Year 1 Blog

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

It's a Puppet!!

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This week we are busy designing our own pop up puppets. We have looked at a variety of different puppet types and learnt about their use across the world. We have begun designing and making our own pop-up puppets which will show what each child wants to be when they grow up! Some very interesting choices from your children, a few Pirates, Princesses and loads of teachers!!!! Watch this space, we hope to show you a few soon!

Year 1 Update!

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This week in Maths we have enjoyed investigating how many times we could fold particular shapes in half. We have also looked at halving numbers. We found out that if we know our doubles we can use this to find half of a number.

We really enjoyed a talk from a visitor who came in to talk to us about old toys. We enjoyed looking at all the different toys she had brought in to show us and discussed how they were similar and different to the toys we have today.





Science Day

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Year 1 have enjoyed Science day this week! We had a very busy day and completed a range of investigations.

Firstly, we investigated air resistance and made our own aeroplanes. We found out that the best shape for objects and animals that need to travel quickly through air and water is to be streamlined.

We also looked at how water can change state into a solid, liquid or gas and enjoyed learning about colour and made colour spinners. In addition, we thought about friction and how friction can affect the speed at which a car travels down a ramp.

Finally, we enjoyed learning about habitats and collected items to make a suitable home for a hedgehog.

Old and New Toys

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On Monday, we met our class governors! We had lots of questions for our governors and it was interesting to find out about their role in school. Our governors worked with us in our lessons and we enjoyed showing them how super we are!

We have enjoyed looking at old and new toys this week. We have found out that most old toys were made out of wood and tin. We compared them to our toys today which are mostly made out of plastic. We preferred our teddy bears from older teddy bears as they feel a lot softer and have lots of stuffing. In the past teddy bears were made to look more like the real animal and were not as cuddly.

Did you know that some dolls were made ot of wax and china?bear

Walking, Cycling and Scooting!!

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The time has come to start adding up all the tally's you have been recording on your special Sustrans chart. Mrs Hawksworth is ready to start stamping children's charts and hand out their reward badges. Mrs Hawksworth is in the Acorns office all day on Wednesdays until 4pm. She will also be available to parents and children on Mondays and Tuesdays at the start and end of the day.

Find those charts and bring them in to reward all your great exercise!!


To Infinity and Beyond!

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This week we have found out that our topic for this term is toys. We are very excited about this topic and have enjoyed our activities so far.

We are looking at the film Toystory in our Literacy lessons to inspire us with our writing. We have enjoyed looking at the different characters and describing their personalities. We have also been looking at the different camera angles used in the film and how this can create different feelings and perceptions of setting and characters.

We are looking forward to finding out about old toys this term and how our toys are different now!

In Maths we have been working hard to understand place value. We know that 13 has 1 lot of ten and 3 units. We have been using objects to help us work out different lots of tens and ones in a number.

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Olympic Champions

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This week we have enjoyed learning all about Mo Farah for Black History Week. We were very brave and stood up in assembly to talk about what we had found out. We were very surprised to learn that he struggled to fit in at school because he didn’t speak much English and that he also supports Arsenal Football Club. (Which did not impress a few of our boys?)

We have impressed our teachers this week with our improved maths and phonic knowledge, which reflects our hard work this term.

We are now looking forward to a nice break over half term to rest our brains!

Thanks for your support

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Our Beautiful World!

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To complete our RE topic this half term we have been thinking about our surroundings. During the half term we have thought about all the beautiful thinkgs in our world and how they were created. Today the children have been on a walk around the school grounds. They identified areas of the school which could be made more 'beautiful' and discussed how keeping areas around the school tidy was very important and everyone's responsibility.

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In Literacy, we have been looking at the story of Handa’s Surprise. We looked at how the culture and setting was different to England and described the setting using a range of adjectives.

In Maths, we have been using Numicon to help us find a range of ways of making different amounts using the coins 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p. We also found Numicon helpful to help us work out the correct change from 20p for the customers at the shop.

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We enjoyed our first visit to the Art room this week to create some African Masks. We think they look great do you?









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We are going to miss Mrs Linley and enjoyed presenting her with a baby basket in assembly today but we are looking forward to our Shape, Space and Measure week next week.

Thanks for your support

The Reception Team


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In Literacy this week, we have been writing some Non-Chronological reports all about Whitehouse Common. We have been using, sub-headings, a title, an introduction and some paragraphs, which included lots of information and facts about our school.

In Maths, we have been solving some number problems and working out which operation we needed to use.

On Friday, we were lucky to have Hollyfield School children come and visit us for our FOLTE Day. We made lots of new friends and learnt about our value self-help. We came up with lots of ideas about how we could help ourselves before we need to ask an adult or friend for help.     


Ornage Cupcake making - Yummy!!!

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Barnaby Bear has been teaching us all about Spain this week. We have learnt about the different climate, culture and foods on offer. We discussed how the warm weather allows citrus fruits to grow and decided to use Spanish oranges from Saville to make our very own orange cupcakes. The children all took turns to add ingredients, stir, spoon out and even wash up! The best bit was eating them afterwards! They were Yummy!!

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Year 1 News

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We have had another busy, exciting week in Year 1

In Maths we have been working hard to find half of a number by sharing out objects between 2 people. We then used chalk in our outdoor area to have a go at writing the symbol for ½ to show our answer. We really enjoyed this lesson and worked well in pairs.

In Literacy we have been using an Atlas to help us find out some information about different parts of the world by using some of the features of Non-fiction books. We know that an Index is in alphabetical order and this helped us to find the countries that we were looking for more easily.

We are looking forward to our FOLTE day next week.


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