Year 1 2020 - 2021
Miss Parkin and Mrs Pauc
In Maths this term we have consolidated numbers to 10. In particular we have focussed on number bonds to and addition within 10. We have represented calculations in various ways which include, part whole models, tens frames, bar modelling and pictoral representations, as well as writing number sentences. We have also been counting forwards and backwards in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and are continuing to do this to become more secure and confident.
This term we have enjoyed sharing traditional tales including Jack and the Beanstalk. Some literacy groups have also covered Little Red Riding Hood and others The Three Billy Goats Gruff. From these stories, we have all joined in with repetitive refrains ‘fi, fi, fo, fum being one of our year group favourites! We have been very enthusiastic and have extremely enjoyed acting out these stories with our friends. We have also sequenced pictures correctly, drawn and labelled story maps... and finally... we have all written in full sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. How amazing are we?
We have really enjoyed science so far this term... we began learning about many different animals (including humans). We identified and then classified them by their key features. We grouped them into, mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish. We were so good at this we then classified them by their food groups of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
We were amazed to learn that humans are mammals and we know that they give birth to live young. We then learnt the names for some of our body parts... we had a great time labelling and drawing parts of the human body, can you tell by from our photographs?
Next we learnt about the five senses. We now know which parts of our bodies are linked to which sense. We also went on a sensory walk around the school grounds to see what we could see, hear, touch, smell and taste, we produced some lovely illustrations to demonstrate our findings. We then enjoyed using our sense of smell to explore various items that are found in the kitchen. Can you tell from our photographs what we do and don’t like the smell of?
In R.E. this term we have revisited the Christmas story. We have particularly focussed on the three wise men and the gifts they gave to Jesus. We know that they gave Jesus gold to show that he is king, frankinsense to show that he is a gift from God and myrrh to show that Jesus will suffer one day. Christians believe that Jesus was a gift from God and that is why we give gifts at Christmas time.
In art we have focussed on two key artists. The first artist we looked at was Pablo Picasso. Picasso was Spanish and mainly painted portraits. Some were real representations of people and others were abstract. He also painted some pictures where facial features were not in the correct places… we loved these pictures as they made us laugh! We had a great time making our own abstract portraits!
The second artist we focussed on was Piet Mondrian who was a Dutch painter and was best known for his abstract paintings and use of primary colours. First we explored the primary colours. We know that primary colours cannot be made my mixing any colours together. Next we mixed the primary colours together and discovered that we could make secondary colours. After that we looked at Mondrian’s abstract pictures ‘Trafalgar Square’ and ‘Broadwalk Boogie Woogie’. We made our own representations of Mondrian’s work by sketching, painting and collage. We then made our own abstract pictures of the school.
In Design Technology this term we have designed and made our Christmas cards and calendars. To make our Christmas cards we used a felt tipped pen and drew around a stocking or bauble template twice onto felt. Next we very carefully used a sharp pair of scissors to cut the felt. Then we used a needle and thread to sew the outside of the felt together. It was a little bit tricky, but we did a great job! We then used glue to stick decorations onto our decoration to make it look nice. After that we chose a coloured piece of card and folded it in half. We punched five or six holes into the card using a hole punch and choose our favourite coloured ribbon. Next we threaded the ribbon and wove it in and out of the holes. We then wrote the card insert and stuck it to the inside of our cards using glue. Finally I attached my sewing to the card… We hope you like them as much as we do.
In Science we learned about pets. We looked at what a pet is and how we need to take care of them. We were so lucky to have a visit from Betsy, Mrs McIntosh’s dog. We learnt how to look after her, how much exercise she needs and what we should feed her to keep her happy and healthy. We made a pictograph showing all the different pets we had in our class and wrote about our findings. We have also had a visit from the PDSA who talked to us about many different pets and how we can look after them properly.
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