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Welcome to Y1 Apple


Class Teacher: Miss Laycock

Teaching Assistant: Miss Catwell


Our PE days are: Wednesday and Friday

Please have your child's PE kit in school on these days.


Please have your book bag in school everyday.

Summer 1 week 1


We have had a fantastic first week back in Apple class this week. Our new topic is Beside the seaside and we are using the book 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' to use in our learning.


In Literacy this week we have been sequencing the story of The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and writing a recount of events in the past tense and in first person pretending to be Mrs Grinling. Can you practice changing words from present to past tense?









In our Maths this week we have been learning about 2d shapes. We have learnt the names and properties of them so we can identify them. We learnt about corners, sides and their names. We also started to look at 3d shapes. We have been beginning to name them and starting to look at their properties.  Have a look at the videos below to learn the names of some of the shapes.


In Science this week we have been learning to categorise animals into five group which are Mammals, Reptiles, Fish, Birds and Amphbians. We have been looking at their sturctures and comparing them to see how they can be categorised. In our Computing we have been learning how to use word and started to type a factfile on the five groups we used in science.


In Phonics we have been looking at all of the different graphemes that make an A sound such as ay for play, ai for train, a_e for cake, ey for prey. Keep practicing these at home and spotting them in different words.



Spring 2 Week 5


We have had a lovely last week for this half term. We have finished off our topic about magic and we have all graduated from the Wizard and Witches academy with flying colours. 


We have been writing descriptive sentences this week about Winnie and Wilbur and thinking of different adjectives we could use in our sentences. We described their appearance and their personality.


In Maths we have been using what we have learnt about time to answer word problems. Maybe at home you could make a clock like we did at school and use it to help you to tell the time.


In our theme we have been making Easter eggs, Easter baskets and finishing off our hats and wands for our graduation.


We have had so much fun this half term. Here are some pictures of us graduating from the Wizards and Witches academy.





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Spring 2 Week 4


This week in our class we have had a very busy week. We have been set lots of challenges by Walter Wizard who is Winnie and Wilbur's friend. First he set us challenge to make a potion using the most disgusting ingredients we could think of to get rid of a dragon which had invaded his village.





Then we had to find which material Winnie could use to fix her umbrella because it had a whole in it. We tested four different materials to see which one would be the most suitable. We found out that the cellophane was the best as it was the most waterproof material.











In Maths this week we have been learning about time. We have been cocentrating on o clock and half past times.We made our own clock in Maths and then wrote instructions on how to make it in our English lesson. We had  lots of fun making our own clocks.






Spring 2 Week 3


This week in our Literacy we have been learning about writing instructions. We have been using imperative verbs (bossy words), sequential words (time words) and using adjectives. We wrote instructions on how to make a potion called, A Witches Brew and we wrote instructions for how to make a flying carpet.


In Maths we have been using subtraction and addition methods to answer words problems. We have moved on to subtracting a two digit number from a two digit number. At the end of the week we have been finding the difference between different amounts. 


In our theme we have been working scientifically and carried out two experiments. One where we levitated balloons using static energy. The other where we caused a reaction using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to create bubbles. We made predictions, carried out the experiment and wrote up our conclusions.




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Spring 1 Week 2


This week in Y1 Apple our learning has been focused around Winnie and Wilbur and the Amazing Pumpkin.


In our Literacy we have been editing the story and writing our own version of the book. We had a wide variety of stories from Winnie and the Stupendous Banana to Winnie and the Giant Rose. We really enjoyed making the stories into our own.


In Maths we have continued our Place Value learning and have been learning about part part whole and learning that we can get addition and subtraction number sentences just from three numbers. We have also been completing missing number sentences and using different techniques of filling in the numbers. Can you practice doing some part part whole questions at home?







In our Phonics we have been learning about alternative sounds for some phonemes such as the 'ea' grapheme makes different sounds in the words seaside and headache. Keep practicing and finding lots of different ways of making the same sound. Phonics play has lots of really good activities to help you practice your blending and segmenting. The link is on the bottom of the page.



In our theme we have been making Mother's Day cards using our hands and fingers to create an artistic design. We have also been making some of Winnie and Wilbur's favourite Pumpkin soup with cream. It was delicious.




Spring 2 week 1


Well, our first week back has been an interesting one as we have had a few days at home due to the snow but we have been very busy when we have been at school.



In our Maths we have been continuing our Place Value learning and we have been looking at splitting numbers into tens and ones, we have been comparing numbers and looking at which is the largest and smallest amount, we have also been adding one more, ten more and taking away one.




In English we have started our first story in this half term all about magic. We have been reading the story of Winnie the Witch and we have been learning to sequence events and write in the first person pretending to be Winnie.


In our theme we have been using charcoal to make sketches of Winnie's black house and looking at the different details on it such as the different shaped windows. We have also been creating a background for our pictures in the style of Claude Monet's, Starry Night. We learned about using colours to alter the shade of the blue and using  circle shapes to create the round swirly pattern.    They look amazing.

Sketching and Art work in the style of Monet

This week's Learning champion is Muhammad for excellent effort in all of his learning and a huge improvement in his writing.


This weeks Jigsaw champion is Riley for always being kind to peers and helping staff with tasks.


Well done fantastic work!!

Farmer Pete song with animation by Sunshine Class (pupils aged 5 years)

This song is really good to help with practicing number bonds to ten.

2d shapes

A shapes song for children. If this video corrupts, please try the link below. This song was written and performed by A.J. Jenkins. Video by KidsTV123. Copyright 2011 A.J. Jenkins/KidsTV123: All rights reserved This is an ORIGINAL song written in 2011 - any copying is illegal.

3D Shapes I Know (solid shapes song- including sphere, cylinder, cube, cone, and pyramid)

Please contact me if you have any concerns or questions.