We are a Year 1 class full of enthusiastic learners and big smiles. Our class teacher is Miss Gemma Lilly and we are supported in our learning by our class Teaching Assistant, Mrs Ward.
It's been a strange year with children in and out for self-isolation and lockdown, but we're delighted to have everyone back in school at the moment!
Our new topic is 'Under the Sea' and we've already made a great start reflecting on what we already know, asking questions about what we'd like to find out next and beginning our research on oceans and marine habitats around the world.
If you're having trouble accessing anything, think we've missed anything, have any questions or would just like to check in about something, please feel free to get in touch via the class email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We follow the National Curriculum, with our learning themed around topics that make links between different subject areas. You can learn about each year group's topic themes for each half term by clicking on the curriculum overview under the curriculum section of the website, and if you would like to know more about our topic in Pear Tree Class this half term, you can download the topic web below.
We learn about all the core and foundation subjects of the National Curriculum: English, Maths, Science, PE, History, Geography, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology and Music. Although we're not required to learn a modern foreign language in KS1, we have Spanish lessons each week to introduce us to the language. We also learn about and from other religions in our RE lessons, based on the Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus, and about other useful life skills in PSHE, using the Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Programme. More information about each subject is also available under the 'Curriculum' area of the website.
Life in Pear Tree Class
In Pear Tree Class we are friendly, inquisitive and enthusiastic. We take pride in our achievements and we are always excited to learn and share our knowledge. We value everyone for who they are and we have lots of fun together! It's important to us that everyone feels safe and happy about the classroom and their learning, so if you have anything you're worried or unsure about, please let Miss Lilly or Mrs Ward know (even if it's just a little thing!) and we'll do what we can to help.
We usually learn Maths and English (including phonics and spellings) in the mornings and foundation subjects in the afternoons.
In Maths lessons, we use the White Rose scheme of work to support fluency, reasoning and problem-solving in all areas of the subject. Homework each Friday is linked to our maths learning.
All children in KS1 have weekly spellings, which we send home on Wednesdays to learn for our spelling test the following week. Miss Lilly, Mrs Ward and Mrs Shepperson use the results to assess how well phonics knowledge is embedded and which sounds/common exception words need more practice.
We like to hear about what everyone has been doing outside of school, which is why we have 'Show and Tell' every Friday afternoon. Everyone in the class a chance to show and/or tell us about something every week, and we're always happy to to hear the 'tell' part even if children forget to bring something to show!
Although we weren't able to be together in person during lockdown, we enjoyed seeing each other on video calls and sharing our ideas on Teams. Here is our online display board for a quick snapshot of some of our learning from last term:
These links were originally set up for remote learning during lockdown in March, but you may find them useful now - I do try to check the links up to date! As always, please feel free to dip into anything useful and ignore the rest.
https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/libraries-leisure-culture/libraries/library-news - information on library reopenings.
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/english-school-closure-home-learning-classroom-management-key-stage-1-year-1-year-2/story-packs-school-closure-home-learning-classroom-management-key-stage-1-year-1-year-2/penguin-story-packs-story-packs-english-school-closure-home-learning-classroom-management-key-stage-1-year-1-year-2 - Puffin Books story packs have stories and linked activities, a bit like Guided Reading.
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ - ebooks and phonics resources. Click on ‘My class login’ to access the ebook library (please email for login details).
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources - phonics activities and games for all levels. Some are limited to subscribers only but many are freely available. If you’re not sure what level to start on, just ask!
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/about-the-game - phonics game that progressively builds skills (email for login details if you’d like to try it out).
https://www.youtube.com/user/puffinbooks1/playlists?view=50&sort=dd&shelf_id=23 - Puffin Storytime playlists for a range of ages, usually read by the authors/illustrators.
https://stories.audible.com/discovery - audio books for all ages.
https://www.letterjoin.co.uk/log-in.html - handwriting practice (please email for login details).
https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/ - Resources to access the White Rose scheme of learning we use in school. Question sheets linked to the videos will be emailed out.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button - a range of arithmetic challenges including doubling and number bonds.
https://nrich.maths.org/primary - practical activities and games to embed understanding of key concepts and develop reasoning & problem-solving skills.
https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Learner_Maths_Y1_W6-10.pdf - good for encouraging deeper understanding, reasoning and problem solving, particularly for children who rush quickly through simple fluency questions to slow down, find working strategies and develop their learning further.
https://www.cambslearntogether.co.uk/home-learning/challenges - indoor and outdoor maths challenges from the Cambs Maths Team. A collection of challenges to practise maths in fun and practical ways
https://cambridgemathshub.org/year-1-2 - from the same team, this has links to individual activities for each age group, including an overview of the type of activity/maths content, a summary of what to do and a list of the resources you’ll need. Great if you’re looking for a quick activity to extend what you’ve just been learning about or add an extra bit of maths practice to your day.
https://www.purplemash.com/sch/meridian-cb23 - our school's online computing learning platform (please email for login details). As well as accessing our weekly lessons, you can find many cross-curricular games and activities to try.
https://www.singup.org/singupathome - resources from our music programme, SingUp, that can be used at home.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBuxu3sLztrvWFehzv-LnR2c – Joe Wicks’ 5 minute workout videos. We often use them for warm-ups or learning breaks.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k – Joe Wick’s kids’ workouts to do at home.
https://cosmickids.com/watch/ - Kids' Yoga
https://www.nhs.uk/change4life - NHS advice on physical and emotional wellbeing
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-collection/zbr4scw - BBC Supermovers
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/pshe-early-years-foundation-stage-ks1-feeling-better/zm2st39 - BBC videos about identifying and dealing with emotions, aimed at KS1 and EYFS.
https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus-A-Book-for-Children.pdf - a way to talk to children about Coronavirus.
https://www.strengtheningminds.co.uk/ - this page includes a link to the Strengthening Minds ebook: Staying Home in Style!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zjpqqp3/year-1-lessons/1 - BBC Bitesize lessons