Year 1 Blog

Thursday 19th April 2018
Welcome back and what a lovely few days we have had so far! 
In year 1 today, we spent some of the afternoon practising our throwing. We practised using good technique for underarm throwing and catching, before being challenged to see who could throw overarm the furthest! Its a lot of fun and the children enjoyed being out in the sunshine for a little while. 
Please ensure that you're child has suitable outdoor P.E. clothing for the summer term, such as: t-shirt, shorts and trainers. 
Friday 9th March 2018
The children showed off their subtraction skills today in maths.
They counted out their rocket fuel and then squished the amount that the rocket needed, before writing how many they had left. They had a lot of fun with the squishing part!
Great learning today, Year 1!
Friday 23rd February 2018
The children in 1JC did a wonderful job presenting their 'Five Little Senses' journey to the school and parents in their class assembly today! Thank you to all of the parents that could make it in to see them, the children were so proud that such a big crowd came to support them! 
The children talked all about the poem and how we came up with adjectives, linked in to our IPC 'Super Humans' topic. Some of the children then shared an innovated line from their poem, demonstrating the creativity in their writing!
Well done, 1JC!
Tuesday 20th February 2018
Welcome to the 'Time Travelers'!
In Year 1 this term, we will be starting our new topic 'Time Travellers'. For our entry point to this topic we have been transported back to different eras, including; ancient Egypt, World War II and the Moon landing. 
The children had a lot of fun learning about the ancient Egyptians and building paper pyramids. We then moved onto looking at the types of foods that were rationed in World War II and building paper aeroplanes. Finally we coloured in our very own space helmets, making them as colourful as we could! 
The children were also wowed by the old newspaper clippings Mrs Taylor shared with both classes, including some from different times of the 20th century! 
Monday 19th February 2018
In English this week, we have begun our new topic - 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy. We will be retelling and story mapping the original story before innovating it to create our own 'Whatever Next' narratives! 
Watch this space for updates on how we are getting on! 
Tuesday 6th February 2018
This afternoon in Year 1, we had our exit point for our 'Super Humans' topic. 
We created healthy flapjacks using: milk, banana, oats, cinnamon and raisins. The children helped to make the mixture in groups; mashing, stirring, pouring and sprinkling the ingredients into the bowls. We then baked the mixture in the oven to create our delicious, healthy snacks.
Take a look at some of the children having a go at baking!
Tuesday 6th February 2018
Throughout Shirley School today, we have been following Internet Safety Day as part of our Safety week theme. 
In Year 1, we looked at creating our 'digital footprints' using pictures of apps that we like to use at home, to begin to show our likes and dislikes when we use the internet. Following on from this, we focused on using the internet safely whilst using tablets or computers and what to do, or who to ask, if we need help or see something that we are not sure about. To help us make the right decision in these situations, we learnt a new song from Smartie the Penguin. 
Ask your children all about our new song and what to do, if we need help using the internet. 
Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Today in our Super Humans topic, we have been learning all about how we hear things. We explored the memories our brain makes when storing information about sound by listening to a part of a well known lullaby. The children were quick to understand that our brain stores sounds as memories in the same way we can recall pictures in our heads!
We then learnt more about the inner ear and all of the different parts, thinking about the ear drum and the bones that help to pass the messages to our brains. 
Finally we played listening bingo, where we hear different sounds and crossed them off our boards! Have a look at the pictures below. Can your children use their memories to share some of the sounds they heard?
Friday 19th January 2018
It's science day!! 
Today in Year 1, we focused our science day learning around our topic, Super Humans.
Unfortunately, our experiment using bread didn't work out as well as we would like, so instead we looked at how germs are spread and the importance of washing our hands. We conducted an experiment using glitter, and looked at how easily the glitter (germs) spread to our other hand when we held them together and how the glitter managed to get onto the tables and carpet. We discussed how we could help inform the school about how important hand washing is and we decided to create posters for corridors. Have a look at some of the children's brilliant work below. 
We then moved our focus onto healthy eating. In our classes, we talked about what makes a balanced diet and how what we eat will affect our energy levels. The children used this information to create healthy lunchboxes, choosing between healthy and more unhealthy food items. 
We've had a fantastic day and we look forward to sharing what we have done, at home!
Wednesday 17th January 2018
We have had a fantastic time at the North Cambridge Academy Multi-sports morning, run by the young Sports Leaders. The children really enjoyed the activities being run and had a healthy start to their day.
Ask your children all about it and have a look at some of the pictures below!
Friday 12th January 2018
We had lots of fun today exploring different fruits as part of our 'Handa's Surprise' English topic. The children came up with some excellent adjectives to describe the fruit and we look forward to seeing some of these used in their innovated stories later on in the topic! 
The fruits we got to explore were: 
  • Mango
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Lime 
  • Passion fruit
The children really enjoyed squeezing the fruit to use their sense of touch before smelling it and having a taste! 
Wednesday 10th January 2018
Today Year 1 set up an experiment using slices of bread to show how unwashed hands can affect the spread of germs. 
The children passed one slice around without washing their hands. We then rubbed one slice on a table and touched one with freshly washed hands. Finally we put one in the bag as a control. 
The children hope to see how the bread deteriorates over the next week and which bread will show the most mould. We look forward to seeing how the experiment has gone during out Science day next Friday!

Thursday 4th January 2018

Happy New Year and welcome back to Year 1!


We have had an exciting first day back this term, introducing our new topic ‘Super Humans’. In this topic we will be learning about our different senses and how to stay healthy.


For our entry point into this topic, we explored the use of four of our five senses, as the children have explained below.

“We used our hearing in the playground. I heard birds and planes and the wind was very noisy!”

“We used our sight to see the different colours in the playground. And we looked at the pictures of food to help us write our (healthy) shopping lists.”

“We used our touch to feel squishy, gooey spaghetti. We used our touch to feel soft wet bouncy water balls. We touched the gloves with baked beans in.”

“We used our smell to smell the play dough. I liked the chocolate flavoured one.”


Take a look at the pictures and video to see all of the activities we explored today and ask your children all about it!

28th November 2017
The children had lots of fun developing their understanding of halves. We started with shapes, marking the half way line, and then we cut out and folded the shapes to see if both sides were the same. Later in our next lesson we worked on halving numbers.
28th November 2017
Being outdoors is inspiring our writing! Forest School allows the children to imagine the fantastic and write stories about what ever they like. They love to sit in the log circle and dream of Princes and Princesses.  
28th November 2017
We have been enjoying our Forest Learning. In out last session we made hand prints and added a leaf frame. Making the most of the last autumn leaves! Then the flour we used turned into a writing medium and we enjoyed forming our names.
Monday 30th October 2017
This week in English the children will be looking at Firework poems in the build up to Bonfire night on Sunday. In today's lesson we looked at the poem 'Fireworks' by Jennifer Jenkins and had a go at reading and acting out the poem in groups. 
Have a listen to the children reading the poem in the video below!
Friday 22nd September 2017
During Forest Schools we have been learning about Autumn and the changes in the seasons. (Knowing the months of the year and the seasons is great for maths too!) As part of this we have had lots of fun making Leaf Monsters. Take a look below and see our scary creatures!
Wednesday 13th September
RLJ children were very excited to have a visit from Mrs Joyce this afternoon. She brought in a 15 day-old Evalyn and the children enjoyed sharing news with her after their summer holidays!
Tuesday 12th September
As the introduction to our new IPC topic, we have had a great time looking at buildings and then creating our own. See if you can identify the types of buildings we made from the pictures above. 
We have been asking the children to think of questions about buildings that they would like to know more about. Can your children share any questions with you, or can you take a walk in your local environment and look in more detail at the types of houses around you.
Many thanks for all of the junk modelling provided!! We continue to use junk modelling throughout the year, so please feel free to bring in any clean recyclable materials.