Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 21st July 2022

Fun Times in Willow Class Throughout the Year

Celebrating Our August Birthday Ahead of Time!

Home Made Foot Spa in the Very HOT Weather!

   

COOL Time is Such Fun!

      

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Enjoying Our TIme Out and About Being Creative

      

     

                                

The Day Has Arrived...

 After many years as a class teacher I bid farewell to full time teaching. I have LOVED teaching your children this year and there has never been a dull moment in Willow Class as I am sure you can imagine! I will miss you all terribly but hope to return to see you soon. Thank you for all your good wishes, cards and gifts - I feel thoroughly spoilt! Have a wonderful summer holiday and I wish the children a fantastic year in Hazel Class. Take care and thank you, Judith Balls xx                      

 

15th July 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 15th July 2022

What we have been learning this week...

The children have coped well with the heat and lots more excitement! We have had fun with DT and Pirate week! We know how to enjoy our learning in Willow Class!

Activities we enjoyed this week...

Another July birthday ….!

For DT week, we learned about the structure of bridges and experimented with making bridges from cubes, Duplo and Lego.

    

                                                         

We then designed our own bridges using paper and then created our own paper bridges. We practised folding, rolling, cutting and sticking with glue and tape. Finally, we evaluated our bridges thinking about what improvements we might make another time.

    

 This week we also revised the days of the week as part of our Maths unit on time and sang various different days of the week songs! Children often become confused when talking about yesterday or tomorrow or last week or next week, so please encourage your child to use the correct terminology.

We made our own treasure maps, messages in a bottle, pirate hats, wanted posters and completed various dot to dots and drawing exercises about pirates! The children have enjoyed listening to pirate songs and lots of pirate stories! They discovered their own pirate name by choosing their favourite colour which gave them a first name and then their favourite animal which gave them their second pirate name! My name was Captain Pegleg!!

Pirate Week Fun in the Nature Reserve!

                       

How you can help...

 NO HOME LEARNING this week.

Please read with your child daily and sign the reading record ensuring that the reading book and record are put in your child’s school bag each day. Thank you!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Poppy: for showing a positive attitude to all her work.

Zahra: for showing generosity, maturity and friendship during Pirate Day.

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

William B: for working hard to improve his technique in swimming.

Enid: for constructing a stable bridge for our DT week challenge.

What we will be learning next week....

Next week, we will be reading a lot of our class reading book, finishing off work in different subjects as well as coping with the predicted extreme heat!

NOTICES

A huge thank you for donations of sweets for our guess how many sweets in the jar activity for the school fete. We had so many sweets that I needed to buy extra jars!       

                   

 Monday 11th-15th July PIRATE WEEK!!!!

 Wednesday 13th July: Open Classroom

Email:jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 8th July 2022

What we have been learning this week...

This has been a short, busy but enjoyable week. The children have coped with changes and lots of excitement!

Activities we enjoyed this week...

Some July Birthdays!

                                                      

 On Wednesday, the children took part in Sports Day most enthusiastically.

          

In the afternoon, we had a wonderful treat as William D’s mum spoke to us about her job as a vet. We had a role play vet’s surgery and the children each helped to make Bob the toy golden retriever better again!

         

On Thursday, it was Move Up Morning and the children showed the values of hope as they tried out being in Hazel Class! It looked like they had good fun!

                              

 Bourn Book Bus has now been launched!! I hope that you had a chance to have a brief look inside during the school fete. The children had a quick visit to the bus this afternoon. I am feeling so overwhelmed that the dream of turning a double decker bus into the school fiction library has actually happened! I hope that the children will enjoy their time visiting the bus. We had a session with Preacher the Storyteller this morning which was good fun and after lunch we had a big treat!

    

 

How you can help...

NO HOME LEARNING this week! Mrs Davidson (William’s mum asked us to think about the question ‘What might be dangerous or poisonous for our pets?’ We can share our ideas next week.

Please also read with your child daily and sign the reading record ensuring that the reading book and record are put in your child’s school bag each day. Thank you!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Ayden: for showing kindness and friendship to others in the class.

Imogen C: for showing a mature attitude to work and friendships.

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

William D: his enthusiasm in creative play and then happily tidying away others’ things as well as his own.

Rafferty: for willingly helping classmates tidy away without being asked.

What we will be learning next week....

Next week there will be a lot of ‘arrrs’ and ‘yes me hearties’ in Willow class as we learn all about pirates! On Wednesday, the children can come dressed up as a pirate but as I explained to the children this can be raggedy trousers/shorts and t-shirt as this was what most pirates wore! Next week is also our DT week and as you can probably guess our freestanding structure task will have a pirate theme!

NOTICES

A huge thank you for donations of sweets for our guess how many sweets in the jar activity for the school fete. We had so many sweets that I needed to buy extra jars!       

                   

 Monday 11th-15th July PIRATE WEEK!!!!

 Wednesday 13th July: Open Classroom

Email:jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

1st July 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 1st July 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Phonics and Handwriting

The children have been working hard on their letter formation and some have been practising cursive writing too! We revised the ‘oo’ sound as in good and book which can be spelt with a ‘u’ as in push and pull and also ‘ou’ as in ‘would, could and should.’

This week we have discussed the meanings of the following science words of the week: 

Carnivore, herbivore and omnivore

Activities we enjoyed this week...

Our last June birthday!

  

This week, in Computing, the children practised their digital media skills by taking pictures of the landscape around them and then editing those images like the ones shown here. The art curriculum overlaps with computing for this unit on Digital Art.

                        

 

 

 

 

The children in Willow class enjoyed another session of Balanceability on Monday afternoon. The children have worked very hard this week with their Big Write task, 2 Reading papers and also 2 maths papers! Most impressive Willow Class!

In Maths, we continued our unit on money and thought about comparing different amounts of money e.g. 26p is less than 52p etc. Please do encourage your child to practise making amounts with different coins. They can think about how differently they could make 20p for instance: 1x20p coin; 2x10p coins; 1x10p and 2x 5p; 4x 5p coins, 3x 5p and 2x 2p and 1x 1p; 10x 1p and 1x10p etc.

The children learned about compound words or word magnets in English and had great fun using 2 words to make a new one e.g. cup+ cake = cupcake and bed +room = bedroom.

In PSHE, we are looking at changes and how our body changes over time. The children learned the correct names for parts of the body. In Geography, we looked at the compass and how we can use it to guide us on a map.

     

 

How you can help...

HOME LEARNING this week is a spelling sheet of time words that the children should be able to write correctly in their work. There is also 1 maths sheet about money for the children to complete. Thank you for making sure that your child completes this and returns the folder to school by WEDNESDAY. This will be the last home learning task in Year 1 as next Friday is the fete afternoon and there also seems to be a lot going on - the children are understandably tired.

Please also read with your child daily and sign the reading record too ensuring that the reading book and record are put in your child’s school bag each day. Thank you!

Please can your child bring a jumper (named) and raincoat to school as the weather is so changeable!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

 

 

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

 

What we will be learning next week....

In Maths, we will be learning about time and counting in 5s to help us learn the minutes on the clock face.  We will continue thinking about animals in science and identifying the differences between wild and tame animals. The children will continue to practise neat handwriting as we hope to impress Miss Hensleigh in September!

NOTICES

Monday 4th July: No school

Wednesday 6th July: Sports Day

Thursday 7th July: Move up morning

Friday 8th July: BOOK BUS LAUNCH and BSA summer fete

Willow Class will be running a stall- guess how many sweets in the jars? (hopefully 3 of them!) Donations of wrapped sweets would be appreciated¦NO NUTS please!

   Monday 11th-15th July PIRATE WEEK!!!!

 Wednesday 13th July: Open Classroom

Email:jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

24th June 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 24th June 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Phonics and handwriting

The children have been working hard on their letter formation and some have been practising cursive writing too! This week, we have also discussed the meanings of the following words of the week: resilience, dismay, threshold and respect.

Activities we enjoyed this week...

Two June Birthdays!

  

The children in Willow class enjoyed another session of Balanceability on Monday afternoon. 

    

In Maths, we started our unit on money, looking at the values of different coins and notes. Please do encourage your child to handle money and think about how differently you could make 20p for instance: 1x20p coin; 2x10p coins; 1x10p and 2x 5p; 4x 5p coins, 3x 5p and 2x 2p and 1x 1p; 10x 1p and 1x10p etc. The children enjoyed their swimming lessons this week and the water looked very inviting in this heat! In PSHE, we are looking at changes and how our body changes over time but how we are still the same people inside. We looked at our baby photos and saw the similarities and differences between then and now. A lot of the children have the same lovely smile!   As part of PSHE and Science the children will learn the correct names for parts of the body. In Geography, we looked at an aerial map of Bourn and identified different places.

How you can help...

HOME LEARNING this week is a spelling sheet of money words that the children should be able to write correctly in their work. There is also 1 maths sheet about money for the children to complete. Thank you for making sure that your child completes this and returns the folder to school by WEDNESDAY.

Please also read with your child daily and sign the reading record too ensuring that the reading book and record are put in your child's school bag each day. Thank you!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Sasha: for showing kindness and friendship towards a member of the class when she saw there was the need to help.

Isaac: for being thoughtful and caring when someone was feeling anxious and for being a good friend.

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Grace: for working hard to produce beautiful, neat cursive handwriting.

Emily: for showing resilience when struggling with a maths problem this week and working at it until she understood.

What we will be learning next week....

We will continue to learn about money in Maths. We will be doing our Big Write activity next week and some other assessments too. In Science, we will be welcoming William D's mum to chat to us about animals and her job as a vet.

NOTICES

Monday 4th July: No school

Wednesday 6th July: Sports Day

Thursday 7th July: Move up morning

Friday 8th July: BOOK BUS LAUNCH and BSA summer fete

Willow Class will be running a stall- guess how many sweets in the jars? (hopefully 3 of them!) Donations of wrapped sweets would be appreciated¦NO NUTS please!

 Wednesday 13th July: Open Classroom

Email:jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

17th June 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 17th June 2022

What we have been learning this week...

 Our words of the week are ‘dawn‘  and ‘habitat.’  We discussed the meaning of these words but do chat to your child about the meanings of the words.

Phonics and handwriting

 During the next few weeks we will revise some of our trickier phonic sounds. This week we looked at ‘au’ and ‘ie’ and their alternative sounds.

Activities we enjoyed this week...

The children in Acorn and Willow classes enjoyed another session of Balanceability on Monday afternoon. We look forward to another session next week. In Maths, we have ordered numbers within 100 and compared numbers thinking about the terms ‘more than’ and less than’ and ‘equals’ as well as the signs which mean the same things. The children enjoyed their swimming lessons this week and the water looked very inviting in this heat! In Cool time two of the class were very creative making a pair of paper clogs! 

The children managed to write their own address in our Geography lesson as we are thinking about the local area this term. In RE, we learned about the festival of Sukkot when Jews build a special tent where they eat, sleep and live for 7 days. We also enjoyed our visit from Alistair the athlete and enjoyed activities with him. He encouraged us all to listen carefully and stay focused!  

Willow Class Outing: Fun at Hamerton Zoo!

We had a wonderful time on our school trip! Thanks to all the parent helpers who joined us in making it such a great day!

         

         

        

How you can help... 

HOME LEARNING this week is a spelling sheet of words that the children should be able to write correctly in their work. There are also 2 maths sheets for the children to complete. Thank you for making sure that your child completes this and returns the folder to school.

Please also read with your child daily and sign the reading record too ensuring that the reading book and record are put in your child’s school bag each day. Thank you!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Juliette for showing kindness and friendship towards a member of the class when she saw the need to help.

Isla for being thoughtful and caring when someone was feeling anxious and in doing so, giving them hope.

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week: 

Theo O: for working particularly hard in English, writing neatly and carefully in his work.

William D : for working very hard in English lessons and trying to produce his best.

What we will be learning next week....

We will be starting to learn about money in Maths. This is now a tricky area for the children as so many people do not handle money anymore!  We will concentrate on identifying coins and notes next week. In English, we will continue to work on the book, ‘Dogs Don’t Do Ballet’ and discussing how the characters behave in the story. We have begun our new class reading book and realise the challenge of completing it in the next 5 weeks…!

NOTICES

 

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

 

10th  June 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 10th June 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are ‘tarried,’ ‘elegant‘ and ‘fowl.’  We discussed the meaning of these words and you might recognise these words from a famous poem! Please do chat to your child about the meanings of the words and perhaps ask them to recite what they can remember of the poem.   

Phonics and handwriting

Let me just say how very impressed I have been with your children’s phonic knowledge this week! They have proved themselves to be SUPERSTARS in the Phonic Screening Test which they all took part in. Everyone tried their absolute best and it was clear to me that you have been practising phonics with your child- thank you so much!  The results will be sent home with the report at the end of term.  

Birthday Time!

Activities we enjoyed this week...

The children in Acorn and Willow classes enjoyed a session of Balanceability on Monday afternoon. We look forward to another session next week. In Maths, we finished off our unit on position and direction and the children seemed very familiar with the vocabulary ’left’ and ’right’, ‘up’ and ‘down.’ We have now begun the next unit on place value to 100, partitioning and comparing numbers up to 100. This week, in English, we finished reading our class novel, The Owl who Was Afraid of the Dark and the children have contributed to a display outside the classroom. We have also discussed what is meant by poetry  and have started to learn the Edward Lear nonsense poem ‘The Owl and The Pussycat.’ See how much your child can remember….!

The children enjoyed their swimming lessons this week and were very enthusiastic!

We have begun our new science topic about ‘animals’ and the children labelled different pictures ‘reptiles’, mammals’, birds’, fish’, ‘amphibians’ and ‘insects.’ We have been thinking about the differences and similarities between the animal groups.  The most exciting realisation for us all was the fact that our science lesson next week will be very practical as we will be on our school trip to Hamerton Zoo Park!     

 Fun in Cool Time This Week!

          

 

                                        

How you can help... 

HOME LEARNING this week is a spelling sheet of words that the children should be able to write correctly in their work. There is also a place value sheet for the children to complete. Thank you for making sure that your child completes this and brings it back into school- day extra due to the school trip!  Please also read with your child daily and sign the reading record too ensuring that the reading book and record are put in your child’s school bag each day. Thank you!

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WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:  

Archie for showing courage when getting into the swimming pool and working hard to become more confident in the water.

Josh for working hard in science this week and showing good concentration and a positive approach to his work about animals!

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week: 

Rafferty: for working particularly hard in Maths and contributing willingly to our discussion about the value of numbers.

William: for making a huge effort to concentrate in lessons and trying to produce his best work. 

What we will be learning next week....

In RE, we are studying the Jewish religion and learning about Sukkot. We will continue working with numbers within 100 for one more week. In Geography we will be learning about Bourn and the local area. The children will also be learning to write their home address so if you are able to provide them with it written down for them to copy it will help them and me!! We will be enjoying another book featuring a different animal in English and the children will practise writing sentences and making inferences.

NOTICES

Half term week: Monday 30th- Friday 3rd June                      

Willow Class outing to Hamerton Zoo near Huntingdon on Wednesday 15th June.

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 
Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 27th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

 Our words of the week are ‘courageous,’ ‘curious‘ and ‘clamber.’  We discussed the meaning of these words but do feel free to revise them with your child! As we have been thinking about alliteration this week, it is apt that the words all begin with the same letter!

Phonics and handwriting

This week we have revised the following sounds: ‘ow,’ ’ou,’ ’ng’ ‘ew,’ ’ue’ and ’u-e’. We have practised our handwriting using these sounds in different words.   During half term it would helpful to revise all these sounds with your child including reading them in real and alien words e.g. threw and zewn.                                                                                                                      

Activities we enjoyed this week...

In Maths, we have thought about position and direction. We revised half, quarter, three quarter and full turns. The children have familiarised themselves with the vocabulary ’left’ and ’right’, ‘up’ and ‘down.’  

                    

This week, in English, we looked closely at our class novel, The Owl who Was Afraid of the Dark. The children thought of adjectives to describe Plop and also words to describe the dark. The children also learned about alliteration and wrote some alliterative sentences about different animals. Hopefully, the beans arrived safely home this week! I was amazed at how tall some of them had grown! In History, we completed a timeline about Bourn windmill. The children also learned a lot about the Queen now and in the past.

The children enjoyed their swimming lessons of the year and were very enthusiastic!

    

How you can help... 

NO HOME LEARNING this week!! 

However, I have sent home a sheet with QR codes to practise sounds in real and alien words which I thought the children might enjoy. Please continue to revise different sounds with your child as the Phonics Screening Check is in June.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Archie for showing kindness and positivity to others in Willow Class, you always make us smile!

Rory: for being polite and patient and showing the value of hope in class this week.

               This week's winners:

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week: 

Karisha: for working particularly hard in English and producing some lovely written work this week.

William: for writing some wonderful alliterative sentences in English lessons.

What we will be learning next week....

After half term, we will complete our learning about position and direction in Maths. In English we will concentrate on phonics, spelling and handwriting during the first week back.  Our new  Science topic will be animals and we are all excited about our class trip to the zoo!

NOTICES

Half term week: Monday 30th- Friday 3rd June                      

Willow Class outing to Hamerton Zoo near Huntingdon on Wednesday 15th June.

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

13th May 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 20th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are 'identify,' 'grim' and 'dispute'.  We discussed the meaning of these complicated words but do feel free to revise them with your child!

Phonics and handwriting

This week we have focussed on the following sounds: ir, ur and er. We have practised our handwriting using these sounds in different words. I challenged the children to use all the alternative spellings in one sentence e.g.

A girl with a curl had a pet bird which she took to church with her before dinner!    

Our First May Birthday!             

                      

 

Activities we enjoyed this week...

In Maths, we have continued working on fractions- finding quarter of shapes and numbers as well as halves.  Quite a few children found it hard to grasp that the parts for halves and quarters needed to be equal/the same size.

This week, in English, we looked at a fiction book about alligators following on from our non-fiction work about alligators last week. We used prediction skills to think about what might happen in the story, 'Alan's Big Scary Teeth'. The children also practised using exclamation marks and question marks adding them appropriately to different statements. They wrote their own account of the story as well.

Some of the children were very excited to see that their bean seed had changed after a week. A few seeds had split and others had a tiny shoot showing. The children were challenged to draw and write their observations. We also learned about seed dispersal and germination, discussing different ways in which seeds can be dispersed.

In PSHE this week we have reminded ourselves of the importance of kind words and talked about filling other people's buckets with kind things we say and do rather than dipping buckets. We also continually remind each other about appropriate and inappropriate behaviour at school. In History, we watched 3 short children's TV programmes filmed in 1960s, 1990s and 2020 featuring watermills and windmills. 

On Wednesday we had a creative afternoon and the children thoroughly enjoyed making lots of cards, pictures and models!

   

How you can help... 

Please continue to read daily with your child and make sure the reading book and reading record are kept in the plastic folder. These should come into school every day in your child's school bag please, even if the book has not been read- thank you!

HOME LEARNING this week consists of practice phonics screen sheet for real and alien words. Please read these words with your child and they can write in zips and buttons on the sheets (they should know what to do!). There is also a maths sheet identifying half of objects and numbers. Please ensure your child brings the completed homework folder by next Wednesday 25th May. Thank you.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Aida for being a kind friend to others in Willow Class.

Emily: for showing the value of hope and being positive in class this week.

               This week's winners:

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week: 

Corey: for trying very hard with his writing in class this week.

Isaac : for working hard in English lessons about 'Alan's Big Scary Teeth' and reading through his writing.

What we will be learning next week....

In Maths, we will look at position and direction, reinforcing our understanding of half and quarter. In English we will study aspects of our class book, 'The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark'. In Science, we will continue to note changes in our growing beans and learn about plants which we use for food.

NOTICES

Friday 27th May : Queen's Platinum Jubilee picnic street party!

 Wear red, white, blue clothes or dress as kings or queens!

Half term week: Monday 30th- Friday 3rd June

                      Willow Class outing to Hamerton Zoo near Huntingdon on Wednesday 15th June.

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

13th May 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 13th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are â€˜melancholy,’ ‘perimeter‘ and ‘appropriate.’  We discussed the meaning of these complicated words but you might like to revise them with your child.

Phonics and Handwriting

This week we have focussed on the following sounds: ‘or,’ ’au,’ ‘aw’ and ‘our’. We have practised our handwriting using these sounds in different words. I challenged the children to use all the alternative spellings in one sentence e.g. In Autumn, I went for a walk and I saw four hedgehogs!                                                                              

Activities we enjoyed this week...

 In Maths, we have started working on fractions - finding half of shapes and numbers. Some of the shapes proved quite tricky but the children discovered that it was easier to find half of an even number.  We reminded ourselves that halves are the opposite of doubles. Please continue to practise counting in twos, fives and tens with your child.

              

In English, we started a unit about alligators and used adjectives to describe parts of the alligator (the nouns). The children wrote sentences using the conjunction ‘and’ to join 2 shorter sentences. They then used a fact sheet to write their own non-chronological report about alligators including where they can be found, how big they can grow, where they live and what they eat. In PSHE this week we thought about our friends and discussed different qualities friends should have. The children completed a cloze procedure about Bourn windmill in History and watched a short film about the construction of Bourn Mill. In Art, we carefully observed our pencil pots! We sketched exactly what we could see and the children were challenged by the fact that they couldn’t draw the bottom of the pencils because they couldn’t actually see them!

Some of the children were very excited to see that their bean seed had changed after a week. Some seeds had split and others had tiny shoot showing. The children were challenged to draw and write their observations. We also learned about seed dispersal and germination, discussing different ways in which seeds can be dispersed.

 

COOL TIME!

                                         

How you can help... 

Please continue to read daily with your child and make sure the reading book and reading record are kept in the plastic folder. These should come into school every day in your child’s school bag please, even if the book has not been read- thank you!

HOME LEARNING this week consists of another spelling sheet of last week’s phonic sounds: ie/i-e/igh/i/y words and also a maths sheet with further practice of grouping. Please ensure your child brings the completed homework folder by next Wednesday 18th May. Thank you.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

William: for showing courage and maturity in class.

Imogen: for being kind to her friends in class.

               This week's winners:

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week: 

Kayla: for working hard on her factual report about alligators.

Josh : for trying harder in class to complete his work.

What we will be learning next week....

In Maths we will continue looking at fractions of shapes and numbers, practising quarters as well as halves. In English, we will focus on a fiction book about a friendly alligator! We will continue to look at windmills in History. In Science, we will learn about evergreen and deciduous trees.

NOTICES

Looking ahead: Willow outing to Hamerton Zoo near Huntingdon on Wednesday 15th June.

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 6th May 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are â€˜pesky’ and ‘colliding.’  We came across these words in our reading and discussions during the week. 

 Phonics and handwriting

This week we have focussed on the following sounds: ‘ie,’ ’i-e,’ ‘y’ and ‘igh’. We have practised our handwriting using these sounds in different words. I challenged the children to use all the alternative spellings in one sentence e.g.

My brother began to cry because he didn’t like his white tie being so tight!                                                                                                                         

Activities we enjoyed this week...

In Maths, we have continued learning about multiplication and making equal groups. The children have shared out 20 paper cakes onto 2, 5 and 10 plates. Please continue to practise counting in twos, fives and tens with your child.   

In English, we compared Jack and the Beanstalk with Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs. We looked at similarities for instance both stories have a boy, a beanstalk and a giant. There are lots of differences though- there are no magic beans in Jim and the beanstalk and instead he awakes in the morning to see a beanstalk growing in his garden. Jim tries to help the giant by measuring him for glasses, a wig and new teeth whereas Jack steals from the giant. Following on from last week’s ‘er’ and est’ we also learnt about the suffixes ‘ing’ and ‘ed.’

Great fun was had in our science lesson when we used playdough to created a flower and we then labelled the parts of the plant on our own individual whiteboards. We have also planted our bean seeds. Some of the children believe that they might be magic and grow like Jack’s beanstalk!

      

In PSHE this week we thought about our friends and discussed different qualities friends should have.

In Art, we looked closely at bananas and sketched exactly what we could see before using watercolours to paint the pictures. I think the children made an excellent job of this task and concentrated so well!

                  

How you can help... 

Please continue to read daily with your child and make sure the reading book and reading record are kept in the plastic folder. These should come into school every day in your child’s school bag please, even if the book has not been read- thank you!

HOME LEARNING this week consists of another spelling sheet of ew/u-e/ue/ui words and also 2 maths sheets practising doubles and grouping. Please ensure your child brings the completed homework folder by next Wednesday 11th May. Thank you.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Woody for being cheerful and helpful to Mrs Ford this week.

Theo F for showing kindness and thoughtfulness to another pupil in class.

               This week's winners:

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Aida for concentrating hard in art, using her observational skills well and producing an excellent result.

Isla for working so hard in all lessons this week, well done!

What we will be learning next week....

In Maths, we will begin looking at fractions of shapes and numbers. In English, we will continue to focus on a book and  take note of correct punctuation and in particular adjectives and conjunctions, whilst also finding information for a non- chronological report.

NOTICES

Looking ahead: Willow outing to Hamerton Zoo near Huntingdon on Wednesday 15th June.

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 
Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 29th April 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are mighty, necessary and immense.  We came across these words in our reading and lessons during the week. 

Phonics and Handwriting

This week we have focussed on the following sounds: ew, ue, u-e and oo. The children often find it hard to recognise the u-e in alien words. We have completed another phonic screening test this week in preparation for the official screen in June. In addition to this family of sounds we also looked at soft c (as in mice and receive) and we learnt a very catchy song,

 'If you know about soft c sing along with me!' I am sure your child will sing it for you!

Three More April Birthdays!

    

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

On Monday we enjoyed a Zoom session with the author Emily Vale and she talked about her book Mighty Maurice. I was very proud of the way the children listened and answered her questions as well as asking a few thoughtful ones of their own.

                                      

In Maths we have learned about arrays and noticing the rows and columns. This is helping the children to see the pattern of repeated addition and we have also looked at doubles.   

                           

In English we looked at suffix 'er' and 'est' and compared Jack and the giant. The giant is taller than Jack. The children also wrote their own version of Jack and the Beanstalk and I was very impressed with their concentration and writing. Thank you for continuing to practise common exception spellings with the children, it really helps their writing flow!

Our History topic is all about Bourn windmill, so for our first lesson we looked at the three main types of windmill. We will learn more about Bourn windmill as a Post Mill in subsequent weeks. In PSHE this week we thought about our family and discussed how different families can be. The children then drew a picture of their family. The cress seeds have grown well and the children write and drew their observations, noticing the changes. In Art, we have be looking closely at carrots and drawing exactly what we see, practising sketching using shades and textures. 

How you can help... 

There will just be one reading record now for home and school. We can write communication about any problem sounds/words in the book so that we can give relevant support.

Please make sure the reading book and reading record are kept in the plastic folder in your child's school bag.

HOME LEARNING this week consists of another spelling sheet of common exception words and also 2 maths sheets practising arrays. Please ensure your child brings the completed homework folder by next Wednesday 4th May. Thank you.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

APOLOGIES to the winners of the week before Easter who were unfortunately not included on our web page- sorry!

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Enid for showing the value of friendship.

Hugo for showing growing confidence and perseverance in his work.

               This week's winners:

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Sasha for working very hard and completing all her work carefully.

Poppy for working hard in English lessons this week. 

What we will be learning next term..

In Maths, we will continue looking at multiplication through making equal groups. In English, we will continue to look at correct punctuation and in particular adjectives and conjunctions whilst also finding information for a non- chronological report. We plan to plant our bean seeds in Science next week.

NOTICES

Enjoy Bank Holiday Monday! See you again on Tuesday 3rd May.

School Council: If your child would like to be considered for School Council please have a chat this weekend as we will need to vote for new reps for this term, early next week.

Looking ahead: Willow outing to Hamerton Zoo near Huntingdon on Wednesday 15th June.

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

22nd April 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date:22nd April 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are Ã¢â‚¬Ëœscoldâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢, ‘widowâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘equal.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢Â  We came across these words in our reading and lessons this week! 

Phonics and Handwriting

As it was a short week and we had looked at these sounds on the last week of term, we revised them again this week. We looked at ‘are,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ear,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ ‘ereâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘airâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ trigraphs all making the same sound in words e.g.   share, wear, there and hair.

Our First April Birthday!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In Maths, we have been busy counting in 10s forwards and backwards. We have also made and added equal groups. In English, we discussed traditional and fairy tales and read Jack and the Beanstalk. The children sorted words from the story placing them in correct order in sentences. They also enjoyed being the teacher and correcting a passage by including capital letters and full stops where they had been missed. We used conjunctions in sentences about traditional tales ‘andâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢, ‘butâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘because.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ In English, the children have also been writing dictations most week, which include the phonic sounds covered that week to help encourage correct spelling.

We have begun a new RE unit thinking about Pentecost and what it means for Christians. Our Science unit is on plants and we thought about what is needed for plants to grow. We were very excited to plant cress seeds this week. The children were amazed to see how tiny the seeds are! Hopefully they will grow well and you will be making egg and cress sandwiches when the children take them home in about 2 weeksâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ time! In Art, we have been practising sketching using shades and textures with our pencils.      

                                             

COOL TIME ACTIVITIES

            

How you can help... 

Please continue to revise all phonic sounds including ‘nkâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘ngâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ which sometimes get forgotten. I hope that you received the email about reading books. There will just be one reading record now for home and school. We can write communication about any problem sounds/words in the book so that we can give relevant support. Please make sure the reading book and reading record are kept in the plastic folder in your childâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s school bag.

 HOME LEARNING this week consists of a spelling sheet of common exception words and also 2 Maths sheets revising place value and counting in tens. Please ensure your child brings the completed homework folder by next Wednesday 27th. Thank you.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

APOLOGIES to the winners of the week before Easter who were unfortunately not included on our web page- sorry!

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Karisha for showing the value of hope                                                  

Valentina for showing a positive attitude to all aspects of school life

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Woody for putting huge effort into his handwriting this week

 Imogen H for working hard and always trying her best.          

 

               This week's winners:

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Juliette for being a good friend to others.

Archie for showing determination and perseverance.

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Rory for making a huge effort to concentrate and complete tasks.

Theo F for working hard to complete a writing task independently.

What we will be learning next term..

In Maths, we will continue looking at multiplication through making arrays and doubles. We will care for our cress seeds and record our observations in Science and plant a bean seed too. In English, we will continue to look at correct punctuation and we will also compare two similar stories. Close observational drawing will be the focus in Art lessons for the next few weeks.

NOTICES

On Monday, we will be having a Zoom session with the author Emily Vale and she will talk about her book ‘Mighty Mauriceâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ (details about ordering a signed copy were in a recent email if you are interested).  

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 1st April 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are Ã¢â‚¬Ëœsynonymâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢, ‘capacityâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘jubilation.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢Â  We came across these words in our English, maths and collective worship this week! 

It was so lovely to see and speak to you on Zoom and discuss the amazing progress that your child has made this year. Thank you so much for your support of your childâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s education; your involvement makes such a difference to the progress made.

I hope that you all have a very happy and enjoyable Easter holiday. ðŸ˜Å 

Phonics and handwriting 

In phonics we revised the ‘are,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ â€ââ€Å¾Â¢earâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘airâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ trigraphs all making the same sound in words e.g   care, bear and chair.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We have looked at measurement and capacity this week and learnt the language of capacity- full, half full, nearly empty and empty. We revised the words ‘moreâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘lessâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘mostâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘least.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ We also used our measuring skills to measure the coloured pencils in our table pot and then using comparative language to indicate the longest/shortest crayons.

In English, we continued working on ‘The Day the Crayons Quitâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and the children learnt about SYNONYMS- words which have similar meanings. The children discovered alternative words the different coloured crayons for instance ruby, rose, scarlet or crimson for red.

EASTER crafts afternoon in Willow Class this week….

    

 

To complete our RE unit on Christianity the children wrote their own prayers, many of which included the elements of praise, asking and forgiveness.

We had fun at the Easter Egg Hunt. Thank you BSA !! ðŸ˜Å 

      

How you can help...

 NO FORMAL HOMEWORK OVER THE HOLIDAY! 

 I will send home all the phonic sounds that the children should be able to read. If you want to, you can recap the 2, 5 and 10 times table, although we shall be working on them when we return to school after Easter. 

Keep enjoying reading too! 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Poppy for showing greater confidence in all lessons.

 Zahra for having a positive attitude to her work.

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

    Rory for putting huge effort into his reading this week, well done!

     Felix for being kind to others and working more independently.

What we will be learning next term..

In Maths, we will begin the term by looking in more detail at multiplication and division and in particular the 2, 5 and 10 times tables so please do go through these with your child. Our Science topic for the first half of the Summer term is plants and plant growth and animals in the second half of term. In History and Geography we will be looking at the local area of Bourn, learning about Bourn Windmill and the local area. We will also be practising writing our address and identifying our school, the church and shop on a map.

NOTICES

Summer Term begins on Tuesday 19th April.

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

25th March 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 25th March 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are Ã¢â‚¬Ëœclimateâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘tropical.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢Â  We came across these words in our geography lesson this week. 

Phonics and handwriting

In phonics we revised the ‘ee,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ â€ââ€Å¾Â¢eaâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢,‘e-e,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ ‘eyâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ieâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ digraphs which all make the same sounds.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

We have continued exploring measurement in maths using non-standard and standard measurements for weight and mass. We also measured our bodies with string. Then we had fun outside measuring objects like crates and cones against our height. The homework this week focusses on the language of heavier/lighter and balance scales. In English, we have begun some work on The Day the Crayons Quit and the children enjoyed reading the letters the crayons sent to Duncan and wrote their own letters to him too. During these activities they thought about capital letters, full stops and question marks so reinforcing correct punctuation.

The children also really enjoyed the Big Write activity entitled ‘If I was a teacher I would….â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ They had lots of ideas but I am pleased to say that being kind was a popular characteristic with them! 

In Geography, the children learned about the climate in the Arctic and compared it with the climate in Jamaica. They also sorted where people were going on holiday by looking at the clothes in their suitcases. The children impressed me with a Science assessment about materials and seemed to understand a lot about magnets too. In PSHE we thought about things that were safe or unsafe and sorted pictures into columns for when they should be used - sometimes, always and never.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the Computer Xplorers session and the Lego robotics workshop was a huge hit!

  

          COOL time fun

How you can help...

Homework this week focusses on spellings using this weekâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s sounds. The maths task is 2 measuring sheets. Thank you for your support with this- the homework is due in on Wednesday 30th March.

Please also continue to go through phase 3 and 5 sounds with your child and encourage daily reading.

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Poppy for showing greater confidence in all lessons.

 Zahra for having a positive attitude to her work.

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

    Rory for putting huge effort into his reading this week, well done!

     Felix for being kind to others and working more independently.

What we will be learning next week..

In English, we will continue activities involving ‘The Day the Crayons Quit.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ In Maths, we will complete our measuring unit for this term looking at volume and capacity. We will continue to work hard on handwriting using the Penpals scheme and also focus on sentence construction.

NOTICES

Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st March – Parentsâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ Consultations

Friday 1st April Easter service in Church

Friday 1st April - term ends for Easter holiday

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 18th March 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are Ã¢â‚¬Ëœigniteâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘swiftly.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢Â  We came across these words when reading different books so we discussed their meanings!  

Phonics and handwriting

The phonic sounds this week focussed on the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœo,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ ‘oe,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ ‘o-e,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ â€ââ€Å¾Â¢oaâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘ow.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ correctly! The children explored lots of words with alternative spellings and made sure that we could spell our ‘owâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ class name Willow!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

It has been a week of change due to DT week and a few other changes to the timetable. However, we have thought about our DT mini project about preparing fruit and vegetables and the children designed their own appealing plate. We discussed the different ways of preparing and serving vegetables e.g. carrots can be sliced, grated, chopped, eaten raw and cooked.  As it has been Science Week, we have learned some more weather facts (geography too!) and did an experiment involving shaving foam, water and blue colouring. We saw an example of what happens to the clouds when rain falls. In Art we continued thinking about Lowryâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s narrative paintings. We have continued studying length in maths using non-standard and standard measurements. The children have learned to use a ruler to measure accurately. The homework this week focuses on measuring. 

We enjoyed a visit to the Nature Reserve in this weekâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s wonderful Spring weather. We also went for a Listening Walk around the school grounds including spending a short time at our very own Bourn Theatre and the children amused themselves (and me!) telling jokes, singing songs and also doing some gymnastics/dance sequences too! We also enjoyed some COOL Time Fun!

          

                                                           

How you can help...

Homework this week focusses on spellings using the oe/o-e/ow/oa sounds which we have learned this week. The maths task is 2 measuring sheets. Thank you for your support with this- the homework is due in on Wednesday 23rd March.

Please also continue to go through phase 3 and 5 sounds with your child and encourage daily reading. 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Rafferty for being very kind and helpful to a child who had hurt himself.

                       William D. for showing positivity and kindness to another member of the class.

Congratulations to our Effort Award Winners this week:

Imogen C for putting huge effort into her work and in particular her measuring work.

                                           Archie for working really hard on his handwriting this week.

What we will be learning next week..

We have Computer Xplorers leading a Lego robotics workshop on Tuesday.

In Maths, we will continue learning about measurement and looking at weight/mass and volume. In  we will look at The Lordâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s prayer and write our own prayers. We will continue to work hard on handwriting using the Penpals scheme and also focus on sentence construction.

NOTICES

Please remember to sign up for your parent consultation using the online system. Thank you.  

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

11th March 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 11th March 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our word of the week is Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcompare.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢Â  We came across this word when looking at our maths unit on measurement this week.  

Phonics and handwriting

The phonic sounds this week focussed on the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœai,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ ‘ay,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ ‘a-eâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and the favourite Caveman Dave ‘a-eâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ digraphs as well as ‘eyâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢. We focussed on the â€ââ€Å¾Â¢eyâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ spelling this week and hopefully your child can now spell ‘theyâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ correctly!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In English this week we have looked at rhyme and enjoyed reading ‘Queen Victoriaâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s Bathing Machineâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ which contains lots of rhyming couplets. The children then wrote short rhymes and begun to realise that their sentences need to make sense too! We thought of:   

My black fluffy cat

sat on the stripy mat

Itâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s really not fair

youâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢re sitting on a chair!

 In Science lesson this week we learned about North and South poles on magnets and used the words ‘pushâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘pullâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘attractâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘repelâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ to describe what happens when the different magnets move closer to each other.    

        

In Art, we continued thinking about narrative paintings and this week looked closely at the paintings of Lowry. We have started looking at length and height in Maths. It would be good if you can ensure your child knows the difference between length and height and when you use the different measuring terms of short, long, big as well as comparative language e.g. small, smaller, smallest etc. In PSHE we have looked at books about being brave and also having patience and learning to wait. We have also started thinking about what keeps us healthy. In Geography, we looked at different clothes that we would wear in various weather conditions. The children have also really impressed me as they sat their first NFER assessment tests this week which is a very big deal when you are in Year 1!  I am very proud of them and they worked very hard on them.

How you can help...

learned this week. The maths task is a mixed activity sheet which I thought the children would enjoy. Thank you for your support with this- the homework is due in on Wednesday 16th March.

Please also continue to go through phase 3 and 5 sounds with your child and encourage daily reading.

 

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Theo O for working very hard and concentrating well in the Computers lesson this week.

Sofia for being so kind and helpful to her classmates.

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Hugo for excellent concentration and super observational skills in our Art lesson on Lowry.

Valentina for neat, careful handwriting in all subject areas.

What we will be learning next half term...

We will be doing our DT week next week which will be about preparing fruit and vegetables! It is also Science week and so we will be linking these two subjects. 

NOTICES

 

Please remember to collect 5p coins for our BSA bottle- we are doing well but have stiff competition from some of the other classes this year! The 5p competition ends on 18th March. Thank you so much for supporting this fund raiser.

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

4th March 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 4th March 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are Ã¢â‚¬Ëœmutterâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘canter.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ We came across both these words when completing verb work this week and thought we needed to make sure we understood what the words meant!  

Phonics and handwriting

The phonic sounds this week focussed on the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœor,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ ‘au,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ ‘awâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ digraphs as well as the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœwhâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘phâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ digraphs. Please go through these sounds with your child thinking of words which contain the different spellings but have the same sounds.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In English this week we continued to think about 'Mrs Rainbow' by Neil Griffiths. It is about embracing difference and it is also about a community who help each other. Mrs Rainbow lives in a brightly painted cottage until the District Council decided that she had to paint her house grey to be the same as other houses. Hopefully, your child will able able to tell you what happens next….! We have also revisited verbs and imperative verbs (bossy verbs) and the children also wrote instructions for making pancakes and for brushing their teeth.

We had an exciting Science lesson this week as we experimenting with magnets and had fun discovering which materials/objects were magnetic.  We learned that not all metals are magnetic but that a 5 pence coin, a fork and a chair leg certainly were!  We had fun making a paper clip dance using a magnet underneath the paper!

         

 

In Art, we started thinking about narrative paintings and looked closely at the painting of ‘George and the Dragonâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢Â by Paolo Ucello. We were looked closely at the detail and thought about what was happening in the painting and why.           

In Maths, we have revised looking at numbers to 50 and learning the importance of the tens and ones columns when reading numbers. We have started to count in twos and fives this week, looking at the pattern of these numbers on a 100 square. The children recapped odd and even numbers too when counting in twos and seeing the numbers which are not coloured as odd numbers.

We had a wonderful World Book Day and listened to many of the childrenâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s books. We also worked out a Book Day code in Maths, wrote about and drew our favourite book characters as well as singing a World Book Day rap! We thoroughly enjoyed our special trip to the Nature Reserve for our book trail where we spotted lots of familiar book characters as well as enjoying a story too!

      

How you can help...

Homework this week focusses on spellings using the sounds which we have learned this week. The maths task is about counting in twos. Thank you for your support with this- the homework is due in on Wednesday 9th March.

Please also continue to go through phase 3 and 5 sounds with your child and encourage daily reading.

Please remember to collect 5p coins for our BSA bottle- we are doing well but have stiff competition from some of the other classes this year!

                                                       

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Jessie for showing kindness and friendship to another class member.

Grace for working very hard and producing some good work in maths lessons this week.

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Felix for trying very hard to write neatly and carefully at all times!

Enid for working very hard with her handwriting and spelling.

What we will be learning next half term...

In English, we will looking at rhyme in ‘Queen Victoriaâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s Bathing Machineâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and experimenting with writing our own rhymes. In Geography we will be looking at how weather affects our lives. We will start a new unit in Maths on length and height. In Art, we will continue to look at narrative paintings.

NOTICES

World Book Day -  Thursday 3rd March

Dress as a book character or wear cosy clothes and bring your favourite book to school to share with others.

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

 

25th February 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 25 February 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are Ã¢â‚¬Ëœpatienceâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ one of the Fruits of the Spirit which our online Wednesday assembly focussed on this week and ‘patient.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ We thought about the 2 meanings - being patient when we wait for something or being a patient in hospital. 

Phonics and handwriting

The phonic sounds this week focussed on the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœew,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ ‘ue,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ ‘u-eâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ digraphs as well as the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœureâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ digraph. Please go through these sounds with your child thinking of words which contain the different spellings but same sounds.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

This week we talked in class and then wrote about our half term week. The children find it much easier to write sentences if they have already spoken them to someone. I am very impressed with the amount that some of the children are able to write in a given time. We have also enjoyed the book, ‘Mrs Rainbowâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and the children wrote letters to Mrs Rainbow using amazing adjectives to describe what they think might be at the end of the rainbow!

The children remembered the parable of The Lost Sheep really well and write and illustrated the story. Some of them contributed to a tissue paper collage sheep for a hall display.

In our Science lesson this week we thought about waterproof materials. Following on from our last experiment before half term, we predicted whether a material would be waterproof or not. We tested: paper, foil, a tissue, rubber, plastic bag, cloth and a sponge. We discussed whether I would like an item of clothing made from the different materials and why/why not.

                                                         Three More February Birthdays!                                       

                                                                 

                                                                          

How you can help...

It would be very helpful if you could encourage your child to practise the correct formation of lower-case letters and match them with the appropriate capital letters. Thank you so much for your support.  Please also continue to go through phase 3 and 5 sounds and encourage daily reading.

Please remember to collect 5p coins for our BSA bottle- we have stiff competition from some of the other classes this year!

                                                       

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Kayla for showing kindness and thoughtfulness to others

Felix for being very kind and encouraging to another member of the class

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Juliette for careful and neat writing for the RE display board

Zahra for making a huge effort with her writing this week

What we will be learning next half term...

In English we will recap verbs and imperative verbs whilst writing instructions. On Thursday we will enjoy World Book Day activities! We will be doing Geography this half term and we will be revising weather and seasons. We will continue with place value within 50 and counting in twos, fives and tens. In Art we will be looking at pictures which tell a story. We will also learn about Shrove Tuesday and Lent in RE.

NOTICES

World Book Day -  Thursday 3rd March

Dress as a book character or wear cosy clothes and bring your favourite book to school to share with others.

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 
 

 

11 February 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 11 February 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are Ã¢â‚¬Ëœpredictâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ from our science lesson and Ã¢â‚¬Ëœfleeâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ from  reading our class novel.

Phonics and handwriting

The phonic sounds this week focussed on the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœoiâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘oyâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ digraphs as well as the ‘er,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ ‘irâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘urâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ digraphs.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

This week in Art we had our last session on clay and created hedgehogs! We practised rolling, pinching, squeezing and marking the clay. During our History lesson we learned about the differences and similarities between Mary Seacole. and Florence Nightingale.  In groups we decided which quote was talking about Florence and which was Mary which formed a good recap of the facts concerning both the nurses. The children were also reminded that they were nursing in the Victorian times and we watched a Magic Grandad programme all about bath time in the Victorian times.

                                                               

We revised adjectives, nouns and syllables in English. We used our knowledge of ‘The Enchanted Woodâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ to identify adjectives and nouns before doing our own word hunt in the classroom.

                                         

 

Great fun was had in Music with Mrs Wheatman when the children performed their ‘boom-whackerâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ concert to me and Mrs Armitage - we were most impressed!

                                                                        

Floating and sinking was the focus of our Materials work this week. We ‘predictedâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ whether an item would float or sink and recorded our results on a chart. We also learnt the word density and how this affects whether an object floats or sinks. In Maths we have started looking at numbers to 50 and learning the importance of the tens and ones columns when reading numbers.

                                                                       

 

             Our First February Birthday!       

How you can help...

It would be very helpful if you could encourage your child to practise the correct formation of lower-case letters and match them with the appropriate capital letters. Thank you so much for your support.  Please also continue to go through phase 3 and 5 sounds and encourage daily reading.

Please remember to collect 5p coins for our BSA bottle- we have stiff competition from some of the other classes this year!

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

 

Corey for being a good friend to others in the class.

Sasha for filling othersâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ buckets by being such a kind friend!

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Jessie for taking care with clay and producing an excellent hedgehog!

Theo O for putting great care into his handwriting in different lessons.

What we will be learning next half term...

After half term, in science we will be looking at which materials are waterproof. In Geography, we will be revising weather and seasons. We will continue with place value within 50.

NOTICES

This week the children have a Maths Fact Family house addition and subtraction sheet and also a handwriting to practise spellings. Please ensure the children complete both sheets in the red folder and return them next WEDNESDAY 9th FEB. Please also read with your child daily and go through the Phase 5 sounds too. Thank you so much for your support.

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 
 

4 February 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 4 February 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are ‘transparentâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘opaqueâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ two words from our Science lessons on materials. We also talked about the word ‘translucentâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and how our bathroom windows often have this type of glass which lets light in but people cannot see into the room.

Phonics and handwriting:

The phonic sounds this week focussed on the ‘iâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ sound, ‘ighâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢, ‘ie,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘i-e.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢  This weekâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s spelling task will enable the children to practise some of the words we learned this week.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In Art, we created clay worms and beetles. We practised rolling, pinching, squeezing and marking the clay. During our History lesson we learned about our second significant person- Mary Seacole. Although she was a nurse at the same time as Florence Nightingale, she had a harder time trying to nurse the soldiers in the Crimean War. She showed perseverance, courage and determination and because she didnâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢t give up, managed to help lots of soldiers and was nicknamed ‘Mother Seacole.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ We looked at traditional tales in English. The children successfully sequenced the story of Goldilocks and also after some Talk for Writing, successfully wrote their account of ‘The Three Little Pigs.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ I was impressed by the childrenâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s writing- many of them wrote over a page in their books! In Science this week we looked at the properties of materials identifying whether the objects were soft, hard, shiny, bendy, transparent and opaque. In Maths we have learnt about fact families. This weekâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s homework is completing different fact family houses. We revised ordinal numbers on Tuesday as one of our Chinese New Year activities. The race was on and the rat still won, but we were pleased that the tiger (this yearâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s animal) came third!

       

Fun in the nature reserve! 

                              

 

How you can help...

I have noticed that some children  are still writing reversals of numbers (and some letters), so please encourage your child to practise forming them the correct way. Thank you so much for your support.  

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Ayden for showing the value of forgiveness when someone accidentally hurt him.

Imogen C for showing thoughtfulness and kindness to different members of the class.

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

     Sofia for careful, neat writing about Mary Seacole this week.

     Emily for working very hard in English and producing a detailed account of the ‘Three Little Pigs.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢

What we will be learning next week...

In Science we will look at different materials and predict and investigate which will float and which sink. In History we will continue to think about significant individuals and compare the lives of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. Our Maths unit will be place value within 50.

NOTICES

This week the children have a Maths Fact Family house addition and subtraction sheet and also a handwriting to practise spellings. Please ensure the children complete both sheets in the red folder and return them next WEDNESDAY 9th FEB. Please also read with your child daily and go through the Phase 5 sounds too. Thank you so much for your support.

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

27 January 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 27 January 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are ‘resilientâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘timidâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ two words which came up in the course of the week. In PSHE we read a book about being resilient and Halibut Jackson was timid.

Phonics and handwriting:

The phonic sounds this week were: focussed on the ‘ai,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ayâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘a-eâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ we looked at alternative spellings and I have been very impressed with the words the children discussed.

In our Science investigation we wanted to discover which material was the strongest for the three little pigsâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ houses. We tried lollypop sticks, marshmallows and Lego bricks. We made predictions and then the hairdryer was our wolf! In this experiment, plastic was the strongest material.

                                 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In English we have continued working on the book ‘Halibut Jacksonâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ by David Lucas. We thought about what the outward appearance of Halibut Jackson tells us and then reflected on what he might be feeling inside and whether that was the same or different. In the book Halibut wanted to ‘blend into the backgroundâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and wore clothes to suit his surroundings. The children were very excited to read the scroll which was an invitation for Halibut Jackson to attend a party at the palace. We formed a ‘Conscience Alleyâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and the children stood on one side if they thought he should go to the party and on the other if they felt he should not go. They put up their thumbs if they had something to say to Halibut to help him make his decision. 

                                           

In Maths we have practised subtracting crossing 10 using ten frames, part whole models and number lines.

We have continued looking at parables in our Christianity unit in RE. The children acted out 3 of Jesusâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ parables.

          COOL Time Creations!

                                                                               

How you can help...

I have noticed that some children  are still writing reversals of numbers (and some letters), so please encourage your child to practise forming them the correct way. Thank you so much for your support.  

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Aida for making great progress with her reading and trying very hard to sound out unfamiliar words.

Isla for working very hard on her writing and remembering to write some high frequency words correctly.

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Grace for making a huge effort in her Halibut Jackson writing this week.

William B. for working hard in English lessons this week and writing clearly and neatly.

What we will be learning next week...

In Science, we will compare and group materials based on their properties. In History, we will continue to think about significant individuals and learn about Mary Seacole. Our Maths unit is still addition and subtraction so we will be looking at related facts next week.

NOTICES

Tuesday 1st February Chinese New Year

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

21 January 2022

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 21 January 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are ‘bizarreâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘diligentâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ two words which came up in the course of the week and the children were unsure of the meanings.

Phonics and handwriting:

The phonic sounds this week were: focussed on the ‘orâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ digraph and we looked at alternative spellings for the same sound- ‘au,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ ‘aw,â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ ‘alâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘our.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢Â  The children had fun sorting lots of words: 

Our January Birthday Girl!

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

In English we have started to study ‘Halibut Jacksonâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ by David Lucas. We looked closely at the bookâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s initial illustration and we shared how we thought he was feeling from the clothes he wore and the way he was standing. We will use these clues to help us deepen understanding about the character. In Maths, we have practised using  ten frames to add and subtract 2 numbers as an alternative to part whole models and number lines. It is good for the children to represent their answers in different ways.

                                                                               

We continued looking at parables in our Christianity unit in RE. In PSHE we have considered our dreams and goals and the things that we do well. In Art, we have started to think about sculpture and the children experimented with handling a ball of clay this week.  We created some excellent creations during COOL time and we are all really enjoying our class novel- the highlight of the day!

                                                                  

How you can help...

I have noticed that some children  are still writing reversals of numbers (and some letters), so please encourage your child to practise forming them the correct way. Thank you so much for your support.  

WINNERS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

Archie for working very hard on his number bonds this week.

Kayla for showing care and kindness towards her classmates.

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Sofia for working hard to produce beautifully neat handwriting in her phonics work this week.

Theo O for working very hard to produce neat work in different subjects.

 

What we will be learning next week...

We will continue to use the book Halibut Jackson to explore different themes and techniques. In Science, we will look at the properties of different materials. In History we will continue to learn about Florence Nightingale. We will be working on subtraction crossing 10 in Maths.

NOTICES

Homework - This week the children have a Maths addition sheet and a handwriting to practise the weekday spellings. Please ensure the children complete both sheets in the red folder and return them next WEDNESDAY 26th JANUARY. Some children are still  reversing numbers (and a few letters), so please do encourage your child to practise forming them correctly. Thank you so much for your support.

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

14 January 2022

 Bourn Church of England Primary Academy 

Willow Class - Year 1

Date: 14 January 2022

What we have been learning this week...

Our words of the week are ‘significantâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘chronological.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ In History this term we will be learning about two significant important, notable or outstanding people- Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. As a form of recap of last termâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s History we looked at time lines and chronology- hence the advanced words of the week! We ordered different events on a human timeline: dinosaurs lived, Jesus was born, grandparents were born, Parents were born, the children were born and present day: 2022. 

Phonics and handwriting:

The phonic sounds this week were: ‘oyâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ as in ‘boyâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and we discovered that when the alternate sound â€ââ€Å¾Â¢oi ‘

is used, itâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s at the beginning or middle of words but not the end. We also revised ‘ureâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ (mixture, pure, adventure) and ‘erâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢. It will be helpful if you go through these sounds with your child and discuss words that contain these sounds and examples of alternate spellings too.

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children have worked very hard this week! We have again revised writing sentences and the importance of capital letters and full stops in the correct places too. The children completed their first (very simple!) reading comprehension this week about looking after a dog. I am encouraging them to sound out unfamiliar words wherever they see them and not just in their reading books! In Maths, we have practised using a numberline to add 2 numbers together and we are learning our number bonds to 20. We continued looking at parables in our Christianity unit in RE. In PSHE we have considered our dreams and goals and the things that we do well. Music was great fun this week and the children used boom whackers! Reading is still a huge priority and it is a joy to read our new class novel to the children- they are loving it! 

     

How you can help...

I have noticed that some children  are still writing reversals of numbers (and some letters), so please encourage your child to practise forming them the correct way. Thank you so much for your support.  

Winners of the week

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week: 

William D for taking greater care of his work and finishing more in the given time.

Josh for showing sustained periods of concentration and producing some lovely pieces of work this week.

 

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Felix for making a great effort with his writing and trying hard to remember finger spaces in his work.

Ayden for making a concerted effort to keep his handwriting the same size and on the lines, keep it up!

 

What we will be learning next week...

In Science, we will continue to look at the properties of different materials. In History, we will be learning about hospitals in Victorian times and beginning to look at Florence Nightingale. We will continue working on addition and next week we will also look at subtraction, which the children often find a challenge 

NOTICES

On our HOUSE DAYS we are raise money for the charity Frank Water- thank you for bringing in £1 to support this. Feel free to bring the money on Monday if it has been forgotten!

Homework will be going out on Fridays to be returned on Wednesdays. Thank you. 

  Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk

 

 

7 January 2022 

 

Bourn Church of England Primary Academy

Willow Class

Year 1

Date: 7 January 2021

 

 

What we have been learning this week...

Happy New Year to you all. I hope that 2022 is a happy and healthy year for you all. It has been wonderful to see your enthusiastic children again this week, I really missed seeing them in the Christmas holiday!

Our word of the week has been Ã¢â‚¬Ëœlandscape.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢Â In Art we looked at the artist Paul Klee and how he used lines and colours to create his pictures. We learned that he painted lots of landscapes and reminded ourselves what that meant!

Phonics and handwriting:

The phonic sounds this week were: ‘ouâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ as in ‘outâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘houseâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘ou as in ‘youâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘groupâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and also ‘ouâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ as in ‘couldâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and ‘would.â€ââ€Å¾Â¢ We have such a complicated language! It would help hugely if you go through these alternate sounds with your child. Thank you so much for supporting your childâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s learning, it really makes a difference.

Two children celebrated their birthdays in the Christmas holidays!

SCHOOL COUNCIL

If your child would like to be on the School Council this term, please think of reasons why they should be the new class rep! Voting next week!

How you can help...

Please ensure that after you have listened to your child read that you ask them questions about the book.

Please encourage your child to read a book more than once to reinforce new vocabulary. We have invested in more reading books from the Big Cat series in Key Stage 1 which the children are loving.

I hope that you are enjoying looking at books on our new online library.

Please have a look at this online safety website with your child.

JessieFriendsvideos (thinkuknow.co.uk)

 

Activities we have enjoyed this week...

The children have worked very hard in the three days they have been back at school! We have revised writing sentences and the importance of capital letters and full stops. We enjoyed reading ‘Jasperâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢s Beanstalkâ€ââ€Å¾Â¢ and practised the correct spelling of the days of the week. In Maths we finished looking at comparing objects and numbers and revised the use of comparison signs too.

We have started looking at parables in our Christianity unit in RE and we enjoyed watching a short fil clip about The Lost Sheep.

Reading is still a huge priority and it is a joy to see the children enjoying reading!

 

The children have enjoyed playing together in COOL time!

What we will be learning next week...

This term our Science topic is Everyday materials including magnets. In History, we will be learning about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We will working on a new unit in Maths next week - Addition and Subtraction for the next 4 weeks.

 

 

 

 

Winners of the Week

Congratulations to our Values Award Winners this week:

Poppy and Isaac

Congratulations to our Presentation Award Winners this week:

Hugo  and Valentina

Notices

A MASSIVE THANK YOU for your kindness and generosity at Christmas. The John Lewis hamper and vouchers were a wonderful surprise and the cards, chocolates, plants and toiletries were also very much appreciated!

Hawking Day - Friday 14th January. Wear blue or dress as a famous scientist and bring in £1 donation!

 

Email: jballs@bourn.cambs.sch.uk 

 

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