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Welcome to Year 1!

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Miss Stead would like to welcome you to our fabulous Year 1 class and introduce you to our wonderful team!
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Welcome to our class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.
Interview Questions For The Platypus

Today Year 1 became interviewers!

They thought of lots of specific questions to ask the Platypus from our book ‘This Zoo is not for you.’ We needed to find out all about him and why he wanted to join the zoo. 

Then we asked the Platypus himself!

Super questioning skills and use of question marks today Year 1, well done! 

 

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Reading Competition Winners!
Well done Year 1 for winning last terms KS1 reading competition. Thank you also to our parents for their constant support with boosting reading at home!
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Our Journey!
Year 1 have been exploring the story ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker and thinking about what might lie on the other side of their doors. The children have worked extremely hard to write amazing stories and draw pictures of their imaginary worlds. Here are some pieces of work we have on display in our classroom...
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Pentecost Assembly
Year 1 and 2 enjoyed performing their assembly at Church, all about Pentecost. The children were brilliant when acting out the story of Pentecost and were thrilled to show off their artwork. Year 1 had thought about the Holy Spirit - which they represented as a dove - and chose colours they felt captured the effects the Holy Spirit has on them. Well done Year 1, you were amazing!
Messy Maps
As part of our ‘Where do we live?’ Topic, the children enjoyed working in small groups creating maps. They were learning to visualise our classroom and were able to locate different areas within the classroom. Some children even managed to add labels. The children then had the chance to walk around looking at each other's work and talked about what they liked about each other's work.
The Human Body

As part of our ‘Animals including Humans’ topic in Science, the children have started to look at the human body. As a recap on what they had learnt in the previous lesson, the children were put into groups to label one of the children with the 5 body parts they thought were the most important. The children worked really hard in their groups and all listened carefully to each other’s ideas. Next they will be thinking about how to stay healthy and hygienic. 

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At the beginning of Multiplication...
In Year 1, our new Maths topic is Multiplication. The children started off by learning about making equal groups before using them to find the total. We have now moved onto making Arrays with our equal groups and the children have started to notice arrays everywhere! We will be using our new knowledge of Arrays to help us with our doubling. 
Plants in Science
Year 1 have been learning about plants as part of their Science topic. They have learnt about the different parts of a plant and what they need to grow. The children have had a go at planting their own seeds and observing them growing, ensuring they have enough water, sunlight and warmth. They were all able to take their plant home to carry on growing them. 
Easter Fun in Year 1!
Year 1 had a great time making Easter baskets. They worked hard to learn how to weave and followed their instructions carefully to create their own works of art. Well done Year 1:)
Measurement in Maths

Year 1 have been learning about measuring length and height in Maths. First they used non-standard measurements to measure things like themselves and compare their heights. Then they moved onto learning how to use a ruler correctly. They practised starting from 0 to measure an item accurately. They worked extremely hard - well done Year 1!

World Book Day!
Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed World Book Day! Thank you to all the parents for their support - it wouldn’t be possible without you! Here are some of our children in their fabulous ‘World Book Day’ outfits...
Winter in Year 1

As part of our Science topic on seasonal change, the children took the iPads outside to capture features of Winter. They were then able to use their amazing photographs to create observational drawings. Here are the children in action and some of the photos they took...

Christmas Activities 
The children had a great time making amazing pop-up Christmas cards and decorating delicious Christmas biscuits. They also wrote fabulous poems about their snows globes, where they used imaginative descriptive writing.  
The Great Fire of London 
As part of our Great Fire of London topic, the children created a piece of multimedia artwork. After exploring different mediums, we thought about the colours we would need and the direction we should paint our flames. Some children wanted to mix mediums, which they used to great effect! Once the backgrounds were finished, they used black card to recreate the buildings. The end result was fabulous!
Hey Ewe!
The children in Year 1 and 2 worked extremely hard on our brand new Nativity! Thank you to all the parents who came to support us and help practise songs at home. I think everyone would agree the children were amazing and it was a great success!
Science in Year 1
As part of our focus on Meerkat Mail in English, the children received a postcard from Sunny asking them to help him make a pair of sunglasses for his trip to Egypt. The children were given a range of materials to choose from for the lenses and, using their knowledge of opaque, translucent and transparent materials, they had to decide which one would be best for their sunglasses. Year 1 had a brilliant time making and testing out their creations!
French in Year 1
The children have been learning how to pronounce their colours in French. They have applied their understanding of this through learning and performing Les Couleurs de l’arc-en-ciel. 

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Sports Academy Visit
Year 1 were lucky enough to work with the Sports Academy for a whole day! The children learnt a new sport, Goalball, and used their phonics knowledge to solve spelling problems. Goalball is an Olympic sport, specifically designed for athletes with a vision impairment so our children used blind folds. They competed in teams of three and had to throw the ball towards the other teams goal. Players must use the sound of the bell, inside the ball,  to judge the position and movement of the ball to keep it from going in their goal. The children worked extremely hard to gain points for their team and our winners were the Lion Team with 118 points! For each team a child was presented with a certificate for outstanding team work. Well done Sandra, Madison, Kye and Luke for their great effort today and to the rest of Year 1 for working so hard! 
Autumn in Year 1
Year 1 have been learning about Autumn in Science and thinking about the changes they see during this season. They went on a walk and picked up items that reminded us of Autumn. The children also tasted autumnal fruits such as blackberries, apples and pears which most of them enjoyed. Their favourite being the pear. Which is your favourite autumnal fruit?
Harvest

Year 1 have been thinking about why we are thankful during Harvest. Each child thought of their own individual reason, wrote these on a leaf and as a class we hung them outside for all to see! Some children chose to write their reasons for being thankful, whilst others chose to write about those in need.

Reading Winners!
Year 1 won the KS1 reading competition this half term and enjoyed milkshakes and cookies whilst listening to a story. Let’s win next half term as well, by making sure we read every night! Well done Year 1 and thank you to all the parents at home for supporting us with reading. 
Sponsored Bounce
Year 1 were able to take part in a sponsored bounce, arranged by Year 6 girls to raise money for new library books. The children had a great time on the bouncy castle and, together with the cake sale, the school raised an amazing £1100!
Friendship

In Collective Worship, we have been looking at this terms Christian Value of Friendship.

 

We discussed the effects of being kind and unkind to each other. First, we looked at two identical apples and tried to spot their differences. We decided that we did not like one of the apples so we passed it around the circle and whispered unkind comments. However, the second apple was beautiful! We passed it around and thought of some lovely compliments. 

 

When we cut our apples in half... the apple we were hurtful to was bruised on the inside and the apple we were kind to was still fresh and juicy. We felt sad for being unkind and apologised to the apple. Although the apple did not go juicy again we learnt about the importance of being kind to one another. 

 

 

Our Celebration Assembly

In Year 1 our Stars of the Month are Kyla and Oscar - for always trying their best in every lesson and never giving up. Our Mathematician of the Month was Kye - for showing great determination to be an independent learner. For Friendship, Mafalda was spotted being kind  and caring to her new class mates. 

Patterns in Maths
In Year 1 we have been making brilliant patterns in Maths.The children started their own patterns and got a friend to finish them off. Here are some examples of our patterns...
Sports Day
Year 1 were brilliant during our sports day. They took part in different activities, using all the skills they have learnt in PE, and tried their best to score as many points for their teams. Then the children participated in boys and girls running races. Here are pictures of our winners...
If I Were...
During our first week in Year 1, the children looked at the poem ‘If I were...’ by Eva L. Robinson. After exploring the ideas and words, they went on to create their own amazing versions. Here are some of the children performing their own poems...

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Our School Councillors!

Madison and Luke are our Year 1 school councillors. They will present ideas from Year 1 and will take part in deciding how to help improve our school and help the community. 

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