I hope you have all had a fantastic Chris half term and are ready for our new topic Memory Box. This term we are going to be looking back in time to see how things have changed. We are going to be focusing on how we change, how toys have changed and how transport has changed. At the end of the topic we are going to create our own memory box to treasure in years to come.
Big cats, small rats, tiny fleas and buzzing bees! This half term, we’re going to discover that animals come in all shapes and sizes!
Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers…What’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers?
From pets at home to animals in the zoo, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep. Do you know how to look after a rabbit? A cat? Or even a snake?
Ideas to engage your child in their learning at home:
Visit your local library to find stories, poems and non-fiction books about animals.
You could put out bird food or visit a local park for a spot of bird watching.
Make an animal mask or hat using junk materials.
Today in Year One we really enjoyed designing and making some zoo enclosures for the new animals at Drayton Manor Zoo. We had to think hard about what the animals might need and how we could make it. Look at some of our fabulous designs!
Today we enjoyed selecting an animal and choosing a range of textures to paint it with. Lots of us made some amazing animals!
Today we really enjoyed using cubes to represent a number of objects. We looked closely at the number of windows and the shape of the tower and represented this with cubes. We then talked about which group had more/ less than the other.
Today we discussed the Harvest Festival in which Christians thank God for the food that is grown on land. For the main part of our lesson we worked as a class to think of all the things we need to keep us safe and well. The children had some fantastic ideas and really thought about hard about the difference between a want and a need.
This week we have looked at how we keep emotionally and physically safe. Emotional safety is how we feel, scared or upset. We discussed that emotional safety is very different. We watched a video and discussed what makes us feel emotionally safe. We spoke about how to feel emotionally safe in school, such as telling your teachers when something upsets you, or putting it in our worry box. We spoke about what keeps us safe at school and at home. We discussed that physical safety is something to stop us from getting hurt such as cutting ourselves or making ourselves poorly. We also enjoyed practicing our Stop, Drop and Roll technique which would help us if there was a fire.
Today we continued thinking about our own feelings and emotions and how we treat each other. We read a story titled "Aaaaarghh spider" and discussed how the spider felt when people were mean to him or called him names. We also thought about how the family might feel during the story. If you would like to listen to the story the link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5df388jmToo
Mental health is about how you feel, think and sometimes behave. Lots of children have mental health problems and it means they can feel sad, angry or anxious. We thought about times when we might feel sad or anxious and the children enjoyed discussing different emotions that they have felt. We then completed an activity about what we can do if we feel upset at school and at home.
Today we enjoyed using Purple Mash to create an image of an animal. We then had to follow instructions to save the image.
Today in RE we looked at how in Islam there is no second stage of belonging to the faith as you are brought into the faith from birth. We discussed how within Catholicism, children will undertake a Confirmation in which they pledge their life to God and become full members of the Catholic Church. We also looked at how in Sikhism at puberty girls and boys take on the 5K’s and they take on new surnames. We made some lovely cards for Miss Byrne for when she had her confirmation :-)
Today we enjoyed creating images of big cats, we used a range of materials including tissue paper, wool, card and a range of drawing materials. Our artwork was fantastic!!
This week in ICT we have continued to work on our basic computer skills such as using a mouse, keyboard and logging in. We also then had to create and save our own avatars, the children really enjoyed making lots of funny and unique characters.
Today we enjoyed learning all about the Harvest Festival which is a celebration of the food that is grown on the land. In Britain, harvest festivals are often celebrated in churches by bringing baskets of food to give thanks to God. People enjoy singing, praying, listening to stories and decorating the church. We discussed all about the festival and the foods that we could bring in for our food collection, we also listened to a lovely song that was all about our harvest crops if you would like to listen to the song the link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTdIrlTlXks
This week we have looked at what things in the home can be harmful to us if they are not used properly. We played a sorting game to spot dangerous things in Miss Townsend’s hand bag. We sorted them into safe and not safe. We know that medicines, sharp objects and cleaning objects aren’t to be played with and adults should keep them out of reach of children. We also played a game to see if we could spot harmful objects within the home.
Today we enjoyed talking about our bedtime routines. We discussed how we get ready for bed and what part of our routine we enjoy, lots of the children loved having a bubble bath before having a nice story. We then made some posters to remind us of the important steps in our routines.
Today we listened to a story all about respecting our parents, the children in the story had a lovely mother who tried her best but the children did not always appreciate their mother. We thought about all the things our parents do for us and how they always try to help, love and take care of us.
Today we enjoyed learning all about the Jewish festival of Sukkot. At the end of September for one week Jewish families celebrate the Festivals of Tabernacles, (which is also called Sukkot) by building a sukkah (A house with a roof made out of sticks, leaves and grass).
During Sukkot, Jews remember when God freed them from slavery in Egypt. They left Egypt and wandered in the desert for forty years before they reached the Promised Land of Israel.
We enjoyed asking and answering questions about the festival and watching some videos of children celebrating Sukkot.
Today we enjoyed discussing what we had learnt in the Online Safety assembly and linked this to what we have learnt in our computing sessions. We then enjoyed exploring Purple Mash and the different features available. It was lots of fun!
In Maths this week we have enjoyed taking part in a number of independent and adult led activities that encourage us to count on from a given number. We have also been practicing writing numbers, number names and drawing the correct amount.
Today we received a letter from Sophie who is a character in the story 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea', she asked us if we could help her to design and make a tin of tiger food so that the Tiger would come back to tea at her house. We enjoyed looking at a range of packaging and discussing why would we would buy different products and we then designed and made our own labels for a can of tiger food. It was very exciting!
Today we learnt all about the Islamic festival of Muharram which is the first month of the year in the Islamic calendar. It is a time where Muslims reflect on the past and think about their hopes for the future. We enjoyed talking about our goals and what we would like to achieve in this coming year.
We are really enjoying our Music lessons this half term. The children love taking part in the warm up game where we test our listening skills and vocals.
Today we enjoyed moving like animals in our PE lesson we slithered like snakes, swung like monkeys and crawled like tigers. It was a really fun and energetic lesson!
Today we enjoyed learning about the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah. Which is a festival that celebrates the year ahead and the Jewish civil New Year. We discussed how the festival is celebrated and thought about how it is a time of family gatherings, special meals and sweet foods. Many Jewish people celebrate Rosh Hashana by eating challah bread and apples dipped in honey.
Today we thought about 'belonging' and what it means to belong to a group. We discussed how we belong to our family, Alston School and other groups such as a Mosque, swimming clubs or dance club. The children then enjoyed writing about where they feel they belong. Finally we played a game of happy families and sorted the families by where we felt they belonged.
UNICEF - Articles 29 and 30.
Today we read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and we talked about how the caterpillar ate lots of food, some were healthy and some were not. The children then had to think of ways in which we can be healthy, these included eating healthy foods, exercising, bruising our teeth and visiting the doctor. We then made posters to help remind others of how to keep healthy.
UNICEF - Article 24
Welcome to Year 1
1B-Miss Byrne is the class teacher and Mrs Begum is the teaching assistant.
1S- Mrs Simpson is the class teacher and Miss Shaheen is the teaching assistant.
1T - Miss Townsend is the class teacher and Mrs Ali is the teaching assistant.
We will be updating this page with some of our fantastic work, photographs and fun activities that have been completed in our classes and any information that needs to be shared with you.
Please remember to check back every week to see what fun we have had in Year 1!