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Welcome to the Year 1 LP page!

Our teachers are Mr Prior, Mrs Lisles, Mrs Churnin-Ritchie and Miss Chopping.

On here you will see some of the things we have been learning about in class. Please have a look at what we've been up to!



Food Focus Week November 2012

We all helped make vegetable soup. Have a look at us cutting up the vegetables and eating the finished soup. Yum! Yum!

Food Focus Week November 2012
Class Prefects

Here are this term's 2 prefects, chosen for being great examples to the class. We will choose 2 more next term. The first 2 pictures were last term's prefects and they did a fantastic job!

Class Prefects
Assembly Sticker Winners.

Every Friday Mrs West gives stickers to children throughout school who have been chosen by their teachers for something they have excelled in during the week. The children receive their stickers in Whole School assembly. Here are our class winners so far!

Assembly Sticker Winners.
School Council Members

These 2 children were voted by all the children in class to be the council members. They look very proud wearing their badges! They have regular meetings with children from all classes to discuss issues important to school.

School Council Members
Maths Olympics

In Maths Olympics we have been learning how to double and halve numbers to 10 and 20. Look at us using Numicon and small apparatus to help us learn them by heart. Why don't you ask us some at home?

Maths Olympics
Sewing

For our Design Technology project we are making puppets of animals out of felts. Look at these photos and keep watching the website to see how we are progressing. Here we are practising the sewing using binca. It's not as easy as it looks!

Sewing
Exploration Focus Week January 2013

In this week we were exploring different parts of the Earth's past - the creation of the planets; the age of dinosaurs; the Ice Age; the Stone Age. We then finished the week by predicting the Future!

Exploration Focus Week January 2013
DAY 1: THE CREATION OF THE PLANETS

We explored the solar system and created art work to do with the planets.

DAY 1: THE CREATION OF THE PLANETS
DAY 2: DINOSAURS!!

When we entered the classroom we saw a giant footprint! We explored all about dinosaurs! Some of us used Espresso on the computers to research; others used information books. We wrote dinosaur facts and sketched pictures. We acted out being dinosaurs. And we found out that most information comes from fossils, so we made our own fossils too. Lots of fun!

DAY 2: DINOSAURS!!
DAY 3: THE ICE AGE.

We learned lots of facts about the Ice age today. In the morning we started by making fruity flavoured ice lollies. When we ate them later in the day, after we took them out of the freezer, they were delicious!! We then investigated which animals were around at that time (with a little help from the film "Ice Age"). We also created our own made-up creatures which had features to help them survive in cold weather. We did this with modelling clay. As a music activity we also used instruments to recreate the noises that ice storms and snow blizzards would have made. Can you spot the unusual "instruments" in our photos? Unbelievably, as we were doing this a real hail storm happened right outside our door! Wow!!

DAY 3: THE ICE AGE.
DAY 4: THE STONE AGE.

After leaving the time machine in the hall we investigated lots of facts about the Stone Age. We found out that humans started to hunt with stone tools and were able to use fire to cook meat. So one of our activities was to go outside and find twigs, branches and leaves to make the tools. We then used clay to make the main part of the tools and weapons (later in the week we showed them to Miss Colman's class who were very impressed with the craftsmanship!). After finding out that evidence remains of cave paintings from this era, we made our own, using materials like charcoal, paint and chalk. We made our own stories up, telling them to our learning partners first, then drawing them on cave-like rough paper. We even went outside and drew some stories on the walls of the classroom. Can you tell what we've drawn? We used our boxes from home to recreate our own little caves, complete with cave paintings on the walls. The left over twigs from the morning made great beds and fires. Cave people certainly didn't live like The Flintstones!!

DAY 4: THE STONE AGE.
THE ICE AGE

In this video clip we are recreating the sounds of snow, hail and ice storms which would have been an everyday occurrence. We mainly used percussion instruments, but cleverly some of us used plastic bags for rustling sounds.

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THE ICE AGE

In these video clips we describe the made-up creatures we have made from modelling clay. Listen out for the features that they would need to survive in harsh cold weather!

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THE STONE AGE

In the Stone Age humans started to draw on cave walls an account of their days. They used natural materials like twigs, feathers, branches and their fingers. They painted with natural dyes and charcoal from thier fires. Pictures often showed hunting and gathering. In the area just outside our classroom we copied the cave people by drawing accounts of our days using chalk and charcoal. Have a watch!

Sewing - the finished puppets!

Here is a selection of the finished puppets. We got there in the end! They were all designed as animals. We can't wait to make shows with them!

Sewing - the finished puppets!
Maths work - weighing

Our recent topic has seen us weighing and comparing the weight of objects using balance scales. Maybe you could weigh things at home too?

Maths work - weighing
Half Termly Award Winners

Here are Half Term 4's winners for: best learning log; best handwriting; most improved handwriting; and improved reading.

Half Termly Award Winners
Maths - 3D shapes.

As we were learning about traditional tales in Literacy we decided to find out about 3D shapes whilst making castles. Can you spot the cubes, cuboids, cones and pyramids in our buildings?

Maths - 3D shapes.
ART - collage making.

As part of our topic of Traditional Tales, we have created backgrounds for story settings using various materials for a large collage.

ART - collage making.
WORLD BOOK DAY 7 March 2013WORLD BOOK DAY 7 March 2013
WRITE NOW FOCUS WEEK MARCH 2013

All week we have been exploring different genres of writing by focussing on traditional tales. Every day we listened to some clues about which story it was going to be about. The children went round different classes to hear the clues from the teachers. Then we all came back to class to explore some more! THE 3 LITTLE PIGS We went into the outdoor classroom to post letters to the 3 pigs' houses. We asked them questions and read them out back in class.

WRITE NOW FOCUS WEEK MARCH 2013
WRITE NOW FOCUS WEEK

HANSEL AND GRETEL focus: we had to write missing children posters to try find the children who were lost in the setting of Hansel and Gretel. To help with this, we role-played the story using masks to encourage us to put the correct voices on.

WRITE NOW FOCUS WEEK
WRITE NOW FOCUS WEEK

STORYTELLER: Ursula came into our classes and made up stories full of action and wonder! We loved listening to her!

WRITE NOW FOCUS WEEK
Half termly award winners.

Here are this term's award winners for best learning log, neatest handwriter, most improved handwriter and improved reader.

Half termly award winners.
Certificate winners

These children have won certificates for their attendance in the previous term. They had no absences at all! Well done!

Certificate winners
LITERACY - Report Writing

In our recent Literacy topic we learned how to write non-chronological reports. Here we are researching information books to explore the layouts and text type features (like labels and captions).

LITERACY - Report Writing
SEASIDE ART

As part of our seaside topic we have created pictures using oil pastels to colour and then glued some real sand for the beach effects.

SEASIDE ART
SEASIDE POSTERS

After exploring ready-made posters advertising the seaside resorts of Britain, we made our own. Do any of them tempt you to pay a visit?!

SEASIDE POSTERS
STORYTELLING AREA

For our class project for the storytelling area in the playground, we designed and made flags, banners and pennants for role-play. We made them out of felt and hope they'll make an attractive addition to our new area.

STORYTELLING AREA
GUIDED READING

In one example of our independent activities during guided reading, this group have made a Venn Diagram of the descriptions of the Large family in "5 Minutes' Peace".

GUIDED READING
MATHS PROBLEM SOLVING

We have been investigating symmetry problems. These children were using Numicon to make symmetrical patterns along a vertical line.

MATHS PROBLEM SOLVING
Seaside descriptions

Here our children are describing activities which you can do at the seaside. This links into our History Of The Seaside topic.

MATHS SUPER LEARNING DAY

In May we had our Maths Super Learning Day. Look at the photos of our class: we are following maths trails; investigating number pyramids (bonds to 10); competing on Mathletics; drawing patterns and sequences on the playground; scoring PE games; and solving problems!

MATHS SUPER LEARNING DAY
FRENCH DAY!

Bonjour! On our French Day we learned about how people go on holidays in France. We watched some tourist videos of Paris and the French Riviere. In class we had picnics and told each other what we liked to eat in French. We shopped in a pretend supermarche using cents and euros. On Espresso we researched French holidays. And we used scissors to cut up French food names and added them to our picnic baskets.

FRENCH DAY!
HISTORY

Our History topic is "The History Of The British seaside". We investigated and wrote about artefacts from the museum; we looked at photos and compared them to modern seasides.

HISTORY
LITERACY

Here are some poems which have alliteration in them. See how often words start with the same sounds,

LITERACY
SCIENCE

This term we have been planting seeds and watching them grow. We discovered what seeds need to make them grow fully into plants. As well as planting seeds in the classroom we have also used our class plot outside the Key Stage 1 playground.

SCIENCE
INTERNATIONAL FOCUS WEEK

This week we have been learning about Italy and Holland as part of our international studies. On Monday we were introduced to Italy and explored a suitcase full of Italian objects like food, flags and books. In these photos we are exploring the objects before eating some pizza. Yum Yum!!

INTERNATIONAL FOCUS WEEK
INTERNATIONAL FOCUS WEEK

On Tuesday we learned about Italian landmarks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Colisseum, Mount Vesuvius and the canals of Venice. After writing reports on them we made models of them out of clay and card.

INTERNATIONAL FOCUS WEEK
INTERNATIONAL FOCUS WEEK

On Wednesday we looked at the works of Italian artists like Da Vinci and Michelangelo. We then painted scenes from our focus week and covered the classroom ceiling with them to recreate the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

INTERNATIONAL FOCUS WEEK
INTERNATIONAL FOCUS WEEK

On Thursday we started learning about Holland. After researching it on the map we looked at traditional Dutch windmills and made our own. We also researched about the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. To recreate his vivid style we painted pictures using thick paint and used glue spreaders instead of brushes to give the strokes a thick flowing style.

INTERNATIONAL FOCUS WEEK
INTERNATIONAL FOCUS WEEK

On Friday we concluded our work on Holland by making some large windmills. We also made some clogs out of clay and decorated them with paint and carving tools when they were dry. We then had a musical afternoon learning the song "A Mouse In Old Amsterdam" and joined in with percussion instruments. It has been a fabulous week and we have really learned a lot!

INTERNATIONAL FOCUS WEEK
INTERNATIONAL FOCUS WEEK

In these clips two children explain what they have learned about Italian landmarks after making models of them; and the class sing and play instruments along to "A Mouse In Old Amsterdam".

FILEY TRIP JUNE 2013

Key Stage 1 went to Filey as part of our History and Geography studies about The Seaside. The weather was great and we spent a good couple of hours on the beach. We made sandcastles, built hills and sand buildings, and dug holes as far down as we could go. Some of us even collected pebbles. To finish our day we all had a Fab lolly. It was a fab day!

FILEY TRIP JUNE 2013
FILEY TRIP.

Here are some clips of the activities we were doing at Filey.

Fun on the beach!
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Digging in the sand!
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SCIENCE

In our "Materials" topic we have been investigating which objects float and sink and have been asking ourselves why this happens. In another lesson we tested materials around the class which were magnetic or not. We had to record our findings on an information table.

SCIENCE
ART

This term we have been exploring how to make paint thicker and thinner. To investigate this we used powder paint and added different amounts of water to thicken or thin it out. We also added glue, sand and flour to change the thickness. In another lesson we painted with natural objects like twigs, branches and leaves. Some children painted a banner with the school logo on for our trip to the Mini Olympics festival at South Leeds Stadium.

ART
MATHS SUPER LEARNING DAY.

On this occasion, Maths Super Learning Day was focused on Shape, Space and Measures and on Data Handling. Throughout the day we undertook activities involving revising properties of 3D shapes, following directions, measuring capacities of containers and making graphs and tallies. We had lots of practical fun!

MATHS SUPER LEARNING DAY.
ACHIEVEMENT WINNERS

Here are our most recent award or achievement winners.

ACHIEVEMENT WINNERS