This half term we are learning about animals (including humans). We are going to start by putting animals into categories by their type (mammals, birds, reptiles, invertebrates etc). Then we are going to look at the different diets of the animals and whether they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. After that we will be looking at the habitats that the children live in and how they have adapted to live in the different climates of the world.
Rain, Rain, Go Away
This term our topic is 'Rain, Rain, Go Away' and we will be learning all about different types of weather, the four seasons and the water cycle. First of all the children will focus on the kind of weather we get in UK and then we will move on to learning about the weather within other parts of the world and how it affects us/our planet. Then we will be learning about what causes the different types of weather through learning about the water cycle. Later in the term, the children will also carry out their own experiments to do with water and dress up as scientists for Science week.
Heroes and Villains
This half term our topic is called 'Heroes and Villains'. We have started our topic looking at real life heroes in history. The first being Florence Nightingale. We looked at why she is an important person in history and what she did for modern medicine and hospitals today. The children really enjoyed learning about Florence and were very excited to see a video of what times were like in Florence's time.
As Florence is a hero, we decided that we needed to learn about a real life villain. We thought that as we enjoyed learning about bonfire night we would learn the story behind it. The children learned about the gunpowder plot and how Guy Fawkes and his plotters tried to blow up the king. The children wrote some fabulous retells of the story and used their best handwriting for a display.
Over the past few weeks we have been learning about heroes and villains in tradition tales. We looked carefully at what characters we thought were good characters and which were bad characters and why. We posed many questions about the different characters. Is Goldilocks a good character or a bad character? The children thought she was a good and bad character because she was lost in the woods and was hungry, so she looked for help,but she shouldn’t go into other peoples houses without asking. They decided that Goldilocks should write a sorry letter to the Three Bears and what it should say. The children pretended to be Goldilocks and wrote sorry letters.
We have now started our topic ‘Terrific Transport’. We have started this by looking at how transport has changed from the past up until now. This was brought to life by our trip to the Ipswich Transport Museum. The children really enjoyed learning about all the different types of transport from a Penny Farthing to an Electric Tram. They were able to sit on the vehicles and go on pretend journeys. The children did some fantastic writing and pictures of their time at the museum on their return to school.
The children really enjoyed our terrific transport topic and had lots of fun learning about all the different types of transport there are and what they are used for. We also looked at how transport has changed over the last 100 years. To help the children understand what it was like we watched a film about it by Magic Grandad.
Making our Hot Air Balloons
Welcome to 1ST class page. It has, already, been a busy start to the year. The children have settled well into the routine of Year One and are already working hard. The children have been learning about the Behaviour Buddies and how they can aspire to be more like them.
The Learning Behaviour Buddies are:
Oscar the Owl (who can focus on the task and manages his distractions).
Mandy Meerkat (who works well as part of a team)
Connie Cat (who is a good independent learner)
Terry the Tortoise (who never gives up and perseveres)
Geoffrey Giraffe (who rises to the challenge)
Dixie Dolphin (who is an excellent communicator)
We have been learning about the way that we can resolve small problems at school ourselves using Kelso’s Choices. This may be telling someone to stop what they are doing as it is making you sad or frustrated, choosing to play a different game if someone isn’t playing it nicely or walking away if someone is making you cross.
Growth mind-set is an important part of our learning ethos. We have been teaching the children that we can all learn through getting things wrong and making mistakes.