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Dinosaurs, number families and an Art Gallery!

January 15, 2016 at 9:59 am


Watch out there are dinosaurs about! This week we have been finding out lots of interesting dinosaur facts. In our literacy lessons we have been writing facts about the Tyrannosaurus Rex. We researched their diet, size and habitat. Did you know a T-Rex had over 50 razor sharp teeth and used them to eat other dinosaurs? The children thought carefully about using capital letters at the beginning of sentences and full stops at the end. Some children were able to use the conjunctions and, because and but to explain their dinosaur facts further. What facts can your child remember about the mighty T-Rex?

In handwriting we’ve practised writing d, g and q using the cursive style.

In maths we have been looking at number families and missing numbers. We used cubes and numicon to make the families practically. For example, 7+5 =12, 5+7 = 12, 12 – 7 = 5 and 12 – 5 = 7. Which number families can your child remember?

We have also continued being ‘Art Gallery Managers’ and we learnt about different types of art including installation art, sculpture and collage. The children had to sort lots of different art into groups and decide upon their likes and dislikes.

On Wednesday and Thursday we visited Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and had a great time exploring art.  We took part in a fantastic session where we created a map using graphite pencils, copied Lowry’s art using 2D shapes, created a collage using warm and cold colours inspired by David Hockney and jumped into a painting – bringing it to life using our acting skills!  The children were very creative and enjoyed the session. They also learnt a few new skills, such as how to use a pencil to add shading and how 2D shapes can add interesting effects. Hopefully we will be able to show off these new skills in our art gallery on Friday the 12th of February – your invitations have been sent home today.

1S at the Art Gallery:



1GJ at the Art Gallery:

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 team.



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A busy week to start 2016!

January 8, 2016 at 4:29 pm


What a busy 4 days we have had. The children have all had lots of fun exploring our new role play areas.

In literacy we have been exploring winter poems. We have read lots of poems and the children have written their own. They used some interesting adjectives and described a winter scene well. Some children had a go at using similes in their poems and created phrases such as ‘winter is as white as a fluffy, soft blanket’ and ‘winter is as cold as shiny, slippery ice.’

They had fun learning about onomatopoeia – can they remember what it means?

We have also begun to learn how to write using a cursive style. This week we focussed on c, o and a. In our phonic lessons we have been updating our phonic assessments and most children now know many of the 44 phonemes and are moving onto alternate spelling patterns such as ai, ay, a-e. Please keep practising the digraphs with your child at home.

In maths we have been focusing on place value. We did some practical tasks using place value cards and dienes equipment and then used raffle tickets. Can your child look at a number and tell you how many hundreds, tens and units it has? Can they put 2 digit and 3 digit numbers in order? Some children can even partition 4 digit numbers. Click here for some place value fun.

We have begun our new art topic ‘What happens in an art gallery?’. The children looked at a wide variety of art work and pretended to be an art gallery manager and decide which pieces of work they liked and disliked and which would they display in their gallery.

We have been thinking scientifically during our science lessons. We carried out an investigation using ice. The children had to decide where the ice would melt the quickest – inside or outside? And if a jacket  around the ice would keep the ice from melting?  This is the picture we used to stimulate our investigation.

2016-01-06%2019.58.42The children were all amazed by the results as lots of their predictions were incorrect. Can your child explain what happened? Yes, the coat acted as an insulator and insulators keep cold things cold and hot things hot. So don’t forget to wrap your snowman in a jacket if it snows next week!

Thank you to everyone who has returned their trip letter for next week. This is a full day visit and the children need to bring a packed lunch, in disposable packaging, and wear their school uniform.

Please make sure that your child has their PE kit and reading book in school every day and their library book on a Friday.

Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back Year 1

January 3, 2016 at 1:59 pm


Happy new year! We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas holiday. We have lots of exciting lessons and activities planned for the next half term. Our topic is ‘What happens in an art gallery?’ and we will be learning all about different types of art and creating our own artwork using various skills and techniques. We even have a real artist coming into school to teach us how to create fused glass. We also have our trip to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery on the 13th and 14th January. Please can you return your child’s consent form during the first week back. You will have an opportunity to look at all the amazing work we create at our own art gallery on Friday 12th February from 2.30pm in the school hall. More details will be sent home soon.

In literacy we are beginning by having a winter themed week and will be reading and writing our own winter poems. We then move onto a unit of work about dinosaurs and fantasy settings and the children will be creating their own characters and settings and writing stories. We will be making simple movies and recording them on the iPads. We will also begin teaching cursive handwriting – the children are very excited about this. We will continue with our daily phonic sessions and guided reading.

In maths we will be learning about place value and looking at hundreds, tens and units. We will be solving missing number problems using our addition and subtraction knowledge, having fun with time and money and revisiting 2D and 3D shapes.

In PHSCE our assemblies and circle times will be based on  ‘Going for Goals’ and ‘Growth Mindsets’.

In science we will be developing our working scientifically skills and doing various investigations including experimenting with ice and using materials to keep a dinosaur dry!

Our PPA time will now be on a Wednesday and, this term, it will be covered by Miss Routledge. In 1S she will be teaching RE, Music and ICT and in 1GJ she will be teaching RE and music.

Phew! What a busy and exciting half term.

We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 5th January.

The Year 1 Team

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A very Happy Christmas from Year One!

December 18, 2015 at 3:31 pm


We have had a great week. Our performances were fantastic and today we had fun during our Christmas party. A great end to a brilliant term –  well done Year One.

Merry Christmas and a very happy new year! See you all in 2016.


Have a super holiday and thank you for our gifts, Christmas party food and your support.

Please remember we have a training day on Monday the 4th of January.

The Year One team.

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Instruction writing, shape detectives, reindeer buns and painting in Year One this week!

December 11, 2015 at 2:14 pm

In literacy we have continued our work on reading and writing instructions. We followed instructions to create a shiny star and the next day we wrote our own set remembering to include lots of bossy verbs such as cut, stick, put. Next we had fun making yummy reindeer buns.
We then wrote a set of instructions about making them independently in our writing achievement books. This was the assessed piece of writing for this half term. Everyone tried really hard and we are pleased with the progress the children are making. Most of them are now remembering to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in their sentences and some children even used conjunctions and adjectives.

We have done lots of practical maths this week focussing on 2D and 3D shapes. The children had fun creating pictures using 2D Christmas parcels. They have also been using an app on the iPads to make shapes. Can your child remember the names of the shapes they have used this week and any of the features e.g sides, corners, faces?

In art we have been learning about painting techniques and have used watercolour paints to create different scenes of each season. These lovely pieces of work will be hanging on your walls soon as they are your new calendar.

We have also been busy practising our show ‘Christmas Number 1’. We hope that the children have been learning the songs and practising the strictly dance at home. http://ffks1.primaryblogger.co.uk/uncategorized/practising-for-our-christmas-performance/

There will be no more learning log or spelling homework until January – but please keep hearing your child read and playing games on Education City and Bug Club.  Click here for some extra maths games and here for some extra literacy games. Also please see previous blog posts for further support.

It’s a busy week next week –
Monday – we are watching the KS2 show and it’s our dress rehearsal
Tuesday – training day (school is closed)
Wednesday – our show at 9.30am
Thursday – our show at 2pm
Friday – party day!!

Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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A Victorian Christmas at Thwaite Mills

December 4, 2015 at 3:58 pm


We all had a great time learning about how the Victorians celebrated Christmas. We spent the morning in the kitchen and parlour playing with Victorian toys, making rag rugs and followed instructions to make tasty lemonade . In the afternoon we had fun making Christmas crackers and cards. The children really enjoyed this trip and said “This is the best trip we’ve ever been on!” Thank you to all the adults who came with us – we hope you enjoyed it too.

1GJ having fun at the mills…

1S enjoying the Victorian Christmas…



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