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In Literacy this week, we have been writing our own stories about what could be behind a secret door.  

In Numeracy this week we have been learning about capacity. We can now describe capacity by using the words, full, empty, nearly empty, nearly full and half full.

In topic this week, we have been carrying out experiments. We wanted to find out if different amounts of vinegar would cause different reactions when we added the bicarbonate of soda.

Friday 23rd June 2017

In topic this week, we have been labelling the map of the world, identifying the countries in the United Kingdom and finding out about the five oceans. 

In Literacy we have been learning how to add -un, -dis, -ing, -ed, -s and -es to words. 

In Numeracy we have learnt how to do half turns, quartner turns, three-quarter turns and whole turns. We have also been learning how to half numbers. We have learnt that when halving each part needs to be equal.  

Friday 16th June 2017

In topic this week, we have used the Ipads to explore different kite designs, designed different kites and make our own kites. We then went outside and tested our kites. 

In Literacy we have used non-fiction books to find out information about kites. We found out some very interesting facts such as the smallest kite that can fly is 5mm long. 

In numeracy we have been learning how to divide. We have used cubes and counters to divide into equal groups. 

Friday 9th June 2017 

In topic we have been sorting animals into groups. We sorted them into carnivors, herbivores and omnivores.

In Literacy with have been exploring non-fiction texts. We have been learning the different features of a non-fiction texts e.g. contents page, index and a glossary.

In Numeracy we have been looking at multiplication. We have been using cubes to make arrays to help us work out the answer. 

Friday 26th May 2017

Last week in topic we have been learning all about plants and what they need to grow. We have also been learning about what the different parts of the plant are and their role. 

In numeracy we have been learning addition and subtraction including writing our own number sentences. 

In Literacy we have been creating our own characters and using our imagination to develop our own creative story.

Friday 24th March 2017

Last week we had been learning about quarters in maths!

We have been learning about how to use different strategies in maths for quarters. One special way we thought of, is to half numbers and shapes, then half them again to understand a quarter is four equal groups.

We worked really hard during the week to understand the maths topic and used different strategies as well as, using different maths tools to help us achieve our learning.

 

Friday 17th March

Last week we had the grand opening of our Year One Art exhibition!

It was to celebrate the last few weeks of hard work; researching and making animal-based artworks to be able to sell so we could raise funds to sponser endangered animals at the Birmingham Conservation Wildlife Park in Cannon Hill.

We raised £50.00 in sales from the exhibition, which means we can sponser two animals!

All we need to do now is choose which animals to sponser...

Thank you very much for all of your support and donations toward our fantastic topic this term!

 

 

Thursday 16th February 2017

On Thursday we have been writing our own stories during literacy. We first planned the beginning, middle and ending of our stories. We thought about different characters and ideas we could use in our writing.

We then started writing the beginning this week and hope to complete it all by the Friday. After all of that hard work, we plan to go back and check over our work and think about how we can improve it.

Tuesday 7th February 2017

On Tuesday we used water paints to create backgrounds for our animal paintings during topic studies.

We researched the type of backgrounds and patterns authors used in story books, such as The Hungry Catepillar and Elmer the Elephant. 

We saw loads of different shapes, patterns and colours that made the animal characters in the pictures really stand out!

It has helped us practise our drawing and painting skills whilst thinking of how we can be creative in our artwork.

Friday 3rd February 2017

On Friday we went to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in the city centre.

We went to do more research on how other artists use animals in their artworks.

We saw lots of sculptures, pottery and paintings with all sorts of animals in them! There were horse pots, jewellery with bugs on them and a huge painting with a black cat in it.

It has given us lots of inspiration for our exhibition of animal artwork in the next few weeks and now that we have all of the great ideas, we just have to start making!

Friday 20th January 2017

This week began with us making some 3D sculptures of animals using junk modelling. We used paper, card, wool, fabric and all sorts of other bits and bobs to create some spectacular artworks.

We then had a afternoon of looking at the skin and fur of a variety of different animals and had a go at painting our own patterns.

On Wednesday we went on our trip to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park in Cannon Hill! It was a great day, we saw soo many different animals that some of us had never seen before!

We also got to see a lot of animals that are endangered, like the Red Squirrel and the Ocelot.

It was brilliant and hopefully we can raise some funds for them with our exhibition at the end of the term, so they can continue their important work.

 

Friday 13th January 2017

This term we have been challenged to raise funds for the Birmingham Conservation Wildlife Park in Cannon Hill!

To do this, we have decided to create artworks, which we will sell in an exhibition. With this in mind, we are researching as much as we can about animals. In Science we begun sorting animals into different groups and creating 3D and 2D artwork models.

In Literacy we are learning the story of Noah and the great Flood and all about the animals he saved.

During Maths we have been telling the time and learning about o'clock and half-past.

It has been a very busy, but fun first week back!

Friday 16th December 2016

In literacy this week, the children have been working on spelling plural words and applying this to re-write the story of the nativity. The children have worked really hard this week with performing their lines and songs for the nativity. Thank you to all of the parents and carers who were able to attend.

In numeracy, Year 1 have been revising their work on addition and subtraction, adding and subtracting one digit numbers and solving missing number problems.

The children have also been busy collecting, sorting and delivering the post to everybody in the school!

Friday 9th Decemeber 2016

In literacy this week, Year 1 have been identiifying the features of instructions ready to plan and write their own instructions for how to post a letter. The children enjoyed following the steps to make a jam sandwich whilst discussing the importance of a title, bossy words, time connectives and a special order for the instructions.

In numeracy, the children have been using Numicon equipment to show and make number bonds to 10 and 20 and to use these number facts to find the related subtraction number sentences.

Thank you to the parents and carers who were able to attend our workshop on Wednesday afternoon.

Friday 2nd December 2016

In numeracy this week, Year 1 have been using maths equipment and number lines to add and subtract 1 and 2 digit numbers to 20. They have been writing number sentences and discussing the methods that they used to find the answers.

In literacy, the children have looked at the features of different adverts in order to plan and write their own advert to persuade children at Wychall to buy the stamps that Year 1 have designed for their Christmas postal service. The children have worked hard to inlcude exclamation marks, question marks and some alliteration in their adverts.

In topic, the children have been learning about the features of maps to make their own map of the classroom before making a simple map of the school to help them when delivering the Christmas cards next week.

Friday 25th November 2016

This week, Year 1 have been finding out about Queen Elizabeth II and have read a story called 'The Queen's Handbag'. The children planned and wrote their own version of 'The Queen's Handbag' focussing on using exclamation marks in their writing.

In numeracy, the children have been showing how to make number bonds to 10 and 20 using addition and subtraction. Year 1 have been using their knowledge of number bonds to solve missing number problems as well as deciding which method to use to answer other addition and subtraction questions.

In their topic work, Year 1 have been investigating the features of stamps, ready to design and make their own Christmas themed stamps to sell for the school postal service.

Friday 18th November 2016

In literacy, Year 1 have been learning about how to use capital letters for the names of people and places to help them to write sentences about the facts they have learnt about Queen Victoria. The children have also been joining ideas together using 'and' to compare pictures from the past and now.

In their numeracy work, Year 1 have been using objects and pictures to show the value of numbers. They have also been practising counting in 2s and they are now starting to count in 5s. The children have also been using the language of 'more than', 'less than' and 'equal to'.

In their topic work, the children have been finding out about the life of Queen Victoria and her role in helping to develop an affordable postal service for all. Year 1 have sequenced events in her life as well as sorting pictures from the Victorian era and now.

Friday 11th November 2016

In numeracy this week, Year 1 have been consolidating their place value skills by reading and writing numbers to 20 in numerals and words. The children have also been counting forwards to 20 and backwards from 20 from any given number.

In literacy, Year 1 have planned and written letters to Paul the postman to say thank you for visiting Wychall. The children have worked really hard on using their capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in their writing.

In topic, the children have looked carefully at the properties of different materials to test if they are suitable to make a post bag. They tested plastic, foil, paper and fabric to see if these materials would keep the letters dry in the rain!

Year 1 really enjoyed walking to the local postbox to post their letters!

Friday 4th November 2016

We have started our new topic in Year 1 this week. The children will be organising and running a postal service for the school to deliver all of the Christmas cards. To get started on the topic, the children interviewed a postman on Tuesday to find out about what this special job involves.

In literacy, Year 1 have been writing sentences based on 'The Jolly Postman' to practise their use of capital letters, full stops and the conjunction 'and'. The children have also been identifying adjectives, verbs and nouns in the story.

In numeracy, Year 1 have been practising using language relating to position and movement as well as making and recognising whole turns, half turns, quarter turns and three quarter turns. 

Friday 21st October 2016

In literacy this week, Year 1 have been focussing on using capital letters for names of people and places as well as using 'and' to link their ideas when writing a story relating to esafety. The children acted out their story using a story map to help them to get ready to write.

In their numeracy work, Year 1 have been developing their knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes, naming them and identifying their properties. The children have also been explaining which shapes are the odd ones out and why to develop their mathematical reasoning skills.

Year 1 have also been working hard to rehearse their lines and songs for the Harvest Assembly. Thank you to all of the parents and carers who were able to attend. The children were fantastic!

Friday 14th October 2016

In numeracy this week, Year 1 have been continuing to develop their addition and subtraction skills by using a numberline to solve problems. The children have been writing the corresponding number sentences as well as choosing different methods for adding and subtracting.

In their topic work, Year 1 have been identifying the different types of weather in each season, collecting some data about the weather and discussing the clothes we need for each season.

In literacy, Year 1 have identified the features of a poster to plan and create a poster about esafety. This week, the children helped each other by suggesting improvments to their friend's work before making a final copy of their poster.

Friday 7th October 2016

This week, Year 1 have been learning about how to stay safe online and they have been writing email messages to practise their use of capital letters, full stops and question marks.

In their numeracy work, Year 1 have been focussing on adding and subtracting one digit numbers using concrete resources and moving on to using number lines to help them to begin to solve real life problems.

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend the maths workshop this week, it will really help your child to practise using methods that we have taught in school to improve their maths at home.

Friday 30th September 2016

In literacy this week, Year 1 have been generating questions ready to interview Ms Connell. They have been practising using their cursive writing, finger spaces and question marks to write a letter to Ms Connell and they have been discussing the features of a letter.

In numeracy this week, the children have been finding and showing number bonds to 10, such as 5 + 5, 6 +4, 9 + 1 to improve their speed and confidence with their mental maths. Year 1 have also started to add 1 digit numbers this week using a range of resources.

Also, Year 1 have been ordering the months of the year in their topic work and relating the months to the seasons. 

Friday 23rd September 2016

This week, Year 1 have made a start on their new topic by asking question about what life was like for older people in our family. The children have been reading and identifying the features and structure of letters ready to write a letter to invite an important visitor into class next week!

In their numeracy work, Year 1 have been finding one more and one less than a given number, they have also been ordering numbers and showing the value of numbers on number lines and with concrete resources.

Charlotte and Callum thinking very carefully about how to make the largest and smallest two digit numbers possible using digit cards.

Friday 9th September 2016

Year 1 have made a great start to the new year, settling well into their new routines. This week, the children have been practising counting forwards and backwards from any given number to 10 and 20 and they have started to learn how to write numbers in words. Year 1 have also been reading 'The Dot' to help them to become more confident learners. They have written about the characters and have created some paintings inspired by the story.

 

We have had a great start to the new school term!