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Year 1 Spring 2 Week 3

Date: 15th Mar 2019 @ 3:51pm

What a lovely week it has been here in Year 1! We have been busy continuing our topic of division in Maths, have enjoyed practising our football skills in PE and have loved writing a biography about Frida Kahlo in English.

In RE this week, we read the Easter Story and learnt about the significant events leading up to Easter Sunday. We learnt about Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, Jesus praying in Gethsemane, Jesus’ crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus. Year 1 created beautiful Easter wreaths to retell these significant events and decorated them with bright colours and pictures.

On Monday, Year 1 were extremely excited after having taken part in the launch session for their ‘Young Leaders Award’. Taking us on our journey to achieving the award is Gracie, who will help us to learn what being a leader means and help us to gain the skills to become one. Year 1 learnt that throughout the award they will take on challenges focusing on kindness, perseverance and teamwork. Our final challenge will require us to take action and carry out a project to help us to serve our local community. With so many ideas for our final project, Year 1 can’t wait to get started on developing their leadership skills! We’re excited to be involved in this programme which has been designed and written by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust. For more information visit www.abyyt.com

This week is ‘British Science Week 2019’ and this year, the theme is ‘journeys’ in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel. Journeys can come in different forms and as a class; we discussed the scientific journeys that we have come across this year. For example, the journey of a caterpillar to a butterfly and the journey of plastic to the ocean. To celebrate British Science Week, together we explored the journey of germs through a fun experiment. We learnt about how far a sneeze can travel and how we can prevent others from getting ill. Through this activity, we learnt more about the spread of microbes and their potential to infect people. Creating our own ‘sneeze zone’ using flipchart paper and using sugar paper to represent people, we measured the distance and impact of a sneeze by using water in a spray bottle. We learnt that sneezing into a tissue is the best way to stop the spread of germs!

Have a great weekend Year 1! See you on Monday!

 

Spellings:

  1. Road
  2. Hole
  3. Blown
  4. Goes
  5. Shelf
  6. Push

Year 1 Spring 2 Week 2

Date: 8th Mar 2019 @ 4:20pm

Yet another brilliant week in Year 1! In Maths we have been learning how to divide and have had fun sharing pasta between hungry mouths to help us answer division calculations. We have been busy spotting new signs of life in RE and we have enjoyed learning about a new style of writing-a biography- in English.

In Collective Worship this week, we shared our stories of forgiveness in keeping with this month’s value. We enjoyed listening to our friend’s experiences of forgiveness and learnt that it isn’t always easy to forgive, but if we are to follow in Jesus’ example, we should always show forgiveness. We then wrote our experiences down on a small piece of paper and made arms to stick on either end. We bent the arms around the paper to create “forgiving hugs” around our writing. The hug reminds us of a way that we can show forgiveness!

As part of ‘Fairtrade Fortnight 2019’, Year 1 have been working hard to deepen their understanding of Fairtrade using our Thinking Hats to investigate a key question. Knowing that a question can often have more than one answer, Year 1 used their yellow, black, green and white Thinking Hats to answer the question ‘Why should we buy Fairtrade Products?’ in four different ways. Answering the question in this way encouraged us to explore other points of view and really challenged our thinking skills. We then developed our knowledge further and completed a multi-flow map to explore the effect of purchasing Fairtrade products. We were given three scenarios and in groups wrote about the effect each one would have. We then had lots of fun making Fairtrade lemonade using only Fairtrade ingredients. Our tasty creation was a delight to drink and it was so nice to know that a fair payment would be going to all those involved in making the ingredients!  

As part of ‘National Careers Week 2019’, Year 1 have been extremely lucky to have had three visitors to tell us all about their jobs. On Tuesday, Mr Davies gave an inspiring talk about being an architect. He explained how the ideas that begin in his head come to life and shared the important parts of the process when designing a building or structure. On Thursday, Mrs Edmunds gave a very interesting talk about her job in mental health. She spoke about the importance of using mindfulness to help us to be in the moment and keep our minds healthy. We had fun taking part in some mindful activities including mindful eating, during which we had to use all of our senses when eating a sweet. Our final talk this week was delivered by Mr McGeoch, who spoke to us about his time in the army. It was really interesting to learn about all the amazing roles within the army and Year 1 were fascinated to find out about Mr McGeoch’s many experiences. We enjoyed looking at his medals and some of us were even lucky enough to try on some of his old uniform! Overall, Year 1 had a week of wonderful talks and have been inspired by the many jobs that are out there for us to aim for!

On Thursday, our Year 1 classroom was transformed into a magical land filled with storybook characters. To celebrate ‘World Book Day 2019’, Year 1 had so much fun dressing up as their favourite book characters. From David Walliams’ characters to the characters from Wonderland, Year 1 put in a truly fantastic effort with their costumes! We spent the morning exploring each other’s characters using a bubble map, on which we described our own character, and a double bubble map on which we compared ourselves to our friend’s character. In the afternoon, we continued to find out fun facts about our characters and were also extremely excited for the opening of our new reading den, which is now our new favourite place to snuggle up with a story!

It was ‘International Women’s Day’ on Friday and Year 1 focused on the inspirational artist that is Frida Kahlo. Using a book from the series ‘Little People, Big Dreams’, we learnt about the life of Frida and how she developed her fantastic painting skills after becoming bed-bound from an accident. We enjoyed exploring her beautiful paintings and were captivated by her bold and bright style. We discussed how Frida’s growth mind-set and resilient attitude helped her to develop her passion and lead her to great success! We then created a circle map to record all that we had learnt about Frida.

Well done for all of your hard work this week. Have the most wonderful weekend and we will see you on Monday!    

 

Spellings:

 

Spellings for next week are a recap of Spring 5, 6 and 7. Two spellings will be selected from each week.

Year 1 Spring 2 Week 1

Date: 1st Mar 2019 @ 11:58am

What a wonderful start we have had to our new half term! We have been busy learning so many new and exciting things this week including multiplying using arrays in Maths, comparing old and new toys in Theme and experimenting with powder paint in Art.

As part of our multi-faith week, we have been learning all about Sikhism. We enjoyed exploring a Sikh Gurdwara and watched videos and looked at pictures to find out about the Sikh place of worship. We found out about the main features of a Gurdwara and found out some interesting facts such as the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, has its own room at night and is covered with a special cloth and those who visit the Gurdwara can sit with others and have a meal. We then had fun testing ourselves on what we had learnt by playing a matching game. We had to work out what feature the descriptions were about before matching them to the correct picture.

On Thursday, Year 1 took part in a sponsored fitness circuit which was led by Paralympian, Roy Turnham. After working hard to complete the circuit, Roy led an inspiring assembly all about his life and career as a Paralympian. It was so fascinating to find out about his sporting journey and he told us about the obstacles he had faced along the way. With a growth mind-set, Roy trained extremely hard and didn’t let anything get in the way of achieving his dream. Roy has achieved so much including playing football in the London 2012 Games for the British team. We felt so lucky to be able to spend time with Roy and have learnt a lot from his inspiring attitude.

Have a lovely weekend Year 1! See you on Monday!

 

Spellings:

 

  1. Night
  2. Tried
  3. Ride
  4. Fly
  5. Smell
  6. Put

Year 1 Spring 1 Week 6

Date: 15th Feb 2019 @ 4:45pm

 

We could not have had a better end to our half term in Year 1! This week has been so busy full of exciting learning opportunities such as learning to count in twos in Maths and finishing our fantastic stories in English.

In RE, Year 1 read the story of “When Jesus Turns Water Into Wine”. We thought about how it would have felt to have witnessed this miracle and the significance of what Jesus did. We discussed that Jesus could perform miracles because he was God’s son and that made him special. We looked at lots of paintings about this bible story and noticed that the water jars from which Jesus poured the wine were in all of the paintings. We then had lots of fun using salt dough to make our very own water jars.

On Thursday, we celebrated ‘Climate Coalition Day’ with our Year 2 buddies. We learnt about the ways humans are destroying our beautiful planet and looked at some shocking pictures to bring this to life. Very upset by what we learnt, we then worked with our buddies to create ‘Show The Love Pledges’. We made some big promises to look after our world such as promising to turn off the lights and promising to recycle. We then made and decorated salt dough hearts to remind us to look after God’s wonderful world.

We had a truly exciting end to our half term when we visited the ‘Blue Planet Aquarium’ on Friday. We began our day with an interesting workshop all about sea creatures. We learnt about the amazing features of a variety of underwater animals and we were particularly interested in the real life shark jaws! We learnt so many interesting facts and were amazed to learn that the sand tiger sharks at the aquarium have 250 teeth! We then had lots of fun exploring the aquarium. We saw so many sea creatures including starfish, sharks, jellyfish and stingrays. We then watched the Aqua Show during which we learnt even more interesting facts about sharks. We watched as scuba divers fed stingrays and carried out a ‘scatter feed’ to feed hundreds of fish! It was a wonderful end to a wonderful half term!    

Well done for your hard work Year 1! Enjoy your well-earned break and we will see you on the 25th

 

 

Spellings:

 

  1. See
  2. Meet
  3. Each
  4. Happy
  5. Twist
  6. School

Year 1 Spring 1 Week 5

Date: 8th Feb 2019 @ 4:11pm

What a brilliant week it has been in Year 1! We have had so much fun practising measuring weight to make cakes in Maths, continuing our wonderful stories in English and making shelters for a desert island in Science.

In Re, using the ‘what’s in the bag?’ activity, Year 1 explored the bible story, ‘The Feeding of the Five Thousand’. We focused on the importance of the little boy in the story, who acted generously and gave his picnic to Jesus to share with the crowd. We wondered what Jesus would have thought of his generosity and thought about whether we would have shared our picnic if we were there. We discussed why it is important to share and spoke about our own experiences of sharing. We then filled a wicker basket with colourful fish on which we had written our experiences of sharing to create a ‘Sharing Basket’. 

We had the most exciting start to our week when we arrived at school to see a mysterious parcel had been left on top of our wardrobe! Attached the parcel was a note reading ‘Open it up and you will see a delightful treat for you and me!’ Filled with excitement, we opened up our special delivery to find boxes of Turkish delight! We were so eager to try it but after reading about the spell the evil queen put on the Turkish delight she gave to Edmund, we were very unsure whether to try some or not! After a long discussion, we carefully nibbled on a small piece and soon learnt that there was no spell on this delicious treat!

On Tuesday, Year 1 had a very busy day celebrating two different events. In the morning, we celebrated ‘Safer Internet Day’ and listened to ‘The Adventures of Smartie the Penguin’. Joining in with the story, we helped Smartie make sensible decisions to keep him safe when using the internet. We then had fun making our own penguin puppets to remind us of this important story!

Later that day, we celebrated Chinese New Year with our Year 2 buddies.  We were all very excited to taste some Chinese food and were even more excited to have the opportunity to use chopsticks! With full tummies, we then enjoyed making Chinese Dragons out of paper and decorated them with bright and beautiful colours.

On Thursday, Year 1 had yet another very special visitor. Author Christine Gregory, came in to talk to us about her story, ‘Antics of Mrs Paws’. We loved listening to Mrs Gregory’s funny tales about Mrs Paws and enjoyed finding out about her trip to Abersoch. At the end of her visit, we were lucky enough to all get a big cuddle from Mrs Paws!

Have a wonderful weekend Year 1!

 

Spellings:

 

  1. Soil
  2. Boy
  3. Spoon
  4. Step
  5. Ask
  6. Friend

Year 1 Spring 1 Week 4

Date: 1st Feb 2019 @ 3:51pm

Yet another fantastic week in Year 1! We have enjoyed learning about Rosa Parks in Theme, learning about weight and mass in Maths and designing shelters for a desert island in Science.

In Re this week, we listened to the bible story, ‘The Stilling of the Storm’. We then split into groups and were given a paper boat to represent a specific part of the story. We made lollipop people and drew on their faces to represent the emotions of the characters for that part of the story. We then compared the different boats full of people to understand the differences between how Jesus and his disciples were feeling. We learned that Jesus was calm during the storm and expected the disciples to have faith in him. His ability to calm the storm showed the disciples how truly special he was.

Year 1 were extremely lucky this week to have a visit from Arlene Gormley, the author of ‘2030 Not a Fairytale’. Alongside our Year 2 buddies, we learnt how Arlene set up a school called ‘Feeding Dreams’, in Cambodia where she lived for six years. Whilst there, the UN ‘Global Goals’ were introduced and they helped Arlene work alongside the Cambodian government to develop her school to be the successful project it is today. Ensuring all children have access to food, clean water and an education, Arlene’s hard work is the reflection of a true courageous advocate and her story was inspirational. We were so interested in Arlene’s story and her school in Cambodia and loved having the opportunity to ask her lots of questions. We are so grateful that she came to visit us and can’t wait to explore her story in further detail.

In keeping with our school motto, ‘Choose Kind’, Year 1 have been creating their own pledges of kindness. To represent our class, we filled a bowl with water. We then added a couple of drops of green food colouring to represent our school value of ‘nurture’. We watched as the green colouring spread out with each drop we added. We discussed how this reflects the spread of kindness and how it only takes one person to be kind for others to do the same. It was this that led us to creating our own pledges of kindness which we then signed with our handprint. Year 1 shared some fantastic ways that we can show kindness and used these to make their own personal promises for being kind. We then received a very special visit from our Year 2 buddies who shared their recipes for a good friend. Year 1 then received a friendship bracelet from their buddy which they tied around our wrists with their kind hands. Year 1 were so grateful for the beautiful bracelets they received and appreciated Year 2’s true kindness. 

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday! Well done for a super week Year 1!

 

Spellings:

 

Spellings for next week are a recap of Spring 2, 3 and 4. Two spellings will be selected from each week.

 

Year 1 Spring 1 Week 3

Date: 25th Jan 2019 @ 4:35pm

We have had a wonderful week in Year 1! From learning the months of the year in Maths, to writing some wonderful character descriptions in English, the week has been filled with exciting learning opportunities!

In RE, we returned to the story we began learning last week, ‘The Calling of the Disciples’. To develop our understanding of how the disciples felt in the story, we had fun imagining we were one of the fishermen on the boat. We wrote some fantastic postcards to our family living away and told them all about the day we went fishing with Jesus. We shared the excitement and amazement that we felt when so many fish appeared in our net and we explained that it was from this, that we knew Jesus was very special. We explained to our family how Jesus asked us to follow him and be a “fisher of men”. We loved writing the postcards and drawing pictures of the wonderful scene to decorate the back of the postcard.

At the beginning of the week, Key Stage 1 received a very interesting gift, wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string. Unable to contain our excitement, we opened the present to find a storybook, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, by C.S. Lewis. Year 1 have loved reading the first few pages of the story and are extremely engrossed already! We have learnt so much about the characters and the land of Narnia in just a few pages. From this, we have written some amazing setting and character descriptions and we are now so eager for the story to take us on an exciting adventure.   We learnt that the story was first published in 1950 and have begun our new Theme topic, ‘What was life like in the 1950s?’ We have had so much fun learning about 1950s houses and enjoyed comparing household items from the 50s with present day items. We were amazed to see how much electrical appliances have changed and found the 1950s television particularly interesting!

After another fantastic week, enjoy a relaxing weekend Year 1! See you on Monday!

 

Spellings:

 

  1. Rain
  2. Stay
  3. Same
  4. Flag
  5. One
  6. Once

Year 1 Spring 1 Week 2

Date: 18th Jan 2019 @ 4:34pm

Yet another fantastic week has been had in Year 1! We have been extremely busy learning about money in Maths, practising our catching skills in PE and exploring the amazing ways in which animals are suited to their environment in Science.

In Re this week, we listened to the story of ‘The Calling of the Disciples’ and learnt how Jesus chose his first disciples, Peter and Andrew. In the story, Jesus asks Peter and Andrew, two fishermen, to take their boat out and to drop their nets. After a day without luck, Peter and Andrew are certain they won't catch anything but do as Jesus asks. Suddenly they find their nets bulging with so many fish they can hardly bring them aboard. The fishermen insist Jesus is 'too good for them' but then, Jesus asks the fisherman to follow him. Helping us to remember the story, we had fun using drama to retell how Jesus chose his first disciples. There were some excellent and very entertaining performances which demonstrated Year 1’s super understanding of the story!

To bring our topic about the brain to a close, this week we had the pleasure of meeting Mrs Warwick’s brother, Chris, who has ‘Opsoclonus Myoclonus Ataxia Syndrome’, which is a rare neurological condition that affects the cerebellum. Chris told us how he has been affected by this and shared his inspiring story. He emphasised the importance of a positive mind-set to help us to achieve our goals and he shared ways in which he has had to work hard to be able to do the things he used to be able to do easily. As well as this, we learnt about ‘Joey The Legend’ whose brain doesn't work quite like it used to after he became ill. We were amazed to find out how Alder Hey helped, in the words of Joey himself, to “fix his brain” and loved learning about his story. We are looking forward to finding out more about Joey and following his amazing journey.  

On Tuesday, Year 1 noticed a very strange and rather large object covered in a sheet in the KS1 area. With our Year 2 buddies, we came together for a big unveiling of the mystery object underneath the sheet. To our amazement, there appeared to be an old wardrobe covered in snow and snowflakes. Light shone from the crack between the doors and after searching for clues, we realised there was a postcard stuck between the doors. When we removed the postcard it revealed a beautiful picture captioned ‘Narnia’ and attached to the end was a CD! Excitedly, we all gathered to watch what was on the DVD and discovered it was a clip of a little girl pulling a sheet off an old wardrobe just like we did! However, when the little girl stepped into the wardrobe, she found a magical land called ‘Narnia’ which was the picture on our postcard! From this, Year 1 worked really hard on writing a setting description to describe the beautiful land of Narnia. Their descriptions include very adventurous adjectives to really paint a clear picture of what Narnia is like!

We can’t wait to see what magic our wardrobe brings to KS1… who knows what will happen over the weekend! See you on Monday!

 

Spellings:

 

  1. Moon
  2. Book
  3. Beard
  4. Bear
  5. Blink
  6. Some

Year 1 Spring 1 Week 1

Date: 11th Jan 2019 @ 3:58pm

Welcome back Year 1 and a Happy New Year! It has been the most wonderful start to our new term and we have already learnt so much! We have been busy learning our five times table in Maths, making leaflets in English and sharing what makes us talented in Collective Worship.

This week in RE, we began our new unit, ‘Why is Jesus special?’ To encourage us to think about what makes a person special, we thought about all the special people we have in our life. We came up with a very long list including, mummies, daddies, grandparents and friends and we realised just how lucky we are to have these people in our lives! We then had a fantastic discussion about friendship and considered the following questions:

 

  • How do we make friends?
  • Who are our special friends?
  • What makes a person a good friend?

 

From the discussion, we realised that the qualities that make a good friend are the reasons why our friends are special. For example, they look after us, they share with us and they are kind to us. We then enjoyed recording these ideas in our RE books around an outline of our special friend.

This week, as a whole school, we have been learning all about the brain! Year 1 have loved learning about this topic and have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a variety of activities to develop their expertise in this area. To begin the topic, Year 1 created circle thinking maps to record everything they already know about what the brain does. Sharing ideas with the rest of the class, there were so many new and exciting facts that we were able to then add to our maps. We then listened to a very catchy song to help us to learn about four parts of the brain; the cerebrum, cerebellum, brain stem and pineal gland. We learnt about what each of the parts is responsible for and were fascinated by the different roles they played. We then used playdough to recreate a human brain and used different colours to represent each part. Following on from this, we learnt about how the brain is surrounded by fluid called ‘Cerebrospinal Fluid’ which protects the brain from sudden impact. To demonstrate the importance of this fluid, we used an egg to represent a brain and put it inside a plastic container which represented the skull. We imagined falling down the stairs and agreed that our brain would shake inside our heads. We shook the container and watched as the egg smashed! This would mean that if there was nothing but our brain inside our skull, every time we banged our head, our brains would break like the egg! We then carried out the same process but this time we put water inside with the egg. Again, we shook it really hard but this time it didn’t break! We realised that the liquid acted as a cushion for the egg and put this into the context of our brain and cerebrospinal fluid.

Have a lovely, relaxing weekend after our busy week and we will see you on Monday!

 

Spellings:

 

  1. Dream
  2. Head
  3. Her
  4. Under
  5. Plum
  6. Come

Year 1 Autumn 2 Week 8

Date: 19th Dec 2018 @ 1:30pm

There couldn’t have been a better way to end our first term and we have thoroughly enjoyed a variety of festive activities this week.

In Collective Worship, Year 1 linked our monthly value of hope to the well-known Christmas song and story, ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’. We led a fantastic discussion about how Rudolph felt different to his reindeer friends and this made him feel sad and lonely, without hope for his future. However, after finding out how his nose can be used to help others, Rudolph realised that differences are something to be celebrated. This realisation filled Rudolph with hope for his future knowing that he should be happy with who he is and be proud of what makes us different!

Year 1 have been very busy learning how to sew to create some beautiful baubles for this term’s DT project. Spending time to carefully plan and design their baubles, Year 1 chose bright and festive colours for their decoration. They then sewed two pieces of felt together before stuffing them to create their bauble. Year 1 learnt how to do a running stitch and each and every one of them showed fantastic resilience when learning this new and tricky skill.  

Well done on all of your hard work this term Year 1! It has been a true pleasure to watch you progress and grow since the beginning of the year and we are so proud of everything you have achieved so far. We cannot wait to see what the New Year brings and look forward to many more exciting learning opportunities and experiences. Enjoy a well-earned rest and we will see you in 2019!

Thank you for all of your thoughtful gifts and well wishes. From all here in Year 1, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

 

Spellings:

 

  1. Owl
  2. Snow
  3. Cried
  4. Field
  5. Glass
  6. Love

Year 1 Autumn 2 Week 7

Date: 14th Dec 2018 @ 3:36pm

Yet another amazing week here in Year 1! We have been busy learning how to find half in Maths, writing diary entries in English and sharing our hopes and dreams for 2019 in Collective Worship.

In Re this week, we explored Christmas around the world and focused on the country of Ukraine. We learnt about the story of ‘The Christmas Spider’ which is very popular in Ukraine and finding a spider on a web on your tree is meant be good luck. In the story, a family can't afford to decorate a tree for Christmas. When the children go to sleep on Christmas Eve, a spider covers the tree in cobwebs. Then on Christmas morning, the cobwebs are magically turned into silver and gold strands which decorate the tree! There are also little spider's web decorations, made of paper and silver wire, called 'pavuchky' (which means 'little spider') which people hang on their trees. With our Year 2 buddies, we made our own spider web decorations out of pipe cleaners and thread. The completed webs looked fantastic and we were very proud of our decorations!

In Theme this week, we have been learning about some local heroes. We enjoyed finding out about the significant people who came from so near to us and we were intrigued by their stories. We learnt about musicians, war heroes, a lifeboat coxswain and Edward Rushton who set up the first school for the blind. We then created timelines to show the events that resulted in these people being deemed a hero. We had to develop our understanding of dates and how they are ordered chronologically to create a timeline.  

Year 1 have shone like the stars that they are in their incredible Nativity performances this week. They opened the show with a fantastic dance and their moves blew the audience away. They continued to shine as they sang their hearts out to all of the songs and they remembered the actions so well! We could not have been prouder of them and we hope that they filled your hearts as much as ours! They certainly spread some Christmas cheer!

It has been a fantastic final full week of 2018! Well done for all of your hard work Year 1! Enjoy your weekend and we will see you on Monday for some festive fun!

 

Spellings:

 

  1. Owl
  2. Snow
  3. Cried
  4. Field
  5. Glass
  6. Love

 

N.B. Children will be tested on these spellings after Christmas (10.1.19).

Year 1 Autumn 2 Week 6

Date: 7th Dec 2018 @ 3:44pm

The wonderful weeks just keep coming here in Year 1! We have been extremely busy learning about fractions in Maths, taking part in an ‘Hour of Code’ in Computing and singing our hearts out during our Nativity practice.

In Re this week, as part of our unit ‘Why do we give and receive gifts?’, Year 1 have been learning that Jesus is God’s gift to us. God gave us Jesus because he loves us and Jesus is special and is there to help us. We celebrate the birth of our special gift on Christmas Day. Jesus wasn’t an object that we could buy, wrap up and open, but we still believe that he is the greatest gift of all. From this, Year 1 shared their experiences of giving a gift and how this made them feel. To help us to explore these feelings further, we each made a cupcake to give to a member of our family. We agreed that giving is sometimes just as exciting as receiving and couldn’t wait to give our delicious treats to someone special.

To add to last week’s superhero excitement, Year 1 and 2 found diary entries from Dr Freeze’s diary after further investigation of the disaster scene. From the entries, they found out about his exciting adventures as a superhero! He has been so busy lately saving the lives of people and capturing evil villains. To help Dr Freeze with his diary entry for the struggle with Captain Crush, Year 1 are going to write it for him! Using what we have learnt about diary entries, Year 1 will definitely do a fantastic job for Dr Freeze!

This week, Year 1 welcomed a new member of the class, Jingles the elf! Sent to us by Father Christmas, Jingles has been watching over us to check that we continue to be the superstars that Miss Morris has told him we are! However, whilst we have been away overnight, Jingles has been having lots of fun around our classroom and we have loved coming in each morning to find out what he has been up to!

Have a super weekend Year 1 and we will see you on Monday!

 

 

Spellings:

  1. Monday
  2. Tuesday
  3. Wednesday
  4. Thursday
  5. Friday
  6. week

Year 1 Autumn 2 Week 6

Date: 7th Dec 2018 @ 3:44pm

The wonderful weeks just keep coming here in Year 1! We have been extremely busy learning about fractions in Maths, taking part in an ‘Hour of Code’ in Computing and singing our hearts out during our Nativity practice.

In Re this week, as part of our unit ‘Why do we give and receive gifts?’, Year 1 have been learning that Jesus is God’s gift to us. God gave us Jesus because he loves us and Jesus is special and is there to help us. We celebrate the birth of our special gift on Christmas Day. Jesus wasn’t an object that we could buy, wrap up and open, but we still believe that he is the greatest gift of all. From this, Year 1 shared their experiences of giving a gift and how this made them feel. To help us to explore these feelings further, we each made a cupcake to give to a member of our family. We agreed that giving is sometimes just as exciting as receiving and couldn’t wait to give our delicious treats to someone special.

To add to last week’s superhero excitement, Year 1 and 2 found diary entries from Dr Freeze’s diary after further investigation of the disaster scene. From the entries, they found out about his exciting adventures as a superhero! He has been so busy lately saving the lives of people and capturing evil villains. To help Dr Freeze with his diary entry for the struggle with Captain Crush, Year 1 are going to write it for him! Using what we have learnt about diary entries, Year 1 will definitely do a fantastic job for Dr Freeze!

This week, Year 1 welcomed a new member of the class, Jingles the elf! Sent to us by Father Christmas, Jingles has been watching over us to check that we continue to be the superstars that Miss Morris has told him we are! However, whilst we have been away overnight, Jingles has been having lots of fun around our classroom and we have loved coming in each morning to find out what he has been up to!

Have a super weekend Year 1 and we will see you on Monday!

 

 

Spellings:

  1. Monday
  2. Tuesday
  3. Wednesday
  4. Thursday
  5. Friday
  6. week

Year 1 Autumn 2 Week 5

Date: 30th Nov 2018 @ 12:01pm

It has been yet another fantastic week filled with many exciting learning opportunities here in Year 1! From learning about odd and even numbers in Maths to planning an outfit for a Polar adventurer, Year 1 have been very busy!

In Collective Worship this week, Year 1 led a class discussion which encouraged everyone to think about what peace smells, looks, tastes, feels and sounds like. There were lots of very imaginative and thoughtful ideas such as peace smells like flowers, tastes like chocolate, sounds like waves and feels like fur. We recorded our ideas to complete another beautiful page inside our Collective Worship scrapbook.

On Thursday, Year 1 couldn’t believe their eyes when they came in to see a terrible mess had been left outside of the classroom! Books had fallen off the shelves, chairs had been tipped over, blue handprints and footprints covered the tables and fruit was all over the floor! There were some very strange looking logos left around the disaster scene, as well as some unusual piles of ice! After looking for clues with our Year 2 friends, we soon realised that a letter had been left amongst the mess. We had to be very creative to come up with a way of reaching the letter as we couldn’t cross the caution tape! Having retrieved it using a metre stick, we soon learnt that the mess had been left by Dr Freeze, a superhero who had been sent to capture the evil Captain Crush who had been stealing the powers from the super heroes in Formby! Year 1 and 2 couldn’t believe what they had learnt and were excited to find out more about the struggle! Using what they had learnt from the clues and the letter, Year 1 then created a 'circle thinking map' to make more sense of what had happened.  

Have a wonderful weekend Year 1 and be sure to look out for Dr Freeze, you never know where he might be next! See you on Monday!

 

Spellings:

  1. Seven
  2. Eight
  3. Nine
  4. Ten
  5. Eleven
  6. Twelve

Year 1 Autumn 2 Week 4

Date: 23rd Nov 2018 @ 4:00pm

                                           

We have had another fantastic week in Year 1! We have been very busy learning about 3D shapes in Maths, raising awareness for ‘Road Safety Week 2018’ and learning about amazing places that are near and far away in our Theme lessons.

In RE this week, Year 1 learnt about the ‘Nativity Story’ and worked as a class to piece together the story using clues inside a mystery bag placed on their tables. Year 1 were then challenged to retell the story through sequencing pictures. They did this very well and recognised the key events in the story. They then made puppets of the main characters and used them to work in groups to perform a puppet show to retell the story. Year 1 made excellent puppeteers and their versions of the ‘Nativity Story’ were fantastic to watch!

On Monday, Year 1 received another letter from the ‘National Polar Adventurers’ Society’. The letter explained that the current polar adventurers that we have been carrying out research for in our Science lessons, have come across a variety of animals on their expedition. They provided us with some rare footage of the animals which we watched in awe and amazement! Year 1’s task was to find out about the diet of the animals so that they could report back to the adventurers whether it is safe to be around them. Year 1 had lots of fun matching the food menus to the correct polar animal and used what they knew about the animals from the footage to support them with this. They then learnt three new scientific words, omnivore, herbivore and carnivore. Using clues, it didn’t take Year 1 long before they worked out the meaning of each of the words and they were then challenged to identify whether each animal was an omnivore, herbivore or a carnivore. They did a fantastic job and their research will be a great help to the adventurers in the Polar Regions.

Well done for all your hard work this week Year 1! Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you on Monday!

 

Spellings:

  1. one
  2. two
  3. three
  4. four
  5. five
  6. six

Year 1 Autumn 2 Week 3

Date: 16th Nov 2018 @ 4:03pm

What a great week we have had here in Year 1! We have loved continuing to learn about 2D shapes in Maths, making e-safety posters in computing and doing lots of activities with our Year 2 buddies.

In Collective Worship, we have been exploring what peace means to us. When sharing some fantastic ideas with the class, Year 1 came up with peaceful places, peaceful symbols and peaceful activities. It was interesting for us to learn how we all interpret ‘peace’ differently and we enjoyed listening to our friends. Year 1 then recorded what peace means to them on paper doves- a symbol of peace. They drew beautiful images and wrote words linking to peace on their doves for our Collective Worship scrapbook.

It has been an extremely busy week taking part in lots of events for our ‘Celebration of Kindness Week 2018’. To begin the week, Year 1 brought in their teddy from home and spent the day nurturing their furry friend. We chose kind and showed respect for our own and other people’s teddies, ensuring that we looked after them throughout the day. The teddies joined in with our lessons and Year 1 had to share their chairs and equipment with them as well as looking after them at play time! We loved spending time with our friends in Nursery who also brought their teddies in. We had so much fun making teddy bear biscuits and having a teddy tea party!

On Tuesday, Year 1 could not contain their excitement when they found out they would be taking part in ‘TSP’s Got Voice’ to raise money for ‘Children In Need’. Splitting into house teams and working with our friends from other year groups, we had great fun spending the day learning a song and dance routine. We then performed our songs for the rest of the school. It was so wonderful seeing Year 1 sing and dance their hearts out with the rest of their house team. Everyone put so much effort into their performances and a fantastic amount of money was raised for such a worthy cause!

On Friday, Year 1 continued to raise awareness for ‘Children In Need’ and took part in some exciting activities with their Year 2 buddies. Year 1 enjoyed making Pudsey Bear Rice Krispie cakes and making giant Pudsey collages. It truly was a fun-filled day and raised awareness for a fantastic charity.

To end the week, Year 1 came together with the rest of the school to bring our ‘Celebration of Kindness Week 2018’ to a close and share an extremely important message, laugh more and worry less. Singing Emelie Sande’s ‘Wonder’ so beautifully, Year 1 stood proudly as they reminded everyone of the importance of choosing kind. There couldn’t have been a better way to end what has been a fantastic week! 

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy a well-earned rest. See you on Monday!

Spellings:

  1. You
  2. Your
  3. They
  4. Here
  5. There
  6. Where

Year 1 Autumn 2 Week 2

Date: 9th Nov 2018 @ 3:35pm

                                                                                                         

It has been a fantastic week here in Year 1! We have been busy learning about 2D shapes in Maths, writing recounts in English and mapping our journey to school in Theme.

In Collective Worship, we have been learning about Remembrance Day and the reason why poppies are worn as a symbol for this day. We learnt that Remembrance Day was first held in 1919, one year after World War I ended and found out that it is sometimes known as Armistice Day. Year 1 were interested to learn that Poppies are worn on Remembrance Day because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War I ended. We then made our own poppies to create a beautiful classroom display to mark the occasion.

In Science, having received a letter from Samantha Snowdon, a Polar explorer, we researched the Polar Regions and found out about the harsh climate. We were interested to find out what explorers wear when they are there because it is so cold! Year 1 became real scientists as they conducted an experiment to find out which materials make a good thermal insulator. We learnt that a good insulator is air and many of the materials used in clothing, particularly coats, trap air in the material. Polar explorers need clothing that will keep their body warm, especially their fingers and toes, is light and comfortable and allows them to move around easily. Year 1 took part in an experiment to investigate which material is good for stopping heat loss and therefore a good material for an adventurer’s clothing. To do this, we measured the temperature of three cups of warm water. We then wrapped each cup in a different material. We left the water for half an hour before measuring the temperature of each cup again to see which material had kept in the most heat.

We have been very excited this week for the big reveal of our ‘Celebration of Kindness Week 2018’ video. Year 1 had so much fun dancing together as part of the fantastic video. The video reminds us to laugh more and worry less so make sure you watch and share the video with all of your family and friends! You can find the video here:

Celebration of Kindness Video 2018

Well done for your hard work this week Year 1! Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday!

 

Spellings:

 

  1. Tune
  2. These
  3. Made
  4. Slept
  5. Clown
  6. Has

Year 1 Autumn 2 Week 1

Date: 2nd Nov 2018 @ 3:25pm

                                                               

Wow, what a brilliant start to our new half term here in Year 1! This week in RE, we took time to think about God’s beautiful creation that is our world. We enjoyed spending time looking at images of our wonderful world and took the opportunity to really appreciate what we have around us. We spent some time reflecting on the ways that people spoil God’s creation and looked at pictures of places that have been polluted. We discussed how this made us feel and how God feels to see his world being spoilt. We thought about what we could do to help take care of creation and made posters about how our environment is being spoilt and what we can do in response to this. The posters Year 1 created were beautiful and spread a very important message.

In Theme, Year 1 have been working hard for the secret agent who contacted us before half term to ask us to find and recruit local heroes for a top-secret mission. It was important we knew what the agent meant by “local area” so we know where to look for the heroes. After learning that local means within the area we live, Year 1 identified places within our local area of Formby. We recorded our ideas on mind-maps and became experts at identifying which places were local and which places weren’t.

Well done on a great first week back. We can’t wait to see what this half term has in store! See you on Monday!

 

Spellings:

 

  1. Turn
  2. Five
  3. Woke
  4. Drank
  5. Train
  6. Was

Year 1 Autumn 1 Week 7

Date: 19th Oct 2018 @ 5:23pm

                                                                                                    

It has been the most fantastic end to the most wonderful first half term in Year 1! In RE this week, Year 1 learnt about the ‘Creation Story’ and worked as a class to piece together the story using clues from inside a mystery bag placed on their tables. Each table represented a day in the story and as Miss Morris read the story, the table with the corresponding bag removed the objects inside to reveal what God created that day. Year 1 loved retelling the story in this way and used super detective skills to work out the missing piece in the story using the clues. Year 1 then created some beautiful creation wheels that rotate to retell the story.

On Tuesday, Year 1 took part in our ‘Zero Hunger Run’ to raise awareness for ‘World Food Day’ and raise money for Kalule Primary School in Uganda. We learnt about how some people around the world are less fortunate than us and for them, food is limited. We want to be part of a ‘Zero Hunger Generation’ and to do this, we need to work together to eradicate hunger by 2030. Taking part in events such as the run will help us to raise money for charities working towards this.

On Wednesday, Year 1 showed our monthly value of ‘generosity’ by making a Christmas shoebox for the ‘Shoebox Appeal’. They put so much love and thought into their gifts and took their time to consider exactly what the recipients of the boxes would want.

Year 1 have been developing their artistic skills this week and have experimented using watercolours to create an autumnal picture. After carefully sketching an autumnal scene from our school grounds, Year 1 enjoyed using the watercolours to bring the painting to life. We discussed the colours that would be appropriate for our paintings and learnt how to make new colours by mixing. Year 1 did a super job at capturing an autumn day and learnt a lot from experimenting with a variety of brush sizes and strokes.

Well done on such a brilliant start to the year. The first half term has been a pleasure and we can’t wait to see you in a week for lots more exciting learning experiences! Enjoy your half term and stay safe!

Spellings:

  1. Horse
  2. Flew
  3. Toe
  4. Dinosaur
  5. Green
  6. Were

 

Year 1 Autumn 1 Week 6

Date: 12th Oct 2018 @ 4:06pm

                                                           

We have had a wonderful week in Year 1! In RE, we began our new topic, ‘God and Creation’. Using a picture montage of beautiful images of our world, we thought about what we find amazing about the world that God has created for us. Some of our favourite creations included the beautiful flowers that grow, waterfalls and the amazing abilities that animals have such as flying. We then thought about what we find puzzling about creation. We shared questions that we would like to ask God to help us to understand more about the world he created. Year 1 were very thoughtful and asked questions such as why did you make a world with rain and why did you create spiders to shed their skin? We enjoyed recording these thoughts and questions in our RE books.

On Wednesday, Year 1 created a ‘Hello Yellow’ bunting to raise awareness of mental health for World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2018. We discussed how sometimes we feel different emotions depending on what we experience and learnt that it is ok to sometimes feel worried, scared or nervous. We then discussed how sharing how we feel is very important and will often make us feel better. Year 1 created a bunting of happy thoughts to help us to remember that there are lots of reasons to feel happy. On our bunting we included pictures of us in our favourite places, playing with our friends and our favourite hobbies.

This week we received a very important letter from an undercover agent. He had been asked to recruit heroes for a top-secret mission and he wants the help of Year 1 to do it. The secret agent has asked us to find out about local heroes. The mission is highly important and requires heroes with all sorts of skills so hopefully we will find some suitable candidates!

Keep a look out for heroes this weekend Year 1! See you on Monday!

Year 1 Autumn 1 Week 5

Date: 5th Oct 2018 @ 3:54pm

                                                            

What a fantastic week it has been here in Year 1! We began the week with a Collective Worship focusing on our new monthly value, generosity. Year 1 listened to the story of the Rainbow Fish and discussed how the fish shows generosity. Being the most beautiful fish in the ocean, he is asked to share one of his shiny scales with a little blue fish, to which he refuses. After going to the wise octopus for advice, the Rainbow Fish reluctantly shares his scales, except for one. In the end, he is less beautiful than he was before, but he has new friends and is now the happiest fish in the sea. The Rainbow Fish sharing his scales was an act of generosity and we thought about our own experiences of being generous. We then created some beautiful Rainbow Fish of our own.

On Thursday it was ‘National Poetry Day’ and to celebrate this, Year 1 wrote some amazing poems about Autumn. To inspire us, we went on an Autumn walk around the school and used our senses to think about what Autumn smells, tastes, feels, looks and sounds like. Year 1 then put their ideas together to create some wonderful sense poems. They included ideas such as “Autumn tastes like toffee apples, smells like bonfires and sounds like crunchy leaves”. Year 1 are going to send their poems to ‘Poetry Patrol’ as part of their ‘National Poetry Day’ competition so that their hard work can be recognised outside of our classroom!

In Science, Year 1 investigated the question ‘Why do birds have beaks?’ To solve this mystery, Year 1 carried out an investigation to determine the relationship between the shape of different bird beaks and the food each bird eats. Year 1 experimented with different beak shapes to find out which beak was the best for picking up a variety of foods. After the experiment, an interesting discussion took place about the different body tools that animals, including humans, have to help them hunt for, gather and eat their food.

Enjoy the weekend and we will see you on Monday! 

Year 1 Autumn 1 Week 4

Date: 28th Sep 2018 @ 4:51pm

                                                                 

Year 1 have had an amazing week filled with so many exciting learning opportunities! In RE, Year 1 learnt that not everyone around the world has a good harvest like we do. In Africa, most people grow and make their own food. African farmers don’t have tractors and other machines that farmers in the UK use. They dig their land by hand using simple hand-held tools. The hot and dry weather makes it hard to work in the fields, and it means the plants sometimes get too dry and die. If farmers have a poor harvest, they may not have enough food for their families, so people are hungry. Year 1 wrote a harvest prayer for African farmers on a piece of paper which they then placed in a plant pot and covered it with soil. Year 1 then planted some seeds in the same pot. We spoke about what the seeds will need in order to thrive and then found a suitably light and warm spot in our classroom. When the seedlings grow, it will remind us that we are ‘harvesting’ our prayers for the farmers of Africa.

In Theme, Year 1 have been learning about Joan Miró who was a Spanish Catalan artist, born in Barcelona. From 1920, Miró painted in a Magical Realist style. He painted carefully, and made things look quite realistic. Some parts of these paintings seem slightly strange or unusual. This creates a feeling that the paintings are magical, or like a dream. Inspired by Miró, Year 1 used simple bold colours, shapes and lines, to create a self-portrait in this surrealist style. Year 1 used oil pastels to create bright and beautiful self-portraits of a very different kind! 

Year 1 ended the week by attending a ‘Macmillan Coffee Morning’ to raise money to go towards the amazing work that the charity does. Year 1 bought some tasty treats and had lots of fun whilst raising money for a great cause.

This week Year 1 learnt about democracy and took part in their own class vote to select representatives for the ‘MADD Committee’ and ‘Kindness Committee’. Children put themselves forward and spoke about why people should vote for them. Year 1 then visited the polling station on Wednesday. They selected two very deserving candidates for each committee and we know that they will do an amazing job representing the class! Well done to everyone who took part!

Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you on Monday!

Year 1 Autumn 1 Week 3

Date: 21st Sep 2018 @ 11:52am

                                                             

Wow, what a fantastic week here in Year 1! On Friday 21st September, as a school, we wore jeans to raise money for ‘Jeans for Genes’. In Collective Worship, we learnt about this important day and why it is recognised across the country. We learnt that ‘Jeans for Genes’ is a charity that is set up to raise money to help children who have a genetic disorder. For example, they provide a grant system, develop resources for schools and fund research for Genetic Disorders UK. After learning about the wonderful things that the charity does, Year 1 had lots of fun designing their own jeans. Year 1 contributed to raising lots of money to support ‘Jeans for Genes’!

Year 1 became scientists this week and began learning about the human body. We enjoyed covering our friends with post-its to label different body parts and we learnt some new vocabulary along the way. We then quizzed ourselves on what we had learnt by labelling a body independently.  

Year 1 have also been working very hard to create a beautiful piece of writing all about what makes them wonderful on the outside and what makes them wonderful on the inside. We used adjectives to describe our wonderful physical features and thought about how we could describe our personalities. The final pieces of descriptive writing are super and Year 1 have enjoyed sharing why they are wonderful with the rest of the class.

Well done for all your hard work this week Year 1! Have a great weekend!

Year 1 Autumn 1 Week 2

Date: 14th Sep 2018 @ 4:34pm

               

It has been a busy and fantastic week here in Year 1! Each day this week, Year 1 have been carrying out random acts of kindness using the kindness cards we made last week. For every time Year 1 are caught being kind, they can put a cube in our ‘Kindness Jar’. Once our kindness jar is full, we will contact Puffin Schools who will certify our classroom as kind. With such a thoughtful and wonderful class, that certainly won’t take us long! We linked our kindness jar with our monthly value in Collective Worship, respect and dignity. We thought about how our random acts of kindness showed respect to those around us and discussed how being respectful isn’t necessarily a random act of kindness as we should always respect those around us for example, by using our manners.

Year 1 have loved continuing to explore ‘We’re All Wonders’ by R.J. Palacio this week. Focusing particularly on the page when Auggie explains that he doesn’t look like other children, we had a discussion about how we all look different so Auggie shouldn’t feel sad about this. To share our differences that make us who we are, Year 1 began drawing their self-portrait. Carefully following a step-by-step guide, Year 1 took their time to draw the shape of their head, position their features and add detail so that it matched their reflection in mirror and the picture they also had of themselves. Year 1 loved being real artists this week and enjoyed looking at how different we all are to each other.

Well done on another wonderful week Year 1! Enjoy a well-deserved rest this weekend and we will see you on Monday! 

 

Year 1 Autumn 1 Week 1

Date: 7th Sep 2018 @ 4:59pm

                                                   

Wow, what an amazing start it has been to Year 1! We really enjoyed our first Collective Worship of the year which focused on new beginnings. We thought about how it feels to begin a new journey and realised that a new beginning won’t stay new and nerve-wracking forever, we just have to be positive and take the time to settle in. We then listened to the story of Zacchaeus who had a change of heart about his unkind behaviour and created his own new beginning to be a better person.

Linking so well to our Collective Worship, Year 1 had an exciting new arrival to the class, Coco the bear. Coco brought with him a book called “We’re All Wonders” by R.J. Palacio. The book is about a little boy called Auggie who knows he doesn’t look ordinary and although he does ordinary things, he still feels like he doesn’t fit in. Auggie realises that it’s not just him who is different because everyone in the world is different- they just need to see it! The book teaches us a really important message that we are using as our new school motto for the year, “CHOOSE KIND!” We have made connections between the story and our school values and have been able to identify each value within the story.  From reading this story, Year 1 realised just how important it is to be kind to others and recognise them for all their wonderful attributes because they are what make us a wonder! Taking part in lots of activities based on this story, Year 1 have been busy turning themselves into superheroes, sharing what makes them a wonder, writing about the wonderful things that they do and recreating scenes from the story.

 

Please find below the spellings for this week. We use the flip-learning approach to spellings which means that the children have the choice to begin learning these spellings over the weekend. On Monday we will have our weekly spelling session to learn these spellings in preparation for a quiz on Thursday. This will happen every week. Please note, reading books will be sent home next week.

 

  1. Jump
  2. Tent
  3. Nest
  4. Wind
  5. Me
  6. Went

 

The first week back has been a pleasure and we look forward to seeing what amazing learning and experiences this year will bring!

Well done on all of your hard work this week Year 1! We can’t wait to see you on Monday! Have a brilliant weekend!