Friday 27th November
We have had a lovely week in England this week. I have been so impressed by the work they have produced and they have made me so proud of the progress they have made.
We had lots of fun making Christmas stars which are going to be put outside of school and e have been learning all about the Christmas story in our RE lessons and the gifts that Jesus was given. It is so lovely to see how excited the children are about Christmas - it matches how excited myself and Miss James are for Christmas!
One of our highlights this week was learning all about Madrid, the capital city in Spain. We made postcards for our families as if we were in Madrid. We included lots of pictures of different places in Madrid such as the Royal Palace and the oldest restaurant in the world. The children absolutely love learning all about new places in our Geography lessons including visiting them on google earth.
Have a lovely weekend my Year 1 England superstars!
Friday 20th November
Well done to all my England superstars for a fantastic week. They have been so independent yet again and have been putting 100% into all of their work.
This week we have been doing lots of exciting things including innovating stories, creating a friendship wreath and learning all about Florence Nightingale.
One of our highlights has been our science lesson all about the sense of 'hearing'. We firstly talked about the senses and why hearing might be considered to be very important. We also discussed about how people who can't hear, use their other senses of sight to help them understand sounds around them. This included us practicing some sign language but watch this space as we will give you more of an update before Christmas....
We then went on a sound learning walk around the school and outside. We listened to various different sounds. Evie could hear the rain on her hood, Elliot could hear the balls bouncing on the ground from a P.E lesson taking place, Bodie could hear the water trickling down the drain and Leo G could hear the cars on the road outside of school. You all could be like Spiderman with his 'spidey senses' of being able to hear!
Well done for another amazing week Year 1!
Friday 13th November
We have had yet again another amazing week in Year 1 England. I say it every week however they have blown me away this week with their independence and effort throughout all of our lessons.
We started our week by talking all about Remembrance Day and how important it was to remember all of the soldiers who had died. We created our own individual poppies and created a class wreath. Everyone has commented to say how beautiful it was and I am so proud of the children for their attitude towards Remembrance Day.
We have also been learning this week all about Stonehenge. The children created their own Stonehenge models using playdough and we went outside to have a go at being Stonehenge. They were fantastic at thinking about the shape and placement of the stones.
On Wednesday, the children completed a cold write for their new English topic of Jack in the Beanstalk. The cold write is something quite tricky due to the children not being given a lot of support. This was something they struggled with at the start of the year during their first cold write however I was absolutely blown away with the stories they produced. They were so detailed and so lovely to read but the best thing about the cold write was that they were so independent. You should all be so proud of yourselves!
Today we have celebrated Children in Need. We had an amazing family bake off competition with Oliver Maxell and family winning for their amazing Pudsey bear krispies. They look so delicious!!! We joined Joe Wicks for the last 25 minutes of his 24 hour workout this morning. The children were shouting to encourage Joe and their classmates throughout the session which was such a lovely supportive thing to see.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Friday 6th November
What an amazing first week back Year 1 England! We have been working so hard this week in our Maths, English and Science lessons. I have been so impressed in how well all of the children have came back to school.
One of our highlights this week has to be our lesson on Thursday afternoon to celebrate bonfire night. Although we all weren't able to go to any firework displays due to the lockdown, we were able to watch some of the best firework displays on YouTube. We loved watching the New Years Eve firework display in London. We decided to use some oil pastels and chalks to create our own firework pictures. They were full of different colours and patterns. See below our fantastic artwork that we created.
Keep up the amazing work Year 1 England!
Friday 23rd October
Happy half term everyone! It has been an amazing first half term with you all and I couldn't be prouder of how well you have all settled back into school and new routines. It has been an absolute pleasure to get to know each and everyone of you. You should all be so proud of yourselves England.
This week we have been learning all about Cape Town in our Geography lessons. We had a look at where Cape Town was on Google Earth and found out that it was founded in 1652. We looked at the special mountain that overlooks cape town called 'Table Mountain'. The children were fantastic at telling me some of the human and physical features in Cape Town.
In RE this week, we have been following on our learning about the Creation Story. We spoke about how Christians might look after the world and how God might feel if we didn't look after the world. Some of our ideas were that we should look after the plants and animals and make sure that we don't leave rubbish on the floor. Everyone showed how we can be good citizens and care for the world that is around us.
Have a wonderful break Year 1 England and stay safe.
See you all soon, Miss McArdle.
Friday 16th October
What another amazing week in England this week learning so many new things. We have worked so hard at creating our class learning charter this week during our Jigsaw PSHE lesson. We have thought about the rights and responsibilities that we have, such as making sure everyone has the right to learn. We also discussed some of the rewards and consequences we could use for people who don't follow our learning charter, such as moving up or down the star chart.
Today, we had a special arrival in the class. When we came back from break time, we found a box in the middle of the carpet. We were all unsure of what could have been in the box and some of us thought it might be some toys or food. When we opened it up, we found a letter. When we read the letter together, we discovered it was one of Samuel Pepys' diary extracts from the Great Fire of London. We became historical experts at learning all about the Great Fire of London, making sure to be delicate with the historical artefact. We used empathy to put ourselves in the shoes of someone who had experienced the Great Fire of London and thought about the different senses and what we would be able to hear, smell and see, such as burning houses, loud bangs and the smell of smoke.
It has once again been an amazing week in England. I hope you all have a well deserved break over the weekend ready for our new learning on Monday.
Friday 9th October
We have been continuing our learning of 'Supertato' in English this week. We have created our own story maps of the 'Supertato'. I have been so impressed by all of the story maps we have made as they have been so detailed and colourful.
Our biggest highlight of the week has to be our kung fu punctuation. We have been learning all about using punctuation in our work and decided to use some kung fu movements to remember such as 'ha' and a punch for a full stop. If you see any of the children, ask them to be the experts and show you the moves. They could 100% be masters of kung fu!
I am once again so proud of all of the children. They are growing into wonderful young people and are an absolute pleasure to teach. They have once again all shown fantastic growth mindset in all of our lessons- keep up the amazing work Year 1 England!
Friday 2nd October
Wow! What another fantastic week in Year 1 England. We have had so much fun this week learning the story 'Supertato' in English. We have retold the story using actions and wrote some fantastic sentences about 'Supertato' including that he can fly, he wears a red cape and he can set traps. The children have all been so independent in their writing and I have been amazed at all of their ideas. We have explored about having a growth mindset and not giving up. They have all shown great determination within all of our lessons this week. One of our favourite quotes has been 'Be like a pineapple. Stand tall. Wear a crown. Be sweet on the inside'.
Another highlight of our week has been our daily go noodles which have included some crazy dance moves. . See below a photo of their amazing dancing to the kids bop shuffle - one of our class favourites.
Keep up the amazing work England! I am super proud to have you all in my class.
Friday 25th September
We have had another amazing week in England. I am so proud of how well all of the children have settled themselves into Year 1 and new routines. My star chart is always filled with so many of the class on gold on Friday.
One of our highlights this week has been meeting Abbey Owl during our RE lessons. We spent this week exploring the topic of creation. We each created something that we wanted to share with abbey owl. The creations we made were fantastic and she was so happy with what we had made her. We discussed how it felt to have created something and how we would feel if someone else damaged our creation.
Keep up the amazing work Year 1 England!
Friday 18th September
Welcome Year 1 England to our class page which will keep you updated with all of things that we are doing throughout this year.
We have had a busy but fantastic week in our new class. I have been so impressed by all of the children this week for how well they have settled into Year 1. They've been so good at learning all of our new rules and routines.
We have been making so many different things this week including our own wishing stars, jars of happiness and portraits. The highlight of our week had to be meeting our class worry monster. We created our own worry monsters that had all of our worries on and fed our class worry monster. When we checked the next day, they had gone!
Well done to you all for such an amazing first week in Year 1. I am so looking forward to spending this year with you all.