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St Thomas' Road, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire FY8 1JN

01253 722022

secretary@st-thomas.lancs.sch.uk

St Thomas' Church Of England Primary School

Good News! Ofsted have agreed that we are a GOOD School!! Well done to all!

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Welcome to Year One!

Teacher: Mrs Mason.

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Greer.

PPA and Forest School cover: Mrs Stones (Wednesday and Friday morning).

Class Governor: TBC

 

Mrs Greer will be in class every morning and two afternoons a week.

Mrs Stones will be teaching PE, PHSE and RE.

Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday.

The children can change their reading book every day.  Please read daily and record in your children's reading record.

Year One will be taking part in Forest School during the Summer term.  More information will follow nearer the time.

EASTER SCIENCE   9th April 2019

We have been melting chocolate using 'heat', painting it on a savoy cabbage, cooling the chocolate in the fridge, peeling the leaves off and looking at the special patterns. The Easter bunny needed to make some chocolate cabbage, Y1 has helped him find a way!

9th April 2019

 

WOW, what a fun day exploring what is 'under our feet'!  We have been helping the Easter bunny solve a problem. He would like to come and stay at St Thomas' for a holiday and build a rabbit warren but he wasn't sure what already lives there.  The children explored, observed, identified and recorded their findings.  They even had to measure earthworms using a cm ruler. 

8th April 2019

 

I will be absent from school from Wednesday the 10th until after Easter.  Easter homework will follow on from our Easter Science day tomorrow (9th April 2019).  I would like children to complete three of their BUGCLUB books and to explore what is in their garden. Thank you for a wonderful term and have a very happy Easter break. Mrs Mason

 

8th April 2019

 

This week we are practising spelling words linked to Easter.  Our Easter spellings are; Easter, alive, new and Spring.  

Some children will be practising the words: Cross, hill, egg and chick. 

 

5th April 2019

 

Today we have followed our plans and made our fruit kebabs!  We have been peeling, chopping and threading. We then tasted our fruit kebabs and recorded our thoughts.  We talked about what we would keep the same and what we would change about them next time. Thank you so much for all your fruit donations!

1st April 2019

 

Today we have been weeding our planter ready for sewing our pea seeds.  We removed the weeds, broke up the soil, spread some new compost, measured our seed rows and planted pea seeds.  We will make sure our seeds get water and sunlight.  Soon we are hoping there will be seedlings and we can guide them to grow tall using garden canes. 

1st April 2019

 

This week we are learning to spell 'colour' words as we are using adjectives to describe things in our innovated traditional tales. 

The spellings this week are: purple, white, grey, black and blue.

 

Some children will be practising the words pink, green, black and brown. 

28th March 2019

Happy Mother's Day! The children made cards whilst learning about observing closely, making pink using red and white, as well as how to change the shades!  They are really 'blossoming' in art!

26th March 2019

 

This afternoon we took turns to 'litter pick' our school field.  We found all kinds of interesting things!  Thank you to Jake's daddy for helping out too! Our school field was much cleaner and tidier once we had finished!  Great ECO work Year One!

25th March 2019

 

In Maths we have been exploring coins, their appearance and finding differences between them. We then completed a shopping challenge to add two totals together in a toy shop.  We had to spend 20p and work out which two toys we could buy.  

25th March 2019

 

Today we have been doing 'guided reading' in class.  We have enjoyed exploring a play-script and becoming different characters.  What awesome expression the children used!

25th March 2019

 

This week our spellings are based on v silent e words where the vowel does not change.  They are give, live and have.  Some children have the words pool, zoom, book and look. 

 

22nd March 2019

 

We are litter picking around school on Tuesday 26th and Thursday the 28th March at 2.50pm.  Anyone who would like to take part is very welcome.  Please come in via the school office at 2.45pm. Thank you in advance.

 

19th March 2019

 

Today we have been performing the story of 'The Enormous Turnip' with actions.  This will help us become authors ourselves later in the week.  Mrs Mason is very proud of us!

18th March 2019

 

This week our spellings are based around 'ere' words. They are here, there, where and were.  We have talked about the spelling pattern and pronunciation.

 

Some children have ai and oa words to spell. 

 

18th March 2019

 

Today we have been testing our boats and paper planes.  We will find out who the competition winners are tomorrow!

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Why not have a try at learning your 10x tables?!

 

 

15th March 2019

 

WOW!  What a fantastic morning!  The children have enjoyed exploring science, technology, engineering and maths through lots of interactive activities.  We have been testing solutions, using Ozobots, using a zip wire, testing magnets, building structures, using tools to name but a few!  It has been great fun!

14th March 2019

 

Today in Science we compared parts of a plant and parts of a tree.  They both have roots and leaves. We also planted our seed potatoes. 

14th March 2019

 

Today we practised blending our phonemes to read real and tricky words.  We were using the split digraph i_e as in five, bike and tripe. 

11th March 2019

 

This week we are learning to spell words that have the grapheme ea in them but the make the 'e' sound as in egg.  The words are head, bread, instead and meant. 

Some children are learning to spell all words e.g. call, ball, tall and wall. 

 

7th March 2019

 

Today we celebrated World Book Day!  We convinced each other why they should have a go at reading our favourite books. 

5th March 2019

 

Today we have been following instructions to make a Forest School pancake.  We had to sieve, pour, crack, sprinkle and squeeze some of the ingredients. Yum, yum!

5th March 2019

 

Today we have been representing the parts of a flower using play-dough, Lego, pipe cleaners and 2D shapes. We had to label the parts of the flower with the correct names i.e. roots, stem, petals and leaves. 

4th March 2019

 

This weeks spellings are 'dge' words. They are bridge, edge, fudge and badge.  Some children will be practising words with 'll' at the end. 

4th March 2019

 

Today we have been looking for spring flowers and we asked the question 'are all spring flowers the same?'  We had to look at the different parts i.e. petals, stem and leaves.

28th February 2019

 

Today in Maths we have been using a metre stick and a ruler to estimate and to measure.  We know that we must add the unit of measurement too e.g. cm for centimetres and m for metre. 

26th February 2019

 

This half term we have begun listening to instructions and following them.  We watched Mr Maker and used his instructions to make a 'Bottle Bug'. It was important that we followed the instructions in the correct order.  Tomorrow we are going on a 'features' hunt to find all the important parts of an instructional text e.g. You will need list, numbers in order and bossy words (imperative verbs). 

25th February 2019

 

This week our spellings are words that end in nk e.g. honk, think, bank and sunk.  I have asked the children to try and put more than one word in a sentence using and, but or so. 

Some children have words ending is zz and ss, 

12th February 2019

 

This afternoon we have been 'constructing'.  Some children have been building their robots using their plan and some children have been building a bridge that can cross water without touching it.  Both of these challenges have needed group work, communication and planning. 

12th February 2019

 

A reminder to all Y1 children to complete a 'BUGCLUB' once a week.  Mrs Mason gets a weekly report on use at home. This week only 3/30 children logged onto BUGCLUB.  If you run out of texts or you are unsure how to use it, please come and see me.  Using an e-book is an alternative to the books chosen at school.  They have some fantastic comprehension questions and points to be won. 

Thank you for your support, it really makes a difference to the children's progress. 

 

12th February 2019

 

This week the spellings are 'DT words'. They are glue  tape  boxes and tinfoil. 

11th February 2019

 

Year One have been learning about Piet Mondrian.  We used his abstract style of painting to make some circus bow ties. We will be entering the 'Seasiders' art competition this week.  The theme was 'circus'. 

5th February 2019

 

Today we have started learning about 'instructions'.  We had fun doing the 'Cha Cha' slide and following the instructions.  

 

On the 4th February Year One went outside and completed the Big Schools Bird Watch.  We observed and recorded the different breeds of birds that visited our school grounds during that time.  Some children used binoculars to see the birds in more detail.  Everyone made a tally chart to record the information and today we are using it to answer important questions i.e. which bird did we see the most of?  

Our data will be sent to the RSPB. and they will compare the variety and amount of birds to other years previous. 

 

4th February 2019

 

This weeks spellings are linked to our 'Big School Bird Watch'.  They are birds, magpie, gull, nest and robin.

 

Some children have the words fern, curl and turn. 

 

28th January 2019

This week we are learning about 2D and 3D shapes. The spellings for this week are corner, curved, side and face.  They do not have to be used to describe a shape e.g. My car has a curved bumper. 

 

 

22nd January 2019

 

Wowsers!  What an awesome school trip we've had today. The children have been a credit to the school and to the parents. We have had awe and wonder in the Science lab, explore the role play area and the creative area.  The children have each brought home a bath bomb (contains all natural products including citric acid and strawberry essence).  They will also bring home 'slime' (I am so sorry, eeeeek!) and a fridge magnet that they painted themselves. 

 

Have a good rest Year One!  You have been awesome explorers today! 

 

18th January 2019

 

Our drumming concert is today at 2.20pm in the school hall.  Come and see our new skills!

17th January 2019

 

This week in Science we have been learning about how we are all the same but we have differences.  We have been making a pictogram to compare our eye colour.  We used the data to find out information i.g. which eye colour we have the most of in our class. We have also been learning about the body parts that help us with our senses.  We helped 'Mr Potato Head' to have the five senses by adding the correct body parts.  We have also been on a senses walk in and outside of school. ask your child to teach you one of our body part or senses songs.

 

10th January 2019

 

This week we have been observing our own body and each other. We have been labeling the body parts and playing 'guess who' using the clues.

 

We have also been 'comparing' our eye colour and hair colour with each other. We have been recording our observations too!

 

We have been making a pictogram to see which eye colour we have the most of and least of in our class. 

 

8th January 2018

 

This morning we have been representing numbers to 100. We have used 'rods' to represent ten and 'cubes' to represent the ones e.g.Twenty seven is two lots of ten and seven ones.   We have been recording the numbers too.  

7th January 2018

 

This week we are looking at sound families.  The sound family we are looking at this week is ai/ay/a_e/a/ey.  The spellings I have sent home are  

7th January 2019

 

Happy New Year!  Just a little note to say 'thank you' for all of your lovely gifts and cards for Christmas.  I hope you had a special time together. 

 

20th December 2018

 

Today the Year One children have enjoyed playing games, dancing, singing and they had a special visit from 'the big man in red'! 

Just one week left in school but wow, what a busy one it will be!  Thursday is our Christmas party.  Please send your children in sensible party wear (coat and suitable shoes).  There is a letter in your child's bag politely asking for a contribution to the party (enough for 6 children).

There will be no homework over the Christmas holidays but regular reading is a must (pretty please)!  This can be BUG CLUB or books from school/home. 

******* ZOG is being shown on BBC1 on Christmas day 4.50pm (I believe)!  We have really enjoyed this story and I hope the animation is just as super!

 

 

14th December 2018

Here is a picture of all our shiny stars from our KS1 performance of 'The Bossy King'! 

 

 

This half term we have added our English and DT work to our display wall in the hall! 

 

10th December 2018

 

This week we are looking at words that make the 'oa' sound but they are spelt in an alternative way.  This week our spellings are:snowman, gold, post and colder. 

Some children have Christmas words to practise writing/spelling and these are: barn, star, sheep and tree. 

 

 

 

HOMEWORK- Children have been asked to design an advent calendar.  This will help children with naming and ordering numbers and I have provided number digits 1-24.  There is no set way to do this homework and you do not have to make doors.  A nice example last year was a snowman picture with numbers 1-24 placed on top.   You may want to add the month and the year to your calendar too.

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7th December 2018

 

This week we have begun our end of term assessments, been practising our nativity dances, using 'busy finger' resources to help with our hand writing, painting our 'eco' tree parts and we have begun our 'Pudding lane' houses. 

 

3rd December 2018

 

This week our spellings are based on the 'Fire of London'. They are lane, London, fire and smoke.

 

Some children will have spellings based on their phonics 'er and or', fern, fork, kerb and corn.

 

Please can each child bring in an egg box and a cereal box (empty) ready for our Eco Christmas tree and our Pudding Lane models.  Any donations of tinsel would be greatly appreciated too. Thank you 

 

27th November 2018

 

Today we have been tearing, cutting, sticking and drawing a scene from 1666, 'The Great Fire of London'!

20th November 2018

 

Today in DT we have been exploring 'tabs' and 'levers'.  We have been making moving pictures using a push and pull action. 

 

 

20th November 2018

 

Today in Maths we have been counting coins i.e. 1p, 2p, 10p and 5p. We have made our initials then found out how much they would cost e.g.  Mrs Mason's C cost 12p in 1p coins and 22p in 2p coins. 

 

 

20th November 2018

Last week our library computer had a 'blip'.  Although it retained most information, we have a few library books missing i.e. still at home.  Please can parents check and return any to school this week.  We are missing: Alice In Wonderland, Planes Have wigs, Paddiwak and Cosy, Oliver Moon and the Potion Commotion, 108th sheep, Wanted! Have You Seen This Alligator?, Shark in the Park, Whale's Song, Nothing, Great Travellers and Explorers, Funnybones, Soccor Skills and Tactics and Winnie's Flying Carpet.   Thank you in advance for looking. 

 

19th November 2018

 

This weeks spellings are donkey, honey, blue and argue.  Some children are practising writing the words book, wood, fork and sort.  

Friday 16th November 2018

The steel drum lesson ended rather close to 3.20pm so the children were asked to pick up their homework sheet as they lined up. I have two left on my table and we will try and work out who went home without one.  The homework this weekend was to think about volume/capacity.  We used words such as full, empty, half full, nearly empty and quarter full. 

 

 

Today the school celebrated Children In Need!  We raised a whopping amount of money and Y1 enjoyed the games too.  

We have been talking about 'what' children might need around the country who are less fortunate than ourselves. We have also been doing some Pudsey Maths.

 

 

This week the children in Year One and Year Two had a morning entitled 'Experience Christmas'.  This was an interactive journey through the story of Mary and Josephs journey and the birth of Jesus!

 

 

This weeks spellings are phonics, dolphin, wheel and which (as in the question word). 

Some children are practising the words car, park, moon and zoo.

 

12th November 2018

 

Today we have been reading Julia Donaldson books, practising our pencil control, making firework pictures in ICT and making predictions in Guided Reading.

9th November 2018

 

Last session Y1 have been practising the drums with Mr Fox.  There will be a performance at the end of the term so watch this space!!!

 

9th November 2018

 

Some children in class have been given a 'funk finger' homework pack.  These packs are aimed at helping with fine motor skill development and this will also aid handwriting. Please return each Friday and a new one will be handed out.  Please ensure ALL pieces are returned.  Thank you 

 

9th November 2018

 

This weeks homework is to go on a number hunt!  Can you find some two digit numbers in and around your house? (Helpful hint- check books, food packaging, leaflets, your door number and paper.)

A two digit number is any number from 10-99.  You can record the numbers you find in your homework book and where you spotted them.

 

8th November 2018

Today in DT we have been exploring how we can 'fix' card to paper.  The children have been having a go and deciding which they like doing best.

 

8th November 2018

 

Today we have been making a story map for the Julia Donaldson story 'Zog'.  We have been using our own story maps to retell the story to a friend. We will be using the text to make our own dragons stories. 

 

2nd November 2018

This week in Maths we have been learning about patterns and numbers.  We have been using our Odd Tod and Even Steven rap to work out if a number to 100 is even or odd. 

Welcome back! 

 

Today we have been talking about friendship and linking them to our art.  We have used primary colours to make secondary colours (purple, orange and green).  We talked about how when we do something with a friend it can make something special, just like when we mix a colour we can make something special. 

 

Have a super half term everyone!  Homework for the half term is to read books, play games, go for a walk and if possible bake something yummy!  You can tell me about it in your homework diaries in whatever way you like.  Keep safe everyone!

 Year One Autumn 2 Topic Web

15th October 2018

 

Today we have been painting our penguins.  We have been using felt to add the white tummy and yellow beak.

12th October 2018

 

Please find the 'Cauliflower Cards' information inside your child's school bag tonight. There is a pink slip with information on too! The children have had lots of fun making their Christmas cards independently using hand and finger prints. 

 

11th October 2018

 

Today we have been observing our school trees and what happens to them in Autumn.  We have been recording our observations in paint and in words. We also used a magnifying glass and had a go at looking closely at things. We will observe the trees again in the next season.

 

 

9th October 2018

 

Today in Science we have been sorting sweets by using 'yes and no' questions.  We have recorded our groups in a branching diagram.  This is a skill we can use later in the week to help us sort carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

 

The children have been making a Sukkot shelter with Mrs Stones in RE.  This is the Jewish way of celebrating harvest. The shelter is decorated with fruit and flowers. 

 

9th October 2018

 

This week we are learning to count in different ways.  Today we are focusing on counting in tens.  This will prepare us for our timetable work later in the year. We have been using the word digit to understand place value.

 

4th October 2018

 

Today we have been preparing our class planter for Winter.  We have been removing the weeds and old roots.  We have been digging it over and covering it to keep it warm and 'weed-free' until January.  We found LOTS of worms, a centipede and a woodlouse too!

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Please can you send your child with a warm coat tomorrow as we will be gardening.  Also, if you have any toilet roll tubes please send them in.

 

The children have now begun changing their own books.  We will check the diary 3x a week to give merits for daily reading. Thank you for reading so regularly!  The children are really benefiting from all that practise!

1st October 2018- This week we have been learning to spell- play, today, beans and meat.  

Some children will have the words web, wish, chip and thin.

 

1st October 2018

 

Today we have been prodding, poking, rolling, squashing, twisting and pushing play-dough ready for making penguins out of clay.  We had to warm up our hands to help make the material more malleable. 

27th September 2018

 

Today we have been sorting and naming animals that live in hot and cold countries.  We have also been subtracting from ten in Maths using a dice and counters.  We can record a number sentence using the - and = symbols.

25th September 2018

Today we have been learning about the seven continents on our earth.  We have listened to a song, painted the oceans and labelled the continents. 

 

24th September 2018

 

This week the children have been given the words her, all, they and are to put in a sentence.

Some children have been given the words yak, zip, into and the to practise spelling.  Please check your child's purple book if you are unsure.

 

21st September 2018

Today in phonics we have been learning to read words with 'ou' in them We already knew the 'ow' spelling of the sound (grapheme) from Reception and now we know the 'ou' spelling of the sound too!  We have been sorting real words and silly words.  We had to sort words such as mountain, cloud, pound and proud!

Week beginning the 17th September- This week we are learning to spell we, she, be and he.  Some children will be learning I, go no and to.  

17th September 2018

Today we have started our 'shape' work in Maths.  We have begun using 'MEGA' Maths words such as curved, straight, corners and sides.  We made a shape person wall and played a game 'who am I?'.

 

Year One have been recording a story map using story language and actions! 

In Y1 we have begun making the characters  from the story Lost and Found. 

 

Today we have been learning to use a story map to retell the story 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers.  We have been using actions for the words and for the punctuation.

 

Next week Year One will be setting up its own vets!  We will be visited by a veterinary nurse on Monday who will be bringing a friend to show us.

Please could you send in a photograph of your pets if you have one!  Mrs Mason has a horse, two gerbils, 16 tropical fish and a dog so I have lots of photographs to find! If you need me to print a photograph of your pet i.e. you don't have a hard copy, then please email me at c.mason@st-thomas.lancs.sch.uk

 

Please can you send in two toilet roll tubes and an egg box for next week (ideally Monday if possible). We will be making the characters from our class text 'Lost and Found'. 

6th September

Today we have been thinking about what makes a good sentence ready for writing.

Ask your children what our actions mean!

4th September

Today we have been reading and ordering numbers outdoors.  We have been recording our work independently too!