Year 1 Class - 1B - Autumn - 2018 - 2019

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Welcome to Class 1B!
Class Teacher: Miss Byatt 
Teacher Assistant: Mrs Highm 
Tuesday Morning- P.E.
Friday Morning- Dance. 
P.E. kits to be left in school and will be sent home at the end of term. 
Homework will be sent out every Monday and must be returned on Friday. 
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Phonics is the first important step to learning how to spell and read.
In Year 1, the children will be given a reading book and a phonics pack to take home.
Please practice this as much as possible with your child, in preparation for the Year 1 screening test next year. 
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Nature Sculptures
The topic in art is all about using natural materials to create art work. To begin this topic, the children were introduced to nature and all of the natural materials they could think of. 
The children then explored the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy, who creates art sculptures using natural materials. 
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Natural objects were brought in for the children to observe and draw in detail. Following from this, the natural materials were then used for them to create mini models... out of clay! 
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School trip to the Museum of Liverpool 7.12.18 
We explored the Museum of Liverpool to find toys from the past, it was so much fun!
The children explored a timeline of toys, from toys that were created in the 1500's to present toys. They noticed that most past toys were made out of wood, metal and fabric. They also pointed out that most of the present toys were made out of plastic, just like the toys they have today!
The children went on a 'toy trail' and enjoyed seeing the toys first hand. 
They also got to pick their favourite past toy and draw it in detail.
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Alice in Wonderland performance 6.12.18
To enrich our Literacy and Creative Arts Curriculum, the children had the opportunity to watch a brilliant performance of Alice in Wonderland. The children thoroughly enjoyed the perfomace and had many laughs throughout. 
In science the children were finding out which meterials are the most absorbant.
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Help! Our Puppy has made a mess!


'Our pet puppy has splashed its water all over the kitchen floor! How can we investigate the best material to soak it up?'


We found that the most absorbant material was cotton wool!

Christmas Funday 30.11.18
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The children had a whole day of Christmas fun!
Year 1 did many christmas activites such as:
  •  storytime
  •  'rocking around the Christmas tree' disco
  •  photobooth with a green screen
  •  met Santa in his grotto
  •  visited the elves gift shop
  •  watched Christmas films
Have a look at pictures and videos of us!
The children have been practicing numbers in Mandarin with a 'magic' water cloth. They had so much fun with this! They had to dip the paintbrush in water, write on the cloth and then the writing would fade away when it dries... so they can practice their numbers again and again!
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The children have been exploring a range of toys from the past. They have been learning how they can gather information about the past from looking at them.
Meet a grantparent that visted us in class to talk about what toys he played with when he was younger.
The children prepared questions to ask him prior to his visit. Here are some of their interesting questions:
    • What toys did you play with? I played with trains and cars.
    • What were your toys made of? They were mostly made of wood and metal not much plastic like today.
    • How did your toys get made? Some were made in factories, but some were made by hand using fabrics and cardboard.
    • What was your favourite toy? My favourite toy was a fire engine made out of wood that my Dad had made for me.
    • Did you have a remote control car? No we didn’t because there were no batteries.
We have been learning all about Judaism during 'Other Faiths Week'.

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Our Jewish friend Jeremy visited St Matthew’s school today.

He told us a story about Sarah and her husband, Abraham.  God granted them a miracle and sent a baby to them.  Sarah and Abraham were very old.  They were 90 years old. They had a baby son who they called Isaac.  Did you know that the name Isaac means ‘laughter’?

In maths, the children have been practicing subraction. They have learnt that subtraction equations can be done in three ways: by crossing out, by using number bonds and by counting back. 
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Anti-Bullying Week
At the start of anti-bullying week the children had the oppertunity to wear odd socks to school, to promote diversity and individuality. Subsequent to this, the children were able to design their own sock and talk about what makes them unique in their own way.
Throughout the week, we spoke about being an upstander to bullying- a person who recognises when something is wrong and acts to make it right. When an upstander sees or hears about someone being bullied, they speak up and do their best to help, protect and support the person.
Unplugged Week (29.10.18)
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The children have been using algorithms to create their own unique character. 
The children were given a sequence of instructions to follow.
Algorithms are extremely important while solving any type of computer science problems.
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It is science week!
The topic in science is all about animals (including humans). 
The children have been exploring all their 5 senses. They have been tasting different kinds of food, touching objects, hearing different kinds of sounds, smelling food and using their sense of sight to see what they can see in the outdoor enviornment. 
Talk for Writing
In literacy, the children have started Talk for Write to retell the story about Oliver and Patch. This is an effective way for the children to talk about the story, in order for them to write their own story based on a familar setting.
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In music the theme is traditional tales. The children are beginning to use small percussion instruments, such as a glockenspiel to explore the dimensions of music. 
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In geography, the children have been learning all about where they live. They have been talking about what country and continent they live in. 
 Have a look at the pictures of us working in groups, to sort out facts about the 4 countries in the United Kingdom!
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We love our Manderian lessons and learning a different language!
The children have been learning how to greet each other and the Mandarin teacher.
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In collective worship we have been discussing how we serve God and others and how god love us all. 
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In maths we have been comparing numbers of objects and ordering numbers. We have been using many resources to help us solve maths problems, such as counters, ten frames, multilink cubes and number squares. 
Meet Our Digi Dog 
Coco Buster
Digi Dog is part of promoting online safety. The children have decided to name our Digi Dog Coco Buster. Every Friday, a child will get the chance to take Coco Buster home with them. They will have a diary to write about how Coco Buster has helped them keep safe online and about the adventure they have had together.
Last week Jacob took Coco Buster home. Have a look at what they have been up to.