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A very busy week in Year 1!

February 14, 2020 at 3:03 pm

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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 we hope you enjoyed the gallery.

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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 using a story mountain and then wrote their own stories. We had children flying in hot air balloons, getting swallowed by whales and jumping off skyscrapers with parachutes!

In phonics we have revised all the phonemes learnt so far this year. We have sent home a game for you to play with your child – please keep practising reading all the real and alien words. We also used ‘Spelling Shed’ to help us spell the tricky words.

Maths

The children have worked really hard in maths this week! We have been representing numbers to 50 and using the language of tens and ones. We have also helped our puppet Gertrude solve missing numbers on a part whole model too.

We have also 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.

We enjoyed looking at the pop-up books that the Year 4s had written about vertebrates. We learnt some great animal facts!

Thank you for all your support this half term.

The Year 1 Team

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Fun falling into a painting!

February 7, 2020 at 3:33 pm

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Maths

We have been working hard to find addition and subtraction fact families. If 12+1=13 we also know that 1+12=13. The children have also realised from these facts we can make subtractions such as 13-1=12. We also worked with our learning partner to find the missing numbers of addition and subtraction facts too.

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This week we have read the story ‘Katie’s Picture Show’. In this book Katie explores an art gallery and touches the paintings and falls into them and has lots of amazing adventures.

We were very excited when we fell through a picture frame into a painting called ‘Winter’ by Zuzana Chalupova. This inspired us to plan our own stories with a problem and resolution.

In phonics we have focused on oi/oy, ee/ea/ey/e-e and i-e/igh.

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We enjoyed sharing our T Rex books with our Year 5 reading buddies. They were very impressed with them!

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We have been thinking about roles and responsibilities. We began by doing a ‘Talk with your feet’ task. The children were shown a picture of someone doing a job e.g. tidying a bedroom and had to decide whose responsibility it was – parents, children, people who work at school or everyone. It led to some great discussions. We then wrote a class set of responsibilities which included tidying our classrooms, helping setting the table at home and saving the World!!

Art

We have been busy adding the finishing touches to our canvases. We can’t wait for you to see them next Thursday! Thank you for your £1 contributions on Parent Pay.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Amazing art, fantasy settings and maths fun in Year 1!

January 30, 2020 at 3:32 pm

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We have enjoyed reading the story Katie and the Dinosaurs. Katie goes through a door which has a sign on it saying: ” Absolutely No Admittance Whatsoever”.

This story inspired us to use our imagination and create our own fantasy settings behind a door – we had alien moons, unicorn world, sweetie lands and lots more exciting places! The children drew and labelled their setting using some great ‘right choice’ words. Then they wrote about their lands using adjectives and conjunctions.

In phonics we have focused on a-e/ay/ai, or/aw/au and oa/o-e/oe.

Maths

We have been comparing numbers using the greater than and less than sign. All the children have worked hard to solve problems in their books too!

Computing

1P had fun learning about algorithms….we really enjoyed making delicious toast!

Art

1P enjoyed their trip to Cartwright Hall. They learnt lots of new art skills. Thank you to all the parents who came with us.

We have read the lovely book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. It inspired us to create our own dotty artwork. The children had fun using different media to make their own pieces of art.

We have also been looking at the work of the artist Pacita Abad. Her beautiful pieces of art have inspired us all and the children are busy creating and painting their own canvases. All our amazing art work will be on display on Thursday 13th February in our art gallery.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A ‘real’ artist in Year 1!

January 24, 2020 at 2:52 pm

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Art

The highlight of the week was when a real artist came to work with us. What an amazing day we had! Kate Park taught us how to create our unique pieces of glass art work. First the children looked at artwork by the artist Pacita Abad and planned their designs. Then carefully, using tweezers, they placed the different types of glass onto their work. Can they remember what all the types looked like: stringers, frits and confetti? Kate has taken the finished pieces home to fire in her kiln. The finished pieces will be on display in our art gallery on the 13th February.

For more information, look at Kate’s website – www.twicefired.co.uk. A huge thank you to Kate – we all enjoyed the brilliant glass workshop.

1G enjoyed their visit to Cartwright Hall. They looked at a variety of different art forms including sculptures, installations and paintings. They were inspired by the work of the Bradford artist David Hockney. Naseem, the art expert, was very impressed with their skills! They had a fantastic time exploring and creating their own art work. Thank you to all the parents who supported us on this trip – we hope you enjoyed it too.

Maths

We have been using a range methods to subtract up to 20. We have worked with our partner to solve a range of problems. We have worked hard to draw and solve subtraction problems in our books too! We are still practising making number bonds to 20 and writing numbers in words to 20. See how many numbers in words your child can write at home.

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The children were amazed to see a video of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in our playground!!! Now we know who messed up our classrooms. Watch the video if you dare!

We have all finished our T Rex information books and they are full of great facts. We are going to share them with our Year 5 buddies next week.

In phonics we have focused on silent letters, ure, ear and er, ir, ur.

Computing

1G have been learning about algorithms and coding this week. 1P will do this lesson next week. The children rotated around different tasks. The first activity was to order a set of instructions for making toast and then follow them. They all enjoyed the end product! The children also met the Beebots and had lots of fun sending them on adventures around the classroom! They also used a coding program on the laptops and a coding game on the iPads.

Remember next Friday is a training day!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 team

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Watch out there are dinosaurs about!

January 17, 2020 at 12:45 pm

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We have had a very exciting week – something had been in our classrooms and made a bit of a mess! We looked for clues and found giant footprints and a letter from a Tyrannosaurus Rex!! There were also lots of very interesting T Rex facts hidden around our rooms. Did you know they were as tall as a bus and its arms didn’t reach its mouth? We used metre rulers to measure how big the T Rex was. It was as long as a class of Year 1 children!

This inspired us to write our own T Rex fact book that we are going to share with our Year 5 reading buddies. We have set up a camera to try and film the dinosaur if it comes back to school  – watch this space…

In phonics we have focused on u-e, ea says e, g says j and c says s. Please keep practising the real and nonsense words that are in your child’s reading record each week. In our reading lessons we have focused on information texts and we also worked on our comprehension skills. We retrieved information about dinosaurs and answered different style questions.

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In Maths we have been practising adding up to 20. We have demonstrated how good we are at adding using a number line, 10 frames, using the part whole model and counting on from the biggest number. This week we have practised a new method… add by making 10 first. We have been using counters and 10 frames to help us add. We have also been learning number bonds to 20 too.

Science

We got a letter from another dinosaur who needed our help. Tina Troodon has long legs and her eggs keep cracking when she lays them! We needed to investigate which material would make the best nest for her and protect her eggs. We spent time planning the investigation and making sure it was a fair test. The children especially enjoyed the egg dropping! We concluded that jelly, sand, cotton wool and bubble wrap would make the best nest.

The children then used their knowledge of materials to create their own ‘egg protectors’. They had fun testing them!

Art

We have begun our art topic and we have been ‘Art Gallery Managers’. We have learnt about different types of art including installation art, sculpture and collage. The children had to sort lots of different art into groups and decide upon their likes and dislikes.

We have also enjoyed making our own paper plate dinosaurs too!

Computing

We have been looking at different ways to create, store and retrieve information. We used Purple Mash to show which piece of art was the most popular in our class. The children are becoming very confident using the laptops!

PHSE

We have been reading the story Elmer. We talked about what makes us unique. The children thought about why they were special. “I am good at scoring goals” “I have a special family and I love them” “I am a ballerina” “I am special because I can jump very high”

An exciting letter

The children were amazed when they received a reply from Buckingham Palace. It sounds like the queen was impressed with our work about her knickers!!

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A busy start to 2020!

January 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm

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Geography

This week we had an exciting visitor all the way from a Desert in Africa!

We found out that Sunny the Meerkat likes to travel around the world and he was thinking of visiting the Arctic next. We went on fact hunt around the classroom and found out lots of facts about the Arctic. The children decided that the Arctic wouldn’t be the best place for a Meerkat.

We also created some amazing Polar Region paintings using water colours.

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The children were so excited to read postcards from the meerkat, so we thought we would write a postcard back to him. The children wrote about all the facts they’d learnt about the Arctic. We hope he enjoys reading them!

We have learnt about split digraphs in phonics. We have been reading and writing words with a-e, e-e, i-e and o-e in them. Please practise reading the digraphs and words that we have put in their reading records. There is also a game on Spelling Shed to support this work.

Maths

In maths we have been looking at place value to 20 by splitting numbers into 10s and 1s. We have been using dienes and place value charts to help us. We have found out that it is easier to count on from 10 to find a total. We have also been problem solving and reasoning to work out why some numbers are greater than others.

Science

We have been thinking scientifically during our science lessons. We carried out an investigation using ice. The children had to decide where the ice would melt the quickest – inside or outside? And if a jacket around the ice would keep it from melting? This is the picture we used to stimulate our investigation. The children helped plan the investigation and made sure it was a fair test.

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The children were amazed by the results as lots of their predictions were incorrect. Can your child explain what happened? Yes, the coat acted as an insulator and insulators keep cold things cold and hot things hot. So don’t forget to wrap your snowman in a jacket if it snows!

We have enjoyed exploring our new areas…

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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