Year 1

Corfe and Lulworth


Term 6

Week 7

What an amazing time we have had in Year 1 this year! The children have progressed so much and Mrs Lake, Mrs Lewis-Zdybel and Miss Scrine are incredibly pleased with the amount of effort the children have put into their work and how they have grown in independence over the past year.

This week has been another busy one in Literacy. The children have written a report, a recount and a poem about being a giant! They have worked incredibly well and produced some amazing writing.

The children have also work hard in Math this week too. First, we focused on money by finding amounts and then exchanging given amounts for different coins. Then, we have been looking at reading and recording time as o'clock and half past. Finally the children have been comparing times in seconds, minutes and hours using the symbols <, > and =.

Mrs Lake, Mrs Lewis-Zdybel and Miss Scrine would like to take the opportunity to wish every child in Year 1 all the best in Year 2 and we look forward to hearing about all the amazing work you are doing. Also, thank you to the parents who have supported and continued with the reading and homework throughout the year.  Together we make an amazing partnership. 


Week 6

In Literacy this week we have been using our imagination and free writing to produce stories. We then started to look at 'The Smartest Giant in Town' by Julia Donaldson. We talked about the story and how we would write a report about it. Then we planned what we need to do to aid us completing a written news report next week.

In Maths, we have continued to focus on place value to 100. This week we have been looking at value to 100 in pictorial form and showing what was the most, least and the middle value. We then moved onto completing number sentences with missing numbers to 100. Finally, we started to look at number square puzzles and see the connections between numbers.

In Inquiry this week, we have been looking at seasides in the past. We were presented with some information and compared them to our present holidays at the seaside. They haven't changed much, just the clothes and transport! Finally, we completed a sheet by answering questions about why the train made it possible for everyone to visit the seaside in the Victorian times.

Can Mrs Lake, Mrs Lewis-Zdybel and Mrs Scrine remind parents about our Celebration Evening next Wednesday, 18 July, from 3.30 to 5.00 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and view all the amazing work Year 1 have done this year as well as visit other classrooms.

Week 5

Another busy week - it was lovely to see so many people at the Summer Fayre on Friday.

In Literacy, we have been focusing on common exception words and comprehension and understanding of certain text.

In Maths, we are continuing to focus on place value to 100. This week we looked at comparing and ordering numbers to 100. We also looked at different ways to represent these numbers by using money, tens and ones, numicon and place value counters. We are getting very good at doing this!


Week 4

Another busy week in Year 1; we cannot believe we only a few weeks left in this school year.

In Literacy we have continued to focus on poetry and have written some amazing poems.  Please come in and have a look. Towards the end of the week we started to look at shape poems and have now completed our own sun shape poem with lovely rhyming couplets, adjectives and verbs.

In Maths we have finished our unit on fractions of objects and are now focusing on making, recognising and using numbers to 100.

In Inquiry this week, we talked about where we have been on holiday and how it might have differed from where we live. Then, we discussed all the countries in the United Kingdom and recognised their capital cities. Finally, we labelled, coloured and created a key for a map of the United Kingdom.  

Miss Scrine would like to thank everyone who came to watch Corfe's Class Assembly. Miss Scrine was very pleased with how well the children did and she hopes you all were too.


Week 3

We have had another busy week this week. In Literacy we have started to look at poetry and have been acting out some seasonal poems.

In Maths we are continuing to look at fractions and in particular 'half'. We have started to look at half of amounts too and have been challenged to half amounts of money. Our teachers have been very impressed!

In Inquiry this week we were asked to create a towel for our class teddies in the style of Wassily Kandinsky. First, we divided an A3 piece of paper into 12 squares. Then, we mixed colours only using the primary colours of red, yellow and blue to make 12 different coloured circles to go in the middle of the squares. After that, we mixed three or four different coloured rings around the circle. Finally, we filled in the white background using another colour. It took ages but we are very proud of them.

Mrs Lake and Mrs Lewis-Zdybel would like to thank all the parents who came to watch Lulworth's Class Assembly and celebrated all the amazing things we have been doing this year.


Week 2

This week we have continued with our recounts in Literacy. We placed events that happened in the story in chronological order and then we did a guided write with a friend before we wrote the whole recount independently. The children did an amazing job remembering their time connectives with commas, full stops, capital letters and adjectives to make the recount interesting.

In Maths we finished off multiplication and division and are now focusing on fractions of half. At the moment we are only focusing on half in 2D shape and looking at some everyday objects that cannot be halved.

In Inquiry we have been recalling our educational visit to Weston super Mare and looking at the features of a seaside town or holiday. We wrote a postcard as though we had just been on a seaside holiday, and recalled all the fun things we did. Finally we were able to draw a picture on the other side of our seaside holiday. Please come and look at our Inquiry boards in our classrooms for a selection of postcards that we did.    


Week 1

Welcome back to Term 6.  We cannot believe its the last term of being Year 1s!

We have been very busy again this week. In Literacy we have started to focus on the features of a recount.

In Maths we have continued to focus on multiplication and division. This week we have been looking at arrays and showing how many items are in rows and columns, then using this information to write a number sentence. We have found this a little tricky but have persevered with it and now feel like champions.

It was our WOW Day this week and we went to Weston super Mare. We had an amazing time. First, we went and listened to a talk about the history of the Grand Pier and then went to have fun in a soft play for an hour. We all got very hot! After that, we went to have our lunch on the beach and then fun in the sand!

Mrs Lake and Miss Scrine would like to say how well the children behaved and how polite they were towards others. A fantastic representation of Castle Primary School. We would also like to say a big thank you to the parents who came on the visit with us.

Term 5

Weeks 6 and 7

Over the past fortnight we have been using our amazing author skills to write stories of our own! We used our previous work on Handa's Suprise and developed it further by adding additional characters and changing the problem and resolution in the story. We have also created a story map and written our own stories from scratch!

In Maths we have been  learning about capacity and measurement. We used cubes to measure the capacity of many different containers  and use both non-standard and standard units measuring items from around the classroom.

We have also been continuing our balloon making and used papier mache to create our balloons. We then used paints to paint them and used junk and string to make baskets. We really enjoyed it! 


Weeks 3 and 4

What another busy fortnight! We have been learning lots of new things which we are really excited to tell you about!

This week in Literacy we have been looking at stories from other cultures. We especially enjoyed reading Handa's Suprise and then using our senses during fruit tasting to produce adjectives about the fruits from the story. We then used these adjectives to create noun phrases in complex sentences. 

In  Maths we have been learning about multiples of 2 and 5. This was new to us and it was tricky at first but we are getting much better. We have been using 100 squares to identify any patterns and using these to help us group objects and count in those numbers. We have also been looking at place value to 50.

This week we have created our hot air balloon designs and picked what 'junk' we wanted to use as a basket for our passengers. Next week we will use our designs and junk to create a 3D hot air balloon using papier mache. We can't wait!

Weeks 1 and 2

Welcome back! We all hope you had a wonderful Easter break and are ready for a new term!

In Literacy we have been very busy!  We have been learning all about nouns, adjectives and verbs. We even got to create our own characters using these words. It was lots of fun! We have also been learning to add 'er' and 'est' to the end of words; we call these 'suffixes'. We worked really hard and, although we found it tricky at first, we can now do them on our own.

In Maths we have been learning how to count how many tens and ones there are in a number. We have been using base ten dienes to help us as well as ten frames and counters. We have been been playing lots of games with our partners to turn over cards and make the number in a variety of ways. We have even tried adding ten and trying to spot any patterns.

We are continuing our topic of 'Transport' and have been learning about steam trains. Did you know that before steam trains came along, clocks in England were all set at different times? We have also been learning about cars and made timelines to see how they have changed over the years. 

Just a little reminder: PE kits are to be returned to school, both indoor and outdoor.

We are looking forward to making our own hot air balloons in school and it would be great if you have any spare newspapers at home if you could bring them to school, thank you!

Term 4

Week 5

Wow, another term gone; time flies when your having fun!

In Literacy this week we have been focusing on the story of Easter. The children have been reading the story and showing understanding of it by answering comprehension questions. They have also been reciting poems, focusing on rhyming words and using actions to improve the poem. The children have also wrote an acrostic poem about Easter which they really enjoyed.

In Maths we have been focusing on subtraction within 20 and especially bridging through 10. The children have used 10's frames, part, part, whole models and number lines to show their understanding of this very difficult concept.

Mrs Lake, Mrs Lewis- Zdybel and Miss Scrine would like to wish your all a very happy Easter and enjoy the time off ready to start afresh in Term 5.


Week 4

Another busy week in Lulworth and Corfe. We have continued to look at 'Transport' and this week we have been identifying and sorting old and modern styles. We began by creating a timeline using various types and then checked if we were right by looking and discussing through a PowerPoint. We were very interested to find out that the boat came before riding on animals as they were not domesticated. Once we did this we then placed them in a table sorting other transport into old and modern. Some of us even sorted them more, into land and sea transport.

In Literacy we have been looking at nouns and verbs and placing them into sentences and also sorting words into a table. We have also been practising to spell our common exception words by using a method called 'Look, Write, Check'.

In Maths we have been looking at time and measure. We have been using individual clocks to show times on the hour and half past. We have also been using vocabulary like bigger, smaller, taller, shorter, to describe difference between two objects. We then looked at measuring these objects using cubes and then a ruler, making sure we start at 0 cm.

Week 2 and week 3 ( due to snow days)

Over the past two weeks we have continued to be very busy. In Week 2 we had our WOW Day; it was great fun. We started off by talking about the various ways to travel. It was then explained that we were going on a trip to Indian by plane ... but wait! First we had to have a passport to fly. We needed our photo taken, without smiling of course, and we needed to fill in information about ourselves. Then we were ready to fly. But of course we had to go through the scanner, baggage area and passport control first. Now, with our boarding passes in hand, we were ready to fly. We listened to the safety instructions spoken by captain, Mrs Trueman, placed our bags under the chairs and put our seat belts on. Once we had listened for the engine to start, we were finally in the air. Whilst in the air we could read our books, have a snack, which was a cookie, yum! and a drink. We then arrived in India. In the afternoon we ate Indian food, created transport found in India out of lego, drew our own henna designs, coloured the flag and did some Indian dancing. Few, what a busy day, we loved it! WOW!

This week we have created a pictogram to show the different ways we travel to school.

In Maths we have continued to work on addition and subtraction to 20. Over the pass few weeks we have looked at adding and subtracting on a number line from reading word problems and creating number sentences from pictures of numicon, tens frames and first, then and now boards.

In Literacy over the past few weeks we have been looking at rescue stories. We have looked at speech spoken by people who need to be rescued, planned our own story and drawn a story map with labels and captions to help with writing our stories at the beginning of next week.


Week 1

Welcome back to Term 4! This week has been another busy one in Lulworth and Corfe

In Literacy we have be recording notes and interviewing people as part of our report writing. We discovered that a man was seen sinking in his lifeboat and was rescued by the local lifeguards. We interviewed the people concerned and have started to write our report in our Literacy books focusing on the title, introduction, subheadings and, finally, the summary.

In Maths we have been looking at place value within 20, particularly focusing on recording those tricky teen numbers as tens and ones. This was made even trickier when we had to rearrange a group of random numbers to 20 and then place them back in order showing them in tens and ones! We had to look closely at the wording as well because sometimes we were asked to record from greatest to smallest and then smallest to greatest; it was a big challenge!


Term 3

Week 6

Wow! We cannot believe that it is the end of another term already! We had another visit from Mr Wonka. This time he left us some chocolate! We melted down the chocolate and poured it into our chocolate moulds to reveal our unique chocolate; it was amazing!

In Literacy we finally wrote our innovated stories from Jack and the Beanstalk and all the teachers and staff were amazed by the amount of detail and effort that went into their writing. They used capital letters, full stops, adjectives and conjunctions to extend a sentence, the adults were very proud.

In Maths we have started to look at place value within 20. This week we have been focusing on how many tens and ones can be found in numbers 11 to 20. First, we used the part, part, whole model to show that a teen number is made up of one part 10 and so many ones. We then started to split the numbers and showed this by recording how many tens and ones can be found in any given number from 11 to 20.

Week 5

Wow, what a week! We have been very busy this week learning new things. Mr Wonka sent us another letter asking whether we could create a new chocolate bar for him. This time though we had to create a mould for the chocolate to go in. First, we used our imagination to design the chocolate and then we moulded clay to make a bowl. Finally we used tools and cutters to create chocolate designs, thinking carefully about what the chocolate would look like once poured into the clay.

In Literacy we have started to innovate the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. First we looked at the setting and wrote sentences to describe what it was like. Then we changed the evil character. We wrote labels for the character, gave it a name and wrote a short caption describing why it was so evil.

In Maths this week we have been looking carefully at 2D and 3D shapes. We have named, labelled and sorted 2D and 3D shapes into groups. We have focused on the 2D faces that are properties of 3D shapes. Next week we are focusing on pattern and place value to 20.


Week 4

Another interesting week this week in Lulworth and Corfe. Willy Wonka had contacted us again, this time asking for us to produce and perform a bit of music that would imitate the sound of the chocolate machines in his factory. First, we watched a film clip of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory showing the noises that the gum machine made. Then we all picked instruments that we thought would make similar sounds. Finally, we brought them altogether and created a lovely sounding chocolate machine.

In Literacy we have been focusing on the traditional tale 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. First, we role played the story and then we sequenced the story and produced sentences to describe what was happening at various points.

In Maths we were continuing on with subtractions and this week have been focusing on making 'fact families' using addition and subtraction to show how many ways you can place three numbers to make a number sentence correct. Then we started to use a number line to show our subtractions as well, by counting the jumps and recording carefully to help us with harder subtraction sentences.


Week 3

This week has been another exciting week for Lulworth and Corfe. We had another visit from Willy Wonka! He explained that he needed our help to create a fact sheet telling his visitors where chocolate came from and how it was made. We sorted pictures and wrote sentences for each picture to help his visitors.

In Literacy we have been creating a report about Mr Wonka's Chocolate Factory. First we looked at a news clip and then in a group we created our own for the chocolate factory. Then we had to record something we knew about the factory. Finally we planned the report and wrote it in full sentences.

In Maths we have started to focus on subtraction within 10. This is slightly more difficult than addition and we have been using a story to help us create and work out answers to subtraction sentences. We have been using vocabulary like first there were 7 birds, then 2 flew away, now there are 5 left. This then made the number sentence 7 - 2 = 5. We have found this very helpful.

Week 2

This has been an exciting week for Corfe and Lulworth this week as Willy Wonka came to visit us! He left us a scroll in the classroom sending us on a quest around the school in search of some golden tickets and treats. He then explained that he was looking to create an amazing chocolate cake and needed our help! He gave us some rice crispies, raisins, flake chunks, biscuit chunks, icing and sprinkles to make our chocolate cake the most amazing cake in the world! So we designed and created our cake and were lucky enough to watch 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' whilst eating our delicious creations.

In Literacy we have been focusing on the elements of report writing and organising them into groups to show the different features you might see.

In Maths we are continuing to focus on addition within 10. We have looked at the different ways you can show addition and have been thinking of ways this might be shown in word problems. We have also been completing number sentences with missing numbers and using a part, part, whole model to help us.


Week 1

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

In Literacy this week we have been focusing on writing poems using descriptive language. The children have been performing poems and then using similes to describe chocolate using their senses. On Friday they all wrote a 'I Like Chocolate' poem and the staff were amazed by the creative ideas the children have come up with.

In Maths we have been continuing to focus on addition to 10. We have been focusing on using our skills to answer addition problems. We have also been creating number bonds to 10 using our hands, 10's frame and showing them on a ladybird.

Also this week we have been practising to log on and off the laptops safely and have started to work on our touch pad skills by creating different coloured lines on the 2Simple program and inserting and dragging shapes to create a picture using paint.

Term 2

Week 6

What a fantastic week we have had this week! Year 1 and 2 have been practising really hard and finally we have been able to perform our Christmas Production. The children really enjoyed performing this in front of their parents and grandparents.


Week 5

We have really been practising our nativity this week! We have been going into the hall every single day to say our lines and sing our songs. We are really excited to show you all our hard work! We are sure you will love it!

We were lucky enough to have a visit from a theatre company this week who retold the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'. They were so funny! We really enjoyed it; they made us laugh a lot!

Week 4

What a busy week! We have been practising our nativity concert and learning all our songs! We hope you are going to enjoy it!  In Maths we have been learning to take a whole number and split it into parts and we call it the 'part, part, whole model'. It is to help us recognise that adding parts together make a whole.  In Literacy we have been writing about the Christmas story. We have written a story mountain to help us identify the beginning, middle and end of a story. Our writing is fantastic!  

Lulworth - please check your homework books for information on your concert costumes.

Corfe - this year we are all angels in the nativity. Please can you provide a labelled costume with a white t-shirt and leggings or dress with a tinsel halo/wings. We do have a few spare costumes if you need one. Please let us know asap.

Week 2

This week we have been learning all about Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. In Literacy this week we have been trying to imagine what it was like to be a soldier in the war. We have been hot seating and asking each other questions and writing the answers in groups. We have also written our own letters home from the war describing how we felt if we were there.

In Maths we have been continuing our topic of 'greater than' and 'smaller than' and we are now really confident in it. We can order up to three numbers and put the correct operation in the middle of them! 

This week we have continued our learning on Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot. We have made our very own fireworks pictures by mixing paints and blowing with straws to create fireworks. We added glitter to make them sparkle, just like the real thing. It was very messy but our pictures look really good!

Week 1

Welcome back! We have been back in full flow this week, learning lots of new things.

In Literacy we have been learning about Diwali and its traditions. Did you know Diwali is the Festival of Lights? We watched videos showing us all about party clothes, Diva Lamps and all the wonderful food! We then discussed what the word 'fact' means. We created our own fact sheets all about Diwali. We have also been continuing to blend and segment words in our phonic sessions to become even better readers!

In Maths we have been learning to use new vocabulary such as 'greater than' and 'fewer than'. We then used the symbols < and >. We really enjoyed it! We played lots of games to make sure we understood it really well.

We have also been learning about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot! This term we are going to find out about lots of different celebrations. It is really exciting!

Just a little reminder, please can you bring warm outdoor PE kits and trainers as it is getting a little colder outside.


Week 6

Yet another busy week in Lulworth and Corfe.

In literacy we have been looking at the structure of our class story. First we completed a story mountain identifying the beginning, middle and end of a story. Then we discussed and wrote alternative problems that Pirate Jed might have had when trying to find a house on the land. Then we started to think about a different setting and used adjectives in sentences to describe them. Finally we used our phonic knowledge to create a word bank of pirate words that we may want to use in our stories next week. In maths we have continued to focus on number and place value. This week we have turned our focus onto looking at one more and one less that numbers up to 10. We have explored this using objects, numerals and words to show a deeper understanding.

Pirate Pete has written to us again! He was so amazing at our detailed labels and explanations of the different parts of a ship that he needed our help again. He wanted to sail his ships across the five oceans but was not sure of their names. We used a map of the world to identify the five oceans and even coloured some of the countries to help Pirate Pete.

We have been amazed by the amount of effort the children are continuing to show in their homework and reading. Please make sure their reading records are in school every day so we can change any books. We look forward to meeting as many people next week at the parent/ carer consultations on Tuesday and Wednesday - if you haven't made your appointment yet, there's still time. 

Week 5

We've had another visit from Pirate Pete this week. He explained that he found so much treasure that he needed to build a new ship. However, his new shipmates did not know what parts of the ship were called. So we helped him label parts of the ships and say what they were used for. We particularly liked labelling the crow's nest as that helped pirates find the treasure! In literacy we have been focusing on the story 'A New Home for a Pirate'. This story is about a boy called Jed who doesn't want to be living on a ship anymore and longs for a 'home with a view of the hills and a roof as blue as the sky'. We have been creating story maps, describing the characters and sequencing a story using full sentences. In maths we have been working on showing number using words and objects.

Week 4

Another really busy week in Lulworth and Corfe!  In literacy we have created our pirate poems using words ending in the suffixes -er and -est. We described what Pirate Pete was like on all the days of the week. The children worked really hard and have created some amazing poems. In maths we have continued to focus on number by looking at how we can represent numbers in various ways. Pirate Pete wrote to us again this week, needing our help. He found out that a new pirate was in town and wanted to steal his treasure so we created a fact page for him to describe what the new pirate was like.


Week 3

Wow! We cannot believe another week has gone by already. We have continued to be very busy in Corfe and Lulworth, looking at words that rhyme in literacy and have been making rhyming strings to use in our writing. We are continuing to focus on number and place value in maths. We have been placing numbers in the correct order and playing games that involve us hiding numbers and our partners needing to work out which numbers we have taken, with the aid of a number line and some cubes. In Inquiry we have continued to help Pirate Pete. This week we have been drawing items on a map and writing the coordinates for where they are. In Science we have been sorting and naming different animals.

Thank you so much for helping the children keep up with the homework; we are really impressed with the amount of effort children are putting into completing their spelling sheets. We have now given out Reading Records, so we look forward to reading comments and changing books on a regular basis.

Mrs Lake, Mrs Lewis-Zdybel and Mrs Scrine


Week 2

What another busy week we have had in Corfe and Lulworth. On Monday, Pirate Pete came to visit us and left our classrooms in a complete mess! We search the school for clues as to who it might be and found lots of his things scattered around the school. We also found a map but had to become pirates to find the treasure. We then spent the rest of the morning creating items to turn us into pirates. In the afternoon we followed clues around the school and finally found the missing treasure! We then set about building ships to carry us and the treasure across the sea. Following on from our WOW Day, we then created maps and labelled places to help Pirate Pete navigate his ships across our playground. In literacy this week we have been writing captions to describe a pirate, focusing on carefully sounding each word, remembering our capital letters and full stops. 


Week 1

Welcome to Year 1!  What an amazing first week we have had in Lulworth and Corfe. The children have enjoyed making new friends and having lessons together in their class. This week we have been creating our Golden Rules for each class and have made a star to say that we promise to follow them.

We look forward to meeting lots of parents next week at 'Back to School Night' from 6.00 to 8.00 pm on Wednesday, 13 September.  This will provide you with more information about what happens in Year 1 and all the important information you need to know about Homework and Reading. On Friday next week, Homework and reading books will be handed out to each child and we will explain more in next week's Blog.

Mrs Lake, Mrs Lewis-Zdybel and Miss Scrine

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