Watch out there are dinosaurs about!
Friday 17th January | 5 comments
We have had a very exciting week – something had been in our classrooms and made a bit of a mess! We looked for clues and found giant footprints and a letter from a Tyrannosaurus Rex!! There were also lots of very interesting T Rex facts hidden around our rooms. Did you know they were as tall as a bus and its arms didn’t reach its mouth? We used metre rulers to measure how big the T Rex was. It was as long as a class of Year 1 children!
This inspired us to write our own T Rex fact book that we are going to share with our Year 5 reading buddies. We have set up a camera to try and film the dinosaur if it comes back to school – watch this space…
In phonics we have focused on u-e, ea says e, g says j and c says s. Please keep practising the real and nonsense words that are in your child’s reading record each week. In our reading lessons we have focused on information texts and we also worked on our comprehension skills. We retrieved information about dinosaurs and answered different style questions.
In Maths we have been practising adding up to 20. We have demonstrated how good we are at adding using a number line, 10 frames, using the part whole model and counting on from the biggest number. This week we have practised a new method… add by making 10 first. We have been using counters and 10 frames to help us add. We have also been learning number bonds to 20 too.
We got a letter from another dinosaur who needed our help. Tina Troodon has long legs and her eggs keep cracking when she lays them! We needed to investigate which material would make the best nest for her and protect her eggs. We spent time planning the investigation and making sure it was a fair test. The children especially enjoyed the egg dropping! We concluded that jelly, sand, cotton wool and bubble wrap would make the best nest.
The children then used their knowledge of materials to create their own ‘egg protectors’. They had fun testing them!
We have begun our art topic and we have been ‘Art Gallery Managers’. We have learnt about different types of art including installation art, sculpture and collage. The children had to sort lots of different art into groups and decide upon their likes and dislikes.
We have also enjoyed making our own paper plate dinosaurs too!
We have been looking at different ways to create, store and retrieve information. We used Purple Mash to show which piece of art was the most popular in our class. The children are becoming very confident using the laptops!
We have been reading the story Elmer. We talked about what makes us unique. The children thought about why they were special. “I am good at scoring goals” “I have a special family and I love them” “I am a ballerina” “I am special because I can jump very high”
An exciting letter
The children were amazed when they received a reply from Buckingham Palace. It sounds like the queen was impressed with our work about her knickers!!
Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team