Welcome to the Year 1 blog!
Each week we will be keeping you up to date with all the exciting and fun things that we have done in school. In addition to this please read our newsletter to find out what will be happening in Year 1 this term.
After so much hard work learning about reports we have now began writing our reports about African animals! Our reports are looking amazing and we are going to put them onto the display near our classroom when they are finished so please come in to have a read. This week we have also continued learning about time. We have really enjoyed finding o'clock and half past times on the small clocks. We have also liked timing our exercises and races to find out how long one second, one minute and one hour is.
We have been practising counting backwards from 100. This is something we are still finding tricky so please have a go at home when you have time.
This week was very exciting because we got to take our teddies for a sleepover at the library. We loved listening to stories that the librarian read to us and our teddies enjoyed it too. When we returned the next day we found out they had been very cheeky overnight and also had lots of fun reading books and eating snacks. We loved watching the video footage that the librarian caught! An extra surprise was that our teddy chose us a book to take back to school! Come and speak to Miss Lindsay if you would like to see the video.
This week was full of sports! Five children in our class got to go to Pudsey Olympics to represent Westroyd. They worked really hard and competed really well during the competition. All had lots of fun and hope to have another chance.
Then on Friday we all enjoyed our school sports day at the park. All children tried so hard with each of the activities. Most importantly we all had lots of fun!
This week was very exciting because we got a letter from Ken and Jill who work on a Safari Park in Kenya. They want us to help them get information about their animals to make a wildlife park. We learnt a report to help us build up our skills before sending them our pieces. The report we learnt is about Bengal Tigers.
In maths, we have been sharing into two groups to find half of an object or a number. See some pictures below.
In PE, we are loving the traffic light game where we have to stop when we see red, move on the spot for amber and move around when we see green. We have been learning how to strike the ball for games such as tennis, cricket and rounders. We can use the palm of our hand to strike the ball across the floor.
This week we have all enjoyed doing reading with Miss Lindsay. We have worked so hard on our reading and we were happy to be showing off everything that we have learnt. We have begun our Geography unit which is all about Kenya. We know Kenya is in Africa. We have thought about the climate in Kenya and what we would need to take with us. We know we wouldn't take fluffy socks because we would be too hot! But it would be a good idea to take sun cream so we don't get burnt!
Next week we are learning about the compass points to find our way around a map of the safari park in Kenya.
Welcome back after our last half term holiday of the year! We have loved been back at school this week. We have been very creative in our English work as we used our knowledge of journey stories to make our own. We have been very creative and some of us even remembered to use adjectives and exclamations!
Our favourite thing this week has been computing! Every afternoon we have had another chance at learning how to code. We loved using Espresso to make the pictures of the fish to move by inputting our own code. We know this is called an algorithm.
We have completed writing our own journey stories this week. Using our own story maps to help us we decided our own characters and problems to fit into the original story that we knew. We have been very lucky to have Miss Goodall teach us sometimes this week. She likes to teach us phonics and we enjoyed it very much. It was our last PE lesson with Sam this week. He said he will see us next year but we enjoyed putting our catching and throwing skills to the test in a game of Dodgeball.
It was Science Day on Friday and we investigated how to make water walk. We also loved watching Mr Dawson's water pressure powered rocket outside. He could make the bottle go as high as the school! It has been so exciting!
This week we have been very lucky to have a new teacher helping us out. We have began our computing topic which is coding. It was so much fun using a code to help get the fluffy creature through the maze. We are really looking forward to doing some more coding when Miss Lindsay is back!
We also completed some amazing observational sketches of elephants. Miss Lindsay can't wait to put them on our display!
Here are some photos of our science work.
Wow what a busy week! We were so excited about our trip this week. Before going on our trip we worked hard in Science to learn about different animals and their groups. We know animals can be grouped into mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, insects and amphibians. We have enjoyed sorting the animals in many ways.
Unfortunately it did rain for our trip but we were enthusiastic anyway! It was exciting going on the coach and we enjoyed playing eye spy on the way. We tried to spot some animals but our particular favourite was the Giraffe house. It was a bit smelly but we loved watching them.
This week we began our our weight and volume unit in Maths. We have learnt all about comparing the weight of different objects. We use a balance scale to compare objects. We know the heavier object will go down. If the buckets are balanced then the objects are equal. We also enjoyed using cubes to measure how much something weighed. We have continued learning Too Much Talk and have learnt all about exclamations and questions. We can select some from the story.
We have done some fun stuff at school this week. We have begun our new art topic which is sketching. We have started doing some observational sketches. First we do soft pencil lines and then we do hard pencil lines over the top. We are learning this because when we go on our trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park we will be sketching some of the live animals. In P.E Leeds Rhinos have been teaching us lots of different types of tig. We were very tired. This week we had a new PE coach. He was from Australia! We wont be seeing him next week though.
Welcome back to school. We are now in the summer term and our topic is called Africa. Now we are learning the story 'Too Much Talk'. Before we did any writing we learnt to retell the story in words. Miss Lindsay made us a story map and Mr Coates has put it on chains so we can see it all the time.
We ended the week with an easter egg hunt in the playground. We hope you all have a great Easter break.
This week we wanted to tell you that some of us have started practicing joined up handwriting. We started with some patterns to warm up our hands but we have started learning about the diagonal joins.
In maths we have been counting in 5's. We have 4 groups of 5 on our bodies. Ask us to show you where they are!
This week we found out more about Hainsworth's Mill and had a go at our own weaving. You can see these in our topic celebration next week on Friday.
This week we went to the library in Farsley. We walked nicely to the library and back. We read some books with the pirates that met us last week. One book was called Quick Quack Quentin- it was funny because Quentin had lost his 'a' and was trying to find another letter to make him quack again. We read another book about a boy called Danny and his dad. It was called Dressing Up Dad. Then we got to each choose our own book and draw some pictures to match the stories we read. It was lots of fun and we now know we can go to the library at any time.
This week on Thursday we celebrated World Book Day. It was fantastic seeing everyone dressed as different book characters. We enjoyed the whole day but especially enjoyed when Leeds Library service came in to see us. They were pirates and told us an exciting story where we all got to choose the next part. We are really excited to go to the library next week.
This week we have been thinking about our number bonds to 10 again. We now know that if we add 10 to one of the numbers then we can work out our number bonds to 20. We used the Numicon to help us. We have also opened our own bakery in class. We built it to look like the bakery on Pudding Lane during The Great Fire of London. We are really enjoying playing in there. We were also very brave this week and took on our second class assembly. Thank you to all the parents that came to support us.
On Tuesday it was Digit Day. We really enjoyed getting dressed up as numbers or as different maths things. We took on lots of challenges in the day. We found them very tricky but we showed lots of resilience. We all loved trying to build the tallest tower using only spaghetti and white tack. We also loved our challenge of running 13 laps each to count up the miles to Scotland. In our other maths learning we are working so hard trying to learn and memorise the number bonds to 10!
We continued our learning about the Great Fire of London. We sorted which things they had then and what things we have now. They used a leather bucket, a squirter and a horse and cart. Now we have trains, cars and fire engines with hoses. We learnt that houses were then not allowed to be built next to each other anymore. We finished reading Naughty Bus but next week we will be doing some more writing about naughty bus.
We also did a science experiment to test which materials are waterproof and which ones are absorbent.
We have begun learning what happened in the Great Fire of London. We enjoyed playing a game where we learnt that the fire started on Pudding Land and a man called Samuel Pepys wrote all about the fire in his diary. We know that things have changed in our world since 1666 and we now have fire engines and hoses to help put fires out. We used the timeline to see how long ago 1666 was.
We continued our work about materials and have tried grouping objects by their materials. See some of our pictures below.
We have been learning about the Naughty Bus. He is a cheeky bus in the book we are reading. He left the passengers waiting at the bus stop and he just drove past them. We thought about what those passengers might be thinking. We are getting very good at using question marks and exclamation marks in our writing. We have practiced almost all of the capital letters in our handwriting books. In PE we have perfected some of our rolls and jumps. We did a log roll, teddy bear roll and an egg roll. We did a pencil jump, a star jump and a twist jump. We are great Gymnasts!
We have been learning about Beauty and the Beast. We watched the Panto which came to school- it was Beauty and the Beast. We have been working hard to learn and write the story ourselves. In geography we have now learnt the 5 oceans. We know they are called: Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Artic Ocean, Southern Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.
We have completed our 3D models of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. This is the start of our learning about London.
Wow what a busy first week back we have had! The children have thrown themselves straight back into their learning and have enjoyed beginning to explore our new topic- Leeds and London. As we are doing lots of history and geography work this term the children have loved getting stuck into the atlases and maps to help them learn and name the 7 continents in our world. The children also enjoyed learning the 7 continents song to help them remember the tricky names. You can listen to this at home on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6DSMZ8b3LE) . We will continue this work next week but we will be looking closer at the countries in the UK and where Leeds and London are on the map.
We have begun our 3D models of sights in London. Look back next week for some pictures of them once we have completed them. Next week will be the Panto in school so we have lots to look forward to.
This week has been so exciting for year 1! We had to do lots of practicing of our Christmas performance to make sure it was ready to show our parents. We have worked so hard on this and were so proud of ourselves for doing it so well. However, we have even more exciting news to share! On Thursday when we had our Christmas party we had a very special visitor to Westroyd. It was Santa! All the children were very polite and asked Santa some interesting questions. We were very lucky because he brought us 3 presents to share in our class.
We finished our class text 'Beegu' this week. Because Beegu is a creature from space and has no shelter when she crash lands on our earth we decided to use our knowledge of materials to design and make a shelter for her. We knew that it rains a lot in our country so it needed to be waterproof walls and a door. We knew that plastic was waterproof and wood was strong and wouldn't get blown away in the wind. After our planning and discussion we worked in pairs to make our creations. It was very fun!
This week we have been throwing ourselves some more into our art topic. We have completed lots of home learning about different artists and materials and are bringing all our knowledge together to become artists in our role play area. The children have really loved working independently to create art work of their choice. We have enhanced our construction area as well this week as the children have been very interested in cars. We now have lots of materials for building cars and making tracks which has been enjoyed by all. We cant wait to see where these areas take us.
This week we have begun subtraction. Some of us have wowed the teachers with how we have taken on the new challenges. We are great at subtraction. At other times we have enjoyed our independent challenges. We were inspired by the book Frida and the Bear and took on the challenge to create a picture by just using a basic shape. We were very creative. We've also enjoyed our new science work. It was interesting looking at objects that were made out of different materials.
This week has been all about adding and subtracting! We are become professionals at choosing the equipment to help us solve addition and subtraction number sentences. We have explored using numicon, counters and numberlines. Some of us now are using drawing pictures to support us. We are really enjoying this topic. See some pictures below of our working out!
This week we begun our art topic. We have been thinking about Henri Mattisse and his style of work. We are looking forward to creating our own versions of his work but for now we have just copied a piece of his work which is called 'The Snail'. See the picture below for our amazing recreations.
This week we have been learning about the Centenary. We have learnt about what the animals did in the war. We have learnt also about the soldiers in WW1. We learnt that horses, dogs and pigeon had jobs in the war. We made some posters to encourage animals to help in the army. We enjoyed reading our class text this week which was called 'Flo of the Somme'.
We continued our work on addition in maths. Please keep working on this at home. Lots of us have bought poppies at the office to show that we are remembering.
We have also loved sewing poppies for our special display. See our photos below.
This week we celebrated Black History Week. It has been great to learn about Mary Seacole. We know she was a very kind lady who didn't take no for an answer. On Tuesday we were very lucky to have moving words to come in to teach us a poem and dance about Mary Seacole. It helped us remember many facts and inspired some of us to create our own songs.
We would also like to thank the parents who came to our topic open session on Thursday after school to see all of our learning.
We have learnt all about Carl Warner and the art work he produced. He is an artist and a photographer. He creates foodscapes. We have really enjoyed watching the behind the scenes videos to see how he creates his marvelous landscapes. It is so funny that he uses fruit and vegetables to be people. We will be designing our own food models next week so come back then to see our wonderful creations!
We have been very lucky this half term to have Mr Lawson come from Leeds Rhinos to teach us PE. We have been developing our throwing skills. This week we really impressed Miss Lindsay with our throwing and catching. We have become so good at throwing we know a range of different throws. One of our favourites is our overhead throw where we make a cactus before throwing. Ask us to show you at home.
This week we have enjoyed poetry day. We enjoyed listening to stories by Dr Seuss. We learnt all about rhyming words. We made our own silly poems using rhyming words and we shared them in assembly.
We have our harvest celebration at the church next week on Tuesday at 9:30. Please practice our stone soup poem and we hope to see you all there.
This week we have enjoyed more sensory experiments. We loved sharing our learning logs about our sensory experiences. Inn class we completed a taste test. We now know the tastes are called bitter, sweet, salty and sour. We pulled very funny aces when we tasted the sour lemon.
We have also been learning lots about fewer and greatest. We enjoy using the objects in the classroom to compare.
We have been learning more about the bog baby. We did some writing to describe the bog baby. We have been experimenting with our senses. We experimented with our sense of smell. We smelt lots of different pots and tried to guess what they were. We really liked it.
We have learnt to sing and dance 'dem bones'. If you would like to try at home please follow this link.
We were so happy this week because we won the mathletics competition! We have got the most points in our class. We get to keep the trophy all week!
We would like to remind you that our challenge 250 starts next week. Our first bronze spelling check will be on Friday.
What an exciting week we have had in year 1! We started our week off with our Wow day! We enjoyed drawing around and labeling our friends body parts and also we played lots of sensory games. Our favourite was pirate keys where we had to guess who had stolen they keys by listening very carefully. We have begun reading our focus text this week which is bog baby and we are looking forward to finding out more about bog baby next week.
Friday was also very exciting as we celebrated dot day. We have learnt lots about how we can give and receive feedback that can help us improve our learning. We made lots of dotty artwork as well but most importantly we talked about how we know we might not be able to do something now but if we keep trying and get some help we will be more successful!
This week we have been settling into our new classroom. We are very excited to be up in the main school building now. We have talked lots about how we want our classroom to look and what rules we are going to have to keep us happy and safe. We have really enjoyed building our doctors role play area and using the construction shelf to build houses.
We have learnt that our topic will be 'Me and My Body' so we are ready to learn lots about ourselves and how our bodies work.
These are some pictures of our first week in year 1!