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Dinosaurs, dropping eggs and lots of art!

January 25, 2019 at 2:17 pm

We have done lots of practical addition this week. The children all enjoyed Mrs Lace teaching them for one of our lessons and had fun exploring tens frames.

In computing we were looking at different ways to create, store and retrieve information. We used Purple Mash to show which piece of art was the most popular in our class. The children are becoming very confident using the laptops!

The children were amazed to see a video of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in our playground!!! Now we know who messed up our classrooms. Watch the video if you dare!

We have all finished our T Rex information books and they are full of great facts. We are going to share them with our Year 6 buddies next week. In phonics we have focused on g says j, ea says e and silent k,w,g.

In our science lesson we got a letter from another 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.

In our art lessons we have been looking at the work of the artist Pacita Abad. Her beautiful pieces of art have inspired us all and the children are busy creating and painting their own canvases. They are also enjoying making delicate origami butterflies.

1G enjoyed their visit to Cartwright Hall and learnt a lot from the art experts. They looked at a variety of different art forms including sculptures, installations and paintings. They were inspired by an industrial scene by L.S Lowery, a swimming pool by David Hockney to name a couple. The children were stunningly behaved and the art experts were very impressed with their skills! They had a fantastic time exploring and creating their own art work. Thank you to all the parents who supported us on this trip – we hope you enjoyed it too.

We have been reading the story Elmer in our PHSE lesson. We talked about what makes us unique. The children thought about why they were special. “I am good at scoring goals” “I have a special family and I love them” “I am a ballerina” “I am special because I can jump very high”

We all had fun dancing in a carnival style to Brazilian music this week with Mrs Campbell. The children are all becoming more confident dancers and they look forward to this lesson each week.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Watch out there are dinosaurs about!

January 18, 2019 at 3:40 pm

We have had a very exciting week – something had been in our classrooms 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? We used chalk and a metre stick to draw lines on the playground so that we could see just how big a T Rex was!

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  – watch this space…

In phonics we have focused on o-e, u-e and c says s. Please keep practising the real and nonsense words that are in your child’s reading record each week. In our guided reading lesson we worked on our comprehension skills. We retrieved information about dinosaurs and answered different style questions.

In maths we have been seeing how much we remember about the ‘teen’ numbers. Lots of people remembered how to split numbers into tens and ones, the names of these numbers and how to write them correctly and in order. Can your child practise this by playing Helicopter Rescue at home? We have also completed some end of unit assessments. These books required us to use lots of different maths skills and the children really enjoyed showing off how much they know!

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 visited Cartwright Hall and all enjoyed an ‘Art of Noticing’ workshop which was led by an art expert. The children were very well behaved and the art experts were very impressed with their skills! We had a fantastic time exploring and creating our own art work. Thank you to all the parents who supported us on this trip – we hope you enjoyed it too.

1G enjoyed their dance lesson with Mrs Campbell. This week we had fun doing some Russian style dancing!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A busy start to 2019!

January 11, 2019 at 4:03 pm

In English we have been exploring winter poems. We have read lots of poems and the children have written their own winter poems focusing on nouns, adjectives and verbs. They all used some super vocabulary in their poems – shimmering, fluffy, spiky, freezing. Some children were very confident and read their finished poem to the class.

We have learnt about split digraphs in our phonics. We have been reading and writing words with a-e, e-e and i-e in them. Please practise reading the digraphs and words that we have put in their reading record. We have all been reading non-fiction books in our guided reading session.

In maths we have done lots of practical activities based on place value. The children are becoming more confident using language such as ‘greater’ ‘fewer’ ‘more than’ ‘equals’ etc…

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!

We all enjoyed our first dance lesson with Olivia. We had fun doing some Scottish dancing!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back Year 1!

January 4, 2019 at 9:22 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 Cartwright Hall. A letter will be sent home next week and we will need some parents/carers to support us on this visit. You will all have an opportunity to look at all the amazing work we create at our own art gallery on Thursday 14th February from 2.30pm in the school hall. More details will be sent home soon.

In English 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 and also have created some winter areas to explore.

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 protect a dinosaur egg!

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.

Thank you for all the cereal boxes – we still need lots more please!

Phew! What a busy and exciting half term.

We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

The Year 1 Team

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