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Year 1 Mulberry

Welcome to our class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

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PE days

 

Our PE days for Term 2 will be as follows -

 

Tuesday (Outdoor)

Thursday (Indoor)

 

Please ensure children come to school in their PE kit on these days and that all kit is labelled with your child's name. 

 

Term 2

Our Enquiry: What is the difference between fire and ice?

 

Our enquiry theme for term 2 will be- Fire and Ice. We will spend time learning about events from the past such as the history behind Bonfire Night and the Great Fire of London. We will also be looking at weather patterns around the world.

For science we will be learning about materials. We will investigate the different properties and design products using known materials.

To support our enquiry area we will spend time reading a book called The Emperor's Egg. 

 

Term 2 - Week 4 

This week in math the children have been applying their knowledge of the part whole model to addition and they have used language such as total and altogether. They have also been trying to move on from ‘counting all’ to ‘counting on’ by developing a mental strategy. In English the children have been writing an information text about penguins based on the story ‘The Emperors Egg’. They have tried really hard to use their writing targets, particularly the use of ‘and’ to write compound sentences. We also revisited the use of capital letters at the start of sentences and full stops. As part of Enquiry we have been investigating different materials, using key words to describe their properties. For example, hard, soft, bendy and stretchy. They have also learnt the meaning of some new words such as opaque and transparent. In RE this week we have learnt more about Diwali, the festival of light and thought about why some people light candles and put them outside of their homes. In PE, we enjoyed taking part in an agility course, led by sports coaches.

Describing materials

Term 2 - Week 3
It has been a great week! I have been so impressed with how frequently the children are reading at home and in school, everyone’s effort is showing in the progress that is being made. This week in maths the children have been learning about Number Bonds within 10. They have explored this by using cubes to break up the whole number into two parts. The children have also started to use Number Bonds systematically to write number sentences. In writing, we have been learning how to use ‘and’ to write compound sentences. The children wrote excellent facts about penguins based on the book – ‘The Emperor’s Egg’. In our spelling sessions we have been practising adding ‘ing’ to verbs.  In RE, we have continued to explore Other Faiths and this week we have learnt about Sikhism. We found out about the 5 Ks and what they mean to Sikhs. As part of our enquiry, we have been learning about Everyday Materials. We have been able to identify many materials such as plastic, wood, metal and glass. I wonder what materials the children can spot at home!  
Term 2 - Week 2 

Time flies when you’re having fun! This week in maths the children have been learning about the addition symbol and addition fact families. In English, we have been focusing on our new target,  which is to use ‘and’ to write compound sentences. In Enquiry, we finished our learning about Bonfire Night and wrote facts about Guy Fawkes. 

We have also enjoyed learning about Armistice Day and Remembrance Day. We wrote thoughtful prayers and reflections to remember those who lost their lives in the war. We also discussed the meaning of poppies and enjoyed following instructions to create our own. As part of jigsaw we have been thinking about how we are similar and different to other people. We also discussed what it feels like to be different. At the end of the week we joined reception and listened to a visitor who talked about road safety. 

I was very impressed with the effort Mulberry class made for children in need – they looked fantastic in their Pudsey clothes and spots! I hope all the children have an enjoyable weekend.

Term 2 - Week 1

The first week back has been very busy and filled with lots of fun activities! The first day back was Bonfire night and we created some fantastic firework pictures, experimenting with pastels and different techniques. We also had our WOW day to launch our enquiry about Fire and Ice. We discussed what happened to materials when they are near fire. The children explored this by sitting around a bonfire and toasting marshmallows. Throughout our Enquiry we will be focusing on the question – ‘What is the difference between fire and ice?’ In maths we have been partitioning numbers using the Part Part Whole model. We learnt about this by manipulating physical objects first and then we moved on to recording our work pictorially. In English, we have stared a new non-fiction book called The Emperor's Egg. We looked at the front cover and made predictions about what the book might be about. The children then listened to the story and came up with a list of interesting key words.  In RE, we have moved on to learning about other faiths, and we have started to learn about Hinduism. The children drew a picture of their God, Brahman and wrote something they can remember about the religion. We also learnt about the story of Rama and Sita and acted it out. 

 

                                                                  

Other learning from the Week 1
Term 1 - Week 6

Here we are! The last week of term... 

This week in maths the children have been learning about number lines. They have been filling in missing gaps on number lines and ordering numbers accurately. They have also been using a number line to see one more/one less and see greater than/less than statements. In English, we planned our stories based on the book, 'Belle and the Bee Who Spoke', including adjectives. We then wrote the beginning of our story using a range of writing targets that we have learnt this term. As part of spelling, we have been focusing on adding -s and -es to make plural nouns. In RE, we have enjoyed learning about the church's year and the liturgical calendar. We also had our termly ICT day where the children learnt to understand and create algorithms for people and online charachters. They also enjoyed programming a Beebot. 

What a busy and productive term it has been! I am very proud of how well all of the children have settled in, they have really stepped up to the challenge of Year 1. I feel lucky to have such a lovely class and look forward to enjoying the run up to Christmas with them next term. Mulberry class have worked exceptionally hard this term and are ready for a well deserved, restful break. 

 
 

Ordering numbers

Term 1 - Week 5
Mulberry class have had a lovely week. In English, we have been thinking about the main character in the story, ‘Belle and the Bee Who Spoke’. We have wrote detailed character descriptions, including full stops at the end of sentences. We also planned a story based on the book, including some changes.  In maths, we have moved on from comparing physical objects and the children have been able to confidently compare numbers using ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ symbols. In RE we have been learning that sometimes people want to go to special places to pray, like a church. We drew a picture of our church and wrote about how we feel when we are there. We also began to think about the different ways that people pray and what they may pray about.  

Planning a story

Planning a story 1 Planning a story including some key words
Planning a story 2
Term 1 - Week 4 

Mulberry class have had such a fun week! We wrote instructions on how we made our rockets out of recyclable materials, using plenty of verbs. We also started our new book called ‘The Bee Who Spoke’ and wrote excellent sentences based on an illustration in the story, including full stops. In maths, Charlie the Crocodile came to visit and taught the children about ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ symbols when comparing objects. The children compared numicon, counters, beanbags, cubes and much more! As part of Enquiry, the children enjoyed continuing their learning about the five senses by participating in different activities which required them to smell, taste, feel, listen and look closely using a magnifying glass.  We have also started learning about the seasons and we went on a hunt for signs of autumn, using a checklist. Whilst we were on our hunt we collected lots of fallen leaves and produced some fantastic Art work. In RE, the children had a go at writing their own Psalms which were very thoughtful and lovely to read.

Our maths using 'greater than' and 'less than' symbols 
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Using the five senses 
Picture 1 That 'smells' of egg!
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Picture 3 'Looking' closely
Picture 4 What flavour crisp did I 'taste'?
Picture 5 That 'feels' soft
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Picture 7 Hedgehog using fallen leaves
Picture 8
Term 1 - Week 3 

Mulberry class have been super busy this week! In maths the children have been working out 'one less' than a given a number. They have been trying really hard to present their work neatly in their books, showing how they worked out the question by drawing it pictorially. The children have also been comparing objects using the language ‘less than’ and ‘greater than’. In writing, the children have been learning about bossy verbs and wrote their own sentences including them. As part of Enquiry, the children listened to instructions on how to make a rocket using bottles, scrap paper and other reusable materials. They then had a chance to make their own rocket!  This linked well to our class story ’10 things I can do to help my World’ which suggested making toys out of old boxes. We are looking forward to writing instructions on how to make a toy out of reusable materials next week. During RE we have looked at some Psalms and discussed what they are and what they could mean. We then drew a picture to go with the words in a Psalm.

Term 1 - Week 2
Another productive week for Mulberry class! This week in maths the children have been practising counting 'one more' and writing numbers in numerals and words. They have had lots of opportunities to explore this concept practically and then record their work in books. In writing, the children have enjoyed making interesting ZigZag books about the different ways that they can help the world, including many nouns. Some children wrote about turning the lights off and not leaving the tap on. They have also made fantastic posters explaining the importance of helping the world. In RE, the children are beginning to ask questions about Creation. They have also noticed that there are different images of God in scripture and created a shepherd. As part of our Enquiry 'All About Me' the children have been labelling body parts and learning  about their five senses. 
Term 1 - Week 1
Wow, what a fantastic start to the year! The children have transitioned well from Reception to Year 1 and they have quickly settled in. Miss Gregory and Ms Hopewell have been great at helping with the transition and are always nearby! The children have enjoyed talking to them at break and lunchtimes about the fun learning they have been doing in Year 1. The children have all been really kind and helpful and I am excited for the year ahead. This week in maths the children have been sorting objects, counting objects and counting forwards. They have also been practising their presentation skills in their books. In English, the children have been introduced to the non-fiction story ‘10 Things I can do to Help My World’. They have learnt many ways that they can help the world which is evident in the fantastic sentences they have written. The children also remembered to concentrate on their writing target; to use capital letters at the start of sentences. In RE, we are learning about ‘Creation’ and the children have started to think about what God created. Our Enquiry is called ‘All about me’ and this week the children have painted portraits. It has been a very busy week and Mulberry class are looking forward to a relaxing weekend.

Term 1

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