Year 1

Welcome to Year 1.
This term we will be very busy learning about our local area, what it's like to live here today and how people lived long ago.
In maths we will be ordering and comparing numbers, adding and subtracting and solving maths problems.
We will be working very hard to improve our understanding of texts and will be improving our phonic knowledge.
The children will also be set 'rainbow' challenges to complete during the week. For each learning challenge they complete they will receive a coloured stick to put in their pocket chart. We will be encouraging the children to build a rainbow by completing as many challenges as possible.
Reading is a big focus in year 1, we encourage children to read at home and award children who work hard by making them reading stars for the week.
We aim to work hard, have fun and learn something new each day. 
In science we have been learning about our bodies. We went into the playground and labeled life sized diagrams to show all the different body parts.
Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to our phonics and reading workshop. The children really enjoyed working with you and showing you all of the fantastic work they have done so far.
We've been finding out about our local area, we went for a long walk and spotted lots of places we had seen on the map.
" We are lucky to have two parks" ( Finley)
"I can see the River Mersey from here!" ( Thomas J)
" There are lots of shops and a library too" ( Blossom)
We have a new wood work area in year 1. Over the next few weeks children will be learning how to use the tools safely. Keep checking the website for our creations.
In our maths lessons this week we have been thinking of how we can represent numbers in different ways.
We've been out and about looking for signs that it's Autumn.
We found lots of fallen leaves and twigs, apples ripening on the tree and some leaves that were starting to change colour.
We've been subtracting in maths. We can show our working out in different ways using a part whole model, drawing pictures and writing a calculation. We have worked very hard and are really understanding subtraction now!
Before we read " The Bog Baby " we imagined what a bog baby might look like and how it might behave. We made models of bog babies and introduced them to each other.
We have been reading the book "The Bog Baby" during our English lessons. We used the story to influence our own writing and have made a class story about the day the bog baby came to our school.
In our RE lessons we have been learning how to communicate with our hands. Mrs McGrath taught us how to sign using Makaton.
Listen to the children perform a poem we wrote as a class about a shark.
We are reading the book 'Surprising Sharks' click on the link to watch a short clip all about sharks.
In our science lessons we have been learning about changes across the seasons. We have been thinking about what clothes we wear at this time of year and how they may change as the year goes on. 
We have sorted the pictures into different seasons and have tried to explain our choices.
" New chicks are born in Spring" ( Finley)
" You need to wear a woolly hat in Winter because it's cold." Esme
We have been looking at the geography of our school using the floor plan to find different areas. We found lots of new rooms we didn't know existed!