During Spring term we looked at the story of Traction Man and created our own action stories which the children thoroughly enjoyed.The children were interested in learning about their local area in Geography and we followed a route from our school to Sayers on Broad Lane.We have looked at different materials and their properties in Science and the children enjoyed taking part in Science Week observing how substances change and react when mixed together.
This Summer term we will be looking at Shape, Position and Time during our Maths lessons. We will be consolidating our number bonds to 10, even and odd numbers and counting to 100 and above.We will continue to work on writing narrative stories through the topic of Pirates, looking at how adventure stories have problems and how they are solved. The children will also be describing fantasy settings using lots of exciting adjectives in their writing.
The Year 1 Team
All children should bring their book and book bag into school every day. They should read their book at least 3 times a week and write a comment in their reading diaries. Books will be changed twice a week.
School Uniform and PE Kits
Children are requested to have their names in all of their uniform including coats. This makes it easier when changing for PE or if an item is lost. All children are required to have a PE top, shorts and pumps to take part in their lessons. These should all be labelled with their names in every item including pumps.
Could all children have a water bottle in school as the weather is getting warmer and all children complete the mile run daily so will be needing a drink to quench their thirst.
During last half term, Year 1 did lots of work relating to Australia. We learnt about Captain Cook, Aborigines, and famous places in Australia and Australian animals. We celebrated Australia Day by playing Fling the Flip Flop and eating Tim Tams (a popular Australian biscuit). We really enjoyed painting in an Aboriginal style and reading the story Waltzing Matilda as well as learning the song. We wrote thank you letters to April’s relatives who sent us a parcel containing lots of lovely things to do with Australia.
We had an exciting time recording our observations during Science Week. We were able to see how colours can mix together to create a new colour. We also made ‘slime’ with cornflour and observed how the cornflour was a liquid and a solid. We learnt that mixing the cornflour with warm water made it a ‘Non-Newtonian’ liquid. We also had a lot of fun mixing bicarbonate soda with vinegar to see how it created a fizzy reaction.
This term we have read the books We went on Safari and Animal Boogie so we went to Chester Zoo to see animals that normally live in other countries just like in these books. We had a workshop with the teachers at the zoo were we could explore and group animals. We discovered exciting things like elephant poo, zebra’s skin and a hippo’s tusk.
The Lonely Beast
This half term we have been doing lots of work around a book called The Lonely Beast. The children have been able to develop their speaking & listening skills and have enjoyed acting out the story through a freeze frame. We have been able to empathise with the Beast as he is feeling lonely and wants a friend so we have worked a lot around feelings. We are just about to begin our newspaper report as to why he wants a friend.