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Barnes Farm Infant School

Barnes Farm Infant School

Building Futures, Inspiring Success

Otter Class - Year 1

Castles topic - Spring 2

Our new topic transports us back in time to the medieval times to discover the world of castles, Kings and Queens and Knights in shining armour.  We will learn what life was like to live in and around a castle for servants, cooks, maids and townspeople.  Children will learn the different parts of the castle such as the moat, turrets, keep and gatehouse and will work together to build a class castle either out of cardboard or modroc.  

Our planned trip to Mountfitchet Castle will provide our Year 1's with real life experience of daily life in a castle and will springboard much of our subsequent child-led learning.


Toy Story - Spring term

To infinity and beyond......  our children are loving our Toy Story topic.  Visual literacy in the form of clips from Toy Story 2 have ignited the children' s imaginations in creative writing, art, science and history so far this term.  We have learnt to improve our sketching skills as we have drawn the characters from this much loved film and explored materials and their properties by feeling toys and thinking about the materials used to make them.

Our new Big Cats reading scheme has been warmly received by our Year 1 children who are happy to keep their books for longer; they are feeling more confident with their reading as the week passes. The books are perfectly matched to the children's phonic knowledge, which therefore builds up their phonic skills. 

Polite reminder - please make sure all outdoor PE kits are in school as we are still going outside for PE and the weather has recently turned cold.  Every child must have a warm tracksuit and trainers (that fit!) Thank you

Travelling around the UK

This term we have been learning all about where we live and the United Kingdom.  Through the stories of Katie, the children have explored England's capital city of London and discovered it's many landmarks.  The whole year group 'travelled' to Scotland and even learnt how to drive coach Carol's Coaches.  

In our classrooms, we felt Haggis, practised Scottish dancing and learnt about Scottish landmarks.  We also enjoyed marching with 'bagpipes'.  

Apologies for the late attachment of our Take-Away-Homework for this term.  It is attached below so please have a go at a few of the homeworks and encourage your child to bring in their work.

Alien words

You will have noticed in your child's spelling book they are learning what we call 'alien' words which are made up words that can be blended and help with phonic skills. Each word includes at least 1 of the 40 graphemes we expect Year 1 children to learn and by blending these words, phonic skills are strengthened and embedded.  For more information on the teaching of 'alien' words please click on the link below or speak to one of the Year 1 teachers.

The pseudo words (or nonsense words) are collections of letters which follow the phonics rules your child has been taught. They are clearly labelled as nonsense words with a picture of an alien next to them so that the children don’t try to ‘read’ it as a real word by using prediction. The children need to decode and read these using the correct phonics sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules.

Our Take Away homework is attached at the bottom of the page.


Welcome to Autumn 2!

Hello and welcome back. We hope you and the children all had a rest and enjoyable half term.

This week, the children have been continuing to learn and represent numbers to 20. They have been comparing three numbers and ordering them from smallest to greatest. 

In English, the children have been using adjectives to describe fireworks, sequencing events from the story of Guy Fawkes and writing common exception words in sentences after lots of speed spells. That was great fun!

Our topic this week has been about Guy Fawkes and the history around the event. The children have been learning who King James 1st was and why Guy Fawkes disagreed with him. They have been learning what items Guy Fawkes would have used, such as a lantern, and what items he wouldn't have used, such as a smartphone.

The spellings this week are clip, clop, stop, clap, trim, was and do. These will be in the children's spelling books. The homework book is Problem Solving 1 page 23. 


What's new?

Year 1 have continued to explore shapes and patterns, and have moved into using language of position, direction and movement. Within our mathematics meetings, the children have been singing lots of songs about the days of the week, months of the year and doubling. 

Percy the Park Keeper made a return this week to see the children. He was overwhelmed with all the work the Junior Park Keepers had done for him. 

The children have all made a home for a salt dough hedgehog this week. They went outside to collect leaves and grass to glue onto the shelter. These will be on display in school for all the other children and visitors to see. 

The spellings this week are spring, spread, string, splash, scrunch, were. These will be in the children's spelling books. The homework book is Problem Solving 1 pages 20 and 28. 


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.