Welcome to the Summer Term in Class 1! Our first topic this term is entitled Animal Safari. We will be learning about animals from all over the world, exploring the different habitats in which they live. We will be using a range of story books, non-fiction books,poetry and paintings to inspire us.
As part of their Wild Tribe learning last week, the Pebbles learned how to set up camp. This week, inspired by the story Henry the Explorer, they made flags and planted them in special places in the school grounds. As you can see, our school grounds are looking beautiful with the spring flowers and tree blossom.
Welcome to the Spring Term in Class 1!
This half term our topic is entitled Long Ago. This project teaches children about how they have grown and changed since they were babies and how life in the past was different from today. The children will be acting as historians, searching out clues from photos, stories, documents, artefacts and buildings to find out what life was like for children in the past.
Our topic for this second half term is entitled Marvellous Machines. We will be exploring some of the many machines that we use in our day to day lives, and learning how to use the different technologies available in the classroom. We will also be comparing life now to life in the past, when there were no machines to help us with jobs. To start our topic, we created lists of all the machines we could think of at school and home. The Pebbles, wearing white coats and carrying clipboards toured the school as inspectors, recording all the machines that they could see by drawing pictures and writing initial sounds. For our topic book covers, we created transient art pictures from nuts, bolts, screws, washers etc. Transient art is a lovely, exploratory activity, as the children are free to move pieces as much as they wish, and they can never make a mistake!
The Pebbles are enjoying learning the different letter sounds. The introduction of each letter sound is accompanied by a song, action, games and a memorable activity. The photos show the children painting letter a and letter s all around the small playground, holding a p party for Postman Pat, enjoying the rain with umbrellas, ripping rags and matching cvc words to pictures.
In Year 1 and Year 2 Science, we have been investigating the properties of different materials and thinking about why a material might be suitable for certain purposes but not others. We carried out three different experiments, learning how to work scientifically. We made predictions and carried out our experiments in an orderly way, thinking about how to make the test fair. We then recorded our results and considered what we had learned from our experiment. We tested materials to see if they were waterproof, we tested balls to see if they were squeezable or not squeezable and finally we tested different threads, yarns and twines for strength.
In Art, we have been exploring primary and secondary colours. We started by experimenting with mixing the primary colours of red, yellow and blue to make the secondary colours of orange, green and purple. We then applied our knowledge to create paintings inspired by the work 0 to 9 by Jasper Johns. We wrote the numbers 0 to 9 or 0 to 5 within rectangles on the page, then started to paint the shapes created with yellow, red then blue, We then began the exciting stage of mixing the primary colours to make secondary colours. Our paintings all look very different, and make an eye catching display when grouped together.
The Gruffalo 2!
The Pebbles children spent a second Wild Tribe session enjoying the story of The Gruffalo. They acted out the story using soft toy characters, and then collected natural materials to create a giant picture of the Gruffalo.
In our Wild Tribe outdoor learning this week, the children enjoyed the story of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. They then set about building homes for the snake and the owl. They were very inventive in their use of natural materials to build the homes.
Signs of Autumn
The Pebbles searched the school grounds for signs of Autumn- fallen leaves, broken twigs and late flowering plants. The weather was appropriately grey and drizzly! They then used their collected items to write and decorate the first letter of their name.
The Pebbles have been enjoying their Wild Tribe outdoor learning. Linked to our topic, "Land Ahoy!", they pretended to be pirates in search of treasure. They followed clues that led them to all the different areas of the school grounds before finally finding the treasure chest. They then used their telescopes to find more booty!
In Art, we have been exploring line. Inspired by the artwork of the artist Bridget Riley, the Pebbles experimented with drawing straight, wavy and cross-hatched lines on the big blackboards. They then created their own designs on black paper. The Y1s and Y2s used string to create lines on black squares of paper, exploring straight, wavy and cross-hatched lines, as well as horizontal, vertical and diagonal. They drew their designs on paper and then chose their favourites to recreate with chalk on black paper.
The following week, we listened to Debussy's musical composition, La Mer, and then worked cooperatively in small groups to create artworks to suggest the movement of the sea. Again, we thought carefully about line, and used a variety of media- chalk, crayon, oil pastel, pencil and felt pen. We are proudly displaying the finished results on our classroom walls, just like a proper gallery.