Great to see so many of you at our expectation evening on 18th September, thank you for coming. Your child has quite a year of learning ahead of them that we hope you feel ready to support them! Any questions please ask, we're here to help!
Mrs Harris and Mrs Cooper and all the children welcome you to the webpage all about Beech Class!
We are detectives!
Our Spring term topic is based on history, we will learn about powerful women in history with an in depth focus on Boudicca before half term and Ameila Earhart after. This fits in well with 2018 being 100 years since women secured the right to vote for some women. (Don't worry we will learn about some men next year!)
Cross curricular learning
In Beech Class we love combining our skills and reinforcing our understanding in lots of areas of the curriculum. Recently we have been learning about the work of the artist Gustav Klimt, we painted our own Tree of Life. Then in the ICT suite we learnt to use Paint and drew Boudicca in the style of Klimt. Our work in the ICT suite also reinforced our Literacy skills as we needed to recognise capital letters to type and really think about our punctuation.
September: This term in Year 1 our topic is the Local Kitchen. We look forward to learning more about local produce and how farming has changed through the years.
The children have been discussing what they know about about how food is grown and how is is harvested.
The children then wrote a sentence reflecting their ideas. We have several boys who know lots about combine harvesters and their independent phonetic spelling attempts have been great! Our favourite was conbighn harbistr! The children have also enjoyed the classic song below and the photos of all brands of combines to admire!
This has inspired model making, measuring and of course singing!
We inherited a garden planted by the current year 2 pupils and we jumped at the chance to harvest the crops within it. We've measured beef tomatoes, chopped them up and eaten them! Their giant sunflowers fell over in the high winds, not only prompting a discussion about the weather but also an opportunity to use a hacksaw! The children cut the stem up to pieces small enough to fit into the compost bin and discovered the spongy pith inside. We've linked them to Van Gogh's sunflowers and will shortly draw them too. The children discovered two types of bean growing, and found the main difference to be their seeds. It was great to see the children sort the seeds, firstly according to colour and then by size, just like we have been doing with other objects in maths.
Thank you Silver Birch class for providing us with so many great cross curricular learning opportunities!
Week beginning 18th September 2017
Supertato is inspiring our learning this week, in particular our English. We will help Supertato write a new story as Evil Pea stole all the finger spaces in his old one, making it very hard to read! Our Talk 4 Writing skills will be put to good use as we re-tell the story with actions. We will find out where potatoes come from, and recall how we helped Nursery dig them up in July. Later in the week we plan to cook Supertato, as he really is full of goodness for us!
Maths in Year 1
We make maths as active and fun as we can in Year 1 so that the children can be engaged and hopefully start to form a love of learning.
By the end of Year 1, the children should have mastered some key skills as listed below:
Number and place value
Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or one, or from any given number.
Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.
Given a number, identify one more and one less.
Addition and subtraction
Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20.
Fractions (including decimals)
Recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.
Compare, describe and solves practical problems for:
- lengths and heights eg long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short, double/half;
- mass/weight eg heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than;
- capacity and volume eg full/empty, more than, less than, half, half full, quarter; and
- time eg quicker, slower, earlier, later.
Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draws the hands on a clock face to show these times
Properties of shape
Recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including:
- 2-D shapes eg rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles;
- 3-D shapes eg cuboid
Our maths in practice:
We like getting out and about! We've visited the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket to learn about food production in the past, whilst we was there we made butter for the very first time. At Pakenham Watermill we saw wholemeal flour being milled, brought our own bag of flour back to school to make numicon shaped bread rolls. In December we wrote to Santa so walked to the village post office to send them to the North Pole ourselves. The children loved sharing their knowledge of the village in which many of them live on the walk there and back.