Year 1 Blog
Welcome to the blog for our Year 1 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.
Green Class Teacher
Mrs De Vynck
Purple Class Teacher
In year 1 this week we continued learning about measure – you know you’re learning about measure when you can ask the questions, “How much….?” or “How many…?” whether the measure topic is length, weight, capacity, time or money. This week the children thought about, talked about and did practical tasks to do with mass, or weight. For most of the time we used non-standard units to measure, compare and contrast different weights. On Friday we felt and weighed using a kilgram weight. In green class, we couldn’t find anything in the room which was heavier than one kilo – not that would fit in the balance scales, anyway! For non-standard units, we talked about which units were useful and ones not – eg would paperclips be good to weigh with – how about marbles? Also we considered the fact that every unit must be identical. If you use big and small marbles together you’ll get unreliable weights.
On Friday the children wrote character descriptions. They used good adjectives to describe one of the three main characters in “Little Red Riding Hood”, as well as “and” or “but” to join ideas together, and tried to incorporate different forms of punctuation (eg ! or ? of ” ” when writing what they said.)
Mrs Munsey was in class on Thursday, when the children looked at pictures of different landscapes and sorted them. The children had a good grasp of seaside, countryside and town/city. This is part of our learning about the seaside, which we will focus on on Monday 8th May. A note will go home asking the children to come dressed in seaside-type clothes on that day, to help get into character.
We have continued looking for signs of spring, as the season really comes into its own. When we went outside the children noticed the leaves on the tree in the attached photo. I asked why the first leaves were the ones at the top of the tree. Suggestions included that the leaves there got rain and sun first. I suggested that the sunshine was what got these leaves growing first. We have discussed and watched videos of how the tilt of the earth causes the seasons, and that the primary driver for different seasons is the varying amounts of sunshine (daylight, hence “short days and long nights” or “long days and short nights”.) This is quite a tricky topic for year 1 and one we will continue to discuss.
On Friday I was totally impressed by the children’s partner work in gymnastics, when we use large apparatus. We watched a video of gymnasts mirroring each others’ routines and balances. At first, the children found it tricky to do this with their own partners. Then, when one pair successfully did the same balance on the apparatus, with one part of their body touching, the rest did different symmetrical balances really well. I’ll attach some photos.
I hope you’re all having a nice weekend and looking forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday, in May!
Thank you so much for the Upcycling entries. We love the originality!
We will accept entries until Wednesday 3rd May, judging will take place on Friday 5th May.
Thank you for sending your children in with their special books. They discussed the reasons why they are precious to them and have made a lovely “book about books” with their drawings and ideas written down.
Here is a picture of the “Big Art collage” Mrs Reed did with the class yesterday. It shows the seaside, with the cliffs, sand and sea, as part of our cross-curricular learning. It looked stunning
We have had two excellent entries for the “Upcycling” competition. You still have time to send your creations in.
Thank you, again, to the steady stream of Sainsbury vouchers. I – or my son – can hardly keep up with counting them!
As part of the RE learning this term, Year 1 will be thinking about books which are special to individuals and to faiths. As part of this learning, please could each child bring in a book which is special to him/her, for whatever reason, and be ready to explain why it is precious to him/her. Maybe it was given for a birthday or special occasion, maybe it was given by a family member that he/she is particularly close to, or one that he/she really enjoyed as a young child and wanted to listen to all the time!
Please make sure that the child’s name is in the book somewhere.
Thank you very much.
Over the past two days the children have done a variety of activities based on the school’s fiftieth birthday and also done the sorts of activities which children did in the 1960’s. They have played traditional party games and “beetle drive”, made tie-die cloths, painted flowers, designed and coloured “groovy” bubble writing and collectively drawn a “peace tree”. Today we all enjoyed going outside and playing “in and out the dusty bluebells” and “The farmer’s in his den”. We have also been practising the twist. Perhaps your children could show you their moves! Everyone looked fantastic in their 1960s clothes. When I asked the class what they thought of when they thought of green class, they all said that they thought of the people – the adults and the children. So a photograph of everyone in green class will go in the time capsule which will be buried tomorrow.
Just a reminder that the Upcycling Competition starts on Monday. There is a gentle reminder below;
Can you turn old wellies, plant pots or recyclable materials into something new? We will be displaying the entries outside in the gardening patches. There will be 3 prizes awarded for the best entry for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. All entries to be handed in to your class teacher, Week Commencing 24th April 2017.
Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin
We have collected another 1500 over the last 2 weeks, which takes our total to just over 5000, which is already nearly as many as during the whole of last year. Please remember your vouchers this holiday and let’s see how quickly we can get to our halfway mark of 6000.
Green Class has done some Easter-related activities over the past few days. Mrs Lyal made hot cross buns with them and the children wrote sentences saying what the different parts of the hot cross buns represent. “They don’t look like the ones you get in the shop,” said one child! They looked quite delicious. The photos show the children racing to hide tiny wooden Easter eggs for their partners to find, on their directional instructions. The Easter concert saw some lovely singing. Year 1’s rendition of “Noah’s Ark” was excellent and they showed their good understanding of dynamics by changing the volume of the verses according to the events being described. We had good fun today, working as team, remembering left and right and which months are in which season by playing parachute games. It’s great to be able to play games like “cat and mouse” as the children are safe, considerate and follow the rules very well. It was very exciting today to see that the tree in our garden has some small leaves, as the buds uncurl to make green leaves. There are now some bulbs flowering and next term we will start planting some more plants and watch what happens. Thank you for coming in and sharing your child’s work. You are very welcome to do that any day after school. We have discussed that today is the last day of March and that tomorrow it will be April, the fourth month of the year.
I wish you all a safe and happy Easter holiday together and look forward to seeing you all again in April.
The Spring term comes to an end after yet another busy week in Purple Class.
On Wednesday we had our Spring concert which was exceptionally well attended. The children performed beautifully and we were proud of how they have learnt their songs and how played their instruments with good timing.
Yesterday and this morning we welcomed parents and carers to our open classrooms so they could look through their children’s books and their work on displays. Thank you all of you who could come and spend some time talking to the children about their learning. They really look forward to these moments and looked so proud to show their achievements.
We will be back on the 19th April straight into our 50th Anniversary celebrations. The children have been practicing the words for our anniversary concert songs: “I’m a Believer” (The Monkees), “All you need is love” (The Beatles) and “Congratulations” (Cliff Richard), just in case you hear some old tunes being sung at home. We look forward to coming back to some festive activities and wish you and your families a happy and safe Easter holiday.
Mrs De Vynck
Hopefully, today is the start of more learning opportunities outside. Green class went outside to draw the “class tree” at this time of year. The children have been drawing the same tree in different seasons, to show the changes which occur over time. They are focussing on drawing only what is there, an excellent opportunity for cross-curricular learning of Science and Art (observational drawing)
We also discuss the changes in our class garden. There are not that many plants, but we can observe which flowers come through at which point in the year. We are looking forward to adding more life to our garden.