Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Hello New Year Ones!!!!

We've had a lovely first two days. Everyone has settled in well to their new classroom with no tears or worries.

Just see what we've remembered over the holidays, we've been talking, drawing and writing about things we have done over the Summer Holidays.

Florence wrote about her trip to the swimming pool. She can now touch the bottom with her hand.

Max E wrote about his visit to the beach, where he collected shells and a rock.

Michael C has enjoyed riding his bike.

Indiah went to the beach and went swimming. We noticed that something was missing from the end of her sentences, but with a little edit she's now fixed her full stops.

Chloe tried her best to keep her writing in the teeny weeny lines we use in Year One.

Marius enjoyed his splash at the splash park.

Elizabeth came running over to me, "Miss Morris!!!! I read my work back and I've missed a word out!!!" With a little arrow we added in 'to'. Good job for noticing.

We're recapping numbers in maths. So far Miss Morris has been impressed with Year 1's counting, representing numbers in different ways and writing 1 digit numbers.

Here we are showing numbers in different ways.

 Making 4 using numicon,



 and counters.
 Making 10 using bead strings
"two lots of 10 makes 20"

 This table shared their sticks so that they could show 10. 

"I made my 9 sticks into a bucket."

Making use of the new carpet we played a game of race to the number.

We started thinking about our new science topic on Tuesday; animals including humans. To start off we looked at humans and parts of our bodies. After a couple rounds of heads, shoulders, knees and  toes we were ready to do some labelling of a willing subject.

James was inspired to draw some pictures of skeletons, of humans and animals. Then told us all about what ribs are and where you can feel them on your own body. 

My favourite thing about science is the discussions we have in Year One, and I can tell already that this year is going to be another good year for science chat. We kicked off the lesson talking about a shell that Fred and Annabelle had found on the field. After Fred decided I was being silly for suggesting that it was a seashell or a cow shell, we decided it was more likely to be the shell of a chicken or a black bird or crow chick. Then we opened it up, what other animals do we know that come from shells. They came up with lizards, snakes, dinosaurs and Joel even suggested frogs, "Their eggs are like jelly". Rock on this year!

Monday, 23 July 2018

learning and fun this term

Investigating shadows in science

Something we're really good at in Year 1 this year is we can talk about our thinking. We talk more than we write things down. I think this is much more valuable to their learning. we get to ask the real questions like "Why can't we feel the Earth spinning or moving?", "Where do the shadows go when It's cloudy?", "If the moon shines, why does half of it turn off?". We discuss so much an most of the time I don't have to answer them. 
I turned the lights off, borrowed the tourches from Miss Pratchet and had a go at making our own shadows. We agreed a plastic water bottles would be rubbish to make shadows with "because the light gets through it". so we used playdough instead to see if we could change the size, the shape and the length of shadows.
We found out,
"If you shine the light from on top, you get a small shadow."
"Just like lunchtime."
"If you shine it from far away, the shadow is teeny weeny."
But "if you go closer its huuuuge."

This little scientists told me the table must not be see through, I mean opaque, because the light doesnt go through it. It's like a massive shadow maker.

PE with Seb, we've been sharpening our cricket skills.

Miss Allard came to share a story with us on Friday. That was nice.

fun on the field

what better way to cool down than to play water games.