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Grange Federation

Year 1


Term 1  -  2018/19

W/C: 10/9/18

W/C: 3/9/18

Term 5

W/C: 21/5/18

Year 1 were fantastic walking to St Margaret’s Church on Wednesday. They were so sensible and kept very safe. Whilst we were at the church we enjoyed 5 church life activities including bell ringing, playing the organ and singing, christening a baby and learning about weddings! The children behaved beautifully and had a lot of fun at the church. Thank you to the lovely volunteers who helped and worked hard to make this trip a massive success.

W/C: 7/5/18

As part of our Geography learning, Year 1 went orienteering around the school. We used maps to help us find where the different flags were hidden and we had to record the country names in a table. We worked in teams to complete the challenge!

W/C: 30/4/18

In Year 1 this week we have been discussing which materials would make the most comfortable bed for Goldilocks (she is very picky!). We chose the materials and designed the bed, then built it in our Science lesson. Which bed do you think is just right?

W/C: 23/4/18

Our topic this term is Goldilocks and the Three Bears so this week we all sat together to eat porridge for our breakfast. We chose toppings to make it even tastier. We had a lovely time! Some of us went back for seconds... and thirds!

Term 4

W/C: 26/3/18

Year 1 Performance

Otters Class

Woodpeckers Class

Deers Class

As a treat for doing such an amazing job with our Easter performance, Year 1 enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt this afternoon. We had to solve the clues before we could find the eggs. Here's Deer Class with their handmade baskets and the eggs that they found! Check out our brilliant Easter bonnets too!

W/C: 19/3/18

Sports Relief

Well done everybody for being so sporty and brilliant this week.
The children took part in an exciting training circuit in aid of Sports Relief with lots of running, throwing, jumping and archery! 
Also a massive well done to the 12 Otters children who ran with Mr Hicks and Miss Savage to Ruskin as part of the Swindon School Marathon. They were so enthusiastic and beautifully behaved, a great representation for our school!
We all raised an amazing £134.10 for Sports Relief! Thank You.

Term 2

Christmas songs

"Sorry for the delay! We have had some technical difficulties uploading the videos. Year 1 really enjoyed learning the Christmas songs for our carol concert. They wanted to sing some of the songs even though the concert was cancelled due to the snow! Well done Year 1, lovely voices! The children are super excited to share their class assembly with you later this term." 

Winnie the Witch, The Great Fire of London, Skipping and more....

Winnie the witch shared with us a recipe for her whizzing potion! The children have enjoyed writing recipes for magic potions, they were pleased Winnie didn't turn us into a frog!

We've been learning about The Great Fire of London. We found out who Samuel Pepys is and had ago at writing parts of his diary. The Fire was so big and started on Pudding Lane in a bakery!

In PE Mr Hicks taught us how to skip with a skipping rope - this was very tricky! Jumping over the rope at the right time was difficult.  

We've continued with our adding and subtracting this week, using lots of different resources to help us find the answer.

Thank you to all the parents who participated in the sponsored mile and helped us raise money! You are fantastic! Well done to Tommy who is our top fundraiser in the whole school!



We have been very bossy!

This week in Year 1 we have been very bossy! We have been learning about instructions, including bossy verbs, time conjunctions and words ending in -ly. Practise your instruction giving carefully and politely at home this weekend! In Maths we have continued to work on number bonds up to 20. Some children have even been able to show that they can apply their knowledge to other multiples of 10. Our topic 'What Goes Bang?' has led us to learning about the Great Fire of London. We thought of questions we would like to ask to help us learn more about this event. On Friday we took part in fundraising for Children in Need. We all wore something spotty and we made a Pudsey from pennies!


Wowweee - what a fantastic week!

Everybody turned into artists and worked hard, persevered all week and created a beautiful piece of artwork. We used pastels, water colours and created stencils. If you would like to see the final pieces come to our Art Exhibition on the 29th November at 08:30-9 or 2:30-3:30!

Continuing with our Art week, we learned about the famous artist, Kandinsky. We mimicked his work, wrote lots of facts about him and reviewed his artwork. The children loved learning about somebody new!

In maths, we have been challenging our addition and subtraction knowledge by recognising our number bonds to 20 and looking at the inverses! We have been using the vocabulary "If I know... then I know" to recognise patterns in the number sentences.


Welcome Back!

Welcome back Deers, Woodpeckers and Otters! It has been an eventful first week back - everybody attended their first school disco! Thank you to the Mum's and Dad's for making all the children look fabulous in their costumes, the children looked so great we had a fancy dress parade on the playground!

As well as dressing up we have been doing lots of learning this week! In Maths, we practised our number bonds to 10 AND we learned the inverses too. We have been busy writing lots of number sentences with + and - !

Our topic question this term is "What goes Bang?" With fireworks night right around the corner we have started off the term describing and wondering about fireworks.

In Computing we have started to think about algorithms and coding, all the children followed an algorithm by their teachers and created a crazy character!

Another thank you to parents for all your positive feedback from the WOW mornings, we hope you enjoyed coming into class and seeing the children's fantastic learning!


The children in Deer class had a great time on fancy dress day!

We have been innovating and evaluating!

This week in Year 1 we have been innovating and evaluating! In English we planned a new story about our own jungle character who lost his smile (just like Augustus!). We drew and labelled our character, wrote descriptive sentences about them and made a story road featuring them. In Maths we have done lots of hands on activities involving 2D and 3D shapes. Which shapes can you find around your home? In the afternoons we evaluated our shoebox houses. We thought about what we had enjoyed doing and what we could do to improve it. What a busy week!


Term 1

Rock and Pop!

Before the half term holiday, we all enjoyed the Rock and Pop Music Roadshow! Musicians from the Swindon Music Service visited us and played music from each decade since the 50s. They also showed us their instruments and gadgets. 

We've been working very hard, especially in Maths!

We've been working very hard in Year 1 this week, especially in Maths! We have been looking at 100 squares and using diennes to find tens and ones in two digit numbers.

In English we have been practising our handwriting, trying to make it beautiful! We have also been writing our stories about Augustus and his smile - they are fantastic!!

The children have really enjoyed their dance lessons with Miss Genna this term, learning new dances to different songs every week. The theme has been Disney which has been a lot of fun!

In RE this week the children learnt about a new faith community - Judaism! We celebrated our own class Shabbat meal, sharing wine (blackcurrant juice) and bread with our friends.  They children agreed celebrating this made them feel good about themselves.

We are loving the junk models of animals which are coming in as part of the homework - they are fabulous!

Year 1 children learning about Shabbat in RE and enjoying a Shabbat meal of 'wine' and bread.

In History and Geography we have been learning about different houses in this area. We looked at houses near school then designed our own house. We worked in pairs to build our houses and they are now on display in our Construction Area.

Year 1 have settled into their new classrooms really well this week.
In Maths the children have been sorting lots of different objects. They worked hard in a team to create a pictogram to show their sorting!
In English we have been retelling our experiences from our summer holidays and writing about our favourite parts!
In the afternoons, the children have been introduced to lots of new subjects such as Dance, Music, PSHE and History which we are super excited to build upon!
There will be a Parents Meeting at Grange Infants School on September 19th at 6:00pm to tell you more about teaching and learning in Year One!