ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-21
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.