Our final topic in Year 1 this year is "Plants and Animals". We will be surveying plants around the school grounds, identifying the most and least common plants in our local environment. We will use our new viewers to look closely at the different parts of the plants and learn how plants are pollinated. We will celebrate the amazing job that bees do and plant some bee friendly flowers in our planter.
We will then move on to learning about different types of animals that live in contrasting locations. We will find out about the enormous range of animals living in the hot, wet Rain Forests of South America and compare these animals with those living in the icy Polar Regions.
At the end of the term we look forward to presenting our learning to the parents at our annual Foundation , Year 1 and Year 2 Parent Presentation in the hall.
Watch this space for lots of our exciting learning!
Please see the Parent Topic Overview and Parent Maths overview for more details.
Bee Friendly Flowers
Parts of a plant
Parts of a flower
Amazing Rain Forest animals
All About Plants
We have been finding out about the different parts of a plant and their function.
We pulled weeds out of the planter and found the roots. When we tried to put the weeds back into the soil without the root, the plant just fell over and died after a few days. We discovered that the roots hold the plant up in the soil and they suck water up to keep the plant alive.
We cut celery stalks open to see what the tubes look like in a plant stem. These tubes suck up the water and take food and water to the rest of the plant.
We put our celery stalks into coloured water and saw the tubes in the stalks turn blue after a few days. We could see how a stem sucks water up!
We pulled celery stalks apart to look at the tubes that suck up water in a plant stem.
We put the celery in coloured water to see where the water goes in a plant stem.
This celery stalk was in red water and the stem and leaves turned pink!
We are planting bee friendly plants to encourage pollination.
Bee friendly flowers
Literacy - Handa's Surprise
We have been using different sentence starters in our "Handa's Surprise" stories.
We listed some of them on our story map.
We also had to include 2A sentences and conjunctions - but, and , so , because
Enjoy reading some of our stories !
Handa's Surprise is a story set in Africa.
We had to use different sentence starters to make our story more interesting.
By Hollie Page 1
By Hollie page 2
By Rafe Page 1
By Rafe Page 2
Maths- Counting In 2s
We are learning to count forwards and backwards in 2s. There are lots of things that come in 2s.
We have 2 feet, 2 ears, 2 arms, 2 legs, 2 hands
Shoes come in pairs
Socks and gloves also come in pairs
bicycle wheels come in 2s, so do aeroplane wings!
We have been representing our pairs of shoes , pairs of socks, hands and feet on ten frames and with Numicon to help us understand that we add 2 more each time we count forwards in 2s.
If we count backwards in 2s , we subtract 2 each time.
Counting pairs of shoes
We can represent pairs on our ten frames and use these to help us count forwards and backwards in 2s
Numicon are a great resource to use when we count in 2s
Animal Art inspired by
Henri Rousseau's "Tiger In A Tropical Storm"
We are creating our own "Tiger In A Tropical Storm" paintings
We drew our tigers and made the stripes with black pen
Then we mixed reds, yellows and whites to create a range of oranges for the body
Mixed Media art
Tiger, tiger burning bright...
Tiger In A Tropical Storm 1
Tiger In A Tropical Storm 2
Royal Cornwall Museum Visit
We took part in some "Toys " workshops to learn more about toys from a long time ago. We watched a magic lantern show and discovered what life was like before television and cinemas. We sorted toys from the Victorian times up to the modern day. We discovered that the Victorian toys were made of natural materials like wood, leather, wool and fabrics. New toys are usually made of plastic and are powered by batteries or electricity. We also made some lovely little peg dolls , just like the dolls the Victorian children would have made and played with. We had a brilliant morning and learned loads more about toys.
The Magic Lantern
The images for the lantern were painted onto glass tiles.
We sorted old and new toys
Can you see which are the old toys and which are the new toys?
We have been learning to compare numbers. We have used a range of resources to compare numbers and have represented our comparisons in drawings and number sentences.
Science - Animals in our Local Environment
In Science we are investigating animals around the school grounds. We have explored the playground, the wooded area and the orchard so far and these are some of the animals we found. Lots of the animals were hiding under stones, logs and tarpaulins. We will be finding out more about which animals like to hide away and why.
We also went pond dipping and found tadpoles , snails and pond worms.
A woodlouse under a paving slab.
Millipedes under the tarpaulin.
A juicy worm!
We looked under the soil...
...under sticks and branches...
...under stones ...
....and in amongst the leaves!
The School pond hosts lots of life!
Here is some of our work from this year so far ...
As part of our topic on "Heroes From The Past", Year 1 have been learning about Grace Darling.
We started by listing questions about Grace that we wanted to find answers to .
Why was Grace Darling a hero?
How old was she when she became a hero?
Where did Grace live?
What did Grace do that was so amazing?
We then used pictures, a power point and a story to find the answers to these questions.
This is what we discovered:
St Piran's Day
We watched a video and listened to the story of " St Piran". Then we acted out the story . Open the document below to see our storyboard.
We have looked closely at the characteristics of a Traditional Tale.
Here are some of them:
"Once upon a time..."
A good character "... lived a kind, sweet little girl called..." or "... a brave, handsome Prince...
A bad character ..." an evil , old witch.." or ".... a big , bad wolf..."
A happy ending "... and they all lived happily ever after. The end."
We made up some of our own traditional tales to read to Foundation class.
We hope you enjoy reading them below.
By Max (Unaided Writing)
By Emily (Unaided Writing)
By Eleanor (Unaided Writing)
Story Telling Role Play
Super Science - "Changing Materials"
We are finding out how some materials change. We have learned that water turns into ice when it is frozen and then turns back to water when the ice is warmed again. We explored ice and then watched as we added salt to the ice. It was amazing- we saw and heard the ice crack!
We added water to cornflour and played with the gloopy mixture that was part solid and part liquid.
We created our own human version of molecules in liquid form and molecules in solid form!
Have a look at our science pictures below:
Unwrapping our ice balloons
The ice started to melt as it became warmer
When we added salt the ice melted quickly.
It cracked and crackled!
We turned dry, powdery cornflour into...
...gloop , by just adding water.
Gloop feels wet, squidgy, hard and runny all at the same time!
In a solid, molecules are packed tightly together and cannot move so easily, like this.
Falmouth Maritime Museum Visit
We visited the Maritime Museum to find out more about boats and the “Voyage of the Mystery”.We saw how a some of the first boats were carved and dug out from tree trunks. We looked at the similarities and differences between the boats from a long time ago and boats made today.
We made our own boats and then tested them in the sailing pool. We have brought them back to school to try and improve our designs in DT next week.
We watched a performance by an actor who told the story of the “Voyage of the Mystery” through the eyes of one of the crew, Job Kylynack. We sat around a rope that marked the actual shape and size of the Mystery. We saw the route to Australia on a large map and a we were shown a sextant. A sextant uses the stars to navigate and this is what the fishermen used to find their way to Australia!
We noticed that the dug out canoe is made from an enormous tree trunk.
This boat from the 2012 Olympics is made from fibreglass.
We made sailing boats out of strong card and paper.
We sailed our boats in the sailing pool.They all floated and the sails caught the wind , which made them move across the pool!
The Mystery was only a little boat.
The fishermen used a sextant to navigate their way to Australia!
In Science we are exploring materials. We have started with some activities to sort and classify objects according to their properties and the materials they are made from. We used feely bags to feel and describe the texture and malleability of objects, we sorted objects with the same and different properties and characteristics and we played "What is it?" with our partner as we descibed how an object looked, felt and behaved!
We have explored materials that are magnetic. We are now investigating metal objects to find out if all metal is attracted to a magnet...
We sorted objects into groups to show similarities and differences between the materials and their properties
We used "feely bags" to describe the properties of the different materials.
We had to describe our object and the material it was made from and our partner had to work out what it was.
We sorted objects according to the materials they are made of. Some objects were made of more than one material.
We sorted objects according to the properties of the materials. Here we are sorting into groups of "rigid" materials and "flexible" materials
We explored which materials were magnetic.
The white board is magnetic!
The wooden book case is not magnetic.
Our Magnet Investigation- Are all metal objects magnetic?
We were surprised to discover that not all metal objects are magnetic!
The Year 1 Travel Agents
In our Travel Agents we are learning how to book a holiday.We have to ask the customer where they would like to visit, how they would like to travel, where they would like to stay and when they would like to leave and return home.
We are using travel brochures, atlases and maps to look for exciting destinations. We have to check the calendar for dates to travel and return and then we can book a train, plane or boat ticket. We telephone hotels to make reservations and write out tickets for our customers.
Here are some photos of us working hard at booking and choosing holidays.
Music - "Duration"
We have been listening to , identifying and creating long and short sounds on our percussion instruments. We have used the best long and shorts sounds to accompany "Oh Jack Frost!" Enjoy our short performance below.
The Kings' Camels
Christmas In Europe
In Year 1 we are learning about Christmas in Sweden.
A Swedish Christmas
Saint Lucia Day 13th December
Y4 and Y1 Lussekatter
This term we are learning to write poetry. Here is our first whole class poem using adjectives and ideas from last term's "Bolster" story.
Enormous, gigantic, massive giant
Unbreakable , hairy,skinny, bony, bumpy hands.
Soft, spiky, short, grassy hair.
Mean ,nasty, evil, cruel giant Bolster !
By Year 1
Apple Poems-We have improved our poetry by using our 5 senses to describe an apple. Look at all the adjectives we have used.
Firework Poems-We used adjectives and similes in our firework poems!
Diwali Poems - We used adjectives, similes and alliteration in our Diwali poems.
Apple Poems using our senses to describe the apples. We have used adjectives in our poems.
We have used adjectives and similes in our "Firework Poems".
We thought of words beginning with the same sound to use alliteration in our poems.
Part whole models
We are learning about Part Whole models. We have been representing a whole number with people and then counters. We then drew our own part whole models and found related number facts.
The whole number 5 split into 2 parts
Part whole models
Science- Weather Detectives
We have been making weather observations. We made rain gauges and left them on the balcony to collect rainwater. We predicted how many scoops of rain we might collect . After 3 days we measured how much rain had fallen. Some of us collected more than 10 scoops which was more than we had predicted. It had rained very hard!
We have also made wind sockes to measure wind direction and wind speed. We have used a simple beaufort scale to record our findings.
We measured how many scoops of rain we had collected.
We made windsocks...
...to measure wind direction and speed. This was number 1 on the Beaufort Scale!
A windy day! Number 5 on the Beaufort Scale.
Ring the bell to alert the gods
Light a Diwa lamp and offer food to the gods.
Year 1 role play
The Advent Candle
We made our own sword in a stone
We made swords and shields
We became knights and jousted in our own Camelot Games
We aimed at a target and fired our bow and arrows
Searching for Piskie Potion ingredients.
Piskie Land Role Play
Piskie puppet making
Making Piskie potions
We are reading stories about Cornish Piskies. The Piskies have exciting adventures involving giants, mermaids and miners. In one of our lessons, we turned ourselves into Piskies by crawling through a magical cave. We have described what we looked like in our writing. We used adjectives to make our writing more interesting.
By Carter the Cornish Piskie
By Max the Cornish Piskie
My Piskie name is Gracie.
I have little blue eyes.
I have curly hair.
I have spiky ears.
My Piskie name is Mali.
I have small purple eyes.
I have golden hair all the way down to my toes.
My Piskie name is Shae.
I have rainbow eyes.
I have rainbow glittery hair.
Enjoy reading our Mermaid of Zennor stories...
The Mermaid of Zennor
We have been learning to sort objects into groups using different criteria. We sorted ourselves into groups of children wearing jumpers and children not wearing jumpers.We sorted our resources into cubes and pegs. We then went outside and collected lots of sticks to sort into groups. Look at our sorting pictures below!
"I have a group of children wearing glasses."
"I have a group of children not wearing glasses."
"I have a group of children wearing trousers."
"I have a group of children wearing dresses."
We collected sticks to sort.
"I have a group of sticks with shoots."
"I have a group of sticks without shoots."
In Science, we are investigating seasonal changes. We have hunted for Autumn in the school grounds , written daily weather reports and harvested apples. Watch this space for our weather station work.
We have picked apples from our orchard and cooked apple snacks. We learned how to slice the apples thinly and safely! We sprinkled cinnamon and ginger on the slices and baked them slowly.We ate some of of our tasty apple snacks at break time and took some home to share with our families. They were delicious!
We picked apples from the orchard and made baked apple snacks.
We sliced the apples really thinly
We sprinkled the slices with cinnamon and ginger spices and baked them slowly
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