November 21st, 2017

Stir Fry Taster.

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Today we had a visitor come into school to help us learn a bit more about healthy eating. We learnt that breakfast is the most important meal of the day to get our brains working, and that we should be eating 5 fruits and vegetables a day! We then watched Chef James cook us a tasty stir fry and when we went back to our classrooms, we got to try it!

What’s your favourite vegetable?

How can you eat healthily?


November 20th, 2017

Making numbers using Numicon.

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Today we dipped into place value by discussing how we can use a short cut to make higher numbers (teens numbers). We can use a ten and then whatever we need to add. We discussed how numbers can be broken down between tens and units smaller than 10. For example, 14 can be broken down to 1 ten and a four!

We laid out all the numbers and numicon to show this number to try and spot any patterns.

What do you notice about the numicon? What has changed between 6 and 16?

November 13th, 2017

Clay fossils.

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In our topic and history so far this term, we have been learning about Mary Anning!

Today we recapped what we knew – that she was a famous fossil hunter who discovered new dinosaurs – and made clay replicas of ammonite fossils.

First we had to roll the clay – this turned out to be very eventful because the clay had dried out over lunchtime!

Second attempt worked much better!

We then had to roll the clay into a spiral to get that lovely shape.

After that, we added the detail.

I am very pleased with the end result, especially for Year 1 clay work! Well done everybody!

October 31st, 2017

Firework art.

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We have been very excited about the fireworks  recently and have really enjoyed creating firework inspired art in class.

Last Friday we produced individual firework paintings and sparklers, yesterday we created collaborative art works with the whole class(!) and rockets! Some of our work is even on display in the Year 1 spare area!

We are looking forward to learning more about firework night on Friday!


October 27th, 2017

Diwali Dancing.

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On Friday, we celebrated Diwali and learned about its importance to Sikhs and Hindus.

To help us know more about what happens during this special time, a visitor came in to teach us some dancing! We thought the dance moves were really fun to try out!

** There is a video if you click on the tiny red 108 link at the bottom I think, it will download and appear as a pop up at the bottom of your page.



October 27th, 2017

Handwriting Competition.

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Last Wednesday we had our first ever year 1 handwriting competition!

We had to copy out a poem using our best, BEST handwriting.

We had to remember –

  • to make sure all letters have their bottoms on the line.
  • to use our lead in lines.
  • Finger spaces
  • to make sure ascenders (tall letters, t,l) and desenders (tail letters, g, y) were used .

And for the mighty brave of us,

  • start to join up.

It took Miss McCarthy a long time to judge the handwriting competition because we have all come a long way with our handwriting and I was so pleased to see everybody’s best efforts! I had to even ask Miss Rogers to help me decide!

In the end, it was very close but the results were as follows.

1st – Evelyn

2nd – Bhavagna

3rd – Isabella

Well done 1M, I was so, so pleased with everybody!


October 27th, 2017

Science 2.

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Making Lava Lamps.

We were all surprised that the oil sat on top of the water!

We then added in a Fizz tablet to see what would happen. What brilliant bubbles!


October 27th, 2017

Science Experiment 1.

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Tea bags and water.

We had a quick discussion about how things change when mixed together and had a look at the equipment that we will be using today. We then had a think about what might happen when we open and pour a tea bag into a cup of water. Then we did the experiment and observed (looked very carefully!) at  what was happening. We had a quick discussion about what we had thought against what really happened and who had a correct prediction. Most of us thought it would make tea!

After that we tried it again with fizzy water to see if there would be a difference. We then observed the changes made and discussed the results of both experiments.

October 16th, 2017

Crazy Characters – Learning about Algorithms.

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In ICT we have been learning about coding and what an algorithm is.

To help us understand how precise instructions need to be for a computer, we had a go at following instructions to draw a creature. As you can see, we all have very different imaginations and interpretations!

This opened up the discussion that if you want something to be done right, you need to give very clear and precise instructions. Like the robot we watched in the video getting a brush. What kinds of brush did he need? Hairbrush? Toothbrush? Toilet brush?

This links in quite nicely with our learning this week on adjectives.

We had to describe an animal to our partner using enough detail for them to work out which animal we had chosen. Kind of like ‘Guess Who’ (If that’s still a game nowerdays?!) 🙂

What is an algorithm? Can you tell your grown up?

Why do we need to be precise and clear when giving instructions?


October 16th, 2017

Science Week – Jane Goodall

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We kick started our science week this afternoon by looking at the famous scientist, Jane Goodall.

Jane Goodall is famous for her studies on Chimpanzees (linking nicely with our animals topic). We talked about how not all science is test tubes/experiments and making things, it can be learning something new to do with the world around us.

We looked at who Jane Goodall was and her journey through life. How it all started with a teddy called Jubilee, her favorite story of Tarzan and a passion for animals and how they live!

We loved the bit where we talked about she worked really hard to make her dream come true – working with animals!

What did you learn today that you didn’t know before?

Is there anything new you learnt about chimpanzees?


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