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Year 1 Class News

Ness Gardens

Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Ness Gardens, they enjoyed exploring the gardens and took part in a guided trek, were they discovered The Rocket Monster, a compost machine, they also discovered during their walk, Rhododendrons, Camellias, Snowdrops, Sorbus and a super tall Monkey Puzzle tree. Rose, our guide then took the group for some pond dipping. This was great fun, the children took it turns to scoop a net into the water and then carefully searched through what they had collected, the children found a Water Boatman, a Leech, a tiny fish and many more pond creatures. Following a picnic lunch, the children walked around the Rock Garden were they spotted lots more flowers, trees, frogs and bigger fish in the pond. Finally, they finished off their day with some fun in the play area. 

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Habitats and Caring for our Environment

Year 1 have been working so hard this week learning all about habitats, Sir David Attenborough and how to care for the environment. They also created some beautiful collages in art, inspired by Sir David's wildlife programmes about Penguins in Antarctica and the Sea Turtles of the Galapagos Islands. Well done Y1!

Beach School Trip 3

Luckily, the rain stopped just in time today for Year 1's third trip to the beach! The children learnt about rain falling and discovered the water cycle. After that, the children were set a task to use stones to create a tall lighthouse, to help make their structures sturdy, they thought about using sand and shells. To finish off their beach school session they enjoyed a paddle in the rock pools and even spotted a crab!

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Sun Safety!

Year 1 enjoyed their Sun Safety lesson in the sunshine today! They learned about what things they need to do to stay safe in the sun.

Slip on a T-shirt, Slap on a hat, Slop on some sun screen, Seek out shade, Slide on your sunglasses!

Our Second Beach School

Today, for their second Beach School session, the children arrived to the tide coming into shore, so they got to enjoy a quick paddle in the water, lots of fun and laughter was heard as they jumped back from the waves and back into the sea! They then used magnify glasses and binoculars to explore rocks, shells and the sand to search for fossils and other beach discoveries. Once the tide was further in, we safely carried on with our activities on the grass area. Today's experiment was predicting whether a large plastic bag or a small plastic bag would fly better in the breeze as a kite. The children carried out their experiment and agreed both worked well. The children certainly enjoyed testing and flying their kites! 

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First Beach School Session!

Year 1 were super excited for their trip to Cubbins Green this morning for Beach School! A windy but warm arrival, so Angela talked to the group about wind direction, points on the compass and compared the strength of the wind at school and on the coast. The children enjoyed the feel of the breeze on their faces! Year 1 then made flags using cloth and paper,they predicted which material would be best to use in the wind, a perfect day to carry out their investigations. Next, the children made large letters in the sand and used the natural resources around the beach to decorate them ready for a game, Angela called out North, South, East or West and the children quickly ran to the correct point. Year 1 are already looking forward to their Beach School session next week!

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Computing - Programmable Toys

In Computing, Year 1 enjoyed exploring programmable toys, they learnt how to use the controls on a Bee-Bot and directional language to programme the bots to move forwards, backwards, left and right. They also enjoyed using a programme on the iPad to control moving a BB8 Robot toy around the classroom.

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Bucket Drumming!

An exciting music lesson for Year 1 this week - Bucket Drumming! The children thoroughly enjoyed following a beat to a song by the band Queen. They demonstrated super concentration and rhythm skills, we certainly have some budding drummers in the making! 

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Gillmoss Recycling Centre

The children have been learning all about recycling and looking after our world, today they took an exciting trip to Gillmoss Recycling Centre, were they learnt all about the journey of recycling  from our homes to it's final destination. The children helped to sort different materials into the correct recycling categories and then curiously watched through the windows at the tour of the materials recovery facility, here, they saw recycling in action! Finally they explored hands on activities and resources on how to help recycling, from litter picking to solving puzzles. 

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St. David's Day

Year 1 have been celebrating Saint David's Day and the first day of meteorological Spring.

The children have made observational drawings of daffodils using pencil and water soluble pastels. They have made and painted daffodils and located Wales on a map of the UK

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Map Detectives!

An exciting afternoon taking a trip around the world using a Globe and Atlas's today! The children used their geographical knowledge to explore and locate different countries and discussed continents. With Learning about Chinese New Year in their topic lessons, Year 1 were set a challenge to use their Atlas's to locate China, to find their flag and explore the flag colours to then paint their own. 

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Smartie the Penguin Helping with Safer Internet Day

Smartie the penguin has been helping the Year 1 children on how to stay safe on the internet, this week for Safer Internet Day the children were exploring how to stay safe when using an iPad, they used Pic Collage to design their own informative and creative posters, well done Year 1! 

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Exploring with Google Maps

Year 1 had great fun exploring Google Maps on the iPads today and discussed the symbols on the page and how to use them. First, they had to find the camera application to scan a QR code, which then took them to a map of and around Avalon School, from there, they explored the local environment and recognised features around their school environment, the children excitedly pointed out what they had found! Using the local map, the children then drew and labelled their own maps. 

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Travel with Google Earth!

As part of our topic on travel, Year 1 have been learning how to use Google Earth on the iPads. We have visited places around the world and also closer to home.

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Making Music

This week, in music, Year 1 explored the handbells and listened to how each bell played a different sound, they discovered the sound went higher as each coloured bell was shook. The children worked together following Mrs Keenan's direction to perform Twinkl, Twinkl and Row, Row, Row your boat! 

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12 Days of Christmas

Today the children enjoyed learning the traditional song and actions along to "12 Days of Christmas!"

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All things Christmassy!

Year 1 have been enjoying taking part in lots of Christmas activities over the past couple of weeks. They have decorated baubles, made a sparkly plant pot for their spring bulb, designed a Christmas card and today they were extremely excited to see that Father Christmas had visited Avalon, he told the children all about his cheeky little reindeer Rudolf! To finish off the day they explored the school fair were they purchased lots of Christmas goodies!

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Celebrating Diwali

Year 1 have been celebrating Diwali the festival of light. We have made Diwali lamps and listened to the story of Rama and Sita which inspired stories of their own.

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Walk to West Kirby War Memorial

Year 1 and Year 2 visited the local War Memorial today. They enjoyed an Autumnal walk and did some observational sketching. Next we looked at the physical geography of the Wirral . We then had a two minute silence to reflect and show respect. Lest we forget.

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Adventures at Chester Zoo

On Tuesday Key Stage 1 enjoyed a trip to Chester Zoo. While there the children had a great time exploring the enclosures and see all the different animals that they have been learning about in science! We also had a lovely time in the Education Hub were the children learnt all about how to identify living things and classify animals according to their characteristics. They particularly enjoyed going around each table and completely the quizzes. They all had a great time and we were fortunate enough to have good weather as well!

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Science Topic - "Animals"

Continuing with their Science topic on 'Animals', the children explored reptiles, they were extremely excited when they had a visitor to their classroom; Tiddles the tortoise! The children were very gentle and careful handling him and enjoyed feeling the texture of his bumpy shell. The children were very curious and asked lots of interesting questions, they learnt lots of information, what tortoises like to eat, what they need in their habitat and how their sharp beak helps to bite the food as they have no teeth. The children thoroughly enjoyed meeting Tiddles! 

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Bread Making

Year 1 have been extremely busy with lots of cross curriculum activities. They listened to the Parable of the Sower during Religious Education and discovered how the seeds were sown by the farmer and learnt how the seeds that fell on the good soil produced corn, this story led nicely into ‘Harvest’ and our topic on ‘Food’. Year 1 produced some wonderful work on their favourite food, eating well and learning a Harvest Poem. From there the children explored how wheat was made and were very eager to learn how to make bread. So during Wolrld Mental Health Day, the children took part in a fun bread making activity. They measured out the ingredient’s, mixed them together and kneaded the dough, once risen and cooked by Mrs Probert, the children were excited to taste their final product! Thumbs up all round, the children took a piece to Mrs Probert to say thank you for providing the ingredients and equipment. 

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Healthy Eating

Year 1 have been learning about food and healthy eating. We enjoyed sorting fruit and vegetables and slicing the food into halves and quarters. We talked about eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

In our Art lesson, we used a variety of fruit and vegetables to make colourful printed pages.

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European Day of Languages

Year 1 had a thoroughly enjoyable day using their 'passports' to travel around school to explore a range of exciting and interactive activities for European Day of Languages. They visited Czechia, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, Netherlands and Denmark. The children learnt how to say hello and goodbye in each language, they built famous landmarks, explored Artists, tasted a few delicious delicacies and ended their day with a 'Hygge' experience in Denmark, here the children got comfortable under blankets with a hot chocolate and marshmallows whilst listening to the traditional tale of Thumbelina.

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Healthy Eating

Year 1 have been learning all about healthy eating. Linking this into their Art lesson, the children used their senses to explore a variety of fruit and vegetables. After finding out about the different textures and patterns, the children thoroughly enjoyed using them to print colourful pictures with.

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First PE Lesson

Year 1 worked on their flexibility and core strength in their first PE lesson. They listened well and performed the tasks with broad smiles. A very enjoyable lesson for all.

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Welcome back to school Year 1