Class Information

Welcome Back To School Year 1!
Year 1 Teachers - Mrs Rebecca Olive & Mrs Fleur McPherson
Year 1 Teaching Assistants- Mrs Addey, Mrs Averre and Mrs Cross.
                       Year 1 Teacher Book Recommendations !
               This week Mrs Olive recommends:
                 "The Other Ark"  by Lynley Dodd 
Noah has filled his ark but there's still some animals waiting to be collected. Find out in this beautifully written poem, what happens to the animals Noah left behind. There were candy- striped camels and burrowing flumps!
Supporting your child at home 
There are lots of ways you can support learning at home by reading together, playing card games, dice  games, dominoes and board games , baking, creating or just going for a walk and chatting about what they can see and hear around them.
Please visit the Year 1 "letters and overviews" page for information on this term's learning . There is also a  "maths overview" with lots of fun ways to support maths learning  at home.
Show and Tell homework is carefully planned to help you support your child with current topic, science literacy or maths learning.
Please also look at the reading power point below. It gives you a step by step guide to help support your child's reading at home.
Thank you for your invaluable support. Children learn more quickly when we all work together.
A Cornish Harvest 
By Year 1
  Welcome to Year 1 Autumn Term
"Cornish Myths and Legends"
Bolster the giant
Welcome to your new class. We hope you all had a restful Summer break. We are so looking forward to seeing you all and starting our topic "Cornish Myths and Legends".
JBA - Plush Cornish Piskie 36cm
During our first week we will be launching our topic, including fun and exciting learning activities all about Cornish Giants from long, long ago.This learning will lead into work about how myths and legends are written in a similar style to Traditional Stories and Fairy Tales.
In Literacy we will read, retell and study many Cornish stories about giants, piskies and mermaids. We will use maps to locate the Cornish landmarks found in the stories and learn how to create our own maps.
Mermaid Malena - Home | Facebook
Maths learning will focus on counting, number recognition and place value. Please see our "Maths Overview" for more detail and ideas on how to support your child at home.
In October we will be celebrating a Cornish Harvest and will harvest our own apples from Kea School orchard. We will also donate food to our local food bank.
Harvest Blog: October to November 2015 – Starbeck Methodist Church
Our Science topic will be a study of seasons and seasonal changes relating to the weather and its effects on the environment.Seasons ( Read ) | Earth Science | CK-12 Foundation
PE days are Wednesdays and Fridays.
Please bring in a pair of named plimsoles or trainers for PE . These will stay in school for PE lessons. We will stay in our school uniform for PE lessons so you do not need to bring in PE kit. Girls may choose to wear trousers, jogging bottoms or leggings to school(black or grey only) rather than skirts or pinafores on their PE day.
This term you will need to bring to school:
  • A named water bottle
  • A named coat
  • Named plimsoles or trainers to stay in school for PE lessons. 
  • A named sunhat and sunscreen (or come to school with sunscreen already applied)
  • Fruit will be provided for a morning snack or you can bring your own healthy snack (a piece of cheese, plain biscuit or your own fruit)
   Please DO NOT bring in toys, games
or stationary from home.
We look forward to sharing our work with you on this page.
Cornish  Giants
We are learning about Cormoran the giant in the Cornish legend of St Michael's Mount. Look at our story map and collage work that tells the story...
Who was Bolster? According to Cornish legend Bolster was a fierce giant who terrified the people of St Agnes . He fell in love with a beautiful lady called Agnes who managed to rid St Agnes of this cruel giant. Read our poems below for  some great descriptions of Bolster!
In maths we are learning to compare groups of numbers and numbers. We are using the language "more than" and "less than" to make our comparisons
Here are some examples of work from last year's Year 1 class...
Spring Term 2 2020-"Around My School"
This term our topic is "Around My School". We will explore in and around our school grounds and the surrounding area. We will create our own simple maps and follow directions using maps of our playground and the route from school to Playing Place. Whilst exploring our surroundings , we will name and identify human features such as houses, school buildings, farms, shops and the church. We will also observe physical features , such as hills, valleys and rivers. We will have fun following treasure maps around school and creating our own Easter hunt . Our learning will also extend to identifying and locating Truro, Cornwall and the four countries of the UK on printed maps and satellite maps. Towards the end of the term will be a celebrating Easter with a visit to Kea Church to learn more about how Christians celebrate Easter and why the Easter story is so important to the Christian Church. 
In literacy we will be reading and writing stories with predictable patterns and language, such as "Room on the Broom" and "We're Going on a Bear Hunt". We will write our own bear hunt stories based around school, overcoming all sorts of imaginative obstacles! With the arrival of Spring we will be reading a range of poetry using senses so that we can compose our own "Spring Poems".
Our maths focus is finding the difference between two numbers , place value of numbers to 20 and directional language , such as  left and right . whole, half and quarter , clockwise and anti clockwise turns.
Our maths KIRFs this term are addition and subtraction facts for numbers 0-10.
For more details, please visit our "letters and overviews" section to view our topic overview, listing specific subjects. Please also look at our maths overview, which gives lots of ideas to support your child with this term's maths. 
Which places and features can you see on these maps?
We have been using our subtraction skills to find the difference between two numbers. We used counters and number lines to calculate the "differences. Have a look at our work so far...
In literacy we are reading and exploring stories with predictable patterns and phrases. We have read,      "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" and identified the repeating phrases. We have learned the story and then changed parts of it to create our own stories with patterned language. We will add these to this page when we have finished them.
Here are some other stories with predictable patterns...
Spring Term 1 2020-"Heroes From The Past"
                                                Grace Darling
We have been learning about Grace Darling. We started by looking at this painting of Grace rowing her wooden boat through the stormy seas. We asked questions about the picture and then used information from power points, books and stories to find out the answers. 
We listened to the story of the rescue that made Grace so famous and retold the story with pictures. 
       Look at our amazing Art
We have looked closely at shapes and have learned how to draw lighthouses and boats using our observational and fine motor skills
                                            Literacy-Traditional Tales
We have been reading and retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have learned about the features of Traditional Tales and we have read lots of tales at story time and in our guided reading groups. We have used 2A sentences to describe the characters in the story and we have worked hard to extend some of our sentences with "and", "but" "so".  We have changed parts of the story to include our own ideas. Read on to see what grew from the magic beans, it wasn't a beanstalk in our stories!!!
                               Celebrating "Heroes from the past"
On the final day of our topic , we joined Year 2 in dressing up as our chosen hero from the past. We welcomed:Grace Darling, Florence Nightingale, James Cook, Christopher Columbus, Boudicca, Marie Curie, Sir Stanley Matthews, Bobby Charlton and Sir David Attenburgh to name but a few! The children designed bank notes and postage stamps to celebrate their hero and were able to  explain to other children when, how and why they became famous. In the afternoon we presented our iMovie, depicting the story of Boudicca, to the KS2 classes. KS2 then treated us to a delicious Roman banquet. It was a brilliant celebration of a so many amazing heroes.
Our amazing work from Autumn Term 1 and Autumn Term 2 ...
Autumn 2 -Festivals and Faiths
Last week Year 1 performed in our KS1 Nativity , "Baubles". They danced as "deep-a-sleepy sheep" and travelling townspeople. The children sang their hearts out and danced with enormous enthusiasm. It was an amazing performance!
This term we are reading and writing poetry. We have read poems that paint a picture in our minds, rhyming poems, rhythmic poems and poems that make us giggle! We read this firework poem and used it to inspire us to write our own firework poems.

Bang wiz pop fizz sparkle in the night,
Woosh  boom wriggle zoom high up like a kite.

Spin splash spark lash  what a pretty sight,
Zoom  crash  color  clash exploding with all its might.


Paris Tomlinson Womack (Picky Paris)


In  this poem, Paris uses adjectives to describe the fireworks.

We used this idea in our own Firework poems.

Next we are going to try using similes in our Diwali poems.

                                                     A Day with Daya!
Last week we invited Daya to visit Kea School. In Year 1 Daya taught us about Hinduism and the Diwali festival.
We learned how Hindus worship and we acted out Hind Puja. We started by dressing up in traditional Indian dress. Then we showed respect by removing our shoes . We rang the bell on the Puja tray to wake up the gods before Daya applied the red kum kum powder to our foreheads. The powder represented our third eye that looked into our thinking brain. We sat quietly for a while ,relaxing to the music and thinking good thoughts. Finally we learned some Indian dances!
In the afternoon we tasted Indian sweets and dahl and learned how to make chapatis . They were delicious!
We had lots of fun and we learned so much. Enormous thanks to the lovely Daya and to Kea School Friends for their funding!
The Part Whole Model 
In maths we are learning to partition a whole number into two parts. We can use a part whole model to work out additions, subtractions and missing numbers.We can represent a whole number with counters and then move the counters into 2 parts.Look at our "Part Whole" work below:
Autumn Term 1-"Houses and Homes"
                                           Literacy - The Three Little Pigs
We are learning to tell "Traditional Tales" using a story map. We are retelling and writing the story of "The Three Little Pigs" . 
Watch this space for some of our writing...
                                                Maths- Sorting and Classifying
We are learning to sort and classify objects into 2 groups. 
We sorted cubes into colour groups, pegs and cubes into "pegs and cubes" groups and we even sorted our friends into groups. 
Can you classify some of the groups we have made ?   
We have been solving problems and proving our answers. Look at the different ways we thought of to prove that 4 is 1 more than 3.     
This term we are practising our number bonds to 5.
eg   ? +  4 = 5  , 5 = 3 + ?,  0 + ? = 5
Topic -Houses from a long time ago
In our topic lessons we are learning about houses from a long time ago. We used pictures and models to find out about some of the first houses built. We learned that these houses were made of stone, not bricks and the roofs were made of straw, called “thatch”. These houses were called “round houses”. We made our own roundhouses and thought about 2D and 3D shapes at the same time. We rolled a rectangular piece of paper into a cylinder shape and circular piece of paper into a cone shape.
We have been learning about Victorian houses too. We looked at the differences between the rooms inside a house in the Victorian times and the houses we live in today. We are looking forward to seeing some of these at Lanhydrock House.
 During our "Challenge Time" we have been creating houses for the future, sand houses ,bug houses and luxury lego houses with a swimming pool!
                                                    Lanhydrock House

On Monday 7th October, we visited Lanhydrock House. We stepped back in time  and discovered what life would have been like in a Victorian house. We looked around the vast kitchens and found out how food was cooked and preserved before the luxury of electricity. We wandered around the stately family rooms, admiring the beautiful furniture and décor. Finally, we visited the School Room and Nursery where we wrote on slates and played Victorian games, such as skittles and cup and ball. The children have learned so much and we are now applying our learning as we make our Victorian model house.

We looked closely at the furniture and decorations in the rooms at Lanhydrock House. We applied our learning to our designs and models of Victorian rooms. We opened our classroom as a "Museum of Victorian Rooms" and acted as museum guides to teach our visitors about what it would have been like to live in a Victorian house.  
Please watch our virtual tour of some of the rooms in Lanhydrock House...
 Harvesting Apples
Year 1 have been picking apples from our school orchard. We looked closely at each apple tree and noticed the apples looked different. We realised that not all apples are the same, there are lots of different varieties. We took our apples back to class to sort into groups according to their variety. We then peeled and chopped our apples ready to use in our baking. The next day we made apple cakes. We measured and mixed the ingredients and added our apple chunks. Our cakes were absolutely delicious!!!