2019/20 What We've Been Doing Autumn Term

Week Ending 20th December

Our last week has been very exciting indeed!

What fun was had at the Year 1 Christmas party on Wednesday. On Thursday we enjoyed eating a very delicious Christmas dinner and on Friday Cedar class had a very special visitor! Everyone is excited about our carol concert at the methodist church on Friday afternoon.

Week Ending 13th December

This week we performed our Christmas play Tinsel on Tithby Hill . Thank you to everyone for your support in preparing costumes and helping your child learn their lines or dance moves (as well as the very catchy songs!). They all performed brilliantly in both performances and above all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Week Ending 6th December

What another busy week we have had rehearsing for our Christmas play!

In maths, Cedar class began a unit on 3D and 2D shapes this week. We have been identifying the different shapes, sorting them according to different properties and discussing their faces in relation to 2D shapes.

This autumn the children have been observing our weather patterns. They worked in pairs to present their findings as a weather broadcast.

This week, we have also been learning about how animals prepare for the winter by hibernating or migrating. After watching a short video the children prepared a presentation on this topic.

On Friday we thoroughly enjoyed our morning at Robert Miles Juniors as we went to see their Christmas play Pirates of the Curry Bean.

Week Ending 29th November

We have been very busy this week rehearsing for our Christmas play Tinsel on Tithby Hill. What amazing singers we have in Year 1!

As a school we are taking part in the Christmas tree festival being held at St Mary's Church. This week both Year 1 classes made Rudolf Christmas tree baubles to decorate our tree.

Week Ending 22nd November

This week, we have been preparing weather reports based on our weather chart recordings from the Autumn. Children have created their own symbols. Your child may want to practise this at home tonight or create their own.

These are the stem sentences we are using: (These are just the basis and they can add to/simplify)
"Autumn Watch in Beech Class
We have been observing and recording the weather during the Autumn season…

Mostly it has been …

Sometimes it has …

Occasionally it has ...

It has never ...

On Friday, we finished off our maths lesson with a little investigation using part whole models. They had to think of all the different ways that they could complete the part whole model. As a challenge question, they had to think about what the smallest number could be that went in the whole circle at the top.

You might like to try this at home, it is a nice way of problem solving and thinking about related addition facts.

Week Ending 15th November

On Tuesday, the children enjoyed finding our maths lesson challenging today - finding 8 different addition and subtraction sentences to match one picture. The subtraction sentences with the difference first were particularly challenging and they showed good resilience.

This week, we learnt about Remembrance Day and why and who we remember on this day every year. We learnt that it is also called Armistice Day. The children chose to show their learning in different ways eg drawing a pastel poppy, creating a poppy from Lego and designing a medal.

The CBeebies video is a good talking point https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/poppies

Week Ending 8th November

In PE this week, we practised holding different gymnastic shapes including the L-sit, star, front support and tuck. We played a game called 'stuck in the mud' where we had to do different moves to free the children who were 'stuck' in the mud in gymnastic shapes. They had lots of fun and kept fit at the same time!

This week we have been learning about how and why we celebrate bonfire night and how this has changed over time. We have learnt about the gunpowder plot and how Guy Fawkes was caught before he blew up the Houses of Parliament. The children were history detectives and had to prove different statements about Guy Fawkes were true by matching them to pictures. We also debated whether we would still celebrate in the same way if Guy Fawkes attempted this today. They have compared how we celebrate bonfire night now with how their granny may have celebrated it.
The children chose to show what they have learnt in different ways eg.building the Houses of Parliament from Lego, creating bonfire pictures using a range of art and construction material, writing poems and rhymes.
We finished off the week by creating outdoor art bonfire pictures using a variety of natural and man-made materials.

Click [here] to see the video that the children watched

Week Ending 25th October

Beech class thoroughly enjoyed their outdoor day at Whisby park on Thursday. In the morning we listened to stories and poems about trees and the seasons and then went on a leaf identification hunt. All the children enjoyed matching the leaves to the trees on their chart. They then used their leaves to make a rainbow of different coloured leaves from green to red. In the afternoon we listened to the Percy the Park-keeper story about animal habitats and then built a home for different animals in the story including fox, badger, mole, owl, squirrel and rabbit, This was great fun and we used building and digging techniques using natural materials.

What a great performance on Friday afternoon, of the Little Red Riding Hood songs that we have been learning, from all of Year 1. You made us all very proud. The children all had a lot of fun.

Week Ending 18th October

As part of our geography work we today looked at an aerial view of our school and maps of Bingham. The class loved seeing how to follow a journey on Google maps and spot places they know. This could be something they look at at home - maybe plotting their journey from home to school. Everyone then drew a map of the classroom from an aerial view and some children chose very inventive ways to create a map eg. 2D shapes and Lego.

In maths this week, we learnt a different way of representing numbers - a bar model. First we created bars using two colours of unifix and then we tried drawing bar models to represent what they had built.
This could be something you could try at home using any small cubes or squares or Lego - or you could even try drawing one.

Week Ending 11th October

As the first step in learning about addition and subtraction we have been learning about the words “whole” and “part” today. We looked at different objects and which were whole and which were split into parts. The children then had a chance to cut shapes into different parts in different ways.

On Thursday, Beech class went on a litter hunt to collect litter in our school grounds. We then worked together to sort by material and identify which materials were recyclable and non-recyclable. The children also talked about the impact that litter can have on the wildlife. We even spotted a worm which caused much excitement.

This afternoon we looked at Andy Goldsworthy's artwork. We talked about how he looks at nature and uses it to inspire his artwork. Our plan was to go outside and create our own nature inspired art, however, due to the continuous amount of rain we had on Friday, we brought the outside indoors and created our own interpretations.

Week Ending 4th October

This week in science, we became Science detectives. Each group had their own evidence bag, clipboard and magnifying glass to explore our school grounds for items or evidence that could link to the season Autumn. We then collated all of our evidence inside as a class and sorted what we thought would link to the season Autumn and what might be all year round. We finished off the lesson by watching a BBC clip that took snapshots of different autumnal events or changes.

We have been looking at the language of greatest to smallest/more and fewer. Beech class were asked to order different objects and then solve pictorial problems to identify whether they were in the correct order or not by answering true or false.

Week Ending 27th September

Beech class have been learning to use the language of greater than/more than and less than/fewer than to compare two numbers up to ten (instead of just bigger and smaller). This is something you could try at home eg. “9 is greater than 4 and 4 is fewer than 9”. We have also introduced the more than > and less than < symbols and learnt = as meaning “the same as”. Today pupils practised making number sentences from pictures and using these symbols and language.

On Friday, we had a day off timetable where we explored autumn through different mediums. We had a sensory tray, painting autumn trees station, observational drawings, creating our own play dough hedgehogs, creating a leaf person and during the day we went on an autumn treasure hunt. It was a lovely day and it was great to see how each person engaged in a different area to show their learning and understanding about Autumn -

Archie said “I liked conker rolling because it was really fun and I won”
Sophie said “I liked reading a story about Autumn and learning that when the leaves are crunchy it is Autumn”
Lara “I wish I had won the Conker competition”
Leo "I loved rolling conkers"
Everyone had fun and worked hard.

Week Ending 20th September

As our science focus this term, we will be observing the weather and seasonal changes. In particular, how the trees change according to different seasons. Beech class were asked to create a drawing of the trees in our school environment, thinking carefully about the colours, shapes and anything they noticed growing on the trees. We will be keeping these as a log so that when we go outside again in a few weeks, we can spot any changes or differences to the last time.

We have been learning a song about Little Red and on Monday we read and compared two different versions of the traditional tale. In groups the class discussed and ordered pictures from one version of the story. The children enjoyed acting out parts of the book and dressed up as characters from the story. They also worked independently to do some character writing and made a scary wolf mask. If you have a copy of the story at home it would make a good bedtime story. Alternatively there are various online versions available to watch.

This week in maths, we learnt about how to make 4 in different ways by creating different patterns with beads. In groups pupils each took 4 beads to make a pattern. They then worked together to find different ways to represent the number 4 using different patterns. We then repeated with 5.

On Wednesday, we used a variety of methods, such as Numicon and number tracks to find one less than a given number up to 10. The children enjoyed playing bingo. They had the added challenge of working out 1 less then having to read the numbers on the board to see if it matched the answer. We will continue to practise this to ensure that the children can do this super fast in their heads. It would be great if you could practise at home, for example, if you and your child are building with bricks, you could ask, "Can you build a tower with 5 blocks?" Then ask, "How many would there be if you had one less?".

Also as part of our maths lessons, we have been practising correctly writing all the numerals from 0 to 9. We will be working on this at school but any opportunity to practise these at home too would be beneficial.

Week Ending Friday 13th September

We started our Roald Dahl week by reading an extract from the BFG. Cedar class had to use the description given to imagine a character in their head. They then used various forms of media to create this image. At the end of the lesson, it was revealed that the character described was in fact the BFG and he wasn’t as scary as he was first described. Cedar class learnt that it is important to not judge others by how they look.

In our first maths lesson we learned about the word sorting. Beech class came up with their own definition 'to put things together that are the same'. After some group practice they then tried out different ways of sorting a range of different objects including animals, small world people, cubes, dominoes and vehicles.

The children have practised their counting in a variety of different ways eg. Matching Numicon shapes, dominoes, creating Numberblocks. On Wednesday practised using a variety of methods to represent numbers to 10. We had fun matching and identifying numerals in the hall and came up with actions to represent the numeral. We then went into the classroom to practise representing coins and objects using numerals, numicon and words. We used objects to represent numicon pieces too.

Wednesday 4th September

We hope your child enjoyed their first day back at school. They all seemed tired but happy at the end of the day and should sleep well tonight! I will usually be teaching all day Monday, Tuesday and Friday in Beech class and Mrs Hare will be in Wednesday and Thursday. Please do speak to either of us if you have any questions or concerns or just want to know how your child is settling in. We are always happy to speak to you and get to know you too. After school is usually better for a face to face chat as we are more time limited in the morning. But please also feel free to either respond to an observation or add your own if you would like to communicate via Tapestry. We will endeavour to respond within 24 hours during working hours.

Our usual PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday so please make sure your child has their kit in school by next Tuesday. They also need a water bottle every day. Children can change their reading books as regularly as they like and we remind them to do this as they enter in the classroom in the morning. You are also welcome to come into school with them after 3:20 to help them change them if they keep forgetting! Their reading records are for you to use to record home reading. We will take in these records once a week so please do not use them for urgent messages as we may not see them for several days. They will also be receiving a homework menu over the next few days which gives a list of ideas for home learning linked to our topic - this term Once Upon a Time.

We hope that you will enjoy seeing your child's learning at school via Tapestry. It makes a great point for discussion with them. Please do also use it to add your own observations to their journal.

April 2021


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