ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-2022
Science - Bean Investigation
We have been investigating what plants need in order to grow. We talked about the kind of plants the children had grown before at home. What do beans need to grow? We had lots of ideas! “Water, sunlight, soil.” We decided to plant some beans in different conditions to see what affected their growth. We planted some beans in a cup with a wet paper towel. We planted some in soil but decided to see what happened when they were put in the dark without light. We made predictions as to what might happen to each bean. Over the next few weeks we are looking forward to seeing how successfully our beans grow!
A Trip to Carymoor Environmental Centre
We really enjoyed our class trip to Carymoor Environmental Centre! We had a fantastic time in the great outdoors, exploring the natural environment.
First we went pond dipping where we searched for mini beasts in the water. We found water snails, baby dragonflies, damsel flies and newts.
Did you know – Dragonflies can fly at 36 miles an hour!
Next we went to the meadow to search for minibeasts. We used nets to sweep in the long grass. After lunch we were bee detectives learning about bees.
Did you know –
There are 270 types of bees in the UK
Honey bees only live for 5-6 years
Honey bees produce just half a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime!
This week, we learned about the importance of dragons in Chinese culture. Dragons from China do not breathe fire. Most of us think of dragons as being huge, fierce, fire-breathing creatures. In China, dragons are thought of very differently. They are considered to be very kind and lucky! We learnt about the different types of dragons: Wood Dragons, Fire Dragons, Earth Dragons, Metal Dragons and Water Dragons. We coloured in our dragon face masks and cut them out and took them home.
Nether Cerne Farm
Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed their school trip to Nether Cerne Farm. Despite the initial rain we spent the morning mostly outdoors finding out about life on a farm. Linking in with our new Science topic ‘Plants’ the children explored some of the crop growing in the farmers field. We learnt lots about the processes involved in producing wheat and all the stages the farmer has to go through to ensure it turns into a healthy crop ready to harvest. After a walk around the fields we returned to the barn to look at all the machinery that makes this possible. The wheels on the combine harvester were as big as the children! Everyone had the opportunity to sit in a tractor and look at the grain barn to see the fruits of the farmers hard work. What a fantastic few hours we had! We certainly learnt a great deal!
Handa’s Surprise Debate
After listening to the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ Class 3 enjoyed taking part in a debate about whether the animals should have taken the fruit or not. We talked about everyone having different ideas and the importance of listening to each other’s thoughts before making a final decision as to which side you felt had the best reasons for supporting their views. It was a really lively, fun lesson and we learnt lots about the skills involved in debating.
As part of our new Science topic ‘Plants’ we spent time thinking about what plants need in order to grow. We decided to set up a little investigation to find out what happens when you plant cress. We each had a small pot and lined it with a wet paper towel. We sprinkled some cress onto this and put them in the window to get sunlight. We then took another tray and put these cress seeds in the cupboard to see what would happen if the seeds don’t get any sunlight. We began a cress diary which we hope to add to over the coming week as our cress seeds begin to sprout.
In Maths this week, we have been learning about ‘Arrays’. We worked practically to make arrays using egg boxes and counters. We discovered to make an array each column and row has to be of equal length. We attempted writing number sentences on our mini whiteboards to describe the arrays we had made.
Arrays can really make counting objects easy! It helps we know how to count in 2’s 5’s and 10’s! We are also making great use of our double facts!
Today in Maths we explored 3D shapes. We searched for examples of 3D shapes around the classroom and then tried to describe them using mathematical vocabulary. We were introduced to the word ‘faces’ and talked about shapes having ‘flat’ and curved faces.’
In small groups we played games sorting the shapes according to their properties and talked about shapes that could roll and shapes that slide. We attempted naming the shapes in our group and describing them to our friends.
During Arts week we have been developing many skills.
We thought about our favourite colours and made a collection of these in order to make a patterned background for an Easter Bunny poster. We all chose to make our own different repeating patterns.
We thought about different tools we could use to apply paint to our paper and explored the effects you can make using a fork to apply paint. We successfully painted chicks in this way.
We made collage nests using cut strips of paper placed at different angles and then painted these with brown paint. We worked on ‘Form’ using paper to construct a stand making our Easter nests 3D.
For our Easter cards we explored ‘Texture’, weaving different coloured paper in and out of our egg shells. This was trickier than we had imagined, however, we showed good perseverance!
A visit from a few tortoises!
Class 3 were fortunate to have a member of Class 4 share their pet tortoises with them. They had just woken up from their winter hibernation! It was really interesting looking at the features that made them unique and being able to pass them around our class circle.
Bring A Plant To School Day
As part of Science week we enjoyed bringing a plant to school for the day!
We enjoyed developing our Scientific vocabulary talking about the different parts of the plants and used lots of descriptive words to describe what our plants leaves looked like. We attempted sorting and classifying the plants thinking about what made them the same and what made them different. We used our careful skills of observation to make Scientific drawings of our plants, ensuring we only drew what we could see! We were so pleased with the results. After spending some time looking at our plants in the classroom we took them to the hall where the whole school had created a ‘Huish Hall of Horticulture.’ With the help and knowledge of Brimsmore and Palmers garden centres we learnt so much about the diverse world of plants!
A fun filled Science workshop!
We were excited to meet ‘Chemical Cress’ who delivered an exciting Science Workshop to conclude our Science week.
First we had to guess what job ‘Cress’ does?
Her white lab coat gave us a clue but she explained although she was a scientist, not all scientists wear white coats! She had her lab coat on to protect her clothes.
The first experiment involved a bowl of mystery liquid. We had to guess what we thought the liquid might be.
“It might change colour” “It looks like water” “It’s Science Liquid”
In fact it was cabbage water. We learnt when you put acid with it (Even a weak acid like vinegar) a chemical reaction happens.
We were asked to predict what we thought might happen…
“It think it will change colour”
Our prediction was right and the blue liquid changed pink!
We talked about opposites.
We learnt the opposite of an Acid is a Base.
Chemical Cress told us “I’m not the only scientist in the room , it’s not your job but we are all still scientist doing Science today.”
Chemical Cress reminded us “Scientist don’t worry about being right or wrong, they just keep ‘having a go”
The second experiment involved a chemical HYDROGEN POROXIDE.
We made decisions as a group – What sort of reaction did we want?
Chemical reactions - with a little bit you get a little reaction
- With a lot you get a BIG reaction!
Chemical Cress took some washing up liquid and added this to the HYDROGEN POROXIDE. It changed colour to green. A bit like yeast in bread the mixture started getting bubbles, meaning a gas had been formed. We learnt if you put a lid on the container the bubble are squashed into a small space and eventually they will push the lid off and burst out to get more space – like an explosion! IT was so much fun to watch! We had attempts at describing this!
“It bubbled up out of the top!” “It exploded!”
Chemical Cress also brought a Van de Graaff Generator to school. We learnt this was invented by Robert Van de Graaff. If you become an inventor you get to name your invention anything you like! How cool !
Chemical Cress made lightening!
We talked about static electricity and how we might all have had a funny little shock from rubbing against something once. A bit like the clouds in the sky, rubbing together & making a little bit of electricity which we see as a spark! Lightening!
Chemical Cress showed us how she could make people’s hair stand on end!
Learning Science with Chemical Cress was lots of fun!
Today we explored SLIME!
We practiced so many skills within our Science esson including being:
Curious Questioning Creative Resilient
We began by thinking about things we know that stretch…
We brainstormed all the ‘stretchy’ things we could think of…
“Elastic band are stretchy”
“Slime is stretchy”
“Stretchy man toy”
"String can stretch long”
“Playdough is a bit stretchy”
“A Slinky stretches really long”
“Noodles are stretchy when they are cooked.”
“Stretch Armstrong Toy”
“Monkey noddles, It’s a poppet that you can stretch.”
“Bluetack can stretch a long way.”
We talked through the ingredients for our recipe.
Bicarbonate of Soda
Contact Lens Solution
We talked about how the acid in the contact lens solution and the Bicarbonate of Soda work together to make the slime.
• Frist we used the measuring jug to measure 100 ml of glue.
• Next we made our glue orange by adding orange food colouring.
• After that we took half a teaspoon of Bicarb of Soda and 1 teaspoon of eye wash. This was the activator for the slim.
• Finally we used a spoon to mix it together. It was sticky like thick custard.
We were curious….Why has this happened?
It’s turning into slime because a chemical reaction has happened. The acid in the eye wash has worked as a team with the Bicarb of Soda to make it sticky.
A visit from Bournemouth Natural Science Society
We began Science week with two fantastic visitors sharing their love of Insects with us! Steve and Mark shared some real life insects along with lots of AMAZING facts, helping us to have a hands on start to our learning.
How do you know an insect when you see it?
We learnt Insects have three parts to their bodies.
A head, A middle bit (Thorax) and an end bit (Abdomen)
We got to look at so many insects close up!
“Hairy caterpillars can make you itch”
We looked at silk cocoons with bits of wood in as a defence.
We learnt so much in such a short space of time!
We looked carefully at moths (with a pattern on their wings like
a snake - a clever way to avoid being eaten by birds!)
We looked as stick insects. They stay still all day long and only wake up to eat. Birds like eating insects so this keeps them safe. Some have sharp spikes on their legs and a pretend sting.
They are very strong and can hang upside down for a long time!
We were shown beautiful coloured beetles. The beetles produce a chemical (droplets of yellow liquid) which smells disgusting and tastes worse. This makes predators spit it out!
We were shown some very large spiders! One was a Mexican Red Knee Tarantula that was HUGE! We learnt Spiders have 2 defences - flicking hairs from up to a meter away and biting! They always strike downwards on their prey.
Do the contents of the can affect how far it rolls?
After Mrs Oliver’s bag full of cans broke they rolled all across the floor! This got us all thinking about how far cans can roll? Does what’s in the can affect how far it rolls? We were curious so we planned an investigation. We had 5 cans of food to test and labelled them A – E.
Can A = Rice pudding
Can B = Chicken Soup
Can C = Baked Beans
Can D = Coconut Milk
Can E = Fizzy drink
We planned our investigation as a class.
PLANNING OUR INVESTIGATION
What could we use as a ramp to roll our cans down?
‘The chairs upside down’ ‘The tray’ ‘ A big drainpipe’
We decided to use our floorbooks to make ramps for our testing.
We made sure they were the same height so our test was fair.
In each group we used 1 person’s foot to measure to make it a fair test.
We ensured the measurer was putting one foot directly in front of the other so the measuring was accurate. We made a rule that you could not push the can down the ramp but instead you had to just release it with your hand to make it fair.
We got into small groups of 6 and each had a role.
1. Can ‘Releaser’
4. Observers x 3
We learnt so much about ‘Being a Scientist’
We had a few initial problems with cans bumping into things so we had to restart our tests and start again. This really helped us to develop our resilience as initially some of us got quite upset when it hadn’t gone to plan!
We talked about how scientist have to be resilient and how experiments don’t always go the way we want on the first attempt. We learnt to be good communicators and work co-operatively with our friends in order to be successful as a team. It was hard initially to understand that we all had different roles to play but by the end of our investigation we felt we were much better team-players ?
World Book Day
‘We really enjoyed our special day talking about books! We discussed our costumes, favourite books and authors and made a bookmark. In the afternoon we redesigned the cover of our favourite book! Throughout the day we listened to lots of our favourite stories and discussed why they were our favourite.’
Night and Day
Night and Day during Winter and Summer are different in the Arctics. The sun does not always shine because of the way the earth moves. The Arctic and Antarctic circles have darkness for 6 months and daylight for six months.
We discussed what it would be like it if it was dark/light all the time.
What would we do differently?
We pretended it was dark during the day time at school and thought that we might like to have a sleep!
What would you do differently if it was dark all day and all night?
“I would play on my intend switch because I can play that inside.” “I could go out for a walk in the dark but I would need a torch as I havn’t got a torch with a battery” “It would be spooky being in the dark outside.” “I would like to stay inside and play with my kittens.” “ You might bump into things because you cant see in the dark” “I would play board games when I’m inside.” “I would have a hot chocolate when its dark.” “I would stay inside and play with my dog.” “In the dark foxes might come out.” “I would walk with my Daddy to keep me safe if it was dark.” “In the dark bats would come out and that might feel a bit scary.”
We brainstormed our ideas about darkness.
What would you do differently if it was light all day and all night?
“I would definitely like to play games on my I-pad if it was light.” " I’d want to stay up all night if it was light.” “I would want to play outside with my dogs.” “I would like to go to the beach when it was late at night if the sun was shining bright,” “I would walk with Daddy and my Mum at 10 o’clock.” “Instead of sleeping I would rather play at the park” “ In morning it is daylight" “I would like to play on mindcraft when its suny.” “I’d like to go for a walk in the sun.” “If it was sunny all night I would play ‘Racing games’ on the television," “I would play game with my big sister instead of sleeping.” “I would play roadblocks on my X-box”
In Maths this week, we have been consolidating our understanding of Place value.
We made our own numberlines using rulers to think about accurate spacing of numbers along the line.
We then revisited making a given total using dienes, place value counters, numicon and dice! After we had represented three numbers we attempted ordering these form smallest to largest.
Finally we produced an A4 page all about a chosen number. We tried to represent the number in different ways, including tallying and drawing it our own tens frames and writing the numeral in words.
Place Value Coins
In Maths this week we are practising making numbers using place value coins. We took a number card and then talked about what each digit represented. We know that partitioning means splitting the numbers into parts so we talked about ‘Tens’ and ‘Ones.’ After we had counted out the correct number of ‘Tens’ and ‘Ones’ we expanded a number sentence to show how the total was made. We are slowly gaining confidence talking about place value.
Mental Health Awareness Day
We talked about what our ‘mental health’ is and how there is always someone to talk to if we are feeling low, upset or stuck! If some feelings get too big then it really might help to talk to someone you trust…
We listened to a song called ‘Kindness’ and thought about how we can be kind to each other. Happiness and kindness really do go hand in hand.
We worked with Mrs Quinn thinking about mindfulness. We put our hands on our tummies and imagined we were blowing out birthday candles taking big breaths in and out. We closed our eyes and thought about ‘finding our breath.’ We felt our tummies going in and out. We tried to notice what we could hear by really focusing on sounds around us. We worked out we could hear even better when our eyes were closed. Some of us managed to let all our other thoughts go and just think about our breathing. Our short little mindfulness session really helped us to feel a little bit calm.
We innovated the story of ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ so our main character was ‘a Badger.’ We thought what the Badger might aspire to be when he grew up and came up with a lot of great ideas ?
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Helpful, happy, kind, a good friend, jubilant, cheerful
We really enjoyed our day focusing on mental health ?
As part of our History unit on Toys we made our own Peg dolls. Hundreds of years ago people had little money to buy toys, so they made dolls out of materials they had lying around. Wooden pegs were ideal for making small dolls. We used pens and pencils to draw features on our dolls and chose what hair colour we would give them. We made clothes out of paper and decorated an outfit for our doll to wear. We had a great time making our peg dolls!
Special People, Special Cards
As part of our PSHE work we thought about the people in our lives who are special to us. We discussed why they are special and the things they do for us. We made cards to celebrate these special people and wrote messages of gratitude to them. We hope they like our cards as much as we do!
International Day - Spain
We enjoyed this year’s International day focussing on Spain. We took part in a range of activities ranging from paper plate paella making to producing beautiful castanet and fans. A real highlight of the day was learning some traditional Spanish dancing. We very much enjoyed out Flamenco workshop! It was nice to find out more about Spain and it’s culture as we really enjoy our Spanish lesson in school.
Magic Porridge Pot
We shared the story of the Magic Porridge Pot. As a class we acted out the story pretending we had forgotten the words to make the pot stop! It was lots of fun imagining the porridge has spilled onto the floor! We then tried some porridge with syrup, sugar and raisons. We talked about its appearance and taste. Most of us really liked the taste of it and how warm it made us feel!
Counting on continued
In Maths this week, we have been practising ‘counting on’. Working in pairs, we rolled the dice, picked up the number of cubes shown and put them in our pot. We recorded the number on a piece of paper. After our friends turn we rolled the dice again and counted on from the number we already had in our pot to find the new total. We each had a go until we had both had 10 turns. The winner was the person with the most counters at the end of the game. It was a good game and really helped us with out ‘counting on’ skills.
In Maths this week, we have been learning to ‘count on.’ Working in pairs, using 5 cubes, we rolled the dice, counted on from five and recorded on a mini whiteboard. Once we felt confident , we repeated the game counting on from 10.
We enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit with our Christmas dinner this week. We wore Christmas jumpers to school and felt very festive eating our Roast Turkey, pulling Christmas crackers and telling jokes at lunch time. The chocolate gateau for pudding went down really well!
Health & Relationships: Good Friends
We have been thinking about what makes a good friend. Harold the Giraffe, Kiki the Kangaroo and Derek the Penguin are all friends together. We watched Harold, Kiki and Derek on a short little film. We talked about what special qualities make good friendships. We agreed that friends can make us smile.
We played a circle game where we talked about all sorts of things that make us smile. We used the sentence starter. “I smile when…” completing the sentence with our own words.
We thought about ingredients that make a good friendship and came up with a list as a class.
How can you be a good friend?
“They play games with you.”
“Playing in the leaves and hanging upside down”
“We have playdates”
“My friend plays with me all day”
“My friend plays at the park with me.”
“Good friends love you.”
“Good friends come to Soft play with me.”
“My friend plays with me and I play with my friend too.”
EARTH DAY in CLASS 3
We watched a short video and then had a follow up discussion.
‘If we don’t look after the planet there will be chaos everywhere.”
“We can make this world a better place by swapping things not putting them in the bin.”
“I’d rather we used things in to make into other things so we don’t have to keep throwing things away because it can hurt the fish and all the other things on the planet.”
“If you throw too much in the sea or in the land the animals might die”
“We must look after our planet and not throw litter.”
We talked lots about keeping our plant beautiful for everyone and everything that lives on it.
“If you throw some rubbish in the river the fish might get trapped.”
“If you cut the trees up you need to grow another tree. The trees help you breath”
“If you don’t throw things in the bin the world will be messy.”
“We have to tidy up our rubbish and not leave it on the floor”
We talked about humans cutting down rainforest and sadly this destroying many creatures homes. As we had recently visited Monkey World we focused on the effect this is having on Orangutans.
“If we cut all the trees down we won’t have any forests.”
“If you cut all the trees down then the monkeys have no homes to live in.”
“If you chop all the trees down that’s not helping the planet we will have no forests and no monkeys living in their homes”
We watched the GreenPeace video ‘Orangutan in my bedroom’and talked about how it might feel to have your home destroyed and your family split up. A guest speaker from Monkey world taught us a little bit more about Orangutans and where in the world they naturally live.
We spent a great deal of time thinking about this topic.
“When the lorry came to chop the trees down the baby monkey lost his Mum.”
“When the people take the trees away the Orangutans are sad.”
“When the trees are chopped down the monkeys run away but they have nowhere to go.”
“We want the monkeys to grow big and strong but they won’t if all the Dads and Mummy’s die.”
“The monkeys loose their families when the trees are chopped down.”
“Palm oil is like from a little berry and they come in a bunch and they are stuck together and you open them and the oil comes out of them – they make shampoo and toothpaste out of it.”
What is a property? What properties do different materials have?
The children were introduced to properties of materials.
We played a game using the ‘feely bag’ and described different objects and their properties. We used words like rough, smooth, bumpy, bendy, stretchy, stiff, hard and soft. .
We discussed how some properties are easier to identify than others (it’s easy to see if something is shiny or dull just by looking at it).
How would we know if it is waterproof or bendy?
The children were introduced to transparent, opaque and translucent materials by using a torch and different objects.
We then made an owl collages trying to use a variety of different materials, which we described to our friends.
Children in Need
Class 3 enjoyed a fun afternoon making Pudsey masks and pictures as part of our ‘Children in Need’ day.
What is a fact family?
We have been thinking about fact families. We began by using numicon and placing two different numicon pieces on top of a larger numicon piece to cover the whole. We use a stem sentence to explain what we saw.
“ The first part is 4,
The second part is 5,
The whole is 9”
“4 plus 5 equals 9”
We then attempted drawing this on mini whiteboard in the form of a part-part-whole model and also a bar model. This helped us to see the relationship between the numbers.
We did lots of practical work with the numicon reinforcing that a fact family is only made up of 3 numbers. We then had a go at writing addition and subtraction number sentence to match our models.
Remembrance day helps us to remember what happened during World War 1. It was a terrible war and millions of people died or were injured.
We spent time in class talking about how it is important to remember all the soldiers who fought for our country. We talked about how buying poppies helps raise money for wounded soldiers and their families.
We took part in the 2 minutes silence and then followed this up with designing some art work and poppies on the computer.
Today we talked about ‘families.’ Every family is unique.
That means that no one family is the same. We discussed how important our families are and all the special people that love us.
We then drew pictures to illustrate this. We talked about our pets being part of our family too!
What makes a triangle? We spent time thinking about what makes a triangle? We shared ideas and then experimented making triangles with lolly pop sticks. We were challenged to look at some pictures and try to identify how many triangles we could see. We then worked with a partner to create our own triangles and discovered we could make more than we thought using just a small collection of sticks.
Remember, Remember the 5th of November
Class 3 enjoyed celebrating the 5th November by making firework pictures in class.
Class 3 Mathematicians
We have been using numberlines to practice counting forwards and backwards.
We recorded the jumps on the numberlines when we used them to help us solve addition and subtraction problems.
Class 3 enjoyed drawing monkey pictures, following our visit to Monkey World last week!
On Wednesday 3rd November Year 1 went on a trip to Monkey World. This was a great way to start our English unit called ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do.’ We explored the park; seeing Chimps, Orangutans and Woolly Monkeys along with many other different breeds like the Orange Cheeked Monkey. We talked about their social behaviours and habitat. We learnt so much and had lots of fun!
Arts Week - Kandinsky
We have been learning about the Russian abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky. He believed bright warm colours made people feel happy and cool colours made people feel calm. We carefully painted our Kandinsky circles, thoughtfully choosing contrasting colours. We also made Kandinsky snails and crowns. Using laptops, we used the Purple Mash program to create Kandinsky repeated patterns. Our classroom looks very colourful and jolly!
What is a Landmark?
Last week we learnt about the capital city of England. London. We looked at pictures of London and spotted some famous landmarks some of us had seen on television or when we have visited the city.
Today we thought more about what a landmark really is. We then thought about landmarks closer to home. There are some landmarks in and around Yeovil that we often pass or visit. We made zig-zag books to show these and spent time discussing why they were important.
At last, our long awaited Fashion Show Day arrived! Children and staff dressed up from one of the following eras, 1900s (Victorians) 1950s or 1970s. We carried out lots of fun activities and discussions throughout the day, including describing the different clothes from each era, drawing and looking at similarities and differences through the ages. After lunch, we practised walking up and down the catwalk to music from our chosen era. Finally, our parents and grandparents arrived to watch our fashion show! What a fun filled day!
Identifying ‘whole’ and ‘part’
In our lesson today, we were exploring ‘whole’ and ‘part’. We looked at ‘whole’ objects including biscuits! We broke our biscuits into parts, ate the parts one at a time until the ‘whole’ biscuit was inside our tummies! We followed by partitioning whole cube columns, looking at all the different parts we could make.
Using a Number Line
To help us count forward and back in preparation for addition and subtraction, we have been listening to the jelly bean song and practising using a number line. We made sure we were very ‘accurate’ when counting the number of jumps/hops.
Health & Relationships: Introduction to Feelings
Today we talked about ‘feelings’ and learnt the new word ‘emotions’. We looked at pictures of children displaying different emotions and thought about why they might be feeling this way. We then shared our own stories about when we felt these emotions and how we could possibly try and control them. Also, who we would talk to if we felt this way.
We have been counting forwards and backwards to 10 and 20. We used cubes to make towers and then practiced counting from different numbers.
We responded to statements such as
‘Show me fewer than 8 cubes’
‘Show me more than 4 cubes’
'Show me 1 more than 5’
We played a dice game to practise counting backwards. We worked with a partner to throw the dice and then colour one less on our number line. We talked about there being lots of different words for ‘less’ and practised using the word ‘fewer.’
Do we always wear the same clothes?
We discussed wearing different clothes for different occasions. We shared some the of wonderful ‘Pick and Mix” activities the children had carried out during the holidays. As we had just returned from our summer break, we focused on beach wear. We unpacked a suitcase and discussed the different garments we would wear. Sun hat, shorts, T-shirt, dress, sunglasses and flip flops. We found some other items in the suitcase – wellington boots, gloves and scarf and decided we hopefully wouldn’t need these!
Health and Relationships: Introduction to Feelings
Today we talked about 'feelings'. We discussed different feelings and who to talk to that we trust when we want to talk about our feelings. We watched a short video then played Feeling Charades! There were lots of smiles and laughter! We then talked about how it felt inside our tummies when we were in a classroon having fun with our friends.
Geography - A Bird’s Eye View
After recalling last week’s lesson on Transport, we discussed what a map was and why we needed them. We watched a video from a sea plane that showed a ground view and then a bird’s eye view. After looking at Google Earth we found Huish and other key land marks in Yeovil. Working with a partner, we looked at a variety of different maps, finding and recording all the different things we found.
Settling in well
Class 3 have really settled into their new classroom and have enjoyed opportunities to explore the their outdoor classroom.
Lots of sharing and turn taking has been happening and it is lovely to see happy children making the most of the September Sunshine!
Computing September 2021
We have been learning how to log onto Macbooks using our own passwords. We are becoming more familiar with the keyboard and where each letter is. We explored the program ‘Purple Mash’ on Macbooks and I-pads. We attempted making pictures of Red Ted at the beach, linked to our Literacy work.
Red Ted at the Beach
To help us learn our story, we have been role playing and hot seating. We had lots of fun pretending that Red Ted had been caught by a dog and a seagull before being safely returned to Lucy!
An Introduction to our Sketchbooks September 2021
We used our sketchbooks for the first time today to draw portraits of ourselves. We thought carefully about our facial features and used mirrors to help us. We were all really proud of the results!
ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-21
Linking with our Geography topic and learning about animals native to China, Class 3 enjoyed sketching Giant Panda’s in their Art sketch books.
The Great Fire of London
To conclude our History unit we re-enacted ‘The Great Fire of London.’ We spent an afternoon making 3D houses using boxes. We made one side of the box look like a Tudor house with timbers and the other side look like a brick house. We chose some narrators to retell the recount of what happened on 2nd September 1666. We put the houses close together to make ‘Pudding Lane’ and then re-enacted the fire & smoke spreading down the lane by using red and black fabric. We loved retelling the recount through drama as it really made it come to life! We recapped all we had learnt through this unit and amazed our teachers by how much knowledge we had gained.
We celebrated Huish’ 30th Anniversary with the rest of the school by painting pebbles to contribute towards a whole school display. We made anniversary cards with Huish school on them and arranged them in a big 30 on our KS1 playground. It was really interesting watching a powerpoint all about the school being built. We could even pick out our classroom from the old pictures!
Art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
We spent time exploring the work of Andy Goldsworthy.
We created our own sculptures using natural materials.
Some photos of our chopsticks fun for our China topic!
Today we introduced money and coins. We initially discussed why money is important. The children then had time to spot any similarities or differences in their coins. They noticed that they were different colours, shapes and had different numbers on them. The children then sorted the coins into their colours.
Next, the children sorted the coins by shape. They had lots of fun exploring coins practically. By the end of the lesson, the children were able to confidently recognise 1p coins, 2p coins, 5p coins, 10p coins and 20p and were familiar with 50p coins, £1 and £2 coins.
The Great Fire of London
We have been learning about ‘The Great Fire of London.’
We attempted drawing houses from 1666 using Purple Mash on the ipads.
Health and Relationships: Life Bus
Year 1 were very excited to invite Helen and Harold the giraffe from the life but into their classrooms to talk about having a healthy body and healthy mind. We discussed the importance of sleep, food, exercise, water and oxygen. Harold talked to us about connecting with our friends and family and always being thoughtful and kind.
Fractions and 2D shape
Today in maths we practiced cutting 2D shapes into halves and quarters. When we had completed this successfully we swapped fractions of our shapes with our friends and then attempted creating a picture using the different shape parts we had collected. We were really pleased with our results and how creative everyone was!
As part of our English unit exploring stories from a different culture, we have been sharing the book “Handa’s Surprise.” Focusing on our speaking and listening, we had a class debate! We discussed why the animals had taken the fruit. Is it wrong to take things without asking? What if there is a really good reason? We made a ‘decision alley’ and listened to the other side’s reasoning. We then had a chance to change our minds. We listened very carefully, had a good think then made our final decision. It was a very fun English lesson!
Quick Maths Stars
Well done to the children who moved up a card in Quick Maths this week. You should be super proud of yourself!
The Star of David
We have been thinking Judaism. We spent time learning about how the ‘Star of David’ is the symbol of Judaism. The star is named after Kind David of Ancient Israel. We listened to the bible story of ‘David and Goliath’ and learnt how David conquered Goliath. The ‘Star of David’ can often be seen in windows in synagogues. We attempted creating our own stars using paper, scissors and glue!
Today we thought about seed dispersal.
We talked about how at home some of us have planted seeds in our garden centre. We talked about blowing dandelion seeds and how the wind can sometimes disperse seeds. We thought about plants that have pods full of seeds. Sometimes plants burst and this is a way of seeds dispersing. This happens in poppy fields. We thought about plants at Ninesprings and how some seeds might be carried by water to new places to grow. There are so many ways seeds can be dispersed and some plants may just drop their seeds when their fruits get heavy. We talked about apples dropping off of the trees in Autumn and sometimes those apples rotting and the seeds being dispersed in this way. Seeds are dispersed in amazingly different ways so the next generation of flowers can flourish!
In Maths this week, we have been learning how to share equally in groups. We worked practically to make groups of 2, 5 and 10. Firstly, the teacher shared 10 objects between 2 people at the front of the class. We discovered that 10 objects shared equally between 2 people is 5, meaning each person received 5 objects each.
Next, we used the compare bears to show how many groups there were. We then shared the cubes equally between the bears. We repeated the phrase “one for you… one for you” to help us share the cubes between the bears equally.
Then we wrote a number sentence. We discovered that 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 10 and 5 + 5 = 10.
We found it tricky at first, but by the end of the lesson we found that sharing equally can be useful and easy!
This term we are learning about animation.
We learnt that an animation is a moving image. To help us understand what animation is, we made thaumatropes. We also recognised that there are lots of different ways to make thaumatropes and thought about different animated movies to help with our understanding.
Pegs to Paper - Arrays
Today in maths we used ‘Pegs to Paper’ to make arrays. This really helped us consolidate our understanding of what makes an array.
We recalled how each column and row has to be of equal length.
We tried arranging 8 cubes in different arrays and then following the teacher’s instructions to make arrays with a set number of columns and rows.
We used the positional language left and right and our knowledge of counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10s to help us.
Science in the sunshine!
Class 3 enjoyed a practical Science lesson learning about the different parts of a plant. To help understand what each part of a plant does we went outside and came up with actions for the root, stem, leaves and flowers. It was lots of fun and hopefully has helped us understand the role of each part of a plant.
- Quick Maths Champions –
Well done to all the children who have moved up a quick maths card this week… You have all been working really hard!
Fun with our friends
Class 3 have enjoyed using the outdoor classroom in the sunshine and precious time back with friends.
Today in Maths we revisited our basic skills.
We began by counting in 5’s and recording the number pattern on our mini whiteboards.
We then used part-part-whole models and dienes.to practice making number bonds to 10. We were able to record our number bonds systematically on our whiteboards.
To conclude our basic skills revision we attempted writing a fact family of 4 number sentences to match our part-part-whole model. We remembered that when we ‘take away’ the ‘whole’ number always goes at the beginning and we take away a ‘part.’
In Maths this week, we have been learning about ‘Arrays’. We worked practically to make arrays using egg boxes and counters. We discovered to make an array each column and row has to be of equal length. We attempted writing number sentences on our mini whiteboards to describe the arrays we had made.
Arrays can really make counting objects easy! It helps we know how to count in 2’s 5’s and 10’s! We are also making great use of our double facts!
World Down Syndrome Day – Odd socks at school!
Class 3 loved taking part in World Down Syndrome Day, wearing odd socks to school!
As well as this they all took part in the Cha Cha Slide… What a fun day to end the Spring term!
Easter Egg Hunt
We enjoyed a fun morning hunting around the KS1 playground for mini Easter eggs!
We were all very excited to find two eggs each! Thank you to the Easter Bunny! ?
Math – Position (Turns)
In Maths this week we have been thinking about ‘Position.’
We began by thinking about left and right and sang songs to help us remember our right from our left!
We then went out onto the playground to help us understand ‘turns.’ We learnt lots of new words including - Full turns, half turns and quarter turns. We practised using these by instructing our partners to perform a turn that we described.
Next we had a go using some cut out shapes to show a full turn and half turn. Some things ended up upside down but we learnt a lot from our work on position this week ?
Science – Seasonal Change
Class 3 have been thinking about the arrival of Spring! We have been enjoying the fine weather and noticing how nature is changing everywhere we look. We looked around the school for buds on trees and talked about how blossom usually follows. We looked at some photos of trees up in Sydney Gardens and saw the beautiful pink and white flowers that had already come out. We then attempted some finger painting of tree with blossom on it.
We discussed we already knew about the Easter story. We watched a video and shared our thoughts about what we had seen and heard. We tried to sequence pictures to retell the story.
We then linked Easter with new life, blossom, eggs and yes, Easter eggs!
Class 3 Red Nose Day!
What fun we had when we were allowed to wear our own choice of clothes for Red Nose Day!
Class 3 you look very colorful!
Observations Drawings of Plants
We enjoyed studying a range of plants and talking about the different parts that make up a plant. We discussed the flower, stem and leaf of an Amarylis, Daffodil Rose and Primula. We then set about using our skills of observation to draw the plants as accurately as we could.
Cress seeds planting….
We planted cress and created an investigation to find out “ Do Cress seeds grow more quickly in the dark or in the light?”
We watered our cress every day and kept a cress diary. We are looking forward to seeing them grow.
We put some cress in the teachers cupboard so it is starved of daylight. We came up with lots of predictions about what might happen and now we can’t wait to see if we were right!
We had lots of questions to ask about our new Science topic ‘Plants.’
We studied some bulbs. We thought about the parts that grow from the bulb and identified the roots and shoots.
We began thinking about big questions like ‘Do bigger seeds grow into bigger plants?”
Do bigger seeds grow into bigger plants? There were our initial thoughts…
We ordered a selection of seeds from smallest to largest.
Once we had spent time sorting the seeds and matching the seeds to the plants they produce we quickly realised bigger seeds may not produce bigger plants!
The sunflower seed was really small, yet it could grow into a very tall sunflower.
The barley seed was the smallest seed, yet the Barley plant could also grow considerably tall.
The chickpea seed was quite big yet the plant it grew into wasn’t as big as some of the others we looked at.
We changed our thinking quite a lot during this lesson and enjoyed being curious about seeds and the plants they produce.
As part of Science week we have been thinking about ways to use our Scientific skills as ‘Super sorters.’
We spent time sorting a collecting of leaves.
We found many different ways to group them including sorting them by colour, shape, pattern and texture.
The joy of writing letters…
Class 3 have enjoyed writing letters to their friends as part of their English work this week.
What would you like to be when you grow up?
Class 3 have been thinking about their future hopes and dreams. Here are a few of our fantastic ideas!
Class 3 Storywriting
This week as part of our Home learning we have been thinking about Non Fiction. We have been finding out lots about squirrels and learning some new facts! We then had a go at creating our own stories and have been creative in coming up with our own characters and storyline. We hope you enjoy reading them!
Home Learning Fun
Class 3 have been working really hard on their home learning. Here is a selection of some the fantastic things they have been doing!
From story mapping ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ to baking Anzac biscuits for Australia day.
Well done Class 3!
You have all been fantastic this week! We’ve had fun learning about our senses in Science. Retold the story of The Magic Porridge Pot. Learnt lots about Inuits and the special clothes they wear to keep warm whilst also fitting in lots of quick maths and subtraction work! Wow! Two members of Class 3 also had their birthdays at home. We loved sharing photos of your cakes! Well done Class 3… another great week of Home learning!
Home learning – Staying Safe!
Year 1 have been thinking about keeping safe. Now more than ever it's important to keep yourself safe as well as others. The children designed and created posters to show how to keep safe during lockdown. What a fantastic job they all did! Back in school we will use these as perfect reminders to wash your hands and keep safe in and around the classroom! Well done everyone!
What a fun day we have had at school! We came dressed in our party clothes and spent part of our morning making Christmas crowns.
After lunch we enjoyed lots of party games, singing, dancing and having lots of fun together. We ended our party with a little treat when we discovered Father Christmas had been and delivered us all a present! We put them in our bags to take home but were really excited about opening them!
We have been thinking about shapes and decided to make Santa from a small triangle of red card.
We had fun cutting a cake case in half to create his face and adding a bobble for his hat and nose.
All our Santa’s looked very individual and super smiley at the end!
We were disappointed that we couldn’t invite our parents to school to watch a Christmas performance this year, so we decided to make a video for them all to watch at home instead. We have been practising our songs for a few weeks, and we enjoyed wearing our sparkly headdresses for our performance. All of us in class 3 would like to wish our family and friends a very merry Christmas.
Printing wrapping paper
We had fun printing holly leaves, snowmen, bells and angels onto sugar paper as part of our Christmas craft week.
We worked in pairs to make 2 sheets of individually deigned wrapping paper to wrap our gifts to take home to our families.
We were very pleased with the results and had a lot of fun in the process!
Christmas Jumper Day
Class 3 loved wearing their Christmas jumpers on Friday!
We are all now really feeling in the Christmas spirit!
The Christmas story
We talked about what we already knew about the Christmas story. Where was Jesus born? Why was he born in a stable?
We shared the Christmas story and sequenced pictures to show our understanding of it.
What food do people enjoy as part of Christmas celebrations?
We talked about Christmas and the reasons many people celebrate with their family and friends. Food is often an important part of celebrations and we shared ideas about what we all eat on Christmas day.
In school we enjoyed a Christmas dinner whilst listening to Christmas songs. We loved sharing crackers and telling jokes nearly as much as the food itself! It was a very sociable time and we all enjoyed being together eating our special meal.
Transparent, Translucent, Opaque.
The children were introduced to the new vocabulary of transparent, translucent and opaque. They discussed the differences between the three, and how we can tell which category an object is in.
(You can see clearly through a transparent object, you can’t see much through a translucent object and you can’t see through an opaque object at all).
We then sat in a circle and each child selected an object and decided whether it was transparent, translucent or opaque, and then explained the reasons for their decision. Afterwards there was lots of discussion about our water bottles and how some were transparent and others opaque. We will keep using these new words so we don’t forget them!
Our Lockdown Birthday’s.
Due to the beginning of our year in Year 1 being so different with the 2nd lockdown we decided to celebrate our classes birthdays with a celebration in school. We spent part of our morning making birthday crowns and then after lunch moved all our desks back to make room for dancing and having fun! We played musical statues and did lots of action dances before calming down with a game of sleeping lions. It was lovely that we all got to be together celebrating… even if some of the birthdays were a little while ago!
Well done to all the children who completed their quick maths this week getting all the questions correct and moving up a card.
You should all be very proud of yourselves!
We started working with a new programme today – 2Count.
We made a tally of our favourite fruits and then input the data into a pictogram. The pictogram allows us to clearly see that for class 3, strawberries were the most popular fruit.
What are our houses made from?
The children went on a materials walk around the school. They stopped at different points and discussed what they could see and what materials the buildings might be made from. Why have those materials been used? Why are windows made of glass? Why are the edges of the windows a different material? What are the roofs made from? Are all houses made from the same materials? Can you remember what properties glass has?
In maths we played a game today. We all started with a stick of 10 cubes. We rolled the dice and took away the number of cubes we rolled on our dice.
We had to record this on mini whiteboard in a simple number sentence. E.g. 10 – 3 = 7.
Our partner then had a turn and did the same.
The first person to 0 was the winner. We had lots of fun and used lots of mathematical language such as …less, fewer, more , greater, take away, subtract, total.
To help us understand why we need to stay safe online, we listened to the story of Smartie the penguin and learnt the song. Using Purple Mash, we created our own pictures of Smartie.
Class 3 enjoyed learning about co-ordinates during their work on maps in Geography.
They concluded their lesson making pirate maps, using symbols to mark where the treasure was!
Science - Properties of materials
In Science today we played a game using a feely bag and described different objects and their properties. We used words like rough, smooth, hard, soft, bendy, ridged, spikey. We then worked in pairs to make an owl collage using different materials. We tried describing our collage using all the new descriptive words we had learnt.
We have had a busy week in Class 3 doing lots of maths investigations as part of ‘England Maths week.’
We begun the week thinking about triangles….We thought about what makes a triangle and came up with some key facts. We looked at lots of different triangles and thought about how they were similar and what made them different. We had fun trying to construct our own triangle using rods and lollipop sticks.
We were set a challenge to look at a shape constructed of many triangles and work out how many triangles there were in total. We all had very different answers!
Later in the week we learnt how to tally!
We listened to the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ then thought about ways of finding an answer to our problem.
“How many pieces of fruit did the caterpillar eat altogether?”
We talked about the word ‘data’ and how we could record all the fruits he ate easily so we could find the total.
Finally we investigated different ways of dressing teddy using only three different colours.
We were introduced to a Royal teddy bear who only likes wearing 3 colours for his outfits. Red, White and Blue.
“How many different outfits can you make for bear ?”
We were asked not to make any outfits the same but to think about colour choices for his T-shirt, shorts and shoes. We had to remember bear only liked wearing red, white or blue and had to think carefully about our choices.
To help us we used stacks of cubes to represent the 3 items of clothing bear wears. We discovered there were many different possibilities for swapping the colours of his T-shirt, shorts and shoes around.
As we only had a limited supply of red, blue and white cubes some of us were given 3 different colours to work with. We still worked to the same rules of only using 3 colours and making each outfit different.
Our cube towers helped lots as we began to see how we could arrange them systematically and work out more and more possibilities!
EARTH DAY - NOVEMBER 2020
We have been thinking about the world we live in and the way we can care for it. As humans we have a duty to look after the natural world around us. If we are not careful some plants and creatures could become extinct.
We will be the adults of the future and it will be our job to protect our planets plants and wildlife.
We spent a day thinking about how our planet might change if we are not careful. Imagine a world without trees!
We watched ‘The Lorax’ which showed us how different the world could be if there were no trees. We made a promise to always care for our planet and try to make good choices.
We were inspired to create some of our own trees in a variety of media.
Today we learnt all about map symbols. We had lots of fun looking at a map of Yeovil town centre and locating where the churches, schools, and post offices were. We learnt how to find a toilet on a map and then had lots of fun creating our own maps with toilets, camp sites, castles and parking! It was really interesting to learn how much a map can tell you and how useful they can be. We feel we really developed our directional vocabulary trying to explain where things were to our friends
Our new topic in Science is ‘Materials’
We passed around a variety of materials including foam, plastic, cotton, wool, glass, metal and wood. We discussed how the different materials felt and used words to describe them. What are the materials used for? The class then decided how to group the various objects e.g. hard and soft, bendy and rigid, lumpy or smooth. We thought about why things are made from certain materials and the properties of these.
We have been learning about Subtraction. We talked about what subtraction might mean. When we subtract do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
We made up number stories about Pirates to help us understand the process of taking away. Some of us had to walk the plank in our Subtraction stories!
We learnt that when we subtract the numbers get smaller. We recapped other words related to ‘taking away’. Fewer, less, count back… and then attempted writing subtraction number sentences on our mini whiteboards.
In subtraction the biggest number always comes first.
We have learnt lots about an artist called Wassily Kandinsky. He was born in Russia in 1866. Kandinsky thought a lot about colours and believed colours can make people happy. We learnt about the primary colours and how to make secondary colours from these. We then talked about ‘warm’ and ‘cold’ colours and how they made us feel.
We focussed on creating circles out of different materials including crystals, counters, coloured paper and finger painting. We then turned these into flowers, snails, class hearts, crowns and Kandinsky trees. We enjoyed our time being creative!
Today in PSHE, we listened to the book “The problem with problems.” We shared our problems and talked about ways of solving them. We did some lovely illustrations too!
Why do Pine Cones open and close?
We have been looking closely at a collection of Pine cones.
We began by sorting them into groups based on their size,
then whether they were open or closed.
Why do Pine cones open and close?
We used magnifying glasses to look closely at 2 different cones.
A spruce cone and a pine cone. We noticed lots of things about them.
We used our Scientific skills of ‘looking closely’ and ‘observing over time’ to see what happened when we placed a pine cone in cold water.
Would the seeds wash out?
We discovered…when warm and dry the pine cones open to release the cone’s seeds.
We were able to pull some
When it is cold or damp, the scales close up.
We made observational drawings of our pine cones.
SCIENCE – Autumn is here!
We have been thinking about Seasonal change.
Today we went out to look for the signs of Autumn around school. We thought lots about how trees were changing.
There were lots of different coloured leaves and we talked about deciduous trees shredding their leaves annually at this time of year.
We thought about the weather and how it is beginning to get colder with less sunshine in the skies.
We talked about the weather associated with Autumn and how the days are getting shorter with less daylight hours.
We then watched a BBC learning clip showing how animals adapt to the changing seasons. We learnt that earthworms have a leafy lunch at this time of year… munching their way through the carpet of leaves that fall to the ground.
We had lots of fun collecting leaves and creating our own birds and animals in the form of leaf art.
At last, our long awaited Fashion Show Day arrived! Children and staff dressed up from one of the following eras, 1900s (Victorians) 1950s or 1970s. We carried out lots of fun activities and discussions throughout the day, including finding adjectives to describe the different clothes from each era, drawing, painting and looking at similarities and differences through the ages. After lunch, we practised walking up and down the catwalk to music from our chosen era. Finally, we filmed our fashion show for our parents and grandparents to watch at home. What a fun filled day!
Year 1 Fashion Show
Year 1 held their fantastic fashion show on Wednesday 30 September, and walked the catwalk with outfits from the 1900's, 1950's and 1970's.
More photos will follow shortly, but for now you can watch the video here.
Welcome to the Class 3 Blog.
On here we will try to keep you updated with what we have been doing in class and share some of the wonderful things your children produce.
Having only been back 2 weeks the children have done an amazing job of settling into their new class and year group, despite all the changes that this year has brought with it.
They have shown how grown up they are already in the way they have adapted to new routines and continue to amaze us every day!
This last fortnight we have loved sharing all the pick and mix homework your children completed over the summer as it has been the perfect springboard into our Autumn topic ‘The History of Clothes.’ Thank you for all the time you have given to assist your child with our new topic.
All children now have a reading book to bring home and we hope you enjoy sharing these.
Our Maths, so far, has been all about ordering numbers to 20. Counting backwards from 20-0 and thinking about ‘1 more and 1 less.’ We have been trying hard to learn what ‘fewer’ means.
We’ve also enjoyed our Computing lessons and using the Macbooks!
It’s certainly been a busy start in Year 1!
ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020
Home Learning - March
Some of our Year 1 children entered a national Young Writers’ Acrostic Animal Adventures competition. Nationally, there were over 15,000 entries! We were delighted to hear that some of the poems had been chosen for publication in ‘My First Acrostic: Animal Adventures – Poetry Gems book! Well done everyone!
World Book Day
Class 3 had a fantastic World Book Day!
All the children dressed up as their favourite characters. We had Mr Tickle, Peter Rabbit, Mary Poppins, Anna, Harry Potter and many more. The children were introduced to a beautiful new book called ‘If all the world were…’ by Joseph Coelho. We can’t wait to meet him on the 16th of March!
Safer Internet Week
Y1 have been discussing how to stay safe online and what to do if worried when using the internet. We watched videos of Jessie and Friends and have also been practising our song ‘Be Responsible’ in preparation for our assembly performance.
Science - Animals Including Humans
As part of our science learning, we had some special visitors from Longleat today! They brought with them a collection of animals. We were able to learn lots of super facts and even got to touch/hold some animals – including pythons, stick insects and ferrets!
International Celebration Day - Africa
Class 3 enjoyed an action packed day learning all about the continent of Africa! We discussed the different landscapes, climates, people and animals. We also sketched and made giraffes and lions. To end our fun filled day, we enjoyed an African Dance Workshop!
Mrs Farmer very kindly visited Year 1 today with her wonderful collection of old bears. She talked about the materials they were made from, their special features and why they are so special to her. We compared Mrs Farmer’s bears to our own bears at home.
Children in year 1 brought in their toys for a sleepover. When we arrived in the morning the toys had been very naughty and made a big mess in the classroom!
We also lost Florence! So the children made posters to try and find her and went on a hunt visiting all the different classes to find her. Luckily we found her in Class 10.
To help us learn our new traditional tale, The Magic Porridge Pot, during our English lesson we ate some porridge! We stirred our delicious bowls saying the words,
“Cook, little pot, cook!” and
“Stop! Little pot, stop!”
The children in year 1 have started a new topic in Science learning all about the human body and animals. This week they drew around one of their friends and then they labelled all the different body parts. Next they made puppet skeletons after we discussed how our bodies move and the different joints we have.
KS1 enjoyed a Christmas treat on the last Monday of term. We were entertained by Nutty Noah, who was very, very funny!
Despite the wet and windy weather, Huish children were very excited when a helicopter with Christmas elves landed on our playing field! Thank you Squadron 815!
A visit from Squadron 815
Year 1 enjoyed a visit from AJ who is a helicopter pilot at Yeovilton. We discussed different helicopters and AJ’s exciting job and rescue missions!
As part of our Science curriculum on the changing seasons, Class 3 enjoyed a wonderful trip to Gore Farm. We walked to Trent Woodlands and spent the day looking for signs of autumn. We collected lots of beautiful autumnal leaves to make an autumn mobile. After lunch, we had a good run around then working in groups went on a mini beast hunt. Despite the cold, we were amazed to find 15 different species of mini beasts!
The last week of term was Art Week and the children in Class 3 have been learning about learning about the Russian abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky. He believed bright, warm colours made people feel happy, and cool colours made people feel calm.
We carefully painted our Kandinsky circles, thoughtfully choosing contrasting colours. In addition to this, we painted Kandinsky snails and made our own Kandinsky crowns!
Here we are using our lovely book corner! She had been working hard all day and was able to have some choosing time, where she chose to snuggle up in the book corner with a book called “Fairytale News” by “Colin and Jacqui Hawkins”.
This week, class 3 finished their History topic on Clothes. Their final task was to work in groups and design their own outfit using lots of different materials. They worked together creating lots of different shapes and patterns onto the bin liner. Each group made a hat or a crown and they looked fantastic. They also made accessorise for their outfits including fans, necklaces, belts and handbags. Once the children had made their outfits we went next door to Class 4 and shared our outfits.
On Wednesday Class 3 dressed up for our fashion show. We had children from the 1900s, 1950s and the 1970s and they all looked fantastic.
Throughout the day we did lots of activities learning about the different eras making timelines, drawing and comparing our costumes and designing future outfits. At the end of our day we did our fashion show, where the children walked or danced up and down the cat walk showing off their outfits and they all were brilliant!
Class 3 had a fantastic trip to Nine Springs. We learnt lots about mini beasts on our mini beast hunt. The children were really interested in the ladybirds and finding out about the larvae before they turn into ladybirds. We were very lucky and managed to catch lots of different bugs while ponding dipping including a water scorpion, pond skaters, leaches and the great diving beetle.
The children also had the opportunity to build their own dens. They were fantastic at this, as it was quite tricky to tie the the sticks together.
In history this week we have been looking at clothes from our past. We made a timeline from baby clothes right through to clothes we wear today.
Some children have been working hard at home making hats! Well done girls you have been thinking about our clothes topic in history carefully.
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Year 1 went to Carymoor this term looking at animals and plants. We made willow dragonflies, clay hedgehogs and seed planters from recycled materials. We also learnt about what a plant needs to grow and went on a mini beast hunt finding slow worms and glow worms.
In class 3 we have been learning about the Easter story. We have sequenced the events of Easter week and then looked at the symbols of Easter and their importance today. As part of this we made chocolate Easter nests that were delicious!
Merry Christmas Everyone!
This week we have been making lots of love Christmas crafts after all the hard work for the nativity. We also had our class Christmas party where we played games and ate some nice food.
I want to thank every parent for their support this term, through reading, homework and all our special days. I hope you and the children have a nice break and an enjoyable Christmas. Looking forward to 2019!
Yesterday was the Huish Christmas Dinner. With some wonderful food, crackers, laughter and some cheerful Christmas music, everyone had a great time.
Thank you to all that attended the Year 1 nativity this morning. The children have worked so hard and I hope you agree that all of it paid off and you enjoyed the performance. Here are a few photos from our dress rehearsal yesterday.
The Great Fire of Pudding Lane
As most of you know we have been studying the Great Fire of London this half term. We recently completed a mock up of Pudding Lane. The children worked in pairs to build a Tudor house, then with the help of class 4 we recreated Pudding Lane in the playground and ‘set it on fire’. With the damage done the children then rebuilt London under the king’s recommendations.
Weekly Spelling Homework
Welcome back everyone. I hope you had a nice break. This week we’ve decided to start giving your child weekly spellings. There will be 9 key words each week to memorise and this will be accompanied by little activity that will mirror what we do during the week,
If this could be returned every Friday so I can mark it and add the next week’s words, that would be great.
Our Trip to Gore Farm started with a quick talk with Angela, our guide for the day. As you can see we sat on seats made from hay bails. She then took us down to the woods where we went on an autumn scavenger hunt, collecting anything we could find. We would later use these to make a mobile, which is now hung up outside our classroom.
After the hunt we then went looking for pipe cleaners, which had been hidden in the woods. We found the black, brown and green ones the hardest to find. Can you think why?
Then after lunch we made our mobile and collected leaves to make a display. We had a great day and the children were a real credit to Huish.
Homework for the Seasons
Last week your child came home with their homework project book for the term. This is linked to the Year 1 Science curriculum ‘Seasonal Changes’. Please help your child with any observations they make about what happens through the seasons. This may include the weather, day length, how plants and animals respond to changes and even changes to personal clothing or diet. A letter is attached to the inside of the booklet. Have fun!
I will let you know on the blog when it is due back.
Blog is up and Running
Sorry for the delay on getting this blog up and running.
I have been amazed at how well each child has settled in to Year 1 and coping with the workload and lack of ‘choosing time’. I also want to thank you for all the reading you are doing with your children. Even in this short time I am seeing improvements.