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St Michael's Woolmer GreenVA C of E School

'Shine as Lights in the World'

Willow (year 1)

If you need any support please contact Mrs White on the following email:

 

Willow@woolmergreen.herts.sch.uk

Home Learning Help

 

I am attaching some info and documents to help with your child's home learning. These are just general areas that the whole class would benefit from working on. I've included phonics, reading, writing and maths. Please don't think I'm expecting you to sit down and do all of this! It's just there if you feel that your child needs something extra and also so you've got a reminder of the Year 1 expectations.

 

I'll leave this at the top and each week's learning materials will be immediately below.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or problems.

Mrs W.

Goodbye Willow Class!

Here we are at the end of the year! Here are some photos of our capacity lesson, which also turned into a fun (albeit wet) playtime!

 

It's been a pleasure to teach you all. We have learnt lots and hopefully had lots of fun as well. We wish you all the best of luck for Year 2; we know you will be brilliant. Thank you so much for the lovely gifts and messages - they really are very much appreciated.

 

Have a wonderful summer,

Mrs W and Mrs G. smiley

Homework - 16th July

Another busy week in Willow Class. We have been using pictures to help us come up with story ideas in literacy and have used our phonics knowledge to write words and sentences. We have created spreadsheets in computing, where we thought about the food we would want for a party. In geography we made a class book of facts about the Arctic - a bit cooler than here today!

 

One more spelling test. The words are: fast, grass, path, bath, bacon, lady, wash, want, watch, wasp (Mr., Mrs.). Please continue to practise using these words in sentences. Also see if you can write the days of the week and months of the year. The third chapter of Anna's Sportsday is on Purple Mash, plus some activities. The final two chapters will also be available next week if you want to finish the story. Have a go at page 3 in the CGP maths books if you haven't already done it and any other adding pages.

 

Hope you enjoy the sunshine this weekend smiley.

Mrs W.

Homework - 9th July

Willow Class had a great time at Celtic Harmony this week. Have a look at our photos to see what we got up to. We have written recounts of our trip in literacy. In art we made nature sculptures like Andy Goldsworthy and in science we have been learning about deciduous and evergreen trees. 

 

I have set the next chapter of Anna's Sportsday on Purple Mash, plus some activities. This week's spellings are: fast, grass, path, bath, bacon, lady, wash, want, watch, wasp (Mr., Mrs.). A couple of trickier words: prove, class. Please continue to write these words in sentences, remembering capital letters and full stops.

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs W.

 

 

 

Homework - 2nd July

It's been another busy week in Willow Class, with it being both Art Week and our Commonwealth Games activities. We chose Sri Lanka as our Commonwealth country and looked at the artwork of Senaka Senanayake. The children have produced some amazing rainforest paintings, recreated in his style. We have also enjoyed creating comic pages about superheroes in literacy and learning about the time in maths.

 

I have set a new book on Purple Mash - Anna's Sportsday, plus activities. Spellings are: bone, pole, home, alone, those, use, rule, June, cube, tube (oh, their). A couple of trickier ones: people, water. Please try having a go at writing the words in sentences, using capital letters and full stops, plus some words like 'and', 'but' and 'or'.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs W.

 

Homework - 25th June

It's been another busy week in Willow Class. We made paper chains of the months in maths and have thought about superheroes in literacy. In geography we presented our own weather forecasts for the UK. Have a look at our photos below. We also enjoyed collecting natural materials for our art sculptures. In computing we wrote instructions for making chocolate crispie cakes. 

 

The final chapter of Zara and the Lost Cat is on Purple Mash, plus related activities. Spellings for this week are: key, keys, monkey, donkey, money, honey, chimney, Paul, August, haunt (here, very). For those who would like a couple of extra words, try learning: should, everybody. For an extra challenge, put some of these words in sentences, making sure you use a capital letter, finger spaces and full stops. Have a go at page 29 in the CGP maths book.

Homework - 18th June

We have had a busy week in Willow Class, learning about groups in maths, traditional nursery rhymes in literacy and practising our drawing skills of natural objects in art. Children had great fun doing their sponsored bounce today!

 

For homework this week, please read the next chapter of Zara and the Lost Cat on Purple Mash. Spelling words are: take, game, same, name, snake, even, these, ripe, pipe, pine (saw, put). Please carry on reading every day. Perhaps your child could write some sentences too, remembering capital letters, full stops and finger spaces!

 

Have a lovely weekend (hopefully the rain will stop at some point),

Mrs W.

Homework - 11th June

Children had lots of fun making a clay model of a natural object in art. See our photos below! We have also been thinking about homophones in literacy and writing our own traditional rhymes. In maths we have been learning about grouping and in geography we have learnt about different types of weather.

 

The third chapter of Zara and the Lost Cat is on Purple Mash. Spellings for this week are: pie, lie, tie, die, cried, sea, seat, bead, read, treat (I'm, by). If you would like a few more challenging words, then have a go at learning: beautiful, because, half, whole. If you haven't already done them, then pages 18 and 19 in CGP for maths.

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs W.

Homework - 28th May

We have had a fun last day in Willow Class, with a small party for coming second in the money in the jar competition! We celebrated with cake, juice, music and dancing! Children have also been programming Beebots in maths to learn about direction and we enjoyed learning to play the glockenspiels in music. In literacy we have been writing postcards from the moon! 

 

The second chapter of Zara and the Lost Cat is on Purple Mash, plus some activities. Reading books and spellings have gone home. Spellings are: blew, chew, grew, drew, knew, flew, threw, elephant, dolphin, alphabet (your, day). Have a go at pages 35 and 36 in the CGP maths book as well. 

 

Lastly, have a lovely weekend. Hopefully the sun will shine! 

Mrs W.

Homework - 21st May

We have had a fun Wellbeing Day today. Please see below for some photos of the activities we have been doing.

 

For homework this week, I have set a new story on Purple Mash - Zara and the Lost Cat. We have practised our new spelling words: blue, clue, glue, true, value, law, jaw, paw, lawn, yawn (made, make). For maths, have a go at page 23 in the CGP book.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs W.

Homework - 14th May

Children were very excited to make their Cinderella carriages in D&T this week. Have a look at us hard at work in the pictures below! Everyone is doing really well in computing too. Most of us can log on by ourselves and find their way around different mazes.

 

The last chapter of 'Ned and the Jungle Animals' is on Purple Mash, plus activities. Spelling words are in reading records, but as mentioned in the email, from next week they will be in spelling books. Please make sure these are returned on Mondays.  This week's words are: when, what, which, why, where, who, wheel, toe, doe, goes (time, came).

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs W.

Homework - 7th May

We've had another busy week in Willow Class, learning about tens and ones in maths and continuing our fairy tales topic in literacy - we read Snow White in New York! 

 

For homework this week, you should have new reading books. Spellings are in reading records. This week's words are: boy, toy, joy, enjoy, annoy, girl, sir, bird, skirt, first (house, about). Chapter 4 of Ned and the Jungle Animals is on Purple Mash, plus activities.

 

As an ongoing thing, please could you also practise handwriting with your child? You could try writing the spelling words, using the handwriting guide above to help.

 

Have a good weekend,

Mrs W.

Homework - 30th April

The next chapter of 'Ned and the Jungle Animals' is on Purple Mash, along with some activities. Reading books have gone home today, along with some spelling words. We're going to start testing children on a Wednesday. There are 12 words, although we are really just focusing on the first 10. I have told children not to worry about the last two (old, don't) if they're finding it difficult to learn them all. Please also have a go at pages 24 - 26 in the maths CGP if you haven't already completed them.

 

We have been learning about length and weight this week in maths. See the pictures below for some photos of us using balance scales and our own bodies as scales. In literacy we had fun making up our own versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

 

Have a lovely long weekend,

Mrs W.

Homework - 23rd April

 

Another week of hard work comes to an end! Children have really enjoyed learning about haikus this week and have had a go at writing their own. We have also learnt about finding half of shapes and amounts in maths. I have seen some wonderful drawings of vehicles in history and D&T as well.

 

For homework this week, please read chapter 2 of  'Ned and the Jungle Animals' and have a go at the related activities. In phonics we have been looking at adjacent consonants. See if you can write down some words starting with 'str' (string), scr (scream) and spr (spring). We have also been learning to spell 'one' and 'two'.  Finally, see if you can complete pages 21 and 22 in the CGP maths book.

 

Have a good weekend and enjoy the sunshine smiley.

Mrs W.

 

 

Homework - 16th April

 

It's been lovely to see everyone back at school again. We have had a busy week, learning about transport throughout the ages in history and parts of a car in D&T. We have also been to the computer suite with Mrs Cox and practised logging on. 

 

I have set a new book on Purple Mash plus some activities. Have a go at pages 6 and 7 in the CGP maths books, if you haven't already done them. For phonics, try writing the months of the year. We have learnt November and December this week. We have sent home a couple of reading books. Please ensure you write in the reading record so that we know they have been read. Thanks.

 

Have a good weekend,

Mrs White

Homework - 26th March

 

Here we are at the end of term already! As you can see, we've had a busy week. As part of our RE Easter learning, children made clay models to represent a time when they felt alone, as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane. We had fun in geography too when we built some London landmarks out of different kinds of bricks.

 

Your child should have brought home two reading books. Remember that you can get free books from Oxford Owl. Also, any kind of books, comics, magazines etc. that your child enjoys reading will all help.

 

Have a go at page 28 in the CGP maths book. In phonics we have been learning about the different ways we can spell /igh/ sound (igh - night, ie - tie, i-e - slide). Are there any other ways? See if you can write down some words using these different spellings. See Purple Mash for the last chapter of Anna and the Third Lead plus some activities.


We hope you all have a wonderful Easter and look forward to seeing you next term.

Mrs W.

 

 

Homework - 19th March

Children have had a fun week in Year 1.  As you can see from the photos, we have done lots of exciting things. In science we observed an ice cube melting (this was more interesting than it sounds!). We enjoyed making stained glass windows in art. And in PE you can see that we had fun trying different activities to see how they affected our pulse rate.

 

Today we dressed up for Comic Relief and as Year 1's superpower was being funny, we told lots of jokes! A favourite was, "Why did the egg go to the doctor?" "Because it had a cracking headache!".

 

Homework for this week is to read chapter 4 of Anna and the Third Leaf on Purple Mash. We have been thinking about words beginning with 'gl', 'gr' and 'pl' in phonics. See if you can write down some of the words we have learnt (e.g. glad, glass, glue, green, grey, great, plum, play, please). Also have a go at pages 12 - 14 in the CGP maths book.

Homework - 12th March

 

We have had a lovely week back. It's been wonderful to see all the children again. They have done really well settling back into class and our routines.

 

I have set the next chapter of Anna and the Third Leaf  on Purple Mash. Please also have a go at pages 2 and 5 in the maths CGP book. We have been looking at words starting with 'gn'  and 'kn' in phonics this week. Have a go at spelling the words we learnt (gnome, gnat, gnaw,  know, knight, knot).

 

We have checked all children's reading levels this week and new books have been sent home. Please continue to listen to your child read every day, asking them to predict what might happen and to explain what is happening.

 

Have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday,

Mrs W.

Photos from this week's learning

 

Well done Willow Class for all your hard work. You have all done brilliantly. I know it's not easy learning at home, but you've all tried really hard. I can't wait to see you on Monday. We're going to be doing lots of fun things and of course, we'll be able to see all our friends!

 

I'm just adding some things here for anyone self-isolating.

 

Also, have a look at your photos from this week.

Home Learning 1st March

 

Hi Everyone,

 

Well, it's our last week of home learning! You've all done such a great job with your work at home, so a very big well done!

 

Below is our work for this week. I look forward to seeing your emails and even more, I look forward to seeing you all back at school soon.

 

Take care,

Mrs W.

Home Learning 22nd February

 

Hi Willow Class,

 

Well, here we are at the end of half-term. I've been so impressed with the way you're all adapting to online learning. The work you've been sending me is amazing, so a very big well done to all of you! I'm putting the first week of next half-term's work below, but no need to look at it just yet (the geography PowerPoint is on PurpleMash under Willow Class, Mrs White). Do have a look at your wonderful photos though and have a lovely break.

 

See you soon,

Mrs W.

Home Learning 8th February

 

Hi Everyone,

 

Well, it's the final week of this half-term. I'm so impressed with all your hard work; you should be very proud of your efforts. This week's learning is below and on Google Classroom. There are also some more of your wonderful photos. Keep them coming!

 

Remember to start science on Monday, as you'll be observing and recording the weather every day this week.

 

Have a good week,

Mrs W.

Home Learning 1st February

 

Hi Willow Class,

 

Well done for working so hard on your first week of live lessons! It's been lovely seeing you all. You're all continuing to do brilliant work, which is wonderful. Keep it up! 

 

Here are this week's activities. We'll be doing English for our live lessons this week, with science again on Friday. Phonics and comprehension every day like last week.

 

I'm also adding some more photos for you to see. Keep them coming!

 

Mrs W.

Home Learning 25th January

 

Hello Willow Class, it was great to see lots of you on Friday. I'm looking forward to our live

lessons and us all being able to see each other! This week we will have maths on 4 days and 1 science lesson as well as phonics and comprehension every day. You will need a pencil and paper each lesson and if you have a magnet and a few different materials for science, that would be good. Don't worry if not, as we will be investigating together. 

 

Documents and PowerPoints for non-live lessons are below.

 

Please keep emailing your work - I love to see it!

Mrs W.

 

Home Learning 18th January

 

Hi Everyone,

 

It's been lovely to see all your hard work. Keep it coming! Here are this week's activities.  I've added some handwriting too. We'll learn 2 or 3 letters a week. I've also added some examples of how to write letters with lead-ins and lead-outs, which I will leave in the general section at the top of this page.

 

As always, let me know if you have any questions.

 

Have a good week,

Mrs W.

 

Some of your fantastic work from the first two weeks. I love to see your brilliant efforts, so please keep sending your photos!

Home Learning 11th January

 

Hi Willow Class,

 

Well done on all your hard work last week. It's wonderful that you've been so keen to get back into your learning, so well done!

 

Here is this week's lesson outline. There are lessons on Oak Academy for English, maths and science. Other lessons have some PowerPoints and others are on Purple Mash.

 

I look forward to seeing your brilliant work.

 

Have a good week,

Mrs W.

Home Learning 6th January

Happy New Year!

 

We hope that you all had a good Christmas. Unfortunately, we won't get to see most of you in person for a little while, but we are planning lots of fun activities for you to do at home.

 

If you get stuck with anything please drop me an email. I look forward to seeing all your hard work!

Children who are self-isolating:
Home Learning for children self-isolating - please see here for home learning websites.
For children self-isolating. This is the file I uploaded to Purple Mash:
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Well done for all your hard work this term. It's been lovely to see you all settling back into school. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing you in January.

 

Chapter 4 of our current book is on Purple Mash.

 

 

Homework - 11th December

I have added the next chapter of Class One and the Winter Walk to Purple Mash, plus related activities. 

 

Please also have a go at page 4 in the CGP maths book.

 

We really enjoyed dressing up and singing our Nativity songs today. We also had fun making Christmas decorations in RE this week...

Homework - 4th December

Chapter 2 of Class One and the Winter Walk is on Purple Mash, plus some activities. Please also have a go at pages 32 - 35 in the CGP maths book.

 

We have had fun using compasses in geography this week!

 

 

Homework - 27th November

We are not currently testing children on their spellings, but please learn the high frequency and tricky words with them.

 

A new book this week on Purple Mash - Class One and the Winter Walk.

 

Please have a go at page 7 in the CGP maths book.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Homework - 20th November

The fifth and final chapter of Sam's Wet Day is on Purple Mash. Please also have a go at pages 9 and 10 of the maths CGP book.
This week, the children have had fun looking at maps of the local area in geography and learnt about the whole-part model in maths.

Homework - 13th November

The fourth chapter of Sam's Wet Day is on Purple Mash. We have also sent home CGP maths books. Please keep them at home and check here each week for which pages to complete.

Recreating van Gogh's Plain Near Auvers painting

Making 'messy maps' in geography

Homework - 6th November

The third chapter of Sam's Wet Day is also on Purple Mash.

Science - Looking at Mini-beasts' Habitats

D&T - Making Thousand Island Dressing

Children enjoyed making Thousand Island dressing this week. I was very impressed with those who hadn't wanted to try it but still gave it a go! Most people thought it tasted good!

Homework - 23rd October

The second chapter of Sam's Wet Day and related activities are set on Purple Mash.

 

Homework - 16th October

The phonics sheet includes this week's tricky words.

 

I have also set a new book on Purple Mash - Sam's Wet Day.

Making Sensory Boards in Science

Busy Fingers Activities

Homework - 9th October

 

The last chapter of Ned and the Three Bears is on Purple Mash today, plus related activities. Children have brought home two reading books and this week's phonics sounds.

 

Please could you also help your child learn to read and write the tricky words we've been learning: 

so

one

out

some

come

here

 

From next week, I will add these words to the phonics sheet.

Handwriting

 

Please encourage your child with their letter and number formation.

 

If your child can correctly form letters, we are beginning to write with lead-ins and lead-outs. Please see here for lower case letters and here for capital letters. However, it is more important at the moment to ensure correct letter formation.

Homework - 2nd October

 

The next chapter of Ned and the Three Bears will be set on Purple Mash today, plus related activities. Two reading books and this week's phonics sounds have been sent home.

 

Children have had fun creating bees and honeycomb for our school Harvest RE display. Also some photos showing our work on responsibility in PSHE and working out word problems in maths.

Homework - 25th September

 

Please see Purple Mash for the next chapter of Ned and the Three Bears. Children should have brought home this week's phonics sheet.

 

A few photos of what we've been up to this week... Exploring dips in D&T, investigating symmetry in maths, creating a Harvest display of our favourite fruit and vegetables in RE and learning to log on to the computers and explore Purple Mash.

Homework - 18th September

 

Below is this week's phonics homework, which is being sent home on Friday. Last week's is here too, in case you need it.

 

Two books will also be sent home, to be returned next Thursday. We will be benchmarking all children over the coming weeks, to check they're on the right level reading band. Please note that children need to be able to understand the text as well as being able to read the words. Books sent home are at the child's level, while books we read in guided reading sessions may be at a slightly higher level.

 

I have set the second chapter of 'Ned and the Three Bears' on Purple Mash, plus some comprehension and other activities. You should be able to access new tasks through the alert bell at the top of the page. Alternatively, tasks are listed in the 2Do list - scroll down to the bottom of the blue activities.

 

Any problems, please let me know.

Thanks for supporting your child with their homework.

Mrs White

Friday 11th September

 

Children have been sent home with phonics homework, where they need to write this week's sounds. There is no need to return this to school at the moment. I have also set a chapter of 'Ned and the Three Bears' on Purple Mash. There are some comprehension questions to answer and some other activities related to the story.

We have enjoyed practising our skipping this week!

Year 1

Homework

 

Your child should have brought home two reading books this week. Please return them next Thursday, thanks. Other homework will be set from next week. However, we would be grateful if you could help with the following:

 

Science - we are learning about being human and are going to compare ourselves now to when we were babies. If you could email me a photo of your child as a baby (to stick in their books), that would be great.

 

History - we are learning about recent history. We are going to see how our lives today are similar/different to those of our parents and grandparents. Could you or an older family member please talk to your child about their childhood? Think about hobbies, TV, computer games, school lessons, holidays, food etc. 

 

PE - to confirm, PE kit is not required at the moment. Please just bring in trainers to leave in school.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Welcome to Year 1!

 

We have had a lovely first day. It's been wonderful getting to know all the children, who have done brilliantly with all the new routines.

 

Please see below for the Year 1 documents and PowerPoints that we would have gone through at the transition meeting. There is also a PowerPoint about phonics. If you would like to hear how the different sounds are spoken, please watch this video.

 

If you have any questions about anything at all, please just ask.

 

Mrs White

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