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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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Our amazing art gallery

February 12, 2016 at 3:54 pm


This afternoon 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, Balraj Khanna and Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Kate Park. Thank you to everyone who attended the gallery and for all your kind donations.



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Learning to tell the time, wonderful writing and an art gallery!

February 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm


In maths this week we have been busy practising telling the time. We all made our own paper plate clock and had fun using this to practise o’clock and half past. Some children moved onto quarter to and quarter past. We also played time bingo and “What time is it Mr Wolf?”. We have also been updating our individual maths assessments. We will discuss your child’s progress at parents evening in March.

These are some of the games that can be used on a computer or tablet. Please click on the clock.


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 in our writing achievement books.


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. We will be using this to help us assess what level your child is working at in their writing. We have also heard everyone read individually and played lots of phonic games.

We did our last piece of art work for the gallery. We used the work of Hunterwasser as our inspiration and all created a 3D building. (See our separate post about the art gallery)

On Thursday 1S were very lucky because they got a visit from their Year 4 reading buddies. 1S thoroughly enjoyed reading Year 4’s creative pop up books and learnt lots of new interesting facts about animals that are vertebrates. Can your child remember what they learnt?

We hope you all have a lovely half term holiday.
Thank you for all your support.
The Year 1 Team

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Stories, doubling and halving and more art in Year 1!

February 5, 2016 at 11:59 am


In literacy this week we have read a lovely book called ‘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 began by looking at paintings by Raphael Perez and discussing what might happen in his pictures. Then in small groups we made up a story and the adult scribed it for us. In the next session 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 we have been busy doubling and halving. We began by painting dots onto the two wings of a butterfly and then wrote the number sentence e.g 5 + 5 = 10. Then we used dominoes to find their doubles and halves. Can you spot our Kung Fu master in the photographs? She was an expert at chopping dominoes in half!! We also used pennies to work out doubles and halves in our fruit shop. The children are becoming more confident at knowing their doubles and halves. How quickly can your child recall them?

We have been looking at artwork by Balraj Khanna in our art lessons and used it as an inspiration to create a relief sculpture. In groups we created an animal using cardboard and then applied textured surfaces using paint, glue, sand and sawdust. This amazing art will be on display at our art gallery on Friday 12th February.

Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Shapes, stories and more amazing art!

January 29, 2016 at 11:55 am


In maths this week we have been using art to inspire our shape work. We looked at work by Wassily Kandinsky and created our own pieces using 2D shapes and black lines. We also created sculptures in the style of Gary Webb using 3D shapes. The children are beginning to name more shapes and use the correct language such as corners, sides, faces and vertices.

We have been busy planning and writing stories in our literary sessions. We read the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and then had fun changing it into ‘The Three Little Dinosaurs’. The children used a simple story plan to think about how their story would begin, what would happen in the middle and how it would end. They then wrote their own stories. We were very pleased with how well they all wrote. They used some great adjectives including boiling hot volcano and floppy sticky green leaves. We have also been playing lots of phonic games and reading and sorting real and nonsense words.

In art we have continued to look at the work of Pacita Abad. We have been using paint and mixing our own colours and worked on canvas. We are looking forward to sharing our finished work with you at our gallery on Friday 12th February.

In ICT we have been using ‘Dazzle’ and ‘Purple Mash’ on the laptops to draw and type about dinosaurs. The children are becoming more confident using the laptops and created some super work.

Please can you make sure that your child has their PE kit on their peg every day. Some children haven’t had their kit with them since Christmas.

Remember it is the PTA ‘Beetle Drive’ next Friday at 3.30pm. It should be lots of fun! If you would like to come please let Mrs Walton know ASAP.
Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Money, creating settings and keeping Victor dry!

January 22, 2016 at 3:43 pm


In maths this week we have had lots of fun exploring money. We’ve played money games, had a fruit shop, done coin rubbings and ordered coins and notes. Some children moved on to adding money and giving change.

We have been creating our own fantasy settings and characters in a cereal box! The children enjoyed using their imagination to think of their own scenes. We had jungle, space, underwater, volcano and castle settings.

We will be using these settings to help us plan and write a story next week. We also spent a lot of time on phonics this week playing a variety of games including phonic bingo and digraph spotting. Please help your child practise all the digraphs – the list is in the middle of their reading record.

In handwriting we practised writing e, f and s in a cursive style.

We had a very exciting science lesson as we got a letter from Victor Velociraptor! He needed our help as his cave is leaking and he is getting wet. The children thought about how they could help and what materials were waterproof. They worked in small groups to create something to keep Victor dry. He is now a happy dinosaur!

Another very busy week with some super learning taking place.

Have a great weekend.

The Year One team.

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