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Welcome to the Year 1 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Excellence Board w.b. 23.11.20

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We've had another fun-filled week of learning this week, including an autumnal walk and presenting our own weather reports in science and learning about Joan Miro in Art in a Day. Our excellence board this week features Miro-inspired prints by Louisa in 1AL and Eva in 1EB.

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Excellence Board w.b. 16.11.20

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We have had yet another week of fantastic learning in Year One, with lots of briliant pieces of work created. Our chosen work for the Excellence Boards this week is by April in 1AL and Clara in 1EB.

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Excellent Work!

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Excellent Work

Year One have had a really exciting week of learning and produced some fantastic pieces of work. Here are our two selected pieces who are on this week's excellence board, they are by Lily in 1EB and Skye in 1AL.

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Excellence Board w.b. 02.11.20

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Year One have had a fantastic start to Autumn 2, with lots of fun and exciting learning. Here are our two pieces of work that have been selected for this week's Excellence Boards. They are by Ted in 1EB and Olive in 1AL1EB Ted 11AL Olive

Fantastic Fireworks!

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Today in English we have been discussing bonfire night and how we can use our five senses to recall what we can see, hear, touch, smell and taste on Bonfire night. We tasted marshmallows, apple, and toffee sauce; we felt how soft our hats and scarves are, and the hard metal from the sparklers; we smelled the barbecue smell of food cooking and the smoke created by a bonfire. We watched a video of the sparkling, bright fireworks exploding in the dark sky and listened to their fizzing and popping sounds. We then discussed the adjectives that we could use later this week when creating our bonfire acrostic poems.

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Excellence Board w.b. 19.10.20

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We have had a wonderful week of learning in Year One, with many fantastic pieces of work created. Our Excellence Boards this week showcase our Art in a Day work, where we looked at and then replicated the work of Bridget Riley. The featured pieces are by Isla in 1AL and Indigo in 1EB.

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Black History Month - Celebrating Matthew Henson

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As part of Black History Month, in Geography we have been learning about the significance of Mathhew Henson. We learned that he has been credited as being the first person to reach the North Pole. 

We thought about the challenges that Matthew Henson faced in his life and on his journeys, imagining what the conditions would have been like in the North Pole. We wrapped up warm and camped out in the snow!


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Excellence Board w.b. 12.10.20

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Year One have had a really exciting week of learning and produced some fantastic pieces of work. Here are our two selected pieces who are on this week's excellence board, they are by Stefano in 1AL and Anna in 1EB.

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Phonics Webinar

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Dear parents,

As I am sure that you are aware, phonics is an integral part of your child’s reading journey in Year One, and it is expected that all children should have a sound knowledge of phonics by the end of the year. This is assessed during the summer term by the statutory phonics screening test. The children practise phonics daily at school and are prepared for the test by taking part in a mock assessment each term, after which their progress will be shared with you. Further information about the phonics screening test will be provided later in the year.

We would like to say thank you for your significant support with this during home learning and further information has now been created to support with this.

Usually, we would invite parents or guardians to school to participate in a phonics workshop, to help you better understand what it is we do at school and how to support your child at home. However, due to the current restrictions, this will not be possible. In lieu of a physical workshop, an online webinar has been created for you to watch at home. This can be found below. The accompanying resources will also be available under the ‘Home Learning’ tab.

This webinar shares information about how we teach children to read at Whitehouse Common using the Ruth Miskin phonics approach, common misconceptions, pronunciations and terminology, and ideas to help support your child at home.

After watching the webinar, please do feedback to your child’s teacher or myself if you have any further comments, questions or concerns.

Excellent Work!

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Well done to our excellent work winners this week!

Each week, we choose a piece of work to display on the excellence board in our classrooms. We talk about why we have chosen the work and display it proudly for everyone to see. So that you can celebrate and share your achievement at home with your families, we will share our excellent work on our blog too!

This week's excellent work belongs to Hasanli and Leo.

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I wonder who it will be next week...

Magnificent Maths!

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Exciting news! The school has invested in a new app for your children.

NumBots is an online game and playing little and often (for about 5 minutes 3 or 4 times a week) will significantly improve your child’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. These are critical foundations in Maths, so we are excited by the impact NumBots will have.

There are two game types:

  • Story Mode – the emphasis is on learning the ideas and concepts behind addition and subtraction so it features more diagrams, shapes and question styles.
  • Challenge Mode – the emphasis is more on speed of recall of key facts, like number bonds to 10, doubling small numbers or adding & taking away in your head.

Please don’t allow siblings, friends or family to answer for them but do support your child if they’re stuck.

The Numbots App is available at the Apple Store and on Google Play Store. This allows children to use Numbots on mobile devices and tablets.

Well done to those children who have already started playing. Certificates will be available for those who reach different points in the game.

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Keep up the good work!

Story Trail

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Today at school we have been on a story trail! Soon we will be writing our own journey stories and we have been collecting ideas for new settings and characters to fuel our imagination. We went on a story trail around the school grounds. It was great fun and we are very excited to begin writing our own stories! Have a look at some of the things we found...

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