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Shape Detectives

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This week in Year One, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes like cuboids, cubes, pyramids, spheres, cones, triangles, squares, circles and squares! We have worked hard - singing songs and using feely bags and hoops to help us describe and sort different shapes. We have even been on a shape hunt around the school to help us apply our learning and spot shapes in our school grounds.

Can you be a shape detective at home too?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aStqhksCuY&t=29s

Terrific Toys!

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This half term in History, we have been thinking about toys and how they have changed over time. First, to inspire our learning, we looked at a range of artefacts from the past. We thought about what we could observe about them, what features they had, what they might have been used for and what they were made from.

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We then used the artefacts to ask questions about the past. Here are some of our observations and thoughts…

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After looking at old toys, we then brought in our favourite modern toys. We thought about the features of our new toys – including how they worked, the materials they were made from and how they moved.

We reflected on how these toys were similar and different to toys from the past.

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As well as using artefacts as a source of historical information, we were also treated to a visit from somebody from our local community! She told us all about the toys that she used to play with when she was younger and answered some of our important questions. Mrs Miles even popped in for a visit to show us her teddy!

Visitor 1Mrs Miles Teddy

Finally, we looked at photographs of our teachers when they were younger and their toys. We had great fun guessing who might have been in each photo! Here’s a sneak peak of Miss Lindsey…

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Fireworks Fun!

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This week in Year One, we have been celebrating Bonfire Night through our English lessons. We have been thinking about how we can use all of our senses to describe what you might see, hear, touch, smell or taste during this special event. We had great fun tasting marshmallows, apples, toffee sauce, and barbeque flavoured crisps to recreate the flavours of Fireworks Night!

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We also watched some videos to immerse ourselves in the sounds and sights of Bonfire Night...

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We felt some warm and fuzzy scarves and gloves...

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And some dazzling sparklers!

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Finally, we took in the smoky and sweet aromas of Fireworks Night.

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What a brilliant week!

Health Week Work - Dentists and DT!

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This week has been Health Week in school. Our focus in Year 1 has been Oral Health so we have been thinking about healthy teeth. As part of our work we had a visit from Whitehouse Common Dental Surgery. The staff talked to us about the anatomy of our teeth, how to brush our teeth correctly and about foods and drinks which are good and bad for our teeth based on how much sugar they have in them. It taught us a lot and we used the facts that we had learnt to help us write instructions in our English lesson for 'How to Brush your Teeth' too.

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Sugar in Nutella Sugar Frijj

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Later this week, we also linked our DT project to Health Week by using designing, making and evaluating skills to create a 'Rainbow Salad'. We used skills of chopping, grating and peeling and we had to think carefully about appearance, texture and flavour when designing. We tried to use patterns or pictures to make our salads appeal to a customer.

Dance Fever!

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We have had great fun learning our class dances for the school dance show and performing them 3 times to large, enthusiastic audiences! It has been great to help us build our PE skills around rhythm, style and performance and has also helped us to grow in confidence when presenting ourselves on stage.

We hope that you enjoyed our routines too!

Ribbon dance

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Ribbon dance 3  Hula Dance  Hula dance 1

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The World of Work

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Enterprise

As part of Business Enterprise Week, we have been visited by a range of people to talk about their jobs. It has helped us to understand a little more about the world of work and the interesting careers that we could pursue when we are older. We asked the visitors lots of questions to help us understand what their jobs were like and we understood how different jobs are all important and have an impact on the world in a variety of ways. It was lots of fun and very interesting.

We met a teacher, a hospital doctor, a photographer/videographer and an ecologist.

Teacher Hospital Doctor

Cameraman Ecologist

After meeting the visitors, we reflected on what we had learnt and thought about our dream jobs for the future. We shared thoughts on what we might like to do when we are adults and why. We realised that we have many different hopes and ambitions but that if we work hard and set our minds to it, there are few reaosn why we shouldn't achieve our dreams!

Dream Job

Dinosaur army!

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For our Art in a Day this half term, we have made links between our Dinosaur topic and our art unit of 3D work to make clay dinosaurs.

We learnt about the artist Anthony Gormley and looked at some of his 3D work including the famous Angel of The North and an installation that he created called 'Field' which was made up of many clay figures. Inspired by this work, we each created our own clay dinosaur which could be combined to make a dinosaur version of 'Field'.

We developed our clay skills initially using Playdough and explored the different ways to manipulate the clay and to use tools for mark making to create texture on the surface.

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We then applied our skill to the clay and each made a unique dinosaur on which we tried to include some of the features which we have learnt about through our topic work.

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We had great fun and were very pleased with our final pieces!

Discovering Dinosaurs!

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We have launched our Summer term with everything dinosaur due to our new and exciting topic!

We returned from the Easter holiday to make an interesting discovery just outside our classrooms (we have been watchng closely ever since!) and then we had a fantastic trip to The Land of The Dinosaurs to learn lots of fun facts and explore our topic a little further...

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The weather was kind to us on our day out and we did loads of great activities; we 'met' some prehistoric beasts, learnt about fossils and even got to meet a relative of the dinosaurs who still live on Earth today!

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It was brilliant and we are loving our topic work so far with links across the whole curriculum!

We've been having 'sew' much fun in Year One!

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For our Art in a Day this half term, we have explored the work of artist Paul Klee and analysed the colours and shapes that he uses to create his abstract art. We looked in detail at some examples of his work and used key art vocaublary to discuss and describe it.

We went on to explore tecniques for textile art and sewing. We practised our threading skills using a range of resources so that we could then translate these skils when producing our final art piece with fabric and a needle and thread.

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Our designs had to include careful thought about shape and colour linking back to our art focus at the start of the day and we planned out our doll character with labelled pictures.

Then we used a range of fabrics and embelishments to create our dolls, sewing the templates together using a running stitch, stuffing them with wadding and then adding detail and decoration to complete.

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We had a lot of fun and we really apprecaited the help of some of our mums and nans who came and shared their expertise!

Look at some of our finished dolls:

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Bettering our Basic Skills!

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This week we have been focusing on some key skills in our Maths and English learning.

In maths, we have been focusing on adding and subtracting and have been using both a range of apparatus and number lines to solve calculations. We have improved our understanding of these key skills and have made links to end of year expectations grid for addition facts!

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We have also been focusing on our phonics skills in preparation for our phonics screening in June. We have been sounding out and blending both real words and alien words to help us use and apply our knowledge of the phonics sounds.

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Fred Frog is very proud of all our hard work!

Fred Frog

Keeping Active!

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In our PE lesson this half term we have been busy developing our swimming skills and learning about basic tennis skills. Our swimming lessons have been lots of fun with us improving both our confidence in the water and our techniques for different swimming strokes. In class we have also learnt all about keeping safe around water and the importance of learning to swim.

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For our tennis unit, we have developed hand eye co-ordination by throwing, rolling and catching using tennis balls and progressing to using rackets. We have learnt to perform a simple volley and have learned some key vocabulary. Next week we will be having an inter-house competition using our skills to earm points for our houses!

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Wonderful World Book Day

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We had fabulous fun for World Book Day when we enjoyed a range of activities around our chosen classic text, The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

We did lots of English work based on the book which all started when a mystery visitor came to our classrooms and left them in a terrible mess! We had to use our detective skills to try and work out who might have been the culprit and we deduced that it was the tiger from the famous story. The clues helped us to link the crime scene to the story that we knew so well.

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Using the text again, we also based our maths work around this theme and continued our money work by planning a shopping list and then calculating money totals to replace the itmes which the tiger ate when he visited Sophie's house in the story.

It was a great opportunity for us to use and apply both our money and counting skills and we had a lot of fun adding up the different prices.

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Finally, we also enjoyed some paired reasing with the children in Year 5. We shared the books that we love to read and talked about the characters and the stories that we particularly like. It was nice to spend time with the older children and they helped us with tricky words. Some of us even got to spend time reading with our brothers and sisters.

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