Class Information

Year 1 Teacher - Mrs Rebecca Olive
Year 1 Teaching Assistants- Mrs Addey and Mrs Averre
Welcome to Year 1
Welcome back to school! We hope everyone has had a lovely summer break. We are all very much looking forward to teaching and learning with our new Year 1 class. Please continue to visit our Year 1 page throughout the term to see examples our amazing work.
This term our topic is "Houses and Homes" . We will find out about different types of houses and homes in our locality and become history detectives to discover how houses were different a long time ago. We are visiting Lanhydrock House on Monday October 7th to see first hand what a Victorian house looked like and how it differed from our houses today. We look forward to presenting our exciting work to you during our Open Afternoon.
Please visit our "letters and overviews" section to view our topic overview and maths overview listing more details on specific subjects. 
Can you name the different types of houses and homes?
                                           Literacy - The Three Little Pigs
We are learning to tell "Traditional Tales" using a story map. We are retelling and writing the story of "The Three Little Pigs" . 
Watch this space for some of our writing...
                                                Maths- Sorting and Classifying
We are learning to sort and classify objects into 2 groups. 
We sorted cubes into colour groups, pegs and cubes into "pegs and cubes" groups and we even sorted our friends into groups. 
Can you classify some of the groups we have made ?   
We have been solving problems and proving our answers. Look at the different ways we thought of to prove that 4 is 1 more than 3.     
This term we are practising our number bonds to 5.
eg   ? +  4 = 5  , 5 = 3 + ?,  0 + ? = 5
Topic -Houses from a long time ago
In our topic lessons we are learning about houses from a long time ago. We used pictures and models to find out about some of the first houses built. We learned that these houses were made of stone, not bricks and the roofs were made of straw, called “thatch”. These houses were called “round houses”. We made our own roundhouses and thought about 2D and 3D shapes at the same time. We rolled a rectangular piece of paper into a cylinder shape and circular piece of paper into a cone shape.
We have been learning about Victorian houses too. We looked at the differences between the rooms inside a house in the Victorian times and the houses we live in today. We are looking forward to seeing some of these at Lanhydrock House.
 During our "Challenge Time" we have been creating houses for the future, sand houses ,bug houses and luxury lego houses with a swimming pool!
                                                    Lanhydrock House

On Monday 7th October, we visited Lanhydrock House. We stepped back in time  and discovered what life would have been like in a Victorian house. We looked around the vast kitchens and found out how food was cooked and preserved before the luxury of electricity. We wandered around the stately family rooms, admiring the beautiful furniture and décor. Finally, we visited the School Room and Nursery where we wrote on slates and played Victorian games, such as skittles and cup and ball. The children have learned so much and we are now applying our learning as we make our Victorian model house.

 Harvesting Apples
Year 1 have been picking apples from our school orchard. We looked closely at each apple tree and noticed the apples looked different. We realised that not all apples are the same, there are lots of different varieties. We took our apples back to class to sort into groups according to their variety. We then peeled and chopped our apples ready to use in our baking. The next day we made apple cakes. We measured and mixed the ingredients and added our apple chunks. Our cakes were absolutely delicious!!!
 Year 1 2018-19
Summer Term 2 2019
"Plants and Animals"
Our final topic in Year 1 this year is "Plants and Animals". We will be surveying plants around the school grounds, identifying the most and least common plants in our local environment. We will use our new viewers to look closely at the different parts of the plants and learn how plants are pollinated. We will celebrate the amazing job that bees do and plant some bee friendly flowers in our planter.
We will then move on to learning about different types of animals that live in contrasting locations. We will find out about the enormous range of animals living in the hot, wet Rain Forests of South America and compare these animals with those living in the icy Polar Regions.
At the end of the term we look forward to presenting our learning to the parents at our annual Foundation , Year 1 and Year 2 Parent Presentation in the hall. 
 Watch this space for lots of our exciting learning!
Please see the Parent Topic Overview and Parent Maths overview for more details.
                                                              All About Plants 
We have been finding out about the different parts of a plant and their function.
We pulled weeds out of the planter and found the roots. When we tried to put the weeds back into the soil without the root,  the plant just fell over and died after a few days. We discovered that the roots hold the plant up in the soil and they suck water up to keep the plant alive. 
We cut celery stalks open to see what the tubes look like in a plant stem. These tubes suck up the water and take food and water to the rest of the plant.
We put our celery stalks into coloured water and saw the tubes in the stalks turn blue after a few days. We could see how a stem sucks water up! 
Animal Art inspired by 
Henri Rousseau's "Tiger In A Tropical Storm"
                         Royal Cornwall Museum Visit
We took part in some "Toys " workshops to learn more about toys from a long time ago. We watched a magic lantern show and discovered what life was like before television and cinemas. We sorted toys from the Victorian times up to the modern day. We discovered that the Victorian toys were made of natural materials like wood, leather, wool and fabrics. New toys are usually made of plastic and are powered by batteries or electricity. We also made some lovely little peg dolls , just like the dolls the Victorian children would have made and played with. We had a brilliant morning and learned loads more about toys.
We have been learning to compare numbers. We have used a range of resources to compare numbers and have represented our comparisons in drawings and number sentences.
        Science - Animals in our Local Environment
In Science we are investigating animals around the school grounds. We have explored the playground, the wooded area and the orchard so far and these are some of the animals we found. Lots of the animals were hiding under stones, logs and tarpaulins. We will be finding out more about which animals like to hide away and why.
We also went pond dipping and found tadpoles , snails and pond worms.
Here is some of our work from this year so far ...
                           Grace Darling
As part of our topic on "Heroes From The Past", Year 1 have been learning about Grace Darling. 
We started by listing questions about Grace that we wanted to find answers to . 
We asked:
  • Why was Grace Darling a hero?
  • How old was she when she became a hero?
  • Where did Grace live?
  • What did Grace do that was so amazing?
We then used pictures, a power point and a story to find the answers to these questions.
This is what we discovered:
          St Piran's Day
We watched a video and listened to the story of " St Piran". Then we acted out the story  . Open the document below to see our storyboard.
We are reading and learning to write
"Traditional Tales"

We have looked closely at the characteristics of a Traditional Tale.

Here are some of them:

"Once upon a time..."

A good character  "... lived a kind, sweet little girl called..."   or "... a brave, handsome Prince...

A bad character ..." an evil , old witch.." or ".... a big , bad wolf..."

A happy ending "... and they all lived happily ever after. The end."


             We made up some of our own traditional tales to read to Foundation class.                   

We hope you enjoy reading them below.




 Super Science - "Changing Materials"
We are finding out how some materials change. We have learned that water turns into ice when it is frozen and then turns back to water when the ice is warmed again. We explored ice and then watched as we added salt to the ice. It was amazing- we saw and heard the ice crack!
We added water to cornflour and played with the gloopy mixture that was part solid and part liquid.
We created our own human version of molecules in liquid form and molecules in solid form!
Have a look at our science pictures below: 

                                   Falmouth Maritime Museum Visit

We visited the Maritime Museum to find out more about boats and the “Voyage of the Mystery”.We saw how a some of the first boats were carved and dug out from tree trunks. We looked at the similarities and differences between the boats from a long time ago and boats made today.               

We made our own boats and then tested them in the sailing pool. We have brought them back to school to try and improve our designs in DT next week.                                                                                       

We watched a performance by an actor who told the story of the “Voyage of the Mystery” through the eyes of one of the crew, Job Kylynack. We sat around a rope that marked the actual shape and size of the Mystery. We saw the route to Australia on a large map and a we were shown a sextant. A sextant uses the stars to navigate and this is what the fishermen used to find their way to Australia!

                                                    Marvellous Materials
In Science we are exploring materials. We have started with some activities to sort and classify objects according to their properties and the  materials they are made from. We used feely bags to feel and describe the texture and malleability of objects, we sorted objects with the same and different properties and characteristics and we played "What is it?" with our partner as we descibed how an object looked, felt and behaved!
We have explored  materials that are magnetic. We are now investigating metal objects to find out if all metal is attracted to a magnet...
                                                 The Year 1 Travel Agents
In our Travel Agents we are learning how to book a holiday.We have to ask the customer where they would like to visit, how they would like to travel, where they would like to stay and when they would like to leave and return home. 
We are using travel brochures, atlases and maps to look for exciting destinations. We have to check the calendar for dates to travel and return and then we can book a train, plane or boat ticket. We  telephone hotels to make reservations and write out tickets for our customers.
Here are some photos of us working hard at booking and choosing holidays.
Music - "Duration"
We have been listening to , identifying and creating long and short sounds on our percussion instruments. We have used the best long and shorts sounds to accompany "Oh Jack Frost!" Enjoy our short performance below.
Christmas In Europe
 In Year 1 we are learning about Christmas in Sweden.
                                                  Literacy- Poetry
This term we are learning to write poetry. Here is our first whole class poem using adjectives and ideas from last term's "Bolster" story.
Enormous, gigantic, massive giant                             
Unbreakable , hairy,skinny, bony, bumpy hands.
Soft, spiky, short, grassy hair.
Mean ,nasty, evil, cruel giant Bolster !
By Year 1 
Apple Poems-We have improved our poetry by using our 5 senses to describe an apple. Look at all the adjectives we have used.
Firework Poems-We used adjectives and similes in our firework poems!
         Diwali Poems - We used adjectives, similes and alliteration in our Diwali poems.
                                       Part whole models
We are learning about Part Whole models. We have been representing a whole number with people and then counters. We then drew our own part whole models and found related number facts.   
Science- Weather Detectives
We have been making weather observations. We made rain gauges and left them on the balcony to collect rainwater. We predicted how many scoops of rain we might collect . After 3 days we measured how much rain had fallen. Some of us collected more than 10 scoops which was more than we had predicted. It had rained very hard!
We have also made wind sockes to measure wind direction and wind speed. We have used a simple beaufort scale to record our findings.
We are reading stories about Cornish Piskies. The Piskies have exciting adventures involving giants, mermaids and miners. In one of our lessons, we turned ourselves into Piskies by crawling through a magical cave. We have described what we looked like in our writing. We used adjectives to make our writing more interesting.
My Piskie name is Gracie.
I have little blue eyes.
I have curly hair.
I have spiky ears.
By Gracie.
My Piskie name is Mali.
I have small purple eyes.
I have golden hair all the way down to my toes.
By Mali
My Piskie name is Shae.
I have rainbow eyes.
I have rainbow glittery hair.
By Shae.
Enjoy reading our Mermaid of Zennor stories...
We have been learning to sort objects into groups using different criteria. We sorted ourselves into groups of children wearing jumpers and children not wearing jumpers.We sorted our resources into cubes and pegs. We then went outside and collected lots of sticks to sort into groups. Look at our sorting pictures below!
                              Seasonal Science
In Science, we are investigating seasonal changes. We have hunted for Autumn in the school grounds , written daily weather reports and harvested apples. Watch this space for our weather station work.
We have picked apples from our orchard and cooked apple snacks. We learned how to slice the apples thinly and safely! We sprinkled cinnamon and ginger on the slices and baked them slowly.We ate some of of our tasty apple snacks at break time and took some home to share with our families. They were delicious!