Here is what 1EB have been up to this half term.
English & Topic
This term we are learning about the Amazon Rainforest. Whilst on our Amazon Adventure, we have been comparing life and weather patterns in the Amazon to here in Lodnon. With our 'explorer hats' on we have begun to discover different foods found in the Amazon Rainforest and the habitat of animals who live there. We have learned about the different layers of a rainforest and discovered which animals are adapted to live in each layer and why.
We will continue to look at environments and discuss natural and man made objects in the world. We have further developed our geographical language through naming and locating continents. We have considered human impact on the world and what we can do as individuals to make the world a cleaner and healthier place to live. We discussed this through the book 'Dinosaurs and all that rubbish' and made a leaflet about 'How to look after our world'.
We have moved onto the book, 'Roaming in the Rainforest' and are enjoying exploring it's rhythm and rhyme. The children will be adapting this story to write their own journey of roaming through the rainforest, make sure you ask them to tell you theirs.
In Art we will be looking at pop artist Romero Britto. We will be creating some of our own masterpeices in his style focusing on animals of the Amazon.
In Maths, we have started exploring Multiplication and Division. To start to undertsand this new concept, we have had fun searching for arrays in our learning environment, making our own arrays, making equal groups and sharing equal amounts out with friends. In the coming weeks we will be looking at Fractions!
Of course, we know that Maths is everywhere and we are using it to tell the time, count out coins, share out resources and noticing shapes in various objects. We use Maths in Science when we measure our seedlings or in Art when we cut out shapes or make patterns.
This term we have started our topic on 'Growing'. Being 'super scientists' we have sorted seeds and made predictions about what we think they might grow into. We have watched our seeds grow over the last few weeks, thinking about the conditions needed for germination. Having observed the germination procress through clear bags on the windowsill, we carefully planted the seeds on. We are monitoring the progress of our seedlings and noting weekly changes in our plant diaries. We are looking forward to seeing the end result!
Spring term 2
English and Topic
In Spring term 2 our English and Topic focus was 'flight'. On International Women's Day we learned about contemporary and historical women who showed bravery and commitment to their cause. Challenging gender stereotypes, we learned how, in the 1930s, Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic while Bessie Coleman became a stunt pilot who challenged racial prejudice through disallowing segregation at her shows. We read the story of Emma-Jane's aeroplane by Katie Haworth and re-wrote the story using our own ideas for capital cities for Emma-Jane to visit and composed interesting descriptions of new characters she could meet. Through this story we found out about landmarks in capital cities across the world.
Starting with the book 'One is a snail, ten is a crab' we used straws, lolly sticks and eventually dienes to build numbers to 50, some of us to 100 and over! This helped us recognise the value of digits in a number. We worked on partitioning numbers into tens and ones which we will begin to use in addition and subtraction. Making physical representations of numbers helps us understand the concepts behind behind the value of digits before completing work using only the written numbers. For example, it is important to understand that in the number 25 the digit '2' represents to tens or twenty and the digit '5' represents 5 ones.
Our topic was 'animals'. We started with the Big Question 'how are animals similar or different?' to explore the animal kingdom and find out about the features used to classify animals into groups. Starting with animals we knew, 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 these features to classify animals as mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, insects or amphibians. We also learned about some more unusual animals like the duck-billed platypus for a challenge!
For some hands on experience we enjoyed an Animal Explorer visit from Zoolab where the children handled a variety of animals themselves to answer their own questions, such as, 'do snails feel slimy?'.
Following our Animals theme from Science, we had fun creating images of animals 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 such as paint brush handles, combs or forks. Cutting our painted papers, we created a collage of a chosen animal from an Eric Carle story.
Spring term 1
On Monday 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!
This half term we are looking at everyday materials in Science. The children have been challenged were first asked to classify different objects in our immediate environment by there physical properties. We then started to look at humanmade and natural materials and where lots of our everyday materials come from.
Then we designed our very own boat to test out in the water tray. We talked about things being waterproof and discussed which materials would float and sink. We thought about the density, buoyancy and surface area of the materials we were using. Afterwards we evaluated our boats and made suggestions to improve them.
During our Art day we have made some fantastic pictures of the Aurora Borealis. We used a variety of soft pastel techniques and practiced these in our art sketch books.We looked at blending colours and what colours we can make using the three primary colours.The children then chose the techniques they thought would be the most effective to create their pictures. They then painted on the landscape, trees and stars with black and white paint using a range of different sized brushes and brush strokes.
We have been learning about algorithms in Computing. The children programmed a jam sandwich making robot making sure their instructions were precise or they wouldn't get their delicious jam sandwich at the end!We looked at TV cooking programmes and chefs. These helped the children understand the detail they need to go into when explaining recipes and also how to interact with the audience. The children then made a story board and set of instructions to help them present their videos and practiced finding and using a video function to record. They finally entered our studio and recorded their presentations.
We have been investigating height, length and size in Maths during Spring 1. The children have had a great time learning about how to measure fairly and accurately using non standard measuring resources. We then introduced standard measuring techniques and units. We have used rulers and tape measures to look around our immediate environment to measure different objects
We have used out ten frames to work out addition number problems using a 'bridging through ten' technique.
Take a look at our clothes on the NSPCC number day!