Welcome to Year 1!
Welcome to Year 1! Our teacher is Miss Breckell and our teaching assistants are Miss Byrne and Mr Constantine. Mrs Dickson is also working with us some mornings and afternoons. There are 30 enthusiastic children in our class and we excited to start Year 1 and learn new things.
- We have PE on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, but should always have our kit in school.
- We need to read at home every night. It is important that children are able to talk about the book that they have read and can answer questions about the story. They are likely to need to read a book a number of times. Children need to book their books into the book basket at the start of school each day so we are able to change their books. When we have read at home 25 times we receive a certificate and a book prize in gathering.
- We also need to practice our key words so that we are able to both read them and spell them. r
- At play time we can either bring in our own healthy snack or you may choose to pay 20p per day to choose a snack from our snack trolley(or pay £1 for the whole week)
- Water bottles can also be brought into class in a plastic bottle that is clearly labelled with a name and will be freely accessible throughout the day.
World War II Theme Week
Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed World War 2 themed week with so much great learning taking place. We have learnt about why we wear poppies and enjoyed poppy crafts. Our main theme has been "evacuation" and we learnt about why children were evacuated in World War 2. We had to write a list of what we thought children would pack in their evacuation suitcase and even made our own name tag and gas mask(This was one of the highlights of our week!). We have also been enjoying roleplay in our WW2 bunker. Our PE lesson was even a military themed PE lesson. We showed how much we have learnt about evacuation with some super writing.
In Computing we had to use a wordbank to enter text and then were set a challenge to use the keyboard to type our own words to describe the toys. To have a go at home go to http://www.forms.bedford.gov.uk/museumeducation/bedfordbytes/toys/describing_toys.htm
In Science we have been comparing animals. We thought about what animals eat and learnt about which animals were carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We also described and contrasted how different animals move and even had a go at moving like different animals. We learnt some new words - elephants stomp, tortoises plod and eagles soar! Check out the Animals in Action song
What a busy week in Year 1
We have worked so hard this week in Year 1. We had our first Science lesson as part of our theme "Penguins, Pigs and Possums". We were set a group challenge to sort the different animals and explain how we had done the similarities between the animals. In Literacy we have been looking at the features of non fiction texts and enjoyed reading Who eats who? on the iPads(Oxford Owl is a free site with lots of e-books). In Maths we are working closely with our maths partners to improve our understanding of number bonds. We have also enjoyed using our Clever Touch board, which we have had on a trial!! It has proved very popular!
We are becoming more confident with programming the Bee Bots. We used the Bee Bots app on the iPad and also wrote our own algorithms and then programmed them into the Bee Bots. Some of us were quite competitive and tried to see who could make the longest algorithm!!
We have had a creative week in Year 1 as we experimented using different media to draw the animals that we saw at Blackpool Zoo. We had a choice of using charcoal, pastels, crayons and pencil. We also had a go at modelling using clay to make animal. We used our hands and modelling tools. We will now be able to design our own animals out of clay. We are also enjoying making a zoo out of different construction.
What an amazing day we had at Blackpool Zoo! The children had a great time and enjoyed seeing so many different animals up close, finding out which continents they came from and learning more about them. The monkeys were a particular favourite along with the penguins. We enjoyed a classroom session looking at animal habitats and how animals survive in different climates. We enjoyed exploring the artefacts, including reindeer horns, Artic fox skin and stroking a real bearded dragon!
Programming the Bee Bots
We had a go at programming the BeeBot. We programmed the BeeBot to move from one place to another making sure we gave it the correct instructions.
We also had a go at being a ‘BeeBot’ and had to follow Mr Fyne’s instructions. We had to listen carefully to make sure we were going in the correct direction. We used forwards and backwards and then the number of steps needed to take. We even had a go at turning left!
We loved our first session of Peer Massage and learnt how to work with a partner and say if we wanted a massage. We learnt a massage technique that reminded us of a pair of glasses -3 circles and then across the shoulders like the arms of the glasses. We can't wait till next week!
English, Maths and RE
We have been very busy in Year 1. In English we are reading the story of Lost and Found and have written questions to ask the penguins and sequenced pictures to help us retell the story. In Maths we are becoming more confident working with our Maths partners and have looked at counting objects, different ways to represent numbers and recognising number words to 10. In RE Mrs Dickson led us on a nature hunt to find special things.
Learning about the continents and E-Safety
Geography has been the focus of our theme work this week and we are learning to name and locate the continents of the world. We played pin the plane on the continent.
Check out this song to help learn the continents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ2V-VgCJgI
In our first Computing lesson in Year 1 we focused on E-Safety and learnt what to do if something unexpected or worrying happens and how to use the minimise icon.
Maths No Problem
We are enjoying our new way of working in Maths. We are learning to work with our Maths partners to solve problems before we work in our workbooks.
Our first week in Year 1
We have settled quickly into Year 1 and are enjoying exploring our new classroom. We have written our holiday news, worked with our new maths partners to make numbers out of pipe cleaners and enjoyed 2 PE lessons.
What we will be learning to do this year