We are beginning our year with our SUPERHERO topic where we think about ourselves! Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at artefacts and key moments from our own personal history.
Thank you for your all your help in enabling us to have such a fantastic start of the year! Over the past week, we have been working on our art project where we focused on the artist ‘Wassily Kadinski. Here’s a sneak peak!
Friday 18th October
We have had an exciting term of settling into Year 1!
In Maths, we have been looking at Place Value and Number and have been beginning Addition. Children have doing lots of practical activities and have been using a range of maths resources including counters and ‘Numicon’ to help them strengthen and consolidate their number knowledge.
In English, we have read some fantastic books including ‘Send Me a Superhero’ by Michael Rosen and ‘Mr Big’ by Ed Vere. We have enjoyed reading about the cheeky adventures of ‘The Naughty Bus’ and we created our own Naughty Bus tales and adventures.
In Science, our focus is seasons and the weather. Pupils have been looking at changes that happen during each seasons and we have been using songs (with actions) to help us remember the months of the year.
In History, we have been exploring what is meant by the ‘Past’ and the ‘Present.’ Thank you for all of your fantastic pictures of your children’s first 5 years! They really enjoyed sharing them and ordering them from ‘First to Last.’ Take a look at the gallery below to see what we have been doing so far.
On Thursday 3rd October we enjoyed a trip to the Unicorn Theatre to watch the fantastic Anansi the Spider. We even got to watch Tower Bridge being raised over lunch!
This term we have been artists, arctic explorers, space explorers, authors, mathematicians and so much more!
In Geography, we became explorers and looked at the continents of the world. We have been focusing on Antarctica in particular and the life that can be found there.
In Art, we have been looking at blending chalk pastels in different ways. We created some spectacular pictures of the Aurora Borealis which are up and ready to view if you wanted to take a look.
Our Science focus this term was ‘Materials and their Properties.’ We spent the first few weeks of the half term looking at various materials and exploring their properties and then we had a Design and Technology/Science day where we planned and made boats that would float (with marbles). We investigated and adapted our designs. Have a look at some of them in the pictures below.
In English, our books this term have included Billy and the Beast by Nadia Shireen and Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. Both have helped us to produce some fantastic writing.
Have a look at some of our learning from the past 8 weeks:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your wonderful support and look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Wishing you an wonderful Christmas break,
Ms. McPherson, Miss Pontes and Miss Sev.
We begun this term with the book ‘Dear Greenpeace.’ Children wrote some wonderfully thoughtful poems about whales and some letters to ‘Emily’, the main character in the story You can find some of these just outside the 1LM classroom.
We ended the half-term with the fairy-tale ‘Hansel and Gretel where children have been retelling the story and writing in role. We look forward to showing you their work on tutorial day!
In Geography, we have been learning about the four countries that make up the UK including their capital cities. Please continue to practice these at home. We have also been looking at sustainability in the UK and what we can do to help combat overuse of plastic and the rise of Global Warming.
Thank you again for your wonderful contributions to the topic homework. We have been so happy to see recycled models which have been proudly displayed in the classroom.
In science, children have enjoyed classifying animals in different ways. We looked at different characteristics of humans and animals and learned new vocabulary such as vertebrate/ invertebrate, characteristic, carnivore, herbivore and omnivore!
We were so happy to get to have shared our Arctic learning with you. Well done parents and carers for helping your children practice the lyrics to our song ‘Ice Ice Baby’ and their lines which they remembered perfectly! It was wonderful to see such a fantastic turn out. If you couldn’t make it, please feel free to ask myself or Miss Pontes to watch the video.
Have a great half term.
Miss McPherson, Miss Pontes and Miss Sev