Welcome to Year One !
Follow our learning journey with us, below you will find pictures and information about what we have been learning about and whats still to come.
Light, Camera, Action!
The topic for Year 1 this half term is 'Light, Water, Action!' We are going to be learning all about plants, trees and the environment. We have set up a garden centre in and outside of the classroom and will be responsible for looking after all the flowers and vegetables we will be growing. We will observe the growth of these plants recording what we see, we will also think about how the weather affects this growth.
Our whole school topic for this half term is 'Great Britons' and in Year 1 we are going to be learning about Samuel Pepys and why he is so significant.
We will learn about the Great fire of London and how his diaries have helped us know so much about what happened during the disaster. We will also use his diary entries to help us write our own from different perspectives. We will create a London's burning Silhouette piece of art based on Augustin Edouarts work and complete a scientific investigation around why the fire spread so fast through the streets of London.
We have already had visits from Mr Ngwuocha and the RSPB and have a trip to Strangers hall planned so we can learn more about the Great fire of London - more information about this will be given nearer the time.
PE will now be back to its normal days of Wednesday and Friday as our extra dance lessons have come to an end.
Below you will find this half terms planned curriculum coverage.
We had another enjoyable and interesting science day. We watched an experiment and then focused on asking simple but important questions and then tried to find out the answers.
Placing a vitamin tablet into a small container filled with a little bit of water.
Why did the container explode?
What would happen if you added more water?
What would happen if you added more tablets?
How high could the container go after the explosion?
The vitamin tablet reacts with the water to create a gas, this gas then builds pressure within the container until the container can no longer hold it all in. This then causes the containers lid to explode off.
The more water that was added the less space the gas had to build up pressure causing a smaller explosion.
The more tablets that were added the shorter the time it took for the gas to build pressure.
The container when outside reached as high as our school roof!
We hope you all had a relaxing half term, we have lots of exciting learning ahead.
Our learning for this half term is going to be based all around the GoGoHare 2018 project which we are really excited about.
We have already started learning about hares and how they are different to rabbits by reading different non-fiction texts.
On Tuesday the 14th of November we had a science day.
We wanted to find out what would happen if you placed an egg into water, would it float or sink?
We then wanted to find out if adding salt to the water would change the eggs buoyancy.
We made our predictions and then started our experiment, a few broken eggs later we discovered that:
This is because the dissolved salt has added to the mass of the water making it thicker and explains why it is much easier to float and swim in the sea than it is in fresh water.
Our whole school topic for this half term is called 'Around the world'.
In Year One we will be reading stories set in different countries, these stories will cover a range of curriculum areas and learning will be led by the children's interests.
Our topic for the first Autumn half term was called 'Once upon a time'.
We started by reading two stories that started with 'Once upon a time', we reviewed and studied these stories and discovered they had the same setting - a castle.
This lead our learning down a medieval road and below you will see all the wonderful learning we have completed in our first half term together.
In English this half term we have been practising writing sentences independently. First we have to be able to say out loud to a friend what we are going to write - this helps us form our sentence.
We have focused on making sure our writing has finger spaces, capital letters at the start and full stops at the end.
We have then been reading out loud what we have written - this helps us check for any mistakes and checks our writing makes sense.
Below you will find some pictures of our writing and of us reading it to the rest of the class.
After learning about who lives in a castle and what jobs they might do we then learnt about knights and started to design our own shields.
We learnt what a coat of arms was and what the different colours and symbols meant.
After reading these two stories we discussed the setting and characters and noticed similarities.
We studied photographs of castles and talked about the shapes and colours we could see.
We read 'The kiss that missed' and 'A knight and a dragon' last week. We had lots of discussion time about these stories and wrote some short sentences explaining what we liked/disliked about them.
This week we have begun retelling the stories using drama, below are some photos of us pretending to be knights and dragons!