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St Francis Xavier's RC Primary School

‘The Spirit of God Shines in Our Hearts'

Year 1

Year 1

 

 

Year 1 Class teachers 

 

Mrs H. Birch                      Mrs E. Badham


 

Curriculum Information for Year 1

Read Write Inc. Phonics Sounds

We thoroughly enjoyed building our own castles after visiting Goodrich and having a knight visit us in class. When building our castles we had to try to include:

  • battlements
  • arrow slits
  • towers
  • barbican
  • drawbridge
  • portcullis
  • bailey

 

We had so much fun and made lots of mess!

We absolutely loved our trip to Goodrich castle as part of our History topic on castles. We learnt so much from visiting the castle, we saw all the different parts of a castle, we re-enacted what life would have been like for people living in the castle and it gave us fantastic knowledge to then have a go at building our own castles in school after this trip.

Knights and Princesses Day

This term we have been learning all about castles in History. As part of this topic we had a Knights and Princesses day to gain lots more knowledge about the topic. We had a knight come to visit our class with artefacts, armour and weapons. We even had an opportunity to use a crossbow and improve our hammer throw skills.

Maths- place value to 100

In our maths lesson this half term we have been looking at place value to 100. We have done this through a range of practical activities using a variety of visual representations to show we have a clear understanding of number. We find equipment really helps us to concrete our knowledge about place value and we have fun at the same time!

Our Woodland Adventure

Our Write Stuff unit this half term is 'Our trip to the woods'. As part of this non-fiction unit we went on an experience day to the woodland near school to use our senses to explore the sounds, tastes, sights, smells and feelings. When we arrived we went on a mini-beast hunt where we found lots of woodland insects, we then made mini animal shelters using rocks, stones, twigs, sticks and leaves to give woodland animals somewhere to keep them protected. After that we had a yummy snack of an ice lolly and a cup of squash, it was a warm day and we loved it. We finally went on a colour hunt where we found things of different colours. This experience day has meant we have been able to write all about the woodland tip in our write stuff lessons and use exciting adjectives to describe our day.

As part of healthy eating week we had a wonderful, yummy time making our own healthy dips. We chopped fresh fruit and vegetables to create sticks. Our final feast was delicious and we voted the tomato salsa our favourite dip. We took recipe cards home to make with our families.

May procession

The month of May is a very special month for Catholics, it's the month of Mary. During May we do our May procession where we process a statue of Mary to different stations around our school singing beautiful songs, saying the 'Hail Mary' and listening to readings. We really enjoyed this time of reflection this week.

We spent our afternoon discussing who Mary was and why she is so important to us. We then used our art topic where we are using clay to sculpt and we made our very own Mary out of clay. They were fantastic!!

Plants in Science

We have loved our science topic this half term on plants.

We enjoyed looking at:

  • Wild plants
  • Garden plants
  • How we look after plants
  • Evergreen and deciduous trees
  • Different parts of a plants

 

 

Maths work- number bonds with cuisenaire rods

In year 1 we are fantastic mathematicians. We know how important our number bonds are and we have been working really hard to become very confident at remembering them.

We have been representing our numbers bonds in a variety of ways:

  • cuisenaire rods
  • tens frames 
  • counters
  • bead strings
  • numicon

This term we have really enjoyed studying fresco art inspired by the work of Michael Angelo and were surprised how different it felt to paint onto plaster. 

Mothers day weaving and cards

We worked very hard making our own looms with which to weave our bracelets as part of our gift bundles for our wonderful Mummys! They certainly seemed to like them. 

Geography- map work

During our PE topics we have ben looking at the fundamental skills to being  good sportsman. We have been working on agility, balance and coordination as these are essential for all types of sports and physical activities. Look at our super skills!

Science- Body parts

This terms science topic has been all about our bodies. We loved drawing around our bodies and labeling the body parts that we knew. We also studied senses and did an experiment where we used our senses to guess smells, tastes, what we can see, what we can hear and feel. We had lots of fun during this topic and we now know lots about our bodies.

Christmas chocolate truffles

We got VERY mucky making chocolate truffles ready for Christmas, we had lots of fun though!!!

Santa Dash

We had the best morning completing our Santa Dash to raise money for charity. We ran around the playground completing as many laps as we could. We laughed lots and were getting our daily exercise in at the same time! Thank you for all of your donations and well done to all the children for completing such a fun run!

We thoroughly enjoyed making polar bear peppermint creams for Christmas. 

Florence Joyner- Non-fiction Write Stuff lesson

Our new Write Stuff unit is a non-fiction unit all about Florence Joyner. We loved learning all about her amazing life, what she achieved, her personal life and we even tried to beat her world record sprint time.

Godly Play Session

We had a beautiful Godly play session to celebrate our RE topic 'Families'. We have started by exploring our own lovely families where we talked to our friends and teachers about what makes our families so special. We then looked at the Holy Family during a Godly play session.

We enjoyed our Science topic 'Seasonal changes.' We have developed our skills of observing and recording on our weather walk where we used a thermometer and rain gauge equipment to help us. We very much enjoyed exploring our Marco Polo Weather App as well as playing our matching clothes game, dressing the dolls, and packing our suitcases for the different seasons. 

 

Can your child answer these questions?

  • How many seasons are there?
  • Can you name the different seasons?
  • What weather might you find in each season?
  • What clothes might you wear in each seasons?
Look at the fun we had last year!

Seasons in Science

We have just begun our Science topic 'Seasonal changes.' We have developed our skills of observing and recording on our weather walk where we used a thermometer and rain gauge equipment to help us. We very much enjoyed exploring our Marco Polo Weather App as well as playing our matching clothes game, dressing the dolls and packing our suitcases for the different seasons. 

 

Can your child answer these questions?

  • How many seasons are there?
  • Can you name the different seasons?
  • What weather might you find in each season?
  • What clothes might you wear in each seasons?

Sorting objects in Maths

Before we launched into counting objects, we explored the skills of sorting in maths. Mrs Birch was very impressed with our skills and confidence in sorting the same objects in various different ways. Take a look at our slideshow showing some of the sorting we did.

Our Wonderful Families

What a lovely first topic we have in RE celebrating 'Families'. We have started by exploring our own lovely families where we talked to our friends and teachers about what makes our families so special,  drew some fantastic artwork and enjoyed role-playing families in our play. 

Our class Assembly: The virtues 'Grateful' and 'Generous'

It is fair to say we made everybody very proud with our amazing reading, singing, signing and artwork. We gave a strong message about the importance of being grateful for the many wonderful gifts we have in our lives and generous towards others. 
We had such a wonderful Autumn Walk to Churchill Gardens today. After reading 'The Leaf Man' in class, we set ourselves the challenge of finding leaves of as many different shapes and sizes. We talked about the trees they came from and used our knowledge from our Science topic to predict how they might change throughout the year. An enormous thank you to Ali, Craig and Ava for generously opening their garden to us and warming us up with delicious hot dogs! 

Design and Technology: Fabric Faces

We did incredibly well with our first DT project! First we explored and evaluated a range of fabric dolls. Then we practised the skills of joining different materials to fabric by using tape, safety pins, glue and running stitch. Once we had these skills in place we went about designing and making our own fabric faces. Mrs. Birch was very proud of our efforts!

Love of Reading

We love nothing more than celebrating the magic of books in our 'Love of Reading' sessions. Whether we bring our slippers and teddies from home, take part in puppet shows or share a story with children from other classes, we always have a brilliant time. Look out for some of the things we have made for our new outdoor reading sheds!

Representing Number

We have been very busy exploring all the different ways we can represent number. Take a look at these examples using our fingers, numicon, tens frames, dice, base 10 as well as number in numerals and words.

Music: Keeping the pulse using instruments.

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Our Music topic has used Hip Hop music and focussed on the skills of recognising the pulse and rhythm in a piece of music. Firstly we learnt the song 'Hey You' and used our voices in different ways to perform in a Rap style as well as with controlled melody. We then used untuned percussion to play along with pulses of different speed before we moved on to using the tuned instruments of the Glockenspiel and the Recorder. 

Remember, Remember the 5th of November!

We had a lovely afternoon celebrating our new knowledge and skills with our families. We performed our oral retelling of The Gunpowder Plot and shared with them the cross curricular art work and writing we have completed in relation to our history topic. Thank you very much to everybody who joined us!

Other Faiths: Judaism.

We enjoyed exploring a different religion this week and especially liked learning the story of Moses leading his people to The Promised land which we represented ourselves in a variety of visual ways. 

Godly Play: The Nativity

What a truely wonderful time we had with Mrs. Fawcett exploring the awe and wonder of the Nativity story. Magical moments! 

Read Write Inc Fun!

We just couldn't read the book 'The dressing up box' without exploring Mrs. Birch's selection of costumes and what wonderful sentences we wrote as a result of our experiences!

Exploring Our Senses

How brave we were during our senses carousel activities- smelling, feeling, tasting and guessing. Chocolate was certainly our favourite but the lemon was a  shock for our taste buds!

Composers of music!

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We have been learning about body percussion as well as percussion instruments. We wrote two compositions of our own and were proud to perform them to the class. Here are a few performances for you to enjoy!

Another composition.

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Folk Art: Making bracelets for Mother's Day!

We worked very hard making our own looms with which to weave our bracelets as part of our gift bundles for our wonderful Mummys! They certainly seemed to like them. 
As we further explored Folk art, we enjoyed having a go at painting rocks using acrylic paint and a variety of layered dots and stripes. 

Geography: Exploring maps.

We thoroughly enjoyed exploring a range of maps. We are becoming very good at understanding a bird's eye view as well as the typical thinks you would find within a town or city like Hereford. 
What a wonderful afternoon we had with Ruth's Grandma Fishlock! She told us all about what life was like for her when she was our age and brought in many wonderful artefacts for us to explore. We asked ourselves, 'What was the same? What was different?'

Bonds to 10

We explored the number bonds to 10 using various resources. Then we made up our own stories to help 'lock' them into our memory. We used this knowledge to create many addition and subtraction number sentences and were amazed how helpful number bonds can be to so many areas of maths!

Multi- skills

We had a wonderful time getting active and practising our skills with some of our friends from St.Mary's High School.
The children were very excited to go on their Easter Egg Hunt and they were thrilled when they found an egg!

Class Invitation

It was wonderful to welcome so many parents into Year 1 for our Easter craft session.

World Book Day

Being scientific - making predictions

The children gave some fantastic answers about how they could ensure that this investigation was a 'fair test'. They made some great predictions about which surface would allow the car to travel the furthest and were able to explain why they thought that. They were then able to use their measuring skills from their recent maths lessons to measure and record how far the car travelled. 

Liturgical dance

We had a lovely time interpreting the words of the 'Our Father' in dance. You can see how much effort and expression Fergus managed to put into his performance. 

Being scientific, mathematical and logical!

Father Christmas needed our help to make the right size gloves and boots for his elves. We investigated whether if you have big hands you also have big feet. This helped us gain further scientific knowledge about the human body and we were able to use many of the measuring skills we have been practising in maths. 
The children made our school so proud with their fantastic singing and dancing. Thank you to all our family and friends who came to support us. We hope you enjoyed the show!
We enjoyed our cross curricular art and science lessons where we used our knowledge and observations of the changing seasons to create our 2019 calendars. We explored colour and texture through our collage and our fingerprints made perfect leaves!
We were so very excited to have our families visiting us in class. We impressed them with our retelling of 'The Gunpowder Plot' and they enjoyed reading our biographies of Guy Fawkes. We went on to show our charcoal portraits of Guy Fawkes and compare them with our pencil self portaits and Van Gogh pastel portraits. Thank you so much to our parents, siblings and grandparents for taking the time to join us in our classroom!  

Number bonds

We have been using Cuisenaire rods to explore number bonds. Look at how well Joslin systematically created number bonds to 7 and wrote addition number sentences to match. 

Interviewing special people in our local parishes

What an exciting time we had interviewing special people from our local parishes. Mrs. Pearce told us about her reading in Mass, Ruth's Daddy told us what is involved in playing the organ and Mylo's Grandma told us how she organises the choir. We enjoyed making our guests feel welcome in our classroom.

Design and Technology

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We designed and made our own lunch boxes to help our pirate friends. Take a look at our design journey!

Key Stage 1 choir

Please listen to these to become familiar with our songs for the Herefordshire festival.

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