October 23, 2015 at 12:06 pm
We have only been in school for 4 days but we’ve been very busy! In our science and geography lessons we have begun to learn about the continents and weather in different parts of the world. Each hive has been given a country and they all found that country on a map, looked at photographs from that country and thought about what people would be wearing there.
We have also set up our own weather station in our outside area – we’ve made rain gauges, wind socks and weather vanes and looked at thermometers. We also worked out the days when the wind was strong enough to create electricity at school, as Mr Harris told 1S about the wind turbine we have. Can your child remember how strong the wind had to be? Each day we’ve recorded what the weather was like. It would be great if your child could continue this activity at home and record the weather during the holiday.
In our literacy lessons we’ve been reading lots of weather poems and then we all wrote our own autumn poems. They thought of some great ideas and adjectives including crunchy leaves, shiny conkers and bright, colourful leaves.
We have been busy learning about mass, length and capacity in our maths lessons. The children have been introduced to standard measures. We used rulers to measure objects using centimetres, we weighed objects using the balance scales and grams and we have been using millilitres to measure out our own fruity cocktails!!
Using rulers to measure:
Weighing objects using a balance scale:
Our fantastic five challenges this week were –
1. Look at maps, atlases and globes.
2. Paint or draw a weather picture.
3. Sort odd and even numbers.
4. Write autumn words on a leaf shape.
5. Read poetry books.
Please remember that you can change your child’s reading book before or after school every day. If you think that your child needs to move up to the next level please discuss this with a member of staff.
Hope you all have a lovely half term holiday and we will see you all in November.
The Year 1 Team
October 20, 2015 at 2:48 pm
Yesterday afternoon 1S met their new reading buddies from 4KL. The children in 1S shared the recounts they had written about their recent trip to the nature reserve and they really impressed the children from 4KL with the Autumn poems which they had written. All the children enjoyed spending time reading together and getting to know their new buddies. 1S are really looking forward to seeing the children in 4KL very soon!
October 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm
This week we have been looking at some pieces of art work created by Andy Goldsworthy. He is a British artist who collaborates with nature to make his creations.
After looking at his work the children went outside to create their own pieces using natural objects. They used leaves, twigs, stones, conkers and other seeds. Look at some of their super art work…
October 15, 2015 at 8:08 pm
1S all had a brilliant time at the Nature Reserve at Denso Marstons.
Steve, the warden, was an excellent guide and knew lots of interesting facts about trees. First we went exploring and looking for leaves. The children enjoyed collecting and sorting leaves and Steve was impressed by their knowledge as lots of children could name the leaves and trees they found. Next we went on a berry hunt and found lots of different types including elderberries, rosehips and even a few juicy blackberries. Then it was time for lunch and the children were very excited about their packed lunches! Finally, the children had great fun creating and looking for ‘Boggarts’ – ask your child to tell you what one is? Maybe you have one living in your garden?
Thank you very much to all the parents who came on the visit with us – we hope you enjoyed it too. We really appreciate your help!
October 14, 2015 at 3:19 pm
1GJ had a great time at the nature reserve at Denso Marston. Steve, the tree expert, taught us lots of new things. First we went on a berry hunt and found lots of different types including blackthorn sloes, elderberries and rosehips. Next we went exploring and looking for leaves. Can your child remember what they found? Then it was lunchtime – we were all very hungry! After lunch we met some tree boggarts! Finally we collected leaves and created our own pictures of boggarts using the leaves. It was a great trip. Thank you very much to all the parents who came with us – we hope you enjoyed it too.
Tomorrow we will be writing a recount of our trip in our special writing achievement books. This will be our assessed piece of writing for this half term. We will also be creating leaf sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.
October 13, 2015 at 3:35 pm
It is not often there are 68 penguins in Year One.
We have celebrated World Maths Day by doing lots of penguin themed activities. The children have been counting in twos, learning about odd and even numbers and solving problems. On Tuesday we used penguins to learn our number bonds to 10 and 20, we played games and used penguin stampers to record our work. Even our P.E lessons were mathematical! We also enjoyed our number fun get fit song during the whole school maths assembly. Can your child talk about their favourite activity and what they have learnt?
This is a link to some fun maths games to keep the spirit of maths alive at home and this is a super song the children all know and love.
Here a few memories from a great couple of days and if you look closely you can see we even squeezed some penguin literacy in!