The Disgusting…

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!

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.

Spelling Bee in Year 1

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!

1M learn the story ‘Lazy Lion’

Lazy Lion (African Animal Tales): Amazon.co.uk: 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:

World Book Day!

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!

What an amazing Spring 1 of home learning!

To end our Spring 1 half term, the Year 1 team wanted to create a bit of a showcase of some of the amazing work that has been going on at home.

We are incredibly proud of the effort and engagement that has been going on over the last six weeks.

We’ve had Tough Tortoises when the work was tricky and we persevered through, we’ve had Team Ants working with our adults or brothers and sisters at home, Helpful Hens have been pausing videos and using their previous learning to help them in new activities and I’ve even noticed some Beautiful Butterflies editing and improving their work!

English

In English we have been working around the story Samson’s Titanic Journey by Laura Graham. We thought about how the different classes and used this story to help us with our descriptive writing, as well as post cards and letters.

Week 2: Noticing and wondering about the front cover

Week 3: Using verbs and adjectives to to explain what Samson was doing

Week 4: Using new vocabulary and adjectives to describe the first class dining room

Week 5: Thinking about how Samson was feeling and using “and” to join ideas together

Week 6: Writing letters to Samson’s family

Maths

For our Maths home learning we have been using White Rose Maths Hub videos and our usual Flashback 4s. This half term we have covered shape, addition and subtraction within 20 and numbers to 50. Take a look at some of our Maths work.

Reading

During our Spring 1 home learning we have continued with our Sound of the Week, daily Read Write Inc Phonics lessons, weekly Read Write Inc books, Goldilocks words from our story and some retrieval tasks.

Sound of the Week

Week 2: ir – whirl and twirl

Week 3: ou – shout it out

Week 4: oy – toy for a boy

Week 5: ea – cup of tea

Week 6: oi – spoil the boy

Goldilocks words

Titanic

Our theme for this half term was a history focus as we based the majority of our learning about the Titanic. Take a look at some of the learning taking place at home based on the Titanic.

Wider Curriculum

As always, we have continued to offer our wide and broad curriculum and the children have responded brilliantly. In Science, we started the half term by observing the changes in the seasons and then moved on to learning about the human body. We learned about our body parts and the five main senses. Our RE unit started with learning about the parable of the lost son. This guided our thoughts towards forgiveness and we considered this value in the story as well as when we have shown forgiveness. Then we learned about 4 types of prayer and wrote our own prayers. In PE we have been keeping healthy by taking part in Joe Wicks’ weekly exercise sessions. Linked to the Titanic, in Music we have reflected on the music played in both the first and third class dining rooms and then learned to perform the waltz and the Irish jig. Finally, as part of our PHSE, we consider real life lifesavers and what they do to help make the word a better place.