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

Welcome Back!

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Welcome Back Blog

In Year One, we are so excited to have the children back to school! 

This week in Geography, we have been developing our fieldwork skills by exploring our local grounds. Here we are on our treasure hunt!

Geography matching features to symbols on map

We have also been revisiting our basic skills in English, learning the names of the letters of the alphabet by playing games and singing songs.

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Playing alphabet games 3      Singing songs to reinforce alphabet

Here is a a video link to practise at home. This is a 'new' version of the song, to help with the tricky l m n o section.


Free Reading Books!

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Reading with your child every day is essential for their learning. 

Oxford Owl Ebooks provide many free online ebooks, available for children aged 3-11. Follow the link to find out more. :)



A World Book Day Surprise!

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As part of our World Book Day work, we have been delving into the classic text ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’.

When we entered our classroom in the morning, we discovered that there had been an intruder!

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We worked collaboratively to locate and decipher several clues using our inference skills.

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Finally, we discovered the crime and the culprit! A tiger had come to eat tea in our classroom!

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The Night Pirates

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In our English lessons, we have been using our 'Talk for Writing' skills to learn the story of The Night Pirates.

We created actions to help us remember and retell the story. Then, we used a variety of drama and role-play skills to help us imitate The Night Pirates. We also sketched, asked questions and mimed to help us embed the plot of the story.

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We look forward to writing our own journey stories next week!

Puzzling Out Place Value

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In Maths, we have been learning all about place value to 50. We have been learning to read, write, and count all of the numbers up to 50. Here is a useful video if you want to join in at home. We love singing along!

We have taken part in outdoor learning activities where we had to use our reasoning skills to decopher clues from our teachers. For example, 'My number has 4 tens', 'My number is greater than 33' or 'My number has 6 1s'. 

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We also used lots of other resources in our Maths lessons to help us think about how to write and read a range of numbers.

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We've learned lots about numbers up to 50!

Terrific Travel!

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Year One had great fun visiting the RAF Cosford Flight Museum this week. First of all, we took part in a ‘Let’s Fly’ workshop. Here, we decided that we were going to take an around the world trip!


Next, we got our tickets from the ticket desk, weighed our baggage at the check-in desk, and had our passports checked at passport control.

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After that we were checked at security and, finally, we were able to board our flight!

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On board, we took on the role of the cabin crew and delivered some delicious food to our eager customers before landing back in England.

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Next, we visited the museum where we explored a range of planes from the past. We thought about the similarities and differences between each of these planes and discussed how they have changed over time. We even visited the Test Flight section where we got to see the fastest and the slowest planes ever built!

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Finally, we visited the hands-on interactive gallery where we worked learned all about the Science behind these machines.

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We all had a fabulous day!

Flight Fun!

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This week we have been using our speaking and listening skills to practise reciting a poem about our new topic, ‘flight’! We learned the poem ‘Learning to Fly’ by Ken Nesbitt, thinking carefully about the different words in the poem.

I’m soaring. I’m sailing.
I’m learning to fly.
I’m leaping.
I’m bouncing.
I’m high in the sky.

I’m jumping.
I’m hopping.
I’m up in the air.
I’m dashing.
I’m diving,
the wind in my hair.

I’m swooping.
I’m whooshing.
I’m light as a kite.
I’m flittering,
floating in flight.

I’m toppling.
I’m tumbling.
I’m falling. I crashed.
And, whoopsie,
my parents new mattress is trashed.

We thought about what a good performance needed and decided that we had to use clear and loud voice, expression and actions. We also thought about our pace when reciting the poem.

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We look forward to writing our own poems next week!

Shape Detectives

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This week in Year One, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes like cuboids, cubes, pyramids, spheres, cones, triangles, squares, circles and squares! We have worked hard - singing songs and using feely bags and hoops to help us describe and sort different shapes. We have even been on a shape hunt around the school to help us apply our learning and spot shapes in our school grounds.

Can you be a shape detective at home too?

Terrific Toys!

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This half term in History, we have been thinking about toys and how they have changed over time. First, to inspire our learning, we looked at a range of artefacts from the past. We thought about what we could observe about them, what features they had, what they might have been used for and what they were made from.

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We then used the artefacts to ask questions about the past. Here are some of our observations and thoughts…

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After looking at old toys, we then brought in our favourite modern toys. We thought about the features of our new toys – including how they worked, the materials they were made from and how they moved.

We reflected on how these toys were similar and different to toys from the past.

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As well as using artefacts as a source of historical information, we were also treated to a visit from somebody from our local community! She told us all about the toys that she used to play with when she was younger and answered some of our important questions. Mrs Miles even popped in for a visit to show us her teddy!

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Finally, we looked at photographs of our teachers when they were younger and their toys. We had great fun guessing who might have been in each photo! Here’s a sneak peak of Miss Lindsey…

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Fireworks Fun!

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This week in Year One, we have been celebrating Bonfire Night through our English lessons. We have been thinking about how we can use all of our senses to describe what you might see, hear, touch, smell or taste during this special event. We had great fun tasting marshmallows, apples, toffee sauce, and barbeque flavoured crisps to recreate the flavours of Fireworks Night!

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We also watched some videos to immerse ourselves in the sounds and sights of Bonfire Night...

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We felt some warm and fuzzy scarves and gloves...

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And some dazzling sparklers!

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Finally, we took in the smoky and sweet aromas of Fireworks Night.

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What a brilliant week!

Health Week Work - Dentists and DT!

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This week has been Health Week in school. Our focus in Year 1 has been Oral Health so we have been thinking about healthy teeth. As part of our work we had a visit from Whitehouse Common Dental Surgery. The staff talked to us about the anatomy of our teeth, how to brush our teeth correctly and about foods and drinks which are good and bad for our teeth based on how much sugar they have in them. It taught us a lot and we used the facts that we had learnt to help us write instructions in our English lesson for 'How to Brush your Teeth' too.

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Later this week, we also linked our DT project to Health Week by using designing, making and evaluating skills to create a 'Rainbow Salad'. We used skills of chopping, grating and peeling and we had to think carefully about appearance, texture and flavour when designing. We tried to use patterns or pictures to make our salads appeal to a customer.

Dance Fever!

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We have had great fun learning our class dances for the school dance show and performing them 3 times to large, enthusiastic audiences! It has been great to help us build our PE skills around rhythm, style and performance and has also helped us to grow in confidence when presenting ourselves on stage.

We hope that you enjoyed our routines too!

Ribbon dance

Ribbon dance 1  Ribbon dance 2

Ribbon dance 3  Hula Dance  Hula dance 1

Hula Dance 2  Hula Dance 3Hula dance solo Hula Dance 4 

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