Y1 & Y2 Autumn – 2017
Welcome to Key Stage One
We have three Year 1/2 classes: Mrs Brocklehurst, Miss Ash and Miss Ainsworth.
We are really excited for this year as we have lots of fun things planned! Mrs Moore, Mrs Plastow , Mrs Barton, Miss Morris and Mrs Robinson will be supporting our learning this year.
This term our Topic is Weather and In English we will be looking at Julia Donaldson Books. We will also be learning about different celebrations and cultures including a Christmas Nativity performance.
Remember to read at home, learn your spellings and times tables.
We look forward to a successful year ahead!
General Information & Homework
Spellings: 6 spellings will be sent home on Monday and tested the following week. These will be phonics related for Year 1 and spelling patterns for Year 2. These Results will not be sent home.
Reading: Please read at least 3 times a week-children will receive a certificate and prize in assembly for every 100 times they have read.
Education City: Please explore Education City -More Information to follow.
Topic: This will be set termly and relate to our next topic. This half term we would like you to produce a paper Mache rocket/alien or planet OR write a fact file about a planet of your choice.
Music – Sing along
We have been learning some traditional African Songs. We have practised clapping and singing to the beat. We also played instruments to the beat of the music. Our favourite Africa song is Siyahamba. Here is a link if you would like to sing-long…https://youtu.be/BBgWVV5R_Qs?list=RDBBgWVV5R_Qs
We learned all about oranges today. The Jaffa Orange company came in to teach us all about where oranges come from, the life cycle of the orange tree, how they are delivered and why they keep us healthy how to keep healthy today.
We collected data from out class on our favourite jungle animals. We used tally charts to collect the data. We then looked at displaying our data in different ways. We used unifix and other counters to make bar charts and pictographs. We then made a human bar chart! After we responded by answered questions about the data we collected. Which animal was the most/ least favourite? What is the difference between tigers and elephants? What would the graph look like if one person was worth 2? How many more people elephants than zebras?
We had lots of fun collecting leaves for us to use in art work. We looked at different seasonal art work and tried to recreate it using our own techniques. We used different tools to create different effects. We used ear buds to create small brush strokes and wide brushes along with colour mixing to create an autumn back ground
We had lots of fun celebrating Diwali. We have been learning about the meaning of Diwali, the “festival of lights” that celebrates good over evil. We have looked at the Diwali traditions of Hindus and compared it to other religions such as Christianity. In our topic day we took part in different activities on a carousel.
Role Play: Children dressed up in Sarees and wore masks to re-create the Rama and Sita story.
Rangoli Patterns: We looked at repeating patterns and used coloured sand to create a large pattern. We drew large patterns on the floor so the Goddess of wealth (Lakshmi) will visit us.
Diwali Sweets: We followed a recipe and used out measuring, counting to create tasty sweets. We had a problem, we didn’t have enough! We had to use our doubling skills with the ingredients to make twice as much.
Hindu Dancing: We looked at videos of dancers and tried to copy the dance moves. We made our own unique dance moves and put them into a routine.
Diva Lamps: We used playdough and jewels to create Diva lamps like the ones Rama and Sita had in the story of Diwali to find their way home
Children took part in orienteering to search for maths questions, children worked in teams of two and answered the differentiated questions around the playground. We used the bar method and our multiplication facts to solve the questions. We had lots of fun!