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Chickens, chickens and more chickens!

March 16, 2018 at 12:18 pm


In literacy we have been learning about the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book. We began by sorting a range of books and discussing the features of a non-fiction book. We looked at how to use a contents page, index and glossary. In our guided reading sessions all the groups have read a non-fiction book and most children are now confident using the contents page, glossary and index. The children were encouraged to choose an information book from the school library to share with you at home. Maybe you could ask your child about the features of an information book when reading this weekend? In phonics we have practised reading and writing o-e,oa,oe,ow and oo,ew,ue,u-e.

We have had some exciting visitors in Year 1 this week. Mr Garlick brought his chickens for a holiday in our outside area. He talked to all the children about his chickens and they got the chance to stroke them. The children have enjoyed looking after the chickens all week and have learnt lots of facts about them. Did you know a hen has a vent and it is where her eggs come out of? Did you know if the comb is pale and floppy it might mean that the chicken is poorly?

We also visited the school chickens and Mr Harris told us lots of interesting facts about them and we will be using all this information to help us write our own non-fiction books. We really enjoyed meeting our school hens. Can you spot Mrs James catching the chicken that had escaped?

We have started to write and illustrate our non-fiction chicken books in our literacy lessons. This week we have written pages about the features of chickens and what they eat. The children are looking forward to sharing them with their families on Thursday 29th March at 9.10am – you are all welcome!

In maths we have continued with our work about place value – this week we have focused on looking at which numbers are the greatest and smallest and putting them in order. We have also used the < and > symbols again.

We also had more fun with measuring. This week they played measuring bingo, sorted if an object would be measured in centimetres  or metres, measured accurately with a ruler and solved some length problems.

In our topic lesson we learnt about our sense of taste and touch. We looked carefully at our tongues and learnt about taste buds. Can your child remember how many taste buds the average person has? We then tasted different foods and decided if they were sweet, salty, bitter or sour.

We also looked at art work by the artist Esref Armagan who is blind. The children were amazed that he had created his pieces of art without sight. They were all challenged to create a piece of art wearing a blindfold and only using their sense of touch – this got quite messy!!

In our science lesson we carried out an investigation to find out what the chickens, gerbils and giant African snails prefer to eat. The children had to predict if they’d like chicken pellets, meal worms, carrots, cucumber, apple or pear. Then they fed them and watched carefully to see which was their favourite food type. Can your child remember what was the top choice?

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week at Parents Evening – if you haven’t yet booked an appointment please speak to Mrs Walton in the school office.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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A giant egg and World Maths Day!

March 9, 2018 at 12:56 pm


We have had a very eggciting week!! We received a letter from somebody called Floss saying she had laid her egg in our school grounds but couldn’t remember where. She left us some clues to read and we had lots of fun following them. At the end of the hunt was a beautiful blue egg. We carried it carefully back to our room and made it a comfy nest. We then worked hard writing lots of questions about the egg and drawing pictures of what we thought was inside it. “Is it a lizard?”  “I think it is a scaly chameleon.”  “I think there is a unicorn in the egg.” The children also had fun making nests for their own special eggs.

The next day the egg had hatched and inside we found even more clues – blood, slimy snot, a tooth, a claw and some burnt paper. How exciting – a baby dragon called Moss had been living in our room!! Floss even made us a video! We then all wrote letters to Floss. A brilliant week of literacy with so much fun and learning taking place.


In phonics this week we have revised i-e/igh/ie.

We all enjoyed World Maths Day on Wednesday. We began the day with an assembly by Mrs Fisher from Mathletics and the children were very keen to start exploring this programme.

In the afternoon we did a rotation of fun maths tasks based on capacity, length and mass and estimating. We had to weigh dragon eggs, measure potions to help a dragon fly, estimate different objects that would fit in a dragon footprint and finally we all made a measuring dragon and used this to measure objects around the classroom. Who knew maths could be such fun!

We are visiting the school chickens next week so please make sure that your child has their wellies in school – it is very muddy on the school farm!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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Fun with senses, poetry and finding more and less in Maths.

March 2, 2018 at 2:41 pm


We have been investigating our five senses this week. We began by exploring lots of different objects and describing how they felt, smelt, looked, sounded and tasted. The children then wrote sentences using lots of super wow words.

In our next literacy lesson we had fun with jelly! The children used all their senses to explore the jelly and then they wrote a jelly poem using lots of adjectives. We have also been reading lots of poetry and the children enjoyed joining in with some of them. In phonics we have revised ee, ea, e-e, ey and ai, a-e, and ay. The children are great phonic detectives and are reading real and nonsense words with more confidence – keep practising at home.

In our science lesson we continued our work on the senses and the children had to investigate a variety of objects and decide which sense they were using.

On Monday afternoon Haris’ mum and Jenna’s mum came to talk to the children about their jobs. Haris’ mum is a doctor and Jenna’s mum is a sonographer. The children really enjoyed hearing about what these jobs involve and investigating some of the equipment used.

In maths the children have continued with work based on place value and finding one more and one less. They have been using a variety of apparatus to show one more and one less than a given number.

The children have also had fun exploring length and height using non-standard measures.

They have been comparing, describing and solving practical problems for length and height. Can you solve these problems? (Answers are at the bottom of this post.)

We have continued our work about algorithms in our computing lesson. The children had to follow a very simple set of instructions to draw a monster and all the pictures were very different. They then repeated the task following more detailed instructions and this time their monsters looked similar. The children knew it was important to have precise instructions to follow.

As well as all this hard work we have had time for fun in the snow!

Remember we have a teacher training day on Monday 5th March – so we will see you all on Tuesday.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Amazing bodies, place value and measuring fun!

February 23, 2018 at 12:58 pm


We began our new topic with a ‘Busy Body Day’ and the children had fun investigating and learning interesting facts about their body. The children began by drawing things that were in their body. We then looked in information books and correctly put the body parts in the right places. The children were interested in finding out body facts! Did you know your eyes see upside down and that you are taller in a morning? They labelled a body and wrote sentences about some of the facts they had learnt. They also enjoyed looking at the model of the skeleton and created their own using chalk, paint and art straws.

Everyone was very excited with our new resource the virtual T shirt. We’ve had lots of fun using the app ‘Virtuali – tee’ to look inside a human body!!

The children have been busy exploring the new role play areas and investigating our senses displays.

We also had lots of fun at our ‘Body Olympics’. The children took part in the long jump, straw javelin and measuring different body parts. The highlight of this event was the Curly Wurly challenge! The children worked as a team to stretch the chocolate bar – the longest was 68cm!

In maths we have done lots of practical work based on place value. We began by making numbers using tens frames and then moved onto using base 10, numicon and straws to represent different two digit numbers.

Our PHSE unit this half term is ‘What is safe for our bodies?’ This week we have been talking about what is safe to go inside our bodies. The children had to sort our weekly shop into safe, sometimes safe and never safe. This led to some very interesting discussions and the children were very aware of how to keep themselves safe.

The children have enjoyed their first week of ‘Phonic Detectives’. They are all very keen to be detective of the day and win the prize! Thank you for your support at home completing the phonic spotting sheet.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back Year 1!

February 17, 2018 at 8:05 am


We have another busy and exciting half term planned in Year 1. We will be learning lots about our amazing bodies and exploring our five senses. Look at our new role play areas:

On Monday we are having a ‘Busy Body Day’. We will begin by labelling the human body and finding out and writing lots of interesting body facts.

In our literacy lessons we will be writing poetry about our senses and we will also become chicken experts and write our own non-fiction book. We will also continue with our daily phonic lessons, guided reading and practising our joined up cursive writing.

In our science lessons we will be doing lots of practical investigations based on the body, senses and chickens! We will be visiting the farm so please make sure that your child has a pair of named wellington boots in school.

In maths we will be doing lots of work about place value and also having fun with lots of practical measuring.

In our PE lessons we are continuing our unit based on dance. During our Friday afternoon rotation the children will be doing RE, food skills, music and visiting the chickens on the farm.

We hope your child’s amazing art is on display in your homes. Thank you for all your kind donations – we raised over £150.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Year 1 Team

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A busy last week of the half term in Year 1!

February 9, 2018 at 2:32 pm


The highlight of our week was our amazing art gallery when the children exhibited their fabulous art work to the public. The children were very proud of their achievements and enjoyed sharing their work with their friends and family. Thank you to everyone who attended the gallery and for all your kind donations – we raised £148.67. This money will pay for some of the art resources and the rest will be put towards our animal workshop in the summer term.


In literacy we have continued with our story writing. This week we used the art work of Raphael Perez to inspire us.

The children used their imagination and fell into a painting again! They planned a problem and resolution and then wrote their own stories. This morning all the children did an independent piece of writing about the art work they’ve done this half term. This will help us update our writing assessments and set their targets ready for next half term. We have heard all the children read individually and updated their book allocation on ‘Bug Club’ ready for the holiday.

In maths the children have been using bar models to generate number bond families. They have also been using the symbols > is greater than, < is less than and = is equal to. They had to solve two calculations and help Bob Crocodile bite the biggest calculation.


We have had fun with shapes and art this week. The children were inspired by the art work of Gary Webb and Wassily Kandinsky and created 2D art work and 3D sculptures.

Have a lovely half term holiday.

The Year 1 Team

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