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Welcome to Year 1

The new children's work they completed on moving up day is on the wall, the class is clean and tidy and ready for some new pupils. We have two new class puppets waiting to make new friends. Look at the webpage regularly to find out what we have been doing in class.

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We have continued on our William Morris theme this week and have used felt tip pens to make repeating pattern blocks and we have made paper collages similar to the trellis design made by William Morris. Some of artwork is now proudly displayed. Our last art session this week will be painting blocks and relief stencilling.

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In the next few weeks we will be sketching, painting, using pastels, printing blocks and making paper collages to replicate the work of William Morris. These pictures show the start of that work.

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As part of this half term's topic we are also learning about the flowers, trees and plants that are native to the U.K.  To support this learning we went on a local walk and collected leaves and flowers and made art in the style of scottish environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy. He is a famous artist and sculptor who collects natural things from the environment and turns them into works of art. As you can see we did too.

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Our Farm to Fork topic started with sewing seeds of our own and beginning to grow our own, carrots, radishes, marigolds and beans. We all went for a local walk to the Dales to look and identify plants and trees. WE have learnt about life cycles of plants, frogs sand butterflies. In class we have watched our caterpillars grow and become a chrysalis, we are now waiting for them to metamorphosise into butterflies.

We went on a trip to Easton Farm Park and had a wonderful day learning about animals and food. We collected eggs, learnt about where milk comes from and what it can be made into, we even made some butter of our own.

We walked on the banks of the River Deben and saw loads of dragonflies we finished the day on the play area.

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In the Spring term 1GP had the highest attendance in the school, their reward was a extra playtime and lollies on the field with Mrs. Head.

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We have continued with our mastery of maths showing how we can make 9. The children's maths challenge was; 'The answer is 9. What could the question be?

They ended with a multitiude of different answers, some recorded using abstract methods including word problems, some chose pictorial methods and some concrete methods were used.

The children have been inspired to find out new facts about space and the planets and have produced some amazing homework which really shows the learning they have done. Now the weather is nicer again 1GP have been using the outside area in reading times and we are hoping that very soon some bugs will come and inhabit their new hotel. 

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We had a space non-uniform day and challenged the children to come to school dressed as astronauts, scientists and aliens. We had an amazing range of costumes, the spacemen came in full suits complete with oxygen tanks, helmets and space boots. The scientists came with googles, wacky hairstyles, pens and clipboards. The aliens came in a range of colours and sizes from pink to green, and from two eyes to eight. All the children that dressed up got a certificate and a sweet, the winning costume prize in 1GP was awarded to Elijah McCurdy he was dressed as an astronaut from NASA.

Space Dress Up Day

This half term we start our new topic Fly me to the Moon!

Watch this space to find out what we will be learning about in the next few weeks.

What is it?

We arrived back at school to what appeared to be a crash site. Part of the wildlife area had been sectioned off by tape and there were danger signs telling us to keep out. It looked like something had crashed through the trees and landed on the ground! There were some strange shaped objects and pieces of metal, we were not really sure what they were or where they came from; but it was very exciting. I am sure our imaginations will come up with some fantastic answers and ideas about the origins of the items and how they can be returned or collected to wherever they are from.

Authors Chris Wormell and Nick Butterworth showed us how they create their characters and shared their love of books with the children.

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Awesome Authors

The children have listened to a plethora of stories from a wide range of fiction books in a range of styles. We have enjoyed rhyming books, humorous books, fairytales and stories by our visiting authors.

We were lucky enough during the topic to meet some well known authors and they inspired us to create our own story based upon a main character. Both Nick Butterworth and Chris Wormell are authors and illustrators, they explained how they thought of a character and then from that they created a story for the character.

From this the children learnt that a story can be broken down into parts and that to begin it needs a main character, so they created their own characters on paper and then made them into puppets (a big thank you to all the adults that came and helped with the sewing and threading needles!). Then they created settings for where the character’s stories would take place. Next they wrote character and setting descriptions and then  created a fairy to help solve the problems in their stories. After that they drew story plans. Next they wrote their stories in rough and made amendments, finally they wrote them neatly, illustrated them and turned them into a mini book.

We also created Mother’s day books in the style of Nick Butterworth.

 

During this topic the children also put on a wonderful performance of ‘Eddie the Penguin Saves the World’ for parents to come into school and watch. They did an amazing job learning the songs, dancing, performing and narrating the story we were all very proud of them. Great Job Year 1

In Maths we have been learning about halves and quarters of a shape and an amount. To help us understand how many parts halves and quarters are we used bread, butter, jam and lemon curd to fisrt cut our whole slice into halves and then into quarters. World Book Day arrived and we saw an amazing range of characters, we had; pirates, Horrid Henry, Dorothy, Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Princesses, ghost brides and more.

 

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To complete our topic of 'Rain, Rain Go Away,' we heard the story of 'The Storm Whale.' We linked into our previous learning on the weather, storms and floods. We thought back to the water cycle and focused on waters around the globe. We talked about water temperature, weather and researched types of whales and where they could be found. To complete the topic we made artwork based on the story using papers, card and paint to create texture in our pictures of characters  Noi and the whale from the story.

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Parents came into school to share a Maths challenge lesson with the children. The session was based on shape and they were challenged to use tangrams to build a pictorial story of 'Noah's Ark.' The children were able to show their parents how well they work with their partners, how independent they are and how well they stay focused during lessons in school.

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Our homework asked us to think about what materials would be best to use for different purposes. We had to think what would be the best materials for a teddy bear, a car or a house.

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As part of our topic we learnt about materials and found out which materials were waterproof. We tested materials, then designed our boats, made them and then flaoted them. We discovered that tin foil made good boats, that wood floated, vinyl was a great for keeping our boats dry and floating, but that water and card soaked up the water and then sunk. Five boat floated overnight and three stayed floating for a whole day.Well done, Dylan, Kiran and Blake.

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Welcome to 2017.

To start the year we have a new topic, Rain, Rain, Go Away! We began by learning about the water cycle and how water moves around the earth. We made water cycles and did some active storytelling to learn about the different parts of the cycle. Then we moved onto weather diaries and we were lucky enough for it to snow during that week. We compared Ipswich in the U.K. with Ipswich in Australia; we located the equator and the North and South poles and found out what the weather is like around the globe. This week we have been learning about states of matter and making a gas so we could see evaporation rising by inflating a glove. We have also performed some melting ice investigations; next week will be investigating materials, floating and the seas and oceans around the world.

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The End of Term.

We finished for the Christmas holidays by making cards, calendars and making robin pictures linked to the story  'Coming Home' by Michael Morpurgo (also known as the Waitrose advert). We had Christmas Dinner, lots of card sorting, a visit from Father Christmas and party games before going home for a rest. Next half term we will be finding out about the oceans, the water cycle, states of matter and materials in our topic, Rain, Rain Go Away!

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Christmas Hampers

Christmas Hampers have been created for every class full of some those Christmas necessities like; crackers, paper, food snacks and more. To try and win the hampers you need to pay £2 per square and simply come and sign your name on the class record sheet. You can have as many turns as you like and try your luck on as many class hampers as you like. The winners will be drawn on Friday 16th December and winners will be notified on the day. The opportunity for you to sign up will be everyday after school on the playground for the next week. Good Luck!

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Decorations for the Wedding.

We spent two afternoons frantically making garlands, large tissue flowers, mehndi stars and tissue paper columns to make our Indian wedding display in the hall. All the children in the whole school made something which helped make our hall look amazing.  For our finale to our learning we have made a Indian wedding mandapa, we will celebrate by recreating the wedding and through dance and food.

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Jaya Dance visits our school.

We were all lucky enough to take part in learning a Bhangra dance this week when Jaya Dance came to the school. We had a great time learning hand gestures, steps, turns and sequences to perfom a dance together. The children had the opportunity to dress up, use scarves and to wear ankle bells. Next week we are making decorations to build a mandapa (an Indian wedding altar) and will be taking part in our own version of an Indian wedding with food and dance.

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During reading time in class one group of children read to the teacher and the other children complete independent reading, phonics and writing activities. This half term we have been challenging the children to do some independent research about India and the children have really risen to the challenge and have expanded their own knowledge about India, its landmarks and the people who live there. Our homework has been set to  follow the learning in class learning in class. We have made clay models of diva lamps and the Taj Mahal. We have found out and compared our experience in schools with that of children in India, we have also compared the climate and completed weather charts. We have written riddles about the animals in India, made alliterative poems about tigers, learnt Indian dances and taken part in  a special Bhangra Bollywood day. All

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Our new topic this term is Incredible India. We will be learning all about India, Indian weddings and celebrations. We had two large cases arrive in asembly on the first morning back at school. They were filled with amazing objects from India, along with an invitation for the children to attend an Indian wedding. Mrs. Head challenged the children to learn all about India and its traditions so that they can replicate a wedding in school. The children are very excited and I am sure we will be having a lot of fun learning in the next few weeks.

Keep looking at the website for more updates.

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To complete our first half term this year we invited parents into school to experience some of the learning we had done during our Brillian Brains topic. We based activities on using our senses and filled ballons with rice, custard, jelly, corn snacks, cinnamon sticks, chocolate coins, dried fruit and pasta, we had to try and feel and listen to what might be inside it was great fun. We blind folded each other and guessed instruments by their sound and we played memory games and made puzzles. 

We had shared to story  'Ish' and from that we created our own pictures of flowers drawn from observation using different media; then we turned our role play area into a mini art gallery where our work was proudly displayed.

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Some fantastic homework from 1GP

To help us improve the children's resilience and independence in the classroom we have introduced some, 'Learning behaviour Buddies' into school. These are characters that have particular attributes that they can adopt to become better learners. In 1GP we have increased the amount of tasks where the children need to work together in teams or pairs to help them develop collaboration skills and to learn from each other.  We have also shared some great story books like; Giraffes Can't Dance, The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes, Baby Brains, The Hare and the Tortoise, My Fantastic Elastic Brain and Little genius. We have learnt about what our brains do and need to help us learn and about body parts and our five senses. We have made Poppies for the Co-operative society in our community on Norwich Road, and taken part in a Puzzle day and we have only been in school five weeks.

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Tom and the Trolls.

The children in Year 1 were lucky enough to get a visit from a story teller who told us all a story about how to deal with friendship and falling out. The story was told through the voices and actions of threes fearsome trolls. The story  helped the children understand how they need to behave towards each other, and that both actions and words can be unkind.

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Sound Pronunciation Guide

Learn how to pronounce pure sounds from Set 1 Sounds through to Set 3 with 5 year-old Sylvie.

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to 1GP! Have a look at the photos of our new classroom! The children have made a great start to year 1. Our website page will give you some information about the topics we are learning about and will include photos of the children's work.

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