Teacher – Miss Southall
TA – Mrs Green
Welcome to Year 1. We hope that this page will give you some useful information, but also show you some of the fun things we have been learning about and doing in our lessons. Please see the link to our Parent Planner below, which outlines our topics for the Autumn Term. We will add photographs throughout the year of the exciting work we have been doing and any trips we have been on!
Thank you for all your support, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
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Home Learning – Monday, 11th January
Learning is FUN!
It has been another great, fun-filled week in year 1.
History and English – Homes from the Past
We have continued to learn about homes from the past and on Wednesday the Tudors arrived in school. We enjoyed trying on clothes from the past and comparing differences and similarities between past and present times.
Design and Technology Day
Friday was year 1’s Design and Technology day. The theme was houses and so we linked it to our History topic ‘Homes from the Past.’
The children were really interested in Tudor houses and so we decided to build our own. We looked at the features of a Tudor House and made a list of the characteristics and features we would need to include on our own design such as, the famous Tudor overhang (jetty) and black and white colouring with wooden beams.
The children loved working together to mock build their houses. They decided which boxes would be best for the top middle and bottom. Everyone worked together to discuss how they could stick the boxes together and cover them to create the white look, before adding wooden beams.
Team Year 1!
The final designs were fantastic. The children worked extremely hard and together as a team throughout the day. Children used their design thinking skills and offered suggestions to solve problems. We are very proud of Year 1. What a brilliant day.
Fun with Fractions!
This week, in maths, we have been learning about halves and quarters.
This morning we had a food delivery in year 1! However, we needed help sharing the food! The children have enjoyed using practical activities to help strengthen their understanding of fractions.
Victorian Homes and Artefacts
Cross curricular – History and English.
Today we enjoyed learning about Victorian homes. We explored Victorian artefacts and discussed similarities and differences between past and present home life.
The artefacts helped inspire the children’s writing and consequently the children wrote some beautiful sentences. We also listened to music on a gramophone whilst we wrote (a request from the children!).
A lovely lesson.
Science – Exploring and Investigating Different Materials
Today, in our science lesson, the children used their investigation skills to observe differences and similarities of a variety of materials.
The children explored trays containing a selection of materials and worked together to identify the ‘odd material’ that had a different property to the rest. We investigated hard, stretchy, floppy, magnetic, plastic and metal materials.
Today was Science Day and we had a FAB time!
It has been a jam-packed day filled with investigations and experiments. The children have loved being scientists today. We have made predictions, discussed fair tests, observed, investigated, and carried out plenty of egg-speriments!
The Great Egg Drop Challenge – What kind of container will stop an egg from breaking?
Choosing materials to make our containers.
The children explored and investigated a variety of materials. We predicted which materials would best protect our eggs and used these predictions to help create a container.
How Strong is an Egg?
This was lots of fun and sparked great discussion amongst the children. All children were involved and eager to predict and investigate the strength of an egg.
Each child held the egg in the palm of their hand and squeezed (with the best squeezing faces you have ever seen), as hard as they could, to see if the egg would crack. The children were mesmerised when the egg would not break.
We later enjoyed learning about why the egg would not break.
How strong is an egg – continued.
The Book Balance Challenge!
This experiment involved 4 eggs and lots of books! We investigated to see how many books the eggs would hold before they cracked.
The children made predictions and originally believed that the eggs would crack after one book. 22 books later, the children were astonished that the eggs still had not cracked.
Finally, after discussing the different weights of each book, we decided to place an ‘extra heavy’ book on top of the pile. The cheers and delight at the eggs finally cracking was a wonderful moment to experience.
Eeek! “Miss Southall, it’s going to SMASH!”
On Monday we arrived at school to find a lovely surprise. Eggs had been delivered!
We have enjoyed watching the eggs grow and observed the small daily changes.
We gathered for Collective
To celebrate Ash Wednesday, the children gathered for a collective worship. During the collective worship, we sprinkled ashes over each child’s heads along with the words ‘Be good for Jesus.’
We then visited the peace garden to release the remaining ashes back in-to the earth. This was a lovely opportunity for the children to share their Lent promises. We ended with a prayer for all of the children re-turning to school the following week.
We learnt that the ashes are made by burning palm leaves on Shrove Tuesday and are usually mixed with oil or holy water.
World Book Day!
World Book Day was a fun filled day! We all loved watching the masked reader! It was fun trying to identify each teacher. The children made their own masks and we sat together to share our favourite books – whilst eating biscuits!
We LOVE reading in year one!
Tuesday 9th March 2021
This weeks story in Literacy is The Odd Egg, which links nicely to Science week and the chicks we have hatching in school.
Today in Literacy, we used ‘freeze frames’ and ‘thought tapping’ to capture moments of the story and how the characters may have been feeling.
We had great fun and it helped inspire the children’s independent writing.