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Cottam

Primary School

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1's Class Page

Teacher: Mrs N Ward

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Griffin and Mrs Ledgar

 

Welcome to Year 1!

 

We are so excited to welcome the children and yourselves to Year 1.

We have had a wonderful start to the year and we are already so proud of how well the children have settled into Year 1.

 

I will regularly update our web page with information on routines and what we have been doing so please check it regularly. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns then please contact me using the following email address:

y1homework@cottam.lancs.sch.uk

 

Mrs Ward, Mrs Griffin and Mrs Ledgar

 

 

 

 

Christmas Nativity 2021

Blackpool Airport trip

As part of our work on flight and the Wright Brother's we were invited to Hanger 4 at Blackpool Airport to further develop our understanding of how planes have developed over the years.

We all enjoyed two warm and sunny days at the airport which enabled us to explore the fire station, have a go at using the fire hose and see several aircraft take off and land, including helicopters and the jet. We were also shown an ejection seat and were allowed to try the equipment on and sit in it.

The children had a wonderful time and many were jumping with excitement at seeing all the different things at the airport.

 

One Day! Storytelling workshop

Today we enjoyed exploring the story 'The Jungle Book'. We talked about the characters in the book and acted out various parts of the story.

We thoroughly enjoyed pretending to be various jungle animals!

Children's Mental Health Week

As part of children's mental health week we spent time talking about how we can feel when something is difficult or hard and identified activities we can do to help us feel calm.

We took part in a 'YOGI' yoga session and learnt lots of new yoga moves.

 

 

Our Week - 31/1/22

This week we enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year. Look out for the photos over the next few days.

In English we practised orally retelling a section of the story 'Supertato'. We learnt what adjectives and time words and practised writing sentences.

In Maths we have been exploring place value of numbers and number bonds. 'Hit the Button' is a useful game to practise and develop quick recall of number bonds.

Enjoy your weekend.

 

Mrs Ward, Mrs Griffin and Mrs Ledgar  

Chinese New Year

We were very lucky today to welcome Nicola, Samuel's Mum, into school. 

Nicola taught us about Chinese New Year and many of the traditions and customs they follow. Everyone loved learning some Chinese words and guessing what their name was in Chinese.

Nicola taught the children how to use chopsticks and allowed them to have a go at using them to eat Maltesers!

 

Later on the in the day we learnt about the dragon dance and had a go at creating our own. We also had fun tasting spring rolls, prawn crackers and noodles. 

 

 

 

 

Tasting Chinese Food

Our Week - 17/1/22

This week in English we spent some time retelling the story 'George and the Dragon'. We then continued with our unit of work based on stories. We began reading part of the story 'Supertato'. We predicted what we thought had happened at the supermarket and talked about how some of the vegetables were feeling.

In Maths we have explored the place value of numbers. We talked about the terms 'tens' and 'ones' and practised representing the number of tens and ones in a teen number using Numicon, base 10 and cubes. We explored working out 1 more or 1 less than a number and used a number line to help work out the answer. 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Ward, Mrs Griffin and Mrs Ledgar

Our Week - 10/1/22

We had another busy week this week.

The children were very excited to discover some scared vegetables in our classroom! Many of the children predicted that an evil pea had hurt the vegetables and so spent some time searching for him. We talked about what a sentence was and what was needed to make a good sentence and wrote about the crime scenes we had discovered in the classroom. 

In Maths we continued with our work on shape and have explored 2D shapes. We looked at the properties of various shapes and found different ways of sorting them. We explore repeated patterns and worked out what the missing shapes in the pattern were. 

 

I have uploaded a copy of the children's spelling result onto SeeSaw. Hopefully you will be able to see these once you have logged in. If there are any issues with this then please contact me using the Y1 email address (y1homework@cottam.lancs.sch.uk).

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Ward, Mrs Griffin and Mrs Ledgar

Our Week - 3/1/22

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful break. It was lovely to have the children back this week and hear all about their holiday. It sounds like you all had lots of fun!

 

All the children have settled back into school well and have been very excited by the change in layout of our classroom. They all enjoyed spending some time in each area and learning how to use the resources within it. 

 

In Maths this week we have been exploring 3D shape. We named some 3D shapes (cube, cuboid, cylinder, sphere, cone) and thought of different ways to sort the shapes.   

 

There is a new set of spellings for this week. The spelling test will continue to be on a Thursday. Please remember to continue with weekly practise of number facts on the NumBots app. 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Ward, Mrs Griffin and Mrs Ledgar

Our Week - 3/12/21

We had an extremely busy week this week with our first school trip and Nativity performance. 

I hope you enjoyed looking through the photos of our trip as much as the children enjoyed going! 

 

We are all so proud of the children and the performance they did on Wednesday. I know all the children are looking forward to you all coming to watch on Monday.

 

This week in English we independently wrote an information leaflet on mice. We tried to include capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. 

 

In Maths we explored fact families and the 8 different calculations that can be written.

 

As part of our PSHE curriculum we have been developing our 'self regulation' skills. For more information on this please follow the PSHE link above. 

 

Today the children brought home their login details for Seesaw. Over the coming weeks I will begin adding activities and information for the children and yourselves. If there is any issues with logging on then please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Ward

Judges' Lodging Trip - 1.12.21

The children had a wonderful time on our trip. As soon as we stepped onto the coach there was lots of excitement! As it was the first school trip any of them have been on, some were unsure of what a coach was.

 

Once we arrived at the museum we completed a range of Victorian style activities. We made Christmas pudding in the kitchen, sang carols and explored some Victorian artefacts, visited the school room to make a cornucopia and saw a very special person; Father Christmas (who they were all mesmerised by!).

 

Once we returned to school, we made rice crispy Christmas puddings and had a taste of a Christmas. Most of the children had a taste and even wanted more!

 

Christmas Pudding Baking

Our week - 26.11.21

All the children worked extremely hard this week completing lots of different activities. 

In English, we recalled some of the facts we found out about frogs and wrote an information leaflet all about frogs. We ensured we used capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in our sentences and checked we used a question mark at the end of any questions we'd written. 

 

In Maths we have explored subtraction. We used 10 frames and part whole models to help us subtract a 1 digit number from another number. We talked about the different vocabulary related to subtraction (minus, take away, subtract, subtraction) and practised writing number sentences using the subtraction symbol. 

 

In phonics, Einstein group have explored the new diagraphs oy (toy), ir (girl), ue (blue) and aw (paw). Professor group have learnt the phonemes ur (fur) and ow (cow).

 

On Tuesday we had a very exciting visit from an author. The children were thrilled to welcome Rachel Walmsley into the classroom, listen to her new story, Christmas Cabaret, and invent their own character. Take a look at the photos below to see all the fun we had!

 

For this week's spellings please click on the 'Spellings' hyperlink above.

 

We have another busy week next week, with our visit to Judges' Lodgings on Wednesday and our first nativity performance on Thursday.

 

Have a lovely weekend, 

 

Mrs Ward

Our Week - 19/11/21

In English we looked at different information leaflets and identified the features (e.g. a heading, captions, pictures). We learnt about frogs and became 'frog experts' by recalling some of the facts we had learnt and recording one down in a sentence. We talked about and practised using capital letters and full stops.

In Maths we adding by counting all, then moved onto counting on. We used part whole models to work out missing numbers in a calculation. 

In phonics Einstein group have explored the new diagraphs ay - play, ea - tea, ie - pie  and ou - sound.

Professors recapped sounds already learnt and explored the diagraph ur - turn.

 

Spellings - Professors

burp

curl

fur

surf

turn

church

hurt

lurk

turf

burn

 

Spellings - Einstein

clay

spray

play

sprout

sound

around

lie

tie

least

treat

Our Week - 11/11/21

We have had a busy week with lots of fun activities this week. We started practising some of the nativity songs (I'm sure some of the children will have given you a sneak peak of ones we have learnt so far!) and discovered why we buy poppies each year. The children produced some beautiful artwork of poppy fields. On Thursday we were treated to a visit by Rob who took us on an adventure through fairytale land. We visited various fairytale characters who helped us learn about bullying.

 

In English this week we have learnt about looking after mice. We have found lots of new vocabulary and have practised using some of the new words (delicacy, predator, hind legs, snout) in sentences. 

 

In Maths we continued with our work on addition and number bonds to 10. We used a bar model and a 10 frame to help work out missing numbers (e.g. 4+_=10). We have used the <, > and = symbols to compare number sentences and used a 10 frame and counters to help us add two numbers together by counting everything. 

 

Phonics

Professors

We have spent the week recapping on the phase 3 sounds we have learnt so far (ai, ee, igh, oa, oo/oo, ar and or). We played games which helped us to practise reading and writing words with the sounds covered this week.

 

Einstein

We have spent the week recapping phase 4 and practising to spell and read words with more than one syllable (e.g. farmyard). Next week we will be moving onto phase 5.

 

Spellings

Professors

the

to

I

go

no

chain

sharp

torch

coach

short

 

Einstein

treetop

floating

shrink

twisting

driftwood

printer

spend

thank

skunk

spring

5/11/21

Welcome back!

I hope you all had a wonderful break. The children were full of excitement and stories when they returned on Monday. It was lovely to hear what they have all been up to.

All the children have settled back into school well and have been raring to go with their learning. We have an extremely busy term planned, with two trips and several nativity performances! Please take a look at the curriculum overview for this term, which should give you an idea of what we will be learning in class. 

 

Homework - 5/11/21

This term our homework tasks will continue to be spellings, reading and NumBots. Please remember to read as often as possible; when in Year 1 the children really benefit from lots of practise to help them develop their word recognition, phonics and fluency. It is expected that every child completes at least 5 minutes on NumBots three times a week or more. If there are any issues with this or the app/website then please contact me through the homework email address (y1homework@cottam.lancs.sch.uk). 

 

This weeks spellings:

Professors

bark

jar

barn

shark

dark

fork

worn

torn

fort

born

 

Einstein

coin

soil

church

turnip

stairs

chairs

fair

curl

hair

spoil

 

 

 

Homework - Week 7 - 15.10.21

 

We have had another busy and exciting week this week and the children have continued to work extremely hard. We have continued to feel very proud of how well they have settled into Year 1.

 

For homework this week, please continue to practise key math skills on the NumBots website or app for a few minutes each day. 

 

The spellings for this week can be found below. Please continue to practise the spellings at home as it really does make a difference to how the children do. It also supports them in developing and building upon their phonic skills. 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Ward  

 

Professor Group

good

book

took

hook

wood

zoo

zoom

boom

boo

food

 

Einstein Group

flood

wood

good

charm

smart

alarm

cloak

throat

float

coast

toast

A Very Special Visitor!

 

Today we were very lucky to welcome a new visitor to our classroom, Dale!

 

Mrs Griffin brought her pet tortoise, Dale, to school. She talked to us about the type of animal he was, where he lived and how she took care of him. A few of the children said they had pet tortoises at home too!

 

The children all enjoyed holding or stroking him (even if they were a little frightened at first!). 

Autumn Welly Walk

 

Whilst we had some drier weather we were able to venture out of school for our first welly walk of the year. The children were very excited! Before we set off we talked about the term 'seasons' and shared our opinions of what season we thought we were in. 

After changing into our wellies we set off to venture around the local area. We took small bags to collect items that showed which season we were in, such as leaves. 

Here are a few photos of our first adventure!

 

 

Homework - Week 6 - 8.10.21

I hope the children have been enjoying spending some time on NumBots. We had a go at school earlier in the week and all the children seemed very excited by it! Please encourage your child to spend a few minutes on it each day.

 

Spellings for this week:

 

Professor Group

coat

load

toad

road

soap

her

like

night

sigh

right

 

Einstein Group

plain

claim

snail

queen

sheet

sleep

green

fleet

train

drain

Homework - Week 5 - 1/10/21

There is a new '2Do' activity set on Purple Mash. Next week I begin sending out details of a new website, Numbots, which we will begin using as part of our homework tasks. 

 

The list of this week's spellings are below.

 

Professor Group

fight

light

might

sight

seem

tree

light

her

all

are

 

 

Einstein Group

shrink

brings

scrunch

strong

songs

think

flings

stand

splash

spring

Homework, Week 4 -24/9/21

 

Hello!

The children completed their first spelling test yesterday and everyone did well. 

 

This week's math's homework is another activity on Purple Mash. There are two activities which will help practise the skills of counting one more and one less.

 

The lists for this weeks spellings are below.

 

Einstein group

swig

crash

stash

bring

stung

twig

truck

trash

thing

 

Professor Group

teeth

sheep

wait

paid

queen

green

deep

three

hail

rail

 

Homework - Week 3 - 17/9/21

I will be setting weekly homework consisting of spellings and a Math activity. 

 

Spellings

There will be two spelling groups with a different list for each one. The spelling list your child needs to use depends on the phonic group they are in. The children (should!) know which phonic group they are in, either the professor group or the Einstein group. If your child is unsure then please email me and I will confirm.

The spelling lists are based on sounds or words the children have covered throughout the week in our phonics sessions. When practicing, encourage and remind your child to use their 'Fred talk' (tapping each finger on the chin as the next sound is heard and said) to help segment and identify the phonemes (sounds) in the word. Please watch the video for an example of 'Fred talk'.

 

Spelling List - Professor group

quiz

quack

much

such

shop

fish

them

path

 

Spelling List - Einstein group

hand

pond

milk

spot

clap

jump

drum

fast

stamp

blank

 

Maths

This week our Maths homework is an activity on Purple Mash. We have stuck your child's login details into their reading record. 

Once you are logged into Purple Mash you should see a '2Do' activity appear. This is the activity your child needs to complete for this weeks homework. 

 

Any problems with either pieces of homework then please contact me through the Y1 email address (y1homework@cottam.lancs.sch.uk)

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Ward

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