This half term we have started a new topic of Paws, Claws and Whiskers. Immediately, the children have got stuck in to this topic and enjoyed learning about lots of different animals.
To begin with, we looked at rainforests. We studied the text ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ which helped children to learn about the different animals in the rainforest. The children then wrote this story by themselves. Through this text, we looked at the geographical location of the Amazon Rainforest in the world and used a simple key to label this. We also looked at the different layers of the rainforest and which animals live in each layer.
In science, we have looked at animal classification and learnt the characteristics of mammals, birds, insects, amphibians, fish and reptiles. The children were able to give examples of animals that fitted into each category. We have also learnt about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and used a Venn diagram to learn about the diet of different animals.
We then used our newly gained knowledge of animals to write a non-chronological report. We first looked at a report about a dolphin which some children then innovated to write about a lemur, giraffe or a tiger. Children needed to use their knowledge to talk about what the animal looked like, where it lived and what it ate.
In maths, we have learnt about capacity and volume and how volume is measured. We also estimated how much liquid a container could hold and then tested this. We have also looked at telling the time to the hour and half past. Further to this, the children have learnt how to solve problems about time, for example, what time something would finish if it lasted for an hour.
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!