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Welcome To 1AM

Wow!  I can’t believe we are half way through the academic year already!  What a fantastic time we have been having in 1AM. 

Have a look through our page and you can see what we have been up to!

 

 

summer term

English & Topic 

This term we have been learning about the Amazon Rainforest.  Whilst on our Amazon Adventure, we have begun to compare life and weather patterns in the Amazon to our life here in London.  We have our ‘exploring hats on’ and have begun to discover different foods found the Amazon Rainforest and the habitat of animals that live there.  We have learnt all about the different layers of a rainforest and discovered what animals live in each layer and why. 

We will continue to look at environments and discuss natural and human made objects in the world.  We have continued to develop our geographical language, naming and locating continents of the world.  We have been discussing human impact on the world and what we can do to help make the world a healthier, cleaner place to live.  We discussed this through the book, Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish.  We created a brochure of How to Keep the World Healthy.

We have moved on to the book 'Roaming in the Rainforest.'  Keep an eye out for our adapted stories of us roaming through the rainforest. 

In art we will be looking at Romero Britto.  Stay tuned for some of these masterpieces based around animals in the Amazon!

 

Maths

In Maths we have begun our journey into multiplication and division.  While this is a new concept for us, we have had fun searching for array in our learning environment, making our own arrays, making equal groups and sharing equal amounts with out friends. 

We are moving onto Fractions in the coming weeks!  We have discovered that Math’s is EVERYWHERE!!  We use it a lot in science and just through our day to day life with telling the time, counting coins and even seeing different shapes in various objects! 

Science

This term in science we have started out ‘Growing’ topic and have been super scientists, sorting seeds and making predictions as to what we think the seeds may grow into.  Over the last few weeks we have watched our chosen seeds grow.  We watched the germination process through clear bags on the window, before we planted them in soil.  We have been monitoring the progress and watching the changes over each week by keeping a 'plant diary.'  We can’t wait to see what comes from our seeds!

spring term

ENGLISH & topic

 

This term we have been learning all about Flight.  On International Women’s Day we learnt about current and historical women who have made history with their bravery and commitment to their cause. Defeating gender stereotypes, we discovered how in the 1930s Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic while Bessie Coleman became a stunt pilot who also challenged racial prejudice through disallowing segregation at her shows.

We read the story of Emma Jane’s aeroplane by Katie Haworth and rewrote the story in our own words, adding in our own ideas for capital cities for Emma Jane to visit and describing new characters she could meet there. We focused on making our writing interesting using varied verbs and adverbs, such as ‘Emma Jane swiftly dived under Tower Bridge’. Through this story we learned about the landmarks in capital cities across the world.

 

 

MATHS 

Starting with the book ‘One is a snail, ten is a crab’, we have been busy using straws, lolly sticks and eventually dienes to build numbers to 50, some of us to 100 and over! This has helped us to recognise the value of digits in a number.  We have done lots of work on partitioning numbers into tens and ones which we will begin to use in addition and subtraction.  Making pictorial and physical representations of numbers enables us to understand the concepts behind the values of digits before completing work using only the written numbers. For example, in the digit ‘25’, the 2 represents two tens and the 5 represents five ones.

We also enjoyed celebrating 2's day on Tuesday the 2nd of February 2022 (2.2.22) this year... 

SCIENCE

In science our topic was ‘Animals,’ and out Big Question was:

What makes animals similar or different?

Throughout this unit we explored the animal kingdom, finding out about the different features that we use to classify animals into their groups.  Thinking carefully about the animals we know, we identified features such as fur / hair, scales or feathers, being warm or cold blooded and laying eggs (on land or in water) or giving birth to live babies. We then used clues to identify which group an animal would belong to using the classification groups of mammals, fish, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians. 

We then had fun making our own animals in Art experimenting with the techniques used by Eric Carle in his illustrations. We first explored colour, changing a pure colour into a tint or shade using white and black, then we created texture in our paint using everyday objects in the classroom such as paintbrush handles or forks. Cutting our painted papers, we created a collage of a chosen animal from an Eric Carle book.

autumn term

 

ENGLISH & TOPIC

This term we have been so busy in 1AM learning all about the Polar Regions.  We learnt about Antarctica and the Arctic and what animals we can find there, compared to London.  We researched and learnt about Capitain Scott, Captain Preet Chandi and Roald Amundson.  We also explored Sisimiut in Greenland and compared life there to our life in London.

We read the story Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers and rewrote the story in our own words, then we read the book called Dear Greenpeace by Simon James and have been writing letters to Emily on behalf of Greenpeace sharing all of the information we know about whales and why there couldn’t possibly be a whale in her pond!

 

Year 1 Trip

This term, Year 1 went to the Horniman Museum as part of their study of the ‘Polar Regions.’  We participated in a workshop run by Lucy and had to get into our imaginary aeroplane to fly all the way to the Arctic.  We discussed what animals we might find there and learnt about the life of the Inuit people, and how they survived in the past compared to what they have access to now.  We found out that Inuit’s use animal skins to make their clothing because it is warm and can be waterproof.  We saw some toys that the children used including little hand-made dolls, boots that the Inuit people had made and also tools that they have made to help them catch their food.  We pretended to go inside an igloo, and found out that they had to use a dish to light a fire using animal fat and two stones to start a spark.

We also had a look around the aquarium.  We enjoyed reading the information about the animals on the boards and showed great excitement when we managed to find them in their tanks.   They can be a bit sneaky and camouflage or hide under rocks and in or behind coral.

 

A big thank you to all of our parent helpers.  We had a fantastic time on our first trip out since we started school!

 

MATHS 

In maths we have been busy using non-standard units to measure objects in our classroom, while some of us have been using centimetres and metres.  We have done lots of work on our number bonds to ten and twenty which has helped us with our addition recall and bridging through ten.  We enjoy using practical resources to solve problems before completing our bookwork to ensure we have a solid understanding of concepts.

Remember the Maths is EVERYWHERE!  Why not do some baking at home, count how many star jumps you can do in 30 seconds, practise looking at clocks and seeing what numbers you can see on there, look at coins and recognise what the value of each coin is.

This term we also celebrated maths day.  We also practised writing numbers in other languages.

SCIENCE

In science our topic was ‘Materials,’ and out Big Question was:

Would you build a boat out of cardboard?  Why or why not.

Throughout this unit we explored different materials, found out what they were made of and what their properties were.  We made predictions about objects that we thought would float or sink and explored the words, ‘density and displacement’ and discovered this is why some objects sink and others floated.

We then had fun making our own boats and testing them to see if they floated and if they could hold objects in them.

COMPUTING

This half term we have been developing our computer skills. We have been learning how to logon to the computer and safely shut the computer down. We have learnt how to open a popular internet search engine and look up some traditional fairy tales. We looked and selected some images before drawing our favourite picture. We then set about replicating this picture using a paint programme on the laptops. Once the children got to grips with the technology they started making some fantastic pieces. It was essential at this point that the children then learnt how to save and retrieve files from their own folders in the school shared database.

Can you recognise any of our picutres?