1RS have made a great start to Year 1! We have been reading Roald Dahl’s version of Little Red Riding Hood and have had lots of fun acting out the story using puppets. We changed the villain to a different animal and are writing a new version of the story in our English lessons. In maths, we have been counting forwards and backwards which has helped us find one more and one less than a given number. We have been investigating new and old toys in History and noticed similarities and differences between toys from the past and present.
This term Year 1 have been focusing on the life cycle of a bean plant. At the beginning of the term we planted some beans and have been recording the growth of our beans as a class. This week, we began measuring our beans where our tallest bean plant has grown to be a staggering 30cm tall! Additionally, we have carefully examined the complex network of the roots that have entangled themselves around the cotton wool and have discussed and completed a range of activities to understand what plants need to help them grow big and strong. Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the life cycle of a bean plant where they have expressed their excitement through discussions and various activities.
Year One enjoyed their trip to Southend this week. Once we arrived in Southend, we walked to the pier and got onto the train. This was very exciting and we could see all the different features of the seaside that we had been learning about last half term. We even spotted the RNLI boat which we were lucky enough to learn all about from one of their volunteers. We had a discussion about the pier and the features of the seaside whether they were physical or man-made. Then we had some time to get creative by designing our very own beach huts while looking at some on the pier. After lunch we had an ice-cream! By the time we got back to school, we were all exhausted but we had a brilliant day and everyone represented the school well. The teachers are all extremely proud of Year One!
We learnt all about the Hindu festival of Holi recently and also reflected back on some of our activities this year related to other religions. For example, we prepared for the Christmas Production back in the autumn term, learning lines and practising to make sure the songs were sung with clarity and volume. Our production told the story of the baby Jesus and the special events that happened around the time of his birth. The production plays an important role in our learning. The new skills that we were learning and developing helped us to support our application for the Arts Award.
Still focused on the traditions of Christmas, we spent time discussing advent and what this means to Christians. We discussed the meaning of the four different candles of advent and wrote our own advent promise before attending at the advent assembly.
Reception also thoroughly enjoyed the creativity and fun around at Christmas time and reported, "What an exciting time to be at school! In this run on to Christmas we have had so much fun getting into the Christmas spirit. We have created some beautiful Christmas cards for our families as well as a range of crafts to help develop our fine motor and creative skills. All of the children have spoken about what they are looking forward to at Christmas time"
Paul said, “I’m looking forward to having yummy food”
Callum smiled, “I will get lots of presents”
Isabella glowed, “My house looks nice with lots of colours”
Year One have been practising their addition skills this week. We started off the week with creating our own number beads using strawberry laces and cheerios to help us to solve addition number sentences. We have also been working very hard on learning our number bonds up to 10 and 20 using a range of different strategies such as using numicon and learning songs.
In Literacy, we have read a new book each day and based our writing on this, focussing on the structure of our sentences. We have created our own cakes, prince and princesses and monsters!
PE has been lots of fun! In our team game sessions, we have been using the parachute to help us to work together. All of the teachers and LSAs joined in too!
We have enjoyed learning about castles and got to make our own this week using different resources. We were very creative and included lots of key features such as moats and draw bridges!
In Computing we have been using the app ‘sketch book’ to create our own characters based on the fairy tale 'Little Red Riding Hood'. By the end of the half term, our goal is to make our own Little Red Riding Hood books using the app ‘Book Creator’