Year 1 had a great day today as we had some special visitors from Crealy. Marie from Crealy's Animal Outreach programme came to the school with lots of animals for us to touch and hold. We saw some real dragons, three different species of stick insects, a milk snake called Milka and some very smelly ferrets! Marie was very informative and we learnt lots about their habitas and what they would eat in the wild.
Welcome back to everyone in Year 1! The children came into school today dressed up as their favourite wild animal. They also shared a fact about their animal to their peers. The children looked amazing. We had a great day!
On Monday we went down to the Church for the Christmas Tree Festival. It was great to see all the hard work the children had put into their decorations up on dispay. We loved seeing what the rest of the community in Exminster had contributed as well. A special thank you to the helpers that escorted us down.
We had a special letter and visitor appear in Year 1 this week. The Everywhere Bear has been on lots of exciting adventures around the world and he has found his way to Exminster. He sent us a letter and we sent out a search party to find him. We are looking forward to writing about all the exciting things that the Everywhere Bear will do with us.
This week in Year 1 we have been learning all about the Everywhere Bear. We have learnt the actions to the story using a text map. We have also been very lucky to have received so many postcards from the Everywhere Bear on his travels all around the world - from South Africa to Bolivia and Malta to Mousehole!
This week the children finished their season paintings. The whole year group's display will up in school so keep your eye out.
Year 1 had great morning on Monday for their Sports Day. The children did themselves and their families proud with their motivation and engagement in all of the activities. The children said that they really enjoyed the parachute race and found the space hoppers quite tricky as they kept falling off! Well done to all the children in Reception and KS1.
Year 1 have read Jack and the beanstalk and Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk. We are now on the 'invent' stage of our writing sequence. Pupils have invented their own characters that are waiting at the top of the beanstalk to be discovered! There are angry poisonous puffer fish, scary ninjas wrapped in black and green masks and unicorns with hearts on their tails and pointy, rainbow coloured horns. Pupils have thought carefully and described their character's characteristics and appearance using exciting adjectives and some expanded noun phrases.
Look out for these terrifying and intriguing characters in the children's hot task stories.
In Year 1 we read the book 'Mix it Up' by Herve Tullet. We then explored colour mixing. We used the primary colours blue, red and yellow to make our own secondary colours: orange, green and purple.
Children learnt how to add white to make a tone and black to make a shade. We studied the colour wheel and discussed warm and cool colours, noticing how colours on the opposite side of the colour wheel compliment each other. Pupils made their own paper using warm colours and cool colours.
Last week Year 1 learnt how to weave paper through a black card loom using the coloured papers they had made. We think they look really effective!
This afternoon we had the opportunity to get outside and finally enjoy the spring weather. We went around the school grounds to find out how they have changed since our last season watch in winter. The children identified new buds on the tress, daffodils and flowering plants as evidence of spring. They also noticed that the days are becoming warmer, our shadows are now not as long and the mornings and evenings are getting lighter. Great job Year 1!