A busy week to start 2016!
Friday 8th January | 4 comments
What a busy 4 days we have had. The children have all had lots of fun exploring our new role play areas.
In literacy we have been exploring winter poems. We have read lots of poems and the children have written their own. They used some interesting adjectives and described a winter scene well. Some children had a go at using similes in their poems and created phrases such as ‘winter is as white as a fluffy, soft blanket’ and ‘winter is as cold as shiny, slippery ice.’
They had fun learning about onomatopoeia – can they remember what it means?
We have also begun to learn how to write using a cursive style. This week we focussed on c, o and a. In our phonic lessons we have been updating our phonic assessments and most children now know many of the 44 phonemes and are moving onto alternate spelling patterns such as ai, ay, a-e. Please keep practising the digraphs with your child at home.
In maths we have been focusing on place value. We did some practical tasks using place value cards and dienes equipment and then used raffle tickets. Can your child look at a number and tell you how many hundreds, tens and units it has? Can they put 2 digit and 3 digit numbers in order? Some children can even partition 4 digit numbers. Click here for some place value fun.
We have begun our new art topic ‘What happens in an art gallery?’. The children looked at a wide variety of art work and pretended to be an art gallery manager and decide which pieces of work they liked and disliked and which would they display in their gallery.
We have been thinking scientifically during our science lessons. We carried out an investigation using ice. The children had to decide where the ice would melt the quickest – inside or outside? And if a jacket around the ice would keep the ice from melting? This is the picture we used to stimulate our investigation.
The children were all amazed by the results as lots of their predictions were incorrect. Can your child explain what happened? Yes, the coat acted as an insulator and insulators keep cold things cold and hot things hot. So don’t forget to wrap your snowman in a jacket if it snows next week!
Thank you to everyone who has returned their trip letter for next week. This is a full day visit and the children need to bring a packed lunch, in disposable packaging, and wear their school uniform.
Please make sure that your child has their PE kit and reading book in school every day and their library book on a Friday.
Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team