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Year 1 - Lavender

Dear Lavender Class,

Thank you for visiting our class page. On this page you will find:

 

1. Parent messages

2. E-safety information and our class rules

3. Website links to help with home learning

4. Information on topics covered in class along with weblinks to support these

5. A week by week class diary

 

I will try my best to put new and exciting things on it as often as I can so please come back and visit it when you can. If you think of anything that you would like to have on our page then please let me know.

 

Love from Miss Jennings smiley

PS Please remember your e-safety rules before clicking on any of the internet links on this page. More information about our Lavender e-safety rules are below. For other information on how to stay safe, visit the main school e-safety page.

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Our Class Diary 2021-2022

Week Commencing 27th  June 2022

This week we read another traditional tale called ‘Chicken Licken’. We enjoyed spotting all of the rhyming words and describing the main character. We read different versions to see what was similar and what was different. We then had a go at writing one of the versions from memory. We also wrote letters to our new year two teachers so that we could tell them all about us and what we like and dislike. In maths, we learned all about money. We explored the value of different coins and how to add them together. We also explored paper money and exchanging coins e.g. five 2ps for one 10p. In science, we measured the temperature over the week and kept track of it so that we could see which day was hottest and coldest. We explored shadows and had fun making shadow puppets using paper and our hand shapes. We also explored the effects of the sun using colour changing UV beads and sun reactive paper. In geography, we learned about the equator. We used an atlas to look to see which countries were closer to the equator and hotter and which were further away from the equator and colder. In art, we used transient art and collage techniques to make some seasonal tree inspired artwork.

 

Week Commencing 20th  June 2022

This week we read lots of different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk. We explored the main characters, story settings and the main events. We had a go at writing the story from memory. In maths, we explored place value. We worked on comparing and ordering numbers by looking at the tens and ones. In science, we learned all about the rain. We made our own rain gauges and kept track over the week of the rainfall. In geography, we learned about aerial views. We had a go at looking at an aerial view of Balliol and labelling different features. In art, we learned all about Berndnaut Smilde. We focussed on the cloud instillations and then had a go at making our own cloud dough using cornflower and water. On Tuesday, we celebrated world music day. We focused on composing, rehearsing and performing. We made up our own rhythmic compositions using body percussion. We also made up our own pitched compositions using the glockenspiels.

Week Commencing 13th June 2022

This week we read lots more information books with a special focus on weather and rainbows. We had a go at writing down some explanation texts and made a class book. In maths, we explored number and place value. We worked on counting forwards and backwards to 100 and beyond. We then worked on finding these numbers on a hundred square using our tens and ones knowledge to help us. In geography, we learned about extreme weather and what weather is associated with different seasons. In science, we explored the wind. We made lots of wind toys and explored wind direction. In history, we learned all about Sir Francis Beaufort and the strength of wind scale that he created to help ships understand wind conditions.

Week Commencing 6th June 2022

This week we started our new topic called ‘Splendid Skies’. In English, we read lots of non-fiction books and learned all about the weather. In maths, we learned about position and direction. We explored quarter turns, half turns, three-quarter turns, full turns, clockwise, anticlockwise, left and right. In geography, we took part in national fieldwork week. We used 3x3 array grids to look more closely to see what was growing in our outside area. We also did a colour scavenger hunt. In geography, we also kept a class weather diary and had a go at becoming weather forecasters. In art and design, made some pictures inspired by rain, rainbows, sunshine and thunderstorms. In science, we learned all about the four seasons and had a think about how the seasonal weather changed clothes what we should wear. We also worked really hard on our phonics and completed the National Year One phonic screen test.

Week Commencing 23rd May 2022

This week we read another traditional tale. We read Little Red Riding Hood. We explored the main features of a traditional tale, we described the main characters and the settings and we also retold the story using our own words. We then had fun reading other books with wolves in such as Mr Wolf’s Pancakes. In maths, we learned more about fractions. We explored how a quarter is one out of four equal parts and three quarters is three out of four equal parts. In art, we thought about our favourite animals and made artwork inspired by this. We explored mixing the primary colours red, yellow and blue to make the secondary colours orange, purple and green. In science, we sorted animals into mammals, bird, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians. We also learned all about seasonal change and had a special focus on summer. In computing, we finished off our audio book by combining our sound effects with our voice recording of the story. To finish off our topic, we did some animal quizzes to test our knowledge and made pictures of our famous animals. On Wednesday, we went on a local area walk to explore the road signs and learn all about road safety. On Friday, we had a special jubilee morning and a whole school picnic.

Sleeping Beauty Audio Book - Recorded by Lavender Class

Week Commencing 16th  May 2022

This week we read some more books about Percy the park keeper by Nick Butterworth and we also read ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell. We thought about all the animals in the books and researched information about them. We then worked on presenting this information clearly. We also worked really hard on our phonic skills in readiness for the year one phonic screen test after half term. In maths, we explored fractions. We learned about whole, half and quarter. We explored using practical equipment, shapes and pictures. In DT, we evaluated our animal structures to say what went well and what we would do differently another time. In history, we learned about some famous people who learned/are learning lots about animals such as David Attenborough and Beatrix Potter. In science, we made up our own animal by mixing lots of animal parts together. We then thought about what our animal would eat and if it was an omnivore, herbivore or carnivore. We also wrote a fact file all about our animal.

The year one phonics song

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Written and performed by Miss Jennings

Week Commencing 9th May 2022

This week we read some books about Percy the park keeper by Nick Butterworth. We thought about how we had met this author before when we read Q Pootle 5 during Moon Zoom. We also had a think about all the animals in the books. We read lots of non-fiction books and had a go at writing some animal reports. In maths, we explored more about multiplication and division. We explored doubling, making equal groups by grouping and making equal groups by sharing. In DT, we designed our animal structures and wrote some design criteria to match. We then had a go at making our structures. In geography, we learned about maps and had a go at making up our own imaginary zoo map. We also learned about the 7 continents and 5 oceans.

Seven Continents Song

A song to help kids learn the 7 continents in order from largest to smallest.

Five Oceans Song

A song to help kids learn the 5 oceans in order from largest to smallest.

Week Commencing 2nd May 2022

This week we read another traditional tale called the three billy goats gruff. We explored the character of the troll and how to describe its features including its appearance, personality, actions etc. We then thought about the key features of a traditional tale and designed our own ones. We made up three good characters in a small, medium and large size, one bad character and a story setting. We then wrote our own traditional tales. In maths, we worked on making equal groups and writing this as repeated addition. E.g. 2+2+2+2+2=10. We then explored how to show this as an array. In design and technology, we explored fixing, joining and strengthening techniques in readiness for designing and making our own mini animal enclosures. In science, we thought about body parts on humans and on big cats. We explored what was similar and different. In art, we made some big cat inspired artwork using paint and collage.

Week Commencing 25th April 2022

This week we learned all about traditional tales with animals in. We read Goldilocks and the three bears and we also read the three little pigs. We read different versions and discussed which details stayed the same and which changed. We also had a go at ordering the story events and then retelling the stories. In maths, we started working on early multiplication. We worked on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. This led onto us discussing repeated addition 2+2+2+2+2=10. We learned that this can then be written as 2x5=10 or 5x2=10. In design and technology, we learned about structures. We went on a walk around school to see what structures we had such as buildings, climbing frames, sheds etc. We spoke about what purposes they had, what key features they had and what made them strong. In science, we learned about collecting data. We explored tally charts, pictograms and bar graphs. We also went on a pretend butterfly hunt to learn all about camouflage. Our teachers hid some nature coloured butterflies and bright coloured butterflies for us to go and find. We then discussed which were easier to find and why camouflage helps to protect animals from being eaten. In science, we also looked at different animals to look at what was the same and different. On Monday, we had a very exciting event. We had a visit from some animals. We got to learn all about them and how to look after them. We also got to touch them.

Week Commencing 18th April 2022

This week we started our new topic called ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers.’ We watched video clips and looked through photos of Balliol staff members and their pets. We also talked to different pet owners at the school. In English, we read a poetry book called ‘Peculiar Pets.’ We then had a go at designing our own animals in poetry form. E.g. It has a trunk like an elephant and ears like a rabbit. It has eyes like a crocodile and teeth like a shark etc. In maths, we worked on our adding up and taking away skills. We also looked at related facts e.g. 4+2=6, 2+4=6, 6-2=4, 6-4=2. In science, we learned all about what animals eat. We sorted them into herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. In art and design, we explored using pencil techniques and painting techniques to draw different animals and their fur, feathers, scales and other features.

Week Commencing 28th March 2022

This week in English, we read ‘How to catch a star’ and ‘A way back home’ by Oliver Jeffers. We explored similarities and differences between the two stories. We also then used them as inspiration to write some space poems. In maths, we had an Easter themed week. We worked on our doubling, halving, number bonds and missing number addition and subtraction skills. In topic, we did an end of term evaluation to show what we could remember from this topic and what our favourite thing was. In art and design, we made some Easter cards. We also had a fantastic finish to our topic. We made alien masks and head dresses and had a class party.

An exciting message for year one!

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Week Commencing 21st March 2022

This week in English, we read ‘Can’t you sleep little bear?’ by Martin Waddell. We spoke about the emotions in this story and related them to our own experiences. We thought mainly about feeling scared and brave. In maths, we learned all about volume and capacity. We explored how when a container is full, the capacity is equal to the volume but when the container is empty the capacity is the same but the volume is zero. We also explored how the tallest container doesn’t always hold the most. In design and technology, we evaluated our moon buggies against our original designs and self-chosen design criteria. In art and design, we explored using strips of paper to make alien environments and play areas by bending, twisting and folding paper. In science, we explored circuit making again to deepen our understanding. In topic, we worked on our cutting skills to make flower baskets for Mothering Sunday. We also made some daffodil pictures to put at the front of the school to mark the covid-19 national day of reflection, a day where we take the time to think about the pandemic and all of the things that have happened over the last two years. It marks the first day of National Lockdown. This week we also kept track of how everyone travelled to school. 

Week Commencing 14th March 2022

This week, we read lots more non-fiction books all about space. We learned wrote some facts and thought about how to present our work in a non-chronological report. We then had a go at making our own space facts book as a class. In maths, we learned all about mass and how to use balance pans to compare objects to see which is heavier and which is lighter. In the afternoons, we celebrated science week by doing science every single day. We explored how to make an egg bounce using vinegar, we tested balloon rockets, we explored what material objects are made from and many more exciting things.

Bouncy Egg Experiment

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Week Commencing 7th March 2022

This week, we read lots of non-fiction books all about space. We learned about planets, stars, astronauts and lots more. We learned how to read information and then use it to write factual sentences. We also thought about what questions we would ask an astronaut if we ever met one. In maths, we learned all about measuring using a ruler. We learned about centimetres and metres and how these are better to use to measure rather than non-standard units such as cubes or paper clips. In history, we learned all about the history of space and used timelines to plot out significant events. We also learned about famous astronauts such as Neil Armstrong, Tim Peakes, Yuri Gagarin and Jose Hernandez. In geography, we learned all about different geographical features such as lakes, valleys, mountains etc. We used google Earth to explore these using a birds-eye view. In design and technology, we followed our designs to make our own moon buggies for an alien user to use on its planet.

Week Commencing 28th February 2022

This week, we read a book called ‘The Bear and the Piano’ by David Litchfield. The whole school also read this book this week too! We thought about how the bear was feeling at different points. We wrote a diary entry for the bear. We also found out lots of facts about bears and wrote a class information book. On Thursday we celebrated world book day and had a bear and the piano themed day. In maths, we started to learn about length and height. We explored measuring using comparison as well as non-standard and standard units of measure. In geography, we learned about directions and started to have a go at using words such as forwards, backwards, left, right, north, south, east, west etc. In design technology, we thought about our moon buggies and wrote some design criteria. We then drew designs to match these. In science, we made a welcome to Earth box just in case the alien came back to the crash site. We made labels for different things around our classroom to tell the alien about the different materials such as wood, plastic, metal etc. We also explored making circuits and lighting up bulbs so that we could send a signal to the skies.

Digital Doodle with David Litchfield

Barefoot's Digital Doodle with mulit-award winning illustrator David Litchfield

Week Commencing 22nd February 2022

Oh no! Something has happened! Whilst we were eating our lunch, something crashed in our outside area. We think it was an alien spaceship. Here are some of the photos that we took. We didn’t see an alien but we are keeping a close eye out for clues.

This week we started our new topic of Moon Zoom. In English, we read a book called ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon. We thought about how Beegu would have felt and wrote some speech bubbles. We wrote some questions for Beegu as well. In maths, we worked on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We explored doing this forwards and backwards. In design and technology, we started our new project to make a moon buggy. We learned all about wheels, axles and chassis. We also explored how to make and use wheels, axles and chassis. In science, we explored some of the things that we found in the crash site. We explored material property words such as smooth, bendy etc.

Beegu by Alexis Deacon - Read by Miss Jennings

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Week Commencing 7th February 2022

This week, we read ‘Paper Dolls’ by Julia Donaldson. We explored the feelings and emotions in this book and linked them to our own. We also wrote some poetry and some instructions of how to make some real paper dolls. In maths, we explored finding one more and one less. We also started to compare numbers to 50 and beyond. On Tuesday, we celebrated safer internet day. We learned all about e-safety and how to stay safe online and when using technology. Throughout the rest of the week, we had some mental health and well-being afternoon sessions where we made our own memory boxes.

Week Commencing 31st January 2022

This week, we read ‘Daisy, eat your peas’ by Kes Gray and ‘My dog is as smelly as dirty socks’ by Hanoch Piven. We had lots of fun discussing the events and linking them to our own experiences. We then had a go at writing about these. We wrote about our likes and dislikes. We also learned how to describe our family using similies e.g. my mum is as pretty as a flower. My dog is as funny as a clown. In addition to all this, we really enjoyed listening to and watching some old bear stories by Jane Hissey. In maths, we learned all about place value. We explored counting to 50 by making groups of 10. We explored counting on and back. We also looked at how many tens and ones are in different numbers. E.g. 42 is 4 tens and 2 ones. In science, we learned all about seasonal change and had a special focus on spring. In art, we had a go at creating some family portraits. We also had a go at making a special class memory together by creating our own class rap/song.

My dog is as smelly as dirty socks.mp4

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Miss Venables and Miss French BSL - Daisy eat your peas.mp4

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Maths - Tens and Ones.mp4

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Week Commencing 24th January 2022

This week, we read ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. We thought about how the owls were feeling at different points in the story and we linked this to our own experiences. We also read the ugly duckling and compared both stories to see what was similar and what was different. In maths, we learned about subtraction. We explored how to subtract by bridging through 10. For example 15-7 is the same as 15 take away 5 to get back to 10 and then take away the extra 2 to get to 8. We also explored related number facts. For example, if you know 15-7=8 then you also know 15-8=7, 7+8=15 and 8+7=15. In geography, we explored man-made and natural materials found at Balliol. In history, we learned about how transport has changed over time. We also explored historical objects and learned how to ask questions about the past.

Miss French and Mrs K read Owl Babies.mp4

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Mrs Gray reads The Ugly Duckling.mp4

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Maths - related addition and subtraction facts using a bar model.mp4

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Week Commencing 17th  January 2022

This week, we learned all about poetry. We read poetry books called ‘A Great Big Cuddle’ by Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell and also ‘Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum’ by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt. We learned some of the poems by heart. We also learned about rhyming words and had a go at writing our own rhyming poems. In maths, we learned all about adding up by making 10. For example if you need to add 8 and 6, you can think of it as 8 + 2 + 4. You split the 6 into 2 and 4 so that you can easily add the 8 and 2 to get to 10 and then 4 more to be 14. Later in the week, we also learned how we could use this method of bridging 10 to help us to subtract (see video below). In geography, we learned all about litter. We went and did fieldwork around school to see where we could find litter. We then made posters to remind people to put their rubbish in the bin. In history, we learned all about how Balliol has changed over the years. We also learned about how taking a photograph has changed and how toys have changed.

Miss Jennings reads the poem 'Oh Dear'.mp4

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Mrs Gray reads the party time poem.MOV

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Maths - Subtraction crossing 10.mp4

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The year one phonics song.mp4

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Week Commencing 10th January 2022

This week, we read the gingerbread man and had fun joining in with the repeated parts. We learned about recipes and how you can have different recipes to make the same thing. We also had a go at writing icing recipes and decorating our own gingerbread people faces. In maths, we learned about adding up. We explored counting on and using known facts e.g. If you know that 17 + 2 = 19 then you know that 2 + 17 = 19. If you know 17 + 2 = 19 the you can work out 27 + 2 = 29, 37 + 2 = 39, 47 + 2 = 49 etc. In art, we explored celebration paintings and looked at work by famous artists. We had a special focus on Picasso and had a go at making a Picasso inspired face portrait painting of one of our family members. We explored realism and pencil pressure and had a go at doing self-portraits. We also had a go at using our faces as inspiration for print making.   

Miss Venables reads the Gingerbread Man with BSL - smaller.mp4

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Mrs Gray reads How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World-smaller.mp4

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Week Commencing 3rd January 2022

This week, we started a new topic called ‘Memory Box.’ We had an outside picnic and watched the younger children playing and interacting with adults. We watched YouTube videos of babies and toddlers and also spoke about our own experiences with younger children such as with our siblings or cousins. We also had fun looking at photos of the year one adults when they were younger! We then discussed how we have all grown and changed and discussed what we would like to learn about during this new topic. In English, we read ‘Sam's Sandwich’ by David Pelham and ‘Stone Soup’ by Tony Ross. We learned about instructions and recipes and why it is important to have these in a certain order. In maths, we consolidated our skills. We worked on spelling number words, doubling, finding one more and one less, addition and subtraction. In science, we looked at baby items such as clothes and toys. We learned about the materials that they are made out of such as fabric, plastic, wood etc. We also learned about body parts and the senses associated with these. For example, we see with our eyes.  

Miss Jennings reads 'Sam's Sandwich'

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Week Commencing 12th  December 2021

This week, we read a book called ‘Would you rather.’ We had lots of class discussions and learned how to back up our opinions using the word ‘because’. E.g. Would you rather have a million pounds or a million sweeties? I would rather have a million pounds because if I had a million sweeties I would eat them and then have a tummy ache. In maths, we learned about ways to make 10 and 20. We also worked on using our reasoning skills to solve problems. In the afternoons, we worked hard to make our calendars and cards. We also had a special live-streamed pantomime of Jack and the beanstalk, a Christmas jumper day and a Christmas dinner.

Week Commencing 6th December 2021

This week, we learned about poetry and read a book called ‘My Village: Rhymes from Around the World’ by Danielle Wright & Mique Moriuchi. We enjoyed reading the poems and then looking on a globe to find the country. We also had a go at writing our own poems based on ones in the book. In maths, we worked on our number facts. We looked at how many tens and one’s different numbers are made up of e.g. 45 is 4 tens and 5 ones. We explored related addition and subtraction facts e.g. 5+1=6, 1+5=6, 6-5=1, 6-1=5. We also explored ordering numbers by value.  In geography, we made a class fact file all about London and the United Kingdom using everything we have learned so far. In science, we learned all about seasonal change and focused closely on learning about winter. We explored asking different scientific questions such as why does ice melt? We also did two science experiments! We explored floating and sinking and we also explored which type of paper makes the best paper aeroplane.  

Week Commencing 29th November 2021

This week, we read some books by Steve Antony. We read ‘The Queen’s Hat’ and ‘The Queen’s Handbag’. We thought about what was similar and different with the books. We also thought about what the queen’s diary entry might look like based on the events in the book. We then had a go at writing our own diary entry based on a personal event. In maths, we learned about place value. We thought about how many tens and ones were in different numbers. We also explored how to compare the value of different numbers by looking at place value. In geography, we thought about seasonal weather. We learned about the placement and importance of landmarks. We also learned how to read a simple map and give directions to different London landmarks.

Week Commencing 22nd November 2021

This week, we read a book called Handa’s Surprise. We enjoyed learning the names of the animals as well as the fruit. We acted out the story, retold the story, compared the setting of the story with where we live and then we had a go at making up our own story based on this one. In maths, we learned all about counting forwards, backwards and finding one more and one less. In geography, we learned about position and directions. We learned about physical features and human features. We also compared London with Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to see what was similar and what was different.

Week Commencing 15th November 2021

This week, we read a book called Fortunately, Unfortunately by Michael Foreman. We explored the repeating pattern of language in this book and then had a go at making up some of our own examples e.g. Fortunately, I got a dog. Unfortunately, the dog ran away. Fortunately, the dog came back with a bag of money. Unfortunately, the money belonged to a thief. Fortunately, the dog chased the thief away. In maths, we learned all about 2D and 3D shapes. We learned about their names and properties. We also learned about repeating patterns. In PSHE, we celebrated anti-bullying week by reading lots of different stories and informative PowerPoints. In geography, we learned about different London landmarks. We learned about how they are human features and we learned about what their purpose was. In art, we learned all about an artist called Stephen Wiltshire. We then had a go at sketching pictures of London landmarks from memory just like he does. In history, we learned all about significant individuals from our local area such as John Bunyon, John Howard, Sir William Harpur, Paula Radcliffe, Ronnie Barker, John Le Mesurier and Carol Vorderman. We learned how some of them had statues or things named after them such as the Harpur shopping centre.

Anti-Bullying Week - Pictures of people being kind

Week Commencing 8th November 2021

This week, we read a book called ‘The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse’ by Charlie Mackesy. We read through the pages and thought about how it linked to mental health and well-being. We thought about our own feelings and we wrote down some examples of times we have felt different feelings. We also had a go at writing our own pages for the book. In maths, we worked on counting back and finding the difference to support us with learning to subtract. We also had a whole school maths morning on Friday. We explored maths dancing, using tangrams and we also did a maths escape room challenge. In history, we learned all about Remembrance Day and why people wear poppies. In geography,  we kept a weather diary all week long and we thought about how the weather changes over the seasons. We learned about the countries and capital cities of the UK. We learned more about human and physical features by looking more closely around our school area. We also learned more about London. In computing, Miss Jennings turned into a robot chef and we had to give her specific instructions for how to make a marmalade sandwich. We learned about why algorithms have to be precise and clear.

Week Commencing 1st November 2021

This week, we started our new topic called Bright Lights, Big City. We had a stunning start where we had a garden party. We waved flags, danced, made polite introductions and learned all about curtsying and bowing. In English, we learned all about recounts and diaries. We thought about our daily events and had a go at writing them down using words such as first, next, then, after that, finally. We also read a book called ‘Katie in London’ and had a go at writing a diary entry pretending to be Katie. In maths, learned all about subtracting. We learned how to draw objects and cross them out to take them away. We learned about using our fingers to take away. We also learned about counting back to help us subtract. In geography, we learned all about human features and physical features. We also learned what a city was. In history, we learned all about Guy Fawkes and what makes the 5th November an important date to remember. We also had a go at making some fireworks inspired artwork.

Week Commencing 18th October 2021

This week, we learned all about poetry and rhyming words. We read books by Julia Donaldson, including the Gruffalo, Stickman and Freddie and the Fairy. We had a go at writing our own rhyming sentences. In maths, we learned all about counting on to help us with adding up and we also started to learn about subtracting. In DT, we made fruit and vegetables kebabs. We had to work very hard to follow the designs that we drew last week. We then evaluated them to say what went well and how we could improve them another time. In science, we did our last bean diary entry to say how our plants have grown and changed. On Thursday, we had our fantastic finish to our topic. We made animal masks, put up the decorations that we made in art last week and had a little enchanted woodland forest party. We had lots of fun!

Week Commencing 11th October 2021

This week, we read a book called ‘We’re going on a bear hunt.’ We had a go at acting out the story in our outside area. We also explored changing parts of the story such as the bear in order to make a new story. In maths, we learned more about adding up. We looked at fact families.  We also learned about different ways to make ten. In science, we thought about what animals live at Balliol and what their homes are called. We also looked to see how our bean plants had grown. In art, we explored making artwork with woodland artefacts. In DT, we made a design for a fruit or vegetable kebab. In computing, we explored coding using the beebots.

Week Commencing 4th October 2021

This week, we read a book called ‘Wolf won’t bite.’ We explored the repeated language, wrote descriptions of the pigs and also had a go at making up our own versions such as ‘Tiger won’t growl’, ‘Dog won’t woof.’ On Wednesday, we had a poetry themed morning to celebrate world poetry day. We also read lots of poems in our daily story sessions. In maths, we started to learn about wholes and parts in readiness for learning about adding up and taking away. In computing, we used the beebot programmable toys to navigate a treasure map. In geography, we learned about maps and had a go at making up our own imaginary one. Some of us even explored using keys on our maps. In DT, we explored healthy and unhealthy choices when planning a meal. In science, we planted a bean and thought about what it would look like when it started to grow. In art, we learned about Andy Goldsworthy and then we used different coloured leaves to make some transient art inspired by him. In PSHE, we thought about mental health and well-being since it is world mental health day on Sunday 10th October.

Week Commencing 27th September 2021

This week, we read a book lots of information books and learned all about labels, lists and captions. In maths, we worked on our counting and comparison skills. In science, we did an experiment to see where cress would grow best. We also learned about the parts of a flower. In DT, we learned all about how to chop, grate, peel, mash and slice. In computing, we learned how to make the beebot move around the treasure map. We learned about algorithms, coding and debugging.

Week Commencing 20th September 2021

This week, we read a book called ‘Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?’ We had fun making up our own animal and colour combinations to add to the story. We also had a go at writing our own versions. In maths, we learned more about number and place value. We worked on counting and comparing numbers to see which were more and which were less. We even had a go at using the equals, more than and less than symbols.  In science, we learned about deciduous and evergreen trees, autumn changes, we did a pine cone experiment and we also sorted things into living, dead and never alive.

Week Commencing 13th September 2021

This week, we learned all about recounts in English. We wrote about our nature walk. In science, we learned all about woodland animals. We also sorted animals into ones that live in woodlands, ones that live in houses and ones that can live in both. In art, we learned about colour mixing and then painted some of the woodland animals that we learned about. We only had red, yellow, blue, black and white paint. We had to mix the other colours all by ourselves! In DT, we learned about different sources of food. We sorted foods into plant sources and animal sources. In computing, we started to learn aobut directions and algorithms. 

Week Commencing 6th September 2021

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 'The Word Collector.' We also did lots of counting and sorting in maths and we started to learn how to form our letter shapes correctly.

In art and design, we had a go at using clay to make tree boggart faces. In science, we went on a nature walk around the school grounds. We saw so many different things such as apple and plum trees, butterflies, frogs, spiders, dragonflies and many more things. In science, we also learned about different types of birds and how to identify trees by looking carefully at their leaves. 

 

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