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Today we went on our school trip to Herrings Green Farm and Activity centre! We has a great day out and saw a variety of animals including lots of birds of prey, rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, lizards and even a skunk!
This afternoon we went outside on the field and into the woods. We collected any leaves or flowers s that had already fallen off plants and made them into lovely patterns and pictures.
We are continuing our topic 'Everything Outside' this half term. still looking at plants and animals.
Science week part three.
Today we had a forest school session with Caroline. We were very lucky because the sun came out this afternoon!
We played games, had an explore, did some digging and found some animals. For a lot of us, this was the best part of science week.
Science week part two.
We have been doing fun experiments all week:
We used plastic bottles and cupcake cases to see if different sized bottles made the case fly higher when we squeezed it.
We had a variety of fruit and vegetables and a big tub of water to see which ones would float and which ones would sink. It was interesting that an orange floated but when we peeled it, it sank!
We cut out pieces of a nappy to see how many cups of water it would absorb. This was very messy and we found little pieces of gel all over the classroom!
We had 4 tins which had dog food, tinned tomatoes, baked beans and soup inside. We took it in turns to see which one would be the fastest when travelling down a ramp.
Science week part one.
Today we took part in Splash! workshop. There were 5 different activities including floating and sinking, boat races and trying to transport water from a river to a a house with different pieces of pipe.
18th May - Today we celebrated the royal wedding! We came in dressed in red, white and blue and had a picnic lunch outside.
We even watched Morris dancers and learnt a routine ourselves!
We have been comparing the work of Henri Rousseau and Vincent Van Gogh, discussing similarities and differences. We made our own Rousseau pieces using pastels, felt tips and tissue paper.
We had a messy lesson feeling pondweed, dry mud, wet mud and sand to use our vocabulary of adjectives to describe how it felt. We then wrote some lovely poems about what we felt.
We had a discussion and shared our favourite animals with each other. Some of us had some very interesting thoughts, but the most popular animals of the class were lions and meerkats! We then drew our favourite animal and wrote about what we like about them.
Our Summer term topic will be Everything Outside.
We will be learning about plants and animals; this will include the difference between mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.
During P.E, we will be doing games and practising for sports day later in the term. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that P.E kits need to be at school every day and that hair must be tied back on P.E days. We also request that the children bring in a pair of trainers on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Trainers from home can be brought in and taken home each day.
To link with our topic this term for show and tell I would like the children to bring in a picture of a pet or their favorite animal.
Starfish – 27th April
Jellyfish – 4th May
Seahorses- 11th May
Turtles – 18th May
Crabs – Thursday 24th May
As the weather is getting very hot, the children need to have a water bottle and a sun hat in school.
I would also like to invite you to our class assembly which will be held on Thursday 10th May starting at 9.15 where the children will be telling you all about their learning from our last topic of buildings.
This half term we have been making our own buildings in D&T with Mr Sharp. We each brought in a shoe box and every week we have been adding something different (or taking something away!) to our buildings. We are very happy with them and have learnt many new skills whilst making them including how to use and vice and a saw!
This morning we walked down to the new museum all about Hitchin in the town hall.
We saw lots of fossils, stones, bones and clothing all found in Hitchin many years ago. We then looked at a painting which was painted by Samuel Lucas of all the people he knew in Hitchin. We were hot seated and put into these peoples shoes. We did very well answering questions on whether these people were happy about the railway being built in Hitchin.
This week has been book week.
We had a great African storytelling workshop and went back to Red class to read a story with Miss Craik.
We also really enjoyed doing a book scavenger hunt! We were given a list of items and had to find them in all sorts of books!
Today we came dressed as our favourite book character and had a parade assembly to see other classes costumes and the teachers costumes too! Here are a few of us all dressed up.
22.02 Today we had a fencing lesson. We had great fun and learnt our feet must always be kept in the shape of an L when moving backwards and forwards!
22.02 Today we went on a walk through Hitchin to look at how different buildings had changed. We took some old photos around with us on our walk so we could compare how houses and shops looked different. We also noticed how many more cars there are nowadays.
We will be looking at Hitchin and how it has changed over the years and also the different buildings around the school. This will involve a trip into the town and a walk around the local environment to look at the patterns in buildings and the different materials they are made from.
We will also be looking at the different styles of houses that the children live in. Please can your child bring in their postcode the week beginning 5th March so that we can use google maps to search for their house. For show and tell I would like the children to bring in a picture of their home, or a building they have visited, so we can use this as a discussion point. Turtles 23rd February, Seahorses 2nd March, Crabs 9th March, Jellyfish 16th March, and Starfish 23rd March.
In Topic work we will be looking at buildings around the world and work by the architect Gaudi as well as buildings that different faiths use.
In English we will be using the topic to write recounts of what Barnaby Bear did on a day trip to Paris and will continue to use this theme when we have been on our trip to the town. We will also be interviewing different adults in school to help us write a leaflet about Highbury. During this half term Mr Sharp will be helping the children to make a model of a building.
The week of the 26th of February is book week in school. We have lots of activities planned and the children can come dressed as a book character on Friday the 2nd of March.
On Thursday the 22nd of March we will be visiting Hitchin museum to learn about what life in Hitchin was like before the railway arrived. If you are free and would like to join us please speak to Miss Kirbyshire.
In maths we used Cuisenaire rods and the cherry pattern to find two numbers that make a total.
In R.E we discussed books which are special to us.
In Maths we have been using Cuisenaire rods, the cherry model and counters to find different ways to make a total and split numbers into tens and ones.
Our topic this term will be books. Every Friday a group of children will be asked to share a book that is special to them. Please ask your child which group they are in as some may have changed.
Seahorses: 12th January
Crabs: 19th January
Jellyfish: 26th January
In Literacy we will be looking at Traditional Tales as well as using the work of Quentin Blake to write poems with illustrations.
In Music with Mrs Howe, we will be investigating instruments, exploring sounds and using these to make sound effects for stories.
During P.E, we have been doing gym and games. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that P.E kits need to be at school every day and that hair must be tied back on P.E days – Tuesdays and Wednesdays with Mrs Howe.
In R.E we will be looking at books from different faiths and reading some of the stories in these books. This will be linked to the DT project of Joseph’s coat where the children will be designing and making a coat.
In Geography we will be looking at maps of the school and local area and deciding what types of books can be found within the community. We will also be looking at where the library is situated and how to get there.
In Science we will be exploring materials, looking at the best things to make a dress for Cinderella, a bridge for the Trolls and a cape for Red Riding Hood.
In ICT we will be finding out the different types of media that books come in and will use the computer to make our own audio books.
For home work I would like the children to write a list of as many different types of books they can find at home. We will be looking at these the week beginning 5th February. Maths homework has now been given out and is due back by the 26th January.
Last week we had great fun making our own clay interpretations of Queen Elizabeth I's and Queen Elizabeth II's faces! We focused on blending the facial features on the face and forming different shapes with clay.
We really value parents’ contributions in school and would like to thank those of you who support your child by coming to read every Monday morning. It is a valuable sharing experience for both the children and you as parents. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that listening to your child read at home daily will really help them improve. Please make time to do this and log it in their reading diaries when they have read.
This term’s topic will be about Queen Elizabeth 1st and 2nd.
In computing we will be looking at instructions.
In geography we will be looking at the British isles and identifying the main features of each country.
In English the children will be learning how to how follow and write instructions. We will also be looking at stories with repeated phases and the children will be writing their own stories.
In D.T we will be designing and doing cross stitch to create their own collar for a Queen. The children will also be making a sculpture of the Queen’s head.
For PHSE we will be looking at what it means to be a part of this community.
In history we will be looking at the difference between the lives of our Queen Elizabeth 1st and Queen Elizabeth 2nd .
For show and tell we would like the children to bring in a picture of a place in the British Isles.
It might be a place you have visited as a family, a relative’s home or even a picture at the local park.
Turtles: November 10th
Crabs: November 17th
Seahorses: November 23rd
Starfish: December 1st
Jellyfish: December 8th
A reminder for curriculum meetings this half term - Maths on 8th November at 7pm and Reading on 21st November 6.30pm.
Remember to book your parents evening appointment for the 14th November.
Our topic this half term is Ourselves.
In R.E, we are looking at the different communities we belong to. Part of this is to look at families. It would be useful if the children could produce a family tree at home. This can be in any format the children choose and will be used as part of a classroom display. If this could be in school the week beginning the 18th September please.
In computing the children will be learning to log onto their own individual profile saving and opening work. This is part of our internet safety and we will be using the Hector’s World programme to learn how to be safe on the computer.
We will be learning about our bodies in Science, this will include looking at how our bodies work, the way we use our senses and how we change.
We will also be looking at the differences between humans and animals and what they both need to keep healthy.
In English we are learning about labels and captions, then poetry based on our senses. We will then be looking at writing stories with familiar settings.
Maths will still take a practical approach in year 1 but your child will be learning to sort, order and classify objects as well as counting, adding and subtracting them.
We will be having P.E on a Tuesday and Wednesday with Mrs Howe. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that P.E kits need to be at school every day and that hair must be tied back.
We really value parents’ contributions in school and look forward to seeing you on Monday mornings starting the 25th September. It is a valuable sharing experience for both the children and you as parents.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that listening to your child read at home daily is valuable for the progress of your child’s reading.
In Year 1 we hope that you will continue the work you have already been doing with your child in reading. Books will be changed twice a week, please be aware that the books that they bring home are not the same as the books read in school. During the course of the year we will continue to work on the decoding of words using phonics but a greater emphasis is placed on the understanding of the text. There will be a reading meeting on the 21st November to explain how you can help your child with this.
Your child will be given a spelling book. Each half term they will be assessed on the spellings they have been given. Please see attached sheet for more information.
Your child will also receive Maths homework. We will also be holding a Maths meeting on 8th November to give you some pointers on how we teach maths.
Show and tell will be on a Friday and the children will be asked to talk about and show something about the topic we are learning about.
Each child is placed in table groups and each group will have one turn at sharing. See dates below.
Turtle 15th September
Crab 22nd September
Seahorse 29th September
Starfish 6th October
Jellyfish 13th October
This half term I would like them to bring in something that is important to them. It may be a toy, photo and book. Please ask your child which group they are in.
Here are Orange class' self portraits
We went on a plant hunt to see all the different kinds of plants they had a Rye Meads.
We had to find and label the parts of a plant then explain why each part is important.
We had a colour chart to match the plants to, we then got to pick parts of plants to stick on a sticky leaf.
We went pond dipping and found lots of pond life.
This week it is maths and art week we have learnt how we can link the two together. We had lots of fun playing different math games.
We look at the painting Blobs Grow in Beloved Gardens by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, we created our own picture of it. We used string to create the plants and we noticed each circle was getting smaller. We used our measuring skills to make sure the circles were smaller than the last one then we drew the design after that we painted our pictures.
We linked maths and art week to our topic of 'In the Garden', we created repeating patterns using plants and leaves we found outside.
This term our topic is 'In the Garden'. We will be learning about plants in science, as well as looking at birds, amphibians and insects. We will be going around the school to look at the plants and minibeasts we have around us as well as identifying them.
We drew and painted our favourite minibeasts.
We designed our own butterfly wings, we had to make sure they were symmetrical.
In computing we have been learning about how to use the internet safely using search engines to find pictures. We will be continuing with this by researching animals and making a PowerPoint.
In English we will be writing recounts linked to plants and animals and understand what a recount needs to include. We will also be looking at information books. This will be linked to our computing lesson to find out different ways to find information.
For D.T we will be visiting the park to look at how the equipment works, we will be making our own models.
We wrote our own poems for 'What makes a garden grow, grow, grow.'
In maths we have enjoyed working out the number on the number line, we used the midpoints to help us work out the mystery number.