JSD Year 1 Newsletter

Week Ending Friday 11th October 2013

What have we done this week?


The children were reading sentences and matching them to pictures from our class book ‘The Jolly Postman’. After sharing lots of ideas, they also started to create their own leaflet for a shop selling lots of treats for the witch to enjoy. The children came up with some fantastic ideas during their brainstorm such as an invisible cloak, magic bath powder, an unbreakable broomstick, a shrinking potion and much more.

Towards the end of the week the children took part in role-play activities based around the character of Jack from ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and they even created a shopping list for the giant.

In handwriting we practised the formation of letter i, p and l. The children thought about the size of each letter and were introduced to ascenders (letters that go above the line) and descenders (letters that go below the line).


This week we focussed on saying the number that is one more than a given number and also counting on 1, 2, 3 or 4 more than a given number. The children did lots of written and practical tasks such as making towers of cubes and adding on to find the new answer (eg. 12 and 2 more is 14).


We continued to work together using collage and other materials to create our giant postcards.


This week the children had a practice at creating a birthday card on the computer. They added text both in capital letters and lower case, and they drew a suitable picture for the front of their cards using the tools on the ‘2simple’ software. It was tricky to remember all the buttons on the keyboard such as the return and shift keys. Maybe they could practice at home.


This week we learnt that there are differences between humans and that although we all have some things in common, we also have some differences such as eye and hair colour. The children collected and organised data ready to present in a chart. D1LS collected information based on the children’s eye colour. We found that brown was the most popular colour of eyes in our class.


The children had a lot of fun ordering their friend’s photographs from the youngest to the oldest picture. We discussed how each of the children have changed and how they will change in the future.

We followed on from that by thinking about jobs that we might want to do when we are grown-ups. The children brainstormed all the jobs they knew including all the different jobs that people do in our school.


D1LW welcomed Medyaz.

Don’t forget about our Year 1 ‘Grown Up Day’ on Thursday 17th October (next Thursday). All information is in the separate letter sent to you on Gateway this week.