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Year 1 Polar Bears 2020- 2021 


 Mrs Hopper, Miss Haynes, Mrs Birnie and Mrs Butlin would like to welcome you to the Polar Bears webpage!

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June 2021

Have a look at the amazing day we had at school. It was just like we were in sunny Australia!

Tuesday 9th February it is Safer Internet Day.  Across the school we will be learning about and reminding ourselves about staying safe online.  Join Smartie The Penguin to see how he learns to stay safe.  Click HERE to hear the story 

Please find our curriculum map below. Click the picture.

Here are some photos of us practising our chopping skills ready to make our soup for our DT project this week! 

Week beginning: 23.11.20

In English this week we created story maps based on the main events of 'Pattan's pumpkin'. We drew pictures for six of the main events and then wrote some sentences for each event. We focussed on remembering our capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The children worked really hard on their story maps, they are fantastic! 

In Maths, we started our new unit adding and subtracting within 20. We learnt how to use 'first, then and now' stories to make addition and subtraction stories and solved our equations using number tracks. 

In Geography, we continued with our 'Toys in the past and present' topic and we identified which toys are old and which toys are new and described them. 

In Science, we conducted an Eggshell investigation in order to answer the question, ' How can we look after our teeth?' Our aim is to find out how different drinks affect our teeth. We used eggshells instead of teeth to find out what will happen to them when we drink different drinks. We put eggshell into orange juice, coca-cola and hot chocolate and made predictions on what might happen to the eggshell in each one and why. We will find out the results in next weeks lesson! 

In Art, we carried on with our 'Painting' topic and this week we worked in groups to create a large scale painting, using various tools to create different patterns.

Next week, we will be doing a D&T project over Wednesday-Friday afternoon, where we will be learning to prepare a variety of vegetables using various tools to create a vegetable soup! There will be opportunities to taste some of the vegetables before the cooking process and rating each one, using adjectives to describe the taste and appearance before finally tasting our finished soup at the end of the week!


16th November 2020  - Anti Bullying Week

We are wearing odd socks today to celebrate our individuality and all the things that make us unique! It’s ok to be different. 

Week beginning 9.11.20

This week in Maths we moved onto a new unit which is all about numbers within 20. We practiced grouping objects to make 10 and then we counted on from 10 to find answers to equations. We also explored teen numbers and identified how many tens are in a teen number and how many ones. 

In English we continued with Pattan's Pumpkin and we wrote thought bubbles for some of the characters in the story. We also practiced comparing objects using word endings 'er' and 'est', such as 'bigger' and 'biggest'. We wrote a poem all about pumpkins using our five senses too!

In Science we created our own healthy eating meal and stuck items of food on various parts of our plates, such as fruits and vegetables, meat and proteins and carbohydrates. 

In History we continued with our topic 'Toys past and present' and we discussed what sort of toys our parents and Grandparents used to play with when they were children, drew pictures of these toys and used adjectives to describe them. 

In PE we practiced a range of jumps off various equipment such as benches and mats, practicing how to jump and land safely. 

The children's spelling test results have been wrote in the recent week of their HSCB's. 

Just a reminder that homework is due in on seesaw by Wednesdays so it can be marked and recorded before the next weeks homework is set. 

Week beginning 2.11.20

We hope everyone had a lovely half term break!

This week, we have been learning all about 2d and 3d shapes in Maths and discussing their properties, using words such as 'vertices', 'edges', 'faces' 'curved' and 'flat'. We have also been looking at repeating patterns and creating our own. 

In English, our new story is 'Pattan's pumpkin'. Before reading the story, we discussed what we already know about pumpkins and also what we already know about India-where the story is set. We made predictions on what we thought the story is about and focussed on the main characters, Pattan and Kanni, thinking of adjectives to describe both of those characters just by looking at them. 

In History we started our new topic, 'Toys-Past and present', and this week we discussed what is our favourite toy. We learnt that in the past, toys were quite different to the toys that are around today and over the next few lessons we will be looking at what toys used to be like in the past. Before next weeks lesson, the children have been asked to  ask one older person at home what toys they used to play with when they were younger, ready to share next week!

In Art, we have started our new Painting unit and we used a variety of different tools such as cotton buds, lolly sticks and straws to create different marks with the paint and experimented with darker and lighter shades. 

In Science we continued with our topic' Our Living Earth' and we explored which food come from a farm and which ones are produced in a factory. We also predicted what would happen when we leave a plate of fries and a plate of bananas for a week and we will find out the results of this is next weeks lesson!

In Music we started learning about the 'pitch' of music, recognising that there are low sounds and high sounds.  

Year One's spelling results will now be wrote into the HSCB each week. 

Week beginning 12.10.20 

This week in Maths it was our last week on our addition and subtraction unit before we move onto shapes and patterns. We practiced writing equations in different ways and recognised that in addition, if you swap the parts around, the whole is still the same. 

In English we finished our story 'Here we are' by Oliver Jeffers. We each wrote a note to tell people how we can look after our planet Earth and put these on display, alongside our self portraits.

In Phonics we have just completed the latest set of assessments so the children's books have been changed. 

In Geography this week we explored the capital city London and drew and wrote about the famous landmarks you might see if you visited London.

This also fed into our Art lesson this week where we sketched pictures of famous buildings in London, really focussing on detail and also practicing light and dark shading. 

In Science we sorted objects into the categories, 'Lived', 'Non-Living' and 'Never lived'. Items included a flower, a tree, a pen, an alarm clock and a newspaper. 

Below are some photos of us working super hard this week :) 

Week beginning 5.10.20

This week Year One have been very busy learning to write questions in English and planning and writing their own poem about their favourite thing to play on at the park. We used some amazing adjectives in our writing and included a question in our poems too. 

In Maths we have been focusing on addition and subtraction, learning to tell a story about an equation and using a variety of resources such as part-whole models and number tracks in order to solve equations. 

In Science we learnt about similarities and differences between different animals. 

This week we had a focus on Black History Month and we learnt all about Rosa Parks, producing our own fact files about who she was and what difference she made. 

In computing, we spoke about what makes us feel happy at school and we drew pictures of what makes us happy at school and then practiced using our voice over the picture to explain what makes us happy, These were uploaded to seesaw!

In Music we practiced finding a beat to different music and came up with lots of inventive ways to show the beat each time using body percussion, such as tapping shoulders, tapping feet and having a dance in time to the beat!

We continue to have a big focus on number and letter formation, so  any help at home in this area is greatly appreciated :) 

Week beginning: 14.09.20

This week we have started our new RWinc groups. Group A-C are working with Mrs Butlin revising set 1 sounds and groups D-I are with Miss Haynes/Mrs Hopper learning set 2 and 3 sounds. 

In Maths we have been focusing on doubling and halving, learning that they are inverse operations and we have also been learning about finding one more and one less using objects and a number track.

In English we read a lovely poem by Shirley Hughes called 'Out and about' and we went on our own adventure outside to see what things we could do with nature  to keep us busy. We came up with some fabulous ideas, such as using sticks to make a campfire, making wind chimes out of sticks and paper, using magnifying glasses to look for minibeasts and investigating what different stones and leaves look like. There are some photos of our adventure below! We then used our outdoor experience to write some lovely poems and we included lots of great adjectives in our writing. 

In Topic we continued with our 'Barnaby Bear visits the UK' unit and started to look at different weather and the four seasons.We enjoyed dressing up four different Barnaby Bears with clothes for the four seasons. 

In Science we continued with 'Our living Earth' and this week we learnt about the names of various baby animals and matched them with their Mums. 

Just a reminder that all homework now goes onto the Seesaw platform-something the children are really enjoying! This homework is set on a Friday and is to be completed for the following Wednesday please :) 

Please click the photograph above to read the presentation. 

It has been so lovely welcoming all the children back to school and they have all settled into Year 1 life brilliantly! 

This week we have been very busy beginning lots of different subjects in Year 1.

In Maths, we refreshed our memories of part-whole models and separated different items, such as cubes, in different ways in order to make number bonds upto 10. We had a big focus on counting accurately. 

In English, we have started looking at the story 'Here we are' by Oliver Jeffers as part of the whole school recovery curriculum. We explored all about our world and the different features of our planet and what makes it such a wonderful place. We thought about what our planet is like and what sort of things we can see or do here on Earth and produced an information leaflet.

In Read Write Inc, reading assessments are taking place this week in order to begin new phonics groups next week, where due to being in a class bubble, half of the class will be with Miss Haynes/Mrs Hopper and half of the class will be with Mrs Butlin. RWinc reading books will be sent out next week according to how your child did on their latest reading assessment.  

In Science our focus this half term is 'Our living Earth'  and we learnt all about the lifecycle of a butterfly. 

In Computing this half term our focus is on online safety and we started to look at different features of the programme 'purple mash' and how to navigate around it, including how to login  and creating our own avatar, understanding why it is useful. 

In Topic, our focus this half term is Geography, 'Barnaby Bear investigates the UK'. In this weeks lesson we located the UK on a world map and identified the four countries of the UK and located them on a map. 

PE  focused on co-ordination and balance. We are learning to persevere and  to ask for help when appropriate, and to 'follow instructions, practice safely and work on simple tasks by myself'. 

In Art we have started our 'drawing' topic for this half term and we went on a walk around the big field in groups, discussing the different features we could see such as grass, fences, trees and collected some natural objects. We then went back to the classroom and sketched our map of where we went and what we saw along the way. 

Mrs Vikmanis has started PSHE/RE lessons in our class this week. We started learning about citizenship in PSHE and 'what does it mean to belong to a faith community'? in R.E. 

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