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Welcome to Year 1 :)

 
Here you will find lots of useful information about our year group.
 
Make sure to check back regularly to see what we have been up to in class!

Week Beginning 11th June 2018

This half term we are learning about plants within Science. This week we had the opportunity to plant our own tomato seeds. We half filled our cups with soil and then added our tomato seeds, they were super tiny! We then covered them with soil and watered them. They are now on our windowsill in the classroom. Hopefully they will start to grow soon!

Week Beginning 4th June 2018

This week Year 1 took part in Race for Life! We had a fantastic time and would like to thank you for all the money we raised :)

Week Beginning 14th May 2018

This Friday we celebrated the Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding! We had lots of fun on the bouncy castle and meeting the Queen, Harry and Meghan smiley At lunch we had a street party and all sat together under the gazebo, it was so lovely and sunny. We also played pass the parcel and other traditional games. After that, we got creative and made lots of designs for Meghan's dress, the cake and invitations.

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Week Beginning 7th May 2018

This week we looked at animal habitats. We discussed that a habitat is a natural home or environment for an animal. We learnt about minibeast habitats and looked at some examples on the computer. We then went outside to look for minibeast habitats within our school environment. We found spiders, woodlice and ants in our eco garden! In groups we used natural materials to create our own little minibeast home.  

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Week Beginning 30th April 2018

We used the laptops to research Willow Pattern designs. We also learnt about the Chinese legend and the story book The Willow Pattern Plot. We discussed how the designs of the plates were all blue and white. We then used 2SimpleSoftware on the laptops to create our own pictures in the style of the Willow Pattern.

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Week Beginning 23rd April 2018

This week we continued to focus on art using the outdoor environment. With a friend, we were able to use the IPads! We went out onto the playground and school field and took many pictures of all the different trees. We then used one of the photos taken to create a sketch using pencils, crayons and pastels.

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Week beginning 16th April 2018

As part of our new topic 'Our World' we have been looking at some famous artists. This week we have been learning about Andy Goldsworthy. We learnt that Andy Goldsworthy is an artist and sculptor who works in the natural environment using natural materials. With the fantastic weather, we decided to go outside and create our own artwork using natural materials including stones, leaves, sticks etc. 

 

 

Week beginning 26th March 2018

Year 1 were extremely lucky to have a visit from 'The Jungle Ranger'. We had a fantastic time learning about a variety of animals and we even got to hold them! The children were very brave!  Well done! 

Week beginning 26th March 2018

On Friday we had a lovely day supporting Sports Relief. All of the children ran a mile around the field - some ran even further! We also did 'Hungry Catepillar' yoga in the big hall. We had lots of fun raising money for a good cause. 

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Week Beginning 12th March 2018

This week has been very special at Peterbrook because it was Science Week! On Monday we had the opportunity to meet a real scientist. All of year one took part in a science workshop based on Paleontology. We became mini investigators as we looked carefully at real fossils and rocks. We used clues from the objects to guess what animal they were from. We had a fantastic time looking through the sand and using our magnifying glasses!

 

Week Beginning 5th March 2018

This half term we are learning about animals within science. As part of this topic we have been looking at classification. We have learnt about the animal groups: fish, bird, mammal, amphibian and invertebrates. We sorted the animals into the groups based on their characteristics.

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Week Beginning 26th February 2018

This week we celebrated World Book Day! We all came in dressed up as our favourite book characters and some of us even decorated a potato as a book character! We had a great day writing stories and sharing our books with other children. We even had the chance to do a book swap with Year 4.

 

Week Beginning 12th February 2018

After learning in Science how a rainbow is made from water and sunlight, we decided to incorporate some art by creating our own rainbows. We discussed the three primary colours: red, yellow and blue. We used these colours first to paint the first three lines of our rainbow. We then found out what other colours we could make by mixing them together. We had lots of fun mixing the colours together! We made orange using yellow and red, green using yellow and blue and finally violet using red and blue.

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Week Beginning 29th January 2018

This week we have been learning about clouds and cloud types. We carried out an experiment to see how clouds are made and what they are made of. We also found out about the three main types of cloud: cumulus, cirrus and stratus. 

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Week Beginning 22nd January 2018

Continuing with our weather topic, this week we looked at stormy/windy days. Our aim for the lesson was to understand that the wind blows with different strengths. We learnt about a man called Captain Beaufort who designed a scale the explains precisely how strong the wind is. This helped people to know what to do when they heard the weather forecast, for example sailors could work out how strong the wind would be and could make their boats safer if they knew a very strong storm was coming. The Beaufort scale is still used in shipping forecasts today! As part of the lesson we sorted pictures from the lightest wind to the strongest wind and discussed this as a whole class.

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Week Beginning 8th January 2018

This week we have started our new science topic 'The Weather'. Over this half term we will learning about how the weather changes over the four seasons and make simple observations. To start our topic we made our own weather instruments. The children made their own wind socks. We discussed how a wind sock shows the strength of the wind and what direction the wind is blowing. We took them outside to see if they worked!

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Week Beginning 1st January 2018

This week we have focussed on computing. We reflected on our Christmas holidays and used the software 'Tizzies Tools' to record our favourite Christmas presents. We learnt how to save our work and retrieve it at a later date. Also, we have been practising logging on to the laptops, using the touch pad mouse and navigating the keyboard. 

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Week Beginning 27th November

As part of our learning in Humanities this week, we researched the 'Man on the Moon'. We discovered many facts about the Apollo 11 moon landing and as a result made rockets of our own! The children used recycled materials to create a rocket structure and experimented with ways of joining.

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Week Beginning 20th November 2017

This week we have been looking at standard and non standard measures. We have been comparing heights, measuring our heads with a range of resources and we have also made a bed for a teddy using our hands as a method of measuring.

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This week we were extremely lucky to have an Olympic gymnast come in to school. We were involved in a sponsored morning and completed a range of exercises within a time limit. 
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Over the past couple of weeks, we have been learning about The Great Fire of London. We created our own houses using different materials, which are now displayed outside the classrooms. They look great!
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Week Beginning 13th November 2017

As part of our Time Travellers topic we have been learning about key events throughout History to help gain an understanding of time and chronological orders. To help pupils to gain a better understanding of this concept we considered and discussed key events from their own lives. Thank you for sending in your photos and special objects for the class to look at. The children really enjoyed sharing their special memories and being history detectives to find clues from the photos or object.

 

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This week we were also lucky enough to participate in Children in Need! Thank you for all your donations, the children had a fantastic day in non-uniform and really enjoyed the activities throughout the day. The children took part in put the bow on Pudsey, musical statues, an art competition and guess the name of the Teddy.
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Week beginning 30th October 2017

As part of our new Humanities topic 'Time Travellers' the children planned a party for Jack, our year group jigsaw piece. They had to create a shopping list of what we would need and discussed parties that they had been to in the past. On Friday, the children participated in the celebration and had a lot of fun! 

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Week beginning 16th October 2017

This week in Science we took part in an experiment to test materials for waterproof properties. We needed to choose a material that would be appropriate to make a coat out of, for the teddy. First we predicted what material would be best and then we discussed the features that a coat should have, such as the comfortable factor! Following our investigation, we decided that plastic would be best for the teddy.

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Week Beginning 9th October

This week in science we have been learning new scientific vocabulary such as 'transparent', 'opaque', 'rigid' and 'malleable'. We used a sorting board to group objects based on their properties. We have been using "rigid as a rock" and "moving malleable" to help us remember what the vocabulary means. To practice using these terms we made salt dough. We learnt that when we first added the ingredients together the dough was malleable as it could be pulled and stretched into any shape. We then learnt that as the salt dough dried it became rigid.

Week beginning 2nd October 2017

On Thursday we took part in our first 'Green Day' of the year. We learnt about the rainforest and the items it can provide us with, such as food, medicine, coffee etc. We created a venn diagram based on animals and plants that can be found in the rainforest or at home.

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Week Beginning 25th September 2017

In Science we have carried out several experiments! We had lots of fun testing the strength of different types of paper and the stretchiness of every day objects. As a class we thought carefully about the equipment we needed and the method we needed to follow.

 

 

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Week Beginning 18th September

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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Week Beginning 11th September

This week we were thinking about what makes us special as part of Jigsaw. One idea was that we all look different, making us all unique and special. We then decided to create some self portraits using paint and fabrics. We have displayed these next to our cloak room :)

We have been doing lots of work around number this week. We have practised some careful counting in maths, using a range of resources. We have then been matching up objects we have counted with the correct digits and words.

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  Year 1 Homework  
Subject Day Set Day Return
Spellings Friday (to be tested the following Friday)  N/A
Comprehension / Phonics  Fortnightly / day varies Day will be written on book
Maths Friday Thursday
Reading Varies Books to be returned daily
Times Tables Tuesdays Tuesdays

 

Peterbrook Primary School, High Street, Solihull Lodge, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 1HR

Tel: +44(0)121 4302545 office@peterbrook.solihull.sch.uk

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