Spring Term 2
In RE this half term our topic is Following Jesus.
In RE this half term we have been looking at the story of the Miraculous story of Jesus catching the fish. The children listened to the story and discussed why Jesus chose Peter as one of his Disciples. The children then worked in groups to re-tell the story to each other. We focused on the main details of the story and the importance of this part of Jesus’ life. The children performed brilliantly, taking on different roles and listening as an audience respectfully.
We have been planning and applying lots of different English skills ready for our instructions. We are planning to write instructions for growing our own dinosaurs. We have looked at verbs and why we need these in instructions. We then looked at what we would need to grow our dinosaurs and we were deciding which animal we would like to grow and wear. It was pretty clear we all agreed that we would be needing running shoes to escape when the dinosaur had grown! To begin our learning, we used a set of instructions to build paper aeroplanes so we could see how instructions are set out and how they explain things step by step ready for our turn.
We are so pleased to be back in school learning in maths together. We have been looking at multiplication and division in class this week. The children have been understanding and using the multiplication and division symbols. We have really enjoyed looking at sharing in our division learning. The children have been using the vocabulary correctly and have shown a good understanding of this as they explain the methods to their friends.
In science we have started our learning by looking at different common flowers we knew. I was absolutely blown away by the children’s knowledge of different flowers and its evident that we have lots of gardeners in Year 1! The children could name so many common flowers and identify the different parts of the flower. Great job Year 1!
We have moved on to looking at the different parts of the flower and labelling these. The children did a fantastic job at labelling the different parts and explaining the different jobs of these parts e.g. the roots soak up the water and keep the flower grounded.
In DT, we are aiming to make our own dinosaur masks. Our masks will be carefully planned, designed, produced and evaluated to ensure they are the best work we can be.
Before we start to plan our masks, it is important we practice the skills needed to make a mask. We have been looking at how to use scissors appropriately and cutting with careful detail. The children had to cut carefully a variety of different patterns to develop their skills. This practice will help them in our future DT lessons as we will need to cut out different materials to build on our masks.
In computing, we have been focusing on how to stay safe on the computers and on the internet. We have had some circle time sessions about how to stay safe online and the children were really confident and clear with the message of ‘Stop, Block and Tell.’ It was an important lesson to discuss and the children were really mature and confident in their responses.
We then discussed the range of devices that could be used to access the internet and we found there were so many ways to get online and therefore so many dangers to be aware of. It was interesting to hear about the different ways they access the internet and the important of the internet in today’s society. We came to the conclusion that the internet is a wonderful place but equally dangerous.
In History, we have been predicting what we think Christopher Columbus is famous for and why he is significant in history. The children looked at an image of Columbus and made some good predictions based on what they could see in the image. Some children predicted he was an artist, some predicted he was alive before Grace Darling and some predicted that he was a jungle explorer! Afterwards, the children were given more evidence to look at and more detail about his life and why he is significant.
We have been thinking of questions we would ask Christopher Columbus if he was here today. We listened to some more details of his life and started to think of some questions that have been left unanswered. Some of our questions included ‘why did you die?’ or ‘why did you decide to sail west when you wanted to go east?’ The children really thought about their questions and if he was around today the children would be quizzing him lots!
We have been looking at what bias and unbiased mean. The children have been participating in a Burn2Learn activity where they need to sort the sources of information into bias and unbiased. The children did this beautifully and had a really good understanding of the meaning of these words and how they applied to information about Christopher Columbus.
In music we have been focusing on making a jungle atmosphere. To begin, we have been using our bodies to make different sounds you may here in the jungle e.g. clapping hands for thunder or feet banging on the floor for the dinosaurs running. The children were great at creating the atmosphere and the lesson ended with the children telling a story of the journey through the prehistoric jungle using their bodies and voices for sound.
We have been working with instruments to add more depth to our prehistoric jungle atmospheres! This means that now we have voice, body and instruments to create sounds of the prehistoric jungle. We discussed the different pitches and tempos we could have to show different parts of the jungle day e.g. starting off slow with the maracas to show the beginning of a storm to making the maracas go really fast to show the middle of a storm. The children were put into groups to create a prehistoric jungle scene before performing them back. The children had so much fun with the instruments and really enjoyed performing their pieces together.
In PE we have been focusing on dance in PE. Mr Cooper lead us at the beginning of this half term in our learning and we have continued this on whilst we have been back together.
In PSHE, we are focusing on the British Values in Year 1. It is vital for the children to be aware of these and understand the meaning of all of the British Values. So far, we have looked at Individual Liberty and what this means for us in our lives. We explored what it meant to be free and what we all have the right to have and the right to do in the UK. The children were confident to explain what they have the right to do and what we don’t have the right to do e.g. take away someone’s freedom.