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.
In Year 1 we have two classes 1NR and 1CB. Our teachers are called Miss Rick and Mrs Black, and we have three Learning Support Assistants called Mr Currie, Mrs Spence and Mrs Shahid.
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.
Meet the Team
Class teacher: Miss Rick and Mrs Black. Learning Support Assistants: Mr Currie, Mrs Spence and Mrs Shahid.
School Council Representative
In 1CB we have Blake and in 1NR we have Ria :)
Year 1 Curriculum Overview for the Year 17/18
Year 1 Newsletter
Helpful Links and Documents
Our Class Novel
We read the Enchanted Wood and The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton throughout the year. Can you find any other books that she has written?
Home Learning - 17.4.18
Please find this week's home learning below.
We have had the most fantastic day building dens. Bear Grylls sent his friend Chris in to help us. We all made a den big enough to fit our team in and tried very hard to make them waterproof. We showed amazing resilience, problem solving skills and super team work. Miss Rick and Mrs Black were very proud of us all.
Investigating Garden Plants
In Science this half term we are looking at plants. Yesterday we went around school to hunt for different garden plants, we saw daffodils, primulas, hyacinths and other garden plants. We named them, drew them looking closely at the leaves, flowers, stems and colours and compared the different plants.
Yesterday, the Woodland Trust came into school and planted trees with us. We helped dig the holes, put the tree in the hole and cover up the hole with soil. We used canes to help keep the trees growing straight and covered them to protect the trees from rabbits chewing at the roots.
World Book Day
We have loved World Book Day. We enjoyed reading with parents, carers and grandparents this morning. We then listened to the story We're Going on a Bear Hunt by our class author, Michael Rosen. We then did some sound scaping for the story and made a crafty story map. After this we went around school on a book hunt, chanting the words "We're Going on a Book Hunt." Then we did some research about Michael Rosen and found out some facts about him. Finally we finished of the day with a fantastic assembly and went to visit a different teacher to hear a story.
In Art this half term we have been exploring our favourite foods. We have sketched them, drawn them large, practised making them with playdough and finally we have made them with clay. We have learnt lots of skills such as throwing the clay to flatten it, rolling into a ball, and adding pieces on in a way to prevent bits breaking and falling off.
This half term in PE we are doing Yoga. We started by reading the book, 'My Daddy is a Pretzel'. We then practised some Yoga poses such as, Dragon, Plank, River and Dolphin. We then played Yogi Says (just like Simon Says) to practise the poses.
We are enrolled on a pilot scheme to use the brand new PBuzz musical instrument. We had a fabulous first lesson, understanding about duration and long and short notes. We even managed to make long and short F notes on the PBuzz.
We had so much fun exploring more printing techniques in Art last week!
Whatever Next Drama
Last week the drama company 'On Your Feet' came into class. They performed the story of Whatever Next for us and involved us in lots of ways like using our bodies to make rockets shapes, making lots of rocket sounds and writing adjectives to describe different settings.
Researching Neil Armstrong
In History we are learning about Neil Armstrong and thinking about why he is famous. We researched lots of facts about him on the internet through websites and video clips. We wrote down everything we could remember onto post-it notes and stuck the to a giant white hat.
Bubble Wrap Printing
In Art this half term we are going to be experimenting with a range of printing techniques to create space-like pictures. We started with using bubble wrap, paint and rolling pins. It was very effective!
'To Infinity and Beyond' Launch
We had a great time last week launching this half term's theme of Space and Neil Armstrong. We did lots of activities like writing lists of things we would need to take on a space mission, designing alien masks and we even went of an adventure to space and started to write a recount about it.
We had a fantastic time at our Christmas party yesterday. We danced, played party games, laughed and ate yummy party food! Thank you everyone for bringing in the snacks.
We had a great day last week, designing making and improving pirate ships. Our brief was to make a pirate ship that could float and travel from one side of the water tray to the other carrying a Lego pirate and a piece of gold treasure.
Thank you so much to all the parents for coming into class on Wednesday. The children loved reading their stories with you and addressing their letters to Santa. Thank you also for your generous contributions to the reverse advent calendar for the St George's Crypt, the boxes are over flowing!
In Maths we have been making two digit numbers with base ten to represent tens and ones.
In RE this week we were thinking about occasions we celebrate and why we are thankful for them. We started by naming different occasions we celebrate like Eid, Holi Festival, Christmas, Birthdays and Celebration Assembly. We then met Suzy Spider who loves to say thank you. We sat in a circle and sent a ball of wool around to each person and said thank you to them for something they do to make us feel special, it created an amazing spider web.
In History this half term we are learning about Sir Francis Drake. To launch our History lessons we looked at lots of picture clues and artefacts to help us generate questions we want to find the answers to over the next few weeks.
In Science this half term we are looking at different materials, their properties and why they are suitable for a given job. This week we were looking at rock, brick, water and glass. We sorted the materials and used lots of words to describe them, we even learnt the words transparent and opaque.
Pirate Topic Launch
This half term our Topic is Pirates. We started the week with a launch day, doing lots of activities like creating 3D parrots, making paper plate ships and pirate faces and going on a treasure hunt.
This half term in Science we are looking at different materials and their properties. We have started this week by sorting items made from wood, plastic and metal. We discussed their properties and the thought why some materials are best suited for a purpose.
We enjoyed learning about Diwali yesterday and loved making our Diwali cards.
AMAZING 'Giant' Projects
We have been blown away by the effort that has gone into making the most fabulous 'Giant' themed projects. We had a gallery style viewing this morning and looked at each others projects and discussed what we loved about them.
Well done everyone, certificates are on their way!
Making Giants in Art
In Art this half term we having been drawing self portraits. We enlarged them on the photocopier to make them giant, them we drew the body drawing to scale.
Meteor at Alwoodley Primary School
We were really surprised to find a meteorite had landed in the school grounds. We had to stop our Maths lesson to go and see it. We then did lots of activities around the meteors like investigating different rocks, creating fabulous meteor pictures using tin foil and chalks and writing text messages to let everyone know all about it.
Walk to the post office
On Wednesday we went for a walk to the post office to post our letter to the local MP, Dan Cohen. We looked for human and physical features in our local area, ticked off a checklist and drew symbols on a line map to show the different places we saw. Thank you for all the help from the volunteers!
We had so much fun on Fitness Day. We completed a fitness workout with the Body Coach on Youtube, we thought about eating healthily and whenever we heard the whistle blow throughout the day we had to stop and drop and do some exercises.
Miss Christie brought her puppy, Chase, into school today. We loved giving him cuddles and learning about him, what he eats and what he likes to play with.
Can you compare shops from the past and present?
In History this week we started by thinking about going to the supermarket, we filled in a circle map with all that we could think of including which supermarket we shop at, what items we buy and what helps us do our shopping e.g. trolley and tills. We then looked at some artefacts from shops in the past. We were history detectives trying to work out what the artefacts were, what they were used for, how old they are and if anyone in our family might have used them. We then looked carefully at the artefacts and drew them. After this we discussed the language of past and present and we understood the meaning. We then compared the artefacts from the past to items from the present and had a go and matching them, we found this quite tricky. Finally we put all the past and present items together and grouped them into past and present hoops, we were great at doing this!
In Science we are learning about the human body. We drew around a team member and added labels for as many body parts as we could, we also had a go and making our bodies out of Play dough and labelled that body parts with post it notes.
We would like to invite parents and carers to come in for a Year 1 meeting in your child's classroom at 3.15pm on Monday 18th. We will go through all the routines in Year 1, have a look around the classroom and help to answer any questions you may have. We will provide childcare in the music room. Please note other than reading books this week we will send home home learning challenges from next Tuesday.
In Art this week we have been looking very closely at the features on our faces using mirrors and we painted some fabulous self portraits.
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 went on a walk around the school and created a line map.
Our first week in Year 1
We have had a great start to the year and have enjoyed getting to know our classroom and all our new routines! We have been challenging ourselves independently in the different areas, which include Toca Builders, Mr Maker, Snuggles and Roleplay.