YeAR 1 TOPIC WEB - SPRING 1

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FAIRY TALE BALL AND BANQUET - PENGUINS PICTURES

Wow! What an amazing afternoon year one have had at our Fairy tale ball and banquet. It was a shame that Cinderella, Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother couldn't come but we were very, very lucky that so many of our adults could come and join us. We absolutely loved showing you our ball dance  We really enjoyed dancing with you afterwards and teaching you our moves. Thank you so much to all who supplied food for our fantastic feast - it was such a good spread. This was a really lovely way to celebrate our topic and we really enjoyed sharing the experience with you.


FAIRY TALE BALL AND BANQUET - TURTLES PICTURES

Wow! What an amazing afternoon year one have had at our Fairy tale ball and banquet. It was a shame that Cinderella, Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother couldn't come but we were very, very lucky that so many of our adults could come and join us. We absolutely loved showing you our ball dance and Nicole and Jenny are sure they saw some happy tears! We hope you liked our poems as well. We really enjoyed dancing with you afterwards and teaching you our moves. Thank you so much to all who supplied food for our fantastic feast - it was such a good spread and we loved the enthusiasm during the quiz. This was a really lovely way to celebrate our topic and we really enjoyed sharing the experience with you. 


COOKING WITH TORU

Turtle class and Penguin class were very excited this morning! We did some castle cooking with our amazing chef, Toru in preparation for our ball and banquet. We each made an eccles cake to enjoy. Toru told us this was a recipe used long ago and would have been eaten in a castle.  None of us have ever tried one of these before so we are all really looking forward to trying something new!


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CINDERELLA FREEZE FRAMES

Our main story this term is Cinderella. We have been doing lots of role play around this story this term and have discovered some budding future actors and actresses! Here are some pictures of our freeze frames. Look at our amazing facial expressions. 


CASTLES, CASTLES EVERYWHERE!

Penguins have had a lovely time this term creating castles with different materials in the classroom. We have used blocks, lego, junk modelling to name just a few!


 

HANDS OF FRIENDSHIP 

Year 1 have recently read the book 'Sylvia and bird', a tale of an unlikely friendship between two creatures. Sylvia was the only dragon on Earth but bird loved her very much. They were both very different and special in their own right but when they came together they made something just as special. We thought about a friend in our class and why they were special. We then painted our hands in two different colours and then mixed them together to create a brand new beautiful colour. 

 

LIBRARY VISIT

Turtles class took a trip to St George Library today. We had an absolutely amazing time! We listened to two stories and got to explore the books by ourselves as well. We were very, very lucky as we were given our very own class library card. We each chose a book to keep in school and look after. We are intending on going back at the beginning of next term to change our books. 


CASTLE BUILDING 

Year one have been learning all about castles this term as part of our topic 'Once upon a time'. We explored the key features of a castle and thought very carefully about how we could replicate these using junk modelling. We were very lucky to have so many adults come in and help us make them! They are by the office for all to see :) We are all very proud of our creations. 


YOGA

Every Friday after playtime, Turtle class venture up to the small hall to do some yoga. We have been using different cards with different yoga poses and have put them together to make a yoga story. We have been really enjoying these sessions and look forward to them every week. 


penguins in the library

Penguin class had a lovely afternoon in the library last week. We listened to Laura read a story and then had time to share a book with a friend. We can't wait to go up there again this week!


SCHOOL TRIP - BRISTOL AQUARIUM - PENGUIN CLASS' PICTURES

WOW! What a fantastic trip year 1 have had this week. We spent the day at Bristol aquarium learning about lots of different sea creatures although we got to share some of our facts too as we have learnt lots of interesting facts this term. Our first stop of the day was a whistle stop tour of the aquarium with a tour guide. We found out some very interesting information. Did you know a turbot's eyes can pop out of their sockets and move around their body? We then had time to feed the big fish and rays in the sting ray tank. Some of us were feeling a little bit worried about this but we were all very, very brave and had a turn. We then had a short workshop and learnt about baby sharks - we couldn't believe they are born from little pouches (mermaid purses), we even saw a model of a megladon shark's jaw.. it was HUGE! All of this walking, learning and excitement made us very hungry so it was time to stop for a yummy lunch made by Toru. Penguin class were extremely well behaved and grown up whilst eating lunch in the cafe and made all of the adults very proud. After lunch we got to explore the aquarium in our groups, this was very exciting and we had lots of fun. We saw teeny tiny jelly fish, super small starfish, rays, sharks, eels AND even caught a glimpse of the elusive octopus! All in all we had a fantastic day and did a great job at representing our school. 


SCHOOL TRIP - BRISTOL AQUARIUM - TURTLE CLASS' PICTURES 

WOW! What a fantastic trip year 1 have had this week. We spent the day at Bristol aquarium learning about lots of different sea creatures although we got to share some of our facts too as we have learnt lots of interesting facts this term. Our first stop of the day was a whistle stop tour of the aquarium with a tour guide. We found out some very interesting information. Did you know a turbot's eyes can pop out of their sockets and move around their body? We then had time to feed the big fish and rays in the sting ray tank. Some of us were feeling a little bit worried about this but we were all very, very brave and had a turn. We then had a short workshop and learnt about baby sharks - we couldn't believe they are born from little pouches (mermaid purses), we even saw a model of a megladon shark's jaw.. it was HUGE! All of this walking, learning and excitement made us very hungry so it was time to stop for a yummy lunch made by Toru. Turtle class were extremely well behaved and grown up whilst eating lunch in the cafe and made all of the adults very proud. After lunch we got to explore the aquarium in our groups, this was very exciting and we had lots of fun. We saw teeny tiny jelly fish, super small starfish, rays, sharks, eels AND even caught a glimpse of the elusive octopus! All in all we had a fantastic day and did a great job at representing our school. 


throwing and catching 

During our Tuesday PE sessions, Shaun has been teaching Turtle class how to correctly throw and catch. We have really enjoyed these lessons and have played some great games! Our throwing and catching skills have greatly improved and even Nicole has learnt a thing or two! We may have the next greatest cricket player in our school - watch this space. 


Colour exploration

The children had lots of fun exploring colour mixing this week, we used primary colours alongside white and purple. We were very surprised at the different colours we could make using these colours. Our favourite discovery was yellow and blue to make green and using white to make different shades. 


SSHHH! Quiet critters about!

Turtles class were working so well in guided reading that some of our class quiet critters came out. Quiet critters love to learn from the children but they are very frightened by lots of noise. They only come out of their soundproof jar when we are working extra hard. We can't touch them but we can show them our excellent learning! 


How to make a sentence - a very silly sentence

This term it is all about SENTENCE STRUCTURE and how to make a perfect sentence! This week we are exploring the different elements needed in a sentence. For a perfectly perfect simple sentence we have learnt we need a determiner, an adjective (or two!), a noun and a verb. We have colour coded each element to help us remember them and have said it is like making a witches potion - we need all of the ingredients to complete the spell. We did lots of different activities today to practise our sentence structure. We loved the rainbow writing and the giant bricks the most. 


JIGGLY JELLYFISH

We have had so much fun already this week during our floor book lessons - we have learnt all about JELLY FISH! Did you know that jelly fish aren't actually a type of fish? People now refer to them as 'jellies' instead. We thought it was very funny to learn that jellies don't have a skeleton, heart, brain or blood but we didn't think it was very funny that some are VERY poisonous. We spent the afternoon getting very creative and made our own paper plate jelly fish. Have a look in our class window next time you walk by!


OH NO - ANOTHER CREATURE!

After last weeks spider visit, it would seem it was Turtle class' turn for an unexpected visitor. We found this little insect chilling out in our reading area!! We found it very interesting as it's wings looked like a leaf. We decided our book corner wasn't the place for a leafy insect like this one, so, we popped him back outside where he belongs. We thought it would be best to put it somewhere with lots of leaves and sticks so that it would be camoflauged from any predators.


Marvellous maths for fun! 

This morning Turtle class had a go at making the longest snake possible from an A4 piece of paper. We took the inspiration from Penguin class who did the same activity earlier in the week. During choosing time today some of us wanted to know how long our snakes were. We decided to get out the cubes and start measuring! One of the snakes was 52 cubes long! 

AAAARGH...SPIDER!!!

Penguin class had an unexpected visitor this week.. a gigantic spider! We were settling down after lunch for our first afternoon lesson when a very large black spider zoomed across the carpet! It created quite a lot of excitement so we abandoned the plans and sat down to have a closer observation of our guest. We then had a very Educate Together discussion about what to do with him/her. In the end, it was decided we should release him back to it's rightful habitat outside. 


All about penguins

Penguin class have spent the afternoon learning all about penguins. We even made some fantastic origami penguins, What do you think? We showed off our fantastic writing, learnt how to draw a penguin step by step and matched species of penguins to the correct descriptions! 


OUTSIDE FUN

Penguins and Turtles have enjoyed using our outside area this week. We have built houses, created new games and got messy with shaving foam. I wonder what will be outside next week?


MAKING A TURTLE'S HABITAT

After exploring and describing the different features of a turtle's habitat we decided to have a go at making one using mixed media. We had lots of fun and have created some beautiful masterpieces! Tomorrow we will be writing descriptive sentences to go with our habitat pictures. They have made a great classroom display! 

Exploring a turtle's habitat 

Turtle class had great fun this week exploring different features of a Turtles' habitat. We got to feel, smell and some of us even had a taste of; wet sand, dry sand, salt water, rocks and seaweed. We had a go at writing adjectives to describe each one. 


YEAR ONE CURRICULUM

 

In Year One we take guidance from the National Curriculum on the areas of learning we need to cover in all subjects.

Click here for a link to the National Curriculum for Year 1

As an academy we are afforded the flexibility to be creative in how we cover each subject.  Our curriculum is topic based and is constructed around the interests of the children. We still fully support having play as an instrumental part of the learning process. We introduce new concepts, especially in Maths, through a more interactive and hands-on approach before the children begin the process of recording in their books.  English is taught through using a range of books: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Geography, History, Science etc. all have elements of writing and reading and therefore are scaffolding the children’s learning of English.  English is presented in a number of different ways; for example it may be in the children’s English books, topic books, through presentation, hot seating or in our floor books or Learn Together books.  Floor books and Learn Together books are a wonderful way for parents and visitors to encapsulate at a glance what we do during our days at school.

Our school day begins promptly with registration at 8.50am and then we move swiftly into phonics, which happens daily. Phonics support the learning of reading and writing. We mainly use the Letters and Sounds program but also dip into Read Write Ink and Jolly Phonics actions.  Phonics groups are carried out in phased groups from 2-5 (5 being the higher end). One member of the year one team takes each phase and the children are in a group tailored to their needs. All children in each phase are exposed to sounds from phase 2-5 at the start of their daily session. Following on from phonics we have a carpet learning session in either Maths or English (this alternates daily).  This is a 20-minute session that is adult led and is the catalyst for the children’s focus group that then follows on from the carpet session.

Our afternoons are used for topic and Learn Together work.  Our topic work sessions may be based around Science, History, Geography, Music, Art or DT. These sessions start with finding out what the children already know and then asking them what they want to find out. From this we try to uncover the answers to as many of the children’s questions as we can. We use a variety of tools to help us do this such as the Internet, books, guest speakers, phone a friend or go on a trip/local walk. Our Learn Together curriculum can be anything from a discussion regarding the value of the month, mindfulness or an in-depth look into something that is happening in the wider world to name but a few. Our Learn Together work is presented in our Learn Together folders, these folders give an insight to the learning that has taken place during these sessions.  As a Year 1 team we work very hard to ensure we have a well-balanced and creative curriculum that stimulates and nurtures our children's young minds and inspires them to be investigative, inquisitive and imaginative learners.


 

To find out about the Learn Together Curriculum click here.

To find out more about the National Curriculum click here.