Year 1 - Lavender
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Our Class Diary 2020-2021
Week Commencing 10th May 2021
This week, we read a book called Dear Zoo. We thought about zoo animals and did some more research. We wrote some facts and then wrote our own mini books. In maths, we learned about fractions. We explore finding half of shapes, objects and quantities. In science, we designed our own animals. We thought about which body parts we would need, what our animal would eat, what class of animal it came from and where its habitat would be. We also thought about how to care for our animal and what it would need to survive. In design and technology, we designed a model of our animal and the bed that would suit it best. We had a go at making our models and then evaluated them to describe what we had used and why.
Week Commencing 3rd May 2021
This week, we read some of the Percy the park keeper stories written by Nick Butterworth. We then learned more about some of the animals that were in the story so that we could write some facts and non-chronological reports. By the end of the week, we had learned so much that we made our own class animal information book. In maths, we learned how to divide by grouping things equally and also divide by sharing things out equally. In design and technology, we had a go at building an animal enclosure in our outside area. We had to think carefully about what the animal would need and what we could use to represent this. In geography, we designed our own zoo maps. We also learned about the seven continents of the world and the five main oceans.
Week Commencing 1st February 2021
We learned all about writing from personal experiences this week. We read ‘Daisy Eat Your Peas’ and also ‘My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks’ to help us to do this. We also had lots of well-being time each afternoon. Some of us did our learning in school but most of us learned from home due to Covid-19 lockdown!
Week Commencing 25th January 2021
We learned all about writing from personal experiences this week. We read ‘Owl babies’ and also ‘The Ugly Duckling’ to help us to do this. Miss French shared a picture of her mummy with some owl babies. We also learned about number and place value and thought about the history of transport. Some of us did our learning in school but most of us learned from home due to Covid-19 lockdown!
Week Commencing 7th December 2020
This week, we read a book with poems from around the world. We enjoyed using google Earth to find the places such as Jamaica and Fiji as we enjoyed the poems. We then had a go at memorising and reciting some of the poems as well as writing our own based on some of the originals. In maths, we worked on our fact family skills. For example, if we know that 5+3=8 then we also know that 3+5=8, 8-5=3 and 8-3=5. In geography, we worked on our UK country and capital city skills. In science, we explored asking scientific questions and carrying out experiments such as ‘Do all small things float?’ and ‘What type of paper makes the best aeroplane?’
This week, we read a book called 'Handa's Surprise.' We thought about the order of events, how Africa is similar and different to Kempston and we also had a go at writing our own versions of the story. In maths, we worked on our place value skills. For example, 14 is made up of one ten and four units or ones. In geography, we worked on identifying physical and human features on aerial photographs of London. We looked at maps of London and explored how to give directions. We also compared the similarities and differences between London and Kuala Lumpur. In DT, we worked on our cutting skills and made a class advent calendar. In computing, we learned how to use the video and photo app on an iPad.
Week Commencing 16th November 2020
This week in English, we thought about diaries and how they help people remember things. We wrote our own diary entries. We then read a book called 'Katie in London' and thought about what she would write in her diary. We pretended to be Katie and we had a go. In maths, we learned all about 2D and 3D shape. We spoke about their properties and how 3D shapes have faces, edges and vertices where as 2D shapes have sides and corners. In geography, we learned what a landmark is and had a go at naming different London landmarks. We then used google Earth to look more closely at them. In history, we learned all about Guy Fawkes and why he is famous. We also had a think about famous people and landmarks in Bedfordshire. In art, we had a go at using different pencil techniques to draw famous London landmarks including Big Ben, The London Eye, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and The Gherkin.
Week Commencing 2nd November 2020
This week, we started our new topic 'Bright Lights, Big City.' We learned a little bit about Queen Elizabeth II and we had a quick garden party where we learned to bow, curtsy, greet each other politely and we also had fun waving flags. In English, we read a story called 'The Queen's Knickers'. It was very funny! We thought about what our plan would be to get the knickers back and then we wrote letters to the queen. We also designed and described a new pair of knickers too. In maths, we worked on our taking away skills. We worked on using our fingers to help us count back. In geography, we learned about the countries that make up the UK and what their capital cities are. We used google Earth to look at different cities to see what was similar about them. We also looked at different physical features such as coastlines, hills etc. In history, we started to think about remembrance day and we made some poppies for display. In art, we made some artwork inspired by fireworks.
Week Commencing 19th October 2020
This week in English we read a book called 'This is the tree.' We thought about what a tree must experience over its lifetime of staying in the same spot night and day. We went outside and stood still for a little while just to see how it felt and we saw and heard so many things just in a few short minutes. We then had a go at imagining and writing about what it would be like to be something that stayed in one place for lots of years. What would we see? Hear? Feel? etc. In maths, we worked on our adding up skills. We explored how adding could be done in any order and also how to put a number in our heads and count on. For example since 6+22 is the same as 22+6 we can put 22 in our heads, 6 on our fingers and count 23, 24, 25,26, 27, 28. In science, we thought about what animals we have living at Balliol and what their homes look like. In DT, we drew plans for our own owl masks and wrote a list of what equipment we would need. We then followed our designs carefully. We also had a go at making tents and furniture using large sticks. In art, we made decorations using autumn objects and autumn inspiration. At the end of the week, we had a very quick woodland themed party to celebrate the end of our topic. We put up our decorations that we made in art, we wore our owl masks from DT, we used our stick tent and furniture and we also listened to our favourite stories again.
This week in English we have been learning all about rhyming words. We chose to read books by Julia Donaldson to help us to do that. Some of the stories we have enjoyed are: The Gruffalo, Stickman, Freddie and the Fairy. In maths, we worked on our adding up skills. We looked at different ways to make the same number and we also worked on systematic methods so that we didn't miss any bonds out e.g. 5+0=5, 4+1=5, 3+2=5, 2+3=5, 1+4=5, 0+5=5. In DT, we learned about where different foods come from. We thought about if they were from an animal source or a plant source. We also had a go at chopping fruits and vegetables to make healthy snacks. In science, we planted a bean in some soil. We drew what it looked like now and then we watered our plant. We will watch what happens to them over the next few weeks. In PSHE, we had a special session to help us learn all about mental health and how to look after our own. In geography, we learned all about maps and keys on maps. We had a go at making up our own imaginary maps to show the woodland creatures where to find different things. In art, we learned about Andy Goldsworthy and then had a go at using objects from outside to make transient art inspired by him.
Week Commencing 5th October 2020
This week, we read a book called 'We're going on a bear hunt'. We had great fun making our own video of it by going around our outside area and acting it out. We then had a think about what other animal we could use instead of a bear, what size and what type of day. Some examples of our new stories included:
- We're going on a crocodile hunt. We're going to catch a medium one. What a rainy day! We're not scared.
- We're going on a cat hunt. We're going to catch a tiny one. What a snowy day! We're not scared.
In maths, we started to learn about parts, wholes and how you can add parts together to make a whole. We also started to learn to write calculations using the + and = signs. In science, we explored what parts make up a plant. We also explored what plants need to grow by using cress seeds in the dark, in the sun, with water and without. In DT we explored making woodland crowns. We worked hard to cut and stick carefully and then talk about our design choices.
Week Commencing 28th September 2020
This week we read a book called ‘Wolf Won’t Bite’ We thought what other animals would do and made up our own sentences based on the ones in the book. We also explored reading the book using different voices for different characters. In maths we worked on counting forwards and backwards to 100. We looked at ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc) and we also worked on using number lines. In science, we learned all about deciduous and evergreen trees. We went on an autumn walk to have a look at our school trees. We investigated pinecones to see what happens to them when they get hot and cold. We also worked on sorting things into living, non-living (dead) and never been alive.
Week Commencing 21st September 2020
This week we thought about non-fiction information books. We made lists of autumn objects and then had a go at writing factual captions to go with them. We had a go at reading and spelling our 110 keywords. Although we found it a little challenging, we never gave up! In maths, we worked on comparing numbers using <, > and = symbols. In science, we sorted animals by where they lived and also made lists of questions about woodland animals that we could find out later. In DT, we pretended to be birds and had a go at using natural materials to make nests and dens. In art, we explored colour mixing and had a go at painting some woodland animals.
Week Commencing 7th September 2020
We had our first week in Lavender class. We had fun getting to know all of our new friends and teachers. We enjoyed reading a book called 'While we can't hug.' We made pictures of the main characters. We also did lots of counting in maths and we started to learn how to form our letter shapes correctly.
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