A highlight this week was in reading where we were able to send home physical books. It has been great to have been able to send home reading books with the children this week and I hope that this had helped to give an exciting focus to reading at home.
In phonics this week we have continued to practise the Set 2 sounds ar, or, air and read real/ nonsense words featuring these sounds.
In Computing, we have continued our work on E-Safety and how to stay safe when using technology. We focused particularly on personal information and who we should share this information with. For further resources on staying safe online take a look at the Thinkuknow website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
In Maths we have continued our work on addition and focused on number bonds to 10, comparing number bonds and adding together two groups/ numbers.
I am extremely proud of the class and how they have returned to school in such a positive manner after the lockdown period. It has been a great first term together in Year 1. The children have worked so hard and I hope that you all have a lovely half term break.
In Phonics this week we have been recapping some of the Set 2 sounds that we have learnt so far. We also practised reading real/ nonsense words using these sounds. We really enjoyed playing the games on the Phonics Play website. Take a look if you would like to have a go at home too: www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
In English this week, we have been doing our first independent piece of writing. We planned and wrote our own Train Ride story. Everyone was a Steadfast Squirrel for showing good perseverance with writing down their ideas and using their phonics to write their words.
We had a very exciting time in PE this week where we took part in our first Interhouse competition of the year. This term the competition focused on Football Skills and we had four different challenges to do inlcuding Toe Taps, Penalty Shoot, Paired Pass and Cone Kick. Each team worked hard to earn points for their House team. Take a look at us in action:
Thank you to Mrs Carnell for donating a globe to our classroom this week. As you can see, it's already very popular!
In Science this week, we set up our Seasonal Change investigation which will run for the duration of the academic year. We will be using our observational skills to identify how the leaves/ number of leaves on the deciduous trees change between the different months and seasons of the year. We are also learning to name some of the trees located in our school grounds. Thank you to Alfie who was our photographer.
We started off our week with an exciting trip out of school. We went on our walk around Appleton Village as part of our work on identifying features of our local area. It was great to get out into the village and see some of the places that we had talked about. We also took the opportunity to practise crossing the road safely using our ears to listen for the sound of any traffic or people and using our eyes to look both ways both before and whilst we were crossing the road.
Later in the week we followed up the work from our walk by looking at maps of Appleton and locating where some of the key places were.
Continuing our RE work on harvest, the children have been exploring the Jewish festival of Sukkot. They worked as a team to create a Sukkah in our outdoor area. We think that it looks fantastic!
We began our week by sharing our history homework where we asked a grown up in our family/ a friend what their favourite toys and games were when they were children. Thank you for getting involved with this and sending your messages/ photos in. It was great to see the children sharing what they had found out with their peers and I very much enjoyed seeing some familiar toys from my own childhood! Hopscotch was one of the games that some of the children had learnt about and we had lots of fun learning how to play this game in our outdoor area.
In Science this week we focused on naming and identifying the seasons. We then thought more about Autumn and what happens to some of the trees during this season. We listened to Vivaldi's Autumn section from his Four Seasons work and then painted our own Autumn tree to show the colours of the Autumnal leaves.
I just wanted to start this week by saying a HUGE well done to all of the children for being responsible and independent when they walk round into class in the mornings. I am very proud of the whole class for just taking everything in their stride.
We have started our work on The Train Ride story in English. We started by thinking about train rides that we had been on and what we had seen out of the window. Take a look at the photos of our paintings to show what we could see.
In Maths we have been comparing groups and numbers by using the <,>,= symbols. To help us remember which symbol is the correct one, we have used the image of a crocodile mouth and the crocodile always wants to 'eat' the bigger number.
In Geography with Mrs Bayliss, the children talked about what is in our local area. They drew pictures of their favourite places in Appleton.
Next week in Phonics we will be finishing our recap of the Set 1 Read Write Inc sounds and will be moving on to the Set 2 sounds.
We have had a great first full week of the term. We have continued our focus on 'Here We Are' and have written notes to encourage other people to look after our world. We also thought about the contrast between busy and calm times. We used some Just Dance and Mindfulness activities to explore this.
We have been working on counting one more in maths and have continued to recap the Set 1 sounds in phonics. In PE we have worked hard on bouncing and catching a ball. We thought carefully about watching the ball at all times, having ready hands and using just the right about of push in our bounce.
Here is some useful information for the start of the new term in Year 1 Evenlode Class. This information is also available on the Year 1 Google Classroom page.
Start of Term letter: start_of_year_letter_to_parents_sep_2020.pdf
Read Write Inc Phonic sounds sets: phonics_sounds_set_1__2_and_3-2.pdf
You can find the draft Long Term planning and welcome video on our class page of the school website: appleton.oxon.sch.uk/evenlode-year-1.html
Today we continued our work on the story Here We Are. We used outdoor learning to focus on the wonderful environment that we have in our school area. We used magnifying glasses to look at interesting natural objects in more detail. We also made some weaving and ribbon sticks.
In the afternoon we had our first PE lesson together. This term we are starting by focusing on ball skills.
Take a look at the photos from some of our activities today.
SirToday we continued our work on Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers. We began by being tour guides and we worked in groups to think about why planet Earth is wonderful. Take a look at the videos to hear some of our ideas.
Then we listened to the song 'What a Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong. We watched this video narrated by Sir David Attenborough to inspire lyrics to write our own versions of the song www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8WHKRzkCOY It was great to hear everyone's ideas about why they think that our world is wonderful.
As part of our play based learning, we worked together to make a super shiny rocket that could go into space (inspired by Here We Are). The children drew plans and designs before they made their rocket ship. Thank you to Stevie for helping to make our rocket dreams come true.
Here are some photos from our activities today:
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