Welcome to Year 1

  Adults in Year One : Mrs Sunderland

Mrs Harris

Miss Colquhoun

 

Below is our planning for the new academic year :

Here are the rules the children all created for our class this year.

We had an exciting impromptu opportunity this week to look closer at a visiting Fire Engine!

The children were very excited to climb inside for a look and loved listening to the very loud sirens!!

Our first topic is BRAINWAVES

We have enjoyed learning about our brains and how important they are! We began by looking at a jelly brain, and touching it!

We talked about all the things that our brain enables us to do, such as writing, dreaming, riding our bikes and feeling emotions. We then considered how to keep our brains healthy and what we needed to do to be good learners. 

We have had a few challenges during this topic, including trying to complete a jigsaw without the pictures or any help! We also had an Obstacle Course Challenge, where we learned that practicing tricky tasks helps us to improve our skills!

Our next topic is A DAY IN THE LIFE

 

For our Entry Point, we had lots of fun, as we all chose a prop

& pretended to be an adult doing an important job!

We had Police Officers, Nurses, Mummies, Footballers, Bakers and lots more!

We have had some visitors into class over the past few weeks, two of our parents kindly came into class to explain their job roles and then Mr O'Donovan, who is a Dentist, also came into talk to us about his role. He showed us some of the tools he uses, how a filling is done and how he  gives injections!

We talked about how important it is to look after our teeth.

This week we have all had the opportunity to share our favourite hobby with our class. Children brought in props to support their 5 minute presentation and answered questions from their friends.

We talked about the knowledge and skills we gained from doing our favourite pastimes.

This week we have been doing lots of work on the story of The Little Red Hen. We linked this focus to Mental Health Awareness Day by performing the story in groups, and then talking about how the characters felt during stages of the story. We discussed what we, as friends, could have done to help those who felt sad, unhappy or angry. 

Our Exit Point was lots of fun! We worked in groups to create little 'shows' based upon the amenities we had created for our class village, earlier in the topic. The children chose a Doctor's Surgery, A Train Station, McDonalds, the Swimming Baths and a Bank, which was unfortunately being robbed,so the Police were also involved!

Once the children has chosen the setting of their performance, they then chose roles and begun to develop their productions!

They all worked very hard and it was a pleasure to watch!

Our new topic is FREEZE IT!

In our Entry Point we all considered how molecules move within the three states of matter: Solid/liquid/gas. In PE we pretended to be water in it's three states, and moved as the molecules do! In solids, molecules are compact and tight with little movement, whilst in liquid, they can moves slightly more freely, but follow other molecules. Gas molecules are free to move wherever they choose!

For Our Knowledge Harvest  we all investigated ice. We asked ourselves the following questions: What does ice feel like?

What does ice look like? What can we do with ice?  

We became Scientists today and investigated the following question : At what temperature does water freeze? 

We poured water into ice-trays then measured the temperature at various time intervals in different locations, such as the classroom. outside and then in the freezer! We looked closely at the scale on the thermometers, learned about Degrees Celsius and finally, recorded our findings. 

In Art, we experimented with paint (a liquid) and made patterns using our breath (wind)!

We blew using straws and watched how liquid moved when wind was applied!

Our next Science experiment looked at the temperatures needed to freeze other liquids. We used orange juice, milk, salt water and olive oil, and then repeated our previous 'freezing water' experiment procedures. The olive oil still had not frozen at -5'C, it had just become 'gloopy'!

Our 'Freeze It!' Exit Point had two parts:

Part One involved everyone choosing which liquid they wanted to freeze,then pouring it carefully

into molds, to make ice-lollies!

Part Two was definitely the best part, when we enjoyed eating our ice-lollies! 

We have had a fantastic Christmas Party this afternoon! We played Musical Statues, Corners & Musical Bumps before tucking into

crisps, chocolate biscuits & juice. Then we had a very special visitor! Ho ho ho!

Our topic for this half-term is called ALL DRESSED UP. 

For our Entry Point we all brought our favourite teddy bear in to visit our classroom.

We then all designed an outfit for them.

Some teddies have clothes for going to parties whilst others are playing football!

One teddy even has an outfit for scuba-diving!

We have been reading, writing and completing challenges all about the traditional tale, 'The Elves & the Shoemaker' this week as part of our 'All Dressed Up!' topic.

We have also been working in groups to re-create the story. The children enjoyed negotiating roles, finding props & performing for the rest of the class.  

We have enjoyed doing lots of science experiments throughout this topic.

We looked closely at fabrics, discussed similarities and differences, matched them to adjectives such as smooth or thick,

and then grouped them together based on these.

We have also investigated which of our range of fabrics was waterproof. We discussed how some fabrics absorb liquid whilst others do not. 

Our most recent experiment was to consider which of our fabrics would be the best insulator.  We wrapped three containers with cotton, faux fur and wool, then added hot water. We recorded the temperatures of the water over a period of time.

Many of us successfully predicted that wool would be the best for this purpose!

For our Exit Point we all designed and then created our own hats. This was a tricky task, however the children worked really hard and had lots of fun trying to measure each other's heads and figuring out how to connect certain materials. 

It was interesting was that a certain popular film generated a lot of interest in top hats, or 'Greatest Showman hats', as they are called by our class!

Our amazing hats!