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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

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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...





Spring Term 2 2019

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This half term we have found out about The Great Fire of London. We began our topic by making some REALLY old cakes. We followed an old recipe by a famous baker called Thomas Farriner. They were tasty, but not as delicious as cakes today! We've written some instructions which you can use to make your own if you like... 

In English, our class book was 'Vlad and the Great Fire of London'. We followed the journey of the tiny flea, Vlad, as he tried to escape the greatest fire ever! We thought about the old streets of London and wrote a setting description of them. We wrote some amazing poetry to describe the dangerous flames, some of us even pretended to be the fire! We researched all about Samuel Pepys and Sir Christopher Wren. We wrote super non-chronological reports to explain what great historical figures they were. 

In Creative Curriculum, we became historians. We used entries from Samuel Pepys' diary to create a timeline to find out exactly what happened in the great fire. We found out the true facts about the fire and how it changed London forever. We even found out about the history of the fire service and how the fire changed everything for the better! We became artists. We used different grades of pencils to sketch Tudor houses; using the different grades to change the thickness of our lines. We also studied the artist, Pablo Picasso, and found out about how he painted beautiful self-portraits. We practiced different line shapes, mixed primary and secondary colours and used our skills to paint our own self-portraits. In D&T, we used lots of cardboard boxes to make our own Tudor houses. We had to work our how to join the cardboard boxes together to make the correct shape. We then had to problem solve the best way to make a Tudor style roof. Some of us were very creative, using lolly sticks to keep it stable! We then had fun with paper mache and paint to add the finishing touches! 

Finally, in computing, we have used the Green Screen to create our very own news reports from Pudding Lane! We have some budding journalists in Year 1. 

Well done, another fantastic half term Year 1! 




Summer Term 1 2019

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This half term our topic has been Rio de Vida! We kicked off the topic by making beautiful, colourful carnival masks ready for our own carnival parade. We used paint, feathers, gems and sequins to make then sparkle and shine!

In English, we listened to carnival music and watched video clips of the real carnival. We wrote descriptive poems to describe the loud music and dancing. We has a mysterious snake arrive in our classroom. We think it dropped from the roof! We wrote a description of exactly what happened and the did some research about snakes from all over the world. We created a non-chronological report to summarise our findings. Miss Butler found a book similar to our a problem - There’s a Snake in my School, by David Williams. We sequenced the story and then decided that it would be a great idea to bring our own pets to school! Mrs Burke’s read our letters containing our reasons why, but she didn’t agree!

In Geography, we learned all about the seven continents. We know them off by heart because we learned a song to help us remember them! We used Google Maps and atlases to help us find Brazil. It was in South America. We learned all about the human and physical features of Brazil and compared them to England. We learned about the equator and it’s special job. We'd love to live in one of them really hot countries! Finally, we decided to look closely at the Amazon Rainforest. We thought it was beautiful and couldn’t understand why someone would want to destroy it! We made posters to make people aware of the effect that it would have on the landscape and the animals.

It’s been another hard working half term Year 1! Well done!




Summer Term 2 2019

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