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.
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!