This term our Science topic is plants (including trees and flowers)! At home the children explored their gardens or local areas and recognised common plants. We also went on a flower hunt to find out what was growing in our school grounds. The children will soon be designing and making their own 3D garden.
This half term the children in year one have been showing great behaviour and being kind and helpful to friends and adults. In return they have been collecting and saving their leaves. We put the leaves onto our class tree. The children voted to save the time they had earnt and collectively had 45 minutes of their own time. A popular choice was to enjoy the sunny weather outside at Moneyhole Park. We all had a great time!
We met some Easter ducklings at school.
In Literacy and DT we have been making fruit salads and writing instructions.
It is National Science Week and the focus for this year is 'change'. This week we are looking and observing lots of different scientific changes. Have a look at who we have been up to!
The past two weeks in year 1 we have been learning poetry. We made a magic box which let us explore different places... the beach, a snowstorm and a forest. We used our senses to help us write poetry. We are all so proud of our writing!
The Magic Box Poem
I will put in my box
a swimming shark
I will put in my box
sharp teeth of a fox
My box is huge and golden.
Thank you to everyone for joining in and dressing up for World Book Day - you all looked fantastic!
We had a visit from a scientist called Steve. He showed us lots of different experiments with different materials. We launched rockets into the air, looked at how sounds are different and even made gooey slime!
This week we have been looking at how we can stay safe when we use the computer. We read a story about a penguin called Smartie who explained what we should do if something funny pops up on the computer. We wrote letters to Smartie to tell him what we have learnt. We focused on using capital letters and full stops in our writing. To do this we used rainbow writing! We had to use a different coloured pen to write each sentence.
In Literacy the children have been learning to write reports. They have learnt about question marks and what words are used to start a question. Then they read some reports to find out and learn about Emperor Penguins. We had fun playing 'Simon Says' with parts of the penguin - bill, brood pouch, flippers, webbed feet.
In Maths we have counted in 2s, 5s and 10s. To practise this we 'grew' from our toes to our knees, hips, shoulders and head to count 2, 4, 6, 8, 10... We used our knowledge to answer tricky questions like: 4 groups of 2 = ? And then we learnt that 'x' can mean groups of as well. We can show you how to draw 4 x 2 = ? Ask us!
At the end of the lesson we looked at a word question: 5 children have 2 teddies each. How many teddies altogether? We acted this out in class with 5 children holding 2 teddies.
In Computing we decided to find out something about the whole class. We asked each other 'what is your favourite fruit?' and recording this using a tally. We had to cross out or close the gate for number 5! Then we went to the computers and used purple mash to make a graph we used '2graph' and '2count'. Have a look at what we found out.
This week we have been reading a book called Dogger. We have focused on learning the story and re-telling it. We have separated the beginning from the middle and the end. We used a big sheet of paper to make a 'story path' and walk down it to tell the story in our own words and pictures.
In Maths we spent the week looking at clocks and telling the time. We know: "When the big hand is at the top - it is a o'clock!" and have used real clocks and play-dough to set different times.
In Geography we have been learning about Barnaby Bear around the World! We have had a look at Australia so far...
Today we were crazy Christmas Scientists and we took part in lots of different experiments. Have a look at the amazing video of the fizzing snow experiment!
On International Day we learnt about Germany. We looked at similarities and differences between how Christmas is celebrated in Germany and in England. We learnt that in Germany, children clean their shoes and leave them outside their door ready for St Nicholas. We also learnt about traditional German foods eaten during Christmas. After that we decorated our own gingerbread men with icing and sweets!
Thank you to Sean's mum for coming in to talk to us about Christmas in India. We really enjoyed it! Thanks again.
We have used the book 'This is our house' to learn about sharing and being kind to each other.
In class the children watched a video clip of the story about a boy named George who wasn't very kind to his friends.
We had a go at acting out this story and sitting on the rug with lots of different toys and activities to do. We discussed our feelings when we were left out and how we felt when we got invited in to play.
We all decided it is best to be kind to each other and invite people to play with us.
In Literacy this week we have looked at our sentences and corrected grammar - making sure we use capital letters and full stops. We have had a look at 'Uncle ED' who time travels and adds 'ed' to the end of words to make them in the past. For example: I dance. Yesterday I danced. We had fun trying to find our past tense partner!
In school this week we have had a visitor. He left us magical glitter and always left us a surprise in our classroom.
This week we think we have worked out who it might be because he left a note for us on Wednesday... One of Santa's elves!
Have a look at what cheeky things he has been up to!
This week in PE we used our co-ordination skills to work in teams and try lots of different activities.
Have a look at some of our pictures!
We read Mog the Forgetful Cat today and discussed why it is so important to tell the truth. Lots of children shared their own feelings and those from other points of view regarding the truth and stealing. We spoke about the right and wrong of the story and how we could help if we found something that was not ours.
Our learning this week was using the bright Rangoli colours and patterns to decorate our Divas. We painted them all different colours, we used patterns if we wanted to and even had glitter in our paint! When they have dried we will be lighting a candle in them.
In History we continued to discuss the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gun Powder Plot. This week we identified the differences between the past and the present. We are enjoying learning about this story and next week we will be using the story to help us with some writing.
In Maths we have continued with subtraction and learning lots of new ways to subtract. We have used Numicon, number lines, counting back on our fingers and drawing dots and pictures to cross out. Have a look at our work this week where we used our favourite way to learn.
We hope you enjoyed the week off at half term. Our new book in Literacy is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have made paper models of the characters and acted out the story. We learnt that the narrator tells the story when the characters are not speaking.
In Maths we have started learning about subtraction, this means take away. We have practised counting backwards and finding one less than a number - What is one less than 6? What is one less than 12?
As it is a busy week of festivals and celebrations we have incorporated this into our learning. We have spoken about staying safe during Halloween and Bonfire Night and created a Stay Safe poster in History where we learnt the story of Guy Fawkes. In computing we made a moving picture on 'Purple Mash' using paint and sounds on the programme '2animate'. You can try some more firework activities at home on Purple Mash. We made Divas to learn about the Hindu celebration of Diwali, we will painting and decorating them when they dry!
Our pictures show a little about what we have been learning this week.
In Maths we have been using Numicon. In the photo you can see we used an 8 and a 2 Numicon to make the same shape as the 10 Numicon. This helped us with our number bonds. We will be looking at the connection between number bonds to 10 and number bonds to 20.
We practise our handwriting lots at school, sometimes we go outside to practise writing with chalk and in water. This week we have focused on making or 'g' 'y' 'p' 'f' letters hang below the line.
This has been the 5th week in year 1 and we have done lots!
Have a look at our pictures below to see what we have been up to.
In Literacy we have acted out the Three Little Pigs. The wolf has escaped and we are going to be writing a description of him for a WANTED poster! This week we have shared ideas with our learning partner to come up with exciting adjectives and some of us had a look at a thesaurus. We have written what he looks like and how he moves.
In RE we have focused on the Harvest Festival and showing thanks for our food. We have sorted foods into groups: whether they are from animals, plants or made by humans or factories.
In Maths we are learning about place value. This week the homework is an online game to help learn about place value, tens and ones.
This week in Literacy the children have been learning about Space.
They used play-dough to create their own alien and created a digital image of their alien on the computer too. From this the children were able to describe their alien using adjectives.
We even tasted some Space food! The children compared the Space ice-cream to Earth ice-cream using their senses to write a comparison.
In PE the children listened to some Space music and created a dance where the astronauts met the aliens on the Moon.
Miss Babbage and Miss Porter
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