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Autumn 2

We have certainly had a busy and exciting second half of Autumn term.  Firstly we learnt all about The Gunpowder Plot and why Guy Fawkes and his friends disliked King James. Part of our History enquiry was to decide who was right and who was wrong in The Gunpowder plot and the class was left divided. Some of us thought there was right and wrong on both sides! The teachers were really impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and how they learnt the key parts of the story. Linked to this the children then created some wonderfully detailed firework art which are on display in our classroom.

 

Next we moved on to finding out about different festivals celebrated around the world. We learnt about Diwali, Chinese New Year, Holi Festival and Rio Carnival. In our literacy lessons we travelled to all the different countries to find out about each festival and the celebrations linked to them. We then wrote postcards, fact files and diary entries about our experiences. We discovered lots of new facts and looked at similarities and differences between each of the celebrations.

Half way through the term we celebrated our learning by having a Food Festival. A great time was had by us all and we got to try food from all around the world. Can you remember any of the foods you tried? Lots of us were brave and tried foods we had never tasted before. The different cheeses and olives were definitely the most popular amongst us. Even the Sweet Chilli dip!

 

In Maths we have been practising our addition and subtraction skills.  We have also been using direct comparison and non-standardised measures to weigh and measure the length of objects. The children have had lots of fun playing games such as Simon Says to help them learn their 1/2 turns and 3/4 turns etc. 

 

Towards the end of the half term we have been having so much fun creating colourful Christmas craft! The children have worked so hard creating Christmas tree decorations, Christmas lanterns, Diva lamps, calendars and lots more! We have missed all the Christmas singing this year but the children have worked hard learning some Christmas songs in British Sign Language. The Year 1 team are so impressed with how the children have worked this half term and are looking forward to all the exciting learning ahead next Half Term.  

 

Keep an eye out for our Christmas Video where you can see some of the fun we have had these past few weeks.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Autumn 2

We have certainly had a busy and exciting second half of Autumn term.  Firstly we learnt all about The Gunpowder Plot and why Guy Fawkes and his friends disliked King James. Part of our History enquiry was to decide who was right and who was wrong in The Gunpowder plot and the class was left divided. Some of us thought there was right and wrong on both sides! The teachers were really impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and how they learnt the key parts of the story. Linked to this the children then created some wonderfully detailed firework art which are on display in our classroom.

 

Next we moved on to finding out about different festivals celebrated around the world. We learnt about Diwali, Chinese New Year, Holi Festival and Rio Carnival. In our literacy lessons we travelled to all the different countries to find out about each festival and the celebrations linked to them. We then wrote postcards, fact files and diary entries about our experiences. We discovered lots of new facts and looked at similarities and differences between each of the celebrations.

Half way through the term we celebrated our learning by having a food festival. A great time was had by us all and we got to try food from all around the world. Can you remember any of the foods you tried? Lots of us were brave and tried foods we had never tasted before. The different cheeses and olives were definitely the most popular amongst us.

 

In Maths we have been practising our addition and subtraction skills. Learning about the different coins we have and practising making different amounts with them. We have also been using direct comparison and non-standardised measures to weigh and measure the length of objects.

 

Towards the end of the half term we have been working hard at practising our songs and dances ready for our Christmas performances. Everyone has been trying so hard with these and our teachers have been super impressed with the confidence we have been showing in our rehearsals – well done everybody!

The end of Autumn 1

Well it's hard to believe that we have only been a Year 1 family for one half term! This half term has absolutely whizzed by and we continue to be wowed by the children's passion and enthusiasm. Our topic this term has been Food and Farming. We have learnt lots about farms and where food comes from. We started by spending some time looking at the stories 'Rosie’s Walk' and 'The Enormous Turnip'; adapting these into both our Literacy and Maths learning was great fun! This included re-telling and drama based work on these stories. Everyone has been working hard on understanding what a sentence is and remembering that they need a capital at the start and full stop at the end. We have also been very lucky to have a farm visit at school, bringing lots of animals for us to learn about. We all wrote a thank you letter to Farmer Sarah to show our gratitude and to again practise writing sentences. We were very lucky to have a visit from Fyffe's Banana where we learnt all about the journey of a banana. This then linked in to our literacy learning where we created our very own banana character. In Art, we have used oil pastels to create farm landscapes and real food to make face pictures in groups. In Maths, we have practised our number formation and basic addition and subtraction. We have become more confident with our one more and one less numbers, with lots of us wanting further challenge too! We have recapped the names of 2D shapes and their properties and we used these to make pictures and patterns. Lots of great farm pictures were created by only using 2D shapes! After a shape hunt around the school, were amazed that shapes are everywhere in our world – not just in maths! We celebrated Harvest Festival by walking to St. Mary’s church in Old Basing – the teachers were very impressed with our behaviour. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Next half term, our topic will be Festivals. We will explore various celebrations from around the world!

Thank you for a great half term Cedar Class!

Welcome to Cedar Class

2019-2020

 

We've had a brilliant first week in Cedar class and are settling in very well. Miss O'Hagan is very proud of how smiley and engaged Cedar Class have been.  We have been working really hard as a class team! It was really exciting being able to go out for a morning break – we all really enjoyed this. We also spent time sharing our spades with each other – I think some of us have come back to school for a rest! Thank you for putting in so much time and effort. 

 

Our topic this half term is 'Food and Farms' and we will be completing lots of fun and interesting work for our topic books. On Friday we had our 'Topic Launch' which was very fun! The class took part in various activities such as guess the vegetable, role play, outdoor learning and Art. Next week we have the farm coming to visit us at school – we cannot wait for this.

We will be looking at the animals that live on farms and the different farms around the world. In Science we will be looking at the wants and needs of animals.

 

In Maths, we will be working hard at doubling numbers and finding number bonds that make 10 and 20! In Literacy, we have lots of exciting writing planned based around the stories of Rosie’s Walk, The Enormous Turnip and Bob the Banana!

 

We are all very much looking forward to this terms learning!

Our Year 1 Team


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