Year 1 are ACE gardeners!

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.

1M learn the story ‘Lazy Lion’

Lazy Lion (African Animal Tales): Hadithi, Mwenye, Kennaway,  Adrienne: Books

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:

Science week in Year 1

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:

Making 17th Century Houses

Over the past few weeks, Year 1 have been busy making Tudor houses in order to create our very own Great Fire of London in school.

They worked in pairs to first design their houses, exploring historical designs and noticing that many of the houses were wider at the top than the bottom. They considered the materials that Tudor houses were made out of (and how flammable those materials were), before discussing what they could use to create their houses. Next each pair selected the two cardboard boxes that they were going to work with and created a design, thinking about how they would join their boxes together and then strengthen them.

The first part of the make involved the children stuffing their boxes with straw to make them more flammable, sealing the boxes and then joining them using masking tape. Next they used paper mache to strengthen the boxes and secure the join.

After that, the children painted their houses white. Once they had dried they used cardboard buttresses to support the houses and keep them standing upright.

Once their houses were stable, each pair painted on the wooden beams before decorating and then attaching their roof.

The children had a great time making their houses and are very excited to burn them to recreate the Great Fire of London next week!

Here are some of the finished results:

Creating fire collages

In art, year 1 have been combining the skills that they have learnt over the past few weeks to create a fire collage. They mixed paint to create the colours of fire, used different brush strokes and gestures to communicate the movement and shapes of flames and then collaged on top with a variety of different materials to add depth.

Anti-bullying Week

This week, as part of anti-bullying week, we thought about what bullying meant and how it might make someone feel. We considered whether a bully is always a bully or if they can change, and what we could do if we saw that someone was being bullied.

We made anti bullying posters and then learnt a rhyme which we then chanted as we marched round with our posters!

1M are bakers!

This week in our topic lessons we learnt that the Great Fire of London started in a bakery shop. This inspired us to have a go at baking ourselves. We followed a recipe to make healthy raisin scones.

First we sieved the flour into a bowl, before rubbing in the butter with our fingertips.

Next we stirred in milk, vanilla essence and raisins.

Then we rolled out the dough and cut out the scones using a cutter.

After that we brushed the top with milk and popped them in the oven.

Here are the finished scones!

We tasted our scones and shared our thoughts.

Fire Safety Instructions

This week we have been learning how to write instructions. We first learnt about imperative verbs and practised finding these in a sentence. Then we wrote our own fire safety instructions, remembering to include our bossy verbs at the start of each sentence. We checked our work carefully and edited it with a green pen, just like reflective butterfly, before writing it up neatly with pen. There were lots of amazing pieces of writing. Here are some of our final pieces of work.