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!
Date: 9th Mar 2019 @ 9:30pm
Y1 are getting excited about our upcoming trip to the Lowry Arts Centre in Salford. In preparation for this, Y1 were tasked with drawing a building. We then learned about how details in buildings can tell us things about them, how old they are, what it might be used for, who could live there. Children learned that Lowry also took inspiration from the details and patterns in the buildings around him. Y1 then explored the buildings around us, we looked deeper to find details that we could use in our second sketches. Y1 all created much more detailed second pictures. Super sketching Y1.
Date: 7th Mar 2019 @ 9:45pm
This week Y1 have been fraction problem solving. We have discussed, used and made, halves, quarters and wholes and even helped Mr. Thompson and Mr. Widowson to have their dinner. Fantastic fractions Y1.
Date: 7th Mar 2019 @ 9:33pm
Y1 are beginning to look deeper into the buildings and materials around us. Inspired by our new topic, why is L. S Lowry so awesome? Children used viewfinders to look for interesting patterns inside and outside. We learned how Lowry was inspired by the interesting buildings and views around him and Y1 will be using this knowledge and understanding to help us to create a Lowry inspired murial over the next few weeks. Great looking Y1.
Date: 6th Mar 2019 @ 10:49pm
Today Y1 begun to understand the importance of debate. Following on from our class text ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett, children role played the parts of Sunny the Meerkat and his Meerkat cousins Ed and Scratch. Y1 were tasked to create a debate over which meerkat food was the best, crunchy scorpions or sloppy eggs. Children learned to share opinions and arguments in a fun friendly way, not to be upset if someone thought something different and the importance of listening to other people's opinions in a respectful way. Y1 then wrote some fantastic sentences about their opinions on eggs and scorpions as a tasty treat. Amazing arguments Y1.
Date: 28th Feb 2019 @ 9:04am
Today children in year 1 begun to identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and learn about the sense associated with each part of the body. Today we explored our eyes and the sense of sight. Children learned about the iris, pupil, eye lid and eye lashes. We tested how our pupil gets bigger in the dark and smaller in the light, how an adult eye is the size of a ping pong ball and we examined each other’s iris colour and drew and labelled very accurate pictures of our own eyes using mirrors. Some children also wanted to tell the class about the time they went to see an optician and talk about the tools used to examine their eyes. Super science Y1!
Date: 14th Feb 2019 @ 11:18am
This week Y1 have been reading the text 'Mama Panya's pancakes, a village tale from Africa'. Children have collected information from the book to help us write our own instructions for making African spicy pancakes. Today children tested out their instructions and made some real African pancakes. Whilst the pancakes were cooking children collected a bank of words based on what they could smell, hear, see and taste. Our pancakes were fantastic and enjoyed by the whole class. Children will be using their words latter this week to write a thankyou letter to Mama Panya. Good cooking Y1.
Date: 14th Feb 2019 @ 11:08am
This week Y1 have been learning about conditions within the Arctic circle. We have looked at the clothes needed for cold climates and hot climates and we have begun to discuss some adaptions animals have to make to survive in these conditions. Today children predicted how a mass of blubber on their hand would feel in ice water compared to a hand without blubber. Children tested out their predictions dipping both hands into icy water, one hand covered in thick blubber and the other hand without blubber. Children then compared their predictions with their findings and then recorded this into their science books. Y1 were amazed to feel how one hand became very cold yet their blubber hand remained warm. We collected some fantastic conclusion questions from the afterwards, these ranged from, do all Arctic animals have to be fat?, Does a polar bear ever get too hot? Would a polar bear survive in Africa?. Super science Y1.
Date: 11th Feb 2019 @ 8:58pm
Today in Y1 children compared the ability to get a glass of water in our class to getting a glass of water in a Kenyan school. Children were shown a variety of hand made African water jugs and bowls made in villages across Africa in aid of storing, carrying and holding water and food. Children discussed how most people in Kenya made these items as supermarkets and shops are not as common in Africa as they are in England. Y1 were then tasked with following a simple set of instructions to make salt dough and then shape and make a bowl or jug that can carry water. It was messy work but children loved learning to follow instructions and create their own African inspired bowl, plate or jug, great making Y1.
Date: 11th Feb 2019 @ 8:27pm
Y1 was invaded this morning by a variety of African animal footprints. Children looked at and discussed a variety of different tools used for measurement, from scales and thermometers to clocks and tape measures. Children were then tasked to estimate which African animal they thought had the widest footprint. We then discussed and decided on the best tool to use to help us find the answer. Children used rulers and recorded their findings on sheets of paper. Y1 found out that meerkats do not have wide feet, elephants have the widest feet and giraffes feet are wider then zebras feet. Fantastic work Y1.
Date: 7th Feb 2019 @ 3:26pm
Children were shown pictures of sunsets from around the world and asked if they knew what these were or if they had seen something similar before. Year 1 then discussed why the landscape in Africa makes their sunsets so special. Children were then tasked with a range of shading activities using the hot colours of Africa. We were all amazed at the beautiful artwork we had created and it is now on display in our school hall. Inspirational work Y1.
Date: 4th Feb 2019 @ 6:22pm
Today Yr1 begun to explore weight and capacity. Children worked hard to fix, discuss and experiment with problems related to weight and capacity. Thanks to our special dinosaur toys, we solved lots of problems and children have added some fantastic new words to their vocabulary, such as, heaviest, lightest, balanced, scales, and volume. Well done team Y1.
Date: 28th Jan 2019 @ 4:31pm
Today, Y1 have begun to look at the weather all around us. Children monitored the weather outside today and have begun to learn some great vocabulary to describe the weather. Each child will keep their own weather chart this week and everyday we will update it and compare our weather with the weather of Nairobi in Kenya, Melbourne in Australia and Toronto in Canada.
Date: 24th Jan 2019 @ 4:28pm
Children in Year 1 had great fun trying to make 2d and 3d shapes from cocktail sticks and sticky sweets. They made lots of shapes from squares, triangles and hexagons to cubes, cuboids and pyramids. Children then explored why using the tools they had they were unable to make circles, spheres, cones and cylinders. Great working Y1.