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Welcome to the Year 1 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Dinosaur army!

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For our Art in a Day this half term, we have made links between our Dinosaur topic and our art unit of 3D work to make clay dinosaurs.

We learnt about the artist Anthony Gormley and looked at some of his 3D work including the famous Angel of The North and an installation that he created called 'Field' which was made up of many clay figures. Inspired by this work, we each created our own clay dinosaur which could be combined to make a dinosaur version of 'Field'.

We developed our clay skills initially using Playdough and explored the different ways to manipulate the clay and to use tools for mark making to create texture on the surface.

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We then applied our skill to the clay and each made a unique dinosaur on which we tried to include some of the features which we have learnt about through our topic work.

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We had great fun and were very pleased with our final pieces!

Discovering Dinosaurs!

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We have launched our Summer term with everything dinosaur due to our new and exciting topic!

We returned from the Easter holiday to make an interesting discovery just outside our classrooms (we have been watchng closely ever since!) and then we had a fantastic trip to The Land of The Dinosaurs to learn lots of fun facts and explore our topic a little further...

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The weather was kind to us on our day out and we did loads of great activities; we 'met' some prehistoric beasts, learnt about fossils and even got to meet a relative of the dinosaurs who still live on Earth today!

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It was brilliant and we are loving our topic work so far with links across the whole curriculum!

We've been having 'sew' much fun in Year One!

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For our Art in a Day this half term, we have explored the work of artist Paul Klee and analysed the colours and shapes that he uses to create his abstract art. We looked in detail at some examples of his work and used key art vocaublary to discuss and describe it.

We went on to explore tecniques for textile art and sewing. We practised our threading skills using a range of resources so that we could then translate these skils when producing our final art piece with fabric and a needle and thread.

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Our designs had to include careful thought about shape and colour linking back to our art focus at the start of the day and we planned out our doll character with labelled pictures.

Then we used a range of fabrics and embelishments to create our dolls, sewing the templates together using a running stitch, stuffing them with wadding and then adding detail and decoration to complete.

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We had a lot of fun and we really apprecaited the help of some of our mums and nans who came and shared their expertise!

Look at some of our finished dolls:

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Bettering our Basic Skills!

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This week we have been focusing on some key skills in our Maths and English learning.

In maths, we have been focusing on adding and subtracting and have been using both a range of apparatus and number lines to solve calculations. We have improved our understanding of these key skills and have made links to end of year expectations grid for addition facts!

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We have also been focusing on our phonics skills in preparation for our phonics screening in June. We have been sounding out and blending both real words and alien words to help us use and apply our knowledge of the phonics sounds.

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Fred Frog is very proud of all our hard work!

Fred Frog

Keeping Active!

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In our PE lesson this half term we have been busy developing our swimming skills and learning about basic tennis skills. Our swimming lessons have been lots of fun with us improving both our confidence in the water and our techniques for different swimming strokes. In class we have also learnt all about keeping safe around water and the importance of learning to swim.

Swimming cartoon

For our tennis unit, we have developed hand eye co-ordination by throwing, rolling and catching using tennis balls and progressing to using rackets. We have learnt to perform a simple volley and have learned some key vocabulary. Next week we will be having an inter-house competition using our skills to earm points for our houses!

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Wonderful World Book Day

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We had fabulous fun for World Book Day when we enjoyed a range of activities around our chosen classic text, The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

We did lots of English work based on the book which all started when a mystery visitor came to our classrooms and left them in a terrible mess! We had to use our detective skills to try and work out who might have been the culprit and we deduced that it was the tiger from the famous story. The clues helped us to link the crime scene to the story that we knew so well.

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Using the text again, we also based our maths work around this theme and continued our money work by planning a shopping list and then calculating money totals to replace the itmes which the tiger ate when he visited Sophie's house in the story.

It was a great opportunity for us to use and apply both our money and counting skills and we had a lot of fun adding up the different prices.

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Finally, we also enjoyed some paired reasing with the children in Year 5. We shared the books that we love to read and talked about the characters and the stories that we particularly like. It was nice to spend time with the older children and they helped us with tricky words. Some of us even got to spend time reading with our brothers and sisters.

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An Inspiring Morning!

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This morning, Year One enjoyed an Inspire workshop which was a great opportunity to share their learning and work with visiting grown ups. We demonstrated how we learn and use our phonics skills and how we use apparatus to explore and represent numbers. The grown ups enjoyed watching our phonics session and joining in with using Fred Fingers and Fred Talk to sound out and blend and they especially liked seeing our phonics celebrations!

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It was good fun getting the adults to join us playing games, singing songs and using and applying many of the skills which we have developed this year. We are looking forward to using lots of the ideas at home with our grown ups to continue our learning even further!

World of Wonders - Junk Modelling

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This half term, we are starting our new topic of "Wonders of the World".

For our 'hook' lesson, we thought about the amazing sights that can be seen around the world and what the word 'wonder' means.

Using satelite imaging technology, we explored the modern wonders of the world and discussed their features. Inspired by what we had seen, we used our design and make skills to create our own wonders using recycled materials through junkmodelling activities.

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Yoga Bugs

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As part of our work around mental health and well-being, 1AL had an introductory Yoga workshop from Yoga Bugs.

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We learned some simple moves on the theme of the jungle and jungle animals and learned about how yoga can help us to relax, clear our minds and develop skills of focus and concentration. The moves also help us to become more flexible and supple and develop techniques to control our breathing.

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Bhangra Fun for Year One

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At the start of this half term, Year One enjoyed a Bhangra dance workshop with a visiting expert.

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First of all, we learned all about the origins of Bhangra and what the moves of the dance represent. Next, we listened to the style of drumming to which the moves are set. We were shocked at how loud the drums were!

Bhangra Drum

Finally, we learned a sequence of moves which we practised and performed. The moves in order told the story of the Indian farmers at harvest time.

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We had a lot of fun and it was a great experience!

Festive Fun!

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This week, Year One have been getting into the festive spirit with lots of Christmas arts and crafts as well as performing our show, 'Christmas with the Aliens'.

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We were very proud of our singing and dancing in the show and we all impressed everyone who came to see it!

We have also been busy making Christmas cards (using footprints to create our own little penguins), Christmas decorations to decorate our houses and Christmas trees and making season themed calendars to link to our science work around seasonal changes.

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We have had a lot of fun but are very ready for the festive break ahead!

Mrs Slassor and Miss Lindsey would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May 2019 bring you love, laughter and happiness!

Merry Christmas

International Learning

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This half term, Year 1 have enjoyed a number of activities as part of developing an international dimension to our learning.

We explored the languages which different children use across our school (and we learnt that there are MANY different languages which pupils at Whitehouse Common Speak!). Children visited us from different year groups and taught us some simple words in their own languages which included Spanish, Arabic and Greek. We also looked at where these countries were on a world map and we could see how far across the world they spread.

We followed this by looking at books written in different languages and using the pictures and our knowlege of the familiar stories to see if we could work out what some of the words meant. We also saw how different the alphabet can look in different languages.

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We have also marked some different international days such as Walt Disney Day (when we found out where in the world different Disney characters come from), Go Carol Singing Day (where we learnt some simple carols and visited classes across the school to share our learning by singing to them!) and Maple Syrup Day.

For Maple Syrup Day, we learnt where Maple Syrup comes from and how it is made and then we used some to make Christmas themed Reindeer Cupcakes. It was great fun (and we enjoyed eating them too)!

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