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Welcome to Yew Class

2019-2020

 

We've had a brilliant first week in Yew class and are settling in very well.  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

Our Year 1 Team 1
Our Year 1 Team 2

Spring 2

 

 

This term we carried on with our ‘Toys’ topic! In the first week back we dived straight into Book and Writing Week with the focus on poetry. The children looked at lots of different styles of poetry and wrote some themselves. This varied from acrostic to shape poems. In Art, we used nonsense poetry and our imaginations to create our own monster from clay.  Leading on from this, in Literacy, we had a whole week on performance poetry to win back the toys. The children loved using expression and making up their own actions to their poems! In DT, we had a go at creating our own junk models of toys using recycled materials.

 

Another highlight of this term was Science Week! We carried out lots of experiments and investigations all about journeys. One involved finding the best material to keep Incy Wincy Spider from falling down the spout. We needed to find out which material would be the most adhesive. We tested Cellotape, Blue Tac, play dough and glue stick- can you remember which one worked the best? We were lucky enough to have a visitor during Science week to talk to us about engineering and bridge building. James showed us the different types of bridges that have been built, we looked at photographs and designs of them. James had designed and built a beam bridge and a suspension bridge out of cardboard, wood and string. We then tested the bridges with weights. Can you remember which bridge was the strongest and why? In Year 1, we were very impressed with the science posters achieved from our Home Learning!

 

In Math’s this half term, we have been learning about time with a focus on O’clock and Half Past.  We have also learnt lots about multiplication which involved forming repeated addition and arrays. We had great fun using lots of practical resources to form our arrays. We finished off the term learning how to find ½ and ¼ in shapes and numbers.

 

We have been dancing like toys in indoor PE ensuring our moves are kept in time with the music. During outdoor PE we have been practicing our passing skills in Football.

 

Next term, we begin our new topic- The Secret Garden. We are looking forward to lots of exciting learning and activities.

Spring 1

This term we started our ‘Toys’ topic! In the first week back we thought about our Winter story ‘Jack Frost’ and did some drama and freeze frames based on the story. A highlight for this week was our mix up day with the Year 2 children where we worked together to melt ice and created a Winter DT project. These are displayed in the Year 1 area, be sure to have a look at them when walking around the school. We were all so excited when Jack Frost made an appearance and delivered us some snow during this half term!

In Art, we had a go at sketching old toys and working on our observational drawing skills. We had to think really hard about all the details and explore the different ways we can use our sketching pencils.

We have been thinking about materials in Science and have been solving a problem for Traction Man. Traction needed an outfit to go on an underwater mission. We had to learn about the materials and how to identify them before we tested which were water proof.

 

In Maths this term we have been counting forward and backwards to 100. To help with this, we practiced finding 1 more/less and 2 more/less than a given number. We used lots of practical resources to help us do this. We have also been practicing our number bonds to 10 and used money and numicon to help us solve tricky problems. As a really exciting part of our toys topic, we had a go at making robots using 3D objects from around the classroom. We had to work as a team to construct our robots. I wonder what shapes you can remember? Can you spot any spheres, cylinders, cubes or cuboids around you? We have finished up the term learning how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.

 

In the latter part of the term, we have been doing lots of preparations for our tea party! We had to write invites to our guests and instructions for our games and also prepare the food and decorations to set up the hall. We have also been working hard on producing biographies of our guests. Over a recent 2 week home learning project we had to carry out the research for us to be able to write these.

 

In PE we have had Amanda from Kiddie Konga taking our Friday sessions. We have had lots of fun during this and she has certainly got our heart beats racing and some of us have left with red faces!

 

Next term, we continue our Toys topic and are looking forward to lots of exciting learning and activities.

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 practicing our addition and subtraction skills. Learning about the different coins we have and practicing 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 practicing 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!

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Autumn 1

Our topic this term is Food, Farms and Festivals.

Cedar Class settled in really well within the first week and created a class charter agreeing on the same classroom rights. We understand that following our charter will ensure a safe and fun learning environment. We spent 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. In Art, we created food still life sketching’s and paintings. We have also 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 learnt what estimation means and how to estimate various objects.

We 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! We 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 behavior. Thank you to everyone who donated!

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

Welcome to Yew Class

2018-2019

 

We've had a brilliant first day in Yew class and we are settling in well. We have been working really well 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 crayon adventures with each other – think some of us have come back to school for a rest!

 

Our topic this half term is 'Farm and Festivals' and we will be completing lots of fun and interesting work for our topic books. 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!

Summer in Year One

We have had two main topics this term – The Secret Garden and Into The woods. Both have meant we have been outside for lots of our learning. We were inspired by the story of The Secret Garden to write our own versions – we even discovered some magical objects out in the woodland. To help us with our gardens, we have learnt lots of plant and tree names, looking closely at the details of those we learnt. We also enjoyed listening to parts of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to inspire our own Narnia lands and creatures. A highlight of this term was our Secret Garden day where we celebrated our learning with a treasure hunt, painting, dancing and more. As we moved into the woodland end of our topic, strange things started to happen. We had an intruder in Year One! After much research, evidence scrutiny and debate – we found out it was Goldilocks. We also spent a lot of time writing about Stick Man and thinking of our own stories. In History we have been thinking specifically about how our school has changed – during our time and before. We were able to interview staff on the changes we have seen. In Geography, Mrs Davis set us a challenge to share all the things that make our woodland special. We had to identify features of our woodland and then compare it with various other woodlands to ensure we had a good knowledge. We used our compass directions to place the various features on our blank map before sharing our knowledge in the form of a poster ready to give to EYFS. We have had such a busy term – have a look at the pictures to see more highlights.

Spring 1

This half term we started our new topic – Toys!  Over the half term we have been finding out about toys from the past and have been amazed at how different they are to the toys we have now. We interviewed members of staff to find out about the toys they played with. We had to research some of them, as we had never heard of some of them before!

In science we have been finding out about different materials naming and identifying them. We have had to plan and carry out an investigation to help Teddy solve a problem. He needed to know which materials are waterproof and which ones would keep him and his toy friends dry.

In maths we have been looking at 3D shapes learning their names and some of their properties. In groups we made 3D robots using a variety of shapes, as well as naming the shapes, we go to name the robots too.  Can you remember the names of the 3D shapes we learnt? The children have also been doing some practical subtraction work and working with 1p,2p,5p and 10p coins.

Everyone has spent the last 2 weeks working hard to prepare for our Toys and Games tea party. We spent time learning games and then wrote instructions for each of these. What was your favourite game to play? Why? As part of our home learning we asked questions to find out some research about the past of a family member. We then used this information to create biographies.  As part of literacy we also used exclamation marks to write exciting invites to our guests.

In Art we studied the work of Andy Warhol. We learnt some facts about him and how he started his career. We then sketched some toy pictures and painted them in his style using contrasting colours. We watched a video called Austin’s Butterfly and this helped us to evaluate each other’s work and to improve our work. We didn’t give up until we were proud! We have used some Art dough to produce toys sculptures. These will be used to create a whole class toy box.

We have been very lucky to have Amanda in from Kiddie Konga to take us for our PE lessons. She has been getting our heart rates up and we all left with flush cheeks.  The Robot dance has certainly been a favourite with us all.

Autumn 2

What a busy term! We started off our Festivals topic learning all about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot and then the creation of Bonfire Night. We looked at some pictures of artefacts and clues about who and what we were going to be learning about – one was a picture of the lamp that is believed to have been held by Guy Fawkes himself as he planted the gunpowder. We also looked at where Guy Fawkes came from and how England looked at the time of the plot to help us understand why the plotters went to such extreme measures. The children then had a chance to act out the story with freeze frames and asking each other questions about their motives and feelings. The children were so enthusiastic about this and found learning about a different point in History so very interesting. We then discussed and shared the traditions surround Bonfire Night and created some beautiful firework art using chalks and oil pastels and then flour and water resist patterns.

We then moved on to Diwali! The children had a chance to ‘travel’ to a Diwali celebration where we saw lots of beautiful lights, fireworks, clothes and colours. We learnt the story of Diwali and why it is called the Festival of Light. During this time the children got to make their own Rangoli patterns using coloured rice as well as create their own using dotty paper. As a class, we created our own Non-Fiction information texts including headings, subheadings, images, captions and text all about Diwali. After Diwali, we focused on other different festivals including Chinese New Year, Holi Festival, Rio Carnival and more. We rounded the festival fun off with a wonderful Food & Festival party where we got to try some food from around the world, spot places on the maps and globes that we had learned about and share the highlights of this topic.

During Geography, we started learning about The United Kingdom. We first discussed what United actually means and who and what is a part of The United Kingdom itself. We had chopped up maps which we had to piece together and then label England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. We even had a go at labelling the capital cities of these places. Later in the term we looked at some of the buildings that you would find in London and had a go at sketching them in our sketch books. We will be carrying this on in the new year.

In Maths we have done lots of work on teen numbers and counting using lots of different materials. We also had a go at measuring the length of objects, comparing what was longer, shorter and of equal length. We have had lots of fun using all of our different resources.

The last part of the term was truly dedicated to lots of winter and Christmas fun! The children worked so very hard in the Christmas play and definitely impressed their audiences. They also created some beautiful Christmas candle holders (inspired by Diwali diwa lamps) as gifts for their families, collaged calendars as well as a stained glass window style Christmas card.

So much to look back on this term – but lots to look forward to as we move to our new Spring topic – Toys!

Autumn 1

Our topic this term is Food, Farms and Festivals.

We settled in really well the first week and created a class charter so we all agreed on the same classroom rights.  We spent some time looking at the stories Rosie’s Walk and The Enormous Turnip. We did some re-telling and drama based on these stories.  Everyone has been work 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 as school, bringing lots of animals for us to learn about. You can read more about this in the latest news section of the website. In Art, we created food still life sketching’s and paintings. We have also used oil pastels to create farm landscapes and real food to make face pictures in groups. In Maths, we practised our number formation and basic addition and subtraction. We learnt how to estimate and measure using non-standard units. We recapped the names of 2D shapes and their properties and we used these to make pictures and patterns.

We celebrated Harvest Festival, we walked to St. Mary’s church in Old Basing – the teachers were very impressed with our behaviour.

Summer 1

 

This half term we have been reading extracts from the story ‘The Secret Garden’. We have been creating our own secret gardens in the woods and creating a map to show where this is placed. In Literacy, we created diary entries about entering the secret garden, using specific nouns to describe what we see (such as naming the flowers) and using adjectives to make our writing interesting. We also created a collage of the secret garden and labelled it, to help us learn some of the flower names. We have enjoyed listening to some extracts of ‘Narnia’ and creating our own stories about going on an adventure. As part of our Science, we have been learning about seasonal change and identifying plants and trees. In Maths, we have been thinking about capacity and using non-standard measure to find out how much capacity different containers can hold. During our number work we worked on adding and subtracting 1 and 10 to numbers as well as adding 3 numbers together. The last week of the half term is Art week; our theme is ‘Seaside’.

Spring 2

This half term we have continued with our ‘toys’ topic. We read the book ‘the day the crayons quit’ to our class, then following on from this our toys decided to go on strike! We wrote questions to the toys to find out why they quit and they replied to our questions via video message. They told us they felt quite undervalued and as though we didn’t really care about them. We used this information to create newspaper reports about what had been happening in Year One as the toys continued with their strike. We then decided we needed to win the toys back and chose to write poems about the toys to show them they are valued. We learnt about alliteration and rhyme and used both in our poems. Luckily – our writing was so good that it did win the toys back! Then we wrote speeches to read to the toys in a welcome back party that we had to celebrate their return.

In our maths, we have been learning about halves and quarters. We have been using reasoning to explain how we know something shows a half or a quarter and applying this knowledge to amounts. We have also been recognising coins and notes and adding values together. We have been recapping time over the last part of the term and we are now growing in confidence to read O ‘Clock and half past times.

We really enjoyed Science Week this year. We were thinking about materials and carried out a variety of investigations, which included the ‘egg drop challenge’. For this, we have to choose which materials we would like to protect an egg when dropped without it cracking. A couple of the groups were successful with this, and then we reflected on what we would change next time and how we could make it a fair test. We also thought about man-made and natural materials, and created toys using these.  Year 1 were also given the scientist ‘Tim Peake’ to find out information about!

We had a visit from a local artist Fatima Pantoja Fernandez. She came in and told the children about her background and how was inspired to become an artist. She carried out a Picasso style workshop with their children where they used recycled items to create self-portraits. Then Fatima created portraits of some of the children in the class using charcoal – she was able to do these in 5 minutes or under and reminded us how it is ok to make mistakes!

 

We are really looking forward to our new topic and final term in Year One after Easter.

A visit from the artist Fatima Pantoja Fernandez!

This term we started our ‘Toys’ topic! In the first week back we thought about our Winter story ‘Jack Frost’ and did some drama and freeze frames (!) based on the story. We then had our toys from home in school and something strange happened ... they came alive at night! We wrote stories about their adventures in school and had to go outside to track what they might have seen as they moved around school. In Art, we had a go at sketching our toys - thinking really hard about all the details. We even used a magnifying glass to help us look closely.

 

We have been thinking about materials in Science and have been solving a problem for teddy. Teddy needed an outfit so that he can go outside at night, to keep him dry, so that his owners won't know he has been out having adventures. We had to learn about the materials and how to identify them before we tested which were water proof.

 

In Maths this term we have been counting forward and backwards to 100. To help with this, we practised finding 1 more/less and 2 more/less than a given number. We used lots of practical resources to help us do this. We have also been practising our number bonds to 10 and used money and numicon to help us solve tricky problems such as 'make 31 using no 1s. As a really exciting part of our toys topic, we had a go at making robots using 3D objects from around the classroom. We had to work as a team to construct our robots. I wonder what shapes we can remember? Can you spot any spheres, cylinders, cubes or cuboids around you? We have finished up the term learning how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.

 

In the latter part of the term, we have been doing lots of preparations for our tea party! We had to write invites to our guests and instructions for our games and also prepare the food and decorations to set up the hall.

 

There is a lot to look forward to next half term as we continue with our toys topic.

Autumn 2

 

It has been a very busy start to our new topic for this term - Festivals! We started the new topic learning all about The Gunpowder Plot. The children really impressed us with how well they remembered the key facts about Guy Fawkes. We did lots of drama in groups and acted out the plot, thinking about how we could use our expressions and actions to re-tell the story. We then used this to write a recount of The Gunpowder Plot. We have also done some fantastic art work to create firework scenes. The children experimented with chalk and oil pastels to create different shapes and patterns to show all sorts of fireworks. They also did a flour and water resist pattern. We will be dying these soon so that they look really colourful and bright. In Maths we have been learning about place value and trying to find out how many tens and how many ones are in a number. We did lots of practical work with 10p and 1p coins, as well as using cubes and counting objects to support our learning.

 

We then moved on to learning all about Diwali. We learned one of the many Diwali stories, looked at special Diwali clothing, made our own Rangoli patterns, made Divas and drew our own henna art. Mrs Tollett even had henna done on her hand which she was able to show us all to inspire our designs. We used all of this to create our own Non-fiction books to explain to our readers what Diwali is. The children were able to use headings, captions and text boxes and have really enjoyed looking at their very own books. In Maths, we have been learning to tell the time. The children made clocks, we played What's The Time Mr Wolf, time bingo, match the time to the clock and many other games. We also had a bit of a challenge and looked at half past times. See if you can keep practising reading the time as much as you can.

 

In PE, we have been learning a Diwali dance which we will be continuing to work on over the next few weeks. We have also been exploring different ways to travel and move balls, quoits and other PE equipment.

 

We are looking forward to learning about some festivals and celebrations from all around the world. Then ... Christmas! Have a look at the pictures to see what we have been getting up to.

Autumn 1

 

Our Topic this term is Food and Farms. We have lots of exciting things to look forward to but we have already been impressed by the children's enthusiasm. We have already had the chance to milk our very own cow called Gloria- we had to be very careful and some of us even tried singing to her as we did it! We also got the chance to use our sense of touch to guess what food was hidden in a feely-bag - there were lots of great guesses when trying to uncover carrots, a suede, a courgette, a parsnip and some brussel sprouts. We have also been out doing welly throws to try and find out who could throw the furthest.

 

We have done some great writing all about our summer holidays. The children loved sharing their postcards and stories with each other and could remember lots of their exciting adventures. During indoor PE, we have been creating a dance sequence for 'The Hungry Caterpillar'. It has been fun trying our dance to different speeds of music and thinking of ways for how to make the dance our own! During outdoor PE, we have been doing 'multi skills'. This has involved different ball skills and applying these skills to play different games such as dodge ball and tennis. We have also been trying to walk or run a whole mile twice a week - this works out as 10 laps around the big and small playground! We have enjoyed trying to beat our time each time we do this and can already see our fitness improving!

 

We studied the Artists Giuseppe Arcimboldo who created his Art using food and we had a go at creating our own food portraits!

We have also been learning more about where our food comes from and how it gets from farm to fork. We enjoyed creating our own smoothies and doing some food tasting. As part of our 'love of languages' day, Year 1 were focusing on France. We tasted ready made crepes then made our own! We also created a food review about the crepes and learnt new words in French.

 

We have enjoyed some Maths lessons in the woods, exploring numbers to 20 and using food as a resource in the classroom (such as marshmallows as pigs on our 'farm'). In Art, we have been exploring oil pastels and using observation to create pictures of fruit and vegetables. In DT, we are looking forward to creating our own food vehicle with wheels.

 

There will be lots of exciting things happening soon so check back on this page to see pictures of what we have been getting up to.

Summer

We have had such a busy and exciting term this Summer. We have taken full advantage of getting outside and using our outdoor area and woodland and the children in Chestnut and Oak have loved it.

 

We started off our term with our new topic 'The Secret Garden'. We began listening to parts of the story and thinking about what it would be like to discover our very own secret garden. One day, out in the woods -we actually found a secret garden of our own and lots of interesting and magical objects. We wrote about this in our diaries and we were able to use lots of great description to describe all sorts of flowers and trees we discovered along the way. We also got to make our own Secret Gardens using natural and man-made materials in our garden pots and some in tea cups! The children were great at thinking of imaginative ways of using the materials in front of them to create secret flowers and gates. In Art, we studied the artist Claude Monet and looked at his style of painting. We then got to explore his brush strokes and use of colour to create our own landscape painting of the pond and woodland area. Over this whole topic, we have been lucky enough to do some gardening of our own. We had to weed our gardening areas, plant new seeds and think about how to take care of our new plants. In Maths, the children really enjoyed exploring capacity when thinking about the best tool to use to water a garden. 

 

Later in the term, we continued thinking about secret places and started learning about Narnia. We thought about what it would be like to discover a new world in our wardrobe and the children really loved listening to the story. We created our very own class book all about the interesting creatures we might meet in Narnia. We then ended our Secret Garden topic with our secret garden party in the woods. We were able to do leaf rubbings, plant hunts, treasure hunts, read our secret diaries, play with the musical instruments we had created earlier in the term and even try some delicious food that could be grown in a garden. It was a fantastic half term and the children really enjoyed themselves. Of course we then had Art Week where the children got to explore lots of different styles and techniques. They really impressed all of the adults that they worked with. 

 

In the next part of the term we moved on to our final topic 'Into The Woods'. We started it off by studying an artist called June Rollins who paints trees using watercolour paint. We then had a go at recreating her paintings of trees using a program on the laptops. This was really tricky and used a lot of concentration but it created really lovely alternatives to water paint. We then had a go at using the real water paint and had to experiment with colour, water and shape. We then started thinking about The Gruffalo! In Maths, we had to sort out all the food for The Gruffalo's picnic. We used our knowledge of halving and quartering to solve the problems. After doing this, The Gruffalo was discovered in our woodland by Mrs Gould and Mrs Turpin! We had to do some important writing to warn others of his presence at Great Binfields and created some Wanted posters. We then had Olympic Week! We learnt about Usain Bolt and his journey and career as a world record holder. It was very inspiring and made us work extra hard when we did our mini Year One competitive  sports events. 

 

In the later part of this term, we went on our school trip to The Look Out Centre in Bracknell. It was a really fantastic day and the children were absolutely great. We were able to explore many different areas of Science including water, building, plants, materials, light and more. The adults that came with us helped to make the day really special. 

 

As we finish the year, we have been spending lots of time learning about the parts of plants and how to identify them. We are looking forward to using this knowledge in our Outdoor week where we will be doing minibeast hunts, firelighting and cooking, shelter building, tracking and more. 

Spring 2

 

Despite this being our shortest half term in school, Spring 2 has been very busy in Year One. We started the term off continuing our Toy topic and creating our very own versions of the Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear poem. We worked hard to think about rhymes to include in our poem - this is a very tricky skill but it really helps us to think of all the sounds we have been learning in phonics. We read and listened to lots of funny poems to help inspire our own writing and even created actions to go along with a poem to perform to the whole of the class! We were also busy at this time making our lovely Mothers Day cards in DT, using a pull-lever to create the bouquet.

 

Then we were lucky enough to have a local artist called Fatima come and visit us. She showed us examples of how she creates her 3D portraits in the style of Picasso and we had the chance to create our own. We really enjoyed this opportunity and Fatima commented on how creative, imaginative and engaged all of the children were.

 

In Maths we have been doing lots of practical and active learning. We built our own robots using 3D shapes. The children thought of very inventive ways to use cubes, cuboids, cylinders and spheres to build their own creation and were able to identify and discuss what they had used. We then moved on to building on our knowledge of time and started thinking about what half past looks like on a clock and what half an hour actually is. We had lots of fun thinking about what we could do in a minute and timed ourselves doing lots of different activities including how many times can you click in a minute, how many jumps can you do in a minute, how many times can you write your name in a minute. It was interesting to discuss how long different activities take us, for example could we run around the field in 10 seconds, or would it take us 10 minutes? Next up was very tricky missing number calculations where the children were asked to enter the function machine and figure out what was happening to the number they went in as. We really had to think carefully about the number we counted on from and the total we were trying to reach.

 

 

As part of our toy topic, we have been focusing on Toy Story. We have been doing lots of drama where we have been taking on the role of Buzz, Woody, Slinky dog and all of the other characters. This gave us a chance to improve our expression when reading and speaking aloud. We used this to then create a Toy Story comic where the children had to think of a way for Buzz and Woody to save their friends. The children were able to use exclamation marks and question marks to make their comic really exciting.

 

In PE this term we have been practising a variety of skills including balance and transitions in Dance, sending and receiving in outdoor games as well as ball control and dodging and weaving. The children have loved creating and learning toy themed dance routines - they may well be able to show you some of their moves!

 

As part of our Science, we have been thinking about the changes in weather. Each day we have had weather observers going out to check what the weather and temperature is. It has been really interesting seeing the change from Winter into Spring and how the temperature is starting to warm up.

 

The children have worked so hard this term and we are really looking forward to what the Summer term brings us!

Spring 1

 

Our topic this term is: Toys

 

We started the first week back with the theme ‘Frozen’. During this week we experimented with ice – making predictions about how we could melt ice the quickest so Ana could get to her sister Elsa. We used hot water, cold water and salt. We predicted hot water would melt the ice the quickest and when we carried out the experiment we were correct!

 

We also read a letter from Sven which had no punctuation! We corrected the punctuation for him and wrote letters back, asking questions and using question marks. We sketched and painted pictures of Olaf as well as recapping our number bonds. In Geography, we looked at world maps and globes and began to find out about different continents. We enjoyed learning a new song to help us remember the 7 continents:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ls9yVu5VPg.

 

The next week we bought in our own toys from home for the whole week! We sketched our toys, made a timeline of our toys and sorted toys into old and new. When we came into school one morning our toys had come to life and taken a journey through the school! We used a map to write about their journey using different pronouns. We worked with numbers up to 20 focusing on addition and subtraction.

 

We then listened to the story ‘This is the Bear’. We thought about story openers and had a go at creating our own interesting story openers. We also created an alternative version of the story, using adjectives for description and conjunctions to join out sentences together. During this week we learnt about the History of teddy bears and how they were named after the American president ‘Theodore Roosevelt’. We also wanted to design a new jacket to keep our class Teddy dry. We experimented with different materials to see which would keep our toys the driest.  

 

We then spent two weeks preparing for out Grandparent’s toy and games party! We wrote invitations to our party. We also worked with a partner from Oak class to design and label a new toy using paint on the laptops. There were some very imaginative ideas. We had a go at playing different games and then wrote the instructions on how to play the games so we would be able to teach out Grandparents’/ relatives at the party. We also turned a picture of ourselves into a toy as a present for our Grandparent’s. We made some chocolate chip cookies and sandwiches for the party. The Grandparent’s toy and games party was a great success and we enjoyed finding out about different games and toys which our Grandparent’s used to play.

 

 During these two weeks, we were focusing on multiplication. We had different problems to solve for Rex the robot. In order to solve the problems, we had to count in 2s, using repeated addition and ‘groups of’. We then had a go at counting in 10s and presented multiplication sums using different methods including arrays.

This lead on to our whole school outdoor book and writing week; Year 1 focused on the book ‘Stick Man’. We really enjoyed going into the woods to collect sticks so we could create our own stick men. We designed a Stick Man home for Stick Man and his family and went into the woods to make this. We also created a Stick Man collage, using natural resources from the woods and some materials.

 

We focused on weight; thinking about which sticks were heaviest and which were lightest and finding items heavier and lighter than our sticks. Then we focused on length; we measured whose stick man was the tallest and whose was the shortest. We then found objects taller or shorter than our stick men. When we were confident with this, we used cubes to measure. After our Maths sessions, we were using similes to describe our stick men (e.g. Stick Man is as heavy as… he is as light as… he is tall like… he is short like…). We also used a range of items to create sounds using our stick men and thought about similes to describe the different noises. At the end of the week we heard the Stick Man had fallen out of a tree and a dog had run off with him! We had to create a ‘missing’ poster to describe what he looks like. We were able to use a list of similes to describe him!

Autumn 2

 

This term we have been focussing on different festivals and places from around the world. We have learnt about Bonfire Night and the Gunpowder Plot. We went out into the woods and toasted our own marshmallows, just like you would on Bonfire Night. In PE we learnt a firework dance - we recorded ourselves and got to watch it back. In Art, we created firework scenes using chalks and oil pastels and we also made our own rockets.

 

We have also been learning about Diwali. We have been making our own Non-Fiction book, using headings, captions, pictures and textboxes. We have also made a traditional Diwali sweet called Coconut Ice and made Diwali lanterns to show the celebration of light. We got to experiment with chalk, pens and pencils when designing Rangoli patterns. We have really enjoyed doing some Diwali style Bollywood dancing in PE!

 

Year 1 also went on a trip to Tesco! The children were able to learn about where their food has come from.

 

The trip involved:

-  finding which country different foods have come from and locating these on a map

-  finding items for a Mexican shopping list

- looking around the fridge, freezer and warehouse

- matching cheese names to their countries flags

- tasting different cheeses & breads

- handling fish

 

The children really enjoyed their trip and learnt a lot!

 

Thank you to Julie from Tesco for organising and to parent helpers who came with us.

 

We also walked across to our local library, for a tour of the library and a chance to choose a book to get out if we had signed up for a library card. Before coming back to school, the librarian read us a story.

 

Year 1 spent two weeks travelling to different countries all over the world. Each day they had a different focus which included; making postcards, writing captions for pictures they took, writing descriptions, measuring using different pasta, building their own Empire State Building and measuring these. They also created video blogs and became tour guides, both using alliteration.

We finished the two weeks with a food festival, giving children the chance to taste food from the different countries which they visited. We tried:

- Scones and jam from England

- Nachos and dip from Mexico

- Polish sausage, Kopytka (Polish dumplings) and traditional Polish biscuits

- Olives and Paella from Spain

- Cracker bread and meat from Italy

- French stick and cheese from France

- Vegetable samosas and onion bhajis from India

 

We voted which stall we enjoyed the most - Poland was the winner!

 

We have also been busy this half term practising for our Christmas play 'Baubles'. We have been working very hard to learn the songs and practising playing our parts. We are looking forward to showing it to our parents!

 

One week at school we have had a visit from 'The Naughty Elf'. He was banned from the North Pole because he was too naughty and sent to Year 1 to learn how to behave! Each day when we came into class he had been up to different things such as eating chocolates off the tree, getting the toy cars out and throwing toilet roll all over the class room. One day when we came in he had escaped! We have been making a newspaper article to warn the rest of the school that he is on the loose and to inform them what he looks like and what he has been up to. We hope to find him soon...

 

Next week we will be learning about how Christmas has changed over the years in History and having a Science morning to investigate which cookies are best for soaking up milk! We are also learning about mass and will be weighing parcels and putting these in order from heaviest to lightest.

 

 

 

Autumn 1 in Chestnut Class 2015

 

We have been settling in to Year 1 really well. Our current topic this term is ‘foods, farms and festivals’. We have been learning about where our food has come from and finding the different places on a globe. We have also been learning about farms and farm animals - we made our own farm vehicles in D&T which we really enjoyed. We have been exploring different foods and following recipes. We have already had the chance to taste different fruits and make fairy cakes!

 

This topic has given us the chance to learn about festivals celebrated all over the world. So far, we have learnt about Harvest festival. We have had a visit from Vicky from Christchurch, who spoke to us about the meaning of Harvest festival and also bought us in a tasty harvest loaf to taste! We enjoyed walking to Old Basing church for a Harvest service. We have been creating our own scarecrows to go in the woods and writing stories about scarecrows.

 

In Science we learnt about the differences between things that are alive, things that used to be alive and things that have never been alive. We went on a walk around the school grounds collecting items to categorize. In Maths, we started off being number detectives and solved mysterious of missing number calculations. We then started looking at measure - thinking about money, time and length.

 

In Literacy we have been focussing on story retelling of stories and writing alternative endings. We have been learning to use connectives, time connectives, full stops, capital letters, adjectives - all while practising our handwriting

 

 

 

Summer

 

Our topic this term is Kings, Queens & Castles.

 

We are spending the first couple of weeks learning about different fairy tales, using role play and re-telling the story of Cinderella using description. This will then lead onto learning about ‘Shrek’. We will be creating a collage of the setting of Shrek and continuing to focus on story writing. In Geography we are focusing on Continents and Oceans and in Science we will be learning about plants.

 

We will be starting the first week back learning about fractions; how to find half and quarters of objects, shapes and amounts. We will then spend two weeks working on addition and subtraction. Then we will focus on number work, place value & problem solving for the last two weeks before half term.

 

After half term we will be focusing on non-fiction writing, looking at the use of titles, headings, captions etc. to create our own leaflet about castles. We are looking forward to outdoor week the first week of June. We are also hoping to fit in a trip to Windsor Castle!

Spring 2

 

This half term we listened to different toy poems and created our own Poetry. We split into groups and each group focused on different types of poetry. One group changed the poem ‘Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around’, one group created acrostic poems for different toys and the other groups focused on using rhyming couplets to create a poem about toys. We also learnt about money and focused on recognising coins, adding coins and adding amounts. We enjoyed walking around the school to learn about the physical features in our local environment; this lead on to drawing and labelling a map of our school.

 

We then spent two weeks focusing on Toy Story – the first week we created riddles. Then we had a day when we bought our own toys into school. We created a timeline to order our toys from what we thought were oldest to newest and created observational drawings of our toys. Then we used drama to role play what would happen if our own toys came to life. This lead on to watching a clip from Toy Story – we decided to write an alternative version of this clip using our own toys instead.

 

The following week we listened to the book ‘NO-BOT the robot with no bottom’. We noticed at the end of the book once Bernard has found his bottom he leaves his arm on the swing. We thought it would be fun to create the next book and call in ‘NO-ARM’.  We also made a map of the different toys Bernard would visit in our story then used the BEE-BOTS to try and direct them around the map. In Maths we were focusing on data handling, we collected data from everyone in our class to find out what was the most popular flavour ice cream and we used the data to create a pictogram.

 

The next week we listened to the story ‘This is the Bear’. We changed the story to make it more interesting by re-writing it using adjectives and connectives. The whole school walked to Christchurch for an Easter service. We were also very excited as we had a visit from our previous head teacher – Mr Cushing! He came in to give a talk about toys. This was really interesting and we particularly enjoyed watching all of his robots moving at the end.

 

The last week we learnt about 3D shapes. We are able to name different 3D shapes and talk about their properties. We did lots of Easter activities, including sequencing the Easter story and then thinking about which parts of the story are happy and sad and discussing why Christians remember these parts. We also had a whole school Easter egg hunt. Chestnut Class were also thrilled to have Miss Rogers teaching an Art lesson– this involved observational drawings of daffodils, using forks in paint to create tulip pictures, decorating a cross and using different strips of tape to create an Easter egg.

 

On the last day of term the whole school had golden time in the morning. In the afternoon we had filled up our class golden trail – as a reward we voted to have a pyjama party and watch a DVD. We enjoyed watching Horrid Henry and eating popcorn in our pyjamas!

 

Spring 1

 

The first week back was great fun – we wrote about our Christmas Holidays and focused on the book ‘Jack Frost’. We made our own winter pictures in Art and solved word problems in Maths.

 

Our Topic this term is Toys! We read the book ‘The day the crayons quit!’ and decided to change it to our own version and call it ‘The toys that quit!’ We each wrote a letter from the point of view of a toy to our friend asking our friend to do something new with that toy. We focused on using adjectives. Our friend then read the letter and wrote a reply.

 

Here are some of the adjectives we came up with to describe a teddy bear:

  • Brown

  • Fluffy

  • Old

Can you think of anymore?

 

The next week at school we got to go on a bus into town to go and visit the bear factory! This was really exciting because we got to create our own class bear. Our class chose a dog and called it Conker. We also picked a dog bed, a lead and two outfits for Conker to wear! We get to take Conker home for two nights each and write in his diary about his time with us.

 

Year 1 and 2 had a Science day – our focus was on materials. In the morning we had four challenges to complete:

  1. Make a bed for a bear using different materials.

  2. Sort out toys by old & new and label which materials they are made out of.

  3. Test to see which materials can be used to stretch, bend etc.

  4. Test & choose a material to fix a hole in a doll’s dress.

 

In the afternoon our class had to create a bear. Half the class were only able to use natural materials and the other half were only able to use man made materials. We had to be creative when putting our bears together because if we could only use natural materials we could not use any glue or cello tape! Lots of us stitched our bears up using cotton and some children tied wool around the bear to hold it together.

 

The following week we started to plan activities for our Grandparent afternoon. We thought it would be fun to show them some of the games we play and ask them about games they used to play when they were children. We had a go at playing some games and then writing down the instructions ready to teach our Grandparents the game!

 

We are looking forward to book week next week – Year 1 is focusing on ‘Mr Men’ and we will be creating our own character; we will then write a story about this character, use ‘2simple’ to create an animation and turn our character into a finger puppet.

 

Autumn 1

 

Our topic this term is Food, Farms and Festivals.

 

We settled in really well the first week and created a class charter so we all agreed on the same classroom rights. We spent the first half term reading stories such as: Oliver’s Vegetables, Oliver’s Milkshakes and Oliver’s fruit salad. We enjoyed creating our own milkshakes and writing instructions on how to create them. From this we were able to create our own poetry and labels to show where different fruit and vegetables had come from around the world. In Art, we created food still life sketching’s and paintings. We created our very own class scarecrows and took these to Winchester to display them around the Cathedral.  We loved our visit to the Cathedral looking at the scarecrows and learning about the history or Winchester.

 

In Maths, we practised our number formation and basic addition and subtraction. We learnt how to estimate and measure using non-standard units. We recapped the names of 2D shapes and their properties and we used these to make pictures and patterns.

We celebrated Harvest Festival, we walked to St. Mary’s church in Old Basing – the teachers were very impressed with our behaviour. We created our own Harvest loaf and looked at what Harvest looks like around the world.

 

We also walked to Tesco’s in Chineham to learn about where different foods have come from and enjoyed tasting different breads and cheeses. 

 

In Science lessons we compared humans to animals and looked at where milk comes from.  In the last two weeks leading up to half term, we planned and created our own alternative versions of The Little Red Hen, some of us even had a go at using speech marks in our writing!

 

Autumn 2

The first week back we have been learning about the story of Guy Fawkes. We acted it out and used freeze frames to show different parts of the story. We then wrote a recount of the story. In Art we created fire work pictures using different techniques.

We will be going on to look at Florence Nightingale and foods from France.  Also we will be preparing for our Christmas play!

 

We have continued to be very busy this half- term. Continuing our Food and Farm topic, we were lucky to have a visit from  Miller's Arc. They showed us how to feed and look after the animals, it was really interesting and we learnt a lot. We also had a visit from the Fire Brigade. It was exciting. Some of us even had the chance to use the hose and 'drive' the fire engine! The firemen were friendly and we learnt a lot about the fire service and what the firemen do.
In Maths we have been working on sets of, adding and subtracting and more than and less than. We have made our teachers proud! We have also been writing adventure stories. We started by creating a diorama out of a shoebox. This helped us when writing our story, as we had already created the setting. We spent time developing the beginning, middle and end of our story. We used some excellent adjectives and our stories were really interesting.
We are excited and busy at the moment making Christmas presents and cards, as well as practising our Christmas play. We have worked very hard on all the songs and learning our lines. We hope you enjoy it!
Merry Christmas to all!

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