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Good Luck in Year 2!

 

We are sad to come to the end of our time in Year 1, but we are also very happy because our teachers are so proud of all of the progress that we have made this year. It is also a sad time because, today, Miss Cheetham is leaving school to go to university. She has been with some of us since pre-school and we are going to miss her very much. Good luck Miss Cheetham!

 

All of the teachers would like to say a big thank you to all the children and parents/carers for a fantastic year.

 

We hope you have a lovely Summer holiday and continue to shine as you move to Year 2!

 

Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Cheetham, Mrs Duckworth and Miss Hunt x x x

World Cup Mad!!

 

This week we have done lots of activities related to the World Cup.

 

We have learned about Brazil, including creating some Amazon Rainforest collages and doing some Samba dancing. We even learned some Portuguese as this is the main language spoken in Brazil.

 

We have also learned about England, as this was the country that we were given to find out about as part of World Cup week. We learned about the Royal Family and London, our capital city.

 

Also, we had a Year 1 football tournament where we played matches against each other in teams. One of our teams won and they received a medal!

 

The whole school are also having a competition to create a Westfield World Cup Mascot. This week we made our mascot using recycled materials. Our mascot is called Westie and is a pie (seeing as we live in Wigan)!

 

Well, that's it for this week! See you next week for our final year in Year 1. Love from Miss Moorcroft, Mrs Duckworth, Miss Cheetham and Miss Hunt x x x

 

Here is a slideshow of our fun-filled week...

 

2 weeks to go...

 

We can't believe we only have 2 weeks left of being in Year 1! This week was particularly exciting because we went on a trip to Spaceport on Monday. We have also been busy bees learning about lots of other things this week. Read on to find out more...

 

Spaceport

 

On Monday we went to Spaceport and took part in lots of fun activities. We got to launch a rocket, sit in a 'dome' where we watched a small film about astronauts, go on a space simulator ride, make model aliens and much, much more. We even got to bring home our very own rocket! Here are some pictures from the trip...

Mathematics

 

In maths this week we have explored different types of measure including length, weight and capacity.

 

Science

 

This week in science we explored how we use forces to stop things from moving, for example a rolling ball. We also discussed things that might be safe or unsafe for us to stop if they were moving.

Literacy

 

This week we read a story called 'Aliens Love Underpants'. This is about some very mischievous aliens who come to Earth in their flying saucer to steal underpants off our washing lines. We were very shocked on Friday when Miss Moorcroft showed us a video of some aliens stealing underpants off her washing line at home! Therefore, we decided we needed to help her catch the aliens. We wrote her a set of instructions detailing how she might catch the aliens...we do hope she catches them soon so that she can get her underpants back!!

Super Sentences

 

Here are some of our alien themed B.O.Y.S sentences...

There has been no assembly this week and therefore no certificate winner.

 

Next week we are going to be taking part in a 'World Cup' themed week. (Unfortunately our team, England, were knocked out ages ago but never mind!) Come back next week to find out about all of our England/ World Cup themed activities. Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Hunt, Mrs Duckworth and Miss Cheetham x x

Sports Day and Rocket Adventures!

 

This week we have had a particularly adventurous week in Year 1W. We have taken part in Sports Day and have been on not 1, but 2 rocket adventures! Read on to find out more about our busy week...

 

Sports Day

 

We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in Sports Day this week and we were particularly lucky because the sun was shining. We took part in races, played ball games, had a javelin competition and long jump competition...

Mathematics

 

This week we looked at fractions. We found halves, quarters and three quarters of shapes and then moved on to finding halves and quarters of numbers.

 

Science

 

On Monday we had our first rocket adventure of the week using a bicycle pump, cork, plastic bottle and a tyre valve. We spoke about how air can be used as a force to push a rocket (plastic bottle) high in to the air. We also discussed how a bicycle pump could be used to create this air to push the rocket. In order to use the bicycle pump, we had to pull the handle up and push it down quickly to create the air needed to ensure the rocket could 'blast off'!!

Literacy

 

Our second rocket adventure of the week took place on Thursday where we used our imaginations to travel to space in our own rocket. On Friday we then wrote about our super rocket adventure.

 

CfL

 

In CfL this week we made our own rockets using the construction kits. We then evaluated these using the computer. Here are some examples...

Achievements

 

This week's certificate has been awarded to Amber Raymond for showing true bravery and determination to complete her race at Sports Day despite an early stumble!

 

Hope you have enjoyed reading our blog this week! We are very excited about next week because on Monday we are going on a trip to Spaceport. Could you please make sure that if your child has packed lunches that these are brought in a named carrier bag? Thank you!

 

See you on Monday bright and early! Love from Miss Moorcroft, Mrs Duckworth, Miss Cheetham and Miss Hunt x x x

 

Growing up fast!

 

This week we have felt extremely grown-up as we have spent 2 days in Year 2. We had lots of fun getting to know Miss Mousdell and our new classroom. We have also had a busy week in Year 1. Here is what we have been up to...

 

Mathematics

 

This week we have done some data handling. We thought about how we could collect and sort information about our favourite planets and favourite space suit designs. We then presented this information in pictograms, block graphs and bar charts.

 

CfL

 

This week we received a letter from Baby Bear from 'Whatever Next'. He was extremely upset because his mum had thrown his rocket away, so he asked us if we could make a new one. Therefore, we got to work designing a rocket on the computer. Hopefully Baby Bear will like our designs.

 

Literacy

 

In order to persuade Baby Bear to choose our rocket design, we wrote him a letter to describe our design. We tried really hard to think of different ways to start our sentences and also included different types of punctuation.

 

Science

 

This week we made 'alien biscuits'. We used pushes and pulls to shape and mould the mixture. Here we are exploring the different forces shaping the mixture...

Achievements

 

This week's certificate has been awarded to all of Year 1W for making all of their teachers proud with their sensible and mature attitude towards learning- they are certainly ready for Year 2!

 

 

Well, that's it for this week! Please remember it is Sports Day on Monday so children should have their PE kits. See you next week. Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Hunt, Miss Cheetham and Mrs Duckworth x x x

 

Brain Explosion!

 

This week we have worked so hard and at one point we thought our brains might explode! Luckily, they didn't, and we were able to complete some tricky assessments to show off our progress since we started in Year 1.

 

Due to assessment week, unfortunately we don't have many pictures or much to report this week! However, we do have some pictures of us exploring different pushes and pulls around the classroom and outdoors. We found out that a push is a force away from you and a pull is a force towards you...

Something else exciting happened this week- the whole school took part in a World Cup draw. Each class in school was drawn a country to follow throughout the World Cup. Our country is England, so we are hoping that they win the tournament (fingers crossed)!! In a couple of weeks we will have a World Cup week where we will complete activities associated with the football tournament and our country. We are hoping to find out some interesting information about England to share with the rest of the school.

 

Achievements

 

This week our certificate has been awarded to Carly Melling! Carly has really stood out in assessment week due to her fabulous progress in reading- well done Carly!

 

Well, that's it for this week. See you next week for another jam-packed week in Year 1! Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Cheetham, Mrs Duckworth and Miss Hunt x x x

To infinity... and beyond!!

 

We have had a busy few days back in school and were so excited to see our role play transformed in to 'Space' on Monday morning. Read on to find out about our hectic first week back...

 

Mathematics

 

This week in mathematics we have been busy practising all of the different skills we have learned so far in preparation for our tests.

 

Literacy

 

We have been on another magical adventure to another magical land this week. However, this time instead of going on a bubble we travelled through a WASHING MACHINE!! It was so much fun. We went to Disneyland, space, the farm and the Queen's mansion! Today we have written about our adventures.

 

Super Sentences

 

As we have got the hang of similes and 2A sentences now, Miss Moorcroft thought we were ready for a new type of sentence called the 'B.O.Y.S' sentence. This is a two-part sentence where a connective (But, Or, Yet, So) is use to link the two different ideas in a sentence together. In this sentence we also include a comma before we write our connective. For example: Miss Moorcroft was hungry, so she ate a juicy apple OR Miss Moorcroft was hungry, but had forgotten to bring her lunch box.

 

Here are some of our fantastic sentences...

CfL

 

As you may have already guessed, our new CfL topic is SPACE! We have thought long and hard about some of the things we would like to learn in this new topic and can't wait to discover more over the next few weeks.

 

Here we are in our new role play area...

Well, that's it for this week! Next week we are going to be doing some more tests to show our teachers all the progress that we have made. I'm sure we will blow their socks off!

 

Love from Y1W, Miss Moorcroft, Miss Cheetham, Miss Hunt and Mrs Duckworth x x x x

 

Where has the time gone??

 

We can't believe that another half term has whizzed by! We only have another half term left of being in Year 1 and then we are off to big Year 2! Here is what we have been learning about this week...

 

Mathematics

 

In maths this week we have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones using dienes equipment. For example, did you know that 27 is made up of 2 tens and 7 ones? You could help us partition numbers at home!

 

Literacy

 

This week we have been on a journey...in a bubble! We started off the week by meeting Ellie...a little girl who went on a journey through space and under the sea in a bubble. Ellie was sad her adventure was over so decided that we should all go on our own adventure so that we could tell her about it. Therefore, we blew our own bubbles and off we went on our own adventure. We went to some adventurous places including New York and Dinosaur Land! We then wrote a description of where we went on our adventure.

 

Here we are blowing our bubbles ready to set off on our own bubble adventure...

Science

 

We finished our Science investigation this week by looking at the cress we had grown in different conditions. The plant which had soil, water and sunlight looked the healthiest so we decided that plants should have these things to help them to grow. The plant which has been left without water did not grown at all and therefore we concluded that plants definitely need water to grow! We were also amazed that the plant grown in the cupboard still grew but turned yellow!

 

PE

 

This week we enjoyed some relay races in preparation for sports day.

 

 

CfL

 

We have concluded our 'Grow Me Eat Me' topic by making and evaluating our fruit salads. Lots of us decided that if we were to make a fruit salad again we wouldn't use apple because this started to go brown and didn't look too appealing. Here are our finished products...

 

Achievements

 

This week the certificate has been awarded to Dominik for always making his teachers smile with his brilliant sense of humour.

 

Well,  we hope you have enjoyed this week's blog! See you next half term for our final few weeks in Year 1W. Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Cheetham, Miss Hunt and Mrs Duckworth x x x

1 week to go...

 

Numeracy

 

This week we have been looking at missing number calculations. We have used resources including our fingers, counters, ten frames and number lines to help us find the missing numbers in addition and subtraction calculations.

 

Literacy

 

This week we have been looking at information texts. We discovered that these are written in the present tense, are factual and a person might use these to find out information about a specific topic. After exploring information texts we made information posters about the life cycle of a butterfly...

 

We then wrote our own information texts about the life cycle of a butterfly...come and have a look at our new display in class!

CfL

 

As our vegetables are not yet ready to eat, we decided to sample some fruits grown by other people. We spoke about the appearance and taste of the fruits to decide which would make the best fruit salad. We then designed our own fruit salad which we are going to make (and eat!) next week. Here we are sampling the fruits...

Science

 

This week we have started an experiment to investigate what cress needs to grow properly. We have 4 test conditions: no soil, no water, no sunlight, and all conditions met. We have made our predictions and are watching our cress carefully to see which plant grows best.

Achievements

 

This week the certificate has been awarded to Maddison Jones for showing a keen interest when learning about information texts and the life cycle of a butterfly.

 

Well, that's it for this week. One more week to go and then a well-deserved week off for working so hard!

 

Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Cheetham, Mrs Duckworth and Miss Hunt x x x

Hello again!

 

Hello and welcome to blog number 3 of this half term. We can't believe we only have 2 weeks left until we break up again! Read on to find out about our busy week...

 

Numeracy

 

This week we have been learning how to 'subtract' or 'find the difference'. We discovered that there are many different maths words all related to subtraction but they all mean the same thing. We practised taking away smaller numbers from bigger numbers and discovered that we always had less than we started with. We did this using counters and number lines and then moved on to solving subtraction word problems once we had got the hand of this.

 

Literacy

 

This week we wrote a recount of our planting trip to the ALPs. We did this completely independently and blew Miss Moorcroft's socks off with the progress we have made in writing!!

 

Super Sentences

 

Here are some of our super similes...

CfL

 

Since our planting trip to the ALPs, we have been wondering what type of weather would be best for our vegetables to grow. This week we watched the weather forecast and set up our own weather station to monitor the weather and track any changes and patterns. We also discussed the changing weather throughout different seasons and why some plants might grow better in certain seasons.

 

Science

 

As we have been learning about and growing our own plants, this week in Science we discussed the potential dangers in eating certain plants or parts of plants. Although some plants give us food, not all do, and certain parts of plants which give us fruit and vegetables can be dangerous if we try to eat these.

 

Achievements

 

This week's certificate has been awarded to Jessica for making fantastic progress in her writing.

 

Well, that's it for this week! We look forward to seeing you again next week for another busy week in Year 1W! Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Cheetham, Mrs Duckworth and Miss Hunt x x x

Green Fingers!

 

This week we have enjoyed learning about all things green! Read on to find out more...

 

Numeracy

 

In maths we have focused on addition. We totalled the cost of different flowers from the garden centre using coins or number lines. We then moved on to solving word problems about the garden centre. For example, if a sunflower costs 10p and a daffodil costs 6p, how much would they cost altogether? We discovered that it is very important to underline important information in a word problem so that we know what number sentence to write and how to solve the problem. This morning (Friday), Mr Sherriff and special visitors from another school came in to watch our super problem solving...I'm sure they were very impressed!

 

  

 

  

 

We also learned a song to help us learn our odd and even numbers. It goes like this...

 

I'm a number cruncher and my name is Bodd,

I like numbers if they're odd,

All odd numbers taste just fine,

And they end in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9!

 

I'm a number cruncher and my name is Steven,

I like numbers if they're even,

All even numbers taste just great,

And they end in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8!

 

Literacy

 

We have continued with our 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' book, but this week we have wrote our own version of the story. We began by describing our own animal and foods which we wanted to feature in our story and then on Friday we wrote our own story. They are very impressive!

 

Science

 

In Science, our new topic is 'Growing Plants'. This week we discovered the names of all of the different parts of a flower and a tree and found out about some of their jobs. For example, did you know that a plant gets food and water from roots? Amazing!

 

CfL

 

Again, continuing with our green theme, this week we went to the ALPs to plant our own seeds and vegetable plants. We began by digging up all of the weeds and turning over the soil. Next, we carefully dug up holes to place our seeds and plants in. Then we filled in the holes with soil and watered them. We are going to do this everyday until they are fully grown. Hopefully we will be able to make some healthy foods using them!

 

Check out the end of this week's blogs to see some of the photos from our trip to the ALPs.

 

PE

 

This week we enjoyed some outdoor games with Mrs Saunders. We played 'Cats and Mice' and 'Scatter the Rain'. Fingers crossed for more nice weather next week so we can continue with our outdoor games!

 

Achievements

 

Our certificate this week has been awarded to Callum for his outstanding attitude towards learning!!

 

Well, that's it for this week! We hope you all enjoy a peaceful long weekend and look forward to seeing you bright and early on Tuesday morning! Love from Miss Moorcroft, Mrs Duckworth, Miss Cheetham and Miss Hunt x x x

Hello and welcome back to Summer term in Year 1W. It has been a short week for us this week...read on to find out all about it!
 
Numeracy
 
This week we have been doubling. We blew Miss Moorcroft's socks off because we remembered that when you double a number you just add the same amount again. We also had a go at calculating 'near doubles' where we used our doubles facts to help us to add together two consecutive numbers. You can help us with doubling through our maths homework this week!
 
Literacy
 
For the next couple of weeks we are going to be doing Literacy activities all about 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. This week we sequenced the story and then made our own Hungry Caterpillar book. Here we are re-enacting the story…

 

    

 

    

 

Super Sentences
 
This week our similes have been linked to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Here are some examples...

 

 

 

 

CfL
 
Our new CfL topic is 'Grow Me Eat Me'. We began our new topic by thinking about what we already know and what we would like to learn. We discussed how we might like to grow some food ourselves so next week we are going to the ALPS to plant our own fruit and vegetables.
 
Achievements
 
This week's certificate has been awarded to Jayden for returning to school with a grown-up attitude!
 
Well, that's it for this short week! Come back next week to hear all about another exciting week in Year 1. Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Cheetham, Miss Hunt and Mrs Duckworth x x x

 

Happy Easter!
 
Yippee! We have finally made it to the Easter holidays...what a busy and fun-filled final week we have had. Read on to find out about some of the Easter activities we have been doing...
 
Numeracy
 
As a special treat, this week we went on an Easter themed maths trail. There were numbered Easter eggs hidden around the outdoor area and it was our job to solve the different problems which were written on them. Here we are being super problem solvers...

We also went on an Easter egg hunt to practise our positional language. We had to find plastic Easter eggs which were hidden on the playground and describe where we found them. For example...between two flower beds, on top of the stage etc.
We also made some special Easter cards and tried hard to create patterns and repeating patterns to decorate them...we hope you like them!
 

Literacy
 
To consolidate our understanding of following and giving instructions, this week we made chocolate nests. We melted the chocolate, added the cornflakes, mixed it together and added a spoonful to our cake case. We then added a scrumptious mini egg on top...delicious! We can't wait to share (eat) them when we bring them home tonight.

 
 Super Sentences
 
Here are some examples of our Easter themed similes...

CfL
 
This week we have sketched our final castle using all of the new sketching techniques that we have learned. Watch this space for our castle art gallery in the shared area.
 
We have also used our art and design skills to make Easter baskets to bring home today... we hope you like them!

Achievements
 
This week's achievement certificate has been awarded to Danika for growing in confidence more and more everyday. Danika also won the trophy this week- well done Danika!
 
Another exciting achievement this week has been all of the 'egg-cellent' egg competition entries. Here are the entries from our class...

We were also rewarded this week for helping our astronaut reach the sun. On Friday we had a special 'cinema' afternoon where we watched the film 'Free Birds' and ate some popcorn.
 
Well, that's it for this term. Have a lovely Easter break and don't forget to please help us with our homework over the holidays so that we come back ready and eager to learn again in two weeks!
 
Don't eat too much chocolate!
 
Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Hunt, Mrs Duckworth and Miss Cheetham x x x x
 
 

1 week to go...
 
This week we have been very busy in Year 1. Read on to find out about our week...
 
Numeracy
 
This week our main focus has been measure. We have used strides, art straws and even metre sticks to measure length of lines and distance a bean bag was thrown...

We also measured weight using balancing scales and cubes...

 

Literacy
 
This week we have completed our work on Jack and the Beanstalk. On Thursday we did some role play and created our own alternative ending to the story and then on Friday we wrote our alternative ending. We had some super ideas! Jayden thought that Jack met some pirates at the top of the beanstalk and then went on a hunt for treasure. Aaron thought that Jack found Rudolph and the reindeers at the top and he then returned them to Father Christmas! Here we are being super actors and actresses acting out our alternative ending...

Super Sentences...
 
Here are some of this week's super similes...

CfL
 
As well as being actors in Literacy, this week we have been artists in CfL. We got to work sketching parts of castles and learned a special smudging technique to make our sketches even more fantastic. Next week we are going to combine the different parts of the castle we have been practising drawing to create our final piece.
 
Science
 
This week we have designed a reflective dress for Cinderella so that people can see her in the dark when she goes to the ball. We found that although some materials are not light sources, they reflect light, which means light bounces off the material. We chose reflective materials to make Cinderella's dress.
 
Achievements
 
This week's certificate has been awarded to Aaron for using his amazing imagination and super acting skills to create his own ending to Jack and the Beanstalk.
 
That's it for this week. See you next week for our last blog before Easter. We can taste the chocolate already....
 
Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Cheetham, Mrs Duckworth and Miss Hunt x x x



TIME flies when you are having fun...
 
Firstly we would like to say a big thank you to all parents and carers who attended parents' evening. We really enjoyed updating you with regards to your child's wellbeing and progress and look forward to seeing yet more progress through your help at home!
 
Numeracy
 
This week we have been learning to tell the TIME! (Did you like our clue?) We began by re-capping how to tell the time when it is 'o'clock' and then looked at what time it would be in 1, 2, 3 etc. hours time.
 
After this we moved on to looking at 'half past' and some of us looked at 'quarter to' and 'quarter past'. We learned that if the big (minute) hand is on the 6 then this means it is half past. If the big hand is on the 3 it is quarter past and if it is on 9 it is quarter to. The small hand then tells us the hour. So if the big hand is pointing to the 6 and the small hand is pointing to the 9...it is half past 9! Can you help us tell the time when it is 'o'clock' and 'half past' at home?

Here we are making human clocks outside...

Literacy
 
This week we have continued to explore Jack and the Beanstalk, this time thinking about what the characters from the story might say. Firstly we looked at the giant's alliteration in 'fee, fi, fo, fum!' and the use of the exclamation mark to show he was saying this with great feeling. Miss Moorcroft challenged us to think of our own alliteration for the giant. For example, 'gee, gi, go, gum!' and 'bee, bi, bo, bum!' We then moved on to using speech bubbles to think about what other characters might say at different points in the story.
 
Super Sentences
 
We have continued with our similes focus linked to Jack and the Beanstalk. Here are some of our simile super sentences (did you like the alliteration?)...

Science
 

This week we were very scientific indeed because we had to make predictions (this means have a really good guess based on the information we already know) about where we would be able to read a special message the best. Most of us found that we could read the message best when we were outside on the playground and it was least clear when we were in the dark dungeon in the role-play area. This helped us to conclude that we need light to help us to see!
 
CfL

 
This week we enjoyed exploring the history of castles in more depth. We used a timeline to order different castles from oldest to newest and then learned about the features and purposes of different parts of a castle.
 
Achievements
 

This week's certificate has been awarded to Letitia for simply being Letitia and excelling in all areas of her learning. Keep up the good work!
 
Sports Relief
 
Today (Friday) is Sports Relief and we have all come to school dressed in our favourite 'sporty' clothes. As a special treat in the afternoon, we played some team games outside. Here we are joining in with the Sports Relief fun...

Well, that's it for this week. Come back next week to read about another busy and exciting week in the life of Year 1W. Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Cheetham, Mrs Duckworth and Miss Hunt x x

 Smarty pants!
 

This week we have been doing lots of assessments to show our teachers just how much we have progressed since starting Year 1. Therefore, unfortunately there is not much to report on in our blog this week. However, you should all be extremely proud of us as we have tried so hard and progressed so much!
 
In particular, we would like to say a big well done to our certificate winner this week...Ryan! Ryan has certainly stood out as progressing extremely well in all areas of learning!
 
Don't forget that next week is parents' evening and we look forward to updating you regarding your child's progress and achievements thus far in Year 1.
 
See you next week! Love from Miss Moorcroft, Mrs Duckworth, Miss Dingsdale, Miss Hunt and Miss Cheetham x x

 
 
We read all night, it was the best book ever!
 
Wow, what an adventurous and exciting week we have had in Year 1! Firstly can we start by thanking all parents and carers who came to our 'World Book Day' assembly? We hope you enjoyed it, especially our amazing songs! Here we are enjoying 'World Book Day' in our costumes...

 

 

Click here to see a video of our assembly.
Click here to see our Super-Star-Story-Teller winners reading their stories.

 
Another exciting event which has happened this week has been our adventure on the life bus. We found it so interesting! Here are some pictures...

On Friday we were lucky to visit Skipton Castle. We even got to go in the spooky, dark dungeon! Click here to view a slideshow of photographs from our visit.
 
Now, what else have we been learning this week???
 
Numeracy
 
We have continued with our money focus, this time within the context of adding two amounts together to find the total.
 
Literacy
 
This week we went on a magical adventure to a fairytale land, just like the one in the story 'Rapunzel'. We then had to use similes and adjectives to describe what we saw while we were there.
 
Super Sentences
 
Here are examples of some similes that we have written...

 Science
 
To continue our new light and dark topic, this week we sorted light and non-light sources. Maybe you could help us to identify objects which give off light at home?
 
CfL
 
Before our trip to Skipton, we thought it would be useful if we researched castles. Therefore, we used the internet and created mind maps to show our findings. For example, did you know that Skipton Castle was built over 900 years ago? Also...did you know that coat of arms were used in battle to identify the knights? Amazing! Try and help us use the internet at home to discover more about castles!
 
Well, that's it for this week! Due to our trip to Skipton Castle, there has been no achievement certificate winner this week. Please come back next week to find our who are next superstar certificate winner is!
 
Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Dingsdale, Mrs Duckworth, Miss Cheetham and Miss Hunt x x x



 Welcome Back!!
 
Hello and welcome back to the second half of our Spring term in Year 1W! This week has been particularly exciting for us because Mrs Duckworth is back...we have missed her so much! Have a look at what we have been up to in our busy first week back...
 
Numeracy
 
Money, money, money! This week our learning in Numeracy has been all about money. We have identified different coins and paid for items in  our class 'shop'. Maybe you could help us to identify coins when we are out shopping and encourage us to use coins to pay for items ourselves?

Literacy
 
Once upon a time...Yes, you guessed it, we are learning about Fairytales this half term! This week we have read the story 'Rapunzel' and used similes and adjectives to describe the characters from the story. Come and have a look at examples on display in our classroom.

Here we are hot seating some of the characters...

Super Sentences
 
We have just started learning a new type of super sentence- the 'simile'. A simile is when you compare things using 'like a...' or 'as a...' to create a picture in the reader's mind. This is very tricky but we are going to continue practising writing similes throughout this half term.
 
CfL
 
Our new topic this half term is 'Dungeons and Dragons'. This week we have spent time thinking about what we would like to learn about in our new topic in preparation for our trip to Skipton Castle next Friday. We even have a new castle role play...come in and take a look!

Some of the boys were so fascinated by castles that they decided to buld one using our wooden blocks...what do you think?

Science
 
Our new science topic is 'Light and Dark' and this week we were super scientists as we went on a walk around school to identify different light sources. Maybe you could help us to identify different light sources around the home?
 
Achievements/ News

This week our certificate winner is... ALL OF YEAR 1W!! This was awarded for blowing Mrs Duckworth's socks off with all of their progress since she has been off.  We also won the trophy this week...come and see it in class!

This week we have also been very busy practising for our World Book Day assembly which will take place next Thursday...you are all in for a treat! If your child has brought lines home, could you please help them to practise them? Thank you.
 
Finally, could we please remind parents/ carers to return both permission slips and money to cover the final cost of the trip ASAP?
 
Thanks for reading! See you next week! Love from Miss Moorcroft, Mrs Duckworth, Miss Dingsdale, Miss Hunt and Miss Cheetham x x

 

Happy Valentine's Day

 

Can you believe that we are half way through Year 1 already? Crazy! We are progressing so well and can't wait to have a well deserved break over half term.
 
Bake Off!
 

Our 'Bike Shed Bake Off' has been a great success this week. I think the staff and children of Westfield can certainly give Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry a run for their money. Have a look at our class cake and some of our individual entries to the competition...

Numeracy
 
This week we have been learning about data handling. We have sorted information into pictograms, tables and block graphs. To tie in with our bake off theme we decided to find out the favourite cake of the children in our class.

We have also been 'problem solvers'. We had find all possibilities for lining up 3 or 4 different coloured counters in a row.

Literacy
 
We have continued with our work on Kakadu Jack and this week we have been thinking about alternative endings to the story. We acted out our own endings to the story and they were very imaginative! Here we are acting out our own endings...

CfL
 
To end our 'People and Places' topic, this week we have worked in groups to build our own fire engines. Here are the finished products...

We are looking forward to our new theme after half term... DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS. Maybe you could help us find out some information about this topic over half term?
 
Achievements
 
This week's certificate was awarded to Codie Moore for her fantastic acting skills when acting out at alternative ending for Kakadu Jack.
 
Sadly, this week we have said goodbye to Miss Kenny. We would like to say a big THANK YOU to her for all of the work she has done with us in Year 1.
 
We hope you have a lovely and restful half term and look forward to seeing you after the break.
 
Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Hunt, Miss Cheetham, Miss Dingsdale and Miss Kenny x x x
 

  
BREAKING NEWS: Our Astronaut has made it!!

 
Yes, you heard right, for the first time this year our astronaut has made it's first journey through space and has reached the sun. Therefore, as a reward for our good behaviour, we have had a party with music, games and yummy food...

Numeracy
 
This week we have re-visited and extended learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We impressed our teachers with our fantastic knowledge of the mathematical vocabulary associated with shapes.
 
Literacy
 
This week we have read the story of ‘Kakadu Jack’ and have made our own book to re-tell the story. It is a story that is set in another culture and it contains lots of different exotic fruits… we were very lucky as Miss Galley bought us some of these fruits to try...

CfL
 
To demonstrate our knowledge and understanding of our local area, on Wednesday we went on a local walk, remembering the maps and directions we created in a previous week. Here are some photos from our journey…

PE
 
In PE this week we have used our hands and feet to travel in different ways...

Science
 
This week our ‘Sound and Hearing’ topic has come to a close. We concluded the topic by conducting an experiment to measure the distance sound travels. Our teachers played 3 musical instruments and we had to take strides away from the instrument until we stopped hearing it. We found out that the louder the sound, the further the distance travelled.
 
We then completed a science assessment to demonstrate our understanding of this topic…we are certainly becoming ‘super scientists.’
 
Achievements
 
This week’s certificate has been awarded to Bailey Belshaw for demonstrating outstanding behaviour and excellent knowledge during our walk of the local area.
 
Well, that’s it for this week! Join us again next week when the results of Westfield’s ‘Great Bike Shed Bake Off’ will be revealed…YUM!
 
Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Dingsdale, Miss Hunt, Miss Cheetham and all children of Y1W x x



 Fantastic Firefighter Fun!

This week has been a particularly exciting one in Year 1W. Read on to find out why...

Numeracy

This week we have been ‘take away champions’. We began the week by taking away different numbers from 10 using counters and ten frames. We then moved on to subtraction by ‘counting up’ on a number line.

CfL

As a result of our interest in firefighters, this week we have designed our own fire engine which we will be building in groups over the coming weeks.

After much anticipation, on Wednesday morning, we were visited by the firefighters. We were so excited to ask them questions and have a look at the fire engine… we even got to have a look inside and they played the siren for us! CJ was very lucky because he got to hold the hose and Aaron got to hold the axe. We were very inquisitive and found out some very interesting things. For example, did you know that they pump water from underground when they are fighting a fire? We also found out that firefighters don’t only fight fires; they do lots of other jobs including cutting people free from cars when they have been in an accident. Here are some pictures from their visit…

Literacy

We have been busy writing about our exciting firefighter visit this week and, as we are getting so good at writing now, we did this INDEPENDENTLY. We blew Miss Moorcroft’s socks off she was that impressed with the work we have produced!

Super Sentences

Have a look at the latest 2A sentences we have written. Some of us have moved on to adding an extra 2 adjectives and noun in to our sentences.

Science

This week we explored how we hear and discussed things which can either help or hinder our hearing. We had fun testing this out by wearing hats, hoods and headphones.

Achievements

This week’s certificate has been awarded to Maddison for her inquisitive mind and super questions during the firefighter visit.

A big well done to Harry who won wrestler of the week at wrestling this week...


Next week we will be going on a walk around our Local Area and are particularly excited to walk past the fire station.
Thanks for looking at our blog! See you next week. Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Cheetham, Miss Dingsdale and Miss Hunt x x x

 

Marvellous Mathematicians!

 

Welcome back to our third blog of 2014. This week our teachers have been blown away with the progress that we are all making in maths. In fact, they have been so impressed that we have now been renamed 'marvellous mathematicians'!

Numeracy

This week we have been practising our number bonds and our addition skills. Some of us even moved on to doing this on a number line using the ‘counting on’ strategy. Here is a new number bond song you might like to sing with us at home and some pictures of us in action…

(Tune- row your boat)-
 9 + 1 are number bonds
8 + 2 are friends
7 + 3
6 + 4
5 + 5 are twins
(The second verse is the same but 1 and 9, etc.)

Literacy

We have continued with our work on poetry and this week have moved on to writing our own rhyming poems based on he poem 'Jump or Jiggle'. We had lots of fun pretending to move like the animals in the poem and trying to match the rhyming words. Maybe you could practise writing rhyming poems with us at home?

Super Sentences

Here are some of our latest ‘super sentences’…

Science

This week we thought about pleasant and unpleasant sounds and discussed how we could make sounds quieter and louder.

CfL

Next week we hopefully be visited by some firefighters (depending on whether or not they are called to an emergency). Therefore, this week we read a big information book about firefighters and watched a small clip about fire engines. We then thought of questions we would like to ask the firefighters.

Achievements

This week’s certificate has been awarded to Letitia for being a 'Marvellous Mathematician' and being amazing at addition using a number line.

That’s it for this week! We hope you all have a lovely weekend- see you next week for another busy week in Year 1W and (hopefully) a very exciting trip from the fire crew. Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Cheetham, Miss Dingsdale
and Miss Hunt x x x

 

Another week down...

 

Wow...week 2 has flown by already! Here is what we have been learning about this week...
 
Numeracy
 
We began the week by partitioning numbers in to tens and units. We did this practically by sorting counters into cups and using special Dienes equipment...

Next we looked at finding 10 more than given numbers using 100 squares and Dienes. A special 'cheat' way of doing this is simply finding our given number on a 100 square and then looking at the number below it...this is the number which is 10 more...

Literacy
 
This week have written our own senses poems. We thought hard about what we could see, touch, hear, taste and smell. Look our for our new display coming soon showing off our fantastic poems!
 
Super Sentences
 
Our work with 2A sentences has continued and it would be great if you could practise these with us at home. Maybe the children could write 2A sentences about objects they find around their house or their local area?
 
A 2A sentence has 2 adjectives (describing words) which come before a noun (a person, place or thing). We are very clever and use commas to separate our adjectives.
 
For example: The children played on the exciting, thrilling park. We ate a hot, tasty pizza.
 
Here are more examples from the children...

Science
 
We thought about how to make different sounds using musical instruments. We found out that you can make sounds by plucking, banging, blowing and shaking the instruments and then sorted the instruments according to how they are played.
 
CfL
 
Thinking about our local area, we looked at Google Maps to locate our surrounding area using a 'bird's eye view'. We then plotted a route to walk around our local area and wrote some directions that we could follow.
 
PE
 
This week we found different ways of travelling using both our hands and feet.

 

RE

 

We brought in our special books to share and then wrote about why they are special to us.
Thanks grown-ups for helping us to remember them, if you forgot it this week, bring it in next Wednesday!

 

Achievements

This week's certificate goes to Joshua for always being so polite and well-mannered and giving 100% in everything he does.
 
That's it for this week! Don't forget to come back next week to hear all about yet more exciting learning in Year 1W! Love from Miss Moorcroft, Miss Cheetham, Miss Dingsdale and Miss Hunt x x x

 

Happy New Year!

 

Hello and welcome back to the first blog of 2014. We hope you have had a lovely break over Christmas. We are so impressed with the children's attitude as they have come back ready and eager to learn. Have a look at what we have been up to...
 
Numeracy
 
This week we have been halving and doubling amounts. When halving numbers we have been sharing counters in to two equal groups. When doubling numbers we have been using cubes and our fingers to add the same amount again. Here we are exploring this practically...

 

Literacy
 
We have written a thank you letter to Father Christmas and some fantastic New Year's Resolutions. We are going to try really hard to stick to all of them!
 
Super Sentences
 
We have continued with our 2A sentences. Here are some examples...

Science
 
Our new topic in Science is 'Sound and Hearing'. This week we went on a 'listening walk' and had a 'sound quiz'. We discovered that there are lots of different types of sounds which come from lots of different sources.
 
CfL
 
This week we have been introduced to our new topic which will be 'People and Places'. We created a mind map, discussing all of the things we wish to find out about.

PE

We have been travelling in different ways using our feet including jumping, hopping, skipping, changing levels and changing directions. Here we are in action...