Y1 Merlin Class
Welcome to Merlin Class
Dates for the Diary
27.11.2017-Yorkshire Wildlife Park school trip
28.11.2017-Y1 after-school Blogging Event 15:15-16:45
19.03.2018-Trip to the Harley Gallery
27.03.2018-Last day of Spring Term
16.04.2018-Children return to school
25.05.2018-Last day of Summer 1
04.06.2018-Children return to school.
22.06.2018-Trip to Eureka
Today in Maths we have been describing position, direction and movement. We had to use directional language to direct our friend through a maze.
This week in Gymnastics we have been learning how to do 'teddy roles' and 'headstands'.
This week in French we have been learning how to recite a poem.
This week in English we have been reading the BFG book and talking about what different dreams the BFG might have collected. We decided to have a go at making our own dreams and then blowing them on to children in the class. Head over to our Blog to read some...merlin.norbrigdeblogs.net
Today in Maths we divided shapes into halves and quarters. We discussed that a half is two equal parts and quarters are four equal parts.
This week in Maths we have weighed objects using direct comparison.
This week in English we have been writing simple sentences describing the cave in the BFG book. Head over to our Blog: merlin.norbridgeblogs.net
This week in gymnastics we have been learning how to balance.
This week in French we have been learning to follow instructions to draw a cat.
This week in Science we have been finding out about the history of lego. We even had a go at making our own masterpieces.
This week in art we have been drawing scientists.
This week in Maths we have been thinking about sums we already know and don't need to work out. We have been practicing working out sums quickly.
Today in Art we have been using different patterns skills to paint flowers.
Today in Computing we used coding skills to design a washing machine. We thought about what a washing machine's purpose was and then we had a go at designing a washing machine with a twist. We had some great ideas including: a washing machine that fired out sweets, a washing machine that had traps set for adults and a washing machine that turned clothes into chocolate.
This week in English we have been writing sentences about the BFG. Head over to our Blog to read some of our work. merlin.norbridgeblogs.net
Fun in the Sun
This week we have been reading and playing games outside in the sunshine.
This week in art we have been following steps to draw a tree.
Today in karate we have been practising our forward walk and punches.
Please read below to discover what we will be learning about in Summer Term.
Saying sentences before writing them
Reading over sentences to check they make sense
Using interesting language
Developing story techniques
Adding suffixes and prefixes
Days of the week
Read words containing taught GPCs
Read words of more than one syllable
Read words with contractions
Recite rhymes and poems by heart
Explain the meaning of what is read to them
Phase 3 and 5 sounds
Phase 4 blending
Common exception words
Number and place value
Mental addition and subtraction
Problem solving reasoning and algebra
Position and direction
Multiplication and Division
Understand that text comes in different colours, sizes and styles.
Record using computing resources and understand how to play it back.
Understand the difference between a graphic package and a paper based package.
Understand e-safety, passwords and how people communicate.
To understand that information can come from different sources.
To understand that devices respond to commands.
Ask simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.
Observing closely, using simple equipment.
Perform using simple equipment.
Perform simple tests.
Identifying and classifying.
Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
Recognise and compare the main external parts of the bodies of humans and other animals.
Recognise and name the main parts of a flowering plant including root, stem, leaf and flower.
Identify and name some different sources of light.
Naming the world's seven continents on a map and glove
Find and name the world's five oceans on a map and globe
Find and name countries of the UK on a map
Find and name the capital cities of the UK on a map
Talk about different features of countries
Continue to develop empathy for others
Recognise what is right and wrong
Agree and follow rules for their group and classroom
Know how to apologise and make amends.
Identify what matters to them and others and link this to religion.
Recognise that religious teaching and ideas make a different to individuals and families.
Explore a range of religious stories.
Explore a range of sacred writings.
Name and explore celebrations.
Looking at our own fears and dreams
Understanding strategies for staying calm
Understanding how to achieve dreams
Recognising items that we treasure
Art around the world-looking and investigating art from different countries.
Races and Games
Learning our Katas
Performing simple punches and kicks
Level 8 and 9 skills
Harley Gallery Trip
On Monday we went on a trip to the Harley Gallery. The Harley Gallery is where new and old come together, with historic displays from the Portland Collection and the new exciting Circus exhibition. Firstly, we had a tour around the Gallery we then had small shots from pictures and we had to explore the gallery to find out which picture they came from. Next, we listened to music from the circus and had a go at drawing some of the photographs on display. We then got to dress up like we were part of the circus and do a circus pose. Finally, we took part in a circus workshop where we got to use every day materials to make our own circus. We then performed our show to everyone.
Today in Science we have been learning to recognise, name and group common animals. We also learnt the names of the categories that animals are most often grouped into; mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. We discussed the things that the animals in the group had in common.
At our tables, we worked together to sort the animal picture card using set criteria, such as; has fur or has feathers.
This week in Maths we have been learning to tell the time. We looked at what activities you could complete at different times of the day.
This week in PE we have been learning how to play tennis.
This week in French we have been learning to say different colour names.
This week in Science we have been researching and investigating different materials. We had to decide which piece of material was best for a particular purpose.
World Book Day
Today we have voted for our favourite tasty treat created by children. We then shared our favourite books and made magic wands to eat whilst listening to lots of different stories.
Maths Pirate Day
This week we were recruited by Captain Hook to help him share his treasure. We had to do some tricky fraction work but we managed to complete all the tasks. We were rewarded with a key that opened a treasure box full of wonderful things.
This week in art we have been drawing Pirates. We then thought of different names we could give them.
This week we have been reading sentences and matching pictures to words.
This week we went back to the 1920's. We had a look at the fashion, toys and what children did for fun. We then had a go at some 1920's dancing.
Pirate and Fairy Blogging
This week parents and children joined us for Pirate and Fairy Blogging. Their challenge was to create an outfit for Peter Pan or Wendy and then write a description or a story. Why not head over to our Blog and read some of our work: merlin.norbridgeblogs.net
This week in Computing we have been learning all about e-safety. Listen to our message below.
This week in PE we have been learning the rules of Rugby.
This week in French we have been learning how to say different seasons.
This week in gymnastics we have been learning how to jump and land correctly.
This week in English we have been writing letters to Wendy. Why not read some of our work? merlin.norbrigdeblogs.net
This week in Maths we have been learning all about 3D shapes. We then had a go at making a junk model using boxes and identified what 2D shapes we could see.
Today in Computing we have discussed the word ‘memory’ and found out how to record using an i-pad. We then worked in pairs to record each other talking about what we would research using Google. We then practised transferring our videos to a computer using copying and pasting. Finally, we watched how you pause, stop and play recordings and discussed why we have these buttons.
This week in Science we have been learning about the human body. We had a go at labelling it.
Today in History we looked at the different ways humans have travelled. We then used a timeline to put the different ways to fly in order and discussed who the Wright brothers were. Finally, we had a go at making our own paper aeroplane and discussed what makes a good aeroplane.
The Wright Brothers Play
This week in English we have been acting out scenes from Peter Pan.
This week in French we have been learning to talk about the weather.
This week in Maths we have been using our number bond knowledge to solve number problems.
This week in art we have been designing pirate ships. We looked at the different features of pirate ships and added our own features. We then added an island and under water features to our pictures.
Today in Science we have been looking at animals and their young. We have also been looking at how animals grow. We then matched the animal to their young.
Today in Computing we worked in groups to become familiar with the keyboard. We had to find different buttons on the keyboard and navigate the mouse to different areas on the screen. We then used word to change the colour, size and text of the writing we had produced. After we discussed different styles to suit different purposes. We said that if we were making a scary title we would use red and black.
This week in art we have been designing a treasure map. We have been thinking about traps we can include to keep our treasure safe.
Today in English we have been writing instructions on how to fly. Why not read some of our writing? merlin.norbridgeblogs.net
This week in Science we have been looking at the different seasons. We talked about how the seasons changed and what we would need to wear for each season.
Today in History we researched the Great Fire of London. We made the following notes:
-The Great Fire of London started in a bakery in 1666.
-St Paul's Cathedral catches fire.
-They used gunpowder to blow up houses.
-People received gifts for helping with the fire.
This week in French we have been listening to French stories and learning how to say colour names.
This week in Art we have been following simple steps to draw flowers and fairies.
This week in Maths we have been finding 2-less or 2-more. We have been learning how to use a number line and number square.
Spring Term 2018
This term our topic will focus on the book 'Peter Pan'. We will be taking part in lots of exciting activities related to pirates, fairies and explorers.
Write diary entries as pirates or explorers.
Describing different settings.
Understanding the features of non-fiction texts.
Writing simple non-fiction texts.
Writing simple stories.
Looking at a range of poems.
Creating simple poems.
Using a range of adjectives.
Using connectives to sequence ideas.
Creating longer pieces of texts.
Beginning to join our letters.
Power of Reading - Traction Man.
Following Pirate instructions/following instructions.
ENGLISH- INDIVIDUAL & GUIDED READING:
Making predictions about texts.
Looking at the features of non-fiction texts.
Relating texts to everyday life.
Summarising the key events.
Retelling story events in the correct order.
Year One Phonics Screening Test.
Recognising all phase 5 sounds.
Blending longer words.
Recognising constant clusters.
Spotting digraphs and trigraphs in words.
Reading real and non-real words.
SPELLING, PUNCTUATION AND GRAMMAR:
Spelling of tricky words.
Using a range of punctuation marks correctly.
Find one more and one less.
Say the number 2 more or 2 less.
Locate 2-digit numbers.
Revise pairs to 10.
Solve missing number problems.
Find number pairs to 8.
Add by putting the larger number first.
Add a single digit number to a 2-digit number.
Begin to name and recognise 3D shapes.
Count on and back in 10s.
Count in 5s.
Count in 2s.
Recognise odd and even numbers.
Using search engines for research.
Finding information about pirates
Copying and pasting pictures
Understanding what algorithms are.
Understand the uses of information technology beyond school.
Creating a pirate ship wreck wash
Creating a pirate flag
Creating a pirate mask
Selecting appropriate resources
Evaluating our work
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY:
Following instructions to create simple models
Making a pirate island
Designing and making a pirate hat
Message in a bottle
Following a design
Evaluating our work
Learning pirate and seaside songs
Making music outdoors
Designing a musical toy
COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE:
Discussing ideas with a talk partner.
What do we think about pirates behaviour?
Would we behave the same as a pirate?
How do pirates look after themselves?
Staying safe at sea/ near water.
Sharing ideas as a whole class.
Creating whole class mind maps.
Answering and thinking of questions.
Extending their vocabulary.
Explain their ideas to others.
Discussing their feelings.
Expressing their feelings.
Describing items to others.
Explaining their learning to others.
Looking at growth of plants
Growing our own seeds
Observational drawing of plants
Measuring and comparing height
Exploring different senses
Leaning about famous people from the past.
Learning about famous events from the past.
Learning about the role of women from the past
Looking at our own fears and dreams
Understanding strategies for staying calm
Understanding how to achieve dreams
Recognising items that we treasure
FROM CREATION TO SHABBAT.
How did Abraham listen to God?
How do Jews show their beliefs through SHABBAT.
Why is rest important?
How did Noah listen to God?
With School sports coach.
Races and Games.
KARATE WITH KARATE TEACHER
Learning our Katas.
Performing simple punches and kicks.
This week in karate we have been practising front punches and kicks.
This week in phonics we have been playing games to read phase 3 and phase 5 words.
Today in art we drew four trees to represent each season. We followed simple steps to draw a tree and then discussed the different colours to use.
This week in Maths we have been learning about money.
Can you answer the question below?
I want to buy a bag that is 50p. I want to use three coins. Which coins can I use?
This week in English we have been writing facts about polar bears and penguins. Head over to our Blog to read some of our work. merlin.norbrigeblogs.net
This week in French we have been learning to say the different body parts.
Blizzard in a bag
This week we had our first blogging night. We had a difficult task of making a blizzard inside a bag. We had to use lots of different materials to make it. We then turned out the lights to test them. Why not head over to our Blog to read all about it? merlin.norbridgeblogs.net
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Trip
Today we visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Yorkshire Wildlife Park is the UK's No.1 walk-through wildlife adventure. It was a very cold and wet day but we still had lots of fun. We got to meet lots of different animals including: lions, tigers, giraffes and polar bears. We also had a workshop where we got to hold an African snail, a cockroach and a lizard. We discussed different animal body parts and found out about the job of a zoo keeper.
This week in Maths we have been using our number bond knowledge to add three small numbers together. We also started to use peer assessment and checked over our friend's work.
This week in English we have been writing diary entries about a dog with three legs. We talked about different feelings and how the dog overcome his barriers.
This week in Science we have been discussing different plants we eat. We then talked about the different parts of the plant we can eat.
This week in Maths we have been measuring using cubes. We then discussed measuring in cm and had a go at measuring different items in the classroom.
This week fairies visited our classroom. They had been frozen by the wicked witch. We made potions and started to write setting descriptions.
This week in Art we have been using different coloured paper to make a lion collage.
This week in Maths we have been using our addition skills to help us answer subtraction number sentences.
This week in English we have been looking at sentence structure. Why not look at our work on our blog? merlin.norbridgeblogs.net
This week in PE we have been playing invasion games. We have been learning about how to move around in different ways and how we can use this skill in different sports.
This week in RE we listened to the story 'The Monkey King'. We discussed how this story comes from the Buddhist faith. We then discussed how the different characters in the story would be feeling. We talked about the word 'sacrifice' and the different sacrifices we have made in our lives. We ended the lesson by acting out the story.
This week in Geography we have been finding out about lots of different animals. We then had a go at writing our own animal fact file about lions.
This week in French we have been learning to say the days of the week and different colours.
Today in Science we have looked at the life cycle of a bean. We then had a go at drawing the different stages.
This week in Maths we have been looking at ordinal numbers. Can you guess what we are doing in the pictures below?
This week in English we have been designing different characters. We have been thinking about what adventures they could go on. Finally we designed an adventure island full of different opportunities for adventures such as a volcano waterfall.
This week in History we have been discussing the word 'timeline'. We talked about different events in our lives and then had a go at making our own timeline.
This week in RE we read the story 'Be My Guest'. We then talked about how hard it would be to give away something that you really wanted. After we designed our favourite meal and then gave it away to a friend.
This week in Art we have been looking at different animal pictures. We then had a go at drawing our own safari animals using chalk.
We had lots of fun at the Halloween Disco. We played games and danced to lots of scary songs.
This week in Science we have been researching different types of plants. We have been looking at what makes them different and what makes them the same. We have also been researching what plants need to grow. We then labelled a plant.
Today in Geography we looked at hot and cold countries. We researched what the weather was like in different countries and the reasons behind this. We then looked at different animals and discussed what country we think they are from and why.
Today in RE we researched the word 'Langar', We discussed the meaning behind this word and then designed our own Langar meal.
Today in Science we discussed where different animals live and the reasons behind this. We then sorted animals into different categories. Finally, we discussed why animals don't all have the same habitat and why they have certain surroundings in their habitat.
This week in English we have been writing about Antarctica. We had to use our senses to feel different objects and use this information to write descriptive sentences. Please leave us a comment on our blog merlin.norbridgeblogs.net
Today in Science, we looked at a range of things and discussed whether they were living or non-living. We noticed that living things can usually move by themselves, grow, breathe and eat. We also discussed how some things can be living and non living, for example-a leaf.
Today in Geography we looked at weather forecasts. We discussed what the weather had been like this week and watched a weather forecast on the BBC. We discussed how it was presented and the key vocabulary used and then had a go at presenting our own weather show.
This week in RE we discussed what the Bible is and who it is special to. We then read the story of the Good Samaritan and talked about helping others. Finally, we worked in groups to act out the story and watched them together on the board.
This week in art we had a go at matching marks to words. We tried out lots of different sketching techniques.
This week in Maths we have been counting to 100 and doubling numbers.
Today was music day and we got to try out lots of new things. We got to learn a new dance, re-write a song, attend a junk-yard workshop and finally learn how to play the ukulele.
This week in RE we have been discussing the traditions of Raksha Bandhan. We discussed what we like and dislike about having brothers and sisters and how we look after them.
This week in Maths we have been forming digits to 20 and counting on and back to 100.
This week in karate we have been learning how to do a front punch. We have been working in teams to move forward and count in Japanese.
This week in Geography we have been looking at maps and symbols. We then created our own map using the symbols on the board. We finished by hiding treasure and putting an x on the map to mark where it was.
This week in Maths we have been looking at 2D shapes. We have also been learning about venn and carroll diagrams.
This week in reading we have been reading the 'ZOO'. We have talked about the different animals and our own experiences at the zoo.
This week in karate we have been learning about fitness. We played lots of different games including rounders and tag.
This week in Art we have been following instructions to draw different mini beasts.
This week in Drama we have been acting out a scene from Moana. We used our voices to express different personalities.
We had a very special delivery this week. We all had a present in our trays and it was a very exciting new book. We will be reading Peter Rabbit for the next few weeks and writing lots of adventure stories.
We have had lots of fun this week in Maths. We used the bus to practise counting on and back. We also pretended to be teachers and marked our friend's work. We discussed the traffic marking system and had to decide what colour and number we would give our friend.
This week in karate we have been learning how to play knee-tag. We have been working on movement and speed.
This week after-school clubs started and some of us attended dance. We were learning how to move at different speeds to different types of music. We also had a go at spinning and stopping in time with the music. We finished with side step claps.
We have enjoyed our first week in Year 1. We have had the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities.
This week in topic we went on a mini beast adventure. We researched what mini beasts eat and where they live. Then we went outside to see if we could find any. Finally we used natural materials to make mini beast homes.
This week we joined Joe Wicks in his 'HITT session' we found out how to get and stay fit whilst having lots of fun star jumping and pretending to climb up a rope.
This week we have had the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities as part of Venture Experts.
This week in karate we have been practising how to enter and leave the room showing respect. We have also been practising how to stand at yoi.
We had so much fun in our first gymnastics lesson. We practised how to point our toes and sit up like a gymnast. We also used ribbons to help us stretch and understand movement and rhythm.
This week in French we have been learning how to say hello and goodbye and how to tell Madam Walsh how we're feeling.
This week in English we have been practising writing words using phase 3 sounds. We have been using these sounds to make up alien words.
This week in Maths we have been counting on and back to 30. We have found pairs to 4, 5, 6 and 10 using different objects. We have also practised writing number sentences.
Teacher: Miss Bryce
TAS: Miss Kelley, Mrs Middleton and Mr Scott
Tuesday-French and Gymnastics
Wednesday-PE (whilst the children are doing PE with Mr Scott I will be on planning time so will not be in class Wednesday morning).
Information for Parents/Guardians:
Social Media-On the notes page of your child’s school diary we will add all details about our Class Blog. Children will all be given a login so they can access the Blog from home. We will also have a class website where you can find information about what we will be learning each term and all the things we do in class. You can also follow us on our Twitter page for daily updates @MerlinClass30.
Book bags - Your child will have a library book and reading diary. Please ensure your child brings their reading bag to school every day. All library books will be changed on a weekly basis and diaries will be marked each week too.
Water bottles - Please bring fresh drinking water every day.
Homework-Homework books will be sent home on a Friday and asked to be returned the following Wednesday. Homework will be phonics based to help your child achieve age related expectations in reading. There will also be 5 spellings sent home each week and children will have a spelling test every Wednesday.
Our topic for Autumn Term will be ‘Deadly 60’. Here’s what we will be learning in each subject:
· Writing sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops
· Reading over sentences to check they make sense
· Making predictions about a story
· Identifying a character's feelings
· Creating a story map
· Reviewing a story
· Describing items using adjectives
· Predicting what a story will be about
· Order story events
· Using story boards and maps to create a story structure
· Using different openers in writing
· Writing picture captions
· Expressing views on different stories
· Summarising stories
· Evaluate the effectiveness of their own and others writing
· Recognising the structure of different texts
· Use vocabulary and structure to match text type
· Describing characters
· Acting out a range of stories
· Recognise differences between fiction and non-fiction
· Working in groups to discuss ideas for writing
· Recognising different ways the same sound can be represented
· Recognising that letters can be pronounced in different ways
· Reading and writing phase 5 sounds
· Using digraphs and trigraphs in writing
· Recognise high frequency words
· Spell high frequency words correctly
· Writing two-digit numbers
· Estimate up to 30 objects
· Finding numbers on a 100 square
· Recognise patterns on a 100 square
· Using a 100 square to find 1 more and 1 less
· Find 2 more and 2 less using a 100 square
· Know number bonds to 10
· Use number bonds to 10 in addition
· Use number bonds to 10 in subtraction
· Knowing number bonds to 5, 6 and 7
· Double numbers 1-10
· Group objects into a simple table
· Solve additions by counting on
· Solve subtractions by counting back
· Recognise the names and properties of 3D shapes
· Order days of the week and months of the year
· Recognise the hour and minute hands on clock
· Count on in 2s and 5s
· Count on and back in 10s
· Count objects in groups of 10
· Compare up to three numbers
· Recognise odd and even numbers
· Solving simple word problems
· Use positional vocabulary
Design & Technology:
· Investigate material properties
· Design, create and evaluate a moving picture
· Explore different ways of making a moving element
· Explore materials using different senses
· Create on a large scale
· Recognise and compare the features of different environments
· Know about animals that live in different habitats
· Research facts about animals that live in the Arctic, Jungle, Desert and Ocean
· Looking at deadly animals through the ages
From Creation to Shabbat:
· Understand Jewish views on God
· Understand Jewish beliefs about Creation
· Recognise how people talk to God
· Jesus and his stories:
· Understand what a good Samaritan is
· Recognise the stories Jesus told
· Use a mouse with increasing control
· Use the keyboard to write simple phrases
· Select words from a word bank
· Write using a text box
· Change the size, colour and font of texts
· Create a poster using a simple computing programme
· Copy and paste pictures
· Multimedia and Word Process
· Digital Imagery
· Researching Information
· Publishing information
· Commenting on work
· Match animals and their young
· Understand how animals have different habitats
· Understand how animals adapt to environments
· Recognise the effect of climate change
· Know how to care for my environment
· Going for Goals
· Recognise successes
· Recognise features of a good learner
· Recognise how to work well in a team
· Find strategies to help in my learning
· Think of ways to achieve a goal
· Good to be me
· Recognise how others feel
· Recognise my own qualities
· Recognise what makes me feel proud
· Solve problems as a team
· Recognise ways to deal with anxiety
· Recognise things that worry me
· Make a 3D spider
· Create a silhouette
· Create a collage
· Create a desert in a jar
· Create a 3D shark
· Use a variety of art materials, such as chalk, paint and pastels
· Comment on their own and others art work
· Long & Short Sounds
· Recognise different ways to play instruments
· Recognise the difference between long and short sounds
· Rhythm & Pulse
· Recognise the beat in songs
· Play musical instruments to a beat
· Using musical instruments to create a sequence of sounds
· Evaluate a musical sequence
· Recognise the rhythm in music
With School Sports coach:
· Fielding and Batting
· Using a bat with increasing control
· Fielding skills
· Throwing balls
· Applying fielding and batting skills in games