Parent Volunteers (Reading Mums and Dads)
We are looking for Parent Volunteers in Year 1. This half term our focus is on Reading. If you have any free time we would love for you to come in and listen to children read. If it is as little as 20 min or as much as 1-2 hours, we would greatly appreciate your support. If you feel you are able to volunteer please let Mrs Sawyer or the front office know what days and times you can do.
Thank you for your continued support!
Year 1 Lanchester Team
Attention! We need your help!
Please can you bring in any unwanted junk modelling material as we are making recycled art next week.
containers (small and large)
boxers (small and large)
lots of masking tape
Thank you in advance,
Year 1 Team
Each and every child in Starling Class have worked incredibly hard this Spring Term. After a tremendous start to the year with our Reading... we have now seen exceeding progression in Maths and Writing. Every member of Starling Class knows and understands their next steps in their learning, they are becoming increasingly independent and are motivated and excited about their learning! There is nothing more rewarding then seeing the smile on a child's face when they achieve something they have been working hard at... I am very fortunate to be the teacher of a class who show me these smiles each and every day. I would like to say a personal thank you for all the parent support we receive, your dedication to the school's success is very greatly appreciated, so THANK YOU! Enjoy the break and remember to make the most of every day moments to continue to develop a love of life long learning.
Show and Tell
Our Show and Tell theme for this half term is:
"My Favourite Book".
We encourage children to bring in their favourite book- talk about this book and perhaps read a page of their book to the class. In our English lesson we are focusing on Traditional Tales and Narrative writing and this week is International Book Day. We will take a note of each child's favourite book and work towards stocking our library with these for them and others to enjoy and celebrate reading.
If your child misses/ is away/ or forgets their Show and Tell, not to worry, simply bring it in the following Friday.
We had an incredible time at the Science Museum! There was so many amazing exhibits to explore and learn from. Our day started in the 'Space' section and we enjoyed discovering more about planets, finding out what life is like for astronauts and the moon landing. I loved hearing all the amazing facts our children knew about gravity and satellites!
After lunch we discovered some amazing aspects about time! We saw the second oldest clock in Britain (over 700 years old) however, it did not look like clocks as we know them today. Also fascinating was the rolling ball clock!
The pattern pod was extremely interactive and we enjoyed exploring using all our senses. We learnt that patterns are not just visual... we can also feel and hear patterns!
Exploring the 'Home' exhibition was lots of fun. We got to step back in time again and we enjoyed viewing all the appliances of a house and how they have changed and developed over time.
After a fun filled day full of exploring... we enjoyed many games of 'eye spy' on the journey home (for those who didn't enjoy a quick nap).
Thank you, Starlings and All the Year 1's for a wonderful day!
Thank you, to ALL our very helpful volunteers- we greatly appreciate you being with us and sharing this experience!
International week has been a huge success. Children have been very excited learning about countries from all around the world. I would like to take the opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the parents who supported us on delivering such high quality, information and knowledge about their own countries and heritage. The children took great pride in discussing countries that are relative to them.
In particular in Starling's Class I would like to personally thank:
Mrs Lines: for her wonderful presentation on Greece
Mrs Irvine: for her lovely Brazil presentation- and even dressing up for the occasion
Mr Lau: for his informative presentation and amazing gifts for every child
To ALL the parents/grandparents who made very YUMMY food for our "Tasting Food" celebration afternoon.
In all we had a very enjoyable week... and at the very least had a good laugh at Mrs Sawyer's outfit on Australia Day!
Stay tuned for photos...
In our class we now have a zero tolerance of outside toys being bought into school. When toys are bought in they cause a distraction for the children and impact on their concentration and learning. Additionally children are getting upset if items are misplaced or broken. The best way to overcome this issue is if we have a TOTAL ban on children bringing in items from home and also anything they may have collected. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.
Thursday: Brazil and China
"Food Tastings from Around the World" Parents invited to bring a dish and come and share. 3pm-4pm
BUG CLUB and ABACUS
I have just allocated all children another book band- which can be anywhere from 9 to 14 books. This is to ensure those who access Bug Club often are not waiting for their next books to come and they can continue to extend themselves.
There is a clear correlation between those who are accessing Bug Club often and those who are progressing rapidly within their reading!
A few people have not been on Bug Club for over 1month. PLEASE get children on and having a go. If you are having trouble with getting online or accessing a computer let me know and I will ensure they are able to have time at school to access their online books.
Thank you for your continued support.
Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to help us with our Year 1 International Week.
So far these are the countries of focus.
After discussions with our International Week Volunteers: we have decided to celebrate our International Week through a "Food Tastings from around the World" session on Friday 29th January from 3pm-4pm (during extra curricular club time) in the school hall. We invite all parents (and siblings) to attend and we would love if as many people as possible could bring a dish from their cultural heritage to share.
We look forward to hopefully seeing you there for the celebration.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 1 Lanchester Team
I would just like to say that I am incredibly proud of all the children in Starling class! Last week they showed me an incredible retell in their Big Write! The children engaged with the story Lila and the Secret of Rain so well, their writing was just a pleasure to read. Congratulations on all your hard work Starlings, I can see such progress in everyone's writing and I look forward to our next Big Write, to see what other wonderful things you are able to achieve!
Many parents have asked to have information about Year 1 Maths. Therefore, we have now added Maths to the Spring Term Overview, we hope that this information is useful for you.
The Year 1 Lanchester Team
Welcome back everyone!
I hope you all had a lovely break over this holiday period! I had a lovely time with family and friends in the land down under but I am greatly looking forward to the new term and all the wonderful things we have planned!
Please look at the following- Spring 1 Curriculum Overview, Spring 1 Spelling List, Spring 1 Show and Tell Rota. If there are any questions please feel free to ask either at morning drop off or via email.
Remember homework for year 1 involves: Home Readers, Bug Club, Abacus and Spelling.
Many parents have asked how many times a week they should be completing these homework tasks, although there is no compulsory specific number, we recommend you use this as a guide to ensure your child is receiving the best support from home.
Bug Club: 2 times a week (children can read previous books from their Bug Club library)
Home Readers: 4 times a week (children books are exchanged twice a week, so each book should be read at least twice)
Spelling: 4 times a week
Maths: 4 times a week (accessing the games available via the Bug Club Login, games can be revisited from previous weeks)
Thank you for your continued support!
The Lanchester Year 1 Team
D&T Week Homework
This week is D&T week. So far in the lead up to this week we have been developing our understanding of structures and architecture in our community and comparing these with different communities around the world. We have also been looking at what materials are needed to build a house and special features of houses in England that ensure insulation. Furthermore, we have explored how we get electricity to our homes and how electricity helps us in everyday life.
As a homework project this week we would like you and your child to have some fun in designing and creating your own 3D model of a house. It could be a house from England or you may like to look into houses from around the world and try to replicate this. Get as creative as you like, in the process talk to your child about the materials you will need, how you will ensure the materials stay together, how will your structure be stable, what features do you need to include, and so forth, Please do not make your structure any bigger than an approximate shoe box size as we would like to put these on display in our school. Feel free to write about the process in the creation of your structure. This D&T project will be due Monday 30th November.
Thank you for your support and HAVE FUN!
The Lanchester Year 1 Team.
What a wonderful start to Year 1 we have had in Starlings Class!
It has been jammed packed full of fun, learning, growing, visits, assemblies and so much more. We have all been working very hard so I hope everyone enjoys their week off!
So here is some of what has been filling up our days this half term….
We explored 4 wonderful books in depth, in turn we were able to practice our own writing skills through their inspiration! We loved learning about similes from My Mum and My Dad, probably just as much as all the parents have enjoyed reading them. Amazing Grace allowed us to explore characters in depth, the very vibrant Grace gave us many chances to act, describe and write in character. Our love of the story and our constant revisiting it allowed the children to write wonderful retells of the whole story. Naughty Bus was a fun story which inspired us to create our own stories. Through exploration of settings, we took photos of our own toys around the school and then followed the toys adventures as they made poor choices which eventually led them to see why it is important to make good choices. Our speaking and listening skills were covered on various occasions this half term but especially in our Poetry Day Assembly and our Class Assembly.
Now a half term into our new Inspire Maths, we are engaging with Maths in a deeper way than ever before. We are now making sure we can answer ‘why’ when we find our answers and we have enjoyed all the wonderful things that can happen when we understand number bonds. We have enjoyed the problem solving parts of our Maths learning and we are going to continue to practice writing our numbers in words and ensuring our numerals are always facing the correct way.
This half term our Inquiry afternoons have mainly focused on Geography and History. We had many questions about how people lived in the past. Through different investigations and our wonderful trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum and our visit from the British Schools Museum, we got the chance to answer some of these questions through hands on engaging activities that showed us what life was like in Victorian Times. In addition to this we explored our own history, including the history of the own very own school building.
Thank you to all the parents of Starling Class, everyday your support shines through. We look forward to what the next half term will bring!
"Step Back in Time" Class assembly
Well done Starling Class! What a wonderful experience- I loved hearing about how you felt before, during and after your performance. I am so proud of each and everyone of you! You all worked so hard in learning your lines and presenting them! Congratulations!
Thank you for our postcard Jess!
Thank you for thinking of us on your holiday!
Visit from the British Schools Museum
Today we had a wonderful time exploring, playing with and learning about toys from the past. We learnt how to play certain games, what toys are made of and how toys have changed over time. It was a very interactive experience and the children loved the chance to explore.
Here are some pictures from the day:
An understanding of spelling is very important in children's ability to read and write. A reminder that the list of words for this half term are important as they consist of words that children are using in their day to day writing, plus the words are a chance to practice the sounds we are learning in phonics.
Please remember to practice spelling these words with your child. Engaging with these words at least 3 times a week has a very positive impact on their learning.
Thank you for your continued support
Lanchester Year 1 Team
Starlings Class Assembly
Starling Class have their class assembly on Thursday 22nd of October at 9am (apologies this date was not included in the previous newsletter). We have written a play and will be performing this at our assembly. The play is based on our Inquiry Unit “Step Back in Time”. All children have their own lines to remember and practice, please could you work with you child at home to help them learn and memorise these lines (These will come home on Monday 12th).
The children have expressed that they would really like to dress up for the performance. I have noted on their lines what character each person is, so you have an idea of what might suite for them to wear on the day. If you do not feel you have anything appropriate for the character, this is fine, they can simply wear casual clothes.
On the day, could your child please come to school in their outfits, with their uniform in their school bag. This ensures we can start the assembly at 9am, we will get the children changed back into their uniform after the assembly.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask. We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you for your support, the children are very excited about this assembly.
Poetry Day Assembly
Congratulations to all the Year 1 children who participated in the Poetry Day assembly. Over the past half term we have immersed ourselves in a variety of poetry and we have thoroughly enjoyed both reading and writing our own poems. Some children have been so inspired that they have been writing their own poems at home!
Here are some of the poems that were written and read by children on the day:
The market is sunny
The market is busy
The market is dizzy
The market is smelly
I bought I telly
The market is sunny
I saw a bunny
The market is hot
I bought some water in a pot
The market is fantastic
So I did gymnastics with an elastic
The market is sunny
I have spent my money
Our cross curricular learning is taking us into the world of toys. We would like your child to bring in one toy to use in class for the next two weeks. We will be using our toy for inspiration with our writing- using it to write descriptions and then using it to write our own story- inspired by the text 'Naughty Bus ' by Jan and Jerry Oke.
A few guidelines with picking the toy....
Please do not let your child bring anything of too much value as we can not be responsible for damaged or misplaced toys.
Please make sure the toy is a suitable size- not too large or too small.
We look forward to sharing our writing creations with you.
Lanchester Year 1 Team
Bug Club and Abacus are now up and running. http://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk To login to your childs account their username is (first four letters of first name and first four letters of surname) and the password is your childs class name. If your child only has 3 letters in either name then just enter the 3 letters.
For example: Sarah Bloggs from Seagulls Class
If there are any issues with your login please inform your class teacher and they will endeavour to fix the error ASAP for you.
Chiltern Open Air Museum
With the sun shining we set off on our first trip of Year 1. We were about to “step back in time” and experience life unlike we know it today. The coach ride involved excited voices, animal spotting and singing. When we arrived we got straight into some very hands on activities.
We explored how they had light before people could flick a switch. Ask your child what you can do with a bowl of water and a candle! We then had great fun making our very own beeswax candles.
We got to cook- without an oven! We cooked in a small cottage that was 200 years old and we enjoyed learning about the family who used to live there. Ask your child how they used to measure their ingredients in the Victorian era! We even had our very own milk man deliver some milk for our cooking.
After lunch we enjoyed the castle playground!
Then it was straight to the brickyard to see how some children had to work in the past. We loved getting our hands mucky and filling all the clay into the moulds. Ask your child how we managed to get the clay out of the mould without damaging the brick!
Despite our late arrival back to school (sorry again and thank you for your patience, it was greatly appreciated!) everything during the day ran very smoothly and a great time was had by all! We look forward to drawing upon these experiences in our future lessons about life in the past.
The Year 1 Lanchester Team
Starlings Class have had a wonderful start to the new school year. We have enjoyed being with all our friends again and also making new friends. We have been practicing how to be role models for our new reception students, who we were very excited to meet this week. This week have already started some fantastic learning in:
With a focus on the book My Mum and My Dad by Anthony Brown, the children learnt what an "adjective" - a "describing word". We used adjectives to describe our Mum and then our Dad. We then had some fun creating similes.
Holly: "My Mum is as amazing as a bird flying"
Jess: "My Mum is as pretty as a fairy"
Nicolas: "My Mum is as light as a dandelion."
We have been exploring our maths resources. We really stretched our maths brains when we looked at the Cuisenaire Rods.
Looking at "who we are" we enjoyed describing ourselves and drawing ourselves using Pablo Picasso as inspiration.