This week we focused on the swinging 60s. We made flower headbands, painted the peace symbol and talked about how we could be peaceful in our mindfulness sessions. We enjoyed play ker-plunk and mouse trap which were very popular in the 60s.
We listened to 60's music and discussed popular icons such as The Beetles, Elvis and many more. We spoke about popular films and TV shows such as James Bond and Doctor Who.
We learnt 60's inspired dance moves such as 'the pony', 'Fosse hands', 'the twist' and the very popular 'chicken head'. We then worked in small groups to create a short dance piece to preform to the rest of the class. This was our first time doing this and we worked so well in our groups listening to each others ideas. We are very excited to do this again next week inspired by the 70's.
How has life changed.
Our new topic for this half term is ‘How has life changed’.
Over the next few weeks we will be learning all about different decades.
One of focus text is ‘Major Glad, Major Dizzy’. The story of two wooden toy soldiers who observe the passing of time from 1870 to the present day. From this we discussion important historical events and predicted how we envisioned our future. The characters from our story inspired us in DT to design and make our own characters from wooden pegs and create stories featuring our characters in English.
In maths we are focusing on place value and counting in multiples of 2s,5s,10s then we will be moving on to measurement before we break for half term.
Please find attached the letter recently sent home giving you a further information from the term including homework challenges.
This term we have been using the GoJetters to help us with our learning quest.
We received the GoJetters suitcase which they had lacked with the wrong items, we wrote to the GoJetters and told them the correct things they needed for their trip to the Himalayas. During their trip we also needed to help them design a hat and make a map holder so in science we investigated and tested a range of different materials and compared their properties.
Next the GoJetters went to Canada and we had to help them learn facts about bears.
Finally they were off to Lapland and we needed to describe Father Christmas to the GoJetters so they could spot him. In Art we have produced stunning art work looking at the different shades of colours to create cold, winters scenes.
Alongside this in maths we have focused on the language found in number stories such as; first, then and now as well as continuing to develop our arithmetic skills with our recall of number bonds.
We love to read 💚📚
In Fir class not only is our topic of ‘once upon a time’ encouraging us to learn and love stories but we are also growing into enthusiastic readers in our independent learning time. We share stories with friends or look at books independently whenever we can....our reading areas are always busy.
We have phonic phones to help even the most reluctant children to read as well as a voting station which contain two books not related to topic or a focus but simply books to read for pleasure. Every few days we count the votes (using our tens frames) to see which is the winner. We enjoy sharing lots of different books this way and reading simply for the pleasure of reading. Mrs Mann also reads to us by the crackle of firelight sometimes which makes it even more special!
We have a new magazine reading box available on our snack table which is a huge hit. If you have any magazines, catalogs or newspapers you would like to donate Fir class would love to take them off of your hands.
Home work challenges
I’m Stickman, I’m Stickman I’m Stickman that’s me!
We started our fourth story with a wonderful trip to Weston playhouse to watch The Stickman - Live! We were mesmerised by the performance and came back so excited to start our new story focus. We made our own Stickman, we retold the story using a story map, looked for sticks in our forest school area and spoke about the seasonal change from Summer to Autumn. We drew pictures of our own family tree, made boats to float in our water tray like when the Stickman floated out to sea and made sand castles in our sand tray the way the man did during the beach scene of the story. We identified and matched rhyming words from the text and used sticks to make shapes and large art work and worked together to paint a branch to hang things on that we make in class.
The Little Red Hen
We’ve moved onto our third story of the term ‘The Little Red Hen’.
We even had a very special visitor for the morning - our very own Red Hen. We asked lots of questions and were fascinated to observe the hen. We baked our own bread, made a range of art work linked to our story and took part in many other activities to immerse us into the story.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Our story focus over the past week has been ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’.
We enjoyed learning about different types of bridges and constructing our own over the river in our classroom. We had the opportunity to write a letter to the Toll, make masks, recreate and be inspired by other artist interpretations of Goats, as well as make posters about being kind which we displayed in the corridor. We loved acting out our story in our role play area especially when the last goat sent the troll flying over the bridge with an almighty splash!
The Three Little Pigs
Hello and a warm welcome to Fir Class!
We have had an excellent and exciting start to Year 1 with our ‘Once upon a time’ topic. The children have been enthusiastic and extremely well behaved, learning lots already.
The PowerPoint below should answer all your new year questions, however please feel free to pop in with any queries you may have.
Don't forget to check back here regularly for updates!
We're looking forward to a successful year.
Mrs Mann and Mrs Lukins