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Homework Topic Menu - Spring 1
Visit to St Augustine's Wrangthorn Church- May2018

The Year 1 children were very excited to visit the church as part of our Religious Education work " What does it mean to belong to a church or mosque?" They were looking at the similarities and differences between the two buildings. When they walked into the church they were very surprised that it was very different to the mosque and much older, being built in 1871! The children sat in the pews and saw lots of exciting features of the building. The Vicar, Joanna Seabourne, talked to the children about her job, told them how she cares for the community and then gave the children a "Treasure hunt" sheet so they could go and explore the building with their adult. The children listened to the organ being played, watched the staff sing and dance to a song that Christian children might learn at Sunday school. Some of our children wanted to join in. There was lots to talk about on the journey back to school and I think our parents helpers enjoyed themselves too!

Church Visit

Staff at St Augustine of Wrangthorn Church performed a song which the children would learn at Sunday School. Some of our children joined in with the actions. They all enjoyed listing to Rob play the guitar.

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Practical Graphing

In class we were undertaking a survey about the favourite salad foods as part of our Design Technology work. Mrs Richards showed us how to make graphs to show our findings. First we created a pictogram using children to stand in the boxes if they liked the vegetables- this was too difficult to read. Next we tried a pictogram using the vegetables themselves- this was good but meant putting the food on the floor! Then we worked together in groups to make a block graph using post it notes and masking tape. We took the details from a survey of the children and put a block to represent each child who liked the food. We could alter our chart if we made a mistake. We worked co-operatively together to make the graph. We answered questions about our graph and asked other people questions too. Finally we wrote a title for our graph and had a photo taken of our work. How clever are we ?

Visit To the Grand Mosque

What an interesting visit we had to the Grand Mosque as part of our Religious Education work which looks at similarities and differences between Christians and Muslims. We were told about the different customs that Muslim people follow before they pray. We watched the teacher show how to wash before praying. He demonstrated how the Imam calls Muslims to prayer and how Muslim people pray on the floor. We also got to see their special books and look at some of the traditional clothing that both men and women wear. We were able to talk about different things which we learnt from our visit. Next half term we will visit a local church to learn about Christian customs and beliefs.

Christmas Play 2017 - A Midwife in Crisis!
Making Vehicles in Design technology!

We made our own Mrs Armitage style vehicles in Design technology this half term.

D-side Visit

Year 1 were lucky to have a visit from D-Side. Q the robot told us all about the human body and how to keep it healthy. We had a lot of fun!

Spooky dress up day!

We had lots of fun on Spooky dress up day! We think we look very spooky!

Black History Month

This half term our topic focused on Black History month. In art we looked at the artist Jacob Lawrence. We created our own Jacob Lawrence inspired masks taken from the book 'Jacob Makes a World'. We used different pastel techniques to create our masks.

Handa Baskets

In Design Technology this half term we made our own Handa baskets using a weaving technique. We were all really proud of our hard work. We hope you like them too!


Year 1 would like to say a big Well Done to our new school council representatives for Year 1, Muhammad and Revana! We would also like to say a big Well Done to our new class greeters, Oakley and Alicia! We are sure all 4 children will do a super job at representing our class this year in their new roles!

English Hook: Mrs Armitage on Wheels!

Year 1 became inventors after reading our new text 'Mrs Armitage on Wheels'. It is a story about how a lady, Mrs Armitage, added different items to her bike to make it into a super bike! We designed and made our own items to put on Mrs Armitage's new bike! We had lots of fun!

Thank you parents and carers!

Year 1 would like to say a massive thank you to all the parents and carers who helped us with our homework in the first half term! The amount of time and effort that was put into the pieces that the children brought in was amazing! There is a new homework menu for Autumn 2 and all the staff in year 1 are already excited to see what the children bring in this half term!

Handa's Surprise!

Our book in English last half term was Handa's Surprise. We learned the text in our lessons through Talk for Writing. As part of our hook lesson we went on a fruit hunt around school. We had to find all the fruit that the animals took from Handa in the story. Once we found the fruit we had a great time tasting them all! Yum! We even made Kenyan style houses from the story!

European Languages Day!

We had a marvellous afternoon on European languages day. We found out lots of information about France, learned some common French phrases and tried croissants! They were yummy!

Year 1 Homework Menu
Welcome to Year 1 (2017)
Important information:

Physical Education
PE days are Tuesdays and fridays and children will need their PE kits in school all week.
PE kit should consist of a t-shirt and shorts and a pair of pumps .

Reading Books
Please ensure that your child brings their reading book everyday.
Books will be changed on Mondays but your child must have their reading diary signed to say they have read to an adult. Please try to listen to your child reading for at least 5-10 minutes each day.
Sharing a book at bedtime or reading a story to your child will help them develop a love for reading!

Spellings and Phonics
Spelling Tests take place on Fridays and new spellings will be given out on Mondays. Words will be stuck/written into the children's spelling books and tests will also be done in these books. Please make sure that your child looks after their book and that you check it regularly. Thank you.

Your children will be set a piece of homework weekly. This will be an online homework on Matheltics or a worksheet. This will be sent out on Thursdays and will need to be completed for the following week.
A homework menu linked to our learning in class will also be sent out at the start of each half term. There will be six activities on this menu. Each activity will be allocated points and you and your child can choose which activities you complete.
 We also encourage parents to practise times tables with their children so that they can learn them by reciting them and know them by heart. They should practise x2,x10 and x5.

Reading Eggs and Mathletics websites
 The school has paid for all Year 1 children to use these sites at school and at home.
Log in details and passwords have been sent home. If you have lost your child's deatils please ask for another copy.

and finally....
If you have any questions about Year 1 and the things we do, please come and talk to either Miss Horigan, Miss O'Connor or Miss Vila Julia after school.