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Autumn One 2021
Black History: Proud to be me
In recognition of Black History month, the children have been learning about Claudia Jones who was one of the founders of the Notting Hill Carnival. They found out the she began the carnivals as a means of celebrating Caribbean culture and we read a beautiful picture book about the Caribbean called ‘Island Counting’. We finished the week by creating T shirts with pictures of things that we are proud of in our lives. We then wore our T shirts to our very own class carnival!
Design and Technology
We have had a wonderful time designing and making houses for the Three Little Pigs. The children took great care to cut out windows and doors that could open and close. They also thought very carefully about how to decorate their models.
In Science we have been learning about everyday materials and some of their properties. The children particularly enjoyed investigating which material would be the best for making a waterproof roof.
In PE this half term, the children have been thinking about good running techniques. They have also learnt to use their running skills when taking part in relay races and have had great fun playing games where they have to make sure they stay on the line so as to avoid the ‘lava’!
Year One had an amazing time at Kew Gardens. The children (and staff) were fascinated by the plants they saw and took part in an excellent workshop which brought the Science topic to life. We were also able to draw upon our Geography learning as we saw plants that grow on different continents . The trip highlights included standing under an weeping beech tree; listening to the humming in the spectacular ‘Bee Hive’ and wandering around an alpine garden.
Year One visited Oakhill Park to spot signs of Autumn. The children noticed the colourful leaves and were able to explain which trees are deciduous and which are evergreen. They particularly enjoyed collecting items for observational drawings.
The children have had fantastic start to the year and we are so proud of how they have settled into Year One. Over the half term the children have carried out with many exciting activities across the curriculum. One of the highlights was making houses for the Three Little Pigs as part of their learning in Design and Technology.
In Science lessons the children have been learning about different materials. They particularly enjoyed testing different pieces of paper to work out which would be best for painting or writing and which they would choose to mop up different spills.
The children in Year One have produced some fantastic work during our ‘Creativity ‘ week Their master- pieces include homes for jungle creatures; colourful spaceships; pictures of snails in response to the art work of Matisse and worry monsters to help them when they have something on their minds.
The children been carrying out activities that are based on Julia Donaldson’s book ‘The Smeds and the Smoos.’ They have created imaginative pictures of the planet where the characters live. Over the past two weeks, Year One children have also baked biscuits and drawn pictures of their families.
We have been so impressed with the wonderful activities that the children have undertaken over the recent break. From stained glass windows to shadow drawings, it is clear that the children are working very hard.
This week, the children were asked to create Spring windows. . It is clear from their beautiful pictures, that the children really appreciate the beauty of this season.
Click to see the Y1 letter that the children have written to their parents and carers all about out their focus on energy conservation and its impact on the environment. The children are pleading for help from their families to support this important cause for change.