Teamwork in Science

As part of our new science topic on humans the children have been learning to label the different parts of the human body.  They had fun working in teams to draw round each other and label the parts that they knew.  There was a lot of discussion and many of us learnt some new vocabulary such as shin, wrist and ankle.

Addition and subtraction facts

This week in maths we have been working really hard to spot the relationship between addition and subtraction facts. We started with a number story and put them in a part part whole model.  Then we investigated how we could use these numbers to make addition and subtraction sentences.  We had to solve the questions that we had made to check that they made sense.

Baking Bread

As part of our learning linked to the The Great Fire of London we have been thinking about modern day bakeries and how they are different from those in 1666.  We have been to the school cafe and Mrs Walker showed us how to make bread.  We had a go at mixing, kneading and shaping the dough.  After they had been baked in the oven we enjoyed eating them!


This week in Year 1ED

This week we have been getting used to been back in our own classroom after our Arts Fortnight with Mrs Johnston.  We have new challenge areas in the classroom, the purpose of which is to help encourage children to work collaboratively as ‘team ants’ and also extend their learning.  Each week Miss Edwards and I will choose ‘Challange Champions’ who have been working particularly hard in the challenge areas.

During our learning about the Great Fire of London in History we have found out that the fire started in a bakery.  The children have helped to set up our very own bakery and have been busy designing and naming their own cupcakes this week!

Our small world area is set up with fire engines and various roads for children to act out their very own modern day rescues.  They have been challenged to build different routes with the roads and send the fire engines on different rescue missions.  Some of them have even added their own lego buildings which were on ‘fire!’

In our reading area the children have been acting out the story of the Great Fire of London.

We have even used the fire engines in our maths lesson on ordinal numbers… they had a race and we had to award rosettes to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.


Our Arts Fortnight so far

In Year 1ED we have been enjoying working in the Art Studio with Mrs Johnston!  We have been listening to the story The Lorax but haven’t reached the end yet… the children can’t wait to hear what happens next!

We have enjoyed baking with Mrs Walker.

We experimented with different musical instruments and creating our own notation.

A visit from Samuel Pepys

This morning Year 1 enjoyed a visit from Samuel Pepys to help inspire the children’s learning for our new topic about the ‘Great Fire of London’.  Samuel Pepys explained how the fire started and described how it spread across London.  The children heard some of the ways that people tried to put out the fire and were involved in some role play activities to help bring the story to life.

Describing the wolf

This week we have continued our work around the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ with a focus on the big, bad wolf!  We began by finding out what an adjective is. Then we had a go at coming up with a range of adjectives to describe the wolf.  We used the adjectives to build sentences which describe the wolf.  Tomorrow the children will have a go at an independent piece of writing about the wolf to ‘show off’ the skills they have been learning this week.

Working collaboratively in Literacy

We have been listening to the Three Little Pigs in class and now we are learning to retell it off by heart.  To help us do this we have created a story map.  The children had to work collaboratively and it was great fun!

Some of us collected sticks to make the house of sticks!

Creating our giant story map!


Working Collaboratively

This week we have been thinking about how we can work together and learn from each other.  This was particularly successful in our computing lesson where we have been learning to log on independently and access an art package.  We had some ‘experts’ who helped to show others what to do.  The rest of the children had to observe the experts carefully and try and copy what they did.

Once we had mastered what to do then we had to teach another child how to do it!