1LCE 2016/17

 Welcome to 1LCE!

We have had a wonderful start to the term.

 We have been busy exploring all the different areas in our new classroom including the creative area, the construction area, the home corner and the reading corner. We have also been enjoying the sunshine in our lovely outdoor area.

In English, this half term we are studying ‘Mr Big’ and will be writing letters to Mr Big to invite him to join our jazz band. We have been experimenting with musical instruments and using drama and props to recreate the story.

In Maths, we are looking at ordering numbers and identifying one more or one less than a number.

Our PE slots are Tuesday and Thursday, please make sure you bring your PE kit on these days.

As part of ‘Cleaner Air Week’, we have been discussing how to look after our environment and how to reduce pollution. We decided to make pollution catchers using paper plates and Vaseline to measure how much pollution there is in different areas. We went on a walk around East Dulwich and hung our pollution catchers in different places. In a week, we will collect the pollution catchers and compare our results! We have also been designing posters that promote recycling and using public transport.

We have been very lucky to have an art teacher from JAGS and three Year 13 students visiting us every Monday to run an art workshop. We have been looking at the artist Henri Matisse and creating our own art inspired by his work ‘The Snail’. We have also been creating Japanese art using a marbling technique and watercolour painting. We are very excited for you to see our Art Exhibition!

In RE, we have been studying Hinduism. We have been designing beautiful Rangoli patterns to decorate our classroom and looking at the story of Sita and Rama.

In Science, we have been looking at seasonal change. We made rain catchers from plastic bottles and have put them in our courtyard. Throughout the year, we will be doing weather observations by measuring the rainfall and using our thermometer to measure the temperature.

SPRING TERM

In Spring Term, we began our new topic ‘Looking after Our World’. We looked at the 4 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover). We designed posters that promoted looking after our environment. We also looked at the importance of green spaces in urban areas. We visited Green Dale by school and spotted lots of animals including foxes, snails and birds! In Geography, we learnt about the continents and the oceans and made paper mache globes. Thank you to everyone who brought in their topic homework, it was amazing to see all your hard work!

In English, we looked at the book ‘Dear Greenpeace’ which was the story of Emily who found a whale in her pond! We did lots of research about whales and created a fact file all about them. We even wrote our own letters to Greenpeace telling them all about whales. We have also visited Dulwich Library again and have some new library books for our classroom.

In Maths, we have been using numicon to help us learn our number bonds to 20!

In Science, we have been looking at ‘Animals including humans’. We have been studying omnivore, herbivores and carnivores! We have also been looking at the ‘fives senses’ and doing various investigations around them.

In RE, we have been studying Sikhism, we made some beautiful mosaic Khandas to decorate our classroom.

We had a fantastic half term. Take a look at some of the photos below!

On March 2nd it is World Book Day. Year One are looking at the Elmer Books by David McKee. 1LCE will be acting out the Elmer story for our class assembly. We are busy making our costumes and practicing our lines. We have been talking in class about how everyone is unique and how we should celebrate our differences!

We have also started our new topic ‘Toys’. Take a look at the toy museum that we created in class!

We had a fantastic trip to The Museum of Childhood where we learned about toys from past and even got to play with some! Thank you to all the parents who came and helped out on the trip!

SUMMER TERM

This term, our topic is ‘Amazon Adventure’. We have begun this term by creating Rousseau inspired artwork on the laptops as well as using wax crayons and water colours to bring to life the rainforest!

In English, we are looking at the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak. We have been doing lots of drama and have been acting out the story to help us learn it.

In Science, we are looking at plants. We will be spending lots of time in the nature garden and our courtyard, observing plants and flowers and we will be growing our own sunflowers!