Autumn 2nd Half
At the beginning of this half term we had a visit from Guy Fawkes who talked to the children about the Gunpowder Plot. He told the children about how Guy Fawkes and his friends would have sent secret messages to each other using lemon juice and a secret code; the children then had chance to send a secret message to each other. We continued our learning about this topic in the classroom by writing a newspaper report.
The children have also read the story ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of The Dark’. They have re-written the story as well as writing letters of advice on how not to be afraid of the dark. We have particularly focused on using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces within our writing as this is something we expect them to independently. We have also encouraged children to be more independent this half term by using word mats within writing and their phonics sound mats. We have started phase 5 phonics and continued to work on fluency within reading.
In maths, the children have learnt the days of the week and the months of the year. We will continue to practise this over the year and discuss daily which day and month it is to consolidate learning. The children also learnt to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour. This is an important life skill to know. The children have been learning place value and have used base ten to represent numbers up to 50. Learning this helped the children to double large numbers. Finally, they have also learnt how to find half of a number.
We have continued to develop our sketching skills in art by drawing ivy and holly. The children have experimented with pressing on hard and light and the different effects it makes. In History, we have compared how London would have looked 400 years ago to how it looks now and discussed the increase in people, buildings and technology.
Finally, despite things being a little different this year, we have still been able to enjoy Christmas by learning a Christmas song and performing it for an online video. We have made Christmas cards and Calendars and have enjoyed our Christmas parties in the final week.
Well done for all your hard work this half term, Year 1!
Autumn 1st Half
We have been so pleased to welcome back our year 1 pupils. They have settled in really well and adapted quickly to our new ways of doing things. We have been focussing on learning about ourselves this half term as well autumn and types of trees.
In maths we have been reinforcing our knowledge of numbers 0-20 and beyond. We have used lots of different objects to count and have been practising reading and writing these numbers too. We have found what one more and one less of a given number was and sometimes used a 100 square to help us with this. We are currently focussing on number bonds to 5, 10 and 20 which will provide children with a secure understanding of adding numbers which they will use throughout their journey through school. We are using lots of concrete equipment and pictures to help us.
During phonics we have recapped phase 3 and now moved onto phase 4. We have been doing lots of reading and writing of CVCC words. This has helped children to sound out words during their writing.
We have been focussing on using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops to write sentences. We started off by writing sentences about the children when they were babies. They enjoyed reflecting upon what they were like as babies!
During this half term we went on a local walk to Barkers Park to do a leaf hunt. We saw lots of different types of leaves and even saw a squirrel! When we got back, we wrote a recount of what we had done. We also drew and coloured the leaves we had found using the watercolour pencils. The children are now able to distinguish between evergreen and deciduous trees and have learnt about the functions of the different parts of the tree.