Year 1

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 Teaching Staff

Andrew Rowland

Andrew Rowland

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Mrs Kim Simpson



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Key author – Julia Donaldson.

Julia is the author of the hugely popular Gruffalo. You can find out more about her and her books on her website.


 

Useful Links

BBC Bitesize – Key Stage 1

Help your child read – Oxford Owl – games and activities for 6-7 year olds

Primary Homework Help – A website with a whole range of games and activities to help with Literacy, Maths and a lot more.

IXL – Maths Practice Activities

Letters and Sounds – phonics resources

Online children’s word lists.

Thinkuknow – be safe online


Homework

Supporting your child at home with maths (Year 2)

Ready to Learn – Family Action leaflet 1

Ready to Learn – Family Action leaflet 2

Ready to Learn – Family Action leaflet 3


Places to visit

The Ragged School Museum

Museum of Childhood

Museum of London Docklands

Museum of London

Mudchute City Farm


Newsletter Autumn 2 2016

Newsletter Autumn 1 2016

This half-term our class topic is Bright Lights Big City; in Geography we will be naming, locating and identifying characteristics of the four countries of the UK along with geographical similarities and differences. Locally we shall be visiting Canary Wharf where we will discover our own local ‘city’ and megastructures; trip date and details to follow. In History we will be learning about events beyond living memory including the Great Fire of London.

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Newsletter Summer 2016

Welcome back to school after the Easter holiday; I hope you all enjoyed the break. Let’s hope the Summer term brings some warm and sunny weather to spur on the children’s learning!

This term our class topic is World Kitchen.

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Newsletter Spring 2016

This Spring term Year 1 has been busy learning about lots of exciting things. In English we have been telling, mapping, stepping and writing the story of Zog and reporting on the Poplar Spotted Red.

We enjoyed our trip to the Tower of London where we saw the awesome crown jewels, the ravens and the Royal Mint. Sir Tom told us about William the Conqueror and how to become a knight.

In science we learnt how to make a shelter on a treasure island and how to survive.

At Town Hall Tales we met the author and illustrator Karin Littlewood who read her story Star Girl; Karin also visited us in class for more storytelling and drawing.

With the City of London Sinfonia we learnt about the orchestra families and made percussion instruments for our visit to St. John’s church for a lively performance.

Finally the term came to a close with our fantastic and brilliant assembly.

A Happy Easter to everyone from Year 1.


Newsletter Autumn 2015

This term our class topic is Megastructures. As Geographers we will be looking at fantastic buildings and structures all over the world. We will be finding where they are and naming some of the countries and continents where we can find them. Eventually, we will end up close to home visiting Canary Wharf where we will discover our very own local megastructures; trip date and details to follow. As Historians we will be studying changes in the lives of people by comparing the homes we live in today with those people lived in long ago. As Designers we will be designing and making our own structures. We will learn how to join materials together and change their shape to make them stronger. As Artists we will be observing our local structures and using pencils to carefully draw the shapes we see. In Literacy we shall hear, map, step, speak and write the stories of Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk. We shall also be writing instructions and poems. During Maths our focus will be number and place value, addition and subtraction, measurement and shape. Our Science learning will focus on Who We Are and Celebrations. Through Discovery RE we will be learning about the Creation and Christmas stories. In I.C.T. we shall be using i-pads to take photographs and record our work on megastructures along with learning how to use our computer system safely.

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Newsletter Spring 2015

This term our class topic is Dungeons and Dragons. As geographers we will be finding out about castles and learning how they were built. We will be describing where they are and looking at what these places are like. We will be using maps, Google Earth and photographs to help us describe the places we are studying.As historians we will be finding out about the way of life of people in the past. We will research castle life, looking at coats of arms, knights, fighting, food and the designs of castles. We will also find out about St. George and the dragon focusing on the difference between real history and made up stories about dragons. 

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Autumn Term Newsletter:

This term our class topic is Megastructures.

As Geographers we will be looking at fantastic buildings and structures all over the world. We will be finding where they are and naming some of the countries and continents where we can find them. Eventually, we will end up close to home visiting Canary Wharf where we will discover our very own local megastructures; trip date and details to follow. As Historians we will be studying changes in the lives of people by comparing the homes we live in today with those people lived in long ago. As Designers we will be designing and making our own structures. We will learn how to join materials together and change their shape to make them stronger. This will link in well to our Scientific investigations of materials followed by pushes and pulls. As Artists we will be observing our local structures and using pencils to carefully draw the shapes we see. In Literacy we shall hear, map, step, speak and write the story of Three Little Pigs. We shall also be writing instructions and poems. During Maths our focus will be number and place value, addition and subtraction, measurement and shape. In Religious Education we will learn about how people celebrate. In I.C.T. we shall be using i-pads to take photographs and record our work on megastructures along with learning how to use our computer system safely.

Class Routines: On Tuesday to Friday mornings the children will come in to class, get their dinner mark then go on to the carpet and join in Fit in 5. At 9.10am we will then move on to our phonics lesson. On Monday mornings the children will do their Diary Book. If you have a few minutes to spare you are welcome to stay and help your child write a short sentence about something they have done over the weekend. If appropriate your child can copy underneath a sentence written in their book.  If you are staying to work with your child you will need to ‘sign in’; this can be done simply by placing your child’s name card in the yellow box as you enter the classroom.Important RemindersGames/PE will be on Monday afternoon and dance on Friday morning; please make sure your child has the correct P.E. kit, plain white tee shirt, black shorts and plimsolls and that it is clearly labeled.

If you are able to read with your child each evening this will be of great benefit to their learning; your child will also have some flash cards to learn too. There are electronic reading and phonic games available for all our children using Bug Club.

Our class assembly will be on Wednesday 19th November at 3pm. Year 1 parents and carers are welcome to attend and share in celebrating the children’s learning. Miss Trainor and Mrs Davidson will be working alongside your children in Year 1 while Mrs Clarke will be teaching the class on Monday afternoon when I have PPA time. If you have any questions or concerns please arrange a time with me so we can discuss them together.Thank you! 

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Rowland and the Year 1 Team


Newsletter Spring 2014

Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all; I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year break. A big thank you from all the Year 1 staff for your kind Christmas gifts and cards; they were all very much appreciated!

As we start the new Spring term we look forward to building on the progress made by all the children last term; it is always very rewarding seeing the children achieve new goals and targets and I hope that this term will be another happy and successful time for your child in Year 1.

This term our class topic is Dungeons and Dragons – download the full newsletter here.


Newsletter Autumn 2013 

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