2021 - 2022 KS1: Miss Dixon

Welcome to KS1!
In KS1 we play, learn and grow together. Follow our learning journey to see what we have been studying inside and outside the classroom!
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We follow the Read, Write Inc. scheme for Phonics. Below is a link to correct pronunciation of sounds- it would be beneficial to watch and revisit.
Back to School!


KS1 have enjoyed their first week back in class and are excited to begin their new topic- Animals of the World! We've started our Phonics, Maths and Literacy lessons and chosen our new reading books. We also have a new addition to our reading area… the terrific teepee!

Adam Bushnell
We had a fabulous visit from children's author Adam Bushnell this week and spent our morning planning very creative superhero stories! However... the heroes we designed weren't just any superheroes... they were animal-robot superheroes! Their only mission- to save the animals. Later, we had another surprise visitor in our classroom... Jet the tortoise! 
Super Science
We have begun to answer our Science Big Question ‘What do you need to survive in the rainforest?’ We discussed what animals, including humans need to survive and how we would resource food, water, clothing and shelter within a rainforest habitat. We had lots of fun shelter building for Commando Ted in Forest School and thought carefully about weather conditions, predators and materials.
Animal Poems
KS1 have been writing Animal Poems in Literacy using similes and alliteration in their work. We performed our poems to the class and had fun guessing which animal each poem was written about.  
Fabulous French!
We enjoyed reading The Hungry Caterpillar with Madame Magee, we practised counting to 10 and naming fruits in French.
Animal Masks
We brought the Invention Shed into the classroom by designing and creating animal masks. We followed our plans carefully and thought about what materials would be most appropriate for our designs. We used a range of materials and discussed which type would attach them together securely.
Fire Safety
Today we had an exciting visit from Pegswood Fire Brigade. Paula and Lee taught us how to stay safe this bonfire night and explained the rules and laws about fireworks. We went out to see what is inside a fire engine and what happens if there is an emergency. 
Happy Halloween!
A Super Start to the New Half Term
We’ve had a wonderful first week back in school and have enjoyed starting our new subject topics. We have begun our Literacy study of John Burningham’s Oi! Get off our Train, discussing how animals become endangered and what elements of the story are fantasy. We were thrilled to share ideas about our new Big Question in Science- What if humans lived underwater? In Commando Joes we learned about Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London, working hard in teams to transport water around obstacles.
One Kind Word
This week we have focused on ‘One Kind Word’ in PSHE to mark national Anti-Bullying week. We have learnt that Kindness is important; how little acts of consideration and charity can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. We chose our own words of kindness and used them to create a class jigsaw. We then celebrated how we are all unique by making a class heart from paint handprints.
Salt Crystal Candy Canes
This week we started a salt crystal candy cane experiment in Science. We made Christmas candy cane decorations from pipe cleaners and submerged them in a salt-water solution. We are observing how the water evaporates, leaving the salt behind and stuck to the decorations.
Christmas Dinner
Linking Project
We are excited to continue our Linking Project with St Lawrence's school this year and will be meeting our Linking class virtually for the first time at the end of January. Before Christmas, we learnt the names of our new penpals and exchanged first letters. They also sent us wonderful handmade Christmas cards that we were delighted to receive. This week, we compared the locations of our two schools on Google Maps- we identified that St Lawrence's is not far from Newcastle City Centre and enjoyed spotting recognisable landmarks, especially the Millennium Bridge! We observed that there are lots of roads and buildings close together in the city in comparison to the rural area of Belsay. We have begun to make bunting to send to our Linking class to remind them of us and our Linking journey. We are each sewing a unique piece of bunting using a running stitch and decorating it by forming the first initial of our names using beads, sequins and buttons. We are looking forward to joining all of our bunting pieces together for St Lawrence's to hang in their classroom.
Mixed Media Polar Bears
We used a range of materials in Art Club to create beautiful polar bears in the Arctic. We discussed the Northern Lights and added these to our backgrounds using coloured chalks.
Author Study- Beatrix Potter
KS1 have thoroughly enjoyed their study of Beatrix Potter. We wrote creative stories set in Belsay School, inspired by The Tale of The Two Bad Mice. We had lots of fun constructing tales filled with mischievous events and imaginative language.
Which is the stretchiest?
Year 1 and 2 continued their Big Question Science Investigation Which is the stretchiest?. We had a brilliant time stretching different materials and used our measuring skills to see which material stretched the furthest. We recorded our results digitally and concluded that the rubber glove was the stretchiest item in our investigation at an extension of 46cm.
Back to School
Year 1 and 2 have had a brilliant first week back after half term. We have been working hard in Maths doubling, halving and finding fractions of amounts- we particularly enjoyed making number stories for our friends to solve. In Literacy, we have begun our study of Contemporary Picture Books and have written book reviews of  The Night Gardener and The Invisible. We have learned lots of new vocabulary to add to our class word jar and had fun designing creature topiary.
We shared lots of creative ideas in Commando Joes and worked cooperatively together to build a car fit for the Queen.
World Book Day 2022
British Science Week 2022
We've had a brilliant time celebrating British Science Week 2022. We have enjoyed working in Castle Groups across the school to complete a number of investigations and experiments about Growth. We also had a visit from Professor Brainstorm and were wowed by his magical Science show about electricity and materials.
Summer Term Begins!
KS1 have had a busy but brilliant first week back after the Easter Holidays. We have been very excited to begin our new class Topic, The Continent of Africa. We discussed what we already know about the continent and what we would like to find out! We have lots of interesting questions to research over the Summer term. We also identified some famous landmarks of Africa and enjoyed making African necklaces in Art.
Belsay Castle and Gardens
Year 1 and 2 ended their Spring term with a brilliant trip to Belsay Castle and Gardens. With the help of John the gardener, we planted a wonderful beech tree within the grounds to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  We look forward to revisiting the tree in the future and seeing it grow bigger year by year. Afterwards, we had an interesting tour around the quarries and gardens and were very excited to discover a chocolate tree! It smelt delicious.We climbed 56 spiral stairs to the very top of the castle and explored lots of different rooms inside.
Why don't all plants look the same?
KS1 started their new Science Big Question Why don’t all plants look the same?. This prompted lots of interesting discussion about seed size, flowering and climate- we have lots to investigate over the Summer! We harvested cress from part of our Science experiment to make egg mayonnaise tortilla party treats in cookery. We learned how to work safely and hygienically as a team to cut, peel, slice and mash, the outcome was delicious!
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee
We had a fantastic day celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with Reception and KS2. We came to school dressed in the colours of the Union Jack, wrote letters to the Queen and enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea for lunch. We were later surprised by a special visit from Mr Whippy!
Laing Art Gallery Visit
Year 1 and 2 enjoyed a visit to the Laing Art Gallery to meet their penpals from St Lawrence’s school in person for the first time! It was lovely to see the children we have been writing to and Zooming. We completed a range of art activities within the gallery and looked closely at paintings, discussing how emotions are present within art, not just in portrait expressions but even in the lines painted within landscapes. We doodled with our penpals using our imaginations to invent all kinds of wonderful things, from pizza planets to doughnut rockets and three eyed aliens!