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Science Week


Year 1 have had a fantastic Science Week, completing lots of different experiments linked to Space. On Monday we drew our own rockets and tested whether blowing through different sized straws would help our rockets to fly. On Tuesday we went to the KS1 Science fair. Well done to all of the year 1 children who took part and contributed an experiment / investigation that you have done at home. Then we came back into class and created our own planets by mixing together water and bicarbonate of soda. We dripped vinegar onto our planets and watched them fizz and bubble away. On Thursday we investigated what kind of plate made the best flying saucer. We all made either a plastic, paper or foil flying saucer and then took our flying saucers outside to test. We found that the plastic plates were the best! On Friday we became detectives as an alien had crash landed and was causing a nuisance. We had to find clues that would help us to work out what alien was on the loose, and which planet it had come from. When we got back to the classroom we discovered that the alien had made such a mess! There was milk and popcorn everywhere!!! Have a look at our photos from the week. 

Parent Workshop


It was great to see so many parents at our Reading Comprehension workshop on Thursday 5th March - thank you so much to all of the parents who came along! For those parents who unfortunately couldn't be with us, here's a copy of our Presentation and handouts from the workshop today. 

Parent Workshop Presentation

Year 1 Reading Domain Questions

KS1 Reading Targets

Capacity Week


In Maths this week we have been exploring capacity. We have done lots of investigations and comparing. On Monday we explored containers that were the same size, and we ordered the amount of liquid in the container. Then we examined what happened when the containers were not the same size, and that we needed to pour the liquid or other pourable substance into containers that were the same size so that we could compare amounts accurately. On Tuesday we began to measure using non-standard measures - we compared filling containers using cups and spoons. On Wednesday we continued to use non-standard measures, and compare containers using the inequalities symbols. Finally on Thursday we completed a challenge where flowers needed a certain amount of water given to them. We had to measure the capacity of different containers using standard measures, then match the correct container to the right flower.

What are things made from?


Year 1 have been exploring materials today - we learnt about some of the different materials that things can be made from, and we were all given an object card. We successfully matched our object card to the material that it has been made from. Next week we are going on a materials hunt around school to see if we can find lots of things made from the same materials. What have you got at home that is made from wood, plastic, metal or glass?

Moon facts - true or false?


In History we have started to look at our topic about space. We began our learning with some facts about the moon. Some of the facts were real, some were not. We worked collaboratively to try and work out which facts about the moon were true or false. Have a look - do you think we've got them all right?

Adding Conjunctions to Sentences


Did you know that you can make your sentence longer by adding a conjunction? We have learnt how the conjunctions 'and', 'but' and 'because' can be added to two sentences to combine them. We have practiced using the correct conjunction in a sentence, and also writing our own conjunction sentences. 

Fiction or Non-Fiction?


Year 1 have been learning how to spot the difference between fiction and non-fiction books. We successfully sorted a pile of books out into fiction and non-fiction using the features of the books to help us. 

Penguin Huddle Experimen


Have you ever wondered why penguins huddle together during the winter months? We completed an experiment to find out why. We had a huddle of penguins (cups) and a single penguin (cup) and poured boiling water into the cups. We tested the temperature of the water every 3 minutes for 12 minutes to see whether the single penguin or huddle stayed warmer. The single penguin got much quicker much faster!

Art Gallery Trip


On Friday year 1 visited Wolverhampton Art Gallery. We were met by an artist called Kate who showed us some African monkey clay sculptures. She talked us through how to create our own African monkey clay sculptures and we have each made one to bring home. Take a peek at some of our work.

Kingswood Trip


Despite the cold, year 1 have had an enjoyable trip to Kingswood. We went on a walk to compare urban and rural environments, hunted for leaves and identified what they were, completed a peg orienteering trail in groups, and met and stroked the Guinea pig, rabbit and tortoise. Have a look at some of our pictures. 

Shape Week


This week we have been exploring 2D shapes and patterns. Have a look at some of the patterns we have created, and how we have sorted 2D shapes. We also completed a shape hunt looking for our shapes within our classroom. 

African Drumming Workshops


We have enjoyed a fantastic African drumming workshop today. We have all taken part in playing our drums pretending to be different African animals, learning some African words and playing different parts to each other. 

What is Geography?


We have been thinking about what Geography is and what is means. We looked at lots of different photos and wrote down the similarities between the different photos. We came back and shared our ideas together. Then we wrote down what we thought Geography was about. Then we looked at a second set of pictures and talked about the similarities in these photos. We worked out that all of the pictures were either of people or places. We then returned to the list we made earlier and identified whether they were people or places. We then defined Geography as the study of people and places. 

Five and a bit


This week we have been exploring the five and a bit structure in Maths. We have used tens frames and the part part whole model to represent that the numbers 6-10 are 5 and __ more. We have used lots of different representations to explore the five and a bit model over the course of the week. 

Digital Programmers (11th & 18th November)


We have had the Learning Technologies Team visit us on the 11th and 18th November, with a final session next week. We have been learning about the word 'algorithm'. Algorithms are instructions we give to programmes. We have been exploring creating algorithms and how to fix an algorithm when it goes wrong 'is bugged'. We have sequenced instructions and followed them, used the APP code-a-pillar to create and debug an algorithm, used beebots to create a programme and draw art. Thank you Miss Kimbell!

DT Scarecrows


Year 1 have designed and made their own scarecrows to protect the school garden. We have been creative chameleons thinking about how we could decorate them. Have a look at some of our finished scarecrows.

Ordinal Numbers


Year 1 have been doing lots of practical activities with ordinal numbers. We have ordered ourselves using ordinal flashcards, small world people and solved problems using height. 

Verbs and Nouns


We have been learning about the word classifications nouns (names of things, people, places and feelings) and verbs (actions). We sorted words into the correct categories. 

Visit to Lower Drayton Farm


On 3rd October we went to the farm. When we got there we met Farmer Ray and we were split into 2 groups. We did a lot of exciting things during the day. We went on a very bumpy trailer pulled by the tractor and went to see the field of maize and the hay bales. We saw fields of animals and watched the emus being fed. We went and picked our own pumpkins and dug up some potatoes. Working as a group we made a scarecrow to go into the fields and scare away the birds, and then got lost in the maize maze. We were very tired after our busy day and some of us fell asleep on the coach on the way back to school. 

Exploring Equals


In Maths we have learnt that equals means the same as. We used balancing scales to try and find 2 numbers that equals a given number. We tried to find more than one combination of numbers to equal our given number. We did this over two days using numicon and multilink cubes.

Exploring our Senses


In Science we have explored using our individual senses. We explored what stops us from hearing things and went outside to explore how distance can affect our hearing. We also put our hands over our ears and covered our ears with our coat hoods. 

We explored our taste by completing a blind food taste - we tried to work out what we were eating and describe what things tasted like. We did a similar experiment for smell and tried to identify what we could smell. Finally we used sensory boxes and described what we could feel in the box. 

Digital Artist


We have drawn and created our own scarecrows using seesaw as part of our digital artist work in computing. Here are a couple for you to see.