Welcome to Year One
Our class is called Moonbeams.
Our teacher is called Miss Bennett and our teaching assistants are Miss Routledge and Mrs Fisk.
Things to remember:
Library is on Thursday.
P.E is on Monday.
Have a look at what we have been up to this week:
We have really enjoyed learning about China during this half term.
We have learned about so many different things!
These our most interesting facts ...
- China is in the continent of Asia
- The capital city of China is Beijing
- Pandas eat bamboo but they are an endangered animal
- Yuen is the money that they use in China
- The Great Wall of China is 21,196 km long!
- This year is the 'Year of the Pig' (Chinese New Year)
We have made leaflets about China:
In Science we have been learning about materials.
We read the story 'The Three Little Pigs' and then we made houses for the three little pigs to live in.
We had to find out which material was the best to make a house for a pig.
We made a prediction:
'We think that bricks are going to be the best material to make a house with because they are the strongest.'
When we did the experiment...
We found out that straw and sticks were the worst materials because they were weak and blew away in the wind.
We found out that bricks was the best material because it was strong and wind proof!
'Bricks are the best material to build a house with because it was the only material that did not get blown away.'
Happy New Year!
After a well deserved holiday we have had a great start to the New Year in Moonbeams.
In Literacy we have been reading the story 'Cinderella.' We have been learning about adjectives to describe the characters in the story.
An adjective is a describing word
We have though of some adjectives to describe Cinderella at the beginning of the story:
We have thought of some adjectives to describe Cinderella when she is at the ball:
- golden blonde hair
- crystal blue eyes
In Maths we have been learning about measuring.
We have been measuring objects using the words - short, shorter, shortest, long, longer, longest, tall, taller and tallest.
We have been measuring weight using the words - heavy, heavier, heaviest, light, lighter, lightest and equal to.
We used pan balance scales to weigh different classroom objects. We even made equal to weights!
In Science we have been sorting materials. We found materials in the classroom that were made from wood, plastic, rubber, material and metal. We then though about the properties of these materials. Are they strong? Are they rough? Are they hard? Are they wet? Are they bumpy?
This week we have been doing lots of writing in Literacy. We wrote our first ever stories based on the book 'How to Catch a Star' by Oliver Jeffers.
In Maths we have been learning about money. We have been learning all of the different coins and their values and we have also been adding coins together to make different amounts.
Here are some ways that you can make 5p:
A 5p coin
1p+ 1p+ 1p+ 1p+ 1p = 5p
2p + 2p + 1p = 5p
Here are some ways that you can make 10p:
A 10p coin
5p + 5p = 10p
2p + 2p + 2p + 2p + 2p = 10p
Last week we celebrated Health and Well-being Week. Every afternoon we did something different to do with being healthy and happy:
Monday - Internet Safety
We learnt about Smartie the Penguin and keeping safe online. We sung this song to help us remember how to be safe when we are using a computer, iPad or another smart device:
'Before you tap and click,
You need to stop and think,
And tell someone!'
Tuesday - Healthy Eating
We learnt about foods that are healthy and foods that are unhealthy. Then we created a healthy packed lunch - you could include a healthy sandwich, fruit, yogurt and water.
Wednesday - Keeping Fit and Mindfulness
We were really lucky to have a special visitor in to teach us Yoga. We travelled to the rain forest in this session and met lots of different animals. We also planted a seed and talked about how touching the soil made us feel. After that we listened to relaxing music to relax and calm down. We really enjoyed this session.
Thursday - Keeping Fit and Friendship
We were really lucky again to have a special 'Kids Fit' workshop in the hall. We learnt about the importance of physical activity. We had lots of fun joining in with the different dance routines and exercises!
Friday - Equality and Diversity
We read the story 'Elmer' and we talked about how we are all different but it is a good thing and it should be celebrated!
This week we have been doing lots of learning about Bonfire Night which was celebrated on Monday 5th November 2018.
In English we have been learning about onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is when a word sounds like the sound it is making! We watched a video of a firework display and we listened carefully to the sounds that we could hear. Here are some of the onomatopoeia's we thought of to describe a firework:
In our Topic lesson we learnt about why we celebrate Bonfire Night.
We created paper plate fireworks and paper bonfires.
Have a look at our Bonfire Night display:
We have also created Poppies to celebrate Remembrance Day.
Have a look at our poppy display:
In Maths we have been learning about counting on from 10 and focusing on making and writing teen numbers.
When we see a tens frame that is full we know that it has 10 counters in it. Instead of counting all of these counters we can put '10' in our heads. Then we can count the counters in the next tens frame. This makes our counting quicker!
We have also been trying to remember to write the '1' first when we write a 'teen' number.
On Monday we went on our very own Bear Hunt! We had to find our missing class teddy bear who was lost in the forest school. We went through the swishy grass, through the crunchy leaves, through the sticky mud and through the hard playground until we found our little lost bear! We had a fantastic time doing some outdoor learning.
This adventure led us to our writing in Literacy - this week we have been writing a recount all about the Bear Hunt. When we write a recount we have to remember to use time openers. Some examples of time openers that we have used in our writing are - First, Next, Then, After that and Finally.
We started the week with 'No Pens Day' on Monday which was great fun! We thought of lots of different ways that we could record our learning instead of using a pen.
In English we did some speaking and listening by making a prediction about our new book 'Plenty of Love to Go Round.'
In Maths we used Numicon to make number bonds to 10. Then we wrote down the number sentences using chalk on the playground and we also used the iPads.
In Science we went on a senses hunt around the school. We use our hands to touch, eyes to see, nose to smell, ears to listen and our tongues to taste. We had to collect something for each of our senses, however we didn't find anything to taste in the playground! We found Maggie's yellow ball, a soft leaf, a rough piece of bark, a sweet smelling flower and we heard the wind.
This was a fantastic start to our week!
Also this week...
In R.E we have been learning about Harvest Festival.
In Art we have created self- portraits.
In Music we have using instruments to create a melody and a beat.
In PSHE we have been learning how to give compliments to our friends.
This week we have been very busy!
In English we have been learning how to write a sentence. We have been trying to remember to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We have also been learning about how to use a conjunction in our sentence. A good way of remembering how to spell 'because' is: Big Elephants Can't Always Use Small Exits!
In Maths we have been learning about finding one more than or one less than a given number. We also been practising using our reasoning skills by answering lots of true or false questions.
In Science we have been learning about parts of the body and what we use them for. Here are some of our ideas:
'I can use my feet to jump!'
'I can use my hips to hula hoop!'
'I can use my hands and fingers to roll play dough!'
In Music we have been learning lots of new songs and playing instruments.
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