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The final half term in Giraffes :)

It is hard to believe that we are about to enter our final half term of the year!  However, we still have lots to fit into our last few weeks as Giraffes.


Our new topic is 'What can I spy with my little eye?'  which has a science focus, looking at minibeasts and our local environment.  As part of this we will be spending lots of time in our outside areas looking and growing and we will also visit Eye Nature Reserve to look at the plants and animals living there. We will find out about maps and directions in geography and apply this knowledge in our local environment.  In our art sessions we will make beautiful work inspired by the small natural world, whilst in DT we will be designing and making bug homes.  Our RE topic focuses on taking care of our wonderful world and includes learning the story of the creation.  In PSHE we will look at all aspects of healthy bodies and keeping safe.


Sports day will be an exciting event this term and we will continue to have outside PE on Wednesday afternoons, weather permitting.  We will also have swimming on Thursday afternoons, apart from the week beginning 13th June (phonics screening week.)  Fathers day activities will also be in June - another afternoon to look forward to!


Let's hope for lots of sun so that we can enjoy this outdoor topic to the full.  Don't forget to make sure that your child has suncream and a hat in school so that they can join in all our activities fully protected from what we hope will be a lovely start to summer!

Fruit Salad- the yummiest, juiciest EVER!!

Concrete Maths: Learning through doing

One day an ambulance came to visit us at school....

George shows us how to plant our pea seeds

Year 1 Assembly: How does the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 link with our Christian value of Service?

The Peterborough Museum- Year 1 Trip

This Summer term our first topic is ‘Can you make me better?’ 


Our Wow day will celebrate our fabulous bodies  and all the wonderful things they can do.  We will think about keeping fit and healthy and the importance of exercise.  In Science we will learn about parts of the body and how we change and grow and we are going to write our own autobiographies, paint self portraits  and make moving people puppets.  Later in the term we will visit Peterborough Museum to learn about nurses in the past.  We will find out about Florence Nightingale, Edith Cavell and Mary Seacole and we will write their biographies.  In maths we will continue to consolidate numbers to 100, addition and subtraction to and beyond 20 and applying our skills to problem solving.


In RE we will be talking out Islam and in PSHE we will think about our emotions and how to handle them.  We will also continue to make our handwriting even neater using our special handwriting guidelines.  We are going to be busy!

What a fortnight we've had- it has been non stop! From celebrating World Book Day by coming into school dressed as our favourite book characters, to celebrating Mother's Day, to learning about time and halving and quartering... I'm sure the children are all ready for the Easter holidays. 


Please be aware that our Easter Cafe is on Friday 18th March at 2.15pm. Children will also be coming in to school that day dressed in their running outfit, ready to Run a Mile with a Smile!!


Aside from that- please be aware your child will bring home a Reading Booklet, Phonics practise (as discussed at your TLC) and homework. Please do your best to complete them over the break.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to talk to Miss Robinson, or any of the adults n the classroom.

The past 2 weeks in Giraffes Class

Odd and Even Street- which is which?

Vitality Verbs- not just learning but experiencing!

What is wind?

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Weather Watch- what could we use to measure weather?

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After looking at the proper equipment for measuring the weather, the children spent some time exploring outside and thinking how we could measure the weather using no equipment.
Listen carefully to our Expert Scientists!

And we are back at school!

Co-operative Learning: We Learn Better Together!!

More Jousting

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Daniel and Isobel go for glory....but who will come out best??

Jousting Training

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On 28th January 2016, the children of Year 1 spent the day training to be a Knight! They had to learn all about how to look after a horse- a vital piece of equipment for any knight- and learned all about the Royal Family that rules the kingdom. Afterwards, they investigated how to make a trebuchet and they battles with 'rocks'- seeing how far they could fire them.


Once the children had eaten a hearty lunch and done some keep fit, they returned to create their family coat of arms, and make a solid bronze visor in preparation for jousting training!! 


Each Knight in Training received a knighthood from Queen Robinson, and a certificate of achievement. 

Congratulations Knights!


Please look on both Year 1 Class Pages for photographs.

Reading Buddies in Giraffes

More Maths- 100 Day!

Directions, becoming Beebots and treasure map making- all in the name of Maths!

All of our Maths Fun!

This term our Maths focus has been mixed into our topic work, so we have had a lot of opportunity to do fun things like create patterns for the King and Queen, and design shields. 

Wow Day: How do you train a dragon?

Happy New Year!!

Welcome to 2016 and we are going to begin with a very exciting, new topic called 'How to train your dragon'. This project will give the children the opportunity to: explore castles, train dragons, attend knight school, design and create their own coats of arms.


In English we shall be using traditional tales as a starting point and learning lots of new vocabulary linked to the subject. In Maths we are going to have a whole day to celebrate the number 100, as well as working on shapes and really getting into our problem solving activities.


Our RE topic looks at who Sikhs are and what festivals they celebrate, and our PSHE theme is based around Going For Goals- looking at having high expectations and aiming high! 


The children have had a very busy 2 weeks with their beautiful performance, singing in the church, creating gifts, decorations and cards to take home, learning new songs and generally having some well deserved fun time! And to top it off, the end of half term treat is incredibly exciting and I'm proud to say that ALL children this half term have been Evergreen so will be able to participate!


Can I please take this opportunity to say a very big THANK YOU for reading frequently with your children- it is really showing as they're really coming on, in both language and confidence. I know that everyone is doing their very best so let's keep it up.




PE shall once again be on a WEDNESDAY afternoon- please ensure your child is able to participate by providing a weather appropriate PE kit.


Please read the newsletter that your child brings home, or visit us on our website for further details.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very merry and joyous New Year!

From Miss Robinson, Miss Oxbury, Miss Gilbert and Miss Fitzpatrick.

Christmas Craft in Giraffes! What a lot of fun!!

Christmas has arrived in Giraffes Class: On Tuesday we decorated our class tree with our homemade decorations.

Our imagination themed Parent Cafe was truly wonderful!!! Lots of parents joined us and the children had a wonderful time creating their own buckets, just like Billy!!


Thank you to all who came- it was lovely!!

Our Parent Cafe

This week the children have been working really hard.


In Maths we have been looking at Numicon and Dienes to use language based around tens and units- the children have been challenging each other and themselves.


In English the children have been using their thinking caps; we have thought of some wonderful adjectives to describe a picture and will be using this to investigate settings around our school. Watch this space for pictures of our wonderful work!


Drama In English- portraying feelings

The children have had a wonderful time this week creating their Toy Museum. It all started when we had a visit from History off the Page on Monday. We explored some wonderful toys (see the pictures) and had the most amazing day. On Tuesday we looked at describing old toys, remembering all that we have learned about materials and asking many questions. On Wednesday we looked at a timeline and ordered toys- we thought that the rocking horse was the oldest toy and the Play Station was the newest. On Thursday we used our Maths measuring skills that we had been practising that morning to help us create an information label for our toy. We used our best writing skills.

Our Toy Museum Visitors

Measuring in Maths

Morgan tells us his story

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The children have been using toys to make up their own stories. This was Morgan's story.

No Pens Day in Giraffe Class

Maths Learning in partners

Literacy Learning

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The children have been reading Kippers Toybox in class. They then chose their own character to re-enact the story.

Our topic this term is Toys. We will be looking at toys from the past and creating our own toys. We will think about how they work and what they are made from. This will include creating our own toy museum and taking part in a history workshop. 


In RE we will be learning about why churches are special for Christians, and we will be visiting our local church. 

PE for this term will be multi-skills, held mainly outdoors. Swimming will commence after half term. More information will be available closer to the time. 


Our Literacy and Numeracy will be linked to our topic. Please ask you class teacher if you have any specific questions about these areas.

WOW Day- explaining the rules of our games.

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During our wow day, the children were asked to work in small groups to come up with their own games. They were asked to explain how the game works.....

First day photos

Giraffes Class