Welcome to Monet Class!
We hope you enjoy exploring our fantastic learning in Year 1!
Class Teachers: Mrs Terris and Mrs Todd
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Taylor
Human Rights Day
Following on from Mrs Bond's Human Rights Day Assembly we discussed all the things that we think are important for children to have. We looked at the difference between wanting something and needing something. Then we sorted out some picture cards and created a pyramid with the most important needs that we have at the top and the things we want at the bottom.
After creating our pyramid, we completed an activity with our learning partners to sort the cards into three categories: Very important, quite important and not important. We had to decide what we thought about each card together. We then looked at some photographs of children's whose basic needs were fully met and compared it to one of children whose basic needs were not met. We wrote about what we think Human Rights Day helps us remember. Some of us used a sentence writing support to help us and some of us wrote independently.
Circus Skills Day
Year 1 had a brilliant time practising their circus skills with instructor Phil. They started by learning how to throw and catch scarves, then balanced plates on sticks before moving onto balancing feathers on their hands. Everyone had a turn at walking the tightrope, with a little adult support and even those who were nervous jumped up to take their turn.
Have a look at the gallery on the latest news page to see us performing our tricks!
Key Stage 1 Nativity
Key Stage 1 have worked so hard this term to master their performance of 'Mary's Knitting'. We are so so proud of how dedicated they were to make it a good performance and they all participated brilliantly for their audiences. Year 1 were super at remembering their lines and their cues to come on stage or speak, I am sure they will make super narrators in their performance next Christmas in Year 2.
International Take One Book Week
We have been reading 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne this week which is based on real members of the Lou tribe in South West Kenya. First we looked at how far away Kenya was on Google Maps and found it would take 149 hours to drive there! We looked at the difference between our school and the schools that children attend in villages in Kenya. We also looked at mud huts in villages similar to where Handa is from in the story.
You can watch an animation of the story here...
We had great fun exploring the fruits in Handa's basket. We tasted banana, guava, mango, passion fruit, orange, avocado pear, pineapple and tangerine. We touched them, smelt them and finally tasted them. After the tasting we collected data by creating a tally chart to see which fruits Year 1 liked the most and the least.
We looked at Kenyan jewellery and the types of necklaces people wear. We created our own necklaces using paper plates and painted them with bright colours like they use in Kenyan jewellery.
We looked at these beautiful Kente dresses from Ghana in East Africa, what a wonderful present from Grandma!
We used stick puppets to retell the story and practised balancing a basket of fruit (the paper kind) on our heads...
Investigating the life of Florence Nightingale
We have been looking at Florence Nightingale this week and investigating the changes she made to hospitals during the Crimean War. We watched Magic Grandad on the smart board and saw how she made lots of changes to improve hospitals and patient care, We sorted pictures to show how hospitals were before and after she arrived. Then we created a timeline of her life and finally we wrote about her work. We had lots of fun dressing up as her and treating patients!
Where's My Teddy?
We have been reading Where's My Teddy? by Jez Aldborough. We went out into the playground to explore around the trees and reflect on being in the woods. We have learnt how to order stories and how to use time words to sequence events in a story,
Match that pattern!
Today we have been practising matching patterns on tens frames, We looked at different tens frames on the smart board for 10 seconds and then had to recreate it on our own tens frames. Mrs Terris turned the timer over and we had to beat it! We got really fast at matching the patterns and saying how many counters there were.
Maths Investigation Week
So far this week Year 1 have had lots of fun investigating numbers and the number system....
On Monday we investigated how quickly we can make numbers by matching numbers to number cards and if we can subitise (say how many you can see without counting).
On Tuesday we had great fun investigating how many coloured smarties there were in a small pack, which we got to take home and eat after school!
On Wednesday we investigated how to show numbers on a tens frame and practised representing numbers on a dice with our learning partners.
We have been learning about what makes a good sentence this week. Lots of us remembered the three main ingredients for a good sentence - Capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop. We played a game called silly sentences and had lots of giggles reading the sentences we created. Here are a few...
How Are You?
This half term our topic is How Are You? We have been considering how we can live healthy lives and thinking about people who help us. We have a doctors surgery role play at the moment...this poor patient had a poorly head and an injured arm so needed some help but the nurse soon helped him feel better!
Take One Picture Week
Year 1 have looked very closely at Monet's 'Japanese Bridge' painting. We learnt that Monet used very fast little brush strokes to create his painting so we decided to use very fast finger prints to create ours. Some children noticed the waterlillies under the bridge and tried to include these too...great job! We used art straws to create our own version of Monet's bridge cutting the pieces very carefully and getting very sticky attaching them with PVA glue! We are very pleased with our paintings, take a look and see what you think...
Class Archive 2017-18
Walton-on-the-Naze Friday July 6th 2018
Recycling fashion show! Friday June 8th 2018
Perform Drama Workshop. Thursday June 7th 2018
Multi skills morning at Wodson Park. Friday May 11th 2018
Science Week - Dress up as a mini-beast! Friday March 16th 2018
Making Fruit Kebabs in DT - Tuesday 6th March
After reading 'Oliver's Fruit Salad' we decided to make some fruit kebabs. We talked about the fruits we would like to include and the equipment we would need to create the kebabs. The children designed and labelled their fruit kebabs using a plan which you can see some examples of in the photos below. Once Mrs Terris had brought in the fruit we set to work...have a look at our tasty creations!
World Book Day March 2nd 2018
Having fun in the snow! March 1st 2018
The Easter Story through drama Friday February 23rd 2018
What does odd and even mean? Thursday February 23rd 2018
Who made the world? Friday January 26th 2018
Gymnastics with Mr Foster from Sele School January 25th 2018
Christmas in Italy!
Today Year 1 and 2 learnt about how Christmas is celebrated in Italy. They completed a quiz, coloured pictures of the Christmas witch 'La Befana' and then tried some traditional panettone! Buon Natale!
Children in Need November 17th 2017
Anti-bullying Week November 13th-17th 2017
World Food Day
On Monday 16th October Year 1 and 2 joined together to celebrate World Food Day, using the theme 'My Breakfast, Your Breakfast'. We began our day by looking at breakfasts eaten by four children around the world, and comparing them to our own.
Next, we created food waste posters to help us think more carefully about how we can reduce the amount of food that goes in the bin at lunchtime.
In the afternoon we thought about our GLP big issue "How can we make others feel welcome?" Caroline in Uganda didn't have any breakfast or lunch at school and Mouna in Mali had to pound the millet before she could eat it. Laila thought that if these girls came to our school we could give them some food, so we made some delicious breakfast rainbow fruit pots and cheese and fruit bagels that we would share with them. We ended our day with a thankfulness prayer and breakfast picnic.
Brilliant Bee-bot maps!
In computing we have been learning about programming Bee-bots. We are now designing our own local area maps so that we can create an algorithm to program the Bee-bot to travel from the Co-op shop to our school!
Maths Investigation Morning September 29th 2017
Thank you to all those parents and carers who came to our maths investigation morning.
Class Archive 2016-17
Multi-skills Festival at Wodson Park
Year 1 were invited to take part in the Multi-skills festival at Wodson park run by Sports Leaders from a variety of Secondary schools. Despite the rain and drizzle the children loved the activities and had lots of fun!
Just a snippet of what we got up to today! :)
Year 1 have been taking part in Safer Internet Day by making E-safety penguins!
Year 1 take part in a relaxing yoga class every Thursday morning!
October 21st 2016
Our parents came to support us with our maths investigations.
November 18th 2016
Today we have learnt to thread a needle!