Welcome to our Year 1 class page
Mrs Mortali is our class teacher.
Mrs Kanani is our TA in Year 1.
This week our focus has been PSHE-Developing good relationships and building our self esteem. The children thought about what they loved about themselves and we put these in a self esteem jar. Another day, we followed different instructions in Literacy and made our super feelings aeroplanes and emotion chatterboxes. After that, we shared our games and played with each other. We discussed what makes a good friend and how to develop good relationships and also who are special to us.
Year 1 had fun learning how to play glockenspiels today and composing their own tunes!
For Maths Enrichment week, the Year 1 children made and shared groups of objects such as cubes, counters, toys and chocolates/sweets. On Friday they shared ingredients and made their own delicious gluten/dairy free biscuits!
The children also adapted the story of Handa’s Hen in Literacy and wrote about their own number of African animals tying in with our Geography topic of Kenya. The children also loved making African pencil cases - cutting around templates and using shapes to decorate with African fabrics.
Lastly, children measured their new bean plants in Science to see how much they had grown in 2 weeks! All in all, the children had a great time and learnt that maths is in everything! We hope you can see their excitement and engagement in the lovely photos.
Year 1 have worked especially hard this half term. They have made clocks, pictures, poems, sensory boards and coded. They have all worked so hard and had fun at the same time!
On Tuesday 17th November, the Year 1 children visited Crabtree Farm where they explored their senses for a new exciting Science unit. The children were so lucky that Geoff and Sandy could show them around their amazing farm. The children loved stroking the pigs and holding the chickens. Even though the children got quite muddy, they enjoyed finding prickly leaves, smooth seeds and squidgy worm casts.
As part of our Friendship enrichment week, the children have completed a poetry unit focusing on a beautiful poem called Friends by Abbie Farwell Brown. The children explored the poem discussing the theme and how the author turns to nature to find her friends. The children then wrote their own beautiful poems inspired by this poem. We also played team building games and a game called 'Find a friend who' discussing what makes a good friend including having things in common. The children also enjoyed making a beautiful silver badge/medal, the same as the one I use to reward children in class, and rewarded their medal to another child telling them why they thought they were a special star. We talked about how everyone has a special quality. On Tuesday, the children also went to Crabtree Farm where they used their sense of touch as part of their Science unit but also relating to the poem and enjoying the great outdoors.
Today Sadie from Fur and Falconry came to visit Year 1 and Reception to show us some amazing Birds of prey including a South American Harris Hawk, an Indian Eagle Owl, A British Peregrine Falcon and a British Little Owl which the children got to hold.
The children learnt so much about these beautiful birds including what they eat, where they live, how they hunt, what they were like as babies, the features of their bodies and so on. They learnt that all Birds of prey have talons. The children were very excited and asked lots of good Science based questions. We hope to write up a good recount following this visit.
As part of a broad history theme, Year 1 have been learning about 'childhoods' including those of important and historical black figures in history. They learnt about Bob Marley, Lewis Hamilton and Ruby Bridges. They also listened to many black artists throughout the week including poems by Maya Angelou. In art, they learnt about black history in Australia and America and painted aboriginal art and created their own totem poles. These are the pictures of their beautiful work which is now on display in school.
For the children's history topic this half term, children have been learning about childhoods and how they have changed over time, including toy crazes, homes and schools. They have designed and made their own toys and in school created toys out of card, exploring different folding techniques and using lots of fine motor skills. They made helicopters, rolling toy dogs, snails, flapping birds, pecking birds and cup and ball toys. They learnt that toys used to be home made and made out of wood and metal whereas now most toys are made of plastic and use batteries. They really enjoyed playing with their toys!