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What an amazing Spring 1 of home learning!

To end our Spring 1 half term, the Year 1 team wanted to create a bit of a showcase of some of the amazing work that has been going on at home.

We are incredibly proud of the effort and engagement that has been going on over the last six weeks.

We’ve had Tough Tortoises when the work was tricky and we persevered through, we’ve had Team Ants working with our adults or brothers and sisters at home, Helpful Hens have been pausing videos and using their previous learning to help them in new activities and I’ve even noticed some Beautiful Butterflies editing and improving their work!

English

In English we have been working around the story Samson’s Titanic Journey by Laura Graham. We thought about how the different classes and used this story to help us with our descriptive writing, as well as post cards and letters.

Week 2: Noticing and wondering about the front cover

Week 3: Using verbs and adjectives to to explain what Samson was doing

Week 4: Using new vocabulary and adjectives to describe the first class dining room

Week 5: Thinking about how Samson was feeling and using “and” to join ideas together

Week 6: Writing letters to Samson’s family

Maths

For our Maths home learning we have been using White Rose Maths Hub videos and our usual Flashback 4s. This half term we have covered shape, addition and subtraction within 20 and numbers to 50. Take a look at some of our Maths work.

Reading

During our Spring 1 home learning we have continued with our Sound of the Week, daily Read Write Inc Phonics lessons, weekly Read Write Inc books, Goldilocks words from our story and some retrieval tasks.

Sound of the Week

Week 2: ir – whirl and twirl

Week 3: ou – shout it out

Week 4: oy – toy for a boy

Week 5: ea – cup of tea

Week 6: oi – spoil the boy

Goldilocks words

Titanic

Our theme for this half term was a history focus as we based the majority of our learning about the Titanic. Take a look at some of the learning taking place at home based on the Titanic.

Wider Curriculum

As always, we have continued to offer our wide and broad curriculum and the children have responded brilliantly. In Science, we started the half term by observing the changes in the seasons and then moved on to learning about the human body. We learned about our body parts and the five main senses. Our RE unit started with learning about the parable of the lost son. This guided our thoughts towards forgiveness and we considered this value in the story as well as when we have shown forgiveness. Then we learned about 4 types of prayer and wrote our own prayers. In PE we have been keeping healthy by taking part in Joe Wicks’ weekly exercise sessions. Linked to the Titanic, in Music we have reflected on the music played in both the first and third class dining rooms and then learned to perform the waltz and the Irish jig. Finally, as part of our PHSE, we consider real life lifesavers and what they do to help make the word a better place.

Making 17th Century Houses

Over the past few weeks, Year 1 have been busy making Tudor houses in order to create our very own Great Fire of London in school.

They worked in pairs to first design their houses, exploring historical designs and noticing that many of the houses were wider at the top than the bottom. They considered the materials that Tudor houses were made out of (and how flammable those materials were), before discussing what they could use to create their houses. Next each pair selected the two cardboard boxes that they were going to work with and created a design, thinking about how they would join their boxes together and then strengthen them.

The first part of the make involved the children stuffing their boxes with straw to make them more flammable, sealing the boxes and then joining them using masking tape. Next they used paper mache to strengthen the boxes and secure the join.

After that, the children painted their houses white. Once they had dried they used cardboard buttresses to support the houses and keep them standing upright.

Once their houses were stable, each pair painted on the wooden beams before decorating and then attaching their roof.

The children had a great time making their houses and are very excited to burn them to recreate the Great Fire of London next week!

Here are some of the finished results: