Prior to the Easter break we carried out an investigation to see which material would help a bean grow the most. We noticed some changes before the holidays as we could see some tiny shoots from the bean and some of the beans had actually grown.
After the Easter break we observed the beans again and we were amazed to see some huge differences, although sadly not all the beans grew. However, some of them had long stems, small leaves and there were lots of roots. The children enjoyed seeing this observation over time and it allowed them to see if our original predictions were correct.
The children now understand that you need water, sunlight and the air around us (oxygen) to make a plant grow.
We have some scientists in the making in year 1.
So...during our inventions week we learnt how to make a cardboard car. We followed instructions on how to make a car and produced some excellent inventions. As inventors, we realised that we had a slight problem with our invention. We came to the conclusion that some of our milk bottle tops needed to have smaller holes in the middle, but we know that is the beauty of being an inventor and we could do it differently next time. It was a perfect example of our resilience.
What a way to finish the term!
In the afternoon we enjoyed a Lego workshop. First we had to use just 3 bricks and the Bluetooth motor. Children had to program the motor to move and afterwards we used our STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills to create a fair ground ride. It was a fantastic session and all children were thoroughly engaged. We have lots of engineers in the making!
During our English lessons children were given mixed up instructions about how to plant a sunflower. They learnt how to identify the features of instructions including the title, sub-heading, bullet points, number steps and a top tip. They were also able to identify the time conjunctions (first, second, next, then, after that and finally) and imperative verbs such as: cut, push, place, stick, fill.
The next day children followed their own instructions to plant their very own sunflower...let's hope they grow...but not quite as tall as the beanstalk as we wouldn't want the giant coming back to get us!
Steve Webb - KS1 Author Visit - World Book Day
The children had an exciting afternoon on World Book Day when they had a visit from Steve Webb, the author of Tanka Tanka Skunk, Bigger Digger and Spangles McNasty and the Fish of Gold. They were entertained by listening to Tanka Tanka Skunk. It was a captivating visit and one which the children thoroughly enjoyed. It even reduced some to tears when they couldn't stop laughing at his dramatic display.
Testing the properties of materials
We had a fun lesson in science testing the properties of materials. We had to find out if things were bendy/not bendy, opaque/transparent, absorbent/not absorbent, waterproof/not waterproof. The children really enjoyed finding the properties and they were able to use scientific stem sentences to explain their findings. We certainly have some little scientists in the making in year 1.
We are now underway with learning all about the traditional tale Jack and the Beanstalk. The children have been captivated by the story and have enjoyed talk for writing the story. This is where we use actions to support our learning and it allows us to think about our sentence structure for when we retell the story.
The fact that we found an axe (a pretend one of course) in our classrooms on Monday made us wonder which story it had come from, but we soon worked out it was to chop down the beanstalk so the Giant couldn't come for us.
The children have been learning new vocabulary already this half term and they should now be able to tell you what clambered, clutched and bellowed means. We have also been learning synonyms for these words. Please feel free to talk over the story with your child as it helps them to remember all the aspects of the story.
In English we have been looking at the book The Snail and the Whale. The children have been enthralled with the rhyming in the book and have enjoyed retelling the story using the talk for writing actions. We have sent home a story map and if you ask your child I’m sure they will remember lots of the actions, if not why not make up new actions for part of the story? We are practising writing our sentences beginning with a capital letter, using finger spaces and ending our sentence with a full stop. The children have also started to add adjectives into their writing to make their writing more interesting and this has been lovely to read.
In maths this half term we are moving onto numbers to 20. To support this at home you can talk to your children about these numbers and practise counting forwards and backwards. We have been focusing on writing these numbers, one more and one less, and will shortly be adding and subtracting using different resources.
In Maths, we have recently been learning about subtraction using different methods. Within these photos we have used the 'first, then and now' resources to help us understand subtraction by using a stem sentence.
For example: First there were 5 birds, then 3 flew away and now there are 2.
The children have become confident in explaining this and showing the numbers in a part whole and bar model.
We have also been working on both the subtraction and addition fact families for these numbers.
So using 5 as the whole, 3 as one part and 2 as the other part, we can create these fact families.
Addition fact family Subtraction fact family
2 + 3 = 5 5 - 3 = 2
3 + 2 = 5 5 - 2 = 3
5 = 2 + 3 2 = 5 - 3
5 = 3 + 2 3 = 5 - 2
It is so impressive as to how the children have coped with our tricky Maths, but they have shown great resilience and have challenged themselves in every lesson.
Well what an amazing time we had this week. In the days leading up to our Skipton Castle visit the children's excitement was building. On the day of the trip we boarded the coach and set off with our packed lunches in tow. When we arrived at Skipton we were met by 3 fantastic tour guides. Their names were Peter, Tim and Barry. Who knew they could even perform magic! Mrs Lock and Miss Bowes knew we would be in for a treat.
The guides took us on a tour of the castle, pausing at different opportunities to explain about the different parts of the castle, or to tell us how things worked or ran in the olden days. The learning the children took part in meant that they absorbed information and really grasped how castle features helped to protect the King or Queen in the past.
All of the children were a credit to our school. They asked thoughtful questions, enjoyed contributing to discussions with the guides and their peers, and were able to relate the features we had talked about in the classroom to those we saw.
A fantastic experience enjoyed by all. We would like to say a big thank you to all of the adults that offered to volunteer and those who came with us on the day.
This is me week
Please read on to see what we have been up to in our focus week and we hope you enjoy looking at our photographs.
We were terribly excited this week. During the week we looked at someone who we thought to be inspirational. It just so happened he has been in the news a lot lately. We chose...
Throughout the week we learnt about him and his family. We also learnt about the charities he supports and all the people he has helped.
To engage the children in writing, how apt that Duke and Duchess of Sussex would announce they were expecting a baby. We took the opportunity to write to them and send cards to say congratulations. The excitement when children learnt we had posted them to Kensington Palace was a delight to see.
Well what a fabulous theme week! The children have worked so hard and learnt so many new skills.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed this week, especially joining in with 'no pens/pencils' day.
During the week we learnt the song 'This is me' and we have had some singing that promises X Factor futures. This sounded amazing in assembly on Friday.
On Monday we started the week with a workshop where we all joined the circus. The children were thrilled to be ringmasters, escape artists, strongmen, plate spinners, elephant tamers, clowns and tight rope walkers. What we learnt is that everyone in the circus is not better than their friends and that when they all work together they show they have mutual RESPECT. Children linked this to our school values and our day to day respect for each other in the classroom and on the playground.
As the week moved on, during 'no pens/pencils day' we took to phonics games, art work and music. In art we looked at turning our faces into Frida Kahlo inspired artwork. We chose our favourite things to become our background and used our cutting skills to cut round these. After that we stuck our faces on to create art work just like Frida.
In music we learnt what some of our instruments are called and how to play them correctly. We started out by learning about rhythm and clapping a beat, then we copied different beats using our hands on our knees, before playing the instruments with the backing track from the Greatest Showman.
Overall it was an exciting week!
In maths, we have been learning about part / whole models and how we can use these in addition. The children have been using the stem sentence:
The whole is ________. One part is _______ and the other part is ________.
The children have used these with objects, blocks and numbers and they are now able to use these to add two numbers together (the parts) to make the total / sum (the whole). They know that the whole is the bigger number and the two parts are the smaller numbers.
If you are doing any addition at home, feel free to ask your child if they can say it out in a sentence as this helps reinforce what we do in the classroom.