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An eggcellent end to the term!

March 29, 2018 at 2:49 pm

It was lovely to see so many of you at our ‘Spring Chicken Event’ this morning.

We hope you all enjoyed sharing our books, watching the movies and eating the yummy chocolate nests. The children have really enjoyed our chicken topic and this was very clear by the smiles on their faces. Well done Year 1!

These are our wonderful videos – watch out Hollywood!


1B were very lucky this week as we had a visit from our reading buddies in 6S. We showed them our chicken movie, sang our spring chicken song and shared our chicken books. Mr Sharp was very impressed with all of our work, especially our beautiful handwriting!

In literacy we completed our chicken books. In phonics we revised air, ure, are and ear. We have also listened to everyone read and it is good to see so many children moving up a reading level. Please continue with lots of reading and phonic practise at home.

In maths the children have completed some assessments to show how much they have learnt this term. The children all tried hard and many have made good progress. Keep practising your number bonds and counting at home.

Here is a link to some maths and literacy games. Enjoy! Please click here.

In RE we have been learning about the Easter story. The children enjoyed opening eggs to find clues about the story. They also had lots of fun on our Easter hunt and had to search the classroom and outdoor area looking for Easter objects. The favourite part of the lesson was eating hot cross buns and Easter eggs!

Thank you for all your support.

Have a lovely holiday – we hope the sun shines.

The Year 1 Team

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More chickens and counting in 2s and 5s!

March 23, 2018 at 12:40 pm

In maths this week we have had fun counting in multiples of 2s and 5s. The children have used socks, numicon, straws, multi-link and even rubber gloves to help them count and look for patterns. Can your child tell you which numbers are odd and which are even?

We have enjoyed singing these fun counting songs –



Does your child agree or disagree with Rachel and Jess? Can they use their counting in 5s and 2s skills to discuss these problems?

We have continued writing our chicken books in our literacy lessons. This week we learnt about the life cycle of the chicken. The children had fun deciding which came first – the chicken or the egg? They then sequenced the life cycle and also wrote about it in their chicken books. They also wrote a page about where the chickens live. The children are very proud of their books and are looking forward to sharing them with their families on Thursday 29th March – you are all welcome!

In phonics we have practised reading and writing aw, or, au, er, ir, ur, oi, oy and silent g and silent k.

The children have been busy painting and drawing chickens and this lovely art work will be on display in our classrooms after the holiday.

In our computing lesson we learnt how to use an Ipad app called ‘Puppet Pals’. The children worked in their hive groups to create mini movies using all their chicken knowledge!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Chickens, chickens and more chickens!

March 16, 2018 at 12:18 pm

In literacy we have been learning about the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book. We began by sorting a range of books and discussing the features of a non-fiction book. We looked at how to use a contents page, index and glossary. In our guided reading sessions all the groups have read a non-fiction book and most children are now confident using the contents page, glossary and index. The children were encouraged to choose an information book from the school library to share with you at home. Maybe you could ask your child about the features of an information book when reading this weekend? In phonics we have practised reading and writing o-e,oa,oe,ow and oo,ew,ue,u-e.

We have had some exciting visitors in Year 1 this week. Mr Garlick brought his chickens for a holiday in our outside area. He talked to all the children about his chickens and they got the chance to stroke them. The children have enjoyed looking after the chickens all week and have learnt lots of facts about them. Did you know a hen has a vent and it is where her eggs come out of? Did you know if the comb is pale and floppy it might mean that the chicken is poorly?

We also visited the school chickens and Mr Harris told us lots of interesting facts about them and we will be using all this information to help us write our own non-fiction books. We really enjoyed meeting our school hens. Can you spot Mrs James catching the chicken that had escaped?

We have started to write and illustrate our non-fiction chicken books in our literacy lessons. This week we have written pages about the features of chickens and what they eat. The children are looking forward to sharing them with their families on Thursday 29th March at 9.10am – you are all welcome!

In maths we have continued with our work about place value – this week we have focused on looking at which numbers are the greatest and smallest and putting them in order. We have also used the < and > symbols again.

We also had more fun with measuring. This week they played measuring bingo, sorted if an object would be measured in centimetres  or metres, measured accurately with a ruler and solved some length problems.

In our topic lesson we learnt about our sense of taste and touch. We looked carefully at our tongues and learnt about taste buds. Can your child remember how many taste buds the average person has? We then tasted different foods and decided if they were sweet, salty, bitter or sour.

We also looked at art work by the artist Esref Armagan who is blind. The children were amazed that he had created his pieces of art without sight. They were all challenged to create a piece of art wearing a blindfold and only using their sense of touch – this got quite messy!!

In our science lesson we carried out an investigation to find out what the chickens, gerbils and giant African snails prefer to eat. The children had to predict if they’d like chicken pellets, meal worms, carrots, cucumber, apple or pear. Then they fed them and watched carefully to see which was their favourite food type. Can your child remember what was the top choice?

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week at Parents Evening – if you haven’t yet booked an appointment please speak to Mrs Walton in the school office.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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A giant egg and World Maths Day!

March 9, 2018 at 12:56 pm

We have had a very eggciting week!! We received a letter from somebody called Floss saying she had laid her egg in our school grounds but couldn’t remember where. She left us some clues to read and we had lots of fun following them. At the end of the hunt was a beautiful blue egg. We carried it carefully back to our room and made it a comfy nest. We then worked hard writing lots of questions about the egg and drawing pictures of what we thought was inside it. “Is it a lizard?”  “I think it is a scaly chameleon.”  “I think there is a unicorn in the egg.” The children also had fun making nests for their own special eggs.

The next day the egg had hatched and inside we found even more clues – blood, slimy snot, a tooth, a claw and some burnt paper. How exciting – a baby dragon called Moss had been living in our room!! Floss even made us a video! We then all wrote letters to Floss. A brilliant week of literacy with so much fun and learning taking place.


In phonics this week we have revised i-e/igh/ie.

We all enjoyed World Maths Day on Wednesday. We began the day with an assembly by Mrs Fisher from Mathletics and the children were very keen to start exploring this programme.

In the afternoon we did a rotation of fun maths tasks based on capacity, length and mass and estimating. We had to weigh dragon eggs, measure potions to help a dragon fly, estimate different objects that would fit in a dragon footprint and finally we all made a measuring dragon and used this to measure objects around the classroom. Who knew maths could be such fun!

We are visiting the school chickens next week so please make sure that your child has their wellies in school – it is very muddy on the school farm!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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Fun with senses, poetry and finding more and less in Maths.

March 2, 2018 at 2:41 pm

We have been investigating our five senses this week. We began by exploring lots of different objects and describing how they felt, smelt, looked, sounded and tasted. The children then wrote sentences using lots of super wow words.

In our next literacy lesson we had fun with jelly! The children used all their senses to explore the jelly and then they wrote a jelly poem using lots of adjectives. We have also been reading lots of poetry and the children enjoyed joining in with some of them. In phonics we have revised ee, ea, e-e, ey and ai, a-e, and ay. The children are great phonic detectives and are reading real and nonsense words with more confidence – keep practising at home.

In our science lesson we continued our work on the senses and the children had to investigate a variety of objects and decide which sense they were using.

On Monday afternoon Haris’ mum and Jenna’s mum came to talk to the children about their jobs. Haris’ mum is a doctor and Jenna’s mum is a sonographer. The children really enjoyed hearing about what these jobs involve and investigating some of the equipment used.

In maths the children have continued with work based on place value and finding one more and one less. They have been using a variety of apparatus to show one more and one less than a given number.

The children have also had fun exploring length and height using non-standard measures.

They have been comparing, describing and solving practical problems for length and height. Can you solve these problems? (Answers are at the bottom of this post.)

We have continued our work about algorithms in our computing lesson. The children had to follow a very simple set of instructions to draw a monster and all the pictures were very different. They then repeated the task following more detailed instructions and this time their monsters looked similar. The children knew it was important to have precise instructions to follow.

As well as all this hard work we have had time for fun in the snow!

Remember we have a teacher training day on Monday 5th March – so we will see you all on Tuesday.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

Maths problem answers-

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