Our topic this term is Enchanted Woodlands. We have lots of questions to answer like why do the leaves on trees change colour and fall off in Autumn?
We will be looking at the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and writing our own version. We will also be looking at other stories that have a woodland setting, Hansel and Gretel or The Gruffalo for example.
We are taking a trip to Harcourt Arboretum - please look at the link below to find out what we did there.
17th November 2016
This week we have been looking at the art of Andy Goldsworthy, a natural artist. We particularly liked the art he makes from leaves and looked closely at the way he used the different coloured Autumn leaves. We had a go at making our own pictures using leaves - we were thinking about animals in a woodland habitat in Science, and then made some pictures of some of the animals we decided lived in a wood. We have also been trying to make some art outside like Andy Goldsworthy, have a look at the photos to see what we made.
In Maths we have moved on from addition to subtraction, and next week we will try to see how the number bonds we know relate to both calculations.
23rd November 2016
Christmas is creeping ever closer, and we have begun rehearsals for our Christmas production of "Hey Ewe" in earnest - you will be humming those songs along with your child soon! Can I please remind parents that costumes need to be in school no later than Monday 5th December, thank you.
This week we have been continuing to look at subtraction in maths. It has been quite tricky, but we have begun to understand how a number bond we know can relate to a subtraction calculation. Perhaps your child can explain how we know which numbers to put where in a cherry number bond diagram and then tell you a subtraction sum to go with it?
In Geography we have looked at compasses, direction and maps. Some children made their own maps, and were sure to mark North. We all went outside and had a practise with a compass, to find North and work out in which direction we were walking. We really enjoyed ourselves - have a look at the photos to see us hard at work!
1st December 2016
This week we have been completing assessments, which the children have tackled in an amazingly positive and determined way. We have been consolidating our knowledge of subtraction and addition in maths, and we began an experiment in science to find out what happens to a pine cone in different weather conditions.
We have also been practising our Christmas production. I am sure the children have been singing the songs for Hey Ewe at home, I know I have! Thank you to those that have already sent in the costumes for the play.
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Beech class had a unexpected delivery today - a letter from Santa, telling us all about a disaster at the North pole. An elf called Fredbert had caused a flood that had destroyed all the letters from children! Santa asked the children to write to him again, which everyone did with great enthusiasm. Everyone was very polite in asking for something nice for Christmas, and lots of children even offered to help Santa fix the roof.
The letter appeared by elf magic, and the letters we had written disappeared while we were busy rehearsing our play - although some children tried to catch the elves by watching through the window at break time, no one saw them.
15th December 2016
We have reached the end of our second term, and I am thrilled with the way that Beech class has grown. They are more independent and very motivated to learn - no matter how tired they are, all the children have continued to try their best in everything we do.
The performances of "Hey Ewe" were fantastic, and everyone enjoyed performing; there are some pictures below.
In class this week, we have been looking at shapes - the children have amazed me in their ability to describe the properties of 2D and 3D shapes using the correct mathematical vocabulary. We have also been having a good look through reading journals - could we please ask parents to just make a note in the journal when you listen to your child read; the date and the title of the book they have read would be a great help.
Thank you all for your support in the first two terms of Year 1, have a wonderful Christmas break and we look forward to welcoming you back in January.