July 19, 2019 at 1:22 pm
We have had a busy last week together. In English we have checked how many of the Year 1 key words they can read and write. Many children could read and write them all – well done!
The leavers assembly was very emotional this morning. We hope that the children and staff who are leaving to start new adventures will ‘be happy’ and continue to ‘be the best they can be’.
Thank you for your kind wishes, cards and presents – both 1B and 1G have been a pleasure to teach. We hope that you all have a lovely summer holiday.
From all the Year 1 Team
July 12, 2019 at 1:21 pm
On Tuesday we enjoyed a visit from Martin, a volunteer from the RNLI the charity that saves lives at sea. We found out all about the different types of boats used by the RNLI, what flags on beaches tell us and what to do in an emergency. The children now all know what to do if they come into difficulties in water – they should lean back, try to float as they wave with one arm and use the other to swim. Lots of children got the chance to try on the safety equipment that Martin uses. Did you know that all of the life vests, lifeboats, specialist equipment etc is funded solely through donations? The children were very proud that they raised £13, thank you for your generosity.
In literacy and history we have been learning about a real life saver! The children found a mystery suitcase with some clues inside. They wrote some great questions to try and find out who the suitcase belonged to and discovered it was Grace Darling. To find out more about this brave hero click here.
We have had fun exploring slime, slippery spheres and magic sand in our science labs this week. Miss Bray also showed us her balloon helicopter!
We all enjoyed Sports Day. Look at us competing in all the different races…
This morning we all enjoyed seeing our Year 6 buddies. They heard us read and then we all had an ice pop.
We can’t believe it us our last week in Year 1 next week! Where has this school year gone??
Have super weekend,
The Year 1 Team
July 5, 2019 at 2:40 pm
The children were very excited to receive a letter from Mr Grinling the lighthouse keeper! His wife usually makes his lunch but she was going on holiday so he asked for our help. We had fun designing, making and eating our sandwiches. There were some unusual combinations! We then wrote a set of instructions about how to make our sandwich. The children used some great bossy verbs in their writing.
In maths we have been looking at time. We have been focusing on all the different vocabulary we could use when describing time, including before, after, later, earlier, o’clock and half past.
We looked at an analogue clock (clock face) and talked about the hands of a clock and where they will be at certain times. Then we practised matching, making and reading clocks.
In geography we have had great fun using a compass to find our way round. We worked in pairs to find magnetic north and then talk about what things were in each direction. We stood on top of the hill and looked into the distance.
Experiment of the week in 1G is all about investigating magnetism. We also had fun making ‘Dancing Raisins’. The children enjoyed seeing if other fruit and vegetables could dance too! 1B have been enjoying the Aqua Play set that Theo brought to school.
We all enjoyed the ‘Flavour School’ workshop run by Dr Nick from the University of Leeds. 1G had fun exploring their senses whilst tasting fruit. They closed their eyes and eyes and described what they could hear in their mouth “crunchy” “squelchy” “clack” “clush”. Then they created and performed songs in their hive groups. 1B took part in a Flavour Buffet and tasted a variety of foods.
On Thursday morning the children all went to visit their Year 2 teachers. They all had a great time and are really looking forward to September. 1B will be moving onto Mrs Lace’s class and 1G will be taught by Mrs Loveridge.
We have busy week next week – it is the RNLI visit on Tuesday and Sports Day on Wednesday.
Have a great weekend,
The Year 1 Team
June 28, 2019 at 2:49 pm
This week the children have become money experts! Money can be a particularly difficult topic for Year 1 however the children have been amazing. We have played lots of fun games to help us remember the value of each coin. We used pictures of money to make our very own money characters. Next time you go shopping you can relax as the children will be able to do all the maths for you!
Year 1 have gone seagull crazy this week! Lots of the children picked them as their favourite characters in the ‘Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ and so this week we have made pesky seagulls! We have ordered and followed instructions. To check that we had ordered the steps of the instructions correctly we followed them and made our own flocks of seagulls – hope they don’t eat our lunch!
We have finished writing our own mini books. We had fun acting out the story and trying mustard! Look at our faces!!
We have also learnt how to spell the months of the year and carried on practising the Year 1 words. Keep playing the games on Spelling Shed – 1G are currently top of the school leader board!
In PSHE we have been looking at teamwork. We have been discussing what makes a successful team – understanding that failure is just as important as succeeding, as long as you learn from it.
We watched this short film to help fuel our discussion:
The children were set the task, in hive groups, to travel across the hall on two PE mats. They weren’t allowed to touch the floor and if they did they had to start all over again! The first attempt was interesting! Not a lot of communication meant a few mistakes! It was great to see their grit and determination and their communication skills the second time around. They definitely learnt by their mistakes!
Today we have all enjoyed the S Factor Grand Final. It was a super morning of science.
We have been busy exploring circuits. Can you make the lighthouse bulb light up? Can you make the buzzer work to warn the ships? We also made ‘dancing rain’.
Have a lovely weekend,
The Year 1 Team
June 21, 2019 at 2:56 pm
In maths, we have been continuing with our work on place value. We have been representing tens and ones in different ways to help us prove if a number is right or wrong. For example: 36 = 30 + 6 NOT 36 = 3 + 6!
We have assigned some activities on Mathletics to help practise partitioning.
During literacy we have really enjoyed reading ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ by Ronda and David Armitage.
In our first lesson we read the beginning of the story and then rewrote it in our very own mini books. We also had lots of fun using props and puppets to act out the story. The children considered the vocabulary used by the authors and gave the story their own twists with some fantastic adjectives! Later in the week we discussed the problem faced by the characters. Can your child remember which sneaky character was stealing The Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch?
In phonics this week we have been practising some key words that are often a bit too tricky to sound out – such as come, some, was, saw, said. We have also worked on spelling the days of the week and number names. There are games on Spelling Shed to help them practise all these words.
All the children enjoyed our S Factor auditions. Well done to everyone who took part – you were all super scientists! Ben and Seb will be representing Year 1 in the grand final next week.
In 1G the children are having fun exploring the light box.
In computing we have been using our direction skills to direct characters in games. We used Purple Mash. The children really enjoyed this and can continue this at home if they would like.
In our geography lessons we have been learning about the continents and oceans of the world. We discussed where children had been on holidays and what the weather was like. We then looked at the 7 continents of the world. How many continents can your child remember? Can you help your child learn the continents and oceans of the world? We tested our knowledge by doing a fun quiz on Kahoot.
We have learnt a song all about the continents:
Have a super weekend,
The Year 1 Team
June 14, 2019 at 1:10 pm
In literacy, we have been reading the story ‘Billy’s Bucket’. The children had fun creating their own fantasy setting that was at the bottom of their bucket. They thought of some amazing places including fairgrounds, planets, magical castles and tropical islands. They then used adjectives to describe their setting.
Thank you for all your support with phonics. The children have completed the screening and they all tried their best. We are very proud of them all – well done Year 1!
In maths we have been looking at place value, focusing numbers up to 100 and beyond. We have been using the dienes to represent 2-digit numbers and then used this to help us create simple addition calculations. We have been using the word ‘partition’ to explain this.
e.g: 34 is 3 tens and 4 ones
‘We have partitioned 34 into it’s tens and ones. We have 3 lots of 10 and 4 lots of one.’
30 + 4 = 34 or 34= 30 + 4
In geography we have learnt about the British Isles. The children have enjoyed learning facts about each country. Can they show you on a map where England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are? Can they remember the capital cities and describe the flags?
We used the website above to help us remember what and where the countries and their capital cities are. We had fun making our own Union Jack flags.
In our science lesson, we had fun creating and testing our own parachutes. The children learnt about gravity pulling the parachute down and how the air gets trapped underneath it and slows it down.
1B have changed their science experiment of the week and are now investigating ramps. They had a fantastic time switching materials and are looking forward to continuing this work next week.
We are looking forward to our S Factor class auditions on Wednesday. Please make sure that your child brings everything they need for their science experiment that day.
Apologies for the PE confusion last week. We are very lucky this term as we have a cricket coach coming in to work with us on Monday afternoons! We are really enjoying these sessions and therefore our PE days will now be Monday and Thursday for the remainder of the term. Ideally, these sessions will be outside since we are now well into the summer term although this will, of course, be weather dependent.
On Thursday this week we enjoyed a yoga lesson. The children (and staff!) have worked so hard this week so some relaxation time was exactly what we needed.
The gingerbread man must know that we have been learning about the UK as this week he has sent postcards from Bath, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. Is he on his way back to Farsley?
Have a lovely weekend – hope it stops raining!
The Year 1 Team