Welcome to Year One!
Long Term Plan
Below is a brief outline of what we will be covering this year.
In computing we are learning to sort objects on the computer. We are also improving our skills using the computer such as using a mouse correctly.
In Art this half term, the children will move on from joining paper to weaving to producing works in the style of Gunta Stolzl. Watch our progress over the next 6 weeks.
We explored the feelings of the characters in the Fairy Tale Story 'Cinderella.' We used the drama technique 'Freeze Frames' to show our understanding of the characters feelings. We had to think about our body language and how the characters may stand or sit at each scene of the story. We also had to think about our facial expressions as this is important is portraying how somebody feels. An excellent morning!
The children are learning all about blues music this term in music. They have looked at finding the pulse in a song. They are going to learn a song over the next few weeks. Here is a little taster of what they are learning. Keep looking to see the improvements to our performance over the next couple of weeks!
The children enjoyed their Christmas party this week. We danced and sang and ate sweeties! Lots of prizes were won! We have some fabulous dancers. A lot of photographs were taken during the day and before we upload them to our website we need to ensure that we keep our children safe. Please bear with us whilst we check our photographs and upload those that we can! Keep checking back!
Parent Phonics Workshop
Another fantastic parent workshop this term, teaching our parents the knowledge behind phonics and fun games they can take home! The parents and children had a wonderful time. Hope to see you at the next one!
Showing thankfulness at Christmas time.
In RE, we reflected on last weeks lesson and knowing that the greatest gift at Christmas’s is spending time with your family. We reflected on those who may not get to spend Christmas with their families and we wanted to show that we are thankful. The children wanted to show thanks to all the hard working emergency services and made them Christmas cards and these will be sent to our emergency services as soon as they are complete!
The cards have now started to be delivered to the relevant services. A huge thank you to all emergency services for their hard work throughout the festive term and every other day of the year. You do a fantastic job!
The children loved hearing the reggae music from Jamaica. Watch how they respond to first hearing it.
Truth and lies
Today the children thought about truth and lies in their PSHE lesson. They sorted the truthful sentences from the lies. They then made a poster to show Boris what he should believe. Don't listen to the Scrapman Boris - You are loved!
YEAR 1 STEM
Maths – building shapes.
What a maths lesson! To kick start our shape topic, we challenged the children to make 2D and 3D shapes using cocktail sticks and marshmallows! As you can see they did a fabulous job! Maths, engineering and team work all in one! This is a great way to reinforce basic geometry. 2D shapes that worked well for us included: triangle, square, rhombus, rectangle. We also built 3D shapes and these small structures were great opportunities for the children to explore support. Some recognized immediately that their shape wouldn’t stand up without connecting enough marshmallows and toothpicks.
Design and Technology
We have started to design our puppets this week! We are basing our puppets on the characters from the Christmas story. We looked at some good examples of products that already exist and talked about what made them appealing. We then made sure that we including these features in our designs. We are so excited to learn to sew and make our puppets! Keep checking for our finished piece in a few weeks.
Year 1 enjoyed learning how to safely complete an egg roll with Mr Collins in PE today.
The girls worked hard to take turns on the mat.
LOOK OUT THERE'S A DINOSAUR ABOUT!
We came back back from play time to see our classroom's have been trashed by a mysterious person or creature? We look for clues to see if we could work out what happened Mrs Holt from the office sent us the CCTV footage and this is what we found! Mrs Thomson had to come and take a look too! She was mortified that this had happened and we are determined to get to the bottom of this!!
WORLD KINDNESS DAY
Celebrating world kindness day today! The children have thought about some lovely ways to show kindness, not only to each other, but their parents, family members and their environment.
Phonics Secret Mission!
Phonics secret mission went down a storm. The children were given an envelope of secret code words and had to race against time, in teams, to complete the mission. Aliens Obb and Bob were hungry and were ready to eat the world so we had to be quick and feed them the correct words!
This week in English we are focusing on recounts. The children know that recounts are a piece of writing that gives details of an event that has happened in the past. Today the children listened to a recount from Miss Griffiths and then had to create a storyboard of her recount. They then used this storyboard to help them retell the recount. Some children worked extremely hard to include time words.
Time for reflection
The children listened to a hymn called ' Think of the world without any flowers.' Whilst the hymn played, the children reflected on what our wonderful world would be like without any of the wonderful creations of God. The children believed that without God's wonderful creations then the world would be dull and dark. Caleb said 'Without trees we wouldn't be able to breathe so there would be no people on the Earth.' Jack said 'Without sunlight the world would just be so so dark and it would make me sad.'
Think of a world without any flowers.
This week is Maths week. The children will take part in Maths activities during the week that they may not have chance to do usually! We kick started the week by becoming budding Mathematicians. We looked at the famous Mathematician Archimedes and his displacement of water theory. The only way to research Archimedes and his work is to become Archimedes of course! The children put his theory to the test and were wowed by the results! By the end of the lesson the classroom looked a little wet! The children, however, had a lot of fun and learned something new!
We have also used our skills of working systematically and our problem solving skills to see how many different triangles we could make on our Geo Boards. Some of us worked out that the best way to do this was to change the length of the base every time we made a new triangle. For example, the first triangle had a base of 3, the next triangle had a base of 4 and so on!
Our bodies and their senses
Science unlocking task! The children have been hooked into our new science topic all about our bodies and our senses! They have shown great knowledge by matching the labels on the body picture and adding their own
How has transport changed?
A part of our Unlocking Task for History, the children went outside to conduct a travel survey! Some of the children brought in some information from home after conducting their own research!
The stitch up!
To celebrate parliament week we had a special visit from Prime Minister Boon who held a debate on whether we should wear a school uniform or not. The children presented some great agreements but the PM has spoken. Uniforms to stay!
GOD AND CREATION.
This term in RE children are learning about creation. We have talked about all the amazing things in our world and who we think created them. The children have then written thank you prayers to God to thank him for our wonderful world. Read some lovely prayers below.
Year 1 enjoyed learning about the local area and made a fantastic messy map. They also were inspired by the artist Marc Quinn to make hand sculptures.
Expectations, rules and other information.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to come and see us or arrange an alternative time at the school office if this is not convenient.
Mrs Murphy & Miss Caunce