Year 1

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Summer Term 2 2017
Y1 Summer 2 Class Newsletter 2017
Y1 Summer 2 (A) Topic _ Who is awake when I am asleep_2016_1

Learning Conversation 30th June 2017

We created new front covers for our theme books using art inspired from Australia. We used a combination of pastels and paint to create our stunning images of Uluru.

Telling the time
Year 1 have been learning to tell the time in maths this week. We really enjoyed making our own clocks and using these to practise making o’clock and half past times.

Our values for this half term are compassion and trust.
We read the poem Footsteps in the Sand and talked about what this meant. We thought about ways that we could show compassion towards others.
We thought about who we trust and why. We made butterflies of trust to remind us of this important value.
A butterfly must trust its wings in order for it to fly.

We looked at the work of the artist Edgar Degas. He created his ‘Little Dancer’ pieces in 2D and 3D. We found out how his ‘Little Dancer’ sculpture was cast in bronze and went on to find out about different ways of creating sculptures.

We made our own astronaut sculptures out of pipe cleaners and tin foil.

Summer Term 1 2017
Year 1 Summer 1 Newsletter_2017
Yr1 Summer 1 (A) Topic – Longest journey 2016_17

Capacity – Part 2
We used cups to find out which container held the most and least and found out that wider containers hold more that tall thin ones. We used the language full, empty, ½ full, ¼ full and ¾ full to describe how full different containers were.








Capacity – Part 1
In Year 1 we have been measuring and comparing the capacity of different containers. Everyone worked really well as a team and took care to measure accurately.

We have been reading the story of Man on the Moon. It tells us about a character called Bob. His job is to take care of the moon. He sweeps it, entertains space tourists, sells souvenirs and turns on the moon’s night light at night before jetting home in his shiny rocket.





We have enjoyed this story very much. We have created text for the story, written a job description for Bob and even pretended that we were space tourists and wrote our own piece of narrative writing about what we did and saw there.

Year 1 and 2 had a fantastic time at the National Space Centre and we learnt so much!

The Bog Baby
Year 1 have been reading a book called The Bog Baby. It tells the story of an unusual creature that lives in a magical pond in Bluebell Wood. We have based many of our English lessons around this story have now extended this work into our science lessons.

To begin with, we made our own Bog Babies out of salt dough. We observed how we could squeeze, squash, bend and twist the dough into different shapes before settling on a form for our own Bog Baby. We used coloured card, sequins, jewels and feathers to make each Bog Baby unique and were excited to see how over time they became harder and their colour became lighter.

We pretended that we went for a walk with our Bog Babies in Bluebell Wood and found them a suitable habitat to live in. We made sure they had shelter, food and water, a place to raise young and fresh air.

The next day we created a habitat box for the Bog Babies. We used natural materials from outside along with paper and card to simulate the things that we could not find.

Our bog babies are now living happily in their habitat boxes.

Many thanks for all of the shoes boxes that were sent in to make this project a reality.
We had a great fun.

I have had a few enquires about the salt dough recipe, so here it is:
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of cold water
Mix together and add a food colouring of your choice
This is enough to make 4 Bog Babies
The dough slowly hardens over about the course of 2 weeks.

Spring Term 2 2017
Y1 Curriculum_Spring 2_Newsletter 2017
Year 1 Spring 2 (A) Topic Web _ Where is Home
Y1 Phonics letter 3 2017

Harbury History

As part of our topic ‘Where is Home?’, we have been finding out about the history of Harbury. Mr Chapman was our special guest on Friday as he came to talk to us about the origins of Harbury Street names. We learnt about why Percival Drive, Pirie Close, Heber Drive and Wagstaffe Close have these names and heard the stories of the people behind the them.

Many thanks go to Mr Chapman for helping us to learn more about Harbury.

Designing and Making Clown Shoes
First we looked at pictures of real clown shoes and wrote down their common features. We found out that most were brightly coloured and had spots, stripes or pictures on them.

Design Brief
We were asked to design and create a clown shoe for our partner. We questioned them about what colours, textures and patterns they wanted to be included and drew and labelled our design sketches. We had to listen carefully to each other and draw and write what was said.

Design Criteria
Once we had completed our sketches using the information given to us by our partner, we set our own design criteria. We picked two to four things that we would definitely try to include.

We used our design criteria as a reminder as to what to include and had to use fixing, measuring and planning skills to create the shoe.

We looked at our finished shoe and compared this with our design criteria. We wrote down what we managed to include and whether this was easy or hard. We then looked at what we had missed out and the reasons why.

Do you like our finished pieces?

Class Assembly
“They came from near and they came from far, to drink the waters of Leamington Spa”.

Year 1 performed a brilliant class assembly on the history of Leamington Spa.
We met Dr Jephson, Sam Lockhart and his elephants and even had a royal visit from Queen Victoria. The dances were performed beautifully and everyone enjoyed seeing such finely dressed Victorian ladies and gentlemen.

Well done to the children who worked so hard to create a wonderful performance and thank you the parents for providing such wonderful costumes.

Special Books
As part of our week on special; books we looked at stories from the Bible, Torah and Guru Granth Sahib, as well as talking about our own special books and dressing up as book characters.

We visited the Gurdwara in Leamington Spa
The meaning of the Punjabi word Gurdwara is ‘the residence of the Guru’, or ‘the door that leads to the Guru’

The Sikh holy book is called the Guru Granth Sahib. We found out how the book is taken care of and shown respect.

The Milk and the Jasmine Flower is a Sikh story. It teaches us to welcome everyone and that there is always more room for goodness in our world.

We read the Jewish story of creation. It tells us how God created the earth in 6 days and on the 7th day he rested. This day is called Shabbat.

This story forms part of the Torah. The Torah is a scroll, not a book. It is handwritten by a scribe and you read it by using a pointer rather than touching it with your hand.

The Torah is written in Hebrew. We looked at the Hebrew alphabet and the first line of the creation story. You read right to left.

Circus Day
Year 1 and Year 2 had a fabulous day on Friday. Everyone came to school dressed ready for a ‘Circus Day’. Throughout the day the children worked on four fun filled activities.

Miss Harris ran a circus skills workshop, where the children worked on juggling scarves, spinning plates and creating short clown routines.

Mrs Nalci created pop up performers. Everyone created their own circus performer and by using a push pull mechanism, made their performer appear and disappear.

Mrs Eastaff taught everyone a circus song and the children used the musical instruments to create their own circus opening theme.




Finally Mrs Davison was in charge of the sweet treats. Everyone had lots of fun using the icing and sweets to create clown biscuits.





To round things off we were all treated to a short clown routine by Miss Harris.
 Many thanks for all of the contributions that helped make this day possible.


Spring Term 1 2017
Y1 Newsletter Spring 1 2017
Y1 Spring 1 (A) Topic Web -Why did elephants live in Leamington spa

We had fun in Maths this week, measuring eggs of different weights using our hands and then using balances. We practised using the words: heavier, lighter, heaviest and lightest. Now we know that the heavier object makes the balance go down.

Trip to Leamington Spa
We had a wonderful day in Royal Leamington Spa.

We started in Jephson Gardens, where we were given a tour of The Glasshouse. Did you know that there are plants in there from every continent apart from Antarctica?

Next we crossed The Parade to The Pump Rooms where we had lots of fun learning about what life would have been like for children growing up in Leamington in the Victorian times. We heard about Doctor Jephson’s health advice and saw Sam Lockhart and his elephants.

Later we used a map to find lots of Leamington’s famous landmarks. We saw the Queen Victoria Statue, the Mill Bride, Regent Hotel and the bandstand. We were even given a tour of the old court room in The Town Hall and stood in the same room as Queen Elizabeth II did when she visited the town some years ago.

Many thanks to our kind adult volunteers who were amazing at every point during the day.

Fruit Kebabs
After learning about Doctor Jephson from Leamington Spa, Year 1 decided to make some healthy choices of their own. Everyone designed and made their own fruit kebab, complete with 5 delicious pieces of fruit. That afternoon we had a mini fruit kebab picnic.

Many thanks to Tesco and their Community Champion for supplying us with the fruit and helping us to make the kebabs.

Mondrian Maths
We used right angle finders to discover that Mondrian’s paintings are made from different sized rectangles. We used rulers to measure each rectangle and work out whether it was a square or oblong. In pairs, we discussed the position of the coloured rectangles, using the language above, below, on the left and on the right.

Finally we created our own Mondrian pictures using straight lines that run horizontally and vertically.
We counted how many rectangles each picture contained.
How many are coloured?
How many are white?
Can you think of any other ways of counting the rectangles?

Our values for this half term are collaboration and hope.
We looked at how the dove was a symbol of hope in the story of Noah’s ark as it brought back a leaf which in turn gave Noah the hope of finding dry land.

We then worked in collaboration to create doves of hope for our reflection area. One person cut out the body, whilst the other made he wings. One person created a beak as the other made the leaf and both added an eye either side.

English:Should elephants be in the circus?
Year 1 had a class debate about this question. We listened to each other’s opinions and thought about the different arguments.

“No, elephants should be in the wilderness”.
“Yes, the elephants are safe in the circus. Mean people can’t get them”.
“No, they might miss their family”.
“Yes, they like doing their tricks and seeing the people”.

Finally everyone decided whether to answer yes or no.
Look at our pictogram to see the result.

Autumn Term 2 2016
Y1 Autumn 2 Curriculum Newsletter 2016
Yr 1 Autumn 2 (A) Topic – Why does FC wear warm clothes 2016_17
Phonics letter to parents AT2
Maths Homework

We have been talking about how advent is a time when people get ready for Christmas. We looked at the different ways that people get ready for Christmas and how we do ourselves. We made advent angels to remind us that it is advent time and created decorations for our class Christmas tree. Our reflection area is full of advent prayers and we wrote advent poems for our poetry corner.









Born in a Barn
What a bundle of Christmas joy our nativity play was! Well done Year 1 for a wonderful performance.

Science and Design Technology
The Year 1 children designed and made a waterproof item to keep their head dry. They used their findings from our waterproofing experiments the week before to select materials suitable for this task. Everyone produced a super design and clearly showed their material choices.

The next day the children followed their designs and made their waterproof. Friday was testing day! Mrs Nalci poured water over everyone to see if the waterproofs were indeed waterproof.

Success! Nobody got wet.

Science: Waterproof investigation
We tested materials to find out which ones were waterproof.
Independent variable: Change the material
Dependent variable: Was it waterproof?
Controlled variables: Put each material on your hand.
Pour the same amount of water.

We found out that these materials are not waterproof
Tissue paper, Cotton and Sponge

We found out that these materials are waterproof
Rubber & Plastic
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Keeping Safe
There was great excitement as a huge lorry drove on to the junior playground on Friday.
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Year 1 gathered around it for talk on how to keep safe around such large vehicles. We learnt all about blind spots and how little a driver can hear when sat inside the lorry.

Mrs Nalci, accompanied by her co driver Daisy, thought they had a great view from inside the cab, but soon came to realise how the other children just disappeared when they entered the blind spots of the vehicle.

A very good talk for both adults and children. Thank you DHL.


Autumn Term 1 2016
Y1 Autumn T1 (A) Topic Web – Why do we send postcards
Y1 Autumn T1 Class Letter 2016_17
Y1 Phonics letter to parents

Seaside Day
Year 1 and 2 had a wonderful Seaside Day on Friday.

Designing and Making
First the children designed fish souvenirs. They had to think carefully about the effects and patterns they wanted to create and how they were going to produce their desired outcome. There was great excitement when the clay was given out and they could turn their plans into reality.
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Here are our beautiful souvenirs.
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y1-punch-and-judy-1Punch and Judy
Later in the morning we were treated to a real life Punch and Judy show in the school hall. Not only did we have lots of fun, but we learnt a lot too. We were given a talk about early Punch and Judy shows and found out that they were originally a show for grown ups in towns and cities. It was only in Victorian times when seaside holidays became more popular that Punch and Judy shows moved to the seaside and became a show for children.

Ask your child:
Which country does Punch and Judy originate from?
Correct answer: Italy

At the end of the show we had a look behind the scenes and saw inside the theatre. All of the puppets hang upside down so the puppeteer can get them quickly during the performance. We watched how the whole theatre concertinaed together and fitted neatly into a rather small bag. Amazing!

During the afternoon we created our own Punch and Judy shows and did some seaside dancing. After all that work it was time for some ice-cream.

Many thanks to parents for all of your donations.

This week we have taken inspiration from the book we have been reading in English; Sharing a Shell, to complete lots of different measuring activities.

We used the language long, longer and longest to compare the length of lots of different bristle worms and made our own half, double and equal lengths out of coloured paper. We had lots of fun measuring in cubes to make photo frames for the crab and clothes to fit him. We had to make sure that we measured accurately by counting carefully and leaving no gaps between the cubes.
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Re-telling a story
Over the past two weeks, the Year 1 children have been reading the story of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. They now know the story very well and want to share it with others.

On Friday the children worked in groups to create stick puppets of the main characters and practised retelling the story in teams of three and four. It was very important that they worked together and decided who was going to play each part. That afternoon Mrs Nalci and Mrs Clarke were treated to some live performances of the story.
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The children were given the task of creating Fred the seagull from The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch.  First we read through the instructions together and talked about the importance of following each one in order. We identified imperative verbs such as cut, glue and make and thought of other imperative verbs we could use instead. The children were then given a copy of the instructions and asked to read each one carefully throughout the entire making process. Everyone was very successful as our classroom ceiling is now full of hungry seagulls! Well done Year 1!




Why do we send postcards?
Year 1 had lots of fun talking about the postcards they had sent to school during the summer holidays. We made a postcard path through the classroom where the children could talk to each other about their cards and ask each other questions about their holidays. We looked carefully at the information the pictures and writing on the postcards gave us and then categorised the cards into holidays types; beach, city and countryside. We found out that most of our postcards were from the seaside.

The next day we took inspiration from all of the different holidays we had heard about to create our own unique postcard that featured our own photograph. These have now formed the front covers for our English/Topic books.
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Science: Materials
The children have been working on naming and identifying materials objects are made from. We have concentrated on finding items made from wood, metal, glass, plastic, paper and fabric. On Friday we went on a school wide hunt to find objects made wholly or partly from these materials and worked hard to record our findings.
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Science: Floating and Sinking
We have been looking at how to conduct fair tests in science and make observations and predictions. During our work on floating and sinking we made sure that each material was put into the water carefully and then stirred three times, no more and no less. We made observations about what was happening to the material at each stage of the test and recorded these in pictures and words.

“The shell sank quicker because it was the heaviest”. Joe
“The tissue paper has changed shape”. Eliza
“The feather was very good at floating”. Hermione

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Key vocabulary:
Fair test