Hazel 1

Welcome to Hazel 1!
2022 - 2023
Mrs Stockton - Class Teacher
Mrs Mills/Miss Tudor - Teaching Assistants
Spring 1
No Place Like Home
In Hazel class, number day was centred around the story book ‘The Jolly Postman’.  We played a game ‘most post’, we ordered the number of letters the Jolly Postman had delivered and we also had a game of ‘fairytale imposter’.
As part of National Story telling week, Hazel class have been taking lots of opportunities to share a book.  
'I love story time because you get to relax and listen to a story,' Jaxson.
Hazel class have been testing their knowledge of common animals during our science lesson.  We classified and grouped the animals lots of different ways .. these included groups  based on their features, where they live and what they eat!
Today in PE we have been practising our balances and rolls.  We had lots of fun putting together our own routines and performing these to the rest of our class. 
This week, Year 1 have been retelling the story of ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ by Raymond Briggs.  Before writing our story ending, we had lots of fun role playing the final few pages of the book!
Today we role played a story to help us understand how wildlife habitats are being reduced because of human actions. In our story the newspaper represented the hedgehog’s habitat, but the newspaper/habitat slowly disappeared as trees were cut down, litter was dropped, houses were built, and leaves/grass were removed.
Today, we have learned that an algorithm is a precise set of step-by-step instructions that describes exactly how a task needs to performed.


We listened to the Hokey Cokey song.  The song tells people exactly how to perform a dance. We identified the pattern and predicted what came next in the song and when our teacher accidently dropped the cards on the floor, we helped to debug the algorithm by putting them back in the correct order.


Hazel class have been exploring which resource they prefer to use when ‘making ten’.  
Theodore, 'I prefer the bead string because the beads don’t move about and I can see the group of ten.'
After finding a note from Goldilocks on Wednesday, asking for instructions to make porridge, Hazel class visited the food tech room today to learn how to make it.  Next week, we are going to write instructions for Goldilocks!

Today, we had a mysterious visitor in school.  The visitor had eaten a bowl of porridge and had left year one a note asking for instructions of how to make it because it was so tasty.  Our only clue was an initial G at the end of the letter. 


Autumn 2
School Days
Year 1 were very excited today to receive their winter books.
Tova said, 'Thank you team Birchwood' and Theodore added, 'These books are great.'
Our parent/teacher association kindly donated the funds to buy all our children a winter book each and we think our smiles tell a story of how happy we are with them!
Year 1 had an enchanting visit to Polesworth Abbey.  The children paid their taxes in return for a badge and then wrote their names on the census.  We then followed the signs to Bethlehem, where we met Baby Jesus.  
Scan the QR code to see photos of our day.
We travelled back to the Victorian era to learn about what school was like then.  We paid our school pence, we sat in rows, completed drill exercises and stood when an adult entered the room to show respect.  The teachers were a little strict but we had lots of fun learning about the differences between then and now.  
Hazel 1 had a visit from the Fire Service today.  They taught us how to stay safe in case of a fire.  We learned to ‘stop, drop and roll’, we learned that we should always have a grown up with us when using the cooker and we got to try on some of their uniform!
This half term, in art, we are learning about the Austrian artist/architect Friedrich Hundertwasser.  We have discussed two of his paintings ‘Park’ and ‘Waiting Houses’. We recreated our own versions of trees using the spiral patterns and bright colours he is famous for. 
As part of anti-bullying week, we listened to a Now Press Play experience which encouraged us to think about how we can work together and all be friends.  
This half term Year 1 are looking into the past.  We are on an adventure back to the Victorian times.  This week we were sent a memory box that had been dug up near Polesworth Abbey and we have been asked to investigate what was found inside. 
Autumn 1
Happy National Poetry Day from Hazel Class !! Today, we have had fun dressing up as describing words … we wrote them on our whiteboards to show each other. 
We had a wonderful time in Hazel class during our first week of forest school!  We played a ‘trust game’, we learnt how to stay safe when lightning a fire and we even found stick man hiding in the wooded area!  We had a fabulous time! 
After discovering a crashed spaceship we spotted a passport in the bush nearby!  Hazel class found out that the spaceship belonged to a friendly alien called Beegu.  We wrote a letter to Beegu and she wrote back!!  We also decided to take photos of the crash scene using iPads, then we shared the photos with each other using the ‘swipe function’. 
Welcome to Chestnut and Acorn!
2021 - 2022
Miss Lowe/Mrs Smith - Class Teachers
Mrs Tweed/Mrs Spong - Teaching Assistants
Summer 2
Mad About Minibeasts

When we visited Ash End Farm, we explored the creepy critters and held snakes, lizards and a tortoise. Then we went to see goats, alpacas and cows grazing in the fields. We met Steve the man who looks after the birds of prey and learned all about owls. Did you know owls have no noses?!

After lunch we fed a whole range of goats, cows, sheep and even held some baby chicks and ducks. Some lucky children had a special treat because it was their birthday and had a special "happy chick day" song sung to them with chicks that hatched that morning!

The first Sports Day we have been able to have for reception children in 2 years! Every child in reception took part in every event and we were cheered on by so many parents, grandparents and carers. Every single child managed to get at least one 1st, 2nd or 3rd place sticker over the course of the afternoon, which is an amazing success for not just their house teams but for them personally. Well done Reception!!
Summer 1
The Sights and Sounds of Africa
This half term our learning has focused on Africa and making comparisons to life in our country. We began our learning focusing on the key text 'Anna Hibiscus' Song' where the children followed a recipe to make pounded yam.
We had to mash the yam up, it was hard," Lucie.
'It was a bit weird; I didn't like it," Euan. 
We then took our learning outside the classroom to practise some of the movements we deemed to be proud of. We explored running, hopscotch, skipping ropes, hula hoops and ball skills. The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing their strengths with the rest of the class as well as the teachers. 
To complete our learning about Africa we had an African Drumming workshop, exploring beats and rhythm within music. We counted out the syllables and beats within words while listening to a story all about Sammy the Spider and his many friends.
Spring 2
 Dinosaur Stomp
Reception have had a very exciting couple of weeks as we received a special parcel. In line with our learning about Spring and new life, we have had the exciting experience of watching chick's hatch. We have since enjoyed learning about caring for chicks, watching and observing their behaviour and most importantly, having a little cuddle.
Children were greeted this morning with some mysterious footprints leading out to our outdoor area and an egg in a nest. We are going to be keeping a close eye out to see if anything happens to the egg over the next few days.
Spring 1
Winter Wonderland
When we arrived back to school after our Christmas break, we were excited to see lots of changes both outside and within the classroom. We began our learning by discussing what we already know about Winter and ice. This involved making our very own ice lollies, "they were so yummy!" The children then enjoyed exploring our first key text 'Snowflakes by Cerrie Burnell' where we were able to show our learning around ice, snowflakes and seasonal changes in a variety of ways. To finish our work on this text we made our very own tree decorations just like those in the book and went to hang them on the trees around the school grounds.
Autumn 2
Why do squirrels hide their nuts?
Chestnut class have enjoyed starting their new theme 'Why do squirrels hide their nuts?' and looking at all things Autumn. We began by going on an Autumn walk after being told about some strange things happening to the environment outside. We noticed things like "The leaves are on the ground. They have fell off the trees." "The leaves are yellow, red and orange." "They aren't green anymore". We also had to wear our wellington boots and coats as the weather has changed and it is now getting cold and wet.  We have then been starting to explore seasonal changes within our classroom environment. We have explored pumpkins, describing their appearance, smell and weight using our senses.  We can't wait to see what other learning we complete this half term. 
Autumn 1
 We all belong here!
We have enjoyed settling into school, learning about the school rule and routines. We have also explored people who help us both inside school and outside of school. We then moved on to learn about our key text 'Have you filled a bucket today?'