March 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm
In our literacy and science lessons we have continued investigating our senses and started to write our own information books. We even had a visit from ‘Olivia Opener’ and she helped us think of some great sentence starters to use in our books. The children thought of “Did you know…?” “Incredibly” “It is hard to believe”. In phonics we have revised ee, ea, e-e and ey. We have also done a practise phonic test and we will discuss your child’s result at parents evening. We have all read non-fiction texts in our guided reading sessions.
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 this week we have continued with multiplication and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We used bar models to help solve multiplication calculations. Our ‘dojo’ job this week was to write what they know about multiplication – we were impressed with what the children knew!
In our PSHE this half term we are covering the unit ‘What goes into and on bodies?’ This week we looked about a variety of substances and sorted them into safe, sometimes safe and never safe.
1GJ were lucky to have another expert visit them today. Emily’s mum came to talk to them about bones. The children learnt lots of facts about the bones in their hands and some very grown up words, including clavicle, radius and ulna. Thank you very much for coming to talk to the class.
Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team
March 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm
We have been investigating our five senses this week. We began by exploring lots of different objects and describing how they felt and smelt. We used this to help us think of similes. The children thought of some great ideas – “as wobbly as a bouncy castle”, “as sticky as snot”, “as red as blood” and “as cold as the Arctic”. 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 similes and adjectives. We have also read poetry during our guided reading session and practised joining up cursively. In phonics we have revised or, aw, au and ore.
In maths we have learnt what multiplication means. The children have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. They then used numicon to help them answer mulicipation calculations. Some children were extended and used 2ps, 5ps and 10ps to answer the calculations.
In our topic lessons we have been learning about our sense of taste. 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.
On Monday 1GJ had a special visitor. Haris’ mum came to talk to them about her job – she is a doctor. The children thoroughly enjoyed this visit and learnt lots of new things. Thank you very much for talking to the class.
We have all enjoyed celebrating World Book Day and have had lots of fun sharing our favourite books with our friends and our reading buddies.
Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team
February 24, 2017 at 2:18 pm
We began our new topic with a ‘Busy Body Day’ and the children had fun investigating and learning interesting facts about their bodies. We assessed their prior knowledge and drew things that they thought was inside their body. We then moved onto looking at body books and correctly put the body parts in the right places. The children were very interested in finding out body facts. Did you know your eyes see upside down and that tooth enamel is the hardest part of your body? Then they labelled a body and wrote sentences about some of the facts that they had learnt. They have also enjoyed looking carefully at our skeleton models and have created their own using chalk, art straws and white paint.
The children have been busy exploring the new role play areas and investigating our super sense display.
In Maths we practised our measuring skills and used lots of vocabulary e.g. longest, shorter, taller than. Then we moved onto using rulers to measure accurately. The children had to write their own measurements and then sort the objects into more than 10cm, less than 10cm or equal to 10cm.
We also had lots of fun at our ‘Mini Measuring 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 41cm!
In phonics we have revised ure, air, ear and are. Many children still find these quite tricky to read so please keep practising at home.
We continued our work on algorithms in our computing lesson. The children worked as a hive to make a robot and a maze for it to follow.
1GJ enjoyed their visit to Farsley Library this morning. Thank you to all the parents who accompanied us on this trip.
Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team
February 19, 2017 at 8:16 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…
In our literacy lessons we will begin by labelling the human body and finding out and writing lots of interesting body facts. Then we will learn about the senses and write our own mini information book. Finally we will 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.
We will be having a week of measuring in maths and the children will be using centimetres and metres to measure different objects. Then we move onto multiplication, division and fractions. The children have been taught a variety of methods to help them solve problems. Many of them are shown on this new Maths display.
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 £100.
Phew! Another action packed half term.
We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.
The Year 1 Team
February 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm
The highlight of the week was on Wednesday when Year 1 exhibited all their fabulous art work to the public. The children were very proud of their achievements and enjoyed sharing their work with friends and family. Year 1 were inspired by the work of Pacita Abad, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Kate Park. Thank you to everyone who attended the gallery and for all your kind donations.
In literacy we have been looking at a lovely painting by Bruno Paladin called ‘Gingerbread Island’. We discussed who could live in the house and then did some drama acting out different story lines. We then moved onto writing a story independently. The children tried hard to remember everything they have been taught this year including sentence structure, adjectives and conjunctions. They all worked well and wrote some super stories.
In maths we have gained a further understanding about addition and subtraction and used a tool called the bar model to help with this understanding. Can your child explain what a bar model is and how it helps with addition and subtraction calculations?
Please listen to your child read and practise their phonic skills when possible. Click here for some useful sites to help with learning.
Have a super holiday.
The Year One Team.
February 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm
The highlight of the week was when our local real artist came into visit. 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 and thought carefully about 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. You can watch this over the weekend on Facebook – Twice Fired. I know the children cannot wait to bring their finished piece home.
For more information look at Kate’s website – www.twicefired.co.uk. A huge thank you to Kate Park – a brilliant day for some very lucky children.
In literacy this week we have continued our work on ‘Katie’s Picture Show’. In this story Katie explores an art gallery and touches the paintings and falls into them and has lots of amazing adventures. We used this story to help us write our own exciting stories. We looked at a piece of art called ‘Winter’ by Zuzana Chalupova and wrote our own stories with a beginning, middle and end. The children all tried hard and wrote some super stories. We have also continued to practise our cursive handwriting, enjoyed guided reading and played lots of phonic games.
In maths this week we have been focusing on addition and subtraction. We have been writing number sentences and putting missing symbols and numbers into calculations. The children enjoyed using numicon, number lines and 100 squares. There was some super maths taking place. Please click here for a link to a previous blog which contains some interactive addition and subtraction games.
Our phonics focus this week has been:
Remember you are all welcome at our art gallery next Wednesday the 8th of February at 2.30pm. We have lots of amazing art to show off! Thank you for your support.
Have a super weekend.
The Year One team