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All the news, tips and tricks of Year 1 this week! Week 10th-17th Nov 2017

"The melodies have been rising, and the weather's been getting low...."

This week we have turned our attention to the Geography aspect (but which also feeds into our Science) of this half term's topic, "Where do the leaves go to in Winter?" We have been investigating weather! Each day, a different house team has been outside to look at our homemade and professional weather recording devices to then report back to the class! We have looked at the visible weather i.e. whether it is sunny, partly sunny or cloudy outside, whilst also measuring any rainfall, the temperature and the wind direction (if any). The children have been learning how to enter data into a table (a very new and tricky skill). We have talked about how the temperatures have changed across the day and also differences across the week. We will be looking at learning how to answer questions by using a table of data, but I will make a more simplified version for our independent learning. We have loved looking at the weather so much so that we may well continue to record the weather. I am hoping that we will be able to video ourselves as weather forecasters with a map and Velcro weather symbols! Watch out Michael Fish. Stay tuned...

Mason's completed weather record. Well done :)

We have also looked at Barnaby Bear to help us pack suitcases for different places/ weather conditions. We had our very own mini-mes in different weather conditions which needed clothing! We had fun designing clothes for the different weather conditions, move over Versace and McQueen!

Fabulous work girls!

As a class we will be looking at working on our artistic skills including: drawing with a HB pencil BEFORE using colours, learning to shade in one direction and neatly, and adding details independently.

In Maths we have just looked at number bonds to ten. These are the pairs of numbers which total ten. Through the White Rose approach to mastery, we have practically been exploring how 3 and 7 is equal to ten. We now need to develop our rapid recall of these number pairs as this unlocks a lot of further maths skills later on. Here are two links to help at home: Save the Whale requires you to choose the correct piece of numbered pipe to correspond with the "broken" pipe. This allows children to count on if they are unsure. Hit the Button is the whole school initiative which aims to develop rapid recall (some of you may have explored this with siblings). If your child is unsure, begin by holding up the number of fingers which correspond to the number shown: e.g. 4 is displayed so you hold four fingers up. The numbers of fingers not raised should equal the missing number bond needed. Happy practising:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button   

(Number bonds, make 10)

http://www.ictgames.com/save_the_whale_v4.html

We have also looked at writing number sentences. This is more complicated than we remember, as adults looking back. Children need to know what each number means in the sentence as well as the symbols used. We have introduced (as Year 1s), that + is "Plus" and = is "is equal to". We have looked at the tricky concept of being able to write an addition number sentence (NOT SUM!!!) in four different ways;

So 4 apples and 3 bananas is equal to 7 pieces of fruit.

We can write this as: 4 + 3 = 7

The 4 means 4 apples, the 3 means 3 bananas and the 7 is all of the fruit.

This number sentence can also be written as follows:

          3 + 4 = 7

          7 = 3 + 4

          7 = 4 + 3

We need to develop our confidence that nothing has been added or taken, but the numbers have just been moved. We need to understand that the number sentence still makes sense. This will help when we begin to look at further concepts later on...

In Phonics, some children will be beginning Phase 5 on Monday. Well done guys! Others are closely following as they complete Phase 4 with the initial and final consonant blends. Mrs Simpkins groups are either nearing the end of Phase 3, or revisiting the digraphs and trigraphs at the start of Phase 3. Please ensure you regularly practise your pink phonics homework which is targeted to where your child currently is in their phonetic journey.

REMINDERS:

Independence: It is essential for children to develop their independence in age appropriate ways. This encourages them to take risks in their learning, to be active learners and it develops high self-esteem and confidence. There are lots of articles online which demonstrate how important it is for children to develop their independence-

ALL children should be putting their own Reading Record and Pink Homework book in the boxes when the signs are out. Typically this is each day for the reading record, and Fridays for the phonics book.

All children should be aware of having money or letters in book bags, and handing these in for events like Pudsey/ flu vaccine. By handling coins, children learn that items/events cost money, that they need to be responsible and careful with their money and they will look at and begin to recognise coins. (Also, try as I might, I cannot remember who gave me every coin and message on the playground). By handing back letters, children are aware of events in their class.

When buying drinks at lunch, all children in Year 1 should be asking for their drink in a polite way. We have no-one with a communication difficulty, but even if we did, there are strategies around this. Sadly we are seeing children thrust coins and grab drinks. By supporting these small things we are teaching children how to be members of their community, giving them the confidence to buy items and handle money appropriately and in an age appropriate way in a safe and familiar environment with adults they know.

Children should be responsible for their own jumpers and cardigans, water bottles and book bags. They are all able to carry these and read their names, so can put away and collect these when needed.

Because we are doing so much for our children (and with good intentions) it is removing their independence and resulting in children who sit at tables and do not begin their learning because they don't have pencils! Our classroom has been organised so that all the children have access to all the resources they need so that they can be active learners. We want children who will have a sudden light bulb moment who will have the confidence to follow through with their learning- not sit and lose the moment because an adult has not handed them all the equipment the adult feels they need. Independence enables children to make choices which affect themselves.

Together we can create a confident children who are able to make choices about the resources or ways they wish to tackle a challenge, who can think outside the box and persevere when things may become tricky. This will stand them in good stead for a healthy and successful life.

Apologies, with all that has happened in the last week, I have forgotten the class I-Pad! This has fabulous footage of our Elliot as he undertook the Pudsey challenge in Friday's assembly. Stay tuned for a special mid-week Pudsey blog!

To gain your house point reward this week, with Monday being 5 and Friday dropping to 1 house point, you will need to quote, "Muscular."

See you on Monday folks! What will that weather be up to...?