Spring 1 Weeks 1 and 2

posted 19 Jan 2018, 08:49 by Aisling Farrell

We've made a fantastic start to the new year in Y1, looking at migratory and non-migratory birds and thinking of ways we can help those common UK based garden birds! We hope the bird feeders the children have made encourage a few feathery visitors! Our I spy topic will continue next week with a look at seasonal change and the effects of winter on plants.


We've also been practising our subtraction skills, using lots of different equipment to help us. Bead strings, number lines and 100 squares have all been useful and the children have thought hard about which is their favourite tool for taking away and why.

Next week, we'll continue practising the '-' operation but we will look at coins and their value to do this. For example: 

10p - 7p = ?

? = 20p - 3p


We have been looking again at the phase 5 phonics sounds, and the children have loved showing us how well they can sound out and blend words with the ay, ea, ou and ie digraphs in! We will send home some phonics home learning on Monday next week :) 

Our tricky words we have learnt this week are:


We encourage the children to recognise that we can't always sound these words out like other words - they are tricky but we need to learn them!

Just a reminder - links to the phase 5 sounds and how to say these are on the Y1 home page.


We have begun to look at the story of Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne this week. The children have done an excellent job of identifying nouns, verbs and adjectives from the story, and have even wrote some sentences with their own to describe the main events! Here's a link to the video version - Handa's Surprise. Can your child retell the story with the sound on mute?


In conjunction with the independent challenges the children complete in the various areas of the classroom throughout the week, the children will now be encouraged to go back to these areas and 'enrich' their learning further! 

We have a new puppet, Pirate Pete, on board to help encourage the children to think about how they could use their own fantastic ideas to improve their learning or create something new entirely! 

They can then earn bronze coins for good examples of their challenge or enrichment learning, which will go into a treasure chest and once full will lead to a special treat!

The silver coins will be stickers, which are earned by learning being that step up from bronze and brilliant for that individual child.

The gold coins will also be stickers, and will only be given for exceptional or tremendous effort in their learning! 

This will replace the pot of gold certificates and rainbow that the children previously used. 

We hope this will be an exciting and worthwhile change to support the children in discovering a love of learning! 

Please do speak to us if you have any queries or question about this change to the continuous provision.

Have a look at some of our challenge and enrichment learning this week!