Hello and welcome to Class 1!
We are the youngest class in school and we are made up of EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 children. Miss Kitchen is our class teacher and we have Mrs Walsh as our teaching assistant.
- Spellings are sent home weekly, the children will receive new spellings every Wednesday and will be tested the following Wednesday.
- PE is every Wednesday, please ensure PE kits are in school for this.
- We have daily phonics lessons in Class 1, here is a link to a fantastic phonics video! It will show you how we pronounce our sounds https://youtu.be/TTe5_Em0BHQ Click on the 'our curriculum' tab on the home page of the website for more information regarding phonics.
As we move into the third term of the year, we will be getting messy and exploring....
Below are our homework projects for this term, we would really appreciate it if you had a go at some of them.
Here is the link to our focus story 'The lighthouse keeper's lunch'. You will need this when completing the English homework task. Enjoy!
This term, we are looking at special things and books in our RE lessons. Last week, we explored some sacred objects within Christianity such as the Bible, the symbol of the cross and rosary beads. Today, the children looked at some sacred objects within Islam including subha beads, prayer mats, prayer caps and the Q'uran.
After a really good discussion, the children designed their own prayer mats!
This afternoon, the children completed their sand art project. Last week, they explored the process of how to make them and designed their own. Today, they used this knowledge to create their final masterpieces!
Today, the children in year 1 and 2 have moved on to something new in maths! The year 1 children have been recognising, making and adding equal groups ready for multiplication and division and year 2 are exploring arrays!
The children used resources to complete their tasks and all did really well!
Today, the children did some sewing! Our DT project this term is finger puppets so to put us in good stead, we practiced some basic stitching. The children blew us away with their skills and are most certainly going to be able to use them to create some magnificent finger puppets!
This afternoon, we did some activities around our current school value - perseverance. The children had a fantastic time playing the chocolate game and biscuit stacking! They certainly needed a lot of perseverance!
Here are some pictures of us playing the chocolate game.
Here we are taking part in our second perseverance game - biscuit stacking! In this game reception won by building the tallest freestanding biscuit tower!
This term, the children in year 1 and 2 will be writing narratives. Fitting in nicely with our current topic and also being one of our new favourite stories, the children will be creating their very own version of 'The lighthouse keeper's lunch'!
Today, we look at the features of books using 'The lighthouse keeper's' series. The children enjoyed reading and labelling the books, identifying the title, author, illustrator, blurb, characters and settings. Well done!
Term 3 & 4 - Beachcombers
This afternoon, we had a very special visitor! Santa came to visit us!
The children all told Santa what they would like to receive this year and were even gifted with an early Christmas present from him!
Continuing with our day, the next thing the children took part in was a steel drum workshop! Miss Burton and her helper John led a whole school introduction to the instruments and afterwards, each class had the opportunity to go back and have a go themselves!
The children were absolutely fantastic and played the steel drums in the style of blues music using a variety of notes. Well done!
To begin our fun-filled day, we made reindeer food! First, the children mixed all of the ingredients together, then they made the bags to store it in and finally, they poured some in to take home and sprinkle outside their homes. The reindeers will definitely bring Santa to our houses now!
This afternoon, the children learnt about and made their own christingles! First, we discussed their meaning, highlighting each part and its significance to Christians. After, the children carefully used the resources to create their own.
There were lots of brilliant discussions happening and overall, it was a really lovely afternoon!
Today was Christmas dinner day! The children pulled their crackers, put on their party hats and enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner!
This afternoon, the children baked some delicious gingerbread men! They used a variety of skills to make the dough and then cut out their desired shape. I'm sure they tasted as good as they looked!
We had the most magical morning performing our nativity in St Andrews church. The children did a brilliant job and were all so brave going up on stage!
Well done Class 1!
This afternoon, the children have made some beautiful salt dough tree decorations! They have taken them home to hang on their Christmas trees and will become a lovely memory for years to come!
This week, the children in year 1 and year 2 have been working on some descriptive writing. Yesterday, we explored the organisational and language features and today we began putting them into practice! Of course, the children needed something to describe so we chose ice cream sundaes! As the children ate, they gave some fantastic adjectives to describe the taste and texture of what they were enjoying.
The early years children joined in with the taste testing too!
Following on from all of our learning about maps, the early years children applied their knowledge during role play! They worked as a group to set up the resources they needed and got whiteboards to draw some maps ready to go on their journey! All of this was child initiated and was so lovely to watch and listen to!
This afternoon, the children completed one of their final projects in their current geography focus - maps and their key features.
Last week, we went on a walk around the village of Halton Holegate and looked at all of the different buildings and places. Today, we used what we had seen to create our own maps! The children created a key with map symbols and their meanings, stuck the roads down and put photos of what we saw in the correct places. To finish, we gave it a title and even added some of our friends houses on who live locally!
For two weeks, the children in year 1 and year 2 have been working so hard on their poems and today was the day to perform them! Using the green screen, the children have created some simply fantastic poetry performances! Year 1's poem was about dinosaurs and year 2's poems were all about winter!
Well done to each and every one of you!
In our science lessons this term, we are investigating the human body. The children have been thinking about the different parts of their bodies and what they do. Today, we developed our knowledge further by investigating our senses!
During our investigation, the children very bravely placed their hands into bags to see what was inside, smelt some liquids to identify their flavour and to finish taste tested some lemon juice! Some very funny faces were pulled!
In our geography lessons, we have been looking at maps and their key features. So far, we have made a map of our classroom and the school using our knowledge of the term 'birds eye view'.
We are now developing our knowledge and are working towards creating a map of our local village. To support us in doing this, we went on a walk to see the local landscapes we will need to include. On the way back to school, we went on an adventure!
Over in Class 3, the children have been working extremely hard on narrative writing. This afternoon, they very kindly came over to our classroom and read the stories that they have written to the children. The children in Class 1 thoroughly enjoyed the stories they heard and gave some really positive feedback!
What a lovely experience for both classes!
This week, year 1 and year 2 are investigating money in their maths lessons.
Today, they did some work on coin and note recognition, practiced drawing the pence and pound symbols and to finish, we had a game of 'the price is right'! Similar to the television show, the children estimated the value of different classroom objects and used this knowledge to put them in ascending order.
This afternoon, the children were introduced to a very exciting piece of technology - a green screen!
The children in year 1 and year 2 are preparing to perform poetry next week so we practiced using our new resource today. We had so much fun!
Here are some videos of the children enjoying the green screen.
This term, we have been investigating dog food labels and their contents in our Design and Technology lessons. The children have developed their knowledge through looking at real examples, designing their own labels and finally, making their very own dog food!
They used their cutting and mixing skills to prepare a nutritious meal for their furry friends!
Today was so exciting for us! We had a virtual visit from Jacqueline Wilson!
She spoke to us about what inspired her to become an author, where she gets all of her fantastic ideas from and her new book 'The Primrose Railway Children'. We also got to watch a step by step video of her illustrations being drawn!
This was a fantastic opportunity for both the staff and children and was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
Today, we had our first 'wow day' of the term!
As we are learning all about animals in our topic 'paws, claws and whiskers', some ferrets and a beautiful barn owl visited us from Northcote Heavy Horse Centre! The lovely lady who brought them told us all types of facts and answered our questions, also letting us walk the ferrets around the classroom and stroke the owl!
Well done to all of the children in Nursery and Class 1, they were all so sensible!
Here is a link to Northcote Heavy Horse Centre website: https://www.northcotehorses.com/
Term 2 - Paws, claws and whiskers
Today, the children put on a beautiful Harvest Festival celebration in St Andrews Church. They have been practicing hard for a few weeks and finally got to perform their Harvest song to their families.
What a fantastic performance!
Today, was a very exciting morning in Class 1!
Year 1 and 2 have been working extremely hard in English writing a set of instructions. First, they explored the language and organisational features, then did an exploration into verbs and time conjunctions and finally drafted, edited and completed their fantastic pizza making instructions! Today, they used them to make the real thing!
This was a fantastic opportunity for the early years children too, they got stuck in and made some delicious pitta pizzas!
After making our brilliant Harvest wreaths, the children continued with their arty afternoon. This time, it was dinosaurs!
Today, we explored silhouettes and how effective they can be within a piece of artwork. The children used a stencil to carefully draw their dinosaur shape, followed by accurate cutting skills to follow their line. They stuck this on the beautiful sunset they made last week and they really do look beautiful!
This afternoon, we learnt all about Harvest! In preparation for our Harvest Festival on Monday morning, the children participated in a good discussion about the importance of Harvest and where all of our donations will go to, talking about the things they are thankful for in their lives.
Afterwards, we made Harvest wreaths that had a variety of autumnal plants and vegetables on - well done!
What a fantastic day we have had!
Today, as part of our topic, the children had their Wow Day at the 'Jurassic Falls' attraction in Skegness Aquarium! We learnt lots and had a fabulous time exploring the Dinosaur Land. The children even participated in a fossil dig, met dinosaurs and did many more things inside the aquarium!
Here's what we got up to inside Skegness Aquarium!
This afternoon was very exciting in Class 1. We began our next dinosaur-themed DT project - 'Sockosaurus'!
The children explored the process of tie dying and what the outcome is expected to look like and then they got to work. First, they tied elastic bands in various places along their sock to achieve the desired pattern, then they covered it in fabric dye.
Their creations have been put away to soak up the dye and we will look at them again next week!
This afternoon, the children have been doing some fantastic artwork. We looked at blending and brush strokes and the effects it can have when creating a sunset. The children were very attentive and as a result created some beautiful pieces of work.
After completing their fantastic work on Mary Anning and her work on fossils, this afternoon the children made their own! They chose the dinosaur they wanted and made an imprint in some salt dough to create a realistic-looking fossil.
Continuing with our work on prehistoric landscapes, the children applied their knowledge to create their own. We ensured there were rocks for dinosaurs to hide behind as defence, trees and bushes for the herbivores to eat, water for the dinosaurs to drink and fish for the carnivores to eat.
I am so impressed with how they turned out!
Since finding the dinosaur eggs outside our classroom, the children have been doing some fantastic work around them. Today, they finally hatched!
Here are some photographs of the process we went through, from finding them outside, putting them in water to soften the shells and finally hatching!
After making our clay eggs last week, it was time to paint them this afternoon. The children used their designs to create the most beautiful patterns, taking their time to add some very detailed features - well done!
This afternoon, the children continued with their DT project, using clay to begin making their very own dinosaur eggs! They carefully moulded the clay into their desired shape and we have now left them to dry, ready to paint next week.
Today, we were visited by some dentists! The children had a discussion with them about the importance of oral hygiene and how they can keep their teeth and gums healthy. At the end of the visit, the children received some free toothpaste and a teeth brushing chart to take home and practice what they've learnt.
This afternoon, the children worked on their science topic of 'animal classification', focusing on birds and mammals. The children used lard and seed to made some bird feeders to hang in the trees around school, hopefully we will see lots of birds visiting us for some treats!
The children found something rather strange in the garden next to our classroom today.... dinosaur eggs! We have carefully brought them inside to keep an eye on them but they are yet to hatch!
Once we had finished designing our dinosaur eggs, the children continued with their dinosaur-themed topic work and explored fossils! First, we looked at some examples and then discussed how they are formed. The children demonstrated their knowledge by completing a dinosaur fossil matching activity. I am so impressed at how many dinosaur names they know already!
This afternoon, the children began the process of making their own dinosaur eggs! Today was the planning stage, after a good discussion about what shape and texture eggs usually are and what materials would be suitable to recreate that, the children designed their eggs. They have created some beautiful designs and it has made us very excited to see the finished products!
This afternoon, while the Year 1 and 2 children were doing some fantastic work around animal classification, the EYFS children were learning all about insects! After a good discussion about how you would recognise an insect and identifying various different types, the children very kindly painted some houses for the insects that live in our school grounds.
This morning, the children have been busy gardening!
Each class has been allocated some planters and given money to buy things they would like to grow. The children in Class 1 have planted a variety of flowers and vegetables, including leeks, broad beans, broccoli, and pak choi!
We will now be responsible and check on them a few times a week, using this to learn about and observe the four seasons, changes in weather, life cycle of plants and many other wonderful things!
09.09.21 - Wow Day!
Today, Class 1 and Nursery had our first 'Wow Day' of the year and it involved dinosaurs!
The children were lucky enough to have some dinosaurs come and visit them in school and they were even feeling brave enough to stroke them!
Term 1 - Dinosaur Planet
14.07.21 - Sports Day
This afternoon, Nursery and Class 1 had our sports afternoon. The children demonstrated good sportsmanship and cheered loudly for their friends. They all tried so hard and overall, had a very fun afternoon! Well done!
This afternoon, we began our exploration into foods from around the world. Today, we focused on China!
We are really lucky here at school to have two children who were born in China, we were therefore gifted with a fountain of knowledge all about the country they were born in and what they do and eat at home. One of the children kindly came across from class 2 to tell the children in Nursery and class 1 all about the foods she eats at home, even talking about the special clothes and celebrations they have!
To really engage in the learning, the children had the opportunity to try some Chinese food using chopsticks! They were shown how to use them and enjoyed the food they tried.
Well done class 1, trying new things is fantastic!
This term, we have been extremely lucky to see the life cycle of a butterfly happen in front of our eyes!
Linking to our science topic of animals and living things, we received some caterpillars to care for. At first the children could not believe how small the caterpillars were. However, they soon began to grow! Over just a few weeks, the caterpillars grew from tiny creatures to big caterpillars. One Monday morning, we came into school and found the caterpillars had turned into chrysalis! They stayed as chrysalis for a couple of weeks and eventually turned into beautiful butterflies!
This morning we released them and they flew straight to the butterfly houses that we made!
This afternoon, we welcomed our new reception children into our classroom to prepare them for next year. We decided to get messy and do some flower printing! The children had a variety of flowers and carefully painted their petals, printing them onto their paper. The children created some beautiful patterns and designs!
This week, in our English lessons, we are focusing on the well-loved story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. Today, the children applied their knowledge of adjectives when tasting and describing the food the very hungry caterpillar ate. We tried, strawberries, plums, Swiss cheese, salami, watermelon and pickles! Some very funny faces were pulled!
You did a fantastic job, well done!
As the children have done such a fantastic job of caring for our butterflies, it is soon time to let them go. Today, we decided to make them some houses to encourage them to visit us once they are living in the outdoors. The children considered the needs of butterflies and decorated them beautifully in order to attract the butterflies, filling them with natural objects such as leaves, twigs, flowers and grass to make them feel at home.
A beautiful moment that was captured today! A Year 1 child reading to a child from Nursery.
Today, the children have began the process of flower pressing! We discussed what flower pressing is and looked at some pictures of how they will look after they have been pressed. The children even came up with some ideas of what they could create using the dried flowers when they are ready. We will keep checking on them and cant wait to see what they look like!
After a strange week with the mystery of the box, the children worked hard and we were finally able to open it up!
Inside was ingredients! It turns out that the dragon who landed at Spilsby park last week was hungry and just wanted someone to make his favourite soup for him - phew! To help the dragon, we wrote some instructions for dragon soup and today, the children followed the instructions that they had written and produced some tasty looking soup.
We have left it outside ready for him to eat once we have all gone home. Fingers crossed he enjoys it!
27.05.21 - Beach Trip!
This morning was a super exciting (and windy!) morning for Nursery and Class 1. We went to Skegness Beach!
As part of our geography focus - features of the seaside - we decided to have a look at what we have been learning about. The children saw loads of things, including: the pier, the fairground, crabs, shells, rocks and even the RNLI lifeboat! Once we had finished exploring, we even got to eat our snack in the dunes.
It was a fantastic morning, we learnt lots and were all so well behaved.
As the children came into the classroom this morning, something odd and rather gooey was waiting for them - a mysterious box!
To explore this further, we used today's English lesson to apply our prediction skills and deduce what is in the box. The children came up with some fantastic ideas and really let their imaginations run wild!
We'll see what's in the box very soon.....
24.05.21 - Science Day!
Today was science day! The children in class 1 turned into mini scientists for the day and carried out a variety of experiments and investigations based around our science focus - everyday materials.
A lot of fun was had and a lot was learned. Well done Class 1!
As we delve deeper into our topic, this afternoon we built on our knowledge of drawbridges and began the process of constructing our own! Today we have cut and painted them ready to put the drawbridge into next week.
They look fantastic so far!
This afternoon, we took some time to take care of our wellbeing and did some yoga. The children were so sensible and copied the actions well.
This week, in RE we looked at how Hindus express their beliefs through artwork.
First, we looked at mehndi designs in the form of henna tattoos. The children had the opportunity to look at some real henna being used and then had a go at drawing their own patterns using pen. They really took their time and produced some beautiful inspired artwork.
Secondly, the children investigated Rangoli patterns, another way Hindus express their beliefs through artwork. We looked at the ways they make them symmetrical and the variety of colours they use. After a good discussion, the children made their very own Rangoli patterns using coloured rice!
They turned out fantastic!
This afternoon, in science we applied our knowledge of materials to build the Three Little Pigs some new houses. The children used: spaghetti, marshmallows, sticks, rope, straws and paper to create the strongest houses they could.
Once they were finished, we put them to the test and blew them with a huff and a puff just like the Big Bad Wolf did (this time with a fan)
I am pleased to say that all houses were strong enough to withstand the wind!
Our week has started a little odd in Class 1.
At the weekend, I (Miss Kitchen) was driving past a local play area and spotted something amazing! Luckily, I got my camera out just in time to film a video to show the children.
There was a dragon at the park!!
It's time to investigate....
Following on with our RE topic of how different religions express their beliefs through art, we had a look at Buddhism. The children created some beautiful mandalas and also these clay Buddha!
To complete our week of measuring length and height we went BIG!
We decided to get the trundle wheels out and measure how long in metres the school playground and field are. The children measured carefully and found that the playground is 23m long and the field is 90m long!
This week, in English year 1 and 2 have been learning about prefix, suffix and how they can be added onto root words. The children have done a fantastic job and have even identified them when reading and writing!
This term, we have been focusing on dynamic in our music lessons. Today, the children in Nursery and Class 1 filmed their final piece!
Using a gradually louder dynamic, they have created a fantastic rainstorm sound!
This term in RE we are exploring how different religions express their beliefs through art. This week we are focusing on Christianity and looking at stained glass windows.
We used our collage skills to create our own stained glass windows but also put on our baking aprons and made some stained glass window biscuits!! They turned out fantastic and the children have all said they enjoyed eating them after school.
Well done Class 1!
This week, in maths year 1 and 2 are going to be measuring length and height. We began our week by looking at non-standard units of measure. The children made some good predictions and loved measuring objects around the classroom using cubes, paper clips and dominoes.
While the sun was shining, we decided to go outside and plant some vegetables in our beautiful outside area. The children planted: radishes, spring onions and beetroot! We will now ensure we take care of them and water them everyday.
We can't wait for them to grow!
This afternoon, we went for a walk to St Andrew's church. The children had a look at all of the stained glass windows to gain some inspiration ready to make their own next week. We had a good discussion about the colours and what we could see in the pictures, noticing that the large window told the story of Jesus' life.
What a lovely afternoon!
Term 5 - Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
As the term comes to end, we got ourselves ready for Easter in the most exciting ways possible! Today, we have held an Easter bonnet competition, Easter egg colouring competition, iced biscuits and cupcakes, made Easter cards for our family and friends and most excitingly.... an Easter egg hunt! With big thanks to Mr and Mrs Cole for arranging this.
The children had a fantastic day and I can't wait to see them back at school after the holidays!
Once again, Year 1 and 2 have made us so proud with their work in maths this week! We have been focusing on quarters. First, we cut different objects into quarters, then found quarters of objects and numbers! Year 2 even did some work on thirds!
You are all so brilliant!
This afternoon, we explored 'monoprinting'.
This involved lots of concentration! The children made some fantastic designs and had lots of fun in doing so!
Today, the children in Class 1 had a fantastic afternoon creating some of their very own pirate flags! They have thoroughly enjoyed this term's topic 'Land Ahoy'.
As part of our topic this term, we looked at desert islands. Today, the children made their own!
Using sand, cannons, treasure chests and pirates they created some fantastic miniature islands!
We had lots of fun using magnets today! We carried out an experiment to see which materials are magnetic. The children made some good predictions and had lots of fun testing objects around their classroom.
The year 1 and 2 children have made us so proud with their work on fractions this week! We began by cutting various objects in half and moved on to halving groups of objects and numbers!
The Early Years children have made some beautiful cakes ready for Red Nose Day tomorrow!
They had lots of fun making them and they certainly look delicious!
As the children came into the classroom this morning, they noticed a huge mess!
It looks like that cheeky Goldilocks has been after Miss Kitchen's porridge! Time to investigate .....
Class 1 showed off their art skills today!
We had a fantastic afternoon of printing using everyday materials. Who knew that you could make such a beautiful piece of artwork from a sponge, crumpet, scourer, pasta and bubble wrap!
We had a fantastic day back at school today!
In maths, we are learning about equal parts, ready to move onto fractions. The best way to do this is with chocolate and sweets! (obviously!).
The children had a good discussion about what the term 'equal' means and afterwards, cut their chocolate into equal parts and sorted their sweets into equal groups.
World Book Day in Lock Down. Where else would you get a scary dinosaur, beautiful princess and Mr Fox all in the same place?
Term 3 & 4 - Land Ahoy