Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052

Year 1

Miss Bailey

Super Mathematicians and Star Writers

This week the children have amazed me with their knowledge of numbers! Thank you for all the support you are giving at home. The children have a fantastic understanding of numbers 0-100 and can explain how many tens and ones are in each number. The children can then use this knowledge to explain why one number is bigger or smaller than the other. " _ is greater than_ because____" The children have to always explain their answer in Maths! We have continued the work on Florence Nightingale, this week the children had to take themselves back in time and imagine what it was like for Florence when she arrived at the hospital. How did the hospital look? How did it make her feel? What did you do to help the soldiers? They then used their knowledge by writing an account of Florence's day or week. Their writing was unbelievable. The children are using time connectives and can now write in the past tense. We looked closely at the ending of words for example play becomes played. I was so proud of their achievements that this week they were all my star writers! 

A day in the life of Daisy

This week the children had to imagine they were Daisy. The children read about the day in the life of Daisy and what she got up to as a maid. They then imagined what it would be like to be a maid and the chores she would have to complete. Inspired by the text the children then drafted their diary. They had to think of the structure of the day and how they would feel after doing each chore. They produced amazing results! In math the children continued their learning of tens and ones and looking at them using a bead bar. The children had to estimate the length of string compared to the bead bar. They had to work out what end of the bead string it is. The children estimated the length to the nearest ten and some had a guess to the nearest whole number. Have a go at using this bead string at home . In Topic we have been looking at Florence Nightingale and why she is a significant person in History. The children will continue to learn about her next week. 

Daisy saves the day

This week the children were introduced to their new class book 'Daisy saves the day!". The children had to use their inference skills to find out as much as they could only by the front cover and the first two pages. They wrote excellent descriptions of Daisy, they found out she was a maid who had to go and live in a rich persons house in order to earn money for her poor family. The children wrote their very own Maid advert. In Math's the children have been securing their knowledge of numbers 1-100. Looking at both the tens and the ones and the position of these numbers on a number line. Continue to work on this at home! On Thursday the children performed with other schools songs they had been learning with Mrs Peat. They made us very proud! What a fantastic week. 

Victorian Day!

Wow! What a fantastic first week back at school. The children have engaged with the history of Victorians. Our dress up WOW day was fantastic, the children loved being taught Maths and English using chalk and black 'boards'. They had a fantastic time playing Victorian games such as hopscotch and skittles. The children learnt so much through a day of role play. We are lucky enough to be given a box from the museum which showed us real Victorian toys and outfits. Through out the week the children have learnt many interesting facts about Victorian times and it is already inspiring their writing! During Maths this week we have been looking at how many tens and ones there are in a number and what is the number as a whole. For example 3 tens and 3 ones is 33. The children are grasping this concept at rapid speed. I have been super impressed with their learning! 

Anyone seen my dragon?

Wow, what a fantastic week we have had! The children become poets. We focused the week on looking at the structure of a poem, how to use humour in a poem and what makes a poem exciting to listen to even if it doesn’t have pictures with it! Based on the poem “Anyone seen my dragon” the children then created their own. They came up with a chorus and a verse. The children had to describe what the dragon looked like and what the dragon enjoyed doing. They worked all week on editing and creating their poems. On Friday they then wrote them in their best writing and then read them to their peers. The children were very excited to then show their family their poems after school. Thank you to everyone who came to have a look!   

Super Maths and Story Telling

This week during Topic the children designed and painted their own dragons eye. We looked at colour mixing and if they use yellow, blue and red they can make many other colours! The children then used their knowledge of dragons and traditional tales to start to write their own not so traditional tale. The children are using the story of the three little pigs. They have written the beginning and middle parts of the story. Next week they will introduce a dragon to their story! In maths we have been looking further into tens. The children have been finding out whats 10 more or 10 less than a given number. For example what is 10 less than 40? Ask your children some of these questions at home - What is 10 less than 50? What is 10 more than 60? Ask them to play "i'm thinking of a number game". The children then used their counting knowledge to add 10s together. 

Science Week

This week we had a great time exploring science! The assembly was amazing and the children were blown away by the explosions, bubbles, and fire. We explored science in the classroom by playing different memory games and transporting water through a paper towel from one cup into the other cup. The children were amazed by how quickly the water transported. Why not try this one at home!  In Maths we continued to explore groups of 10, the children can count in 10s to 100 and can tell you how many groups of 10 is in 20,30,40,50 .... 100. We have also used this knowledge to count in 100s. In English we explored the story of "There is no dragon in this story." The children then wrote how the dragon could be the hero in a traditional tale. 

Book Week

The children had a fantastic book week. We focused on the character of the 'Big Bad Wolf' and compared his features in the two different stories. The Three Little pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. The children came to the conclusion that he was the same wolf but in disguise! This week the children will be looking at a dragon and how the dragon could become a hero in these traditional tales. On Thursday the children dressed up in wonderful book character costumes. They went to different classrooms around the school for a book share, different teachers read different stories. On Friday we had a visit from the Author Andy Seed who carried out fantastic assemblies and workshops. 

New topic introduction

We have had a fantastic first week back after half term. The children have loved learning about their new topic. We started with the introduction to traditional tales and what makes it a traditional tale. The children loved talking about stories that have been around for a very long time. During these lessons we learnt two new words. Ask the children to show you the actions for mythical and fictional. In math's the children have been looking at the number 10 and what is special about it. In topic we focused on the story of the three little pigs and carried out a science investigation exploring different materials. 

Random acts of Kindness

We had a fantastic last week of term. The children showed off what they have learnt this term during their ‘Progress write’ where they had to describe a penguin. The children are really using their phonic knowledge to sound out words and they are remembering finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. During Maths we had a stand alone week looking at measurement. The children looked at length, weight, capacity and volume. They worked sensibly in a team to use different measuring techniques. 

The main focus of the week was our school value of Kindness. The children attended an assembly where they learnt what kindness means and how kindness doesn’t have to cost anything. Through out the week the children received kindness challenges(delivered specially on a balloon). It was lovely to hear them asking their friends how they were feeling, opening doors, saying extra pleases and thank you’s. During circle time the children complimented each other and told their peers what made them so great! They said such lovely and thoughtful comments. Thank you for taking part at home and bringing in their heart tokens to post of the tree display. If you have any left at home please bring them in after half term.

This term the children have worked really hard, they loved our topic and produced fantastic posters, information leaflets, art and English work. We can’t wait to start our new topic and we hope this excites them just as much!


Have a lovely half term break.

We had the best day at the Zoo! 

Happy Christmas

The children have had a fantastic first term in Year One. I have been so proud of all their achievements. The class blew me away during their performance of 'A little bird told me'. They worked so hard to learn their lines and all the wonderful songs. We had a lovely time on the trip to the Cathedral Last week, they put on a very special Nativity Trail for us. I also heard that the children had a wonderful time watching The Colour Catcher at the Old Vic. This week it has been a week full of Christmas treats and activities. The children have shown such pride in their craft making and we hope you enjoy the end result.  Thank you very much for the gifts and cards. The Year 1 team felt very lucky. Have a lovely Christmas break and we shall see you in the new year.