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Year 1 travel back in time to 1953…

November 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm

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This afternoon Year 1 travelled back in time to the 2nd June 1953.  We witnessed the Queen’s coronation in all its glory.  The Queen arrived in her golden state coach. Then during the royal occasion we saw the Queen receive a sword, orb, sceptres and of course the magnificent crown.   After she had waved her farewells from the balcony Year 1 celebrated with a street party. The rain even added to the authenticity! A fantastic day had by all!

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Queen Elizabeth, counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s and lots of Literacy!

November 6, 2015 at 2:14 pm

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We have begun to learn about Queen Elizabeth in our history lessons. We shared a book all about the Queen’s life and then had fun sorting facts into true and false. Can your child remember any facts about Queen Elizabeth? We then moved onto putting main events of her life onto a timeline.

In literacy we started the week by doing lots of practical alphabet activities including matching jigsaws, threading the alphabet, saying the letters in order and forming capital letters.

We also read the story ‘The princess and the pea’. We discussed the parts of a story – beginning, middle and end and had fun acting it out. The children then wrote the story and all tried hard to remember to use finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.

Click here for a game to help your child learn more about sentence structure.

We have been busy using counting sticks in maths and have been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Here are some songs to help your child practise even more. Enjoy!

We have also been estimating and counting numbers of spots on wrapping paper. The children guessed how many spots there were and then used counters and dienes cubes to check that they were correct.

Number bond of the week is 9+1 = 10.

We have been learning about different types of materials in our science lesson. The children worked in their hive groups to create collages using materials such as card, foil, bubble wrap, plastic and wood. They then described their collage using vocabulary such as hard, bendy, bumpy, rough.

The fantastic five challenges this week were –
1. Draw or paint a castle
2. Count in 2s and 5s using socks and gloves
3. Number bond games
4. Alphabet trail around the classroom
5. Re-tell the story ‘The princess and the pea’ – using puppets or write it in a mini book.

Remember that we are learning about the Queen’s Coronation on Monday 9th November. The children need to come to school wearing their party clothes. (Remember they will still be working and playing outside so they need a warm coat and sensible shoes)

As part of our Christmas performance we are asking the children to learn a dance. Can you ‘Do the Strictly?’ Have fun at home practising this dance and thank you for your support.

Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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1GJ – Do you dare enter the spooky castle?

October 29, 2015 at 7:32 pm

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Look at our new exciting role play area – The Spooky Castle. There are lots of interesting objects in the jars for you to use to invent your own potions and mix them in a cauldron. Eyeball and finger soup? Snake and centipede smoothies? Watch out for the giant spider who will be keeping an eye on you!

On Monday we will be doing lots of fun alphabet activities. Can you say all the letters of the alphabet? Can you write any capital letters?

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday.
Mrs Galbraith, Mrs James and Mrs Booth

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Weather around the world and some measuring to finish a very busy 4 days!

October 23, 2015 at 12:06 pm

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We have only been in school for 4 days but we’ve been very busy! In our science and geography lessons we have begun to learn about the continents and weather in different parts of the world. Each hive has been given a country and they all found that country on a map, looked at photographs from that country and thought about what people would be wearing there.


We have also set up our own weather station in our outside area – we’ve made rain gauges, wind socks and weather vanes and looked at thermometers. We also worked out the days when the wind was strong enough to create electricity at school, as Mr Harris told 1S about the wind turbine we have.  Can your child remember how strong the wind had to be? Each day we’ve recorded what the weather was like. It would be great if your child could continue this activity at home and record the weather during the holiday.

In our literacy lessons we’ve been reading lots of weather poems and then we all wrote our own autumn poems. They thought of some great ideas and adjectives including crunchy leaves, shiny conkers and bright, colourful leaves.

We have been busy learning about mass, length and capacity in our maths lessons. The children have been introduced to standard measures. We used rulers to measure objects using centimetres, we weighed objects using the balance scales and grams and we have been using millilitres to measure out our own fruity cocktails!!

Using rulers to measure:

Weighing objects using a balance scale:

Measuring capacity:

Our fantastic five challenges this week were –
1. Look at maps, atlases and globes.
2. Paint or draw a weather picture.
3. Sort odd and even numbers.
4. Write autumn words on a leaf shape.
5. Read poetry books.

Please remember that you can change your child’s reading book before or after school every day. If you think that your child needs to move up to the next level please discuss this with a member of staff.

Hope you all have a lovely half term holiday and we will see you all in November.
The Year 1 Team

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1S and their new reading buddies!

October 20, 2015 at 2:48 pm

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Yesterday afternoon 1S met their new reading buddies from 4KL.   The children in 1S shared the recounts they had written about their recent trip to the nature reserve and they really impressed the children from 4KL with the Autumn poems which they had written.  All the children enjoyed spending time reading together and getting to know their new buddies. 1S are really looking forward to seeing the children in 4KL very soon!

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Natural art in 1GJ

October 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm

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This week we have been looking at some pieces of art work created by Andy Goldsworthy. He is a British artist who collaborates with nature to make his creations.

After looking at his work the children went outside to create their own pieces using natural objects. They used leaves, twigs, stones, conkers and other seeds. Look at some of their super art work…

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