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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Year 1 News

Autumn Term - Week 7 - 12 October 2020

Our Maths focus this week has been ordering groups of objects and numbers. We have been accurately counting 3 or 4 groups of counters and ordering them from greatest to smallest or smallest to greatest. We then moved onto numbers, the children read numbers in words and digits and ordered them, explaining how they had been ordered. They began to write the order in their books and draw pictorials (circles) for each number.

We started our English lessons this week by re-reading our story ‘The train ride’. In pairs the children ordered pictures from the story and used keywords to describe what happened in each part. They then retold the story using the repeated phrases and key vocabulary, ‘that’s what I see! That’s what I see!’. The children thoroughly enjoyed our ‘experience’ lesson this week, coming to the classroom to find their own beach. They enjoyed taking part in beach themed activities and ended the morning with an ice pop and Punch and Judy show. The week then ended with the children using the pictures from the story to create their own story mountain to help them write our story next week. 

In phonics we have been learning the Set 2 digraphs oo (short) – ‘look at a book’ (took, look, book, shook). We have been blending these sounds in words for reading and practising segmenting them for spelling.

In our PSHE lesson next week, we will be discussing the NSPCC’s Underwear Rule. This is designed to teach pupils how to stay safe from sexual abuse, without giving explicit information or telling scary stories or even using the term “sexual abuse.” In the lesson, children will learn about the ‘PANTS’ acrostic, which stands for: 

· Privates are private 

· Always remember your body belongs to you 

· No means no 

· Talk about secrets that upset you 

· Speak up, someone can help 

The lesson will be delivered in a way that’s fully age-appropriate. More information about the Underwear Rule, including a short film and a parent guide can be found at


Autumn Term - Week 6 - 7 October 2020

Our Maths focus this week has been comparing two groups of objects and using the symbols < > and = to make comparisons. We have been using counters to accurately count out two groups and using the words ‘more than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equal to’ to compare them. We learnt that the crocodile always ‘eats’ the larger number and have been using this concept to help us use the symbols correctly. Our Maths learning has involved lots of pair work which we have really enjoyed! 

We started our English lessons this week by using adjectives to make our writing more descriptive. We imagined that we were on a train going through a tunnel, just like in our class story and we thought of lots of super adjectives to describe it, including ‘gloomy’, ‘spooky’ and ‘frightening’.  We have also been learning to use ‘ing’ verbs this week to describe how the hot air balloon in the story was moving through the sky. We thought of some fantastic verbs, including ‘floating’, drifting’ and ‘gliding’. 

In phonics we have been learning the Set 2 digraphs oo (long) – ‘poo at the zoo’ (too, zoo, mood, spoon) and oo (short) – ‘look at a book’ (took, look, book, shook). We have been blending these sounds in words for reading and practising segmenting them for spelling. 

During the afternoons, we are slowly beginning to introduce some whole class lessons, alongside our independent play, starting with PSHE. Over the next few weeks we will be exploring the question “What is the same and different about us?” This will involve lots of discussion about what we like and dislike and what we are good at. We will be thinking about what makes us special and how everyone has different strengths.

Autumn Term - Week 4 - 30 September 2020

Our Maths focus this week has been finding one more and one less than a given number. We have discovered that when finding one more, the number gets bigger and when finding one less, the number gets smaller. We have been using different practical resources to help us with our learning, including Numicon and tens frames.

In English we have continued to work on our story ‘The Journey’ by June Crebbin. We focussed on the countryside setting that the train travels through and collected a bank of onomatopoeic sounds that might be heard such as ‘Moo’, ‘Woof’ and ‘Swish’. We then thought about what Molly and her Mum might have been eating for lunch on the train. We had fun tasting some different food and thinking of adjectives to describe how it tasted, including ‘sweet’, ‘juicy’ and ‘delicious’. We later used our ideas to write full sentences to add to our class story. 

In phonics we have been continuing to learn the sounds ow – blow the snow (snow, show, slow, blow) and igh – fly high (high, bright, night, flight). 

During our independent learning we have been enjoying using the role play area to get into character at the train station. We have also had a lot of fun this week working together to play games and make puzzles. This helps to develop the important skills of communication, turn taking and sharing. 

Autumn Term - Week 3 - 23 September 2020

This week we have been busy in Maths counting up to 10 and back from 10. We started counting from given numbers and talked about the patterns we noticed when counting forwards and backwards. 

In English we started our new story ‘The Journey’ by June Crebbin. We made a train in the classroom and thought about what we would see and hear on a train journey. We described what the train looked like using adjectives and we made a list of what the little girl could see on her train journey. Our role play area is now a train station and we have had lots of fun pretending we are at the train station!

In phonics we have been learning the sounds ow – blow the snow (snow, show, slow, blow) and igh – fly high (high, bright, night, flight) Please continue to practise reading and writing words at home with these sounds in. 

During our independent learning we have enjoyed making a name train, labelling pictures of a train/farmyard, threading beads to make a train, designing and writing a train ticket and fishing for letters to make words with the ‘ow’ and ‘igh’ sound in.

We have continued our handwriting practise every day and have enjoyed playing in the afternoons to develop our sharing and turn taking skills.

Autumn Term - Week 2 - 18 September 2020

We have had another super week in Year One! It is wonderful to see how quickly the children have settled into the new routines and that they have taken all the changes in their stride. 

In Phonics this week, we have been continuing to learn the set 2 sounds ‘ay’ (May I play?) and ‘ee’ (What can you see?). In order to support your child’s learning at home, please can you help them to read and write words containing these sounds. We have also been focussing a lot on blending our set 1 sounds in simple words in order to increase the children’s fluency and confidence when reading. Words you can work on at home to help with this include – jump, hand, bend, skip, gran, flop.

In English, we have been focusing on the book ‘The Heart and the Bottle’ by Oliver Jeffers. We have spent a lot of time thinking about how the character in the story is feeling and using adjectives to describe her emotions. We thought of different words that mean the same as ‘sad’ and ‘happy’ to make our writing more interesting. After creating a bank of exciting adjectives, we practised writing these in a full sentence using a capital letter, finger spaces and full stop. 

In Maths, we have been practising counting and writing numbers to 10. We have used a variety of different objects such as counters, cubes and animals to show off our counting skills. We have also been representing these numbers in different ways, for example through pictures and words.


Autumn Term - Week 1 - 10 September 2020

The children in Otter class and Beaver class have settled into Year 1 really well. It is so lovely to see them coming into their classrooms with happy and smiley faces! They have been busy learning their sounds in phonics this week and have started handwriting in the afternoons to practise forming their letters. The children will be focusing on the sounds ‘ee’ and ‘ay’ over the next week so please practise reading and spelling words with these sounds in (seen, green, play, spray) at home. We will continue to revise set one sounds at school so please also spend some time blending words which contain these sounds.

The children have done some writing linked to our story ‘Augustes and His Smile’ about what makes them feel happy. Alongside their writing, the children have been taking part in continuous provision activities and have enjoyed playing in the role play area, creating shapes with the playdough, dressing up, sand and water play, making emoji faces and creating buildings with the building blocks.