Year 1 - Mrs Wardman

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Mrs Wardman - Class Teacher

Welcome to Year 1!

Class teaching assistants: Miss Rys & Mrs Owen

Start of day: 8:50am

End of day: 3:15pm

Please drop off and pick up from the class room door.

Forest School day: Thursday

PE days: Monday

Children should come to school dressed in appropriate clothing for these lessons.

Please ask your class teacher if you're not sure.

JUNE

We have taken part in a sponsored sports day with a Paralympian.  It was amazing but exhausting!

JUNE

WOW! You will never believe what has happened to Year 1.  We found a crash landed UFO in our outdoor area.  We investigated the ship and found that it had a small door in the side but no one was inside.  Sightings of strange creatures were seen but we could not seen to find the aliens from the ship.  We made some traps and left them on the field overnight.  The next day, when we checked the traps, we found 2 aliens.  They don't seen to speak our language but we are trying to work out where they come from and help them fix their space ship so they can get home again.

MAY

As part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Year 1 held a Crown Competition, along with the rest of school.  The crowns were amazing and all the children received a prize for entering.  First place went to Kaidee, 2nd place to Khalis and 3rd place to Renae (who had worked so hard on her crown that she sent her Grandma in to enter the competition even though she was ill at home).  Year 1 also planted 2 trees in honour of Her Majesty's Jubilee.  One of the activities the Queen had asked people to do to celebrate her 70 years on the throne was to plant trees.  School now has a new Cherry tree and Apple tree.  We also made the Queen cards to say congratulations.  We hope that she likes them!

MAY

We investigated dinosaurs and their diet.  Some dinosaurs ate meat and were carnivores, others ate plants and were herbivores.  We looked at modern day animals who ate meat and/or plants and then used fossil teeth of dinosaurs to decide whether they were meat or plant eaters.  Meat eaters have sharp, pointed teeth and herbivores have large, flat teeth.  Can you guess which dinosaur teeth are which?

MAY

We investigated what bullying was and how we can be an anti-bullying school with Mrs Foxley-Johnson.  We made a display next to our coats to remind us each time we get ready for play, that we are always kind and caring to each other.

APRIL

We have made our own dinosaur models.  We looked at the physical features of a range of dinosaurs and created our own using the ones that we liked best. Some of us had wings, while others wanted to be large sauropods and others wanted to be 2 legged carnivores.  We used boxes to make the shape, papermached them together, painted and then added detail when the paint had dried.  They look very scary but don't worry, these ones don't bite!

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MARCH

We have been watching our frogs spawn grow into tadpoles.  They are so big and we have discovered that their favourite food is tomato.  We can't wait to see them become froglets and then frogs.  We'll have to catch them and put them back into their pond.

MARCH

The cold weather might not be to everyone's taste, but Year 1 loved the snow.  We had an impromptu investigation of the snow.  We gathered the snow using containers and a range of tools.  Some made snowmen, others enjoyed finding the layers of ice on equipment that had been left out, while some enjoyed collecting the melting snow falling from the roof! Great learning from a unexpected snow storm.

MARCH

Year 1 loved the fun of World Maths Day.  They added their birthday to the school bar chart, tried to measure the teachers and guessed how many sweets were in the jars.  They also participated in the quiz.  We have some amazing mathematicians in Y1!

FEBRUARY

We have been investigating measures in our maths lessons.  We have been using balancing scales and learning all about how things balance and weighing objects using cubes.

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JANUARY

We have been using Talk 4 Writing in literacy to help us remember the structure of a story.  We used Oliver Jeffers story called Lost and Found.  It is about a penguin who appears at a little boy's door.  The penguin looks sad and the little boy takes him home but soon realises that the penguin wasn't sad because he was lost, he was lonely and they find each other again and live happily ever after.  Year 1 have loved using Talk 4 Writing and acting out the story.  It really helped them remember the story and be able to change parts of it more easily.

DECEMBER

Christmas is the most amazing time!  We have been learning about the story of Jesus being born and have been getting ready for him at Christmas.  One of the ways we have got ready is to start our own postal service wishing each other Merry Christmas.

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DECEMBER

The snowy weather has been brilliant for making snowmen.  In Year 1 we learnt how to roll a small ball of snow through the field of snow to make it larger and larger in order to build a snowman.  They turned out great.

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NOVEMBER

We have been investigating how kites are made for our Kite project in Year 1.  The Rotherham Kite Club have invited us to celebrate their 50th Birthday with them and so we are making our own colourful kites.  We have been investigating how kites are put together and what materials would be the best to make a kite light and waterproof.

NOVEMBER

We have been making natural art in our Forest School.  We looked for Autumn leaves of different colours and used twigs and sticks with interesting shapes and features.  We gathered inspiration from the things that we found in the forest and some images of natural art from Google.  Our favourite image was a rainbow made of different coloured leaves.  

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NOVEMBER

In Year 1 we have been studying the Hindu celebration of Holi.  It is an amazing celebration of the wonders of nature and is a colourful festival.  We made our own version of Holi using nature from the school field and throwing colour using streamers and balloons.  We ate popcorn and other goodies from the bounty of nature.

OCTOBER

As part of Black History month, Year 1 decorated South African flags.  We used the theme of colour to represent acceptance for all.

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OCTOBER

In our Come and See lessons, we have been looking into the signs and symbols of Baptism.  Fr Martin helped bring our learning to life when we went into church and performed our own Baptism.

OCTOBER

We have been learning how to program beebots in our maths lessons.  Using the grids, we made our own mazes and programmed the beebots to move in stages through the maze to find their cheese.  No beebot went hungry!

SEPTEMBER

As part of our first topic about Kings and Queen, we visited Conibrough Castle.  Back in the classroom we made our own castle and dressed up as the person we would most like to be.  Some of us were Kings and Queens, while others chose to be the cook, the knight or the messenger.  There were so many jobs in a castle, it must have been a very busy and noisy place to live!

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SEPTEMBER

Welcome to Year 1.  We have organised our books so that the children can take them home and we are fundraising for the World Wildlife Federation.  We want to help our world and one of the ways we have chosen to do this is by sponsoring an endangered animal.  We chose the polar bear from the WWF website and are raising money by doing jobs at home and being paid for it.  The Year 1 children are determined that they can help our world to be a better place.

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