Please feel free to have a look around to find out about all the exciting things we have been up to in Year One!
Summer 2 - Would the Beatles win the X Factor?
Beatlesmania: The Musical
As you all know we have our up an coming end of year performance coming up! Here are some of the songs that we will be singing for you to practice at home!
The Beatles Yesterday.mp3
The Beatles - With a Little Help from My Friends.mp3
The Beatles - We Can Work it Out.mp3
The Beatles - Twist and Shout.mp3
The Beatles - Ticket To Ride.mp3
The Beatles - She Loves you.mp3
The Beatles - Help.mp3
The Beatles - Hello Goodbye.mp3
The Beatles - Hard days night.mp3
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love.mp3
Queen - Dont Stop Me Now.mp3
Madness - House of Fun.mp3
Oasis - Rock N Roll Star.mp3
Spice Girls - Who Do You Think You Are.mp3
Busted - Year 3000.mp3
Little Mix - Black Magic.mp3
We had to keep ourselves entertained on our long journey to Liverpool, the traffic was really heavy and it took 2 hours! Some of us played games but some of us fancied a little snooze....
Here we are dressed up in our 1960's clothes having a little dance with the music on the record player!!!
We absolutely loved working in the Discovery Zone. In here, we began to look at clothes from the 1960s, we got to dress up and some of us pretended to be the Beatles and put funny wigs on! Then we learnt all about record players and vinyl records. Afterwards, some of us pretended to be The Beatles whilst the others pretended we were at a Beatles concert in the 1960s with Beatlemania!
We also played games on an interactive piano on the floor. We all took it in turns to play the different notes and when we'd finished, it played a Beatles song. We learnt a new Beatles song called 'She Loves You'.
When we finally got to the museum, we went inside and were given a set of headphones each. We worked with our busy bee buddy to find out lots of information about The Beatles when we were going through the museum. We found a really old typewriter that was used instead of computers to make posters about The Beatles. We even went in a duplicate of 'The Cavern' and we found out that it's on Matthew Street in Liverpool. We also found out about when The Beatles went to New York and that Ringo Starr's real name is Richard Starkey!
Welcome back to our last half term in Year One!
What a year it has been! The children tried really hard on their phonics test the first week back and their achievement on the test will be in the end of year reports.
We can tell that children are already enjoying our topic on The Beatles this term and have taken time at home to find out more about them.
Everyone especially enjoyed our trip and all the helpers at the Beatles Story museum commented on how well behaved and polite the children were, it was a joy to take them!
Which plants and animals would Little Red Riding Hood find in our school grounds?
Re-enacting our new version of fairy tales!
Little green fingers!
Why can't Meerkats live in the North Pole?
Year 1 Bake Sale
We held a bake sale in order to raise money towards our class trip to the 'Beatles Museum' in Liverpool. Thank you to everyone who donated and baked cakes ,as you can see they look scrumptious so it was very hard to choose. We managed to raise £137!
Making Easter Baskets
Before we broke up for our bank holiday weekend we had a very important task... making our Easter baskets! First we needed to fold the card to make the sides of our baskets... this was a little tricky but we persevered. Then we made small cuts to each side to make the corners. Next we used a thin piece of card to make our handles. After that we decorated the sides using green tissue paper for grass and yellow fingerprint chicks. Finally we used shredded paper for a soft cushion for our eggs. We think they looked fantastic and the Easter bunny must have agreed as he left us lots of eggs while we were in our gymnastics lesson!
We have started this topic by looking at the Meerkat Mail book by Emily Gravett. Sunny, the Meerkat has sent us a copy of his adventures so we can find out all about meerkats and his adventures too of course! We have looked at how Sunny has told his family what he's up to through postcards and THEN Sunny asked us to write him one from the North Pole (he said his fingers were too cold to do it himself!)
Loving our gymnastics lessons...
Here we are in our very first gymnastics session! We're working in our busy bee partners to create different bridges using our bodies. One of us had to make the bridge and our partner had to be able to go over or under or bridge. We had some amazing ideas and lots of fun too!
Practising our pencil rolls...
we had to try really hard to keep our arms...
and legs really straight!
The egg roll was lots of fun...
we needed to keep our arms and legs tucked in...
and roll in a straight line!
Our favourite roll was the 'Superman' roll...
our arms and legs needed to stay off the floor...
it was very tricky so we gave each other tips!
We have also had lots of fun learning three new rolls; the sausage roll, the egg roll and the 'Superman' roll. We tried our best to keep our bodies straight and roll in a line!
World Book Day!
We had LOTS of fun on World Book Day. When we got to school, we all got on the Hogwarts Express and ended up at a school of magic! When we got there, we had to be sorted into the school houses, Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw and we had to call our teachers Professor! Then we played some phonics games in our houses and had to try and score the most points to beat other houses. We had to make as many words as we could using the letters Harry Potter, think of lots of exciting adjectives to describe a scary dragon and see how many Harry Potter words we could remember in a minute - Hufflepuff won that game!
Then we read an extract from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone where Harry goes to the magical shopping street. We looked at illustrations and created our own book covers before writing a short blurb and then we had a go at writing part of the story. We got house points for our house teams all day but in the end it was the Slytherin House with Professor Whittaker who won!
The Elixir of Life...
Our potion ingredients
Here we are working in our kagan groups...
We are learning how to measure weight...
We have all got a job...
One of us reads the ingredient and weight out
Checking to see if it is balanced.
Balancing the scales was tricky.
One of us finds the weight we need
One of us measures the ingredients out
We make sure the scales are balanced!
One of us tips the ingredients into the bowl!
Then we swap jobs!
Everyone has a turn at each job.
Pouring in the rats tails
and fairy dust into the mix!
Adding the last ingredient.
Finally we stirred out magic potion...
and said the magic words...
We've been investigating the lives of Meerkats and following the life of Flower the Meerkat who lives in the Kalahari Desert. Here, we are pretending to be a family of Meerkats, then one of us pretended to be Sunny after he just got back from his adventure and we asked him questions about his travels.
Meerkat Manor The Story Begins...
Working as Collaboration Kings!
Here we are working as part of our Kagan group team. We are learning how to measure capacity using ml and l. In our teams, everyone has a job (and everyone gets to have a go at doing each job too). Here, one of us was choosing a container, one of us filled the container with water, one of us poured the water into the measuring jug and one of us read how much water there was in the jug and wrote it down
Why aren't humans like tigers?
D I S C O!
Celebrating Chinese New Year
During the last week of term we looked at why Chinese New Year is celebrated. We discovered why red is a lucky colour in China and opened fortune cookies. After we had read our fortunes we made some lucky Chinese money wallets to keep them in. As you can see we had lots of fun!
Keep your feet on the ground even when flattered
You are very expressive and positive
Well done is better than well said
Blue is a lucky colour to wear on Friday
Fame and fortune will soon be yours
Never judge a book by its cover
Dancing is just like walking to music
A fresh start will put you on your way
Bringing our animals to life!
Making clay animals...
Year 1 have had lots of fun making our own clay animals to link with our animals topic. First we researched the animals and created a report in our talk partners and then we designed our animal and we decided which 3D shapes we would need to make with the clay to make our animals.
It was a bit tricky to blend the clay together and some of our animals have had some casualties but we know that next time we use clay, we need to make sure we blend the pieces together using lots of water!
We've been working lots in our Kagan groups this term to learn about the different types of animals. Here, we are sorting animals into omnivores, herbivores and carnivores by helping and supporting each other. We each had a turn at being the 'picker' (choosing an animal card), the 'reader' (reading the animal's name), 'the decider' (deciding what that animal ate) and 'the sorter' (putting it into the correct section of the Venn diagram).
An AMAZING, fun visit from the Wildlife Roadshow
To kick start our new topic about animals with the WOW factor, we enjoyed a visit from The Wildlife Roadshow. We learnt so much about the animals that were brought in and we even held some! We looked and learnt about a boa snake, a giant African land snail, a crested gecko, a bearded dragon and a Chilean rose tarantula!
We've used our experience with these animals to write a fact file with our buddy with all the different information we learnt. This is going to help us write our own report about an animal we choose along with our own clay model of the animal too!
The Midwives in Crisis...
A big THANK YOU to all of our parents who made the time to come and watch our amazing nativity performance. We worked really hard and had so much fun!
The Naughty Bus...Newsround!
The new adventures of The Naughty Bus..
Investigating new worlds for the Naughty Bus to visit
Making jam sandwiches!
Here's Evie making some jam sandwiches. She's sharing them between her and her invisible friend (she didn't tell anyone she was bringing her friend to our party!). We now know how to share things into half and that they have to be the same!
We also helped our teachers follow instructions to make jam sandwiches. We're learning how to write instructions because the naughty bus keeps bothering Beryl and Terry and we are going to write some instructions for them to catch him!
halving party food for our invisible friends
First of all, the Year 1 Team cannot express how proud they are of Year 1! Everyone was extremely sensible and it was a pleasure to see them represent Holden Clough so well. Secondly, a big thank you to all those parents and helpers who came along the trip to help - we had a fantastic day!
The children really enjoyed learning about the way Manchester has changed over the years and we found out some interesting facts about the first day the Steam Train was launched! We looked at how things were powered before electricity and got to watch a 4D movie about a museum coming to life where our chairs moved and we got air blown at us! Some of us really loved the air and space part of the museum, we saw lots of old cars - some didn't even have a roof or an engine! And there were lots of huge aeroplanes and helicopters to look at. After our busy day, we experimented and investigated in the science zone before going to catch our own bus home! What a busy day!
Wow! What a great start to our second Autumn term. Everybody is working so hard and challenging themselves in the continuous provision areas. We've been using our book 'Lost at the Toy Museum' to learn lots! We've been using our senses and lots of adjectives to describe settings in the story and we've even had a letter off Bunting (the main character!) so we've been learning how to write letters too!
We've had a fabulous start to Year One. Everyone has worked really hard and we've had so much fun learning all about different materials and the Autumn season.
For the last two weeks of term, we will be looking more at our seasonal changes topic. Today we went on a leaf hunt! We found lots of different types of leaves that were different colours, sizes and shapes. We worked out that they were from different trees! Then we used them to make our own Autumn tree.
Our human bar charts for the seasons we were born in...
We've been discovering and learning all about the seasons. We sorted the months of the year into seasons and then made a class tally chart of which season we were born in. Then we made a human bar chart! In both classes, winter was the most popular season to be born in.
After we read the story together, we created some still images of different parts of the story with our busy bee buddies! Can you tell which parts of the story we are creating? Is it the boy looking out the window at the stars? The boy trying to reach really high to catch the star from a tree? The boy trying to use his rocket? The boy asking the seagull for help? The boy finding his star?
How To Catch A Star...
Then we told the story with actions! We have been learning to order the story using time adverbials like first, next, after that and then.
A real alien egg!!
The Planets ♫ Solar System Song
We love our new song about the Planets! We are learning it to help us with our learning about the Earth and we will also be performing this in our end of term Sing Up Assembly!
Our alien friend has been asking for lots and lots of help from us! We decided to write him a list of things he and his friends might need to come to Earth. We know that Earth has lots of different weather so first we wrote a list of things they might need to visit a rainforest and then we wrote a list of things they might need for the beach. We even got a postcard from the rainforest! We've been learning how to use bullet points in our lists and exciting adjectives too!
A message from our new friend...
On Thursday, the alien left his egg in our classroom for us to look after! We came up with lots of ideas on how to keep it safe at night time and some of us thought about how keeping it warm would make it hatch!
Strange things are happening...
We found a surprise when we came into school on Tuesday! Outside our Year 1 classrooms, there had been a crash landing! We saw lots of space dust, space oil and even moon rocks! Then we got a letter from an alien who needed our help to escape back to his own planet and away from the aliens trying to catch his special eggs! We decided to make wanted posters so everyone knew what the mean aliens looked like..
Memories from Reception...
Our day at Manchester United.
We made our very own pirate badges and eye patches!
We have had lots of fun making pirate ships in our outdoor area.
Our Manchester United superstars of the week!
This week we opened a car wash in our outdoor area. We have had lots of fun washing the bikes in the sunshine.
Well done to everyone who completed their home work challenge over the holidays. The children enjoyed sharing this with their friends.
We looked really carefully at daffodils and did some beautiful observational drawings using pastels.
On World Book Day everyone made a brilliant effort and dressed up as their favourite character. Well done reception!
We read the story of "Alien Loves Underpants" and had lots of fun painting our own underpants.
After our dance we recorded our space journey on large pieces of paper using charcoals.
Rocket Landing! Sophie & Kashish measured out an area for a rocket to land. They worked together to cone off the area and to write signs to guide the astronauts to their landing bay.
After reading the story "Whatever Next?" the children created their own rocket outside.
After reading the story Sophie, Rohan and Evie decided to build a trap for Goldilocks. They decided to put a chair, some porridge, a kettle and some new ribbons inside the trap to entice Goldilocks.
Kinga painted a beautiful picture of the three bears from the story.
We are learning about ourselves and how to stay healthy. We have been working very hard in our gym stretching, jumping and balancing.
In the outdoor area we created a Car/Bike Wash. We worked together to build the entrance, to make the sign and to wash the bikes!
We went inside the igloo and shared what we already know about winter animals.
We read the story "Look at me I'm a monster!" and we made masks just like in the story.
We read the story "Monstersaurus". Then we invented our own monsters in the water area just like Monty.
We have built bridges in the different areas and have acted out the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
This half term we are exploring colour. This week we looked at the work of Jackson Pollock and created our own masterpieces outside!
We described the troll in the story and then we painted our own monsters.
On Monday we found a monster in our classroom holding a book and making a terrible growling noise!
We have made poppies to wear for Remembrance day
For Sing up we performed "Let it go" from Frozen. We made crowns to wear for the performance and we sang beautifully.
On Friday 24th October we listened to the story of Diwali and made our own Diva lights.
We are learning how to use the different areas in our environment
We have lots of fun in our Outdoor area - Mud sliding!
Our First Pictures
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