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.
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