This half term children have tackled a range of different texts in their English. They began by finding out and labelling the different parts of a castle and trying to understand what life was like in those times. They then used this knowledge to help us create an acrostic poem about castles. On the 23rd of April it was St George’s Day so that week the children learnt the story of George and the Dragon. The children really enjoyed learning the actions for the story and this helped them with their sentences when re-telling the story. Some children even innovated the story by changing the characters to create a whole new story of their own. The children had another chance to practise writing a narrative when we learnt the story of The Princess and the Wizard. They were very excited to see which animal Princess Eliza would turn into each day. Finally, the children have been writing a non-chronological report all about castles which has helped to consolidate all the knowledge they have learnt this half term.
In maths, the children have revisited some difficult concepts this half term: multiplication, division, money, halving and missing number sentences. These are things that children will continue to build on in year 1 and each year throughout their school life. Now that children have developed a good level of fluency in maths, we have particularly focused on the ‘mastery’ of maths this half term which involves presenting questions in lots of different ways.
We have focused on the changes over time from medieval castles to the way we live now. The children enjoyed learning what life was like and could describe the differences to now; most of which said they preferred how we live now. They also described why castles are built the way they are and could explain how the different parts would defend the castle from attack. We have continued to develop our sketching skills by drawing castles and have also made clay turrets. During our George and the Dragon week, the children used their colour mixing skills to create a fading night sky and painted a silhouette of a dragon flying over a medieval town.
Well done for all your hard work this half term, year 1!