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Year 1 - Mrs Holmes & Mrs Hooper

Welcome to our Year One class page!

Come and take a look at all of the exciting things we have been learning.....


Meet our new friends.......

As the end of term approaches we have been having a few fallings out, including some name calling. Two visitors came to visit our class to help us think about how our words effect people......'Alex Apple' and 'Annie Apple'. We took some time to be kind to Alex Apple and think of how we could make him feel welcome and special. Each child said something nice to him to make him feel good. Mrs.Holmes had fallen out with Annie Apple, so we all took it in turns to say unkind things to her. Once everyone had a turn at saying something mean, we looked at each Apple. They both looked fine from the outside, just as they had at the start of our lesson. Then we cut the apples open to see how our words had effected our new friends.......

Summer is on the way! This week we have been making the most of the nice weather with lots of outdoor activities. We have been learning all about capacity.

Forest Schools is back! The Big Bad Wolf has been snooping around our school grounds again so we went to set some traps. We were glad of our warm coats and waterproofs as we got caught in a hail shower!

We have been easing ourselves into the week gently, with a Yoga lesson with Jane from ESCAPE YOGA. What a fantastic way to clear our heads, ready for a busy week of learning!

We had a fantastic day at Lea Green and did lots of exciting things! It was great to see some sunshine and spend the day outdoors. We even had a picnic lunch! To find out more about our day, have a read of Melissa's wonderful recount of the day.

Trip to Lea Green by Melissa Helliwell Year 1

We had a great time at Highfields. We even had a double decker bus to travel on!

We have had a very special visitor this week! On Tuesday we all met Abi's lamb. He is less than two weeks old! He is a pedigree Zwartble and has a twin sister. As part of his pedigree he needs a name beginning with 'D'. Can you think of any good names? Let Abi or Mrs.Holmes know your fantastic ideas.

This week we have been planting cress ready for our 'Cress Experiment' to begin. We will be keeping our cress in different conditions and observing it to see how well it grows. We will use our findings to work out what factors are are most important for plants to grow well. The variables we will be changing are absense of water, sunlight, soil and warmth. Which seeds do you think will grow best? Follow our seeds progress throughout the week on our Year 1 page.

Look at all of the exciting visitors we have had in Year 1 this term! We are hoping to meet Abigail's lamb this week. Watch this space!

If you have a pet that you would like to bring in for show and tell, please speak to Mrs. Holmes to make arrangements.

Every Wednesday afternoon we calm down after a busy day with a T'ai Chi class from Paul at Snapdragon T'ai Chi.

If you are interested in finding out more about Snapdragon T'ai Chi, follow the link below and visit their website.





As part of our topic 'Why are humans not like tigers?' we have been reading 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' by Judith Kerr. The children have been planning their own stories and have loved acting out the story in our 'Tiger Who Came to Tea' role play area.


Sophie opened the door, and there was a big, furry stripy tiger......




All stories have a beginning, a middle and an end, with a problem that needs fixing. Can you spot the problem in your favourite story at home? We have been using our 'story mountains' to identify the introduction, build up, problem, resolution and ending in 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'.

In Maths we have been learning how to double numbers to ten (10+10=20). We have been using the numicon to help.

Handa put seven delicious fruits in a basket for her friend Akeyo.........I wonder which fruit she will like best?

We have been trying out all of the fruit featured in 'Handa's Surprise'. Some were delicious...others we weren't so sure! Check out this picture book animation on you tube.


 By Eileen Browne

It's Harvest time! We have had lots of sucess down at the raised beds this year. The children used their maths skills to find out how many beans, pumpkins and sweet corns had grown on our crops. We picked 78 beans in total!

We have been learning about wash day in Vicotian times. We all had a go at doing some washing - it was hard work! We all agreed that washing in 2015 is much easier.


We launched our new topic 'Why Don't We Live in Tents?' this week. We tried out different tents and thought about what it would be like to live in a tent. Some children thought it would be fun, but a few of us were worried about spiders!