorted them? Is there a different way you can sort the shapes? Have a look at how many corners and sides they each have.

 

Phonics:

https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/games-12948.htm

Can you crack the eggs to spell the high frequency words? After you have played the game a couple of times you can write the words in a list. Are there any words you find tricky? How can you remember to spell them next time?

 

English:

Today we are going to be looking at different seaside photographs and describe what we can see. We can use our 5 senses to discuss the photo e.g. sight, touch, smell, hear and taste. You can also talk about key features you can see from yesterday’s lesson.

What adjectives can you think of to describe a seaside? Is the word nice exciting? Can anyone think of a better word than nice? Today’s challenge is to describe a seaside photo – you can choose from the photos provided. What features can you see? What would you smell, see, taste, touch and hear? What do you like or dislike about the photo? Remember to use conjunctions such as ‘and’ and ‘because’ to extend your sentences. 

 

Topic:

Today for Computing we are going to spend some time using the paint projects on Purple Mash on the topic of seasides.

Can you create your own treasure that has been washed up on the beach?

Can you create your own sea creature?

Can you create your own shells?

Remember to include a sentence or caption along with your paintings to describe your creation. I love seeing your masterpieces and adding them to our displays in class.

 

Have a great day,

 

Miss Tullett

Term 6

Wonderful Weather and Sunny Seasides

In Term 6, our topic is “Wonderful Weather and Sunny Seasides” and we will be looking at weather we experience in the UK and comparing it to the weather in the Savannah. We will also be looking at seasides across the UK and how they have changed over time. 

 

 

In English we will be looking at our Power of Reading texts including "One Day on our Blue Planet... in the Savannah" and "The Storm Whale". Throughout both of our texts we will be writing in role, retelling the story using story maps, writing and performing poems as well as writing our own stories that include a beginning, middle and end.

We are focusing upon information texts and booklets which involve facts about animals that live in the Savannah - you may like to focus upon this at home as well!

 

In Science we will be looking at the topic of plants and finding out about the right conditions that help plants to grow. We will be exploring wild plants, garden plants and deciduous and evergreen trees. We will also be monitoring the growth of our own broad bead seed either at home or at school. 

 

In Maths, we will be looking at multiplication and division and volume and capacity. Number bonds are still a crucial part of our curriculum so will be consolidated along the way. We will also be looking at lots of problem solving activities now we are becoming more confident mathematicians. 

Mathletics log ins have come home with your children and you can access the activities if you wish. I will be awarding certificates from Mathletics when you reach certain targets. 

 

This term will be slightly different as some of us will be working from home. As always, I will make sure that the work is fun and interactive with a variety of tasks just like our days at school. Please keep checking Class Dojo for daily tasks and challenges and most of all have fun with all the exciting learning opportunities. 

Term 5

Turrets and Tiaras

In Term 5, our topic is “Turrets and Tiaras” and we will be exploring castles in the UK, their features, location and why they were so influential in the past and are still visited today by thousands of people! We will looking in detail at Rochester Castle and our local history. 

We will also be exploring our local area in Rainham and create maps for our journey to school. 

 

 

In English we will be looking at fiction texts using the popular children's book "Rapunzel". We will be writing in role as Rapunzel, retelling the story using story maps, writing and performing poems as well as creating wanted posters and capturing Rapunzel's thoughts. 

We are focusing upon information texts and booklets which involve facts about castles in the UK and their key features - you may like to focus upon this at home as well!

 

In Science we will be undertaking investigations about the seasons of the year. We will be finding out about the different types of weather associated with each season as well as facts including day length, clothing and growth of fruits and vegetables. There are some great activities on Purple Mash that you can interact with at home if you wish.

 

In Maths, we will be looking at numbers beyond 50 to 100, addition and subtraction within 100 as well as money. Number bonds are still a crucial part of our curriculum so will be consolidated along the way.

Mathletics log ins have come home with your children and you can access the activities if you wish. I will be awarding certificates from Mathletics when you reach certain targets. 

 

This term will be slightly different as we will be working at home, for the time being, but I will make sure that the work is fun with a variety of tasks just like our days at school. Please keep checking Class Dojo for daily tasks and challenges and most of all have fun learning about castles - they truly are fascinating! 

Term 4

Where I Live 

In Term 4, our topic is “Where I live” and we will be exploring our local area and the UK including our main towns and cities.

We will be exploring our local area during Outdoor Learning Week and we will be visiting the park to draw maps of our way to school.

 

 

In English we will be looking at fiction texts using the books "Beegu" and the popular children's book "The Snail and the Whale". We will be writing letters, diary entries, character descriptions as well as acting out scenes from the stories. We are focusing upon texts which involve journeys to different places in the world - you may like to focus upon this at home as well!

 

In Science we will be undertaking investigations about different materials. We will be finding out about materials and their properties e.g. A water bottle is made from plastic and it is transparent. There are some great activities on Purple Mash that you can interact with at home if you wish.

 

In Maths, we will be looking at addition and subtraction within 50, fractions as well as length and mass. Mathletics log ins have come home with your children and you can access the activities if you wish. I will be awarding certificates from Mathletics when you reach certain targets. 

Term 3

Heroes and Heroines 

 

This term in Woodpeckers we are diving back in time to look at our topic of “Heroes and Heroines”.

We are going to be looking at our own heroes including family members and friends and what makes them special and unique. We will then link this to the story ‘Traction Man’ where we will be writing setting descriptions, diary entries and wanted posters. We will also be looking at poetry where we create and perform our own poems using alliteration and onomatopoeia.

 

We have a History focus this term where we will learn about some heroines from the past and how they have influenced our lives today such as Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Grace Darling. 

 

In Maths, we will be adding and subtracting numbers within 20 as well as exploring numbers up to 50. We are going to be revising our topic of the time and number bonds within 20.  

Term 2 

Let's Celebrate 

 

In term two our theme is “Let’s Celebrate!” We will be learning about celebrations in different cultures. We will start with Bonfire Night and then Diwali. We will also think about why we celebrate Christmas.

 

In English we will be looking at poetry using the book "Zim Zam Zoom" and the popular children's book The Jolly Postman. We will be writing letters, diary entries, character descriptions as well as acting out scenes from the story. 

 

In Maths we will be looking at numbers within 20, addition and subtraction within 20 and starting to look at telling the time. Any extra Maths you can do with your child at home will be beneficial! 

This year Woodpeckers class will be taking part in a Christmas nativity performance which we can’t wait to show you.

Term 1

Amazing Me!

 

Our first topic in Woodpeckers is called 'Amazing Me.' The children will be looking closely at what makes them special and unique as a human being including their body parts and senses. We will also explore animals including pets and how similar and different we are to a variety of animals. We will be undertaking really fun activities linked to all of our senses such as a blindfolded walk, making pizzas and exploring our sense of touch!

 

In English we will be exploring the texts "The Emperor's Egg" and "Grace and Family" as well as writing exciting all about me entries into our Learning Books focusing on what makes us special with our family and friends.

 

In Maths, the children will take part in Maths Mastery lessons. We will learn songs to sing during our lessons and this term we have a big focus on numbers 1-10. This means we will learn the number bonds for all numbers 5-10 and how we can represent numbers in different ways. We will also be adding and subtracting numbers up to 10.

 

 

Key Information

Our PE days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays so please ensure your child has a named PE kit with plimsoles or trainers. Earrings must be removed for PE before school by an adult for health and safety reasons.

 

Please remind your child to bring in a named water bottle every day - even in the winter months! Being well hydrated helps us to concentrate and be ready to learn.

Your child has the opportunity to change their reading book every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. When you have read with your child please comment and sign their contact book to signify they have read at home. We will be recording who is reading regularly at home and there will be prizes for the top readers! The contact book can also be used to communicate any messages with me.

 

We will also continue with Buster Book club where the number of minutes read should be recorded on the Buster Book club bookmark every Wednesday night. 

 

Phonics is taught daily with an emphasis on children being able to read the words and then be able to put them into sentences to show they understand their meaning. They also practice writing the words and writing them into full sentences. Throughout the year, I will give out alien and real words for you to work on with your child at home. This will prepare them for their Phonics Screening test in June 2020.

Forest School will be taking place every Friday morning with Mrs Robson so please make sure your child has wellies in school along with gloves for winter months and hats for summer months.

Forest School is an exciting part of the school day in which the children will be exploring our topics and other areas of the curriculum, in the outdoor environment.

Please find below a list of useful websites which can help your child at home:

Year 1 Common Exception words


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