Year 1: Blog items

Summer 2 Week 7

Date: 21st Jul 2017 @ 2:58pm

                                                                 

What an amazing end to the most fantastic year here in Year 1! We began our final week by blowing everyone away with the Year 1 and 2 performance of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. All involved acted and sang their hearts out making it a truly spectacular show.

The week continued to be filled with many more fantastic experiences such as our own mini sports day and smoothie making!

Myself and Mrs Hall would like to take this opportunity to thank every single one of the children for making this year so special. It has truly been wonderful to teach a class of such amazing, talented and enthusiastic children. We wish each and every one of them luck as they continue on their learning journey in Year 2. We will miss them all so much and we know that they will achieve great things.

Thank you to everyone for our well wishes and lovely gifts. We really appreciate your kind words and we hope you have a brilliant summer!

Continue to shine Year 1, it’s been an absolute pleasure!

Summer 2 Week 6

Date: 14th Jul 2017 @ 2:55pm

                                                                 

It has been a fantastic week here in Year 1! We have been busy practising our pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ which we are extremely excited to perform next week!

We have started our DT project and become drink designers! We have carried out some market research and tasted the healthy drinks already on the shelves. We then designed our own healthy drinks using our research and we will be making them next week.

In Collective Worship we listened to the story of ‘Jonah and the Whale’ and discussed how this linked to our monthly value of ‘Service’. We understood that Jonah was rewarded for following God’s example and spoke about how he showed this through his actions. We made whales with Jonah inside its tummy for our Collective Worship scrapbook to remind ourselves of the story and the importance of following God.

Have a lovely weekend Year 1!

Summer 2 Week 5

Date: 7th Jul 2017 @ 3:56pm

                                                                                               

Wow, what a week! On Monday, we went on a wonderful trip to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester. In the morning we took part in a workshop about the seasons and as part of this we used Lego to make scenes from a story which we then shared with the rest of the class. We then spent the rest of the day exploring LEGOLAND. We saved the princess from the evil dragon on ‘Kingdom Quest’, drove police cars around the Lego forest, toured the Lego factory, built Lego cars and tested them on huge ramps and had the most amazing 4D cinema experience. It was most definitely a day to remember and a fantastic learning experience!

A new month means a new value in Collective Worship and this month it’s ‘Service’. This week we drew around our feet and wrote on them ways we can follow in Jesus’ footsteps. There were lots of brilliant ideas like being kind, saying nice things and sharing with our brothers and sisters. We then decorated the feet with bright colours and pictures.

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

Summer 2 Week 4

Date: 30th Jun 2017 @ 4:27pm

                                                                                     

We have had a wonderful week here in Year 1 and have been very busy doing lots of exciting things. On Wednesday we were extremely lucky to be invited to the Liverpool Philharmonic to see the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra perform as part of the story “Harper and the Scarlett Umbrella” by Cerrie Burnell. It was amazing to see the orchestra play some beautiful pieces of music and we were all in awe of their amazing talent!

In RE we have been learning about the baptism of Jesus. We made moving pictures to create a scene from Jesus’ baptism when both he and John the Baptist were in the water. We enjoyed listening to the story and recreating it in an exciting way.

Please don’t forget that the Scholastic Book Fair will be in school from Tuesday 4th July until Friday 7th. There will be lots of fantastic books with something for everyone!

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

Summer 2 Week 3

Date: 23rd Jun 2017 @ 4:39pm

                                                                                     

It has certainly been a week to remember here in Year 1! We were extremely lucky to work with a very talented pastry chef, Daniela Tucci, from The Art School Restaurant in Liverpool as part of our Theme topic about food. Year 1 were so keen to ask Daniela lots of questions about what she does and loved finding out about the amazing desserts she has made and her favourite parts of her job. We then had the fantastic opportunity to work with her in the kitchen to make a lemon cheesecake with a berry topping. Year 1 followed Daniela’s instructions to carry out all of the cooking processes themselves and they created some truly wonderful cheesecakes that tasted incredible. We learnt so much from Daniela’s visit and feel extremely privileged to have worked with such a talented chef.

In Collective Worship we have been thinking about our friends as flowers in the garden of life. Year 1 understand how important friends are and know that they should be looked after and treated with care just like flowers. To illustrate this important message, we spent time beautifully decorating paper flowers which are on display in our classroom.

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

Summer 2 Week 2

Date: 16th Jun 2017 @ 5:03pm

                                             

What a fantastic week in Year 1! We have been very busy in Collective Worship as our new monthly value of friendship has begun! We had lots of brilliant discussions about what a good friend is and thought about when we have been a good friend to someone else. Year 1 were confident that they had the key to a good friend and decorated giant keys with ways to be a good friend and lots of beautiful colours!

On Thursday we took part in Save the Children Den Day. With our Year 2 buddies, we learnt all about the importance of shelter and built our own dens. The dens that Year 1 and 2 made were brilliant and we had lots of fun spending time and playing in our dens. We really enjoyed the day but more importantly, we raised lots of money for Save the Children.  

Have a wonderful weekend Year 1, see you on Monday!

Summer 2 Week 1

Date: 9th Jun 2017 @ 4:28pm

                                             

It has been the most wonderful start to our new half term in Year 1! In Collective Worship we have been thinking about the question “What is love?” We had a brilliant discussion about all the ways that we can show love and spoke about when we have shown love. We then made some beautiful heart mobiles that are now hanging from the ceiling in our classroom. Each of the carefully decorated hearts remind us how we can show love.

In maths this week we have had so much fun going on a scavenger hunt to search for 3D shapes in our classroom and playground. Using our excellent knowledge of shapes, we went on the hunt to collect and group objects that were different 3D shapes. Year 1 did a brilliant job and found lots of cubes in the form of building blocks, boxes and dice and cylinders in the form of pens, glue sticks and water bottles.

Well done on super first week back Year 1! Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday!

Summer 1 Week 6

Date: 26th May 2017 @ 4:17pm

                                                           

Wow! What a brilliant end to our half term! We’ve had a historian come to visit, made our own version of elderflower and fruit jelly, carried out a science experiment, made courage trees, made a class jigsaw AND performed in TSP’s Got Talent!

Performing in the talent show was a wonderful way to end our half term and Year 1 did an amazing job. They sung so beautifully and our mini acts amazed the crowd with their incredible talent. They should all be very proud of themselves!

In Collective Worship this week, we have been thinking some more about how we can show courage. We created our own courage trees and wrote on apples how we can show courage. We had lots of ideas like facing your fears and trying something new. The trees looked lovely and were a true reflection of what it means to be courageous.

As always, this half term has been a pleasure and Year 1 have worked so hard. Have the most fantastic half term and a well-deserved rest! See you on the 5th June!

Summer 1 Week 5

Date: 19th May 2017 @ 4:55pm

                                             

It has been another brilliant week here in year 1 full of lots of exciting learning. We had a real treat on Friday when each of the groups performed their part of “Chocolate Cake” by Michael Rosen. The children, or should I say actors and actresses, were incredible and put their heart and soul into their performances. They were very dramatic and put some brilliant actions and expressions to the words of the poem. We all enjoyed visiting the Year 1 theatre to watch our friends perform and they most certainly delivered!

In RE this week, we have started our new topic, “Why is baptism special?” The children brought in pictures and memorabilia from their baptism and they shared their own experiences. It was lovely to listen to the stories everyone had to tell and we especially enjoyed looking at the pictures of our friends on their special day. We had a variety of photographs, candles, outfits, invitations and gifts to look at and discuss.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and we will see you on Monday!

Summer 1 Week 4

Date: 12th May 2017 @ 4:31pm

                                                                                     

What a fantastic week here in Year 1!

In RE this week we have been thinking about what a Saint is. We learnt about the life of St. Peter and made a comic strip to illustrate the main events in his life. This helped us to recognise why St. Peter became a Saint and helped us to understand what a Saint is. We linked the events in St. Peter’s life to our school values for example our value “Serve” was reflected in St. Peter’s actions when he became a disciple of Jesus.

In addition to this, we began the week learning all about performance poetry and we had so much fun watching Michael Rosen perform his poem, “Chocolate Cake”. We then practised measuring capacity in maths by making a summery fruit drink which we enjoyed drinking outside as a class. We have been enjoying a variety of talent show auditions in preparation for TSP’s Got Talent and now our final contestants have been chosen and we are sure that they will make us proud in the final show! And finally, to end a busy week, we went on another school safari but this time, to collect invertebrates so that we could compare them to us, as humans!

As you can see, we just haven’t stopped this week and what fun we have had! Enjoy a relaxing weekend Year 1 and we will see you on Monday!

Summer 1 Week 3

Date: 5th May 2017 @ 4:49pm

                                                                                                          

It has been another busy but extremely fun week here in Year 1! A highlight of the week was definitely when we went on a school safari to find invertebrates. We learnt that invertebrates are animals that don’t have a backbone like jellyfish, spiders and worms. We gathered our equipment, made sure that we knew how to catch them safely and then set off on our adventure. We caught so many invertebrates including slugs, woodlice, beetles and ladybirds. We used our magnifying glasses and pots to closely observe the living things and it helped us to learn so much about them!

As our new month of May has begun, so has our new monthly value of “Courage”. We have been thinking a lot about what it means to be courageous and linked it to our school value of “hope” as showing courage requires us to show resilience too. We have to show courage when faced with challenges in our learning and in Year 1, we all definitely do just that!

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

Summer 1 Week 2

Date: 28th Apr 2017 @ 4:38pm

                                                           

What an exciting week in Year 1! This week we began our new Theme topic “How has food changed over time?” As part of this, we became food critics and learnt all about writing a food review. We have started to gather information for writing our own food reviews and sampled some tasty and not so tasty foods from around the world! We had lots of fun trying new flavours and recorded our opinions like real food researchers.

In Collective Worship, we have continued to think about trust. We watched a video of the story “Jesus Walks on the Water” and thought about how this linked to our monthly value. We made paper boats and on them we wrote “We trust in Jesus” to remind ourselves of the importance of trusting in others.

Have a lovely long weekend and we will see you Tuesday!

Summer 1 Week 1

Date: 21st Apr 2017 @ 5:05pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome back Year 1! Our brand new term could not have got off to a better start and it has been so wonderful to see everyone’s smiling faces as they returned from their Spring Break!

This week we have read “We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. The book illustrates each of the 30 Human Rights through beautiful pictures. As a class, we focused on Article 27, “We all have the right to our own way of life, and to enjoy the good things that science and learning bring.” We learnt about different ways of life for children around the world for example a child in the Kayapo Tribe and Inuit children. To help us develop our understanding, we wrote diary entries as if we were a child in the Kayapo Tribe. We then painted some beautiful pictures to compare two different ways of life. In a window frame we painted a picture of a child with a completely different way of life to us and in a mirror frame we painted a picture of ourselves doing something that we love. The window opened out into a different way of life whereas the mirror reflected something that we were familiar with. The work produced from this topic has been beautiful and something that the children should be very proud of!

A new month means a new value and April’s value is “trust”. We had a discussion about what it means to trust someone or be trustworthy and we came up with lots of ideas. We then created pictures to represent our ideas of trust. There were lots of different interpretations such as being able to give someone something to look after or allowing someone to help us when we’re hurt.

Well done for such a brilliant start to our Summer Term. We can’t wait to see what this term brings. See you on Monday!

Spring 2 Week 6

Date: 31st Mar 2017 @ 5:08pm

                                                                                                          

It has been the most wonderful end to an even more wonderful Spring Term here in Year 1. This week we have been getting into the Easter spirit and have enjoyed our Easter church service, making Easter cards and taking part in an Easter egg hunt! We ended the week by baking some Easter treats and had so much fun mixing lots of tasty ingredients to make delicious cakes and chocolate nests.

In keeping with the Easter theme, in RE we painted some stunning pictures to show how Easter represents new life. On one side of our painting we used dark and dull colours to represent Jesus’ crucifixion. On the other side, we used beautiful bright colours and drew on our own symbols to represent Easter as a new beginning. We learnt how Christians believe that Easter is a new beginning because Easter Sunday is the day that Jesus rose again. Our pictures captured this special day and the emotions and significance of this.

Thank you for another amazing term in Year 1 and we look forward to seeing you refreshed on 18th April. Have a great Spring Break and get lots of rest- you deserve it after all of your hard work!

Spring 2 Week 5

Date: 24th Mar 2017 @ 4:55pm

                                                                  

We have had a fantastic week here in Year 1! We have been busy celebrating “Red Nose Day” today and have enjoyed lots of red artwork like making red superheroes and designing our own red noses.

Our creativity was put to good use as soon as we began our week when made our very own rain gauges as part of our Theme and English lessons. We wrote a set of instructions to explain how a rain gauge can be made and we had lots of fun having a go ourselves. We placed our rain gauges in our Year 1 playground and they are doing a great job at catching and measuring the rain.

In RE this week, we have been learning all about the Easter Story and to help us retell the story, we made our own Easter wreaths. The wreaths display the events that occurred leading up to the resurrection of Jesus. We stuck pictures onto the wreaths to illustrate each of the significant events and they are now beautifully displayed in our classroom.

Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Spring 2 Week 4

Date: 17th Mar 2017 @ 5:53pm

                                                            

It has been such a great week here in Year 1! We have celebrated British Science Week by carrying out some exciting experiments as a class. We tested flowers to see what would happen to them if they were put in coloured water and enjoyed observing the change in colour as the days went by. We also watched a balloon inflate without even a huff or a puff from us when we added popping candy to a bottle of fizzy pop! When fastened onto the top of the bottle, the popping candy fell into the liquid and the balloon inflated all by itself! It was amazing!

 

In Collective Worship we have been continuing to think about forgiveness. We thought of a time that we wanted God to forgive us and we wrote our own forgiveness prayers. We wrote our prayers inside paper hugs and we folded the arms across the prayer to remind us that we can show forgiveness with a hug!

 

Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Spring 2 Week 2

Date: 3rd Mar 2017 @ 4:42pm

                                                                                     

What a brilliant week we have had in Year 1!

February’s monthly value came to an end this week so we brought it to a close by making our own “Book of Love” in Collective Worship. We filled our books with writing about the things that we love and we drew some beautiful pictures inside as well. We put lots of thought and care into our books and included many different things including people, places and food!

We were very excited to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday and had a fun-filled day of activities. We focussed on the story of “Freddie and the Fairy” by Julia Donaldson and Karen George. The story taught us how we should treat everyone as equals and make sure that we communicate in a way that allows everyone to join in. We shared our own thoughts about how we can include everyone, no matter what, and made our own fairies, holding a scroll displaying the golden rules of communication. We had a very funny visit from Bessie-Belle, the fairy from the story herself! She answered all of our questions about how she felt when the little boy didn’t understand her but told us how easy it was to teach him how to communicate with her. We really know how important it is to treat everyone equally and how we should always consider people’s feelings.

Well done for another wonderful week Year 1! See you on Monday.

Spring 2 Week 1

Date: 24th Feb 2017 @ 5:24pm

                                                            

What an exciting way to start the new half term!

We have been learning all about the story of “When Jesus Turns Water into Wine” as part of our RE lesson this week. We looked at some beautiful paintings that artists had created to tell the story of the miracle. We noticed that in all of the paintings, the water jugs that Jesus poured the wine from were visible. We had lots of fun making our own water jugs out of salt dough and can't wait to paint and decorate them.

Later on in the week, Miss Morris showed us a message in a bottle that she had found on the beach last week. The message was from someone who had been marooned on a desert island for six months and they needed help to decide what materials would be best to make a raft from. We had some super scientific discussions as a class and made a list of materials that could be used. We then made our own mini rafts and tested them in water to see if they sunk or floated. Lots of the rafts floated and some of them could even carry the weight of lots of cubes! A job well done Year 1!

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

Spring 1 Week 6

Date: 10th Feb 2017 @ 5:27pm

                                                          

It has been a wonderful last week of Spring 1 in Year 1!

 

We had a great day on Tuesday learning all about “Safer Internet Day”. We learnt about how Smartie the penguin stayed safe when using the internet and learnt a song to go with this. We then made some beautiful posters to share the message about being safe on the internet.

 

Our new monthly value of “love” began this week and we have been thinking about all of the special people in our lives who we love. We had lots of fun making heart shaped biscuits for our loved ones as part of our Collective Worship lesson.

 

Thank you for your hard work this half term and we look forward to seeing you all refreshed and full of energy at the beginning of Spring 2!   

Spring 1 Week 5

Date: 3rd Feb 2017 @ 5:21pm

                                                          

It has been a wonderful and very busy week here in Year 1!

In this week’s RE lesson, we have been thinking about how bible stories teach us that Jesus is special. We read the story “The Stilling of the Storm” in which Jesus calms a huge storm that breaks out whilst he is crossing the Sea of Galilee with his disciples. This story showed us the power that Jesus has and how this makes him special. He expected his disciples to have faith in him just as he expects us to.

We were extremely lucky to have our very own pop-up museum in school this week as part of our Theme topic. We have lots of lovely resources from the 1950s and 1960s that we were able to have a look at and handle. We worked with our buddies in Year 2 to explore our classroom museum filled with old toys, clothes, books, postcards and lots more. We found it very interesting to get hands-on with items that our grandparents might have had during their childhood.

Well done on another great week in Year 1! Have a super weekend!  

Spring 1 Week 4

Date: 27th Jan 2017 @ 3:55pm

                                                                                         

It has been such a fantastic week in Year 1! We have been very busy experiencing a 1950s school afternoon and receiving a visit from the professor in “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”.

We ended the week by making a giant Chinese dragon to celebrate Chinese New Year. We used cardboard boxes to make the head and a huge piece of material to make the body. We then used beautiful, bright colours to decorate it. It looked amazing and we couldn’t wait to show the rest of the school what we had created!

In RE this week, we learnt about the story “The Miraculous Catch of Fish”. We thought about what Jesus meant when he said “I will make you fishers of men” and discussed what Jesus would deem a “good catch” for his disciples. We thought that Jesus would have wanted men who were honest, caring and helpful rather than greedy, unkind and selfish. We wrote words that represented a “good catch” onto fish and the words that were not so positive onto pieces of rubbish. We stuck these objects onto an image of the ocean and made fishing rods to go with our catches.

Well done on another great week in Year 1. Have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday!  

Spring 1 Week 3

Date: 20th Jan 2017 @ 5:15pm

                                                                                            

It has been another fantastic week in Year 1!

This week we have continued to think about humility and how we can be humble. We created some beautiful prayer jars asking God to help us to stay humble and to make good choices. We decorated the jars with bright colours and pictures.

We received an exciting a letter from the National Polar Adventurers' Society this week, asking us to carry out a special task. The society had sent us a USB containing some rare footage of some polar animals. It was our job to find out about what they eat and if it was safe for the adventurers to be near to them. We learnt the special scientific vocabulary, herbivore, omnivore and carnivore, whilst learning about these animals. Lots of the polar animals are carnivores and like to eat fish and other seafood. The Arctic Hare however is a herbivore and eats woody plants.

Have a relaxing weekend after another busy week and we will see you on Monday!

Spring 1 Week 2

Date: 13th Jan 2017 @ 4:38pm

                                                                               

It has been a busy week in Year 1 during which we have been polar adventurers, poets and gymnasts! To add to the excitement we became photographers in our computing lesson. We learnt about the important buttons on a digital camera and how we could make our photographs more interesting by changing the angle of the camera or zooming in and out. We had lots of fun doing this and took some excellent photos which you can see above! 

We began learning about our new monthly value of "humility" this week. We understand that humility means to be humble and therefore respectful towards others. We shared this message through a drawing of a person which we then labelled with traits that make them humble. These included owning up to doing something wrong and saying sorry to others. 

Well done for all of your hard work this week! Have a lovely weekend! 

Spring 1 Week 1

Date: 6th Jan 2017 @ 4:33pm

                                         

Welcome back Year 1!

This week has been a lovely start to our new Spring term and we have begun some exciting topics. This includes our Theme topic, “What was life like for our grandparents when they were children?” As part of this, we hosted a coffee morning and invited our grandparents to share their childhood memories with us. We were very interested to learn how different it was for them when they were children. We created questionnaires for them to complete and asked them about their clothes, toys, houses and lots more. It was a great start to our topic and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone that came along to support us!

In Collective Worship this week, we have been learning about The Epiphany and the significance of 6th January. We made connections between the actions of the Three Wise Men and our new monthly value of humility. The Wise Men endured a long journey to visit Jesus and they brought gifts suitable for a king. To mark this special occasion, we made our own crowns and decorated them with sparkling jewels!

A quick note to say that our new PE days are Thursday and Friday.

Thank you for a great start to the term Year 1. Have a lovely weekend!

Autumn 2 Week 7

Date: 16th Dec 2016 @ 2:34pm

                                                         

This week has been the most wonderful way to end our first term in Year 1!

We have enjoyed lots of festive activities including baking, arts and crafts and singing Christmas songs. We have had lots of fun writing Christmas cards to our loved ones and using our mathematical skills to solve some Christmas puzzles. 

In keeping with our Theme topic of 'Local Heroes', we had a special visit from a member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to share what they do through a wonderful Christmas story about Father Christmas needing to be rescued from the sea. 

In Collective Worship this week, we read "The true Meaning of Christmas" and explored the real meanings behind the well-known Christmas symbols. We made some beautiful pictures of the symbols and wrote their true meanings next to them for our scrapbook. 

The teachers in Year 1 would like to say a great big thank you to everyone for your kind gifts and Christmas wishes. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you in January!