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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.

 

Week 1 - some of the things we've been doing

Week 1 - some of the things we've been doing 1 mmm...Birthday Cake!
Week 1 - some of the things we've been doing 2 I am learning to identify and name different coins
Week 1 - some of the things we've been doing 3 I am learning to count and make sets
Week 1 - some of the things we've been doing 4 I am learning to make sets that match numerals
Week 1 - some of the things we've been doing 5 I am learning to make totals by adding 10p or 20p
Week 1 - some of the things we've been doing 6 I am learning to find a missing number
Week 1 - some of the things we've been doing 7 I am learning to find a "difference"

Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science!

Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 1 I am learning to make rhyming words
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 2 I am learning to make a rhyming string
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 3 I am learning to check if my new words are real!
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 4 I am learning to rhyme by playing bingo
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 5 I am learning to listen for a rhyme
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 6 Rhyming bingo
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 7 I am learning to rhyme by completing jigsaw pairs
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 8 I am learning to identify initial sounds in words
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 9 We played an initial sound car-parking game
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 10 We went on an initial sound walk around school
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 11 We made our own Incey Winsey Spider spout!
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 12 We are learning about Parliament in London in 1605
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 13 We are learning to work together
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 14 I am learning a new paint technique (sponging)
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 15 I am learning to partition numbers
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 16 I am learning that "2" always means 2
Week 2 - rhyme, history, art and science! 17 We are learning to look closely at changes

Week 3 - more rhyming, more addition, and exploring floating and sinking

At the end of Week 3 we discovered we didn't have many photos that we could use on the website, for various reasons around parental permission. We had also done less practical work. So here's a quick round-up of the work we have been doing:
In maths, some of us were learning to use what we know about single digit numbers to help us add single digit numbers to 2-digit numbers - e.g., if 3+2 = 5, then 13+2 = 15, and so on. Some of use were exploring number bonds within 10 - not just to 10, but to all the other numbers - as the better we know these bonds the easier it will be to apply them later on. Some were exploring adding, in practical ways using bricks and blocks, drawing out addition and subtraction problems, and beginning to learn how to write these as number sentences.
In English, we have continued to work on rhyme and many of us are now able to find rhyming words for a given word by changing the first letter. Some of us can actually hear the rhyme! We were set the challenging task of writing a new second line to make a rhyming couplet. We will continue this work next week, thinking about what types of word we are using, and whether they make sense. Some children were learning to recite rhymes, and thinking about initial sounds.
In science, we learned more about the parts of plants, and thought about plants that we eat, naming and identifying the part which we eat for different foods. In RE, Mrs Coulthard continued teaching the class about special books and they looked at Bibles. For our topic work, we explored floating and sinking and selecting materials for the boats we will make to float down the "Thames" when we re-enact the Guy Fawkes story. We also completed our own design plan for our boats.
It's definitely true that a picture can say a thousand words!

Week 5 - differentiating between different types of word; time and shape

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:

 

Liam W:

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden sing?

With silver bells and cockle shells

And bananas from the King!

 

Jack:

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!

 

Week 6 - including "Internet Safety Day"

The Guy Fawkes movies are on their way... it turns out that the only person with the advanced IT skills needed to "stitch" together our scenes is Mrs Stokes' daughter, who is currently on a school trip to Austria, and it's a school rule that she cannot take her iPad with her! As soon as she is back we will upload the finished movies.
At last! The Guy Fawkes movies are ready!

Guy Fawkes and the Houses of Parliament

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1A have scripted, filmed, and resourced these movies about Guy Fawkes themselves. This was a massive piece of work and involved literacy, art, IT and DT skills. I think they're absolutely brilliant!

Guy FAwkes Movie 2

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Our Science learning for this half-term: