Welcome to the Year 1 Page!
Welcome back! I hope that you have all enjoyed the Easter holidays and had a well-deserved rest.
Over the course of the Summer term, our topics are ‘Explorers’ followed by ‘Animals’.
For our first topic named ‘Explorers’, there will be a Geography focus based around using basic geographical vocabulary involving human and physical features and using simple maps and plans to look at our local area. Our Science focus will be on Plants, where we will be learning to identify and name a variety of common and wild plants, trees and edible plants, as well as learning about the basic structure of plants. In Art, we will be learning about Pointillism and incorporating these skills that we practise into a final plant-themed artistic piece.
For our final topic of ‘Animals’, this will involve learning about the basic needs of animals for survival, as well as recognising that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults, which will link very well to our trip to Woodside Wildlife Park on 15th June!
Within this topic, we will be enjoying doing lots of Art and D&T work based around the theme, such as 3D sculpture using clay and collage.
So, a very busy but exciting term ahead!
To make you aware of the PE timetable, our PE sessions are now Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. This term, we are lucky enough to have Inspire+ joining us for Dance sessions which we are very excited about! Please could you make sure that your child has their PE kit in school every Wednesday and Thursday. If your child wears ear-rings, could you also ensure that these are removed on PE days or are able to be covered with plasters.
The amount of homework being brought back to school weekly is generally very good, but just a reminder that homework needs to be brought into school each Wednesday.
We would like to say a big thank you from myself and Mrs Bell for your continued support and we look forward to an exciting term ahead!
Miss Catriona MacLeod
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Woodside Wildlife Park
We all had a great day at Woodside! You can find more photos in the Gallery.
For our topic this term we have been looking at identifying the different parts of plants and have created our own diagrams using different materials and on an ipad. We have also really enjoyed planting our own sunflowers and learning how to care for them. We have also looked at the artwork of Georges Seurat, an artist who used Pointillism in his paintings, and created our own sunflower paintings using this technique.
The children were fascinated by the various creatures they were able to see and hold when ZooLab visited recently.
World Book Day
There were some fabulous outfits on World Book Day! After a very busy morning, the children were excited when Mr Togher came and read them a story during the afternoon. They then had the chance to read with other children from all different classes and they really enjoyed spending time sharing books. The atmosphere in the classroom was wonderful and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
We had an amazing day recently learning more about the Victorians and how they lived their lives. Everyone came dressed as a rich or poor Victorian - as you can see below they wore some great outfits! Everyone was given a Victorian name for the day and our activities included using slates for writing and baking some tasty breakfast rolls.
We were very excited to play with the toys brought in by Partake earlier this term. We looked at toys from different time periods and also at different kinds of toys: pull along, push along and imaginative. Here are some comments from the children:
"It was good because we got to play with lots of toys. My favourite toy was the clay dolly because it looked pretty and had a nice white dress". Freya.
"It was fun because it had different kinds of toys to play with". Preston.
"It was exciting because Tom brought lots of old and new toys today. My favourite toy was the pop gun because it made me jump". Charlie.
"My favourite was the snapping crocodile because it was green, my favourite colour". Lauren.
As you can tell, we had lots of fun!
Rain Gauge Experiments
This term we have been learning about the weather and decided to finish our topic by making rain gauges to investigate rainfall. The children worked in pairs to draw the scale onto the bottle and find a suitable place for it somewhere in the school grounds. We are really looking forward to finding out the results of our experiment!
Story Telling - The Christmas Story
One of the ways in which we are developing the children's writing this year is by using ‘Talk for Writing’ techniques with them. The children are learning to retell stories by using actions for familiar phrases or vocabulary and also by making story maps which are quick pictorial representations of the main parts of a story. By doing this the children will build up a bank of interesting vocabulary, phrases and types of plot they can draw upon to help them with their own story writing.
We have had great fun learning to retell the Christmas Story. Some of the children recently performed in a Star Achiever assembly and you can see a video below. They did a great job! We are now very busy learning our songs and words for our Christmas performance.
The children had the opportunity to practise their measuring skills when we made biscuits recently. They worked really well together and were very proud of their biscuits! They gave them to the children in the Reception Class and Year 2 as a reminder of the importance of giving not just receiving.
Our First Term
The children have settled very well into Year 1 and we have had a great first term! You can see a selection of photos below.
The children have been learning how to draw facial features that are in proportion. You can see some fabulous examples below.
We had great fun when Carl from Inspire+ came into school to teach us some Paralympic sports. We were shown how to play boccia which is a form of bowls. The children had to kneel and bowl a ball so that it landed on a spot - it proved very difficult to do!