On Wednesday, 12th February, Mrs. Graves brought her dog Rosie to see us! We asked lots of questions and got some very interesting answers! Rosie likes to eat cheese, ham and dried food mixed with meat. Her favourite toy is a squeaky ball, and she can run very fast! We asked Rosie to sit and then to fetch her ball. We also stroked her. Rosie's fur is very smooth and soft!
We now have some White Cloud Mountain Minnow fish in our classroom. We feed them each day!
As part of our topic work, 'Claws, Paws and Whiskers', we performed a Science investigation to see which material would be the most absorbent for cleaning up after a pet! We used tin foil, a paper towel, a plastic bag and cotton wool. The paper towel was the most absorbent.
We have been reading 'The Snail and The Whale', by Julia Donaldson. One of our tasks was to pretend to be characters from the story. First, we thought of things to say about how we helped the stranded whale. Then, we told them to our imaginary television interviewer.
We have been writing fact files about pets.
Autumn 2 2019
On Tuesday, 17th December, we made Christingles!
This half term, we have been reading ‘How to Find Gold’ by Viviane Schwarz. It tells the story of a little girl called Anna and crocodile. They decide to go on an adventure, looking for gold. They make a map, pack their bags and sail away on a small boat. Eventually, they dive into the water but have to get past a terrible sea monster before they find the gold. This story has helped us to produce some fantastic pieces of writing. We used adjectives to write descriptions of Anna and the crocodile. We made our own maps, and we used time connectives to help us write instructions for how to find the gold. We wrote a poem about gold, and we continued to use adjectives to describe the sea. We wrote a dialogue of things that Anna and the crocodile might say to each other, and we advised them what they should do with the gold. Finally, we wrote book reviews about ‘How to Find Gold’. We recommended it to other readers!
Conscience Alley, advising Anna and the crocodile what we thought they should do with the gold!
This half term, we have been concentrating on reading and writing numbers up to 10. We have practised using the part-whole model and written addition and subtraction number sentences. We have also started to look at word problems. At the end of this term, we compared and described the properties of shapes, and we learned some the names of some new 3D shapes!
We have looked at lots of different materials. We found out that some metals are magnetic, and we built houses out of a range of different materials. We thought about which materials would be the most suitable for making different objects.
We used a range of materials to make model houses.
Our topic called ‘Memory Box’ has helped us to remember lots of interesting facts about ourselves. We even predicted how we might change as we get older!
Autumn 1 - 2019
On Tuesday, 1st October, Mrs. Ogden came to help us with our 'Memory Box' topic.
She talked about her own childhood and brought in some very interesting things!
Science Workshop Morning - Thursday, 19th September 2019
Summer 2 - 2019
Summer 2 – English – Pattan's Pumpkin
This half-term, we have been reading a story set in an Indian village. It was written by Chitra Soundar and Frane Lessac, and it tells the story of a man called Pattan, his wife, called Kanni, and the animals that roam the land around their home. One day, Pattan goes for a walk and finds a poor little plant, growing in the mountains. He takes it home and looks after it in his own garden. Eventually, the plant grows a pumpkin which gets bigger and bigger each day, until it is the same size of Pattan’s house! Sadly, one night, there is a terrible storm, and Pattan is worried about his house being flooded. He carves out the pumpkin flesh, then he, his wife and his animals get inside the pumpkin and sail away to dry land. When the storm stops, they take the pumpkin back to their village and turn it into their new home.
We have produced some fantastic work based on this book. First, we described a real Indian village, using adjectives. As we read more and more of the story, we then started to predict what we thought might happen next. We pretended we were Pattan and wrote about how he might be feeling at different parts in the story. Then, we did some hot-seating, which led to us write questions we could ask Pattan, and possible answers he might give. We also predicted and described the land where the pumpkin might eventually stop. After that, we wrote sentences about the story, using comparative adjectives ending in -er and -est. Then, we created story maps which we used to re-tell the story in our own words. Finally, we concentrated on non-fiction writing, including research about pumpkins, research about India, a pumpkin recipe, and a book review of ‘Pattan’s Pumpkin’. We have learned lots of facts from reading this story, and it has taught us how kindness and hard work can be repaid.
Our English Working Wall.
Summer 1 – Maths - – Multiplication; Doubles; Division; Halves; Word Problems; Comparing Numbers to 100; Number Bonds to 100; Time; Money
This half-term, we have continued to use a range of equipment to help us, such as number tracks, counters and bead strings. We have developed our understanding of multiplication, using arrays and repeated addition, and we have become more confident at grouping and sharing to help with division. We can double and halve numbers to 20 and we are now working much more independently on solving word problems.
We have continued to work with numbers to 100, including ordering and learning number bonds from multiples of 10. We have used plastic clocks to show the time, and we are now confident at reading and writing o’clock and half past. Our final ‘Power Maths’ topic of Year 1 was Money. We know all the coins and notes up to £50, and we can add together several coins up to 50p. We have also been practising making the same amount of money in different ways.
Summer 2 – Topic – Splendid Skies
The Memorable Experience which began this topic was painting beautiful pictures of the sky! We painted a range of different skies, including sunny, stormy and snowy, using weather effects such as thunder and lighting, and rainbows.
We looked at a weather forecast, then followed instructions to stick weather symbols on cities in the United Kingdom. We also used our mapping skills by creating aerial plans of towns that we had designed. We included a key to list the different buildings such as houses, supermarkets, churches and cinemas. We then thought about the climate in different countries of the world. We located the countries and colour-coded them to show whether they had a warm climate, a cold climate or a changeable climate. We chose photographs of different holiday destinations, and used our senses to describe what it might be like to be there, and we listened to Christina Rossetti’s poem, ‘Who Has Seen The Wind?’ This led us to write our own sentences, each line staring with the words, ‘I have seen the wind…’
The Memorable Moment that began our new topic.
Summer 2 – Science – Plants
In Science, we have learned about the jobs of different parts of plants. We know what plants need in order to survive, and we have experimented with plants by giving some of them light, air, warmth and water, and others, just air, warmth and water but no light. The flowers on the plants that did not get any light turned a pale colour and the leaves started to curl up.
Summer 2 – DT Day
On Thursday, 11th July, we designed and made our own hand puppets. First, we practised our sewing skills, using a plastic needle and wool and stitching together two pieces of felt. Then, we decorated our puppets by sticking on extra felt, sequins, small wooden sticks, eyes, buttons and gems. Finally, in small groups, we thought of stories for our puppets and performed them to the other children.
Looking at our designs and stitching together two pieces of felt.
Summer 2 – Multicultural Day
On Friday, 5th July, we thought about our English work on 'Pattan's Pumpkin', and found out more facts and information about India. We learned about major Indian cities, clothes and food. To end our day, we had a food-tasting feast of Indian food, including, curry with Balti sauce and rice, spicy chicken, onion bhajis, samosas, poppadums and naan bread. Then, we had a second helping!
Indian food tasting!
Summer 2 – RE Assembly
On Wednesday, 3rd July, we performed the RE Assembly that we had worked on with Miss Egan. We learned so much about different faiths. One of our favourite parts of the Assembly was when we put on our animal masks and sang a song about Noah's Ark!
Holding up our scrolls.
Summer 2 – Blackpool Zoo
As part of a 'Mini Topic' researching information about animals and their habitats, on Thursday, 27th June, we visited Blackpool Zoo! We saw sea lions, giraffes, elephants, tigers and many other animals, and we answered questions about their appearance, size and characteristics. We also counted groups of animals. We had a wonderful time!
Looking at the giraffes.
Summer 1 - 2019
Summer 1 – English – Out And About
Our English work has been based around this fantastic first book of poems by Shirley Hughes. The book is divided into four sections – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and each poem focuses upon something different. It has also helped us with our work in Science, this term!
First, we listened to a poem and we sketched a picture of what we imagined the illustration be like. Next, we went 'out and about' in the playground, using our five senses to write adjectives and phrases which could describe our surroundings and how it felt to be playing on the equipment. Then, we started to learn about the different elements of poetry, such as rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia and metaphor. We practised using these techniques, before writing our own poems about the four seasons!
Sketching. Using our five senses to describe being 'out and about', ..... .... while exploring the playground!
We chose our favourite poems and learned them together, Our English Working Wall.
before reading them to the rest of the class!
Summer 1 – Maths – Multiplication and Division; Halves and Quarters; Position and Direction; Numbers to 100
We have been working very hard on our Maths skills, this term. We have practised counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, and we have started to use the words 'multiply' and 'divide'! We can use arrays to help us, and we are now becoming confident at sharing and grouping numbers! Our work on division has helped us to find halves and quarters of shapes and numbers, and we now know the meaning of the word 'fraction'. We have continued to use equipment to help us, such as Tens Frames, Base 10, counters and bead strings, and we are thinking carefully about the questions in our 'Power Maths' books!
During the last few weeks, we have enjoyed learning about Position and Direction. We have used the words 'left', 'right', 'quarter turn', 'half turn' and 'whole turn', and we now know the four main compass points! This has helped us to follow instructions to move to different areas in the classroom. Just before Half-Term, we started looking at Numbers to 100. We can now say what is 1 more and 1 less than any number to 100, and we are becoming more confident at saying what is 10 more and 10 less than any number to 100!
Summer 1 – Topic – Superheroes
Through this topic, we have learned all about the history of superheroes. We have designed our own superheroes and made superhero masks! We also made our own cartoons and then developed them into more extended stories! In our PE lessons, we created superhero moves to form dance steps. In computing, we used '2Create A Story' to type sentences and draw pictures, creating our own superhero mini books. Towards the end of the topic, we started to learn about super foods. We thought about healthy, balanced diets, and we wrote a one-day menu for a superhero. We ended our topic by putting on our superhero masks and eating our own super fruit salads!
Making super fruit salads.
Summer 1 – Science – The Seasons
In Science, we have learned about changes to the environment, during each of the four seasons. We have thought about different clothes that are worn during the seasons, how the seasons affect wildlife, and what happens in nature. We also thought about different events within the four seasons. We linked our Science work with Art and created pictures of a tree as it might appear in spring, summer, autumn and winter. We planted seeds, watered them and watched them grow. Finally, we went onto the playground and collected natural materials to make our own seasonal pictures!
Planting seeds. Our pictures, created using natural materials:
leaves, flowers, sand, twigs and grass.
Spring 2 - 2019
Spring 2 – English - The Robot and The Bluebird
Our English work has been based around this wonderful book by David Lucas. It tells the story of a poor robot whose mechanical heart is broken. His friends can't mend it, so they send him to a scrap heap. There he sits, among all the old machines, going rusty in the cold and rain until, one day, a lonely bluebird lands near him. She has been flying south for the winter, but she is too tired to fly any further. The robot makes a nest for the bluebird in the space where his heart used to be. Then, he carries her the rest of the way.
We have learned so much through this amazing story and we have produced some fantastic work. First, we practised robot movements through Role Play. Then, we thought about the similarities and differences between robots and humans. After that, we pretended to be the robot and we wrote about how he might have felt when he had been sent to the scrap heap. Then, we researched information about bluebirds and created our own fact files. Next, we wrote recipes about how to make bird cakes! Finally, we re-told the story of 'The Robot and The Bluebird'!
Being like a robot....
.... with robot movements!
Our English Working Wall.
Spring 2 – Maths – Addition and Subtraction, Comparing Numbers, and Counting
We have been using different written methods to add and subtract two numbers up to 20. To help us do this, we have used Number Tracks, Tens Frames and Base 10 equipment. We are now feeling confident about partitioning 2-digit numbers! We have also compared numbers and number sentences, using the Greater Than, Less Than and Equals signs. All our work with numbers, this term, has helped us to start grouping them and counting in 2s and 5s. This has made our counting much quicker!
Spring 2 – Topic – Dinosaur Planet
Our Topic work has helped us to learn lots of very long dinosaur names! We know that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, and we have used adjectives to describe them. We have also learned about dinosaur diets, and looked at bones and fossils.
Our Topic Homework Wall.
Spring 2 – Science – Materials
In Science, we have described and tested a range of materials. We have learned that some materials are suitable for making certain objects and other materials are not. We have started to group materials and we have discovered which are magnetic and which are absorbent. One of our favourite activities was choosing the outline of a robot we liked, then decorating it to make a collage of different materials!
Robots that we decorated, ....
.... using a variety of materials.
Year 1 went to Forest school on Wednesday 3rd October. We all had such an amazing time.
Please look at the photos to see what we did!
Welcome to year 1
Class of 2018 to 2019
This term, Year 1 and Year 2 are working together to transform our playground. We will be painting some existing planters, making and painting a bug hotel, creating and making wonderful flower arrangements in tubs and hanging baskets and designing and making our own planters by recycling old car tyres and painting them as a family of Minions!
We will also be planting seeds of various kinds to help us with our investigations and observations about what plants need to grow best.
We had fun in Maths learning about fractions of shapes and fractions of numbers!
We made some beautiful Mother's Day cards using buttons as flowers petals.
Happy Mother's Day!
In English our new focus book was The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. We did lots of work around this story!
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Year 1 work in RE through the topic, 'Why do Christians give gifts at Christmas?'
First we looked at what it feels like to give and receive gifts. You can see just how much fun they had!
Then Year 1 went on a visit to St. Thomas & St. John's Church to learn about the Christmas Story.
Year 1 have been learning about shape.
Year 1 science topic - Animals Including Humans!
We explored the places where bugs might live.
Some of us screamed just a little bit when we found some unexpected insects!!!
Multicultural Day at Cams Lane. Year 1 learned about the story of Rama and Sita and experienced some Diwali dancing.
Year 1 went to Event City to see 'Dinosaurs in the Wild' as part of their topic work on dinosaurs.
What a fabulous time everyone had!
Children in Year 1 made dinosaur masks as part of their homework task and then performed some dinosaur songs and dances in the hall for all their family and friends to watch. A fantastic time was had by all!. Thank you parents for all your help and support!
What brilliant masks!
We have had an exciting start to the new term! Our topic is The Enchanted Woodland and the children are very excited about all the magical things that are happening around us! We have even had a visit from some fairies and pixies! They have left a magical fairy door on our class wishing well......can you believe it?
In English we have been reading the story of Peter Rabbit and the children are really enjoying writing letters to Peter Rabbit and Mr McGregor.
In Maths we are looking at money and we have our own class wishing well full of wishes and money!
We have made Mr McGregor's garden in the classroom and have planted tomato plants that we will be bringing home very soon.
The children (and teachers!) are very excited about the next few weeks and are looking forward to seeing what other magical things might happen in our Enchanted Woodland!
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We have had an exciting half term in Year 1 with our topic 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers'.
First we had a visit from Rosie, Mrs Graves' 5 month old puppy. She was as pleased to see us as we were her.
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