This term we will be learning all about Superheroes - not just Spiderman and Superman, but ordinary people that are everyday heroes too. We will have a visit from an animal hero - a Guide Dog whose owner will explain to the children why he is her hero. We will explore comic books and graphic novels, looking at speech bubbles, thought clouds and onomatopoeia and thinking about the qualities of heroes and villains.
In Science, we will be learning about materials and their properties and continuing to develop our scientific thinking.
In Maths, we will be learning about measuring beginning with length and height before moving on to mass.
If you'd like to support your child's learning this term, why not pop to the library to borrow a graphic novel, or find a comic for them to read!
Week 1st April
In English this week, We have been exploring persuasive arguments by writing a letter to a chosen audience giving reasons why the main character in our class text should be allowed back into the wild. We have brought our class story ' Wild' to a close by writing a book review. We also shared what puzzles us about and reflected on how you 'can't tame something so happily wild'
We have been consolidating our understanding of length, height and comparing number sentences. We have also extended on reasoning and problem-solving skills by collarborating with our classmates to investigate capacity and volume.
To end our Superheroes topic , we have been discussing how we can be superheroes by contributing positively to our school community. We also learned about Elizabeth Fry another superhero from the past, who campaigned to improve the life prisoners by providing them with food and clothing.
Week 25th March
This week in Maths we have been linking all of our learning together and have explored weight and capacity further. We have looked at problems that we have needed to solve and we have had to explain our reasons.
In Science we looked at 'What is in a bud'. We opened up a bud and used a magnifying glass to look at this in detail.
In Topic we had our Superhero themed day! We were superheroes for the whole day- we went on a hunt to see if school was safe from baddies. We found clues, with the masks we had made on and discovered 'Bad-bopper' a baddie who did not like to recycle. We took him back to the classroom to ask him questions and to see if we could turn him into a goodie! We did change his mind and we renamed him 'Superkid'. We also designed and made our very own superheroes from craft materials. It was a great day Year One- well done!
Week 18th March
We have started a new book for our English work this week. We explored the book cover and illustrations on examined who they were? Where they lived? How do they feel? We found that the character was a girl who "no one remembered how she came to the woods, but all knew it was right." We have written in the role of the character to explore their feelings and justify our response as to whether we would like to live like her or not.
This week in maths, we have continued to investigate weight and capacity. We have investigated how much a container could hold. We have continued to consolidate our understanding of comparing different objects to find which is heavier or lighter.
We have made our 'Super Smoothies' and evaluated what went well? what we didn't like about the taste? What we will do better next time?
Week 11th March
This week in Maths we have been exploring the weight of objects and using the terms lighter, heavier and balanced. We have then used non-standard units (cubes) to weigh objects and compare their weight too.
In Science we thought more about materials and what material an object is actually made from- some we found were made from more than one material!
In Topic we have had a superhero workshop- we helped our Superhero on her mission to save the planet! We are going to carry on helping by 'Reducing, Reusing and Recycling'.
We have also thought a lot about healthy eating and foods this week as well as preparing a recipe card for a 'Super Smoothie' that we will be making next week. We had to make sure it had a super food in it- ask us which super foods we chose and why it is a super food!
Week 4th March
In Topic this week, we have been learning about Florence Nightingale and what she was known for. We found that she was a wealthy woman who nursed wounded soldiers in the Crimean War. We also found that she was known as 'The Lady of the Lamp' because she wandered through the night to care for wounded soldiers.
In Maths, we have learned about the length and height of objects. We ordered building from shortest to tallest and vis versa. We looked at measuring the length and height of objects using linking cubes to measure. Finally, we have learned how to use a ruler in measuring in centimetres(cm).
In English, we have continued to explore our class story- 'Traction Man is Here'. We looked at the features of a comic strip and invented a new adventure for Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush.
We have also celebrated World Book Day with renewed enthusiasm for reading different genres of books. We took part in a masterclass about one of our favourite books and invented new stories and characters for our story. We also visited the local library and borrowed books. We crowned the week by dressing up as our favourite characters, authors and readers.
Week 25th February
In Maths this week we have been continuing to think about our numbers to 50 and ordered numbers from smallest to largest. We have used our knowledge of place value and our tens and ones to help us.
We have also been counting up in 2's and 5's- why not have a go at counting like this at home, a great activity whilst walking!
In Science we have been exploring materials. We looked at the raw form and named the material. We explored rock, water, metal, plastic, wood and glass.
In Topic we are now exploring everything 'Superheroes'. We have generated words to describe how a superhero behaves and well as taking photos on the ipads of ourselves in a superhero action pose!