This week Year One have been adapting the story ‘We’re going on a Bear hunt’ and changing it to ‘We’re going on a Dinosaur hunt’. The children have been creating their own story maps and using these to retell the story with actions.
In History we have been learning about the fossil hunter Mary Anning. The children have been finding out facts about her life and the dinosaurs she discovered. We have been drawing brilliant portraits of Mary Anning for our Topic display in the classroom.
In Wild space we tried out Hapa Zome – the Japanese art of leaf printing. We collected petals, leaves and flowers and then printed them on paper by hitting them with a large stick! This meant we had to use fine and gross motor skills as well as expressing our creativity in a new way.
What a brilliant first week back after half term in Year 1! To celebrate the launch of our new topic, The Great Outdoors Year 1 spent the day learning outside. We started by looking for plants and animals that we could name and completing a scavenger hunt for natural objects. We learnt how to use a compass to find North and then worked out the other directions of South, East and West. In summer, we planted pumpkin seeds and today we harvested some of them. We decided to cut them up to feed to the wild animals in our school grounds. What a busy day!
As the children came into the classroom after playtime today we discovered that we had some meerkat visitors! The meerkats had written us a letter asking for our help to build them a new home in the classroom. Suddenly we realised that we didn’t know much about meerkats! We thought of lots of questions. What do they eat? Where do they prefer to sleep? What climate is best for them? Do they live in hot or cold countries?
The children rose to the challenge and spent the morning researching facts about meerkats in the library and writing down all the facts they had learnt. We will use all the information we found out today to help build the meerkat family an appropriate home in our classroom.
Lots of the children came in this morning asking about our meerkat visitors. After lunch the children went on a nature walk around the playground and field and collected items they felt would be suitable for our meerkat home in the classroom. We were very busy all afternoon building and putting it all together. The children chose branches and sticks for the meerkats to climb and play on and made a super tunnel using building construction and material. We think it looks great! During English the whole class wrote some superb meerkat facts in their books trying hard to remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops! What a busy week!
Welcome back! We are continuing with our topic Food Glorious Food this half term. In English we have been looking at the story Handa’s Surprise. We spent Wednesday morning using our senses to look, feel, smell and taste Mango, Passion Fruit and Avocado from the story. Most of the children enjoyed trying the Mango and came up with adjectives such as, ‘mouth-watering, juicy and refreshing’. We even had the simile: ‘The mango is yellow and red like a sunset.’
The Avocado was not as popular, many of the children described it as, ‘sticky, slimy and disgusting.’