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

Black History Month activity

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This week, we have learnt some facts and information about Mary Seacole as part of our Black History Month work. We learnt about who Mary Seacole was and her significance in history. As part of this, we also learnt about the differences between medicines and hospitals in the past and now and made links between this and the challenges which Mary Seacole would have had to face when she was helping to treat soldiers in The Crimean War.

Mary Seacole

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It was a fascinating activity and we are looking forward to sharing what we have learnt and learning about what others have learnt in our celebration assembly.

We are responsible - LTE Day

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On our LTE Day, we explored our trust values and completed some work on our focus value of Self-Responsibility.

We thought about what this meant and how we can be responsible for our actions and our choices in school, at home and in the wider community.

We shared a book called "What if Everybody Did that?" which helped us think about the impact of small behaviours or actions on others and the importance of thinking about outcomes and consequences for the choices we make. Following our discussion, we used role play to explore both positive and negative actions and the impact of these on those around us. We then produced work showing images of how a choice might have little impact alone but, if everybody did the same, the consequence could be much more significant!

What if everybody

We now understand how important it is to think about our actions and choices and we are trying to show this in all that we do!

A great start!

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Year 1 have made a great start to the year and have been busy already getting to grips with the curriculum.

We have been; using and exploring our maths resources to help us with our learning, enjoying using Talk for Writing to retell stories and write some of our own, using outdoor learning to learn about the seasons in Science and developing our sending and receiving skills and gymnastic moves as part of our PE. It has been great fun so far and we still have lots more learning to come!

Look at some of our activities to date:

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PE 1    Science 1   Science 2

Seaside Day!

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We had an AMAZING day at Whitehouse Common Seaside Resort. We were treated to a donkey ride, an ice cream, a cone of chips and lots of traditional seaside fun and games. Luckily, the weather was perfect and meant we could enjoy our day to the full!

Thank you to all our parent helpers and to those who supported with bringing in lots of resources for the children to enjoy including, tents, paddling pools, sand pts etc. It all added to our fantastic day and helped it become a day we will never forget!ball

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Summer 2

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We hope you have had a lovely half term week and are now ready to start our last term in Year1.

This week we have been learning all about materials. We discussed the properties of each material and why different materials are used for different objects.

Science materias

We are also rehearsing our class dance so that we are ready to perform in our dance show next week.

Please note; Our school trip to Birmingham Hippodrome is next Thursday. Please can you ensure you have handed the consent forms in to the office.

Thanks for your support.

The Year 1 team.

Phonics and Maths Inspire Workshop

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Today we loved having our parents in for our Year 1 Inspire workshop. We worked hard but also had lots of fun.

We played lots of phonics games and solved problems using resources in Maths.

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Ice Investigation

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In science we have been investigating different temperatures. We discussed how we measure temperature and what units are used? We also had a go at reading temperatures on different thermometers.

For our investigation we put ice cubes in different places and observed the changes and measured the temperatures.

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East Midlands Airport

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We were very lucky to visit East Midlands airport to help us with our topic on fight. We enjoyed looking round the different parts of the airport and enjoyed taking part in a role pay. We all had a fantastic time.

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A Christmas Carol

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We were very lucky this morning to watch a production of ‘A Christmas Carol’. We joined in with some songs and copied all of the actions.

In R.E we have thought about the Christmas story and have sequenced the events and written about them. We have thought about the true meaning of Christmas and what is really important.  

In maths, we are continuing to count in 2’s’5s and 10’s so please help us with this at home. We have been using resources to help us and have been explaining our thinking.

We have been very busy rehearsing our show of ‘The Snow Child.’ We are looking forward to seeing you all there and hope you will enjoy the show. Thanks for providing the children with costumes if you have not yet sent in your child’s costume please could you do so ASAP.

Thanks in advance,

The Year 1 team

Comparing Toys

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We have enjoyed sorting and comparing old and new toys. We have even looked at Mrs Duckers’s mum’s teddy that is nearly 70 years old! We have found out lots of facts about old toys such as bears in the past had glass eyes or even leather boot buttons as eyes and that old cars were made out of tin.

We have also placed toys on a timeline and noted the differences between them.



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Five Senses

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This week in science we have been investigating our senses. We have  enjoyed smelling, tasting, touching and hearing lots of different things.

We especially enjoyed guessing which pot contained the scent of lime and which plate contained the salt and vinegar crisps. 



The Gruffalo

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This week we have enjoyed creating story plans to retell the story of The Gruffalo. We also used lots of actions to help us and used different expressions for the different characters.


We have solved lots of problems this week in maths finding one more and one less and have enjoyed using a range of resources to help us.

During our topic lesson, we enjoyed sharing our holiday photos and locating our destinations on a world map.

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