Hello, I'm Miss Wills the Year 1 teacher. Welcome to our class page!

We have had a fantastic start to the school year. The transition from Reception to Year 1 can be difficult but the children have settled in very well and have gained some independence. This is great to see! 

Term 1 

We have learned lots of exciting things already. In our literacy lessons, we have been going on lots of different adventures, just like the character Pip from the story Astromouse. We have travelled to the moon and the zoo. 

In Maths, we have been recognising numbers and completing our number of the day posters. We have also started to recap our number bonds to 10 and started to answer some addition number sentences too. 

We have also started our enquiry. Our Enquiry question this term is: What is the perfect class pet? It would be great to hear some of your ideas of the perfect class pet.

One of the children in our class asked: "Would a crocodile make a good class pet?"

Another child replied with: "No, there isn't any water and it might eat us!"

Some fantastic learning has taken place.

The children have also enjoyed music. They have played the glockenspiels. We have had a go at running the daily mile during our PE lessons. We have also enjoyed art and computing too.

Term 2

Year 1 have had another fantastic start to the term.

We have started to learn about our local area. In our literacy lessons, we have been learning lots of facts about Bristol and the famous landmarks. We have written fact files about the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain. The children have been really enthusiastic and have been asking lots of questions. We have also learned lots of facts about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Why don't you ask your children if they can remember any facts about these things?

In Maths, we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes which we have been finding in our environment. We have also been starting to tell the time to o'clock and drawing the hands on a clock. They have been very good at this! 

During our Enquiry lessons, we have been looking at maps of the local area. We went on a local walk around Southmead and we found lots of things in the area. We were challenged to find certain things such as a park, a chemist, shops, a church and a library. We are so lucky to have these things so close by.  You can see all the photos from it on our Facebook page!

We have become artists this term too. We have looked at the art work by the Bristolian artist, Zoe Power and we are going to be looking at some art work by Banksy. In our sketchbooks, we are going to have a go at drawing Isambard Kingdom Brunel. 

Keep an eye out on our school Facebook page to see some of the learning in our classroom. 

Term 3

In literacy, we have been learning the story Blown Away by Rob Biddulph. The children have learned some 'talk for writing' actions to help them retell the story. They have also had a go at writing parts of the story using pictures from our class story map to help. The children are remembering their simple sentence punctuation and some children have challenged themselves by using a variety of sentence starters. 

In Maths, we have been looking at place value and looking at different ways to represent numbers. The children have been using numicon, counters, objects and other resources to help them achieve this objective. Soon, we will be learning fractions, a half and a quarter. 

Our Enquiry question for this term is: what is the Clifton Suspension Bridge made from? Already, the children have shown great enthusiasm for this topic. During our Enquiry lessons, we will be exploring different materials and their properties. We will be having a go at designing our very own suspension bridge using a variety of junk modelling materials. Some children have already had a go at making their own. Have a look at some of the great inventions underneath. Great work everyone, keep it up!