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Barnes Farm Infant School

Barnes Farm Infant School

Building Futures, Inspiring Success

Otter Class - Year 1

What's new?

This week has been great fun in Mathematics with the children exploring 2D and 3D shapes. The mathematical language they are using is phenomenal. The children are all understanding and using words such as vertex, vertices as well as the correct names for the shapes. 

In English, the children have been helping Percy again. Percy was told by the parish council that he needs to get more visitors to the park or his job would be a risk. The children decided to make animal fact sheets to display in hope that more visitors come to the park.  


What's new?

The children this week have been learning lots in Mathematics around addition and subtraction. They are all beginning to show they are little maths wizards and are starting to understand fact families. 

In English, the children have been leaning to write facts about some of the animals they have seen in Percy's park. Combining their learning with Science, they have been classifying animals into mammals, birds and fish; and what makes that classification unique.

The spellings this week are it, was, you, on, is, for. These will be in the children's spelling books. The homework book is Problem Solving 1 page 11. 


What's new?

The children have been busy exploring Percy's shed using their senses and imagination to see the naughty ferrets had stolen Percy's tools. They have enjoyed being outside and seeing what tools they could find and were looking to find Percy's lunch he left there a week ago. 

In mathematics, the children have been moving forwards with addition equations up to 10. They have used concrete manipulatives and making up stories to help with their understanding of combining 2 sets. 

All 3 classes have started making shoebox gardens. We are very thankful of the craft bits and pieces that have been brought in from home for the children to use, so thank you for your generosity. We will be aiming to finish these next week, so there is still some time for shoeboxes to come in. They all look fantastic so far.

The spellings this week are and, a, to, said, in, of. These will be in the children's spelling books. The homework book is Grammar 1 page 5. The children will need to put the words in the correct order and leave a finger space between each word. 


Percy in a Pickle


On an autumnal walk around the school, we stumbled across Percy the Park keeper who was in a terrible pickle!  He had tripped over a log and hurt his leg.  Poor Percy was unable to walk and worried that he wasn't going to be able to do all of the jobs he needed to do around the park that day so we offered our help.  Back in our classrooms, we decided to help Percy feed the animals (we had an inventor even designing a handy animal feeding machine to save time as it was programmed to drop food at certain times of the day) and ways to water the plants.  Lots of us drew maps of Percy's park and even tried to draw it from a birds eye viewpoint - trees looked like broccoli heads!

Percy's shoebox garden

Over the next few weeks the children are designing their own park in a shoebox.  We have discussed ideas in class and looked on Pintrest for 'shoebox gardens' and were amazed at how you can make fences out of lollypop sticks and ponds with sunken yoghurt pots with stones around the edge.  Your child will come home with their design and a list of items they might need to use for their design.  Here are a few images we looked at?





Autumn Term Week 2.

The children have stepped into the story of Percy the Park Keeper and met him in his park. Unfortunately, while Percy was clearing some branches to make some shelters for his animals, he fell over a log and hurt his les. All the year 1 children were engaged and excited to offer their suggestions to help while Percy recovers. The children have asked lots of questions to find out how they can help and what jobs need doing.

In Mathematics this week, we have been looking at numbers up to 10. I am very proud of all the children and how they have taken to the year 1 way of working. Wednesday and Thursday saw them using cubes, counters and toys to learn their number bonds to 5, 6, 7 and 8. With the Mathematica Mastery program we are following, they are all learning to answer questions in full sentences and using lots of manipulatives to help with their understanding of numbers.

Foundation lessons have seen the children labelling the main parts of the body for science, dancing like animals in PE, drawing simple maps in geography and designing a shoebox garden for DT. 



Welcome to Otter Class!

Hello and a warm welcome to the new Otter Class. I hope you all had an exciting summer holiday and are ready for the start of Year 1. I am looking forward to getting to know Otter Class over the next few weeks and hearing the stories of Summer from the children. 

We kick off our learning with Percy the Park Keeper and the adventures (and mischief) that Percy and the animals have. Sometimes they end up in a bit of a pickle.

The Year 1 team will be working hard to ensure that there is a smooth transition from Reception to Year 1. This has already started behind the scenes with transition meetings between Reception and Year 1 teachers.

The children will be given lots of information and things to remember, such as, when the PE days are. Don't worry, I will post all relevant information on here too. 

There are lots of opportunities for after school clubs and the information can be found on the school website.  

Otter Class will have a brilliant year and I am looking forward to sharing their learning journey with them.

Mr Williams

Otter Class Teacher.