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We are proud of our achievements!

March 2, 2015 at 4:46 pm


Today 1GJ led the ethos assembly about ‘I am proud of what I do and value the achievements of others’.

The children shared their achievements including sports certificates, Beaver badges, crafts, medals, rosettes, collections, photos and school work. Year 1 are a very talented bunch!

I explained that I am proud of my baritone playing even though I am still a beginner. I am playing in a concert soon. The other players are much younger than me but I am proud that I have learnt enough to join in!

The children thought about the need to value other people’s achievements. In the story ‘Dogs Don’t Do Ballet’ the grown-ups think that Biff the dog can’t do ballet. Luckily his owner, a little girl, values her dog’s ambitions. Eventually Biff dances on stage in a tutu and everyone is proud of him. We all need to remember to value the achievements of others.

The assembly was a huge success. Well done Year 1, I am proud of you all.



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Bones, bodies and time!

February 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm


In maths this week we have been busy practising telling the time using analogue clocks. We have learnt o’clock and half past and some children were extended to using quarter to and quarter past. We have played lots of fun practical games.


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


In PE we played “What time is it Mr Wolf?” which they all enjoyed! All the children made their own paper plate clock and they can use this to help them complete their learning log homework. We have also been practising reading and writing the days of the week and the months of the year.

In literacy over the next two weeks we are using the story ‘Funnybones’ to help inspire our own story writing. This week 1GJ has been creating their own settings – we had spooky castles, magical lands, and snowy caves. They then used the repetitive style of the story to write their own stories. 1S have been focussing on retelling the story. They have also been using conjunctions to add detail and depth to their sentences.

Remember that we are celebrating ‘World Book Day’ on Thursday 5th March and the children can come to school dressed as a character from a book. As part of world book day we are doing an investigation – we need lots of plastic pots, trays and margarine tubs. The Scholastic book fair will be open from Monday 2nd March until Thursday 5th March, before and after school, in the entrance hall. All the children will receive a £1 book voucher that they can either use at our book fair or in a bookshop.

In science we have had lots of fun exploring the human body. On Monday the children wrote about what they already knew – some of them are experts already!  We then moved onto looking at and naming external and internal body parts and what jobs they all do. We had fun drawing around two children and drawing and labelling the body parts. We also created our own skeletons using art straws.

Thank you to Sally’s mum who came to talk to the children about being a nurse and looking after their bodies. Please see our separate post for photographs of this great visit.

On Tuesday 31st March we will be having a ‘Spring Chicken’ event from 9am until 9.45am in the North Hall. This will be a celebration of the work the children will have done during our chicken topic. Everyone is welcome – more details will follow soon.

Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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What are you proud of?

February 25, 2015 at 10:46 pm


beaver badges

Dear 1GJ Parents,

On Monday 2nd March 1GJ are leading an assembly for the children in Reception and KS1. The theme is, ‘I am proud of what I do’. If your child wants to share something that they are proud of please send it into school. 

Ideas include:
– Rainbow or Beaver uniform with badges on
– Sporting trophies, medals or certificates
– Something that they have put a lot of effort into making e.g. Lego model, craft item

Your child’s achievement could have been captured in a photograph. Have they climbed to the top of a mountain? Made a birthday cake for Grandma? Built a den? You are welcome to email photos to Mrs James or Mrs Galbraith.

If your child is not able to bring something from home they will be able to choose something they are proud of at school.

We will take some pictures to share with you on the blog. 

Thank you for your support,

Mrs James and Mrs Galbraith



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Amazing Art homework in 1GJ

February 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm


The children have worked really hard on their homework and I am impressed with all the facts they have found out about different artists. The work has been presented beautifully – well done 1GJ. Below are some examples of the super work.

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Bandages and pulses!

February 25, 2015 at 6:16 pm


The children really enjoyed their talk from Adele, Sally’s Mum, who is a nurse in a hospital. They were all interested in her uniform and all her equipment. They all tried to find their pulse – some of them got worried when they couldn’t find it! Adele also told them how important it is to wash their hands thoroughly and taught them the correct way. We would like to say a big “thank you” to Adele for giving up her time to come and talk to the children.

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Welcome back Year 1

February 22, 2015 at 10:00 am


We hope you have all had a lovely half term holiday. We have got lots of exciting lessons planned for this next half term. In literacy we will be reading the story ‘Funnybones’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. We will be using this book to help us create new characters and settings and write our own stories. We will also be using our senses to help us write poems.



Our science lessons are very exciting! We will begin by learning all about our bodies. How many body parts can you name already? We will find out how bodies work and what jobs different parts do and how we can look after our bodies.  On Wednesday Sally’s mum is coming to talk to us about our bodies. She is a nurse – what questions would you like to ask her? We will also be investigating our five senses and doing lots of fun practical science activities.



We will then be having some visitors coming to stay with us …… Mr Garlicks chickens! We will be doing a mini topic all about chickens. We will be visiting the school chickens lots and doing research to find out chicken facts. We will be writing our own non fiction books. Please can you make sure that your child has a pair of Wellington boots in school from week 3 onwards.

In maths we will be focussing on telling the time. We will also be counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and using coins to help us solve word problems e.g. A pack of sweets costs 15p. How many lots of 5p will I need to pay for it? We will be introducing the multiplication symbol. We will also continue to practise our addition and subtraction skills and doubles and halving.

We have completed our mid term assessments and written your child’s reports. You will receive these during the next few weeks and we can discuss them in more detail at parents evening on the 17th and 18th March.

We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

The Year 1 Team

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