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Welcome to Year One - 2022/2023

 

Week Commencing 23rd January 2023

This week the children have continued to enjoy finding out about weather. They have used the United Kingdom map to revisit their geography learning and predict the weather using accurate scientific vocabulary.

 

In art the children explored what would happen if you added white to a colour. They learnt about tinting and looked at paint cards showing tints of colours. The children created their own tint cards during "Explore and Learn" time. Our new text "Poles Apart" by Jeanne Willis is proving very popular. There have been lots of opportunities for children to use the loose parts to create their own winter stories.

 

Take a look below to see some pictures from this weeks learning.

Week Commencing 16th January 2023

The children have had a very busy week this week. During our science lessons we have continued to learn about the weather. The children learnt how scientists predict the weather and found out about thermometers and wind socks. The weather was very cold this week and the children enjoyed checking the temperature each day and updating our own weather corner. In their explore and learn time the children have been weather forecasters predicting what the weather might be like in different parts of the country.

 

In English this week the children wrote a note to Mrs Larcombe telling her all about Sunny the meerkats adventures. They had the opportunity to explore postcards in “Explore and Learn time” and enjoyed reading them and finding out where the people had visited. The children have started writing a postcard home this week and are very excited to post them home!

 

Take a look below to see some pictures from this weeks learning.

Week Commencing 9th January 2023

The children were very excited this week to receive a parcel all the way from the Kalahari desert. Sunny the meerkat came to visit and wanted to see what the children have been up too at Wellow school. The children have enjoyed finding out about where Sunny the meerkat lives. During Explore and Learn time the children have been making flags of Botswana and Namibia and consolidating their learning about the continents.

 

In maths we have continued to learn about teen numbers. The children have been busy making numbers in different ways and matching numbers to number words. During our science lessons this week the children have been learning about the weather. We watched a local weather forecast and made our own predictions about what the weather would be like tomorrow using weather symbols and scientific vocabulary.

 

In Literacy, the children have been learning how to use the days of the week in their writing. They have been practising spelling them, writing them in sentences, ordering them and singing songs about them!

 

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Week Commencing 3rd January 2023

It was lovely to welcome all the children back to a new year at school. We hope you all had a lovely break and would like to say a big thank you for all the kind presents, cards and good wishes we received.

 

The children have been enjoying our new text “Meerkat Mail”. They have been using videos and non-fiction texts to find out facts about meerkats. On Tuesday we received a postcard from Sunny announcing he will be visiting next week and the children are super excited!

In maths this week we have been looking at numbers 11-20. The children have had the opportunity to order and make these numbers practically and are becoming confident at understanding that these numbers are 10 and some more.

 

In art we started looking at the work of Mark Rothko. The children enjoyed looking at his abstract art and used their sketch books effectively to explore hot and cold colours. It has been wonderful to see the children using their “Explore and Learn” time to consolidate their learning.

 

Take a look at the pictures below to see some of the learning from this week.

Week Commencing 28th November 2022

This week the children have been very busy. During 'Explore and Learn' time the children have been busy making and painting their Christmas decoration which will be ready to purchase at the 'Stories with Santa' event next week. Take a look below for an advance preview!

 

We have also started to think about the Christmas story. The children have enjoyed listening to it and have been using resources in the classroom to tell the story to each other. Phonics fishing was great fun this week. The children had to catch a lily pad and say the sound on the bottom to a friend.

 

In literacy the children were applying all the skills they have been learning and writing captions for pictures. The progress the children have made since September is wonderful and they really enjoyed reflecting on their own progress.

 

Take a look below to see some of this week's learning.

Week Commencing 21st November 2022

This week the children have been fantastic at rehearsing our Christmas play “The Little Big Nativity”. It has been lovely to see children become more confident at singing and performing and we are very excited for you all to come and watch the show next week.

 

In RE this week we continued to look at special places. After re-visiting places that were special to ourselves we thought about places that were special to Christians. We learned some of the names of key parts of the church and during “Explore and Learn time” the children decided to develop this further by creating their own museum “All about churches”. They were very excited when Mrs Larcombe came to visit and they could talk confidently about why churches were special to Christians.

 

We have continued our literacy focus around “Where the wild things are’. The children enjoyed creating story boards re-telling the story and have been coming up with their own ideas during “Explore and Learn time’. 

 

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Week Commencing 14th November 2022

This week the children have continued to explore the text "Where the wild things are". In literacy, they wrote descriptive sentences with adjectives and learnt to edit their own work. During "Explore and Learn time" the children created their own wild things from Lego and made homes for the wild things to live in. It was fantastic to hear the descriptive language being used in the children's play.

 

During our art sessions this week the children developed their observations skills further by using watercolours to paint autumnal leaves. The results were very impressive.

 

It was lovely to celebrate Children in Need on Friday. The children all work spotty, stripy or multicoloured clothes and a great deal of money was raised to support a worthwile cause.

 

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Week Commencing 7th November 2022

This week the children were introduced to the story “Where the wild things are’. They listened carefully to the story and decided which was their favourite part. During “Explore and Learn” time the children were inspired to designs their own wild thing and add describing words. They also used the loose parts to create some super wild things.

 

In art we continued learning about Andy Goldsworthy. The children were given the opportunity to explore autumn colours in their sketch books using watercolours and pastels. They were then challenged to draw the other half of an autumn leaf. The children were fantastic at looking closely to see what colours they needed.

 

On Friday 11th November, the children had 2 minutes reflection time for Remembrance Day. The children were very respectful and chose to make some poppies from Lego durin “Explore time’ to help remember people who have helped us. 

 

Take a look below to see some of the learning from this week.

Week Commencing 31st October 2022

The children have enjoyed joining in this week with a whole school focus on poetry. We have listened to lots of poems by Shirley Hughes and have been practicing performing a poem for a whole school assembly next week. The children have explored the concept of autumn this week in literacy and have been thinking of adjectives to describe autumn to help them with their poetry.

 

In art this week we looked at the work of Andy Goldsworthy. We talked about the natural materials he used to make his artwork. The children discussed what they liked and disliked about it. During provision time they experimented with making their own Andy Goldsworthy inspired art.

 

In maths we have been focussing on number bonds. The children were brilliant at finding fact families and were able to say their number sentences out loud. We also looked at systematic ways of finding our number bonds to 10. Take a look below to see some pictures from this weeks learning.

Week Commencing 17th October 2022

In English this week we looked at the text Mama Panya's pancakes by Mry Chamberlain. The children enjoyed being immersed into the sounds of a food market in Kenya and enjoyed finding out about Kenya during 'Explore and Learn time'. 

Finally, after completing the instructions on how to make gingerbread men, we finally got to bake them this week. The children were great at following the recipe and the finished results were very yummy. 

 

There has been lots of exciting making opportunities this week too. The children explored different joining techniques to create a house for the 3 little pigs. They followed their plans and used resources in the classroom to create different styles of houses. 

In Art, the children were inspired by the work of Heather Knight to create texture on clay. After searching the classroom for suitable objects, they had an opportunity to explore texture making before making their own textured clay gingerbread men at the end of the week. 

 

Take a look below to see some of this week's learning. Have a very enjoyable half term break.

Week Commencing 10th October 2022

In maths this week we explored the part-part-whole model. The children used objects in the classroom to understand that larger numbers can be partitioned into smaller numbers. They became experts in writing number sentences to show this.

 

As part of our literacy learning about "The Gingerbread Man", the children have been looking at instruction writing. They worked in small groups to compile a set of instructions on how to make a jam sandwich.

 

In science we started an experiment about what a bean seed would need to grow into a healthy plant. The children planted their own seeds to look after at home and we planted some control ones in the classroom.

 

Even though it is only October, the children produced their very own christmas cards this week as part of the WSA fundraising event. Take a look below for a sneak peak.

Week Commencing 3rd October 2022

This week started with a lovely walk to the church to celebrate Harvest Festival. It was lovely to walk through our local area and the children were fantastic in church singing the songs we have been practising these last few weeks.

 

On Tuesday, the children were shocked to arrive in school and see that someone had messed up the classroom. They spent the morning making predictions about who it might have been. The ideas ranged from the big bad wolf, teachers and the gingerbread man. They were very excited the next day to receive CCTV footage of the gingerbread man making the mess!

 

During "Explore and Learn time" the children have been busy consolidating new skills. The construction area has been busy with children making models of local landmarks and the children have been using the loose parts to make their own gingerbread men. 

 

Take a look below to see some pictures from this weeks learning.

Week Commencing 26th September 2022

This week in maths the children have started to compare numbers to 20. They started by using the words such as fewer, more and the same and then moved on to comparing groups and numbers using the inequality symbols <> and =. As well as completing activities in our maths sessions, the children have enjoyed consolidating their learning during “Explore and Learn time”.

 

In geography, we continued to learn about our local area. We talked about different types of homes and thought about local landmarks we might see around Wellow and Romsey. The children made a great collaborative map and added labels to it too.

 

As part of a whole school project we also developed our observation skills in Art by sketching pictures of the queen. It was quite tricky to remember to only sketch what you can see but the children did a great job. 

 

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Week Commencing 19th September 2022

In geography this week we have been thinking about our local environment and where we live. The children were great at spotting local landmarks on maps and aerial photographs and created some brilliant maps of their routes to school The children have continued to enjoy exploring the outdoor environment and some children decided to build their route to school from wooden blocks. The descriptions were fantastic!

 

In English this week the children were excited to receive a letter from PC Jones explaining that the big bad wolf had escaped. The children used their excellent describing skills to create wanted posters and were very pleased to receive an audio message from PC Jones saying that he had been caught!

 

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Week Commencing 12th September 2022

Another busy week in year 1. The children were lucky enough to have the opportunity to receive balance bike training this week. As part of their training they were taught basic skills and the importance of wearing a helmet. It was a big hit with all the children.

 

The children also began their Woodland Wednesday’s this week with Mrs Sherrington. They spent their session in the glade exploring what animals they could find and den making. All the children really enjoyed these sessions and it is wonderful to hear their enthusiasm when they recount what they have been up too.

 

In English this week we looked at using our sounds to sound out words to describe the big bad wolf. The children came up with some great examples including sharp teeth, beady eyes and soft brown fur. On Friday we started to look at Kung Fu punctuation in preparation for sentence writing.

 

Take a look below to see some of this weeks learning. 

Week Commencing 5th September 2022

It was lovely to welcome the children back to school this week. We have spent the week exploring our new classroom and resources which has been brilliant fun.

 

The children have been busy recapping their set 2 phonic sounds each day and have been practicing writing words using familiar sounds. In science we talked about observation and how when drawing diagrams it is important to only draw what you can see. The children were great at this and were able to name lots of plants that you can find in our school environment.

 

We also began looking at traditional tales as part of our literacy unit. The children have enjoyed retelling the story in their “Explore and Learn’ time and made story spoons of their favourite characters. A great first week back at school!

Welcome to Year One 

We have been very busy preparing the new year one learning environment. We are very excited to welcome you back to school for the new year. Take a look at a few sneak peaks.

Week Commencing 4th July 2022

The sun has been shining this week and the children in year 1 have been super busy this week. In maths we have continued looking at numbers to 100. The children have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones and have been comparing them using greater than, less than and equal to. 

 

In Design and Technology the children made their fruit salads. The children used their design sheets to create their fruit salads and learnt the importance of handwashing when preparing fruit. They listened carefully about how to use a knife safely and were all brilliant at using the bridge hold to cut fruit. We all enjoyed eating our fruit salads in the sunshine.

 

We also looked at positional language this week using the Bee Bots to help us understand forwards, backwards, right turns and left turns. The children were great at programming the robots and worked as teams to de-bug the programmes when they went wrong.

 

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Week Commencing 20th June 2022 

It was lovely to be back in the classroom this week. The year one children have been working very hard this week. In English we finished our unit of learning relating to Melanie Walsh's text "10 things I can do to help my planet". The children wrote their own speeches about how they could save the planet.....I think you will agree they are pretty convincing. Watch this space as the children are preparing to record them for the school blog!

 

In science we continue to learn about parts of the body and which parts of the body were linked to the 5 main senses. The children really enjoyed our practical session where they had to identify objects by touch (Cold ice cubes), sight (zoomed in pictures) and using their hearing skills too.

 

In Art we started our whole class collaborative art project linked to the artist Lucy Poskitt. She uses weaving and so the children have had the opportunity practice paper weaving and then have progressed to using a giant loom. 

 

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Week Commencing 13th June 2022 - Denmark 

This week I was lucky enough to visit Denmark with teachers from across the Multi-Academy Trust. The aim of the research visit was to explore creativity and playful learning approaches within a wide range of educational settings. As part of this trip, we were able to observe practice in a Kindergarten and a 'Folkeskolen'.

 

Discussions about how they use 'risky play' and creativity were really beneficial and we were able to consider how we could incorporate this into our own environments. One of the main highlights was being able to visit the Lego House in Billund. This was a fantastic day, where we explored 'Experience Rooms' linked to different areas of creativity. These included: physical, creative, emotional, cognitive and social areas. We were able to experience first hand the importance of play as a process and looked at how we could use the creative learning process in our own schools. 

 

Take a look below at some pictures from my learning this week!

Week Commencing 7th June 2022

It was lovely to welcome the children back for their final half term in year one. On Tuesday by Melanie Walsh. The children planted their own sunflower seed in preparation for our year 1 growing challenge.

 

In maths we have been busy investigating fractions. The children have become experts at identifying a half of an object. As the week has progressed they can now spot non-examples too. 

 

The children have been amazing this week during phonics screening.Every single child has really tried their best to sound out the words and we are very proud of them.

 

Take a look below to see some of the pictures from this weeks learning.

 

Week Commencing 23rd May 2022

What an exciting week the children have had in year 1.

The children really enjoyed finding out about the Queen and her jubilee celebrations. They had to use their observation skills to create their own Union Jack and draw a portrait of the queen.

 

The children also completed their hand puppets this week. After experimenting with joining techniques and creating a design, the children worked hard to create their animal puppets.

 

We have been busy practicing our alien words and spotting our special friends in words. This is ready for the Phonics Screening check after half term. The children sre getting super speedy at reading these now! Great work year ones.

 

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Week Commencing 16th May 2022

The children have had another busy week in year 1. The children completed their final outcomes in art this week and I am sure you will agree the results are wonderful. They used "The Starry night" as a starting point and then created their own nocturnal scene. The children enjoyed having the freedom to decide how they wanted to create their backgrounds.

 

In English the children worked hard on using their plans to write their own UFO inspired story. Some of the adventures the aliens got up to were very imaginative.

During our maths sessions this week the children continued to explore equal groups and sharing. We looked at problems such as 10 shared equally between 5 is.. The children were fantastic at working together to solve these problems with counters. They were also able to talk about the patterns they noticed.

 

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Week Commencing 2nd May 2022

The children have had another action packed week of learning. One of our phonics books this week was called "How to grow your own radishes". After reading the text and writing about it in their phonics sessions they put their new knowledge into action by planting their own radishes.

 

In maths we started the week by looking at equal and unequal groups. The children were fantastic at showing me this and we quickly moved on to making equal groups. Here the children had to  use the mathematical stem sentence to describe their groups. For example "There are 3 equal groups of 2".

 

In Art we continued to think about the work of Van Gogh and looked at the story "Katie and the starry night". I introduced the children to a range of different techniques and mediums and they continued to explore how to make their own starry night.

 

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Week Commencing 25th April 2022

Welcome back to the summer term! It was lovely to see all the children return to school refreshed after the school break. The children were really excited to see that a UFO had crash landed in our school grounds. They had a wonderful discussion about what they could see and made great predictions about how they thought it might have got there. This led us brilliantly into our new text "UFO Diary by Satoshi Kitamura".

 

In maths this week the children recapped counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s. They completed lots of practical and written activities and were then challenged to show me what they had learnt using objects in the classroom. There were some fantastic representations of counting in multiples.

 

In Art this week the children started looking at the work of Vincent Van Gogh. We experimented with different medias and thought about the colours he used in his work. 

 

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Week Commencing 4th April 2022

What an exciting start to the week. Year 1 went on their very first school trip to Winchester Science Centre. The children had a great time exploring the interactive exhibits and particularly enjoyed the Mission Space Area where they could apply some of the knowledge they had already learnt about planets! The planetarium was a great adventure with a super exciting trip through our solar system. A big thank you to all the parents who came and helped on the day

 

In Art the children had the opportunity to finish their textured planets inspired by the work of Kurt Schwitters. They had the choice to turn them into any planet from our solar system and I think you will agree they are quite wonderful!

 

The children also completed their history learning about explorers this week. After finding out about Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus they had to decide who they thought was the bravest and give reasons. The children made a medal and created a certificate to give to their chosen explorer.

 

Take a look below to see some pictures from this weeks learning. Have a lovely and relaxing Easter break.

 

 

Week Commencing 28th March 2022.

In maths this week the children started to learn about volume and capacity. We thought about the mathematical language we could use to describe volume and then practiced ordering and matching different volumes of liquid.

 

In Art we continued making our textured planets and added some paint and glitter detail. The children have worked very hard on these planets and are super excited to take them home next week. Ahead of our trip to Winchester Science Centre next week the children have been very excited to find out more about space and planets. They created some solar system pictures and enjoyed ordering the stages of the moon landing.

 

Finally, in English we have been looking at our new story "The Storm whale". The children were fantastic at comparing this story to "Dear Greenpeace" and were able to identify what was the same and what was different. Take a look below to see some pictures from this weeks learning.

Week Commencing 14th March 2022

Science week was the highlight of this week. The children found out about Gentoo penguins and learnt about their habitats and how they build nests to protect their young. We challenged the children to collect stones to build a nest with a twist - they had to use a peg as their beak. The children worked brilliantly in a team to collect materials and then constructed a nest to hold a penguin egg!

 

In Art this week the children started the process of making their own collaged planet. They used papier mache to create their own planet - and will add texture and detail next week. Watch this space for the finished products.

 

In maths the children started to learn about weight. They explored using scales and using multi link to work out how much each object weighed. In science we continued our learning about materials -the children labelled objects in the classroom with the properties. They then recorded their findings in a table.

 

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Week Commencing 7th March 2022

This week we started our History topic looking at Explorers. The children explored what it meant to be an explorer focussing on transportation, navigation and special equipment that you might need. The children created their own explorer transport and designed their own maps.

 

In Art we continued to look at the work of Karl Schwitters. The children explored using 2 different types of pencils to sketch planets ready for creating their own planet next week. In maths the children have continued to learn about measurement. They have learnt how to use a ruler correctly and measure in CM. They have been busy practicing sorting different lengths using their measuring skills.

 

Take a look at the pictures below to see some of this weeks learning.

Week Commencing 1st March 

It was lovely to see all the children back in school after the half term break. We started the week with a walk round the school grounds to check for damage from the storm. We were very surprised to find a whale in our school grounds. The children have been writing predictions of how it might have got there!

 

In maths we started to learn about measurement. We started the week thinking about bigger and smaller and comparing the size of objects in the classroom. We also used non-standard units to measure the length and height of objects. The children were super determined to measure the length of our bug rug too!

 

We had a wonderful book week too. As a whole school we collaborated to look at the story “Greta and the Giants”. Each year group created their own textile leaf for a tree. The Year 1 children showed their resilience by threading their own needles and creating their own template. We also spent the day sharing stories, re-telling stories using puppets and of course dressing up.

 

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Week Commencing 7th February 2022

This week the whole school celebrated Internet Safety Day. The children listened to the story of Digiduck and we had a great discussion and passwords and playing games online. We then focussed on kindness and the children wrote a spell to help create a kinder internet. The children really did think of ingredients that would make life better and more enjoyable for everyone online.

 

In English we looked at non-fiction texts and features of fact files to create our own fact files about Arctic foxes. The children used all the skills they have learnt this half term to produce some wonderful outcomes! In maths we started looking at counting in 2s. We have learnt lots of songs, played the sock game and used number grids to identify patterns when counting.

 

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Week Commencing 31st January 2022

The children were super excited to start the week with a giant iceberg in the classroom. Inside the iceberg was a clue to our new story that we will be looking at. The children made some great predictions and were very excited when the ice finally melted and revealed a polar bear!

 

In maths this week the children have continued to focus on numbers to 50. They have been making the numbers with tens and ones and then have learnt to compare them using the inequality symbols. Have a look at the pictures below to see some of the children's number sentences.

 

In science we continued to find out about the weather. The children learnt about temperature and practiced using a thermometer to take the temperature of some water. We then compared the temperature inside and outside of the classroom. We have also set up a daily weather monitoring station in the classroom.

 

In geography we found out about the Arctic Circle. We spotted it on the globe and explore pictures and videos to find out more about what you would find there. The children created their own mind maps which were sensational!

 

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Week Commencing 24th January 2022

This week the children worked super hard using all their learnt English skills to write a postcard home about Sunny the meerkats visit to Wellow school. They enjoyed designing and writing them and packing them in a post bag. Watch your postboxes…..

 

In Science we continued to investigate our topic of weather. We practiced acting out some weather symbols and watched some weather forecasts. We then went outside to use weather symbols to record the weather we could see as well as making a prediction for the weather tomorrow.

As part of our science lesson we also talked about the Big Bird Watch. We found out about some birds you might see in Wellow and we made some bird feeders to put in the glade. The children were super quiet when using the binoculars!

 

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Week Commencing 17th January 2022

Another action packed week in year one!

The children started the week finding out about the Hindu religion in RE. They had the opportunity to explore some objects that are special to the Hindu religion and we made our own class shrine. The children created flowers to add to the shrine and enjoyed finding out about Hindu celebrations such as Holi.

 

In English the children have been busy creating mind maps of all the things Sunny the meerkat has enjoyed at Wellow school. They then used these mind maps to help them write notes to Mrs Larcombe telling her all about Sunny’s adventures. The children were able to use the days of the week to add more detail to their writing too.

 

We have spent a few afternoons this week exploring levers and sliders in Design and Technology. The children learnt about how mechanisms can make things moved and we spent an afternoon creating out own sliders and levers. We then created our own moving pictures and the children could select which mechanism they wanted to use.

 

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Week Commencing 10th January 2022

Sunny the Meerkat arrived in Year One this week. He has come to visit Wellow School all the way from the Kalahari desert to see what the children do at school each week. The children were very excited and enjoyed finding out meerkat facts and writing about Sunny’s adventures.

 

In Geography, we continued our learning about continents but focussed on Africa. The children watched videos and looked at pictures of life in the Kalahari desert and then made their own mind maps.

 

In art this week we continued to look at the work of Mark Rothko and exploring hot and cold colours. The children were fantastic at remembering hot and cold colours and they though of lots of describing words to reflect these. We then explored how we could make a hot colour lighter by adding white and learnt that this was called a tint.

 

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Week Commencing 4th January 2022

Happy New year to you all. It was very exciting to welcome all the children back to school for a new term of learning. On Monday the children were surprised to receive a postcard from the Kalahari desert. It was from Sunny the meerkat saying that he was coming to visit next week. The children enjoyed using non-fiction texts and videos to find out facts about meerkats.

 

In Geography, we looked at the seven continents and practiced naming and identifying them. The children completed a jigsaw puzzle challenge and coloured their own continent map using a key. They are looking forward to finding out more about the continent of Africa.

During our Art session this week the children were introduced to a new artist - Mark Rothko. We discovered that he mainly uses hot colours in his paintings and the children explored and discussed what they noticed about his paintings. They then used their sketch books to explore hot and cold colours.

 

Take a look at the pictures below to see some of this weeks learning.

Week Commencing 13th December 2021

The children have managed to have a very enjoyable last week of term despite myself and Miss Lewis being away with Covid! I was so pleased to be able to see the class via Zoom on the last day of term. They were so excited to tell me all about the pantomime.

 

The children enjoyed making some Christmas snow globes this week experimenting with the different effects that chalk can make on black paper. They also designed and made Christmas hats for their class christmas party and wrote some letters to Santa.

 

Take a look below to see some of the pictures from the last week of term.

 

We would all like to wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the new year!

A big thank you to everyone who kindly sent cards, presents and well wishes to us all at the end of term. It was very much appreciated :) The Year 1 team.

Week Commencing 29th November 2021

Another action packed week of nativity rehearsals. The children have been brilliant during our dress rehearsals and are counting down the days until they can perform in front of a live audience.

 

We have also been busy finishing our decorations ready to sell to raise funds for the school. The children have made a Pom Pom, sewn their puddings, stuffed their puddings and made some holly for the top. During our art session this week the children made cork tree decorations for our school tree - each with it’s very own unique design.

 

In science we continued to learn about types of trees in our school grounds. We found an Oak tree and a silver birch and enjoyed spotting evergreen and deciduous trees.

 

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Week Commencing 22nd November 2021

We have been in full festive mode this week. The children have been practising the Christmas play on the stage and are becoming experts at singing the songs. They really enjoyed trying on their costumes this week too. As well as this, we have been busy putting the finishing touches to our Christmas decorations which will be available to purchase very soon. 

 

In Art this week the children looked at printing and how we can use natural materials to print with. The challenge was to create a repeating pattern print with their own choice of autumnal colours. I think you will agree the finished results are pretty amazing.

 

In RE the children learnt more about Diwali and have become really confident telling the story of Rama and Sita. They created their own story boards to help them remember the story.

 

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Week commencing 15th November 2021

As well as the Christmas nativity being in full swing the children have had an action packed time in year 1 this week.

In RE we have been thinking about candlelight. The children had the opportunity for some calm time to think about what candles meant to them. We then learnt about Diwali by listening to the story and finding out what candlelight means to the Hindu religion. The children made their own Diya lamp too.

 

We continued looking at our story of Where the Wild things are and thought about adding describing words to our writing. The children did a fantastic job of describing some strange creatures in the classroom and used these skills to write sentences about the setting of the story.

In maths we started looking at subtraction by thinking about subtraction stories. The children had lots of practice using objects in the classroom to help them tell stories using first, then and next. This has really helped with their understanding ready for introducing the symbol (-) next week.

 

Finally, we had some super scientists in class this week. The children found out all about trees and learnt the correct vocabulary to describe a tree. We then made our own 3D models and created our own labels for real life parts of the tree. Take a look below to see pictures of some of out learning in action.

Week Commencing 8th November 2021

This week the children enjoyed were very curious to find out about our new story. They looked for clues in the curiosity cube and talked about what they could see. We then looked at picture clues and discovered it was “Where the wild things are” by Maurice Sendak. The children enjoyed listening to the story and then designed and made their very own wild thing. The children enjoyed using adjectives to describe the very strange creatures they had made….

 

In Art we continued our focus on Andy Goldsworthy and looked at leaves. The children had to use their observation skills to identify all the colours they could see and then draw the other half of the leaf. We then had a session on using watercolours and the children were able to experiment by painting all the colours they could see on their chosen leaf.

 

In maths the focus has beeping addition and counting on to add together and counting on to find  a whole and a part. We used objects to help us represent our addition stories and then practiced counting on rather than counting all. The children were brilliant at this and by the end of the week were able to solve problems using this new skill.

 

Take a look below to see some pictures from this weeks learning.

Week Commencing 1st November 2021

This week a small group of children were lucky enough to attend the Key Stage 1 Gymnastics Festival at Starlight Trampoline and Gym Club in Romsey. Mrs Lewis was very proud of how all the children were enthusiastic to try new balances and shapes. Have a look at some of the picture below to see.

 

In English this week the children focussed on poetry. We explore some poems and looked at poems by Shirley Hughes. The children then used their senses to write their own Autumnal poems. The children were also very busy in maths this week exploring 2D and 3D shapes. As well as learning the shape names, the children explored pattern making and practiced describing shapes to each other.

 

In Art this week the children were introduced to the Artist Andy Goldsworthy. They had the opportunity to look at some of his work and to use natural resources to make their own art. We will continue to focus on Andy Goldsworthy for the rest of this half tem.

 

Take a look below to see some of this weeks learning.

Week Commencing 18th October 2021

What a crazy final week of term. The children have worked so hard this week to finish writing their instructions about how to make Gingerbread men. They used all the skills they have learnt over the past few weeks in English including sequencing, lists, full stops and capital letters.

 

The children were very excited to follow the instructions to make their very own Gingerbread Men. They were baked to perfection and the children spent the afternoon following the designs they had made to decorate them. I think you will agree they were very impressive.

 

In Art this half term the children have found out about Heather Knight and how she uses texture in her sculptures. After practising using objects from the glade to shoe texture on plasticine they made clay gingerbread and added texture using sticks, bark and classroom objects. Take a look at some of the pictures below.

 

Wishing you all a relaxing and peaceful half term. 

Week Commencing 11th October 2021

The children were very excited to find out that they will be making Gingerbread people next week and have been busy thinking about instructional language. On Monday they used first, then and next to help me make a jam sandwich and were very surprised when I followed their instructions exactly and ended in a bit of a mess!

 

In PE this week the children complete some circuit training activity. They had ten minutes on each station to develop their skipping skills, balancing, throwing and team work skills. I was very impressed with how hard they all worked.

 

In science we have started looking at trees and have been thinking about the differences between a deciduous and an evergreen tree. Next week we will start a longitudinal study to watch how a tree in our school changes throughout the year.

 

Take a look below for some pictures from this weeks learning.

Week commencing 5th October 2021

The children were very excited when they arrived at school on Monday and realised that the book corner was now a crime scene. They were brilliant at looking at all the clues and wrote predictions as to who they thought had made the mess. The suggestions ranged from the big bad wolf to Father Christmas and Mr Evans. On Tuesday they watched a video which showed it was the Ginger Bread Man who made the mess.

 

In maths this week the children looked at ordinal numbers and thought about when we use 1st, second and third. They completed lots of activities including ordering themselves across the classroom! We also started using a number line to help us jump between numbers and have been busy practising doing this accurately.

 

On Thursday the children used their Design and Technology plans to build a house for the 3 little pigs to live in. The focus was learning different joining techniques and they did a great job making adaptations to their houses!

 

Take a look below to see some of this weeks learning.

Week Commencing 20th September 2021

In Maths this week the children have started to compare groups and numbers. The children practiced using objects in the classroom and using our stem sentences “more than, less than and equal to”. Next week the children will start to use the inequality symbols < > and = to compare numbers to 20.

 

The children were very excited to received a letter from PC Green this week saying that the Big Bad Wolf had escaped in Wellow. The children had to use their fantastic describing words to help make a wanted posters. The posters were so fantastic that they received an audio message from PC Green the next day thanking them for their hard work!

 

As well as starting to learn out set 3 sounds, making Christmas cards and continuing to look at Wellow in Geography, the children started handwriting sessions. We all worked really hard with our long ladder family letters and have been working hard to keep our letters the same size!

 

A big thank you to all the parents that helped with the walk to church for Harvest Festival - your support was very much appreciated and the children really enjoyed singing our harvest songs!

Take a look at the pictures below for some of our learning from this week.

3 Little Pig Sentences

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Kung Fu Punctuation

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Kung Fu punctuation

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Week commencing 13th September 2021

The children are settling fantastically well into the new routines of year one and have had another fantastic week in learning.

 

In maths we looked at counting forwards and backwards. The children had lots of opportunity to practice this with numinous, number cards and number songs and by the end of the week were really confident with counting forwards and backwards from different starting points.

During our English sessions we looked at Kung fu punctuation and thought about capital letters and full stops. The children practiced their new moves while thinking and saying a sentence about our story ‘The three little pigs’. By the end of the week the children were writing wonderful sentences using full stops and capital letters.

 

In science we continued our learning about plants. The children learnt about the different parts of a plant and thought about why each part was important. They completed a jigsaw plant in their science books and made their own 3D collage with labels.

 

Take a look at the pictures below for some of this weeks learning.

Week commencing 6th September 2021

What a busy first week the children have had. We started the week with a treasure hunt around the school where the children had to find clues to reveal the story we would be looking at for the next few weeks. In English the children have looked at the story of “The Three Little Pigs” and so far this week the children have written speech bubbles, created story boards and made story spoons.

 

In maths we have been looking at sorting objects and counting objects accurately. The children were able to represent objects with counters and use a ten frame to show this. Next week we will be moving on to counting forwards and backwards…

 

In science the children have been looking at plants. They used magnifying glasses to look at the roots and petals and thought about what makes a healthy and unhealthy plant. The children have planted a bean to take home with the challenge of keeping it healthy. Take a look below at the pictures of this weeks learning.

Friday 3rd September 2021

We have been busy in school today getting the classroom ready for the start of term. Here are a few photographs of the class to share with your children. We look forward to welcoming you all on Monday.

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