Welcome to Year 1!
In Year 1, we have chosen the topic 'A Key to the Castle'.
So far, we have shown a keen interest in construction and have been very excited to learn about features of a castle.
We have designed our own castle and learnt some important vocabulary such as Battlements and Portcullis.
In Geography we have learnt about the United Kingdom and the four countries that it contains.
Year 1 have ended their topic 'If you go down to the woods today...' with a Fantastic Finish of a trip to Cardinham Woods. We were very lucky with the weather and it made the discussions very interesting. Because it was a frosty morning we could watch as the area was changing and think about why some of the woodland was still frosty.
We carried out nature hunts and had an exciting walk. Sadly we did not spot a Gruffalo!
We enjoyed a picnic lunch and a play in the park before our journey home, which was full of muddy children.
This week we have been talking about E-Safety, and the importance of not sharing information online.
The children talked about what they would do if a stranger approached them online.
Answers included "Press the cross" and "Tell a grown up".
We talked about safe strangers. These included Police officers, Fire people, Doctors, and Nurses. We know these people are safe because they have a uniform and a name badge.
Here are some of the children's quotes from the day:
"Do not tell strangers your name or age."
"Do not tell strangers where you live."
"Do not tell people you don't know your phone number."
"Strangers are not appropriate."
"A Policeman is safe, they can help if you are lost."
Equality and Diversity Day
In Year One today, Friday 13th October, we have been taking part in Equality and Diversity Day.
We focused on Martin Luther King and how he wanted everyone to be treated equally and fairly.
We watched some of his 'I have a dream' speech and shared our own dreams for a better world. Some of these included...
'I want everyone to be happy.'
'I dream of everyone to be treated the same.'
'I would like everyone to have a unicorn as a pet.'
'I dream that dinosaurs would come to life again so I can see what they are like.'
We also made Peaceful Hearts. These contained ideas on how to make our classrooms a happy place.
We also looked at ourselves and our friends. We decided not one of us was exactly the same on the outside but we were all similar on the inside and we can all feel the same feelings.
Welcome to Year 1
From Year 1 onwards, work becomes a little more formal than before. Children work more in groups and more work is done on paper, but all through the school, staff try to make every day as exciting and varied as possible. In year 1, most afternoons are spent on what we call ‘continuous provision’, where children mostly choose their own activities just like in the Foundation Stage.
Our topic this half term is 'If you go down to the woods today...'
We aim to be exploring our local environment, discussing animals and plants as well as growth.
We have lots of exciting learning opportunities planned.
Our Stunning Starter was a Teddy Bears Picnic. The weather may have been poor, but we were still keen.
We put on our boots and our waterproofs and went to explore the Forest School Area. We talked about what we could see, hear and smell. We collected leaves and natural objects.
By the time we got back to the classroom we were all ready for our jam sandwich picnic.
The bears really loved the sticky jam.
Frozen Stunning Starter
Year 1 had a fantastic start to their new topic 'Frozen' today. They came back from assembly to discover that someone or something had made a big mess in Blue 1's classroom! They made 'Help Wanted' posters to ask if anyone knew anything about it and Mr Aspen responded with a letter saying that it was a lost penguin. The children are excited to learn more about penguins and where they come from during their new topic, so that they can help the lost penguin to find his way home. In the afternoon, they made their own penguins and an igloo for them to live in.
World Book Day!
The children had great fun celebrating reading and books for World Book Day this month. In Year One, we used 'There's a Wocket in my pocket' by Dr Suess as inspiration for our own books. The children designed and made their own Wockets and then wrote a nonsense rhyme book. They also enjoyed sharing their favourite books with their buddies in the afternoon.
Equality and Diversity Day
The focus of our Equality and Diversity Day this term was families. In Year One, we thought about why our families are important and special to us, who is in our families and our role within our families. We also discussed the ways that each family may be different. In the afternoon, we thought about the recipe for a family. We thought that love, happiness, kisses and cuddles were some of the most important ingredients for a family.
For their E-Safety day this term, Year One focused on their personal information and how act around strangers both online and offline. In the morning, they explored what their personal information is and which information is safe to share online. They learnt to keep their full name, where they live, phone numbers, where they go to school and pictures of themselves a secret from strangers online. In the afternoon we discussed how to behave and keep ourselves safe around strangers that may be encountered offline.
Brilliant Bodies Stunning Starter!
Year One launched their new 'Brilliant Bodies' topic today by becoming scientists for the day! They had lots of fun practicing their experimentation skills by making rainbow jars, cornflour goo, exploding volcanoes and exploring how magnets work. In the afternoon, they thought about what they would like to find out during our topic and finished off the day by making rocket balloons.
Terrific Toys Fantastic Finish!
Today Year One had their fantastic finish to showcase all of their amazing learning this term. We had another special delivery from Santa himself asking us to make a workshop to share all of our learning and the toys we have made. We were given elf names and had a very busy day making decorations for the workshop. We even learnt an Elf song! In the afternoon, our buddies came to see all of our hard work and we took a very special picture to send back to Santa to show him our fabulous toys. We hope he likes them!
Year One had a brilliant day today in the forest school area! The children had lots of festive fun making Christmas decorations to hang on the trees outside, beautiful Christmas angels and practicing their throwing and catching skills by having a snowball fight. They warmed up after lunch with some scrummy marshmallows and hot chocolate.
Trip to Toys R Us and to see Santa!!
Year 1 had a fantastically festive time on their trip linked to their Terrific Toys topic. The children started off their day by going to Toys R Us. Here they went behind the scenes to see where the toys are stored and had a toy scavenger hunt to explore all of the exciting toys in the shop. After that, they went to Tamar Nurseries to see Santa himself! They told him all about the fantastic toys they have been making for him and he even gave them a little toy of their own to take home. We are now all very excited for Christmas in Year 1!
Today in Year 1 we have been learning about Hinduism. We were lucky enough to learn a Hindu dance in the hall which we were really good at. Back in the classroom, we worked hard to make our own Rangoli patterns. Can you see how our patterns are symmetrical?
In Year 1, we spent the morning thinking about how we use the internet and how much time we spend online. We decided that most of us enjoy playing on our iPads the most! We discussed that sometimes it may not be good for us to play online all of the time so thought about things that we could do instead such as playing outside with our friends or drawing pictures. In the afternoon, we discussed the very important topic of how to keep ourselves safe when we are on the internet. We made fridge magnets to remind ourselves of the Do's and Don'ts of using the internet.
Year One were very excited for their first forest school of the year and had a wonderful time today out in the forest. They escaped from a toy box by making obstacle courses, used what they could find in the forest school area to make toy pictures and made some fantastic toy houses. After all that hard work, they enjoyed some delicious hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows by the camp fire.
Teddy Bears Picnic Stunning Starter!!
To begin our new topic 'The Enchanted Wood' we were set the challenge of designing our own teddy bears picnic! We planned our own delicious picnic and thought about what we would like our teddies to look like. We are excited to make our bears and food as we continue our topic!
Year One learnt about the artist Wassily Kandinsky during the art extravaganza. We learnt that he used different shapes and bright colours to create abstract art. We developed our own drawing skills and had a go at crosshatching, shading and using pencils of different weights. Finally we created our master piece in the style of Kandinsky.
Fantastic finish... Sending Pirate Pete's letters
Year One had a wonderful day at Widemouth Bay. We went to the beach so that we could send our letters that we wrote to Pirate Pete. The children had lots of fun exploring the beach and building sand castles! We even had a yummy ice cream at the end of the day.
Forest school day
Year One had a fantastic day today for forest schools. They went on a scavengers hunt, used Ipods to time different pirate activities and played musical ships. They had a great time having free play and exploring the forest school area.
Walk the Plank!
This morning, Year 1 discovered that a treasure chest had been left in their classrooms. A fearsome pirate called Pete needed them to find his lost treasure and keep it safe until they can return it to him. In order to find it they had to follow clues around the school. Once the treasure was safe, the children undertook some perilous pirate training to finish off a swashbuckling day!
During Book Week we will be exploring Beatrix Potter's, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Today we investigated different items from the story, went on a story walk through Mr McGregor's garden, made mini scarecrows and had a tasty 'Peter Rabbit' picnic.
Dartmoor Zoo Trip!!
This week Year One went on a very special trip to the zoo! We got to see some of the animals we have been learning about as part of our topic. The lions, tigers and meerkats were some of our favourites. We learnt about mammals, reptiles and birds and how we can tell them apart; we even got to hold a real snake!
Diversity in Britain - Neasden Temple
Today we took a closer look at other cultures within Britain. In order to do this we focused on Neasden Temple, which is located in London. We found out that is a Hindu temple and that Hinduism is one of the oldest living religions in the world. We talked about the structure of the temple and many of the children thought that it looked beautiful. We then went on to learn a little bit about Diwali. It is the Hindu festival of lights which celebrates the New Year. It is a 5 day celebration and is India's most important holiday. During Diwali, Hindu's decorate their homes, light oil lamps and draw beautiful Rangoli patterns outside their homes. Hindus also decorate their hands with henna when celebrating Diwali. They also do this for other celebrations such as weddings. In the afternoon we coloured in our own Rangoli patterns and even designed our own Henna patterns. We also had great fun cooking a traditional vegetable curry, Roti (flat bread) and coconut ladoos.
Year one braved the cold today and had a fantastic day embracing lots of Disney themed activities. We flew on Aladdin's carpet, made forest friends, safely transported Winnie the Pooh's honey, made mini Olafs and Mufasa's mane.
In the afternoon we warmed up around the campfire and enjoyed some yummy hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.
Just keep swimming!!
Today we started our new topic by going on a Disney themed adventure to explore different countries and the animals living there. We visited Africa, India, Australia, Saudi Arabia and North America. In order to do this we watched clips from different classic Disney films. We then used the information that we had learnt to fill out our own exciting passports.
This week in Year One we celebrated the end of our fantastic topic, 'Blast Off!!' with a day full of challenges linked to our previous learning. We made posters using space artefacts, learnt more about orbiting within the solar system, made space slime by exploring how materials can change and constructed our own jet packs.