# Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

## Teddies

Class 1 brought their teddies into school. They wrote a description of them.

## Dogger

Class 1 are basing their written work around the story of Dogger by Shirley Hughes.

## Wanted!

Following reports of a troll lurking under the bridge in the school grounds, Class 1 went to see it for themselves.  Unfortunately the troll was no longer there.  The children wrote posters describing the troll and put some up around school. The troll was spotted in the staffroom but when some children went to look, it had vanished.  Class 1 later discovered the troll hiding in the computer room. They are pleased to say it is a friendly, cuddly troll!

## Science

Over the past few weeks, Class 1 have been excited to see how their beans have grown.

## Victorian Schoolroom

Last week, the children visited the Victorian schoolroom at St. John's Museum in Warwick.

## Cricket

As well as batting, the children also practised throwing and catching when they were introduced to cricket recently.

## Science

This week we 'planted' some beans in a plastic cup.  We will observe what happens to the bean over the next few weeks then write about and draw what we see.

We have just started to share this story.  So far Flora, the mouse, has started to learn to read.  Can your child tell you the first word she learnt?

## Measures

After a couple of weeks working on length and height, the children used balance scales today to compare two objects, using the terms 'lighter than' and 'heavier than'.

## Computing

On Thursday morning, we all went up to the computing room and started to investigate algorithms.

## Writing a story

We drew story maps to help plan our own stories based on 'Handa's Surprise'.

## English

Class 1 are basing their written work around this story set in Kenya.

## Barnaby Bear

Barnaby finally made it to the North Pole this week.  The children were excited to receive photos of him on an iceberg and visiting a town in the Arctic Circle.

## Counting in 5s

The children all had a hand in making this!
Winter Music
After listening to Winter from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, Class 1 composed some winter music of their own using different instruments.

## Representing Numbers

This week the children used different ways to represent a number.

## Football

On Tuesday afternoons, the children in Class 1 have been enjoying football training.

## Polar Bear

Class 1 used tissue paper to create their polar bear.  I wonder what they will be able to find out about them?

## Number line

This morning, the children used different number lines to help them add by counting on.

## Barnaby Bear

Today the children received an e-mail from Barnaby Bear.  He explained that he was off to explore the Arctic Circle but didn't really know where it was, what it was like or even what to take! Barnaby asked the children to find out all about it for him and produce an information poster or guide book for him.  He is going to pop in soon to find out how the children are getting on.

## Writing

For the next two weeks, Class1 will base their writing around this story.

The children will be encouraged to use the prefix un-, as well as using and  to join clauses in sentences.

## RE

As part of our 'Let There Be Light' day, the children cut out masks and then acted out the story of Rama and Sita in groups.

## Working Scientifically

The children were surprised to see what happened to the 'Mars dust' in some clear shower gel.

## Investigating Mechanisms

As part of DT, the children are investigating simple mechanisms.  They will soon design and make a moving picture on the theme of space using these mechanisms.

## Working Scientifically

This week, the children have been working scientifically.  They observed and described what happened to 'Mars dust' when it was put into plastic cups filled with still and sparkling water.

## English

The children's work in English for the next few weeks will be based around this funny story.

## Autumn

Class 1 have been thinking about and observing the changes that happen around them at this time of year.

## Junk Modelling

The children worked together and had a lot of fun making their space rockets.

## Class Story

This half term we will be sharing the adventures of Flat Stanley in class story time.

## Well done Class 1!

Class 1 won the lunchtime lining up award this week. Congratulations!

Class 1 were visited by Bev and Badger, the guinea-pigs, this week.

The children are listening to 'The Tales of Olga da Polga' by Michael Bond which recounts the adventures of a little guinea-pig.

This week, the children have enjoyed listening to the adventures of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam.

## Materials Hunt

In Science, we have been thinking about materials. Class 1 had great fun going round school labelling objects with the materials they were made out of!

## Budding Artists!

After reading 'Leonardo and the Flying Boy', Class 1 did their own pencil self-portraits in the style of Leonardo da Vinci.  First of all, they investigated different grades of pencils. Here are some of the portraits.

The children have enjoyed listening to 'Pigs Might Fly!' this week which told the story of Pintsize Piglet and his attempts to fly!

## Captain Rigden's Visit

As an entry point for our class theme of 'Up, Up and Away', Captain Rigden, an airline pilot, visited our class.  The day before his visit, we tracked his progress on a flight from Spain.  Unfortunately, Captain Rigden was unable to land his plane on the school field as many of the children had hoped!  He was, however, able to answer our many questions and tell us lots of interesting facts.  The children all remembered to give him a big 'Thank you!' for giving up his time.