Teacher: Miss Low
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Clements
Specialist Teachers: Mrs Anderson (French); Mrs Marshall (Music); Miss Yenson (P.E.)
We are a class of Year 1 children. Look here regularly to find out all about our learning.
Summer Term 1.
After a wonderful Easter break we have returned to school refreshed and ready to learn. We have a new history focused theme called 'time travel' and are learning about changes in life within living memory. As it is the Queen's 90th birthday this year, we are linking this to our history theme as we learn what life was like for our parents, grandparents and great grandparents. On Thursday 21st April we celebrated the Queen's real birthday with a party morning. On Friday's we have forest school with Mrs Nash and then are having practical science lessons in the afternoon. We are learning about plants and are preparing the allotment area in school and are going to plant seeds, learn what plants need to live and grow so that we can look after them and then when they are ready, we are going to harvest our crops and make food with them. This will help us to understand where some of our food comes from, understand what plants need to grow, to identify the parts of plants and be able to name different plants.
On Tuesday 26th April we are going to St Kenelm's CE Primary school to take part in an orienteering festival, We practiced this last half term in PE.
Today (Monday 16th May) we had a 'Life Long Ago' workshop where we were Paleontologists and excavated fossils of dinosaurs that lived millions of years ago. We learnt facts about dinosaurs and how we can tell this from the fossils we discovered. In the afternoon we then had some special and pretty fierce visitors!! Take a look at our pictures!
Spring Term 2.
This half term our theme is, 'From a Story.' Miss Low asked the children for their favourite authors, books and book characters before half term and what they would like to have as a focus. The children love reading and shared many books that they enjoy but we decided as a class to look at the Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond. We have linked our learning to maths, science, D& T and geography. We have also managed to cover some non-fiction writing too about Peru. We dressed up for World Book Day, we have added some comfy cushions and plants to our reading corner and have a Paddington train station role play which has a Lost Property office. The children have enjoyed writing instructions to make a marmalade sandwich which we also linked to Maths fractions work on halves and quarters. We have also learnt about time to the hour and half past on an analogue clock. In geography we have learnt about the continents and oceans of the world and where England and Peru are. This helped us to see how far Paddington had travelled as a stowaway. We have been on the train to Hagley Library where the librarian Jenny talked to us about how to use the library and read some stories by Michael Bond, the author of Paddington. We are currently learning about writing postcards and will write some as Paddington Bear to his Aunt Lucy in Lima, Peru. We are hoping to design, make and test a coat for Paddington using our science knowledge on the properties of materials. We are going to continue to use Paddington as a stimulus next half term as we learn about Queen Elizabeth the Second and celebrate her 90th Birthday in our History theme. There are many books about Paddington's adventures around London and we can learn more about Great Britain and compare it to Peru in South America.
Spring Term 1.
Last half term our theme is 'In the lab' and has a Science focus. We are focusing our learning on materials and their properties. We started our work with an exciting start. A scientist, called Cosmic came and ran a science workshop with us where we had to choose materials (staying within a budget) to make a shuttle to protect our 'eggstronaut' (an egg astronaut ) We worked together in groups and then tested our shuttles. Two groups 'eggstronauts' survived their travels!
We have been learning what the word 'material' means in science - it is what things are made of. We have used the story, 'Stick Man' by Julia Donaldson to begin our work on identifying natural and man - made materials. We sorted pictures of natural or man-made materials. We also went on a walk to Ladypool where we looked for things in our local environment and identified whether they were made from natural or man- made materials. We have also been naming objects (identifying nouns which links to our literacy work) and naming the materials the objects are made from.
Next, we will be naming materials we might see everyday and will be investigating, describing and comparing the properties of some of these materials. We will be using the stories of 'The Three Little Pigs' and 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' to help us with this work. We will be designing, making and testing objects to see if we can choose appropriate materials with the properties we need. We are going on a trip to Bishops Wood to help us with this learning.
In Literacy, we have made our own Stick people, retold the story of Stick Man and joined in with reading it as well as learning about nouns.
In Maths, so far, we have been learning our number bonds to 5, 10 and 20 and representing them in different ways and learning to recognize coins and notes.
We have been on a learning walk to Ladypool and a trip to the Bishop's Wood Centre to learn more about different materials. We have learnt about natural and man-made materials, named everyday materials and objects that can be made of them and are beginning to think about their properties.
Autumn Term 2.
During this theme we thought about what was special about us, our skills and talents. In Science we continued our learning about the parts of our body and the 5 senses. We investigated and tested our sense of taste, touch, sight, sound and smell. We learnt about an important person and event in history, the Gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes. We wrote poetry about Bonfire night using our senses and produced some Literacy work on Frozen, retelling the story and thinking about what were Elsa's special powers. We thought about what our 'special powers' were and using our imagination, wrote about a super power we wished we could have. We made baubles from scraps of material for the Christmas market and made some money for our class budget! We LOVED reading 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by C.S.Lewis. Miss Low read the book to us and we watched the DVD. We wrote a missing poster for Mr Tumnus and a letter to Lucy from Mr Tumnus.
Everyone worked really hard to collect milk bottles to make an igloo for our role play area.
We practised and performed our maths based Christmas Nativity. Everyone enjoyed it and said we were great!!
In RE we learnt about the true meaning of Christmas, the Nativity story and learnt about and made Christingles. We also learnt what it means to belong to a faith community.
Autumn term 1.
A Pop Start!
In this theme we started by learning the secrets of success. We wrote about our favourite super heroes and created our own Superhero alphabet. We practised our handwriting families and ordered letters of the alphabet. We learnt about the Pop artist Andy Warhol and went on a trip to Wolverhampton Art Gallery to learn more about him and see some of his art work, and other famous Pop art. We loved looking at the exhibits!
We used Pop art as an inspiration for art work we created to celebrate the birthday of our school and the official opening of the new building. We took part in the world education games and had focused days on Maths, Science and Literacy. On the maths days we had workshops, games and musical maths. On the literacy day we completed work around the book ' Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers. On the Science day we completed investigations on our work on the human body and senses. We researched and recorded facts about Emperor penguins and learnt and retold the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood.'