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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’
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Year 1 - Our Learning

Spring 2

 

Children have enjoyed learning about lots of different things over a range of subjects.  See below to find out all the exciting things your children have been up to this half term in year 1.

English 

 

This half term we have been learning about quest and journey stories. Together we looked at a journey story called "Little Charlie." We learnt the story along with the actions. We then changed the characters, the settings and the food to make a class story. We thought of different "ed" words and adjectives. Once the children were familiar with the class story they then made up their own journey stories. The children did amazingly with this. Maybe they could write a journey story for you at home? 

 

 

 

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RE

 

This half term we have learnt about  “Change." The children learnt about how Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and that Lent is a time to look at ways in which we can change and live like Jesus.  The children wrote some beautiful Lentern promises. The children then learnt all about the Easter story; about Palm Sunday, how Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday and how Jesus came back to life on Easter Sunday. We did lots of talking and acting out to remember the events of Easter. 

 

Spring 1

Children have enjoyed learning about lots of different things over a range of subjects.  See below to find out all the exciting things your children have been up to this half term in year 1.

Maths

Children have been learning about numbers from 10-20.  They have learnt to identify them, write them as words and to make them using cubes and tens frames.  Then then learnt to add and subtract with numbers up to 20.  They have done this in many different ways including to develop different strategies to help them problem solve.  Children have learnt how to start from the greatest number, make 10 first and also use number lines to help them add and subtract.  Ask your child to show you some of these ways to help work out a addition or subtraction equation.

English 

This half term we have been learning to write about settings.  We looked at a Pirate story and learnt it using a story map.   Together we looked at different types of weather and came up with some fantastic adjectives.  Children added different sentence starters and changed the character to make very exciting stories.  We then looked at lots of different poems about the weather and different seasons.  Children wrote their own list, I am and Acrostic poems.  Ask your child to act out the pirate story using the picture in their homework book.  Can they write a poem for their animal homework? 

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This half term we have learnt about special people.  Children talked about people who are special to them and they learnt about all the special people at the church and looked at what they do.  We learnt about what happens at Mass and even had a special visit from Mr Campbell

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Art

This half term we learnt about sculptures.  We looked at different artists and the sculptures they had made.  Children then made their own sculptures using different materials.  They made a 3D hand from bread dough, a junk monster from recycled materials and a building out of card board boxes.  Children really enjoyed the topic and learnt new skills and techniques.

Geography

This half term we have been looking at our local area.  Children looked at things that are near, far and places they visit often and rarely.  We looked at maps and even explored the playground using our own maps to find key points.  Children then enjoyed a walk to Plait Fields park to explore their nearest green space and observe the buildings in their local area.

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Autumn 2

Children have enjoyed learning about lots of different things over a range of subjects.  See below to find out all the exciting things your children have been up to this half term in year 1.

Maths

Children have been learning to add and subract with numbers up to 10.  They have done this in many different ways to develop different strategies to help them problem solve.  Children have learnt how to use number bonds, number families, number stories and also number lines to help them add and subtract.  Ask your child to show you some of these ways to help work out a simple addition or subtraction equation.

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English 

This half term we have been learning to write character descriptions.  Children came up with some fantastic adjectives to add lots of detail.  We then learnt about how to write instructions.  As a class we learnt the instructions of 'How to trap a tiger'.  Children then changed the instructions to include their own creature and came up with a new trap.  Ask your child to act out the instructions using the picture or the one in their homework book.  Can they write instructions for something else? Remember to use time conjunction's and adjectives.

 

 

 

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History

In History children have been learning the reason we have bonfire night.   They have learnt about the Gunpowder plot to blow up the houses of parliament.  Children made firework pictures, formed their own opinions, learnt a poem, and acted out the story.  Ask your child what they can remember about Guy Fawkes.

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Science

In our Science topic we have been learning about different materials.  We have learnt how to describe the materials, their properties and what materials different objects are made from.  Children have enjoyed the practical, hands on exploring of different classroom objects.  Can your child look for objects in their home that are made from different materials such as, glass, wood, plastic and say why they are made from these materials. 

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RE

Our last topic was the very important topic of Advent and waiting.  Children learnt how advent is a time of waiting for the special day that Jesus was born 'Christmas'.  They learnt how we prepare for Christmas, making advent calendars, advent wreaths and they really enjoyed making a Christingle with the year 4 children.  Children also learnt all about what happened at the first Christmas and they were amazing in our KS1 Nativity.  Well Done year 1!

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Autumn 1

Dear Parents, we have had lots of fun in year 1 this half term!  We have settled in well to our new grown up class room and are now familiar with our routines.  We have learnt a lot of new things already.  Have look below to see some of the things we have been learning about.

Maths

In Maths children have been learning to order numbers 1-10, find 1 more and 1 less and understand the language, 'greater', 'equal to' and 'Least'.  We also looked at number bonds for numbers 1-10 using number families and making up our own number stories.  

 

 

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English

For our first English topic we looked at writing recounts.  We learnt 'Charlies Walk' and then we went on our own walk and wrote about it using key time connectives.  We were very pleased with the children's super writing all children tried very hard.  After this we looked at the story 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears', using Talk4Writing we learnt the story and then changed different parts to make up our very own story.  Children came up with some fantastic ideas and wrote wonderful stories. Well Done.  Ask your child if they can tell you theirs.  

 

 

 

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History

In History we have been learning about 'Our Local Heroes'.  For this we looked at what it means to be a hero and we found out about 5 local heroes from the past and present.  Children looked at placing them on a timeline, studied artifacts and looked at documents to help them find out more about the heroes.  As part of this topic we visited the 'National Football Museum' to find out about one of our Local heroes, 'Michael Doyle'.  Children had an amazing time and learnt a lot about the history of football and what a Museum is.   After this we made our own Museum in the hall and invited year 2 to come and look round to show all the great things we had learnt in this exciting topic.

Art 

We have been learning about Portraits.  We have looked at what a portrait is and looked at different Artist's work around portrait's.  One artist we looked at in detail was 'Pablo Picasso'.  From this we made our own versions on his 'Emotions' portraits and our own mixed up portraits.  They looked brilliant! 

Music

In music we have really enjoyed learning how to follow beats and rhythms.  We have also learnt how to follow a simple beat with our instruments and have started to learn to play the glockenspiel.  

 

 

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RE

In RE we have been learning about Families and how we are all part of Gods family.  Children planned their own Liturgy at the end of the topic and invited the other year 1 to celebrate and reflect together.

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Reminder: Own Clothes day tomorrow (20th April)
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