Date: 15th Jul 2019 @ 3:48pm
Today Y1 were tasked with gathering and recording data to help them to answer questions. Our learning question was, what lives in our school? and then children used the data they collected to answer, which is the most common insect in our school? Y1 had lots of fun exploring and investigating the many mini habitats in our fabulous school grounds. Children looked on bark, under stones, in soil and in the sky. Y1 also performed the tree shake test, placing white trays under branches and gently shaking them to see who is living on them. Y1 discovered that we have many ant nests and that ants were the most common insect. We also discovered beetles, grasshoppers, butterflies, and some interesting things in our school pond. Great investigating Y1.
Date: 4th Jul 2019 @ 1:13pm
This week in year 1, children have been answering and shoving problems related to money. Following on from children's work with recognising and using coins, Y1 have been looking at and using notes. Children were very excited to be rich for the day and they were fantastic at counting and using their money. Super spending Y1.
Date: 27th Jun 2019 @ 12:39am
Children in Y1 helped to raise money for UNICEF’s soccer aid by completing our huge 75ft inflatable assault course. A great day was had by all and Mr. Devereux and Mrs. Costello even managed to have a sneaky go.
Date: 27th Jun 2019 @ 12:26am
This week year 1 have been working on improving their comprehension skills. Together we read part of our new zoo mystery 'Who ate the zookeeper?' by Dave Dutton. Children were set the task to think of a range of questions that could reveal what happened to the zookeeper. After discussing their theories children worked in pairs to collect and write down their questions in an order they would like to ask them. Children then took part in a hot seating session with a very familiar zookeeper. It took the children 40 minutes and 3 rounds of question revising, but eventually their questions lead to solving the mystery of who had eaten the zookeeper. Perfect problem solving Y1!
Date: 27th Jun 2019 @ 12:15am
As part of our health and wellbeing week, children in Y1 took part in a Scooter skills lesson led by pro skateboarder Liam. Children loved learning outside and there was not a frown in site as Y1 learned some awesome skills and tricks. Superb scooting Y1!
Date: 23rd Jun 2019 @ 12:09pm
This week, as part of our arts week, children in Y1 learned about some different ways of creating art. Children looked etching, scratching and collages. Y1 were tasked to create a variety of different art work in the style of British artist Norman Ackroyd and the famous illustrator and author Eric Carle. Children begin to understand the processes needed in creating these types of artwork, such as, waxing, painting, designing a template, making a rough copy, finding resources and then finally creating the finished piece. Our finished artwork looks amazing and they will all be on display very soon. Amazing art year 1!
Date: 21st Jun 2019 @ 9:11am
Year 1 spent the morning looking at how Eric Carle creates his pictures in his story books, They sketched mini beasts and flowers; practised collage techniques (using overlaying) to create different shades of colour; used tools in paint to create different textures and then combined these to make their finished piece.
Date: 20th Jun 2019 @ 8:54am
During our arts week, Y1 were visited by a professional dancer and cheorographer. Following on from children’s geography work this year, we travelled around the UK looking at some styles of dancing associated with each country. Y1 learned some traditional Scottish ceildah dancing, Irish step dancing and a Welsh group folk dance. Very impressive Y1.
Date: 20th Jun 2019 @ 8:47am
This week children have been learning about human and animal body’s. Y1 looked at a human skull and compared it with a rams skull. We looked at features that are the same and features that are different between each skull. Y1 then looked more closely at our own body, naming and discussing some key parts of the human body. Super science Y1!
Date: 16th Jun 2019 @ 2:15pm
Today almost all the class took part in auditions for our upcoming ‘Lyme’s got talent’ show. Those who didn’t were given the tough job as judges, scoring acts from star quality to effort. The class were very supportive to their class mates during the auditions and afterwards, to both successful performers and to those unsuccessful. In a true democratic way 19 children were whittled to 4 and then 2 acts were voted on based on their act and not popularity. I am very proud at how well the class dealt with successive and defeat, great life lessons learned. Terrific talent Y1!
Date: 16th Jun 2019 @ 2:03pm
Children in Y1 have been learning about the language of volume and capacity. Y1 learned inside and outside with a range of activities promoting the use of mathematical language such as, full, empty, nearly full, nearly empty and half full. Great job Y1!
Date: 13th Jun 2019 @ 11:09pm
Wow, what a day Y1 had on Thursday. Children learned about the differences between seals and sea lions, how giraffes take leaves from trees, how much a lion eats in a week and why some animals have coloured faces. Observing hundreds of animals, watching the sea lion show and meeting a real zoologist, Y1 have definitely made some fantastic memories that will last a lifetime. Excellent exploring Y1!
Date: 10th Jun 2019 @ 7:09am
To bring our science week to a close Year 1 took part in some animal themed testing. Y1 learned about Charles Darwin, from his passion for collecting to his epic 5 year journey around the world on the ship, HMS Beagle. Children were shown a variety of birds and asked the question, why are birds beaks different? After collecting some answers children were set the open task to try and find out using an array of replica bird beaks in a variety of different simulated habitats. Y1 had lots of fun testing out all their beak theories, from eating, getting through trees, defending themselves and diving into water. At the end of the lesson Y1 were successful at matching each bird (Jay, pelican, hawk, black skimmer) to their correct habitat. Y1 fully understand how Darwin believed each animal adapts it's self to best survive in the environment it is found. Super Science Y1!
Date: 24th May 2019 @ 12:44pm
A great big thank you to our Y1 class today who helped Mrs. Roberts by doing a litter pick and some weeding of the planters on the school field - we have some very keen gardeners!
Date: 23rd May 2019 @ 1:18pm
Today Y1 used their cutting and slicing skills to make their own rainbow fruit kebab. Y1 firstly learned about the importance of washing our hands properly before preparing food then followed their own previously made recipe, trying to make their kebabs, interesting, patterned and use a variety of newly tried fruit from around the world. We had kiwis from China, grapes from Spain, pineapple from Hawaii, plus watermelons, oranges and bananas. Super tasting Y1.
Date: 22nd May 2019 @ 9:54pm
Today in Y1, children learnt how to use a knife to prepare their own snack and observe the differences and similarities of flesh from a fruit. Y1 developed their fine motor control to cut, slice, peel and chop a variety of fruit. Using a knife is a life skill and is another step towards our fabulous Y1’s independence. Top chopping (and tasting!)
Date: 17th May 2019 @ 8:15pm
This week year 1 have been learning about plants and the seasons we see them grow. We have looked at some common wild flowers and learned about the parts of plants and their functions. On Thursday Y1 were very lucky to be joined by Scott the park ranger on our summer walk. Scott helped children to identify some deciduous and evergreen trees in our fabulous Lyme Pitts park. Children loved making wild flower bracelets and roaming without the constraints of the classroom. As a thank you Y1 helped Scott to clean up the picnic area from any rubbish left behind by messy visitors. Sensational summer walk Y1.
Date: 9th May 2019 @ 10:38am
Y1 were tasked today with helping an aquarium to get ready for their opening day. Mr. Devereux had lots of fish and children had to try and put them into equal groups in our fish tanks. Children found lots of ways to share out our fish and even negotiated with other tables when they found an uneven school of fish. Perfect problem solving Y1.
Date: 9th May 2019 @ 10:24am
This week children have been completing their small scale recycled houses, ready for Mr and Mrs Lego to choose a suitable house to live in. Children learned about some key design features that should be included into their house. We learned about the importance of hinges for safety and we looked at examples around our school on gates, doors and windows. We learned about sliders and how we could use them to add privacy to our house by using them for curtains that could be opened and closed. Children then were tasked to make the interior of their house more appealing by adding furniture, wallpaper and carpets. It’s going to be a very difficult decision for Mr and Mrs Lego. Next we will be evaluating our houses and thinking about what we could do different next time. Well done Y1!
Date: 29th Apr 2019 @ 5:57pm
Today Y1 met Mr and Mrs Brick, our new Lego family. Holly and Mark Brick are in need of a good, solid, suitable home. Y1, using their knowledge of homes around the world are working hard to give Mr and Mrs Brick a lovely choice of forever homes to choose from. Today Y1 looked at the ways house exteriors are made. We looked at a real house being built in time lapse and we discussed the many ways in which we can join material together. Being as responsible as we can, we used lots of recycled material from Easter and began to make strong exteriors for our houses. Next we will be making our interior and looking at how we can add hinges and flaps to make our rooms and windows accessible for Mr and Mrs Brick. Cool construction Y1.
Date: 22nd Apr 2019 @ 7:01pm
To finish our Lowry inspired learning challenge, children learned about life for L.S. Lowry during his time in primary school. Children learned about the differences and similarities between schools in Victorian times and schools today, from equipment, rules and conditions to understanding that boys and girls would of been taught different things. Although Y1 enjoyed their time in a Victorian classroom they were all very glad to step back into our modern classroom, and thankfully there was no need for any caning. Great learning Y1.
Date: 3rd Apr 2019 @ 8:35pm
Over the past few weeks, Y1 have been learning about the history of our town. Inspired by our focus artist L.S. Lowry, children looked at significant buildings and structures, past and present, around our town. We learned that Newton le Willows had a significant train manufacturing factory at the Vulcan works and that George Stephenson built the Sankey Viaduct because our town used to be very boggy. Y1 then chose their favourite thing about Newton le Willows past or present and drafted their idea onto card tiles. Today children chose their favourite idea and made their clay tile by etching and carving their idea onto it. We then made a mural from our tiles which will soon be on display in our classroom. Well done Y1, marvellous mural making.
Date: 25th Mar 2019 @ 6:17pm
Today Y1 worked hard to improve our sentence writing. Inspired by our learning challenge ‘why is L. S. Lowry so awesome’, Y1 were tasked to write sentences about their likes and dislikes from Lowry’s art. Children deepend their knowledge of orall sentence rehearsal, adding suffixes to words and adding descriptive words to make our sentences better. Children then presented their best sentences to the class and we even had some standing ovations for some truly fantastic sentences. Sensational sentences Y1.
Date: 21st Mar 2019 @ 1:19pm
This week Y1 have been thinking about what makes a great artist. Children learned about the 5 senses and how our senses help us to understand the things around us. Following on from using sight and hearing during our Lowry visit, children today explored, taste, touch and smell. We worked in carousel to test out our noses, skin and tongues. We smelled, onions, perfume, cardamom, curry and orange juice. We tasted, mint, salty crisps and honey and we touched a lambs skull, coal, wood, and rubber.
Date: 12th Mar 2019 @ 5:11pm
Wow! What a day we have had. We firstly took part in a special landscape workshop where we learned some new pencil drawing techniques from one of the Lowry's resident artists. We then tested out these techniques in the Lowry's main gallery, copying and creating our own Lowry inspired industrial landscapes in front of the real paintings. Children were amazed to find out that one of the pictures we looked at was worth over 5 million pounds. Y1 then began to make a 3d Lowry styled building back at the workshop, we will be finishing these in school. After dinner the children learned about portraits and partnered up to create their own portraits using a face template. These and our Lowry landscapes will be on display during our upcoming parents evening. We had lots of comments from Lowry staff and other schools about how well behaved the children were and how fantastic their sketchings were. Well done Y1, super proud!