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A busy last week of the half term in Year 1!

February 9, 2018 at 2:32 pm


The highlight of our week was our amazing art gallery when the children exhibited their fabulous art work to the public. The children were very proud of their achievements and enjoyed sharing their work with their friends and family. Thank you to everyone who attended the gallery and for all your kind donations – we raised £148.67. This money will pay for some of the art resources and the rest will be put towards our animal workshop in the summer term.


In literacy we have continued with our story writing. This week we used the art work of Raphael Perez to inspire us.

The children used their imagination and fell into a painting again! They planned a problem and resolution and then wrote their own stories. This morning all the children did an independent piece of writing about the art work they’ve done this half term. This will help us update our writing assessments and set their targets ready for next half term. We have heard all the children read individually and updated their book allocation on ‘Bug Club’ ready for the holiday.

In maths the children have been using bar models to generate number bond families. They have also been using the symbols > is greater than, < is less than and = is equal to. They had to solve two calculations and help Bob Crocodile bite the biggest calculation.


We have had fun with shapes and art this week. The children were inspired by the art work of Gary Webb and Wassily Kandinsky and created 2D art work and 3D sculptures.

Have a lovely half term holiday.

The Year 1 Team

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Katie’s Picture Show, bar models and algorithms!

February 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm


In literacy this week we have read the story ‘Katie’s Picture Show’. In this book 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 looked at a piece of art called ‘Winter’ by Zuzana Chalupova and planned and wrote a story with a problem and resolution. The children all tried hard and wrote some super stories.

In maths we have been using bar models to subtract and find the difference. The children have enjoyed playing this fun subtraction game.


We have been learning about algorithms in our computing lesson this week. The children rotated around three tasks. The first activity was to order a set of instructions for making toast and then follow them. They all enjoyed the end product! Then they used a coding app on the ipads called ‘Daisy Dinosaur’ and finally they learnt how to program the bee-bots.

Our PHSE unit this half term is all about being unique and knowing that we are all different. This week we read the story ‘Elmer’ and in our circle time we talked about what makes us unique.

Remember you are all welcome at our art gallery on Thursday 8th of February at 2.30pm. We have lots of amazing art to show off!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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A ‘real artist’, subtraction and fantasy settings!

January 26, 2018 at 2:17 pm


The highlight of  the week was when a real artist came to work with us. What an amazing day we had! Kate Park taught us how to create our unique pieces of glass art work. First the children looked at artwork by the artist Pacita Abad and planned their designs. Then carefully, using tweezers, they placed the different types of glass onto their work. Can they remember what all the types looked like? Stringers, frits and confetti. Kate has taken the finished pieces home to fire in her kiln.

For more information look at Kate’s website – www.twicefired.co.uk. A huge thank you to Kate Park – we all enjoyed the brilliant glass workshop.

We have read the story Katie and the Dinosaurs in our literacy lessons. Katie goes through a door which has a sign on it saying: ” Absolutely No Admittance Whatsoever”.

This story inspired us to use our imagination and create our own fantasy settings behind a door – we had alien moons, witch world, sweetie lands and lots more exciting places! The children drew and labelled their setting using some great wow words. Then they wrote about their lands using adjectives and conjunctions. In phonics we have focused on ear, air and ure and in handwriting we have learnt how to join ir, er and ur.

We have had a week of subtraction in maths. We have used tens frames, part whole models and number lines to develop our fluency.

In our science lesson we got a letter from a dinosaur who needed our help. Tina Troodon has long legs and her eggs keep cracking when she lays them! We needed to investigate which material would make the best nest for her and protect her eggs. We spent time planning the investigation and making sure it was a fair test. The children especially enjoyed the egg dropping! We concluded that jelly, sand, cotton wool and bubble wrap would make the best nest.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team



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Dinosaurs, bar models and lots of art!

January 19, 2018 at 2:32 pm


In maths we have continued with our work based on addition. The children were introduced to a tool called the bar model -can your child explain what a bar model is and how it can help with addition calculations? As they move through school they will use bar models to support them with different aspects of maths; including multiplication and fractions. Number bond family of the week is 15 +5 = 20, 20 – 5 = 15, 5 + 15 = 20, 20 – 15 = 5.

As well as the dinosaur exploring our playground we had a friendly one visit our classrooms. We asked it lots of questions about being a Tyrannosaurus Rex and it gave us lots of facts to finish our information books. In phonics we have focused on c says s, g says j and silent k,w,g. In handwriting we have learnt how to join ai, ar and ay.

1GJ shared their dinosaur book with their buddy this week and 1B are meeting their buddies next week.

In our art lessons we have been looking at the work of the artist Frank Avary Wilson and have been creating our own collages on umbrellas and bottles! We have also been busy painting our canvases in the style of Pacita Abad. We still need more clear plastic bottles and cereal boxes please. 1B enjoyed being ‘Art Gallery’ managers and had fun exploring different types of art.

1GJ enjoyed their visit to Bradford Industrial Museum and learnt a lot from the art experts from Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. They used different media and materials to draw and looked at a variety of art work, artefacts and machinery. All the children were so enthusiastic and Jane and Naseem were impressed with their art skills.

Thank you to all the parents who supported us on this visit. We hope you enjoyed it too.

Missing Wellies! Please can you check at home and see if you have anyone’s wellies please? We have two missing pairs.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Aaaah!! There is a dinosaur in school!

January 15, 2018 at 9:07 am


Look who has been in our playground this weekend!!

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Watch out there are dinosaurs about!

January 12, 2018 at 2:27 pm


We had a very exciting start to our week – something had been in our classrooms over the weekend and made a bit of a mess! We looked for clues and found giant footprints and a letter from a Tyrannosaurus Rex!! There were also lots of very interesting T Rex facts hidden around our rooms. Did you know they were as tall as a bus and its arms didn’t reach its mouth? This inspired us to write our own T Rex fact book that we are going to share with our Year 6 buddies next week. Miss Bray has set up a camera to try and film the dinosaur if it comes back to school over the weekend – watch this space…

In phonics we have focused on u-e, are and ore. Please keep practising the real and nonsense words that are in your child’s reading record each week. We have learnt how to join up ng, igh and ee in our handwriting lesson. We have all read non-fiction texts in our guided reading sessions.

In maths we have had a week of addition. We began by using a number line to add and then moved onto practising our number bonds to 10 and 20 and looking for patterns. Number bond family of the week is 13 + 7 = 20, 7 + 13 = 20, 20 – 13 = 7, 20 – 7 = 13.

We have begun our art topic and we have been ‘Art Gallery Managers’. We have 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. 1B will be doing this lesson next week.

We looked in more detail at the artist Pacita Abad and used difference media to design a piece of art to paint onto a canvas.

1B visited Bradford Industrial Museum and all enjoyed an ‘Art of Noticing’ workshop which was led by an art expert from Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. The children were very well behaved and the art experts were very impressed with our skills! We had a fantastic time exploring and creating our own art work. We used a variety of materials throughout the morning: can you child remember what we used?

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who volunteered to help, we really appreciate all your support.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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