In maths, we have started the term with an introduction to 3D shapes. We have been learning the names of some of them including spheres, cylinders, cuboids, cubes, cones and pyramids. We have also been describing their properties using the words faces, vertices, edges, straight and curved. Then we moved on to sorting the shapes using different sets of criteria.
In R.E. we have been learning about the birth of Jesus and wrote about what happened at this special time. We have also been thinking and discussing why this event is so significant for Christians.
"Christians believe that every good gift and every perfect gift comes from above." (J.W.)
"God is a gift giver because he sent Jesus down to Earth." (E.We.)
"God gave us Jesus. God is super because He saved us." (A.J.)
"I believe Jesus is my friend forever." (H.B.)
It's Autumn in Ash Class! Come and share a story in our Autumn Reading Corner.
We had very exciting whole class assembly with a visit from Mike Mullan. He is a World Champion BMX Rider and performed many of his BMX tricks for us to see. He also talked to us about how we can build up our own growth mindset and think positively about ourselves.
He showed us how we can:
Learn from mistakes,
Build confidence, and
Rise above fears.
In gymnastics we have been practising travelling in different ways and in particular thinking about the words 'high' and 'low'. We have also been holding a balance for 3 seconds on different parts of our bodies. We then put our travelling movements and balances together to form a sequence.
We had an exciting visitor this week... Mrs Barker's dog Milo came to see us. Before we could meet him, we had to write lots of questions (using question marks) to ask Mrs Barker.
In topic, we have been grouping and classifying animals. We have been comparing reptiles with amphibians and thinking about their different features and the structure of their bodies. To help us with this, we made reptiles and amphibians out of clay. Can you tell which animals they are?.
During our first week in Year 1, we have been thinking about 'Learning to Learn; and what makes a growth mindset. We read a story called 'The Dot' about a child who thought she couldn't draw. With a bit of belief and encouragement from others, she then creates a whole exhibition of artwork. We did some paintings inspired by 'The Dot'.
This term we have been exploring what grows in our garden. As part of our learning we have been naming many plants including wild flowers, common garden plants and trees. We have also been learning about the parts of plants and their different jobs. We have made collages of a variety of flowering plants and labelled the parts. Can you identify which plants we have created?
To finish up our exciting learning about materials, we had a Science Day. First, we made feely plates. We had to stick all the materials that we could find to match a given property. Some of the properties we had were shiny, dull, flexible, opaque, see-through and rough. Can you spot which plate matches which property? Next, we investigated which material would make the best umbrella for Teddy. First, we made predictions. Then we tried to test the materials fairly and recorded our results in a table. Finally, we wrote a conclusion. We found out that plastic was the best material as it was waterproof and paper was not a good material for an umbrella as it let the water through. In the afternoon, we had to choose appropriate materials for a purpose. We were decorating picture frames and had to pick materials that would work well for decorating. What do you think of our finished products?
In RE we have been learning about the Easter Story. To help us understand the importance of Easter in the Christian faith we have been using drama to act out the key events. We began by making Palm Leaves labelled with words that described Jesus, these were later used during a re-enactment where Sebastian played Jesus alongside his two disciples, Elsa and James M.
The children especially enjoyed The Last Supper where they were able to 'break bread' and 'drink wine'. We also had a discussion about how the feeling of our meal was different to the The Last Supper. Nancy said "I am having fun at this meal but Jesus and his disciples were sad and worried at their meal".
This half term we have been learning about materials in Science. So far, we have explored plastic, wood, metal, glass, brick, rock and water. This week, we experimented with all sorts of paper to find out how different types of paper can be good for different purposes. We discovered that kitchen roll is the best for mopping up spills and greaseproof paper is the worst. Plain paper is good for writing and painting on but kitchen roll and glossy paper are not.
Here are some photos from our toy workshop 'Nelly's Toy Box' run by Hertford Museum. During the workshop, we held dolls and teddies that were 100 years old so we had to be extremely careful. Then, we played with lots of different toys of different ages. It was a great morning!
Year 1 have had a wonderful afternoon exploring toys from their parents and grandparents' childhoods. The children wrote questions they would like to ask and then posed them to different adults while they played. Zoe asked, "Did you have a TV or a computer?" "No, I didn't have either," Freddie's grandpa replied.
In Maths, our current topic is measurement. We have been learning about speed, time and distance. We talked about things that travel fast and compared these with objects that usually move slowly.
After watching a short clip of toy cars racing very fast down a ramp, we decided that we would create some ramps for some toy cars using cardboard and books. We made ramps with different heights and tested which height helped our cars to travel the fastest.
Our book corner has been transformed! Welcome to the Toy Museum.
To start our new topic 'Down Memory Lane', we brought in toys from home to share with our friends. We thought about why we like them, what they are made from and the features they have. We also explored some of the toys we had as a baby.
As part of our winter topic, we went on a winter scavenger hunt. Moss, a magpie, a pine tree, holly, ivy, frost, peeling bark and bare trees are just a few of the things we found.
In English, we are learning about what makes a successful set of instructions. We followed instructions closely to make hot chocolate. In our next lesson, we will be using what we have learned to write our own set of instructions. Afterwards, we got to take our hot chocolate outside and drink it in the gazebo whilst listening to a winter story.
In English, we have been writing poems based on the book 'Leaf Man'. First, we had to learn about verbs, prepositions and nouns. Then, we had to use them in our wrting. We are really proud of our finished work.
To start our new topic on 'Seasons', we went for an autumn scavenger hunt. We took photos of the things we found. Here are just a few:
To finish our topic on 'All Creatures Great and Small', we made animals out of egg boxes. Can you guess which animals we've made?
We wanted to find out who cares for animals when they are unwell. To help us to answer this question we invited Hannah, a Veterinary Nurse and Jackie, a Veterinary Surgeon from Chestnut Vets to tell us about the type of work they do at their Vet's Surgery in Ware. We met 'Ben' a poorly dog who had swallowed a few foreign objects. We learnt that looking at an x ray can enable us to identify items in a dog's tummy that should not be there. Hannah and Jackie helped us to set up an operating theatre with our own Vet Surgeon and Vet Nurse to give Ben his injection and the anaesthetic gas. Several minutes later, the strange objects were carefully removed by our medical team and he was sewn back together to heal up!
Continuing our observations of the body structures of different kinds of animals, look what we've been doing in Topic this week:
This week in Science, we have been comparing the bodies of different types of animals. We explored the bodies of reptiles and amphibians and then used what we had found out to make clay models of crocodiles, lizards, snakes and frogs.
As part of our Learning to Learn topic, we read a book called 'The Dot'. We found out that even a tiny dot can become a fantastic piece of art if we keep trying and believe we can do it. Here's Year 1 creating art work inspired by 'The Dot'.
We have started Year 1 thinking about what makes us 'super'. Here's what we think:
Take a look at the photos from our latest Computing Day on programming.
The reading corner has been transformed: ready for our new topic ‘Journeys Around Britain’. Below is a sneak peek. Can you guess what it might be?
For the last day of our topic 'What's growing in your garden?', we looked at how an apple tree changes through the seasons. We made our own stand up trees to show the changes.
In Science, we made collages of wild plants found in our school grounds. We looked carefully at the different parts of the plants and then labelled them. Can you spot a Sunflower? Or perhaps the Bluebell?
Year 1 had a fabulous morning at the KS1 Multiskills Festival.
Toy Workshop - At the end of the Spring Term, Year 1 had a visitng toy workshop from Hertford Museum.
Sponsored Run for Sports Relief - Well done Ash Class for all that hard work for Sports Relief. You ran and ran and ran!
Year 1 Computing Day 15th March 2018
At the end of our computing day we made a mind map of all the things we had learnt:
Have you seen our new Reading Corner? What about our classroom door? Do you know which book cover it is has been transformed in to?
In November, the whole school took part in a sponsored Readathon. One of the activities we did, to celebrate reading, was invite our parents in to read with us. It was very special to have our parents sharing books with us in our classroom.
Continuing with our theme of 'All Creatures Great and Small' we made animals out of egg boxes in DT. We had to design our animals, think about the materials we would need and then assemble our animals. We also used lots of other skills such as cutting, sticking and colour mixing as we only had black, white, red, blue and yellow available to us. Finally, we evaluated our work. We are really happy with our final products.
Can you guess which animals we've made?
In October, as part of our topic on 'All Creatures Great and Small', we had a farm visit us at school. First, we talked about the different animals and some of their features. Then, we were allowed to go in to the pen to meet and stroke the animals.
How many different types of animal can you spot?
Welcome to Ash - Year 1!
Welcome to our class page. We would love to share our learning with you.
Forest School is great!
We have been learning about autumn in our beautiful school grounds at Forest School. Year 6 joined us in the afternoon for our campfire. What fun! Many thanks to all our helpers.
We have been 'Learning to Learn'!
Year 1 have been learning about the brain. We found out that it looks a bit like a cauliflower, smells like cheese and feels like jelly. We made a 'class' brain by becoming neurons and built learning pathways using skipping ropes. We imagined what our brains look like inside.
2015 - 2016
Space to Earth sponsored walk
We thoroughly enjoyed helping the school walk all the way from the space station to Earth. Most of us ran...some of us walked! A brilliant job done by all - well done everyone.
Spring has arrived!
We went out to look for signs of spring with Year 4. Look what we found! We were especially excited to find frogspawn in our pond.
We made bird's nests!
We discovered that the birds are beginning to build their nests around our school grounds. Mrs Sizer challenged us to become birds and build our own nests! It was a lot harder than we thought it would be.
Down Memory Lane - Part 2
We have continued our topic by looking at the history of toys. What fun we have had! We brought in our own favourite toys to share. Then we brought in some of the toys that our parents and grandparents played with and made our own class museum. We also had a visit from Hertford museum who brought in lots of old toys for us to play with. It was really interesting finding out what they were made of and how they worked. We all thought they were a lot more fun than our computer games!
Down Memory Lane - Part 1
This term we have been enjoying our topic 'Down Memory Lane'. We started by looking at the history of shops and found out that there weren't big supermarkets when our grandparents were little. The shops were much smaller and usually only sold one type of product. We had fun making our own drapers, grocers, hardware and toy shops.
Reverend Alan came to visit Year 1
We enjoyed a visit by Reverend Alan to our class. Before his visit we wrote lots of questions that we wanted to find out about Jesus. Reverend Alan helped us understand more about the early life of Jesus.
Year 1 enjoyed welcoming year 6 to their classroom to read to them!
Look...we have some class pets!
This week we had seven new additions to Year 1...African land snails! We are learning how to care for them and will be observing how they change over time. If you would like to keep some snails yourself, look out for our instructions coming very soon. Now we need to decide what to call them.
Outdoor Learning at Forest School
We enjoyed our first Forest School session, looking for signs of autumn. There were lots of different coloured leaves, conkers, acorns and berries. We discovered that the leaves seem to be falling off some trees but not on others. We will oberve carefully over the next few weeks to see what happens. What signs of autumn can you see?
All Creatures Great and Small!
This term we have been enjoying our topic 'All Creatures Great and Small'. A couple of weeks ago we had a visit from Ark Farm and learnt all about the different features of farm animals and how to care for them. What fun! Afterwards we wrote our own information books about farm animals and shared these with the children in Oak class.
Do fish have fingers?
One of our favourite lessons this term involved looking at the structure of fish. We explored herring and noticed that fish have gills, fins, tails, scales, mouths, teeth and eyes. Afterwards we recorded our findings with scientific drawings - they were fantastic!
We enjoyed taking part in the Infant Agility Festival at Wodson. Look at our amazing sporting skills!
Have fun making a colourful picture with Bing and Flop.