Class Information

Year 1 Teacher - Mrs Rebecca Olive
Year 1 Teaching Assistants- Mrs Addey and Mrs Averre
Look at the images below. Which different festivals are being celebrated and which faiths do they belong to?
Welcome to Year 1
Autumn 2 "Festivals and Faiths"
Welcome back to a very exciting time of year. This term is full of celebrations and festivities! 
This term our topic is "Festival and Faiths". We will be learning about how different people and faiths celebrate special festivals. We will be asking why and how Hindus celebrate Diwali and why and how Christians celebrate Christmas. The wonderful Daya will be visiting our school to teach us about Hindu worship and Diwali celebrations and we will be visiting Kea Church to find out what Advent and Christmas means to Christians. We will be presenting the Christmas story at our Infant Nativity performance and we are planning to produce an iMovie to teach others about Diwali and how the festival is expressed through dance, food and the arts. 
Please visit our "letters and overviews" section to view our topic overview and maths overview listing more details on specific subjects. 
This term we are reading and writing poetry. We have read poems that paint a picture in our minds, rhyming poems, rhythmic poems and poems that make us giggle! We read this firework poem and used it to inspire us to write our own firework poems.

Bang wiz pop fizz sparkle in the night,
Woosh  boom wriggle zoom high up like a kite.

Spin splash spark lash  what a pretty sight,
Zoom  crash  color  clash exploding with all its might.


Paris Tomlinson Womack (Picky Paris)


In  this poem, Paris uses adjectives to describe the fireworks.

We used this idea in our own Firework poems.

Next we are going to try using similes in our Diwali poems.

                                                     A Day with Daya!
Last week we invited Daya to visit Kea School. In Year 1 Daya taught us about Hinduism and the Diwali festival.
We learned how Hindus worship and we acted out Hind Puja. We started by dressing up in traditional Indian dress. Then we showed respect by removing our shoes . We rang the bell on the Puja tray to wake up the gods before Daya applied the red kum kum powder to our foreheads. The powder represented our third eye that looked into our thinking brain. We sat quietly for a while ,relaxing to the music and thinking good thoughts. Finally we learned some Indian dances!
In the afternoon we tasted Indian sweets and dahl and learned how to make chapatis . They were delicious!
We had lots of fun and we learned so much. Enormous thanks to the lovely Daya and to Kea School Friends for their funding!
The Part Whole Model 
In maths we are learning to partition a whole number into two parts. We can use a part whole model to work out additions, subtractions and missing numbers.We can represent a whole number with counters and then move the counters into 2 parts.Look at our "Part Whole" work below:
Our amazing work from Autumn Term 1 ...
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.

We looked closely at the furniture and decorations in the rooms at Lanhydrock House. We applied our learning to our designs and models of Victorian rooms. We opened our classroom as a "Museum of Victorian Rooms" and acted as museum guides to teach our visitors about what it would have been like to live in a Victorian house.  
Please watch our virtual tour of some of the rooms in Lanhydrock 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!!!
Here is some of the Year 1 work from last year ...
 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"
        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.