This week in Year 1, we have been busy writing our own information texts about the Great Fire of London. We practiced using question marks for our headings and put all our knowledge to great use, writing some super sentences. We have also made up and performed our own version of the song ‘London’s Burning’ and had a wonderful time creating large-scale ‘Great Fire’ pictures with LOTS of red and yellow paint, colour-mixed to make some beautiful shades of orange. The children have worked so hard this term and we are all incredibly proud of them. We hope you have a lovely half term with your families and look forward to seeing all the Great Fire of London projects appearing after the holidays!
Lost and Found
This week we have read the story ‘Lost and Found’, the children have enjoyed writing their own short stories, painting pictures using water colours, exploring the properties of ice and building boats to go on exciting journeys around the world.
To support our work on ice, the children made fruity- ice cubes. They enjoyed chopping grapes into tiny pieces and pipetting apple juice into the ice-cube trays.
We have continued learning about both 2D and 3D shapes during Mathematics this week, including building 3D shapes, sorting shapes by their properties and playing ‘Odd one out’ shape games.
We also have been learning how to make our vocabulary grow by using different words for ‘found’. We have used: discovered, noticed, stumbled upon and encountered.
We hope you all have a restful half term and fingers crossed we have a few sunny days to enjoy!
- We would like any clean recyclable materials (e.g. cereal boxes, clean pots and kitchen rolls). Please could you bring them into school for the children to make models with. Thank you.
This week in maths, the children carried out investigations to find out about division and remainders. They had target numbers and found all the different ways the numbers could be shared out using grouping.
Also this week, Mr Wang visited year 3 to help us with our History topic on The Shang Dynasty. He talked about his home and schooling in China, and showed us how to write some Chinese characters. It was a lot of fun!
We are so excited about next week and can’t wait to share the performance with you. The children have worked so hard and we are very proud of them all. Thank you for your support in learning songs and lines with your children. We really hope you enjoy the final show.
This week we tested the children’s historical knowledge. We were impressed with their recall of key facts. Some of the children could explain what key historical terms meant including chronology and centuries ago. The children have enjoyed becoming the historical figures and retelling the events of The Great Fire of London. Some of the children have been imagining what it would be like to Samuel Pepys. Mrs Mabin’s class even went outside to bury some precious items just like he did in 1666.
In RE we have been continuing to learn about shabbat and we also introduced the Jewish creation story to the children. They have been busy retelling what happened on each of the creation days as part of our Quest activities.
In Maths, we have been learning to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Some of the children were set problem solving challenges to apply their knowledge. These are often displayed on our working walls.
Thank you to all of the parents who have brought in cardboard boxes to support our comparative house work in history. Please keep these coming!
If any parents have any resources/games about UK geography they are happy to lend to school, we would be very grateful. They will be used to support our next topic “Bright Lights, Big City.”
Please see the latest homework blog for details on the Spring homework project. There will be three weeks in which to complete the project and they will all be showcased next term.