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Mars – Year 1

Mrs Wright and Mrs Lawton (Class Teachers)

Miss Smith, Miss Blackwell and Dr Oliviere (Support Staff)

Summer 2019

It has been an exciting start to the summer term in Year 1.  This term our topic is ‘Journeys’ and to link with this we made junk model cars during our parent afternoon. We thoroughly enjoyed this experience as well as taking a walk around our ‘gallery’, where we were given the opportunity to admire each other’s models.  We later learned how to evaluate our pieces, explaining what we did well and how our models could be improved.

Continuing our ‘Journeys’ theme we began to the term by reading ‘Penguin Small’ by Mick Inkpen.  We discussed and wrote about Penguin Small’s journey.  We learned how to get into character and ask questions.  This term we are focusing on our editing skills and the importance of checking our own writing.

In geography we will examine how weather impacts lives. We will begin the term by looking at the weather in the UK and later we will compare hot and cold climates across the world. In science we will examine the seasons in the UK.

In the second half of the term we will examine seaside holidays from the past. We are very excited about our forthcoming workshop from ‘History off the Page’, where we will experience a day at the seaside in the Victorian era. During the workshop we will make items such as shell boxes, souvenir mugs, little boats and postcards. We will become customers and serve in The Pier Café, visit The Photographer’s Shop to have our picture taken in traditional costumes, practice our Punch and Judy skills, and become cashiers counting out old money at The Bank. We will board ‘the seaside train’ and will arrive to take turns at becoming stall holders and customers on the pier. We will learn how to handle and spend old pennies. The stalls will include The Souvenir Shop, The Fish and Chip Seller and The Post Office. We will also enjoy playing games such as Roll-a-Penny, Bagatelle and Hook-a-Duck, as well as sandcastle building.

We will continue to explore the coast by learning about the life of Grace Darling. We will learn about how she became a national heroine because of her bravery.

Spring 2019

This half term we have been learning about ‘belonging.’  During a PSHE lesson we shared items from home that showed we belonged to particular groups.  In RE we have been learning about baptism and have linked this to ‘belonging’ to faith groups.  Mars Class enjoyed walking to All Saints Church in Harpenden where Vicar Linda told us about the meaning of baptism, as well as its special symbols.

Mars Class thoroughly enjoyed World Book Day and taking part in the paper plate design competition.

In science we have been studying the growth of cress seeds and have marvelled in their daily growth.

Later this term we will learn about the life cycle of a frog.  We are patiently waiting for the arrival of tadpoles and will delight in the experience of observing them grow and develop through the different stages.

During the last week of the spring term, Mars Class will participate in an animal handling workshop where we will learn lots of interesting facts about how to care for particular animals.

Autumn 2018

This half term Mars class have been cooking up a storm, making both apple pies and samosas!

In topic we have been learning about ‘Toys from the Past’ and we are all looking forward to our visit to the St Albans Museum to learn more.

We have been preparing for Christmas and are busy learning our songs for the Nativity performance.  We are very excited to wear our shepherd costumes!

Our writing has also had a Christmassy theme.  We have enjoyed listening to ‘Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present’ by John Burningham and have used our imaginations to guess which present Harvey may have received.

We have also been lucky enough to be part of a religious education workshop led by ‘Jump’, who taught us the real meaning of Christmas.

Welcome to Year 1!

The children have settled into Mars Class with ease and are already familiar with their new routines.

Here are some of the things we have learned so far …

In English we have read ‘Plenty of Love to Go Round’ by Emma Chichester and have learned how to write labels and captions. We went on to read ‘Farmer Duck’ by Martin Waddell and learned about the beginning, middle and end of a story, the main characters and how to summarise a story.

In maths we have been learning how to use directional language and have discussed ordinal numbers. We have learned how to count a group of objects and how to find one more, and one less, than a number. We have also discussed how to ‘find the difference’ between two numbers.

Our Topic this term is ‘Homes and Buildings.’ In geography we have looked at where our school is located on a map. We have looked at aerial views of the local area and have discussed the location of our homes. We have created our own maps and have tried to use directional language when describing where things are located. Later this term we will be learning how to write our own address. In science we have been learning about all the different materials that things can be made from.