Hello and welcome to Year 1's class page
We love to challenge ourselves independently and we are always trying to stretch our fantastic, elastic brains! We are resilient learners which means that we never give up, even if we find something really tricky.
We have chosen some websites which we would like to go on at home. These will help us with our learning, some of them are games / activities and others are songs.
Our class novel
We are reading these books in class. We really enjoy them! The author of them is Enid Blyton, can you find any other books that she has written?
Handa's Surprise Week
This week we have based our learning around the book Handa's Surprise. We have read the story, made 3D mud huts using a range of materials, made masks of the animals from the story and acted out the story thinking about the characters, setting and different sounds.
Rainy Parents' Picnic
Thank you so much to everyone that came to our indoor picnic. We all still had such a lovely time eating our snacks and playing games in the hall.
Looking after pets
In Science we have been investigating how to look after pets. We watched a video, researched on the RSPCA website and, most excitingly, met Fen the puppy! Mrs Newbury told us all about how she had to walk him, feed him and where he slept. He was very friendly and enjoyed his first time at school!
Our fabulous trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park
We had an amazing day yesterday at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and saw lots of interesting animals. Some of our favourite animals included the giraffes, lions, tigers and wallabies. We were such superstars for the whole day and asked lots of questions to find out information about them.
In Science we have been looking at snails and we went on a snail hunt. We searched for them in damp, muddy places as this is where they like to live. We found out that a snail is born with a soft, transparent shell and that it needs to eat calcium to make it harder.
Thank you to the parents that joined us for our health week afternoon. We discussed internet safety and did lots of activities reminding us how to keep healthy, like guessing the sugar content in foods and doing different exercises for 1 minute.
This week we have been comparing our school with a school in rural Kenya. We have links with Kumpa Holy Mothers School in Kajiado, Kenya so we have seen some pictures from their school and we have sent them an email to find out some more information. We created these amazing double bubble maps
In Science we have been looking at birds that are native to the UK. We went on a bird hunt to see what we could find in our local environment and discussed if they were ground feeders or if they liked to eat off bird tables.
After that we used pictures and books to help us create and label birds.
We have been amazing in our Sports Day today!! We all tried so hard and cheered each other on. Thank you to all of our families who came to watch.
We've had such a lovely time during our visit from Ian and his animals. We loved Snowball the super soft rabbit and Elsa and Anna the grumpy alpacas. We learnt a lot about where the animals are originally from, what they eat and what conditions they like to live in.
Hoola hoop day
We have had lots of fun this morning! We have learnt new skills and tricks using hoola hoops. Thank you to our mums and dads who could join us.
In Art this week we have been looking at African animals and their patterns. We have been exploring pattern by creating it with everyday objects.
We have loved the start of our new Topic, Kenya, and have really enjoyed getting to know the new areas!
In Science we have been looking at trees in our local area. We began by naming different common trees and finding out a bit about them, for example we found out that rowan trees grow little red berries that birds eat. We then became tree detectives! We went outside and did some bark rubbings to look at the different patterns, we collected sticks and leaves that had fallen from the tree and measured the width of the trunk.
Rescuing Bear Grylls!
We received a voicemail from Bear Grylls saying that he was stuck up a mountain and he needed us to save him. In groups we created our own company with a name and logo. We then planned how we were going to rescue him, lots of us decided we would use a helicopter. We then received a tweet saying that Bear had been rescued and our plans had worked! We acted in role, interviewing Bear Grylls and the rescuers.
A fun family afternoon
Thank you to all of our families for coming in to look at our fantastic camping diaries, we loved sharing our learning with you! We also did some brilliant sketches of the hens, pond and plants.
This half term we are learning about plants in Science and we have been exploring our school grounds to find them. We have looked at wild and garden plants and compared the differences between them. We have looked at the different colours and shapes of the plants to create an observational drawing and to label the different parts.
Thank you for sending in your post cards, we enjoyed plotting them on a map of the UK.
In Geography this week we have been researching the popular coastal town of Filey. We have found out about where it is, what there is there and what you can do there. Using a double bubble map we compared Filey to where we live in Alwoodley discussing living inland or on the coastline.
In English we are writing a non-fiction text, all about Nepal. Bear Grylls has been there before as he climbed Mount Everest, so we decided to find out more facts about it. We used Oddizzi to find the information. What facts can you remember?
In History we are learning about Captain Oates and we have been researching him using facts, photographs and QR codes. We have found out lots of interesting information, including that he wanted to be one of the first men to visit the South Pole.
Today we went for a walk around our local area. We had a checklist to show what different features we saw. We found lots of different types of houses, shops, road, trees and lots more! We discussed why we didn't see a beach or a mountain.
Writing number words and numerals
We have been learning to write our number words and worked as a team to count amounts and then write the numeral and the number word. We showed super spelling!
We have had such a fun day today! Bear Grylls sent his friend Chris to help us build dens and we had to make sure they were waterproof. First we got into groups and created our team names. Then we used plasticine and sticks to design the shape of our dens. Then we created our dens using sticks, ties and different covers - we really enjoyed it!!
PE - orienteering
In PE today we became Easter bunnies! We warmed up by playing 'the foxes are coming' and we had to make sure we hopped into a rabbit hole as quick as we could. We talked about how this made our heart beat faster and warmed us up ready for our lesson. We then did some orienteering in pairs. We had to solve the sums hidden on cards around the playground, we used a map to help us locate the cards. We did such a fantastic job that the Easter bunny left us a little treat at the end!
In Art this half term we have been creating an underwater scene. We began by drawing and collaging a fish and then we used different objects to print paper to look like seaweed and waves.
We have been making our Easter cards using finger prints, we loved adding the details.
We have loved our music lessons with Miss Heap this half term.
This half term in Geography we have been learning all about the United Kingdom. Yesterday we were learning about Wales and some of its famous landmarks.
Here we are building Mount Snowdon.
Counting up in a number
In Maths this week we have been solving multiplication sums and practising to count up in 2s, 5s and 10s. We first did this practically with lots of resources and then we practised using our fingers.
Last week we were looking at multiplication sums. We used language like 'groups of' and 'lots of' and bar models and counters to support our learning.
Do fish have fingers?
In Science today we have been investigating fish. We used magnifying glasses to look closely at the fish and used labels to name the different parts.
Amphibians and Reptiles
In Science this half term we are learning about animals. Today we have been using photographs, books and the internet to help us create different animals that are either amphibians or reptiles. We then added on labels to show the different features. Can you work out what animals we have made?
We loved our first session of Yoga with Rachel, we learnt lots of new positions and really enjoyed the relaxation time at the end of the session.
Wow! Another amazing set of creative and interesting projects. All of the children have put in a lot of effort and we have really enjoyed looking at them - thank you!
An arrow is worth 10, a star is worth 5, a triangle is worth 2 and a circle is worth 1.
How many ways can you make 20?
Chinese New Year
We learnt about the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival and made our own lanterns to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Using a ten frame
On Friday, we used a ten frame to represent numbers to 20 and to 30.
This was our first time using them and we were amazing with them!
Testing different papers
In Science we have been learning about materials and we decided to investigate different types of papers to see which were the best for different things. We looked at glossy paper, greaseproof paper, kitchen roll, writing paper and wrapping paper. We then investigated them to see which was the best for using crayon on, using pencil on, mopping up water and painting on.
What would your predictions be?
Using Ipads to Research
In History we used the Ipads to follow QR codes and find some information about Sir Francis Drake on the Internet. What facts can you remember?
Sir Francis Drake
We have been looking at clues and pictures from Artemis to help us work out who Sir Francis Drake was. After that we thought of some questions that we could ask him to find out information. Some of the questions we thought of are - Who are you? Where are you from? Did you sail on your ship? Did you travel around the world? Why do you need a compass?
What other questions could you ask him?
How to find the treasure!
In English we are writing instructions for pirates, helping them to find the treasure. We began by planning our instructions and working out where they needed to go, after that we rehearsed our instructions using Talk for Writing actions and now we are writing them up.
We have used wonderful vocabulary and have been concentrating very hard on our spelling and handwriting skills.
In Maths we have been using directional and positional language to describe and explain where something is or where it needs to be. We had a really fun afternoon using beebots on a treasure map, working out where Pirate Pete was positioned and using the beebot app on Ipads.
Spring 1 Newsletter
This half term our overall topic is 'pirates'. In History we are going to be learning about Sir Francis Drake, in DT we will be making a waterproof boat for a pirate, in Science we are looking at materials and in Computing we are doing text and graphics. We are looking forward to the fun term ahead!
Wow, what another set of outstanding projects! We have loved sharing and praising each others projects and we are amazed by how talented all of the children are.
Today we made some star shaped biscuits for Tim Peake. We followed some instructions to help make them and on Thursday we are going to write our own instructions so people know how to make our delicious biscuits.
Dancing at Leeds Beckett University
Yesterday some of us went to the University to perform a dance, led by the student teachers. We were the youngest year group there (and also the best!!) Our dancing was fantastic and we made all of the teachers very proud.
Printing with bubbles
Today we have been using bubbles to print with and we have been looking at the patterns and shapes that they create. Next week we are going to choose our favourite printing techniques to create a space scene.
History of transport
We received a replica of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 and decided to find out a bit more about rockets. We looked at when the rocket was first invented and compared it to when other types of transport were invented. After that we ordered them into a timeline.
Today we sorted numbers in more than and less than twenty. Then we partitioned the numbers into tens and ones using base ten.
We have been learning about Remembrance Day and finding out why we wear poppies. We began by watching a clip that taught us all about it and then we made finger print poppies. We painted them on to a background of diaries from the war, they were very interesting to read.
In Art this half term we are looking at printing and today we have begun by printing with paint and bubble wrap! We started by looking at pictures of different planets and thought about the different shapes and colours that we see. We discussed that they weren't all solid colours so we thought about how we could create this effect. We then stuck bubble wrap on to rolling pins and printed different colours and patterns.
Fun in the snow!
We were very excited about the snow this morning so we decided to go for a walk around the school grounds. We looked at where it had started melting, what shapes it made on different textures and how it made us feel. We then used our footprints to create 2D shapes in it.
This week we are learning about shape and today we have been describing different 2D and 3D shapes. What shapes can you see around your home? Can you describe them? Are all cuboids the same? Are all triangles the same?
Today we had lots of fun creating our own fireworks display on the playground! First we learnt about Guy Fawkes and found out why Bonfire Night started. We then watched some videos that showed amazing fireworks and after that we created our own with chalk. Did you see any fireworks over the weekend?
Our trip to the moon!
We received a letter from NASA today, asking us if we could go on an adventure to the moon to try and find Neil Armstrong's missing boot! We put on our space suit, jumped in our zooming rockets and blasted off to Space. We also made some twinkly stars in class, imagined we were astronauts and wrote a list of all of the things we would need to take on our adventure.
Autumn 2 - Newsletter
This half term our topic is 'Out of This World' and all of our learning will link to that. Please see the newsletter attached for more information.
Home Sweet Home
We really enjoyed going for a walk in our local area and we went down to the Post Office to send a letter! We wrote a letter to the local councillor of Alwoodley, telling him all the things we like about Alwoodley and how we could make it even better. On our walk we also talked about the different features we passed.
Can you make a map of the route we took?
Our wonderful projects
A huge thank you to all of the children and the outstanding effort that has been put in to the projects! Today we have enjoyed celebrating each others projects and having a look at them. They are amazing!!
Thank you to all the parents that came in to look through the children's books and see what we have been doing so far in Year 1.
In Maths we used red and blue pieces of card to help represent number bonds to 5 and to 10. This really helped us to understand different ways of making a number.
In Art we are looking at self portraits and we began by painting our faces and thinking about the different shapes and colours we need.
Human and physical features
In geography we have been learning about different features that you could find in England. We learnt the difference between human and physical features and sorted pictures into the two categories.
Can you think of any other human or physical features?
Masters of Maths!
We are trying to become masters of maths by showing how well we understand number. This week we have been representing numbers in lots of different ways, can you think of anything else that could represent these numbers?
In Geography we have been looking at the school and using language to talk about areas that are far away or near to our classroom. We then went on a walk around the school and created a map for Mrs Wyatt, so she knows where she is going!
This week the whole school thought about the environment and how we can look after it. Year 1 went for a walk to the woods to meet the rangers. We went on a bug hunt, looked at different trees and plants and made an animal using clay and some natural resources we found in the wood. We really enjoyed getting out and looking at nature.
In Year One we like to practise our spellings in lots of different ways. We use chalk on the pavements, turn our words into a wordsearch, write them with paint and make up rhymes to help us remember them.
Today we have been labelling different parts of a giant and we used a bridge map to help us. We carefully sounded out the words to find the correct label for the picture. Some of us challenged ourselves even further by having a go at writing the labels.
In Science we are learning all about our bodies. We have looked at our different body parts and thought about why we need them, eg legs for walking. Then we looked at the 5 senses and discussed which body part we need for each sense.
Our first week in Year 1
We have had a great start to the year and have enjoyed getting to know our classroom! We have been challenging ourselves independently in the different areas, which include construction, workshop, writing and roleplay.