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                                                                    Welcome to Year 1

                                       Mrs. Winters, Miss Bingham-Hamilton and Mrs. Byrne

Welcome to Year 1's page. We are a very happy, friendly and busy class and hope that you enjoy looking at some of the very many different things we are learning.

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We have enjoyed looking at the work of Andy Goldsworthy. He creates a lot of his art by using things he finds in nature. He uses the colours, the shapes and the textures of natural objects. He does not use glue so his pictures will eventually change and even disappear. We copied some of his work and talked about what they made us think about. We also had a go at making pictures using autumn leaves, twigs, pinecones ad stones.
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As part of our learning about animals, we went into our school grounds to search for mini-beasts. We had to be very quiet in case we frightened them away. We looked under rocks and inside pipes, we looked under leaves and in the mud. We carefully brought back to class the creatures that we had found and had a closer look. Did you know that a woodlouse has 14 legs? After we had finished we returned all the creatures safely back to their homes.
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We are enjoying the challenge that comes with Power Maths! We have spent quite some time looking at numbers to 10. Exploring different ways to show numbers as well as comparing them by using good mathematical vocabulary such as greater than, less than, least and equals. We even made our own number lines!
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We were all so very proud of every single child in Year 1 today as they performed our class assembly. They shared lots of our learning about animals, showed our pictures, sang two songs and told the story of Creation!
Visit from a vet. We were extremely lucky when Ariella's mum agreed to come in and chat to us about looking after animals. She talked about how she finds out what is wrong with an animal and showed us the special clothes that she wears if she has to do an operation. We were fascinated by the x-rays and the cat skeleton! Some of us had a go at putting a bandage on a paw and some of us did a quiz about the number of teeth different animals have. It was a brilliant visit and we found out new and interesting facts. Thank you Mrs. Connolly!
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To enrich our learning about animals, we had a visit from "Meet the Creature!" Dean brought in many different animals for us to learn about, to hold and to describe. Some of the animals he brought with him included a Royal Python, a chinchilla, a bearded dragon, a corn snake, a tortoise, a tarantula, a gecko, a stick insect, a giant snail and a frog. We asked questions and some of us held the different creatures. We also began to learn about the different animal groups such as amphibians and mammals.
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We have come back to school full of chat about our holidays and keen to see our friends again. We have spent quite some time thinking about our class rules and the things that we think will make our class a happy place for us all. We have enjoyed exploring our new classroom and are settling well into new routines. We have planted some pansies to enhance our outdoor space and we have painted pictures to brighten up our classroom. We also made a graph to show which area of learning we like best!
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