A very warm welcome to Year 1!
We are a friendly, happy class who pride ourselves on being kind, caring and considerate towards others in order to create a harmonious environment to play and learn in. We come into the classroom independently and ready for our daily challenge. We love receiving stickers and stamps and getting on the rainbow and sunshine on our Well Done Board! We are looking forward to all the exciting topics we have in store for the year.
Autumn 1 - All about me
Autumn 2 - Toys and Christmas
Spring 1 - Animals
Spring 2- Space
Summer 1 - Plants
Summer 2 - Picnics and holidays
Over the summer term Year 1 have been eagerly watching their potatoes growing in our outdoor area and finally this week we got to harvest, cook and eat them. We all thought that they were very tasty and even some of our more reluctant potato eaters were persuaded to try them. From the 5 potatoes that we planted we harvested 81 potatoes - a great crop from a black plastic bag and some compost!
After reading 'Sam's Pizza' by David Pelham Year 1 have been designing and making their own pizzas. We had lots of fun thinking of the different toppings that we would like to use and then carefully drawing our designs before using our designs to construct our own pizzas. We were very careful when adding our toppings; cheese, ham and pepperoni were very popular. We enjoyed eating them and after thought about how we could improve them if we were to make them again. Lots of us liked the stringy cheese and the spicy pepperoni.
On Tuesday 13th June Year 1 spent a fantastic day at the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership Colourscape Experience held at Boston Spa School. The day started with two music workshops, in the first Michael introduced us to some very unusual musical instruments, we played croaking frogs and made a bowl sing!
Our next workshop was with David who had some amazing electronic equipment which played music and created a lightshow when we moved our bodies across some sensors. We all enjoyed making music and dancing in the lights.
After lunch we had an amazing experience in the Colourscape, we were all given coloured capes and then travelled through the tent tunnels and pods that were filled with different colours. It was very interesting to see how our capes and ourselves changed colour depending on the light that we were surrounded by.
For our last two workshops we donned aprons to get messy. We made clay models and then painted using our fingers and our hands!
Here are some of the children’s responses after visiting the Colourscape tent.
“I liked it because there were so many colours.” Lewis
“The colours looked pretty”. Madeleine
“I liked it when the capes went different colours.” Harry
“I think it is really good inside the tent.” Thomas B
“My best part was the blue part because it is my favourite colour.” Nell
“I really liked it because the bit in the middle it echoed.” Cameron
For Poetry Week Year 1 have used the poem The Really Rocking Rocket Trip by David Harmer to add our own ideas about what we could do on a trip to each planet of the solar system from all of our learning this term. We hope you enjoy reading our poem, we really enjoyed making up the actions for our performance of the poem.
The Really Rocking Rocket Trip
By David Harmer and Year 1
We’re off in a rocket
A silver, shiny rocket
Zooming in our rocket
Just you and me
Racing in our rocket
Our really rocking rocket
Rolling in our rocket
What a lot we’ll see!
Land on Jupiter, search for the red spot
Land on Neptune, find a big storm
Land on Venus, look at the stars
Land on Mars, climb the huge volcano
Land on Mercury, jump in lots of craters
Land on Saturn, count all the rings
Land on Uranus, see how cold it is
Land on Pluto, it’s very small!
Back to our rocket
Our wonderful rocket
Away on our rocket
Just you and me
Blast off in our rocket
Our supersonic rocket
Land in the garden
Just in time for tea!
This term Year 1 have been very busy learning about Space, Materials and Fractions.
We went on a science walk around school to look at the different materials that things are made out of.
We designed and then made our own rockets.
We read the story ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy, after we had read it we shared a picnic of fruit. We wrote about where we would like to fly to in a magic box; just like the bear in the story.
In Maths we have been learning about halves and quarters. We worked with our learning partners to share initially share the picnic between 2 people and then we had to share the picnic between 4 people.
As part of our Space topic the children have been learning how important having good balance is for being an astronaut. As part of our astronaut training in PE we have been working together to create interesting shapes using balancing. We really enjoyed balancing together and found balancing on our heels really challenging.
Year 1 have been enjoying learning about different animals and have been listening to many animal stories. We have thoroughly enjoyed listening to stories by Eric Carle such as “The Bad-tempered Ladybird”, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?”, “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?” and “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, Said the Sloth”
‘Animals’ is a Science based topic and as a result of our learning we have been classifying and naming a range of animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We have also looked closely at the life cycle of a ladybird and we learnt lots of interesting facts.
As the weather has been so cold, the children have been looking closely at the BBC weather forecasts for Boston Spa. We have been looking for zero degrees Celsius and below. The children have learnt that zero degrees is freezing point and we have been doing various science experiments. Each time we see a freezing point forecast on the website, we leave out various quantities of water at home time to give them chance to freeze overnight. Coming into school in the morning has been an exciting time as we can’t wait to see if our experiments have worked! We’ve added shells to the water, leaves and grass and we’ve had some wonderful frozen shapes.
In Maths, we have been looking at 'Time'. We have been telling the time using o'clock and half past and looking at certain times of the day such as lunchtime and bedtime. We have been solving time problems involving the days of the week and months of the year and the children have been giving reasons for their answers.
The Bad-tempered Ladybird
"We thoroughly enjoyed performing our class assembly through a drama based on “The Bad-tempered Ladybird” by Eric Carle, as it featured many different animals and different times of the day.
The children continued their learning, in pairs, where they used the Learn pads to research an animal from the ‘San Diego Zoo’ after a receiving a letter from them! The children wrote fact files and care plans for their animals and even carefully designed and made special zoo enclosures. It was great fun!"
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As part of our Toys topic Year 1 have designed and made peg dolls. We tried really hard to follow the plans we had drawn. How do you think we did?
Year 1 have had a lovely half term learning about “Ourselves” in particular the five senses. We’ve been on a senses walk and looked at each of our senses in detail. Our favourite part of our learning was when we tasted lots of different fruits and vegetables which helped to inspire us to write our Harvest poem.
Year 1 says....
Healthy food tastes good
(most of the time).
Carrots are crunchy,
Grapes sweet and juicy,
Celery is green and bumpy in our mouths.
Cucumber is especially yummy,
Banana smooth and squashy on our tongues.
Lemon sour and fizzy,
Popcorn is salty and squeaky.
Phoebe says yuck, revolting radish
But we like their spicy, peppery taste.
We also really enjoyed designing and making our fruit faces! Please view our photo gallery to see some examples of our designs.