During our ‘Our Local area’ topic, the children have been looking at different types of housing such as detached, terraced, semi-detached, flats, bungalows etc. As a class, they discussed the type of house that they live in and how it was similar/different to other types of housing. Using their craft skills, they created model houses from recyclable materials brought in from home.
Children in Year 1 are learning about Everyday Materials including wood, plastic, metal, glass and rock. They have learnt to identify and name everyday materials and are currently exploring the properties of materials. Children will be carrying out a simple investigation to help them decide which material would be most suitable to use for an umbrella. A range of learning activities will be used including discussions, labeling and matching activities, games and an investigation where children will have the opportunity to ask and find the answers to questions.
This week, Year 1 have been using cubes to measure items. To fit in with the Christmas theme, the children used cubes to measure and cut up strips of paper to make a Christmas tree. They started off with the longest strip at the bottom and gradually got smaller towards the top to create the look of a Christmas tree.
Year 1 have been looking at the story of ‘Handa’s Surprise’. As a class, we created a story map and actions to go with each picture. The children thoroughly enjoy performing the story of Handa’s surprise using these actions. In addition to this, they also came up with a list of questions that they would love to ask Handa if they had the chance to meet her.
During RE this week, Year 1 have been exploring God’s creation and Harvest Time; showing their thanks and appreciation for His special gifts. The children completed a variety of activities to show the gifts that they are grateful for at Harvest Time. This included making a number of fruits and vegetables from playdough, cutting and sticking different foods in to a basket and writing a selection of keywords which will be used when the children write their own ‘Thank You’ psalm.