This week Year 1 took part in our annual KS1 Sports Day! The children had a great time competing in the races including egg and spoon race, sack race, hockey, skipping race and beanbag race. The winning team for KS1 was the Blue Team! Thank you for all the parents and family members that came to see us!
This week our green fingered Year 1 pupils have brought in their own miniature gardens, which they made at home. There were so many creative and imaginative ideas and we would like to say a huge thanks to all the parents/guardians who helped and supported the pupils this year.
This week the children have been taking part in Creative Arts week. We have had so much fun learning all about our chosen country Australia. Pupils have created lots of works of art, learned a poem and even enjoyed a Didgeridoo workshop. It has been a fantastic week for all and finished off perfectly with our annual Dance Festival.
This week we are starting our Science investigation to see which conditions plants need to grow the best. We have started by planting our tomato seeds and have each chosen a suitable place for them to grow. Look out for updates on how our plants are growing. We also looked at a range of seeds and used our detective skills to try and figure out what the seed would grow into.
This week we joined the rest of the school to tak part in Race for Life. We had a great time and have enjoyed raising money for such a good cause. Thanks to all the families and friends who joined us for the run too!
This week, as part of our 'Our World' topic, we have carried out a study of one of the trees found in the school grounds. We started by taking pictures of our chosen tree and from this we have created bot a sketch and a collage. Take a look at some of our finished pieces:
This week we have been on our school trip to Birmingham Think Tank. We saw lots of fascinating things and had the opportunity to play on and around the museum. We also attended a workshop about animals, where we consolidated all of our knowledge from our animal's science topic.
This week we have been listening to the story of Moses in RE and have each created a collage of Moses in his basket. Take a look at some of our completed pictures:
This week we have been learning about animal habitats. We started by looking around the school grounds to identify which habitats and animals we could find. We were then set the challenge to make our own animal habitat using natural resources. From this we created a map and labelled each of the areas.
This week in Maths we have been looking at patterns. We have looked at the range of ways repeating patterns can be made e.g. sounds, pictures, colours even objects can be used to create a sequence. Here are some of the patterns we made in class:
In English we have been looking at sets of instructions. We have learnt that Imperative Verbs and Time Conjunctions are the key features needed to make the perfect set of instructions. Can you think of a time when you would need to follow a set of instructions?
Week beginning 13th March 2017
This week we have had an amazing time taking part in all kinds of Science experiments for Science Week. In class we made our own ‘slime’ using only water and cornflower. It was very messy but so much fun!
This week Year 1 took part in Real Maths Day. We learnt about how maths can be used in the real world. See the pictures below of us completing our math challenges.
Year 1 had a great day for World Book Day and really enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters. We had the opportunity to bring in our favourite books which we read throughout the day and shared with our friends. We also created some acrostic poems using the theme of 'weather' from our science work. During Guided Reading we completed a book review, including the title of the book, the author, what are favourite part of the story was and a star rating. We also designed our own bookmarks and book covers.
This week we have been learning about position and direction within maths. We have been following directions that include clockwise/anticlockwise and full, half 1/2 , quarter 1/4 and three quarter 3/4 turns. Following this we linked in our computer skills using the laptops and Beebots. We used the laptops to plan an online game called 'Cheese Sniffer'. This required us to use our direction vocabulary to move their mouse around the screen. We then used the Beebots to learn about algorithms. We created our own set of instructions using turns and directions to move the Beebots around a map of the school.
This week we have linked together our Science and Art session through our Weather theme. We carried out an experiment using water, mirrors and torches to create our own rainbows in the classroom. Following this we looked at how primay and secondary colours could be mixed and used these to create our own rainbow artwork. We have also been learning about the different cloud formations and looked at how cotton wool could be used in a variety of ways to represent these.
This week we were very lucky and had an author come into school to see us! Her name was Chris Higgins and she shared chapters of her new book with us. She also told us how she became an author.
In math's we have been practicing reading and recognising numbers up to 100. We then used different equipment including counters, tens frames and Diennes equipment to represent numbers.
As part of our 'Weather' topic we made a weather vane, wind sock and a rain gauge. A small group took the weather vane and rain gauge to a suitable place in the Eco Garden. Over the next few weeks we are going to return to the weather stations and note any measurements and observations! All the children made a wind sock and we tested them in the playground before taking them home.
This week, Year 1 pupils were invited on a very special Christmas journey, ‘A Journey to the Stable’ at St James Church, in Shirley. Pupils enjoyed watching the nativity brought to life and meeting all the people who travelled to see the birth of the baby Jesus.
Pupils participated in a variety of activities allowing them to learn more about the life of Mary and Joseph and what it may have been like to sleep in a stable. “The hay feels really scratchy” commented one pupil. In addition, pupils compared the lifestyles of the three kings to that of the shepherds, “The kings wore this material because it is really soft and expensive”.
St James Church was a lovely setting to hear the story of Jesus birth and pupils were able to see the story depicted in the beautiful stained glass window at the back of the church. A fantastic morning was had by all pupils. We would like to offer a big thank you to all those at St James Church for a fantastic and unique Christmas experience.
This week we have been looking at what bullying is and what we should do if we ever feel like we are being bullied. We discussed the meaning of words such as rude, mean, bullying and kind.
This week we also took part in lots of activities for children in need. Thank you to everyone who brought in donations to support out children in need day. The children enjoyed lots of activities including stick the bow on Pudsey, guess the name of the bear and a dance competition between the two classes. The children looked great in their 'bright' clothing and raised a great amount of money.
As a starting point for our 'Time Travellers' topic, Year 1 were given the opportunity to work together to plan, organise and hold a birthday party. We thought about what we would need to carry out a great party. We made birthday cards, decorations and presents. During the party we also played games like musical statues.
We have started to look at Non- Fiction texts in our English sessions. What is a Non-Fiction text? Can you name any features of these types of texts? The pictures below might give you some clues.
We have planned and completed our final investigation for our Materials topic. We were testing to see which materials were waterproof and which of these would be best to fix an umbrella. We found that plastic would be the best because it was waterproof, flexible and light.
For Green Day we learnt about Fair Trade. We discussed how important it is for people around the world to be given a fair amount of money for the work they do. We looked at the Fair Trade logo and where we might see this in shops.
In Science we have started to investigate materials. In this lesson we began to explore the properties of different materials. After exploring the objects in our groups we have sorted them according to the properties we identified.
This week is 'Happiness Week' in school. We had the chance to work with Professor Jules, who taught us how we can increase our happiness and become HEARTSMART. Here we are taking part in the Busy Bees activity. We also created slips to go into our Happiness Jar. On each slip we were asked to draw something that makes us happy. We can then go back to our jar to remind us of these when we are feeling down.
We have been doing lots of work based around number and in particular have discovered different ways in which numbers can be presented e.g. through digits, words, pictures and objects. Here some of the posters and activities we completed:
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