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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.

Languages 1   Languages 2  Languages 3

Languages 4

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)!

Reindeer cakes   Reindeer Cakes 2  Reindeer Cakes 3   Eating Cakes  Eating Cakes 2

Practising Puppeteering to Perfection!

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Krazy Krys

In Year One this week we were very lucky to be visited by Krazy Krys and his UV puppet show to launch our toys topic.

We watched the show which featured some great. larger than life characters and then each class enjoyed a puppet workshop to learn how to puppeteer and we even got the chance to perform to each other on the UV stage! It was really great fun!

Puppet  Pink Panther  Magician

Magician dance  Kids watching puppets

Krys talked to us about puppets of the past and how they have changed over time and he told us about how different types of puppets move and the materials that they are made from.

Krys pictures  Krys Puppet  Krazy K

As part of our puppet day, we also wrote descriptions of the characters from the show and designed our own winter and festive themed pop up puppets which we will be making in class next week.

It was an exciting and engaging start to our topic and we can't wait to find out even more about different toys and the ways that they have changed through history.

Hand puppets  Hand puppets 2

Hand puppets 3  Hand puppets 4

Puppet close up  Puppets talk  On stage puppets

100 years - Lest We Forget

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Poppy title

Last week we took part in a range of activities centred around Remembrance Day and we focused on the meaning and symbolism of the poppy.

We planted poppy seeds in the school grounds and hope that we will see them grow in the summer and spread across the school site as a part of our outdoor learning environment and as a reminder of the learning that we have done.

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We learnt about the origin of the poppy as part of Remembrance Day, found out how poppies sold for Remebrance Day are made and watched an animation to help us understand its significance.

As part of our activities, we wrote on our simple Poppy poems and created artwork of poppies including a small installation inspired byt the display at The Tower of London in 2014.

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We were very proud of the work that we produced and it helped us to reflect on a key part of the history fo our country.

Celebrating Black History Month

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This week we have completed activities as part of our learning linked to Black History Month.

We had an assembly to find out about the origins of Black History Month and then each year group focused on a figure to find out more about.

Year One learnt about Mae Jemison who is a black female astronaut - she bacame the first African-American women to travel in space. In 1992, she flew into space on the space shuttle Endeavour having been the first African-American woman to be accepted onto the NASA space training programme in 1987.

Mae Jemison

We created art work inspired by the accomplishments of Jemison and we also used our questioning skills to think about the things which we might like to ask her to find out more about her experiences in space.

We are planning to tweet Mae Jemison and are hopeful of a reply this space (no pun intended!) to see if she gets in touch!

In the mean time, take a look at our fabulous space pictures created using marbling techniques and a range of media.

BH Art 1   BH Art 2

BH Art 3  BH Art 4  BH Art 5  BH Art 6

BH Art 7

BH Art final 1  BH Art Final 2

BH Art Final 3

Competition Time in PE...

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As we have now reached the end of our half term and have been busy developing our skills in both gymnastics and games, we have all particpated in inter-house competitions to use and apply those skills.

First of all we had a gymnastics competition. We worked in our houses to develop short gymnastic sequences and performed them to each other. In our houses, we selected the best to put forward for the main competition. The representatives from each house demonstrated their skills and were markeds by our sports leaders based on balance, co-ordination, poise and performance.

Gym 1  Gym 2  Gym 3  Gym 4  Gym 5

We all supported our representatives and cheered them on as they showed what they could do. 

Gym 6

The winners of our gymnastic competition were HAWTHORN.

Next came our games competition. In this event, we all took part in a range of activities which earned points for our teams. The three activities were; kicking accuracy (aiming a ball at a goal), throwing and catching skills (earning points for successful throws and catches) and throwing accuracy (aiming bean bags at hoops).

Games 1  Games 4

Games 2  Games 3

Games 5

Everyone took part and everyone was able to earn some points towards their house total. It was a lot of fun and we all showed the excellent progress that we have made throughout the unit of work.

The winners of our games competition were ACER.

We are looking forward to getting competitive agian next half term with our two new PE units! Can our winners retain their titles or will ROWAN and ELDER be victorious next time? Watch this space ...

Talk For Writing - Enormous Turnips!

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We have been developing our English skills through enjoying our recent Talk For Writing unit using the familiar story of The Enormous Turnip.It has been great fun.

First we listened to the story and retold it with actions and by creating a story map together using key images to represent the main events and characters.

Enormous turnip

Next, we innovated the story by changing key elements and writing our own enormous vegetable stories which followed the same pattern as the original.

We have begun to learn how this process can help us to create new and original stories in a fun and interesting way and without leaving us stuck for ideas!

We are looking forward to our next opportunity to use these skills and write more inventive stories of our own. Watch this space ....


Planting fun in Year 1!

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We have all settled quickly back into school this term and are working really hard in Year 1. As well as being busy consolidating our basic skills in maths and english, we have begun to enjoy Big Reading sessions to develop our understanding of texts and have embarked on a round the world journey for a new topic - Around the World with Barnaby Bear. We are having great fun!

As part of our science work on seasons, we have been lucky to have the opportunity to work alongside the park ranger from Sutton Park and a representative from Eco Sutton and to join an exciting new project to grow more Oak trees in the park!

They brought us some acorns which we planted and which we will nurture until they are big enough to be replanted in the park in the future. 

Acorn visit 1

Acorns   Acorns 2

Acorns 3  Acorns 4

Acorns 6   Acorns 5   Acorns 7

Acorns 8   Acorns 9

We learnt about the importance of trees in our environment and how the work we will do will our local environment and our local community for many years to come. It has been a lot of fun getting involved and we know that we are helping the future of the planet through the work we do!

A very busy week!

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As we near the end of the school year and our time in year one, we are still enjoying very busy weeks packed with fun and lots of learning - even the sunshine and the heat can't stop us from working hard! Our teachers are very proud of us!

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This week, we enjoyed our final Art in a Day of the year which focused on the skill of painting and we learnt all about pointilism. We linked the day to our current seaside topic and used the pointilism technique to create seaside pictures in this style. This type of painting is very time consuming so we had to draw on our BLP skills of resilience too so that we would persevere and stay absorbed in our work!

Beach pointilism

Transition      Transition Day

On Wednesday, we had transition day and met our new teachers for a chance to experience what it will be like in Year 2. We had a great day filled with fun and are now looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and the adventures yet to come!

Sports Day

Then on Friday it was sports day! The sun shone, we all took part to help our teams to victory and we used the skills which we have been working on in recent PE lessons to help us earn points for our houses.

Congratulations to Acer who won in the end but we should all be proud of the efforts we made in representing our houses in a range of events. A great day was had by all and the delicious ice lollies provided by our fabulous PTA (thank you so much!) were well deserved and much appreciated!

On to our final fortnight and many more exciting activities to be enjoyed!

Health Week 2018

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This week we have enjoyed our Health Week and have completed lots of activities to help us understand how to keep healthy bodies, minds and attitudes.

We have had fun trying out some yoga in PE and making Rainbow Saiads as part of our Design and Technology work and have also visited the Life Education Bus to learn more about our amazing bodies and how to look after them.

Rainbow Salad 1   Rainbow Salad 2

Yoga 1  Yoga 2

Yoga 3   Yoga 5

  Yoga 7   Yoga 6

Our main focus for the week has been oral hygiene and thinking about the importance of our teeth and how to keep them healthy and strong. We were lucky to be visited by Whitehouse Common Dental Practice who taught us about how to brush our teeth effectively, the role of a dentist in looking after our teeth and also how to make drink choices which are better for our teeth based on their sugar content.

Dentist   Brushing Teeth 1

Brushing Teeth 2  Brushing Teeth 3

Dino Teeth 1  Dino Teeth 2  Dino Teeth 3

We're in the money!

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dragons den

We had a bit of a challenge recently in Year 1, when we had to come up with a innovative new product to sell in our school shop later this term. We had to think about a great product and then pitch the idea to Mrs Allen and Mrs Millward in our very own Dragon's Den. We were thrilled to be successful! After explaining our costs and the profit which we think we can make, the dragons agreed to invest in our business! Be sure to come along to the school shop and treat yourself to one of our very special Glitz Glitter Globes - you'll not regret it!

As part of our work around business enterprise, we also enjoyed lots of maths activities linked to money. We used our counting and calculating skills to solve a range of mathematical problems. We delved into our maths resources boxes to help us using both coins and counters or cubes to represent numbers and amounts of money. We had a lot of fun!

Coins 1  Coins 3

Coins 2  Money problem 1

Money Problem 2

Jurassic and Cretaceous Creations

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This week we have linked lots of our learning to our Dinosaurs topic. We are enjoying this topic so much and we feeling so inspired that we followed the instructions which we wrote in our English lesson last week and combined this with maths skills and creativity to produce our own Dinosaur Egg Cake Pops! It was sticky, messy and a lot of fun!

Cake Pops 1   Cake Pops 2

Cake Pops 3  Cake Pops 4 

Cake pops Final  Cake Pops Final 2

We have also used similar skills to make our very own dinosaur fossils using salt dough. We talked about the fossilisation process and the important part that fossils play in teaching us about the past and then we chose parts of model dinosaurs and dinosaur skeletons to make impressions in the dough which we then baked to make rock-like fossils.

Fossils 1  Fossils 2

Fossils 3 Fossils 4

Final Fossil 1 Final Fossil 2 Final Fossil 3

We have absolutely loved this topic and have learnt a lot!

Shaping Up!

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This week in Year 1, our maths work has been focusing on shape. We have been busy exploring both 2D and 3D shapes using lots of practical resources!

We have used Geo-boards and lollipop sticks to create, describe and compare 2D shapes and we have used a variety of both maths shapes and every day objects to create and describe 3D structures.

Geo 1  Geo 2  Geo 4

Geo 3  Geo 5

Geo 6  Geo shapes

We have really focused on developing our mathematical vocabulary and on reflecting on prior learning to enable us to use and apply this in a range of contexts.

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