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Year 1 weekly news 18.2.22

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What a super last week of term we have had!

We started our fantastic week with our zootastic theme day. Our whole Y1 classroom turned into a crazy zoo with all of you dressed up as wild animals. To start our day off we completed a science experiment where we had to investigate what different animals at Chester zoo ate. Once we found out what they ate we then decided whether the animal was a carnivore, omnivore or herbivore. You found out that lions were carnivores because they eat meat. The chimpanzees are omnivores because they eat both meat and plants. Then we found out that the zebras and giraffes are herbivores because they eat plants. At least now if you all became zoo keepers, you would know what to feed the animals. Throughout the day, we also did lots of crafts and you made some amazing animal masks using oil pastels and tissue paper. In the afternoon, you had a tiger tea party with all the animals we had in our classroom. Thank so much to all of your parents for all of the amazing party food. We played some animal dancing games and then you completed a riddle hunt in the hall. You listened carefully to the 'what am I?' riddles to guess what the animal was. You then had to find the picture of that animal to find the next riddle. You then settled down to watch Madagascar for the rest of the afternoon.

In English this week, you focused really hard on writing your recounts of Chester zoo. These were amazing to read and you were so good at remembering all of the different animals you saw. You used some fantastic adjectives to describe these animals and you also explained what they were doing too. Our main focus was remembering our capital letters and full stops and you were all superb at this!

In maths this week, you finished off our subtraction topic. You learnt how to compare different subtraction and addition word problems using more than, less than and equals to. You did a brilliant job at finding all of the fact families using numbers to 20. Finally, you finished our subtraction topic with solving lots of word problems. You have become subtraction superstars!

In our afternoon learning we focused a lot of our work on our study work pages. We thought about our favourite animals and we wrote a 'what am I riddle on? ' them. You wrote them so beautifully and thought so carefully about how your could describe each of the animals using your scientific knowledge that you have been gaining in your science lesson.

It has grey wrinkly skin.

It is a mammal.

It has large flappy ears.

What am I?

In art, you finished your lovely paintings of your animals in a tropical storm. You carefully chose your favourite animal and drew the animals using black thick pen. This gave it Henri Rousseau's famous bold outline. You then used vibrant colours to watercolour your animal and background. After half term break, we will add our leaves and trees onto our paintings and they will be displayed in our study word books.

You have all worked incredibly hard this half term and I am so proud of all the amazing work you have completed and all the progress you have made. There has been no homework set for this half term break except to have lots of fun with your families and friends!

Have a lovely half term break,

Miss Haynes

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