Year 1 Term 1

Our Autumn Topic
 
The topic web for our 'Autumn' project can be found below.  
 
During the first weeks in Year 1, we embarked on our 'Autumn' project.  This involved looking at what the four seasons are and which months belong to each season.  We created four season trees using tissue paper and then focused more closely on what makes autumn so special.  
 
We have spent plenty of time outdoors, completing an autumn nature walk, where we looked for signs that autumn was on its way, as well as studying trees.  We have identified which types of trees we have in our school grounds, and which of those trees are deciduous and evergreen.  
 
In our classroom, we have created an autumn tree by exploring colour and making autumn leaves.  To celebrate autumn we have made autumn wreaths and autumn lanterns too - we were very proud of our work.  We have thought really carefully about what it is like in autumn and have been using adjectives to describe what we might find using our senses.  
 
 If you would like to, now would be the ideal time to take an autumn walk with your children.  Can they identify any of the trees?  Can they tell you if they are deciduous or evergreen? They are becoming quite the tree detectives! 
 
So far, we are loving our project! 
Head Teacher Awards
 
13.11.2020
Well done to Oscar, Maisie and Elliott for their Head Teacher Awards this week!  Thank you for demonstrating our school values and for working so hard!
 
20.11.2020
Well done to James, Lilly and Esmae-Rose for their Head Teacher Awards this week!  Thank you for demonstrating our school values and for working so hard!
 
Homework
 
There is no formal homework at the moment.  The children are encouraged to practise their reading at home for at least 15 minutes per day.  Reading books will be changed on either a Wednesday or a Friday each week and the children also have access to 'Bug Club'.  Oxford Owl also have a number of free books that the children can access.  
 
For further information about how to support your child's reading at home, the Oxford Owl website has some great tips.  They also have videos explaining how to help the children with their phonics and how to blend sounds together to read new words.  Please follow the link below.
 
Harvest Festival Celebrations
 
Year One have been celebrating the Harvest.  We have made a little film of the things we have been learning.  Click here to watch it...
Remembrance Day 2020
 
The children have been learning lots about Remembrance Day and why it is so important.  To commemorate this event, we completed a DT project where we made commemorative lanterns.  The children completed market research, they designed their own lantern thinking about how to make it weather proof and then they made them.  They worked incredibly hard and I think they did a brilliant job.  They looked beautiful in our school garden at night.  Well done Year 1. 
Roald Dahl Day 2020
 
We have had a wonderful time celebrating Roald Dahl Day in Year 1.  We began by discussing Roald Dahl: Who was he; what books did he write and why do we remember him?  We looked at some of his life events and took a virtual tour around the Roald Dahl Museum. 
 
Once we had learnt more about his life, we took inspiration from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and designed our very own chocolate bar!  We included some of our favourite sweets and thought about who would we sell it to, what would it cost to buy, what would we call it and what would the wrapper look like? 
 
We also spent some time looking at drawing tutorials from Quentin Blake and had a go at drawing Willy Wonka and some Oompa Loompas!  We also had a go at spotting the difference between two illustrations from the story by Quentin Blake. 
 
We really did have a fun day.  Well done to Oscar who won the 'Best Dressed' for his costume too. 
 
 
 
National Poetry Day 2020
 
On Thursday 1st October 2020, we celebrated 'National Poetry Day' in Year 1. During the morning, we wrote some poems about animals together.  Then we had a go at writing acrostic poems about Harvest.  We really enjoyed being creative.  In our afternoon session, we looked at some performance poetry by Michael Rosen.  We discussed what we liked about the performance and what made it so good.  Then we had a go at performing 'On the Ning Nang Nong', by Spike Milligan.  We really enjoyed our day! 
What are festivals and why do we have them
 
The big question that we are exploring in RE this half term is, 'What are festivals and why do we have them?'.  So far we have explored the festival of Diwali.  We explored the story of Rama and Sita and have thought about how and why it is celebrated.  We have learnt that Diwali is a festival of light and we have made diva lamps to celebrate.  We really enjoyed making them!