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Exploring our five senses!

March 8, 2019 at 4:58 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 ‘right choice’ 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.

In phonics we have revised ee, ea, e-e, ey and ai, a-e, ay. The children are great phonic detectives and are reading real and nonsense words with more confidence – please keep practising at home.

We had lots of fun at the Eureka Workshop learning about sick, poo, snot, trumping and burping!! Can your child remember any gross facts?

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 maths we have been continuing to explore using and representing numbers up to 50. This week we have been using place value grids, tens frames, part-whole models and number lines to represent one more or one less than a 2-digit number up to 50.

We played this 10s and 1s game called Shark Numbers, with numbers up to 59, to help us practise. Click on the game to play it at home.

We have all thoroughly enjoyed World Book Day. The children and staff all looked great in their outfits.

Have a great weekend,

The Year 1 Team

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Amazing bodies, place value and measuring fun!

March 1, 2019 at 2:54 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 children have enjoyed their first week of ‘Phonic Detectives’. This week we focussed on the digraphs ck/ff/ll/zz/ss/ng/ch/sh/th/wh/ph/qu/ar. 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.

In maths the children have been using their knowledge and understanding of representing, adding and subtracting numbers to 20, to move on to numbers up to 50. Grouping numbers into 10s and 1s has really helped! We have also been using our number bonds to 10 to begin to know our bonds to 20. Understanding that 20 is 10 more than 10 has lead to children being able to say that if 4+6=10, then 14+6=20.

We played the number bond game below to help us practise. Click on the picture to play.

Our PSHE 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.

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.

We enjoyed our PE lesson with Mr Stoker. This half term we are focusing on ball skills and they learnt the ready position and the cup shape for catching.

Please don’t forget to send money or contribute via ParentPay for the events in school next week. On Thursday the children will participate in an exciting half day workshop led by Eureka! We have started to learn a song ready for our visit from Eureka. Here are the lyrics to practice at home (Beware! It is rather yucky!)


On Friday we are celebrating World Book Day and the ‘Rainbow Factory’ will be performing a show. All the staff are busy making their costumes! It should be a fun day!

Our chicken eggs have arrived. Hopefully we will have 24 chicks in 21 days time!!

Have a super weekend,

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back Year 1!

February 24, 2019 at 11:18 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 areas:

We will also be having some special visitors! What do you think this is and what might live in it?

This week 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. We will also have fun competing in the ‘Amazing Body Olympics’.

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

We will be doing lots of practical investigations based on the body, senses and chickens in our science lessons!  We will be visiting the farm lots so please make sure that your child has a pair of named wellington boots in school. We are looking forward to our Eureka workshop on Thursday 7th March.

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 beginning our games unit of work. During our Friday afternoon rotation the children will be doing RE, food skills, music and art.

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

Please don’t forget to send money or contribute via ParentPay for the upcoming school events. Eureka is a fun half day workshop and on World Book Day the ‘Rainbow Factory’ will be performing a show.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Year 1 Team

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A very busy week in Year 1!

February 15, 2019 at 4:25 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 we hope you enjoyed the gallery. Thank you very much for all your kind donations – we raised £150!  This money will pay for some of the art resources and the rest will be put towards our animal workshop in the summer term.

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.

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. 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.

In our final dance lesson with Mrs Campbell we had fun visiting all the countries again. What great dancers we are in Year 1!

Thank you for all your support this half term – have a lovely holiday,

The Year 1 Team

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Fun falling into a painting!

February 8, 2019 at 4:34 pm


In literacy 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 and write a story with a problem and resolution. The children all tried hard and wrote some super stories.

In phonics we have focussed on ur/er/ir, oi/oy, ee/ea/ey and explored compound words. We have also enjoyed using a new programme called ‘Spelling Shed’ and had fun spelling our tricky words.

In our maths lessons we continued our addition work and focused on selecting the best method. The children are now confident using tens frames, part whole models and number lines to find their answers. Can they tell you with method they prefer? Now that we are addition experts we are moving onto subtraction!

We have been learning about algorithms in our computing lesson this 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!

We have also been thinking about how to use the internet safely. The children have been talking about how they use the internet both in school and at home. On Tuesday it was UK Safer Internet Day  the children thought about how to keep themselves safe and decided that the most important thing is to ask a grown up if they are unsure or worried about anything online. The children were given examples of choices they may face online such as offers to pay for games, download new apps or talk to strangers and were very mature deciding on the most sensible actions to take. If you would like some more information on how you can support your child at home then please visit The UK Safer Internet Parents support website.

We have been busy artists this week and have been inspired by the work of Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock. We had fun creating our own art work. This will all be on display next Thursday from 2.30pm in our hall.

We danced to music from Africa in our PE lesson.

Have a great weekend,

The Year 1 Team

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A ‘real artist’ in Year 1!

February 1, 2019 at 2:07 pm


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 14th February.

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

We have read the story Katie and the Dinosaurs in our literacy lessons. 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 air, ure, ar, or, aw, au. 

In maths we used our number bond knowledge to help us with our addition! We used lots of different equipment to split numbers up making them much easier to add. We have really enjoyed singing and dancing to The Number Bond Rock!

Can your child spot the mistake that Dexter has made here?-

We all enjoyed our dance lesson with Mrs Campbell. This week we danced to music from India.

In PSHE 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!!

We enjoyed sharing our T Rex books with our Year 6 reading buddies. They were very impressed with them!

On Friday we were very excited to wake up to snow and we had a fabulous time in our outdoor area!

Have a super weekend,

The Year 1 Team

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