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Year 1 - Mrs Leadbeater

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Reading books are changed every Monday and homework handed out Thursday to be returned by the following Wednesday.

We have P.E. every Wednesday afternoon.


A reminder that spellings are now sent home once a half term. Our spelling test is every Thursday. 

Many thanks for your support.

Please see the folder 'Summer 1' above for the most recent activity.

Week beginning October 22nd

This week we have been practising using our number bonds in practical and more formal activities. We are remembering the bonds well and can now use them in simple addition and subtraction activities.

We read Little Red Hen as our traditional tale this week and consolidated our use of adjectives in our writing. We also wrote a recipe for a pizza as part of our work around The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philomen Sturges.

We completed our history and geography topic of Castles and Knights with a quiz and learned about the Sikh tradition of Langar meals in RE.

Week beginning October 15th

This week we have been reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We wrote a letter to the bears to apologise for breaking the chair and eating their porridge. We also wrote a recipe with instructions of how to make porridge.

In Maths we have been learning and using number bonds to 10.

We visited Sugley Church on Friday for the Baptism of baby George. We had 2 parents and 3 godparents. Father Neil told us lots about the church too and we were able to have a look around afterwards.

Week beginning October 8th

This week we have been reading Little Red Riding Hood and have been describing characters and settings.

In Maths we have been learning how to use the part, part, whole model. We had lots of practical activities to reinforce the concept.

On Tuesday our second group of children enjoyed their first Forest School session in Denton Dene. We searched for medals, played hide and seek, learned about parts of a tree and how to look after ourselves, others and nature.
Today was our school trip to Newcastle Castle and Keep. It was really good fun and even the teachers learned lots of new facts about castles and medieval banquets.

Week beginning October 1st

This week we have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk and we also read Jack and the Incredibly Mean Stalk. We have been sequencing the story using story maps and we have been comparing characters using adjectives.


In Maths we have been ordering numbers from greatest to smallest and smallest to greatest and we also looked at ordinal numbers. Ordinal numbers were tricky so we found some fun ways to learn including sequencing the story There Was and Old Lady Who Swallowed a fly and playing the Snail's Pace Race game.


Our first Forest School group finished their sessions identifying trees by their leaves and swinging in hammocks!


The school nurse visited to talk to us about how and why to keep our teeth healthy and the Road Safety lady came to tell us about the importance of seat belts and car seats.

Week beginning September 24th

This week we have been reading different versions of The Three Little Pigs and we have been sequencing beginning, middle and end. We used adjectives to describe the wolf and unjumbled sentences from the story.


In Maths we have been learning more than/less than and greater than/fewer than. We have also been learning to use the < > and = symbols correctly to compare numbers and amounts. 


In RWI we are consolidating Set 2 and 3 sounds and are developing our ability to 'hold a sentence'.


We have been observing the changes in the seasons in Science and have read the story of The Good Samaritan in RE.


Continuing our work on castles in History we have been observing features of Motte and Bailey Castles.


Half of the class also had great fun during our second Forest School session at Denton Dene.

Week beginning September 17th

This week we have been reading Hansel and Gretel in our English lessons. We have sequenced events in the story, have written about how we would capture the witch and have used our imaginations to say what else could happen to Hansel and Gretel in the forest.


In Maths we have been counting forward and backwards and have been looking for one more or one less than a given number.


Our first group of children enjoyed Forest School on Tuesday and we had great fun on a nature hunt and enjoyed chilling out by 'forest bathing' and listening to sounds around us.


In Science we were naming parts of our bodies and learned a new song called 'I've Got a Body'


In History we looked at castle parts and labelled a castle as part of our castles lap book.


We also voted for Zak and Sienna to be our school councillors smiley.

Week beginning 10th September

This week we have been reading Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Picnic by John Prater. We have been using adjectives in our writing to describe characters and we have been sequencing events into beginning, middle and end categories.


In Maths we have been sorting and counting objects and representing numbers in different ways.

In our topic work we have begun our work on Castles and Knights and we have looked at seasons and changes.


We have learned a new song too 


Week Beginning September 3rd, 2018

Welcome to Year One! The children have settled in extremely well and they all look so smart in their new uniforms. We have begun with settling-in and PSHCE activities and will begin our Year One curriculum properly from Monday. Look out for my newsletter which will be coming home on Thursday.

Week beginning July 9th

This week we will be reading Winnie and Wilbur at the Seaside by Valerie Thomas and we will be following Barnaby Bear's travels to the seaside at Poole.


In Maths we will be recapping days of the week and months of the year.


On Tuesday we will be visiting the Discovery Museum for a workshop and to  get up-close to one of Britain’s (if not the world’s) most famous feats of engineering, that was made right here in Newcastle. Manufactured in 1829 at the Robert Stephenson & Co. locomotive works, now the site of the Stephenson Quarter behind Central Station, this is the first time that Rocket has returned to its birth-place since it was presented to the nation 156 years ago. 

Week beginning July 2nd

This week we are reading The Lighthouse Keeper's Catastrophe and have been imagining what mischief Hamish the cat got up to when he was locked in the lighthouse.


In Maths we are revisiting money and a lot of the children are still struggling to recognise even the 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins. Please give your child a handful of coins at home and ask them to sort them by colour, size, shape etc. and to pay for items which cost for example 8p i.e. a 5p, 2p and 1p.

Week beginning June 25th

This week has been assessment week and I have been assessing the children on the curriculum we have covered since the beginning of the Summer Term. We have completed an arithmetic and reasoning paper in Maths and I have assessed each child's writing towards the expected standard for the end of Year One. We have also completed a RWI assessment to see which reading band each child is working within.

The children have worked their socks off!

Towards the end of the week we read The Lighthouse Keeper's Picnic and designed some disgusting sandwiches to keep the seagulls away and in Maths we revisited 'Time'. We seqwuenced events and used mathematical language such as morning, afternoon, evening and night and o'clock and half past the hour.

Week beginning June 18th

This week we are reading Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted by Ronda and David Armitage. 


Katie Morag is mightily put out when her new baby sister is born and grabs all the limelight. She is so cross that she even kicks her trusty old one-eyed teddy bear into the sea in a fit of rage!

But she soon starts to regret what she's done and misses dear old ted dreadfully. What will she do? Surely he is lost for ever . . .


In Maths we are finding one more or less than a number up to 100 and progressing to ten more or less.






Week beginning June 11th

This week it's all about phonics! We begin the Phonics Screening tests tomorrow.  The children have been practising for weeks now and have gained in confidence every day. The test usually takes between 4 and 9 minutes and will be administered in a quiet room with myself and one child at a time.

In Maths we are revisiting Place Value (within 100) and today we began by grouping objects. We placed objects into groups of 10 to make them easier to count.

Mrs Patterson began a block of work on Grace Darling this afternoon to tie in with our Sun, Sea and Sand topic and the children were eager to learn and share their prior knowledge. Below is a the address for a website dedicated to Grace Darling the Victorian heroine.

Week beginning June 4th

Well, what an exciting morning we've had. Captain Raggy Beard docked his ship at the Quayside Seaside and after chatting to Marina the mermaid he made his way to Waverley to visit us.

We have been talking about the life of a lighthouse keeper, finding treasure and singing sea shanties. Captain Raggy Beard made us walk the plank but we all got a mermaid's tear to remind us of him. The children were so knowledgeable, polite and well behaved that Captain Raggy Beard told us that we were the best school he had EVER visited!
This week we will also be beginning our work on the Katie Morag series and will be learning about position and direction in our Maths lessons.

Week beginning 21st May

This week we are reading You Choose in Space by Pippa Goodhart and the children have shown a lot of imagination in their writing. We have been making decisions related to the pictures in the book and have had to justify those decisions. We have also been using adjectives to add interest to our writing.

In Maths we are learning about halves and quarters. We are all able to halve or quarter objects but it is much trickier to halve or quarter a group of objects.


In Phonics have been working hard on our nonsense/alien words and we are working hard on spotting and identifying split digraphs such as a-e, u-e and o-e in words.


We will also be looking at the art of Joan Miro who was a famous artist from Barcelona. He painted from his memory and his imagination.

Royal Wedding Picnic

What a lovely sight to see so many families enjoying a picnic together today. The sun was shining and everyone had a lovely time! See below for some lovely photos.

Week beginning May 14th

This week we are reading How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. 


There once was a boy who loved stars so much that he wished he had one of his very own. Every night he watched the stars in the sky from his bedroom window and dreamed of how he could be their friend and how they could play hide-and-go-seek together.

So, one day, he decided to set about catching a star of his very own…



In Maths we are revisiting doubles and we are introducing the multiplication sign. So,

5 +5 = 10 can also be written as 2 x 5 = 10.

Safety Works 11/05/18

What a great time we all had today at Safety Works. The children were so well behaved and we all learned lots about being safe around dogs, fire safety, road safety, staying safe at the beach and about stranger danger. Key things we learned today were that dialling 999 gets us through to police, ambulance or fire service, 'Stop! Drop and Roll' helps put out a fire on our body quickly and if we feel uncomfortable around a stranger we need to wave our arms and shout "Help!! Stranger danger!"


Some of us were unsure about our home address and this is key information every child needs to know.


See below for some photos of our morning.

Week beginning May 7th

This week we are continuing our 'Destination Outer Space' topic with The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet! by Dougie Poynter and Tom Fletcher. We have been concentrating on using capital letters at the beginning of a sentence and for names, places and the pronoun I.


This afternoon we played some fun phonic games such as 'Popcorn/Not corn' and 'Trash or Treasure' to help us to read real and nonsense words.


In Maths this week we are learning about Arrays. An array is a pictorial representation to help children understand multiplication and division. Typically shown as rows of dots, for example, 2 x 3 would be shown as two rows of three dots.

Week beginning April 30th

This week in English we are reading The Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. We are learning about Bob and how he spends his day on the moon. We have written a list of Bob's jobs and we have written a postcard to our friends from the moon.


In Maths we have been counting in tens and making equal groups.

Today in English, we have been studying the John Lewis advert Man on the Moon.  The advert features a young girl who spots a lonely man on the moon through her telescope. After failing to attract his attention, she sends up a Christmas parcel containing another telescope, and a tear trickles down his cheek when he finds her waving at him.


This poignant advert actually made some of the children cry which shows how well the children can relate to the emotions of others. We had to play pass the tissues!

Week beginning April 23rd

In Maths this week we have been learning about volume and capacity. We now know how to identify full, half full, nearly full, three quarters full, nearly empty, a quarter full and empty. We have measured liquids using millilitres and have investigated water displacement using the story Mr Archimedes Bath by Pamela Allen.

In English we have been reading a lovely story called Beegu by Alexis Deacon. Beegu is not supposed to be on Earth. She is lost. She is a friendly little creature, but the Earth people don't seem very welcoming at all. However, so far she has only met the BIG ones. The little ones are a different matter...


We have retold the story using oral storytelling, we have made story maps and have written a retell of the story in our own words.




The dental nurse came to visit on Monday and talked to us about the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day. She showed us how to brush our teeth properly for two minutes.

Week beginning April 16th

This week we have begun our topic of 'Destination Outer Space'. We have been reading non fiction books about space itself and today we learned about the different jobs astronauts do once they are in space. We even had a letter from Buzz Lightyear today!


In Maths we are learning about weight and balance. We are beginning to use mathematical vocabulary such as 'balance', 'weight', 'heavier' and 'lighter'. We have been learning through fun, practical activities and can now explain what happens to balance scales when an item is lighter/heavier or the same weight as another object.

Week beginning March 26th

This week has been assessment week and the children have shown good progress in English and Maths. On Wednesday we rewarded the children's hard work with a fun Teddy Bear's Picnic and Easter hunt.

Our Music session 28.3.18

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Our Music Session 28.3.18

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Our Music session 28.3.18

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Week beginning March 19th

This week we are following the adventures of Tiddler by Julia Donaldson. Today he has been riding a seahorse...what will tomorrow bring?

In Maths we have moved on to standard measure and we are measuring items with a ruler. Today we were measuring vegetables and worms!

Week beginning March 12th

This week we are following the adventures of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. Flinn ventures into Miss Pie's art cupboard and embarks on an adventure with Captain Stubble to regain his stolen pirate ship from the pirate dinosaurs.

In Maths we are measuring using non-standard measure. We are using bricks, paper clips and even our hands and feet!


Last week Zachary was invested in The Beavers and brought his neckerchief in to show us.

Thank you so much to all who were able to 'Come and Read' with the children yesterday. It was lovely to see the children sharing their favourite stories with their family and friends.

Week beginning March 5th

This week we are returning to our adventures with Traction Man following our snow days last week.


We had a spelling test on Monday as we missed it last week and will have another on Thursday for this week's spellings. Please make sure all spelling books are returned for this.


Traction Man has encountered various evil characters in the family's kitchen today and the conversations they have had have been quite hair raising!