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Town and Countryside
It’s so lovely to see children proud of their own learning and putting 110% effort into their homework. Miss Rodwell was very impressed with three children and has displayed their amazing writing on our Africa display in our classroom. A huge well done to Nadia, Skyla and Alissa.
We had so much fun today at our Action Aid Kenya workshop. We met Barnaby Bear who visited Africa and we learnt all about, African food, villages, animals and lots more!
Yorkshire Wildlife Park: Friday 4th May!
Our next Year One adventure is to Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Friday 4th May! Take a look at the link below to find out about all the amazing animals we are going to meet. Miss Rodwell and Mrs Shackleton are very excited, let’s hope the sun shines for us that day.
Meet Julia, an old buddy of Elmo's and the newest friend on Sesame Street. Julia has autism... and she and Elmo share an amazing friendship. Thank you to all children who dressed up in blue today to take part in Autism Awareness Day.
We love GoNoodle! Please see the link below which you will be able to access at home. Some children also attend GoNoodle club with Miss Rodwell on a Friday lunchtime. Our favourite song is Banana Banana Meatball! To score points, move up levels and have access to different songs then create an account for your child to use at home.
This half term in R.E we have focused on Why Easter matters to Christians. We first thought about all the things which remind us of Easter, focusing on Spring time. We then read the Easter story, retelling it in our own words and also creating a story map. Good Friday and Palm Sunday are both special days to Christians, we explored why these days are so special and how Christians celebrate Jesus coming back to life. Did you know? As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, people waved palm leaves at him as a sign of respect. Today in churches, palm crosses are given to Christians so that they are reminded of Jesus’ life. We also got to try a Hot Cross Bun, which are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. The cross on top of the bun reminds people of how Jesus sacrificed his life to take care of us.
We had so much fun outside today, learning all about capacity and volume. The children worked in teams to measure different amounts using key vocabulary; full, empty, almost full, almost empty, half full, half empty. The children also had to opportunity for reasoning, using different equipment to fill the bowl with water. We used cups, spoons and sponges and spoke about the properties of these items. ‘The sponge will absorb water, but if you squeeze it it will come out’ - Ruby W.
Look at our amazing concentration whilst sketching observational drawings of daffodils. Children are beginning to learn about the different marks, shades and effects they can make by using the same pencil.
We have been looking at newspaper reports thinking about the features they have which make the reader want to read more. The children were very confident and worked in pairs to label a newspaper report for the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children then wrote their own reports for a story called The Giant Carrot. Miss Rodwell loved reading all the different, imaginative reports and some even made her giggle!
Jack and the Beanstalk
This week the children became authors making their own books and retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in their own words. Look how proud the children look holding their very own books.
A huge thank you to Leeds Rhinos who have taught us P.E this half term. We have had so much fun and also learnt lots of new skills.
Our little Georgia O'keefes'
The children became artists this week learning how to mix different shades using colours. We looked at the work of Georgia O’keefe which inspired us to create our own flower paintings which have made a beautiful display in our classroom.
The children loved designing their very own potato heads using different fruit and vegetables for the different body parts. Look how cool they look!
What would you do with an enormous potato?
It would seem that you can do almost anything with an enormous potato. The children were very creative and wrote a list of things that they would do with an enormous potato. Some of our class ideas:
1.Make it into a house for Supertato
2. Turn it into enormous crisps
3. Play giant football
4. Use it to make the worlds biggest snowman
How do potatoes grow?
This week we have become scientists learning all about what plants need to grow.
Plants need sunlight, water, space, Good soil and be in the right temperatures. Potatoes don’t grow in Bramley! We also looked at similarities and differences between a potato plant compared to another plant. Did you know? A potato plant has tubers to store all the nutrients and a potato plant grows from a potato seed which has sprouts which form the roots.
Author, musician, singer sing writer, husband and dad!
Tom Fletcher was chosen to be our Author study in Year 1 for this years World Book Day. We learnt lots of fun facts about Tom and Miss Rodwell even read some of his amazing stories. He has 2 children, Buddy and Buzz and is his wife is also expecting their third child. Tom used to be in a band called McFly and we also got to learn one of his songs.
For homework this week we would like children to write a book review for one of Tom Fletchers amazing stories. Miss Rodwell is excited to hear which book is your favourite!
'This is why being a Dad is awesome. This is the first time my son Buzz has ever seen a dandelion...I think he liked it.' - Tom Fletcher.
Our winner is: Skyla-Blu. Well done Skyla for reading over 250 minutes this week. You have become a confident, enthusiastic reader and we are all very proud of you.
Stay and Read
Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and little brothers and sisters who came along to our Stay and Read on our World Book Day! We had lots of fun listening to you read us stories. A huge thank you to Alissa's grandma who read us Tiddler (Miss Rodwell's favourite book!)
Who is taller? Who is shorter?
We enjoyed our outdoor Maths lesson, working out who is the tallest and who is the shortest in our class. Before we went outside the children estimated who they thought was the tallest and who they thought was the shortest.
Remember! World Book Day now on Thursday 15th March.
We have had lots of fun exploring new books, learning about different authors and visiting the school library. The children show a love for reading and we are really excited to read these books throughout Spring 2 which link in with our topic, All Things Bright and Beautiful.
All things bright and beautiful...
I can count in...
2s, 5s and 10s
Well done 1JR, you are all trying really hard with phonics this term. How many different words can you think of with the a-e split digraph?
These are some of the children's ideas:
Well done to those children who made it into school on Wednesday. We had lots of fun outside in the snow.
King of ing!
Wow, well done 1JR. You really amazed Miss Rodwell with your King of ing crowns, adding the 'ing' suffix onto words.
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we're going to the moon...
As part of Design Technology this term we have been using the resources around our classroom to design and construct different space models. The children have been very creative and have made some brilliant spaceships and rockets.
Design a moon buggy...
We think Tim Peake would love this moon buggy. It even has its very own packed lunch box with lots of healthy fruit!
Well done to those children in 1JR who have been super spellers this week! We won the spellodrome trophy this week and the children are also working hard at competing to get on the leader board within class.
Who is Oliver Jeffers?
As part of our space topic we will be reading lots of books by Oliver Jeffers. If his books are not already on your bookshelf at home then these are great stories to invest in!
What an achievement. Well done on getting your pen licence, I know Mrs Esplin is very impressed with your handwriting!
Who is Tim Peake?
Tim Peake is a ESA astronaut who has travelled to the International Space Station where he did lots of investigations and experiments.
We asked the children 'Who is Tim Peake?' their responses were:
'He is a thinker'
'Tim Peake is a scientist'
'He is brave'
The children got to take a ride in Tim Peake's rocket, fly through the ice rings of Saturn, look at the constellations of stars, explore the moon, visit the blazing sun and explore our solar system. The children really experienced lots of 'awe' and 'wonder' during the visit. It was a great experience for all.
We had lots of fun exploring different colours, media and materials as part of our art lesson. The children were very creative, using pastles, card, glitter and sticker stars.
The star shop was the highlight of our week!
In P.E this half term we have been focusing on gymnastics and creating different shapes and travelling in different ways. Ask your child to perform one of these super shapes:
We had lots of fun visiting the ICT suite on Friday, learning how to log into the computer and how to use Spellodrome. The children really impressed Miss Rodwell with their sensible behaviour and skills using the computers. The children were given chance to create their avatars on Spellodrome and also explore the different games. Please remind your child that they can access Spellodrome from home, their usernames and passwords are in the back of their reading records.
Stay and Play
A huge thank you to all parents and carers who came along to our first Stay and Play session this year. We hope you enjoyed taking part in our Christmas themed activities, the children had lots of fun and it was lovely for them to spend time with you in our classroom. We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and huge Happy New Year.
We have so many artists in 1JR, look at these cute polar bears designed by children using white chalk to create snowy pictures. Today we was thinking about global warming and climate change. If ice continues to melt then polar bears will eventually become extinct as they will not have the right environment to surivive in.
Into the Woods - Autumn 2
How yummy does our crumble look? This week in English we have been following instructions on how to make a Gruffalo Crumble. As you can see the children had lots of fun following the different steps and all worked together to make a very yummy Crumble which the children enjoyed eating at milk time. The children then wrote their own instructions for how to make the Crumble.
Our school trip to...
A huge thank you to Ruth and Mel at Nell Bank for such an amazing day out. We had so much fun at, pond dipping, playing in the water and minibeasting. We also learnt many new facts about animals and their habitats and learnt some fun science words which we can use throughout our new topic 'Into the Woods'. We helped baby badger complete his smelling homework by counting the different smells. We then met Mr Mole, who taught us that we can use all our senses to help us. We wore blindfolds and used rope to find our way around the trees. We then met the little mouse and big eyed owl who taught us about prey and how animals need to keep themselves safe in the trees. The children enjoyed making their way through the willow trees, carefully making their way to the other side so that the owl didn't hear or see them. To finish such a fantastic day, Ruth took us to the tunnel where we got to pretend to be rabbits and weasels. We enjoyed chasing each other through the tunnels. It was so lovely to see all the children having lots of fun and learning about senses and habitats.
1JR would also like to say a super duper thank you to our lovely helpers, Miss Cook, Miss Howarth and Mrs Knowles. We hope you will join us on our next school trip.
Following on from Remembrance Day the children were asked to make their own poppies for homework this week. These will displayed in school and I’m sure they will create a very beautiful display. The children were very respectful and have written some lovely Remembrance Day poems.
Which one is the odd one out? Why?
In Maths we are focusing on reasoning. This week in Maths we will be learning about 2D shapes, focusing on their properties. Ask your child - which one of these shapes do they think is the odd one out.
Our Bonfire Night safety posters
Did you know? There are so many things that you and your family can do on bonfire night to keep safe around bonfires, fireworks and sparklers! Take a look at these super posters which will tell you some of the things you can do. Have fun, but please remember to keep safe.
Count to 100
The children in 1JR love counting to 100 everyday. Miss Rodwell is really impressed with how quickly children have learnt to count to 100.
The children have come back after the holidays and impressed Miss Rodwell with their super writing. We looked at where Ozzy had been over the holidays and all wrote a recount of what he had done. Children are really mastering what we to make a super sentence and as you can see they are also trying exceptionally hard with their handwriting.
Ozzy had lots of fun in the holidays, he went on a camping trip to the Lake District and enjoyed relaxing in his comfy chair, he went kayaking and also had a BBQ in the sunny weather!
Where is Ozzy?
Ozzy caught on CCTV. The children like to check the 'cctv' to see where Ozzy is. He was eating slugs and beetles.
To end the term - learning about courage, Miss Rodwell led KS1 collective worship and together we read The Selfish Crocodile story and thought about which animals were courageous.
We discussed why it is important to sometimes show courage and what we have learnt about courage this half term.
Can you think of a time when you have been courageous?
Who is Bessie Coleman?
Doc and the toys meet an airplane pilot named Bess, a historical toy created in the likeness of the famous African-American female pilot, Bessie Coleman! After Donny accidentally leaves Oooey Gablooey out in the snow, Doc teaches him not to get too cold.
The children in 1JR loved learning about Bessie Coleman as part of Black History Day.
The children will be able to tell you almost everything about hedgehogs. We have been researching lots of different facts about hedgehogs, habitat, diet and appearance.
Did you know? Although hedgehogs may drink the milk that people put outside for them, this can be very bad for their diet and cause them to have an upset stomach! Please just give them water. This is 1JR pretending to be hedgehogs, hibernating through the winter, keeping warm under a huge pile of leaves.
The children have enjoyed practising their cursive handwriting. After lunchtime children are coming into the classroom, finding a whiteboard and pen and getting straight on with their lovely writing.
We have been writing lots of common exception words for Year 1 so that we know how to spell these when it comes to our writing.
You are all working really hard and Miss Rodwell can already see improvements with your super writing. Mrs Esplin also commented on how beautiful your writing is! Well done boys and girls.
Families and Communities
This week in R.E we have been talking about belonging. Together we had circle time and spoke about the families and communities belong to. We used google maps to find Bramley, we spoke about how we have a community where we live. We also found Bramley St Peter's church - we have a family here too and we love visiting church throughout the school year. We have a family at school, a family of kind and caring friends, teachers and support staff.
Now we are really confident counting in 2's we have started learning about ordering numbers.
We went outside into the playground and had a race, we recorded our results. Back in the classroom we used our knowledge of ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd position) to write down our results. We then completed written sentences with our results. We understand how to work out who was the fastest, slowest or who finished in the middle.
Spooky settings and Speech bubbles
In English this week the children have been completing their spooky house setting writing using lots of adjectives and creating 2AD sentences.
We then moved on to learning about speech bubbles and what they are used for - the children have come up with some amazing ideas about the skeletons and their adventures.
Here is one of our class ideas:
The big skeleton said 'let's go to the seaside to eat lots of icecream'
The little skeleton replied 'can we go on a speedboat?'
The dog skeleton woofed and said 'yum - fish and chips'.
A huge thank you to all parents that joined us at our harvest festival congregation at church this week. It was lovely to see so many of you and the children in 1JR were very excited. Thank you for all your contributions, the food bank are extremely appreciative.
Well done David for reading our class prayer - we are all very proud of you.
We have had a very excited week learning about the big, little and dog skeleton who live in the dark dark house, on the dark dark street in the dark dark town.
In English we worked together to order and retell the story of Funnybones. Children sequenced together the pictures and then wrote sentences, using adjectives to describe what happens throughout the spooky night.
The children have really enjoyed the Funnybones story.
These self-portraits are just so cute! Thank you to Mrs Shackleton who helped us paint our own self-portraits. The children were all very sensible using the paint and as you can see they all tried really hard.
1JR school council members
We are happy to announce our class school council representatives for 1JR this year. Well done to all children who were brave enough to give a speech in front of the whole class to why they would like to be our representative. We were all very inspired by Jessica and Olivier who have been chosen by the class and we are sure that they will make us very proud helping the school council discuss lots of different things this year from the forest school and how to reduce noise at dinner times.
As part of ur topic this term we have been thinking about it the human body. Children made their own funnybones style skeletons which are displayed in our classroom. Well done children, spooky skeletons complete!
Dave Matthews is feeling a feeling that is not a very good feeling. Grover is feeling a feeling that is not a very good feeling as well. What feeling is that?
In R.E we have been thinking about feelings and emotions and this week we were thinking about all the different types of emotions and how some days you might not have a word to describe your feeling. We looked at different pictures of Grover and thought about how he might be feeling, by looking at his different facial expressions. In 1JR we have been using the emotional register to sign in on a morning - we are then able to speak about everyone's feelings and look after each other if they are feeling sad.
In English we have been talking all about healthy eating, what makes us healthy and our
favourite fruit. We had to guess what Miss Rodwell's favourite fruit was and then we used lots of adjectives to describe it - thinking about our 5 senses.
We have been working on writing super sentences, thinking about using capital letters and full stops, finger spaces, cursive handwriting and writing neatly along the lines.
We have been learning all about numbers this week. The children have been practising reading and matching number names to their numerals. We have been practising number formation of 3's and 5's.The children have also given some amazing reasoning answers when finding the missing number. 1JR have really impressed Miss Rodwell with their amazing maths skills, showing lots of energy and enthusiasm.
This week we have had lots of fun getting to know our teachers and classroom. We have explored the superhero reading corner, made tall towers with multilink and also wowed Miss Rodwell with showing 5 at all times. This week we have also completed Maths, phonics and reading assessments.
We are also very happy to announce that 1JR got their first class merit on the first day back - impressing Mrs Bells with our super lining up and walking sensibly throughout school. Well done.