Welcome To Year 1
Welcome to Year 1!
Meet the Year Group Teacher, Miss Garrigan…
Hello, my name is Sarah Garrigan. I am the Year 1 teacher. I enjoy working at Oxclose Primary Academy. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family. I also like baking, going for bike rides and walking my little dog Muffin. I am looking forward to another great year!
In year one we have had lots of fun exploring the importance of preventing bullying and we have looked at many different ways to promote anti-bullying. We thoroughly enjoyed our lesson with ‘Bertie.’ In this lesson we looked at what unkind words can do to a person’s feelings. We did try to put Bertie back together with kind words but it did not work. We also took part in a quiz with Mrs Wilson where we looked at what it takes to be a good friend, followed by the sorting of kind and unkind actions. We had lots of fun designing our own odd socks to show that we are all different. Towards the end of the week we designed our own anti-bullying poster and included advice as to what we could say to someone who is being bullied or what we could say to bullies to encourage them to stop.
Pets at Home Visit
As part of our Science unit of we visited Pets at home, we have so much fun! Throughout the afternoon the children had the opportunity to learn about the different animals which the staff brought out to show us. We listened carefully and found out lots of interesting information such as what the animals eat, where they live and what we need to do to keep them safe and happy. We had the experience of holding all of the animals, but had to remember to be very careful and gentle. Some of us were a little bit wary of the animals but we were all very brave when holding the different animals. The children were so sensible when walking to and from the shop and were a credit to the school.
Visit to South Shields Beach
Year 1 have been on their trip to South Shields. First we visited the ‘Weebles’ sculptures at Little Haven. We were all fascinated by their poses and expressions. We had lots of ideas of what they might have been saying to each other!
We then walked along the promenade to the beach. It was lots of fun making sand sculptures with the natural materials we found on the beach. We had our packed lunch on the seafront. We all thought the views were beautiful.
After that we walked to South Marine Park and we really enjoyed playing on the park. We visited the café and got a delicious ice cream. Thankfully we made in back to school just before the heavens opened!
Health and Happiness Week
We did lots of fun things including playing games where we discussed our feelings and emotions. We thought carefully about the range of emotions we have felt. We planned our own relaxation yoga sessions in teams and then performed them. We had lots of fun in our wellbeing workshops with our friends.
We learnt about stranger danger and beach and sun safety and now have a much better understanding of how to keep ourselves safe. It was very interesting learning about our local sports hero Steph Houghton and we were lucky enough to have her answer some of our questions. We finished our action packed week with our Oxclose Big Workout Challenge it was hard work but great fun!
We’ve had a blast this week in year 1. We’ve been writing non-chronological reports on lions in English. We found out where lions live, what lions look like, what lions eat and some other really interesting facts. We put all this information into a report. In Maths we have been counting in 10’s all the way up to 100! It was great fun using pretend 10p coins.
We also have been making fantastic Easter cards. We decided we wanted a chick on our cards. We practised our cutting skills by taking great care cutting out our chick’s wings. We added some glitter for a sparkly effect.
We were so lucky to have time to colour in eggs by numbers on Friday afternoon, when we were finished we stuck them carefully on paper bags so we had something to put all the things we have been making this term in. They turned out lovely! We are so excited for the Easter break, have a lovely holiday.
In Year 1 we thoroughly enjoyed Science Week and loved learning all about dinosaurs! We looked at fossils and then created some of our own. We also looked at different dinosaur skeletons and made our own version using art straws.
Anti- Bullying Week
In Year 1 we have loved our Mission to Mars!
We started on Monday by carrying out a balloon rocket experiment, where we tested different sized balloons to see which one had the most force and travelled the furthest. On Tuesday we made jelly volcanoes; which turned into a bit of a disaster! We also designed fins to attach onto our rockets. On Wednesday we made our own galaxies using plastic wallets and glitter…lots of glitter! We also designed a space station for when we arrived on Mars and made our rockets; including the fins we had designed the day before. On Thursday we used beads and tested them using Ultra-Violet light. Finally on Friday we tested our rockets to see who’s travelled the furthest – Lucie won!
We were all very tired after such a fun-filled Science Week!
World Book Day
An amazing day was had by all! In Year 1 we dressed up as a character from our favourite book and brought the book in to read and show. We looked at the story ‘Walking through the Jungle’ by Julie Lacome and wrote our own version by thinking of different animals to see along the way. We then made a little book of our story. We designed the front cover of our book and coloured it in. We also designed and made our own bookmark to use when we read our home reading book or library book.
Anti Bullying Week
In Year 1 we have been looking at what makes a good friend. We looked at different picture cards and decided whether the actions were a good friend or not a good friend. After, we then freeze framed the action.
We had a brilliant time on our visit to Washington Town Centre Library. We even met a pirate!
Favourite School Meal Day
We chose our favourite school meal and Mrs Hall cooked it for us. It was delicious!
Roald Dahl 100 Day
In Year 1 we enjoyed dressing up as our favourite Roald Dahl character. We had lots of fun learning facts about the author and looking at the fantastic books he has written. We played a game where we had to guess who the character was and what story they were from. We were very good at this game! We also drew pictures of ourselves in our costumes and wrote a sentence to say who we were. After such a busy morning we then watched Miss Garrigan’s favourite – The BFG! We had a fantastic day!