1R Get Creative!

1R Get Creative!

The children in 1R have been working extremely hard this week completing lots of important work with Mr Reed. As a treat, the children have had the chance to take part in lots of exciting activities in the afternoon!

Lots of children have been getting creative making some giant art work! We used some extremely long paper to create our art on. One sheet of paper was even longer than the whiteboard! This activity also also created lots of writing opportunities as the children were busy labelling and writing about the things they had drawn.

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The children have also been busy building lots of exciting things using cardboard boxes, sketching natural objects, building 3D structures using lollipop sticks and painting story characters. We even created our own version of Small Heath by making our own road signs to add to a map! Can you spot any roads you recognise on our map?

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Year 1 Rocket Radio – The Traditional Tales Show

Year 1 Rocket Radio – The Traditional Tales Show

Today was radio broadcast day for Year 1. They celebrated the wonderful stories of The Gingerbread Man and The Three Billy Goats Gruff through this fantastic new radio show. Both halls at Starbank Road and Bierton Road were full with parents and children listening and enjoying the stories, songs, gingerbread recipes, and quizzes that made up the show. Listen below and hear Year 1 deliver their show with complete style and character!


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1R Head off on a Word Hunt!

1R Head off on a Word Hunt!

”We’re going on a word hunt, we’re going to catch a big one, we’re not scared…uh oh a tricky one..!”

The children in 1R have been very busy this week as they have been visiting the’ tricky word’ road! The ‘road’ was made up  of lots of different words which the children had to read in order to continue walking along the road. At the end of the ‘tricky word’ road the children found the trickiest word of them all – ‘there’! The children worked together to read the word before reading all the words they had encountered as they ran back down the road towards the safety of the classroom! 

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In maths this week we have started learning about odd and even numbers. The children were introduced to the characters ‘Even Stephen’ who liked numbers which could be shared equally, and ‘Odd Bob’ who likes numbers which cannot be shared equally. A group of children got their clipboards in hand and went on a hunt for numbers around school. When the children found a number they needed to decide if the number was going to ‘Even Stephen’ or ‘Odd Bob’.

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It might have been chilly this week but that wasn’t enough to put the children off bringing some water outside to work on their fine motor skills. The children found lots of words written in chalk on the playground and their job was to use the paintbrushes to carefully paint over the chalk using the water. Things got even more exciting when the children took it in turns to use spray bottles to carefully target the water at the words written on the ground. The group worked very carefully to ensure the water went on the chalk words and not the playground, whilst also developing the strength of their hand muscles at the same time!

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1R Take on the Sponge Race Challenge!

1R Take on the Sponge Race Challenge!

This week the children in 1R had a very exciting morning as we visited Small Heath Library to find out more about the books they have and how they are all organised. We were all shocked when we were told that the library has over 20,000 books and the libraries of Birmingham have a combined total of over 3 million books!! The children had a fantastic time learning about the library and we were very lucky to listen to a story before we left. Some children even had the chance to borrow a book from the library using their library card! Remember to return your books to the library by the stamped date!

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In our maths lessons this week we have started learning about division for the first time. We learnt that division means sharing objects or a number into equal groups. To practise this, a group of hungry children went outside to make giant pizzas! The children all drew a pizza outline and halved it to make two equal groups. The children were then given lots of objects to put on their pizza but these objects had to be shared equally, one at a time. The group worked very hard to divide the objects equally to make their pizzas, all of which looked good enough to eat!

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The children were very keen to make the most of the (unusually) sunny weather as another group of children went outside to work on their fine motor skills. Mr Reed challenged the children to complete a very messy task! They had to soak a sponge in water before running to the other end of the playground so they could squeeze the water from the sponge into the container. The children were extremely competitive as they tried to squeeze the most water from their sponge! Lots of messy fun was had and all the children worked very hard to further develop the strength in their hand muscles by squeezing every drop of water out of the sponges!

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We can’t wait to find out what we will be doing next during our outdoor expeditions!

1R Open Their Own Travel Agents!

1R Open Their Own Travel Agents!

It’s been a very exciting week in 1R as we have started our new topic learning all about Australia! The week got off to a fantastic start when the children opened their own travel agents in the role-play corner. Lots of fun has been had booking holidays for all of the teachers and at very reasonable prices! The children have had lots of writing opportunities during their role play as they have been creating their own passports, writing holiday lists and creating their own boarding passes!

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Away from the travel agents, the children have also been busy completing lots of outdoor learning activities this week. A group of children have been working hard (and having fun) learning their high frequency words. To do this, the children played a special game of skittles as the skittles had words written on which the children had to read if they knocked the skittle down! The children thoroughly enjoyed competing against each other to knock down as many skittles as possible before reading all of the words they had rolled over.

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At the end of the week another group of children went outside to further develop their fine motor skills. To do this, Mr Reed set the children a pretty gross challenge! A whole host of story characters had left their dirty washing in the classroom ready for it to be hung out to dry. The children had to take the basket of clothes outside and then hang the clothes up carefully using the pegs. The children worked hard to develop both their finger strength and pincer grip during this activity and the clothes have now been returned to a very pleased group of story characters! Well done 1R!

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1R Venture Outside!

1R Venture Outside!

The weather has been very cold this week so the children in 1R have been wrapping up warmly so they can take part in lots of outdoor learning activities! Last week we had a WOW start to our ‘Mechanisms’ topic when we visited the park on Hob Moor Road to find out more about things that move. We had lots of fun exploring the equipment in both the outdoor gym and the playground as the children learnt about pivot and lever mechanisms.

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Back at school, a group of children worked very hard during a Literacy activity in which they were asked to read a sentence written on the playground and draw a picture to match it. The children used their phonic skills to segment the words in the sentence before blending them together to read the word. This week the children have been learning the ‘ow’ digraph in phonics and they not only spotted the sound correctly in ‘owl’ but they also blended it confidently!

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This week a group of children also went out into the playground to take part in a game to see who could find and read the most high frequency words. The words were written on the playground and the children listened carefully as Miss Jorge told them which word she wanted them to find. The children then had to read the words on the playground and then run as quickly as they could to stand on the word Miss Jorge has asked them to find. Lots of fun was had by all and the children read many high frequency words in the process!

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To end our busy week, a group of children have been using natural objects to practise their maths skills outside. We have been learning to use dienes to make 2 digit numbers by splitting them into their tens and ones. The children were given sticks to use as ‘ tens’ and stones to use as’ ones’ and were challenged to use the objects to represent a variety of 2 digit numbers. There was lots of super counting taking place, as the children counted in tens and then ones to check they had represented the number correctly.

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Mr Reed has planned lots of exciting activities for us to complete next week and we can’t wait to get started already!