Year 1 BLOG 23-24
Starting Year 1
We have been enjoying exploring our new classrooms! In English lessons, we are using the book 'The Tiger who Came to Tea' to inspire our writing. We have been developing our understanding of number and place value in maths lessons. We have also got stuck in to our foundation subject topics about our amazing bodies, landscape paintings and weather and climate.
Year 1 BLOG 22-23
This week, the children have been learning what the environment is and how we can look after it. We have explored the problem of plastic with our story 'Someone swallowed Stanley'. In our classes we worked together to make an art project to get everyone thinking about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling plastic. We also really enjoyed learning about how important bees are for plants, animals and our food. We have made posters and bees to help us spread the word to save our bees! We have been very active listeners this week and have asked lots of thought provoking questions.
International Week - Swifts
This week, we have been learning all about France!
We started off the week with a trip to a Parisian Café. We tried a range of French foods including pain au chocolat, croissants, camembert, baguette and madeleines. We took a vote as a class and decided that our favourite food was....madeleines! We also brushed up our knowledge of body parts and practiced singing heads, shoulders, knees and toes in French.
On Tuesday, we conducted research into pointillism and the French artist Georges Seurat. We really enjoyed learning about Georges Seurat and were inspired to create some French flags. We also collaborated to paint the Eiffel Tower!
On Wednesday, we learnt all about the Tour de France! Many of us not heard of the Tour de France so we enjoyed learning about the history of the event. We imagined what it would be like to cycle over 3000km in 3 weeks and loved watching Bradley Wiggins (the first British rider to win the Tour de France) cross the finish line on the Champs Elysees.
On Thursday, we really enjoyed learning the names of animals in French and used our super knowledge to help us sing 'Les Animaux'. We read 'A walk in Paris' which transported our class to the French capital city. We greatly enjoyed our 'trip' to Paris and wrote postcards to Mr Cattermole about our adventure!
We marked the end of international week with our class assembly which was all about France! We worked really hard throughout the week to become 'French experts' and confidently showed our super learning to the rest of the school. In the afternoon, we visited pre-school and learnt about Bangladesh. We really enjoyed learning some Bengali words and seeing some traditional outfits!
International Week - Robins
This week we have been learning all about Brazil! Mrs Muffato has been teaching us about life in Brazil and how to speak Portuguese. We have learnt how different places in Brazil celebrate carnivals in different ways. We had a go at making masks and dancing with them on as if we were at a carnival. We also learnt about how important the Amazon Rainforest is. We read a legend about a magical creature, called Curupira, who takes care of the wildlife in Brazil. We thought about what messages we could take away from this folklore story. We enjoyed exploring artwork by Tarsila do Amaral. We were inspired to create our own paintings of rainforests and we created a whole class piece of art, inspired by Tarsila's painting 'Workers'. On one day, we created postcards, imaging we had been on holiday to Brazil this week - it feels like we have! On the last day, we shared our learning with nursery and had a go at being little teachers with our Brazil museum in our classroom. In the afternoon, we even got to taste some Brazilian Carrot, kindly made by Mrs Muffato.
The Beauty of Flowers
This term, the children have been learning about William Morris and the process of print making. We have been discussing his different wallpaper designs, explaining why we like or dislike certain patterns. Like Morris, we drew inspiration from nature and had a go at making our own prints inspired by the wallpaper designs.
This week, Year 1 have been focusing on British values. We explored the idea of responsibility through the story of The Boy Who cried Wolf and the children were fantastic at explaining what general message they could take from the story. We also discussed the values of liberty, tolerance and respect when hearing the story 'The Only Way is Badger'. The children also made some great links between the five British values and our Shirley School rules.
On the final day of Diversity week, we explored the value of rule of law. We talked about why rules are important in balance with the British value of Liberty. They had a go at creating their own set of rules for playtime. During Golden time, the children also realised they already understood what democracy is as we already vote for certain things in our classrooms.
Robins Class Assembly
Robins were fantastic at sharing their learning today in assembly. Shirley School were very impressed with how well they performed their songs and said their part so clearly to the audience. Well done Robins!
Here are Swift's and Robin's story maps! Please use them over the weekend to practice retelling your story.
During Science Week, the children have planned an investigation to find out what part of a plant grows first. We all made our own hypothesis and have planted beans this afternoon. We chose transparent cups so we can observe the roots growing, as well as the other parts of the plant. We are going to observe our plants each day and track how the different parts of our bean plants grow!
World Book Day
Today the children enjoyed dressing up and telling each other about their favourite characters. Shirely School enjoyed reading The Wizard of Oz and Year 1 spent time thinking about the power of reading and our imaginations. We also spent the day being very creative, making reading posters and decorating our classroom doors to look like our class' favourite books.
Over the week, we have been learning how to keep ourselves safe online. We looked at a story called 'Hanni and the Magic Window' and discussed who we can go to if something online makes us feel uncomfortable. We also talked about our in person and online identities and learnt about different ways we can stay safe online.
Art inspired by Henri Rousseau's paintings
We have all been very observant artists this half term! We have explored different patterns, complementary colours and different shapes to create some fantastic jungle collages inspired by Rousseau's paintings.
Fire service visit
The fire service visited Shirley today! Fire fighters showed the children what equipment they use and some of us even got to try it on. We all explored a fire engine and had a go at sitting in the back seat. Year 1 did a fantastic job of listening to our visitors and asked lots of interesting questions.
Alien Crash Landing
Today, Year 1 investigated a space craft that had crash landed in the playground. They used their knowledge of the 5 'W's to ask questions about the mysterious event.
During the week, the children discussed what bullying is and how we can reach out to stop it. We created our own support networks so we know who we can go to if we need help or someone to talk to.
Trip to Wicken Fen
Today the children went on an incredible trip to Wicken Fen Nature Reserve where they engaged in a range of activities such as pond dipping, classifying animals they found, exploring nature and identifying minibeasts.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
We have been looking at the book 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' in our English lessons. We have been doing a fantastic job of retelling the story and even innovating it. The children have been very creative, working together to think of adjectives to describe the tiger. We even had a mischievous tiger visit our classrooms!
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Dinosaurs and all that rubbish
We have been looking at a story called "Dinosaurs and all that rubbish". The story is about a man who flies to a different planet because he doesn't like living on Earth but when he returns to Earth, the dinosaurs have transformed it so that the man doesn't even recognise it. We practised writing on different planets and stars. We even wrote on party hats and had a party on the last day when the boy and the dinosaurs made friends.
Today in Year 1 we had a Design and Technology day. Our challenge was to design a bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff to cross safely and avoid the troll! We learned about structure, strength and stability. We used different techniques to make our bridges stronger: folding, joining and rolling. Look at the pictures to see our bridges!
In PE this week we were looking at how to jump safely. We learned how to bend our knees before jumping and how to land successfully. We tried jumping in and out of hoops to perfect our techniques and had a lot of fun!
The Odd Egg
This week in English we have been looking at the story of 'The Odd Egg'. We designed our own eggs using crayons, paint and glitter based on the story then we wrote sentences to describe our eggs! Pictures will be coming soon....
WORLD BOOK DAY
We had lots of fun dressing up as our favourite characters this week for World Book Day. We will show you our costumes in our class assembly!
This week we were celebrating Science Week. We did lots of different activities related to our topic of 'Materials'. We learned about different materials and their properties and we had a go at sorting and describing objects based on their materials.
This week in our Forest School session we were looking at the details on a leaf. We went out into the forest to find some interesting leaves and then imprinted them onto playdough to see the veins.
Equality and Diversity Week
Our last week of this half term presented us with exciting opportunity to learn about Equality and Diversity. In Year 1 we asked the question “What is Diversity?” and spent the week learning what this truly means in its many different aspects.
We started by exploring the meaning of the word “Diversity” through a great story called “Acceptance is My Superpower.” This rhyming story presented our key message for the week:
“To accept each other’s differences is called DIVERSITY. It means we must treat everyone with respect and courtesy.”
Through stories and activities we spent some time learning about our different physical appearances such as hair, eye, and skin colour.
Then we moved onto exploring the idea that regardless of our differences of gender we should be able to make free choices about, for example, the types of toys, colours, activities, and games we like and play. Anyone can like blue! Anyone can like pink!
We looked at the challenges that disability presents and learnt some sign language.
We also talked about our different cultures and religions.
Having thought about how amazing and diverse our world is we revisited our question of the week, what is Diversity? After a week of exploring this subject, the children were experts on what diversity means and how we should treat everyone with respect and courtesy. A great week!
This week we celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in school. Did you know she has been Queen for 70 years?
We have spent lots of time this week learning about Queen Elizabeth II and what life was like in the 1950s. We created a timeline of Queen Elizabeth II's life and learned some 1950s playground games.
To celebrate the Jubilee we made our own royal crowns out of paper plates, paint and gemstones. We wore our special crowns to the Jubilee Celebration where we sang a special song to our guests. Then we went outside and ate cake together in celebration.