Welcome to Year 1!
We are pleased to welcome you to Year 1’s class pages. We will be working very hard to cover all the expectations set out for Year 1 this academic year.
Watch us closely as we engage with your children as they learn about topics such as ‘Bright lights, Big city’ (Birmingham), ‘Memory Box’ (Victorians) and ‘Rio de Vida’ (Brazil).
As part of our topic, ‘Bright lights and big city’, we went to Barber Institute located in our local area, Birmingham. First we had a guided tour in the gallery. Among lots of old paintings, we looked at some landscapes and seascapes learning special words such as foreground, middle ground and background. After that we had an art workshop responding to the theme which we explored in the gallery. We made our own cityscapes using colour paints and some different kinds of paper.
What a fabulous day had by all. We looked at homes from times gone by, open fires, chamber pots, lots of young children sleeping in one small bed, babies sleeping in a drawer and an OUTSIDE toilet! Children had horrible jobs to do like climbing inside bakery ovens in order to clean them!
We went to the cinema and watched a black and white silent movie. We saw the barges on the canal moving cargo to local towns.
We saw trams, horse and carriages, vintage cars and motorbikes and a big red bus.
Our favourite shop was the Victorian sweet shop. However we didn’t think that adding beetle blood, arsenic and coal dust as a sweet colouring was a very good idea.
We have decided that we are glad to be children NOW!
Year 1 have had great fun learning about the artist, William Morris. Today they created their own patterns in the style of Morris using a variety of printing stamps. Take a closer look at some of their wonderful creations.
One Snowy Night
As part of our English focus this term, we have been reading ‘One Snowy Night’ by Nick Butterworth.
This week we concentrated on the characters and how they were feeling in the story. In working groups we acted out different scenes from the story and tried to show how each of the characters was feeling. We had a lot of fun making up our story scenes.
Year 1 Maths
As the children settle into Year 1, they work enthusiastically to tackle problems with objects and numbers and the ‘Greater Than & Less Than’ symbols.
Bright Lights, Big City
As we begin our topic this week we looked at globes and maps to locate the British Isles and were amazed to find how small it was compared to other places in the world that some of us have visited. Gilbert has travelled from Great Britain to Texas in America! Isabel has travelled from GB to India to visit some of her family, and many of us have been to Spain and Italy.
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