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In Year 1 we created Nebular jars. We had a wonderful time making them with cotton wool, glitter, sequins, and coloured water. These jars represent the galaxy. The children used a range of colours and especially enjoyed shaking them and watching the glitter move around inside the jar.
On Friday 15th November Sergeant Griggs visited us to tell us all about his work in the RAF. He is actually Mrs Sullivan’s brother! We looked at his photographs and his medals. Afterwards he let us try on his uniform and ask him questions.
This week Year 1 went into the woods to explore with colour charts. In pairs the children had to find natural objects which were the same colour as the ones on their charts. It was lots of fun. The signs of Autumn were everywhere and there were signs of Winter coming too.
The children have come back to school full of energy and ready for learning this week. We have begun our new topic ‘Happy Historians’ by looking at how soldiers help us and what they do. This links in with Remembrance day next Monday. We included activities in Challenge time which are linked very closely to this. The children enjoyed using water pistols to shoot real and alien words then use their segmenting and blending skills to read them. They have had lots of fun dressing up as injured soldiers and being doctors to make them better! The bandages were well used! For our Physical skills area they had to perform exercises like a soldier would, like marching.
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In Year 1 we study the Seasons throughout the whole year. On Friday we went outside to look for signs of Autumn. We found different coloured leaves on the trees and lots of dry leaves on the ground. It was great fun collecting them and then jumping in the big leafy mounds! Some of us even enjoyed kicking the leaves and watching them float in the air. Lots of the children became Autumn Angels by lying on the floor and doing angel shapes in the leaves. On the bushes we found berries and blackberries which will be great food for the animals during the Winter months. The best part for lots of the children was being able to climb the trees and jump down afterwards.
On Friday 4th October we had a super time dancing throughout the day for our Danceathon for NSPCC. We showed off our amazing dance moves.
What a wonderful time we had when Donna came to visit us and lead a Forest School Workshop. We made dens, swings, see saws, bow and arrows, pick axes and generally had lots of fun being outdoors.
At the end we enjoyed hot chocolate while we talked about our adventures.
Thank you to all of the family members who joined us for such a fantastic morning.
The children have been working hard in Maths. They have learned to add using manipulatives and have then recorded these sums in different ways. The children have learned to use the ‘part, part, whole’ method to record and have grasped this concept very well.
Year 1 have also enjoyed some maths outdoor learning and have investigated number bonds to ten. They created some fruit skewers using their addition knowledge to add the right amount of fruit.
Elm class spent the morning investigating how to make teen numbers. We enjoyed working in pairs and developed our confidence adding larger digits together.
Year 1 went outside to explore and look for interesting natural materials. We collected them and took them back to class. We used our sense of ‘touch’ to explain how they felt and our sense of ‘sight’ to describe how they looked.
Then we used the objects to make a big collage of an Oak and Elm tree for our outdoor areas.
In Year 1 this term we are looking at stories. For their Learning Journey project the children needed to think about their favourite story and create a poster, leaflet, booklet, scene or one of the characters. These are some of the stunning pieces of work we had.
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In Year One we are looking at how we stay safe around water. We drew a pencil portrait of Grace Darling using light and dark tones.
We then wrote a fact file about Grace Darling and were amazed at her bravery in rescuing survivors from a shipwreck in a raging storm at sea.
We had an amazing time meeting Mr Lane and learning about the police force – some of us even got to try on the uniform and find out how heavy it is!
Year 1 had a wonderful time visiting Hartley Country Club earlier today to take part in some sports taster sessions. We enjoyed meeting different members of our community and learning some new skills from them.
Year 1 had an amazing time at Kent Life exploring how different animals and plants help provide us with natural materials. We have all made some beautiful clay sculptures and really enjoyed petting some of the baby animals!
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During STEAM week we had a Meccanoid robot from UTC come to visit us. The robot copied what we said, shook our hand and was able to give us a high five! We were able to control the robot to move around the classroom as well as flossing altogether. We had a great time and really enjoyed dancing together!
We used the Osmo’s and really enjoyed drawing a picture and it appearing onto the screen of our Ipads.
In Maths we have been looking at 2 digit numbers and identifying how many sets of ten and how many ones make up the number. We have used this knowledge to compare numbers to see which is the greatest and smallest.
For our Learning Journey project the children needed to choose one of the following options:
research recyclable materials
make something out of recyclable materials
create posters about recycling.
In Oak class we read Oscar’s Starry Night. We discussed the story then designed a teddy for Oscar. The children carefully sewed the felt together, filled it with stuffing and sewed across the bottom to close it. Then they used their designs to add the finishing touches. They look amazing!
We read the story of ‘The three little pigs.’ The children were told they would be authors and they planned their own version of the story. When the plan was finished they wrote the story as a book, with a beginning, middle and end. Finally they were illustrators and added beautiful pictures to the story pages and front cover. This is Joey’s fantastic work.
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Friday 8th February
Year 1 went to visit Year 2 to hear the stories that they had written about mythical creatures. The afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
Wednesday 6th February
29th January 2019
In Year One we followed instructions to make fat balls to feed the birds.
We then hung them outside for the birds to eat. We are looking forward to seeing which birds will come and eat the bird food.
24th January 2019
Elm class had an amazing time looking at different creatures that we might find in the woodlands and learning about their features. We were super brave and open-minded when touching animals we were scared of!
10th January 2019
Elm class went out into the the woods – they had great fun looking at microhabitats to search for minibeasts and enjoyed using magnifying glasses to look at the creatures in petri dishes.
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Wednesday 12th December
Year 1 have been making repeating patterns in Maths – ensuring the pattern is finished; there are photos of a car race we had in the classroom which enabled us to learn ordinal numbers and draw conclusions about the participants; there are 2 photos of the children using Modroc on a stick to learn about how a broken limb could be plastered; and finally some of the children wearing crowns they made after learning about Queen Victoria and Elizabeth.
Both Elm and Oak worked together to dig a trench. We found it really tricky and messy but we learnt lots about how the men from WW1 must have felt.
In Year One we had a visit from Florence Nightingale. We learnt all about her family and childhood. We had to learn a dance.
Florence told us about how dirty hospitals were and we imagined we were in hospital.
We were asked to travel to Scutari to help Florence look after the wounded soldiers. The journey took two weeks and we had to travel by train, boat and horse and cart. When we arrived in Scutari the hospital was filthy so we had to clean the hospital and look after the wounded soldiers.
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The behaviour of pupils is outstanding…Pupils are proud to belong to the community of Hartley Primary Academy…Pupils’ conduct in lessons is exemplary.
Ofsted, March 2016
The standards at Hartley Primary Academy are exceptional. They have been consistently above average over time.
Ofsted, March 2016
The school provides a caring and supportive environment to children and there is a clear emphasis on enabling children to be the best they can be — both academically and as “people”.
A quotation from a member of staff, Ofsted Report, March 2016
I feel really safe at Hartley Primary Academy…all the teachers and my friends are all around me.Y4