As part of our RE curriculum, we have been learning about what it means to belong to a Church or a Mosque and discovered some of the different ways that Christians and Muslims practise their religions.
We have been very fortunate this week to have some parent volunteer’s speak to us about their experience of worshipping at a Mosque and to answer our questions. The year 1 classes asked many thoughtful questions and we learnt so much about how, when and why Muslim’s pray, including finding out about prayer mats, clothes worn to prayer and wudu. Thank you very much to Iqra’s dad and Maryam’s mum for giving up their time to teach us so much!
Over the past few weeks we have been enjoying looking at sunflowers in our art lessons. We started by sketching a sunflower thinking about using a back and forth technique. Then we painted a sunflower and looked at mixing the different colours to make the shade or colour we needed. Finally, we added other media to our sunflowers to create more detail and add texture.
This week year 1 have turned their attention to instruction writing and have spend the week so far following instructions with food, learning about the different skills needed to write a set of instructions ourselves. On Monday we all made an egg sandwich using some of the fresh cress we have grown in class. Then on Tuesday we looked at a recipe for delicious fruit kebabs and used our chopping skills to recreate them. We all agreed we would rather eat the fruit kebabs than the egg sandwiches! In maths we are looking at telling the time to o’clock and half past. All the children have made and decorated their own clocks with a clock face, minute hand and hour hand.
This week in Year 1 we have been innovating our class story of The Disgusting Sandwich into our very own stories about other, truly disgusting, foods. We also explored our school grounds, mapping as we went, to think about what could happen and where in our stories. then we moved on to writing our stories and becoming authors once again!
This week Year 1 planted spinach, rocket, radishes and cress. We looked at the different types of seeds and thought about what seeds need to germinate. Then we discussed how to look after the plants to make sure they grow. We will need to be careful gardeners over the next few weeks to make sure that the plants are healthy. At the end of term we will harvest the plants to make a salad to eat at our class picnic.
This week we have been innovating the story of the Lazy Lion and changing some key parts of the story. We learned our new version and then wrote the story ourselves. This was the innovation phase of our unit on Talk 4 Writing in Year 1 and we have had so much fun learning the stories!
This week we had the first round of our Spelling Bee in Year 1. It was very intense as so many children score 20 out of 20 and we entered eliminations to find our one boy and one girl for each class. After Easter, the winners will compete against other Year 1 classes to narrow our champion spellers to 1 boy and 1 girl per year group.
A huge congratulations to:
1C – Iqra and Hashir
1M – Cameron and Amber
1E – JJ and Maryam
The new words will be given to these children soon and the classes will need to be very encouraging to these children.
A huge well done to everybody who took part, it was very impressive to see such impressive competitive spelling!
This week in English we have been learning the story Lazy Lion, all about a lion as he searches for a home.
We have created story maps with pictures to help us remember the sentences, as well as adding in actions to accompany the words. These really helped us to learn the story off be heart. Here are some of the brilliant story maps and story telling in action:
As part of Science week, Year 1 had a virtual zoo session with a zookeeper from Chester Zoo. We learnt all about nocturnal animals and discovered the different ways that the animals were suited to moving around and finding food at night. Building on our previous learning about senses, we noticed different features such as large eyes, to give us a clue as to how the animal is adapted to life in the dark.
We have also been learning about lions, writing our own non-chronological reports full of interesting facts. Here are some great examples:
World Book Day has been very different this year, with many of our young learners at home. However, this wasn’t enough to stop Year 1 celebrating some of our favourite stories! We challenged the Year 1 children to create some of their favourite book characters out of a potato… take a look at some of the amazing creations we had!