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A very busy week!

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As we near the end of the school year and our time in year one, we are still enjoying very busy weeks packed with fun and lots of learning - even the sunshine and the heat can't stop us from working hard! Our teachers are very proud of us!

Pointillism title

This week, we enjoyed our final Art in a Day of the year which focused on the skill of painting and we learnt all about pointilism. We linked the day to our current seaside topic and used the pointilism technique to create seaside pictures in this style. This type of painting is very time consuming so we had to draw on our BLP skills of resilience too so that we would persevere and stay absorbed in our work!

Beach pointilism

Transition      Transition Day

On Wednesday, we had transition day and met our new teachers for a chance to experience what it will be like in Year 2. We had a great day filled with fun and are now looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and the adventures yet to come!

Sports Day

Then on Friday it was sports day! The sun shone, we all took part to help our teams to victory and we used the skills which we have been working on in recent PE lessons to help us earn points for our houses.

Congratulations to Acer who won in the end but we should all be proud of the efforts we made in representing our houses in a range of events. A great day was had by all and the delicious ice lollies provided by our fabulous PTA (thank you so much!) were well deserved and much appreciated!

On to our final fortnight and many more exciting activities to be enjoyed!

Health Week 2018

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This week we have enjoyed our Health Week and have completed lots of activities to help us understand how to keep healthy bodies, minds and attitudes.

We have had fun trying out some yoga in PE and making Rainbow Saiads as part of our Design and Technology work and have also visited the Life Education Bus to learn more about our amazing bodies and how to look after them.

Rainbow Salad 1   Rainbow Salad 2

Yoga 1  Yoga 2

Yoga 3   Yoga 5

  Yoga 7   Yoga 6

Our main focus for the week has been oral hygiene and thinking about the importance of our teeth and how to keep them healthy and strong. We were lucky to be visited by Whitehouse Common Dental Practice who taught us about how to brush our teeth effectively, the role of a dentist in looking after our teeth and also how to make drink choices which are better for our teeth based on their sugar content.

Dentist   Brushing Teeth 1

Brushing Teeth 2  Brushing Teeth 3

Dino Teeth 1  Dino Teeth 2  Dino Teeth 3

We're in the money!

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dragons den

We had a bit of a challenge recently in Year 1, when we had to come up with a innovative new product to sell in our school shop later this term. We had to think about a great product and then pitch the idea to Mrs Allen and Mrs Millward in our very own Dragon's Den. We were thrilled to be successful! After explaining our costs and the profit which we think we can make, the dragons agreed to invest in our business! Be sure to come along to the school shop and treat yourself to one of our very special Glitz Glitter Globes - you'll not regret it!

As part of our work around business enterprise, we also enjoyed lots of maths activities linked to money. We used our counting and calculating skills to solve a range of mathematical problems. We delved into our maths resources boxes to help us using both coins and counters or cubes to represent numbers and amounts of money. We had a lot of fun!

Coins 1  Coins 3

Coins 2  Money problem 1

Money Problem 2

Jurassic and Cretaceous Creations

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This week we have linked lots of our learning to our Dinosaurs topic. We are enjoying this topic so much and we feeling so inspired that we followed the instructions which we wrote in our English lesson last week and combined this with maths skills and creativity to produce our own Dinosaur Egg Cake Pops! It was sticky, messy and a lot of fun!

Cake Pops 1   Cake Pops 2

Cake Pops 3  Cake Pops 4 

Cake pops Final  Cake Pops Final 2

We have also used similar skills to make our very own dinosaur fossils using salt dough. We talked about the fossilisation process and the important part that fossils play in teaching us about the past and then we chose parts of model dinosaurs and dinosaur skeletons to make impressions in the dough which we then baked to make rock-like fossils.

Fossils 1  Fossils 2

Fossils 3 Fossils 4

Final Fossil 1 Final Fossil 2 Final Fossil 3

We have absolutely loved this topic and have learnt a lot!

Shaping Up!

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This week in Year 1, our maths work has been focusing on shape. We have been busy exploring both 2D and 3D shapes using lots of practical resources!

We have used Geo-boards and lollipop sticks to create, describe and compare 2D shapes and we have used a variety of both maths shapes and every day objects to create and describe 3D structures.

Geo 1  Geo 2  Geo 4

Geo 3  Geo 5

Geo 6  Geo shapes

We have really focused on developing our mathematical vocabulary and on reflecting on prior learning to enable us to use and apply this in a range of contexts.

Discovering Dinos

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In the first week back this term, we enjoyed a trip to West Midlands Safari Park. This was to launch our new topic of dinosaurs. We took a tour around The Land of the Living Dinosaurs to see life-size models of some of creatures which would have roamed the earth millions of years ago. It was fascinating! The models allowed us to understand what they different dinosaurs would have looked like and our brilliany guides shared lots of facts about what the different species ate and some of their individual characteristics. We also saw some real fossils which have given clues to archeaologists about the past.

Dino 1  Dino 2

Dino 3  Dino 4

Dino 5  Dino 6

Dino 7  Dino 8

Dino 9  Dino 10

Dino 11

In the afternoon, our learning continued as we used some equipment in the Safari Academy to become fossil hunters ourselves. We dug fossils from beneath the sand and then had to identify what the fossils were. This helped us to understand about how real life objects buried over many years can bring the past alive and teach us about it today.

Fossil 1  Fossil 2

Fossil 3

In the academy we reflected on some of our learning about the dinosaurs and used the facts we could remember to answer questions - we learnt such a lot! It was great! We look forward to using all of this learning in more activities back in school as we conctinue with our topic work.

Finally, we also were lucky enough to have the chance to get a closer look at some of the insects which are kept at the Safari Park (a millipede and a stick insect). Some of us were even brave enough to touch them!

Stick insect  Millipede

What a truly memorable day out we had.....we are now well equipped for even more dinosaur discoveries!

Stranger Danger!

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stranger danger

Today, we had a visit from a local PCSO who came to talk to us about Stranger Danger! This is a really important aspect of staying safe which we realised we need to know and understand well.

Duncan, the PCSO talked to us all about what a stranger is, how to find a safe stranger or a safe place if we are lost and what to do if someone we don't know talks to us or offers us sweets or gifts.

We watched a video to help us understand the key ways to stay safe and which shared key messages through Little Miss and Mr Safety.


PCSO 3    Stay safe

We now know that we must talk to our parents about the things that we will do if we find ourselves faced with a stranger or if we get lost.

Bonkers about Books!

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Our first week back this half term gave us lots of opportunities to further develop both our reading skills and our love of all things book related.


We practised our phonics skills in preparation for our phonics screening in the summer term and demonstrated just how much progress we have been making. We really impressed the teachers and they were very proud of our hard work and efforts - now we have to keep it up so that we keep improving!

We began our English work linked to our topic of school days by thinking about the Roald Dahl story of Matilda. We have been writing diary entries about experiences at school and making some links to the contrasting characters of Miss Honey and Miss Trunchbull. As a result, we are improving our sentence structure and developing accuracy in our writing.

World Book Day

Finally, we enjoyed World Book Day. A great opportunity for us to dress up as our favourite book characters (some costume were truly wacky and wonderful!).

Book day costume

 We shared books with our friends in Year 5, completed activities linked to our Big Read text of Fantastic Mr Fox and played a Guess Who quiz to idenitfy famous book characters.

Book day 1    Book Day 2

1AL were even lucky enough to have Mrs Sanford come along and share a book in another language. It was great to hear her read in Bulgarian.

Book day visit

It was a fabulous day full of fun and it has inspired many of us to keep reading a breadth of books at home - especially as it will help us to achieve the gold award in our Reading Challenge.


A week to feel both mindful and inspired!

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Inspire title

This week we had our Inspire workshop in which we shared, with parents and visitors, the different ways we learn to read. We showed them our phonics skills (including our celebrations - do you know The Elvis? The Ketchup Clap? The Firework?) and we shared the ways in which we develop our comprehension skills through; reading pictures, Big Reading and through wringing out the text.

It was a lovely opportunity to work with our parents and to showcase all the brilliant progress we are making through our learning in class.

Inspire workshop 1    Inspire workshop 2   Inspire workshop 6

Inspire workshop 3  Inspire workshop 4

Inspire workshop 5


This week has also been Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. To mark this important event, we have enjoyed a 10 minute mindfulness activity each day after lunch to help us relax, focus and appreciate our surroundings. We have linked these to our senses and we especially enjoyed going on a Rainbow Walk to notice all the colours of the rainbow in the world around us.

As part of the week we also enjoyed a yoga session in our PE lesson and we talked about worries in our PSHE lesson, creating worry jars for our classrooms to help us cope with and address any worries we might have.

Yoga 1  Yoga 2  Yoga 3

It has been an interesting (and busy!) week but we can now use our mindfulness techniques and our balloon breathign to help us wind down and relax over the weekend!


Water and Wings!

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swimming title

In Year One, we have been throwing ourselves into our PE this term by beginning our swimming lessons. We are enjoying swimming each week to develop both our confidence in the water and a range of skills to improve our swiming strokes. Some of us have already shared proud moments of putting our heads underwater, swimming longer distances and jumping in! We are having lots of fun!

Swimming cartoon

investigation title

This week we have also combined our science and topic work by investigating paper planes. We are learning all about flight for our new topic so, to help us understand the important features of aeroplanes, we made our own paper planes and we then tested them to see which were most effective. After recoring our results and looking closely we were able to explain the features which made the plane most effective and we learnt new vocabulary such as aerodynamic and streamlined.

Paper planes

Getting Creative in Week 1

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Art Design Title

For our first week back after the Christmas holiday, we enjoyed completing our next Art in a Day project and designing and making puppets using our design and technology skills.


Our Art in a Day was based on the work of Joan Miro, a Catalan artist who created work in the Surrealist style. We had great fun making printing templates using a range of resources and then using these to make Miro inspired prints which we then worked on top of with crayon and wooden shapes.

Art print 1    Art print 2

Art print 3

As part of our work, we described and evaluated some of the work of Miro as well which helped us to continue devloping our art vocabulary.

For DT, we designed puppets and then built them using a variety of materials. We decorated the puppets following our designs and used our skills to make sure that our final designs were neat, bright and moved effectively.

Puppet 1  Puppet 2  

Puppet 3   Puppet 4

Puppet 5   Puppet 6

Puppet 7   Puppet 8

A Blast from the Past!

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This week in Year 1, we were very lucky to have a visitor to help us with our topic work.

Toy visit 1

Jack's grandma came to see us and shared some toys from her childhood. She told us all about toys from the past and we shared the things that we noticed about how the toys were different from the toys we have today.

We looked at different dolls, a football game and books and puzzles from the past.

Toy visit 2   Toy visit 3   Toy visit 4

Toy visit 5        Toy visit 6

It helped us to understand more about how toys have changed over time and it gave us the chance to ask questions.

We can really see now how both artefacts and people can help us when we want to find out about the past.

We look forward to using and applying the things we learnt in our written work over the next few weeks.

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