Welcome to year one.
Welcome to year one. We are very excited to welcome all the children back to school. Please check the class blog regularly as it is updated with lots of photos and information about what the children have been learning in school each week.
Mrs Bodman and Mrs Skinner
Week Commencing 29th March 2021
A super busy final week of the Spring term! The children have worked very hard producing some wonderful learning outcomes. In English, the children looked at lots of different postcards. They were detectives and had to use their reading skills to decide who the postcard was to and from and where they had been. After talking about the features of the postcards the children wrote their own postcard from Sunny the meerkats perspective.
In RE this week we continued thinking about times where we were sad and then happy and then looked at the Easter story. The children enjoyed listening to the story and discussing which were the sad and happy parts of the Easter story. They then used this to create their own story boards of the story.
In Art this week we finished our learning journey looking at hold and cold colours. The children applied all of the skills they have learnt to produce a final outcome piece. They selected an animal that lived in a hot or cold place and then used their tinting skills to paint a background or it. I think you will agree the final pieces are very impressive.
Finally, year 1 joined in with a whole school “History in the Making” topic this week where we considered the Census and the Pandemic. The children contributed some great ideas throughout the enquiry and some fantastic discussion was generated from our picture gallery and “line of uncertainty’. At the end of the learning enquiry the children made a commemorative tile depicting the image they felt was most significant about the lockdown period.
Take a look at the pictures below to see some of our learning this week. We hope that you all have a relaxing and safe Easter break.
Week Commencing 22nd March
All the children have shown incredible resilience this week whilst sitting their reading and maths tests. I have been really impressed by the hard work and concentration of all the children. Well done Year 1!
The children were excited to receive a letter from Sunny the meerkat this week explaining that he had gone back home to the Kalahari dessert after his visit to Wellow. The children learnt about how to write a note and have been busy writing to some very special people telling them about Sunny’s visit to school.....watch your letterboxes!
In science, we continued to look at the properties of materials and the children completed an experiment to answer the question “Which material has the best properties to make a coat for Eddie the Explorer?”. Eddie was off to a very wet destination so the children decided that waterproof, strong and bendy would be the best properties!
Finally, in RE we have started to look at the concept of “Happiness and Sadness” before considering the Easter story next week. The children discussed times when they had been sad and then happy and recorded their ideas carefully using pictures and labels.
Take a look below for some pictures from this weeks learning
Week Commencing 15th March 2021
The children have continued with their fantastic attitudes to learning this week. On Monday we were very excited to have received a special delivery all the way from the Kalahari Desert. Sunny the Meerkat has spent the week in our classroom seeing what the children get up to at Wellow. We recorded a Meerkat Documentary (this can be seen on Google Classroom) to wow Sunny with all the facts that we had found out about meerkats and have been using the days of the week in our writing to keep a record of what Sunny has got up too!
In Geography we found out about what it was like to visit the Kalahari Desert. We looked at globes and aerial maps to explore what the landscape was like and talked about the human and physical features of the landscape. The children really enjoyed finding out about this area.
In Art this week we looked at hold and cold colours. Firstly, we explored the art work of Rothko and Kandinsky and talked about what we liked and disliked about these paintings. We explored hot and cold colours using our sketch books and thought of words to express how those colours made us feel. The finished products were very impressive.
Take a look at the photos below to see some of our learning this week.
Week commencing 8th March 2021
It has been so lovely to have the children back in school this week and to hear the familiar chatter of them talking and catching up with their friends. They have quickly settled back into school life and school routines and have engaged brilliantly with all the learning activities.
This week in English the children have been exploring the text Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett. We have been busy finding out lots of meerkat facts using non-fiction books and are eagerly awaiting Sunny’s arrival into class. Emily Gravett is also our featured author and we enjoyed some of her other stories on book day. The children used a mon-printing technique to re-create some of the illustrations from her books. This will form part of a whole school collaborative art project which we are very excited to share with you.
In maths the children continued to learn about weight exploring objects that were lighter and heavier and comparing the weights of objects. The children used cubes to weigh how much several classroom objects weighed and recorded their findings in a table.
We also began our “Materials” unit of learning in science. The children had the opportunity to explore different materials and had a sorting activity to complete in teams. We also played a very exciting game of “materials relay” which the children really enjoyed.
Take a look at the pictures below to see some of our learning this week.
Week commencing 7th December 2020
This week the children have continued with their learning journey in English and have been working on their final outcome pieces. These are where the children write independently using all the skills they have been taught so far. The children have produced some wonderful descriptive sentences describing the Wild Things and the settings from the book.
In maths this week we have completed the unit of learning about place value (11-20). This included the children comparing two numbers using the inequality symbols and saying what is the same and what was different between the two numbers.
The children are very excited about Christmas and are looking forward to the Christmas lunch, parties and other festive fun we have planned next week. They all looked wonderful in their Christmas jumpers - thank you for supporting Save the Children.
Week commencing 30th November 2020
Wow what a performance ! On Friday the children finally recorded our short Christmas Production of "The Jolly Christmas Post People". They have worked so hard and really were all superstars. The children all sang their hearts out and each and every one of them tried their very best. I was so very proud of them all. We hope you enjoy watching the show with your children when it is released.
Alongside practising and performing in our play we have been very busy this week. The children have continued to think about place value of numbers to 11-20 and we have been thinking about one more and one less than these numbers. The children made lots of numbers in different ways and we talked about what was the same and what was different.
Also this week we finished out Art learning about Andy Goldsworthy. The children used plasticine to make their own stamps and added details. They then experimented using these stamps to make leaf prints. The results were really successful as you can see. Take a look at the pictures below.
Week Commencing 23rd November 2020
This week the children continued their learning about 'Where the Wild Things are'. The children created their own story board to re-tell the story and wrote captions for each picture using full stops and capital letters. I think you will agree that the end results were pretty amazing !
In maths we looked at the numbers 11-20. The children learnt that each of the numbers was one ten and some more. We had lots of practice of making numbers and using the stem sentence "The number is...it has ...tens and ...ones"
Christmas preparations have also continued in year one this week. The children were really excited to start practising the play on the stage and using props. We have also been making some natural and environmentally friendly decorations for the school Christmas tree.
Take a look at the pictures below to see some of the learning that has taken place this week.
Week Commencing 16th November 2020
The children have been fantastic this week! I have been so impressed with how quickly they have learnt their words for the Christmas Play and how enthusiastic the singing has been. We are really excited to be able to share our short production with you.
In maths this week the children learnt about 2D and 3D shapes. We explored lots of different shapes and spotted 2D shapes on the faces of 3D shapes. The children enjoyed making repeating patterns with the shapes and identifying which shape would come next in the pattern.
During our English sessions we continued to think about our text "Where the wild things are". The children enjoyed retelling the story using pictures and produced some wonderful writing where they used adjectives to describe Wild things from the book.
Week commencing 9th November 2020
This week as part of our "Where have the leaves gone?" topic the children have looked at the artist Andy Goldsworthy. We started by exploring his art and talking about what we liked and disliked about it. The children then used everyday objects to create their own Goldsworthy inspired art. As the week progressed the children explored colour with watercolours and pencils producing some wonderful final pieces.
In English the children enjoyed writing their Autumn poems and performed them to their friends. We started a new text called "Where the Wild Things Are" with the children having to use adjectives to describe the characters. The children designed and made their own "Wild Things" with some very creative results!
We completed our unit of learning on subtraction this week with the children using giant number lines to practise counting back and finding the difference. Next week we will begin to look at 2D and 3D shapes and start to practise for our Christmas performance. Take a look below at some of the pictures from this weeks learning.
Week commencing 2nd November 2020
Welcome back to what I think will be another action packed half term. Alongside the rest of the school year 1 joined in with poetry week and enjoyed exploring Autumn poetry by Shirley Hughes. The children enjoyed listening to a range of different poetry and recorded Spaghetti by Jack Prelutsky - take a look at the video below of the children performing it!
On Monday the children will be writing their very own Autumn poems.
This week the children also learnt about Remembrance Day. We made poppies for the school statue using a range of different art techniques. Mr Powell joined us on a class walk to the Wellow War Memorial and the children asked him a range of very interesting questions.
In Science we have started to look at trees. We learnt the correct vocabulary to talk about the different parts of a tree and made and labelled our own 3D collage. Take a look at some of our other learning from this week below.
Children performing Spaghetti Spaghetti Poem
Week commencing 19th October 2020
What a finish to the first half term! The children have really enjoyed all their learning this week. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 the children were unable to bake their own Gingerbread this year but really enjoyed using their instructions to tell Mrs Skinner what to do. They used great instructional language to tell Mrs Skinner what she needed to do first, next and last. The children really enjoyed using their designs to decorate their Gingerbread people - they were all very unique !
There was some great teamwork in year 1 this week when the children used their design skills to make a house for the 3 little pigs to live in. They needed to think about strong materials and the house had to include a chimney windows and an opening door. The children learnt about different ways to join materials and the finished results were very impressive. I did my very best to huff and puff them down (with a hairdryer) but they stood strong !
I hope you all have a lovely half term !
Week commencing 12th October 2020
Another action packed week full of learning ! In R.E this week the children have been considering the concept of "Specialness". I shared with the class some places that are special to me and my family and the children participated in a class discussion about places which were special to them. I was very impressed with how well they explained their reasons and listened to each others ideas. Later in the week we considered places that were special to Christians and went on a virtual tour of a Christian Church.
Multi-sports day was a great success! The children had a very enjoyable morning trying out hockey, golf and cricket. The children had coaching from outside visitors and developed new skills in catching, putting and ball skills. We had several comments from the outside visitors about the excellent behaviour from our class - well done year 1!
We are very excited about the last week of term where we will be making some Gingerbread Men and designing a house for "The three little pigs"..watch this space !
Week commencing 5th October 2020
This week we the children have continued to think about how to write instructions to make some Gingerbread. First of all they had to tell me exactly how to make a jam sandwich which ended up with some very funny results !
In maths we have been looking at the part-whole model and the children have been fantastic at understanding that bigger numbers can be partitioned into smaller numbers. The children have also really enjoyed completing their science investigation looking at the best environment to grow a healthy bean. This week we looked at the results and the children talked about which bean looked the healthiest. They were very surprised to see the one in the dark was the tallest but decided that it didn't look strong or healthy. The children used their observation skills to produce some wonderful and accurate scientific diagrams showing their results.
Finally, we made Christmas cards. We looked at Pointillism ( a technique of painting small distinct dots to form an image) and the children worked really hard to paint their own Christmas trees....watch this space ! Take a look at the photos below to see some of our learning this week.
Week commencing 28th September 2020
It was a very exciting start to the week when the children arrived on Monday and found a crime scene in the classroom. We talked about all the clues and described them to our friends and the children decided that the Gingerbread man might have visited the classroom. Throughout the week in English we explored the story thinking about our favourite part of the story, created a story board and wrote shopping lists of what we might need using our phonics to help us spell.
In Geography we continued to look at our local area using maps, satellite images and Google Earth. The children then drew their own maps of Wellow and thought about how to use a key to identify local features.
In Maths we continued to look at place value and explored how to order numbers. The children then practiced using number lines in class ready to begin looking at partitioning next week. Take a look at the photos below to see some of the learning in year 1 this week.
Week commencing 21st September 2020
The children have been super busy in year 1 this week. We started the week thinking about what plants needed to stay healthy. The children planned an experiment and we are growing four different beans in the classroom with no water, no light, no soil and one with everything the children think a plant needs to grow healthily. The children planted their own bean to take home and look after too!
In maths we have continued to look at place value and comparing numbers using the inequality symbols (< > and =) as well as ordering numbers. The children really enjoyed comparing numbers and objects in the classroom and were very successful at ordering numbers. In English the children finished their work on "The Three little Pigs" and wrote a sequenced story. Mrs Larcombe was very impressed with the children's independent writing.
Have a look at the photos below from this weeks learning!
Week commencing 14th September
Thank you for all the wonderful pictures on Google classroom of the children sharing their favourite stories. I have really enjoyed looking at them all and sending the children some comments.
We have had yet another action-packed week in year one with the children working hard with all their learning. In English this week we have been learning about full stops and capital letters. The children learnt Kung-fu punctuation for full stops and capital letters and practised forming sentences. Check out the videos below!
During our Science lessons, we continued to find out about plants and learnt about their components. The children then created some wonderful collages to help them remember.
Keep up the great work year 1!
Week commencing 7th September 2020
This week the children were very excited to find a treasure map in our classroom. We looked carefully at the map and talked about what we could see. The children decided it was a map of Wellow School. We used the map and found lots of clues which told us the story we would be looking at would be "The Three Little Pigs".
In science this week we have been looking at plants. The children became plant detectives and hunted common plants around the school ground. We also used our observation skills to look closely at plants identifying their roots, stems, leaves and flowers.
Welcome to year one
The classroom is all ready for the children to enjoy. Here are a few pictures of the year 1 learning environment.