In Science we have been learning about different materials and how to classify them. We sorted lots of different materials such as fabric, plastic, glass, wood, rock and metal. We have looked in non-fiction books to find out about these materials, what they can be used for and the difference between man-made and natural.
World Book Day at Sainsbury's
On World Book Day Sainsbury's invited 10 children from Year 1 at The Orchard Campus to join them for some fun and storytelling at their Watchmoor Park Store. The children walked to Sainsbury's with Mrs Syed (the wicked queen from Snow White) and Mrs Toye (Little Red Riding Hood). They had lots of admiring glances on the way! Heather and Gavin were great hosts and Gavin was a natural storyteller. He was amazing and was even dressed like Elmer. The children had a great time and came back to school with a big balloon each and lots of stories to tell.
World Book Day
On World Book Day we had a special assembly when we all paraded around the hall to show off our amazing costumes!
Year 1 staff dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood, The Woodcutter and The Wolf. We had lots of Willy Wonkas and even a Wonka Bar.
We drew a picture of our character and wrote some of the story.
In Year 1 we have been learning about capacity and volume. The children had to estimate the capacity of different sized containers. They recorded their estimations and then used yoghurt pots in the sand tray to check who was the closest. They also filled a container with different objects to see which ones they used the most of and least of.
We had great fun with water on the carpet too! We wanted to find out whether a tall thin container or a short wide container would hold the most water. Kymani agreed to be our tester and sat under the containers. We were amazed to find that both the containers held the same amount of water. Kymani didn't have a shower after all!
We finished off the week with a problem solving activity from our favourite website NRICH. The children had to put a number of pictures in order following a set of instructions very carefully. It was trickier than it looked but 'WE DID IT'!
As Part of our topic the children in Year One are learning about nocturnal animals. On Wednesday 23rd November we had a visit from Nicki of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue to give a ‘Wildlife Rocks’ talk. She brought one of their rescued hedgehogs with her to show the children. He was found in a garden with his brother and is too young to cope with a cold winter, so will stay at the rescue centre until spring. They didn’t make a charge for their visit but asked us to bring in donations of newspapers, tinned dog or cat food and old towels to put in their green wheelie bin. It was full to the top when they collected it! Thank you Green Class and Blue Class for your generosity and a big thank you to Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue!
The children in Year 1 were invited to a special stargazing evening at The Orchard Campus. We had amateur astronomers from Cody Astronomical Society talking to the children about the night sky. The children had great fun looking through the astronomers’ telescopes at the moon and Mars. We provided a range of activities including a dusk walk to look for nocturnal animals and using pastels to draw constellations. To warm us up after our outside activities the children had hot chocolate and biscuits. This exciting experience has enriched the children's learning and an enjoyable time was had by all!
Year 1 had fun sorting and classifying Reptiles, Mammals, Birds, Fish, Amphibians and Insects and learning how to identify each of the categories.
In Year 1 we have been learning to represent numbers using objects. We used tens and ones to make teen numbers with Numicon and Diennes. We have also been learning about addition using cubes to solve addition problems.
Safari Hook Day
Year 1 children had a fantastic day on their Safari Trip linked to our topic of Amazing Africa! We had our passports stamped and went through security before boarding our flight to Kenya. We found lots of African animals on our Safari and had great fun tasting different fruits linked to the story Handa's Surprise. We made African necklaces and African Art pictures which are on display at The Orchard Campus.