Another fabulous week of learning in Year One!
In English we have been building on our letter writing skills replying to our friend Panda, inspired by the focus text ‘Dear Panda’ by Miriam Latimer!
In line with our ‘Zoo’ topic we have also been using ‘The Animal Boogie’ to think about animal movements and describe them using the -ing suffix e.g. Swinging, roaring, stomping. Alongside this we have been using animal names to look at how to change a word from singular to plural.
As part of our Maths work we have been exploring “teen” numbers, thinking about how many tens and ones each has. We have been using tens frames to represent these numbers and discussing how a tens frame can show us whether a number is bigger or smaller than ten.
Please remember to check book bags on Friday as the children will be receiving their first piece of homework for Year One. Be as creative as you like and we look forward to sharing them!
Here are some pictures from this week:
What a great start to the school year Sharks have had! We dove straight into our Stone Age learning, researching facts about how the lived all those years ago. We have been writing diary extracts on life in the Stone Age inspired by the text Stone Age Boy.
Our science learning this week was all about SOIL. Ask your child if they can recall what soil contains and the different layers. We even had a look at what type of soil there is in Ellenbrook.
Today we had those wanting to be our school council representatives give their speeches and what wonderful jobs they did!
The results will be announced in class tomorrow…
Voyagers and Discoverers have had a wonderful first few days in their new classes! We have been so impressed with how well they have adapted to Year 1 and their new learning environments.
In English, we have been focusing on the ‘smart name’ for each letter of the alphabet and applying this to painting our very own animal alphabet for the classroom!
In Maths we have been learning the months of year through song. We worked together to create a class birthday chart and used this to make comparisons between amounts.
In Science we have been taking part in group discussions and sharing about what we already know about animals before our topic commences! We have also been thinking about what we would like to find out about animals to direct our learning.
As a WOW for our ‘Animal’ topic this half term, the children (and staff, of course) are very excited for their first Year 1 trip to Blackpool Zoo! We look forward to seeing you on Monday 🙂
Miss O’Brien and Miss Wilks
Year 5 Whistles will be moving up to Year 6 with Miss Hay which she is very much looking forward to!
So, for transition day, we decided to write our future Year 6 selves a letter. We looked at our height, our shoe size, our hairstyles and what our favourite things were to see how much we might change. We also wrote about what we were most proud of in Year 5 that we would like to remind ourselves of in Year 6.We then thought about what we are looking forward to next year, what we hope for year 6 and our dreams for the future.
Once we had finished, we put them in a time capsule and we buried them. In one years time, we will dig them up and we get to read our wonderful letters and see how much we have changed (or not). We can’t wait!
It has been lovely to get to know the children a bit more today!
We stared the day with how we can persuade people to read and enjoy reading by creating quotes to display in our new reading area. After this, the children wrote a message in a bottle because they were stranded on a desert island. The children also completed a maths activity involving partitioning numbers and this afternoon ordered periods of history on a timeline. We’ve realised that compared to all the previous years there have ever been, the children haven’t been around for very long at all!
Im looking forward to teaching Sharks fully in September!
Year 1 Swallows arrived today to a camp site set up in their classroom! After a lengthy discussion and speculation about who might have done it, it came to light it was Russell from the film Up. He is hoping to become a a Senior Wilderness Explorer but the strong Manchester winds had blown some of his pages from his notebook away. So, it was up to the children to use orienteering skills to locate the missing pages. They all gained their orienteering badge which they put on their sashes they made too.
This afternoon the children have started researching one of the names in Russell’s notebook, Sir Ernest Shackleton. They have learnt so far that he was a polar explorer, wanting to be the first to cross Antarctica from one end to the other. He travelled on a ship called Endurance that became ice packed but we don’t know yet whether he was successful…
Swallows had some reading and phonics activities this morning. They had to visit every station for 15 minutes in their groups and complete the tasks.
There was: reading bingo; a game where they had to decide whether the word belonged on planet real or planet nonsense; phonics I spy; creating nonsense words for a friend to decode; and poems to read followed by a WIPERS discussion.
Super reading Year 1!
On Friday we had a lovely visit from a real life author! This year we had the privilege of reading Lizzie and the Birds by Dawn and Mick Robertson, before it was even published! We produced some fantastic work that we sent to Dawn, she was so impressed she wanted to meet us. Now the book has been published she returned to school to give us a signed copy! We got to ask her lots of question and she asked us lots too.
In Year 5, we have been creating myths that the Maya people told as stories thousands of years ago. We have thought about a natural event or object and come up with an exciting way to explain how this event might have happened using magic and Maya gods.
Some children have explained why Mars is red, why we have the sun and the moon or why there is an eye on Jupiter!
The children have worked really hard on ensuring their stories flow and follow the structure of a myth whilst also making them really exciting for the reader. The children love to read each others stories so we have created a class book of Maya myths to go into our class library.
Well done Whistles!