Year 1 Learning – Term 2, Week 6

We will start this weeks blog by saying a huge well done to all the Year 1 members of the choir for their fantastic singing last Wednesday. You were amazing. We look forward to hearing you again on Friday.


We are approaching the end of term and that means we will have lots of exciting Christmas things happening! Here are a reminder of dates that have been shared in the newsletter:

  • Friday 10th December – Salvation Army – Come and sing carols with the Salvation Army Band in the main playground. The choir will also be singing. We shall start from gates opening at pick up time. All welcome to ‘linger after you have picked up your children from the classroom.
  • Tuesday 14th December – Children will be visiting St Peter’s Church, please ensure they have coats (and every day as we aim to get outside as much as possible).
  • Tuesday 14th December – Christmas dinner day
  • Thursday 16th December – Christmas parties, please look out for the sign up sheet (this will be on patios) asking for you to contribute food towards this. We usually ask parents to sign up to each bring a different food from the list, which we then share between all the children, so please remember we are a no nuts school. Also please name any containers you may use so that we can return them to you. Children can also wear party clothes to school on this day.
  • Friday 17th December – Christmas Jumper Day – Donations to FHIS for this
  • Friday 17th December – Last day of term

Street Advent Trail – Henleaze Infant School installation 2021 – Snowflake Challenge
We are once again joining in with the Cairns Road Baptist Church Street Advent Trail. This year it is running for 2 weeks starting from 11th Dec, with each entry having a carol theme. Ours is “In the Bleak Midwinter” so we would like to have a string of snowflakes made by children along our hedge.

Here is a link to some ideas –  Snowflake craft ideas.

 Remember that they will be outside so try to make your snowflake as weatherproof as possible! We would also ask everyone to consider using environmentally friendly materials as much as possible – eg wooden lolly sticks or twigs painted white, and wool or feathers securely attached. Any contributions need to be brought in to school by Friday 10th December. Please note that we will be unable to return all the snowflakes – so maybe make an extra one if you want one to have at home!


You will find below a grid showing the sessions to be taught each week. They do not exactly follow days as each class has different sessions due to support and PE times being different but it allows you to see the week as a snapshot of sessions.

A link to plans and resources if you are needing to self-isolate can be accessed HERE.

This week’s recorded assembly can be accessed here.

Phonics for the week can be accessed here… u_e (flute) &  u_e (cube)

Daily Well Being Activities

Monday – Connect – Make a picture or card to give to a friend
Tuesday – Take Notice- When you are outside, notice the changes as the season becomes winter
Wednesday – Be Active – Christmas Cosmic Yoga
Thursday – Keep Learning –
What made you smile today? Can you tell a Christmas joke?
Friday – Give –  
Choose someone in the circle (or in your home) to say something kind to

English – Phonics

Phonics: New Phase Teaching – Phase 5. Focus GPCs:

u_e Making 2 different sounds, as in flute (‘oo’ sound) and cube (‘yoo’ sound).  (Split Digraph)

CEW to read and spell: asked
Other words to read and spell:  June   use   used  once   school

Sounds and Keyword books- children will write in these sounds and keywords – Differentiated where necessary. Please use the books for the children to practice in. Guidance is in the front of your child’s book.

English – Writing

Vocabulary: adjective, verb, noun, phoneme, sounds, blend, letter name, word, sentence, full stop, question mark, Conjunction

Session 1: Give instructions on how to draw something to the class and let them draw it – compare pictures. Why are they all different? It is important that you are very clear about what to do when giving instructions. Improve the instructions together. e.g. add in colours, size and prepositional language. Choose a child – show the rest of the class a picture but not the child who will then need to draw it from verbal instructions the other children give. (Could also do this in pairs if you wished.).
Plenary: Jam sandwich instructions video (You tube)

Session 2: Write simple numbered instructions for a friend or bee bot on how to get somewhere (c/c maths last week). Talk about imperative verbs needed (go, walk, turn) and the importance of specifying a number of steps and directions (left right forward backward). 

Session 3: Make Peppermint Creams. Read and follow written instructions. At the end of the session, make any changes to the instructions that could make them clearer. Take photos which can be used in tomorrow’s write ups.

Session 4: Writing peppermint cream recipe instructions. List imperative verbs needed (add, mix, stir, pour, measure, weigh etc) on the working wall. Include an ingredients list to start and number the instructions. B: instructions cut up to order. M: Include sequencing words ‘first, next etc’. X: Extend instructions with their own idea of how to decorate the peppermint creams/how to wrap them as a present (gift tag etc). 

Handwriting: Correct formation of the graphemes and CEW for spelling listed above through the use of our 4 formation families.
Complete a dictated sentence:  ‘When will the people go to rescue the scout?’

English – Reading

  • Read as part of a group. Look at front cover details and explore making predictions, using phonetic knowledge to decode unknown words and to extend vocabulary. Read aloud and look at increasing fluency and use discussion as a group to discuss comprehension.
  • In reading groups, continue to continue on phonic and CEW recognition gaps identified.
  • Whole Class – Planned story sessions each day.

Maths- 2d and 3d Shape

Learning Objectives: 

  • To recognise and name 2D shapes
  • To describe 2D shapes using mathematical vocabulary
  • To recognise and name 3D shapes
  • To describe 3D shapes using mathematical vocabulary, such as edges, corners, faces, flat, curved
  • To sort 2D and 3D shapes in different ways using 1 criterion
  • To reason about and solve problems relating to shape., including rolling

We will be looking at naming and recognising both 2D and 3D shapes this week. We will be sorting them in different ways according to different criteria, such as having curved faces or 2D/3D or number of corners or whether they roll. We will be practising the correct mathematical vocabulary to describe the properties of both 2D and 3D shape, using stem sentences such as:
For 2D shapes:
It has … vertices/vertex (corners)
It has … edges (sides).
For 3D shapes:
It has … faces.
It has …. vertices/vertex (corners).
It has … edges
We will also describe the shape of the faces on the 3D shapes using 2D shape names, e.g. ‘A cube has 6 square shaped faces’. We will also use the vocabulary curved and straight to describe the edges and faces.

We will also be using 2D shapes to make christmas pictures for cards.

Wider Curriculum

PE- SHINE Outside Session 

Jasmine PE
Social Learning Objective:
I can work sensibly with others taking turns and sharing
I can help, praise and encourage others in their learning
Skills – static balance seated, children will learn to perform a variety of seated balances and hold for an increasing length of time.

Learning Objective:
I can gather and record data to help with answering questions and I can observe and describe weather associated with the seasons.
We will use our weather chart daily to collect and record data and make observations.

Learning Objective:
I can select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks and I can build stable structures.
Working in groups, create 3d models of a selection of buildings within Henleaze. 
Learning Objective:
I can communicate geographical information through maps.
Following on from mapping our classrooms, our trip to St Peter’s Church and our journeys to school, we will draw a map of Henleaze after last week’s work of Beegu’s journey around Henleaze.

R+WV (Formally known as RE) – Discussion: Our family celebrations in the Christmas holidays. What do you do at Christmas?

Learning Objective:
I can use colour, pattern, line, shape and form in the art I create
Create cards using 2D shapes

PSHE – Assessments

Computing – Follow unit as on Purple Mash (adapted to suit available hardware and classes ability to work whole class if required)
Using 2Go – children work through the 6 challenges (with 2 additional optional challenge ones) that are set, with additional opportunities to ‘free play’ and experiment with creating their own algorithms. c/c Fits maths position and direction often here too. We also have apps on the iPad that could supplement this.

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