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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’
CEOP

Year 1 - Our Learning

Summer 2

 

In their last half term children have been learning about warning stories in English, worked with numbers to 100 in maths, in science they learnt about seasons and in geography they looked at weather.  Children have also took part in a fantastic sports week and had 3 days visiting their new classes getting ready for being in year 2 in September.

 

Experiences

 

Children enjoyed toasting marshmallows around the fire pit.  Here they are in sports week, taking part in lots of activities including street dance, yoga, outdoor PE and sports day.

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English

 

In English children have been learning about warning stories.  They learned a story about a dragon and then changed the characters and settings to create their own stories.  Children read their own stories and wrote them showing how fantastic their writing is.  Well done year 1!

Maths

 

We have been learning about volume and capacity. We compared volume and capacity using ‘more than’ and ‘less than’. We also described volume using ‘half’ and ‘quarter’. We have also been finding and comparing mass by weighing various objects using balance scales. 

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Science

 

In science children have been learning about the four seasons, what months are in them and what is special about each one.  Children have named the seasons in order and made a season flap book to show what happens in each one.  Children have also been on a walk around the school grounds looking at how we know it is summer.  

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Geography 

 

In geography children have been learning about weather.  They learnt about what the different weather symbols meant and how we find out what the weather is going to be like.  Children observed the weather and made a weather diary.  They also looked at how the different weather affects us and what things we need to wear in different types of weather. 

Summer 1

 

During this half term children have enjoyed writing their own fantasy story, learning about money, exploring plants and much more.  Children have also been taking parts in lots of phonics activities to get ready for their Phonics screening test after the holidays.  Here are some of the things we have been doing in school.

 

 

Science

 

This half term we have been exploring plants.  Children have learnt about the different parts of plants and trees.  They have been on plants hunts and walks to observe the different types of trees we have around school.  Children also grew their own bean plants and observed and recordered the changes over the half term.

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DT- Design Technology 

 

Children had a great day designing and making their own fruit kebab.  First they tasted and researched lots of different fruits whilst thinking about what we need for a healthy lifestyle.  Next, they created some of their own ideas.  Then, they decided on their final design.  After that, they used their plan to create their own fruit kebab and ate it.  They finished by evaluating their kebab talking about what they liked and what they could do to make it better.  

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Spring 2 

 

This half term children have enjoyed learning about animals, life cycles and lots more.  Children learnt about Lent and made their own Lenten promise, they also learnt all about the Easter and the resurrection of Jesus.  We have spent Holy Week celebrating and completing Easter activities.  Here are some of the things we have been doing in school.  

 

Maths

 

In maths children have learnt about numbers to 40, they learnt how to count, write, add and subtract the numbers.  They also learnt about multiplication by making equal groups, adding equal groups and solving simple word problems.  Children then learnt about division by grouping and sharing equally.  

Science

 

In science children have learnt about Animals including humans.  They learnt about human and animal body parts and looked at the difference between them.  Children learnt about the senses and took part in a sense investigation to help solve a puzzle. They also learnt how to group animals in different ways and looked at the different types of food they eat.  At the end of the topic children had some real animals come in to school to see the different animal types for themselves and bring to life everything they had learnt.  They all really enjoyed it! 

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RE

 

Our RE topic was “Change”.  In this children looked at how they had changed from a baby to a child and what ways things like the seasons change around us.  We then learnt about Ash Wednesday and Lent.  Children learnt that Lent is a time of change and they all made a Lentern promise to keep throughout Lent.  They then learnt about the special days of Easter and the resurrection of Jesus.  Children took part in an Easter assembly to celebrate Holy Week. 

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Spring 1
This half term children have enjoyed learning about lots of new and interesting topics.  We have written pirate stories, been on a local walk, recorded our own stories, learnt about measuring and lots more.  Here are some of the different things we have been learning about. 

Maths 

 

In maths children have been learning how to measure objects using different units.  They measured using their hands and feet, counters and centimetres.  They learnt how to estimate and check by measuring.  Children have also learnt about addition and subtraction up to 20.  They used lots of different methods to work out the answers.  

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English

 

This half term we have learned The Story of Pirate Tom. We enjoyed dressing as pirates and acting out the story. We then made some changes to the original story before writing our own descriptive stories about pirates. 

 

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We have also been learning about Poetry. We enjoyed reading and performing various weather poems using instruments. We then wrote our own descriptive list poems and acrostic poems about the weather and different seasons. 
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Geography 

 

In Geography we have learnt about our local area.  We looked at what is near and far and places children go often and rarely.  Children used google maps to find different places and we went on a walk to Platt Fields Park to see the different buildings and green spaces around us.  Children then thought about what they liked and disliked about their local area.

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Art 

 

We had lots of fun during our Art Day when we learned about Sculptures. We looked at various artists including Marc Quinn and Michelle Reader and used their sculptures as inspiration to make our own. We used different tools to make bread sculptures of our hands, like Marc Quinn. We then made junk monsters like Michelle Reader.  Finally, we made models of buildings in our local area, linking to our Geography topic. They looked fantastic!

 

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Autumn 2

 

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.

English

 

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.

Children building their traps

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Maths

 

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.  

 

 

Science

 

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.  

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History

 

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.

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RE

 

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.  

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Autumn 1
Children have had a great first half term in year 1.  They have settled in well and their behaviour has been fantastic.  They have worked extremely hard and have already completed lots of work and have shown great progress in a range of subjects.  Here are some of the things the children have been learning about.  

English

 

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.

Our walk around school

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Maths

 

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.

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History

 

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.

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Music

 

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.  

Art

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.  

Can your children tell you anything about these famous portraits?

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