Well, here we are … the end of another term for us in Oak Class. We have been rather busy in Year 1 and have had yet another jam-packed term. Thank you all for trying your absolute best in each piece of learning we have undertaken. I am very proud of you all and how far you have come since the start of the year back in September.
We’ve been exploring number bonds and introducing addition sentences in Maths. We’ve used lots of items to help support our learning, including counters, cubes and tens frames. We are now able to create addition number sentences and accurately add together. We are continuing to consolidate our counting and are looking at our number bonds to 10. We’ve even learnt a tune to help us remember them!
In English, we have been writing a wide range of genres, including: non-chronological reports about dinosaurs, instructions for Paddington Bear on how to make the perfect marmalade sandwich as well as letter writing to Father Christmas. We’ve certainly been busy! A highlight of this was our walk to the local post box, to post our letters. We hope he receives them in time for Christmas! Our letter formation is greatly improving, as is our confidence to give writing a go independently! Lots of us have even started to choose writing activities in our continuous provision (Discovery Time).
Across the breadth of the curriculum we have been exploring lots of different areas: Animals (including Humans) in Science; painting in Art (ask us what we think of Van Gogh’s art style!); gymnastics in PE; algorithms/instructions in ICT; the United Kingdom in Geography and so much more!
Linking RE and PE, we had a visitor in to teach us more about Diwali. Oak Class enjoyed the Diwali Dance workshop this term. We impressed everyone with our ability to keep to the beat in unison. We practised our skills by dancing in the playground when it had finished!
We also enjoyed our brief taster with the football coach this term and are looking forward to having more time with the coach next term, as throughout Term 3, Oak Class will be having Football as our PE slot on a Friday afternoon. Please remember PE kits for the next term will be needed on a Friday.
Looking back to November, we spent time reflecting on the importance of Remembrance. As part of this, we created a variety of art pieces and writing in English, to explain why we take part in the act of Remembrance each year on the 11th November.
Our Forest School sessions have kept us busy this term. We have enjoyed spending time in our KS1 bubble with Chestnut Class. We explored conkers and the signs of autumn, as well as cooking safely on the fire and making our very own forest bauble for Christmas. We learnt how to use tools, such as a saw and drill, safely with adult supervision.
As you can see, we’ve been keeping very busy and learning lots of new things. We have definitely earned a well-deserved Christmas break!
Merry Christmas one and all! Keep safe and have a wonderful festive break. See you in the New Year.
Mrs Chilcott-Dean (aka Miss Dean).
We can’t believe it’s already nearing the end of Term 1 in Year One! Oak Class have continued to stay busy, learning lots of different things…
In Maths, we’ve been securing our counting to 10 and onwards. We’ve also been looking at one more and one less than a given number up to 10. Why not try testing us at home? As well as this, we’ve started to get to grips with using inequality symbols to compare numbers – wow! In English, we’ve moved on to looking at writing a non-chronological report – our second style of writing focus. We enjoyed basing our report on a triceratops dinosaur. We based our reports on the text, ‘There’s a Triceratops in the Tree House.’ In Phonics, we are continuing to work through our Set 1 sounds – not long until we start Set 2 now!
We’ve really got into our role of ‘fossil hunters’ and explorers in History. We learnt how fossils are formed, where we might find them and what clues they give us about the past. We have also been researching a significant figure in palaeontology – Mary Anning. In Science, we have continued to explore seasonal changes between autumn to winter. We have looked at the changes to day length, weather, what happens to the trees and how the seasons/weather changes affect us in what we do and what we wear throughout the year. We decided on our ‘welly walk’ around the school grounds that we are definitely in autumn now! Why not ask us what signs of autumn we spotted?
In Art, we have thoroughly enjoyed creating a range of different pieces… whether these are linked to our History topic (where we made an amazing fossilised dinosaur out of cotton buds!) or our Science (we made an amazing autumnal/winter tree design), which has all helped to develop our fine motor skills. We have also been focussing on developing our sketching skills. We have been using sketching pencils to control both light and dark shading and different types of lines. We have been sketching the fossils we discovered.
We have continued to thoroughly enjoy our Forest School time with Chestnut Class. We particularly enjoyed our latest fire session, where we put our skills to the test roasting marshmallows! We used a great range of adjectives to describe the ‘delicious’ taste.
Thank you for all of your enthusiasm and application to learning this term Oak! I can’t wait to learn more with you all next term…
Oak Class have made a brilliant start back to the year. They’ve adapted and adjusted well to the changes to classroom life and settled in so well. I am so proud of each and every one of the children. They continue to come into school with a smile on their faces and that is what it’s all about!
We’ve already been cracking on with our learning… We’ve been recapping our place value and numbers to 10 in Maths. We’ve been counting lots of different things! Keep practising your counting at any chance you get – every little helps! In English, we’ve started looking at our first class story ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ by Julia Donaldson. We’ve created our own story maps, boxed up the story and are looking forward to writing our own take on the story as our next steps. In Phonics, we have been recapping our Set 1 Read Write Inc. sounds and are re-finding our confidence with each session!
Across the breadth of the curriculum we have really been delving into some interesting topics! In History, we have been looking at dinosaurs in our topic ‘The Big Dig.’ We are looking forward to becoming palaeontologists ourselves and exploring fossils in more detail as the weeks go on. In Science, we have been looking at the different seasons; particularly Autumn and Winter. We are recording data on the weather changes we can spot in Autumn at present – what super scientists we are becoming!
We have been enjoying our Forest School sessions shared with Chestnut class and are applying some of our Science learning to our Forest time, which is brilliant! In P.E. we have also linked our learning to the seasons and have been performing different dances (including different movements, mirroring, canon and balance techniques) that match the different seasons.
What a way to start the year! We’ve definitely hit the ground running! Well done Oak Class – I’m so impressed with how you’ve embraced each new learning opportunity with enthusiasm. Keep up the great positive growth mind-set!