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‘Value in Everyone’
Value in Everyone

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

The children have had a fabulous first few weeks settling in and exploring their new environment.  We have loved sharing what the children have been up to with Paddington Bear, reading some stories to find out more about him- the children couldn't believe how far Peru is away on the globe, no wonder he was so tired! 


This week we have been drawing our very own Paddington Bear and getting started on our fabulous writing by giving him a special tag, just like in the book, to describe where we would keep him safe.  We have also been brushing up on our art skills by drawing the other side of our face, paying attention to fine details and keeping our features in proportion.  


In maths, we began by recognising and counting objects to 10, ensuring that when we write our numbers, they are formed and sized correctly.  We have had fun practising this using play dough to create each digit. 


In other areas of the classroom we have been building a bridge out of Lego to help The Gingerbread Man cross the river to safety, using boxes to create a house to keep him safe, and using ICT to help us to learn the phonics sounds 'ch' and 'sh'.


We cannot wait to see what the next few weeks has in store for us! 

In October, we conducted a scientific investigation where we placed pine cones in our school yard and observed them throughout the week.  We discovered that the pine cones closed when the weather was rainy and cold and opened again when it was fair and sunny!  We continued to observe signs of autumn and created some autumn art using leaves and conkers. 

In English, we began reading the Gruffalo, then designed and described our very own frightful friend.  In Maths, we began adding numbers to ten and began investigating number patterns to help us to add mentally. 


November was a busy month! We studied The Gunpower Plot to understand why we celebrate bonfire night and linked this to firework safety.  We created our own posters to advise people on how they can look after their pets during bonfire night.  Later in the month, we had a fantastic visit to the library in Jarrow where we listened to a few stories, then chose our very own library book to bring back to school and share with our friends.  We then had another special visit to Jarrow Focus where we watched a theatre animation all about a light bulb princess!


We all got in the Christmas spirit in December on our annual pantomime visit to The Customs House where we watched The Enchanted Snow Globe.  We were lucky enough to have our photo taken with the cast - it was amazing! This warmed us up for our very own nativity in school called 'Snuggle up Stable'.  We have been working so hard to learn our lines and sing beautifully in preparation for our parents to come and watch.  December has been truly magical so far!  We wonder what our naughty elf will do next...