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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

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Week 22 - 24 February 2020

In Maths this week, we have been learning to count up to 50. We have been looking at our numbers between 20 and 50 and making these using tens frames. We found this easier to use instead of counting and placing counters in a line as we could link it with our tens and ones. We then used dienes to make numbers, developing an increased understanding of counting in 10s. 

In English this week, we have been enjoying a new story ‘Emma Jane’s aeroplane’ which is linked to our new topic title ‘Where in the world’. We have listened carefully to the story, joining in during the repeated phrases. Using this book, we have investigated comma’s in the story and used them to write own one sentences which include a list of animals. We then sequenced our using pictures, which we then used to help us act out the story. We enjoyed looking at this story and looking at landmarks around the world.

This week in topic we have started our new topic ‘Where in the world’. We have started this topic with Geography and have been looking at our local area and what we can find in Bracknell. We have looked at where our school is located and discussed our addresses. We then enjoyed making our own passports. We have looked at maps and located where we live, our school and places we enjoy visiting.

Week 21 - 10 February 2020

This week in English we have been reading a new story ‘ If the dinosaurs came back”. Using this book we have enjoyed freeze framing as a whole year group, the children enjoyed acting out different parts and then on the work ‘freeze’ stood still and we guessed what each group were doing. We looked at plurals within the story, identifying when s and es are used. The last part of the week involved changing the story, thinking of new ideas and planning our own story. Finally the children enjoyed using all their learning to write a story.

In Maths this week we have been comparing addition and subtraction number sentences. The children solved two number sentences and then used the symbols greater than and less than to compare. After that the children looked at number facts and learnt to manipulate a number sentence for example 4 + 8 = 12, 8 + 4 = 12, 12 – 8 = 4 and 12 – 4 = 8

This week in topic the children have focused on RE. We have enjoyed looking inside a Mosque and finding key features and comparing theses to inside a church. After that we have looked at Wudu and looked at the preparation taken before prayer. We then enjoyed thinking about our special place.

We hope you all have a wonderful half term and look forward to seeing you again in a week.

Week 20 - 3 February 2020

This week in Year 1 Maths we have been learning to subtract from 20. We have used a range of resources to help us including number lines, tens frames, Carr bars and bar models. The children have been able to use lots of practical activities to help them subtract in different ways, learning to find parts and wholes which have helped secure their subtracting skills.

This week in English we have been learning to write a recount. To help us achieve this we have been learning to identify and use time connectives such as next, then, after. We have looked at the past tense and learnt to sort verbs into past and present and tried to find different spelling strategies. After our Dinosaur day we then created a plan of our day using pictures to remind us. This plan was then turned into a recount using everything we have learnt during the week. 

This week in Topic we have enjoyed taking part in our dinosaur day. During our themed morning we have been able to make skeleton dinosaurs, clay footprints, bone shaped cookies, split pin dinosaurs, fossil hunting in the sand, imaginative dinosaur play, stencil drawing, playdoh dinosaurs, helped free dinosaurs in ice and volcano making. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and we loved all the imaginative costume and the excitement and enthusiasm the children displayed. 

Last week we ended the week with one of our ‘essential experiences’ in Year 1 is to meet a Police Officer. On Thursday 30th January we were delighted to welcome PC Whiteside it to talk to us about her job. We were fascinated to hear about all the exciting adventures she gets up to and how she helps people and keeps us safe. We loved looking at all the equipment she uses for her job and getting to try on some of her uniform!

Week 19 - 27 January 2020

In Maths this week, we have been adding using different resources, we have used tens frames to show practical adding using two different sets of colour counters and number lines to show the jumps. We have learnt to make our numbers bonds to 10 and change them to 20 by adding a ten.

In English this week, we have been learning to write the poem we have been learning. We then used this poem as a template and have planned and written a new version. To do this we have looked at what verbs, adjectives and nouns mean and sorted them, then used these words to write sentence. We ended the week by making a plan for our new poem and writing our completed poem.

This week in topic we have completed our Art topic. We enjoyed pressing a print into a polystyrene tile. We then used a roller and rolled paint onto the tiles and pressed them onto paper. This was extremely fun and quite messy. Then we have started our Science learning this week and have looked at herbivore, carnivore and omnivore and are able to say which animal is which. We enjoyed sorting animals into groups and discussing what we like to eat.

Week 18 - 20 January 2020

In Maths this week. we have been exploring how to make a number using tens and ones. We are now able to break a number down to show 15 is 1 ten and 5 ones. We have learnt how to partition this number into 10 and 5 using part whole models.

In English this week, we have been learning to recite a poem. We enjoyed putting actions to the ‘Dinosaur Day’ poem and reading it aloud to the class. We have identified its features and can find adjectives, verbs, capital letters, full stops and commas. We have been able to recite and write the days of the week and looked at words in the past tense. 

This week in topic we have moved onto Art. We have been making our own dinosaur footprint stencil using card. After drawing and cutting our stencil we then used paint to make a print, changing the orientation and rotation to make a paw-tastic piece of art.

Week 17 - 13 January 2020

A big thank you to the parents who attended the Introduction to Read Write Inc Phonics talk on Thursday morning. We were delighted to see so many of you! In case you were unable to attend please find attached the PowerPoint presentation along with the handouts containing the letter formation sayings we use in school. Please use these to support your child’s writing at home. 

In Topic this week we have continued exploring dinosaurs in History this week and have made our own split pin dinosaurs and labelled them, linking to our English learning.

In English we began the week by exploring the difference between fact and opinion and sorting statements into the two different categories. We moved on to discussing what facts we already know about dinosaurs (there are some experts in our year group who could share a lot of interesting information with their classmates) and we talked about how we could find further information. We spent time exploring different sources including ipads, books and video clips to collect a bank of interesting facts about dinosaurs. We then developed this further by turning the information we had found into our own dinosaur fact files.

In Maths this week we have been focusing on counting, writing and reading numbers up to 20. We have been ordering number of objects from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. We have been learning to write the teen numbers in words and we have been using the language of ‘more than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equal to’. We have been representing these concepts using the mathematical signs < > and = (remembering that the crocodile always eats the largest number)!

Week 16 - 6 January 2020

What a great week back we have had! We have spent a lot of time talking about our Christmas news and it was lovely to hear all about what the children have been up to and the lovely presents that they received. 

On Tuesday morning we came into school to find a very exciting scene! It appeared that overnight a dinosaur had visited our classroom and left behind a lot of mess!! The furniture was turned over, there were footprints on the carpet and a nest with eggs had been left behind. This has led to a lot of discussion about dinosaurs this week and we are all very eager to begin our new topic!

In English and after a lot of discussion and partner talk, we wrote recounts of our Christmas holidays. We worked hard to use the past tense, time connectives and of course – capital letters, full stops and finger spaces!

Following the dinosaur invasion on Tuesday, we talked about what we thought had happened. We came up with a list of questions including, “What has been here?”, “How did it get in?” and “Why did it come?” 

We discussed how we could find the answers to some of our questions about dinosaurs. Some suggestions included using the internet, talking to an expert and looking in fact books. This led us on to explore the features of nonfiction books including diagrams, labels and captions. 

In Maths this week, we have been recognising, naming and describing a variety of 2D and 3D shapes. We have been sorting them in different ways and describing how we have sorted them using mathematical vocabulary such as ‘sides’, ‘corners’, ‘curved’, ‘straight’, ‘regular’ and ‘irregular’.

Week 15 - 16 December 2019

During our last week of term, we have had lots of fun making and evaluating our stained glass windows. We enjoyed cutting and tearing paper into different shapes to make different effects using a range of colours creating wonderful windows. These are currently displayed in the windows for you to enjoy. 

On Wednesday we celebrated Christmas with a party. The children enjoyed taking part in games and having a dance. Miss Stewart kindly made each child a gingerbread biscuit which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

We wish you all a Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Week 14 - 9 December 2019

We had lots of fun preparing for our Christmas fundraiser. After making our various crafts of calendars, chocolate rice crispie cakes, sweetie jars and jewellery, we then got busy designing posters to advertise our products.

On Monday, we enjoyed our ‘Come snuggle up with a good book’ day. It was so much fun coming into school in our pyjamas and sharing some much loved stories with our families and with each other. 

In English this week we have continued our cross curricular RE focus to our English. We have been learning about the Christian celebrations of Advent and Christmas. We have learnt the Nativity story and sequenced the key parts. 

We also had great sing-a-long fun when a theatre company came to perform Aladdin on Tuesday!

Week 13 - 2 December 2019

We have been busy using paint and glitter to make calendars and decorate sweetie jars to sell at the Christmas fundraiser on Friday. We will also be busy making rice crispy cakes and jewellery to sell at the fair later this week.

We have been busy singing our songs for the nativity and learning new songs for the carol concert on the astro!

In Maths we have moved onto subtraction this week. We were finding out how many were left. We used objects and part whole models to create a subtraction story. Examples included ‘there are 7 fish in the sea. 3 got caught. There are now 4 left’. We then moved on to using subtraction number sentences to represent the story. 

We have had a cross curricular focus in English this week. We have been learning about Christian beliefs, the features of a church and the Christmas story. This links to our RE topic on Christianity.

Week 12 - 25 November 2019

We have been getting arty in the afternoons this week. We used our knowledge of primary and secondary colours to create our own version of ‘The Cut-Outs’ By Henri Matisse. We recognised that he uses lots of colour and shape in his artwork. Following on from our church trip, we have designed our own stained glass window which we will be making very soon.

In Maths this week we have we been comparing addition number sentences. We solved the answer to an addition sentence using tens frames and then discussed if the answers were equal or not. We then moved on to comparing two number sentences using the more than, less than and equals to symbols.  We have been using tens frames and part whole models to represent addition number sentences so that we can clearly see the two parts and the whole number.

In English this week we have written lists of the presents we would like for Christmas. We then wrote a letter to Father Christmas and included our list of presents in this along with something we have achieved this year. Some of us even told Father Christmas what we would be leaving out for him on Christmas eve. We learnt that a letter must include who it is to and from. We used our letter writing skills to write letters to the local supermarkets persuading them to donate refreshments for our Christmas fundraiser.

Week 11 - 18 November 2019

On Wednesday morning we went on our trip to St Michael’s Church. We enjoyed finding out what it looks like inside a church and how Christians worship. We were fascinated looking at all the beautiful stained glass windows. Our little legs were very tired by the time we walked back to school and we were very hungry for our lunch!

In English this week we have been focusing on the book ‘Maisy’s Rainbow Dream’ by Lucy Cousins. We have been up-levelling simple sentences from the story, using adjectives and verbs to makes them more exciting. We have been using our painting skills to create wonderful pictures inspired by the story. For example, in one story ‘Maisy dreams about a slimy green frog jumping on a leaf’ and in another ‘Maisy dreams about a feathery brown duck floating on a pond’. We then used our team work skills to work together in creating group books and reading them to each other. 

In Maths this week we have been representing and using number bonds and related subtraction facts. For example, we used tens frames and counters to find all of the possible ways to make 7 and recorded these as number sentences. We have been using bar models to represent how a number can be partitioned into its parts.

In Art we have enjoyed beginning our art topic “How is the world filled with colour?” We looked at the Elmer story to start talking about different colours and then we learnt about what primary and secondary colours are. We had lots of fun painting our own Elmer using the colours we had mixed! 

Week 10 - 11 November 2019

In the afternoons we have been taking part in ‘anti bullying week’. We have learnt about what bullying is and isn’t, what to do if you are being bullied and how we can be a good friend in Year One.

In English this week we have learnt what a question mark is and the difference between a question and a statement. We thought of our own questions about a picture we were given and wrote these questions down using a question mark. We became poets and turned our ‘box it up’ plan for ‘What is Pink?’ into a poem, which we then edited and published in our best handwriting. We performed these poems to an audience.

In Maths this week, we have continued to use the part-whole model. We have used this model to complete the ‘fact family’ for given numbers. Eg. 4+2 = 6, 2+4 = 6, 6=4+2, 6=2+4. Later on in the week we used multilink cubes to build towers and bar models to show the whole number and the two parts. 

In phonics, we are very excited to have started reading our story books! We are learning to share a story by taking it turns to point to the words with a lolly pop stick while our partner reads out loud. We are applying all the sounds we are familiar with in new words and trying really hard to ‘Fred in our heads’ (read whole words without unnecessarily sounding out).

Week 9 - 4 November 2019

In the afternoons, we have started our Science topic. We had fun creating ‘caves’ in our classrooms by draping a blanket over a table to make it dark. We were answering the question ‘can you see light in the dark?’  We discovered that that you need a light source to see objects in the dark and we enjoyed experimenting with torches and other light sources. 

In English this week we have been focusing on the poem ‘What is Pink?’ by Christina Rossetti. We have been identifying and discussing the various features of the poem, including rhyming words and question marks. We went on a nature walk around the school grounds and spotted objects of different colours. Back in class, we described our objects using adjectives and verbs and we used these ideas to plan our own colour poems. 

Please note - Your child will now be bringing home a variety of ‘speed words’ or new sounds that they have been learning in their phonics group this week.

In Maths we have been learning to use part – whole models. We have been investigating different ways to partition numbers using counters to represent the different parts of a whole number. We have been using these models to write addition number sentences using add and equals symbols.

Week 8 - 21 October 2019

On Friday, Year One went on a trip to the local library. The children were very excited for their first school trip! We walked to the library, where we browsed and read different types of books as well as listening to a story read by the librarian and learning about the services the library offers. In addition to books, CDs and DVDs, they have a number of computers that are free to use with a library card for homework or even to play games. Thank you to the parents that came to help and to the librarians at Great Hollands Library for a fun morning. 

In Maths this week, the children have been continuing to develop their understanding of place value and numbers up to ten. They have used their knowledge of ordinal numbers to carry out practical activities, including running and car races. They have practised making and using a number line to complete a variety of challenges involving lots of the things we have learnt so far. After half term, we will be moving on to addition and subtraction so please go over the number bonds to 10 (1 + 9 = 10, 2 + 8 = 10 etc) with your child over the half term. 

In English this week, the children have been writing their own versions of the Lost and Found story in our first "Hot Write" of the year. They have retold the story using actions in order to write a different part of the story each day, independently. Using their own ideas, word mats and story mountains they have used their prior learning such as verbs, adjectives and synonyms to make their writing more exciting. At parents consultations, it was suggested that some children would like to practise their handwriting at home, so please find attached two versions that could be printed and used for individual lettters.

In Phonics, the children have practised the 'ee' sound and revised all the sounds and red words they have learnt within a variety of activities. 

Week 7 - 14 October 2019

In Maths this week, the children have been comparing numbers and objects, ordering numbers and using vocabulary such as less than and greater than. They then moved onto learning what ordinal numbers are and how they can be used to describe position.

In English, the children have learnt what a synonym is and were thinking about synonyms for the words ‘sad’ and ‘happy’ to describe the penguin and little boy in the story ‘Lost and Found’. At the end of the week the children were editing sentences from the story to improve them. 

In Phonics we have learnt the digraphs ‘ou’ as in house, ‘oi’ as in coin and ‘ee’ as in green.

In Art this week the children worked in small groups to create a collage of the characters from ‘Lost and Found’. We were really impressed with their ability to take turns and share ideas in their groups.

Week 6 - 7 October 2019

In the afternoons we have been discussing how to be healthy. This has included personal hygiene such as hand washing, cleaning teeth and bathing and showering. The children enjoyed playing the ‘germ’ game to consolidate their learning. 

As the weather is getting colder, please can you make sure that children are bringing their coat to school EVERYDAY. Please also ensure that hats, scarfs and gloves are labelled when the children start to bring these in.

In Maths, the children have continued to compare two numbers. This week they have begun using the symbols < > = in their number sentences. The children were challenged to explain why given number sentences were correct/incorrect and how they knew this. 

In English, the children have been learning the story ‘Lost and Found’ written by Oliver Jeffers. They began the week by discussing what they would pack for a journey across the sea. Some of their ideas were fluffy hats, thick gloves, healthy snacks and a bright torch. The children created a ‘Found’ poster for the penguin and used adjectives to describe the penguin’s appearance. At the end of the week they sequenced the story and then moved on to creating their own story map in preparation for re telling the story!

In Phonics this week the children learnt the ‘air’ and ‘ir’ digraph as in fair and bird.

Week 5 - 30 September 2019

In the afternoons, we continue with our play based approach of transition into Year 1. We have been practising important social skills such as turn taking and sharing the toys and games.

In Maths this week, the children have been continuing with their understanding of place value. The children began the week by matching numbers together to show one to one correspondence. They then moved on to comparing two numbers by using the phrases ‘more than, less than and equal to’. The children built towers out of multi link cubes to help them visualise the numbers and then wrote a sentence to compare them.

In English this week, the children have continued to read the story ‘Peace at Last’. At the beginning of the week they thought about where they would go to find a peaceful nights’ sleep. They then designed and labelled these rooms. The children thought about the sounds that might keep them awake in each room and added these labels to their plans. At the end of the week the children turned their ideas into sentences, writing in the style of ‘Jill Murphy’. 

In Phonics this week the children have learnt the digraphs ‘ar’ as in mark and ‘or’ as in sort.

Week 4 - 23 September 2019

This week, we have been producing some beautiful art work based on our book “The rainbow fish”. We have been painting with different utensils including celery and cotton buds, making our own fish masks and creating underwater wax resist scenes.

In English we have been focusing on the book ‘Peace at Last’ by Jill Murphy. We have learnt to retell the story using actions and we have sequenced the key parts by ordering the beginning, middle and end. We have written labels for pictures of the different rooms in the house, listed the noises that kept Mr. Bear awake at night and have written captions to go with images from the book. 

In Phonics we have learnt the sounds ‘oo’ (look at a book) and ‘oo’ (poo at the zoo). We have been using our new sounds when reading and writing words such as ‘took’ ‘cook’ ‘food’ and ‘spoon’.

In Maths this week, the children have been finding one more and one less than numbers to 10. We have been using practical equipment to make a number and then show one more and one less. We have been continuing to building on our counting skills, both forwards and backwards and also focusing on forming our numbers correctly.

Week 3 - 16 September 2019

In English this week we have been reading the book “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister.

We have been using adjectives to describe pictures from the book and using these to write descriptive sentences. We have been working hard to remember capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in our writing.

In Phonics we have learnt the sounds ‘igh’ (fly high) and ‘ow’ (blow the snow). We have been using our new sounds when reading and writing words such as might, light, flow and show. 

In Maths this week, we have been counting forwards and backwards within 10. We have been representing numbers using a variety of objects including counters, cubes, counting bears and Numicon. We have been ordering numbers to 10 by creating our own number lines and completing sequences with missing numbers.

We have been practising our fine motor skills using playdough, making animals from the story. We built homes for the animals in the construction area, using wooden blocks.

Week 2 - 9 September 2019

This half term we will be focusing our afternoons on settling the children into Year One. We will be discussing class rules and expectations of Year One. “We will also be spending time getting to know each other by playing games and taking part in circle times. The children will continue to access independent learning and play based activities in the afternoons as they transition into Key Stage One” 

In English we have been reading the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle. We have practised writing simple sentences about animals and children, including verbs (doing words) and adjectives (describing words). In Phonics we have learnt the "ay" and "nk" sounds including words like stink, wink, play and spray.

In Maths we have practised sorting and counting. We have sorted different objects by colour, size and item. We have represented numbers and objects with shapes and drawings. We have counted objects accurately using tens frames and represented these in different ways.