We have been thinking about our time in Year One and how well we have done! The children were asked to think about what they have tried hard to improve this year. Here are their ideas...
Today we watched this video on the Cbeebies website about celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr.
We rolled a ball of clay then pressed it onto the table. Then we pressed a shell or toy dinosaur to make an imprint into the clay. Once the clay has dried out we will paint them.
As part of our topic on the community we talked about which groups we belong to. We are all part of Alston School but we have other groups too, such as our class or our Maths and English groups. Outside school we might be part of a mosque, go to swimming club or Beavers.
Today we had our class End parties. we danced, played games and ate LOADS of sweets! Look at our pictures.
Today we thought about our time in Year One and how much we have changed and grown over the year. We talked about our personal qualities and what we have done to become better people. We reflected upon how thankful we are to our school and homes for helping us. Year One have learnt that it is important to:
Be the best you can be!
We read the story of 'The Monster Who Came To School'. Then we thought about what rules we have and why they are important.
Today we learnt about the habitat of dinosaurs. The world looked very different then! We were able to see and touch some of the plants that would have existed millions of years ago such as ferns and palms. We then worked in 2s to make our own prehistoric landscape.
On Sunday it will be Father's Day so the children have all been enjoying making their cards. We talked about how special it is to have a father but also we thought about people who do not have a father at home. Our thoughts were with the children around the world who are looked after by other family members and how important our family and friends are to us.
Today we read the story Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow.
We talked about how we should play and chat to our friends regardless of whether they are boys or girls.
Lots of fun was in store for us when we arrived at school this morning! We made dinosaur necklaces and hunted for fossils in the sand. We made dinosaur masks, collaged or painted pictures and made bones from salt dough. We can't wait to get started on this topic!
Pentecost is a Christian festival celebrated fifty days after the crucifixion of Jesus. Christians believe that the flames represent the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost the flames carried a wonderful gift so that people of all cultures could listen to the message of love. Today Year 1 have learnt all about Pentecost. Look at this lovely picture and writing about it.
Today we had a lovely visit from our School Nurse. She taught us all about how we should be eating healthy food and keeping our body and minds healthy too! We found out lots of interesting facts...
Did you know...
a milkshake from McDonalds has 16 spoons of sugar in it and a can of Coke has 9 spoons of sugar?
Tomorrow is the start of Ramadan. Today we learnt what Muslim families do during this holy time. We heard about what the word 'fast' means and that even if we weren't fasting as adult Muslims do, we might be able to give up something such as sweets during this time.
Today marked the end of our Moon Zoom topic. We have thoroughly enjoyed finding out about space, imagining aliens, conducting experiments and learning about Neil Armstrong- the first man on the moon. We went to visit different classes to present what we had learnt. 1S went to 5P, 1C went to 3M and 1NS went to 2H.
Today we reflected on what makes a good friend. Who are our friends and why do we like them? We thought carefully about what it is like to feel lonely. We made a promise to make sure that no one in Year 1 ever feels lonely at school.
We were given a set of cards with 'wants' and 'needs' on. As a class we talked about which is the most important card. We tried to order them according to ‘priority’.
We reminded ourselves of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Today we worked in pairs to write and produce our own news reports about an alien landing in the local area. We used iPads to film on and had a go at zooming in closely on the presenter.
Lag B'omer is a Jewish festival celebrated this week. It celebrates how a man called Rabbi Akiva managed to continue teaching the Jewish Torah despite being hunted by Roman guards. His students carried bows, arrows and even a picnic to pretend they were hunters. Rabbi Akiva taught them from the fields and the soldiers suspected nothing.
Lag B'omer is celebrated by lighting huge bonfires.
As part of our PSHE topic on 'Money' we looked at how sometimes we want things but they are not as important as something we need. We looked at pictures of items and decided whether they were wanted or needed. We talked about what a 'priority' was. We talked about how we can help our families to prioritise e.g. not always asking for toys/ sweets and understanding that sometimes our families cannot afford to take us out or buy us things.
We predicted what would happen when we let go of a balloon on a string... Then we found out if our predictions were correct.
Well done to Mrs Naz for being so brave (she's very scared of balloons!)
We began this special day with an assembly by Mrs Simpson who talked to us about Unicef's Day For Change. We are going to be raising money for malnourished children in the African country of Liberia.
We also thought about how we are all different and that we accept people whoever they may be, regardless of colour, religion, disability and language spoken.
Throughout the day we looked at the UN Rights of a Child. We made posters to help us explain the Rights to our Mums and Dads.
Today we explored how we could propel a rocket with our own breath. We decorated and stuck together 2 rocket shapes, placed a straw inside and blew hard. We investigated whose flew the furthest.
Wesak is the most important Buddhist festival. It celebrates the birth and teachings of Gautama Buddha. Buddhist festivals are a time of joy and happiness. Families meet together and houses are decorated with flowers and candles.
Today in Collective Worship we learnt about the Muslim festival Lailat-Ul-Bara'ah. It takes place 2 weeks before Ramadan starts and people ask for forgiveness for their sins. Many Muslims believe that it is on this night that a person's destiny is fixed by Allah for the coming year. The night is spent in prayer, asking for forgiveness and God's guidance. We talked about when we might ask for forgiveness.
Today we thought carefully about the things in our lives that we actually need. There are plenty of things that we want but do we really need them. Things we need included clean water, a roof over our heads, love and school. Things we want were a football, an iPad, a car and expensive clothes.
We have really loved reading the story of Beegu by Alexis Deacon. It is about a little alien who crash lands on Earth. Unfortunately not everyone welcomes her... until she meets the 'small people'.
Today we tested our knowledge of the story by working in pairs to read and answer questions.
Today we suddenly realised that if an alien landed on Earth it may not know what some of the things we use each day are. Maybe they don't have them on their planet? We collected together lots of items, labelled them- saying what they were and what they did and then wrote what each item was made out of.
We then decorated a box to put all of our useful things into.
Today we listened to a podcast from BBC 'Something To Think About'. It was all about the importance of keeping our hands clean. We reflected on how we should look after ourselves so we don't get too many coughs, colds and other nasty bugs.
During our PE session we used our bodies and our facial expressions to show how aliens might feel and move. We then performed our dances to space themed music. We made the most of the good weather and went outside.
We learnt about the traditions associated with May Day (1st May). We watched a video of Morris Dancers and Maypole dancing. Then we said thanks for all the new life that begins at this time of year such as baby animals and the new leaves on the trees.
In small groups we visited the Millennium Room. Miss Springer had laid out a grid with space pictures such as rockets, planets, stars and spaceships. We took it in turns to direct our friends from one picture to another using words such as forwards, backwards, left, right and turn.
We watched a short video clip of people spending money and making sure they had enough money to spend. We learnt about how to choose the correct coins to pay for different items.
We then took it in turns to play a game on the IWB that encouraged us to select the correct coins to purchase items.
We all went into the hall this morning as our teachers had some important news to share... It seemed that an alien spaceship had crash landed in the Performance Hall...
There was only one thing left to do. Go and investigate what was there!
We went, rather nervously, to the pitch black hall to see what we might find. There were no aliens left- they seemed to have been able to fix their broken spaceship and were long gone. However, there was plenty of things left behind.
Today we had a special assembly. Mrs Nott gave out prizes for the Easter bonnet competition. She then drew the raffle. Here is a picture of our Year 1 winners. Well done!
The Easter bunny came to visit Year 1 today. It left chocolates for us... the only problem was we had to find them!
Today all 3 classes wrote lists of the woodland animals that they have been learning about. Children then had to decide which was their favourite and draw its picture. Then we made pictograms with our animal pictures to see which were the most and least favourite animals. We answered questions such as 'how many more children like hedgehogs than rabbits?'
Miss Byrne came to school very excited today. Her family are Irish and she likes to join in celebrating the life of St Patrick. This happens every year on March 17th. You might have seen on the news the large parades that happened in town last weekend.
The children of 1S, 1NS and 1C all heard a loud knock at the door. Upon opening the door they discovered a pot of golden chocolate coins. Mrs Simpson was walking down the corridor at the time and couldn't believe her eyes when she saw an Irish leprechaun running away. Unfortunately she couldn't get her camera to work quickly enough to get a photo...
Today some of us were lucky enough to be chosen at random to take part in the amazing Google Expeditions. This is an app that allows us to explore incredible places like the Arctic Circle, under the Caribbean Sea and inside a volcano. We each held a mobile phone where pictures were shown. We could turn around or move the phone up or down to see even more. We LOVED it!
As part of Science Week we spent some of today using our senses. We walked around the school listening and looking, then we returned to our classes to try tasting and smelling strong foods.
I don't think Hafsa and Fatimah in 1S liked the chives very much!
As part of our topic 'Enchanted Woodland' we investigated flowering plants. We were amazed to see how long the roots were! We used magnifying glasses to look more closely at the various parts.
This week we have been looking at British woodland animals and birds. We have painted pictures and made clay models.
All 3 classes had wonderful days at Tame Valley and fortunately the weather was kind to us!
We learned all about how the different parts of a plant each have a special job to do. Then we went and explored the woods, making friends with the trees... We climbed them, touched them and even hugged them! We made rubbings of the bark and collected leaves, twigs and cones to take back to school.
After lunch we went deeper into the forest with our wonderful guide Simon. We had learned how to spot deciduous and evergreen trees and were able to find lots of different ones. We sat quietly to see if we could see any birds. We could hear plenty but sadly didn't manage to spot very much. Then we split up into groups to make an animal shelter. We used whatever we could find... logs, branches, moss, leaves. The last activity was to make a piece of boggart- a face made out of clay, leaves, twigs and anything else you fancied. We left them stuck to the tree trunks.
Our teachers were really proud of the behaviour and attitude of all 3 classes.
Children and staff have all loved our topic, 'Bright Lights, Big City'. So many parents have told us that their children have been very eager to talk about what they have learned. We finished our topic by presenting what we had learned to other classes. 1C went to visit 2H, 1NS went to 2B and 1S went to see 5P.
Today we learned about the 17 global goals that were devised by the United Nations to safeguard our planet. We looked at goal number 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and talked about how the lives of children around the world was very different to our own. We thought about refugee children fleeing their homes in war-torn countries and making frightening journeys with their families. We made lists of what children might take with them on such a journey.
We have been reading the story 'Meerkat Mail'. It's about a young meerkat called Sunny who has enough of living at home!So he decides to leave and visit his relatives in other parts of Africa. He wrote postcards home to his family. We wrote our own postcards too.
Recently we made fabulous Tudor houses out of cereal boxes... Today we used them to recreate our very own Pudding Lane in the playground.
Mr Hall set fire to the pretend Thomas Farriner's bakery and we watched how the flames spread as the houses were so close together. If you listen to the video carefully you can hear us singing 'London's Burning'!
All week we have been learning how to read and write half past and o'clock times. Today we all were given watches. We had to see whose watch was telling what time. Keep practising at home children!
First we listened to some podcasts on the cBeebies website. Then we used the Recorder app on the ipads to capture our voices as we performed a chosen story. We practised using our voices in lots of ways.
We learnt last week that the Great Fire of London began in Thomas Farriner's bakery in Pudding Lane, London in the year 1666.
This week we made our own bread and fortunately we didn't start the Great Fire of Bordesley Green!
All of the cereal boxes that we had collected were put to good use today. We used them to make our very own Tudor houses, just like those around the time of the Great Fire of London.
Just wait til you see what we are going to do to them soon...
Today we had a visit from Louise who is one of our school nurses. She told us all about keeping ourselves clean and healthy. We learned to wash our hands properly using soap and water, especially when we've been to the toilet, played outside or have been stroking our pets.
We were surprised to learn how much our bodies sweat each... enough to nearly fill a coke bottle!
We have continued our Bright Lights, Big City topic this week by looking at maps of London. We found lots of famous landmarks as well as some parks and of course the River Thames. We also made our own maps.
Today we had a special visitor. Mrs Hemming, who is one of the school secretaries, came to talk to us about her visit to the Queen's Garden Party. She told us lots of interesting things! She saw the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. She told us that the salmon sandwiches were delicious and that she bought a new dress and hat specially for the party. Mrs Hemming also showed us the invitation that she received through the post from the Queen. We thought of lots of questions to ask.
Wow! What a busy day Thursday was! After our tea party we did lots of fun maths activities. These included shape sudoku, making as many different shapes with only 6 pieces of multilink and lots of data handling and number puzzles.
Our new topic got off to a great start today with our Queen's Royal Tea Party. When we went into the hall it was decorated with red, white and blue bunting. The tables were laid out as a real street party just like people have done through the years to celebrate the Queen's Silver, Golden and Diamond jubilees.
We began by making Union Jack flags which was lucky as we soon had a special visitor!
Before the Queen had to leave to go back to Buckingham Palace we listened to the National Anthem.
Then Miss Springer and Mrs Carter taught us how to do the Lambeth Walk- a traditional dance from the East End of London. It was lots of fun!
Welcome back to a new term! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday.
This term we are beginning an exciting new topic called Bright Lights, Big City. Through English, Geography, History, Design Technology and Art we will be learning about London and it's landmarks, The Queen and The Great Fire.
For more information please click the link to our Curriculum overview ( a copy of which will shortly be in your child's Book Bag)
1S gave us a fantastic Nativity assembly. We all helped them by learning to sing lots of different carols and songs. Don't they look fabulous in their costumes?
We were amazed at how many of our mums and dads came to our workshop. Mrs Carter counted 47 grown ups! Mrs Simpson started off the session by explaining how we learn phonics using the Read Write Inc cards. We showed our parents how we say pure sounds. Then we were able to explore lots of different activities, books, puzzles and games.
This week we have been learning all about money. We have discovered how to recognise money and add up small groups of coins to find a total. We have also learnt how to make different amounts using a variety of coins. This was really tricky!
Today we came to school in our spotty clothes and donated money to Children In Need. Some of us bought spotty cookies which were delicious! We did lots of fun activities like making Pudsey headbands and masks.
We also looked at some of the projects that receive money from Children In Need.
Today Ruth, the school nurse, came to see us. She talked to us about the importance of looking after our teeth. We now know that we need to brush our teeth twice a day with our own toothbrush. You must also use round and round movements rather than backwards and forwards. You also only need a pea sized blob of toothpaste. We practised brushing the teeth of Ruth's puppet friend.
All week we have been buying Poppies to wear on our jumpers. Today we learnt why. We watched 6H's assembly then our teachers told us about all of the brave soldiers who died for our country in the First World War. We looked at poppies growing in the battlefields and also saw some pictures of trenches the soldiers lived and fought in.
Today we were thinking about how we should treat our friends. We spent lots of time talking about the qualities a good friend should have. We made friendship bracelets, gave cards to our friends, wrote shout outs and wrote a recipe for a good friend.
We then reminded ourselves of the UN Rights. We discussed which were important to us at school. Then we thought about how both the adults and children in our class would respect those Rights.
Today we were treated to 1NS' fabulous Bonfire Night Assembly. We heard about why we celebrate it, watched a fantastic dance and saw all of their wonderful art work. Well done 1NS!
Today we celebrated Black History Day. We heard the story of Rosa Parks- a brave lady who stood up for her rights and those of other black people. Rosa was told to move out of her seat by a bus driver so that a white person could sit down. Rosa refused and was arrested. Black people all over the United States boycotted the buses. Eventually after 13 months laws were changed and black people then had as much right to sit where they like as white people did.
We acted out the story and thought carefully how Rosa must have felt.
We have been looking at the story 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell for the last few weeks. To finish off our unit we used clay, sticks, leaves and feathers to make our own Owl Baby homes.
Today we learned to say hello in lots of different languages. Here are Musa and Eisa from 1S speaking French. Ooh la la!
Today Brian from Wildlife Displays came to see us to start off our topic on 'Carnival of the Animals' in the best possible way! We are learning about classifications of animals so he brought us a Boa Constrictor (reptile), a Chinchilla (mammal), a Barn Owl (bird) and a Tarantula (arachnid).
Our teachers were really proud of the sensible questions we asked and our fabulous behaviour. We were able to touch the Boa Constrictor and the Chinchilla. Some of us were lucky enough to be chosen to have the owl land on our arm.
Eid Mubarak to all who are celebrating! The children in Year 1 had a delicious lunch followed by a great party. We looked fantastic in our party clothes!
Today was whole school Safety Day. The children enjoyed learning and doing activities about Fire Safety, Road Safety and On-line Safety. We looked at the importance of crossing the road in the right places. We also learned how to do 'Stop! Drop! Roll!" to protect ourselves if our clothes were to ever catch on fire.
We all had a great first day! We look forward to getting to know you and your children over the next school year.
Thank you to all the parents who came to our Welcome Meeting!