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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 was in our playground last night!!!!!

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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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A busy start to 2018!

January 5, 2018 at 11:52 am

In literacy we have been exploring winter poems. We have read lots of poems and the children have written their own weather poems focusing on nouns, adjectives and verbs. Some children were even introduced to adverbs. In our handwriting lesson we have started to join up our cursive writing – we practised joining ch, sh and th.

In maths the children have completed the end of autumn term assessments. Some children answered the questions independently and others worked in small groups, with support, working through their ‘special booklet’.

We have been thinking scientifically during our science lessons. We carried out an investigation using ice. The children had to decide where the ice would melt the quickest – inside or outside? And if a jacket around the ice would keep it from melting? This is the picture we used to stimulate our investigation. The children helped plan the investigation and made sure it was a fair test.


The children were amazed by the results as lots of their predictions were incorrect. Can your child explain what happened? Yes, the coat acted as an insulator and insulators keep cold things cold and hot things hot. So don’t forget to wrap your snowman in a jacket if it snows again!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back Year 1!

January 2, 2018 at 7:37 am

We hope that you have all had a lovely holiday. We have lots of exciting lessons and activities planned for the next half term. Our topic is ‘What happens in an art gallery?’ and we will be learning all about different types of art and creating our own artwork using various skills and techniques. We even have a real artist coming into school to teach us how to create fused glass. We also have our trip to Bradford Industrial Museum on the 11th and 18th January. Please can you return your child’s consent form during the first week back. We still need more parents to support us on this visit. You will have an opportunity to look at all the amazing work we create at our own art gallery on Thursday 8th February from 2.30pm in the school hall. More details will be sent home soon.

In literacy we are beginning by having a winter themed week and will be reading and writing our own winter poems. We then move onto a unit of work about dinosaurs and fantasy settings and the children will be creating their own characters and settings and writing stories. We have transformed our role play areas into dinosaur caves.

In maths we will continue our work on place value, addition and subtraction. We will also have fun doing lots of practical measuring tasks.

In science we will be developing our working scientifically skills and doing various investigations including experimenting with ice and using materials to keep a dinosaur dry!

Our RE unit for this half term is ‘What does it mean to belong to a group?’ We will be talking about groups they belong to and then comparing differences and similarities between a church and a mosque.

Our PPA time will continue on a Friday afternoon and the children will have fun during the rotation of lessons. This half term they will be doing art, RE, music and food skills.

Phew! What a busy and exciting half term.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

The Year 1 Team

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