We have been very busy learning lots of key phrases in our Mandarin lessons, as well as doing some counting to 10. On Saturday 25th January it is Chinese New Year and so we have been learning about this cultural tradition. We discovered that 2020 will be the Year of the Rat!
Year 1 and Year 2 enjoyed celebrating at a joint Christmas party. We played lots of games including pass the parcel and musical statues. We also did lots of dancing and ate some delicious food kindly provided by all the parents and guardians, thank you! A special visitor came to see us half-way through our party- Father Christmas! He brought us some lovely presents and we were all very excited to meet him. We finished off our party by watching the Snowman with the last of our party snacks- what a lovely afternoon.
Year 1 enjoyed playing and learning in their new role play area which initially opened up as a hair salon. The children were able to role-play various jobs within a salon, such as being a hairdresser or secretary. The telephone was well used to take messages from clients, and these were recorded diligently by the children. The waiting room provided a chance to choose a book or magazine to peruse with a friend, whilst the salon itself gave the children a chance to practise conversation skills and have lots of fun with their friends.
In our personal, social, health education lessons (PSHE) we have been learning about what is safe and unsafe. We discussed various scenarios such as playing with a ball by a road and decided whether they were safe or unsafe. As a class we demonstrated really good knowledge of what is safe and unsafe which is fantastic. After a class discussion we got into groups to play a board game themed around making safe choices. This was a fun way to learn some really important lessons to keep us safe.
For Children in Need day we raised money for charity by coming dressed in spotty non-uniform and taking part in a whole school bun sale! We really enjoyed choosing our own buns at playtime. We also took part in the ‘Big Move’ with nursery, reception and year 2. This was a 10-minute workout which was streamed live by the BBC. We also did some writing about Pudsey bear! We enjoyed doing lots of different activities whilst raising money for charity.
In English we have been looking at traditional tales starting with ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We enjoyed writing our own speech bubbles and doing some hot seating drama. We also wrote our own instruction booklets for how to make porridge. We then used our own instructions to make porridge in small groups! It was great to see how we could apply our writing to a practical purpose. We enjoyed the chance to do some cooking and most of us decided that the porridge was really yummy, especially with a little honey!
In ICT we have been learning about Algorithms. We learnt what algorithms are and how we use them in everyday life. We then had a go at using the Beebots to programme our own algorithms. We enjoyed using the Beebots and did really well creating our own algorithms to successfully move the Beebot across the mat!
This half-term in science our focus is on materials. We will be learning all about what a material is and the names/ uses of many everyday materials. We began this week by focusing on four key everyday materials- plastic, wood, glass and metal. In our circle we grouped some objects from our classroom into the correct material group. We did a really good job of this and knew what most of the objects were made from. Well done Year 1!
Next, we had a go at some cutting and sticking sheets, grouping lots of different objects into the correct materials group. Some of the objects were quite tricky to figure out but we did a super job, working together to help each other. We also discussed how wood is a natural material whereas plastic, metal and glass are man-made. These terms were new to us so we discussed what ‘natural’ and ‘man-made’ mean and what the difference is between these two terms.
This half term in history we are looking at old toys! We will be thinking about toys from the past and how they are different to the toys that we play with today. We will look at differences such as the types of material they are made from, which links to our science focus on materials. We have learnt that plastic is quite a new invention whilst wood, glass and metal have been around much longer. We found it interesting that some very old toys like teddy bears and dolls are still popular today. We did a sorting activity, deciding which toys were old and new, then had a chance to play with a variety of old and new toys!
In P.E we have been busy both indoors and outdoors! Inside we have been focusing on our dancing skills, creating a dance themed around the book ‘Rainbow Fish’. We thought of lots of different sea creatures to impersonate as part of our dance including whales, lobsters, fish and even an octopus! We learnt how to move in time with the music and create a group dance. This linked to our writing in English all about the Rainbow Fish, helping us know the book really well.
Outside we have been focusing on our throwing and catching skills. We start every lesson with a class warm up and have been learning about how important it is to keep fit and healthy. We often feel our heart beating and discuss how exercise makes us feel- comments have included: ‘happy’, ‘hot’, ‘smiley’ and ‘full of energy’. We have used bean bags and soft balls to do lots of throwing and catching, as well a beginning to look at dribbling skills.
Also in maths, we have been learning all about shape! We began by re-capping our learning from reception, all about 2D shapes. We learnt about their names and properties, using cutting skills to create 2D shape dinosaurs. We have also begun learning about 3D shapes! This was quite a tricky concept, but we worked really hard to understand and learn about 3D shapes. We went on an exploratory walk around school to look for various 3D shapes, which definitely helped with our understanding. This week we have been looking at patterns. We used the building blocks to create patterns of our own. This was a fun activity which we enjoyed doing, showing off all our fantastic patterns!
In maths we have been learning how to do number bonds to 10, and we’ve even started looking at number bonds to 20! We have been using lots of different techniques to learn number bonds to 10. We have been playing adding and subtracting games, using playdough to make chocolates to share and using the building blocks to help us physically see what we are adding together or taking away. We are really proud of all our hard work in mastering this key mathematical skill!
Some African drummers came in to visit us at Primrose Lane to tell us about their culture and show us their amazing drumming, singing and dancing skills. We went to a whole school assembly where we learnt about different types of drums and heard some great drumming. We then joined in with some singing and finished the assembly off by joining in with some dancing! This was a really fun activity and gave us an opportunity to learn about a culture very different to our own, as well as hearing some great music.
We had a whole school skipping day, which was loads of fun! Year 1 had a workshop which involved mastering the basic skills needed to be able to successfully skip. We learnt about listening for the click of the rope, before jumping and how to hold the rope properly. We also talked about how good skipping is for our health. It was quite tricky, but Year 1 did a fantastic job, putting 100% into their skipping. At the end of the day, we had a whole school skipping assembly during which every class was able to show off their new skills. A small group of brave volunteers from Year 1 demonstrated to the whole school what we had learnt in our workshop. We enjoyed watching what all the other year groups had learnt and seeing what new skills each year had mastered.
In our English lessons we have been reading Dogger by Shirley Hughes. We have read the book as a class, thinking about our own special toys and Dave’s feelings throughout the book. We have done some drama, creating freeze frames about the story. As well as this we have been writing sentences about our own special toy and creating posters describing Dogger.
We have had a busy start to Year 1! In Maths over the last couple of weeks we have been doing lots of sorting and grouping, as you can see in the pictures below. We have also been busy learning numbers as words, looking for missing numbers in a sequence up to 10 and finding out lots of 2D shape names.