Welcome to Year One
Year 1 Staff
Our teachers are: Mrs O’Connor and Mrs Gardner (1OG)
Mrs Mountcastle and Mrs Delves (1DM)
We are supported by: Mrs Thornton (HLTA), Mrs Okoli (1OG) and Mrs Austin (1DM)
This is our next big step in our learning journey! We follow the school mission statement by working hard, by doing our best and always being the best that we can be.
We are blessed to be working with all of your wonderful children this year. Please check back as we will be updating the website with all of the exciting things we have been getting up to throughout the year!
Homework in Year One
We work hard all day long in class but there are just a few little things you can help me with at home:
Please make sure I read at least 4 times a week and that this is recorded in my reading record.
Practise my spellings with me everyday.
In maths, we have been learning our Number Bonds to 20. We have been using counters, frames, sticks and cubes. We have also used our skills to solve word problems. We are also getting better at counting in tens from any number under 100. Why don’t you practise this with us at home?
Science – Plants
This half term we have been learning all about plants. We have planted our own broad beans and observed how they grow. 1DM have had an exciting Science day where we have used our Maths skills to measure how tall our beans have grown.
Our Trip to Blackpool Zoo
Year One had a fantastic day at Blackpool Zoo. We watched a sealion show and was really impressed with all the tricks that the sealions could do. Then, we went into the classroom to learn all about different animals and their habitats. In the classroom, we got to touch some real penguin feathers, animal furs and even a bearded dragon. After our lesson, we had some lunch in the Darwin Centre. Then, we continued to look at the amazing animals around the zoo. We were even lucky enough to spot the Red Panda who was hiding up in a tree! The children were really well behaved and loved learning about all the different animals. What a fantastic day!
Science – Materials
We have been exploring different materials. We made our own treasure chests to collect materials and learnt all about the properties of them so that we could describe our treasure: smooth, rough, shiny, dull, transparent, opaque, hard, soft, absorbent and non-absorbent.
In 1DM we did an investigation to find out how animals in the Arctic keep warm. Have a look and ask us what we did…
Instructions – Making Toast
In our English lessons this week, 1OG have been learning all about Instructions. We have had to follow instructions to make some yummy toast! After following all the instructions, making sure we followed each step carefully, we got to eat it! Mmmm lovely! Check back for some more photos!
Healthy Eating – Visit from the School Nurse – Funny Face Sandwiches
Today we had another keeping healthy lesson. We learnt about some of the different organs and parts of our bodies and their functions! We also spoke about the importance of exercise and ways we can exercise which are fun! We made some funny face sandwiches using various ingredients too! We really enjoyed today, especially making and eating our funny face sandwiches!!
Healthy Eating – Visit from School Nurse – Fruit Kebabs
We are really lucky to have had a special visit from our school nurse. She came in to talk to us about the importance of keeping healthy and gave us a few tips on how we can do this. She spoke about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables and even brought along some of her vegetable friends for us to play with. We really enjoyed making our fruit kebabs but the best bit was eating them! Delicious!!!!!!
Mental Awareness Week
To mark ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ we all came to school dressed to the nines in our brightest colours. We wore clothes that made us feel happy! We also brought a special toy or object from home. During circle time, we talked about why each chosen item was special and what it means to us.
Chinese New Year
To celebrate Chinese New Year, 10G had some fun making Chinese Lanterns. We learnt how to write ‘Happy New Year’ in English and Mandarin and wrote this on our lanterns. As we were really proud of our work and wanted to show it off, we went on a walk around the school to various classes and the playground; waving our lanterns and playing musical instruments! We even had some prawn crackers and a fortune cookie as a special yummy treat! What a lovely day!
Today we got on our wellies, wrapped up warm and went out to have some fun in the snow! We practised writing some tricky words and some words from our English text using powder paint.
Classification of Animals
In Year 10G, we have been learning about different classifications of animals; Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Minibeasts. We have learnt lots of interesting facts about these different types of animals and even created our own minibeasts using pebbles! Take a look at our little friends living in our classroom!
Different Seasons across the world.
In Geography lessons this half term, 1OG have been learning about how some countries in the world are in the same season as England at the same time but how some are in a different season. We wrote about these different seasons and pretended to be weather reporters and recorded them.
We have been learning about the Sacrament of Baptism and went to church and listened to Father Mark tell us about what happens at a Baptism Ceremony. We even got to play the role of Mum, Dad and the Godparents!
In Year 10G, we have been really busy making our Christmas puppets. Have a look at some of the ones we have made. What do you think?
Visit to Light Oaks Park
Today, we went on an Autumn walk to our local park to look at how things change during different seasons. We noticed that the leaves had changed colour and are beginning to fall off the trees. We even collected a selection of different leaves to use in our leaf prints in Art.
A Visit from a Puppeteer
For our first half term in Year One, we have been focusing on ‘All about me’. We have looked at how each one of us is different and unique but we are all special. In our History lessons, we have been looking at ‘Toys from the past’ and comparing these to our favourite toys. As a really exciting opportunity, we had a visit from a puppeteer! We were able to watch a Punch and Judy puppet show and learn all about how the puppet theatre works. He showed us how the theatre is put together and how the puppets are used. We loved the show and learning about how the theatre works. We can use these skills in our puppet role play theatre in the classroom.