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Year 1 2013-14


Thank you for all my lovely gifts, they are very much appreciated.  It has been a pleasure to teach Year 1, even though it was for a short time.  Have wonderful safe and sunny summer holidays.


Term 6 is nearly over!


Week 8
We have finished our mini beats hotels.  Its taken a lot of hard work to reasearch, design and make them but we think they look great.  We can not wait to see you comes to stay in them.

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Week 7


Our last week in Year 1 got off to a fabulous start...SPORTS DAY! The jingle jangle of medals could be heard throughout the classroom. Year 1 displayed excellent sportsmanship and all tried their very best. The morning began with each house competing in team events to score as many points for their house as they could. These events were shop put, javelin, long jump and discus. It was then on to the flat races of sprint, sprint relay, bean bag, obstacle, sack and egg and spoon. We are very proud of everyone for trying their best.

 

 

Harry doing the shot

We have also been looking at arrays to help us multiply.

On Tuesday afternoon we were visited by The Kora Project who taught us all about the Kora. The sound was beautiful. We discovered that they are made from a fruit (very similar to a pumpkin) and goat or cow skin, come from western African and are great to play. We learnt a song about a big Python. It was great!

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On Wednesday we planted our poppies to create an outside art gallery. We think they look amazing. We were inspired by the work of O'Keefe and used water colors to create close up paintings of a poppy. On Friday we are going to walk through our field of poppies to create poems. We think it looks brilliant. What do you think?
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A massive thank you and see you soon from Mr Day


For those of you who were unaware, Mr Day will not be in next week as he will be taking paternity leave following the birth of his 3rd child (planned Csection week beginning 14th July).
Thank you for all the lovely gifts and for being a lovely parental body to work with this year. Your children have been wonderful and are a credit to you all.
See you in September as you all enter Year 2!!!


Week 6
This week we have been getting handy with the saws and glue as we begin creating homes and shelters for minibeasts. We started the week by finding out what type of shelters certain minibeasts might seek out as well as looking at homes and shelters other people have created. Here are some links:
http://www.inspirationgreen.com/insect-habitats.html,
http://www.bbc.co.uk/breathingplaces/bee_home/
We then investigated different techniques for joining wood and chose the one we felt was most successful in terms of strength, durability and attractiveness. Finally we began our build, making cuboid frame structures, which we will continue next week.

In our Maths learning we have been finding out about angles, starting with right angles and moving onto using the terms accute and obtuse. We have been so amazing at learning this that we moved on to talking about measuring angles! We are also applying this knowledge to ensure we use right angles when constructing our minibeast homes.

In our English leaning we have been looking at the features of instructional writing.

Week 5
Arts Week
What an amazing start to Arts Week...Mrs Lethbridge has been blown away by the amazing talents of Year 1.
This year, Arts Week is commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the start of WW! by looking at patterns within WW1. Year 1 are spending the week looking at the poppy. Over the week the class will be developing skills in colour, painting, drawing, marbling, using oil pastels and working in the style of O'Keeffe.
On Monday we looked at why the poppy is an important symbol. The class developed skills in colour mixing and Mrs Lethbridge set the challenge to make 100 shades of red and green. It really was a challenge but the class showed some super brush skills.
In the afternoon they developed skills in sketching and shading...Mrs Lethbridge could not believe her eyes at the beautiful poppy drawings that were being created. She was so impressed that the whole class made it onto the gold star!!

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On Tuesday we had a whole day to develop our art skills in lots of different mediums. We looked at pencil, water colour, oil pastel and marbling. Our aim over the day was to add detail to our art by blending colours, using fine brush strokes and shading. Once again Mrs Lethbridge could not believe her eyes!
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On Wednesday we looked at war poems. We found rhyming words, alliteration and repetition. We worked in groups to perform some. We really liked the way the Max repeated lines but quietly and the way Keira and Lily said sad lines quietly and slowly. Everyone was very good. We will be writing our own poems later in the week.
We have put a copy of the poems we used in the documents file for you to use at home.
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Check out our AMAZING art gallery
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Week 4


This week we have been busy with our story writing again. The class have developed their story writing skills focusing using descriptive writing, time connectives and sentence starters. The children have written some fantastic stories!

We have been doing lots of science as well this week, focusing on plants. The children began the week by learning about the different parts of plants and their functions. They then did a plant hunt around the school grounds!

In maths this week, we began the week by looking at place value and then odd and even numbers.

Miss Lloyd's last week
Wow! The time has flown and I have had a wonderful time with the class. I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the children for working being fantastic and working very hard. Also, thank you to all at The Meadows for everything! I will be back in school next Wednesday to say goodbye to the class and I hope to see you all then.
 

Week 3


So far this week, we have been looking at classification. The children have been looking at all of the ways you can group minibeasts. To help them do this, they have been looking at venn diagrams and branching databases.

Next, we are going to be looking at different habitats and how animals have adapted to live in their particular habitat. The following link lists a range of different animals and how they have adapted to their habitat (the children will use this information in the form of fact cards when retrieving information about adaptation).

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/homework/adaptation.htm

What a week it has been! Following our focus on classifications, we then went on a minibeast hunt. The class found all kinds of minibeasts in the forest school area and recorded their findings and shared them with the class.

On Thurday, we had an afternoon of drama. We read a story and the children, in small groups had to put together a scene to represent 'what happened next?' Each performance was fantastic! Wonderful team work was shown!!!

In maths, we looked at 3D shapes. All week, the maths lessons consisted of identifying and describing a range of 3D shapes to solving problems.


Week 2


So far this week, we have been looking at environmental change focusing on the time that dinosaurs became extinct. We made posters and each group focused on a different theory as to why dinosaurs became extinct. Ask your child what they think happened?

In literacy, we have focused on developing our descriptive language through writing newspaper reports, imagining we travelled back in time to when the dinosaurs became extinct. The children wrote some wonderful newspaper reports!

It had been a great week! The children continued to develop their descriptive writing through writing a diary entry. In maths, we have been focusing on learning how to tell the time. The children made their own clocks and have worked on solving time calculations.


Why not ask them to tell you about what theory they believe is true regarding dinosaurs becoming extinct? You could ask them to write a story or a diary entry based on the dinosaurs' last day on earth!


Next week we will be looking at minibeasts. The focus in science will be on classification, habitats and food chains. The children have been asked to think about what type of minibeasts there are. Today, I bought in some giant African snails for the children to see, they loved them. I felt that it would be a good introduction to what we will be focusing on next week. The children used their skills of descriptive language to describe the way the snails looked, felt and moved.
 

Week 1


What a busy first week back! The class have been very busy all week. We have continued to improve our descriptive writing and the children wrote some fantastic pieces of writing full of adventure and descriptive language!

In maths, we bagan the week practising partitioning numbers, using money to help with our understanding of place value. We have been busy working on our addition and subtraction skills. We have also been looking at comparing and ordering numbers where we played lots of different games and created human number lines to help develop our understanding.

We have also been doing music! We bagan by getting used to the sounds of a range of instruments and then put together a music sequence along with a music track. We focused on playing the keys A-G. The class did fantastically!

Why not ask the children to tell you what instruments they have learnt about? Can they list as many instruments as they can at home and share their ideas with the class?
 

Welcome to Term 5!
This term our topic is.....Legs, Wings and Things!
 

Week 5


What an amazing week to finish off the term! We began the week focusing on how to plan a story, looking at what needs to be included in the beginning, middle and end. The class wrote some wonderful stories. Next term, we will begin by editing our stories.

Following the dentists visit last week we decided to carry out an investigation to look at the effects of sugar on our teeth. For the investigation, we used pennies and eggshells. We placed both in different liquids; lemon juice, water, milk and coca cola. The children began by planning the investigation, predicting what was going to happen to both the pennies and the eggshells in the liquids. We had lots of interesting predictions ranging from the objects changing colour to dissolving completely. Next, we decided what we could need in order to carry out the investigation and the children identified that we had to have the same amount of liquid in each cup. This led to a discussion about the importance of making a test fair.

We then carried out the investigation and we couldn't wait to see what had happened. We discussed our predictions and then wrote up the results. Ask the children whether or not their predictions were correct and what were the results of the investigation?

In Maths, we focused on place value and partitioning numbers. The children played a range of games which involved them having to identify the place value of a number and then partition it into tens and units. Some then went on to do the same with hundreds and even thousands!

Next week:
We will planning and carrying out an investigation all about teeth in Science.
Also, we will continue to look at adventure stories, focusing on planning our stories and developing our descriptive language.


Week 4


What a busy week! The class have been focusing on adventure stories in literacy and developing their writing. They have been retelling stories, using wonderful descriptive language and writing their very own adventure stories!

The focus in Science this week has been on teeth. The children have learnt all about the different types of teeth and the structure of the tooth. We had a visit from a dentist who spoke to us about how to keep your teeth healthy and what foods and drink are good and bad for your teeth. The children then had the opportunity to ask questions which they made the most of!

In maths this week we have been learning all about place value and money.


Week 3


Well we are really getting to know these dinosaurs now. This week we have been working in pairs to research a dinosaur using this website: www.kids-dinosaurs.com. We also used a 'child-friendly' search engine: http://www.swiggle.org.uk/ to conduct a safe search.
Later in the week we continued using our lovely new laptops to build a 'Dinopedia' making a page about our dinosaur. we had to 'cut and paste' a picture and then type and edit our text, changing the font size.

In our maths learning we have been using numberlines to help us subtract.

Later in the week we made bar charts to show our data. We used Y4 children to prove Mr Day's statement: "TRex is the most popular dinosaur. He was right.
 

Week 2


What an amazing second week!
This week we have been developing our research skills focusing on non-fiction texts. We can now identify the features of a non-fiction text and the differences between them and those of fiction texts. At the beginning of the week, the children gave presentations in small groups to the rest of the class about the differences and similarities between non-fiction and fiction, they did amazingly.

Throughout the week, we also developed our skills of estimation. The children estimated the sizes of different dinosaurs and then measured out the sizes on the school playground. This not only developed their estimation skills but they also practiced their ability to measure accurately.

On Tuesday, we were lucky to be visited by Dinoman! In the morning, he began by talking to the children about the variety of dinosaurs there used to be. He described what they looked like and what they ate, aswell as offering a number of interesting facts. Alongside this, the children had the opportunity to look at a number of different fossils, including a dinosaur egg, a dinosaur bone and a skull. In the afternoon, the children made their very own fossils and prints. Throughout the day, the children were invited to ask questions which they made the most of, asking a range of creative and interesting questions.

On Friday, the whole of Key Stage 1 displayed their dinosaur challenge pictures. The range of designs and textures was fantastic. Two children from each year group were awarded prizes for the best art work!


Week 1


Wow, what an exciting start to the summer term we have had. We arrived in school on Tuesday to discover a gigantic dinosaur had taken over our school hall! Not only that but it was guarding an egg. This lead to lots of discussion about where the egg had come from, who it belonged to and what was inside. Year 1 certainly had some fantastic ideas. Ask your child what they thought.

Year 1, along side Year 2 and Reception, were set a designosaur challenge. They had to design what was inside the egg. We investigated visual textures - textures that you can see but not feel. We melted wax crayons, made marks with sketching pencils, used different equipment to apply paint, weaved, plated...all sorts of things. The class then chose their favourite methods to add texture to their creature.

Mr Day was blown away by the language used when the class described their creatures in Literacy. Try asking your child what wow words they used.

We also developed our skills in measuring accuratley using metres. We found the longest, shortest and heightest dinosaur. We are going to continue working on this next week. Also in maths we looked at adding 2 numbers together on a number line. We even tried using a blank number line! See if your child can remember the recipe to success for adding on a number line.

Next week we will be developing our research skills using non fiction texts and the internet. We will be learning how to copy and past into a document. We will be identifying the features of a non fiction text - titles, headings, photographs, information boxs, index, glossary and lables.
On Tuesday Dinostar is coming in to work with us for the day - we will tell you all about it next week.

Don't forget to have a look at some of the links below for some great dinosaur activities you can do at home.

 

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