Fire pit circle time

As part of the launch of our new topic, The Great Fire of London, we had our own bonfire in 1M.

Before we went outside, the children thought about any negative habits or feelings that they had from the year so far. This might have included something that they felt was hard or that they just ‘can’t’ do. They then wrote this down on a piece of paper.

We went outside to the fire pit and the children took turns to throw their notes onto the fire and saw how the fire destroyed the paper so that it was gone forever. The burning of the paper symbolised leaving behind the negative feelings. We discussed how with perseverance, just like tough tortoise, many things that we find hard would one day become much easier. The children thought about how they felt now they had burnt the paper and set a simple goal for the future.

We also explored what we could see, hear and smell. We observed how the flames flickered, the smoke drifted and the sparks popped. We will use this later in the week to write our own fire poems.

Sketching with clay

Following on from our work last week in art where we created continuous line drawings of each others’ poses, this week we used clay to create the sketches. We thought about the shapes we could see in each others’ poses, noticing the way each body part was positioned. Then we explored how to mould and shape the clay, creating the different body parts and joining them together. We then experimented with manipulating our sketches to create different poses.

We are ACE Artists!

This week in Art we developed our sketching skills by practising continuous line drawings of each other. First of all everyone practised drawing Miss Miles, making sure that they didn’t take their pencil off the page. This proved to be pretty tricky but with lots of practice and perseverance it became easier. Then the class practised drawing each other in different poses, thinking about the shapes and composition of the different body parts.

Year 1 maths morning

On Wednesday, Year 1 took part in a maths morning, based around the story 365 penguins. The book prompted lots of mathematical discussions around counting, one more / one less, days of the week and months of the year, patterns, shapes and money.

The children then took part in a carousel of activities based on the story including; making craft penguins and ordering them by size, creating houses out of 2d shapes; creating playdough penguin food and comparing the weights using scales; building pyramids of penguins and counting the total; creating repeating patterns and sharing penguins into equal groups.

Our week in 1M

This week in RE we continued to learn about the Creation Story from Genesis. We went on a hunt outside to explore the different parts of creation we could see, recording our findings using clipboards.

In Science we have been learning about materials. We hunted around the classroom for examples of wood, plastic, metal, fabric and paper. We began to think about the properties of the different materials, comparing and contrasting the different examples we found.

In Guided Reading we wrote our own summarised version of the traditional tale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and then retold it through drama.

Welcome to 1M!

We have had a great first full week back at school in 1M. The children have loved being back in school, busy exploring the new classroom, embracing new learning and socialising with their friends.

In maths the children did a super job of counting forwards and backwards, ordering numbers and familiarising themselves with some of the maths equipment we will be using this year, including numicon.

In PE we enjoyed the lovely sunshine when taking part in a circuit of different activities including balancing a ball on a racket, speed jumping, and throwing a beanbag.

Daily Challenge

Hello all,

Today I want you to have a think about you favourite memory from year 1. It might be learning about the Three Little Pigs, Great Fire of London, Titanic or the Animal Kingdom. It could be that your favourite memory is doing your class assembly or singing songs at Christmas.

Have a think and write in the comments what your favourite memory is!

Miss Miles