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Year 1 weekly news 07.05.21

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Although our week has been shorter, we have definitely packed in lots of fun and exciting learning into it. You have been classifying animals, writing a factfile on cheegulls and you even went on to exploring Antarctica.

'However, an elefish is an omnivore because it likes to suck up fresh crispy seaweed.' In English this week, you finished exploring our model information text of the 'elefish' whilst learning about their diet and if they are herbivores or omnivores. You then wrote a short paragraph about the diet of a cheetah and it was fantastic to see so many of you use the word 'carnivore'. We then finished our immitation stage by boxing up the story and understanding the structure of an information text. To build upon your writing skills we started to innovate the text and plan a shared write on a cheegull. We know the cheegull is a rare animal because it is half cheetah and half seagull! I am very excited to see your finished pieces!

In phonics this week you have been continuing to practice reading in your small groups. We are having a focus on trying to get quicker at reading so we have been challenging ourselves to use 'Fred in your head' quickly. I am so proud of how dedicated and positive you are about reading and trying to retain all of those sounds. We had our first person to earn a bronze badge this week for reading 10 challenge books and we were all so proud...I wonder who will be next?

In maths this week we have been focusing on measuring capacity. First, we completed lots of practical activities to develop our comparative mathematical language of empty, nearly empty, half full, nearly full and full. We then used these skills to answer some power maths questions on comparing capacities. On Thursday, you then completed another practical activity where on each table you had to measure out how many spoons, cups, mugs it would take to fill different containers. You were all so excited when I got the mud out and we ended up getting rather dirty. It was lovely to walk around and see how hard you were working in your teams whilst using all of our mathematical language. This activity then helped you to answer some more power maths questions on measuring capacity using nonstandard units of measurement. I don't think any of us want our measuring topic to end as we have had so much fun!

Moving on to your afternoon learning you have just been as busy....

We took a flight on Wednesday to visit Antarctica and it was rather cold! We found out that this was the coldest place on earth. We were all amazed to learn that this continent was actually a desert as it barely ever rains. Whilst visiting Antarctica, we found out that the weather was below freezing, dry and snowy. The landscape was filled with ice sheets, mountains, lakes and ice caps. Watch out for those cheeky penguins slipping and sliding everywhere and the killer whales that we saw swimming in the ocean! We will build upon this learning by completing a weather chart and comparing our weather to Kenya and Antarctica at this time of the year.

Mammals, fish and birds are just some types of vertebrates that we have been learning about this week. We found out why each group of vertebrates are like a family because of how they are similar. We then used a classification activity to group these animals on what they looked like, if they gave birth or lay eggs and if they spent most of their time on land, water or air. Next week, we will be looking at amphibians and reptiles. I am so proud of how many animals you can name now!

In science, we also finished our spring topic by observing and describing daylight hours from winter to spring. You were able to describe the difference between the two seasons through your scientific knowledge. We then created our own pictograms to show how the daylight hours change.

In RE we were learning all about Easter Sunday. We were able to re-tell the Easter Sunday story through role play. You were able to discuss why the empty tomb was good news and how Jesus' disciples might have felt.

During computing this week we used our research to create a talking animal video. We were able to say our facts and edit our photos. We used our computing skills to playback our video to ensure we were happy with it. We will build on this further by adding text to our video and storing it in order to finalise it.

Our HeartSmart task this week involved us being 'disappointed robots.' We had to be a sad robot, an angry robot and a sulky robot. These robots showed how we can have different reactions to disappointment and that it's okay. Our HeartSmart character Boris had to find ways to handle his disappointment when things didn't go right for him. We know it is normal to feel disappointment when things don't happen how we would like them to but what is important is how we handle our disappointment. Our unit 'Don't Rub it in, Rub it Out' helps us to remember that nothing is permanent and we can always try again or find a different way.

In music, we listened to 'Spring' from The Four Seasons – a piece of music by the composer Antonio Vivaldi. As a class, we created a mind map of how the music made us think of spring. Next, we studied the coda section of our song – Your Imagination. Following the onscreen instructions, we sang in two groups like we did last week. Finally, we used our percussion instruments to accompany our zoo animal song – Who's at the zoo? Focusing on the beat of the music, we had to use our instruments at the correct time, knowing when to start and stop. Great work year 1!

We finished our week with a mindfulness activity and this week I allowed you all to vote on what you wanted to do and you all chose to read your challenge books. You all found a nice spot in the classroom to sit back, relax and read your challenge book. You spoke with your friend about what you liked about the story and if you would recommend it to them.

On Friday was number day and we had so much fun dressing up in our number costumes and we spent some time playing number games and a game of who wants to be a millionaire. You couldn't believe it when you all won a million pounds.

Well done for working so hard this week Y1 and thank you for always putting a huge smile on my face. It was a delight to speak to all of your families and praise you all for your hard work and dedication so far in year 1.

Have a lovely weekend team and I will see you on Monday,

Miss Haynes

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