This term we will be learning all about dinosaurs - we will be using real fossils to help us understand how we know so much about the dinosaurs and finding out about Mary Anning, one of the first fossil hunters. We will be thinking about what a dinosaur ate for dinner, and how we can tell this from its teeth and maybe even its poo!
In Science, we will be linking all we know about dinosaurs to their closest living relatives - reptiles. We will also be learning about different groups of animals such as mammals, birds and amphibians and how we know what group an animal belongs to.
We will also be having a visit from Jonathan's Jungle Roadshow so that we can meet some reptiles up close.
We're really looking forward to another busy and exciting term!
If you would like to learn more about the history of fossil hunting and dinosaurs in Oxfordshire, the Oxford Natural History Museum and the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock are both fantastic places to visit... and best of all, they are free!
Week 20th May
This week in Maths we have been thinking deeper about how to find quarter of a shape and quarter of a quantity. For example a quarter of 8 is 2.
In English we have been building up story telling language to help us write a retelling of the story- The Little Red Hen. Why not ask us what 'threshing' means!
In Topic we have planned and ran our very own Dinosaur museum. We each had a role such as ticket collectors, fact finders, dinosaur skeleton parts experts and herbivore or carnivore teeth experts just to name a few! We invited Year 3 and Year 4 to our museum so we could teach them lots of things about Dinosaurs!
Week 13th May
This week in maths, we have started exploring fractions. We have looked at equal parts and can now recognise that half is two parts of a whole. We have used stem sentences like this: There are___ counters. Half of ___ is ___ to help us find half of an amount.
In English this week, we have been learning about traditional tales from around the world. We have explored the story of the Little Red Hen ( an English tale) and written a character description about the plump diligent hen , who did all the work and the sly fox who didn't want to help plant the yellow grain of wheat, thresh, mill or bake it but wanted to help eat it.
In Science, we investigated what worms can sense. We noticed that earthworms moved toward shade and can see light. We also found that they can sense sound, touch and smell.
Week 6th May
This week in Maths we have been sharing objects into equal groups and solving problems. For example- Share 20 biscuits between your 5 friends. How many do they each get?
In Topic we have been exploring where dinosaurs lived. We made our very own pre-historic landscape in DT using natural materials and pastels.
Week 29th April
In Maths this week, we have continued to use our understanding of 2s,5s, and 10s to add equal groups and have moved on to making arrays. We have used sentences such as:
There are ____ bananas in each row.
There are____ rows.
There are ____ altogether.
We also record this in a number sentence.
In English, we have been using our senses and interesting similes to write descriptive passages about our own fantasy setting. We have finally met Max, the main character in our class text ' Where the wild things are'. We have read and enacted how Max felt throughout the story. We have also discussed what we liked, disliked about the story.
In topic, we had a visit from Jonathan Jungle Roadshow and his friends. We had the opportunity to interact with all the animals and learned interesting facts about them. Did you know that the Emperor scorpion, which is black, changes colour to pastel green when ultraviolet light is shone on its body?
Week 23rd April
This week in Maths we have started to focus on our 10s. We have been thinking about how many of something there are and how many groups of them there are. For example- 5 bunches of flowers and 10 flowers in each bunch. We have then been thinking about how we can count these in groups of 10.
We have also had a very exciting start to the term as we have had a cricket coach teach us a PE lesson, talk about cricket and deliver a cricket maths lesson! Each week this term Year One will have a PE lesson delivered on a Tuesday to learn cricket skills. This is to get us to start thinking about the Cricket World Cup in the Summer. (PE for just Term 5 will be on a Tuesday and Thursday).
In Topic this week we found a variety of different sized footprints in our classrooms. We asked questions such as- Who do the footprints belong to? and What size were the creatures that left them? We have started to think a little bit about Dinosaurs! We will be taking our investigations further in Science by finding out which animal type Dinosaurs can be classified as and also about 'camouflage.'