Our Writing Journey
Over the last two weeks Year 1 have been examining fiction and non-fiction texts and learning about the differences between them. They are beginning to understand that non-fiction texts have key features such as a contents page, index, sometimes a glossary, headings, sub-headings, photographs, diagrams and information presented using diagrams, fact boxes and quizzes etc.
We set them the challenge to write an information sheet about Autumn, which they would be presenting to the children in Reception. This challenge was aimed at consolidating their learning about plants, trees and seasonal changes that we have been examining in science and help develop their presentation skills.
In groups, the children began by planning their heading, sub-headings and how they would present the information in an engaging way for our Reception Classes.
We examined a range of non-fiction texts, including science magazines to magpie ideas for presenting information and the children really liked the quiz format, hidden flaps and presenting information within relevant shapes.
Finally this week, Jaguar Class presented their work to children in Reception and what an awesome job they did!
They confidently explained what they had learnt and asked Reception a range of questions about Autumn, including which animals hibernate, what deciduous and evergreen trees do and much more! Our Reception Classes were equally impressive as they could answer many of the questions and posed their own back to Jaguar Class!
So proud are we of the work Jaguar Class has produced that we invited Miss Vose, our Deputy Head and English Lead into class to see what we have been up to! Well done, everyone!
Raising money for Children in Need
Let the battle commence!
Jaguar Class were extremely excited to play Times Table Rock Stars for the first time this week!
The children learnt how to login to their account by typing in their username and password and choose their Rock Star name. They were particularly excited about earning coins, so they could spend them on cool rock star accessories in the shop! The children learnt how to use the keypad and ‘enter’ button on a PC to quickly type answers to the questions and also learnt how to logout of their account.
We talked about the different strategies to recall times tables facts, for example, by counting up in 2s, 5s and 10s on our fingers; for the 10 times table, adding 0 to the number, e.g. 4x10=40, 5x10=50 and noticed that when you count up in 5s, the numbers always end in 5 or 0. For division facts, we talked about using the language of ‘lots of’, so for 40 divided by 10, think about how many ‘lots of’ 10 are in 40.
Jaguar Class Rock Out!
Jaguar Class display their rugby prowess!
Rob from Marple Rugby Club delivered a masterclass on rugby skills today!
The children enjoyed practised their passing and dodging skills and thoroughly enjoyed playing tiggy tiggy toilet - a game designed to strengthen their arms, legs and shoulders!
Learning about deciduous and evergreen trees.
Ordering objects in maths
Observing seasonal changes
Year 1 go on a nature walk!
Harvest Festival Celebrations
The Naughty Bus embarks on a new adventure...
Armed with the Naughty Bus and an iPad, year 1 took to the school grounds this week to create their own Naughty Bus adventures! They came up with some very mischievous ideas and worked effectively as a team to set up their scenes and take photographs of them.
Next week the children will use these photos to write their Naughty Bus stories.
Cracking cricketing skills on display in Year 1!
Observations of an oak tree.
Jaguar Class got out and about in the sunshine this week for an exciting treasure hunt!
This was our fundraising activity to raise money to adopt a jaguar through the World Wide Fund for Nature.
The class worked extremely well in their teams to solve the clues; their search took them all over the school grounds and they all successfully found the treasure!
Exhibition of Endangered Animals
Today we went into the hall for our whole school exhibition which showcased all the learning that has taken place during our themed week, ‘Here today, gone tomorrow...’. We learnt so many interesting facts about penguins, lions, pandas, turtles, leopards to name a few and were inspired by the superb art work!
As a class we discussed which were our favourite parts. “I liked the turtles because of the pastel drawings.” “I liked the year 5 ones. The Orangutan’s one looks like the water is real!” “I like the penguins because the work is good, I like the penguin huddle.” “I like the tiger hats!”
Our First Week!
Here today, gone tomorrow...
The children have had a brilliant few days back in school and are settling into Year One extremely well!
This week we have introduced our themed fortnight, ‘Here today, gone tomorrow...’ and have started to learn interesting facts about our class animals. The children have written key facts about their respective animals, such as what they look like and eat and we have also completed lots of arts and crafts.