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Year 1 - Kingfisher

Welcome to our class page! We hope you enjoy reading about our learning and seeing all of the fantastic things we have been getting up to! 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to one of the Kingfisher team. Thank you for your continued support. 

Miss Fisher, Mrs Head and Mrs Cornish. 

1. Key Information for Kingfisher Class

 

In this section you will find a quick reference guide to your class including your Forest School rotation, letters and uniform requirements. There is also a copy of the welcome booklet for your class - please do refer to it throughout the year because it contains lots of useful information about what to expect in this class, how long homework should take each week, samples of age-appropriate handwriting and more. 

The teaching staff in Kingfisher class are:

 

Miss Jade Fisher

Mrs Jo Head (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Kelly Cornish (Teaching Assistant)

The Welcome Booklet for Kingfisher class is here:

Meet the teacher presentation September 2020

Letters for Kingfisher class can be found here: https://www.bridgewater.herts.sch.uk/year-1-letters/

You can find your child's Forest School Timetable here.

Year 1 Spelling List

Uniform requirements

A full list of the school's uniform requirements is on the school website here. In Year 1, points to note are:

 

Core school uniform No special notes for this class
Bags

1. Book bag with shoulder strap (school logo optional)

2. Drawstring PE bag (school logo optional)

PE / games

Trainers not plimsolls. Football boots may be required for some activities. 

 

 

Home Learning

 

Year 1

1. Reading

2. Spelling task

3. Family Learning to include Maths, Literacy and Creative Learning Tasks

 

1. Daily 10 - minutes

2. Daily practise

3. Weekly

SRE Curriculum

This year we will continue to teach the children using materials from our new Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) scheme. This new edition of ‘Teaching SRE with Confidence in Primary Schools’ reflects the recent developments in SRE and the Science National Curriculum. This resource encourages children to develop the skills of listening, empathy, talking about feelings and relationships with families and friends.

 

All the lessons have a clear structure and are age appropriate. The lesson plans have clear aims and learning outcomes with suggested additional activities and accompanying resources:

 

Year 1: Growing and Caring for Ourselves-

 

Keeping Clean

Growing and Changing

Families and Care

Kingfisher's School Council members

Science with Pebbles the snake! 02/12/20

Our Science topic for the Autumn term is 'Amazing Animals'. Over the past week, we have been looking at habitats and what certain animals need in order to survive, be healthy and grow. We were lucky enough to have a real reptile - Pebbles the snake visit our classroom. Pebbles is owned by Mrs Brown and is a Corn Snake. 

 

Geography

We have been learning about the 7 continents, the North and South Pole and the oceans. We have loved learning a song to help us remember the continents!! 

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Art day 1st December 2020

For our art day, we chose to look at the artist Jo Grundy. We loved her Winter picture and the different tones and textures. We had great fun printing, leaf rubbing and using our eyes carefully to create an observational drawing. 

Monday 23rd November 2020

In PSHE, we have been learning about people who keep us safe in our community and how we can keep ourselves safe. We were lucky enough to have a real fireman come into Kingfisher and talk to us about how to keep safe and what firefighters do. Mrs Kearney from Wagtail very kindly brought in real military uniform for us to try on too. It was SO heavy! 

Maths WB 23/11/20

We have been discovering the difference between greater and smaller numbers. We loved making this practical and turning it into a game! We also practised counting accurately, exploring what more/fewer means and deciding whether there are more or fewer objects. 

 

 

18/11/20 Cross Country

Kingfisher took part in the DSNN virtual Cross Country event this week. It was very muddy but that didn't stop us!! 

18th November 2020

We have been learning about road safety and how to keep safe when crossing the road. We practised this out on our zebra crossing at school.

English WB 16/11/20 - Gruffalo Crumble 

This week, we have started a new book in English - Gruffalo Crumble. Our challenge today was to give our partner a clear instruction, in the hope that they would make the exact same Lego model. We had so much fun! 

ODD SOCKS DAY 2020!

Our PSHE lesson focussed on Anti Bullying Week and what we could do to help others feel included. We loved wearing funky odd socks to school. 

Maths 09/11/2020

In Maths we have been focussing on addition and subtraction using part, part whole models. We practised using giant cherry models and objects from the classroom. We even had a challenge to write a number sentence to match our cherry models and explored part, part, part whole models! 

Children In Need 2020

We had so much fun coming to school in our PJs this year! We cannot wait to find out how much money we raised for Children in Need.

English - Stanley's Stick

Over the past few weeks we have been reading Stanley's Stick. We became real authors and made our very own books. We focussed on writing a sentence with capital letters, fingers spaces and full stops as well as adding adjectives to make our writing more exciting! 

Tuesday 10th November - PSHE 

Today in PSHE, we made Worry Dolls. We spoke about what worries us, who could help us when we feel worried and what feelings worry gives us. We had great fun making our dolls and used lots of art skills too! 

Thursday 5th November 2020

To celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day, the children spent the morning engaging, exploring and learning outside. We focused on adding and subtracting 1/2 more and less to a given number, ordering numbers and looking at extending our vocabulary e.g. plus, add, minus, subtract. 

 

Take a look at our morning; we had SO much fun! 

Wednesday 7th October 

In English, we have started a new class booked called Stanley's Stick by John Hegley. The children loved finding a stick in the woods and then using their imagination to decide what their stick would be! 

They decided to write their sentences on whiteboards; we focused on capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. 

We cannot wait to continue this story and see what else it brings! 

Comfy reading! 02/10/20

Today, we introduced 'comfy reading' in Kingfisher; we loved it!! We took our shoes off, picked a book and relaxed whilst reading! 

What we have been getting up to in Maths

Friday 2nd October 2020

WOW! What a busy start to the term. The children have settled into Year 1 life well and they are enjoying being back at school.

In Maths, we have explored subitising, ordering values, sequencing and looking at our number bonds to 10; we even made a giant tens frame! We have loved exploring the courtyard during our Maths lessons and using real life objects. 

An Autumn walk - 30/09/20

In Science, the children have been exploring their senses. They went on a walk around the field and used some of their senses and found lots of exciting things! We spoke about Autumn and discussed what changes we could see. The children came up with some fantastic words to describe Autumn. 

Maths WB 14/09/20

In Maths, we have been learning our left and right. We have also explored positional language and enjoyed giving our friends lots of bossy directions to follow! 

Kingfisher Class 2020-2021

Welcome back everyone! 

Mrs Head, Mrs Cornish and I would like to welcome you to our class page.

We hope you all had a lovely Summer holiday and we look forward to hearing about all of the exciting things you did. Throughout the year, we will upload photos, information and post about our learning.

We hope to meet you all soon.

Miss Fisher and the Kingfisher team. 

 

NHS and key worker video. By Kingfisher and Wagtail

Our trip to the Sports Centre!

We had lots of fun taking part in the Multi Sports competition on Tuesday 25th February. Everyone took part in lots of fun activities such as: bean bag throwing, speed stacking, football, mini circuits and much more! 

W/B 10.02.20

Kingfisher have had a super exciting week in Science. We've been exploring various materials, looking at their properties, and understanding why different things are made with different materials. We have also been learning how to make predictions and what reflecting on what we would change next time. 

We tested various materials to find out what the most absorbent one was and then put those materials to the test! Take a look at our boats that we made. 

 

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In Maths this week, the children have been exploring odd and even numbers. They have looked at alternating patterns of odd and even numbers and using familiar manipulatives to support their learning. 

W/B 07.02.20

We LOVED making jam sandwiches! In English, we wrote our own instructions on how to make jam sandwiches. We then followed our instructions to make real life jam sandwiches; they were delicious!! 

Cultural and Diversity Week - 27.01.20

Friday 31st - 

We were lucky enough to have a Mummy come in and show Kingfisher and Wagtail Bharatanatyam Indian dancing. We looked at a traditional Indian dance outfit, jewellery, Indian bells and learnt a few dance moves ourselves! We were then lucky enough to taste Indian food and it was super yummy! We ate with our hands and tried new spices and Indian dishes; we especially liked popadums and mango chutney. 

Thursday 30th - 

We have been learning about the animals that live in India. We looked at the Indian elephant and peacocks. We created our own elephant and used oil pastels to create colour peacock feathers. 

Wednesday 29th - 

What a busy day! We had a rotation of activities for the children to explore including: building the Taj Mahal, making mosaics, painting with Indian spices and making colourful rangoli patterns using rice. 

Monday 27th - Year 1 are off to India!! Today, the children fully submersed themselves into Indian life. They learnt a Bollywood dance routine; felt a real life sari; made diva lamps and thought of great questions about things they'd like to find out. 

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W/B 20.01.20 - 

In Maths we have been looking at how numbers - ten to nineteen - are made up of tens and ones and explored place value equipment.

We looked at the number value and explored counting bigger numbers. 

 

 

20.01.20 - 

In English, we have been looking at the story The Three Little Pigs by Ian Beck. We have had lots of fun creating our own houses, retelling the story and writing about the main events of the story. 

06/01/20 - Welcome back and a Happy New Year!! 

Today, the children were practising their ball skills in PE and how to increase their heart rate. What a great way to start the new year! 

 

18/12/19 - 

Christmas Jumper Day - Today the children wore their Christmas jumpers to school and all of the money raised will be donated to the The Hospice of St.Francis. We are feeling super festive in Kingfisher!! 

16/12/19 

IT'S PARTY TIME! Year 1 had a fun-filled afternoon at their end of term Christmas party! The children chose to have a party to celebrate all of their hard work and achievements over the past term. We ate party food, played lots of game and danced all afternoon. Take a look at some of our pictures from the photo booth!

16/12/19

Congratulations!! We are very proud of Violet for receiving a music award in the end of year music assembly. Violet was presented with the award for her outstanding contribution in school; we are all very proud of you!

 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Year 1 have been busy baking Christmas cookies and getting in the Christmas spirit! 

28/11/19

In Kingfisher, we have been learning how to cross the road safely and correctly. We have looked at the Green Cross Code together and safely walked across the zebra crossing at school. The children came up with fantastic rhymes and ways to remember how to cross safely. 

Week beginning: 25/11/19

In Maths this week, we have been exploring more than one quantity through 1:1 correspondence and finding the difference. We have used this to find out 'how many more, fewer or less'. We used the cubes to estimate/measure and then to find the difference. 

WOW day to Whipsnade Zoo! 18/11/19

What a fantastic day Year 1 have had today. For our WOW day this year, we visited Whipsnade Zoo to find out lots of information about the animals that live there. We have been learning about various animals and habitats in Science, so enjoyed extending our knowledge and learning new facts. We loved exploring for the day and seeing our favourite animals. Take a look at our brilliant pictures! 

Children In Need - 15/11/19

To support Children In Need this year, the children wore pyjamas to school and donated £1. We hope we have raised lots of money for such a worthy charity!!

Anti-Bullying Week - 11/11/19

 

For Anti-Bullying Week, Kingfisher class had many discussions about kindness, how to be a good friend and what to do if we have a problem. 

On Tuesday, we wore odd socks to school to celebrate what makes us all unique! We had fab socks in Kingfisher class! 

11/11/19 - Recounts

In English this week, we have been learning about the features of a recount. The children have been looking time adverbs, where to use them in their writing and sequencing them correctly. 

WOW! What a busy first half term. The children have really settled into their new classroom and have transitioned well into Year 1. 

This half term we have been learning lots of new and exciting things.

In English, we have looked at lots of lovely stories. We have focused on 'Wolf Won't Bite' and 'Farmer Duck'. We have been writing our own stories, learning how to structure sentences and building on our vocabulary. 

In Maths this half term,  we have been looking at number bonds to 10, addition and subtraction and ordering numbers by size. The children have been learning mental strategies, as well as using the manipulatives to support their understanding. We have taken our learning outside and used practical maths where possible. 
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