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1GJ – Do you dare enter the spooky castle?

October 29, 2015 at 7:32 pm

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

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

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

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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Leaves, trees, fresh air, exploring and best of all BOGGARTS!

October 15, 2015 at 8:08 pm

1S all had a brilliant time at the Nature Reserve at Denso Marstons.

Steve, the warden, was an excellent guide and knew lots of interesting facts about trees. First we went exploring and looking for leaves.  The children enjoyed collecting and sorting leaves and Steve was impressed by their knowledge as lots of children could name the leaves and trees they found. Next we went on a berry hunt and found lots of different types including elderberries, rosehips and even a few juicy blackberries. Then it was time for lunch and the children were very excited about their packed lunches! Finally, the children had great fun creating and looking for ‘Boggarts’ – ask your child to tell you what one is? Maybe you have one living in your garden?

Thank you very much to all the parents who came on the visit with us – we hope you enjoyed it too. We really appreciate your help!

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1GJ had fun in the woods!

October 14, 2015 at 3:19 pm

1GJ had a great time at the nature reserve at Denso Marston. Steve, the tree expert, taught us lots of new things. First we went on a berry hunt and found lots of different types including blackthorn sloes, elderberries and rosehips. Next we went exploring and looking for leaves. Can your child remember what they found? Then it was lunchtime – we were all very hungry! After lunch we met some tree boggarts! Finally we collected leaves and created our own pictures of boggarts using the leaves. It was a great trip. Thank you very much to all the parents who came with us – we hope you enjoyed it too.

Tomorrow we will be writing a recount of our trip in our special writing achievement books. This will be our assessed piece of writing for this half term. We will also be creating leaf sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.

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68 penguins and a whole lot of maths!

October 13, 2015 at 3:35 pm

It is not often there are 68 penguins in Year One.

We have celebrated World Maths Day by doing lots of penguin themed activities. The children have been counting in twos, learning about odd and even numbers and solving problems. On Tuesday we used penguins to learn our number bonds to 10 and 20, we played games and used penguin stampers to record our work. Even our P.E lessons were mathematical! We also enjoyed our number fun get fit song during the whole school maths assembly.  Can your child talk about their favourite activity and what they have learnt?

This is a link to some fun maths games to keep the spirit of maths alive at home and this is a super song the children all know and love.


Here a few memories from a great couple of days and if you look closely you can see we even squeezed some penguin literacy in!

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Leaves, trees, instructions and subtracting!

October 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm

We have been learning about writing instructions in our literacy lessons this week. We thought about how we had made our soup and wrote our own set of instructions using bossy verbs such as wash, chop and peel.  Can your child remember the correct instructions to make our delicious soup? In our handwriting lesson we continued to practise letters from the curly letter family. So far we have learnt how to form c, o, a and d correctly. This week we wrote g and q. The children are all enjoying their guided reading sessions and are keen to read within their groups. Remember that your child can change their home reading books before and after school.

In maths we have been focusing on subtraction. We used autumn objects such as conkers and acorns to help us solve practical subtractions. We then moved onto using number tracks and number lines to take away. Some children worked on finding the difference between two sets of objects too. Can you continue with some more subtracting at home?

Our number bond of the week is 6+ 4 =10, 4+6 = 10, 10-4=6, 10-6=4.

The fantastic five challenges this week were
1. Leaf rubbings
2. Making ‘Autumn Soup’ in the outdoor area
3. Subtractions
4. Rhyming soup – cutting and sticking objects that rhyme
5. Using adjectives to describe vegetables

In our science lesson we looked carefully at leaves and seeds. We labelled our autumn displays. Thank you to everyone who has collected some great leaves and seeds. The children used an identification sheet to find out what trees some of the leaves had come from. Can they remember any of the tree names?

Remember we are going on our trips to Denso Nature Reserve next week. The children all need a packed lunch and sensible footwear and a waterproof coat.

Here is a link with more information about World Maths Day and how we will be showing off our maths skills and raising money for a very important charity  – http://ffks1.primaryblogger.co.uk/numeracy/world-maths-day-tuesday-october-13th/

Have a lovely weekend – have fun making your penguin outfits!!
The Year 1 Team

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From farm to fork or should we say spoon!

October 5, 2015 at 3:49 pm

We have had a very busy and fun day making our delicious vegetable soup. We began by visiting the school farm in the pouring rain and harvested potatoes, onions, leeks, tomatoes, swede and butternut squash.

We then washed all the vegetables and peeled, grated and chopped them up. We learnt new skills and also how to handle various tools safely. Next we put all the ingredients in a pan and added the vegetable stock and finally when it was all cooked we blended it. The children have worked very hard and we have all thoroughly enjoyed our farm to spoon day.

We hope you all enjoyed tasting it!

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Vegetables, painting, poems, adjectives, timelines and number bonds!

October 2, 2015 at 4:13 pm

This week in maths we have been busy doing addition calculations using Numicon. We have also been practising our number bonds to 10.

In year 1 the children need to know these and be able to recall them quickly. We had fun using shaving foam blobs to create our number bond calculations. Click here to play on this fun number bond game.  Can your child tell you any pairs of numbers that make 10? Can they sing you the number bond song?

1 add 9, 1 add 9, 9 add 1, 9 add 1. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

2 add 8, 2 add 8, 8 add 2, 8 add 2. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

3 add 7, 3 add 7, 7 add 3, 7 add 3. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

4 add 6, 4 add 6, 6 add 4, 6 add 4. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

5 add 5, 5 add 5, 5 add 5, 5 add 5. Bring them altogether, bring them altogether. That makes 10, that makes 10!

The number bond of the week is 5+5 =10, 10-5 = 5.

In literacy we read the story Oliver’s vegetables.


We used this book to help us write our own vegetable poems. We began by tasting lots of vegetables and then used adjectives to describe them.

The children thought of some great adjectives including crunchy carrots, ruby red, ripe rhubarb and squishy, small, soft peas. We then wrote poems in small groups. These are our super class poems. Can you spot any alliteration?

Our fantastic five challenges this week were –
1. Painting a fruit or vegetable
2. Using different media to draw a fruit or vegetable

3. Reading a book in the book area and earning a raisin!


4. Drawing around numicon and numbering it.

5. Independent writing – I had a yummy pear


Most children are enjoying these challenges and many of them are choosing to have a go and completing all five every week. How many did your child do this week?

In our history lesson we continued to learn about the past and timelines.

We have been plant detectives in our science lessons and visited our school farm. We picked a variety of fruit and vegetables and discussed how they grow. We also used the tweezers and magnifying glasses to look very carefully inside them to see if they had seeds.

Thank you for all your lovely comments on our blog – the children really enjoy reading them.

Remember we are making soup on Monday 5th October – everyone is welcome to come and enjoy it from 2.40pm in the dining hall.

Individual photographs will be taken on Tuesday 6th October.

Have a super weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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