This half term has been a busy and fun time for the children in year 1. They have worked hard and have already shown great progress in all their work since September. We have been focusing a lot around advent and Christmas, ending with a fantastic Christmas Nativity. Here are some of the different things we have been learning about this half term.
This half term we have learnt about instructions and character descriptions. Children have used fantastic adjectives, time conjunctions and command words in there own work to add detail. Children described a character in a story and then wrote a set of instructions on how to trap their character. Ask your child if they can act out or retell any of the stories.
In maths children have been completing addition and subtraction up to ten in different ways- counting on, crossing out, making number stories and using number families. They then moved onto looking at numbers up to 20. They have made the numbers in different ways, wrote the numeral and words, and made up number families.
Children have been learning all about everyday materials. They have named materials, sorted them, looked at their different properties and have set up different experiments to test the best material to use as an umbrella.
In history children have learned about why we remember the 5th of November. Children looked at the different ways people celebrate bonfire night. They then learnt about the story behind bonfire night, how guy fawkes and his friends tried and failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament to try to get a new king or queen. Children debated key questions and acted out the story, showing great understanding.
This half term our main focus has been on ‘Waiting’. Children talked about their own experiences of waiting and how it makes them feel. We then learnt that Advent was a time of waiting and preparing for Christmas. Children made their own advent wreaths and had a great afternoon making Christingles with year 4 children. Children then learnt all about what happened at the first Christmas and were all amazing singing in their KS1 Nativitiy.
This half term we have learnt about recounts and wrote one about our walk around the school. We then learnt the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and then changed the characters and settings to create our own traditional tale. Ask your child if they can tell you their story.
In our first half term we have elarnt about numbers to ten. We ordered numbers, compared numbers and learnt how to write them in numerals and words. We then learnt about number bonds up to 10. Finally we used our number bonds to make addition equations and number stories.
This half term we have learnt about five local heroes. We learnt about the Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, footballer Michael Doyle, Olympic runner Darren Campbell, artist L.S Lowry and suffragette Emiline Pankhurst. We used documents and Artifacts to find out more about our Heroes. As part of the topic we had a great day at the National Football Museum and then we even made our own Museum in school which year 2 came to visit.
Children have been learning how to find the pulse in songs. They have used their bodies and instruments to play along to different songs. They have also started to read simple notation and play a simple pattern with different instruments. One of the songs children have enjoyed is Shotgun- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_B3qkp4nO4 ask your child if they can tap the pulse while listening to the song.
This term children have been looking at portraits. They have looked at different artists and drawn their own self portraits, abstract portraits and moving portraits. They have made some beautiful art work to be proud of.