The launch of the Three Little Pigs!

This afternoon, Year 1 were given the task of building a house as a group that needed to withstand ‘the huff and the puff’ of a hairdryer! Engaging their team ant skills, they worked together to select from a variety of materials to create their own free standing houses. They used straws, paper, card, lollipop sticks, pipe-cleaners, masking tape and glue, to build some very imaginative houses. The final test was to see if they would stand up against the hairdryer! Most of the houses proved to be very sturdy and survived the test.

Next week we will be learning the story of the Three Little Pigs through T4W, discovering which of the pigs houses managed to survive against the wolf’s huffing and puffing.

Talk for Writing – Superworm

This week in English we have been learning the story Superworm, thinking of actions and creating a story map to help remember it off by heart. Here is a little clip of 1M practising:

Here is the first part of our story map if you would like to practise at home:

Belonging to a Church or a Mosque

As part of our RE curriculum, we have been learning about what it means to belong to a Church or a Mosque and discovered some of the different ways that Christians and Muslims practise their religions.

We have been very fortunate this week to have some parent volunteer’s speak to us about their experience of worshipping at a Mosque and to answer our questions. The year 1 classes asked many thoughtful questions and we learnt so much about how, when and why Muslim’s pray, including finding out about prayer mats, clothes worn to prayer and wudu. Thank you very much to Iqra’s dad and Maryam’s mum for giving up their time to teach us so much!

Year 1 are ACE gardeners!

This week Year 1 planted spinach, rocket, radishes and cress. We looked at the different types of seeds and thought about what seeds need to germinate. Then we discussed how to look after the plants to make sure they grow. We will need to be careful gardeners over the next few weeks to make sure that the plants are healthy. At the end of term we will harvest the plants to make a salad to eat at our class picnic.

Science week in Year 1

As part of Science week, Year 1 had a virtual zoo session with a zookeeper from Chester Zoo.  We learnt all about nocturnal animals and discovered the different ways that the animals were suited to moving around and finding food at night.  Building on our previous learning about senses, we noticed different features such as large eyes, to give us a clue as to how the animal is adapted to life in the dark.

We have also been learning about lions, writing our own non-chronological reports full of interesting facts. Here are some great examples: