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Y1 OWLS 2022-2023


To celebrate a brilliant year in Owl Class we had a fantastic Beach Day! During the morning we created our own beaches/coastlines. We decided what geographical features would be on our beach and which human features we wanted to create using junk modelling. In the afternoon we enjoyed doing beach themed activities such as a role play ice-cream parlour, a sand pit, volley ball and limbo. We finished the day with a refreshing ice lolly. 


This week we have started our Talk For Writing unit based on The Pirate-Cruncher. We created freeze-frames and puppets of the characters. We then started to change parts of the story, including the monster. The children came up with some brilliant alternatives to a monster, including aliens, dragons, and a giant eye ball! We then created a story strip for our new versions. In Maths we have been learning about time, measurements of time and telling the time to the hour. In Topic we explored historical seaside entertainment, including Punch and Judy shows. We then created our own split-pin puppets, and performed a show. 


This week we had our exciting trip to Dinosaur Golf! We had a lot of fun practising our golf skills, learning about different dinosaurs and adding up our scores. We have also had Sports Day on Friday. The Superhero race was definitely our favourite!


In school, we wrote our persuasive letters to Mrs Swain (Headteacher), asking if we could have a Beach Day at the end of term. In Maths we have explored money, looking at different coins and their value. We have also continued to practise our Scratch skills in Computing, and were learning how to write the most efficient code/programs. 


This week in Maths we have continued exploring place value to 100. We have been finding one more and one less using dienes and counting on a number line. In English we have been studying persuasive techniques and have planned a persuasive letter to Mrs Swain (Headteacher) to ask if we can have a Beach Day at the of term. We have also been discovering what the British Seaside was like in the past and comparing it to the present day. In RE we looked at the Jewish Synagogue's discussing the different rituals and practices. 


We finished our Dinosaur Discovery topic by making salt dough fossils. We practised our measuring and mixing skills. We then started this half term's topic of Charming Coastlines, exploring the different features of a typical British coastline. In English we practised our independent writing. We wrote a recount about our half term and wrote a new ending for an episode of our favourite TV show. In Maths we have been exploring place value up to 100, including counting and partitioning numbers. In Computing we started our progamming unit using Scratch Jr. 


This week we have been exploring the features of a Newspaper article and planning our own article about the extinction of the Dinosaurs. In Maths we have been recognising and finding quarters of shapes, objects and quantities. We had an exciting time in Forest School as we were cooking popcorn on the fire! The highlight of our week though, was having our Dinosaur scavenger hunt on the village green as our Topic lesson. We used our map field work skills to locate the different Dinosaur's hidden across the green.


We have been exploring halves in Maths. To begin with we recognised and found halves of shapes and objects. We then progressed onto recognising and finding half of a quantity. In English we wrote Dinosaur Limmerick Poems using different rhyming words. For Topic this week, we created Dinosaurs in the style of Henri Matisse using 2D shapes. Finally, we had a fantastic Science lesson where we created habitats for Mini-Beasts in old shoe boxes. 


We have completed our Dinosaur DT project this week. The children did a fantastic job bringing their dinosaurs to life by painting and decorating them. We also evaluated the project, writing about what went well, what was challenging and what we would change for next time. This week in Maths, we have been exploring sharing and grouping. 


This week we carried on our English and DT unit of work. We wrote up our Junk Model Dinosaur instructions following the plans we had created. We then learnt how to use different joining techniques for constructing our designs. Next, we started to create our Dinosaurs using the different pieces of recycling that we had collected from home. Finally, we paper mached our creations ready to be painted next week. They are looking fantastic already!


We were also lucky enough to be visited by a Mobile Planetarium as a conclusion to last half term's topic of Spectacular Space. We were able to experience different parts of our solar system and watched a story about a dog who wanted to go to the moon!

Mobile Planetarium


This week we have started our Dinosaur Discovery topic. To kick off the topic we are doing a DT project, where we are creating junk model dinosaurs. In English, we started planning what objects, resources and tool we would need and complied an Equipment list. We then began planning our instructions. We are including Imperative Verbs and Time Connectives. In Maths, we have practised counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. For Computing this half term we will be practising our keyboard skills, so we typed our full names and our friends names. 


We are very lucky to also have Forest School this half term! We began by creating a bug hotel and planting new fruit trees. 


This week we concluded our Spectacular Space topic, we learnt about what life is like for Astronauts who live in space. We then used our measuring and mixing skills to create Astronaut Pudding in DT. To do this we followed a list of ingredients which were dried milk, water and instant whip. In Maths we continued to explore Measure. We compared volume, measured and compared capacity using non-standard units of measure. 


This week we completed our own version of the Beegu story. We created some fantastic 8 page stories where we changed the settings and characters of. To show off our amazing work, we held a story look where we shared our stories with the rest of the school. In Maths we were exploring Mass, first we practised weighing objects using non-standard units of measure. We then compared and ordered the mass of different objects. In Topic we looked at how Satellites help our daily lives. We then identified some Human and Physical Geographical features on Satellite images of Earth and Physical Geographical features on Satellite images of other planets. 


On Wednesday, we had our whole school science day which was very exciting. We rotated between three different activities that were to do with the theme of 'Connections'. 

  • In Fox Class we created string telephones.
  • In Owl Class we used our sense of touch to describe and identify items in the mystery boxes.
  • In Deer Class we created super rockets that blast off using air. 


This week in our Spectacular Space Topic, we explored the evolution of telescopes and recreated constellations using Qtips. In Music, we explored pitch by playing different notes on xylophones. This was our first time using the xylophones in Year 1, so it was a lot a fun! We have started our unit of measure in Maths and began by measuring height and length using objects. We used cubes and paperclips to measure dinosaurs and animals. 


This week we have continued to explore the story of Beegu. We began by changing the setting and characters that Beegu meets and then drew a comic strip of our new stories. We also had a very exciting visit from Beegu, and we asked her questions about her story, thoughts and feelings.

Our costumes for World Book Day were amazing, and we loved writing about and sharing our favourite stories. 


This week we started our Spectacular Space topic. We learnt about the different planets in our Solar System, put them in order and then marble painted them. In English we will be looking at a story called Beegu. We started by exploring the characters, settings and sequence of the story. We created story maps and then made freeze frames, which were fantastic! In Maths we have began exploring place value to 10 including partitioning numbers into tens and ones and grouping by 10.


This week, we finished our Wonderful World topic by creating head bands for a Brazilian Carnival. We participated in Hockey matches using the skills we have developed and learnt this half term.


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This Week - 3/2/23

 Following on from our Topic lesson last week, we completed a research task about the Maasai Tribe and each wrote a report answering a specific question. To do our research we read printed fact files and identified facts from websites. We then chose and wrote specific facts to answer our investigation questions. In Maths we began exploring subtraction within 20 and will continue to next week. 


This Week - 27/1/27

We have continued exploring Chinese New Year, and read the Zodiac Story. We then sequenced and completely retold the story using our own words. The pictures below are a sample our of stories. In Science, we continued looking at animals and we investigated the question "Why penguins don't get wet?". We did this by putting water on a plain paper penguin, a felt tip paper penguin and a wax crayon penguin. We also had a lot of fun in Music. We explored the different instruments and adjusting the volume we played them in time to the beat of a song. 


This Week - 20/1/23

Linking to our topic lesson last week; we planned, drafted and wrote up descriptive sentences about Cherry Blossom Trees. Rather than simply writing "The blossom was pink.", we tried to expand our sentences e.g. "In the park, the tree had pink beautiful blossom.". We are very proud of the excellent writing all of the children produced and the effort they put in!

For our topic lesson, we travelled to China and explored Chinese New Year. We created Dragon Kites using our fine motor skills.

This Week - 13/1/23

This week we have been exploring rhyming poems in English, linking to our Wonderful World topic. To begin with we discussed a poem called Mother Earth's Gifts By Kelly Roper, we talked how it made us feel and the message the poet was trying to tell. We then sorted rhyming couplets into our own poem about the world. In Maths we have began exploring place value and breaking numbers down into tens and ones. We had a lot of fun sorting out different representations and matching them to the numeral. We travelled to Asia for our topic lesson and learnt about the Cherry Blossom Trees in Japan. We then created our own Cherry Blossom painting using straws to blow paint into branches and then finger painting the blossom. We also had our first Computing lesson using the Bee-Bot app!

This Week - 6/1/23

To kick off the half term we started our new topic of Wonderful Worlds by boarding a plane and visiting all of the seven continents. We loved writing in our passports and having them stamped before and after we boarded in the plane. In Maths we have started exploring numbers above 10 and place value. 

This Week - 16/12/22

This week we participated in the school Nativity as the Cool Angles. We performed a Nativity rap dance as the grand opening of the show. We did some amazing moves and singing. In Science, we created Snowman biscuits by decorating marshmallows.


To conclude our Curious Castle topic, of this term, we attended a Medieval Banquet. Before the Banquet, we prepared the food practicing our Food Technology skills of cutting and spreading. The Banquet hall was decorated with the traditional Christmas decorations that we had previously made in Forest School. We then were served Wine (black currant squash), meat, cheese, fruit and vegetables at the Banquet. Some of us got very into character! To end the Banquet we heard some fantastic jokes from a Jester. 

This Week - 9/12/22

This week we have been very busy practicing our Christmas Nativity Rap ready to perform next week. In English we finished looking at the story Knights and Dragons Unite! by rewriting our own versions of the story, changing the dragon characters and the resolution. We wrote some fantastic stories! In Maths we have now finished our unit on Addition and Subtraction within 10 and we have learnt so many new skills to apply to real life situations. Forest School was the highlight of our week as we created traditional Christmas decorations for a Castle using natural materials. We did this by using our team work and rope tying skills. 

This Week - 2/12/22

This week we completed our shields and painted them. In our topic lesson we participated in a war march around the school, with our new helmets and drums being played. We then arrived at the battlefield, in the playground, and pretended to act out the great battle of Jordans School I.XII.MMXXII. In English we have started to explore the story "Knights and Dragons Unite!". We drew some fantastic story maps and acted out freeze frames!

This Week 25/11/22

This week we explored the artist Henri Matisse and created our own versions of his work on Paint using the square and fill tools. It is great to see how far our computing skills and independence have progressed. In Maths we continued to learn about subtraction and started solving problems with our new skills using part whole models and First, Then & Now sentences. For our Curious Castle topic, we looked at Heraldry and designed painted our own shields following the instructions we wrote in English. To practice giving clear instructions, we sat back-to-back and gave our friends instructions to build matching Lego constructions. Today in PSHE we read and discussed the story Harold's Worst Nightmare and discussed how Harold the cat could have been a better friend to the new kitten in his family. 

This Week - 18/11/22

This week we have continued to explore our topic of Curious Castles. We have loved playing with our big castle and acting out epic battles with knights and dragons. We have learnt about the different types of castles throughout history and created a chorological timeline.  We also explored Piet Mondrian's art in Computing and recreated our own art using our new Paint skills. 

This Week - 11/11/22

We had our second Forest School session this week, it was a little wet we still had a fantastic time working in partners to complete different activities. We have been exploring Castle themed poems and will be writing our own Acrostic poems next week. In Math's, we have been learning how to find a part using subtraction. We had fun in Science sorting different objects into categories based on their materials. The highlight of our week was definitely drawing our self-portraits on the laptops which challenging as we were using new Computing skills, but we still had a lot of fun. 

Windor Castle Trip - 10/11/22

We had a brilliant time at Windsor Castle today. This trip was exciting as it links to our Curious Castles topic, so we were able to see and name parts of a castle, that we learnt about. We were very lucky to see the changing of the guards, which was exciting, and we loved the music the band played. We enjoyed our castle workshop learning about how to defend and attack castles and we walked around The State Apartments. It was also very special to see where The Queen was buried in St. George's Chapel. 

This Week - 4/11/22

This week we had our first Forest School session of Year 1. We really enjoyed exploring forest school again, making witches broomsticks, and creating giant spiders. We loved being reunited with Jordy the Squirrel! In Math's we continued to practice addition using part-whole models and number sentences. We also went on a nature walk in Science to see if we could spot any signs of Autumn. 

This Week - 21/10/22

This week we finished our topic of Owlselves and Diwali. To celebrate this, we learnt and performed a Bollywood Dance. The children absolutely loved it! We also created Moon Buggies in Science using straws, cups, paper and marshmallows. 

Bollywood Dance Part 1

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Bollywood Dance Part 2

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This Week - 14/10/22

This week we have continued to explore India and we have begun looking at Diwali. We read the Story of Rama and Sita wrote some brilliant character profiles using adjectives! To start our Diwali celebrations, we created Rangoli Patterns using dried beans and lentils, we got quite messy but created some fantastic artwork! In Maths we have been partitioning numbers using a part-whole model. We also completed a scientific experiment comparing our height and our foot size, we had a lot of fun measuring and drawing round our feet. 

This Week - 7/10/22

This week we have been studying India and learning different facts. We started by creating mind maps, then drafted and wrote up our own fact files, which look amazing! We have also been looking at Ordinal Numbers and the beginning to use a number line. In Geography we created a collage of the natural environment of India, showing the different geography and landscapes of the country. We have also loved exploring in our Investigation Area creating lots of wonderful things using loose parts.

This Week 30/9/22

This week we have been loving creating different things using Junk Modelling. We started by creating a design,  built our models,  painted them and finally drew on extra details. It was great to see the children's design process and creativity. This week we have been practising our sentence writing by planning with mind maps, comparing groups using inequality symbols and we created a timeline in History. 

Harvest Festival 26/9/22

We have created portraits using natural materials that we found around school.

This Week 23/9/22

This week we have been learning about fiction and non-fiction books, one more and one less and the 'oy' saying 'oi' sound. We have also drawn a journey map of our route to school and been practicing our song for the Harvest Festival. The Mud Kitchen has been very busy this week!

Last Week 16/9/22

Last week, we created self-portraits using natural materials. We discussed what materials and shapes we could use as our facial features, we then scavenged and collected the materials we would need in Forest school. We then completed the other half of our photo using the natural materials. We had great fun!

First Week - 9/9/22

Owl Class have had a brilliant first week continuing to explore their new classroom, writing, reading, going on Mini-beast hunts and labelling parts of the Human body. Next week, we will be continuing to practice our writing and counting skills, and making self-portraits out of natural materials. 

First Day - 6/9/22

Owl Class had a brilliant day exploring their new classroom and seeing their friends again!