Spanish Bulls have loved continuing to explore their ‘Dinosaurs’ topic within English this term. Children loved learning dinosaur poems, which began with exploring a range of poems and acting them out in small groups. Building on from this, everyone wrote some of their own ideas, featuring a range of elements such as rhyming words, adjectives and conjunctions – this then produced some incredible rhyming poems!
Children also explored fact files, and discovered the various features a fact file needs to include. Spanish Bulls loved researching various dinosaurs, and finding amazing facts before writing their own fact files about dinosaurs such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops and Pterodactyl.
In Maths, children have covered a range of areas, including addition within 20, subtraction within 20 and finally numbers to 50. To begin the term, children explored different strategies they can use to solve a range of addition and subtraction problems. Children focused on partitioning numbers into tens and ones when adding or subtracting, to break the calculation down into smaller sections. Finally, children have begun to explore numbers past 20, moving on to working with numbers to 50.
Spanish Bulls have been thoroughly engaged in their Science learning this term. To begin the term, children explored the various parts of a common plant, and discovered what each plant needs to grow and be healthy. To apply this knowledge in a practical way, children each planted sunflower seeds in their own individual pots – which have slowly been growing inside the classroom all term. Children have loved watching the progress each plant is making, and are keen to make sure their plant has been watered daily.
Spanish Bulls have loved the continuation of the ‘Dinosaurs’ topic this term. To begin the term, children researched the Tyrannosaurs Rex and discovered some amazing facts about the huge creature. Children considered which dinosaur were their favourites and created incredible dinosaur artwork, using oil pastels and coloured tissue paper. Using a mixture of these materials, children created colourful backgrounds, which they then added a dinosaur silhouette on top of to create inspiring dinosaur landscape pieces.
Children loved further exploring their knowledge of fossils as they had the opportunity to pretend to be palaeontologists. Children immersed themselves in this activity, using small brushes to dig through the sand and dust off their fossil finds, before sharing with their group what they discovered.
Across the term, children have been learning about the story of Easter, particularly focusing on Jesus’ arrival to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Children explored why special people are welcomed and treated in certain ways when they come to visit. Children then considered who they thought to be a special person to them, before finally thinking about how Jesus would be welcomed by a crowd if he came to visit today.
Spanish Bulls have loved their Spanish learning during this term – we have been focused on learning a variety of vegetable names, and how to ask for these vegetables if they were shopping. Everyone thoroughly enjoys Spanish, and are excited to continue to explore a new focus next term.
During the term, Spanish Bulls have been exploring the themes of teamwork and co-operation, and how to effectively resolve conflicts. At the beginning of the term, children explored what good teamwork looked like, and how co-operation can be implemented into our classroom. Following on from this, children explored different methods to help resolve simple arguments that might happen between their friends.
Spanish Bulls loved reading ‘Dinosaurs Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman this term. This story was a good introduction to the ‘Dinosaurs’ topic we have been exploring throughout the term. Children also loved reading ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak towards the end of the term. Children focused on sequencing the events in this story by creating wonderful story maps; then, everyone used their own story maps to support them to write a retell of the story.
Another highlight in our English learning this term was the mysterious dinosaur that appeared within the school during one weekend. Children began their investigation by creating word mats filled with amazing adjectives to describe this strange creature. Following on from this, we explored the features of a letter and everyone had the opportunity to write a letter to Mrs Nadesan to inform her that a dinosaur was on the loose somewhere in the school! Finally, Spanish Bulls created wanted posters to help find the creature.
Spanish Bulls began the term continuing their learning on subtraction, and focused on various methods to use when taking away. We explored how a part-whole model can be used to create addition and subtraction number sentences, using only those numbers.
Children also began to explore 2D and 3D shapes during the term – learning the names of a range of various shapes. After exploring these shapes, and learning the names, everyone had the opportunity to focus on making patterns using both 2D and 3D shapes.
Following this, Spanish Bulls have returned to focus on their number skills, and have started to explore numbers to 20. Children learnt that numbers can be partitioned into tens and ones; and we have practised using this skill with numbers up to 20.
A big highlight for everyone this term was the intra sports PE tournament that we participated in. Within Year 1, both classes were split into small teams and had the chance to compete against their peers from each class in games of dodgeball. It was great to see everyone put their throwing and catching skills into practise during the afternoon activities.
Within our ‘Dinosaurs’ topic this term, children have been discovering the structure and body parts of various dinosaurs. We began by exploring the external body parts of different creatures, such as head, legs and tail. Then we went on to explore dinosaur bones, including the skull and spine. Children loved matching photographs of dinosaur skeletons to pictures of dinosaurs to gain a better understanding of the structure of these creatures.
After learning about animal diets within Science lessons, Spanish Bulls then used this knowledge to explore the diets of various dinosaurs. We discovered that dinosaurs also belong to one of three groups – herbivores, carnivores or omnivores; and we explored which types of food each group would have eaten when dinosaurs roamed the land.
After learning about the structure and skeletons of various dinosaurs, children loved creating their own dinosaur skeleton pieces of art. Using black card and cotton buds, children designed and created dinosaur skeletons to display within the classroom. Spanish Bulls loved this project, and thoroughly enjoyed using the different materials and resources.
Spanish Bulls began to explore and understand the world around them this term by learning to name and locate the seven continents and five oceans of the world. Across two separate sessions, children learnt about these elements of the Earth, and learnt facts about each of them. Finally, everyone had the opportunity to identify and locate these on maps of their own.
Spanish Bulls have loved continuing to explore their ‘Splendid Skies’ topic through English this term. They have read two wonderful class stories – ‘Tidy’ by Emily Gravett and ‘The Goodnight Star’ by Amy Sparkes – and have thoroughly enjoyed learning and writing about both of these stories. For both stories, children had the chance to sequence them by creating visual story maps full of pictures and vocabulary discussed in class. Children then were able to write about the story, using their story maps to support their memory – continuing to focus on using correct punctuation and finger spaces in each sentence.
After creating some wonderful kites for a Science experiment, Spanish Bulls explored the written genre of instructions. Children explored the features of a written instruction, and were able to create their own set of written instructions to guide people to create a kite – just like the ones they made and flew themselves!
This term, in Maths, Spanish Bulls have continued to develop and further their knowledge of number bonds within 10. Children have explored a range of resources to support their counting skills, such as number lines and ten frames, and have been able to use these when completing arithmetic activities. Children have also explored part-whole models, and have been able to use these to segment a whole into two parts. Spanish Bulls have also explored how they can use a completed part-whole model to work out related number facts within 10.
Spanish Bulls have loved learning all about the seasonal changes that occur during the autumn months. Children explored how the weather changes and natural changes that happen – such as the leaves changing colour. They then had the chance to go on a seasonal walk around the school grounds to hunt for a range of different autumn leaves. Using resources like oil pastels and wax crayons, Spanish Bulls created some amazing leaf rubbings in Art. Children loved creating these pieces of artwork by placing different leaves under their paper, and rubbing the pastels and crayons across the page to bring the pattern out.
To further explore the ‘Splendid Skies’ topic, Spanish Bulls learnt about the life and work of the significant Sir Francis Beaufort. Children discovered how Beaufort created a wind scale to measure the speed and force of winds; and loved being able to take their Beaufort scales outside to measure the speed of the days wind. Spanish Bulls also wrote facts that they had discovered about Beaufort and the scale in their writing.
In PE this term, Spanish Bulls have been developing their ball skills – particularly focusing on throwing and catching. Children have loved playing various games to develop these skills, in both solo and group based scenarios. They have also been developing a variety of other skills as they have been working on a range of team-based games and activities to develop balance, co-ordination and teamwork skills.
Spanish Bulls have been learning the story of the birth of Jesus this term in RE, and have loved exploring this story through a range of different learning styles. Everyone loved being able to act out this story in the form of the Christmas Nativity performance. Each child thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this production, and learning all of the wonderful lines and songs that featured throughout. All of the adults in Spanish Bulls are very proud of their hard work to create such an amazing performance!
Spanish Bulls have loved beginning their ‘Splendid Skies’ topic this term. In English, we have focused on two books ‘The First Hippo on the Moon’ by David Walliams, and ‘The Boy Who Switch Off the Sun’ by Paul Brown. We have loved reading these stories and sequencing the different parts. A highlight was designing rockets and writing about the stories. Children considered which materials they could use to design a new rocket for a character in the story.
In Maths this term, children have focused on counting and writing numbers to 10. Children have learnt how to count one more and one less than a given number. They have also learnt how to order and compare groups of numbers up to 10. Towards the end of the term, children have focused on using number lines to support them with their counting. Spanish Bulls have loved using their Power Maths work books to support their learning.
Spanish Bulls have had a good start to their ‘Splendid Skies’ topic this term. The children have loved learning about the work of painter Vincent Van Gogh, and we have focused on his ‘Starry Night’ painting. Children created their own versions of the painting after looking at the different techniques that Van Gogh used, such as quick and short brushstrokes.
Another highlight for the children was learning about cloud formations in the sky and creating their own cloud formations to display in the classroom using different materials. Spanish Bulls loved beginning to explore seasons this term; they focused on the autumn season, and went on a seasonal walk around the school grounds to hunt for natures treasures found in autumn.
In RE this term, Spanish Bulls have been learning all about Christianity – focusing on how Christians behave towards the world, and how they can look after it. Children also studied the Creation Story, and the story of Adam and Eve. A highlight for the children was making a creation wheel to show the events that happened on each day of the Creation Story.
To end the term, Spanish Bulls have loved learning about Road Safety in Jubilee University. Children have learnt four important steps to help them cross the road – Stop, Look, Listen and Think. They created actions to help them remember these steps. A highlight of this learning was going outside the front of the school to complete a vehicle survey on how many of each vehicle type passes the school during the day – everyone was very excited to create a tally chart to represent these findings. Spanish Bulls also considered the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt in a car. We took part in an experiment to find out what happens if you do not wear a seatbelt using a teddy bear and toy car.