Chickens, chickens and more chickens!
Friday 24th March | 3 comments
In literacy we have been learning about the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book. We began by sorting a range of books and discussing the features of a non-fiction book. We looked at how to use a contents page, index and glossary. In our guided reading sessions all the groups have read a non-fiction book this week and the children were encouraged to choose an information book from the school library to share with you at home. Most children are now confident using the contents page, glossary and index. Maybe you could ask your child about the non-fiction book features when reading this weekend?
We have had some exciting visitors in Year 1 this week. Mr Garlick brought his chickens for a holiday in our outside area.
On Tuesday morning he talked to all the children about his chickens and they got the chance to stroke them. The Year Four children were also very informative and helped the Year One children with their understanding. The children have enjoyed looking after the chickens all week and have learnt lots of facts about them. Did you know a hen has a vent and it is where her eggs come out of? Did you know if the comb is pale and floppy it might mean that the chicken is poorly?
We also visited the school chickens and Mr Harris told us lots of interesting facts about them and we will be using all this information to help us write our own non-fiction books. We really enjoyed meeting our school hens.
We then started to write and illustrate our non fiction chicken books in our literacy lessons. This week we have written pages about habitats and the features of chickens. We also learnt about the life cycle of the chicken. The children had fun deciding which came first – the chicken or the egg? They then sequenced the life cycle and also wrote about it in their chicken books. The children are very proud of their books and are looking forward to sharing them with their families on the 31st of March – you are all welcome!
In our science lesson we carried out an investigation to find out what the chickens, gerbils and giant African snails prefer to eat. The children had to predict if they’d like chicken pellets, meal worms, carrots, cucumber, apple or pear. Then they fed them and watched carefully to see which was their favourite food type. Can your child remember what was the top choice?
In maths we have been learning about halves and quarters of shapes and numbers. The children enjoyed cutting shapes into halves and quarters and finishing off shapes that had parts missing. We then used half and quarter mats to help us divide up some quite big numbers. Can your child quickly recall what is half of 6? Half of 14? Half of 20? After plenty of fresh air and fun outside here is a game for some extra maths fun this weekend. Click here.
Our phonic focus this week was:
Have a lovely weekend.
The Year One Team