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Headteacher - Mrs Sally Buckton

Guiseley Primary School

Year 1 blog

 

Year 1

Science

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Year 1 children identified wild and garden flowers and the structure of these and what the different parts of the plant do. We have also looked at trees in the school grounds which we are lucky to have such a huge variety of. The children have learnt about evergreen and deciduous trees and have found both types in their local environment. Year 1 have also planted some seeds and watched carefully how the roots grew and then the shoots. They have taken care to water and ensure they have had enough sunlight.

We have looked carefully at the animal group insects and that they are made up of three body parts. We have learnt that all insects have six legs and antennae and have learnt a song to help the children recall the body parts.

Mrs Munnings kindly bought both classes some caterpillars to observe. The children have been fascinated by the development - watching daily and recording their observations. It was a highlight when we noticed one butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. The children cared for them, ensuring they were never in the direct sunlight and that the butterflies had enough sugar water and oranges to feed them.

 

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Around our school environment

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The children have looked at an aerial view of Guiseley and the surrounding area. They spotted lots of local buildings and areas they recognised including our school. They created aerial plans of the classroom and we looked at using symbols to represent areas. We used a key to explain what the symbols in the room were. The children then navigated a map of the school grounds, finding out what particular symbols were by following the map to the location. Year 1 children drew their own maps of the school grounds complete with key. They did an amazing job, using colours to help their map and key be simple to interpret.

The children recognised the roads on the map and we completed some traffic surveys to find out which was the busiest road. We found out that Oxford Road was the busiest and Ashtofts Mount was the quietest. They noticed that lots of different types of vehicles travelled on Oxford Road but it was mostly cars that they saw on Ashtofts Mount and West Villa Road. Some children even learnt to record the information in a tally chart. 

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Art and Design Technology

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The children have had a busy half term exploring the topic Nature Detectives. They have drawn and painted wild and garden flowers as well as designing their own gardens. The children have moulded and painted their own clay minibeasts. We have created our own butterflies by printing with different materials. The children chose their own colours when creating their beautiful butterflies.

We have also designed and made a healthy cous cous salad. We looked at the Eatwell Guide and where different foods are placed. The children could explain why the fruit and vegetable section was the largest. The children impressed us so much with their willingness to try new foods including olives and feta cheese despite some children being quite reluctant during the planning phase. The children learnt the bridge and claw methods when cutting their vegetables and they learnt to grate safely keeping their fingers away from the sharp grater. All the children tried their colourful salads and there were lots of happy faces during lunch as this accompanied their wraps at lunchtime.

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A great end to the year

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The children have really showed off their writing in English this half term. They have written about the life cycle of caterpillars and poetry about sunflowers. They have really impressed us with the descriptive vocabulary they used.

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PE

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We've been able to enjoy some outdoor PE this term. We developed our throwing and catching skills, looking at different types of catch and the hand position needed. We played lots of games using our throwing and catching skills. Who can do the most claps before they catch the ball?

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