So far this term......(05.05.21)
I hope you all had a lovely Easter break. Since we came back from the Easter break, Year 1 have been busy learning learning about addition and subtraction fact families.
This week we moved on to subtraction facts within 20 and we will be continuing with this next week. We are doing lots of practical activities so that the children get used to using subtraction facts in a fun way!
We have also been looking at the story of Katie in London and doing lots of writing about London.
We have used Katie in London in our cross curricular Geography work where we learned about different landmarks in London. This is some of our fantastic work.....
As usual the children have settled back into school beautifully!
As tomorrow is polling day, the school will be closed to the children so work will be set on Google classroom. Please ensure your child completes this work and returns it to me. If you have any problems returning their completed work, please email it to me
I will be available via email throughout the day.
Mathletics and Reading eggs has also been set which is due to be completed by 14.05.21.
The children will do their spelling test this week on Friday.
As always, any questions please ask.
Year 1 team.
End of term round-up 01.04.2021
What an odd term this has been!
Having to switch to remote learning for the whole of the first half of the term and half of the last was tricky. Remote learning is not ideal for the children or the teachers. Our children belong in the classroom, with their friends, learning with an adult.
We missed the children and, I know, the children missed their friends. Then, just as we got back on track, our bubble had to isolate for 10 days so we had to switch back to remote learning.
Finally, we have made it to the end of Spring term.
Firstly, I would like to say well done to all those children who completed their remote learning everyday, you were amazing and showed great resilience in adapting to the changes. Thank you also to all the parents and carers, brothers and sisters who helped our little ones complete their work. We couldn't have done it without you and together we navigated our way around any technical issues we encountered (many!). It was a learning curve for us too!
Secondly, I'd like to let you know how amazing your children are. They were never fazed, they adapted and they were resilient. They are an incredible bunch and a real credit to you. They make our job (and our day) so much brighter.
Now, for the learning!
These past 2 weeks, in Maths, we have been looking at fact families (addition and subtraction). We looked at taking 3 numbers and finding the fact family for those numbers. The children were starting to explore how numbers are related. We worked very hard on this to try and embed the learning.
In English, we have been working hard on making sure all of our writing has 4 elements;
1. Capital letters
2. Full stops
3. Finger spaces
4. Cursive handwriting
Some of our children show beautiful cursive handwriting in their handwriting books, but stop using it when it comes to doing their English! So we have been working hard on transferring that skill into all of our work.
Our focus in English has been The Runaway Iceberg. In just the past 2 weeks we have managed to write the narrative of The Runaway Iceberg using time conjunctions, make playdoh penguins for our class display and use charcoal to draw a penguin. Our class display is amazing!
On Wednesday, we made chocolate nest egg cakes and had an Easter Egg hunt, which the children loved. It was great to see them having fun (although Ralph did manage to find an egg I had hidden before the hunt began!)
The children have been set spellings on Google Classroom to practise over the Easter break, they will be tested on the first Friday back.
I have also set some Easter activities on Google Classroom (just for fun!).
Can I remind you that if you have any questions you can email me at
A shout out to our new class ambassadors - Joe and Alisa, what a responsible job but I'm sure they'll be amazing! We are so proud of you both.
I also want to thank my amazing team in Year 1, Mrs Dowsett and Miss King, everyday they make sure the wellbeing of our children is taken care of.
All that leaves is for me to say I hope you all have a lovely Easter break, we will see you all again on Monday 19th April.
Year 1 team.
Friday round-up 12.03.2021
Well it has certainly been an exciting week in Year 1!
Our first week back to school has been fantastic. The Year 1 team are all so proud of how our little guys have returned to school.
This week we have concentrated on the well-being of our children. We have talked, played and got to know each other again after being apart for so long.
On Tuesday we managed to do some SPaG - plural suffixes and on Thursday we started to look at fact families in Maths, this is something we will be working hard on in the coming weeks.
We also started to read the book The Runaway Iceberg, which will be our focus book up until Easter.
Our spellings will now be uploaded to Google classroom every Friday instead of sending home paper copies, please help your child practise their spellings for their spelling test on the following Friday. Some children have an added challenge in their spellings so make sure you read the instructions given!
Our Star of the Week this week was Adam, who has done some incredible independent work this week and has made huge progress overall. Well done, Adam!
That just leaves me to wish you all a great weekend and a Happy Mother's day to all our Mums. We hope you like the surprise that our little guys made for you!
Year 1 team!
Back to School update - Tuesday 9th March 2021.
Just a note to tell you how lovely it has been to have the children back in school this week!
The children have settled back in fantastically, we could not have asked for more!
On Monday, we allowed them the time and space to be with their friends (and us again!), we watched them laugh, play and enjoy just being children again, Mrs Dowsett, Miss King and I loved seeing them again and watching them engage with each other.
Today, we did some learning and really wasn't sure how that was going to go as they have had so much time away from their traditional class environment learning but I am so happy to report that they all took it in their stride. They have come back ready to learn and full of resilience. They all did some great learning today, please let them know how proud of them we are.
It's good to be back and it's great to have them back where they belong!
Remote learning on Google Classroom
Hello to all our Year 1 Children, Parents and Carers!
We hope you all had a restful half term week and are still keeping safe and well.
From Monday 22nd February our remote learning moves over to Google Classroom. There you will find your classwork arranged into different folders for each subject, namely Maths, English, Phonics and Topic. Work is scheduled daily, so it will be available to complete from 8am each day.
You can still email us at
with any questions you may have.
Year 1 team
Weekly round-up (5th February)
As we approach the last week of this half term, I would like to thank all the parents of Year 1 children for their support. It has been a rather different half term but I am so proud of all the Year 1 children who, everyday, have been completing their remote learning and sending me their work and some lovely pictures of those lovely faces we all miss so much!
This week Star of the Week goes to Jamin. Jamin has been so busy this week with his remote learning and thoroughly deserves recognition for this.
Well done, Jamin!
Jamin working hard on his Maths 'measuring' task!
All that is left to say is have a great weekend and don't forget to keep sending me your work!
Miss Rogers, Mrs Dowsett and Miss King.
I know some of you are missing your friends. Mrs Dowsett, Miss King and I are missing you all too, so I'm leaving you a little story to remind you all that we will all be together again very soon!
Weekly round-up - 29th January
As we reach the end of another great week of remote learning in Year 1, I would like to say a big thank you to all the parents working really hard to support their child's remote learning.
I have seen some real stars this week and I know my little guys in Year 1 are really working hard at home.
This week's Star of the Week goes to Hikmat, who has completed all remote learning set (to a high degree too!) and sends her work back to me daily by lunchtime usually!
What a star you are Hikmat!
Here is some of Hikmat and some of her great work this week.
I look forward to seeing some great work from Year 1 next.
Have a great weekend!
Year 1 team
Weekly round-up (22nd January)
What a great week for remote learning in Year 1 this week!
I have had 16 children submit their remote learning to me this week.
Well done to those of you that have been busy doing their work at home and in school.
I have seen some fantastic work coming through to me and I am so proud of you all.
Our special Star of the week this week goes to Ana. The adults that have worked with Ana this week have all been so impressed with her independent learning.
Well done Ana!
I look forward to receiving some more remote learning next week, in the meantime, any questions please email me
Have a great weekend!
Year 1 team
Weekly round-up (15th January)
Well, it's the end of our second week of remote learning and what a busy week!
I'm so proud of all of the Year 1 children who have been busy engaging in our remote learning this week. I have been impressed with what I have seen so far.
A special mention to Alisa & Maisie who have managed to submit everything that has been set (plus extra challenges set!) on our remote learning page and to those children who have been in school doing their work.
This week our special Star of the Week is Ralph. He has worked so hard on his remote learning and I was able to see this at first hand yesterday!
Ralph, you are doing fantastic!
Mrs Dowsett, Miss King and I are so proud of you!
As we wrap up this week, I'd like to remind you all that I am available for any help with your remote learning by email email@example.com
I hope you all have a great weekend and stay safe.
Miss Rogers, Mrs Dowsett and Miss King.
I hope you are all well and enjoying the remote learning that has been set for this week.
So far I have received work from eight children, I am impressed with what I have seen so far so well done those of you who have submitted their work!
I will be putting some pictures up of the work done so far on our class page.
Mrs Dowsett, Miss King and I have also decided we will continue to award our Star of the Week prize to the most engaged learner, we have an idea of this week's star already but can you beat them to the prize?!
If you have any questions about the remote learning set or any other queries, please email me at
Remote learning for Year 1
Hello to our lovely Year 1 children and parents.
I hope you are all safe and well.
We miss our little guys and can't wait until we can all be back in school doing what we do best and learning together.
Remote learning will be uploaded to our class page each week. If you click on the star above you will see that I have sectioned the work into days. Each day there will be Maths, English and phonics work for your child to complete.
Some will be in the form of video lessons that include a quiz at the end, some are in the form of educational videos with worksheets to complete. I will also add challenges where I see necessary. Our phonics work is grouped into three, your child will know whether their phonics teacher is myself (Miss Rogers), Mrs Dowsett or Miss King. Please access the phonics work of the appropriate teacher.
Please ensure your child completes the lessons and send me a screenshot or scan of the completed work so that I can give feedback and suggest any further support that may be needed.
You can email me here;
Thank you for your support!
Week commencing 4th January 2021
Hello to all our lovely Year 1 children and parents.
I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year!
Just a quick note to thank you for the lovely gifts you brought in for Mrs Dowsett, Miss King and I.
I cannot wait to hear all the happy stories of what the children did over the break!
Unfortunately, due to Northwood school being closed, we won't be seeing our little guys for a while. So that the children don't miss out on their learning please use the links below to access the topics that we are covering.
Home learning packs
Please keep checking back here as I will be adding resources during the week.
Remote learning links
Remote learning - Update 09.12.2020
Hello again to all our children and parents in Year 1!
Unfortunately, due to the whole of Year 1 being in isolation until 15th December, our little guys will miss their Christmas Day at Northwood today . However, having spoken to Miss McNulty I can share the good news that our Christmas day will now be on 15th December so our little people don't miss out on all the fun!
Mrs Dowsett, Miss King and I will make sure the children make up for missing their day with a Christmas film and popcorn in the morning followed by an afternoon of fun.
I hope you're all staying safe at home and continue to do so until we are back together again. We all miss you so much!
In the meantime I am posting some helpful sites so you can continue your remote learning at home.
Some of these sites are linked to our learning but some are just for pure fun. Take a look, I hope you find them useful while you all continue to isolate at home.
These sites links to our learning in Maths with addition and subtraction activities.
This one is a fun way to strengthen your reading skills.
This one is just pure festive fun!
Please keep checking our class page for more resources for you to try.
I can't wait to see you all again!
Miss Rogers, Mrs Dowsett and Miss King
Weekly round-up (04.12.2020)
Welcome to Year 1's weekly round-up!
This week in Year 1 we have been learning The Christmas Story. At the start of the week the children sequenced the events of The Christmas Story, then they wrote about the events of The Christmas Story. This lead into our crafting day on Thursday where the children decorated our class Christmas tree and made cards for their loved ones (shhhh....I haven't told you that! ). The children really enjoyed doing this.
We looked at food we eat, where it comes from and what foods are grown, we then planted carrots which (hopefully!) the children will get to harvest and eat.
In Maths we have been learning how to read, write and understand the symbols +, - and =.
We will be doing much more work on this next term.
Just a reminder that this Wednesday (9th) is our Northwood 'Christmas day' where we will have a day of watching Christmas films, having Christmas dinner and partying (in our class) so the children get a chance to unwind from all their fantastic hard work this year.
I'm looking forward to seeing all the children in their Christmas jumpers!
A heartfelt thank you to all parents who have practised our poem T'was the night before Christmas with their children. I am blown away by how many children have learned it off by heart and I am excited to see the finished product on our school website. Please continue to help your child with this as we will be recording them on Wednesday and we just know our year 1 children will be amazing.
I have added a link to Mathletics and Reading eggs below to access the weekly homework set.
For any children isolating I have added a link to the lessons below that directly link to the curriculum and our current learning.
Weekly round-up! (27.11.2020)
Welcome to Year 1's weekly round-up. Another week has flown by as we edge towards the end of our first term together!
Last week in English we used our focus book The Giant Jam Sandwich to write a letter. We all took the role of Bun the Baker to write a letter to the town of Itching Down informing the villagers of what we need to do to get rid of the pesky wasps!
I was very impressed with the children's writing!
In Maths we continued to explore the addition, subtraction and equal symbols, trying to get the children to embed these symbols into their learning with different class activities, we will continue to work hard on this as we end the term and going forward into next term.
I have been very impressed with some of the progress in reading this week too. I continue to be in awe of these children and their progress and ability to immerse themselves in their learning. They make me proud everyday .
In Geography this week we took a site walk around Northwood school grounds and I listened to the children make some great observations about the local area.
This week in Year 1 we will be practising the poem T'was the night before Christmas. I have sent home the 2 verses that the children need to practise, please help your children to learn this.
We will also be looking at the Christmas Story. Please see videos below for both T'was the night before Christmas and The Christmas Story.
Our Star of the week this week was Cavalli who has made huge progress in al areas of his learning. Well done Cavalli!
Have a great weekend!
Year 1 team.
Weekly round-up! (20th November 2020)
Welcome to Year 1's weekly round-up.
Last week in Maths we introduced the children to using new strategies to help them with their Maths. As I mentioned last week, we started to look at partitioning numbers using the part, part, whole model and a tens frame. We also got familiar with Dienes cubes (base 10) and tried different ways to use these strategies to partition numbers.
In Design and Technology we made (and ate) a jam sandwich. I can confirm the children loved this and really enjoyed preparing and using equipment to prepare food safely.
We then wrote instructions on how to make a jam sandwich in our English writing using imperative (bossy) verbs.
This coming week we will be doing further work in English using The Giant Jam Sandwich as our focus.
We will be looking at our local area and using our observational skills to study a map (and the Geography) of our local area.
We have many exciting activities coming up as we fast approach Christmas and I know Miss King has lots of things up her sleeve.
This week I will be sending home some lines from a Christmas poem (T'was the night before Christmas) for your child to learn, please support your child in this. We will be practising this at school too.
Our Star of the week this week was Alisa who did some brilliant reading and some fabulous independent writing. Well done Alisa, we are very proud of you!
Have a great weekend!
Year 1 team
Weekly round-up (13 November 2020)
Welcome to our Year 1 weekly round-up. Another busy week in Year 1. The children have been working very hard this week!
In Maths we finished off looking at one more, one less than a given number. Next week we will be looking at partitioning and combining numbers using different models.
Part part whole
In English this week we having been using the suffix -ing to change a word by describing the book cover and pictures inside The Giant Jam Sandwich. Next week we will be writing instructions on How to Make a Jam Sandwich using Imperative (bossy) verbs after making and eating a jam sandwich!
In Science this week we have been looking at Autumn and Winter and how daylight gets shorter and nights get longer during these seasons.
We will look at Spring and Summer next term.
The children went into the playground to find things that represent Autumn, we found lots of pine cones, orange and brown leaves, some mushrooms and acorns (and a LOT of mud!)
Have a good weekend and we'll see you all next week!
The Year 1 team
Weekly round-up (6th November 2020)
A very short week for us this week!
The children came back to school full of enthusiasm for their learning, it was great to see their happy, smiling faces come through the door on Tuesday!
I'm sure many of the children have been telling you about their Bonfire Night work.
We learned this week why we celebrate the 5th November, who Guy Fawkes was and about his plot to blow up The Houses of Parliament.
It made for some fantastic points of discussion and, as usual, the children fully engaged in their learning.
The highlight of the week for me was sending the children home with a copy of the first verse of the Remember, remember the 5th of November poem and asking them to learn it overnight! What a big ask! But they did not let me down, I was blown away by their enthusiasm for this.
Remember, remember the 5th of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
I see of no reason, why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Many of the children were not only able to recite it by heart but were able to write it from memory. Amazing!
In Maths this week we have been finding 'one more' than a given number and we shall be continuing this week with 'one more and one less'.
In English this week we have been talking and writing about the title and events of a story including story structure with The Giant Jam Sandwich.
In P.E. this week we pretended to be animals!
This coming week we will be continuing our work on The Giant Jam Sandwich and looking at the suffix '-ing'.
We will also be respecting Remembrance Day and observing a minutes silence on 11.11 at 11am and talking to the children about what this represents.
A gentle reminder that our school photographer is in school on Wednesday 11th November, however, unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions we will only be having individual photos of the children taken.
We look forward to another great week at Northwood School!
The Year 1 team.
Half term round-up!
Wow! What a half term!
Each and everyone of the children have been amazing. They have shown resilience, determination and a real enjoyment in their learning. I am so proud of them all.
This half term seems to have flown by. We have got to know each other so, as we go into next term, I have a better idea of what makes this class so special and they certainly are a special bunch!
This past week in Maths we have been learning how to represent numbers on a number line, understanding that to add you have to move forwards and to take away you move backwards on the number line.
As you may have seen in our spellings some children have been learning how to spell numbers in words. I was incredibly proud of the spelling results this week showing that the children have really tried hard to learn these words at home.
Next term we will be learning how to find one more and one less of a given number.
(Please allow your children to watch the attached video below as an introduction to this)
In English this week we have been continuing to look at using adjectives in our writing to add more information to a sentence.
We have been working very hard on our cursive handwriting and I have seen some fantastic progress. Please see below for the guide on forming cursive letters.
In comprehension we looked at encouraging the children to listen to the text and answer questions about the characters and the storyline.
This week we read the book The Giant Jam Sandwich. In the coming weeks we will be using this book as our Year 1 focus, doing lots of work around using this story in our learning.
Black History Month
Many thanks to all those parents who engaged with their children on Black History Month. As you know we learned about Dame Kelly Holmes and her amazing achievements in her career and what a fantastic role model she is. As part of our learning the children designed a medal and I am happy to say that Shilah was our winner with her beautiful design. She takes home her own medal that Miss King kindly had made into a real medal.
Well done Shilah, we are all very proud of you!
Just a reminder that Reading eggs and Mathletics homework has been set for the coming two weeks.
Our last (but not least!) winner of Star of the week for this term was Chantelle who has done some fantastic independent writing and Maths.
Congratulations Chantelle, you are amazing!
All that is left is for me to thank you for your support this term. I look forward to another incredible term with my amazing team in Year 1.
Enjoy your half term break!
Welcome to our Friday round-up!
This week in Year 1 we have been learning about toys from the past and comparing them to the toys of today. The children really enjoyed playing with the toys from the past. We enjoyed hearing their enthusiasm and we loved that they went home to talk to their adults about what their favourite toys were too!
We learned that a lot of toys from the past were made with wood and a lot of the toys from more recent times are made with plastic.
We did lots of reading this week too. We started to explore poems that the children could join in with.
Black History Month
Last week I set the children a task of asking their adults who their Hero is for Black History Month. I was blown away by the conversations we had with the children!
Coming out on top was Nelson Mandela, Anthony Joshua and Rosa Parks.
We decided to focus on one of my Heroes - Dame Kelly Holmes.
We watched a video of Dame Kelly's greatest achievement, winning 2 Gold medals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. What a tremendous role model she is!
At the end of the week we had a competition to design a medal just like Dame Kelly's. Miss King has already had the winning medal made into a real medal and the winner will be announced on Monday and their winning medal presented to them for them to take home and keep. Thank you Miss King!
My lips are sealed until Monday !
This week as we move towards half term we will be looking at finding one less and one more in Maths. We will be using describing words (adjectives) in English.
Our spelling test for this week only will be on Thursday, so please make sure your child practices their spellings at home so we can finish this term with some good spelling results!
Have a good weekend!
Year 1 team.
Good afternoon from Year 1 as another week whizzes by!
We have had another busy week in Year 1. The Children continue to amaze us with their resilience and eagerness to learn.
This week we have finished looking at the human body and our 5 senses. The children went on a scavenger hunt in the school grounds this week to find items that were rough, smooth, shiny, smelly, noisy and tasty!
In Maths we learned how to count backwards from 20. Please see the video below for a great song that the children enjoyed learning. We have certainly seen some Maths superstars this week!
In our spellings we have been practising how to write the numbers 1-20 in words.
We ended this week looking at adjectives and we will be doing more work on that next week.
We also 'dipped our toes' into Philosophy by reading the book Would you rather? By John Burningham. It was great fun watching the children thinking about some tricky choices and hearing them rationalise their decisions!
Next week we will be celebrating Black History Month by looking at Dame Kelly Holmes and her fantastic achievements in athletics. I have set the children a task of asking their adults who their Hero is and I am looking forward to hearing all about them next week.
Our Star of the week is Jack who has had a great attitude to learning this week. Well done Jack, we are very proud of you!
Thank you for your continued support. Have a great weekend.
Year 1 team.
Hello from Year 1!
In Maths his week we have been learning how to share equally. We each had a mint ice cream cone and we had to share the chocolate chips equally between five cones.
We got to eat the chocolate chips after too!
New vocabulary for this week - 'equal'.
We also learned how to count forward to 10 and how to represent numbers to 10.
In English we have been practising using capital letters and full stops to demarcate our sentences and we have been reading the book The Jolly Postman.
In Science we have been learning about our bodies and which parts of our bodies are associated with which sense.
May I politely remind all parents that Mathletics and Reading eggs homework is set each week on a Friday, to be completed by the following Friday. Spellings are also sent out each Friday for children to practise at home, they will be tested each Friday morning before P.E.
Can all earrings be removed for P.E. on a Friday please.
If you have any queries please don't hesitate to speak to a member of the Year 1 team.
Your children continue to amaze us and we are all so proud of the incredible attitude of each and every one.
Thank you for your continued support, we look forward to another great week next week!
Spellings for this week;
Year 1 team.
Welcome to Year 1!
I am so proud of how well Year 1 have settled into the new School year!
We have been busy getting to know each other and the adults in the class.
So far we have been learning how to count in 2's and working on writing about Bubbles, a video we watched together.
Over the coming weeks we will be learning to count in 5's and 10's and exploring the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
PE will be on Friday so can you make sure your child has his/her PE kit and any earrings removed.
This week new reading books are being sent out, please make sure you read with your child and write a comment in the reading record.
From next week we will be sending home spellings as well as Mathletics and Reading Eggs homework. The Children's logins and passwords have been attached to their communication book.
Your adults are Miss Rogers, Mrs Dowsett and Miss King. If you have any queries please don't hesitate to speak to one of us on the door.
We look forward to a great year!
Year 1 team
Come on year 1, lets show off what we can do!
The year 1 team will be eagerly looking forward to seeing what you have been up to, we are adding resources to our page all the time, so give them a go, get your brain working and have some fun with a new learning approach!
***NOTE to Year 1- Please pass on this information to anyone you are in contact with or have contact details for from year 1. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing you all safe and well and would love to get all of our amazing class of Year 1's to check in and share what you have been up to here.
(Thank you to Imisi, Adrian, Alba, Cody, Mason, Nathaniel, Elvira, Charlie and Matthew so far...)
***NOTE to Year 1- As our class page is now becoming very busy with lots of photos of your hard work at home, I have tried to make it easier for you to be able to navigate new learning tasks. See below 'Star Tabs' to find your subject specific home learning tasks. These will be updated on a weekly basis (at least). The note at the top of the page marked with stars will explain daily learning tasks that will remain in the same format. Any additional work/activities provided will show below, so please remember to scroll down to see 'what's new'. Sharing of work from home and any feedback messages from the year 1 team will continue to show here.
Explore and have fun!
***** Good Morning Year 1 *****
Hope you are all well and learning.
What have you all been up to this week? It's been a bit quiet on here, any updates on what you have been upto at home seem to have stopped. I do hope this means you are all super busy having fun and completing 'some' work still. As I said before if nothing else please feed your mind with stories, reading is vital in all areas of our learning and is the most important thing to be keeping up with if you can.
Remember to keep checking on the different subject specific tabs as I am still setting work here to keep your brains active. We have two more weeks to the end of term, then we will be back in September, I can not wait to see you all.
Enjoy your week and have fun, missing you all.
Hello Mummy's, Daddys and all the wonderful families of Northwood!
Wow, it's been a long time now, the year 1 team are missing you all very much! I'm sure, like myself some of you may be getting a little restless now and could possibly be running short of ideas for things to do at home to keep little ones entertained. I know I am. I wanted to share with you a great online page I've come across this week.
The page is full of fantastic ideas of things to try at home, activities that hopefully bring a new lease of life to our 'Mummy schools' and keep us all sane during this difficult time. Hope this helps someone.
Please keep doing what you are doing, I know our Northwood community of parents and carers are doing a fantastic job of keeping our children happy, safe and well. Thank you parents! Keep smiling and we hope to see you soon.
Hello Matthew! It's so lovely to see you! WOW! You have been up to so much too. I'm pleased to see you have been keeping yourself busy and working that fantastic brain of yours. It would be lovely to hear a little more from you. What else have you been upto in lockdown? What has been your greatest achievement so far? I am currently learning how to use a sewing machine which is all new to me. I have also enjoyed the beautiful sunshine, still going out for my daily walks. Keep up the good work and please thank mummy, daddy and anybody else who has been helping you at home, they are doing a fantastic job too!
*****Hello Year 1*****
WELCOME TO THE 2ND HALF OF THE SUMMER TERM!
Wow, how time flies! We are now at the beginning of what would have been the last half term in year 1. I am incredibly proud of each and every one of you, with how you've handled the current situation and the effort you have put in to take ownership of your learning, doing the very best you can. The messages and photos you have sent in are fabulous, we have loved seeing what you have all been up to and the accomplishments you have made whilst at home. I know we will now be seeing some of you returning to school and I am super excited for this. But for those who are not, please, keep messaging, keep in contact, keep having fun and keep safe. We miss you all very much!
Good Afternoon Year 1!
Tomorrow, Friday 8th May is VE day. VE day stands for Victory in Europe, a day of celebration to commemorate (pay tribute to and remember) the end of WW11. I'm sure many of you will be celebrating this special day, as this year marks the 75th anniversary. You may see lots of houses where you live have put on flags of the Union Jack or bunting. Tomorrow if you go out on your daily walk, you may see people having a picnic outside their house with music and quite possibly dancing too (2m apart as per social distancing of course). Up and down the country people will be celebrating this special day and it would be great to see what you get up to too!
Hello Charlie! It's great to see you and that cheery smile of yours! You have been completing lots of fantastic work I can see! I'm so pleased to hear you have been enjoying your learning from home and especially the writing based on 'Zog'. I think becoming a builder is a fantastic job to have, as you can see our homes are the places keeping us safe right now and for lots of us, bring us so much joy. Have you ever heard the saying 'Home sweet home', or 'Home is where the heart is'? It's fantastic to see you are making great progress in your handwriting and I most certainly wish you the very best of luck for 10/10 on your 'ed' spelling test this Friday! I'm sure you will ace it! Hehe, what a fantastic photo! It was so nice of you to let your sister paint you all the colours of the rainbow, it looks like you all had lots of fun! I do hope you helped mummy tidy up afterwards though. Keep it up Charlie!
Thank you Mason for sharing your Zog and friends that you made after watching the film on BBC iplayer. These look fantastic and really fun to make! Thank you mum for sharing the link, so we can all give this a go, I'm going to give it a try too!
Hey Alba and mummy! Thank you for continuing to send in photos of some of the fabulous work you have been getting up to at home, I'm so pleased to hear you are taking ownership of your learning whilst at home and pushing yourself to learn new skills.
Remember whatever work you are able to complete and in any form is fantastic!
Well done for continuing to use reading eggs and mathletics each week!
Making fresh fruits smoothies sounds delicious! I have a blender at home too. Maybe you could write a 'Fruit Smoothie Recipe' for me, and I could try it out here and show you! Have you enjoyed 'Music with Meg'? I've been watching it, I had lots of fun practising changing the pitch of my voice from a low sound to a high sound- I'm not sure everyone else at home ejoyed me doing this though. Hehe!
***** Morning Year 1 *****
I hope you are all well and enjoyed your weekend. Today is the start of week 2 Summer 1. I have been so impressed with how many of you have completed lots of the tasks and activities set on here, the photos you have sent in have really made me smile. I hope we are able to keep up the same fantastic work this week! Missing you all!
I have attached this weeks writing task below. This week is all about Zog! Remember to watch the video of the story on BBC iPlayer and then complete the tasks based around this.
Continue to complete the lessons on the White Rose Maths Hub. The first lesson for this week is all about 'finding a half'. Remember this is 'new learning', so if you find it a little tricky DO NOT WORRY!
Phonics is a super important part of our day in school and we must make sure we keep reading whilst at home. If we can do nothing else, reading is the best thing we can be doing. Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. Despite there being just 26 letters in the English language there are approximately 44 unique sounds, also known as phonemes. The 44 sounds help distinguish one word or meaning from another. Various letters and letter combinations known as graphemes are used to represent the sounds.
In School we follow the Letters and Sounds planning to support phonics teaching. Your child can now receive a daily phonics lesson whilst schools are closed.
Please see attached a letter below explaining how you will be able to access this vital resource!
Happy Saint George's Day Year 1!
St. George’s Day is England’s national day for our Patron Saint; Saint George. April 23rd was named St. George’s Day in 1222. When learning the names of the four countries that make up the UK (recently) we also discussed the names of each Patron Saint and today is the day to celebrate St. George. If you go out for a walk today year 1, you might spot the flag of Saint George or see people wearing a red rose in their button hole, the national flower for the national day. I have added a link to watch the story of Saint George and the Dragon here as well as some fun activities you might like to try based around St. George's day. Have fun and celebrate, why not! You can see, we have already been painting the flag of St. George here, to put in our window, maybe you could give this a go. I look forward to seeing what you get up to.
P.S. GOLD STAR if you are able to send me your version of the Story of Saint George!
Hello Imisi! Great to see you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Imisi, Happy Birthday to you! Look at that cake! It looks wicked! We hope you had the best day celebrating your birthday.
I can see you have made a brilliant start on the writing and maths tasks we set. We love Monday's writing on the Gruffalo and I'm sure I could test you on your doubles too and you would get them all right! Try these: Double 6, Double 4, Double 5, Double 10.
Keep up the great work and please keep sending it in. Seeing you all is certainly making me smile! Remember say thank you to mummy, daddy and anybody else who has been helping you at home. Those mummies and daddies are working super hard too! Well done all.
Hello Alba! Lovely to see you today. WOW! You have been up to so much too. YAY you made Easter baskets just like we did! They look great and Easter cards too. Mummy tells me you have been busy doing lots of different things. I can certainly see you are becoming a fabulous chef. You have also been learning about space, I wonder if in your next email you could tell me three things you have found out. Its great to hear you have been keeping up with Reading Eggs and Mathletics activities as well as some of your own learning tasks. It would be lovely to see some of your writing from the Gruffalo tasks set. Keep up the good work and again remember to thank mummy, daddy and anybody else who has been helping you at home, they are doing a fantastic job too!
MATHS, MATHS, MATHS!
Let's get our maths brains in gear!
In year 1 we follow the White Rose Maths(WRM) planning and WRM in partnership with the BBC Bitesize Daily team have developed a 12-week learning programme for the summer term. This scheme is designed to help children be ready for their next year of school.
Each week they are adding a series of five maths lesson for year 1. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully. The first lesson released for the Summer term 1 yesterday was the first in a series covering the small steps for learning how to find fractions. This is new learning for year 1 (i.e. we have not taught this in school as of yet) so some of this may be tricky or require some extra support. The idea is you watch the PowerPoint provided and then complete the lesson activity downloadable to the right hand side. The answers are there too no peeking, adults only! Remember again you have the option to give this a go if you would like to and you must remember mummies and daddies might be busy working too!
Below is the link to WRM Home Learning Lesson for year 1.
Again, let's see how we get on. We have great faith in you Year 1 and we miss you all, Mrs Bunn, Miss Rogers and Mrs Stiles
*****Morning Year 1*****
WELCOME TO THE SUMMER TERM
Just because we are not in school it doesn't mean we can't continue with our fantastic learning. Now it is time for some cool school work, something a little different! We are all new to this different/remote way of learning but we are in it together and as we always do at Northwood School, being the resillient and resourceful learners we are, we will make this work for us!
So today year 1, we are kick starting the Summer term 1 with weekly writing tasks. We are going to be focussing our learning on the much loved stories of a very talented author called Julia Donaldosn.
BBC iplayer have made Julia Donaldson stories available to watch online. This is great because if you do not have the story to hand to read at home you can hear the story instead. Each week I will attach a series of writing tasks to complete based around one of the stories available. The idea is that you watch the episode on Monday and then complete the daily tasks as set.
Remember these are testing times for all of us and anything I upload and share here is an activity you COULD DO. Please do not worry if you are unable to complete all or any of the tasks set out here.
I hope this has all made sense to you year 1. Give it a go and let's see how we get on.
*****Hello Year 1*****
Another week has past, I'm sure very well spent with your families. I hope you have had some easter fun and I'm sure some of you are probably still enjoying those egg hunts around the house! Maybe you could try some scavenger hunts around the house instead. These will help to keep you up and about moving, collecting and actively using that fantastic brain of yours! I have added a few different ones to try here. My favourite is the science one; it's really good fun and the gratitude (this means thankful) hunt!
A note to Year 1 Parents/carers - Explaining the Coronavirus to children
Coping with a pandemic is hard enough for adults… so imagine how frightening and complex it must appear to children. The virus has brought monumental change to how we teach and care for children and young people. The virus presents a particular challenge for a lot of younger children as they adapt to new social distancing measures and forms of learning.
Award-winning independent children’s book publisher, Nosy Crow, know a thing or two about writing books for young readers so, in collaboration with Axel Scheffler, illustrator of the much-loved Gruffalo books, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, they have put together an e-book to explain the coronavirus in the simplest and gentlest of terms. This digital book for primary school age children is free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.
*****Good Morning Year 1!*****
Thursday again, I do hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine (at home of course). It is Easter weekend starting tomorrow and I'm sure that means for many of you that you will be enjoying lots of chocolate easter eggs, I know I will be!
I thought I would try and add some easter themed activities for you to try here. Maybe you could make easter paper baskets or weaved easter egg cards. I gave this a go with my daughters and we had lots of fun! Or, attached you could try some of the Easter themed phonics activities and/or you might take this time to learn the Easter story and possibly retell it to someone else or write it!
Whatever you do have fun and stay safe enjoying time with your families.
Best wishes and Happy Easter love the Year 1 team!
MATHS/SPaG - Year 1 Parents/Carers please see attachment below.
At Northwood School, children are not being asked to complete set work at this current time. We care for your children as much as you do and want nothing more than for them to be happy, safe and well during these uncertain times. The Year 1 team want you to make sure you are finding time to look after yourselves more than school work that will still be here when you get back. That being said, we do appreciate that we have some fantastic and ambitious learners in year 1 who will be missing the structure of our very jam packed day of learning. For those who want to, I will try to keep providing home learning resources/tasks on here for you to access and complete at home like the ones attached below.
*****Hello Year 1!*****
Checking in with you again, I hope you are all happy, safe and your second week at home was full of fun. Remember we are all still thinking of you all. Please do make sure you are looking after yourself and your families. There are lots of fun things you can be doing at home to keep smiling. I'm sure lots of you have been doing some sort of arts and crafts already; maybe you could try some of the activities on this 30 day Art/DT challenge. It would be good to see some photos of your creations, soon, when we can all see each other again.
Will check in with you all again soon.
*****Hello Year 1!*****
I hope you are all well, keeping safe and positive as we are coming to the end of our first week not at school. Myself, Miss Rogers and Mrs Bunn are missing you all lots! We hope you are taking part in lots of fun activities at home and enjoying spending time with your families. Remember to keep active, whether that be going for walks, bike/scooter rides, playing on a trampoline maybe or in the garden. If you haven't already, try giving 'PE with Joe' a go or Cosmic Yoga! I have been taking part every morning at 9am, realising now I'm definitely not as fit as I'd like to be but it's lots of fun especially if you are doing it together with brothers, sisters and maybe even getting mummy and daddy to give it a go too!
Will check in with you all again soon.
Home learning Website list
These websites are all fantastic to keep your children learning in these uncertain times. Stay safe everyone and best of wishes from the Year 1 team!
Twinkl is the ‘go to’ for teachers. They have kindly opened the doors to all for the duration of school closure and have given a code ‘UKTWINKLHELPS’ to access everything free for a month in the event of school closure.
This website is usually a subscription based website and is a firm favourite with year one. They have a huge range of fun phonics games for all levels in the Early years and KS1
A great website from the makers of the Biff and Chip books. There are some simple maths games and access to a huge range of ORT books. Very useful.
This is the best website I have found. It has a search facility to find activities or
support for everything from understanding the need for sand and water play to tips on helping your child read. The section on learning numbers through play is particularly good. You can also use the search facility for links to other educational websites.
Probably the best website on the net for literacy and numeracy. A firm favourite with the children in year one. This website also has games and activities suitable for reception through to year 2. I have posted a poster specifically for this website in our files section on teams.
This website has a lot of maths games covering many different areas of the subject
from simple addition and subtraction through to reflection and rotational symmetry
and many activities suitable for your older child.
Advice and activities on how to help your child with maths at home. Some lovely activities which mean the children might not even realise they are practicing their maths skills!
This is an American with some fantastic maths games and activities grouped into topics. This is a wonderful site to help with difficulties in specific areas of mathematical understanding.
This is a wonderful primary school website which has games and information on a range of subjects.
This is a fantastic website with some simple literacy activities. The games
will need your support to set up and talk through.
This website has links to games and activities from Kindergarten right through to the
end of key stage two. There are some really simple literacy and numeracy games
which your children will really enjoy.
A collection of resources to support learning in all areas of the curriculum.
Kids books and movies
This is a great website and appwith lots of books. Whilst it is a subscription app you get the first month free. I would recommend using for the free month and then making your own decision.
Quite a few ideas for free activities which the children could access at home. Use the ‘Activities’ section to find the best activities for home learning.
BP provides some nice introductory videos for Science, Geography and Design Technology
Less educational - more fun!
A website with stories to read and games to play. You can browse by age level
A website with activities galore colouring in pages, origami, recipe ideas and doodle books. This website will give you thousands of ideas to keep the children busy. Sadly many of the printable resources are now part of the members only section.
A collection of delightful activities it even has some step by step instructions for fantastic origami modals including a brilliant section on paper planes.
Kiddle is a child friendly search engine by goodle. A great place to find out about particular topics whilst staying safe online.
National Geographic for kids has some stunning images and interactive games and colouring books. A lovely site for children to learn more about animals, wildlife and the world around them.
Fun facts and games about space.
There are courses and games for learning how to code on this great website. All courses are free of charge and have a really good range of levels.
Ideas for physical exercise at home
Fantastic fun yoga stories for children. Will keep them entertained when they need down time!
We have had SUCH FUN with the super movers this term the children love dancing and hardly notice that they are learning at the same time. I challenge to to complete the ‘Position and Direction with the Hip Hop Granny’!
Music and mindfulness for children. It’s an American website with lots of fabulous dance routines and guided mindfulness sessions. The chicken dance is a particular favourite in Year One!
I am really sorry but I don’t know if many of these are available for android.
Teach your monster to read
A fantastic app which the children really love. It has a mixture of phonics and whole word games aimed at supporting reading.
Jungle Time. A great app to help your child with telling the time.
A wonderful app to support phonics and word building skills. Fantastic.
abc pocket phonics
This is a wonderful app based on Letters and Sounds, the phonics teaching programme used throughout many UK schools. I can’t praise this enough.
squeebles multiplication. A great app to help with multiplication.
These aim to improve your child’s understanding of place value and number bonds. Both are really good games and are suitable for your older children too. The developer ‘motion maths’ have made a number of apps for older mathematicians too.
Percy Parker is a wonderful times tables app for the end of year one onwards. It teaches them their times tables in a really enjoyable way – but the songs will stay in your head!
You might have heard your children talk about the Bee-Bot at school - it's often used in our classrooms to teach children about control programming and directions in maths. This lovely app version is good fun and free!
Reading Raven - recommended to me
An engaging app that teaches children phonics with a step-by step programme, one lesson at a time. We love the clear letter sounds as you click on each letter. It's also engaging with fab illustrations to hold a child's interest as they learn.
Meteor Math - recommended to me
An 'explosive' maths challenge with an arcade game feel - find two numbers to make the answer shown on the planet and watch as they explode! The game gets faster as you go up through the levels and it becomes exciting and challenges children to solve the sums more quickly. A great way of improving speed of mental maths.
A wonderful app aimed at improving phonics. This app covers all phases of letters and sounds.
The Phonics Screening Check will take place in June 2020 and is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, (and to identify students who need extra phonics help).
The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.
The 40 words and non-words (we call these alien words) are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn’t think the word is a mistake because it doesn’t make sense!).
Examples of Alien words that children will be expected to sound out and blend:
Today in English we pretended to be Beegu writing a postcard to mum and dad all about our time on planet Earth.
****** Housekeeping ******
PE is on Fridays for Year 1, but please ensure that correct PE kit is in school all the time, in case we feel like some extra 'brain-boosting' exercise on a different day.
The Mathletics and Reading Eggs homework programs are still ongoing; this is Northwood School's homework policy and is a compulsory requirement.
Log in, practise some Maths and Reading every week and have fun with it!
Please see the year 1 team if you have problems with logging in.
Children should be reading daily at home with an adult, please sign your child's reading record so that we know they have been listened to at home and we can change their books.
This week in Maths we are learning to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour. Year 1 had fun showing different times on a clock face.
We have enjoyed making models of Beegu this week as part of our DT topic to make models using different materials. We have been looking at different techniques, learning how to cut, roll and coil materials such as salt dough.
Over the past few weeks year 1 have enjoyed completing lots of different practical activities to help find and recall number bonds to 10.
This week in Maths we have been learning the names of common 3D and 2D shapes, we are now able to talk about the properties of common shapes, counting the number of faces, edges and vertices.
Our Power of Reading text for this half term will be Beegu. A fantastic story about a small lonely alien who was not supposed to be here. Beegu had crash landed on planet Earth.
Today was Stay and Learn. It is Black History Month every year in October and this week is Black History week at Northwood School. Each class has focussed on a significant individual from the past, we have found out about their achievements and contributions to British society. Year 1 have been learning about Mary Seacole as a black role model in History.
Did you know?
Mary Jane Seacole was a British-Jamaican business woman and nurse who set up the "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War. She described this as "a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and recovering officers", and provided aid for wounded servicemen on the battlefield. Coming from a tradition of Jamaican and West African "doctresses", Seacole used herbal remedies to nurse soldiers back to health. She was later awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991. In 2004 she was voted the greatest black Briton.
Year 1 visited Hall Place to take part in a workshop about Toys and Games in the past. We had lots of fun playing with old toys such as the cup and ball, whip and top and skittles. We noted that toys from the past were made of wood unlike those we play with today.
Our Power of Reading text for this half term will be Traction Man. We will have lots of fun reading about the adventures of Traction Man, designing a new suit for Traction Man and retelling parts of the story.
Welcome children and parents to the 2019/2020 Year 1 page.
Well another year has begun, it’s time to see our lovely new class of year ones flourish into fantastic learners!
We are all super excited. We have lots of fun activities planned over the year and will be reading some amazing Power of Reading books such as Traction Man, Beegu and many more .
The children in year one have already begun their learning journeys by starting their topic work in science; learning about themselves . Year 1 have also made a fantastic start in Maths, being able to read and write their numbers 0-20.
Keep checking back to our class page to see all the exciting learning the Year 1's get up
The Year One team x
Below are some links to some educational websites which you can access at home. If you do not have internet access at home, visit your local library. You can also borrow a reading book or two whilst you are there.