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Our PE days for Term 2 will be as follows -
Please ensure children come to school in their PE kit on these days and that all kit is labelled with your child's name.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.