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Westleigh Methodist Primary School

Westleigh Methodist Primary School

Year 1

Autumn Term 1 2018

See whats happening this term in Year 1  : Autumn Term 1 Curriculum Map

This half term our class text has been ‘A.m. I Yours?’. It is about a dinosaur egg who loses his parents and goes on a mission to find them. At the start of the half term we found out that a real dinosaur had been in our classroom! We followed the clues to find the dangerous creature... instead we found dinosaur eggs! We have kept them safe whilst they hatch!

Creative Curriculum
We decided to find out more about dinosaurs. We have researched different names and looked at what they looked like. In history, we used our inference and deduction skills to analyse the clues about a famous palaeontologist. We worked out that Mary Anning discovered some famous dinosaur fossils many years ago! We decided to sketch some of her findings, paying close attention to our use of line, shape and space.

In science, we have found out even more about a variety of animals. We have labelled the basic parts of animals, compared them and used this information to classify them into animal groups. We have observed different dinosaur teeth and we have also used our observation skills to dissect real dinosaur poo! We used our observations to determine whether they would have been herbivores, carnivores or omnivores. It was very smelly but lots of fun!









Autumn Term 2 2018

See whats happening this term in Year 1  : Autumn Term 2 Curriculum Map

This half term Year 1 have had some memorable experiences! Our half term started with a mystery task from Miss Hope. She had found a box of old pictures, books that were falling apart and newspaper articles. She asked to find out what they were for... we had a look at the artefacts and event smelt them! We decided they were VERY old! We started by raising our own questions about them...

We continued our investigation by sharing the pictures with Mr Meredith, a governor from our partner school, Bedford Hall Methodist. He was delighted to see the pictures as they were taken when he went to our school and he knew some of the teachers and pupils. We prepared questions to ask Mr Meredith such as 'What games did you play at school?', 'What did you learn at school?' and 'What was your teacher like?'. We certainly learned a lot from our primary source, Mr Meredith!

We decided to learn more about the past... Miss Butler brought in lots of old toys from her Grandma's cellar. Yet again, they smelt very old! We had lost of fun playing with them and discovering how they worked. We though about what made these toys old and how they were different to toys that we may play with today. We used our new knowledge about materials to create a timeline of toys from the past to the present.

We were very lucky to go on a trip to Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, where Stephen told us every more about toys! We played with spinning tops, chalk boards, wooden skipping ropes and even a Bagatelle! There were many more toys to explore and we got to make our own cup and ball to take home.

In English, we have been reading The Polar Express. Therefore, it was just essential to come into school in our pyjamas! We got changed, Collected our golden tickets and walked back to the classroom.. but it wasn’t as it usually appeared! We were greeted by a train driver (Miss Butler in disguise!). She greeted us onto the train and we had to show our special, golden tickets. We found our seat and buckled up ready for the ride! It was a bumpy ride but the delicious hot chocolate made it bearable! This provided lots of writing opportunities such as a recount of the train journey, a letter to Santa, instructions to make hot chocolate and a non-chronological report about reindeer.

As well as all the fun activities, we have set aside time to remember the very special soldiers who fought for our country and who continue to fight in wars every single day. We created poppy themed lettering, using oil pastels, to create the quote 'We Will Remember Them, 100 Years On'. All of the children demonstrated great empathy and support for these brave soldiers.

It has been an exciting half term and we have all learned lots! All of Year 1 deserve a good rest, a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!










Spring Term 1 2019

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This half term we have had a terrible robbery occur in our classroom! Somebody stole the Queen’s precious jewels! We set out to find them... We use the Thinking Hats to establish the facts, think how the robbery made us feel, the negative impact of the robbery and ways that we could catch the thief!

We thought we had better learn about the local area, just in case the jewels had been hidden somewhere nearby. We went on a walk of the local area and used our geographical knowledge to spot human and physical features. Some of use even used a compass to record what we could see in the north, east, south and west. We had lots of fun, even if it was raining!

We still had no look, so we decided to find out about London. Firstly, we looked at maps of the United Kingdom and spotted the four different countries and the surrounding seas. After that, we were ready to look closer at London. We looked at images of different London landmarks and came up with geographical questions based on what we could see, such as ‘why is the London Eye green?’ and ‘Why is it so busy?’.

Now we were ready to look at maps...

We used grid references to establish where different landmarks are in London, like Big Ben and The London Eye. Then we progressed to using compass directions to say where landmarks were in relation to each other. We all had lots of fun finding the famous landmarks.

But the jewels were still nowhere to be found... Don’t worry, we’ve all designed a trap to capturer the nasty thief! We’ll get the jewels back in no time...