Welcome to Year 1
During Eco fortnight Year 1 learnt about the importance of the environment for birds and plants. Our project was to improve an allocated area. First we looked at the area (large planting boxes) and as a year group we decided how we could improve it. We began by clearing out the area and turning the soil. We decided to plant potatoes to ensure the area had a specific purpose. We looked at the life cycle of potatoes and what they need to grow. We discovered that you plant old potatoes with sprouts and new potatoes grow from this. We had a great time and cannot wait until our potatoes are ready to see what we can make!
In Maths this term we have been focusing on consolidating numbers to 10. In particular we have looked at number bonds and addition & subtraction using the part, part, whole model. We have also looked at pattern and shape as well as ordinal numbers, where we had great fun racing each other!
As part of our history and design topics we had a visit from Technology Tom. We were amazed to find out the properties of different materials. We were able to experiment with magnets and different metals. We found out that if we look through a plastic cylinder we turn upside down. We had a great day and we even made our own cup and ball game and moving vehicle.
Also as part of our topic work we visited Beamish Open Air Museum. During our visit we took part in a special workshop where we got to play with old toys and make our own thaumatrope. We visited the school and sat at old desks. In addition we played in the playground with hoop and sticks, skipping ropes, hopscotch and cup and balls. We also went down the mine and visited the old town. We had a fantastic day!
As part of our Religious Education we visited our local Church. We learnt about the main features of a church including the alter and pulpit. We sat in the pews and listed to the organ. We also stood at the lecturn. We all particularly liked the stained glass windows and the stories they told. When we returned to school we made our very own stained glass windows for our classrooms.