A warm welcome to the Year 1 class page. We are all looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, 3rd September.Please find some useful information below and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Year One Class Team
Mrs Chiasson (class teacher) and Miss Dery (a.m. teaching assistant) and Mrs Nicholson (p.m. teaching assistant)
Mrs Potter and Mrs Nicholson will cover PPA (Planning, preparation and Assessment) time on Wednesday afternoons. Mrs Lambert will teach PE.
Transition and entry to school
Year 1 will be starting school at 9.00am and finishing at 3:30pm. An adult from the Year 1 team will meet the children at the small gate with the keypad at the front entrance. We will then check their temperature using a thermometer to the wrist. When the children arrive in the school building, they will be washing their hands and provided with hand sanitizer. This will be repeated throughout the day.
Together, with the Foundation Stage team, we have carefully organised a transition period to support the well being of your child on their return to school.
Thursday, 3rd – Friday, 4th September - Your child will go in to their familiar Foundation Stage 2 classroom with their previous teachers Mrs Williams and Mrs Hopewell, as well as Mrs Chiasson, Miss Dery (am) and Mrs Nicholson (pm). During this time, the children will also visit their new classroom.
Monday, 7th- Friday, 11th September – The children will go into Reception in the morning, then Year One in the afternoon.
14th September onwards- The children will start full time in Year One.
Learning and well being
Our main focus will be on developing relationships with the children so they feel safe and settle back happily into school after such a long period out of education. There will be many opportunities to share and discuss their lock-down experiences, worries and support with gaps in learning.
Our topic this term is ‘We are going to Africa’. We have lots of exciting learning planned across all subjects linked to this topic.
The Year One team are all experienced in teaching the foundation stage curriculum so will plan activities to develop fundamental skills, which they perhaps missed learning during lockdown. We have created areas in the classroom for the children to explore their learning and practice skills, both independently and with support, during ‘discovery time’. We will also support them in their learning in phonics, maths and topic during group work and carpet times. We will prepare them for more formal lessons as the year progresses. Resources in the classroom will be cleaned regularly.
Your child only needs to bring a clean water bottle filled with water please (no juice), their bookbag which will have their reading book and reading record inside. They DO NOT need anything else – no pencil cases, toys, teddies, swapping cards etc.
PE will be on Wednesdays and the children are to come in school on this day in their PE kit: school jumper, plain navy/black/grey jogging trousers or shorts and a plain white/navy/black/grey T-shirt with trainers. PE will be done outside, weather permitted. We will review the additional indoor PE session over the term, alongside government guidelines.
Year One children will be provided with a free packed lunch to eat in the classroom. Your child is welcome to bring their own packed lunch if you prefer.
Your child will be given a reading book once we have assessed all the children on their phonics. They will have a book on Mondays and change them on Thursdays. The Read Write Inc. books need to be read on three separate occasions so they are able to read it fluently. The books have to be quarantined which is why we are setting days to change reading books. More support on phonics at home will come later in the term.
We are following government guidelines to ensure the safety of the whole school community, so our communication with parents/carers will be different. If you have any questions or need to pass on information please do not hesitate to contact me via email: schiasson @loverslane.notts.sch.uk and I will get back to you at the nearest opportunity.
Finally, we want to reassure you and your child that it is normal to feel anxious about the return to school. We are doing everything possible to make sure the transition back is as smooth as possible and we know the children will be excited to see their friends and start learning again. Please see the link below to a story about returning to school.
We look forward to seeing you all back at Lovers’ Lane.
The Year One Team
Please find two pictures of the Year One Classroom below for you to share with your child.
Use the following email to send photos of work or to let me know you are ok:
As I am not seeing you all daily and I miss you all lots can you send us a weekly email just to say hello and let me know how you are. I appreciate that you are busy but this will only take a moment of your time. Home learning isn't easy and from those that have sent me pictures or contacted me you are doing a fantastic job, this is important to us and more so your child. Keeping them busy, safe and happy is key and I am here to help you in any way I can.
We are going to use Pie Corbett's ideas in Bob, the bubble who wanted to be useful, to create our own stories. Look at the story map? Can you change the characters or problems to make your own story? Perhaps you could use one of the animals on the last picture, how could Bob help them?
Can you find any example of how technology is used when you go for a walk near your house?
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, technology is ‘the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry’ Today, I would like you to look around your house for examples of technology. What did you find? What do you think they do? Can you think how they might work? Draw some of the things you found in your book or on the worksheet.
Read the story again then complete the story map sheet or draw your own story map.
New daily films:
Read longer words: for children who can read Set 3 sounds and words confidently.
Read Red Words 1: for children who are reading Red, Green, Purple, Pink and Orange Read Write Inc. Storybooks. Many children are able to read these in Reception.
Read Red Words 2: for children who are reading Yellow, Blue and Grey Read Write Inc. Storybooks. Many children are able to read these in Y1.
Read and Hold a Sentence 1 : reading and writing practice for children reading Green, Purple, Pink and Orange Read Write Inc. Storybooks. (For children reading and writing with Set 1 sounds confidently and learning Set 2 sounds.)
Read and Hold a Sentence 2 : reading and writing practice for children reading Yellow, Blue and Grey Read Write Inc. Storybooks. (For children reading and writing words with Set 2 sounds confidently and learning Set 3 sounds.)
The colour monster is feeling sad, can you give him some ideas of things that make you happy? eg doing something you enjoy, giving someone a hug (or an air hug!), singing, listening to music, calm breathing, going for a walk, read jokes.
Practice reading this poem about the sea. Can you find any rhyming words? Can you learn the poem and read it to someone else? Perhaps you could read it to someone in your house or maybe to someone on the phone or on a video chat? Or, you could send me a video?
Excuse a few mistakes, it's tricky reading through the Ipad!
This Sunday is a special day where we say thank you to a special man in our lives for all the wonderful things they do for us. Can you make a card for someone special to say thank you? Here are some ideas.
You may find this useful to help you access the correct level books from other reading schemes. Please message me if you are not sure of the Read Write Inc level your child was on before lockdown.
Welcome back, I hope you had wonderful half term and got to enjoy the lovely weather. Let me know if you did anything fun! I can't believe it's the final half term of this school year. I am missing you and can't wait to see you when everything is safer. In the mean time, I look forward to seeing some of your lovely home-learning or photos of your adventures, it really does make my day! Also, remember to contact me every week so i know you are safe and well.
Can you find and empty cereal box and carefully open it out. Look at all the shapes that fold together to make a cuboid. This is called the 'net' of a shape. Do you have any other shaped containers you could open? What's the same and different? Can you fold it back into a solid shape?
If you have a printer, you could print out the net to make a cuboid fish.
This month, the Wildlife trust are running a free challenge called '30 days Wild', Each day I will post a selection of their suggested activities for you to choose one from. Let's learn about and appreciate the beautiful world we live in.
Thursday, 4th June, 2020
Meet the pirates!
Aboard a rocky pirate ship
In the middle of the sea
Are a funny group of pirates
Who are as useless as can be
Read these rhyming couplets:
Can you think of your own rhyming couplet?
eg Pirate Jack
who can't row.....
Find a selection of 3D shapes around your house. (Food packaging, toys) Please be check that they aren't precious or breakable. Will the shapes stack on top of each other easily? Which shapes are best for stacking? Can you make a ramp? Maybe you could use some books like in the picture. If you let go of the shapes at the top of the ramp, do they roll or slide?
Look at the maps to see if you can find St Ives? Is it close to Newark?
Have a look at the second map, how would you travel to Cornwall?
Can you use construction toys or junk materials to make your chosen transport?
Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020
Sayeeda has written a poem about her brother Fergus. Can you solve the riddles?
Read (or listen to) the story then think about what happened at the beginning (the waved washed her key away after her father had told her not to open her treasure box on deck), the middle (the dolphin and the whale tried to help) and the end (The seagull helped her get her key back and she never opened her treasure box on deck again).
How far can you throw it? You could measure the distance with a tape measure or your footsteps.
Thursday, 14th May, 2020
Well I never, it seems Pipperty Skycap loved our treasure ideas yesterday and he wants to be our friend. Apparently, he is collecting treasure to teach the elf children all about Humans. He has sent us a letter.
Breaking News- Pipperty Skycap, the mischievous elf, has been causing more trouble in Newark!
Today, I would like you to make up another sentence to describe something Pipperty Skycap has done. Below you will find some examples of verbs (action words) to help. They are written in the past tense because Pipperty has already done the action. Can you write your own sentence using one of these verbs. Remember to use a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop.
Our intrepid reporter Callum, has spotted Pippety Skycap up to more mischief in Newark. Luckily he managed to get his Dad's gnome back but we still don't know where the elf is, can anyone help? Have you seen him any where? Look at the map to see where he has been spotted so far, will he visit any more Newark landmarks I wonder? Let Mrs Chiasson know if you see him!
Look at the red crosses to see where he has been spotted so far.
Mrs Chiasson hasn't been able to get the news on her TV this week. Can you send a message to Mrs Chiasson and tell her what Pipperty Skycap has been doing in Newark? (You could even make up your own adventure for the mischievous elf?) Please send a photo of your writing and picture or maybe you could type an email to Mrs Chiasson to tell her all about Pipperty Skycap. .
Look in a mirror. See if you can wiggle different parts of your face without moving your whole face. How about wiggling your ears, nose, eyebrows or can you cross your eyes? Can your nose go up and down as well as side to side? Can anyone in your family do these things?
Monday, 4th May, 2020
The news reporters have been busy finding out all about Pippety Skycap
Can you design a poster to warn people about this mischievous elf?
Sidney the Spider is so pleased about meeting his new friends, he decides to have a tea party. Why don't you write some tea party invitations to your teddies or your family? You could have your own tea party this afternoon.
Write a list of things you might need at a tea party:
Can you cut out some triangles from paper or an old cereal box? Can you decorate the triangles with repeating patterns or rainbow colours? Can you join the triangles to some string or ribbon?
Can you make some food for your tea party? Perhaps you could bake some biscuits, if you have any precious flour or decorate some biscuits with icing. You could even make some sandwiches. Did you follow a recipe? Did you need to help do any measuring?
Have a tea party!
Please contact Mrs Chiasson here if you have home learning to share, any queries or need help with your work at home.
You can use this form to ask Mrs Chiasson any questions you have about supporting your child to work at home.
Great news: we have 3 new breathing videos from the Take 5 team. A text has been sent with the password, if you haven't received it please message me and I will e-mail it to you. Click on the links below, type in the password and relax.
Choose a mini-beast and write a fact file in your book. Can you write sentences with capital letters, finger spaces, joining words (and, because) and full stops.Use your 'Fred fingers' to help you sound out the words.
Maths - Problem solvingWatch the video and complete the activity. If you have a ruler or a tape measure, you could measure two objects and find out how much longer one is when compared to the other.
What does a seed need to grow? Tell your grown up what you think. How can you find out if you are right? Can you prepare an experiment? May be you could plant some cress seeds, or whatever you have, and put them in different places (light and dark)? give some water and not others? If you can't, don't worry I will do it tomorrow and keep you updated with what happens.
Where do you live? Ask your grown up to help. Can you find the UK on the globe and world map? Can you find Newark on map of the UK? Can you find where you live on the map of Newark? Click on the pictures to make them bigger.
Read the fact file about spiders. Can you find out some more facts about spiders? Write the facts in your book. Remember to use a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop at the end of your sentence.
Lesson 2- Find a quarterWatch the video, then talk about the activity sheet. Or you could fold a piece of paper into quarters or even cut a sandwich into quarters!
We are thinking about Sidney the Spider again this week. First, see if your child can tell you about the story. (I have included the story in case they have forgotten.) Now read the letter, can your child add in the full stops and capital letters? Can they write the letter in their books? Or they can make up their own letter from Sidney the spider if they prefer. Click on the image to make it bigger.
Maths- Find half, lesson 1Watch the video. Look at the example below on the left. Choose one of the challenge sheets and work out the answers sharing out toys or by drawing dots in two circles like the example. Click on the image to make it bigger.
Can you draw a picture of a plant you can see? Can you use your pencil to shade darker parts of the plant or draw small details?
Week Three 20/04/2020
Welcome back to our home learning. We hope you had an enjoyable two weeks, staying safe with your families. Our topic for this term is "We are going to the seaside!" (If only!), though this week I will focus more on our science topic of plants (and spring). Each day, I will add some daily exercise, phonics, English, maths and topic work. There is also a new practical task to practice; this weeks task is to reinforce good hand-washing. Please contact me if your child is finding anything tricky or you would like further ideas to suit their needs or interests.
This is a difficult time for everyone so please only do as much as is manageable for you and your child. Completing the phonics lesson (please) and sharing a book together may be enough for some. I have attached lots of links to useful websites, you may find something your child really likes there. But remember, playing a game, baking or doing craft is just as valuable as anything I set. These are strange times and time spent doing nice things with you is so important.
Regular reading really does make a difference to your child's language and reading development, so it would be great if you could read a story that you have at home or watch an online story (eg cbeebies bedtime stories) each day and also encourage your child to read as much as possible, using an online platform, such as Oxford Owls.
I hope you find the activities useful and find it easy to get back into a routine after two weeks off. I would love to receive even more pictures and emails about all the fabulous work or fun things you have been doing, it really does make my day!
We miss you.
This week's photo's of our home learning!
This week's practical skill to learn and practise:
Encourage your child to have a go at retelling the story of Sidney the Spider. Look at the third sheet and discuss the meaning of the vocabulary. Are there any other words your child doesn't understand?
You could do some craft, or use toys to retell the story or even write about St George and the Dragon. I have added some colouring to purple mash too. You could even play hangman using words related to the story. Have fun!
Wednesday, 22nd April, 2020
Morning exerciseA short 5 min exercise with Joe Wicks or look on you tube for PE with Joe, which is a longer session
Read the story again, using the spider you made yesterday if you wish.Encourage your child to join in where they can. Answer the questions in your book.
Phonics lesson. Children will need to practice set 1 (c, blending simple words) or set 3 (ow). Please contact me if you are not sure which is most appropriate for your child.
Practice reading the page most appropriate to your child's development. Click picture to enlarge.
English - Read the story together. Click on each page to enlarge.
Read the story together, then write about your favourite part and what you would like to know more about. Remember to think of your sentence first and use 'fred fingers' to sound out (segment) the words. Use a capital letter, finger spaces and full stops. Can you use the word 'because'?
Use the number line in your book or draw chips and peas to help you work out the answers for the activity sheet on White rose or for the challenges cards below.
Topic - Go for a walk (permitted daily exercise) or look for spring flowers in your garden, if you have one. Can you use a camera or phone to take pictures of the flowers you find? Remember to keep away from other people. When you get home, find out which flowers you saw? You could even use an app called pic collage to organise your pictures. (free)
Thanks for sharing some of the fun stuff you have been up to Year One!
Over the next two weeks, I will not be posting daily learning activities but I have added some fun ideas for things you might want to do. There are some Easter based fun things on Purple Mash if you look on the to do list and you will find a list of useful websites below. Feel free to keep sending me pictures so I can see what you've been up to! Have a great Easter together and stay safe. From the Year One Team
Some fun ideas
What a great finish to a lovely term, if only we could have done it together. Thank you Nora, Yousef and Sophia for sharing your amazing work with me today, you are definitely Superstar Swans!
Yay, so much amazing learning going on! Well done King Artiom, Sophia and Callum, I am loving hearing all about your fabulous learning.
Handwriting - Purple mashLog in to purple mash and click on 2dos- 2Handwrite. Please use the handwriting sheet in your home learning book to support you. Practice writing the letter 'n'. Remember it's a one armed robot letter. Where should you start? Can you say the RWI phrase as you write it? (Down Nobby, over his net) Can you write any words beginning with 'n;? Can you write a capital 'N'? What's its name in the alphabet? Can you write any names beginning with 'N'?
Tricky words- comeListen to the song, then practice writing 'come'. Can you write a sentence using it? Can you remember a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop? Or maybe write a question using the word come?
Using ArraysWatch the video then answer the problems on the sheet by talking to your adult. You could practice making arrays by drawing pictures in your book or by lining up lego pieces, milk bottle lids or other groups of objects. eg. Here are 12 pieces of lego. How many rows of 3 can you make?
Design an Easter Egg! You could draw it, paint it, collage it or even design one on Purple mash.
SpringWatch this video and talk about all the signs of spring you see with someone.Can you see any signs of spring from your window? Maybe you could draw some signs of spring in your book or even do a painting!
Maths- lesson 3Watch the video, then complete the sheet (You could just talk about the answers.) or sort a selection of toys or sweets into equal groups, preferably sets of twos, fives or tens, then practice counting them
Topic: Ask your adult to help you read about the Royal Family. Please write who will be the next King in your book.
Singing PracticeBelt it out loud! Join in with this song that we practice during our singing assembly.
Wow Year One, you are amazing! Lovely to hear about lots of fabulous learning from Thomas, Sophia, Brandon, Kellan and Callum. It's made my day, I can't wait to see what you do tomorrow!
Tuesday, 31st March, 2020
Morning ExerciseAndy's wild workouts..... or if you prefer choose another option, such as Joe Wicks PE lessons or Just Dance on youtube
Practice writing s.Can you write them on the line? Are they all the same size and facing the writing way? If you fancy something a bit messier, perhaps you could write it in flour or cornflour and water.
Tricky wordsJoin in with the song, then practice writing the word 'have'. Can you write a sentence using 'have'? Does it have a capital letter, finger spaces and full stops?
Support your child to complete the reading comprehension below about Queen Elizabeth II. Choose the challenge you think is most suitable for your child. They will need you to support them reading the text but please encourage them to have a go at some of the reading and the questions afterwards. Challenge A is the first piece of text you will come to, with corresponding questions. Challenge B is a trickier read with trickier questions, it is the second piece of text you will come to as you scroll down. (There is a third if anyone really wants a challenge!).
Practice writing 'q'Did you start in the right place? Did you start with a curly caterpillar? Are they all sitting on the line? Are they all the same size?
Tricky word practiceListen to the song then practise writing 'said'. Can you write a sentence using 'said'? Challenge: Can you use inverted comma's too?
Maths Week 2 Lesson 1Watch the video about comparing capacity. Talk about the worksheet. FYI Imagine '<' as a crocodiles mouth, the open or widest part points towards the container with the greatest capacity; the closed part, or point, points towards the container with the smallest capacity; '=' means the same as or is equal to. You could try arranging some real life containers from smallest to greatest capacity, you could even check how many cupfuls each container holds to see if you are right.
Topic. Find out about Queen Elizabeth. Can you draw a picture of her and write an interesting fact about her? Remember to think of your sentence, start with a capital letter, write the sounds you can hear (Fred fingers) and pit a full stop at the end.
Amazing home-learning this week Callum, you're a superstar!
Some ideas for the weekend!
Dear Year One Team,
I hope you are well and all looking after each other in these very worrying times. Hopefully, the lovely sunshine has helped you get through the first week!
As you know, I am adding some home learning ideas to the website for you to do at home each weekday. We really hope you will try to do some of the activities and help your child to continue learning. The most important thing is that you stay safe and appreciate the extra time together but please take some time to do the daily learning, whilst also enjoying some family time, perhaps playing games, exercising or doing fun stuff like craft and baking. Remember, simply cuddling up to read a story with your child will help them both emotionally and educationally.
On a daily basis, we ask that you try to at least do the phonics and maths activities, alongside some reading (Using Oxford owls free e-library). You wiil see I have included suggestions for both academic and fun activities for you to do with your child. Many of the 'lessons' are internet based to ensure the least pressure on you, whilst you are trying to manage work, home and children.
Please record work, where appropriate, in the book provided. I would love if you could send me pictures of your child's activities or 'work' via the contact link, as I do miss them. I will reply as soon as I can. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
I have added some good websites and a possible timetable you may find useful, so please have a look. I find my own children are much happier when they have something to do, so please find a list of things your child might like to do at the weekend.
You are amazing, we can do this!
Children love routine and family time, especially in uncertain times, so here are some ideas for a daily timetable whilst you are home schooling.
This week began with a mysterious event; Mr Tranter was called into school and captured a UFO flying above our School, he also found a letter to some aliens. Year One decided to investigate. We gathered our clipboards and started our search. On the security camera's, we found images of a small yellow creature outside the entrance, we also found lots of evidence around the playground, including a crashed spaceship. We used our investigative powers to conclude that the small yellow creature was in fact Beegu. Since then, we have been enthusiastically reading the book Beegu and doing some amazing English, focusing on using adjectives. We have also been learning about space, including Neil Armstrong's mission to the moon. I can't wait for the children to write their own alien stories next week!
Mrs Chiasson teaches in Year 1 with Teaching Assistants Mrs Cresswell (mornings) and Mrs Nicholson (afternoons).
This is our class page where you can see what we are learning about and experiencing each term.
Expectations in Year 1
Reading diary and book in school every day
Reading at home at least 4 times a week with entries in the diary
Homework tasks will be sent home weekly
Children take responsibility for bringing in their own equipment
To come into school on their own in the morning from the playground (adults please let themgo into veranda without you to encourage the developing independence of your children)
Year 1 PE is on Wednesday and Friday.
Please make sure you have the correct equipment on these days (shorts/T-shirt/trainers/joggers for cold weather) and that all clothing is labelled.
Useful websites that the children have been accessing in class: