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Welcome to the our blog!  We hope to share all the wonderful things that we are learning about in Year 1.

Our Class Teacher is Mrs Macfarlane and our Teaching Assistants are Miss Jelliffe and Mrs C. Smith.   Click here to see our topic bubbles for each term.

October 2018

A week of visitors and surprises!

We have had a busy week again this week. On Wednesday we were very excited to meet Eileen Browne and hear all about how she writes her books including Handa's Hen. It was a wonderful way to really get us excited about books and reading before our  wonderful new library was unveiled! How lucky we are to have such a fabulous area to enjoy books in.

We also spent some time with Basil and Pepper, our school guinea pigs, thinking about what pets need to be healthy. The children were wonderful at being quiet so they didn't get scared, but also have gentle hands gibing them strokes and tickles. It has been really fabulous to see how enthusiastic the children have been during our Science this term. We have learnt so much about animals and have been listening to each other as we share our knowledge and ideas.

During Rainbow Challenges we have been thinking about the seasons as we begin to see signs of autumn in our outside area. The children have drawn the tress, carefully using colours that they see and really developing those muscles in their hands making play dough trees. It is so lovely hearing the children telling each other how much they like what their friends have made. Really using those Ruby gem powers!

In Maths we have finished off some work on addition and begun subtraction. The children have used real objects to tell subtraction stories to their partners and then begun to record them. This has been easier as we have continued to use our part, part, whole models to help us.

What busy Hedgehogs we have been! Only 3 days left of this term but still quite a lot of fabulous learning to get in. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our grown ups to out Rainbow Challenge Parents Event on Monday 22nd October!

Vegetable faces!

We had a wonderful time this week recreating our own version of Giuseppe Arcimboldo's famous vegetable face paintings using a variety of different vegetables. The children really concentrated on feeling the different vegetables and talking about the colours, shapes and textures. We are very proud of their end products.




A busy week of learning!

This week we have been learning about number bonds. The children have used a variety of resources to help them including part, part, whole models and tens frames. We have also been recording addition number sentences. It has been wonderful seeing the children really focus in their Maths sessions and try their very hardest.

We have also been doing a bit more art work inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo. First we used water colours to create a large vegetable for a head and a background in a contrasting colour.   Next we added photos of vegetables to create the features. Our finished work are displayed in the hall, the link corridor and the classroom. We are super proud of them and all agree they look really wonderful.



September 2018

A great start!

The children have really settled in well to Year One life. We are looking forward to lots of exciting learning this term. Our topic is The Farm and we are excited about our trip to Warleigh Lodge farm next week. Especially as we get to spent the day being real farmers!

Down on the Farm

The children had a fabulous trip to Warleigh Lodge Farm despite the rain and the treat of thunder and lightening during lunchtime! We loved splashing in the river, rolling down the hill, squeezing into the 100 year old tree and meeting all the animals. We fed the hens, collected the eggs, lay the bedding straw for the pigs, fed the goats and, after a bumpy tractor ride, fed the beautiful cows. It was a super trip and the children were a credit to the school with their manners and behaviour!


A visit from the Life Education Bus

The children enjoyed a visit from Harold the giraffe and Becky this week. We found out all about our wonderful bodies. The children were brilliant at coming up with ideas for how to keep their bodies healthy. There was lots of oohing when the lights were turned down and the stars came out!

Really using our maths brains!

The children have been working really hard this week comparing numbers. They have used a variety of equipment to represent more and less and have begun recording this in their maths books. We are so proud of how they are using their gem powers to keep going even when things are difficult and to really focus. Well done Hedgehogs!