Week Beginning 23.4.18


Meet the chicks!

Yesterday while Nursery were in PE we went down to their classroom and had a peep at the very cute chicks! Some of us were brave enough to have a hold and a stroke of them.



This week in maths we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s when exploring equal groups. We have used different maths equipment to help us. We have also been chanting to songs from Youtube. Search ‘Jack Hartmann counting’ if you wish to continue some practising at home!


Victorian Vacations

This week in Year 1 we have been very busy transforming our classroom in preparation for our new topic; the Victorian seaside!

As a hook to our new topic, we looked at Victorian artefacts and toys. Some of them we didn’t even recognise!

We also watched video clips from ‘The Magic Grandad’ to learn how the seaside was different during Victorian times.


We worked on our collage skills to make beach huts for our new display. Some children practised painting thin and thick lines for our title.




A big thank you to Dylan and Maisie for working hard painting our seaside photo cut-out!

Week Beginning 19.3.18

In Maths this week we have been exploring capacity. We described the volume of containers by using vocabulary such as ‘full’ ‘nearly full’ ‘half full’ ‘nearly empty’.



Here we matched descriptions with the containers.


In topic this week we have been exploring designs of different plant pots. We thought about how they were made, what materials were used and what skills were used to make them. We used these as inspiration to design our own. Check back to see our own plant pot models.

In Literacy we have been writing a story map of the Jack and the Beanstalk story. We have learned the story by chanting it with actions to help us remember. We have  changed some of the magic objects in the story to make it our own. Check back to see some examples of our lovely writing next week.


Pretty-awesome pegs!

We have had some very creative peg characters return to school! Here are some examples from Year 1.



World Book Day

Today the children have transformed into some amazing book characters for our World Book Day! We did a catwalk in class this morning to show off our characters and we talked about some of the books they were from.  Thank you to parents for your support with this!


In Literacy this week we discovered that the clues from the mysterious giant last Thursday were from the story Jack and the Beanstalk. We have enjoyed reading the story and sequencing it back together in order. We answered lots of comprehension questions about the story to show that we understand it. Next we are going to practise retelling the story out loud using story language and then we are going to change a part to make it our own when we write it.

In Maths this week we have been working our socks off. We recapped on our knowledge of measuring length and we have been learning how to measure in centimetres with a ruler. We had lots of fun exploring the length of classroom objects and understanding how to measure ‘accurately’. We have also been comparing the weight of objects and using lots of vocabulary to describe and compare the mass of objects using balancing scales.

Exploring what is ‘heavier than’ and ‘lighter than’.
Investigating objects that are small but heavy.

In topic this week we have become hard-working science investigators! Using our knowledge of plants we have made predictions on where cress will grow best. We thought about how to make our investigation a fair test and we then planted cress seeds in class. We have put the plant pots on the window, outside, next to a radiator and inside a cupboard. We are so excited to find out our results for the investigation.


Roots, fruits and shoots 5.3.18

This week in literacy we discovered some mysterious clues in our classroom from a giant. There was a crime scene set up for us to investigate. There was a lock of hair, some giant snot and some colourful magic beans. We soon learned that this was a giant. In order for us to be good investigators, we wrote questions to the giant to find out more information about them.

In Maths this week we have been practising counting in 2s and 5s. We learn this by chanting and singing songs with actions to help us remember.

In topic we have been working so hard with our painting skills. We learned about a famous painter named Van Goph. We looked closely at different skills we need to paint. We practised using thin and thick brushes to paint in different ways. We also painted a ‘wash’ by mixing water and paint together.

We then put all of these skills together to paint Sunflowers in the style of Van Goph. We are so proud with how they turned out!



Roots, fruits and shoots!


Our new topic for Spring term is based around the question – ‘How does your garden grow?’ We came back into school to discover strange things happening in our classroom; things began to go missing! We discovered after playtime that an Evil Pea had been rummaging around our snack basket to steal them all. We were left with a letter to explain how the Evil Pea likes anything that grows! After this we read the story of Supertato.

We discovered a letter from the Evil Pea explaining what he had done inside our classroom.
We looked around hunting for more clues from the Evil Pea.
What has he done to our fruit basket?

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Week Beginning 29.1.18

This week in Literacy we have read a new story called Man on the Moon – A day in the life of Bob by Simon Bartram.  We have identified the features of a recount story. We then looked at keywords from the story and discussed the meaning of them, such as ‘souvenir’ and ‘jetting’ and ‘grubby’. We then sequenced Bob’s tasks on the moon in order of the story.

In Maths we have been continuing to explore our subtraction skills by using a tens frame and counters. We are using our newly learned vocabulary to explain how we find the answer.

In topic we have been using a computer to type interesting facts about astronauts into a speech bubble. We have used the webcam feature on the computer to make ourselves look like a real astronaut!