Year 1HB: Blog items

Chinese Dragon Dance

Date: 22nd Jan 2023 @ 7:46pm

We had lots of fun on Friday as we joined the Chinese New Year celebrations! We had a Chinese Dance workshop where we danced to Chinese music with fans and we even performed an exciting lion dance!! We really enjoyed taking part and wish we could do it all over again! 

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Lost Bear!

Date: 14th Jan 2023 @ 10:05am

On Monday, Mrs Brierley found a lost teddy in the playground! The teddy looked old but we knew someone would be upset without him. To help find the owner, we decided to make 'found' posters to display around school to see if we could find the owner. In writing, we practised using adjectives and superlatives to describe him because we wanted to write a good description of the bear. By Thursday, we had completed our posters with written descriptions and displayed them around school. On Friday afternoon, Miss Riley came into our classroom asking about the bear because she had read our found posters! We were so happy that our posters helped the bear find it's owner and that Miss Riley was so happy to have him back too!


Date: 8th Jan 2023 @ 7:39am

We launched our connective curriculum topic this week 'Is the Xbox more fun than my Grandparents toys?' by playing with a variety of games and activities. We had lots of fun exploring how to play new and some old games. Afterwards we created a block graph to show which games or activities were the most popular to begin to answer our topic question. We found that the fishing game was the most popular!

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Christmas celebrations!

Date: 16th Dec 2022 @ 9:38am had a lovely time commencing the Christmas celebrations this week! We have been like litle elves making Christmas cards, party hats, table decorations and calendars! On Wednesday, we pulled crackers before going into the hall to eat our delicious, festive Christmas dinner! We were so excited to see the tables decorated and sang Christmas songs whilst we ate our lunch! 

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Date: 11th Dec 2022 @ 8:32am

This week Key Stage 1 performed our Christmas Nativity 'It's a baby!' The children were all fabulous and performed beautifully! Every child was able to showcase their talents whether it was narrating, singing or dancing which was a delight to watch. The children have throughly enjoyed the experience especially when their parents came to support them!

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Parent's Evening

Date: 1st Dec 2022 @ 11:21am

Thank you to all the parents who attended Progress Evening, it was lovely to see you all and share your child's learning with you. I am so very proud of all the children in 1HB and I know you all are too! 


Have a lovely weekend!

Categorizing Materials!

Date: 19th Nov 2022 @ 8:17pm

We have been exploring objects around us and identifying the materials that they are made from during our science lesson this week! We sorted a bag of objects into groups of materials and compared the similarities and differences. We also looked at photos of objects and sorted them. We had a materials hunt around the classroom and drew pictures of objects according to their materials. We found out that the most popular material used is wood and plastic. We were uncertain why this is and are keen to investigate more next week!

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The United Kingdom

Date: 13th Nov 2022 @ 7:14pm

We have been learning about the United Kingdom this week and how it is made up of 4 countries. We explored globes, atlases and maps to find out where the 4 countries are in the United Kingdom. We found out that the 4 countries are England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and we found out what their flags looked like. We even found out about the countries' symbols and national flowers too! We used our new found knowledge to design flags for the countries using the flag colours, flowers and symbols.

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Three Little Pigs CC Launch!

Date: 5th Nov 2022 @ 8:45am

We have had a fantastic week back! This week we have launched our new CC topic 'Could the three little pigs use better materials to build their house?' First we found clues in the construction area and predicted what the class topic would be about! We found bricks, sticks, straw, a silver pot, three pigs and a wolf! Of course we knew it was the traditional story of the three little pigs! Afterwards we read a version of the story and sequenced the events of the story using pictures and post its. In the provision, we created stick puppets to retell the story and built houses of our own in the constrcution area. On Friday, we invited parents into school and designed some huge houses using large cardboard boxes and everyday materials. It was very exciting because we had to work in a group and be creative! We made some amazing houses and Mrs Wolfendon could not chose the best house therefore she chose everyone's and we all got a prize!


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Exploring the senses!

Date: 22nd Oct 2022 @ 7:33am

In Science  this week, we have been learning more about the senses and how they work together to explore the world around us. We questioned which senses would we use more if we could not use our sense of sight. We worked in some groups to answer this question by blindfolding ourselves whilst exploring the classroom. Together we found that we heavily relied on our sense of touch and hearing to navigate the classroom without our sense of sight. We felt where we were with our hands and we listened to our friend's voices who kept us safe. We also had fun guessing scents using smelling pots and we could all guess the chocolate and tomato sauce! We also had fun exploring the slime!!

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Date: 15th Oct 2022 @ 7:45am

This week our class story is SUPERTATO! We have read the story together and then worked in groups to sequence the events of the story. We also created our own Supertatos and then wrote speechmarks to show what he might be saying during different events of the story. We also used stick puppets to role-play other characters in the story and wrote speech bubbles for what they might say. Next week we will be writing our own Supertato comic strip so we are now feeling confident about what to write in the speech bubbles now!

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Sorting fruit n veg using our senses!

Date: 1st Oct 2022 @ 8:31am

We have had lots of fun in science today! First we explored different types of fruit and veg using our senses! Some fruits and veg we had never even seen before such as aubergines, garlic, pomegranate and aparagus! We found that some fruits and veg felt spiky whilst others felt smooth! Some fruit and veg smelt very sweet whilst others had not much scent at all! After we had explored the fruits and veg using our senses, in groups, we sorted the fruit and veg into categories using the describing words that we had generated.

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One more and one less!

Date: 27th Sep 2022 @ 4:22am

This week in maths, we have been finding one more and one less than any given number up to 20 and beyond! We have had lots of fun using the maths equipment to find one more and one less! We also challeneged ourselves to write large number tracks on strips of paper using our skills of finding one more and one less!

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Why do some children not hear the whistle at playtime?

Date: 27th Sep 2022 @ 4:11am

Last week, in science we questioned 'Why do some children not hear the whistle at playtime?' We came up with a few theories together. Some of us suggested that children might have their hoods up sp they couldn't hear! Others said that they were playing loud games or that children were further away from the whistle when it was blown. Afterwards, we decided to test each of these theories by going into the playground and listening for the whistle for each of the theories. We ahd lots of fun finding out why children couldn't hear the whistle and found that we could not hear the whistle the most when we were playing noisy games!

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Welcome Back 1HB!

Date: 12th Sep 2022 @ 6:58pm

We have had a fantastic week back in 1HB! We have shared our holiday news and it has been wonderful listening to what everyone has been doing in the holidays! We have settled back into school well and have been getting used to the new routines in year 1. We had a fabulous day on Friday when we launched our new topic "What makes me incredible?" We all dressed up as our favourite superhero, created superhero masks and danced to superhero music!

Platinum Jubilee 2022!

Date: 26th May 2022 @ 1:45pm

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This week the children have been preparing for the Queen's Platium Jubilee. We have sang and danced our way through the week and loved every second! The children did a fantastic performance of Dancing Queen and got a huge applause from the Year 2 and 3 audience. They asked lots of great questions about the Queen and we looked together for answers and discussed what we found. Everyone was particularly interested in the Queen's friend on the back of money. We discovered Sir Winston Churchill, Jane Austen, JMW Turner and Alan Turing! 

Fruit Kebabs!

Date: 19th May 2022 @ 1:38pm

This week we designed and made fruit kebabs in DT. 


The children spent time looking at differnet types of fruit and thinking about what their favourites were. They then designed their kebabs while considering patterns and colours. 


Once designs were finalised the children very carefully constructed their kebabs. They took about 15 minutes to make and 15 seconds to be eaten! The children really enojyed this activity and trying the different types of fruit. It was especially refreshing as we did this activity on a really warm afternoon!


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Still life sketches!

Date: 16th May 2022 @ 6:13pm

As our topic this term is plants, last week we decided to practice our drawing skills and sketch some of the plants in our investigation area. The children had to use their sharp eyes to look at the plants in their area and sketch its shape in detail. They then used pastels to add colour and detail to their drawings. 


The children found this a really relaxing exercise and are often seen in the investigation area with a clip board, magnifying glass and pencils! 


I think we have some artists in the making! 


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Food tasting!

Date: 10th May 2022 @ 6:31pm

This week we have been reading a book called Oliver's Vegetables. Its all about a little boy who only eats chips! But when he visits his Grandpa's house for a week he discovers a new love of all the vegetables he finds... 

The children had the opportunity to try all the different veg on Friday afternoon and share their thoughts. The carrots went down a storm! Along with the peas, onion, potato and spinnach! Rhubarb was deemed to be too "spicy" by all but one person who loved it.


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I hope the children enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to trying lots of new fruits and vegetables just like Oliver! 


Miss Higgins :)  

Happy 10th Birthday Daily Mile!

Date: 28th Apr 2022 @ 8:28pm

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Happy birthday to youuuuu! Happy birthday to youuuuu! Happy birthday to the Daily Miiiiilllleeeeeee! Happy birthday to you!!!! 


We had a great start to the day by getting our trainers on and doing a few laps of our daily mile track! We had lots of rosy red cheeks by the time we got back into the classroom. After a BIG drink of water the children then engaged with a Zoom lesson in association with Manchester Libraries. We were read a story by Rachel Morrisroe called The Drama Llama, then we followed a tutorial for drawing llamas all by ourselves! The children asked some great questions which I sent to Rachel via the zoom chat - Avaya's question was even read out and answered!! 


We have had a great start to the term. The children are getting really interested in plants and have been really caring towards the ones we have in our investigation area. They planted some seeds of their own and we are now watching and waiting patiently for them to start to grow. Hopefully by next week we will start to see some stems poking through the soil! 


I hope you all had a fantastic Easter break and I am really looking forward to our FINAL term in Year 1. This year has gone so fast and the children have made so much progress. As always if you would like to pop in for a chat about your child and the work they have been doing please arrange a time with me at the gate. 


Have a great weekend and see you all next Tuesday! 


Miss Higgins :) 



Week 2

Date: 13th Mar 2022 @ 12:53pm

After a very busy first week back (World Book Day and the excitement of the holidays) we have completed week 2! 


The children have been working hard to demonstrate their understanding of two digit numbers. They have looked at the numbers up to 100 and represented them using base 10 , numicon, number sentences and part whole models. 


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In English, we have looked at the story, Naughty Bus and retold the story using the Time Connectives: First, Next, Then, After that and Finally. The children are really confident when it comes to using these words now and I can seem them applying this skill in their independent writing too! Ask them if they can retell you the story...


Next week is our first ever trip! We are all so excited to go to the airport and see the aeroplanes. I wonder what other veichles we will see while we are there? 


As always, please come and see me if you want to discuss anything we have been doing in class. We will have the opportunity to meet again in Week 5 for Parents Evening too, this will be a wonderful opportunity for you to look at your child's work in their books too.


I am looking forward to another busy week with the children! See you on Monday, 


Miss Higgins :) 

Spring 1 Round Up!

Date: 17th Feb 2022 @ 4:06pm

Hello again! 

We made it to the end of term - pats on the backs all around! 


Our children have been working incredibly hard this term. This week we had some visitors come to watch a writing lesson and each of the adults were incredibly impressed with how independent the children were with their writing. We had some amazing adjectives and the sentences the children produced were incredible. I am super proud! Please do come and see me if you would like to take a look at everything we have been up to this term. 


Yesterday we looked at a music video and the children generated some adjectives together - see if you can test them on their adjectives!


This week we have finished making our DT projects: Puppets! They turned out great and the children had a wonderful time making them. It was difficult to sew with the materials we chose but everyone was really resilient and did a great job! I just hope all the googly eyes stayed on...


Tomorrow we will be having our final independent write of the term. After seeing the progress made in the last few weeks I have no doubt that it will be amazing. In the afternoon as a well-deserved reward for their effort this term we will be enjoying a movie afternoon and a disco! 


I can't wait to see the children tomorrow and celebrate another successful term of Year 1! 


Miss Higgins :)



Lost in the Toy Museum!

Date: 12th Feb 2022 @ 10:56am

Hello again everyone! 


I hope you have all had a great week. It has been wonderful to meet with some of you and show off some of the brilliant writing the children have been producing! If anyone else would like to meet with me after school please come and see me. I am always keen to share the amazing things the children have been doing in class. 


This week we started off with a drama workshop! The children took part in a range of activities while they explored a Toy Museum. They acted out what it would be like to be different toys from different points in history. The children also explored how toys have changed throughout history with a focus on everyone's favourite: the Teddy Bear! Ask the children if they can remember a fact about the first ever teddy. I wonder if they can remmeber which US President it was named after... At the end of the workshop the children had to invent a brand new toy that has never been seen before. We then drew our designs up in class and wrote about what made our toy so special. 




Have a great weekend - just one more week to go before a well deserved break! 


Miss Higgins :)



Catch Up Blog!!

Date: 3rd Feb 2022 @ 10:47am

Hi Everyone! 


It's been a while since I did a blog so I thought I would catch you up on this term's main events! 


Maths - 


In maths we have been working hard learning new multiplication and division skills. The children have been learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s to find a total. They are now spotting patterns and making counting choices during the input. Yesterday one of the children noticed that a picture of cupcakes we were counting were stacked in columns of two, so instead of counting in ones, we all agreed that counting in twos would be much faster! Recently, we have been working on dividing. The children have been sharing and grouping objects and pictures this week and describing the groups and how many is in each one. 


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We have started reading a new book! Our story is called Lost in the Toy Museum. We have predicted what we think will happen in the story; written sentences about what we would like to see in a toy museum and written some beautiful sentences about the settings in the story. The children's writing is coming on really well - I am so impressed! Many of the children are writing completely independently and challenging themselves to write at length. Keep up the hard work superstars! 


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We have looked at the changes in weather and the order of the seasons this term. We have noticed that although the sun has been shining this week it has still been very cold. We also went on a shadow hunt - unfortunately the sunshine was hiding behind the clouds so we didn't get to see many shadows, but we will keep a look out! The children have also been looking at and comparing toys from the past and present. They have had the opportunity to play with differnet toys and evaluate them with their friends. 


I am so proud of the children at the moment. There are so many changes in school at the moment but they are taking everything in their stride. Two more weeks until the holidays now, lets keep working hard and celebrate all the wonderful work we have been doing! 


Have a lovely weekend! 


Miss Higgins :) 

Happy New Year!

Date: 8th Jan 2022 @ 12:01pm

Welcome back 1JH! 


What a great first few days we have had...


We started the week talking about New Year Resoloutions. The children were very thoughtful and considered the things they would like to achieve in 2022 at school and at home... expect your houses to be cleaned from top to bottom and all dishes washed by the wonderful girls and boys in our class! The children wrote their resoloutions in their books and spent some time in the provision doing other New Year activities. 


At the end of the week we had our launch for the new Topic. This term we will be learning all about toys in the past and present. The children had a great afternoon playing with a variety of different toys and even rated some! Some of the toys are now in the investigation area for the children to enjoy. 

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I am so looking forward to the work this term - it is a really exciting topic! 


As always, if you have any questions or would like to speak to me about your child and their learning please don't hesitate to get in touch. 


Heres to a great 2022!! 


Miss Higgins 

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