Elm C of E Primary School

Elm C of E Primary School

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Year 1 Blog 2019-2020

Thursday 12th March 2020
 
We have had a busy two weeks in Year 1. Last week the children did an amazing job for our class assembly! We also had a special visitor in for World Book Day - the author Steve Skidmore. He completed a workshop with the children in the afternoon. We have since been reading one of Steve's book at story-time and the children love it! It's a very exciting and interactive read. Definitely one of our class favourites. The World Book day costumes looked brilliant and it was lovely hearing all about the children's favourite books and characters. 
 
This week we have been completing an art project with Miss Scarafile. As Geographers we have been learning about the Equator and which animals live in hot and cold places around the world. We created a large world map on the carpet and mapped out all the animals we knew came from hot and cold continents. This linked back to our workshop at Hamerton Zoo when we learnt about how bearded dragons and polar bears adapted to their environment. As scientists we have been learning about which animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. 
 
Keep up the great work Year 1! 
Wednesday 26th February 2020
 
We visited Hamerton Zoo Park today for our school trip. We had a wonderful time and the children were superstars all day! We got to hold a bearded dragon and a skunk during our workshop. We learnt about animal habitats and how animals adapt to living in cold and hot climates. After our picnic lunch we visited the tigers, our favourite was the white Siberian tiger. The children saw meerkats, a large anteater, two sloths, flamingos, gibbons, lemurs, vultures, snakes and so much more! 
 
Thank you for such a wonderful day Year 1! 
Thursday 13th February 2020
 
This week the children have been busy writing letters and making posters for our Send a Cow fundraiser. We have been learning how a cow can help a family in Africa by giving them milk to drink and sell at the market and manure to grow crops. This links with our learning about how food is grown in Africa and how we can help those whose lives are affected by drought. Our Sustainable global goal this term is Zero Hunger. We hope the children are doing lots of reading at home for our Read to Feed fundraiser and we hope to raise lots of money for this great cause. 
 
 
Thursday 6th February 2020 
 
This week in for Children's Mental Health week we had a climbing wall in school. We spoke about our fears and worries in a circle time and how it can feel empowering when we are able to face our fears and be brave! Even though some children felt nervous they all had a go on the climbing wall and we are super proud of those who faced their fears today! 
Thursday 30th January 2020
 
In English this week we have been learning how to write instructions. We looked at some non-fiction information texts and saw that we have instructions for many things: for example, how to follow a recipe, how to make a Lego model, how to fix something and even instructions on how to wash our hands carefully. We will be writing instructions to make a fruit salad. On Tuesday the children all made a their very own fruit salad, thinking carefully about each step. They chose fruit from around the world, peeled it and use knifes to cut the fruit carefully. After we had made our fruit salad we ate them! 
 
The children did a fantastic job and really enjoyed making their fruit salad. 
Thursday 23rd January 2020
 
In DT this week we have been learning the different food groups and what is needed to have a healthy balanced diet. We created  a large eat well plate in the hall and the children sorted real food and pictures into the correct food groups. We had lots of discussions about the different foods. 
 
Afterwards we created our own eat well plates using paper plates thinking carefully about the the size of each section. 
 
The children did a fantastic job! 
 
 
Thursday 16th January 2020
 
This week Year 1 have been swimming for the first time! Lots of the children were  excited and a little nervous about our first swimming session. The children did really well in the water and they are excited for a full lesson again next week! 
 
In English we have been learning about the journey of the orange. How it is grown and then the journey it makes before it ends up in our lunchbox! We have learnt about the continents that oranges grow in and how it starts on an orange tree as a sweet smelling flower. 
 
Our DT project this week has been to make a moving picture using a slider. Firstly we learnt about what a slider is and after being shown how to make one the children have been busy bees creating their pictures. Lots of the children drew fabulous fruit trees and their moving element was a slider with a piece of fruit falling from the tree. 
 
What a great week Year One! 
Thursday 9th January 2020
 
Happy New Year! 
 
What a fantastic start to the new year we have had in Year 1 this week. The children came into school on Tuesday morning and our classroom had been transformed into an Airport ready for our new topic 'On the move'. We checked in and came through passport control where Miss Rae checked and stamped our passports. We weighed our packed lunches and bags in airport security and then took our seats on the plane. Mrs Harrison was our pilot and after watching the in flight safety video we took to the skies! 
 
After a bump-free landing the children spent time looking at holiday brochures, atlases and world map's and chose countries they wanted to visit. We had a great morning and the children were really engaged and inspired by the start of our new topic. 
 
This week we have also being using our senses to describe oranges. Tasting the oranges was by far the best part for the children!  In English we will be learning about the journey of the orange and where in the world they are grown. 
 
 
Thursday 28th November 2019
 
What a great day we had yesterday on our school trip! 
 
We were really lucky with the weather as although it was little cold the rain stayed away all afternoon until our last activity. The children had a really busy day, we made our own paints using mud, leaves and water and used it to paint pictures of trees. Then we made natural art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy - the children thought really carefully about using natural colour pigments and different shades. 
After lunch we had a scavenger hunt looking for clues and numbers around the park. The children loved this and even though the rain started it didn't stop us completing this activity. 
We all had a great time and the children were really well behaved throughout.
 
Well done Year 1, we are super proud of you all! 
Monday 18th November 2019 
 
This week we were lucky enough to take part in a special Science day. The children completed a range of exciting science activities throughout the day. Including, a hospital with electronic blood and oxygen meters, an infra red vein scanner and all the children had their heart beats printed out too! The children learnt about constellations and produced some lovely art work. The favourite for all the children was meeting and holding animals such as, an enormous green stick insect, a skink, a royal python, an African hedgehog and Kit Kat the lovely meerkat.  
Thursday 14th November 2019
 
This afternoon the children have had a brilliant time learning all about the British explorer Scott of Antarctica with Miss Scarafile! They have experienced how cold the snow and ice would have felt with trays of ice around the classroom, made sledges from the construction sets and had the opportunity to explore staying in a tent and sleeping bags. The children completed some lovely writing thinking about how Scott was feeling during his expedition to the South Pole. 
 
This week the children have been writing descriptions in English - We have been looking at the Curious Garden by Peter Brown. Year 1 have been using some fantastic vocabulary such as dreary, dull, curious and mysterious in their descriptions! 
 
Keep up the good work Year 1! 
Friday 1st November 2019
 
What a busy few weeks we've had in Year 1! The children have been writing amazing descriptions of wild gardens from our English text The Little Gardener. We have thought of some great adjectives for our writing. 
 
We completed in an activity afternoon and we had to work together as a team and problem solve. The children cheered each other on and worked as a team to support each other.  We also had to complete an obstacle course holding bells - we weren't allowed to make any noise. The children had to walk slowly and steady to ensure the bells didn't make a sound. It was really tricky. 
 
This week we also had our Year 1 class assembly. It was brilliant and everyone commented on how great Year 1's singing was!
 
Well done Year 1! What a fantastic week. 
Friday 11th October 2019
 
This week we have enjoyed looking at the book 'The little Gardener' by Emily Hughes. During Wildspace on Thursday we made our own little gardens! We used soil, grass, planted seeds and made paths using stones and tree bark. Some of the children tried to make little houses out of sticks. 
 
We put a small version of ourselves into our little gardens on Friday and described what we could see. We used some fantastic adjectives for example: long wavy grass, crunchy leaves and brown sloppy mud! 
 
We will be continuing work in English with our gardens next week and will be bringing them home to show our families at half term. 
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome to Year One and Owl's class blog! 
 
What a great start to the year! The children have settled into Year 1 really well and have been impressing us with how hard they have been working. 
 
In Science we have been learning about the weather. On a sunny day we dashed outside and had fun with our shadows! We had lots of questions for example, can we run away from our shadow? How are shadows made? Why does our shadow change in size when we stand in different places on the playground? 
 
We talked about and explored these questions and then drew around our friends shadow using chalk. The children had a lot of fun making interesting shapes with their shadows. 
 
Great shadow work Year 1!