Year 1 Class - 1P - Autumn - 2018 - 2019

Wecome to Class 1P
Teacher: Mrs Pritchard
Student teacher: Mrs Dunbar
TA: Mrs Jones
 Important Information
PE day is Tuesday morning.
Dance is on Friday morning.
PE kits should stay in school and will be sent home every half term.
Homework will be given on a Monday and returned on Friday.
Children are allowed to bring a healthy snack (fruit, breakfast bar) and a bottle of water to school (no fizzy drinks). 
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Phonics is hugely important in Year 1!
Following on from Reception, the children will be sent home with a reading book and a Phonics pack.
Please practise every night with your child in preparation for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test.
Home reading is crucial for your child's development in all areas of the curriculum and it's great fun too :) 
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In our maths lessons, we have been learning how to count forwards and backwards up to 10. We have been using counters, cubes and number lines to help us in our counting. 
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We have been learning all about families in our RE lessons. We have looked at all the different types of families that there are around the world and how God loves everyone. We have used role play to represent what our own family life in like, wrote our own Psalms and created finger puppets and collages showing how God loves the birds, flowers and even more ME!
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We have been using Talk 4 Writing to help us learn the story of Oliver and Patch. It is a fun, creative yet also rigorous approach to help develop early writers by using symbols and actions to retell a story. 
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In geography, we have been learning all about the world we live in.
Here we are working in groups to match different facts about the United Kingdom with their country. 
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It's Science Week at St Matthew's!
Our class topic is 'Animals Including Humans' and we have been looking closely at how we use our senses.
We worked in groups to try and guess what items were and how they tasted and smelt, using our senses. 
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Unplugged Week
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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We have been learning all about Judaism during 'Other Faiths Week'.

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’?

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In our Mandarin lessons, we have been learning how to say different parts of the body.
Here we are playing 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Feet!'

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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.
The children met 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.
The children will learn lots more about 'toys, past and present' on our class trip to the museum.
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 Christmas Funday 
The children had a whole day of Christmas fun!
Year 1 did many christmas activites such as:
 'Rocking around the Christmas tree' disco
 Photobooth with a green screen
Santa in his grotto
The elves gift shop
 Christmas films
Have a look at pictures and videos of us!
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Our Science today was about finding which meterials are the most absorbant.

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!

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We have been working hard in our music lessons to prepare for our Nativity. 
Here is a sneak preview of us singing one of our favourite songs 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'. 
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We have been learning all about 'minibeasts and the habitats'  in our science lessons this week.
We then went on to our school grounds to see if we could find any.
We found lots of WOODLICE! 
We decided to research this particular minibeast and made our own factfile. 
Did you know?
Woodlice may look like insects, but in fact they're crustaceans and are related to crabs and lobsters!