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A busy two weeks in Year 1

April 1, 2016 at 2:33 pm


Thank you to all of the children (and parents) who took the time and effort to make a decorated egg this Easter. Wow! Such an amazing range of styles, colours and ideas and they all were fantastic! It was a very difficult decision to pick a winner but well done to Alice and Nathan. There was also a surprise entry that some of you may recognise…

The children have all enjoyed their maths lessons during the last two weeks. They have done lots of fun and practical measuring tasks. They have used metre rulers and trundle wheels to measure length with more accuracy, they’ve explored capacity using non standard and standard units, they’ve weighed the mass of various objects and used calendars and vocabulary related to time e.g today, yesterday, a week from now, a month ago. They have used millilitres, metres, centimetres, metres, grams and kilograms. They could practise their measuring at home e.g baking, filling up different cups and jugs, drawing a chalk line and measuring it.

In literacy we have completed our chicken books and also independently written chicken facts for our end of term writing assessment. Most children remembered to use capital letters, full stops, conjunctions and adjectives. We have heard all the children read individually and updated their books on ‘Bug Club’.

In ICT we have created our front and back covers for our chicken books using the laptops.

It was lovely to see so many of you at our ‘Spring Chicken Event’ this morning. We hope you all enjoyed sharing our books, watching the movies and eating the yummy chocolate nests.

These are our wonderful videos – watch out Hollywood!

Thank you for all your support.

Just a little joke from Stan to finish off a brilliant term … “Why did the banana go to the doctors? Because he wasn’t peeling very well!”

Have a lovely holiday – we hope the sun shines.

The Year 1 Team

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Division and chickens!

March 18, 2016 at 3:40 pm


In maths this week we have been learning about division and the children have been taught how to record division calculations and use the symbol ÷. The children enjoyed doing lots of practical division and sharing eggs between hens and egg boxes. “Share 12 eggs between 3 egg boxes.” Click here for a fun game.

Some children also looked at grouping objects into sets. Click here for a game.

We have continued to write and illustrate our non fiction chicken books in our literacy lessons. This week we have written pages about habitats, food, predators and poo! The children are very proud of their books and are looking forward to sharing them with their families on the 1st April. In our guided reading sessions we have been reading non fiction books again and most children are now confident using the contents page, glossary and index.

In science we learnt about the life cycle of the chicken. The children had fun deciding which came first – the chicken or the egg? They sequenced the life cycle and also wrote about it in their chicken books.

Now the weather is improving we will be doing more of our PE lessons outside. Please make sure that your child has some appropriate trainers or pumps that fit and they can run about safely in.

Remember that the children are only in school on Monday and Tuesday next week as we have two training days and then it is the Easter weekend. The decorated egg competion will be judged on Tuesday 22nd March – please put all entries on the stage in the hall.

Have a lovely weekend – we hope the sun shines.

The Year 1 team





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Chicken fun in Year 1!

March 11, 2016 at 3:48 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 this week and the children were encouraged to choose an information book from the school library to share with you at home.

We have had some exciting visitors in Year 1 this week. Mr Garlick brought his chickens for a holiday in our outside area.


On Monday morning he talked to all the children about his chickens and they got the chance to stroke them. They then worked with the Year 4 children and wrote and sorted the facts. 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 on Thursday 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. .

In our science lesson we carried out an investigation to find out what the chickens 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.

In maths this week we have been learning about multiplication. We began by using coins to count in 2s, 5s and 10s and recorded the calculation e.g. 3 x 2p = 6p. We then moved onto solving sweet shop problems using multiplication – “Buy 6 lollies that cost 10p each” “Buy 5  ice pops that cost 2p each.” Can your child count in 2s, 5s or 10s?

In ICT we have begun to make our ‘chicken movies’ using an app called Puppet Pals on the Ipads. They are enjoying this task and are looking forward to sharing their finished films with you at our ‘Spring chicken’ event on the 1st April.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Our egg has hatched!!!

March 11, 2016 at 11:07 am


The children in 1GJ were very excited today as the mystery thief brought their egg back and it cracked open! Our classroom door was open and all that was left was an empty shell and a letter. The children wanted to send a blog message to the creature that lived in the egg. Will it send a reply?

“What type of species are you?”
“If you can’t find your mummy you can come and live with us.”
“What is your name?”
“How did you learn how to write?”
“Where do you live?”
“How happy were you living inside the egg?”

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A very busy week!

March 4, 2016 at 2:49 pm


On Monday we had a ‘Busy Body Day’ and the children had lots of fun investigating and learning some great facts about their bodies. We began by assessing their prior knowledge and drawing things that they thought was inside their body. Next we looked carefully at a picture of a body and learnt about some of the parts including the heart, intestines, brain and lungs.

Can your child remember any body facts? The children labelled the body and wrote some of the facts. They also had fun creating skeletons using chalk and  art straws.

In maths we have been learning about halves and quarters of shapes and numbers. The children enjoyed cutting shapes into halves and quarters and finishing off shapes that had parts missing. We then used half and quarter mats to help us divide up some quite big numbers. Can your child quickly recall what is half of 6? Half of 14? Half of 20?

We also used our maths skills in PE – the children had to follow instructions and do quarter turns, half turns in clockwise and anti clockwise directions.

We all enjoyed World Book Day and the children looked brilliant. Well done to Rebecca and Harriet who were chosen as the winners in Year 1. They got to chose their own prize from the book fair. Remember that the book fair is open next week from Monday until Thursday.

Next Thursday we will be visiting our school chickens so please make sure that your child has a pair of Wellington boots in school.

Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Exploring our five senses, number problems and a mystery egg!!

February 26, 2016 at 12:11 pm


We have been investigating our five senses this week. We began by exploring different objects and testing if we could touch, taste, see, hear or smell them. We then 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”.  In our next literacy session we had fun with jelly!! We used our senses to describe it and then wrote our own jelly poems using lots of similes. We have practised our cursive writing, read in a group during guided reading and also had our daily phonic session.

In maths we have been solving lots of one step addition and subtraction problems. The children had to read the problem, write the calculation and then solve it using a variety of apparatus e.g. counters, number lines and numicon.

In our topic lessons we have been learning about taste and touch. We looked carefully at our tongues and learnt about how our taste buds work. We then tasted a variety of things including pickled onions and mints and decided if they were sweet, sour or bitter.

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!!

Thank you to everyone who has brought books and resources for our hospitals. The children are having fun wrapping their friends up in bandages!

We have had our first writing session with the university students and it was very exciting! The children had to read and follow clues and go on a hunt around the school grounds. At the end of the hunt they found a giant mystery egg. What is growing inside it?  Is is a crocodile? A dragon? A duck? They’ll have to wait and see.

Remember that we are celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March. All the staff are busy creating their outfits! We are looking forward to seeing the children dressed up.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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