Welcome to Year 1
To stay up to date with what is keeping our Year 1 children busy, why not take a peek at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/NewtonHallInfants .
Also don’t forget to have a look at our Good Sports page to see how active we have been.
Our Special Visitors
We enjoyed meeting Ben and Jet when our local community officer called in to remind us about stranger danger and who can help us.
We have the Capacity
We very much enjoyed our maths this week as a lot of it was practical … and involved water.
We have been learning about capacity using terms like full, nearly full, empty etc. We have also been estimating how many cupfuls are needed to fill bigger pots.
Skip into Spring
Spring is here and little lambs are skipping around the fields. It’s the time of year when we get springy and skippy too and the lovely Gail comes to brush up our skills using a skipping rope.
Having made gates for our animal crates we needed to test that they were up to the job.
Year 1 have been inspired to make a container for a wild animal in their DT task this half term by the book Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. The children’s first challenge was to use whatever they could find in the classroom to make a container resulting in some well engineered ideas.
For Design Technology this term Year 1 were going in to print. They all made a moving book but before they got down to making their own some investigation had to be done to find out how things popped up or spun around in a book.
To make the book Year 1 had to learn how to attach flaps and things to the page whilst still been able to lift and spin them.
When the book was complete, of course, it isn’t a book if no one reads it. We read each others book so we could evaluate whether we had done a good job.
Our First School Trip
Due to Covid our Year 1 youngsters have missed out on school trips so our trip to Sherburn to visit Durham City Gymnastics club was a double delight. 1. We got to go on a coach! 2. Mrs Ramsay said this is the BEST of all school trips. We weren’t disappointed.
The children were excited, of course, but ALL the adults reported how well behaved. Year 1 we are very proud of you.
Was Mrs Ramsay right? We think so. The equipment was incredible and the children had tremendous fun while working out. As well as being fun, the activities really tested out the children’s strength, stamina and co-ordination. We have many budding gymnasts among our year group. The Gymnastics Club is a terrific way to teach the children so many life skills. Check out their web page for further information https://www.durhamcitygymnastics.co.uk/ . Our thanks to the SSP for organising this event.
Pinchpot refers to the technique used to create these clay models. They are quite incredible. Well done Year 1 on your sculpting skills. Please be reassured none of them are modelled on self portraits.
Christmas Sing Song
It was lovely that the weather was good and we were able to sing to our adults outside after school. Year 1 did an amazing job and were in great voice. Thanks to the PTA for keeping our family and friends happy with warm drinks and mince pies while they waited for the performance to start.
Hoopstarz is one of our favourite visitors. We hula-hooped, skipped and learned how much fun it is keeping fit.
Taking our lead from Jackson Pollock we had great fun making art.
We flicked paint…
We dripped paint…
And we threw paint…
Summer Fun Run
Our super Sports School Partnership coaches came along and set up a seaside fun run for us to sweat round. We had to run round the course as many times as we could while the music played, stopping to do activities at various stations. We first of all we jumped over mini hurdles. Then we had to dive under the big blue wave. After that, instead of donkey rides we had to bounce on the space hoppers. Finally, it was fishing – well, hook a duck – and the prize? 10 STAR JUMPS! And then it was round you go again. But to keep us cool, the coaches had water guns – well you always get wet at the seaside, don’t you?
Food Glorious Food
Some lovely smells have been coming down the Year 1 corridor. Mmmmmm… If only we could follow our noses and visit their bubble but we will just have to savour the photographs. As well as learning how healthy food can be delicious, the children in Year 1 have learned the proper technique for holding a knife and using it for cutting and chopping with not a damaged finger in sight. Well done.
Time to Relax
What? Are Year 1 not doing as much work as usual? Noooo, don’t be silly, of course we are working as hard as ever but it is a good idea to sometimes take time out to look after our minds as well as our bodies; especially after the year we have had with lockdown and everything Covid going on.
We took time to refresh our minds and body this week with some yoga and the help of Christine and Tattybogle. We did some stretching and balancing and then we learned to control our breathing and relax our minds.
If you would like to try yoga at home with your child, check out Cosmic Kids yoga on youtube. These yoga sessions offer mindfulness and relaxation for children through interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence.
In DT Year 1 were making their very own Circus book with moving parts. What better way to get in the mood than to practise some circus skills.
Before making our circus books we did some research to see how we could make the parts move.
To make the book properly we had to bind the spine with a special machine.
Do yo think we did a good job?
Look out! Dino!
Oh! Who has been in Year 1? Whose footprints are these? Does the tooth fairy collect these teeth? Year 1 children have a puzzle to work out, so they became archaeological investigators to solve the mystery from the clues they found.
Craft days are always fun days but Mrs Goddard was especially pleased with the results of the pinchpot monsters. She was impressed with how the children followed her step by step instructions and no additional help. So what you see is all their own work. Well done, Class 4.
Mrs Lawson said class 3 have made some brilliant ones too.
Maths of the Day
Ask the children, “What is your favourite lesson?” and you might be surprised to hear it is maths. Children love being active and never more so than in maths of the day when physical activity is combined with maths learning. The children also learn team work and taking turns. Maths of the day teaches us much more than just maths.