Welcome To Year 1
We hope you enjoy exploring our fantastic learning in Year 1.
Class Teacher: Mrs Emsley
Teaching Assistants: Miss Maria
Welcome back to school. The children are having a great day and doing some wonderful learning. We are SO proud of them.
The focus for RE DAY this term is human responsibility and values/Justice and fairness. Year 1 listened to two stories. The Good Samaritan and Queen Esther which highlighted how Jews and Christians help others. The children then sequenced the Good Samaritan story and acted it out in small groups. After the children drew a picture of how they can help someone in their local area and wrote a sentence to explain their picture. In the afternoon the children learnt about the 10 comandments and learnt that these are the rules which Christians and Jews follow as part of their daily lifes. The children then came up with their own comandment. The day ended nicely raising money for charity and enjoying a yummy cake and ice lolly.
This week in PE the children learnt about the Commonwealth Games. The children learnt that it starts on the 28th July and involves lots of nations coming together to participate in 19 different sports. We spoke about the baton which is making its way from Waltham Cross to Birmingham where the commonwealth games are being held. The children participated in a range of activities:
Design their own baton
Name the different sports
In DT the children used their car plan and junk modelling to create their cars. They had great fun. Here are their photos.
Our Tomato Plants
This week the children observed and measured the length of their tomato plants. They also drew a picture of what it looked like and wrote a sentence about what a plant needs to grow. Here are some pictures.
Young Sports Leaders
Year 1 children have been busy working with Mrs Alcock and the Year 5 children. The Year 5 children are training to be young leaders and had to direct the year 1 children with how to complete certain activities. Here are some pictures of them all working together.
This week the children have been active in the afternoon. They have been busy practicing for sports day and have also had a go at some yoga.
Today the children learnt a song which they performed to the school in assembly. They added their own instruments to the song which they played when they heard certain words in the song. Here is the performance.
This week the children have been busy preparing for World Market Day. The children focused on the country England and make a variety of crafts and food. They have all had lots of fun. Here is a picture of their stall.
In Science we have been looking at the 5 needs of a plant.
Need 1: Space
Need 2: Soil
Need 3: Air
Need 4: Water
Need 5: Light
The children then used this information to plant their own tomato seed. They will look after and observe them grow this term.
Today the children celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The children learnt that the Queen has been in reign for 70 years. They focused on the key events which happened during the decade 2010s. The events were Prince William and Prince Harry royal weddings, mini olympics and the birth of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The children also had a Jubilee lunch outside and listened to the country national athem.
This week the children looked at measuring different volumes in the same size cup and measuring the same volume in different sized containers. The children learnt that even though the capacity of some containers is more than others, when filling different sized containers with the same volume each container will still have the same volume. Here are some pictures of Year 1 exploring this.
In PE Year 1 have been learning lots of different tennis skills. The children have learnt how to balance a ball on their racket, dribble a ball inbetween their legs, bounce a ball up and down, roll and ball and hit a ball over the tennis net when it has been thrown to them.
To celebrate International Dance Day Year 1 had the opportunity to learn Irish Dancing. The children learnt about the 'Lord of the Dance' and some Irish dance steps. The children then performed what they had learnt to the song 'Lord of the Dance'.
Today is the 100th birthday of the Daily Mile. To celebrate the class took part in the daily mile during their PE lesson.
Today the children learnt all about keeping the environment safe. The children made their own posters to promote Earth day. The children also looked at the different types of weather we had last week and learnt how to plot this on a tally and a block graph. They also learnt about how to reduce carbon footprint by travelling to school without using a car or public transport. The children also looked at how to recycle and what happens to the items that are recycled. Finally the children made their own commitment heart which consisted of 3 commitments they will follow to help protect the environment.
Today the children made their own fruit salad. They learnt how to use a knife to chop the fruit they wanted in their fruit salad. The children then presented their fruit salad before they ate it,
This term in Science the children have been learning about Everyday materials. Today they sorted objects by property. T-Rex and Apatosaurus group found hard and soft objects around the classroom. Triceratops group sorted objects into dull, smooth, shiny and rough. Pteradactyl group sorted objects into transparent, opaque, waterproof and not waterproof.
In Maths the children have been working on word problems to find the whole as a result. The children worked in pairs to read the word problem and transfer the information onto a cherry model. Some then moved onto transferring the information onto a bar model. A further challenge also inovled some children writing their own word problems and transferring the information onto a cherry model.
RE Day today focused on the Easter and Passover. The children began by retelling the Easter story. They worked in small groups to act out the key events in the story. Next the children revisited their learning about Passover and compared the similarities and differences between Easter and Passover. Finally, the children identified the symbols for each festival and the meaning of each symbol. They focused on the Seder plate used in Passover and identified the meaning of each food item on the plate. The children also got to see a real Seder plate.
In Geography Year 1 have been learning about maps. The children have learnt about the various types of maps focusing particularly on street maps and Google Maps. This week the children located their route to school on Google Maps. The children began by looking at the different modes of transport which can be used to travel to school. We tallied how each child comes to school on a frequency table. Finally we located on Google Maps how specific children travel from home to school. We highlighted the route if we travelled by car, bike or walking.
During Science Week the children engaged in a vareity of actvities. On Monday the children completed a STEM Create a Plant Challenge. On Tuesday the children conducted a gummy bear investigation. On Tuesday the children also learnt facts about minibeasts during a science virtual workshop. On Wednesday the children were lucky to visit the Science Museum. On Friday the children learnt about the planet Mars and which animals they think would surive on Mars. Throughout the week the children also learnt a song which helped them to identify the parts of a plant and te job of each part.
Today the children enjoyed a fun day full of engaging World Book Day activities. They began the day with a scavenger hunt where they had to find key words in a variety of books. Next the children wrote a character description on the character they were dressed up as. Throughout the day, when the children heard a tambourine they picked up a book to read. Some children also participated in a book swap. Finally they decorated a book mark which they can use when they read in their free time.
Today the children watched a video of Sky Brown who won a Bronze Medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at 13 years old. The children then had the opportunity to learn how to skateboard. They learnt how to jump on the board and balance, ride on the skateboard and do a few tricks.
Today our school were very lucky to have a visitor at our school. The children learnt that she is an Olympic Sprinter who also competed in the Tokyo Olympics. She was the first British female to win a gold medal at 16 years old at the World Youth Championships.
Today the children took part in RE Day. The focus throughout the day in Year 1 were the two religions Christianity and Judaism. The children also learnt about two festivals. Harvest which is celebrated by Christians and Yom Kippur which is celebrated by Jews. The children also looked at the key features within a church and a synagogue. They have all had a great day!.
Our next book in English is called 'Stanley Stick'. The children will be focusing on this book for the next couple of weeks. Today the children went outside to find their own special stick. They are using role play and their imagination to support their writing.
The children have been reading the book above for the last two weeks. To bring the book alive the children have seen a penguin roaming the school and even had a visit from the zookeeper Mr Gramzey. This has encouraged lots of excitement within our English lessons.
Black History Week
This week we are celebrating inspriing black men and women. Today the children had a black musician visit them. They listened to him playing the drums. The children also learnt about how he became interested in learning the drums. The children came up with the following questions to ask him:
How old were you when you started to play the drums?
Where did you get your drums from?
Where did you learn to play the drums?
Is it hard to play the drums?
Wear Red Day
Today the children learnt about Anti-Racism. We spoke about it being ok to be different. The children learnt about what makes people different; focusing particularly on skin colour, hair colour, eye colour, height, languages, religion and where families originate from. More importantly, the children in year 1 learnt that we have to treat everybody equally and with respect.
We would like to set you and your families a weekly challenge whilst we are all in this challenging situation.
This week the challenge is - How many squats can you do in 30 seconds? Send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will announce the winners next week on the school website lastest news.
Premier Education have some videos to help keep the children active at home.
Street Dance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uQytrYXTko&t=7s
Greatest Showman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa607xFZKZQ
Racket Skills - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxUTq1QB4Yk
Multi-Skills - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ac4gjNuhLw
Parent and Child workout - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57zMZBqIuaw
Spirit of the Wild came into school to visit Year 1. They brought in many animals for the children to classify and sort into groups. They met animals such as a barn owl, cockroach, millipede, tortoise, Brazilian Black tarantula, toad, a lesser tentric and a fruit bat. The children then had to sort to the animals into their groups; mammals, reptiles, birds of prey, insects, amphibians and theraphosidae.
Falconry UK Visit
Year one had a visit from Falconry UK. The children met a variety of birds including Blu the Blue Winged Cuckaburra, Rocco the Pygmy Falcon, Mika the Western Siberia Owl, Bailey the White Faced Scops Owl and Taz the Tawny Frogmouth. They also met Poppy the Maltese Terrier!!!