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Year 1

Welcome to our Year 1 Class Blog! 
This will keep you updated with everything we have been up to in class and we will share some wonderful photos of us having fun! 
Thursday 9th December
What a wonderful week! 
The children have worked very hard and were fabulous in their Nativity performance!
I can't wait for you to all see the recording when it is complete!
We have been working hard in Math's on Fractions - focusing on halves and making one whole.
In English we are looking at features of letters ready to write our own to Santa next week! 
Also, our elf Buddy has been up to no good in class, take a look! 
Have a lovely weekend x 
Thursday 2 December
This week we have had so much fun!
In DT we are focusing on structures and we used pasta and marshmallows to create the strongest and biggest free-standing structures! We also enjoyed a marshmallow or two afterwards as a treat! 
In Maths this week we have focused on Division and have used lots of resources to help us share equally and group in different amounts.
I hope the snow comes back as we have loved being outdoors making snowmen, look at the one we made this week!
We have also had a new visitor this week .... meet Buddy our Year 1 Elf! 
He is here to watch us until Christmas and is leaving treats in our advent calendar each day. 
Have a lovely weekend! 
Miss Bell :) 
Thursday 18th November
This week we have enjoyed exploring 3D and 2D shapes. We have sorted different images of everyday objects and looked at the different properties of the shapes. 
In English we are ending our week writing our own 'Tale of Fear' after we have read and explored 'Scaredy Squirrel'.
Can you tell a grown up about our story? 
We celebrated World Youth Day by listening to readings from Pope Francis and creating our own bunting with symbols and prayers related to the messages he gave us. We also celebrated Anti-bullying week by wearing odd socks on Monday and designing our own with kind messages on. We ended our 'Belonging' topic in RE by gathering for our collective worship in class. The children decorated their own Baptism candles to add to the focal point during our worship.
Can you tell a grown up about what happens during a Baptism? 
We are continuing to work hard on our nativity songs and dances and we can't wait to show everyone how good we are! 
Enjoy your weekend! 
Miss Bell :) 
Thursday 4 November
This week we have been very excited about Friday 5th November to see some fireworks! 
In English, we have been watching videos of them and exploring adjectives to write our own poems about them on Friday!
Can you tell an adult what an adjective is? 
In RE we explored our topic 'Belonging' by looking at Baptism. We took turns explaining in groups what happens.
Can you remember who holds the candle?
In Maths we have been solving some tricky problem solving questions with subtraction, we used resources to help us. 

In Computing we began our animation topic using the iPads and had great fun making our own backgrounds. 
We are starting to learn some songs for our Nativity and we are doing so well!
Enjoy the fireworks this weekend everyone!
Miss Bell x
Thursday 14th October
I cannot believe we are almost at the end of our first half term already! 
This week we have been very very busy! We received more letters from our Gingerbread man and we wrote our final set of instructions to help him escape the old lady! 
In history, we explored last weeks lesson on Mary Seacole and then compared her work and life to Florence Nightingale. We were very good and recalling facts. 
Can you tell an adult at home a fun fact about Mary or Florence? 
In Art, we created our final piece for our Giuseppe Arcimboldo topic trying to draw a pepper. We also had our Commando Joe's Day today and it was fantastic! 
We began with a scavenger hunt around school looking for clues. Then we completed Mission 1 - Helping Jack gather resources needed to grow the beanstalk. After lunch we completed Mission 2 - Collecting treasure whilst not waking the scary giant.
We have all had a fantastic week :)
Well done Year 1!
Thursday 7th October
What a busy week we have had! 
On Monday, we were disturbed by a mess left in our role play area! 
There were crumbs and Tim the caretaker had cordoned off the area. We had great discussions around why they were there and who may have left the crumbs behind. Some suggestions were Poppy, a mouse, a fox or someone having a party - it certainly wasn't me!  
Can you tell a grown up who you predicted it was? 
We then found a sign in our class room telling us to head to forest school, we were all very excited to find the clues!  We discovered many different clues but, we decided that it must have been the gingerbread man as the clues were all different parts of his story.
We have been writing instructions with time conjunctions and prepositions to help him this week as he wrote us two letters asking for our help in escaping the old lady trying to eat him! 
Hopefully, next week he writes to us again to let us know if he managed to get away! 
Miss Bell :)
Thursday 23rd September
This week we have enjoyed looking at our new narrative topic in English. We explored and predicted events in 'Little Red Riding Hood' before we read our new story. We then created a story map of Little Red's journey and we will be writing some character descriptions soon too!
In Science, our topic is 'Seasons' so we have been focusing on the weather and how it changes during the year. This week, we looked at the weather outside and set up our own rain gauge and wind vane in the yard to track the weather conditions over the week - there has not been much rain for a while now so our rain gauge is rather dry! 
Can you tell a grown up what season we are in and how you know? 
In History this week, we looked at Victorian Hospitals and recapped some details about Florence Nightingale's work. We explored what hospitals were like before she made changes during the Crimean War and couldn't believe some of the conditions!
Can you tell a grown up what hospitals used to be like in the Victorian times? 

Starting this week, the Mini Vinnies are collecting for CAFOD's Harvest Festival.
Thank you to those who have already brought in food donations! 

Have a lovely weekend! 

Miss Bell :) 
Thursday 16th September
We have had another great week in Year 1!
In English we have focused on lists, labels and captions. We enjoyed labelling some body parts on Miss Bell, Elsa and Superman in class. We wrote down lists of the ingredients and equipment needed to make jam sandwiches and made some ourselves!
It was a lovely treat to take outside on the yard at break time! 
In Maths, we have looked at different pictorial representations of numbers and wrote these out in numerals and words. 
Can you tell your grown ups what a numeral is? 
In Humanities, we looked closer at why Florence Nightingale was significant for nursing and wrote down the different things she did to make hospitals better.
Can you remember why she was called the lady with the lamp? 

Have a great weekend, well done for working hard! 

Miss Bell :) 
Thursday 9th September
We have had a great start to Year 1 this week and worked really well to follow some new routines for Key Stage 1. 
We have enjoyed getting to know each other and exploring our new classroom surroundings. 
the role play 'Hospital' area has been particularly popular and it links to our Humanities topic 'Victorian Nurses'.
I can't wait to see what we get up to next week...
Miss Bell :)