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Thank you morning:

We are very grateful for the support of parents throughout the year – if you have been a reading ranger, volunteered in a classroom or helped on a trip, or given any of your time to support MPA with events please come along on Friday 19thJuly 9.30-10.30am for refreshments and entertainment provided by the children. Please email muscliff@muscliffprimary.co.uk or pop into the office to let us know you can attend. 


It was lovely to see so many of you at the summer Fayre and didn't they do well with the dancing performance?


Friday 21st June 2019

Another busy week has passed in Year 1!  This week we had the pleasure of visiting our friends at St Michael's Primary for the annual Septenery Art Day.  The children enjoyed exploring the art and culture of the subcontinent of India, drawing painted elephants, sculpting Diwali pots and replicating complicated Mendhi patterns.  It was lovely for the children to spend some time in another school and work and play alongside their friends from across town.

In Literacy the children have now completed their final piece of independent writing for the year.  They had fun describing their teacher in lots of detail!  This extended writing will enable us to make final judgements on their progress which we are looking forward to sharing with you in their annual reports.

In maths we have been consolidating number skills with a focus on essential numeracy targets to enable the children to be ready for the transition to Year 2.  Keep on practising counting in 2s 5s and 10s and access DoodleMaths every day to keep those skills ticking over!

With sports day approaching we have been using PE lessons to practise some of the events that the children will be taking part in.  There is a real buzz around the house teams and more than a little healthy competition!  If you are unsure which house your child belongs to, please check with your class teacher ahead of the day.

Please do keep checking in on upcoming dates and events - the last few weeks of term are always very busy.  We will be performing at the Summer BBQ on Friday 5th July at 5.55pm and it would be great if we could have as many children as possible to join us in our Bollywood dancing!

Have a fantastic weekend.

The Year 1 team

PS - the weather is forecast to be very warm next week. With this in mind, please apply sun cream to your child before they arrive at school (we are unable to apply it for them).  All children will also need a named sunhat and water bottle for outside play and PE.

Friday 14th June

We’ve had a wonderful week in Year 1!  Today we had a fantastic Art workshop where we learnt how to paint using the same method used in Indian gourd painting.  The children worked with a visiting art specialist who taught them different techniques in order to produce some lovely patterned bird puppets.

Within Maths we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and completing missing number sequences.  The children first learnt to check whether the numbers were getting bigger or smaller (+ or -) and then to use the existing numbers to work out if it was jumps of 2s, 5s or 10.

Within Literacy we have been getting in character and pretending to be Sunny the meerkat, from our story.  We had a go at writing diary entries, thinking about the features of the different places he visited. 

It’s been a jam packed week and we have all worked very hard.

Have a lovely weekend

The Year 1 Team

Friday 7th June


Wow, what a busy four days we have had at school!  We can’t quite believe we have started our final term in Year 1.  We have lots of exciting learning opportunities to look forward to as part of our ‘Where in the World’ topic.  Please do have a look at the topic overview in your child’s reading record to see what we will be doing.


This week we have been looking at the story ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett.  It tells the tale of Sunny a meerkat with itchy feet.  The children have enjoyed following him on his travels and reading all the lovely postcards he sends home.  They have also looked carefully at the features of postcards and had a go at writing their own.  They will definitely be well equipped to have a go at writing postcards to friends and family this summer.


Within Maths we have been continuing our work on positional language, specifically the language associated with turns.  The children have been looking at whole turns, half turns, quarter turns and three quarter turns, as well as looking at the direction of turns, using the terms clockwise and anti-clockwise.  They have been giving each other directions and we are sure they would love to show off their skills at home.   


Thank you to those of you who have sent the children’s P.E kits back to school.  Now that we are able to get outside more it’s really important that the children have P.E trainers/plimsoles (that fit), shorts or a skort and a t shirt, in school.  Can we also ask that the children come to school with a named water bottle (everyday) and sunscreen already applied (on the days when it is necessary).


Please make a note of the following key dates...


Dates for your diary

Wednesday 3rd July- Class swap and reports

Thursday 4th July (1:00-3:00) - Sports day

Friday 5th July- Summer BBQ 5:30-8pm

Monday 15th July- Open evening 3:30- 5:00

Tuesday 23rd July- Last day of the Summer term, 1:30pm finish


Have a great weekend!


The Year 1 Team

What an end to the half term!


We had a FABULOUS trip to Blackwater Forest on Tuesday. The sun was shining (just the right amount!), the children excited, and the nature surrounding us just beautiful. The children took part in 3 activities during our trip; making fairy houses, sailing our homemade boats and a discovery walk around the arboretum. All of which were enjoyed immensely.


It was so wonderful to see so many adults at our parent craft on Friday. Although the photography was not at a professional level (!), the teachers did manage to capture so much of the enjoyment of the day, which was great to share with all of you (the ice creams weren’t bad either!).


Our final half term will be a geographical adventure. Using the text ‘Meerkat Mail’ we will explore and compare various countries and continents- we can’t wait!


We wish you a happy (and sunny) half term and look forward to seeing the children on Tuesday the 4th of June.

The Year One Team x x x



Our venture into the Enchanted wood has continued this week. The children have been junk modelling their own magical forests- and they look fantastic! The teachers were all very impressed with the children’s imagination and problem solving. It was so lovely to see them share and encourage each other… great stuff all round!


We have been focusing on ‘editing’ in literacy this week. The children have written about the Enchanted Wood and then returned to their writing, armed with a ‘purple polishing pen’. With feedback from the teachers, the children have been correcting spellings, extending sentences, checking for capital letters and full stops as well as perfecting their cursive handwriting. This is a very worthwhile exercise for the children at this stage in Year 1, to promote growth mindset and start preparations for Year 2 (eeekkk…where has the year gone?!).  


Maths has been split between money and capacity this week. We have learnt the denominations of notes and used various vocabulary to describe different capacities.


Thanks to everyone who has returned their trip slip and money. A further information letter about the trip will be going home on Wednesday so please keep a look out for it in book bags.


This week we have been continuing with the book ‘The Enchanted Wood’, which has been captivating the children and inspiring their imaginations. The children have been making predictions and writing their own opinions about the choices of the characters.


We have been designing our own ‘shoe box woods’ in topic and look forward to using junk modelling to create them next week. Please see the home learning sheet in your child’s red folder about what materials they need to bring.


Money, money, money! British coins have been our focus in maths. We have been learning about each coin’s value and how to recognise them. We have started to use the coins to make amounts to ‘pay for items’. Please continue with this area of learning at home… here are some ideas to get you started;


  • With a coin of each value, order from the smallest to the largest amount. Then vice versa.
  • Set up a ‘shop’ at home with priced items. Encourage your child to find different ways to pay for things.
  • Use pennies to shoe a comparison of amounts (20 1p coins to a 20p piece).


Thank you so much for all the trip slips and money that has been sent in, if you haven’t done so yet, please get these to us as soon as you can.


Have a lovely (long) weekend…

The Year One Team x

Year 1 Blog- 26/04/19

It was lovely to welcome the children back after the long Easter break. We had lots to tell on Tuesday morning and there has been buzz of excitement around year 1 throughout the week.


We kicked off our Summer term with a magical starter based around the Enid Blyton chapter book, ‘The Enchanted Wood’. The book has been chosen for its rich imagery and imagination. We talked about what might be in an ‘enchanted’ wood and spent the first day back making fairy wands, creating story dice and scavenging around the playground looking for fairy-tale creatures.


On Wednesday we dived into the first chapter of the story and quickly became familiar with the characters and the setting. The children have been using the text to support their learning of how to recognise and formulate question and exclamation sentences;


What was that noise?

That tree can talk!


We have encouraged the children to use expression when reading these sentence types as well as use the correct punctuation when writing them.


After such a long break, we have re-capped telling the time to the hour in maths. With that secured, we then started to tackle telling the time at half past the hour! Please use any opportunity available to draw attention to clocks and telling the time as this is a key skill for the children to learn.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,


The Year 1 Team x


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Friday 15th February


What a great end to the half term we had! We can hardly believe we are now halfway through the school year. Your children have worked incredibly hard and we are really impressed with their ‘growth mindset’ attitudes.


Today we said goodbye to our chicks. We have really enjoyed having them. The children have learnt so much from their first-hand experience of seeing the cycle from eggs to chicks. We are sure the chicks will be happy in their new homes too.


This week we have been looking at the story ‘Rosie’s Walk.’ We have been working on writing descriptive sentences and this fed into the ‘Big Writes’ the children produced yesterday. It was great to read their work and see how much they have listened to top tips, in order to improve their super sentences. Today we made our own windmills just like the ones in the story. We are sure your children will enjoy showing them to you.


Within Maths we have been solving word problems by doubling and adding equal groups of objects. The children have found this much easier when they count in 2s, 5s, 10s and at times 3s! They have been really good at double checking their answers and this is starting to really show in their books.


On Wednesday the children were lucky enough to take part in an Art Workshop. They worked both alone and in small groups to try out some new techniques and broaden their skills.


You may have noticed your child has brought home a Doodle Maths Challenge in their book bags. This is an optional challenge, set by Mr Jackson-Taylor, the children can take part in during the half term holiday if they so wish.


We haven’t set a formal home learning task for the children this half term. If the children would like to they can visit the National Trust website and download the ’50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4’ list.




There are some lovely suggestions of activities to try e.g. ‘making a mud pie.’ We would love to hear about their adventures and see any photos you take after half term when they can share their escapades and tick lists with the class.


We hope you have a safe, happy and fun filled half term. We will see you back at school on Tuesday 26th February.


The Year 1 Team

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Friday 8th February


Happy Friday! What an exciting week we have had in Year 1. At the beginning of the week, we had a very special delivery. The ‘Living Eggs’ team delivered 10 eggs, an incubator and some other special equipment. All the children had a chance to visit the eggs and see them in the incubator. Imagine our surprise when we got to school on Wednesday morning to discover six eggs and four fluffy, yellow chicks! The children watched the chicks and the eggs carefully. By the end of Wednesday, a few tiny cracks had started to appear on some of the other eggs. On Thursday morning the children were thrilled to find another five eggs had hatched. In total, we had seven yellow chicks and two brown chicks. The children have learnt that the yellows chicks are boys and the brown chicks are girls. These will grow into hens who will lay eggs too.


To document this fantastic experience, the children have been writing chick diaries. They have written all about their observations as well as drawing pictures to accompany their work. We look forward to seeing what the chicks get up to next week.


Within Maths the children have been adding equal amounts. By adding together different groups of objects the children are practising their early multiplication skills. You can support this at home, by practising counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and even 3s, if your child wants to challenge themselves.


Thank you for continuing to support your child with Doodle Maths. Year 1 were extremely proud in Celebration assembly this afternoon, when all three Year 1 classes took 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Key stage 1 Doodle Maths challenge. Please keep practising at home so we can try and keep the trophy in Year 1 next week.


Thank you to all the adults who came to Parent craft in Poppy class this afternoon. Iris and Tulip please see the main Year 1 page for the dates and times of your sessions next week if you are unsure.


Thank you for your continued support, have a wonderful weekend!


The Year 1 Team

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Friday 1st February


Wow! What a week! How are we already into February? Year 1 have been working really hard this week and we have had a really great time.


Our Literacy focus has been the story of ‘The Little Red Hen.’ Early in the week, the children had a go at reading and re-telling the story. On Wednesday, they had a go at writing apology letters from the animals to the Little Red Hen. We were astounded by how well they got into character and imagined what the animals might say and how the hen may have been feeling. On Thursday we thought about the bread making element of the story and had a go at exploring different types of bread. The children touched, smelt and tasted; tiger bread, bagels, cheese topped rolls, brioche, pain au chocolat and pitta. They recorded whether they liked the bread on a chart in their Literacy books and used words to describe how they felt, smelt, looked and tasted. A yummy session that was enjoyed by all.


During Maths this week the children have continued to solve worded problems. Our main focus was finding the difference between two numbers. We looked at how we could use cubes to find the difference. Then how we could count along a number line too. We also practised recording our findings as a number sentence. The children listened carefully and worked hard.


We are very excited as on Monday the chicks (or eggs initially) arrive in Year 1. We can’t wait to be able to learn first-hand how eggs hatch and chicks grow.


Have a great weekend and see you next week!


The Year 1 Team

Friday 25th January


Happy Friday everyone! Already at the end of yet another busy week!


This week in Year 1 we have been reading the story ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip.’ This amusing story by Julia Donaldson has inspired some fantastic Literacy work. Earlier in the week the children learnt how they can change the meaning of words by adding the ‘un’ prefix e.g. unkind, unusual, unhappy. They then had a go at designing their own dinosaur characters and naming them. They used adjectives to describe their characters and looked at ways they could extend their sentences using ‘and’ to include more information.


Today the children practised writing sentences containing some of the Year 1 ‘Common Exception Words (CEWs).’ The sentences were dictated to the children so we could see how well they could spell them. The CEWs are the words found in your child’s Reading Record. They are also the words we send home for them to learn to spell each week. It is really important that when the children are learning to spell these words they learn to do it within whole sentences. All too often we find children are able to learn a list of words for a spelling test but are then unable to spell them correctly within their writing. However, if they learn to spell the words at home by writing them within sentences, this can really affect how accurately they spell them in their written work.


During our Maths sessions this week, we have been solving word problems. The children have been using the information they have been given to work out what number sentence the word problem is asking them to solve. The children have then had a go at solving the problems and double checking their answers.


We are currently having a whole school focus on our use of Doodle Maths. Where children are able to log on little and often to build up a long streak and collect lots of stars, we are able to see the impact the extra practise is having within our Maths sessions at school. Some children have earnt certificates for their efforts which have been given out during our Celebration assembly. There are also awards for the class who collect the most stars too.


Thank you for your ongoing support. Have a great weekend!


The Year 1 Team

Friday 18th January


Gosh! What a busy week we have had, the children in Year 1 have worked so hard!


This week started with a lovely treat when Mrs Harvey, from the office, came to talk to us all about ‘Pets’. Mrs Harvey is a true animal lover and also quite an expert at looking after different animals. The children really enjoyed learning all about her pets and how she looks after them at home. This prepared the children well for their Literacy work this week as they have been writing all about pets they would like and animals they would like to meet. They have been working on using adjectives to describe what different animals are like. Their hard work culminated today, when they wrote stories based in a pet shop. Outside of our Literacy lessons we have also been learning our ‘Words of the Week.’ Today’s word was ‘Potential’ which sparked some excellent discussions about working hard and doing our best.


In Maths this week we have been looking at number patterns, as well as finding 1 or 2 more or less than a given number. If you do have some spare time it would be great if you could give your child some number patterns to continue e.g. 9, 8, 7, 6…. or 4, 6, 8… or 38, 36, 34…

We would love to see any extra practise they have done at home. Don’t forget there is always Doodle Maths too. Some children received certificates in assembly today for their efforts on Doodle Maths. Mr Jackson-Taylor is always keen to hear about children who are practising little and often in order to build up a long ‘streak.’


As the weather turns colder, please can we request you send a top and some jogging bottoms into school for your child to keep in their P.E kit (if you haven’t already). As hard as we try to keep the children busy and moving, it can get quite chilly at this time of year.


Thank you for your support, we hope you have a fab weekend!


The Year 1 team

Friday 11th January


Welcome back! We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas break and were able to enjoy some quality time with your favourite people. The children have come back to school well rested and raring to go, and we’ve really enjoyed hearing about the lovely things you have been up to. We have been really impressed with the number of children who have already been able to get on their class recognition boards for demonstrating ‘Ready, Respectful and Safe’ in different ways.


As is always the case in Year 1, we have had a super busy week. We kicked off the Spring term with our new topic ‘Animal Magic.’ The children looked at what different animals eat this week. They have learnt the words ‘carnivore, herbivore and omnivore.’ We are hoping they will be able to discuss these terms with you at home, in order to demonstrate their understanding. Next week’s home learning task will give them the opportunity to embed this further.


We have introduced WOW words this week in Year 1. These are ‘Words Of the Week’. Each day we have introduced a new word to the children, looking at its definition and how it can be used, with the aim of broadening both their spoken and written vocabulary. Our words this week have been, ‘Recognise, Resolution, Achievement and Knowledge’ so please do quiz your children on their meaning. We are sure they will be very proud to share their new words with you.


Within our Literacy this week we have been reflecting on our achievements so far and what we would like to get better at. We have made some New Year’s Resolutions, and looked at how the pink and green feedback we get in our books can help us to improve and grow our brains.


Our Maths sessions this week have been focussing on counting numbers to 40 by making groups of tens and ones. We practised counting the tens then the ones then recombining to say the number name. Each time we have remembered the importance of double checking our work in Maths. We will continue to practise this important skill.


Thank you so much to those of you who have sent the children’s P.E bags back to school. Please can you ensure, if you haven’t already, that both water bottles and P.E kits are in school and named at all times. The office staff have also asked us to make you aware there is a large amount of lost property still unclaimed in the reception area. It may be worth checking there if you are missing something.


Have a wonderful weekend


The Year 1 Team


Wowzers! What a busy couple of weeks Year One have had! Nativity week was truly spectacular, we are so incredibly proud of the children and their performances. Thank you so much to parents for providing the brilliant costumes and for your generous donations towards future year group projects.


We have been letter writing in literacy this week, using ‘The Jolly Postman’ as our focus book. We have been learning about the postal service and how and why letters are addressed. We also used our phonics to sound out some fictional addresses of various fairy tale characters- the children had some wonderfully creative ideas. Later on in the week, we drafted letters to Father Christmas and had a go at editing them ready for our ‘Big Write’ (independent writing) on Friday.


The focus in maths has been measurement. We have used non-standard units such as paperclips, cubes, hands as feet to measure and compare various items around the classroom. We then progressed to using cm square strips to measure in centimetres. The children loved the activities and demonstrated some sound understanding of measuring length and height.


This week we have also been busy arting and crafting all sorts of Christmassy treats. Please help us to get them home safely to you next week by providing a named plastic/paper bag for them to be carried in. PE kits will also be going home next week. Please check that you have all the kit that is needed and re-name if needed. We have lots of un-named items, so if you are missing something, please talk to a member of the team.


We are loving all the excitement that Christmas brings and are looking forward to a magical week ahead.


Wishing you all lots of festive cheer… The Year One Team x


Is it nearly Christmas yet?! Is it nearly Christmas yet?! Excitement is mounting in Year One! Nativity dress rehearsals have been in full swing this week, the children have been singing and dancing their socks off. Thank you so much for all the wonderful costumes you have provided - the children look truly amazing. We are ready to take to the stage next week for our performances and can’t wait to see you there… tissues at the ready! We have handed out tickets for the performances but please feel free to ask for more if needed.


With Christmas in mind, we have been learning about celebrations from different cultures this week, starting with Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We have been writing about how Diwali is celebrated and the story behind the festival. The children also made their very own ‘diva lamps’.


On Thursday we sampled some Indian food that might be shared at Diwali, such as pakoras, naan bread and samosas. The children were brilliant ‘food tasters’ and happily tried and tested all of the Indian snacks that we provided, noting down their favourites (and not so favourites!).


Addition and subtraction has continued in Maths this week. We have been learning about number families and exploring how new number sentences can be made from the same part part whole model, for example;


7 + 3 = 10

3 + 7 = 10

10 - 3 = 7

10 - 7 = 3


It is a tricky one to grasp and very much helped by practical resources. At home, try using some fruit ( 7 grapes, 3 apples) and work out what the whole amount of fruit is. From this, think about the parts (3, 7). What ways can you add the parts to make the whole number of fruits (addition) and what happens if you take away from the whole number of fruit (subtraction). Moving items around will really help to imbed this concept.

We are looking forward to sharing some seasonal cheer with you all next week.


Wishing you a festive weekend J

The Year One Team x

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Giraffes can’t dance! Can they? Well the answer is YES. It turns out we can all dance when we find the music that we love! We learnt all about Gerald the Giraffe this week, who with help from a friendly cricket, changed his fixed mindset and excelled via the language of dance.


‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ is a wonderful story which not only allowed us to explore climates in Africa, but also taught us that a growth mindest can lead to success and fulfilment. Bearing this in mind, the children have used their ‘can do’ approach during our literacy sessions. We have been using ‘and’ to join ideas in our sentences when describing Gerald and hunting for subjects and verbs too.


When we compared the weather in Africa to that of Bournemouth, we discovered some distinct contrasts in climate. We decided to log the weather throughout the week and learnt how and why weather is forecast. The children made some great weather charts for each day of the week.


We have been learning about ordinal numbers, left and right and number facts to 20 this week. The children loved racing and discovering the mathematical meaning behind ‘first, second, third’ etc. If you are stuck for something to do this weekend, racing cars/toys/family members is a great way to embed the new language the children have been learning.


Wishing you a dry and happy weekend…

The Year 1 Team x


We have had a fantastic first week back after half term. The children have immersed themselves in our new topic ‘Seasons’ and are keeping a keen eye out for signs of Autumn.


On Tuesday, we learnt the story ‘Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson, this was a great text to talk about the changes in weather over a year. Poor Stickman leaves his house in Spring and doesn’t manage to return until the following Winter. The children have loved using the illustrations as clues to determine the time of year. After reading the story, we had lots of fun making our own Stick people which we then used to describe in our writing.


Thursday was a very exciting day! We donned our wellie boots and raincoats and set out for an Autumnal walk to Throop. We looked for Evergreen and deciduous trees (naked trees!) and marvelled at the beauty of the colour changing leaves. The children were wonderfully behaved on our trip and were model ambassadors. Well done Year 1!


Have a great weekend X


It doesn't quite seem possible that we have completed our first half term in year 1. Time certainly flies when you are having fun!

To complete our Literacy learning for this half term we have been looking at the story of Little Red Riding Hood and using the characters to help us to understand how simple sentences are structured.

In maths we have been practising our subtraction skills using what we know about number bonds and the part-part-whole model to help us to create and solve subtraction number sentences.

We have also continued to look at the properties of materials this week and have been considering why we use materials to make certain products.  We thought that we definitely needed a see-through material for making a pair of glasses and something waterproof for wellies!

After half term we will be introducing the children to our new online maths home learning app 'Doodlemaths'.  Your child may have already mentioned to you that they have logged on in school and you may have received their home log in details already.  If you have received them, please just keep them in a safe place for now - further instructions about how you can use this app to help improve your child's maths fluency will follow after half term.  There will also be some parent workshops which we would encourage you to attend.

If you haven't already done so, please go online and book your parents consultation evening appointments - the popular times are filling up fast!  We are really looking forward to sharing with you the progress that your child has made already this year.

Have a wonderful restful half term and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 30th October to start Autumn 2. smiley

Kind Regards

The Year 1 Team

Friday 12th October 2018

The hard work has continued in Year 1 this week.  We have been busy in all areas of the curriculum and are very proud of the independence and maturity that the children are now showing towards their learning.

In Writing we have been inspired by the story of The Gingerbread Man, which we have really enjoyed reading and retelling.  We have used our phonics skills to segment and spell the names of the characters as well as using a range of adjectives to describe the Gingerbread Man himself.  We have also taken the opportunity to assess the children in their independent writing this week and it has been great to see them so enthusiastic to show us what they can do!

In Maths we have been continuing our work on addition, moving from pictorial representations to writing and completing number sentences.  The children have been excellent at recognising number bonds and using their understanding of addition through the part-part-whole model we explored last week.  We even had the opportunity to do some journaling this week which is super for this stage in the year.

Our Science learning this week has been focussed on the properties of materials. We have investigated whether the little pigs were right to choose straw, sticks and bricks to build their houses.  After testing the strength of each material we were excited to find that bricks were the strongest and that they certainly would have stood up against the huffing and puffing of the Big Bad Wolf!

REMINDERS - Please remember to look at the spellings on the front page of your child's reading record to help them to feel confident about their first spelling assessment on Monday.  We have explained to the children what to expect but some practice at home will really help them to be successful.

Also, please do go online and book your parents evening appointment using the booking system.  We are looking forward to sharing with you all the fantastic progress your child is making.

Many thanks for all of your support on the run up to the end of our first half term!

The Year 1 Team

Friday 5th October 2018

This week has been very busy in Year 1.  We have started to move3 around the base for our differentiated phonics lessons and the children have shown that they are Respectful and Safe when moving around the school as well as being Ready to learn in a new classroom. We have worked closely together to ensure that all of the children receive the appropriate phonics teaching to move their learning forward. If you have any queries about your child's progress in phonics, please in the first instance speak to your child's class teacher.

In Maths we have been looking at some addition number stories and relating them to the part, part, whole model that we use throughout the school.  The children have been great at completing the diagrams and compiling their own and these are skills that will serve them well for the future.

In Writing we have been using the traditional tale of The Three Little Pigs to inspire our writing.  We have had fun role-playing the story and used our imaginations to write about how we could build a house that could keep out the Big Bad Wolf!  We are sure that the lasers and fireballs will do the trick, as well as some gold and ruby walls to add a bit of style!

Our 'Huff and Puff' time this week has been spent looking at the properties of materials and sorting them according to whether they are natural or man-made.  The children were really surprised about where some of the materials we use every day come from - especially that paper does not come from the printer!  It was great to see them in the playground, exploring the materials around them and deciding if they were natural or man-made.  

We have also been creative with art materials this week as we have designed our Christmas cards!  These will be sent off to the printers this week and we will be able to share your child's design with you soon.  

You will notice that the Reading Records will have some words listed on the front this week.  These are for you to practise spelling with your child.  Spellings will be checked on Mondays and we are keen to get this routine in place ahead of the half term break.  Please do remember to look at the words before Mondays as it can be very daunting for the children if they feel underprepared.

Please also remember to send your child to school with a named coat every day as the weather gets colder and also make sure that they have some tracksuit bottoms in their PE kit as we will be outside as much as possible, even through the winter months.

Many thanks as always.

The Year 1 Team smiley

Friday 28th September 2018

Firstly, many thanks to those of you that managed to attend our first parent craft event of the year. It was lovely to see you all working with your children to produce their wonderful family trees and listen to the fascinating conversations about your families.  This really helped us to get to know the children (and you!) better and we look forward to sharing more events with you as the year goes on.

In Maths this week we have been learning to order numbers in both ascending and descending order and find one more and one less than a given number.  With Maths No Problem now in full swing, the children are learning how to tackle tasks independently and this is something we will continue to work on over the coming weeks.

In Writing, we have been thinking about the jobs we would like to do when we are grown up. As expected, the choices were both unusual and entertaining!  Who could guess that one primary school could produce so many superheroes, footballers, ballerinas and princesses? We also saw some really practical ambitions such as Police Officers, Nurses, an Airline Pilot and even a few Teachers!  The children have really been using their Growth Mindset to understand that the sky is the limit to what they can achieve and it was lovely to see them writing about their future with such enthusiasm.

We have used our Marvellous Me time this week to focus on how we can be Ready, Respectful and Safe in school.  The children were full of ideas for ways that they can show the adults around them how they can embody these three key concepts.  We are armed with VIP tokens for next week ready to reward children who can show that they really understand our school ethos.

Please look out for information this week about when we will be starting to send spelling words home for you to practise with your child.  We are aiming to introduce this over the next couple of weeks so that we can embed the new routine before the half term break.

Many thanks for your support as always.

The Year 1 Team

Friday 21st September 2018

What a wonderfully windy week we have had in Year 1 this week!  We have kept up with our Relentless Routines and have noticed that the children are really beginning to understand what it is like to be part of Year 1.

Firstly, many thanks to those of you that attended our Curriculum Evening on Wednesday.  It was a great chance to update you on the things we will be covering over the course of the year and many other things that make up "The Muscliff Way".  We have been thrilled by the positive responses that we have received already and hope you agree that this is a valuable way of sharing your child's learning experience.  For those of you who were not able to attend, we will be uploading copies of the presentations onto our class pages in the coming days.

In Maths this week, we have continued our counting work, focusing on counting in 2s and 10s,  The children have impressed us with their knowledge and this is something we will continue to work on over the course of the year.  Number fluency is a key part of our maths learning and any support you can offer in helping your child to count in 2s and 10s would really contribute to their progress.

In Writing we have used our class text 'You Choose' to inspire us with ideas about what animals we would like to have as pets and why.  We have taken care writing sentences using correct punctuation and have used our phonics skills to sound out the names of animals.  We have also had a go at matching capital letters with their cursive partners and this will help us to correctly punctuate our sentences moving forward.  When writing independently we have been thinking about what clothes we would choose to wear and have used our creativity to make 'Mini Me' versions of ourselves in our groovy gear!

In our Marvellous Me work, we are still exploring our boxes, showing wonderful speaking and listening skills.  We have also talked about what it means to be a good friend and the attributes that we look for in the friends that we choose.  We have made some super friendship paper chains that we are proudly displaying in our classrooms.

Don't forget to return your slip to let us know if you can attend parent craft on Thursday 27th September at 2.45pm. We look forward to seeing you all again there.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

PS - A quick reminder that home learning folders should be handed in on Monday mornings.  Please remind your child to hand them to their teacher at the start of the day! smiley

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Friday 14th September 2018

Year 1 have forged ahead with their learning this week and we have been so proud of the way that the children have embraced the challenge of their new curriculum.

In English we have been reading 'You Choose' by Pippa Goodheart.  We have had so much fun exploring the illustrations and making our own choices about where we would like to visit, who we would like to have in our family (Father Christmas was quite popular!) and the things we would like to have in our homes.  Inspired by their imagination, the children have been busy writing about things you can find around the home and places they would like to visit.

In Maths we have begun working with our Maths No Problem resources.  We have been working in small groups to begin with to ensure that we are all comfortable with the routines of the lessons before we have a go altogether later this half term.  We have worked on our counting skills, using numbers to 10 both forwards and backwards, counting objects up to 20 and counting in 2s.  What a fantastic start to our Year 1 Maths journey.


As part of our Marvellous Me topic, we have been identifying and labelling basic parts of the body such as 'head', 'arms', 'feet' etc.  We have also explored our 5 senses, which port of the body they relate to and the things we can see, smell, hear, taste and touch.


We are very lucky to have specialist gymnastics coach Gemma Coles working with us during our Monday PE sessions and we all had a go at controlling our bodies to make shapes this week.  The children showed that they were Ready, Respectful and Safe and we all had a fantastic time.


We are really looking forward to receiving our first Home Learning tasks and Reading Records in on Monday.  We will also be issuing their new task at the end of the day.


Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you at our Curriculum Evening on Wednesday next week.


The Year 1 Team


Friday 7th September 2018

Wow! Our first week in Year 1 has flown by! We have been busy learning new routines and becoming familiar with our new environment, grown-ups and classmates.

In Maths we have been learning to correctly form and order numbers to 10 and beyond. We have been really impressed with the children's enthusiasm about their learning - they have been so keen to show us what they know and what they can do! We will continue to build on this learning next week as we start our Maths No Problem activities.

In English we have been writing independently about our holidays, working hard to remember and apply what we learned last year about how to form sentences. It was great to see so many children recall previous knowledge - even after such a long break. Next week we will start our first class text and use this as inspiration for more wonderful writing.

We completed our first PE session brilliantly and the children made sure that they were Ready, Respectful and Safe by changing independently and carefully looking after their own belongings and our PE equipment. For the rest of this half term, PE will take place on Mondays and Thursdays so please do help your child to be ready by making sure that they have the correct kit in school.

Thank you so much for all of the lovely Marvellous Me boxes you have been sending in. The children have been really excited to share special memories and tell their classmates all about themselves and their families. We have seen some super-confident speaking and respectful listening which has been wonderful. Don't worry if you haven't sent your box in yet, we will carry on exploring them over the next week or so.

We have had a fantastic first week in Year 1 and are really looking forward to seeing what the children can achieve in the coming weeks. Don't forget to come along to our Curriculum Evening later this month to find out more about what your child will be learning this year.

See you next week!

The Year 1 Team smiley

Thursday 23rd August

Did you see the news segment about school uniform yesterday? It reported that the average primary school uniform costs between £255-£325. What?!?!  Not at Muscliff it doesn't! It also said that there is a price war going on between supermarkets so get your white polo shirts as cheaply as you can. (No long sleeve 'proper' shirts/blouses please.)  Remember: navy blue (not black or grey) shorts/trousers/skirts/pinafores.

Hope you're having a great summer. Look forward to seeing you in less than 2 weeks!