Spring Term

At the moment we are learning at home to stay safe. I have been very impressed with the work you have been uploading to Purple Mash everyday and it has been lovely to chat to you on the Class Blog. It is so nice to see your English, Maths and Phonics work everyday, and your RE, ICT and Topic work each week. I love sending voice notes to mark your work, and it’s even better when I get them back from you when you hand your work in!

You all tell me how much you enjoy watching the Read Write Inc. videos on the Ruth Miskin Virtual Classroom for your phonics lessons, and I can see from your work you are joining in with the Fred Talking to read, and pinching your sounds very well to spell, well done! For maths we are watching the daily White Rose Maths videos and completing the activities brilliantly! So far we have done subtraction to 10, shape, place value to 20 and addition and subtraction to 20. In English we are continuing to study different text types – reading, comprehending, finding features, practising by speaking and finally writing. You have studied and completed a Christmas recount, a fictional story set in China about Ma Liang, instructions on how to wash our hands, and letter writing – all from home, well done! We have used a range of resources to do this including videos, PowerPoints and Oak National Academy. On top of this in topic you have carried out a science experiment to discover more about the different tastes; researched, designed and made a fun, healthy snack in DT; completed music lessons on YUMU Charanga; and learnt to express yourself creatively during Children’s Mental Health week through PSHE and Art lessons. In RE we have completed the topic of Families and Celebrations, learning about Jesus as a young boy, our church family and baptism. Lots of you have earnt certificates on Lexia too. I have been extremely impressed, well done!

This is what last year’s Year 1 were up to in the Spring term before they had to begin learning from home too:

It’s been a busy start to the spring term in class 1!

We are continuing with our daily phonics and guided reading and are making fantastic progress in our reading. We have also begun weekly spellings and so far doing an excellent job! We are also making good progress in our ‘Maths No Problem!’, having looked at positions and now place value, addition and subtraction in numbers to 20. In R.E. we will be learning about Our Church Family and Lent, and our new topic is Explorers, comparing significant figures from the past – Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus – and using atlases and globes to learn the continents and seas of the world. We will continue to look at the changes in the seasons in Science now we have moved into winter. In art we are studying Piet Mondrian, and will replicate his abstract style using collage, ICT and paint. In PSHE we are looking at our rights and responsibilities. An exciting term!


Recycling Wow Day!

Today we had a wonderful day learning how we can take care of our planet by reducing, reusing and recycling. After many weeks of collecting plastic bottle lids we got to add our lid to the whole school mosaic. We also reused an old plastic bottle to make two gifts – a painted animal and a decorated box to put things in! We all went out Plogging with Zoe – picking up litter whilst jogging or walking. We were amazed and shocked by how much we saw and collected. Finally we sorted items into the correct recycling bin in class, and we did this with our waste at lunch time too – what a busy day!

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Today we received more instructions from Ziggy our alien friend. We followed all the features of an instruction text carefully to make alien food! You have to eat this through a straw in a bag like astronauts, as in space the food would float away! Next week we will be writing the instructions for alien food in English.

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Today we celebrated Shrove Tuesday by making our own pancakes. In English we looked at the features of an instruction text and during RE we read and followed the recipe. We talked about what we were going to do, measured weight using the scales, volume using the measuring jug, fried and flipped our pancake and worked very well as a team, even washing up at the end! Every group made a batch of delicious pancakes, well done! Afterwards we reflected on what Lenten promises we could make and wrote them on hands for our Lent display.

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Today was the perfect opportunity to continue our Geography and Science work observing the weather and changes of each season, and identifying deciduous and evergreen trees. We wrapped up warm to enjoy photographing the signs of winter! Back in class we described what we could see, hear, taste, smell and feel using adjectives!


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Today the aliens left us a letter – they saw our ‘Found!’ posters in the window! Our new friend Ziggy said we could keep the things they left in our classroom and so we decided to start a Great Explorers topic and build a rocket to use them in! We enjoyed exploring the slime, flying the rocket, reading alien and explorer books, making our own Aliens Love Underpants playdough aliens and reading the story again. In English we wrote letters back asking Ziggy lots of questions.

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Today aliens broke into our classroom! We took photographic evidence of what they left and through our investigation discovered they were looking for our underpants! We read the book they left, Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, and decided to make ‘Found!’ posters full of adjectives to try and contact the aliens. We will wait and see what happens…hopefully they will write back!

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To complete our Me and My Home topic we went back in time in our time machines to find a kitchen, bedroom and laundry room from the past in our classroom! We worked in groups to look at and describe the artefacts from each room and thought of questions we would like to ask about each one. Then as a group we tried to answer as many as we could in order to learn about the past from the artefacts. After, we wrote information texts about what we had found out. Some super historical enquiry!

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