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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 1

 

What a strange few weeks it has been. Even though most children are not in school at the moment, our learning will continue during summer term, just in a different way! Although we are having to adapt and work in different ways, the current situation provides real opportunities for us to make the most of the quality time we can spend with our families. Staying safe and being happy are the most important thing to focus on right now and I hope you are able to use this time to enjoy playing games, reading stories, being creative and growing plants at home.

Each week during the school closure, I will be sending a home learning grid for the children to complete activities from. The activities on the grid be closely aligned to the curriculum which we would have been covering in school and they aim to be engaging, practical and fun. Further activities can be found on the Home Learning tab of our school website. This includes documents, links to websites, apps and some free subscriptions which provide resources that companies have shared during school closures.

So far this year, the children have very much enjoyed learning about The Seaside and Traditional Tales during the Autumn Term and The Local Area and Transport during Spring Term. Our new topic for Summer Term will be Dinosaurs.

English

Our English lessons have been based around a number of books, related to our topics. In Autumn term we wrote return stories, postcards and traditional tales and we built on this during Spring Term by writing detective stories, letters, friendship stories and recount messages. Throughout the year, daily phonics lessons will target your child’s reading and writing skills. Reading is of great importance and your child should do some reading every day. During summer term, while we are learning from home, the English work set each week will comprise of phonics, spelling, reading, writing and handwriting activities. For some children, the phonics activities will be the learning of new sounds and for others they will help to recap and consolidate previous learning. It is important for children to draw on their phonics knowledge when completing reading and writing tasks. When writing, children should also focus on rehearsing their sentences orally before writing, using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. The children should also be encouraged to read their writing out loud to check it makes sense. Please continue to read as often as possible. Phonetically decodable books can be found on the Oxford Owl website. These are currently free to read online.

Maths

In Maths during Autumn Term we focussed on place value, addition and subtraction and shape. During Spring Term, we began to work with larger numbers, as well as learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. In school, the children use a range of practical resources to support them in their learning and they tackle reasoning and problem solving questions to further develop their understanding. During Summer Term, we will be following the White Rose Maths Hub Home Learning sequence. This will cover weight and volume, multiplication and division, fractions, position and direction, place value to 100, money and time. Please also continue to reinforce your knowledge on NumBots and practice counting to 100 in ones, twos, fives and tens and recalling number bonds to 10 and 20.

Science

So far this year in science, we have learnt about Autumn and Everyday Materials, Winter and Animals Including Humans. Our learning has been enhanced through practical activities including observation, exploration and performing simple investigations. This term our Science topics are Plants and Summer. Hopefully the beautiful weather we have had so far will continue, to allow you to explore these topics in your garden and outside during your daily walks.

Geography

During our seaside topic, we used geographical vocabulary to refer to features of the seaside. When studying our Local Area topic we learnt about the location of Willaston in the UK and discussed it’s features. We also developed our fieldwork skills by making observations and drawing maps. During our Transport topic we enjoyed carrying out a traffic survey outside our school. Our new topic is Dinosaurs. Weekly home learning activities will involve finding out about different continents in the world where dinosaur fossils have been discovered.

History

During our seaside topic, we investigated similarities and differences between seaside holidays in the past and seaside holidays today. When looking at the Local Area, we talked about how Willaston has changed over time and used the Willaston Windmill as our case study. During our Transport topic we identified differences between transport in the past and the transport today. Our new topic is Dinosaurs. Weekly home learning activities will involve finding out about different dinosaurs from the past, discussing how we know they existed and how we can find out about the past (including learning about Mary Anning). Furthermore, we will find out about why dinosaurs do not exist anymore.

Forest School

In our forest school lessons, we have completed lots of cross curricular activities to support our learning. We enjoy completing work linked to our class topics outside the classroom in our school’s outdoor environment and the field, meadow and woods in our local area. We regularly link the theme of British values to the outdoor environment and think about the importance of respecting the environment we live in. For ideas of activities to do during Summer Term that would follow a curriculum similar to Forest School with Mr Ellison, please follow the links on the home learning tab.

Art

In art this year, we have learnt about colours and patterns and we have used out knowledge to produce some beautiful pieces of work including our coloured pattern caterpillars. We have used a variety of techniques in our art lessons including drawing, painting, printing, collage and textiles. During the Summer Term, our learning in art will be based on the artist Piet Mondrian.

Computing

Computing is delivered throughout the curriculum. We use a wide range of ICT to support our learning in a number of different subject areas. Last term, our computing focus was on simple coding. You are encouraged to continue to use ICT to support your child’s learning at home. Rainbow Challenges During Autumn and Spring Terms, as part of our classroom activities in Year 1, the children were set 6 weekly challenges tailored to their learning, usually of a practical nature. Challenge areas include reading, writing, maths, science, topic/RE and fine motor skill development. The children will collect different coloured sticks when they complete challenges and will build up their own rainbow during the week. The rainbow sticks the children collect equate to Rainbow Reward time which will take place on Fridays. Children will continue to benefit from practical activities at home. Particularly activities to develop their fine motor skills.

RE 

So far this year in RE we have learnt about Judaism, Christian discipleship, incarnation, Christian values and salvation. During summer term our learning will be focussed on Islam followed by Christian creation. 

Rainbow Challenges

During Autumn and Spring Terms, as part of our classroom activities in Year 1, the children were set 6 weekly challenges tailored to their learning, usually of a practical nature. Challenge areas include reading, writing, maths, science, topic/RE and fine motor skill development. The children collect different coloured sticks when they complete challenges and will build up their own rainbow during the week. The rainbow sticks the children collect equate to Reward time which will take place on Fridays. Children will continue to benefit from practical activities at home. Particularly activities to develop their fine motor skills.


PSHE

In PSHE we have learnt about our feelings, healthy lifestyles, our likes and dislikes and our choices. In school, we always think about always think about ways to keep ourselves safe. This is especially important whilst we are leaning at home. Throughout Autumn and Spring term we used My Happy Mind to support our mental well-being. We completed the modules of Meet my Brain, Celebrate and Appreciate. We enjoyed learning techniques that help us relax such as happy breathing. Whilst at home, you will be able to continue to work through the modules on My Happy Mind and access the My Happy Mind resources.

Drop-In


Drop-in sessions are usually held every Monday, between 3.15pm and 3.45pm for you to discuss with me any concerns you may have. Obviously there will be no drop-in sessions until we are back in school. However, if you have any updates from children, their work or they just want to say hello, I’m more than happy for you to get in touch. I look forward to hearing about your time away from school when we return and can’t wait to find out about all the exciting activities that have taken place.

Stay safe, look after yourselves and your families and we will see each other again soon.

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Hughes 


The staff at Willaston C of E Primary School are missing their pupils and the entire School community, so here are some little 
messages from them all.

Easter message
 from Mrs Chambers
Mrs Lamb's 
Easter Story 
Message from Mr Graham
Miss Hughes reading 
Monkey Puzzle.
Mr Ellinson's Forest School At Home 
virtual bunch of flowers, rainbow of hope,  recycled bird feederThe Happy Tree

Mrs Chambers
 'Respect' Assembly
Mrs Chambers 
'Compassion' Assembly.

Miss Bell (and Buddy) reading 
There's A Snake In My School by David Walliams
Just a few words to say 
'hello' and we are thinking of you all
Miss Hull's Challenge
Value Ambassadors'Perseverance' Assembly
Miss Chapman reading a story about a Rainbow
Revd Bazely's 'Creation' Assembly 
Miss Hull's 'Service' Assembly
'Possible' read by Mrs Robinson
Mr Graham's 'Respect' Assembly
Mrs Lamb's 'Compassion' Assembly
Mrs Chambers 'Perseverance' Assembly
House Captain's 'Creation' Assembly

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Sending best wishes to everyone.

Take care and keep safe. 


HELP YOUR CHILD WITH..

 


Y1 Summer Newsletter.pdf (PDF 175.0KB)
Guidelines for spelling, year 1, including word lists.pdf (PDF 67.3KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 1.pdf (PDF 63.5KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 1.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)