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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 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.

7 Continents Song

A song to help children 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 26th April 2021

This week, we learned lots more about animals. We even had a visit from some real animals on Wednesday.

In English, we read the three billy goats gruff. We also had a go at making up our own traditional tale. We had to choose 3 good characters (big, medium and small), a bad character and a story setting. In maths, we learned all about making equal groups and then making these into arrays. We also explored repeated addition e.g. 2+2+2+2=8. In science, we learned about the key features of big cats and humans. We noticed that some features were the same and some were very different. In art, we painted pictures of large cats and also made some animal inspired collages. In DT, we designed our own tiger food can. We had to make up our own design criteria first.

Week Commencing 19th April 2021

This week, we read Goldilocks and the three bears as well as the three little pigs. We explored how different versions had slightly different wording and different events in them. We had a go at ordering the main events and using these to retell the stories. In maths, we worked on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. In design and technology, we had a go at making up our own imaginary pet and creating it out of card and other materials. We had to make sure that it met our design criteria. In science, we explored things that were the same and different between different animals as well as between everyone in class. We collected the data and explored making graphs. We also learned about camouflage and went on a pretend butterfly hunt.  

Week Commencing 12th April 2021

This week, we read a poetry book called ‘Perfectly peculiar pets.’ We had lots of fun thinking up our own animal mix-ups and writing these up for display in our class. In maths, we worked on our adding up and subtracting skills. In art, we worked on our sketching and painting skills and made some animal artwork for our new classroom display boards. In science, we learned how to sort animals by what they eat. We learned about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.

Week Commencing 22nd March 2021

This week, we read a book called ‘How to catch a star’ by Oliver Jeffers. We made a story map and then had a go at using it to retell the story all by ourselves. Next, we read another book by the same author called 'A way back home.' We compared what was similar and what was different. After that, we read some space poems and had a go at writing our own. In maths, we learned all about capacity and volume. In DT, we designed and made our own masks. We then wore them to our alien party. In art, we made our own alien environments using strips of paper. We explored twisting, folding and bending. In science, we explored making circuits to light up bulbs. We also had a go at making an Easter card where it looked like the chick was popping out of the egg. 

Week Commencing 15th March 2021

This week, we read a book called ‘Can’t you sleep little bear.’ We thought about times that we had felt scared just like little bear and how we managed to get ourselves feeling happy again. We also read a story called ‘Whatever next’ which was also about a bear. We then wrote about times where we had been brave. In Maths, we explored mass and comparison. We explored ordering things from heaviest to lightest. In science, we did an experiment to see which size balloon made the best rocket. It was great! We made a balloon rocket go from one side of the classroom to the other side. In design and technology, we looked at different space toys. We then had a go at designing and building our own moon buggies. On Friday, we celebrated red nose day by reading lots of jokes and riddles.

 

We also found a new website called Blooket this week. Miss Jennings can make educational games using it. It is a bit like Kahoot which some of the older children use. 

Week Commencing 8th March 2021

We were very happy this week. We all were allowed to start back at school in the classroom! We carried on reading lots of non-fiction books to learn about space and then we had a go at writing our own class information book. In maths, we learned all about measuring in cm using rulers. In history, we learned all about Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin the famous astronauts. We also made timelines to show the history of space travel. In DT, we made flower baskets to give to our mummies on Mothering Sunday. We also had lots of fun celebrating science week. We sorted materials, explored with magnets, made an egg into a bouncy ball, made diet cola explode using mentos and gathered more information about the planets. We have had a busy but fun first week back at school together. 

Science Week

Still image for this video

Week Commencing 1st March 2021

We read lots of information books this week to learn about space. Some of us did our learning at school but most of us worked from home. 

Week Commencing 22nd February 2021

We started the week with a big surprise! The teachers found a crashed spaceship in the outside area. There was no sign of an alien but there was some unusual blue slime and some white substances. We decided to start a new topic called 'Moon Zoom' so that we could learn all about space. We read a great book called Beegu about a little yellow alien. We also had a go at designing and making our own spaceships. Some of us did our learning in school but most of us learned from home due to Covid-19 lockdown! On Monday night, we had some great news that we would all be able to come back to school on 8th March. Hooray!!!

Week Commencing 8th February 2021

We had fun reading another Julia Donaldson book this week called 'Paper Dolls.' We had a go at designing and making some of our own paper dolls. We also finished our topic of memory box. Some of us did our learning in school but most of us learned from home due to Covid-19 lockdown!

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 18th January 2021

We learned all about poetry this week. We read poems from a book called 'A great big cuddle.' We also learned about history. Some of us did our learning in school but most of us learned from home due to Covid-19 lockdown!

Week Commencing 11th January 2021

We learned all about recipes this week and had fun reading the gingerbread man story. We also learned about self-portraits. Some of us did our learning in school but most of us learned from home due to Covid-19 lockdown!

Week Commencing 4th January 2021

We started our new topic called Memory Box. Some of us started it in school with Mrs Gray but most of us started it at our houses due to Covid-19 lockdown!

Week Commencing 14th December 2020

This week, we ended our topic of Bright lights, big city. We had a ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’ style quiz against the other year one class. We also reflected on everything we had learned during this topic and what our favourite books had been. After this, we had fun making some Christmas things. We made Christmas cards and also seasonal calendars for 2021.

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?’

Week Commencing 30th November 2020

This week, we read story books by Steve Antony. We read 'The Queen's Hat' and the 'Queen's Handbag.' We had a go at seeing what was the same and what was different with the books. After that, we had a go at writing our own stories about London and the queen. In maths, we worked hard on our place value tens and ones knowledge. In geography, we learned about why maps are important, how to read maps and how to use positional and directional words to give directions. In computing, we filmed our own TV chef episode.

Week Commencing 23rd November 2020

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 9th November 2020

This week in English, we read a book called ‘Fortunately, Unfortunately’ by Michael Foreman. It followed a repeating pattern of good thing, bad thing, good thing, bad thing etc. We had lots of fun exploring this pattern and trying to write our own versions. In maths, we worked on taking away by counting back and also by finding the difference. In history, we learned all about Remembrance Day and why people wear poppies. In geography, we learned about human features and had a look around our outside area to see what ones we could find. We thought some more about London and what makes it a city. We also thought about seasonal weather and kept a weather diary for the week. In computing, we tried hard to write an algorithm for how to make a jam sandwich.

On Friday we had a special day for two reasons. We had maths day and we had children in need day. We had great fun in maths learning about shapes, tessellation and making tangram pictures. For children in need, we dressed in mufti and explored mindfulness activities.

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.

Week Commencing 12th October 2020

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 14th September 2020

This week we read a book called ‘Brown bear, brown bear what do you see?’ We thought about animals that were not in the story so that we could make up our own book pages following the same word patterns. In maths we worked on counting forwards and backwards to 20 at first and then to 100. In the afternoons, we started our new topic all about the enchanted forest. We went on a walk around school to look at the trees, leaves, flowers and wildlife. We also tried hard to identify some of the leaves and we measured the circumference of trees to try and work out their ages. We think we have a tree that is over 100 years old! We also went bird watching and we made tree boggarts out of clay.

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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COVID-19 HOME LEARNING

Thank you for your patience and understanding in these strange and unusual times. Please click on the button below to find the work that we would like your child to complete whilst at home. This will be updated daily. Children also have my maths work set weekly that can be accessed through https://www.mymaths.co.uk/ . Additional educational videos and games can be found on espresso: https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/ (Username: student4307 Password: espresso). Please email lavender@balliolschool.co.uk or clover@balliolschool.co.uk if you need any support. One of the class teachers will try to respond to you asap. Please also email us to book into the daily 10am zoom call. Many thanks and stay safe!

Miss Jennings and Mrs Gray

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