This term, the children will be exploring woodlands. In science, we will be looking at Autumn and what happens to the leaves on the trees at this time of year; we will also be asking the question are all leaves the same? We will also investigate what happens to pine cones in different weather conditions and temperatures.
We will also be reading some traditional tales set in the woods - Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel - and having a go at writing our own.
The children will also have the opportunity to use natural materials in art this term.
Please do take the opportunity to visit some woods - you never know what you might find there!
11th December to End of Term
To finish the term we will continue to explore position in Maths- specifically our left and our right hand sides and we will use these terms in different situations to explore this in depth.
We will be thinking about Christmas too in many different ways. We will explore the story and some of the traditions; we will be decorating our own pine cones and linking this to the skill of colour mixing we have learnt; we will make our own Christmas cards too and think about how the written piece is structured.
We have our Nativity Play performances and a Science show too- ask your child to tell you all about what they found out about!
December 7th 2017
This week we have been very busy rehearsing for our Christmas play - we can't wait for the performances next week!
In Maths, we have been learning about ordinal numbers and position, learning about 1st - 10th, left and right, before, after and in between.
In our topic, we have worked really hard to finish our story of Little Red Riding Hood.
This week in Maths we have been continuing to think about shape. We have looked more specifically at shapes within patterns. We have been completing patterns and also been making up some of our own.
In topic we have thought in more detail about the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We have produced a story mountain which has helped us to think about having a beginning, a middle and an end and this has prepared us to write the story ourselves!
We also gave each other a 'Friendship' token this week thinking about what we could offer to a friend. For example- kindness, sharing, playing together and being helpful.
We also took part in our Cross Country event. The children enjoyed having an obstacle course outside and racing over the mountain!
This week we have been looking at shapes in maths. We have tried to describe them using the correct mathematical language and to work out what makes each shape unique.
In Science, we concluded the pinecone experiment - if a pinecone is warm, it opens and if it is cold it closes. Who knew that a pinecone could respond to the weather! We discussed why, and then took apart the pinecones to see what was inside, naming the seeds and the scales.
In topic, we have been focusing once again on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We thought about the characters and what makes them different - the wolf might be described as fierce or mean, and Little Red Riding Hood as scared and kind. Next week, we will be writing our own version of the story.
We have also been really busy rehearsing for the Christmas play - please do remember to bring in costumes next week ready for the dress rehearsal.
Week 30th October
We enjoyed writing a recount of what we did in the half-term holiday at the beginning of the week. We produced some fabulous pieces of writing thinking about the punctuation we would need and extending our sentences too by adding more detail.
This week in Maths we have been learning how to subtract. We have used a number line to do this in different ways- counting on from the smaller number and by counting back from the greater number.
In both Science and Topic we have been exploring Autumn. We have thought about the changes Autumn brings and how this changes what we wear too. We also matched the season with the months of the year and have been practising writing these! We also created Autumn leaves by drawing around our own hand prints.
November 10th 2017
We have had a very busy week this week. In Maths the children have been continuing to improve their subtraction skills and looking at the families of number sentences that can be made from one number bond.
During our topic lessons, the children have been thinking about the traditional tale "Little Red Riding Hood" and completing a story map to help retell the story.
In science, the children have been using an identification sheet to help us work out the names of different leaves and whether they are evergreen or deciduous trees. This was in preparation to our trip to the Earth Trust at Wittenham Clumps.
The children had a great time exploring the woods and the garden area at the Earth Trust. Dens were made, swings and hammocks enjoyed and bug life investigated, as well as plenty of opportunities to explore the woods and the different trees there. In the garden area, the children made nests for mice and hedgehogs from teezles and pinecones. The mud kitchen was very popular, and some were brave enough to feed the chickens in the orchard! It was a fantastic day, well done Year 1.
Week 13th November
This week in Maths we are consolidating all our subtraction knowledge- we are using number lines, writing families of number sentences and solving word problems.
In topic we are writing about what we did on the school trip last week and we are thinking carefully about how we can form a longer piece of writing by adding more detail.
In Science we started an investigation. The children looked at pine cones and made predictions as to what they think might happen to them in the cold and in the warm. They drew diagrams and wrote their predictions too. We have now placed our pine cones in the cold and warm ready to investigate the findings next week and discover what actually happens to them!