Welcome to Year 1
Maths Prompt sheets
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Place value to 100
We have been working on Place Value to 100 in Maths. We have used lots of different representations of the numbers and used tens and ones to create the numbers. We compared them using < , > and = symbols. We ordered numbers to 100 and could find one more and one less. We are becoming such confident mathematicians.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Forest Schools
We have been lucky enough to be able to take part in Forest School sessions with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. The children have worked on numerous skills including team work, problem solving, creativity and speaking and listening. They have had the opportunity to take part in a variety of different activities such as den building, bug hunting, clay work, fire-making and toasting marshmallows. The leader (Susan) ensured the children had fun but remembered the safety rules.
Mary Collective Worship
To end the term and to conclude the month of May and our dedications each day to Mary, we planned and delivered a liturgy. We gathered by sitting in a circle and placing a statue of Mary, Rosary beads, blue cloth and the Bible in the centre of us. We thought about all the Bible stories that we had heard about Mary and voted to read 'Lost in the temple', once again William read this beautifully! We responded by saying thank you to Mary on flower shapes. Many of us said thank you to Mary for saying yes to being Jesus' mother, for being there for him right until the end and for having trust in God. We went forth by agreeing to give our mums a great big hug and by thanking them.
In DT with Mrs McNicholas, we have designed and created our own weather wheels so that we can share the weather each day with our family. Some of us chose to split the plate into quarters and some into sixths. We then had to draw and design a symbol for each weather we wanted to include, and think about the best material to create it. We have all made our own evaluations but what do you think about our weather wheels?
One of our favourite warm up games to play is the 'Pizza game'. During the game we have to balance a 'pizza' on our heads whilst moving around. We are given various instructions to follow and if we drop the pizza we have to do 10 star jumps to become free. We also play the pizza delivery game where we use speed, agility and quick thinking to move out of the way of our opponents knocking our pizza to the ground. We are great at this and get Mrs Hellawell out frequently! To get back into the game, we have to knock a pizza to the ground without moving from our pizza spot. What great fun we have in PE whilst learning lots of new skills!
Pentecost Collective Worship
We prepared, planned and delivered a beautiful liturgy all about Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. We chose to gather in a triangle shape to represent the Trinity. We thought about the symbols of the Holy Spirit and chose a candle to represent the flames at Pentecost and made kites and pin wheels to represent the wind. We listened to William read 'When the Wind Blew!' from the children's Bible. Then we wrote and shared thoughtful prayers asking for the Holy Spirit to come and help them us to grow with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We went forth by learning a song using British Sign Language called 'Joy of the Holy Spirit by Mike Stanley' to share with our family and community.
We have been practising our athletic skills with Tom from Bee Active. So far we have looked at jumping skills, throwing skills and running skills. We are improving each week and will be more than ready to show our skills during Sports Day (hopefully!).
Well done to all of Key Stage One for encouraging their team members, staying positive and aiming high in our annual Superstars event. All of your KS1 teachers are so proud of you all. Congratulations to St George who won the KS1 Superstars competition.
Science - Signs of Spring
As part of our Science learning on seasonal change, we went on an exploration of the school grounds looking for signs of Spring. We then wrote a Spring poem based on our senses.
St. Joseph's Day
On Wednesday 17th March 2021, we will held our annual ‘British Science’ event. The theme this year was ‘Innovating for the future’. We also linked this with a careers focus, which will was focusing upon the role within the NHS. After watching a video about a nurse and her role, we set to work reviewing our previous work on body parts and our five senses before designing our own senses test for Miss Coxon to complete.
We are so proud of the way that Year 1 adapted to remote learning. The children and staff learnt many new skills and continued our learning together, even though many of us were apart. Here is a small selection of the amazing work that the children produced:
We have enjoyed our adventures and learning this term with Peak Survival School. We have explored and mapped out the local area. We have looked at different types of trees and made leaf rubbings. In the final session, we went into the local park to collect kindling for the fire, we attempted making fire using flint and steel and finally toasted marshmallows and enjoyed delicious smores.
In Science, we have been focusing on our senses. We have used our sense of sight on an Autumn walk, used our sense of smell to guess the ingredients in the Wicked Queen's potion, used our sense of taste to determine sweet, sour, salty and bitter, used our sense of touch to describe Autumn objects and finally we went on a listening walk.
In Art, we have been focusing on self portraits. First we drew our self portraits in pencil then we enlarged them using different media including pastels and crayons. We used paint to change our design to look like the style of a famous artist.
In Maths, we have been comparing numbers using the vocabulary of greater than and less than. We have even used the <, > and = signs to compare numbers.
Challenges in provision
Children have settled well into Year 1 and have enjoyed exploring the environment and completing independent challenges.
We have been looking at place value and exploring numbers to 10. We looked at different ways we can represent numbers using numerals, words, pictorial and concrete resources.