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Barnes Farm Infant School

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Otter Class - Year 1

What's new?

Welcome back to the final half term of Year 1! We hope you all had a fantastic break and are refreshed for the upcoming half term. 

We have started off by stepping into the Mantle of the Expert which is based around woodland and forests. 

Our topic this half term is plants and will see the children learning all about flowering plants. 

The home learning this week will be in the spelling book on page 26. The spelling will go home as usual on Friday.


What's new?

We have started our new Mantle of the Expert topic which sees the children as Fairy Tale Problem Solvers. The children have met The 3 Little Pigs mummy and The Big Bad Wolf. We hope the children enjoy talking about their learning of this at home.

The home learning this week will be in the spelling book on page 17. The spellings will go home as usual on Friday.


Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new term. We all hope you and the children had a relaxing Easter holiday. We are all refreshed and ready to get straight into the exciting learning we have to offer this term.  

The home learning this week will be in the problem solving book and on pages 16 and 21. The spellings will go home as usual on Friday.

Thank you.

What's new?

Monday 1st April saw Year 1 on their trip to Mountfitchet Castle and the Toy Museum. We were really fortunate with the weather and the children were perfectly behaved. They saw first hand what life was like inside a Norman Castle and were able to touch, smell, hear and see how villagers and noblemen lived everyday. The children were able to try on helmets, lift up swords, hear stories about what jobs villagers did and climb up various towers to see the castle grounds and beyond. The children were using the vocabulary that they had learnt in class to talk about the castle features. 

After the castle, the children had time in the Toy Museum. They were able to see toys from eras gone by and see the evolution of toys through the ages. Children were recognising toys that we had seen during our toys topic and were commenting on the materials, colours and designs. 

A huge thank you to the parent helpers that came along. It was a wonderful day and the children made us all very proud. 

Home Learning for the Easter Holidays.

We will not be setting any homework for the holidays but please ensure your child keeps reading and practising their phonics sounds using the sound mat that was sent home. If you need another copy of this, please speak to the class teacher. 

Enjoy the Easter Break!



World Book Day

On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day. It was amazing to see all the excited faces in their lovely costumes. The children in Year 1 enjoyed lots of story telling including making up their own stories.

Home Learning 8th March 2019

Maths Page 12

If you were unable to attend the Phonics Workshop this week please look at our school website under the Workshop Tab. You will find lots of interesting information and ideas to support your child. 

There is a phonics sheet that will be going home on Monday with the children. Please use this to help your child continue to grow with their learning.

Many thanks for your continued support. 


What's new?

Over the past few weeks the children have been watching some scenes from Toy Story 2 and using their senses to come up with different adjectives to describe characters and settings. They have been learning lots and it has shown in all their writing. 

Children, what does Mr. Williams say? "Big is banned!"

The children are not allowed to use the word 'big' in their writing to describe something, they must use another word. If you ask them, they will tell a selection of other words for 'big'.

The children have been exploring money and getting used to the different coins and the value of them. We have played toy shops and they were able to buy and sell toys using toy money. 

We have also explored the history of toys and comparing some old toys with modern ones. With this came the introduction of materials. We looked at what material are, the names and their properties.   

The homework set this week will be in the spelling book on page 12.

Welcome back.

Welcome back to Otters class page. A happy new year to you all. The topic this term is all about toys. The children will be making their own pull along slinky toy (like the one from toy story). I will be updating this page once a week with news from the class, homework pages and anything else that is relevant. 





Home learning

We expect our children to read at least 4 times a week, please ensure your child shares their reading books at home and a comment is written in the reading diary.  This week's home learning is page 34 English and p24 Maths

Weekly maths challenge



Welcome to Year 1. It was so lovely to see the children returning after the holiday full of enthusiasm and ready to learn.

This half term our topic is, ‘Percy’s in a Pickle.’ We started our topic by finding Percy on the floor having fallen in a hole and hurt his leg. We asked him what was wrong and how could help him. Percy was worried he would not be able to do his jobs in the park.

We decided we would help him and be Junior Park Keepers.  Year 1 now need to decide how we can support poor Percy.