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Year 1 Buzzards

Buzzards are beautiful, graceful and strong birds of prey. They have to find their own food by hunting, so they constantly have to learn where food can be found and how they can get it. Buzzards learn every day in the same way we do.  Buzzards have fantastic looking and listening skills.  These skills are as important to us in our learning as they are to Buzzards in their daily life.

 

The theme for the Summer term is 'From the Moors to the Sea'. This will be a whole school focus and give us plenty of opportunities to learn collaboratively across classes and key stages. Key Stage 1 will be researching local landmarks and exploring geographical landmarks from Devon. This theme will include map reading and orienteering tasks to engage the children with the local environment. The children will be exploring materials and finding the best material for a purpose. This will provide opportunities for designing and creating objects based on our theme.

 

 We are looking forward to sharing our learning with you as we progress through the term. 

 

For more information on our curriculum please look at our 'Summer Term Curriculum Plan' below. 

 

Welcome to Year 1 Buzzards Class
The class teacher this year is Mrs Alison Dowdeswell and the LSA who works in this class is Mrs Nicky Washbrook.

P.E. day: Tuesday

Please ensure your child has the correct kit in school all week. We will ensure that kits are sent home at the end of each half term.

 

Home Learning: Handed out on Fridays and collected in on Wednesdays. This will give you the opportunity to explore aspects of your child's learning if you wish.

 

Year 1 and 2 Teaching and Learning Lead: Alison Dowdeswell

Key Stage 1 Lead: Nicky Howard

 

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the teacher (Mrs Alison Dowdeswell) or alternatively contact a Team Leader.

adowdeswell@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

nhoward@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS...

Saturday May 6th 2017 -  2pm - Happy's Circus!

Week beginning 12th June 2017 - Year 1 Phonic check

Academic Year 2016-2017

Summer Term Curriculum Plan

Summer Term Curriculum Plan 1

Monday 3rd July 2017

Today we went to the beach! We sketched pictures, explored the rock pools and made some amazing sand sculptures.

26th May 2017 - Help in our community

Today we had local fire crew come to visit us. They talked about how they help protect us.

26th May 2017 - Science

In Science we are learning about what is living and non-living. Today we met Ernie who is Thomas' pet tortoise! Thomas told us how he cares for him.

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10th May 2017 - Science

Today Fletcher introduced us to his two pet terrapins! Fletchers Dad told us a lot of information about them. Including how they are adapted to live in the water. Fletcher taught us how to care for a terrapin at home.

10th May 2017 - RE

We have been discussing groups that we belong to such as our community. Today we had two police officers visit us. They talked about how they keep our community safe. We learnt about the uniform they wear and what equipment they carry in their police cars.

Wednesday 19th April 2017 - Phonic Meeting

A huge thank you to all parents who attended our phonics meeting. It was great to see so many of you. The children really enjoyed sharing the phonics games they had been busy making. 

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Tuesday 18th April

Maths - We have been finding out about 2 digit numbers!

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Monday 6.2.17

We are learning about the rainforest. We listened to some music and drew what we thought we could hear. We will be learning about the animals that live in the rainforest and will then write about them.

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Monday 6.2.17

In Maths we are learning about multiplication and division. We used sweets to help us understand the meaning of 'equal groups'.

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Friday 3.2.17 Today we use clay and Plaster of Paris to make our own fossils. Then we went fossil hunting!

Tuesday 31st January 2017

Today we learnt to play a game which children used to play many years ago. It's called hopscotch!

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Monday 21st November 2016

Today we made our own High Frequency Word bingo games! First we need to read a word. If we read it correctly we can place it on our bingo board!

Learning Celebration - 16th November 2016

 

KS1 would like to say a huge thank you to all the Parents, Grandparents and Carers that came to our Learning Celebration. Buzzards enjoyed showing off all their fantastic learning this term.

Thursday 10th November 2016

Today we learnt to Flamenco dance! Karina told us that when a Flamenco dancer finishes their dance, it is polite to shout encouraging words such as 'ole'!

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Thursday 3rd October - Exeter Trip

Today we had a fantastic day in Exeter! First we explored the Museum. Then we went to the restaurant 'Las Iguanas' for Spanish Tapas. It was delicious! We also visited Northernhay Gardens for a picnic lunch. The children were the photographers today...!

Friday 30th September - Italian Day!

Today we tried some homemade Italian biscuits, olives and a lemon drink from Italy!

Friday 16th September 2016 French Friday!

Today we created our own Eiffel Towers, cooked a croissant and learnt some French songs. We finished our day with a French café experience!

Comments from children in Buzzards class today...

"I enjoyed learning about France today"

"I loved making croissants"

"I liked eating them!"

"I liked making the Eiffel Tower with straws, mine can stand up tall!"

"We can speak French now!"

Friday 9th September - Theme and Food Technology

Today we were able to try some French food!

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Friday 9th September - Maths

Today we started our new Maths Journey... 'Number Sense'! We were exploring the different ways of making a number.

Wednesday 7th September - PE

Today we had our first PE lesson with Mr Leaman. We were looking at how to use movement in different spaces. We had a great time! 

Academic Year 2015-2016

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This term we are learning about plants and growing.

 

 

 

 
   

We will be growing different vegetables in our school allotment, learning about the lifecycles and parts of a plant, designing a shelter for the allotment and even creating our own vegetable sculptures in the style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Careers Curriculum

Today we learnt all about how to build a gate and how a gate business runs!

Monday 27th June 2016

Careers Curriculum

Today we learnt all about first aid and how to be a paramedic!

Friday 24.6.16

Question and Answer session

In Year 1 we have been learning how to punctuate our sentences with a question mark. We wanted to find out more about our school goats so we wrote some questions. Then we invited in our Year 6 boys, who care for our goats, to answer our questions!  

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Thursday 23rd June 2016

Careers Curriculum

We started our Careers Curriculum Fortnight with a visit from Gill. She taught us some Yoga! Rob taught us about satellite installation, Paul explained his job as a Hotel Manager, Jayne showed us some really old mobile phones and Paula told us what it was like to be an Air Hostess! 

2.45pm Thursday 26th May 2016 - Learning Celebration

This afternoon we shared our learning with our family. We are working hard in Year 1 to learn all our graphemes and to read compound words so we played our handmade phonic games. Then we sang the 'Tiny Seed' song and planted a seed together. We look forward to seeing how well they grow!

2pm Tuesday 24th May 2016

Today we planted red peppers! We worked as a team to dig a suitable sized hole and then popped in our 'seed cases!'

11.45pm Friday 13th May 2016

Today we met our new goats 'Arnie' and 'Archie'!  

Wednesday 27th April 2016 - School lunch

We were very excited to have our parents enjoy lunch with us!

10am Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Maths - Today we learnt about the 'equals' symbol. We used Numicon, cubes and counters from our toolkit to help us.

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1pm - Wednesday 4th May 2016 COMPOSTING WORKSHOP

Today Alex visited us and taught us all about composting. She showed us which food we can put in our compost bins! We also found out what happens to the rubbish that we can not recycle.

Wednesday 27.4.16 Handwriting

Such exciting news! Our first three children to be given a handwriting pen. Well done! Come on everyone - you can do it!

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Tuesday 26.4.16 - MATHS

We are learning about the equals symbol. We found out that we can use Numicon and the balances to check if our calculations are correct. We will be calculation experts by the end of the week!

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Monday 25.4.16 - SCIENCE

Today Bramblings and Buzzards worked together to design a watering system for our allotment!

Friday 22.4.16

Year 1 Gardening Morning

Today we put our boots on and braved the wet and windy weather!

We also made some bird feeders...

Tuesday 12th April 2016

We talked about what we already know about plants and then sorted fruit and vegetables into different groups. We looked at them, smelt them and felt them. We also asked lots of questions about them. We are going to be plant experts! 

 

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What Makes Britain British?

This term we are learning what makes Britain British. In Key Stage One we will be focussing on 3 m's:

Monarchy, Music and Mmmm!

 

 

We will be exploring significant members of the British monarchy, from King Henry VIII to Prince George. We will also be engaging our creative sides to develop music and dance in the style of influential artists from different decades. We will also be learning about the different religions and cultures that make up our diverse nation through food. Check back here to find out what we get up to... 

World Book Day - Thursday 3rd March 2016

Today the author of 'Aerodynamics of biscuits' (Clare Welsh) came in to visit us. First we drew our own pictures of 'Pirate Snap Rat'. Then we had to help him find the hidden biscuits! After that Clare read her story to us.

Year 4 came into our classroom and read their favourite book to us....

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

We have been very busy this week making our own scones! We had to be prepared so we made a list of ingredients and equipment that we needed. We washed our hands thoroughly and then started making! Our wonderful kitchen staff baked then for us and then we had an afternoon tea party. We put lots of jam and cream on our scones. They tasted delicious!

Friday 12th February - We posted our letters to the Queen!

Today we walked up to the local newsagent and purchased a stamp. We asked for a second class stamp and then posted our letter in the post box. We hope the Queen enjoys reading our questions!

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Our Nativity

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Science Learning   4.12.15

We have set up a science investigation to find out what a plant needs to grow healthily. We worked in teams and wrote our own predictions.

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Our chickens came out to play with us today! 4.12.15

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3D Shapes - 23.11.15

We have been learning about 3D shapes. We have been using vocabulary such as sphere, cuboid, cube, pyramid, cylinder and triangular prism! Today we made some 3D shapes using lolly sticks.

Year 1 Artwork - 11.10.15

We are looking very carefully at leaves.

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This week we took our phonics learning outside! - 2.10.15
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Key Stage 1 Save the Bumblebees! - 25.9.15

We have rolled up our sleeves and got busy digging! As part of our scientific investigations we are exploring different habitats, including woodland, and the animals that live in them. We decided to enhance our own woodland area to give bumblebees a new natural habitat.

Habitat Hunters - 21.9.15

 

Our theme for this half term is 'Habitat Hunters'. We will be exploring a variety of habitats around the world from the Amazon rainforest to the Sahara desert. We will be looking at the different plants and animals in each of the different habitats, and finding out what they need to survive in these different climates. Check back here to find out what we have been up to... 

Literacy - 18.9.15

We have started to use adjectives within our writing. To help us think of some exciting and varied adjectives we visited the White Rock Chickens to create word banks, that we then included in our own sentences back in class! 

   

 

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Our Maths Learning - 16.9.15

We have been measuring boats using cubes! Then we discussed the length of our boats using the vocabulary 'longest' and 'shortest'.


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