Autumn Term 2 2017-18
Y1 Autumn 2 Newsletter
Years 1&2 Autumn 2 (A) Topic web_How has London Changed
As part of kindness week, the children listened to the story ‘Imaginary Fred’ and explored the feelings of loneliness and what it means to be a friend. We then designed our own imaginary friend thinking about their appearance and qualities and described them using interesting vocabulary.
Here are some of the children’s ideas as they were making their friend;
“Mine makes rainbows.” Isabelle
“Mine picks up my toys for me.” William
“He loves sweeties.” Noah
“He likes being in the autumn leaves.” Jo-Jo
“Mine is funny and clumsy.” Ilayah
“He is helpful and funny and he has a hat and a moustache.” Liam
Developing an awareness of the past
As part of our, ‘How has London changed’ topic, the children have been listening to a book called, ‘The Great Fire of London’. It tells us all about London during 1666 and the great fire that took place.
The children made comparisons between London today and London during 1666 using this book as a stimulus and drew pictures and captions to show these comparisons. Here are some of the comparisons we made as a class:
Autumn Term 1 2017-18
Y1 Autumn 1 newsletter
Years 1&2 Autumn T1 (B) 2017 Topic Web – What is an Island
We had great fun on Friday using the autumn leaves we collected for various activities. We did leaf rubbings using pastels, made hedgehog spikes, and even created our own leaf people and animals using googly eyes!
Exploring the four seasons
In Science we have been exploring the four seasons. We looked at changes in the weather and the sorts of clothes we need to wear for each. We then used cotton wool and paint to decorate each seasonal tree and collected some adjectives to go with them.
This week we had some very special visitors. They taught us all about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire. We also learnt about the dangers of playing with matches and were taught a little rhyme to help us remember. It goes like this; ‘matches and fires never touch, they can hurt you very much’.
We loved going on an autumn walk around the school on Tuesday. We collected lots of things related to Autumn and will use these next week to make an autumn collage.
In Art, we were working on cutting and shaping art straws to help us create a picture of a dinosaur skeleton. We looked at pictures of some dinosaurs from the Natural History Museum as inspiration. This was great fun!
Here is the completed Friendship Garden. Each child took it in turns to sit in front of the class and have the other children say lovely things about them. This was a wonderful activity and highlighted the super relationships we have in this class. Please feel free to come and read some of these.
After exploring various types of fossils, we had a go at designing our own by using various materials. We used shells, plastic insects, forks and dinosaur figurines to press into the clay to create a similar texture to the ones we had experimented with. Next week we will have a go at painting these and will practise mixing colours to look authentic.
Digging for fossils
We had great fun digging up treasure during our topic work this week. We found lots of special rocks called ‘fossils’. We learnt that these are found under the earth and are the remains of plants and animals from thousands of years ago.
We had a go at sketching them using pastels and worked on adding detail to show their rough textures.
We have done lots of work on counting this week. One lesson we had a go at threading some wool through some holes in a paper plate. We had to count down from the biggest number to the smallest number by counting backwards. This was great for our fine motor skills too!
We created new front covers for our theme books using art inspired from Australia. We used a combination of pastels and paint to create our stunning images of Uluru.
Telling the time
Year 1 have been learning to tell the time in maths this week. We really enjoyed making our own clocks and using these to practise making o’clock and half past times.
Our values for this half term are compassion and trust.
We read the poem Footsteps in the Sand and talked about what this meant. We thought about ways that we could show compassion towards others.
We thought about who we trust and why. We made butterflies of trust to remind us of this important value.
A butterfly must trust its wings in order for it to fly.
We looked at the work of the artist Edgar Degas. He created his ‘Little Dancer’ pieces in 2D and 3D. We found out how his ‘Little Dancer’ sculpture was cast in bronze and went on to find out about different ways of creating sculptures.
We made our own astronaut sculptures out of pipe cleaners and tin foil.
Capacity – Part 2
We used cups to find out which container held the most and least and found out that wider containers hold more that tall thin ones. We used the language full, empty, ½ full, ¼ full and ¾ full to describe how full different containers were.
We have been reading the story of Man on the Moon. It tells us about a character called Bob. His job is to take care of the moon. He sweeps it, entertains space tourists, sells souvenirs and turns on the moon’s night light at night before jetting home in his shiny rocket.
We have enjoyed this story very much. We have created text for the story, written a job description for Bob and even pretended that we were space tourists and wrote our own piece of narrative writing about what we did and saw there.
Year 1 and 2 had a fantastic time at the National Space Centre and we learnt so much!
The Bog Baby
Year 1 have been reading a book called The Bog Baby. It tells the story of an unusual creature that lives in a magical pond in Bluebell Wood. We have based many of our English lessons around this story have now extended this work into our science lessons.
To begin with, we made our own Bog Babies out of salt dough. We observed how we could squeeze, squash, bend and twist the dough into different shapes before settling on a form for our own Bog Baby. We used coloured card, sequins, jewels and feathers to make each Bog Baby unique and were excited to see how over time they became harder and their colour became lighter.
We pretended that we went for a walk with our Bog Babies in Bluebell Wood and found them a suitable habitat to live in. We made sure they had shelter, food and water, a place to raise young and fresh air.
The next day we created a habitat box for the Bog Babies. We used natural materials from outside along with paper and card to simulate the things that we could not find.
Our bog babies are now living happily in their habitat boxes.
Many thanks for all of the shoes boxes that were sent in to make this project a reality.
We had a great fun.
I have had a few enquires about the salt dough recipe, so here it is:
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of cold water
Mix together and add a food colouring of your choice
This is enough to make 4 Bog Babies
The dough slowly hardens over about the course of 2 weeks.