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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

We had a wonderful festival on the last day of term to celebrate Mrs Riley’s retirement.

We have had fun creating a ‘Traction Man’ moving picture with a spin, flap, pop-out and slider mechanism.

We went on a visit to Mansfield Museum to look at different toys.  We looked at different types of old toys and how they are different to new toys.

Summer 1

 

This half term we are thinking about the question

Which birds and plants would Peter Rabbit find at Sutton Lawn?’

 

In order to answer our question we will be learning to –

  • Look at our previous knowledge and what we would like to learn
  • Exploring 8A's garden and creating a map to show what is there
  • Visit Sutton Lawn to sketch and name the Plants/Trees/Birds there
  • Carry out a seed race investigation to see which seed will grow tallest by keeping a record of progress each week
  • Carry out an investigation to find out if plants grow better when watered with milk, water or coke.
  • identify parts of a plant and their functions
  • Look at birds that are around our school by going on a bird spot and recording which birds we see
  •  Listen for the differences in birds songs
  • Answer the question of where baby birds come from and looking at the lifecycle of a Blue Tit
  • Discuss how to attract birds to our school and how we can feed birds
  • Use Pointillism to create beautiful paintings of plants, birds and trees Peter Rabbit may find at Sutton Lawn

We talked about what we could do to encourage birds to visit 8A garden. We thought bird feeders would help as birds need to eat, so we made bird feeders and hung them in 8A garden. Now we just need to wait and see if it works!

We enjoyed our field trip to Sutton Lawn to see what flowers and trees Peter Rabbit would find there.

Seed Race

We carried out a scientific investigation, we predicted what we thought would happen, we set up the experiment and we recorded the results over 3 weeks. We wanted to find out which seed would grow best, chick peas, popping corn, black beans or a split pea. We recorded our results each week in our seed diary and we took photographs.  We found out that the chick pea won the race and the popping corn was second.

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Phonics Boot Camp

We had great fun when we did our ‘Phonics Boot Camp’, we worked, in groups, on different practical activities each day.

Spring 2

 

This half term we are thinking about the question

‘What has changed since my 'Great Grandparents' were young?’

 

In order to answer our question we will have a visit from Peter Hammond who will bring in a Victorian kitchen for us to use, Victorian clothes for us to wear and Victorian artefacts for us to draw.

 

We will also be learning to –

  • identify old and new items to be able to place them in a modern or an old home
  • investigate Victorian artefacts finding out what they were called and their job in the home
  • look at rich and poor children in Victorian days and compare to what life is like for children now
  • research independently what schools were like in Victorian times
  • take part in a Victorian school afternoon completing activities that a Victorian child would have completed during their schooling
  • notice what is different now when we buy our food and how money has changed
  • use our investigation skills to discover the differences between technology now and then

 

Our Star Author Focus is: Allan Ahlberg and Julia Donaldson

 

Our Quality Text Study: Mrs Lather’s Laundry and Peepo.

 

As writers can we…?

Retell events of how washing was done in Victorian times.

Write their own version of Mrs Lather’s laundry.

Write a letter to Peter Hammond explaining what they have learnt about Victorian life and how it compares to life now.

Compare the life of Victorian child to their life now.

We enjoyed our Easter disco, we made Easter hats for the competition.  Archie and Gracie were the winners!

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We enjoyed our outdoor active Maths session finding objects that measured less than 100cm and using a metre stick to measure and record their height/length.

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We have had fun in Music, clapping rhythms and playing instruments to the rhythm of ‘In the groove’.

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We enjoyed taking part in raising money for Red Nose Day by wearing red!

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To help us learn about what it was like as a child in Victorian times we transformed our modern classroom into a Victorian classroom. We carried out tasks that a Victorian child would have done during school.  

Children participated in sitting in lines, copying writing, reciting the times table, chanting, learning what forms of punishment were implemented and having hands and nails checked to be clean. It was great fun!

We had fun in Art creating Victorian wallpaper in the style of William Morris using polystyrene tiles and printing technique.

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We celebrated World Book Day by dressing in bright colours and spots in response to our story ‘The dot’ by Peter Reynolds.

We made our own dots to create a Key Stage display. Have a look in school to see if you can see it!

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We learnt a lot about Victorian times from our visitor Peter Hammond. We had fun dressing up, trying out Victorian ways of life and handling Victorian objects.

We worked in groups to make ‘Freeze Frames’ from the story ‘Mrs Wishy Washy’.

Spring 1 2019.

This half term we are thinking about the question:

 

‘Where did the tracks go?’

 

In order to answer our question we will be learning to -

* Explore the area in which we live, taking photo’s of what we see.

* Create our own map and highlight the local features.

* Look at different forms of transport to help us discover what is popular in our local area by using a tally chart to create a pictogram of our findings.

* Find where Sutton-in-Ashfield is on a map.

* Discover where we have travelled in the UK and which form of transport we have used to get there.

* Identify vehicles from the past and present and order them from old to new.

* Use charcoal to create pictures of vehicles from the past.

* Design and make a vehicle that moves.

 

In English our Author Focus' are Jan Fearnley, Jan Oke and June Crebbin. Our focused texts are 'Naughty Bus' and 'The train ride'.

 

As Writers we will...

Retell events from the Naughty Bus story.

Write about the Naughty Buses adventures around school.

Write our own train ride poems.

Write a comparison piece between the our local area now and in the past when there were train lines.

 

 

 

 

 

As part of our RE topic we have been looking at different churches. We took a visit to St Mary Magdalene’s church to look inside and outside of the church, then we built our own model of a church.

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As part of our DT Learning Challenge Curriculum, we investigated vehicles. We then designed, built, tested and evaluated our vehicles. It was lots of fun!

As part of our R.E. work we visited St Mary Magdalene’s Church to find out what it was like inside and out.

As part of our Learning Challenge question, we discussed places that we had travelled to in and out of the United Kingdom. We highlighted where it was on a large map of the United Kingdom. We also discussed the different ways that we had travelled to get there.

As part of our Learning Challenge question we carried out fieldwork to see how many vehicles passed our school. We made a tally chart and created a pictogram from our findings.

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We went on a walk to see where the train lines used to go near our school. We looked for clues as to where the buildings and steps might have been and compared old photos to what we saw.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our PE ‘Drumba’ session!

Autumn 2 2018.

This half term in our Learning Challenge Curriculum we are thinking about the question:

 

‘Why can’t meerkats live in the North Pole?’

 

 

In order to answer our question we will be -

 

* Naming the four countries that make up the UK, including their capital cities and surrounding seas.

* Finding out about the equator and the North and South Poles.

* Using symbols to show what the weather is like where we live.

* Preparing and performing our own live TV weather forecast.

* Taking a trip to White Post Farm to learn about Meerkats and other animals.

* Comparing the features of hot and cold countries.

* Finding out why people choose to go on holiday to different

countries.

* Finding out what things you may need and what things you can do in different countries.

* Learning about the different seasons.

 

In English our Author Focus is Emily Gravett and our main text is Meerkat Mail.

 

As Writers we will…

Write a postcard from Sunny the Meerkat to his parents.

Write a recount of our trip to White Post Farm.

Write a comparison piece between the North Pole and the Kalahari desert.

Write about Sunny’s adventures around school.

Write meerkat facts.

Retell events from the story.

 

Exciting vocabulary:

Equator; poles; centigrade; degrees; Kalahari; freezing point.

We had fun at our Christmas party!

We ate our Christmas dinner wearing our Christmas jumpers! It was fun!

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We have enjoyed learning about Diwali in R.E.

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In Maths, we are learning about addition and subtraction within 10, 2D and 3D shapes and Place Value of numbers within 20.

In Maths we have had fun sorting 3D shapes into hoops and added labels.

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In Maths we have been subtracting using a numberline. Today we played ‘Race to zero’.

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We had a lovely time at White Post Farm learning about meerkats and other animals!

Autumn 1 2018

This half term we are thinking about the question

 

‘Why are humans not like tigers?’

 

In order to answer our question we will be learning to -

 

· Identify and name the parts of the human body and say what senses are linked to each part.

· Identify and name common animals and deciding if they would make good pets or not.

· Sort animals into the following groups according to  different criteria—fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores.

· Describe and compare the bodies of different animals.

 

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We went on a bug hunt around the school grounds to see what mini-beasts we could find.

We had fun tasting different fruits to put in our fruit salad for The Tiger Who Came To Tea!

We have also been reading 'The Bog Baby' by Jeanne Willis as our core text.

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National Poetry Day 4th October 2018!

We enjoyed creating pictures of the butterfly life cycle using chalks and pastels as part of our poetry day theme. We also had fun making stick puppets of the butterfly life cycle too!

We enjoyed creating pictures of the butterfly life cycle using chalks and pastels as part of our poetry day theme. We also had fun making stick puppets of the butterfly life cycle too! 1
We enjoyed creating pictures of the butterfly life cycle using chalks and pastels as part of our poetry day theme. We also had fun making stick puppets of the butterfly life cycle too! 2
We enjoyed creating pictures of the butterfly life cycle using chalks and pastels as part of our poetry day theme. We also had fun making stick puppets of the butterfly life cycle too! 3
We enjoyed creating pictures of the butterfly life cycle using chalks and pastels as part of our poetry day theme. We also had fun making stick puppets of the butterfly life cycle too! 4
We enjoyed creating pictures of the butterfly life cycle using chalks and pastels as part of our poetry day theme. We also had fun making stick puppets of the butterfly life cycle too! 5

We are really excited to have our 50 'Year 1 Recommended Reads' in our classroom book corners. How many do you think we will share by the end of Year 1?

We are really excited to have our 50 'Year 1 Recommended Reads' in our classroom book corners. How many do you think we will share by the end of Year 1? 1
We are really excited to have our 50 'Year 1 Recommended Reads' in our classroom book corners. How many do you think we will share by the end of Year 1? 2

Have a look at what our previous Year 1's got up to! smiley

Summer 2 2018

This half term we thought about the question:

'Why is the Wii more fun than Great Grandma and Grandad's old toys?'

Most of our work is based around objectives taken from the Year One Programme of Study in the National Curriculum; however we also covered other objectives from Art and Design, Design and Technology, Computing, Geography, Music.

 

In order to answer our question we:

  • Looked at our previous knowledge and what we would like to learn

  • Visited Sudbury Hall to find out more about old toys from Victorian times

  • Found answers to the questions we would like to know and researched other answers

  • Looked at our Birthday wish lists and compared them to our grown-ups at home

  • Investigated old objects and pictures of toys deciding what materials they are made from, how they were used and if we still play with them now

  • Played indoor and outdoor Victorian games and gain new skills

  • Made old fashioned toys like a dolly peg and a cup and ball.

  • Re-created art from the past by using Henri Matisse style.

The Royal Wedding street party!

We celebrated the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle by holding a whole school street party in the playground. It was lots of fun!!

Summer 1 2018

This half term we are thinking about the question

 

‘Which birds and plants would Little Red Riding Hood find at Sutton Lawn?’

 

Most of our work will be based around objectives taken from the Year One Programme of Study in the National Curriculum; however we will also be covering other objectives from Art and Design, Design and Technology, Computing, Geography and Music.

 

In order to answer our question we will be -

 

· Looking at our previous knowledge and deciding what we would like to learn.

· Exploring 8A’s garden and creating a map to show what is there.

· Visiting Sutton Lawn to sketch and name the plants/trees/ birds there.

· Growing a seed and learning what it needs to be strong and healthy and keeping a record of its progress each week.

· Identifying parts of a plant and their functions.

· Looking at birds that are around school by going on a bird hunt and recording in a tally chart.

· Listening for the differences in birdsongs.

· Answering the question where do baby birds come from and looking at the lifecycle of a Blue Tit.

· Attracting birds to our school and making bird feeders to feed them.

· Creating paintings of plants, birds and trees in the style of Mondrian.

 

Our walk to Sutton Lawn to find out what plants, trees and animals Little Red Riding Hood might find there.

Traditional Tales

We have enjoyed reading different traditional tales, like: Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We worked in small groups to act out parts of the story.

Instructions

In English, we have been learning about instructions. We have been reading instructions to help us to clean teeth, make a jam sandwich and make a sandcastle.  We have had lots of fun!

World Book Day 2018!

 

We read 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes' by Jan Fearnley, our star author for this half term. We dressed up as wolves and tasted pancakes. We also decorated our classroom door to look like the front cover of the book. We also enjoyed sharing our favourite books throughout the day. We had a fun reading day! smiley

We enjoyed dressing up as wolves!

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Pancake tasting! Yummy!

We decorated our clasroom doors to look like the front cover of the book!

We decorated our clasroom doors to look like the front cover of the book! 1
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We enjoyed sharing our favourite books throughout the day!

We enjoyed sharing our favourite books throughout the day! 1

It is World Book Day on Thursday 1st March 2018. We are celebrating this by reading Mr Wolf’s Pancakes, written by this half terms star author, Jan Fearnley. We will be making wolf props such as ears etc. within school and ask that the children come dressed in brown, black or grey clothing on Thursday. We would also like to invite your child to bring in their own book that they enjoy from home. We hope to share some of these throughout the day or all stop and read our own books. Each child will be given a World Book Day token that can be used on books from Asda or other participating shops.   

 

Spring 2 2018

What has changed since my Great Great Grandparents were young?

In order to answer our big question we...

  • had a visit from Helen Crowfoot who brought in a Victorian kitchen for us to use, Victorian clothes for us to wear and Victorian artefacts for us to investigate and draw
  • We identified old and modern items and were able to place them in an old or modern home
  • We compared the lives of rich and poor children in Victorian times and also compared the life of a Victorian chimney sweep to ourselves
  • We researched what school life was like in Victorian times
  • We took part in a Victorian school afternoon and had to stand up each time an adult entered the classroom!
  • We explored the differences in food and money
  • We used our investigation skills to discover the differences between technology now and then

 

Spring 1 2018

 

Where did the tracks go?

In order to answer our big question we...

  • Explored the area in which we live, and took photos of what we saw
  • Created our own map and highlighted the local features
  • looked at different forms of transport to help us discover what was popular in our local area by using a tally chart to create a pictogram of our findings
  • located Sutton-in-Ashfield on a map
  • discovered where we have travelled in the UK and which form of transport we have used to get there
  • Identified vehicles from the past and present and ordered them from old to new
  • Used charcoal to create pictures of vehicles from the past
  • Designed and made a vehicle that moves
  • To enrich our curriculum we went to Butterley Station and had a ride on a real train. It was great fun!

As part of our RE curriculum we visited St Mary Magdalen's church to find out more about churches and to experience a church first hand.

 

Our trip to Midland Railway to ride on a train or two and learn more about them.

Our walk to see where the train lines used to go.

We enjoyed dressing up and performing our Christmas Nativity 'Little Angel gets her wings'.

 

Autumn Term 1 2017

We have had a busy term in Year 1. As part of our Learning Challenge Curriculum and the big question "Why aren't humans like tigers?" we went on a bug hunt in our school garden and explored the weather in Science. To help answer our Learning Challenge big question 'Why can't meerkats live in the North Pole?' Year One visited White Post Farm and saw sheep, mountain-goats, pigs, lizards, geese, lamas, ducks and also met Hero the bull. They went on a tractor ride and learnt about meerkats! We got 'spotty' for 'Children in need' day and celebrated Christmas.

We also celebrated National Poetry day 2017 by reading poetry books, writing rhyming strings and writing our own poems. smiley

National Poetry Day 2017

We learnt about Diwalli in R.E. We tasted Diwalli food, made paper lanterns, drew mehndi patterns, wrote Diwalli cards and coloured rangoli patterns. It was lots of fun!

Diwalli afternoon!

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