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Pirates and maps in 1GJ

May 9, 2014 at 2:58 pm

In numeracy we have had lots of fun solving pirate problems. The children had to read each problem carefully and then work out how to answer it by either adding, subtracting, dividing or multiplying. They then used different methods to help them including using their fingers, Numicon and tens and units. Many children drew pictures and this really helped them visualise the problem. Thank you very much to all the parents who left us a problem to solve on our blog. The children thought this was very exciting and enjoyed replying to each post.

Our literacy sessions have all been based on pirates this week and the children are really enjoying listening to lots of different pirate stories. The children have all used a new computer programme called ‘2Publish’. They used it to create a wanted poster for a pirate. They made some amazing posters and included lots of super adjectives to describe their pirate.

We have been busy exploring maps in our curriculum lessons. We have been focussing on the British Isles and we had some interesting discussions – some children thought the capital city of England was France! If you get chance you could maybe look at a map and see if your child can find England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Can they remember all the capital cities? We have also been learning about aerial views and the children enjoyed looking at and labelling an aerial map of our school.

Hope you all have a great weekend.
The 1GJ Team

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Pirate Problems

May 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm

1GJ have been solving pirate problems today. The children created a set of ‘rules’ to help them to tackle worded problems:

1) Read the question carefully.

2) Decide what kind of calculation to do:

  • add
  • take away / difference between
  • lots of
  • shared between

3) Write the calculation.

4) Choose some equipment to help you to find the answer.

The children used Numicon, number lines, drawings, tens and units, counters and even fingers to find the answers.

Can you think of any pirate maths problems for 1GJ? Leave your question as a comment and 1GJ will try to answer them next week. Hopefully the wonderful work below will give you some good ideas! Thank you.

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Look before they leap!

May 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Miles has been looking after 1GJ’s tadpoles at the weekends and has kindly taken these photographs. The tadpoles are changing and most of them have got legs. During this part of the life cycle the tadpoles turn into froglets. Some are already coming out of the water to sit on the rock. Soon their tails will disappear and the froglets will start living on land. So have a good look at them before they leap away!

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New role play area in 1D

May 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Last week, Mrs Walker and Miss Morgan have been very busy transforming our vets office into a campsite! The children have added some super signs and drawn lovely flowers too. The only things we need now are some sun hats and sunglasses to really get into role – could anyone help please?

Many thanks,

Mrs Daniels.

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Last week in 1D

May 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Dear Parents and Carers,

Last week was a busy one for 1D – although my week was considerably shorter! From Monday to Wednesday I was in York on a science leaders course so the class was taught by Miss Stewart. The class all had a lovely time with her and they really enjoyed their walk to Farsley Town Street. I was impressed by the buildings the children had made – they are on show in the corridor between the two Year 1 classes so pop along and take a look! By now, you should all have received your letters through the post. Please could you help your child to fill in the information about where they live and return it to school this week?

In Literacy last week the children began a new narrative topic on fantasy themes. They read the story of ‘The Owl and The Pussycat’ and thought of a new land that could be visited by the pair. They used some fantastic describing words – both for the island and a creature they would meet.

In Numeracy we have looked at addition. The children have been investigating whether addition can be done in any order (yes it can!) and have worked independently to figure this out and check their answers in different ways using a range of equipment. Some children have moved on to adding 2 digit numbers by partitioning and re-combining tens and units – phew!

I hope you have all had a lovely bank holiday weekend,

Mrs Daniels and the 1D team.

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1D bean update.

May 5, 2014 at 7:04 pm

We went up to the poly tunnel on Friday afternoon to see how our beans are doing. The children were really surprised to find that some plants already had flowers. We need to talk to someone on the farm to see what has happened to them and find out if it is normal for them to have flowers at this stage, or can anyone help and leave a comment on this blog entry? The children are enjoying asking questions and working out how we can find the answers – they are really thinking scientifically! Unfortunately, some of the bean plants were in a bit of a sorry state! Some mini beasts have definitely had a good dinner and some plants had been chomped right down to the stalk – a few had disappeared altogether. We will keep you updated on their progress.

Mrs Daniels and the 1D team.

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Fantasy islands in 1GJ

May 2, 2014 at 7:24 am

The children have been very busy this week. In literacy we have read the story ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ by Edward Lear. The children then had to climb aboard an imaginary boat and sail away to a fantasy island. They looked through a telescope and had to draw and label a picture of their island and a character that lived there. They thought of some amazing settings – toadstool land, jungles, sparkly castles and gloomy caves. They then used their settings to write the middle of their story. The children did some amazing writing and used some super adjectives.
In numeracy we have been practising our addition skills and investigating if we can add numbers in any order. The children have been using a variety of equipment to help them answer the calculations and are all using number lines more confidently.

The children all enjoyed their walk to Farsley and looked carefully at all the buildings they saw. When they returned to school they discussed what they had seen and then began to recreate Farsley Town Street from boxes! Our finished street is now on display in the corridor between the Year 1 classrooms. All the children posted a letter during our walk – has your letter arrived yet?

Thank you very much to all the parents who have read our new blog and left a comment. The children enjoy reading the comments and get very excited! You could maybe help your child to leave a comment.

Hope you all have a great bank holiday weekend.

See you on Tuesday.
The 1GJ Team

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