10th January 2020
We have had a very good first week back. We have settled back into classroom routines and were ready to learn. In English, we have started a new book ‘Bear Under the Stairs’ . On Tuesday, we learned all about homophones, words that sound the same but have different meanings E.G. stare and stir. On Wednesday, a mysterious object arrived in the classroom with a warning sign which explained that it belonged to William. We wrote questions about the object. Later that day, we found out that it was William from the story and the object was not a bear but just bags of extra school uniform, a chair, a poster and a blanket. On Thursday, we received a note from William, explaining that he is scared of the dark. On Friday, we replied to William’s note in our extended write. In Maths, we have been continuing to develop our calculation and reasoning skills, using multiplication and division.
Thank you for working hard to complete the holiday homework. Your efforts have supported your children to stay on track and improve, during the two weeks holiday.
13th December 2019
We’ve had a fun filled week in Year 2. On Monday, we went to church to practise for the advent service. On Tuesday morning, we watched the Coverdale Puppets perform the nativity and in the afternoon Hawkley Hall High School performed two pantomimes for us: Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. On Wednesday, we watched and joined in with a performance of the nativity from Open the Book and in the afternoon we sang in the afternoon concert. We were not in school on Thursday due to polling day but we learned all about it on Friday as we discussed our British Value of Democracy.
6th December 2019
This week we have been reading ‘The Minpins – Roald Dahl’. We have been busy learning how to use apostrophes for possession and how to add a range of suffixes to root words in preparation for writing our own version of the story. We have enjoyed singing the ‘Prefixes & Suffixes’ and ‘Apostrophes’ songs on YouTube. In Maths, we are starting to divide by sharing into equal groups. We have been learning our songs and actions for the nativity performances.
29th November 2019
This week we have been working very hard to complete our Autumn Term assessments (Quizzes). We have also been learning about the Victorian inventions and how they compare to technology today. We have been learning about the Aesop Fable of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ and discussed why honesty is important.
22nd November 2019
We had a very exciting start to the week as we watched the demonstration by Mad Science. This week we have been learning all about the different ways we can pray. We discussed praying for help or to help others, praying for forgiveness, praying to say thank you, etc. We wrote our own prayers and placed them on our prayer tree. We have been learning about animals and categorising them into the different groups. We are learning about the features of each group and applying this knowledge to identify animals within the same group.
15th November 2019
We started the week with Remembrance Day. In the morning we discussed the importance of remembering all those who fought, died or were injured in the war. We wrote prayers for the soldiers and their families and made poppies from tissue paper and art straws. At 11 o’clock we observed a two minute silence and listened to The Last Post. During the week, we learned about prefixes ‘Un’ and ‘Dis’ and discussed how they change the meaning of the root word. In Maths, we are continuing to learn about multiplication and in Topic, we are comparing the lives of poor Victorians to the lives of rich Victorians. On Friday, we raised money for Children In Need by wearing green.
18th October 2019
This week we have had lots of fun. In class, we have been continuing our work on endangered animals and we have written our own non-chronological report. We have been working really hard to improve our handwriting and to use punctuation correctly. In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting two-digit numbers using the column method. E.G. –
On Wednesday, we enjoyed performing our two songs at the Harvest Service. On Friday afternoon, we investigated how polar bears keep warm in the arctic. Some children thought it was the fur and others said it was the blubber. We put on a woolly glove and put our hands in ice water. We all observed that the glove was soaking wet and so were our hands. Then, we put on a plastic glove inside a bag of vegetable fat then we placed it into the ice water. We all agreed that the blubber keeps the polar bear warm as we could not feel the temperature of the water with our hands in the vegetable fat.
Have a lovely holiday!
11th October 2019
Although this has been a shorter week, it has been very productive. In English, we have been exploring the features of a non-chronological report and learning how to write in the past and present tenses. We have started to use a range of conjunctions (e.g. – and, but, so, if, when, etc.) in our writing to join ideas and to add more detail. In Maths, we have been continuing to use a range of methods and strategies to add two-digit numbers. We have been busy practising our songs for harvest while learning about the festival and why we celebrate.
We are not in school on Friday 11th October due to an INSET day.
4th October 2019
This week we have been learning about endangered animals. We have been using sources to find out how where they live, how many are left and the dangers they face. We are preparing to write a non-chronological report about this subject while learning about rhetorical questions, conjunctions and different types of sentences. This topic links to our science topic 'Living things and their habitats'. In Science, we have been looking at adaptations and how animals are suited to their environment. In Maths, we have been adding 2 two-digit numbers using a range of method and strategies.
27th September 2019
We have had a very busy week in school.
We started making our Christmas cards ready to send off to the printers and we have started learning our songs ready for the harvest festival. In English, we have been very busy writing our very own sequel to Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have been thinking about what Goldilocks and Baby Bear might be like once they have grown up. In Maths, we have been looking at number patterns and finding the missing numbers in a sequence. This can be quite tricky so we have been working on identifying whether the numbers are getting bigger or smaller and then counting on or back to find out how many jumps they are moving in. In Science, we have been talking about animals and their habitats. We have been looking at features of different animals and saying how they could help that animal in their habitat. E.G. - Polar Bears have white fur to become camoflauged in the snow.
Sadly, we have said goodbye to Mrs Dealing who will no longer be working in Year 2 but we will still see around school.
20th September 2019
This week in Year 2, we have been learning how to partition two-digit numbers using base ten equipment. In English, we have been reading alternative versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and drawing comparisons between the texts. We have also been writing letters to the Bears from Goldilocks. In topic, we have been learning about the different continents and oceans and where to find them on a world map or globe.
Please don't forget to come to Meet the Teacher after-school on Tuesday 24th September to learn more about what the rest of the year has in store.
19th July 2019
Welcome to our last blog for Year 1!
We wanted to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to grown-ups for supporting us and our teacher in Year 1. It has been a fantastic year full of fun experiences and lots of new learning and your support is very much appreciated.
We have had an exciting week. We have been using our imaginations in English, taking learning outside in Maths and have finished the week with the dance-a-thon. It has been a brilliant year full of lovely memories but we are certain to make some more in Year 2.
Have a fantastic summer.
Congratulations Lucy, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you. This week Lucy really impressed her teachers with all her hard week. Well done Lucy, you should be very proud of yourself!
12th July 2019
In Year 1, we had our celebration of learning presentation at church. This year, we all received a certificate for our hard work and brilliant attitudes in class. We sang True Colours alongside Year 4 and have received some lovely feedback. It was the perfect way to bring our time in Year 1 to a close.
We were very lucky to receive a special performance of the Year 6 play. We got to see the class perform with the rest of the school and they were fantastic. We will miss them but we hope they have a brilliant time at high school.
5th July 2019
In Year 1 we have been using our imaginations to create a new chapter for the story ‘The Magic Bed’. We have been able to explore our own ideas and extend our sentences using adjectives to describe the worlds that we imagine. In Maths we have been recognising and using money – coins and notes.
We have been reflecting on our feelings. We have considered how we all feel about changes in our life and how this can be exciting. Following this, we have had two ‘taster days’ to help with our transition into Year 2. We have been busy but have also had a lot of fun, please ask us how we feel now and what we have been getting up to in Year 2.
28th June 2019
In Year 1 we have been lucky enough to receive a visit from the life caravan. We talked about our bodies and how to keep them healthy and safe. We moved our bodies to get our hearts beating and explored different types of food that our body needs.
We have used our imaginations to build stories about other worlds and have been developing our understanding of adjectives. We have learnt a lot about time and used our vocabulary to describe events within the day.
'Congratulations to Sophie for trying her best to show resilience in her work all week. This weekend Sophie will be taking Mr Stuck home with her. Sophie should be very impressed with herself. Well done Sophie!' Teja and Hannah, Growth Mindset Champions.
21st June 2019
In Year 1 we have enjoyed taking part in healthy living week. We had talks and demonstrations on how we can eat well and move more. We loved the smoothie making bicycle and really enjoyed having a go at the daily mile.
We investigated the parts of a tree and observed the changes that have occurred with the beans that we have planted. We discussed our findings from our experiment on growing beans and are amazed at how much they’ve grown.
'Congratulations Lily, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you. This week Lily really impressed her teachers with all her hard week. Well done Lily, you should be very proud of yourself!'
14th June 2019
In Year 1 we have worked exceptionally hard on phonics and completed the Screening Check. Thank you for all of your extra work and support at home.
We had a visit from the Science Show, Adrian showed us some experiments and asked us to use our investigation skills to make predictions and find results. In Maths we were counting in tens and ones. We represented two-digit numbers using Base 10 and a range of creative resources. In Science, we have been learning about the parts of a plant and went outside to find examples of this on the trim trail. We used our findings to create a collage in art.
'Congratulations Jack, this week Mr Stuck will be going home you! This week Jack impressed his teachers when he persevered in his writing when starting to write a story. Well done Jack, keep up the hard work!'
7th June 2019
This week has been an exciting week in Year 1, we have been working hard on our phonics to prepare for the screening check next week. In maths we have been focusing on the concept of ten. We have been exploring the varied ways in which we can make ten and using this to move on to use the same skills with larger numbers. In Science, we have been learning more about plants. We have discovered what they need to grow and have planted our own beans to conduct an experiment.
24th May 2019
In Year 1 this week we have been focusing on phonics as we prepare for our upcoming check. We have been writing letters to our friend, the Yeti, and we have been offering advice to him and the bird. In Maths we have been exploring fractions and learning how to divide shapes into equal parts.
We have been creating some super collages of animals inspired by our trip to the zoo and using these to classify them.
'Congratulations Holly, this weekend Mr Stuck will be going home with you! This week Holly has persevered with her Maths work and kept going even when she found things tricky. Well done Holly, you should be very proud of yourself.' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Champions
17th May 2019
In Year 1 we have been classifying animals. We listened to the types of food that each animal ate then decided if the animal would be a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.
We used the iPads to research animal facts and made a fact-sheet about our favourite animals so that we could share information with our friends.
In English, we made our own books about a special visit from an animal inspired by Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.
'Congratulations Matthew, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you! This week Matthew has tried hard and put lots of effort into his work even when he found things difficult. Well done Matthew. Keep up the hard work!' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Champions
10th May 2019
In Year 1 this week we have continued reading our story 'Lost and found.' In English we have been learning about adverbs. We sequenced the main parts of the story, 'Lost and found' and created our own sentences using adverbs.
In Maths we have been grouping objects. We used cubes to share equally into different groups.
On Thursday we went to Blackpool Zoo to find out about animals and their habitats. We went to see the penguins because we wanted to find out more about our class visitor, Bill the Penguin. The children asked lots of interesting questions to the zoo keeper who looks after penguins! We learnt lots about other animals and their habitats and we had a great time.
'Well done Chloe, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you! This week Chloe has tried really hard with her Maths work. She has took her work very seriously and showed lots of resilience. Well done Chloe you should be very proud of yourself!' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Champions
3rd May 2019
In Year 1 we have had a mystery guest. We have been visited by a penguin. He has appeared in the classroom and nobody knows where he has come from. We have been using our super skills in English to try and help him. We have been using our skills when reading Lost and Found and hope that this will help us to help this unhappy, lonely penguin find his home.
We also had a visit from Reverend Mark who helped us with our RE theme of Baptism. We baptised our new penguin and decided to call him Bill.
We have been using our Geography skills to use maps. We have been finding our way around maps of Blackpool Zoo and using our language skills to decide on the best directions to use to visit our favourite animals.
We hope that you all had an enjoyable Easter break and that the children are looking forward to their last term in Year 1!
'Congratulations Hannah, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you! Hannah put lots of effort into her work this week and impressed all of her teachers. Well done Hannah. Keep up the hard work!' Growth Mindset Champions
5th April 2019
In Year 1 this week we have been having lots of messy fun to support our learning.
In Maths the children have been concentrating on capacity and volume. We filled containers with different volumes of water and sand and compared the containers to say which containers had the least or greatest volume.
In English the children have produced some amazing non-fiction reports all about ducks (We bet the children can tell you information about ducks you didn't already know).
Year 1 had a lovely morning at church on Wednesday for the Easter service. I am sure you will agree they all sang beautifully within the service. They have continued the celebrations in class by trying Hot Cross Buns and joining in with Easter crafts.
It has also been the Easter competition this week and the children have worked so hard making their Easter baskets (they all deserve to win). Well done to all the children, your baskets were amazing.
Finally, we would like to wish you all a wonderful Easter filled with God's blessings.
29th March 2019
In Year 1 this week the children have been working hard weighing different objects from around the classroom, by using balance scales. This enabled the children to find which objects were lighter, heavier or equal in mass.
We have also been having lots of messy fun making Easter baskets for the Easter competition next week. The judges will definitely have a difficult choice when it comes to choosing the winners in Year 1.
Congratulations Anya, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you. This week Anya has tried hard in her Maths and kept going. Well done Anya! Have fun with Mr Stuck this weekend! Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Champions.
22nd March 2019
In Year 1 we have been thrilled to see the ducklings grow. We all got to see them swim and preen themselves. This has been really helpful with our non-fiction lessons where we have been writing facts about ducks. The ducklings have now been picked up by the farmer who will look after them as they grow.
In Maths we have been measuring using non-standard measures and comparing measurements. We tested this in class and were able to use the rulers to learn a little more about millimetres and centimetres. We used our skills in Science too as we continued to explore the length of shadows that we create.
We are preparing for Easter and have been bringing in our Easter baskets as part of our celebration. If these are at home, please feel free to send them in when you are ready. These will then be used as the children's competition entries.
'Congratulations to Jayden this week for showing resilience in his work this week. This week Jayden has impressed his teachers with the amount of effort he has used in all lessons. Jayden has also made a big improvement with his handwriting this week. Well done Jayden. As a reward, Mr Stuck will be going home with you this weekend.'
15th March 2019
In Year 1 we have had an eggs-citing week. The eggs arrived on Monday and we were hoping to see baby ducklings by Wednesday. We said a little prayer together to hope for their safe arrival and, sure enough, on Wednesday all six of our eggs hatched into lovely baby ducklings. They're getting stronger day by day and we will be able to play with them next week.
'Well done Eva, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you! This week she has shown a brilliant attitude when completing work on the Easter story. She was stuck at first, then she listened to her teacher and showed resilience in her work and managed to finish her Easter story.' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Champions.
8th March 2019
In Year 1 we have been learning lots about Lent. We understand why we have pancake day and explored Ash Wednesday. We had pancakes in school and went to church for an Ash Wednesday service.
On Thursday it was World Book Day! We enjoyed celebrating all things books and had a fantastic time in school dressed in our super character costumes. We were very lucky to have a visit from Mark & Monty who shared their new book with us.
Thank you all for your efforts and support for World Book Day.
'Congratulations to Joey this week for showing resilience in his work. Joey was stuck with his writing but he has worked hard and impressed his teachers. Joey has even started to use cursive handwriting! As a reward, he will be taking Mr Stuck home for the weekend. Well done Joey you should be very proud of yourself.' Hannah and Teja Growth Mindset Champions.
1st March 2019
In Year 1 we are exploring the seasons and the weather. This has been a very interesting week to do just that!
At the start of the week, we went outside to explore nature and see what we could find in the world around us. We used this to complete our tally charts and discuss what we were surprised by.
Towards the end of the week, we looked at changes in the weather and used this to learn more about weather forecasts. We looked at maps and local forecasts to gather some ideas so that we can plan and prepare our own.
'Congratulations Amelie, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you. Amelie has shown resilience in her work during the week. Well done Amelie! You should be very proud of yourself.' Teja (Growth Mindset Champion) and Eden.
15th February 2019
In Year 1 we have been investigating nature. We heard that pine cones can tell us a little bit about the weather. We conducted an experiment to check this. We noticed how the pine cone protects the seeds and how it would change with different weather.
We have been talking about the Golden Rule and how important it is to follow it. This linked to our work on the miracles of Jesus.
8th February 2019
In Year 1, we have been managing to catch the nice weather and conduct investigations involving shadows. We estimated results then tested them. There were some surprising results so we discussed why this might be to help our predictions in future.
We had a special time celebrating Chinese New Year. We know about the history of the celebration and why animals are used to represent the years. We made Chinese lanterns and special wishes so that we could join in with Chinese traditions.
'Congratulation Kristen, Mr Stuck is going home with you for the weekend. Kristen has impressed her teachers during the week and kept going even though she found her work hard to start with. Well done Kristen! Keep up the hard work.' Hannah and Teja Growth Mindset Champions.
1st February 2019
In Year 1, we have been exploring different ways to begin our sentences and finding all ways of creating a sum with three numbers. We found this quite challenging at first but have worked so hard that we now enjoy the challenge.
The weather this week has really helped us with our topic work. It was lovely to watch the snow fall by the window and link this to our lesson. We enjoyed playing in it too!
'Congratulation Lucas, Mr Stuck is going home with you for the weekend. Lucas has shown resilience and kept going in his Maths work. Well done Lucas you should be very proud of yourself.' Hannah and Teja Growth Mindset Champions.
25th January 2019
In Year 1 we have really been challenging ourselves in Maths. We have resource boxes on every table in our Maths lessons. These boxes are full of resources that we can choose to help us when we are stuck. We can use number strings, counters, number shapes or anything that helps us to complete our challenges.
We have also been learning more about the friends that Jesus made. We are learning their names and noticed that some of our friends have the same names. We are talking about what they did, how they met Jesus and how they made friends with him.
'Congratulations to Chelsea for showing resilience in her work. She showed positive growth mindset during Maths when she didn't give up. Well done Chelsea.' Hannah (Growth Mindset Champion) and Bethany.
18th January 2019
In Year 1, we have been learning about the seasons and the changes that happen as day turns into night. We made moons using our craft skills and named them all. We have lots of ideas to share so please ask us about this whenever we are out and about.
We have been writing diary entries for Plop the owl who was afraid of the dark. We also used it to extend our vocabulary too as we thought of new words for 'happy' and 'sad'. We are really enjoying this book and can't wait to see if Plop begins to like the dark.
'Congratulations to Myla for showing resilience in her work this week. As a special treat she will be taking Mr Stuck home for the weekend. Myla has tried extremely hard and we are all very proud of her.' Hannah (Growth Mindset Champion) and Lily.
11th January 2019
In Year 1 we have been exploring diary entries and learning more about 3D shape. We have started our new topic of seasons and have been looking at the trees to explore how they show us the changes through the months.
Finally, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your cards, gifts and kind wishes.
'This week Mr Stuck will be going home with Kal for the weekend. Kal has shown hard work and resilience in their Maths work. We are very proud of him. Well done Kal.' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Representatives.
21st December 2018
In Year 1 we have had a very busy week of Christmas fun. We have sang our hearts out for the Nativity, cheered at the actors in the pantomime and danced away at the Christmas party.
In class we thought about the gifts that we have and the gifts that we truly wish for (including some extras). We have made magical reindeer food (this is for magical reindeer to eat only - not for any other animal and not for children). We have made cards and enjoyed experimenting with the glitter (sorry everyone).
It has been a fantastic week and a lovely term. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your support and to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas.
14th December 2018
In Year 1 the children have been learning about the Wise Men and considering the gifts that they would give to Jesus.
Rehearsals for the Nativity are well underway and we are all excited for you to share this special moment with us.
We were very lucky to receive another visit from Monty the dog who shared a story with us.
'Congratulations Harry. This week he has had an excellent growth mindset moment during his writing. He should be very proud of himself. He is taking Mr stuck home this week.'Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Representatives
7th December 2018
This week Year 1 have been busy writing letters to the Jolly Postman about what they remember from the story. In Maths we have been learning how to subtract using their counting beads. In the afternoons they have been learning the meaning of the Epiphany and practising for the Nativity.
'This week James will be taking Mr. Stuck home with him because he was stuck in English. With some hard work he managed to complete his English work by himself. Congratulations to James from the Growth Mindset Champions.' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Representatives
30th November 2018
In Year 1 we have a new class friend. Mr Stuck is with us to encourage us to try our best and be resilient. Sometimes we are faced with a challenge but Mr Stuck is here to remind us that it's ok to feel stuck sometimes and we can still have a go. He will be coming home each week with children who have shown resilience. He will be visiting homes with his book so that children can write in his journal to show what he has been up to.
Mr Stuck was with us when we conducted an investigation in Science. We were using materials to test which would be the best material to use for a house for the three little pigs. We used some new scientific vocabulary including transparent, translucent and opaque. We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Mad Science. This was big learning but we were resilient and had a go.
"Congratulations to Anna in Year 1 who will be taking Mr. Stuck home for the weekend. She is also taking a book home to tell Year 1 what she has done with him. Anna has won this special treat because she has shown resilience whilst being a bit stuck. She has tried very hard and she should be very proud of herself. In year 1 there are going to be more pupils taking Mr. Stuck home every Friday to take care of him, love him and get help from him." Hannah & Teja Growth Mindset Representatives
28th November 2018
This morning Mr Stuck visited Year 1 and helped some of the children who were 'stuck' in Maths. Mr Stuck encouraged the children to keep going and not give up.
Mr Stuck is the ‘dog’ in year 1. He is part of the Growth Mindset team and is there to help children keep going when they encounter a problem. He encourages them to be resilient and to put 100% effort into an activity and to recognise that they haven’t got there yet but if they keep trying they will!!
23rd November 2018
In Year 1 we have been exploring different story settings. We have looked at different types of setting, compared them and have picked out some brilliant adjectives. We were also lucky enough to have a tennis taster session with Neil from Robin Park Tennis Centre to stretch our skills and explore new talents.
16th November 2018
In Year 1 we have been joining in with anti-bullying week. We learnt a lot about respect with some help from Andy and the Odd Socks. We learnt a new song that helped us to understand the meaning of the word so that we can make sure that we are respectful to everyone we meet so that we can appreciate how unique we all are.
9th November 2018
This week Year 1 have been learning all about Remembrance Sunday. They enjoyed watching a Cbeebies Remembrance day video clip that helped them to learn all about where the poppies first grew on Flanders Field. The children made their own poppies and made their leaf point to 11 o clock. All the children joined in with a minute silence at the end of Celebration assembly.
2nd November 2018
This week in Year 1 we have enjoyed investigating different types of materials. We have learnt the meaning of new words such as 'transparent.'
We have been busy investigating why things float or sink!