Grange Valley Primary School & Nursery

Inspire to guide, challenge and achieve

Heyes Avenue, Haydock, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0XQ

grangevalley@sthelens.org.uk

01744 678300

Welcome to Miss Golding's Year 1 blog

 

Week beginning 25.9.2017

This week as part of our Geography topic on weather we learnt about weather forecasting. We looked at the different weather symbols and  discussed their meanings, then in groups the children planned and presented their own UK weather forecasts to the rest of the class.

Our work on weather is closely linked to our science topic on seasons. This week in science we learnt about how the changing weather effects plants and trees. The children produced some beautiful artwork showing how trees change through the seasons. Next week the children will be going on an Autumn walk to observe the signs of Autumn.

Reminders 

The children will need to bring in suitable clothing for our Autumn walk on Monday. Ideally a warm coat and wellies.

Week beginning 2.10.2017

We have been very busy in year one this week! The children thoroughly enjoyed their Autumn walk on Tuesday, they found many signs of Autumn around our school and then later in the week they made wonderful bookmarks with the lovely leaves that they had collected.

We also took part in 'No Pens Day Wednesday' to focus on learning through speaking and listening. The children brought in special belongings to 'show and tell' and we celebrated each other's special moments. The children did exceptionally  well, speaking so confidently in front of the class, listening to others and asking thoughtful questions!

 

This week we have started our new English unit on the book 'Wombat Goes Walkabout' by Michael Morpurgo. The children really enjoyed listening to the story and learning about a number of Australian animals. The children discussed in their groups their favourite animals and wrote some fantastic sentences about why they like them! The children have also started to write their own versions of the story, using some super adjectives.

The children have also been very busy practicing for our upcoming Diwali assembly. Next week we will continue the preparations and the children will be learning more about Indian art and food.

 

Reminders  

Diwali assembly - Thursday 19th at 2.30pm 

Week beginning 20.10.17

This week has been all about Diwali in year one. The children have used clay to make their own diva lamps. They have created some beautiful  artwork including rangoli patterns and mendhi designs. The children have also made barfi and sampled some other Indian foods. However, the highlight of the week was the amazing assembly the children took part in, they worked so hard and we are very proud of them!

Congratulations to this weeks award winners!

Gold - Maddison Park

Silver - Alishia Devine-Mills

Bronze - Isobella Simpson

Writer of the week - Tyler Speakman

Reminders

Ugly bug ball (£3) - Friday 3rd November

 

Week beginning 30.10.2017

This week in English we have been learning about instructions. The children have followed instructions to make fruit kebabs and rice crispy cakes. They have also looked at the layout and features of instructions and learnt how to write instructions using imperative verbs! 

To end the week we have all had lots of fun at the 'Ugly Bug Ball'. The children looked great in their costumes!

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

 Gold -  Willow Hewitt

Silver - Riley Prescott

Bronze -  Max Broughton

Writer of the week - Phoebe Howarth

Reminders

Flu spray - Tuesday 7th November

 

Week beginning 6.11.2017

We have had a brilliant week in Year one this week. In English we introduced our new topic on traditional tales which we are basing on the story of 'Pinocchio'. We really enjoyed listening to the story and had lots of fun learning about different types of puppets, we also had a go at making our own puppets! 

In maths we have finished our unit on subtraction within 10, the children are now quite confident in using different methods such as subtracting by crossing out, using number bonds and a number line. 

On Wednesday we had our first African drumming session with Mr Pope, which was absolutely fantastic. We all got the chance to play the drums and we learnt that the real name for an African drum is a djembe!

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

Gold - Pearl Melia

Silver - Alex Lawrenson

Bronze - Cohen Dolan

Writer of the week - I

Reminders

Parents evening week - w/c 13th November

 

Week beginning 17.11.2017

This week in English we have continued our work on 'Pinocchio'. The children have written some beautiful sentences which have included, adjectives, time adverbs and repetition for effect.

In maths we have revised our learning on addition and subtraction and next week we will be starting a new unit on ordinal numbers.

Also this week as part of anti bullying week the children have taken part in a learning council debate around the issue of bullying.

Attendance 96.67%

Congratulations to this weeks award winners! 

Gold - Summer Latham

Silver - Finlay Butler

Bronze - Frankie Murray

Writer of the week - Scarlett Barmby

Week beginning 20.11.2017

Another busy week for year one this week as rehearsals for our nativity have begun. The children have worked really hard and the performance is looking great!

In English we have written some more fantastic sentences based on the Pinocchio story,  one of the things we have learnt this week is how to use a simile.

We started our maths unit on ordinal numbers with some fun races on the play ground. The children really enjoyed this and were brilliant at using positional language. 

The children have also been using scientific enquiry to learn about their five senses.

Attendance 98.0%

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

Gold - Finley Foster

Silver - William Price

Bronze - Kacey Carter

Writer of the week - Lilly-Rose Ellis

Mathematician of the week - Willow Hewitt

Reader of the week - Amelia Davies

Reminders

Pantomime £4 - Thursday 30th November

Nativity Tuesday 5th December 9.30am and 2.15pm

 

Week beginning 1.12.2017

This week in English we have finished our unit on traditional tales and the children have all written their own wonderful versions of the story Pinocchio.  In their stories the children have included lots of what we have learnt over the past couple of weeks, like adjectives, repetition for effect and familiar story telling language.

On Thursday the children watched a pantomime production of Robin Hood, which was enjoyed by all. The children were singing and dancing and laughed from start to finish! It was absolutely brilliant!

Attendance 94.0%

Congratulations to this week's award winners

Gold - Amelia Davies

Silver - Ayda Moss

Bronze - Lilly-Rose Ellis

Writer of the week - Cohen Dolan

Mathematician of the week - Scarlett Barmby

Reader of the week - Isla Woods

Reminders

 Nativity - Tuesday 5th December 9.30am and 2.15pm

Christmas Bingo - Wednesday 6th December 5.00pm

Week beginning 4.12.2017

What a festive week we've had in Year one this week! On Tuesday we put on two performances of our nativity. The children were fabulous, they remembered all their lines, all the words to the songs and did some super acting! 

Our role play area has turned into Santa's workshop this week, so the children have been busy making and wrapping the presents! 

We have also learnt about how Christmas is celebrated in Spain and on Friday we took part in 'All around the world at Christmas'. We visited Year four and taught them all about Christmas in Spain and in return they taught us all about Christmas in Italy! 

Attendance 96.33%

Congratulations to this week's award winners 

Gold - Sonny Batie

Silver - Amelia Davies

Bronze - Riley Prescott

Writer of the week - Maria Tinsley

Mathematician of the week - Finlay Butler

Reader of the week - Thomas Walsh

Reminders

Church visit - Wednesday 13th December

Christmas hat/jumper day - Friday 15th December

Christmas party Friday - 15th December

week beginning 11.12.2017

Well it has been another fun, festive week for year one this week. In English the children have written and performed some fabulous Christmas poems with super actions! 

On Wednesday we visited Christ church. We did crafts, dressed up in nativity costumes and listened to the Christmas story. The children had a wonderful time.

Friday was our Christmas jumper day in school. In the morning we watched a fantastic puppet show in the hall and in the afternoon we all had lots of fun at our Christmas party, we even had a visit from Santa!

Year one are this weeks attendance award winners with 97.41%. Well done Year one!

Congratulations to this week's award winners

Gold - Spencer McClymont

Silver - Pearl Melia

Bronze - Mia Davies

Writer of the week - Thomas Walsh

Mathematician of the week - Frankie Murray

Reader of the week - Max Broughton 

Reminders

School will close for Christmas Wednesday 20th December

School will re-open Monday 8th January

week beginning 8.01.2018

Happy new year! Hope everyone has had a great Christmas break.

We had a lovely start to our first week back, as Santa left a surprise extra present for year one, their very own Paddington bear to care for! We watched the first ever Paddington that was shown on television, from which we found out that Paddington comes all the way from Peru and he loves marmalade sandwiches! In English we have written a set of instructions to care for Paddington. We sent a postcard to his Aunt Lucy to let her know that he has arrived safely at Grange Valley and we have also written our own stories about Paddington's adventures. 

In maths we have started a new unit on counting to 20, we have learnt how to count on from 10 and we have also been learning how to write numbers to twenty in words.

We finished the week with some Paddington art, we have painted some Paddington faces and made collages with coloured paper. Also as a friday treat for all the hard work we have done, we enjoyed some marmalade sandwiches whilst watching some more of the original Paddington series. 

 

Congratulations to this week's award winners

Gold - Cohen Dolan

Silver - Isla Leach

Bronze - Spencer McClymont

Writer of the week - Summer Latham

Mathematician of the week - Kacey Carter

Reader of the week - Isobella Simpson 

Week beginning 15.01.2018

 

This week in English we introduced our new non-fiction unit on Pirates. We had a great afternoon learning some facts about pirates. The children pretended to be pirates and got under the tables in our classroom to imagine what life would be like in the cramped, smelly living quarters aboard ship! We also learnt a sea shanty. Following this the children wrote some fabulous sentences including adjectives and similes. 

In maths we have continued our learning on counting to 20, next week we will begin a new unit on addition and subtraction within 20. We ended this week with a brilliant debate on 'different families' the children all had lots of lovely ideas about what a family is and how all families are different.

Congratulations to this week's award winners

Gold - Isobella Simpson

Silver - Lilly Ellis

Bronze - William Price

Writer of the week - Riley Prescott

Mathematician of the week - Isla Leach

Reader of the week - Alex Lawrenson

Reminders

 22.01.18 - Library visit (please ensure children have suitable coats and footwear)

 

 

Week beginning 22.01.2018

On Monday we visited Haydock library for a workshop called 'Around the world in different books' . The children had a lovely time, they listened to the story of 'Handa's surprise' and learnt that the story comes from Africa. The children also looked at a number of other books, learnt which countries they came from and found the countries on a globe. 

In English we have continued our unit on pirates and learnt about the different duties they had on the ship. Next week we will write our report including all the facts we have learnt. 

Attendance 97.17%

Congratulations to our award winners

Gold - Willow Hewitt

Silver - Phoebe Howarth

Bronze - Thomas Walsh

Writer of the week - Finlay Butler

Reader of the week -  Lilly-Rose Ellis

Mathematician of the week - Mia Davies

Week beginning 29.01.2018

This week in English the children have completed some amazing writing to end our non-fiction unit on pirates. First they each wrote a message in a bottle, pretending that they were stuck aboard a pirate ship and needed help. They also wrote fantastic non-chronological reports including alliteration and onomatopoeia. 

In maths we started our new unit on addition and subtraction within 20. The children have looked at adding by counting on from the biggest number and adding by making 10.

This week in PE we tried some indoor orienteering, the children were absolutely brilliant at it. They worked in teams using a map and a key to make different patterns with equipment. The children really enjoyed it and the teamwork was excellent! 

 

Attendance - 99.3% We are this week's attendance winners. Well done Year one!

 

Congratulations to this week's award winners

Gold - Isabella Johnson

Silver - Sonny Batie

Bronze - Ayda Moss

Writer of the week - Tyler Speakman

Mathematician of the week - Alishia Devine- Mills

Reader of the week - Finley Foster

Reminders

Wednesday 7th February - Church visit

Friday 23rd February - Valentines disco (£3 to be brought in on the day)

week beginning 5.02.2018

This week in English we have been looking at fantasy stories, the children have written fantastic setting and character descriptions linked to the Trolls movie.

In History we learnt about the Queen's coronation. The children acted out part of the coronation ceremony and made their own coronation crowns.

On Wednesday we had a lovely afternoon at Christ church. Linking with our RE topic on belonging, we went to church to take part in a mock baptism. Children were chosen to take the roles of parents, godparents and the church congregation. The children also did some crafts and learnt about Jesus's baptism.

 

Attendance - 98.0%

 

Congratulations to this week's award winners!

Gold - Maria Tinsley

Silver - Pearl Melia

Bronze - Amelia Davies

Writer of the week - Frankie Murray

Mathematician of the week - Isla Woods

Reader of the week - Max Broughton

Reminders

Friday 23rd February - Valentines disco (£3 to be brought in on the day)