Good Morning Year 1,
What a lovely week we had last week with all the glorious sunshine. I hope you managed to get yourselves out into your garden, or for a short walk around where you live. Remember if the weather is nice take your learning outside. You could find some twigs and pebbles to use as base 10 and make up some numbers. Can you add some numbers together? The boys and I used some chalk we found when we cleared out our playhouse to do some chalk art on our patio. It was great fun.
Look at my blossom tree now! Can you see the changes in just one week? The buds are getting bigger and covering more of the tree. I’ve loved seeing some of your photos you have sent me. I’ve seen a fabulous poster on Spring, and a beautiful white blossom tree that has just been planted. I’ve also loved just getting messages telling me what you have been up to. I am missing you all so much, so remember you can email me a quick hello, or send me a photo of what you have been doing. I’d love to add to our normal Year 1 page on the website and show what we are learning even though we are not at school! So get your spring time work and your Easter gardens photographed and sent over to me
I’m having a few issues with purple mash at the moment so I’m sorry if I don’t respond to something on there and forgive me for not setting any ‘To dos’. Keep using it and having an explore of the things on there and I’ll try and get my bit sorted out for after the holidays.
I really am missing you so much, keep safe and be good!
Mrs Jennings x
This week we were planning to have a little fun in our English lessons. we were going to do some writing linked to our RE work on Easter (see below) and also some instructional writing after making some easy fudge. If you can get hold of the ingredients it really is incredibly easy and delicious. Look at the powerpoint and discuss what instructional writing needs. Then make the fudge, perhaps taking a photograph of each stage. This is a good aid for the children when they come to write their own instructions. I have included the prompt sheets I would have used with key words on. There are also some photos from when we did this last year (these are for you really, not the children) and an example of what the instructions could look like (again don't share with the children just yet!!). Have fun, and let me know how it turns out! Feel free to adapt the recipe!
One of the things we were starting to focus on in school recently was handwriting. This is quite difficult to address in a class of 30, as it is so individual, so being at home with you is an ideal time to really look at it and focus on getting letter and number formation correct. We need to concentrate on forming letters correctly and being consistent in size. I have attached some sheets to practice – make sure the children are starting and ending in the correct place. Numbers, especially 5, need some work too! This doesn’t have to all be done with pencil and paper though. Make the letters in soil, paint or sand or with crayon, felt tips, pens. Little and often is best when it comes to handwriting. Perhaps pick a few letters to practise each week whilst we're off.
In maths the children have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Again this is something that you can continue to practice at home. Ask them to match up pairs of socks and count them in 2s as they go, count how many shoes you have in the house by counting them in 2s (be careful with this one, if they did it in my house they’d get to too big of a number!!) jump up the stairs counting in 10s, look at how many hands you have in your family and count all the fingers in 5s, count coins etc. I‘ve also attached some paper activities for them to try if they like.
There is a lot here! Please don't try and do all this at once. Again, little and often and if you can please take the learning outside and around the home. These activities can be carried over into the next couple of weeks when we would have been on Easter Holidays.
Read the Easter story. I’ve attached the powerpoint that we used in school. Discuss how you think the disciples felt at different parts of the story. Choose one way to RESPOND to the story….
-Can you use some of your toys to act out the story?
-Paint/draw a picture showing different parts of the story.
-Print out and make the flap book. Use it to tell the story of Easter.
-Write out the story in your own words.
We have been looking at different materials in science and sorting out what different objects are made from. We have concentrated on wood, metal, plastic, fabric, glass and rock. The booklet attached below has some activities that you can do at home that reinforces this learning. You could do these activities over the next few weeks. We would have also looked at completing an investigation to do with materials in school, looking at the best material to use for a specific job. I have found a couple of activities that they may enjoy doing at home. The first is making a superhero cape - this could be for themselves or a teddy/doll. Please click on the link for more information and ideas.
The second activity is making a parachute - see the information below.
A polystyrene cup makes a good basket and is just the right size to hold a test pilot such as a small plastic figure. Attach string to the cup with sticky tape, and use paperclips or small pegs to attach the string to the materials. Although the children may like to try using stopwatches to time the fall they will not be able to do this accurately enough to test the parachutes. They will all need to be dropped at the same time so they can be compared and the slowest one declared the winner. This is even more exciting if the ‘passenger’ is an egg that you don’t want to crack!