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The Gingerbread man visits...

During the 1st week back to School, Year 1 were visited by a very messy unexpected visitor!  Year 1 investigated the clues and letters the visitor left behind. They created some fantastic wanted posters to help find the culprit who made their classroom very messy.  After investigating the clues, the children were shocked to discover that it was the Gingerbread man who had visited them whilst they were reading in the library! Although Year 1 did not get the chance to meet the Gingerbread man, he kindly left us some gingerbread cookies to try.  They were very tasty!  Following their visit from the Gingerbread man, the children designed and made some gingerbread men of their very own which looked like them.  

The children also enjoyed doing their continous provision challenges where they built the Gingerbread man a raft to cross the river safely in the water tray, they used the cotton buds to carefully dot a pattern onto their Gingerbread man and they enjoyed acting out the story of the Gingerbread man using the stick puppets they had made in the small world area. The children also enjoyed designing a Bee-Bot cover based on one of the characters from the Gingerbread man story who tried to catch the Gingerbread man, they then programmed the Bee-Bots to find the Gingerbread man on the town map. 

Investigating touch

This week in science, we were investigating touch and describing what things feel like.  The children had to put a blindfold on and feel an object inside their groups box.  They then had to describe this object to their group and draw it.  The children loved playing  this game and we learnt that we feel touch not just with our hands but it is our skin that we feel the sense of touch.

Smell and taste investigation

We investigated and compared different smells to guess what they were.  The children enjoyed smelling the different smells.  We also tasted different foods and dicsussed whether they were sweet, salty, sour or bitter. 

Pumpkin soup

We have been reading Pattan's pumpkin by Chitra Soundar.  After reading books such as the enormous turnip, we thought that Pattan could make pumpkin soup with his enormous pumpkin.  We made and tasted the soup and wrote wha we thought it tasted it. 

Muddy Puddle Day

To celebrate the opening of the pond on the henny, Year 1 had a muddy puddle day.  Firstly, they planted their beautiful poppies which had painted with the local community to mark 100 years since the end of WW1 by the war memorial in the woods.  They then made clay faces of themselves onto the trees on the henny using natural resources for their facial features.   They also collected lots of leaves to do leaf rubbings using wax caddles and water colours.  After the pond opening, Year 1 and Reception went to the woods to collect sticks and work together to build our very own class natural shelter.  Well done Year 1, super team work!

Children in Need 2018

Year 1 were super stars on our 1 and a half mile sponsored walk around Shepley.  They walked brilliantly and showed some great stamina.  When Year 1 returned they had a fantastic time creating lots of Pudsey Bear inspired art work and they even created Pudsey Bear a new friend.  Year 1 also baked some Pudsey Bear inspired cakes.  I was really impressed by Year 1's baking skills - they did some very careful spooning and measuring of the butter, sugar and flour.  Well done Year 1!

Children in need year 1 2018(1)

Doctors visit

On Tuesday 27th November, Year 1 visited Shepley Health Centre.  The children had a great time and learnt lots about their bodies.   They enjoyed listening to their heart beat using the stethoscope and looking inside each other’s ears using an otoscope to see if they could find the smallest bone in their body.  This is called the stapes and it is smaller than a 1 pence coin!  They were also shocked to find out that an adult’s intestines are about 8 metres long when we unravelled the paper intestines to see how long they actually are!  It was very interesting listening to blood being pumped about their bodies and how this sound sped up after exercising.    They also had great fun being bandaged up and they enjoyed asking the doctors questions.  What a interesting, fun and exciting afternoon!

Story structure

In English, Year 1  have been learning all about story structures.  They have learnt that stories have a beginning, middle and end.  They had to work in our groups to create and act out a story which had a beginning, middle and end. They had to create their story using these objects: a bell, silver scissors, a table cloth, a crown, a candle and a golden cup.  The children came up with some fanstatic ideas about how these objects could be used in their stories.  Well done Year 1- super imaginative stories!

Church visit

Year 1 visited St Paul's church with Reception where the children learnt how Christains celebrate Christmas.  The children learnt about advent and that Christains light 5 candles in the run up to Christmas.  The children were excited to go on a treasure hunt down the pews to find the characters to put inside the stable - they made fantastic dectectives and found all 11 characters!  They also got to ask lots of questions and I was really impressed by the children's questions.  Well done Year 1!

KS1 Christmas Performance of 'A Midwife Crisis'

This year, Year 1 and Year 2 performed 'A Midwife Crisis'.  In this performance, the Nativity story unfolded with two very flustered midwives and their put-upon donkey Steve who is never listened to.  The children did incredibly well to learn their lines and I was so impressed by their singing.  Well done Year 1 - what a fantastic performance! 

Stained glass window cookies

Year 1 enjoyed making stained glass window cookies after their visit to the local Church last week.  I hope they tasted as fantastic as they looked and smelled! Super baking Year 1!


Christmas party

Reception and Year 1 had a great time at their Christmas party.  The children enjoyed dancing and playing games such as musical statues, 4 corners and pass the hat where the children had to pull out a slip of paper from Santa's hat if the music stopped on them which had a forfeit or a prize written on it.  The children also enjoyed eating their party food which was very tasty! 

Bird cake

Year 1 have been reading 10 things I can do to help my world by Melanie Walsh.  One of the ways is to feed the birds when it is winter because there isn't much food for them when it is cold and the ground is frozen over.  With this is mind, Year 1 made bird cakes and they have written some fantastic instructions explaining how to make them. Once the bird cakes had set in the fridge, Year 1 hung them on trees around the school for the birds to enjoy eating.  They can be found in the playground, the henny and even Reception class' playground. Please click the link below from the rspb website if you fancy making them at home. 


Well done Year 1 - I bet the birds will find them very tasty!

Chinese New Year

This Tuesday Year 1 celebrated Chinese New Year by having a Chinese New Year Banquet.  The children learnt about the different Chinese zodiacs and how Chinese New Year is celebrated.  They created decorations for their banquet and they tried prawn crackers, spring rolls and vegetable stir fry which they all ate using chopsticks! They were an excellent audience too when watching Year 4's dragon dances and drum performances. 

Multi Skills

This Wednesday, Year 1 went to Shelley College to the multi skills events, the children participated in a range of activities to develop their balance, coordination, running and agility skills. The children sparkled with Shepley magic and they threw themselves into every activity.  Well done Year 1!

Year 1 Boys Football Tournament

On Tuesday 5th March, five Year 1 boys played 5 matches against different schools from across the Shelley Pyramid. The boys played brilliantly as  a team and they scored some fantastic goals! They won every match they played and overall they won the whole tournament! Well done boys - I am so proud of you all. 


Decorate an egg competition

Well done to all the children who entered the decorate an egg competition.  They were all amazing - I was so impressed with them all! 

Decorating animal biscuits

Today the children used the icing and different sweets to decorate a biscuit to look like an animal of their choice. Super job Year 1!

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