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Every child is an artist

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Over the last few weeks Year 1 have been learning all about art and colour.

Children started their learning journey looking at primary, secondary and tertiary colours.  They then developed their art knowledge in more detail by exploring colours that are cool and colours that are warm.

We have explored how to make different tints of colour by adding white and different shades of colours by adding black.

Children explored artists Paul Klee and Claude Monet to closely observe how effective the use of different colours, tints and shades are in paintings.

Children then used all this knowledge to paint a Arctic landscape and an African landscape using opposing colours.

The children and I are very proud of the work they have produced


A colourful outdoor afternoon

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Year 1's learning has had an art focus over the last few weeks which we continued into our outdoor learning afternoon.

Children used their knowledge of the primary and secondary colour wheel to match leaves they found in the outdoor area.

They were surprised by how many different coloured leaves they found. The only colour leaf we could not find was a blue one which children had predicted before we ventured outside.


Outdoor explorers

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Year 1 had a great outdoor afternoon on Thursday. Albeit a little wet and muddy, Year 1 did not let this dampen their spirits and had a great afternoon building dens and building a Bivouac shelter.

Continuing our topic theme on explorers into our outdoor learning, children built dens using tar-poling, bungee string, tent pegs and hammers to shelter themselves from the rain.  Children then rewarded themselves by enjoying their hot chocolate in their dry den.

Children also go to have a go at working as a team to quickly assemble a Bivouac shelter role playing being Scott of the Antarctica and his team in a snow storm.  Children were tasked in getting inside the Bivouac shelter as quick as possible.  Children really enjoyed this task and got into action at an impressive speed.


Year 1's Diwali afternoon

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Year 1's Come and See lesson had a Diwali theme this afternoon which started with us learning about the Hindu religion and the story which lead to Diwali 'festival of light'.

Children used clay and accessories to make their own Diva lamp, created their own Rangoli pattern decorations and made a 'Happy Diwali' card for their loved ones,

Children were fully immersed in their activities this afternoon whilst listening to traditional Diwali music.

The classroom had lots of candles and lights to portray the lights used in the festival of light and children reflected on all things good in the world.

A special thank you to Mr and Mrs Whitmore who supplied us with lots of craft materials that used in this lesson.


Hedgehog outdoor afternoon

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This weeks outdoor afternoon had a hedgehog theme which started off with us discussing everything we knew about hedgehogs.  We discussed how they are nocturnal and how they like to hibernate in the winter.

Children then went off into the outdoors and made their own hedgehogs using clay and twigs and hedgehog pictures out of leaves.

Encorporating one of our school values into our outdoor learning, children showed stewardship by working in pairs to carefully build hedgehog hibertation homes in and around our outdoor areas.

As always, Year 1 finished off their afternoon with hot chocolate and a story sat on logs in the willow.


Let's go fly a kite

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After adding our finishing touches to our kites; string, handle, tail and bow. Year 1 were ready to go and test out their kites.

Firstly checking they had good kite flying weather, children set out to test their products suitability as a flyable kite.

Children had a great time testing out their kites, many with great success.  Others unfortunatley did not quite gain the lift and thrust associated with a successful kite which led to a good discussion in our evaluation as to what went wrong and what they would do different time.

Children were excited to take their kites home to continue to use outside of school.

Well done Year 1.


Outdoor Thursday fun

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Year 1 had a busy afternoon in the crisp autumn outdoors this afternoon.  

Taking part in lots of forest school activities, children enjoyed making their own fossil stones, leaf bracelets and going on a autumn leaf hunt.

We finished the afternoon in the willow for a story by one of our favorite authors 'Julia Donaldson' and of course hot chocolate.


Making our own kites

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Following our investigation into suitable materials to make a kite with last week.  Children this week have designed and started to make their own kites.

Children worked in pairs to assemble, saw, draw and cut materials in order to manipulate them into a kite structure.

Children have so far build the main kite structure and will be revisiting the kite to add the string and the handle later this week.

Year 1 showed some great resilience and team work today! 

Well done :-) 


Meet the Teacher

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I really enjoyed meeting our parents this year at the meet the teacher evening a few weeks ago.

Below is the link for the PowerPoint with all the information about year 1 as discussed in the meeting.

Any questions please feel free to pop in to see me and ask.

Many Thanks

Miss Johnson 

Meet the teacher ppt YR1.pptx


We are scientists

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Year 1 turned into scientists this afternoon testing materials that would be suitable to make a kite.

Children thought about what properties a suitable material for a kite needed to have.  Following this, children undertook a series of investigations which helped them to decided which material would be most suitable.

Children tested how strong, waterproof and light each material was and then went on to record their findings so that they could compare the outcome.

Children will now go on to make a list of materials they would like to use to make their kite before moving on to designing how their kite will look. 

We are excited to see the designs later this week!