Welcome to this term’s Year 1 sharing event! We hope you enjoy watching the song we have prepared for you. Below are some highlights of our learning this term.
We have continued with our RWInc lessons and we are so proud of how much progress we are making in reading and writing. We are getting better and better at using our sounds in phonics, and even the cheeky aliens can’t trick us with their funny new words! In our guided reading sessions we have read and discussed books about space including ‘Man on the Moon’ and ‘How to Catch a Star’. We have also enjoyed reading non-fiction texts about our Solar System and its planets. We have improved our writing by proofreading regularly (checking for capital letters and full stops!), as well as using adjectives and interesting sentence starters and connectives.
We have made brilliant progress with representing, adding and subtracting numbers to 20. We have used all kinds of resources to work out calculations and to show what we know, including cubes, bead strings, tens and ones sticks, ten frames, number lines and bar models. We can make teen numbers using tens and ones, and we can add and subtract using different methods such as jumping on a number line, or adding or removing counters from ten frames.
This term we have had PE Specialist Mr Croucher helping us and we have had great fun using all kinds of equipment to do gymnastics, learning to move and balance in different ways and to jump and land safely. We have also practised our throwing and catching skills, and started using cricket bats.
We have been reading and discussing Christian stories from the Bible about creation and Noah’s Ark.
We have absolutely loved our Moon Zoom topic and we have found out so much about space! Our topic began with our discovery of what we suspect was an alien crash landing in the playground. There were some very unusual substances left behind!
In our Science lessons, we decided to label some of the items in our classroom so the alien could see what materials we use on Earth and what properties they have. We also wondered how different materials could be used by someone wanting to catch a star like the boy in our story, and recently we investigated which material might be the most absorbent option for making a nappy for an astronaut. Our results varied but the winner definitely wasn’t cling film!
In History we have learned about astronauts, including Yuri Gagarin who was the first man in space. Becoming an astronaut takes a lot of learning and skill and we think it would be an amazing adventure. In Geography we had a go at using Google Earth to see what the Earth looks like from space. We found mountains, seas, continents and even our school!
We have also made our own 3D planets and Solar Systems using pastels in Art, and we wrote our own space music using percussion instruments.
Finally, in ICT we have been improving our skills at using laptops. We know how to log in and launch programs by ourselves. We have typed a list in Word of things to take to space, and have also had a go at drawing pictures of aliens using colours and shapes.
We hope you have enjoyed finding out about our learning this term, and we can’t wait for our next topic about Rio in Brazil!