Year 1: The Meerkats: Blog items

Week Beginning Monday 15th January 2018, by Mrs Coxhead

Date: 13th Jan 2018 @ 1:32pm

Hello all :) 

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend!

This week, our main focus is The Bee Musical - learning our lines, knowing when to be on and off stage, learning our songs and actions! In English, we are reading The Enormous Turnip and using joining words. In maths, we are using our knowledge of counting in steps to count money. In phonics, Mrs Coxhead's group is learning ue, aw, ew, wh and ph. Mrs Thomson's group is learning alternative pronounciations for C and G.

Also, Linda sent out a Parentmail earlier in the week about projects, sorry that this doesn't give you lots of time to think about/prepare a project. I had completely forgotten about projects! As email states, the theme is plants and growth. If you are stuck for ideas, let me know or sometimes parents with older children in the school have a good ideas from past projects.

Thank you for your support with The Bee Musical. Please get in touch if you have any questions!

Many thanks,

Mrs Coxhead

Odd and even, by Mrs Coxhead

Date: 13th Jan 2018 @ 1:16pm

We learned about odd and even numbers. We used Numicon to see the difference between how odd and even numbers look. We also have this rhyme to help us remember odd and even numbers.

0, 2, 4, 6, 8 being even is just great

1, 3, 5, 7, 9 being odd is just fine

The Bee Musical: Words and music, by Mrs Coxhead

Date: 10th Jan 2018 @ 10:26pm

Listen to the tracks and practise at home!

Week Beginning Monday 8th January 2018, by Miss Adamson

Date: 6th Jan 2018 @ 12:25pm

Hello all :) 

Happy New Year! I hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas break!

Here is what we are doing next week:


We are working on number and place value. Specifically, we are practising careful number formation, finding more and less and odd and even numbers.


Father Christmas gave us the story of Bumblebear. We are looking for words with -ed endings.


We will save switching groups until after check-up week so Mrs Thomson's group will study alternative pronunciations for 'i' and 'o'. Mrs Coxhead's group will review ay, ou, ie and ea.


We will be learning about dance.


We are beginning our new unit called Dreams and Goals. We will set our own simple goals. If you have any little boxes from Christmas at home - e.g. empty Maltesers boxes - these would be handy this week.

Bee Musical

We will begin rehearsals for the Bee Musical. This will feature heavily over the coming weeks!

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Mrs Coxhead

Happy Christmas, by Miss Adamson

Date: 22nd Dec 2017 @ 8:50pm

Thank you for all your hard work and support this term. I am very grateful for the kind cards and presents I received - thank you very much. I am amazed by your generosity! I hope you will all have a peaceful Christmas. I look forward to seeing you in January.

Nativity songs, by Miss Adamson

Date: 20th Dec 2017 @ 12:43pm

Thank you for supporting our nativity songs. The children and Mrs Bolton worked really hard to learn all those words and tunes!

Christmas Party, by Miss Adamson

Date: 20th Dec 2017 @ 12:40pm

A wonderful time was had at the Reception and KS1 Christmas party. There was brilliant dancing and lots of fun games. We met Father Christmas, again!

Breakfast with Santa, by Miss Adamson

Date: 20th Dec 2017 @ 12:37pm

Many of the meerkats met Father Christmas for breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are some pictures.

Week Beginning Monday 18th December 2017, by Miss Adamson

Date: 16th Dec 2017 @ 11:24am

Hello :) 

I hope that you are enjoying this weekend. As that last week before Christmas can be a little different to our usual routine, I have presented what we are doing by days, as opposed to subject:


  1. Addition and subtraciton
  2. Christmas writing
  3. Phonics review
  4. Making Christmas cards
  1. Addition and subtraction
  2. Phonics review
  3. Christmas writing
  4. Christmas party (children can bring party clothes in a bag to change into after lunch)


  1. Christmas songs with parents
  2. Change reading books
  3. Music
  4. Bee Musical practice


  1. Whole school fun sing
  2. Phonics review
  3. Bee Musical practice
  4. Christmas carols in church


Christmas Craft Day:

  1. Christmas angels
  2. Phonics review
  3. Christmas Snowmen
  4. Christmas Candles
  5. Christmas stars

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday,

Miss Adamson

Christmas Dinner Day, by Miss Adamson

Date: 16th Dec 2017 @ 10:23am

On Thursday, Silvana prepared a wonderful Christmas dinner. Here are some pictures.

Starry Night Continued, by Miss Adamson

Date: 16th Dec 2017 @ 10:18am

On Friday afternoon we finished our Starry Night pictures. Here are some of the finished pieces.

Starry Night, by Miss Adamson

Date: 13th Dec 2017 @ 5:29pm

We began painting Starry Night in the style of Van Gogh.

Wedding Day, by Miss Adamson

Date: 13th Dec 2017 @ 5:27pm

Here are a dew pictures from class on the big day!

Week Beginning Monday 11th December 2017, by Miss Adamson

Date: 9th Dec 2017 @ 4:26pm

Hello all :) 

I hope that you are having a lovely weekend.

Apologies for the lack of pictures from last week - my iPad is at school and I am not! I'll upload them when we are reunited.

This is what we are doing this week:


We are learning about the Aladdin story and writing our wishes, favourite parts of the story and discussing the beginning, middle and end.


We are practising number bonds to 20 and related subtraction facts.


Mrs Thomson's group are reviewing split diagraphs and practising multi-syllabic words. Miss Adamson's group are learning ew, aw and wh.


We are learning about Starry Night by Van Gogh. 


This week our lesson is called 'Celebrating Difference, Celebrating Me'


On Tuesday we are going to see Aladdin.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Take care,

Miss Adamson

Week Beginning Monday 4th December 2017, by Miss Adamson

Date: 2nd Dec 2017 @ 5:46pm

Hello all :) 

I hope that you are enjoying the weekend. Here is what the Meerkats are doing this week:


We are reading the Babushka story. We will be learning that names of people and places begin with capital letters. We will continue to use conjunctions in sentences.


We are learning about addition and subtraction within 20. Specifically, we will focus on the job of the equal sign and how the numbers on either side must balance.


Mrs Thomson's group will learn au (he caught a fish) and some more split diagraphs - o-e (phone home), u-e (huge brute) and e-e. Miss Adamson's group will learn oy (toy for a boy), ou (shout it out), ir (whirl and twirl) and au (he caught a fish).


We are learning how Christians feel and behave because they believe in God, specifically, we will be learning about the Christmas story.


On Monday afternoon we will watch the dress rehersal for the Y2/3 production. I will send home scripts this week for the YR/1 produciton - The Bee Musical. I have asked the children what kind of parts they would like and have done my best to accomodate. Let me know if there are any problems! 

Wedding Day

On Thursday is our Wedding Day. Children can wear their own clothes and have special wedding lunch.

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Warm regards,

Miss Adamson

Advent, by Miss Adamson

Date: 1st Dec 2017 @ 9:04pm

Today we opened the first two books in our advent calendar (one for today and one for tomorrow). We also had a special delivery from the North Pole. We suggested some names and wrote shopping lists for what he'll need.

Quarters, by Miss Adamson

Date: 1st Dec 2017 @ 9:01pm

This week we have learned to find a quarter of an object, shape or quantity.

Week Beginning Monday 27th November 2017, by Miss Adamson

Date: 26th Nov 2017 @ 6:33pm

Hello all :) 

I hope you have had a peaceful weekend.

Here is what we are doing this week:


We are continuing our work on fractions - finding a quarter of a shape and quantity.


We are reading Up and Down, by Oliver Jeffers. In the afternoons, for reading comprehension, we are reading The Emperor's Egg.


Mrs Thomson's group are working on split diagraphs, a-e (make a cake) and i-e (nice smile). Miss Adamson's group are learning ay (may I play), ow (blow the snow), ea (a cup of tea) and ie (a colourful tie).


We are learning how to help if we think someone is being bullied.


We are using jumps, rolls and travelling movements to create our own sequences.

Celebration Assembly

On Monday, we are going to church for celebration assembly at 2pm. Some children will give a brief overview of what we have been learning this term. 


We will be learning about different kinds of trees - deciduous and evergreen.

I look forward to seeing you next week.

Many thanks,

Miss Adamson

Continents, Celebration Assembly and Words, by Miss Adamson

Date: 24th Nov 2017 @ 4:45pm

Hello :) 

I hope you've had a lovely week!

We had a watch of a quick video about the names of the seven continents this afternoon. 

Also, we coloured baubles to go on the Christmas tree at Booths - keep an eye out for them.

A handful of children have a few words to learn for celebration assembly on Monday afternoon. I hope it's not too onerous! Some children were a little dissapointed that they didn't have any words. However, we will begin practising for our production with Reception soon and many more children will have speaking parts. We will try to ensure all children who want to speak will get an opportunity at some point throughout the year.

Most children have been bringing their words (piece of paper in poly pocket) to school for reading/spelling check on Friday morning. Please could these come to school in blue book bags on Fridays. Sorry that wasn't clear.

Last thing, if you have made a recycled Christmas tree decoration, please bring it in for Thursday 30th November - St Andrew's Day!

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Adamson

Library Visit, by Miss Adamson

Date: 20th Nov 2017 @ 6:59pm

We had a wonderful morning at the library. Tom read us two books about monsters and told us lots of information about the library. We had some time to look at the different books. We borrowed ten books to take back to class on Mrs Thomson's library account - we best not lose any! 

Tom told us that there are some Christmas activities at the library. Will find out the full details and let you know!

Week Beginning Monday 20th November, by Miss Adamson

Date: 18th Nov 2017 @ 4:03pm

Hello all :) 

I hope you're having a happy weekend!


We are reading Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. We are going to walk to the library on Monday morning and learn about some stories from cold places. 


We are learning about fractions. Specifically, a fraction is one equal part of a whole. We will also learn about halves and quarters of shapes and quantities.


Mrs Thomson's group is learning ew (chew the stew), oe (ten toes) and au (he caught a fish). Miss Adamson's group is learning air (that's not fair), er (better letter), or (shut the door) and ure (sure it's pure).


We are learning about continents and finding cold places on a map of the world. We will be linking this to the Lost and Found story.


We are learning what bully is and how being bullied might feel.


We are still learning new ways of travelling and rolling. We are continuing to work on creating our own sequences. 

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday,

Miss Adamson

Parliament Week, by Miss Adamson

Date: 17th Nov 2017 @ 11:12pm

This week is Parliament week. The children asked some questions about what they'd like to know about parliament. We focussed on finding out what it is like inside the Houses of Parliament. Most children would like to be in the House of Lords because of the red seats! We learned about the Queen's messenger, Black Rod, who knocks on the door of the House of Commons. The children compared the difference between the Queen and the Prime Minister and decided who they thought was the most important.

Place Value, by Miss Adamson

Date: 17th Nov 2017 @ 11:08pm

Year One have been using tens and ones to help us to understand two digit numbers.

Week Beginning Monday 13th November 2017, by Miss Adamson

Date: 12th Nov 2017 @ 12:57pm

Hello all :) 

This is what we are doing this week:


We are reading about the North and South Pole. We will write information booklets to show what we have learned.


We are learning about pictorial representations of numbers to twenty and tens and ones.


Mrs Thomson's group is learning ie (a colourful tie), ou (shout it out), ur (nurse with a purse) and aw (yawn at dawn). Miss Adamson's group is learning oa (goat in a boat), ar (start the car), ur (nurse with a purse) and or (shut the door).


We are learning to join ai, but, ch and ck.


We are learning about what makes us different.

Parliament week

In the afternoon's we will be learnig about Parliament.


We are travelling, rolling, jumping and creating tuck shapes.If your child hasn't got their PE kit in school yet, please bring it in before Thursday.

Look forward to seeing you in the morning,

Miss Adamson

Remembrance Day, by Miss Adamson

Date: 10th Nov 2017 @ 10:25pm

Thank you for all your effort into your costumes and donations. We enjoyed listening to Mr Turner's stories about his father. We wrote about what peace feels like, sounds like, smells like and tastes like. We watched the CBeebies video about remembrance to give us ideas. Five children who worked especially hard on their writing today had their faces or hands painted the Head's Team. 

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