This week in Maths we have been focussing on our number formation. This is something the children could practise at home too. We have also been busy estimating. It has been brilliant to see the children making sensible guesses and then checking by counting. They have even started grouping their objects in sets of 10.
This week we have really focussed on completing our Rainbow Challenges. The children have a checklist now that we highlight. This means that they can see really easily which challenges they still need to do to get their Rainbow stickers.
We are really looking forward to welcoming our grown ups in on Tuesday 17th October at 1.30pm. The children are super excited about doing Rainbow Challenges together!
This week as part of our 'On the farm' topic, and as we celebrated harvest this week, we looked at the work of Giuseppe Acrimboldo. He was an artist who worked over 500 years ago on paintings where he made people and faces from fruit and vegetables. The children loved looking at the pictures he made and then had a wonderful time creating their own. We were really proud of their results!
We have also been thinking about 2D shape and symmetry this week. The children are getting really good at describing shapes using their properties. We hope that they use this knowledge to help with their homework this week. We have also been sorting using Venn and Carroll diagrams. The children worked really hard on this. We have sorted by shape, colour and properties.
We finished te week in the ICT suite. The children have been starting to use the search engine to find pictures which they then copied and pasted into a word document. It was a bit tricky but they worked in pairs and there was some great Topaz powers being used to help and support each other.
Looking forward to another great week of learning next week!
This week the children have been using our amazing farm experience to inform their learning. We started off the week thinking about our favourite part of the trip and it was great that the children really thought about their ideas and told us them using full sentences. This really helped them when they wrote their sentences in their books.
We looked at photos of the human and physical features of the farm and sorted them. The children were really good at discussing the impact people have on the natural part of the farm. They talked about enjoying running across the fields and climbing inside the 500 year old tree. Everyone agreed that on a farm lots of things have been made by people and we also talked about what each one was for. We handed out quite a few Amethyst gems as the children were working really well together in a bigger group.
The children are also really getting stuck in with their Rainbow Challenges and taking responsibility for their learning. Some of the things they got busy doing this week were making a play dough model of a farm animal, making a lego farm and map it and playing a game with a friend.
We finished the week in the ICT suite using Paint it to create pictures of farm animals. There were some wonderful pictures and the children are starting to get much better with their mouse control.
Next Tuesday is our Harvest Assembly in school. Please send in donations of 'tins and 10p' with your child on the day. Here's to another busy and fun week of learning!
We had the most amazing day at Warleigh Lodge Farm today and were very lucky that the sunshine joined us too! The children made wonderful farmers and got completely stuck in to all the jobs. We started the day by pulling up the beets ready to feed all the animals throughout the rest of the day. The children worked together to pull up the bigger ones and were thrilled to see how big they were. We then got on the tractor and headed off to feed the sheep. It was a bumpy ride in the trailer but a lot of fun. We got out of the tractor next to a 500 year old tree. The children loved climbing all around it but also went right inside. After a run through the field we ended up sploshing along in the stream. The children loved the squidgy mud! After another tractor ride to feed the cows and their calves we stopped for a quick bit of lunch. After our pit stop we went down to the pigs to get their straw bed ready for the night. A few of the children even had a stroke of the pigs. We went on to the chickens next. The children fed them corn and stroked them, then it was time to collect the eggs. The children were very gentle at picking them up and placing them in the bucket. Our final job of the day was to feed the goats and we even got to stroke Tonic the donkey.
We are super proud of the children. Thank you to our parent helpers, especially 'Old farmer Down' who stepped in as gate opener for the day. It was a day was full of mud, smiles and laughter. I think we'll all sleep well tonight!
This week we introduced the Rainbow Challenges to the children. They have been very busy collecting their coloured lolly sticks for completing their challenges. It has been wonderful to see the children getting stuck in!
In science this week we sorted animals into mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The children worked together in small groups. They really used their Topaz gem powers! There was lots of discussion, the children helped each other and really focussed on the activity.
We are all counting the sleeps until our farm trip on Friday. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us but definitely get the wellies, old trousers and waterproof coats ready. Being farmers for the day will be messy but lots of fun!
The children have had a fantastic first week in Year One. They have worked really hard and have settled well into all the new routines.
We have written sentences about ourselves, our families and our homes to help us all to get to know each other. In Maths we worked on our number formation, getting groups of objects to match a numeral and saying which number was greater when we choose two numbers. What a lot of learning and that was just our mornings!
In the afternoons a few of the things we were busy doing were finding out facts about our class animal, recreating the creation story in natural objects, PE and we went into the ICT suite.
We were all very proud of how well the Hedgehog's have settled in and look forward to more fun learning adventures this term.