Class 1 - Mrs Snow

Welcome to Class 1's web page!

Hi! In year one this year there is myself; Mrs Snow, Miss Ward in the mornings and Miss Senior in the afternoons. On a Friday we are joined by Miss Allen in the afternoon. We are a happy class of learners using lots of different approaches to ensure that we all achieve in our own way.

I love active learning especially anything to do with food, so there is always some sort of baking, tasting and making involved in our exciting topics. This year in year one, we have topics designed to grab all our children's attentions and engage them in new learning in fun ways.

This year I am also lead throughout school in Writing, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and Humanities. I have been at West Melton Primary for quite a few years now and I thoroughly enjoy seeing the children grow and learn.

Reading: Please ensure all children read at least 3 times a week. Proud points are earned and there are prizes to be won. Throughout the week your child will be heard read at least once a week individually and their book will be changed. I cannot say what days this will be on so please ensure book bags are in school every day.

Spellings: Spellings will be put into learning logs on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday. Short, regular practices at home are most effective alongside lots of colour!

Homework: We send home a homework menu - this will provide a choice of activities to have a go at throughout the term. They will mostly be creative and hopefully fun!

PE: This term PE is on a Monday and Tuesday. However, it is easier if PE kit is left in school for the half term.

What are we learning? - Summer 1 Term 2017/18


As Geographers we will ... use aerial photographs to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; we will devise a simple map for an alien! We will compare weather around the world and investigate how the sun is the source of our weather. We will use compass directions and positional language to describe the whereabouts of our aliens and our space rockets in space.

As Historians we will ... learn about famous people who have visited space. We will investigate and write biographies of Neil Armstrong and Tim Peakes. We will also learn about the first woman in space, Helen Sharman. We will think about why the first mammals in space were animals.

As Mathematicians we will ... become secure in our place value understanding. We will begin to understand how our numbers are made of tens and ones. We will then use this to become experts at addition and subtraction. We will continue to investigate counting in 2's, 5's and 10's. Finally, we will use our knowledge of shape, weight, length, fractions and capacity to solve problems in our areas of learning.

As Readers we will ... be focusing on phonics. We will become experts at our alien language and may even be able to use it!

As Scientists we will ... observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies. We will do a simple experiment to investigate shadows and how the sun makes these. We will do simple experiments to investigate forces and light and dark.

As Artists and Designers we will ... re-create Van-Gogh's 'Starry Night.' We will investigate and explore a variety of paining techniques and decide which ones we want to use for our own paintings. We will use D.T techniques to join materials to make our own moving space vehicles.

As Writers we will ... re-tell a familiar story and have a go at writing our endings. We will use our learning areas to write diaries, alien wanted posters, lists for visits to the moon and follow our own imaginations too far off planets.

As Responsible Citizens we will ... think about how we need to look after our planet and how we as responsible citizens can help. We will use an alien story to investigate how to be super friends and how we can help new friends be comfortable.

As Enterprising Learners we will ... set up and run our own tours of the moon and run an alien sweet shop. We will be good team members and work together to create space vehicles.

We will celebrate our learning by ... sharing our learning with year 4 and taking them on a tour of outer space. We will also enjoy sharing our learning with our adults in our assemblies.

Our Year 1 Parents Narrative - 2017/18 Summer 1 is available to download.

Our Year 1 Homework Menu - 2017/18 Summer 1 is also available to download.

What are we learning? - Spring Term 2017/18

Enchanted Forest

As Historians we will ... learn about the historical figure of Robin Hood and why he is famous. We will discuss whether we think he was a good or bad character and why.

As Geographers we will ... practice the months of the year and be able to say them in order. We will learn about the seasons and how the weather in each season is different. To help us with our learning we will link our learning in science with our geography learning by thinking about how trees change in each season. We will learn how to use simple compass points and use ICT to investigate directions. We will draw and follow maps linked to our fairy tale forest work.

As Scientists we will ... use flower fairies to learn different flowers names and try to grow our own plants by becoming flower experts. We will investigate what trees and plants are growing in our school grounds and use the quad as our very own garden. We will learn how to use graphs and charts to classify what we find in our garden. As experts we will be able to name some of the parts of a plant and explain these parts to others.

As Artists and Designers we will ... use our art to help with our science learning by observing and drawing flowers accurately. We will use the artist Andy Goldsworthy as inspiration for our own natural artwork. As designers we will work in teams to design and make fairy gardens. We will design, make and evaluate flower fairy houses using a variety of materials.

As Mathematicians we will ... be working on our addition and subtractions skills to 20. We will be working on our number bonds and trying to learn these by heart. We will start to learn about fractions and explore finding halves and quarters of amounts and shapes.

As Readers we will ... be continuing our phonics work. We will become experts at reading our alien language and if you look closely aliens may even invade the classroom! We will also be working on answering questions about what we have read to make sure we are understanding our books.

As Responsible Citizens we will ... begin to understand how to be safe on computers. We will start thinking about how we can look after our environments. We will create posters to help others to understand how to look after the environments.

As Enterprising Learners we will ... the Team work twins work well together and we will continue to develop in this area. We will also learn how to be reflective learners by thinking what we can do next to become even better. We will plan an open event for our mums, dads and carers so that they can come and enjoy our learning with us.

Our Year 1 Parents Narrative - 2017/18 Spring 1 is available to download.

Spring Learning

The Y4 and Y1 children thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the RSPB Old Moor Nature Reserve. They were fascinated by the facts and information learned.

Photos of recent work and instructions following the bird box workshop ...

What are we learning? - Autumn 2 Term 2017/18

On Safari!

As Geographers we will ... learn the name of the continents and a little about the weather in each. We will focus on Africa and particularly Kenya. We will learn about the features of the country such as the mountains, forests and plains, we will compare these to our own country. We will learn about African cultures and compare them to our own.

As Mathematicians we will ... be focusing on key skills. We will be practicing and learning our number bonds to 10, begin to learn how to count in 2's and 10's and try to remember our doubles. We will investigate shape and space!

As Readers we will ... be focusing on phonics. We will be learning how to read a strange new alien language!!!

As Scientists we will ... investigate, research and learn about the types of animals that live in Africa. We will learn the language of predator and prey. We will look at basic food webs and how animals are similar to humans in their survival needs.

As Artists and Designers we will ... be very creative! We will create camouflage pictures by looking at animal patterns and making our own prints. We will explore cultural masks and design and make our own using a variety of materials. Independently we will create box model animals and investigate joining techniques.

As Writers we will ... be learning how to write longer sentences with by using 'and' to join our ideas. We will be trying hard to remember how to spell our key words and having a go at being more independent.

As Responsible Citizens we will ... explore everybody having the right to health care, education and health care. We will compare the lives of people in some areas of Kenya to our own.

As Enterprising Learners we will ... we reflective learners. We will look at our work and think what we have done well and how could we improve next time. We will enjoy planning and taking part in our Christmas fayre.

We will celebrate our learning by ... holding an art gallery in year one. We will present the beautiful art work that we have created. We will also share our learning and proud point collection with parents on dojo too.

Our Year 1 Parents Narrative - 2017/18 Autumn 2 is available to download.

The Year 1 Home Learning Menu - Autumn 2 is also available to download.

Our Autumn 2 Learning - Maths

Decorating the Christmas Tree

What are we learning? - Autumn 1 Term 2017/18


As Historians we will ... use language related to chronology to order events of the Great Fire of London. We will learn facts off by heart so that we can become experts. To help us become experts we will use a variety of sources and learn where these sources come from. We will compare sources to say which are most effective. We will learn about key people who were involved in the fire. We will use our investigation skills to find out how London was improved after the fire.

As Geographers we will ... learn where London is. We will look at a map of the British Isles and locate London and see where it is in relation to where we live. We will discover the landmarks of London by learning with Barnaby bear. We will discover how we can travel to and around London with our own maps and our own London bus.

As Scientists we will ... be focusing on materials. We will investigate what objects are made out of and what they are used for. We will design houses that link with our history work thinking about the best material for each part. We will look at the buckets that the firemen used during the Great Fire and investigate waterproof materials.

As Artists and Designers we will ... investigate the houses in the time of the Great Fire. We will create our own Tudor houses using card board boxes. We will use scissors and learn control with those. We will use baking techniques to make bread from the past and present.

As Responsible Citizens we will ... learn about how to keep safe. We will learn about road, water and railway safety. We will thing about what we can do to help others say safe. We will learn about keeping safe at home and what to do in certain events.

As Enterprising Learners we will ... learn how to negotiate. We will use success criteria's in literacy and numeracy and discuss whether we have met them. We will be problem solvers when creating our monuments to ensure we meet given criteria. We will develop our leadership skills by being table and subject leaders.

We will celebrate our learning by ... sharing our learning with parents through Class dojo and inviting you to a celebration showcase at the end of term.

Our Year 1 Parents Narrative - 2017/18 Autumn 1 is available to download.

The Year 1 Home Learning Menu - Autumn 1 is also available to download.

Our Learning - Great Fire of London!

Our Autumn 1 Learning - Building Bridges

Autumn 1 - Maths Learning