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Welcome to Year 1 Chestnut Class!

 

Our topic for this term is 'Toy Story'

Have a look at our fantastic topic display!

This term our topic is 'Toy Story'. We will be learning about the history of teddy bears and the Rubiks cube amongst other toys. We will be looking at new and old toys and talking about the past.

Author of the Term

This term our focus author will be Ruth Galloway. We love reading and sharing her stories. Have you read any of her books? Do you have a favourite book? 

In our book corner we have lots of Ruth Galloway books for the children to enjoy. Please try and read or share a book with your child each night, it makes such a difference!

 

Here is a picture of reading area!

KS1 Homework

You will find a homework menu on DB Primary with themes under different subheadings: whole school themes, subject themes and topic themes. You need to choose one theme from each subheading.

Children are to complete one themed piece of homework once a fortnight. This will all be uploaded on DB Primary.

 

Your child can choose how they want to present their homework it can be a piece of art, writing, a presentation - it's entirely up to them.  KS1 children are also expected to read daily, practise their sounds/ words/ spelling cards and practise their maths packs.

 

Phonics

We are very busy recapping and filling in the gaps. The children love phonics lessons and really benefit from extra help at home. Please help your child to work on their sound and word cards at home. We will be working towards the Phonics Screening  check in June. Attached below is an example of the sort of words your child will be expected to read.

Here you can have a look at some examples and phonics screening guidance :) 

 

Year 1 Phonic Workshop PowerPoint

We have had a wonderful time learning all about our new topic- Hot and Cold, Fire and Ice this term. 

We have learnt lots about different weather.  What weather do you like? 

Weather

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Look at our fantastic signing!

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We love our very cold ice cream role play area!

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Look at our threading flames!

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We used different shapes to make something very special!

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We are artists!

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Hot and cold pictures!

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What firefighter action! Can you put the fire out?

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Happy Mother's Day to you all! 

I hope you like the little surprise from our little Chestnuts!!!!  x x x x x

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Online learning 

As you are aware we will now be uploading  Chestnuts home learning on the website for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.   We will now aim to go live with our new platform on Monday which is very exciting!  

 

A big thank you to those of you who spoke to Miss White on the phone today.  If she was not able to get through to you she will try again this week.  This is a great opportunity to ask any questions that you may have and talk about how you are all feeling.   Miss White has spoken to me about all the questions so far.  I will put an email together for you all with all the answers :)  I will explain how online learning will work and what it looks like for EYFS at Willowbrook.  The other classes have had ClassDojo through the previous lockdown so would understand the way we do things.  I will explain everything in an email so please do not worry.  Any questions after the email please just ask and I will get back to you as soon as I can.  

Many Thanks 

Miss Cox :) 

Friday 8th January  

Literacy: Writing

Yesterday I asked you to write words that matched different pictures.  Today we will be writing different captions together.  These captions will match the different pictures.  Just follow the PowerPoint to find out what to do.

Mathematics: Number

Today we will be using numicon to help us with our number work.   Just follow the PowerPoint to find out what to do.

 

Extension - This is a mixture of different numicon shapes.  Can you cut them out along the lines and put them in the correct order?  Once you have put them in the right order I would like you to explain your reasons. 

Guided Reading:

So far this week you have predicted what our focus story could be about, discussed the characters emotions and followed instructions to make your very own scarecrow puppet.  Today I would like you to listen to the story that we have been looking at.  Once you have watched the story I would like you to draw your favourite part of the story and tell a grown up your reasons why you like that part of the story.  Just follow the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIHLnnJ-uFc

Phonics: Tricky word focus

Can you use the word document provided to carry out a tricky word task?

Topic – Art

I would like you to make a creative fish for our art topic session.  I would like you to make it how ever you wish to do so.  Look at the pictures for some ideas.  I look forward to seeing your superstar fish Chestnut class!   

Week starting Monday 11th January.

This is when we will be going live with our new online platform.  As mentioned in the parent email today I explained what this will look like.  So watch this space! Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to working with you all next week.  Lots of love Miss Cox.

Thursday 7th January  

Literacy: Writing

Yesterday I asked you to write words that matched different pictures.  Today we will be writing different captions together.  These captions will match the different pictures.  Just follow the PowerPoint to find out what to do.

Mathematics: Number

Today I would like you to play this number game I have chosen for you.  It is called count the yeti.  This mental maths game is designed to help you count amounts and match numbers to the amounts.  This is just for numbers 1-10.

https://www.themathsfactor.com/games/try/gameid=46&prefix=ZONE&config=IPG_CM_Y1_CA_001,%20support&title=Count%20the%20Yeti%201%20to%2010

Extension - This maths game is designed to match numbers, amounts and words. For example - Can you match number 1 with 1 object and the word one?

 https://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/busyday/hideseek/

Guided Reading: Instructions
 

This week we are exploring the book - The Scarecrow's Wedding.
Your task today is to read and follow the instructions on the PowerPoint to make a shape scarecrow.  Once you have made your scarecrow you will need to turn it into one of the scarecrow characters from the story.  You can either pick Harry O’Hay, Betty O’Barley or Reginald Rake.

Note *If you have not got a printer an adult will have to draw the shapes out on a piece of paper before the task is started.  J  

Phonics: s-qu focus

In this focus game you will need to choose a set of sounds to practice.  It is called phonics pop and I am sure you will enjoy it! You listen to the target sound and pop the matching bubble.  See how quick you can be. Ready …….steady……go!  

https://www.ictgames.com/phonicsPop/index.html

Topic - Picture News 1
For picture news we always look at a question and discuss it. It is related to current news in the world.  We do this as a whole class and/or in small groups. We then record our answers in different creative ways. What an interesting question this week………..

 

Should anyone be allowed to buy a pet?  What types of animals do people keep as pets?

What do you think? Pick something from the uploaded resources to explore at home. I can’t wait to hear what your ideas and thoughts are.

Wednesday 6th January  

Literacy: Writing

Today we will be writing different words together.  These words will match the different pictures.  Just follow the PowerPoint to find out what to do.

Mathematics: Number

Today I would like you to play this number game I have chosen for you.  It is called Blast off.  Blast Off is a mental maths game with different levels to explore. It's designed to help you identify and work with two-digit numbers. The oral questions have multiple choice answers which you will have to listen to carefully.  I would like you to focus on the first game mode titled find a number.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/blast-off

Guided Reading: Story swap

It is time for our own class story swap time to begin.  In school you have someone enter your classroom to read you a story.  You never know who it is going to be as it is a surprise.  You can do this at home.  Why don’t you make your very own story swap Rota!  Can you choose a book and read it in a different place to someone else? Can a member of your household choose a book and read it to you in a different place?  Each Wednesday it needs to be different and can be as creative as you like.  Have fun!

Phonics: s-qu focus

In this focus game you will read a variety of words using the sounds we have learnt in school.  Once you have read the word you need to press the matching picture.  You can even write them down in a list (as you are playing) for an extra challenge.  Good luck superstars!

Note* Please focus on the tab phase 3 sets 6-7

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/pick-a-picture

Topic: Topic Introduction

This term we will be learning all about our new and exciting topic, ‘Under the Sea’. It is an exciting topic and I would like you to tell me what you already know.  Can draw all the things you already know about the sea and ask an adult to write what you say next to it.  We do this at the beginning of all our new topics.  It is called a topic title page.  You can use a plain piece of paper or use the word document provided just like we do at school.

Happy New Year to you all!

 

Today and tomorrow you will be using this outline on our school website for your day of learning at home.  I will be providing one Literacy session, one Maths session, one Guided Reading session, one Phonic session and one Topic session.  Please pick and choose what you would like to complete.  Please follow the steps provided under each heading and let me know if you need any extra support with your day of learning at home.   I will be introducing our new topic to the children on Wednesday when we start our new online platform.   It is a great topic and I am sure our little Chestnuts will be very excited!

Week 1

Mindfulness: Mini the puppy and Balloon

Each day before we start learning we have a short mindfulness session together to focus and get ready to learn. Don't forget how I taught you to breathe during these special sessions. You can do this at home too! The two links below will be our focus for this week. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7FUbTac_ds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBnPlqQFPKs

Monday 4th January   Literacy: Captions

Today we will be reading different captions together.  Just follow the PowerPoint to find out what to do.

Caption 1

Mathematics: Number

Warm up - I would like you to watch the link below for our number warm up today.  It is a lovely story by John Burningham called Mr Gumpy’s outing.  I would like you to work out the total number of animals and people that were in the boat.  Is it the same amount that had dinner together at the end? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi_DV_DWN8M

Today we will be focusing on number formation.  Please use the link below to look at how each number is formed correctly.  You need to click the link then press enter. Then press the next green arrow. In the ‘your selection box’ press - all 10 numbers. Then press start.  Each number will be formed correctly on the screen.  I would like your child to follow this formation with their finger in the air. Do this for all numbers 0-10.  I would then like you to form numbers correctly.  You may use the word document provided if needed.

 https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/activities/letterformation/

Number formation

Guided Reading:
Today we are going to explore this book – The scarecrows’ Wedding by Julia Donaldson.
Your task is to look at the image of the front cover and draw a picture of what you think this book will be about. What do you think will happen? Why do you think that?

Phonics: s-qu focus

For our phonic warm up today I would like you to sing the songs s-qu only. Please use the link below.  I would like you to press pause after each song and write the letter down.  Make sure you form it correctly and place it correctly on the line.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s-1sxzjPX8&t=450s

Today I would like you to play this phonic game.  I would like you to press the tab Phase 2 cvc words.  Can you beat the timer? Can you play it again and beat your last score?  Can you remember the words in the game and write them down?

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/helpAHedgehog/index.html

Topic: PE 1

For your PE session today look at the PowerPoint and choose one of the sessions that you would like to explore.

Tuesday 5th January   

Literacy: Tricky words

Today we will be reading and writing different tricky words together.  Just follow the PowerPoint to find out what to do.

Mathematics: Number

Today I would like you to use your own maths pack to explore the number tasks set out in the word document.  Have fun!

Guided Reading:

Yesterday I said that we were going to explore this book – The scarecrows’ Wedding by Julia Donaldson.  I asked you to look and the front cover and predict what you think the book would be about.   Today I would like you to look at these 4 focus pictures from the book. Can you talk about how the characters are feeling in each picture?  Why do you think they are feeling like that? What do you think has happened? What makes you think that? Have you ever felt that way?

Phonics: s-qu focus

In this focus game you will read a variety of words on top of logs.   You need to get the frog safely to the other side of the road by jumping on the real words with the focus sound in it that makes sense.  Try not to jump on the alien words. Watch out Chestnut class!

Note* Please focus on just words with – j, v, w, x, y, z, zz and qu - in them.

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/phonics-frog?phase=3  

Topic: PE 2

Can you accept the ball challenge? Look at the word document to find out!

We will be sharing 4 Chestnut Christmas videos on here so see below! 

Please also find the EYFS homework tasks below.  Have fun!  

Christmas video surprise number 1!

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Look at Chestnut children’s wonderful Christmas dancing! All I want for Christmas is you. :)

Christmas video surprise number 2!

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Our little chestnuts would love to share their nativity song with you!

Christmas video surprise number 3!

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Our little chestnuts would love to share their nativity star singing and dancing with you!

Christmas video surprise number 4!

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This has been one of our favourite songs to share together. The children have been working really hard on their Makaton signing. They have made us so proud!

Chestnut staff wish you all a very Merry Christmas and New Year and we hope you all enjoy a wonderful break. We understand it will be different this year but know you will all have a lovely time with your families. We look forward to hearing all about it when you come back to school in January.
Keep safe and see you soon little Chestnuts and grown up Chestnuts!!!
Lots of love Miss Cox, Mrs Davis, Miss Dennis and Miss White x x x x

Task 1 – Can I talk about keeping safe online?

This half term we have been learning all about Esafety. We have discussed how to keep safe online as we know this is very important.  We have been learning about these special steps to stay safe online.

* Always ask a grown up before you go on an ipad, laptop, computer or phone to access the internet.

*Always ask a grown up for help if you see anything strange or unusual.

*Always tell a grown up if something pops up on the screen. 

*Do not download or install anything without asking a grown up first.

*Remember not all games and videos are for children.

*Do not talk to strangers online and do not tell them where you live.

*If you are ever unsure of what to do sing Buddy’s song, and always ask for help.

Buddy’s song – (sung to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Ask your grown up,

Ask your grown up,

Ask for help!

Ask for help!

Use your tablet safely,

Use your tablet safely,

Woof, woof, woof!

Woof, woof, woof!

Woof, woof, woof!

I would like you to watch Jessie & Friends, Episode 1 on the link below.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends-videos/

 

Discuss together - What did you think about the cartoon? Which were your favourite parts? How did Jessie feel when she watched ‘The Funny Tummy’ video?  How did she feel when she watched ‘The Happy Croccy’ video? How did her feelings change? How did she get help to feel better?

Finish by having fun singing along together at the end!

Task 2 – How do I celebrate Christmas?

We have been learning all about our families and how we celebrate Christmas.  Can you draw a picture of all the things you do to celebrate Christmas? 

You could discuss these questions –

How do you decorate your home? What happens on Christmas morning? Who do you celebrate with? What is your favourite part of the day? Why? How do you feel on Christmas day?

Task 3 – Can I play a phonic game?

I would like you to play the phonics snake and ladders game.  A copy has been put in your child’s book bag.  Have fun!  

Extra tasks

Please keep writing your numbers, key words, sounds and captions at home.  We are controlling the size of our writing and making sure our writing sits on the line.  Have you remembered your finger spaces?

Here are some caption ideas using our key sounds and words so far.

Can you read and write them?

 

a nan and dad           mum and dad         a hen and a dog         pat a dog           a sad man           no lid on a pan         lid on a jar

run in the sun            run to the top         get to the top of the hill          sock on a red mat        a nap in a cot          a cat on a big bed

van on the mat          dogs and big cats       pots and pans          a pin on a map

We are learning all about our topic Super Me.  Watch this space!

Welcome Chestnut Class. Look at our wonderful portraits. We looked closely at our faces and picked all the colours that we wanted to use. Look at our big smiles! :)

Creative Workshop. We have been focusing on a book called 'My School Unicorn' and the children wanted to create their own unicorn pictures in the Creative Workshop. I wonder if the children can tell you what the story is all about?

Look at our writing display. We do a new piece of writing and place it on top so we can see how we develop over the year!

We have started our rocket jobs. They cover activities in all the different areas of learning in the indoor and outdoor classroom environments. Where will your rocket be tomorrow?

Toffee and Fudge are enjoying getting to know chestnut class!

Sky of rules. Look at our colourful handprints. We have used our handprints to sign up to following the rules in school. Here is an example of some of our class rules.

We enjoy spending time in our Magical Book Corner with our friends.

Do you have any ideas for this page?  Why not let Miss Cox know! 
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