As you know we now have a new website and our class blogs have also been slightly tweeked.
This is where you will see termly updates for our class and our learning.
This half term we are looking at everyday materials in Science. The first task was to classify different objects in our immediate environment by there physical properties. We then started to look at humanmade and natural materials and investigated where lots of our everyday materials come from.
This term in Summer 1 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 one's Big Question in science was:
Would you build a boat out of cardboard? Why or why not.
We made predictions and tested objects and materials 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!
In science for Spring 2 our topic was ‘Animals,’ and our Big Question was:
What is the same and what is different between a cat and a bird?
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 used laptops and each child has created their own Animal Classification document using Powerpoint. The children researched different animals and placed them in the correct area for classification. They then named them and added some facts. We even got round to looking at extinct animals and discussed animal evolution. The question wasn't so much what came first the chiken or the egg but are chickens in fact related to dinosaurs!
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 and implements in the classroom such as paintbrush handles, lolly sticks or forks. The children then sketched their own animal before cutting out their textured card and collaging their animal. The results were truly fantastic!
We also had a great visit from Zoolab.
The children got to meet lots of animals in a really interactive and informative workshop.
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!
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
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 been doing 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.
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!
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.
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 the fairy tales?
We have been developing our ball skills during outdoor PE. We have been practicing rolling and throwing with control and accuracy.
During indoor PE we have been interpreting music from the The Carnival Of Animals book. We have been listening to the different styles, tempos and beats and then moving as different animals we perceive. More recently we have been listening to and dancing to music from different countries around the World.
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.
The children also loved looking around the aquarium. We enjoyed reading the information about the different 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.
We also looked around the main museum, added to the wish tree, made origami butterflies and visited the farm!! That's not to mention the highlight of the day....catching the 185!!
A big thank you to all of our parent helpers. We had a fantastic time on our first trip out since we started school!
The children were visited by Jenny from her yoga company Free Spirited.
We completed our yoga workshop and have been using some of our newly taught yoga moves and skills during our warm ups in PE.
In the spring 2 term we have been having weekly music lessons with our brilliant music teacher Duncan.
He has been teaching us lots of new songs and musical techniques. We have investigated musical beats, musical notes, body percussion and learnt lots of new songs. The children absolutely love these sessions its just a shame they are only 30 minutes long!
We have learnt the following songs over the course of the half term:
Hello song, Cooking song, Hammer song, See how I'm bouncing and lots of call and response verses
We started the term by investigating instruments that make long and short sounds. We then started to compose and write pieces first in pairs, then small groups and finally a whole class orchestra. We wrote our songs to bars of 16 which incorporated both short and long sounds. The children wrote their musical score on whiteboards and then read this to perform to the class
Here our some of our highlights