Year 1's first Design technology project of the year was to design a spiced Christmas biscuit.
First we looked at and smelled 3 different spices, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla, and we talked about where they come from. Then we tried biscuits flavoured with each spice and decided which was our favourite. We then planned how we would make our biscuits using a Christmas shaped cutter and one of the spices we had tried. This week we actually made the biscuits, working as a small group to weigh out the flour, sugar and butter to make the actual biscuits we had designed on paper. We followed a simple recipe, putting all our ingredients into a bowl and then used our hands, rubbing the mixture between our fingers and thumbs. When the mixture looked crumbly, we squeezed it together to make ball of dough. We rolled it out and then shared it amongst the group, carefully finding the cutter that matched our original design. Finally we tasted our biscuits and evaluated them against the designs we created last week. We all agreed that our biscuits were a great success!
Class 4 are having a very exciting time preparing for Christmas. We were filmed performing Christmas carols for our parents, enjoyed a scrumptious Christmas lunch and even had time for a little dance afterwards. We are busy making Christmas crafts and are looking forward to our party on the last Wednesday of term!
Today in class 4 we welcomed a visitor who talked to us about the importance of road safety and how to stay safe.
We practised saying, STOP, LOOK, LISTEN AND THINK.
Our focus for this year’s Huish Earth Day was linked to our recent trip to Monkey World and the orangutans we saw. We watched the videos, ‘There’s an Orangutan in my Bedroom’ and learnt lots of facts about why the rainforests are shrinking. Some visitors from Monkey World came to talk to us about the importance of using sustainable palm oil. In the afternoon, we practised our observation skills and drew some amazing orangutans!
On 11th November we discussed the importance of Remembrance Day. We really enjoyed painting a sunrise, crosses and poppies. At 11 o’ clock we respected the 2-minute silence and thought of all those that had sacrificed their lives.
On Wednesday 3rd November, Year 1 went on a school tip to Monkey World! This was a great way to start our English unit, ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do’. We explored the park in small groups and learnt lots of interesting facts about apes, orangutans and monkeys. We discussed their social behaviours and habitats. After lunch, we played in an enormous play area. The sun was shining and we all had an amazing fun filled out!
We have been learning about the Russian abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky. He believed bright warm colours made people feel happy and cool colours made people feel calm. We carefully painted our Kandinsky circles, thoughtfully choosing contrasting colours. We also made Kandinsky snails and crowns. Using laptops, we used the Purple Mash program to create Kandinsky repeated patterns. Our classroom looks very colourful and jolly!
We had a fun filled day in year 1 today. As part of our History topic looking at clothes through the ages, we dressed up from three different eras, 1900s, 1950s and 1970s. In the afternoon parents and grandparents were invited to watch us dance along the cat walk to tunes from the different eras. What a wonderful way to learn about history!
Well done to the children in Class 4 that took part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. You are all Wild World Heroes, congratulations!
As part of our Geography unit, we have been comparing different cultures to our own. One aspect of learning about China is the use of chop sticks. We had great fun trying to eat a variety of foods using chop sticks, then took them home to show our family.
Everyone is trying so hard to improve their arithmetic skills in Class 4! This week, there were twelve children who completed their card and are moving up to the next level, well done EVERYONE!
We have been linking our History unit, The Great Fire of London, with our English recount writing and art. One of our tasks was to look closely at the old Tudor houses and sketch them in our art books. As you can see, we’re very proud of our drawings!
Class 4 were very excited to invite Helen and Harold the giraffe from the Life Bus into their classroom to talk about having a healthy body and a healthy mind. We discussed the importance of sleep, food, exercise, water and oxygen. Harold talked to us about connecting with our friends and family and always being thoughtful and kind.
To help us learn the importance of equal columns and rows when using arrays, we used a resource called ‘Pegs 2 Pager’. This was really good fun and simple to use. We followed instructions using the language, equal, column, row, left, right and total.
Year 1 had a special treat today when a visitor from Carymoor Recycle Centre delivered a fun virtual ‘Eco Pirates’ against waste workshop. We discussed the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. We also had a good explanation about the new ‘blue’ bags we will soon be using for our weekly waste.
In Year 1, we have been learning the traditional tale of The Ugly Duckling. To help us with our learning of this story, we have role played using the main characters and also played ‘hot seating’ where we interviewed the duckling and asked him about how he felt. Some wonderful vocabulary was used, at times he felt very ‘glum’ but at the end of the story he felt ‘jubilant’!
Class 4 had great fun at home with their families carrying out lots of science investigations. There were lots of Skittles rainbows, slime, bags full of water and pencils and eggs in bottles! Thank you parents, I think you had just as much fun as your children!
Class 4 had a fabulous Christmas party! After making crowns we played lots of games, had a boogie and finished by eating some party biscuits. We even had a visit from ‘you know who’, we didn’t see him but he left us a sack of presents!
As part of our sparkle and shine week, we had great fun making our own wrapping paper using Christmas stamps!
We were disappointed that we couldn’t invite our parents to school to watch a Christmas performance, so we decided to make a video for them all to watch at home instead. We have been practising our songs for a few weeks, and we enjoyed wearing our sparkly headdresses for our performance. All of us in class 4 would like to wish our family and friends a very merry Christmas.
Class 4 enjoyed a scrumptious Christmas lunch in their classroom. We listened to Christmas music, pulled our crackers, read lots of silly jokes, put on our party hats and ate our delicious turkey!
We have linked our science with art and have created some wonderful coniferous trees! First, we painted the background, then we painted the falling snow using cotton buds. Finally, we cut out triangles and decorated them using different shades of green.
We had a brilliant celebration and party afternoon for all the children who have not been able to celebrate their birthdays due to Covid restrictions. We started by making party crowns, played lots of games, had a good dance and ate some party biscuits!
Year 1 created some wonderful art work to commemorate Remembrance Day. At 11 o’ clock we respected the 2 minutes silence and held the poppies we had made.
Earth Day was celebrated by all Huish children. In Year 1 we focused on the importance of trees to our planet. We carried out lots of activities throughout the day starting by listening to Sir David Attenborough, followed by guessing the age of the oak tree then watching The Lorax. We sketched some amazing Lorax trees using a variety of media.
Class 4 carried out lots of exciting investigations as part of Maths Week. We started by looking at triangles and seeing how many we could make using rods and lollipop sticks. We learnt the skill of taking a tally using tally marks to count the different pieces of fruit The Hungry Caterpillar ate. Finally, on Children in Need Day, we investigated how many different combinations of outfits Pudsey could be dressed in using three different coloured cubes to represent articles of clothing.
To help us learn our new story, ‘Monkey See Monkey Do’, we have been playing the monkey mirror game, trying on lots of exciting hats and role playing the story.
To help us learn the concept of subtraction, we dressed up as pirates and walked off the plank into the ocean full of sharks!
During Arts Week, Class 4 have been learning about the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. He believed bright, warm colours made people feel happy and cool colours made people feel calm.
We carefully painted our Kandinsky circles, thoughtfully choosing contrasting colours. We also made Kandinsky snails and crowns. Our classroom now looks very bright and jolly!
At last, our long awaited Fashion Show Day arrived! Children and staff dressed up from one of the following eras, 1900s (Victorians) 1950s or 1970s. We carried out lots of fun activities and discussions throughout the day, including finding adjectives to describe the different clothes from each era, drawing, painting and looking at similarities and differences through the ages. After lunch, we practised walking up and down the catwalk to music from our chosen era. Finally, we filmed our fashion show for our parents and grandparents to watch at home. What a fun filled day!
Year 1 held their fantastic fashion show on Wednesday 30 September, and walked the catwalk with outfits from the 1900's, 1950's and 1970's.
More photos will follow shortly, but for now you can watch the video here.
Class 4 have been busy bees with their home learning this month!
In maths they have been finding half of a shape and number. In science lots of investigations have been taking place, including dancing grapes and frothing monsters. In history they have been making a time line of The Great Fire of London. In English they have been writing stories and in art they have been making a rainbow trail and using cling film to create very colourful masterpieces.
Class 4 have really enjoyed their Talk for Writing unit on Sidney the Spider. They have read the story, answered questions, written a letter, poem and recount. They have also been on a mini beast hunt and best of all … made some scrumptious Sidney Spider biscuits!
Class 4 children have been working really hard at home. Thank you parents, you’re doing an amazing job. It’s great to see how creative you all are!
Some of our Year 1 children entered a national Young Writers’ Acrostic Animal Adventures competition. Nationally, there were over 15,000 entries! We were delighted to hear that some of the poems had been chosen for publication in ‘My First Acrostic: Animal Adventures – Poetry Gems book! Well done everyone!
Class 4 enjoyed a wonderful World Book Day. There were some amazing costumes! We shared lot of our favourite stories and also started writing a poem in preparation for our visit from the performance poet, Joesph Coelho.
As part of our learning about the Arctic Circles, we investigated how inuits live in such extreme temperatures. We looked at what inuits wear, how they travel, what they eat and also looked at the traditional shelter of an igloo. Working in small groups, we made igloos using cardboard bowls, plates, toilet rolls and … mini marshmallows!
Y1 have been discussing how to stay safe online and what to do if worried when using the internet. We watched videos of Jessie and Friends and have also been practising our song ‘Be Responsible’ in preparation for our assembly performance.
We had lots of fun brushing up on our sketching and painting skills during Arts Week. We created portraits of William Shakespeare in two different forms, followed by making penguins from recycled toilet rolls as part of our Geography learning on the Arctics.
During our History unit on Toys, we discovered that children used to make their own toys from everyday objects. Toys like tin soldiers, peg dolls etc. Using plastic milk containers, we made our own Elmer elephants!
As part of our science learning, we had some special visitors from Longleat today! They brought with them a collection of animals. We were able to learn lots of super facts and even got to touch/hold some animals – including pythons, stick insects and ferrets! We looked at the very hairy tarantula … but did not touch it!
Class 4 enjoyed an action packed day learning all about the continent of Africa! We discussed the different landscapes, climates, people and animals. We also sketched and made giraffes and lions. To end our fun filled day, we enjoyed an African Dance Workshop!
Mrs Farmer very kindly visited Year 1 today with her wonderful collection of old bears. She talked about the materials they were made from, their special features and why they are so special to her. We compared Mrs Farmer’s bears to our own bears at home.
Year 1 had a lovely afternoon learning about toys from the past. Some very kind grandparents brought their toys into school to share with the children. What a fun way to learn! A huge ‘thank you’ to all the grandparents who attended our workshop.
To help us learn our new traditional tale, The Magic Porridge Pot, during our English lesson we ate some porridge! We stirred our delicious bowls saying the words,
“Cook, little pot, cook!” and
“Stop! Little pot, stop!”
Class 4 brought their toys into class for a sleepover! When we walked into the classroom the next morning we were amazed to discover all the mischievous antics they had got up to!
Class 4 enjoyed lots of Christmas activities during the last week of term. They even had a special visitor drop in during their party!
KS1 enjoyed a Christmas treat on the last Monday of term. We were entertained by Nutty Noah, who was very, very funny!
Despite the wet and windy weather, Huish children were very excited when a helicopter with Christmas elves landed on our playing field! Thank you Squadron 815!
Year 1 enjoyed a visit from AJ who is a helicopter pilot at Yeovilton. We discussed different helicopters and AJ’s exciting job and rescue missions!
Class 4 had a great time learning about the life of Leonardo Fibonacci and why we remember him today. We looked at the Fibonacci sequence and its connection to nature; followed by drawing Fibonacci spirals. What a fun maths day!
To help us learn our new story, we acted out scenes from the above story, followed by writing sentences to describe hats.
As part of our Science curriculum on the changing seasons, Class 4 enjoyed a wonderful trip to Gore Farm. We walked to Trent Woodlands and spent the day looking for signs of autumn. After lunch, we had a good run around then working in groups went on a mini beast hunt. Despite the cold, we were amazed to find 15 different species of mini beasts!
We have been learning about the Russian abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky. He believed bright, warm colours made people feel happy, and cool colours made people feel calm.
We carefully painted our Kandinsky circles, thoughtfully choosing contrasting colours. In addition to this, we painted Kandinsky snails and made our own Kandinsky crowns!
To end our science unit on Materials, Class 4 had a very constructive afternoon working in teams making houses from the Three Little Pigs. Each team presented their houses to the class, discussing what materials were the trickiest to work with and why.
Year 1 had a wonderful day celebrating the history of clothes. We all dressed up in costumes from the 1900s, 1950s and 1970s. To end our day we had a fashion show and invited parents to come and watch us strut along the catwalk!
We’ve been busy learning the story of Smartie the Penguin to help us stay safe when using our tablets. We also drew wonderful posters using the Purple Mash program on the Macbooks.
We had a wonderful morning at Ninesprings! Working in teams we made dens, went on a mini beast hunt and also had fun pond dipping. We were amazed how many mini beasts we found, including a water scorpion!
Year 1 have made the most of these lovely sunny September afternoons using their new role play shops purchased by the PTFA. Thank you very much!
Year 1 had a wonderful day at Carymoor. We started our day with a ‘seasons’ game, followed by a nature detective walk. We found slow worms, ant nests and even a grass snake skin! We listened to the spring birds sing and could hear the blackbird chaffinch, woodpecker and blue tit. We made lots of creatures including clay hedgehogs, dragonflies from willow and paper plant pots. We also played lots of
exciting games that helped us understand how plants grow and how dragonflies see.
To start our ‘Movie Making’ unit, we thought about how pictures moved before technology. We drew a picture of a bird on one side of a disc, and a cage on the other. When we rotated the disc quickly, it looked like the bird was in the cage! This is called a thaumatrope.
As part of our learning on the Arctic Circles, we have been exploring facts about different mammals that can survive in extreme conditions. Our favourite was the penguin, so we had a fun afternoon making our own.
Working in small groups, we recited a poem we wrote with Pete the Poet on World Book Day and filmed ourselves using the ipads. Some of us were camera men/ladies. We then used the Green Screen technique to make our poems really exciting … and scary! Warning! If you don’t like snakes, this may be tough viewing!
Year 1 had a real treat today, a visit from Pete the Poet! With a focus on nature and the wonderful Lost Words book, we discussed the adder. We moved like adders, then generated lots of interesting vocabulary and made a class poem. We are looking forward to continuing writing poetry as part of World Book Day.
To end our unit on the History of Toys, Mrs Farmer kindly brought her wonderful collection of rare old bears to our classroom. She told us the materials they were made from, how their limbs were longer and moved easily and also how expensive they were! We asked her lots of questions and were able to compare them to our own teddy bears. Thank you Mrs Farmer!
Class 4 celebrated the Year of the Pig in style! We took part in a Chinese dance workshop learning how to perform the ancient dragon dance and also some peacock Tai Chi moves. Lots of wonderful pig paintings were created and we all made a pig mask to take home. What a great day!
We had a fantastic afternoon looking at different religions from around the world and their symbols. We then made a hand print and designed our own symbol, sticking it on our print.
Year 1 children enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with their grandparents and parents discussing toys from the past. We were amazed by the variety of toys that were brought along and also the materials they were made from. A huge thank you to all the grandparents that shared their delightful toys and knowledge, it really was appreciated.
Well, Class 4’s cheeky toys got up to all sorts of mischief during their sleepover! The unicorns and rabbit ate our fruit, the mermaids and dog dressed up, most of the games were found left out and not tidied away, some one had written on the boards and the money and cubes were scattered all over the place! Worst of all, our maths books went missing so we couldn’t do any maths! Fortunately, we found them in Class 10!
Class 4 enjoyed a fantastic Christmas party, we even had a special visitor!
Well done Year 1 for all your hard work in learning your lines, remembering when to come on and off the stage and for singing so beautifully. I’m sure your parents enjoyed it and were very proud!
We were very full after this year’s Christmas lunch, some of us even ate all the brussel sprouts on our plate!
Having made our tudor houses, we recreated The Great Fire of London in the playground. Our houses were very close together, the fire spread quickly down Pudding Lane!
We had a super day learning all about Fibonacci. Who was he? Why do we still remember him today? What is the link between Fibonacci and nature? Some very creative pattern work and spirals were produced.
To help us with our mathematics, we pretended to be pirates and one by one walked the plank! We will definitely remember the number of pirates left on the ship got smaller!
As part of our English unit on recounts, and Science unit on materials, we went for a brisk walk around the local area and looked at all the different types of homes.
Class 4 should be really proud of the fantastic art work they produced this week to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. I think we are probably one of the best classes in Huish at cutting out poppies!
Year 1 had a fantastic time at Gore Farm woods looking for signs of Autumn. We used our senses to see, smell, hear and feel autumn all around us. We made a class autumn mobile and also worked in pairs gathering items to make a woodland collection.
What a wonderful way to learn about the history of fashion! Thank you parents for your support in attending our fashion show and also dressing your children so brilliantly. We hope you enjoyed our show, the children certainly did!
As part of our History topic on Clothes, we were very fortunate to have a visit from a local carnival club. We discussed the history of clothes and carnivals, tried on lots of different costumes and even had time for a little dance!
We are learning the story, Monkey See Monkey Do. To help us with this we have been playing a monkey game and miming the story.
We have been busy bees practising our counting skills and are focusing on ‘one more than’ and ‘one less than’.