Year 1 Spring Journey
In English this half term we have been exploring the adventures of Hector and the Big Bad Knight by Alex T. Smith. The children immersed themselves in the plot of the naughty knight who everyone thought was the hero but was in fact the villain! The children explored the different sentence types from the use of exclamation marks to the use of repetition in our writing. The children had great fun writing character and setting descriptions and weaving all our knowledge and understanding into our topic sessions.
In Maths this half term so far we have been looking at addition and subtraction within 20. We have been using lots of practical resources to help us with our understanding of addition and subtraction. We have also been practicing our number bonds to 10.
In Science this half term we are continuing to focus on everyday materials. During the first week we have been researching Charles Macintosh, the Scientist who discovered waterproofing, the discovery was so significant that they named a raincoat after him. The Macintosh raincoat. We decided to explore waterproof objects and materials in a fun and practical way.
We are looking forward to more scientific investigations over the half term.
In RSE this half term we are going to reach for the stars, we are thinking about hope and dreams for now and the future, success and achievement and aiming high.
This week we have making a dot. Our dots represent our very own mark, our very own piece of artwork showing that we are all unique and individual and that we are all valued. We have made a beautiful dot display in our shared area that welcomes everyone to Year 1.
TopicIn Topic this half term the children have had great fun diving into the past and learning all about castles and the history around our local area. We focused on our key question: Is Cliffe Castle really a Castle? We compared it to Skipton Castle which is where we had our amazing trip to finish off our wonderful work this half term. We spent a lot of time looking at the different roles in a castle and a role which most children wanted to have was that of a gongfarmer! We then looked at the history of castles and how they were firstly made from wood and later stone. Finally we spent time investigating castles around the United Kingdom, with a focus on the capital cities, and then around the world. We also looked at the different parts of a castle which really helped us when we visited Skipton Castle. Year 1 had so much knowledge that our tour guides, Anthony and Ron were blown away!
In English this half term we will be focusing on the text Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett. We are going to focus on the our letter writing skills, sentence structure and making our writing purposeful by following the adventures of Sunny the meerkat.
In Maths this half term we will be spending the first 4 weeks immersing ourselves in measurement. We will be looking at standard and non standard units of measure and transferring our skills of addition, subtraction and place value to solve measurement problems.
In Science this half term Year 1 are becoming zoologists! We will be exploring the work of Joan Beauchamp Proctor and really unpicking our understanding of animals including humans, Already the children are excited to explore African animals.
In Topic this half term Year 1 will be diving into our key question: Why can't meerkats live in the North Pole? We will be exploring the continent of Africa and looking the different types of animals which live there as well as comparing Africa to a colder climate of the North Pole.
The children will refresh their knowledge of where the equator is and practice locating the northern and southern hemispheres. Watch this space for pictures and updates of how Year 1 get on!