Welcome to Spring Term 1!
This term we will be looking at Nursery Rhymes and using them to improve our understanding of rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration. We will be checking that we understand what the rhymes are saying, and using the structure of a familiar rhyme to help us re-write and innovate on these. We will memorize and perform rhymes and parts of rhymes and create artwork based on rhymes. Nursery rhymes are also culturally important, and form part of our shared cultural heritage here in Britain.
In Science, we will be looking at plants - it's time to see if our bulbs are growing yet! We will learn track the progress of plants we are growing, and learn about the different parts of plants. We will learn how to recognise different garden and wild flowers, and possibly some trees.
For our Topic work, we are still completing our Guy Fawkes movie so will concentrate on that at the beginning of the half term, then move on to some mapping work and using "plan view" to record and understand ideas and locations. We will make little "gardens" like Mary Mary Quite Contrary by following and drawing plans. We will use plans in PE to out equipment in a very simple form of orienteering. In RE with Mrs Coulthard, we will think about favourite rhymes and special books, and learn about different special books in different religions.
This week we have been thinking about shape and time (measures) in maths, and different types of words in English. We use Colourful Semantics to teach children about grammar. Each class of word is given a different colour and a symbol:
Red - Who? = nouns for people and animals
Yellow - What? = nouns
Green - What doing? = verbs
Orange - What like? = adjectives
Blue - Where? = position and place words
Purple - When? = time words
We use modified colours from the official colourful semantics scheme as we follow the colours introduced by Flash Ley KS1 Speech and Language Centre in Stafford, as some of their children join us for KS2.
We have been re-writing "Mary Mary Quite Contrary" and the children had to change the verb in the rhyme ("grow"). They could choose any "what doing" word they liked! Some of the children needed some help with ideas, so they sorted lots of different types of word on coloured card, and then chose the verbs they liked best. Others were more confident and knew which verbs they wanted to use straight away. The next step was to identify a word that rhymed with our chosen verb, to complete the new version of the rhyme. Some people even changed the last 2 lines to make more sense!
Here are a couple of our rhymes:
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden sing?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And bananas from the King!
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden cook?
Thank you for the vegetables
And all the flowers that I took!
Harry M won Star Writer this week for not only using his plan to write a poem, but also writing a second one during our Big Write on Friday with hardly any help at all! Here is his plan and his finished piece:
This week we also started filming our movies about Guy Fawkes, but they are not quite finished yet...watch this space!