Welcome to Mrs James' Year 1 class page!
Keep checking this webpage to see all the exciting things that we have been busy doing this term...
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We began the term thinking about journeys. We looked at a world map to locate the countries visited by children who had travelled outside the United Kingdom and maps of the UK to find the holiday destinations of those who had stayed within our shores. We asked lots of questions to find out about each other’s holidays and learned how to write question sentences. We then spent several weeks thinking about an imaginary journey taken by the snail and a whale in the book of the same title by Julia Donaldson. As part of this work we visited different lands and learned how to make our writing more interesting by including adjectives. We wrote snail diaries and as a class created our own journey story using a story map. We then wrote journey stories of our own. We also wrote a postcard from the snail to his friends on the rock and used the internet to discover lots of snail facts. We did lots of art work based upon spirals inspired by the shape of the snail’s shell and then made loopy snail trails using glue and salt.
This term we are thinking about our world and the things we can do help the environment. We shall be writing poems about litter and saving water and exploring ways to reuse and recycle. We will also be making bird feeders to hang around school (thank you to everyone who has sent in vegetable nets) and learning how to write instructions. Our final piece of instruction writing will tell Santa where to leave the children’s presents on Christmas Eve!
Last week we went on a walk around Backwell, taking photographs of things along the way. At BJS we had a drink and a biscuit and time for a short play. Back in school we have been looking at a map of Backwell using our photographs to reference buildings and services. We have also been talking road safety and thinking about behaving responsibly when out and about.
In Science we are currently thinking about the seasons and seasonal change and as part of this will be taking on the role of weather forecasters. We shall be keeping weather records and taking photographs to record seasonal change in our school grounds. In History we are thinking about the passing of time and how we can use timelines to sequence events both within and beyond our own experience.
As you can see we are working hard, learning lots of new things and having fun as well.
Terms 3 and 4
In terms 3 and 4 we did lots of work around the story Man on the Moon. We designed our own aliens and thought carefully about how we might feel and what we would do to make an alien feel welcome if we happened to meet one here on earth. We then published our writing in the form of large aliens (complete with designer underpants) which we displayed around our classroom.
We then went on to write our own alien poems and learned a lot about adjectives along the way. We then extended our poetry skills by writing poems about the things above, around and below our houses. To help us we read lots of different poems and thought hard about alliteration and rhyming words. We also learned a lot about the first moon landing and about the life of Neil Armstrong.
Terms 5 and 6
In term 5 we focussed on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We read lots of different versions of this traditional tale and eventually wrote Red Riding Hood stories of our own. Some saw the wolf being taught a lesson, others saw him meeting his end in a variety of different and imaginative ways. We then went cooking, making three different types of muffin to go in Red Riding Hood’s basket. Once they had cooled we cut them into quarters and then had a tasting session to see which of the flavours ‘granny’ preferred. (Chocolate of course!)
The following week we borrowed a handling box of seaside related objects from Weston Museum. The children were fascinated by the old photographs of Weston beach in Victorian times especially by the bathing machines and the Punch and Judy show. We used the photographs to compare seaside holidays past and present and then compared an old camera with our school digital cameras / new i-pads to see how photographic equipment has changed over time.
Since then we have been thinking fish. We have drawn a dead mackerel and labelled its body parts. We have researched and written fish facts and read the story of The Fish Who Could Wish. We are currently learning about seahorses and are designing our own under the sea seahorse pictures inspired by the book Mr Seahorse by Eric Carle. Alongside this we have been learning about animals including humans and have been sorting and classifying them according to their distinguishing characteristics. This week we have been thinking about what animals eat and have learned about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores!
Before the end of term, we will have looked at/sorted physical and human features of the seaside, drawn island inspired maps, had a visit from the RNLI, made beach safety posters and talked about Grace Darling. Weather permitting, we will also have enjoyed an action-packed sports day!
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