Welcome to the Year one page! At the top of the page you will find useful links that will be relevant all year round. These include useful websites, our topic plans, and a link to our maths blog where you can see what we have learnt in maths each week.
Underneath that, we will share lovely moments from our time in Year One, similar to the foundation blog.
Year 1 Topic Overview 2017-2018
Please look at the document below to see our intended overview of topics this year. We will follow this for our English and Topic lessons (topic includes, but is not exclusive to: History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, PE, PSHE). Please note that these topics are subject to change slightly as new learning opportunities present themselves to us.
Here are some links to some resources that your might find really useful when practising phonics with your child in the last 2-3 weeks before the phonics check. They are from the free website http://www.letters-and-sounds.com. There are many useful resources on this website but some I thought would be particularly useful are:
Phase 3 decodeable words: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/resources/p3words.pdf
Phase 4 decodeable words: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/resources/p4words.pdf
Phase 5 decodeable words: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/resources/p5words.pdf
The words come with two different styles of the letter k. Please use the k with the loop as this is the one that is used in the phonics check materials sent to us by the DFE.
Weekly Maths Blog
Now that Brookside TV is up and running, we have found this a much more effective way to share strategies with you! Please click on "Brookside TV" from the home page to see strategies to support your child's mathematics at home.
A Tiger came to tea!
We had a very exciting day in Year One, ask your child to tell you what happened when the tiger came to Brookside school!
Pirate School Trip!
We had such a lovely time in the sunshine (although it was a bit chilly) yesterday. We did some Perplexing Pirate Maths Problems, we practised our cannonball throwing, we tested our pirate memory, we checked whether or not we had sea legs by doing a balancing challenge and we followed a treasure map to find the secret pirate cavern (shh! Don't tell anyone about it!) where we learnt all about the life of a pirate. Here's a selection of our photos from the day:
Diwali Celebration Day
We had such fun learning about Diwali and showing off our celebration clothes. See a sample of our photos from the day below:
When Stripy came to visit
You've probably already heard about it and it's true! A couple of weeks ago a Wild Thing came to visit us in our classrooms. He came from the place where the Wild Things are to teach us all about how to be wild and to help us to be kind to monsters and not to be scared of them. He answered the questions we'd written in English and then we showed him around our school. He was very wild!
Looking for the Brookalo
Did you know that a mysterious creature lives in the nature area at Brookside Primary School. His name is the Brookalo and some of the children have been speculating that he is the Gruffalo's cousin. Well two of the teachers saw him and mistook him for the Gruffalo. At first Mr Bailey left us a video message and then Miss McIntosh left us a drawing. We realised from the description and from the picture that it wasn't the Gruffalo so we thought we should go and investigate ourselves. We found the Brookalo's den and inside there was a note explain who he was and what he likes to do. He has asked us to write poems about himself to make himself as famous as the Gruffalo is. We'll be writing our poems next week.
Science Senses Investigation
One of the key learning areas for our science this term is to understand our five senses (sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste) and to know which parts of the body we use for each sense. We had an investigation with different activities and resources around the classroom to help us experience each sense.
We have started our new topic on The Gruffalo. We will be exploring the natural world around us and using the setting of the story to look at the changes in our own woodlands as we move into Autumn. The children created some fantastic Gruffalo scenes, using natural materials that they had selected.
We have also been singing a song about The Gruffalo that the children love! You can find it by searching "Gruffalo Song" on YouTube.
At the end of our Sam's Sandwich topic we gave the children a treat for all their hard work! The children created healthy sandwiches with ingredients from Sam's Sandwich (no bugs allowed!!!!!). We then sat in the sunshine and ate our sandwiches with our friends (we were so lucky to miss the rain!).
We are learning about Sam's Sandwich! A very funny book all about a disgusting sandwich. Next week the children will be writing their very own sandwich book. We are working hard to find different adjectives to describe the food that we are going to put in our sandwich. We squashed, squeezed, smelled and smooshed lots of different foods and described what they were like.
We are so glad to welcome you Year One!
We are working hard to settle the children at the moment, and our primary aim is to get to know their individual personalities and working styles. We have started to introduce Mathematics and English lessons, giving the children hands on experiences to build up their vocabulary. As their ability to concentrate develops, we will start working towards longer and more challenging lessons. At the moment, the children are enjoying the familiarity of busy jobs, and building up their friendships so that they can have a happy and successful time in year one.
We are so thankful for the support that we have received from everyone so far! Do come and see us for any questions you have.
Fun in the Sun!
We had some really hot weather and so Mr Bailey bought in a special treat to help us cool down. It was so much fun that even the teacher's wanted to have a go.
Year 1 visit to Manor Farm and Woodlands
This week we had a wonderful visit to Manor Farm and Woodlands. The day was split between lots of science activities and gross motor skills play and exploration. For our science we were looking at animal grouping and classification (i.e. mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish - although we didn't see any fish) and learning about what animals eat (i.e. herbivores, omnivores and carnivores), we also learnt a little about caring for animals, animal personalities and animal habitats. For our play and exploration we enjoyed playing on a variety of different indoor and outdoor play areas. See the photos below to get a flavour of our day.
Still life drawing
Just before Easter we did a short art topic looking at the still life paintings of Paul Cezanne. We evaluated his work and looked at shading and colouring skills before using pastels to draw and colour a final piece. In the Bees class, on the day we finished the topic the weather was so nice that we decided to do our art outside in the spring sunshine. What a lovely afternoon we had!
RE - friendship
In RE we have been learning about how Jesus was a good friend to others by looking at some of the stories in the bible and doing a variety of activities to understand what makes a good friend. In our final lesson before Easter we mixed the two year 1 classes up and encouraged the children to play with someone new and put into practise what they had been learning about friendship.
Farmer's Field Walk
Apologies for the delay, but here are a small number of snaps from our walk to the Farmer's field walk. We had a super time looking for signs of growth and looking for indications that spring is here.
This morning Kaya came back to visit us again. Kaya works at the PDSA the vet charity (www.pdsa.org.uk) and she comes to visit us at Brookside every once in a while to teach us about animals and how to look after them. Today she reminded us of the five things all pets need:
We also did some activities and played some games to learn about keeping pets safe from fleas or from getting lost or tooth decay.
World Book Day!!
What a busy week! We celebrated World Book Day today and what a wonderful time we had. Lots of children dressed up as characters from books that they liked and we even got to spend some time sharing our favourite books with children in year 5. We read to them and they read to us. We completed a book review of our favourite story and some other story related busy jobs as well.
Meeting Garry Parsons!
We have had a lovely day meeting the famous illustrator Garry Parsons. He gave us a really super assembly where he told us all about the things an illustrator needs. He came to each class for a workshop where he explained to us how picture books are made and inspired us to be more imaginative and creative in our drawing. We even learnt that drawing a picture can be the start of telling a really exciting story!
Making healthy pasta
We have been learning about healthy eating using the Eatwell Plate:
We made a healthy pasta meal choosing our own ingredients. The ingredients we could choose from were: pasta, natural yogurt, mozzarella cheese, courgettes, peas, sweetcorn, broccoli, pepper and mushrooms. We tried to have only a little dairy and lots of vegetables!
Thank you to everyone who came to school today to share some time with their children. We hope you enjoyed looking at their work, and that you saw some good homework ideas to "Burglar Bill" from each other!
We really appreciate the time and effort that was put into creating the bridges. They were all amazing and the children were very proud of the work that they had to share!
A fun maths lesson!
We had a fun lesson in maths this week measuring our friends! The blocks were set into groups of ten. We had to count in tens and then switch to ones when we were getting close! We made sure the multi-link cubes started at our friends feet and measured to see exactly how long they were. A great activity to try at home over the holidays! What can you use to measure each other? Hands? Feet? Lolly pop sticks?
What a wonderful year we've had so far!
It seems hard to believe that we're almost at the end of term. The children have been working so hard on their nativity performance and the show is really fantastic. There are still a small number of tickets available for Friday morning's performance. Please go to the office if you would like to attend.
We have lots of lovely activities planned for the last week of term - we hope tp share these pictures of their smiling faces soon!
Pirate adventure at Beaumanor Hall
We had a swashbuckling time at Beaumanor Hall acting as pirates following clues and reading maps and looking for treasure, as well as many other activities. See our slideshows below for photos!
Welcome back to school
Please click on the document below for a week-by-week plan of our topic coverage this half term. We will be sticking to it as closely as we can but aim to be flexible to meet the needs of our children.
Hunting for the Brookalo
He has a shiny bald head and pink floppy ears,
He's got little blue eyes and a scruffy yellow beard,
His arms are thin and furry, his legs are short and scaly,
He has a long grey tail covered in orange spines,
He has big dirty feet with hairy toes,
He wears clothes from lost and found and carries an orange recylcing bag.
Who is this creature that Mr Bailey met when getting lessons ready in the nature area? Was it the Gruffalo as Mr Bailey thought? No of course not! It's the Brookside Brookalo and we have been looking for him and we will be writing poems in our English lessons to make him as famous as the Gruffalo. Look at our Brookalo hunting photos below!
Gruffalo Crumble Party
Thank you so much if you were able to come to our Gruffalo Crumble Party. It followed a week of learning about seasonal vegetables and trying lots of different foods and even sweet crumble the chose their favourite ingredients to be added to the recipe. On the day of the party the children had a really good day working as a team to prepare the vegetables that went into the crumble.
We enjoyed sharing it with our teachers and our grown ups and were able to perform the Gruffalo song twice (once to start the party and once to finish it).
Exploring our senses
Did you know that as humans we have the ability to sense the world around us? We have been exploring our senses of sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste. Can you see which activity matches which sense? Which part of our body do you use for each sense?
When a Wild Thing came to school!
As part of our topic looking at Maurice Sendak's famous children's book Where the Wild Things are we were lucky enough to be visited by Stripy the Wild Thing. We had written our own questions for him and had time to ask him about himself and life as a Wild Thing and then we took him around the school to show him what it's like for children here in year 1 at Brookside. We had to be very careful to show him our best behaviour as he was extremely wild!!
In the Wild Things story Max takes an imaginary trip on a boat to "where the Wild Things are". We talked about what makes a good boat and then chose the materials we needed from a wide variety of materials and talked about different kinds of joins and attachments. We had a wonderful time building our boats. See some of them below:
Welcome to the Year 1 class page
This is the year 1 class page. Please look below for our planning, and a little further for our latest update (the most recent will always be near the top - just under the plans).
Welcome to year 1 (2016-2017)
Hi everyone! In year 1 we're pleased to welcome Miss Whitelock and Mrs Ibrahim to our team alongside Mr Panting, Mrs Bedia, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Christmas and Mrs Kenar. We have had an exciting time so far and are now getting used to our new classrooms and teachers. We have learnt the golden rules for our year group and we are following these well (these are shown below):
We Listen - we don't interrupt others
We work hard - we don't waste time
We are honest - we don't cover up the truth
We look after things - we don't damage things
We are gentle - we don't hurt others
We are kind and helpful
We will be very busy this year!! We are learning about lots of new things that are shown below:
Fun and Fantasy – The Wild Things and the Gruffalo
SHIP AHOY Pirates! - Photos, Portraits and Poetry from the past
Innovating stories - Peace at Last and parts of the body
Give Me 5! – Traditional tales and Our Senses
Food Glorious Food – Princess and the Pea and Food
Blooming Beans – Jack and the Beanstalk and Plants
Animal adventures – Monkey Puzzle and the environment
This term we have started looking at the Maurice Sendak classic Where The Wild Things Are. We are using it to support lessons in English, Maths and Topic work.