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Welcome to Year One

Welcome to our class blog. Please check back regularly to see all about the exciting learning that has been happening in class.






Week commencing 11th October

What a busy week ! This week we have started to rehearse our Christmas production of "Whoops-a-Daisy angel". Check your child's book bag to find out about costume requirements.


During science this week we continued to think about the structure of trees and used our scientific knowledge and vocabulary to create a 3-D model. I was very impressed with the finished products and how confident the children had become in using the correct terms to describe trees. Please have a look at some of the finished products below.


In Art the children selected an autumn leaf to sketch. We then learnt how to use water colours effectively to mix the colours we could see on the leaves. The children had brilliant observation skills and the end results were amazing !


In English we continued our work on poetry. We performed our favourite poem "Spaghetti" in a whole school poetry assembly and this week will finish writing our very own autumn poems.

Week commencing 4th November

This week we started our new topic "Where have the leaves gone?". In English we have been looking at poetry and focussing on the book "Out and about" by Shirley Hughes. The children have looked at some of her poems about Autumn and created giant pictures with their own ideas. We have also been on a walk around the school grounds and used our senses to think about autumn and collect ideas for our own poetry writing. As part of a whole school focus on poetry we have learnt a poem called "Spaghetti" which we will perform in assembly on Monday. Ask your child to say the poem to you !


In science we have been thinking about the structure of trees and have been practising using the science names for them. Next week we will be creating our own models of them using plasticine.


During Art this week the children were introduced to the work of Andy Goldsworthy. We looked at some of his famous pieces. The children then used their observation skills and thought about the colours needed to complete their missing leaf pictures. The results were very impressive ! Take a look at some of the pictures of our learning this week below.

Week commencing 21st October

This week we finished our topic on traditional tales by baking some gingerbread men. In English the children have been very busy writing instructions on how to make them so by Tuesday they were experts. In the morning the children followed a recipe and made the dough and in the afternoon they thought carefully about their designs and how to decorate them. I was very impressed with the finished products and loved the uniqueness of every design ! A big thank you to all the parents who came in and supported us with the bakingsmiley


We finished the week with a very spooky English session practicing our phonic sounds. Mrs Goddard cooked up a spooky potion and then we made up our own very spooky spells and performed them to the class.


Our sponsored event was finally re-scheduled this week and the children all worked hard at their sponsored events. The children who completed the sponsored read with me were superstars and read books non-stop for a whole hour ! Please send in any sponsor monies to the school office and a BIG thank you for all your support.


I would like to wish everyone a very happy half term !

Week commencing 14th October

The children have been very busy in  English this week preparing to make Gingerbread men. We have looked at different recipes and thought about the instructions. They have even been busy writing shopping lists so that we don't forget any of the ingredients. Take a look below to see some of their wonderful shopping lists.


On Wednesday afternoon the children were lucky enough to join in a Drama workshop. The children really enjoyed joining in all the activities even when a dragon came to visit!


During PE the class have continued to work on balance and gymnastics and have been working hard to use their bodies to make shapes. I have been very impressed to see how they have been working together with their partners. 


In RE we continued to think about special places. After talking about the places which were special to us we thought about churches and how and why they are special to Christians. Ask your children what they can remember about churches !


Week commencing 7th October 

Well another week has whizzed by and year one have been very busy! In maths this week we have been looking at the part-whole model and using it to partition whole numbers into small parts. We have had lots of practice and are ready to start looking at number facts and the addition symbol next week.


We had a lovely walk to church in the sun this week to celebrate Harvest Festival. The children enjoyed carrying their donations and walking through the muddy puddles in their wellies! A big thank you to all the parents who gave up their time to walk with us.


In Art this week we designed and painted some Christmas cards.....designs to be revealed soon. The children really enjoyed finger-painting and thinking about festive colours. 

Have a look at some of our learning from this week below.

Week commencing 30th September 

What another busy week we have had in year one! Our curiosity cube is filled with props from the story of the Gingerbread man and we have been looking at lots of different versions of the story. We have also watched a video about how to make Gingerbread men and thought about the words we might need for our instructions.


This week in music we listened to Jupiter by Gustav Holst and made music maps. We then looked at some percussion instruments and began to learn how to follow a conductor and listen to the timbre of the music we played. It was a very musical afternoon !


We have also been working hard on our handwriting and the children have been working hard to win the chance to use a golden pencil for the day. These are given to children who are trying very hard with their handwriting.


Finally, a big thank you to all the helpers who came in on Wednesday afternoon to help us build the houses that the children had designed. There were some very elaborate creations and despite Mrs Bodman (and her hairdryers) best efforts they would not blow down.

Week commencing 23rd September

The children arrived in school this morning to find a crime scene in the classroom! During our English lesson we looked at the evidence and made some predictions about what might have happened in the classroom overnight. After a discussion the class thought that a Gingerbread man may have escaped through a window and left his buttons behind. We looked at the story together and wrote a speech bubble about our favourite part.


In science we have continued to look at plants. On Tuesday we looked at stems, roots, petals and leaves and made a collage to help us remember the names. We have been using the science names when we have been checking our bean investigation - some are already getting very tall !


Take a look below at some of the photos from this weeks learning.

Week commencing 16th September

What a busy week we have had in year one! In English we have continued to look at the story of The three little pigs. The children were very excited to receive a letter asking them for help in catching the Big Bad Wolf and designed 'Wanted' posters to help the police catch him.


PC Smith sent the class a message to thank them for the 'Wanted posters' and asked for more help in finding out what happened. The children wrote some fantastic sentences explaining what had happened. Take a look at some of the learning this week from English.

Week commencing 9th September - Science

In science we have been using our observing skills to look closely at plants. We have been thinking about what makes a plant healthy and what a plant that is not healthy might look like. This week we are conducting an experiment and have planted bean seeds.Some of the seeds will be kept in the dark and we are very excited to see if they will grow !