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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 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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