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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!  

 

Welcome to Year 1

Date: 2nd Sep 2018 @ 10:04am

Miss Morris would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 1! 

During the Autumn term, PE lessons will take place on Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. Children must have both their indoor and outdoor school PE kits with them on these days. 

Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break time. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack - e.g. fruit, vegetables. 

Bottles of water with a sports cap lid are also encouraged so the children can have a drink of water as and when they need it throughout the day.

Please see the PowerPoint below for all additional information to ensure your child has the best start to Year 1.

I am so excited to see you all tomorrow and I look forward to seeing what wonderful things the new year brings!

Thank you

Miss Morris