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

African Masks....

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Year 1 have been very busy this week exploring African masks.  We looked at many different kinds of masks, explored the colours, patterns and shapes  we could see on the African masks,  made sketches of African masks and finally we had great fun in the Art room making monoprints of our own African mask. They look brilliant! We are looking forward to decorating them next week.


Run, run as fast as you can!

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On 23rd October Mrs Edwards will be running the Birmingham Half Marathon in aid of Bliss, the Premature baby organization.  Training is almost complete and the big day is fast approaching. 
I am running on behalf of 'Team Tom'. This is a group of people running in memory of a little boy, born at 25 weeks old. Unfortunately little Tom died at 2 months old but his twin brother Charlie is now a happy and healthy 5 year old thanks to the care and expertise provided by many Bliss doctors and nurses. Bliss support babies that are born too small, too soon, or too sick. The special care baby charity, provides vital support and care to premature and sick babies across the UK. They offer guidance and information at a critical time in families' lives and fund ground-breaking research and campaign for babies to receive the best possible level of care regardless of when and where they are born.
I am trying to raise as much money as I can to help support Bliss and will be leaving a donation tin in the both the Acorns and Oaks reception areas. Alternatively you can donate at I would be really grateful for any contributions to this collection and for your support and encouragement to help get me around all 13 miles!
Many Thanks
Mrs Edwards x

Barnaby Bear visits Spain

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As part of our topic work we looked at Barnaby Bear's visit to Spain. We thought about what he would need to pack in his suitcase, how he would get there and what he would see and eat during his visit. We also read a postcard he sent to one of his friends. We found out that oranges are grown in Spain and we made an orange cake using a whole orange, skin and all, using a food processor. After we had iced it we all tasted it and most of us liked it!

Patterns, pictures and more

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In our mathematics this week we have been looking at 2d and 3d shapes. We have gone on a shape hunt and found them in the classroom and outside. We looked at wrapping paper and used repeating patterns to generate our own designs. We have thought about the properties of the shapes, including the number of sides and corners of 2d shapes and the faces, edges and vertices of 3d shapes. We also checked out the shape pages in our planners to help us!

Year 1 Enjoy the Gruffalo!

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In Year 1 we have been enjoying our work in Literacy on the Gruffalo. We have read the story, watched the short film, retold the story using story language, acted out the story with puppets and masks and described the characters using super adjectives! Some of us have even written about a new character for the Gruffalo to eat...Badger pie, Hedgehog bubblegum, Eagle soup and many more.


Year One search the school grounds for a visitor

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As part of our topic ‘If you go down to the woods today’ both Year One classes received a letter from Barnaby Bear telling them he was coming to visit. However he managed to get lost in the school grounds and we all had to go out to look for him. We then looked at an aerial photograph and matching map of the local area to find the school. We also thought of questions we wanted to ask Barnaby Bear. We are looking forward to finding out more about his travels round the world!

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