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Spring Term: 'The Enchanted Forest'

This term our project is called The Enchanted Forest and we are going to be learning all about Traditional tales and Fairy tales! The children have already spent time thinking about all of the things they want to learn about Traditional tales and Fairy tales throughout our learning journey. 

The children thought about what they would like to learn about during the project.

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Week 1

Wow! This week the children have been working extremely hard!

In literacy we have been learning about the story of Hansel and Gretel. The children have been using adjectives and expanded noun phrases to describe the wicked old lady in the story. They have also worked hard to order the events of the story and some children have created a story board.

In maths the children have been naming and identifying the properties of 2D shapes. They have also worked on solving some tricky shape clues.

In science the children have begun learning about seasonal weather changes and how this effects the world around us.

As part of our topic learning the children have been designing their very own ginger bread houses. They had to look carefully at their design brief and use the resources around the classroom to help them with their designs.

The children busy working hard in maths and D+T, designing their own ginger bread houses. .

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The children busy sharing ideas about their knowledge of shapes.

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Week 2

In literacy we have continued to learn about the story of Hansel and Gretel. The children have been working hard to plan their own version of the story of Hansel and Gretel and write an alternative ending to the story.

 

In maths we have been learning about 3D shapes. We have learnt about their properties and the children have spent time finding 3D shape sin their environment.

In topic the children worked hard to make their ginger breads house plans come to life by choosing different tools and materials to make their houses from.

 

Overall we have had another busy week!

Some of the year one children busy making nets in maths.

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Week 3

 

The children have been working extremely hard this week learning all about the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The children have spent time learning all about the different types of sentences in the story, questions and explanation sentences. The children have then worked in groups to write their own scripts to a scene from the story of Little Red Riding Hood and then performed them to the rest of the class. 

In maths the children have been learning about position and direction. They have spent time guiding Little Red Riding Hood around the forest using directional language such as, clockwise, anticlockwise, quarter turn, half turn, three quarter turn and whole turn. The children have been truly resilient , as this was something which many of them found tricky at the beginning of the week and now they are what we like to call in class one, experts!

 

As part of our global learning we have been looking at food from around the world. We discussed how in some countries around the world it is difficult for people to find food and that we are very lucky to live in a country where most of us have a healthy diet. We talked about the food traded and eaten in different countries and then described what Little Red Riding Hood might have in her basket if she was from Mozambique or Cambodia. 

 

In art the children spent time making Little Red Riding Hood themed finger puppets all in preparation for role playing a scene from the story.

 

overall it has been another very busy week in class one!

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Little Red Riding Hood Puppet show.

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Week 4

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Week 5

Excitement has filled the air this week as the WOW event has grown closer and closer. Nevertheless the children have stayed focused and produced some wonderful work.

In literacy we have been learning about different patterns in poems and experimenting with writing different types of poetry.

In maths the children have been revisiting addition and subtraction and have been apply their knowledge to solve addition and subtraction number sentences. They have also been solving some tricky reasoning problems.

In topic the children have been learning all about the royal baby princess Charlotte. The children discussed lots of facts about the royal baby and how she fits into the royal family tree. They then made celebration cards to celebrate the birth.

The children have also continued to learn about artist Paul Klee and have been developing their paint brush control to produce another version of his painting Castle in the sun using a different medium.

The children have also had a wonderful time entertaining their grown-ups at the class WOW event, where we held a fairy tale tea party!

Wow! We’ve had yet another tremendously busy week!

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Class one WOW event - A Fairy Tale Tea Party 

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Parent feedback from our WOW event :)

Week 6

This week in literacy the children have been completing some wonderful creative writing. We watched a short clip of the new beauty and the beast trailer and the children had to describe how they would be feeling if they were approaching the enchanted castle in the snow.

In maths the children have continued to learn about addition and subtraction. The children have been using inverse operations to missing number problems and have been tackling some tricky reasoning problems.

In topic the children have spent time learning about different environments people live in around the home. We spent time looking at how their homes are adapted for the environment that they live in. the children then designed a new home for the beast from the story of beauty and the beast.

The children have also spent time getting active for cancer this week in order to raise money for a good cause.

Week 7

This week we have been learning all about the story of Jack and the beanstalk and in literacy the children have been working hard to write their very own alternative version of the Jack and the beanstalk story.

The children have been working hard to include lots of different sentence types and even speech within their stories. They definitely make for an interesting read!

In maths the children have been developing their addition and subtraction problem solving skills. The children have been working hard to look for the important words and numbers in problems and using the inverse operation to solve missing number problems.

In topic the children were very excited to plant their very own beans and they have been carefully monitoring their growth progress and recording this daily in their bean book.

The children have also been busy developing their computing skills and can now make characters move at different speeds on scratch.

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Planting our very own beans!

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Week 8

This week in literacy we have continued to learn about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and we have been learning all about information texts. We have discussed the key features of information texts and why they are important. The children then worked hard to plan their own information text ready to write next week and I can’t wait to read them!

In maths we have been learning about multiplication. The children have been using arrays and blank number lines to solve multiplication number sentences and have learnt the importance of careful counting.

In topic we have been learning all about the different climates around the world and how the climate of countries changes the closer they are to the equator. The children then worked in groups to make rain gauges so we can monitor the rainfall each week and record this in our weather diary.

We also spent some time learning about shrove Tuesday and why it is celebrated and of course enjoyed some yummy pancakes.

We also had world book day this week where the children worked hard to produce beautifully written copies of their Cinderella ball recounts in order for us to create our very own class book. The children produce some great pictures to go alongside their recounts and it really does make for some fabulous reading.

Using ICT to research information for our information texts in literacy.

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Working in groups to make rain gauges.

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Using arrays in maths to solve multiplication number sentences.

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Week 9

This week in literacy the children have worked incredibly hard to write their information texts about beanstalks. They have even managed to include a variety of sentence types such as questions and commands. The children have also been building relationships by working together to peer mark their information texts.

In maths the children have been learning about division and the different methods we can use to solve addition number sentences. Some of the children have been using array and others have been using blank number lines. The children have also been tackling some tricky problem solving too.

In topic the children have been learning about how and why the seasons change and how this affects the length of our days. The children found it very interesting learning about how the earth is titled and moves around the sun and how this affects our seasons and day length.

The children have also been learning to play tuned and untuned instruments. We experimented with making different sound effects to represent the weather as Jack (from Jack and the beanstalk) was walking to the market to sell his cow. The children listened carefully to each other and worked really well as tea, knowing when it was their turn and sharing the instruments to ensure everyone had a chance to play everything

Week 10

This week in literacy the children have been working hard to write some wonderful character descriptions of the characters from the story of snow white and the 7 dwarves. The children have included adjectives and even tried hard to include similes..

In maths we have been learning about place value and we even went on a number hunt around the school.

In topic we have been investigating which materials would be the best to make a raft from to get the billy goat across the river. The children worked in groups to choose materials to make their rafts and then we discussed as a class which materials had worked the best.

  1. have also spent time learning about Easter around the world and how different countries celebrate Easter.

In art we have been learning about how to use our pencils to create different textures and shade.

WOW! What a busy week J

Week 11

This week in literacy the children have produced some wonderful diary entries as if they were Grumpy, one of the seven dwarfs. The children worked hard to include extended sentences and descriptive language within their diary entry.

In maths the children have been working hard to master fractions. The children can now confidently find halves, quarters and thirds of amounts and groups of objects.

In topic we have been busy thinking about what makes mother’s so special. The children then produced some wonderful writing about why their mothers are so special to them.

The children have also been extremely excited for our class WOW event, which was a visit to the Kinema in the woods to watch Beauty and the Beast.

Working together to develop growth mindset :)

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