Year 1: The Elephants: Blog items

Christmas dinner fun, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 12th Dec 2018 @ 3:34pm

We all had a lovely Christmas lunch - 😋 

Library visit, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 10th Dec 2018 @ 7:25pm

Today the elephants enjoyed a visit to the library for a Christmas story session . There were a couple involving Brussels sprouts and some interesting noises!

We also used our finger painting skills to make a 4 season tree for our calendars.

Class compliment fun!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 7th Dec 2018 @ 3:45pm

Well done to the elephants who enjoyed their class compliment this afternoon. They bought in onesies,teddies, blankets and snuggled down to watch Horrid Henry,an  interval of pop corn and lemonade made a great way to finish a busy week😊

A busy week!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 6th Dec 2018 @ 4:03pm

This week we have put on our Christmas play ,It’s a baby.We hope you all enjoyed it , we think we were amazing!

We have also been using grapes to help us with our fraction work, were able to share them out equally by sometimes having to chop them on half.

Today we used the large apparatus in our gymnastics lesson, we did some great travelling, jumping and rolling, we earnt a class compliment for our fantastic listening🙂

We are looking forward to our class compliment treat tomorrow!

Cooking Gingerbread people!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 26th Nov 2018 @ 5:03pm

The elephants had a lovely morning baking gingerbread people, the small around school was wonderful!

We also designed our own gingerbread people , using icing, raisins, cherries , chocolate chips and smarties and are looking forward to decorating them tomorrow.

A big thank you to Elizabeth’s mum and Freya’s Grandma who were our amazing helpers😁

Chocolate maths😁, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 22nd Nov 2018 @ 3:32pm

Today the elephants have been learning about halves and quarters using shapes  and chocolate! We talked about halving and how it has to be 2 equal parts. We used Kitkats  to show halves first and then quarters ( and yes we did eat them!)

It was lovely to then hear the children at lunchtime talking about half a sandwich, half a pizza and even discussing quarters.Elephants you really are fantastic!!

Finger painting fun!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 19th Nov 2018 @ 3:34pm

The elephants have really been inspired by Van Gogh.They added to their sketch books on Friday and had a go today at painting the real thing! They were all very proud of their artwork and quite rightly so.

This morning we enjoyed being outside and role playing the story of the gingerbread man.We split into groups, decided who was who and then sequenced the events. We showed our stories to the other groups. We were all fantastic!

Making repeating patterns, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 13th Nov 2018 @ 2:59pm

This week in Maths we are learning about repeating  patterns.Today we had to make a pattern for our friend to copy and say what the rule was.We had fun!

As part of anti bullying week we talked about using kind words and wrote kind words about our friends. We put them in the kind jar and are reading a few everyday. Today Noah and Marley had kind words said about them.

We also had a  vote as part of our parliament week learning  , yesterday we learnt about the Houses of Parliament and an interesting fact about Big Ben. Ask your child if they can remember!

Remembrance week, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 9th Nov 2018 @ 3:44pm

The elephants have had a busy week of learning. Decorating pebbles and taking them to the church , which looked beautiful inside. Designing and making a glider. Well done to Sienna and Pippa who won the design  competition and well done to Olive who flew hers the furthest in Year 1. We all added a handprint to make a beautiful poppy wreath.

Thank you for dresssing up and making your donations , you all looked fantastic😊

Fun learning -Remembrance week, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 6th Nov 2018 @ 8:17pm

Today we designed and decorated our gliders, we are going to test fly them tomorrow, they look great. Some lovely ideas.

We have also started to make our pebbles ready to put in the village on Friday, the elephants keep on surprising me with their fabulous  and thoughtful ideas. well done!

Bonfire fun, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 5th Nov 2018 @ 6:40pm

Today we enjoyed finding out about Guy Fawkes and the gun powder plot, we learnt about the plan and sequenced pictures to show the events.

We discussed why we have fireworks and best of all enjoyed making our own sparklers. They were yummy!

Firework Poster WINNER, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 4th Nov 2018 @ 8:49pm

We recieved some very exciting news on Friday in assembly.

Mrs Brown had a envelope containing tickets for Worden Park Bonfire this Monday, they had been dropped off by Lancashire Fire and Rescue service.

The posters we had entered into the competition had been judged against those from all other local schools and we are pleased to announce that Bronwen was a successful winner.  We are very proud of her, she produced an amazing entry.




Parents in class, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 31st Oct 2018 @ 9:25pm

It was lovely to welcome our visitors to the elephant tribe yesterday to observe our Jigsaw lesson. We enjoyed showing  you some of the activities we do and hope you enjoyed the session and taking part in some of the games. 

Our lesson was to think about how we are similar to others and we started to make some gingerbread men showing this on T-shirts. We think they look fantastic.😊

Firework Poster Competition, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 31st Oct 2018 @ 7:34am

Thanks you to everyone who entered the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Firework and Bonfire Safety competition. 

They have been submitted to Leyland.  Fingers crossed we have a winning entry amoung us.

I was very impressed with the entries.  


Fun at the Brickcroft, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 16th Oct 2018 @ 5:48pm

We had a lovely walk to the Brickcroft this morning. We were great at spotting signs of Autumn and found some lovely coloured leaves. We fed the hungry ducks and then  we had a feed too ( of course the chocolate biscuit was the best bit!) 

A big thank you to all our  helpers who came along too.

Exploring Longton , by Mrs Pratten

Date: 15th Oct 2018 @ 3:50pm

We enjoyed helping Jigsaw Jack find out all about Longton today, we even  went to the park. 

We are looking forward to telling him all about the Brickcroft tomorrow and feeding the ducks of course!

Harvest 2018, by Mrs Brown

Date: 14th Oct 2018 @ 11:56am

Thank you to everybody who joined us for the Harvest Service and also for the generous donations.  All the food items have now been shared out between local residents, resdidential homes and the food bank.

More senses fun!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 11th Oct 2018 @ 9:09pm

We did some fab sketches of the Mona Lisa by Da Vinci , we remembered how to sketch the face parts and used our skills and our drawings were amazing.

We had a great time today tasting different foods and deciding  what we thought it would  taste like. Some were nicer than  others!

We were also busy clopping up and preparing vegetables to make a delicious curry, We tasted it this afternoon and it was fantastic!




Using our hands, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 9th Oct 2018 @ 7:24pm

We all had a great time this morning using our hands.We got to feel shaving foam, gloop, jelly make sand and mud pies. We also described different materials as well as using our role play.A busy morning!

Oh and we also started our Christmas cards which will be coming home tomorrow for you to decide if youwant to buy them.

Senses week -listening, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 8th Oct 2018 @ 8:23pm

We started our senses week today with a focus on listening. We went on a listening walk around school, we heard al sorts! Birds singing, cars, drums, a PElesson, the wind, rustling leaves.We were very good at listening👍

We then learnt how to sing , Sing a rainbow 🌈 using sign language.

Tomorrow we are thinking about using our hands and touch.

We had fun  making number sentences by shaking a dice and adding the spots.

Harvest stars!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 4th Oct 2018 @ 6:51pm

A big well done to the Elephants for  being fantastic and making their teacher (mummy!!!!) proud, you were fabulous in church😊👍

The elephants would also like to say a massive thank you to Bobby’s mum for making the aprons and all the lovely extras . You  are a star 🌟 and they have and will really enhance our learning .Isla said “I loved being a nurse” we are all enjoying using them , their faces say it all ,so a big thank you again!

Role play fun, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 2nd Oct 2018 @ 6:42pm

Yesterday we were busy filling up sandbags ready to make our trench/hospital.It was hard work! 


Yesterday we we also started learning all about Florence Nightingale and how she helped the soldiers in the Crimean war,

Tiday we enjoyed being trained by Mrs Thomson, just like Florence trained her nurses .We all passed and were amazing. more training tomorrow🙂

Computer fun, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 27th Sep 2018 @ 7:15pm

Today we enjoyed using the computers, we learnt how to log on, use the mouse and find letters on the keyboard.We were able to type our names - it was fun! 

In maths we have been learning about 2 digit numbers, that the first digit  is worth 10 and the second digit is worth one.  We all had a  one digit number and had to find a partner and make a 2 digit number , say what it was and work out how many 10’S and how many 1’sit had. Some people even had a go at making a 3 digit number!

Body naming fun!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 24th Sep 2018 @ 8:17pm

We had fun this afternoon labelling real life bodies. We used sticky notes and wrote our own labels. We discussed what our bodies can do and had a great time running, jumping, skipping, hopping, walking and galloping around the running track.

After our story this morning called Wonder, about a boy with one eye,we started to think what it might be like if different parts of our bodies didn’t work as well as they should. We tried “shuffling” around on our bottoms to try to begin to imagine what it might be like if our legs didn’t work as well. 

Elephant writing and more dancing!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 20th Sep 2018 @ 4:26pm

We met a beautiful coloured elephant today and had to decide how he had got  his colours.We had lots of great ideas, a magical coloured pond,he was walking through beautiful flowers, he squirted a rainbow over him and  lots more.We have done some amazing writing🙂


We also had fun this afternoon wearing our warrior headbands, necklaces ( and some people carrying their shields) when we made up our own Masai warrior dances. Therre was lots of jumping!

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