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Year 1 blog

 

Year 1

Carnival of the Animals topic

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We've had lots of exciting lessons during our topic on Carnival of the Animals. The children have gained a lot of knowledge about different animal groups and the characteristics of each group. We sorted pictures of animals into their correct groups and recorded the data in a class pictogram. We have looked carefully at the body parts of different animal groups and compared these. Year 1 also learnt the terms carnivore, herbivore and omnivore and found out the diet of a range of animals. They are looking forward to our minibeast topic in summer, where we will look more carefully at the insect group. 

Year 1 have created some fantastic artwork during this topic using different media. Children used their fingers to create some beautiful birds that they may see in their own gardens. Some children chose to create their own toads on the interactive white board. The children thought about the best materials to use to create different textures on the animals they wanted to make. Our topic display is so vibrant and colourful, I'm sure you'll agree. Lots of fun was had in music and PE lessons listening to the Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Children explored the movement of the different animals and talked about the range of instruments used to create different feelings. Some of the music made us feel excited and lively whereas other parts were calming and softer. The children used a huge range of adjectives to describe the music they listened to; for example energetic, smooth, quiet, soft, dangerous, scary, peaceful, loud, fierce. What clever children we have in Year 1!

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Maths - Spring 2

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In Mathematics this half term it has been very practical. Children have been counting in twos, fives and tens and identifying patterns on the hundred square. We have looked closely at measuring using non standard and standard units. Children have practised using rulers and reading the measurements of classroom objects in centimetres. We used balance scales to measure the weight of objects including comparing objects we found, first predicting which would be heavier or lighter using our own weighing arms. This meant we could practise the suffixes we had learnt in English lessons, "The glue sticker is heavier than the pencil", "The rubber is the lightest object". Finally we revisited capacity that we first looked at in Reception. The children enjoyed playing in the blue water and used the correct vocabulary when filling and emptying containers (full, empty, half empty, nearly full, nearly empty). We used non standard units to measure different containers and compare the volume of them. A fun half term of maths lessons.

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English - Spring 2

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We have linked our written and reading activities this half term with our Science work all about animals including humans. The children have written some lovely pieces of non-fiction writing about different animals. We have encouraged children to focus on the presentation of their work and take pride in the final piece. We have made booklets about owls and posters all about sharks. The children have organised their sentences using headings after reading lots of non-fiction texts about animals. The children have learnt about adding suffixes to words to compare or to change the tense. The suffixes we have learnt so far are _er, _est, _ed and _ing. Their written work has impressed us so much that we have created a display of all the different types of writing they have completed.

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Toys old and new

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As part of our topic about toys from the past, we compared old and new bears. We wrote about the differences between them. We did a lovely piece of writing about our favourite teddy bear (or soft toy, if we did not have one). In art, we followed instructions to draw a step-by-step bear and painted it.

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Glorious snow!

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Both our school and home learners enjoyed the snow. In maths, we sorted and ordered our gloves in different ways as well as objects and numbers in the classroom. In art, we made snowflakes and we made our own hats and gloves to collage on our photograph. We painted some winter scenes. In English, we wrote some acrostic poems about winter. We tracked the weather and temperature every day and completed a weather chart. We compared the temperature across one week and completed a bar chart to show the data collected.

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