Marvels – Y1

 

Little Marvels Love to Learn!

Class teacher – Mrs J Dempsey

Mrs Hutchinson and Mrs Lingard also help us with our learning

Autumn 1

Little Marvels have had a lovely start to the year and settled well. We have been learning about our classroom rules, routine and each other. We have been reading ‘The Colour Monster’ story that talks about the different emotions the monster is feeling. The children shared how they felt, and a lot were very happy to be back at school and to be with their friends again. They have created some wonderful colour monsters of their own.

Science

In Science, Little Marvels have enjoyed learning about naming and identifying a variety of common animals. They have been describing and comparing their features and structures and have explored the different types of animal groups such as fish, birds, reptiles and mammals. They have learnt to group animals based on what they eat and what group they belong to such as a carnivore, herbivore and omnivore. We are continuing with our Science topic ‘Animals’ next term.

Art

Little Marvels have had fun experimenting with a variety of media such as pencils, oil pastels and paint to create their own self-portraits inspired by Picasso and animal drawings linked to our Science topic.

Maths

We have been learning about how to count forwards and backwards to 10 and practising our number formation. We have also been developing our understanding of what one more and one less than a given number is using cubes and comparing quantities.

 

 

English

In English, we have been looking at fiction stories written by the same author Oliver Jeffers. The story we have been reading is ‘Lost and Found’. We have explored the characters, settings and events and have been acting out parts of the story. The children have also created some wonderful, imaginative story maps to help them write their own stories. Well done Little Marvels! They have also worked hard applying their phonics knowledge to help them write.

Computing

In computing we have been learning how to log in safely into Purple Mash using our own logins. The children are also continuing to practise finding the letters and numbers on the keyboard to log in independently and how to use a mouse. They have started to learn how to add their name to a picture they create on the computer.

Fundamentals

Little Marvels have been practising developing their fundamental skills such as their underarm throwing, hopping, balancing and jumping off equipment.

RE

Our topic this half term was ‘Christianity – The Church.’  During this unit of work, we were aiming to answer the question ‘How might some people show that they belong to God?’

Firstly, we tried to understand who or what we belong to.  We thought about the members of our family and recognised the people who guide us.  We then discussed what makes a good family.    

Next, we learned about what a baptism is.  We watched video clips of baptisms and recognised why people get baptised.  We were then able to label an image of a baptism.  We learnt important vocabulary such as: font, gown, vicar, and godparents.    

Our next lesson was to understand what the cross symbolises in a baptism.  We thought about which people would be present at a baptism and tried to list what the cross symbolises. 

To finish our topic, we acted out a baptism in our classroom.  We dressed up as a vicar, parents, godparents, and the congregation.  We dressed a doll up in a christening gown and the vicar pretended to hold the baby over the font and bless the baby by making a sign of the cross on its head in oil.  The godparents were then given a candle and certificate to hold for the baby. 

PSHE

Our topic this half term was ‘Being Me in My World’

As part of this topic, we thought about what it means to feel special and safe in our class.

We then spent time thinking about the rights and responsibilities for being a member of our class and school. 

Next, we recognised how it feels to be proud of an achievement.

During this topic, we have also listened to other people as well as contributing our own ideas about rewards and consequences. 

Music

Little Marvels have really enjoyed moving their bodies to Jack Hartmann YouTube videos. The children copied and followed his moves but, needed to listen carefully to freeze at the correct time ! Mrs Lingard showed the children how to play different percussion instruments. The children  tried to remember many names as they could. They enjoyed Mrs Lingard playing her, Clarinet, Recorder, Cornet and Guitar. She is not very good at playing the violin but she had a very good try.

Autumn 2

Maths

In Maths this half term, we started our ‘Maths – No Problem!’ scheme.  Our first topic was ‘Numbers to 10.’ We were very excited to use our new textbooks and workbooks. 

Firstly, we were counting numbers to 10 accurately both forwards and backwards and counting similar objects up to 10 with accuracy and fluency.

We were then learning to read and write all numbers to 10 in numerals and in words and categorise and count only objects with the same name in a group.

After this, we were able to understand what zero represents and use it when counting. 

After this, we compared objects using matching and counting and then used the terms ‘equal to’, ‘as many as’, ‘more than’, ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ as key terms.

We did lots of practical activities to help us in our lessons and learned how to use resources such as ten frames and part – part whole models. 

English

In English this half term, we have been learning about Non-Chronological Reports.  We linked it to our Science topic of ‘Animals.’ 

Firstly, we chose an animal that we already knew a lot about – a penguin.  We identified lots of information about penguins and our teacher recorded this in a thought shower. 

Next, we were given a non-fiction text about penguins and had to use our phonics knowledge to read it and try and extract information from it.  

We then did a similar activity but with a text about tigers and dogs.  Some of us then answered questions about the text, which was quite tricky.

After this, we thought about what questions we could ask about the information we had read.  We used ‘Who?’, ‘What?’, ‘When?’ ‘Where?’, ‘Why’ and ‘How?’ to help us.

To finish our topic, we created our own non-chronological poster about an animal of our choice. We tried to include a question, an answer and a picture.      

Science

In Science this half term, we continued with our ‘Animals’ topic. 

We were able to describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals.  We looked at different groups of animals such as: birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians.  We had to identify the animals, draw and label them and compared the differences and similarities between the animals. 

Next, we learned about how animals need to be treated with care and sensitivity to keep them alive.  We drew pictures and labelled them to show what animals need to survive. 

To finish our topic, we learned about the human body.  We were able to name, identify and label the parts of the human body. 

RE/English

We linked our RE topic ‘Christianity – Jesus’ with English.  During this unit of work, we were aiming to answer the question ‘Why is Jesus special to Christians?’

Firstly, we tried to understand how people prepare for a baby.  We discussed all the different things that a baby would need and thought about what they might not need just yet.  We then completed a sorting diagram where we categorised what a baby needs and what a baby does not need.      

Next, we discussed how we celebrate birthdays.  We talked about why birthdays are celebrated, the items used to help celebrate birthdays and stated that Christians believe that Jesus’ birthday is celebrated at Christmas.  We then created a list to show this.      

Our next lesson was to understand why people give presents at Christmas.  We learned about how Christians believe that Jesus was a gift from God.  We then thought about a gift that we were grateful for and a gift that we would like to receive.  We showed this work through pictures and a sentence. 

After this, we watched a video of The Christmas Story and talked about the people in it and what happened.  This then helped us to sequence pictures of The Christmas Story. 

Next, we created a story map of The Christmas Story.  We had to remember the features of the story and understand that a story map starts at the beginning of the story and finishes at the end. 

Our next lesson was to identify a character from The Christmas Story.  We were able to name the characters from the story and understand their role in the story.  We showed this work through a picture and sentence. 

To finish our topic, we re-told The Christmas Story.  We stuck a picture of part of the story in our books and, using our story map, we wrote a sentence about it.      

PSHE

Our topic this half term was ‘Celebrating Differences.’ As part of this topic, we identified similarities between people in our class. 

We then spent time thinking about the differences between people in our class.

Next, we thought about what bullying is.  We discussed how it is different to falling out with a friend – it is deliberate, and it happens repeatedly.

After that, we thought about some people who we could talk to if we were feeling unhappy or being bullied.

Towards the end of our topic, we thought about the different ways we could make new friends.

During this topic, we have also listened to other people as well as contributing our own ideas about rewards and consequences. 

Computing

In computing this half term, we have been continuing to familiarise ourselves with Purple Mash.  We have used the paint programme, online jigsaws and explored other tools as well. E can now confidently log on to Purple Mash independently! 

PE  

In PE this half term, we have been playing invasion games.  We had to show control when dribbling and learned to pass accurately. We were also passing and receiving the ball to each other.  As well as this, we were learning to understand defence and attack and to play in a team. Finally, we began to show how to catch a ball correctly and pass it accurately.  We were developing the following skills: balance, co-ordination, speed, power, hopping, skipping, running, jumping, throwing, catching. dribbling, control, agility, and movement.

DT

In DT this half term, we used our sewing skills to make felt fish and frogs. We had a design criteria and had to research ideas.  We also had to think about the materials we would need to use.  After finishing our felt fish or frog, we then had to evaluate it.  We thought about the best part of making it, what we found difficult and what we would change if we made it again. 


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