Y1 Penguin Class
Welcome To Penguin Class
Welcome to Penguin Class web page. We will be using this web page to share what we have been learning about in class and share our exciting adventures. Remember to check out our fantastic writing on our class blog page: penguin2018.norbridgeblogs.net and keep up to date with all our learning using our twitter page: twitter.com/Y1Penguin.
As part of our learning on our topic 'Bright Lights Big Cities' we have been learning about different places in the World and connecting with other schools in different countries. On Thursday we connected with a school in Brazil. We learnt about their city and school and shared songs with them in a Skype session.
In English this week we tried hotseating. We pretended to be different characters from the Paddington story and tried to answer questions as them.
PE: Table Tennis
In PE this week we practised our throwing and catching skills by playing table tennis. It was lots of fun. See pictures of us playing below:
Christmas Dinner Day
We really enjoyed our Christmas dinner day on Wednesday. We had lots of fun listening to Christmas songs, wearing our Christmas jumpers and enjoying some tasty food. See pictures of us below:
History & Geography: Changes Over Time
In History and Geography this week, we have learnt about Dubai and how it has changed over time. We learnt about the Burj Khalifa and then tried to make our own towers out of marshmallows and sticks. We showed great team work and had lots of fun building our towers. We also discussed changes that we had seen in our location. See photos of us with our towers below:
Science: Parts of Plants
In Science, our topic for this half term is Plants. We have been learning about different parts of plants and their function. See pictures of our labelled plants below:
Art: Penguin Adventures
In Art this week, we created a penguin adventure picture. We thought about the adventures that our penguins might go on and then drew pictures of these. See some our penguin adventure pictures below:
Amazing Work Display
We have lots of new amazing display showcased in our display. Well done to all the children whose work was chosen for the display. See pictures of the work below:
In our Gymnastics sessions we have been working hard to develop our skills and working towards our badges. Well done to these two children who were the first penguins to achieve their level 8 badges. We are very proud of them!
Special Mentions Assembly
This week, we enjoyed starting off the week with our specials mentions assembly. We enjoyed celebrating the achievements of the children who were selected for a specials mention award and learning why they were selected for the award. Well done to our two specials mentions winners and our smart slip winner for this week:
Identifying Hot & Cold Countries
In Geography, we have been learning about the Equator and where you would find hot and cold countries on a map. We then used this knowledge to help us match the suitcases to the different locations.
In Gymnastics, we have been working on walking along the benches both forwards and backwards. We have also been practising our jumps off the bench. See pictures of us developing our skills below:
In Maths, we have been working on subtracting. We worked in pairs to develop our skills in using a number line to solve subtractions. See pictures of us solving subtractions below:
Attendance Bingo Balls
This half term, we have started our attendance bingo in which children who have been at school all week have their balls in the box for the draw. One ball is then picked out as the winners and they receive a prize. Well done to our first three attendance ball bingo winners for this term.
Christmas Play: The Magical Christmas Jigsaw
This week, we have been working really hard on learning songs, dances and lines for our Christmas play. We are excited to show everyone what we have been up to in our play soon.
Skype With Hungary
On Wednesday, we took part in a Skype session with a school in Hungary. They shared a Hungarian folk song with us and some of the children played Hungarian music on different instruments. We then shared some traditional nursery rhymes with them. We really enjoyed the opportunity to connect with another school and learn more about the World around us.
Phase 5 Phonics
In our phonics sessions, we have been learning our phase 5 sounds. We have been working hard to spot the different phonic sounds in words. Today we worked in pairs to read a range of words and sentences with different phase 5 sounds in. See pictures of us below:
This week in Penguin Class we had 100% attendance all week. We also started our new attendance bingo ball reward system. All children in the class had their balls in the box as they were here all week. Well done Imogen for being the winner of this week's bingo balls draw.
Skype With Argentina
On Friday, we took part in a Skype call with a school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We played an animal guessing game, asked questions about their life and school and shared facts about our life and school. Have a look at the photo of our Skype session below:
Creative Heroes Day
On Friday, we had a creative hero day in school where we celebrated people that are heroes to us. Many of us enjoyed dressing up as our favourite heroes. In class, we discussed our heroes and why they are our heroes, watched Supertato and created our own heroes using potatoes. In the afternoon, we created comic strips showing our hero's adventures. See pictures from the day below:
Science: Investigating Shadows
In Science, we have been learning about the different seasons and the weather in each season. We have looked at how the seasons affect the length of sunshine hours in the day. We went outside to look at shadows and discussed how shadows are created. See pictures of us investigating shadows below:
ICT: Using A Drawing App
In ICT, we have been learning about how to use different apps. Today we looked at using a drawing app to create pictures. We learnt about the different features of the app and tried creating our own pictures of Paddington Bear. See our pictures and us creating our pictures below:
In English, we are going to be looking at the book Paddington. To start our learning on Paddington we had a Paddington Day in Year 1. On this day, we made our own bear ears, created Paddington bears using origami, looked at Paddington stories and made bear toast. See pictures from our day below:
Bright Lights, Big Cities
Our topic this term has been Bright Lights, Big Cities. In our topic, we have been learning about London and other cities around the World. We have created lots of fantastic Art, writing and homework linked to the topic. Have a look at some of our work on our display:
Geography: Comparing Rio De Janeiro & London
In Geography, we have looked at Rio De Janeiro and compared it with London. We looked at the different landmarks in Rio and London. We then learnt about Rio Carnival and made our own carnival style headdresses. See pictures of our designs below.
Sherwood Pines Trip
On Thursday, we visited Sherwood Pines to help us learn more about our local environment. We enjoyed completing woodland art activities and shelter building. We then finished our day with a trip to the park. See pictures of our trip below:
We are enjoying our gymnastics sessions and are developing our skills. We have looked at developing our jumps and landing positions. This week we have looked at balancing on a bench and working on jumping off the bench. See pictures of us developing our skills below:
We were excited to have our second Special Mentions assembly of the school year. Well done to the two children who received a special mention and our smart slip winner.
Year 1 RE Day
On Friday, we had a RE Day in Year 1. We looked at belonging and groups that we belong to. We then looked at different religious groups and how people belong to religious groups. We also learnt about the Christians views on creation of the World. See pictures from our day below:
National Space Week
This week we have been learning about National Space Week in our Science lesson. We have learnt about what it is like in Space and learnt about the work of astronauts. We then designed our own alien for a planet that we had created. See our pictures below:
Space Week Art
This week, we have been learning about National Space Week. In our Art sessions, we have created our own space themed pictures. See some of our Art work below:
Geography: Comparing Locations
In our 'Bright Lights, Big Cities' we have been looking at Worksop and London. We have learnt about different landmarks in each location and have discussed whether we would rather live in Worksop or London. Have a read of our ideas on our class blog page: penguin2018.norbridgeblogs.net
Our Amazing Work display is starting to fill up with lots of fantastic work that the children have created. Well done to Nevaeh, Imogen and Thomas who have had their work chosen to go on our display.
We were really pleased to have received the attendance trophy because we had 100% all week. This is an amazing achievement. Well done Penguin Class!
History: Great Fire of London
As part of 'Bright Lights, Big Cities' topic, we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. We learnt about how the fire started and how it spread. We then created our own Art work based on the Great Fire of London. Have a look at some of this Art work up on display:
We are really enjoying our gymnastics sessions in Year 1. We have learnt about the different gymnastic shapes such as: star, straddle and pike. We have also worked on our rolls and landing positions. See pictures of us working our gymnastics skills below:
London's Blogging Day
As part of our 'Bright Lights, Big Cities' topic, we have been learning about the City of London. We had a special blogging day in Year 1 to learn more about London. We learnt about the Tower of London and made our own crown jewels. We learnt about the flags of the United Kingdom and England and created our own flags. We also created Art work based on the London skyline. We then learnt about the Shard and tried making our own towers using different materials. We had lots of fun learning more about London. See pictures from our day below:
At the start of each school year, we choose student councillors for each class from Y1-6 to represent their class and share ideas about how to make the school better. Children who wanted to be a student councillor shared ideas about why they would be a good student councillor member. The children then voted on who they would like to be the student councillors. Well done to our two winners.
Geography: Exploring London Landmarks
As part of our 'Bright Lights, Big Cities' topic, we have been looking at London and the different landmarks in London. We created our own pictures of landmarks in London. See pictures below:
Special Mentions Assembly
We have enjoyed having our first special mentions assembly of the new school year. This is a great chance to celebrate children's achievements and share these with parents. Well done to these two children who received a special mentions award and to our smart slip winner.
Science: Seasonal Changes
Our Science topic this half term is 'Seasonal Changes'. We have started off this topic by looking at the names of the different seasons and what the weather is like in each of the different seasons. We created own pictures showing the weather in each season. Have a look at some of our work below:
We are really enjoying having gymnastics sessions in Year 1. We have been learning about different gymnastics shapes and developing our flexibility and fitness. See pictures of us developing our skills below:
We have started our weekly Karate lessons in Year 1 and are really enjoying developing new skills. We are working on our Karate technique and taking part in different games. See pictures of us in Karate below:
Art: Creating Cityscapes
In our Art sessions with Mr Slaney, we have been working on creating cityscapes using paint. We looked at the different colours we could use for the sky and then added black paint to create the buildings in our image. See pictures of us creating our cityscapes below:
Autumn Term Topic: Bright Lights, Big Cities
Our Autumn term topic will be 'Bright Lights, Big Cities'. See what we will be learning about in the different subject areas below:
English: This term in English, we will be developing our skills in sentence writing looking at the key features of a sentence. We will develop our knowledge of phonic sounds and apply this in our writing and reading. We will also develop our sentences using adjectives and sentence openers. In English, we will also be creating different text types such as instructions, information texts and stories.
Maths: In Maths this term, we develop our knowledge of numbers to 20, looking at bonds to 10 and 20 and completing addition and subtraction with numbers up to 20. We will also develop our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes.
History & Geography: We will begin the term looking at Worksop and will look at local landmarks around Worksop. We will then learn about London and compare London to Worksop. In our studies of London we will learn about different landmarks in London and learn about the Fire of London. In the second half term, we will look at different cities around the World and learn about life in these cities.
Science: In the first half term, our Science topic will be 'Seasonal Changes'. In this we will learn about the different seasons and will study the weather. In the second half term, our Science topic will be 'Plants'. We will learn about the different parts of a plant and what plants need to grow.
RE: Our first half term topic will be 'Our Wonderful World' in which we learn more about the world around us and different beliefs around the World. In the second half term our topic will be 'Christians - Why do we give gifts at Christmas?' In this topic, we will learn about why Christians celebrate Christmas and the traditions linked to Christmas.
PE: We will have weekly sessions with our specials sports coach Mr Scott. In Year 1 children will also get the opportunity to have weekly Karate and Gymnastics lessons.
Art: We will have weekly Art sessions this term with our specialist Art teacher Mr Slaney.
ICT: In ICT we will be looking at using paint and we will be learning about algorithms in coding.
SPAG & Guided Reading: Children will be having daily spelling sessions looking at spelling key words and spelling rules. Children will also have SPAG lessons three times a week in which they will learn about different punctuation and grammar terms. They will also have weekly guided reading sessions to help support children's reading skills.