Spring Bank Primary School

Year 1 Category

 

Wednesday 10th January 2018

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope that you had a wonderful break. Here is some information you may find useful and an overview of the learning that will be taking place this half term.

 

PE

PE is on Thursday and Friday.

Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school (white t-shirt, dark shorts and trainers). It is also really helpful if these items are labelled with your child’s name! Please can children leave their kits and trainers in school at all times, as sometimes the timetable can change.

 

Reading Books

Please try to listen to your child read every day and sign or tick their reading record book, showing that it had been read.

Our class library day is Monday when children may select a book at lunchtime to take home from the library.

 

Topic

This half term our topic is ‘Into the Freezer’.

 

Science – we will be looking at the seasons. How the weather is different in each season and how the day length changes according to the time of year.

 

Geography – we will be using maps and globes to look at the world. We will focus on being able to name the 7 continents and the oceans and be able to show where they are. We will be focusing on the cold areas of the world and exploring what it is like to live in Antarctica. We will also be collecting weather data and comparing it with Antarctica.

 

Art / DT – towards the end of the topic the children will design a moving picture that uses cold colours.

 

PE – Thursday – dance linked to topic.

Friday – invasion games, learning rugby skills. How to catch and pass a ball and to     work as a team member.

Music – we will be looking at music linked to weather, the seasons and the Chinese New Year.

 

RE and Computing will be taught on a Wednesday by Mrs Birdi. They will be looking at how to use data on the computer in computing and ‘Why we care for people’ in RE.

 

Homework

 

Homework is set throughout the school half termly. They will have a few weeks to complete the project and can complete it in any way they like. Ways of presenting their work is:

  • Through writing
  • Photographs
  • Art work
  • Sculptures
  • Anything that inspires their creative side.
  • Can the children find out what is like to live in the coldest parts of the earth?

 

If you have any questions please come and ask us.

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

Caroline Mitchell

Mrs Bhogal

 

Last week Year 1 were busy making their own puppets. They all made a snowman.

Have a look at the final result!

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Since the beginning of Year 1 we have been going out with Elena and Mr Tooley in small groups and using the outdoor areas to help us learn.

In the first half term we were focusing on the season of Autumn and using our senses. We went to find Autumn with our ‘lookers’.

We made self portraits using natural materials that we found.

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This half term Year 1 have continued to go out with Elena and Mr Tooley to use the natural environment to explore games and make toys.

To finish off, they all made their own hobby horse toys using some natural materials that they had collected in the school grounds. In fact we had a range of animals including horses, reindeer, bulls, sabre tooth tigers, camels.

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Year 1 had a visit from Catherine. She brought in lots of toys that children used to play with in the past. We learnt that most toys were made from wood and metal and some toys were made from fabric.

We got to play with all the different toys including dominoes and pick up sticks. Here are a few photos to show what we looked at.

 

Jacob’s ladder

 

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Puppets

 

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Cup and Ball – this was tricky!

 

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Packing Hens

 

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Kaleidoscope

 

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Spinning Tops

 

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Squeeze Toys

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Coaches from the Foot-Tech Academy have been kind enough to come into school to run a football club for our Year 1s and 2s. We’ve had plenty of boys and girls from both classes joining the club and they have been thoroughly enjoying themselves. They’ve been learning plenty of new skills and tricks, playing all kinds of different football games – including one game where they put on their eye-patches and become footballing pirates!

Hopefully the Year 1s and 2s continue to enjoy their football club and learn lots of new skills too!

 

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At the end of last half term we completed a DT project about fruit salads.

We researched by tasting different fruits and deciding wether we enjoyed them or not. We also tested these fruits to see if we could peel them, cut them or grate them.

Then we used this information to design our fruit salads.

We then made and ate our fruit salads. This was the fun part!

Finally we evaluated our work.

 

Look at us making our own fruit salads.

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Here are our finished fruit salads.

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Last term we had the topic Doctor, Doctor! The children loved using the role play area.

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To end our topic last half term we had a visit from the Teddy Bear hospital. We all brought in our favourite teddy bear. We had lots of fun.

We looked inside a teddy bear’s (human) body.

Looked at x-rays.

Found out about healthy eating.

Found out about how to look after our teeth.

Basic first aid.

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As part of our topic Doctor, Doctor we looked at how people are different from each other and that some people have visual and hearing impairments.

We had a visit from Joan who is visually impaired and she brought her dog Whisper with her. We learnt lots about how Guide Dogs help people who are visually impaired.

 

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