St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School

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Year 1 - Autumn 2020

Photos of our learning this term to follow soon...

Spring Term- Water, Water Everywhere! 

I mentioned in my letter to you that I have started a sign language course. Maybe you and your family might like to try the alphabet! 



To further develop our knowledge of the different seasons we went on a Spring walk around the school grounds and looked for signs of Spring. We spotted several flowers appearing which made us feel happy that Spring is on it's way! 

In Art, we have been using different materials to collage and have created some wonderful looking jellyfish full of different textures. 

As part of Children's Mental Health Week, we have been looking at the theme 'Find your Brave'! We read a story about a boy called Milton who found his brave and became more courageous in the things that he chose to do. We talked about things that we found scary and what things might help us to be braver. Our jars of courage show things that help us to be braver,  like a hug from mummy or a smile from our friends, and our worry monsters have gone home with us so that we can share our worries with them. 

In Geography, we have been thinking about different bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, canals and oceans. We have used atlases and globes to find the names of the five oceans and labelled them, along with the seven continents. 

Our RE unit this half-term is focussed on saying sorry and forgiveness. As part of this unit we have been thinking about times where we have made the wrong choices. We have thought more about this through stories such as The Lost Sheep, The Lost Son and Zacchaeus. These stories have taught us that God will always forgive us if we make the wrong choices because he loves us. We made a sorry chain for our RE display. We wrote down different times we had made mistakes and then joined them in a chain with God's love in between each mistake. This reminds us that God's love always keeps us together and we are always part of God's family. 

We have also been investigating rocks in Science. We have looked at lots of different types of rock and described them using interesting adjectives. We have also investigated which rocks are permeable and which are not. We were very careful to use the same amount of water on each rock so that our test was fair. 

In Science, we have continued our work on the seasons by thinking about the hours of daylight and how this changes throughout the year. We looked at the average number of hours of daylight in each season and made a pictogram to show the information. 

Following our canal trip, we have been using our computer skills to design our own waterways. This also gave us the opportunity to use some geographical vocabulary related to the canal such as lock and gate. 

To launch our topic on water we visited Ripon Canal and had an amazing time. We learnt about water safety, worked the locks and got to have a ride on the Canal boat. On our return to school, we made our own model canal boats. 


Autumn Term 2019- Our Precious Planet

Lots of exciting things happened in the run up to Christmas in Class 2. We rehearsed hard for our production of 'Santa's on Strike' and the children in both Classes 2 and 3 were amazing. We also found out that we won the Christmas Banner competition held by The Arcade in Ripon. Mrs Thorpe and the Year 2 children from Class 2 went to collect our £50 book voucher and we now need to think hard about which books we would like. A wonderful festive party completed our term where we played games, made hats and enjoyed some party food. It was lovely to see the children enjoying themselves after working so hard. 





To help raise awareness of our pen recycling scheme, we designed posters so that people know to bring their old pens to us. We also shared our posters with Ripon Grammar School. 


in Art, we designed sculptures using clay. Our designs had to be based on something wonderful from our world. The next step will be painting them. 

Continuing our learning on looking after our world, we had a visit from Scrapstore Hull. They helped us to use recycled and reclaimed materials, that would usually end up in landfill,  to create an amazing rainforest tree based on the story 'The Great Kapok Tree'. Prior to the workshop, we talked about why trees are so important to our world- providing us with oxygen, animals with homes and keeping soil held together with their roots. The children had an amazing time creating their animals and the tree. 

To continue our learning on looking after our planet, we went on a local litter pick. We managed to collect around 3 bags of litter altogether but agreed that overall we are very lucky as Ripon is a tidy place to live. We talked about what it is important to keep our area litter free with a particular focus on the animals in our area and keeping them safe. Thank you to Ripon Grammar School and some of their sixth formers who came and supported us. We really enjoyed having you. 
In Art, we have been continuing to look at sculpture. This week we looked at an artist called Eva Rothschild who makes abstract sculptures. We designed our own abstract sculptures using cocktail sticks and marshmallows and enjoyed exploring the different shapes we could make. Some great teamwork was also on display. 
Class 2 held a Christmas craft afternoon where we were joined by some parents and carers. Our aim was to create a board for The Arcade in Ripon themed around Christmas. Our board is designed around the hymn 'It was on a starry night' and we made as much as we could from handprints and footprints. The finished product looks amazing and will be displayed in The Arcade from 29th November for you to admire-it looks even better in the flesh!  Please do vote for our board on Facebook through The Arcade's Facebook page. We have the chance to win a £50 book voucher to buy some new books for our book corner! Thank you to all of the grown-ups that helped us. 


In RE, we have been learning about how Mary got the good news that she was going to have a baby. We built Elizabeth's house and acted out Mary sharing the news with her cousin. We also wrote about times that we have received some good news of our own. At the end of our lesson, we looked at the words of the Hail, Mary and noticed that parts of the prayer are made up of words that the Angel Gabriel and Elizabeth said to Mary. 
In Science, we have been learning about materials. We went on a material hunt around our classroom and outdoor area and made a tally chart to show the different materials that we found. We were interested to find that some objects are made of more than one material. 
We have been learning about Remembrance Day. We talked about the different colour poppies that we have seen and what each of these means. We also talked about how the poppy is seen as a sign of hope after they grew on the battlefields. Using egg cartons, we created our own poppies and these were put together into a wreath. We also used construction kits to design our own monuments and talked about where we could find memorials in Ripon. The children also produced some lovely hopes for the world. 

This half-term we are going to be learning about sculpture in art. This week we learnt about a sculptor called Marc Quinn who made sculptures from bread dough. He made a collection of sculptures based on his hands. We used this to inspire us and had a go at sculpting our own hands from playdough. It was really interesting to see the different methods that the children used. 
This week we took part in the Into Film Festival. We went to Masham Town Hall to watch Ballerina. Back at school, we talked about the main character's dreams and aspirations and how she made her dream come true. We recognised that she had help from other people but that she also had to work really hard herself to get what she wanted. We made our own aspiration balloons to show what we want to be when we grow up. There are lots of really interesting ideas! 

Autumn Term 2019-Choctastic

In PE, we were very lucky to join forces with Class 4. They designed lots of different games for us to develop our ball skills and we got the opportunity to take part in all of them. Thank you Class 4! 
For Judaism week we have been learning all about the Jewish festival of Sukkot. We made Sukkahs, tried bread and honey, learnt about different symbols used in the Jewish faith and designed our own synagogues in groups. 




To end our RE topic on Baptism, Father Donald came into school and did a mock Baptism for the children. It was a brilliant opportunity for the children to see some of the real objects used in a Baptism such as the oil. We then made booklets to share what we have learnt about Baptism over the half-term. We shared these with the children in Foundation Stage. 


Our final forest school session saw us inviting parents and carers to join us round the campfire. We sang campfire songs, toasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate. A wonderful way to finish the half-term! 


Thank you so much to everybody who came to our chocolate shop! The children really love having you in school and sharing what they have been doing. A fabulous way to end our topic. 


In Forest schools we used the campfire to make popcorn. It took a while to pop but we got there eventually. Our classroom is now adorned with some beautiful bunting that we have decorated with natural dyes from leaves by leaf bashing. 
PE this week involved us playing crab football. It gave us a great chance to practise our control and stopping of the ball. Great team work too! 
It has been all systems go this week in Class 2 as we have been busy creating chocolatey treats for our chocolate shop. We iced buns, made crispie cakes and decorated marshmallows. 


In RE we talked about the promises that are made at a Baptism. We then wrote our own promises to God. With a partner, we made friendship bracelets and presented them to a friend, making a promise to them as we did. The children had some lovely ideas such as 'Ipromise to love you' 'I promise to let you join in my games' and 'I promise to share with you'. Well done Class 2. Really thoughtful promises and some really good concentration and perseverance when creating your bracelets. 


In Art, we have been creating our own chocolate bar wrappers. We explored reverse printing techniques to make different shapes and patterns on our wrappers. 
Our English lessons got very chocolatey this week! We worked in groups to create a chocolate pizza. Based on what we did, we then had to order a set of instructions that explained how to make the chocolate creation. We have really got the hang of using time words and being bossy and are looking forward to using these skills further in our writing next week. 
Mud monsters! Messy but lots of fun. 
The children have made an impressive start to their learning on addition! Take a look at their part whole models. 
In our topic lesson, we learnt about the History of Cadbury's. We found out that the company actually started with drinking chocolate as their first product and were really interested in the fact that they moved to a factory close to a canal (just like we have in Ripon) to make it easier to move things in and out. The children were able to draw on their English skills from instruction writing to add time words to their Cadbury's timelines. 
In Science, the children have produced some lovely writing about things that they can see in Autumn. They were able to draw upon their recent experiences in class to help them generate their ideas. We are in the process of putting all of the pieces together into a class book for our book corner. 


The children took part in a variety of activities to kick start our unit on writing instructions. They played noughts and crosses, magic squares, feed the teddy, built lego models and did French skipping. At the end of the lesson, the children were able to explain what things in the writing had helped them to understand what to do. These things included time words, pictures and a list of what you need.

To continue our work on Baptism, we went on a trip to Ripon Cathedral. We were given plans of the grounds and were able to put our map reading skills to good use again to find the different features. One of these was the font and the children were able to talk about what they had learnt about Baptism the previous week in great detail. The children even managed to make further links to our learning in Geography when they found a cushion with a map showing Ripon, Harrogate and York- the three places we had located on a map earlier in the week. We also took the time to think about and remember people who we miss and lit a candle to do this. The children were very respectful and thoughtful. Well done Class 2. 


Once we were back at school, the children shared items from their own Baptisms that they had brought in. 


Thank you to the parent helpers who came with us. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. 

In Forest Schools we have been using natural materials to make collages. We also used the fire pit to make our very own toast. Just what was needed on an Autumn afternoon. 



Our science lesson took us outdoors this week as we looked for signs of Autumn. Once we were back inside, we made a graph of the objects that we had collected to see which autumnal colours we had found. Using our skills of observation, we noticed that some colours were not very visible in our grounds. We talked about why this might be.. the weather, the time of year and also the types of tree in our grounds. 
We put our map reading skills to good use this week and were richly rewarded at the end of it! Using a map of the school grounds, we looked for the symbols that showed us where Mrs Thorpe had hidden... chocolate! 
In Forest Schools, we made chocolate bread which included us making our own dough! We also got the opportunity to continue honing our hammering skills to make models and use the mud kitchen. Great team work and collaboration was displayed across all activities. 
In RE this week we have learnt all about Baptism. We watched videos of a Baptism and looked out for special signs and symbols. We talked about what these signs and symbols remind us of and why they are used. We acted out a Baptism in small groups and designed cards to give to somebody on their Baptism day, using the special signs and symbols that we had spotted. 
In English, we have been creating our own 'Chocolate Monsters'. We are going to write stories about the adventures that they go on. 
Brilliant maths this week! We have been using symbols to compare numbers and show whether they are greater than, less than or equal to each other. 
Year 1 are really getting into the swing of their independent challenges now! The Chunk has been on the loose in our classroom and keeps on eating Mrs Thorpe's secret stash! The children have busied themselves designing and making traps to try and catch him. They have also designed their own monsters and enjoyed playing bingo, deciding whether words are real or nonsense. 
As part of our topic work, we have made maps of our school. We thought about the different places around us and then tried to place them in the right place. We are going to follow a map to find chocolates hidden for a Chocolate Hunt! 
Forest schools provided us with the opportunity to try some hammering this week. Mrs Goss was really impressed with our safety! Wemade dens and toasted delicious marshmallows too! 
We have continued to develop our football skills by practising using the inside of our foot to kick and pass. We have also learnt about using the laces of our shoes to make power shots and got chance to try this out after dribbling to the end of some cones. 


The chocolate fun continued in Forest Schools this week as we got to make our own chocolate banana treats! Delicious! 

In RE we have been thinking about how we can be a good Christian. We talked about the fact that following in Jesus' footsteps and following the Golden Rules at school would help us to do this. One of the children tried on Mrs Thorpe's trainers and walked in them. This was very tricky. She then walked in them again while Mrs Thorpe helped her. This made us think about the fact that it isn't always easy to follow in Jesus' footsteps but it is easier if we help each other to do it. 


We drew and wrote about ways that we could be a good person and recorded these in footsteps. We also made miniature versions of ourselves to go around our footprint display in class. 


To help us remember to follow in Jesus' footsteps, we have learnt a song. Try it at home (the tune is Frere Jacques). 


Our second unit of PE this half-term will be Gymnastics. For our first lesson, we focussed on travelling on different ways- high, low, forwards, backwards and sideways. The children showed great balance and creativity. Well done! 


With the help of our Year 2's, the Year 1 children were introduced to the formation of their first letter with a lead in- 'a'. We used a little rhyme to help us 'lead in, around the apple and down the leaf'. It was wonderful to see some children choosing to practise during their independent challenge time. They will be handwriting pros in no time! 
To launch our topic 'Choctastic!' we had our first educational visit of the year. We went to York Chocolate Story. We learnt lots about how chocolate is made and even got chance to make lots of delicious treats of our own. 
The Year 1 children have been doing really well with their independent challenges, applying skills taught and covered in class. They have been drawing self-portraits on the easel, making maps and models of our class trip and using their fine motor skills. Well done Year 1's. You have settled into Class 2 really well. 
Our first unit in PE is Football skills. We learnt how to keep the ball still, dribble around and keep control of the ball and turn. Great work Class 2! 
In RE, we are going to be looking at Baptism. To start with we heard a story about Jesus and his family going to the temple. We talked about our own family and places that we have visited with them. We then retold the story through pictures and acting. We also did a family survey around the class asking our friends how many people they have in their family, made family gallery pictures and designed family homes in the construction area. 

The children have settled in brilliantly to Class 2. Thank you for all of your support in getting them into school on time and allowing them to come in independently. It really makes a huge difference! 

We had our first session of Forest Schools this week. We explored the Forest Schools area, made nature crowns and drank hot chocolate around the fire. Mrs Goss said that the children were superstars. Well done Class 2. Lots more Forest Schools fun to come this half-term! 
In Maths, we have been learning about sorting. We practised sorting compare bears, shapes and other objects into groups and had to explain how we had sorted them. We were then given pictures of lots of different houses and had to sort them in as many different ways as we could. There were some great observation and thinking skills on display. 

We have painted some fantastic self-portraits to decorate our classroom. These portraits will be one of the first things that people see when they enter Class 2 and we think they will be a fantastic welcome! Mrs Thorpe was really impressed with our drawing and painting skills.