This week in Maths we have been busy working on our number formation and matching numerals to their written numbers, finding one more and one less than any given number up to 100 and estimating amounts. We found that if you group objects together in 5s or 10s then it makes estimation of large amounts easier.
For our Rainbow Challenges this week we had a chance to sort recyclable materials into different recycling bins, write subtraction number sentences, count farm animals and put the information into a graph, write about different things that we can find on a farm, program a Beebot to move around a farm and write our own programming instructions and play a game of 'I-Spy' with our friends. We have discussed the importance of trying new activities and not being afraid of challenging ourselves and are all expected to try all six challenges each week. Our teachers have started giving us a checklist, which we get highlighted each time we complete an activity, to help us to take greater responsibility and independence for our own learning. We are all looking forward to sharing our Rainbow Challenges with you at our parent's afternoon on Tuesday 17th October at 1:30.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian painter who was best know for creating wonderful portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruit and vegetables. This week we have really enjoyed creating our own pictures using real objects in a similar style. I think you will be very impressed by our creative talents!
,This week we have also enjoyed a visit from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust where we have taken part in a workshop to learn more about recycling. We were very good at sorting all the items that could be recycled and all of those that could not. It was quite tricky, as plastic bottle could be recycled but not yoghurt pots. Cardboard cereal boxes can be recycled but not juice cartons! We are going to try and help our mums and dads recycle more at home so that less rubbish gets sent to landfill.
In Maths this week we have been learning to sort different shapes into groups using Venn diagrams and Carroll diagrams. Can you guess our criteria for sorting?
Next week we are holding parent consultation evenings and hoping to meet with as many of you as possible. Please sign us so that we can keep you updated with your child's progress and let you know the best ways you can support your child's learning. We look forward to seeing you.
This week we have been using our amazing trip to the farm to further develop our learning. We started the week by writing sentences about our favourite parts of the trip and it was great to see that all the children were excited to write and tell others about their experiences. They wrote about the fun they had feeding the different animals, collecting the eggs, climbing into the 500 year old tree, running through the different fields and splashing in the stream!
We have also been looking at photographs taken on the farm and worked together to sort them into human and physical features. The children were really good at working together and discussing their ideas about the impact that humans have on the farm.
The children are really beginning to take more responsibility for their independent learning and are trying more of the Rainbow Challenges. This week they have made models of farm animals using dough, mapped out and made their own farms using Lego, played a game with friends, developed their understanding of number bonds to 10 and practised their cutting skills.
Next Tuesday we will be celebrating our Harvest Assembly. Any donations of tins would be gratefully received.
What a fantastic time we had at Warleigh Lodge farm despite the weather. We started our day by pulling up the Fodder beets. It reminded us of the Enormous Turnip story as some of them were quite hard to pull up and we needed to work together. We were amazed to see how big some of the fodder beets were. It was great fun and we loaded them onto the tractor ready to take to feed the animals. Next we went on a very bumpy tractor ride where we fed the fodder beet to the sheep and cows. The sheep were looking expectantly as we arrived in their field. Next we had great fun climbing around and inside of a 500 year oak tree. We had to crawl in on our hands and knees to get inside the trunk of the tree where it as dark but exciting. The rain had started to get heavier so to keep warm we had a race across the fields to the stream were we splashed and squelched and enjoyed being really muddy. Then it was time for another short tractor ride before a good clean up so that we could eat our lunch. By the time we had finished lunch the rain had stopped so we went to make the pigs beds with some fresh hay. We also say the weighing machine used to see if the cattle were fat enough to go to market. A few of us decided to see if we were heavy enough to go to market but none of us were, not even our teacher! After the fun of being weighed our next stop was to feed the goats and the chickens. Everyone was brave enough to feed the animals out of their hands. Finally we collected the eggs and the children knew that the eggs were fragile so they handled them very carefully. We had a fantastic day together which can be seen by the enjoyment on all of the children's faces. It was a day full of mud, laughter, smiles and working together. Thank you to all of the wonderful parent helpers who kindly gave up their time to join us.
This week we have been busy finding out about different types of animals and we worked together in groups to classify them under the following headings; mammals, reptiles, fish, insects, birds and amphibians. We looked carefully at some pictures of rabbits (our class animal) and painted them with sponges and small paintbrushes, using appropriate colours. In our IT lesson this week we have been learning how to develop our mouse control to draw pictures of rabbits. You can see some of our lovely pictures below.
Our Rainbow Challenges this week included asking questions about farm animals, making shelters for hedgehogs and rabbits out of Lego, creating pictures of our class animals using transient art materials, labelling farm animals and practising our number formation from 1-10. What a busy week we've had!
Welcome to year 1. It is lovely to be back.
The children have had a very busy week, settling into new routines, new teachers and being based in a different area of the school. It is a lot to get used to but we have been very impressed with how the children have settled and shown such a great attitude to leaning.
This week we have been learning all about our class animal. We have been trying to draw rabbits as well as labelling different parts of rabbits too. In our writing we have been trying to write in full sentences using our sounds and remembering to leave finger spaces between words to make it easier to read.
We have got a very special class rabbit mascot, which the children have named Roley. Roley rabbit will be coming home with different children each week and we would very much like it if he could come out and about with you wherever you go. We would then like the children to write, draw or even take some pictures about Roleys lovely adventures to keep as a diary that they can share with the class the following week. Please return Roley after the weekend ready for someone else to take him on more adventures the next week.
Friday 15th September at 2.30pm Meet the teacher.
Please come along to our meet the teacher afternoon where you can find out a little more about class routines, expectations and how best we can work together to help your children to become happy, confident and successful learners. We look forward seeing you all then.