What a busy term!
Our topic this term was fairy tales. We began the term reading and acting out the ‘Cinderella’ story in our parent assembly. In class we looked at the similarities and differences between different re-tellings and even made Cinderella’s carriage out of playdoh. In English wrote play scripts for ‘The Three Little Pigs’ remembering to use all of the special features that play writers use including colons and stage directions in brackets. By the end of the term we had written our very own stories, with our own characters and settings! To help us along the way we used lots of talk, drawing and drama to help us remember our stories and retell them to the rest of the class.
Throughout Science week we did a top secret experiment! On day 1, we had to identify the secret ingredient. On day2, we had to draw the different reactions of crushing popping candy and putting popping candy in our mouths. On day 3, we experimented putting popping candy into different liquids to see what the reaction would be. And on day 4, we had to help Mrs Allen by predicting and investigating what would happen to the English Lions if they ate popping candy and drank lemonade at the same time! We predicted that the English Lions would definitely explode and their heads would fly off! But thankfully all was well and the popping candy simply popped and crackled. PHEW!
In PE this term we had Miss M come in from Premier Sport to teach us some gymnastics. We learnt how to join balances, rolls and travelling movements safely. Miss M said that the two special words to remember in gymnastics are ‘safe’ and ‘space’. Is it safe? Do I have enough space?
Our topic this term was Dinosaurs. We were extremely impressed with the effort the children put in to making their dinosaur masks at home over the holidays, well done! In English we learned lots of different fact about dinosaurs and then made fact files. Joshua wrote: ‘An asteroid hit the earth and all of the dinosaurs became extinct.’ Maxwell wrote: ‘The asteroid was going 30km fast.’ Bianca wrote: ‘Dinosaurs were cannibals. They ate other dinosaurs.’
In art and design the children made ‘Sockosaurs Rex’ hand puppets. They had to carefully sew on beads for eyes (which was very tricky!) and then choose materials to decorate the dinosaur’s plates.
In design and technology the children made large scale dinosaurs using different materials. They first had to design their dinosaur and select which materials they would use for the different body parts, and then as a class they built it using the equipment from the PE cupboard.
In maths the children have been learning to name, recognise and make totals using coins and notes. The children in German Wolves decided that Charles Darwin on the £10 note looked like Father Christmas and used this to help them remember the value of the note. Tony worked very hard, look he made 25p in two different ways, well done Tony!
Yet another busy term!
Our topic this term was superheroes. The children in Year One loved dressing up as their favourite superhero at the beginning of term. They wrote interesting similes and metaphors about each other’s costumes “Super girl has a top that is blue like the waves” - Ava. “Super girl’s boots are red like fire” - Rhianna. At the end of the children wrote their very own superhero stories! They created their own characters and then wrote about them making brave rescues! In History, the children compared modern day real life superheroes with heroes from History. Some children decided that Florence Nightingale is just as important to us today as our doctors and nurses because otherwise our hospital facilities wouldn’t be as clean or well-organized, which would mean that people wouldn’t be given very good treatment and would not get better quickly.
We have been scientists this term and explored how the weather changes and ways to test the wind pressure. The children did science experiments with card and bubbles and explored the direction that the wind moved. They enjoyed their outdoor learning and discoveries. We also made anemometers to test the wind pressure!
Term 1- Wow what a busy first term in Year 1!
Our topic this term was ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’ and believe it or not a real tiger escaped in our school! Mr. Ashdown brought us some CCTV footage of the tiger pouncing in our classroom, we could not believe our eyes! We went on a tiger hunt around the school and found footprints in the mud outside, and Miss Birkby even had to clean some muddy footprints up in the classroom before we came into school, what a naughty tiger! In English we wrote letters to the zoo asking how to look after the tiger. Some of the questions included: ‘Does the tiger get furious?’- Barnaby. ‘How does the tiger brush his teeth?’- Joshua and ‘Can we keep him?’- Daisy. We can’t wait to get the zoo’s reply!
We also met Stella, Daisy and their dog owners; Mrs. Birkby and Mrs. Birkby (very confusing!). We prepared questions to ask and learnt lots about both dogs. Daisy can sing! Stella digs and drinks tea from your cup if you’re not careful!
In Maths we learnt that half means two equal parts and quarter means four equal parts. We made different shapes out of playdough and practiced cutting them into halves and quarters. We also found out that to find a quarter of a square you half it then half it again, simple!