The last few weeks our maths topic has been about measuring. We have learnt about measuring weight, length and height and now our focus this week is measuring capacity/volume. Following the White Rose plans we have made our learning this week very hands on. We have new words that we have been using in our maths talk like;- full, empty, nearly full, half full and nearly empty, milliliters ad litres. We had lots of activites to help develop our leanning. Painting the correct amounts in the cups, making potions to scare off dinosaurs, matching cards and reading a jug scale. Great work MacArthur class!
We had our 2nd week at wild wood today. The children had such a wonderful time, they are all so engaged and didn't want to come out!
Some of the children made mud soup, mixing together a selection of sticks, stones, pine cones. Others fished in the pond with Mr Childs, they found some frog spawn!
We even got to make our own grass seed caterpillars, we are having a competition with reception to see which can grow the longest hair!
To finish we had a story on the logs called 'The Tiny Seed'.
This morning MacArthur class had their first outdoor learning session.....a little bit of drizzling rain didn't stop us! Today's session was for us to explore the wood and learn the boundaries.
The children were in their elements, we had some fantastic learning opportunities- holding the chickens, swinging in the hammock, making music, painting in mud and water, observing the pond, using sticks and branches to weave. The children worked together really well and some great conversations were had.
A gentle reminder that your child will need old shoes/wellies and an old coat every Thursday up until the Easter Holidays!
In SPaG today we turned into doctors! This morning on her way into school Mrs Stockdale dropped her sentences and they all got very muddled, so our first job was to order the sentence correctly and then spot the word which needed an 'ed' added to the end. We thought about the past and present tense and how the word changes. We also learnt that even though it ends in 'ed' it sometimes sounds like a 't' 'd' or 'id'.
Great Work Year 1!
In guided reading this term we have been reading a book called, Look Out, It's a Dragon. This has fitted in nicely to our topic of dragons, princesses and knights. We have daily guided reading sessions where we explore the book. answer questions about it and read it to ourselves and others. It helps us build up the skills we need to be a confident reader and achieve our Year1 reading objectives. We are using great sounding out and are getting very good at reading the tricky words.
Ask me if I can retell what happens in the story to you.
If you want to practice some of the skills we have been learning in class at home, try asking some of these questions when reading with your child.
Look out for our reading buddies who will be in class after half term.
In science this half term we have been learning about Materials. We have learnt about naming, describing, comparing and investigating them. We have learnt some new key words like waterproof, absorbent, opaque, translucent. We will conclude our topic next week by carrying out an investigation to find out which material is suitable for a dragon's home. We will be predict, test and evaluate.
On Friday we has the most magical day at Colchester Zoo. We had the morning to explore the zoo and animals and see the Christmas decorations. Some of us even got a ride on the Christmas train. After lunch we had the most incredible experience with the penguins. We were greeted by an elf who was very upset because she had lost the magical dust which makes the sleigh move, she thought penguins would be a good replacement to fly the sleigh. We soon discovered they wouldn't because they cant fly and they are very heavy. Then Father Christmas himself came to visit us and it turned out he had the magic flying dust all along! In his big, red sack he had a little gift for us all....our very own little penguin! Some of us were exhausted by the end of the day!
Yesterday afternoon we had a visit from 2 farmers, Nick and Matt. They answered questions we had written and showed us their huge tractor! We even got to sit in it! Nick brought us some freshly picked vegetables to explore and name. So today we used those delicious, fresh vegetables to make soup. We had to wash them first as they were covered in mud (which we liked!) and then we used careful peeling and cutting skills to prepare them before we boiled and blended them together to make a lovely warming snack. Well done Year 1!
A big thank you to the children from Year 3 who came to visit to share their reports with us. We learnt all about Komodo Dragons. We came away with some very interesting facts. Well done to Year 1 for listening so carefully, it was lovely to hear at the end what they had learnt. Well done Year 3.
With today being Halloween, we have used pumpkins to inspire our learning. We have had lots of fun exploring them. We used our senses to smell and feel them and came up with good adjectives to describe them and wrote sentences to say what we liked and didn't like about them. In phonics we used the pumpkins which Mrs Stockdale had been painted with chalkboard paint to find, read and spell the tricky words we are learning. We used golf tees to choose a tricky word and make a hole in the pumpkin.
Thank you to Isaac who made us all Halloween cakes! Yummy!
Mrs Stockdale & Mrs Jackson