Children have thoroughly enjoyed the topic of dinosaurs this term. They have developed their geographical skills through map reading challenges in order to find dinosaurs hidden around the playground. They have learnt about the history of dinosaurs and researched different extinction theories. A highlight from the term was a trip to Maidstone Museum. The children thoroughly enjoyed a dinosaur work shop which they had prepared questions for and were inspired when seeing large scale dinosaurs and fossils.
Year 1 have been able to produce some amazing dinosaur art work this term. They created dinosaur paintings using their hands and named them after themselves. As a homework task, children created their own models using various junk modelling resources and clay to make large scale dinosaurs. They were able to present their dinosaurs to the class and reflect on how they were made. Their knowledge of materials was developed through this craft project.
Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed maths this term. They have learnt how to measure and compare lengths, heights and widths of objects and have developed a good understanding of number bonds. A highlight from maths this term was researching how far Greg Rutherford jumped in the 2012 Olympics and then going outside to measure this in various ways using standard and non-standard units. Children loved this physical activity and were able to conduct many measuring investigations around the school, such as measuring the length of the corridors.
In English, children studied various types of texts and have consolidated their knowledge of fiction and non-fiction texts. Children have researched books such as encyclopaedias to discover amazing dinosaur facts. Their research led to writing descriptive fact files about dinosaurs. They also worked as a class to produce a non-fiction book about dinosaurs which is now in their book corner and available for other classes to read.
Children have explored different types of animals this term such as carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. They have compared animals and studied their behaviours. A highlight from the term was making a dinosaur jaw with carnivore teeth. Children thoroughly enjoyed making their teeth and moulding them together to create a jaw. This model is now displayed in the classroom with facts about what type of dinosaur it is.
We have been looking closely at the story of Zacchaeus in RE. They have been able to sequence the story and reflect on the attitude displayed by Jesus to Zacchaeus. They have developed their knowledge of what it means to be a good friend by looking at Jesus as an example. A highlight from the term was discussing what being a good friend means and creating a friendship web to represent this.
In RE children looked at the Christmas story and learnt about the sequence of events. This developed their knowledge and understanding of the story and led to practicing and performing a nativity play.
Children were able to develop their sketching skills through drawing different scenes from the Christmas story. They looked at traditional pictures of the scenes and created their own drawings. These drawings were displayed as part of their nativity production.
Children looked at number and shape this term. They were able to develop and broaden their understanding of 2D shapes and their properties. Various shape investigations took place in class and children were able to compare and identify shapes. For example, different types of triangles.
English was closely linked to the topic of superheroes this term. Children were able to develop their descriptive language when describing and writing about superheroes. They created story boards and wrote about the beginning, middle and end of stories. They were able to sequence stages of a story and write about superheroes in their own lives.
Children explored seasonal changes this term and looked at the difference between the seasons. They were able to identify changes in seasons and match objects to relate to various seasons. They also learnt about how the wind effects the weather and made windmills to do a wind experiment.
Children learnt about present day superheroes such as parents and compared them to historical figures. They were able to identify various superheroes in their own lives and look at influential people in history such as William Shakespeare, Winston Churchhill and the Royal Family. They developed their understanding of various influential people and identified them as superheroes.
Children were able to develop their choreography skills this term through choreographing all the dances and movements for the nativity songs. They taught Reception the dances and were able to perform the dances in the nativity production.
During Big Think, children discussed various superheroes in their lives and spoke about why they saw them as superheroes. They were also able to reflect on the Christmas story and giving and receiving gifts.
During computing this term, children learnt about algorithms and how to input algorithms into programmable toys. They were able to experiment with bee bots and develop their navigational skills.
In RE children learnt about how to look after the world around them. They looked at different scenarios and had to decide whether or not each scenario showed someone looking after their property/surroundings or not. Through this activity, children developed an awareness of their surroundings and realised the importance of looking after everything we have.
In art and DT, children experimented with different materials to create crafts. One of the craft activities was making wolves out of leaves. This linked into the science focus, looking at seasonal changes. Children were able to experiment with leaves and paint them to create a desired effect.
In maths children have been looking at number and place value. One of their activities was to sequence numbers and count on from a given number. Children could then complete addition number sentences.
English and topic were very closely linked this term as children were able to learn about animals that had paws, claws and whiskers in topic then write about them in English. Children used their knowledge to write facts about tigers and descriptive sentences about various animals with paws, claws and whiskers
Children were able to explore and experiment with their five senses in science this term. They learnt a senses song and explored each of their senses. They were able to experience the difference between sweet and sour fruit, explore their sight and smell and notice the difference in textures when touching objects and exploring different sounds.
Children developed a good understanding of continents this term. They learnt a continents song and were able to locate continents on a map. They also learnt about where various big cats live and identified those countries. This developed their geographical skills.
Children developed their fundamental movement skills this term and thought closely about how to move like various animals. They were able to differentiate the speed at which they moved and control various balances and movements. They then created short sequences to perform to each other.
During Big think, children were able to discuss the importance of kindness and how their actions affect others. This discussion had a positive impact on behaviour.
Children explored e-safety this term and learnt about the importance of being safe online, developing an understanding of people to trust.