Thursday 27th May
In RE we celebrated the special holy day Pentecost. This is when Jesus kept his promise and God sent the Holy Spirit to be with everyone. We made tongues of fire hats to celebrate the Holy Spirit!
In English we continued our topic on non-fiction books. We discussed the difference between fiction - stories that are not real and non-fiction - books about real things. We reviewed the special features: contents, glossary, index, pictures/diagrams, page numbers and information/facts. We worked in groups to start creating our very own non-fiction book. Stay tuned after the half-term to see our finished books. Look at more photos in the summer picture gallery.
In maths we started talking about multiplication and division. We reviewed skip counting by 2's, 5's and 10's, which can also be called multiples of 2's, 5's and 10's or times tables. We learned about making equal groups, adding equal groups using repeated addition and making multiplication arrays. Our new words of the week were: multiplication, multiply, groups, each, repeated addition, row and column. Keep practising multiples of 2, 5 and 10 at home.
In Science we continued our new topic on plants. We talked about the importance of plants - they give us oxygen and they help feed us. We learned that all food comes from plants or animals. We did a group sorting activity to learn where some of our favourite foods come from.
In humanities we continued our topic on the UK seas, rivers and mountains, with a focus on rivers. We reviewed our journey of the river and how it starts high up in the mountains and ends by joining a lake or a sea. We used lots of different materials to create our own rivers! Look at more photos in the summer picture gallery.
Friday 21st May
In RE we talked more about Ascension day and how Jesus went back up to Heaven. He promised he would send the Holy Spirit to be with everyone. Ten days later on Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Spirit came. This will be on Sunday 23rd May. We will celebrate this special holy day in Monday's RE lesson.
In English we started a two week topic on non-fiction books. We discussed the difference between fiction - stories that are not real and non-fiction - books about real things. We explored many different non-fiction books about topics such as: animals, plants and materials. We focused on one story called Chicks and Eggs and learned the key features of a non-fiction book - contents, glossary, index, pictures/diagrams, page numbers and information/facts. We even learned how to use picture dictionaries to make our own glossary about animals. Look at more photos in the summer picture gallery.
In maths we are getting ready to start multiplication and division. We reviewed skip counting by 2's, 5's and 10's, which can also be called multiples of 2's, 5's and 10's or times tables. We have improved so much on these in the last few months and are able to count much higher without the help of a number square. Keep practising these at home.
In Science we started our new and last Year 1 topic on plants. We created a KWL as a class focusing on what we already know about plants and what we want to learn throughout the topic.
We also had a closer look at our beanstalks. Some are growing! We learned about the roots, stem and leaves. Have a look at some photos in the summer picture gallery.
In humanities we continued our topic on the UK seas, rivers and mountains, with a focus on rivers. We learned about the journey of the river and how it starts high up in the mountains and ends by joining a lake or a sea. We learned some tricky new words and showed a great understanding of how fascinating rivers are.
Friday 14th May
This week we completed our first test week in Year 1. We worked very hard to complete an arithmetic, reasoning, reading, spelling/grammar, phonics and science assessment. We tried our best and are proud of ourselves. Well done Year 1!
In RE we continued our new topic on Holidays and Holy days. We learned about the special Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ (Thursday 13th May). We made an ascension craft showing Jesus leaving Earth to ascend back to Heaven to be with his Father. Look at more photos in the summer picture gallery.
In English we used our story maps from last week to write our new ending to Jack and the Beanstalk. We wrote some fabulous, creative endings, using different characters and settings. We used exclamation marks to show our characters shouting.
In humanities we continued our new topic on the UK seas, rivers and mountains. We reviewed the UK countries and focused more on the 4 UK seas - Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, Irish Sea and the English Channel. We were creative in painting a beautiful lighthouse to help guide the boats in the sea. Look at more photos in the summer picture gallery.
Friday 7th May
In English we continued our fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. We learned about punctuation, specifically exclamation marks. We noticed these marks can be used when you are excited, scared, angry or surprised. We practiced saying some phrases from our story using different voices. Our favourite was Fe Fi Fo Fum! We also made a story map changing the ending of the story using different characters and events. Our challenge was to use an exclamation mark in our writing. We will write our good copies of our new ending on Monday.
We continued to watch our beanstalks grow. Not much has happened yet, but Aidan’s bean has started to shoot up. We will continue watering them and watching them grow.
In maths we continued learning about money. We reviewed the eight UK coins, using our plastic coins for hands on learning. We added coins together to make different amounts. We are money superstars!
In RE we started our new topic on Holidays and Holy days. We discussed what the meaning is of these two words and the differences and similarities between then. We wrote about our favourite holiday and holy day.
In science we finished our topic on materials with a fun experiment. Teddy needed a way to stay dry in the rain and we experimented which material would be the best to make Teddy an umbrella. We put teddy in a plastic cup and covered the top with four different materials (fabric, foil, plastic, paper) and poured water on top. We moved the material to see if Teddy was dry or wet. Look at more photos in the summer picture gallery.
We concluded plastic was the best option to make Teddy’s umbrella because the water did not go through and the plastic bag did not rip. With the fabric, the water went through. With the foil, the water did not go through but the foil was easily ripped. With the paper, the water went through and the paper got soggy and ripped.
Friday 30th April
In English we started a new fairy tale - Jack and the Beanstalk. We sequenced the story, thought of questions to ask the main characters, focused on character adjectives and grew our own beanstalks. We will continue this story next week and watch to see if our beans grow. Look at more photos in the summer picture gallery.
In maths we learned more about capacity. We had fun measuring different size containers. We started a new topic on money. We learned to recognise UK coins and notes and how to count coins. Try the fun game we played in class.
Our science lesson connected to our English story as we grew our own beanstalk. We learned what we need to grow a plant and the different parts of a plant. Look at more photos in the summer picture gallery.
In humanities we started a new topic on the UK seas, rivers and mountains. We reviewed the UK countries and focused on the 4 UK seas - Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, Irish Sea and the English Channel. We talked about all the features of the seaside and what animals we can find in the sea.
In DT (Design Technology) we finished our cars. We added the wheels and axles using plastic bottle caps, wooden sticks and straws. Then, we completed our evaluation. Look at more photos in the summer picture gallery.
Friday 23rd April
In RE this week it was special faith week. We learned about the religion of Islam. We compared Islam to Christianity and saw the similarities and differences. We read and discussed a story called The Boy and the Dates.
In English/PSHE this week we wrote a recount about our Easter holidays. We focused on using capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and writing sentences that make sense. We also were expecting a special visit from author Steve Antony for his book Amazing. Unfortunately, this was cancelled but we still focused our lessons around his book. We thought of all the ways we are amazing and we thought of the differences between ourselves and our friends and how our differences make us special and unique.
In maths this week we continued our topic on measurement. Before Easter we were learning about length/height. This week we focused on weight and capacity/volume. We learned some new words - scale, heavy, light, heaviest, lightest, equal, capacity, volume, full, half-full, empty.
In Science we continued our topic on materials. We learned more about properties and how they describe materials. We chose the best material to make certain objects, like a blanket, window and car. We decided to use fabric for a blanket because it is soft and warm. We decided to use glass for a window because it is see through (transparent) and smooth. We decided to use metal for a car because it is strong and shiny.
In DT (Design Technology) we finally had a chance to start making our toy cars! After all of the lockdowns, we used our design templates to make our cars. We covered our milk cartons in coloured paper and added windows and designs. Next, we will attach the wheels so our cars can move forwards and backwards.