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Our Autumn Term Journey

Year 1

Autumn One

This half term in Year One we will be doing lots of fun and exciting things linked to our topic The Gruffalo. 

We have reading the story The Gruffalo. Using this story, we will cover a range of topic, maths and English objectives including: 

Counting and recognising numbers.  

Using the personal pronoun I.

Orally compose a sentence by retelling some of our story.

Learning about animals including humans. 

Also, throughout the year we will learn about all four seasons and the weather using our outdoor environment. The children will 'adopt' a tree in the playground and note the changes that happen during each month.  

Year One is a BIG change from Reception and the first term is focused on giving the children the smoothest transition possible. They are already adapting well to the changes in their school day. 

 

The weather and seasons

Below you can find pictures of our class tree. We have been discussing how the trees change throughout the year and what happens, particularly in Autumn. We will look at the changes the tree makes throughout the year.

 Our tree in Autumn:

 

Science

Year One had a very exciting visit from Joel, our school gardener. He brought with him some caterpillars, which he had found on the cabbages in the allotment. He thought Year One would especially enjoy this as they had cared for some caterpillars last year. We had a great time holding the caterpillars and observing them through a magnifying glass. As part of his visit, Joel taught the children a song, 'I went to the cabbages one day...' This took the children through the life cycle of a caterpillar. 

Take a look at the lyrics and have a go.

I went to the cabbages one day 

What do you think I saw?

Eggs in a cluster, yellow as a duster 

What could it all be for?

I went to the cabbages one day 

What do you think I saw?

Caterpillars munching, caterpillars crunching 

I went to the cabbages one day 

What do you think I saw?

I saw a super duper pupa 

What could it all be for?

I went to the cabbages one day 

What do you think I saw?

I saw a butterfly, watched it flutter by

What could it all be for?

I went to the cabbages one day 

What do you think I saw?

Eggs in a cluster, yellow as a duster 

What could it all be for?

 

Open morning

Wednesday 9th October

Some of our parents came into school to have coffee and cake with their children.  We also had lots of fun activities in the classroom.  We explored shape through looking at famous buildings and then made them using construction materials.  We even drew our buildings and labelled them!

 English and Topic

We have enjoyed learning about The Gruffalo this half term. We  have looked at the character's feelings throughout the story, discussed the character's personalities, described how they look, retold the story using actions, wrote letters to the characters and much more! 

We enjoyed making Gruffalo masks and designing and creating a snake using repeating patterns. To end our topic we had a Gruffalo party! It was fun! We had roasted fox, purple prickles, knobby knees, poisonous warts and we made our own Gruffalo crumble. It was delicious!

 

    

 

 Homework Projects

Thank you to all the children who completed their homework challenges. They look amazing! We are impressed by the children's enthusiasm towards their independent learning. Keep it up! We can't wait to see what you produce next half term. 

 

 

     

 

Autumn 2

This half term in Year One we will be doing lots of fun and exciting things linked to our topic Where do the leaves go in winter?

For the first week of our new half term we had a special week devoted to Guy Fawkes and Remembrance Day. We explored the themes through English, Maths, Art, ICT and Picture News. 

The children had great fun learning facts about why Guy Fawkes if infamous. They transferred their learning into their ICT session where they created a wanted poster. Our afternoons were spent using a range of materials and textures to create some fantastic fire work pictures. The children loved using the pastels and they looked amazing! 

 

From Wednesday  the children learnt about Remembrance Day and explored the symbol of the red poppy. As Year One were looking at the book, Flo of the Somme, the children wanted to learn more about animals in the war. We looked at how dogs, pigeons and horses played an important role in the forces. As a result, the children wanted to create their own purple poppy which remembers animals in the war.