Year 1 Blog

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

It's that time of year again!

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Yes, the 21st October is fast approaching and Mrs Edwards will once again be taking on the Bupa Birmingham Half Marathon to raise funds for Bliss. Bliss is a charity which supports babies and parents affected by premature birth. I would be very grateful for any support with sponsorship, so if you would like to add to my fund raising please pass your donation to me directly or send into the school office in a marked envelope. Thanks

Wish me Luck! 


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We have had a very Arty week in school this week. We have been learning all about Portraiture and how to draw self portraits using the correct proportions. As part of our portraiture work we have looked at how faces are represented in African culture on traditional African Masks. We have looked carefully at the patterns included in the carvings on the masks and tried to replicate these patterns in our own versions of the masks.


Maths in Year 1

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We have been busy learning lots of new Maths vocabulary this half term. This week we have learnt what the word 'Estimate' means. We enjoyed estimating how many counters a friend had collected before accurately counting them out to see how close our estimates were. We are all working very hard on our Maths!


Helping out Discovery Dog.

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To complete our Science Topic this half term - 'Ourselves', we helped our friend Discovery Dog to solve a simple problem. Discovery Dog wanted to know if being the oldest in the class makes you the tallest. We devised a simple investigation to answer his question. We lined up in groups; first by height order, then by birth. We discovered being the oldest definitely didn't make us the tallest! Karim was the tallest in his group but was actually the youngest!



Book Week Fun.

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Year 1 have had a busy couple of weeks celebrating both Black History Week and Book Week. As part of book week the children enjoyed having the opportunity to share books with children from Year 5. For Black History Week we thought about all the successful African American athletes from the Great British Olympic Team and enjoyed taking part in some of the events from a Jessica Ennis inspired Heptathlon!



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For European Day of Languages Year 1 learnt all about Spain and the food that grows there. We used Spanish grown Seville Oranges to make our very own Shredded Orange Cupcakes. We had lots of fun in the classroom and felt like we were on 'I Can Cook!'

Hope you enjoy looking at our little collection of photos in the video below.

Hot air Balloon Fun!

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We have been thinking about more unusual methods of travel to see the world. We discussed how hot air balloons were used to travel longer distances in the past.

We thoroughly enjoyed making our own hot air balloons from screwed up newspaper, tissue paper and yogurt pots. They now look fantastic!


Sensory Science!

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Our Science topic this half term is Ourselves. The children threw themselves into five simple investigations to test each of their senses. The most popular investigation involved the consumption of three different types of crisps, the children had to find the hidden cheese and onion flavour amongst the plates.




Olympic Fever Hits Year 1.

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The olympics are only a few days away and Year 1 are all ready for the games. With Wenlock and Mandeville in residence in the classroom and olympic torches made and run with we really can't wait for the games to begin!

Thank You and Goodbye!

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All staff and support staff working in Year 1 would like to say a huge thank you for all the thoughtful gifts and cards we have received over the past week. We have all been really touched by your thoughts and comments.

It has been a pleasure to teach your children over the past year (two years for 1EE!) and we wish them all the best for Year 2.


Sports Day Fun!!

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Sun shining, ice lollies and water races, what more could we have asked for!! Year 1 had a super time participating in the Foundation Stage and Key stage 1 sports day. Thank you to Mrs linley for all her hard work organising the day and to all the parents that came to join in with the festivities.


Life Bus Visit

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Children in Year 1 enjoyed a fantastic trip to the Birmingham Life bus this week. The children we able to meet Harold the Giraffe who helped them to learn about the importance of healthy eating, looking after our bodies and getting lots of exercise.



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