Year 1

 

 

Friday 10th June 2022

I can’t believe we are in our last term together! We have had a great week and the children have enjoyed lots of phonics, bug hunting, art and music. We had our first KS1 assembly this morning; which was fantastic.

Next week we are holding our annual Science Week at school. It is a fun packed week, with lots of visitors and challenges. If you have any junk modelling, we would love to have in school for Monday’s Bridge Building Challenge.

 

Homework 4th February 2022
 
Reading and Phonics
Please keep up the reading at home with the books sent home in Book Bags and on Bug Club. I have recently updated all the children's books on Bug Club. Please also login to Phonics Hero to keep up the newly learnt skills.
 
Purple Homework Book
Thank you for all the homework returned last week! I have set new work to complete this week. Please return the books by Thursday this week.
 
 
Previous Posts
 

Monday 23rd May 2022

I hope you have heard lots about our new topic “All creatures Great and Small”. We have learnt about animal diets, the different groups they belong to and we have looked at the human body and our senses.

Literacy this term is all about fact files and animal poetry. We talked about the different between fiction and non-fiction texts. The children then created their own fact files, researching on facts on iPads and in books.

In maths we are looking at arrays, doubles and making equal groups. Keep practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s whenever you can!

The children have been learning about attack and defence in PE, and we have started playing some cricket style games!

Home Learning -

Friday 18th February 2022 - School Closed

Unfortunately, due to the severe weather warnings, school is closed for the day. I know that we were looking forward to our Pirate Day in school but please reassure your children that we will reschedule for later on in the term.

I have set some home learning tasks on Purple Mash, which you can find in the 2Dos section; let me know if you need a reminder of login details. I have also provided some links below for some online Pirate activities.

Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all after half term.

Very best wishes,

Nicky Palmer

Week commencing 14th February 2022

 

Firstly, I really hope everyone is feeling well and keeping positive! I am so sorry that I am not in school; I hope to be back as soon as I can.

I have attached some home learning for the week below. I have set it out day by day, but please only attempt if you are feeling well enough. This week I have set some afternoon activities too. All resources can be found below and any video links are in the Home Learning document.

Please also try to read every day; I know that some children have read enough for the Bronze award, which I will award as soon as I return to school.

As always, please email me if you have any questions or if you need help with anything in the home learning.

Virtual Meeting

You should have received an email with a link to a virtual meeting tomorrow morning. I hope you can make it and look forward to seeing lots of you then!

Very best wishes,

Nicky Palmer


Week commencing 7th February 2022

 

If you are isolating at home, we hope that you are all staying safe and we miss you very much.

We hope to see you very soon!

 

Below you will find some home learning tasks for this week. If you are well enough, you can work through these at your own pace, but try to do at least one maths and one literacy task every day. In addition to this, remember to spend 20-30 minutes a day using Phonics Hero and Bug Club.

I have also set some fun pirate activities on Purple Mash.

 

Literacy

In school we will be learning to use feelings and actions to learn and retell a poem in school. This Oak Academy link will take you to a series of lessons based on a short story. You will learn the story stepping skills we will be learning in class.

Maths

We are learning to subtract within 20. I have set you some lessons and activities to complete.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Very best wishes,

Nicky Palmer

 

 

Friday 28th January 2022

New Homework Book

Today your child will come home with a purple Homework Book. I will add homework each week and send home on Fridays. Please can you make sure the book is returned by Thursday the following week.

It is a great opportunity to work with your child and discuss what we are doing in school.

For the children not in school today, I will send home the books on Monday.

Topic and Literacy

We have been learning about the different words classes; nouns, adjectives and verbs. The children have been practising how to write a past tense verb.

Phonics

This week we have been learning to use the split digraphs /a_e/ /e_e/ and /i_e/. Please remember to practise phonics on Phonics Hero each week.

Reading

Please keep reading together at home and send in reading books and diaries everyday. We would love to award some more certificates!

Maths

We have started addition within 20. We are practising "counting on" when adding two numbers together.

Geography

This week we learnt the names of the 5 oceans. We sing two great songs to help us remember the names and size order of the continents and oceans - search YouTube.

As always, if you have any questions, please email me on class1@mill-lane.oxon.sch.uk

Nicky Palmer

Friday 21st January 2022

Topic and Literacy

This week the children created some great fact files about famous Pirates; I hope they shared what they learnt at home! We also made our own pirate self portraits and pirate flags!. See photos below. 

Phonics

This week we have been learning to use /au/ and /oe/. Please remember to practise phonics on Phonics Hero each week.

Reading

Please keep reading together at home and send in reading books and diaries everyday. We would love to award some more certificates!

Maths

We have been comparing numbers up to 20. They have been using the < , > and = symbols to compare. I have set homework  to practise this at home.

Geography

As part of our Pirate topic we are learning about the continents and oceans of the world. The children loved learning the names of the continents at school.

As always, if you have any questions, please email me on class1@mill-lane.oxon.sch.uk

Nicky Palmer

Friday 14th January 2022

Topic and Literacy

We are really enjoying the start to our new Pirate topic. We have been learning about famous Pirates and we will be writing a factfile about our favourite next week.

Phonics

This week we have been learning to use the graphemes /wh/, /ph/ and /ew/. I have set some homework on PurpleMash to practise some of these, see the homework section below.

Reading

Please keep reading together at home and send in reading books and diaries everyday. We have awarded our first Bronze Olympic Reading certificate this week!

Maths

We are learning about numbers up to 20 this week. The children have been using blocks to represent the numbers and they are practising writing the numerals and words.

Science

This term we are learning about Plants. If you have any spare indoor or outdoor plants that you would like to donate to the class we would be very grateful!

As always, if you have any questions, please email me on class1@mill-lane.oxon.sch.uk

Nicky

Sunday 12th December 2021

Class News

I hope that you are all well and looking forward to Christmas. This week I have not set homework, but please do continue reading and playing Phonics Hero. I have had such great feedback about Phonics Hero; please let me know if you have any problems with the app.

We filmed our parts of the KS1 Christmas play. I will upload to Purple Mash towards the end of the week, when complete. Some children missed the filming so we have decided that we will film a New Year song and dance in January!

Working at Home

I understand that some children will not be in school this week due to Covid. If they are well enough, I have set some work to do at home, see below. I recommend doing a little of each subject each day.

Phonics

Play Phonics Hero or Purple Mash phonics games. I would recommend 20 minutes each day.

Reading

Read a Bug Club Book or book from home together each day. You could write a book review about your favourite book.

Literacy

Play the Write a Story game on Purple Mash. You can create as many as you like.

I have also set some games on Bug Club. You will find these in "My Stuff", then click on the "Grammar & Spelling" spaceship.

Maths

Play the games set on Purple Mash.

Christmas Activities

Here is a link to CBeebies Christmas Crafts. We will be making some of these in school. They don't require many resources, hopefully you will have most at home.

Additional work

If you or your child would like something else, such as worksheets or additional materials, please let me know. 

These are suggestions of what you can do at home to carry on with learning whilst not at school. As it is the week before Christmas, we at school, we will also be enjoying lots of songs, games, crafts and festive fun, so please make sure to do the same :-)

All the best,

Nicky

Monday 22nd November 2021

Class news and Topic

Apologies for the delayed update.

Thank you for attending the coffee morning last week. As discussed, I will put some links on this page to help with reading at home.

If you are unable to make the parent's evening next week, but would like to meet with me, please let me know and we can arrange another time.

Reading and Homework

Each week I will update the Homework section below, hopefully it will be easier to find each week.

Learning in School

Maths

We will be learning about taking away and how to write a number sentence to show this.

Literacy and Topic

We have a very busy week ahead! We will be making decorations for our class Christmas tree based on the 12 Days of Christmas! We are writing instructions to make a marmalade sandwich and designing our very own teddy bears.

Science

We will be extending our skills from last week and becoming meteorologists. 

If you have any questions about anything happening in Year 1, please email me on class1@mill-lane.oxon.sch.uk

Friday 12th November 2021

Class news and Topic

We are holding our KS1 Coffee Morning on Wednesday 17th November at 9am in the hall. Mr Thompson and myself will be talking about the curriculum and end of year expectations. We will have some resources on hand for you to have a look at and will be happy to answer any questions. It is a great opportunity to find out a little more about what we are doing in class and discuss how you can help your child at home. You can drop your child as normal and then make your way to the hall through the front office. We look forward to seeing you then.

We are expecting a visit from "Mrs Brown" on Monday morning! The children are excited to ask her questions about meeting Paddington. 

Reading and Homework

I will talk a little more about this at the coffee morning, but it is very important to send in your child's reading book and diary every day, so that we can read at school whenever we get a chance.

Please keep reading each day at home. You can read the phonics books sent home each week or use Bug Club books online. It is important to keep reading these books to consolidate the phonics sounds we are revising in school.

This week I have set some maths games on Purple Mash. Your child was given login details on Friday. Please let me know if you need a reminder of the login details. These games compliment what we are learning in school.

Learning in School

Maths

We are continuing to add two numbers together (up to 10). We will start looking at the number bonds to 10. 

Literacy and Topic

We loved the story about Paddington meeting the Browns. We created story maps and have written about our favourite part of the story. We are concentrating on saying out loud what we want to write and using our "Magic 3", capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Science

This term we are learning about Seasonal Changes. We will be talking about the different seasons. The children enjoyed sorting objects into the correct seasons and relating events to the correct time of year.

 

If you have any questions about anything happening in Year 1, please email me on class1@mill-lane.oxon.sch.uk

Friday 5th November 2021

Class news and Topic

We are continuing our topic of London this term. This week we received a letter, covered in marmalade! We are trying to work out who it came from and have written letters to send back.

We had a virtual show yesterday with “Grammarsaurus”. Barrie taught us some clever tricks to remember how we use full stops, exclamation marks and question marks when writing!

Today we met the author and illustrator, Claire Alexander, who wrote the book “A little bit of courage”. She taught us how to draw her characters and together we created a story board.

Reading and Homework

Please keep reading each day at home. You can read the phonics books sent home each week or use Bug Club books online. It is important to keep reading these books to consolidate the phonics sounds we are revising in school.

Starting next Friday I will set some extra homework each week. This might be phonics, topic or maths.

PE

We have PE lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday every week; please ensure you send in labelled PE kit.

Learning in School

Maths

We are learning about adding two numbers together using the part/whole model (see link here to explain). It is important to use concrete objects to help counting and adding. You can use counters, lego pieces, buttons and sweeties to help your child work out what you have altogether. We are also beginning to write number sentences to match the concrete objects.

Literacy and Topic

After we received a letter covered in marmalade, we wrote letters in return. The children agree that the letter must have come from a bear called Paddington! Next week we will be reading a book about Paddington.

Science

This term we are learning about Seasonal Changes. We will be talking about the different seasons.

If you have any questions about anything happening in Year 1, please email me on class1@mill-lane.oxon.sch.uk

Friday 15th October 2021

Windmill Visit

This week we visited the windmill. We found out where it used to be, how they rebuilt it and how it works. The children were able to look inside the workshop, handle some parts from the mill and ask lots of questions; we have some budding engineers in class. I have added photos below.

If you would like to visit with your child they open on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.

The Great Fire of London

We finished building our Tudor houses this week ready to burn next week. We will be visiting Forest School on Monday afternoon to burn the houses. As with the real fire, it will start in Pudding Lane at the bakery. Please can you send the children to school with wellies or a change of shoes.

Homework

Keep up the great reading at home. Next week I will send home passwords for online Bug Club, Purple Mash and a new Phonics app, Phonics Hero. I will stick these login details into your child’s yellow reading diary.

Bread Making

A few of the children asked me to post the recipe for the bread rolls we made at school.

https://www.cookingwithmykids.co.uk/soft-bread-rolls/

 

Outdoor Play

To ensure we make the most of our fantastic outdoor spaces this term, please send your child to school with a suitable outdoor coat and, if possible, wellies (for jumping in puddles).

 

Friday 8th October 2021

We had another busy week; a visit from the Fire Brigade and celebrating Harvest festival!

Next week we will be visiting Chinnor Windmill; a letter will be sent home at the start of next week with further details.

Outdoor Play

To ensure we make the most of our fantastic outdoor spaces this term, please send your child to school with a suitable outdoor coat and, if possible, wellies (for jumping in puddles).

Reading

Another reminder to send in reading books and diaries every day so that we can read with your child at school. We will swap books and record the new book in the yellow diary. Thank you for all the helpful comments written in the diaries!

 
 
Monday 4th October 2021

 

Visit from the Fire Brigade

Today we had a visit from Fire Brigade! Shortly after they arrived they were called away on an emergency call; fortunately they were able to return to school shortly after. The children were able to look around the engine, handle equipment, sit in the engine and try out the hoses! I have uploaded some photos below.

Harvest Festival

Tomorrow (Tuesday 5th October) we will be celebrating Harvest Festival in our class. Please send in your donations in the morning. We have been learning songs and we will be making more bread and (hopefully) a wheatsheaf! Keep an eye out for photos.

Reading

Please can I remind you to read as much as possible at home and record in your child’s reading diary. It is so important to read daily to improve confidence and fluency. If you have any questions please let me know.

Request for small boxes

Thank you to those who have sent in boxes. We still need some more small cardboard boxes. Anything about the size of a box of tissues would be great. Many thanks!

 
 

Friday 24th September 2021

This week we have been working hard to practise some more sounds in phonics: ai, ee and igh. We loved playing Mission Impossible, see the pictures below.

We enjoyed creating freeze frames during drama to show different stages of the Great Fire of London. The children are also learning about one more and one less than in maths.

Reading Homework

Thank you for sending in reading diaries and books during the week. If your child brought their reading book to school today they will have a new book in their bag. If you don’t have a new book in your bag, let me know on Monday and we can swap the books. You can record any shared reading in the reading diary.

Library

The children enjoyed our weekly visit to the library. We will visit again next Wednesday, so please bring in your books to exchange.

Book Bags

A parent asked me where to buy book bags; you can buy online from MPS Workwear. They are useful to keep all books together and paperwork that we might send home. Let me know if you need any other details.

 

Friday 17th September 2021

We have had a fantastic week. As you may have heard from your children, we are learning all about the Great Fire of London as part of our “Bright Lights, Big City” topic.

This week we became Thomas Farriner and made bread rolls. We created Tudor houses and fire in art for our brilliant display, see photo below. Next week we will be writing a first hand account of the Fire of London. In maths we are counting forwards and backwards up to 10 and looking at one more/one less.

Reading Homework

Yesterday the children visited our school library and they have all borrowed a book for the week. We will visit every Wednesday, please return the book each week to be changed.

Today your child has taken home a reading book and reading diary. Please try to read daily and record this in the diary. We read with your child during the week at school, so please send in this book and diary every day.

If you have any questions, please let me know at the door or email me at class1@mill-lane.oxon.sch.uk.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Welcome to Year 1

We have had a lovely start to the term. The children have adapted to their new classroom and routine well, and we have enjoyed getting to know everyone!

I just wanted to let you know a few details for the start of the term.

Snack and Lunch

We provide snack for children in KS1, this varies day to day. If your child would prefer to bring in their own snack, please bring in a labelled container.

The children are excited to be eating lunch in the hall each day. You do not need to pre-book lunches; your child can order on the day.

PE Days

PE will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday each week. Children can now get changed in school, so please bring in your child’s PE kit on a Tuesday and Wednesday; this can stay on their peg at school. When possible, we will have some lessons outside, so please keep an eye on the weather and send in warmer clothes if necessary.

Homework and notices

Each Friday I will update this class page with news, updates and homework. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on Class1@mill-lane.oxon.sch.uk.

Best wishes,

Nicky Palmer