Autumn 1st Half
The children have settled well into year 1 and are getting used to our rules and routines. Already, we have seen an improvement in the children’s concentration and they have adapted to the new routines and demands of formal learning.
In English, we have written the narrative of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. This required the children to focus, in particular, at the problem and build up. As it was such a familiar story, the children really enjoyed it. We then wrote a discussion text, which the children were really enthusiastic about. Throughout the half term, we have been revisiting the basic skills of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
During this half term, we have been learning about the seasons. Children are now able to name the four seasons and most children understand the order they come in. We have discussed what happens during each season and how the temperature changes and that, we have to dress appropriately for this. The children also learnt about daylight hours and how we get more daylight hours in Summer than all the other seasons.
Our history focus this half term was activists. We have learnt about three key activists; Emily Davison, Rosa Parks and Guy Fawkes. We discussed how each individual had a significant impact on different movements and the different ways in which they campaigned, for example, Rosa Parks’ bus boycott was a peaceful protest whereas Emily Davison used more violent tactics. The children worked really hard to understand the different contexts in which these individuals were faced with and overall, they really understood the idea of equality and treating people fairly.
We have started our Power Maths scheme of learning. This half term, our learning has revolved around numbers from 0-10 and our emphasis has been on the mastery. The children have learnt to read and write numbers from 0-10. We have looked at pictorial representations; found one more and one less; using a number line and used the language of equal to, more than and less than.
We have had two amazing dress up days to celebrate our new online learning portal Purplemash and our Rockstar day to launch NumBots.